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

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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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Post-Game Report: 10/18 vs. BOS

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Bruins
(3-4-0)
2 2 0 - - 4  36
Sabres
(1-5-0)
0 0  0 - -  0  32

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • With the loss, the Sabres have now been shut out in consecutive games for the first time since Oct. 9, 2013 at Philadelphia (Jeff Hackett) and Oct. 11, 2003 vs. NY Islanders (Rick DiPietro). Buffalo has never been shut out in three consecutive games.
  • According to Elias Sports Bureau, the Sabres have suffered shutouts in consecutive home games for just the second time in franchise history. The last time came on Feb. 17, 1972 vs. Pittsburgh (Jim Rutherford) and Feb. 20, 1972 vs. Montreal (Ken Dryden).
  • Tyler Myers led the team in ice time for the sixth consecutive game. He ranks 10th in the league with an average ice time of 25:49 per game.

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Ted Nolan

Sabres forward Cody Hodgson

Sabres forward Brian Gionta

Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth

Bruins head coach Claude Julien

Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton

Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara

Bruins goaltender Niklas Svedberg

Game Preview: 10/18/14 vs. BOS

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Friday, October 17
Florida 1 at Buffalo 0
Goals: Bergenheim
Goalie: Enroth (34 saves/35 shots)
PP: 0/5; PK: 5/5; Shots: Florida 35 – Buffalo 26

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 20)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Matt Hackett (lower body, Oct. 9; injured reserve) – 5 games
Patrick Kaleta (upper body, Oct. 9; injured reserve) – 5 games

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

UPCOMING GAMES
Wednesday, Oct. 22:
Buffalo at Anaheim, 10:30 p.m.
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.

TONIGHT’S GAME
BRUINS at SABRES

  • This is the first of four meetings between the Sabres and Bruins this season.
  • Next meeting: Thursday, Oct. 30 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Bruins; 6-3-1 at home.
  • This is the 274th game all-time between Buffalo and Boston; Buffalo has a 119-114-40 series record.
  • The Sabres are 73-44-21 at home against the Bruins all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-4-3 all-time on October 18.
  • October 18, 1970: Gerry Meehan scores the first Sabres goal at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium at 5:48 of the second period against Pittsburgh. The Sabres and Penguins combine for 90 penalty minutes in a 1-1 tie, the first in Sabres history. The Sabres would account for 58 minutes, while Reg Fleming alone picked up 39 penalty minutes in the game.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Entering tonight, Buffalo has won two straight home games against Boston for the first time since 2011-12. With a win tonight, the Sabres will have beaten the Bruins in Buffalo three times in a row for the first time since they won four straight from March 30, 2008 to April 11, 2009.
  • 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 Flynn recorded a goal and an assist in each of his last two home games against the Bruins.
  • Marcus Foligno recorded five points (1+4) in five games against the Bruins last season.
  • 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.

BACK AND FORTH
Neither of these teams has won consecutive games against the other since the 2011-12 season, when Boston won the first and last two matchups, with Buffalo winning games three and four. They have traded wins in the 10 games in the last two seasons. The Sabres will look to continue the pattern with a win tonight.

Season Date Home Team Winner
2012-13 1/31/13 Boston BUF, 7-4
2012-13 2/10/13 Buffalo BOS, 3-1
2012-13 2/15/13 Buffalo BUF, 4-2
2012-13 3/31/13 Buffalo BOS, 2-0
2012-13 4/17/13 Boston BUF, 3-2 (SO)
2013-14 10/23/13 Buffalo BOS, 5-2
2013-14 12/19/13 Buffalo BUF, 4-2
2013-14 12/21/13 Boston BOS, 4-1
2013-14 2/26/14 Buffalo BUF, 5-4 (OT)
2013-14 4/12/14 Boston BOS, 4-1

EXPANDED ROLE FOR MYERS
Tyler Myers
has led all Sabres skaters in ice time in each of the team’s five games and ranks 10th in the league with an average of 26:28 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 second of 18 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 1-0 loss vs. FLA last night. The Sabres are 0-2-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 1-0-0 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 (0).

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-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 Entry 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.

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 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.
  • Played alongside Zdeno Chara for the Ottawa Senators during the 2005-06 season.
  • Played with Chris Kelly for the Ottawa Senators from 2005-2008.  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.
  • Tyler Ennis and Johnny Boychuk are from Edmonton, Alberta.
  • Mike Weber and Matt Bartkowski were both born in Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Cody McCormick and Gregory Campbell are both from London, Ontario.

2006 Entry 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 Entry Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Deslauriers (19), Weber (18), Foligno (13)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (22), Benoit (12), Weber (11)
Shots: Gionta/Stewart (11), Moulson/Girgensons/Myers (10)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10:
1-4-0 (2), 8/18, 0/15, 19/22

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 … 3 games … 100 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
Matt Moulson … 400 career games played … Oct. 13 vs. ANA