The Buffalo Sabres (21-47-9) complete their second to last road trip of the season with a stop in Philadelphia to take on the Philadelphia Flyers (39-29-9).
While the Buffalo Sabres continue to put on a happy face to complete the season, they have another chance to play the role of spoiler. Right now the Philadelphia Flyers have a hold onto one of the thee spots in the playoffs designated for the Metropolitan Division. The Columbus Blue Jackets are nipping at their heels and unless they can pad more points, could go from top three in their division, to struggling to hold onto a wild card.
At least one streak will end tonight, as both the Flyers and Sabres head into tonight’s game with two game losing streaks. There are no playoff clinching scenarios in any of today’s matchups, so a Sabres victory does nothing more than deny two points to a Flyers squad who could likely use all the points they can get at this point in the season.
This will be the third and final meeting between the two clubs this season – and so far the Flyers are running away with the series, outscoring Buffalo 8-4 through two games.
Today’s game is the 164th meeting between the Flyers and Sabres. Buffalo has a 63-77-23 record against the Flyers, 23-47-13 in the city of brotherly love.
The goalie rotation in Buffalo continues, as it appears that Jhonas Enroth and Michal Neuvirth are being shut down for the season. With the two goalies likely shelved for the remainder of games, Nathan Lieuwen will get the nod tonight against the Flyers.
Buffalo could get Drew Stafford (undisclosed) back on Tuesday and Mike Weber will be in tonight despite not skating this morning. It is possible that Marcus Foligno and Chris Stewart return to the lineup, but that return would also be Tuesday at a minimum.
Despite losing more than winning, the Buffalo Sabres have brought a level of compete to some of their final games, and will likely do the same in Philadelphia tonight. Will it be enough for a victory or will the team skate off after sixty minutes or more shaking their head?