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Sabres Will Look To Snow In Sharks In 2nd Of 3 Game Homestand 7:30 PM(NBCSN HD, WGR 550)

@ 7:30 PM

Last Game:

Buffalo: November 15th vs Maple Leafs Won 6-2

San Jose: November 16th @ Hurricanes Won 2-0

Record:

Buffalo: 4-13-2

San Jose: 10-8-2

Points:

Buffalo: 10

San Jose: 22

Rank In Conference:

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

San Jose: 7th(5th in Pacific)

Goals For:

Buffalo: 28(30th)

San Jose: 54(5th)

Goals Against:

Buffalo: 67(30th)

San Jose: 51(T-21st)

Power Play Rankings:

Buffalo: 7.0%(30th)

San Jose: 22.6%(7th)

Penalty Kill Rankings:

Buffalo: 78.4%(22nd)

San Jose: 83.8%(12th)

Shots For:

Buffalo: 448(29th)

San Jose: 635(2nd)

Shots Against:

Buffalo: 701(30th)

San Jose: 650(28th)

Face-Off Percentage:

Buffalo: 42.3%(30th)

San Jose: 49.4%(18th)

Hits:

Buffalo: 527(5th)

San Jose: 418(14th)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: 334(3rd)

San Jose: 279(7th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Buffalo: Ennis and Girgensons(6), Stafford(4), Foligno, Moulson, and Mitchell(2), 6 Tied With 1 Goal

San Jose: Pavelski(8), Thornton and Couture(7), Burns(6), Marleau and Wingels(5)

Assists:

Buffalo: Stafford(8), Ennis and Moulson(6), Girgensons and Strachan(4), Gionta and Deslauriers(3)

San Jose: Thornton, Burns, and Marleau(11), Pavelski and Couture(9), Braun(7), Wingels, Hertl, and Nieto(5)

Points:

Buffalo: Stafford and Ennis(12), Girgensons(10), Moulson(8), Deslauriers and Strachan(4)

San Jose: Thornton(18), Pavelski and Burns(17), Couture and Marleau(16), Wingels(10)

Plus/Minus:

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

San Jose: Vlasic(+12), Braun(+9), Thornton(+5), Pavelski and Hertl(+4)

Penalty Minutes:

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

San Jose: Burish(31), Desjardins(28), Burns and Scott(22), Braun(20)

Shots:

Buffalo: Stewart(46), Ennis and Girgensons(40), Stafford(37), Moulson(36)

San Jose: Pavelski(66), Couture and Wingels(65), Marleau(62), Burns(59)

Face-Off Wins:

Buffalo: Girgensons(123), Hodgson(76), McCormick(75), Ennis(61)

San Jose: Pavelski(157), Thornton(137), Marleau(96), Burish(56)

Hits:

Buffalo: Deslauriers(65), Weber(55), Foligno(50), Girgensons(44)

San Jose: Wingels(73), Desjardins(36), Burns(32), Demers(27)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: Gorges(60), Myers(36), Weber(35), Benoit(26)

San Jose: Braun(33), Mueller(26), Burns(24), Pavelski(20)

Starting Lineups:

Sabres Forward Lines:

Ennis-Girgensons-Moulson

Stewart-Hodgson-Foligno

Flynn-Mitchell-Gionta

Stafford-McCormick-Deslauriers

Sabres Defense Pairings:

Myers-Strachan

Ristolainen-Zadorov

Weber-Meszaros

Sharks Forward Lines:

Hertl-Thornton-Pavelski

Marleau-Couture-Kennedy

Goodrow-Sheppard-Wingels

Burish-Desjardins-McGinn

Sharks Defense Pairings:

Mueller-Burns

Vlasic-Braun

Irwin-Demers

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

Buffalo: Michal Neuvirth 9 GP 3-5-1 2.96 GAA .918 SV% 0 SO

San Jose: Antti Niemi 14 GP 7-6-1 2.61 GAA .917 SV% 1 SO
Notes:

Last Meeting: October 25th Sabres Won 2-1

Season Series: Sabres Lead 1-0-0-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 21-6-4-1-0

All-Time vs SJS: Sabres Lead 15-1-0-0-0

 

Upcoming Matchups:

Last Game Recap:

Offensive Outburst Fuels Sabres Win Over Toronto

For the first time in a long while, the Buffalo Sabres had fun on the ice Saturday night.

