Game Preview: 11/7/13 at Los Angeles

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LAST GAME
Tuesday, November 5
Buffalo 5 at San Jose 4 (SO)
Goals: Stafford, McCormick, Ennis, Tallinder; GDG-Hodgson
Goalie: Miller (47 saves/51 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 4/4; Shots: San Jose 51 – Buffalo 36

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 68)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Joel Armia (hand, Oct. 2; injured non-roster) – 17 games
Mike Weber (upper body; Oct. 26; injured reserve) – 5 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/2:
Activated F Corey Tropp from injured-non roster status; Placed F Patrick Kaleta on waivers
11/3: Assigned F Patrick Kaleta to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, Nov. 8:
Buffalo at Anaheim, 10 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 12: Los Angeles at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 15: Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 16: Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 19: St. Louis at Buffalo, 7 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, Nov. 12 in Buffalo
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Los Angeles, 4-2, in Berlin, Germany on Oct. 8, 2011
  • The Sabres are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Kings; 2-6-2 on the road.
  • This is the 114th game all-time between Buffalo and Los Angeles; Buffalo has a 55-39-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 24-23-10 on the road against the Kings all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 6-10-3 all-time on November 7.
  • November 7, 1981: John Van Boxmeer records five points (3+2) in a 6-2 win at NYI. Van Boxmeer shares the record for most points recorded in a single game by a Sabres defenseman with Phil Housley.
  • November 7, 1986: Gilbert Perreault scores the last two goals of his NHL career in a 7-6 loss vs. VAN. Perreault’s 512 goals as a member of the Sabres still stand as the franchise record, 130 more than the next closest player (Rick Martin-382).
  • November 7, 2009: Tim Connolly appears in his 500th NHL game, Henrik Tallinder appears in his 400th NHL game and Jhonas Enroth makes his NHL debut in a 4-2 loss at BOS.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres and Kings will face off twice this season for the first time since Buffalo won both games in the series in the 2003-04 season.
  • Tonight’s game is the second of a three-game road trip for the Sabres, who topped the Sharks, 5-4 (SO), on Tuesday in San Jose. It is the team’s second-longest of the season and their only trip of three or more games until March.
  • Cody Hodgson has 13 points (5+8) in his last 15 games, one point fewer than his career-best 14 points (5+9) in the 15 games from Jan. 31 to Feb. 28 2012.
  • Matt Moulson has 14 points (7+7) in his last 10 games, tallying at least a point in all but two of them. His best 10-game span was a 15-point run (6+9) from Dec. 31, 2011 to Jan. 19, 2012. Moulson would need two points in tonight’s game to match that high.
  • Entering Wednesday night’s games, Moulson ranks ninth among active NHL players with 120 goals since the beginning of the 2009-10 season.

SABRES-KINGS NOTES

  • The Sabres are looking to win consecutive road games against the Kings for the first time since their wins in Los Angeles on March 12, 1994 and March 13, 1996.
  • Drew Stafford has five points (3+2) in four career games against the Kings.
  • Christian Ehrhoff leads all Sabres with 12 points (4+8) in 34 games against the Kings.
  • Ryan Miller is 4-1-1 in seven appearances against the Kings in his career with a .931 save percentage and a 2.38 goals against average.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s fourth 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 1-2-0 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 (2), one point (0) and zero points (1).

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.

WELCOME TO BUFFALO
The Sabres 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).

BUF-LAK CONNECTIONS
BUF LW Matt Moulson was a member of the Kings for parts of two seasons from 2007-2009. Moulson registered 10 points (6+4) in 22 games in Los Angeles.

LAK D Robyn Regehr played for the Sabres from 2011-2013, tallying seven points (1+6) in 105 games.

BUF G Ryan Miller and LAK RW Dustin Brown both represented the United States at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

BUF RW Drew Stafford was teammates with Brown for the United States at the 2006, 2008 and 2009 World Hockey Championships.

Stafford and LAK D 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.

BUF C Cody McCormick, LAK C Jeff Carter and LAK D Drew Doughty were all born in London, Ontario.

LAK LW Daniel Carcillo played with BUF LW John Scott for the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2011-12 season.

Leino, Carter, Carcillo and Richards all played together for the Philadelphia Flyers from 2009-2011.

BUF C Cody Hodgson, BUF D Tyler Myers, BUF LW Tyler Ennis and LAK D 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 overall.

Ennis, Scott and LAK RW Matt Frattin are all natives of Edmonton, Alberta.

BUF HC Ron Rolston coached LAK C Trevor Lewis for Team USA at the 2007 World Junior Championship.

Rolston also coached LAK D Willie Mitchell at Clarkson University from 1997-1999.

BUF D Christian Ehrhoff and Mitchell were teammates for the Vancouver Canucks during the 2009-10 season.

BUF RW Brian Flynn and LAK D Alec Martinez share the same birthday. Martinez was born on July 26, 1987, while Flynn was born one year later on July 26, 1988.

BUF D Rasmus Ristolainen and Martinez were teammates briefly for TPS Turku (SM-liiga) during the 2012-13 season.

BUF C Steve Ott (25th overall) and LAK RW Justin Williams (28th overall) were both chosen in the first round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Ott (49), Girgensons (37), Foligno (36)
Blocked Shots: Ehrhoff (30), Weber (24), Pysyk (21)
Shots: Hodgson (44), Stafford (42), Moulson (37)

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: 2-5-0 (4), 18/25, 4/16, 21/25

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

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (2-0; 52-41 all-time)
October 17 at NY Islanders: W, 4-3 (GDG-Ennis)
November 5 at San Jose: W, 5-4 (GDG-Hodgson)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Goals

Steve Ott … 4 goals … 100 career goals

RECENT MILESTONES
Points

Johan Larsson … 1st NHL point (assist)… Nov. 2 vs. ANA

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