Game Preview: 11/23/14 at WSH

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, November 18
San Jose 1 at Buffalo 4
Goals: Gionta (2), Deslauriers, Flynn
Goalie: Neuvirth (10 saves/10 shots); Enroth (19 saves/20 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 3/4; Shots: San Jose 30 – Buffalo 14

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 54)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Matt Hackett (lower body, Oct. 9; injured reserve) – 20 games
Josh Gorges (knee, Nov. 13) – 3 games
Michal Neuvirth (lower body, Nov. 21) – 0 games

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

UPCOMING GAMES
Wednesday, Nov. 26:
Winnipeg at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 28: Montreal at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 29: Buffalo at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 2: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 4: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at CAPITALS

  • This is the first of three meetings between the Sabres and Capitals this season.
  • Next meeting: Saturday, March 7 in Washington
  • The Sabres are 5-3-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Capitals; 3-6-1 on the road
  • This is the 147th game all-time between Buffalo and Washington; Buffalo has an 85-43-18 series record.
  • The Sabres are 40-23-10 on the road against the Capitals all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-8-3 all-time on November 22.
  • November 22, 2000: The Sabres introduce their first-ever alternate jersey, a red jersey whose logo was a tribute to the original team logo.
  • November 22, 2002: Ryan Miller makes 17 saves to earn his first NHL win in a 5-4 victory against Columbus.
  • November 22, 2005: The Sabres retire Danny Gare’s number 18 before a matchup with the New York Rangers.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Buffalo’s home game against the Rangers last night was rescheduled due to weather. It will now be held on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. The Sabres’ home game against the Ottawa Senators, originally scheduled for Feb. 20, will now be played on Monday, Dec. 15.
  • The Sabres have won consecutive games entering tonight’s game for the first time since they won three in a row at First Niagara Center from Feb. 25 to Feb. 28.
  • If he is in the lineup, Andrej Meszaros will appear in his 600th NHL game, becoming the 53rd active defenseman to reach that milestone.

SABRES-CAPS NOTES

  • With a win tonight, the Sabres would have consecutive wins in Washington for the first time since they won three in a row from Nov. 26, 2007 to Dec. 14, 2007.
  • The last four games between these teams have been settled in overtime or a shootout. With a win or overtime loss tonight, the Sabres would have points in at least five straight games against the Capitals for the first time since they won six straight from Dec. 26, 2006 to Dec. 14, 2007.
  • Tyler Ennis has 10 points (2+8) in his last seven games against the Capitals.
  • Cody Hodgson has six points (4+2) in his last six games against the Capitals.
  • Matt Moulson has eight points (2+6) in his last nine games against the Capitals.
  • Drew Stafford has seven points (5+2) in his last eight games against the Capitals.

GOING STREAKING

  • Nicolas Deslauriers enters tonight’s game on a three-game point streak (1+2).
  • The Sabres have five players on two-game point streaks entering tonight’s game: Brian Flynn (1+2), Cody McCormick (0+2), Andrej Meszaros (0+2), Tyler Myers (1+2), Mike Weber (0+2)

WHO’S HOT?

  • Nicolas Deslauriers has three points (1+2) in his last three games.
  • Tyler Ennis has nine points (3+6) in his last 10 games.
  • Zemgus Girgensons has seven points (4+3) in his last eight games.
  • Matt Moulson has six points (2+4) in his last six games.
  • Drew Stafford has six points (3+3) in his last seven games.

NOTES FROM LAST GAME

  • With the win, the Sabres improved to 16-1-0 all-time at home against the Sharks.
  • With his first two goals as a member of the Sabres and an assist, Brian Gionta logged his first three-point game since Oct. 15, 2011.
  • With his assist on Gionta’s first goal, Tyler Myers became the 16th defenseman in Sabres history to record 100 assists with the team.
  • Michal Neuvirth left the game after the first period with a lower-body injury.

FEARLESS LEADERS

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

BUF-WSH CONNECTIONS
Former Capitals:

  • Michal Neuvirth spent parts of five seasons as a member of the Capitals from 2008-2014.  Appearing in a total of 134 games for the club, Neuvirth earned a record of 59-41-13 to go along with a goals-against average of 2.67 and a .910 save percentage.
  • Tyson Strachan played for the Capitals during the 2013-14 season, registering two assists in 18 games. He also had 19 points (4+15) in 60 games for the Hershey Bears.
  • Arturs Irbe served as Washington’s goaltending coach from 2009-2011.

