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U18 Women’s Hockey: Quarterfinal drama sets up for big Sunday

Who said women’s hockey isn’t exciting?

Friday provided two of the most tense quarterfinal hockey games you’ll see in any competition.

In the first game Finland jumped out to a shocking 3-0 lead on Russia after one period.

10917031_10152969747575900_859150723370636114_nThe Fins held on most of the second period but you could tell the Russians were starting to find their legs after having just played the night before. They were able to cut the lead to 3-1 after 2.

Halfway through the third frame Fanuza Kadirova tied the game 3-3 setting up for a dramatic end.

With under 10 seconds to go, the Finnish defender lost control of the puck high in the Russian zone. Kadirova broke free for a breakaway and with 3 seconds left, deposited the rubber in the back of the net capping off an incredible comeback.

You have to feel for the girls from Finland. They were playing with a pure nothing to lose approach after having qualified in their final game of the preliminary round. However they weren’t able to defend the early 3 goal lead they built.

Russia will play Canada Sunday 3pm at Harborcenter in the first semi-final. Canada won the opening round matchup 3-2 despite dominating the game in most statistical categories. If Russia can play a full 60 minutes we could certainly have a great game on our hands.

 

The Czech Republic and Sweden were next up in the night matchup. As with the earlier game, the Czechs jumped out to a 3-0 lead near the midway point of the game.

The Swedes were able to get one back on the powerplay to make it 3-1 heading into the 3rd.

Hanna Olsson was able to close the gap to 3-2 and it seemed we were in for a similar finish. However Michaela Pejzlova gave the Czechs a very important breather goal five minutes later.

Just to keep things interesting Celine Tendenby (SWE) found the back of the net with under 3 minutes to play cutting the lead to 4-3. But that was all Sweden could muster despite holding an 18-5 shot advantage in the 3rd period and a total game advantage of 40-25.

This game also featured two of my favorite players to watch from an individual skill standpoint. #23 Hanna Olsson from Sweden generally appeared able to take over a game whenever she wanted. I couldn’t figure out why she was tentative to do so at times. She possessed superior size and skating ability to most girls on the ice.

The other would be #18 Michaela Pejzlova. The Czech captain has some of the best hands and one-on-one ability of anyone I’ve seen in the tournament. She also has a bit of a feisty competitive edge that should help in a very tough match against the Americans.

The Czech Republic will play the United States at 7pm Sunday in the second semi-final. The US dominated the first match up 3-0 and 24-8 in shots.

It appears we are headed for a highly anticipated USA-Canada Gold medal game Monday but the Russians and the Czechs both appear to be up for the challenge.

(Photo by Matt Zambonin/HHOF-IIHF Images)

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U18 Women’s Hockey: USA takes top seed. Finland sneaks in.

Match day #3 has come to an end. Its been a fun few days of hockey lasting from noon until past 9pm. As the prelim round comes to a close, it marks the half way point for the tournament. So far attendance has been very good and the atmosphere for the bigger matches has been as good as any high level international competition.

Despite Harborcenter’s construction being incomplete and perhaps a bit rushed, Terry Pegula’s new complex has shown well for its first large tournament. All games have run smoothly. Spectators have had nothing but compliments for the aesthetics of the main rink, the layout for concessions, and other small nuances of the building.

With Buffalo throwing its name in the ring to host the 2018 Mens World Juniors, its perfect timing to showcase the new secondary ice surface to the IIHF. Having left good impressions with the Federation despite the less than ideal Dwyer Arena in 2011, there is no doubt a much more efficient rink such as Harborcenter will enhance the bid.

10897055_10100617696598295_8976404382734326713_nThe marquee game of the night was between USA and Russia. A near sellout crowd created a very energetic advantage for the home side. Mini US flags were handed out early and created a nice scene when waved all at once after goals.

The Russians didn’t put up much fight as it felt like the entire game was played in their end. The Americans proved too quick and skilled cruising to a 7-1 victory and a 29-8 shot advantage.

Melissa Samoskevich put on a show most of the game for the Americans notching a hat trick and player of the match honors.

USA finished the opening round with the top seed and point total. They also receive a bye into the semi-finals Sunday night at 7pm. They await the winner of the Czech Republic/Sweden game to be played Friday.

Speaking of the Czech Republic, they surprised many taking a 1-0 lead late into the first period against Canada. But the equalizer came with 1:29 left. Despite the Czechs being outshot 14 to 5 the score was only 1-1 heading into the locker room.

The Canadians settled down in the 2nd period and were able to score 4 goals. They also had an impressive 20-0 shot margin in the frame.

Sarah Potomak had 2 goals and 2 assists for Canada as they secured the 2nd bye in the playoff round with a convincing 7-1 victory

One of the most interesting matches of the day was between neighboring rivals Sweden and Finland. 

The Swiss could only look on needing Sweden to take care of the Fins thus pushing them through to the playoff round.

However the Finnish ladies had different plans. Despite trailing 1-0 after the first period, they stormed out to 3 goals on 9 shots in the second. They would hang on to a 3-1 victory behind 2 points from captain Anniina Kaitala.

Switzerland was the odd (wo)man out in the 3 way tiebreaker based on goal differential. They will now face Japan in a best of 3 series to see who will remain in the top division next year.

 

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Slumping Sabres Look For First Win Of 2015 vs Jagr And The Devils

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Last Game:

Buffalo: January 3rd @ NY Rangers Loss 6-1

New Jersey: January 3rd vs Flyers Won 5-2

 

Record:

Buffalo: 14-23-3

New Jersey: 14-20-7

 

Points:

Buffalo: 31

New Jersey: 35

 

Rank In Conference:

Buffalo: 15th(8th in Atlantic)

New Jersey: 14th(7th in Metropolitan)

 

Goals For:

Buffalo: 71(30th)

New Jersey: 88(26th)

 

Goals Against:

Buffalo: 135(30th)

New Jersey: 111(22nd)

 

Power Play Rankings:

Buffalo: 9.0%(30th)

New Jersey: 19.8%(14th)

 

Penalty Kill Rankings:

Buffalo: 74.6%(29th)

New Jersey: 78.8%(T-24th)

 

Shots For:

Buffalo: 936(30th)

New Jersey: 1034(28th)

 

Shots Against:

Buffalo: 1418(30th)

New Jersey: 1230(25th)

 

Face-Off Percentage:

Buffalo: 45.3%(30th)

Florida: 47.7%(25th)

 

Hits:

Buffalo: 1082(9th)

Florida: 758(24th)

 

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: 721(2nd)

New Jersey: 502(22nd)

 

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Buffalo: Girgensons(11), Ennis(9), Moulson(7), Stafford(6), Stewart and Foligno(5)

New Jersey: Cammalleri(12), Henrique(10), Jagr(9), Ryder, Elias, Zajac, and Ruutu(5)

 

Assists:

Buffalo: Ennis(15), Stafford(14), Moulson(10), Girgensons(9)

New Jersey: Jagr(16), Zidlicky(14), Henrique(13), Ryder and Greene(10)

 

Points:

Buffalo: Ennis(24), Girgensons and Stafford(20), Moulson(17), Deslauriers(12)

New Jersey: Jagr(25), Henrique(23), Zidlicky(18), Cammalleri(16)

 

Plus/Minus:

Buffalo: Pysyk, Schaller, Armia(EV), Kaleta, Larsson, and Reinhart(-1), Girgensons and Grigorenko(-3), Flynn and Myers(-4)

New Jersey: Gionta(+4), Henrique and Bernier(+3), Helgeson(+2), Gelinas, Josefson, Fraser(+1)

 

Penalty Minutes:

Buffalo: Foligno, Deslauriers, and Weber(43), McCormick(40), Myers and Zadorov(37), Stewart(36)

