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    Flyers vs Sabres | Jan 7 2018

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    Adam Kimelman

    SABRES (10-22-9) at FLYERS (18-15-8)

    1 p.m. ET; SN, NBCSP, MSG-B, NHL.TV



    The Game

    The Philadelphia Flyers will try for their third straight victory when they play the Buffalo Sabres at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday. They have scored 12 goals their past two games, a 6-4 win against the New York Islanders on Thursday and a 6-3 victory against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

    The Sabres have lost three consecutive games (0-2-1). They're 1-3-2 since a 4-2 win against the Flyers at KeyBank Center on Dec. 22.



    Players to watch
    Sabres forward Jack Eichel has 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) in his past 16 games.
    Flyers goaltender Michal Neuvirth might get his first start since a 3-1 loss against the San Jose Sharks on Nov. 28, when he sustained a lower-body injury. He was activated from injured reserve Dec. 26 but has played one period in the past four games, replacing Brian Elliott at the start of the third in a 5-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday.

    They said it
    "There's bits and pieces of our game that are good, but there's a lack of consistency throughout the whole game. Little details every shift that can make a difference." -- Sabres coach Phil Housley after a 4-3 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Friday



    "This is short-lived. Can sit back and enjoy this for the next 30 minutes or so, and then got to park it and move on to the next challenge which is here [Sunday]." -- Flyers coach Dave Hakstol after the 6-3 win against the Blues on Saturday



    Sabres projected lineup
    Zemgus Girgensons -- Jack Eichel -- Sam Reinhart

    Evander Kane -- Ryan O'Reilly -- Kyle Okposo

    Scott Wilson -- Evan Rodrigues -- Jason Pominville

    Johan Larsson -- Jacob Josefson -- Jordan Nolan

    Marco Scandella -- Rasmus Ristolainen

    Josh Gorges -- Zach Bogosian

    Nathan Beaulieu -- Jake McCabe

    Robin Lehner

    Chad Johnson

    Scratched: Benoit Pouliot, Justin Falk

    Injured: Victor Antipin (illness)



    Flyers projected lineup
    Claude Giroux -- Sean Couturier -- Travis Konecny

    Michael Raffl -- Valtteri Filppula -- Jakub Voracek

    Jordan Weal -- Nolan Patrick -- Wayne Simmonds

    Jori Lehtera -- Scott Laughton -- Tyrell Goulbourne

    Ivan Provorov -- Shayne Gostisbehere

    Robert Hagg -- Andrew MacDonald

    Brandon Manning -- Radko Gudas

    Michal Neuvirth

    Brian Elliott

    Scratched: Dale Weise, Taylor Leier, Travis Sanheim

    Injured: None



    Status report
    The Sabres had a day off to travel from Winnipeg to Philadelphia. The only lineup change is expected to be Lehner in goal. … Neuvirth is expected to be the only lineup change for the Flyers.



    Stat pack
    Kane has 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists) in 21 games against the Flyers, the second-most he has against any team (25 points against the Carolina Hurricanes). … Giroux has five points (one goal, four assists) in his past two games and 23 (three goals, 20 assists) in his past 14.





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    https://www.nhl.com/news/buffalo-sab...ap/c-294754594

    Adam Kimelman

    PHILADELPHIA -- Sean Couturier scored two goals to help the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday.

    Shayne Gostisbehere and Ivan Provorov scored, and Michal Neuvirth made 30 saves in his first start since Nov. 28 for Philadelphia (19-15-8), which won its third straight game and second in as many days after a 6-3 win against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.



    It was the final game for the Flyers before their five-day break.

    "We spoke after [a 5-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday] that we weren't too happy about our effort and we had three games in four nights before the break and we wanted to do good," Couturier said. "I think we showed some good character here."

    Ryan O'Reilly scored for the Sabres (10-23-9), who have lost four games in a row (0-3-1). Robin Lehner made 25 saves.

    Neuvirth was out for a month because of a lower-body injury, and after being activated from injured reserve Dec. 26, he played one period in the previous four games, replacing Brian Elliott for the third against the Penguins.

    It was his first victory since a 33-save shutout against the Blues on Nov. 2 (five games).

    "It's a huge win for me," he said. "I haven't been feeling good about myself lately. It's frustrating when you get injured and you can't help the teammates. I feel good about myself right now."

    Neuvirth was strong in the first period when the Flyers were called for two penalties in the opening 3:42 and were outshot 12-5.

    "It's always good when you face early shots and get to it right away," Neuvirth said. "I had a good warmup. I was feeling good all morning. Penalty kill stepped up big for me there."

    Among his biggest saves was a lunging glove stop on Sam Reinhart at 5:04 of the first period.

    "That was a huge save there," Flyers forward Jakub Voracek said. "We took two penalties early in the game and [Neuvirth] was huge. … He made a couple huge saves in the game and we just focused on ourselves on the ice and not let them have many scoring chances. When we did [Neuvirth] was big."

    O'Reilly scored on the power play at 1:50 of the second period to give the Sabres a 1-0 lead.

    Gostisbehere tied the game 1-1 less than two minutes later after he broke up a play in the neutral zone, then joined the attack, took a return pass off the rush from Scott Laughton, and beat Lehner at 3:42.

    "I thought we had some really good shots, good looks," Sabres coach Phil Housley said. "You look at Reinhart, it was an excellent save and we built off that. I believe [shots] were 12-5 in our favor [in the first period], and then in the second period we get the power-play goal. Again, we were staying with it and then we got away from it and for some reason we want to make plays instead of trying to do the right thing and make the right choices."

    The Flyers went ahead 2-1 on Couturier's power-play goal. Voracek passed to Claude Giroux behind the Sabres net. He came out on the left side and sent it to Couturier for a one-timer that went in to the far side past Lehner's glove at 7:17 of the second.

    Couturier (18:45) and Provorov (19:27) each scored an empty-net goal in the third period to make it 4-1.



    Goal of the game
    Couturier's goal at 7:17 of the second period.

    Save of the game
    Neuvirth stopping Sam Reinhart at 5:04 of the first period.

    Highlight of the game
    Lehner's save on Wayne Simmonds at 13:48 of the second period.

    They said it
    "I think we had a solid first period. We kept getting pucks deep, we grinded away and we got opportunities. Then after we scored our goal, it seemed like everything changed. It [stinks]." -- Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner



    "I think when you're playing well you want to keep it going. But at the same time let's take this break to just relax our bodies. It's going to be important for us when we come back from the break that we're back at the same momentum, same intensity we have right now." -- Flyers forward Claude Giroux



    Need to know
    The Sabres finished a stretch of seven games away from KeyBank Center 1-4-2. … Sabres forward Jack Eichel had an assist on O'Reilly's goal, giving him 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in his past 10 games. … Couturier scored two goals for the second straight game, and has five goals during a three-game goal streak. … Gostisbehere has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his past 11 games. … Voracek had two assists, giving him an NHL-best 43. ... Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald had an assist in his 500th NHL game. … Philadelphia sent forward Tyrell Goulbourne to Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League after the game.



    What's next
    Sabres: Host the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; MSG-B, TSN3, NHL.TV)

    Flyers: At the New Jersey Devils on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; MSG+, NBCSP, NHL.TV)


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    Three Stars of the Game

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    D 53 S.GOSTISBEHERE

    2nd

    C 14 S.COUTURIER

    3rd

    C 90 R.O'REILLY


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