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Sabres head to Winnipeg for New Year’s Eve match up

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Last Game:
Buffalo: December 29 vs. Capitals-Sabres Won 2-1(SO)

Winnipeg: December 29 @ Avalanche-Jets Won 2-1(OT)

Record:
Buffalo: 11-24-4
Winnipeg: 18-18-5

Points:
Buffalo: 26
Winnipeg: 41

Rank In Conference:
Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)
Winnipeg: 11th(6th in Central)

Goals For:
Buffalo: 66(30th)
Winnipeg: 106(T-14th)

Goals Against:
Buffalo: 109(16th)
Winnipeg: 117(25th)

Power Play Rankings:
Buffalo: 12.7%(28th)
Winnipeg: 14.9%(24th)

Penalty Kill Rankings:
Buffalo: 81.3%(17th)
Winnipeg: 82.3(12th)

Shots For:
Buffalo: 1033(29th)
Winnipeg: 1293(5th)

Shots Against:
Buffalo: 1358(27th)
Winnipeg: 1260(24th)

Face-Off Percentage:
Buffalo: 46.5%(27th)
Winnipeg: 46.3%(28th)

Hits:
Buffalo: 993(9th)
Winnipeg: 1079(5th)

Blocked Shots:
Buffalo: 545(15th)
Winnipeg: 624(7th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

Buffalo: Moulson(13), Hodgson and Ennis(8), Foligno and Ott(5), Girgensons and Stafford(4)
Winnipeg: Wheeler(15), Little(14), Kane(11), Ladd(10), Jokinen and Frolik(9)

Assists:
Buffalo: Moulson(13), Ehrhoff(12), Hodgson(11), Girgensons and Stafford(10)
Winnipeg: Byfuglien(22), Little(19), Ladd(18), Wheeler and Jokinen(16)

Points:
Buffalo: Moulson(26), Hodgson(19), Ennis(15), Girgensons and Ehrhoff(14)
Winnipeg: Little(33), Wheeler(31), Byfuglien(29), Ladd(28), Jokinen(25)

Plus/Minus:
Buffalo: Sulzer(+1), Ellis, Adam, McNabb, and Moulson(EV)
Winnipeg: Ladd(+8), Little(+7), Bogosian(+6), Setoguchi and Ellerby(+4)

Penalty Minutes:
Buffalo: Foligno(55), Scott(48), Myers(44), McCormick and Ott(43)
Winnipeg: Byfuglien(42), Little(40), Kane(39), Ladd(38)

Shots:
Buffalo: Stafford(93), Moulson(92), Ennis(83), Hodgson(80), Ehrhoff(76)
Winnipeg: Kane(144), Byfuglien(139), Wheeler(122), Ladd(101), Little(92)

Face-Off Wins:
Buffalo: Hodgson(259), Ott(220), Foligno(119), Ennis(89)
Winnipeg: Little(364), Jokinen(336), Scheifele(203), Wright(97)

Hits:
Buffalo: Ott(130), Foligno(92), Girgensons and Weber(78)
Winnipeg: Kane(92), Byfuglien(78), Stuart(75), Ladd(73)

Blocked Shots:
Buffalo: Ehrhoff(60), Myers(55), Weber(52), Tallinder(46)
Winnipeg: Byfuglien(65), Enstrom(63), Stuart(59), Trouba(52)

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 10-17-1 2.69 GAA .927 SV% 0 SO
Winnipeg: Ondrej Pavelec 11-16-4 3.03 GAA .902 SV% 1 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: December 17 @ Buffalo-Sabres Won 4-2

Season Series: Sabres Lead 1-0-0
All-Time: Jets Lead 29-17-6
All-Time @ WPG: Jets Lead 17-4-4

Injury Report:
Buffalo: McCormick Upper Body(IR/Out), Hodgson Broken Finger(Questionable), Porter Lower Body(IR/Out)
Winnipeg: Slater Sports Hernia Surgery(IR/Out), Postma Blood Clot in Leg(IR/Out), Halischuk Forearm Surgery(IR/Out), Clitsome Illness(IR/Out)

Next 5 Games:
January 2 at Minnesota Wild 8:00 PM(MSG HD)
January 4 vs New Jersey Devils 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
January 7 vs Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
January 9 vs Florida Panthers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
January 12 at Washington Capitals 3:00 PM(MSG HD)

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Sabres Look To Continue Recent Home Success Against Ovechin And The Capitals

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Last Game:

 

Buffalo: December 27 at Maple Leafs Loss(SO) 4-3

 

 

Washington: December 27 vs Rangers Win 3-2

 

 
Record:

 

Buffalo:10-24-4

 

Washington: 20-14-4

 
Points:

 

Buffalo: 24

 

Washington: 44

 
Rank In Conference:

 

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

 

Washington: 6th(2nd in Metropolitan)

 
Goals For:

 

Buffalo: 65(30th)

 

Washington: 112(6th)

 
Goals Against:

 

Buffalo: 108(22nd)

 

Washington: 111(23rd)

 
Power Play Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 12.7%(28th)

 

Washington: 25.9%(1st)

 
Penalty Kill Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 81.0%(20th)

 

Washington: 81.6%(18th)

 
Shots For:

 

Buffalo: 1016(29th)

 

Washington: 1130(14th)

 
Shots Against:

 

Buffalo: 1308(27th)

 

Washington: 1339(28th)

 
Face-Off Percentage:

 

Buffalo: 46.4%(27th)

 

Washington: 49.8%(17th)

 
Hits:

 

Buffalo: 962(9th)

 

Washington: 925(12th)

 
Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: 532(15th)

 

Washington: 560(14th)

 
Team Leaders:

 

Goals:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(13), Hodgson and Ennis(8), Foligno and Ott(5), Girgensons(4)

 

Washington: Ovechkin(30), Grabovski and Ward(11), Backstrom(10), Chimera, Brouwer, and Carlson(7)

 
Assists:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(13), Hodgson and Ehrhoff(11), Girgensons(10), Stafford(9)

 

Washington: Backstrom(34), Johansson(20), Grabovski(18), Green(16)

 
Points:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(26), Hodgson(19), Ennis(15), Girgensons(14)

 

Washington: Backstrom(44), Ovechkin(41), Grabovski(29), Johansson(25)

 
Plus/Minus:

 

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

 

Washington: Olesky(+7), Grabovski(+6), Schmidt(+4), Urbom(+1)

 
Penalty Minutes:

 

Buffalo: Scott(48), Myers(44), McCormick(43), Ott(41)

 

Washington: Wilson(80), Brouwer(56), Olesky(49), Green(46)

 
Shots:

 

Buffalo: Stafford and Moulson(89), Ennis(81), Hodgson(80), Ehrhoff(75)

 

Washington: Ovechkin(190), Carlson(102), Backstrom(90), Green(89)

 
Face-Off Wins:

 

Buffalo: Hodgson(259), Ott(213), Foligno(119), Ennis(83)

 

Washington: Backstrom(324), Grabovski(257), Brouwer(115), Laich(114)

 
Hits:

 

Buffalo: Ott(122), Foligno(91), Girgensons(76), Weber(75)

 

Washington: Brouwer and Ovechkin(107), Wilson(89), Chimera(72)

 
Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: Ehrhoff(59), Myers(55), Weber(50), Tallinder(45)

 

Washington: Carlson(79), Alzner(67), Green(59), Olesky(47)

 
Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

 

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 9-17-1 2.76 GAA .924 SV% 0 SO

 

Washington: Philipp Grubauer 5-1-1 2.18 GAA .937 SV% 0 SO

 
Notes:

 

Last Meeting: March 30 Capitals Won(SO) 4-3

 

 

Season Series: Capitals Won 3-0-0

 

All-Time: Sabres Lead 83-43-17

 

All-Time vs WSH: Sabres Lead 44-20-7

 
Upcoming Matchups:

 

January 12th at Capitals 3:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD/ NHLN-CA HD)

 

January 28th vs Capitals 7:30 PM(NBCSN HD/TSN2 HD)

 
Last Game Recap:

 
Maple Leafs Beat Sabres In Shootout

 
Phil Kessel had a goal and an assist in regulation and Joffrey Lupul scored the only goal in the shootout to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 4-3 win against the Buffalo Sabres at Air Canada Centre on Friday night.

