Nolan Returns Behind Sabres Bench When The Sabres Host Maple Leafs In First Half Of Home and Home

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Last Game:


Buffalo: November 12 vs Kings Won(SO) 3-2



Toronto: November 13 at Wild Loss(SO) 2-1





Buffalo: 4-15-1


Toronto: 11-6-1




Buffalo: 9


Toronto: 23


Rank In Conference:


Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)


Toronto: 3rd(3rd in Atlantic)


Goals For:


Buffalo: 33(T-29th)


Toronto: 50(T-12th)


Goals Against:


Buffalo: 63(T-27th)


Toronto: 41(7th)


Power Play Rankings:


Buffalo: 13.6%(T-22nd)


Toronto: 22.2%(T-4th)


Penalty Kill Rankings:


Buffalo: 81.2%(T-18th)


Toronto: 84.9%(T-10th)


Shots For:


Buffalo: 496(T-26th)


Toronto: 477(29th)


Shots Against:


Buffalo: 738(30th)


Toronto: 655(27th)


Face-Off Percentage:


Buffalo: 45.4%(26th)


Toronto: 46.0%(25th)




Buffalo: 537(6th)


Toronto: 579(1st)


Blocked Shots:


Buffalo: 269(14th)


Toronto: 273(11th)


Team Leaders:




Buffalo: Moulson(8), Hodgson(7), 7 Players Tied with 2 Goals


Toronto: Kessel(10), Lupul(8), van Riemsdyk(7), Bolland and Raymond(6)




Buffalo: Moulson(9), Hodgson(8), 6 Tied With 4 Assists


Toronto: Franson(10), Kessel and Kadri(9), van Riemsdyk, Raymond, and Reilly(6), Phaneuf(5)




Buffalo: Moulson(17), Hodgson(15), Foligno, Ennis, and Stafford(6), Girgensons, Ott, and McCormick(5)


Toronto: Kessel(19), Kadri(14), van Riemsdyk(13), Lupul and Raymond(12)




Buffalo: Moulson(+2), Sulzer(EV), Kaleta and Girgensons(-1), McCormick and Larsson(-2)


Toronto: Phaneuf(+9), van Riemsdyk(+6), Kessel and Bozak(+5), Bolland and Ranger(+4)


Penalty Minutes:


Buffalo: McCormick(34), Myers(31), Ott(28), Weber(21)


Toronto: Orr(51), Kadri(28), Clarkson(23), McLaren(21)




Buffalo: Hodgson(48), Stafford(48), Moulson(42), Ennis and Ott(34)


Toronto: Kessel(68), Lupul(57), van Riemsdyk(47), Raymond(45)


Face-Off Wins:


Buffalo: Hodgson(138), Foligno(99), Ott(91), Larsson(67)


Toronto: Bozak(129), McClement(114), Kadri(106), Bolland(104)




Buffalo: Ott(71), Foligno(52), Girgensons(40), Ristolainen(38)


Toronto: Franson(57), Phaneuf(51), Ranger(45), Orr and van Riemsdyk(33)


Blocked Shots:


Buffalo: Ehrhoff(33), Weber(24), Pysyk(23), Myers(22)


Toronto: Gunnarsson(45), Phaneuf(36), Franson(30), Rielly(23)


Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:


Buffalo: Ryan Miller 3-11-0 3.28 GAA .916 SV% 0 SO


Toronto: James Reimer 4-2-0 2.30 GAA .942 SV% 1 SO




Last Meeting: March 21 Sabres Won(SO) 5-4



Season Series: Tied 2-1-1


All-Time: Sabres Lead 104-61-23


All-Time vs TOR: Sabres Lead 62-25-8


Upcoming Matchups:


November 16 at Maple Leafs 7:00 PM


November 29 vs Maple Leafs 7:30 PM


December 27 at Maple Leafs 7:30 PM


January 15 at Maple Leafs 7:30 PM


Last Game Recap:


Miller Steals Show In Shootout Win Over Kings


For the first time this season, the Buffalo Sabres skated off home ice with a victory in hand.

Ryan Miller stole the show with 43 saves as the Sabres defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 in the shootout on Tuesday at First Niagara Center. In the shootout, Miller was perfect and Matt Moulson and Tyler Ennis both scored.


Cody Hodgson scored twice in regulation, his fifth-career two-goal game. Justin Williams and Dwight King scored for Los Angeles.


Miller now owns sole possession of the NHL record for most career shootout victories with 46.


