By David Kolb
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (21-15-6) @ BUFFALO SABRES (15-15-9)
SECOND OF TWO
Tonight the Sabres host the Philadelphia Flyers for the second of three games the clubs will play against each other this season. The Flyers edged the Sabres, winning 4-3 in a shootout on Oct. 25 in the first game, while the season finale will take place Mar. 7. The Sabres begin the night having taken five of a possible six points over the last three games, including Saturday’s 4-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets. The Flyers meanwhile are struggling, dropping six of their last seven contests after losing to the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 in overtime Saturday.
Ryan O’Reilly has produced back-to-back multiple-point games following his goal and assist effort on Saturday vs. Winnipeg. O’Reilly has been sensational with the man advantage this season, scoring three goals with nine assists and in 29 games this season, No. 90 has tallied eight goals with 14 assists for 22 points.
Flyers center Brayden Schenn comes to Western New York with the hot hand, having tallied four points (two goals, two assists) in his past four games. Schenn picked up a goal and an assist in the first meeting vs. the Sabres, and now has 12 goals and 15 assists for 27 points in 39 games.
Matt Moulson picked up an assist Saturday, giving him four assists over the past five games. The North York, Ontario native was spectacular in the first game against the Flyers, scoring two of the three Sabres’ goals. Moulson is having a bounce-back season and through 39 games this season, he has 17 points after only producing 21 points in 81 games last season.
YOUNG STUD ON D
One player to keep an eye on tonight is the Flyers’ 19-year-old defenseman Ivan Provorov. The young Russian has assists in his past two games and picked up an assist in the first game against the Sabres. In 42 games this season, Provorov has three goals and 15 assists for 18 points.