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GAME 5 MORNING SKATE UPDATE

Friday, 04.22.2011 / 3:12 PM
By Scott Miner - Manager of Digital Media / THE NEW ERA
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GAME 5 MORNING SKATE UPDATE

With the series tied at two, the Sabres are back in Philadelphia for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. The focus of the series has swung toward a physical style of play, and the Sabres have certainly shown a willingness and an ability to increase the intensity.  Buffalo collected 24 hits on Wednesday night with Tyler Myers leading the charge with five.

Head coach Lindy Ruff knows that intensity and physical play are what will lead his team to a victory.

“The emotion in this series has been great,” said Ruff. “I think it got ramped up a little bit, and I think it will be the guys on the ice who dictate who wins this series.”

4/22 - Lindy Ruff Pre-Game

The Sabres spent the majority of their morning skate working on the power play. Buffalo’s special teams are on opposite sides of the spectrum with its penalty kill at 90.5% for the series while the man-advantage units are producing at a 15.8% (3-for-19) rate.  Perhaps the most frustrating moment of the series, in terms of special teams, was the five-minute power play that Buffalo had in the third period of Wednesday night’s game. The Sabres started the final period with the man advantage after Flyers captain Mike Richards was assessed a major penalty for elbowing. The Sabres struggled to get anything going, managing just two shots during the power play and had trouble gaining entry into the Philadelphia zone for stretches of time. 

Look for defenseman Jordan Leopold to make a return to Buffalo’s power play. Ruff stated this morning that Leopold would get an opportunity to make a return to the special teams tonight.

Flyers forwards Andreas Nodl and Jeff Carter are listed as day-to-day with injuries according to NHL.com.  Defenseman Chris Pronger did participate in the morning skate for Philadelphia and remained on the ice for several minutes after, shooting pucks at the empty net. His status still remains day-to-day as Head Coach Peter Laviolette refused to comment on any changes to his lineup.

4/22 - Peter Laviolette Pre-Game

The game is set for 7:30 p.m. and can be seen on MSG, TSN and Versus. Follow all the play-by-play with Twitter.com/SabresDotCom and check back after the game for post-game reactions from players, coaches and more!

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STANDINGS

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