Game Preview: 1/30/15 at VAN

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LAST GAME
Thursday, January 29
Buffalo 2 at Edmonton 3
Goals: Myers, Ristolainen
Goalie: Enroth (31 saves/34 shots)
PP: 0/1; PK: 3/3; Shots: Edmonton 34 – Buffalo 20

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 175)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Marcus Foligno (undisclosed, Dec. 23; injured reserve) – 15 games
Cody McCormick (lower body, Jan. 13; injured reserve) – 6 games
Michal Neuvirth (lower body, Jan. 27) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/26:
Recalled F Matt Ellis and G Matt Hackett from Rochester (AHL); Activated F Brian Gionta from IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Feb. 3:
Buffalo at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 5: St. Louis at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 7: Dallas at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 8: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 10: Ottawa at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at CANUCKS

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Canucks this season.
  • Last meeting: Vancouver defeated Buffalo, 4-2, in Vancouver on March 23
  • Next meeting: Thursday, Feb. 26 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Canucks; 3-6-1 on the road.
  • This is the 113th game all-time between Buffalo and Vancouver; Buffalo has a 46-47-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 17-28-11 on the road against the Canucks all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-3-3 all-time on January 30.
  • January 30, 2007: Daniel Briere scores his second of two hat tricks as a member of the Sabres as the Sabres defeat the Bruins, 7-1, in Buffalo.
  • January 30, 2008: Ryan Miller stops all 32 Florida shots and Thomas Vanek scores the lone Buffalo goal as the Sabres defeat the Panthers, 1-0, in Florida.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is the final in a three-game western swing. The team will visit Montreal on Tuesday before returning to First Niagara Center for a five-game homestand.
  • Michal Neuvirth is out of the lineup with a lower-body injury sustained during the All-Star break.
  • Neither active Sabres goaltender has ever faced the Canucks.
  • The Sabres are playing the Canucks twice this season for just the second time in the last decade. Buffalo will be seeking the first season sweep against Vancouver since 1997-98.
  • Brian Gionta leads the Sabres with seven career points (5+2) in 12 games against the Canucks.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s 12th of 19 sets of back-to-back games this season, after a 3-2 loss at. EDM last night. The Sabres are 2-10-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 3-7-1 in the second game. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to- back sets is: four points (1), three points (0), two points (3), one point (1) and zero points (6).

FINISHING STRONG AFTER THE BREAK
Buffalo is 545-405-186 (.562) all-time in games after the All-Star break. This includes a record of 94-52-24 (.624) in those games since the lockout. The Sabres are 0-2-0 since the 2015 NHL All-Star Game. These totals do not include games after breaks for the Olympic Games.

LOGGING BIG MINUTES

  • Tyler Myers leads all Sabres and ranks 10th in the league with an average time on ice of 25:10 per game.
  • He skated a team-high 22:09 on Jan. 6 at NJD in his return from a lower-body injury that sidelined him for seven games and has topped 23 minutes in six of eight games played since then.
  • 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.

IN THE LINE OF FIRE

  • Josh Gorges ranks second in the NHL with 131 blocked shots despite missing nine games to injury this season. He has ranked in the top 10 in the NHL in blocked shots in each of the last three seasons: 2011-12, 250 (1st); 2012-13, 116 (7th); 2013-14, 117 (T-5th)
  • Gorges has blocked 12.5 percent of all opponent shot attempts taken with him on the ice this season, ranking third among NHL defensemen who have played at least 20 games. (Shot attempt data via war-on-ice.com)
  • 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.

BUF-VAN CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Ryan Miller spent parts of 11 seasons as a member of the Sabres from 2002-2014. Drafted by Buffalo in the fifth round of the 1999 NHL Draft (138th overall), Miller compiled a record of 284-186-56 over a total of 541 games, breaking the franchise records for games played and wins.
  • Zack Kassian was Buffalo’s first selection (13th overall) in the 2009 NHL Draft and recorded seven points (3+4) in 27 games with the Sabres during the 2011-12 season. Kassian was dealt to Vancouver on Feb. 27, 2012 in exchange for Cody Hodgson.

