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Florida: Jan 31 vs. Jets Win 6-3
Buffalo: Feb 2 at Canadiens Loss 6-1
Rank In Conference:
Power Play Ranking:
Penalty Kill Ratings:
Florida: B. Campbell and Muller(3), Fleischmann, Kopecky, Kovalev, and Huberdeau(2), Versteeg and Upshall(1)
Buffalo: Vanek(7), Pominville(5), Hodgson(4), Ennis(2)
Florida: Fleischmann(5), B. Campbell, Kopecky, Kovalev, Huberdeau, and Kuba(2), 6 Tied with 1 Assist
Buffalo: Vanek(9), Pominville(7), Ehrhoff(5), Foligno(4)
Florida: Fleischmann(7), B. Campbell(5), Muller, Kopecky, Huberdeau, and Kovalev(4), Versteeg and Kuba(2)
Buffalo: Vanek(16), Pominville(12), Hodgson(6), Ehrhoff, Ennis, and Foligno(5)
Florida: Huberdeau and Matthias(+1), Mueller and Shore(EV), Kovalev, Ellerby, Skille, Strachan, and Caruso(-1), Jovanovski, Goc, and Santorelli(-2)
Buffalo: Vanek and Sulzer(+4), Weber and Ehrhoff(+2), Kaleta and Ennis(+1), Ott, Regehr, and Ellis(EV)
Florida: Ellerby(36), Upshall(15), Kopecky(14), Fleischmann(8)
Buffalo: Ott(20), Kaleta(18), Weber(17), Scott(14)
Florida: Fleischmann(24), Muller(21), Matthias(18), Kopecky(16)
Buffalo: Vanek(32), Hodgson and Pominville(28), Stafford(22), Ennis(20)
Florida: Weaver(12), B. Campbell(11), Kuba and Kulikov(10), Ellerby(8), Jovanovski and Smithson(6)
Buffalo: Sekera(18), Ehrhoff(14), Leopold(12), Pominville(8)
Florida: Kulikov(19), Smithson(18), Weaver(14), Skille and Upshall(12)
Buffalo: Ott(31), Foligno(21), Kaleta and Weber(16), Myers(14)
Florida: Smithson(46), Weiss(33), Kopecky(31), Matthias(31)
Buffalo: Hodgson(64), Ott(37), Ennis(33), Hecht(23)
Today Starting Goaltender Matchup:
Florida: Jose Theodore 2-4-0 3.39 GAA .901 SV% 0 SO
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 3-3-1 2.98 GAA .910 SV% 0 SO
Last Meeting: Mar 17, 2012 Panthers Won(SO) 3-2
Season Series: Tied 2-1-1
All-Time: Sabres Lead 42-25-5
All-Time vs. FLA: Sabres Lead 24-10-3
Bourque, Desharnais strike twice as Habs rout Sabres
The Montreal Canadiens wanted to make the Bell Centre a feared venue for opposing teams again after finishing last in the NHL in home wins last season.
Thus far, they are doing just that.
The Canadiens took advantage of a flat Buffalo Sabres club Saturday afternoon to register their fourth straight win on home ice in a 6-1 blowout victory in the front end of their traditional Super Bowl weekend matinees.
Coach Michel Therrien made it a priority for the Canadiens from the day he was hired in June to improve on last season’s home record of 16-15-10. The early returns look promising with a record of 4-1-0 at Bell Centre.
“I always believed this is the greatest place to play,” Therrien said. “We have to play a game where we’re pushing the pace, because I believe our team has speed. And pushing the pace makes it difficult on everyone. When we talk about being tough to play against, it’s not only the physical aspect. It’s our work ethic, our decisions with the puck, all these little things make teams tough to play against. Right now our team is buying into that.”
The team did not have had much of a choice, because if the Canadiens continued to struggle at home to start this season, their playoff hopes could have been dashed very quickly.
The Canadiens’ home game Sunday afternoon against the Ottawa Senators will be their sixth in eight games to start the season, part of a stretch that sees them play 12 of their first 18 games at home through Feb. 23. After that, the Canadiens will play 11 of 15 games on the road between Feb. 25 and March 27, so if they don’t bank points at home now, it could make it difficult to make up ground later.
