Archive for January, 2013


Sabres Open Season at FNC vs Flyers

@ 12:30 PM

Last Game:

Philadelphia: Jan 19 vs. Penguins Loss 3-1

Buffalo: Apr 7 at Bruins Loss(SO) 4-3


Philadelphia: 0-1-0

Buffalo: 39-32-11

Rank In Conference:

Philadelphia: 10th

Buffalo: 9th

Power Play Ranking:

Philadelphia: 0.0(28th)

Buffalo: 17.0(16th)

Penalty Kill Ratings:

Philadelphia: 33.3(22nd)

Buffalo: 81.7(19th)

Goals For:

Philadelphia: 1(T-18th)

Buffalo: 217(17th)

Goals Against:

Philadelphia: 3(T-20th)

Buffalo: 223(18th)

Shots For:

Philadelphia: 27(T-13rd)

Buffalo: 2397(18th)

Shots Against:

Philadelphia: 27(T-16th)

Buffalo: 2571(27th)

Blocked Shots:

Philadelphia: 12(T-10th)

Buffalo: 1075(20th)


Philadelphia: 40(1st)

Buffalo: 1512(29th)

Face-Off Percentage:

Philadelphia: 43.6(21st)

Buffalo: 49.5(19th)

Team Leaders:


Philadelphia: Giroux(1)

Buffalo: Pominville(30), Vanek(26), Stafford(20), Hodgson(19)


Philadelphia: Hartnell and B. Schenn(1)

Buffalo: Pominville(43), Vanek(35), Stafford(30), Ehrhoff(27)


Philadelphia: Giroux, Hartnell, and B. Schenn(1)

Buffalo: Pominville(73), Vanek(61), Stafford(50), Hodgson(41)


Philadelphia: Giroux, Hartnell, B. Schenn, Timonen, and L. Schenn(+1)

Buffalo: Ennis(+11), Sulzer(+8), Foligno(+6), Stafford, Myers, and Ott(+5)

Penalty Minutes:

Philadelphia: Giroux, Grossman, and Coburn(2)
Buffalo: Ott(157), Kaleta(116), Weber(64), Regehr and McCormick(56)


Philadelphia: Voracek(6), Hartnell(5), Giroux and Simmonds(3), Timonen, Read, and E. Wellwood(2)

Buffalo: Pominville(235), Stafford(226), Vanek(204), Hodgson(154)

Blocked Shots:

Philadelphia: Grossmann and Simmonds(2), 8 Tied with 1

Buffalo: Leopold(128), Regehr(112), Sekera(93), Weber(90)


Philadelphia: Rinaldo(7), Read(6), Hartnell(5), Laughton and Meszaros(4)

Buffalo: Ott(278), Regehr(172), Kaleta(139), Weber(123)

Face-Off Wins:

Philadelphia: Giroux(13), Couturier(10), Laughton(2), Fedotenko and Voracek(1)

Buffalo: Ott(561), Hodgson(329), Pominville(179), Ennis(145)

Today Starting Goaltender Matchup:

Philadelphia: Ilya Bryzgalov 0-1-0 2.03 GAA .923 SV% 0 SO

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 31-21-7 2.55 GAA .916 SV% 6 SO


Last Meeting: Apr 5 Flyers Won 2-1

Season Series: Flyers Won 4-0-0

All-Time: Flyers Lead 77-56-25

All-Time vs. PHI: Sabres Lead 38-29-10

Sabres Start 2013 Shorten Season against Flyers

The Buffalo Sabres return to action after the 4+ Month NHL Lockout. The Sabres will have some new faces joining the team this season. Steve Ott who was acquired in a trade will make his Sabres debut on the 3rd Line this afternoon. Ott will bring much need toughness to the Sabres lineup that has been lacking for the past few seasons. John Scott was signed in the offseason by the Sabres to also bring toughness and willingness to drop the gloves. Rookie Mikhail Grigorenko is the most anticipated addition to the Sabres in quite some time. Grigorenko was drafted in the 1st round of last year’s NHL Entry Draft. He is coming off a strong showing at the World Junior Championship playing for his native Russia. Grigorenko recorded 2 Goals and 4 Assists in 7 Games Played in the Tournament winning the Bronze Medal. Grigorenko also got off to a strong start of his junior season for the Quebec Ramparts. In 32 Games he has recorded 50 Points(29 G, 21 A).

