Game Preview: 2/5/14 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

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LAST GAME
Monday, February 3
Edmonton 3 at Buffalo 2
Goals: Ott, Stafford
Goalie: Enroth (25 saves/28 shots)
PP: 1/6; PK: 5/5; Shots: Buffalo 44 – Edmonton 28

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 163)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (upper body, Dec. 17; injured reserve) – 22 games
Matt Moulson (upper body, Feb. 1; injured reserve) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/30:
Activated F Matt D’Agostini from IR; Placed F Drew Stafford on IR
2/3: Activated F Drew Stafford from IR; Placed F Matt Moulson on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Friday, Feb. 28: San Jose at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, March 3: Buffalo at Dallas, 8 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
PENGUINS at SABRES

  • This is the third and final meeting between the Sabres and Penguins this season.
  • Last meeting: Pittsburgh defeated Buffalo, 3-0, in Pittsburgh on Jan. 27.
  • The Sabres are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Penguins; 3-5-2 at home.
  • This is the 176th game all-time between Buffalo and Pittsburgh; Buffalo has a 64-70-41 series record.
  • The Sabres are 40-24-22 at home against the Penguins all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 6-5-3 all-time on February 5.
  • February 5, 1981: Don Edwards makes 31 saves in his 14th and final shutout as a member of the Sabres, as Buffalo defeats Philadelphia, 4-0.
  • February 5, 1983: Bob Sauve and Dan Bouchard make 22 saves each as the Sabres and Nordiques battle to the third of 11 scoreless ties in franchise history.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres have lost their last two home games to the Penguins and are looking to avoid losing three straight at home to Pittsburgh for the first time since Jan. 5, 2007 to Feb. 17, 2008.
  • Cody Hodgson has five points (2+3) in his last five games against the Penguins.
  • Drew Stafford leads all Sabres skaters with 14 points (5+9) in 23 career games against the Penguins.
  • Matt Moulson suffered an upper-body injury on Thursday at Phoenix and is expected to be out until after the Olympic break.
  • Tyler Myers left Monday’s game vs. Edmonton with a lower-body injury.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Cody Hodgson has tallied 11 points (6+5) in 12 games since returning from an upper-body injury that sidelined him for eight games.
  • Tyler Ennis also has 11 points (4+7) in his last 12 games.
  • Steve Ott has seven points (5+2) in his last eight games. His five goals in those eight games are his quickest five goals since he had six in six games from March 31 to April 10, 2010.
  • Drew Stafford has recorded six points (4+2) in his last five games. He has notched at least one point in each of his last five home games and has totaled nine points (6+3) in his last eight games at First Niagara Center.
  • Zemgus Girgensons has three points (1+2) in his last three games.
  • Ryan Miller is 6-1-1 in his last eight home games, logging a .943 save percentage and a 1.82 goals against average.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s ninth of 13 sets of back-to-back games this season. The Sabres are 3-5-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 1-4-3 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 (2) 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.

BUF-PIT CONNECTIONS
BUF D Mike Weber was born in Pittsburgh.

BUF interim HC Ted Nolan played 18 games and tallied two points (1+1) for the Penguins during the 1985-86 NHL season.

PIT LW Taylor Pyatt played 230 games with the Buffalo Sabres from 2001-2006, totaling 80 points (38+42). Buffalo acquired Pyatt via trade from the New York Islanders along with Tim Connolly in exchange for Michael Peca on June 24, 2001.

BUF RW Matt D’Agostini tallied one assist over eight games with the Penguins earlier in the 2013-14 season, before being claimed off waivers by Buffalo on Nov. 27, 2013.

BUF C Tyler Ennis, BUF RW John Scott, and PIT D Deryk Engelland were all born in Edmonton.

Scott, PIT D Brooks Orpik and PIT LW Chris Kunitz were all born on Sept. 26. Scott, born in 1982, is the youngest while Orpik, born in 1980, and Kunitz, born in 1979, are a year apart.

BUF C Zenon Konopka played alongside Kunitz for the Anaheim Ducks during the 2005-06 season.

BUF C Steve Ott and PIT D Matt Niskanen played together in Dallas for four seasons (2007-2011). PIT LW James Neal (2008-11) also played in Dallas for three of those seasons (2008-2011).

Ott and Orpik were both first-round draft selections in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. Orpik, selected by Pittsburgh, was the 18th overall pick and Ott, chosen by Dallas, was the 25th overall selection.

Ott and PIT LW Jussi Jokinen played together for three seasons on the Dallas Stars (2005-06 – 2007-08).

Jokinen also played alongside BUF AC Teppo Numminen on Team Finland in the 2006 Olympics in Torino.

Orpik and BUF G Ryan Miller both played for Team USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

BUF D Christian Ehrhoff and PIT LW Tanner Glass played together for two seasons (2009-10, 2010-11) on the Vancouver Canucks. BUF C Cody Hodgson also played with the Canucks for part of the 2010-11 season.

BUF LW Matt Moulson (263rd overall) was chosen two picks before Glass (265th overall) in the ninth-round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

BUF RW Drew Stafford and PIT C Evgeni Malkin were both first-round selections in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Malkin was the second overall pick and Stafford was picked 13th overall.

Stafford and PIT C Sidney Crosby were teammates at Shattuck-St. Mary’s during the 2002-03 season.

PIT C Brandon Sutter and BUF D Jamie McBain spent four years together as members of the Carolina organization between the NHL’s Hurricanes and AHL’s Albany River Rats.

BUF C Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and PIT D Olli Maatta (22nd overall) were all chosen in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Shots:
Ennis (129), Moulson (125), Ehrhoff (121)
Hits: Ott (177), Foligno (146), Weber (136)
Blocked Shots: Weber (85), 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: 1-3-1 (3), 10/20, 4/18, 13/18

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 … 2 games … 300 career games played
Drew Stafford … 10 games … 500 career games played
Matt Ellis … 10 games … 300 career games played
Assists
Tyler Myers … 6 assists … 100 career assists

RECENT MILESTONES
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