Newly Acquired Omark Makes Sabres Debut When Sabres Look For Sweep Of Home And Home Of The Bruins

@ 7:00 PM

 

Last Game:

 

Buffalo: December 19 vs Bruins Won 4-2

 

Boston: December 19 at Sabres Loss 4-2

 
Record:

Buffalo: 9-23-3

 

Boston: 23-10-2

 
Points:

 

Buffalo: 21

 

Boston: 48

 
Rank In Conference:

 

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

 

Boston: 2nd(1st in Atlantic)

 
Goals For:

 

Buffalo: 59(30th)

 

Boston: 95(14th)

 
Goals Against:

 

Buffalo: 100(22nd)

 

Boston: 72(2nd)

 
Power Play Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 13.0%(27th)

 

Boston: 19.2%(11th)

 
Penalty Kill Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 80.9%(23rd)

 

Boston: 86.5%(4th)

 
Shots For:

 

Buffalo: 914(29th)

 

Boston: 1052(15th)

 

Shots Against:

 

Buffalo: 1190(27th)

 

Boston: 998(6th)

 
Face-Off Percentage:

 

Buffalo: 46.8%(26th)

 

Boston: 52.6%(T-4th)

 
Hits:

 

Buffalo: 902(9th)

 

Boston: 868(11th)

 
Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: 488(14th)

 

Boston: 465(24th)

 
Team Leaders:

 

Goals:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(12), Hodgson(8), Ennis(7), Foligno(5)

 

Boston: Lucic(11), Smith, Bergeron, and Chara(9), Iginla and Krug(8), Marchand(7)

 
Assists:

 

Buffalo: Hodgson(11), Moulson and Ehrhoff(10), Stafford(9), Girgensons(8)

 

Boston: Krejci(23), Smith(14), Lucic and Iginla(13), Soderberg(11)

 
Points:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(22), Hodgson(19), Ennis(14), Ehrhoff, and Stafford(12)

 

Boston: Krejci(29), Lucic(24), Smith(23), Iginla(21)

 
Plus/Minus:

 

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

 

Boston: Iginla(+13), Bergeron(+12), Krejci(+11), Boychuk(+10)

 
Penalty Minutes:

 

Buffalo: Scott(44), McCormick(43), Myers and Ott(39), Foligno(38)

 

Boston: Thornton(41), McQuaid(39), Iginla(36), Lucic(35)

 
Shots:

 

Buffalo: Stafford(82), Hodgson(80), Moulson(78), Ennis(69)

 

Boston: Bergeron(100), Iginla(97), Chara(81), Krug(80)

 
Face-Off Wins:

 

Buffalo: Hodgson(259), Ott(197), Foligno(118), Ennis(68)

 

Boston: Bergeron(440), Krejci(268), Kelly(184), Campbell(148)

 
Hits:

 

Buffalo: Ott(117), Foligno(91), Girgensons(67), Weber(64)

 

Boston: Lucic(112), Chara(76), Iginla(66), Campbell(59)

 
Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: Ehrhoff(56), Myers(49), Tallinder and Weber(41), Pysyk(38)

 

Boston: Boychuk(59), Seidenberg(58), Chara(48), Krug(46)

 
Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

 

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 8-17-0 2.83 GAA .922 SV% 0 SO

 

Boston: Tuukka Rask 17-8-2 1.90 GAA .934 SV% 3 SO

 
Notes:

 

Last Meeting: December 19 Sabres Won 4-2

 

 

Season Series: Tied 1-1-0

 

All-Time: Bruins Lead 123-109-38

 

All-Time at BOS: Bruins Lead 73-43-17

 
Upcoming Matchups:

 

February 26 vs Bruins 7:30(NBCSN HD)

 

April 12 at Bruins 12:30 PM(MSG HD)

 
Last Game Recap:

 
Sabres Scored Four To Down Bruins

 
The Buffalo Sabres have been able to generate scoring chances and bury the puck the past two games. Their effort has resulted in two victories on home ice. Thursday night, they put down the top team in the Atlantic Division.

 
Buffalo defeated the Boston Bruins 4-2 at First Niagara Center. The Sabres have scored four goals in back-to-back games, a feat they haven’t accomplished since the end of last season.

 
Boston held a 2-1 lead before the Sabres came back with three unanswered goals. Buffalo also rallied from a two-goal deficit Tuesday to beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-2.

