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In-Game Notes: 9/25 vs. CBJ

Pre-game
*The Sabres haven’t lost a preseason home game in regulation since Sept. 21, 2007; they’ve gotten at least a point in their last 11, going 8-0-3 in those games and outscoring their opponents, 39-25.

*The Sabres are 8-6-0 all-time in preseason contests against the Blue Jackets; 2-2-0 at home.

*The first of three regular season meetings between the Sabres and Blue Jackets will take place on Thursday, Oct. 10 in Buffalo. The teams will then meet twice in eight days with a game at First Niagara Center on Saturday, Jan. 18 followed by a trip to Columbus on Saturday, Jan. 25.

After 1st period: CBJ 0 – BUF 0
*The first period was only the second scoreless period in the preseason for the Sabres so far. The other was the first period vs. TOR (9/21).

*Defenseman Mark Pysyk led all Sabres with a TOI of 7:27 in the first period, trailing only Blue Jackets defenseman Tim Erixon (7:51).

*The first period is the only one in which the Sabres have been outscored during the preseason (2 GF, 4 GA). Buffalo has outscored its opponents 8-6 in the second period and 7-4 in the third.

*The Sabres have also only been outshot in the first period (59 SF, 67 SA). They have tied opponents with 49 shots in the second period and led in the third (51-46).

*Buffalo is 0-0-1 this preseason when tied after the first period; Columbus is 1-0-1 when tied after one.

After 2nd period: CBJ 0 – BUF 1
*With Ville Leino’s (1+2) goal and Cody Hodgson’s (1+2) assist, the pair joined five other Sabres to create a seven-way tie for second-most preseason points among Sabres, with three. Marcus Foligno leads with four (3+1).

*Blue Jackets goaltender Jeremy Smith relieved starter Mike McKenna at 10:53 of the second period. McKenna finished with 14 saves on 15 shots (.933 SV%, 1.94 GAA).

*The Sabres have killed off all six Columbus power play opportunities so far tonight, improving to 15-for-15 on the penalty kill at home in the preseason and 24-for-26 (92.3%) overall.

*Steve Ott’s TOI of 14:29 through two periods leads all skaters on either team; his 4:11 of SH TOI leads all skaters in the game.

*Jhonas Enroth has stopped 21 shots through two periods, including 11 while shorthanded.

*Buffalo is 1-0-1 this preseason when leading after the second period; Columbus is 1-1-0 when trailing after two.

*The Sabres are 1-0-1 when scoring the first goal; the Blue Jackets are 2-1-0 when allowing the first goal.

Final: CBJ 0 – BUF 3
*INJURY UPDATE: Joel Armia left the game in the second period with an upper-body injury*

*Jhonas Enroth stopped all 26 Columbus shots, including 13 while shorthanded, to earn the Sabres’ first shutout of the preseason.

*The Sabres killed off all seven Columbus power plays, improving to a perfect 15-for-16 on the penalty kill at home and 25-for-27 (.926) overall in the preseason.

*Mike Weber finished the night with three assists. His last three-point outing came on March 13, 2011 vs. OTT (0+3).

*Mikhail Grigorenko (6 GP) and Zemgus Girgensons (4 GP) have tied Marcus Foligno (3 GP) for the team lead with four points apiece. Eight Sabres have three points.

In-Game Notes: 9/21 vs. TOR

Pre-game
*The Sabres have won their last six preseason home games, with their last loss coming on Sept. 17, 2009, a 4-3 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals. In those six wins, the Sabres outscored their opponents, 26-11.

*The Sabres are 32-27-6 all-time in preseason contests against the Maple Leafs; 13-9-4 at home.

*Buffalo and Toronto will face off three times in 2013-14, beginning with a home-and-home series on Nov. 15 and 16.

After 1st period: TOR 0 – BUF 0
*Defenseman Jamie McBain led all skaters on either team with a TOI of 8:20 in the first period.

*The first period was the first scoreless regulation period of the Sabres’ preseason.

*Buffalo is 0-0-0 this preseason when tied after the first period; Toronto is 0-0-1 when tied after one.

 

After 2nd period: TOR 0 – BUF 2
*With Mark Pysyk’s first goal of the preseason, the Sabres have now gotten a league-high eight goals from rookies in four games (Girgensons-2, Larsson-2, Armia-1, Grigorenko-1, McNabb-1, Pysyk-1).