 
Lupul beat Ryan Miller with a backhander inside the left post in the second round. Buffalo’s Tyler Ennis hit the post in the second round and Zemgus Girgensons side a backhander wide of the net in the third round to give the Maple Leafs the win. It was Toronto’s fourth consecutive shootout game.

 
The Sabres blew an early 2-0 lead but forced overtime when Steve Ott scored off a power-play scramble with 24 seconds left in regulation.

 
Matt Moulson gave the Sabres 1-0 lead 7:01 into the first period. Moulson scored on a rebound after Girgensons drove to the net; his shot bounced off goaltender Jonathan Bernier to Moulson, who put the puck between his pads.

 
John Scott made it 2-0 by scoring his first goal in more than four years 52 seconds after Moulson’s goal. Scott, playing in his 200th career game, picked up the rebound of Matt Ellis‘ shot and beat Bernier with a snap shot for his second career goal and first since Nov. 15, 2009.

 
http://sabres.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2013020568

 
Tonight’s Preview:

 

 

Sabres look to continue home success vs. Capitals

 

 
Season series: This is the first of three games between the Washington Capitals and Buffalo Sabres. The Capitals won all three games last season.

 
Big story: The Sabres, who started the season winless in nine home games, are 7-4-1 in their past 12 games at First Niagara Center, including three straight wins.

 
Team Scope:

 
Capitals: Washington salvaged the final game of a three-game homestand by beating the New York Rangers 3-2 on Friday. Eric Fehr scored the the game-winning goal with 5:09 left in the third period, breaking a 2-2 tie.

 
“It’s always important for us to try and win in regulation. I think too often, we rely on overtime and the shootout and come playoff time, that’s not going to be there for us,” he said after the win. “We have to find ways to be a better team in the third period and close out games and win it 5-on-5.”

 
The Capitals have been in 14 overtime games this season with a 2-1 overtime record and an 8-3 mark in shootouts.

 
“It felt great. We’ve kind of toyed with between winning games in regular time or else we’ve gone to a lot of overtime and a lot of shootouts, which, we are getting our points but it’s a lot better when we finish off in regulation,” defenseman Mike Green said.

 
Sabres: The Sabres’ offense has improved with three or more goals in three of their past five games, and the team is 3-1-1 over that stretch. Buffalo lost 4-3 in a shootout to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night after holding a 2-0 first period lead — their first 2-0 lead of the season. Steve Ott scored with 25 seconds remaining to force overtime; Ryan Miller had 42 saves through 65 minutes.

 
“When you have a 2-0 lead in this League, you can’t expect to win. It’s hard work for 60 minutes no matter how much you are up,” Moulson said.

 
The Sabres allowed 17 shots and three second-period goals to the Maple Leafs.

 
“I thought we started off real well, but then the second period shows you how you get yourself into trouble if you keep turning the puck over. Close to 19 turnovers in that second period,” interim coach Ted Nolan said

 
Who’s hot: Nicklas Backstrom has a goal in each of his past two games for the Capitals. Troy Brouwer has registered a point in four of five games (one goal, five assists). … Moulson has three goals and three assists in six games for the Sabres. Miller has stopped 227 of 241 shots in December, good for a .942 save percentage.

http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/preview?id=2013020585&navid=sb:preview

Injury Report:

 

Buffalo: McCormick Upper Body(IR/Out), Hodgson Upper Body(Out), Porter Lower Body(IR/Out)

 

Washington: Hillen Right Tibia Surgery(IR/Out), Latta Lower Body(IR/Out), Laich Groin(Questionable)

 
Next 5 Games:

 

December 31 at Winnipeg Jets 7:00 PM(MSG HD/TSN HD)

 

January 2 at Minnesota Wild 8:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)

 

January 4 vs New Jersey Devils 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

 

January 7 vs Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)

 

January 9 vs Florida Panthers 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)

 

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Sabres head to Toronto to take on the Leafs for the fourth time this season

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Last Game:
Buffalo: December 23 vs Coyotes-Sabres Won 2-1(OT)

Toronto: December 23 @ Rangers-Leafs Lost 1-2(SO)

Record:
Buffalo: 10-24-3
Toronto: 18-16-5

Points:
Buffalo: 23
Toronto: 41

Rank In Conference:
Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)
Toronto: 7th(5th in Atlantic)

Goals For:
Buffalo: 62(30th)
Toronto: 101(T-13th)

Goals Against:
Buffalo: 105(T-19th)
Toronto: 109(T-23rd)

Power Play Rankings:
Buffalo: 12.0%(28th)
Toronto: 22.4%(4th)

Penalty Kill Rankings:
Buffalo: 81.4%(19th)
Toronto: 78.4%(26th)

Shots For:
Buffalo: 981(29th)
Toronto: 1053(26th)

Shots Against:
Buffalo: 1266(27th)
Toronto: 1407(30th)

Face-Off Percentage:
Buffalo: 46.3%(T-27th)
Toronto: 46.8(26th)

Hits:
Buffalo: 940(9th)
Toronto: 1325(1st)

Blocked Shots:
Buffalo: 516(15th)
Toronto: 616(4th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

Buffalo: Moulson(12), Hodgson and Ennis(8), Foligno(5)
Toronto: Kessel(17), van Riemsdyk(14), Raymond, Kadri, Lupul(11)

Assists:
Buffalo: Moulson(12), Hodgson and Ehrhoff(11), Stafford and Girgensons(9)
Toronto: Kessel and Franson(16), Raymond(14), van Riemsdyk(13)

Points:
Buffalo: Moulson(24), Hodgson(19), Ennis(15), Ehrhoff and Girgensons(13)
Toronto: Kessel(33), van Riemsdyk(27), Raymond(25), Kadri(23)

Plus/Minus:
Buffalo: Sulzer(+1), Ellis, Adam and McNabb(+0)
Toronto: Phaneuf(+11), Gunnarsson(+6), Bozak(+5), Raymond and Bolland(+4)

Penalty Minutes:
Buffalo: Scott(46), Myers(44), McCormick(43), Ott(41), Foligno(38)
Toronto: Orr(75), McLaren(62), Clarkson(45), Kadri(41)

Shots:
Buffalo: Stafford(87), Moulson(85), Hodgson and Ennis(80), Ehrhoff(74)
Toronto: Kessel(155), van Riemsdyk(123), Raymond and Lupul(86)

Face-Off Wins:
Buffalo: Hodgson(259), Ott(205), Foligno(119), Ennis(75)
Toronto: McClement(300), Kadri(214), Bozak(183), Smithson(122)

Hits:
Buffalo: Ott(120), Foligno(91), Girgensons(73), Weber(70)
Toronto: Franson(132), Phaneuf(101), Gunnarsson(87), Clarkson(86)

Blocked Shots:
Buffalo: Ehrhoff(57), Myers(52), Weber(48), Tallinder(42)
Toronto: Gunnarsson(92), Phaneuf(73), Franson(58), Fraser(49)

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 9-17-0 2.76 GAA .924 SV% 0 SO
Toronto: Jonathan Bernier 10-11-4 2.42 GAA .929 SV% 1 SO

Notes:
Last Game: November 29 at Buffalo-Sabres Won 3-2(OT)

Season Series: Sabres Lead 2-1-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 110-63-23
All-Time @ TOR: Sabres Lead 44-38-15

Upcoming Matchups:
January 15 @ Toronto 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

Injury Report:
Buffalo: McCormick Upper Body(IR/Out), Hodgson Upper Body(Questionable), Porter Lower Body(IR/Out)
Toronto: Bolland Ankle Surgery(IR/Out), Bozak Strained Oblique(IR/Out), Smith Broken Hand(IR/Out)

