Game Preview: 12/11/14 vs. CGY


Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

Tuesday, December 9
Los Angeles 0 at Buffalo 1
Goals: Ennis
Goalie: Enroth (34 saves/34 shots)
PP: 1/4; PK: 0/2; Shots: Los Angeles 34 – Buffalo 16

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 82)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Matt Hackett (lower body, Oct. 9; injured reserve) – 28 games
Andrej Meszaros (upper body, Nov. 29) – 5 games
Tyson Strachan (lower body, Dec. 6) – 2 games


Saturday, Dec. 13:
Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 15: Ottawa at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 16: Buffalo at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
Saturday. Dec. 20: Colorado at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 21: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.


  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Flames this season.
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 27 in Calgary
  • The Sabres are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Flames; 8-0-2 at home
  • This is the 100th game all-time between Buffalo and Calgary/Atlanta; Buffalo has a 48-34-17 series record.
  • The Sabres are 30-13-6 at home against the Flames all-time.


  • The Sabres are 9-8-1 all-time on December 11.
  • December 11, 1992: The Sabres get goals from seven different players in a 9-3 rout of the Hartford Whalers.
  • December 11, 1993: Dominik Hasek records his third of five shutouts in a 12-game span, blanking the Hartford Whalers with a 25-save performance.


  • Tonight’s game is the second in a four-game homestand for the Sabres, tying the team’s four-game stretch from Nov. 2 to 8 as the second-longest homestand of the season.
  • The Sabres are 7-3-0 in their last 10 games. The last time the team had 14 points in a 10-game span was from March 19 to April 7, 2013 (6-2-2). Before the current stretch, they hadn’t won seven of 10 games since March 2012.
  • Buffalo enters tonight with wins in three straight home games. A win tonight would give the team their first four-game winning streak at home since they won five in a row from Dec. 17, 2013 to Jan. 4, 2014.


  • The Sabres need a win tonight to avoid losing three straight games to the Flames for the first time since Jan. 12 to Oct. 6, 1996.
  • The Sabres are 14-3-2 in their last 19 home games against the Flames, with the last regulation loss coming on March 15, 1996.
  • With points in their last 10 home games against Calgary (8-0-2), the Sabres are two games from matching their series-record 12-game point streak in home games against the Flames set from March 11, 1979 to Nov. 10, 1985 (11-0-1).
  • Chris Stewart leads all Sabres with 17 points (9+8) in 24 career games against the Flames.
  • Both Sabres goaltenders have impressive career stat lines against the Flames:
    • Jhonas Enroth: 1-0-1, 1.49 GAA, .946 SV%
    • Michal Neuvirth: 2-0-0, 1.92 GAA, .934 SV%


  • Jhonas Enroth is expected to start in goal tonight in his 100th NHL appearance. He will become the 13th goaltender to play 100 games for the Sabres.
  • In his last eight games, Enroth has compiled a 6-2-0 record, with a .946 save percentage and a 1.79 goals-against average.
  • According to Elias Sports Bureau, Enroth’s fourth career shutout on Tuesday vs. LAK made him the first goaltender in NHL history to record his first four shutouts in 1-0 wins.

Entering Wednesday’s night’s games, Tyler Myers ranks ninth in the league with an average time on ice of 25:13 per game. He skated a career-high 31:34 on Nov. 29 at MTL and has averaged 25:56 in his last 10 games despite playing only two overtime games during that stretch. Myers last led the Sabres in ice time in a season in his rookie season of 2009-10, when he averaged 23:44 per game.


  • Second-year Latvian forward Zemgus Girgensons ended week three of the 2015 NHL All-Star Game Fan Vote with 803,805 votes. This total makes him a distant leader, ahead of second-place Patrick Kane (375,758) and third-place Jonathan Toews (367,962). Nearly 82 percent of his total votes were cast by Latvians and 80 percent were from Sabres fans.
  • His eight goals through the first 28 games this season match his total from his 70-game rookie season.
  • Girgensons has topped 19 minutes of ice time in seven of his last eight games and leads all Sabres forwards with an average ice time of 18:32 per game.


