Game Preview: 4/8/14 vs. Detroit

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LAST GAME
Sunday, April 6
Buffalo 2 at Philadelphia 5
Goals: Hodgson, Weber
Goalie: Lieuwen (32 saves/37 shots)
PP: 1/6; PK: 3/4; Shots: Philadelphia 37 – Buffalo 19

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 274)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Chris Stewart (lower body, March 7) – 16 games
Alexander Sulzer (upper body, March 15) – 12 games
Michal Neuvirth (lower body, March 16) – 11 games
Jhonas Enroth (lower body, March 18) – 10 games
Zenon Konopka (back, March 25) – 7 games
Tyler Myers (undisclosed, March 27) – 6 games
Torrey Mitchell (undisclosed, March 27) – 6 games
Drew Stafford (undisclosed, April 3) – 3 games
Henrik Tallinder (lower body, April 3) – 3 games
Marcus Foligno (lower body, April 4) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
4/2:
Signed D Jake McCabe to a three-year, entry-level contract
4/4: Recalled F Luke Adam from Rochester (AHL)
4/8: Recalled D Mark Pysyk and G Andrey Makarov from Rochester (AHL); Assigned F Luke Adam to Rochester

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, April 10:
Buffalo at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 12: Buffalo at Boston, 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 13: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 5 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
RED WINGS at SABRES

  • This is the fourth and final meeting between the Sabres and Red Wings this season.
  • Last meeting: Detroit defeated Buffalo, 3-2, in Detroit on April 4
  • The Sabres are 1-7-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Red Wings; 2-6-2 at home
  • This is the 120th game all-time between Buffalo and Detroit; Buffalo has a 53-50-16 series record.
  • The Sabres are 34-15-9 at home against the Red Wings all-time

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 (regular season) all-time on April 8.
  • April 8, 1973: The Sabres earn the first playoff victory in franchise history, topping Montreal, 5-1, in a 50-shot performance.
  • April 8, 1977: Jim Lorentz scores the first hat trick in Sabres playoff history in a 7-1 win over Minnesota. Gilbert Perreault records an assist on all three goals.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Chad Ruhwedel and Nathan Lieuwen each suffered a concussion on Sunday at Philadelphia.
  • Cody Hodgson has five points (3+2) in his last five games.
  • The Sabres have lost their last seven games against the Red Wings, marking the longest drought against Detroit in franchise history. The last win was a 6-2 victory in Buffalo on Oct. 13, 2009.
  • The Sabres have iced five different goaltenders this year (Enroth, Hackett, Lieuwen, Miller, Neuvirth), the most since 1995-96 (Biron, Blue, Hasek, Shields, Trefilov).

SECOND-HALF SURGE
Tyler Ennis
has made the most of an increased role during the second half of the season, logging 19:43 per game and notching 27 points (13+14) in his 35 games following the season’s halfway mark. Ennis averaged 18:07 of ice time and recorded 15 points (8+7) through the first 41 games of the season. He now has a career-high 21 goals this season.

Drew Stafford has also seen the most ice time of his career in the second half of this season after leaving with an injury just four shifts into the team’s 41st game. Stafford has averaged 20:04 of ice time and posted 20 points (11+9) in 26 games since the season’s halfway mark. In the 41 games prior to the midway point, Stafford had 13 points (4+9) in and averaged 17:36 per game.

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 .653 (192 points in 294 games), putting him on a 54-point pace. He has 20 points (11+9) in 28 games so far in 2014 (.714 PTS/GP).

A NEW LOOK

  • Only eight Sabres players dressed for both the first game of the season and Sunday’s game at Philadelphia: Ehrhoff, Ennis, Flynn, Girgensons, Hodgson, Leino, Ristolainen, Weber
  • With Jake McCabe’s NHL debut on April 3 at St. Louis, 44 different players have played at least one game for the Sabres this season.
  • According to Elias Sports Bureau, this tops the previous franchise record of 43, set in the 1986-87 season and matched in 1991-92.

