FAN GUIDE: FLYERS VS. SABRES
Buffalo looks to even the season series tonight when they take on Philadelphia at 7:30 p.m.
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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 second meeting of the year between the Sabres & Flyers.
- Philadelopha took the prior meeting at the First Niagara Center, beating Buffalo 3-2 on November 2.
- The Sabres will be wearing their blue 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. Last games 50/50 prize was worth over $10,000. Tickets can be purchased up to the fifteen minute mark of the second period.
MOE'S HOT PLAYERS
The Moe's Hot Players of the Night are Tyler Ennis, 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. If the Sabres score three or more goals this evening, the Subway promotion will be valid until Friday, November 25.
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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FLYERS vs. SABRES
- This is the second of four meetings between the Sabres and Flyers this season.
- Last meeting: Philadelphia defeated Buffalo, 3-2, in Buffalo on Nov. 2.
- The Sabres are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Flyers; 4-5-1 at home.
- This is the 155th game all-time between Buffalo and Philadelphia; Buffalo trails the series with a 61-72-22 record. Buffalo is 38-29-9 at home against the Flyers all-time.
- The two teams will next meet on Feb. 16 in Philadelphia.
Ryan Miller (eight games missed) made his first start after returning from a head/neck injury on Saturday at Nashville, making 32 saves in the 3-2 win. The Sabres have four players on injured reserve and another three players who sat out Saturday’s game with an injury. In all, 12 players have missed time this season. Buffalo’s total of 83 man games lost is 23 more than they had at this point last season, but their record (14-11-1) is better than last year’s (11-13-3). Due to the injuries, nine rookies have seen action for the Sabres this season (seven skaters and two goaltenders), one behind Philadelphia for the league lead. Five of these players made their NHL debut. Tonight’s game will kick off a five-game home stretch ending with a matchup with Toronto on Dec. 16 that will see the team play five games in 10 days. The home stand will be the second of two five-game stints at home, the longest such stretches for the team this season. The Sabres went 2-3-0 during the first one, which ran from Oct. 25 to Nov. 4 Jason Pominville leads all Sabres with 21 points (10+11) in 23 career games against the Flyers, including four (2+2) in his last three. Pominville also had four (1+3) points in five games against Philadelphia in last season’s playoffs.
Paul Gaustad and Jochen Hecht each sustained an upper body injury in Saturday’s 3-2 win at NSH… Thomas Vanek has scored the first goal of a game five times, tying Mike Richards and Evander Kane for the league lead… Buffalo’s penalty kill ranked fourth in the league at 86.6% before Tuesday night’s games… Buffalo is 50-27-8 (.635) in December since the lockout; the Sabres’ 50 wins are their most in any month during that time.
SABRES AMONG LEAGUE LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 12/6 games)
Vanek: 6 PPG (T-4th), 3 GWG (T-5th)
Pominville: 18 A (T-6th)
Regehr: 69 hits (T-5th, defensemen)
Adam: 18 P (3rd, rookies), 9 G (3rd, rookies), 9 A (4th, rookies)
Gragnani: 7 A (T-7th, rookies)
Ville Leino spent two seasons with Philadelphia (2009-10, 2010-11). As a Flyer, Leino played in 94 games and tallied 57 points (21+36). Danny Briere played with the Sabres for four seasons (2002-03 –2006-07). Briere was the team’s top point scorer in 2003-4 (65) and 2006-07 (95). In his four seasons in Buffalo, Briere played 225 games, amassing 230 points (92+138); Briere also played with Buffalo Assistant Coach Teppo Numminen for six seasons with the Phoenix Coyotes (1997-2003), before Briere was traded to the Sabres in 2002-03.
Tyler Ennis also returned from injured reserve Friday after missing 17 games with an ankle injury.On Saturday, in his second game back, Ennis scored his first goal of the season. The goal was the second game-winner of his career (last: Dec. 21, 2010 vs. ANA). In his career, the Sabres are now 18-2-2 when Ennis scores a goal.
QUALITY OVER QUANTITY
The Sabres scored three goals on 14 shots in Saturday’s 3-2 win at NSH. It was the first time since Dec. 19, 2007 at NYI that the Sabres won a game despite being outshot by 20 or more shots. The 14 shots were the fewest by the Sabres in a win since March 21, 1997, when they scored four on 12 shots to defeat Washington, 4-1.
Rookie defenseman Brayden McNabb played his fourth career NHL game Saturday. McNabb has gotten more ice time each game, playing for 20:19 in Saturday’s game. In those four games, McNabb has five blocked shots and 10 hits.
Nine different rookies have seen action with the Sabres this year, including seven skaters and two goaltenders. Five of these rookies have made their NHL debut this season. Buffalo’s group of nine rookies is the highest total the team has dressed in a season since they had 10 in 2006-07, when seven players made their NHL debut.
POINT PER GAME
Two Buffalo skaters have averaged more than a point per game dating back to last season: Thomas Vanek has scored 48 points (21+27) in his last 43 regular season games, dating back to Mar. 5. Jason Pominville has 37 scored points (13+24) in his last 35 regular season games, dating back to Mar. 25, 2011 vs. FLA.
Thomas Vanek (12+15) and Jason Pominville (9+18)both rank in the top 15 in league scoring. Both players have recorded a point on the same goal 22 times this season (on 31.4% of the team’s goals), more than any other pair in the NHL entering play Tuesday (leading Kessel/Lupul and Sedin/Sedin by one). At least one of the two has recorded a point on 32 of the team’s 70 goals (45.7%).
A LONG DECEMBER
The Sabres play 14 games in December, tying November for second-most in a month this season. So far, they are 1-1-0. Buffalo’s fivegame home stand from Dec. 7 to Dec. 16 ties the one that ran from Oct. 25 to Nov. 4 for the longest this season. Buffalo’s 50 wins are the most the team has had in any month since the lockout. The Sabres are 50-27-8 (.635) in December in those years.
Since Lindy Ruff was named Buffalo's head coach on July 21, 1997, there have been 167 coaching changes in the NHL. After Tony LaRussa (MLB) 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 540 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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