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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.”

http://sabres.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2014020203

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.”
http://sabres.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2014020184
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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Sabres Start 4 Game Home Stand With Visit from Howard and The Red Wings

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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

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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.”

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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)

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Sabres finish up 4 game road trip against rival Maple Leafs

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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)

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

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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.

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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

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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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Slumping Sabres take on Bruins at First Niagara Center

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Last Game:
Buffalo: Oct 17 vs. Panthers-Sabres Lost 1-0

Boston: Oct 16 @ Canadiens-Bruins Lost 4-6

Record:
Buffalo: 1-4-0
Boston: 2-4-0

Points:
Buffalo: 2
Boston: 4

Rank In Conference:
Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)
Boston: 12th(6th in Atlantic)

Goals For:
Buffalo: 7(T-26th)
Boston: 10(T-18th)

Goals Against:
Buffalo: 18(28th)
Boston: 17(T-24th)

Power Play Rankings:
Buffalo: 0.0%(T-27th)
Boston: 15.8%(17th)

Penalty Kill Rankings:
Buffalo: 86.4%(13th)
Boston: 72.7%(T-26th)

Shots For:
Buffalo: 109(T-21st)
Boston: 175(1st)

Shots Against:
Buffalo: 191(29th)
Boston: 141(20th)

Face-Off Percentage:
Buffalo: 40.3%(30th)
Boston: 52.5%(9th)

Hits:
Buffalo: 126(8th)
Boston: 129(6th)

Blocked Shots:
Buffalo: 88(3rd)
Boston: 74(T-6th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

Buffalo: Girgensons, Ennis, and Foligno(2), Mitchell(1)
Boston: Eriksson and Smith(2), Soderberg, Kelly, Bergeron, Krejci, Chara, Gagne(1)

Assists:
Buffalo: Stafford(3), 7 Tied with 1 Assist
Boston: Soderberg and Kelly(3), Bergeron, Krejci, Lucic(2)

Points:
Buffalo: Stafford and Foligno(3), Ennis and Girgensons(2), 7 Tied with 1 Point
Boston: Soderberg and Kelly(4), Eriksson, Smith, Bergeron, Krejci(3), Lucic(2)

Plus/Minus:
Buffalo: Girgensons(+1), Strachan, Myers, Gorges, Foligno(EV)
Boston: Miller(+4), Kelly(+3), Eriksson and Krug(+2)

Penalty Minutes:
Buffalo: Weber(9), Benoit(8), Meszaros(6), Myers, McCormick, Mitchell, Deslauriers, Gorges(4)
Boston: Lucic(26), Robins(14), Marchand(12), Seidenberg(8)

Shots:
Buffalo: Stewart and Gionta(11), Girgensons, Moulson, Myers(10), Stafford and Foligno(8)
Boston: Chara(19), Bergeron(17), Krug(16), Kelly, Marchand, Hamilton(14), Lucic(10)

Face-Off Wins:
Buffalo: Girgensons(31), Ennis(18), Hodgson(16), Reinhart and Stafford(13), McCormick(10)
Boston: Bergeron(85), Kelly(36), Krejci(19), Spooner(17), Cunningham(16)

Hits:
Buffalo: Deslauriers(19), Weber(18), Foligno(13), Girgensons(12)
Boston: Kelly(13), Lucic(11), Cunningham and McQuaid(10), Bergeron and Seidenberg(8)

Blocked Shots:
Buffalo: Gorges(22), Benoit(12), Weber(11), Meszaros(9)
Boston: Miller(10), Krug and Seidenberg(9), Chara(8), McQuaid(7)

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:
Buffalo: Michal Neuvirth 0-1-0 5.00 GAA .912 SV% 0 SO
Boston: Niklas Svedberg 0-1-0 1.67 GAA .938 SV% 0 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: April 12 @ Bruins-Sabres Lost 4-1

Season Series:
All-Time: Bruins Lead 150-129-39
All-Time @ BUF: Sabres Lead 86-52-21

Upcoming Matchups:
October 30 @ Sabres 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
December 21 @ Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
March 17 @ Bruins 7:30 PM(NBCSN)