 
Drew Stafford scored on a wraparound with 5:41 remaining in regulation to give Buffalo a 3-2 lead over Boston. He skated in around Bruins defenseman Matt Bartkowski and tucked the shot in past goaltender Chad Johnson’s right pad.

 
Brian Flynn and Marcus Foligno each recorded a goal and an assist for Buffalo. Tyler Myers scored Buffalo’s fourth goal with 4:21 left in the third on a nice feed from Flynn.

 
Brad Marchand scored both of Boston’s goals. Johnson stopped 19 shots for the Bruins. Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller made 34 saves.

 
The Sabres have had their confidence bolstered lately with the strong offensive output that’s also resulting in earning two points in the standings.

 
“It helps winning games. It’s fun coming to the rink. It just boosts the morale,” Flynn said. “We knew we were getting closer and closer. It’s a matter of just scoring the goals that we have the past two games. We’ve had the chances we just haven’t bared down. The past few games we’ve been able to do that.”

 
The Sabres opened the scoring as Flynn tallied shorthanded with 3:33 remaining in the first period. He raced past the Bruins defense and roofed a backhand over Johnson. It was Buffalo’s first shorthanded goal of the year and the first for the Sabres since Flynn scored on April 22 against Montreal.

 
The goal was Flynn’s third of the year. He also had an assist on Tuesday.

 
“I feel pretty confident, comfortable of what’s expected of me,” he said. “Make sure I just do a really good job defensively, don’t get scored on, do a good job on the penalty kill. And then you have games like this, it’s a little bit of a bonus.”

 
http://sabres.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2013020523

 
Tonight’s Preview:

 

Bruins seek split of home-and-home vs. Sabres

 
Big story: Buffalo has won two in a row in regulation for the first time this season; it has not won three in a row in any manner. Of the Sabres’ nine wins, three are against the Bruins, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks (sixth, fourth and seventh in the NHL standings prior to Saturday).

 
“I expect [Boston] to probably be a little upset about the loss,” Sabres defenseman Mike Weber told the team website. “I think we’ve always played them hard and it’s always been a hard-fought game. I’m not too worried about anything. It’s always better when you’re into the game when people are hitting you and you’re hitting them back, and you’re into the battles in front of the net.”

 
Team Scope:

 
Sabres: Buffalo acquired forward Linus Omark in a trade Thursday and will put him to work Saturday.

 

“He’ll take a spot in the lineup,” interim coach Ted Nolan said Friday, according to the Buffalo News. “I’m not 100 percent sure exactly where we’ll put him yet but he’ll play tomorrow night.”

 
The Sabres are short a forward after Cody Hodgson sustained a wrist injury blocking a shot by Krug in the first period Thursday. Nolan said Hodgson would be out “maybe a week or two or three. I’m not sure.”

 
Omark, 26, played one game this season for the Edmonton Oilers, who received a conditional sixth-round draft pick in return. He was fourth in the American Hockey League with 29 points in 29 games for Oklahoma City.

 
Bruins: After having defensemen Kevan Miller and David Warsofsky each make his NHL debut in the past month, veteran Adam McQuaid is on the verge of returning to play his 209th game.

 
“He’s getting pretty close,” coach Claude Julien told the Boston Herald after practice Friday. “Honestly it’s a matter of game-to-game right now. I don’t know yet [about the game Saturday], but I wouldn’t write him off.”

 
McQuaid hasn’t played this month because of a lower-body injury reported to be a groin pull, missing eight games (5-3-0). The Bruins could wait until after the three-day Christmas break to give him a little more recovery time.

 
“I hope that’s not the case,” McQuaid told the Herald. “I want to be back playing as soon as I can. I definitely don’t want to be going through that cycle of coming back a little bit too soon [and getting hurt again]. But when I’m ready, I’ll be ready. Hopefully that’s sooner rather than later.”

