Game Preview: 1/2/15 vs. FLA


Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

Wednesday, December 31
Tampa Bay 5 at Buffalo 1
Goals: Ennis
Goalie: Enroth (20 saves/25 shots)
PP: 1/2; PK: 2/3; Shots: Tampa Bay 25 – Buffalo 11

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 137)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Torrey Mitchell (lower body, Dec. 16; injured reserve) – 7 games
Tyler Myers (lower body, Dec. 21; injured reserve) – 5 games
Marcus Foligno (undisclosed, Dec. 23) – 4 games
Brian Gionta (upper body, Dec. 23) – 4 games
Rasmus Ristolainen (illness, Dec. 29) – 2 games

Recalled F Mikhail Grigorenko from Rochester (AHL); Activated F Cody McCormick and D Mike Weber from IR
12/28: Recalled D Mark Pysyk from Rochester (AHL)
12/29: Activated D Tyson Strachan from IR; Placed D Tyler Myers on IR; Placed G Matt Hackett on waivers
12/30: Assigned G Matt Hackett to Rochester (AHL)
1/1: Assigned D Mark Pysyk to Rochester (AHL)

Saturday, Jan. 3:
Buffalo at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 6: Buffalo at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 8: Buffalo at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 9: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 13: Detroit at Buffalo, 7 p.m.


  • This is the fourth of five meetings between the Sabres and Panthers this season.
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Feb. 28 in Florida
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Florida, 3-2 (OT), in Buffalo on Dec. 13
  • The Sabres are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Panthers; 4-5-1 at home.
  • This is the 83rd game all-time between Buffalo and Florida; Buffalo has a 45-30-7 series record.
  • The Sabres are 25-13-4 at home against the Panthers all-time.


  • The Sabres are 6-4-5 all-time on January 2.
  • January 2, 1999: Miroslav Satan extends his goal streak to eight games with a game-winning tally in a 7-1 win at home against Calgary.


  • Tonight’s game is the Buffalo’s third straight game against an Atlantic Division opponent.
  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with a 9-3-0 record in their last 12 home games.
  • Jhonas Enroth has compiled a 10-5-1 record in his last 16 games.


  • With a win tonight, the Sabres would have wins in consecutive matchups with the Panthers for the first time since they won three in a row from Feb. 10 to Oct. 20, 2011.
  • The Sabres and Panthers have had 11 of their last 13 matchups decided by a single goal, including six overtime games.
  • Brian Gionta leads all Sabres with 30 points (20+10) in 42 career games against the Panthers.
  • Jhonas Enroth is 2-1-1 in his career against the Panthers, with a 1.47 goals-against average and a .958 save percentage.


  • Josh Gorges ranks second in the NHL with 101 blocked shots despite missing nine games to injury this season.
  • Gorges has blocked 13.3 percent of all opponent shot attempts taken with him on the ice this season, the third-highest percentage among NHL defensemen who have faced at least 200 shot attempts* (see chart below). *Stats via
  • 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. 200 shot attempts against)

Rank Player Team GP BS On-IceBS%
1 Kris Russell CGY 37 120 14.2%
2 Christopher Tanev VAN 35 87 13.4%
3 Josh Gorges BUF 29 101 13.3%
4 Michael Stone ARI 36 91 12.1%
5 Radko Gudas TBL 31 63 12.1%


  • Second-year Latvian forward Zemgus Girgensons ended week six of the 2015 NHL All-Star Game Fan Vote with 1,466,077 votes. This total makes him a distant leader, ahead of second-place Patrick Kane (1,075,304) and third-place Jonathan Toews (1,061,691).
  • His 11 goals this season have already bested his total of eight from his 70-game rookie season.
  • Girgensons leads all Sabres forwards with an average ice time of 18:55 per game this season.

Former Sabres:

  • Drafted by the Sabres in the sixth round of the 1997 NHL Draft, Brian Campbell played in Buffalo for parts of eight seasons (1999-00 – 2007-08). As a Sabre, Campbell tallied 176 points (32+144) in 391 games. Campbell was selected as an NHL All-Star in 2007 and 2008.
  • Brad Boyes skated as a member of the Sabres from 2010-2012. During his two seasons in Buffalo, Boyes played in 86 games, recording 37 points (13+24).

Former Panthers:

  • Tyson Strachan Played for Florida from 2011-2013, tallying seven points (1+6) in 53 games for the Panthers.

Marcus Foligno:

  • Played with Erik Gudbranson and Dylan Olsen for Team Canada at the 2011 World Junior Championship held in Buffalo.

Cody Hodgson:

  • Played with Roberto Luongo for the Vancouver Canucks from 2010-2012.
  • Represented Team Canada alongside Jonathan Huberdeau and Erik Gudbranson at the 2014 World Championship.

Andrej Meszaros:

  • Played with Jussi Jokinen for the Tampa Bay Lightning from 2008-2010.
  • Teammates with Shawn Thornton for the Boston Bruins during the 2013-14 season.

Torrey Mitchell:

  • Played with Brian Campbell for the San Jose Sharks during the 2007-08 season.

Matt Moulson:

  • Played with Al Montoya for the New York Islanders from 2010-2013. Brad Boyes was also a member of the club during the 2012-13 season.
  • Played with Sean Bergenheim for the New York Islanders during the 2009-10 season.

Michal Neuvirth:

  • Played with Tomas Fleischmann for the Washington Capitals from 2008-2012.

Drew Stafford:                                                                   

  • Played with Al Montoya for Team USA at the 2004 World Junior Championship as well as the 2009 World Hockey Championship.

Tyson Strachan:

  • Teammates with Brad Boyes from 2008-2011 as members of the St. Louis Blues.

NHL Draft:

  • Drew Stafford (13th overall), Andrej Meszaros (24th overall) and Al Montoya (4th overall) were all taken in the first round of the 2004 Entry Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall), Nikita Zadorov (16th overall) and Alexander Barkov (2nd overall) were all selected in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft.

Deslauriers (121), Foligno (92), Weber (80)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (101), Myers (71), Ristolainen/Weber (61)
Shots: Ennis (91), Moulson (77), Girgensons (74)

2-8-0 (2), 11/33, 0/32, 33/39
11-20: 3-5-2 (8), 23/36, 4/27, 28/39
21-30: 7-3-0 (14), 22/22, 2/25, 20/25
31-40: 2-5-1 (5), 20/36, 4/23, 18/26

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-2; 98-100 all-time)
October 30 vs. Boston: L, 3-2 (GDG-Marchand, 1:20)
December 13 vs. Florida: W, 4-3 (GDG-Zadorov, 0:29)
December 21 at Boston: L, 4-3 (Eriksson, 2:14)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (6-1; 63-47 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)
December 15 vs. Ottawa: W, 5-2 (GDG-Moulson)
December 27 vs. NY Islanders: W, 4-3 (GDG-Ennis)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)

Torrey Mitchell … 3 points … 100 career points
Brian Gionta … 4 points … 500 career points
Matt Moulson … 8 points … 300 career points

Cody McCormick … 400th NHL game … Dec. 31 vs. TBL

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