Local Players:

  • Brooks Orpik grew up in Amherst, N.Y. and attended Nichols High School.

Tyler Ennis:

  • He and Jason Chimera were both born in Edmonton, Alberta.
  • Ennis (1989) and Marcus Johansson (1990) were both born on Oct. 6.

Jhonas Enroth:

  • Played with Nicklas Backstrom on the 2007 Swedish World Junior Championship team.
  • Played with Backstrom and Marcus Johansson for Sweden at the 2014 Olympics.

Brian Gionta:

  • Played with Brooks Orpik at Boston College from 1998-2001. The Golden Eagles won the NCAA National Championship in 2001.

Cody Hodgson:

  • He and Tom Wilson were both born in Toronto, Ontario.
  • Represented Team Canada alongside Jason Chimera at the 2014 World Championship.

Matt Moulson:

  • Played with Jack Hillen for the New York Islanders from 2009-2011.

Tyler Myers:

  • Represented Team Canada alongside Jason Chimera at the 2014 World Championship.

Drew Stafford:

  • Played with Brooks Orpik for the United States at the 2006 World Championship.

Nikita Zadorov:

  • He and Alexander Ovechkin were both born in Moscow, Russia.

NHL Draft:

  • Drew Stafford (13th overall), Andrej Meszaros (24th overall), Alexander Ovechkin (1st overall) and Mike Green (29th overall) were all selected in the first round of the 2004 NHL Draft.
  • Chris Stewart (18th overall) and Nicklas Backstrom (4th overall) were both first-round draft picks in the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Tyler Myers, Tyler Ennis, Cody Hodgson and John Carlson were all first-round draft picks in the 2008 NHL Draft. Myers was picked 12th overall, Ennis was the 26th overall selection, Hodgson was the 10th overall selection and Carlson was picked with the 27th overall selection.
  • Nicolas Deslauriers and Michael Latta were both chosen in the third round of the 2009 NHL Draft. Latta was taken 72nd overall by Nashville, and Deslauriers went 84th overall to Los Angeles.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Tom Wilson (16th overall) were both chosen in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall), Nikita Zadorov (16th overall), and Andre Burakovsky (23rd overall) were all selected in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Deslauriers (66), Weber (57), Foligno (52)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (60), Myers (40), Weber (36)
Shots: Stewart (47), Ennis (40), Girgensons (40)

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

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

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (2-1; 59-47 all-time)
October 14 at Carolina: W, 4-3 (GDG-Girgensons)
November 2 vs. Detroit: W, 3-2 (GDG-Girgensons)

November 5 vs. Montreal: L, 2-1 (GDG-Parenteau)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Andrej Meszaros … 1 game … 600 career games played
Brian Gionta … 2 games … 800 career games played
Jhonas Enroth … 8 games … 100 career games played
Cody McCormick … 8 games … 400 career games played
Points
Josh Gorges … 1 point … 100 career points
Torrey Mitchell … 6 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Tyler Myers … 100 career assists … Nov. 15 vs. SJS

SABRES ANNOUNCE TICKET OPTIONS FOR RESCHEDULED GAMES

BUFFALO, N.Y. (November 21, 2014) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced ticket options for Friday’s postponed home game against the New York Rangers, which has been rescheduled and will be played on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 at 7 p.m., and the Sabres’ home game against the Ottawa Senators, which was originally scheduled for Feb. 20 and will now be played on Monday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m.

Fans who are unable to attend the rescheduled games will be able to exchange their unused tickets for tickets to any available home game. Tickets and seat locations will be based on availability.

Tickets can be exchanged on Sabres.com or visiting the box office at First Niagara Center.

Fans who already have tickets for the rescheduled games should consult the following:

If you are a season ticket holder:

  • Your original Nov. 21 tickets will be valid for the rescheduled game on Friday, Feb. 20 vs. New York Rangers.
  • Your original Feb. 20 tickets will be valid for the rescheduled game on Monday, Dec. 15 vs. Ottawa Senators.
  • If you cannot attend the rescheduled game on Monday, Dec. 15 game vs. Ottawa Senators:
    • You may exchange the tickets to that game for tickets to any available home game –OR–
    • You may have the price of the Dec. 15 tickets credited to your season ticket account for next year. Original tickets may be mailed or dropped off at the First Niagara Center box office to receive the credit.