 
Who’s hot: The Sabres have killed 14 penalties in a row; they haven’t allowed a power-play goal since Dec. 5. Forward Brian Flynn has three of his season’s six points in the past two games. Forward Drew Stafford has three points in four games, including his first goal since Nov. 5. Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff has five points in the past six. … Bruins forward Brad Marchand had two goals Thursday, and defenseman Zdeno Chara had two on Tuesday. Forward David Krejci has 11 points in his past 10 games.

 
http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/preview?id=2013020541&navid=sb:preview

 
Injury Report:

 

Buffalo: McCormick Upper Body(IR/Out), Hodgson Upper Body(Out)

 

Boston: Savard Post-Concussion Syndrome(IR/Out), McQuaid Lower Body(IR/Out), Kelly Broken Ankle(IR/Out), Paille Concussion-Like Symptoms(Out), Eriksson Concussion(IR/Out), Hamilton Lower Body(IR/Out), Thornton Suspension(Out)

 
Next 5 Games:

 

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

 

December 27 at Toronto Maple Leafs 7:30 PM(MSG HD/TSN HD)

 

December 29 vs Washington Capitals 5:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)

 

December 31 at Winnipeg Jets 7:00 PM(MSG HD/TSN HD)

 

January 2 at Minnesota Wild 8:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)

 

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Sabres look to win 2 in a row in regulation for the first time this season as Boston ships up to Buffalo

vs. 7:00 PM

Last Game:
Buffalo: December 17 vs. Jets-Sabres Won 4-2

Boston: December 17 vs. Flames-Bruins Won 2-0

Record:
Buffalo: 8-23-3
Boston: 23-9-2

Points:
Buffalo: 19
Boston: 48

Rank In Conference:
Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)
Boston: 2nd(1st in Atlantic)

Goals For:
Buffalo: 55(30th)
Boston: 93(12th)

Goals Against:
Buffalo: 98(T-19th)
Boston: 68(2nd)

Power Play Rankings:
Buffalo: 13.5%(26th)
Boston: 19.6%(T-9th)

Penalty Kill Rankings:
Buffalo: 80.6%(23rd)
Boston: 86.0%(T-4th)

Shots For:
Buffalo: 891(30th)
Boston: 1016(18th)

Shots Against:
Buffalo: 1154(27th)
Boston: 975(7th)

Face-Off Percentage:
Buffalo: 46.8%(26th)
Boston: 52.6%(4th)

Hits:
Buffalo: 882(8th)
Boston: 851(12th)

Blocked Shots:
Buffalo: 467(T-17th)
Boston: 450(24th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

Buffalo: Moulson(12), Hodgson(8), Ennis(7), Foligno and Ott(4)
Boston: Lucic(11), Smith, Bergeron, Chara(9), Iginla and Krug(8)

Assists:
Buffalo: Moulson and Hodgson(11), Stafford and Ehrhoff(9), Girgensons(8)
Boston: Krejci(23), Smith(14), Lucic and Iginla(13), Soderberg(11)

Points:
Buffalo: Moulson(22), Hodgson(19), Ennis(14), Girgensons, Ehrhoff, Stafford(11)
Boston: Krejci(29), Lucic(24), Smith(23), Iginla(21), Krug(18)

Plus/Minus:
Buffalo: Ellis(+1), Adam, Sulzer, McNabb(EV)
Boston: Iginla(+14), Krejci(+12), Bergeron(+11), Lucic, Seidenberg, Boychuk(+10)

Penalty Minutes:
Buffalo: Scott(44), McCormick(43), Myers and Ott(39), Foligno(33)
Boston: Thornton(41), McQuaid(39), Iginla(36), Marchand(32), Lucic(31)

Shots:
Buffalo: Stafford and Hodgson(80), Moulson(76), Ennis(69), Ehrhoff(65)
Boston: Bergeron(98), Iginla(92), Krug(77), Chara(76)

Face-Off Wins:
Buffalo: Hodgson(256), Ott(187), Foligno(118), Larsson(67)
Boston: Bergeron(426), Krejci(258), Kelly(184), Campbell(143)

Hits:
Buffalo: Ott(113), Foligno(90), Girgensons(65), Weber(61)
Boston: Lucic(111), Chara(75), Iginla(65), Campbell(59)

Blocked Shots:
Buffalo: Ehrhoff(43), Myers(48), Tallinder(41), Weber(39)
Boston: Boychuk(57), Seidenberg(55), Chara(48), Krug(44)

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 7-17-0 2.87 GAA .921 SV% 0 SO
Boston: Tuukka Rask 17-8-2 1.90 GAA .934 SV% 3 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: October 23rd @ Sabres-Bruins Won 5-2

Season Series: Bruins Lead 1-0-0
All-Time: Bruins Lead 148-128-40
All-Time @ BUF: Sabres Lead 84-52-21

Upcoming Matchups:
December 21 @ Boston 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
February 26 @ Buffalo 7:30 PM(NBCSN)
April 12 @ Boston 12:30 PM(MSG HD)

