The Flyers have been drastically better at home this season compared to 2018-19, when they went 19-18-4 in Philly for their fewest home wins since 2006-07.
So far in 2019-20, they're 11-2-4 at home with the NHL's third-fewest regulation losses.
The Flyers (18-11-5) hope to enjoy more home cooking Thursday as they host the Sabres (16-12-7).
Let's get into the essentials:
• When: 7 p.m. ET with Flyers Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m. ET
• Where: Wells Fargo Center
• Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
• Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app
• James van Riemsdyk is starting to warm up and multiple signs point to more production tonight against the Sabres.
Over the Flyers' last 10 games, van Riemsdyk is tied with Sean Couturier for the team lead in points at eight. The goal-scoring winger has four markers and four assists during that stretch after going scoreless in his previous eight games.
In the Flyers' 4-1 win Tuesday over the Ducks, van Riemsdyk played his third-most minutes (18:17) of the season, as head coach Alain Vigneault continues to increase his ice time.
On top of that, van Riemsdyk owns 15 career goals against Buffalo (tied for his second most against any NHL team) and the Sabres have the league's fourth-worst penalty kill (75.5 percent).
This sure looks like a game for van Riemsdyk to do some damage.
• Another player the Flyers have needed more offensive production from has started to give it to them.
Since his three-game benching, Shayne Gostisbehere has put up four goals, an assist and a plus-3 mark. His four tallies are tied with John Carlson for most goals by NHL defensemen since Nov. 29.
Good signs from van Riemsdyk and Gostisbehere but the Flyers will want more, especially on the power play.
• The focal point of the Flyers' defensive strategy: Holding Jack Eichel in check.
Buffalo's 23-year-old center is on a 17-game point streak in which he has recorded 16 goals, 15 assists and a plus-17 rating.
Claude Giroux-Sean Couturier-Travis Konecny
James van Riemsdyk-Kevin Hayes-Nicolas Aube-Kubel
David Kase-Morgan Frost-Jakub Voracek
Andy Andreoff-Mikhail Vorobyev-Tyler Pitlick
Ivan Provorov-Matt Niskanen
Travis Sanheim-Justin Braun
Shayne Gostisbehere-Philippe Myers
Carter Hart at home:— Jordan Hall (@JHallNBCS) December 19, 2019
9-1-2, 1.57 goals-against average, .944 save percentage
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