FAN GUIDE: SENATORS VS. SABRES
Buffalo set to celebrate Veterans Day with a 7:30 p.m. match-up with the Ottawa Senators.
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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 second meeting of the year between the Sabres and Senators.
- Buffalo won the first meeting last Saturday night in Ottawa, taking down the Senators 3-2 in a shootout.
- The Sabres will be wearing their dark blue jerseys for tonight's game and be wearing special camoflage jerseys in warm-ups.
- The Labatt Blue Light Tailgate Tent Party kicks off at 5:00 p.m. today. Sabres alumnist Gilbert Perreault will be making a special appearance at the tent party and DJ Nick will be providing the entertainment. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.
- A variety of pre-game activities have been planned in honor of Veterans Day. Check out the full list of events 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 $10,000.
MOE'S HOT PLAYERS
The Moe's Hot Players of the Night are Jordan Leopold, Matt Ellis & Robyn Regehr.
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 coupon(page 20) for 50% off their entree 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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JETS vs. SABRES
- Second of six meetings between the Sabres and Senators this season.
- Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Ottawa, 3-2 (SO), in Ottawa on Saturday, Nov. 5.
- The teams meet next on Tuesday, Dec. 13 in Buffalo.
- The Sabres are 7-3-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Senators; 3-6-1 at home.
- This is the 108th game all-time between Buffalo and Ottawa; Buffalo leads the series with a 54-39-14 record.
- Buffalo is 29-19-4 at home all-time against the Senators.
Thomas Vanek has scored the first goal of a game a league-leading four times… Vanek is tied with Ottawa’s Milan Michalek for the league lead with three multi-goal games… Jason Pominville has 28 points (10+18) in his last 23 regular season games, dating back to Mar. 25, 2011 vs. FLA… Paul Gaustad ranks sixth in the league with a faceoff percentage of 58.5%… Eight of Buffalo’s 14 games have been decided by one goal, including their last five; they are 4-4-0 in one-goal games… After a franchise record-tying 12 games without overtime, Buffalo’s last two games have been tied after regulation… Through 14 games, the Sabres have tied the eighth-best start in franchise history (9-5-0)… Buffalo’s current streak of three straight wins ties the season high… The Sabres are 2-0-0 vs. the Northeast Division.
- Vanek: 5 PPG (T-1st), 10 G (T-2nd), 3 GWG (T-2nd), 18 P (T-4th), 53 S (9th)
- Pominville: 18 P (T-4th)
- Gerbe: plus-8 (T-10th)
- Adam: 7 A (T-1st, rookies), 11 P (3rd, rookies), 4 G (T-5th, rookies)
- Gragnani: 5 A (T-4th, rookies)
Buffalo went 5-1-0 against the Senators last season, their best season series record against Ottawa since the lockout. From 2005-06 to 2009-10, the Sabres were just 10-21-3 against the Senators during the regular season.
Entering play Thursday, Buffalo’s penalty kill ranked second in the league at 92.0% (46-for-50), trailing only Pittsburgh (93.2%). 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%.
Derek Roy, an Ottawa native, is the second-leading scorer against the Senators among active Sabres with 32 points (13+19) in 40 games played. Roy scored a goal and added the game-deciding goal in the shootout to lead Buffalo to a 3-2 victory at OTT on Saturday.
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 14 times, tying Phil Kessel/Joffrey Lupul and Daniel Sedin/Henrik Sedin for most by any NHL duo this season entering play Thursday.
Thomas Vanek has scored 39 points (19+20) in his last 31 regular season games, dating back to Mar. 5. Vanek has not gone more than two games without recording a point during that stretch, only having done so once in that time. Entering play Thursday, Vanek’s 19 goals during that period trailed only Corey Perry (24) and his 39 points trail only Perry, Daniel Sedin and Jason Spezza (40 each).
Jhonas Enroth is 4-0-0 this season with a 1.41 GAA and a .952 SV%, ranked third in the NHL in both categories entering play Thursday. He is 11-0-1 in his last 12 decisions, last losing in regulation on Nov. 24, 2010 in a 1-0 game vs. PIT in which he made 29 saves on 30 shots. Enroth is 12-3-2 in 20 career games, with a 2.45 GAA and a .918 SV%. Enroth’s start is the second best ever by a Buffalo goaltender in his first 20 career games, trailing only Don Edwards (15-5-0, 2.39 GAA).
LET’S PLAY TWO
Today’s game begins Buffalo’s fourth of a league-high 21 sets of back-to-back games this season. The Sabres are 2-1-0 in the first game and 3-0-0 in the second. The Sabres have swept two sets and split one so far. They will conclude this set in their tomorrow at Boston.
A BUSY NOVEMBER
The Sabres are 3-1-0 so far in November. The team will play 14 games this month –tying December for second-most in a month this season –including nine home games (ties February for most in a month). However, Buffalo will not have any stretches of more than two games either at home or on the road for the entire month.
Brad Boyes enters tonight’s game as the team’s leader in consecutive games played (506). 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 164 coaching changes in the NHL. After Tony LaRussa announced his retirement on Oct. 31, 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 535 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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