Game Preview: 11/24/13 vs. Detroit

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LAST GAME
Thursday, November 21
Buffalo 1 at Philadelphia 4
Goals: Myers
Goalie: Miller (42 saves/45 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 1/5; PK: 6/7; Shots: Philadelphia 46 – Buffalo 30

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 77)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

N/A

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/19:
Activated D Mike Weber from IR; Assigned D Rasmus Ristolainen and F Johan Larsson to Rochester (AHL); Assigned D Nikita Zadorov to London (OHL)
11/20: Recalled F Luke Adam and D Brayden McNabb from Rochester (AHL)
11/23: Recalled D Alexander Sulzer from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Wednesday, Nov. 27:
Montreal at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 29: Toronto at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 30: Buffalo at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 5: NY Rangers at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 7: Buffalo at Montreal, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
RED WINGS at SABRES

  • This is the second of four meetings between the Sabres and Red Wings this season.
  • Last meeting: Detroit defeated Buffalo, 2-1, in Detroit on Oct. 2
  • Next meeting: Friday, April 4 in Detroit
  • The Sabres are 2-6-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Red Wings; 2-6-2 at home
  • This is the 118th game all-time between Buffalo and Detroit; Buffalo has a 53-48-16 series record.
  • The Sabres are 34-14-9 at home against the Red Wings all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 6-8-3 all-time on November 24.
  • November 24, 1974: Bill Hajt scores his first NHL goal and the Sabres and Canadiens combine for 154 penalty minutes as the Buffalo defeats Montreal, 6-4, at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium.
  • November 24, 1986: Gilbert Perreault announces his retirement from the NHL and Lindy Ruff is selected to serve as the sixth captain in franchise history.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Christian Ehrhoff leads all Sabres with 15 points (5+10) in 27 career games against the Red Wings. Ehrhoff, Steve Ott (29 GP) and Cody McCormick (11 GP) are the only Sabres skaters to have played at least 10 games against Detroit.
  • The Sabres have lost their last five games against the Red Wings, tying the longest drought against Detroit in franchise history. The last win was a 6-2 victory in Buffalo on Oct. 13, 2009.
  • At the time of his recall on Nov. 20, Luke Adam was tied for the AHL lead with 13 goals in 15 games.
  • Tyler Ennis enters tonight’s game on a season-best three-game point streak (2+1). With a point tonight, he would be one game from tying his career-high of five games (last: 4+5, March 10-19, 2012).
  • Matt Moulson has 17 points (7+10) in his last 17 games, including nine (2+7) in his first 11 games with the Sabres.

GOLD AND BLUE
Tonight’s game marks the first of 10 home games in which the Sabres will wear their new alternate jersey. The jersey was designed by the Sabres’ creative team in collaboration with Reebok. Challenged by Sabres ownership to use gold as the primary jersey color for the first time in team history, the design team looked at jerseys and uniforms from across the full spectrum of professional sports for inspiration. The result was a two-tone jersey with gold as the primary color on the front and navy blue on the back. This design concept is believed to be a first for the NHL.

A newly designed Buffalo Sabres wordmark appears on the players’ pant leg as well as just below the neckline on the main jersey, right above the Sabres’ traditional crest on the front of the jersey. Additionally, a unique font and number art were designed by Reebok and were inspired by the tips of actual sabers. The all-new font is used for the jersey numbers as well as players’ names. Captain and alternate captain insignia incorporate crossed sabers as design elements and the patches have been moved from the traditional spot on the chest to the shoulder of the jersey.

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.

STAYING CLEAN
Brian Flynn
has played 49 regular-season NHL games without taking a penalty, giving him the most games played of any Sabres player in franchise history with zero penalty minutes (next highest: Ron Schock, 40 GP). Only two players in Sabres history have played at least 50 games with the team and recorded fewer than 10 penalty minutes: Larry Keenan (65 GP, 8 PIM) and Donnie Marshall (62 GP, 8 PIM).

BUF-DET CONNECTIONS
BUF interim HC Ted Nolan played parts of two seasons for the Red Wings (1981-82 and 1983-84), appearing in a total of 60 games. Initially selected by Detroit in the fifth round of the 1978 NHL Amateur Draft, Nolan tallied 20 points (5+15) during his time with the club.

BUF LW Ville Leino played for Detroit during the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons. He appeared in 55 games and tallied 16 points (9+7).

Leino was also teammates with DET D Jakub Kindl, DET C Darren Helm, DET G Jimmy Howard, DET D Jonathan Ericsson, DET C Tomas Tatar and DET D Brian Lashoff for Grand Rapids during the 2008-09 AHL season.

BUF G Ryan Miller is the older brother of DET LW Drew Miller

DET LW Justin Abdelkader has played with three current Sabres: Jamie McBain (2007 United States World U20 Championship team), Leino (Grand Rapids – AHL, 2008-09) and Corey Tropp (Michigan State, 2007-08).

McBain and Abdelkader also share the same birthday. The former was born on February 25, 1987, while the latter was born one year later, on February 25, 1988.

McBain and DET D Brendan Smith were teammates at the University of Wisconsin for two seasons (2007-2009).

BUF G Jhonas Enroth, DET RW Daniel Alfredsson, D Niklas Kronwall, LW Henrik Zetterberg, RW Johan Franzen and Ericsson all suited up for Sweden at the 2012 World Championship.

Enroth also played with DET C Joakim Andersson for Sweden at the 2008 World Junior Championship.

DET G Jonas Gustavsson, Alfredsson, Franzen, Kronwall, Zetterberg and BUF D Henrik Tallinder all represented Sweden at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Franzen and Tallinder were also teammates with Linkopings HC (SEL) during the 2004-05 season.

Kronwall, Tallinder and Enroth are all natives of Stockholm, Sweden.

BUF C Cody Hodgson, DET C Stephen Weiss and Smith were all born in Toronto, Ontario.

BUF C Tyler Ennis and Helm were teammates for two seasons (2005-2007) with the Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL).

BUF D Brayden McNabb and Helm share the same birthday.  Helm was born on January 21, 1987, while McNabb was born four years later on January 21, 1991.

DET RW Mikael Samuelsson played with BUF D Christian Ehrhoff (2009-2011) and Hodgson (2010-11) in Vancouver for the Canucks.

Weiss and BUF C Steve Ott played together as members of the 2002 Canadian World Junior Championship team.

BUF AC Joe Sacco coached DET D Kyle Quincey for three seasons with the Colorado Avalanche (2009-2012).

BUF LW Matt Moulson and Quincey were teammates for the Los Angeles Kings during the 2008-09 season.

DET D Lashoff played with BUF D Mike Weber for the Barrie Colts (OHL) during the 2006-07 season.

BUF C Brian Flynn and DET RW Gustav Nyquist were teammates at the University of Maine for three seasons from 2008-11.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Ott (84), Foligno (64), Girgensons (46)
Blocked Shots: Ehrhoff (40), Myers/Pysyk (29), Weber (27)
Shots: Stafford (62), Hodgson (57), Moulson (51)

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: 1-3-0 (2), 7/13, 3/13, 11/15

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)
Games Played

John Scott … 9 games … 200 career games played
Goals
Steve Ott … 3 goals … 100 career goals
Points
Cody Hodgson … 7 points … 100 career points

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