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Sabres Host Rival Canaidens In First Half Of Holiday Weekend Home and Home 7:00 PM(MSG HD, Bell TV, WGR 550)

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Last Game:

Buffalo: November 26th vs Jets Loss 2-1

Montreal: November 23rd @ NY Rangers Loss 5-0

Record:

Buffalo: 6-14-2

Montreal: 16-6-1

Points:

Buffalo: 14

Montreal: 33

Rank In Conference:

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

Montreal: 1st(1st in Atlantic)

Goals For:

Buffalo: 35(30th)

Montreal: 57(T-16th)

Goals Against:

Buffalo: 71(T-26th)

Montreal: 57(T-13th)

Power Play Rankings:

Buffalo: 6.2%(30th)

Montreal: 12.7%(T-25th)

Penalty Kill Rankings:

Buffalo: 76.8%(24th)

Montreal: 84.3%(9th)

Shots For:

Buffalo: 508(30th)

Montreal: 632(24th)

Shots Against:

Buffalo: 801(30th)

Montreal: 704(23rd)

Face-Off Percentage:

Buffalo: 42.1%(30th)

Montreal: 54.6%(1st)

Hits:

Buffalo: 608(8th)

Montreal: 450(22nd)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: 387(3rd)

Montreal: 406(2nd)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Buffalo: Ennis and Girgensons(6), Stafford(4), Moulson and Mitchell(3), 5 Tied With 2 Goals

Montreal: Pacioretty(10), Plekanec(8), Eller(6), Galchenyuk, Subban, Gallagher, and Parenteau(5)

Assists:

Buffalo: Stafford(8), Ennis(7), Moulson(6), Girgensons and Gionta(5)

Montreal: Plekanec, Galchenyuk, and Desharnais(9), Pacioretty, Subban, and Markov(8), Gallagher(7), Emelin(6)

Points:

Buffalo: Ennis(13), Stafford(12), Girgensons(11), Moulson(9)

Montreal: Pacioretty(18), Plekanec(17), Galchenyuk(14), Subban(13)

Plus/Minus:

Buffalo: Zadorov and Girgensons(+5), Flynn(+1), Strachan, Kaleta, Larsson, and Reinhart(-1), Deslauriers(-2)

Montreal: Pacioretty(+10), Desharnais and Emelin(+9), Gilbert(+5), Plekanec and Weise(+3)

Penalty Minutes:

Buffalo: Myers(33), Stafford and Weber(31), Deslauriers(28), Ennis(21)

Montreal: Prust(35), Subban(26), Pacioretty, Weise, and Gilbert(16), Galchenyuk and Beaulieu(15)

Shots:

Buffalo: Stewart and Ennis(49), Stafford(44), Moulson(43), Girgensons(41)

Montreal: Pacioretty(80), Plekanec(65), Gallagher(64), Galchenyuk(52)

Face-Off Wins:

Buffalo: Girgensons(137), Hodgson(96), McCormick(82), Ennis(61)

Montreal: Malhotra(236), Plekanec(198), Desharnais(197), Eller(141)

Hits:

Buffalo: Deslauriers(73), Weber(61), Foligno(59), Girgensons(51)

Montreal: Emelin(66), Pacioretty(40), Galchenyuk(39), Weise(30)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: Gorges(60), Myers(44), Weber(40), Benoit(31)

Montreal: Weaver(47), Gilbert(46), Subban(44), Markov(39)

Starting Lineups:

Sabres Forward Lines:

Ennis-Girgensons-Moulson

Flynn-Mitchell-Gionta

Stafford-Hodgson-Deslauriers

Stewart-Kaleta-Foligno

Sabres Defense Pairings:

Meszaros-Strachan

Ristolainen-Zadorov

Weber-Benoit

Canadiens Forward Lines:

Pacioretty-Desharnais-Parenteau

Galchenyuk-Plekanec-Gallagher

Prust-Eller-Sekac

Tangradi-Malhotra-Weise

Canadiens Defense Pairings:

Markov-Subban

Emelin-Gonchar

Weaver-Allen

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

Buffalo: Jhonas Enroth 13 GP 3-9-1 3.30 GAA .909 SV% 0 SO

Montreal: Carey Price 18 GP 13-4-1 2.36 GAA .922 SV% 2 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: November 5th Canadiens Won(SO) 2-1

Season Series: Canadiens Lead 1-0-0-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 119-106-31-5-2

All-Time vs MTL: Sabres Lead 69-37-19-4-2

Upcoming Matchups:

November 29th @ Canadiens 7:00 PM

February 3rd @ Canadiens 7:30 PM

Last Game Recap:

Frolik’s shorthanded goal lifts Jets past Sabres

The Winnipeg Jets are finding ways to win on the road.

Michael Frolik’s shorthanded goal with 5:40 left in the second period helped the Jets to a 2-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center on Wednesday.

The win was the second in as many nights for the Jets, who are 8-4-2 on the road.

“It wasn’t the prettiest game by any standards, but we had a couple huge penalty kills, the power play came through again,” Jets forward Bryan Little said. “It was ugly, but we’ll take it.”

Frolik beat goalie Jhonas Enroth with a backhand wraparound after Sabres defenseman Andre Benoit turned over the puck. The goal, Frokik’s fifth, came after the Jets’ Adam Lowry was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for boarding Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta with 5:54 left in the second.

“I think we wanted to have hard pressure to kill the [penalty] and I tried to get in on him and I think he missed the pass a little bit and it bounced on him,” Frolik said. “I just kind of read that and tried to wrap it around. I think the goalie thought I was going to go all the way around and I just tried the short side. I didn’t even know it went in for a second, but it did, and I was happy.”

The loss ended the Sabres’ three-game winning streak.

Benoit was a late addition to the Sabres lineup. He replaced Tyler Myers, who was a late scratch because of a lower-body injury. Myers was struck in the hand by a slap shot against the Washington Capitals on Saturday.

