Game Preview: 10/25/14 at SJS

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Thursday, October 23
Buffalo 0 at Los Angeles 2
Goals: N/A
Goalie: Enroth (37 saves/39 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 1/3; Shots: Los Angeles 39 – Buffalo 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 26)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Matt Hackett (lower body, Oct. 9; injured reserve) – 8 games
Patrick Kaleta (upper body, Oct. 9; injured reserve) – 8 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Oct. 28:
Buffalo at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 30: Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 1: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 2: Detroit at Buffalo, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 5: Montreal at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
SABRES at SHARKS

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Sharks this season.
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Nov. 18 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 8-2-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Sharks; 4-4-2 on the road
  • This is the 32nd game all-time between Buffalo and San Jose; Buffalo has a 20-6-5 series record.
  • The Sabres are 5-5-5 on the road against the Sharks all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-10-2 all-time on October 25.
  • October 25, 1991: The Sabres get 31 saves from Clint Malarchuk as they top the Sharks, 3-1, in the first-ever game between the teams, earning the 800th win in franchise history.
  • October 25, 1991: The Sabres acquire Pat LaFontaine, Randy Wood and Randy Hillier from the N.Y. Islanders in exchange for Pierre Turgeon, Uwe Krupp, Dave McLlwain and Benoit Hogue.
  • October 25, 2013: Rasmus Ristolainen scores a goal, recording his first NHL point in a 3-1 victory at Florida.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Today’s game is the final game in a three-game west coast road trip for the Sabres.
  • The Sabres will look to earn their first win against a Western Conference opponent (0-4-0); the Sharks are 2-3-1 against the Eastern Conference.
  • Tyler Ennis led the Sabres with 21:45 of ice time on Thursday at LAK. It was his first time leading the team since he logged 24:17 on March 11 vs. NSH.
  • Chris Stewart’s 21:10 on Thursday at LAK was his highest TOI since he skated 21:47 on March 16, 2011 at Anaheim as a member of the Blues.

SABRES-SHARKS NOTES

  • Tonight’s game is the 23rd anniversary of the first time these teams met, a 3-1 Sabres win in Buffalo on Oct. 25, 1991.
  • The Sabres are currently on a franchise-best six-game winning streak against the Sharks. The previous record was four straight wins, set the first four times the teams faced off (Oct. 25, 1991 to Oct. 23, 1992).
  • Buffalo has won three consecutive road games in San Jose for the first time in franchise history and will look to extend that streak to four tonight. Their last road loss to the Sharks came on Jan. 23, 2010.
  • Matt Moulson has five points (2+3) in his last five games against San Jose, including the game-winning goal the last time these teams met (Feb. 28 in Buffalo).
  • Tyler Ennis has four points (1+3) in four career games against the Sharks; Zemgus Girgensons has three points (0+3) in two games.
  • Chris Stewart leads all Sabres with 10 points (3+7) in 19 career games against the Sharks.

IN THE LINE OF FIRE

  • Josh Gorges has blocked an NHL-best 38 shots, 11 more than the next highest total (Kris Russell, CGY – 27 BS in 9 GP). Gorges has blocked 16.2 percent of all opponent shot attempts taken with him on the ice this season, owning the fifth-highest percentage among NHL defensemen who have faced at least 50 shot attempts (see chart below).
  • His best full-season on-ice shot blocking percentage was 13.0 percent in 2011-12 with Montreal. No NHL-regular defenseman has topped 14 percent in a full season since the league started counting blocked shots in 2005-06.

Top NHL Defensemen, On-Ice Shot Blocking Percentage
(min. 50 shot attempts against)

Rank Player Team GP BS On-Ice
BS%
1 Jared Spurgeon MIN 5 19 19.0%
2 Radko Gudas TBL 4 69 17.4%
3 Simon Despres PIT 6 9 17.3%
4 Nathan Beaulieu MTL 4 11 16.9%
5 Josh Gorges BUF 8 38 16.2%

EXPANDED ROLE FOR MYERS
Through eight games, Tyler Myers ranks 14th in the league with an average time on ice of 24:44 per game. His 29:25 last Tuesday at CAR was his highest total since his career-high 31:05 on Jan. 14, 2012 at NYI. Myers last led the Sabres in ice time in a season in his rookie season of 2009-10, when he averaged 23:44 per game.

