FAN GUIDE: COYOTES VS. SABRES
Buffalo caps off a back-to-back series with a 7:00 p.m. match-up with Phoenix.
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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 Coyotes.
- Buffalo took their lone meeting last year 2-1.
- The Sabres will be wearing their blue home jerseys for tonight's game.
- The Labatt Blue Light Tailgate Tent Party kicks off at 5:30 p.m. today with Sabres alumnist Jerry Korab making an appearance. The first 150 fans entering the tent will receive a Labatt Blue Light/Sabres ball cap. 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 Brad Boyes, Luke Adam & 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 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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COYOTES vs. SABRES
- First and only meeting between the Sabres and Coyotes this season.
- These two teams met once last year; Buffalo won, 2-1 (OT), at Phoenix on Jan. 8, 2011.
- This is the 68th game all-time between Buffalo and Phoenix; Buffalo leads the series with a 39-20-8 record.
- They are 22-6-6 at home against the Coyotes.
- The Sabres are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Coyotes; 2-4-4 at home.
The Sabres have won their last five games against the Coyotes, with Phoenix’s last win coming on Jan. 21, 2008. The Coyotes’ last win in Buffalo came on Jan. 12, 2006, in a 2-1 shootout victory… Brad Boyes has points in his last four games (3+1) against the Coyotes… Jhonas Enroth picked up his second career shutout; both came in 1-0 wins… 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 33 points (12+21) in his last 28 regular season games, dating back to Mar. 25, 2011 vs. FLA… At six games, Pominville (3+5) and Vanek (3+5) tie for the longest active point streak in the NHL; they have combined on a goal a league-leading 19 times… Paul Gaustad ranks sixth in the league with a faceoff percentage of 58.3%.
HOW THEY STACK UP (Sabres’ league rankings before 11/19 games)
- Vanek: 24 P (2nd), 3 GWG (T-3rd), 5 PPG (T-3rd), 11 G (T-4th)
- Pominville: 23 P (T-3rd), 15 A (T-4th)
- Adam: 8 A (1st, rookies), 13 P (3rd, rookies), 5 G (T-4th, rookies)
- Gragnani: 5 A (T-5th, rookies)
- Enroth: 1.95 GAA (5th), .935 SV% (5th)
Christian Ehrhoff leads all Sabres with 15 career points in 36 games against PHX (5+10)… Ehrhoff ties Brad Boyes for the team lead with five goals against the Coyotes… Ryan Miller is the only current Buffalo goaltender to have faced the Coyotes; he is 4-0-0 alltime against PHX with a 0.99 GAA.
BESTING THE WEST
Buffalo is 4-0-0 against the Western Conference this season, including a 2-0-0 record against the Pacific Division. The Sabres are the only Eastern Conference team yet to lose to a Western Conference opponent. The Sabres are 6-0-2 in their last eight games against the West, dating back to last season. Buffalo was 10-5-3 against the West last season.
COYOTES ALUMNI BEHIND THE BUFFALO BENCH
Assistant Coach Teppo Numminen played for the Winnipeg/Phoenix franchise for 15 seasons, moving with the team from WPG to PHX before the 1996-97 season. He had a then-franchise record 1,098 games played for the club and still holds the record for points by a Coyotes defenseman, with 534. Phoenix retired his jersey (#27) on January 30, 2010… Assistant Coach Kevyn Adams also played for the Coyotes during the 2006-07 season.
Coyotes LW Taylor Pyatt played for Buffalo from 2001-02 through 2005-06, appearing in 230 games and notching 80 points (38+42) with the Sabres. LW Raffi Torres played for Buffalo from 2009-10. He compiled five assists through 14 games.
BUF-PHX PLAYER CONNECTIONS
- Played with Raffi Torres on the Vancouver Canucks in 2010-11.
- Played with Patrick O’Sullivan and Jason LaBarbera for the 2007-08 LA Kings.
- Played with Daymond Langkow (2008-09) and Adrian Aucoin (2005-06, 2008-09) in Calgary.
- Played with Derek Morris on the 2003-04 Colorado Avalanche squad.
- Played with Shane Doan on the Canadian Olympic Team in Torino (2006).
- Played with Derek Morris (1999-2002), Daymond Langkow (2005-2011) and Adrian Aucoin (2007-09) with the Calgary Flames.
- Played with Boyd Gordon on the 2002-03 Canadian World Jr. Silver Medal team.
Jhonas Enroth is 7-1-0 this season with a 1.95 GAA and a .935 SV%, ranked fifth in the NHL in both categories. He is 14-1-1 in his last 16 decisions. Enroth is 16-4-2 in 25 career games, with a 2.48 GAA and a .917 SV%, including a 5-0 record in the shootout.
ONE IS ENOUGH
The Sabres won the 23rd 1-0 game in franchise history last night at CAR. The Sabres are 23-15 all-time in 1-0 regular season games. Last season, Buffalo went 2-3-0 in 1-0 games during the regular season, and then won two more in their first round playoff series against Philadelphia.
LET’S PLAY TWO
Today’s game wraps up Buffalo’s fifth of a league-high 21 sets of back-to-back games this season after last night’s 1-0 win at CAR. The Sabres are 4-1-0 in the first game and 3-1-0 in the second. The Sabres have swept two sets and split two sets.
Thomas Vanek has scored 45 points (20+25) in his last 36 regular season games, dating back to Mar. 5. During that stretch, Vanek has gone two games without recording a point only one time. Vanek’s 20 goals during that period trail only Corey Perry (25) and his 45 points trail only Daniel Sedin (46).
Buffalo’s penalty kill is ranked third in the league at 90.0% (63-for-70), trailing only New Jersey (92.1%) and New Jersey (91.4%). 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%.
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 6-3-0 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 (511). 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 538 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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