Next 5 Games:
December 29 vs Washington Capitals 5:00 PM(MSG HD)
December 31 at Winnipeg Jets 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
January 2 at Minnesota Wild 8:00 PM(MSG HD)
January 4 vs New Jersey Devils 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
January 7 vs Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Sabres Look To Head Into The Holiday Break On A Good Note When They Host The Coyotes

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Last Game:

Buffalo: December 21 at Bruins Loss 4-1

 

 

Phoenix: December 21 at Senators Win(OT) 4-3

 

 
Record:

 

Buffalo: 9-24-3

 

Phoenix: 19-10-6

 
Points:

 

Buffalo: 21

 

Phoenix: 44

 
Rank In Conference:

 

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

 

Phoenix: 9th(5th in Pacific)

 
Goals For:

 

Buffalo: 60(30th)

 

Phoenix: 106(7th)

 
Goals Against:

 

Buffalo: 104(T-21st)

 

Phoenix: 105(23rd)

 
Power Play Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 12.3%(28th)

 

Phoenix: 20.7%(8th)

 
Penalty Kill Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 80.5%(22nd)

 

Phoenix: 78.3%(25th)

 
Shots For:

 

Buffalo: 949(30th)

 

Phoenix: 1122(10th)

 
Shots Against:

 

Buffalo: 1229(27th)

 

Phoenix: 1163(25th)

 
Face-Off Percentage:

 

Buffalo: 46.6%(26th)

 

Phoenix: 52.6%(5th)

 
Hits:

 

Buffalo: 923(9th)

 

Phoenix: 957(7th)

 
Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: 501(15th)

 

Phoenix: 490(17th)

 
Team Leaders:

 

Goals:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(12), Hodgson(8), Ennis(7), Foligno(5)

 

Phoenix: Doan and Vermette(12), Vrbata and Boedker(10), Riberio and Hanzal(9), Klinkhammer and Stone(7)

 
Assists:

 

Buffalo: Hodgson and Moulson(11), Ehrhoff(10), Stafford(9), Girgensons(8)

 

Phoenix: Yandle(18), Vrbata, Ekman-Larsson, and Riberio(17), Hanzal(15), Boedker(14)

 
Points:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(23), Hodgson(19), Ennis(14), Ehrhoff, Stafford, and Girgensons(12)

 

Phoenix: Vrbata(27), Riberio(26), Boedker and Hanzal(24), Doan(23)

 
Plus/Minus:

 

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

 

Phoenix: Klinkhammer(+14), Michalek(+10), Ekman-Larsson(+7), Vermette(+6)

 
Penalty Minutes:

 

Buffalo: Scott and Myers(44), McCormick(43), Ott(41), Foligno(38)

 

Phoenix: Hanzal(43), Ekman-Larsson(28), Yandle(26), Chipchura(25)

 
Shots:

 

Buffalo: Stafford(86), Moulson(84), Hodgson(80), Ennis(75)

 

Phoenix: Vrbata(115), Yandle(94), Hanzal(92), Doan(80)

 
Face-Off Wins:

 

Buffalo: Hodgson(259), Ott(200), Foligno(119), Ennis(71)

 

Phoenix: Vermette(463), Hanzal(294), Riberio(178), Halpern(100)

 
Hits:

 

Buffalo: Ott(119), Foligno(91), Girgensons(70), Weber(68)

 

Phoenix: Hanzal(106), Klinkhammer(86), Ekman-Larsson(63), Stone(58)

 
Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: Ehrhoff(56), Myers(51), Weber(43), Tallinder(41)

 

Phoenix: Michalek(72), Yandle(45), Schlemko(41), Ekman-Larsson and Stone(40)

 
Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

 

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 8-17-0 2.83 GAA .922 SV% 0 SO

 

Phoenix: Mike Smith 15-8-6 2.87 GAA .913 SV% 0 SO

 
Notes:

 

Last Meeting: November 19, 2011 Coyotes Won 4-2

 

 

Season Series: Coyotes Won 1-0-0

 

All-Time: Sabres Lead 39-21-8

 

All-Time vs PHX: Sabres Lead 22-7-6

 
Upcoming Matchups:

 

January 30 at Coyotes 9:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)

 
Last Game Recap:

 
Sabres Missed Opportunities On Power Play Prove Costly In Loss To Bruins

 
Special teams can make you or break you.

 
The Buffalo Sabres were unable to convert on any of their six power play opportunities Saturday night against the Boston Bruins in their 4-1 loss at TD Garden.

 
In a 2-1 game, Buffalo found themselves with 4:11 of power-play time. First, Patrice Bergeron took a cross-checking penalty at the 9:28 mark of the second period and 11 seconds later, Gregory Campbell got his stick up on Sabres defenseman Jamie McBain and drew blood. The Bruins killed off both penalties and allowed only three shots on goal.

 
Maybe Buffalo’s best chance in that stretch involved Ville Leino hitting the post just as the 5-on-3 expired.

 
Minutes later, Milan Lucic scored to make it 3-1.

 
“It just wasn’t there. We had a couple 5-on-3s, a 4-on-3,” Sabres interim coach Ted Nolan said. “We had a couple chances and we just didn’t put any kind of energy to get anything going.”

 
Buffalo had another chance on special teams in the third period when it was 3-1. The Sabres again found themselves on a 5-on-3 penalty, but Sabres captain Steve Ott was called for slashing 30 seconds into the two-man advantage.

 
“That would’ve been a 5-on-2 basically with [Bruins captain Zdeno] Chara without a stick,” Ott said. “Good chances are you’re going to score in this League with a 5-on-2 to make it a 3-2 game and be right in it with a few minutes to go.

 
“Obviously that didn’t happen. Calls happen, breaks happen. We didn’t get the break and still no excuse, but I don’t think we were totally good enough tonight. I thought they played pretty solid.”

 
Sabres rookie Zemgus Girgensons scored his fourth goal of the season and Jhonas Enroth made 35 saves.

 
Reilly Smith scored twice for Boston, including an empty netter with 21.4 seconds left in the game. David Krejci also scored. Tuukka Rask turned aside 34 shots.

 
“I think we made some really bad decisions at the wrong times,” Nolan said. “I thought we started off OK for a road game, kept it pretty quiet. Then we took a bad penalty. Again, it cost us. We had guys rushing up on the play, trying to make it a 4-on-4 rush. But just bad decision overall.”

 
Those missed power-play chances are what stood out to Sabres right wing Drew Stafford. The Sabres were coming off back-to-back wins, including one over the Bruins on home ice Thursday.

 
“If you want to pinpoint one thing we missed out on tonight was the special teams battle,” Stafford said. “Bottom line is, it’s something we know we can practice now come whenever we regroup and it’s back to the drawing board again. But we expected them to respond compared to last game. Unfortunately, the better team won tonight.”

 
Linus Omark made his debut for the Sabres. He started on a line with center Matt Ellis and right wing Kevin Porter. He committed a hooking penalty that was called at the 9:07 mark of the first and the Bruins scored the game’s opening goal on the power play 32 seconds later.

 
http://sabres.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2013020541

 
Tonight’s Preview:

 
Coyotes after important two points against Sabres

 
Season series: This is the first of two games between the Phoenix Coyotes and Buffalo Sabres. They face off for the first time since Nov. 19, 2011, when Mike Smith stopped 43 shots, Radim Vrbata scored a pair of goals and Paul Bissonnette had the game-winner as Phoenix won 4-2 in Buffalo.

 
Big story: Currently the No. 9 seed in the Western Conference, the Coyotes are after an important two points Monday and can’t afford to overlook a Sabres team that despite having the fewest points in the NHL has made strides of late and won consecutive games before dropping the back end of a home-and-home Saturday to the Boston Bruins.