Injury Report:
Buffalo: McCormick Upper Body(IR/Out)
Boston: Savard Post-Concussion Syndrome(IR/Out), McQuaid Lower Body(IR/Out), Kelly Broken Ankle(IR/Out), Paille Concussion-Like Symptoms(Out), Eriksson Concussion(IR/Out), Hamilton Lower Body(IR/Out), Thornton Suspension(Out)

Next 5 Games:
December 21 at Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
December 23 vs Phoenix Coyotes 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
December 27 at Toronto Maple Leafs 7:30 PM(MSG HD)
December 29 vs Washington Capitals 5:00 PM(MSG HD)
December 31 at Winnipeg Jets 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

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Last Game:

 

Buffalo: December 14 vs Flames L(OT) 2-1

 

 

Winnipeg: December 16 at Blue Jackets Won 3-2

 
Record:

Buffalo: 7-23-3

 

Winnipeg: 15-15-5

 
Points:

 

Buffalo: 17

 

Winnipeg: 35

 
Rank In Conference:

 

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

 

Winnipeg: 12th(7th in Central)

 
Goals For:

 

Buffalo: 51(30th)

 

Winnipeg: 88(15th)

 
Goals Against:

 

Buffalo: 96(21st)

 

Winnipeg: 98(T-22nd)

 
Power Play Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 13.1%(27th)

 

Winnipeg: 13.3%(26th)

 
Penalty Kill Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 80.4%(21st)

 

Winnipeg: 82.9%(15th)

 
Shots For:

 

Buffalo: 860(30th)

 

Winnipeg: 1117(6th)

 
Shots Against:

 

Buffalo: 1127(27th)

 

Winnipeg: 1088(26th)

 
Face-Off Percentage:

 

Buffalo: 46.4%(T-27th)

 

Winnipeg: 46.2%(29th)

 
Hits:

 

Buffalo: 857(T-8th)

 

Winnipeg: 911(6th)

 
Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: 454(19th)

 

Winnipeg: 532(9th)

 
Team Leaders:

 

Goals:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(11), Hodgson(8), Ennis(7), Foligno, Ott, and Girgensons(3)

 

Winnipeg: Little(14), Wheeler(11), Ladd, Jokinen, Frolik, and Kane(8), Setoguchi(7)

 
Assists:

 

Buffalo: Moulson and Hodgson(10), Stafford, Ehrhoff, and Girgensons(8), Myers and Ennis(6), Foligno and Leino(5)

 

Winnipeg: Byfuglien(18), Little(17), Ladd(15), Wheeler(14)

 
Points:

 

Buffalo: Moulson(21), Hodgson(18), Ennis(13), Girgensons(11)

 

Winnipeg: Little(31), Wheeler(25), Byfuglien(24), Ladd(23)

 
Plus/Minus:

 

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

 

Winnipeg: Bogosian(+8), Setoguchi(+5), Ellerby and Pardy(+4), Stuart(+3)

 
Penalty Minutes:

 

Buffalo: Scott(44), McCormick(43), Myers and Ott(39), Foligno(33)

 

Winnipeg: Byfuglien(40), Kane(27), Peluso and Little(24), Ladd, Jokinen, and Enstrom(22)

 
Shots:

 

Buffalo: Stafford(80), Hodgson(75), Moulson(71), Ennis(69)

 

Winnipeg: Byfuglien(125), Kane(114), Wheeler(106), Ladd(88)

 
Face-Off Wins:

 

Buffalo: Hodgson(243), Ott(182), Foligno(117), Larsson(67)

 

Winnipeg: Little(320), Jokinen(291), Scheifele(161), Wright(90)

 
Hits:

 

Buffalo: Ott(110), Foligno(84), Girgensons(64), Myers(59)

 

Winnipeg: Kane(73), Byfuglien(68), Ladd(63), Jokinen and Stuart(62)

 
Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: Ehrhoff(53), Myers(44), Tallinder(39), Pysyk and Weber(38)

 

Winnipeg: Byfuglien(57), Enstrom(52), Stuart(48), Clitsome(39)

 
Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

 

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 6-17-0 2.91 GAA .921 SV% 0 SO

 

Winnipeg: Ondrej Pavelec 10-13-4 2.85 GAA .909 SV% 1 SO

 
Notes:

 

Last Meeting: April 22 Jets Won 2-1

 

 

Season Series: Jets Won 3-0-0

 

All-Time: Jets Lead 29-16-6

 

All-Time vs WPG: Tied 12-12-2

 
Upcoming Matchups:

 

December 31 at Jets 7:00 PM

 
Last Game Recap:

 
Sabres Fall To Flames In Overtime

 
In a low-scoring affair, the Buffalo Sabres were able to strike first for the sixth time this season, but their efforts fell short.