Injury Report:
Buffalo: Kaleta Facial Fractures(IR/Out), Hackett Torn ACL(IR/Out)
Boston: Savard Post-Concussion Syndrome(IR/Out)

Next 5 Games:
October 22nd @ Anaheim Ducks 10:30PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)
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)

Sabres Look To Make It 2 In A Row vs Ekblad and The Panthers 7:00 PM(MSG HD,BELL TV, WGR550)

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Last Game:

Buffalo: Oct 14th @ Hurricanes Won(SO) 4-3

Florida: Oct 13th vs Senators Loss 1-0

Record:

Buffalo: 1-3-0

Florida: 0-2-1

Points:

Buffalo: 2

Florida: 1

Rank In Conference:

Buffalo: 15th(7th in Atlantic)

Florida: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

Goals For:

Buffalo: 7(T-23rd)

Florida: 3(30th)

Goals Against:

Buffalo: 17(28th)

Florida: 9(T-12th)

Power Play Rankings:

Buffalo: 0.0%(T-25th)

Florida: 7.7%(23rd)

Penalty Kill Rankings:

Buffalo: 82.4%(14th)

Florida: 64.7%(28th)

Shots For:

Buffalo: 83(24th)

Florida: 80(26th)

Shots Against:

Buffalo: 156(29th)

Florida: 79(6th)

Face-Off Percentage:

Buffalo: 38.5%(30th)

Florida: 48.1%(25th)

Hits:

Buffalo: 99(13th)

Florida: 90(18th)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: 71(T-6th)

Florida: 27(T-27th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

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

Florida: MacKenzie, Huberdeau, and Gudbranson(1)

Assists:

Buffalo: Stafford(3), 7 Tied with 1 Assist

Florida: Campbell(2), MacKenzie, Upshall, Ekblad, and Olsen(1)

Points:

Buffalo: Stafford and Foligno(3), Ennis and Girgensons(2), 7 Tied with 1 Point

Florida: Campbell and MacKenzie(2), 5 Tied with 1 Point

Plus/Minus:

Buffalo: Foligno and Girgensons(+1), Strachan, Myers, and Gorges(EV)

Florida: Gudbranson, Olsen, Fleischmann, and Bergenheim(+1)

Penalty Minutes:

Buffalo: Weber(9), Benoit(8), Meszaros, Myers, McCormick, and Mitchell(4)

Florida: Thornton(7), 6 Tied with 4 PIMS

Shots:

Buffalo: Stewart(10), Girgensons and Gionta(9), Stafford(7), Ennis, Myers, and Benoit(6)

Florida: Gudbranson, Boyes, and Fleischmann(8), Kulikov(7), Ekblad and Huberdeau(5)

Face-Off Wins:

Buffalo: Girgensons(24), Ennis and Hodgson(14), Reinhart and Stafford(10), McCormick(8)

Florida: Bjugstad(23), Barkov(22), MacKenzie(19), Bolland(18)

Hits:

Buffalo: Weber(16), Deslauriers(15), Foligno and Girgensons(9), Mitchell(7)

Florida: MacKenzie(14), Olsen(9), Upshall(8), Gudbranson(7)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: Gorges(19), Benoit(12), Weber(9), Meszaros and Myers(5)

Florida: Mitchell(6), Ekblad and Upshall(3), 5 Tied with 2 Blocked Shots

Starting Lineups:

Sabres Forward Lines:

Stafford-Ennis-Moulson

Foligno-Hodgson-Stewart

Mitchell-Girgensons-Gionta

Deslauriers-Reinhart-McCormick

Sabres Defense Pairings:

Myers-Gorges

Benoit-Ristolaninen

Weber-Meszaros

Panthers Forward Lines:

Boyes-Bjugstad-Upshall

Jokinen-Huberdeau-Barkov

Bergenheim-Bolland-Fleischmann

Kopecky-MacKenzie-Hayes

Panthers Defense Pairings:

