This is the second meeting between the Philadelphia Flyers & Buffalo Sabres. The Flyers took the last meeting 3-2, you have to think the Sabres will be out for revenge.
The Philadelphia Flyers are the best road team in the NHL, and they’re proving it during a road heavy stretch.
The Buffalo Sabres are well aware of the Flyers’ exploits at First Niagara Center.
The Flyers looks for a fifth victory in six games by continuing their road dominance of the Sabres on Wednesday night.
Philadelphia (15-7-3) leads the NHL with 19 points away from home, going 9-3-1, and maintained that impressive play in beating Phoenix 4-2 on Saturday to improve to 2-1-0 on its four game trip.
The Flyers are in the midst of playing 11 of 14 on the road leading into the Winter Classic against the New York Rangers at Citizens Bank Park on Jan. 2.
Concluding this trip in Buffalo may keep the Flyers rolling.
They’re 8-1-2 in their last 11 visits, which includes winning two of three in the playoffs last season en route to eliminating the Sabres in seven games in the first round.
Philadelphia won in Buffalo again Nov. 2, chasing Ryan Miller after scoring three times in the opening 6:23 of a 3-2 victory.
Buffalo is 1-4-1 in its last six at home, and the Flyers’ red hot power play may play a role in sustaining those woes for the Sabres (14-11-1). The unit is 5 for 12 in consecutive wins to match its production from the previous seven games.
Giroux has four goals in four games, giving him 15 on the season to rank among the league leaders. His scoring has been key to Philadelphia’s success since he has 12 goals and 26 of his team high 32 points in victories.
He also has two goals and 15 assists in 19 meetings with Buffalo. He hasn’t scored while assisting on seven goals in nine road matchups.
The Flyers may have James van Riemsdyk back from an upper body injury that has sidelined him for four games. The left wing has scored in four consecutive games versus the Sabres, getting two points in last month’s visit to First Niagara Center.
Buffalo is opening a five game homestand after Saturday’s 3-2 win at Nashville. Miller was superb in his return from a concussion, making 32 saves while the Sabres were outshot 34-14, 17-4 in the third period.
Miller will be back in net looking to redeem himself after he had the second shortest appearance of his career in the most recent meeting with the Flyers. He’s 2-6-1 with a 3.15 goals against average in his last nine home starts against Philadelphia.
Buffalo center Luke Adam has three goals and one assist in his past four games. His nine goals and 18 points rank him among the NHL’s rookie scoring leaders, and he had a goal and an assist in the last matchup with the Flyers.
Philadelphia Flyers – Ilya Bryzgalov
Buffalo Sabres – Ryan Miller
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