Archive for April, 2013

Sabres look to play spoiler in rescheduled game against the Pens

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Last Game:
Pittsburgh: Apr 22 @ Ottawa-Penguins Won 3-1

Buffalo: Apr 22 vs. Winnipeg-Sabres Lost 2-1

Record:
Pittsburgh: 35-10-0
Buffalo: 19-21-6

Points:
Pittsburgh: 70
Buffalo: 44

Rank In Conference:
Pittsburgh: 1st
Buffalo: 11th

Power Play Ranking:
Pittsburgh: 23.6(2nd)
Buffalo: 14.4(T-26th)

Penalty Kill Ratings:
Pittsburgh: 79.4(25th)
Buffalo: 79.0(26th)

Goals For:
Pittsburgh: 150(1st)
Buffalo: 113(19th)

Goals Against:
Pittsburgh: 109(T-9th)
Buffalo: 136(25th)

Shots For:
Pittsburgh: 1343(11th)
Buffalo: 1284(19th)

Shots Against:
Pittsburgh: 1308(16th)
Buffalo: 1533(30th)

Blocked Shots:
Pittsburgh: 702(10th)
Buffalo: 687(11th)

Hits:
Pittsburgh: 1179(8th)
Buffalo: 1055(15th)

Face-Off Percentage:
Pittsburgh: 51.1(8th)
Buffalo: 46.3(29th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

Pittsburgh: Kunitz(21), Dupuis(20), Neal(18), Crosby(15), Iginla(13)
Buffalo: Vanek(18), Hodgson(15), Ennis(10), Ott(8)

Assists:
Pittsburgh: Crosby(41), Letang(29), Kunitz(28), Malkin(21), Dupuis and Iginla(17)
Buffalo: Ennis(21), Vanek(19), Hodgson and Ehrhoff(17), Ott(15), Foligno(13)

Points:
Pittsburgh: Crosby(56), Kunitz(49), Dupuis(37), Letang(34)
Buffalo: Vanek(37), Hodgson(32), Ennis(31), Ott(23)

Plus/Minus:
Pittsburgh: Dupuis(+31), Kunitz(+29), Crosby(+26), Orpik(+16), Letang(+13)
Buffalo: Ehrhoff(+6), Hecht and Flynn(+5), Ott and Sulzer(+3)

Penalty Minutes:
Pittsburgh: Glass(62), Engelland(54), Kunitz(39), Malkin and Cooke(36)
Buffalo: Ott(83), Kaleta(67), Weber(66), Scott(54)

Shots:
Pittsburgh: Dupuis(133), Neal(128), Crosby(124), Iginla(123), Kunitz(102)
Buffalo: Stafford(118), Vanek(112), Hodgson(109), Ennis(105), Ehrhoff(101)

Blocked Shots:
Pittsburgh: Orpik(114), Murray(94), Engelland(56), Letang(52)
Buffalo: Weber(88), Ehrhoff(77), Sekera(68), Myers(56)

Hits:
Pittsburgh: Glass and Orpik(119), Kunitz(101), Adams(99), Cooke(91)
Buffalo: Ott(184), Weber(119), Foligno(104), Kaleta(86)

Face-Off Wins:
Pittsburgh: Crosby(453), Sutter(362), Jokinen(225), Malkin(163)
Buffalo: Hodgson(362), Ott(290), Ennis(158), Hecht(145)

Tonights’ Starting Goaltender Matchup:
Pittsburgh: Tomas Vokoun 13-4-0 2.45 GAA .919 SV% 3 SO
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 15-17-5 2.89 GAA .912 SV% 0 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: Apr 2 @ Penguins-Sabres Won 4-1

Season Series: Sabres Lead 1-0-1
All-Time: Penguins Lead 80-65-37
All-Time @ PIT: Penguins Lead 46-25-19

This Day In Sabres History:

April 23, 1999
Miroslav Satan taps the puck into an empty net off a rebound of a Jason Woolley shot in the second overtime as the Sabres beat the Senators 3-2 in Ottawa to take a two games to nothing lead in the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. The Little Devil also scored in the third period on the power play to tie the game and assisted on Joey Juneau’s goal that gave the Sabres a 1-0 lead. After scoring the winner, Satan got down on all fours, crawled along the ice and finally flopped on his belly

