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Struggling Sabres look to move into a playoff spot in rematch against the Leafs

VS. 7:30PM

Record:
Toronto: 22-15-5
Buffalo: 18-19-5

Points:
Toronto: 49
Buffalo: 41

Rank In Conference:
Toronto: 7th
Buffalo: 11th

Power Play Ranking:
Toronto: 21.7(2nd)
Buffalo: 18.7(11th)

Penalty Kill Ranking:
Toronto: 73.6(30th)
Buffalo: 82.5(T-14th)

Goals For:
Toronto: 132(7th)
Buffalo: 105(25th)

Goals Against:
Toronto: 129(25th)
Buffalo: 121(17th)

Shots For:
Toronto: 1200(T-21st)
Buffalo: 1233(19th)

Shots Against:
Toronto: 1313(20th)
Buffalo: 1293(22nd)

Blocked Shots:
Toronto: 660(6th)
Buffalo: 526(T-26th)

Hits:
Toronto: 1012(8th)
Buffalo: 761(28th)

Face-Off Percentage:
Toronto: 50.1(T-13th)
Buffalo: 50.3(12th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

Toronto: Kessel(24), Lupul(19), Grabovski(13), MacArthur(12)
Buffalo: Vanek(19), Pominville(14), Adam(10), Roy(8)

Assists:
Toronto: Lupul(28), Kessel(24), Phaneuf(21), Bozak(18)
Buffalo: Pominville(29), Vanek(21), Roy(16), Stafford(15)

Points:
Toronto: Kessel(48), Lupul(47), Phaneuf(28), Bozak(25)
Buffalo: Pominville(43), Vanek(40), Roy(24), Stafford(22)

Plus/Minus:
Toronto: Lupul(+8), Schenn(+7), Kessel, Connolly, Gunnarsson(+6)
Buffalo: Gragnani(+12), Gerbe(+4), Hecht(+3), Vanek(+1)

Penalty Minutes:
Toronto: Phaneuf(47), Lupul(40), Schenn(37), Brown(31)
Buffalo: Gaustad(61), Kaleta(58), Vanek and Stafford(36)

Shots:
Toronto: Kessel(148), Lupul(122), Phaneuf(119), Grabovski(74)
Buffalo: Vanek(122), Pominville(120), Stafford(111), Roy(90)

Blocked Shots:
Toronto: Gunnarsson(84), Phaneuf(73), Liles(69), Schenn(64)
Buffalo: Regehr(63), Sekera and Leopold(50), Ehrhoff(48)

Hits:
Toronto: Schenn(130), Phaneuf(94), Steckel(90), Lupul(61)
Buffalo: Regehr(102), Gaustad(76), Kaleta(57), Stafford(47)

Face-Off Wins:
Toronto: Steckel(336), Bozak(282), Connolly(232), Grabovski(223)
Buffalo: Gaustad(341), Roy(340) Pominville(125), Hecht(116)

Tonight’s Goaltending Match-Up:
Toronto: Jonas Gustavsson 13-7-0 2.91 GAA .908 SV% 2 SO
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 10-12-2 3.01 GAA .902 SV% 1 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: Jan 10 @ Toronto-Sabres Lost 2-0

Season Series: Maple Leafs Lead 2-1-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 104-60-18
All-Time @ BUF: Sabres Lead 61-25-6

Injury Report:
Toronto: Armstrong Concussion/Foot(IR/Out), Liles Concussion-like Symptoms(IR/Out), Bozak Shoulder(IR/Out)
Buffalo: Ennis Ankle(IR/Out), Stuart Lower Body(IR/Out), Sekera Upper Body(IR/Out), Ehrhoff Upper Body(Out), Roy Arm/Shoulder(Out), Vanek Food Poisoning(Probable)

Next 5 Games:
Jan 14 at New York Islanders 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Jan 16 at Detroit Red Wings 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Jan 18 at Chicago Blackhawks 7:30PM(NBCSN HD, TSN2)
Jan 19 at Winnipeg Jets 8:30PM(MSG HD)
Jan 21 at St. Louis Blues 8:00PM(MSG HD)

The 14 Year Debate

Truth is often a matter of perspective, your perspective will define that truth.   The 2011-12 NHL season so far has not gone well for the Buffalo Sabres and their fans.   The Sabres have literally been one of the NHL’s worst five teams for most of the season and most of the team’s major woes seem to stem from the November 11th game versus the Bruins and the infamous “Lucic incident”.  Fans are restless, to say the least.

