● Philadelphia has a couple of nights off this weekend — but the Metropolitan Division club will still be extremely busy. Head coach Dave Hakstol’s crew meets the Sabres in Buffalo this afternoon and then flies to Winnipeg for another matinee on Sunday. The Flyers are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games and are tied for last in the division with the New Jersey Devils.
● The Flyers are coming off a 4-3 overtime defeat Thursday to the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets. D Travis Sanheim, who hails from Elkhorn, Man., scored his first two goals of the season in a span of 2:05 in the third period to even the contest 3-3. He was Philadelphia’s first-round pick (17th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft after a brilliant junior career with the Calgary Hitmen, and he played
49 games (2G, 8A) last season.
Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck stopped 27 of 28 shots against the Islanders on Tuesday, and credited the defence for standing tall despite a slew of injuries.