NHL Preview: Philadelphia Flyers square off with Buffalo Sabres

By Deanna Vasso
Sabres at Flyers
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Okay, let me level with you Philadelphia Flyers fans, it is just not a good time in the city of Philadelphia for our sports teams. That being said, what are the Flyers doing? Nothing. They are just dropping games, they have no defense and after they get past the second line, no one else can score.

So yeah, it was fantastic when the Boston Bruins routed them on Saturday afternoon in a 3-0 shutout contest.  The game was so bad, Flyers’ superstar Jakub Voracek couldn’t even get a goal past goalie Tuukka Rask. Is Rask just that good or are the Flyers just so bad this year? Maybe a little of both.

This may be the first time since 2006 that the Flyers don’t reach a playoff round, and that is really depressing. Interestingly enough, that was also a season right after an NHL lockout. So what about lockouts makes the Flyers suck? I’m not sure, I just know that I don’t like it. So will Sunday night’s game against the Buffalo Sabres be any different?

I hope so, because the Flyers (11-14-1) are a little bit better than the Sabres (9-13-3), and have a few more points than them. The Sabres organization just fired their long time coach Lindy Ruff, so they are also going through a mourning and adjustment period. This could work in the Flyers favor. The Flyers are back at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia so they will also have the home ice advantage during this game.

While things are looking good for the Flyers, we need to see more scoring from both Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell. Their linemate Voracek has seemingly been carrying the team on his back the past couple of games, and he definitely needs his top linemates to be bringing the heat to Ryan Miller‘s net.

The Flyers also need to watch out for the Sabres’ superstar, Thomas Vanek. Vanek is the silver lining to the Sabres’ struggling game. He was at one point the league leader in points, but has since dropped to a tie for 6th, but nevertheless he is still a solid player all around. He’s also closely matched with Voracek.  Vanek has 13 goals, 16 assists and 29 points in the 22 games that the Sabres have played.

The Flyers also have to be on their game, because the last time they played the Sabres at Buffalo they were completely creamed. After three upsetting losses in a row, I don’t think my heart could take another one. So the Flyers need to turn things around starting with Sunday’s game.

Let’s go Flyers! Deanna Vasso is a Flyers writer for rantsports.com. You can follow her on Twitter @Dmvasso.

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