Archive for November 15th, 2014


RJ Returns To The Broadcast Booth When The Sabres Host The Rival Maple Leafs 7:00 PM(MSG HD, CBC HD, WGR 550)

@ 7:00 PM

Last Game:

Buffalo: November 13th @ Wild Loss 6-3

Toronto: November 14th vs Penguins Loss 2-1


Buffalo: 3-13-2

Toronto: 9-6-2


Buffalo: 8

Toronto: 20

Rank In Conference:

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

Toronto: 7th(5th in Atlantic)

Goals For:

Buffalo: 22(30th)

Toronto: 54(T-3rd)

Goals Against:

Buffalo: 65(30th)

Toronto: 44(T-14th)

Power Play Rankings:

Buffalo: 5.4%(30th)

Toronto: 21.9%(9th)

Penalty Kill Rankings:

Buffalo: 77.1%(22nd)

Toronto: 85.2%(9th)

Shots For:

Buffalo: 413(29th)

Toronto: 527(6th)

Shots Against:

Buffalo: 667(30th)

Toronto: 566(26th)

Face-Off Percentage:

Buffalo: 42.8%(30th)

Toronto: 51.0%(12th)


Buffalo: 487(5th)

Toronto: 535(1st)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: 319(2nd)

Toronto: 276(5th)

Team Leaders:


Buffalo: Ennis(5), Girgensons(4), Stafford(3), Foligno and Mitchell(2)

Toronto: Kessel(10), van Riemsdyk(7), Bozak(6), Kadri, Holland, and Clarkson(4)


Buffalo: Stafford(7), Ennis, Girgensons, and Moulson(4), Gionta and Strachan(3), Deslauriers and Myers(2)

Toronto: Kessel(11), Komarov(10), Bozak(9), Franson(8)


Buffalo: Stafford(10), Ennis(9), Girgensons(8), Moulson(5)

Toronto: Kessel(21), Bozak(15), van Riemsdyk(14), Komarov and Franson(11)


Buffalo: Zadorov(+3), Girgensons, Larsson, and Reinhart(-1), Flynn and Kaleta(-2), Deslauriers and Strachan(-3)

Toronto: Phaneuf(+8), Winnik and Franson(+6), Santorelli(+5), Kessel(+3)

Penalty Minutes:

Buffalo: Myers(31), Stafford(29), Deslauriers(28), Weber(24)

Toronto: Phaneuf(35), Clarkson(16), van Riemsdyk(13), Robidas(12)


Buffalo: Stewart(42), Ennis(39), Girgensons(38), Moulson(33)

Toronto: Kessel(61), van Riemsdyk(51), Bozak(42), Kadri(39)

Face-Off Wins:

Buffalo: Girgensons(118), Hodgson and McCormick(68), Ennis(61), Mitchell(41)

Toronto: Bozak(207), Kadri(122), Holland(66), Santorelli(45)


Buffalo: Deslauriers(61), Weber(48), Girgensons(44), Foligno(42)

Toronto: Komarov(76), Polak(71), Phaneuf(55), Clarkson(40)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: Gorges(60), Myers(34), Weber(33), Benoit(26)

Toronto: Polak(44), Phaneuf(36), Franson(28), Rielly(24)

Starting Lineups:

Sabres Forward Lines:





Sabres Defense Pairings:




Maple Leafs Forward Lines:

van Riemsdyk-Bozak-Kessel




Maple Leafs Defense Pairings:




Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

Buffalo: Michal Neuvirth 8 GP 2-5-1 3.07 GAA .915 SV% 0 SO

Toronto: James Reimer 7 GP 4-2-0 2.65 GAA .925 SV% 0 SO


Last Meeting: October 28th Maple Leafs Won 4-0

Season Series: Maple Leafs Lead 1-0-0-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 106-63-18-4-3

All-Time vs TOR: Sabres Lead 64-25-6-2-0

Upcoming Matchups:

March 11th @ Maple Leafs 7:00 PM

April 1st vs Maple Leafs 7:30 PM

Last Game Recap:

Niederreiter’s first hat trick powers Wild past Sabres

ST. PAUL, Minn . — Minnesota Wild forward Nino Niederreiter needed an empty net Thursday to complete his first NHL hat trick. But it wasn’t for a lack of effort.

Niederreiter had at least three golden opportunities for the hat trick before finally scoring his third goal with 2:28 remaining, capping a 6-3 win against the Buffalo Sabres at Xcel Energy Center that snapped Minnesota’s four-game losing streak.

With the Wild leading 4-2 late in the first period, Niederreiter nearly completed the hat trick early with a wicked wrister from the high slot, but Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth moved over just in time to make the save.

In the third period, Niederreiter had a shot at an open net blocked by traffic. Another shot hit the post before, finally, Charlie Coyle fed him on a 2-on-1 break and Enroth off for an extra skater. Niederreiter hit the empty net and has a team-leading seven goals.

“I felt like if I kept shooting the puck, eventually it would go in,” Niederreiter said. “I was lucky they pulled the goalie and obviously to [Coyle] for getting me the puck.”

The Sabres took a 1-0 lead 1:06 into the game when a point shot by Rasmus Ristolainen got through traffic and trickled across the goal line. It snapped a 13-game streak in which the Sabres failed to score a first-period goal.

The Wild scored goals seven seconds apart five minutes later, taking a 2-1 lead on Ryan Carter’s second of the season and Niederreiter’s first of the night. Before public address announcer Adam Abrams could finish the third word of Carter’s goal announcement, the puck was in the net again after Coyle passed to Niederreiter, who worked some quick stick magic to get the puck on his forehand and stuff it inside the right post.

“We’ve got two defensemen trying to stand up guys at the blue line, you give them a breakaway from a center-ice draw,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “Those are the kinds of things that kill us all the time, and it killed us again tonight.”

It took Buffalo all of 10 seconds to tie the game again on a snap shot by Zemgus Girgensons. His fourth of the season ended the night for Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper, who didn’t stop either of the two shots he faced.

Torrey Mitchell scored a third-period goal for the Sabres, who reached three goals in regulation for the second time this season.

“On the plus side, the first time we’ve scored three goals in a long time,” Nolan said. “But we need more than spurts, we need great goaltending every night. We need three or four lines going every night. We need six defensemen going every night. A game like tonight, we had maybe one line and two defensemen going.”

Tonight’s Preview:

Injury Report:

Buffalo: Hackett Torn ACL(IR/Out), Gorges Lower Body(Doubtful)

Toronto: Booth Broken Foot(IR/Out), Kozun High-Ankle Sprain(IR/Out), Lupul Hand(IR/Out)


Next 5 Games:

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

November 21st vs New York Rangers 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

November 22nd @ Washington Capitals 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

November 26th vs Winnipeg Jets 7:00 PM(MSG HD/SN1)

November 28th vs Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

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