New Jersey: Tootoo(50), Jagr and Zidlicky(30), Ryder(26), Gelinas(22)

 

Shots:

Buffalo: Ennis(96), Moulson(82), Girgensons(77), Stewart(74)

New Jersey: Jagr(91), Severson(74), Ryder(73), Zidlicky(70)

 

Face-Off Wins:

Buffalo: Girgensons(291), Hodgson(141), McCormick(138), Mitchell(132)

New Jersey: Zajac(311), Henrique(249), Elias(156), Gionta(113)

 

Hits:

Buffalo: Deslauriers(127), Foligno(92), Weber(83), Girgensons(80)

New Jersey: Ruutu(85), Tootoo(53), Greene(49), Bernier(47)

 

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: Gorges(105), Myers(71), Weber(64), Ristolainen(63)

New Jersey: Greene(99), Zidlicky(42), Larsson(39), Merill(37)

 

Tonight’s Project Line Combinations:

 

Buffalo Forward Lines:

Moulson-Girgensons-Ennis

Stewart-Girgorenko-Stafford

Varone-Hodgson-Flynn

Deslauriers-Schaller-Kaleta

 

Sabres Defensive Pairings:

Gorges-Myers

Zadorov-Ristolainen

Weber-Strachan

 

Devils Forward Lines:

Henrique-Gomez-Jagr

Elias-Zajac-Bernier

Zubrus-Cammalleri-Ryder

Sestito-Josefson-Tootoo

 

Devils Defensive Pairings:

Greene-Larsson

Merrill-Zidlicky

Helgeson-Fraser

 

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

Buffalo: Jhonas Enroth 27 GP 11-13-2 3.16 GAA .908 SV% 1 SO

New Jersey: Corey Schneider 36 GP 13-18-4 2.45 GAA .918 SV% 2 SO

 

Notes:

Last Meeting: April 1st, 2014 Sabres Won(SO) 3-2

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

All-Time: Sabres Lead 73-45-17-3-4

All-Time @ NJD: Sabres Lead 33-23-9-2-3

 

Upcoming Matchups:

February 17th @ Devils 7:30 PM

March 20th vs Devils 7:00 PM

 

Last Game Recap:

Six Rangers score in win against Sabres

Things seem to be clicking on the New York Rangers power play these days.

Just ask the Buffalo Sabres.

Derick Brassard, Chris Kreider and Rick Nash scored power-play goals 2:32 apart in the first period, and Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves to lead the Rangers to a 6-1 win against the Sabres at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.

It was not the fastest three-power play goals in Rangers history; those were scored on Nov. 21, 1995, in 1:10 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. New York hadn’t scored three power-play goals in a period since Feb. 4, 2010, against the Washington Capitals.

Drew Stafford scored for the Sabres, who allowed at least three power-play goals in a game for the fourth time this season. Michal Neuvirth started in goal for a second straight night, but was pulled in the first period after allowing four goals on nine shots.

Buffalo (14-23-3) plays the second of its four-game road trip Tuesday against the New Jersey Devils. The Sabres, who were shut out 2-0 at home by the Florida Panthers on Friday, are 1-7-1 in their past nine games.

“We were probably out of it before it even started,” Buffalo coach Ted Nolan said. “I thought the first five to six minutes we had some good energy with a better start than [Friday] night, and then all of a sudden, a bad penalty. They get one [goal]. Then all of a sudden, they get another one and another one, and then the game is over.”

http://sabres.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2014020569

Tonight’s Preview:

Devils play Sabres hoping to string wins together

 

Season series: The three games the Buffalo Sabres and New Jersey Devils played last season were decided by one goal and featured eight goals combined. The Sabres won 3-2 in a shootout and 2-1 in regulation while the Devils beat Buffalo 1-0 in overtime. It’s no surprise considering Buffalo was 30th in the League in scoring (1.83 goals per game) and the Devils were 27th (2.40) last season. Not much has changed this season; the Sabres entered the week 30th in scoring (1.78) and the Devils 28th (2.15).

 

Sabres team scope: Buffalo is 1-7-1 in its past nine games and has allowed five goals or more in six of its past seven regulation losses. However, the Sabres have played the past seven games without defenseman Tyler Myers, who is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday in New Jersey. Myers, who has been out with a lower-body injury, leads the Sabres in ice time per game (25:21). He is an important part of their penalty kill, which has allowed 12 goals on 26 attempts in the past nine games. The Sabres gave up three power play goals in a span of 2:32 in the first period of a 6-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Saturday.

 

Devils team scope: New Jersey got a hat trick from Jaromir Jagr and eight points from its top line of Jagr, Scott Gomezand Adam Henrique in a 5-2 win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. The Devils had scored 21 goals in their previous 14 games. It was their sixth win in the past 24 games as they are 6-13-5 since the last time they strung together consecutive wins (Nov. 11-14). Forward Martin Havlat and defenseman Eric Gelinas didn’t practice Monday because they were sick. Center Jacob Josefson is eligible to come off injured reserve Tuesday; he has missed the past four games because he has been sick. He practiced Monday. Peter Harrold (head) also practiced Monday after sitting out the game Saturday.

 

http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/preview?id=2014020584&navid=sb:preview&intcmpid=sb-preview

 

Injury Report:

Buffalo: Hackett Torn ACL(IR/Out), Mitchell Lower Body(IR/Out), Foligno Hand(IR/Out), Gionta Head(Doubtful), Myers Lower Body(IR/Probable)

New Jersey: Clowe Concussion(IR/Out), Salvador Lower Body(IR/Out), Severson Ankle(IR/Out), Josefson Illness(IR/Out), Gionta Broken Hand(IR/Out), Bernier Knee(Out), Gelinas Illness(Questionable), Harrold Upper Body(Questionable)

 

Next 5 Games:

January 8th @ Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

January 9th @ Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

January 13th vs Detroit Red Wings 7:00 PM(MSG HD/SN1)

January 15th vs Minnesota Wild 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

January 17th vs Philadelphia Flyers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

IIHF Women’s U18 tournament kicks off in Buffalo, should you go?

Today kicks off the IIHF Women’s U18 World Ice Hockey Championships in Buffalo. One of the first large events to be hosted by Pegula’s new Harborcenter complex. The tournament doesn’t draw the same fanfare and attention that the Men’s Junior (currently finishing up in Toronto/Montreal) but is worth attending for many reasons.

3e7de7e573I love international competition. Even more so international hockey. So my interest is already peaked. But the U18′s are actually the highest level of “junior” hockey for the ladies. After this the best competitions for them are the Olympics and the over 18 Worlds. So this isn’t low level high school puck here, its expected to be good hockey.

And with that I made my way down to the new facility for the opening game. Japan vs. Sweden. A matchup that didn’t bring in the big crowds but ended up being entertaining nonetheless. You would expect the Swedes to coast mainly because of their rich history in the sport as opposed to Japan, but you would also have been mistaken.

Sweden held a 2-1 lead late into the third period before Japan scored an equalizer with 3 minutes remaining. Looking like we were possibly in for an upset, Hanna Olsen of Sweden finished a beautiful one timer from the slot to retake the lead 3-2 with under a minute to play. This would end up being the game winner. Final shots were 28-25 in favor of Japan.

The first game alone was entertaining and showed this tournament could be competitive even from the underdogs.

Why should you attend the games? The above should give you one decent reason. The hockey isn’t bad. There is no checking in the women’s game (although I saw one big collision that resulted in a penalty) but there is plenty of good skating and passing. Personally I like my international hockey that way.

Second reason to attend is the venue. The new Harborcenter is a very good venue for hockey. The main rink is on the 7th floor and provides a nice atmosphere with views of downtown. There are no bad seats and even the standing room is good as you a provided with your own mini tables. This a perfect time finally check out the facilities if you haven’t yet.

