Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) – The Buffalo Sabres held an optional morning skate on Wednesday ahead of their evening matchup with the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Sabres had a feed going during the skate where general manager Kevyn Adams was a guest. Adams said that Dylan Cozens is about a week away after suffering an injury on Monday night. He added that Cozens is more day-to-day than week-to-week.
Buffalo comes into the game trying to break an 18-game winless streak. Don Granato said the focus isn’t just to win one game to break a streak, it’s to be a better team.
“The win is going to be the byproduct of doing things the right way," he said following the morning skate. "We’re not giving these guys extra reps so we can hope to win the next game and then we’re right back to where we were. If we turn to the streak and focus and turn to just chasing one win, just for the sake of one win and sacrifice becoming better, I don’t believe in that.”
One of things that has gotten back on track is the penalty killing. In the last two games, they’re 7-for-7, and are 12-for-12 in three of four games. That has gotten the team back to 16th in the NHL.
The Sabres are 0-9-2 in their last 11 home games.
Linus Ullmark likely will get the call in goal on Wednesday. He’s given up seven goals in his two starts coming back from injury. Overall, Ullmark is 5-5-3 with a 2.60 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage.
In six games against the Flyers, Taylor Hall has six points.
Philadelphia is in fifth place in the East Division, three points back of the Boston Bruins. What puts the Flyers in more of a jam is they’re already 5-1-0 against the Sabres, meaning they’ve picked up 10 points against the Sabres with four possible points remaining. The Bruins are 2-0-0 against the Sabres and likely have 12 more points coming against them.
In five games this season against Buffalo, Brian Elliott is 4-0-0 with a 1.40 goals-against average and a .951 save percentage. In his career against the Sabres, Elliott is 17-2-2 with a 1.74 goals-against average and a .941 save percentage.
This season, Sean Couturier has three goals and four assists for seven points in four games against Buffalo.
After four-straight losses, the Flyers have won two in a row. Couturier has four goals and three assists for seven points in his last four games.
Join Schopp and the Bulldog for pregame coverage starting at 6:30 p.m. ET when they’ll be joined by Granato, Kyle Okposo and Casey Mittelstadt.
Wednesday's game will be televised on NBCSN, so the only place to catch Dan Dunleavy and Rob Ray on the call of the play-by-play is on WGR.