If you have tickets for the New York Rangers game originally scheduled for Friday, Nov. 21:

  • Your original Nov. 21 tickets will only be valid for the rescheduled game on Friday, Feb. 20 vs. New York Rangers.
  • If you cannot attend the rescheduled game on Friday, Feb. 20 vs. New York Rangers, you may exchange the tickets to that game for tickets to any available home game.

If you have tickets for the Ottawa Senators game originally scheduled for Friday, Feb. 20:

  • Your original Feb. 20 tickets will only be valid for the rescheduled game on Monday, Dec. 15 vs. Ottawa Senators. Please note that the tickets for the Feb. 20 game vs. Ottawa will not be valid for the Feb. 20 game vs. New York Rangers.
  • If you cannot attend the rescheduled game on Monday, Dec. 15 vs. Ottawa Senators, you may exchange the tickets to that game for tickets to any available home game.

NHL Announces Rescheduled Games

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / NOVEMBER 21, 2014

POSTPONED NY RANGERS AT BUFFALO GAME RESCHEDULED FOR FEB. 20;
FEB. 20 OTTAWA AT BUFFALO GAME MOVED TO DEC. 15

NEW YORK/TORONTO (November 21, 2014) — The postponed game between the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres, originally scheduled to be played tonight, has been rescheduled for Friday, February 20, 2015, at 7 p.m. ET at First Niagara Center, the National Hockey League announced today.

The game between the Sabres and Ottawa Senators, scheduled to be played that night in Buffalo, has been moved to Monday, December 15, at 7 p.m. ET.

###11/21/2014

FRIDAY’S NY RANGERS AT BUFFALO GAME POSTPONED

NEW YORK (Nov. 20, 2014) – Due to the continuing weather-related difficulties in the Greater Buffalo area and out of respect for the fans of the Sabres, Friday’s game between the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center, NHL Game No. 291, has been postponed.

A makeup date will be announced as soon as it can be confirmed.

### (11/20/14)

Game Preview: 11/21/14 vs. NYR

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, November 18
San Jose 1 at Buffalo 4
Goals: Gionta (2), Deslauriers, Flynn
Goalie: Neuvirth (10 saves/10 shots); Enroth (19 saves/20 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 3/4; Shots: San Jose 30 – Buffalo 14

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 54)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Matt Hackett (lower body, Oct. 9; injured reserve) – 20 games
Josh Gorges (knee, Nov. 13) – 3 games
Michal Neuvirth (lower body, Nov. 21) – 0 games

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

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Nov. 22:
Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 26: Winnipeg at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 28: Montreal at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 29: Buffalo at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 2: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
RANGERS at SABRES

  • This is the first of three meetings between the Sabres and Rangers this season.
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Jan. 3 in New York
  • The Sabres are 2-5-3 in their last 10 games vs. the Rangers; 4-5-1 at home
  • This is the 169th game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo has a 78-57-33 series record.
  • The Sabres are 47-25-13 at home against the Rangers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-11-1 all-time on November 21.
  • November 21, 1981: Rick Schoenfeld and Yvon Lambert each score two goals and Don Edwards makes 28 saves in a 7-1 Sabres victory at Los Angeles.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres have won consecutive games entering tonight for the first time since they won three in a row at First Niagara Center from Feb. 25 to Feb. 28.
  • If he is in the lineup, Andrej Meszaros will appear in his 600th NHL game, becoming the 53rd active defenseman to reach that milestone.
  • Drew Stafford has eight points (7+1) in his last eight games against the Rangers
  • Tyler Ennis has 13 points (4+9) in 14 career games against the Rangers, including three-point games (4/6/10 and 3/23/12).
  • Matt Moulson has recorded 21 points (10+11) in 26 games against the Rangers, including six multi-point games.
  • Brian Gionta leads all Sabres with 36 points (18+18) in 55 career games against the Rangers.
  • The Sabres are looking to avoid losing five straight games to the Rangers for the first time since 1995.

