Game Preview: 2/26/14 vs. Boston Bruins

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LAST GAME
Tuesday, February 25
Carolina 2 at Buffalo 3
Goals: Ehrhoff (2), Ennis
Goalie: Miller (36 saves/38 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 5/5; Shots: Carolina 38 – Buffalo 18

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 169)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

N/A

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/25:
Activated F Matt Moulson and F Cody McCormick from IR

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Friday, March 7: Buffalo at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 9: Chicago at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
BRUINS at SABRES

  • This is the fourth of five meetings between the Sabres and Bruins this season.
  • Next meeting: Saturday, April 12 in Boston
  • Last meeting: Boston defeated Buffalo, 4-1, in Boson on Dec. 21
  • The Sabres are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Bruins; 6-3-1 at home.
  • This is the 272nd game all-time between Buffalo and Boston; Buffalo has a 118-113-40 series record.
  • The Sabres are 72-44-21 at home against the Bruins all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 6-8-6 all-time on February 26.
  • February 26, 1987: Wilf Paiement scores a hat trick to lead the Sabres to a 4-3 victory over the visiting St. Louis Blues.
  • February 26, 1995: Dominik Hasek appears in his 100th game as a member of the Sabres and Charlie Huddy scores his first goal with Buffalo as the Sabres fall to the Rangers, 4-2, at home.
  • February 26, 2008: Acquired Steve Bernier and a first-round selection in 2008 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Brian Campbell and a seventh-round selection in 2008 Entry Draft.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are looking for consecutive home victories against the Bruins for the first time since 2011-12.
  • The Bruins and Sabres have had 11 games decided in shootout (Sabres are 5-6), tying for the Sabres’ highest mark against any opponent (Ottawa, 7-4).
  • Drew Stafford has recorded 11 points (6+5) in his last eight games, making it his most prolific eight-game stretch since 2011-12.
  • Christian Ehrhoff (3+4) and Tyler Ennis (2+5) each have seven points in their last seven games.

HAPPY DREW YEAR

  • Drew Stafford’s career point rate from October through December is .486 (105 points in 216 games), putting him on a 40-point pace for an 82-game season. His rate from January through April is .661 (183 points in 277 games), putting him on a 54-point pace. So far this season, he is above a point-per-game pace in 2014.
  • In his career, Stafford has recorded 51 points (24+27) in 71 games during the month of February (.718 PTS/GP), his highest point-scoring rate of any month of the season.

OLYMPIC RECAP

  • As members of Team Sweden, Henrik Tallinder and Jhonas Enroth each earned a silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
  • Ryan Miller won his sole start for the United States, a 5-1 win over Slovenia. With the win, Miller improved to 6-1 in seven Olympic games with a .945 save percentage and a 1.30 goals against average. His six wins for the United States rank him second in the nation’s Olympic history behind Jack McCartan (7).
  • Ted Nolan led Latvia to the nation’s first ever quarterfinal Olympic game (a 2-1 loss to Canada) after a 3-1 win over Switzerland in the qualification round. The team’s eighth-place finish in Sochi was the best in the nation’s five Olympic Games appearances.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (Latvia) registered two points (1+1) in the tournament, scoring his first Olympic goal on the power play in a 5-3 qualifying-round loss to Sweden.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s 10th of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season after a 3-2 win last night vs. CAR. The Sabres are 4-6-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 1-5-3 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 (3).

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.

BUF-BOS CONNECTIONS
BOS LW Daniel Paille was a part of the Sabres’ organization from 2002-2009. He was selected in the first round (20th overall) by the Sabres in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He played 195 games for the Sabres, recording 77 points (35+42). He played 153 games for the Rochester Americans, where he also recorded 77 points (35+42).

BUF interim HC Ted Nolan coached BOS LW Brad Marchand for the Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL) during the 2005-06 season.

BUF G Jhonas Enroth, D Mike Weber, BUF D Jamie McBain and BOS LW Milan Lucic were all selected in the second round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Enroth was taken 46th overall, Lucic was taken 50th overall, Weber was selected 57th overall and McBain 63rd overall.

BOS LW Loui Eriksson has been a teammate of three current Sabres players: C Steve Ott (Dallas Stars, 2006-2012), D Henrik Tallinder (Team Sweden, 2010 & 2014 Olympics) and Enroth (Team Sweden, 2014 Olympics, 2011 and 2012 World Hockey Championships).

Ott and BOS RW Reilly Smith were also teammates with the Dallas Stars during the 2011-12 season.

Ott also played alongside BOS G Chad Johnson for Canada at the 2010 World Hockey Championship.

BUF LW Marcus Foligno and Hamilton both represented Canada at the 2011 World Junior Championship held in Buffalo.

BUF C Cody Hodgson, Smith, BOS C Chris Kelly and BOS D Dougie Hamilton are all natives of Toronto, Ontario.

BUF LW John Scott, BUF C Tyler Ennis, Boychuk and BOS RW Jarome Iginla were all born in Edmonton, Alberta.

Boychuk played under current BUF AC Joe Sacco for three consecutive seasons in the AHL with the Lowell Lock Monsters (2005-06), Albany River Rats (2006-07) and Lake Erie Monsters (2007-08).

Sacco played with BOS D Zdeno Chara for the New York Islanders for two seasons (1997-1999).

Sacco was also teammates with BOS D Dennis Seidenberg for the Philadelphia Flyers and Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL) during the 2002-03 season.

BUF D Christian Ehrhoff played with Seidenberg for Team Germany in the 2002, 2006 and 2010 Olympic Games.

BUF C Cody McCormick and BOS C Gregory Campbell were both born in London, Ontario.

Weber and BOS D Matt Bartkowski were both born in Pittsburgh, Penn.

BUF G Ryan Miller and Eriksson share the same birthday. Miller was born on July 17, 1980 and Eriksson was born five years later on July 17, 1985.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Shots:
Ennis (143), Moulson/Ehrhoff (127), Stafford (123)
Hits: Ott (190), Foligno (153), Weber (146)
Blocked Shots: Weber (94), Ehrhoff (79), Myers (73)

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: 2-5-1 (5), 16/30, 5/29, 24/30

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

Drew Stafford … 7 games … 500 career games played
Matt Ellis … 7 games … 300 career games played
Assists
Tyler Myers … 6 assists … 100 career assists

RECENT MILESTONES
Matt D’Agostini … 300th career game … Feb. 6 at Ottawa

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