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Ruff Coached Stars Visit FNC To Take On Vanek-less Sabres

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Last Game:

 

Buffalo: October 26 at Lightning Loss 3-2

 

 

Dallas: October 26 vs Jets Loss(SO) 2-1

 

 

Record:

 

Buffalo: 2-10-1

 

Dallas: 4-5-1

 

Points:

 

Buffalo: 5

 

Dallas: 9

 

Rank In Conference:

 

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

 

Dallas: 13th(7th in Central)

 

Goals For:

 

Buffalo: 19(28th)

 

Dallas: 25(T-23rd)

 

Goals Against:

 

Buffalo: 37(T-26th)

 

Dallas: 30(T-14th)

 

Power Play Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 9.5%(29th)

 

Dallas: 13.5%(23rd)

 

Penalty Kill Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 84.4%(T-7th)

 

Dallas: 80.6%(17th)

 

Shots For:

 

Buffalo: 326(16th)

 

Dallas: 305(24th)

 

Shots Against:

 

Buffalo: 464(30th)

 

Dallas: 354(19th)

 

Face-Off Percentage:

 

Buffalo: 46.4%(T-24th)
Dallas: 51.4%(12th)

 

Hits:

 

Buffalo: 342(3rd)

 

Dallas: 223(T-22nd)

 

Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: 163(13th)

 

Dallas: 159(16th)

 

Team Leaders:

 

Goals:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(6), Hodgson(4), Foligno and Flynn(2), 7 Players Tied With 1 Goal

 

Dallas: Chiasson(5), Seguin(4), J. Benn and Dillon(3), Eakin and Peverley(2)

 

Assists:

 

Buffalo: Hodgson(5), Foligno(4), Ehrhoff and Moulson(3), 5 Tied with 2 Assists

 

Dallas: J. Benn(8), Seguin and Whitney(6), Chiasson(4), Eakin, Peverley, and Fiddler(3)

 

Points:

 

Buffalo: Hodgson and Moulson(9), Foligno(6), 6 Players Tied with 3 Points

 

Dallas: J. Benn(11), Seguin(10), Chiasson(9), Whitney(6)

 

Plus/Minus:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(+3), Ehrhoff and Pysyk(+1), Sulzer, Leino, and Foligno(EV), Kaleta and Grigorenko(-1)

 

Dallas: Dillon and Robidas(+8), Benn, Peverley, and Connaution(+2), Seguin and MacDermid(+1), Garbutt and C. Mueller(EV)

 

Penalty Minutes:

 

Buffalo: McCormick(22), Weber(21), Ott(20), Scott(19)

 

Dallas: Roussel(43), Garbutt(19), Horcoff(14), Dillon and Robidas(8)

 

Shots:

 

Buffalo: Stafford(33), Hodgson(31), Moulson(28), Ehrhoff(25),

 

Dallas: Benn(37), Chiasson(33), Seguin(27), Peverley(23)

 

Face-Off Wins:

 

Buffalo: Hodgson(93), Ott(70), Foligno(49), Larsson(42)

 

Dallas: Eakin(82), Fiddler(70), Seguin(48), Horcoff(46)

 

Hits:

 

Buffalo: Ott(44), Weber, Girgensons, and Foligno(29), Myers(22), Porter, Scott, Larsson, and Ristolainen(18)

 

Dallas: Dillon(22), Robidas(21), Roussel and Benn(19), Chiasson(16)

 

Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: Ehrhoff(25), Weber(24), Pysyk(15), McBain(11)

 

Dallas: Daley(20), Dillon(19), J. Benn(18), Gonchar and Robidas(15)

 

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

 

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 1-8-0 3.02 GAA .918 SV% 0 SO

 

Dallas: Dan Ellis 1-3-0 3.60 GAA .895 SV% 0 SO

 

Notes:

 

Last Meeting: February 10, 2012 Sabres Won(SO) 3-2

 

 

Season Series: Sabres Won 1-0-0

 

All-Time: Sabres Lead 54-41-17

 

All-Time vs DAL: Sabres Lead 31-13-11

 

Upcoming Matchups:

 

March 3 at Stars 8:00 PM

 

Last Game Recap:

 

Lightning rally late with pair to dump Sabres

 

Ondrej Palat’s shot through a goalmouth scramble late in the game was the winner, as the Tampa Bay Lightning scored twice in 1:46 to rally from behind in a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

 

Just like they did on October 9 in Buffalo, the Sabres had a 2-1 lead on the Lightning in the third period. And just like that early October night at First Niagara Center, the Sabres would fritter away a golden opportunity to take home two points.

 

Thomas Vanek put Buffalo ahead at 12:46 when he one-timed a perfectly-placed slapshot under the arm of Tampa goaltender Ben Bishop, finishing off a power rush and backhand pass from Marcus Foligno. The goal continued a career trend for Vanek, who now has 24 goals and 39 assists in 33 games against the Lightning

 

But as quickly as Buffalo grabbed the lead, the Lightning’s big guns took it away. Tampa played keepaway with the puck, as the Sabres got caught running around the defensive zone. Martin St Louis ducked in behind rookie Nikita Zadorov at the bottom of the left faceoff circle, and buried a pass through the slot from Steven Stamkos at 14:09 to bring the game back even.

 

Palat capped the comeback 106 seconds later on a play that should’ve been called a penalty. Rasmus Ristolainen went into the right corner to play the puck, only to have his feet taken out from under him by Palat, who then cycled the loose puck to Tyler Johnson. His initial attempt was stopped by Ryan Miller before Palat found the back of the net with a spinning wrist shot through a crowd at 15:55.

 

The loss was a tough pill to swallow for Miller, who had kept Stamkos and St. Louis off the scoresheet for most of the night with several key saves. Miller repeatedly denied the prolific pair their one-time attempts from the off-wing faceoff dot, anticipating their shots with numerous cross-crease sliding saves. Stamkos and St. Louis each recorded four shots on goal to pace Tampa’s 39-shot attack.

 

As has been the case so far this season, goaltending held Buffalo in the game. Tonight it was Miller’s turn with 36 stops, following up Jhonas Enroth’s 44-save performance on Friday. Miller’s record drops to 1-8-0 with the loss, numbers clearly not indicative of his strong play.

 

http://sabres.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2013020159

 

Tonight’s Preview:

Stars’ Ruff makes return to Buffalo

 

Big story: Stars coach Lindy Ruff returns to Buffalo to face his former team for the first time since being fired by the Sabres on Feb. 20, 2013. Ruff was in his 15th season with Buffalo when he was let go, making him the longest-tenured coach in the NHL at the time. Sabres captain Steve Ott plays against his former team for the first time since being traded from Dallas to Buffalo in the 2012 offseason. The Sabres have five wins and a tie in their last six home games against Dallas. The last time the Stars won in Buffalo was in 1999 and they skated around the rink with the Stanley Cup afterwards.

 

Team Scope:

 

Stars: In addition to the winless streak in Buffalo, Dallas has dropped every road game this season since a win against the Winnipeg Jets on Oct. 11. The Stars will look to avoid a sixth straight road loss, while attempting to build off two strong showings at home last week that earned them three points. While Dallas did manage a point in a 2-1 shootout loss against the visiting Jets on Saturday, coach Ruff wasn’t happy with the way his team started the game.

 

“In the first period we resembled the team that practiced [Saturday] morning,” Ruff said. “We weren’t crisp [Saturday] morning and we didn’t come out crisp, and I thought that hurt us.”

 

Sabres: There will likely be some reminiscing and reunions for much of the Sabres organization as Ruff returns, but Buffalo will need to remain focused on breaking out of its recent cold streak. The Sabres are losers of four of their last five games and were last in the NHL as of Sunday with an average of 1.46 goals scored per game.