“That shorthanded goal against us really set us back,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “We couldn’t get our power play going. We practice it every day, and it didn’t look like we did at all.”

http://sabres.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2014020323

Tonight’s Preview:

Eastern Conference-leading Canadiens visit Sabres

Season series: On Nov. 5, the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 in a shootout. PA Parenteau scored in the third period, and then ended the game with a goal in the third round of the tiebreaker. Sabres goalie Jonas Enroth and Canadiens goalie Dustin Tokarski each made 31 saves in regulation and overtime. Montreal and Buffalo will play the back end of their home-and-home Saturday at Bell Centre.

Canadiens team scope: Montreal has not played since a 5-0 loss to the New York Rangers on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. With four days between games, coach Michel Therrien gave his players two days away from the rink before reconvening Wednesday for practice. The Canadiens sit atop the Eastern Conference standings with 33 points, tied with the Anaheim Ducks for most in the NHL. “We’re first in the League, so that’s really positive,” center David Desharnais said. “And the fun part about it is we can go another step higher. We’ve played some good games and some that weren’t as good, then there were games where (goalie) Carey (Price) was incredible and he went and got us a win. So I think we can be better, and that’s the beauty of it.” Price is 13-4-1 with a 2.35 goals-against average and .922 save percentage. Tokarski played in New York on Sunday, meaning Price, who blanked the Boston Bruins in a 2-0 win Saturday, will have had five days off between starts if Therrien goes with him against the Sabres.

Sabres team scope: Buffalo had its three-game winning streak snapped Wednesday in a 2-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets. Defenseman Tyler Myers did not play because of a lower-body injury. He was replaced in the lineup by Andre Benoit, who committed a turnover that led to Michael Frolik’s shorthanded, game-winning goal in the second period. The Sabres pulled to within a goal at 5:30 of the third period on Chris Stewart’s second goal of the season, but they could not beat Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec with any of their six shots the rest of the way. Buffalo had 10 shots after two periods, then doubled that total in the third. “That first period and a half or so, I thought our hands were handling that puck like a grenade,” coach Ted Nolan said. “It just kept bouncing and bouncing. That third period we played the way we have to in order to be successful.” After this game, the Sabres will play three of four on the road.

http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/preview?id=2014020337&navid=sb:preview&intcmpid=sb-preview

Injury Report:

Buffalo: Hackett Torn ACL(IR/Out), Gorges Lower Body(IR/Questionable), Neuvirth Lower Body(Doubtful), McCormick Concussion Like-Symptoms(Out), Myers Lower Body Injury(Questionable)

Montreal: Bournival Shoulder(IR/Out)

 

Next 5 Games:

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

December 2nd vs Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30 PM(NBCSN HD)

December 4th @ Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

December 6th @ Florida Panthers 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

December 9th vs Los Angeles Kings 7:30 PM(NBCSN HD)

Sabres Head Down To Washington Looking To Keep Winning Streak Alive Versus Ovechkin And The Capitals 7:00 PM(MSG HD, Bell TV, WGR 550)

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Last Game:

Buffalo: November 18th vs Sharks Won 4-1

Washington: November 20th @ Avalanche Won 3-2

Record:

Buffalo: 5-13-2

Washington: 9-7-3

Points:

Buffalo: 12

Washington: 21

Rank In Conference:

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

Washington: 9th(3rd in Metropolitan)

Goals For:

Buffalo: 32(30th)

Washington: 54(T-11th)

Goals Against:

Buffalo: 68(30th)

Washington: 50(T-12th)

Power Play Rankings:

Buffalo: 6.8%(30th)

Washington: 24.1%(3rd)

Penalty Kill Rankings:

Buffalo: 78.2%(23rd)

Washington: 82.0%(14th)

Shots For:

Buffalo: 462(29th)

Washington: 565(22nd)

Shots Against:

Buffalo: 731(30th)

Washington: 511(6th)

Face-Off Percentage:

Buffalo: 42.1%(30th)

Washington: 49.6%(16th)

Hits:

Buffalo: 545(6th)

Washington: 528(7th)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: 351(3rd)

Washington: 287(12th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Buffalo: Ennis and Girgensons(6), Stafford(4), 6 Tied with 2 Goals

Washington: Ovechkin(9), Johansson, and Ward(8), Brouwer and Backstrom(5), Green, Fehr, and Burakovsky(3)

Assists:

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

Washington: Backstrom(13), Carlson(10), Green, Burakovsky, and Ovechkin(9), Orpik(6)

Points:

Buffalo: Stafford and Ennis(12), Girgensons(10), Moulson(8), Gionta(6)

Washington: Ovechkin and Backstrom(18), Johansson, Green, Burakovsky, and Carlson(12), Ward(11), Brouwer(10)

Plus/Minus:

Buffalo: Zadorov and Girgensons(+4), Flynn(EV), Larsson and Reinhart(-1), Kaleta, Deslauriers, and Strachan(-2)

Washington: Schmidt(+6), O’Brien(+4), Fehr and Burakovsky(+3), Green, Brouwer, Kuznetsov, and Latta(+2)

Penalty Minutes:

Buffalo: Myers(33), Stafford(31), Deslauriers(28), Weber(24)

Washington: Orpik(22), O’Brien(21), Wilson(20), Chimera and Latta(14)

Shots:

Buffalo: Stewart(47), Ennis(42), Girgensons(40), Stafford and Moulson(37)

Washington: Ovechkin(85), Carlson(49), Brouwer(43), Johansson(42)

Face-Off Wins:

Buffalo: Girgensons(126), McCormick(81), Hodgson(80), Ennis(61)

Washington: Backstrom(208), Kuznetsov(59), Brouwer(54), Fehr and Burakovsky(53)

Hits:

Buffalo: Deslauriers(66), Weber(57), Foligno(52), Girgensons(45)

Washington: Orpik(69), Ovechkin(61), Brouwer(57), Chimera(42)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: Gorges(60), Myers(40), Weber(36), Benoit(26)

Washington: Orpik(54), Alzner(40), Carlson(34), Niskanen(25)

Starting Lineups:

Sabres Forward Lines:

Ennis-Girgensons-Moulson

Flynn-Mitchell-Gionta

Stafford-Hodgson-Deslauriers

Stewart-McCormick-Foligno

Sabres Defense Pairings:

Myers-Strachan

Ristolainen-Zadorov

Weber-Meszaros

Capitals Forward Lines:

