Flyers at Sabres -- 12:30 p.m., NBC
First Niagara Center, Buffalo
The Flyers are back in action a day after opening their lockout-shortened, 48-game season with a 3-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Next up for the Flyers are the Buffalo Sabres, who haven't enjoyed much success against the orange and black over the past few seasons.
That especially goes for Sabres netminder Ryan Miller, who has posted a 12-10-0-2 record with a 3.15 goals against average and .899 save percentage in 26 career games against the Flyers.
The last time these two teams met, the Flyers eliminated the Sabres from postseason contention with a 2-1 win on April 5. Matt Read and Marc-Andre Bourdon each scored in the third period to help the Flyers sweep the season series against Buffalo, 4-0. Former Flyer Ville Leino netted the Sabres' only marker.
The Flyers opened their 2013 campaign with a sloppy 3-1 loss to the Penguins at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday. The Penguins jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first period, but Flyers netminder Ilya Bryzgalov performed well overall. He made 24 saves on 26 shots. Captain Claude Giroux scored the Flyers' lone goal courtesy of a nifty saucer pass from linemate Scott Hartnell on the opening shift of the second period.
Buffalo was one of only four teams -- along with Edmonton, Calgary and San Jose -- that did not play on Saturday. Sunday's contest with the Flyers will be the Sabres' first game since they ended their 2011-12 season with a 4-3 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins.
Inside the box score
The Flyers outhit the Penguins on Sunday, 40-37. Zac Rinaldo and Matt Cooke each delivered a game-high seven checks.
Kimmo Timonen led the Flyers in ice time at 23:52. The 37-year-old recorded two shots and was a plus-1 in the loss.
The Flyers' power play unit went 0 for 5 on the man advantage. The Flyers took only three penalties, but allowed two goals while shorthanded -- one on an empty net.
Keep an eye on ...
Flyers rookie Scott Laughton had a strong debut on Saturday. The 18-year-old delivered four checks, blocked a shot and went 2 for 6 on faceoffs in just over 12 minutes of ice time against Pittsburgh. The Flyers now have four games to decide whether they want to keep Laughton or send him back to juniors in Oshawa. Last season, Laughton scored 21 goals and had 32 assists in 64 games for the Generals in the OHL.
Similarly, Sabres rookie Mikhail Grigorenko is in the same position as Laughton. Grigorenko has five games to prove that he belongs in the NHL before Buffalo is forced to make a decision on whether to keep him on its roster or send him back to juniors in Quebec. The 18-year-old recorded 40 goals and 45 assists in 59 games with the Remparts in the QMJHL last season.
Did you know?
The Flyers are 6-2 against Buffalo over the past two regular seasons and have outscored the Sabres 36-23 in those eight games.
The last time Buffalo reached the postseason was in 2010-11, when the Flyers eliminated the Sabres in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals in seven games before being swept out of the playoffs by the Bruins in the second round.
Flyers: Danny Briere is still recovering from a hairline fracture in his left wrist and will not play against his former club on Sunday.
Sabres: Leino is questionable for Sunday's game with a nagging knee injury. Forwards Cody McCormick (finger) and Nathan Gerbe (back surgery) are on Injured Reserve.
Should the Flyers keep Laughton or send him back to juniors?
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