Game Preview: 3/17/13 at WSH


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Saturday, March 16
Ottawa 4 at Buffalo 3 (OT)
Goals: Stafford (2), Weber
Goalie: Miller (30 saves/34 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 2/3; Shots: Buffalo 36 – Ottawa 34

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 76)
Alexander Sulzer (lower body, Feb. 26; injured reserve) – 9 games

3/15        Activated C Ville Leino from IR; Assigned C Mikhail Grigorenko to Quebec (QMJHL)
3/15        Acquired a fifth-round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft from Florida in exchange for defenseman TJ Brennan
3/17        Recalled D Mark Pysyk from Rochester (AHL)

Tuesday, March 19             Buffalo at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 21            Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 23             Buffalo at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 26             Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 28            Buffalo at Florida, 7:30 p.m.


-Second of three meetings between the Sabres and Capitals this season.
-Last meeting: Washington defeated Buffalo, 3-2, in Washington on January 27.
-The teams next meet on Saturday, March 30 in Buffalo.
-The Sabres are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Capitals; 3-6-1 on the road.
-This is the 142nd game all-time between Buffalo and Washington; Buffalo leads the series with an 83-42-16 record; 39-22-10 on the road.


  • March 17, 2001: Martin Biron made 42 saves and Chris Gratton scored the game-winning goal in a 3-2 win at Washington.


  1. The Sabres enter tonight’s game looking for points in three straight games for the second time this season after getting points in four straight from Feb. 26 to March 3.
  2. Buffalo will attempt to even the season series with Washington after a 3-2 loss in Washington on Jan. 27. The Sabres won the series last year for the first time since 2007-08.


  • Dating back to last season, Thomas Vanek has 41 points (16+25) in his last 35 games.
  • Jochen Hecht leads all Sabres with 22 points (11+11) in 35 career games against the Capitals.
  • The Sabres have a point in seven of their last nine games (5-2-2).
  • Steve Ott has seven assists in his last eight games.

Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s sixth of nine sets of back-to-back games this season after the team had a league-high 21 sets last season. The Sabres are 3-2-1 in the first game and 1-3-1 in the second. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is as follows: four points (1), three points (1), two points (1), one point (0) and zero points (2).

Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff has averaged 25:11 TOI per game this season, the highest average of his career and the highest per-game average by a Sabres skater since Alexei Zhitnik skated 26:32 per game in the 2002-03 season. Jason Pominville’s average TOI of 20:53 is the highest by a Sabres forward since Miroslav Satan averaged 21:23 in 2002-03.

After being named interim head coach of the Buffalo Sabres on Feb. 20, Ron Rolston became the 16th head coach in Sabres history. Rolston joins the Sabres after spending the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons as head coach of the Rochester Americans (AHL), compiling a 63-44-17 regular-season record. Prior to joining the Americans, Rolston spent seven seasons as head coach with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, where he led the United States Under-18 team to three gold medals and a silver medal in four tournaments as head coach at the IIHF World Under-18 Championship.

The Sabres hired Ron Rolston to serve as interim head coach on Feb. 20 after the Sabres got off to a 6-10-1 (.382) start. It was the first time the Sabres had replaced their head coach mid-season since John Muckler took over for Rick Dudley on Dec. 11, 1991 after a 9-15-4 (.393) start to the season. The 1991-92 team went 22-22-8 under Muckler, ending the season 31-37-12 and finishing third in the Adams Division to clinch a playoff spot.

BUF G Jhonas Enroth played with WSH C Nicklas Backstrom on the 2006-07 Swedish World Junior team for the IIHF World Junior Championship in Sweden. Team Sweden placed fourth in the tournament.

BUF AC Kevyn Adams played alongside WSH RW Troy Brouwer on the 2007-08 Chicago Blackhawks.

Brouwer also was a teammate of BUF LW John Scott, when the two played for the Blackhawks in 2010-11.

