Game Preview: 1/12/14 vs. Washington Capitals

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Friday, January 9
Florida 2 at Buffalo 1
Goals: McBain
Goalie: Enroth (34 saves/35 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 4/4; Shots: Florida 35 – Buffalo 24
CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 126)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Cody McCormick (upper body, Dec. 17; injured reserve) – 10 games
Cody Hodgson (upper body, Dec. 21) – 8 games
Kevin Porter (lower body, Dec. 23; injured reserve) – 8 games
Henrik Tallinder (upper body, Dec. 31; injured reserve) – 4 games
Ville Leino (lower body, Jan. 2) – 3 games
Drew Stafford (upper body, Jan. 4; injured reserve) – 2 games
TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/9: Recalled F Mikhail Grigorenko from Russian U-20 National Team; Placed F Drew Stafford on IR
1/10: Assigned D Brayden McNabb to Rochester (AHL)
1/11: Recalled D Brayden McNabb from Rochester (AHL); Activated F Cody Hodgson from IR; Assigned F Johan Larsson and D Rasmus Ristolainen to Rochester (AHL); Loaned F Mikhail Grigorenko to Quebec (QMJHL)
UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Jan, 14: Philadelphia at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 15: Buffalo at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 18: Columbus at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 21: Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 23: Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at CAPITALS
  • This is the second of three meetings between the Sabres and Capitals this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Washington, 2-1 (SO), in Buffalo on December 29
  • The Sabres are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Capitals; 2-7-1 on the road.
  • This is the 145th game all-time between Buffalo and Washington; Buffalo leads the series with an 84-43-17 record.
  • The Sabres are 39-23-10 on the road against the Capitals all-time.
THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY
  • The Sabres are 9-6-3 all-time on January 12.
  • January 12, 1978: Gilbert Perreault scores all three Sabres goals to collect his fourth hat trick of the season in a 6-3 loss at Cleveland.
 
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
  • Tyler Myers will serve the second game of a three-game suspension tonight.
  • Ryan Miller enters tonight’s game with a 5-1-1 record in his last seven starts. In his last 11 games, Miller is 7-3-1 with a .943 save percentage and a 1.87 goals against average.
  • Tyler Ennis has seven points (1+6) in his last five games against the Capitals.
CHANGING OF THE GUARD
On Jan. 9, the Sabres hired Tim Murray to serve as the seventh general manager in franchise history. Murray, a 20-year veteran of NHL front offices, comes to the Sabres after most recently serving as the assistant general manager for the Ottawa Senators, a post he held for seven years. Part of his duties as assistant general manager included serving as general manager of Ottawa’s American Hockey League affiliate, the 2011 Calder-Cup champion Binghamton Senators.
The Sabres also hired Craig Patrick as a special assistant and advisor to the hockey department. Patrick, whose career as a hockey executive spans more than three decades, comes to the Sabres after having served as a senior advisor in the Columbus Blue Jackets’ front office since December 2011.
 
PLAYING FOR THEIR COUNTRIES
  • The following Sabres will represent their countries at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia: Ryan Miller (USA), Jhonas Enroth (Sweden), Henrik Tallinder (Sweden), Girgensons (Latvia)
  • Interim head coach Ted Nolan will serve as the head coach of Team Latvia.
  • Sabres 2013 first-round picks Rasmus Ristolainen and Nikita Zadorov were both named to the media All-Star Team at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmö, Sweden, joining Mike Moller (1982), Brian Campbell (1999) and Jake McCabe (2013) as the only players ever to earn this honor while in the Sabres’ system.
  • Ristolainen, whoscored the golden goal in the gold-medal game, also received the Directorate Award as the tournament’s best defenseman, joining Maxim Afinogenov (1999) as the only other Sabres player to earn a Directorate Award.
  • Mikhail Grigorenko also found success at the tournament, leading bronze-medal winners Russia in scoring with eight points (5+3) in seven games.
BUF-WSH CONNECTIONS
BUF G Jhonas Enroth played with WSH C Nicklas Backstrom on the 2006-07 Swedish World Junior Championship team.
Enroth, Backstrom and BUF LW Johan Larsson played together for Sweden at the 2012 World Hockey Championship.
BUF LW John Scott was a teammate of WSH RW Troy Brouwer when the two played for the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010-11.
Scott and WSH RW Joel Ward played together for the Houston Aeros (AHL) from 2006-2008.
BUF LW Matt Moulson and Ward were both born in North York, Ontario.
Moulson and WSH D Jack Hillen were teammates with the New York Islanders for two seasons (2009-2011).
BUF D Tyler Myers, BUF LW Tyler Ennis, BUF C Cody Hodgson and WSH D John Carlson were all first-round draft picks in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Myers was picked 12th overall, Ennis was the 26th overall selection, Hodgson was the 10th overall selection and Carlson was picked with the 27th overall selection.
Ennis, Scott and WSH LW Jason Chimera were all born in Edmonton.
BUF D Christian Ehrhoff and WSH LW Aaron Volpatti played together for the Vancouver Canucks during the 2010-11 season.
BUF C Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Wilson (16th overall) were both chosen in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
BUF C Steve Ott and WSH D John Erskine were teammates for four seasons (2002-03–2005-06) when they both played for the Dallas Stars. BUF AC Teppo Numminen was also on the Stars for the 2003-04 season.
Ennis, BUF LW Ville Leino and C Marcus Johansson were all born on Oct. 6. Leino, born in 1983, is six years older than Ennis, who was born in 1989. Johansson, born in 1990, is the youngest of the three.
BUF G Jhonas Enroth, BUF D Mike Weber, BUF D Jamie McBain and WSH G Michal Neuvirth were all drafted in the second round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Neuvirth was selected 34th overall, Enroth was drafted with the 46th overall pick, Weber was picked 57th overall and McBain went 63rd overall.
Weber and Neuvirth both played for the Windsor Spitfires (OHL) during the 2006-07 season.
BUF RW Matt D’Agostini played with WSH C Mikhail Grabovski for the Montreal Canadiens during the 2007-08 season and also for the Hamilton Bulldogs from 2006-2008.
SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Shots: Moulson (102), Stafford (97), Ennis (92)
Hits: Ott (138), Foligno (99), Weber (95)
Blocked Shots: Ehrhoff (61), Myers (59), Weber (58)
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: 5-3-2 (12), 20/22, 3/36, 27/29
41-50: 1-1-1 (3), 4/7, 2/11, 11/12
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 (5-2; 55-43 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)
December 27 at Toronto: L, 4-3 (GDG-Lupul)
December 29 vs. Washington: W, 2-1 (GDG-Ott)
January 9 vs. Florida: L, 2-1 (GDG-Boyes)
MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Tyler Myers … 2 games … 300 career games played
Matt D’Agostini … 8 games … 300 career games played
Goals
Steve Ott … 1 goal … 100 career goals
Assists
Tyler Myers … 8 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Matt D’Agostini … 1 point … 100 career points
Cody Hodgson … 4 points … 100 career points
Christian Ehrhoff … 5 points … 300 career points
RECENT MILESTONES
Marcus Foligno … 100th career games played … Jan. 9 vs. FLA

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