Zemgus Girgensons tallied twice and was one of five different Sabres to score as Buffalo topped the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-2 on home ice at First Niagara Center.

In an arena filled with Maple Leafs fans, the Sabres were able to pounce on Toronto early and held on. The Sabres got goals from five different players – Girgensons, Tyler Ennis, Drew Stafford, Matt Moulson and Tyler Myers – for the first time since Feb. 26, 2014, a 5-4 overtime win against Boston.

“It was a huge character win for us,” Myers said. “Any time they seemed to get a little bit of life, we answered right back pretty quick. It’s something we have to try to make a habit moving forward. We’ve struggled a little bit and tonight was a huge stepping stone. If we can continue to roll all four lines and get them playing like that, we’ll have the energy to play a full 60.”

Michal Neuvirth made 32 saves for Buffalo. His counterpart, James Reimer, stopped 28 shots.

With the win, the Sabres improved to 14-1-1 in their last 16 home games against the Maple Leafs, including wins in their last four.

The Sabres used special teams play to their advantage in the first period. Ennis scored on the power play with 4:20 left in the first when he scored on a rebound from two Stafford shots down low.

Then with 1:27 remaining, Brian Flynn chased down a loose puck on the power play and chipped it over Reimer and into the corner. Holding onto the puck as Reimer scrambled back into the net, Flynn found Zemgus Girgensons racing up the ice and sent the puck over to him. Girgensons worked for his shot and hit the empty net to make it 2-0.

The goal was Girgensons’ fifth of the season, his second-career shorthanded goal and first-career goal against Toronto. He added his second of the night on a breakaway for the Sabres’ sixth goal 4:42 into the third.

http://sabres.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=739371&navid=DL|BUF|home

Tonight’s Preview:

Sabres turn back to Neuvirth against Sabres

Season series: The Buffalo Sabres and San Jose Sharks are meeting for the second and final time this season. The Sabres beat the Sharks 2-1 on Oct. 25 in San Jose. Cody Hodgson and Nicolas Deslauriers each had a goal and Michal Neuvirth made 29 saves. Brent Burns had San Jose’s only goal and Alex Stalock made 13 saves.

Sharks team scope: The Sharks will wrap up a seven-game road trip against the Sabres and they are coming off a 2-0 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday. Rookie goalie Troy Grosenick stopped 45 shots in his first career start to earn the shutout and Tomas Hertl and Joe Thornton each scored. San Jose is 3-3-0 during the road trip and will be looking for its first win against Buffalo since Jan. 23, 2010. The Sharks are 0-6-1 in the past seven games against the Sabres.

Sabres team scope: The Sabres are coming off a 6-2 win at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. The win provided the Sabres largest offensive output of the season and the first time they’ve scored that many goals since a 7-4 win against the Boston Bruins on Jan. 31, 2013. Zemgus Girgensons scored two goals and Matt Moulson and Tyler Ennis each had a goal and two assists. Neuvirth made 32 saves and Sabres coach Ted Nolan said he will start against the Sharks. The Sabres will use the same lineup from their win against the Maple Leafs on Tuesday.

http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/preview?id=2014020268&navid=sb:preview&intcmpid=sb-preview

Injury Report:

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

San Jose: Torres Knee(IR/Out), Brown Hand(IR/Out), Stalock Lower Body(IR/Out)

 

Next 5 Games:

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)

November 29th @ Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM(MSG HD/CITY/TVA)

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