Game Preview: 3/6/15 at OTT

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, March 3
Buffalo 0 at Tampa Bay 3
Goals: N/A
Goalie: Lindback (32 saves/35 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 0/2; Shots: Tampa Bay 35 – Buffalo 28

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 234)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (lower body, Jan. 13; injured reserve) – 21 games
Josh Gorges (lower body, Feb. 15; injured reserve) – 9 games
Patrick Kaleta (lower body, Feb. 15; injured reserve) – 9 games
Evander Kane (shoulder, Feb. 15; injured reserve) – 9 games
Zemgus Girgensons (lower body, Feb. 26; injured reserve) – 3 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/2:
Acquired a fifth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft from Montreal in exchange for F Brian Flynn; Acquired G Chad Johnson and a third-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft from NY Islanders in exchange for G Michal Neuvirth; Acquired F Jack Nevins and a seventh-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft from Montreal in exchange for F Torrey Mitchell; Acquired a second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft from Minnesota in exchange for F Chris Stewart
3/3:
Recalled F Jerry D’Amigo, F Mikhail Grigorenko and F Tim Schaller from Rochester (AHL)
3/4: Assigned F Mikhail Grigorenko to Rochester (AHL)
3/5: Recalled F Mikhail Grigorenko from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, March 7:
Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 11: Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 14: NY Rangers at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, March 16: Washington at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 17: Buffalo at Boston, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at SENATORS

  • This is the fourth and final meeting between the Sabres and Senators this season.
  • Last meeting: Ottawa defeated Buffalo, 2-1, in Buffalo on Feb. 10
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Senators; 4-6-0 on the road.
  • This is the 124th game all-time between Buffalo and Ottawa; Buffalo has a 59-47-17 series record.
  • The Sabres are 26-26-10 on the road against the Senators all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 14-4-5 all-time on March 6.
  • March 6, 1988: Phil Housley records his 400th point as a member of the Sabres, reaching a milestone in the sixth of his eight seasons with the Sabres that no other Buffalo defenseman has matched.
  • March 6, 1994: The Sabres earn the 900th win in franchise history, as Dominik Hasek stops 43 shots in Detroit on the night Terry Sawchuk’s number is raised to the rafters.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is the third of five consecutive road games for the Sabres, tying for the longest stretch away from home this season.
  • Chad Johnson went 2-2-1 in five games with the Islanders in February, posting a .935 save percentage and a 2.20 goals-against average. Johnson is 1-1-0 in two career games against the Senators, posting a .935 save percentage and a 1.84 goals-against average.
  • Brian Gionta leads all Sabres with 30 points (18+12) in 44 career games against the Senators.
  • Mike Weber has seven points (1+6) in 22 career games against the Senators, his highest total against any team.

SABRES-SENATORS

  • The Sabres are 8-4 all-time in shootouts against the Senators. Their 12 shootouts against the Ottawa tie their total against New Jersey for most against a single opponent.
  • Buffalo and Ottawa have had 12 of their 17 matchups since the beginning of the 2011-12 season decided by a single goal, including six of the last seven.
  • The Sabres have lost their last five games in Ottawa, with the last win taking place on March 10, 2012. They will look to avoid their first six-game losing streak in Ottawa in franchise history.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s 15th of 19 sets of back-to-back games this season, which concludes tomorrow night in Washington. The Sabres are 4-10-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 3-10-1 in the second game. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (1), three points (0), two points (5), one point (1) and zero points (7).

TRADE DEADLINE RECAP
A list of players and picks traded to and from the Sabres on deadline day:

Acquired:G Chad JohnsonF Jack NevinsNYI 3rd Rd. Pick, 2016MTL 5th Rd. Pick, 2016

MTL 7th Rd. Pick, 2016

MIN 2nd Rd. Pick, 2017

Dealt:G Michal NeuvirthF Brian FlynnF Torrey MitchellF Chris Stewart

 

 

BIG MINUTES FOR BOGOSIAN
After becoming the first player to lead the team in ice time in his Sabres debut since Jaroslav Spacek (10/4/06) on Feb. 15 vs. PHI, Zach Bogosian has led the team in seven of the next eight games as well, including a career-high 32:23 on Feb. 19 at PHI. Bogosian has averaged 27:09 of ice time in nine games with the Sabres, logging two assists, 16 shots, 38 hits and 26 blocked shots.