Ekblad-Campbell

Kulikov-Mitchell

Olsen-Gudbranson

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

Buffalo: Jhonas Enroth 3 GP 1-2-0 3.89 GAA .893 SV% 0 SO

Florida: Roberto Luongo 3 GP 0-2-1 3.78 GAA .870 SV% 0 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: March 7 Panthers Won 2-0

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

All-Time: Sabres Lead 44-28-4-0-3

All-Time vs FLA: Sabres Lead 24-12-3-0-1

Upcoming Matchups:

December 6th @ Panthers 7:30 PM

December 13th vs Panthers 7:00 PM

January 2nd vs Panthers 7:00 PM

February 28th @ Panthers 3:00 PM

Last Game Recap:

Sabres outlast Hurricanes in marathon shootout

There were plenty of questions surrounding the Buffalo Sabres after their third straight loss Monday. But after a better effort Tuesday, they found some answers.

The Sabres squandered a two-goal lead in the third period, but Zemgus Girgensons scored in the eighth round of the shootout to lift Buffalo to a 4-3 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena.

After a disheartening 5-1 home loss against the Anaheim Ducks on Monday dropped their record to 0-3-0, coach Ted Nolan challenged his team to deliver more than he saw in a lackluster 12-shot performance.

“I’ve never questioned the character of this team once,” Nolan said. “We weren’t playing very well for whatever reason, and we have to find the solution to our problems and work it out together.”

Until a late comeback by the Hurricanes, the Sabres did just that, riding a two-goal performance from Marcus Foligno.

“It’s going to take some time,” Foligno said. “We know that. We get up 3-1 and we sit back. It’s something that’s fixable. We’ve got confidence now, and this win really does help out.”

Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth won a duel with Carolina goaltender Cam Ward in the shootout. Chris Terry’s second-round shot eluded Enroth, who was sharp all night, tracking pucks well through traffic.

“When you have that feeling that you see all the pucks and you’re feeling big in the net, it’s a pretty big confidence boost right before a shootout,” Enroth said.

http://sabres.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2014020041

Tonight’s Preview:

Panthers’ Ekblad looks to keep improving vs. Sabres

Season series: Defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen scored his first NHL goal as the Buffalo Sabres won the teams’ first game last season 3-1, but the Florida Panthers won the final three. That included wins at First Niagara Center 12 days apart in January and a 2-0 victory in the most recent game, March 7, with Roberto Luongo stopping all 25 shots he faced for his 66th career shutout.

Panthers team scope: Defenseman Aaron Ekblad has seen his ice time increase game by game; he played 23:34 in a 1-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Monday and had two shots on goal. “The kid is playing the way we want him to,” coach Gerard Gallant said, according to the Miami Herald. “He’s looked good. He’s playing the way he did in junior although he’s playing against men, against NHL players, so he’s not getting the scoring chances he did. Still, he’s putting the puck to the net, moving the puck and defending real well. He’s getting better every game.” The Panthers have three goals in three games, and Gallant moved Jimmy Hayes to the top line at practice Wednesday after he had four shots on goal against the Senators in his season debut.

Sabres team scope: Forward Patrick Kaleta practiced Thursday in non-contract jerseys. Kaleta, who sustained a head injury when hit in the head by a puck in a preseason game, also wore a full face shield. “Nice to be back out there with my teammates,” Kaleta said, according to the Sabres website. “Can’t wait to be cleared, then I’ll be ready to go.” Two other injured players, defensemen Jake McCabe (mid-body) and Mark Pysyk (upper body), also practiced Thursday; McCabe wore a non-contact jersey. After practice both players were re-assigned to Rochester of the American Hockey League. Of the three injured players, Buffalo coach Ted Nolan said Kaleta probably was the furthest from returning. The Sabres come off a 4-3 shootout win at the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday as they begin a brief homestand that sees the Boston Bruins visit on Saturday.