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Injury Report:
Pittsburgh: Martin Wrist Surgery(IR/Out), Crosby Oral Surgery(Out), Neal Concussion(Out), Malkin Upper Body(Out), Letang Food Poisoning(Questionable), Bennett Upper Body(Questionable)
Buffalo: Sulzer Knee Surgery(IR/Out), Leino Upper Body(Out), Myers Broken Leg(Out)

Final Game:
Apr 26 vs. New York Islanders 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

With only five games remaining, Buffalo takes on Boston in the push to make the playoffs

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Last Game:
Boston: Apr 13 @ Hurricanes-Bruins Lost 2-4

Buffalo: Apr 14 vs. Lightning-Sabres Won 3-1

Record:
Boston: 26-11-4
Buffalo: 18-19-6

Points:
Boston: 56
Buffalo: 42

Rank In Conference:
Boston: 4th
Buffalo: 10th

Power Play Ranking:
Boston: 15.1(24th)
Buffalo: 12.1(30th)

Penalty Kill Ratings:
Boston: 89.7(1st)
Buffalo: 78.2(26th)

Goals For:
Boston: 112(14th)
Buffalo: 106(19th)

Goals Against:
Boston: 89(3rd)
Buffalo: 124(T-22nd)

Shots For:
Boston: 1300(7th)
Buffalo: 1199(19th)

Shots Against:
Boston: 1171(8th)
Buffalo: 1422(30th)

Blocked Shots:
Boston: 568(21st)
Buffalo: 657(10th)

Hits:
Boston: 1014(14th)
Buffalo: 991(16th)

Face-Off Percentage:
Boston: 56.2(1st)
Buffalo: 46.5(29th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

Boston: Marchand(16), Jagr and Seguin(15), Horton(13), Bergeron(10)
Buffalo: Vanek(16), Hodgson(13), Ennis(10), Ott(8)

Assists:
Boston: Krejci(22), Bergeron(21), Jagr and Lucic(18), Marchand(17)
Buffalo: Vanek(18), Hodgson and Ennis(17), Ott(15), Ehrhoff(14), Foligno(12)

Points:
Boston: Marchand and Jagr(33), Bergeron and Krejci(31), Seguin(29)
Buffalo: Vanek(34), Hodgson(30), Ennis(27), Ott(23)

Plus/Minus:
Boston: Bergeron(+23), Marchand(+22), Seguin(+21), Seidenberg(+15)
Buffalo: Ehrhoff(+13), Flynn(+10), Ott(+7), Hecht, Porter, Pardy(+5)

Penalty Minutes:
Boston: Lucic(61), Chara(60), Thornton(53), McQuaid(49)
Buffalo: Ott(74), Kaleta(67), Weber(64), Scott(52)

Shots:
Boston: Seguin(132), Horton(112), Jagr(105), Chara(99), Bergeron(93)
Buffalo: Stafford(109), Hodgson(106), Ennis(101), Vanek(100), Ehrhoff(96)

Blocked Shots:
Boston: Seidenberg(96), Boychuk(77), Chara(58), Ference(52)
Buffalo: Weber(85), Ehrhoff(75), Sekera(64), Myers(56)

Hits:
Boston: Lucic(122), Seidenberg(95), Chara(94), Ference(78)
Buffalo: Ott(177), Weber(108), Foligno(96), Kaleta(81)

Face-Off Wins:
Boston: Bergeron(453), Krejci(316), Peverley(196), Kelly(178), Campbell(160)
Buffalo: Hodgson(342), Ott(276), Ennis(157), Hecht(138)

Tonights’ Starting Goaltender Matchup:
Boston: Tuukka Rask 17-8-4 1.99 GAA .929 SV% 3 SO
Buffalo: Jhonas Enroth 4-2-1 2.40 GAA .924 SV% 1 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: Mar 31 @ Sabres-Bruins Won 2-0

Season Series: Tied 2-2-0
All-Time: Bruins Lead 147-128-37
All-Time @ BOS: Bruins Lead 90-50-16

This Day In Sabres History:

April 17, 1994
Dominik Hasek makes 30 saves in the Meadowlands as the Sabres shut out the Devils 2-0 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Todd Simon makes his only goal as a Sabre count — he pots the game-winner. In the net opposite Hasek? Rookie Martin Brodeur.

