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After making some roster moves, Ville Leino returns to FNC this afternoon against the Sens

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Last Game:
Ottawa: Mar 13 @ Canadiens-Senators Lost 3-4(SO)

Buffalo: Mar 12 vs. Rangers-Sabres Won 3-1

Record:
Ottawa: 13-8-6
Buffalo: 10-14-3

Points:
Ottawa: 32
Buffalo: 23

Rank In Conference:
Ottawa: 5th
Buffalo: 14th

Power Play Ranking:
Ottawa: 18.2(13th)
Buffalo: 11.2(30th)

Penalty Kill Ratings:
Ottawa: 88.0(2nd)
Buffalo: 78.9(T-22nd)

Goals For:
Ottawa: 61(T-26th)
Buffalo: 67(T-20th)

Goals Against:
Ottawa: 54(2nd)
Buffalo: 82(T-26th)

Shots For:
Ottawa: 891(1st)
Buffalo: 782(14th)

Shots Against:
Ottawa: 910(30th)
Buffalo: 892(T-28th)

Blocked Shots:
Ottawa: 377(19th)
Buffalo: 412(T-8th)

Hits:
Ottawa: 717(6th)
Buffalo: 617(15th)

Face-Off Percentage:
Ottawa: 50.0(T-16th)
Buffalo: 46.3(29th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

Ottawa: Alfredsson, Karlsson, Zibanejad(6), Turris and O’Brien(5)
Buffalo: Vanek(14), Hodgson(10), Pominville(9), Ennis(7)

Assists:
Ottawa: Gonchar(12), Turris(10), Smith(9), Alfredsson and Michalek(8)
Buffalo: Vanek(16), Hodgson(12), Ennis and Pominville(11), Ott(10)

Points:
Ottawa: Turris(15), Alfredsson(14), Gonchar(13), Greening and Smith(11)
Buffalo: Vanek(30), Hodgson(22), Pominville(20), Ennis(18), Ott(13)

Plus/Minus:
Ottawa: Karlsson and Silfverberg(+6), Greening and Michalek(+5)
Buffalo: Ehrhoff(+6), Hecht(+5), Ott and Vanek(+4), Sulzer(+3)

Penalty Minutes:
Ottawa: Neil(75), Phillips(33), Smith(32), Wiercioch(27), Alfredsson(25)
Buffalo: Ott(47), Weber and Kaleta(46), Scott(41), Myers(22)

Shots:
Ottawa: Silfverberg(71), Karlsson(63), Turris(62), Alfredsson(61)
Buffalo: Vanek(83), Pominville(76), Hodgson(72), Ennis(68)

Blocked Shots:
Ottawa: Phillips(47), Methot(45), Gonchar(44), Benoit(40), Gryba(25)
Buffalo: Ehrhoff(53), Sekera(49), Weber(38), Regehr(37), Myers(36)

Hits:
Ottawa: Neil(108), Methot(74), Greening(62), Phillips(56)
Buffalo: Ott(119), Weber(65), Foligno(59), Kaleta(48)

Face-Off Wins:
Ottawa: Turris(254), Smith(221), O’Brien(84), Spezza(68)
Buffalo: Hodgson(240), Ott(148), Ennis(109), Hecht(77)

Today Starting Goaltender Matchup:
Ottawa: Ben Bishop 4-4-0 2.54 GAA .925 SV% 0 SO
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 9-12-3 2.83 GAA .914 SV% 0 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: Feb 12 @ Ottawa-Sabres Lost 2-0

Season Series: Ottawa Leads 2-0-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 69-50-16
All-Time @ BUF: Sabres Lead 35-25-6

This Day In Sabres History:

March 16, 1975
In goaltender Gerry Desjardins’ first appearance in the Buffalo nets, Gil Perreault records a hat trick and adds three assists as the Sabres romp over the Leafs at Maple Leaf Gardens, 11-3.

Injury Report:
Ottawa: Cowen Hip Surgery(IR/Out), Spezza Back Surgery(IR/Out), Karlsson Achilles Surgery(IR/Out), Anderson Sprained Ankle(IR/Out), Lundin Concussion(IR/Out), Dziurzynski Concussion(IR/Out), Michalek Strained Knee(Out)
Buffalo: Leino Strained Hip(Probable), Sulzer Knee Surgery(IR/Out), Miller Sinus Infection(Probable), Kaleta Suspended(Out), Ennis Head(Probable)

Next 5 Games:
Mar 17 at Washington Capitals 7:00 PM(NBCSN HD, TSN HD)
Mar 19 at Montreal Canadiens 7:30 PM(MSG HD, TSN HD)
Mar 21 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Mar 23 at Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM(MSG HD, CBC HD, RDS HD)
Mar 26 at Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

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Sabres Send Grigorenko Back To Quebec, Trade Brennan To Panthers for 5th RD Pick

With Ville Leino and Tyler Ennis making their returns to the lineup tomorrow afternoon the Sabres needed to make some moves to open up a roster spot. This Afternoon the Sabres sent Rookie Center Mikhail Grigorenko back to the Quebec Ramparts of the QMJHL. In 22 games so far this season Grigorenko had 1 goals and 5 Points. The Ramparts have 1 more regular season game left, before their playoffs start next week. Grigorenko is eligible to come back to Buffalo or play in the AHL with the Amerks once the Ramparts season is over. The move opened up the roster spot for Ville Leino to be activated off the IR.