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Injury Report:

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

Florida: No Injuries To Report

Next 5 Games:

October 18th vs Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD/FX-CA)

October 22nd @ Anaheim Ducks 10:30PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

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)

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Sabres Head To Raleigh Looking For Answers And First Win 7:30 PM(NBCSN HD, WGR550)

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Last Game:

Buffalo: Oct 13th vs Ducks Loss 5-1

Carolina: Oct 11th @ NY Islanders Loss 4-3

Record:

Buffalo: 0-3-0

Carolina: 0-2-0

Points:

Buffalo: 0

Carolina: 0

Rank In Conference:

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

Carolina: 15th(8th in Metropolitan)

Goals For:

Buffalo: 4(T-25th)

Carolina: 6(T-19th)

Goals Against:

Buffalo: 14(T-29th)

Carolina: 9(T-18th)

Power Play Rankings:

Buffalo: 0.0%(T-24th)

Chicago: 44.4%(T-3rd)

Penalty Kill Rankings:

Buffalo: 78.6%(T-18th)

Carolina: 50.0%(30th)

Shots For:

Buffalo: 57(23rd)

Carolina: 48(30th)

Shots Against:

Buffalo: 131(30th)

Carolina: 57(T-11th)

Face-Off Percentage:

Buffalo: 40.9%(30th)

Carolina: 50.4%(14th)

Hits:

Buffalo: 65(T-14th)

Carolina: 50(20th)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: 54(3rd)

Carolina: 24(T-23rd)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Buffalo: Girgensons and Ennis(2)

Carolina: Tlusty(3), E. Staal, Gerbe, and Terry(1)

Assists:

Buffalo: Stafford(3), Foligno, Moulson, and Meszaros(1)

Carolina: Sekera and Semin(2)

Points:

Buffalo: Stafford(3), Ennis and Girgensons(2), Foligno, Moulson, and Meszaros(1)

Carolina: Tlusty(4), E. Staal, Sekera, and Semin(2)

Plus/Minus:

Buffalo: 7 Players Tied With EV Rating

Carolina: Nash(+2), Terry and Brown(+1), Tlusty, Gleason, and Murphy(EV)

Penalty Minutes:

Buffalo: Weber(9), Benoit(6), Meszaros, Myers, and McCormick(4)

Carolina: Harrison(19), Gleason and Brown(4), Semin, Gerbe, Rask, and Malone(2)

Shots:

Buffalo: Stewart(9), Girgensons(7), Ennis, Moulson, and Benoit(5) Gionta, Stafford, and Myers(4)

Carolina: Tlusty and Semin(6), McClement(5)

Face-Off Wins:

Buffalo: Girgensons(19), Ennis(13), Hodgson(10), McCormick, Reinhart, and Stafford(8)

Carolina: E. Staal(19), McClement(13), Rask(10), Nash(7)

Hits:

Buffalo: Deslauriers(12), Weber(10), Foligno(7), Girgensons(5)

Carolina: Gleason and Malone(8), Gerbe(6), Brown(5), Faulk, McClement, and Rask(3)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: Gorges(13), Benoit(8), Weber(6), Meszaros(5)

Carolina: Sekera(4), Faulk and Hainsey(3), Gleason, McClement, and Murphy(2)

Starting Lineups:

Sabres Forward Lines:

Stafford-Ennis-Moulson

Hodgson-Girgensons-Stewart

Mitchell-Reinhart-Gionta

Deslauriers-McCormick-Flynn

Sabres Defense Pairings:

Myers-Gorges

Benoit-Meszaros

Weber-Ristolaninen

Hurricanes Forward Lines:

Semin-Staal-Tlusty

Gerbe-Rask-Lindholm

Dwyer-McClement-Malone

Terry-Nash-Brown

Hurricanes Defense Pairings:

Sekera-Faulk

Murphy-Harrison

Gleason-Liles

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

Buffalo: Jhonas Enroth 2 GP 0-2-0 4.50 GAA .897 SV% 0 SO

Carolina: Cam Ward 1 GP 0-1-0 5.08 GAA .808 SV% 0 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: March 13th Hurricanes Won 4-2

Season Series: Hurricanes Won 2-1-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 97-68-18-4-2

All-Time @ CAR: Sabres Lead 42-37-11-3-2

Upcoming Matchups:

January 8th @ Hurricanes 7:00 PM

April 6th vs Hurricanes 7:00 PM

Last Game Recap:

Rookie Karlsson’s two goals pace Ducks past Sabres

The Anaheim Ducks wanted to play the perfect road game and they came as close to getting it on Monday with a 5-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center.

