FAN GUIDE: FLYERS VS. SABRES
Buffalo takes on Philadelphia in a rematch of last years Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
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SCHEDULE FOR TODAY
- 10:00 a.m.: Sabres game-day skate
Open to the public & free of charge to attend
- 5:00 p.m.: Labatt Blue Light Tailgate Tent Party opens.
- 5:30 p.m.: Arena doors open
- 7:30 p.m.: Game Time
- Tonight's game night program can be downloaded here.
- Tonight is the first meeting of the year between the Sabres and Flyers.
- The teams met four times last year, splitting the series 2-2.
- The Sabres will be wearing their dark blue jerseys for tonight's game.
- The Labatt Blue Light Tailgate Tent Party kicks off at 5:00 p.m. today. Sabres host Kevin Sylvester will be making a special appearance at the tent parties. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.
- Don't forget to purchase Alumni 50/50 tickets for tonight's game. Tickets can be purchased up to the fifteen minute mark of the second period. Last game, the 50/50 pot was over $8,500.
MOE'S HOT PLAYERS
The Moe's Hot Players of the Night are Tyler Myers, Brad Boyes & Nathan Gerbe.
If any of the three (3) selected hot players (announced pre-game) score a goal during that night's game, fans can redeem their free GameNight program for 50% off their purchase tomorrow, at all participating Moe's restaurants. If any of the three (3) selected hot players score a hat trick during that night's game, fans can also redeem their free GameNight program for a free burrito at all participating Moe's restaurants.
SUBWAY SCORE 3 OR MORE
If the Sabres score three (3) or more goals during tonight's game, fans can redeem their game ticket for a free 6" Subway sub with a purchase of 30oz. drink tomorrow only at participating Subway restaurants.
Each time a Sabres player scores a hat trick inside First Niagara Center, New Era will make a monetary donation to charity per cap thrown onto the ice. Any hats thrown onto the ice and not claimed will be donated as well.
NEW ERA SCORE MORE
For every goal scored by the Sabres at that night’s game, fans can save a dollar per goal on their purchase of any cap tomorrow at the New Era Buffalo Store when they show their ticket stub.
GAME NOTES FOR TODAY'S GAME
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FLYERS vs. SABRES
- First of four meetings between the Sabres and Flyers this season.
- The Sabres are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Flyers; 5-4-1 at home.
- This is the 154th game all-time between Buffalo and Philadelphia; Buffalo trails the series with a 61-71-22 record.
- Buffalo is 38-28-9 at home against the Flyers all-time.
- These two teams met four times last year; Buffalo went 2-2-0; 1-1-0 at home.
- The two teams will next meet on Dec. 7 in Buffalo.
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Tonight is Buffalo’s fourth game of a season-high five-game home stretch; they are 1-2-0 in the first three… Thomas Vanek’s 212 career goals are 10th-most by a Sabre all-time… Entering Tuesday night’s games, Vanek (8+7) and Jason Pominville (5+9) each ranked in the top five in league scoring… Brad Boyes is on his first three-game point streak (2+3) since Mar. 1 –Mar. 5, 2011; he has not tallied in four straight since he notched eight points in five games from Jan. 20 –Feb. 4, 2011… Luke Adam is on the first three game point streak of his career (0+3)… Ryan Miller is 10 wins from overtaking Dominik Hasek’s franchise record of 234… Jason Pominville has 24 points (9+15) in his last 19 regular season games, dating back to Mar. 25, 2011 vs. FLA… Buffalo is 22-8-4 since Terry Pegula purchased the team… Following Tony LaRussa’s retirement, Lindy Ruff is now the second-longest tenured coach in the four major professional sports leagues, behind Gregg Popovich (San Antonio Spurs).
- Vanek: 15 P (T-2nd), 8 G (T-3rd), 3 PPG (T-4th), 2 GWG (T-5th)
- Pominville: 9 A (T-6th), 14 P (T-5th)
- Sekera: plus-6 (T-10th)
- Adam: 6 A (T-2nd, rookies), 9 P (T-2nd, rookies), 3 G (T-5th, rookies)
- Gragnani: 3 A (T-6th, rookies)
Ryan Miller is 12-8-1 all-time against PHI with a 2.88 GAA… Jason Pominville leads all Sabres with 10 goals and 20 points in 22 career games against PHI.
After killing off five of six penalties Saturday vs. FLA, Buffalo’s penalty kill ranked second in the league at 91.9% (36-for-39) entering play Tuesday. The team ended the 2010-11 season by going 48-for-52 (92.3%) on the kill in their last 17 games to finish 13th in the league at 83.0%. Ryan Miller has a save percentage of .917 while shorthanded this season.
Through 10 games, the Sabres are the only team in the NHL yet to play an overtime period. The current streak is the longest the team has gone without overtime to start the season since 2003-04, when they went 11 games before first needing extra time in their 12th game of the season (1-1 tie at OTT, 11/1/03). The longest such streak to start a season in franchise history is 12 games (1996-97). Buffalo Sabres: Media Notes
Thomas Vanek’s 15 points (8+7) in 10 games are the second-best total by a Sabre through 10 games since Pat LaFontaine scored 29 in the first 10 games of the 1992-93 season (Maxim Afinogenov had 16 points in the first 10 games of 2006-07). Like Vanek, Jason Pominville is also off to the best start of his career, notching 14 points (5+9) in the first 10 games. Both players entered play Tuesday ranked in the top five in NHL scoring.
Vanek has scored 36 points (17+19) in his last 27 regular season games, dating back to Mar. 5. Since then, he has not gone more than one game without recording a point. Vanek’s 17 goals during that stretch trail only Corey Perry’s total (23); his 36 points rank fourth in points behind Daniel Sedin, Jason Spezza and Perry.
Tonight’s game is the fourth in a five-game home stretch ending with a matchup with Calgary on Friday; the Sabres are 1-2-0 so far. The home stand is the first of two five-game stints at home this season, the longest such stretches for the team in 2011-12. The next one will take place between Dec. 7 vs. PHI and Dec. 16 vs. TOR.
Brad Boyes enters tonight’s game as the team’s leader in consecutive games played (502). Boyes has the NHL’s third-longest active ironman streak, and has never missed a game due to injury in his NHL career. He trails only Calgary’s Jay Bouwmeester and Vancouver’s Henrik Sedin.
Since Lindy Ruff was named Buffalo's head coach on July 21, 1997, there have been 163 coaching changes in the NHL. After Tony LaRussa announced his retirement on Monday, Ruff became the second-longest tenured coach in the four major professional sports leagues. Only Gregg Popovich, who began coaching the San Antonio Spurs in 1996, has been head coach of his team longer than Ruff.
THE ARBOUR CLUB
Lindy Ruff has 532 wins as head coach of the Sabres, second-most by a head coach with a single franchise, trailing only Al Arbour (740). Ruff has more wins than any other coach with his first NHL team.
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