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Nolan Returns Behind Sabres Bench When The Sabres Host Maple Leafs In First Half Of Home and Home

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Last Game:

 

Buffalo: November 12 vs Kings Won(SO) 3-2

 

 

Toronto: November 13 at Wild Loss(SO) 2-1

 

 

Record:

 

Buffalo: 4-15-1

 

Toronto: 11-6-1

 

Points:

 

Buffalo: 9

 

Toronto: 23

 

Rank In Conference:

 

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

 

Toronto: 3rd(3rd in Atlantic)

 

Goals For:

 

Buffalo: 33(T-29th)

 

Toronto: 50(T-12th)

 

Goals Against:

 

Buffalo: 63(T-27th)

 

Toronto: 41(7th)

 

Power Play Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 13.6%(T-22nd)

 

Toronto: 22.2%(T-4th)

 

Penalty Kill Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 81.2%(T-18th)

 

Toronto: 84.9%(T-10th)

 

Shots For:

 

Buffalo: 496(T-26th)

 

Toronto: 477(29th)

 

Shots Against:

 

Buffalo: 738(30th)

 

Toronto: 655(27th)

 

Face-Off Percentage:

 

Buffalo: 45.4%(26th)

 

Toronto: 46.0%(25th)

 

Hits:

 

Buffalo: 537(6th)

 

Toronto: 579(1st)

 

Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: 269(14th)

 

Toronto: 273(11th)

 

Team Leaders:

 

Goals:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(8), Hodgson(7), 7 Players Tied with 2 Goals

 

Toronto: Kessel(10), Lupul(8), van Riemsdyk(7), Bolland and Raymond(6)

 

Assists:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(9), Hodgson(8), 6 Tied With 4 Assists

 

Toronto: Franson(10), Kessel and Kadri(9), van Riemsdyk, Raymond, and Reilly(6), Phaneuf(5)

 

Points:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(17), Hodgson(15), Foligno, Ennis, and Stafford(6), Girgensons, Ott, and McCormick(5)

 

Toronto: Kessel(19), Kadri(14), van Riemsdyk(13), Lupul and Raymond(12)

 

Plus/Minus:

 

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

 

Toronto: Phaneuf(+9), van Riemsdyk(+6), Kessel and Bozak(+5), Bolland and Ranger(+4)

 

Penalty Minutes:

 

Buffalo: McCormick(34), Myers(31), Ott(28), Weber(21)

 

Toronto: Orr(51), Kadri(28), Clarkson(23), McLaren(21)

 

Shots:

 

Buffalo: Hodgson(48), Stafford(48), Moulson(42), Ennis and Ott(34)

 

Toronto: Kessel(68), Lupul(57), van Riemsdyk(47), Raymond(45)

 

Face-Off Wins:

 

Buffalo: Hodgson(138), Foligno(99), Ott(91), Larsson(67)

 

Toronto: Bozak(129), McClement(114), Kadri(106), Bolland(104)

 

Hits:

 

Buffalo: Ott(71), Foligno(52), Girgensons(40), Ristolainen(38)

 

Toronto: Franson(57), Phaneuf(51), Ranger(45), Orr and van Riemsdyk(33)

 

Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: Ehrhoff(33), Weber(24), Pysyk(23), Myers(22)

 

Toronto: Gunnarsson(45), Phaneuf(36), Franson(30), Rielly(23)

 

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

 

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 3-11-0 3.28 GAA .916 SV% 0 SO

 

Toronto: James Reimer 4-2-0 2.30 GAA .942 SV% 1 SO

 

Notes:

 

Last Meeting: March 21 Sabres Won(SO) 5-4

 

 

Season Series: Tied 2-1-1

 

All-Time: Sabres Lead 104-61-23

 

All-Time vs TOR: Sabres Lead 62-25-8

 

Upcoming Matchups:

 

November 16 at Maple Leafs 7:00 PM

 

November 29 vs Maple Leafs 7:30 PM

 

December 27 at Maple Leafs 7:30 PM

 

January 15 at Maple Leafs 7:30 PM

 

Last Game Recap:

 

Miller Steals Show In Shootout Win Over Kings

 

For the first time this season, the Buffalo Sabres skated off home ice with a victory in hand.

Ryan Miller stole the show with 43 saves as the Sabres defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 in the shootout on Tuesday at First Niagara Center. In the shootout, Miller was perfect and Matt Moulson and Tyler Ennis both scored.

 

Cody Hodgson scored twice in regulation, his fifth-career two-goal game. Justin Williams and Dwight King scored for Los Angeles.

 

Miller now owns sole possession of the NHL record for most career shootout victories with 46.

 

The Sabres were coming off a 6-2 road loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Friday. In that game, Miller was pulled after the second period and Hodgson, Moulson and Ennis were benched for the final 26:11.

 

All four had a hand in the Sabres victory against the Kings. Miller’s effort Tuesday night was not lost on Sabres coach Ron Rolston.

 

“He gave us an opportunity to be in that game so it was a great bounce back game from him,” Rolston said.

 

The Sabres penalty kill was strong, especially late in the game. While holding a 2-1 lead midway through the third period, Buffalo weathered a Kings power play in which Miller made five saves and saw another ring off the post. The Sabres also killed off two penalties in overtime.

 

“We stepped up to the plate and did what we needed to do,” Sabres defenseman Mark Pysyk said. “We don’t want to be taking that many penalties, but that’s the way it went. We did a good job.”

 

The Sabres had given up a pair of power play goals in each of their past two games, but killed off all five of the Kings’ chances on Tuesday.

 

“We had some huge blocks in those situations, too, guys sacrificing,” Rolston said. “A lot of guys like Steve Ott had a lot of minutes in that situation, especially with him taking a lot of the face offs. Brian Flynn had some big blocks in those situations so that was huge for us and obviously [Miller] being able to do what he did tonight.”

 
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Sabres, under Nolan, start home-and-home vs. Leafs

 

Big story: Interim coach Ted Nolan makes his return to the Buffalo bench after compiling a 73-72-19 record from 1995-97. Nolan was hired Wednesday, along with Pat LaFontaine as director of hockey operations, when Sabres owner Terry Pegula fired general manager Darcy Regier and coach Ron Rolston. The new leadership takes over the last-place team in the NHL, although the Sabres did manage their first home win of the season Tuesday, a 3-2 shootout decision against the Los Angeles Kings.

 

“We know that there will be a different face behind the bench and there’ll be motivation for players from the Buffalo side to make a first impression,” Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle told the team website Thursday. “… It is a shock to the organization and the people involved, at the ice level specifically.”

 

Team Scope:

 

Maple Leafs: Toronto will play without center Nazem Kadri, who was suspended three games by the NHL Department of Player Safety on Thursday for a goalie interference penalty against the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday. Centers Tyler Bozak and Dave Bolland are on injured reserve.

 

“There’s always the option of bringing a guy up from the American Hockey League,” Carlyle said prior to learning Kadri was suspended. “We’ve explored different avenues, multiple. So it’s not like you have to have Plan A, B, C, D and E in the drawer here.

