Post-Game Report: 11/26 vs. WPG

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Jets
(12-9-3)
1 1 0 - - 2 26
Sabres
(6-14-2)
0 0 1 - - 1 20

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • With the loss, the Sabres fall to 22-21-11 all-time against the Jets/Thrashers (15-9-4 at home).
  • Tyler Myers missed tonight’s game with a lower-body injury.
  • Nikita Zadorov led all skaters on either team with a career-high 25:52 of ice time.
  • Patrick Kaleta was credited with six hits and two penalties drawn in just 7:30 of ice time.
  • With both Jets goals scored on special teams tonight, Jhonas Enroth still hasn’t allowed an even-strength goal in his last 208:35 on the ice, posting a 1.50 goals-against average and a .956 save percentage in the team’s last three games.

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Ted Nolan

Sabres forward Brian Gionta

Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta

Jets head coach Paul Maurice

Jets forward Bryan Little

Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec

‘TURKEYS FOR TICKETS’ DRIVE NETS 2,220 TURKEYS FOR BUFFALO CITY MISSION, FOOD BANK OF WNY

BUFFALO, N.Y. (November 26, 2014) — The Buffalo Sabres partnered with TOPS Friendly Markets and Entercom Buffalo for a Thanksgiving turkey drive this morning and collected more than 2,220 20-pound frozen turkeys for the Buffalo City Mission and the Food Bank of Western New York.

“For the second year in a row, we are amazed by the generosity of Western New Yorkers,” said Sabres President Ted Black. “With the holiday season upon us, there is always a critical need at the Buffalo City Mission and the Food Bank of WNY to help the neediest members of our region and the response was tremendous with more than 40,000 pounds of turkey donated. We are grateful to our partners at TOPS and Entercom for helping us get the word out and reminding us what a special community we live in.”

For every 20-pound turkey dropped off, the Sabres gave away two tickets to an upcoming home game. Two drop-off locations were used for the drive: the TOPS Market location on Young Street in Tonawanda and the surface parking lot at First Niagara Center in downtown Buffalo.

Last year’s turkey drive collected more than 1,700 turkeys, yielding approximately 34,000 pounds of turkey.

The Food Bank of Western New York provides food to 330 member agencies such as food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and group homes in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties.  Monthly, through these agencies, it serves approximately 106,000 individuals, including 39,000 families, nearly 37,000 children and over 11,000 seniors.  The number of individuals and families reflects an increase of 7 percent from last year.

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Game Preview: 11/26/14 vs. WPG

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, November 22
Buffalo 2 at Washington 1
Goals: Moulson, Mitchell
Goalie: Enroth (43 saves/44 shots)
PP: 0/1; PK: 0/1; Shots: Washington 44 – Buffalo 26

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 57)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Matt Hackett (lower body, Oct. 9; injured reserve) – 21 games
Josh Gorges (knee, Nov. 13; injured reserve) – 4 games
Michal Neuvirth (lower body, Nov. 22) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/19:
Placed D Josh Gorges on IR; Recalled G Nathan Lieuwen from Rochester (AHL)
11/23: Assigned G Nathan Lieuwen to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, Nov. 28:
Montreal at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 29: Buffalo at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 2: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 4: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 6: Buffalo at Florida, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
JETS at SABRES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Jets this season.
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Dec. 16 in Winnipeg
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Jets; 5-3-2 at home
  • This is the 54th game all-time between Buffalo and Winnipeg/Atlanta; Buffalo has a 22-20-11 series record.
  • The Sabres are 15-8-4 at home against the Jets/Thrashers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-6-1 all-time on November 26.
  • November 26, 1972: Rene Robert, Rick Martin and Jim Lorentz each score two goals as the Sabres defeat the Islanders, 9-2, at the Aud.
  • November 26, 1982: The Sabres get goals from six different skaters and outlast the Blues, winning 8-6 in a game that saw both starting goaltenders replaced in the second period.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Buffalo enters tonight’s game on a three-game winning streak for the first time since Feb. 25 to Feb. 28. A win tonight would give the Sabres four consecutive wins for the first time since they won five in a row from March 19 to March 27, 2012.
  • The Sabres have won consecutive home games entering tonight’s game for the first time since they won three in a row at First Niagara Center from Feb. 25 to Feb. 28.
  • Despite a 0-2-1 record, Jhonas Enroth has been strong in his three career starts against the Jets, logging a .943 save percentage and a 2.01 goals against average.
  • The Sabres are looking for consecutive home wins against the Jets for the first time since they won four in a row at home against the Thrashers/Jets from Jan. 1, 2010 to Nov. 8, 2011.
  • Mike Weber enters tonight’s game on a three-game point streak (0+3), one game shy of his career-best four (April 6 to 12, 2014).
  • Brian Gionta leads all Sabres with 22 points (14+8) in 38 career games against the Jets/Thrashers.