 
Team Scope:

 
Coyotes: This is the finale of a four-game road trip for Phoenix, which snapped a three-game losing streak Saturday afternoon with a come-from-behind 4-3 overtime win against the Ottawa Senators. The Coyotes had scored just a single goal in each of those defeats, but found an offensive spark in the form of Antoine Vermette.

 
The veteran forward, a longtime Senator, recorded a hat trick as the Coyotes erased a two-goal deficit. Vermette’s power-play goal with 2:13 left in regulation knotted the score and he struck again at 2:23 of the extra period. Vrbata also scored and Smith made 37 saves.

 
“When you’re in a little bit of a slide it’s a character win when you’re down,” defenseman Keith Yandle said. “Everyone did a good job getting into it and trying to get the win. There was a lot of desperation in the third when we were trying to find ourselves a goal and get back into the game. When it’s crunch time it amps up a little bit but it’s fun.”

 
Sabres: Not only did Buffalo’s 4-2 win against Boston at First Niagara Center on Thursday give the Sabres consecutive victories for only the second time this season, it was a huge statement knocking off the top team in the Atlantic Division.

 
Going for the sweep Saturday in Boston and a three-game winning streak, the Sabres were undone by an inability to convert on six power-play opportunities, including a 5-on-3 for 1:49 midway through the second period and another two-man advantage in the third negated by a Buffalo penalty.

 
“It’s disappointing,” forward Ville Leino told the Buffalo News, “because we’ve been playing so good and we didn’t give our best.”

 
Who’s hot: Mikkel Boedker has three goals and three assists in the past six games for the Coyotes. … Matt Moulson has two goals and one assist in the past four games for the Sabres.

 
http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/preview?id=2013020553&navid=sb:preview

 
Injury Report:

 

Buffalo: McCormick Upper Body(IR/Out), Hodgson Upper Body(Out), Porter Lower Body(Out)

 

Phoenix: Korpikoski Upper Body(IR/Out), Doan Illness(IR/Out), Michalek Lower Body(IR/Out)

 
Next 5 Games:

 

December 27 at Toronto Maple Leafs 7:30 PM(MSG HD/TSN HD)

 

December 29 vs Washington Capitals 5:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)

 

December 31 at Winnipeg Jets 7:00 PM(MSG HD/TSN HD)

 

January 2 at Minnesota Wild 8:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)

 

January 4 vs New Jersey Devils 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

 

Newly Acquired Omark Makes Sabres Debut When Sabres Look For Sweep Of Home And Home Of The Bruins

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Last Game:

 

Buffalo: December 19 vs Bruins Won 4-2

 

Boston: December 19 at Sabres Loss 4-2

 
Record:

Buffalo: 9-23-3

 

Boston: 23-10-2

 
Points:

 

Buffalo: 21

 

Boston: 48

 
Rank In Conference:

 

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

 

Boston: 2nd(1st in Atlantic)

 
Goals For:

 

Buffalo: 59(30th)

 

Boston: 95(14th)

 
Goals Against:

 

Buffalo: 100(22nd)

 

Boston: 72(2nd)

 
Power Play Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 13.0%(27th)

 

Boston: 19.2%(11th)

 
Penalty Kill Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 80.9%(23rd)

 

Boston: 86.5%(4th)

 
Shots For:

 

Buffalo: 914(29th)

 

Boston: 1052(15th)

 

Shots Against:

 

Buffalo: 1190(27th)

 

Boston: 998(6th)

 
Face-Off Percentage:

 

Buffalo: 46.8%(26th)

 

Boston: 52.6%(T-4th)

 
Hits:

 

Buffalo: 902(9th)

 

Boston: 868(11th)

 
Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: 488(14th)

 

Boston: 465(24th)

 
Team Leaders:

 

Goals:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(12), Hodgson(8), Ennis(7), Foligno(5)

 

Boston: Lucic(11), Smith, Bergeron, and Chara(9), Iginla and Krug(8), Marchand(7)

 
Assists:

 

Buffalo: Hodgson(11), Moulson and Ehrhoff(10), Stafford(9), Girgensons(8)

 

Boston: Krejci(23), Smith(14), Lucic and Iginla(13), Soderberg(11)

 
Points:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(22), Hodgson(19), Ennis(14), Ehrhoff, and Stafford(12)

 

Boston: Krejci(29), Lucic(24), Smith(23), Iginla(21)

 
Plus/Minus:

 

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

 

Boston: Iginla(+13), Bergeron(+12), Krejci(+11), Boychuk(+10)

 
Penalty Minutes:

 

Buffalo: Scott(44), McCormick(43), Myers and Ott(39), Foligno(38)

 

Boston: Thornton(41), McQuaid(39), Iginla(36), Lucic(35)

 
Shots:

 

Buffalo: Stafford(82), Hodgson(80), Moulson(78), Ennis(69)

 

Boston: Bergeron(100), Iginla(97), Chara(81), Krug(80)

 
Face-Off Wins:

 

Buffalo: Hodgson(259), Ott(197), Foligno(118), Ennis(68)

 

Boston: Bergeron(440), Krejci(268), Kelly(184), Campbell(148)

 
Hits:

 

Buffalo: Ott(117), Foligno(91), Girgensons(67), Weber(64)

 

Boston: Lucic(112), Chara(76), Iginla(66), Campbell(59)

 
Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: Ehrhoff(56), Myers(49), Tallinder and Weber(41), Pysyk(38)

 

Boston: Boychuk(59), Seidenberg(58), Chara(48), Krug(46)

 
Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

 

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 8-17-0 2.83 GAA .922 SV% 0 SO

 

Boston: Tuukka Rask 17-8-2 1.90 GAA .934 SV% 3 SO

 
Notes:

 

Last Meeting: December 19 Sabres Won 4-2

 

 

Season Series: Tied 1-1-0

 

All-Time: Bruins Lead 123-109-38

 

All-Time at BOS: Bruins Lead 73-43-17

 
Upcoming Matchups:

 

February 26 vs Bruins 7:30(NBCSN HD)

 

April 12 at Bruins 12:30 PM(MSG HD)

 
Last Game Recap:

 
Sabres Scored Four To Down Bruins

 
The Buffalo Sabres have been able to generate scoring chances and bury the puck the past two games. Their effort has resulted in two victories on home ice. Thursday night, they put down the top team in the Atlantic Division.

 
Buffalo defeated the Boston Bruins 4-2 at First Niagara Center. The Sabres have scored four goals in back-to-back games, a feat they haven’t accomplished since the end of last season.

 
Boston held a 2-1 lead before the Sabres came back with three unanswered goals. Buffalo also rallied from a two-goal deficit Tuesday to beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-2.

 
Drew Stafford scored on a wraparound with 5:41 remaining in regulation to give Buffalo a 3-2 lead over Boston. He skated in around Bruins defenseman Matt Bartkowski and tucked the shot in past goaltender Chad Johnson’s right pad.

 
Brian Flynn and Marcus Foligno each recorded a goal and an assist for Buffalo. Tyler Myers scored Buffalo’s fourth goal with 4:21 left in the third on a nice feed from Flynn.

 
Brad Marchand scored both of Boston’s goals. Johnson stopped 19 shots for the Bruins. Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller made 34 saves.

 
The Sabres have had their confidence bolstered lately with the strong offensive output that’s also resulting in earning two points in the standings.

 
“It helps winning games. It’s fun coming to the rink. It just boosts the morale,” Flynn said. “We knew we were getting closer and closer. It’s a matter of just scoring the goals that we have the past two games. We’ve had the chances we just haven’t bared down. The past few games we’ve been able to do that.”

 
The Sabres opened the scoring as Flynn tallied shorthanded with 3:33 remaining in the first period. He raced past the Bruins defense and roofed a backhand over Johnson. It was Buffalo’s first shorthanded goal of the year and the first for the Sabres since Flynn scored on April 22 against Montreal.

 
The goal was Flynn’s third of the year. He also had an assist on Tuesday.