 
Calgary Flames Matt Stajan beat Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth on a low wrist shot 42 seconds into overtime to give Calgary a 2-1 victory over Buffalo at First Niagara Center on Saturday.

 
Both teams were held off the scoreboard through 40 minutes as hard work and gritty play prevailed. Despite the high number of power-play opportunities both ways, Enroth and Calgary’s Karri Ramo shut out their opponent s through two periods. Enroth made 19 saves and Ramo made 18 in that span.

 
Enroth started the game in place of Ryan Miller, who played both parts of a home-and-home series against Ottawa on Tuesday and Thursday. This was Enroth’s first start since Dec. 7, a 3-2 loss in Montreal.

 
Enroth stopped 24 of 26 shots against Calgary, but the last goal stood out in Enroth’s mind. For Enroth, it was the low point in an otherwise solid appearance.

 
“I think he walked it over on my right side and just kept walking. It was a bad shot that I missed,” Enroth said.

 
Buffalo’s Matt Moulson scored the game’s first goal and Buffalo’s only goal at the 14:20 mark of the third period off a pass across the slot from Zemgus Girgensons. The goal was Moulson’s first point in his last six games.

 
“It was a good play by Zemgus driving wide there, and he got the puck to the net, and it kind of found its way in,” Moulson said. “Luckily it went off [Ramo’s] head and into the net.”

 
The offense struggled to produce for Buffalo again as they posted two or less goals for the sixth-straight game. Moulson said the team was frustrated, but the chances will come.

 
“We’ve got to keep creating chances. Eventually we’ll get some bounces here, we’ve been getting some bad bounces. We just have to keep working,” he said.

 
Less than three minutes after Moulson’s goal, Paul Byron tied the game for Calgary off a pass from behind the Buffalo net. The Sabres had a hard time developing momentum with all the first period penalties, and they struggled again with the Calgary goal coming so soon after Buffalo opened the scoring.

 
“It’s tough to get everyone involved when the special teams are out there. You just have to deal with it, that’s how some games are, and obviously that’s how this one went,” Moulson said. “It’s tough early on in games just to stay in them because of the penalties back and forth, but you have to find a way to kind of create that momentum.”

 
http://sabres.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2013020487

 
Tonight’s Preview:

 

Injury Report:

 

Buffalo: Sulzer Undisclosed(IR/Probable), McCormick Upper Body(Out), Hodgson Lower Body(Probable)

 

Winnipeg: Slater Sports Hernia Surgery(IR/Out), Postma Blood Clot in Leg(IR/Out), Bogosian Strained Groin(IR/Out), Halischuk Right Forearm Surgery(IR/Out), Peluso Suspension(Out)

 
Next 5 Games:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

December 27 at Toronto Maple Leafs 7:30 PM(MSG HD/TSN HD)

 

December 29 vs Washington Capitals 5:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)

 

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Sabres hoping not to get burned by similarly struggling Flames

vs. 2:00 PM MSG HD

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

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

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

Points:
Buffalo: 16
Calgary: 28

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Team Leaders:
Goals:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

@ 7:30 PM

 

Last Game:

 

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

 

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

 
Record:

Buffalo: 7-22-2

 

Ottawa: 12-14-6

 
Points:

 

Buffalo: 16

 

Ottawa: 30

 
Rank In Conference:

 

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

 

Ottawa: 11th(6th in Atlantic)

 
Goals For:

 

Buffalo: 49(30th)

 

Ottawa: 91(T-7th)

 
Goals Against:

 

Buffalo: 92(T-24th)

 

Ottawa: 100(27th)

 
Power Play Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 13.5%(26th)

 

Ottawa: 19.3%(11th)

 
Penalty Kill Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 79.0%(T-23rd)

 

Ottawa: 79.0%(T-23rd)

 
Shots For:

 

Buffalo: 792(30th)

 

Ottawa: 1063(4th)

 
Shots Against:

 

Buffalo: 1069(27th)

 