Affordability. The games are all $5 except for the later rounds.  Semi-finals are $10 and the gold/bronze medal games are $20. Matches run all day from noon until 930pm at night so if you’re off during the week it provides some nice mid day entertainment. You can park in the large garage that is directly attached to the arenas at no cost (at least for the earlier games). For the first contest I was able to find dozens of open spots.

Lastly USA/Canada is AS GOOD of a rivalry in women’s hockey as it is in men’s. The Gold Medal loss in Sochi for the women stuck with me longer than the early round loss to Canada by the men

Tonight’s game is sold out between the two sides but its all but expected (not guaranteed of course) to end up Canada vs. USA in the gold medal game next monday. Tickets are almost sold out for that game too so I suggest you get them quick.

Lastly for the merchandise hunters, it appears there are no country specific items such as jerseys/scarfs/hats available. However in the Rink 1 pro-shop you will find commemorative shirts and hoodies for the event.

Sabres Look For Second Straight Win When They Visit Karlsson and The Senators

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Last Game:

Buffalo: December 27th vs NY Islanders Won(SO) 4-3

Ottawa: December 27th vs Red Wings Loss(OT) 3-2

 

Record:

Buffalo: 14-19-3

Ottawa: 14-14-7

 

Points:

Buffalo: 31

Ottawa: 35

 

Rank In Conference:

Buffalo: 14th(8th in Atlantic)

Ottawa: 11th(7th in Atlantic)

 

Goals For:

Buffalo: 67(30th)

Ottawa: 89(22nd)

 

Goals Against:

Buffalo: 117(29th)

Ottawa: 94(17th)

 

Power Play Rankings:

Buffalo: 8.9%(30th)

Ottawa: 18.4%(16th)

 

Penalty Kill Rankings:

Buffalo: 76.6%(27th)

Ottawa: 82.3%(13th)

 

Shots For:

Buffalo: 849(30th)

Ottawa: 1021(T-21st)

 

Shots Against:

Buffalo: 1286(30th)

Ottawa: 1176(27th)

 

Face-Off Percentage:

Buffalo: 44.0%(30th)

Ottawa: 47.0%(27th)

 

Hits:

Buffalo: 974(11th)

Ottawa: 979(10th)

 

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: 656(2nd)

Ottawa: 433(T-27th)

 

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Buffalo: Girgensons(10), Ennis(8), Moulson(7), Stafford and Stewart(5)

Ottawa: Hoffman(11), MacArthur(10), Zibanejad(9), Stone(8)

 

Assists:

Buffalo: Ennis(15), Stafford(14), Girgensons(9), Moulson and Deslauriers(8)

Ottawa: Karlsson and Turris(16), Ryan(15), 6 Tied With 8 Assists

 

Points:

Buffalo: Ennis(23), Girgensons and Stafford(19), Moulson(15), Deslauriers(12)

Ottawa: Karlsson and Turris(23), Ryan(22), MacArthur(18), Hoffman and Zibanejad(17)

 

Plus/Minus:

Buffalo: Girgensons(+1), 5 Tied With Even Rating

Ottawa: Hoffman(+14), Stone and Gryba(+6), Ryan and Wiercioch(+5), Neil(+3)

 

Penalty Minutes:

Buffalo: Foligno(43), Deslauriers and Weber(39), Myers and Zadorov(37), Stewart(34)

Ottawa: Gryba(64), Borowiecki(62), Neil(49), Chiasson(43)

 

Shots:

Buffalo: Ennis(84), Moulson(75), Stewart(71), Girgensons(68)

Ottawa: Karlsson(135), Turris(89), Ryan(80), MacArthur and Hoffman(79)

 

Face-Off Wins:

Buffalo: Girgensons(249), Hodgson(141), Mitchell(132), McCormick(105)

Ottawa: Turris(299), Legwand(249), Zibanejad(215), Smith(100)

 

Hits:

Buffalo: Deslauriers(113), Foligno(92), Girgensons and Weber(75), McCormick(58)

Ottawa: Borowiecki(114), Neil(101), Cowen(81), Gryba(63)

 

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: Gorges(92), Myers(71), Ristolainen(61), Weber(55)

Ottawa: Borowiecki(52), Ceci(48), Phillips(45), Cowen(35)

 

Tonight’s Project Line Combinations:

 

Buffalo Forward Lines:

Moulson-Girgensons-Ennis

Deslauriers-Flynn-Stafford

Hodgson-Girgorenko-Stewart

Larsson-McCormick-Kaleta

 

Sabres Defensive Pairings:

Gorges-Pysyk

Zadorov-Benoit

Weber-Strachan

 

Senators Forward Lines:

MacArthur-Turris-Stone

Hoffman-Zibanejad-Ryan

Greening-Legwand-Condra

Michalek-Pageau-Chiasson

 

Senators Defensive Pairings:

Karlsson-Borowiecki

Cowen-Ceci

Wiercioch-Gryba

 

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

Buffalo: Jhonas Enroth 24 GP 11-11-2 3.04 GAA .912 SV% 1 SO

Chicago: Craig Anderson 22 GP 8-9-5 2.43 GAA .928 SV% 3 SO

 

Notes:

Last Meeting: December 15th Sabres Won(SO) 5-4

Season Series: Sabres Lead 1-0-0-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 59-45-10-3-4

All-Time at OTT: Senators Lead 28-18-7-4-4

 

Upcoming Matchups:

February 10th vs Senators 7:00 PM

March 6th @ Senators 7:30 PM

 

Last Game Recap:

Islanders blow lead, lose to Sabres in shootout

A three-goal lead in the third period wasn’t enough for the New York Islanders on Saturday.

 

Tyler Ennis scored in the shootout and Jhonas Enroth stopped all three shooters to give the Buffalo Sabres a 4-3 win against the Islanders at First Niagara Center.

 

The Sabres (14-19-3) ended a four-game skid. Enroth stopped Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen, and John Tavares in the shootout to earn the victory.

“In this game, it’s one thing we said going into the third period, you just never know,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “Throw some pucks on net … but for us to say it was going to happen was a different story. It was just a great third period.”

The Islanders (23-11-1) jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two periods with a goal from Nick Leddy in the first period and two from Tavares in the second, but the Sabres scored three times in 5:12 in the third to tie the game.

Enroth made 33 saves through 65 minutes and improved to 5-0 in shootouts.

“I thought their goalie obviously elevated,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “I mean he was good tonight, but he made some big saves when he had to and that’s what you need to do when you win hockey games. I thought their goalie played well and, we just, at that point, we had some quality chances … we just couldn’t get one by him.”

According to Elias Sports, it was the second time in Sabres history they overcame a 3-0 deficit in the third period and won. They also accomplished the feat on April 2, 2003 in a 4-3 win against the Atlanta Thrashers. It was also the first time they overcame a three-goal deficit and won since April 3, 2012 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

 

“It just goes to show you the type of character we have in this room and a no-quit attitude,” Sabres forward Drew Staffordsaid. “Earlier on in the year, especially down 3-0, the way that they were kind of controlling the play, especially in the second period, we might’ve folded up shop. It’s not so anymore. The type of grit, the type of determination we have in here … what a gutsy win.”

Nic Deslauriers made it 3-1 with 13:21 left in the third period with his fourth goal of the season and second in as many games. Deslauriers received a pass from Stafford in the high slot and took a wrist shot that beat Islanders goalie Kevin Poulin for his fourth goal of the season. The goal also extended Deslauriers point streak to three games.

“We always believed, but we got lucky,” Deslauriers said. “The puck just popped out at me, I took a shot and it went in. From there we built momentum and [Zemgus] Girgensons buried a nice goal there.”

Girgensons made it 3-2 with a shorthanded goal with 9:59 left. Girgensons took a pass from Deslauriers and broke in against Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk. Girgensons’ wrist shot beat Poulin to the stick side for his 10th goal of the season.

