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Sabres Open Season at FNC vs Flyers

@ 12:30 PM

Last Game:

Philadelphia: Jan 19 vs. Penguins Loss 3-1

Buffalo: Apr 7 at Bruins Loss(SO) 4-3

Record:

Philadelphia: 0-1-0

Buffalo: 39-32-11

Rank In Conference:

Philadelphia: 10th

Buffalo: 9th

Power Play Ranking:

Philadelphia: 0.0(28th)

Buffalo: 17.0(16th)

Penalty Kill Ratings:

Philadelphia: 33.3(22nd)

Buffalo: 81.7(19th)

Goals For:

Philadelphia: 1(T-18th)

Buffalo: 217(17th)

Goals Against:

Philadelphia: 3(T-20th)

Buffalo: 223(18th)

Shots For:

Philadelphia: 27(T-13rd)

Buffalo: 2397(18th)

Shots Against:

Philadelphia: 27(T-16th)

Buffalo: 2571(27th)

Blocked Shots:

Philadelphia: 12(T-10th)

Buffalo: 1075(20th)

Hits:

Philadelphia: 40(1st)

Buffalo: 1512(29th)

Face-Off Percentage:

Philadelphia: 43.6(21st)

Buffalo: 49.5(19th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Philadelphia: Giroux(1)

Buffalo: Pominville(30), Vanek(26), Stafford(20), Hodgson(19)

Assists:

Philadelphia: Hartnell and B. Schenn(1)

Buffalo: Pominville(43), Vanek(35), Stafford(30), Ehrhoff(27)

Points:

Philadelphia: Giroux, Hartnell, and B. Schenn(1)

Buffalo: Pominville(73), Vanek(61), Stafford(50), Hodgson(41)

Plus/Minus:

Philadelphia: Giroux, Hartnell, B. Schenn, Timonen, and L. Schenn(+1)

Buffalo: Ennis(+11), Sulzer(+8), Foligno(+6), Stafford, Myers, and Ott(+5)

Penalty Minutes:

Philadelphia: Giroux, Grossman, and Coburn(2)
Buffalo: Ott(157), Kaleta(116), Weber(64), Regehr and McCormick(56)

Shots:

Philadelphia: Voracek(6), Hartnell(5), Giroux and Simmonds(3), Timonen, Read, and E. Wellwood(2)

Buffalo: Pominville(235), Stafford(226), Vanek(204), Hodgson(154)

Blocked Shots:

Philadelphia: Grossmann and Simmonds(2), 8 Tied with 1

Buffalo: Leopold(128), Regehr(112), Sekera(93), Weber(90)

Hits:

Philadelphia: Rinaldo(7), Read(6), Hartnell(5), Laughton and Meszaros(4)

Buffalo: Ott(278), Regehr(172), Kaleta(139), Weber(123)

Face-Off Wins:

Philadelphia: Giroux(13), Couturier(10), Laughton(2), Fedotenko and Voracek(1)

Buffalo: Ott(561), Hodgson(329), Pominville(179), Ennis(145)

Today Starting Goaltender Matchup:

Philadelphia: Ilya Bryzgalov 0-1-0 2.03 GAA .923 SV% 0 SO

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 31-21-7 2.55 GAA .916 SV% 6 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: Apr 5 Flyers Won 2-1

Season Series: Flyers Won 4-0-0

All-Time: Flyers Lead 77-56-25

All-Time vs. PHI: Sabres Lead 38-29-10

Sabres Start 2013 Shorten Season against Flyers

The Buffalo Sabres return to action after the 4+ Month NHL Lockout. The Sabres will have some new faces joining the team this season. Steve Ott who was acquired in a trade will make his Sabres debut on the 3rd Line this afternoon. Ott will bring much need toughness to the Sabres lineup that has been lacking for the past few seasons. John Scott was signed in the offseason by the Sabres to also bring toughness and willingness to drop the gloves. Rookie Mikhail Grigorenko is the most anticipated addition to the Sabres in quite some time. Grigorenko was drafted in the 1st round of last year’s NHL Entry Draft. He is coming off a strong showing at the World Junior Championship playing for his native Russia. Grigorenko recorded 2 Goals and 4 Assists in 7 Games Played in the Tournament winning the Bronze Medal. Grigorenko also got off to a strong start of his junior season for the Quebec Ramparts. In 32 Games he has recorded 50 Points(29 G, 21 A).

