Last Place Sabres Look For A Positive Ending Of The First Half at Devils

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Last Game:

New Jersey: Jan 21 vs. Flyers Loss 4-1

Buffalo: Jan 27 at Blues Loss 4-2


New Jersey: 26-19-2

Buffalo: 19-24-5


New Jersey: 54

Buffalo: 43

Rank In Conference:

New Jersey: 7th

Buffalo: 15th

Power Play Ranking:

New Jersey: 14.3(25th)

Buffalo: 18.2(T-14th)

Penalty Kill Ranking:

New Jersey: 89.2(T-1st)

Buffalo: 81.6(21st)

Goals For:

New Jersey: 120(T-21st)

Buffalo: 115(26th)

Goals Against:

New Jersey: 133(T-15th)

Buffalo: 146(26th)

Shots For:

New Jersey: 1303(25th)

Buffalo: 1384(19th)

Shots Against:

New Jersey: 1277(3rd)

Buffalo: 1506(26th)

Blocked Shots:

New Jersey: 542(T-29th)

Buffalo: 612(23rd)


New Jersey: 963(22nd)

Buffalo: 870(28th)

Faceoff Percentage:

New Jersey: 46.7(29th)

Buffalo: 49.4(21st)

Team Leaders:


New Jersey: Kovalchuk(19), Elias(17), Clarkson(16), Parise(15)

Buffalo: Vanek(19), Pominville(17), Adam(10), Roy(9)


New Jersey: Elias(28), Parise(24), Kovalchuk and Henrique(21), Sykora(14)

Buffalo: Pominville(30), Vanek(22), Roy(16), Stafford(15)


New Jersey: Elias(45), Kovalchuk(40), Parise(39), Henrique(34)

Buffalo: Pominville(47), Vanek(41), Roy(25), Stafford(23)


New Jersey: Salvador(+9), Henrique(+7), Taormina(+4), Sykora(+3)

Buffalo: Gragnani(+10), Hecht and Gerbe(+1), Ennis, Szczechura, and Whitmore(EV), Foligno and Kassian(-1)

Penalty Minutes:

New Jersey: Clarkson(86), Boulton(60), R. Carter(58), Janssen(55)

Buffalo: Gaustad(63), Kaleta(62), Vanek and McCormick(40), Stafford(36)


New Jersey: Kovalchuk(170), Parise(166), Clarkson(124), Sykora(114)

Buffalo: Pominville and Vanek(132), Stafford(124), Roy(104), Ehrhoff(86)

Blocked Shots:

New Jersey: Volchenkov(79), Salvador(58), Fayne(57), Larsson(50)

Buffalo: Regehr(64), Sekera(61), Leopold(60), Ehrhoff(48)


New Jersey: Clarkson(101), Volchenkov(96), Ponikarovsky(95), R. Carter(89)

Buffalo: Regehr(110), Gaustad(84), Kaleta(69), Weber(59)

Face-Off Wins:

New Jersey: Elias(363), Henrique(300), R. Carter(169), Zubrus(88)

Buffalo: Roy(374), Gaustad(371), Pominville(137), Hecht(136)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:

New Jersey: Martin Brodeur 14-12-1 2.84 GAA .893 SV%

Buffalo:  Ryan Miller 11-15-2 3.15 GAA .897 SV% 1 SO


Last Meeting: Dec 28 Devils Win 3-1

Season Series: Devils Lead 2-0-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 68-44-22

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

Hartnell, Bryzgalov lead Flyers past rival Devils

A little attitude adjustment from coach Peter Laviolette was just what the Philadelphia Flyers needed Saturday in a 4-1 victory against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center.

Despite losing forwards Jaromir Jagr (lower body), Danny Briere (concussion) and Zac Rinaldo (upper body) to injuries during the course of the game, the Flyers (28-14-4) rallied behind several inspiring efforts. At the top of that list was Scott Hartnell, who scored a pair of power-play goals.

“I think we got off to a slow start in that first period … there wasn’t much flow and it wasn’t our best effort,” Hartnell said. “In the second period, after that timeout, we started playing with some jam. We started banging bodies and cycling – playing Flyers hockey and were able to get momentum, get the lead and we never looked back.”

The timeout Hartnell was referring to came 3:07 into the second. The game was scoreless at the time, but the Flyers were being outshot 10-4 — and Laviolette was obviously agitated.

