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Wednesday, January 7th (All times eastern)

Philadelphia Flyers (20-7-9-4) at Buffalo Sabres (16-20-4-1), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Flyers conclude an eight-game road trip tonight when they visit the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena.

Philadelphia is 2-3-1-1 on the swing to this point, having had a two-game winning streak halted via Saturday's 6-1 loss in Tampa. Fredrik Modin recorded a natural hat trick to lead the Lightning.

Donald Brashear scored the lone goal for the Flyers, who lost for the first time in four games (2-1-1). Philly scored first in the match but then surrendered the final six goals.

Robert Esche was chased from the game after allowing three goals in the first 25 minutes. Jeff Hackett didn't fare much better, giving up three goals on 15 shots the rest of the way.

There was a scary moment for the Flyers at Tuesday's practice, as leading scorer Jeremy Roenick was struck in the left cheek by a slap shot. After laying motionless on the ice momentarily, Roenick left the rink under his own power and received 26 stitches. He suffered no broken bones and is expected to be in the lineup tonight.

Philadelphia, with 53 points, leads the Atlantic Division by three over the second-place Devils.

The Flyers will host Florida on Thursday.

Buffalo, meanwhile, had a brief three-game unbeaten streak (2-0-1) halted by Tuesday's 3-1 loss in Montreal.

Alexei Zhitnik scored in defeat for the Sabres, who fell to 4-9-2 in their last 15 tries. Martin Biron stopped 34 shots in his fourth consecutive start. Biron is back as the Buffalo starter with Mika Noronen sidelined due to a groin injury.

Sabres' captain Miroslav Satan had a three-game goal-scoring streak snapped in the setback. He posted five tallies during the run.

Buffalo, 3-0-1 in its last four at home, will host Ottawa on Friday.

The Flyers defeated Buffalo, 2-0, in Philly to open the season, and the home team has won the last six meetings.

01/07 10:13:41 ET

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