Rookie forward William Karlsson scored his first two NHL goals to lead the Ducks. Corey Perry, Matt Beleskey, and Ryan Kesler scored and goalie Frederik Andersen made 11 saves to help Anaheim earn its second consecutive win.

“That’s one of the better efforts I’ve seen a team play. Not just offensively, but defensively as well,” Kesler said after the Ducks outshot the Sabres 44-12. “We didn’t give them much and the chances we did give them, [Andersen] was there. I think it was a full team effort tonight. It wasn’t just one or two lines, it was everybody pulling the same direction. When you get that, you get a result like that.”

Perry’s power-play goal opened the scoring with 4:30 left in the first period. His goal came on the Ducks’ fourth power play of the period and helped them settle into the game. Anaheim outshot Buffalo 17-3 in the first.

“Perry’s goal was huge,” Kesler said. “It’s the difference between a 0-0 game and a 1-0 game where you’re 0-for-4 on the power play in the first, so that was a huge goal. We were getting chances, we were getting zone time, but we just couldn’t bury them and finally Corey got one.”

Sabres forward Tyler Ennis scored his second goal at 6:36 of the third. Ennis chipped the puck past Andersen after a pass from behind the net by Matt Moulson. The goal was the first scored by the Sabres in the third period this season.

“That’s the first I think I’ve ever experienced that,” Ennis said about the Sabres’ 12 shots on goal. “So we need to learn from it. We need to be mad. We need to be angry.”

The Sabres have been outshot by their opponents in each of their first three games and 131-57 overall.

“Sometimes if you have nothing good to say, it’s better not to say too much, especially after an outing like this,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “That was like an NHL team playing against a peewee team. They dominated us from start to finish. They did all the right things. Everything that we could do wrong we did do wrong.”

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Tonight’s Preview:

Sabres, Hurricanes seeking first win of season

Season series: This is the first of three games between the Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes. Each team will be seeking its first win of the season Tuesday.

Sabres team scope: The Sabres enter the game coming off a 5-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Monday. The Sabres were outshot by the Ducks 44-12 and have been outshot by opponents 131-57 in three games this season. “Two steps ahead, and we try to catch up and [we’re] out of position, not strong enough, not committed enough,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “No desperation, that’s the bottom line. To me, that’s probably the most frustrating. We haven’t got a whole lot of superstars on our team. … The only way you’re going to stay in this League is you got to play with some kind of desperation, some kind of want that you actually want to play.” The Sabres have had offensive problems as well; Buffalo has four goals this season, two each for forwards Zemgus Girgensons and Tyler Ennis. “You look at two forwards, probably those are the only two guys that worked,” Nolan said. “This game is hard enough to play when you’re giving your best and giving everything you’ve got. When you don’t, these games like [Monday] are going to happen.”

Hurricanes team scope: The Hurricanes dropped back-to-back games to the New York Islanders on Friday and Saturday. Carolina will be without two more key forwards; captain Eric Staal is out with an upper-body injury and Patrick Dwyer has a lower-body injury. They are already without Jeff Skinner (concussion) and Jordan Staal (broken leg). “It’s a long, long year and we’re getting hit with some injuries right now, but you play through it and away you go,” Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said. “That’s why you have guys down in the minors that are NHL players that are ready to go and help you out.” The Hurricanes recalled forward Zach Boychuk from the Charlotte Checkers in the American Hockey League on Sunday.