The franchise and its fans rode into the 2011-12 season full of hope and the warm fuzzy feelings of the continued Pegula honeymoon.  As a fan it was hard to believe we had an owner who was so passionate about the team and who seemed to have money to burn.  The paradigm for the Sabres changed overnight when Terry Pegula took over the team and it was something fans embraced with something akin to drunken exuberance.  But problems lurked underneath the surface of high priced free agents and sparkling locker rooms.

Recently the Sabres and many in the Buffalo media have asked the fans for patience.  The team’s struggles were and continue to be blamed almost solely on injuries, even if the injured player du jour had been struggling and was not a positive factor on the ice.  Ted Black said the Sabres needed a “bigger sample size” and supported the team’s talent level and plan for a future Cup at a time yet to be determined.  Darcy Regier, true to form, has done nothing to help the team or change the chemistry.  He spent close to $80 million of Terry Pegula’s money and delivered a bad team and perhaps even worse, a very boring team.  Lindy Ruff has been largely left alone to dangle in the heat of the fans growing anger, he just seems like a man who has no answers at the moment.  The players share a great deal of blame themselves but seem content to say “whatever”, shrug their shoulders and blame the hockey gods.

It seems like quite a quick turn around for a franchise that frankly had been on a roll since Pegula took control of the team.   The team and many in the Buffalo media love to point out Pegula has only owned the team for eleven months. An accurate point.  But what is ignored or completely dismissed is that it’s not eleven months for the fans.  It’s not eleven months for Ruff and Regier. The Sabres ask for patience and the talking heads on WGR castigate fans and claim there’s some kind of magical reset button due to Pegula’s purchase of the team, the perspective of the fans is just not acknowledged.  Pegula largely kept the hockey department intact and by doing so he kept fifteen years of frustration as well.

Frustrations with Regier and Ruff run deep among many Sabres fans.  For years there have been debates among fans about Ruff and Regier.  Pegula’s purchase of the team did not make those frustrations go away they merely pushed the debate to the sidelines for awhile.  While this is the first full season under Pegula, it is the fifteenth for Ruff, Regier and most of the team’s fans.  Players and owners have come and gone but Ruff, Regier and the fans have been the constants.  The fans will always be the constant.  And for their truth to be ignored to me is the height of arrogance.  The Buffalo Sabres exist to provide entertainment which they hope people will pay to see.  The Buffalo media exists to provide information and entertainment which they hope the people of Western New York will pay to read, watch and listen to.

The fans are not stupid.  Many have far sharper analysis, hockey minds and hockey experience than the people in the Buffalo media.  The fans in Buffalo are loyal but they are frustrated.  It was obvious going into camp that patience with certain players and Ruff was running thin.  For many there’s no more patience to give.  The eleven month spin doesn’t sell to many of us who have been fans of this team for decades.  Asking human beings to magically forget the events of the past is an unreasonable and unrealistic demand.  For nearly fifteen years fans have seen the same things from Ruff and Regier.  The same excuses, the same types of players come and go.  This year was different only in Pegula allowed Regier to spend a lot of money on players who have had very little impact to date.  They might in the future but for now it’s largely been wasted money.  The core of this team has been around for five or six years, depending on how you define it.  And with the exception of Thomas Vanek (who may very well start to think his talents are wasted in Buffalo), the team’s core has failed to deliver a playoff series victory since Briere and Drury left town.

A big change is needed but will it be enough?  If the team goes on a run and wins .600+ of their games will the frustrations with Regier, Ruff and the players go away?  Perhaps for a time.   At this point, however, anything short of a Cup will fail to erase the frustrations fans have with Regier and Ruff.  And like it or not, the fans are the customers.  It’s not good business to tell the customers they’re wrong and ignore their concerns.

