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Sabres hoping not to get burned by similarly struggling Flames

vs. 2:00 PM MSG HD

Last Game:
Buffalo: December 12 @ Senators-Sabres Lost 2-1

Calgary: December 12 vs. Hurricanes-Flames Won 2-1(OT)

Record:
Buffalo: 7-23-2
Calgary: 12-15-4

Points:
Buffalo: 16
Calgary: 28

Rank In Conference:
Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)
Calgary: 13th(6th in Pacific)

Goals For:
Buffalo: 50(30th)
Calgary: 79(T-21st)

Goals Against:
Buffalo: 94(T-23rd)
Calgary: 100(27th)

Power Play Rankings:
Buffalo: 13.8%(26th)
Calgary: 14.6%(25th)

Penalty Kill Rankings:
Buffalo: 79.6%(23rd)
Calgary: 81.8%(16th)

Shots For:
Buffalo: 833(30th)
Calgary: 849(28th)

Shots Against:
Buffalo: 1101(27th)
Calgary: 919(8th)

Face-Off Percentage:
Buffalo: 46.3%(27th)
Calgary: 45.5%(30th)

Hits:
Buffalo: 840(8th)
Calgary: 669(20th)

Blocked Shots:
Buffalo: 444(18th)
Calgary: 584(2nd)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

Buffalo: Moulson(10), Hodgson(8), Ennis(7), Foligno, Ott, and Girgensons(3)
Calgary: Cammalleri(10), Hudler and Monahan(9), Stempniak and Jones(6)

Assists:
Buffalo: Moulson and Hodgson(10), Stafford(8), Ehrhoff and Girgensons(7), Myers and Ennis(6)
Calgary: Hudler(19), Russell(11), Wideman(10), Stajan, Giordano, Beartschi(9)

Points:
Buffalo: Moulson(20), Hodgson(18), Ennis(13), Girgensons and Stafford(10)
Calgary: Hudler(28), Cammalleri, Monahan, Russell(15), Stajan(14)

Plus/Minus:
Buffalo: Adam, McNabb, and Sulzer(EV)
Calgary: Russell(+4), Bouma and Byron(+2), Reinhart(+1)

Penalty Minutes:
Buffalo: McCormick(43), Scott(42), Myers and Ott(39), Foligno(27), Weber(23)
Calgary: O’Brien(42), Jackman(41), McGrattan(29), Smid(23)

Shots:
Buffalo: Stafford(77), Hodgson(75), Moulson(69), Ennis(66)
Calgary: Stempniak(80), Cammalleri(70), Jones(60), Russell(58)

Face-Off Wins:
Buffalo: Hodgson(243), Ott(177), Foligno(115), Larsson(67)
Calgary: Stajan(220), Backlund(185), Monahan(161), Colborne(143)

Hits:
Buffalo: Ott(107), Foligno(84), Girgensons(63), Myers(58)
Calgary: Jones(54), Bouman(49), Colborne(45), Wideman(44)

Blocked Shots:
Buffalo: Ehrhoff(53), Myers(43), Pysyk(38), Tallinder(37)
Calgary: Russell(91), Butler(84), Brodie(54), Wideman(49)

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 6-17-0 2.91 GAA .921 SV% 0 SO
Calgary: Karri Ramo 5-5-1 2.82 GAA .903 SV% 0 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: November 4, 2011 @ Buffalo-Sabres Won 2-1

Season Series: Tied 0-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 48-33-16
All-Time @ BUF: Sabres Lead 30-13-5

Upcoming Matchups:
March 18 @ Calgary 9:00 PM(MSG HD)

Injury Report:
Buffalo: Sulzer Undisclosed(IR/Out), Hodgson Undisclosed(Questionable)
Calgary: Glencross Sprained MCL(IR/Out), Wideman Broken Hand(IR/Out), Monahan Fractured Foot(IR/Out)

Next 5 Games:
December 17 vs Winnipeg Jets 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
December 19 vs Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
December 21 at Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
December 23 vs Phoenix Coyotes 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
December 27 at Toronto Maple Leafs 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

Sabres Head To The Canadian Capital For 2nd Straight Win Over Senators

@ 7:30 PM

 

Last Game:

 

Buffalo: December 10 vs Senators Won(SO) 2-1

 

Ottawa: December 10 at Sabres Loss(SO) 2-1

 
Record:

Buffalo: 7-22-2

 

Ottawa: 12-14-6

 
Points:

 

Buffalo: 16

 

Ottawa: 30

 
Rank In Conference:

 

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

 

Ottawa: 11th(6th in Atlantic)

 
Goals For:

 

Buffalo: 49(30th)

 

Ottawa: 91(T-7th)

 
Goals Against:

 

Buffalo: 92(T-24th)

 

Ottawa: 100(27th)

 
Power Play Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 13.5%(26th)

 

Ottawa: 19.3%(11th)

 
Penalty Kill Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 79.0%(T-23rd)

 

Ottawa: 79.0%(T-23rd)

 
Shots For:

 

Buffalo: 792(30th)

 

Ottawa: 1063(4th)

 
Shots Against:

 

Buffalo: 1069(27th)

 

Ottawa: 1093(29th)

 
Face-Off Percentage:

 

Buffalo: 46.4%(26th)

 

Ottawa: 52.1%(7th)

 
Hits:

 

Buffalo: 823(6th)

 

Ottawa: 1028(2nd)

 
Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: 428(18th)

 

Ottawa: 380(T-26th)

 
Team Leaders:

 

Goals:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(10), Hodgson(8), Ennis(6), Foligno, Ott, and Girgensons(3)

 

Ottawa: Ryan(14), MacArthur(11), Spezza(10), Karlsson and Zibanejad(8)

 
Assists:

 

Buffalo: Moulson and Hodgson(10), Stafford, Ehrhoff, and Girgensons(7), Myers and Ennis(6), Foligno and Leino(5)

 

Ottawa: Karlsson(21), Spezza(17), Turris(16), Ryan and MacArthur(14)

 
Points:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(20), Hodgson(18), Ennis(12), Girgensons(10)

 

Ottawa: Karlsson(29), Ryan(28), Spezza(27), MacArthur(25)

 
Plus/Minus:

 

Buffalo: Adam, McNabb, and Sulzer(EV), Kaleta and Moulson(-1), Girgensons, D’Agostini, and Larsson(-2), McBain and Grigorenko(-3)

 

Ottawa: MacArthur(+12), Turris(+7), Ryan and Gryba(+5), Cowen and Conacher(+3)

 
Penalty Minutes:

 

Buffalo: Myers and Ott(39), McCormick and Scott(38), Foligno(27), Weber(23)

 

Ottawa: Neil(88), Borowiecki(48), Smith(43), MacArthur and Cowen(22)

 
Shots:

 

Buffalo: Hodgson(75), Stafford(71), Moulson(67), Ennis(59)

 

Ottawa: Turris(98), Karlsson(96), Spezza(93), Ryan(87)

 
Face-Off Wins:

 

Buffalo: Hodgson(243), Ott(173), Foligno(109), Larsson(67)

 

Ottawa: Spezza(354), Turris(305), Smith(242), Grant(79)

 
Hits:

 

Buffalo: Ott(104), Foligno(81), Girgensons(61), Myers(55)

 

Ottawa: Greening(108), Neil(105), Cowen(92), Methot(88)

 
Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: Ehrhoff(50), Myers(41), Pysyk(37), Weber(36)

 

Ottawa: Cowen(49), Phillips(48), Methot(46), Karlsson(34)

 
Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

 

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 6-16-0 2.95 GAA .920 SV% 0 SO

 

Ottawa: Robin Lehner 4-6-3 2.36 GAA .933 SV% 0 SO

 
Notes:

 

Last Meeting: December 7 Sabres Won(SO) 2-1

 

 

Season Series: Senators Lead 1-0-1

 

All-Time: Sabres Lead 58-43-17

 

All-Time at OTT: Sabres Lead 26-23-10

 
Upcoming Matchups:

 

February 6 at Senators 7:30 PM

 
Last Game Recap:

 
Girgensons, Miller Lead Sabres Past Senators In Shootout

 
The Buffalo Sabres shook up their line combinations in practice coming into their matchup against the Ottawa Senators. The changes seemed to pay off.

 
Tuesday night, the Sabres put 36 shots on goal – matching a season-high – and defeated Ottawa 2-1 in the shootout at First Niagara Center. Zemgus Girgensons scored both Buffalo’s lone goal in regulation and the decisive tally in the top of the 10th round of the shootout.

 
Ryan Miller turned aside 35 Senators shots en route to his fourth shootout victory of the season. He’s 4-0 on the year.

 

The win was Miller’s 46th career shootout win and with it, he claimed sole possession of the record for most shootout wins in NHL history. Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers has 45.

