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Game Preview: 10/31/13 at NY Rangers

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Monday, October 28
Dallas 4 at Buffalo 3
Goals: Moulson (2), Ott
Goalie: Miller (25 saves/29 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 2/3; Shots: Dallas 29 – Buffalo 25

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 61)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Joel Armia (hand, Oct. 2; injured non-roster) – 14 games
Corey Tropp (jaw, Oct. 2; injured non-roster) – 14 games
Mike Weber (upper body; Oct. 26; injured reserve) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/25:
Activated F Cody McCormick from IR; Assigned F Kevin Porter to Rochester (AHL)
10/26: Activated F Ville Leino from IR; Placed D Mike Weber on IR
10/27: Acquired F Matt Moulson, a first-round selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and a second-round selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft from the New York Islanders in exchange for F Thomas Vanek

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Nov. 2:
Anaheim at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 5: Buffalo at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 7: Buffalo at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 8: Buffalo at Anaheim, 10 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 12: Los Angeles at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at RANGERS

  • This is the first of three meetings between the Sabres and Rangers this season.
  • Next meeting: Thursday, Dec. 5 in Buffalo
  • Last meeting: New York defeated Buffalo,8-4, in Buffalo on April 19
  • The Sabres are 4-2-4 in their last 10 games vs. the Rangers; 5-2-3 on the road.
  • This is the 166th game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo has a 78-54-33 series record.
  • The Sabres are 31-30-20 on the road against the Rangers all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 5-3-5 all-time on October 31.
  • October 31, 1997: The Sabres get their first win against the Carolina Hurricanes after the team’s move from Hartford on the strength of a Jason Dawe overtime goal.
  • October 31, 1998: Geoff Sanderson scores a hat trick on three shots in just 14:18 of ice time to lead the Sabres to a 6-3 win at Toronto.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres have earned at least a point in their last seven road games against the Rangers, going 4-0-3 in those games. Their last regulation loss at NYR came on March 21, 2009. With a point tonight, the Sabres would tie the longest stretch without a regulation loss at NYR in franchise history (eight games, 1/16/85-12/20/89).
  • Entering Wednesday night’s games, Matt Moulson ranks ninth among active NHL players with 120 goals since the beginning of the 2009-10 season.
  • Moulson has 10 points (7+3) in his last seven games, tallying at least a point in all but one of them.
  • Cody Hodgson has recorded points in 10 of his last 12 games, totaling 10 points (4+6).

WHO’S HOT AGAINST THE RANGERS?

  • Drew Stafford has seven points (6+1) in his last five games against the Rangers.
  • Ryan Miller is 8-2-4 in his last 15 games against the Rangers with a .935 save percentage and a goals against average of 1.94. He has only allowed three or more goals three times in those 15 games.
  • Marcus Foligno has five points (2+3) in four career games against the Rangers.
  • Tyler Ennis has 11 points (3+8) in 11 career games against the Rangers, including two of his five career three-point games (4/6/10 and 3/23/12).
  • Mark Pysyk scored his first career goal in his only game against the Rangers the last time these teams met (4/19).
  • Matt Moulson leads all Sabres with 21 points (10+11) in 23 games against the Rangers.

WELCOME TO BUFFALO
With Matt Moulson scoring on his first shot in a Sabres uniform on Monday vs. DAL, the Sabres now have six players on their roster who scored on their first shot with the team: Moulson (10/28/13 vs. DAL), Zadorov (10/23/13 vs. BOS), Girgensons (10/2/13 at DET), McBain (10/8/13 vs. TBL), Ott (1/20/13 vs. PHI), Leino (10/7/11 vs. ANA).

FRESH FACES
Nikita Zadorov
scored his first NHL goal on his first career shot on 10/23  vs. BOS, becoming the second-youngest player (18 years, 191 days) – and the youngest defenseman – in Sabres history to score a goal. Rasmus Ristolainen scored his first goal 10/25 at FLA. According to Elias Sports Bureau, this made them the first Sabres duo to score their first NHL goals in consecutive games since Mike Ryan (3/2/07 vs. MTL) and Nathan Paetsch (3/3/07 at TOR) and the first Sabres defensemen to accomplish this feat since Mike Boland (3/10/79 at ATL) and Ken Breitenbach (3/11/79 vs. ATL).