The Sabres weren’t done after that when they moved Defensemen TJ Brennan to Florida for a 5th RD pick in the 2013 draft. In 21 career games with the Sabres Brennan recorded 2 Goals for 2 points. With the move the Sabres currently have 6 defensemen with Alexander Sulzer out the rest of the season with a torn acl. The Sabres now have 22 players on the roster and will most likely recall a defensemen from Rochester to fill in as the 7th man.

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Sabres End Losing Streak With 3-1 Victory Over The New York Rangers

The Sabres snapped their 4 game losing streak thanks to 2 goals from Marcus Foligno and Jhonas Enroth strong play in a 3-1 victory over the New York Rangers. The game was scoreless after the 1st period of play. The Sabres for the 3rd straight game gave up a Short Handed goal when Derek Stepan cashed in the loose puck in front of Jhonas Enroth at the 4:17 mark of the 2nd Period. Enroth would slam the door the rest of the way making 32 Saves on the Night earning his first win since November 26, 2011.

Marcus Foligno would tie the game 1:18 later collecting the puck off the end boards and put the puck past Henrik Lundqvist. The Sabres would grab the lead 7:05 later when Thomas Vanek was sent in alone on Lundqvist firing a wrist shot past the Rangers netminder. Foligno would add his 2nd of the night slapping a rebound from a Andrej Sekera shot between the legs of Lundqvist at the 11:48 mark of the 3rd Period. Lundqvist was handed his 9th loss of the season stopping 19 shots.

The Sabres have the next 3 days off before the host the rival Ottawa Senators on Saturday Afternoon. Puck Drop is at 3:00 PM and can be seen on MSG HD.

After a tough loss in Philly, the Sabres head home to take on a Rangers team that’s on the rise

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Last Game:
NYR: Mar 10 @ Washington-Rangers Won 4-1

Buffalo: Mar 10 @ Philadelphia-Sabres Lost 3-2

Record:
NYR: 13-9-2
Buffalo: 9-14-3

Points:
NYR: 28
Buffalo: 21

Rank In Conference:
NYR: 8th
Buffalo: 14th

Power Play Ranking:
NYR: 15.8(22nd)
Buffalo: 11.8(30th)

Penalty Kill Ratings:
NYR: 83.3(T-11th)
Buffalo: 78.7(T-23rd)

Goals For:
NYR: 61(T-23rd)
Buffalo: 64(T-17th)

Goals Against:
NYR: 56(T-5th)
Buffalo: 81(T-27th)

Shots For:
NYR: 726(14th)
Buffalo: 760(10th)

Shots Against:
NYR: 691(T-10th)
Buffalo: 859(29th)

Blocked Shots:
NYR: 380(10th)
Buffalo: 395(7th)

Hits:
NYR: 723(3rd)
Buffalo: 597(14th)

Face-Off Percentage:
NYR: 51.3(8th)
Buffalo: 46.3(29th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

NYR: Nash(9), Gaborik and Callahan(8), Hagelin(7), Stepan(6)
Buffalo: Vanek(13), Hodgson(10), Pominville(9), Ennis(7)

Assists:
NYR: Nash(14), Richards(11), Stepan(10), Gaborik and Staal(9)
Buffalo: Vanek(16), Hodgson and Ennis(11), Pominville and Ott(10)

Points:
NYR: Nash(23), Gaborik(17), Stepan(16), Hagelin and Richards(15)
Buffalo: Vanek(29), Hodgson(21), Pominville(19), Ennis(18), Ott(13)

Plus/Minus:
NYR: Nash(+13), Stepan(+8), Hagelin(+6), Staal, McDonagh, Del Zotto, Stralman(+4)
Buffalo: Ehrhoff(+5), Ott(+4), Vanek, Sulzer, Hecht(+3), Pardy(+2)

Penalty Minutes:
NYR: Bickel(49), Nash(22), Boyle(19), Asham(17), Powe(15)
Buffalo: Ott(47), Weber and Kaleta(46), Scott(41), Myers(22)

Shots:
NYR: Nash(85), Hagelin(78), Gaborik(76), Callahan(63), Stepan(56)
Buffalo: Vanek(80), Pominville(74), Hodgson(70), Ennis(68)