“I think a couple guys just turned it up a little bit more,” Nolan said. “Girgensons went to the next level, [you] can’t forget about [Chris] Stewart. I think for the last couple of games he’s really coming on. Stafford didn’t play his two best periods at the beginning, but he had a good third period.”

Stewart tied the game 3-3 with 8:09 remaining. Stewart took a pass from Stafford, deked and then beat Poulin with a backhand shot for his fifth goal of the season.

http://sabres.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2014020514

Tonight’s Preview:

 

Injury Report:

Buffalo: Hackett Torn ACL(IR/Out), Mitchell Lower Body(IR/Out), Strachan Lower Body(IR/Questionable), Foligno Hand(IR/Out), Gionta Head(Doubtful), Myers Lower Body(Doubtful), Ristolainen Undisclosed(Questionable)

Ottawa: Methot Back(IR/Out), Neil Lower Body(IR/Out), Smith Upper Body(IR/Out)

 

Next 5 Games:

December 31st vs Tampa Bay Lightning 6:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

January 2nd vs Florida Panthers 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

January 3rd @ New York Rangers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

January 6th @ New Jersey Devils 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

January 8th @ Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

Injury Ridden Sabres Head To The Motor City To Take On Zetterberg And The Red Wings 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV/WGR 550)

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Last Game:

Buffalo: December 21st @ Bruins Loss(OT) 4-3

Detroit: December 21st vs Avalanche Loss(SO) 2-1

 

Record:

Buffalo: 13-18-3

Detroit: 17-8-9

 

Points:

Buffalo: 29

Detroit: 43

 

Rank In Conference:

Buffalo: 15th(7th in Atlantic)

Detroit: 5th(3rd in Atlantic)

 

Goals For:

Buffalo: 61(30th)

Detroit: 93(T-11th)

 

Goals Against:

Buffalo: 108(T-28th)

Detroit: 77(T-5th)

 

Power Play Rankings:

Buffalo: 9.3%(30th)

Detroit: 22.0%(7th)

 

Penalty Kill Rankings:

Buffalo: 78.4%(24th)

Detroit: 87.8%(2nd)

 

Shots For:

Buffalo: 807(30th)

Detroit: 1042(6th)

 

Shots Against:

Buffalo: 1211(30th)

Detroit: 931(9th)

 

Face-Off Percentage:

Buffalo: 43.5%(30th)

Detroit: 54.6%(2nd)

 

Hits:

Buffalo: 913(9th)

Detroit: 643(23rd)

 

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: 613(2nd)

Detroit: 384(29th)

 

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Buffalo: Girgensons(9), Ennis(8), Moulson(7), Stafford and Foligno(5)

Detroit: Nyquist(14), Datsyuk(13), Tatar(12), Sheahan and Abdelkader(7)

 

Assists:

Buffalo: Ennis(15), Stafford(11), Girgensons(9), Moulson(8)

Detroit: Zetterberg(22), Franzen and Kronwall(13), Datsyuk and Helm(11), Tatar, Sheahan, and DeKeyser(10)

 

Points:

Buffalo: Ennis(23), Girgensons(18), Stafford(16), Moulson(15)

Detroit: Zetterberg(28), Datsyuk(24), Tatar(22), Nyquist and Franzen(19)

 

Plus/Minus:

Buffalo: Girgensons(+2), Flynn and Pysyk(EV), Reinhart, Larsson, Schaller, and Grigorenko(-1), Zadorov and Kaleta(-2)

Detroit: Jurco(+7), Abdelkader(+6), DeKeyser and Lashoff(+5), Datsyuk and Weiss(+4)

 

Penalty Minutes:

Buffalo: Foligno(43), Weber(39), Myers and Deslauriers(37), Zadorov(35)

Detroit: Quincey(35), Kronwall and Ericsson(28), Franzen(26), Abdelkader and Smith(22)

 

Shots:

Buffalo: Ennis(81), Moulson(73), Stewart(67), Girgensons(62)

Detroit: Zetterberg(109), Tatar(86), Nyquist(82), Franzen and Helm(64)

 

Face-Off Wins:

Buffalo: Girgensons(234), Hodgson(141), Mitchell(132), McCormick(93)

Detroit: Zetterberg(271), Glendening(220), Datsyuk(215), Sheahan(210)

 

Hits:

Buffalo: Deslauriers(106), Foligno(92), Weber(72), Girgensons(71)

Detroit: Abdelkader(63), Glendening(56), Helm(50), Quincey(49)

 

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: Gorges(83), Myers(71), Ristolainen(58), Weber(53)

Detroit: Kronwall(48), DeKeyser(41), Miller(34), Quincey(33)

 

Tonight’s Projected Lines:

 

Sabres Forward Lines:

Moulson-Girgensons-Ennis

Flynn-Larsson-Deslauriers

Stewart-Grigorenko-Hodgson

Schaller-McCormick-Kaleta

 

Sabres Defense Pairings:

Ristolainen-Gorges

Pysyk-Zadorov

Meszaros-Benoit

 

Red Wings Forward Lines:

Zetterberg-Datsyuk-Abdelkader

Tatar-Sheahan-Jurco

Nyquist-Helm-Franzen

Cleary-Glendening-Miller

 

Red Wings Defense Pairings:

Kronwall-Ericsson

DeKeyser-Quincey

Smith-Kindl

 

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

Buffalo: Jhonas Enroth 23 GP 10-11-2 3.05 GAA .912 SV% 1 SO

Detroit: Petr Mrazek 6 GP 3-2-1 2.24 GAA .927 SV% 0 SO

 

Notes:

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

Season Series: Sabres Lead 1-0-0-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 54-51-13-2-1

All-Time @ DET: Red Wings Lead 37-18-5-0-1

 

Upcoming Matchups:

January 13th vs Red Wings 7:00 PM

January 18th @ Red Wings 8:00 PM

 

Last Game’s Recap:

 

Eriksson’s OT goal lifts Bruins past Sabres

 

For the second time in three games, Loui Eriksson was the overtime hero for the Boston Bruins.

 

After defenseman Dougie Hamilton scored his second goal of the game with 1:31 remaining in regulation to force overtime, Eriksson scored with 2:14 elapsed in the extra session to earn the Bruins a 4-3 win against the Buffalo Sabres at TD Garden on Sunday.

 

The Sabres (13-18-3) have lost three in row. Enroth, who started on back-to-back nights because Michal Neuvirth was sick, made 33 saves.

 

It was a gutsy effort for the Sabres to earn one point; Buffalo was at a decided disadvantage in terms of manpower from the start and the loss of players continued throughout the game. The Sabres started without defenseman Tyler Myersbecause of a lower-body injury. Forwards Matt Moulson and Patrick Kaleta were out sick, and before the game coach Ted Nolan said several other players were ill.

 

Late in the first period, forward Brian Gionta was injured on a hit by Bruins defenseman Matt Bartkowski and forwardMarcus Foligno was injured in the ensuing fight with Bartkowski. Gionta and Foligno did not return to the game because of upper-body injuries. Bartkowski received a game misconduct.

 

“Yeah, I mean going down to three lines early and losing a couple more guys, just the way that the game ended you’re disappointed, but the effort, you’re right, we couldn’t have asked for more,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. ”They gave us everything they had and we have a [Tim] Schaller going head-to-head against a [Patrice] Bergeron all night and it’s kind of a … he’s only played three games in the NHL. So I thought that all things being equal we did a great job.”

 

Schaller, a rookie from Merrimack, N.H., put the Sabres ahead 3-2 with 1:27 gone in the third period with his first NHL goal on a wraparound. He was called up Sunday from the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League because of the injuries and illness afflicting the Sabres. Schaller’s parents made it to the game.