The Sabres season will likely be decided by goalie Ryan Miller. Miller had an up and down 2011-2012 season will have to get back into his Vezina form that he showed in the 2009-2010 season. Miller finished the 2011-2012 season strong after a slow 1st half of the season compounded by injuries due to the Milan Lucic hit. The Sabres offense will have to come from it top two lines of Jason Pominville-Cody Hodgson-Thomas Vanek and Marcus Foligno-Tyler Ennis-Drew Stafford. The Sabres Defense-core will look to get better being led by Tyler Myers and Christian Ehrhoff.

Penguins defeat Flyers to start season with revenge

The last time the Flyers and Penguins met, Philadelphia torched Pittsburgh for 30 goals in six games en route to taking the team’s first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series.

Eight months later, back in the building where the Penguins’ season ended, they limited the Flyers to one goal and opened this season with a 3-1 victory at Wells Fargo Center.

Tyler Kennedy, James Neal and Chris Kunitz each had a goal, and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, beaten for most of those goals in that playoff series, stopped 26 of 27 shots.

Flyers captain Claude Giroux scored his team’s goal. Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov made 24 saves.

The Penguins controlled the first period, limited the Flyers to six shots, three on a late power play.

At the other end, Kennedy opened the scoring with a power-play goal 4:40 into the game. Brandon Sutter, making his debut as the Penguins’ new third-line center, beat Giroux on a faceoff in the Philadelphia end late in the man advantage, with the puck going back to Matt Niskanen. He passed over to defense partner Paul Martin, who fired a shot from the right point that deflected off Kennedy past Bryzgalov.

Minutes later, another faceoff win led to the Penguins’ second goal. Evgeni Malkin beat Sean Couturier on a draw in the right circle and kicked the puck behind him to Neal. He ripped a one-timer from the top of the circle that appeared to surprise Bryzgalov and got past him at 7:20 to make it 2-0.

The Flyers got a goal back 23 seconds into the second period. Brayden Schenn sent Scott Hartnell on a breakout down the left side in the Pittsburgh end. Hartnell floated a perfect saucer pass through the slot to Giroux on the right post, and he jammed it past Fleury to make it 2-1.

The Flyers continued to push for most of the second period. Their best chance came with 8:30 left, when Giroux made a sensational move around Paul Martin on a rush into the Pittsburgh end, faking and dragging the puck past the Penguins defenseman. Giroux tried to get a shot on net, but the puck bounced across to Hartnell, who couldn’t get a clean shot and Fleury was able to cover the puck.

This Day In Sabres History:

January 20, 1995 Sabres beat Stanley Cup Champion Rangers To Start Lockout Shorten Season

On this Day 18 Years Ago the Sabres kickoff their 1995 season with a visit to the Stanley Cup Champions New York Rangers. The Sabres played the Season Opener without Captain Pat Lafontaine who missed the game with an injured right knee. The Game would get off to a bad start for the Sabres when Steve Larmer put the Defending Champions on the Board First. Grant Fehr would not let the Rangers get another goal by him for the rest of the night. The Sabres would score 2 unanswered goals from Donald Audette and Dale Hawerchuck to power the Sabres to victory. The Win would be Grant Fehr’s last in a Sabres Uniform. The Sabres would make the playoffs in the 1995 season getting knocked off by the Philadelphia Flyers in 5 Games

Injury Report:

Philadelphia: Pronger Post Concussion-Syndrome(IR/Out), Walker Lower Body(IR/Out), Bourdon Concussion(IR/Out), Briere Hair-Line Fracture in Right Wrist(IR/Out)
Buffalo: McCormick Finger(IR/Out), Gerbe Back Surgery(IR/Out), Leino Undisclosed(Questionable)

Next 5 Games:

Jan 21 at Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Jan 24 at Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Jan 25 vs. Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Jan 27 at Washington Capitals 3:00 PM(MSG HD/NHLN HD)

Jan 29 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 PM(MSG HD)


Sabres Extend Regier

At a press conference today Sabres’ owner Terry Pegula announced that GM Darcy Regier’s contract had been extended.  No details were given.