 

While veteran Thomas Vanek (tied with Cody Hodgson for a team-leading nine points) and goaltender Ryan Miller continue to turn in solid efforts, much of the supporting staff has not been producing. Vanek scored a goal and Miller made 36 saves Saturday against the Tampa Bay Lightning, but two late goals by Tampa helped defeat the Sabres, 3-2.

 

Coach Ron Rolston did not hold back in the post-game interview Saturday, singling out two players who he benched for most of the final period.

 

Cody Hodgson. He didn’t play. He just didn’t play,” Rolston said. “[Drew] Stafford too. Your best players have to be your best players. At the end of the day, that’s what is going to happen.”

 

Who’s Hot: Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen is 3-0-1 in his last four starts with a 0.75 goals-against average. … Vanek is in the midst of a four-game point streak for Buffalo with a goal and three assists over that span.

 

http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/preview?id=2013020171&navid=sb:preview

 

Injury Report:

 

Buffalo: Tropp Broken Jaw(IR/Out), Kaleta Suspension(Out), Scott Suspension(Out), Weber Upper Body(IR/Out)

 

Dallas: Garbutt Suspension(Out), Chiasson Flu-Like Symptoms(Questionable)

 

Next 5 Games:

 

October 31 at New York Rangers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

 

November 2 vs Anaheim Ducks 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

 

November 5 at San Jose Sharks 10:30 PM(MSG HD)

 

November 7 at Los Angeles Kings 10:30 PM(MSG HD)

 

November 8 at Anaheim Ducks 10:00 PM(MSG HD)

 

Sabres Trade Vanek To Islanders For Moulson and Picks

Sabres have traded Power Winger Thomas Vanek to the New York Islanders for Forward Matt Moulson, a 1st RD Pick in 2014, and a 2nd RD Pick in 2015. More Details to Come

Struggling Sabres Head To Florida For First Of 2 Game Southern Swing

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Last Game:

 

Buffalo: October 23 vs Bruins Loss 5-2

 

 

Florida: October 22 vs Blackhawks Loss(SO) 3-2

 

Record:

 

Buffalo: 1-9-1

 

Florida: 3-6-1

 

Points:

 

Buffalo: 3

 

Florida: 7

 

Rank In Conference:

 

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

 

Florida: 12th(7th in Atlantic)

 

Goals For:

 

Buffalo: 14(28th)

 

Florida: 24(T-24th)

 

Goals Against:

 

Buffalo: 33(27th)

 

Florida: 34(T-28th)

 

Power Play Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 10.5%(27th)

 

Florida: 11.4%(26th)

 

Penalty Kill Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 83.3%(11th)

 

Florida: 78.8%(22nd)

 

Shots For:

 

Buffalo: 283(T-13th)

 

Florida: 261(24th)

 

Shots Against:

 

Buffalo: 380(30th)

 

Florida: 317(21st)

 

Face-Off Percentage:

 

Buffalo: 46.3%(24th)
Florida: 44.6%(28th)

 

Hits:

 

Buffalo: 274(5th)

 

Florida: 206(17th)

 

Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: 136(17th)

 

Florida: 158(T-6th)

 

Team Leaders:

 

Goals:

 

Buffalo: Vanek and Hodgson(3), Foligno(2), 6 Players Tied With 1 Goal

 

Florida: Boyes(4), Barkov, Huberdeau, and Goc(3), Versteeg and Fleischmann(2), Gomez, Winchester, Gilroy, and Kulikov(1)

 

Assists:

 

Buffalo: Hodgson(5), Vanek(4), 5 Tied with 2 Assists

 

Florida: Fleischmann(7), B. Campbell(5), Barkov(4),Gomez and Versteeg(3)

 

Points:

 

Buffalo: Hodgson(8), Vanek(7), Foligno(4), Stafford(3)

 

Florida: Fleischmann(9), Barkov(7), Boyes(6), Huberdeau, B. Campbell, and Versteeg(5)

 

Plus/Minus:

 

Buffalo: Sulzer and Leino(EV), 5 with a -1 Rating

 

Florida: B. Campbell(+2), Gilbert, Bjugstad, Shore, and Fleischmann(+1), Crabb, Barkov, and Matthias(EV), Fleischmann, Gilroy and Barch(-1)

 

Penalty Minutes:

 

Buffalo: Weber(21), Scott(19), McCormick(15), Myers(14)

 

Florida: Gudbranson(30), Kulikov(27), Winchester(16), Barch(10)

 

Shots:

 

Buffalo: Vanek(39), Stafford(31), Hodgson(27), Ennis(22)

 

Florida: Fleischmann(32), Versteeg(26), Boyes(22), Kopecky(21)

 

Face-Off Wins:

 

Buffalo: Hodgson(82), Ott(65), Larsson(36), Foligno(33)

 

Florida: Goc(89), Barkov(61), Gomez(51), Bjugstad(21)

 

Hits:

 

Buffalo: Ott(36), Weber and Girgensons(26), Foligno(23), Porter and Scott(18)

 

Florida: Weaver(29), Gudbranson(24), Kulikov(16), Goc and Matthias(15)

 

Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: Ehrhoff(24), Weber(21), Pysyk(15), Ennis and McBain(9)

 

Florida: Weaver(28), Gudbranson(22), Gilbert(17), B. Campbell(16)

 

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

 

Buffalo: Jhonas Enroth 0-2-1 2.66 GAA .909 SV% 0 SO

 

Florida: Jakob Markstrom 1-3-1 3.50 .884 SV% 0 SO

 

Notes:

 

Last Meeting: March 28 Panthers Won(SO) 5-4

 

Season Series: Panthers Won 2-0-1

 

All-Time: Sabres Lead 43-26-6

 

All-Time at FLA: Sabres Lead 19-15-3

 

Upcoming Matchups:

 

January 9 vs Panthers 7:00 PM

 

January 21 vs Panthers 7:00 PM

 

March 7 at Panthers 7:30 PM

 

Last Game Recap:

 

Zadorov Scores 1st NHL Goal In Loss

 

Rookie defenseman Nikita Zadorov was happy to score his first NHL goal, but another loss by the Buffalo Sabres put a bit of a damper on the postgame celebration.

 

The Sabres clawed their way back into their game against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday at First Niagara Center, but ultimately fell short yet again.

 

Torey Krug scored twice in the third to give the Bruins a 5-2 victory. Milan Lucic also recorded a pair of goals and defenseman Dougie Hamilton chipped in one as well. Chad Johnson made 14 saves in his Bruins debut.

 

Cody Hodgson scored for Buffalo’s other goal. Ryan Miller stopped 28 shots. The Sabres fall to 1-9-1 on the season.

 

“They’ve got a strong team over there from their D all the way up to their forwards and we didn’t match them,” Sabres co-captain Steve Ott said. “Simple as that. A veteran-based team just took over the game and kind of steamrolled us in the third.”

 

The goal by Zadorov, which cut Boston’s lead to 3-2 with 4:50 remaining in the second period, was the first of his NHL career. It came in his second game on his first career shot. At 18 years, 6 months and eight days, he became the second-youngest Sabre to score. Only Pierre Turgeon at 18 years, 1 month, 24 days was younger when he scored his first career goal with the Sabres.

 

The Bruins’ first two goals were scored by Lucic. The first game with 8:59 remaining in the first and the second came 0:40 into the second to give Boston a 2-0 lead. Hodgson’s power-play goal made it 2-1 at the 8:29 mark of the second, but the Bruins came right back 3:29 later as Hamilton scored on a 2-on-1.

 

Bruins forward Loui Eriksson left the game 5:49 into the third period after being hit by Sabres forward John Scott. As the play went back down the ice into the Buffalo zone, he dropped the gloves with Andy McQuaid in the corner. Scott received a charging major and a fighting major as a result.