 

Miller improved to 54-41 all-time in shootouts, including a 7-4 all-time record against Ottawa. Since the beginning of the 2010-11 season, he is 7-4-2 against the Senators with a .940 save percentage and a 2.03 goals against average.

 

Milan Michalek scored for Ottawa, giving them a 1-0 lead 6:25 into the contest. He connected on a cross-ice feed from wing Cory Conacher. Ottawa goaltender Robin Lehner made 35 saves.

 

 

 

Girgensons skated with left wing Matt Moulson and center Tyler Ennis. They led Sabres forwards in ice time in even-strength situations. Girgensons extended his point streak to three games when he tied the game with 6:45 to play in the second period. He has two goals and an assist over that span.

 
“I think we just worked as a team today. That’s why we came out with the win,” he said. “All the guys were going. Our line was going all the time, we could’ve had a couple more here and our line just clicked here.”

 
On his goal, Girgensons beat Senators defenseman Joe Corvo to a rebound fired by Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff. The puck came right back to Girgensons who put it home on the short side.

 
“I think he’s getting rewarded for his work,” Sabres interim coach Ted Nolan said. “He’s always worked and good things happen when you do that. Now he’s getting some breaks. Not too often he’s going to get a goal from where he did tonight, but I think it’s a good reward for a kid who’s worked so hard. ”

 
http://sabres.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2013020458

 
Tonight’s Preview:

 

Senators seek split of home-and-home with Sabres

 

Big story: If you want to beat the Sabres, do it before the shootout. Buffalo is 3-22-2 in games that end in either regulation or overtime but 4-0 in the penalty-shot tiebreaker. Matt Moulson, Brian Flynn and Steve Ott scored prior to Girgensons, and Mika Zibanejad, Kyle Turris and Milan Michalek answered for Ottawa.

 
The Senators will be without defenseman Jared Cowen for the rematch. He was suspended two games Wednesday for an illegal check on Girgensons on Tuesday.

 
Team Scope:

 

Sabres: Girgensons, the 14th pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, had one goal in his first 28 games but has goals in consecutive games and a three-game point streak.

 
Ryan Miller helped Buffalo make it as far as a shootout by stopping 35 shots during regulation and overtime. His teammates picked him up a bit from there. Flynn and Ott gave the Sabres leads in the shootout, scoring in the sixth and seventh rounds respectively, but Miller allowed goals to Turris and Michalek that kept the game going. After Girgensons scored in the 10th round, Miller denied Erik Condra to secure the second point.

 
“We haven’t had a chance to win a lot of games,” Miller said after his 46th career shootout win, tops in NHL history. “I want to win some games. So, if this is going to be my opportunity to win a game for any number of games, I got to take it and give these guys some confidence.”

 
Senators: Ottawa dropped to 1-5 in shootouts. The Senators hadn’t even scored in the skills competition prior to Jason Spezza connecting in a win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday, and despite putting three pucks past Miller on Tuesday they were unable to make it two wins in a row.

 
Robin Lehner had been excellent up to that point, like Miller turning aside 35 shots. But the Senators were never able to build on the lead Michalek established by scoring 6:25 into the game.

 
“We tried, but unfortunately it comes down to a shootout, and that’s not my best right now,” Lehner said in the Ottawa Sun.

 
Who’s hot: Miller has a save percentage above .900 in 16 of 22 appearances, including six in a row. Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff has one goal and three assists in his past five games.

 

http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/preview?id=2013020475&navid=sb:preview

 
Injury Report:

 

Buffalo: Sulzer Undisclosed(Questionable)

 

Ottawa: Cowen Suspension(Out)

 
Next 5 Games:

 

December 14 vs Calgary Flames 2:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)

 

December 17 vs Winnipeg Jets 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)

 

December 19 vs Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)

 

December 21 at Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

 

December 23 vs Phoenix Coyotes 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)

 

Sabres looking for some sort of spark against Sens

vs. 7:00 PM

Last Game:
Buffalo: December 7 @ Canadiens-Sabres Lost 2-3

Ottawa: December 9 vs. Flyers-Senators Won 5-4(SO)

Record:
Buffalo: 6-22-2
Ottawa: 12-14-5

Points:
Buffalo: 14
Ottawa: 29

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

Goals For:
Buffalo: 48(30th)
Ottawa: 90(T-6th)

Goals Against:
Buffalo: 91(T-24th)
Ottawa: 99(27th)

Power Play Rankings:
Buffalo: 14.0%(26th)
Ottawa: 19.8%(11th)

Penalty Kill Rankings:
Buffalo: 78.4%(25th)
Ottawa: 78.5%(24th)

Shots For:
Buffalo: 756(30th)
Ottawa: 1027(4th)

Shots Against:
Buffalo: 1033(27th)
Ottawa: 1057(29th)

Face-Off Percentage:
Buffalo: 46.6%(26th)
Ottawa: 52.1%(7th)

Hits:
Buffalo: 805(7th)
Ottawa: 1015(2nd)

Blocked Shots:
Buffalo: 411(19th)
Ottawa: 371(27th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

Buffalo: Moulson(10), Hodgson(8), Ennis(6), Foligno and Ott(3)
Ottawa: Ryan(14), MacArthur(11), Spezza(10), Karlsson and Zibanejad(8)

Assists:
Buffalo: Moulson and Hodgson(10), Stafford and Girgensons(7), Ennis, Ehrhoff, Myers(6)
Ottawa: Karlsson(21), Spezza(17), Turris(16), Ryan and MacArthur(14)

Points:
Buffalo: Moulson(20), Hodgson(18), Ennis(12), Girgensons and Stafford(9)
Ottawa: Karlsson(29), Ryan(28), Spezza(27), MacArthur(25), Turris(23)

Plus/Minus:
Buffalo: Adam, McNabb, and Sulzer(EV)
Ottawa: MacArthur(+12), Turris(+7), Ryan and Gryba(+5), Cowen and Conacher(+3)

Penalty Minutes:
Buffalo: Myers and Ott(39), McCormick and Scott(38), Foligno(27), Weber(23)
Ottawa: Neil(88), Borowiecki(48), Smith(43), MacArthur and Cowen(22)

Shots:
Buffalo: Hodgson(72), Stafford(71), Moulson(62), Ennis(55)
Ottawa: Karlsson(94), Turris(90), Spezza(89), Ryan(86), Smith(68)

Face-Off Wins:
Buffalo: Hodgson(232), Ott(162), Foligno(108), Larsson(67)
Ottawa: Spezza(344), Turris(294), Smith(234), Grant(79)

Hits:
Buffalo: Ott(103), Foligno(78), Girgensons(58), Myers(54), Weber(53)
Ottawa: Greening(107), Neil(105), Methot(88), Cowen(87), Smith(86)

Blocked Shots:
Buffalo: Ehrhoff(49), Myers and Weber(36), Pysyk(35), Tallinder(32)
Ottawa: Phillips(48), Cowen(47), Methot(46), Karlsson(32), Wiercioch(27)

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 5-16-0 3.05 GAA .917 SV% 0 SO
Ottawa: Robin Lehner 4-6-2 2.49 GAA .930 SV% 0 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: October 4 @ Sabres-Senators Won 1-0

Season Series: Senators Lead 1-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 70-51-17
All-Time at BUF: Sabres Lead 36-26-7

Upcoming Matchups:
December 12 @ Ottawa 7:30 PM(MSG HD)
February 6 @ Ottawa 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

Injury Report:
Buffalo: Sulzer Undisclosed(IR/Out)
Ottawa: No Injuries Reported

Next 5 Games:
December 12 at Ottawa Senators 7:30 PM(MSG HD)
December 14 vs Calgary Flames 2:00 PM(MSG HD)
December 17 vs Winnipeg Jets 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
December 19 vs Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
December 21 at Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

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Offensively Challenged Sabres Head To Montreal To Take On Division Leading Canadiens

@ 7:00 PM

 

Last Game:

 

Buffalo: December 5 vs Rangers Loss 3-1

 

 

Montreal: December 5 vs Bruins Won 2-1

 

 
Record:

Buffalo: 6-21-2

 

Montreal: 18-9-3

 
Points:

 

Buffalo: 14

 

Montreal: 39

 
Rank In Conference:

 

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

 

Montreal: 2nd(1st in Atlantic)

 
Goals For:

 

Buffalo: 46(30th)

 

Montreal: 80(10th)

 
Goals Against:

 

Buffalo: 88(T-24th)

 

Montreal: 60(T-2nd)

 
Power Play Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 14.1%(T-25th)

 

Montreal: 22.9%(5th)

 
Penalty Kill Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 78.1%(25th)

 