Ovechkin-Backstom-Wilson

Johansson-Burakovsky-Brouwer

Chimera-Beagle-Ward

Brown-Kuznetsov-Fehr

Capitals Defense Pairings:

Orpik-Carlson

Niskanen-Alzner

Schmidt-Green

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

Buffalo: Jhonas Enroth 11 GP 2-8-1 3.63 GAA .900 SV% 0 SO

Washington: Braden Holtby 13 GP 7-4-2 2.26 GAA .914 SV% 1 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: January 28th Capitals Won(OT) 5-4

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

All-Time: Sabres Lead 85-43-15-2-1

All-Time at WSH: Sabres Lead 40-23-9-1-0

Upcoming Matchups:

March 7th @ Capitals 7:00 PM

March 16th vs Capitals 7:00 PM

Last Game Recap:

Gionta leads Sabres past Sharks; Neuvirth injured

The Buffalo Sabres’ mastery of the San Jose Sharks continued Tuesday.

Brian Gionta had two goals and an assist to lead the Sabres to a 4-1 win against Sharks at First Niagara Center. The win was their eighth straight against the Sharks.

The Sabres took a 2-1 lead on Gionta’s first goal of the season 11:54 into the second period. Gionta took a pass from Brian Flynn and snapped a shot past Sharks goalie Troy Grosenick to his blocker side.

 

“[Flynn] made a great playing coming in the zone finding me and just running out of real estate and just putting it far side, and it found its way in,” Gionta said. “It’s a big relief. It’s been a long time and it weighs on you a little bit.”

Flynn was set up by Gionta with 12 seconds left in the second period for his second goal of the season and a 3-1 Buffalo lead. Gionta passed to Flynn on a 2-on-1 against Sharks defenseman Jason Demers, and Flynn beat a sprawled Grosenick.

“Our first period was probably our best period,” Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. “We didn’t play sloppy; we didn’t give up outnumbered rushes. We’d come out in the second and third period and played dumb hockey. Just flat out dumb. Pinching, giving up 2-on-1s, 3-on-2s. We’d only given up 10 shots after two periods and we were down 3-0. Just dumb hockey. You don’t win at any level playing like that and you don’t beat any type of team playing like that.”

Gionta scored an empty-net goal with 42 seconds left to make it 4-1.

“That’s one thing … they talk about Gionta’s lack of scoring before, but the one thing he has been really bringing to the forefront is his leadership, and those type of things that happen to us, he’s the first one to say, just keep going, keep going, keep going,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “That line (Gionta, Flynn and Torrey Mitchell) tonight I thought was our best line by far.”

The Sabres victory gave them two consecutive wins for the first time this season. Buffalo defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-2 on Saturday.

“There [are] a number of things that sometimes when you’re going through a phase like we’re going through people sometimes tend to have a tendency to look at the negative things, but there’s some really positive things that are happening along the way,” Nolan said. “There [are] some bright signs and finally to see it all come together with a couple wins is really nice.”

Nic Deslauriers opened the scoring at 5:25 of the second period with his second goal. Deslauriers gathered a loose puck from a Cody McCormick shot, and then quickly fired it off Sharks defenseman Mirco Mueller’s foot and past Grosenick.

http://sabres.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2014020268

Tonight’s Preview:

Sabres get back on ice with visit to Capitals

Season series: The Buffalo Sabres took two of three against the Washington Capitals last season, with all the games decided in overtime. Buffalo won the first two, exactly two weeks apart, in identical 2-1 shootouts. The Capitals won the finale 5-4 behind two goals and two assists from Alex Ovechkin.

Sabres team scope: This was supposed to be the second half of a back-to-back for Buffalo, but snowy conditions postponed their Friday game against the New York Rangers, making the Saturday game against Washington the first time the Sabres have played since Tuesday. Buffalo has won its past two games, its only such streak of the season, scoring a combined 10 goals, its highest two-game output. Brian Gionta and Zemgus Girgensons each picked up multigoal games over the past two, while Girgensons has been playing on the top line with Tyler Ennis and Matt Moulson. “We’ve got to keep this momentum going,” Gionta said Friday.

Capitals team scope: Braden Holtby has backstopped Washington to wins in four of his past five starts; the Capitals have won five of their past seven games. Holtby has faced 147 shots in those five games and has stopped 139 of them. Washington’s power play is converting at better than 24 percent but has scored twice on its past 17 opportunities. Buffalo kills just over 78 percent of opponents’ power plays. In the Capitals road victory on Thursday against the Colorado Avalanche, Ovechkin picked up his third game-winning goal of the season, putting him in a tie for second in the NHL, one behind the Montreal CanadiensLars Eller.

http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/preview?id=2014020301&navid=sb:preview&intcmpid=sb-preview

Injury Report:

Buffalo: Hackett Torn ACL(IR/Out), Gorges Lower Body(IR/Out), Neuvirth Lower Body(Out), Kaleta Personal Reasons(Questionable)

Washington: Volpatti Neck(IR/Out), Orlov Wrist(IR/Out), Erskine Undisclosed(IR/Out), Laich Shoulder(IR/Out)

 

Next 5 Games:

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)

December 2nd vs Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30 PM(NBCSN HD)

December 4th @ Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

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

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

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Last Game:

Buffalo: November 13th @ Wild Loss 6-3

Toronto: November 14th vs Penguins Loss 2-1

Record:

Buffalo: 3-13-2

Toronto: 9-6-2

Points:

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)

Hits:

Buffalo: 487(5th)

Toronto: 535(1st)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: 319(2nd)

Toronto: 276(5th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

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

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

Assists:

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)

Points:

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

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

Plus/Minus:

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)

Shots:

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)

Hits:

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:

Ennis-Girgensons-Moulson

Stewart-Hodgson-Stafford

Flynn-Mitchell-Gionta

Kaleta-McCormick-Deslauriers

Sabres Defense Pairings:

Myers-Benoit

Ristolainen-Zadorov

Weber-Strachan

Maple Leafs Forward Lines:

van Riemsdyk-Bozak-Kessel

Winnik-Kadri-Clarkson

Komarov-Holland-Santorelli

Levio-Smith-Panik

Maple Leafs Defense Pairings:

Phaneuf-Franson

Rielly-Robidas

Gardiner-Polak

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

Notes:

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.”

