Game Preview: 11/12/13 vs. Los Angeles

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LAST GAME
Friday, November 8
Buffalo 2 at Anaheim 6
Goals: Grigorenko (2)
Goalie: Miller (28 saves/34 shots); Enroth (12 saves/12 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 0/2; Shots: Anaheim 46 – Buffalo 27

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 73)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Joel Armia (hand, Oct. 2; injured non-roster) – 19 games
Mike Weber (upper body; Oct. 26; injured reserve) – 7 games
Christian Ehrhoff (lower body; Nov. 8) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Thursday, Nov. 21: Buffalo at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 24: Detroit at Buffalo, 5 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
KINGS at SABRES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Kings this season.
  • Last meeting: Los Angeles defeated Buffalo, 2-0, in Los Angeles on Nov. 7
  • The Sabres are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Kings; 9-1-0 at home.
  • This is the 115th game all-time between Buffalo and Los Angeles; Buffalo has a 55-40-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 31-16-9 at home against the Kings all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-7-3 all-time on November 12.
  • November 12, 1988: The Sabres acquire Doug Bodger and Darrin Shannon in exchange for Tom Barrasso and a third-round draft pick in 1990 (Joe Dziedzic).
  • November 12, 1991: Pat LaFontaine records his first hat trick as a member of the Sabres in a 7-1 win at San Jose.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Matt Moulson has 14 points (7+7) in his last 12 games.
  • Moulson is tied with Bobby Ryan for ninth among active NHL players with 120 goals since the beginning of the 2009-10 season.
  • Drew Stafford has five points (3+2) in five career games against the Kings.
  • Christian Ehrhoff leads all Sabres with 12 points (4+8) in 35 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.

KINGS IN BUFFALO

  • The Kings visit Buffalo tonight for the first time since Nov. 19, 2010 (4-2 Sabres win).
  • The Sabres are 10-1-1 in their last 12 home games against the Kings, dating back to Dec. 17, 1993. During this stretch, the Sabres have outscored the Kings, 55-19, on home ice.
  • The Kings have not won a game in Buffalo since their 4-1 win at HSBC Arena on Feb. 21, 2003. Ryan Miller, who was playing in his 15th NHL game that night, is the only player from either of those teams to remain on the roster today.
  • The Sabres are 4-0-0 at home against Los Angeles since the last Kings win in Buffalo, outscoring the visitors by a combined 27-6 margin in those contests. With a win tonight, the Sabres would extend their streak to five games, tying the longest home-winning streak against the Kings in franchise history (last: Dec. 20, 1996 to Oct. 7, 2000).

KEEPING IT CLEAN
Brian Flynn
has played 45 NHL regular-season games without taking a penalty. According to Elias Sports Bureau, it is the longest such streak to start a career since Mason Raymond played his first 47 games without taking a penalty in 2007-08 as a member of the Vancouver Canucks.

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 (61), Foligno (47), Girgensons (38)
Blocked Shots: Ehrhoff (31), Weber (24), Pysyk (22)
Shots: Stafford/Hodgson (44), Moulson (41), Ott (34)

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: 2-7-0 (4), 20/33, 4/22, 24/32

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
Points
Cody Hodgson … 10 points … 100 career points

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