Montreal: 86.3%(3rd)

 
Shots For:

 

Buffalo: 731(30th)

 

Montreal: 904(10th)

 
Shots Against:

 

Buffalo: 1014(29th)

 

Montreal: 926(24th)

 
Face-Off Percentage:

 

Buffalo: 46.4%(26th)

 

Montreal: 50.6%(15th)

 
Hits:

 

Buffalo: 759(T-7th)

 

Montreal: 559(27th)

 
Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: 399(T-15th)

 

Montreal: 567(1st)

 
Team Leaders:

 

Goals:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(10), Hodgson(8), Ennis(5), Foligno and Ott(3)

 

Montreal: Pacioretty(11), Plekanec(10), Gallagher(9), Eller(8)

 

Assists:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(10), Hodgson(9), Stafford and Girgensons(7), Myers(6)

 

Montreal: Subban(20), Markov(16), Galchenyuk(12), Gionta(11)

 
Points:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(20), Hodgson(17), Ennis(10), Stafford(9)

 

Montreal: Subban(24), Plekanec(20), Galchenyuk(19), Markov(18)

 
Plus/Minus:

 

Buffalo: Adam(+1), D’Agostini, McNabb, and Sulzer(EV), Kaleta(-1), Moulson, Girgensons, and Larsson(-2)

 

Montreal: Markov(+12), Plekanec(+10), Subban and Gorges(+8), Gallagher(+7)

 

Penalty Minutes:

 

Buffalo: Myers and Ott(39), McCormick and Scott(38), Foligno(27), Weber(23)

 

Montreal: Parros(37), Prust(36), Subban(29), White(25)

 
Shots:

 

Buffalo: Hodgson(70), Stafford(69), Moulson(61), Ennis(54)

 

Montreal: Subban(94), Gallagher(90), Pacioretty(86), Plekanec(75)

 
Face-Off Wins:

 

Buffalo: Hodgson(226), Ott(152), Foligno(105), Larsson(67)

 

Montreal: Plekanec(319), Eller(255), Desharnais(197), White(95)

 
Hits:

 

Buffalo: Ott(101), Foligno(73), Girgensons, Myers, and Weber(52), McCormick and Ristolainen(48)

 

Montreal: Eller(53), Gorges(38), White, Murray, and Emelin(36), Moen(35)

 
Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: Ehrhoff(49), Myers(36), Pysyk(35), Weber(34)

 

Montreal: Gorges(73), Diaz and Markov(70), Subban(45), Bouillon(38)

 
Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

 

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 5-16-0 3.05 GAA .917 SV% 0 SO

 

Montreal: Carey Price 13-8-2 1.95 GAA .938 SV% 1 SO

 
Notes:

 

Last Meeting: November 27 Canadiens Won 3-1

 

 

Season Series: Canadiens Lead 1-0-0

 

All-Time: Sabres Lead 119-103-37

 

All-Time at MTL: Canadiens Lead 67-50-13

 
Upcoming Matchups:

 

March 16 vs Canadiens 7:00 PM

 

March 25 at Canadiens 7:30 PM

 
Last Game Recap:

 
Ennis Late Goal Too Late For Sabres In Lost To Rangers

 
They had their chances. Unfortunately for the Buffalo Sabres, they weren’t able to capitalize on them.

 
Buffalo fell to the New York Rangers 3-1 at First Niagara Center on Thursday and are still looking to solve many of the issues that have befuddled them all season.

 
“Same problems, another day where we have to search for the answers,” Sabres interim coach Ted Nolan said. “No one’s going to ride in here and fix it for us. We have to fix it ourselves. We have to look in the mirror at what we can do to try to correct this thing to try to make it better.”

 
The Rangers held a 1-0 lead heading into the third period.

 
With 12:52 left, Cody Hodgson skated in on a breakaway but was denied by Lundqvist’s right pad. As Hodgson skated into the corner, he tripped up Rangers forward Rick Nash and was called for a penalty. The Sabres paid for the infraction when Brad Richards scored a power-play goal 1:09 later to make it 2-0 and take Buffalo right out of the game.

 
“Those are the type of things that are killing us – the timing of situations that happen. Cody goes on a breakaway, almost ties it up and all of a sudden, trips the guy and we’re down 2-0,” Nolan said. “It’s a momentum swing that we can’t afford. I don’t think Cody meant to do it. It just happened and when things go bad, things go bad. We just have to keep fighting here and keep trying to find the right solution to turn this thing around and try to find a consistent way of playing.”

 
Taking late penalties in close games has been a recurring problem for Buffalo. The Sabres committed only two penalties all game, but it was the call on Hodgson that made it extremely difficult for the Sabres to get back into the contest.

 
“The discipline was all right, but it is the timing that’s cost us this year,” Sabres center Tyler Ennis said.

 
“A few times, myself including taking a penalty at the end of the game, penalties that lose momentum for the guys. You’ve got to be more disciplined than that and when we get power plays, it’s gotta be better.”

 
Ennis scored Buffalo’s lone goal with 2:06 left in regulation to spoil Henrik Lundqvist’s shutout bid. The Rangers goaltender finished the game with 27 saves.

 

http://sabres.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2013020422

 
Tonight’s Preview:

 

First-place Canadiens face division rival Sabres

 
Big story: These longtime rivals enter the game looking at each other from different ends of the Atlantic Division. Montreal beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 on Thursday to overtake them in the division standings, although Boston holds two games in hand. Buffalo is last in the overall standings with 14 points after a 3-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Thursday. The Sabres have one win in their past eight games.

 

Team Scope:

 
Sabres: After winning its first game after Ted Nolan was brought in as coach after Ron Rolston was fired on Nov. 13, Buffalo has gone 1-6-1, with the lone victory coming in overtime against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Sabres hoped to turn things around when the Rangers visited First Niagara Center.

 

 

 

But Rick Nash’s goal 17:47 into the first period put Buffalo in a familiar and unfortunate position — playing from behind. The Sabres have trailed after 20 minutes in 22 of their 29 games; they are 5-17-0 when trailing through one period.

 
Tyler Ennis scored with 2:06 left, but it wasn’t enough as the Sabres lost 3-1. It was the sixth time in their past seven games they were held to one or fewer goals. Ryan Miller made 28 saves but wasn’t happy with any of the three goals he allowed.

 
“My job remains the same. I have to respond with a better effort than I had against the Rangers and keep building my game, hopefully in anticipation of putting myself out there for USA Hockey and helping this team get on the right page here,” Miller said after practice Friday. “We’re improving in small areas and our games are becoming hockey games now instead of lopsided kind of events. We’re in games and we gotta find ways to win. Hopefully that’s coming.”

 
Canadiens: After opening November with four straight losses, Montreal has been among the NHL’s hottest teams, going 10-1-2. That run has been due in large part to a stingy defense and the re-emergence of forward Max Pacioretty, who has scored nine goals in his past nine games.

 
That hot streak for Pacioretty and the Canadiens continued Thursday. Montreal got the tying goal from Tomas Plekanec before Pacioretty scored the go-ahead goal with 2:18 remaining in the second period. Carey Price stopped 16 shots in the third to preserve the 2-1 victory, marking the ninth straight game in which he has allowed two or fewer goals.

 
“There’s a lot of character in this room and we all know we have a lot more to give,” Pacioretty said. “Certain guys are stepping up, like Carey tonight.”

 
Who’s hot: Moulson has two goals in his past four games. Forward Zemgus Girgensons has two points in his past three games. … Pacioretty’s linemate David Desharnais has nine points in his past nine games.

 
http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/preview?id=2013020439&navid=sb:preview

 
Injury Report:

 

Buffalo: McCormick Upper Body(Probable), Sulzer Undisclosed(Questionable)

 

Montreal: Drewiske Shoulder Surgery(IR/Out), Bourque Lower Body(Questionable)

 
Next 5 Games:

 

December 10 vs Ottawa Senators 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)

 

December 12 at Ottawa Senators 7:30 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)

 

December 14 vs Calgary Flames 2:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)

 

December 17 vs Winnipeg Jets 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)

 

December 19 vs Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)

 

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Sabres Look To Build Off Strong Outing Against Devils

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Last Game:

 

Buffalo: November 29 vs Maple Leafs Won(OT) 3-2

 

New Jersey: November 29 at Hurricanes Won 5-2

 
Record:

Buffalo: 6-20-1

 

New Jersey: 10-11-5

 
Points:

 

Buffalo: 13

 

New Jersey: 25

 
Rank In Conference:

 

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

 

New Jersey: 9th(4th in Metro-Atlantic)

 
Goals For:

 

Buffalo: 45(30th)

 

New Jersey: 58(T-25th)

 
Goals Against:

 

Buffalo: 84(27th)

