Game Preview: 1/15/14 at Toronto Maple Leafs

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LAST GAME
Tuesday, January 14
Philadelphia 4 at Buffalo 3
Goals: Hodgson, D’Agostini, Ennis
Goalie: Enroth (29 saves/33 shots)
PP: 0/4; PK: 4/6; Shots: Philadelphia 33 – Buffalo 19

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 134)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (upper body, Dec. 17; injured reserve) – 12 games
Kevin Porter (lower body, Dec. 23; injured reserve) – 10 games
Henrik Tallinder (upper body, Dec. 31; injured reserve) – 6 games
Drew Stafford (upper body, Jan. 4; injured reserve) – 4 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
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.
Monday, Jan. 27: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at MAPLE LEAFS

  • This is the fifth and final meeting between the Sabres and Maple Leafs this season.
  • Last meeting: Toronto defeated Buffalo, 4-3-2 (SO), in Toronto on Dec. 27
  • The Sabres are 5-3-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Maple Leafs; 2-7-1 on the road.
  • This is the 193rd game all-time between Buffalo and Toronto; Buffalo leads the series with a 106-62-24 record.
  • The Sabres are 42-37-16 on the road against the Maple Leafs all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-7-2 all-time on January 15.
  • January 15, 1982: Buffalo defeats Toronto, 8-2, on the strength of a hat trick by Yvon Lambert.
  • January 15, 1992: The Sabres tie the New Jersey Devils, 8-8, in New Jersey in the highest scoring tie in franchise history.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The home team has won the last six games played between these two teams.
  • Ryan Miller is 31-15-2 all-time against Toronto with a 2.45 GAA and a .922 SV%; Miller has more wins (31) and shutouts (4) against the Maple Leafs than any other team. He is 2-0-1 against the Leafs this year, with a 1.95 GAA and a .939 SV%.
  • Christian Ehrhoff has 13 points (4+9) in his last 14 games against the Maple Leafs, dating back to Oct. 24, 2009, registering at least a point in all but four of those games. He has three points (2+1) in four games against Toronto this season.
  • Matt Moulson has scored eight goals (and added three assists) in his last seven games against the Maple Leafs.

OLYMPIC YEARS ARE MILLER’S TIME

  • Ryan Miller has posted a .928 save percentage so far this season, ranking him fifth 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.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s seventh of 13 sets of back-to-back games this season. The Sabres are 3-4-0 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-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.

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 and TOR D Tim Gleason 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. Gleason also joined the two on Team USA in 2008.

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.

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:
Moulson (108), Stafford/Ennis (97), Ehrhoff (91)
Hits: Ott (147), Foligno (105), Weber (104)
Blocked Shots: Ehrhoff (65), Weber (62), 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: 2-2-1 (5), 9/12, 3/20, 17/20

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 … 6 games … 300 career games played
Goals
Steve Ott … 1 goal … 100 career goals
Assists
Tyler Myers … 8 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Cody Hodgson … 1 point … 100 career points
Christian Ehrhoff … 3 points … 300 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Marcus Foligno … 100th career games played … Jan. 9 vs. FLA
Matt D’Agostini … 100th career point … Jan. 14 vs. PHI

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