YOUTH MOVEMENT
With teenage rookies Zemgus Girgensons, Mikhail Grigorenko, Rasmus Ristolainen and Nikita Zadorov on the roster, the Sabres have become the first NHL team since 1995-96 to dress four teenagers during the course of a season. That year, the Sabres (Jay McKee, Martin Biron, Wayne Primeau, Vaclav Varada, Curtis Brown) joined Florida (4) and Winnipeg (6) as the last teams to dress at least four teenagers in a season.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, the Sabres have become the first team to dress four teenagers in a single game since March 30, 1996, when Winnipeg dressed four 19-year-olds (Shane Doan, Chad Kilger, Deron Quint and Oleg Tverdovsky) in a 5-2 loss to Detroit. The only time the Sabres have ever dressed four teenagers simultaneously was in the 1982-83 season, when forwards Dave Andreychuk and Paul Cyr and defensemen Phil Housley and Hannu Virta all played in 21 games together.

BUF-NYR CONNECTIONS
BUF HC Ron Rolston has coached four current Rangers players: C Brian Boyle (Boston College, 2003-04), D Ryan McDonagh (Team USA, 2009 World Junior Championship), C J.T. Miller (United States National Team Development Program, 2009-2011) and C Dominic Moore (Harvard University, 1999-2002).

NYR LW Taylor Pyatt played 230 games with the Buffalo Sabres from 2001-2006, totaling 80 points (38+42). Buffalo acquired Pyatt via trade from the New York Islanders along with Tim Connolly in exchange for Michael Peca on June 24, 2001.

BUF LW Matt Moulson was teammates with Boyle for the Los Angeles Kings for parts of the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons.

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

BUF LW John Scott played a brief stint with the Rangers during the 2011-12 season, appearing in six games.

McDonagh was teammates with BUF D Jamie McBain at the University of Wisconsin from 2007-2009. NYR C Derek Stepan was also a member of the team during the 2008-09 season.

J.T. Miller (15th overall) and BUF RW Joel Armia (16th overall) were consecutive picks in the first-round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

NYR RW Ryan Callahan played for the Buffalo Lightning (OPJHL) during the 2001-02 season.

BUF RW Drew Stafford and Callahan both represented the United States in the 2005 World Junior Championships.

BUF G Ryan Miller and Callahan were teammates for Team USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

BUF G Jhonas Enroth and Hagelin both represented Team Sweden at the 2008 World Junior Championships.

Scott and NYR LW Benoit Pouliot were teammates on the Minnesota Wild from 2008-2010.

Ott has played alongside three current Rangers players: C Brad Richards (Dallas Stars 2007-2011), LW Rick Nash (Team Canada, 2002 World Junior Championship) and D Michael Del Zotto (Team Canada, 2010 World Hockey Championship).

BUF LW Ville Leino was teammates with NYR RW Arron Asham (2009-10 season) on the Philadelphia Flyers.

BUF LW Johan Larsson played briefly with NYR D Justin Falk for the Minnesota Wild in 2012-13.

BUF D Henrik Tallinder and NYR G Henrik Lundqvist both represented Sweden at the 2010 Olympics.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Ott (47), Foligno/Girgensons (32), Weber (29)
Blocked Shots: Ehrhoff (28), Weber (24), Pysyk (15)
Shots: Hodgson (34), Stafford (33), Moulson (32)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10:
1-8-1 (3), 13/28, 3/35, 27/32
11-20: 1-3-0 (2), 10/13, 2/10, 12/15

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-1; 94-94 all-time)
October 10 vs. Tampa Bay: L, 3-2 (GWG-Killorn, 1:50)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-0; 51-41 all-time)
October 17 at NY Islanders: W, 4-3 (GDG-Ennis)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Goals