 

“I’m not going to comment on it,” Sabres coach Ron Rolston said after the game.

 

http://sabres.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2013020138

 

Tonight’s Preview:

 

Panthers host Sabres in Atlantic Division matchup

 

Big story: While the Sabres’ biggest issue with their goaltending is whether to keep Ryan Miller or move him prior to the trade deadline, the Panthers are once again dealing with health issues surrounding veteran Tim Thomas. He went back on injured reserve with a lower-body issue after coming out of Tuesday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks late in regulation. It’s probable Jacob Markstrom starts Friday with Scott Clemmensen recalled to be his backup.

 

Team Scope:

 

Sabres: First, the good news to come out of Buffalo’s 5-2 loss Wednesday to the Boston Bruins, the Sabres’ 10th in 11 games: Nikita Zadorov, an 18-year-old defenseman taken with the 16th pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, scored his first NHL goal in his second game. Zadorov saw 17:44 of ice time, up more than six minutes from his debut Oct. 19 against the Colorado Avalanche.

 

“I’m really happy right now,” Zadorov said about his goal. “It’s really hard to play against these guys.”

 

Unfortunately, that got overshadowed by a John Scott match penalty in the third period for an illegal check to the head which left the Bruins’ Loui Eriksson woozy and Scott facing a lengthy suspension. He was offered an in-person hearing with the League at a date and time yet to be determined.

 

Panthers: Thomas has played solidly for Florida this season when healthy, and that was the case against the defending Stanley Cup champs. Chicago scored a pair of goals in the second, but Thomas stopped 25 shots and gave the Panthers an opportunity to pull even in the third as Tomas Fleischmann and Dmitry Kulikov scored.

 

Thomas was forced from the game with 2:59 left in regulation. Markstrom faced two shots through the end of the third and the five-minute overtime before he yielded two goals on three shootout attempts in a 3-2 loss.

 

“You have got to prepare. When I’m on the bench, I don’t just sit there and watch the stands, I try to be in the game,” Markstrom said about being pressed into duty late in the game. “You try to be in the game as much you can and I have no problem with that at all.”

 

Who’s hot: Cody Hodgson has goals in consecutive games for the Sabres. … Aleksander Barkov, the No. 2 pick in June’s draft, has a goal and an assist in the past two games for the Panthers, giving him three goals and four assists in 10 games.

 

http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/preview?id=2013020152

 

Injury Report:

 

Buffalo: Tropp Broken Jaw(IR/Out), Leino Cracked Ribs(IR/Questionable), Kaleta Suspension(Out), McCormick Foot(IR/Out), Scott Suspension(Out)

 

Florida: Jovanovski Hip Surgery(IR/Out), Pinizzotto Hip(IR/Out), Bergenheim Hip/Abdominal Surgery(IR/Questionable), Thomas Lower Body(IR/Out)

 

Next 5 Games:

 

October 26 at Tampa Bay Lightning 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

 

October 28 vs. Dallas Stars 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

 

October 31 at New York Rangers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

 

November 2 vs Anaheim Ducks 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

 

November 5 at San Jose Sharks 10:30 PM(MSG HD)

 

 

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Sabres and Bruins meet for the 1st of 5 match-ups this season

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Last Game:
Buffalo: October 19 vs Colorado-Sabres Lost 4-2

Boston: October 19 @ Tampa Bay-Bruins Won 5-0

Record:
Buffalo: 1-8-1
Boston: 5-2-0

Points:
Buffalo: 3
Boston: 10

Rank In Conference:
Buffalo: 15th(8th in Atlantic)
Boston: 5th(3rd in Atlantic)

Goals For:
Buffalo: 12(28th)
Boston: 20(24th)

Goals Against:
Buffalo: 28(T-22nd)
Boston: 10(1st)

Power Play Rankings:
Buffalo: 8.6(29th)
Boston: 11.5(25th)

Penalty Kill Rankings:
Buffalo: 84.4(7th)
Boston: 90.0(2nd)

Shots For:
Buffalo: 267(18th)
Boston: 229(26th)

Shots Against:
Buffalo: 346(30th)
Boston: 195(1st)

Face-Off Percentage:
Buffalo: 46.1(26th)
Boston: 51.1(14th)

Hits:
Buffalo: 251(6th)
Boston: 164(26th)

Blocked Shots:
Buffalo: 118(20th)
Boston: 73(30th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

Buffalo: Vanek(3), Hodgson and Foligno(2)
Boston: Lucic and Kelly(3), Bergeron and Eriksson(2)

Assists:
Buffalo: Hodgson(5), Vanek(3), Stafford, Myers, Ehrhoff(2)
Boston: Krejci(5), Smith(4), Lucic and Boychuk(3)

Points:
Buffalo: Hodgson(7), Vanek(6), Stafford(3)
Boston: Lucic and Krejci(6), Smith(5), Bergeron(4)

Plus/Minus:
Buffalo: Ehrhoff, Sulzer, Leino, Zadorov(+0)
Boston: Boychuk and Seidenberg(+5), Smith and McQuaid(+4)

Penalty Minutes:
Buffalo: Weber(21), McCormick(15), Myers(14), Ott(13)
Boston: Thornton(17), Iginla(16), Lucic(12), Krejci(10)

Shots:
Buffalo: Vanek(39), Stafford(30), Hodgson(24), Ehrhoff and Ennis(21)
Boston: Iginla(24), Krug(19), Chara, Boychuk, Eriksson(18)

Face-Off Wins:
Buffalo: Hodgson(76), Ott(63), Larsson(34), Grigorenko(25)
Boston: Bergeron(83), Krejci(55), Kelly(53), Campbell(20)

Hits:
Buffalo: Ott(34), Weber(25), Foligno and Girgensons(22), Myers and Porter(16)
Boston: Lucic(23), Iginla(17), Caron(14), Campbell and Chara(13)

Blocked Shots:
Buffalo: Ehrhoff(22), Weber(17), Pysyk(14), Ennis and McBain(9)
Boston: Boychuk(14), Seidenberg(10), McQuaid(9), Krejci(6)

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 1-6-0 2.73 GAA .926 SV% 0 SO
Boston: Tuukka Rask 5-2-0 1.29 GAA .954 SV% 1 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: April 17 @ Boston-Sabres Won 3-2(SO)

Season Series: Sabres Won 3-2
All-Time: Sabres Lead 137-136-40
All-Time @ BUF: Sabres Lead 84-51-21

Injury Report:
Buffalo: Tropp Jaw Surgery(IR/Out), Leino Fractured Rib(IR/Out), Kaleta Suspension(Out), McCormick Foot(Probable)
Boston: Savard Post-Concussion Syndrome(IR/Out)

Next 5 Games:
October 25 @ Florida Panthers 7:30 PM(MSG HD)
October 26 @ Tampa Bay Lightning 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
October 28 vs Dallas Stars 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
October 31 @ New York Rangers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
November 2 vs Anaheim Ducks 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

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Last Game:

 

Buffalo: October 17 vs. Canucks Loss 3-0

 

 

Colorado: October 17 vs. Red Wings Loss 4-2

 

 

Record:

 

Buffalo: 1-7-1

 

Colorado: 6-1-0

 

Points:

 

Buffalo: 3

 

Colorado: 12

 

Rank In Conference:

 

Buffalo: 15th(8th in Atlantic)

 

Colorado: 2nd(1st in Central)

 

Goals For:

 

Buffalo: 10(30th)

 

Colorado: 23(T-6th)

 

Goals Against:

 

Buffalo: 24(T-24th)

 

Colorado: 10(T-1st)

 

Power Play Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 9.4%(26th)

 

Colorado: 23.1%(T-9th)

 

