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POSTED ON Tuesday, 07.10.2012 / 4:48 PM
By Kevin Snow - Sabres.com (@kwsnow) / BEYOND THE BOARDS
Frederick Roy (Photo: Bill Wippert)

Because he’s not a goalie, the name Frederick Roy doesn’t jump out at you on the development camp roster. A 92-point player with the QMJHL’s Quebec Remparts last season, the shifty, five-foot-10, center looks like just another camp invitee doing his best to impress Sabres management this week at First Niagara Center. But that’s where his anonymity ends.

Frederick is the son of Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy, who played 18 years with the Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche. These days, Patrick is the co-owner, head coach and general manager of the Remparts, a position that could have made life very interesting for father and son over the past few seasons. However, according to Frederick, it was never an issue.

“We knew that when we got to the rink it was business. I was just another player. At home we are really close, we are really good friends. It’s just that we work well together – he’s a good teacher and I’m a good student.

“He’s taught me one way to play the game – the hard way. It’s 100 percent every time I set foot on that ice; I give my heart and soul to the team I’m playing with.”


This can be an unsettling time of year for someone trying to earn a roster spot with the big club. Whether it’s the NHL Entry Draft, trades or free agency, there’s always seems to be some sort of roster shuffling going on that could affect your future. Corey Tropp explained that no matter how much you need to stay focused on your own personal goals, you can’t help but read or listen to all the offseason chatter.

“You pay attention to it; I’d be lying to you if I wasn’t. But I have a job, and that’s to compete, work my tail off and make the team coming out of camp. That’s what I’m striving for,” explains Tropp, who turns 23 on July 25. “At the end of the day you’ve just to got to think realistically that if you play well enough, and you’re working hard enough, your opportunity is gonna come.”

Tropp knows that he’ll be given every opportunity to possible to compete for a roster spot in training camp, after playing 34 games with the Sabres last season. But he also realizes that it’s not going to be handed to him.

“I think the staff here is very fair. If you perform better than somebody else, you’re gonna get that opportunity, and you’re gonna be that guy that maybe they thought the other guy was. My mindset is to control what I can control. Right now that’s getting myself prepared for September.”


Marcus Foligno

Growing up as the son of an NHL’er, Marcus Foligno has experienced first-hand how quickly a player’s life can be uprooted by a trade. But he was reminded of it again recently when his brother Nick was dealt from Ottawa to Columbus on July 1. The brothers were together when the trade went down, so Marcus was there to see Nick’s immediate reaction.

“He took it well. I think he was shocked really. He loved Ottawa, the city and the community. Nick and his wife were very involved. One of the things about Nick is that he’s really good at public speaking, and he did it a lot in the community. He’d had a good year, but it was just one of those hockey deals. He took it pretty well, and he’s really excited to be with Columbus. They have an organization that’s up and coming. He’s really looking forward to getting there and being a big player for that team. He’s gonna fit well with them.”

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POSTED ON Monday, 06.18.2012 / 5:02 PM
By Kevin Snow - Sabres.com (@kwsnow) / BEYOND THE BOARDS

If Darcy Regier needs a new ringtone, he might want to look no further than the new pop hit “Call Me Maybe.” Four days away from the entry draft, Regier admitted at today’s press conference at First Niagara Center that he’s been making more phone calls than usual heading into one of his busiest times of the year.

“We are very active as it relates to finding ways to improve our hockey team. Some of the names you hear that are out there, we’ve had conversations with those teams,” Regier explained. “I think it’s way too early to know whether or not anything will happen. I think there are a lot of teams like us in similar positions that are trying to do the same thing. At the start of the draft week, even the week before, you start to get a sense. But then as we get closer to the draft, things have a way of materializing.”

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With a pair of first-round picks at 12th and 21st overall – and two more in the second round – Regier said the Sabres have some “flexibility” in terms of what they are able to do. But whether that means trading up or acquiring a proven NHLer, Regier expects it play out over the course of the next 96 hours or so.