*Despite playing in only two of Buffalo’s four preseason games so far, Marcus Foligno leads the Sabres with three goals and is tied for the team lead with three points.

*Buffalo has scored eight of its 14 preseason goals in the second period.

*Buffalo is 1-0-0 this preseason when leading after the second period; Toronto is 0-0-0 when trailing after two.

 

In-Game Notes: 9/19 vs. CAR

Pre-game
*The Sabres have won their last five preseason home games, with their last loss coming on Sept. 17, 2009, a 4-3 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals. In those five wins, the Sabres outscored their opponents, 21-9.

*The Sabres are 4-4-1 all-time in preseason contests against the Hurricanes/Whalers; 2-1-0 at home.

*Buffalo opened the 2011 preseason exactly two years ago today with a 3-1 home victory over Carolina, marking the last preseason meeting between the teams.

*The Sabres and Hurricanes will face off three times in 2013-14, including two January matchups at First Niagara Center.

After 1st period: CAR 1 – BUF 0
*Cody Hodgson led all Sabres skaters with a TOI of 7:28 in the first period.

*Former Sabres defenseman Andrej Sekera led all skaters on either team with a TOI of 8:50.

*Ryan Miller made 18 saves on 19 shots in the first period; he has now stopped 33 of 35 shots in 51:15 during the preseason (.943 SV%, 2.31 GAA).

*Buffalo is 1-0-0 this preseason when trailing after the first period; Carolina is 0-0-0 when leading after one.

*The Hurricanes are 0-0-0 when scoring first; the Sabres are 1-0-0 when allowing the first goal.

After 2nd period: CAR 2 – BUF 2
*Joel Armia scored his first career goal as a member of the Sabres at 10:39 of the second period; Johan Larsson scored his at 18:36.

*Five of Buffalo’s nine preseason goals have been scored by rookies (Girgensons-2, Armia-1, Grigorenko-1, Larsson-1).

*After two periods, defenseman Nikita Zadorov leads all Sabres with a TOI of 15:40.

*Buffalo is 1-0-0 this preseason when tied after the second period; Carolina is 0-0-0 when tied after two.

Final: CAR 2 – BUF 5
*SCORING CHANGE: Buffalo’s fourth goal has been awarded to John Larsson*

*With Johan Larsson’s two-goal night, the Sabres have now had a two-goal scorer in each of their first three preseason games (Girgensons, Foligno).

*Larsson finished 12-for-17 in the faceoff circle.

*Ryan Miller has a .944 save percentage and 1.32 goals against average through 91 minutes in two preseason games.

*The Sabres have gotten seven goals from rookies during the preseason (Girgensons-2, Larsson-2, Armia-1, Grigorenko-1, McNabb-1), more than any other team in the league.

In-Game Notes: 4/26 vs. NYI

Pre-game
*April is the Sabres’ best month since 2005-06; they have a 30-15-3 (.656) April record in that span, including a 7-4-0 (.636) record so far this season.

*The Sabres are 21-14-6 all-time in the final game of the regular season.

*The Sabres are 8-4-2 against the Atlantic Division this season; the Islanders are 7-6-1 against the Northeast.

After 1st period: NYI 0 – BUF 0
*Cody Hodgson is 6-for-7 on the draw through one period.

*Tonight is Adam Pardy’s 200th NHL game and Ryan Miller’s 500th NHL game.

*Miller is the 62nd goaltender in NHL history to achieve this milestone. Miller, who has spent his entire career with the Sabres, is the 20th goaltender in NHL history to play at least 500 games with one team and the 12th to play his first 500 with the same team.

*Of the 62 goaltenders who have reached the 500 GP mark, Miller ranks fifth with a .915 career save percentage and ranks 14th with a 2.59 goals against average. Dominik Hasek leads all of these goaltenders in both categories.

*Despite ranking 62nd on the all-time games played list, Miller ranks 40th in wins (268). His record ranks him second among goaltenders with at least 500 games played in win percentage (.549), seventh in points percentage (.607) and 19th in adjusted points percentage (.564), a measure in which all ties, overtime losses, and shootout wins/losses are counted as regulation ties to better compare goaltenders from different eras.

