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Morning Skate Report: Flames vs. Sabres

Get set for this afternoon's battle in Buffalo

Saturday, 14.12.2013 / 8:33 AM / News
By Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)
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Morning Skate Report: Flames vs. Sabres
Get set for this afternoon\'s battle in Buffalo

BACK TO HIS OLD BARN

On June 25, 2011, the Flames dealt Robyn Regehr, Aleš Kotalík and a draft pick to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for defenceman Chris Butler and forward Paul Byron. Butler, who has suited up for 143 games with the Flames, has returned to Buffalo since the deal but this will be Byron's first time back at the First Niagara Center.

"I'm personally really excited," Byron said after the team breakfast. "This is where I started my career, this is the team that drafted me.

"We're in similar positions [as teams] but we're just trying to get wins out there. We've got to whatever we can to get the two points today."

Byron played eight games as a Sabre, registering one goal and two points in his tenure with Buffalo.

In six games this year, Byron has three assists. He notched two helpers on Thursday in the 2-1 OT victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.

300 GAMES FOR JONES

Forward David Jones will play in his 300th career game this afternoon. In his previous 299 games played, he has netted 76 goals, 61 assists and 137 points along with 94 penalty minutes. In 27 games with the Flames, Jones has potted six goals and 11 points.

The Flames acquired Jones along with Shane O'Brien from the Colorado Avalanche on June 27, 2013 in exchange for Alex Tanguay and Cory Sarich.

POINTS ON THE PENALTY KILL

Calgary is tied for the league lead (with Carolina) in short-handed goals with six.

Matt Stajan and Lee Stempniak have each recorded three short-handed points this season. Stajan is tied for the league lead with two short-handed assists and Lee Stempniak is tied for the lead with two short-handed goals.

VS. THE SABRES

All-time vs. the Sabres: 33-45-16-3

All-time vs. the Sabres in Buffalo: 13-27-5-3

Last 10 games vs. the Sabres: 5-3-2

Last 10 games vs. the Sabres in Buffalo: 1-5-1-3

Calgary and Buffalo have alternated wins for the last eight meetings. The two teams have gone to a shootout twice in the last five games with the Sabres picking up wins in both.

In Buffalo, the Sabres have had the decisive edge against the Flames in recent years. The Sabres have won the last eight meetings between the two clubs in their own barn. Four of the last five games in Buffalo have been decided by one goal and three of the last five have gone to extra time.

MILESTONES WITHIN REACH

David Jones needs 1 game for 300.

Mark Giordano needs 2 games for 400.

Chris Butler needs 2 games for 300.

Kris Russell needs 5 games for 400.

TJ Galiardi needs 7 points for 100.

BROADCAST INFO

Catch the game at 12:00 PM MST on Sportsnet West with Rob Kerr providing play-by-play and Charlie Simmer bringing you colour commentary. Sportsnet 960 The FAN will carry the radio broadcast with Hall of Famer Peter Maher doing play-by-play and Peter Loubardias on colour commentary.