“I didn’t even know how to celebrate,” he said. ”I threw my hands up, they gave me a hug, so I guess that’s all I needed.”

http://sabres.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2014020493

Tonight’s Preview:

 

Injury Ridden Sabres Visit Red Wings

 

Season series: Zemgus Girgensons scored in the third round of a shootout and Michal Neuvirth stopped Henrik Zetterberg to seal a 3-2 win for the Buffalo Sabres against the Detroit Red Wings on Nov. 2 in Buffalo. The Red Wings had won seven straight against the Sabres; Buffalo’s previous victory against Detroit was a 6-2 win Oct. 13, 2009.

 

Sabres team scope: The Sabres canceled practice in Detroit on Monday, mostly because coach Ted Nolan wants to make sure a flu bug that already has affected forwards Patrick Kaleta and Matt Moulson doesn’t spread any further. Their status for Tuesday is unknown, as is the status of captain Brian Gionta. Gionta sustained a hard hit from the Boston Bruins’ Matt Bartkowski at 14:08 of the first period and did not return to the game because of an upper-body injury. In addition, Marcus Foligno sustained an upper-body injury fighting Bartkowski after the hit on Gionta and did not return to the game. If the Sabres decide to recall a forward from Rochester of the American Hockey League, it might not be in time for the morning skate Tuesday.

 

Red Wings team scope: Goaltender Jimmy Howard practiced Monday, but his status for Tuesday remains unknown. Howard injured his groin in the first period of a 2-1 loss to the New York Islanders on Friday and left about halfway through practice Monday, according to MLive.com. ”I was surprised [Howard] was out there on his own, then I was surprised he was in the net,” coach Mike Babcock said Monday, according to MLive.com. ”I gave him the boot out of the one net to say are you starting tomorrow. I don’t know if he is. We’ll know tomorrow morning.” Petr Mrazek will start if Howard can’t, but Howard told MLive he’s feeling positive he’ll be able to go. ”There’s a chance, but I don’t know. I’ll probably have to talk a little bit more to [the training staff] to see what’s best for myself and for the team. It’s responded every single day with treatments. It felt good out there on the ice today, so hopefully tomorrow, another good work day, and you never know.”

http://sabres.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/preview?id=2014020508

 

Injury Report:

Buffalo: Hackett Torn ACL(IR/Out), McCormick Lower Body(IR/Questionable), Weber Knee Surgery(IR/Probable), Mitchell Lower Body(IR/Out), Strachan(IR/Out) Myers Lower Body(Out), Foligno Hand(Out), Gionta Upper Body(Doubtful), Kaleta Flu(Questionable), Moulson Flu(Questionable),

Detroit: Gustavsson Shoulder(IR/Out), Weiss Shoulder(IR/Out), Howard Lower Body(Out)

 

Next 5 Games:

December 27th vs New York Islanders 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

December 29th @ Ottawa Senators 7:30 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

December 31st vs Tampa Bay Lightning 6:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

January 2nd vs Florida Panthers 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

January 3rd @ New York Rangers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

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Sabres Look To Sweep 4 Game Homestand, But Ryan and Sens Look To Prove Other Wise 7:00 PM(MSG HD, Bell TV, WGR 550)

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Last Game:

Buffalo: December 13th vs Panthers Won(OT) 4-3

Ottawa: December 13th @ Bruins Won(SO) 3-2

 

Record:

Buffalo: 12-16-2

Ottawa: 12-12-5

 

Points:

Buffalo: 26

Ottawa: 29

 

Rank In Conference:

Buffalo: 15th(8th in Atlantic)

Ottawa: 11th(7th in Atlantic)

 

Goals For:

Buffalo: 52(30th)

Ottawa: 73(22nd)

 

Goals Against:

Buffalo: 90(25th)

Ottawa: 79(T-15th)

 

Power Play Rankings:

Buffalo: 7.1%(30th)

Ottawa: 20.0%(T-13th)

 

Penalty Kill Rankings:

Buffalo: 78.6%(22nd)

Ottawa: 82.4%(12th)

 

Shots For:

Buffalo: 689(30th)

Ottawa: 844(26th)

 

Shots Against:

Buffalo: 1082(30th)

Ottawa: 996(28th)

 

Face-Off Percentage:

Buffalo: 43.4%(30th)

Ottawa: 47.1%(T-24th)

 

Hits:

Buffalo: 807(10th)

Ottawa: 819(9th)

 

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: 546(2nd)

Ottawa: 350(T-28th)

 

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Buffalo: Girgensons(9), Ennis(8), Moulson(6), Stafford(5)

Ottawa: MacArthur(9), Hoffman and Zibanejad(8), Karlsson(7), Ryan, Legwand, Chiasson, and Stone(6)

 

Assists:

Buffalo: Ennis(13), Stafford(11), Moulson and Girgensons(8), Gionta, Deslauriers, and Myers(6)

Ottawa: Turris(14), Karlsson(13), Ryan(12), 5 Tied With 7 Assists

 

Points:

Buffalo: Ennis(21), Girgensons(17), Stafford(16), Moulson(14)

Ottawa: Karlsson(20), Ryan and Turris(18), MacArthur(16), Zibanejad(14)

 

Plus/Minus:

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

Ottawa: Hoffman(+11), Wiercioch(+4), Ryan, Stone, Neil, and Gryba(+3), Ceci and Methot(+1)

 

Penalty Minutes:

Buffalo: Weber(39), Myers(35), McCormick and Stewart(32), Stafford(31)

Ottawa: Gryba(56), Borowiecki(53), Neil(49), Chiasson(35)

 

Shots:

Buffalo: Ennis and Moulson(68), Stewart(60), Girgensons(53)

Ottawa: Karlsson(118), Turris(70), MacArthur(67), Ryan(66)

 

Face-Off Wins:

Buffalo: Girgensons(211), Mitchell(131), Hodgson(130), McCormick(93)

Ottawa: Turris(248), Legwand(221), Zibanejad(170), Smith(100)

 

Hits:

Buffalo: Deslauriers(93), Foligno(81), Weber(72), Girgensons(66)

Ottawa: Neil(101), Borowiecki(91), Cowen(65), Gryba and Lazar(55)

 

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: Gorges(78), Myers(65), Weber(53), Ristolainen(50)

Ottawa: Phillips and Ceci(39), Borowiecki(33), Karlsson(30), Cowen(29)

 

Tonight’s Projected Lines:

 

Sabres Forward Lines:

Moulson-Girgensons-Ennis

Gionta-Mitchell-Flynn

Stafford-Foligno-Deslauriers

Stewart-Hodgson-Kaleta

 

Sabres Defense Pairings:

Ristolainen-Zadorov

Myers-Benoit

Meszaros-Strachan

 

Senators Forward Lines:

MacArthur-Turris-Stone

Hoffman-Zibanejad-Ryan

Legwand-Smith-Greening

Condra-Lazar-Chiasson

 

Senators Defense Pairings:

Borowiecki-Karlsson

Wiercioch-Gryba

Cowen-Ceci

 

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

Buffalo: Jhonas Enroth 20 GP 9-10-1 2.91 GAA .918 SV% 1 SO

Ottawa: Robin Lehner 11 6-4-1 2.76 GAA .916 SV% 0 SO

 

Notes:

Last Meeting: February 6 Senators Won 3-2

Season Series: Senators Won 3-0-0-1

All-Time: Sabres Lead 58-45-10-3-4

All-Time vs OTT: Sabres Lead 32-20-3-2-2

 

Upcoming Matchups:

December 29th @ Senators 7:30 PM

February 10th vs Senators 7:00 PM

March 6th @ Senators 7:30 PM

 

Last Game’s Recap:

 

Zadorov scores, Sabres top Panthers for third straight

 

The Buffalo Sabres are showing they’re resilient in more ways than one.