“It’s too early. It could go anyway. We could use those four picks just to pick players in the draft. It’s the value of the players in the draft and how soon they may be ready for the National Hockey League, versus the cost to acquire some other player.”

Edmonton and Columbus own the first two picks this year, and the chatter has been that the Sabres should try and use their wealth of early draft picks to move up into one of those spots. But according to Kevin Devine, Buffalo’s Director of Amateur Scouting, this may not be the year to mortgage players off your roster for high draft picks.

“It depends where. We’re not adverse to moving up. But this year’s draft, it’s the first since I can remember, where there’s really not a consensus top five out there. If you polled all the head scouts in the league, you’d probably have 30 different lists."

Devine says the lack of proven star power at the top of the draft may scare some teams off if they are considering a blockbuster move into the top five.

“At the top of the draft, there’s no Stamkos or Nugent-Hopkins. I don’t see a draft like that this year. I think it’s a very good draft. It’s as many as 20 players deep in the first round where you can get a real good player. But for us to move up in the top five and the price it’s going to be, I’m not sure if it’s worth it because I’m not sure if any of those players have distinguished themselves any better than a player who might be around nine. Now if we’re sitting at 12 and we really like a guy and we see him falling, there’s a possibility we might move up. For us to move up into the top five, it’s a low percentage at this point. We’re more likely to move up from 21 than 12.”

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POSTED ON Friday, 05.11.2012 / 11:45 AM
By Kevin Snow - Sabres.com (@kwsnow) / BEYOND THE BOARDS

IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Enroth
Jhonas Enroth – Sweden
With this year’s World Championship groups being split between Sweden and Finland, the 23-year-old Enroth has the rare opportunity to play in front of his hometown fans in the Stockholm bracket. Sweden leads their group with an undefeated 4-0-0-0 record, and Enroth has picked up two of those wins over Norway and Denmark – while posting a 2.50 GAA and .868 save%. Sweden has been splitting their goaltending duties between Enroth and veteran Viktor Fasth, who was named tournament MVP and top goaltender in last year’s World Championship.

UP NEXT: Russia (today), Italy (Saturday), Latvia (Tuesday)

Sekera
Andrej Sekera – Slovakia
The Slovaks are in tough in the Helsinki bracket, which also includes Canada, United States and Finland. They dropped their first two games to Canada and Finland, but bounced back with wins over the US and Kazakhstan. Sekera scored the game winner in the 4-2 win over Team USA on Monday, a game they led 3-1 after the first period. Sekera has two points (1+1) in four games, and is averaging almost 18 minutes of ice time – trailing only Zdena Chara (22:54) and Dominik Granak (20:23).

UP NEXT: Belarus (Saturday), Switzerland (Sunday), France (Tuesday)

WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE
Pysyk
Edmonton vs. Portland (Edmonton leads 3-2)
Mark Pysyk’s goal with 55 seconds left in regulation was the game winner, as the Edmonton Oil Kings defeated the Portland Winterhawks 4-3 on Thursday in Game Five of the WHL Championship. The Oil Kings now lead the series 3-2, and are one win away from advancing to the Memorial Cup.

“Marky’s been a horse in this series,” Edmonton head coach Derek Laxdal told EdmontonOilers.com. “He’s penalty killing, he’s matching lines, he’s on the power-play. His leadership on the ice is second-to-none and he showed it with that game-winning goal. He’s outstanding.”

Game 5 highlights and post-game interviews. (courtesy of EdmontonOilers.com)
Game 5 Scoring Summary

UP NEXT: Game 6 - Saturday @ Portland, 9 p.m. ET (Listen Live)

QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Gauthier-Leduc
Rimouski vs. Saint John (Saint John wins 4-0)
Summer vacation for Jerome Gauthier-Leduc and his Rimouski Oceanic teammates started earlier than they wanted thanks to a dominating 8-0 win by the Saint John Sea Dogs on Thursday. The Sea Dogs swept the QMJHL Presidents Cup championship series in four games, and are headed back to the Memorial Cup for the second straight season. Stanislav Galiev (3+2) and Tomas Jurco (2+3) each had a game-high five points and plus-six rating for the Sea Dogs. Gauthier-Leduc led all QMJHL defensemen with 19 points (8+9) in 21 playoff games, after collecting 74 points (28+46) in 62 regular season games.