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Injury Report:

Buffalo: Kaleta Facial Fractures(IR/Out), Hackett Undisclosed(IR/Out), McCabe Undisclosed(IR/Out), Pysyk Upper Body(IR/Out), Foligno Undisclosed(Questionable)

Carolina: J. Staal Broken Right Leg(IR/Out), Skinner Concussion(IR/Out), Dwyer Lower Body Injury(Questionable), E. Staal Upper Body Injury(Questionable)

Next 5 Games:

October 17th vs Florida Panthers 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

October 18th vs Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD/FX-CA)

October 22nd @ Anaheim Ducks 10:30PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

October 23rd @ Los Angeles Kings 10:30 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

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

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Last Game:

Buffalo: Oct 9th vs Blue Jackets Loss 3-1

Chicago: Oct 9th @ Stars Won(SO) 3-2

Record:

Buffalo: 0-1-0

Chicago: 1-0-0

Points:

Buffalo: 0

Chicago: 2

Rank In Conference:

Buffalo: 13th(8th in Atlantic)

Chicago: 6th(4th in Central)

Goals For:

Buffalo: 1(T-25th)

Chicago: 2(T-17th)

Goals Against:

Buffalo: 3(T-15th)

Chicago: 2(T-8th)

Power Play Rankings:

Buffalo: 0.0%(T-17th)

Chicago: 20.0%(12th)

Penalty Kill Rankings:

Buffalo: 75.0%(T-20th)

Chicago: 83.3%(16th)

Shots For:

Buffalo: 22(25th)

Chicago: 26(21st)

Shots Against:

Buffalo: 40(25th)

Chicago: 34(T-20th)

Face-Off Percentage:

Buffalo: 50.9%(14th)

Chicago: 45.4%(20th)

Hits:

Buffalo: 16(T-23rd)

Chicago: 12(28th)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: 22(6th)

Chicago: 16(T-8th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Buffalo: Girgensons(1)

Chicago: Keith and Sharp(1)

Assists:

Buffalo: Foligno(1)

Chicago: Keith, Sharp, Kane, and Seabrook(1)

Points:

Buffalo: Girgensons and Foligno(1)

Chicago: Keith and Sharp(2), Kane and Seabrook

Plus/Minus:

Buffalo: Foligno, Girgensons, and Stewart(+1)

Chicago: Sharp, Toews, and Hossa(+1)

Penalty Minutes:

Buffalo: Myers, Gionta, Weber, Ristolainen, and Gorges(2)

Chicago: Hjalmarsson(4), Keith, Sharp, Hossa, Kruger, Morin(2)

Shots:

Buffalo: Stewart(5), Gionta(4), Moulson(3), Foligno, Girgensons, and Benoit(2)

Chicago: Sharp(6), Kane(5), Richards(3), Morin(2)

Face-Off Wins:

Buffalo: Girgensons(8), Ennis(5), Hodgson, McCormick, and Reinhart(4), Stafford(3)

Chicago: Toews(13), Richards(7), Shaw(5), Kruger(4)

Hits:

Buffalo: Deslauriers(6), Gorges, Myers, and Weber(2), Foligno, McCormick, Mitchell, and Stewart(1)

Chicago: Carcillo, Sharp, and Shaw(2)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: Benoit(4), Gorges, Meszaros, and Myers(3), Reinhart, Stafford, Stewart, and Weber(2), Girgensons

Chicago: Seabrook(5), Hjalmarsson and Keith(3),

Starting Lineups:

Sabres Forward Lines:

Stafford-Ennis-Moulson

Hodgson-Girgensons-Gionta

Foligno-Reinhart-Stewart

Deslauriers-McCormick-Mitchell

Sabres Defense Pairings:

Myers-Gorges

Benoit-Meszaros

Weber-Ristolaninen

Blackhawks Forward Lines:

Shaw-Saad-Kane

Hossa-Toews-Sharp

Bickell-Richards-Smith

Carcillo-Kruger-Morin

Blackhawks Defense Pairings:

Keith-Seabrook

Hjalmarsson-van Riemsdyk

Odyua-Rundblad

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

Buffalo: Jhonas Enroth 0-1-0 3.00 GAA .925 SV% 0 SO

Chicago: Corey Crawford 1-0-0 1.85 GAA .941 SV% 0 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: March 9th Blackhawks Won 2-1

Season Series: Blackhawks Won 2-0-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 53-47-13

All-Time @ CHI: Blackhawks Lead 31-18-6-1-0

Upcoming Matchups:

April 3rd vs Blackhawks 7:00 PM

Last Game Recap:

Johansen helps Blue Jackets get by Sabres

Ryan Johansen did not participate in training camp, but that and a bit of fatigue couldn’t stop him from making a difference for the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday.

