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Discuss: Sabres power through Flyers

Jan 20, 2013, 3:14 PM EDT

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The Philadelphia Flyers appeared on two NBC games this weekend and left without a single standings point. The Buffalo Sabres bested them on Sunday, managing a 5-2 win that was closer than the score indicates.

Let’s get to the talking points.

  • Thomas Vanek came up huge in the game, scoring a career-high five points. Can the highly paid sniper be a consistent threat for a Buffalo team in need of elite production?
  • The Philadelphia Flyers have allowed four power-play goals in two games, including three on Sunday. What does Peter Laviolette need to do to improve the PK?
  • The general consensus is that Ilya Bryzgalov hasn’t been to blame for this weekend’s two losses. Still, do you worry that the tiger-fearing netminder’s confidence might wane?
  • This was the first bout between a team that was well-rested (Buffalo) and the team on the heels of a back-to-back (Philly). How much of a factor was fatigue and how often could that be a make-or-break element during the season.
  • How many losses will it take for things to start going sour for the Flyers?
  • What do you think of the more rough-and-tumble Sabres, such as Steve Ott (who scored on the PP)?
  • Mikhail Grigorenko had a quiet debut for Buffalo. Should he ultimately stay with the big club?
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