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Sabres Open Up 3 Game Home Stand Against Division Rival Maple Leafs 7:00 PM MSG HD SN HD

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Last Game:

Buffalo: October 17th @ Lightning Loss 2-1

Toronto: October 17th @ Penguins Loss 2-1

 

Record:

Buffalo: 1-4-0

Toronto: 1-3-1

 

Points:

Buffalo: 2

Toronto: 3

 

Rank In Conference:

Buffalo: 14th(8th in Atlantic)

Toronto: 12th(7th in Atlantic)

 

Goals For:

Buffalo: 9(24th)

Toronto: 12(T-20th)

 

Goals Against:

Buffalo: 14(T-14th)

Toronto: 16(T-22nd)

 

Power Play Rankings:

Buffalo: 23.8%(9th)

Toronto: 13.3%(22nd)

 

Penalty Kill Rankings:

Buffalo: 66.7%(28th)

Toronto: 75.0%(24th)

 

Shots For:

Buffalo: 143(T-21st)

Toronto: 161(T-14th)

 

Shots Against:

Buffalo: 128(3rd)

Toronto: 144(T-9th)

 

Face-Off Percentage:

Buffalo: 48.2%(23rd)

Toronto: 54.6%(2nd)

 

Hits:

Buffalo: 108(25th)

Toronto: 134(9th)

 

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: 44(29th)

Toronto: 62(T-22nd)

 

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Buffalo: Eichel(2), 7 Players Tied With 1 Goal

Toronto: Komarov(3), Lupul and van Riemsdyk(2)

 

Assists:

Buffalo: Foligno(3), O’Reilly, Ristolainen, Moulson, Kane, and McGinn(2)

Toronto: Phaneuf(4), Winnik(3), Kadri, Rielly, and Boyes(2)

 

Points:

Buffalo: Foligno, O’Reilly, Ristolainen, and Moulson(3), 6 Players Tied With 2 Points

Toronto: Phaneuf and Winnik(4), Kadri, Lupul, Komarov(3)

 

Plus/Minus:

Buffalo: Reinhart, Pysyk, and McCabe(+1), Foligno and Larsson(EV), 7 Players Tied With a -1 Rating

Toronto: Phaneuf and Komarov(+4), Bozak(+3), Winnik, Gardiner, and Grabner(+2)

 

Penalty Minutes:

Buffalo: Gorges(6), Deslauriers(5), Moulson and Eichel(4)

Toronto: Phaneuf(10), Boyes(6), 6 Players Tied With 4 PIMS

 

Shots:

Buffalo: Ennis(22), Ristolainen(16), Kane and O’Reilly(15), Eichel(12)

Toronto: Kadri(27), van Riemsdyk(15), Winnik(12)

 

Face-Off Wins:

Buffalo: O’Reilly(63), Eichel(26), Larsson(24), Girgensons(8)

Toronto: Spaling(47), Bozak(43), Kadri(41), Holland(33)

 

Hits:

Buffalo: Kane(14), Deslauriers(11), Girgensons and Foligno(9), Franson and Ennis(8)

Toronto: Komarov(20), Hunwick(13), Kadri and Polak(10), Gardiner, Lupul, and Harrington(8)

 

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: Gorges and Ristolainen(7), Pysyk(6), Weber(4), Kane, Girgensons, and Colaiacovo(3)

Toronto: Hunwick(10), Polak, Phaneuf, Winnik, and Reilly(6), Spaling and Marincin(4)

 

Tonight’s Project Line Combinations:

Buffalo Forward Lines:

Reinhart-O’Reilly-Ennis

Kane-Eichel-McGinn

Moulson-Girgensons-Gionta

Deslaurier-Legwand-Foligno

 

Sabres Defensive Pairings:

Gorges-Ristolainen

McCabe-Pysyk

Weber-Colaiacovo

 

Maple Leafs Forward Lines:

van Riemsdyk-Kadri-Komarov

Matthias-Holland-Boyes

Winnik-Spaling-Lupul

Grabner-Parenteau

 

Maple Leafs Defensive Pairings:

Hunwick-Rielly

Gardiner-Phaneuf

Harrington-Polak

 

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

Buffalo: Chad Johnson 5 GP 1-4-0 2.70 GAA .896 SV% 0 SO

Toronto: Jonathan Bernier 3 GP 0-3-0 3.08 GAA .900 SV% 0 SO

 

