'Sabres have allowed only two goals on 60 Flyers shots this season.'
'Ray received a match penalty for attempt to injure and a minor penalty for elbowing in the third period of the Sabres' 4-1 loss. He will miss Buffalo's game at Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon before his hearing.'
'Buffalo's fading playoff hopes took another downturn with Thursday's 4-1 loss in St. Louis.'
'The NHL said Ray was suspended pending a hearing Monday.'
'Johnson said he was practically yawning under his mask. "It was quite boring," Johnson said. "I'm not kidding."'
'As the game went on, the teams got ornery, with a series of fights and scrums. The most serious came after Buffalo's Rob Ray jammed the butt end of his stick into the face of Blues defenseman Bryce Salvador in the third period.'
'Since the Blues walked over the Buffalo Sabres 4-1, most everybody earned that ice time.'
'"It got boring out there," Johnson said. "We haven't had a game where we've been up four goals on a team in a long time. The pucks went in for us."'
'The Blues held Buffalo without a shot for more than 11 minutes in the second while garnering 10 of the 12 shots in the period.'
'Noronen has been solid in the last three games he's played in, giving up just five goals while facing 76 shots. That's a .934 save percentage.'
'"We're taking a flat-out aggressive approach," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said.'
'Biron is the favorite to start tonight despite allowing soft goals in Tuesday's crushing 4-3 loss to the Washington Capitals. Philly looks better for Noronen, who stopped 31 of 32 shots to beat the Flyers there March 14.'
'Sabres have converted 3 of 8 power-play chances since D Jason Woolley's return to the lineup.'
'Sabres' owner John Rigas spoke of getting "the tools to finish the job" after the club's march to the Stanley Cup finals in 1999, but trading Hasek to Detroit was like leaving a carpenter without his hammer.'
'After a heady two-month stretch, which included consecutive shutouts, Biron has gone 1-5-1 in his last seven starts and given up a number of questionable goals.'