Game Preview: 2/15/15 vs. PHI

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LAST GAME
Tuesday, February 10
Ottawa 2 at Buffalo 1
Goals: Myers
Goalie: Enroth (24 saves/26 shots)
PP: 1/4; PK: 2/3; Shots: Buffalo 36 – Ottawa 26

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 187)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (lower body, Jan. 13; injured reserve) – 12 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/11:
Acquired F Evander Kane, D Zach Bogosian and G Jason Kasdorf from Winnipeg in exchange for F Drew Stafford, D Tyler Myers, F Joel Armia, F Brendan Lemieux and the Sabres’ latest first-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft; Acquired G Anders Lindback and a conditional third-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft from Dallas in exchange for G Jhonas Enroth
2/15:
Recalled F Johan Larsson from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Feb. 17:
Buffalo at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 19: Buffalo at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 20: NY Rangers at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 22: Nashville at Buffalo, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 24: Buffalo at Columbus, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
FLYERS at SABRES

  • This is the second of three meetings between the Sabres and Flyers this season.
  • Last meeting: Philadelphia defeated Buffalo, 4-3, in Buffalo on Jan. 17
  • Next meeting: Thursday, Feb. 19 in Philadelphia
  • The Sabres are 2-7-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Flyers; 4-5-1 at home.
  • This is the 166th game all-time between Buffalo and Philadelphia; Buffalo has a 63-79-23 series record.
  • The Sabres are 40-31-10 at home against the Flyers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-4-2 all-time on February 15.
  • February 15, 1996: The Sabres trade Craig Muni and a 1996 first-round draft pick (Daniel Briere) — acquired in a three-team trade in November 1995 involving San Jose, Philadelphia and Buffalo — in exchange for Darryl Shannon and Michal Grosek.
  • February 15, 2011: Jhonas Enroth becomes the first goaltender in NHL history to earn his first three wins via the shootout.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game looking to avoid losing five straight games to the Flyers for the first time since Nov. 21, 2008 to Nov. 6, 2009.
  • Tyler Ennis enters tonight’s game with points in his last four games against Philadelphia (2+2).
  • Cody Hodgson has four points (2+2) in his last three games against the Flyers.
  • Matt Moulson has three assists in his last two games against Philadelphia.
  • Anders Lindback has won his last four games against the Flyers, posting a .928 save percentage and a 2.25 goals-against average.

BOGO SALE
Defenseman Zach Bogosian is expected to make his Sabres debut tonight after joining the Sabres as part of their Feb. 11 trade with the Jets that also netted forward Evander Kane and goaltender Jason Kasdorf. In 41 games with the Jets this season, Bogosian has totaled 13 points (3+10) and 40 penalty minutes while averaging 22:10 of ice time per game, including an average of 25:21 per game in his last four games in Winnipeg.

LINDBACK TO SABRES, LINDY BACK TO ENROTH
Anders Lindback
will dress for the Sabres for the first time tonight after being acquired from Dallas along with a conditional third-round 2016 draft pick in exchange for Jhonas Enroth on Feb. 11. The 6’6” goaltender joins the Sabres after logging a 36-43-8 career record, a .901 save percentage and 2.84 goals-against average with Dallas (2014-15), Tampa Bay (2012-13, 2013-14) and Nashville (2010-11, 2011-12)

MR. 500
Brian Gionta
needs one point to become the 62nd active NHL player and the 49th American player in NHL history to record 500 career points. The last player to reach this milestone as a member of the Sabres was Miroslav Satan, who recorded his 500th NHL point on Feb. 16, 2004.

FINISHING STRONG AFTER THE BREAK
Buffalo is 547-409-186 (.560) all-time in games after the All-Star break. This includes a record of 96-56-24 (.614) in those games since 2005-06. The Sabres are 2-6-0 since the 2015 NHL All-Star Game. These totals do not include games after breaks for the Olympic Games.

IN THE LINE OF FIRE

  • Josh Gorges ranks second in the NHL with 148 blocked shots 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 12.1 percent of all opponent shot attempts taken with him on the ice this season, ranking in the top five 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-PHI CONNECTIONS
Former Flyers:

  • Andrej Meszaros played for the Flyers from 2010-2014, tallying 76 points (20+56) in 192 games.

Ted Nolan:

  • Coached Andrew MacDonald for the Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL) during the 2005-06 season.

Andre Benoit:

  • Played with Ryan White for the Hamilton Bulldogs during the 2009-10 season.

Marcus Foligno:

  • Played with Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier for Team Canada in the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship, which took place in Buffalo.

Brian Gionta:

  • Played with Ryan White for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2014.

Josh Gorges:         

  • Played with Mark Streit for Montreal Canadiens from 2006-2009.
  • Played with Ryan White for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2014.

Anders Lindback:

  • Played with Vincent Lecavalier for the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2012-13 season.

Andrej Meszaros:

  • Played with Vincent Lecavalier for the Tampa Bay Lightning from 2008-2010. The two were also reunited with the Flyers during the 2013-14 season.
  • He and Ray Emery were teammates for the Ottawa Senators from 2005-2008.                                                                                                                               

Matt Moulson:

  • Played with D Andrew MacDonald for the New York Islanders from 2009-2014. Mark Streit was also on the team from 2009-2013.
  • He and Wayne Simmonds both played for the Los Angeles Kings during the 2008-09 season.

Michal Neuvirth:

  • Played with Michael Del Zotto for the Oshawa Generals (OHL) for part of the 2007-08 season.
  • Represented the Czech Republic alongside Jakub Voracek at the 2008 World Junior Championship.

Tyson Strachan:

  • Played with Carlo Colaiacovo for the St. Louis Blues from 2008-2011.

Chris Stewart:

  • Played with Carlo Colaiacovo for the St. Louis Blues during the 2011-12 season and again for part of the 2013-14 campaign.
  • Played with Luke Schenn for Team Canada at the 2011 World Championship.

Mike Weber:

  • Weber and RJ Umberger were both born in Pittsburgh, Pa.

NHL Draft:

  • Zach Bogosian (third overall), Tyler Ennis (26th overall), Cody Hodgson (10th overall), Luke Schenn (fifth overall) and Michael Del Zotto (20th) overall were all first-round selections in the 2008 NHL Draft. Ennis, Hogdson and Schenn were also teammates with Team Canada at the 2009 World Junior Championship.
  • Zemgus Girgensons and Scott Laughton were both first-round draft picks in the 2012 NHL Draft. Girgensons was selected 14th overall, and Laughton went 20th overall.

2014 World Championship:

  • Tonight’s game will feature four players from Team Canada’s 2014 World Championship roster. Cody Hodgson teamed with Braydon Coburn, Matt Read and Brayden Schenn to represent their country at the tournament.

Toronto Trio:

  • Cody Hodgson, Chris Stewart and Carlo Colaiacovo were all born in Toronto, Ontario.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Deslauriers (176), Weber (114), Girgensons (110)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (148), Weber (101), Ristolainen (81)
Shots: Ennis (124), Girgensons (102), Moulson (98)

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
51-60: 2-3-0 (4), 9/12, 2/12, 7/10

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

Anders Lindback … 5 games … 100 career games played
Zach Bogosian … 7 games … 400 career games played
Points
Brian Gionta … 1 point … 500 career points
Torrey Mitchell … 1 point … 100 career points
Matt Moulson … 2 points … 300 career points
Tyler Ennis … 3 points … 200 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
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