Injury Report:
Boston: Savard PCS(IR/Out), Marchand Concussion(Out), Bergeron Concussion(Probable)
Buffalo: Sulzer Knee Surgery(IR/Out), Leino Upper Body(Out), Myers Broken Leg(Out)

Final 4 Games:
Apr 19 vs. New York Rangers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Apr 20 at Pittsburgh Penguins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Apr 22 vs. Winnipeg Jets 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Apr 26 vs. New York Islanders 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

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Sabres try to push for the Playoffs tonight against Montreal

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Last Game:
Montreal: Apr 9 vs. Capitals-Canadiens Lost 3-2

Buffalo: Apr 9 @ Jets-Sabres Lost 4-1

Record:
Montreal: 25-9-5
Buffalo: 16-18-6

Points:
Montreal: 55
Buffalo: 38

Rank In Conference:
Montreal: 4th
Buffalo: 11th

Power Play Ranking:
Montreal: 22.3(4th)
Buffalo: 11.9(30th)

Penalty Kill Ratings:
Montreal: 82.2(T-14th)
Buffalo: 77.8(26th)

Goals For:
Montreal: 119(5th)
Buffalo: 101(T-18th)

Goals Against:
Montreal: 92(T-5th)
Buffalo: 118(23rd)

Shots For:
Montreal: 1176(12th)
Buffalo: 1141(16th)

Shots Against:
Montreal: 1063(5th)
Buffalo: 1318(30th)

Blocked Shots:
Montreal: 596(14th)
Buffalo: 623(11th)

Hits:
Montreal: 867(19th)
Buffalo: 920(15th)

Face-Off Percentage:
Montreal: 49.0(T-20th)
Buffalo: 46.1(29th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

Montreal: Ryder(16), Plekanec(13), Pacioretty, Gionta, Gallagher(11)
Buffalo: Vanek(16), Hodgson(13), Ennis(9), Ott(8)

Assists:
Montreal: Subban(22), Pacioretty(19), Markov(17), Ryder(16)
Buffalo: Vanek, Hodgson, Ennis(17), Ott and Ehrhoff(13), Foligno(12)

Points:
Montreal: Ryder and Subban(32), Pacioretty(30), Plekanec(28)
Buffalo: Vanek(33), Hodgson(30), Ennis(26), Ott(21)

Plus/Minus:
Montreal: Prust(+13), Subban(+12), Galchenyuk(+10), Gallagher(+8)
Buffalo: Ehrhoff(+10), Flynn(+7), Hecht(+6), Ott, Weber, Pardy(+5)

Penalty Minutes:
Montreal: Prust(90), White(52), Emelin(33), Moen(32)
Buffalo: Ott(67), Weber(62), Kaleta(57), Scott(52)

Shots:
Montreal: Pacioretty(134), Plekanec(109), Gionta(96), Subban(93)
Buffalo: Stafford(103), Hodgson(101), Vanek(96), Ennis(95), Ehrhoff(93)

Blocked Shots:
Montreal: Gorges(97), Markov(56), Emelin(47), Subban(43)
Buffalo: Weber(78), Ehrhoff(72), Sekera(59), Myers(52)

Hits:
Montreal: Emelin(110), Prust(74), Bouillon and Eller(67)
Buffalo: Ott(171), Weber(101), Foligno(87), Kaleta(73)

Face-Off Wins:
Montreal: Plekanec(394), Desharnais(310), Eller(205), Halpern(154)
Buffalo: Hodgson(321), Ott(252), Ennis(156), Hecht(120)

Tonights’ Starting Goaltender Matchup:
Montreal: Carey Price 19-8-4 2.28 GAA .915 SV% 3 SO
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 14-16-5 2.78 GAA .914 SV% 0 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: Mar 23 @ Montreal-Sabres Won 2-1

Season Series: Sabres Lead 3-1-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 136-119-37
All-Time @ BUF: Sabres Lead 79-41-24

This Day In Sabres History:

April 11, 1978
The Sabres win Game 1 against the Rangers at the Aud 4-1 and appear headed to an easy victory in the best-of-three preliminary round.