A NEW LOOK
Only 10 of the 20 Sabres players who dressed for the first game of the 2013-14 season appeared on the team’s 2014-15 opening day roster. Only six players on this year’s opening day roster suited up for the team in the season-opener two years ago: Tyler Ennis, Jhonas Enroth, Marcus Foligno, Cody Hodgson, Tyler Myers and Drew Stafford

A FRESH FACE
With his debut on Thursday vs. CBJ, Sam Reinhart became the seventh 18-year-old ever to dress for the Sabres and the fourth to do so on opening day. The Sabres have now had an 18-year-old in the opening day lineup each of the last three years (2013-14: Rasmus Ristolainen; 2012-13: Mikhail Grigorenko).

Youngest Sabres Debuts

Player Season Age First Game
Pierre Turgeon 1987-88 18 years, 41 days 10/8/87 vs. Minnesota
Nikita Zadorov 2013-14 18 years, 187 days 10/19/13 vs. Colorado
Jay McKee 1995-96 18 years, 215 days 4/10/96 vs. Ottawa
Mikhail Grigorenko 2012-13 18 years, 249 days 1/20/13 vs. Philadelphia
Wayne Primeau 1994-95 18 years, 333 days 5/3/95 vs. New Jersey
Sam Reinhart 2014-15 18 years, 338 days 10/9/14 vs. Columbus
Rasmus Ristolainen 2013-14 18 years, 340 days 10/2/13 at Detroit

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, will be the 27th player to wear the captain’s “C” for at least a one-month period.
  • Josh Gorges and Matt Moulson were named the team’s alternate captains.

2014-15 ROSTER NOTES
Of the 23 players on Buffalo’s opening night roster:

  • 10 were originally drafted by the Sabres — seven were first-round Buffalo selections (Stafford, 2004; Myers and Ennis, 2008; Girgensons, 2012; Ristolainen and Zadorov, 2013; Reinhart, 2014), two were second-round picks (Enroth and Weber, 2006) and one was a fourth-round pick (Foligno, 2009)
  • Six were acquired in trades: Deslauriers, Gorges, Hodgson, Mitchell, Neuvirth, Stewart
  • Seven were signed as free agents: Benoit, Flynn, Gionta, Meszaros, McCormick, Moulson, Strachan
  • 17 played in Buffalo at some point last season
  • Six are new to the Sabres this season: Benoit, Gionta, Gorges, Meszaros, Reinhart, Strachan
  • Three are opening the season on an NHL roster for the first time in their careers: Deslauriers, Reinhart, Zadorov

BUF-SJS CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • John Scott played in 90 games for the Sabres from 2012-2014, totaling one goal and 194 penalty minutes.
  • Raffi Torres spent part of the 2009-10 season with the Sabres, appearing in 14 games and registering five points (0+5).

Former Sharks:

  • Torrey Mitchell was San Jose’s fourth-round selection in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft (126th overall) and spent five seasons with the club from 2007-2012. Mitchell played a total of 280 games for the Sharks, contributing 73 points (30+43).
  • Josh Gorges played for the Sharks from 2005-2007, tallying 10 points over 96 GP (1+9).

Ted Nolan:

  • Coached Jason Demers for the Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL) during the 2005-06 season.

Andre Benoit:

  • Benoit (1984) and Adam Burish (1983) were both born on January 6.

Brian Gionta:

  • Played for Larry Robinson for the New Jersey Devils during the 2001-02 season and again during the 2005-06 and 2007-08 seasons, when Robinson had stints as HC and AC of the Devils.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Brent Burns for Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Nicolas Deslauriers:

  • Played with Tye McGinn for the Gatineau Olympiques during the 2010-11 season.

Tyler Ennis:

  • He and John Scott are natives of Edmonton, Alberta.

Cody Hodgson:

  • Hodgson, Raffi Torres and Barclay Goodrow are all natives of Toronto, Ontario.
  • Played with Barclay Goodrow for the Brampton Battalion during the 2009-10 season.

Cody McCormick:           

  • Played with Scott Hannan for the Colorado Avalanche from 2007-2009.
  • McCormick and Joe Thornton are both natives of London, Ontario.

Andrej Meszaros:

  • Played with Tye McGinn for the Philadelphia Flyers from 2012-2014.

Tyler Myers:

  • Played with Brent Burns for Team Canada at the 2010 World Championship.

Michal Neuvirth:

  • Played with Scott Hannan for the Washington Capitals during the 2010-11 season.

