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In What Will Likely Be Miller’s Last Home Start In Sabres Uniform Against Sharks

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Last Game:

 

Buffalo: February 26 vs Bruins Won(OT) 5-4

 

 

San Jose: February 27 at Flyers Won 7-3
Record:

Buffalo:17-34-8

 

San Jose: 38-16-5
Points:

 

Buffalo: 42

 

San Jose: 82
Rank In Conference:

 

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

 

San Jose: 4th(2nd in Pacific)
Goals For:

 

Buffalo: 112(30th)

 

San Jose: 173(T-7th)
Goals Against:

 

Buffalo: 174(24th)

 

San Jose: 140(T-4th)
Power Play Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 14.6%(24th)

 

San Jose: 17.3%(18th)
Penalty Kill Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 81.8%(14th)

 

San Jose: 84.2%(7th)
Shots For:

 

Buffalo: 1573(29th)

 

San Jose: 2090(1st)
Shots Against:

 

Buffalo: 2018(28th)

 

San Jose: 1664(6th)
Face-Off Percentage:

 

Buffalo: 47.2%(27th)

 

San Jose: 53.2%(T-1st)
Hits:

 

Buffalo: 1517(9th)

 

San Jose: 1168(26th)
Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: 843(16th)

 

San Jose: 962(3rd)
Team Leaders:

 

Goals:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(16), Hodgson and Ennis(14), Stafford(10), Ott(9)

 

San Jose: Pavelski(32), Marleau(23), Hertl(15), Couture(16)
Assists:

 

Buffalo: Ehrhoff(22), Moulson(19), Hodgson(17), Ennis(16)

 

San Jose: Thornton(49), Marleau(29), Pavelski(25), Demers(24)
Points:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(35), Hodgson(31), Ennis(30), Ehrhoff(28)

 

San Jose: Thornton and Pavelski(57), Marleau(52), Couture(37), Wingels(31)
Plus/Minus:

 

Buffalo: Ruhwedel(+3), McNabb(+1), Adam(EV), Kaleta, Larsson, and Sulzer(-1)

 

San Jose: Burns(+21), Vlasic(+18), Braun and Pavelski(+16), Thornton(+15)
Penalty Minutes:

 

Buffalo: Scott(85), Konopka(73), Foligno(61), Myers(56)

 

San Jose: Desjardins(72), Brown(57), Hannan(39), Wingels(30)
Shots:

 

Buffalo: Ennis(143), Moulson(130), Stafford(129), Ehrhoff(128)

 

San Jose: Marleau(208), Burns(169), Couture(163), Pavelski(162)
Face-Off Wins:

 

Buffalo: Ott(365), Hodgson(307), Konopka(273), Ennis(162)

 

San Jose: Pavelski(504), Thornton(470), Couture(341), Desjardins(289)
Hits:

 

Buffalo: Ott(194), Foligno(154), Weber(149), Girgensons(127)

 

San Jose: Wingels(155), Stuart(100), Brown(93), Burns(90)
Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: Weber(96), Ehrhoff(80), Myers(74), McBain(70)

 

San Jose: Braun(110), Vlasic(108), Stuart(101), Demers(78)
Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

 

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 15-22-3 2.72 GAA .923 SV% 0 SO

 

San Jose: Antti Niemi 29-12-6 2.39 GAA .912 SV% 2 SO
Notes:

 

Last Meeting: November 5 Sabres Won(SO) 5-4

 

 

Season Series: Sabres Lead 1-0-0

 

All-Time: Sabres Lead 19-6-5

 

All-Time vs SJS: Sabres Lead 14-1-0
Upcoming Matchups:
Last Game Recap:
D’Agostini Scores Winner :22 Seconds into Overtime To Give The Sabres Their 2nd Win In A Row
It’s been a long time since Jhonas Enroth has been able to skate off the ice as a winning goaltender.
Wednesday night, the Buffalo Sabres netminder was able to do just that as picked up his second win of the season and his first since Oct. 25 in Buffalo’s 5-4 overtime win against the Boston Bruins at First Niagara Center.
After Matt D’Agostini scored the game-winning goal 22 seconds into the extra period, it seemed as if the players pouring off the bench could decide whether to celebrate first with D’Agostini or Enroth.
“You never know who to go to in that situation,” Sabres forward Brian Flynn said. “[Enroth] battled all night and has all season. I think the boys felt good to get the win for him.”
Enroth had gone 0-10-4 in his 14 decisions between wins. On Wednesday, he turned aside 29 shots to earn his first career win against Boston.
“I just tried to stay with my own game and focus on my own job and don’t really worry about the end there,” Enroth said. “That’s pretty much it.”
Sabres interim coach Ted Nolan liked to see the players on the bench go over to recognize Enroth after the game. He sees it as another step in developing a different type of culture within the dressing room.
“The one thing we’ve been trying to create here is a team-type of atmosphere,” Nolan said. “The guys really care for one another, they work together, so they know how long it’s been for Jhonas to get that win and you could see the way they went to him was a great sign.”
D’Agostini’s goal came thanks to a big burst of speed and Chara mishandling the puck at center ice. D’Agostini raced through the neutral zone, picked up the puck and went in on a partial breakaway against goaltender Chad Johnson.
He then put the puck home on a backhand past Johnson’s right skate for his fourth goal of the season.
“It feels good to just contribute,” D’Agostini said. “You get your chances and playing good is one thing, but to get a goal to help the team win feels pretty good.”
http://sabres.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2013020882
Tonight’s Preview:

