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FAN GUIDE: BRUINS VS. SABRES

Buffalo prepares for a rematch when they take on Boston tonight @ 7:00 p.m. at the First Niagara Center.

Wednesday, 11.23.2011 / 9:54 AM / Sabres Fan Guide
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FAN GUIDE: BRUINS VS. SABRES
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11/23/2011
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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.
  • 5:00 p.m.: Arena doors open
  • 7:00 p.m.: Game Time
INFORMATION FOR FOR TONIGHT'S GAME
  • Tonight's game night program can be DOWNLOADED HERE.
  • Tonight is the second meeting of the year between the Sabres & Bruins.
  • Boston won the first meeting on November 12 by a score of 6-2.
  • The Sabres will be wearing their blue jerseys for tonight's game.
  • The Labatt Blue Light Tailgate Tent Party kicks off at 5:00 p.m. today with Sabres defensemen Tyler Myers & Mike Weber making a special appearance. 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. The Sabres Alumni has a guaranted prize of $20,000 for tonight's game - get all those details HERE.

MOE'S HOT PLAYERS

The Moe's Hot Players of the Night areTJ Brennan, Patrick Kaleta & Jason Pominville.

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. If the Sabres score three or more goals this evening, the Subway promotion will be valid until Friday, November 25.

NEW ERA CAP TRICK

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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BRUINS vs. SABRES
  • Second of six meetings between the Sabres and Bruins this season.
  • Last meeting: Boston defeated Buffalo, 6-2, in Boston on Nov. 12.
  • The teams meet next on Wednesday, Feb. 8 in Buffalo.
  • The Sabres are 5-3-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Bruins; 7-1-2 at home.
  • This is the 259th game all-time between Buffalo and Boston; Buffalo leads the series with a 112-108-38 record
  • Buffalo is 68-41-20 all-time against the Bruins at home.
STORYLINES
Tonight, Buffalo will look to even up the season series against the Bruins after a 6-2 loss at BOS on Nov. 12. The four-goal losing margin was Buffalo’s largest since Dec. 17, 2010 (6-2 loss at FLA) and largest against BOS since Feb. 5, 2004 (6-2 loss). Buffalo and Boston enter tonight’s game tied for second place in the Northeast Division, two points behind Toronto for the division lead. However, with tiebreakers taken into account, the winner of tonight's matchup will lead the division, passing idle Toronto. The Sabres (12-8-0) have had more wins through 20 games only three times in franchise history (1974-75, 1975-76, 2006-07). Thomas Vanek has 45 points (24+21) in 41 career games against the Bruins, including seven (4+3) in his last four. Jhonas Enroth, filling in for the injured Ryan Miller, is 7-2-0 this season with a .931 save percentage and 2.06 goals against average. The rookie Enroth is ranked in the top ten in the league in both categories.

Myers
FIVE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Tyler Myers is out four to six weeks after having wrist surgery on Monday… Thomas Vanek has scored the first goal of a game a league-leading five times… Jason Pominville has 33 points (12+21) in his last 29 regular season games, dating back to Mar. 25, 2011 vs. FLA… Pominville and had combined on a goal a league-leading 19 times entering play Tuesday… Paul Gaustad ranks fourth in the league with a faceoff percentage of 58.2%.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 11/22 games)
Vanek: 3 GWG (T-3rd), 5 PPG (T-3rd), 11 G (T-4th), 24 P (T-5th)
Pominville: 23 P (T-3rd), 15 A (T-7th)
Adam: 8 A (T-2nd, rookies), 14 P (T-3rd, rookies), 6 G (T-4th, rookies)
Gragnani: 5 A (T-5th, rookies)
Enroth: .931 SV% (9th), 2.06 GAA (10th)

FAMILIAR FACES
Boyes
Brad Boyes played for the Bruins from 2005 to 2007, collecting 103 points (39+64) in 144 games as a Bruin… Boston LW Daniel Paille played for the Sabres from 2005-2010. As a Sabre, Paille tallied 77 points (35+42) through 181 games… Boston Goaltending Coach Bob Essensa played his final NHL season in Buffalo in 2001-02… Boston Assistant Coach Doug Houda played with the Sabres on two separate occasions, from 1994-95 –1995-96 and 1999-00 –2002-03. During his tenure with the team, Houda played in 68 games, tallying seven points (2+5) and 134 PIM. Houda coached Ryan Miller, Paul Gaustad, Jason Pominville, Derek Roy and Thomas Vanek as head coach of the Rochester Americans from 2004-2006.

MR. CONSISTENT
Vanek
Thomas Vanek has scored 45 points (20+25) in his last 37 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 (26) and Patrick Marleau (21) and his 45 points trailed only Daniel Sedin (47).

KILLING TIME
Buffalo’s penalty kill is ranked second in the league at 90.3% (65-for-72), trailing only 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%.

SHOOTOUT STAR
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 6-4-0 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.

THE IRON MAN
Brad Boyes enters tonight’s game as the team’s leader in consecutive games played (512). 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.

LINDY’S LONGEVITY
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.

Download your copy of the official game notes by clicking here.



TONIGHT'S TUNES

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