FINISHING STRONG AFTER THE BREAK
Buffalo is 550-413-188 (.560) all-time in games after the All-Star break. This includes a record of 99-60-26 (.605) in those games since 2005-06. The Sabres are 5-10-2 since the 2015 NHL All-Star Game. These totals do not include games after breaks for the Olympic Games.

BUF-OTT CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Clarke MacArthur played for the Sabres from 2006-2010. While with the team, MacArthur appeared in 187 games and recorded 79 points (41+38).

Former Senators:

  • Andrej Meszaros was a member of the Senators from 2005-2008, tallying 110 points in 246 games (26-84). Meszaros was Ottawa’s first round selection (23rd overall) in the 2004 NHL Draft.
  • Andre Benoit played for the Senators during the 2010-11 season and once again during the 2012-13 season. Overall, he compiled 11 points (3+8) in 41 games.

Nicolas Deslauriers:

  • Played with Jean-Gabriel Pageau for the Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL) during the 2010-11 season.

Marcus Foligno: 

  • Played with Jared Cowen for Team Canada at the 2011 World Junior Championship held in Buffalo. The Canadian squad was coached by Ottawa head coach Dave Cameron.

Brian Gionta:

  • Played with David Legwand for the United States at the 2000, 2001 and 2005 World Hockey Championships.

Cody Hodgson:

  • Played with Kyle Turris for Team Canada at the 2014 World Hockey Championship.

Chad Johnson:

  • Johnson, Jared Cowen and Eric Gryba were all born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Johan Larsson:

  • Represented Team Sweden alongside Erik Karlsson at the 2012 World Championship.

Anders Lindback:

  • Played with David Legwand for the Nashville Predators from 2010-2012.

NHL Draft:

  • Zach Bogosian, Cody Hodgson, Tyler Ennis and D Erik Karlsson were all drafted in the first round of the 2008 NHL Draft. Bogosian was taken third overall, Hodgson was chosen 10th overall, Karlsson was selected 15th overall and Ennis was drafted with the 26th overall pick.
  • Zach Dalpe and Patrick Wiercioch were both second-round draft picks in the 2008 NHL Draft. Wiercioch went 42nd overall and Dalpe was taken three picks later at 45th overall.
  • Phil Varone (147th overall) and Mike Hoffman (130th overall) were both selected in the fifth round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Mikhail Grigorenko (12th overall), Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Cody Ceci (15th overall) were all selected in a four-pick span in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen, Nikita Zadorov and Curtis Lazar were all first-round picks in the 2013 NHL Draft. Ristolainen was selected eight overall, Zadorov went 16th overall and Lazar was taken one pick later at 17th overall.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Deslauriers (202), Bogosian (144), Weber (133)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (148), Weber (118), Ristolainen (95)
Shots: Ennis (144), Moulson (117), Girgensons (115)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10:
2-8-0 (2), 11/33, 0/32, 33/39
11-20: 3-5-2 (8), 23/36, 4/27, 28/39
21-30: 7-3-0 (14), 22/22, 2/25, 20/25
31-40: 2-7-1 (5), 21/44, 4/27, 19/31
41-50: 0-10-0 (0), 17/43, 6/29, 26/37
51-60: 3-5-2 (8), 16/23, 3/27, 26/32
61-70: 2-2-0 (4), 13/13, 1/9, 8/12

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-2; 98-100 all-time)
October 30 vs. Boston: L, 3-2 (GDG-Marchand, 1:20)
December 13 vs. Florida: W, 4-3 (GDG-Zadorov, 0:29)
December 21 at Boston: L, 4-3 (Eriksson, 2:14)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (7-3; 64-49 all-time)
October 14 at Carolina: W, 4-3 (GDG-Girgensons)
November 2 vs. Detroit: W, 3-2 (GDG-Girgensons)

