Game Preview: 1/13/15 vs. DET

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LAST GAME
Friday, January 9
Buffalo 1 at Tampa Bay 2
Goals: McCormick
Goalie: Neuvirth (45 saves/47 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 4/4; Shots: Tampa Bay 47 – Buffalo 21

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 154)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Torrey Mitchell (lower body, Dec. 16; injured reserve) – 12 games
Marcus Foligno (undisclosed, Dec. 23; injured reserve) – 9 games
Brian Gionta (upper body, Dec. 23) – 9 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/9:
Activated F Drew Stafford; Assigned F Tim Schaller to Rochester (AHL)
1/10: Assigned F Mikhail Grigorenko and F Phil Varone to Rochester (AHL)
1/12: Recalled F Zac Dalpe and F Phil Varone from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Jan. 15:
Minnesota at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 17: Philadelphia at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 18: Buffalo at Detroit, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 27: Buffalo at Calgary, 9 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 29: Buffalo at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
RED WINGS at SABRES

  • This is the third of four meetings between the Sabres and Red Wings this season.
  • Next meeting: Sunday, Jan. 18 in Buffalo
  • Last meeting: Detroit defeated Buffalo, 6-3, in Detroit on Dec. 23
  • The Sabres are 1-7-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Red Wings; 3-6-1 at home.
  • This is the 123rd game all-time between Buffalo and Detroit; Buffalo has a 54-52-16 series record.
  • The Sabres are 35-16-9 at home against the Red Wings all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-9-1 all-time on January 13.
  • January 13, 1974: Gilbert Perreault scores his 100th NHL goal and Dave Dryden records his fifth and final shutout as a member of the Sabres in a 1-0 victory against the St. Louis Blues at the Aud.
  • January 13, 2000: Martin Biron stops 39 shots and Byron Defoe turns aside 23 as the Sabres and Bruins duel to a 0-0 tie.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game kicks off a three-game home stand. After hosting the Flyers on Saturday, the Sabres will not play at First Niagara Center again until Feb. 5 vs. STL.
  • The Sabres are 3-1-1 all-time on the night of a Sabres jersey-retiring ceremony.
  • With a win tonight, the Sabres would have wins in consecutive home games against the Red Wings for the first time since they won three in a row from Dec. 28, 1988 to Dec. 26, 1989.
  • Chris Stewart leads all Sabres with 15 points (8+7) in 26 career games against the Red Wings.
  • Stewart and Andre Benoit have each scored in their last two meetings with Detroit.
  • Matt Moulson has eight points (5+3) in his last seven games against the Red Wings.

THE DOMINATOR
Before tonight’s game, Dominik Hasek will become the seventh player to have his number retired by the Sabres, joining Gilbert Perreault (No. 11, 10/17/90), Rick Martin (No. 7, 11/15/95), Rene Robert (No. 14, 11/15/95), Tim Horton (No. 2, 1/5/96), Danny Gare (No. 18, 11/22/05) and Pat LaFontaine (No. 16, 3/3/06). A short recap of Hasek’s Sabres career can be found on page 294 of the 2014-15 Buffalo Sabres Media Guide.

Some of Hasek’s most impressive stats:

  • Hasek has the best career goals against average (2.20) and save percentage (.922) among goaltenders with at least 250 career games played. His .926 save percentage with Buffalo is the best of any goalie with at least 120 games played with one team.
  • Hasek holds the five best single-season save percentage totals from the 1990s: .937 (1998-99), .932 (1997-98), .930 (1994-95), .930 (1993-94), .930 (1996-97).
    • Other than Hasek, the best single-season save percentage by any goalie in the 1990s was .927 (both Jeff Hackett and Martin Brodeur in 1996-97).
  • Hasek led the league in save percentage in six of his nine seasons with the Sabres (1993-94 to 1998-99).
    • No other goalie has led the league more than four times in their entire career (Patrick Roy, 1987-88, 1988-89, 1989-90 and 1991-92). (Save percentage has been tracked since early-1980s).
  • Hasek earned a shutout in 11.2 percent of his games with Sabres (and 23.5 percent of his wins with Sabres). He ranks second among expansion era (1968 onward) goaltenders in shutouts/game with a single team (Ken Dryden, .116 SO/GP with Montreal from 1970-71 to 1978-79).
  • In his time with the Sabres, Hasek allowed one goal or fewer in 184 games (37.5% of the time) and two or fewer in 314 games (64.0%).

