Game Preview: 12/21/13 at Boston Bruins

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LAST GAME
Thursday, December 19
Boston 2 at Buffalo 4
Goals: Flynn, Foligno, Stafford, Myers
Goalie: Miller (34 saves/36 shots)
PP: 0/4; PK: 2/2; Shots: Boston 36 – Buffalo 23

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 90)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (upper body; injured reserve) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
12/17:
Activated D Alexander Sulzer from IR; Recalled F Kevin Porter and D Chad Ruhwedel from Rochester (AHL); Assigned F Luke Adam, D Brayden McNabb and D Mark Pysyk to Rochester; Placed F Cody McCormick on IR
12/19: Acquired F Linus Omark from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft

UPCOMING GAMES
Monday, Dec. 23: Phoenix at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 27: Buffalo at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 29: Washington at Buffalo, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 31: Buffalo at Winnipeg, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 2: Buffalo at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at BRUINS

  • This is the third of five meetings between the Sabres and Bruins this season.
  • Next meeting: Wednesday, Feb. 26 in Buffalo
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Boston, 4-2, in Buffalo on Dec. 19
  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Bruins; 5-3-2 on the road.
  • This is the 271st game all-time between Buffalo and Boston; Buffalo has a 118-112-40 series record.
  • The Sabres are 46-68-19 on the road against the Bruins all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 13-4-2 all-time on December 21.
  • December 21, 1975: Rick Martin scores four goals and Fred Stanfield scores three as the Sabres defeat Washington by a score of 14-2, the largest winning margin in franchise history. The Sabres players combined for 40 points in the game, the most in team history.
  • December 21, 1991: Alexander Mogilny sets the franchise record for fastest goal from the start of a game, beating Toronto goaltender Jeff Reese just five seconds after the opening faceoff.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres have killed off their last 14 penalties, with their last power play goal against coming on Dec. 5 vs. NYR.
  • Drew Stafford leads all Sabres with 25 points (12+13) in 39 career games against the Bruins.
  • The Sabres will look to win consecutive matchups with the Bruins for the first time since Feb. 8 and Feb. 24, 2012.
  • With a win tonight, the Sabres will have won three straight games in Boston for the fifth time in franchise history and the first time since Oct. 20, 2005 to March 4, 2006.

LINUS READY TO MAKE OMARK
Linus Omark
(2/5/87, 5’10″, 187 lbs) will join the Sabres for tonight’s game after being acquired from Edmonton in exchange for a conditional sixth-round pick in the upcoming draft. He spent the last three seasons in the Oilers organization, where he has played in 66 NHL games, tallying 30 points (8+22). In 2013-14, he has played in 29 games for Edmonton’s American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Oklahoma City Barons, and led the team in scoring with 29 points (14+15). In addition to leading the Barons in scoring, he is also currently tied for fourth-most points in the AHL.

FOUR OR MORE
The Sabres have scored four goals in consecutive games entering tonight for the first time since April 2, 2013 at PIT (4-1) and April 5, 2013 vs. OTT (4-2). With four goals tonight, they would extend the streak to three games for the first time since the last three games of the 2010-11 season. (The streak officially ended at the end of the season, but the Sabres also began the 2011-12 season with two straight four-goal performances.)

BESTING THE BRUINS
Ryan Miller
is 26-9-7 against the Bruins in his career, with a 2.56 goals against average and a .919 save percentage. He hasn’t lost consecutive starts to Boston since the 2008-09 season, posting a 14-4-3 record in his 21 games against the Bruins since those losses. In his last four starts against the Bruins, Miller has a 3-1-0 record, with a .954 save percentage and a 1.48 goals against average.

HOME-AND-HOME

  • The Sabres and the Bruins will face off tonight in the second half of a home-and-home series after Buffalo’s 4-2 win over Boston on Thursday night.
  • The Sabres are 10-6-4 all-time in the home portion of their home-and-home series with the Bruins and 9-5-5 in the road games.
  • Buffalo has a 8-5-7 record in the first game in the previous 19 home-and -home sets against Boston and an 11-6-2 record in the second game.
  • Buffalo’s points breakdown in those 19 home-and-home sets is: four points (5), three points (5), two points (5), one point (0) and zero points (4).

