The Buffalo Sabres next opponent on the schedule for the 2012-2013 season is the much hated Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers skate into town for the first meeting of the year on Sunday October 28th – the Broad Street Bullies will be without their targeted defenseman Shea Weber, who remains in Nashville.
That doesn’t mean the Flyers will be any less of a threat. Regardless of who they lose or who they add, the Philadelphia Flyers will remain a contender for the foreseeable future. While their first game against the Flyers comes early in the season, the Buffalo Sabres will face the bastards of Broad Street four times before Thanksgiving, with away games on the 6th an 17th of November, and the Flyers second trip to Buffalo on the 16th. The Flyers are the Sabres second opponent of the year where they will play a home and home game.
In 2011-2012, the four game tilt between these two teams favored heavily for the orange and black. Winning all four games against the Buffalo Sabres – the blue and gold were only able to muster one point in the contests, taking one game to extra time before succumbing to defeat. With a tougher lineup heading into the 2012-2013 season, the Buffalo Sabres might have an easier time getting points out of these games – and if they don’t – they will have plenty of time to recover.
If there is a team that you want to face earlier on and get them out of the way, its a team you struggle to beat. Late in the season where the Buffalo Sabres have needed points to stay alive or stay in the playoffs, having the Flyers on the schedule seems a daunting task.
All time against the Buffalo Sabres – the Philadelphia Flyers are 77-60-12, and have scored have scored 37 more goals than the Buffalo Sabres.
Not everything that comes out of Philadelphia is completely horrible. Buffalo Sabres defensive prospect TJ Brennan was acquired (as a draft pick) for former Sabres goaltender and fan favorite Marty Biron. Biron now with the Rangers asked for a trade when Ryan Miller was given the starting job despite Biron paying dues behind Dominik Hasek for several years.
Having the Flyers early in the season will be a nice test for the Buffalo Sabres – and will make the Flyers seem like a new team if the Buffalo Sabres and Philadelphia Flyers are forced into battle in the post season.