Injury Report:
Montreal: Diaz Concussion(IR/Out), Weber Knee(IR/Out), Armstrong Lower Body(IR/Out), Emelin Torn Ligament in Knee(IR/Out)
Buffalo: Sulzer Right Knee Surgery(IR/Out), Leino Upper Body(Out)

Next 5 Games:
Apr 13 vs. Philadelphia Flyers 3:00 PM(MSG HD)
Apr 14 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 5:00 PM(NHLN-CA, MSG HD)
Apr 17 at Boston Bruins 7:30 PM(NBCSN HD, TSN2 HD)
Apr 19 vs. New York Rangers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Apr 20 at Pittsburgh Penguins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

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11th place Sabres head to Winnipeg to take on 10th place Jets

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Last Game:
Winnipeg: Apr 6 vs. Philadelphia-Jets Won 4-1

Buffalo: Apr 7 vs. New Jersey-Sabres Won 3-2(SO)

Record:
Winnipeg: 19-19-2
Buffalo: 16-17-6

Points:
Winnipeg: 40
Buffalo: 38

Rank In Conference:
Winnipeg: 10th
Buffalo: 11th

Power Play Ranking:
Winnipeg: 12.6(29th)
Buffalo: 12.1(30th)

Penalty Kill Ratings:
Winnipeg: 78.3(25th)
Buffalo: 77.6(26th)

Goals For:
Winnipeg: 97(T-21st)
Buffalo: 100(16th)

Goals Against:
Winnipeg: 118(T-25th)
Buffalo: 1114(22nd)

Shots For:
Winnipeg: 1138(15th)
Buffalo: 1111(17th)

Shots Against:
Winnipeg: 1184(22nd)
Buffalo: 1288(30th)

Blocked Shots:
Winnipeg: 593(13th)
Buffalo: 607(9th)

Hits:
Winnipeg: 1140(4th)
Buffalo: 898(16th)

Face-Off Percentage:
Winnipeg: 48.8(21st)
Buffalo: 46.2(29th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

Winnipeg: Ladd, Wheeler, Kane(14), Jokinen(7), Little and Byfuglien(6)
Buffalo: Vanek(16), Hodgson(13), Ennis(9), Ott(8)

Assists:
Winnipeg: Ladd(20), Little(17), Wheeler(16), Byfuglien(15)
Buffalo: Vanek, Hodgson, Ennis(17), Ott and Ehrhoff(13), Foligno(11)

Points:
Winnipeg: Ladd(34), Wheeler(30), Kane(28), Little(23), Byfuglien(21)
Buffalo: Vanek(33), Hodgson(30), Ennis(26), Ott(21)

Plus/Minus:
Winnipeg: Antropov(+7), Burmistrov(+6), Ladd and Little(+4)
Buffalo: Ehrhoff(+13), Hecht, Flynn, Pardy(+6), Vanek and Ott(+5)

Penalty Minutes:
Winnipeg: Kane(74), Thorburn(70), Stuart(39), Wright(31)
Buffalo: Ott(67), Weber(62), Kaleta(57), Scott(52)

Shots:
Winnipeg: Kane(163), Byfuglien(113), Wheeler(105), Ladd(97)
Buffalo: Stafford(100), Hodgson(98), Vanek and Ennis(94), Ehrhoff(93)

Blocked Shots:
Winnipeg: Hainsey(101), Stuart(62), Clitsome(46), Bogosian and Byfuglien(42)
Buffalo: Weber(76), Ehrhoff(69), Sekera(59), Myers(49)

Hits:
Winnipeg: Kane(122), Burmistrov and Ladd(84), Stuart(82)
Buffalo: Ott(166), Weber(99), Foligno(84), Kaleta(73)