Penalty Kill Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 86.2%(5th)

 

Colorado: 85.7%(T-6th)

 

Shots For:

 

Buffalo: 237(T-7th)

 

Colorado: 222(13th)

 

Shots Against:

 

Buffalo: 320(30th)

 

Colorado: 240(23rd)

 

Face-Off Percentage:

 

Buffalo: 45.3%(26th)
Colorado: 49.9%(17th)

 

Hits:

 

Buffalo: 222(T-3rd)

 

Colorado: 181(12th)

 

Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: 111(10th)

 

Colorado: 109(12th)

 

Team Leaders:

 

Goals:

 

Buffalo: Vanek(3), 7 Players Tied With 1 Goal

 

Colorado: Duchene(5), Parenteau and McGinn(3), Tanguay and O’Reilly(2), 8 Players Tied With 1 Goal

 

Assists:

 

Buffalo: Hodgson(5), Vanek and Ehrhoff(2), 7 Tied With 1 Assist

 

Colorado: MacKinnon(6), Parenteau and Stastny(4), Tanguay, Benoit, and Downie(3), Duchene, McGinn, O’Reilly, and Landeskog(2)

 

Points:

 

Buffalo: Hodgson(6), Vanek(5), 5 Players Tied With 2 Points

 

Colorado: Duchene, Parenteau, and MacKinnon(7), McGinn and Tanguay(5), O’Reilly, Downie, and Stastny(4), Landeskog and Benoit(3)

 

Plus/Minus:

 

Buffalo: Ehrhoff(+1), Pysyk, Leino, Foligno, and Sulzer(EV), Stafford, Ennis, Grigorenko, and Kaleta(-1), Girgensons, Ott, and Tallinder(-2)

 

Colorado: Sarich(+8), Parenteau(+5), Benoit(+4), 5 Players Tied With +3 Ratings

 

Penalty Minutes:

 

Buffalo: McCormick(15), Weber(14), Ott(13), Myers(12)

 

Colorado: McLeod(27), Downie(17), Sarich(9), MacKinnon, Stastny, and E. Johnson(6)

 

Shots:

 

Buffalo: Vanek(37), Stafford(25), Hodgson(23), Ehrhoff(18)

 

Colorado: Landeskog(24), Duchene(22), MacKinnon and O’Reilly(17), Downie(15)

 

Face-Off Wins:

 

Buffalo: Hodgson(67), Ott(60), Larsson(25), Ennis(23)

 

Colorado: Duchene(72), Stastny(71), Mitchell(39), MacKinnon(24)

 

Hits:

 

Buffalo: Ott(31), Weber(24), Foligno(19), Girgensons and Myers(16)

 

Colorado: McGinn(20), E. Johnson(19), Sarich(18), Hejda(16)

 

Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: Ehrhoff(21), Weber(17), Pysyk(10), Ennis(9)

 

Colorado: Guenin(20), Hejda(13), Benoit(12), E. Johnson(8)

 

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

 

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 1-4-0 2.50 GAA .935 SV% 0 SO

 

Colorado: Semyon Varlamov 5-1-0 1.68 GAA .950 SV% 0 SO

 

Notes:

 

Last Meeting: March 14, 2012 Avalanche Won(SO) 5-4

 

 

Season Series: Avalanche Won 1-0-0

 

All-Time: Sabres Lead 59-50-24

 

All-Time vs COL: Sabres Lead 36-19-11

 

Upcoming Matchups:

 

February 1, 2014 at Avalanche 3:00 PM

 

Last Game Recap:

 

It Was A Luong Night

 

Frustration was the buzzword in the Buffalo Sabres dressing room after a 3-0 loss to the Vancouver Canucks at First Niagara Center on Thursday.

 

The Sabres continue to struggle to score, having put in only 10 goals in regulation all season. With the loss, the Sabres fall to 1-7-1 on the season.

 

Ryan Miller made 31 saves in net for Buffalo.

 

Coming off their first win of the season on Tuesday, the Sabres hoped to continue to progress. However, a quick start by the Canucks made that difficult.

 

“It’s frustrating. We had a lot of reasons to build off last game and we just came out flat,” Sabres center Cody Hodgson said. “They dominated the first. They had power play after power play and we just didn’t generate any offense.”

 

Chris Higgins, Brad Richardson and Ryan Stanton scored for Vancouver. Roberto Luongo turned aside 25 shots to earn the shutout.

 

Sabres coach Ron Rolston addressed the issue of dealing with a frustrated team in his postgame press conference.

 

“Frustration is how they do it. If we don’t play the right way, they’re creating their own frustration. They’ve got to figure that out,” he said. “…We’re frustrated, but we’ll get through it.”

 

Vancouver started the game with a flurry of offensive chances. Their first power-play opportunity came 37 seconds into the game and they recorded eight shots on goal in the first 1:49 of play.

 

“It started from the first shift on,” Sabres co-captain Thomas Vanek said. “They should’ve had two goals and [Miller] kept us in it. We knew that’s a good team over there, a puck possession team and they showed it early and often. We couldn’t match it.”

 

The Canucks eventually found the back of the net with 7:51 to play in the period. Higgins scored to give Vancouver a 1-0 lead in a period in which they outshot the Sabres 19-7.

 

http://sabres.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2013020096

 

Tonight’s Preview:

 

Avalanche aim to get back in win column vs. Sabres

 

Big story: The Avalanche will try to rebound from their first loss of the season while the Sabres are looking to get back to where they were two games ago, when they beat the New York Islanders in a shootout for their first — and only — victory of the season.

 

Team Scope:

 

Avalanche: Obviously the Avalanche weren’t going to go 82-0-0, and while coach Patrick Roy was disappointed to lose for the first time in his NHL coaching career, he came out of his team’s 4-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday feeling pretty good.

 

“We didn’t have the result, but I’m telling you, if we play a lot of games like this, we’re not going to lose that many,” Roy told the Denver Post. “We’ll win our share of games like this.”

 

Matt Duchene, who had five shots on goal but saw his four-game point-scoring streak snapped, echoed his coach’s sentiments.

 

“Other than the first period I think we played a good game,” he told the Denver Post. “I really liked our second period and we really battled.”

 

Sabres: At 1-7-1 and sitting 15th in the Eastern Conference entering the weekend, it’s pretty easy for the Sabres to be a pretty down bunch right now.

 

So why not have a dance contest?

 

At the urging of coach Ron Rolston, a few of the team’s younger players did their best “Dancing With the Stars” imitation after practice Friday.

 

“Twerking on skates,” forward Tyler Ennis said. “That’ll be the first time.”

 

“You need things to pick your spirits up,” co-captain Steve Ott said. “We have so many young guys that we continue to try to keep the mood light. Had some fun out there on the ice.”

 

Ennis pegged 2012 first-round pick Zemgus Girgensons as the winner.

 

“I thought Girgensons won it,” Ennis said. “I think he was moving pretty good out there. Looked a little bit like Miley Cyrus.”

 

Who’s hot: Duchene has seven points in his first seven games and leads the Avalanche with five goals. … No player has seen more pucks than Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, but his .935 save percentage through six games is the best of his career.