 

Injury Report:

 

Buffalo: Ennis Body Soreness(Questionable)

 

San Jose: Hertl Right Knee Surgery(IR/Out), Stuart Upper Body(IR/Out), Kennedy Lower Body(Questionable)

 

 

 

Next 5 Games:

 

March 3 at Dallas Stars 8:00 PM(NBCSN HD/TSN2 HD)

 

March 6 at Tampa Bay Lighting 7:30 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)

 

March 7 at Florida Panthers 7:30 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)

 

March 9 vs Chicago Blackhawks 7:30 PM(NBCSN HD/TSN2 HD)

 

March 11 vs Nashville Predators 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)

 

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Sabres take on the Sens in final game before the Olympic break

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Last Game:
Buffalo: February 5 vs. Penguins-Sabres Lost 5-1

Ottawa: February 4 @ Blues-Senators Won 5-4(SO)

Record:
Buffalo:15-33-8
Ottawa: 25-21-11

Points:
Buffalo: 38
Ottawa: 61

Rank In Conference:
Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)
Ottawa: 10th(6th in Atlantic)

Goals For:
Buffalo: 102(30th)
Ottawa: 161(T-9th)

Goals Against:
Buffalo: 165(T-22nd)
Ottawa: 176(T-27th)

Power Play Rankings:
Buffalo: 14.7%(24th)
Ottawa: 19.4%(13th)

Penalty Kill Rankings:
Buffalo: 81.7%(15th)
Ottawa: 80.4%(T-20th)

Shots For:
Buffalo: 1497(29th)
Ottawa: 1843(4th)

Shots Against:
Buffalo: 1911(28th)
Ottawa: 1955(29th)

Face-Off Percentage:
Buffalo: 47.3%(26th)
Ottawa: 51.6%(7th)

Hits:
Buffalo: 1450(9th)
Ottawa: 1720(3rd)

Blocked Shots:
Buffalo: 797(16th)
Ottawa: 683(T-26th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:
Buffalo: Moulson(15), Hodgson(14), Ennis(12), Ott and Stafford(9)
Ottawa: Ryan(20), Turris(19), MacArthur(18), Spezza(15)

Assists:
Buffalo: Ehrhoff(20), Moulson(18), Hodgson and Ennis(16)
Ottawa: Karlsson(39), Spezza(27), Turris and MacArthur(24), Ryan(22)

Points:
Buffalo: Moulson(33), Hodgson(30), Ennis(28), Ehrhoff(24)
Ottawa: Karlsson(53), Turris(43), Ryan, MacArthur, Spezza(42)

Plus/Minus:
Buffalo: Ruhwedel(+3), McNabb(+1), Adam(EV)
Ottawa: Turris(+18), MacArthur and Ryan(+10), Conacher(+8), Gryba(+6)

Penalty Minutes:
Buffalo: Scott(79), Konopka(73), Foligno(57), Ott(55)
Ottawa: Neil(112), Smith(72), MacArthur(62), Borowiecki(48)

Shots:
Buffalo: Ennis(132), Moulson(125), Ehrhoff(124), Stafford(115)
Ottawa: Karlsson(177), Turris(162), Spezza(150), Ryan(145)

Face-Off Wins:
Buffalo: Ott(337), Hodgson(299), Konopka(267), Ennis(158)
Ottawa: Spezza(550), Turris(510), Smith(470), Zibanejad(105)

Hits:
Buffalo: Ott(183), Foligno(149), Weber(140), Girgensons(123)
Ottawa: Greening(175), Neil(173), Cowen(167), Smith(133)

Blocked Shots:
Buffalo: Weber(89), Ehrhoff(76), Myers(71), McBain(66)
Ottawa: Cowen(82), Methot(76), Phillips(72), Karlsson(67)

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 14-22-3 2.74 GAA .923 SV% 0 SO
Ottawa: Robin Lehner 7-10-3 2.76 GAA .921 SV% 1 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: December 12 @ Ottawa-Sabres Lost 2-1

Season Series: Ottawa Leads 2-0-1
All-Time: Sabres Lead 71-52-17
All-Time @ OTT: Sabres Lead 34-26-10