GOING STREAKING

  • Nicolas Deslauriers enters tonight’s game on a three-game point streak (1+2).
  • The Sabres have five players on two-game point streaks entering tonight’s game: Brian Flynn (1+2), Cody McCormick (0+2), Andrej Meszaros (0+2), Tyler Myers (1+2), Mike Weber (0+2)

WHO’S HOT?

  • Nicolas Deslauriers has three points (1+2) in his last three games.
  • Tyler Ennis has nine points (3+6) in his last 10 games.
  • Zemgus Girgensons has seven points (4+3) in his last eight games.
  • Matt Moulson has six points (2+4) in his last six games.
  • Drew Stafford has six points (3+3) in his last seven games.

NOTES FROM LAST GAME

  • With the win, the Sabres improved to 16-1-0 all-time at home against the Sharks.
  • With two his first two goals as a member of the Sabres and an assist, Brian Gionta logged his first three-point game since Oct. 15, 2011.
  • With his assist on Gionta’s first goal, Tyler Myers became the 16th defenseman in Sabres history to record 100 assists with the team.
  • Michal Neuvirth left the game after the first period with a lower-body injury.

FEARLESS LEADERS

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

BUF-NYR CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Dominic Moore was a member of the Sabres for part of the 2008-09 season, contributing four points (1+3) in 18 games.

Local Players:

  • Lee Stempniak was born in West Seneca, NY and played junior hockey for the Buffalo Lightning (OPJHL).
  • Dan Girardi was born in Welland, Ontario.

Andre Benoit:

  • Played with Matt Hunwick for the Colorado Avalanche during the 2013-14 season.

Jhonas Enroth:

  • Played with Carl Hagelin for Team Sweden at the 2008 World Junior Championships. The two, along with Henrik Lundqvist, represented silver medal-winning Sweden at the 2014 Olympics.

Brian Gionta:

  • Played with Dominic Moore for the Montreal Canadiens during the 2009-10 season.

Josh Gorges

  • Played with Dominic Moore for the Montreal Canadiens during the 2009-10 season.

Cody Hodgson:

  • Played under Alain Vigneault for the Vancouver Canucks from 2010-2012.
  • Played with Tanner Glass for the Vancouver Canucks during the 2010-11 season.

Andrej Meszaros:            

  • Played with Martin St. Louis for the Tampa Bay Lightning from 2008-2010.

Torrey Mitchell:                                                                                                            

  • Played with Dominic Moore for the San Jose Sharks during the 2011-12 season.
  • Played with Dan Boyle for the San Jose Sharks from 2008-2012.

Drew Stafford:

  • Stafford and Lee Stempniak were teammates for the United States for three consecutive World Hockey Championship tournaments from 2007-2009.

Chris Stewart:

  • Played with Matt Hunwick for the Colorado Avalanche during the 2010-11 season.

Tyson Strachan:

  • Played with Lee Stempniak for the St. Louis Blues during the 2008-09 season.

NHL Draft:           

  • Tyson Strachan (137th overall) and Lee Stempniak (148th overall) were both selected in the fifth round of the 2003 NHL Draft.
  • Matt Moulson (263rd overall) and Tanner Glass (265th overall) were both chosen in the ninth round of the 2003 NHL Draft.
  • Chris Stewart (18th overall) and Derick Brassard (6th overall) were both taken in the first round of the NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Deslauriers (66), Weber (57), Foligno (52)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (60), Myers (40), Weber (36)
Shots: Stewart (47), Ennis (40), Girgensons (40)

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

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

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (2-1; 59-47 all-time)
October 14 at Carolina: W, 4-3 (GDG-Girgensons)
November 2 vs. Detroit: W, 3-2 (GDG-Girgensons)

November 5 vs. Montreal: L, 2-1 (GDG-Parenteau)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Andrej Meszaros … 1 game … 600 career games played
Brian Gionta … 2 games … 800 career games played
Jhonas Enroth … 8 games … 100 career games played
Cody McCormick … 8 games … 400 career games played
Points
Josh Gorges … 1 point … 100 career points
Torrey Mitchell … 6 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Tyler Myers … 100 career assists … Nov. 15 vs. SJS