 

http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/preview?id=2013020112&navid=sb:preview

 

Injury Report:

Buffalo: Tropp Broken Jaw(IR/Out), Zadarov Finger(IR/Questionable), Leino Cracked Ribs(IR/Out), Kaleta Suspension(Out), McCormick Foot(Questionable), Girgensons Facial Lacerations(Probable)

 

Colorado: Wilson Sprained Knee(IR/Out), McLeod Suspension(Out)

 

Next 5 Games:

 

October 23 vs Boston Bruins 8:00 PM(NBCSN HD/TSN2 HD)

 

October 25 at Florida Panthers 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

 

October 26 at Tampa Bay Lightning 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

 

October 28 vs. Dallas Stars 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

 

October 31 at New York Rangers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

 

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Sabres head back to Buffalo after 1st win to take on Vancouver

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Last Game:
Buffalo: October 15 @ Islanders-Sabres Won 4-3(SO)

Vancouver: October 15 @ Flyers-Canucks Won 3-2

Record:
Buffalo: 1-6-1
Vancouver: 4-3-0

Points:
Buffalo: 3
Vancouver: 8

Rank In Conference:
Buffalo: 15th(8th in Atlantic)
Vancouver: 8th(5th in Pacific)

Goals For:
Buffalo: 10(T-29th)
Vancouver: 20(T-7th)

Goals Against:
Buffalo: 21(T-24th)
Vancouver: 22(26th)

Power Play Rankings:
Buffalo: 10.3(26th)
Vancouver: 10.0(27th)

Penalty Kill Rankings:
Buffalo: 84.6(8th)
Vancouver: 91.3(2nd)

Shots For:
Buffalo: 212(T-8th)
Vancouver: 217(T-5th)

Shots Against:
Buffalo: 286(30th)
Vancouver: 260(19th)

Face-Off Percentage:
Buffalo: 45.1(24th)
Vancouver: 51.1(T-12th)

Hits:
Buffalo: 202(T-3rd)
Vancouver: 142(14th)

Blocked Shots:
Buffalo: 101(T-11th)
Vancouver: 105(7th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

Buffalo: Vanek(3), Girgensons, Hodgson, McBain, Flynn, Stafford, Ennis, Foligno(1)
Vancouver: Santorelli(4), Kesler(3), Garrison, D. Sedin, Hansen(2)

Assists:
Buffalo: Hodgson(5), Vanek and Ehrhoff(2), 7 with(1)
Vancouver: H. Sedin(8), Garrison and D. Sedin(5), Tanev and Stanton(3)

Points:
Buffalo: Hodgson(6), Vanek(5), Flynn, McBain, Girgensons, Ehrhoff, Stafford(2)
Vancouver: H. Sedin(9), Garrison and D. Sedin(7), Santorelli(4)

Plus/Minus:
Buffalo: Ehrhoff, Pysyk, Foligno(+1)
Vancouver: H. Sedin(+4), Tanev, Booth, Bieksa(+2)

Penalty Minutes:
Buffalo: McCormick(15), Weber(14), Ott(13), Myers(12)
Vancouver: Kesler(11), Hansen(8), Sestito(7), D. Sedin and Edler(6)

Shots:
Buffalo: Vanek(34), Stafford(23), Hodgson(21), Pysyk(16)
Vancouver: D. Sedin(27), Garrison and Kesler(25), Higgins(24)

Face-Off Wins:
Buffalo: Hodgson(56), Ott(53), Ennis(23), Grigorenko and Larsson(19)
Vancouver: Kesler(76), H. Sedin(74), Richardson(40), Santorelli(15)

Hits:
Buffalo: Ott(29), Weber(22), Foligno(17), Porter and Girgensons(16)
Vancouver: Bieksa and Weise(14), Higgins and Sestito(13), Stanton(10)

Blocked Shots:
Buffalo: Ehrhoff(19), Weber(15), Pysyk(9), Ennis and McBain(8)
Vancouver: Tanev(19), Garrison(14), Bieksa(13), Stanton(11)

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 1-4-0 2.39 GAA .939 SV% 0 SO
Vancouver: Roberto Luongo 3-3-0 2.83 GAA .899 SV% 0 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: March 3, 2012 @ Canucks-Sabres Won 5-3

Season Series: 2011/2012-Sabres Won 1-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 52-46-19
All-Time @ BUF: Sabres Lead 33-18-8

Injury Report:
Buffalo: Zadorov Lacerated Finger(IR/Out), Tropp Jaw Surgery(IR/Out), Leino Fractured Rib(IR/Out), Kaleta Suspension(Out), Girgensons Facial Laceration(Questionable)
Vancouver: Burrows Bruised Foot(IR/Out), Edler Suspensino(Out)

Next 5 Games:
October 19 vs Colorado Avalanche 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
October 23 vs Boston Bruins 8:00 PM(NBCSN HD)
October 25 @ Florida Panthers 7:30 PM(MSG HD)
October 26 @ Tampa Bay Lightning 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
October 28 vs Dallas Stars 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

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Last Game:

Buffalo: October 10 vs Blue Jackets Loss 4-1

Chicago: October 11 vs Islanders Win 3-2

Record:

Buffalo: 0-4-1

Chicago: 2-1-1

Points:

Buffalo: 1

Chicago: 5

Rank In Conference:

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

Chicago: 9th(3rd in Central)

Goals For:

Buffalo: 5(30th)

Chicago: 13(T-9th)

Goals Against:

Buffalo: 14(T-21st)

Chicago: 11(T-14th)

Power Play Rankings:

Buffalo: 11.1%(27th)

Chicago: 26.7%(5th)

Penalty Kill Rankings:

Buffalo: 93.3%(4th)

Chicago: 54.6%(30th)

Shots For:

Buffalo: 126(T-18th)

Chicago: 129(T-14th)

Shots Against:

Buffalo: 182(30th)

Chicago: 101(6th)

Face-Off Percentage:

Buffalo: 44.9%(25th)
Chicago: 50.6%(13th)

Hits:

Buffalo: 119(6th)

Chicago: 87(18th)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: 65(T-12th)

Chicago: 57(18th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Buffalo: Vanek(2), Girgensons, Hodgson, and McBain(1)

Chicago: P. Kane(3), Saad and Toews(2), 6 Players Tied With 1 Goal

Assists:

Buffalo: Hodgson(3), Vanek(2), Flynn, McBain, and Ott(1)

Chicago: Hjalmarsson(4), Keith(3), Saad, Toews, and Sharp(2), 9 Players Tied With 1 Assist

Points:

Buffalo: Vanek and Hodgson(4), McBain(2), Girgensons, Flynn, and Ott(1)

Chicago: P. Kane, Saad, Toews, and Hjalmarsson(4), Keith(3), Hossa, Sharp, Seabrook, and Handzus(2), 8 Tied with 1 Point

Plus/Minus:

Buffalo: Ehrhoff(+1), Pysyk, Ott, McCormick, and Leino(EV), 7 Players with -1 Ratings

Chicago: Hjalmarsson and Oduya(+5), Saad, Shaw, and Nordstrom(+2), 7 Players Tied With +1 Ratings

Penalty Minutes:

Buffalo: Weber(12), Myers(10), Foligno(9), Ott, Kaleta, and McCormick(5)

Chicago: Brookbank(5), Toews, Bickell, and Shaw(4), 8 Players Tied with 2 Penalty Minutes

Shots:

Buffalo: Vanek(23), Hodgson and Stafford(13), Ehrhoff(11), Pysyk and Ennis(9)

Chicago: Keith(15), Sharp and Hossa(13), P. Kane and Toews(12), Seabrook(9)

Face-Off Wins:

Buffalo: Hodgson(46), Ott(29), Porter(15), Ennis(12)

Chicago: Toews(50), Kruger(24), Handzus(22), Shaw(16)

Hits:

Buffalo: Ott(21), Weber(15), Porter(14), Kaleta(11)

Chicago: Shaw(14), Bollig(12), Seabrook(10), Nordstrom(7)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: Ehrhoff(12), Weber(10), Ennis(7), McBain and Pysyk(6)

Chicago: Oduya(14), Hjalmarsson(9), Seabrook(7), Kruger and Keith(5)

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 0-3-0 2.87 GAA .938 SV% 0 SO

Chicago: Corey Crawford 1-1-1 2.93 GAA .890 SV% 0 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: January 18, 2012 Blackhawks Won 6-2

Season Series: Blackhawks Won 1-0-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 53-45-13

All-Time at CHI: Blackhawks Lead 30-19-6

Upcoming Matchups:

March 9 vs Blackhawks 7:30 PM

Last Game Recap:

Early Blue Jackets Lead Sinks Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres fell to 0-4-1 on the season following their 4-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets at First Niagara Center on Thursday.