 
“I feel pretty confident, comfortable of what’s expected of me,” he said. “Make sure I just do a really good job defensively, don’t get scored on, do a good job on the penalty kill. And then you have games like this, it’s a little bit of a bonus.”

 
http://sabres.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2013020523

 
Tonight’s Preview:

 

Bruins seek split of home-and-home vs. Sabres

 
Big story: Buffalo has won two in a row in regulation for the first time this season; it has not won three in a row in any manner. Of the Sabres’ nine wins, three are against the Bruins, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks (sixth, fourth and seventh in the NHL standings prior to Saturday).

 
“I expect [Boston] to probably be a little upset about the loss,” Sabres defenseman Mike Weber told the team website. “I think we’ve always played them hard and it’s always been a hard-fought game. I’m not too worried about anything. It’s always better when you’re into the game when people are hitting you and you’re hitting them back, and you’re into the battles in front of the net.”

 
Team Scope:

 
Sabres: Buffalo acquired forward Linus Omark in a trade Thursday and will put him to work Saturday.

 

“He’ll take a spot in the lineup,” interim coach Ted Nolan said Friday, according to the Buffalo News. “I’m not 100 percent sure exactly where we’ll put him yet but he’ll play tomorrow night.”

 
The Sabres are short a forward after Cody Hodgson sustained a wrist injury blocking a shot by Krug in the first period Thursday. Nolan said Hodgson would be out “maybe a week or two or three. I’m not sure.”

 
Omark, 26, played one game this season for the Edmonton Oilers, who received a conditional sixth-round draft pick in return. He was fourth in the American Hockey League with 29 points in 29 games for Oklahoma City.

 
Bruins: After having defensemen Kevan Miller and David Warsofsky each make his NHL debut in the past month, veteran Adam McQuaid is on the verge of returning to play his 209th game.

 
“He’s getting pretty close,” coach Claude Julien told the Boston Herald after practice Friday. “Honestly it’s a matter of game-to-game right now. I don’t know yet [about the game Saturday], but I wouldn’t write him off.”

 
McQuaid hasn’t played this month because of a lower-body injury reported to be a groin pull, missing eight games (5-3-0). The Bruins could wait until after the three-day Christmas break to give him a little more recovery time.

 
“I hope that’s not the case,” McQuaid told the Herald. “I want to be back playing as soon as I can. I definitely don’t want to be going through that cycle of coming back a little bit too soon [and getting hurt again]. But when I’m ready, I’ll be ready. Hopefully that’s sooner rather than later.”

 
Who’s hot: The Sabres have killed 14 penalties in a row; they haven’t allowed a power-play goal since Dec. 5. Forward Brian Flynn has three of his season’s six points in the past two games. Forward Drew Stafford has three points in four games, including his first goal since Nov. 5. Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff has five points in the past six. … Bruins forward Brad Marchand had two goals Thursday, and defenseman Zdeno Chara had two on Tuesday. Forward David Krejci has 11 points in his past 10 games.

 
http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/preview?id=2013020541&navid=sb:preview

 
Injury Report:

 

Buffalo: McCormick Upper Body(IR/Out), Hodgson Upper Body(Out)

 

Boston: Savard Post-Concussion Syndrome(IR/Out), McQuaid Lower Body(IR/Out), Kelly Broken Ankle(IR/Out), Paille Concussion-Like Symptoms(Out), Eriksson Concussion(IR/Out), Hamilton Lower Body(IR/Out), Thornton Suspension(Out)

 
Next 5 Games:

 

December 23 vs Phoenix Coyotes 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)

 

December 27 at Toronto Maple Leafs 7:30 PM(MSG HD/TSN HD)

 

December 29 vs Washington Capitals 5:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)

 

December 31 at Winnipeg Jets 7:00 PM(MSG HD/TSN HD)

 

January 2 at Minnesota Wild 8:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)

 

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Sabres look to win 2 in a row in regulation for the first time this season as Boston ships up to Buffalo

vs. 7:00 PM

Last Game:
Buffalo: December 17 vs. Jets-Sabres Won 4-2

Boston: December 17 vs. Flames-Bruins Won 2-0

Record:
Buffalo: 8-23-3
Boston: 23-9-2

Points:
Buffalo: 19
Boston: 48

Rank In Conference:
Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)
Boston: 2nd(1st in Atlantic)

Goals For:
Buffalo: 55(30th)
Boston: 93(12th)

Goals Against:
Buffalo: 98(T-19th)
Boston: 68(2nd)

Power Play Rankings:
Buffalo: 13.5%(26th)
Boston: 19.6%(T-9th)

Penalty Kill Rankings:
Buffalo: 80.6%(23rd)
Boston: 86.0%(T-4th)

Shots For:
Buffalo: 891(30th)
Boston: 1016(18th)

Shots Against:
Buffalo: 1154(27th)
Boston: 975(7th)

Face-Off Percentage:
Buffalo: 46.8%(26th)
Boston: 52.6%(4th)

Hits:
Buffalo: 882(8th)
Boston: 851(12th)

Blocked Shots:
Buffalo: 467(T-17th)
Boston: 450(24th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

Buffalo: Moulson(12), Hodgson(8), Ennis(7), Foligno and Ott(4)
Boston: Lucic(11), Smith, Bergeron, Chara(9), Iginla and Krug(8)

Assists:
Buffalo: Moulson and Hodgson(11), Stafford and Ehrhoff(9), Girgensons(8)
Boston: Krejci(23), Smith(14), Lucic and Iginla(13), Soderberg(11)

Points:
Buffalo: Moulson(22), Hodgson(19), Ennis(14), Girgensons, Ehrhoff, Stafford(11)
Boston: Krejci(29), Lucic(24), Smith(23), Iginla(21), Krug(18)

Plus/Minus:
Buffalo: Ellis(+1), Adam, Sulzer, McNabb(EV)
Boston: Iginla(+14), Krejci(+12), Bergeron(+11), Lucic, Seidenberg, Boychuk(+10)

Penalty Minutes:
Buffalo: Scott(44), McCormick(43), Myers and Ott(39), Foligno(33)
Boston: Thornton(41), McQuaid(39), Iginla(36), Marchand(32), Lucic(31)

Shots:
Buffalo: Stafford and Hodgson(80), Moulson(76), Ennis(69), Ehrhoff(65)
Boston: Bergeron(98), Iginla(92), Krug(77), Chara(76)

Face-Off Wins:
Buffalo: Hodgson(256), Ott(187), Foligno(118), Larsson(67)
Boston: Bergeron(426), Krejci(258), Kelly(184), Campbell(143)

Hits:
Buffalo: Ott(113), Foligno(90), Girgensons(65), Weber(61)
Boston: Lucic(111), Chara(75), Iginla(65), Campbell(59)

Blocked Shots:
Buffalo: Ehrhoff(43), Myers(48), Tallinder(41), Weber(39)
Boston: Boychuk(57), Seidenberg(55), Chara(48), Krug(44)

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 7-17-0 2.87 GAA .921 SV% 0 SO
Boston: Tuukka Rask 17-8-2 1.90 GAA .934 SV% 3 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: October 23rd @ Sabres-Bruins Won 5-2

Season Series: Bruins Lead 1-0-0
All-Time: Bruins Lead 148-128-40
All-Time @ BUF: Sabres Lead 84-52-21

Upcoming Matchups:
December 21 @ Boston 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
February 26 @ Buffalo 7:30 PM(NBCSN)
April 12 @ Boston 12:30 PM(MSG HD)

Injury Report:
Buffalo: McCormick Upper Body(IR/Out)
Boston: Savard Post-Concussion Syndrome(IR/Out), McQuaid Lower Body(IR/Out), Kelly Broken Ankle(IR/Out), Paille Concussion-Like Symptoms(Out), Eriksson Concussion(IR/Out), Hamilton Lower Body(IR/Out), Thornton Suspension(Out)

Next 5 Games:
December 21 at Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
December 23 vs Phoenix Coyotes 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
December 27 at Toronto Maple Leafs 7:30 PM(MSG HD)
December 29 vs Washington Capitals 5:00 PM(MSG HD)
December 31 at Winnipeg Jets 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Sabres Continue Home Stand With Visit From Jets