Chris Stewart:

  • Played with Brent Burns for Team Canada at the 2011 World Championship.
  • Played with Scott Hannan for the Colorado Avalanche from 2008-2011.

Nikita Zadorov:

  • Played with Chris Tierney for the London Knights from 2012-2014.

NHL Entry Draft:

  • Torrey Mitchell (126th overall) and Tyler Kennedy (99th overall) were both chosen in the fourth round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Chris Stewart (18th overall) and James Sheppard (9th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Tomas Hertl (17th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall), Nikita Zadorov (16th overall) and Mirco Mueller (18th overall) were all selected in the first round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Weber (28), Deslauriers (23), Foligno (21)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (38), Benoit (14), Weber (13)
Shots: Stewart (26), Moulson/Myers (18), Girgensons (17)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10:
1-7-0 (2), 9/28, 0/27, 27/32

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-0; 97-98 all-time)
N/A

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-0; 58-46 all-time)
October 14 at Carolina: W, 4-3 (GDG-Girgensons)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Andrej Meszaros … 8 games … 600 career games played
Chris Stewart … 10 games … 400 career games played
Assists
Tyler Ennis … 3 assists … 100 career assists
Tyler Myers … 3 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Josh Gorges … 2 points … 100 career points
Torrey Mitchell … 8 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Torrey Mitchell … 400th career game played … Oct. 23 at LAK

SABRES ANNOUNCE SLATE OF ‘KIDS DAY’ GAMES

BUFFALO, N.Y. (October 24, 2014) – The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team will offer special ticket pricing for an additional slate of games designated as Perry’s Ice Cream Kids Day.

With the purchase of at least one full-price 300 Level II ticket for $50, fans can purchase up to four additional Perry’s Kids Day tickets for $15 each. Kids Day tickets are valid for use by children ages 15 and under. The special pricing will be available for the following games:

Sunday, Nov. 2, 5pm, vs. Detroit Red Wings
Sunday, Feb. 8, 5pm vs. NY Islanders
Sunday, Feb. 22, 6pm vs. Nashville Predators

Perry’s Kids Day tickets can be purchased by logging onto Tickets.com, visiting the First Niagara Center Box Office or calling 1-888-GO-SABRES.

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Game Preview: 10/23/14 at LAK

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Wednesday, October 22
Buffalo 1 at Anaheim 4
Goals: Ennis
Goalie: Neuvirth (30 saves/33 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 4/4; Shots: Anaheim 34 – Buffalo 23

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 24)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Matt Hackett (lower body, Oct. 9; injured reserve) – 7 games
Patrick Kaleta (upper body, Oct. 9; injured reserve) – 7 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Oct. 25:
Buffalo at San Jose, 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 28: Buffalo at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 30: Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 1: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 2: Detroit at Buffalo, 5 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at KINGS

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Kings this season.
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Dec. 9 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Kings; 2-6-2 on the road
  • This is the 116th game all-time between Buffalo and Los Angeles; Buffalo has a 56-40-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 24-24-10 on the road against the Kings all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-7-1 all-time on October 23.
  • October 23, 1983: The Sabres top the Winnipeg Jets, 5-2, to earn the 500th win in franchise history.
  • October 23, 1992: Dominik Hasek relieves Daren Puppa to start the third period vs. San Jose and earns his first of 234 wins with the Sabres.
  • October 23, 2003: Martin Biron stops 24 of 25 Kings shots as the Sabres earn their first win in Los Angeles since 1996.
  • October 23, 2013: Nikita Zadorov scores his first career goal, becoming the second-youngest player in Sabres history to score a goal.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is the second of a three-game west coast road trip for the Sabres.
  • The Sabres are seeking their first win in Los Angeles in exactly 11 years (Oct. 23, 2003).
  • If he is in the lineup, Torrey Mitchell will appear in his 400th NHL game tonight.
  • Matt Moulson has five points (2+3) in his last four games against the Kings.
  • Chris Stewart leads all Sabres with eight points (4+4) in 17 career games against the Kings.

HOME-ICE ADVANTAGE
With the exception of the 2011 NHL Premiere* meeting between these teams, the home team has won the last eight games between the Sabres and the Kings. The last time one of these teams won in the other team’s arena was a 5-1 Sabres victory on Oct. 23, 2003 – 11 years ago today – when the Sabres snapped a six-game winless streak (0-5-1) in road games against the Kings that dated back to March 13, 1996 (6-2 Sabres win).