Game 4 Scoring Summary

ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE
Shipley
Niagara vs. London (London leads 3-1)
The London Knights have won three straight games in the OHL Championship, and a win tonight at home would punch their ticket to the Memorial Cup. London won Game Four on Wednesday in St. Catharines by a score of 4-1. If the IceDogs are able to extend the series past tonight, Game Six would take place on Sunday (2 p.m.) at the Gatorade Garden City Complex in St. Catharines. Sabres prospect Steven Shipley now has points in consecutive games for Niagara, after picking up the primary assist on Myles Doan’s third period goal in Game Four. In 19 playoff games, Shipley has nine points (5+4).

UP NEXT: Game 5 - Tonight @ London, 7 p.m. (Listen Live)



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POSTED ON Wednesday, 05.09.2012 / 11:59 AM
By Kevin Snow - Sabres.com (@kwsnow) / BEYOND THE BOARDS

WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE
EDMONTON vs. PORTLAND (TIED 2-2)
Rhett Rachinski scored 9:07 into overtime to give the Edmonton Oil Kings a 4-3 win in Game 4 last night in Portland, evening their WHL Championship series at 2-2. Mark Pysyk picked up an assist on Stephane Legault’s second period goal, giving him two points (0+2) in the series. Pysyk has nine points (2+7) in 17 playoff games, along with a plus-five rating and 12 PIMs.

* Game 4 highlights and post-game interviews (courtesy of EdmontonOilers.com)
* Game 4 Scoring Summary

UP NEXT: Game 5 - Thursday @ Edmonton, 9 p.m. ET (Listen Live)


ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE
NIAGARA vs. LONDON (LONDON LEADS 2-1)
The London Knights have won two straight, and they are looking to take a stranglehold on the OHL Championship series tonight when Game 4 is played in St. Catharines. Niagara won the first game in double OT on a goal by Dougie Hamilton, but the Knights bounced back with consecutive wins to take a 2-1 series lead. Steven Shipley’s assist on Brett Ritchie’s power play goal in Game Three was his first point in six games, giving him eight points (5+3) in 18 games.

UP NEXT: Game 4 - Tonight @ Gatorade Garden City Complex in St. Catharines, 7 p.m. (Listen Live)


QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
RIMOUSKI vs. SAINT JOHN (SAINT JOHN LEADS 2-0)
The Rimouski Oceanic and Saint John Sea Dogs have played a pair of 3-2 games to start their QMJHL Presidents Cup series, but the top-ranked Sea Dogs have had the upper hand in both contests to take a 2-0 lead heading into tonight’s Game 3 in Rimouski. Jerome Gauthier-Leduc has recorded an assist in each game, and he now leads all QMJHL defensemen with 17 points (8+9) in 19 games this spring for the Oceanic.

UP NEXT: Game 3 - Tonight @ Rimouski, 7:30 p.m. (Listen Live)
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POSTED ON Friday, 05.04.2012 / 1:49 PM
By Kevin Snow - Sabres.com (@kwsnow) / BEYOND THE BOARDS

EDMONTON 3 – PORTLAND 2
Mark Pysyk had one assist and was named the game’s first star, as the Edmonton Oil Kings opened up the WHL Championship with a 3-2 win over the top-ranked Portland Winterhawks. Pysyk, Buffalo first selection (20th overall) in the 2010 Entry Draft, assisted on Edmonton’s first goal just 1:25 into the game when his point shot was tipped in front by Rhett Rachinski.

"I thought Mark (Pysyk) was outstanding tonight," Edmonton head coach Derek Laxdal told EdmontonOilers.com after the game

* Video highlights, interviews and game recap (EdmontonOilers.com)
* Game Summary

UP NEXT: Game 2, tonight @ Rexall Place in Edmonton, 9 p.m. ET (Listen Live)



NIAGARA 3 – LONDON 2 (2OT)
The Niagara IceDogs took Game One of the OHL Rogers Cup championship with a 3-2 win in double overtime over the London Knights. Boston Bruins draft pick Dougie Hamilton scored the game winner at 9:13 of the second overtime. Sabres prospect Steven Shipley was held off the scoresheet for Niagara.

