Monday, December 29, 2014

Flyers missing more than Pronger

The Flyers, who face visiting Buffalo in Game 2 at 5 p.m. Saturday, are missing more than star defenseman Chris Pronger.

Flyers missing more than Pronger

The Flyers, who face visiting Buffalo in Game 2 at 5 p.m. Saturday, are missing more than star defenseman Chris Pronger.

They are missing scoring from several of their key forwards.

Some numbers:

* Claude Giroux has one goal in his last 11 games.

* Ville Leino has two goals in his last 15 games.

* Mike Richards has two goals in his last 10 games.

* Jeff Carter has two goals in his last nine games.

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The Sabres, coming off a 1-0 win in Game 1, are also looking for more offense. Despite Thursday’s victory, Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said his team is capable of playing better.

“We turned over quite a few pucks on entries and that didn’t allow us to get enough (offensive) zone time,” he said. “We didn’t have the typical zone time for our team and we spent a lot of time in the neutral zone, and I felt that hurt us. We played a strong game but I think we can play a better game.”

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Sabres winger Jason Pominville said goalie Ryan Miller may have benefitted from the time off following a collarbone injury March 29. Miller had 31 consecutive starts prior to the injury.

“He’s played so many games the last couple years and we were kind of riding him because we dug ourselves a pretty big hole,” Pominville said. “ Then, unfortunately, he got an injury, but the injury probably happened at a good time to give him a little rest.”

Miller came off the bench and held the Flyers scoreless in the third period and overtime of a 4-3 Buffalo win eight days ago. He had eight saves. Including the the 35 saves he had in Thursday’s 1-0 win, Miller has stopped the last 43 shots the Flyers have put on him.

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