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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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Sabres Head Out On The Road To Take On Tarasenko And The Blues 8:00 PM(NBCSN HD)

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Last Game:

Buffalo: November 8th vs Penguins Loss 6-1

St. Louis: November 8th vs Predators Loss 2-1

Record:

Buffalo: 3-11-2

St. Louis: 9-4-1

Points:

Buffalo: 8

St. Louis: 19

Rank In Conference:

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

St. Louis: 5th(2nd in Central)

Goals For:

Buffalo: 18(30th)

St. Louis: 33(T-24th)

Goals Against:

Buffalo: 53(30th)

St. Louis: 27(T-1st)

Power Play Rankings:

Buffalo: 4.0%(30th)

St. Louis: 24.5%(5th)

Penalty Kill Rankings:

Buffalo: 81.0%(14th)

St. Louis: 79.6%(T-18th)

Shots For:

Buffalo: 356(29th)

St. Louis: 434(17th)

Shots Against:

Buffalo: 599(30th)

St. Louis: 372(18th)

Face-Off Percentage:

Buffalo: 42.5%(30th)

St. Louis: 52.4%(8th)

Hits:

Buffalo: 436(4th)

St. Louis: 280(25th)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: 280(2nd)

Edmonton: 180(22nd)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Buffalo: Ennis(4), Girgensons and Stafford(3), Foligno(2), 6 Tied with 1 Goal

St. Louis: Tarasenko(9), Schwartz(6), Lehtera, Steen, and Backes(3), Reaves(2)

Assists:

Buffalo: Stafford(5), Strachan, Ennis, Gionta, and Girgensons(3), Moulson and Myers(2), 9 Tied with 1 Assist

St. Louis: Shattenkirk(10), Tarasenko and Lehtera(8), Schwartz and Pietrangelo(6), Steen(5)

Points:

Buffalo: Stafford(8), Ennis(7), Girgensons(6), Foligno, Moulson, Gionta, and Strachan(3)

St. Louis: Tarasenko(17), Schwartz(12), Lehtera and Shattenkirk(11), Steen(8)

Plus/Minus:

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

St. Louis: Tarasenko(+11), Lehtera and Cole(+7), Schwartz(+5), Jackman(+4)

Penalty Minutes:

Buffalo: Myers and Stafford(27), Weber(20), McCormick and Deslauriers(18), Stewart and Meszaros(16)

St. Louis: Ott(15), Lehtera and Cole(12), Jackman and Reaves(11), Shattenkirk and Lapierre(8)

Shots:

Buffalo: Stewart(40), Girgensons(31), Ennis(30), Moulson and Stafford(29)

St. Louis: Tarasenko(56), Schwartz(46), Steen(43), Backes(31)

Face-Off Wins:

Buffalo: Girgensons(104), Hodgson(66), Ennis(61), McCormick(50)

St. Louis: Backes(117), Lehtera(111), Ott(63), Lapierre(52)

Hits:

Buffalo: Deslauriers(56), Weber(45), Girgensons(38), Foligno(36)

St. Louis: Reaves(45), Backes and Ott(30), Jackman(18), Berglund(17)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: Gorges(58), Weber(28), Myers(27), Benoit(26)

St. Louis: Pietrangelo(29), Bouwmeester(21), Cole and Jackman(17), Shattenkirk(14)

Starting Lineups:

Sabres Forward Lines:

Ennis-Girgensons-Moulson

Deslauriers-Hodgson-Stafford

Foligno-McCormick-Stewart

Flynn-Mitchell-Gionta

Sabres Defense Pairings:

Myers-Gorges

Meszaros-Benoit

Ristolainen-Zadorov

Blues Forward Lines:

Steen-Backes-Stastny

Schwarts-Lehtera-Tarasenko

Berglund-Ott-Lindstrom

Porter-Lapierre-Reaves

Blues Defense Pairings:

Bouwmeester-Pietrangelo

Gunnarsson-Shattenkirk

Jackman-Cole

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

Buffalo: Michal Neuvirth 7 GP 2-4-1 2.66 GAA .929 SV% 0 SO

St. Louis: Brian Elliott 9 GP 5-3-1 2.06 GAA .923 SV% 1 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: April 3 Blues Won 2-1

Season Series: Blues Won 2-0-0-0

All-Time: Blues Lead 52-45-13-0-0

All-Time at STL: Blues Lead 32-15-7-0-0

Upcoming Matchups:

February 5th vs Blues 7:00 PM

Last Game Recap:

Crosby’s five assists help Penguins past Sabres

Sidney Crosby always seems to score in bunches against the Buffalo Sabres. He continued to do that Saturday night.

Crosby had five assists to help the Pittsburgh Penguins extend their winning streak to seven games with a 6-1 win against the Sabres at First Niagara Center.

Crosby assisted on Pittsburgh’s first five goals. He set up Kris Letang and Patric Hornqvist on each of their goals, then got the primary assist on defenseman Robert Bortuzzo’s first goal of the season.

“I didn’t realize until the end of the game that he had five assists on the first five goals, but any time you have a night like that, it’s quite a night,” Penguins coach Mike Johnston said. “You could see he was playing both ends of the rink though tonight.”

It was the fourth five-point game of Crosby’s career, his third with five assists. Crosby most recently had five points in a five-assist game against the New York Islanders on March 10, 2013.

“A lot of things need to go right,” Crosby said. “Some of those plays you can make them on a nightly basis and sometimes they don’t go in. Luckily tonight guys made some great plays and finished some plays off maybe when there wasn’t much there either. You need some bounces to go right some time when the puck goes in that often.”

Crosby extended his scoring streak against the Sabres to 19 games. He has 10 goals and 26 assists during the streak, which started Dec. 29, 2007.

“I don’t really have a great explanation for you,” Crosby said. “When I come here, for some reason, the ice has always been good and feels good that way. Sometimes that helps, but that being said, I don’t think there’s any real explanation. We’ve been in some low-scoring games here and got a fluky one at the end here or there. There’s no rhyme or reason, but we’ve got to keep it going.”