MY NAME IS JHONAS
Jhonas Enroth
has won his last two games and is seeking his first three-game winning streak since he won in three straight appearances from Nov. 4 to Nov. 11, 2011. He has never won three straight team games. Enroth hasn’t allowed an even-strength goal in his last 150:18 on the ice.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Brian Gionta has four points (2+2) in his last two games.
  • Tyler Ennis has 10 points (3+7) in his last 11 games.
  • Jhonas Enroth is 2-0-0 in his last two games, with 62 saves and a .969 save percentage.
  • Zemgus Girgensons has eight points (4+4) in his last nine games.
  • Matt Moulson has seven points (3+4) in his last seven games.
  • Mike Weber has three points (0+3) in his last three games.

FEARLESS LEADERS

  • Brian Gionta has been selected to wear the captain’s “C” for the Sabres in 2014-15, becoming the 19th full-season captain in franchise history (excludes rotating captaincies in 2003-04 and 2007-08).
  • Gionta, who spent the last four seasons as captain of the Montreal Canadiens, is the 27th player to wear the captain’s “C” for at least a one-month period.
  • Josh Gorges and Matt Moulson have been named the team’s alternate captains.

BUF-WPG CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Adam Pardy played 17 games for the Sabres during the 2012-13 season, recording four points (0+4) and a plus-4 rating.
  • The Sabres selected Chris Thorburn in the second round (50th overall) of the 2001 NHL Draft. He played two career games with the Sabres, totaling one assist and seven penalty minutes.

Nicolas Deslauriers:

  • Deslauriers (1991) and Paul Postma (1989) were both born on Feb. 22, 1989.

Tyler Ennis:

  • He and Bryan Little were both born in Edmonton, Alberta.

Brian Gionta:

  • Played with Matt Halischuk for the New Jersey Devils during the 2008-09 season.

Zemgus Girgensons:

  • He and Mathieu Perreault share the same birthday. Perreault was born on Jan. 5, 1988 and Girgensons was born on Jan. 5, 1994.

Cody Hodgson:

  • Hodgson and Matt Halischuk were both born in Toronto, Ontario.
  • Played with Anthony Peluso for the Brampton Battalion during the 2008-09 season.
  • Represented Team Canada alongside Mark Scheifele at the 2014 World Championship.

Cody McCormick:           

  • McCormick (1983) and Anthony Peluso (1989) were both born on April 18.

Matt Moulson:

  • He and Anthony Peluso were both born in North York, Ontario.

Tyler Myers:

  • Played with Evander Kane for Team Canada at the 2010 World Championship.
  • Represented Team Canada alongside Mark Scheifele at the 2014 World Championship.

Michal Neuvirth:

  • Played with and Mathieu Perreault for the Washington Capitals from 2009-2013.

Drew Stafford:

  • Won a gold medal with Mark Stuart for Team USA in the 2004 World Junior Championship.
  • Played with Mark Stuart (2008) and Zach Bogosian (2009) for the United States at the World Championship.

Chris Stewart:

  • Played with Evander Kane for Team Canada at the 2011 World Championship.

Mike Weber:           

  • Played with Bryan Little and Michael Hutchinson for the Barrie Colts during the 2006-07 season.

2009 World Juniors:

  • Cody Hodgson, Tyler Ennis, Tyler Myers and Evander Kane all won gold medals with the 2009 Canadian World Junior Championship team.