Injury Report:
Buffalo: McCormick Upper Body(IR/Out), Moulson Upper Body(IR/Out), Myers Lower Body(Questionable), Porter Lower Body(IR/Out)
Ottawa: Stone Arm(IR/Out), Phillips Lower Body(Out)

Next 5 Games:
February 25 vs Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD/NHLN US HD)
February 26 vs Boston Bruins 7:30 PM(NBCSN HD/TSN 2 HD)
February 28 vs San Jose Sharks 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD/NHLN-CA HD)
March 3 at Dallas Stars 8:00 PM(NBCSN HD/TSN2 HD)
March 6 at Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)

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Crosby and Co. Make Only Visit To FNC In Sabres Final Home Game Before Break

 

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Last Game:

Buffalo: February 3 vs Oilers Loss 3-2

 

 

Pittsburgh: February 3 vs Senators Won(OT) 2-1

 

Record:

 

Buffalo:15-32-8

 

Pittsburgh: 39-15-2

Points:

 

Buffalo: 38

 

Pittsburgh: 80

Rank In Conference:

 

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

 

Pittsburgh: 1st(1st in Metropolitan)

Goals For:

 

Buffalo: 101(30th)

 

Pittsburgh: 174(4th)

Goals Against:

 

Buffalo: 160(T-19th)

 

Pittsburgh: 133(4th)

Power Play Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 14.8%(24th)

 

Pittsburgh: 24.9%(1st)

Penalty Kill Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 81.8%(15th)

 

Pittsburgh: 87.7%(1st)

Shots For:

 

Buffalo: 1472(T-29th)

 

Pittsburgh: 1718(12th)

Shots Against:

 

Buffalo: 1877(27th)

 

Pittsburgh: 1555(T-3rd)

Face-Off Percentage:

 

Buffalo: 47.2%(T-26th)

 

Pittsburgh: 51.2%(12th)

Hits:

 

Buffalo: 1424(9th)

 

Pittsburgh: 1445(8th)

Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: 783(17th)

 

Pittsburgh: 858(10th)

Team Leaders:

 

Goals:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(15), Hodgson(14), Ennis(12), Ott(9)

 

Pittsburgh: Crosby and Kunitz(27), Neal(18), Malkin and Jokinen(16), Letang(10)

Assists:

 

Buffalo: Ehrhoff(20), Moulson(18), Hodgson(16), Ennis(15)

 

Pittsburgh: Crosby(48), Malkin(39), Kunitz(28), Jokinen and Niskanen(25)

Points:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(33), Hodgson(30), Ennis(27), Ehrhoff(24)

 

Pittsburgh: Crosby(75), Kunitz and Malkin(55), Neal(42), Jokinen(41)

Plus/Minus:

 

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

 

Pittsburgh: Niskanen(+27), Kunitz(+26), Crosby and Malkin(+12), Neal(+11)

Penalty Minutes:

 

Buffalo: Konopka(73), Scott(72), Foligno(57), Ott(55)

 

Pittsburgh: Glass(55), Bortuzzo(54), Malkin(48), Engelland(45)

Shots:

 

Buffalo: Ennis(129), Moulson(125), Ehrhoff(121), Stafford(111)

 

Pittsburgh: Crosby(180), Kunitz(157), Neal(136), Malkin(135)

Face-Off Wins:

 

Buffalo: Ott(330), Hodgson(293), Konopka(267), Ennis(156)

 

Pittsburgh: Crosby(698), Sutter(394), Malkin(231), Vitale(186)

Hits:

 

Buffalo: Ott(177), Foligno(146), Weber(136), Girgensons(122)

 

Pittsburgh: Glass(164), Orpik(135), Kunitz(121), Adams(117)

Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: Weber(85), Ehrhoff(75), Myers(71), McBain(65)

 

Pittsburgh: Orpik(98), Maata(90), Martin(60), Niskanen(55)

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

 

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 14-21-3 2.68 GAA .925 SV% 0 SO

 

Pittsburgh: Marc-Andre Fleury 30-13-1 2.25 GAA .917 SV% 4 SO

Notes:

 

Last Meeting: January 27 Penguins Won 3-0

 

 

Season Series: Penguins Lead 2-0-0

 

All-Time: Penguins Lead 76-62-37

 

All-Time vs PIT: Sabres Lead 39-29-18

Upcoming Matchups:

 

Last Game Recap:

Oilers Shorty Down Sabres 3-2 in Battle of 2 Worst

Drew Stafford made his return to the lineup for the Buffalo Sabres and, in terms of scoring, picked up right where he left off. Unfortunately for the Sabres, his efforts weren’t enough to secure a victory.

Matt Hendricks scored on a shorthanded breakaway 57 seconds into the third period Monday night to lift the Edmonton Oilers over the Sabres 3-2 at First Niagara Center.

