Game Preview: 2/26/15 vs. VAN

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LAST GAME
Tuesday, February 24
Buffalo 4 at Columbus 2
Goals: Hodgson, Girgensons, Pysyk, Stewart
Goalie: Neuvirth (45 saves/47 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 4/4; Shots: Columbus 47 – Buffalo 31

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 215)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (lower body, Jan. 13; injured reserve) – 18 games
Josh Gorges (lower body, Feb. 15; injured reserve) – 6 games
Patrick Kaleta (lower body, Feb. 15; injured reserve) – 6 games
Evander Kane (shoulder, Feb. 15; injured reserve) – 6 games
Tyson Strachan (infection, Feb. 22) – 2 games
Mike Weber (upper body, Feb. 22) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/22:
Recalled D Jake McCabe and D Mark Pysyk; Placed F Patrick Kaleta and D Josh Gorges on IR
2/25: Assigned D Jake McCabe to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Feb. 28:
Buffalo at Florida, 3 p.m.
Tuesday, March 3: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 6: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 7: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 11: Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
CANUCKS at SABRES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Canucks this season.
  • Last meeting: Vancouver defeated Buffalo, 5-2, in Vancouver on Jan. 30
  • The Sabres are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Canucks; 6-4-0 at home.
  • This is the 114th game all-time between Buffalo and Vancouver; Buffalo has a 46-48-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 29-19-8 at home against the Canucks all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 6-8-6 all-time on February 26.
  • February 26, 1987: Wilf Paiement records the 99th hat trick in Sabres history in a 4-3 win against the visiting St. Louis Blues.
  • February 26, 1995: Dominik Hasek plays his 100th game as a member of the Sabres vs. the N.Y. Rangers.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres will look to avoid losing four straight games to the Canucks for the first time since Vancouver won six in a row from March 10, 1991 to March 1, 1993.
  • Chris Stewart leads all Sabres with eight points (3+5) in 26 career games against the Canucks.
  • Tonight will be Zach Bogosian’s 400th NHL game.
  • Nicolas Deslauriers was ranked eighth in the NHL entering Wednesday night’s games with 196 hits.
  • Tyler Ennis and Zemgus Girgensons each left Tuesday’s game at CBJ with lower-body injuries.

LEADING OR TIED
Excluding the shootout, the Sabres haven’t trailed in either of their last two games (125:00 without trailing). Buffalo’s current longest stretch without trailing this season was 180:00, during the three-game winning streak from Nov. 15 to 22. The Sabres haven’t gone more than 180 minutes without trailing since March 17 to 24, 2012 (222:10).

NEUVIRTH EMBRACING STARTING ROLE
Michal Neuvirth
stopped 45 of 47 shots in Tuesday night’s win at CBJ and has now made 220 saves in the six games since the Sabres traded Jhonas Enroth to Dallas, logging a .952 save percentage and a 1.76 goals-against average in those games.

BIG MINUTES FOR BOGOSIAN
After becoming the first player to lead the team in ice time in his Sabres debut since Jaroslav Spacek (10/4/06) on Feb. 15 vs. PHI, Zach Bogosian has led the team in each of the next five games as well, including a career-high 32:23 on Feb. 19 at PHI. Bogosian has averaged 28:08 of ice time in six games with the Sabres, logging one assist, seven shots, 30 hits and 20 blocked shots.

FINISHING STRONG AFTER THE BREAK
Buffalo is 549-411-188 (.560) all-time in games after the All-Star break. This includes a record of 98-58-26 (.610) in those games since 2005-06. The Sabres are 4-8-2 since the 2015 NHL All-Star Game. These totals do not include games after breaks for the Olympic Games.

