Game Preview: 12/27/13 at Toronto Maple Leafs

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LAST GAME
Monday, December 23
Phoenix 1 at Buffalo 2 (OT)
Goals: Ennis, Pysyk
Goalie: Miller (36 saves/37 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 5/5; Shots: Phoenix 37 – Buffalo 32

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 99)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (upper body, Dec. 17; injured reserve) – 4 games
Cody Hodgson (upper body, Dec. 21) – 2 games
Kevin Porter (lower body, Dec. 23; injured reserve) – 1 game
Linus Omark (illness, Dec. 23) – 1 game
Ville Leino (illness, Dec. 23) – 1 game
Alexander Sulzer (illness, Dec. 23) – 1 game
Marcus Foligno (illness, Dec. 23) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
12/23:
Recalled D Mark Pysyk and F Johan Larsson from Rochester (AHL); Assigned D Chad Ruhwedel to Rochester; Placed F Kevin Porter on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Saturday, Jan. 4: New Jersey at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 7: Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at MAPLE LEAFS

  • This is the fourth of five meetings between the Sabres and Maple Leafs this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Toronto, 3-2 (OT), in Buffalo on Nov. 29
  • The Sabres are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Maple Leafs; 2-8-0 on the road.
  • This is the 192nd game all-time between Buffalo and Toronto; Buffalo leads the series with a 106-62-23 record.
  • The Sabres are 42-37-15 on the road against the Maple Leafs all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-7-1 all-time on December 27.
  • December 27, 2003: Jason Pominville makes his NHL debut in a 3-1 win at Washington.
  • December 27, 2008: Miroslav Satan records a goal and two assists as the Sabres defeat the Capitals, 3-1, in Washington.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • If he is in the lineup tonight, John Scott will appear in his 200th NHL game.
  • The home team has won the last five games played between the Sabres and the Maple Leafs.
  • Drew Stafford leads all Sabres with 28 points (12+16) in 39 career games against the Maple Leafs.
  • Ryan Miller is 31-15-1 all-time against Toronto with a 2.44 GAA and a .922 SV%; Miller has more wins (31) and shutouts (4) against the Maple Leafs than any other team.
  • With a win tonight, Miller would have wins in four consecutive starts for the first time since he won five straight from March 19-27, 2012.
  • Christian Ehrhoff has 13 points (4+9) in his last 13 games against the Maple Leafs, dating back to Oct. 24, 2009, registering at least a point in all but three of those games. He has three points (2+1) in three games against Toronto this season.
  • Matt Moulson has scored seven goals (and added two assists) in his last six games against the Maple Leafs.

TRENDING UPWARD

  • In the 17 games since Ted Nolan was hired, the team has taken 47.9% of all shots in their games (a minus-2.5 differential per game), up from 40.2% (a minus-12 differential per game) in the 20 games before his hiring.
  • Four Sabres have a positive on-ice shot differential with the team this season: Ennis (53.9%), D’Agostini (53.5%), Moulson (52.2%), Leino (51.9%)
  • The team has improved its team 5-on-5 Corsi for Percentage* from 35.6% before Ted Nolan’s hiring to 47.1% in the 17 games under his guidance. The 11.5% improvement is a significant mark, equal to the amount that currently separates the third- and 30th-ranked teams in the NHL.

*Corsi for Percentage: The percentage of all shot attempts (shots on goal/missed shots/blocked shots) in 5-on-5 situations which are taken by the team. (Data via ExtraSkater.com)

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

BUF LW Matt 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 in Chicago (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 RW Matt D’Agostini was also a member of the Devils during the 2012-13 season along with Tallinder and Clarkson.

D’Agostini also played with Toronto C Jay McClement for the St. Louis Blues from 2009-2011.

BUF C Kevin Porter and McClement played together for the Colorado Avalanche from 2010-2012.

Porter and TOR D John Michael Liles both played for the Avalanche from 2009-2011.

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, Clarkson and TOR C Peter Holland are all 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.

Porter and Kessel were teammates for the United States National Team Development Program during the 2003-04 season.

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 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 Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and TOR D Morgan Rielly (5th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

BUF D Alexander Sulzer played with TOR C Jerred Smithson for the Nashville Predators from 2008-2011.

Sulzer was teammates with Raymond for the Vancouver Canucks during the 2011-12 season.

Sulzer also played with TOR D Cody Franson for the Nashville Predators from 2009-2011.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Shots:
Stafford (87), Moulson (85), Ennis/Hodgson (80)
Hits: Ott (120), Foligno (91), Girgensons (73)
Blocked Shots: Ehrhoff (57), Myers (52), Weber (48)

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: 4-2-1 (9), 15/14, 2/31, 20/21

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-3; 96-96 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)
December 23 vs. Phoenix: W, 2-1 (GWG-Pysyk, 3:47)

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 … 1 game … 200 career games played
Mike Weber … 3 games … 200 career games played
Marcus Foligno … 6 games … 100 career games played
Tyler Myers … 7 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 … 7 points … 300 career points

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