Sabres Look To Start 2014 On A Good Foot Against Pominville And Wild

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Last Game:


Buffalo: December 31 at Jets Loss 3-0



Minnesota: December 31 vs Blues Loss 2-1





Minnesota: 20-17-5



Buffalo: 26


Minnesota: 45

Rank In Conference:


Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)


Minnesota: 10th(5th in Central)

Goals For:


Buffalo: 66(30th)


Minnesota: 92(29th)

Goals Against:


Buffalo: 112(18th)


Minnesota: 105(12th)

Power Play Rankings:


Buffalo: 12.3%(29th)


Minnesota: 18.9%(13th)

Penalty Kill Rankings:


Buffalo: 81.8%(16th)


Minnesota: 79.0%(T-25th)

Shots For:


Buffalo: 1060(29th)


Minnesota: 1161(21st)

Shots Against:


Buffalo: 1384(27th)


Minnesota: 1143(T-6th)

Face-Off Percentage:


Buffalo: 46.4%(28th)


Minnesota: 52.4%(5th)



Buffalo: 1010(9th)


Minnesota: 717(30th)

Blocked Shots:


Buffalo: 561(15th)


Minnesota: 552(16th)

Team Leaders:




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


Minnesota: Pominville(17), Parise(15), Koivu, Heatley, and Fontaine(8), Niederreiter and Brodin(7)



Buffalo: Moulson(13), Ehrhoff(12), Hodgson(11), Girgensons(10)


Minnesota: Koivu(23), Suter(22), Parise, Niederreiter, Granlund(12), Pominville and Spurgeon(11)



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


Minnesota: Koivu(31), Pominville(28), Parise(27), Suter(24)



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


Minnesota: Niederreiter, Cooke, and Fontaine(+5), Scandella(+4), Spurgeon and Haula(+3), Parise, Brodziak, and Rupp(+1)

Penalty Minutes:


Buffalo: Scott(60), Foligno(55), Myers(44), McCormick and Ott(43)


Minnesota: Konopka(55), Stoner(35), Ballard(31), Niederreiter(24)



Buffalo: Stafford and Moulson(95), Ennis(86), Hodgson and Ehrhoff(80), Ott(71)


Minnesota: Parise(144), Pominville(115), Koivu(100), Niederreiter(85)

Face-Off Wins:


Buffalo: Hodgson(259), Ott(225), Foligno(122), Ennis(97)


Minnesota: Koivu(473), Brodziak(334), Konopka(157), Granlund(152)



Buffalo: Ott(130), Foligno(93), Weber(80), Girgensons(79)


Minnesota: Cooke(102), Niederreiter(99), Spurgeon(52), Coyle and Stoner(46)

Blocked Shots:


Buffalo: Ehrhoff(60), Myers(55), Weber(54), Tallinder(46)


Minnesota: Spurgeon(67), Suter(59), Scandella(56), Brodin(44)

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:


Buffalo: Ryan Miller 10-17-1 2.69 GAA .927 SV% 0 SO


Minnesota: Josh Harding 18-7-3 1.66 GAA .933 SV% 3 SO



Last Meeting: October 14 Wild Win 2-1



Season Series: Wild Lead 1-0-0


All-Time: Sabres Lead 7-6-0


All-Time at MIN: Sabres Lead 5-1-0

Upcoming Matchups:

Last Game Recap:

Sabres Offense Stymied By Jets

It seems like Jhonas Enroth can’t catch a break.

In the 12 games the Buffalo Sabres netminder has earned decisions in this season, he’s allowed 32 goals but has gotten only 16 from his team in support.

The trend of little help from the offense continued as the Buffalo Sabres fell to the Winnipeg Jets 3-0 at MTS Centre on Tuesday. The Sabres have not won in Winnipeg since Feb. 10, 1993.

Keaton Ellerby, Jacob Trouba and Anthony Peluso tallied for the Jets in this New Year’s Eve match.

Enroth finished the game with 23 saves and he remains stuck on one win this year.

“It’s tough. He had three breakaways tonight and he stopped all of them,” Sabres forward Marcus Foligno said. “He’s played amazing. I don’t know if he’s snake-bitten with wins or we’re just not getting the job done. In front of Ryan Miller we are sometimes. But we definitely have to win for him. He’s a huge piece of our team and he battles every night.”

The Jets took a 1-0 lead with 9:18 remaining in the first period when Ellerby’s shot from the point made its way past Enroth.

It’s a goal Enroth said he’d like to have back.

“I saw it all the way. He literally threw a curve ball at me. It’s pretty tough,” he said. “It was a knucklepuck that pretty much dipped right in front of me. I just got a piece of it, but to me, it’s just bad luck, a bad bounce. Just a half-inch closer to me and it’s a save and we don’t talk about that anymore. But obviously that’s a goal, that’s a puck I should save.”

Tonight’s Preview:


Sabres, Wild each searching for offense

Last 10: Buffalo 5-3-2; Minnesota 2–8-0


Big story: The Wild have lost a franchise-record six consecutive games in regulation and the Sabres haven’t won on the road since a 5-4 shootout win against the San Jose Sharks Nov. 5, so something has to give. Buffalo has won once on the road in regulation and their 3-13-2 record away from home is last in the NHL.

Team Scope:


Sabres: A big part of Buffalo’s struggles has been their inability to score goals. The Sabres’ 113 goals against is middle of the pack, but their League-low 71 goals scored is 24 behind the Nashville Predators. Their minus-42 goal differential is also last in the League.

“We’re the type of team that can’t have any kind of turnover or mistake and get caught trying to fight back,” Sabres interim coach Ted Nolan said. “Our offense, it’s tough to score goals. It’s just one of those things.”

Wild: Minnesota called up forward Jason Zucker on Wednesday to try and inject some offense into a lineup that has scored 97 goals, third-worst in the Western Conference. The two teams behind the Wild, the Predators (95) and Calgary Flames (96), have each played two fewer games.

“It feels a little bit like Groundhog Day right now, the difference is that every game has been a different story,” coach Mike Yeo said. “Every game is different and you got to find a way to win. It’s making a play here or there, it’s whatever it takes. We’ve got to find a way.”

Who’s hot: Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller has won four of his past five starts, including a 49-save performance in a 2-1 shootout win against the Washington Capitals on Sunday. Miller hasn’t allowed more than three goals in a game since Nov. 19 … Mikko Koivu has scored at least one point in three straight games and leads the Wild with 31 points in 42 games.

Injury Report:


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


Minnesota: Parise Lower Body(IR/Out), Stoner Lower Body(IR/Out)

Next 5 Games:


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)


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


January 14 vs Philadelphia Flyers 7:30 PM(NBCSN HD/TSN HD)


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