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FAN GUIDE: RANGERS VS. SABRES

Buffalo closes out a back-to-back series with a 7 PM match-up with the New York Rangers.

Saturday, 12.10.2011 / 9:38 AM / Sabres Fan Guide
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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 first meeting of the year between the Sabres & Rangers. The teams split last years series two games a piece.
  • The Sabres will be wearing their blue jerseys for tonight's game.
  • The Sabres Significant Others will be selling autographed ornaments in the 100 Level pavillion prior to tonight's game. Find out more by clicking here.
  • The Labatt Blue Light Tailgate Tent Party kicks off at 5:00 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 $11,000. 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 Jason Pominville, Luke Adam & Brayden McNabb.

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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RANGERS vs. SABRES
  • This is the first of four meetings between the Sabres and Rangers this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated New York, 1-0, in Buffalo on March 30.
  • The Sabres are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Rangers; 6-3-1 at home.
  • This is the 159th game all-time between Buffalo and NY Rangers; Buffalo leads the series with a 76-52-30 record. Buffalo is 46-22-12 at home against the Rangers all-time.
  • The two teams will next meet on Feb. 1 in Buffalo.
STORYLINES
  1. The Sabres have four players on IR and another two who sat out last night’s game with an injury. In all, 13 players have missed time this season. Buffalo’s total of 96 man games lost after 28 games is 32 more than they had at that point last season, but their record (15-11-2) is better than last year’s (11-13-4). Due to the injuries, nine rookies have seen action for the Sabres this season, one behind Philadelphia for the league lead. Five of
  2. these players made their NHL debut. 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. As of the end of last night’s game, the Sabres’ 36 points (15+21) from rookies this year tied EDM for the league lead.
  3. Tonight’s game is the third in 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 is 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, and are 1-0-1 so far during this one.
Hecht
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Jochen Hecht left last night’s game with a lower body injury and Corey Tropp left with an upper body injury… Buffalo’s penalty kill ranks sixth in the league at 86.3%… Buffalo is 51-27-9 (.638) in December since the lockout; the Sabres’ 51 wins are their most in any month during that time… Zack Kassian has five points (3+2) in his first seven NHL games… Paul Szczechura now has three points (0+3) in three games with the Sabres.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before after last night’s game)
Vanek: 7 PPG (T-3rd), 3 GWG (T-5th)
Buffalo Sabres: Media Notes
Pominville: 20 A (8th), 30 P (T-9th)
Gaustad: 57.8 FO% (3rd)
Regehr: 74 hits (5th, defensemen)
Adam: 9 G (3rd, rookies), 19 P (4th, rookies), 10 A (4th, rookies)
Gragnani: plus-11 (1st, rookies), 8 A (T-6th, rookies)

Biron
FAMILIAR FACES
Martin Biron, drafted by the Sabres in the first round (16th overall) of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, played parts of nine seasons in Buffalo (1995-96, 1998-99 –2006-07). Biron played in 300 games (fourth-most in team history) in Buffalo, recording a 134-115-29 record and a 2.53 GAA. Lindy Ruff and James Patrick both spent time playing with the Rangers. Ruff played in New York for three seasons (1988-1991), appearing in 83 games and totaling 15 points (3+12). Patrick, whom the Rangers selected in the first round (ninth overall) of the 1981 NHL Entry Draft, spent 11 seasons with the Rangers (1983-1994). During that time, Patrick posted seven consecutive seasons (1985- 86 –1991-92) of 40 or more points, including a career-high of 71 (14+57) in 1991-92. NYR Assistant GM Jim Schoenfeld, drafted fifth overall by Buffalo in 1972, spent parts of 11 seasons with the Sabres (1972-73 –1981- 82; 1984-85). He played in 584 games, recording 228 points (45+183) and 1,025 penalty minutes (seventh-most in team history).

POINT PER GAME
Two Buffalo skaters have averaged more than a point per game dating back to last season: Thomas Vanek has scored 49 points (22+27) in his last 45 regular season games, dating back to Mar. 5. Jason Pominville has 40 scored points (14+26) in his last 37 regular season games, dating back to Mar. 25, 2011 vs. FLA.

Vanek
DYNAMIC DUO
Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville have recorded a point on the same goal 23 times this season (on 30.2% of the team’s goals–highest percentage by a duo in the league), second only to Daniel and Henrik Sedin (24). At least one of the two has recorded a point on 35 of the team’s 76 goals (46.1%).

LET’S PLAY TWO
Today’s game wraps up Buffalo’s eighth of a league-high 21 sets of back-to-back games this season after their 2-1 overtime win last night vs. FLA. The Sabres are 5-3-0 in the first game and 5-2-0 in the second. The Sabres have swept two sets and split five.

A LONG DECEMBER
The Sabres play 14 games in December, tying November for second-most in a month this season. So far, they are 2-1-1. 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 51 wins are the most the team has had in any month since the lockout. The Sabres are 51-27-9 (.638) in December in those years.

LINDY’S LONGEVITY
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. Ruff has 541 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.

BUF-NYR CONNECTIONS

Brad Boyes
-Played with Jeff Woywitka on the 2008-09 St. Louis Blues.

Matt Ellis
-Played with Brian Boyle in Los Angeles during the 2007-08 season.

Nathan Gerbe
-Played with Brian Boyle for two seasons at Boston College (2005-06, 2006-07).

Jordan Leopold
-Played with Wojtek Wolski in Colorado from 2006-2009.
-Played with Brandon Prust on the Calgary Flames in 2008-09.
-Played with Mike Rupp and Ruslan Fedotenko on the 2009-10 Pittsburgh Penguins.

Cody McCormick
-Played with Wojtek Wolski in Colorado from 2005-2009.

Robyn Regehr
-Played with Brad Richards on the 2006 Canadian Olympic Team in Torino.
-Played with Brandon Prust on the Calgary Flames from 2006-2009.

Andrej Sekera
-Played with Marian Gaborik for Team Slovakia at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

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TONIGHT'S TUNES

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