 

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Midway through the season, the Sabres look to get some momentum with a win against the Leafs

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Last Game:
Toronto: Jan 7 vs. Red Wings-Maple Leafs Won 4-3

Buffalo: Jan 7 vs. Jets-Sabres Lost 2-1(OT)

Record:
Toronto: 21-15-5
Buffalo: 18-18-5

Points:
Toronto: 47
Buffalo: 41

Rank In Conference:
Toronto: 7th
Buffalo: 11th

Power Play Ranking:
Toronto: 21.6(3rd)
Buffalo: 18.7(T-12th)

Penalty Kill Ranking:
Toronto: 73.6(30th)
Buffalo: 82.7(13th)

Goals For:
Toronto: 130(T-6th)
Buffalo: 105(24th)

Goals Against:
Toronto: 129(T-25th)
Buffalo: 119(T-19th)

Shots For:
Toronto: 1172(20th)
Buffalo: 1201(19th)

Shots Against:
Toronto: 1281(22nd)
Buffalo: 1293(25th)

Blocked Shots:
Toronto: 642(4th)
Buffalo: 513(25th)

Hits:
Toronto: 969(8th)
Buffalo: 726(28th)

Face-Off Percentage:
Toronto: 50.0(14th)
Buffalo: 50.4(12th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

Toronto: Kessel(24), Lupul(19), Grabovski and MacArthur(12)
Buffalo: Vanek(19), Pominville(14), Adam(10), Roy(8)

Assists:
Toronto: Lupul(28), Kessel(24), Phaneuf(21), Bozak(18)
Buffalo: Pominville(29), Vanek(21), Roy(16), Stafford(15)

Points:
Toronto: Kessel(48), Lupul(47), Phaneuf(28), Bozak(25)
Buffalo: Pominville(43), Vanek(40), Roy(24), Stafford(22)

Plus/Minus:
Toronto: Lupul(+8), Kessel, Connolly, Schenn(+6), Gunnarsson and Kadri(+5)
Buffalo: Gragnani(+12), Gerbe(+5), Hecht(+3), Vanek(+1)

Penalty Minutes:
Toronto: Phaneuf(47), Schenn(37), Lupul(36), Brown(31)
Buffalo: Gaustad(61), Kaleta(56), Vanek(36), Stafford(32)

Shots:
Toronto: Kessel(146), Lupul(121), Phaneuf(116), Grabovski(72)
Buffalo: Vanek(121), Pominville(116), Stafford(105), Roy(90)

Blocked Shots:
Toronto: Gunnarsson(80), Phaneuf(72), Liles(69), Schenn(64)
Buffalo: Regehr(62), Sekera(50), Leopold(49), Ehrhoff(48), Myers(32)

Hits:
Toronto: Schenn(129), Phaneuf(88), Steckel(87), Lupul(57)
Buffalo: Regehr(101), Gaustad(71), Kaleta(56), Stafford(44)

Face-Off Wins:
Toronto: Steckel(322), Bozak(282), Connolly(228), Grabovski(220)
Buffalo: Roy(340), Gaustad(335), Pominville(124), Hecht(108)

Tonight’s Goaltending Match-Up:
Toronto: Jonas Gustavsson 12-7-0 3.07 GAA .903 SV% 1 SO
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 10-11-2 3.05 GAA .901 SV% 1 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: Dec 22 @ Toronto-Sabres Lost 3-2

Season Series: Tied 1-1
All-Time: Sabres Lead 104-59-18
All-Time @ BUF: Sabres Lead 43-34-12

Injury Report:
Toronto: Armstrong Concussion/Foot(IR/Out), Liles Concussion-like Symptoms(IR/Out), Bozak Shoulder(IR/Out)
Buffalo: Ennis Ankle(IR/Out), Stuart Lower Body(IR/Out), Sekera Upper Body(IR/Out), Ehrhoff Upper Body(Out), Roy Arm/Shoulder(Out)

Next 5 Games:
Jan 13 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 7:30 PM(MSG HD, TSN HD)
Jan 14 at New York Islanders 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Jan 16 at Detroit Red Wings 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Jan 18 at Chicago Blackhawks 7:30PM(NBCSN HD, TSN2)
Jan 19 at Winnipeg Jets 8:30PM(MSG HD)

