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Sabres Look To Ground The Jets At FNC

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Last Game:

Winnipeg: Nov 6 at NY Rangers Loss 3-0

Buffalo: Nov 5 at Senators Win(SO) 3-2

Record:

Winnipeg: 5-7-2

Buffalo: 8-5-0

Points:

Winnipeg: 12

Buffalo: 16

Rank In Conference:

Winnipeg: 14th

Buffalo: 6th

Power Play Ranking:

Winnipeg: 14.6(T-20th)

Buffalo: 16.7(17th)

Penalty Kill Ranking:

Winnipeg: 80.0(T-19th)

Buffalo: 93.3(1st)

Goals For:

Winnipeg: 34(T-16th)

Buffalo: 35(T-12th)

Goals Against:

Winnipeg: 44(T-25th)

Buffalo: 28(T-5th)

Shots For:

Winnipeg: 387(18th)

Buffalo: 402(15th)

Shots Against:

Winnipeg: 417(T-17th)

Buffalo: 402(15th)

Blocked Shots:

Winnipeg: 180(18th)

Buffalo: 157(26th)

Hits:

Winnipeg: 338(4th)

Buffalo: 219(28th)

Faceoff Percentage:

Winnipeg: 49.3(19th)

Buffalo: 51.0(12th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Winnipeg: Wellwood, E. Kane, and Slater(5), Burmistrov(4), Antropov and Ladd(3), Glass(2)

Buffalo: Vanek(8), Pominville(5), Adam and Stafford(4), Gerbe(3)

Assists:

Winnipeg: Antropov(8), Burmistrov(6), Enstrom, Byfuglien, and Wheeler(5), Wellwood, Glass, and Bogosian(4)

Buffalo: Pominville(10), Vanek(8), Adam(7) Ehrhoff(6)

Points:

Winnipeg: Antropov(11), Burmistrov(10), Wellwood(9), E. Kane(8)

Buffalo: Vanek(16), Pominville(15), Adam(11), Gerbe(8)

Plus/Minus:

Winnipeg: Burmistrov(+3), Enstrom and Hainsey(+2), Flood, MacLean, Antropov, and Meech(+1), Postma, Glass, Wellwood, Scheifele(EV)

Buffalo: Sekera(+8), Gerbe(+7), Vanek(+5), Gaustad(+4)

Penalty Minutes:

Winnipeg: Byfuglien(16), Thorburn(14), Ladd(13), Bogosian(12)

Buffalo: McCormick(19), Gaustad and Kaleta(18), Stafford(14), Vanek(12)

Shots:

Winnipeg: Byfuglien(49), E. Kane(46), Ladd(44), Wheeler(34)

Buffalo: Vanek(48), Pominville(42), Gerbe(35), Stafford(34)

Blocked Shots:

Winnipeg: Stuart(37), Bogosian(20), Oduya(19), Byfuglien(13)

Buffalo: Regehr(21), Myers(20), Ehrhoff(17), Leopold and Sekera(13)

Hits:

Winnipeg: Bogosian and E. Kane(34), Glass(32), Stuart(31), Burmistrov(29)

Buffalo: Regehr(37), Kaleta(30), Gaustad(22) McCormick(19)

Face-Off Wins:

Winnipeg: Little(149), Slater(75), Antropov(62), Burmistrov(45)

Buffalo: Roy(128), Gaustad(119), Adam(53), Pominville(43)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:

Winnipeg: Ondrej Pavalec 4-5-2 3.09 GAA .900 SV% 1 SO

Buffalo:  Ryan Miller 4-5-0 2.48 GAA .922 SV% 1 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: Mar 19 Sabres Won 8-2

Season Series: Sabres Won  3-0-1

All-Time: Sabres Lead 20-14-10

All-Time vs. WPG: Sabres Lead 13-6-3

Biron, Rangers power Jets down in 3-0 win

The Rangers returned home 11 days ago after a 20,000-mile trip around the globe looking like a group of players who still had their heads in the clouds. Two losses, each dreadful in its own way, started a six-game homestand in a renovated building designed to provide the team with a bigger advantage and more comfort.

Four momentum-building wins in a row at Madison Square Garden later, and the Rangers are suddenly the hottest team in the League.

Marian Gaborik scored twice and added an assist while Martin Biron earned his first shutout in more than two years as the Rangers ended their six-game stretch at home with a 3-0 victory against the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday night. Derek Stepan added a goal and an assist to help the somewhat ragged Rangers win their third game in four nights.

