Game Preview: 11/21/14 vs. NYR

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LAST GAME
Tuesday, November 18
San Jose 1 at Buffalo 4
Goals: Gionta (2), Deslauriers, Flynn
Goalie: Neuvirth (10 saves/10 shots); Enroth (19 saves/20 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 3/4; Shots: San Jose 30 – Buffalo 14

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 54)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Matt Hackett (lower body, Oct. 9; injured reserve) – 20 games
Josh Gorges (knee, Nov. 13) – 3 games
Michal Neuvirth (lower body, Nov. 21) – 0 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/19:
Placed D Josh Gorges on IR; Recalled G Nathan Lieuwen from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Tuesday, Dec. 2: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
RANGERS at SABRES

  • This is the first of three meetings between the Sabres and Rangers this season.
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Jan. 3 in New York
  • The Sabres are 2-5-3 in their last 10 games vs. the Rangers; 4-5-1 at home
  • This is the 169th game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo has a 78-57-33 series record.
  • The Sabres are 47-25-13 at home against the Rangers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-11-1 all-time on November 21.
  • November 21, 1981: Rick Schoenfeld and Yvon Lambert each score two goals and Don Edwards makes 28 saves in a 7-1 Sabres victory at Los Angeles.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres have won consecutive games entering tonight for the first time since they won three in a row at First Niagara Center from Feb. 25 to Feb. 28.
  • If he is in the lineup, Andrej Meszaros will appear in his 600th NHL game, becoming the 53rd active defenseman to reach that milestone.
  • Drew Stafford has eight points (7+1) in his last eight games against the Rangers
  • Tyler Ennis has 13 points (4+9) in 14 career games against the Rangers, including three-point games (4/6/10 and 3/23/12).
  • Matt Moulson has recorded 21 points (10+11) in 26 games against the Rangers, including six multi-point games.
  • Brian Gionta leads all Sabres with 36 points (18+18) in 55 career games against the Rangers.
  • The Sabres are looking to avoid losing five straight games to the Rangers for the first time since 1995.

GOING STREAKING

  • Nicolas Deslauriers enters tonight’s game on a three-game point streak (1+2).
  • The Sabres have five players on two-game point streaks entering tonight’s game: Brian Flynn (1+2), Cody McCormick (0+2), Andrej Meszaros (0+2), Tyler Myers (1+2), Mike Weber (0+2)

WHO’S HOT?

  • Nicolas Deslauriers has three points (1+2) in his last three games.
  • Tyler Ennis has nine points (3+6) in his last 10 games.
  • Zemgus Girgensons has seven points (4+3) in his last eight games.
  • Matt Moulson has six points (2+4) in his last six games.
  • Drew Stafford has six points (3+3) in his last seven games.

NOTES FROM LAST GAME

  • With the win, the Sabres improved to 16-1-0 all-time at home against the Sharks.
  • With two his first two goals as a member of the Sabres and an assist, Brian Gionta logged his first three-point game since Oct. 15, 2011.
  • With his assist on Gionta’s first goal, Tyler Myers became the 16th defenseman in Sabres history to record 100 assists with the team.
  • Michal Neuvirth left the game after the first period with a lower-body injury.

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-NYR CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

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

Local Players:

  • Lee Stempniak was born in West Seneca, NY and played junior hockey for the Buffalo Lightning (OPJHL).
  • Dan Girardi was born in Welland, Ontario.

Andre Benoit:

  • Played with Matt Hunwick for the Colorado Avalanche during the 2013-14 season.

Jhonas Enroth:

  • Played with Carl Hagelin for Team Sweden at the 2008 World Junior Championships. The two, along with Henrik Lundqvist, represented silver medal-winning Sweden at the 2014 Olympics.

Brian Gionta:

  • Played with Dominic Moore for the Montreal Canadiens during the 2009-10 season.

Josh Gorges

  • Played with Dominic Moore for the Montreal Canadiens during the 2009-10 season.

Cody Hodgson:

  • Played under Alain Vigneault for the Vancouver Canucks from 2010-2012.
  • Played with Tanner Glass for the Vancouver Canucks during the 2010-11 season.

Andrej Meszaros:            

  • Played with Martin St. Louis for the Tampa Bay Lightning from 2008-2010.

Torrey Mitchell:                                                                                                            

  • Played with Dominic Moore for the San Jose Sharks during the 2011-12 season.
  • Played with Dan Boyle for the San Jose Sharks from 2008-2012.

Drew Stafford:

  • Stafford and Lee Stempniak were teammates for the United States for three consecutive World Hockey Championship tournaments from 2007-2009.

Chris Stewart:

  • Played with Matt Hunwick for the Colorado Avalanche during the 2010-11 season.

Tyson Strachan:

  • Played with Lee Stempniak for the St. Louis Blues during the 2008-09 season.

NHL Draft:           

  • Tyson Strachan (137th overall) and Lee Stempniak (148th overall) were both selected in the fifth round of the 2003 NHL Draft.
  • Matt Moulson (263rd overall) and Tanner Glass (265th overall) were both chosen in the ninth round of the 2003 NHL Draft.
  • Chris Stewart (18th overall) and Derick Brassard (6th overall) were both taken in the first round of the NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Deslauriers (66), Weber (57), Foligno (52)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (60), Myers (40), Weber (36)
Shots: Stewart (47), Ennis (40), Girgensons (40)

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: 3-5-2 (8), 23/36, 4/27, 28/39

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 … 1 game … 600 career games played
Brian Gionta … 2 games … 800 career games played
Jhonas Enroth … 8 games … 100 career games played
Cody McCormick … 8 games … 400 career games played
Points
Josh Gorges … 1 point … 100 career points
Torrey Mitchell … 6 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Tyler Myers … 100 career assists … Nov. 15 vs. SJS

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