Game Preview: 10/28/14 at TOR

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LAST GAME
Saturday, October 25
Buffalo 2 at San Jose 1
Goals: Hodgson, Deslauriers
Goalie: Neuvirth (29 saves/30 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 1/1; Shots: San Jose 30 – Buffalo 15

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 28)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Matt Hackett (lower body, Oct. 9; injured reserve) – 9 games
Patrick Kaleta (upper body, Oct. 9; injured reserve) – 9 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Oct. 30:
Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 1: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 2: Detroit at Buffalo, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 5: Montreal at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 7: Edmonton at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at MAPLE LEAFS

  • This is the first of four meetings between the Sabres and Maple Leafs this season.
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Nov. 15 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 5-2-3 in their last 10 games vs. the Maple Leafs; 1-7-2 on the road
  • This is the 194th game all-time between Buffalo and Toronto; Buffalo has a 106-62-25 series record.
  • The Sabres are 42-37-17 on the road against the Maple Leafs all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-4-6 all-time on October 28.
  • October 28, 1981: Ric Seiling scores his 100th NHL goal in a 6-2 win vs. the St. Louis Blues.
  • October 28, 1992: Alexander Mogilny and Joe Sacco each score twice as the Sabres and Maple Leafs battle to a 4-4 tie.
  • October 28, 2013: In his Sabres debut, Matt Moulson scores two goals in a 4-3 loss to Dallas Stars.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres will play their fourth consecutive game away from First Niagara Center tonight, the longest such stretch until January.
  • The home team has won the last seven games played between the Sabres and the Maple Leafs.
  • Six of the last 10 games between these teams have gone to overtime, including each of the last three.
  • Both teams are looking for their first win against an Atlantic Division opponent this season. The Leafs are seeking their first Atlantic Division win in their last eight tries (last win: April 3 vs. BOS) and the Sabres are looking for their first in the last 10 (March 6 at TBL).
  • Matt Moulson has scored nine goals (and added three assists) in his last eight games against the Maple Leafs, including a goal in each of the last three.
  • Cody Hodgson (1+4) and Tyler Myers (0+5) have each recorded five points in their last five games against the Maple Leafs.
  • Brian Gionta (17+11) and Drew Stafford (12+16) tie to lead all Sabres with 28 career points against the Maple Leafs.

NOTES FROM LAST GAME

  • The Sabres won, 2-1, on Saturday at SJS, earning their first regulation victory since March 20 at EDM.
  • Michal Neuvirth became the 35th goaltender to record a win for the Sabres. He enters tonight’s game with a .927 save percentage in five games with the team.
  • With an assist, Sam Reinhart became the 13th player in Sabres history to record a point before his 19th Reinhart will turn 19 on Nov. 6.

IN THE LINE OF FIRE

  • Josh Gorges has blocked an NHL-best 41 shots, 12 more than the next highest total (Kris Russell, CGY – 29 BS in 10 GP) through Sunday’s games. Gorges has blocked 16.1 percent of all opponent shot attempts taken with him on the ice this season, the fourth-highest percentage among NHL defensemen who have faced at least 50 shot attempts (see chart below).
  • His best full-season on-ice shot blocking percentage was 13.0 percent in 2011-12 with Montreal. No NHL-regular defenseman has topped 14 percent in a full season since the league started counting blocked shots in 2005-06.

Top NHL Defensemen, On-Ice Shot Blocking Percentage
(min. 50 shot attempts against)

Rank Player Team GP BS On-IceBS%
1 Jared Spurgeon MIN 6 22 17.9%
2 Simon Despres PIT 7 10 17.5%
3 Nathan Beaulieu MTL 4 11 16.9%
4 Josh Gorges BUF 9 41 16.1%
5 Kevan Miller BOS 6 10 15.9%

A FRESH FACE
With his debut on Oct. 9 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.

2014-15 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-TOR CONNECTIONS
Andre Benoit:

  • Played with David Clarkson for the Kitchener Rangers from 2002-2005.

Tyler Ennis:          

  • Ennis, Matt Frattin and Dion Phaneuf were all born in Edmonton, Alberta.
  • He and Nazem Kadri share the same birthday. Ennis was born on Oct. 6, 1989, while Kadri was born on the same day in 1990.

Marcus Foligno:

  • Played with Carter Ashton for Team Canada at the 2011 World Junior Championship, held in Buffalo.

Brian Gionta:

  • Played with David Clarkson for New Jersey Devils from 2006-2009.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Dion Phaneuf for Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Cody Hodgson:

  • Hodgson, David Clarkson, Peter Holland and Daniel Winnik are all natives of Toronto, Ontario.
  • Played with David Booth for the Vancouver Canucks during the 2011-12 season.

Cody McCormick:

  • He and Nazem Kadri are both from London, Ontario.
  • Played with David Clarkson for the Belleville Bulls from 2001-2002.                                                                     

Andrej Meszaros:

  • Played with Cody Franson for the Vancouver Giants during the 2004-05 season.
  • Played with James Van Riemsdyk for the Philadelphia Flyers from 2010-12.
  • Represented Team Slovakia alongside Richard Panik at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Torrey Mitchell:

  • Played with Daniel Winnik for the San Jose Sharks during the 2011-12 season.

Matt Moulson:

  • Played with Jonathan Bernier for the Los Angeles Kings and Manchester Monarchs (AHL) for two seasons (2007-2009)

Sam Reinhart:

  • Reinhart, Morgan Rielly and Mike Santorelli are all from Vancouver, British Columbia.

Drew Stafford:

  • Played with David Booth for the United States at the 2004 World Junior Championship and the 2008 World Hockey Championship. The two were also teammates for the Rochester Americans during the 2006-07 season when the Sabres and Florida Panthers shared an affiliation with the team.
  • Played with Phil Kessel for the United States at the 2006 and 2008 World Hockey Championships.

Chris Stewart:

  • Played with Daniel Winnik for the Colorado Avalanche during the 2010-11 season.
  • Represented Team Canada alongside Jonathan Bernier, Dion Phaneuf and James Reimer at the 2011 World Championship.
  • He and Roman Polak were both members of the St. Louis Blues from 2011-2014.

Tyson Strachan:

  • Played with Mike Santorelli for the Florida Panthers from 2011-2013. David Booth was also a member of the team during the 2011-12 season.
  • Played with Roman Polak for the St. Louis Blues from 2008-2011.

World Championship:

  • Cody Hodgson, Tyler Myers, Nazem Kadri and Morgan Rielly all represented Team Canada at the 2014 World Championship.

NHL Entry Draft:

  • Patrick Kaleta (176th overall), Mike Santorelli (178th overall) and Roman Polak (180th overall) were all taken within four picks of each other in the sixth round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Tyler Myers (12th overall), Cody Hodgson (10th overall), Tyler Ennis (26th overall) and Jake Gardiner (17th overall) were all chosen in the first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Morgan Rielly (5th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Weber (30), Deslauriers (25), Foligno (24)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (41), Weber (20), Benoit (19)
Shots: Stewart (26), Moulson (20), Girgensons (19)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10:
2-7-0 (2), 11/29, 0/30, 28/33

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

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-0; 58-46 all-time)
October 14 at Carolina: W, 4-3 (GDG-Girgensons)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Andrej Meszaros … 7 games … 600 career games played
Chris Stewart … 9 games … 400 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 … 8 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Torrey Mitchell … 400th career game played … Oct. 23 at LAK
Sam Reinhart … 1st career point (assist) … Oct. 25 at SJS

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