Notes:

Last Meeting: April 1st Sabres Won 4-3

Season Series: Sabres Won 2-1-0-1

All-Time: Sabres Lead 108-63-18-4-4

All-Time vs TOR: Sabres Lead 66-25-6-2-0

 

Upcoming Matchups:

March 7th @ Maple Leafs 7:30 PM

March 19th @ Maple Leafs 7:00 PM

March 31st vs Maple Leafs 7:00 PM

 

Last Game Recap:

Reinhart Scores First NHL Goal, But Sabres Lose 2-1

 

Alex Killorn scored a power-play goal with 3:57 left in the third period to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 2-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres at Amalie Arena on Saturday.

 

The sequence began when Sabres goalie Chad Johnsonmade a save on a one-timer from Tyler Johnson and tried to cover the loose puck. Tyler Johnson controlled the rebound and passed it to Killorn, who shot into the open side of the net.

 

“[Tyler] made a great play to kind of just hit it to a side because it was such a scramble,” Killorn said. “I had it, I knew the goalie was out of position, but I just wanted to wait out [defenseman Mike] Weber in front of the net just to make sure I scored.”

 

Tampa Bay (4-2-0) shook off a sluggish first period to snap a two-game losing streak and give goalie Ben Bishop the Lightning record with his 84th win.

 

Buffalo (1-4-0) scored first when Sam Reinhart, who was recently promoted to the top line by coach Dan Bylsma, scored his first NHL goal at 2:52 of the first period. Tyler Ennis gained possession of the puck behind the net off a turnover and placed a drop pass in the slot to Reinhart, the No. 2 pick of the 2014 NHL Draft who was playing his 14th NHL game.

 

“It was awesome, to get it early in the game, playing with these guys helped the confidence a lot,” Reinhart said. “Obviously you anticipate first game, first shift to score … get it over with, but to see it go in is definitely exciting and a relief.”

 

Buffalo had a 16-3 shots advantage in the first period.

 

“We came out the right way … put pressure on them,” Reinhart said. “I think we’ve got to find way to continue that for a full 60. We still had our chances in the last two periods and still played some pretty good hockey at times.”

 

“Well, I think we [ended] up with some good opportunities and some good pucks at him,” Bylsma said. “There were some loose pucks in and around him that we had opportunities at. I know their second goal was not much different than their first goal. We get the power-play opportunity and we have a great chance at the net from Tyler Ennis and second chance from [Reinhart] … and we don’t score. He made one more save than we did [Saturday].”

 

http://sabres.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2015020067

 

Tonight’s Preview:

Sabres Open Up 3 Game Homestand vs Rival Maple Leafs

 

Season series: The Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres each won two games last season, with the home team victorious each time. Sabres forward Matt Moulson led all scorers with four goals and seven points. Sabres forwardTyler Ennis had two goals and six points. Maple Leafs forward Tyler Bozak had two goals and five points.

 

Maple Leafs team scope: Jonathan Bernier, who won two of his three starts against Buffalo last season, will be in goal. Bozak, who sustained a lower-body injury Friday against the Columbus Blue Jackets and wasn’t in the lineup Saturday against the Pittsburgh Penguins, was not at practice Tuesday and remains day-to-day. “The guy’s going to play when he’s ready to play, and in the meantime someone else gets an opportunity,” coach Mike Babcock told the Maple Leafs website. Peter Holland centered a line with Shawn Matthias and Brad Boyes, which moved Marc Arcobello down in the lineup. Arcobello could be a scratch if Bozak returns. “Whenever I’m in the lineup I just have to try to bring my best game and contribute as much as I can,” said Arcobello, who is with his fifth NHL team since the start of the 2014-15 season.

 

Sabres team scope: Coach Dan Bylsma said he’s liked the line of Ennis, Ryan O’Reilly and Sam Reinhart and is inclined to keep them together if they continue to generate chances. All three are natural centers. Bylsma switched captain Brian Gionta to right wing on a line with Moulson and Zemgus Girgensons. “More [about] the rounding out of another line,” Bylsma told the Sabres website. “[They’re] guys that have played together, had some success together last year.” Jamie McGinn moved onto the line with Jack Eichel and Evander Kane. Defenseman Cody Franson returned to practice Tuesday after taking a maintenance day and said he felt fine. Franson, who played parts of four seasons in Toronto, has exceeded 20 minutes of ice time in four of five games. “I really enjoyed my time in Toronto,” he said. “But this is the next chapter for me and I’m having a lot of fun here and I want to take two points from those guys.”

