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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.

http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2013020005

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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