 

New Jersey: 60(T-7th)

 
Power Play Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 15.0%(25th)

 

New Jersey: 18.5%(15th)

 
Penalty Kill Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 78.3%(25th)

 

New Jersey: 87.2%(2nd)

 
Shots For:

 

Buffalo: 688(28th)

 

New Jersey: 649(30th)

 
Shots Against:

 

Buffalo: 959(30th)

 

New Jersey: 647(2nd)

 
Face-Off Percentage:

 

Buffalo: 46.4%(26th)

 

New Jersey: 45.5%(28th)

 
Hits:

 

Buffalo: 712(6th)

 

New Jersey: 508(24th)

 
Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: 370(13th)

 

New Jersey: 278(30th)

 
Team Leaders:

 

Goals:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(10), Hodgson(8), Ennis(4), Foligno and Ott(3)

 

New Jersey: Jagr(11), Henrique(6), Elias and Ryder(5), Zajac, Brunner, and Zubrus(4)

 
Assists:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(10), Hodgson(9), Stafford(7), Girgensons and Myers(6)

 

New Jersey: Jagr(11), Zidlicky(10), Elias and Greene(9), Zubrus(8)

 
Points:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(20), Hodgson(17), Ennis and Stafford(9), Foligno and Myers(8)

 

New Jersey: Jagr(22), Elias(14), Zidlicky(13), Greene and Zubrus(12)

 
Plus/Minus:

 

Buffalo: D’Agostini(+1), McNabb, Sulzer, Moulson, and Adam(EV), Kaleta(-1), Larsson(-2)

 

New Jersey: Zubrus(+11), Jagr(+10), Volchenkov and Zajac(+4), Janssen(+2)

 
Penalty Minutes:

 

Buffalo: Myers(39), McCormick and Scott(38), Ott(37), Weber(23)

 

New Jersey: Zidlicky(28), Zubrus and Jagr(16), Carter(14), Brunner and Greene(12)

 

Shots:

 

Buffalo: Stafford(67), Hodgson(64), Moulson(56), Ennis(50)

 

New Jersey: Jagr(61), Brunner(51), Zidlicky, Zajac, Ryder, and Bernier(42), Gelinas(41)

 
Face-Off Wins:

 

Buffalo: Hodgson(210), Ott(136), Foligno(104), Larsson(67)

 

New Jersey: Zajac(210), Henrique(143), Elias(81), Loktionov(78)

 
Hits:

 

Buffalo: Ott(96), Foligno(70), Myers and Girgensons(50), Ristolainen(42)

 

New Jersey: Bernier(51), Volchenkov(37), Zidlicky(36), Zubrus(35)

 
Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: Ehrhoff(45), Pysyk(34), Myers(32), Weber(31)

 

New Jersey: Greene(43), Volchenkov(33), Zidlicky(29), Larsson(26)

 
Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

 

Buffalo: Jhonas Enroth 1-5-1 2.88 GAA .906 SV% 0 SO

 

New Jersey: Martin Brodeur 7-6-2 2.20 GAA .910 SV% 2 SO

 
Notes:

 

Last Meeting: April 7 Sabres Won(SO) 3-2

 

 

Season Series: Sabres Won 2-0-1

 

All-Time: Sabres Lead 71-45-23

 

All-Time at NJD: Sabres Lead 33-23-13

 
Upcoming Matchups:

 

January 4 vs Devils 7:00 PM

 

April 1 vs Devils 7:00 PM

 
Last Game Recap:

 
Ehrhoff Scores In Overtime To Lift Sabres Past Leafs

 
Christian Ehrhoff scored 38 seconds into overtime to give the Buffalo Sabres a 3-2 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at First Niagara Center on Friday.

 
Ehrhoff’s goal came just as a penalty to Toronto’s Paul Ranger ended, and the shot from the point beat Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer through the five-hole. It was Ehrhoff’s second goal of the season.

 
“It was definitely nice,” Ehrhoff said. “It wasn’t a big blast, it just found a little lane there and put it through [Carl] Gunnarsson’s legs and Reimer didn’t see it.”

 
Ehrhoff was helped out by a screen in front by newest Sabres forward Matt D’Agostini. The Sabres claimed D’Agostini off waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.

 
“[Ranger] was coming out of the box behind [Ehrhoff] there,” D’Agostini said. “So I just figured he’d try to get it on net. He did a good job just getting it through.”

 

The win ended the Sabres’ five-game losing streak.

 

“It’s one of those things where we’re trying, we’re trying,” Sabres forward Drew Stafford said. “We’re competing. The effort’s there. We just haven’t been able to have a full 60-minute effort. I thought tonight we had a pretty solid night and also scored some goals. You’re not going to win a lot of games 1-0.”

 
The Sabres ended a streak of four straight games in which they scored one goal per game.

 
Ranger took a holding penalty with 1:32 left in the third period, giving the Sabres a power play at the end of regulation, but it was Toronto’s James van Riemsdyk who had the best chance during it. With 20.4 seconds remaining, van Riemsdyk broke in on Sabres goalie Ryan Miller only to be taken out of the play by D’Agostini.

 
“Usually when you’re in all alone and you get your legs taken out from under you, you expect something, especially when the calls have been what they were,” van Riemsdyk said. “We can’t use officiating as an excuse. We’ve got to find ways to be better.”

 
Miller said, “Great effort by D’Agostini. He got back hard and forced the ref to make a decision. The ref decided he got the puck, and we haven’t changed that rule where if you get a hold of that puck first they’re probably not going to get a tripping penalty. Great effort getting back and it helps us get to overtime. I thought it was a nice job.”

 
The Sabres were 1-for-4 on the power play; the Maple Leafs went 0-for-1.

 

http://sabres.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2013020388&navid=DL|BUF|home

 
Tonight’s Preview:

 
Sabres, Devils meet after ending losing streaks

 
Season series: The first of three games. The New Jersey Devils won two of the three last season, which all required a shootout.

 
Big story: Each team is coming off a victory Friday. The Buffalo Sabres snapped a five-game losing streak with a 3-2 overtime win against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Devils ended a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes.

 
Christian Ehrhoff scored 38 seconds into overtime for the Sabres at First Niagara Center. The Devils scored four times in the third period to overcome a 2-1 deficit at PNC Arena, giving goalie Cory Schneider (16 saves) his second straight victory in his first start since Nov. 21.

 
“I liked our game right from the drop of the puck,” Devils coach Peter DeBoer said. ”I thought we had good energy, good legs. We created a lot of things. … We found our game again in the third.”

 
Team Scope:

 
Sabres: Forward Matt D’Agostini, claimed off waivers by the Sabres from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, made his debut for the team Friday. The 27-year-old scored 21 goals for the St. Louis Blues in 2010-11 but has 12 goals in 93 games since. D’Agostini, who played on the second line with center Ville Leino and Sabres captain Steve Ott, had three shots on goal and a plus-1 rating in 15:39 of ice time.

 
“To get a guy like him, it’s fortunate for us and we’ll see if we can get his career back going,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “When you get a goal-scorer, you’ve got to put him in position to score some goals. Hopefully that will help.”

 
The Sabres average an NHL-low 1.67 goals per game and are second to last with 25.5 shots per game. The Devils average the fewest shots (25.0).

 
Devils: Defenseman Anton Volchenkov returned to the lineup Friday after missing seven games with a leg muscle pull and finished with five blocked shots, five hits and a plus-2 rating in 19:11 of ice time.

 
Jaromir Jagr‘s third-period goal tied Steve Yzerman with 692 career goals for eighth place in NHL history. Jagr is two goals behind Mark Messier (694) for seventh place. Jagr, who had a goal and two assists, leads the Devils in goals (11), assists (11), points (22) and game-winners (three).