 

http://sabres.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/preview?id=2015020088

 

Injury Report:

Buffalo: McCormick Undisclosed(IR/Out), Bogosian Lower Body(IR/Out), Sanguinetti Upper Body(IR/Out), Lehner Lower Body(IR/Out), Franson Undisclosed(Questionable)

Toronto: Robidas Undisclosed(IR/Out), Bozak Lower Body(Out)

 

Next 5 Games:

October 23rd vs Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM(MSG HD, Bell TV)

October 24th vs New Jersey Devils 7:00 PM(MSG HD, Bell TV)

October 27th @ Philadelphia Flyers 7:00 PM(MSG HD, Bell TV)

October 29th @ Pittsburgh Penguins 7:00 PM(MSG HD, Bell TV)

October 30th vs Philadelphia Flyers 7:00 PM(MSG HD, Bell TV)

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A New Era In Sabres Hockey Begins Tonight Versus Division Rival Sens 7:00 PM MSG HD, Bell TV, SN

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Last Game:

Buffalo: April 11th vs Penguins Loss 2-0

Ottawa: April 26th vs Canadiens Loss 2-0

 

Record:

Buffalo: 23-51-8

Ottawa: 43-26-13

Points:

Buffalo: 54

Ottawa: 99

 

Rank In Conference:

Buffalo: 15th(8th in Atlantic)

Ottawa: 7th(4th in Atlantic)

 

Goals For:

Buffalo: 153(30th)

Ottawa: 232(9th)

 

Goals Against:

Buffalo: 269(29th)

Ottawa: 208(13th)

 

Power Play Rankings:

Buffalo: 13.4%(30th)

Ottawa: 16.8%(T-20th)

 

Penalty Kill Rankings:

Buffalo: 75.1%(30th)

Ottawa: 82.9%(11th)

 

Shots For:

Buffalo: 2694(30th)

Ottawa: 3579(17th)

 

Shots Against:

Buffalo: 4483(30th)

Ottawa: 1230(16th)

 

Face-Off Percentage:

Buffalo: 44.9%(30th)

Ottawa: 48.2%(23rd)

 

Hits:

Buffalo: 2204(13th)

Ottawa: 2279(11th)

 

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: 1534(2nd)

Ottawa: 1045(24th)

 

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Buffalo: Ennis(20), Girgensons(15), Gionta and Moulson(13), Foligno and Ristolainen(8)

Ottawa: Hoffman(27), Stone(26), Turris(24), Karlsson(21)

 

Assists:

Buffalo: Moulson(28), Ennis(26), Gionta(22), Girgensons(15)

Ottawa: Karlsson(45), Turris(40), Stone(38), Ryan(36)

 

Points:

Buffalo: Ennis(46), Moulson(41), Gionta(35), Girgensons(30)

Ottawa: Karlsson(66), Turris and Stone(64), Ryan(54), Hoffman(48)

 

Plus/Minus:

Buffalo: Pysyk(+4), Ruhwedhel(+3), Larssson and McCabe(EV), Reinhart(-1)

Ottawa: Methot(+22), Stone(+21), Hoffman(+16), Borowiecki(+15)

 

Penalty Minutes:

Buffalo: Deslauriers(71), Weber(68), Foligno(50), McCormick(40)

Ottawa: Borowiecki(107), Gryba(97), Neil(78), Chiasson(67)

 

Shots:

Buffalo: Ennis(185), Moulson(156), Gionta(153), Ristolainen(127)

Ottawa: Karlsson(292), Ryan(221), Turris(215), Hoffman(199)

 

Face-Off Wins:

Buffalo: Girgensons(440), Larsson(150), McCormick and Varone(147), Ellis(100)

Ottawa: Turris(737), Zibanejad(615), Pageau(335), Lazar(129)

 

Hits:

Buffalo: Deslauriers(261), Foligno(193), Weber(172), Girgensons(127)

Ottawa: Borowiecki(233), Gryba(171), Lazar(167), Cowan(159)

 

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: Weber(168), Gorges(148), Ristolainen(136), Girgensons(62)

Ottawa: Ceci(113), Borowiecki(102), Karlsson(89), Cowen(76)

