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BREAKING DOWN THE SCHEDULE

Monday, 01.31.2011 / 10:51 AM
By Rob Crean - Public Relations Director / BEYOND THE BOARDS
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BEYOND THE BOARDS
BREAKING DOWN THE SCHEDULE

With the NHL All-Star festivities now behind us and the calendar set to flip to February, it’s time to look ahead to the remaining 33 games on the schedule for the Sabres.  The team does not play again until Friday, which makes for an unusually long nine-day layoff that can be either a blessing or a curse.
Photo: Bill Wippert
 

On one hand, the break gives players a chance to recover from injuries and heal from the typical bumps and bruises they incur over the course of a grueling season.  On the other hand, the Sabres were playing good hockey heading into the break, going 9-3-1 over the last 13 games, and there’s always a chance that such a long layoff can hurt the momentum.

The February schedule is a quirky one for the Sabres.  They return from the break with back-to-back games, traveling to Pittsburgh on Friday and returning home to face Toronto on Saturday.  They play just two games the following week, both in the state of Florida as they meet the Lightning and Panthers.  

After that, the schedule picks up immensely, with four games in each of the following two weeks.  That means Buffalo will play a total of four games over the first 12 days of February followed by eight games in 14 days to finish the month.  In addition, seven of those final eight games of the month will be played on home ice, where the Sabres are 11-12-1 on the season.

Following their six-game homestand to close out February, the Sabres go on a season-long seven-game road trip that will last 12 days and begins in New York for a meeting with the Rangers, then takes them to Carolina, Philadelphia, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Boston and Toronto.  Then, seven of the final nine games of the month will be back in Buffalo. 

Photo: Bill Wippert
March will be by far the busiest month of the Sabres’ season as they play 16 times in 30 days, including five sets of back-to-backs.  In April, the Sabres close out the regular season with a total of two home games and three road contests.

In terms of location and opponents, the remaining schedule breaks down like this:

•    17 home games
•    16 road games
•    28 games vs. Eastern Conference opponents
•    5 games vs. Western Conference opponents
•    9 games vs. Northeast Division opponents
•    17 games vs. teams that currently hold a playoff spot
•    12 games vs. teams that are below Buffalo in the overall standings

Buffalo enters the post-All-Star break portion of the season in 10th place in the Eastern Conference and six points behind eighth place Atlanta with three games in hand on the Thrashers. Those two teams will go head-to-head twice down the stretch (Feb. 23 and Mar. 19) with both games at HSBC Arena.  The Sabres will also face the team directly above them in the standings, the ninth-place Carolina Hurricanes, three more times.

The only team Buffalo will face more than Carolina is Toronto, as the Sabres and Maple Leafs will square off four more times this season.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82