Post-Game Report: 10/30 vs. BOS

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Bruins
(6-6-0)
0 1  1 1 -  3 37
Sabres
(2-8-1)
0 2 0 0 -  2 15

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • The Sabres scored two goals on three shots in the second period. According to Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Sabres scored at least two goals on three or fewer shots in a period was Nov. 17, 2005 vs. WSH (2 goals on 3 shots in the third period).
  • With two points (1+1) tonight, Tyler Ennis recorded his first multi-point game since April 1 vs. NJD (2+0). Ennis finished last season with seven multi-point games.
  • With his two points (1+1) tonight, Drew Stafford leads all Sabres with 27 points (13+14) in 43 career games against the Bruins.
  • Tyler Myers led all skaters on either team with 29:09 of ice time, the third-highest total of his career.

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Ted Nolan

Sabres forward Drew Stafford

Sabres forward Tyler Ennis

Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth

Bruins head coach Claude Julien

Bruins forward Brad Marchand

Bruins defenseman David Warsofsky

Bruins defenseman Joe Morrow

 

Game Preview: 10/30/14 at BOS

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, October 28
Buffalo 0 at Toronto 4
Goals: N/A
Goalie: Neuvirth (33 saves/37 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 5/6; Shots: Toronto 37 – Buffalo 10

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 30)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Matt Hackett (lower body, Oct. 9; injured reserve) – 10 games
Patrick Kaleta (upper body, Oct. 9; injured reserve) – 10 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Friday, Nov. 7: Edmonton at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 8: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
BRUINS at SABRES

  • This is the second of four meetings between the Sabres and Bruins this season.
  • Next meeting: Sunday, Dec. 21 in Boston
  • Last meeting: Boston defeated Buffalo, 4-0, in Buffalo on Oct. 18
  • The Sabres are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Bruins; 5-4-1 at home.
  • This is the 275th game all-time between Buffalo and Boston; Buffalo has a 119-115-40 series record.
  • The Sabres are 73-45-21 at home against the Bruins all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-8-4 all-time on October 30.
  • October 30, 1971: Rookie forward Rick Martin picks up his first career hat trick, including two goals in a span of 1:23, as the Canucks and Sabres play to a 4-4 tie in Vancouver.
  • October 30, 1977: Ric Seiling scores his first Sabres goal in a 4-0 win at Montreal.
  • October 30, 1992: The Sabres defeat the expansion Ottawa Senators, 12-3, in the first-ever meeting between the teams.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is Buffalo’s first home game since these teams met on Oct. 18.
  • The Sabres are looking for their first win against an Atlantic Division opponent in the last 11 tries. Their last Atlantic Division win came on March 6 at TBL.
  • The Bruins and Sabres have had 11 games decided in shootout (Sabres are 5-6), tying for the Sabres’ highest mark against any opponent (Ottawa, 7-4 and New Jersey, 7-4).
  • Brian Gionta (13+12 in 46 GP) and Drew Stafford (12+13 in 42 GP) tie to lead the Sabres with 25 career points against the Bruins.
  • Entering tonight, the Sabres have lost two straight games to the Bruins for the first time since 2012. They will look to avoid dropping three straight to Boston for the first time since Apr. 8 to Dec. 7, 2010.

IN THE LINE OF FIRE

  • Josh Gorges has blocked an NHL-best 46 shots, 12 more than the next highest total (Kris Russell, CGY – 34 BS in 10 GP). Gorges has blocked 16.3 percent of all opponent shot attempts taken with him on the ice this season, the third-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 Simon Despres PIT 8 12 17.6%
2 Jared Spurgeon MIN 8 25 16.7%
3 Josh Gorges BUF 10 46 16.3%
4 Kevan Miller BOS 6 10 15.9%
5 Nathan Beaulieu MTL 5 11 15.7%

A FRESH FACE
With his debut on Oct. 9 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-BOS CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:         

  • Daniel Paille was a part of the Sabres’ organization from 2002-2009. He was selected in the first round (20th overall) by the Sabres in the 2002 NHL Draft. He played 195 games for the Sabres, recording 77 points (35+42). He played 153 games for the Rochester Americans, where he also recorded 77 points (35+42).
  • Joe Sacco served as an assistant coach for the Sabres during the 2013-14 season.

