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Sabres vs Flyers : Game 3 Preview

Game 3: Sabres vs Flyers

Location : Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia PA

Time : 7:30 pm

TV / Radio : NBCSN – 97.5 The Fanatic

Records : PHI 2-0-0 | BUF 0-2-0

Previous Game : 1/15 PHI W 5-2 vs PIT | 1/15 BUF L 1-2 vs WSH

Odds : Flyers -1.5 | O/U 6.0

The first thing the Flyers must overcome tonight is the absence of Sean Couturier, who is expected to miss at least two weeks. Couturier would have been in charge of shutting down the high-powered Sabres top-line, Taylor Hall-Jack Eichel-Sam Reinhart.

With Sean Couturier out, the Flyers will look to defend by committee in his absence. This will lead to increased ice time for the Flyers 4th line, Michael Raffl-Scott Laughton-Nicolas Aube-Kubel. A line that helped keep Evgeni Malkin pointless in their first two games.

The Flyers look to make it five straight wins against the Sabres and eight straight at the Wells Fargo Center. With a win, it will be the Flyers first 3-0-0 start since 2011-12 season.

“Everybody knows that he’s a big part of our team, but at the end of the day, injuries are part of the game,” head coach Alain Vigneault said about the injured Sean Couturier. “It’s next man up for who can come up and play.”

Betting Guide

Last Game: 2-1 On the season: 5-1

Kevin Hayes Points 0.5 OVER -114

Joel Farabee Points 0.5 OVER +165

Travis Konecny Points 0.5 UNDER +180

Active Streaks

13 Kevin Hayes – 2 Game Assist & Point (1G-2A) | 23 Oskar Lindblom – 2 Game Goal & Point (2G-0A) | 21 Scott Laughton – 2 Game Assist & Point (0G-2A) | 25 James van Riemsdyk – 2 Game Point (1G-2A) | 28 Claude Giroux – 2 Game Assist & Point (0G-3A) | 19 Nolan Patrick – 2 Game Point (1G-1A) | 11 Travis Konecny – 2 Game Assist & Point (3G-2A)

Flyers Projected Lineup

28 Claude Giroux – 13 Kevin Hayes – 86 Joel Farabee

25 James van Riemsdyk – 19 Nolan Patrick – 93 Jake Voracek

23 Oskar Lindblom – 48 Morgan Frost – 11 Travis Konecny

12 Michael Raffl – 21 Scott Laughton – 62 Nicolas Aube-Kubel

 

9 Ivan Provorov – 61 Justin Braun

6 Travis Sanheim – 5 Phil Myers

8 Robert Hagg – 56 Erik Gustafsson

 

79 Carter Hart

(37 Brian Elliott)

Scratches

53 Shayne Gostisbehere , 59 Mark Friedman

Injuries

14 Sean Couturier – Minimum two weeks (1/17), Costochondral separation

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