@ 7:00 PM

 

Last Game:

 

Buffalo: December 14 vs Flames L(OT) 2-1

 

 

Winnipeg: December 16 at Blue Jackets Won 3-2

 
Record:

Buffalo: 7-23-3

 

Winnipeg: 15-15-5

 
Points:

 

Buffalo: 17

 

Winnipeg: 35

 
Rank In Conference:

 

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

 

Winnipeg: 12th(7th in Central)

 
Goals For:

 

Buffalo: 51(30th)

 

Winnipeg: 88(15th)

 
Goals Against:

 

Buffalo: 96(21st)

 

Winnipeg: 98(T-22nd)

 
Power Play Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 13.1%(27th)

 

Winnipeg: 13.3%(26th)

 
Penalty Kill Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 80.4%(21st)

 

Winnipeg: 82.9%(15th)

 
Shots For:

 

Buffalo: 860(30th)

 

Winnipeg: 1117(6th)

 
Shots Against:

 

Buffalo: 1127(27th)

 

Winnipeg: 1088(26th)

 
Face-Off Percentage:

 

Buffalo: 46.4%(T-27th)

 

Winnipeg: 46.2%(29th)

 
Hits:

 

Buffalo: 857(T-8th)

 

Winnipeg: 911(6th)

 
Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: 454(19th)

 

Winnipeg: 532(9th)

 
Team Leaders:

 

Goals:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(11), Hodgson(8), Ennis(7), Foligno, Ott, and Girgensons(3)

 

Winnipeg: Little(14), Wheeler(11), Ladd, Jokinen, Frolik, and Kane(8), Setoguchi(7)

 
Assists:

 

Buffalo: Moulson and Hodgson(10), Stafford, Ehrhoff, and Girgensons(8), Myers and Ennis(6), Foligno and Leino(5)

 

Winnipeg: Byfuglien(18), Little(17), Ladd(15), Wheeler(14)

 
Points:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(21), Hodgson(18), Ennis(13), Girgensons(11)

 

Winnipeg: Little(31), Wheeler(25), Byfuglien(24), Ladd(23)

 
Plus/Minus:

 

Buffalo: Moulson, Adam, McNabb, Sulzer, and Ellis(EV), Kaleta and Girgensons(-1), Larsson(-2), Grigorenko and D’Agostini(-3)

 

Winnipeg: Bogosian(+8), Setoguchi(+5), Ellerby and Pardy(+4), Stuart(+3)

 
Penalty Minutes:

 

Buffalo: Scott(44), McCormick(43), Myers and Ott(39), Foligno(33)

 

Winnipeg: Byfuglien(40), Kane(27), Peluso and Little(24), Ladd, Jokinen, and Enstrom(22)

 
Shots:

 

Buffalo: Stafford(80), Hodgson(75), Moulson(71), Ennis(69)

 

Winnipeg: Byfuglien(125), Kane(114), Wheeler(106), Ladd(88)

 
Face-Off Wins:

 

Buffalo: Hodgson(243), Ott(182), Foligno(117), Larsson(67)

 

Winnipeg: Little(320), Jokinen(291), Scheifele(161), Wright(90)

 
Hits:

 

Buffalo: Ott(110), Foligno(84), Girgensons(64), Myers(59)

 

Winnipeg: Kane(73), Byfuglien(68), Ladd(63), Jokinen and Stuart(62)

 
Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: Ehrhoff(53), Myers(44), Tallinder(39), Pysyk and Weber(38)

 

Winnipeg: Byfuglien(57), Enstrom(52), Stuart(48), Clitsome(39)

 
Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

 

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 6-17-0 2.91 GAA .921 SV% 0 SO

 

Winnipeg: Ondrej Pavelec 10-13-4 2.85 GAA .909 SV% 1 SO

 
Notes:

 

Last Meeting: April 22 Jets Won 2-1

 

 

Season Series: Jets Won 3-0-0

 

All-Time: Jets Lead 29-16-6

 

All-Time vs WPG: Tied 12-12-2

 
Upcoming Matchups:

 

December 31 at Jets 7:00 PM

 
Last Game Recap:

 
Sabres Fall To Flames In Overtime

 
In a low-scoring affair, the Buffalo Sabres were able to strike first for the sixth time this season, but their efforts fell short.

 
Calgary Flames Matt Stajan beat Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth on a low wrist shot 42 seconds into overtime to give Calgary a 2-1 victory over Buffalo at First Niagara Center on Saturday.

 
Both teams were held off the scoreboard through 40 minutes as hard work and gritty play prevailed. Despite the high number of power-play opportunities both ways, Enroth and Calgary’s Karri Ramo shut out their opponent s through two periods. Enroth made 19 saves and Ramo made 18 in that span.

 
Enroth started the game in place of Ryan Miller, who played both parts of a home-and-home series against Ottawa on Tuesday and Thursday. This was Enroth’s first start since Dec. 7, a 3-2 loss in Montreal.

 
Enroth stopped 24 of 26 shots against Calgary, but the last goal stood out in Enroth’s mind. For Enroth, it was the low point in an otherwise solid appearance.

 
“I think he walked it over on my right side and just kept walking. It was a bad shot that I missed,” Enroth said.

 
Buffalo’s Matt Moulson scored the game’s first goal and Buffalo’s only goal at the 14:20 mark of the third period off a pass across the slot from Zemgus Girgensons. The goal was Moulson’s first point in his last six games.

 
“It was a good play by Zemgus driving wide there, and he got the puck to the net, and it kind of found its way in,” Moulson said. “Luckily it went off [Ramo’s] head and into the net.”

 
The offense struggled to produce for Buffalo again as they posted two or less goals for the sixth-straight game. Moulson said the team was frustrated, but the chances will come.

 
“We’ve got to keep creating chances. Eventually we’ll get some bounces here, we’ve been getting some bad bounces. We just have to keep working,” he said.

 
Less than three minutes after Moulson’s goal, Paul Byron tied the game for Calgary off a pass from behind the Buffalo net. The Sabres had a hard time developing momentum with all the first period penalties, and they struggled again with the Calgary goal coming so soon after Buffalo opened the scoring.

 
“It’s tough to get everyone involved when the special teams are out there. You just have to deal with it, that’s how some games are, and obviously that’s how this one went,” Moulson said. “It’s tough early on in games just to stay in them because of the penalties back and forth, but you have to find a way to kind of create that momentum.”

 
http://sabres.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2013020487

 
Tonight’s Preview:

 

Injury Report:

 

Buffalo: Sulzer Undisclosed(IR/Probable), McCormick Upper Body(Out), Hodgson Lower Body(Probable)

 

Winnipeg: Slater Sports Hernia Surgery(IR/Out), Postma Blood Clot in Leg(IR/Out), Bogosian Strained Groin(IR/Out), Halischuk Right Forearm Surgery(IR/Out), Peluso Suspension(Out)

 
Next 5 Games:

 

December 19 vs Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)

 

December 21 at Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

 

December 23 vs Phoenix Coyotes 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)

 

December 27 at Toronto Maple Leafs 7:30 PM(MSG HD/TSN HD)

 

December 29 vs Washington Capitals 5:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)

 

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Sabres hoping not to get burned by similarly struggling Flames

vs. 2:00 PM MSG HD

Last Game:
Buffalo: December 12 @ Senators-Sabres Lost 2-1

Calgary: December 12 vs. Hurricanes-Flames Won 2-1(OT)

Record:
Buffalo: 7-23-2
Calgary: 12-15-4

Points:
Buffalo: 16
Calgary: 28

Rank In Conference:
Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)
Calgary: 13th(6th in Pacific)

Goals For:
Buffalo: 50(30th)
Calgary: 79(T-21st)

Goals Against:
Buffalo: 94(T-23rd)
Calgary: 100(27th)

