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[GDT 33:] 12/21/07 Philadelphia Flyers @ Buffalo Sabres 7:30 PM-ET (TV: CN8)

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12-20-2007, 11:00 PM
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[GDT 33:] 12/21/07 Philadelphia Flyers @ Buffalo Sabres 7:30 PM-ET (TV: CN8)

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Philadelphia Flyers 16-13-3 35 points at Buffalo Sabres 17-14-1 35 points



GAME PREVIEW FROM NHL.COM: http://flyers.nhl.com/team/app?gameN...8&service=page

FLYERS' LINE COMBINATIONS:
  • Scott Hartnell, Danny Briere, Mike Knuble
  • R.J. Umberger, Mike "Cannon" Richards, Joffrey Lupul
  • Scottie Upshall, Jeff Carter, Denis Tolpeko
  • Riley Cote, Jim Dowd, Sami Kapanen

FLYERS' DEFENSE PAIRINGS:
  • Randy Jones, Jason Smith
  • Braydon Coburn, Derian Hatcher
  • Kimmo Timonen, Jim Vandermeer
  • Lasse Kukkonen and Rory Fitzpatrick are available.

FLYERS' GOALTENDERS:
  • Martin Biron (expected to start)
  • Antero Niittymaki

FLYERS' INJURIES/SCRATCHES:
  • D Rory Fitzpatrick has been a healthy scratch the last three games.
  • D Lasse Kukkonen (nagging foot problem: source -- Bill Meltzer http://v4.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?post_id=11970) has been a scratch in three of the last seven games.
  • D Mike Rathje (groin) is on injured reserve.
  • F Simon Gagne (concussion) has missed the last 18 games and is on injured reserve.
  • F Jesse Boulerice is serving a 25-game suspension.

SABRES' LINE COMBINATIONS:
  • Thomas Vanek, Derek Roy, Drew Stafford
  • Jochen Hecht, Michael Ryan, Jason Pominville
  • Ales Kotalik, Paul Gaustad, Maxim Afinogenov
  • Daniel Paille, Adam Mair, Andrew Peters

SABRES' DEFENSE PAIRINGS:
  • Brian Campbell, Jaroslav Spacek
  • Toni Lydman, Henrik Tallinder
  • Dmitri Kalinin, Nathan Paetsch
  • Nolan Pratt is available


SABRES' GOALTENDERS:
  • Ryan Miller
  • Jocelyn Thibault

SABRES' INJURIES/SCRATCHES:
  • D Teppo Numminen (open heart surgery, September 2007) is on the suspended list. Skated with the team for the first time, post-surgery, December 13.
  • D Nolan Pratt has been scratched the last three games.
  • F Tim Connolly (illness) skipped practice December 20 and will not play tonight.
  • F Derek Roy (shoulder) skipped practice December 20 and will play tonight.
  • F Michael Ryan last played December 10 and is slated to replace Connolly tonight.

SUMMARIES OF MOST RECENT GAMES FOR FLYERS AND SABRES:

Flyers-Coyotes: http://flyers.nhl.com/team/app?gameN...8&service=page


Sabres-Islanders: http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app?service=p...008&gameType=2

MISCELLANEOUS:
  • The Flyers are 12-5-1 when scoring the first goal.
  • The Flyers are 6-1-0 when leading after one period.
  • The Flyers are 14-0-0 when leading after two periods.
  • The Flyers are 6-2-1 when they are not out-shot.
  • The Flyers are 7-3-0 with Simon Gagne (including the loss in Florida when he was injured) in the lineup and 9-10-3 without him.
  • The Flyers won their 17th game last season on March 1, 2007 ("Number 9").
  • The Flyers goals by period: 1st 24-28, 2nd 45-41, 3rd 29-21, OT 1-1, SO 0-2.
  • The Flyers have given up two or more goals in the 2nd periods of their last four games and in 11 of the last 17.
  • The Flyers are 1-4-1 in their last six games.
  • The Flyers next goal will be their 100th of the season.
  • The Sabres have won their last four games.
  • The Sabres are 10-6-0 at home this season and 6-2-0 in their last eight on home ice.

SERIES' HISTORY -- FLYERS vs. SABRES:
  • The Flyers are 65-53-20 (20=ties) against Buffalo.
  • This is the first meeting this season, the teams play tomorrow (Saturday Dec. 22) in Philadelphia, February 25 in Buffalo and March 4 in Philadelphia.
  • The Flyers are 1-2-1 in each of the last two seasons.
  • The Flyers are 1-12-1 in Buffalo since being eliminated 8-0 from the 2001 POs.
  • The Flyers have 11 shutouts against Buffalo, the last being Jeff Hackett's in October 2003.
  • The Flyers have two penalty shot goals against the Sabres: Behn Wilson (1981 vs. Don Edwards) and Eric Lindros (1997 POs vs. Steve Shields).