Steve Ott … 4 goals … 100 career goals

RECENT MILESTONES
Games Played

Tyler Ennis … 200th career game … Oct. 26 at TBL
Goals
Nikita Zadorov … 1st NHL goal … Oct. 23 vs. BOS
Rasmus Ristolainen … 1st NHL goal … Oct. 25 at FLA

Post-Game Report: 10/28 vs. DAL

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Total SOG
Stars (5-5-1) 3 1 0 4 29
Sabres (2-11-1) 1 2 0 3 25

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • Matt Moulson scored two goals and tied for the team lead with four shots in 19:48 of ice time in his Sabres debut.
  • Moulson now has eight points (7+1) in seven career games against the Stars.
  • As of the end of the game,  Moulson was in a five-way tie (Crosby, Stamkos, Marleay, Hertl) for fourth-most goals in the NHL (8).
  • With Moulson scoring on his first shot in a Sabres uniform, the Sabres now have six players on their roster who scored on their first shot with the team: Moulson (10/28/13 vs. DAL), Zadorov (10/23/13 vs. BOS), Girgensons (10/2/13 at DET), McBain (10/8/13 vs. TBL), Ott (1/20/13 vs. PHI), Leino (10/7/11 vs. ANA).
  • The Sabres lost a regular-season game to the Stars in Buffalo for the first time since Oct. 7, 1997, Lindy Ruff’s first home game as head coach of the Sabres.

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Ron Rolston

Sabres forward Matt Moulson

Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller

Sabres forward Steve Ott

Stars head coach Lindy Ruff

Stars forward Erik Cole

Stars forward Tyler Seguin

Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen

Game Preview: 10/28/13 vs. Dallas

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, October 26
Buffalo 2 at Tampa Bay 3
Goals: Flynn, Vanek
Goalie: Miller (36 saves/39 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 5/6; Shots: Tampa Bay 39 – Buffalo 22

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 58)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Joel Armia (hand, Oct. 2; injured non-roster) – 13 games
Corey Tropp (jaw, Oct. 2; injured non-roster) – 13 games
Mike Weber (upper body; Oct. 26; injured reserve) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/22:
Placed F Cody McCormick on IR
10/25: Activated F Cody McCormick from IR; Assigned F Kevin Porter to Rochester (AHL)
10/26: Activated F Ville Leino from IR; Placed D Mike Weber on IR
10/27: Acquired F Matt Moulson, a first-round selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and a second-round selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft from the New York Islanders in exchange for F Thomas Vanek

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Oct. 31:
Buffalo at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 2: Anaheim at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 5: Buffalo at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 7: Buffalo at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 8: Buffalo at Anaheim, 10 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
STARS at SABRES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Stars this season.
  • Next meeting: Monday, March 3 at Dallas
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Dallas, 3-2 (SO), in Buffalo on Feb. 10
  • The Sabres are 7-3-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Stars; 8-1-1 at home.
  • This is the 113th game all-time between Buffalo and Dallas/Minnesota; Buffalo has a 54-41-17 series record.
  • The Sabres are 31-13-11 at home against the Stars/North Stars all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-3-6 all-time on October 28.
  • October 28, 1981: Ric Seiling scores his 100th NHL goal in a 6-2 win vs. the St. Louis Blues.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Steve Ott will face off with the team that drafted him for the first time tonight after spending the first 10 seasons of his career in Dallas.
  • Ryan Miller is 4-0-0 in his career against Dallas, with a 2.41 goals against average.
  • None of the players who scored in the last meeting between these teams are on the current rosters: Michael Ryder, Tomas Vincour, Thomas Vanek, Derek Roy, Nathan Gerbe (GDG)
  • Ville Leino returned to the Sabres’ lineup Saturday night at TBL after missing 11 games with a rib injury. With an assist in Saturday’s game, Leino now has seven points (2+5) in his 10 games played since the beginning of 2012-13.