“I think when you see a team playing a certain level, you know what they’re capable of and we weren’t where we needed to be,” Laviolette said. “New Jersey has really done a good job of climbing back into the top of the conference by playing a certain way, aggressive and competitive.”

The Devils outshot the Flyers 31-20 but finished 0-for-6 on the power-play. The Flyers went 2-for-5 with the man advantage. Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, who was making his fourth straight start, made 16 saves.

“You have to be able to match that and we just were a little bit short of that in the first 24 minutes of the game,” Laviolette said. “It was really nice to see us get physical and competitive and, really, play with more attitude. It’s all about attitude, and they all stepped up in a big way for the win … a tough win on the road.”

After the timeout the Flyers turned it on, scoring four goals on 16 shots to close out the game. Wayne Simmonds struck for the first three-point game (two assists) of his career and Ilya Bryzgalov made 30 saves in the triumph, the fourth in six games for the Flyers.

“[Simmonds] is a beast on the boards and in getting pucks out,” Hartnell said. “He has those long legs out on the fore check and makes some great plays down low in the corners and in the trenches. It’s not easy work; it’s hard to find guys like that that who love to take hits to make plays.”


Blues knock off slumping Sabres, 4-2

Knowing that the Buffalo Sabres were talented and capable enough to snap out of their road woes, the St. Louis Blues turned to their captain to make sure that never materialized.

With the ‘C’ on his front, David Backes put the Blues on his back, scoring two goals and two assists even after taking a nasty spill that had the 19,150 on hand holding their collective breath. His four-point night matched a career high, and St. Louis continued its reign at Scottrade Center in a 4-2 win over the Sabres.

“We had a lot of good players today, led by our captain,” marveled Blues coach Ken Hitchcock, whose team jumped into fourth place in the Western Conference, one point behind leaders Detroit. “I thought our captain and that line (with David Perron and T.J. Oshie) really led us.

“David came back just like a bear and really went to work there. He was a major reason we won the hockey game today. Not just points-wise but disposition on the ice, intensity. I thought he really dragged us into the fight.”

Backes’ power-play goal 11:35 into the third period gave the Blues the separation they needed, pushing a one-goal lead to 3-1 and the stingiest team in the Western Conference was able to thwart off any rally by the Sabres, who fell to 19-24-5 and suffered a franchise-worst 12th straight road defeat.

“I get credit for the goal, but I just move it about three inches,” Backes said. “Osh is in front of the net taking some abuse. (Alex Pietrangelo) gets the shot through, the goalie never sees it and it’s sitting on the goal line for me. Those guys deserve more credit than I do on that one. Our power play comes through when we need it. Critical game at home, we need to get two points and we were able to do that.

“I wasn’t feeling too great (after being tripped by Marc-Andre Gragnani), but the training staff does a good job of putting Humpty Dumpty back together again. Thankfully my full speed isn’t that fast.”


This Day In Sabres History:

January 24, 1978 Martin and Perrault Dazzle in Buffalo’s Only NHL All-Star Game

On This Date 34 Years ago The City of Buffalo hosted its only NHL All-Star Game to date. The Campbell Conference jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the First Period on Goals from Bill Barber and Denis Potvin. The Wales Conference would get on the board in the 2nd Period on a Darryl Sittler Power Play Goal. The Sabres representatives would step up from there when Rick Martin would tie the game with 1:39 left in regulation time to tie the game for the Wales Conference. Then Buffalo’s First Ever Draft Pick Gilbert Perrault would net the Game Winner for the Wales Conference with 1:05 left in the Game. New York Islander and Campbell Conference Starting Goaltender Billy Smith would win the MVP award.

Injury Report:

New Jersey: Greene Broken Toe(IR/Out), Zajac Strained Left Achilles(IR/Out), Tallinder Blood Clot in Leg(IR/Out)

Buffalo: Stuart Lower Body(IR/Out), Ennis Left Ankle(Out), Sekera Upper Body(Out), McNabb Concussion(IR/Out), Regehr Upper Body(Out), Gaustad Upper Body(Doubtful), Brennan Flu-Like Symptoms(Questionable), Ehrhoff Upper Body(IR/Probable)

Next 5 Games:

Jan 31 at Montreal Canadiens 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

Feb 1 vs. New York Rangers 7:30 PM(NBCS HD and TSN2 HD)

Feb 4 at New York Islanders 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Feb 8 vs. Boston Bruins 7:30 PM(NBCS HD TSN2 HD)

Feb 10 vs. Dallas Stars 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

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