 
Who’s hot: Matt Moulson has four goals and 11 points in 14 games since joining the Sabres via a trade from the New York Islanders on Oct. 27. … Devils defenseman Andy Greene has points in four straight games (one goal, four assists) and two goals and nine points in the past 11 games.

 
http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/preview?id=2013020396

 
Injury Report:

 

Buffalo: McCormick Upper Body(IR/Out)

 

New Jersey: Clowe Head(IR/Out), Salvador Stress Fracture in Foot(IR/Out), Gionta Sprained Ankle(IR/Out), Larsson Lower Body(Questionable)

 
Next 5 Games:

 

December 5 vs New York Rangers 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)

 

December 7 at Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM(MSG HD/CBC HD)

 

December 10 vs Ottawa Senators 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)

 

December 12 at Ottawa Senators 7:30 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)

 

December 14 vs Calgary Flames 2:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)

 

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Sabres would be thankful for a win tonight against the Leafs in post-Thanksgiving day match up

VS. 7:30 PM

Last Game:
Buffalo: November 27 vs Canadiens-Sabres Lost 1-3

Toronto: November 27 @ Penguins-Leafs Lost 5-6(SO)

Record:
Buffalo: 5-20-1
Toronto: 14-9-2

Points:
Buffalo: 11
Toronto: 30

Rank In Conference:
Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)
Toronto: 6th(5th in Atlantic)

Goals For:
Buffalo: 42(30th)
Toronto: 68(T-12th)

Goals Against:
Buffalo: 82(T-26th)
Toronto: 64(13th)

Power Play Rankings:
Buffalo: 14.5%(25th)
Toronto: 24.7%(2nd)

Penalty Kill Rankings:
Buffalo: 78.0%(T-24th)
Toronto: 79.4%(T-19th)

Shots For:
Buffalo: 659(28th)
Toronto: 652(29th)

Shots Against:
Buffalo: 935(30th)
Toronto: 902(29th)

Face-Off Percentage:
Buffalo: 46.3%(26th)
Toronto: 47.4%(25th)

Hits:
Buffalo: 695(6th)
Toronto: 821(1st)

Blocked Shots:
Buffalo: 359(12th)
Toronto: 391(5th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

Buffalo: Moulson(9), Hodgson(8), Ennis(4), Foligno and Ott(3)
Toronto: Kessel(13), van Riemsdyk(11), Raymond and Lupul(8), Kadri(7)

Assists:
Buffalo: Moulson(10), Hodgson(9), Stafford(7)
Toronto: Franson(13), Kadri(10), Kessel and Raymond(9)

Points:
Buffalo: Moulson(19), Hodgson(17), Ennis and Stafford(9), Foligno(8)
Toronto: Kessel(22), van Riemsdyk(19), Raymond and Kadri(17), Lupul(15)

Plus/Minus:
Buffalo: Moulson, Sulzer, McNabb, Adam(+0)
Toronto: Phaneuf(+13), Raymond and Bozak(+6), Kessel, van Riemsdyk, Gunnarsson(+5)

Penalty Minutes:
Buffalo: Myers(39), McCormick and Scott(38), Ott(37)
Toronto: Orr(68), McLaren(40), Kadri(37), Clarkson(30), Fraser(27)

Shots:
Buffalo: Stafford(66), Hodgson(61), Moulson(55), Ennis(50)
Toronto: Kessel(94), van Riemsdyk and Lupul(68), Raymond(57)

Face-Off Wins:
Buffalo: Hodgson(203), Ott(124), Foligno(102), Larsson(67)
Toronto: McClement(166), Bozak(152), Kadri(123), Bolland(104)

Hits:
Buffalo: Ott(93), Foligno(69), Myers(50), Girgensons(49)
Toronto: Franson(81), Phaneuf(65), Clarkson(52), Orr and Ranger(50)

Blocked Shots:
Buffalo: Ehrhoff(44), Pysyk(33), Myers(32), Weber and Tallinder(27)
Toronto: Gunnarsson(60), Phaneuf(49), Franson(42), Rielly(34)

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:
Buffalo: Jhonas Enroth 1-5-1 2.88 GAA .906 SV% 0 SO
Toronto: James Reimer 6-3-0 2.54 GAA .934 SV% 1 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: November 16 @ Leafs-Sabres Lost 2-4

Season Series: Tied 1-1
All-Time: Sabres Lead 109-63-23
All-Time @ BUF: Sabres Lead 65-25-8

Upcoming Matchups:
December 27 @ Leafs(MSG HD)
January 15 @ Leafs(MSG HD)

Injury Report:
Buffalo: McCormick Upper Body(IR/Out)
Toronto: Bolland Ankle(IR/Out), Lupul Strained Groin(IR/Out)

Next 5 Games:
November 30 at New Jersey Devils 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
December 5 vs New York Rangers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
December 7 at Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
December 10 vs Ottawa Senators 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
December 12 at Ottawa Senators 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

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Sabres Look To Cool Down Rival Canadiens

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Last Game:

 

Buffalo: November 24 vs Red Wings Loss 3-1

 

 

Montreal: November 23 vs Penguins Won 3-2

 

 
Record:

 

Buffalo: 5-19-1

 

Montreal: 13-9-2

 
Points:

 

Buffalo: 11

 

Montreal: 28

 
Rank In Conference:

 

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

 

Montreal: 6th(5th in Atlantic)

 
Goals For:

 

Buffalo: 41(30th)

 

Montreal: 63(T-17th)

 
Goals Against:

 

Buffalo: 79(27th)

 

Montreal: 49(4th)

 
Power Play Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 14.9%(25th)

 

Montreal: 22.8%(4th)

 
Penalty Kill Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 79.8%(22nd)

 

Montreal: 83.5%(T-12th)

 
Shots For:

 

Buffalo: 634(28th)

 

Montreal: 723(14th)

 
Shots Against:

 

Buffalo: 904(30th)

 

Montreal: 742(19th)

 
Face-Off Percentage:

 

Buffalo: 46.3%(26th)

 

Montreal: 49.7%(16th)

 
Hits:

 

Buffalo: 667(6th)

 

Montreal: 443(28th)

 
Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: 345(12th)

 

Montreal: 462(1st)

 
Team Leaders:

Goals:

 

Buffalo: Moulson and Hodgson(8), Ennis(4), Foligno and Ott(3), 6 Tied With 2 Goals

 

Montreal: Gallagher(8), Plekanec, Eller, and Pacioretty(7), Bournival(6), Galchenyuk and Borque(5)

 
Assists:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(10), Hodgson(9), Stafford(6), Foligno, Girgensons and Ennis(5)

 

Montreal: Subban(17), Markov(12), Galchenyuk(11), Plekanec and Diaz(8)

 
Points:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(18), Hodgson(17), Ennis(9), Foligno and Stafford(8)

 

Montreal: Subban(20), Galchenyuk(16), Plekanec(15), Gallagher and Plekanec(14)

 
Plus/Minus:

 

Buffalo: McNabb(+1), Sulzer, Adam, and Moulson(EV), Kaleta(-1), Larsson(-2), Girgensons and Grigorenko(-3)

 

Montreal: Markov(+10), Gallagher(+8), Subban(+7), Plekanec, Bournival, and Gorges(+5)

 
Penalty Minutes:

 

Buffalo: McCormick(38), Ott and Myers(37), Scott(33)

 

Montreal: Parros(32), Prust(26), Subban(25), White(23)

 
Shots:

 

Buffalo: Stafford(65), Hodgson(58), Moulson(51), Ennis(49)

 

Montreal: Subban(78), Gallagher(70), Plekanec(61), Pacioretty(60)

 
Face-Off Wins:

 

Buffalo: Hodgson(194), Ott(117), Foligno(101), Larsson(67)

 

Montreal: Plekanec(248), Eller(208), Desharnais(141), White(87)

 
Hits:

 

Buffalo: Ott(86), Foligno(65), Myers(48), Girgensons(46)

 

Montreal: Eller(42), Gorges and White(32), Subban(28), Murray(27)

 
Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: Ehrhoff(41), Pysyk(33), Myers(30), Weber(27)

 

Montreal: Gorges(63), Diaz(59), Markov(58), Bouillon and Subban(34)

 
Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

 

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 4-13-0 3.11 GAA .919 SV% 0 SO

 

Montreal: Carey Price 9-8-2 2.05 .935 SV% 1 SO

 
Notes:

 

Last Meeting: April 11 Canadiens Won 5-1

 

 

Season Series: Sabres Won 3-2-0

 

All-Time: Sabres Lead 119-102-37

 

All-Time vs MTL: Sabres Lead 69-35-24

 
Upcoming Matchups:

 

December 7 at Canadiens 7:00 PM

 

March 16 vs Canadiens 7:00 PM

 

March 25 at Canadiens 7:30 PM

 
Last Game Recap:

 
Sabres Unable To Hold Off Red Wings

 
The Detroit Red Wings were coming off a loss at home the night before when they rolled into Buffalo on Sunday. The Sabres hadn’t played since Thursday and had the chance to take advantage of a tired hockey club. They got off to the start they wanted, but were unable to capitalize on a golden opportunity.

 
Cody Hodgson scored 7:47 into the first period, but the Red Wings came back to score the next three as Detroit defeated Buffalo 3-1 at First Niagara Center.

 
Darren Helm, Johan Franzen and Daniel Alfredsson scored for Detroit. Jonas Gustavsson made 21 saves for Detroit.

 
Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller stopped 31 shots.

 
“Did we have an opportunity? Yes, we did. That’s three games in a row now where I thought we had a pretty good start,” Sabres interim coach Ted Nolan said. “Then we just don’t seem to be consistent with our play. Shift after shift, we have lapses and we do things that are characteristics of losing.”

