‘The Devils are the best team in the NHL right now, and the Flyers now get to avoid that team, at least for one round. Then again, the Sabres pose another set of problems.’
Archives for April 19, 2006
'"I've found different ways of surviving here," Ruff said on Wednesday. "Somehow, I made it."'
‘Buffalo (52-24-6), which finished fourth in the Eastern Conference, has struggled going 8-8-2 in games Hecht has not played.’
'Buffalo has won just 2 of 7 playoff series against the Flyers all time.'
'In the first round of the playoffs, MSG has the rights to pre-empt any cable network coverage of the Sabres' games with its broadcast. It has exercised that right. Even though the Outdoor Life Network will be carrying two Sabres-Flyers games, on Saturday and April 28 respectively, in upstate New York the games will be seen on MSG. The only first round game that might go to another network is if there is a fifth game. NBC has the rights to that contest.'
'This will be the sixth time in the Sabres' past seven playoff appearances that they'll visit the City of Brotherly Love.'
‘Left wing Ales Kotalik, defenseman Henrik Tallinder and goaltender Martin Biron dressed for all 82 games, the only Sabres to experience every high and low of a season that will continue with the playoffs.’
'“Buffalo is an offensively skilled team,” Mike Knuble said. “They have a lot of people who can move the puck. They try to skate around teams. Their young goalie (Ryan Miller) is having a great year, and I think he's given them a lot of confidence. They play well in front of him."'
'The Sabres will open the playoffs Saturday in the Marina against Philadelphia. The OLN game will begin at 7:05.'
'J.P. Dumont scored twice in the win over Carolina to bring his season total to 20. Dumont becomes the sixth Sabre this season to reach the 20-goal plateau joining Daniel Briere, Maxim Afinogenov, Thomas Vanek, Ales Kotalik, and Chris Drury.'