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

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Last Game:

Buffalo: November 19 vs Blues Loss 4-1

 

 

Philadelphia: November 19 vs Senators Won 5-2

 

Record:

 

Buffalo: 5-17-1

 

Philadelphia: 8-10-2
Points:

 

Buffalo: 11

 

Philadelphia: 18
Rank In Conference:

 

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

 

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

 

Buffalo: 39(T-29th)

 

Philadelphia: 40(28th)
Goals Against:

 

Buffalo: 72(28th)

 

Philadelphia: 49(10th)
Power Play Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 14.9%(22nd)

 

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

 

Buffalo: 79.2%(23rd)

 

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

 

Buffalo: 582(26th)

 

Philadelphia: 572(28th)
Shots Against:

 

Buffalo: 824(30th)

 

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

 

Buffalo: 45.8%(26th)

 

Philadelphia: 49.2%(19th)
Hits:

 

Buffalo: 621(5th)

 

Philadelphia: 554(9th)
Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: 312(13th)

 

Philadelphia: 290(20th)
Team Leaders:

 

Goals:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Last Meeting: April 13 Sabres Won 1-0

 

 

Season Series: Sabres Won 2-1-0

 

All-Time: Flyers Lead 78-58-25

 

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

 

January 14 vs Flyers 7:30 PM

 

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

 

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

 

Buffalo: No Injuries To Report

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Last Game:

 

Buffalo: November 16 at Maple Leafs Loss 4-2

 

 

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

 

 
Record:

 

Buffalo: 5-16-1

 

St. Louis: 13-3-3

 
Points:

 

Buffalo: 11

 

St. Louis: 29

 
Rank In Conference:

 

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

 

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

 
Goals For:

 

Buffalo: 38(T-28th)

 

St. Louis: 64(T-5th)

 
Goals Against:

 

Buffalo: 68(28th)

 

St. Louis: 45(T-5th)

 
Power Play Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 15.4%(22nd)

 

St. Louis: 25.4%(1st)

 
Penalty Kill Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 79.7%(23rd)

 

St. Louis: 82.6%(15th)

 
Shots For:

 

Buffalo: 558(26th)

 

St. Louis: 595(19th)

 
Shots Against:

 

Buffalo: 793(30th)

 

St. Louis: 476(27th)

 
Face-Off Percentage:

 

Buffalo: 45.6%(26th)

 

St. Louis: 52.5%(7th)

 
Hits:

 

Buffalo: 588(5th)

 

St. Louis: 382(27th)

 
Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: 295(14th)

 

Toronto: 244(26th)

 
Team Leaders:

 

Goals:

 

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

 

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

 
Assists:

 

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

 

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

 
Points:

 

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

 

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

 
Plus/Minus:

 

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

 

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

 
Penalty Minutes:

 

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

 

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

 
Shots:

 

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

 

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

 
Face-Off Wins:

 

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

 

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

 
Hits:

 

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

 

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

 
Blocked Shots:

 

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

 

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

 
Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

 

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

 

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

 
Notes:

 

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

 

 

Season Series: Blues Won 1-0-0

 

All-Time: Blues Lead 50-45-13

 

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

 
Upcoming Matchups:

 

April 3 at Blues 8:00 PM

 
Last Game Recap:

 

Strong Final 40 Not Enough For Sabres

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
Tonight’s Preview:

 

Sabres go for third straight at home as Blues visit

 

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

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

 
Team Scope:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
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Injury Report:

 

Buffalo: Weber Upper Body(IR/Probable)

 

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

 
Next 5 Games:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Last Game:

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

Record:

 

Buffalo: 4-15-1

 

Toronto: 11-6-1

 

Points:

 

Buffalo: 9

 

Toronto: 23

 

Rank In Conference:

 

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

 

Toronto: 3rd(3rd in Atlantic)

 

Goals For:

 

Buffalo: 33(T-29th)

 

Toronto: 50(T-12th)

 

Goals Against:

 

Buffalo: 63(T-27th)

 

Toronto: 41(7th)

 

Power Play Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 13.6%(T-22nd)

 

Toronto: 22.2%(T-4th)

 

Penalty Kill Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 81.2%(T-18th)

 

Toronto: 84.9%(T-10th)

 

Shots For:

 

Buffalo: 496(T-26th)

 

Toronto: 477(29th)

 

Shots Against:

 

Buffalo: 738(30th)

 

Toronto: 655(27th)

 

Face-Off Percentage:

 

Buffalo: 45.4%(26th)

 

Toronto: 46.0%(25th)

 

Hits:

 

Buffalo: 537(6th)

 

Toronto: 579(1st)

 

Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: 269(14th)

 

Toronto: 273(11th)

 

Team Leaders:

 

Goals:

 

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

 

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

 

Assists:

 

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

 

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

 

Points:

 

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

 

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

 

Plus/Minus:

 

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

 

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

 

Penalty Minutes:

 

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

 

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

 

Shots:

 

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

 

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

 

Face-Off Wins:

 

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

 

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

 

Hits:

 

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

 

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

 

Blocked Shots:

 

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

 

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

 

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

 

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

 

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

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

Season Series: Tied 2-1-1

 

All-Time: Sabres Lead 104-61-23

 

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

 

Upcoming Matchups:

 

November 16 at Maple Leafs 7:00 PM

 

November 29 vs Maple Leafs 7:30 PM

 

December 27 at Maple Leafs 7:30 PM

 

January 15 at Maple Leafs 7:30 PM

 

Last Game Recap:

 

Miller Steals Show In Shootout Win Over Kings

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 
Tonight’s Preview:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Team Scope:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Injury Report:

 

Buffalo: Weber Upper Body(IR/Questionable)

 

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

 

Next 5 Games:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sabres fire Regier, Rolston, hire LaFontaine and Nolan

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

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

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

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

@ 10:00 PM

 

Last Game:

Buffalo: November 7 at Kings Loss 2-0

Anaheim: November 6 vs Coyotes Won 5-2

Record:

Buffalo: 3-14-1

Anaheim: 13-3-1

Points:

Buffalo: 7

Anaheim: 27

Rank In Conference:

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

Anaheim: 1st(1st in Pacific)

Goals For:

Buffalo: 29(T-28th)

Anaheim: 56(2nd)

Goals Against:

Buffalo: 55(28th)

Anaheim: 41(T-12th)

Power Play Rankings:

Buffalo: 12.7%(25th)

Anaheim: 9.4%(29th)

Penalty Kill Rankings:

Buffalo: 82.3%(18th)

Anaheim: 75.0%(29th)

Shots For:

Buffalo: 452(21st)

Anaheim: 561(3rd)

Shots Against:

Buffalo: 647(30th)

Anaheim: 470(15th)

Face-Off Percentage:

Buffalo: 45.1%(26th)

Anaheim: 51.1%(14th)

Hits:

Buffalo: 467(4th)

Anaheim: 357(14th)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: 244(9th)

Anaheim: 255(T-6th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

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

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

Assists:

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

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

Points:

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

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

Plus/Minus:

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

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

Penalty Minutes:

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

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

Shots:

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

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

Face-Off Wins:

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

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

Hits:

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

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

Blocked Shots:

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

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

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

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

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

Notes:

Last Meeting: November 2 Ducks Won 6-3

Season Series: Ducks Lead 1-0-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 15-9-3

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

Upcoming Matchups:

Last Game Recap:

Tonight’s Preview:

Injury Report:

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

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

Next 5 Games:

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

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

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

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

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

@ 10:30PM

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

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

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

Points:
Buffalo: 7
Los Angeles: 18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Team Leaders:
Goals:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sabres Head Out West For 3, First Up Sharks

@ 10:30 PM

 

Last Game:

Buffalo: November 2 vs Ducks Loss 6-3

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

Record:

Buffalo: 2-13-1

San Jose: 10-1-3

Points:

Buffalo: 5

San Jose: 23

Rank In Conference:

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

San Jose: 3rd(2nd in Pacific)

Goals For:

Buffalo: 25(29th)

San Jose: 52(1st)

Goals Against:

Buffalo: 49(29th)

San Jose: 25(T-2nd)

Power Play Rankings:

Buffalo: 12.5%(24th)

San Jose: 21.5%(8th)

Penalty Kill Rankings:

Buffalo: 83.0%(12th)

San Jose: 86.4%(5th)

Shots For:

Buffalo: 397(T-22nd)

San Jose: 524(1st)

Shots Against:

Buffalo: 568(30th)

San Jose: 347(3rd)

Face-Off Percentage:

Buffalo: 45.6%(T-25th)

San Jose: 51.0%(T-13th)

Hits:

Buffalo: 413(5th)

San Jose: 218(30th)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: 209(T-14th)

San Jose: 223(9th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

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

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

Assists:

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

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

Points:

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

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

Plus/Minus:

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

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

Penalty Minutes:

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

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

Shots:

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

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

Face-Off Wins:

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

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

Hits:

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

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

Blocked Shots:

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

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

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

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

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

Notes:

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

Season Series: Sabres Won 1-0-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 18-6-5

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

Upcoming Matchups:

February 28 vs Sharks 7:00 PM

Last Game Recap:

Ducks Power Past Sabres

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

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

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

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

Jhonas Enroth stopped 23 shots for the Sabres.

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

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

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

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

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

http://sabres.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2013020201

Tonight’s Preview:

Sharks hope to re-discover winning ways

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

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

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

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

Team Scope:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Injury Report:

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

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

Next 5 Games:

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

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

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

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

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

@ 7:00 PM

 

Last Game:

 

Buffalo: October 26 at Lightning Loss 3-2

 

 

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

 

 

Record:

 

Buffalo: 2-10-1

 

Dallas: 4-5-1

 

Points:

 

Buffalo: 5

 

Dallas: 9

 

Rank In Conference:

 

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

 

Dallas: 13th(7th in Central)

 

Goals For:

 

Buffalo: 19(28th)

 

Dallas: 25(T-23rd)

 

Goals Against:

 

Buffalo: 37(T-26th)

 

Dallas: 30(T-14th)

 

Power Play Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 9.5%(29th)

 

Dallas: 13.5%(23rd)

 

Penalty Kill Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 84.4%(T-7th)

 

Dallas: 80.6%(17th)

 

Shots For:

 

Buffalo: 326(16th)

 

Dallas: 305(24th)

 

Shots Against:

 

Buffalo: 464(30th)

 

Dallas: 354(19th)

 

Face-Off Percentage:

 

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

 

Hits:

 

Buffalo: 342(3rd)

 

Dallas: 223(T-22nd)

 

Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: 163(13th)

 

Dallas: 159(16th)

 

Team Leaders:

 

Goals:

 

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

 

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

 

Assists:

 

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

 

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

 

Points:

 

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

 

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

 

Plus/Minus:

 

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

 

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

 

Penalty Minutes:

 

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

 

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

 

Shots:

 

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

 

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

 

Face-Off Wins:

 

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

 

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

 

Hits:

 

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

 

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

 

Blocked Shots:

 

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

 

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

 

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

 

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

 

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

 

Notes:

 

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

 

 

Season Series: Sabres Won 1-0-0

 

All-Time: Sabres Lead 54-41-17

 

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

 

Upcoming Matchups:

 

March 3 at Stars 8:00 PM

 

Last Game Recap:

 

Lightning rally late with pair to dump Sabres

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Tonight’s Preview:

Stars’ Ruff makes return to Buffalo

 

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

 

Team Scope:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Injury Report:

 

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

 

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

 

Next 5 Games:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Sabres Trade Vanek To Islanders For Moulson and Picks

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

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