*The Sabres topped the Kings, 4-2, in a road game on Oct. 8, 2011, but the game was held in Berlin, Germany as part of the 2011 NHL Premiere series.

EXPANDED ROLE FOR MYERS
Through seven games, Tyler Myers ranks 12th in the league with an average time on ice of 25:12 per game. His 29:25 last Tuesday at CAR was his highest total since his career-high 31:05 on Jan. 14, 2012 at NYI. Myers last led the Sabres in ice time in a season in his rookie season of 2009-10, when he averaged 23:44 per game.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s third of 19 sets of back-to-back games this season, after the team’s 4-1 loss at Anaheim last night. The Sabres are 0-3-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 1-1-0 in the second game. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to- back sets is: four points (0), three points (0), two points (1), one point (0) and zero points (1).

A NEW LOOK
Only 10 of the 20 Sabres players who dressed for the first game of the 2013-14 season appeared on the team’s 2014-15 opening day roster. Only six players on this year’s opening day roster suited up for the team in the season-opener two years ago: Tyler Ennis, Jhonas Enroth, Marcus Foligno, Cody Hodgson, Tyler Myers and Drew Stafford

A FRESH FACE
With his debut on Thursday vs. CBJ, Sam Reinhart became the seventh 18-year-old ever to dress for the Sabres and the fourth to do so on opening day. The Sabres have now had an 18-year-old in the opening day lineup each of the last three years (2013-14: Rasmus Ristolainen; 2012-13: Mikhail Grigorenko).

YOUNGEST SABRES DEBUTS

Player Season Age First Game
Pierre Turgeon 1987-88 18 years, 41 days 10/8/87 vs. Minnesota
Nikita Zadorov 2013-14 18 years, 187 days 10/19/13 vs. Colorado
Jay McKee 1995-96 18 years, 215 days 4/10/96 vs. Ottawa
Mikhail Grigorenko 2012-13 18 years, 249 days 1/20/13 vs. Philadelphia
Wayne Primeau 1994-95 18 years, 333 days 5/3/95 vs. New Jersey
Sam Reinhart 2014-15 18 years, 338 days 10/9/14 vs. Columbus
Rasmus Ristolainen 2013-14 18 years, 340 days 10/2/13 at Detroit

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, will be the 27th player to wear the captain’s “C” for at least a one-month period.
  • Josh Gorges and Matt Moulson were named the team’s alternate captains.

2014-15 ROSTER NOTES
Of the 23 players on Buffalo’s opening night roster:

  • 10 were originally drafted by the Sabres — seven were first-round Buffalo selections (Stafford, 2004; Myers and Ennis, 2008; Girgensons, 2012; Ristolainen and Zadorov, 2013; Reinhart, 2014), two were second-round picks (Enroth and Weber, 2006) and one was a fourth-round pick (Foligno, 2009)
  • Six were acquired in trades: Deslauriers, Gorges, Hodgson, Mitchell, Neuvirth, Stewart
  • Seven were signed as free agents: Benoit, Flynn, Gionta, Meszaros, McCormick, Moulson, Strachan
  • 17 played in Buffalo at some point last season
  • Six are new to the Sabres this season: Benoit, Gionta, Gorges, Meszaros, Reinhart, Strachan
  • Three are opening the season on an NHL roster for the first time in their careers: Deslauriers, Reinhart, Zadorov

BUF-LAK CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Robyn Regehr played for the Sabres from 2011-2013, tallying seven points (1+6) in 105 games.
  • Braden McNabb was a part of the Sabres’ organization for parts of five seasons before being traded last season. Selected by Buffalo in the third round (66th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, McNabb played 37 games for the Sabres, totaling eight points (1+7). He also tallied 95 points (17+78) in 145 games for the Rochester Americans.

Ted Nolan:

  • Ted’s son Jordan Nolan plays center for the Kings and was born in St. Catharines, Ontario, less than an hour from Buffalo.

Arturs Irbe:

  • Played with Justin Williams for the Carolina Hurricanes during the 2003-04 season.

Brian Flynn:

  • Shares a birthday with Alec Martinez. Martinez was born on July 26, 1987, while Flynn was born one year later on July 26, 1988.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Jeff Carter for Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Andrej Meszaros:

  • Played with Mike Richards and Jeff Carter for the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2010-11 season.

