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SABRES-FLYERS GAME 4 MORNING SKATE UPDATE

Wednesday, 04.20.2011 / 1:57 PM
By Rob Crean - Public Relations Director / BEYOND THE BOARDS
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SABRES-FLYERS GAME 4 MORNING SKATE UPDATE

Buffalo will be looking to even its best-of-seven series with Philadelphia at two games apiece tonight when the Sabres and Flyers square off at HSBC Arena.

Following Monday’s 4-2 Game 3 loss in which the Sabres held a 37-26 advantage in shots, Jason Pominville said there will be an emphasis on getting better scoring opportunities. 

Anytime you’ve got experience, it helps you. You look back on your situations and you’re playoff series that you’ve had. If you look at them, they battled hard to come back and beat Boston last year. They know what that’s all about. Part of ours is, we know that we were behind the eight-ball earlier in the year, we know that we were able to battle back. We came a long ways to get in the playoffs.” - Head Coach Lindy Ruff
“We definitely want to create more opportunities for ourselves, especially in those dangerous scoring areas around the slot… We out-shot them but we definitely didn’t out-chance them.  That’s an area where we want to be better. We want to have those second and third opportunities that usually will lead to a really good scoring chance.”

Lindy Ruff also acknowledged that the edge in shots did not translate into more quality scoring chances. On Wednesday, Ruff said that getting an early lead will help create better chances.

“If you can get the lead, you’ll get better quality, because the other team, it forces them out of their game,” Ruff said.  “If you don’t, you’ve got to get in the holes.  I thought we did a better job of getting in the holes, I thought we did a better job of getting people around the paint.  When teams have four or five guys back, you’ve got to do a good job of making sure you’re getting to the net, you’re getting net presence when you get it back to the point.”

4/20 - Lindy Ruff Pregame

Through the first three games of the series, the Sabres have led for just 14 minutes and 48 seconds.  Patrick Kaleta scored with 14:04 remaining in the third period of Game 1 to give Buffalo a 1-0 win.  In Game 2, during a wild first period that ended in a 3-3 tie, the Sabres led for just 44 seconds.  At no point in Game 3 did Buffalo hold a lead.

“It really changes the approach the other team has to take if you’re chasing the lead all the time,” Ruff added.  “They’re a pretty good counter-attack team, they’re a quick attack team.  You make mistakes by trying to be aggressive, you put yourself in a tough spot,” Ruff added.

Tyler Ennis, who was back on the ice for Wednesday’s optional morning skate after being given a “maintenance” day on Tuesday, said that getting an early lead would also help in terms of feeding of the energy of the fans.

“It’s important to get the lead, especially in the playoffs.  It would be good to get the first goal, get the fans behind us, get them into it and get that energy.  When they score first, sometimes it can drain everyone a little bit, so that first goal is huge,” Ennis said.

There were no indications of any lineup changes for the Sabres, with Ruff pointing out that Mark Mancari would not be in the lineup for Game 4. 

The Sabres are 8-7 all-time in Game 4 of a playoff series when trailing 2-1




 

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82