The Sabres and Oilers were locked in a 2-2- tie before Hendricks made his way in over the Buffalo line to beat goaltender Jhonas Enroth. Jeff Petry and Justin Schultz also scored for Edmonton.

Sabres captain Steve Ott tallied on the power play in the first period.

Goaltender Jhonas Enroth stopped 25 Edmonton shots while Oilers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov made 42 saves. Buffalo’s 44 shots on goal were a season-high.

“I think we played pretty well today and we created a lot of scoring chances,” Linus Omark, who was acquired by the Sabres from the Oilers in December, said. “We should’ve scored more than two goals. But he was good tonight, Bryzgalov.”

Stafford, who missed four games with an upper-body injury, scored a shorthanded goal with 55.8 seconds to play in the second period to give Buffalo a 2-1 lead. The goal was his second career shorthanded marker and he now has six points (4+2) in his last five games.

He now has eight goals on the season and downplayed the notion that he’s feeling more confident.

“It’s more about just going out and playing free and having a clear head than anything,” he said. “Even when you have confidence, that doesn’t mean you’re going to score every time. There are a lot of times when you might be feeling good, but the puck’s just not going in for you. That’s just the way it works.”

Stafford’s goal came on a 2-on-1 break with Zemgus Girgensons. Skating down the right wing, Stafford held up as he crossed the blue line and then walked in toward the middle of the ice to wrist a shot top shelf over Bryzgalov. It’s the type of shot Sabres interim coach Ted Nolan would like to see more of.

“I thought Drew, the way he shot that puck, that’s what we want to see,” Nolan said. “He’s a big power forward and he’s starting to get his confidence back. In the first game back after a [four-game] break, it’s tough sometimes, but I thought he played well.”

http://sabres.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2013020837

Tonight’s Preview:

 

Sabres host Penguins in Wednesday Night Rivalry

Last 10: Pittsburgh 7-3-0; Buffalo 2-5-3

Big story: Sabres goalie Ryan Miller will once again represent the United States when the Sochi Olympics begin in a matter of days. Fleury couldn’t crack the Canadian roster, but he leads the NHL with 30 wins and has the Penguins positioned as the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.

 

Team Scope:

Penguins: With Taylor Pyatt injured on his opening shift in a 2-1 overtime win against the Ottawa Senators on Monday and Andrew Ebbett reassigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, assistant coach Tony Granato supplemented Pittsburgh’s forward depth by skating on the fourth line at practice Tuesday.

Fleury became the fastest Penguins goalie ever to 30 wins in a season and had his teammates raving about a save he made in the third period on Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson. The Penguins went on to win when James Neal scored 1:55 into the extra period.

“That’s the best one I’ve ever seen him make,” Neal said of Fleury’s glove stop on a blistering one-timer by Karlsson. “He’s been doing that all year. He’s an unbelievable goalie. He showed that. His consistency has been great all year. He just keeps getting better.”

Sabres: Since a run of four wins in six games from Dec. 17-29, Buffalo has won just four of its past 16 games. Interim coach Ted Nolan has shuffled players in and out of the lineup; forward Ville Leino, a healthy scratch for the 3-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Monday, saw some time on the second line at practice Tuesday.

With only six games remaining prior to the NHL Trade Deadline on March 5 — two before the Olympic break, four after — the scuttlebutt surrounding Miller’s future continues. The 33-year-old pending unrestricted free agent has the sixth-best save percentage (.925) despite facing the fourth-highest volume of shots (1,339).

“We haven’t talked about anything with regard to contracts,” Miller said Tuesday of his dealings with Sabres management. “We haven’t talked about anything with regard to trades.”

Who’s hot: Penguins forwards Jussi Jokinen (one goal, four assists) Evgeni Malkin (two goals, two assists) and Neal (one goal, two assists) all have three-game point streaks. … Sabres forward Steve Ott has two goals in the past three games.

http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/preview?id=2013020853&navid=sb:preview

Injury Report:

 

Buffalo: McCormick Upper Body(IR/Out), Moulson Upper Body(IR/Out), Myers Lower Body(Questionable)

 

Pittsburgh: Vokoun Blood Clot in Hip(IR/Out), Bennett Wrist Surgery(IR/Out), Dupuis Knee Surgery(IR/Out), Connor Hand Surgery(IR/Out), Vitale Sprained Wrist(IR/Out), Letang Illness(Out), Pyatt Lower Body(Out)

 

 

 

Next 5 Games:

 

February 6 at Ottawa Senators 7:30 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)

 

February 25 vs Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD/NHLN US HD)

 

February 26 vs Boston Bruins 7:30 PM(NBCSN HD/TSN 2 HD)

 

February 28 vs San Jose Sharks 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD/NHLN-CA HD)

 

March 3 at Dallas Stars 8:00 PM(NBCSN HD/TSN2 HD)

 

 

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