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LAST GAME
Sunday, April 7
New Jersey 2 at Buffalo 3 (SO)
Goals: Kaleta, Ott, Gerbe (GDG)
Goalie: Miller (37 saves/39 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 4/5; Shots: New Jersey 39 – Buffalo 26

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 103)
Alexander Sulzer (lower body, Feb. 26; injured reserve) – 20 games
Thomas Vanek (upper body, March 28) – 6 games
Ville Leino (upper body, March 31) – 4 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
4/3:
Acquired F Johan Larsson, G Matt Hackett, a first-round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and a second-round selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Jason Pominville.

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, April 11:
Montreal at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 13: Philadelphia at Buffalo, 3 p.m.
Sunday, April 14: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, April 17: Buffalo at Boston, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 19: NY Rangers at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at JETS

-This is the second of three meetings between the Sabres and Jets this season.
-Last meeting: Winnipeg defeated Buffalo, 2-1, in Buffalo on Feb. 19.
-These teams next meet on Monday, April 22 in Buffalo.
-The Sabres are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Jets; 2-4-4 on the road.
-This is the 50th game all-time between Buffalo and Winnipeg; Buffalo has a 21-17-11 series record; the Sabres are 7-10-7 all-time on the road against Winnipeg.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are looking for their first win in the city of Winnipeg since Feb. 10, 1993.
  • Buffalo enters tonight’s game on their third three-game win streak of the season, looking for a win in four straight for the first time since they won five in a row from March 19-27, 2012.
  • April is the Sabres’ best month since 2005-06; they have a 26-11-3 (.688) April record in that span, including a 3-0-0 record so far this season.
  • The Sabres have had 15 of their last 20 games decided by one goal. Buffalo is 7-3-5 in those 15 games and 10-8-6 in their 24 one-goal games this season.
  • The Sabres are 6-1-1 this season with Adam Pardy in the lineup and 7-3-1 with Mark Pysyk in the lineup.

LATE-SEASON PUSH
The Sabres have performed at or above a .625 points percentage (103-point pace over 82 games) in the final 20 games in each of the last three seasons. This was an improvement upon their record from the first 62 games of the season each time.

So far this season, Buffalo is at .636 in games that fall in the final 20 of the season, .207 better than their performance in the 28 games leading up to that point.

Final 20 Games

Before last 20 Change

W

L

OTL

PTS

PTS%

PTS%

PTS%

2009-10

12

7

1

25

.625

.605

.020

2010-11

13

4

3

29

.725

.540

.185

2011-12

12

5

3

27

.675

.500

.175

Total

37

16

7

81

.675

.549

.126

2012-13

6

3

2

14

.636

.429

.207

READY WHEN CALLED UPON
Six of Buffalo’s top seven players in terms of record when in the lineup have spent at least 20 games with the Rochester Americans this season: Luke Adam (3-0-0), Adam Pardy (6-1-1), Mark Pysyk (7-3-1), Brian Flynn (9-5-4), Kevin Porter (11-7-5), Matt Ellis (3-2-1).

The only outlier is Ville Leino (4-2-3), who has the Sabres’ fourth-best points percentage when in the lineup. Interim head coach Ron Rolston, who coached the Americans through their first 48 games of the season, has a 10-7-5 record with the Sabres, which would rank eighth among the players.

SOPHOMORE SURGE
After finishing fifth in NHL rookie scoring last year with 41 points (19+22), Cody Hodgson leads all sophomores (defined as 2011-12 rookies) in goals and points (stats as of 4/8):

Player

Team

GP

G

A

P

Cody Hodgson

BUF

39

14

16

30

Slava Voynov

LAK

39

5

18

23

Brayden Schenn

PHI

37

7

15

22

Cody Eakin

DAL

38

6

13

19

Carl Hagelin

NYR

38

8

10

18

LOGGING BIG MINUTES
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.

MEET THE NEW BOSS
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.