Ottawa: 1093(29th)

 
Face-Off Percentage:

 

Buffalo: 46.4%(26th)

 

Ottawa: 52.1%(7th)

 
Hits:

 

Buffalo: 823(6th)

 

Ottawa: 1028(2nd)

 
Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: 428(18th)

 

Ottawa: 380(T-26th)

 
Team Leaders:

 

Goals:

 

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

 

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

 
Assists:

 

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

 

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

 
Points:

 

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

 

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

 
Plus/Minus:

 

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

 

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

 
Penalty Minutes:

 

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

 

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

 
Shots:

 

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

 

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

 
Face-Off Wins:

 

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

 

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

 
Hits:

 

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

 

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

 
Blocked Shots:

 

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

 

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

 
Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

 

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

 

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

 
Notes:

 

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

 

 

Season Series: Senators Lead 1-0-1

 

All-Time: Sabres Lead 58-43-17

 

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

 
Upcoming Matchups:

 

February 6 at Senators 7:30 PM

 
Last Game Recap:

 
Girgensons, Miller Lead Sabres Past Senators In Shootout

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 
Tonight’s Preview:

 

Senators seek split of home-and-home with Sabres

 

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

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

 
Team Scope:

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 
Injury Report:

 

Buffalo: Sulzer Undisclosed(Questionable)

 

Ottawa: Cowen Suspension(Out)

 
Next 5 Games:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Sabres looking for some sort of spark against Sens

vs. 7:00 PM

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

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

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

Points:
Buffalo: 14
Ottawa: 29

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Team Leaders:
Goals:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

tour

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

@ 7:00 PM

 

Last Game:

 

Buffalo: December 5 vs Rangers Loss 3-1

 

 

Montreal: December 5 vs Bruins Won 2-1

 

 
Record:

Buffalo: 6-21-2

 

Montreal: 18-9-3

 
Points:

 

Buffalo: 14

 

Montreal: 39

 
Rank In Conference:

 

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

 

Montreal: 2nd(1st in Atlantic)

 
Goals For:

 

Buffalo: 46(30th)

 

Montreal: 80(10th)

 
Goals Against:

 

Buffalo: 88(T-24th)

 

Montreal: 60(T-2nd)

 
Power Play Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 14.1%(T-25th)

 

Montreal: 22.9%(5th)

 
Penalty Kill Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 78.1%(25th)

 

Montreal: 86.3%(3rd)

 
Shots For:

 

Buffalo: 731(30th)

 

Montreal: 904(10th)

 
Shots Against:

 

Buffalo: 1014(29th)

 

Montreal: 926(24th)

 
Face-Off Percentage:

 

Buffalo: 46.4%(26th)

 

Montreal: 50.6%(15th)

 
Hits:

 

Buffalo: 759(T-7th)

 

Montreal: 559(27th)

 
Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: 399(T-15th)

 

Montreal: 567(1st)

 
Team Leaders:

 

Goals:

 

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

 

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

 

Assists:

 

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

 

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

 
Points:

 

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

 

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

 
Plus/Minus:

 

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

 

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

 

Penalty Minutes:

 

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

 

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

 
Shots:

 

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

 

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

 
Face-Off Wins:

 

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

 

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

 
Hits:

 

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

 

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

 
Blocked Shots:

 

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

 

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

 
Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

 

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

 

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

 
Notes:

 

Last Meeting: November 27 Canadiens Won 3-1

 

 

Season Series: Canadiens Lead 1-0-0

 

All-Time: Sabres Lead 119-103-37

 

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

 
Upcoming Matchups:

 

March 16 vs Canadiens 7:00 PM

 

March 25 at Canadiens 7:30 PM

 
Last Game Recap:

 
Ennis Late Goal Too Late For Sabres In Lost To Rangers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 
Tonight’s Preview:

 

First-place Canadiens face division rival Sabres

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

 

Team Scope:

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
Injury Report:

 

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

 

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

 
Next 5 Games:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sabres Look To Build Off Strong Outing Against Devils

@ 7:00 PM

 

Last Game:

 

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

 

New Jersey: November 29 at Hurricanes Won 5-2

 
Record:

Buffalo: 6-20-1

 

New Jersey: 10-11-5

 
Points:

 

Buffalo: 13

 

New Jersey: 25

 
Rank In Conference:

 

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

 

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

 
Goals For:

 

Buffalo: 45(30th)

 

New Jersey: 58(T-25th)