A big reason why the Canadiens are succeeding in doing that has been the resurgent play of Rene Bourque, who scored twice Saturday and has been a consistent performer on the team’s top line with Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta.
Bourque struggled mightily after he was traded to the Canadiens by the Calgary Flames last season, and after undergoing abdominal surgery over the summer he says he was determined to show the team’s fans the player they saw last season was not the one who put up back-to-back 27-goal seasons with the Flames in 2009-10 and 2010-11.
With three goals and two assists through seven games – a point total he had after his first 17 games with the Canadiens last season – Bourque is convincing people he can return to his form of old.
“I feel like I want to prove myself, prove that I’m a good player,” Bourque said. “I never doubted myself. I had a tough time when I came over from Calgary, but over the summer I just wanted to focus on having a good season and making a difference on this team.”
Panthers end slide by beating Jets 6-3
The Florida Panthers found their offense Thursday night– and made their losing streak disappear.
The Panthers scored five goals in the third period as they twice overcame deficits to beat the Winnipeg Jets 6-3 at the BB&T Center and snap their five-game losing streak.
Florida had scored a total of five goals during the five-game slide that followed their victory against the Carolina Hurricanes on opening night.
“We did some good things out there the previous game and we knew we were moving in the right direction,” said veteran forward Alex Kovalev, who scored the game-winner at 12:37 of the third. “We knew if we were just going to keep pushing, eventually it was going to turn around and tonight was the night.”
Power-play goals 1:17 apart by Peter Mueller and Kovalev erased a 3-2 deficit and gave the Panthers the lead for good before Jonathan Huberdeau and Tomas Kopecky padded the lead.
Brian Campbell and Kris Versteeg also scored for the Panthers, while Jose Theodore made 22 saves to improve his career record against Winnipeg to 16-6-2. Tomas Fleischmann had a career-high three assists.
With the victory, the Panthers avoided their first six-game losing streak since an 0-7-3 stretch from March 19 to April 8, 2011.
“We know we have a lot of character in this room,” Versteeg said. “We knew what we needed to do in order to do it, but it was about walking the walk and not just saying we were going to do it.”
This Day In Sabres History:
February 3, 1993 Andreychuk Traded To Leafs For Goaltender Fuhr
On this Day 20 years ago one of the bigger trades in Sabres History occurred. The Sabres sent Dave Andreychuk, Darren Puppa, and a 1st Round Pick in 1993 Draft(Kenny Jonsson) to the Maple Leafs for Grant Fuhr and 5th Round Pick in 1995(Kevin Popp). The Trade signaled the end of Dave Andreychuk’s first stint with the Sabres. Andreychuk played 11 season for the Sabres. In his 11 season Andreychuk played 763 Games and had 771 Points(348 G, 423 A). Fuhr helped lead the Sabres to their first playoff series win since the 1983 playoffs sweeping the Rival Boston Bruins. Fuhr stay wasn’t long in Buffalo playing 3 season here. He was surpassed as starting goaltender, because of young upstart Dominik Hasek. The Sabres would later trade Fuhr to Los Angeles Kings with Philippe Bouchard and Denis Tsygurov for Alexi Zhitnik, Robb Stauber, Charlie Huddy, and 5th Round Draft Pick in 1995 Draft(Marian Menhart)
Florida: Caruso Broken Wrist(IR/Out), Upshall Ankle(IR/Out), Jovanovski Knee(Out), Bergenheim Undisclosed(Out), Weiss Lower Body(Probable), Kovalev Flu-Like Symptoms(Probable)
Buffalo: Leino Strained Right Hip(IR/Out), Regehr Lower Body(IR/Out), Kaleta Upper Body(Out), Sekera Bruised Left Ankle(Out)
Next 5 Games:
Feb 5 at Ottawa Senators 7:30 PM(MSG HD)
Feb 7 vs. Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Feb 9 at New York Islanders 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Feb 10 vs. Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Feb 12 at Ottawa Senators 7:30 PM(MSG HD)e-mail