Blocked Shots:
NYR: Girardi(64), McDonagh(48), Staal(36), Callahan(33), Del Zotto(28)
Buffalo: Ehrhoff and Sekera(48), Myers and Regehr(34), Weber(33), Leopold(31)

Hits:
NYR: Callahan(84), Boyle(76), Pyatt and Staal(47), Girardi(44)
Buffalo: Ott(115), Weber(63), Foligno(56), Kaleta(48)

Face-Off Wins:
NYR: Stepan(221), Richards(206), Boyle(131), Halpern(82)
Buffalo: Hodgson(234), Ott(144), Ennis(109), Hecht(70)

Today Starting Goaltender Matchup:
NYR: Henrik Lundqvist 11-8-1 2.24 GAA .921 SV% 0 SO
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 9-12-3 2.83 GAA .914 SV% 0 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: Mar 3 @ NYR-Sabres Lost 3-2(SO)

Season Series: Rangers Lead 1-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 83-56-33
All-Time @ BUF: Sabres Lead 51-23-13

This Day In Sabres History:

March 12, 1979
The Sabres trade defenseman Jocelyn Guevremont to the New York Rangers for draft picks they turn into goaltender Jacques Cloutier and forward Sean McKenna.

Injury Report:
NYR: Sauer Concussion(IR/Out), Asham Back Spasms(IR/Out), Staal Facial Laceration/Swollen Eye(Out)
Buffalo: Leino Strained Right Hip(IR/Out), Sulzer Lower Body(IR/Out), Kaleta Suspension(Out), Ennis Upper Body(Questionable)

Next 5 Games:
Mar 16 vs. Ottawa Senators 3:00 PM(MSG HD)
Mar 17 at Washington Capitals 7:00 PM(NBCSN HD, TSN HD)
Mar 19 at Montreal Canadiens 7:30 PM(MSG HD, TSN HD)
Mar 21 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Mar 23 at Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM(MSG HD, CBC HD, RDS HD)

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Sabres Finish Up Road Trip With Visit To The City Of Brotherly Love

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Last Game:

Philadelphia: Mar 9 at Bruins Loss 3-0

Buffalo:  Mar 7 at Devils Loss(SO) 3-2

Record:

Philadelphia: 11-14-1

Buffalo: 9-13-3

Points:

Philadelphia: 23

Buffalo: 21

Rank In Conference:

Philadelphia: 11th

Buffalo: 14th

Power Play Ranking:

Philadelphia: 22.6(6th)

Buffalo: 12.2(30th)

Penalty Kill Ratings:

Philadelphia: 82.9(11th)

Buffalo: 79.4(20th)

Goals For:

Philadelphia: 72(T-9th)

Buffalo: 62(T-16th)

Goals Against:

Philadelphia: 79(28th)

Buffalo: 78(27th)

Shots For:

Philadelphia: 758(6th)

Buffalo: 740(11th)

Shots Against:

Philadelphia: 707(15th)

Buffalo: 831(30th)

Blocked Shots:

Philadelphia: 412(2nd)

Buffalo: 378(T-8th)

Hits:

Philadelphia: 749(2nd)

Buffalo: 578(13th)

Face-Off Percentage:

Philadelphia: 47.4(24th)

Buffalo: 46.1(T-28th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Philadelphia: Voracek(12), Simmonds(10), Giroux and Read(7), B. Schenn(6)

Buffalo: Vanek(13), Hodgson(10), Pominville(9), Ennis(7)

Assists:

Philadelphia: Voracek and Giroux(17), Timonen(14), B. Schenn(13), Simmonds(9)

Buffalo: Vanek(16), Hodgson and Ennis(11), Pominville(10), Ott(9)

Points:

Philadelphia: Voracek(29), Giroux(24), Simmonds and B. Schenn(19), Timonen(17)

Buffalo: Vanek(29), Hodgson(21), Pominville(19), Ennis(18)

Plus/Minus:

Philadelphia: Fedotenko(+5), T. McGinn(+3), L. Schenn(+2), Timonen, Gagne, and Foster(EV)

Buffalo: Ehrhoff(+5), Ott and Vanek(+4), Sulzer(+3), Hecht and Pardy(+2)

Penalty Minutes:

Philadelphia: Rinaldo(62), Simmonds(48), Coburn(39), Zolnierczyk(36)

Buffalo: Kaleta(46), Ott(43), Scott(31), Weber(29)

Shots:

Philadelphia: Voracek(74), Giroux(73), Briere(59), Simmonds(57)

Buffalo: Vanek(79), Pominville(71), Ennis(68), Hodgson(67)

Blocked Shots:

Philadelphia: Grossmann(76), Coburn(50), L. Schenn(48), Timonen(45)

Buffalo: Ehrhoff and Sekera(45), Weber(33), Leopold and Myers(31), Regehr(30)

Hits:

Philadelphia: L. Schenn(103), Rinaldo(95), Grossmann(70), B. Schenn(62)