November 5 vs. Montreal: L, 2-1 (GDG-Parenteau)
November 29 at Montreal: W, 4-3 (GDG-Flynn)
December 2 vs. Tampa Bay: W, 2-1 (GDG-Hodgson)
December 15 vs. Ottawa: W, 5-2 (GDG-Moulson)
December 27 vs. NY Islanders: W, 4-3 (GDG-Ennis)

February 17 at New Jersey: L, 2-1 (GDG-Gomez)
February 19 at Philadelphia: W, 3-2 (GDG-Flynn)
February 22 vs. Nashville: L, 2-1 (GDG-Forsberg)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Anders Lindback … 4 games … 100 career games played
Rasmus Ristolainen … 5 games … 100 career games played
Mike Weber … 7 games … 300 career games played
Points
Tyler Ennis … 1 point … 200 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Zac Dalpe … 100th NHL game … March 3 at TBL

SABRES RECALL GRIGORENKO FROM ROCHESTER

BUFFALO, N.Y. (March 5, 2015) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has recalled forward Mikhail Grigorenko from the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Grigorenko (5/16/94, 6’3″, 211 lbs) joins the Sabres for the fifth time this season, having recorded a goal and an assist in 12 NHL games so far this season. In Rochester, Grigorenko has appeared in 39 games in 2014-15 and has tallied 32 points (11+21). In 55 NHL games played with the Sabres through parts of three seasons, he has registered 10 points (4+6).

Drafted by the Sabres in the first round (12th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft, Grigorenko signed an entry-level contract with the club in July 2012.

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SABRES ASSIGN GRIGORENKO TO ROCHESTER

BUFFALO, N.Y. (March 4, 2015) — The Buffalo Sabres have announced the team has assigned forward Mikhail Grigorenko to the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League (AHL).

SABRES RECALL THREE FORWARDS FROM ROCHESTER

BUFFALO, N.Y. (March 3, 2015) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has recalled forwards Mikhail Grigorenko, Tim Schaller and Jerry D’Amigo from the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Grigorenko (5/16/94, 6’3″, 211 lbs) joins the Sabres for the fourth time this season, having recorded a goal and an assist in 12 NHL games so far this season. In Rochester, Grigorenko has appeared in 38 games in 2014-15 and has tallied 31 points (10+21). In 55 NHL games played with the Sabres through parts of three seasons, he has registered 10 points (4+6). Drafted by the Sabres in the first round (12th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft, Grigorenko signed an entry-level contract with the club in July 2012.

Schaller (6’2”, 206 lbs., 11/16/90) will be joining the team for the third time this season after making his NHL debut on Nov. 29 in Montreal. He leads the Amerks with 15 goals and ranks second on the club with 40 points (15+25) in 55 games. Originally signed by the Sabres as a free agent on April 2, 2013, the Merrimack, N.H. native has played six games with the Sabres this season, scoring his first NHL goal on Dec. 21 at Boston.

D’Amigo (5’11”, 205 lbs., 2/19/91) is joining the Sabres for his first recall of the 2014-15 season after the team acquired him from Columbus on Dec. 16, 2014. He has 26 points (9+17) in 59 AHL games this season, including 19 (6+13) in 31 games since joining the Amerks. The Binghamton, N.Y. native played in 22 NHL games during the 2013-14 season as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs, recording one goal and two assists.

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GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Saturday, February 28
Buffalo 3 at Florida 5
Goals: Hodgson, Meszaros, Mitchell
Goalie: Neuvirth (42 saves/46 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 0/3; PK: 4/6; Shots: Florida 47 – Buffalo 14

