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Sabres Look To Build Off Strong Outing Against Devils

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Last Game:

 

Buffalo: November 29 vs Maple Leafs Won(OT) 3-2

 

New Jersey: November 29 at Hurricanes Won 5-2

 
Record:

Buffalo: 6-20-1

 

New Jersey: 10-11-5

 
Points:

 

Buffalo: 13

 

New Jersey: 25

 
Rank In Conference:

 

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

 

New Jersey: 9th(4th in Metro-Atlantic)

 
Goals For:

 

Buffalo: 45(30th)

 

New Jersey: 58(T-25th)

 
Goals Against:

 

Buffalo: 84(27th)

 

New Jersey: 60(T-7th)

 
Power Play Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 15.0%(25th)

 

New Jersey: 18.5%(15th)

 
Penalty Kill Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 78.3%(25th)

 

New Jersey: 87.2%(2nd)

 
Shots For:

 

Buffalo: 688(28th)

 

New Jersey: 649(30th)

 
Shots Against:

 

Buffalo: 959(30th)

 

New Jersey: 647(2nd)

 
Face-Off Percentage:

 

Buffalo: 46.4%(26th)

 

New Jersey: 45.5%(28th)

 
Hits:

 

Buffalo: 712(6th)

 

New Jersey: 508(24th)

 
Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: 370(13th)

 

New Jersey: 278(30th)

 
Team Leaders:

 

Goals:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(10), Hodgson(8), Ennis(4), Foligno and Ott(3)

 

New Jersey: Jagr(11), Henrique(6), Elias and Ryder(5), Zajac, Brunner, and Zubrus(4)

 
Assists:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(10), Hodgson(9), Stafford(7), Girgensons and Myers(6)

 

New Jersey: Jagr(11), Zidlicky(10), Elias and Greene(9), Zubrus(8)

 
Points:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(20), Hodgson(17), Ennis and Stafford(9), Foligno and Myers(8)

 

New Jersey: Jagr(22), Elias(14), Zidlicky(13), Greene and Zubrus(12)

 
Plus/Minus:

 

Buffalo: D’Agostini(+1), McNabb, Sulzer, Moulson, and Adam(EV), Kaleta(-1), Larsson(-2)

 

New Jersey: Zubrus(+11), Jagr(+10), Volchenkov and Zajac(+4), Janssen(+2)

 
Penalty Minutes:

 

Buffalo: Myers(39), McCormick and Scott(38), Ott(37), Weber(23)

 

New Jersey: Zidlicky(28), Zubrus and Jagr(16), Carter(14), Brunner and Greene(12)

 

Shots:

 

Buffalo: Stafford(67), Hodgson(64), Moulson(56), Ennis(50)

 

New Jersey: Jagr(61), Brunner(51), Zidlicky, Zajac, Ryder, and Bernier(42), Gelinas(41)

 
Face-Off Wins:

 

Buffalo: Hodgson(210), Ott(136), Foligno(104), Larsson(67)

 

New Jersey: Zajac(210), Henrique(143), Elias(81), Loktionov(78)

 
Hits:

 

Buffalo: Ott(96), Foligno(70), Myers and Girgensons(50), Ristolainen(42)

 

New Jersey: Bernier(51), Volchenkov(37), Zidlicky(36), Zubrus(35)

 
Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: Ehrhoff(45), Pysyk(34), Myers(32), Weber(31)

 

New Jersey: Greene(43), Volchenkov(33), Zidlicky(29), Larsson(26)

 
Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

 

Buffalo: Jhonas Enroth 1-5-1 2.88 GAA .906 SV% 0 SO

 

New Jersey: Martin Brodeur 7-6-2 2.20 GAA .910 SV% 2 SO

 
Notes:

 

Last Meeting: April 7 Sabres Won(SO) 3-2

 

 

Season Series: Sabres Won 2-0-1

 

All-Time: Sabres Lead 71-45-23

 

All-Time at NJD: Sabres Lead 33-23-13

 
Upcoming Matchups:

 

January 4 vs Devils 7:00 PM

 

April 1 vs Devils 7:00 PM

 
Last Game Recap:

 
Ehrhoff Scores In Overtime To Lift Sabres Past Leafs

 
Christian Ehrhoff scored 38 seconds into overtime to give the Buffalo Sabres a 3-2 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at First Niagara Center on Friday.

 
Ehrhoff’s goal came just as a penalty to Toronto’s Paul Ranger ended, and the shot from the point beat Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer through the five-hole. It was Ehrhoff’s second goal of the season.

 
“It was definitely nice,” Ehrhoff said. “It wasn’t a big blast, it just found a little lane there and put it through [Carl] Gunnarsson’s legs and Reimer didn’t see it.”

