The Buffalo Sabres got the best of the Flyers earlier this season in a 5-2 Flyers' loss on Jan. 20.
This week from hockey hell has one last chapter to it. After losses to the Rangers, Penguins and now the Bruins yesterday, the Flyers have one last game against four of the better Eastern Conference teams that scheduling could throw at them all in one week. They host the Buffalo Sabres before two days off from game action.
This has certainly not been a week to remember for the Flyers. In fact, if the Flyers should miss the playoffs, even by just a handful of points, this might be the week to look back on when remembering the season that wasn't.
A strong first period against the Rangers ends with Ryan Callahan scoring a goal that should just never happen. The rest of the game goes to the Rangers.
An incredible first period of dominance goes to waste as the comfort level grows to become too much and the Flyers squander a three-goal lead to their cross-state rivals, the Penguins.
Finally, it all came to a head yesterday. Three goals in 2 minutes and 18 seconds midway through the first was the difference in a 3-0 blanking by the Bruins.
So with one game left in this hectic, difficult week, there are two options: work like hell to gain two points and remain alive in the race or continue to fade away with another weak performance.
The Sabres present a challenge, mainly because they are the weakest of the opponents the Flyers face this week. The Flyers may actually be their own worst enemy in this game. That's a problem when you look at the way this team has often beaten themselves this season.
The Sabres are nearly dead last in the league with just 21 points. This should be a game where the Flyers, who are 11th in the conference but still just three points away from eighth with 23 points, could get two valuable points and be back in the race.
But beware of the talent that Buffalo has. It starts in goal with Ryan Miller, a quality goalie who can post a good performance on any night.
Offensively, the depth is there for Buffalo. They have capable goal scorers in Thomas Vanek, Drew Stafford, Jason Pominville, Tyler Ennis and Nathan Gerbe.
Defensively, the Sabres are powered by Tyler Myers. Add in the depth of Christian Ehrhoff and Andrej Sekera, and the Sabres blue line can certainly compete with that of the Flyers, which has lacked for much of the season.
There is a really simple mindset to take in watching tonight's game. This could be the make or break game for the Flyers. Win and your season remains alive and well, at least for now. Lose and with a four-game losing streak culminating in a loss to a last-place team, you might as well start preparing for the link right now.
This is the time for the Flyers to show they aren't ready to pack it in like they said they did in Boston. So chances are this will either be a rebound game for the ages or another game to simply forget.