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Sabres take on the Jets tonight at FNC

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Last Game:
Winnipeg: Jan 5 @ Maple Leafs-Jets Lost 4-0

Buffalo: Jan 6 @ Hurricanes-Sabres Lost 4-2

Record:
Winnipeg: 19-16-5
Buffalo: 18-18-4

Points:
Winnipeg: 43
Buffalo: 40

Rank In Conference:
Winnipeg: 10th
Buffalo: 11th

Power Play Ranking:
Winnipeg: 18.6(T-12th)
Buffalo: 18.5(14th)

Penalty Kill Ranking:
Winnipeg: 82.7(14th)
Buffalo: 82.9(12th)

Goals For:
Winnipeg: 106(T-14th)
Buffalo: 104(19th)

Goals Against:
Winnipeg: 116(T-20th)
Buffalo: 117(T-22nd)

Shots For:
Winnipeg: 1198(16th)
Buffalo: 1169(19th)

Shots Against:
Winnipeg: 1226(19th)
Buffalo: 1252(24th)

Blocked Shots:
Winnipeg: 587(10th)
Buffalo: 504(24th)

Hits:
Winnipeg: 955(6th)
Buffalo: 703(29th)

Face-Off Percentage:
Winnipeg: 49.4(21st)
Buffalo: 50.5(11th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

Winnipeg: Kane(18), Ladd(13), Little(11), Wellwood and Burmistrov(8)
Buffalo: Vanek(19), Pominville(14), Adam(10), Roy(8)

Assists:
Winnipeg: Wheeler(23), Byfuglien(18), Wellwood and Antropov(15)
Buffalo: Pominville(28), Vanek(21), Roy(16), Stafford(15)

Points:
Winnipeg: Kane and Wheeler(30), Byfuglien(24), Wellwood(23), Little and Antropov(20)
Buffalo: Pominville(42), Vanek(40), Roy(24), Stafford(22)

Plus/Minus:
Winnipeg: Wheeler(+8), Little and Kane(+7), Hainsey(+6), Burmistrov(+4)
Buffalo: Gragnani(+12), Gerbe(+6), Hecht(+3), Vanek(+2)

Penalty Minutes:
Winnipeg: Stuart(54), Thorburn(48), Bogosian(47), Byfuglien(46), Glass(43)
Buffalo: Gaustad(61), Kaleta(54), Vanek(34), Stafford(32)

Shots:
Winnipeg: Kane(148), Ladd(131), Byfuglien(123), Wheeler(86), Bogosian(75)
Buffalo: Vanek(118), Pominville(112), Stafford(102), Roy(90)

Blocked Shots:
Winnipeg: Stuart(105), Bogosian(64), Oduya(58), Hainsey(38), Flood(31)
Buffalo: Regehr(61), Sekera(50), Leopold(49), Ehrhoff(48), Myers(31)

Hits:
Winnipeg: Glass(107), Stuart(98), Kane(95), Bogosian and Thorburn(79)
Buffalo: Regehr(97), Gaustad(69), Kaleta(55), Stafford(43)

Face-Off Wins:
Winnipeg: Little(325), Slater(294), Antropov(148), Burmistrov(132), Stapleton(74)
Buffalo: Roy(340), Gaustad(328), Pominville(120), Adam(103)

Tonight’s Goaltending Match-Up:
Winnipeg: Ondrej Pavelec 14-13-5 2.94 GAA .907 SV% 3 SO
Buffalo: Jhonas Enroth 8-7-2 2.49 GAA .921 SV% 1 SO

 

Notes:
Last Meeting: Nov 8 @ Buffalo-Sabres Won 6-5(OT)

Season Series: Sabres Lead 1-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 21-14-1
All-Time @ BUF: Sabres Lead 14-6-3

Injury Report:
Winnipeg: Meech Lower Body(IR/Out), Little Sore Foot(IR/Possible), Byfuglien Knee(Doubtful)
Buffalo: Leino Broken Foot(IR/Possible), Ennis Ankle(IR/Out), Stuart Lower Body(IR/Out), Sekera Upper Body(IR/Out), Ehrhoff Upper Body(Out), Roy Upper Body(Doubtful)