Cam Atkinson‘s tiebreaking power-play goal with 7:15 left in the third period, assisted by Johansen, helped the Blue Jackets to a 3-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center in the season opener for each team.
Atkinson’s goal came with three seconds remaining on a hooking penalty to Sabres captain Brian Gionta. Atkinson found room after a quick pass from Johansen set him up to the right of goalie Jhonas Enroth; he skated around Sabres defenseman Andre Benoit, who went down to block a shot.
Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons tied the game 1:21 after Skille’s goal when he beat Bobrovsky on a short breakaway. Girgensons got behind the defense after he poked the puck past Blue Jackets forward Alexander Wennberg and scored five-hole. It’s the second consecutive season Girgensons scored the first goal of the season for the Sabres; he did it against the Detroit Red Wings on Oct. 2, 2013.
“I didn’t like our effort tonight,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “I think it was OK at best. I don’t know what it was. I think guys really wanted to do it. Maybe there’s just too much jitters about the home opener, there’s too much hype about it.”
Sabres forward Sam Reinhart, the second pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, had no shots on goal and no points in his NHL debut. His highlight moment came 9:09 into the third period when he set up Cody Hodgson for a wrist shot that was stopped by Bobrovsky.

“He was OK, for an 18-year-old kid jumping in against a team like Columbus that’s a pretty quick team,” Nolan said. “They’re a good team and he gets to do it again next game against Chicago (on Saturday). … Every team in this league is a good team, so he’s got to understudy quick.”

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Tonight’s Preview:

Kane, Blackhawks try to continue success vs. Sabres

Season series: The Chicago Blackhawks haven’t lost to the Buffalo Sabres since 2009-10, winning the past five games. That includes sweeping two games last season, led by Patrick Kane, who scored a goal in each game against his hometown team. Kane has four goals and three assists in eight career games against the team he grew up rooting for, and the Blackhawks are 6-2-0 in those games.

Blackhawks team scope: Chicago got the win Thursday at the Dallas Stars to begin the season, but the Blackhawks aren’t happy with how it played out, particularly coach Joel Quenneville. They were outshot 34-26, gave the Stars six power plays and didn’t look much like themselves until the third period of a 3-2 shootout victory. Kane’s 15th career shootout-deciding goal tied him for the lead in that category among active players and rewarded goalie Corey Crawford (32 saves) for a superb effort. “I think we got lucky [Thursday] night,” defenseman Brent Seabrook said Friday. “[Quennveille] said it. ‘Call the cops.’ [Crawford] stole that one for us. He was amazing last night and we can’t expect him to be playing like that all year long. We have to be better in front of him, from all the forwards to all the defensemen.”

Sabres team scope: Unable to build on a goal by forward Zemgus Girgensons late in the second period Thursday, the Sabres were caught flat-footed to start the third by the Columbus Blue Jackets and lost their opener 3-1 at First Niagara Center. The good news was the play of goalie Jhonas Enroth, who is getting his first crack at a No. 1 job. Enroth made 37 saves to keep Buffalo in a game that Columbus dominated most of the night. “This is a competitive group,” coach Ted Nolan said Friday. “They really are. It was almost like one of those deer-in-the-headlights looks. There was just no drive, we didn’t have [any] jump. Hopefully this is just one of those jittery type of games we get out of our system and move forward.”

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Injury Report:

Buffalo: Kaleta Facial Fractures(IR/Out), Hackett Undisclosed(IR/Out), McCabe Undisclosed(IR/Out), Pysyk Upper Body(IR/Out)

Chicago: Mashinter Lower Body(IR/Out), Versteeg Lower Body(Questionable), Rozsival Upper Body(Questionable)

Next 5 Games:

October 13th vs Anaheim Ducks 3:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

October 14th @ Carolina Hurricanes 7:30 PM(NBCSN HD)

October 17th vs Florida Panthers 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

October 18th vs Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD/FX-CA)

October 22nd @ Anaheim Ducks 10:30PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

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