Matt Moulson:

  • Played for the Kings from 2007-09, tallying 10 points over 29 games (6+4).
  • He is the brother-in-law of Jonathan Quick.

Michal Neuvirth:

  • Played with Jordan Nolan for the Windsor Spitfires during the 2007-08 season.

Drew Stafford:

  • Teammates with Dustin Brown for the United States at the 2006, 2008 and 2009 World Hockey Championships.
  • He and Matt Greene played together at the University of North Dakota for two seasons (2003-2005) and also for Team USA during the 2008 World Hockey Championship.

Mike Weber:        

  • Played with Jordan Nolan for the Windsor Spitfires during the 2006-07 season.

London Trio:

  • Cody McCormick, Jeff Carter and Drew Doughty were all born in London, Ontario.

NHL Entry Draft:

  • Cody Hodgson, Tyler Myers, Tyler Ennis and Drew Doughty were all selected in the first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Hodgson, selected by Vancouver, was the 10th overall selection, Myers was the 12th overall pick, Doughty was the 2nd overall pick and Ennis was chosen 26th
  • Nicolas Deslauriers and Braden McNabb, who were involved in the same trade last season, were both third-round selections in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. McNabb went 66th overall to the Sabres, and Deslauriers was taken 84th overall by the Kings.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Tanner Pearson (30th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Weber (24), Deslauriers (20), Foligno (17)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (36), Weber (13), Benoit (12)
Shots: Stewart (19), Myers (17), Girgensons/Moulson (15)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10:
1-6-0 (2), 9/26, 0/24, 26/29

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-0; 97-98 all-time)
N/A

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-0; 58-46 all-time)
October 14 at Carolina: W, 4-3 (GDG-Girgensons)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Torrey Mitchell … 1 game … 400 career games played
Assists
Tyler Ennis … 3 assists … 100 career assists
Tyler Myers … 3 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Josh Gorges … 2 points … 100 career points
Torrey Mitchell … 8 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Game Preview: 10/22/14 at ANA

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Saturday, October 18
Boston 4 at Buffalo 0
Goals: N/A
Goalie: Enroth (32 saves/36 shots)
PP: 0/7; PK: 3/3; Shots: Boston 36 – Buffalo 32

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 22)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Matt Hackett (lower body, Oct. 9; injured reserve) – 6 games
Patrick Kaleta (upper body, Oct. 9; injured reserve) – 6 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/16:
Assigned D Jake McCabe and D Mark Pysyk to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Oct. 23:
Buffalo at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 25: Buffalo at San Jose, 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 28: Buffalo at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 30: Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 1: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at DUCKS

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Ducks this season.
  • Last meeting: Anaheim defeated Buffalo, 5-1, in Buffalo on Oct. 13
  • The Sabres are 3-7-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Ducks; 6-4-0 on the road
  • This is the 30th game all-time between Buffalo and Anaheim; Buffalo has a 15-11-3 series record.
  • The Sabres are 8-6-0 on the road against the Ducks all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-7-0 all-time on October 22.
  • October 22, 1972: Gilbert Perreault picks up six points (2+4) and Rick Martin scores four goals, including three in the third period, as the Sabres defeat the Atlanta Flames, 7-2.
  • October 22, 2011: Brad Boyes plays in his 500th NHL game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres will look to avoid losing a fourth-straight game to the Ducks for just the second time in franchise history (last: Dec. 5, 2007 to Jan. 19, 2010).
  • Chris Stewart leads all Sabres with 12 points (5+7) in 19 career games against the Ducks.
  • Buffalo needs a goal tonight to avoid being shut out in three consecutive games for the first time in franchise history.

SHUTTING OUT THE DUCKS
The Sabres have shut out the Ducks six times in the 29 all-time games between the clubs (Hasek-3, Biron-2, Miller-1). This amounts to one shutout for every 4.8 meetings, the Sabres’ highest shutout-to-games ratio against any NHL team. This ratio is so much higher against the Ducks than the next closest opponent that the Ducks would have to score a goal in each of the next 22 meetings between the teams to bring it even with the next highest current ratio (NSH, 8.5 games per shutout). The Sabres’ last shutout against the Ducks occurred four meetings ago on Feb. 29, 2012 in Anaheim.