Sabres’ Opening Roster Set

GM Darcy Regier has set the opening “night” roster.  Adam Pardy, Kevin Porter and Nick Tarnasky all cleared waivers and will be assigned to the Rochester Americans.  Nathan Gerbe and Cody McCormick will start the shorted season on IR which leaves twenty three healthy bodies:


  • Ryan Miller
  • Jhonas Enroth


  • Tyler Myers
  • Christian Ehrhoff
  • Robyn Regehr
  • Jordan Leopold
  • Andrej Sereka
  • Alex Sulzer
  • Mike Weber
  • TJ Brennan


  • Tyler Ennis, Marcus Foligno, Drew Stafford
  • Cody Hodgson, Thomas Vanek, Jason Pominville
  • Mikhail Grigorenko, Steve Ott, Ville Leino
  • Jochen Hecht, Matt Ellis, John Scott, Patrick Kaleta

Probably the most anticipated line will be the Sabres’ third line with newcomers Steve Ott and Mikhail Grigorenko, the rookie phenom who has captured the imagination of the fan base.




Sabres and Thursday’s Waivers

Not sure if this is the complete list but with teams traveling waivers are on Thursday:

Kevin Porter
Mark Mancari
Nick Tarnasky

Only if they’re assigned to Rochester
TJ Brennan (or any other vet who is assigned to Rochester like Pardy)

Cleared the 14th
David Leggio
Drew Schieste


Sabres to Play on Hockey Day in America

Hockey Day in America will be on February 17, 2013.  Six American franchise will be in action that day, including the Buffalo Sabres.

Hockey Day in America (February 17, 2013)
Pittsburgh at Buffalo
Los Angeles at Chicago
Washington at NY Rangers


NHL CBA Summary of Terms


Sabres 2013 Schedule Breakdown

The Buffalo Sabres tonight announced the Schedule for the 2013 Shorten Season. The Season Kicks Off a Week from Tomorrow Against the Philadelphia Flyers at 12:30 on NBC HD. Here is a Breakdown of the Schedule

January 2013

Jan 20 vs. Philadelphia Flyers 12:30 NBC HD

Jan 21 at Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 MSG HD

Jan 24 at Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 MSG HD

Jan 25 vs. Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 MSG HD

Jan 27 at Washington Capitals 3:00 MSG HD/NHLN-US HD

Jan 29 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 MSG HD

Jan 31 at Boston Bruins 7:00 MSG HD

February 2013:

Feb 2 at Montreal Canadiens 7:00 MSG HD/CBC HD

Feb 3 vs. Florida Panthers 3:00 MSG HD

Feb 5 at Ottawa Senators 7:30 MSG HD

Feb 7 vs. Montreal Canadiens 7:00 MSG HD

Feb 9 at New York Islanders 7:00 MSG HD

Feb 10 vs. Boston Bruins 7:00 MSG HD

Feb 12 at Ottawa Senators 7:30 MSG HD

Feb 15 vs. Boston Bruins 7:00 MSG HD

Feb 17 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins 12:30 NBC HD

Feb 19 vs. Winnipeg Jets 7:00 MSG HD

Feb 21 at Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 MSG HD

Feb 23 vs. New York Islanders 7:00 MSG HD

Feb 26 at Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30 MSG HD

Feb 28 at Florida Panthers 7:30 MSG HD

March 2013:

Mar 2 vs. New Jersey Devils 3:00 MSG HD

Mar 3 at New York Rangers 7:30 MSG HD

Mar 5 at Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 MSG HD

Mar 7 at New Jersey Devils 7:00 MSG HD

Mar 10 at Philadelphia Flyers 7:30 NBCSN HD

Mar 12 vs. New York Rangers 7:00 MSG HD

Mar 16 vs. Ottawa Senators 3:00 MSG HD

Mar 17 at Washington Capitals 7:00 MSG HD

Mar 19 at Montreal Canadiens 7:30 MSG HD

Mar 21 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 MSG HD

Mar 23 at Montreal Canadiens 7:00 MSG HD/CBC HD

Mar 26 at Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30 MSG HD

Mar 28 at Florida Panthers 7:30 MSG HD

Mar 30 vs. Washington Capitals 7:00 MSG HD

Mar 31 vs. Boston Bruins 7:00 MSG HD

April 2013:

