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Sabres head to San Jose in late-night match up with Sharks

@ 10:30PM

Last Game:
San Jose: Feb 28 vs. Flyers-Sharks Won 1-0

Buffalo: Feb 29 @ Ducks-Sabres Won 2-0

Record:
San Jose: 33-22-7
Buffalo: 28-27-8

Points:
San Jose: 73
Buffalo: 64

Rank In Conference:
San Jose: 7th
Buffalo: 12th

Power Play Ranking:
San Jose: 21.3(4th)
Buffalo: 16.1(21st)

Penalty Kill Ranking:
San Jose: 77.6(28th)
Buffalo: 80.6(22nd)

Goals For:
San Jose: 172(11th)
Buffalo: 150(25th)

Goals Against:
San Jose: 156(8th)
Buffalo: 176(20th)

Shots For:
San Jose: 2133(2nd)
Buffalo: 1818(20th)

Shots Against:
San Jose: 1758(6th)
Buffalo: 1970(26th)

Blocked Shots:
San Jose: 996(6th)
Buffalo: 803(T-23rd)

Hits:
San Jose: 1156(29th)
Buffalo: 1137(30th)

Faceoff Percentage:
San Jose: 53.2(2nd)
Buffalo: 49.6(19th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

San Jose: Couture(27), Marleau(26), Pavelski(23), Thornton(14), McGinn(12)
Buffalo: Pominville(23), Vanek(22), Hodgson(16), Roy(13)

Assists:
San Jose: Thornton(45), Boyle(30), Marleau(26), Couture and Pavelski(25)
Buffalo: Pominville(36), Vanek(25), Roy and Ehrhoff(22), Stafford(19), Hodgson and Gerbe(17)

Points:
San Jose: Thornton(59), Couture and Marleau(52), Pavelski(48), Boyle(36)
Buffalo: Pominville(59), Vanek(47), Roy(36), Hodgson(33), Stafford(31)

Plus/Minus:
San Jose: Thornton(+17), Pavelski(+16), Vlasic(+15), Boyle(+9), Havlat and Burns(+8)
Buffalo: Hodgson(+9), Ennis(+4), Gerbe(+2), Hecht(+1)

Penalty Minutes:
San Jose: Winchester(79), Clowe(78), Boyle(57), Moore(48), Galiardi(47)
Buffalo: Kaleta(106), Weber(53), McCormick(49), Vanek(48), Roy(44)

Shots:
San Jose: Pavelski(200), Boyle(195), Couture(193), Marleau(184), Burns(165)
Buffalo: Pominville(174), Stafford(164), Vanek(163), Roy(134)

Blocked Shots:
San Jose: Vlasic(124), Murray(112), Boyle(104), Burns(92), White(72), Pavelski(63)
Buffalo: Leopold(88), Regehr(87), Sekera(75), Ehrhoff(67)

Hits:
San Jose: McGinn(137), Murray(100), Galiardi(89), Clowe(77), Desjardins(76)
Buffalo: Regehr(139), Kaleta(107), Weber(84), Stafford(81)

Face-Off Wins:
San Jose: Thornton(432), Couture(392), Handzus(389), Pavelski(373), Moore(331)
Buffalo: Roy(493), Hodgson(182), Pominville(164), Hecht(136)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:
San Jose: Antti Niemi 25-15-6 2.46 GAA .913 SV% 5 SO
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 20-17-5 2.64 GAA .912 SV% 4 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: Jan 6, 2011 @ Sharks-Sabres Won 3-0

Season Series: Tied 0-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 17-6-5
All-Time at SJS: Sharks Lead 6-3-4

Injury Report:
San Jose: Havlat Hamstring Surgery(IR/Out), Moore Lower Body(Doubtful), Murray Fractured Throat(Doubtful), Couture Lower Body(Questionable)
Buffalo: Hecht Concussion(IR/Out), McCormick Upper Body(Out)

Next 5 Games:
Mar 3 at Vancouver Canucks 10:00 PM(MSG HD/CBC HD)
Mar 5 at Winnipeg Jets 8:00 PM(NBCS HD)
Mar 7 vs. Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Mar 8 at Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Mar 10 at Ottawa Senators 7:00 PM(MSG HD/CBC HD)

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Miller Stones Ducks in 2-0 Sabres Win

Ryan Miller might of had his best performance of the season tonight in the Sabres 2-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks. Miller was phenomenal making 43 saves on the night earning his 4th shutout of the season. The win marks Miller 20th of the season and 7 straight season of at least 20 wins. The Sabres got on the board 7:12 into the 1st Period when Derek Roy collected a rebound off the endboards and beat Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller. The Sabres would make it 2-0 when Brad Boyes deflected a Christian Ehrhoff shot past Hiller shortly after the Sabres Power Play expired. The goal marked Boyes first since December 31st.

Newcomer Cody Hodgson had a strong game playing on a line with Tyler Ennis and Drew Stafford. Hodgson played 16:04, a +1 Rating, and 4 shots on goal. Hodgson played a key role on the 2nd Sabres goal winning a race to the puck on a dump in which would help the Sabres convert a few seconds later.

The Sabres return to action tomorrow night when they visit the Shark Tank to take on Joe Thornton and the San Jose Sharks. Faceoff is a little after 10:30 PM, Pregame starts at 10:00.

 

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