Power Play Rankings:
Buffalo: 13.8%(26th)
Calgary: 14.6%(25th)

Penalty Kill Rankings:
Buffalo: 79.6%(23rd)
Calgary: 81.8%(16th)

Shots For:
Buffalo: 833(30th)
Calgary: 849(28th)

Shots Against:
Buffalo: 1101(27th)
Calgary: 919(8th)

Face-Off Percentage:
Buffalo: 46.3%(27th)
Calgary: 45.5%(30th)

Hits:
Buffalo: 840(8th)
Calgary: 669(20th)

Blocked Shots:
Buffalo: 444(18th)
Calgary: 584(2nd)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

Buffalo: Moulson(10), Hodgson(8), Ennis(7), Foligno, Ott, and Girgensons(3)
Calgary: Cammalleri(10), Hudler and Monahan(9), Stempniak and Jones(6)

Assists:
Buffalo: Moulson and Hodgson(10), Stafford(8), Ehrhoff and Girgensons(7), Myers and Ennis(6)
Calgary: Hudler(19), Russell(11), Wideman(10), Stajan, Giordano, Beartschi(9)

Points:
Buffalo: Moulson(20), Hodgson(18), Ennis(13), Girgensons and Stafford(10)
Calgary: Hudler(28), Cammalleri, Monahan, Russell(15), Stajan(14)

Plus/Minus:
Buffalo: Adam, McNabb, and Sulzer(EV)
Calgary: Russell(+4), Bouma and Byron(+2), Reinhart(+1)

Penalty Minutes:
Buffalo: McCormick(43), Scott(42), Myers and Ott(39), Foligno(27), Weber(23)
Calgary: O’Brien(42), Jackman(41), McGrattan(29), Smid(23)

Shots:
Buffalo: Stafford(77), Hodgson(75), Moulson(69), Ennis(66)
Calgary: Stempniak(80), Cammalleri(70), Jones(60), Russell(58)

Face-Off Wins:
Buffalo: Hodgson(243), Ott(177), Foligno(115), Larsson(67)
Calgary: Stajan(220), Backlund(185), Monahan(161), Colborne(143)

Hits:
Buffalo: Ott(107), Foligno(84), Girgensons(63), Myers(58)
Calgary: Jones(54), Bouman(49), Colborne(45), Wideman(44)

Blocked Shots:
Buffalo: Ehrhoff(53), Myers(43), Pysyk(38), Tallinder(37)
Calgary: Russell(91), Butler(84), Brodie(54), Wideman(49)

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 6-17-0 2.91 GAA .921 SV% 0 SO
Calgary: Karri Ramo 5-5-1 2.82 GAA .903 SV% 0 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: November 4, 2011 @ Buffalo-Sabres Won 2-1

Season Series: Tied 0-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 48-33-16
All-Time @ BUF: Sabres Lead 30-13-5

Upcoming Matchups:
March 18 @ Calgary 9:00 PM(MSG HD)

Injury Report:
Buffalo: Sulzer Undisclosed(IR/Out), Hodgson Undisclosed(Questionable)
Calgary: Glencross Sprained MCL(IR/Out), Wideman Broken Hand(IR/Out), Monahan Fractured Foot(IR/Out)

Next 5 Games:
December 17 vs Winnipeg Jets 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
December 19 vs Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
December 21 at Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
December 23 vs Phoenix Coyotes 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
December 27 at Toronto Maple Leafs 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

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Sabres Head To The Canadian Capital For 2nd Straight Win Over Senators

@ 7:30 PM

 

Last Game:

 

Buffalo: December 10 vs Senators Won(SO) 2-1

 

Ottawa: December 10 at Sabres Loss(SO) 2-1

 
Record:

Buffalo: 7-22-2

 

Ottawa: 12-14-6

 
Points:

 

Buffalo: 16

 

Ottawa: 30

 
Rank In Conference:

 

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

 

Ottawa: 11th(6th in Atlantic)

 
Goals For:

 

Buffalo: 49(30th)

 

Ottawa: 91(T-7th)

 
Goals Against:

 

Buffalo: 92(T-24th)

 

Ottawa: 100(27th)

 
Power Play Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 13.5%(26th)

 

Ottawa: 19.3%(11th)

 
Penalty Kill Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 79.0%(T-23rd)

 

Ottawa: 79.0%(T-23rd)

 
Shots For:

 

Buffalo: 792(30th)

 

Ottawa: 1063(4th)

 
Shots Against:

 

Buffalo: 1069(27th)

 

Ottawa: 1093(29th)

 
Face-Off Percentage:

 

Buffalo: 46.4%(26th)

 

Ottawa: 52.1%(7th)

 
Hits:

 

Buffalo: 823(6th)

 

Ottawa: 1028(2nd)

 
Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: 428(18th)

 

Ottawa: 380(T-26th)

 
Team Leaders:

 

Goals:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(10), Hodgson(8), Ennis(6), Foligno, Ott, and Girgensons(3)

 

Ottawa: Ryan(14), MacArthur(11), Spezza(10), Karlsson and Zibanejad(8)

 
Assists:

 

Buffalo: Moulson and Hodgson(10), Stafford, Ehrhoff, and Girgensons(7), Myers and Ennis(6), Foligno and Leino(5)

 

Ottawa: Karlsson(21), Spezza(17), Turris(16), Ryan and MacArthur(14)

 
Points:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(20), Hodgson(18), Ennis(12), Girgensons(10)

 

Ottawa: Karlsson(29), Ryan(28), Spezza(27), MacArthur(25)

 
Plus/Minus:

 

Buffalo: Adam, McNabb, and Sulzer(EV), Kaleta and Moulson(-1), Girgensons, D’Agostini, and Larsson(-2), McBain and Grigorenko(-3)

 

Ottawa: MacArthur(+12), Turris(+7), Ryan and Gryba(+5), Cowen and Conacher(+3)

 
Penalty Minutes:

 

Buffalo: Myers and Ott(39), McCormick and Scott(38), Foligno(27), Weber(23)

 

Ottawa: Neil(88), Borowiecki(48), Smith(43), MacArthur and Cowen(22)

 
Shots:

 

Buffalo: Hodgson(75), Stafford(71), Moulson(67), Ennis(59)

 

Ottawa: Turris(98), Karlsson(96), Spezza(93), Ryan(87)

 
Face-Off Wins:

 

Buffalo: Hodgson(243), Ott(173), Foligno(109), Larsson(67)

 

Ottawa: Spezza(354), Turris(305), Smith(242), Grant(79)

 
Hits:

 

Buffalo: Ott(104), Foligno(81), Girgensons(61), Myers(55)

 

Ottawa: Greening(108), Neil(105), Cowen(92), Methot(88)

 
Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: Ehrhoff(50), Myers(41), Pysyk(37), Weber(36)

 

Ottawa: Cowen(49), Phillips(48), Methot(46), Karlsson(34)

 
Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

 

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 6-16-0 2.95 GAA .920 SV% 0 SO

 

Ottawa: Robin Lehner 4-6-3 2.36 GAA .933 SV% 0 SO

 
Notes:

 

Last Meeting: December 7 Sabres Won(SO) 2-1

 

 

Season Series: Senators Lead 1-0-1

 

All-Time: Sabres Lead 58-43-17

 

All-Time at OTT: Sabres Lead 26-23-10

 
Upcoming Matchups:

 

February 6 at Senators 7:30 PM

 
Last Game Recap:

 
Girgensons, Miller Lead Sabres Past Senators In Shootout

 
The Buffalo Sabres shook up their line combinations in practice coming into their matchup against the Ottawa Senators. The changes seemed to pay off.

 
Tuesday night, the Sabres put 36 shots on goal – matching a season-high – and defeated Ottawa 2-1 in the shootout at First Niagara Center. Zemgus Girgensons scored both Buffalo’s lone goal in regulation and the decisive tally in the top of the 10th round of the shootout.

 
Ryan Miller turned aside 35 Senators shots en route to his fourth shootout victory of the season. He’s 4-0 on the year.