 TRENDING UPWARD

  • In the 15 games since Ted Nolan was hired, the team has taken 48.0% of all shots in their games (a minus-2.1 differential per game), up from 40.2% (a minus-12 differential per game) in the 20 games before his hiring.
  • Two Sabres have a positive on-ice shot differential with the team this season: D’Agostini (59.0%), Ellis (58.3%)
  • The Sabres are 43-39-14 (.521) when outshooting their opponent and 66-63-15 (.510) when outshot by their opponent since the beginning of the 2010-11 season.

 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.

BUF-BOS CONNECTIONS
BOS LW Daniel Paille was a part of the Sabres’ organization from 2002-2009. He was selected in the first round (20th overall) by the Sabres in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He played 195 games for the Sabres, recording 77 points (35+42). He played 153 games for the Rochester Americans, where he also recorded 77 points (35+42).

BUF interim HC Ted Nolan coached BOS LW Brad Marchand for the Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL) during the 2005-06 season.

BUF G Jhonas Enroth, D Mike Weber, BUF D Jamie McBain and BOS LW Milan Lucic were all selected in the second round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Enroth was taken 46th overall, Lucic was taken 50th overall, Weber was selected 57th overall and McBain 63rd overall.

BOS LW Loui Eriksson has been a teammate of three current Sabres players: C Steve Ott (Dallas Stars, 2006-2012), D Henrik Tallinder (Team Sweden, 2010 Olympics) and Enroth (Team Sweden, 2011 and 2012 World Hockey Championship).

Ott and BOS RW Reilly Smith were also teammates with the Dallas Stars during the 2011-12 season.

Ott also played alongside BOS G Chad Johnson for Canada at the 2010 World Hockey Championship.

BUF LW Marcus Foligno and Hamilton both represented Canada at the 2011 World Junior Championship held in Buffalo.

BUF C Cody Hodgson, Smith, BOS C Chris Kelly and BOS D Dougie Hamilton are all natives of Toronto, Ontario.

BUF LW John Scott, BUF C Tyler Ennis, Boychuk and BOS RW Jarome Iginla were all born in Edmonton, Alberta.

Boychuk played under current BUF AC Joe Sacco for three consecutive seasons in the AHL with the Lowell Lock Monsters (2005-06), Albany River Rats (2006-07) and Lake Erie Monsters (2007-08).

Sacco played with BOS D Zdeno Chara for the New York Islanders for two seasons (1997-1999).

Sacco was also teammates with BOS D Dennis Seidenberg for the Philadelphia Flyers and Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL) during the 2002-03 season.

BUF D Christian Ehrhoff played with Seidenberg for Team Germany in the 2002, 2006 and 2010 Olympic Games.

BUF C Cody McCormick and BOS C Gregory Campbell were both born in London, Ontario.

Weber and BOS D Matt Bartkowski were both born in Pittsburgh, PA.

BUF G Ryan Miller and Eriksson share the same birthday. Miller was born on July 17, 1980 and Eriksson was born five years later on July 17, 1985.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Shots:
Stafford (82), Hodgson (80), Moulson (78)
Hits: Ott (117), Foligno (91), Girgensons (67)
Blocked Shots: Ehrhoff (56), Myers (49), Tallinder/Weber (41)

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: 2-7-1 (5), 15/28, 4/26, 20/28
31-40: 3-1-1 (7), 12/9, 2/22, 13/13

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-3; 95-96 all-time)
October 10 vs. Tampa Bay: L, 3-2 (GWG-Killorn, 1:50)
November 29 vs. Toronto: W, 3-2 (GWG-Ehrhoff, 0:38)
November 30 at New Jersey: L, 1-0 (GWG-Bernier, 4:19)
December 14 vs. Calgary: L, 2-1 (GWG-Stajan, 0:42)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (4-0; 54-41 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)
December 10 vs. Ottawa: W, 2-1 (GDG-Girgensons)                                       

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

John Scott … 2 games … 200 career games played
Mike Weber … 5 games … 200 career games played
Marcus Foligno … 7 games … 100 career games played
Tyler Myers … 9 games … 300 career games played
Goals
Steve Ott … 2 goals … 100 career goals
Assists
Tyler Myers … 9 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Matt D’Agostini … 3 points … 100 career points
Cody Hodgson … 4 points … 100 career points
Christian Ehrhoff … 8 points … 300 career points

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