BUF D Tyler Myers, BUF LW Tyler Ennis and WSH D John Carlson were all first-round draft picks in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Myers was picked 12th overall, Ennis was the 26th overall selection and Carlson was picked with the 27th overall selection.

Ennis, BUF LW John Scott and WSH LW Jason Chimera were all born in Edmonton, Alberta.

Chimera was a teammate of BUF C Jochen Hecht when the two played for the Edmonton Oilers during the 2001-02 season.

BUF C Steve Ott and WSH D John Erskine were teammates for four seasons (2002-03 –2005-06) when they both played for the Dallas Stars. BUF AC Teppo Numminen was also on the Stars for the 2003-04 season.

BUF LW Thomas Vanek and WSH RW Eric Fehr were both drafted in the first-round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Vanek was the fifth overall selection while Fehr was the 18th overall pick.

BUF D Robyn Regehr and WSH D Roman Hamrlik were teammates for two seasons (2005-06, 2006-07) when the two both played for the Calgary Flames.

BUF D Jordan Leopold and WSH C Matt Hendricks played for the Colorado Avalanche in 2008-09.

BUF LW Ville Leino, BUF C Tyler Ennis and C Marcus Johansson all share the same birthday: Oct. 6. Leino, born in 1983, is six years older than Ennis, who was born in 1989, and Johansson, born in 1990, is the youngest of the three.

BUF G Jhonas Enroth, BUF D Mike Weber and WSH G Michal Neuvirth were all drafted in the second round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Neuvirth was selected 34th overall, Enroth was drafted with the 46th overall pick and Weber was picked 57th overall.

BUF RW Drew Stafford was a first-round draft selection (13th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft along with four Capitals players. WSH LW Alex Ovechkin was picked first overall, WSH LW Wojtek Wolski, picked by Colorado, was the 21st pick overall, WSH D Jeff Schultz was the 27th overall selection and WSH D Mike Green was the 29th overall pick.

Wojtek was also a teammate of BUF D Jordan Leopold for three seasons (2006-07 – 2008-09).

BUF C Jochen Hecht and WSH D Tom Poti were teammates on the 2001-02 Edmonton Oilers.

BUF C Steve Ott and WSH C Mike Ribeiro played together for six seasons (2006-07 – 2011-12) on the Dallas Stars.

Ott (121), Weber (69), Foligno (60)
Blocked Shots: Ehrhoff (53), Sekera (51), Regehr (42)
Shots: Vanek (87), Pominville (81), Hodgson (73)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK] 1-10: 3-6-1 (7), 30/37, 6/36, 32/40
11-20: 4-6-0 (6), 20/27, 1/36, 35/42
21-30: 3-2-3 (9), 23/24, 3/29, 21/29

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-2; 93-93 all-time)
January 29 vs. Toronto       L, 4-3 (GWG-Frattin, 4:58)
March 16 vs. Ottawa           L, 4-3 (GWG-Turris, 3:54)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (3-2; 46-39 all-time)
February 7 vs. Montreal   W, 5-4 (GDG-Pominville)
February 28 at Florida       W, 4-3 (GDG-Vanek)
March 2 vs. New Jersey  W, 4-3 (GDG-Pominville)

March 3 at NY Rangers      L, 3-2 (GDG-Nash)
March 7 at New Jersey       L, 3-2 (GDG-Clarkson)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Steve Ott … 6 games … 600 career games played
Christian Ehrhoff … 7 games … 600 career games played
Thomas Vanek … 3 goals … 247 career goals (ties Mike Foligno, 6th in franchise history)
Jason Pominville … 8 assists … 275 career assists (ties Dale Hawerchuk, 8th in franchise history)
Jordan Leopold … 1 point … 200 career points
Ville Leino … 1 point … 100 career points

Jason Pominville … 266 career assists (sole possession, 9th in franchise history) … 3/12 vs. NYR

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