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 229)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (lower body, Jan. 13; injured reserve) – 20 games
Josh Gorges (lower body, Feb. 15; injured reserve) – 8 games
Patrick Kaleta (lower body, Feb. 15; injured reserve) – 8 games
Evander Kane (shoulder, Feb. 15; injured reserve) – 8 games
Tyson Strachan (infection, Feb. 22) – 4 games
Tyler Ennis (lower body, Feb. 26) – 2 games
Zemgus Girgensons (lower body, Feb. 26; injured reserve) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/25:
Assigned D Jake McCabe to Rochester (AHL)
2/26: Recalled F Zac Dalpe and F Phil Varone; Placed F Zemgus Girgensons on IR
2/27: Assigned D Mark Pysyk to Rochester (AHL)
3/2: Acquired a fifth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft from Montreal in exchange for F Brian Flynn; Acquired G Chad Johnson and a third-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft from NY Islanders in exchange for G Michal Neuvirth; Acquired F Jack Nevins and a seventh-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft from Montreal in exchange for F Torrey Mitchell; Acquired a second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft from Minnesota in exchange for F Chris Stewart
3/3: 
Recalled F Jerry D’Amigo, F Mikhail Grigorenko and F Tim Schaller from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, March 6:
Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 7: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 11: Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 14: NY Rangers at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, March 16: Washington at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at LIGHTNING

  • This is the fifth and final meeting between the Sabres and Lightning this season.
  • Last meeting: Tampa Bay defeated Buffalo, 2-1, in Tampa Bay on Jan. 9
  • The Sabres are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Lightning; 4-6-0 on the road
  • This is the 86th game all-time between Buffalo and Tampa Bay; Buffalo has a 51-27-7 series record.
  • The Sabres are 27-13-3 on the road against the Lightning all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-6-8 all-time on March 3.
  • March 3, 1975: The Sabres trade the rights to Garry Lariviere to the New York Islanders in exchange for the rights to Gerry Desjardins.
  • March 3, 2003: Derek Roy records his first NHL hat trick in a 6-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Buffalo.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are looking to avoid losing four consecutive games to the Lightning – and three straight road games to the Lightning – for the first time in franchise history.
  • Brian Gionta leads all Sabres with 26 points (13+13) in 40 career games against the Lightning.
  • Chad Johnson went 2-2-1 in five games with the Islanders in February, posting a .935 save percentage and a 2.20 goals-against average.
  • If he plays tonight, Zac Dalpe will appear in his 100th NHL game.

TOPPING TAMPA

  • In the last nine seasons, Buffalo has compiled a record of 24-13-2 (.641) against Tampa Bay. The Sabres have scored seven or more goals in a single game against the Lightning six times during that stretch.
  • Buffalo’s franchise record of 51-27-7 (.641) against Tampa Bay is the team’s best all-time record against any Eastern Conference opponent. The team’s record against San Jose (22-6-5, .742) is the only better all-time series record.
  • The Sabres’ 27-13-3 (.663) record at Tampa Bay is the team’s best road record against any opponent, edging their 6-3-0 (.667) record at Nashville. Their next best road record against an Eastern Conference opponent is their 41-23-10 (.622) mark at Washington.

SUNSHINE SUCCESS
The Sabres have swept nine of the 33 previous Florida/Tampa Bay road trips in franchise history. In the other 24 sets, the Sabres have earned: three points (3), two points (14), one point (2) and zero points (5). This gives them record of 35-26-5 (.568) in previous trips. This Florida trip began with a 5-3 loss at FLA on Saturday.

TRADE DEADLINE RECAP
A list of players and picks traded to and from the Sabres yesterday:

Acquired:G Chad JohnsonF Jack NevinsNYI 3rd Rd. Pick, 2016

MTL 5th Rd. Pick, 2016

MTL 7th Rd. Pick, 2016

MIN 2nd Rd. Pick, 2017

Dealt:G Michal NeuvirthF Brian FlynnF Torrey Mitchell

F Chris Stewart

 

 

 

BIG MINUTES FOR BOGOSIAN
After becoming the first player to lead the team in ice time in his Sabres debut since Jaroslav Spacek (10/4/06) on Feb. 15 vs. PHI, Zach Bogosian has led the team in six of the next seven games as well, including a career-high 32:23 on Feb. 19 at PHI. Bogosian has averaged 27:11 of ice time in eight games with the Sabres, logging two assists, nine shots, 33 hits and 24 blocked shots.

FINISHING STRONG AFTER THE BREAK
Buffalo is 550-412-188 (.560) all-time in games after the All-Star break. This includes a record of 99-59-26 (.609) in those games since 2005-06. The Sabres are 5-9-2 since the 2015 NHL All-Star Game. These totals do not include games after breaks for the Olympic Games.

