Sabres Host Flyers to Open Season

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Sabres Leading Scorers (2011-2012):
Player GP G A PTS
Jason Pominville 79 29 41 70
Thomas Vanek 75 26 31 57
Drew Stafford 77 20 29 49
Derek Roy 77 15 26 41
Cody Hodgson 80 19 21 40

 

Goaltenders (2011-2012):
Goaltender Rec Sv % GAA SO
 Ryan Miller 31-21-13 .916 2.55 6
Jhonas Enroth 8-11-5 .917 2.70 1

 

Season Series (2011-2012):
Date Score
11/2/11 Flyers 3 @ Sabres 2
12/7/11 Flyers 5 @ Buffalo 4 (OT)
2/16/12 Sabres 2 @ Flyers 7
4/5/12 Sabres 1 @ Flyers 2

 

Goaltenders vs. Opponent
vs. Philadelphia Rec Sv % GAA SO
 Ryan Miller 12-10-2 .899 3.15 0
Jhonas Enroth 0-1 .885 3.01 0

After a disappointing season, the Sabres are back and ready to begin the 2013 season as they host Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon at the First Niagara Center.

The Sabres failed to defeat Philadelphia last season, dropping all four contests by a combined score of 17-9. The Flyers were the only Eastern Conference team that Buffalo did not earn a win against last year, earning one out of a possible eight points.

Sunday marks the beginning of a new season for Buffalo, and the Sabres will have a tough task at hand with Philadelphia for the home opener. However, the Flyers will be without Danny Briere, who is still recovering from a wrist injury.

The Flyers played their first game of the year on Saturday, and are coming off of a 3-1 loss against Pittsburgh.

Sunday’s game marks the first of three between these two teams this season.

Philadelphia have a big threat in captain Claude Giroux, and the Sabres know what he is capable of. In four games against Buffalo last season, Giroux recorded 11 points (1 G, 10 A) and a plus 8 rating.

As for the Sabres, they will be without forwards Nathan Gerbe, Cody McCormick and possibly Ville Leino, but they do have newcomer Steve Ott in the lineup, who could play an important role in a physical game.

Buffalo also have rookie Mikhail Grigorenko, who will be making his NHL debut. The 2012 first round pick only has the first two weeks to prove that he has what it takes to play at the NHL level. The Sabres will then have to decide whether or not to keep him up for the rest of the season.

Puck drop is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and the game will be televised on NBC.

Quick notes:
-The Sabres are 23-14-4 in season opening games overall (16-6-4 at home), and have played the Flyers once before to open the season, which resulted in a 2-0 loss in Philadelphia on October 9th, 2003.

-In 26 career games against the Flyers, Pominville has 24 points (11 G, 13 A).


 

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Flyers Leading Scorers (2011-2012):
Player GP G A PTS
Claude Giroux 77 28 65 93
Scott Hartnell 82 37 30 67
Jaromir Jagr 73 19 35 54
Danny Briere 70 16 33 49
Jakub Voracek 78 18 31 49

 

Goaltenders (2011-2012):
Goaltender Rec Sv % GAA SO
Ilya Bryzgalov 33-16-13 .909 2.48 6
Michael Leighton

 

Season Series (2012-2013):
Date Matchup
1/20/13 Flyers @ Sabres
 3/10/13 Sabres @ Flyers 
4/13/13  Flyers @ Sabres 
   

 

Goaltenders vs. Opponent
vs. Buffalo Rec Sv % GAA SO
Ilya Bryzgalov 5-3 .893 2.84 0
Michael Leighton 0-2-0-1 .872 3.65 0
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