Face-Off Wins:
Winnipeg: Little(369), Jokinen(269), Slater(145), Antropov(116)
Buffalo: Hodgson(313), Ott(248), Ennis(153), Hecht(117)

Tonights’ Starting Goaltender Matchup:
Winnipeg: Ondrej Pavelec 16-18-2 2.82 GAA .904 SV% 0 SO
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 14-15-5 2.77 GAA .915 SV% 0 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: Feb 19 @ Buffalo-Sabres Lost 2-1

Season Series: Winnipeg Leads 1-0-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 21-17-11
All-Time @ WPG: Jets Lead 16-4-4

This Day In Sabres History:

April 9, 2000
The Sabres sweat out a 1-1 tie in Washington to secure a playoff berth on the final day of the regular season. Stu Barnes breaks a scoreless tie in the third period, roofing one over Olaf Kolzig, but the Capitals tie it after Richard Zednik takes the puck from rookie Maxim Afinogenov and beats Dominik Hasek on a long, fluky shot. The stars of the day are the Buffalo defense, which allows Washington just 14 shots on goal in regulation, and a piece of gum that Lindy Ruff says he “beat the crap out of” during the tense affair.

Injury Report:
Winnipeg: Redmond Leg Surgery(IR/Out), Peluso Hand(IR/Out), Slater Upper Body(IR/Out), Antropov Lower Body(Out)
Buffalo: Sulzer Right Knee Surgery(IR/Out), Vanek Upper Body(Questionable), Leino Upper Body(Out)

Next 5 Games:
Apr 11 vs. Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM(MSG HD, CBC HD)
Apr 13 vs. Philadelphia Flyers 3:00 PM(MSG HD)
Apr 14 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 5:00 PM(NHLN-CA, MSG HD)
Apr 17 at Boston Bruins 7:30 PM(NBCSN HD, TSN2 HD)
Apr 19 at New York Rangers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

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After dealing Pominville at the deadline Wednesday, the youngest team in the NHL takes on Ottawa tonight at FNC

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Last Game:
Ottawa: Apr 2 @ Boston-Senators Lost 2-3

Buffalo: Apr 2 @ Pittsburgh-Sabres Won 4-1

Record:
Ottawa: 19-11-6
Buffalo: 14-17-6

Points:
Ottawa: 44
Buffalo: 34

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

Power Play Ranking:
Ottawa: 19.3(12th)
Buffalo: 12.6(30th)

Penalty Kill Ratings:
Ottawa: 89.3(2nd)
Buffalo: 76.9(T-27th)

Goals For:
Ottawa: 87(T-25th)
Buffalo: 94(T-18th)

Goals Against:
Ottawa: 75(T-1st)
Buffalo: 110(T-22nd)

Shots For:
Ottawa: 1171(1st)
Buffalo: 1055(17th)

Shots Against:
Ottawa: 1193(29th)
Buffalo: 1212(30th)

Blocked Shots:
Ottawa: 497(20th)
Buffalo: 574(11th)

Hits:
Ottawa: 981(6th)
Buffalo: 832(15th)

Face-Off Percentage:
Ottawa: 49.9(18th)
Buffalo: 45.9(29th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

Ottawa: Turris, Alfredsson, Silfverberg(8), Greening(7)
Buffalo: Vanek(16), Hodgson(13), Ennis(9), Ott(6)

Assists:
Ottawa: Gonchar(20), Turris(14), Alfredsson(12), Wiercioch and Smith(11)
Buffalo: Vanek and Ennis(17), Hodgson(16), Ott and Ehrhoff(13), Foligno(11)

Points:
Ottawa: Turris and Gonchar(22), Alfredsson(20), Zibanejad(16)
Buffalo: Vanek(33), Hodgson(29), Ennis(26), Ott(19)

Plus/Minus:
Ottawa: Zibanejad, Silfverberg, Greening(+7), Karlsson(+6)
Buffalo: Ehrhoff(+11), Vanek(+5), Ott, Pardy, Flynn(+4)

