FAN GUIDE: SENATORS VS. SABRES
Buffalo continues their home-stand tonight when they take on Ottawa at 7:00 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
- 5:00 p.m.: Labatt Blue Light Tailgate Tent Party opens.
- 5:00 p.m.: Arena doors open
- 7:00 p.m.: Game Time
- Tonight's game night program can be DOWNLOADED HERE.
- Tonight is the third meeting of the year between the Sabres & Senators. Buffalo has won both of the previous games 5-1 and 3-2.
- 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. 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 Thomas Vanek, Jordan Leopold & Tyler Ennis.
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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SENATORS vs. SABRES
- This is the third of six meetings between the Sabres and Senators this season.
- Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Ottawa, 5-1, in Buffalo on Nov. 11.
- The Sabres are 8-2-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Senators; 4-5-1 at home.
- This is the 109th game all-time between Buffalo and Ottawa; Buffalo leads the series with a 55-39-14 record. Buffalo is 30-19-4 at home against the Senators all-time.
- The two teams will next meet on Dec. 20 in Ottawa.
- The Sabres are 8-1-0 in their last nine games against the Senators, including a 2-0-0 record against them so far this season and a 5-1-0 record in 2010-11.
- Buffalo has five players on IR and another three who sat out Saturday’s game with an injury. In all, 14 Sabres have missed at least one game with injury this season entering tonight's game. Buffalo’s total of 104 man games lost after 29 games is 35 more than they had at that point last season, but their record (15-12-2) is better than last year’s (12-13-4).
- Due to the injuries, nine rookies have seen action for the Sabres this season, one behind Philadelphia for the league lead. Five of 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. The Sabres’ 36 points (15+21) from rookies tie Ottawa for secondmost in the league behind Edmonton (38).
- Tonight’s game is the fourth 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 1-1-1 so far during this one.
Buffalo’s point leader, Jason Pominville, has recorded 22 of his 31 points at home…The Sabres are 10-1-2 when Derek Roy records a point… Buffalo is 51-28-9 (.631) 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 eight NHL games… In his career, the Sabres are 29-8-4 when Tyler Ennis records a point… Buffalo is 4-1-1 against the Northeast Division this year.
SABRES AMONG LEAGUE LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 12/12 game)
Vanek: 7 PPG (T-3rd), 3 GWG (T-6th), 14 G (T-10th)
Pominville: 3 GWG (T-6th), 21 A (T-7th), 31 P (T-8th)
Gaustad: 57.8 FO% (2nd)
Regehr: 78 hits (5th, defensemen)
Adam: 9 G (3rd, rookies), 19 P (T-4th, rookies), 10 A (4th, rookies)
Gragnani: plus-11 (1st, rookies), 8 A (T-6th, rookies)
SABRES REBOUNDING AGAINST SENS
Entering tonight’s game, the Sabres have won six straight games against the Senators. Buffalo went 5-1-0 against Ottawa last season, their best season series record against the Sens since the lockout. In two matchups this year, Buffalo is 2-0-0. From 2005-06 to 2009-10, the Sabres were just 10-21-3 against the Senators during the regular season.
Derek Roy, an Ottawa native, is the Sabres’ leading scorer against the Senators with 35 points (14+21) in 41 games played. Roy has tallied four points (2+2) in two games against the Sens this year, and added the game-deciding goal in the shootout when the teams met on Nov. 5.
Sabres captain Jason Pominville leads the Sabres with 31 points (10+21) and is on a three-game point streak (1+3). Pominville has recorded a point in 22 of Buffalo’s 29 games this season, only having gone two straight contests without a point one time. His four 3+ point games tie for third-most in the league. In December, Pominville has five points (1+4) in five games.
Christian Ehrhoff leads the Sabres with an average TOI of 24:30 this season. He has led all skaters on either team in ice time in six of the last nine games, averaging 27:20 during that stretch.
POINT PER GAME
Two Buffalo skaters have averaged more than a point per game dating back to last season: Thomas Vanek has scored 50 points (23+27) in his last 46 regular season games, dating back to Mar. 5. Jason Pominville has 41 scored points (14+27) in his last 38 regular season games, dating back to Mar. 25, 2011 vs. FLA.
Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville have recorded a point on the same goal 24 times this season (on 31.2% of the team’s goals–highest percentage by a duo in the league), second only to Daniel and Henrik Sedin (25). At least one of the two has recorded a point on 36 of the team’s 77 goals (46.8%).
A LONG DECEMBER
The Sabres play 14 games in December, tying November for second-most in a month this season. So far, they are 2-2-1. 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 51-28-9 (.631) 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. 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.
Ottawa LW Nick Foligno is the son of former Sabre Mike Foligno (1981-1991) and current Rochester American Marcus Foligno.
Ottawa head coach Paul MacLean was an assistant coach for the Detroit Red Wings when Sabres LW Matt Ellis (2006-2008) and
Sabres C Ville Leino (2008-2010) played for the team. MacLean also coached Sabres Assistant Coach Teppo Numminen when he was an assistant for the 1996-97 Phoenix Coyotes.
-Played with Milan Michalek on the San Jose Sharks in 2003-2004.
-Played with Milan Michalek on the San Jose Sharks from 2003-2009.
-Played with Sergei Gonchar on the 2009-10 Pittsburgh Penguins.
-Played with Jason Spezza on Team Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino.
-Played with Brian Lee at the University of North Dakota for one season (2005-06). The Fighting Sioux advanced to the Frozen Four but eventually lost a 5-6 decision to Nathan Gerbe and the Eagles of Boston College.
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