Game Preview: 11/16/13 at Toronto

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LAST GAME
Friday, November 15
Toronto 1 at Buffalo 3
Goals: Ott, Foligno, Ehrhoff
Goalie: Miller (32 saves/33 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 3/3; Shots: Toronto 33 – Buffalo 27

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 76)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Mike Weber (upper body; Oct. 26; injured reserve) – 9 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/13:
Assigned F Joel Armia to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Wednesday, Nov. 27: Montreal at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 29: Toronto at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at MAPLE LEAFS

  • This is the second of five meetings between the Sabres and Maple Leafs this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Toronto, 3-1, in Buffalo last night
  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Maple Leafs; 3-7-0 on the road.
  • This is the 190th game all-time between Buffalo and Toronto; Buffalo leads the series with a 105-61-23 record.
  • The Sabres are 42-36-15 on the road against the Maple Leafs all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-9-1 all-time on November 16.
  • November 15, 1974: Rick Martin scores the 1,000th goal in franchise history in a 7-5 loss at Boston.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Drew Stafford leads all Sabres with 28 points (12+16) in 37 career games against the Maple Leafs.
  • Ryan Miller is 30-15-1 all-time against Toronto with a 2.45 GAA and a .922 SV%; Miller has more wins (30) and shutouts (4) against the Maple Leafs than any other team.
  • Jhonas Enroth picked up a win in his only appearance against the Maple Leafs, stopping 23 of 25 Toronto shots in a 3-2 shootout win on Nov. 6, 2010.

HOME-AND-HOME

  • With last night’s win at home, Buffalo visits Toronto tonight for a crack at sweeping a home-and-home series with the Maple Leafs for the first time since Oct. 30-31, 1998.
  • The Sabres are looking for their first win in the road portion of a home-and-home series with Toronto since their 6-3 win on Oct. 31, 1998. Buffalo is 0-6-1 in the seven such games since then.
  • The Sabres are 10-1-2 (two ties) all-time in the home portion of their home-and-home series with the Maple Leafs and 2-9-1 in the road games.
  • Six of the previous 12 home-and-home sets between the Sabres and Maple Leafs also took place on consecutive nights.
  • Buffalo’s points breakdown in those 12 home and home sets were: four points (2), three points (0), two points (8), one point (1) and zero points (1).

MEET THE NEW BOSS
After being named interim head coach of the Buffalo Sabres on Nov. 13, Ted Nolan began the 20th head coaching tenure in Sabres history. He joins Scotty Bowman as the second head coach to reprise his role with the Sabres in the franchise’s 43-year history after logging a 73-72-19 record in 1995-96 and 1997-98 with the Sabres. For a complete Ted Nolan bio, visit http://www.sabresdigitalpressbox.com/tednolan.

CHANGING OF THE GUARD
Pat LaFontaine
was appointed president of hockey operations for the Buffalo Sabres on Nov. 13. In this role, he will work with Sabres assistant general manager Kevin Devine on day-to-day hockey operations while also conducting the search for the Sabres’ next general manager.

As a player, LaFontaine enjoyed an illustrious 15-year NHL career, including six seasons with the Sabres, before retiring from the league in 1998 as the second highest-scoring American-born player in NHL history with 468 goals and 1,013 points in 865 games. Today, he ranks sixth among all Americans in goals and ninth in points, and his 1.17 points-per-game average ranks 11th among the 79 1,000-point scorers in NHL history. For a complete Pat LaFontaine bio, visit http://www.sabresdigitalpressbox.com/patlafontaine.

MAKING HIS MARK

  • Matt Moulson has 16 points (7+9) in his last 14 games.
  • After last night’s game, Moulson’s six multi-point games this season tied for fourth in the league, trailing only Corey Perry (8) and Kyle Okposo/Martin St. Louis (7). He recorded four of these in his eight games with the Sabres.
  • After last night’s game, Moulson was tied with Bobby Ryan and John Tavares for ninth among active NHL players with 120 goals since the beginning of the 2009-10 season.

STAYING CLEAN
Brian Flynn
has played 47 regular-season NHL 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.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s fifth of 13 sets of back-to-back games this season. The Sabres are 2-3-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 1-3-0 in the second game this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets this season is: four points (0), three points (0), two points (2), one point (0) and zero points (2).

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-TOR CONNECTIONS
BUF LW Marcus Foligno and TOR RW Carter Ashton both played for Team Canada at the 2011 World Junior Championship held in Buffalo.

BUF D Tyler Myers and TOR RW Troy Bodie were teammates for the Kelowna Rockets (WHL) during the 2005-06 season.

Myers (12th overall), BUF C Cody Hodgson (10th overall), BUF C Tyler Ennis (26th overall) and TOR D Jake Gardiner (17th overall) were all chosen in the first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

BUF D Jamie McBain also played with Bodie for the Carolina Hurricanes in 2010-11.

BUF LW Matt Moulson (263rd overall) and Bodie (278th overall) were both selected in the 9th round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

McBain and Gardiner both played at the University of Wisconsin during the 2008-09 season.

Moulson and TOR G Jonathan Bernier played together for the Los Angeles Kings and Manchester Monarchs (AHL) for two seasons (2007-2009)

BUF LW John Scott was teammates with TOR C Dave Bolland for two seasons (2010-2012).

Scott, Ennis and TOR D Dion Phaneuf were all born in Edmonton, Alberta.

BUF D Henrik Tallinder was teammates with TOR RW David Clarkson (2010-2013) and TOR D Mark Fraser (2010-11) for the New Jersey Devils.

BUF C Cody McCormick was teammates with Clarkson on the Belleville Bulls (OHL) for parts of two seasons (2001-2003).

McCormick and TOR C Nazem Kadri were both born in London, Ontario.

Hodgson and Clarkson are both natives of Toronto.

Ennis, BUF LW Ville Leino and Kadri all share the same birthday. Ennis was born on October 6, 1989, Kadri on the same day in 1990 and Leino on October 6, 1983.

BUF G Ryan Miller played with TOR RW Phil Kessel on the 2010 US Olympic Team.

Leino and Van Riemsdyk were teammates with the Philadelphia Flyers from 2009-2011.

BUF RW Drew Stafford and Kessel both represented the United States at the 2006 and 2008 World Hockey Championships.

McBain (63rd overall), BUF G Jhonas Enroth (46th overall), BUF D Mike Weber (57th overall) and TOR LW Nikolai Kulemin (44th overall) were all drafted in the second round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

BUF C Steve Ott and TOR C Jay McClement both played for Team Canada in the 2002 World Junior Championship.

Ott and TOR LW Mason Raymond both represented Canada at the 2010 World Hockey Championship.

BUF D Christian Ehrhoff played with Raymond for the Vancouver Canucks for two seasons (2009-2011).

BUF C Mikhail Grigorenko (12th overall), BUF C Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and TOR D Morgan Rielly (5th overall) were all selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Ott (72), Foligno (57), Ristolainen (41)
Blocked Shots: Ehrhoff (34), Pysyk (25), Myers/Weber (24)
Shots: Stafford (52), Hodgson (49), Moulson (42)

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: 3-7-0 (6), 23/35, 5/24, 29/37
21-30: 1-0-0 (2), 3/1, 1/3, 3/3

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

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (3-0; 53-41 all-time)
October 17 at NY Islanders: W, 4-3 (GDG-Ennis)
November 5 at San Jose: W, 5-4 (GDG-Hodgson)
November 12 vs. Los Angeles: W, 3-2 (GDG-Moulson)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Goals

Steve Ott … 3 goals … 100 career goals
Points
Cody Hodgson … 8 points … 100 career points

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