Former Bruins:

  • Andrej Meszaros played for the Bruins during the 2013-14 season, recording five points (2+3) over 14 games before adding a pair of assists in four playoff appearances.

Ted Nolan:

  • Coached Brad Marchand for the Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL) during the 2005-06 season.

Andre Benoit:          

  • Played with Chris Kelly for the Ottawa Senators during the 2010-11 season.
  • He and Gregory Campbell were teammates for the Kitchener Rangers during the 2002-03 season.

Jhonas Enroth:          

  • Played with Loui Eriksson for Team Sweden at the 2014 Olympics as well as the 2011 and 2012 World Hockey Championships.

Marcus Foligno:

  • Played with Dougie Hamilton for Team Canada at the 2011 World Junior Championship held in Buffalo.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Patrice Bergeron for Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Andrej Meszaros:

  • Played alongside Zdeno Chara for the Ottawa Senators during the 2005-06 season.
  • Played with Chris Kelly for the Ottawa Senators from 2005-08. The two, along with Zdeno Chara, were also reunited with the Bruins during the 2013-14 season.
  • Played with Simon Gagne during the 2012-13 season.

Nikita Zadorov:

  • Played with Seth Griffith for the London Knights during the 2012-13 season.

Hometown Connections:         

  • Cody Hodgson, Reilly Smith, Chris Kelly and Dougie Hamilton are all natives of Toronto, Ontario.
  • Mike Weber and Matt Bartkowski were both born in Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Cody McCormick and Gregory Campbell are both from London, Ontario.

NHL Draft:

  • Michael Neuvirth (34th overall), Jhonas Enroth (46th overall), Mike Weber (57th overall) and Milan Lucic (50th overall) were all selected in the second round of the 2006 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Weber (33), Deslauriers/Girgensons (29), Foligno (28)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (46), Weber (23), Benoit (20)
Shots: Stewart (26), Moulson (20), Girgensons (19)

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

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 … 6 games … 600 career games played
Chris Stewart … 8 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
Sam Reinhart … 1st career point (assist) … Oct. 25 at SJS

Game Preview: 10/28/14 at TOR

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, October 25
Buffalo 2 at San Jose 1
Goals: Hodgson, Deslauriers
Goalie: Neuvirth (29 saves/30 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 1/1; Shots: San Jose 30 – Buffalo 15

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 28)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

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

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Friday, Nov. 7: Edmonton at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at MAPLE LEAFS

  • This is the first of four meetings between the Sabres and Maple Leafs this season.
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Nov. 15 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 5-2-3 in their last 10 games vs. the Maple Leafs; 1-7-2 on the road
  • This is the 194th game all-time between Buffalo and Toronto; Buffalo has a 106-62-25 series record.
  • The Sabres are 42-37-17 on the road against the Maple Leafs all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-4-6 all-time on October 28.
  • October 28, 1981: Ric Seiling scores his 100th NHL goal in a 6-2 win vs. the St. Louis Blues.
  • October 28, 1992: Alexander Mogilny and Joe Sacco each score twice as the Sabres and Maple Leafs battle to a 4-4 tie.
  • October 28, 2013: In his Sabres debut, Matt Moulson scores two goals in a 4-3 loss to Dallas Stars.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres will play their fourth consecutive game away from First Niagara Center tonight, the longest such stretch until January.
  • The home team has won the last seven games played between the Sabres and the Maple Leafs.
  • Six of the last 10 games between these teams have gone to overtime, including each of the last three.
  • Both teams are looking for their first win against an Atlantic Division opponent this season. The Leafs are seeking their first Atlantic Division win in their last eight tries (last win: April 3 vs. BOS) and the Sabres are looking for their first in the last 10 (March 6 at TBL).
  • Matt Moulson has scored nine goals (and added three assists) in his last eight games against the Maple Leafs, including a goal in each of the last three.
  • Cody Hodgson (1+4) and Tyler Myers (0+5) have each recorded five points in their last five games against the Maple Leafs.
  • Brian Gionta (17+11) and Drew Stafford (12+16) tie to lead all Sabres with 28 career points against the Maple Leafs.

NOTES FROM LAST GAME

  • The Sabres won, 2-1, on Saturday at SJS, earning their first regulation victory since March 20 at EDM.
  • Michal Neuvirth became the 35th goaltender to record a win for the Sabres. He enters tonight’s game with a .927 save percentage in five games with the team.
  • With an assist, Sam Reinhart became the 13th player in Sabres history to record a point before his 19th Reinhart will turn 19 on Nov. 6.