Buffalo: Ott(110), Weber(60), Foligno(54), Kaleta(48)

Face-Off Wins:

Philadelphia: Giroux(360), Couturier(141), B. Schenn(93), Talbot(57)

Buffalo: Hodgson(223), Ott(137), Ennis(109), Hecht(69)

Today Starting Goaltender Matchup:

Philadelphia: Michael Leighton 0-1-0 5.07 GAA .808 SV% 0 SO

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 9-11-3 2.82 GAA .915 SV% 0 SV

Notes:

Last Meeting: Jan 20 Sabres Won 5-2

Season Series: Sabres Lead 1-0-0

All-Time: Flyers Lead 77-57-25

All-Time at PHI: Flyers Lead 46-20-15

Devils score twice in third, beat Sabres in shootout

New Jersey Devils goalie Johan Hedberg can finally breathe a sigh of relief.

The veteran goalie, who was mired in an 0-6-1 slump entering Thursday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres, turned aside 23 shots and received some aide from the post behind him to help lead the Devils to a 3-2 shootout victory against Buffalo before 17,625 at Prudential Center.

David Clarkson and Patrik Elias scored in the shootout against Sabres goalie Ryan Miller after the Devils rallied for two late goals in regulation to send the game to overtime. The shootout win was their first win in four tries after they won 12 times in the tiebreaker last season.

In the shootout, Hedberg denied Thomas Vanek with a save off his shoulder before forcing captain Jason Pominville to shoot high and wide. Elias then scored as the Devils snapped a six-game slide.

“I got some breaks, they hit posts, and we got a couple goals … sometimes that’s the difference,” Hedberg said. “It’s a game of margins, but I think we deserved to win. We’ve been playing as hard as we can the last eight or 10 days and haven’t got the results.”

Pominville barely missed giving the visitors the victory 3:52 into overtime when his slap shot from the right circle beat Hedberg but rang off the long-side post.

“I knew it wasn’t in,” Hedberg said. “It didn’t feel like it was in. It was good shot and bounced back to me. I needed that break.”

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Three-goal flurry helps Bruins continue Flyers’ slump

The Boston Bruins spread the wealth Saturday afternoon, but they’re generosity didn’t extend to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Boston got a goal from their power play and two from different even-strength lines during a 2:18 span of the first period and Tuukka Rask made 23 saves as the Bruins won their first meeting of the season with the Flyers 3-0 at TD Garden.

Tyler Seguin, Chris Kelly and Daniel Paille scored Boston’s goals. Rask recorded his second shutout of the season.

The Bruins have now won two in a row after losing two in a row. They’ve also allowed just two goals in those two games after surrendering eight goals the previous two games. Boston’s trademark team defense seems to have returned to form.

“Really good. I think the best so far, this year. They did a great job,” Rask said about the defense in front of him.

Added Kelly: “We played well. We took their time and space away a lot of times and didn’t give them second chances. They tried to hit that high man. I thought our forwards, especially the wingers, they helped out eliminating that and let our low forward and the D take the other two forwards’ time and space away and that really helped us.”

The Flyers are trending in the opposite direction. After losing a three-goal lead and dropping a decision to Pittsburgh on Thursday, the Flyers extended their losing streak to three games. After the game, the Flyers held a team meeting several minutes longer than the locker room is expected to stay closed once a contest ends.

“It’s always good when you have a meeting,” Flyers forward Claude Giroux said. “You want to make sure everybody’s on the same page, and that’s what we did.”

Flyers coach Laviolette refused to acknowledge the meeting in his postgame comments, but had some choice words to describe his team’s performance.

“After 1-0, we stopped competing,” Laviolette said after his team dropped to 0-9-0 when trailing after just one period this season. “Up until that point, 10 minutes into the game, guys were playing hard. There wasn’t a lot of room out there either way. They scored a goal and we never recovered. We never responded to it. We were looking for a response from last game and that wasn’t the response we were looking for.”

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This Day In Sabres History:

March 10, 2000

The Sabres trade Michal Grosek to Chicago for Doug Gilmour and J.P. Dumont. They also send Wayne Primeau, Brian Holzinger, Cory Sarich and a third-round pick in the upcoming draft for Chris Gratton and a second-round pick in 2001.

