Game Preview: 2/6/14 at Ottawa Senators

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LAST GAME
Wednesday, February 5
Pittsburgh 5 at Buffalo 1
Goals: Stafford
Goalie: Miller (29 saves/34 shots)
PP: 0/1; PK: 3/4; Shots: Pittsburgh 34 – Buffalo 25

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 166)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (upper body, Dec. 17; injured reserve) – 23 games
Matt Moulson (upper body, Feb. 1; injured reserve) – 3 games
Tyler Myers (lower body, Feb. 5) – 1 game

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

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Thursday, March 6: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at SENATORS

  • This is the fourth and final meeting between the Sabres and Senators this season.
  • Last meeting: Ottawa defeated Buffalo, 2-1, in Ottawa on Dec. 12
  • The Sabres are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Senators; 6-4-0 on the road
  • This is the 120th game all-time between Buffalo and Ottawa; Buffalo has a 58-44-17 series record.
  • The Sabres are 26-24-10 on the road against the Senators all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-7-3 all-time on February 6.
  • February 6, 1972: Jim Lorentz and Rick Martin each score a pair of goals as the Sabres defeat the Boston Bruins, 8-2, at the Aud. Lorentz would finish the game with four points.
  • February 6, 1986: Dave Andreychuk scores a franchise-record five goals and adds one assist in an 8-6 win at Boston.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • If he is in the lineup, tonight will be Matt D’Agostini’s 300th NHL game.
  • The Sabres are 7-4 all-time in shootouts against the Senators. Their 11 shootouts against the Senators tie their highest total against any team (5-6 vs. Boston).
  • Drew Stafford leads all Sabres with 24 points (6+18) in 39 career games against the Senators.
  • Stafford has recorded seven points (5+2) in his last six games.
  • Mike Weber has seven points (1+6) in 19 career games against the Senators, his highest total against any team.

STOPPING THE SENS

  • Ryan Miller is 16-19-4 in his career against the Senators, with a .921 save percentage and a 2.60 goals against average. However, in his last 15 games against Ottawa, Miller is 8-5-2 with a .940 save percentage and a 2.03 goals against average against the Senators.
  • In his last four games against the Senators, Miller is 2-2-0 with a .960 save percentage and a 1.32 goals against average.
  • Miller is 7-4-1 in his last 12 road games at Ottawa, with a .939 save percentage and a 1.87 goals against average.
  • Jhonas Enroth is 3-1-1 in five career games against the Senators, with a 2.52 goals against average and a .924 save percentage.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s ninth of 13 sets of back-to-back games this season after a 5-1 loss vs. Pittsburgh last night. The Sabres are 3-6-0 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-OTT CONNECTIONS
OTT LW Clarke MacArthur played for the Sabres from 2006-2010. While with the team, MacArthur appeared in 187 games and recorded 79 points (41+38).

BUF C Zenon Konopka played for the Senators during the 2011-12 season, tallying five points (3+2) in 55 games.

BUF D Tyler Myers, BUF C Cody Hodgson, BUF C Tyler Ennis and OTT D Erik Karlsson were all drafted in the first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Myers was the 12th overall pick, Hodgson was chosen 10th overall, Karlsson was selected 15th overall and Ennis was drafted with the 26th overall pick.

Karlsson and BUF G Jhonas Enroth both represented Sweden at the 2012 World Hockey Championship.

OTT LW Cory Conacher played for Canisius College in Buffalo from 2007-2011.

BUF D Christian Ehrhoff played with OTT LW Milan Michalek on the San Jose Sharks from 2003-2009.

BUF C Cody Hodgson and OTT C Jason Spezza were both born in Toronto.

Spezza also played with BUF C Cody McCormick with the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League during the 2002-03 season.

BUF LW John Scott, Ennis and OTT LW Matt Kassian were all born in Edmonton, AB, Canada.

Scott and Kassian were teammates on the AHL’s Houston Aeros during the 2008-09 season.

McCormick and OTT C Mika Zibanejad were both born on April 18. McCormick, born in 1983, is exactly 10 years older than Zibanejad, who was born in 1993.

Enroth and Zibanejad were born in the same city of Stockholm, Sweden.

OTT HC Paul MacLean was an assistant coach for the Detroit Red Wings when Sabres LW Ville Leino (2008-2010) played for the team.

MacLean also coached current Sabres AC Teppo Numminen when he was an assistant for the 1996-97 Phoenix Coyotes.

Ryan and BUF G Ryan Miller both represented the United States at the 2010 Olympics held in Vancouver.

McBain has been teammates with two current Senators players: Turris at the University of Wisconsin (2007-08) and D Joe Corvo with Carolina (2009-2011, 2012-13).

OTT G Craig Anderson, Corvo and BUF RW Drew Stafford both represented the United States at the 2006 World Hockey Championship. Anderson and Stafford suited up for the United States in 2008 as well.

BUF LW Marcus Foligno and OTT D Jared Cowen were both members of Team Canada at the 2011 World Junior Championship held in Buffalo. The Canadian squad was coached by current OTT AC Dave Cameron.

BUF RW Matt D’Agostini and OTT RW Erik Condra were teammates for Riessersee SC (Germany) briefly during the 2012-13 season.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Shots:
Ennis (132), Moulson (125), Ehrhoff (124)
Hits: Ott (183), Foligno (149), Weber (140)
Blocked Shots: Weber (89), Ehrhoff (76), 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: 1-4-1 (3), 11/25, 4/19, 16/22

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 … 1 game … 300 career games played
Drew Stafford … 9 games … 500 career games played
Matt Ellis … 9 games … 300 career games played
Assists
Tyler Myers … 6 assists … 100 career assists

RECENT MILESTONES
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