Penalty Minutes:
Ottawa: Neil(110), Smith(37), Wiercioch and Phillips(35)
Buffalo: Ott(65), Weber(60), Kaleta(55), Scott(50)

Shots:
Ottawa: Silfverberg(99), Turris(80), Alfredsson(78), Smith and Neil(68)
Buffalo: Hodgson(95), Vanek(94), Stafford(93), Ennis(90), Ehrhoff(84)

Blocked Shots:
Ottawa: Methot(63), Phillips(59), Gonchar(52), Benoit(48)
Buffalo: Ehrhoff(67), Weber(65), Sekera(54), Myers(49)

Hits:
Ottawa: Neil(159), Methot(98), Greening(94), Phillips(77)
Buffalo: Ott(150), Weber(90), Foligno(78), Kaleta(62)

Face-Off Wins:
Ottawa: Turris(339), Smith(291), Zibanejad(103), O’Brien(100)
Buffalo: Hodgson(304), Ott(228), Ennis(146), Hecht(108)

Today Starting Goaltender Matchup:
Ottawa: Robin Lehner 3-2-4 2.15 GAA .940 SV% 0 SO
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 12-15-5 2.83 GAA .912 SV% 0 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: Mar 16 @ Buffalo-Sabres Lost 3-4(OT)

Season Series: Ottawa Leads 3-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 69-50-17
All-Time @ BUF: Sabres Lead 35-25-7

This Day In Sabres History:

April 5, 1973
At the Montreal Forum, the Sabres take a 2-0 lead in the first period of Game 2, but the Habs go on to score the next seven goals and win going away, 7-3. “When they start coming,” said Sabres’ defenseman Tracy Pratt about the Canadiens, who lost only 10 games all season, “it’s like a tidal wave.” With a 2-0 lead in the series, Montreal is thinking sweep as the series heads to Buffalo’s Memorial Auditorium for Games 3 and 4.

Injury Report:
Ottawa: Cowen Hip Surgery(IR/Out), Spezza Back Surgery(IR/Out), Karlsson Achilles Surgery(IR/Out), Anderson Sprained Ankle(IR/Out), Dziurzynski Concussion(IR/Out), Michalek Knee Surgery(IR/Out), Hoffman Upper Body(Questionable)
Buffalo: Sulzer Right Knee Surgery(IR/Out), Vanek Upper Body(Doubtful), Leino Upper Body(Questionable)

Next 5 Games:
Apr 7 vs. New Jersey Devils 7:30 PM(NBCSN HD)
Apr 9 at Winnipeg Jets 8:00 PM(MSG HD, TSN HD)
Apr 11 vs. Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM(MSG HD, CBC HD)
Apr 13 vs. Philadelphia Flyers 3:00 PM(MSG HD)
Apr 14 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 5:00 PM(NHLN-CA, MSG HD)

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Sabres Trade Captain Jason Pominville and a 4th RD To Wild For Hackett, Larsson, 2013 1st RD Pick, 2014 2nd RD Pick

RDS Renaud Lavioe confirms that the Sabres traded Captain Jason Pominville to the Minnesota Wild. It is believed the return will be goalie Matthew Hackett and Center Johan Larsson. A draft pick is also expected to come back in the deal as well.

Update: It is now confirmed that the Sabres have Traded Jason Pominville and a 2013 4th RD Pick To The Minnesota Wild for Matthew Hackett, Johan Larsson, A 2013 1st RD Pick, and 2014 2nd RD Pick. Sabres GM Darcy Regier says that he is done for the day.