 

The win was Miller’s 46th career shootout win and with it, he claimed sole possession of the record for most shootout wins in NHL history. Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers has 45.

 

Miller improved to 54-41 all-time in shootouts, including a 7-4 all-time record against Ottawa. Since the beginning of the 2010-11 season, he is 7-4-2 against the Senators with a .940 save percentage and a 2.03 goals against average.

 

Milan Michalek scored for Ottawa, giving them a 1-0 lead 6:25 into the contest. He connected on a cross-ice feed from wing Cory Conacher. Ottawa goaltender Robin Lehner made 35 saves.

 

 

 

Girgensons skated with left wing Matt Moulson and center Tyler Ennis. They led Sabres forwards in ice time in even-strength situations. Girgensons extended his point streak to three games when he tied the game with 6:45 to play in the second period. He has two goals and an assist over that span.

 
“I think we just worked as a team today. That’s why we came out with the win,” he said. “All the guys were going. Our line was going all the time, we could’ve had a couple more here and our line just clicked here.”

 
On his goal, Girgensons beat Senators defenseman Joe Corvo to a rebound fired by Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff. The puck came right back to Girgensons who put it home on the short side.

 
“I think he’s getting rewarded for his work,” Sabres interim coach Ted Nolan said. “He’s always worked and good things happen when you do that. Now he’s getting some breaks. Not too often he’s going to get a goal from where he did tonight, but I think it’s a good reward for a kid who’s worked so hard. ”

 
http://sabres.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2013020458

 
Tonight’s Preview:

 

Senators seek split of home-and-home with Sabres

 

Big story: If you want to beat the Sabres, do it before the shootout. Buffalo is 3-22-2 in games that end in either regulation or overtime but 4-0 in the penalty-shot tiebreaker. Matt Moulson, Brian Flynn and Steve Ott scored prior to Girgensons, and Mika Zibanejad, Kyle Turris and Milan Michalek answered for Ottawa.

 
The Senators will be without defenseman Jared Cowen for the rematch. He was suspended two games Wednesday for an illegal check on Girgensons on Tuesday.

 
Team Scope:

 

Sabres: Girgensons, the 14th pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, had one goal in his first 28 games but has goals in consecutive games and a three-game point streak.

 
Ryan Miller helped Buffalo make it as far as a shootout by stopping 35 shots during regulation and overtime. His teammates picked him up a bit from there. Flynn and Ott gave the Sabres leads in the shootout, scoring in the sixth and seventh rounds respectively, but Miller allowed goals to Turris and Michalek that kept the game going. After Girgensons scored in the 10th round, Miller denied Erik Condra to secure the second point.

 
“We haven’t had a chance to win a lot of games,” Miller said after his 46th career shootout win, tops in NHL history. “I want to win some games. So, if this is going to be my opportunity to win a game for any number of games, I got to take it and give these guys some confidence.”

 
Senators: Ottawa dropped to 1-5 in shootouts. The Senators hadn’t even scored in the skills competition prior to Jason Spezza connecting in a win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday, and despite putting three pucks past Miller on Tuesday they were unable to make it two wins in a row.

 
Robin Lehner had been excellent up to that point, like Miller turning aside 35 shots. But the Senators were never able to build on the lead Michalek established by scoring 6:25 into the game.

 
“We tried, but unfortunately it comes down to a shootout, and that’s not my best right now,” Lehner said in the Ottawa Sun.

 
Who’s hot: Miller has a save percentage above .900 in 16 of 22 appearances, including six in a row. Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff has one goal and three assists in his past five games.

 

http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/preview?id=2013020475&navid=sb:preview

 
Injury Report:

 

Buffalo: Sulzer Undisclosed(Questionable)

 

Ottawa: Cowen Suspension(Out)

 
Next 5 Games:

 

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

 

December 17 vs Winnipeg Jets 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)

 

December 19 vs Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)

 

December 21 at Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

 

December 23 vs Phoenix Coyotes 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)

 

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Last Game:
Buffalo: December 7 @ Canadiens-Sabres Lost 2-3

Ottawa: December 9 vs. Flyers-Senators Won 5-4(SO)

Record:
Buffalo: 6-22-2
Ottawa: 12-14-5

Points:
Buffalo: 14
Ottawa: 29

Rank In Conference:
Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)
Ottawa: 12th(6th in Atlantic)

Goals For:
Buffalo: 48(30th)
Ottawa: 90(T-6th)

Goals Against:
Buffalo: 91(T-24th)
Ottawa: 99(27th)

Power Play Rankings:
Buffalo: 14.0%(26th)
Ottawa: 19.8%(11th)

Penalty Kill Rankings:
Buffalo: 78.4%(25th)
Ottawa: 78.5%(24th)

Shots For:
Buffalo: 756(30th)
Ottawa: 1027(4th)

Shots Against:
Buffalo: 1033(27th)
Ottawa: 1057(29th)

Face-Off Percentage:
Buffalo: 46.6%(26th)
Ottawa: 52.1%(7th)

Hits:
Buffalo: 805(7th)
Ottawa: 1015(2nd)

Blocked Shots:
Buffalo: 411(19th)
Ottawa: 371(27th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

Buffalo: Moulson(10), Hodgson(8), Ennis(6), Foligno and Ott(3)
Ottawa: Ryan(14), MacArthur(11), Spezza(10), Karlsson and Zibanejad(8)

Assists:
Buffalo: Moulson and Hodgson(10), Stafford and Girgensons(7), Ennis, Ehrhoff, Myers(6)
Ottawa: Karlsson(21), Spezza(17), Turris(16), Ryan and MacArthur(14)

Points:
Buffalo: Moulson(20), Hodgson(18), Ennis(12), Girgensons and Stafford(9)
Ottawa: Karlsson(29), Ryan(28), Spezza(27), MacArthur(25), Turris(23)

Plus/Minus:
Buffalo: Adam, McNabb, and Sulzer(EV)
Ottawa: MacArthur(+12), Turris(+7), Ryan and Gryba(+5), Cowen and Conacher(+3)

Penalty Minutes:
Buffalo: Myers and Ott(39), McCormick and Scott(38), Foligno(27), Weber(23)
Ottawa: Neil(88), Borowiecki(48), Smith(43), MacArthur and Cowen(22)

Shots:
Buffalo: Hodgson(72), Stafford(71), Moulson(62), Ennis(55)
Ottawa: Karlsson(94), Turris(90), Spezza(89), Ryan(86), Smith(68)

Face-Off Wins:
Buffalo: Hodgson(232), Ott(162), Foligno(108), Larsson(67)
Ottawa: Spezza(344), Turris(294), Smith(234), Grant(79)

Hits:
Buffalo: Ott(103), Foligno(78), Girgensons(58), Myers(54), Weber(53)
Ottawa: Greening(107), Neil(105), Methot(88), Cowen(87), Smith(86)

Blocked Shots:
Buffalo: Ehrhoff(49), Myers and Weber(36), Pysyk(35), Tallinder(32)
Ottawa: Phillips(48), Cowen(47), Methot(46), Karlsson(32), Wiercioch(27)

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 5-16-0 3.05 GAA .917 SV% 0 SO
Ottawa: Robin Lehner 4-6-2 2.49 GAA .930 SV% 0 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: October 4 @ Sabres-Senators Won 1-0

Season Series: Senators Lead 1-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 70-51-17
All-Time at BUF: Sabres Lead 36-26-7

Upcoming Matchups:
December 12 @ Ottawa 7:30 PM(MSG HD)
February 6 @ Ottawa 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

Injury Report:
Buffalo: Sulzer Undisclosed(IR/Out)
Ottawa: No Injuries Reported

Next 5 Games:
December 12 at Ottawa Senators 7:30 PM(MSG HD)
December 14 vs Calgary Flames 2:00 PM(MSG HD)
December 17 vs Winnipeg Jets 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
December 19 vs Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
December 21 at Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

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