 

“That’s what the life of a hockey coach and management team is, and when you go through situations like this you try to make the best decision that’s going to give you the best possible chance to have success with the people that you have here.”

 

The Maple Leafs had won four of five games before dropping two straight on this three-game road trip.

 

“You can’t sugarcoat it, [the missing centers] are obviously a big part of our team and a big part of our success,” center Jay McClement said. “But I think we have enough depth … that we can hold the fort here and continue to plug away and hopefully win some games until we get some guys back.”

 

Sabres: According to Chris Ryndak of buffalosabres.com, Nolan had his assistant coaches run practice Wednesday but Thursday he demanded a fast-paced, physical session with some players practicing at different positions, including rookie Zemgus Girgensons at center for the first time, with Steve Ott and Tyler Ennis flanking him.

 

Though the practice reportedly was intense, Girgensons said he was satisfied with the new coaching style.

 

“[Nolan] wants simple hockey but you have to play hard. He wants all the guys going 100 percent,” Girgensons told the website. “If you’re not going to do that, most likely you’re not even going to be out there. He wants the guys to compete, and I think that’s what we need in this team right now.”

 

Forward John Scott is eligible to return to the lineup after completing his seven-game suspension for a hit on Boston Bruins forward Loui Eriksson on Oct. 23.

 

Who’s hot: It hadn’t been confirmed Thursday who would start in goal for Toronto. Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer have combined for a 1.54 goals-against average over the past seven games. … Sabres forward Matt Moulson has two goals and six assists in seven games since coming from the New York Islanders in a late-October trade.

 

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Injury Report:

 

Buffalo: Weber Upper Body(IR/Questionable)

 

Toronto: Bozak Lower Body(IR/Out), Bolland Left Ankle Surgery(IR/Out), Kadri Suspension(Out)

 

Next 5 Games:

 

November 16 at Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 PM(MSG HD/CBC HD)

 

November 19 vs St. Louis Blues 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

 

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)

 

Sabres fire Regier, Rolston, hire LaFontaine and Nolan

A wave of euphoria has swept over Sabres fans this morning as it was announced the Sabres fired Darcy Regier and Ron Rolston last night. Pat LaFontaine has been hired as President of Hockey Operations with Ted Nolan serving as interim coach for the rest of the season.

LaFontaine has a short list of GM candidates, until a new GM is hired he will work day to day with Kevin Devine. Nolan’s main task, according to LaFontaine, is to change the culture of the team. LaFontaine wants the new GM to have freedom to hire a head coach. Pegula said he asked LaFontaine if he could be a GM but LaFontaine said he couldn’t and outlined a role which he was eventually hired for. A very emotional Ted Nolan said all the assistant coaches will remain and stated how happy he is to be back in Buffalo.

The nightmare is over. It’s finally over. Bye Darcy. Sorry you got sucked into this mess coach Rolston.

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Sabres Finish Western Swing With A Trip To The Pond To Face The Ducks

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Last Game:

Buffalo: November 7 at Kings Loss 2-0

Anaheim: November 6 vs Coyotes Won 5-2

Record:

Buffalo: 3-14-1

Anaheim: 13-3-1

Points:

Buffalo: 7

Anaheim: 27

Rank In Conference:

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

Anaheim: 1st(1st in Pacific)

Goals For:

Buffalo: 29(T-28th)

Anaheim: 56(2nd)

Goals Against:

Buffalo: 55(28th)

Anaheim: 41(T-12th)

Power Play Rankings:

Buffalo: 12.7%(25th)

Anaheim: 9.4%(29th)

Penalty Kill Rankings:

Buffalo: 82.3%(18th)

Anaheim: 75.0%(29th)

Shots For:

Buffalo: 452(21st)

Anaheim: 561(3rd)

Shots Against:

Buffalo: 647(30th)

Anaheim: 470(15th)

Face-Off Percentage:

Buffalo: 45.1%(26th)

Anaheim: 51.1%(14th)

Hits:

Buffalo: 467(4th)

Anaheim: 357(14th)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: 244(9th)

Anaheim: 255(T-6th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Buffalo: Moulson(8), Hodgson(5), 6 Players Tied with 2 Goals

Anaheim: Perry(10), Getzlaf(7), Perreault(5), Bonino, Silfverberg, Etem, and Palmieri(4)

Assists:

Buffalo: Hodgson(8), Moulson(7), Foligno, Ehrhoff, and Girgensons(4), Myers, Ennis, Stafford, and McBain(3)

Anaheim: Getzlaf(11), Perreault(9), Perry(7), Bonino, Penner, and Fowler(6)

Points:

Buffalo: Moulson(15), Hodgson(12), Foligno(6), Ennis, Stafford, and Girgensons(5)

Anaheim: Getzlaf(18), Perry(17), Perreault(14), Bonino(10)

Plus/Minus:

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

Anaheim: Penner(+15), Lindholm and Beauchemin(+13), Perry, Perreault, and Allen(+10), Getzlaf(+9)

Penalty Minutes:

Buffalo: McCormick(32), Myers(31), Ott(26), Weber(21)

Anaheim: Allen(21), Maroon(17), Perry(16), Beauchemin(15)

Shots:

Buffalo: Hodgson(44), Stafford(42), Moulson(41), Ehrhoff(32)

Anaheim: Perry(65), Getzlaf(39), Silfverberg(35), Bonino(33)

Face-Off Wins:

Buffalo: Hodgson(126), Foligno(82), Ott(80), Larsson(59)

Anaheim: Getzlaf(149), Bonino(125), Perreault(119), Koivu(106)

Hits:

Buffalo: Ott(57), Foligno(40), Girgensons and Risolainen(37), Myers(33)

Anaheim: Lovejoy(48), Allen(41), Cogliano and Smith-Pelly(26), Beauchemin(24)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: Ehrhoff(31), Weber(24), Pysyk(22), Myers(20)

Anaheim: Beauchemin and Fowler(37), Allen and Lovejoy(24), Bonino and Vatanen(20), Winnik(13)

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 2-10-0 3.09 GAA .919 SV% 0 SO

Anaheim: Jonas Hiller 7-2-1 2.47 GAA .908 SV% 1 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: November 2 Ducks Won 6-3

Season Series: Ducks Lead 1-0-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 15-9-3

All-Time at ANA: Sabres Lead 8-5-0

Upcoming Matchups:

Last Game Recap:

Tonight’s Preview:

Injury Report:

Buffalo: Weber Upper Body(IR/Out), Scott Suspension(Out), Ehrhoff Lower Body(Questionable)

Anaheim: Souray Right Wrist Surgery(IR/Out), Beleskey Upper Body(IR/Out), Fasth Lower Body(IR/Out), Silfverberg Broken Right Hand(IR/Out), Koivu Head(Out), Vatanen Upper Body(Questionable)

Next 5 Games:

November 12 vs Los Angeles Kings 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
November 15 vs Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

November 16 at Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 PM(MSG HD/CBC HD)

November 19 vs St. Louis Blues 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

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

Sabres look to rule the Kings as they continue their West Coast road trip

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Last Game:
Buffalo: November 5 @ Sharks-Sabres Won 5-4(SO)

