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Sabres Head To The Rock To Take On The Devils

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Last Game:

New Jersey: Dec 26 at Hurricanes Loss 4-2

Buffalo: Dec 26 vs. Capitals Win 4-2

Record:

New Jersey: 19-15-1

Buffalo: 17-15-3

Points:

New Jersey: 39

Buffalo: 37

Rank In Conference:

New Jersey: 7th

Buffalo: 10th

Power Play Ranking:

New Jersey: 13.6(26th)

Buffalo: 18.9(12th)

Penalty Kill Ranking:

New Jersey: 93.0(1st)

Buffalo: 83.8(10th)

Goals For:

New Jersey: 89(25th)

Buffalo: 94(T-16th)

Goals Against:

New Jersey: 102(T-17th)

Buffalo: 102(T-17th)

Shots For:

New Jersey: 973(27th)

Buffalo: 1026(20th)

Shots Against:

New Jersey: 973(3rd)

Buffalo: 1101(21st)

Blocked Shots:

New Jersey: 402(29th)

Buffalo: 447(26th)

Hits:

New Jersey: 722(22nd)

Buffalo: 624(29th)

Faceoff Percentage:

New Jersey: 47.4(T-27th)

Buffalo: 50.6(12th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

New Jersey: Elias(13), Clarkson(12), Parise and Kovalchuk(11), Henrique and Zubrus(10)

Buffalo: Vanek(17), Pominville(12), Adam(10), Roy(8)

Assists:

New Jersey: Elias, Parise, and Henrique(17), Kovalchuk(16), Sykora and Larsson(11), Zubrus and A. Greene(9)

Buffalo: Pominville(26), Vanek(20), Roy(15), Ehrhoff(14)

Points:

New Jersey: Elias(30), Parise(28), Kovalchuk and Parise(27), Zubrus and Sykora(19)

Buffalo: Pominville(38), Vanek(37), Roy(23), Adam(20)

Plus/Minus:

New Jersey: Henrique(+6), Taormina(+2), Salvador, Josefson, and Urborn(+1), A. Greene and Sykora(EV)

Buffalo: Gragnani(+11), Hecht(+5), Gerbe(+4), Vanek(+3)

Penalty Minutes:

New Jersey: Clarkson(66), R. Carter(47), Janssen(40), Boulton(29)

Buffalo: Gaustad(51), Kaleta(42), Vanek(34), Stafford(32)

Shots:

New Jersey: Parise(128), Kovalchuk(113), Clarkson(94), Sykora(88)

Buffalo: Vanek(105), Pominville(99), Stafford(90), Ehrhoff(84)

Blocked Shots:

New Jersey: R. Carter(63), Fayne(41), Salvador(40), Henrique(35)

Buffalo: Regehr(56), Sekera(49), Ehrhoff(46), Leopold(42)

Hits:

New Jersey: R. Carter and Clarkson(81), Volchenkov(73), Henrique(46), Janssen(45)

Buffalo: Regehr(89), Gaustad(64), Kaleta(47), Gerbe(35)

Face-Off Wins:

New Jersey: Elias(269), Henrique(229), R. Carter(132), Zubrus(77)

Buffalo: Roy(319), Gaustad(286), Pominville(104), Adam(99)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:

New Jersey: Martin Brodeur 9-9-0 3.06 GAA .884 SV%

Buffalo:  Ryan Miller 9-8-2 3.05 GAA .904 SV% 1 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: Nov 16 Devils Won 5-3

Season Series: Devils Lead 1-0-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 68-43-22

All-Time at NJD: Sabres Lead 32-22-12

Ward scores in Carolina’s win against Devils

Cam Ward made 23 saves Monday night. He also provided some offense.

Ward was credited with a bizarre empty-net goal, helping the Carolina Hurricanes earn a 4-2 victory against the New Jersey Devils at the RBC Center.

Brandon Sutter had a shorthanded goal, Tuomo Ruutu and Anthony Stewart scored in the second period, and Tim Gleason and Tim Brent each had two assists for the Hurricanes, who have earned points in six of eight games.

“What I really like in the last six, seven games is that we’re a little bit more consistent,” new coach Kirk Muller said. “We’re not beating ourselves, for the most part, and the points that we have given away are things that we’ve done. So the last couple games, we’ve done a better job of that and we’ve been doing a lot of good things. We’re not quite there yet, but I think our confidence level’s starting to kick in, everyone’s starting to play a higher-tempo game and I think we’re skating better to play this type of tempo.”

