Game Preview: 11/26/14 vs. WPG

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LAST GAME
Saturday, November 22
Buffalo 2 at Washington 1
Goals: Moulson, Mitchell
Goalie: Enroth (43 saves/44 shots)
PP: 0/1; PK: 0/1; Shots: Washington 44 – Buffalo 26

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 57)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Matt Hackett (lower body, Oct. 9; injured reserve) – 21 games
Josh Gorges (knee, Nov. 13; injured reserve) – 4 games
Michal Neuvirth (lower body, Nov. 22) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/19:
Placed D Josh Gorges on IR; Recalled G Nathan Lieuwen from Rochester (AHL)
11/23: Assigned G Nathan Lieuwen to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Thursday, Dec. 4: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 6: Buffalo at Florida, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
JETS at SABRES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Jets this season.
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Dec. 16 in Winnipeg
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Jets; 5-3-2 at home
  • This is the 54th game all-time between Buffalo and Winnipeg/Atlanta; Buffalo has a 22-20-11 series record.
  • The Sabres are 15-8-4 at home against the Jets/Thrashers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-6-1 all-time on November 26.
  • November 26, 1972: Rene Robert, Rick Martin and Jim Lorentz each score two goals as the Sabres defeat the Islanders, 9-2, at the Aud.
  • November 26, 1982: The Sabres get goals from six different skaters and outlast the Blues, winning 8-6 in a game that saw both starting goaltenders replaced in the second period.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Buffalo enters tonight’s game on a three-game winning streak for the first time since Feb. 25 to Feb. 28. A win tonight would give the Sabres four consecutive wins for the first time since they won five in a row from March 19 to March 27, 2012.
  • The Sabres have won consecutive home games entering tonight’s game for the first time since they won three in a row at First Niagara Center from Feb. 25 to Feb. 28.
  • Despite a 0-2-1 record, Jhonas Enroth has been strong in his three career starts against the Jets, logging a .943 save percentage and a 2.01 goals against average.
  • The Sabres are looking for consecutive home wins against the Jets for the first time since they won four in a row at home against the Thrashers/Jets from Jan. 1, 2010 to Nov. 8, 2011.
  • Mike Weber enters tonight’s game on a three-game point streak (0+3), one game shy of his career-best four (April 6 to 12, 2014).
  • Brian Gionta leads all Sabres with 22 points (14+8) in 38 career games against the Jets/Thrashers.

MY NAME IS JHONAS
Jhonas Enroth
has won his last two games and is seeking his first three-game winning streak since he won in three straight appearances from Nov. 4 to Nov. 11, 2011. He has never won three straight team games. Enroth hasn’t allowed an even-strength goal in his last 150:18 on the ice.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Brian Gionta has four points (2+2) in his last two games.
  • Tyler Ennis has 10 points (3+7) in his last 11 games.
  • Jhonas Enroth is 2-0-0 in his last two games, with 62 saves and a .969 save percentage.
  • Zemgus Girgensons has eight points (4+4) in his last nine games.
  • Matt Moulson has seven points (3+4) in his last seven games.
  • Mike Weber has three points (0+3) in his last three 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 have been named the team’s alternate captains.

BUF-WPG CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Adam Pardy played 17 games for the Sabres during the 2012-13 season, recording four points (0+4) and a plus-4 rating.
  • The Sabres selected Chris Thorburn in the second round (50th overall) of the 2001 NHL Draft. He played two career games with the Sabres, totaling one assist and seven penalty minutes.

Nicolas Deslauriers:

  • Deslauriers (1991) and Paul Postma (1989) were both born on Feb. 22, 1989.

Tyler Ennis:

  • He and Bryan Little were both born in Edmonton, Alberta.

Brian Gionta:

  • Played with Matt Halischuk for the New Jersey Devils during the 2008-09 season.

Zemgus Girgensons:

  • He and Mathieu Perreault share the same birthday. Perreault was born on Jan. 5, 1988 and Girgensons was born on Jan. 5, 1994.

Cody Hodgson:

  • Hodgson and Matt Halischuk were both born in Toronto, Ontario.
  • Played with Anthony Peluso for the Brampton Battalion during the 2008-09 season.
  • Represented Team Canada alongside Mark Scheifele at the 2014 World Championship.

Cody McCormick:           

  • McCormick (1983) and Anthony Peluso (1989) were both born on April 18.

Matt Moulson:

  • He and Anthony Peluso were both born in North York, Ontario.

Tyler Myers:

  • Played with Evander Kane for Team Canada at the 2010 World Championship.
  • Represented Team Canada alongside Mark Scheifele at the 2014 World Championship.

Michal Neuvirth:

  • Played with and Mathieu Perreault for the Washington Capitals from 2009-2013.

Drew Stafford:

  • Won a gold medal with Mark Stuart for Team USA in the 2004 World Junior Championship.
  • Played with Mark Stuart (2008) and Zach Bogosian (2009) for the United States at the World Championship.

Chris Stewart:

  • Played with Evander Kane for Team Canada at the 2011 World Championship.

Mike Weber:           

  • Played with Bryan Little and Michael Hutchinson for the Barrie Colts during the 2006-07 season.

2009 World Juniors:

  • Cody Hodgson, Tyler Ennis, Tyler Myers and Evander Kane all won gold medals with the 2009 Canadian World Junior Championship team.

NHL Draft:

  • Drew Stafford, Andrej Meszaros, Andrew Ladd and Blake Wheeler were all taken in the first round of the 2004 NHL Draft. Ladd was taken 4th overall by Carolina, Wheeler was taken 5th overall by Phoenix, Stafford was taken 13th overall by Buffalo and Meszaros 24th overall by Ottawa.
  • Patrick Kaleta (176th overall) and Adam Pardy (173rd overall) were taken three picks apart in the sixth round of the 2004 NHL Draft.
  • Chris Stewart (18th overall – Colorado), Michel Frolik (10th overall – Florida) and Bryan Little (12th overall – Atlanta) were all chosen in the first round of the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Tyler Myers, Tyler Ennis, Cody Hodgson and Zach Bogosian were all taken in the first round of the 2008 NHL Draft. Bogosian was taken 3rd overall by Atlanta, Hodgson was selected 10th overall by Vancouver, Myers was taken 12th overall, and Ennis was taken 26th
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Jacob Trouba (9th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2012 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Deslauriers (72), Weber (60), Foligno (53)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (60), Myers (44), Weber (37)
Shots: Stewart (48), Ennis (43), Moulson/Stafford (41)

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
21-30: 1-0-0 (2), 2/1, 0/1, 0/1

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

Brian Gionta … 3 games … 800 career games played
Jhonas Enroth … 7 games … 100 career games played
Cody McCormick … 7 games … 400 career games played
Zemgus Girgensons … 9 games … 100 career games played
Points
Josh Gorges … 1 point … 100 career points
Torrey Mitchell … 5 points … 100 career points
Brian Gionta … 8 points … 500 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Andrej Meszaros … 600th NHL game … Nov. 22 at WSH

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