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Can Flyers do something they haven't done in just about a month? originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
Coming off a feel-good win that quashed a four-game losing streak, the Flyers (16-13-4) finish up a busy and bumpy March with a two-game set against the Sabres (6-23-4) starting Monday.
Let's get into the essentials for the game:
When: 7 p.m. ET with The Warm Up at 6 p.m. ET and Flyers Pregame Live at 6:15 p.m. ET
Where: KeyBank Center
Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app
• The last time the Flyers were in Buffalo, New York, they pitched a pair of 3-0 shutouts against the Sabres over Feb. 27-28. The Flyers have not won consecutive games since then. The club has gone 5-9-1 in March after starting the season 11-4-3.
On Saturday, the Flyers played a solid, start-to-finish game to notch a much-needed 2-1 win over the Rangers. But in games after their other four victories this month, the Flyers have gone 0-4-0 and been outscored 24-7. They have not been able to build any momentum.
The final two games of March are their most winnable of the month. The Sabres have not a won a game since Feb. 23, a stretch in which they've gone 0-15-2.
A win Monday night would give the Flyers consecutive victories for the first time in just about a month. Alain Vigneault's club knows it can't take Buffalo lightly; these games are too important for the Flyers as they try to chase down a playoff spot heading into April.
"I expect my captain and my assistants to be on top of that right now," the Flyers' head coach said Monday morning. "This is a game that for us, we need. Buffalo in my estimation is a good team; obviously they're going through a challenging time right now. But our focus needs to be on our game, our execution, checking when it's time to check and be puck-movers when it's time to move that puck. I expect the leadership of this group to make sure that everyone's on high alert, they understand the importance of this game and we come to play tonight."
• Brian Elliott will start his second straight game in net. The 35-year-old veteran is 16-2-2 with a 1.67 goals-against average and .943 save percentage in his career against the Sabres.
Alex Lyon will back up Elliott instead of Carter Hart, who is not expected to suit up for either of the two games in Buffalo. The Flyers want Hart to get a mini break from games and have him hone in on improvements through practice time. We'll have more on that later.
• James van Riemsdyk owns 19 career goals against the Sabres, his most versus any NHL team. He hasn't scored a goal in seven straight games, his longest drought of the season, so Monday night looks like an optimal time for van Riemsdyk to strike.
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Oskar Lindblom-Nolan Patrick-Jakub Voracek
Michael Raffl-Scott Laughton-Nicolas Aube-Kubel
Ivan Provorov-Justin Braun
Travis Sanheim-Philippe Myers
Samuel Morin-Shayne Gostisbehere
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