* Game Recap (St. Catharines Standard)
* Game Summary

UP NEXT: Game 2, Saturday @ Gatorade Garden City Complex in St. Catharines, 7 p.m. (Listen Live)



RIMOUSKI AT SAINT JOHN
Jerome Gauthier-Leduc and the Rimouski Oceanic play Game One of the QMJHL Presidents Cup tonight in New Brunswick against the Sea Dogs. Game time is 7 p.m. ET (Listen Live)


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POSTED ON Wednesday, 05.02.2012 / 3:34 PM
By Kevin Snow - Sabres.com (@kwsnow) / BEYOND THE BOARDS

The postseason rolls on for three Sabres prospects, as each of their teams have advanced to their respective league championships in the Canadian Hockey League. Mark Pysyk (Edmonton, WHL) and Steven Shipley (Niagara, OHL) will start their series on Thursday, while Jerome Gauthier-Leduc (Rimouski, QMJHL) will have to wait until Friday to play Game One. The champions from the OHL, WHL and QMJHL will then advance to the 2012 Memorial Cup in Shawinigan, Quebec, from May 18-27.

Catch up with each of the three players below, along with links to follow their live game action.

Pysyk
MARK PYSYK (D) - Edmonton Oil Kings, WHL
Drafted: 2010, 1st round (20th overall)
Contract Status: Signed 3-year entry level contract (June 2, 2011)

Pysyk has seven points (2+5) in 13 games, as the red-hot Oil Kings have only lost one game in the playoffs. Edmonton had won 22 straight games (last 11 regular season, first 11 playoffs) before being handed a 5-1 loss to Moose Jaw in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Final. Pysyk has used his puck-moving skills to front a stellar-defensive corps that has given up just 22 goals in 13 games – including two shutouts and seven other games when they have allowed just one goal.

Pysyk had 38 points (6+32) and 83 PIMs in 57 games this season, and also won a bronze medal with Team Canada at the World Junior Championship.

UP NEXT: Edmonton will host Portland at Rexall Place in the first two games of their best-of-seven Ed Chynoweth Cup Final. Game One is Thursday at 9 p.m. ET (Click here to listen live)


Gauthier-Leduc
JEROME GAUTHIER-LEDUC (D) - Rimouski Oceanic, QMJHL
Drafted: 2010, 3rd round (68th overall)
Contract Status: Signed 3-year entry level contract (December 30, 2011)

Gauthier-Leduc heads into the final with 15 points (8+7) in 17 games, after being held pointless in two of Rimouski’s last three games. His eight goals are the most among all CHL defensemen in the playoffs, and he needs just two points to surpass Halifax’s Konrad Abeltshauser as the QMJHL’s top scoring blueliner in the postseason. The 19-year-old led all Canadian Hockey League defensemen in goals (28) this season, and his 74 points in 62 games were tied with Spokane’s Brenden Kichton for the most among all CHL defensemen.

UP NEXT: Rimouski opens up their best-of-seven President Cup Final series on Friday in Saint John against the top-ranked Sea Dogs at 7 p.m. ET. (Click here to listen live)


Shipley
STEVEN SHIPLEY (C) - Niagara IceDogs, OHL
Drafted: 2010, 4th round (98th overall)
Contract Status: Unsigned

Shipley has seven points (5+2) in 15 games for the IceDogs, contributing most of his ice time as a checking center. All five of his goals came in three consecutive games during the first round against Oshawa. Shipley is coming off the second 20-goal season of his junior career, recording 22 goals and 49 points in 63 games played.

UP NEXT: Niagara travels to London for Game One of the best-of-seven OHL Championship Series on Thursday, with Game Two at the Gatorade Garden City Complex in St. Catharines on Friday. Both games start at 7 p.m. (Click here to listen live).