The Sabres season will likely be decided by goalie Ryan Miller. Miller had an up and down 2011-2012 season will have to get back into his Vezina form that he showed in the 2009-2010 season. Miller finished the 2011-2012 season strong after a slow 1st half of the season compounded by injuries due to the Milan Lucic hit. The Sabres offense will have to come from it top two lines of Jason Pominville-Cody Hodgson-Thomas Vanek and Marcus Foligno-Tyler Ennis-Drew Stafford. The Sabres Defense-core will look to get better being led by Tyler Myers and Christian Ehrhoff.

Penguins defeat Flyers to start season with revenge

The last time the Flyers and Penguins met, Philadelphia torched Pittsburgh for 30 goals in six games en route to taking the team’s first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series.

Eight months later, back in the building where the Penguins’ season ended, they limited the Flyers to one goal and opened this season with a 3-1 victory at Wells Fargo Center.

Tyler Kennedy, James Neal and Chris Kunitz each had a goal, and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, beaten for most of those goals in that playoff series, stopped 26 of 27 shots.

Flyers captain Claude Giroux scored his team’s goal. Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov made 24 saves.

The Penguins controlled the first period, limited the Flyers to six shots, three on a late power play.

At the other end, Kennedy opened the scoring with a power-play goal 4:40 into the game. Brandon Sutter, making his debut as the Penguins’ new third-line center, beat Giroux on a faceoff in the Philadelphia end late in the man advantage, with the puck going back to Matt Niskanen. He passed over to defense partner Paul Martin, who fired a shot from the right point that deflected off Kennedy past Bryzgalov.

Minutes later, another faceoff win led to the Penguins’ second goal. Evgeni Malkin beat Sean Couturier on a draw in the right circle and kicked the puck behind him to Neal. He ripped a one-timer from the top of the circle that appeared to surprise Bryzgalov and got past him at 7:20 to make it 2-0.

The Flyers got a goal back 23 seconds into the second period. Brayden Schenn sent Scott Hartnell on a breakout down the left side in the Pittsburgh end. Hartnell floated a perfect saucer pass through the slot to Giroux on the right post, and he jammed it past Fleury to make it 2-1.

The Flyers continued to push for most of the second period. Their best chance came with 8:30 left, when Giroux made a sensational move around Paul Martin on a rush into the Pittsburgh end, faking and dragging the puck past the Penguins defenseman. Giroux tried to get a shot on net, but the puck bounced across to Hartnell, who couldn’t get a clean shot and Fleury was able to cover the puck.

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This Day In Sabres History:

January 20, 1995 Sabres beat Stanley Cup Champion Rangers To Start Lockout Shorten Season

On this Day 18 Years Ago the Sabres kickoff their 1995 season with a visit to the Stanley Cup Champions New York Rangers. The Sabres played the Season Opener without Captain Pat Lafontaine who missed the game with an injured right knee. The Game would get off to a bad start for the Sabres when Steve Larmer put the Defending Champions on the Board First. Grant Fehr would not let the Rangers get another goal by him for the rest of the night. The Sabres would score 2 unanswered goals from Donald Audette and Dale Hawerchuck to power the Sabres to victory. The Win would be Grant Fehr’s last in a Sabres Uniform. The Sabres would make the playoffs in the 1995 season getting knocked off by the Philadelphia Flyers in 5 Games

Injury Report:

Philadelphia: Pronger Post Concussion-Syndrome(IR/Out), Walker Lower Body(IR/Out), Bourdon Concussion(IR/Out), Briere Hair-Line Fracture in Right Wrist(IR/Out)
Buffalo: McCormick Finger(IR/Out), Gerbe Back Surgery(IR/Out), Leino Undisclosed(Questionable)

Next 5 Games:

Jan 21 at Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Jan 24 at Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Jan 25 vs. Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Jan 27 at Washington Capitals 3:00 PM(MSG HD/NHLN HD)

Jan 29 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

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