Zemgus Girgensons scored his third goal at 16:52 of the second when he tipped a Josh Gorges shot from the point over the shoulder of Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury to make it 5-1.

“Zemgus is only one of the true ones that knows what it takes, and he competes all the time,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said.

Gorges was on the ice for all seven goals.

“We keep talking about it, but I got to face the facts: It’s not nearly good enough,” Gorges said. “My job is to be solid defensively, give the team a chance, be a leader, and to be scored on that many times is embarrassing. I’m embarrassed for myself. I got to be way better than that.”

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Tonight’s Preview:

Sabres hope to find offense against Blues

Season series: This is the first of two games between the Buffalo Sabres and St. Louis Blues. The Blues swept the set last season, winning the most-recent game 2-1 on April 3.

Sabres team scope: The Sabres begin a two-game road swing that concludes against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday. Buffalo is winless in three straight (0-2-1) and has the fewest points in the League (eight). The Sabres have scored 20 goals on the season, tied for the fewest in the NHL with the Florida Panthers, who have played four fewer games. The Sabres have scored two or fewer goals in 15 of 16 games this season. “You run out of words,” a frustrated Sabres coach Ted Nolan told reporters after a 6-1 home loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. “… Our fans pay good money to watch us play, or at least compete and perform for that if there’s nothing else. We’ve got to find a way; we’ve got to keep searching for it.”

Blues team scope: The Blues tied the Anaheim Ducks for the longest winning streak in the NHL this season with seven but had their streak snapped with a 2-1 loss Saturday to the Nashville Predators. Tuesday will be the third of a five-game homestand for the Blues, who finished last week against the Predators with their fourth game in six nights. T.J. Oshie (concussion) took part in a full practice Monday with the Blues. “I was shocked that he stayed there the whole time,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said of Oshie. “… I don’t know how he’s feeling. I didn’t get into what the trainers talked about. They told us he was going to stay for whatever he could and then he ended up staying right to the bitter end, which is a good sign.”

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Injury Report:

Buffalo: Kaleta Facial Fractures(IR/Questionable), Hackett Torn ACL(IR/Out), Foligno Upper Body(Probable)

St. Louis: Oshie Concussion(IR/Out)

 

Next 5 Games:

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)

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

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

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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.”

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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.

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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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Last Game:

Buffalo: November 1st @ Penguins Loss 5-0

Detroit: October 31st vs Kings Won 5-2

Record:

Buffalo: 2-9-1

Detroit: 6-2-2
Points:

Buffalo: 5

Detroit: 14
Rank In Conference:

Buffalo: 15th(8th in Atlantic)

Detroit: 4th(3rd in Atlantic)
Goals For:

Buffalo: 12(30th)

Detroit: 27(T-16th)
Goals Against:

Buffalo: 41(30th)

Detroit: 20(T-5th)
Power Play Rankings:

Buffalo: 2.6%(29th)

Detroit: 12.8%(24th)
Penalty Kill Rankings:

Buffalo: 80.4%(20th)

Detroit: 94.1%(1st)
Shots For:

Buffalo: 251(29th)

Detroit: 293(23rd)
Shots Against:

Buffalo: 438(30th)

Detroit: 272(5th)
Face-Off Percentage:

Buffalo: 41.9%(30th)

Detroit: 51.0%(12th)
Hits:

Buffalo: 328(3rd)

Detroit: 204(24th)
Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: 228(1st)

Detroit: 123(24th)
Team Leaders:

Goals:

Buffalo: Ennis(4), Girgensons and Foligno(2), Mitchell, Hodgson, Stafford, and Deslauriers(1)

Detroit: Nyquist(7), Abdelkader(5), Datsyuk(4), Zetterberg(3)
Assists:

Buffalo: Stafford(5), Moulson(2), 12 Tied with 1 Assist

Detroit: Zetterberg(11), Kronwall(6), Abdelkader, Datsyuk, and Helm(4), Franzen, and DeKeyser(3)
Points:

Buffalo: Stafford(6), Ennis(5), Foligno and Girgensons(3), Hodgson, Moulson, and Mitchell(2)

Detroit: Zetterberg(14), Abdelkader and Nyquist(9), Datsyuk and Kronwall(8), Franzen(5)
Plus/Minus:

Buffalo: Zadorov(EV), Flynn, Strachan, and Reinhart(-1), Deslauriers(-2), Girgensons, Mitchell, and Myers(-3)

Detroit: Zetterberg and Abdelkader(+5), DeKeyser and Kindl(+4), Smith(+3), Nyquist(+2)
Penalty Minutes:

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

Detroit: Ericsson(12), Kronwall(10), Zetterberg, Abdelkader, and Franzen(8), Quincy, Glendening, and Kindl(6)
Shots:

Buffalo: Stewart(30), Moulson and Myers(23), Girgensons(21), Ennis(20)

Detroit: Zetterberg(31), Abdelkader(26), Tatar(24), Nyquist(22)
Face-Off Wins:

Buffalo: Girgensons(65), Hodgson(49), Ennis(48), McCormick(27)

Detroit: Zetterberg(84), Glendening(77), Sheahan(55), Helm(33)
Hits:

Buffalo: Weber(37), Foligno(36), Deslauriers(35), Girgensons(33)

Detroit: Abdelkader(28), Miller(19), Jurco and Glendening(18), Helm and Quincey(14)
Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: Gorges(53), Weber(27), Benoit(23), Myers(18)

Detroit: Kronwall(18), DeKeyser(17), Smith(13), Miller(12)
Starting Lineups:
Sabres Forward Lines:

Gionta-Mitchell-Grigensons

Moulson-Ennis-Stafford

Foligno-Hodgson-Stewart

Deslauriers-McCormick-Flynn
Sabres Defense Pairings:

Myers-Gorges

Benoit-Ristolaninen

Weber-Strachan
Red Wings Forward Lines:

Abdelkader-Zetterberg-Datsyuk

Franzen-Helm-Nyquist

Tatar-Sheahan-Jurco

Miller-Glendening-Andersson
Red Wings Defense Pairings:

Kronwall-Ericsson

Smith-DeKeyser

Lashoff-Kindl
Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

Buffalo: Michal Neuvirth 4 GP 1-3-0 3.26 GAA .910 SV% 0 SO

Detroit: Jimmy Howard 7 GP 5-1-2 1.97 GAA .929 SV% 0 SO
Notes:

Last Meeting: April 8 Red Wings Won 4-2

Season Series: Red Wings Won 4-0-0-0

All-Time: Red Wings Lead 54-52-13-0-1

All-Time vs DET: Sabres Lead 34-16-8-0-1
Upcoming Matchups:

December 23rd @ Red Wings 7:30 PM

January 13th vs Red Wings 7:00 PM

January 18th @ Red Wings 8:00 PM

Last Game Recap:

Penguins’ Fleury continues to roll, blanks Sabres
PITTSBURGH — Marc-Andre Fleury made 18 saves Saturday for his third shutout in four games in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 5-0 win against the Buffalo Sabres at Consol Energy Center.
Fleury has stopped 95 of 98 shots over this stretch. Pittsburgh controlled the game throughout, allowing few scoring chances to get through to Fleury, who faced six shots in the third period.

“It think it was the easiest shot-wise [of the three shutouts], physically,” Fleury said. “Mentally, it’s a little tougher because you’re not doing anything. You’re just standing there, so it’s a little tougher to always stay alert, but I thought our guys played so well. They didn’t give much.”
The Penguins have won their past four games by a combined margin of 19-3. Buffalo has been shut out in five of its first 12 games.
“I just know that I’ve got to find a way to get this one out of my mind here in the next 15-20 minutes,” Sabres defenseman Mike Weber said. “Whether it’s been on the road or at home, we somehow have to find an identity to get nasty, get angry. There’s not enough anger, there’s not enough intensity throughout the game.
“We’re not a team that should be pumping the puck in and swinging by guys. We’re not a team that gets the puck dumped in on us and it should be easy on their forwards to pick it up and wheel and make plays. Every man has to pick it up.”

http://sabres.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2014020159

Tonight’s Preview:

Injury Report:

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

Detroit: Weiss Groin(IR/Out), Quincy Ankle(Doubtful)

Next 5 Games:

November 5th vs Montreal Canadiens 7:30 PM(MSG HD/SN)

November 7th vs Edmonton Oilers 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

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)

Sabres finish up 4 game road trip against rival Maple Leafs

@ 7:30 PM

Last Game:
Buffalo: October 25 @ Sharks-Sabres Won 2-1

Toronto: October 25 vs Bruins-Leafs Lost 4-1

Record:
Buffalo: 2-7-0
Toronto: 3-4-1

Points:
Buffalo: 4
Toronto: 7

Rank In Conference:
Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)
Toronto: 14th(7th in Atlantic)

Goals For:
Buffalo: 10(T-29th)
Toronto: 21(T-18th)

Goals Against:
Buffalo: 29(T-27th)
Toronto: 25(T-19th)

Power Play Rankings:
Buffalo: 0.0%(T-29th)
Toronto: 16.1%(21st)

Penalty Kill Rankings:
Buffalo: 84.8%(T-8th)
Toronto: 84.4%(10th)

Shots For:
Buffalo: 208(T-27th)
Toronto: 243(13th)

Shots Against:
Buffalo: 330(30th)
Toronto: 271(25th)

Face-Off Percentage:
Buffalo: 40.9%(30th)
Toronto: 48.3%(T-21st)

Hits:
Buffalo: 223(6th)
Toronto: 243(3rd)

Blocked Shots:
Buffalo: 172(1st)
Toronto: 111(13th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

Buffalo: Ennis(3), Girgensons and Foligno(2), Mitchell, Hodgson, Deslauriers(1)
Toronto: Kessel(4), Bozak and van Riemsdyk(3), Lupul, Clarkson, Kadri(2)

Assists:
Buffalo: Stafford(4), Moulson(2), 9 Tied with 1 Assist
Toronto: Bozak and Komarov(5), Kessel(4), Santorelli, Phaneuf, Percy(3)

Points:
Buffalo: Stafford(4), Foligno, Girgensons, Ennis(3), Hodgson and Moulson(2)
Toronto: Kessel and Bozak(8), van Riemsdyk and Komarov(5), Santorelli(4)

Plus/Minus:
Buffalo: Girgensons(+1), Zadorov and Strachan(EV)
Toronto: Winnik(+2), Santorelli and Phaneuf(+1), 7 Players With EV

Penalty Minutes:
Buffalo: Myers(25), Stafford(19), Weber, McCormick, Deslauriers(11)
Toronto: Phaneuf(14), van Riemsdyk(11), Clarkson(10), Kessel and Lupul(6)

Shots:
Buffalo: Stewart(26), Moulson(20), Girgensons(19), Gionta and Myers(18)
Toronto: Kessel(25), van Riemsdyk(24), Lupul(20), Rielly and Kadri(19)

Face-Off Wins:
Buffalo: Girgensons(46), Hodgson(37), Ennis(33), Stafford(18)
Toronto: Bozak(96), Kadri(54), Holland(27), Komarov and Santorelli(25)

Hits:
Buffalo: Weber(30), Deslauriers(25), Foligno(24), Girgensons(20)
Toronto: Polak(37), Komarov(32), Clarkson, Franson, Phaneuf, Robidas(13)

Blocked Shots:
Buffalo: Gorges(41), Weber(20), Benoit(19), Meszaros(13)
Toronto: Phaneuf(18), Polak(16), Percy(10), Robidas(9)

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:
Buffalo: Michal Neuvirth 1-2-0 3.02 GAA .916 SV% 0 SO
Toronto: James Reimer 2-1-0 2.62 GAA .914 SV% 0 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: January 15 @ Leafs-Sabres Lost 4-3(SO)

Season Series: Leafs Won 3-1-1
All-Time: Sabres Lead 110-63-25
All-Time @ TOR: Sabres Lead 44-38-17

Upcoming Matchups:
November 15 @ Buffalo 7:00 PM
March 11 @ Toronto 7:00 PM
April 1 @ Buffalo 7:30 PM

Injury Report:
Buffalo: Kaleta Facial Fractures(IR/Out), Hackett Torn ACL(IR/Out)
Toronto: Booth Broken Foot(IR/Out), Kozun High Ankle Sprain(IR/Out)