Nikita Zadorov scored 29 seconds into overtime to give theBuffalo Sabres a 4-3 win against the Florida Panthers at First Niagara Center on Saturday.

Zadorov’s first goal of the season came when he received a pass from Tyler Ennis and took a slap shot that beat Panthers goalie Al Montoya.

“Finally I did it and it’s a great feeling, especially in overtime in the National Hockey League,” Zadorov said. ”I probably never had that big a goal in my life. It’s a great feeling and I’m going to try to do it again.”

It was Zadorov’s second NHL goal, his first game-winner.

“I told [Zadorov] before the game, I said I think he’s getting one tonight,” Ennis said. ”I don’t want to say that I called it, but I called it. He did a good job slipping in and I just tried to be patient and [he got it].”

The Sabres trailed 3-2 in the third period and lost defensemenAndrej Meszaros and Josh Gorges to injury but came back to win.

“The one thing we talked about early was compete factor,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. ”If we compete, good things can happen, and now we’re starting to play with some structure and discipline. Anybody can beat anybody on a given night and right now we feel real good. The team feels good about themselves, they’re playing hard for one another, and when you do that, good things happen. So right now, knock on wood, things are going good for us.”

Meszaros left the game at 11:35 of the second period after he took a puck in the face from Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad. Gorges left the game in the third period after he blocked a shot.

“They both went for their reviews and so they both look very doubtful for our next game,” Nolan said. ”We’ll cross our fingers and hope for the best.”

 

http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2014020437&navid=sb:recap&intcmpid=sb-highlights

 

Tonight’s Preview:

 

Sabres look to make it four in a row against Senators

 

Season series: The Ottawa Senators won three of four games last season against the Buffalo Sabres and have won nine of the past 12. The game was scheduled to be played Feb. 20 at First Niagara Center but was pushed back after a November snowstorm in Buffalo forced the postponement of the Sabres game with the New York Rangers, which will be played Feb. 20.

Senators team scope: Ottawa goalie Robin Lehner, who made 29 saves in a 3-2 shootout win against the Boston Bruins on Saturday, will start. In six road starts, he is 4-2-0 with a 2.57 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage. Forward Milan Michalek (upper-body injury) skated and is eligible to return from injured reserve on Monday. Forward Zack Smith, who sustained a wrist injury on Saturday, will be out for a few months, according to coach Dave Cameron. Forward Bobby Ryan has five points in his past four games. The Senators will try to win two straight games for the first time since Nov. 4-6.

Sabres team scope: Buffalo has won nine of its past 12 games and is looking for its fourth straight win. The Sabres have not won four games in a row since a five-game winning streak from Mar. 19-27, 2012. Buffalo enters play on Monday six points out of a wild-card spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and trail the Senators by three points in the Atlantic Division. Goalie Jhonas Enroth has won his past three starts, allowing six combined goals. Defenseman Andrej Meszaros, who was hit in the chin with a puck on Saturday, and Josh Gorges, who was injured blocking a shot, likely will not play Monday, according to coach Ted Nolan. The Sabres could recall a defenseman from the Rochester Amerks of the American Hockey League. Buffalo concludes a four-game homestand and is looking for its sixth straight win at First Niagara Center.

http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/preview?id=2014020866&navid=sb:preview

 

Injury Report:

Buffalo: Hackett Torn ACL(IR/Out), McCormick Lower Body(Questionable), Strachan Lower Body(Questionable), Weber Knee Surgery(Out), Gorges Upper Body(Doubtful)

Ottawa: Michalek Lower Body(IR/Out), Neil Lower Body(IR/Out), Methot Back(Questionable), Smith Upper Body(IR/Out)

 

Next 5 Games:

December 16th @ Winnipeg Jets 8:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

December 20th vs Colorado Avalanche 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

December 21st @ Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

December 23rd @ Detroit Red Wings 7:30 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

December 27th vs New York Islanders 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

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Sabres Home Stand Continues With Visit From Suprising Flames 7:00 PM(MSG HD, Bell TV, WGR550)

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Last Game: 

Buffalo: December 9th vs Kings Won 1-0

Calgary: December 9th @ Maple Leafs Loss 4-1

 

Record:

Buffalo: 10-16-2

Calgary: 17-10-2

 

Points:

Buffalo: 22

Calgary: 36

 

Rank In Conference:

Buffalo: 15th(8th in Atlantic)

Calgary: 6th(3rd in Pacific)

 

Goals For:

Buffalo: 44(30th)

Calgary: 87(T-3rd)

 

Goals Against:

Buffalo: 84(25th)

Calgary: 75(16th)

 

Power Play Rankings:

Buffalo: 7.5%(30th)

Calgary: 21.6%(9th)

 

Penalty Kill Rankings:

Buffalo: 78.6%(22nd)

Calgary: 76.1%(27th)

 

Shots For:

Buffalo: 638(30th)

Calgary: 786(26th)

 

Shots Against:

Buffalo: 1009(30th)

Calgary: 841(17th)

 

Face-Off Percentage:

Buffalo: 42.5%(30th)

Calgary: 46.4%(29th)

 

Hits:

Buffalo: 776(8th)

Calgary: 657(17th)

 

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: 512(2nd)

Calgary: 538(1st)

 

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Buffalo: Girgensons and Ennis(8), Stafford(5), Moulson(4), Gionta, Mitchell, and Flynn(3)

Calgary: Hudler(11), Monahan and Wideman(10), Jooris(8), Giordano(7)

 

Assists:

Buffalo: Ennis and Stafford(9), Moulson(8), Girgensons and Gionta(6), Myers(5)

Calgary: Giordano(22), Gaudreau and Brodie(16), Hudler (15), Glencross(14)

 

Points:

Buffalo: Ennis(17), Girgensons and Stafford(14), Moulson(12), Gionta(9)

Calgary: Giordano(29), Hudler(26), Brodie(22), Gaudreau(21)

 

Plus/Minus:

Buffalo: Zadorov and Girgensons(+3), Flynn(+2), Reinhart, Larsson, and Schaller(-1), Mitchell(-2)

Calgary: Brodie(+19), Giordano(+16), Gaudreau and Glencross(+8), Monahan and Jones(+7)

 

Penalty Minutes:

Buffalo: Weber(39), Myers(35), McCormick(32), Stafford(31)

Calgary: Bollig(31), Engelland(30), Glencross(26), Giordano(23)

 

Shots:

Buffalo: Ennis(64), Moulson(60), Stewart(57), Girgensons(49)

Calgary: Monahan(76), Giordano(69), Wideman(59), Brodie(53)

 

Face-Off Wins:

Buffalo: Girgensons(189), Hodgson(124), Mitchell(105), McCormick(91)

Calgary: Monahan(315), Jooris(130), Backlund(110), Granlund(94)

 

Hits:

Buffalo: Deslauriers(92), Foligno(75), Weber(71), Girgensons(62)

Calgary: Bouma(89), Glencross(58), Byron(48), Bollig(47)

 

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: Gorges(74), Myers(60), Weber(51), Ristolainen(45)

Calgary: Russell(83), Giordano(59), Wideman(58), Brodie(53)

 

Tonight’s Projected Lines:

 

Sabres Forward Lines:

 

Moulson-Girgensons-Ennis

Gionta-Mitchell-Flynn

Stafford-Hodgson-Foligno

Deslauriers-McCormick-Kaleta

 

Sabres Defense Pairings:

Ristolainen-Zadorov

Myers-Gorges

Meszaros-Weber

 

Flames Forward Lines:

Glencross-Monahan-Byron

Gaudreau-Jooris-Colborne

Raymond-Granlund-Jones

Bollig-Stajan-Bouma

 

Flames Defense Pairings:

Giordano-Brodie

Russell-Wideman

Smid-Engelland

 

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

Buffalo: Jhonas Enroth 18 GP 7-10-1 2.91 GAA .918 SV% 1 SO

Calgary: Karri Ramo 13 GP 8-3-1 2.37 GAA .917 SV% 2 SO

 

Notes:

Last Meeting: March 18 Flames Won 3-1

Season Series: Flames Won 2-0-0-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 48-34-16-1-0

All-Time vs CGY: Sabres Lead 30-15-5-1-0

 

Upcoming Matchups:

January 27th @ Flames 9:00 PM

 

Last Game’s Recap:

 

Enroth Ouduels Quick In Sabres 1-0 Win Over Kings

 

Jhonas Enroth picked a good night to get his first shutout of the season.

