Game Preview: 10/13/14 vs. ANA

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LAST GAME
Saturday, October 11
Buffalo 2 at Chicago 6
Goals: Girgensons, Ennis
Goalie: Enroth (41 saves/47 shots)
PP: 0/4; PK: 3/4; Shots: Chicago 47 – Buffalo 23

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 9)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Matt Hackett (lower body, Oct. 9; injured reserve) – 2 games
Patrick Kaleta (upper body, Oct. 9; injured reserve) – 2 games
Jake McCabe (middle body, Oct. 9; injured reserve) – 2 games
Mark Pysyk (upper body, Oct. 9; injured reserve) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/10:
Assigned F Johan Larsson to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Oct. 14:
Buffalo at Carolina, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 17: Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 18: Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 22: Buffalo at Anaheim, 10:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 23: Buffalo at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
DUCKS at SABRES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Ducks this season.
  • Next meeting: Wednesday, Oct. 22 in Anaheim
  • The Sabres are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Ducks; 5-3-2 at home
  • This is the 29th game all-time between Buffalo and Anaheim; Buffalo has a 15-10-3 series record.
  • The Sabres are 7-4-3 at home against the Ducks all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-9-2 all-time on October 13.
  • October 13, 1976: Bob Sauve makes his first NHL start, a 4-3 loss to the NY Islanders.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • With his two-assist performance on Saturday at CHI, Drew Stafford became the 26th player in franchise history to record 300 points as a member of the Sabres. Stafford now has 23 points (12+11) in 32 games in 2014.
  • Zemgus Girgensons has opened the season with goals in consecutive games, matching his career-best goal-scoring streak of two games, set on Dec. 7 and 10, 2013.
  • If he is in today’s lineup, Matt Moulson will become the 267th active NHL player to appear in 400 NHL games.
  • Chris Stewart leads all Sabres with 12 points (5+7) in 18 career games against the Ducks.
  • The Sabres are looking to avoid losing consecutive home games to the Ducks for the first time ever after dropping their meeting on Nov. 2, 2013. The Sabres have won five of the last seven home contests against the Ducks (includes 10/7/11 game in Helsinki, Finland).

SHUTTING OUT THE DUCKS
The Sabres have shut out the Ducks six times in the 28 all-time games between the clubs (Hasek-3, Biron-2, Miller-1). This amounts to one shutout for every 4.7 meetings, the Sabres’ highest shutout-to-games ratio against any NHL team. This ratio is so much higher against the Ducks than the next closest opponent that the Ducks would have to score a goal in each of the next 23 meetings between the teams to bring it even with the next highest current ratio (NSH, 8.5 games per shutout). The Sabres’ last shutout against the Ducks occurred three meetings ago on Feb. 29, 2012 in Anaheim.

EXPANDED ROLE FOR MYERS
Tyler Myers
has led all Sabres skaters in ice time through two games and ranks 11th in the league before Sunday’s games with an average of 25:25 per game. His 26:29 on Saturday at CHI was his highest total in a non-overtime game since his career-high 31:05 on Jan. 14, 2012 at NYI. Myers last led the Sabres in ice time in a season in his rookie season of 2009-10, when he averaged 23:44 per game.

ENNIS ON THE PK
Tyler Ennis
scored his first career shorthanded goal Saturday at CHI. His 4:38 of shorthanded ice time through two games has already surpassed his previous career-high of 3:12 in 82 games in 2010-11.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens Buffalo’s first of 18 sets of back-to-back games this season, which will conclude tomorrow at CAR. The Sabres were 4-9-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 1-8-4 in the second game last season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in back-to- back sets last season was: four points (0), three points (1), two points (4), one point (3) and zero points (5).

A NEW LOOK
Only 10 of the 20 Sabres players who dressed for the first game of the 2013-14 season appeared on the team’s 2014-15 opening day roster. Only six players on this year’s opening day roster suited up for the team in the season-opener two years ago: Tyler Ennis, Jhonas Enroth, Marcus Foligno, Cody Hodgson, Tyler Myers and Drew Stafford

A FRESH FACE
With his debut on Thursday vs. CBJ, Sam Reinhart became the seventh 18-year-old ever to dress for the Sabres and the fourth to do so on opening day. The Sabres have now had an 18-year-old in the opening day lineup each of the last three years (2013-14: Rasmus Ristolainen; 2012-13: Mikhail Grigorenko).

YOUNGEST SABRES DEBUTS

Player Season Age First Game
Pierre Turgeon 1987-88 18 years, 41 days 10/8/87 vs. Minnesota
Nikita Zadorov 2013-14 18 years, 187 days 10/19/13 vs. Colorado
Jay McKee 1995-96 18 years, 215 days 4/10/96 vs. Ottawa
Mikhail Grigorenko 2012-13 18 years, 249 days 1/20/13 vs. Philadelphia
Wayne Primeau 1994-95 18 years, 333 days 5/3/95 vs. New Jersey
Sam Reinhart 2014-15 18 years, 338 days 10/9/14 vs. Columbus
Rasmus Ristolainen 2013-14 18 years, 340 days 10/2/13 at Detroit

 

FEARLESS LEADERS

  • Brian Gionta has been selected to wear the captain’s “C” for the Sabres in 2014-15, becoming the 19th full-season captain in franchise history (excludes rotating captaincies in 2003-04 and 2007-08).
  • Gionta, who spent the last four seasons as captain of the Montreal Canadiens, will be the 27th player to wear the captain’s “C” for at least a one-month period.
  • Josh Gorges and Matt Moulson were named the team’s alternate captains.

