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Get your game notes: Flyers at Sabres

Jan 14, 2014, 12:04 PM EDT

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Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Buffalo Sabres hosting the Philadelphia Flyers, starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

— Former Islander coach (2006-2008) Ted Nolan has been Buffalo’s interim head coach since Nov. 15. Ron Rolston (coach) and Darcy Regier (GM) were let go on Nov. 13 after a 4-15-1 start. On January 9th Sabres president of hockey operations Pat Lafontaine, who was brought on with Nolan, hired Tim Murray as general manager. Nolan coached Buffalo from 1995-1997; the Sabres have gone 9-11-4 since he took over. Buffalo has now had three different coaches between last season and this season after having one (Lindy Ruff) from 1997-2013.

— PHI & BUF are two of the four teams who have made coaching changes in the middle of this season:

Oct. 7: Peter Laviolette, Flyers (replaced by Craig Berube)

Nov. 8: Kevin Dineen, Panthers (replaced by Peter Horachek)

Nov. 13: Ron Rolston, Sabres (replaced by Ted Nolan on interim basis)

Jan. 12: Claude Noel, Jets (replaced by Paul Maurice)

— The Flyers recently wrapped up a 6-game road trip (T-season long) and a stretch of 14 of 18 away from home, Nov. 30-Jan. 7 … they went 11-5-2 during that 18-game span. Coming off of a 4-1 loss at NYR on Sun., Philly (11-11-4 on the road) is one of three teams (Washington, Minnesota) that currently sit in a playoff spot without a winning road record.

— From 1993-2013, Sabres goaltenders posted 111 shutouts (5th most in the NHL). This season, however, the Sabres are one of only two teams that have failed to shut out an opponent (Florida). They rank in the middle of the pack (15th) in goals allowed per game this season however (2.70) and have surrendered one goal in each of their last three games (2-0-1 record).

— The home team has won the last six meetings between Philadelphia and Buffalo, all in regulation. If the Sabres win tonight, they will match the longest active home win streak in a series by two NHL teams (regulation only), held by the Flyers and Blue Jackets. (Elias Sports Bureau)

Consecutive meetings won by home team in series

Philadelphia Flyers / Columbus Blue Jackets 7

*Philadelphia Flyers / Buffalo Sabres 6

San Jose Sharks / Minnesota Wild 6

Phoenix Coyotes / Los Angeles Kings 6

New York Islanders / Edmonton Oilers 6

Nashville Predators / Calgary Flames 6

— Buffalo (6-0-2 in their last 8 home games) sit only behind Anaheim (19-0-2) and Pittsburgh (12-0-0) for the longest active home-ice points streaks in the league.

— When center Vincent Lecavalier assisted on Philadelphia’s only goal in Sunday’s loss to the Rangers, he became only the fourth player to collect his 500th career assist as a member of the Flyers. Bobby Clarke, Rick Tocchet, Chris Pronger are the others. After 14 seasons with Tampa Bay, Lecavalier, 33, has 9 goals and 9 assists on the season with the Flyers thus far. (Elias Sports Bureau)

  1. toiletclown - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    buffalo wins 3-1

    • westinpat - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:34 PM

      That would be something if the Sabres’ offense started to show up.

    • ibieiniid - Jan 14, 2014 at 1:22 PM

      “buffalo wins” sounds funny in any context.

      • thomasvanek - Jan 14, 2014 at 1:32 PM

        You must be lagging behind a few months. The Sabres can actually win games now.

      • ibieiniid - Jan 14, 2014 at 1:36 PM

        The Sabres can actually win games FOR now*

        was referring to the Bills too though. it’s just a phrase we don’t hear that often.

      • toiletclown - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:44 PM

        im pretty sure the local high school hockey team has a chance against this streaky flyers team

      • ibieiniid - Jan 14, 2014 at 3:19 PM

        YOU, in particular, being sure of something hockey-related is worth absolutely nothing to me. until you make ONE insightful comment about a team other than your own, I don’t give two sh**s what you think, to be honest.

      • philafly - Jan 14, 2014 at 4:49 PM

        Unfortunately, you may be waiting a while ibieiniid. This “turd sandwich” (to use his own brilliant terminology) hasn’t even made insightful comments about his own team. “Insightful” might literally be the last word I would use to describe this guy.

  2. djshnooks - Jan 14, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Sure Buffalo can pull out a win with their team of 3rd and 4th liners…

    But they are screwing themselves comes draft time.

  3. rabidbillsfan - Jan 14, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    We’ll see about a “team of 3rd and 4th liners” come Trade time. This isn’t the NFL, the Sabres will finish bottom 3 for sure, they are 10 points back of climbing out of that hole. 38 games left, the majority on the road, and an exhausted goaltender come the end of Sochi do not bode well for a second half resurgence. But hey, pile on, the Sabres are bad, but I’d rather be really bad for once, than just another “Cusp” team that treads water.

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