Game Preview: 2/28/15 at FLA

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LAST GAME
Thursday, February 26
Vancouver 3 at Buffalo 6
Goals: Mitchell (2), Stewart, Meszaros, Flynn, Gionta
Goalie: Neuvirth (28 saves/31 shots)
PP: 0/1; PK: 0/0; Shots: Vancouver 31 – Buffalo 24

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 222)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (lower body, Jan. 13; injured reserve) – 19 games
Josh Gorges (lower body, Feb. 15; injured reserve) – 7 games
Patrick Kaleta (lower body, Feb. 15; injured reserve) – 7 games
Evander Kane (shoulder, Feb. 15; injured reserve) – 7 games
Tyson Strachan (infection, Feb. 22) – 3 games
Tyler Ennis (lower body, Feb. 26) – 1 game
Zemgus Girgensons (lower body, Feb. 26; injured reserve) – 1 game

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)
2/26: Recalled F Zac Dalpe and F Phil Varone; Placed F Zemgus Girgensons on IR
2/27: Assigned D Mark Pysyk to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Saturday, March 14: NY Rangers at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at PANTHERS

  • This is the fifth and final meeting between the Sabres and Panthers this season.
  • Last meeting: Florida defeated Buffalo, 2-0, in Buffalo on Jan. 2
  • The Sabres are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Panthers; 5-3-2 on the road.
  • This is the 84th game all-time between Buffalo and Florida; Buffalo has a 45-31-7 series record.
  • The Sabres are 20-17-3 on the road against the Panthers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-4-2 all-time on February 28.
  • February 28, 1971: Steve Atkinson scores three goals against the Minnesota North Stars in a 5-2 win at the Aud. Atkinson, Ron Anderson and Gilbert Perreault all scored in a span of 1:15 in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and ice the game.
  • February 28, 2000: The Sabres chase Trevor Kidd with four goals on 19 shots, including two from Stu Barnes, on the way to a 5-2 victory in Florida.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are looking to avoid losing three consecutive road games to the Panthers for the first time since Oct. 15, 2005 to Dec. 7, 2006.
  • Brian Gionta leads all Sabres with 30 points (20+10) in 42 career games against the Panthers.
  • Nicolas Deslauriers was ranked ninth in the NHL entering Friday night’s games with 197 hits.

ROSTER OVERHAUL
These teams met two years ago today, with the Sabres leaving Florida with a 4-3 shootout victory. Between the teams, only 10 players who were on the 2013 rosters are also on the teams’ current rosters: Buffalo (4) – Ennis, Foligno*, Hodgson, Weber; Florida (6) – Campbell, Fleischmann, Gudbranson, Huberdeau, Kopecky, Kulikov

*Marcus Foligno did not play in the Feb. 28, 2013 game.

KEEPING IT CLOSE
The Sabres and Panthers have had 11 of their last 14 matchups decided by a single goal, including six overtime games. Neither team has defeated the other by three or more goals since Buffalo’s 3-0 win on Oct. 20, 2011.

STOPPING THE PANTHERS
Michal Neuvirth
is 3-6-1 in his last 11 games against Florida but has a .934 save percentage and 2.40 goals-against average in those games. Anders Lindback is 5-1-0 in his career against the Panthers with a .912 save percentage and a 2.63 goals-against average.

SUNSHINE SUCCESS
The Sabres have swept nine of the 33 previous Florida/Tampa Bay road trips in franchise history. In the other 24 sets, the Sabres have earned: three points (3), two points (14), one point (2) and zero points (5). This gives them record of 35-26-5 (.568) in previous trips. This Florida trip concludes with a game in Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

NEUVIRTH EMBRACING STARTING ROLE
Michal Neuvirth
stopped 28 of 31 shots in Thursday night’s win vs. VAN and has now made 248 saves in the seven games since the Sabres traded Jhonas Enroth to Dallas, logging a .947 save percentage and a 1.93 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 five of the next six games as well, including a career-high 32:23 on Feb. 19 at PHI. Bogosian has averaged 27:07 of ice time in seven games with the Sabres, logging one assist, eight shots, 32 hits and 21 blocked shots.

FINISHING STRONG AFTER THE BREAK
Buffalo is 550-411-188 (.560) all-time in games after the All-Star break. This includes a record of 99-58-26 (.612) in those games since 2005-06. The Sabres are 5-8-2 since the 2015 NHL All-Star Game. These totals do not include games after breaks for the Olympic Games.

BUF-FLA CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Drafted by the Sabres in the sixth round of the 1997 NHL Draft, Brian Campbell played in Buffalo for parts of eight seasons (1999-00 – 2007-08). As a Sabre, Campbell tallied 176 points (32+144) in 391 games. Campbell was selected as an NHL All-Star in 2007 and 2008.
  • Brad Boyes skated as a member of the Sabres from 2010-2012. During his two seasons in Buffalo, Boyes played in 86 games, recording 37 points (13+24).

Former Panthers:

  • Tyson Strachan Played for Florida from 2011-2013, tallying seven points (1+6) in 53 games for the Panthers.

Bryan Trottier:

  • Played with Jaromir Jagr for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 1990-1992 and again during the 1993-94 season.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Played with Al Montoya for the Winnipeg Jets from 2012-2014.

Marcus Foligno:

  • Played with Erik Gudbranson for Team Canada at the 2011 World Junior Championship held in Buffalo.

Cody Hodgson:

  • Played with Roberto Luongo for the Vancouver Canucks from 2010-2012.
  • Represented Team Canada alongside Jonathan Huberdeau and Erik Gudbranson at the 2014 World Championship.

Andrej Meszaros:

  • Played with Jussi Jokinen for the Tampa Bay Lightning from 2008-2010.
  • Played with Jaromir Jagr for the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2011-12 season.
  • Teammates with Shawn Thornton for the Boston Bruins during the 2013-14 season.

Torrey Mitchell:

  • Played with Brian Campbell for the San Jose Sharks during the 2007-08 season.

Matt Moulson:

  • Played with Al Montoya for the New York Islanders from 2010-2013. Brad Boyes was also a member of the club during the 2012-13 season.

Michal Neuvirth:

  • Played with Tomas Fleischmann for the Washington Capitals from 2008-2012.

Tyson Strachan:

  • Teammates with Brad Boyes from 2008-2011 as members of the St. Louis Blues.

NHL Draft:

  • Andrej Meszaros (24th overall) and Al Montoya (4th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2004 NHL Draft.
  • Marcus Foligno (104th overall) was taken three picks ahead of Garrett Wilson (107th overall) in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Erik Gudbranson (3rd overall) and Nick Bjugstad (19th overall) were both first-round draft picks in the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall), Nikita Zadorov (16th overall) and Alexander Barkov (2nd overall) were all selected in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Deslauriers (197), Bogosian (138), Girgensons (127)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (148), Weber (114), Ristolainen (88)
Shots: Ennis (143), Stewart (116), Girgensons (115)

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: 2-0-0 (4), 10/5, 1/4, 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

Zac Dalpe … 2 games … 100 career games played
Anders Lindback … 5 games … 100 career games played
Rasmus Ristolainen … 7 games … 100 career games played
Mike Weber … 9 games … 300 career games played
Points
Tyler Ennis … 1 point … 200 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Zach Bogosian … 400th NHL game … Feb. 26 vs. VAN

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