FAN GUIDE: DEVILS VS. SABRES
Buffalo returns to the First Niagara Center for a 7:30 p.m. match-up with the New Jersey Devils.
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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 meeting of the year between the Sabres and Devils.
- Buffalo took the series last year, winning three games out of four.
- The Sabres will be wearing their third jerseys for tonight's game.
- The Labatt Blue Light Tailgate Tent Party kicks off at 5:30 p.m. today. 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 $10,000.
MOE'S HOT PLAYERS
The Moe's Hot Players of the Night are Mike Weber, Paul Gaustad & 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 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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DEVILS vs. SABRES
- First of four meetings between the Sabres and Devils this season.
- Last meeting: Buffalo defeated New Jersey, 2-0, in Buffalo on March 26, 2011.
- The teams meet next on Wednesday, Dec. 28 in New Jersey.
- The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Devils; 4-4-2 at home.
- This is the 133rd game all-time between Buffalo and New Jersey; Buffalo leads the series with a 68-42-22 record.
- Buffalo is 36-20-10 all-time against New Jersey at home.
Ryan Miller left Saturday’s game at BOS with concussion symptoms… Jhonas Enroth (6-0-0) is the only undefeated goaltender in the league with more than three decisions …Thomas Vanek has scored the first goal of a game a league-leading five times…Vanek is tied with Ottawa’s Milan Michalek for the league lead with three multi-goal games… Jason Pominville has 31 points (11+20) in his last 26 regular season games, dating back to Mar. 25, 2011 vs. FLA…Vanek and Pominville have combined on a goal a league-leading 17 times… Paul Gaustad ranks fifth in the league with a faceoff percentage of 58.1%… Nine of Buffalo’s 17 games have been decided by one goal; the Sabres are 5-4-0 in one-goal games… Buffalo won three games against the Devils last season for only the second time in franchise history.
HOW THEY STACK UP (Sabres’ league rankings before 11/16 games)
- Vanek: 5 PPG (T-2nd), 22 P (T-2nd), 11 G (T-3rd), 3 GWG (T-3rd)
- Pominville: 21 P (T-5th), 14 A (T-5th)
- Adam: 8 A (1st, rookies), 13 P (3rd, rookies), 5 G (T-3rd, rookies)
- Gragnani: 5 A (T-4th, rookies)
- Enroth: 1.76 GAA (4th), .942 SV% (4th)
On this date in 2010, Buffalo (6-9-3, .417 points percentage) and New Jersey (5-10-2, .353) both ranked in the bottom five of the Eastern Conference. Today, Buffalo is 11-6-0 (.647) and New Jersey is 8-7-1 (.531).
Jhonas Enroth is 6-0-0 this season with a 1.76 GAA and a .942 SV%, ranked fourth in the NHL in both categories. He is 13-0-1 in his last 14 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 15-3-2 in 23 career games, with a 2.46 GAA and a .918 SV%, including a 5-0 record in the shootout.
Buffalo’s penalty kill ranks third in the league at 90.5% (57-for-63), trailing only Pittsburgh (94.2%) and New Jersey (93.2%). The Sabres ended 2010-11 by going 48-for-52 (92.3%) in their last 17 games, finishing 13th in the league at 83.0%.
Thomas Vanek has scored 43 points (20+23) in his last 34 regular season games, dating back to Mar. 5. During that stretch, Vanek has gone two games without recording a point only one time. Entering play Tuesday, Vanek’s 20 goals during that period trailed only Corey Perry (25) and his 43 points trailed only Daniel Sedin (44).
Brad Boyes is 2-for-2 on shootout attempts this season, with one game-deciding goal. With his shootout-winner Monday, Nov. 14 at MTL, Boyes tied Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk for second-most career shootout goals by an active player. Both players are 26-for-54 (48.1%) in the shootout with nine game-deciding goals. Only Carolina’s Jussi Jokinen (28-for-61, 45.9%) has more goals.
A BUSY NOVEMBER
The Sabres are 5-2-0 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 (509). 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.
THE ARBOUR CLUB
Lindy Ruff has 537 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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