The Sabres were coming off a 6-2 road loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Friday. In that game, Miller was pulled after the second period and Hodgson, Moulson and Ennis were benched for the final 26:11.


All four had a hand in the Sabres victory against the Kings. Miller’s effort Tuesday night was not lost on Sabres coach Ron Rolston.


“He gave us an opportunity to be in that game so it was a great bounce back game from him,” Rolston said.


The Sabres penalty kill was strong, especially late in the game. While holding a 2-1 lead midway through the third period, Buffalo weathered a Kings power play in which Miller made five saves and saw another ring off the post. The Sabres also killed off two penalties in overtime.


“We stepped up to the plate and did what we needed to do,” Sabres defenseman Mark Pysyk said. “We don’t want to be taking that many penalties, but that’s the way it went. We did a good job.”


The Sabres had given up a pair of power play goals in each of their past two games, but killed off all five of the Kings’ chances on Tuesday.


“We had some huge blocks in those situations, too, guys sacrificing,” Rolston said. “A lot of guys like Steve Ott had a lot of minutes in that situation, especially with him taking a lot of the face offs. Brian Flynn had some big blocks in those situations so that was huge for us and obviously [Miller] being able to do what he did tonight.”

Tonight’s Preview:


Sabres, under Nolan, start home-and-home vs. Leafs


Big story: Interim coach Ted Nolan makes his return to the Buffalo bench after compiling a 73-72-19 record from 1995-97. Nolan was hired Wednesday, along with Pat LaFontaine as director of hockey operations, when Sabres owner Terry Pegula fired general manager Darcy Regier and coach Ron Rolston. The new leadership takes over the last-place team in the NHL, although the Sabres did manage their first home win of the season Tuesday, a 3-2 shootout decision against the Los Angeles Kings.


“We know that there will be a different face behind the bench and there’ll be motivation for players from the Buffalo side to make a first impression,” Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle told the team website Thursday. “… It is a shock to the organization and the people involved, at the ice level specifically.”


Team Scope:


Maple Leafs: Toronto will play without center Nazem Kadri, who was suspended three games by the NHL Department of Player Safety on Thursday for a goalie interference penalty against the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday. Centers Tyler Bozak and Dave Bolland are on injured reserve.


“There’s always the option of bringing a guy up from the American Hockey League,” Carlyle said prior to learning Kadri was suspended. “We’ve explored different avenues, multiple. So it’s not like you have to have Plan A, B, C, D and E in the drawer here.


“That’s what the life of a hockey coach and management team is, and when you go through situations like this you try to make the best decision that’s going to give you the best possible chance to have success with the people that you have here.”


The Maple Leafs had won four of five games before dropping two straight on this three-game road trip.


“You can’t sugarcoat it, [the missing centers] are obviously a big part of our team and a big part of our success,” center Jay McClement said. “But I think we have enough depth … that we can hold the fort here and continue to plug away and hopefully win some games until we get some guys back.”


Sabres: According to Chris Ryndak of, Nolan had his assistant coaches run practice Wednesday but Thursday he demanded a fast-paced, physical session with some players practicing at different positions, including rookie Zemgus Girgensons at center for the first time, with Steve Ott and Tyler Ennis flanking him.


Though the practice reportedly was intense, Girgensons said he was satisfied with the new coaching style.


“[Nolan] wants simple hockey but you have to play hard. He wants all the guys going 100 percent,” Girgensons told the website. “If you’re not going to do that, most likely you’re not even going to be out there. He wants the guys to compete, and I think that’s what we need in this team right now.”


Forward John Scott is eligible to return to the lineup after completing his seven-game suspension for a hit on Boston Bruins forward Loui Eriksson on Oct. 23.


Who’s hot: It hadn’t been confirmed Thursday who would start in goal for Toronto. Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer have combined for a 1.54 goals-against average over the past seven games. … Sabres forward Matt Moulson has two goals and six assists in seven games since coming from the New York Islanders in a late-October trade.


Injury Report:


Buffalo: Weber Upper Body(IR/Questionable)


Toronto: Bozak Lower Body(IR/Out), Bolland Left Ankle Surgery(IR/Out), Kadri Suspension(Out)


Next 5 Games:


November 16 at Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 PM(MSG HD/CBC HD)


November 19 vs St. Louis Blues 7:00 PM(MSG HD)


November 21 at Philadelphia Flyers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)


November 24 vs Detroit Red Wings 5:00 PM(MSG HD)


November 27 vs Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM(MSG HD/TSN HD)


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