Next 5 Games:
October 30th vs Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)
November 1st @ Pittsburgh Penguins 7:00 PM(MSG HD/SN1)
November 2nd vs Detroit Red Wings 5:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV/TVA)
November 5th vs Montreal Canadiens 7:30 PM(MSG HD/SN)
November 7th vs Edmonton Oilers 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

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Sabres Look For Some Offense Against The Stanley Cup Champions Kings 10:30 PM(MSG HD, Bell TV, WGR550)

@ 10:30 PM

Last Game:

Buffalo: October 22nd @ Ducks Loss 4-1

Los Angeles: October 19th vs Wild Won 2-1

Record:

Buffalo: 1-6-0

Los Angeles: 4-1-1

Points:

Buffalo: 2

Los Angeles: 9

Rank In Conference:

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

Los Angeles: 4th(2nd in Pacific)

Goals For:

Buffalo: 8(30th)

Los Angeles: 14(21st)

Goals Against:

Buffalo: 26(T-28th)

Los Angeles: 10(T-5th)

Power Play Rankings:

Buffalo: 0.0%(T-28th)

Los Angeles: 10.0%(T-24th)

Penalty Kill Rankings:

Buffalo: 89.7%(5th)

Los Angeles: 86.4%(T-9th)

Shots For:

Buffalo: 164(T-24th)

Los Angeles: 151(T-27th)

Shots Against:

Buffalo: 261(29th)

Los Angeles: 216(T-23rd)

Face-Off Percentage:

Buffalo: 41.0%(30th)

Los Angeles: 49.4%(T-19th)

Hits:

Buffalo: 171(8th)

Los Angeles: 202(2nd)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: 124(3rd)

Los Angeles: 73(19th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Buffalo: Ennis(3), Girgensons and Foligno(2), Mitchell(1)

Los Angeles: Pearson(5), Toffoli and Carter(3), Kopitar, Brown, and Williams(1)

Assists:

Buffalo: Stafford(3), Moulson(2), 6 Tied with 1 Assist

Los Angeles: Toffoli(4), Carter(3), Pearson, Doughty, Voynov, and Richards(2)

Points:

Buffalo: Stafford, Foligno, and Ennis(3), Girgensons and Moulson(2), 6 Tied with 1 Point

Los Angeles: Toffoli and Pearson(7), Carter(6), Kopitar, Doughty, Voynov, and Richards(2)

Plus/Minus:

Buffalo: Girgensons and Strachan(EV), Flynn(-1), Foligno, Mitchell, Myers, and Reinhart(-2), Gorges(-3)

Los Angeles: Toffoli and Carter(+9), Pearson(+7), Doughty(+4), Martinez(+3)

Penalty Minutes:

Buffalo: Myers(16), Deslauriers, Weber, and McCormick(11), Benoit(8), Meszaros and Gorges(6)

Los Angeles: Richards(21), Clifford(12), Stoll(10), Regehr(9)

Shots:

Buffalo: Stewart(19), Myers(17), Girgensons and Moulson(15), Stafford(14)

Los Angeles: Carter(16), Martinez and Williams(13), Toffoli(12), Doughty and Kopitar(11)

Face-Off Wins:

Buffalo: Girgensons(40), Hodgson(28), Ennis(23), Stafford(18)

Los Angeles: Kopitar(60), Stoll(58), Carter(53), Richards(22)

Hits:

Buffalo: Weber(24), Deslauriers(21), Foligno(17), Girgensons(15)

Los Angeles: Regehr(23), Greene(20), Stoll(17), Clifford and McNabb(16)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: Gorges(36), Weber(13), Benoit(12), Meszaros(11)

Los Angeles: Greene(12), Doughty(9), Martinez and Voynov(8), McNabb(7)

Starting Lineups:

Sabres Forward Lines:

Stafford-Girgensons-Mitchell

Foligno-Hodgson-Stewart

Moulson-Ennis-Gionta

Deslauriers-Reinhart-McCormick

Sabres Defense Pairings:

Myers-Gorges

Benoit-Ristolaninen

Weber-Meszaros

Kings Forward Lines:

Pearson-Carter-Toffoli

Williams-Kopitar-Richards

King-Brown-Stoll

Clifford-Andreoff-Nolan

Kings Defense Pairings:

McNabb-Doughty

Greene-Martinez

Muzzin-Regehr

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

Buffalo: Jhonas Enroth 5 GP 1-4-0 3.34 GAA .907 SV% 0 SO

Los Angeles: Jonathan Quick 5 GP 3-1-1 1.86 GAA .951 SV% 1 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: November 12th Sabres Won(SO) 3-2

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

All-Time: Sabres Lead 56-40-18-0-1

All-Time @LAK: Kings Lead 25-24-9-0-0

Upcoming Matchups:

December 9th vs Kings 7:00 PM

Last Game Recap:

Andersen, Perry lead Ducks to sixth straight win

ANAHEIM — The Buffalo Sabres finally ended their scoreless streak, but it wasn’t enough against goalie Frederik Andersen and Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks.

Andersen made 22 saves to match his career-high sixth straight win and Perry had a hat trick in Anaheim’s 4-1 win Wednesday against Buffalo at Honda Center.

Perry ripped a slap shot past Buffalo goalie Michal Neuvirth at 17:17 of the third after captain Ryan Getzlaf outworked a defender to the puck to set it up. Perry completed his second hat trick this season on an empty-net goal at 18:55.

Andersen was 5:06 away from his second straight shutout when Tyler Ennis pushed a rebound by him to make it 2-1. Andersen had gone nearly 200 minutes without allowing a goal.

Ennis’ goal allowed Buffalo to avoid being shutout for the third straight game for the first time in team history. Its scoreless streak lasted 198 minutes, dating to a goal by Marcus Foligno in the third period of a shootout win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Oct.14.

http://sabres.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2014020092&navid=DL|BUF|home

 

Tonight’s Preview:

Sabres try to end offensive woes vs. Kings

Season series: The Buffalo Sabres earned a split against the Los Angeles Kings in 2013-14, with each team winning at home in games played five days apart. Jonathan Quick made 19 saves in a 2-0 shutout on Nov. 7, 2013, in the Sabres’ most-recent visit to Staples Center.

