Game Preview: 10/28/13 vs. Dallas

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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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

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