Injury Report:

Philadelphia: Bourdon Concussion(IR/Out), Walker Lower Body(IR/Out), Pronger Post-Concussion Syndrome(IR/Out), Shelly Left Hip Surgery(IR/Out), T. McGinn Right Orbital Surgery(IR/Out), Zolnierczyk Suspension(Out), Foster Illness(Questionable)

Buffalo: Leino Strained Right Hip(IR/Out), Sulzer Lower Body(IR/Out), Leopold Upper Body(IR/Out), Kaleta Suspension(Out), Sekera Undisclosed(Doubtful), Enroth Cramps(Probable)

Next 5 Games:

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

Mar 16 vs. Ottawa Senators 3:00 PM(MSG HD)

Mar 17 at Washington Capitals 7:00 PM(NBCSN HD, TSN HD)

Mar 19 at Montreal Canadiens 7:30 PM(MSG HD, TSN HD)

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

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Sabres look to make it two in a row against Devils

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Last Game:
New Jersey: Mar 5 vs. Tampa Bay-Devils Lost 5-2

Buffalo: Mar 5 @ Carolina-Sabres Lost 3-4

Record:
New Jersey: 10-8-5
Buffalo: 9-13-2

Points:
New Jersey: 25
Buffalo: 20

Rank In Conference:
New Jersey: 7th
Buffalo: 13th

Power Play Ranking:
New Jersey: 16.5(T-16th)
Buffalo: 10.5(30th)

Penalty Kill Ratings:
New Jersey: 79.2(22nd)
Buffalo: 79.8(20th)

Goals For:
New Jersey: 56(T-21st)
Buffalo: 60(T-15th)

Goals Against:
New Jersey: 62(T-15th)
Buffalo: 76(28th)

Shots For:
New Jersey: 620(21st)
Buffalo: 715(3rd)

Shots Against:
New Jersey: 591(4th)
Buffalo: 798(30th)

Blocked Shots:
New Jersey: 267(27th)
Buffalo: 364(5th)

Hits:
New Jersey: 411(T-28th)
Buffalo: 570(9th)

Face-Off Percentage:
New Jersey: 45.4(30th)
Buffalo: 46.1(29th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

New Jersey: Clarkson(10), Kovalchuk(7), Elias, Henrique, Bernier(6)
Buffalo: Vanek(12), Hodgson(10), Pominville(9), Ennis(7)

Assists:
New Jersey: Elias(17), Kovalchuk(12), Clarkson, Zidlicky, Carter(7)
Buffalo: Vanek(16), Hodgson(11), Ennis and Pominville(10), Ehrhoff, and Ott(8)

Points:
New Jersey: Elias(23), Kovalchuk(19), Clarkson(17), Zidlicky(10)
Buffalo: Vanek(28), Hodgson(21), Pominville(19), Ennis(17)

Plus/Minus:
New Jersey: Elias(+6), Greene and Larsson(+4), Gionta(+2)
Buffalo: Ott(+5), Ehrhoff and Vanek(+4), Sulzer(+3), Hecht and Pardy(+2)

Penalty Minutes:
New Jersey: Clarkson(47), Barch(44), Zidlicky(22), Bernier(17)
Buffalo: Kaleta(46), Ott(43), Scott(31), Weber(27), Myers(22)

Shots:
New Jersey: Clarkson(86), Kovalchuk(82), Zidlicky(53), Elias(49)
Buffalo: Vanek(75), Pominville(69), Ennis(68), Hodgson(65), Stafford(61)

Blocked Shots:
New Jersey: Salvador(50), Greene(42), Volchenkov(31), Fayne(24)
Buffalo: Ehrhoff and Sekera(43), Weber(32), Leopold(31), Regehr(29)

Hits:
New Jersey: Clarkson and Gionta(40), Ponikarovsky(36), Bernier(34)
Buffalo: Ott(109), Weber(56), Foligno(54), Kaleta(48), Regehr(41)

Face-Off Wins:
New Jersey: Zajac(235), Henrique(141), Josefson(78), Gionta(65)
Buffalo: Hodgson(212), Ott(129), Ennis(106), Hecht(69)

Today Starting Goaltender Matchup:
New Jersey: Johan Hedberg 2-6-2 2.91 GAA .882 SV% 1 SO
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 9-11-2 2.83 GAA .914 SV% 0 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: Mar 2 @ Buffalo-Sabres Won 4-3(SO)

Season Series: Sabres Lead 1-0-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 73-49-22
All-Time @ NJD: Sabres Lead 34-26-12

This Day In Sabres History:

March 7, 1971
In a 6-3 win over Vancouver at the Aud, Gilbert Perreault scores his 35th goal of the season, a rookie record.

Injury Report:
New Jersey: Zubrus Wrist Surgery(IR/Out), Brodeur Stiff Back(IR/Out)
Buffalo: Leino Strained Right Hip(IR/Out), Sulzer Lower Body(IR/Out), Leopold Upper Body(IR/Out), Kaleta Suspension(Out)

Next 5 Games:
Mar 10 at Philadelphia Flyers 7:30 PM(NBCSN HD TSN2 HD)
Mar 12 vs. New York Rangers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Mar 16 vs. Ottawa Senators 3:00 PM(MSG HD)
Mar 17 at Washington Capitals 7:00 PM(NBCSN HD, TSN HD)
Mar 19 at Montreal Canadiens 7:30 PM(MSG HD, RDS HD)