 

Tonight’s Project Line Combinations:

Buffalo Forward Lines:

Moulson-O’Reilly-Ennis

Kane-Eichel-Reinhart

Foligno-Girgensons-Larsson

Deslaurier-Legwand-McGinn

 

Sabres Defensive Pairings:

Gorges-Ristolainen

Weber-Franson

McCabe-Colaiacovo

 

Senators Forward Lines:

Hoffman-Turris-Stone

Lazar-Zibanejad-Ryan

Michalek-Pageau-Chiasson

Prince-Smith-Neil

 

Senators Defensive Pairings:

Methot-Karlsson

Wiercioch-Ceci

Cowen-Borowiecki

 

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

Buffalo: Robin Lehner 25 GP 9-12-3 3.02 GAA .905 SV% 0 SO

Ottawa: Craig Anderson 35 GP 14-13-8 2.49 GAA .923 SV% 3 SO

 

Notes:

Last Meeting: March 6th Senators Won 3-2

Season Series: Senators Won 3-0-0-1

All-Time: Sabres Lead 59-48-10-3-4

All-Time vs OTT: Sabres Lead 33-21-3-2-2

 

Upcoming Matchups:

January 26th @ Senators 7:30 PM

February 16th @ Senators 7:30 PM

March 28th vs Senators 7:00 PM

 

Last Game Recap:

 

Tonight’s Preview:

 

Sabres Open Eichel Era By Hosting The Senators

 

SEASON SERIES: The Ottawa Senators won three of four games against the Buffalo Sabres last season. Ottawa forward Bobby Ryan led all skaters with four goals and tied teammate Mark Stone with five points. Andrew Hammond made 24 saves in a Senators victory March 6 to become the second goalie in 76 years to allow two or fewer goals in his first eight NHL starts.

 

SENATORS TEAM SCORE: Ottawa players are stressing the importance of a quick start after needing a 23-4-4 finish to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs on the final day of the 2014-15 season.

“We want to be doing everything we can, every night, not waiting till the last 20-30 games of the season to really turn it up,” forward Mike Hoffman told the Senators website. “This start is going to be big for us.”

Forward Clarke MacArthur is questionable because of a head injury sustained in Ottawa’s final preseason game last Saturday. But in a sign he could play Thursday, forward Matt Puempel was assigned to Binghamton of the American Hockey League.

Goalie Craig Anderson will start for the Senators with Hammond out at least two weeks because of a groin injury.

Forwards Kyle Turris and Chris Neil were named alternate captains. “Kyle has earned it in my opinion,” coach Dave Cameron told the Ottawa Sun.

 

SABRES TEAM SCORE: The Jack Eichel era begins Thursday when the second pick in the 2015 NHL Draft makes his professional debut. Eichel was informed he made the Sabres on Wednesday and will switch from No. 41 to No. 15.

Captain Brian Gionta is day-to-day because of a lower-body injury sustained at the end of practice Tuesday. Sam Reinhart replaced Gionta on the second line at practice Wednesday with Eichel and left wing Evander Kane.

Defenseman Josh Gorges (lower body) skated and believes he’ll be ready to play but will be re-evaluated Thursday.

Goalie Robin Lehner will start for the Sabres against his former team.

“I have a lot of history there, a lot of good friends,” Lehner told the Sabres website. “I talked to a few of the guys [Tuesday] from Ottawa. They want to score, and I want to save it, so it’s going to be fun.”

Dan Bylsma will make his debut as Sabres coach after going 252-117-32 in six seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

 

http://sabres.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/preview?id=2015020006

 

Injury Report:

Buffalo: McCormick Undisclosed(IR/Out), Bogosian Lower Body(IR/Out), Gorges Lower Body(IR/Out), Sanguinetti Upper Body(IR/Out), Guhle Upper Body(IR/Out), Gionta Lower Body(Questionable)

Ottawa: Hammond Groin(IR/Out), Phillips Back(IR/Out)

 

Next 5 Games:

October 10th vs Tampa Bay Lightning 1:00 PM(MSG HD, Bell TV, SN)

October 12th vs Columbus Blue Jackets 3:00 PM(MSG HD, Bell TV)

October 15th @ Florida Panthers 7:30 PM(MSG HD, Bell TV)

October 17th @ Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30 PM(MSG HD, Bell TV)

October 21st vs Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 PM(MSG HD, SN)

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