Thomas Vanek scored for Buffalo and Ryan Miller made 29 saves in the loss. Cam Atkinson, Marian Gaborik, Nick Foligno and Brandon Dubinsky scored for Columbus while Sergei Bobrovsky turned aside 26 shots.

The Blue Jackets skated out of the first period with a 3-1 lead. The Sabres’ defensive pairing of Mike Weber and Tyler Myers was on the ice for those first three Columbus goals.

“[I was] minus-4 tonight. I’m not happy with my game,” Weber said. “I’m not happy with not getting my job done. I’m supposed to be helping keep pucks out of the net. I didn’t get that job done tonight. But again, it’s back to work tomorrow.”

Myers pointed out that the team doesn’t seem to be playing aggressively enough in key moments of games and that has led to errors on both ends of the rink.

“It’s very hesitant out there,” he said. “It looks like we’re scared to make plays so we’re ultimately chipping a lot of pucks, which is not necessarily a bad play at certain times, but there are plays out there to be made. It all starts with defensive positioning, decisions made and work made by myself and that’s something I need to make sure I consistently focus on to keep my game at a high level.”

Miller said that the team can learn a lot from these losses, but that they need to turn things around and start winning hockey games.

“There are expectations in here. It’s not just a learning season. This is about a chance to play for the playoffs and a play for a Stanley Cup and you’re not wasting time,” he said. We burned a few games here. We need to improve but I feel like again, there’s a foundation here and there’s enough talent here. We need to get over the hump and we have to play better. There’s no getting around it. But I think we will.”

Weber also made the assessment that the team is a bit too tentative at times and that they’re searching for answers to their on-ice troubles.

“We’ve got to find a way to take the hesitation out of our game. Find a way to generate offense. Find a way to bear down, make plays,” Weber said. “Again, if someone makes a mistake, we’ve got to find a way to bear down and help him out.”

http://sabres.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2013020049&navid=DL|BUF|home

Tonight’s Preview:

Injury Report:

Buffalo: Tallinder Upper Body(IR/Questionable), Tropp Broken Jaw(IR/Out), Zadarov Finger(IR/Out), Leino Cracked Ribs(IR/Out)

Chicago: No Injuries To Report

Next 5 Games:

October 14 vs Minnesota Wild 7:30 PM(NBCSN HD/TSN2 HD)

October 15 at New York Islanders 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

October 17 vs Vancouver Canucks 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

October 19 vs Colorado Avalanche 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

October 23 vs Boston Bruins 8:00 PM(NBCSN HD/TSN2 HD)

Sabres Foligno Returns To Action Against the Lightning

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Last Game:

Buffalo: October 5 at Penguins Loss 4-1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDjkCnuGQuc

Tampa Bay: October 5 at Blackhawks Won(SO) 3-2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mha1Ag2LrN4

Record:

Buffalo: 0-3-0

Tampa Bay: 1-1-0

Points:

Buffalo: 0

Tampa Bay: 2

Rank In Conference:

Buffalo: 15th(8th in Atlantic)

Tampa Bay: 11th(7th in Atlantic)

Goals For:

Buffalo: 2(29th)

Tampa Bay: 3(T-25th)

Goals Against:

Buffalo: 7(T-18th)

Tampa Bay: 5(T-9th)

Power Play Rankings:

Buffalo: 0.0%(T-23rd)

Tampa Bay: 16.7%(T-15th)

Penalty Kill Rankings:

Buffalo: 100.0%(T-1st)

Tampa Bay: 87.5%(10th)

 Shots For:

Buffalo: 76(10th)

Tampa Bay: 49(22nd)

Shots Against:

Buffalo: 115(30th)

Tampa Bay: 64(16th)

Face-Off Percentage:

Buffalo: 45.1%(25th)
Tampa Bay: 47.8%(T-21st)

Hits:

Buffalo: 67(5th)

Tampa Bay: 49(T-15th)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: 44(7th)

Tampa Bay: 33(T-13th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Buffalo: Girgensons and Vanek(1)

Tampa Bay: Filppula, St. Louis, and Purcell(1)

Assists:

Buffalo: Flynn and Hodgson(1)

Tampa Bay: Stamkos(2), Brewer, Kilkorn, St. Louis, and Carle(1)

Points:

Buffalo: Girgensons, Vanek, Flynn, and Hodgson(1)

Tampa Bay: St. Louis and Stamkos(2), Filppula, Brewer, Kilkorn, Purcell, and Carle(1)

Plus/Minus:

Buffalo: Ehrhoff and Pysyk(+2), 7 Tied with EV Rating

Tampa Bay: Brewer, Filppula, Purcell, Thompson, and Barberio(+1), 8 Players Tied with EV Rating

Penalty Minutes:

Buffalo: Myers(6), 5 Players Tied with 2 PIM

Tampa Bay: Gudas(7), Labrie(5), Malone(4), 5 Players Tied with 2 PIM

Shots:

Buffalo: Vanek(15), Ehrhoff(9), Flynn and Ristolainen(6), Grigorenko, Hodgson, and Ennis(5)

Tampa Bay: Purcell and Thompson(6), Carle(5), Stamkos, Kilkorn, and Sustr(4), St. Louis, Hedman, Malone, and Ty. Johnson(3)

Face-Off Wins:

Buffalo: Hodgson(32), Ott(22), Porter(9), Grigorenko and Larsson(7)

Tampa Bay: Filppula(19), Ty. Johnson(18), Stamkos(13), Thompson(11)

Hits:

Buffalo: Ott(15), Weber(11), Porter(7), Girgensons and Kaleta(5)

Tampa Bay: LaBrie(10), Gudas(9), Brewer(6), Crombeen(5)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: Ehrhoff(8), Weber(7), McBain(5), Pysyk(4)

Ottawa: Carle(5), Malone, Stamkos, and Thompson(3), 6 Players Tied with 2 Blocked Shots

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

Buffalo: Jhonas Enroth 0-1-0 3.00 GAA .912 SV% 0 SO

Tampa Bay: Ben Bishop 1-0-0 1.85 GAA .949 SV% 0 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: April 14 Sabres Won 3-1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waKjNxAO5Pw

Season Series: Senators Won 2-1-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 49-23-5

All-Time vs. TBL: Sabres Lead 23-13-2

Upcoming Matchups:

October 26 at Lightning 7:00 PM

March 6 at Lightning 7:30 PM

March 29 vs Lightning 7:00 PM

Last Game Recap:

Fleury improves to 2-0 as Penguins beat Sabres

The 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs seem like a distant memory right now for Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.

Fleury stopped 20 of 21 shots Saturday night, leading the Penguins to a 4-1 victory against the Buffalo Sabres at Consol Energy Center.

Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and Chuck Kobasew each scored their second goals of the season. Buffalo forward Thomas Vanek ended Fleury’s attempt at a second consecutive shutout with 4:56 left in the game.

“We like our chances if we keep getting those opportunities,” Crosby said. “We didn’t allow a lot of shots against, too, and that’s a big thing. It would’ve been nice to keep it at no score there, but that was a nice goal by Vanek and we’ll keep trying to keep pucks out of our net.”

A day after Ryan Miller was handed a loss despite surrendering one goal on 46 shots to the Ottawa Senators, Enroth stopped 31 of 34 shots and played well enough to keep the Sabres in the game until Kunitz’s goal. But Buffalo’s offense came up short again, especially on the power play.

