Game Preview: 2/19/15 at PHI

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LAST GAME
Tuesday, February 17
Buffalo 1 at New Jersey 2 (SO)
Goals: Ennis
Goalie: Neuvirth (34 saves/35 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 3/4; Shots: New Jersey 35 – Buffalo 25

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 195)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (lower body, Jan. 13; injured reserve) – 14 games
Josh Gorges (lower body, Feb. 15) – 2 games
Patrick Kaleta (lower body, Feb. 15) – 2 games
Evander Kane (shoulder, Feb. 15; injured reserve) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/15:
Recalled F Johan Larsson from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Thursday, Feb. 26: Vancouver at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 28: Buffalo at Florida, 3 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at FLYERS

  • This is the third and final meeting between the Sabres and Flyers this season.
  • Last meeting: Philadelphia defeated Buffalo, 2-1, in Buffalo on Feb. 15
  • The Sabres are 2-8-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Flyers; 3-7-0 on the road.
  • This is the 167th game all-time between Buffalo and Philadelphia; Buffalo has a 63-80-23 series record.
  • The Sabres are 23-48-13 on the road against the Flyers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-8-2 all-time on February 19.
  • February 19, 1984: Bill Hajt scored the 4,000th goal in franchise history.
  • February 19, 1991: Christian Ruuttu scored the 6,000th goal in franchise history.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are looking for their first win in Philadelphia since their 5-3 win on March 5, 2011. They are looking to avoid their first six-game losing streak in Philadelphia since they lost 12 in a row from March 30, 1972 to Feb. 20, 1977.
  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game looking to avoid losing six straight games to the Flyers for the first time since Jan. 28, 1987 to Oct. 9, 1988.
  • Neither of these teams has ever swept the season series against the other in consecutive seasons; the Flyers can do so with a win tonight.
  • Anders Lindback has won his last four games against the Flyers, posting a .928 save percentage and a 2.25 goals-against average.
  • Nicolas Deslauriers was tied for eighth in the NHL entering play Wednesday with 185 hits.
  • Mike Weber logged 24:19 of ice time on Tuesday at NJD, his highest total since he logged a career-high 26:58 on Jan. 14, 2012 at NYI.

HOME AWAY FROM HOME
With his goal Tuesday at NJD, Tyler Ennis has six points (3+3) in his last six road games, dating back to Jan. 18 at DET. Ennis has six points (2+4) in eight career road games in Philadelphia, where he scored his first career goal in his NHL debut on Nov. 14, 2009.

NEUVIRTH EMBRACING STARTING ROLE
Michal Neuvirth
stopped 34 of 35 New Jersey shots in Tuesday’s shootout loss to the Devils and improved to 2-for-3 on penalty shots in his Sabres career after an unsuccessful third-period attempt by Adam Henrique. Neuvirth has made 62 saves in the two games since the Sabres traded Jhonas Enroth to Dallas, logging a .954 save percentage. He has not allowed an even-strength goal in 72:15 of team play.

BIG MINUTES FOR BOGOSIAN
Defenseman Zach Bogosian made his Sabres debut Sunday vs. PHI 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 his first game in Buffalo, Bogosian led the team with 11 hits and 24:49 of ice time, becoming the first player to lead the team in ice time in his Sabres debut since Jaroslav Spacek (22:58) did so on Oct. 4, 2006 at CAR. Bogosian led the team again on Tuesday at NJD with 29:14, his highest ice time since he logged his career-high total of 31:00 on Nov. 19, 2011 vs. PHI.

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.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s 14th of 19 sets of back-to-back games this season, which will conclude tomorrow night vs. NYR. The Sabres are 3-10-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 3-9-1 in the second game. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (1), three points (0), two points (4), one point (1) and zero points (7).

FINISHING STRONG AFTER THE BREAK
Buffalo is 547-410-187 (.560) all-time in games after the All-Star break. This includes a record of 96-57-25 (.610) in those games since 2005-06. The Sabres are 2-7-1 since the 2015 NHL All-Star Game. These totals do not include games after breaks for the Olympic Games.

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 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), Cody Hodgson (10th), Luke Schenn (fifth) 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.

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 (185), Bogosian (121), Girgensons/Weber (117)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (148), Weber (108), Ristolainen (82)
Shots: Ennis (130), Girgensons (108), Stewart (103)

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: 2-4-1 (5), 11/16, 3/18, 12/16

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 (6-2; 63-48 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)
February 17 at New Jersey: L, 2-1 (GDG-Gomez)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

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

RECENT MILESTONES
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