FLYERS' UPCOMING GAMES:
  • Saturday, December 22 vs. Buffalo 7:00 PM-ET CSN
  • Thursday, December 27 vs. Toronto 7:00 PM-ET CSN
  • Saturday, December 29 at Tampa Bay 1:00 PM-ET CSN
  • Sunday, December 30 at Florida 5:00 PM-ET CSN
  • Friday, January 4 at New Jersey 7:00 PM-ET CSN
  • Saturday, January 5 at Toronto 7:00 PM-ET CSN

RECENT ARTICLES:

THIS DATE IN FLYERS' HISTORY, DECEMBER 21:
  • The Flyers are 12-6-2.
  • The Flyers have five shutouts, three by Bernie Parent and two by Ron Hextall.
  • 1975 -- The Flyers pounded St. Louis 8-3 thanks to four third period goals. The game featured a brawl between Tom Bladon and Bob Gassoff.
  • 1986 -- Tim Kerr has the only Flyers' December 21st hat trick in a 7-6 win vs. St. Louis.
  • 2006 -- R.J. Umberger was stopped on a penalty shot by Montreal's David Aebischer.

CANNON:

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12-20-2007, 11:04 PM
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Great job MSE!

I don't know that the Flyers are going to win both games in this home & home. My Sabres fan kid is coming into town tomorrow night, so there could be bloodshed at my house on Saturday night!

I'd love to see Briere and Biron show Buffalo exactly what they're missing.

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This is a huge two nights for us. Time to step it the **** up.

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This is a huge two nights for us. Time to step it the **** up.
From the PM a couple of days ago: The "Storm" feature is delayed by at least the next two games due to lack of availability.

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From the PM a couple of days ago: The "Storm" feature is delayed by at least the next two games due to lack of availability.
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Great job MSE!

I don't know that the Flyers are going to win both games in this home & home. My Sabres fan kid is coming into town tomorrow night, so there could be bloodshed at my house on Saturday night!

I'd love to see Briere and Biron show Buffalo exactly what they're missing.
TY, Charlie. Valpolicella is headed your way.

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Every time I see the words Hartnell - Briere - Knuble appear at the bottom of my TV screen I want to vomit.

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I feel terrible for the out of town fans who have to hear Jeannerette for the next two nights.

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Games are crucial. Even looking at it...18-13 or 16-15

Please early Christmas present.

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For lineup info from the Sabres side, we don't know yet if Roy and Connolly are playing. It's looking like Roy won't go and Connolly will - but possibly in a limited capacity.

Edit - Now we're hearing Connolly is still puking and Roy may go...so basically, we have no idea yet.

We haven't heard anything about call-ups; Clarke MacArthur would be the most likely one to come up. If just Roy is out, they probably won't call up anyone and just play both Ryan and Peters on the 4th line with Mair. We'll probably also see Hecht at center.

This is going to be a weird one to watch! Should be a good pair of games.


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For lineup info from the Sabres side, we don't know yet if Roy and Connolly are playing. It's looking like Roy won't go and Connolly will - but possibly in a limited capacity.

We haven't heard anything about call-ups yet; Clarke MacArthur would be the most likely one to come up. If just Roy is out, they probably won't call up anyone and just play both Ryan and Peters on the 4th line with Mair. We'll probably also see Hecht at center.

This is going to be a weird one to watch! Should be a good pair of games.
MacArthur is listed on the Sabres' roster on their web site.

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MacArthur is listed on the Sabres' roster on their web site.
I think they've actually had him there since he was last called up and never took him off. (I remember seeing him on there a few days ago and wondering why he was still there.) There's nothing listed in any transactions yet.


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I think they've actually had him there since he was last called up and never took him off. There's nothing listed in any transactions yet.
I noticed that, too, and Teppo dressed as a F in practice yesterday because Buff is short a man.

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I noticed that, too, and Teppo dressed as a F in practice yesterday because Buff is short a man.
Yeah, both Connolly and Roy missed practice. I guess they're just seeing how they are this morning. I believe the Amerks are at home right now, so it's not like MacArthur has far to travel if they decide to bring him up.

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Any chance Mike Ryan plays tonight? I'm curious to see how he's doing...watched him play at NU.

And TehBBA, thank you for your sympathies. Listening to Jeannerette is excruciating, but I'll get through it somehow.

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This is a huge two nights for us. Time to step it the **** up.
Huge is right.

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Any chance Mike Ryan plays tonight? I'm curious to see how he's doing...watched him play at NU.
If either Connolly or Roy can't go, I'd expect to see him on the 4th line.

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Big 2 nights, here is hoping Danny Boy and Gaston are huge

Flyers 4 - Lupul, Vandameer, Knuble (2)
Sabres1 - Vanek

GO FLYERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Bad feeling about these games.

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I feel terrible for the out of town fans who have to hear Jeannerette for the next two nights.
Canadians get TSN tonight. I don't know if Pierre McGuire going on and on about Sabrespeed is better than the ultimate homer in RJ, but I'll live with it. Not sure what we'll get tomorrow on Centre Ice.

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Every time I see the words Hartnell - Briere - Knuble appear at the bottom of my TV screen I want to vomit.
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Canadians get TSN tonight. I don't know if Pierre McGuire going on and on about Sabrespeed is better than the ultimate homer in RJ, but I'll live with it. Not sure what we'll get tomorrow on Centre Ice.
Well Briere is on our team now, and Afino sucks this year so hopefully hell ****.

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