Game Preview: 4/10/14 at NY Rangers

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LAST GAME
Tuesday, April 8
Detroit 4 at Buffalo 2
Goals: Girgensons (2)
Goalie: Hackett (33 saves/36 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 0/3; PK: 5/5; Shots: Detroit 37 – Buffalo 27

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 282)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Alexander Sulzer (upper body, March 15) – 13 games
Michal Neuvirth (lower body, March 16) – 12 games
Jhonas Enroth (lower body, March 18) – 11 games
Tyler Myers (undisclosed, March 27) – 7 games
Drew Stafford (undisclosed, April 3) – 4 games
Henrik Tallinder (lower body, April 3) – 4 games
Nathan Lieuwen (concussion, April 8) – 1 game
Chad Ruhwedel (concussion, April 8) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
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
4/9: Assigned F Johan Larsson and F Nicolas Deslauriers to Rochester (AHL)
4/10: Assigned D Mark Pysyk to Rochester (AHL)

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

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at RANGERS

  • This is the third and final meeting between the Sabres and Rangers this season.
  • Last meeting: New York defeated Buffalo, 3-1, in Buffalo on Dec. 5
  • The Sabres are 3-4-3 in their last 10 games vs. the Rangers; 5-2-3 on the road.
  • This is the 168th game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo has a 78-56-33 series record.
  • The Sabres are 31-31-20 on the road against the Rangers all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 5-1-2 (regular season) all-time on April 10.
  • April 10, 1988: John Tucker notches five points (2+3) in a 6-5 playoff victory against the Bruins, setting the Sabres’ franchise record for most points in a playoff game.
  • April 10, 1995: Jay McKee makes his NHL debut at the age of 18 vs. Ottawa, registering his first NHL point (assist).
  • April 10, 2010: Thomas Vanek scores four goals to help Ryan Miller earn his franchise-record 41st win of the season at Ottawa.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • According to head coach Ted Nolan, Drew Stafford and Henrik Tallinder, who have each missed the last four games due to injury, could both return to the lineup tonight.
  • The Sabres have earned at least a point in seven of their last eight road games against the Rangers, going 4-1-3 in those games.
  • The Sabres have iced five different goaltenders this year (Enroth, Hackett, Lieuwen, Miller, Neuvirth), the most since 1995-96 (Biron, Blue, Hasek, Shields, Trefilov).
  • Mike Weber enters tonight’s game on his first point streak since Feb. 28, 2013 at FLA and March 2, 2013 vs. NJD. With a point tonight, he would tie his career-best three-game point streak (Dec. 27, 2010 to Jan, 1, 2011).
  • Cody Hodgson has seven points (3+4) in his last six games.
  • Tyler Ennis has 12 points (4+8) in 13 career games against the Rangers, including two of his six career three-point games (4/6/10 and 3/23/12).
  • Drew Stafford has seven points (6+1) in his last seven games against the Rangers.

POINTS IN PAIRS
Cody Hodgson
has recorded consecutive multi-point games for the second time in his career entering tonight’s game (last: March 19, 2012 at TBL and March 21, 2012 vs. MTL). He has never had three straight multi-point games. In 69 games played, Hodgson has already set new career highs in assists (24) and points (43) and matched his career high in goals (19).

SECOND-HALF SURGE
Tyler Ennis
has made the most of an increased role during the second half of the season, logging 19:40 per game and notching 27 points (13+14) in his 36 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 seven Sabres players dressed for both the first game of the season and Tuesday’s game vs. Detroit: Ehrhoff, Ennis, Flynn, Girgensons, Hodgson, 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-NYR CONNECTIONS
BUF LW John Scott played a brief stint with the Rangers during the 2011-12 season, appearing in six games.

NYR C Dominic Moore was a member of the Sabres for part of the 2008-09 season, contributing four points (1+3) in 18 games.

BUF RW Matt D’Agostini and Moore were teammates for the Montreal Canadiens during the 2009-10 season.

BUF C Torrey Mitchell and Moore both played for the San Jose Sharks during the 2011-12 season.

Three current Sabres have played under NYR HC Alain Vigneault: Christian Ehrhoff (2009-2011), Cody Hodgson (2010-2012) and Alexander Sulzer (2011-12).

NYR D McDonagh was teammates with BUF D Jamie McBain at the University of Wisconsin from 2007-2009. NYR C Derek Stepan was also a member of the team during the 2008-09 season.

BUF G Jhonas Enroth and Hagelin both represented Team Sweden at the 2008 World Junior Championships.

Scott and NYR LW Benoit Pouliot were teammates on the Minnesota Wild from 2008-2010.

D’Agostini also played with Pouliot for the Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL) during the 2009-10 season.

BUF LW Cory Conacher played alongside Pouliot for the Tampa Bay Lightning for part of the 2012-13 season.

BUF D Henrik Tallinder and NYR G Henrik Lundqvist both represented Sweden at the 2010 Olympics. The two, along with Enroth and Hagelin, also represented Sweden at the 2014 Olympics.

BUF LW John Scott played with NYR LW Daniel Carcillo for the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2011-12 season.

BUF LW Ville Leino was teammates with Carcillo for the Philadelphia Flyers from 2009-2011.

BUF D Alexander Sulzer (92nd overall)and Carcillo (73rd overall) were both chosen in the third round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Shots:
Ennis (199), Stafford (175), Hodgson (169)
Hits: Foligno (201), Weber (198), Girgensons (153)
Blocked Shots: Weber (146), Ehrhoff (116), McBain (106)

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: 1-7-1 (3), 16/32, 4/28, 23/30

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 (WG-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)
Games Played

Christian Ehrhoff … 10 games … 700 career games
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
Nicolas Deslauriers … 1st NHL point (goal) … April 4 at DET
Chad Ruhwedel … 1st NHL point (assist) … April 4 at DET

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