PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Flyers appear to have regained their id with again-to-again lopsided wins on house ice.
The Buffalo Sabres are nonetheless looking for an id not related to dropping.
Philadelphia will attempt to prolong its profitable streak to 3 video games whereas Buffalo seems to be to snap a 3-recreation winless streak once they meet Sunday afternoon.
The Flyers scored six objectives for the second straight recreation in a 6-three victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, closing out the primary half of their season with an 18-15-eight document and forty four factors.
“It’s large,” Flyers middle Sean Couturier stated of Sunday’s assembly with the Sabres. “I imply, each two factors, each night time is necessary and (Sunday) just isn’t totally different even when they’re a decrease group within the standings. They’re nonetheless a superb staff, we gotta be prepared for them from the beginning.”
The Sabres dropped a four-three determination in Winnipeg on Friday night time and are 2-5-three of their final 10, four-9-5 of their final 18 and concluded the primary half of their season with a ten-22-9 report for an Japanese Convention-low 29 factors.
Backup goaltender Chad Johnson took the loss for the Sabres in Winnipeg, falling to 1-7-three this season. He’s given up at the least 4 objectives in 4 straight video games.
“On this league, you’re evaluated off your outcomes,” Johnson informed the Buffalo Information. “You’ll be able to play like rubbish and everyone who doesn’t watch the sport can assume you’re enjoying nice based mostly off statistics. All issues aren’t equal in terms of goalie statistics. Rather a lot impacts that.
“It clearly hasn’t gone my approach from the beginning, from the primary recreation of the season. I’ve been in loads of robust video games that I simply haven’t been ok.”
Brian Elliott earned the win for the Flyers on Saturday, enhancing to sixteen-10-7. He has began sixteen straight video games in entrance of backup Michal Neuvirth, who might get the decision Sunday, the Flyers’ ultimate recreation earlier than a compulsory 4-time off interval.
“I’m not fascinated by (beginning Sunday),” Elliott stated. “I’m excited about getting a win on the market.”
Flyers middle Sean Couturier scored his twentieth and twenty first objectives of the season on Saturday, passing his profession excessive (39) for factors in a season. He netted 39 factors in 2013-14 and 2015-sixteen. Couturier is the primary Flyer to succeed in the 20-aim mark forty one video games or fewer right into a season since Danny Briere posted 21 objectives within the first forty one video games of the 2010-eleven season.
Claude Giroux has 5 factors in his final two video games and has fifty one factors in forty one video games this season.
“With the ability to have that chemistry with (Couturier) makes my job quite a bit simpler,” Giroux stated. “He’s actually an underrated participant. Defensively he’s actually sensible. We talk nicely collectively. Having (Travis Konecny) on the road now we simply have a superb chemistry going. We all know we will play higher however we’ve got to maintain speaking.”
Rookie Tyrell Goulbourne made his NHL debut Saturday, enjoying 5:23. He led the Flyers with 4 hits, the primary of which arrange the Flyers’ first aim.
“Everyone is happy for a younger man to exit and have success on his first shift,” Flyers coach Dave Hakstol stated. “I feel for him to go and have that sort of shift is necessary. It empowers him and for positive it’s a shot within the arm for your complete bench.”
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