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With The Deadline Looming Sabres Head To Pittburgh To Face Red Hot Penguins

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Last Game:

Pittsburgh: Mar 30 vs. NY Islanders Win 2-0

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Buffalo: Mar 31 vs. Bruins Loss 2-0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wySBxM5KPU

Record:

Pittsburgh: 28-8-0

Buffalo: 13-17-6

Points:

Pittsburgh: 56

Buffalo: 32

Rank In Conference:

Pittsburgh: 1st

Buffalo: 13th

Power Play Ranking:

Pittsburgh: 23.4(3rd)

Buffalo: 13.1(28th)

Penalty Kill Ratings:

Pittsburgh: 81.0(T-17th)

Buffalo: 77.0(T-26th)

Goals For:

Pittsburgh: 121(1st)

Buffalo: 90(T-19th)

Goals Against:

Pittsburgh: 84(7th)

Buffalo: 109(26th)

Shots For:

Pittsburgh: 1096(2nd)

Buffalo: 1026(16th)

Shots Against:

Pittsburgh: 1045(17th)

Buffalo: 1192(30th)

Blocked Shots:

Pittsburgh: 549(9th)

Buffalo: 557(8th)

Hits:

Pittsburgh: 867(11th)

Buffalo: 817(14th)

Face-Off Percentage:

Pittsburgh: 52.1(6th)

Buffalo: 45.5(29th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Pittsburgh: Kunitz(20), J. Neal(18), Dupuis(17), Crosby(15)

Buffalo: Vanek(16), Hodgson(12), Pominville(10), Ennis(9)

Assists:

Pittsburgh: Crosby(41), Letang(25), Kunitz(24), Malkin(20)

Buffalo: Vanek and Ennis(17), Hodgson(16), Pominville, Ott, and Ehrhoff(13), Foligno(11)

Points:

Pittsburgh: Crosby(56), Kunitz(44), J. Neal(32), Letang(28)

Buffalo: Vanek(33), Hodgson(28), Ennis(26), Pominville(23)

Plus/Minus:

Pittsburgh: Kunitz(+27), Crosby(+26), Dupuis(+23), Orpik(+15)

Buffalo: Ehrhoff(+10), Vanek(+5), Hecht, Sulzer and Flynn(+3), Pardy and Ott(+2)

Penalty Minutes:

Pittsburgh: Glass(38), Engelland(36), Kunitz(33), Malkin(30)

Buffalo: Ott(65), Weber(56), Kaleta(55), Scott(50)

Shots:

Pittsburgh: Crosby(124), J. Neal(115), Dupuis(110), Iginla(103)

Buffalo: Vanek(94), Hodgson and Pominville(93), Ennis and Stafford(88), Ehrhoff(82)

Blocked Shots:

Pittsburgh: Orpik(94), Murray(67), Letang and Martin(48), Engelland(47)

Buffalo: Ehrhoff(65), Weber(63), Sekera(54), Myers(46)

Hits:

Pittsburgh: Glass(89), Kunitz and Orpik(83), Cooke(72), Adams(69)

Buffalo: Ott(149), Weber(88), Foligno(77), Kaleta(60)

Face-Off Wins:

Pittsburgh: Crosby(453), B. Sutter(291), Vitale(133), Malkin(120)

Buffalo: Hodgson(299), Ott(218), Ennis(146), Hecht(98)

Today Starting Goaltender Matchup:

Pittsburgh: Tomas Vokoun 10-3-0 2.33 GAA .922 SV% 3 SO

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 11-15-5 2.89 GAA .912 SV% 0 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: Feb 17 Penguins Won 4-3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J10oFzm2tPE

Season Series: Penguins Lead 1-0-0

All-Time: Penguins Lead 74-60-37

All-Time at PIT: Penguins Lead 46-24-19

Khudobin, Bruins blank Sabres

It took the Boston Bruins over two-and-a-half periods Sunday to find the back of the net, but the line of Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Nathan Horton scored twice in the third period to provide all the offense necessary.

Meanwhile, Anton Khudobin made 26 saves for his first shutout of the season and the second of his career.

With 7:06 to play in regulation, Krejci broke a scoreless tie as the Bruins earned a 2-0 win against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. Horton added the second goal 3:10 later to seal the victory and put the Bruins within one point of the Montreal Canadiens for first place in the Northeast Division.

The Bruins’ offense, which has now been held to three or less goals in seven of their past eight games, stuck to their game plan and didn’t press — even though their chances weren’t being converted.

“We had to stay focused because even after two periods at 0-0, the way things have gone, you never know. We could’ve had a bad bounce go our way and it would have been in our net,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “But it was about staying positive and sticking with the game plan and doing the right things. But every period we talked about getting a little better in certain areas and guys answered well.”