IN THE LINE OF FIRE

  • Josh Gorges has blocked an NHL-best 41 shots, 12 more than the next highest total (Kris Russell, CGY – 29 BS in 10 GP) through Sunday’s games. Gorges has blocked 16.1 percent of all opponent shot attempts taken with him on the ice this season, the fourth-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-IceBS%
1 Jared Spurgeon MIN 6 22 17.9%
2 Simon Despres PIT 7 10 17.5%
3 Nathan Beaulieu MTL 4 11 16.9%
4 Josh Gorges BUF 9 41 16.1%
5 Kevan Miller BOS 6 10 15.9%

A FRESH FACE
With his debut on Oct. 9 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-TOR CONNECTIONS
Andre Benoit:

  • Played with David Clarkson for the Kitchener Rangers from 2002-2005.

Tyler Ennis:          

  • Ennis, Matt Frattin and Dion Phaneuf were all born in Edmonton, Alberta.
  • He and Nazem Kadri share the same birthday. Ennis was born on Oct. 6, 1989, while Kadri was born on the same day in 1990.

Marcus Foligno:

  • Played with Carter Ashton for Team Canada at the 2011 World Junior Championship, held in Buffalo.

Brian Gionta:

  • Played with David Clarkson for New Jersey Devils from 2006-2009.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Dion Phaneuf for Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Cody Hodgson:

  • Hodgson, David Clarkson, Peter Holland and Daniel Winnik are all natives of Toronto, Ontario.
  • Played with David Booth for the Vancouver Canucks during the 2011-12 season.

Cody McCormick:

  • He and Nazem Kadri are both from London, Ontario.
  • Played with David Clarkson for the Belleville Bulls from 2001-2002.                                                                     

Andrej Meszaros:

  • Played with Cody Franson for the Vancouver Giants during the 2004-05 season.
  • Played with James Van Riemsdyk for the Philadelphia Flyers from 2010-12.
  • Represented Team Slovakia alongside Richard Panik at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Torrey Mitchell:

  • Played with Daniel Winnik for the San Jose Sharks during the 2011-12 season.

Matt Moulson:

  • Played with Jonathan Bernier for the Los Angeles Kings and Manchester Monarchs (AHL) for two seasons (2007-2009)

Sam Reinhart:

  • Reinhart, Morgan Rielly and Mike Santorelli are all from Vancouver, British Columbia.

Drew Stafford:

  • Played with David Booth for the United States at the 2004 World Junior Championship and the 2008 World Hockey Championship. The two were also teammates for the Rochester Americans during the 2006-07 season when the Sabres and Florida Panthers shared an affiliation with the team.
  • Played with Phil Kessel for the United States at the 2006 and 2008 World Hockey Championships.

Chris Stewart:

  • Played with Daniel Winnik for the Colorado Avalanche during the 2010-11 season.
  • Represented Team Canada alongside Jonathan Bernier, Dion Phaneuf and James Reimer at the 2011 World Championship.
  • He and Roman Polak were both members of the St. Louis Blues from 2011-2014.

Tyson Strachan:

  • Played with Mike Santorelli for the Florida Panthers from 2011-2013. David Booth was also a member of the team during the 2011-12 season.
  • Played with Roman Polak for the St. Louis Blues from 2008-2011.

World Championship:

  • Cody Hodgson, Tyler Myers, Nazem Kadri and Morgan Rielly all represented Team Canada at the 2014 World Championship.

NHL Entry Draft:

  • Patrick Kaleta (176th overall), Mike Santorelli (178th overall) and Roman Polak (180th overall) were all taken within four picks of each other in the sixth round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Tyler Myers (12th overall), Cody Hodgson (10th overall), Tyler Ennis (26th overall) and Jake Gardiner (17th overall) were all chosen in the first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Morgan Rielly (5th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Weber (30), Deslauriers (25), Foligno (24)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (41), Weber (20), Benoit (19)
Shots: Stewart (26), Moulson (20), Girgensons (19)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10:
2-7-0 (2), 11/29, 0/30, 28/33

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 … 7 games … 600 career games played
Chris Stewart … 9 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
Sam Reinhart … 1st career point (assist) … Oct. 25 at SJS

Game Preview: 10/25/14 at SJS

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

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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