Game Preview: 1/14/14 vs. Philadelphia Flyers

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LAST GAME
Sunday, January 12
Buffalo 2 at Washington 1 (SO)
Goals: Ennis; GDG-Hodgson
Goalie: Miller (28 saves/29 shots)
PP: 1/5; PK: 2/2; Shots: Buffalo 31 – Washington 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 130)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (upper body, Dec. 17; injured reserve) – 11 games
Kevin Porter (lower body, Dec. 23; injured reserve) – 9 games
Henrik Tallinder (upper body, Dec. 31; injured reserve) – 5 games
Drew Stafford (upper body, Jan. 4; injured reserve) – 3 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
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.
Saturday, Jan. 25: Buffalo at Columbus, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
FLYERS at SABRES

  • This is the second of three meetings between the Sabres and Flyers this season.
  • Last meeting: Philadelphia defeated Buffalo, 4-1, in Philadelphia on Nov. 21
  • Next meeting: Sunday, April 6 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Flyers; 4-5-1 at home.
  • This is the 163rd game all-time between Buffalo and Philadelphia; Buffalo has a 63-76-23 series record.
  • The Sabres are 40-29-10 at home against the Flyers all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-8-3 all-time on January 14.
  • January 14, 1972: The Sabres acquire Jim Lorentz from the New York Rangers in exchange for a second-round pick in the 1972 draft.
  • January 14, 2003: Ryan Miller stops all 22 Wild shots to earn a 1-0 victory and his first career shutout in Minnesota.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The home team has won the last six games played between these two teams, with all six games ending in regulation.
  • The Sabres are looking to win their third consecutive home game against the Flyers for the first time since they won three straight home games against Philadelphia from Oct. 17, 2006 to Dec. 21, 2007.
  • Tyler Myers will serve the final game of a three-game suspension tonight.

OLYMPIC YEARS ARE MILLER’S TIME

  • Ryan Miller has posted a .928 save percentage so far this season, ranking him sixth in the NHL. In 2009-10 – his best season in terms of save percentage – Miller ranked second in the league with a .929 SV% and won the Vezina Trophy.
  • Miller has a save percentage of .950 in his last 10 games, the best of any 10-game stretch in his career.
  • His next-best 10-game stretch in save percentage was from Nov. 20 to Dec. 12, 2009. His save percentage in those 10 games (also .950) was a difference of less than .0008 from the current stretch.
  • Miller’s goals against average of 1.65 in his last 10 games is his best since that same stretch in 2009, when he posted a 1.61 GAA. He posted a record of 6-3-1 in those games and is 7-2-1 in his last 10.

HOME SWEET HOME
The Sabres are 6-0-2 in their last eight home games, getting points in eight straight for the first time since they went 7-0-2 at home from Feb. 17 to March 24, 2012. Buffalo hasn’t gotten points in 10 consecutive home games since the team went 9-0-1 at home from Jan. 17 to March 2, 2007.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s seventh of 13 sets of back-to-back games this season. The Sabres are 3-3-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 1-4-1 in the second game this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets this season is: four points (0), three points (1), two points (3), one point (0) and zero points (2).

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, who scored 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-PHI CONNECTIONS
BUF LW Ville Leino played for the Flyers for the better part of two seasons (2009-2011), recording 57 points (21+36) in 94 games. In the team’s run to the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals, Leino set Flyers franchise records for goals (7) and points (21) by a rookie in a single playoff season.

BUF LW Marcus Foligno, PHI D Brayden Schenn and PHI C Sean Couturier all played for Team Canada in the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship, which took place in Buffalo, NY.

BUF C Tyler Ennis (26th overall), BUF D Tyler Myers (12th overall), BUF C Cody Hodgson (10th overall) and PHI D Luke Schenn (5th overall) were all first-round selections in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. All four were also teammates with Team Canada at the 2009 World Junior Championship.

Myers and Luke Schenn also played together for the Kelowna Rockets (WHL) from 2005-2008.

PHI G Ray Emery and BUF D Christian Ehrhoff were both selected in the fourth round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Emery was chosen 99th overall by the Ottawa Senators, while the San Jose Sharks picked Ehrhoff 106th overall.

BUF G Jhonas Enroth, BUF D Henrik Tallinder and PHI D Nicklas Grossman all hail from Stockholm, Sweden.

BUF C Steve Ott and Grossman were teammates with the Dallas Stars from 2006-2012.

Ott and PHI C Vincent Lecavalier both represented Canada at the 2001 World Junior Championship.

Ott and PHI RW Steve Downie were teammates for Canada at the 2010 World Hockey Championship.

BUF C Zenon Konopka played alongside Downie, Lecavalier and PHI D Andrej Meszaros for the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2009-10 season.

BUF RW Drew Stafford and Team USA played against Meszaros and Team Slovakia in the 2004 and 2005 IIHF World Junior Championships. The two were also both drafted in the first round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, as Stafford was chosen 13th overall and Meszaros 23rd overall.

Stafford, PHI RW Adam Hall and PHI D Hal Gill all represented the United States at the 2006 World Hockey Championship.

BUF RW Matt D’Agostini and Gill both played for the Montreal Canadiens during the 2009-10 season.

BUF D Jamie McBain and Hall were teammates with the Carolina Hurricanes briefly during the 2012-13 season.

BUF C Cody McCormick and PHI LW Scott Hartnell share the same birthday. McCormick was born April 18, 1983, while Hartnell was born exactly one year earlier, on April 18, 1982.

BUF LW Matt Moulson played with PHI D Mark Streit for the New York Islanders for four seasons from 2009-2013.

Moulson was also teammates with PHI RW Wayne Simmonds for the Los Angeles Kings during the 2008-09 season.

D’Agostini and Streit played together for the Montreal Canadiens during the 2007-08 season.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Shots:
Moulson (105), Stafford (97), Ennis (95)
Hits: Ott (140), Foligno (102), Weber (100)
Blocked Shots: Ehrhoff (64), Weber (60), Myers (59)

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: 2-1-1 (5), 6/8, 3/16, 13/14

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 (6-2; 56-43 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)
January 12 at Washington: W, 2-1 (GDG-Hodgson)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Tyler Myers … 2 games … 300 career games played
Matt D’Agostini … 7 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 … 3 points … 100 career points
Christian Ehrhoff … 4 points … 300 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Marcus Foligno … 100th career games played … Jan. 9 vs. FLA

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