As the Flyers use the days leading into Thursday's Game 1 of the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs to scheme against the Buffalo Sabres, there's little mystery about what line they'll focus their attention on shutting down.

Unlike the Flyers, whose depth and versatility up front make it difficult to identify their top line, the Buffalo Sabres have a clear No. 1 trio with wingers Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville flanking center Tim Connolly.

The Connolly line is a major reason why Buffalo begins the playoffs on a 16-4-4 run. Connolly, Vanek, and Pominville, all veterans, have combined for 47 points (19 goals, 28 assists) in the last 16 games.

Connolly indicated it was just a matter of time before his line began producing at a prolific rate.

"The chances finally started going in," Connolly said in the Buffalo News. "For a while I think we were creating quite a few chances, but we weren't getting the bounces."

The Flyers will have Vanek in their crosshairs the most. They saw the damage he can do when he scored the game-winner in overtime of a 4-3 win Friday that clinched a playoff spot for Buffalo. The 27-year-old Austrian, who is 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, also had two assists. He leads the Sabres in points (73), goals (32), assists (41), power-play goals (11), and game-winning goals (five) in 80 games.

Lately, Vanek has shown a penchant for scoring big goals. Before his game-winner against the Flyers, he had a hat trick in a 4-2 win over Tampa Bay on April 5 in a game that had playoff implications for the Sabres. He was named the NHL's first star of the final week of the regular season.