“We lost three straight games and obviously we’re frustrated,” Enroth said. “I don’t think I made any mistakes. I played solid and I didn’t give up big rebounds and stuff like that, so I felt good today.

“Obviously, we need to score more and the guys are doing their best. We have a couple really good players on this team, too, so I’m sure they’re going to start scoring a couple of goals here in the next couple of games.”

The Sabres are now 0-for-13 on the man-advantage and have scored two goals through three games this season. They failed to convert on two power play chances against Pittsburgh.

“We didn’t generate a lot tonight,” Sabres coach Ron Rolston said. “We just have to be a lot simpler than we were tonight. We pass up opportunities when we do get them and I thought they [the Penguins] played really well.”

http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2013020025

Tonight’s Preview:

Big story: Playing their fourth game in seven days, will the Sabres be able to generate any offense? They have two goals in three games, and already have lost two one-goal games.

Team Scope:

Lightning: This will be the third stop on a three-game road trip before a seven-game homestand for the Lightning. The first two legs saw them play the reigning Eastern Conference champion Boston Bruins and the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. They’ve played well in both, with a 3-2 shootout win against the Blackhawks on Saturday after trailing 2-0 halfway through the third period. Ben Bishop had 39 saves in the win.

“We needed Ben Bishop to stand tall if we had any chance of coming back and he did,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper told the team’s website. “We got one goal and then we were opportunistic on our power play and we snuck out with a win.”

Sabres: Despite excellent play from goalies Ryan Miller and Jhonas Enroth, it hasn’t translated into wins for the Sabres. That was the case Saturday in a 4-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in which Enroth made 31 saves but got no offensive support.

“Limiting that team to as many chances as we did, I thought Jhonas played great, but overall, it’s the same story,” Cody Hodgson told the Sabres’ website after the game. “We need to generate offense. One goal isn’t enough.”

Miller, who sat out Saturday with a lower-body injury, is questionable for the game Tuesday. He has stopped 77 of 80 shots in two games this season.

“Our goalies have stood on their heads all three games,” defenseman Mike Weber said. “And it’s unfortunate that we can’t be better in front of them to limit some of their shots and some of their chances. It all comes down to us finding a way to get some offense going, generate some offense and bear down and score goals.”

Who’s hot: Stamkos had two assists in the Lightning’s defeat of the Blackhawks on Saturday.

http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/preview?id=2013020041&navid=sb:preview

Injury Report:

Buffalo: Foligno Strained Shoulder(IR/Probable), Miller Lower Body(Questionable), Hodgson Lower Body(Questionable), Tallinder Upper Body(Out), Tropp Broken Jaw(IR/Out), Zadarov Finger(IR/Out), Leino Cracked Ribs(Out)

Tampa Bay: Ohlund Left Knee Surgery(IR/Out), Lee Knee Surgery(IR/Out)

Next 5 Games:

October 10 vs Columbus Blue Jackets 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

October 12 at Chicago Blackhawks 8:00 PM(MSG HD, NHLN HD)

October 14 vs Minnesota Wild 7:30 PM(NBCSN HD/TSN2 HD)

October 15 at New York Islanders 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

October 17 vs Vancouver Canucks 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

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Last Game:

Buffalo: October 2 at Red Wings Loss 2-1

Ottawa: May 24 at Penguins Loss 6-2

Record:

Buffalo: 0-1-0

Ottawa: 25-17-6*

Points:

Buffalo: 0

Ottawa: 56*

Rank In Conference:

Buffalo: 14th(8th in Atlantic)

Ottawa: 7th*

Goals For:

Buffalo: 1(T-9th)

Ottawa: 112(27th)*

Goals Against:

Buffalo: 2(22nd)

Ottawa: 100(2nd)*

Power Play Rankings:

Buffalo: 0.0%(T-8th)

Ottawa: 15.9%(T-20th)*

Penalty Kill Rankings:

Buffalo: 100.0%(T-1st)

Ottawa: 88.0%(1st)*

Shots For:

Buffalo: 20(11th)

Ottawa: 1591(1st)*

Shots Against:

Buffalo: 34(T-25th)

Ottawa: 1502(23rd)*

Face-Off Percentage:

Buffalo: 39.7%(11th)

Ottawa: 49.2%(21st)*

Hits:

Buffalo: 21(T-6th)

Ottawa: 1307(6th)*

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: 9(T-9th)

Ottawa: 616(24th)*

*2013 Season Stats

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Buffalo: Girgensons(1)

Ottawa: Turris(12), Greening(8), Zibanejad(7), Karlsson(6)

Assists:

Buffalo: Flynn(1)

Ottawa: Turris(17), Wiercioch(14), Zibanejad(13), Greening and Z. Smith(12)

Points:

Buffalo: Girgensons and Flynn(1)

Ottawa: Turris(29), Zibanejad(20), Greening and Wiercioch(19), Z. Smith(15)

Plus/Minus:

Buffalo: Flynn, Girgensons, Ehrhoff, Pysyk, and Grigorenko(+1), 6 Players Tied With EV Rating

Ottawa: Zibanejad and Wiercioch(+9), Karlsson and Michalek(+8), Turris and Conacher(+6), Greening(+5)

Penalty Minutes:

Buffalo: Myers, Stafford, and Tallinder(2)

Ottawa: Neil(144), Z. Smith(56), M. Kassian(47), Phillips(43)

Shots:

Buffalo: Ehrhoff, Hodgson, Pysyk, and Ristolainen(3), Vanek and Grigorenko(2), Girgensons, Ott, Tallinder, and McCormick(1)

Ottawa: Turris(118), Z. Smith(94), Zibanejad(90), Phillips(89)

Face-Off Wins:

Buffalo: Hodgson(12), Ott(5), McCormick(2), Ennis, Flynn, Grigorenko, and Porter(1)

Ottawa: Turris(451), Z. Smith(379), Zibanejad(159), J O’Brien(100)

Hits:

Buffalo: Ott(5), Weber(3), Kaleta, McCormick, Porter, Pysyk(2), 5 Tied with 1 Hit

Ottawa: Neil(206), Methot(130), Greening(122), Z. Smith(97)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: Weber(2), 7 Tied With 1 Block Shot

Ottawa: Methot(81), Phillips(78), Gryba(38), Condra(32)

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 0-1-0 2.03 GAA .943 SV% 0 SO

Ottawa: Craig Anderson 12-9-2 1.69 GAA .941 SV% 3 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: April 5 Sabres Won 4-2

Season Series: Senators Won 3-1-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 57-42-17

All-Time vs OTT: Sabres Lead 31-19-7

Upcoming Matchups:

December 10 vs Senators 7:00 PM

December 12 at Senators 7:30 PM

February 6 at Senators 7:30 PM

Last Game Recap:

Red Wings edge Sabres in Eastern Conference debut

The Detroit Red Wings’ debut in the Eastern Conference was a smashing success.

Mikael Samuelsson and Pavel Datsyuk scored and Jimmy Howard made 19 saves to lead the Red Wings to a 2-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres at Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday night. It was the first game for Detroit since shifting to the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference as part of the NHL’s realignment.

“I thought we got off to a great start there,” Howard said. “We took a lot of penalties, so we’re going to have to clean that up, especially early on in the year here, where it seems like it’s more tightly called.”

Zemgus Girgensons scored and Ryan Miller made 32 saves for the Sabres, who went 0-for-7 on the power play in their season debut, including two 5-on-3 man advantages.

“We were right there all night,” Miller said. “We got in a position to tie. I think we were improving as the game went on.”

