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

 @  7:00 PM

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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