 

Enroth made 34 saves and Tyler Ennis scored in the third period to give the Buffalo Sabres a 1-0 win against the Los Angeles Kings at First Niagara Center on Tuesday.

 

“This was actually one of my easier games,” Enroth said. ”Everything was pretty controlled and I put myself in a good position and was pretty sharp all the way through.”

 

Not only was the shutout the first of the season for the Sabres, it was the first the Sabres have recorded since a 1-0 win against the Philadelphia Flyers on April 13, 2013. Enroth made 29 saves in that game.

 

“We came out pretty confident and we wanted to play well and not just go out to play to lose,” Enroth said. ”It was good.”

 

Enroth was under pressure by the Kings offense throughout the game, but came up big in the third period when he made 14 saves. Enroth made two saves during a Kings power play with 6:52 left in the third and made two more against Kings forward Tyler Toffoli to keep the Kings scoreless.

 

“The puck was just rolling,” Toffoli said. ”I was just trying to get something on it. I didn’t really get a whole lot on it. On the backhand, it still almost went in but it wasn’t good enough.”

 

The Kings led the Sabres in shot attempts by a 70-23 margin.

 

“We had some really good ones in the first half of the game,” Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. ”We’re playing against, quietly, goalies that are right up there in terms of, I think they’re like 10th in the League in save percentage. You’ve got to bear down on your opportunities. We had some good looks in traffic and didn’t finish the job.”

 

Ennis scored four minutes into the third period to give the Sabres a 1-0 lead. With Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr in the penalty box for roughing, Ennis received a pass from Matt Moulson in front of the net and took a wrist shot that beat Kings goalie Jonathan Quick for his eighth goal of the season.

 

“It’s a good feeling when you’ve got a 1-on-1 with a goalie and you’ve got the time,” Ennis said. ”Great pass by Moulson, good entry and I’m glad we put it in.”

 

http://sabres.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2014020409

 

Tonight’s Preview:

 

Flames Look To Get Back On Track vs Buffalo

 

Season series: The Calgary Flames won each of the two games they played against the Buffalo Sabres in 2013-14. In the most recent game, the Sabres were held to 14 shots on goal in a 3-1 loss on March 18.

 

Flames team scope: The Flames are third in the Pacific Division but have lost their past two games. Prior to its recent stumble, Calgary had won four in a row. The Flames ended up on the wrong side of a 4-1 score against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday, but players remain positive despite back-to-back defeats. ”I think the last two games for the most part we’ve been pretty good, just a couple stretches where turnovers led to goals,” forward Paul Byron told calgaryflames.com Wednesday. ”If we can take those out the team’s been playing good otherwise.” The Flames’ visit to Buffalo is the second stop on a four-game road trip and the first of three games in four nights.

 

Sabres team scope: The Sabres are in last place in the Atlantic Division with 22 points in 28 games, but they enter Thursday after blanking the Stanley Cup-champion Los Angeles Kings 1-0 on Tuesday. Goalie Jhonas Enroth stopped all 34 shots and will get his ninth start in the past 10 games, but Sabres coach Ted Nolan hesitated to call him the No. 1 starter. ”Calling a No. 1 I think is just status,” Nolan told Buffalo Sports Radio WGR 550 on Wednesday. ”Jhonas is playing well and anyone that plays the best is the number one.” Buffalo may also have the added benefit of a charged-up Chris Stewart, who was not quiet about his displeasure with being a healthy scratch Tuesday. ”I’m not happy about it,” Stewart said after practice Wednesday. ”I don’t agree with being a healthy scratch, but you take it on the chin like a man. I’m happy the boys got the win and I’ll put the work boots on and get ready for the next time I’m back in the lineup.”

 

http://sabres.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/preview?id=2014020422

 

Injury Report:

Buffalo: Hackett Torn ACL(IR/Out)

Calgary: Bennett Shoulder(Out), Colborne Upper Body(IR/Probable), Backlund Abdomen(IR/Out)

 

Next 5 Games:

December 13th vs Florida Panthers 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

December 15th vs Ottawa Senators 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

December 16th @ Winnipeg Jets 8:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

December 20th vs Colorado Avalanche 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

December 21st @ Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

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Last Game:

Buffalo: December 4th @ Lightning Loss 5-0

Florida: December 4th vs Blue Jackets Loss(SO) 4-3

 

Record:

Buffalo: 9-15-2

Florida: 10-7-7

 

Points:

Buffalo: 20

Florida: 27

 

Rank In Conference:

Buffalo: 14th(8th in Atlantic)

Florida: 8th(6th in Atlantic)

 

Goals For:

Buffalo: 41(30th)

Florida: 52(29th)

 

Goals Against:

Buffalo: 81(26th)

Florida: 58(8th)

 

Power Play Rankings:

Buffalo: 6.8%(30th)

Florida: 15.6%(22nd)

 

Penalty Kill Rankings:

Buffalo: 77.9%(23rd)

Florida: 80.5%(T-16th)

 

Shots For:

Buffalo: 594(30th)

Florida: 739(23rd)

 

Shots Against:

Buffalo: 938(30th)

Florida: 739(13th)

 

Face-Off Percentage:

Buffalo: 41.8%(30th)

Tampa Bay: 49.9%(T-17th)

 

Hits:

Buffalo: 705(9th)

Florida: 626(15th)

 

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: 474(2nd)

Florida: 301(T-27th)

 

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Buffalo: Girgensons(8), Ennis(7), Stafford and Moulson(4), Mitchell, Flynn, Stewart(3)

Florida: Bjugstad(10), Hayes(6), Ekblad, Boyes, and Bergenheim(4), Upshall and Pirri(3)

 

Assists:

Buffalo: Ennis(9), Stafford(8), Moulson(7), Girgensons and Gionta(6)

Florida: Jokinen(11), Ekblad(10), Huberdeau and Trocheck(9), Boyes(8)

 

Points:

Buffalo: Ennis(16), Girgensons(14), Stafford(12), Moulson(11)

Florida: Bjugstad(15), Ekblad(14), Jokinen(13), Hayes and Boyes(12)

 

Plus/Minus:

Buffalo: Zadorov(+5), Girgensons(+3), Flynn(+2), Reinhart, Larsson, and Schaller(-1)

Florida: Trocheck(+8), Hayes(+6), Fleischmann and Pirri(+4), Ekblad(+3)

 

Penalty Minutes:

Buffalo: Weber(39), Myers(35), McCormick(32), Stafford(31)

Florida: Thornton(25), Upshall(20), Jokinen(18), Gudbranson(17)

 

Shots:

Buffalo: Ennis(59), Stewart(55), Moulson(52), Girgensons(48)

Florida: Bjugstad(65), Boyes(54), Ekblad(47), Huberdeau(45)

 

Face-Off Wins:

Buffalo: Girgensons(173), Hodgson(110), Mitchell(88), McCormick(85)

Florida: MacKenzie(189), Bjugstad(175), Barkov(132), Trocheck(76)

 

Hits:

Buffalo: Deslauriers(85), Foligno(68), Weber(66), Girgensons(58)

