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Sabres Close Home Stand With Visit From Jets

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Last Game:

Winnipeg: Feb 17 vs. Bruins Loss 3-2

Buffalo:  Feb 17 vs. Penguins Loss 4-3

Record:

Winnipeg: 5-8-1

Buffalo: 6-9-1

Points:

Winnipeg: 11

Buffalo: 13

Rank In Conference:

Winnipeg: 14th

Buffalo: 12th

Power Play Ranking:

Winnipeg: 18.0(15th)

Buffalo: 13.6(T-26th)

Penalty Kill Ratings:

Winnipeg: 65.9(30th)

Buffalo: 80.6(T-18th)

Goals For:

Winnipeg: 35(T-22nd)

Buffalo: 45(T-6th)

Goals Against:

Winnipeg: 45(23rd)

Buffalo: 54(T-29th)

Shots For:

Winnipeg: 395(T-24th)

Buffalo: 479(3rd)

Shots Against:

Winnipeg: 390(6th)

Buffalo: 541(30th)

Blocked Shots:

Winnipeg: 214(T-10th)

Buffalo: 233(6th)

Hits:

Winnipeg: 367(8th)

Buffalo: 348(11th)

Face-Off Percentage:

Winnipeg: 51.6(9th)

Buffalo: 44.2(30th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Winnipeg: Ladd(7), Wheeler and E. Kane(4), Byfuglien(3), Enstrom, Little, O. Jokinen, Burmistrov(2)

Buffalo: Vanek(12), Hodgson(7), Pominville(6), Ennis(5)

Assists:

Winnipeg: Enstrom(11), Wheeler and E. Kane(7), Little(6), Ladd(5)

Buffalo: Vanek(13), Pominville, Ennis, and Ehrhoff(8), Hodgson and Foligno(7), Stafford(6)

Points:

Winnipeg: Enstrom(13), Ladd(12), Wheeler and E. Kane(11), Little(8)

Buffalo: Vanek(25), Pominville and Hodgson(14), Ennis(13), Ehrhoff(10)

Plus/Minus:

Winnipeg: Little(+3), Ladd, Antropov, Burmistrov, Tangradi(+2), Bogosian(+1), 7 Tied With Even Rating

Buffalo: Ehrhoff(+6), Sulzer(+5), Vanek and Ott(+4), Hecht(+1)

Penalty Minutes:

Winnipeg: Thorburn(39), Wright(24), M. Stuart(21), Redmond(12)
Buffalo: Ott(38), Kaleta(25), Weber(23), Scott and Foligno(19)

Shots:

Winnipeg: E. Kane(53), Wheeler(36), O. Jokinen and Ladd(32), Byfuglien(30)

Buffalo: Vanek(55), Stafford(47), Ennis(46), Hodgson(44)

Blocked Shots:

Winnipeg: Hainsey(40), M. Stuart(26), Enstrom(21), Postam(17)

Buffalo: Leopold(31), Ehrhoff(28), Sekera(25), Weber(21)

Hits:

Winnipeg: E. Kane(43), Burmistrov(40), Stuart(31), Ladd(29)

Buffalo: Ott(64), Foligno(39), Weber(33), Kaleta(26)

Face-Off Wins:

Winnipeg: Little(104), O. Jokinen(100), Slater(81), Burmistrov(64)

Buffalo: Hodgson(126), Ott and Ennis(73), Hecht(61), Grigorenko(29)

Today Starting Goaltender Matchup:

Winnipeg: Ondrej Pavelec 3-8-1 3.14 GAA .889 SV% 0 SO

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 6-7-1 2.91 GAA .914 SV% 0 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: Mar 5, 2012 Jets Won 3-1

Season Series: Jets Won 3-0-1

All-Time: Jets Lead 26-16-6

All-Time vs. WPG: Sabres Lead 14-6-4

Top line leads Pens past Sabres in third-period rally

When Sidney Crosby comes to Buffalo, so do the points.

In the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 4-3 victory against the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday at First Niagara Center, Crosby recorded a goal and two assists and that’s nothing new for the Penguins’ captain.

