Flyers like process at 5-on-5, but what about power play?


Coming off their first consecutive regulation losses since Dec. 31-Jan. 4 of last season, the Flyers (12-7-3) will try to snap their two-game skid Tuesday when they host the Sabres (6-14-3).

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 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Where: Wells Fargo Center
  • Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
  • Live stream: and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

• Buffalo, which owns the NHL's fewest points and has lost seven straight games, will be without its star center Jack Eichel (upper-body injury).

• Michael Raffl will miss a second straight game with a right hand injury he sustained in last Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Penguins. Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault said Raffl did not suffer a fracture but the winger's hand remains "very swollen."

"I'm not exactly sure how much longer he's going to be out," Vigneault said Tuesday morning.

• The Flyers feel like they're a play here and a play there away from having more wins. The club's past two losses featured self-inflicted wounds

Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Capitals was the Flyers' sixth game in nine days. The team is looking to find more familiarity and chemistry within its personnel. There have been a lot of moving parts since the Flyers returned from their mandated seven-day COVID-19 shutdown, which had the roster pretty decimated.

"Our game in my estimation, if you look at it 5-on-5, is trending the right way," Vigneault said. "I'm going to try to be a little more consistent here with the units, whether it be penalty killing and power play. Hopefully that trends us in the right direction in our specialty teams. We need to win some games and it has to start with tonight."

The Flyers have been better at 5-on-5. After being outshot in 13 of their first 15 games, they've outshot the opposition in six of their last seven games.

"The last game obviously was very challenging for our group — it was our sixth in nine [days], they were sitting here waiting for us," Vigneault said. "But, boy, we came out hard if you look at that first period. If we stay away from those decisions with the puck that gave them momentum in the second period, we're in great shape.

"We'll be good tonight. Our guys are ready."

The Flyers need to be better on the power play and penalty kill. Both of the Flyers' special teams units rank in the bottom 10 of the NHL. The power play is 6 for 47 since Feb. 1.

"Just keep going," Shayne Gostisbehere said about the message right now within the power play and from assistant coach Michel Therrien. "We're getting our chances, we're just not getting the results right now. I think we'd be a little more worried if we weren't getting the chances. But I think we're moving around, obviously a lot of personnel changes from game to game, but I think we're getting a little more comfortable now and I think the results will come soon."

Projected lineup



James van Riemsdyk-Sean Couturier-Joel Farabee

Scott Laughton-Kevin Hayes-Travis Konecny

Oskar Lindblom-Claude Giroux-Jakub Voracek

Connor Bunnaman-Nolan Patrick-Nicolas Aube-Kubel


Ivan Provorov-Philippe Myers

Travis Sanheim-Justin Braun

Robert Hagg-Shayne Gostisbehere


Carter Hart

Brian Elliott

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