After two-plus weeks in Europe playing exhibition games against club teams and a pair of NHL games in Stockholm, the Rangers received a week off before a road game against the rival Islanders and four games in Western Canada. When the smoke cleared, the Rangers were 3-2-2 before dropping their home opener to the Maple Leafs and squandering a three-goal lead in a shootout loss to the Senators two nights later.

Eight days after that, the Rangers are 7-3-3 and four points behind the NHL-leading Pittsburgh Penguins in the Atlantic with two games in hand.

“It showed some resilience and heart,” said Biron, who has won two of the four games during this streak. “You lose a couple tough ones in the first two games here and you come back with four good wins. Being able to do it the way we have, playing solid defensively, special teams are picking it up for us, and being able to use a lot of the guys today — I mean, we used pretty much everybody out there.

“It’s hard when you go on the road for that amount of time and come back home. Sometimes there’s a letdown, a feeling of, ‘OK, we’re at home, it’s going to be a lot easier.’ There were no feelings of that. There was a lot of hard work and it paid off in the end.”

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011020197&navid=sb:recap

Sabres edge Sens in shootout

In the sixth round of the shootout Saturday night, Derek Roy got the call and he didn’t disappoint.

Roy had the winning goal, beating Craig Anderson top-shelf as the Buffalo Sabres outlasted the Ottawa Senators in a 3-2 victory at Scotiabank Place.

Roy also scored in regulation, along with Jordan Leopold. Milan Michalek and Erik Condra had the goals for the Sens (7-7-1). Thomas Vanek and Brad Boyes also had goals in the shootout for Buffalo (8-5-0), while Michalek and Jason Spezza beat Jhonas Enroth.

Being the 12th man to shoot gave Roy plenty of time to plan his attack.

“I got to see what all the guys did on their shots,” he said. “I had my move in mind. I was trying to settle down the puck a little bit; it was bouncing tonight. I happened to shoot upstairs and it was a good thing for us. I had no nerves. I knew what I was going to do and I executed.”

It was the first shootout victory of the season for the Sabres, and the first loss for the Sens, who had previously gone 3-0.

The teams exchanged blows with three goals in just under four minutes during the second but needed an extra period to settle matters. Enroth stopped 31 of 33 shots, while Craig Anderson turned away 25 of 27 for the Senators.

Saturday marked the first of back-to-back starts for Enroth, who came into Ottawa with a 3-0-0 record, and a sparkling .958 save percentage that was bolstered by a shutout streak of 107:39 (broken by the Flames’ Alex Tanguay late in the third on Friday night). The 23-year-old admitted that he didn’t think he would be starting against the Sens.

“It was a little bit surprising but I was happy to get the start tonight,” Enroth said. “I think the team played really well in front of me. I didn’t have to make many big saves. It was kind of a slow game for me.”

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011020185&navid=sb:recap

This Day In Sabres History:

Brown Scores Twice in Sabres 8-0 Rout of Thrashers

On This Date in 2001 The Sabres beat the Atlanta Thrashers 8-0 at the HSBC Arena. Curtis Brown lead the Sabres charge scoring 2 times on 8 Shots. The Sabres also got goals from Maxim Afinogenov, Stu Barnes, J.P. Dumont, Chris Gratton, and Miroslav Satan. Only 3 Sabres didn’t record a point on this night(Tim Connolly, Erik Rasmussen, and Brian Campbell). Martin Biron got the win having one of the easiest nights of his career making 16 Saves. The Sabres would have problems with the young Thrashers team as this was their only victory of the season series. The Thrashers now are defunct and as they moved to Winnipeg to become the Jets, who are the Sabres opponents tonight.

Injury Report:

Winnipeg: Fehr Right Shoulder Surgery(IR/Out), Gagnon Undisclosed(IR/Out), Hainsey Upper Body(IR/Out), Meech Lower Body(IR/Out), Mason Strained Groin(IR/Out), Enstrom Broken Collarbone(IR/Out), Jones Right Ankle(Questionable), Antropov Hand(Questionable)

Buffalo: Hecht Concussion(Out), Ennis Sprained Ankle(Out)

Next 5 Games:

Nov 11 vs. Ottawa Senators 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

Nov 12 at Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Nov 14 at Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM(VERSUS HD)

Nov 16 vs. New Jersey Devils 7:30 PM(VERSUS HD)

Nov 18 at Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

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