'Buffalo played one of its worst games of the season on March 28 in St. Louis against the Blues. The were almost physically run out of St. Louis. Just two days later, missing several key veteran players from their lineup, the Sabres played a very physical contest and defeated the Flyers in Philadelphia.'
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'Ray has two goals and three assists in 68 games this season and is tied for seventh in the league with 200 penalty minutes. He has served one game of the suspension and is eligible to return on April 10 at Pittsburgh. He will forfeit $12,887.'
'Buffalo forward Rob Ray as suspended for five games without pay by the NHL on Monday for hitting St. Louis' Bryce Salvador in the face with the butt end of his stick.'
'The Rangers and Canadiens are also on tonight's schedule, which explains why Ruff considered having the out-of-town scoreboards turned off tonight.'
'Barnes missed practice Sunday after experiencing headaches during a workout Saturday. The NHL requires that players who suffered concussions be symptom-free for a full week before returning to the lineup. The Sabres weren't sure if the headaches were related to the concussion or a nagging stiff neck.'
'The Flyers are 17-3-3-1 after a loss this season.'
'The Sabres own the Flyers this season with a 3-0 record. They are 18-15-4-0 on home ice.'
'Having run out of margin for error, coach Lindy Ruff predicts his team will have to win at least six games – including its last two of the season against Washington and Montreal – to have a shot at avoiding missing the playoffs for only the second time in 15 seasons.'