 
Ehrhoff was helped out by a screen in front by newest Sabres forward Matt D’Agostini. The Sabres claimed D’Agostini off waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.

 
“[Ranger] was coming out of the box behind [Ehrhoff] there,” D’Agostini said. “So I just figured he’d try to get it on net. He did a good job just getting it through.”

 

The win ended the Sabres’ five-game losing streak.

 

“It’s one of those things where we’re trying, we’re trying,” Sabres forward Drew Stafford said. “We’re competing. The effort’s there. We just haven’t been able to have a full 60-minute effort. I thought tonight we had a pretty solid night and also scored some goals. You’re not going to win a lot of games 1-0.”

 
The Sabres ended a streak of four straight games in which they scored one goal per game.

 
Ranger took a holding penalty with 1:32 left in the third period, giving the Sabres a power play at the end of regulation, but it was Toronto’s James van Riemsdyk who had the best chance during it. With 20.4 seconds remaining, van Riemsdyk broke in on Sabres goalie Ryan Miller only to be taken out of the play by D’Agostini.

 
“Usually when you’re in all alone and you get your legs taken out from under you, you expect something, especially when the calls have been what they were,” van Riemsdyk said. “We can’t use officiating as an excuse. We’ve got to find ways to be better.”

 
Miller said, “Great effort by D’Agostini. He got back hard and forced the ref to make a decision. The ref decided he got the puck, and we haven’t changed that rule where if you get a hold of that puck first they’re probably not going to get a tripping penalty. Great effort getting back and it helps us get to overtime. I thought it was a nice job.”

 
The Sabres were 1-for-4 on the power play; the Maple Leafs went 0-for-1.

 

http://sabres.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2013020388&navid=DL|BUF|home

 
Tonight’s Preview:

 
Sabres, Devils meet after ending losing streaks

 
Season series: The first of three games. The New Jersey Devils won two of the three last season, which all required a shootout.

 
Big story: Each team is coming off a victory Friday. The Buffalo Sabres snapped a five-game losing streak with a 3-2 overtime win against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Devils ended a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes.

 
Christian Ehrhoff scored 38 seconds into overtime for the Sabres at First Niagara Center. The Devils scored four times in the third period to overcome a 2-1 deficit at PNC Arena, giving goalie Cory Schneider (16 saves) his second straight victory in his first start since Nov. 21.

 
“I liked our game right from the drop of the puck,” Devils coach Peter DeBoer said. ”I thought we had good energy, good legs. We created a lot of things. … We found our game again in the third.”

 
Team Scope:

 
Sabres: Forward Matt D’Agostini, claimed off waivers by the Sabres from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, made his debut for the team Friday. The 27-year-old scored 21 goals for the St. Louis Blues in 2010-11 but has 12 goals in 93 games since. D’Agostini, who played on the second line with center Ville Leino and Sabres captain Steve Ott, had three shots on goal and a plus-1 rating in 15:39 of ice time.

 
“To get a guy like him, it’s fortunate for us and we’ll see if we can get his career back going,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “When you get a goal-scorer, you’ve got to put him in position to score some goals. Hopefully that will help.”

 
The Sabres average an NHL-low 1.67 goals per game and are second to last with 25.5 shots per game. The Devils average the fewest shots (25.0).

 
Devils: Defenseman Anton Volchenkov returned to the lineup Friday after missing seven games with a leg muscle pull and finished with five blocked shots, five hits and a plus-2 rating in 19:11 of ice time.

 
Jaromir Jagr‘s third-period goal tied Steve Yzerman with 692 career goals for eighth place in NHL history. Jagr is two goals behind Mark Messier (694) for seventh place. Jagr, who had a goal and two assists, leads the Devils in goals (11), assists (11), points (22) and game-winners (three).

 
Who’s hot: Matt Moulson has four goals and 11 points in 14 games since joining the Sabres via a trade from the New York Islanders on Oct. 27. … Devils defenseman Andy Greene has points in four straight games (one goal, four assists) and two goals and nine points in the past 11 games.

 
http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/preview?id=2013020396

 
Injury Report:

 

Buffalo: McCormick Upper Body(IR/Out)

 

New Jersey: Clowe Head(IR/Out), Salvador Stress Fracture in Foot(IR/Out), Gionta Sprained Ankle(IR/Out), Larsson Lower Body(Questionable)

 
Next 5 Games:

 

December 5 vs New York Rangers 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)

 

December 7 at Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM(MSG HD/CBC HD)

 

December 10 vs Ottawa Senators 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)

 

December 12 at Ottawa Senators 7:30 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)

 

December 14 vs Calgary Flames 2:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)

 

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