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Tuesday, October 17th (All times eastern)

Philadelphia Flyers (1-3-1) at Buffalo Sabres (5-0-0), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres try to move their sizzling start to 6-0 tonight when they welcome the Philadelphia Flyers to HSBC Arena.

With a win the Sabres would come closer the team record for consecutive wins to start a season. The mark of eight was set in 1975-76.

The Sabres, who have won their last 10 regular-season games dating to last season, are coming off Saturday's 7-4 win over the visiting NY Rangers. Chris Drury recorded his first career hat trick and added an assist to lead the effort.

Daniel Briere had a goal and two assists and Maxim Afinogenov added a goal and an assist for the Sabres, while goaltender Ryan Miller made 19 saves. Buffalo won the match despite falling behind 2-0 in the first period.

The status of Saturday's game was in question until the morning, as the Buffalo area was still recovering from the nearly two feet of wet snow that fell on Thursday. Many homes and businesses were left without power because the heavy snow brought down power lines.

Buffalo, which is the lone unbeaten club in the Eastern Conference, will host Carolina on Friday.

Philadelphia, meanwhile, has lost two straight games, and four of its first five this season. On Saturday the Flyers dropped a 3-2 decision in New Jersey, as Brian Gionta tallied the game-winner with 16:27 left in the match.

Mike Knuble scored two goals and Antero Niittymaki made 29 saves for the Flyers, who held a 2-1 lead in the second period.

Niittymaki started his fourth straight game Saturday, but Robert Esche is expected to make his first appearance since an opening-night 4-0 loss to Pittsburgh.

Philly's lone win came a week ago in New York over the Rangers.

The Flyers will visit Tampa Bay on Thursday.

Buffalo took three-of-four from Philadelphia last season, and defeated the Flyers in six during the first round of the playoffs.

10/17 10:24:56 ET


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