 
Hodgson scored after accepting a pass from Drew Stafford. Hodgson took the puck from the side of the net, waited for a sprawling Gustavsson to go down and then tucked it in past him.

 
Hodgson is now tied for the team lead in goals with eight.

 
For the third game in a row, the Sabres opened the scoring, but they haven’t been able to earn points in any of those three games. They also skated into the dressing room with a lead after one period for the second time this season – and the second straight game.

 
“You have to make it count in this League. You can’t just be satisfied with a little glimmer of what we feel is the right way to play,” Miller said. We have to not teams let back into games. We’ve taken a lot of penalties in those games, too. It’s going to be a common theme and we’ve got to just be smarter. ”

 
After the game, Nolan praised Miller’s play and talked about how the team needs to be able to play a full 60-minute game.

 
“The only consistency we’ve had some far, I think, is our goaltending. He gives us a chance all the time. We kind of shoot ourselves in the foot,” Nolan said.

“They get momentum, we look like we’re tired. I think it’s a state of mind. We just gotta change a little bit of things moving forward. I know it’s frustrating. In order to get, you can’t blame and point fingers all the time. We have to collectively work on this thing together.”

 
http://sabres.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2013020353

 
Tonight’s Preview:

 
Sabres aim to deny Canadiens a fourth straight win

 
Big story: The Sabres have trouble scoring; the Canadiens don’t give up many goals. Buffalo has scored an NHL-low 44 goals and is the only team averaging fewer than two goals a game (1.6). Montreal allows the second-fewest goals in the league at 2.1 per game.

 
Team Scope:

 
Canadiens: Montreal comes in winners of three in a row, all over current playoff teams, beating the Minnesota Wild, Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins. Max Pacioretty had two goals in the 3-2 win against Pittsburgh on Saturday.

 
“There’s obviously going to be times where things don’t go our way. … We’ve played some good teams and had some success last week, and now we have to build on that moving forward,” defenseman Josh Gorges said after practice Monday.

 
During the winning streak, Montreal has scored three power-play goals. The Canadiens rank in the top five in power-play percentage, and much of that has to do with puck-moving defenseman Andrei Markov running the point.

 
“Everybody sees the big shot from P.K. [Subban] but [Andrei Markov] controlling things back there, when he wasn’t healthy obviously it was a big hit to our power play,” captain Brian Gionta said Monday. “When he’s back, it makes it look so easy. He’s the real key to it. Everything goes through him. The way he sees the ice is unbelievable.”

 
Sabres: Don’t blame the losing streak on Ryan Miller, who started and kept Buffalo in three of the four losses. Miller allowed nine goals but has stopped 100 of 109 shots, a .927 save percentage. Miller has faced 30 or more shots 16 times in his 18 starts.

 
“There’s glimpses of playing well, then we collapse. We just got to learn to do it on a consistent basis and having faith in one another. Right now, I don’t think we have too much faith in one another and we have to work on that. When things aren’t going well, that’s usually what happens,” interim coach Ted Nolan told the Sabres website Monday.

 
Who’s hot: The Sabres have scored five goals in four games, but Tyler Ennis has figured in on three of those with two goals and an assist. … Pacioretty has five goals and is plus-5 in his past three games. Goalie Carey Price hasn’t allowed more than two goals in his past five starts.

 
http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/preview?id=2013020365&navid=sb:preview

 
Injury Report:

 

Buffalo: McCormick Upper Body(IR/Out)

 

Montreal: Drewiske Shoulder Surgery(IR/Out), Bourque Lower Body(Questionable)

 
Next 5 Games:

November 29 vs Toronto Maple Leafs 7:30 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)

 

November 30 at New Jersey Devils 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

 

December 5 vs New York Rangers 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)

 

December 7 at Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM(MSG HD/CBC HD)

 

December 10 vs Ottawa Senators 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)

 

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Sabres face off against the Red Wings as both teams continue to struggle

vs. 5:00 PM

Last Game:
Buffalo: November 21 @ Flyers-Sabres Lost 1-4

Detroit: November 23 vs. Senators-Red Wings Lost 2-4

Record:
Buffalo: 5-18-1
Detroit: 10-7-7

Points:
Buffalo: 11
Detroit: 27

Rank In Conference:
Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)
Detroit: 6th(5th in Atlantic)

Goals For:
Buffalo: 40(30th)
Detroit: 60(T-20th)

Goals Against:
Buffalo: 76(T-26th)
Detroit: 65(T-18th)

Power Play Rankings:
Buffalo: 15.3%(23rd)
Detroit: 21.5%(T-8th)

Penalty Kill Rankings:
Buffalo: 79.8%(21st)
Detroit: 85.6(5th)

Shots For:
Buffalo: 612(28th)
Detroit: 745(8th)

Shots Against:
Buffalo: 870(30th)
Detroit: 733(23rd)

Face-Off Percentage:
Buffalo: 46.1%(26th)
Detroit: 51.4%(11th)

Hits:
Buffalo: 651(6th)
Detroit: 482(21st)

Blocked Shots:
Buffalo: 326(14th)
Detroit: 298(23rd)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

Buffalo: Moulson(8), Hodgson(7), Ennis(4), Foligno and Ott(3)
Detroit: Datsyuk(12), Zetterberg(10), Franzen and Bertuzzi(5)

Assists:
Buffalo: Moulson(10), Hodgson(9), Ennis, Foligno, Stafford, and Girgensons(5)
Detroit: Zetterberg(17), Kronwall(12), Datsyuk and Alfredsson(11)

Points:
Buffalo: Moulson(18), Hodgson(16), Ennis(9), Foligno(8)
Detroit: Zetterberg(27), Datsyuk(23), Alfredsson and Kronwall(14)

Plus/Minus:
Buffalo: Sulzer, McNabb, Adam(EV)
Detroit: Zetterberg(+9), Kronwall(+7), DeKeyser(+5), Datsyuk and Ericsson(+3)

Penalty Minutes:
Buffalo: McCormick(38), Ott(37), Myers(35), Scott(33)
Detroit: Kronwall and Smith(24), Quincey(20), Franzen and Ericsson(16)

Shots:
Buffalo: Stafford(62), Hodgson(57), Moulson(51), Ennis(48)
Detroit: Zetterberg(89), Datsyuk(72), Abdelkader(57), Franzen and Bertuzzi(43)

Face-Off Wins:
Buffalo: Hodgson(185), Ott(111), Foligno(99), Larsson(67)
Detroit: Datsyuk(241), Andersson(146), Weiss(138), Helm(84)

Hits:
Buffalo: Ott(84), Foligno(64), Girgensons(46), Myers(43)
Detroit: Abdelkader(75), Bertuzzi and Miller(33), Ericsson(29)

Blocked Shots:
Buffalo: Ehrhoff(40), Pysyk and Myers(29), Weber(27)
Detroit: Kronwall(47), DeKeyser(36), Quincey(30), Lashoff(22)

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 4-13-0 3.17 GAA .918 SV% 0 SO
Detroit: Jonas Gustavsson 4-0-1 2.57 GAA .923 SV% 0 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: October 2 @ Red Wings-Sabres Lost 1-2

Season Series: Red Wings Lead 1-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 53-48-16
All-Time @ BUF: Sabres Lead 34-14-9

Upcoming Matchups:
April 4 @ Red Wings 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
April 8 @ Sabres 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Injury Report:
Buffalo: McCormick Upper Body(Questionable)
Detroit: Weiss Strained Groin(IR/Out), DeKeyser Seperated Shoulder(IR/Out), Lashoff Flu-Like Symptoms(Probable), Alfredsson Strained Groin(Questionable)

Next 5 Games:
November 27 vs Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM(MSG HD/TSN HD)
November 29 vs Toronto Maple Leafs 7:30 PM(MSG HD)
November 30 at New Jersey Devils 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
December 5 vs New York Rangers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
December 7 at Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

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Sabres Look For Good Fortune In The City Of Brotherly Love Against Flyers

@ 7:00 PM

 

Last Game:

Buffalo: November 19 vs Blues Loss 4-1

 

 

Philadelphia: November 19 vs Senators Won 5-2

 

Record:

 

Buffalo: 5-17-1

 

Philadelphia: 8-10-2
Points:

 

Buffalo: 11

 

Philadelphia: 18
Rank In Conference:

 

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

 

Philadelphia: 13th(7th in Metropolitan)
Goals For:

 

Buffalo: 39(T-29th)

 

Philadelphia: 40(28th)
Goals Against:

 

Buffalo: 72(28th)

 

Philadelphia: 49(10th)
Power Play Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 14.9%(22nd)

 