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Sabres Roady Continues With Trip To Carolina

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Last Game:

Carolina: Mar 3 at Panthers Win 3-2

Buffalo:  Mar 3 at NY Rangers Loss(SO) 3-2

Record:

Carolina: 12-8-1

Buffalo: 9-12-2

Points:

Carolina: 25

Buffalo: 20

Rank In Conference:

Carolina: 3rd

Buffalo: 12th

Power Play Ranking:

Carolina: 13.6(T-27th)

Buffalo: 10.7(30th)

Penalty Kill Ratings:

Carolina: 78.5(23rd)

Buffalo: 80.2(18th)

Goals For:

Carolina: 63(9th)

Buffalo: 57(T-15th)

Goals Against:

Carolina: 59(T-17th)

Buffalo: 72(28th)

Shots For:

Carolina: 685(4th)

Buffalo: 675(T-6th)

Shots Against:

Carolina: 660(22nd)

Buffalo: 770(30th)

Blocked Shots:

Carolina: 302(17th)

Buffalo: 343(6th)

Hits:

Carolina: 424(23rd)

Buffalo: 544(8th)

Face-Off Percentage:

Carolina: 50.9(10th)

Buffalo: 46.2(T-28th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Carolina: E. Staal(12), Tlusty(10), Skinner(8), Semin and J. Staal(5)

Buffalo: Vanek(12), Pominville(9) Hodgson(8), Ennis(7)

Assists:

Carolina: Semin(15), E. Staal(13), J. Staal(11), Skinner(8)

Buffalo: Vanek(15), Hodgson(11), Ennis(9), Pominville, Ehrhoff, and Ott(8)

Points:

Carolina: E. Staal(27), Semin(20), Tlusty(17), Skinner and J. Staal(16)

Buffalo: Vanek(27), Hodgson(19), Pominville(17), Ennis(16)

Plus/Minus:

Carolina: E. Staal, Tlusty, and Semin(+15), Pitakanen(+9), Corvo and McBain(+8), Faulk(+6)

Buffalo: Ott(+6), Ehrhoff, Sulzer and Vanek(+3), Brennan, Hecht, and Pardy(+2), Weber, Ellis, and Flynn(EV)

Penalty Minutes:

Carolina: Harrison(30), E. Staal(28), Gleason(26), Semin(18)

Buffalo: Kaleta(46), Ott(41), Scott(31), Weber(27)

Shots:

Carolina: E. Staal(74), Semin and Skinner(69), J. Staal(54), Tlusty(53)

Buffalo: Vanek(73), Pominville and Ennis(66), Stafford(59), Hodgson(58)

Blocked Shots:

Carolina: Harrison(49), Faulk(31), McBain(26), Gleason(22)

Buffalo: Ehrhoff(41), Sekera(39), Weber(32), Leopold(31)

Hits:

Carolina: J. Staal(39), Harrison(36), LaRose(35), Wallace(34)

Buffalo: Ott(101), Foligno(54), Weber(53), Kaleta(48)

Face-Off Wins:

Carolina: E. Staal(208), J. Staal(207), J. Jokinen(127), Brent(61)

Buffalo: Hodgson(204), Ott(121), Ennis(104), Hecht(68)

Today Starting Goaltender Matchup:

Carolina: Justin Peters 0-0-0 0.00 .000 SV 0 SO

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 9-10-2 2.78 GAA .917 SV% 0 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: Jan 25 Hurricanes Won 3-1

Season Series: Hurricanes Lead 2-0-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 96-65-22

All-Time at CAR: Sabres Lead 42-35-16

Rangers win in shootout after two-goal power play

The New York Rangers were on the road to defeat Sunday — perhaps the loss was still off in the distance, but it was only a few exits away — before Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta steered the game in an entirely different direction early in the third period.

Already down a man but with the Sabres ahead thanks to a Drew Stafford goal, Kaleta drove a defenseless Brad Richards into the boards. Kaleta was issued a major penalty along with a game misconduct for checking from behind, giving the Rangers a lengthy two-man advantage and five-minute power play that infused life into a lifeless performance.

Derek Stepan scored seven seconds after Kaleta was tossed, and Rick Nash put the Rangers ahead with a goal 43 seconds later. Nathan Gerbe would pull the Sabres back even with nine seconds left in the penalty, but the Rangers emerged with a 3-2 victory on the strength of shootout goals from Nash and Ryan Callahan.

Richards was down on the ice for about three minutes, writhing in pain after going headfirst into the left-wing boards after sliding a puck deeper into the Sabres zone. He skated to the locker room under his own power and returned during the five-minute power play, saying afterward he was stunned by the hit but had no ill effects from the collision with the boards.

Despite the win and feeling fortunate about surviving the hit mostly unscathed, it didn’t lessen his ire for Kaleta.