*For more Ryan Miller/500 games played stats, including a list of all goaltenders with 500 games played, visit www.sabres.com/media.

*Buffalo is 13-9-3 this season when tied after the first period; New York is 6-10-3 when tied after one.

After 2nd period: NYI 0 – BUF 1
*With his assist, Thomas Vanek tied Tyler Ennis for the team’s assist lead (21). Vanek also owns the team lead in goals (20) and points (41).

*In his seven previous seasons, Vanek led the Sabres in goals five times (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11). He led the team in assists and points just once (2010-11).

*Mikhail Grigorenko leads all skaters with a career-high six shots through two periods.

*The Sabres are 15-4-4 when scoring first; the Islanders are 7-14-3 when allowing the first goal.

*Buffalo is 8-0-4 this season when leading after the second period; New York is 2-7-4 when trailing after two.

Final: NYI 1 – BUF 2 (SO)
*The Sabres improved to 7-4 this year in the shootout (50-41 all-time).

*With the shootout win, Ryan Miller improved to 43-27 in his career in the shootout, passing Martin Brodeur for second-most shootout wins by a goaltender (Henrik Lundqvist-45).

*Thomas Vanek improved to 3-for-5 in the shootout this season. He is now 19-for-53 in his career, passing Ales Kotalik for most shootout goals in franchise history. His five game-deciding goals tie Jason Pominville and Derek Roy for second-most, behind Kotalik.

*Vanek finishes the season with a team-leading 20 goals and 41 points, and he tied Tyler Ennis for the team lead with 21 assists. It is the second time in his career that Vanek has led the Sabres in all three categories (last: 2010-11).

In-Game Notes: 4/22 vs. WPG

Pre-game
*April is the Sabres’ best month since 2005-06; they have a 29-14-3 (.663) April record in that span, including a 6-3-0 (.667) record so far this season.

*Mikhail Grigorenko returns to the lineup tonight for the first time since March 12 vs. NYR. Prior to being recalled from Quebec (QMJHL) on April 16, Grigorenko led the Remparts with 30 goals and ranked third on the team with 54 points despite playing in only 33 of the team’s 68 regular-season games.

After 1st period: WPG 0 – BUF 0
*Jhonas Enroth is now 1-for-2 in his career on penalty shots. He was beaten by Jason Chimera on his other attempt on Nov. 26, 2011 vs. WSH.

*Sabres goaltenders have stopped 38 of 58 penalty shots in franchise history. Ryan Miller stopped John Tavares on Feb. 9, 2013 vs. NYI in the only other penalty shot against the Sabres this season.

*Evander Kane is now 1-for-5 on penalty shots in his career. Kane was stopped by Ryan Miller on March 19, 2011 in his only other attempt against the Sabres.

*The first period was the 26th scoreless regulation period in a Sabres game this season.

*Buffalo is 12-8-3 this season when tied after the first period; Winnipeg is 8-8-1 when tied after one.

After 2nd period: WPG 1 – BUF 1
*With his ninth power play goal of the season, Thomas Vanek enters a three-way tie for third-most in the league.

*Vanek’s goal was the 248th of his career, pushing him past Mike Foligno (247) for sixth-most in franchise history. He trails Craig Ramsay by four goals for fifth-most.

*With his assist, Tyler Ennis extended his point streak to four games (1+4).

*Drew Stafford is now on a three-game point streak (1+2).

*The Sabres have now scored a power play goal in each of their last four games; they are 6-for-14 (42.9%) during that stretch.

*The Jets are 15-5-1 when scoring first; the Sabres are 5-16-2 when allowing the first goal.

*Buffalo is 8-5-0 this season when tied after the second period; Winnipeg is 4-5-3 when tied after two.

Final: WPG 2 – BUF 1
*The Sabres fell to 12-9-6 in one-goal games this year.

*With the loss, Jhonas Enroth falls to 4-1-1 in his last six starts, with a .956 save percentage and a 1.47 goals against average.

*Enroth stopped all seven power play shots he faced; it was the most power play shots a Sabres goaltender has faced without allowing a power play goal since Ryan Miller stopped all 10 on March 2 vs. NJD.

*In his first NHL game since March 12, Mikhail Grigorenko skated 15:18, his second-highest ice time of the season. The highest was 17:10 on Jan. 27 at WSH.