ALL-STAR Z

  • Second-year Latvian forward Zemgus Girgensons led all NHL players with 1,574,896 votes in the 2015 NHL All-Star Game Fan Vote and will become the 30th player in Sabres history to appear in the All-Star Game when he plays in this year’s installment on Jan. 25 in Columbus.
  • Of the other 29 Sabres All-Stars, only five others were selected to appear in the game in either of their first two NHL seasons: Tom Barrasso, Phil Housley, Rick Martin, Gilbert Perreault, Christian Ruuttu
  • With 11 goals this season, Girgensons has already bested his total of eight from his 70-game rookie season. He is two points from tying his 22-point output from last season.
  • Girgensons leads all Sabres forwards with an average ice time of 18:53 per game this season.

LOGGING BIG MINUTES

  • Entering Monday night’s games, Tyler Myers led all Sabres and ranked 11th in the league with an average time on ice of 25:11 per game.
  • He skated a team-high 22:09 on Jan. 6 at NJD in his return from a lower-body injury that sidelined him for seven games and has topped 23 minutes in both games since then.
  • Myers has averaged 25:29 of ice time in his last 10 games despite playing only 13:10 in the game in which he sustained his injury. He entered that game having averaged 28:11 in the previous 10 games; it was the highest 10-game average of his career.
  • 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.

IN THE LINE OF FIRE

  • Josh Gorges ranks second in the NHL with 114 blocked shots despite missing nine games to injury this season.
  • Gorges has blocked 12.7 percent of all opponent shot attempts taken with him on the ice this season, ranking third among NHL defensemen who have faced at least 200 shot attempts entering play Monday. (Shot attempt data via war-on-ice.com)
  • 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.

BUF-DET CONNECTIONS
Ted Nolan:

  • Played parts of two seasons for the Red Wings (1981-82 and 1983-84), appearing in a total of 60 games. Initially selected by Detroit in the fifth round of the 1978 NHL Draft, Nolan tallied 20 points (5+15) during his time with the club.

Andre Benoit:

  • Played with Jakub Kindl for the Kitchener Rangers during the 2004-05 season.

Tyler Ennis:

  • Played with Darren Helm for two seasons (2005-2007) with the Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL).

Jhonas Enroth:

  • Played with Niklas Kronwall, Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen and Jonathan Ericsson for Sweden at the 2012 World Championship.
  • Played with Joakim Andersson for Sweden at the 2008 World Junior Championship.
  • Played with Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson, Henrik Zetterberg and Gustav Nyquist for Sweden at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
  • He and Niklas Kronwall are natives of Stockholm, Sweden.

Brian Flynn:

  • Played with Gustav Nyquist at the University of Maine for three seasons from 2008-2011.

Cody Hodgson:

  • Hodgson and Brendan Smith were both born in Toronto, Ontario.

Matt Moulson

  • Played with Kyle Quincey for the Los Angeles Kings during the 2008-09 season.

Andrej Meszaros:

  • Played with Tomas Jurco and Tomas Tatar for Slovakia at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
  • Played with Drew Miller for the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2009-10 season.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Played with Teemu Pulkkinen for Team Finland at the 2012 World Junior Championship.

Chris Stewart:

  • Played with Kyle Quincey for the Colorado Avalanche from 2009-2011.

Mike Weber:       

  • Played with Matt Lashoff for the Barrie Colts (OHL) during the 2006-07 season.

Local Players:

  • Tom McCollum was born in Amherst, N.Y. and played for the Wheatfield Blades (EMJHL)
  • Riley Sheahan was born in St. Catharines, Ontario.

NHL Draft:

  • Tyler Myers, Tyler Ennis, Cody Hodgson and Tom McCollum were all taken in the first round of the 2008 NHL Draft. Hodgson was selected 10th overall by Vancouver, Myers was taken 12th overall, Ennis went 26th overall and McCollum was selected 30th overall.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Deslauriers (136), Foligno (92), Weber (91)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (114), Weber (78), Myers (73)
Shots: Ennis (105), Moulson (83), Girgensons (78)

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: 7-3-0 (14), 22/22, 2/25, 20/25
31-40: 2-7-1 (5), 21/44, 4/27, 19/31
41-50: 0-3-0 (0), 4/11, 1/9, 8/9

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)
Games Played

Josh Gorges … 6 games … 600 career games played
Points
Torrey Mitchell … 3 points … 100 career points
Brian Gionta … 4 points … 500 career points
Matt Moulson … 8 points … 300 career points
Tyler Ennis … 10 points … 200 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
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