Los Angeles: November 2 vs. Predators-Kings Lost 4-3

Record:
Buffalo: 3-13-1
Los Angeles: 9-6-0

Points:
Buffalo: 7
Los Angeles: 18

Rank In Conference:
Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)
Los Angeles: 10th(5th in Pacific)

Goals For:
Buffalo: 29(T-27th)
Los Angeles: 39(T-18th)

Goals Against:
Buffalo: 53(28th)
Los Angeles: 40(T-12th)

Power Play Rankings:
Buffalo: 13.7(23rd)
Los Angeles: 21.0(T-8th)

Penalty Kill Rankings:
Buffalo: 84.2(12th)
Los Angeles: 79.4(21st)

Shots For:
Buffalo: 433(21st)
Los Angeles: 494(8th)

Shots Against:
Buffalo: 619(30th)
Los Angeles: 393(T-5th)

Face-Off Percentage:
Buffalo: 44.8(28th)
Los Angeles: 55.8(2nd)

Hits:
Buffalo: 434(T-6th)
Los Angeles: 471(2nd)

Blocked Shots:
Buffalo: 233(T-11th)
Los Angeles: 174(25th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

Buffalo: Moulson(8), Hodgson(5), 7 Players with(2)
Los Angeles: Williams and Carter(5), Doughty and King(4)

Assists:
Buffalo: Hodgson(8), Moulson(7), Girgensons, Foligno, Ehrhoff(4)
Los Angeles: Kopitar(12), Richards(8), Williams and Muzzin(6)

Points:
Buffalo: Moulson(15), Hodgson(13), Foligno(6),Ennis, Stafford, Girgensons(5)
Los Angeles: Kopitar(15), Williams and Richards(11), Carter(9)

Plus/Minus:
Buffalo: Moulson(+1), Girgensons and Sulzer(+0)
Los Angeles: Greene(+5), Kopitar and Brown(+4)

Penalty Minutes:
Buffalo: McCormick(32), Ott(26), Weber(21), Myers(20)
Los Angeles: Clifford(32), Carcillo(25), Doughty(20), Williams and Fraser(12)

Shots:
Buffalo: Hodgson(44), Stafford(42), Moulson(37), Ehrhoff(32)
Los Angeles: Carter(57), Williams(48), Kopitar and Doughty(44)

Face-Off Wins:
Buffalo: Hodgson(117), Ott(77), Foligno(74), Larsson(55)
Los Angeles: Kopitar(177), Stoll(122), Richards(86), Carter(72)

Hits:
Buffalo: Ott(49), Girgensons(37), Foligno(36), Ristolainen(33)
Los Angeles: Greene(47), Brown and Clifford(40), Regehr(37)

Blocked Shots:
Buffalo: Ehrhoff(30), Weber(24), Pysyk(21), Myers(18)
Los Angeles: Mitchell(33), Greene(29), Doughty(14), Lewis(12)

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 2-10-0 3.09 GAA .919 SV% 0 SO
Los Angeles: Jonathan Quick 8-5-1 2.68 GAA .896 SV% 0 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: October 8, 2011 @ Berlin, Germany-Sabres Won 4-2

Season Series: Tied 0-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 55-39-19
All-Time @ LAK: Sabres Lead 24-23-10

Injury Report:
Buffalo: Weber Upper Body(IR/Out), Scott Suspended(Out)
Los Angeles: Carter Lower Body(IR/Out), Stoll Upper Body(Questionable)

Next 5 Games:
November 8 @ Anaheim Ducks 10:00 PM(MSG HD)
November 12 vs Los Angeles Kings 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
November 15 vs Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
November 16 @ Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
November 19 vs St. Louis Blues 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

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Sabres Head Out West For 3, First Up Sharks

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Last Game:

Buffalo: November 2 vs Ducks Loss 6-3

San Jose: November 2 vs Coyotes Loss(SO) 3-2

Record:

Buffalo: 2-13-1

San Jose: 10-1-3

Points:

Buffalo: 5

San Jose: 23

Rank In Conference:

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

San Jose: 3rd(2nd in Pacific)

Goals For:

Buffalo: 25(29th)

San Jose: 52(1st)

Goals Against:

Buffalo: 49(29th)

San Jose: 25(T-2nd)

Power Play Rankings:

Buffalo: 12.5%(24th)

San Jose: 21.5%(8th)

Penalty Kill Rankings:

Buffalo: 83.0%(12th)

San Jose: 86.4%(5th)

Shots For:

Buffalo: 397(T-22nd)

San Jose: 524(1st)

Shots Against:

Buffalo: 568(30th)

San Jose: 347(3rd)

Face-Off Percentage:

Buffalo: 45.6%(T-25th)

San Jose: 51.0%(T-13th)

Hits:

Buffalo: 413(5th)

San Jose: 218(30th)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: 209(T-14th)

San Jose: 223(9th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Buffalo: Moulson(8), Hodgson(5), Foligno, Flynn, and Ott(2), 8 Players Tied With 1 Goal

San Jose: Marleau and Hertl(8), Couture(7), Pavelski(6), Burns(4)

Assists:

Buffalo: Hodgson(7), Moulson(5), Foligno and Ehrhoff(4), Myers(3)

San Jose: Thornton(13), Pavelski(10), Couture(9), Marleau, Vlasic, Wingels, and Demers(7)

Points:

Buffalo: Moulson(13), Hodgson(12), Foligno(6), Ott, Myers, and Ehrhoff(4)

San Jose: Couture and Pavelski(16), Marleau(15), Thornton(14), Hertl(11)

Plus/Minus:

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

San Jose: Vlasic and Braun(+12), Burns(+9), Wingels(+8), Couture, Thornton, Hertl, and Demers(+7)

Penalty Minutes:

Buffalo: McCormick(27), Ott(26), Weber(21), Scott(19)

San Jose: Pelech(22), Desjardines(21), Irwin(13), Sheppard(12)

Shots:

Buffalo: Hodgson(39), Stafford(38), Moulson(34), Ehrhoff(31)

San Jose: Couture(52), Marleau(50), Pavelski(46), Hertl(42)

Face-Off Wins:

Buffalo: Hodgson(108), Ott(75), Foligno(68), Larsson(50)

San Jose: Pavelski(128), Thornton(111), Couture(92), Desjardines(58)

Hits:

Buffalo: Ott(49), Girgensons(36), Foligno(35), Myers(30)

San Jose: Wingels(31), Desjardines(19), Stuart(17), Burns(15)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: Ehrhoff(29), Weber(24), Pysyk(19), Myers(16)

San Jose: Vlasic(31), Braun(21), Demers(19), Couture(18)

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 1-10-0 3.03 GAA .919 SV% 0 SO

San Jose: Antti Niemi 9-1-3 1.73 GAA .925 SV% 2 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: March 1, 2012 Sabres Won 1-0

Season Series: Sabres Won 1-0-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 18-6-5

All-Time at SJS: Sharks Lead 5-4-5

Upcoming Matchups:

February 28 vs Sharks 7:00 PM

Last Game Recap:

Ducks Power Past Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres held the lead for a brief time against the Anaheim Ducks. It didn’t last long, however.

