Game Preview: 3/3/14 at Dallas Stars

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LAST GAME
Friday, February 28
San Jose 2 at Buffalo 4
Goals: Hodgson, Flynn, Moulson, Myers
Goalie: Enroth (36 saves/38 shots)
PP: 1/2; PK: 2/2; Shots: San Jose 38 – Buffalo 20

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 173)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Tyler Ennis (undisclosed, Feb. 26) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/25:
Activated F Matt Moulson and F Cody McCormick from IR
2/28: Acquired G Jaroslav Halak, F Chris Stewart, F William Carrier, a first-round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and another conditional draft pick from St. Louis in exchange for G Ryan Miller and F Steve Ott

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Tuesday, March 11: Nashville at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 13: Buffalo at Carolina, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at STARS

  • This is the second and final meeting between the Sabres and Stars this season.
  • Last meeting: Dallas defeated Buffalo, 4-3, in Buffalo on Oct. 28
  • The Sabres are 7-3-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Stars; 3-7-0 on the road.
  • This is the 114th game all-time between Buffalo and Dallas/Minnesota; Buffalo has a 54-42-17 series record.
  • The Sabres are 23-28-6 on the road against the Stars/North Stars all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-6-8 all-time on March 3.
  • March 3, 1971: Steve Atkinson scores three goals against the Minnesota North Stars in a 5-2 win at the Aud. Atkinson, Ron Anderson and Gilbert Perreault all scored in a span of 1:15 in the third period.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • These teams are meeting twice in the regular season for the first time since the 2002-03 season. Neither team has swept a season series since Dallas won both meetings in 1997-98, with the teams splitting each of the last three season series.
  • The Sabres are looking for their first win in Dallas since their 5-4 shootout win on Jan. 15, 2009.
  • Drew Stafford has recorded 11 points (6+5) in his last 10 games.
  • Matt  Moulson enters tonight’s game on a five-game point streak (2+4). With a point tonight, he would tie the longest such streak of his career.
  • Christian Ehrhoff has eight points (3+5) in his last eight games.
  • Tyler Ennis has seven points (2+5) in his 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 .656 (183 points in 279 games), putting him on a 54-point pace. He has 11 points (6+5) in 12 games so far in 2014 (.917 PTS/GP).

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-DAL CONNECTIONS
DAL HC Lindy Ruff served as HC of the Sabres for 14-plus seasons (1997-2013), compiling a record of 571-432-162 in 1,165 games. Ruff is the Sabres’ all-time franchise leader in wins, guiding the team to eight postseason appearances, including a trip to the 1999 Stanley Cup Final. He was awarded the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s top coach in 2006. Ruff also played for the Sabres from 1979-89, appearing in 608 games, recording 285 points (102+183) and serving as team captain for three seasons.

DAL AC James Patrick spent seven seasons (2006-2013) as an AC for the Sabres. He also spent six seasons with the Sabres as a player (1998-2004) and registered 74 points (23+51).

BUF AC Teppo Numminen played with the Dallas Stars in 2003-04. Numminen appeared in 62 games with the Stars, tallying 17 points (3+14). DAL D Stephane Robidas and DAL G Dan Ellis were also members of the club during this season.

BUF D Jamie McBain was teammates with Ellis for the Carolina Hurricanes during the 2012-13 season.

BUF D Tyler Myers and DAL C Jamie Benn were teammates with the Kelowna Rockets (WHL) during the 2008-09 season.

Myers was born in Houston, TX.

McBain played with DAL LW Erik Cole for the Carolina Hurricanes from 2009-2011. DAL LW Ray Whitney was a member of the team as well in 2009-10.

BUF LW Marcus Foligno and DAL C Cody Eakin both represented Canada at the 2011 World Junior Championship held in Buffalo.

BUF D Mark Pysyk (23rd overall) and DAL C Tyler Seguin (2nd overall) were both chosen in the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

BUF C Cody Hodgson and DAL D Trevor Daly were both born in Toronto, Ontario.

BUF LW Tyler Ennis, BUF LW John Scott, DAL D Kevin Connauton and Fiddler were all born in Edmonton, Alberta.

McNabb and Eakin were also teammates for the Kootenay Ice (WHL) during the 2010-11 season.

BUF RW Drew Stafford and DAL D Alex Goligoski both represented the United States at the 2005 World Junior Championship.

BUF AC Joe Sacco played with DAL D Sergei Gonchar for the Washington Capitals from 1999-2002.

BUF C Zenon Konopka was teammates with Gonchar for the Ottawa Senators during the 2011-12 season.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Shots:
Ennis (143), Stafford (133), Moulson (132)
Hits: Foligno (156), Weber (149), Girgensons (130)
Blocked Shots: Weber (100), Ehrhoff (83), Myers (74)

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: 4-5-1 (9), 25/36, 7/36, 28/36

OVERTIME RESULTS (3-4; 97-97 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)
February 26 vs. Boston: W, 5-4 (GWG-D’Agostini, 0:22)

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 … 5 games … 500 career games played
Matt Ellis … 5 games … 300 career games played
Assists
Tyler Myers … 4 assists … 100 career assists
Tyler Ennis … 9 assists … 100 career assists

RECENT MILESTONES
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