Game Preview: 11/15/14 vs. TOR

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LAST GAME
Thursday, November 13
Buffalo 3 at Minnesota 6
Goals: Ristolainen, Girgensons, Mitchell
Goalie: Enroth (33 saves/38 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 0/2; PK: 2/4; Shots: Minnesota 39 – Buffalo 28

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 50)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Matt Hackett (lower body, Oct. 9; injured reserve) – 18 games
Marcus Foligno (upper body, Nov. 13) – 1 game
Josh Gorges (lower body, Nov. 13) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/9:
Assigned F Johan Larsson to Rochester (AHL)
11/10: Activated F Patrick Kaleta from IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Nov. 18:
San Jose at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 21: NY Rangers at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 22: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 26: Winnipeg at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 28: Montreal at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
MAPLE LEAFS at SABRES

  • This is the second of four meetings between the Sabres and Maple Leafs this season.
  • Next meeting: Wednesday, March 11 in Toronto
  • Last meeting: Toronto defeated Buffalo, 4-0, in Toronto on Oct. 28
  • The Sabres are 4-3-3 in their last 10 games vs. the Maple Leafs; 8-1-1 at home
  • This is the 195th game all-time between Buffalo and Toronto; Buffalo has a 106-63-25 series record.
  • The Sabres are 64-25-8 at home against the Maple Leafs all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-7-4 all-time on November 15
  • November 15, 1987: Doug Smith scores the 5,000th goal in franchise history, helping the Sabres to a 5-4 win over the Maple Leafs at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium.
  • November 15, 1995: The Sabres retire the numbers of Rick Martin (#7) and Rene Robert (#14) in a pre-game ceremony, as they join their French Connection linemate Gilbert Perreault as the second and third Sabres players honored with a banner in the rafters.
  • November 15, 2013: The Sabres win their first game after hiring head coach Ted Nolan, a 3-1 victory at home against the Maple Leafs.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Today is the one-year anniversary of the first game of Ted Nolan’s second stint as head coach of the Sabres. Buffalo topped Toronto, 3-1, at home in that game.
  • The home team has won the last eight games played between the Sabres and the Maple Leafs.
  • The Sabres are 13-1-1 in their last 15 home games against the Maple Leafs, including wins in their last three.
  • The Maple Leafs haven’t won at First Niagara Center since Jan. 29, 2013. Their last regulation win in Buffalo was a 2-1 win on Feb. 16, 2011.
  • Toronto hasn’t won consecutive games in Buffalo since March 21 and Dec. 12, 2008.
  • Matt Moulson has scored nine goals (and added three assists) in his last nine 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.
  • Six of the last 11 games between these teams have gone to overtime.

NOTES FROM LAST GAME

  • The Sabres and Wild combined for three goals in a 17-second span (two seconds shy of the NHL record) during the first period on Thursday at MIN, setting both team’s records for fastest three combined goals. Buffalo’s previous record was 18 seconds (Feb. 1, 1976 at California).
  • Nikita Zadorov led all Sabres in ice time for the first time of his career with a career-high 25:17. He also led the team with career-bests in plus/minus (plus-3) and hits (four).
  • Patrick Kaleta returned from injury to appear in his first NHL game since Oct. 10, 2013.

TOP PERFORMERS

  • Drew Stafford has seven points (3+4) in his last 10 games.
  • Tyler Ennis has six points (2+4) in his last eight games.
  • Zemgus Girgensons has five points (2+3) in his last six games.
  • Matt Moulson has three points (1+2) in his last four games.

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, is 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.

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.
  • Played with Josh Leivo for the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves during the 2010-11 season.

Brian Gionta:

  • Played with David Clarkson for New Jersey Devils from 2006-09.

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.

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 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.
  • Played with Roman Polak for the St. Louis Blues from 2008-2011.

Toronto Natives:

  • Chris Stewart, David Clarkson, Peter Holland, and Daniel Winnik were all born in Toronto.

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:
Deslauriers (61), Weber (48), Girgensons (44)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (60), Myers (34), Weber (33)
Shots: Stewart (42), Ennis (39), Girgensons (38)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10:
2-8-0 (2), 11/33, 0/32, 33/39
11-20: 1-5-2 (3), 13/33, 3/23, 21/31

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-1; 97-99 all-time)
October 30 vs. Boston: L, 3-2 (GDG-Marchand, 1:20)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (2-1; 59-47 all-time)
October 14 at Carolina: W, 4-3 (GDG-Girgensons)
November 2 vs. Detroit: W, 3-2 (GDG-Girgensons)

November 5 vs. Montreal: L, 2-1 (GDG-Parenteau)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Andrej Meszaros … 3 games … 600 career games played
Brian Gionta … 4 games … 800 career games played
Jhonas Enroth … 9 games … 100 career games played
Assists
Tyler Myers … 1 assist … 100 career assists
Points
Josh Gorges … 1 point … 100 career points
Torrey Mitchell … 6 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Chris Stewart … 400th NHL game … Nov. 13 at MIN

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