LET’S MAKE A DEAL

  • Last night, the Sabres acquired Matt Moulson, a first-round pick in 2014 and a second-round pick in 2015 from the New York Islanders in exchange for Thomas Vanek.
  • The trade gives the Sabres 17 first- and second-round draft picks from the 2012-2015 drafts. The Montreal Canadiens (multiple times in the 1970s and 1980s) are the only team in NHL history to use at least 16 first- and second-round selections in a four-year span.
  • Moulson, selected by Pittsburgh in the ninth round (263rd overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, made his NHL debut with Los Angeles in 2007-08, but had been with the Islanders since 2009-10. Since joining the Islanders, Moulson has scored 118 goals, ranking 10th among all NHL players in that stretch.
  • Vanek, selected by the Sabres fifth overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, leaves the Sabres ranked in the top 15 in franchise history in games played (15th), goals (5th), assists (13th) and points (10th).

RUFF’S RETURN
Dallas head coach Lindy Ruff will return to Buffalo tonight for his first head coaching matchup with the team he spent 10 seasons playing for and 15 seasons coaching. Ruff last faced the Sabres as an assistant coach for the Florida Panthers on March 22, 1997, a 3-2 Panthers win in Sunrise.

THE STARS DON’T SHINE IN BUFFALO
The Sabres have gone 6-0-1 (one tie) in their last seven home games against the Stars. Dallas has not won a regular season game in Buffalo since Oct. 7, 1997, when they won 4-2 in Lindy Ruff’s first home game as head coach of the Sabres. The Sabres’ best home-winning streak against the Stars franchise was a nine-game streak from Oct. 29, 1972 to Jan. 18, 1976.

FRESH FACES
Nikita Zadorov
scored his first NHL goal on his first career shot on Wednesday vs. BOS, becoming the second-youngest player (18 years, 191 days) – and the youngest defenseman – in Sabres history to score a goal. Rasmus Ristolainen scored his first goal Friday at FLA. According to Elias Sports Bureau, this made them the first Sabres duo to score their first NHL goals in consecutive games since Mike Ryan (3/2/07 vs. MTL) and Nathan Paetsch (3/3/07 at TOR) and the first Sabres defensemen to accomplish this feat since Mike Boland (3/10/79 at ATL) and Ken Breitenbach (3/11/79 vs. ATL).

YOUTH MOVEMENT
With teenage rookies Zemgus Girgensons, Mikhail Grigorenko and Rasmus Ristolainen and Nikita Zadorov on the roster, the Sabres have become the first NHL team since 1995-96 to dress four teenagers during the course of a season. That year, the Sabres (Jay McKee, Martin Biron, Wayne Primeau, Vaclav Varada, Curtis Brown) joined Florida (4) and Winnipeg (6) as the last teams to dress at least four teenagers in a season.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, the Sabres have become the first team to dress four teenagers in a single game since March 30, 1996, when Winnipeg dressed four 19-year-olds (Shane Doan, Chad Kilger, Deron Quint and Oleg Tverdovsky) in a 5-2 loss to Detroit. The only time the Sabres have ever dressed four teenagers simultaneously was in the 1982-83 season, when forwards Dave Andreychuk and Paul Cyr and defensemen Phil Housley and Hannu Virta all played in 21 games together.

BUF-DAL CONNECTIONS
BUF C Steve Ott spent 10 seasons (2002-2012) as a member of the Dallas Stars. Drafted by Dallas in the first-round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft (25th overall), Ott compiled 220 points (85+135) and 1,170 penalty minutes over 566 career games with the franchise.

DAL HC Lindy Ruff served as HC of the Sabres for 14-plus seasons (1997-2013), compiling a record of 571-432-162 in 1,165 games. Ruff is the Sabres’ all-time franchise leader in wins, guiding the team to eight postseason appearances, including a trip to the 1999 Stanley Cup Final. He was awarded the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s top coach in 2006. Ruff also played for the Sabres from 1979-89, appearing in 608 games, recording 285 points (102+183) and serving as team captain for three seasons.

DAL AC James Patrick spent seven seasons (2006-2013) as an AC for the Sabres. He also spent six seasons with the Sabres as a player (1998-2004) and registered 74 points (23+51).

BUF AC Teppo Numminen played with the Dallas Stars in 2003-04. Numminen appeared in 62 games with the Stars, tallying 17 points (3+14). DAL D Stephane Robidas and DAL G Dan Ellis were also members of the club during this season.