BUF-VAN CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Ryan Miller spent parts of 11 seasons as a member of the Sabres from 2002-2014. Drafted by Buffalo in the fifth round of the 1999 NHL Draft (138th overall), Miller compiled a record of 284-186-56 over a total of 541 games, earning franchise-record totals in games played and wins.
  • Zack Kassian was Buffalo’s first selection (13th overall) in the 2009 NHL Draft and recorded seven points (3+4) in 27 games with the Sabres during the 2011-12 season. Kassian was dealt to Vancouver on Feb. 27, 2012 in exchange for Cody Hodgson.
  • Alex Biega was Buffalo’s fifth-round pick of the 2006 NHL Draft (147th overall) and spent seven years with the organization. He never suited up for the Sabres, but totaled 66 points (13+53) in 198 AHL games in three seasons for Portland and Rochester.

Former Canucks:

  • Cody Hodgson was a member of the Canucks for two seasons (2010-2012). Hodgson, Vancouver’s first selection in the 2008 NHL Draft (10th overall), tallied 35 points (17+18) in 71 games with the club.

Local Players:

  • Adam Clendening was born in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Ted Nolan:

  • Coached Ronalds Kenins for Team Latvia at the 2014 Olympics.

Andre Benoit:

  • He and Ryan Stanton are both from St. Albert, Alberta.

Tyler Ennis:

  • Played with Linden Vey for the Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL) from 2006-2009.

Brian Gionta:

  • Played with Yannick Weber for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2013.

Zemgus Girgensons

  • Girgensons (1994) and Eddie Lack (1988) were both born on Jan. 5.
  • Played with Ronalds Kenins for Team Latvia at the 2014 Olympics.

Cody Hodgson:

  • Played with Alexandre Burrows for Team Canada at the 2014 World Championship.

Andrej Meszaros:

  • Played with Radim Vrbata for the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2008-09 season.

Torrey Mitchell:

  • Mitchell (1985) and Luca Sbisa (1990) were both born on Jan. 30.

Tyson Strachan:

  • Played with Shawn Matthias and Jacob Markstrom for the Florida Panthers from 2011-2013.

Nikita Zadorov:

  • Played with Bo Horvat for the London Knights (OHL) from 2012-2014.

NHL Draft:

  • Chris Stewart (18th overall by Colorado) and Bobby Sanguinetti (21st overall by the New York Rangers) were both taken in the first round of the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Mike Weber, Michal Neuvirth and Shawn Matthias were all drafted in the second round of the 2006 NHL Draft. Neuvirth was taken by Washington with the 34th overall pick, Matthias was selected by Detroit with the 47th overall selection and Weber was the 57th overall selection.
  • Tyler Ennis, Cody Hodgson and Luca Sbisa were all selected in the first round of the 2008 NHL Draft. Hodgson was selected 10th overall by Vancouver, Sbisa was selected by Philadelphia 19th overall and Ennis was chosen 26th overall.
  • Marcus Foligno (104th overall) and Linden Vey (96th overall) were both taken in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall), Nikita Zadorov (16th overall) and Bo Horvat (ninth overall) were all first-round picks in the 2013 NHL Draft. Zadorov and Horvat were also teammates with the London Knights (OHL) from 2012-2014.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Deslauriers (196), Bogosian (136), Girgensons (127)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (148), Weber (109), Ristolainen (87)
Shots: Ennis (143), Girgensons (115), Stewart (113)

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: 3-5-2 (8), 16/23, 3/27, 26/32
61-70: 1-0-0 (2), 4/2, 1/3, 4/4

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 (7-3; 64-49 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)
February 19 at Philadelphia: W, 3-2 (GDG-Flynn)
February 22 vs. Nashville: L, 2-1 (GDG-Forsberg)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Zach Bogosian … 1 game … 400 career games played
Anders Lindback … 5 games … 100 career games played
Rasmus Ristolainen … 8 games … 100 career games played
Mike Weber … 10 games … 300 career games played
Points
Tyler Ennis … 1 point … 200 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Matt Moulson … 300th NHL point … Feb. 20 vs. NYR

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