Philadelphia: 14.5%(T-23rd)
Penalty Kill Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 79.2%(23rd)

 

Philadelphia: 81.9%(T-18th)
Shots For:

 

Buffalo: 582(26th)

 

Philadelphia: 572(28th)
Shots Against:

 

Buffalo: 824(30th)

 

Philadelphia: 606(T-9th)
Face-Off Percentage:

 

Buffalo: 45.8%(26th)

 

Philadelphia: 49.2%(19th)
Hits:

 

Buffalo: 621(5th)

 

Philadelphia: 554(9th)
Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: 312(13th)

 

Philadelphia: 290(20th)
Team Leaders:

 

Goals:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(8), Hodgson(7), Ennis(4), Foligno and Ott(3)

 

Philadelphia: Lecavalier(7), B. Schenn(6), Read(4), Voracek, Simmonds, Hartnell, and T. McGinn(3)
Assists:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(10), Hodgson(9), Foligno, Stafford, and Girgensons(5), 6 Tied With 4 Assists

 

Philadelphia: Giroux(10), B. Schenn and Voracek(7), Simmonds, Streit, and Grossmann(6), Lecavalier, Timonen, and Couturier(4)
Points:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(18), Hodgson(16), Foligno and Ennis(8), Stafford and Ott(7)

 

Philadelphia: B. Schenn(13), Giroux(12), Lecavalier(11), Voracek(10)
Plus/Minus:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(+1), Sulzer(EV), Kaleta(-1), Larsson, Girgensons, and Leino(-2)

 

Philadelphia: Timonen(+3), Couturier, Gustafsson, and Downie(+2), Voracek and T. McGinn(+1), Grossmann, Hall, and Newbury(EV)
Penalty Minutes:

 

Buffalo: Ott(37), McCormick(36), Scott(33), Myers(31)

 

Philadelphia: Rinaldo(38), Simmonds(33), Rosehill(30), B. Schenn(28)
Shots:

 

Buffalo: Stafford(57), Hodgson(51), Moulson(48), Ennis(47)

 

Philadelphia: Read(52), Giroux(50), Simmonds and Hartnell(45), B. Schenn, Voracek, and Timonen(38)
Face-Off Wins:

 

Buffalo: Hodgson(177), Foligno(99), Ott(97), Larsson(67)

 

Philadelphia: Giroux(224), Couturier(172), Lecavalier(74), Hall(62)
Hits:

 

Buffalo: Ott(79), Foligno(61), Girgensons(46), Myers and Ristolainen(42)

 

Philadelphia: Rinaldo(67), Grossmann and L. Schenn(58), B. Schenn(49), Simmonds(42)
Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: Ehrhoff(38), Pysyk(29), Myers(28), Weber(27)

 

Philadelphia: Grossmann(52), Coburn(31), Timonen(27), Streit(25)
Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

 

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 4-12-0 3.18 GAA .917 SV% 0 SO

 

Philadelphia: Ray Emery 2-3-0 2.82 GAA .898 SV% 1 SO
Notes:

 

Last Meeting: April 13 Sabres Won 1-0

 

 

Season Series: Sabres Won 2-1-0

 

All-Time: Flyers Lead 78-58-25

 

All-Time at PHI: Flyers Lead 47-20-15
Upcoming Matchups:

 

January 14 vs Flyers 7:30 PM

 

April 6 at Flyers 7:30 PM
Last Game Recap:
Morrow, Stewart Lead Blues Past Sabres

 

Chris Stewart saved his energy, and Brenden Morrow was the beneficiary.
After missing the St. Louis Blues’ morning skate Tuesday with flu-like symptoms, Stewart was told to stay at the team hotel to rest.
Stewart must have had a good rest; he assisted on both Morrow goals to help the Blues defeat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 at First Niagara Center.
Without going into detail, it was a rough Monday night for Stewart, but he’d probably admit it was worth it, with the end result being that he played a key role in helping the Blues recover from a 4-1 loss Sunday against the Washington Capitals.
“I’ve probably been struggling for the last 24 hours,” Stewart said after getting his fifth and sixth assists of the season. “I haven’t felt like that in a while. … It hit me hard, probably as soon as we got in here. It started going through the team a little bit and that time of the year. We’ve got a little time here before the Boston game [Thursday], get some rest, get hydrated and get back after it.”
Tyler Ennis scored and Ryan Miller stopped 27 shots for the Sabres, who fell to 1-2-0 under interim coach Ted Nolan.
“I think our youth really showed tonight,” Nolan said. “This is one of the better teams in the National Hockey League that can really expose your flaws. … We knew it was going to be tough. We’ve just got to keep teaching, keep learning. You could tell some of the difference between some of the young players we have and some of the mature players they have. It’s just part of maturing.”
Ennis opened the scoring before the 17,710 spectators could get settled in, as he was able to one-time a centering feed from Ville Leino past Halak 10 seconds into the game. Leino got to a bouncing puck after Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester couldn’t handle it. It was the Sabres’ fourth goal in the first period in 23 games.
“We learned to have a start. Sometimes we’ve been starting slow,” Ennis said. “This time, we started fast and scored. Then we kind of let off the gas. Those are the things we need to fix.”
http://sabres.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2013020312
Tonight’s Preview:
Sabres visit Philadelphia to face surging Flyers
Big story: The Flyers continued their strong play with a 5-2 win against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday that moved them out of seventh place in the Metropolitan Division and put them two points behind the third-place New York Rangers for the final automatic spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Sabres still are trying to adjust to how interim coach Ted Nolan wants them to play, especially defensively. Practice has involved lots of work on positioning and communicating.
“If one hand knows what the other hand is doing it’s much easier,” Nolan said. “We have to communicate, we have to talk, we have to stop and start in our defensive zone. Some things change but some things stay the same. Strong defensive hockey wins lots of games.”
Team Scope:
Sabres: After sending out three young players Tuesday, the Sabres will give two others a chance Thursday against the Flyers.
Nolan told reporters in Buffalo that Luke Adam and Brayden McNabb, recalled from Rochester of the American Hockey League, would be in the lineup Thursday. Adam played left wing on a line with center Zemgus Girgensons and right wing Steve Ott, while McNabb split time with a few different defensemen.
Adam is tied for the AHL lead with 13 goals in 15 games, while McNabb has 12 points and a plus-5 rating in 15 games. Nolan said strong play is why they’re skating with the Sabres now.
“He [Adam] is having a great year in the American league,” Nolan said. “When kids do that they have to be rewarded. That’s what the American Hockey League is about. He’s being rewarded for his play. McNabb the same way; he’s playing real well in a different way. We want to reward guys down there and keep guys up here on their toes because there’s always somebody coming in the back door. You never know where they’re going to come from.”
Flyers: With back-to-back 90-point seasons, Sean Couturier was considered one of the most offensively gifted players in the 2011 NHL Draft class when the Flyers chose him with the eighth pick.
However, that offense hasn’t been seen as much a quarter of the way through his third NHL season. After scoring 13 goals as a rookie, he had four in 46 games last season, and snapped a 25-game goal drought when he scored in the second period of the Flyers’ 5-2 win against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday.
“I feel 20 pounds lighter just getting that in,” Couturier said Wednesday. “Sometimes you think too much when things aren’t going your way. In the first period [when he missed an open net], maybe you think too much about that chance I had.”
Couturier has contributed in other ways — he’s the Flyers’ best defensive forward and his plus-2 rating is the best among the team’s forwards who have been in Philadelphia all season. Now the hope is this sudden burst of offense can bring him some added confidence.
“It’s huge for [Couturier] to get a goal,” coach Craig Berube said. “He goes out and does a great job checking for us and playing a good role against teams’ top lines and penalty kill, faceoffs and little things.
“To get rewarded with a goal here and there, and he’s had opportunities to score a goal and it hasn’t gone in, I think he’ll start putting it in a little bit now. Sometimes you get that first goal and feel better and more confident.”
Who’s hot: Flyers captain Claude Giroux has two goals, three assists and a plus-5 rating in the past five games; in his first 15, he had had seven points, all assists, and a minus-11 rating.
http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/preview?id=2013020328&navid=sb:preview
Injury Report:

 

Buffalo: No Injuries To Report

 

Philadelphia: Pronger Post Concussion Syndrome(IR/Out), Bourdon Post Concussion Syndrome(IR/Out)
Next 5 Games:

 

November 24 vs Detroit Red Wings 5:00 PM(MSG HD)

 

November 27 vs Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM(MSG HD/TSN HD)

 

November 29 vs Toronto Maple Leafs 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

 

November 30 at New Jersey Devils 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

 

December 5 vs New York Rangers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

 

Sabres Host League’s Leading Score Steen and Blues

@ 7:00 PM

Last Game:

 

