FAN GUIDE: OILERS VS. SABRES
Buffalo kicks off 2012 with a 7:00 PM match-up with the Edmonton Oilers.
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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 first meeting of the year between the Sabres and the Oilers.
- The Sabres will be wearing their blue third jerseys for tonight's game.
- The Labatt Blue Light Tailgate Tent Party kicks off at 5:00 p.m. today and will be part of Tux & Pucks. 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.
MOE'S HOT PLAYERS
The Moe's Hot Players of the Night Paul Gaustad, Jordan Leopold & Thomas Vanek.
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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OILERS vs. SABRES
- This is the first and only meeting between the Sabres and Oilers this season.
- Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Edmonton, 4-2, in Edmonton on Dec. 28, 2010.
- The Sabres are 5-4-1in their last 10 games vs. the Oilers; 3-4-3 at home.
- This is the 65th game all-time between Buffalo and Edmonton; Buffalo trails the series with a 20-34-10 record. Buffalo is 12-13-7 at home against the Oilers all-time.
- The Sabres have won their last five games against the Oilers, outscoring them 22-7 during that span. Ryan Miller started all five of those games and is a perfect 5-0-0 against the Oilers in his career with a 1.40 GAA. Edmonton’s last win against the Sabres came on Oct. 16, 2003. The Oilers haven’t won in Buffalo since March 4, 2002.
- The Sabres have points in their last four games at home, their longest such streak of the season.
- January has been Buffalo’s best month by a wide margin over the last three seasons, with the Sabres going 25-10-4 (.692). Since the lockout, Buffalo has a 41-26-10 record in January (.597).
- Brad Boyes leads all Sabres with 19 points (9+10) in 19 games against the Oilers. Former Oiler Jochen Hecht has six points (3+3) in his last four games against Edmonton, including a goal in each of his last three.
After finishing the year 2010 in 12th place and 10 points out of playoff position, the Sabres rallied to a 28-11-6 finish from January 2011 fonward to make the playoffs last year… The Sabres are 12-2-3 when Derek Roy records a point… Buffalo is 7-2-2 against Canadian teams this season (4-0-2 at home)… When these teams met last year, Mike Weber had a career day with three points (2+1)… Buffalo is 5-3-0 against Western Conference opponents (3-2-0 at home) in 2011-12.
SABRES AMONG LEAGUE LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 1/2 games)
Vanek: 8 PPG (T-3rd), 18 G (T-8th), 39 P (T-9th), 4 GWG (T-10th)
Pominville: 27 A (T-6th), 39 P (T-9th)
Gaustad: 57.4 FO% (5th)
Regehr: 96 hits (T-6th, defensemen)
Adam: 10 G (T-3rd, rookies), 20 P (T-5th, rookies), 10 A (T-8th, rookies)
Gragnani: plus-10 (T-2nd, rookies)
With 222 goals in 507 games with the Sabres, Thomas Vanek is tied with Rene Robert for eighth-most goals in franchise history. Vanek’s goals per gametotal ranks sixth-best in franchise history among players with at least 100 goals. He trails only Pat LaFontaine, Rick Martin, Alexander Mogilny, Danny Gare and Alexander Mogilny in that category.
Sabres captain Jason Pominville has recorded a point in 28 of Buffalo’s 38 games this season, only having gone two straight contests without a point one time. In December, Pominville had 13 points (3+10) in 14 games. The Sabres are 9-2-0 this season when Pominville scores.
After going 17-for-24 on the draw on Saturday vs. OTT, Paul Gaustad ranks fifth in the NHL with a faceoff percentage of 57.4%. Gaustad’s cumulative win percentage of 58.4% since the beginning of the 2009-10 season ranks third in the league (trailing only Manny Malhotra and David Steckel) 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 60 points (27+33) in his last 55 regular season games, dating back to Mar. 5. Jason Pominville has scored 49 points (16+33) in his last 47 regular season games, dating back to Mar. 25, 2011 vs. FLA.
Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville have recorded a point on the same goal 29 times this season, trailing only Daniel and Henrik Sedin (34) for most by any duo in the league entering play Monday. At least one of the two has recorded a point on 48 of the team’s 97 goals (49.5%).
Buffalo currently has four players on injured reserve and another three who sat out Saturday night’s game. In all, 18 Sabres have missed at least one game with injury entering tonight's game. Buffalo’s total of 170 man games lost after 38 games is 82 more than they had at that point last season, but their record (17-17-4) is better than it was at this point last season, when they were nine points out of playoff position with a 16-18-4 record.
BUSY IN JANUARY
The Sabres play 12 games in January (3 home, 9 away). Their only break longer than two days is the All-Star break, when they have six days between games (Jan. 24 and 31). Eight of the 12 January games are against Eastern Conference opponents. After the team’s Jan. 13 home game vs. TOR, they will be on the road for a season-high seven straight games.
Buffalo has dressed nine rookies this season, the highest total dressed by the team in a single season since 2006-07, when the team dressed 10. Buffalo dressed a franchise-record 12 rookies in the 1995-96 season. The Sabres’ 30 skaters and 33 total players dressed this season are the highest totals for the Sabres since they dressed exactly that many in the 2006-07 season.
Since Lindy Ruff was named Buffalo's head coach on July 21, 1997, there have been 169 coaching changes in the NHL. Ruff is 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 543 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.
SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Regehr (96), Gaustad (68), Kaleta (52)
Blocked Shots: Regehr (60), Sekera (50), Ehrhoff (48)
Shots: Vanek (112), Pominville (107), Stafford (95)
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