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GDT: 2/28/21, 3pm ET, Philadelphia @ Buffalo, MSG & ESPN+

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In the final game of a back to back and 5th game in 7 days the Flyers take on the Sabres this afternoon in Buffalo. After yesterdays game in which the Sabres were not only out coached but it wasn't even close. Yes those are toy sabres in the logo section because until this team puts on their big boy pants they don't deserve to carry a real sabre. Please spare us the Elliott in goal for the Flyers because the Sabres seem intent in getting this guy into the HOF for some reason. I can't remember a game where they figured this average at best GK out. I can't imagine the Pegulas wanting to fire HCRK during the season but unless there's a major turnaround for the team in the last 2/3rds of the season, I can't see him around next year. As for Jeff Skinner if that wasn't the worst case scenario for this player in yesterday's game, I don't know what it could have been. He gets sat for 3 games and instead or coming out with his pants on fire, he basically showed all why he was sat in the first place. A terrible performance and if you're making 9M a year, with the incentive to get your reputation back after an embarrassing situation, you can't blame anybody but yourself for not driving play. If you're going to change the culture of this team you have to rid yourself of this guy and most likely the coach as well. This GDT is turning into a rant but the Sabres someway and somehow have to rid themselves of losing and Break The Habit

In some bright spots yesterday, Hutton didn't play badly yesterday, his team failed him more that he failed them, it was nice to get Risto back but you could tell he was struggling especially in the 3rd period, Casey M. in my opinion earned a spot on the team over the past 4 games and with the season virtually over already, you need to play him and some of the other young guys to see what they have to offer. Bryson made some rookie errors but he looks like a keeper if he continues his development. 


  • This is the fourth of eight meetings between the Sabres and Flyers this season.
  • Last meeting: Philadelphia defeated Buffalo 3-0 in Buffalo on Feb. 27
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, March 9 in Philadelphia
  • The Sabres are 3-7-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Flyers; 4-6-0 at home.
  • This is the 185th game all-time between Buffalo and Philadelphia; Buffalo has a 70-90-24 series record.
  • The Sabres are 44-35-10 at home against the Flyers all-time.


  • The Sabres are 10-6-3 all-time on February 28.
  • February 28, 1971: Steve Atkinson scores three goals against the Minnesota North Stars in a 5-2 win at the Aud. Atkinson, Ron Anderson and Gilbert Perreault all score in a span of 1:15 in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and earn the win.
  • February 28, 2000: The Sabres score four goals on their first 19 shots, including two from Stu Barnes, on the way to a 5-2 victory at Florida.


Today’s game is the sixth of 14 afternoon games for the Sabres this season. They are 3-2-0 in the first five. Buffalo went 7-2-2 in afternoon games during the 2019-20 season, including a 6-2-0 record at home and a 1-0-2 mark on the road.

Today’s game wraps up Buffalo’s sixth of 12 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 3-0 loss yesterday vs. Philadelphia. The Sabres are 2-4-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 1-4-0 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s goal breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four goals(0), three goals (0), two goals (3), one goal (0) and zero goals (2). That goal per game totals sure doesn't bode well for this afternoons tilt.

NHL News: Connor McDavid leads the league with 40 points with his teammate Draisaitl is 2nd with 34. Auston Matthews leads the league in goals scored with 18 while McDavid is 2nd with 14. Patrick Kane failed to score a goal yesterday versus the Red Wings and holds at 399 for his career. Quinn Hughes leads all Dmen in scoring with 21 points with Hedman and Carlson tied for 2nd with 19. Tampa Bay leads the league in goal differential with a +30 while Toronto is 2nd with +23 and surprisingly the Jets are 3rd with a +16, the leader in the Eastern Division is Boston with a +6 followed by the Islanders with a +5

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Some information was gathered from this site: https://sabresdigitalpressbox.com

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26 minutes ago, Carmel Corn said:

How about swapping HC's for a game.  Come on over Alain Vigneault!

Wonder what he would get out of our roster if he was coach. Would allow the players to play the game for a certainty. 

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2 hours ago, Kristian said:

If Derek Roy was around, he’d throw a toga party to celebrate.

I will not stand for any besmirching of Derek Roy's good name.

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Aside: Hey ESPN, I know you're the "worldwide leader in sports" and therefore very busy with "people with takes" shows and all, but do you think you could update your NHL Rosters pages? It's 2021. Dalton Smith is not a Sabre. Casey Nelson is not a Sabre. And, as cool as it is... David Ayres is a Zamboni ice resurfacer driver in Toronto and not on the Carolina Hurricanes roster.

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10 minutes ago, Let's Go B-Lo said:

Johansson in net?  5-1 Flyers.

I'm rooting for him, he's the underdog. 

20 minutes ago, DarthEbriate said:

Second day of a back-to-back... we should see Johansson this afternoon.

RK will prolly play Hutton unfortunately

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2 minutes ago, New Scotland (NS) said:

Just beat these dastardly ones.  Any way any how.



If Skinsie plays he will score a hattie.

I'll settle for baby steps....hoping Skinner plays and can get an assist today.

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