Buffalo Sabres (12-7-2, 26 pts) at Philadelphia Flyers
Wachovia Center - 1:00 PM EST - Philadelphia, Pa
TV: CSN Philly HD
Radio: 610 WIP, XM 205
This is the open game thread.
Behind Enemy Lines: Die By The Blade
Black Friday, matinee hockey. Today, the Flyers return home from their five-game road trip to face the Buffalo Sabres, only to get back on a plane to face the Thrashers tomorrow. After playing uninspired hockey for nearly the entire road trip, today could be a trap game. Hopefully, the Flyers take advantage of the home-ice that they haven't seen in a week and a half, and won't see for another week.
The Sabres, meanwhile, haven't won a game since they beat the Flyers back on the 14th of November. Since then, the Sabres have gone 0-3-1, most recently losing to Washington 2-0, scoring a mere six goals. Because of Buffalo's disappearing offense, Die By The Blade called for the Flyers to install a neutral zone trap if they want to win. (For the record, there's no way the Flyers know how to play the trap effectively.) Either way, this is a perfect opportunity to grab a win at home against a good team.
Ray Emery will be in net today (11-6-1, 2.57, .910) with Danny Briere serving the second game of his two-game suspension. That means more Riley Cote! He played a season high 5:38 against the Islanders, so look out. Presumably (I haven't found anything), Ryan Miller (12-4-2, 2.61, .912) will go for the Sabres.
Short preview today, so after the jump, Questions to Answer.
Questions to Answer:
- How much ice time does Riley Cote get today?
- The Flyers are better than the Sabres at even-strength play, on the penalty kill, and the power play. Can they show that's true today?
- Do the Flyers show up today, or are they stuck between lazy off day and travel day?
- Does Ray Emery rebound from a bad road trip with a strong game today?
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