BUF-TBL CONNECTIONS
Former Lightning:

  • Andrej Meszaros played for Tampa Bay from 2008-2010, registering 33 points (8+25) in 133 games.

Local Players:

  • Ryan Callahan was born in Rochester, NY and played for the Buffalo Lightning (OPJHL) during the 2001-02 season.

Danny Flynn:

  • Coached Mark Barberio from 2007-2010 when he was a member of the Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL).

Cody Hodgson:

  • Played with Braydon Coburn and Jason Garrison for Team Canada at the 2014 World Championship.

Chad Johnson:

  • Played with Brian Boyle and Ryan Callahan for the New York Rangers from 2009-2011.

Andrej Meszaros:

  • Played with Matthew Carle for the Lightning during the 2008-09 season and again for the Philadelphia Flyers from 2010-2012.
  • Played with Braydon Coburn for the Philadelphia Flyers from 2010-2014.

Matt Moulson:

  • He and Brian Boyle were both members of the Los Angeles Kings from 2007-2009.

Chris Stewart:

  • Played with Ben Bishop for the St. Louis Blues during the 2010-11 season.
  • Played with Branden Morrow for the St. Louis Blues for part of the 2013-14 season.

Tyson Strachan:

  • Played with Ben Bishop for the St. Louis Blues during the 2008-09 and 2010-11 seasons. They also played together from 2007-2011 for the Peoria Rivermen.
  • Played with Jason Garrison for the Florida Panthers during the 2011-12 season.

Nikita Zadorov:

  • He and Nikita Kucherov were both born in Moscow, Russia.

NHL Draft:

  • The Sabres and Lightning combine to feature a total of four players who were drafted in the first round of the 2008 NHL Draft: Zach Bogosian (3rd overall), Cody Hodgson (10th overall), Tyler Ennis (26th overall), and Steven Stamkos (1st overall).
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Andrei Vasilevskiy (19th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Nikita Zadorov (16th overall) and Jonathan Drouin (3rd overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Deslauriers (198), Bogosian (139), Weber (129)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (148), Weber (116), Ristolainen (92)
Shots: Ennis (143), Girgensons (115), Moulson (113)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10:
2-8-0 (2), 11/33, 0/32, 33/39
11-20: 3-5-2 (8), 23/36, 4/27, 28/39
21-30: 7-3-0 (14), 22/22, 2/25, 20/25
31-40: 2-7-1 (5), 21/44, 4/27, 19/31
41-50: 0-10-0 (0), 17/43, 6/29, 26/37
51-60: 3-5-2 (8), 16/23, 3/27, 26/32
61-70: 2-1-0 (4), 13/10, 1/7, 8/10

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-2; 98-100 all-time)
October 30 vs. Boston: L, 3-2 (GDG-Marchand, 1:20)
December 13 vs. Florida: W, 4-3 (GDG-Zadorov, 0:29)
December 21 at Boston: L, 4-3 (Eriksson, 2:14)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (7-3; 64-49 all-time)
October 14 at Carolina: W, 4-3 (GDG-Girgensons)
November 2 vs. Detroit: W, 3-2 (GDG-Girgensons)

November 5 vs. Montreal: L, 2-1 (GDG-Parenteau)
November 29 at Montreal: W, 4-3 (GDG-Flynn)
December 2 vs. Tampa Bay: W, 2-1 (GDG-Hodgson)
December 15 vs. Ottawa: W, 5-2 (GDG-Moulson)
December 27 vs. NY Islanders: W, 4-3 (GDG-Ennis)

February 17 at New Jersey: L, 2-1 (GDG-Gomez)
February 19 at Philadelphia: W, 3-2 (GDG-Flynn)
February 22 vs. Nashville: L, 2-1 (GDG-Forsberg)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Zac Dalpe … 1 game … 100 career games played
Anders Lindback … 5 games … 100 career games played
Rasmus Ristolainen … 6 games … 100 career games played
Mike Weber … 8 games … 300 career games played
Points
Tyler Ennis … 1 point … 200 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Zach Bogosian … 400th NHL game … Feb. 26 vs. VAN