Cody Hodgson opened the scoring for Buffalo in the second period, but the Ducks roared back with five consecutive goals en route to a 6-3 win at First Niagara Center on Saturday. Buffalo’s lead lasted 2:27 before Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf tied it up.

Emerson Etem and Corey Perry each scored twice for Anaheim. Sami Vatanen also tallied. Jonas Hiller made 14 saves.

Henrik Tallinder scored Buffalo’s second goal 6:52 into the third period for his first as a Sabre since March 31, 2010. Tyler Myers scored his first of the season with 5:01 remaining in the game to make it 5-3. Perry scored again with 4:22 remaining in the game to end any chance of a Buffalo rally.

Jhonas Enroth stopped 23 shots for the Sabres.

“We beat ourselves. I think it’s just mental,” Tallinder said. “After you get scored on, you have to show that it’s not going to happen, this is not acceptable. And I don’t know, it’s weak.”

Anaheim took the lead with 4:42 left in the second on the goal by Vatanen. Then Etem scored his first goal 34 seconds later to make it 3-1. The two quick goals seemed to shake Buffalo out of its rhythm.

“I thought we did deflate a little bit after they put us down 3-1 after the second period. That’s something we can’t have,” Myers said. “Things are tough right now. It’s easy to do that. It’s been happening a lot. When we get down, it’s almost like we have a ‘Here we go again’ mentality once it happens. We have to build to get out of that.”

Tallinder said that a lot of it comes down to the support on the ice between teammates.

“You have to have teammates who support you. If a mistake is made, another guy is going to be there and support you. We’re not doing it consistently for 60 minutes,” he said. “I don’t know. We beat ourselves, as I said before. We get scored on and, ‘Oh my God, it’s happening again.’ And they score another quick one. I mean, come on. This is the NHL.”

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Sharks hope to re-discover winning ways

Big Story: The Sabres need to get on a roll and quickly. Buffalo is off to its worst start to a season in franchise history, losing seven of its past eight games and 14 of 16 overall.

”We’re facing a lot of adversity right now,” Sabres center Cody Hodgson said. ”We can say as much as we want, but at the end of the day it’s what we do on the ice. Right now it’s not good enough.”

It doesn’t get any easier in San Jose. The Sharks are thriving in a competitive Pacific Division, where they ended October tied for first place with the Anaheim Ducks, one point ahead of the Phoenix Coyotes and two ahead of the Vancouver Canucks.

“What are we? Fourteen games in? It’s going to be that way all year. I don’t see it changing one bit,” Sharks coach Todd McLellan said.

Team Scope:

Sabres: The Sabres’ woes continued Saturday with a 6-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks, a game where the Ducks scored five straight goals after Cody Hodgson had given the Sabres a 1-0 lead in the second period. Buffalo was outshot 29-17, the sixth straight game that’s happened, and barely tested Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller.

“It’s a mentality right now for us, wanting to make a better play, I think,” Sabres coach Ron Rolston said. “I think that’s the same with a lot of our turnovers now through the neutral zone. We want to make a better play than what is there and we’re not taking what is there.”

Sharks: The Sharks come off their first home loss of the season after five consecutive regulation wins. The 3-2 shootout defeat against the Coyotes also was the first time San Jose has gone two straight without a win.

In the loss the Sharks welcomed back defenseman Dan Boyle after he missed seven games with a concussion.

“He’s maybe one of the top two or three quarterback defensemen in the League,” McLellan said. “It’s his poise, his experience, his knowledge and reads of what’s going on.”

Boyle scored, Logan Couture had a career-high 10 shots and Antti Niemi made 28 saves against the Coyotes.

Who’s hot: Sharks center Joe Pavelski has scored goals in three straight games and is tied with Couture for the team lead in points (13). Niemi was named one of the NHL’s Three Stars for October with a 9-1-2 record, a 1.72 goals-against average, a .924 save percentage and two shutouts. Center Tomas Hertl was named the NHL Rookie of the Month after he led all rookies with eight goals and 11 points in 13 games. Defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic (3-7-10) earned “Sharks Player of the Month” honors.

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Injury Report:

Buffalo: Weber Upper Body(IR/Out), Scott Suspension(Out)

San Jose: Torres Knee Surgery(IR/Out), Burish Lower Body(IR/Out), Burns Upper Body(Out)

Next 5 Games:

November 7 at Los Angeles Kings 10:30 PM(MSG HD)

November 8 at Anaheim Ducks 10:00 PM(MSG HD)

November 12 vs Los Angeles Kings 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
November 15 vs Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

November 16 at Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 PM(MSG HD/CBC HD)

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Ruff Coached Stars Visit FNC To Take On Vanek-less Sabres

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Last Game:

 

Buffalo: October 26 at Lightning Loss 3-2

 

 

Dallas: October 26 vs Jets Loss(SO) 2-1

 

 

Record:

 

Buffalo: 2-10-1

 

Dallas: 4-5-1

 

Points:

 

Buffalo: 5

 

Dallas: 9

 

Rank In Conference:

 

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

 

Dallas: 13th(7th in Central)

 

Goals For:

 

Buffalo: 19(28th)

 

Dallas: 25(T-23rd)

 

Goals Against:

 

Buffalo: 37(T-26th)

 

Dallas: 30(T-14th)

 

Power Play Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 9.5%(29th)

 

Dallas: 13.5%(23rd)

 

Penalty Kill Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 84.4%(T-7th)

 

Dallas: 80.6%(17th)

 

Shots For:

 

Buffalo: 326(16th)

 

Dallas: 305(24th)

 

Shots Against:

 

Buffalo: 464(30th)

 

Dallas: 354(19th)

 

Face-Off Percentage:

 

Buffalo: 46.4%(T-24th)
Dallas: 51.4%(12th)

 

Hits:

 

Buffalo: 342(3rd)

 

Dallas: 223(T-22nd)

 

Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: 163(13th)

 

Dallas: 159(16th)

 

Team Leaders:

 

Goals:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(6), Hodgson(4), Foligno and Flynn(2), 7 Players Tied With 1 Goal

 

Dallas: Chiasson(5), Seguin(4), J. Benn and Dillon(3), Eakin and Peverley(2)

 

Assists:

 

Buffalo: Hodgson(5), Foligno(4), Ehrhoff and Moulson(3), 5 Tied with 2 Assists

 

Dallas: J. Benn(8), Seguin and Whitney(6), Chiasson(4), Eakin, Peverley, and Fiddler(3)

 

Points:

 

Buffalo: Hodgson and Moulson(9), Foligno(6), 6 Players Tied with 3 Points

 

Dallas: J. Benn(11), Seguin(10), Chiasson(9), Whitney(6)

 

Plus/Minus:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(+3), Ehrhoff and Pysyk(+1), Sulzer, Leino, and Foligno(EV), Kaleta and Grigorenko(-1)

 

Dallas: Dillon and Robidas(+8), Benn, Peverley, and Connaution(+2), Seguin and MacDermid(+1), Garbutt and C. Mueller(EV)

 

Penalty Minutes:

 

Buffalo: McCormick(22), Weber(21), Ott(20), Scott(19)

 