Josh Gabriel (6’, 185 lbs., 2/13/1996) continued a successful offseason for the Buffalo Junior Sabres program, as he was selected in the second round of yesterday’s United States Hockey League (USHL) Draft by the Tri City Storm. The Lancaster, NY-native had 54 points (30+24) in 61 games this season for the 16U Jr. Sabres. Gabriel joins two other 16U Jr. Sabres that were picked in the Ontario Hockey League Draft on April 7. Defenseman Frank Hora (6’, 164, 6/1/1996) was drafted in the eighth round (147th overall) by Kitchener, while right winger Brendan Dunning (7/19/1996) was taken by Niagara in the 10th round (199th overall.)

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POSTED ON Thursday, 04.26.2012 / 11:24 AM
By Kevin Snow - Sabres.com (@kwsnow) / BEYOND THE BOARDS


Before the Capitals and Bruins squared off in Game 7 last night in Boston, I predicted that all three of the Game 7’s that were to be played this week would go into overtime. Well, that’s one down and two to go.

Regardless of the outcome, the least surprising thing about last night’s game was how long it took to be decided. When Joel Ward scored at 2:57 of overtime, it was the ninth time in 15 overtime games (60%) this spring that a game has ended in the first five minutes of sudden death. Taking it one step further, 11 of the 15 games (73.3%) have been decided in the first 10 minutes.

Ending a game in the first 10 minutes of overtime has been the trend over the past seven postseasons. Of the 122 overtime games played since the lockout, 74 have ended in the first 10 minutes – an overwhelming 61 percent of the games. It’s also not uncommon for a game to end in the first five minutes like it did last night. Ward’s goal marked the 47th time in 122 games (38%) since the 2006 playoffs that a team has scored the game winner in the opening five minutes of overtime.

This year’s playoff teams are also going to overtime at a record pace. With 15 of the first 46 (32.6%) requiring extra time, they are on pace to play 29 overtime games. That would break the Stanley Cup Playoff record set in 1993, when 28 of 85 games went into overtime.

Following is a chart that breaks down the number of overtime games that have been played over the past seven postseasons, specifically detailing exactly at what point in the game the winning goal was scored.

YEAR TOTAL OT GAMES FIRST 5 MINS FIRST 10 MINS 10-15 MIN MARK LAST 5 MINS DOUBLE OT TRIPLE OT QUAD OT
2012 15 9 11 2 0 2 0 0
2011 21 6 12 3 1 5 0 0
2010 17 5 11 4 0 1 1 0
2009 16 8 11 1 3 0 1 0
2008 16 7 11 2 0 1 1 1
2007 17 2 5 3 1 7 0 1
2006 20 10 13 1 1 4 1 0
TOTALS 122 47 74 16 6 20 4 2

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 04.24.2012 / 3:12 PM
By Kevin Snow - Sabres.com (@kwsnow) / BEYOND THE BOARDS

Three Buffalo Sabres prospects remain in the hunt for their respective league championships in the Canadian Hockey League playoffs. The champions from the OHL, WHL and QMJHL will then advance to the 2012 Memorial Cup in Shawinigan, Quebec, from May 18-27. The four-team round-robin tournament will also include the host Shawinigan Cataractes.

Catch up with each of the three players below, along with links to follow their live game action.

Pysyk
MARK PYSYK (D) - Edmonton Oil Kings, WHL
Drafted: 2010, 1st round (20th overall)
Contract Status: Signed 3-year entry level contract (June 2, 2011)

Pysyk, Edmonton’s captain, has five points (2+3) in 10 games this postseason. Both of his goals have come on special teams – one SHG and one PPG. He carries a plus-3 ranking into tonight’s Game Three, along with eight penalty minutes. The 20-year-old Pysyk had 38 points (6+32) and 83 PIMs in 57 games this season, and also won a bronze medal with Team Canada at the World Junior Championship.

