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Larsson, Deslauriers to fill Kane's roles for Sabres

PHILADELPHIA -- The Sabres' power play has accounted for eight of Buffalo's 15 goals, so it's clearly the most integral part of their offense. Johan Larsson is getting a chance to join the unit.

Larsson will step in for injured Evander Kane on Tuesday night when the Sabres visit the Philadelphia Flyers. Larsson skated on the second unit with Jack Eichel, Jamie McGinn, Brian Gionta and Rasmus Ristolainen. The first unit boasts Ryan O'Reilly, Sam Reinhart, Matt Moulson, Tyler Ennis and Cody Franson.

Larsson has no points in seven games, but Dan Bylsma sees the forward as worthy of power-play time.

"On the half wall or flank position, he’s got some patience and skill with the puck," the coach said in Wells Fargo Center. "As you saw even in practice today, he’s got a heavy shot."

Shooting has been the key to the Sabres' seventh-ranked power play, which is clicking at 23.5 percent and went 3 for 9 during the previous two games.

"We’ve had some success," Bylsma said. "The thing they’ve done really well is they’ve adopted a shooting mentality and getting pucks to the net. That’s really largely where our success has come from."

Nicolas Deslauriers is expected to start in Kane's spot at the No. 1 left winger alongside O'Reilly and Ennis.

"It would be a real big mistake to try to be somebody he’s not out there," Byslma said. "He just needs to play a straight-line, physical game, provide some speed, some forecheck and some net presence for that group."

The Sabres will start goaltender Chad Johnson (2-5, .879 save percentage) against the Flyers' Steve Mason (2-2-1, .899). Mike Weber will be the Sabres' healthy scratch on defense. Marcus Foligno will return after missing one game with a leg injury.

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