Apr 2 at Pittsburgh Penguins 7:30 NBCSN HD

Apr 5 vs Ottawa Senators 7:00 MSG HD

Apr 7 vs. New Jersey Devils 7:00 NBCSN HD

Apr 9 at Winnipeg Jets 8:00 MSG HD

Apr 11 vs. Montreal Canadiens 7:00 MSG HD/CBC HD

Apr 13 vs. Philadelphia Flyers 3:00 MSG HD

Apr 14 vs Tampa Bay Lightning 5:00 MSG HD

Apr 17 at Boston Bruins 7:00 NBCSN HD

Apr 19 vs New York Rangers 7:00 MSG HD

Apr 20 at Pittsburgh Penguins 7:00 MSG HD/NHLN-US HD

Apr 22 vs Winnipeg Jets 7:00 MSG HD

Apr 26 vs. New York Islanders 7:00 MSG HD

Sabres Training Camp Roster

Sabres Camp will open up on Sunday pending the players ratifying the CBA. Here is the Roster that will be at Camp:

G Jhonas Enroth

G Ryan Miller

D Jordan Leopold

D Mike Weber

D Christian Ehrhoff

D Robyn Regehr

D Adam Pardy

D/F John Scott

D T.J. Brennan

D Tyler Myers

D Andrej Sekera

D Alexander Sulzer

F Matt Ellis

F Patrick Kaleta

F Jochen Hecht*

F Steve Ott

F Jason Pominville

F Thomas Vanek

F Tyler Ennis

F Marcus Foligno

F Drew Stafford

F Cody Hodgson

F Ville Leino

F Mikhail Grigorenko

Injured List:

F Cody McCormick

F Nathan Gerbe

*Pending Contract Signing

Camp will be open to the Public. Monday Night the Sabres will have a Night Practice and Scrimmage open to the Public



Sabres To Open Season At FNC on 1/20

The NHL Schedule isn’t official yet, but Ted Black allude to January 20th will be the first home game of the season yesterday. Today Andrew Peters tweeted that the Sabres will likely be opening the season a week from Sunday versus the Philadelphia Flyers. The Sabres will be the only Eastern Conference team idle on January 19th. The Sabres will then head to Toronto to take on the Leafs on Monday Night ending the first week of the season with a home and home against the Hurricanes on January 24th and 25th. The Complete Schedule will be out once the NHLPA ratifies the new CBA over the weekend.

No Apologies

As ratification of a new CBA inches closer and closer, NHL players and teams are rushing to tender fans apologies for the lockout. My response to NHL teams and players is to save the apologies; they are empty, insincere public relations stunts. The NHL isn’t sorry for the lockout. The NHLPA isn’t sorry for the lockout. If either side was truly sorry, a lockout never would have happened as the sides would have negotiated well in advance of the expiration of the old CBA.

The inevitable spin is happening; assuring fans that the new CBA is a win for the fans because hockey is back! Again, something that falls flat. What was really achieved? There’s no plan for the new NHL like there was at the end of the last lockout. There are rumors refs might call more penalties but expect that to die on the altar of whining about too many penalties and the need to let the players play. There’s no economic system so the majority of NHL teams will once against struggle financially and consider themselves lucky to break even. Yes we have to wait to hear details of the new CBA but from TSN reports, fundamentally little has changed. Salaries will escalate as teams that wanted the lockout poke holes in the new CBA like they did the old CBA.

In the end the big losers, as always, are the fans. Shallow apologies and “Thank You Fans” on the ice is just more salt in the wound. It does make you wonder what would happen if the NHL and NHLPA actually cared as much about the NHL as the fans do. Because we’re fans we’ll get over the lockout. Once the playoffs start it will be a distant memory to most of us. And that simple truth is what the NHLPA and NHL bank on: fans are so devoted that no matter what is done to us we’ll still allow people to get rich off our hard earned money because watching hockey games is a pleasant diversion from the rest of our daily lives. It’s what happens when finances collide with the desire and need to be entertained.

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