UP NEXT: Edmonton leads Moose Jaw 2-0 in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference Championship series. Game Three will be played tonight in Moose Jaw at 9 p.m. ET (Click here to listen live)


Gauthier-Leduc
JEROME GAUTHIER-LEDUC (D) - Rimouski Oceanic, QMJHL
Drafted: 2010, 3rd round (68th overall)
Contract Status: Signed 3-year entry level contract (December 30, 2011)

Gauthier-Leduc has averaged a point per game during the postseason, totaling 13 points (6+7) in 13 games for the Oceanic. The 19-year-old led all Canadian Hockey League defensemen in goals (28) this season, and his 74 points in 62 games were tied with Spokane’s Brenden Kichton for the most among all CHL defensemen.

UP NEXT: Rimouski leads Halifax 2-0 in their best-of-seven President Cup Semifinal series. Game Three will be played tonight in Rimouski at 7:30 p.m. ET (Click here to listen live in English or French)


Shipley
STEVEN SHIPLEY (C) - Niagara IceDogs, OHL
Drafted: 2010, 4th round (98th overall)
Contract Status: Unsigned

Shipley, who turned 20 on Sunday, has played in all 13 playoff games for the IceDogs this spring as they’ve already rolled to series wins over Oshawa (4-0) and Brampton (4-2). He has posted seven points (5+2) in 13 games, with his five goals coming in three consecutive games against Oshawa. Shipley is coming off the second 20-goal season of his junior career, recording 22 goals and 49 points in 63 games played.

UP NEXT: Niagara leads Ottawa 2-1 in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference Championship. Game Four will take place on Wednesday in Ottawa at 7 p.m. (Click here to listen live). Niagara will host Game Five at the Gatorade Garden City Complex in St. Catharines on Friday at 7 p.m. (Click here for ticket info)

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POSTED ON Thursday, 04.05.2012 / 12:00 PM
By Kevin Snow - Sabres.com (@kwsnow) / THE MORNING SKATE

It’s another must-win game for the Sabres tonight as they venture into the raucous environment that is Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center. Buffalo hit rock bottom in their last trip here on February 16, dropping a 7-2 decision after silencing the crowd with a 2-0 first period lead. They finished the night in 14th place in the Eastern Conference, and were 10 points out of a playoff spot. Since then they’ve gone 15-4-4, and are now tied in points with Washington for the eighth spot – but the Capitals own the tiebreaker. For those of you that can multi-task, Washington hosts Florida tonight in a game that also starts at 7 p.m. 

LINEUP NEWS
- Optional morning skate today; 18 skaters and Jhonas Enroth took part.
- Ryan Miller will start his 13th straight game.
- Miller’s all-time record vs. PHIL: 12-9-2, 3.20 GAA & .897 save%.
- Jason Pominville leads all Sabres with 24 pts (11+13) in 25 career games vs. PHIL.

WHAT THEY WERE SAYING TODAY
Lindy Ruff (listen to the full audio)
Do you think the guys are still jacked up after Tuesday’s big win over Toronto?
I think you need a certain amount of focus. You’ve gotta put that game behind you. We had a good practice yesterday. We’re dealing with the Flyers now, and we know that it’s a different animal. That game is a long way behind you. Need to focus all your energy on now we’re going to play against the Flyers tonight.

What is your approach to getting the players going tonight with so much at stake?
Well I think it’s really almost at a time where you don’t have to say too much. Everybody should understand, I think the players all understand. I shouldn’t have to talk to them and say ‘Hey, we’ve gotta win a game tonight.’ We know that. We’ve said that for two months – we’ve gotta win a game. We’ve been stuck in that spot for a long time. Yesterday’s practice was about trying to get better. After 80 games we’re still trying to get better, and that’s the goal.

How was your power play able to generate three goals against Toronto?
I thought we made quicker plays. On Derek’s shot, Vanek had great net front (presence). When the goaltender can’t see it, it’s gonna go in. On every one, even the four-on-three goal, it was a little bit of just trying to get pucks. We tried to set up the one timers. After that, it was try to find a break, try to find a seam, get the puck to the net. We finally got the break late on the four-on-three.