Next 5 Games:
Jan 10 at Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Jan 13 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 7:30 PM(MSG HD, TSN HD)
Jan 14 at New York Islanders 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Jan 16 at Detroit Red Wings 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Jan 18 at Chicago Blackhawks 7:30PM(NBCSN HD, TSN2)

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Sabres Head To Raleigh To Take on Hurricanes Their First Of 11 Road Games In January

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Last Game:

Carolina: Jan 3 vs NY Islanders Loss(SO) 4-3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abBuOKUSq3Y

Buffalo: Jan 3 vs. Oilers Won 4-3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vSDS5JtPrM

Record:

Carolina: 13-21-7

Buffalo: 18-17-4

Points:

Carolina: 33

Buffalo: 40

Rank In Conference:

Carolina: 15th

Buffalo: 11th

Power Play Ranking:

Carolina: 13.6(27th)

Buffalo: 18.8(T-13th)

Penalty Kill Ranking:

Carolina: 78.2(27th)

Buffalo: 83.8(10th)

Goals For:

Carolina: 106(T-11th)

Buffalo: 102(T-17th)

Goals Against:

Carolina: 136(30th)

Buffalo: 113(T-21st)

Shots For:

Carolina: 1238(9th)

Buffalo:  1136(19th)

Shots Against:

Carolina: 1289(29th)

Buffalo: 1217(T-22nd)

Blocked Shots:

Carolina: 619(3rd)

Buffalo: 492(23rd)

Hits:

Carolina: 824(T-16th)

Buffalo: 694(27th)

Face-Off Percentage:

Carolina: 50.1(12th)

Buffalo: 50.8(11th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Carolina: T. Ruutu(14), Skinner(12), LaRose(10), E. Staal and B. Sutter(9)

Buffalo: Vanek(18), Pominville(13), Adam(10), Roy(8)

Assists:

Carolina: J. Jokinen(18), E. Staal(16), McBain(13), Skinner(12)

Buffalo: Pominville(27), Vanek(21), Roy(16), Stafford(15)

Points:

Carolina: E. Staal(25), Skinner(24), T. Ruutu and J. Jokinen(22), LaRose(20)

Buffalo: Pominville(40), Vanek(39), Roy(24), Stafford(22)

Plus/Minus:

Carolina: A. Stewart(+4), Spacek(+3), Ri. Nash(+1), B. Allen, Gleason, and Nodl(EV)

Buffalo: Gragnani(+12), Gerbe(+7), Hecht(+2), Vanek and Leopold(+1)

Penalty Minutes:

Carolina: B. Allen(44), Gleason(37), T. Ruutu(36), LaRose(30)

Buffalo: Gaustad(61), Kaleta(54), Vanek(34), Stafford(32)

Shots:

Carolina: E. Staal(143), LaRose(116), Skinner(104), T. Ruutu(93)

Buffalo:  Vanek(115), Pominville(110), Stafford(97), Roy(90)

Blocked Shots:

Carolina: B. Allen(82), Gleason(65), Harrison(63), McBain(49)

Buffalo: Regehr(60), Sekera(50), Ehrhoff and Leopold(48), Myers(31)

Hits:

Carolina: LaRose(85), Dwyer(77), T. Ruutu(76),Ponikarovsky(75)

Buffalo: Regehr(96), Gaustad(68), Kaleta(55), Stafford(43)

Face-Off Wins:

Carolina: E. Staal(443), B. Sutter(352), J. Jokinen(268), Brent(123)

Buffalo: Roy(340), Gaustad(320), Pominville(119), Adam(103)

Notes:

Last Meeting: Nov 18 Sabres Won 1-0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOCHNWX6a1w

Season Series: Tied 1-1-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 95-62-24

All-Time at CAR: Sabres Lead 42-33-16

Tonight’s Goaltending Match-Up:

Carolina: Cam Ward 13-15-6 3.22 GAA .897 SV% 1 SO

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 10-10-2 3.05 GAA .900 SV% 1 SO

Isles win third straight, 4-3 in shootout, over ‘Canes

When Carolina and the New York Islanders met Tuesday night, there was no escaping the most obvious significance of the game: the winner would escape last place in the Eastern Conference.

