*Before today’s game, the Sabres officially broke ground on HARBORcenter, a mixed-use hockey and entertainment facility being developed on the Webster Block in downtown Buffalo, directly across Perry Street from First Niagara Center.
*Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s eighth of nine sets of back-to-back games this season after the team had a league-high 21 sets last season. The Sabres are 3-2-2 in the first game and 1-5-1 in the second.
*April is the Sabres’ best month since 2005-06; they have a 26-13-3 (.655) April record in that span, including a 3-2-0 record so far this season.
*Today is Buffalo’s eighth afternoon game of the season. They are 2-4-1 in the first seven. The Sabres will play nine afternoon games this season, up from four in 2011-12.
After 1st period: PHI 0 – BUF 0
*Chad Ruhwedel is making his NHL debut today for the Sabres. Ruhwedel (5’11”, 188 lbs., 5/7/90) recently finished his third season at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, recording 23 points (7+16) and 20 penalty minutes though 41 games.
*The Sabres are 12-4-4 when scoring first and 4-15-2 when allowing the first goal; the Flyers are 12-6-2 when scoring first and 5-14-1 when allowing the first goal.
*Buffalo is 10-8-3 when tied after the first period; Philadelphia is 7-5-2 when leading after one.
After 2nd period: PHI 0 – BUF 0
*Cody Hodgson has gone 12-for-17 on faceoffs tonight; Marcus Foligno has gone 5-for-6.
*The second period was the 24th scoreless regulation period in a Sabres game this season.
*Andrej Sekera led all Sabres with a TOI of 16:32.
*Buffalo is 7-5-0 when tied after the second period; Philadelphia is 2-7-0 when tied after two.
Final: PHI 0 – BUF 1
*Christian Ehrhoff’s fifth goal of the season snapped a six-game pointless streak.
*With his assist, Kevin Porter now has six points (3+3) in his last six games.
*Jhonas Enroth made 29 saves for his third career shutout and first since Nov. 18, 2011 (34 saves) at CAR. The other was on March 30, 2011 vs. NYR (23 saves). All three of his shutouts were 1-0 Sabres victories.
*The last time Enroth faced the Flyers at First Niagara Center, he made 15 saves on 15 shots in 52:45 after replacing Ryan Miller.
*Tonight’s game was the 41st regular-season 1-0 game in franchise history. The Sabres are now 25-16 in these games.