Ward was awarded his first career goal when Ilya Kovalchuk’s errant pass for Adam Henrique from the end line wound up going the length of the ice and into an empty net with 29.4 seconds left. Officials initially awarded the goal to Sutter before a postgame review determined he never touched the puck.

“I don’t know how to explain it. I should make better decisions that that, definitely,” Kovalchuk said. “We find a way to make the game interesting and we were working hard, but a bad decision by me cost us the game.”

It was the first goal by a goaltender in the history of the franchise — including the Hartford Whalers.

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Sabres end skid with win over Caps

The Buffalo Sabres used a fast start to get back on the right track Monday night.

Brayden McNabb capped Buffalo’s four-goal first period with his first NHL goal and the Sabres earned a 4-2 win against the Washington Capitals at the First Niagara Center.

Jason Pominville, Matt Ellis and Christian Ehrhoff also scored in the first period for the Sabres, who snapped a three-game skid to improve to 4-6-2 in their last 12 games. Ryan Miller made 20 saves in his sixth straight start.

Buffalo’s depth at forward was bolstered by the return of Jochen Hecht (foot) and Brad Boyes (ankle). They each contributed an assist.

“I thought that was a great example of the type of hockey we’ve been talking about for a while,” Miller said. “It was quick hockey, move the puck, and support each other. It showed in that first period where we got out of our zone clean, we got into their zone clean, we made things happen and got rewarded for it.”

Matt Hendricks and Alex Ovechkin scored for Washington, which fell to 1-2-1 in its last four and 5-6-1 under new coach Dale Hunter.

Michal Neuvirth started for the fifth straight time, but was pulled midway through the first period after allowing three goals on six shots. He was replaced by Tomas Vokoun, who allowed one goal on 17 shots.

Ovechkin’s power-play goal made it 4-2 with 10:09 left.

“They came out hard and we made bad decisions with the puck and gave up bad goals and it cost us,” Capitals coach Dale Hunter said. “After the Christmas break, it’s usually decided in the first period. We made bad decisions and gave up bad goals. It cost us the game.”

After falling behind by four in the first period, Washington broke through on Hendricks’ goal with 17 seconds left in the second period. Standing in front of Miller, he was able to deflect Mathieu Perreault’s shot from the high slot to make it 4-1 after two.

The Sabres struck first with a pair of goals on their first four shots. Pominville opened the scoring with a power-play goal 51 seconds in, converting Drew Stafford’s pass with a one-timer from the inner edge of the left circle. Buffalo was awarded a man advantage just nine seconds into the game, when Roman Hamrlik accidentally shot the puck into the seats.

“It changed the game,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “We capitalized on the early power play and did a nice job early on in the game.”

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This Day In Sabres History:

December 27, 1991 Andreychuk and LaFontaine Score 2 Goals Each in 8-1 Beatdown of the Rival Bruins

On this date 20 years ago Pat LaFontaine and Dave Andreychuk scored twice in the Sabres 8-1 Rout of the rival Boston Bruins. Andreychuk lead the teams with 5 Points(2 G, 3 A) and LaFontaine had 4 Points(2 G, 2 A) on the night. Buffalo also got goals from Gord Donnelly, Alexander Mogilny, Brad May, and Randy Wood. 11 Sabres recorded at least 1 point on the night in the win. The only Bruin goal came from Peter Douis. The teams would split the Season Series 3-3-2 and would meet in the Playoffs later that season. The Bruins would knock the Sabres out of the playoffs winning the Series in 7.

Injury Report:

New Jersey: Josefson Right Clavicle Surgery(IR/Out), A. Greene Broken Toe(IR/Out), Larsson Personal(Questionable), Tallinder Back Spasms(Questionable)

Buffalo: Myers Broken Wrist(IR/Out), Gerbe Concussion(IR/Out), Leino Lower Body(IR/Out), Tropp Concussion(IR/Out), Stuart Lower Body(IR/Out), Ennis Left Ankle(Out)

Next 5 Games:

Dec 30 at Washington Capitals 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Dec 31 vs. Ottawa Senators 7:00 PM(MSG HD, CBC HD)

Jan 3 vs. Edmonton Oilers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Jan 6 at Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Jan 7 vs. Winnipeg Jets 7:00 PM(MSG HD, CBC HD)

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