 
Goals Against:

 

Buffalo: 84(27th)

 

New Jersey: 60(T-7th)

 
Power Play Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 15.0%(25th)

 

New Jersey: 18.5%(15th)

 
Penalty Kill Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 78.3%(25th)

 

New Jersey: 87.2%(2nd)

 
Shots For:

 

Buffalo: 688(28th)

 

New Jersey: 649(30th)

 
Shots Against:

 

Buffalo: 959(30th)

 

New Jersey: 647(2nd)

 
Face-Off Percentage:

 

Buffalo: 46.4%(26th)

 

New Jersey: 45.5%(28th)

 
Hits:

 

Buffalo: 712(6th)

 

New Jersey: 508(24th)

 
Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: 370(13th)

 

New Jersey: 278(30th)

 
Team Leaders:

 

Goals:

 

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

 

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

 
Assists:

 

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

 

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

 
Points:

 

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

 

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

 
Plus/Minus:

 

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

 

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

 
Penalty Minutes:

 

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

 

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

 

Shots:

 

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

 

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

 
Face-Off Wins:

 

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

 

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

 
Hits:

 

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

 

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

 
Blocked Shots:

 

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

 

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

 
Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

 

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

 

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

 
Notes:

 

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

 

 

Season Series: Sabres Won 2-0-1

 

All-Time: Sabres Lead 71-45-23

 

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

 
Upcoming Matchups:

 

January 4 vs Devils 7:00 PM

 

April 1 vs Devils 7:00 PM

 
Last Game Recap:

 
Ehrhoff Scores In Overtime To Lift Sabres Past Leafs

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 
Tonight’s Preview:

 
Sabres, Devils meet after ending losing streaks

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

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

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

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

 
Team Scope:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
Injury Report:

 

Buffalo: McCormick Upper Body(IR/Out)

 

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

 
Next 5 Games:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

Points:
Buffalo: 11
Toronto: 30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Team Leaders:
Goals:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Last Game:

 

Buffalo: November 24 vs Red Wings Loss 3-1

 

 

Montreal: November 23 vs Penguins Won 3-2

 

 
Record:

 

Buffalo: 5-19-1

 

Montreal: 13-9-2

 
Points:

 

Buffalo: 11

 

Montreal: 28

 
Rank In Conference:

 

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

 

Montreal: 6th(5th in Atlantic)

 
Goals For:

 

Buffalo: 41(30th)

 

Montreal: 63(T-17th)

 
Goals Against:

 

Buffalo: 79(27th)

 

Montreal: 49(4th)

 
Power Play Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 14.9%(25th)

 

Montreal: 22.8%(4th)

 
Penalty Kill Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 79.8%(22nd)

 

Montreal: 83.5%(T-12th)

 
Shots For:

 

Buffalo: 634(28th)

 

Montreal: 723(14th)

 
Shots Against:

 

Buffalo: 904(30th)

 

Montreal: 742(19th)

 
Face-Off Percentage:

 

Buffalo: 46.3%(26th)

 

Montreal: 49.7%(16th)

 
Hits:

 

Buffalo: 667(6th)

 

Montreal: 443(28th)

 
Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: 345(12th)

 

Montreal: 462(1st)

 
Team Leaders:

Goals:

 

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

 

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

 
Assists:

 

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

 

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

 
Points:

 

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

 

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

 
Plus/Minus:

 

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

 

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

 
Penalty Minutes:

 

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

 

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

 
Shots:

 

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

 

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

 
Face-Off Wins:

 

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

 

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

 
Hits:

 

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

 

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

 
Blocked Shots:

 

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

 

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

 
Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

 

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

 

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

 
Notes:

 

Last Meeting: April 11 Canadiens Won 5-1

 

 

Season Series: Sabres Won 3-2-0

 

All-Time: Sabres Lead 119-102-37

 

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

 
Upcoming Matchups:

 

December 7 at Canadiens 7:00 PM

 

March 16 vs Canadiens 7:00 PM

 

March 25 at Canadiens 7:30 PM

 
Last Game Recap:

 
Sabres Unable To Hold Off Red Wings

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

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

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

 
Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller stopped 31 shots.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
Tonight’s Preview:

 
Sabres aim to deny Canadiens a fourth straight win

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

 
Team Scope:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
Injury Report:

 

Buffalo: McCormick Upper Body(IR/Out)

 

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

 
Next 5 Games:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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