EXPANDED ROLE FOR MYERS
Tyler Myers
has led all Sabres skaters in ice time in each of the team’s six games and ranks ninth in the league with an average of 25:49 per game. His 29:25 last Tuesday at CAR was his highest total since his career-high 31:05 on Jan. 14, 2012 at NYI. Myers last led the Sabres in ice time in a season in his rookie season of 2009-10, when he averaged 23:44 per game.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s third of 19 sets of back-to-back games this season, which will continue tomorrow night at Los Angeles. The Sabres are 0-2-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 1-1-0 in the second game. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to- back sets is: four points (0), three points (0), two points (1), one point (0) and zero points (1).

A NEW LOOK
Only 10 of the 20 Sabres players who dressed for the first game of the 2013-14 season appeared on the team’s 2014-15 opening day roster. Only six players on this year’s opening day roster suited up for the team in the season-opener two years ago: Tyler Ennis, Jhonas Enroth, Marcus Foligno, Cody Hodgson, Tyler Myers and Drew Stafford

A FRESH FACE
With his debut on Thursday vs. CBJ, Sam Reinhart became the seventh 18-year-old ever to dress for the Sabres and the fourth to do so on opening day. The Sabres have now had an 18-year-old in the opening day lineup each of the last three years (2013-14: Rasmus Ristolainen; 2012-13: Mikhail Grigorenko).

YOUNGEST SABRES DEBUTS

Player Season Age First Game
Pierre Turgeon 1987-88 18 years, 41 days 10/8/87 vs. Minnesota
Nikita Zadorov 2013-14 18 years, 187 days 10/19/13 vs. Colorado
Jay McKee 1995-96 18 years, 215 days 4/10/96 vs. Ottawa
Mikhail Grigorenko 2012-13 18 years, 249 days 1/20/13 vs. Philadelphia
Wayne Primeau 1994-95 18 years, 333 days 5/3/95 vs. New Jersey
Sam Reinhart 2014-15 18 years, 338 days 10/9/14 vs. Columbus
Rasmus Ristolainen 2013-14 18 years, 340 days 10/2/13 at Detroit

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, will be the 27th player to wear the captain’s “C” for at least a one-month period.
  • Josh Gorges and Matt Moulson were named the team’s alternate captains.

2014-15 ROSTER NOTES
Of the 23 players on Buffalo’s opening night roster:

  • 10 were originally drafted by the Sabres — seven were first-round Buffalo selections (Stafford, 2004; Myers and Ennis, 2008; Girgensons, 2012; Ristolainen and Zadorov, 2013; Reinhart, 2014), two were second-round picks (Enroth and Weber, 2006) and one was a fourth-round pick (Foligno, 2009)
  • Six were acquired in trades: Deslauriers, Gorges, Hodgson, Mitchell, Neuvirth, Stewart
  • Seven were signed as free agents: Benoit, Flynn, Gionta, Meszaros, McCormick, Moulson, Strachan
  • 17 played in Buffalo at some point last season
  • Six are new to the Sabres this season: Benoit, Gionta, Gorges, Meszaros, Reinhart, Strachan
  • Three are opening the season on an NHL roster for the first time in their careers: Deslauriers, Reinhart, Zadorov

BUF-ANA CONNECTIONS
Tyler Ennis:

  • He and Mark Fistric are natives of Edmonton, Alberta.

Jhonas Enroth:

  • Played with Jakob Silfverberg for Team Sweden at the 2012 World Hockey Championship. The duo also teamed up to help Sweden win the silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Ryan Getzlaf for Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Cody Hodgson:        

  • He and Andrew Cogliano were both born in Toronto, Ontario.
  • Played with Ryan Kesler for the Vancouver Canucks from 2010-2012.

Andrej Meszaros

  • Teammates with Mark Fistric for the Vancouver Giants during the 2004-05 season.
  • Played with Dany Heatley for the Ottawa Senators from 2005-2008.
  • Teamed up with Nate Thompson for the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2009-10 season.
  • He and Jakob Silfverberg (1990) were both born on October 13.

Torrey Mitchell:            

  • Played alongside Dany Heatley for the San Jose Sharks from 2009-2011, before being reunited with the Minnesota Wild from 2011-2014.

Matt Moulson:

  • Played with Tim Jackman for the New York Islanders during the 2009-10 season. The two were also teammates with the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL during the 2006-07 season.

Tyler Myers:

  • Played with Corey Perry and Francois Beauchemin for Team Canada at the 2010 World Championship.

Michal Neuvirth:         

  • Played under the tutelage of current Bruce Boudreau from 2008-2012, when Boudreau served as HC of the Washington Capitals.

