Game Preview: 11/18/14 vs. SJS


Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

Saturday, November 15
Toronto 2 at Buffalo 6
Goals: Girgensons (2), Ennis, Stafford, Moulson, Myers
Goalie: Neuvirth (32 saves/34 shots)
PP: 1/2; PK: 4/4; Shots: Buffalo 35 – Toronto 34

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 52)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Matt Hackett (lower body, Oct. 9; injured reserve) – 19 games
Josh Gorges (knee, Nov. 13) – 2 games


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.
Saturday, Nov. 29: Buffalo at Montreal, 7 p.m.


  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Sharks this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated San Jose, 2-1, in San Jose on Oct. 25
  • The Sabres are 9-1-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Sharks; 9-1-0 at home
  • This is the 33rd game all-time between Buffalo and San Jose; Buffalo has a 21-6-5 series record.
  • The Sabres are 15-1-0 at home against the Sharks all-time.


  • The Sabres are 6-10-0 all-time on November 18.
  • November 18, 1970: The Sabres get 44 saves from Rogier Crozier as they defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs, 7-2, in the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
  • November 18, 1979: Larry Playfair scores his first NHL goal in a 9-7 Sabres win vs. Edmonton.


  • The Sabres have three players on three-game point streaks entering tonight’s game: Tyler Ennis (2+3), Matt Moulson (1+4), Drew Stafford (1+3)
  • The Sabres are currently on a franchise-best seven-game winning streak against the Sharks. The previous record was four straight wins, set the first four times the teams faced off (Oct. 25, 1991 to Oct. 23, 1992).
  • The Sharks have only won one game in Buffalo in the franchise’s history (Dec. 2, 2005). The Sabres have won all three home games since then and are 15-1-0 all-time in Buffalo against the Sharks.
  • Chris Stewart leads all Sabres with 10 points (3+7) in 20 career games against the Sharks.

The Sabres have seven players on their roster who are currently on a point-per-game (or better) stretch against the Sharks:

Current Point-Per-Game Stretches Against Sharks

Player GP G A PTS
Cody Hodgson 6 5 2 7
Cody McCormick 5 2 4 6
Drew Stafford 5 2 3 5
Zemgus Girgensons 3 0 4 4
Tyler Ennis 4 1 3 4
Matt Moulson 4 1 3 4
Tyler Myers 2 1 2 3
Nicolas Deslauriers 1 1 0 1


  • Tyler Ennis has nine points (3+6) in his last nine games.
  • Zemgus Girgensons has seven points (4+3) in his last seven games.
  • Matt Moulson has six points (2+4) in his last five games.
  • Drew Stafford has nine points (4+5) in his last 11 games.


  • Buffalo’s six-goal game against Toronto on Saturday night was the first for the team since a 7-4 win at Boston on Jan. 31, 2013.
  • Zemgus Girgensons recorded his second career two-goal game (last: April 8, 2014 vs. Detroit). He enters tonight’s game with consecutive multi-point games for the first time in his career.
  • The Sabres got goals from five different players (Girgensons [2x], Ennis, Stafford, Moulson, Myers) for the first time since Feb. 26, 2014, a 5-4 overtime win vs. Boston.


  • 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.


Former Sabres:

  • John Scott played in 90 games for the Sabres from 2012-2014, totaling one goal and 194 penalty minutes.

Former Sharks:

  • Torrey Mitchell was San Jose’s fourth-round selection in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft (126th overall) and spent five seasons with the club from 2007-2012. Mitchell played a total of 280 games for the Sharks, contributing 73 points (30+43).
  • Josh Gorges played for the Sharks from 2005-2007, tallying 10 points in 96 games (1+9).

Ted Nolan:

  • Coached Jason Demers for the Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL) during the 2005-06 season.

Andre Benoit:

  • Benoit (1984) and Adam Burish (1983) were both born on January 6.

Brian Gionta:

  • Played for Larry Robinson for the New Jersey Devils during the 2001-02 season and again during the 2005-06 and 2007-08 seasons, when Robinson had stints as HC and AC of the Devils.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Brent Burns for Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Nicolas Deslauriers:

  • Played with Tye McGinn for the Gatineau Olympiques during the 2010-11 season.

Tyler Ennis:

  • He and John Scott are natives of Edmonton, Alberta.

Cody Hodgson:

  • Hodgson and Barclay Goodrow are natives of Toronto, Ontario. The two also played together for the Brampton Battalion during the 2009-10 season.

Cody McCormick:                 

  • Played with Scott Hannan for the Colorado Avalanche from 2007-2009.
  • McCormick and Joe Thornton are both natives of London, Ontario.

Andrej Meszaros:

  • Played with Tye McGinn for the Philadelphia Flyers from 2012-2014.

Tyler Myers:

  • Played with Brent Burns for Team Canada at the 2010 World Championship.

Michal Neuvirth:

  • Played with Scott Hannan for the Washington Capitals during the 2010-11 season.

Chris Stewart:

  • Played with Brent Burns for Team Canada at the 2011 World Championship.
  • Played with Scott Hannan for the Colorado Avalanche from 2008-2011.

NHL Entry Draft:

  • Torrey Mitchell (126th overall) and Tyler Kennedy (99th overall) were both chosen in the fourth round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Chris Stewart (18th overall) and James Sheppard (9th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Tomas Hertl (17th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall), Nikita Zadorov (16th overall) and Mirco Mueller (18th overall) were all selected in the first round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Deslauriers (65), Weber (55), Foligno (50)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (60), Myers (36), Weber (35)
Shots: Stewart (40), Girgensons/Ennis (40), Stafford (37)

2-8-0 (2), 11/33, 0/32, 33/39
11-20: 2-5-2 (5), 19/35, 4/25, 25/35

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

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

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