Former Canucks:

  • Cody Hodgson was a member of the Canucks for two seasons (2010-2012). Hodgson Vancouver’s first selection in the 2008 NHL Draft (10th overall), tallied 35 points (17+18) in 71 games with the club.

Andre Benoit:

  • He and Ryan Stanton are both from St. Albert, Alberta.

Tyler Ennis:

  • Played with Linden Vey for the Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL) from 2006-2009.

Jhonas Enroth:

  • Represented Sweden alongside Alexander Edler and Daniel Sedin at the 2014 Olympics.
  • Played with Alexander Edler, Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin for Team Sweden at the 2013 World Championship.

Brian Gionta:

  • Played with Yannick Weber for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2013.

Zemgus Girgensons:

  • Girgensons (1994) and Eddie Lack (1988) were both born on Jan. 5.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Chris Higgins for the Montreal Canadiens from 2007-2009.
  • Played with Yannick Weber for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2013.

Cody Hodgson:

  • Hodgson, Frank Corrado and Christopher Tanev were all born in Toronto, Ontario.

Andrej Meszaros:

  • Played with Radim Vrbata for the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2008-09 season.

Torrey Mitchell:

  • Mitchell (1985) and Luca Sbisa (1990) were both born on Jan. 30.

Matt Moulson:

  • Played with Brad Richardson for the Los Angeles Kings during the 2008-09 season.

Drew Stafford:

  • Played with Chris Higgins for Team USA at the 2009 World Championship.

Chris Stewart:

  • Hodgson, Frank Corrado and Christopher Tanev were all born in Toronto, Ontario.

Tyson Strachan:

  • Played with Shawn Matthias for the Florida Panthers from 2011-2013.

NHL Draft:

  • Tyson Strachan (137th overall) and Brad Richardson (163rd overall) were both selected in the fifth round of the 2003 NHL Draft.
  • Jhonas Enroth, Mike Weber, Michal Neuvirth and Shawn Matthias were all drafted in the second round of the 2006 NHL Draft. Neuvirth was taken by Washington with the 34th overall pick, Enroth was the 46th overall selection, Matthias was selected by Detroit with the 47th overall selection and Weber was the 57th overall selection.
  • Tyler Myers, Tyler Ennis, Cody Hodgson and Luca Sbisa were all selected in the first round of the 2008 NHL Draft. Hodgson was selected 10th overall by Vancouver, Myers was the 12th overall pick, Sbisa was selected by Philadelphia 19th overall and Ennis was chosen 26th overall.
  • Marcus Foligno (104th overall) and Linden Vey (96th overall) were both taken in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall), Nikita Zadorov (16th overall) and Bo Horvat (9th overall) were all first-round picks in the 2013 NHL Draft. Zadorov and Horvat were also teammates with the London Knights (OHL) from 2012-2014.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Deslauriers (158), Girgensons/Weber (97), Foligno (92)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (131), Myers (88), Weber (87)
Shots: Ennis (116), Moulson (90), Girgensons (89)

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: 0-9-0 (0), 15/38, 4/23, 24/33

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 (6-1; 63-47 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)
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)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Points

Brian Gionta … 2 points … 500 career points
Torrey Mitchell … 2 points … 100 career points
Tyler Ennis … 5 points … 200 career points
Matt Moulson … 5 points … 300 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Josh Gorges … 600th NHL game … Jan. 29 at EDM

Game Preview: 1/29/15 at EDM

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LAST GAME
Tuesday, January 27
Buffalo 1 at Calgary 4
Goals: Stewart
Goalie: Enroth (27 saves/31 shots)
PP: 1/2; PK: 3/4; Shots: Calgary 31 – Buffalo 18

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 172)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Marcus Foligno (undisclosed, Dec. 23; injured reserve) – 14 games
Cody McCormick (lower body, Jan. 13; injured reserve) – 5 games
Michal Neuvirth (lower body, Jan. 27) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/26:
Recalled F Matt Ellis and G Matt Hackett from Rochester (AHL); Activated F Brian Gionta from IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, Jan. 30:
Buffalo at Vancouver, 10 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 3: Buffalo at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 5: St. Louis at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 7: Dallas at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 8: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 5 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at OILERS