Drew Stafford:          

  • Played with Ryan Kesler for the United States at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Mike Weber:                        

  • Weber and John Gibson were both born in Pittsburgh, PA.

Minnesota Reunion:      

  • Tonight’s game will feature five members of the 2013-14 Minnesota Wild. Cody McCormick, Torrey Mitchell, Matt Moulson, Dany Heatley and Clayton Stoner all played for the Wild last season.

NHL Entry Draft:

  • Brian Gionta (82nd overall) and Francois Beauchemin (75th overall) were both chosen in the third round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Drew Stafford (13th overall), Andrej Meszaros (24th overall) and Mark Fistric (28th overall) were all chosen in the first round of the 2004 Entry Draft.
  • Marcus Foligno (104th overall) and Sami Vatanen (106th overall) were both fourth-round selections in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Cam Fowler (12th overall), Mark Pysyk (23rd overall) and Emerson Etem (29th overall) were all first-round selections in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Hampus Lindholm (6th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall), Nikita Zadorov (16th overall) and Shea Theodore (26th overall) were all selected in the first round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Deslauriers (20), Weber (18), Foligno (15)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (30), Benoit (12), Weber (11)
Shots: Myers/Stewart (15), Girgensons (14), Moulson/Gionta (13)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10:
1-5-0 (2), 8/22, 0/22, 22/25

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-0; 97-98 all-time)
N/A

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-0; 58-46 all-time)
October 14 at Carolina: W, 4-3 (GDG-Girgensons)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Torrey Mitchell … 2 games … 400 career games played
Assists
Tyler Ennis … 3 assists … 100 career assists
Tyler Myers … 3 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Josh Gorges … 2 points … 100 career points
Torrey Mitchell … 8 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

SABRES TO RETIRE HASEK’S JERSEY JAN. 13

No. 39 will be the seventh Sabres jersey hoisted to the rafters

BUFFALO, N.Y. (October 20, 2014) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team will officially retire the jersey of goaltender Dominik Hasek, one of the most prolific goaltenders in NHL history, in a ceremony scheduled to take place Jan. 13, 2015, prior to the team’s home game against the Detroit Red Wings at First Niagara Center. Hasek, who was the fifth and final Sabres player to wear No. 39, will be the seventh player in franchise history to receive the honor of having his jersey retired to the rafters. He was inducted into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame on March 29 and will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov. 17.

Hasek will join six other Sabres legends who have had their jerseys officially retired from use by the team. Other retired jerseys include: Gilbert Perreault (No. 11, retired in 1990); Rick Martin (No. 7, retired in 1995); Rene Robert (No. 14, retired in 1995); Tim Horton (No. 2, retired in 1996); Danny Gare (No. 18, retired in 2005); and Pat LaFontaine (No. 16, retired in 2006).

Originally acquired by the Sabres from the Chicago Blackhawks on Aug. 7, 1992, Hasek remains as one of the most decorated goaltenders in league history, appearing in a total of 491 games for the Blue and Gold during a span of nine seasons from 1992-2001. While backstopping the Sabres, he became the first goaltender in NHL history to win the Hart Trophy twice (1997 & 1998), while also capturing six Vezina Trophies (1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999 & 2001) as well as the William M. Jennings Trophy (1994 & 2001) and the Lester B. Pearson Award twice (1997 & 1998).

During his time in Buffalo, Hasek held numerous franchise records and, upon his departure from the Sabres, owned the records for most all-time games played (491), wins (234), shutouts (55) and lowest career goals-against average (2.22). Hasek appeared in a career-high 72 games for the club in the 1997-98 season, setting a team record with 13 shutouts, only to follow that up with a career-best 1.87 GAA, .937 save percentage and a Stanley Cup Final berth in 1998-99.

After his time with the Sabres, he spent a total of four seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, where he earned a pair of Stanley Cup championships (2002 & 2008) and also suited up for the Ottawa Senators during the 2005-06 season.

When he retired from the NHL in 2008, Hasek finished with 389 career wins, and also ranked inside the top 10 in several statistical categories, including highest career save percentage (.922), most games played by a European born goaltender (735), most career shutouts (81) and lowest career goals-against average (2.13). In international competition, the Pardubice, Czech Republic native won a gold medal in the 1998 Winter Olympic Games and a bronze medal in the 2006 Games.

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