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Tuesday, February 20th (All times eastern)

Philadelphia Flyers (16-35-8) at Buffalo Sabres (39-15-5), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres will try to get back on the winning track tonight, when they continue their lengthy homestand with a matchup against the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Eastern Conference-leaders are 3-0-1 so far in this six-game set at HSBC Arena and 20-7-3 on home ice this season.

Buffalo had a four-game winning streak snapped Saturday by the Boston Bruins. Petr Tenkrat scored in the eighth round of the shootout to lead Boston to the 4-3 decision.

Daniel Briere had a goal and an assist and Ryan Miller finished with 27 saves for the Sabres, who have 83 points and hold a five-point edge over New Jersey for the top spot in the East.

The Sabres will be without Ales Kotalik for an extended period of time, as the Czech forward is expected to miss the next four-to-six weeks with a right knee injury suffered in Saturday's loss. Kotalik has 14 goals and 22 assists on the season.

The Flyers had won three out of their last four games before losing to the visiting Bruins on Monday. Tenkrat scored a pair of goals to guide Boston to the 6-3 win at the Wachovia Center.

Scottie Upshall, one of the main components in the trade that sent Peter Forsberg to Nashville last week, registered his second goal in as many games for Philadelphia. Upshall added an assist, while Jeff Carter and Kyle Calder had a goal and two helpers each in defeat.

Antero Niittymaki was torched in net for Philadelphia and ended with just 12 saves on 17 shots.

The Flyers were also dealt some serious injury news on Saturday, when Mike Knuble, the team's second-leading scorer, sustained fractures to the orbital bone around his eye and to his cheekbone.

Knuble, who has 22 goals and 21 assists, suffered the injury when he and Rangers forward Brendan Shanahan collided in the third period of Philadelphia's 5-3 win in New York. The 34-year-old right wing is scheduled to undergo surgery on Wednesday and is expected to be sidelined for one month.

The Sabres are 2-0 against Philadelphia this year and have taken five of the last six meetings overall. The Flyers are just 1-7-1 (1 tie) in their last nine trips to Buffalo.

02/20 10:47:35 ET


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