FAN GUIDE: RANGERS VS. SABRES
Buffalo returns to the First Niagara Center to play their first home game in three weeks.
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SCHEDULE FOR TODAY
- 10:30 a.m.: Sabres meeting at First Niagara Center
- 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 and the Rangers. The Rangers won the first meeting of the year in Buffalo 4-1 on December 10.
- 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. 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 Luke Adam, Jason Pominville & Tyler Myers.
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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RANGERS vs. SABRES
- This is the second of four meetings between the Sabres and Rangers this season.
- Last meeting: New York defeated Buffalo, 4-1, in Buffalo on Dec. 10.
- The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Rangers; 5-4-1 at home.
- This is the 160th game all-time between Buffalo and NY Rangers; Buffalo leads the series with a 76-53-30 record. Buffalo is 46-23-12 at home against the Rangers all-time.
- The two teams will next meet on Feb. 25 in New York.
- The Sabres have points in their last seven home games (4-0-3). The team last had points in seven straight when they ended last season by going 6-0-1 in their last seven at First Niagara Center. The last time Buffalo had points in more than seven consecutive home games came in 2009-10, when they went 9-0-3 in 12 games from Dec. 9 to Jan. 29.
- Buffalo is seeking its first three-game win streak since since winning four straight from Nov. 4 to Nov. 11.
- Ryan Miller tied Dominik Hasek’s franchise win record in last night’s win at Montreal.
- With Thomas Vanek expected to be sidelined tonight with an upper body injury sustained in last night’s win, Jason Pominville will be Buffalo’s only skater to have dressed for every game this season.
After stopping 27 of 28 shots in last night’s 3-1 victory at MTL, Ryan Miller has tied Dominik Hasek’s franchise record of 234 wins. Tonight, Miller has a chance to supplant Hasek for the record. Hasek has held the record since he surpassed Don Edwards (156 wins) on Nov. 3, 1998 in a 4-2 win vs. Boston. Edwards had previously held the record since March 11, 1979, when he passed Roger Crozier (74 wins) in a 9-4 victory over the Atlanta Flames.
GOOSE GOT LOOSE
Paul Gaustad returned to the lineup last night after missing three games with an upper body injury. Gaustad made the most of his return, scoring his second game-winning goal of the season and assisting on Buffalo’s other two goals in his third career three-point performance, tying a career high (last: Dec. 9, 2010 vs. SJS).
CLOSE AT HOME
The Sabres have seen seven eight of their last 10 home games decided by one goal, including each of the last four. Of Buffalo’s 25 home games this season, 16 have been decided by just one goal. The Sabres are 6-5-5 in these games.
FINISHING STRONG AFTER THE BREAK
Buffalo is 527-395-180 (.560) all-time in games after the All-Star break. This includes a record of 76-42-18 (.625) in those games since the lockout. These totals do not include games after breaks for the Olympic Games.
DEFENSE MAKES A DIFFERENCE
LET'S PLAY TWO
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s 14th of a league-high 21 sets of back-to-back games this season after last night’s 3-1 win at MTL. The Sabres are 8-6-0 in the first game and 5-6-2 in the second. The Sabres have swept two sets, split eight, gotten one point in two and been swept once.
MAN GAMES LOST
Through 50 games, the Sabres’ 230 man games lost put the team on pace for 377 this season. The highest total since the team began tracking man games lost in the 1998-99 season was 269 (2003-04). The Sabres have averaged 191 man games lost per season during that time, when the league average has been 241. Buffalo’s total has only been above the league average twice in those years (2005-06 and 2006-07).
The Sabres play nine of their 13 games in February at home, tying November’s total for most this season. The team has two breaks of three days each during the month, and will play three back-to-back sets. Eleven of Buffalo’s 13 February games are against Eastern Conference opponents.
Since Lindy Ruff was named Buffalo's head coach on July 21, 1997, there have been 170 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 547wins 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.
- 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.
- Buffalo coaches 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).
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