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

@ 7:30 PM


Last Game:


Buffalo: October 23 vs Bruins Loss 5-2



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




Buffalo: 1-9-1


Florida: 3-6-1




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)




Buffalo: 274(5th)


Florida: 206(17th)


Blocked Shots:


Buffalo: 136(17th)


Florida: 158(T-6th)


Team Leaders:




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)




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


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




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


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




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)




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)




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




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.


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.


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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