  • Josh Gorges ranks fifth in the NHL with 74 blocked shots entering play Wednesday despite missing seven games with a knee injury in November.
  • Gorges has blocked 13.4 percent of all opponent shot attempts taken with him on the ice this season, the third-highest percentage among NHL defensemen who have played at least five games (see chart below) entering Monday’s games.
  • 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. five games played)

Rank Player Team GP BS On-IceBS%
1 Christopher Tanev VAN 29 75 14.3%
2 Kris Russell CGY 27 83 13.4%
3 Josh Gorges BUF   21 74 13.4%
4 Michael Stone ARI 28 79 13.2%
5 Radko Gudas TBL 25 52 12.5%

With a .500 record (6-6-1) in November, the Sabres had their best month since they went 5-5-2 in December 2013. The 13 points earned by the team last month was Buffalo’s highest total in a month since the team went 8-4-0 in April 2013.

Former Sabres:

  • Paul Byron appeared in eight games for the Sabres during the 2010-11 season and recorded two points (1+1).
  • Dennis Wideman was originally drafted by the Sabres in the eighth round (241st overall) of the 2002 NHL Draft, but did not play any games as a member of the club.

Tyler Ennis:

  • Played with Kris Russell for the Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL) from 2005-2007.
  • He and Deryk Engelland were both born in Edmonton, Alberta.

Jhonas Enroth:

  • Played with Mikael Backlund for Team Sweden at the 2008 World Junior Championship.

Marcus Foligno:      

  • Foligno (1991) and David Jones (1984) were both born on Aug. 10.

Brian Gionta:

  • Played with Raphael Diaz for the Montreal Canadiens from 2011-2014.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Raphael Diaz for the Montreal Canadiens from 2011-2014.

Cody Hodgson:        

  • He and Mark Giordano were both born in Toronto, Ontario.
  • Played with Mason Raymond for the Vancouver Canucks from 2010-2012.

Cody McCormick:

  • Played with David Jones for the Colorado Avalanche from 2007-2009.

Andrej Meszaros:

  • Teammates with Brian McGrattan for the Ottawa Senators from 2005-2008.
  • Played with Karri Ramo for the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2008-09 season.

Torrey Mitchell:          

  • Mitchell (1985) and Joe Colborne (1990) were both born on Jan. 30.

Tyler Myers:

  • Myers (1990) and Ladislav Smid (1986) were both born on Feb. 1.
  • Represented Team Canada alongside Mark Giordano and Mason Raymond at the 2010 World Championship.

Michal Neuvirth:

  • Played with Dennis Wideman for the Washington Capitals from 2010-2012.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Played with Markus Granlund for Team Finland at the 2013 World Junior Championship.

Chris Stewart:

  • Played with Kris Russell for the St. Louis Blues from 2011-2013.

Nikita Zadorov:

  • Shares a birthday with Markus Granlund. Granlund was born on April 16, 1993, and Zadorov was born on the same day two years later in 1995.

NHL Draft:

  • Matt Moulson (263rd overall) and David Jones (288th overall) were both chosen in the ninth round of the 2003 NHL Draft.
  • Drew Stafford (13th overall), Andrej Meszaros (24th overall) and Ladislav Smid (7th overall) were all chosen in the first round of the 2004 NHL Draft.
  • Cody Hodgson (10th overall), Tyler Myers (12th overall), Tyler Ennis (12th overall) and Joe Colborne (16th overall) were all selected in the first round of the 2008 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall), Nikita Zadorov (16th overall) and Sean Monahan (6th overall) were all selected in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft.

Deslauriers (92), Foligno (75), Weber (71)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (74), Myers (60), Weber (51)
Shots: Ennis (64), Moulson (60), Stewart (57)

2-8-0 (2), 11/33, 0/32, 33/39
11-20: 3-5-2 (8), 23/36, 4/27, 28/39
21-30: 5-3-0 (10), 15/15, 2/21, 16/20

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

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (4-1; 61-47 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)
November 29 at Montreal: W, 4-3 (GDG-Flynn)
December 2 vs. Tampa Bay: W, 2-1 (GDG-Hodgson)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Jhonas Enroth … 1 game … 100 career games played
Zemgus Girgensons … 2 games … 100 career games played
Cody McCormick … 3 games … 400 career games played
Tyler Ennis … 5 games … 300 career games played
Torrey Mitchell … 3 points … 100 career points
Brian Gionta … 6 points … 500 career points


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