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Philadelphia Flyers need a victory against the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday

Wayne Simmonds broke the Flyers' scoring drought on Saturday.
Wayne Simmonds broke the Flyers' scoring drought on Saturday.
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If the Philadelphia Flyers plan to enter the playoffs on a roll, it needs to start Sunday night against the Buffalo Sabres at the Wells Fargo Center. Let’s back up. If the Philadelphia Flyers plan to make the playoffs at all, it needs to start Sunday.

The Flyers enter Sunday’s contest having lost their last four games marking the third four-game losing streak of the season and the first since the middle of January. Saturday’s loss to the Bruins could be the most frustrating of the four losses this week. Philadelphia was able to battled back and tie the game at the end of the second period and take that momentum into the third period. Boston was a perfect opponent to exploit as they were skating on tired legs nearing the end of their third game in four days.

Instead, the Bruins came out and totally dominated the Flyers in the third period out-shooting them 22-8 while score three times in the final 6:06 of the game to hand Philadelphia the 5-2 loss.

The Buffalo Sabres are certainly a welcomed sight for the Flyers as they have lost two straight and are just 2-7-1 over their last 10 games. Buffalo is going-away the worst team in the NHL sitting 11 points behind the league’s second worst team, Florida.

The Flyers cannot afford to leave any points on the table against opponents like the Sabres. If history is any indication, the Flyers should be in good shape as the fourth loss in their last four-game losing streak came at the hands of the Boston Bruins.

Philadelphia’s magic number to clinch the playoffs is six with five games remaining. It starts Sunday on NBC Sports Network at 7:30 pm from the Wells Fargo Center.