On the first goal, Horton took two shots on Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller, and Krejci was able to knock home the second rebound from the top of the goal crease.

“You try to go to the dirty areas, especially when the pucks aren’t going in the net. Not just me, but everybody,” Krejci said.

Boston then quickly extended its lead to two goals as Horton knocked in a cross-ice feed from Krejci through Miller and Sabres defenseman Andrej Sekera at 15:44.

Sekera, who was on the ice for both Bruins goals said he did not know Horton was standing next to him at the top of the crease.

“I did not see him coming, to be honest,” Sekera said. “I was focusing on the guy they dropped the pass to and I was yelling, ‘Just take it to the guy high,’ and as soon as I stopped talking, the pass came right through my feet and it was in.”

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Penguins win 15th in row, do it without Crosby

The Pittsburgh Penguins might have assembled a veritable virtual All-star team, but it’s the unheralded players and unnoticed plays extending their winning streak.

Backup goalie Tomas Vokoun made 35 saves for his second consecutive shutout, Matt Cooke scored the winner the shift after being a major part of an extended 5-on-3 penalty kill, and the Penguins won their 15th consecutive game, 2-0 against the New York Islanders on Saturday afternoon.

The Penguins tied the 1982 Islanders for the second-longest winning streak in NHL history and established a franchise record by winning their 12th straight game at home.

“Real proud of a lot of areas in how we played to get the win and gut that out,” coach Dan Bylsma said.

Jarome Iginla made his Penguins debut, joining Brenden Morrow and Douglas Murray as veterans who joined the team this week after being acquired in trades.

But even with the additions, the Penguins began Saturday’s game not only without their No. 1 goalie between the pipes but also without their top two defenseman (based on ice time). They ended it without their two leading scorers too.

Defenseman Kris Letang missed his second consecutive game because of a lower-body injury and the team announced early Saturday that defenseman Paul Martin would be out for approximately six weeks because of an unspecified broken bone in his upper body that will require surgery Sunday.

Captain Sidney Crosby was knocked out of the game during his first shift by a puck to the face, and goals leader Chris Kunitz was given a game misconduct late in the second period upon being penalized for checking from behind.

“You lose one [forward], that’s one scenario,” Cooke said. “But you lose two from the top line, it’s tough.”

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This Day In Sabres History:

April 2, 1972

The Sabres are already out of the playoff race before this season-finale at the Aud. So are the Flyers after Gerry Meehan scores with four seconds left in the third period to give the Sabres a 3-2 win and end Philly’s season. Philadelphia needed only a tie to clinch the final postseason berth in the Western Division.

Injury Report:

Pittsburgh: Letang Lower Body(IR/Out), Martin Right Wrist Surgery(IR/Out), Crosby Oral Surgery(Out)

Buffalo: Sulzer Right Knee Surgery(IR/Out), Vanek Lower Body(Doubtful), Leino Upper Body(Questionable)

Next 5 Games:

Apr 5 vs. Ottawa Senators 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Apr 7 vs. New Jersey Devils 7:30 PM(NBCSN HD)

Apr 9 at Winnipeg Jets 8:00 PM(MSG HD, TSN HD)

Apr 11 vs. Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM(MSG HD, CBC HD)

Apr 13 vs. Philadelphia Flyers 3:00 PM(MSG HD)

Sabres Trade Regehr To Kings For Two 2nd RD Picks, Also Recall Adam From Rochester

For the 2nd Time in 3 days the Sabres have moved another Defensemen. According To TSN Insider Darren Dreger The Buffalo Sabres have Trade Veteran Defensemen Robyn Regehr to the Los Angeles Kings for Two 2nd RD Picks(Updated Picks are in 2014 and 2015). Regehr who was acquired from the Calgary Flames at the 2011 Draft goes back out west and contend for the Stanley Cup.

Sabres Also announced that they have recalled Forward Luke Adam from Rochester. In 64 Games with the Amerks this season Adam has 32 Points(14 G, 18 A)

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