Buffalo: November 16 at Maple Leafs Loss 4-2

 

 

St. Louis: November 17 at Capitals Loss 4-1

 

 
Record:

 

Buffalo: 5-16-1

 

St. Louis: 13-3-3

 
Points:

 

Buffalo: 11

 

St. Louis: 29

 
Rank In Conference:

 

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

 

St. Louis: 6th(3rd in Central)

 
Goals For:

 

Buffalo: 38(T-28th)

 

St. Louis: 64(T-5th)

 
Goals Against:

 

Buffalo: 68(28th)

 

St. Louis: 45(T-5th)

 
Power Play Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 15.4%(22nd)

 

St. Louis: 25.4%(1st)

 
Penalty Kill Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 79.7%(23rd)

 

St. Louis: 82.6%(15th)

 
Shots For:

 

Buffalo: 558(26th)

 

St. Louis: 595(19th)

 
Shots Against:

 

Buffalo: 793(30th)

 

St. Louis: 476(27th)

 
Face-Off Percentage:

 

Buffalo: 45.6%(26th)

 

St. Louis: 52.5%(7th)

 
Hits:

 

Buffalo: 588(5th)

 

St. Louis: 382(27th)

 
Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: 295(14th)

 

Toronto: 244(26th)

 
Team Leaders:

 

Goals:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(8), Hodgson(7), Foligno, Ott, and Ennis(3), 6 Players Tied with 2 Goals

 

St. Louis: Steen(17), Backes(8), Tarasenko(7), Roy(5)

 
Assists:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(10), Hodgson(9), Foligno, Stafford, and Girgensons(5), 6 Tied With 4 Assists

 

St. Louis: Oshie and Bouwmeester(14), Shattenkirk(13), Backes and Pietrangelo(12), Steen(9)

 
Points:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(18), Hodgson(16), Foligno(8), Ennis, Stafford, and Ott(7)

 

St. Louis: Steen(26), Backes(20), Oshie(17), Pietrangelo(16)

 
Plus/Minus:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(+1), Sulzer(EV), Kaleta and Girgensons(-1), McCormick and Larsson(-2)

 

St. Louis: Steen(+11), Bouwmeester(+10), Backes and Oshie(+9), Pietrangelo(+7)

 
Penalty Minutes:

 

Buffalo: McCormick(36), Ott(35), Scott(33), Myers(31)

 

St. Louis: Reaves(60), Stewart(55), Backes(36), Sobotka(27)

 
Shots:

 

Buffalo: Stafford(54), Hodgson(51), Moulson and Ennis(44), Ott(40)

 

St. Louis: Steen(67), Sobotka(45), Bouwmeester(41), Shattenkirk(40)

 
Face-Off Wins:

 

Buffalo: Hodgson(168), Foligno(99), Ott(94), Larsson(67)

 

St. Louis: Backes(143), Sobotka(139), Berglund(127), Steen(69)

 
Hits:

 

Buffalo: Ott(72), Foligno(59), Girgensons, Myers, and Ristolainen(42), McCormick(36)

 

St. Louis: Reaves(64), Backes(60), Polak(37), Sobotka(34)

 
Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: Ehrhoff(36), Pysyk(27), Myers(25), Weber(24)

 

St. Louis: Pietrangelo(42), Polak(41), Jackman(29), Shattenkirk(25)

 
Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

 

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 4-11-0 3.13 GAA .919 SV% 0 SO

 

St. Louis: Jaroslav Halak 10-3-2 2.48 GAA .900 SV% 1 SO

 
Notes:

 

Last Meeting: January 21, 2012 Blues Won 4-2

 

 

Season Series: Blues Won 1-0-0

 

All-Time: Blues Lead 50-45-13

 

All-Time vs STL: Sabres Lead 30-19-6

 
Upcoming Matchups:

 

April 3 at Blues 8:00 PM

 
Last Game Recap:

 

Strong Final 40 Not Enough For Sabres

 
The Buffalo Sabres found themselves behind the eight-ball early against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.

They managed to put together a strong final 40 minutes but it wasn’t enough as Toronto won the second game of the home-and-home series between the two clubs 4-2.

 
Toronto was ahead 2-0 and the first period and held a three-goal lead after two. They also possessed a big advantage in shot attempts in the early stages of the game. However, the Sabres were able to rally back and make it a one-goal game in the third.

 
“There are a couple things I’m looking at and evaluating and that’s one of the things,” Sabres interim coach Ted Nolan said. “I want to see how in a situation like that going into the third period, you’re down 3-0 and things don’t seem to be bouncing your way. There’s two ways you can go: Not compete and forget it or believe. But I was very impressed with the way they competed.”

 
Jamie McBain and Tyler Ennis scored for Buffalo while Jhonas Enroth made 18 saves.

 
For the Maple Leafs, James van Riemsdyk scored twice and Nikolai Kulemin added a third. Mason Raymond made it 4-2 on the power play with 1:04 to play in the third period. James Reimer stopped 33 shots.

 
Nolan took over behind the bench on Wednesday and players can already see how his influence and insistency on hard work is shaping their play on the ice.

 
“I think there’s noticeable compete change in the last couple days. You can see it. Everyone can see it. It’s nice to see obviously,” Ennis said. “It was a loss and a tough first period, but the compete has been a lot better and the tempo’s been a lot better. We just have to play 60 minutes.”

 
Toronto scored twice with the man advantage and it was Raymond’s goal late in the third period that killed a rally by the Sabres. Ville Leino was sent to the box for tripping Joffrey Lupul with 2:46 remaining in regulation. Raymond scored to make it a two-goal game 1:42 later.

 
“We can’t take that. We had full momentum and I think he got a little bit frustrated and then just took the guy’s feet out from underneath him,” Nolan said. “Those are a couple things we’ll have to adjust.”

 
http://sabres.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2013020263

 
Tonight’s Preview:

 

Sabres go for third straight at home as Blues visit

 

Big story: While the Blues’ goal is to compete for a Stanley Cup this season, the Sabres are trying to build a perennial contender. It’s a process that figures to take time, but there’s renewed vigor in Buffalo with the returns of Pat LaFontaine and Ted Nolan to the organization. Nolan’s first weekend back as coach resulted in the split of a home-and-home with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

 
“He’s an exciting personality,” assistant coach Teppo Numminen told The Buffalo News. “We’ve got good, positive energy around, so it’s been a good couple days.”

 
Team Scope:

 
Blues: One of the NHL’s most lethal offenses despite a 4-1 loss to the Washington Capitals on Sunday, St. Louis already has nine players with at least 10 points and Vladimir Sobotka will join them with his next goal or assist.

 
Believe it or not, though, the Blues still have potent weapons they’re trying to get going. Patrik Berglund, who sat out against the Capitals with an upper-body injury, has scored at least 17 goals in four of the past five seasons but has just one in 2013-14, scored way back on Oct. 5.

 
“I think a lot of people go through this in their career,” Berglund told The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “It’s kind of my first time that I shoot and shoot but it won’t go in. For me, as long as I feel like I’m helping the team out there, I know it will come. It’s just not about scoring. I’m killing penalties. I’m playing against some very good lines. I’ll get my chances and one will go in.”

 
Sabres: Even though Buffalo couldn’t build on a 3-1 win against the Maple Leafs in Nolan’s debut Friday, dropping the matchup Saturday by a 4-2 score, the coach said in many ways their effort was more commendable in defeat, as Jamie McBain and Tyler Ennis cut into a 3-0 deficit in the third period.

 
Nolan has spent his first several days back with the team trying to pump up the young Sabres and pump life back into a franchise that has fallen on hard times since qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2011.

 
“Ted came in and basically had one-on-ones with every guy in the room,” defenseman Tyler Myers told The Buffalo News. “One of the things he brought up was don’t be afraid to jump up as much as you can. There’s mistakes that are going to be made, and that’s part of hockey. Don’t worry about it. It was a good feeling to hear that.”

 
Who’s hot: Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester has one goal and four assists during a four-game point streak. … Sabres goalie Ryan Miller has only won four of his 15 decisions, but he has a .919 save percentage and it’s at .928 over his past five starts, including three 40-plus save performances.

 
http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/preview?id=2013020312&navid=sb:preview

 
Injury Report:

 

Buffalo: Weber Upper Body(IR/Probable)

 

St. Louis: Leopold Right Index Finger Surgery(IR/Out), Berglund Upper Body(Doubtful)

 
Next 5 Games:

November 21 at Philadelphia Flyers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

 

November 24 vs Detroit Red Wings 5:00 PM(MSG HD)

 

November 27 vs Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM(MSG HD/TSN HD)

 

November 29 vs Toronto Maple Leafs 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

 

November 30 at New Jersey Devils 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

 

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