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Oilers this season.
  • Last meeting: Edmonton defeated Buffalo, 3-2, in Buffalo on Nov. 7
  • The Sabres are 7-3-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Oilers; 5-4-1 on the road.
  • This is the 69th game all-time between Buffalo and Edmonton; Buffalo has a 22-36-10 series record.
  • The Sabres are 9-21-3 on the road against the Oilers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-7-4 all-time on January 29.
  • January 29, 1971: Gilbert Perreault scores the first hat trick in franchise history as the Sabres down the Golden Seals, 4-2, in California.
  • January 29, 1984: Gilbert Perreault records three points (2+1) in his 1,000th NHL game, a 7-3 win in Buffalo against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Perreault was the 52nd player in NHL history to reach this milestone and is joined by Craig Ramsay as the only two players to play at least 1,000 games with the Sabres.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is the second in a three-game western swing. The team will then visit Montreal before returning home for a five-game homestand.
  • Michal Neuvirth sustained a lower-body injury during the All-Star break and is expected to miss the entire western trip.
  • Matt Hackett made his Sabres debut in Edmonton last season, stopping 35 of 36 shots in a 3-1 win on March 20, 2014.
  • The Sabres have gone 7-2-0 in their last nine games against the Oilers, outscoring them by a 33-17 margin.
  • Chris Stewart leads the Sabres with 17 career points (11+6) in 22 games against the Oilers.
  • If he appears in tonight’s game, Josh Gorges will become the 58th active defenseman to play 600 NHL games.

IT’S BEEN AWHILE
With a win, the Sabres will have won five straight matchups in Edmonton, with their last road loss to the Oilers coming on Oct. 16, 2003. No players on the teams’ current rosters played in that game. Before the current streak, the Sabres had never won consecutive games in Edmonton.

NICE TO SEE YOU AGAIN
Four Sabres average at least a point per game in their limited experience against the Oilers: Drew Stafford (7 GP, 8+2), Matt Moulson (6 GP, 2+4), Mike Weber (4 GP, 2+2), Zemgus Girgensons (2 GP, 0+2). Stafford has recorded at least a point in six of those seven games, including six (4+2) in his last four against Edmonton.

FINISHING STRONG AFTER THE BREAK
Buffalo is 545-404-186 (.562) all-time in games after the All-Star break. This includes a record of 94-51-24 (.627) in those games since the lockout. The Sabres are 0-1-0 since the 2015 NHL All-Star Game. These totals do not include games after breaks for the Olympic Games.

LOGGING BIG MINUTES

  • Tyler Myers leads all Sabres and ranks eighth in the league with an average time on ice of 25:15 per game.
  • He skated a team-high 22:09 on Jan. 6 at NJD in his return from a lower-body injury that sidelined him for seven games and has topped 23 minutes in six of seven games played since then.
  • Myers has averaged 24:07 of ice time in his last 10 games despite playing only 13:10 in the game in which he sustained his injury. He entered that game having averaged 28:11 in the previous 10 games; it was the highest 10-game average of his career.
  • 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.

IN THE LINE OF FIRE

  • Josh Gorges ranks second in the NHL with 131 blocked shots despite missing nine games to injury this season. He has ranked in the top 10 in the NHL in blocked shots in each of the last three seasons: 2011-12, 250 (1st); 2012-13, 116 (7th); 2013-14, 117 (T-5th)
  • Gorges has blocked 12.9 percent of all opponent shot attempts taken with him on the ice this season, ranking third among NHL defensemen who have played at least 20 games. (Shot attempt data via war-on-ice.com)
  • 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.

BUF-EDM CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Derek Roy was Buffalo’s second-round pick (32nd overall) in the 2001 NHL Draft and he went on to spend 11 seasons in the Sabres’ organization. He played eight of those seasons with the Sabres, totaling 427 points (161+266) in 549 games. Roy led the Sabres in scoring for three consecutive seasons from 2007-08 to 2009-10.