Dallas: Roussel(43), Garbutt(19), Horcoff(14), Dillon and Robidas(8)

 

Shots:

 

Buffalo: Stafford(33), Hodgson(31), Moulson(28), Ehrhoff(25),

 

Dallas: Benn(37), Chiasson(33), Seguin(27), Peverley(23)

 

Face-Off Wins:

 

Buffalo: Hodgson(93), Ott(70), Foligno(49), Larsson(42)

 

Dallas: Eakin(82), Fiddler(70), Seguin(48), Horcoff(46)

 

Hits:

 

Buffalo: Ott(44), Weber, Girgensons, and Foligno(29), Myers(22), Porter, Scott, Larsson, and Ristolainen(18)

 

Dallas: Dillon(22), Robidas(21), Roussel and Benn(19), Chiasson(16)

 

Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: Ehrhoff(25), Weber(24), Pysyk(15), McBain(11)

 

Dallas: Daley(20), Dillon(19), J. Benn(18), Gonchar and Robidas(15)

 

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

 

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 1-8-0 3.02 GAA .918 SV% 0 SO

 

Dallas: Dan Ellis 1-3-0 3.60 GAA .895 SV% 0 SO

 

Notes:

 

Last Meeting: February 10, 2012 Sabres Won(SO) 3-2

 

 

Season Series: Sabres Won 1-0-0

 

All-Time: Sabres Lead 54-41-17

 

All-Time vs DAL: Sabres Lead 31-13-11

 

Upcoming Matchups:

 

March 3 at Stars 8:00 PM

 

Last Game Recap:

 

Lightning rally late with pair to dump Sabres

 

Ondrej Palat’s shot through a goalmouth scramble late in the game was the winner, as the Tampa Bay Lightning scored twice in 1:46 to rally from behind in a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

 

Just like they did on October 9 in Buffalo, the Sabres had a 2-1 lead on the Lightning in the third period. And just like that early October night at First Niagara Center, the Sabres would fritter away a golden opportunity to take home two points.

 

Thomas Vanek put Buffalo ahead at 12:46 when he one-timed a perfectly-placed slapshot under the arm of Tampa goaltender Ben Bishop, finishing off a power rush and backhand pass from Marcus Foligno. The goal continued a career trend for Vanek, who now has 24 goals and 39 assists in 33 games against the Lightning

 

But as quickly as Buffalo grabbed the lead, the Lightning’s big guns took it away. Tampa played keepaway with the puck, as the Sabres got caught running around the defensive zone. Martin St Louis ducked in behind rookie Nikita Zadorov at the bottom of the left faceoff circle, and buried a pass through the slot from Steven Stamkos at 14:09 to bring the game back even.

 

Palat capped the comeback 106 seconds later on a play that should’ve been called a penalty. Rasmus Ristolainen went into the right corner to play the puck, only to have his feet taken out from under him by Palat, who then cycled the loose puck to Tyler Johnson. His initial attempt was stopped by Ryan Miller before Palat found the back of the net with a spinning wrist shot through a crowd at 15:55.

 

The loss was a tough pill to swallow for Miller, who had kept Stamkos and St. Louis off the scoresheet for most of the night with several key saves. Miller repeatedly denied the prolific pair their one-time attempts from the off-wing faceoff dot, anticipating their shots with numerous cross-crease sliding saves. Stamkos and St. Louis each recorded four shots on goal to pace Tampa’s 39-shot attack.

 

As has been the case so far this season, goaltending held Buffalo in the game. Tonight it was Miller’s turn with 36 stops, following up Jhonas Enroth’s 44-save performance on Friday. Miller’s record drops to 1-8-0 with the loss, numbers clearly not indicative of his strong play.

 

http://sabres.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2013020159

 

Tonight’s Preview:

Stars’ Ruff makes return to Buffalo

 

Big story: Stars coach Lindy Ruff returns to Buffalo to face his former team for the first time since being fired by the Sabres on Feb. 20, 2013. Ruff was in his 15th season with Buffalo when he was let go, making him the longest-tenured coach in the NHL at the time. Sabres captain Steve Ott plays against his former team for the first time since being traded from Dallas to Buffalo in the 2012 offseason. The Sabres have five wins and a tie in their last six home games against Dallas. The last time the Stars won in Buffalo was in 1999 and they skated around the rink with the Stanley Cup afterwards.

 

Team Scope:

 

Stars: In addition to the winless streak in Buffalo, Dallas has dropped every road game this season since a win against the Winnipeg Jets on Oct. 11. The Stars will look to avoid a sixth straight road loss, while attempting to build off two strong showings at home last week that earned them three points. While Dallas did manage a point in a 2-1 shootout loss against the visiting Jets on Saturday, coach Ruff wasn’t happy with the way his team started the game.

 

“In the first period we resembled the team that practiced [Saturday] morning,” Ruff said. “We weren’t crisp [Saturday] morning and we didn’t come out crisp, and I thought that hurt us.”

 

Sabres: There will likely be some reminiscing and reunions for much of the Sabres organization as Ruff returns, but Buffalo will need to remain focused on breaking out of its recent cold streak. The Sabres are losers of four of their last five games and were last in the NHL as of Sunday with an average of 1.46 goals scored per game.

 

While veteran Thomas Vanek (tied with Cody Hodgson for a team-leading nine points) and goaltender Ryan Miller continue to turn in solid efforts, much of the supporting staff has not been producing. Vanek scored a goal and Miller made 36 saves Saturday against the Tampa Bay Lightning, but two late goals by Tampa helped defeat the Sabres, 3-2.

 

Coach Ron Rolston did not hold back in the post-game interview Saturday, singling out two players who he benched for most of the final period.

 

Cody Hodgson. He didn’t play. He just didn’t play,” Rolston said. “[Drew] Stafford too. Your best players have to be your best players. At the end of the day, that’s what is going to happen.”

 

Who’s Hot: Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen is 3-0-1 in his last four starts with a 0.75 goals-against average. … Vanek is in the midst of a four-game point streak for Buffalo with a goal and three assists over that span.

 

http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/preview?id=2013020171&navid=sb:preview

 

Injury Report:

 

Buffalo: Tropp Broken Jaw(IR/Out), Kaleta Suspension(Out), Scott Suspension(Out), Weber Upper Body(IR/Out)

 

Dallas: Garbutt Suspension(Out), Chiasson Flu-Like Symptoms(Questionable)

 

Next 5 Games:

 

October 31 at New York Rangers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

 

November 2 vs Anaheim Ducks 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

 

November 5 at San Jose Sharks 10:30 PM(MSG HD)

 

November 7 at Los Angeles Kings 10:30 PM(MSG HD)

 

November 8 at Anaheim Ducks 10:00 PM(MSG HD)

 

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Sabres Trade Vanek To Islanders For Moulson and Picks

Sabres have traded Power Winger Thomas Vanek to the New York Islanders for Forward Matt Moulson, a 1st RD Pick in 2014, and a 2nd RD Pick in 2015. More Details to Come

Struggling Sabres Head To Florida For First Of 2 Game Southern Swing

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Last Game:

 

Buffalo: October 23 vs Bruins Loss 5-2

 

 