Detroit raced to a 2-0 lead with two goals in a span of 36 seconds midway through the first period. Samuelsson opened the scoring at 12:05 when he redirected Cory Emmerton’s shot past Miller for the Red Wings’ first goal of the season.

“Tonight, I thought our line did a real good job and obviously Sammy made an unbelievable tip there,” Emmerton said. “As a fourth line, your job is to be hard on teams, have the puck more than them and make it hard for them and when you score goals that just helps the team. I think we did a real good job tonight.”

Datsyuk doubled Detroit’s lead at 12:41 when he intercepted rookie Rasmus Ristolainen’s pass in the Sabres’ zone at the left circle, deked his way into the slot and ripped a backhander past Miller to make it 2-0.

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Tonight’s Preview:

Big story: How will the Senators deal with the loss of former captain Daniel Alfredsson, who after 17 seasons in Ottawa, signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings in the offseason? Who will step up for the Sabres offensively? Buffalo ranked 12th in the Eastern Conference in goals for last season.

Team Scope:

Senators: True, they lost in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs to the Pittsburgh Penguins, but Paul MacLean was named coach of the year after leading the Senators to the postseason despite a slew of injuries. Karlsson, Anderson, Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek are all healthy after missing large portions of last season.

After losing Alfredsson, the Senators acquired Bobby Ryan from the Ducks in exchange for Jakob Silfverberg and Stefan Noesen. MacLean promised Ryan’s role with the team will be front and center.

“He’s going to play in a top-six, a top-three role, all the time so it’s a responsibility of preparation on a nightly basis to go with that and we feel he’s ready, he’s already a known factor in the league that he can, he’s scored 30 goals in the league so he’s a bona fide player that can do that and we’re going to give him the opportunities he needs to get better,” MacLean told the Senators’ website on Wednesday.

Sabres: Thomas Vanek, recently named captain for all home games, has eight straight seasons with 20 or more goals and the Sabres will need that out of him again after struggling offensively last season. Buffalo had 20 shots in a 2-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday. Miller was brilliant, allowing two goals on 34 shots; the goals came in a 36-second span in the first period.

“It wasn’t a game that got away from us. It was a game we definitely were in. We could’ve tied it up and if we play that kind of hockey all year against good hockey teams, we’re going to be on the winning side of some of those,” Miller told team’s website. “And if we’re on the losing side, we’re going to have a chance to come back and that’s something good to see. Now we just have to show that we can come back and we’ve got a knack for a little bit of the dramatic at the end.”

http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/preview?id=2013020015&navid=sb:preview

Injury Report:

Buffalo: Foligno Strained Shoulder(IR/Out), Tropp Broken Jaw(IR/Out), Zadarov Finger(IR/Out), Leino Cracked Ribs(Out)

Detroit: Spezza Groin(Probable), Gryba Upper Body(Probable)

Next 5 Games:

October 5 at Pittsburgh Penguins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

October 8 vs Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30 PM(NBCSN HD)

October 10 vs Columbus Blue Jackets 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

October 12 at Chicago Blackhawks 8:00 PM(MSG HD, NHLN HD)

October 14 vs Minnesota Wild 7:30 PM(NBCSN HD/TSN2 HD)

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Last Game:

Buffalo: Apr 26 vs. NY Islanders Win(SO) 2-1

Detroit: May 29 at Blackhawks Loss(OT) 2-1

 

Record:

Buffalo: 21-21-6

Detroit: 24-16-8

 

Points:

Buffalo: 48

Detroit: 56

 

Rank In Conference:

Buffalo: 12th

Detroit: 7th

 

Goals For:

Buffalo: 118(T-22nd)

Detroit: 122(T-19th)

 

Goals Against:

Buffalo: 139(T-22nd)

Detroit: 110(5th)

 

Power Play Rankings:

Buffalo: 14.1(29th)

Detroit: 18.4(15th)

 

Penalty Kill Rankings:

Buffalo: 79.2(26th)

Detroit: 81.7(12th)

 

Shots For:

Buffalo: 1339(22nd)

Detroit: 1447(10th)

 

Shots Against:

Buffalo: 1606(30th)

Detroit: 1322(7th)

 

Face-Off Percentage:

Buffalo: 46.2(29th)
Detroit: 50.8(T-10th)

 

Hits:

Buffalo: 1079(19th)

Detroit: 865(29th)

 

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: 718(11th)

Detroit: 560(28th)

 

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Buffalo: Vanek(20), Hodgson(15), Ennis(10), Ott(9)

Detroit: Datsyuk(15), Franzen(14), Zetterberg(11), Abdelkader(10)

 

Assists:

Buffalo: Vanek and Ennis(21), Hodgson(19), Ehrhoff(17), Ott(15)

Detroit: Zetterberg(37), Datsyuk(34), Kronwall(24), Franzen(17)

 

Points:

Buffalo: Vanek(41), Hodgson(34), Ennis(31), Ott(24)

Detroit: Datsyuk(49), Zetterberg(48), Franzen(31), Kronwall(29)

 

Plus/Minus:

Buffalo: Ehrhoff and Flynn(+6), Ott, Weber, and Sulzer(+3), Adam(+1), Leino, Ruhwedel, and Ellis(EV)

Detroit: Datsyuk(+21), Kindl(+15), Franzen(+13), Quincey(+7)

 

Penalty Minutes:

Buffalo: Ott(93), Weber(70), Scott(69), Kaleta(67)

Detroit: Tootoo(78), Kronwall(44), Franzen(41), Cleary(40)

 

Shots:

Buffalo: Stafford(121), Vanek(119), Hodgson(114), Ennis(108)

Detroit: Zetterberg(173), Franzen(116), Datsyuk(107), Abdelkader(96)

 

Face-Off Wins:

Buffalo: Hodgson(380), Ott(298), Ennis(158), Porter(109)

Detroit: Datsyuk(488), Zetterberg(263), Emmerton(187), Andersson(144)

 

Hits:

Buffalo: Ott(187), Weber(122), Foligno(108), Kaleta(86)

Detroit: Abdelkader(120), D. Miller(81), Tootoo(68), Ericsson(67)

 

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: Weber(92), Ehrhoff(81), Myers(56), Kaleta(34)

Detroit: Kronwall(83), Quincey(46), Lashoff(43), D. Miller(41)

 

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 17-17-5 2.81 GAA .915 SV% 0 SO

Detroit: Jimmy Howard 21-13-7 2.13 GAA .923 SV% 5 SO

 

Notes:

Last Meeting: Jan 16, 2012 Red Wings Won 5-0

Season Series: Red Wings Won 2-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 53-47-16

All-Time at DET: Red Wings Lead 35-18-6

 

Upcoming Matchups:

Nov 24 vs Red Wings 5:00 PM

Apr 4 at Red Wings 7:30 PM

Apr 8vs Red Wings 7:00 PM

 

Injury Report:

Buffalo: Foligno Strained Shoulder(IR/Out), Tropp Broken Jaw(IR/Out), Zadarov Finger(IR/Out)

Detroit: Eaves Sprained MCL(IR/Out), Helm Torn Disc In Back(IR/Out), Tootoo Bruised Shoulder(IR/Out), Gustaffson Strained Groin(IR/Out), Kindl Strained Hip Flexor(Questionable), Alfredsson Strained Groin(Questionable), DeKeyser Knee(Questionable), Franzen Strained Hip Flexor(Probable), Ericsson Bruised Thigh(Probable), Abdelkader Hand(Probable), Weiss Groin (Probable)

 

Next 5 Games:

Oct 4 vs Ottawa Senators 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Oct 5 at Pittsburgh Penguins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Oct 8 vs Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30 PM(NBCSN HD)

Oct 10 vs Columbus Blue Jackets 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Oct 12 at Chicago Blackhawks 8:00 PM(MSG HD, NHLN HD)

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