Sabres team scope: The offensive troubles that relegated Buffalo to last place in the overall standings last season haven’t improved. The Sabres come to Los Angeles after a solid effort that came up short in a 4-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday, the opener of a four-game road trip. The Sabres have scored eight non-shootout goals in their seven games and are scoreless in 24 power plays after failing to convert on two chances in Anaheim. Michal Neuvirth made 30 saves against the Ducks; with Buffalo playing on consecutive nights, Jhonas Enroth could get the call against the Kings.

Kings team scope: Los Angeles forward Jordan Nolan and his father, Sabres coach Ted Nolan, will face each other for the first time when the Kings go for their fifth win in a row. It’s the first time in Jordan’s career that he’ll be playing against a team coached by his dad. “It’s just another game,” Jordan told LAKingsInsider.com. “It’s just a little more of a special feeling out there I would think. I’m not looking to be saying hello to him in the game or anything like that. But I’m sure we’ll talk before the game and after the game and I’m sure I’ll give him a little look during the game. So it’s going to be fun I think and I have family that will be watching.” The Kings will also get some help on the blue line with the expected return of Jake Muzzin, who’s missed three weeks because of an upper-body injury.

http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/preview?id=2014020099&navid=sb:preview

Injury Report:

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

Los Angeles: Bodnarchuk Knee(IR/Out), Lewis Upper Body(IR/Out), Muzzin Upper Body(Probable), Gaborik Upper Body(Probable)

Next 5 Games:

October 25th @ San Jose Sharks 4:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

October 28th @ Toronto Maple Leafs 7:30 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

October 30th vs Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

November 1st @ Pittsburgh Penguins 7:00 PM(MSG HD/SN1)

November 2nd vs Detroit Red Wings 5:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV/TVA)

Sabres begin their West Coast road trip in Anaheim against the Ducks

@ 10:30 PM

Last Game:
Buffalo: Oct 18 vs. Bruins-Sabres Lost 4-0

Anaheim: Oct 19 vs. Blues-Ducks Won 3-0

Record:
Buffalo: 1-5-0
Anaheim: 5-1-0

Points:
Buffalo: 2
Anaheim: 10

Rank In Conference:
Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)
Anaheim: 1st(1st in Pacific)

Goals For:
Buffalo: 7(30th)
Anaheim: 20(T-5th)

Goals Against:
Buffalo: 22(26th)
Anaheim: 13(T-11th)

Power Play Rankings:
Buffalo: 0.0%(T-28th)
Anaheim: 25.0(T-8th)

Penalty Kill Rankings:
Buffalo: 88.0%(7th)
Anaheim: 83.3%(13th)

Shots For:
Buffalo: 141(28th)
Anaheim: 178(15th)

Shots Against:
Buffalo: 227(26th)
Anaheim: 178(T-15th)

Face-Off Percentage:
Buffalo: 41.7%(30th)
Anaheim: 54.3%(4th)

Hits:
Buffalo: 139(13th)
Anaheim: 168(6th)

Blocked Shots:
Buffalo: 107(6th)
Anaheim: 93(T-11th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

Buffalo: Girgensons, Ennis, and Foligno(2), Mitchell(1)
Anaheim: Perry(5), Beleskey(4), Getzlaf, Vatanen, Kesler, Karlsson(2)

Assists:
Buffalo: Stafford(3), 7 Tied with 1 Assist
Anaheim: Getzlaf(6), Fowler(4), Vatanen, Kesler, Silfverberg, Maroon(3)

Points:
Buffalo: Stafford and Foligno(3), Ennis and Girgensons(2), 7 Tied with 1 Point
Anaheim: Getzlaf(8), Perry(7), Vatanen and Kesler(5), Beleskey and Fowler(4)

Plus/Minus:
Buffalo: Girgensons(+1), Strachan(EV)
Anaheim: Lindholm and Karlsson(+4), Perry, Fowler, Beleskey(+3)

Penalty Minutes:
Buffalo: Deslauriers(11), Weber(9), Benoit(8), Meszaros and McCormick(6)
Anaheim: Kesler and Stoner(9), Jackman(7), Perry(6)

Shots:
Buffalo: Stewart and Myers(15), Girgensons(14), Moulson and Gointa(13), Stafford(12)
Anaheim: Perry(19), Getzlaf and Kesler(17), Beleskey(15), Vatanen and Smith-Pelly(12)

Face-Off Wins:
Buffalo: Girgensons(35), Hodgson(23), Ennis(19), Stafford(16), Reinhart(13)
Anaheim: Kesler(69), Getzlaf(58), Thompson(39), Karlsson(20)

Hits:
Buffalo: Deslauriers(20), Weber(18), Foligno(15), Girgensons(13)
Anaheim: Smith-Pelly(20), Beleskey and Thompson(16), Kesler and Lovejoy(14)

Blocked Shots:
Buffalo: Gorges(30), Benoit(12), Weber(11), Meszaros(10)
Anaheim: Vatanen(17), Beauchemin(13), Getzlaf(11), Lindholm(10)

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:
Buffalo: Jhonas Enroth 1-4-0 3.34 GAA .907 SV% 0 SO
Anaheim: Frederik Andersen 5-0-0 1.38 GAA .950 SV% 1 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: October 13 @ Buffalo-Sabres Lost 5-1

Season Series:
All-Time: Sabres Lead 15-11-3
All-Time @ ANA: Sabres Lead 8-6-0

Injury Report:
Buffalo: Kaleta Facial Fractures(IR/Out), Hackett Torn ACL(IR/Out)
Anaheim: Souray Torn Wrist Ligament(IR/Out), Heatley Groin(IR/Out), Palmieri High Ankle Sprain(Out), Allen Lower Body(IR/Out), Maroon Knee(IR/Out)

Next 5 Games:
October 23rd @ Los Angeles Kings 10:30 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)
October 25th @ San Jose Sharks 4:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)
October 28th @ Toronto Maple Leafs 7:30 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)
October 30 vs. Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)
November 1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins 7:00 PM(MSG HD/SN1)

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