“He sees my back and there’s no need for it,” Richards said. “I can sit here and say the same thing over and over again. There’s nothing much I can do when your back’s turned to a guy and you’re trying to get a puck. That’s not a hit that was ever in the game, I don’t think. It’s a little different than a head shot. It’s just stupidity. If we’re going to ram each other headfirst into the boards, it’s a tough game to play.”

The Sabres didn’t make Kaleta available to the media after the game, but coach Ron Rolston spoke about a hit he said he didn’t see.

“I didn’t actually see the play. It happened pretty quick,” Rolston said. “It was hard to tell how extreme it was. I have to take a look at it. We have to be smarter in that situation. Pat’s a heart and soul guy for us. He’s a competitor. He lays it on the line every game. He’s a guy who I’m sure is disappointed about it.”

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Hurricanes sweep Panthers amid goalie drama

The weekend home-and-home series between the Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers proved a tough one on goaltenders. It also was very productive for the Hurricanes.

Justin Faulk and Alexander Semin scored a minute apart late in the first period and the Hurricanes held on to complete the weekend sweep, winning 3-2 at BB&T Center on Sunday.

“We knew the importance of it,” Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller said. “The guys played six really strong periods. We’ve got a lot of positive things in our game right now.”

Cam Ward started a second consecutive game in net for Carolina but had to leave midway through the second period because of a leg injury. On Monday, the Hurricanes revealed Ward suffered a third-degree MCL sprain that will sideline him for 6-8 weeks.

He was replaced by Dan Ellis, who had been scratched from his scheduled start due to illness. Ellis stopped 19 of the 21 shots he faced, including 14 of 15 in the third period.

“It’s tough,” Ellis said. “You end up missing a game because you’re sick and stuff like that. If I maybe would have just found a way to play through it or something, maybe it could have prevented an accident like that. Obviously you’ve got to take some responsibility for that and take that on your shoulders. It kind of [stinks] to lose such a good goaltender, such a big piece to our team and such a good person. But at least we got the win.”

With Florida’s Jose Theodore on injured reserve after sustaining a right-leg injury Saturday, Scott Clemmensen got the start for the Panthers. But his backup for the first 16 minutes was goaltending coach Robb Tallas, who had to suit up as an emergency fill-in after Jacob Markstrom’s equipment didn’t arrive with him on his flight from San Antonio after his call-up.

After giving up six goals in relief of Theodore on Saturday, Clemmensen made 21 saves Sunday and had to endure sporadic chants of “We Want Markstrom!” from the home fans.

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This Day In Sabres History:

March 5, 1972

The Sabres acquire a second-round draft choice from St. Louis that they will use to pick defenseman Larry Carriere; they also sell Phil Goyette to the New York Rangers.

Injury Report:

Carolina: T. Ruutu Hip Surgery(IR/Out), Ward Sprained MCL(Out), Brent Lower Body(Questionable), Pitakanen Lower Body(Questionable)

Buffalo: Leino Strained Right Hip(IR/Out), Sulzer Lower Body(IR/Out), Leopold Upper Body(IR/Out), Kaleta Suspension(Out), Vanek Upper Body(Questionable)

Next 5 Games:

Mar 7 at New Jersey Devils 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Mar 10 at Philadelphia Flyers 7:30 PM(NBCS HD TSN2 HD)

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

Mar 16 vs. Ottawa Senators 3:00 PM(MSG HD)

Mar 17 at Washington Capitals 7:00 PM(NBCSN HD, TSN HD)

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After two shootout wins, the Sabres look to make it four wins in a row in late night Sunday match-up against the Rangers

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Last Game:
NYR: Feb 28 vs. Lightning-Rangers Won 4-1

Buffalo: Mar 2 vs. Devils-Sabres Won 4-3(SO)

Record:
NYR: 9-8-2
Buffalo: 9-12-1

Points:
NYR: 20
Buffalo: 19

Rank In Conference:
NYR: 10th
Buffalo: 12th

Power Play Ranking:
NYR: 11.9(29th)
Buffalo: 11.4(30th)

Penalty Kill Ratings:
NYR: 84.3(9th)
Buffalo: 81.5(16th)

Goals For:
NYR: 47(T-23rd)
Buffalo: 55(T-14th)

Goals Against:
NYR: 47(6th)
Buffalo: 70(28th)

Shots For:
NYR: 576(T-15th)
Buffalo: 645(6th)

Shots Against:
NYR: 539(5th)
Buffalo: 742(30th)

Blocked Shots:
NYR: 284(19th)
Buffalo: 323(8th)

Hits:
NYR: 578(3rd)
Buffalo: 519(7th)

Face-Off Percentage:
NYR: 51.0(11th)
Buffalo: 46.6(28th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

NYR: Gaborik and Hagelin(7), Callahan(5), Nash, Stepan, Pyatt(4)
Buffalo: Vanek(12), Pominville(9), Hodgson(8), Ennis(7), Ott, Myers, and Sulzer(3)