Florida: MacKenzie(73), Gudbranson(49), Bjugstad(45), Mitchell(44)

 

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: Gorges(67), Myers(53), Weber(49), Ristolainen(42)

Florida: Mitchell(55), Campbell and Ekblad(28), Kulikov and Olsen(24), MacKenzie(21)

 

Tonight’s Projected Lines:

 

Buffalo Forward Lines:

Moulson-Girgensons-Ennis

Gionta-Mitchell-Flynn

Stafford-Hodgson-Foligno

Deslauriers-McCormick-Kaleta

 

Sabres Defense Pairings:

Ristolainen-Zadorov

Myers-Gorges

Strachan-Weber

 

Panthers Forward Lines:

Huberdeau-Bjugstad-Fleischmann

Jokinen-Boyes-Bergenheim

Hayes-Trocheck-Pirri

MacKenzie-Kopecky-Thornton

 

Panthers Defense Pairings:

Campbell-Ekblad

Mitchell-Kulikov

Olsen-Gudbranson

 

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

Buffalo:Michal Neuvirth 10 GP 3-5-1 2.85 GAA .920 SV% 0 SO

Florida: Roberto Luongo 19 GP 8-5-6 2.39 GAA .924 SV% 1 SO

 

Notes:

Last Meeting: October 17th Pantehrs Won 1-0

Season Series: Panthers Lead 1-0-0-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 44-29-4-0-3

All-Time @ FLA: Sabres Lead 20-16-1-0-2

 

Upcoming Matchups:

December 13th vs Panthers 7:00 PM

January 2nd vs Panthers 7:00 PM

February 28th @ Panthers 3:00 PM

 

Last Game’s Recap:

 

Sabres and Lightning Combined for 110 PIM’S in Lightning’s 5-0 Rout

Though they were on the wrong end of the score sheet, the Buffalo Sabres didn’t back down from a fight Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

A series of scrums and fights highlighted the third period of Tampa’s 5-0 win at Amalie Arena. The two teams combined for 110 penalty minutes in the game.

The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for Buffalo. They’re now 6-2-0 in their past eight games.

“We just got off our game a little bit,” Sabres center Zemgus Girgensons said. “We got a little bit unlucky on some of those goals. It’s just about us not doing the things we’ve done.”

Sabres coach Nolan said he would have liked to see the team stick to playing a simpler, north-south game similar to the one that allowed them to pick up some victories. The Sabres had beaten the Lightning in a shootout on Tuesday at First Niagara Center.

“We just lost track of what we need to do in order to be successful,” he said. “We stopped hitting, we stopped skating. We were doing a lot of pirouettes in center ice. It got away from us in that second period.”

Coming out of the first period, the Sabres were down 1-0 and were being outshot 8-5. Buffalo felt good about where they were in the game but they unraveled in the second, surrendering three goals and generating very little offensive zone time. They managed only three shots on goal in the middle frame.

“We put it into their hands and they’ve got a good team,” Sabres forward Marcus Foligno said. “When you turn over pucks at crucial spots – it was definitely tough to see them respond in the second and to be down to a team that we thought we were really close with:”

http://sabres.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=742565

 

Tonight’s Preview:

 

Bolland could return for Panthers against Sabres

 

Season series: Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo made 26 saves in a 1-0 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Oct. 17. Buffalo goaltender Jonas Enroth made 34 saves, but allowed the game’s only goal in the second period to Sean Bergenheim. The Panthers have won four in a row against the Sabres and six of the past eight.

Sabres team scope: Buffalo was defeated by the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-0 on Thursday for its second loss in eight games. The Sabres haven’t lost two games in a row since Nov. 11-13. Buffalo had 13 shots on goal in the loss, its third-lowest total of the season. It had 12 shots in a 5-1 loss against the Anaheim Ducks on Oct. 13, and a season-low 10 shots on goal in a 4-0 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 28. The Sabres will turn to goalie Michal Neuvirth, who hasn’t started since sustaining a lower-body injury on Nov. 19. ”Jonas has been playing really good so I had to work more in practices and wait for my opportunity,” Neuvirth said after practice Friday. Forward Drew Stafford, who missed the past three games with a lower-body injury will be in the lineup, according to coach Ted Nolan. Defenseman Andrej Meszaros (concussion-like symptoms) did not play Thursday.

Panthers team scope: Florida lost 4-3 in a shootout to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday despite taking a season-high 55 shots on goal. ”I’m not disappointed because of the way we played in the second and third period,” coach Gerard Gallant said Friday. ”I thought it was our best offensive output and our team played really good as a group. Sometimes you gain those points, sometimes you lose those points.” Forward Vincent Trocheck has five points in his past four games. Forward Dave Bolland has been out since Oct. 17 with a lower-body injury and may return Saturday. Forwards Scottie Upshall (ankle) and Aleksander Barkov (hand) may also be in the lineup. Defenseman Jesse Blacker, who was acquired from the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday, is expected to make his Panthers debut.

http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/preview?id=2014020395&navid=sb:preview&intcmpid=sb-preview

 

Injury Report:

Buffalo: Hackett Torn ACL(IR/Out)

Florida: Bolland Lower Body Injury(IR/Questionable), Upshall Ankle(IR/Out), Barkov Upper Body(Questionable)

 

Next 5 Games:

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

December 11th vs Calgary Flames 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

December 13th vs Florida Panthers 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

December 15th vs Ottawa Senators 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

December 16th @ Winnipeg Jets 8:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

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

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Last Game:

Buffalo: November 26th vs Jets Loss 2-1

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

Record:

Buffalo: 6-14-2

Montreal: 16-6-1

Points:

Buffalo: 14

Montreal: 33

Rank In Conference:

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

Montreal: 1st(1st in Atlantic)

Goals For:

Buffalo: 35(30th)

Montreal: 57(T-16th)

Goals Against:

Buffalo: 71(T-26th)

Montreal: 57(T-13th)

Power Play Rankings:

Buffalo: 6.2%(30th)

Montreal: 12.7%(T-25th)

Penalty Kill Rankings:

Buffalo: 76.8%(24th)

Montreal: 84.3%(9th)

Shots For:

Buffalo: 508(30th)

Montreal: 632(24th)

Shots Against:

Buffalo: 801(30th)

Montreal: 704(23rd)

Face-Off Percentage:

Buffalo: 42.1%(30th)

Montreal: 54.6%(1st)

Hits:

Buffalo: 608(8th)

Montreal: 450(22nd)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: 387(3rd)

Montreal: 406(2nd)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

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

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

Assists:

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

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

Points:

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

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

Plus/Minus:

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

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

Penalty Minutes:

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

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

Shots:

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

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

Face-Off Wins:

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

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

Hits:

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

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

Blocked Shots:

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

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

Starting Lineups:

Sabres Forward Lines:

Ennis-Girgensons-Moulson

Flynn-Mitchell-Gionta

Stafford-Hodgson-Deslauriers

Stewart-Kaleta-Foligno

Sabres Defense Pairings:

Meszaros-Strachan

Ristolainen-Zadorov

Weber-Benoit

Canadiens Forward Lines:

Pacioretty-Desharnais-Parenteau

Galchenyuk-Plekanec-Gallagher

Prust-Eller-Sekac

Tangradi-Malhotra-Weise

Canadiens Defense Pairings:

Markov-Subban

Emelin-Gonchar

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Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

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

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

Notes:

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Matchups:

November 29th @ Canadiens 7:00 PM

February 3rd @ Canadiens 7:30 PM

Last Game Recap:

Frolik’s shorthanded goal lifts Jets past Sabres

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tonight’s Preview:

Eastern Conference-leading Canadiens visit Sabres

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

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

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

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

Injury Report:

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

Montreal: Bournival Shoulder(IR/Out)

 

Next 5 Games:

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

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

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

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

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

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