The Buffalo Sabres head into enemy territory tonight to take on the Philadelphia Flyers – one of the two most hated teams in the NHL as far as I am concerned. Don’t take it personal Philly – just the mere site of your sweater
gets me violently ill – its nothing against you, just hate your hockey team.
This will be the first of three meetings between the two opponents. The last time the two teams met Buffalo shutout the Flyers 1-0. This is the 162nd time the teams have met had Philadelphia has owned the Buffalo Sabres in the all time record. Buffalo is 63-75-23 in the series. Buffalo has only been able to win in Philadelphia 23 times despite visiting their 82 times. The last time the Sabres were able to win in Philadelphia it was a 5-3 victory in March of 2011. Buffalo won two of three against Philly last season.
Despite their poor record against the Flyers – the Buffalo Sabres have not allowed a Flyers goal in the last 99:43 minutes of play between the two teams. Ryan Miller and Jhonas Enroth have combined to save the last 44 Flyers shots. Even strength the record is even more impressive, as the Flyers have not been able to score an even strength goal against the Sabres in the last 157:37 of play.
Buffalo heads into tonight’s game healthy. While the team has lost 77 man games to injury so far, no one is listed as injured. The roster still gets a shakeup though – as Luke Adam and Brayden McNabb look to crack the lineup after being called up from Rochester yesterday.
Buffalo will be looking to avenge their loss to the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday dropping the contest 4-1. If Ted Nolan wasn’t happy with Jhonas Enroth for his performance against the Toronto Maple Leafs – the same could be said about Ryan Miller against the Blues.
If this meeting of the two teams happened just a couple of weeks ago – it would have been between the two worst teams in the Eastern Conference. The Philadelphia Flyers have had a resurgence since firing their coach, and are now just two points behind the New York Rangers for an automatic bid into the playoffs.
Game time is scheduled for 7PM and can be seen on MSG, Bell TV, and CSN in Philadelphia.