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NBC Sports Network: Philadelphia Flyers must drop the Buffalo Sabres

Four games and two points. That's not what the Philadelphia Flyers wanted, or needed, since last Sunday's game started against the Boston Bruins at the Wells Fargo Center. But, that's exactly what Craig Berube's squad got.

Coming off a resounding bookended 5-2 road loss to the Bruins, the Flyers know that they have ten possible points waiting for them on their regular season schedule. Taking two of those markers, with a win over the Buffalo Sabres (starting at 7:30pm EST on the NBC Sports Network tonight) is vital.

There are thirteen teams in the entire National Hockey League that have more points than the Flyers. The Detroit Red Wings are the only group to share Philadelphia's negative goal differential status, having yielded more goals (222) than they've scored (211). The Flyers have scored 215 goals and have allowed 218.

Let's put further iced sabermetrics aside and simply state common sense: Any team that yields more goals than it scores in the regular season is unlikely to suddenly start pumping pucks into the net when the playoffs arrive.

Berube turned the Flyers around after he was told to stand in Peter Laviolette's head coaching spot. So, it's possible that this recent skid is an aberration. The final five games of the season will prove whether the 'Chief' has enough talent on his bench to push the orange and black back into playoff picture, after a one-year absence, and to perform well after their arrival.

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