Crosby has points in 20 of 22 games against the Sabres and at least one point in 14 consecutive games. He also has eight goals and 11 assists when playing at First Niagara Center in his career, earning at least one point in each of his 13 games here.

“I don’t know if I want to talk about it,” Crosby said, knocking on the wooden bench in the visitor’s dressing room. “It’s been good … For whatever reason, I’ve been able to put some points up, but it’s great ice here. That’s all I can say.”

Defenseman Paul Martin scored the game-winner with 2:04 to play in the third period. The puck was poked off of Crosby’s stick in the Buffalo zone and ended up on Martin’s tape just after he came off the bench.

Martin’s shot from the point deflected off Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff and past goaltender Ryan Miller.

“[Crosby] was trying to pass it and it kind of found its way towards me. I just put it to the net and it went in,” Martin said. “Let it go, see what happens.”

Crosby’s line with Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz stepped up for the Penguins. Dupuis scored twice and Kunitz recorded three assists. Crosby assisted on the team’s two third period goals and has six points in his last three games.

“For us to be patient and continue to work and find a way to win in the end is big on the road,” Martin said.

Buffalo’s goals came from Cody Hodgson, Thomas Vanek and Steve Ott.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2012020212&navid=sb:recap

Bruins keep Jets grounded with 3-2 road win

Conventional wisdom around the National Hockey League is the rowdy MTS Centre crowd is supposed to smooth over the Winnipeg Jets’ various blemishes.

But the Boston Bruins fear no building and took a 3-2 decision Sunday evening against the Jets. The win moved Boston’s road mark to 5-1-1 and tempered the lingering sting of a sloppy loss against the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night that kicked off a five-game journey for the Bruins.

A number of significant wins on Winnipeg ice last season – including two wins against the Bruins, one of which snapped a 14-0-1 Boston streak — bolstered MTS Centre’s reputation around the League. But visitors to the 15,015-seat building have adjusted, and the home-ice advantage now seems a bit less formidable for a Winnipeg team that has lost four straight games at home and won just three of eight so far in Winnipeg this season.

“Our homestands last season were a strength of our team,” Jets coach Claude Noel said of his squad, which now faces a five-game road trip of its own. “You know that if you don’t have a good road trip, it’s going to be a tough grind.”

Winnipeg (5-8-1) sent only 24 shots at Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask while Pavelec made 23 saves for the Jets. Winnipeg’s Alexander Burmistrov and Evander Kane tallied for the hosts. Tyler Seguin and Daniel Paille also supplied goals for the Bruins, who played without Milan Lucic. Veteran Jay Pandolfo made his season debut in place of Lucic, who returned to Boston on Saturday to attend to a personal matter.

“After a couple of tough losses,” Rask said, “we needed to get the win.”

Boston (9-2-2) moved into second place in the Eastern Conference, while the Jets are mired in 14th place.

“It was a big one,” Bruins captain Zdeno Chara said of picking up a win after allowing three third-period goals that erased a second-intermission lead against the Sabres. “It was a hard win.”

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2012020214&navid=sb:recap

This Day In Sabres History:

February 19, 2012 Sabres Dominate Penguins 6-2 on Hockey Day In America

On this day last year the Sabres had their most impressive and dominate performance of the 2011-2012 Season in the Sabres 6-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins Sabres got 2 goals from Derek Roy, 1 of which was short handed. The Sabres also got goals from Jason Pominville, Paul Gaustad, Drew Stafford, and Tyler Ennis. Penguins got goals from Deryk Engelland and Jordan Staal. Ryan Miller got the win making 24 Saves on the afternoon.

Injury Report:

Winnipeg: Miettinen Upper Body(IR/Out), Montoya Lower Body(IR/Out), Enstrom Shoulder(Out)

Buffalo: Leino Strained Right Hip(IR/Out), Sekera Charley Horse(Doubtful)

Next 5 Games:

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

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

Feb 26 at Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

Feb 27 at Florida Panthers 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

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

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