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Sabres Home Stand Conintues With Visit From Hall-Less Oilers 7:00 PM(MSG HD, Bell TV, WGR550)

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Last Game:

Buffalo: November 5th vs Canadiens Loss(SO) 2-1

Edmonton: November 6th @ Bruins Loss 5-2
Record:

Buffalo: 3-9-2

Edmonton: 4-8-1
Points:

Buffalo: 8

Edmonton: 9
Rank In Conference:

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

Edmonton: 14th(7th in Pacific)
Goals For:

Buffalo: 15(30th)

Edmonton: 32(T-19th)
Goals Against:

Buffalo: 44(29th)

Edmonton: 47(30th)
Power Play Rankings:

Buffalo: 4.4%(30th)

Edmonton: 14.0%(T-24th)
Penalty Kill Rankings:

Buffalo: 82.4%(14th)

Edmonton: 77.8%(23rd)
Shots For:

Buffalo: 304(30th)

Edmonton: 363(24th)
Shots Against:

Buffalo: 508(30th)

Edmonton: 394(18th)
Face-Off Percentage:

Buffalo: 42.1%(30th)

Edmonton: 49.1%(T-19th)
Hits:

Buffalo: 370(3rd)

Edmonton: 278(18th)
Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: 260(3rd)

Edmonton: 173(T-15th)
Team Leaders:

Goals:

Buffalo: Ennis(4), Girgensons, Stafford, and Foligno(2), 5 Tied with 1 Goal

Edmonton: Hall(6), Nugent-Hopkins(4), Eberle and Arocbello(3), Schultz, Yakupov, Joensuu, and Hendricks(2)
Assists:

Buffalo: Stafford(5), Strachan and Ennis(3), Moulson, Myers, and Girgensons(2), 8 Tied with 1 Assist

Edmonton: Eberle(6), Perron(5), Hall, Nugent-Hopkins, Schultz, and Purcell(4), Yakupov, Pouliot, and Draisaitl(3)
Points:

Buffalo: Stafford and Ennis(7), Girgensons(4), Foligno and Strachan(3), 5 Tied with 2 Points

Edmonton: Hall(10), Eberle(9), Nugent-Hopkins(8), Perron and Schultz(6)

 

Plus/Minus:

Buffalo: Zadorov(+1), Strachan(EV), Flynn, Larsson, and Reinhart(-1), Deslauriers and Girgensons(-2)

Edmonton: Hall(+4), Arcobello and Aulie(+1), Pakarinen(EV), Nikitin, Ference, and Yakimov(-1)
Penalty Minutes:

Buffalo: Myers(25), Stafford(23), McCormick and Deslauriers(18), Weber(13)

Edmonton: Hendricks(25), Joensuu(12), Eberle(10), Hall, Pouliot, Nikitin, and Ference(6)
Shots:

Buffalo: Stewart(36), Girgensons(27), Myers and Stafford(26), Moulson and Ennis(24)

Edmonton: Hall(36), Yakupov(31), Perron(30), Eberle(25)
Face-Off Wins:

Buffalo: Girgensons(85), Ennis(57), Hodgson(56), McCormick(35)

Edmonton: Gordon(134), Nugent-Hopkins(106), Arcobello(85), Draisaitl(55)
Hits:

Buffalo: Deslauriers(44), Weber(37), Foligno and Girgensons(36), McCormick(26)

Edmonton: Hendricks(49), Ference, Perron, and Joensuu(25), Petry and Yakupov(19), Arcobello(17)
Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: Gorges(56), Weber(27), Benoit and Myers(23), Meszaros(18)

Edmonton: Fayne(27), Schultz(24), Gordon(18), Petry(15)
Starting Lineups:
Sabres Forward Lines:

Mitchell-Ennis-Stewart

Moulson-Girgensons-Gionta

Larsson-Hodgson-Stafford

Deslauriers-McCormick-Flynn
Sabres Defense Pairings:

Myers-Gorges

Meszaros-Ristolaninen

Weber-Strachan
Oilers Forward Lines:

Pouliot-Nugent-Hopins-Eberle

Purcell-Arcobello-Perron

Hendricks-Draisaitl-Yakupov

Action-Gordon-Joensuu
Oilers Defense Pairings:

Marincin-Petry

Nikitin-Schultz

Klefbom-Fayne
Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

Buffalo: Jhonas Enroth 8 GP 1-6-1 3.34 GAA .904 SV% 0 SO

Edmonton: Ben Scrivens 11 GP 4-6-0 3.11 GAA .894 SV% 1 SO
Notes:

Last Meeting: March 30 Sabres Won 3-1

Season Series: Tied 1-1-0-0

All-Time: Oilers Lead 35-21-10-1-0

All-Time vs EDM: Oilers Lead 14-12-7-1-0
Upcoming Matchups:

January 29th @ Oilers 9:30 PM
Last Game Recap:

Parenteau clinches Canadiens’ win against Sabres

BUFFALO — The Montreal Canadiens got the bounce-back effort they needed Wednesday.
PA Parenteau and Alex Galchenyuk scored in the shootout to give the Canadiens a 2-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center.
Parenteau was the source of the offense the Canadiens used to snap a three-game losing streak that included a 5-0 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday. He had a goal in regulation to go with his shootout winner.
“Let’s face it, we needed it,” Parenteau said. “After those two performances we had on our home ice (including a 6-2 loss to the Calgary Flames on Sunday), any kind of win was going to be good tonight. It was back-to-back, a lot of things against us. The confidence wasn’t there that much. We played a decent game considering all that stuff.”
Parenteau has become the go-to guy in shootouts for the Canadiens (9-4-1). His winning goal against the Sabres beat goalie Michal Neuvirth to the glove side and was his third shootout winner of the season.
“I’m going in with a lot of confidence right now,” Parenteau said. “It’s a big thing in shootouts. I had that kind of run two years ago, too, [when] I couldn’t miss. And I went on a run where I couldn’t score. It’s a matter of being confident in your move and just stick with it and do it.”
Buffalo’s Drew Stafford tied the game 1-1 on the power play at 3:14 of the third. After a boarding penalty to Canadiens forward Jiri Sekac, Stafford took a pass from defenseman Tyler Myers and beat Tokarski on his blocker side for his second goal of the season. Tyler Ennis got his 100th NHL assist.
“We battled back, we got the goal,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “The one thing about shootouts, those things are skill competitions, and sometimes you win them, sometimes you don’t. But the effort tonight I thought was really good.”
Stafford’s two goals are the only power-play goals for the Sabres this season.
The Sabres (3-9-2) are 2-2-2 in the past six games and play the third of a four-game homestand against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.
“These last couple games here we’ve started to play the way we need to be competitive,” Myers said. “I thought tonight was a stepping stone. I thought it was a good game overall for us.”
http://sabres.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2014020184
Tonight’s Preview:

Oilers visit Sabres seeking first win of road trip

Season series: The Edmonton Oilers continue a five-game road trip with their only visit of the season to First Niagara Center. The Oilers and Buffalo Sabres split their two games in 2013-14, with the road team winning each time. The Sabres have won seven of their past eight games against the Oilers dating to Jan. 16, 2006.
Oilers team scope: Edmonton flew to Buffalo for the second half of a back-to-back set after losing for the 13th consecutive time to the Boston Bruins. The Oilers led 2-1 with less than nine minutes remaining Thursday, only to see the Bruins score three goals in a span of 2:34 on the way to a 5-2 victory. “We need to find a way to close games out,” said Oilers goaltender Ben Scrivens, who stopped 27 shots. “We’ve got to find a way to do it. You can’t take a step back. You can’t be cautious. We’re a much better team when we’re going after the other team.” The Oilers are 0-4-1 on the road this season, including 0-2-0 to start their five-game road trip. Victor Fasth, who played in a 4-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday, may get the start in goal after Scrivens played in Boston.
Sabres team scope: Buffalo spent much of its practice Thursday working on the power play, which is 2-for-46, an NHL-worst 4.4 percent, after 14 games. Coach Ted Nolan had his man-advantage units get back to the basics of getting pucks to the net and bodies in front of the goaltender. “Sometimes when you’re pressing, you try to do too much,” Nolan told the Sabres website. “You try to make those long passes, so one thing we tried to do [Thursday] is really simplify it and make those short passes.” Jhonas Enroth will get the start against Edmonton after Michal Neuvirth played the past two games, beating the Detroit Red Wings in a shootout Sunday and losing to the Montreal Canadiens in a tiebreaker on Wednesday. Nolan said forward Marcus Foligno, who has missed the past two games with an undisclosed injury, will take the morning skate on Friday but is more likely to return Saturday against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/preview?id=2014020197
Injury Report:

Buffalo: Kaleta Facial Fractures(IR/Out), Hackett Torn ACL(IR/Out)

Edmonton: Hall Leg(IR/Out)

 

Next 5 Games:

November 8th vs Pittsburgh Penguins 7:00 PM(MSG HD/FX-CA)

November 11th @ St. Louis Blues 8:00 PM(NBCSN HD)

November 13th @ Minnesota Wild 8:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

November 15th vs Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 PM(MSG HD/CBC HD)

November 18th vs San Jose Sharks 7:30 PM(NBCSN HD

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