Game Preview: 2/3/15 at MTL

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LAST GAME
Friday, January 30
Buffalo 2 at Vancouver 5
Goals: Stewart (2)
Goalie: Hackett (33 saves/37 shots)
PP: 2/6; PK: 2/4; Shots: Vancouver 38 – Buffalo 22

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 178)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Marcus Foligno (undisclosed, Dec. 23; injured reserve) – 16 games
Cody McCormick (lower body, Jan. 13; injured reserve) – 7 games
Michal Neuvirth (lower body, Jan. 27) – 3 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Feb. 5:
St. Louis at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 7: Dallas at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 8: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 10: Ottawa at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 15: Philadelphia at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at CANADIENS

  • This is the fourth and final meeting between the Sabres and Canadiens this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Montreal, 4-3 (SO), in Montreal on Nov. 29
  • The Sabres are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Canadiens; 7-3-0 on the road
  • This is the 266th game all-time between Buffalo and Montreal; Buffalo has a 121-106-38 series record.
  • The Sabres are 51-69-13 on the road against the Canadiens all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 6-12-2 all-time on February 3.
  • February 3, 1985: Gilles Hamel scores twice, including a shorthanded goal, as the Sabres top the Flames, 6-1, at home.
  • February 3, 1993: The Sabres trade Dave Andreychuk, Daren Puppa, and the team’s first-round draft choice in 1993 (Kenny Jonsson) to Toronto in exchange for Grant Fuhr and the Maple Leafs’ fifth-round pick (Kevin Popp) in the 1995 Entry Draft.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is the final in a four-game road trip. The team will begin a five-game homestand on Thursday vs. St. Louis.
  • Michal Neuvirth is out of the lineup with a lower-body injury sustained during the All-Star break.
  • The Sabres are 5-for-15 on the power play in their last five games.
  • Chris Stewart has eight points (4+4) in his last 10 games, with 2.9 points per 60 minutes played during that span. Only 25 players have averaged at least 2.9 points per 60 minutes in all situations over the course of the entire 2014-15 season, according to war-on-ice.com.
  • The Sabres have gone 13-6-2 in their last 20 games against the Canadiens.
  • Buffalo has more wins against Montreal (121) than against any other NHL team. The Sabres have 119 wins against the Bruins, but have played 11 more games against Boston than against Montreal.
  • Tyler Ennis has 14 points (7+7) in his last 15 games against Montreal, including points in each of his last three (1+3).

STEWART HEATING UP
Chris Stewart
has at least a point in 12 of his last 19 games, totaling of 14 points (6+8) during that stretch with an average ice time of 16:07 per game. His last 20-game stretch with points in at least 12 games (and his last 20-game stretch with more than 16 minutes of ice time per game) came in February/March 2013, propelling him to the St. Louis Blues’ team lead in goals (18) and points (36) in 48 games during the 2012-13 season.

FINISHING STRONG AFTER THE BREAK
Buffalo is 545-406-186 (.561) all-time in games after the All-Star break. This includes a record of 94-53-24 (.620) in those games since the lockout. The Sabres are 0-3-0 since the 2015 NHL All-Star Game. These totals do not include games after breaks for the Olympic Games.

LOGGING BIG MINUTES

  • Tyler Myers leads all Sabres and ranks ninth in the league with an average time on ice of 25:13 per game.
  • He has averaged 24:46 in 10 games since returning lower-body injury that sidelined him for seven games despite each of those games ending in regulation.
  • 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 ranked second in the NHL with 134 blocked shots entering Monday’s games despite missing nine games to injury this season. He has ranked in the top 10 in the NHL in blocked shots in each of the last three seasons: 2011-12, 250 (1st); 2012-13, 116 (7th); 2013-14, 117 (T-5th)
  • Gorges has blocked 12.4 percent of all opponent shot attempts taken with him on the ice this season, ranking third among NHL defensemen who have played at least 20 games. (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.

BUF-MTL CONNECTIONS
Former Canadiens:

  • Brian Gionta played for the Canadiens from 2009-2014, registering 173 points (97+76) in 303 games played.  He also served as the team’s captain from 2010-2014.
  • Josh Gorges was a member of the Canadiens from 2006-2014, registering 88 points (13+75) in 464 games.

Andre Benoit:

  • Played for the Hamilton Bulldogs from 2005-2007 and again during the 2009-10 season while he was a member of the Montreal Canadiens organization. Benoit totaled 93 points (23+70) in 212 games for the Bulldogs but never dressed for Montreal.
  • Teamed with Sergei Gonchar for the Ottawa Senators during the 2010-11 and 2012-13 seasons.

Tyler Ennis:

  • He and Brendan Gallagher were both born in Edmonton, Alberta.

Cody Hodgson:

  • He and K. Subban were both born in Toronto, Ontario.
  • Teammates with Manny Malhotra for the Vancouver Canucks from 2010-2012. Dale Weise joined them on the Canucks during the 2011-12 season.

Andrej Meszaros:

  • Played with Dustin Tokarski for the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2009-10 season.

Torrey Mitchell:

  • He was born in Montreal.
  • Played with Manny Malhotra for the San Jose Sharks during the 2009-10 season.
  • Played alongside Tom Gilbert for the Minnesota Wild during the 2012-13 season.

Tyson Strachan:

  • Played with Lars Eller for the Peoria Rivermen during the 2009-10 season. The duo also played one game together for the St. Louis Blues that season.
  • Played with Mike Weaver for the St. Louis Blues from 2008-2010 and for the Florida Panthers from 2011-2013.

Drew Stafford:

  • He and Alex Galchenyuk were both born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • Played with Tom Gilbert for the United States at the 2008 World Hockey Championship.

2009 World Juniors:

  • Cody Hodgson, Tyler Myers, Tyler Ennis and K. Subban all represented Canada at the 2009 World Junior Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Alex Galchenyuk (3rd overall) were both first-round selections in the 2012 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Deslauriers (162), Weber (100), Girgensons (99)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (134), Weber (89), Myers (88)
Shots: Ennis (119), Girgensons/Stewart (91), Moulson (90)

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: 0-10-0 (0), 17/43, 6/29, 26/37

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)
Points

Brian Gionta … 2 points … 500 career points
Torrey Mitchell … 2 points … 100 career points
Tyler Ennis … 4 points … 200 career points
Matt Moulson … 5 points … 300 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Josh Gorges … 600th NHL game … Jan. 29 at EDM

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