BUF D Jamie McBain was teammates with Ellis for the Carolina Hurricanes during the 2012-13 season.

BUF D Tyler Myers and DAL C Jamie Benn were teammates with the Kelowna Rockets (WHL) during the 2008-09 season.

Myers was born in Houston, TX.

McBain played with DAL LW Erik Cole for the Carolina Hurricanes from 2009-2011. DAL LW Ray Whitney was a member of the team as well in 2009-10.

Ott and Whitney played together for Team Canada at the 2010 World Hockey Championship.

BUF G Ryan Miller was also teammates with Cole for Team USA at the 2006 Olympics.

Miller and DAL C Shawn Horcoff played together at Michigan State University during the 1999-00 season.

BUF LW Marcus Foligno and DAL C Cody Eakin both represented Canada at the 2011 World Junior Championship held in Buffalo.

Foligno (104th overall) and DAL LW Lane MacDermid (112th overall) were both selected in the fourth-round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

DAL C Chris Mueller is a native of West Seneca, NY.

BUF D Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall), BUF D Nikita Zadorov (16th overall) and DAL RW Valeri Nichushkin (10th overall) were all first-round selections in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

BUF C Mikhail Grigorenko and Nichushkin skated together at the 2013 World Junior Championship for Team Russia.

BUF D Mark Pysyk (23rd overall) and DAL C Tyler Seguin (2nd overall) were both chosen in the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

BUF C Cody Hodgson and DAL D Trevor Daly were both born in Toronto, Ontario.

BUF LW Tyler Ennis, BUF LW John Scott, DAL D Kevin Connauton and DAL C Vernon Fiddler were all born in Edmonton, Alberta.

BUF RW Drew Stafford and DAL D Alex Goligoski both represented the United States at the 2005 World Junior Championship.

BUF AC Joe Sacco played with DAL D Sergei Gonchar for the Washington Capitals from 1999-2002.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Ott (44), Foligno/Girgensons/Weber (29), Tyler Myers (22)
Blocked Shots: Ehrhoff (25), Weber (24), Pysyk (15)
Shots: Stafford (33), Hodgson (31), Moulson (28)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10:
1-8-1 (3), 13/28, 3/35, 27/32
11-20: 1-2-0 (2), 7/9, 1/7, 10/12

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-1; 94-94 all-time)
October 10 vs. Tampa Bay: L, 3-2 (GWG-Killorn, 1:50)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-0; 51-41 all-time)
October 17 at NY Islanders: W, 4-3 (GDG-Ennis)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Mike Weber … 5 games … 200 career games played
Goals
Steve Ott … 5 goals … 100 career goals

RECENT MILESTONES
Games Played

Tyler Ennis … 200th career game … Oct. 26 at TBL
Goals
Nikita Zadorov … 1st NHL goal … Oct. 23 vs. BOS
Rasmus Ristolainen … 1st NHL goal … Oct. 25 at FLA

SABRES TRADE VANEK TO ISLANDERS

BUFFALO, N.Y. (October 27, 2013) — Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier has announced that the team has traded forward Thomas Vanek to the New York Islanders in exchange for forward Matt Moulson, the Islanders’ first-round draft selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and the Islanders’ second-round selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Game Preview: 10/26/13 at Tampa Bay

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Friday, October 25
Buffalo 3 at Florida 1
Goals: Ristolainen, Ott, Hodgson
Goalie: Enroth (44 saves/45 shots)
PP: 0/1; PK: 2/2; Shots: Florida 45 – Buffalo 21

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 55)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Joel Armia (hand, Oct. 2; injured non-roster) – 12 games
Corey Tropp (jaw, Oct. 2; injured non-roster) – 12 games
Ville Leino (rib, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 11 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/21:
Recalled D Rasmus Ristolainen from Rochester (AHL)
10/22: Placed F Cody McCormick on IR
10/25: Activated F Cody McCormick from IR; Assigned F Kevin Porter to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Monday, Oct. 28:
Dallas at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 31: Buffalo at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 2: Anaheim at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 5: Buffalo at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 7: Buffalo at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at LIGHTNING