Assists:
NYR: Richards(11), Nash(10), Staal(9), Girardi(7), Stepan(6)
Buffalo: Vanek(15), Hodgson(11), Ennis(9), Pominville and Ehrhoff(8), Foligno, Ott, Stafford(7)

Points:
NYR: Nash(14), Richards(13), Gaborik(12), Hagelin and Staal(11)
Buffalo: Vanek(27), Hodgson(19), Pominville(17), Ennis(16), Ott and Ehrhoff(10)

Plus/Minus:
NYR: Nash and Stepan(+9), Del Zotto and Pyatt(+5), Staal(+4)
Buffalo: Ott(+5), Sulzer, Ehrhoff, Vanek(+3), Pardy and Brennan(+2)

Penalty Minutes:
NYR: Bickel(33), Boyle and Asham(17), Nash(16), Powe(13)
Buffalo: Ott(43), Scott and Kaleta(31), Weber(27), Myers(22)

Shots:
NYR: Nash(69), Gaborik(65), Hagelin(63), Callahan(45), Stepan(42)
Buffalo: Vanek(73), Ennis(64), Pominville(62), Hodgson(58), Stafford(57)

Blocked Shots:
NYR: Girardi(51), McDonagh(36), Staal(33), Callahan and Richards(22)
Buffalo: Ehrhoff(39), Sekera(36), Leopold and Weber(31), Myers(24)

Hits:
NYR: Boyle(68), Callahan(66), Staal(42), Pyatt(38)
Buffalo: Ott(94), Foligno(53), Weber(50), Kaleta(45)

Face-Off Wins:
NYR: Richards(187), Stepan(167), Boyle(102), Halpern(73)
Buffalo: Hodgson(195), Ott(120), Ennis(100), Hecht(68)

Today Starting Goaltender Matchup:
NYR: Henrik Lundqvist 8-7-1 2.32 GAA .917 SV% 0 SO
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 9-10-1 2.82 GAA .916 SV% 0 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: Mar 23 @ Rangers-Sabres Won 4-1

Season Series: Rangers Won 3-1-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 83-56-32
All-Time @ NYR: Rangers Lead 37-29-18

This Day In Sabres History:

March 3, 1975
In a move with major implications for the Sabres’ upcoming run to the finals, Buffalo trades the rights to goaltender Garry Lariviere to the Islanders for the rights to goaltender Gerry Desjardins.

Injury Report:
NYR: Sauer Concussion(IR/Out), Gilroy Flu-Like Symptoms(Questionable), Asham Back Spasms(Questionable)
Buffalo: Leino Strained Right Hip(IR/Out), Sulzer Lower Body(IR/Out), Leopold Upper Body(IR/Out), Vanek Undisclosed(Questionable)

Next 5 Games:
Mar 5 at Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Mar 7 at New Jersey Devils 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Mar 10 at Philadelphia Flyers 7:30 PM(NBCS HD TSN2 HD)
Mar 12 vs. New York Rangers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Mar 16 vs. Ottawa Senators 3:00 PM(MSG HD)

Pominville Nets 2 And The Shootout Game Winner In Sabres 4-3 Win Over The Devils

Jason Pominville netted 2 goals and the game winning goal in the shootout in the Sabres 4-3 shootout win over the New Jersey Devils. Pominville would kick off the goal scoring 7:17 into the 2nd Period on a Short Handed Marker when Cody Hodgson won a race for a loose puck and found Pominville alone in the slot. The Devils would answer back 2:07 later when a Mark Fayne shot hit former Sabre Steve Bernier and trickled into the net behind Sabres Goalie Ryan Miller.

The Devils would take the lead 1:21 into the 3rd Period with a Short Handed Goal of their own when Adam Henrique capitalized on a turnover by Steve Ott in the Neutral Zone and beat Miller 1 on 1. The Sabres would tie the game 1:49 later when Pominville got his 2nd of the afternoon when he one-timed a great saucer pass from Cody Hodgson. The Sabres would take the lead when Jochen Hecht backed a back hand shot from the side of the net off of Devils Starter Johan Hedberg at the 9:47 mark of the 3rd. The Devils again would quickly tie the game 1:35 later when rookie Andrei Loktionov was left alone at the side of the net.

The Game would go to a Shootout after the Sabres had 2 chances on the PP in Overtime. Jason Pominville would finish up his strong afternoon netting the game winner in the first round of the shootout. Tyler Ennis would add a goal in the 2nd round and Miller would stop Henrique to finish the game. Miller got his 9th win of the season stopping 28 shots on the afternoon. Hedberg lost his 2nd game in overtime stopping 20 shots.

The Sabres have a short turn around when they visit Rick Nash and The New York Rangers on Sunday Night. Puck Drop is 7:30 and can be seen on MSG HD.

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