Archive for October 24th, 2011information

Sabres Look For Spark in Rematch Against Bolts

vs. 7:30 PM
Tampa Bay: 3-3-2
Buffalo: 5-2-0

Tampa Bay: 8
Buffalo: 10

Rank In Conference:
Tampa Bay: 7th
Buffalo: 5th

Power Play Ranking:
Tampa Bay: 14.8(T-18th)
Buffalo: 18.2(11th)

Penalty Kill Ranking:
Tampa Bay: 82.9(T-17th)
Buffalo: 90.9(4th)

Goals For:
Tampa Bay: 25(T-2nd)
Buffalo: 20(T-12th)

Goals Against:
Tampa Bay: 25(T-24th)
Buffalo: 13(T-3rd)

Shots For:
Tampa Bay: 248(7th)
Buffalo: 203(T-20th)

Shots Against:
Tampa Bay: 261(26th)
Buffalo: 217(16th)

Blocked Shots:
Tampa Bay: 136(2nd)
Buffalo: 89(25th)

Tampa Bay: 164(15th)
Buffalo: 116(T-26th)

Faceoff Percentage:
Tampa Bay: 50.4(T-11th)
Buffalo: 48.7(T-19th)

Team Leaders:

Tampa Bay: St Louis, Lecavalier, Stamkos(3), Bergeron, Purcell, Malone, Clark, Hedman(2)
Buffalo: Vanek(6), Adam and Stafford(3), Pominville(2), 6 Tied with 1 Goal

Tampa Bay: Bergeron(7), Purcell(5), St Louis(4), Shannon, Lecavalier, Stamkos(3)
Buffalo: Pominville(7), Vanek and Ehrhoff(4), Adam, Gerbe, Roy, and Gragnani(3), Stafford, Myers, and Sekera(2)

Tampa Bay: Bergeron(9), St Louis and Purcell(7), Stamkos and Lecavalier(6), Malone(4)
Buffalo: Vanek(10), Pominville(9), Adam(6), Stafford and Ehrhoff(5)

Tampa Bay: Hedman(+5), Connolly(+4), St Louis and Lecavalier(+3)
Buffalo: Sekera(+6), Pominville(+4), Gerbe, Roy,Gragnani, Vanek(+3)

Penalty Minutes:
Tampa Bay: Downie(35), Moore(14), Kubina(10), Malone(9)
Buffalo: Gaustad(14), Vanek(8), McCormick(7), Ehrhoff, Roy, and Stafford(6)

Tampa Bay: Lecavalier, St Louis, Stamkos(23), Connolly(17), Malone and Hedman(16)
Buffalo: Vanek(30), Stafford and Pominville(19), Ehrhoff(15), Adam and Gerbe(14)

Blocked Shots:
Tampa Bay: Clark(28), Brewer and Hedman(18), Kubina(12)
Buffalo: Regehr(16), Ehrhoff(12), Leopold(9), Myers(8), Gaustad(7)

Tampa Bay: Brewer(21), Kubina(19), Downie(18), Hedman(13)
Buffalo: Regehr(20), Kaleta(13), Gerbe(12), Myers(11), McCormick and Gaustad(9)

Face-Off Wins:
Tampa Bay: Moore(65), Lecavalier(57), Stamkos(46), Hall(32)
Buffalo: Roy(62), Gaustad(61), Adam(29), Leino(21), Pominville(16)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:
Tampa Bay: Mathieu Garon 2-1-1 1.51 GAA .948 SV% 1 SO
Buffalo: Buffalo: Ryan Miller 4-2-0 1.68 GAA .946 SV% 1 SO

Last Meeting: Oct 22 @ Tampa Bay-Lightning Won 3-0

Season Series: Lightning Lead 1-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 46-20-5
All-Time @ Buffalo: Sabres Lead 22-11-2

Sabres Look For a Spark Against the Bolts
The Buffalo Sabres have only played one game at the newly-named (and newly renovated) First Niagara Center, and it’s one they would like to forget.
“Our fans got to see us play Carolina, and that’s not an indication of how we’ve been playing,” said Ryan Miller, referring the the 4-3 loss on October 14. “Just to get ourselves established at home would be nice. It’s been a little bit of a whirlwind to start the season.”
The Sabres have gone 5-1 on the road so far. Their only road loss was handed to them by the Lightning Saturday night in a 3-0 bout that saw the team put only 21 shots on Garon.
Tampa’s first goal came 4:51 into the 2nd when Kubina sent a shot through almost every player on the ice to beat Miller. Martin St. Louis managed to take advantage of an error by Leino, scoring his 3rd of the season all alone outside the crease with some fancy stickwork. Hedman sealed the game for the Lightning with an empty netter at 18:33.
The Sabres get to spend some time at home, as their next 5 games are at the foot of Washington Street. Tonight’s game is at 7:30, and can only be found on Versus (HD). Listen to Rick Jeanerette and Harry Neale on WGR 550.

This Day in Sabres History:
On October 25, 1991, the Sabres acquired one of the best American-born hockey players of all time. After turning down a 4 year, $6 million deal and refusing to report to the Islanders for the start of the 91-92 season, center Pat Lafontaine was traded, along with teammate Randy Wood and an undisclosed draft pick to Buffalo. Leaving the Sabres were defenceman Uwe Krupp, forwards Benoit Hogue and Dave McLlwain, and center Pierre Turgeon.
In 268 games with Buffalo, Lafontaine managed 158 goals and a total of 385 points. His #16 was retired by the organization on March 3, 2006.

Injury Report:
Tampa Bay: Jackson Knee Surgery(IR/Out), Ohlund Knee Surgery(IR/Out)
Buffalo: Ennis Sprained Ankle(Out), Ellis Lower Body(Questionable), Gaustad Undisclosed(Questionable), Hecht Concussion(Doubtful)

Next 5 Games:
Oct 27 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Oct 29 vs. Florida Panthers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Nov 2 vs. Philadelphia Flyers 7:30 PM(VERSUS HD)
Nov 4 vs. Calgary Flames 7:30 PM(MSG HD)
Nov 5 @ Ottawa Senators 7:00 PM(MSG HD, CBC)

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