NHL Draft:

  • Drew Stafford, Andrej Meszaros, Andrew Ladd and Blake Wheeler were all taken in the first round of the 2004 NHL Draft. Ladd was taken 4th overall by Carolina, Wheeler was taken 5th overall by Phoenix, Stafford was taken 13th overall by Buffalo and Meszaros 24th overall by Ottawa.
  • Patrick Kaleta (176th overall) and Adam Pardy (173rd overall) were taken three picks apart in the sixth round of the 2004 NHL Draft.
  • Chris Stewart (18th overall – Colorado), Michel Frolik (10th overall – Florida) and Bryan Little (12th overall – Atlanta) were all chosen in the first round of the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Tyler Myers, Tyler Ennis, Cody Hodgson and Zach Bogosian were all taken in the first round of the 2008 NHL Draft. Bogosian was taken 3rd overall by Atlanta, Hodgson was selected 10th overall by Vancouver, Myers was taken 12th overall, and Ennis was taken 26th
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Jacob Trouba (9th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2012 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Deslauriers (72), Weber (60), Foligno (53)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (60), Myers (44), Weber (37)
Shots: Stewart (48), Ennis (43), Moulson/Stafford (41)

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: 1-0-0 (2), 2/1, 0/1, 0/1

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-1; 97-99 all-time)
October 30 vs. Boston: L, 3-2 (GDG-Marchand, 1:20)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (2-1; 59-47 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)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Brian Gionta … 3 games … 800 career games played
Jhonas Enroth … 7 games … 100 career games played
Cody McCormick … 7 games … 400 career games played
Zemgus Girgensons … 9 games … 100 career games played
Points
Josh Gorges … 1 point … 100 career points
Torrey Mitchell … 5 points … 100 career points
Brian Gionta … 8 points … 500 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Andrej Meszaros … 600th NHL game … Nov. 22 at WSH

SABRES, TOPS FRIENDLY MARKETS, ENTERCOM BUFFALO PARTNER FOR ‘TURKEYS FOR TICKETS’ DRIVE

BUFFALO, N.Y. (November 24, 2014) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced they will once again partner with TOPS Friendly Markets and Entercom Buffalo for a Thanksgiving turkey drive on Wednesday, Nov. 26, to benefit local food pantries. The turkey drive will take place from 6-9 a.m. in these locations:

  • TOPS Market in Tonawanda (890 Young St, Tonawanda, NY 14150)
  • First Niagara Center Surface Lot (Enter lot from Baltimore St. via Perry St.)

For every 20-pound turkey dropped off, or the equivalent of a 20-pound turkey, the Sabres will give away two tickets to an upcoming game to the donor. Tickets (maximum of four per person) will be distributed immediately at the drop-off sites for games against Winnipeg (Nov. 26), Tampa Bay (Dec. 2), Los Angeles (Dec. 9), Calgary (Dec. 11) and Florida (Dec. 13).

All of the donated turkeys will directly benefit the Buffalo City Mission and the Food Bank of Western New York.

The Food Bank of Western New York provides food to 330 member agencies such as food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and group homes in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties.  Monthly, through these agencies, it serves approximately 106,000 individuals, including 39,000 families, nearly 37,000 children and over 11,000 seniors.  The number of individuals and families reflects an increase of 7 percent from last year.

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Buffalo Sabres Supporting Blood Drive Following Storm

Team to donate a pair of tickets to Wednesday’s game for each presenting donor

The Buffalo Sabres are supporting a Unyts Blood Drive on Monday, November 24th from 10am-8pm at the Eastern Hills Mall, and they are urging the community to donate. After being forced to cancel blood drives this week due to the storm, it is critical that Unyts has a strong turnout by donors to ensure that local hospitals have blood available for patients across WNY.

WHO: The Buffalo Sabres, in conjunction with Unyts. Player appearances throughout

the afternoon.

WHAT: All presenting donors will receive a pair of tickets to Wednesday’s game at the

           First Niagara Center, generously donated by the Buffalo Sabres.

WHEN: Monday, November 24th from 10am-8pm

WHERE: Eastern Hills Mall Neighborhood Blood Donation Center

               4545 Transit Road, Williamsville, NY

One single pint of blood can save up to three lives here in Western NY.

When you give blood with Unyts, it stays here in WNY.

Unyts is the primary supplier of blood products to Kaleida Health, ECMC and all the hospitals in Niagara and Wyoming Counties.

To schedule an appointment, call (716)512-7940 or go to www.unyts.org and click GIVE BLOOD.

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