Florida: October 22 vs Blackhawks Loss(SO) 3-2

 

Record:

 

Buffalo: 1-9-1

 

Florida: 3-6-1

 

Points:

 

Buffalo: 3

 

Florida: 7

 

Rank In Conference:

 

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

 

Florida: 12th(7th in Atlantic)

 

Goals For:

 

Buffalo: 14(28th)

 

Florida: 24(T-24th)

 

Goals Against:

 

Buffalo: 33(27th)

 

Florida: 34(T-28th)

 

Power Play Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 10.5%(27th)

 

Florida: 11.4%(26th)

 

Penalty Kill Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 83.3%(11th)

 

Florida: 78.8%(22nd)

 

Shots For:

 

Buffalo: 283(T-13th)

 

Florida: 261(24th)

 

Shots Against:

 

Buffalo: 380(30th)

 

Florida: 317(21st)

 

Face-Off Percentage:

 

Buffalo: 46.3%(24th)
Florida: 44.6%(28th)

 

Hits:

 

Buffalo: 274(5th)

 

Florida: 206(17th)

 

Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: 136(17th)

 

Florida: 158(T-6th)

 

Team Leaders:

 

Goals:

 

Buffalo: Vanek and Hodgson(3), Foligno(2), 6 Players Tied With 1 Goal

 

Florida: Boyes(4), Barkov, Huberdeau, and Goc(3), Versteeg and Fleischmann(2), Gomez, Winchester, Gilroy, and Kulikov(1)

 

Assists:

 

Buffalo: Hodgson(5), Vanek(4), 5 Tied with 2 Assists

 

Florida: Fleischmann(7), B. Campbell(5), Barkov(4),Gomez and Versteeg(3)

 

Points:

 

Buffalo: Hodgson(8), Vanek(7), Foligno(4), Stafford(3)

 

Florida: Fleischmann(9), Barkov(7), Boyes(6), Huberdeau, B. Campbell, and Versteeg(5)

 

Plus/Minus:

 

Buffalo: Sulzer and Leino(EV), 5 with a -1 Rating

 

Florida: B. Campbell(+2), Gilbert, Bjugstad, Shore, and Fleischmann(+1), Crabb, Barkov, and Matthias(EV), Fleischmann, Gilroy and Barch(-1)

 

Penalty Minutes:

 

Buffalo: Weber(21), Scott(19), McCormick(15), Myers(14)

 

Florida: Gudbranson(30), Kulikov(27), Winchester(16), Barch(10)

 

Shots:

 

Buffalo: Vanek(39), Stafford(31), Hodgson(27), Ennis(22)

 

Florida: Fleischmann(32), Versteeg(26), Boyes(22), Kopecky(21)

 

Face-Off Wins:

 

Buffalo: Hodgson(82), Ott(65), Larsson(36), Foligno(33)

 

Florida: Goc(89), Barkov(61), Gomez(51), Bjugstad(21)

 

Hits:

 

Buffalo: Ott(36), Weber and Girgensons(26), Foligno(23), Porter and Scott(18)

 

Florida: Weaver(29), Gudbranson(24), Kulikov(16), Goc and Matthias(15)

 

Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: Ehrhoff(24), Weber(21), Pysyk(15), Ennis and McBain(9)

 

Florida: Weaver(28), Gudbranson(22), Gilbert(17), B. Campbell(16)

 

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

 

Buffalo: Jhonas Enroth 0-2-1 2.66 GAA .909 SV% 0 SO

 

Florida: Jakob Markstrom 1-3-1 3.50 .884 SV% 0 SO

 

Notes:

 

Last Meeting: March 28 Panthers Won(SO) 5-4

 

Season Series: Panthers Won 2-0-1

 

All-Time: Sabres Lead 43-26-6

 

All-Time at FLA: Sabres Lead 19-15-3

 

Upcoming Matchups:

 

January 9 vs Panthers 7:00 PM

 

January 21 vs Panthers 7:00 PM

 

March 7 at Panthers 7:30 PM

 

Last Game Recap:

 

Zadorov Scores 1st NHL Goal In Loss

 

Rookie defenseman Nikita Zadorov was happy to score his first NHL goal, but another loss by the Buffalo Sabres put a bit of a damper on the postgame celebration.

 

The Sabres clawed their way back into their game against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday at First Niagara Center, but ultimately fell short yet again.

 

Torey Krug scored twice in the third to give the Bruins a 5-2 victory. Milan Lucic also recorded a pair of goals and defenseman Dougie Hamilton chipped in one as well. Chad Johnson made 14 saves in his Bruins debut.

 

Cody Hodgson scored for Buffalo’s other goal. Ryan Miller stopped 28 shots. The Sabres fall to 1-9-1 on the season.

 

“They’ve got a strong team over there from their D all the way up to their forwards and we didn’t match them,” Sabres co-captain Steve Ott said. “Simple as that. A veteran-based team just took over the game and kind of steamrolled us in the third.”

 

The goal by Zadorov, which cut Boston’s lead to 3-2 with 4:50 remaining in the second period, was the first of his NHL career. It came in his second game on his first career shot. At 18 years, 6 months and eight days, he became the second-youngest Sabre to score. Only Pierre Turgeon at 18 years, 1 month, 24 days was younger when he scored his first career goal with the Sabres.

 

The Bruins’ first two goals were scored by Lucic. The first game with 8:59 remaining in the first and the second came 0:40 into the second to give Boston a 2-0 lead. Hodgson’s power-play goal made it 2-1 at the 8:29 mark of the second, but the Bruins came right back 3:29 later as Hamilton scored on a 2-on-1.

 

Bruins forward Loui Eriksson left the game 5:49 into the third period after being hit by Sabres forward John Scott. As the play went back down the ice into the Buffalo zone, he dropped the gloves with Andy McQuaid in the corner. Scott received a charging major and a fighting major as a result.

 

“I’m not going to comment on it,” Sabres coach Ron Rolston said after the game.

 

http://sabres.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2013020138

 

Tonight’s Preview:

 

Panthers host Sabres in Atlantic Division matchup

 

Big story: While the Sabres’ biggest issue with their goaltending is whether to keep Ryan Miller or move him prior to the trade deadline, the Panthers are once again dealing with health issues surrounding veteran Tim Thomas. He went back on injured reserve with a lower-body issue after coming out of Tuesday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks late in regulation. It’s probable Jacob Markstrom starts Friday with Scott Clemmensen recalled to be his backup.

 

Team Scope:

 

Sabres: First, the good news to come out of Buffalo’s 5-2 loss Wednesday to the Boston Bruins, the Sabres’ 10th in 11 games: Nikita Zadorov, an 18-year-old defenseman taken with the 16th pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, scored his first NHL goal in his second game. Zadorov saw 17:44 of ice time, up more than six minutes from his debut Oct. 19 against the Colorado Avalanche.

 

“I’m really happy right now,” Zadorov said about his goal. “It’s really hard to play against these guys.”

 

Unfortunately, that got overshadowed by a John Scott match penalty in the third period for an illegal check to the head which left the Bruins’ Loui Eriksson woozy and Scott facing a lengthy suspension. He was offered an in-person hearing with the League at a date and time yet to be determined.

