FAN GUIDE: FLAMES VS. SABRES
Regehr's old team ventures to Buffalo for a 7:30 p.m. match-up with the Sabres.
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SCHEDULE FOR TODAY
- 10:00 a.m.: Sabres game-day skate
Open to the public & free of charge to attend
- 5:30 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 and only meeting of the year between the Sabres and Flames.
- The teams met once last year, with Calgary picking up the win 5-2.
- The Sabres will be wearing their dark blue jerseys for tonight's game.
- The Labatt Blue Light Tailgate Tent Party kicks off at 5:30 p.m. today. Sabres alumni Danny Gare 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 Drew Stafford, Ville Leino & Andrej Sekera.
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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FLAMES vs. SABRES
- First and only meeting between the Sabres and Flames this season.
- The Sabres are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Flames; 8-1-1 at home.
- This is the 97th game all-time between Buffalo and Calgary; Buffalo leads the series with a 47-33-16 record.
- Buffalo is 29-13-5 at home against the Flames all-time.
- These two teams met once last year; Calgary won at home by a score of 5-2.
Tonight is Buffalo’s final game of a season-high five-game home stretch; they are 1-3-0 in the first four… Thomas Vanek (8+7) and Jason Pominville (5+9) each rank in the top five in league scoring… Vanek has scored the first goal of a game a league-leading four times; he has points in four straight (2+4) and 10 of 11… Luke Adam is on the first four-game point streak of his career (1+4)… Vanek (11 P, T-2nd), Adam (10 P, T-4th) and Pominville (9 P, T-6th) each rank in the Top 10 in the league in even-strength scoring… Before being traded to the Sabres during the offseason, Robyn Regehr played 826 games in 11 seasons with the Flames, second only to Jarome Iginla for most in franchise history… Tonight, Corey Tropp will become the first player in Sabres history to wear the number 78… Pominville has 25 points (9+16) in his last 20 regular season games, dating back to Mar. 25, 2011 vs. FLA… Derek Roy ranks sixth in the league with a faceoff percentage of 59.1%.
HOW THEY STACK UP (Sabres’ league rankings before 11/3 games)
- Vanek: 16 P (T-2nd), 8 G (T-3rd), 3 PPG (T-5th), 2 GWG (T-5th)
- Pominville: 9 A (T-4th), 15 P (T-4th)
- Sekera: plus-7 (T-7th)
- Adam: 7 A (1st, rookies), 11 P (T-1st, rookies), 4 G (T-2nd, rookies)
- Gragnani: 3 A (T-6th, rookies)
Ryan Miller is 2-2-0 all-time against CGY with a 3.13 GAA… Brad Boyes leads all Sabres with seven goals and 18 points in 18 career games against CGY.
Luke Adam’s hot start has him among rookie leaders in several categories. Adam leads all rookies with four multi-point games, tying Thomas Vanek for the team lead. Only 16 players in the NHL have four or more multi-point games. Buffalo is one of four teams (TOR, OTT, VAN) to boast at least two players among those 16.
Thomas Vanek, Luke Adam and Jason Pominville have all recorded a point on the same goal seven times this season. Vanek and Pominville have combined on a goal more times (13) than any other NHL duo this season, tying Toronto’s Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul.
Buffalo’s penalty kill ties Pittsburgh’s for first in the league at 92.5% (37-for-40), with each team having given up a league-low three power play goals. The Sabres 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%.
Through 11 games, the Sabres are the only team in the NHL yet to play an overtime period. The current streak ties the second-longest stretch the team has ever gone without overtime to start the season (ties 2003-04). They will tie the longest such streak (12 games, 1996-97) tonight if the game ends in regulation.
Vanek has scored 37 points (17+20) in his last 28 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 (24); his 36 points rank fourth in points behind Daniel Sedin, Jason Spezza and Perry.
LET’S PLAY TWO
Tonight’s game begins the third of Buffalo’s league-high 21 sets of back-to-back games this season. So far, the Sabres are 3-1-0 in back-to-back games. They have split one set and swept one. Buffalo is 1-1-0 in the first game of a back-to-back set and 2-0-0 in the second game.
Tonight’s game is the fourth in a five-game home stretch ending with a matchup with Calgary on Friday; the Sabres are 1-3-0 in the first four games. 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.
THE IRON MAN
Brad Boyes enters tonight’s game as the team’s leader in consecutive games played (503). 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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