  • This is the second of four meetings between the Sabres and Lightning this season.
  • Next meeting: Thursday, March 6 in Tampa Bay
  • Last meeting: Tampa Bay defeated Buffalo, 3-2 (OT), in Buffalo on Oct. 8
  • The Sabres are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Lightning; 6-4-0 on the road.
  • This is the 79h game all-time between Buffalo and Tampa Bay; Buffalo has a 49-23-6 series record.
  • The Sabres are 26-10-3 on the road against the Lightning all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-9-1 all-time on October 26.
  • October 26, 2006: Ryan Miller stops 29 shots and the Sabres shut out the Islanders, 3-0, on Long Island. The win gave the team a franchise-record 10 straight victories to start the season.
  • October 26, 2008: Mike Weber makes his NHL debut in a 4-2 win at Florida.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Buffalo will look to avoid losing consecutive road games to the Lightning for just the third time in franchise history (last: 11/22/03 and 3/18/04).
  • In the last eight seasons, the Sabres have scored seven or more goals in a single game against the Lightning six times. Including this season, Buffalo has compiled a record of 22-9-1 (.703) against Tampa Bay in that stretch.
  • Nikita Zadorov skated 20:03 in his third NHL game last night, recording seven hits.

LEADING THE WAY AGAINST TAMPA BAY

  • Thomas Vanek leads all Sabres with 38 points (23+15) in 32 games against the Lightning.
  • Vanek has 16 points (6+10) in 16 road games against the Lightning.
  • Cody Hodgson has seven points (2+5) in six career games against the Lightning
  • Ryan Miller is 19-8-0 all-time against TBL with a 2.66 GAA; Jhonas Enroth is 2-0-1 with a 1.98 GAA.

TOPPING TAMPA

  • Buffalo’s franchise record of 49-23-6 (.667) against Tampa Bay is the team’s best all-time record against any Eastern Conference opponent. The team’s record against San Jose (18-10-1, .707) is the only better all-time series record.
  • The Sabres’ 26-10-3 (.705) record at Tampa Bay is the team’s best road record against any Eastern Conference opponent. The Sabres’ only better road records are their records at Minnesota (5-1-0) and at Nashville (6-2-0). Their next best road record against an Eastern Conference opponent is their 39-23-10 (.611) mark at Washington.

SUNSHINE SUCCESS
The Sabres have swept nine of their 30 Florida/Tampa Bay road trips in franchise history. In the other 21 sets, the Sabres earned: three points (3), two points (12), one point (2) and zero points (4). This gives them record of 33-22-5 (.592) in previous trips. They opened this trip with a 3-1 win last night at Florida.

HODGSON’S HOT STREAK
Cody Hodgson
has points (4+5) in eight of his last 10 games for the first time in any 10-game stretch in his career. He has scored a goal in each of his last three, marking the second three-game goal streak of his career (last: Jan. 20 to Jan. 24, 2013).

MILESTONE NIGHT
If he is in the lineup tonight, Tyler Ennis will appear in his 200th NHL game. Ennis, selected by the Sabres in the first round (26th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, will become the sixth active Sabres skater to appear in 200 games with the team, joining Thomas Vanek, Henrik Tallinder, Drew Stafford, Patrick Kaleta and Tyler Myers.

FRESH FACES
Nikita Zadorov
scored his first NHL goal on his first career shot on Wednesday vs. BOS, becoming the second-youngest player (18 years, 191 days) – and the youngest defenseman – in Sabres history to score a goal. Rasmus Ristolainen scored his first goal Friday at FLA. According to Elias Sports Bureau, this made them the first Sabres duo to score their first NHL goals in consecutive games since Mike Ryan (3/2/07 vs. MTL) and Nathan Paetsch (3/3/07 at TOR) and the first Sabres defensemen to accomplish this feat since Mike Boland (3/10/79 at ATL) and Ken Breitenbach (3/11/79 vs. ATL).

