Flyers searching for home swagger; Bryz returns

Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov will return against Buffalo tonight. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

   The Flyers, who have lost five of their last six games, will try to get back on track Thursday night against offensive-challenged Buffalo at the Wells Fargo Center.

   The Sabres are averaging just 2.36 goals per game. Only four teams have averaged fewer goals.

   The Flyers have more losses than wins at home, where they have a head-scratching 13-9-5 record.

   "I think it's just a matter of getting back to basics and realizing how good we can be," enforcer Jody Shelley said.

   Shelley is expected to replace Zac Rinaldo, who will start a two-game, NHL-imposed suspension for a hit on Detroit's Jonathan Ericsson

   After missing three straight games because of the flu, Ilya Bryzgalov will return to the nets for the Flyers. In his last four games, Bryzgalov (2.78 GAA, .900 save percentage) has allowed a total of just six goals.

   Jhonas Enroth (2.59, .919) will start for Buffalo over Ryan Miller.

   Jaromir Jagr (flu), Marc-Andre Bourdon and Andrej Meszaros (upper-body injury) did not take part in Thursday's morning skate.

    If Meszaros can't play, Andreas Lilja would be in the lineup.

    Bourdon was apparently just given the morning off.

    "He's fine," GM Paul Holmgren said in a text.

    As for speculation that Bourdon would be traded, a source said the Flyers weren't close to making any deals and that "things are quiet."

    The trade deadline is Feb. 27.

    Forward Eric Wellwood was recalled from the Phantoms and is expected to be in Thursday's lineup. He will likely replace Jagr. Jakub Voracek (upper-body injury) skated Thursday morning and sounded as if he was ready to return.

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    A source said the Flyers have not had any conversations with Columbus about Rick Nash.

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