Tyler Ennis

  • He and Andrew Ference were both born in Edmonton, Alberta.
  • Shares a birthday with Nail Yakupov. Ennis was born on Oct. 6, 1989, and Yakupov was born four years later, on Oct. 6, 1993.

Jhonas Enroth:

  • Played with Viktor Fasth for Team Sweden at the 2012 World Championship.

Brian Gionta:

  • Played with Benoit Pouliot for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2011.

Josh Gorges:

  • He and Justin Schultz are both from Kelowna, British Columbia.
  • Played with Benoit Pouliot for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2011.

Cody Hodgson

  • He and Luke Gazdic were born in Toronto, Ontario.
  • Played with Jordan Eberle for Team Canada at the 2008 World U-18 Championship.
  • Represented Team Canada alongside Ben Scrivens at the 2014 World Championship.

Andrej Meszaros:

  • Played with Teddy Purcell for the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2009-10 season.
  • Played with Matt Fraser for the Boston Bruins for part of the 2013-14 season.

Matt Moulson:

  • Played with Teddy Purcell for the Los Angeles Kings from 2007-2009.

Tyler Myers:

  • Played with Jordan Eberle for Team Canada at the 2010 World Championship.
  • Represented Team Canada alongside Ben Scrivens at the 2014 World Championship.

Michal Neuvirth:

  • Was teammates with Matt Hendricks for the Washington Capitals from 2010-2013 and Boyd Gordon from 2008-2011.
  • He and Taylor Hall both played for the Windsor Spitfires (OHL) during the 2007-08 season,

Chris Stewart:

  • He and Luke Gazdic were born in Toronto, Ontario.
  • Played with Jordan Eberle for Team Canada at the 2011 World Championship.
  • Played with Matt Hendricks for the Colorado Avalanche from 2008-2010. Cody McCormick was also part of the team during the 2008-09 season.
  • Teammates with Nikita Nikitin for the St. Louis Blues during the 2011-12 season.
  • Played with Derek Roy for the St. Louis Blues during the 2013-14 season.

Tyson Strachan:

  • Teammates with Nikita Nikitin for the St. Louis Blues during the 2010-11 season.

2009 World Juniors:         

  • Tyler Ennis, Cody Hodgson, Tyler Myers, Keith Aulie and Jordan Eberle all represented Team Canada at the 2009 World Junior Championship. Hodgson and Eberle were first and tied for second, respectively, in scoring in the tournament and Canada won the gold medal.

NHL Draft:

  • Michal Neuvirth (34th overall), Jhonas Enroth (46th overall), Mike Weber (57th overall) and Jeff Petry (45th overall) were all chosen in the second round of the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Cody Hodgson (10th overall), Tyler Myers (12th overall), Tyler Ennis (26th overall) and Jordan Eberle (22nd overall) were all drafted in the first-round of the 2008 Entry Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Nail Yakupov (first overall) were both first-round draft picks in the 2012 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Deslauriers (153), Weber (96), Girgensons (95)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (131), Weber (87), Myers (81)
Shots: Ennis (113), Moulson (90), Girgensons (87)

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: 0-8-0 (0), 13/35, 4/22, 21/30

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 (6-1; 63-47 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)
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)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Josh Gorges … 1 game … 600 career games played
Points
Torrey Mitchell … 3 points … 100 career points
Brian Gionta … 4 points … 500 career points
Tyler Ennis … 5 points … 200 career points
Matt Moulson … 5 points … 300 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Game Preview: 1/27/15 at CGY

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LAST GAME
Sunday, January 18
Buffalo 4 at Detroit 6
Goals: Ennis (2), Stafford, Stewart
Goalie: Enroth (20 saves/26 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 2/4; Shots: Detroit 26 – Buffalo 15