2014 PRESEASON

  • Buffalo finished the preseason with a 2-3-1 record; 2-1-0 at home, 0-2-1 on the road
  • Tyler Ennis (3 GP) and Chris Stewart (4 GP) tied for the team point lead with two goals and three assists each.
  • Jhonas Enroth was 2-0-0 with a 0.50 GAA and .983 SV%, tying to lead all goaltenders with at least two full games played in both categories.
  • The Sabres were 2-for-17 (11.8%) on the power play and 21-for-24 (87.5%) on the penalty kill.

2014-15 ROSTER NOTES
Of the 23 players on Buffalo’s opening night roster:

  • 10 were originally drafted by the Sabres — seven were first-round Buffalo selections (Stafford, 2004; Myers and Ennis, 2008; Girgensons, 2012; Ristolainen and Zadorov, 2013; Reinhart, 2014), two were second-round picks (Enroth and Weber, 2006) and one was a fourth-round pick (Foligno, 2009)
  • Six were acquired in trades: Deslauriers, Gorges, Hodgson, Mitchell, Neuvirth, Stewart
  • Seven were signed as free agents: Benoit, Flynn, Gionta, Meszaros, McCormick, Moulson, Strachan
  • 17 played in Buffalo at some point last season
  • Six are new to the Sabres this season: Benoit, Gionta, Gorges, Meszaros, Reinhart, Strachan
  • Three are opening the season on an NHL roster for the first time in their careers: Deslauriers, Reinhart, Zadorov

BUF-ANA CONNECTIONS
Tyler Ennis:

  • He and Mark Fistric are natives of Edmonton, Alberta.

Jhonas Enroth:

  • Played with Jakob Silfverberg for Team Sweden at the 2012 World Hockey Championship. The duo also teamed up to help Sweden win the silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Ryan Getzlaf for Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Cody Hodgson:        

  • He and Andrew Cogliano were both born in Toronto, Ontario.
  • Played with Ryan Kesler for the Vancouver Canucks from 2010-2012.

Andrej Meszaros

  • Teammates with Mark Fistric for the Vancouver Giants during the 2004-05 season.
  • Played with Dany Heatley for the Ottawa Senators from 2005-2008.
  • Teamed up with Nate Thompson for the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2009-10 season.
  • He and Jakob Silfverberg (1990) were both born on October 13.

Torrey Mitchell:           

  • Played alongside Dany Heatley for the San Jose Sharks from 2009-2011, before being reunited with the Minnesota Wild from 2011-2014.

Matt Moulson:

  • Played with Tim Jackman for the New York Islanders during the 2009-10 season. The two were also teammates with the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL during the 2006-07 season.

Tyler Myers:

  • Played with Corey Perry and Francois Beauchemin for Team Canada at the 2010 World Championship.

Michal Neuvirth:         

  • Played under the tutelage of current Bruce Boudreau from 2008-2012, when Boudreau served as HC of the Washington Capitals.

Drew Stafford:          

  • Played with Ryan Kesler for the United States at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Mike Weber:

  • Weber and John Gibson were both born in Pittsburgh, PA.

Minnesota Reunion:      

  • Tonight’s game will feature five members of the 2013-14 Minnesota Wild. Cody McCormick, Torrey Mitchell, Matt Moulson, Danny Heatley and Clayton Stoner all played for the Wild last season.

NHL Draft:

  • Brian Gionta (82nd overall) and Francois Beauchemin (75th overall) were both chosen in the third round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Drew Stafford (13th overall), Andrej Meszaros (24th overall) and Mark Fistric (28th overall) were all chosen in the first round of the 2004 Entry Draft.
  • Marcus Foligno (104th overall) and Sami Vatanen (106th overall) were both fourth-round selections in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Cam Fowler (12th overall), Mark Pysyk (23rd overall) and Emerson Etem (29th overall) were all first-round selections in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Hampus Lindholm (6th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Deslauriers (10), Foligno (7), Weber (5)
Blocked Shots: Benoit (8), Gorges (6), Meszaros/Myers/Weber (4)
Shots: Stewart (8), Girgensons (5), Moulson (5)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10:
0-2-0 (0), 3/9, 0/5, 6/8

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-0; 97-98 all-time)
N/A

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-0; 57-46 all-time)
N/A

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Matt Moulson … 1 game … 400 career games played
Torrey Mitchell … 6 games … 100 career games played
Assists
Tyler Ennis … 3 assists … 100 career assists
Tyler Myers … 3 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Josh Gorges … 2 points … 100 career points
Torrey Mitchell … 9 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Drew Stafford … 300 career points … Oct. 11 at CHI

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