So as New York’s Matt Moulson fielded postgame questions after the Islanders win, he jumped the gun on the first question. He raised his head, smiled and blurted out, “We’re not in last place anymore.”

The Islanders tied the game twice in the third period before PA Parenteau and Frans Nielsen delivered shootout goals for a 4-3 win over Carolina. It was the third straight victory for New York, after home wins against Calgary and Edmonton.

The Islanders (14-17-6) are one point in front of the Hurricanes, and just one point behind 13th-place Montreal.

“No one wants to be in last place,” said Parenteau, who scored the first goal of the shootout. “We’re not looking behind right now. We’ve got to play a little better than that if we’re going to catch these teams. But I think we have the team to do it, to get on a good ride right now.”

To a man, the Islanders lamented the quality of their team play against Carolina — but no one seemed too concerned about style points.

“We’ve got to jump one team at a time,” said Moulson, whose goal from the high slot in the first period opened the scoring. “We need to get points in games like tonight, where we didn’t have our best game. (Evgeni) Nabokov made some big saves and we were able to claw back and get two points.”

Nabokov finished the night with 37 saves before stopping Eric Staal and Chad LaRose in the shootout. Jussi Jokinen, Carolina’s first shooter, managed to score on a shot that trickled past the Islanders netminder. Cam Ward stopped 33 shots for the Hurricanes.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011020577

Sabres edge Oilers in 4-3 win

After a series of frustrating finishes, Buffalo finally prevailed in a tight game Tuesday night.

Nathan Gerbe recorded an assist and a goal – the eventual game-winner – late in the third period, and Buffalo held off a furious Edmonton rally to beat the Oilers, 4-3, at First Niagara Center.

Buffalo (18-17-4, 40 points), which hadn’t played since New Year’s Eve, snapped a three-game losing streak with the victory. Jason Pominville, Jordan Leopold also scored, and Drew Stafford had a goal and two assists. Ryan Miller made 23 saves to improve to 6-0-0 lifetime against Edmonton.

The win was just Buffalo’s second in eight games (2-5-1).

“We’ve talked about it enough. Bottom line is guys knew we just needed to go out there and get it done,” Stafford said. “It feels good to get those two points. Now, hopefully we can string a few together.”

Stafford started an exciting final six minutes when he finished off Derek Roy’s centering pass – which had been stalled in the low slot by Gerbe – by cleaning it up past Khabibulin for a 3-2 lead at 14:34.

“I kept whacking at it, and finally got one, got a break,” Stafford said. “It’s nice to finally get rewarded with a break.”

Stafford’s high puck clearance flew over the outstretched glove of the Oilers defenseman, allowing Gerbe to sneak in behind and skate in alone on goalie Nikolai Khabibulin. Gerbe skated across the goal and backhanded it up and over Khabibulin’s left shoulder at 16:38 of the third.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011020574&navid=sb:recap

Injury Report:

Carolina: Pitkanen Concussion/Knee Surgery(IR/Out), Boucher Lower Body(IR/Out), Skinner Concussion(IR/Out), Dwyer Upper Body(Questionable)

Buffalo: Leino Broken Foot(IR/Out), Stuart Lower Body(IR/Out), Ennis Left Ankle(Out), Sekera Upper Body(Out), Ehrhoff Upper Body(Out), Myers Broken Wrist(IR/Probable)

Next 5 Games:

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

Jan 10 at Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Jan 13 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 7:30 PM(MSG HD, TSN HD)

Jan 14 at New York Islanders 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Jan 16 at Detroit Red Wings 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Sabres look to start 2012 with a win in match-up against Oilers

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Last Game:
Edmonton: Jan 2 @ Blackhawks-Oilers Won 4-3

Buffalo: Dec 31 vs. Senators-Sabres Lost 3-2(SO)