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-DET CONNECTIONS
BUF LW Ville Leino played for Detroit during the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons. He appeared in 55 games, and tallied 16 points (9+7).

BUF HC Ted Nolan played parts of two seasons for the Red Wings (1981-82 and 1983-84), appearing in a total of 60 games. Initially selected by Detroit in the fifth round of the 1978 NHL Amateur Draft, Nolan tallied 20 points (5+15) during his time with the club.

Leino was also teammateswith DET D Jakub Kindl, DET C Darren Helm, DET G Jimmy Howard, DET D Jonathan Ericsson, DET C Tomas Tatar and DET D Brian Lashoff for Grand Rapids during the 2008-09 AHL season.

DET LW Justin Abdelkader has played with two current Sabres: Jamie McBain (2007 United States World U20 Championship team) and Leino (Grand Rapids – AHL, 2008-09)

McBain and Abdelkader also share the same birthday. The former was born on February 25, 1987, while the latter was born one year later, on February 25, 1988.

McBain and DET D Brendan Smith were teammates at the University of Wisconsin for two seasons (2007-2009).

BUF G Jhonas Enroth as well as DET RW Daniel Alfredsson, D Niklas Kronwall, LW Henrik Zetterberg, RW Johan Franzen and Ericsson all suited up for Sweden at the 2012 World Championship.

Enroth also played with DET C Joakim Andersson for Sweden at the 2008 World Junior Championship.

DET G Jonas Gustavsson, Alfredsson, Franzen, Kronwall, Zetterberg and BUF D Henrik Tallinder all represented Sweden at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Tallinder, Enroth, Alfredsson, Gustavsson, Kronwall, Ericsson, Zetterberg and DET RW Gustav Nyquist were all teammates for Sweden at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Franzen and Tallinder were also teammates with Linkopings HC (SEL) during the 2004-05 season.

Kronwall, Tallinder and Enroth are all natives of Stockholm, Sweden.

BUF C Cody Hodgson, DET C Stephen Weiss and Smith were all born in Toronto, Ontario.

BUF C Tyler Ennis and Helm were teammates for two seasons (2005-2007) with the Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL).

BUF AC Joe Sacco coached DET D Kyle Quincey for three seasons with the Colorado Avalanche (2009-2012).

DET D Lashoff played with BUF D Mike Weber for the Barrie Colts (OHL) during the 2006-07 season.

BUF C Brian Flynn and Nyquist were teammates at the University of Maine for three seasons from 2008-2011.

BUF C Zenon Konopka played alongside Alfredsson for the Ottawa Senators during the 2011-12 season.

BUF LW Cory Conacher played alongside Alfredsson for the Ottawa Senators for part of the 2012-13 season.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Shots:
Ennis (197), Stafford (175), Hodgson (167)
Hits: Foligno (199), Weber (197), Girgensons (151)
Blocked Shots: Weber (143), Ehrhoff (116), McBain (104)

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
61-70: 2-8-0 (4), 14/27, 3/29, 34/41
71-80: 1-6-1 (3), 14/28, 4/25, 18/25

OVERTIME RESULTS (3-5; 97-98 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)
March 29 vs. Tampa Bay: L, 4-3 (GWG-Stamkos, 1:53)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (7-4; 57-45 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)
April 1 vs. New Jersey: W, 3-2 (GDG-Leino)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Assists

Tyler Myers … 2 assists … 100 career assists
Tyler Ennis … 5 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Drew Stafford … 3 points … 300 career points
Jamie McBain … 9 points … 100 career points
Torrey Mitchell … 10 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Brian Flynn … 100th NHL game … April 3 at STL
Jake McCabe … 1st NHL game … April 3 at STL
Nicolas Deslauriers … 1st NHL point (goal) … April 4 at DET
Chad Ruhwedel … 1st NHL point (assist) … April 4 at DET

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