Game Preview: 1/30/14 at Phoenix Coyotes

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LAST GAME
Tuesday, January 28
Washington 5 at Buffalo 4 (OT)
Goals: Hodgson (2), Ehrhoff, Varone
Goalie: Enroth (30 saves/35 shots)
PP: 1/2; PK: 1/3; Shots: Washington 35 – Buffalo 27

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 155)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (upper body, Dec. 17; injured reserve) – 19 games
Matt D’Agostini (upper body, Jan. 18; injured reserve) – 6 games
Drew Stafford (upper body, Jan. 27; injured reserve) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/24:
Recalled D Chad Ruhwedel from Rochester (AHL); Assigned D Mark Pysyk to Rochester
1/30: Activated F Matt D’Agostini from IR; Placed F Drew Stafford on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Feb. 1:
Buffalo at Colorado, 3 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 3: Edmonton at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 5: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 6: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 25: Carolina at Buffalo, 7:00 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at COYOTES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Coyotes this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Phoenix, 2-1 (OT), in Buffalo on Dec. 23
  • The Sabres are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Coyotes; 6-4-0 on the road.
  • This is the 70th game all-time between Buffalo and Phoenix/Winnipeg; Buffalo has a 40-21-8 series record.
  • The Sabres are 17-14-2 on the road against the Coyotes/Jets all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-3-3 all-time on January 30.
  • January 30, 2007: Daniel Briere scored his second of two hat tricks as a member of the Sabres as the Sabres defeated the Bruins, 7-1, in Buffalo.
  • January 30, 2008: Ryan Miller stopped all 32 Florida shots and Thomas Vanek scored the lone Buffalo goal as the Sabres defeated the Panthers, 1-0, in Florida.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres haven’t visited Phoenix since their 2-1 overtime victory on Jan. 8, 2011.
  • The Sabres have won their last three games in Phoenix, with the last loss coming on Jan. 21, 2008.
  • Ryan Miller is 5-0-0 in his career against the Coyotes, with a 0.98 goals against average and a .966 save percentage, his best career numbers against any team.
  • Christian Ehrhoff (38 GP) and Steve Ott (45 GP) tie to lead the Sabres with five goals and 11 assists each against the Coyotes.
  • Cody Hodgson has tallied 10 points (6+4) in nine games since returning from an upper-body injury that sidelined him for eight games.

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.

BUF-PHX CONNECTIONS
BUF AC Teppo Numminen played for the Winnipeg/Phoenix franchise for 15 seasons, moving with the team from WPG to PHX before the 1996-97 season. He held a then-franchise record 1,098 games played for the club and still holds the record for points by a defenseman, with 534. Phoenix retired his jersey (#27) on January 30, 2010.

Numminen played with PHX RW Shane Doan for the Winnipeg/Phoenix franchise from 1995-2003.

BUF interim HC Ted Nolan coached PHX D Keith Yandle for the Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL) during the 2005-06 season.

PHX LW Tim Kennedy was born in Buffalo and was a member of the Sabres for two seasons (2008-2010). Appearing in a total of 79 games, he tallied 26 points (10+16) while playing for his hometown team.

BUF RW Matt D’Agostini (190th overall) and Kennedy (181st overall) were both chosen in the sixth round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

BUF C Steve Ott played under PHX HC Dave Tippett for the Dallas Stars for six seasons from 2002-2009. Numminen was also a member of the club during the 2003-04 season.

BUF C Cody McCormick and PHX D Derek Morris were both on the 2003-04 Colorado Avalanche squad.

McCormick (144th overall) and PHX G Mike Smith (161st overall) were both chosen in the fifth round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

BUF D Tyler Myers (12th overall), BUF C Cody Hodgson (10th overall), BUF C Tyler Ennis (26th overall) and PHX LW Mikkel Boedker (8th overall) were all chosen in the first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Ennis, BUF LW John Scott, Morris and PHX D David Schlemko were all born in Edmonton, Alberta.

Ennis and Schlemko both played for the Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL) during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons.

Scott and PHX C Rob Klinkhammer were teammates briefly with the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2010-11 season.

BUF AC Joe Sacco and PHX C Jeff Halpern played together for the Washington Capitals from 1999-2002.

BUF C Steve Ott played with PHX C Mike Ribeiro for the Dallas Stars from 2006-2012. Halpern and Smith were also members of the club from 2006-2008.

BUF RW Drew Stafford (13th overall), PHX LW Lauri Korpikoski (19th overall) and PHX C Kyle Chipchura (18th overall) were all first-round selections in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

BUF D Christian Ehrhoff was teammates with PHX G Thomas Greiss for the San Jose Sharks briefly during the 2007-08 season.

BUF C Zenon Konopka and PHX G Mike Smith both played for the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2009-10 season.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Shots:
Moulson (121), Ennis (119), Ehrhoff (111)
Hits: Ott (173), Foligno (135), Weber (125)
Blocked Shots: Weber (79), Ehrhoff (75), Myers (69)

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: 3-4-3 (9), 26/31, 7/36, 28/32
51-60: 0-1-1 (1), 4/8, 1/5, 2/4

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-4; 96-97 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)
January 28 vs. Washington: L, 5-4 (GWG-Green, 1:00)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (6-4; 56-45 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)
January 15 at Toronto: L, 4-3 (GDG-Lupul)
January 18 vs. Columbus: L, 4-3 (GDG-Johansen)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Matt D’Agostini … 5 games … 300 career games played
Assists
Tyler Myers … 7 assists … 100 career assists

RECENT MILESTONES
Christian Ehrhoff … 300th career point … Jan. 25 at CBJ
Phil Varone … 1st career goal … Jan. 28 vs. WSH

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