SCHEDULE BREAKDOWN
Washington – 8th place (88 pts., 40-32-8; ROW-36)
Games Remaining: 2
Next Game: Tonight vs. FLA
Home Games: 1 (FLA-tonight, 7 p.m.)
Away Games: 1 (NYR-Sat, 6:30 p.m.)

Buffalo – 9th place (88 pts., 39-31-10; ROW-32)
Games Remaining: 2
Next Game: Tonight @ PHIL
Away Games: 2 (PHIL-tonight, 7 p.m.; BOS-Sat, 4 p.m.)



TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at FLYERS

-Fourth and final meeting between the Sabres and Flyers this season.
-Last meeting: Philadelphia defeated Buffalo, 7-2, in Philadelphia on Feb. 16.
-The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Flyers; 5-5-0 on the road.
-This is the 157th game all-time between Buffalo and Philadelphia; Buffalo trails the series with a 61-73-23 record. Buffalo is 23-44-13 on the road against the Flyers all-time.

STORYLINES
- April is Buffalo’s best regular season month since the lockout, with a combined record of 23-10-2 (.686) in 35 games. The Sabres went 4-0-1 in April to finish the 2010-11 season.
- The Sabres will look to avoid their fifth ever season sweep at the hands of the Flyers (last: 2008-09).

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Buffalo is 31-3-2 when allowing two or fewer goals and 30-6-4 when scoring three or more… Thomas Vanek has nine points (3+6) in his last eight games… The Sabres rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat Toronto, 6-5, in overtime on Tuesday… Tyler Ennis is on a career-best three-game goal scoring streak.
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POSTED ON Wednesday, 04.04.2012 / 1:59 PM
By Kevin Snow - Sabres.com (@kwsnow) / BEYOND THE BOARDS

On the heels of last night’s stirring 6-5 overtime win against Toronto, the Buffalo Sabres received some bad news today regarding defenseman Tyler Myers. Following practice at First Niagara Center, head coach Lindy Ruff confirmed that Myers will not be available for the team’s final two regular season games this week in Philadelphia and Boston.

“He won’t be on the trip. Tyler’s out. It’ll be a period of time,” said Ruff. “What time frame that is? It’s more than just this week.”

Ruff wouldn’t divulge any specific details of the injury, only saying that Myers has a “bad foot.” Myers has missed the past two games after taking a shot to the foot late in Friday’s loss to Pittsburgh.

The absence of both Myers and Christian Ehrhoff has created a noticeable void on the Buffalo blueline. The Sabres have allowed 14 goals in their past three games (including an empty netter vs. Pittsburgh), after surrendering just three in their previous four – victories over Washington, Minnesota, New York Rangers and Montreal. In last night’s game, Toronto jumped out to a 3-0 first period lead on just 13 shots on goal.

Andrej Sekera

Not only have the Sabres missed the offensive skills of Myers and Ehrhoff, but other players have been forced into extra ice time in unfamiliar roles. Andrej Sekera misplayed a puck into a first period shorthanded goal for Toronto on Saturday, and was on the ice for all three of Toronto’s first period goals last night. After averaging around 18 minutes in his previous three games, Alexander Sulzer has averaged 23 minutes a night in the past two games. Jordan Leopold has led the Sabres in ice time over the last three games, eclipsing the 25 minute mark each night.

Ruff realizes the challenges that lie ahead for his blueliners, but also knows that tightening up defensively and limiting scoring chances will be the keys to sustaining their push for a playoff spot.

“We went through that game, we went through the first period, went through the chances, and emphasized the importance of staying inside some of the mistakes we made. Some of it was lack of communication. Some of it was the coverage. But we do have to tighten up, there’s no secret," Ruff explained. "That’s on myself and my staff to make sure that we tighten up those areas so it’s not a game where you give 16 or 17 (chances). We’ve got to get it back to the norm, which is somewhere around 10 or 11, in that area. And not give up the high quality.

"We worked hard on that this morning, went through that with the players. We understand that we know how to play, and we know how to play in our own end. It should be an easier fix. Some of it is adapting to the players we have in. Some of it is just system related."

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