 

Panthers: Thomas has played solidly for Florida this season when healthy, and that was the case against the defending Stanley Cup champs. Chicago scored a pair of goals in the second, but Thomas stopped 25 shots and gave the Panthers an opportunity to pull even in the third as Tomas Fleischmann and Dmitry Kulikov scored.

 

Thomas was forced from the game with 2:59 left in regulation. Markstrom faced two shots through the end of the third and the five-minute overtime before he yielded two goals on three shootout attempts in a 3-2 loss.

 

“You have got to prepare. When I’m on the bench, I don’t just sit there and watch the stands, I try to be in the game,” Markstrom said about being pressed into duty late in the game. “You try to be in the game as much you can and I have no problem with that at all.”

 

Who’s hot: Cody Hodgson has goals in consecutive games for the Sabres. … Aleksander Barkov, the No. 2 pick in June’s draft, has a goal and an assist in the past two games for the Panthers, giving him three goals and four assists in 10 games.

 

http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/preview?id=2013020152

 

Injury Report:

 

Buffalo: Tropp Broken Jaw(IR/Out), Leino Cracked Ribs(IR/Questionable), Kaleta Suspension(Out), McCormick Foot(IR/Out), Scott Suspension(Out)

 

Florida: Jovanovski Hip Surgery(IR/Out), Pinizzotto Hip(IR/Out), Bergenheim Hip/Abdominal Surgery(IR/Questionable), Thomas Lower Body(IR/Out)

 

Next 5 Games:

 

October 26 at Tampa Bay Lightning 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

 

October 28 vs. Dallas Stars 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

 

October 31 at New York Rangers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

 

November 2 vs Anaheim Ducks 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

 

November 5 at San Jose Sharks 10:30 PM(MSG HD)

 

 

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Sabres and Bruins meet for the 1st of 5 match-ups this season

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Last Game:
Buffalo: October 19 vs Colorado-Sabres Lost 4-2

Boston: October 19 @ Tampa Bay-Bruins Won 5-0

Record:
Buffalo: 1-8-1
Boston: 5-2-0

Points:
Buffalo: 3
Boston: 10

Rank In Conference:
Buffalo: 15th(8th in Atlantic)
Boston: 5th(3rd in Atlantic)

Goals For:
Buffalo: 12(28th)
Boston: 20(24th)

Goals Against:
Buffalo: 28(T-22nd)
Boston: 10(1st)

Power Play Rankings:
Buffalo: 8.6(29th)
Boston: 11.5(25th)

Penalty Kill Rankings:
Buffalo: 84.4(7th)
Boston: 90.0(2nd)

Shots For:
Buffalo: 267(18th)
Boston: 229(26th)

Shots Against:
Buffalo: 346(30th)
Boston: 195(1st)

Face-Off Percentage:
Buffalo: 46.1(26th)
Boston: 51.1(14th)

Hits:
Buffalo: 251(6th)
Boston: 164(26th)

Blocked Shots:
Buffalo: 118(20th)
Boston: 73(30th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

Buffalo: Vanek(3), Hodgson and Foligno(2)
Boston: Lucic and Kelly(3), Bergeron and Eriksson(2)

Assists:
Buffalo: Hodgson(5), Vanek(3), Stafford, Myers, Ehrhoff(2)
Boston: Krejci(5), Smith(4), Lucic and Boychuk(3)

Points:
Buffalo: Hodgson(7), Vanek(6), Stafford(3)
Boston: Lucic and Krejci(6), Smith(5), Bergeron(4)

Plus/Minus:
Buffalo: Ehrhoff, Sulzer, Leino, Zadorov(+0)
Boston: Boychuk and Seidenberg(+5), Smith and McQuaid(+4)

Penalty Minutes:
Buffalo: Weber(21), McCormick(15), Myers(14), Ott(13)
Boston: Thornton(17), Iginla(16), Lucic(12), Krejci(10)

Shots:
Buffalo: Vanek(39), Stafford(30), Hodgson(24), Ehrhoff and Ennis(21)
Boston: Iginla(24), Krug(19), Chara, Boychuk, Eriksson(18)

Face-Off Wins:
Buffalo: Hodgson(76), Ott(63), Larsson(34), Grigorenko(25)
Boston: Bergeron(83), Krejci(55), Kelly(53), Campbell(20)

Hits:
Buffalo: Ott(34), Weber(25), Foligno and Girgensons(22), Myers and Porter(16)
Boston: Lucic(23), Iginla(17), Caron(14), Campbell and Chara(13)

Blocked Shots:
Buffalo: Ehrhoff(22), Weber(17), Pysyk(14), Ennis and McBain(9)
Boston: Boychuk(14), Seidenberg(10), McQuaid(9), Krejci(6)

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 1-6-0 2.73 GAA .926 SV% 0 SO
Boston: Tuukka Rask 5-2-0 1.29 GAA .954 SV% 1 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: April 17 @ Boston-Sabres Won 3-2(SO)

Season Series: Sabres Won 3-2
All-Time: Sabres Lead 137-136-40
All-Time @ BUF: Sabres Lead 84-51-21

Injury Report:
Buffalo: Tropp Jaw Surgery(IR/Out), Leino Fractured Rib(IR/Out), Kaleta Suspension(Out), McCormick Foot(Probable)
Boston: Savard Post-Concussion Syndrome(IR/Out)

Next 5 Games:
October 25 @ Florida Panthers 7:30 PM(MSG HD)
October 26 @ Tampa Bay Lightning 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
October 28 vs Dallas Stars 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
October 31 @ New York Rangers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
November 2 vs Anaheim Ducks 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

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Last Game:

 

Buffalo: October 17 vs. Canucks Loss 3-0

 

 

Colorado: October 17 vs. Red Wings Loss 4-2

 

 

Record:

 

Buffalo: 1-7-1

 

Colorado: 6-1-0

 

Points:

 

Buffalo: 3

 

Colorado: 12

 

Rank In Conference:

 

Buffalo: 15th(8th in Atlantic)

 

Colorado: 2nd(1st in Central)

 

Goals For:

 

Buffalo: 10(30th)

 

Colorado: 23(T-6th)

 

Goals Against:

 

Buffalo: 24(T-24th)

 

Colorado: 10(T-1st)

 

Power Play Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 9.4%(26th)

 

Colorado: 23.1%(T-9th)

 

Penalty Kill Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 86.2%(5th)

 

Colorado: 85.7%(T-6th)

 

Shots For:

 

Buffalo: 237(T-7th)

 

Colorado: 222(13th)

 

Shots Against:

 

Buffalo: 320(30th)

 

Colorado: 240(23rd)

 

Face-Off Percentage:

 

Buffalo: 45.3%(26th)
Colorado: 49.9%(17th)

 

Hits:

 

Buffalo: 222(T-3rd)

 

Colorado: 181(12th)

 

Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: 111(10th)

 

Colorado: 109(12th)

 

Team Leaders:

 

Goals:

 

Buffalo: Vanek(3), 7 Players Tied With 1 Goal

 

