Game Preview: 2/1/14 at Colorado Avalanche

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LAST GAME
Thursday, January 30
Buffalo 3 at Phoenix 2
Goals: Ennis, Ott, Girgensons
Goalie: Miller (38 saves/40 shots)
PP: 1/2; PK: 2/3; Shots: Phoenix 40 – Buffalo 28

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 158)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (upper body, Dec. 17; injured reserve) – 20 games
Drew Stafford (upper body, Jan. 27; injured reserve) – 3 games
Christian Ehrhoff (illness, Jan. 30) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/30:
Activated F Matt D’Agostini from IR; Placed F Drew Stafford on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Wednesday, Feb. 26: Boston at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
SABRES at AVALANCHE

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Avalanche this season.
  • Last meeting: Colorado defeated Buffalo, 4-2, in Buffalo on Oct. 19.
  • The Sabres are 3-3-4 in their last 10 games vs. the Avalanche; 5-2-3 on the road.
  • This is the 135th game all-time between Buffalo and Colorado/Quebec; Buffalo has a 59-51-24 series record.
  • The Sabres are 23-31-13 on the road against the Avalanche/Nordiques all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 6-4-5 all-time on February 1.
  • February 1, 1976: Gilbert Perreault records two goals and five assists as the Sabres pick up a 9-5 road win against the California Seals. Danny Gare and Seals Jim Moxey and Wayne Merrick all score goals within 18 seconds of each other in the third period.
  • February 1, 1981: Ric Seiling scores the 3,000th goal in franchise history and Don Edwards records his 13th shutout as a member of the Sabres as Buffalo defeats Winnipeg, 4-0, at home.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 9-7-6 against the Avalanche since they moved to Colorado before the 1995-96 season.
  • Christian Ehrhoff leads all Sabres skaters with 14 points (2+12) in 32 career games against the Avalanche.
  • Drew Stafford has logged points in each of his last four meetings with the Avalanche, totaling eight points (2+6) in those four games.
  • Four Sabres average at least a point per game in their limited experience against the Avalanche: Drew Stafford (8 GP, 2+6), Linus Omark (4 GP, 0+5), Tyler Ennis (3 GP, 0+3), Marcus Foligno (2 GP, 3+0).
  • Cody Hodgson has tallied 10 points (6+4) in 10 games since returning from an upper-body injury that sidelined him for eight games.
  • Matt Moulson suffered an upper-body injury on Thursday at Phoenix and is expected to be out until after the Olympic break.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Tyler Ennis enters tonight’s game on a two-game point streak and has 10 points (4+6) in his last 10 games.
  • Steve Ott is also on a two-game point streak and has six points (4+2) in his last six games. His four goals in a six-game span make up his most prolific scoring stretch since he had four goals in six games from March 10-18, 2010.
  • Ryan Miller is 3-1-1 in his last five road games, logging a .944 save percentage and a 1.95 goals against average.

IT’S BEEN AWHILE

  • The Sabres are looking for their first win against the Avalanche since Dec. 4, 2005, a 6-4 win in Colorado.
  • At more than eight years, the Sabres’ drought against the Avalanche is their longest against any opponent.
  • While the Avalanche have won the last six matchups with the Sabres, four were decided in either overtime (once) or a shootout (three times).
  • Henrik Tallinder, the only current Sabres player who was in the lineup for the Buffalo’s last win against the Avalanche, had an assist in the game. Cody McCormick suited up for the Avalanche in game.

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-COL CONNECTIONS

BUF C Cody McCormick also played for the Avalanche for parts of five seasons (2003-2009). McCormick appeared in 190 games with Colorado, recording 30 points (9+21).

COL D Cory Sarich spent two seasons as a member of the Sabres (1998-2000), tallying four points (0+4) in 46 games. Sarich was Buffalo’s second selection (27th overall) in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

BUF AC Joe Sacco served as head coach of the Avalanche for four seasons (2009-2013), guiding the club to a record of 130-134-30 over that span.

COL D Jan Hejda was originally drafted by Buffalo in the fourth round (136th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Hejda was traded to Edmonton in July 2006 for a seventh-round draft pick.

BUF C Steve Ott and COL C Matt Duchene were teammates for Canada at the 2010 World Hockey Championship.

Ott and Giguere both represented Canada at the 2001 World Junior Championship.

BUF G Jhonas Enroth, BUF D Henrik Tallinder and COL LW Gabriel Landeskog were all born in Stockholm, Sweden.

Enroth and Landeskog both represented Sweden at the 2013 World Hockey Championship.

Enroth, BUF D Mike Weber, BUF D Jamie McBain and COL LW Jamie McGinn were all selected in the second round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. McGinn, selected by San Jose, was the 36th overall pick, Enroth was the 46th overall pick, Weber was selected 57th overall and McBain was selected 63rd.

BUF D Christian Ehrhoff played alongside McGinn on the San Jose Sharks in 2008-09.

BUF G Ryan Miller, COL D Erik Johnson and COL C Paul Stastny were all on Team USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

McBain and Johnson both skated as members of the USNTDP from 2004-2006. The two also played for Team USA at the 2007 World Junior Championship.

BUF LW John Scott and COL C John Mitchell were teammates with the New York Rangers during the 2011-12 season.

BUF D Tyler Myers and COL D Tyson Barrie played together for the Kelowna Rockets (WHL) for three seasons (2006-2009).

BUF LW Matt Moulson and COL RW PA Parenteau were teammates for two seasons with the New York Islanders (2010-2012).

BUF RW Matt D’Agostini played with Hejda and COL D Andre Benoit for the Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL) during the 2006-07 season. D’Agostini and Benoit also both played for the club during the 2009-10 season.

D’Agostini and COL LW Alex Tanguay were both members of the Montreal Canadiens during the 2008-09 season.

BUF C Zenon Konopka played alongside COL G Jean-Sebastien Giguere for the Anaheim Ducks during the 2005-06 season.

Konopka was teammates with Parenteau for the New York Islanders during the 2010-11 season.

Konopka also played with Tanguay for the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2009-10 season.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Shots:
Moulson (125), Ennis (120), Ehrhoff (111)
Hits: Ott (174), Foligno (141), Weber (129)
Blocked Shots: Weber (79), Ehrhoff (75), Myers (71)

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: 1-1-1 (3), 7/10, 2/7, 4/7

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 … 4 games … 300 career games played
Assists
Tyler Myers … 7 assists … 100 career assists

RECENT MILESTONES
Phil Varone … 1st career goal … Jan. 28 vs. WSH

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