CHANGING OF THE GUARD
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-WPG CONNECTIONS
The Sabres selected WPG RW Chris Thorburn in the second round (50th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He played two career games with the Sabres, totaling one assist and seven penalty minutes.

WPG C Olli Jokinen was a member of the Calgary Flames from 2009-2012. He played with BUF D Robyn Regehr and BUF D Adam Pardy from 2009-2011 during his stint with Calgary.

BUF C Cody Hodgson, BUF C Tyler Ennis, BUF D Tyler Myers and WPG LW Evander Kane all played together for the 2009 Canadian World Junior team. The team won the gold medal and Hodgson was the leading scorer in the tournament with 16 points (5+11).

WPG LW Andrew Ladd, WPG RW Blake Wheeler and BUF RW Drew Stafford were all taken in the first round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Ladd was taken 4th overall by Carolina, Wheeler was taken 5th overall by Phoenix and Stafford was taken 13th overall by Buffalo.

BUF D Mike Weber and WPG C Bryan Little played together for the Barrie Colts during the 2006-07 season.

BUF G Ryan Miller played with WPG C Jim Slater during the 2001-02 season for the Michigan State Spartans.

BUF D Christian Ehrhoff played with WPG C Kyle Wellwood for the Vancouver Canucks in 2009-10.

WPG C Kyle Wellwood played with BUF LW Steve Ott for the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL during the 2001-02 season.

BUF LW Nathan Gerbe played with WPG RW Blake Wheeler on the 2006 United States World Junior team. The United States finished fourth in the tournament.

BUF D Tyler Myers, BUF C Tyler Ennis, BUF C Cody Hodgson and WPG D Zach Bogosian were all taken in the first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Bogosian was taken 3rd overall by Atlanta, Hodgson was selected 10th overall by Vancouver, Myers was taken 12th overall and Ennis was taken 26th overall.

WPG D Ron Hainsey and BUF C Steve Ott were both taken in the first round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. Hainsey was selected 13th overall by Montreal and Ott was taken 25th overall by Dallas.

BUF LW Thomas Vanek and WPG D Mark Stuart were both selected in the first round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Vanek was taken 5th overall by Buffalo and Stuart was taken 21st overall by Boston.

WPG D Mark Stuart and BUF RW Drew Stafford both played for the United States in the 2004 World Junior Championship, hosted by Finland. The United States won the gold medal in the tournament, and Stafford and Stuart each finished with two assists in six games.

BUF C Cody Hodgson and WPG C Nik Antropov share a birth date. Antropov was born on Feb. 18, 1980, and Hodgson was born exactly 10 years later, on Feb. 18, 1990.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Ott (166), Weber (99), Foligno (84)
Blocked Shots: Weber (76), Ehrhoff (69), Sekera (59)
Shots: Stafford (100), Hodgson (98), Vanek (94)

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 (8), 20/27, 1/36, 35/42
21-30: 4-3-3 (11), 29/31, 5/36, 26/35
31-40: 5-2-2 (12), 26/23, 4/32, 25/34

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-2; 94-93 all-time)
January 29 vs. Toronto: L, 4-3 (GWG-Frattin, 4:58)
March 16 vs. Ottawa: L, 4-3 (GWG-Turris, 3:54)
March 19 at Montreal: W, 3-2 (GWG-Ott, 2:16)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (5-4; 48-41 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)
March 21 vs. Toronto: W, 5-4 (GDG-Ott)
March 28 at Florida: L, 5-4 (GDG-Mike Santorelli)
March 30 vs. Washington: L, 4-3 (GDG-Matt Hendricks)
April 7 vs. New Jersey: W, 3-2 (GDG-Nathan Gerbe)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Patrick Kaleta … 5 games … 300 career games played
Ryan Miller … 6 games … 500 career games played
Goals
Thomas Vanek … 1 goal … 247 career goals (ties Mike Foligno, 6th in franchise history)
Steve Ott … 7 goals … 100 career goals

RECENT MILESTONES
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