Colorado: Duchene(5), Parenteau and McGinn(3), Tanguay and O’Reilly(2), 8 Players Tied With 1 Goal

 

Assists:

 

Buffalo: Hodgson(5), Vanek and Ehrhoff(2), 7 Tied With 1 Assist

 

Colorado: MacKinnon(6), Parenteau and Stastny(4), Tanguay, Benoit, and Downie(3), Duchene, McGinn, O’Reilly, and Landeskog(2)

 

Points:

 

Buffalo: Hodgson(6), Vanek(5), 5 Players Tied With 2 Points

 

Colorado: Duchene, Parenteau, and MacKinnon(7), McGinn and Tanguay(5), O’Reilly, Downie, and Stastny(4), Landeskog and Benoit(3)

 

Plus/Minus:

 

Buffalo: Ehrhoff(+1), Pysyk, Leino, Foligno, and Sulzer(EV), Stafford, Ennis, Grigorenko, and Kaleta(-1), Girgensons, Ott, and Tallinder(-2)

 

Colorado: Sarich(+8), Parenteau(+5), Benoit(+4), 5 Players Tied With +3 Ratings

 

Penalty Minutes:

 

Buffalo: McCormick(15), Weber(14), Ott(13), Myers(12)

 

Colorado: McLeod(27), Downie(17), Sarich(9), MacKinnon, Stastny, and E. Johnson(6)

 

Shots:

 

Buffalo: Vanek(37), Stafford(25), Hodgson(23), Ehrhoff(18)

 

Colorado: Landeskog(24), Duchene(22), MacKinnon and O’Reilly(17), Downie(15)

 

Face-Off Wins:

 

Buffalo: Hodgson(67), Ott(60), Larsson(25), Ennis(23)

 

Colorado: Duchene(72), Stastny(71), Mitchell(39), MacKinnon(24)

 

Hits:

 

Buffalo: Ott(31), Weber(24), Foligno(19), Girgensons and Myers(16)

 

Colorado: McGinn(20), E. Johnson(19), Sarich(18), Hejda(16)

 

Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: Ehrhoff(21), Weber(17), Pysyk(10), Ennis(9)

 

Colorado: Guenin(20), Hejda(13), Benoit(12), E. Johnson(8)

 

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

 

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 1-4-0 2.50 GAA .935 SV% 0 SO

 

Colorado: Semyon Varlamov 5-1-0 1.68 GAA .950 SV% 0 SO

 

Notes:

 

Last Meeting: March 14, 2012 Avalanche Won(SO) 5-4

 

 

Season Series: Avalanche Won 1-0-0

 

All-Time: Sabres Lead 59-50-24

 

All-Time vs COL: Sabres Lead 36-19-11

 

Upcoming Matchups:

 

February 1, 2014 at Avalanche 3:00 PM

 

Last Game Recap:

 

It Was A Luong Night

 

Frustration was the buzzword in the Buffalo Sabres dressing room after a 3-0 loss to the Vancouver Canucks at First Niagara Center on Thursday.

 

The Sabres continue to struggle to score, having put in only 10 goals in regulation all season. With the loss, the Sabres fall to 1-7-1 on the season.

 

Ryan Miller made 31 saves in net for Buffalo.

 

Coming off their first win of the season on Tuesday, the Sabres hoped to continue to progress. However, a quick start by the Canucks made that difficult.

 

“It’s frustrating. We had a lot of reasons to build off last game and we just came out flat,” Sabres center Cody Hodgson said. “They dominated the first. They had power play after power play and we just didn’t generate any offense.”

 

Chris Higgins, Brad Richardson and Ryan Stanton scored for Vancouver. Roberto Luongo turned aside 25 shots to earn the shutout.

 

Sabres coach Ron Rolston addressed the issue of dealing with a frustrated team in his postgame press conference.

 

“Frustration is how they do it. If we don’t play the right way, they’re creating their own frustration. They’ve got to figure that out,” he said. “…We’re frustrated, but we’ll get through it.”

 

Vancouver started the game with a flurry of offensive chances. Their first power-play opportunity came 37 seconds into the game and they recorded eight shots on goal in the first 1:49 of play.

 

“It started from the first shift on,” Sabres co-captain Thomas Vanek said. “They should’ve had two goals and [Miller] kept us in it. We knew that’s a good team over there, a puck possession team and they showed it early and often. We couldn’t match it.”

 

The Canucks eventually found the back of the net with 7:51 to play in the period. Higgins scored to give Vancouver a 1-0 lead in a period in which they outshot the Sabres 19-7.

 

http://sabres.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2013020096

 

Tonight’s Preview:

 

Avalanche aim to get back in win column vs. Sabres

 

Big story: The Avalanche will try to rebound from their first loss of the season while the Sabres are looking to get back to where they were two games ago, when they beat the New York Islanders in a shootout for their first — and only — victory of the season.

 

Team Scope:

 

Avalanche: Obviously the Avalanche weren’t going to go 82-0-0, and while coach Patrick Roy was disappointed to lose for the first time in his NHL coaching career, he came out of his team’s 4-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday feeling pretty good.

 

“We didn’t have the result, but I’m telling you, if we play a lot of games like this, we’re not going to lose that many,” Roy told the Denver Post. “We’ll win our share of games like this.”

 

Matt Duchene, who had five shots on goal but saw his four-game point-scoring streak snapped, echoed his coach’s sentiments.

 

“Other than the first period I think we played a good game,” he told the Denver Post. “I really liked our second period and we really battled.”

 

Sabres: At 1-7-1 and sitting 15th in the Eastern Conference entering the weekend, it’s pretty easy for the Sabres to be a pretty down bunch right now.

 

So why not have a dance contest?

 

At the urging of coach Ron Rolston, a few of the team’s younger players did their best “Dancing With the Stars” imitation after practice Friday.

 

“Twerking on skates,” forward Tyler Ennis said. “That’ll be the first time.”

 

“You need things to pick your spirits up,” co-captain Steve Ott said. “We have so many young guys that we continue to try to keep the mood light. Had some fun out there on the ice.”

 

Ennis pegged 2012 first-round pick Zemgus Girgensons as the winner.

 

“I thought Girgensons won it,” Ennis said. “I think he was moving pretty good out there. Looked a little bit like Miley Cyrus.”

 

Who’s hot: Duchene has seven points in his first seven games and leads the Avalanche with five goals. … No player has seen more pucks than Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, but his .935 save percentage through six games is the best of his career.

 

http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/preview?id=2013020112&navid=sb:preview

 

Injury Report:

Buffalo: Tropp Broken Jaw(IR/Out), Zadarov Finger(IR/Questionable), Leino Cracked Ribs(IR/Out), Kaleta Suspension(Out), McCormick Foot(Questionable), Girgensons Facial Lacerations(Probable)

 

Colorado: Wilson Sprained Knee(IR/Out), McLeod Suspension(Out)

 

Next 5 Games:

 

October 23 vs Boston Bruins 8:00 PM(NBCSN HD/TSN2 HD)

 

October 25 at Florida Panthers 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

 

October 26 at Tampa Bay Lightning 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

 

October 28 vs. Dallas Stars 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

 

October 31 at New York Rangers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

 

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