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 169)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Marcus Foligno (undisclosed, Dec. 23; injured reserve) – 13 games
Brian Gionta (upper body, Dec. 23; injured reserve) – 13 games
Cody McCormick (lower body, Jan. 13; injured reserve) – 4 games
Mike Weber (undisclosed, Jan. 17) – 2 games
Michal Neuvirth (lower body, Jan. 27) – 0 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/26:
Recalled F Matt Ellis and G Matt Hackett from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Jan. 29:
Buffalo at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 30: Buffalo at Vancouver, 10 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 3: Buffalo at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 5: St. Louis at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 7: Dallas at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at FLAMES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Flames this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Calgary, 4-3, in Buffalo on Dec. 11
  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Flames; 3-6-1 on the road.
  • This is the 101st game all-time between Buffalo and Calgary/Atlanta; Buffalo has a 49-34-17 series record.
  • The Sabres are 18-21-11 on the road against the Flames all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-12-4 all-time on January 27.
  • January 18, 1995: Dale Hawerchuk scores the 7,000th goal in franchise history in a 7-2 Sabres win at home against Washington.
  • January 18, 2009: Drew Stafford scores his second NHL hat trick in a 10-2 Sabres victory at Edmonton.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is the first in a three-game western swing. The team will then visit Montreal before returning home for a five-game homestand.
  • Michal Neuvirth sustained a lower-body injury during the All-Star break and is expected to miss the entire western trip.
  • With a win tonight, Buffalo would have two wins in a season against Calgary for the first time since 1999-00. The teams have met twice in a season two times since then, with the teams splitting one set (2001-02) and Calgary sweeping the other (2013-14).
  • The Sabres are seeking their first win in Calgary since Oct. 18, 2003 and will look to avoid their first ever five-game losing streak in Calgary/Atlanta. Their last five-game winless streak in Calgary took place between March 12, 1988 and Nov. 17, 1990 (0-3-2).
  • Matt Moulson has six goals in six career games against the Flames, including three in his last two.
  • Drew Stafford has a point in five of seven career games against Calgary (4+1), including each of his last two (1+1).
  • Zemgus Girgensons has three points (1+2) in two career games against Calgary.
  • Chris Stewart leads all Sabres with 17 points (9+8) in 25 career games against the Flames.
  • Jhonas Enroth is 2-0-1 in three career games against Calgary with a .941 save percentage and a 1.99 goals-against average.

BACK FROM THE BREAK*
The Sabres return to action tonight after an eight-day layoff. Buffalo is 16-16-4 all-time in the first game back from the All-Star break. The Sabres are 3-2 in such games since 2005-06, outscoring their opponents by a margin of 21-11. Drew Stafford has scored four goals in the four games following an NHL All-Star break in which he has played, including a hat trick on Jan. 27, 2009 at Edmonton.

FINISHING STRONG AFTER THE BREAK*
Buffalo is 545-403-186 (.563) all-time in games after the All-Star break. This includes a record of 94-50-24 (.631) in those games since the lockout.

*Note: These totals do not include games after breaks for the Olympic Games.

LOGGING BIG MINUTES

  • Tyler Myers leads all Sabres and ranks eighth in the league with an average time on ice of 25:17 per game.
  • He skated a team-high 22:09 on Jan. 6 at NJD in his return from a lower-body injury that sidelined him for seven games and has topped 23 minutes in five of six games played since then, including 29:07 in his last game before the All-Star break.
  • Myers has averaged 24:48 of ice time in his last 10 games despite playing only 13:10 in the game in which he sustained his injury. He entered that game having averaged 28:11 in the previous 10 games; it was the highest 10-game average of his career.
  • 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.

IN THE LINE OF FIRE

  • Josh Gorges ranks second in the NHL with 127 blocked shots despite missing nine games to injury this season.
  • Gorges has blocked 12.8 percent of all opponent shot attempts taken with him on the ice this season, ranking third among NHL defensemen who have played at least 20 games. (Shot attempt data via war-on-ice.com)
  • 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.

BUF-CGY CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Paul Byron appeared in eight games for the Sabres during the 2010-11 season and recorded two points (1+1).
  • Dennis Wideman was originally drafted by the Sabres in the eighth round (241st overall) of the 2002 NHL Draft, but did not play any games as a member of the club.