YOUTH MOVEMENT
With teenage rookies Zemgus Girgensons, Mikhail Grigorenko and Rasmus Ristolainen and Nikita Zadorov on the roster, the Sabres have become the first NHL team since 1995-96 to dress four teenagers during the course of a season. That year, the Sabres (Jay McKee, Martin Biron, Wayne Primeau, Vaclav Varada, Curtis Brown) joined Florida (4) and Winnipeg (6) as the last teams to dress at least four teenagers in a season.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, the Sabres have become the first team to dress four teenagers in a single game since March 30, 1996, when Winnipeg dressed four 19-year-olds (Shane Doan, Chad Kilger, Deron Quint and Oleg Tverdovsky) in a 5-2 loss to Detroit. The only time the Sabres have ever dressed four teenagers simultaneously was in the 1982-83 season, when forwards Dave Andreychuk and Paul Cyr and defensemen Phil Housley and Hannu Virta all played in 21 games together.

VANEK IN ELITE COMPANY
With his goal on 10/15 at NYI, Thomas Vanek passed Craig Ramsay for fifth-most goals in Sabres franchise history (253). He is now 14 goals shy of Danny Gare for fourth. Vanek is currently 15th on the Sabres’ games played list and his .424 goals per game rank him seventh in franchise history, behind Pat LaFontaine (.590), Rick Martin (.561), Alexander Mogilny (.554), Danny Gare (.531), Dave Andreychuk (.440) and Gilbert Perreault (.430) and just ahead of Rene Robert (.423).

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s third of 13 sets of back-to-back games this season. The Sabres are 1-2-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 1-1-0 in the second game this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in back-to-back sets this season is: four points (0), three points (0), two points (1), one point (0) and zero points (1).

BUF-TBL CONNECTIONS
BUF C Steve Ott and TBL RW B.J Crombeen played together from 2007-2009 as members of the Dallas Stars.

BUF G Ryan Miller and TBL LW Ryan Malone played together as members of the 2010 United States Olympic team.

Four players in tonight’s game were drafted in the first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft: BUF C Cody Hodgson, BUF C Tyler Ennis, BUF D Tyler Myers and TBL C Steven Stamkos. Stamkos was the first overall selection, Hodgson was picked 10th overall, Myers was the 12th overall selection and Ennis was the 26th overall pick.

TBL D Matt Carle and BUF D Christian Ehrhoff played together for the San Jose Sharks from 2005-2008. Carle also played with BUF LW Ville Leino for the Philadelphia Flyers from 2009-2011.

TBL D Sami Salo played with Ehrhoff (2009-2011) and Hodgson (2010-2012) for the Vancouver Canucks.

TBL C Valtteri Filppula and Leino were teammates for three seasons with the Detroit Red Wings (2008-2010).

BUF G Jhonas Enroth and TBL D Victor Hedman played together for Sweden in the 2008 World Junior Championship. Sweden won the silver medal in the tournament.

BUF AC Jerry Forton coached Killorn at Harvard University during the 2011-12 season, when Forton served as an AC for the Crimson.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Ott (39), Foligno/Girgensons/Weber (29), Tyler Myers (21)
Blocked Shots: Ehrhoff/Weber (24), Pysyk (15), McBain (11)
Shots: Vanek (44), Hodgson/Stafford (31), Ehrhoff (23)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10:
1-8-1 (3), 13/28, 3/35, 27/32
11-20: 1-1-0 (2), 5/6, 1/4, 5/6

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-1; 94-94 all-time)
October 10 vs. Tampa Bay: L, 3-2 (GWG-Killorn, 1:50)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-0; 51-41 all-time)
October 17 at NY Islanders: W, 4-3 (GDG-Ennis)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Tyler Ennis … 1 game … 200 career games played
Thomas Vanek … 3 games … 600 career games played
Mike Weber … 5 games … 200 career games played
Goals
Steve Ott … 5 goals … 100 career goals
Points
Thomas Vanek … 4 points … 500 career points (ties Danny Gare for 9th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
Goals

Nikita Zadorov … 1st NHL goal … Oct. 23 vs. BOS
Rasmus Ristolainen … 1st NHL goal … Oct. 25 at FLA