Record:
Edmonton: 16-19-3
Buffalo: 17-17-4

Points:
Edmonton: 35
Buffalo: 38

Rank In Conference:
Edmonton: 13th
Buffalo: 11th

Power Play Ranking:
Edmonton: 20.8(2nd)
Buffalo: 19.0(T-8th)

Penalty Kill Ranking:
Edmonton: 84.1(T-10th)
Buffalo: 84.2(9th)

Goals For:
Edmonton: 103(T-11th)
Buffalo: 98(T-19th)

Goals Against:
Edmonton: 104(12th)
Buffalo: 110(22nd)

Shots For:
Edmonton: 1000(29th)
Buffalo: 1103(19th)

Shots Against:
Edmonton: 1168(18th)
Buffalo: 1191(21st)

Blocked Shots:
Edmonton: 555(T-12th)
Buffalo: 480(T-24th)

Hits:
Edmonton: 686(28th)
Buffalo: 678(29th)

Faceoff Percentage:
Edmonton: 47.8(26th)
Buffalo: 51.0(T-10th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

Edmonton: Eberle(16), Smyth(15), Nugent-Hopkins(13), Jones(12), Hall(11)
Buffalo: Vanek(18), Pominville(12), Adam(10), Roy(8)

Assists:
Edmonton: Eberle(25), Nugent-Hopkins(22), Smyth(17), Hall(15), Horcoff(14)
Buffalo: Pominville(27), Vanek(21), Roy(15), Ehrhoff(14)

Points:
Edmonton: Eberle(41), Nugent-Hopkins(35), Smyth(32), Hall(26), Horcoff(22)
Buffalo: Pominville and Vanek(39), Roy(23), Adam(20), Stafford(19)

Plus/Minus:
Edmonton: Peckham and Sutton(+4), Barker(+3), Jones(+2), Hall and Smyth(+1)
Buffalo: Gragnani(+10), Gerbe(+4), Hecht(+2), Vanek and Leopold(+1)

Penalty Minutes:
Edmonton: Peckham(68), Eager(61), Sutton(50), Smyth(43), Petrell(38)
Buffalo: Gaustad(61), Kaleta(52), Vanek(34), Stafford(32)

Shots:
Edmonton: Smyth(102), Eberle and Hall(90), Nugent-Hopkins(80), Horcoff(66)
Buffalo: Vanek(112), Pominville(107), Stafford(95), Roy(88)

Blocked Shots:
Edmonton: Smid(88), Gilbert(63), Petry(47), Peckham(42), Sutton(37)
Buffalo: Regehr(60), Sekera(50), Ehrhoff(48), Leopold(46)

Hits:
Edmonton: Smid(86), Peckham(53), Petrell(49), Jones(45), Petry(43)
Buffalo: Regehr(96), Gaustad(68), Kaleta(52), Stafford(43)

Face-Off Wins:
Edmonton: Horcoff(368), Belanger(297), Nugent-Hopkins(128), Lander(99)
Buffalo: Roy(338), Gaustad(314), Pominville(117), Adam(102)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:
Edmonton: Nikolai Khabibulin 11-10-3 2.25 GAA .924 SV% 2 SO
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 9-10-2 3.05 GAA .901 SV% 1 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: Dec 28, 2010 @ Oilers-Sabres Won 4-2

Season Series: Sabres Won 1-0
All-Time: Edmonton Leads 34-20-10
All-Time vs. EDM: Edmonton Leads 13-12-7

Injury Report:
Edmonton: Fedun Broken Femur(IR/Out), Barker Ankle Surgery(IR/Out), Plante Facial Laceration/Concussion(IR/Out), Jones Foot(Probable), Whitney Ankle Tendinitis(Questionable)
Buffalo: Myers Broken Wrist(IR/Out), Leino Lower Body(IR/Out), Stuart Lower Body(IR/Out), Ennis Ankle(Out), Sekera Upper Body(Out), Ehrhoff Upper Body(Out)

Next 5 Games:
Jan 6 at Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Jan 7 vs. Winnipeg Jets 7:00 PM(MSG HD, CBC HD)
Jan 10 at Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Jan 13 at Toronto Maple Leafs 7:30 PM(MSG HD, TSN HD)
Jan 14 @ New York Islanders 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

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