Tyler Ennis:

  • Played with Kris Russell for the Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL) from 2005-2007.
  • He and Deryk Engelland were both born in Edmonton, Alberta.

Jhonas Enroth:

  • Played with Mikael Backlund for Team Sweden at the 2008 World Junior Championship.

Marcus Foligno:      

  • Foligno (1991) and David Jones (1984) were both born on Aug. 10.

Brian Gionta:

  • Played with Raphael Diaz for the Montreal Canadiens from 2011-2014.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Raphael Diaz for the Montreal Canadiens from 2011-2014.

Cody Hodgson:        

  • He and Mark Giordano were both born in Toronto, Ontario.
  • Played with Mason Raymond for the Vancouver Canucks from 2010-2012.

Cody McCormick:

  • Played with David Jones for the Colorado Avalanche from 2007-2009.

Andrej Meszaros:

  • Played with Karri Ramo for the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2008-09 season.

Torrey Mitchell:          

  • Mitchell (1985) and Joe Colborne (1990) were both born on Jan. 30.

Tyler Myers:

  • Myers (1990) and Ladislav Smid (1986) were both born on Feb. 1.
  • Represented Team Canada alongside Mark Giordano and Mason Raymond at the 2010 World Championship.

Michal Neuvirth:

  • Played with Dennis Wideman for the Washington Capitals from 2010-2012.

Chris Stewart:

  • Played with Kris Russell for the St. Louis Blues from 2011-2013

NHL Draft:

  • Matt Moulson (263rd overall) and David Jones (288th overall) were both chosen in the ninth round of the 2003 NHL Draft.
  • Drew Stafford (13th overall), Andrej Meszaros (24th overall) and Ladislav Smid (seventh overall) were all chosen in the first round of the 2004 NHL Draft.
  • Cody Hodgson (10th overall), Tyler Myers (12th overall), Tyler Ennis (26th overall) and Joe Colborne (16th overall) were all selected in the first round of the 2008 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (eighth overall), Nikita Zadorov (16th overall) and Sean Monahan (sixth overall) were all selected in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Deslauriers (152), Weber (94), Girgensons (93)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (127), Weber (84), Myers (76)
Shots: Ennis (113), Moulson (88), Girgensons (85)

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: 0-7-0 (0), 12/31, 3/20, 18/26

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 (6-1; 63-47 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)
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)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Josh Gorges … 2 games … 600 career games played
Points
Torrey Mitchell … 3 points … 100 career points
Brian Gionta … 4 points … 500 career points
Matt Moulson … 5 points … 300 career points
Tyler Ennis … 6 points … 200 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

ZADOROV SUSPENDED BY SABRES

BUFFALO, N.Y. (January 26, 2015) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team will suspend defenseman Nikita Zadorov, who missed today’s practice, for failure to report to the team on time following the NHL All-Star break.

“We anticipate Nikita joining the team at some point during this week’s western road trip,” said Sabres General Manager Tim Murray.

SABRES RECALL GOALTENDER HACKETT FROM ROCHESTER

Neuvirth to miss time with lower-body injury

BUFFALO, N.Y. (January 26, 2015) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has recalled goaltender Matt Hackett from the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League (AHL) to replace injured goaltender Michal Neuvirth.

“Michal sustained a lower-body injury while working out during the All-Star break and will miss some time,” said Sabres General Manager Tim Murray. “He will not join the team for our trip out west this week.”

Hackett (6’2”, 171 lbs., 3/7/90), who began the season on injured reserve with the Sabres, returns to Buffalo after joining the Americans before the AHL All-Star break in January for his first three starts of the season.

The London, Ontario native appeared in eight games for the Sabres during the 2013-14 season, including a 35-save performance in his Sabres debut, a 3-1 win at Edmonton. Hackett has appeared in 21 NHL games in parts of three seasons with the Sabres and Minnesota Wild, compiling a .912 save percentage and a 2.82 goals-against average.

Hackett was drafted by Minnesota in the third round (77th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and acquired by the Sabres on April 3, 2013.