FAN GUIDE: BRUINS VS. SABRES
Buffalo returns home to take on the Boston Bruins at 7:30 PM on NBC SP.
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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 third meeting of the year between the Sabres and the Bruins. The Bruins are currently leading the series 2-0 winning 6-2 and 4-3 in the first two meetings.
- 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. Special guest Jochen Hecht will be in the tent signing autographs.
- 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 Tyler Ennis, Drew Stafford & 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.
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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BRUINS vs. SABRES
- Third of six meetings between the Sabres and Bruins this season.
- Last meeting: Boston defeated Buffalo, 4-3 (SO), in Buffalo on Nov. 23.
- The teams meet next on Friday, Feb. 24 in Buffalo.
- The Sabres are 5-3-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Bruins; 4-4-2 at home.
- This is the 260th game all-time between Buffalo and Boston; Buffalo leads the series with a 112-108-39 record; Buffalo is 68-41-21 all time against the Bruins at home.
- Buffalo enters tonight’s game on a four-game point streak (3-0-1), their longest since winning four straight from Nov. 4 to Nov. 11 before suffering a 6-2 loss to the Bruins on Nov. 12. Points tonight would give the Sabres their first five-game unbeaten streak since they finished last season on a 5-0-1 run.
- The Sabres have points in their last eight home games (4-0-4), with their last regulation loss at home coming on Dec. 10. It is the team’s longest such streak since 2009-10, when they went 9-0-3 in 12 home games from Dec. 9 to Jan. 29.
- With a win on Saturday at NYI, Ryan Miller broke Dominik Hasek’s franchise record of 234 wins with the Sabres. Miller’s 235th career victory marked the first time Hasek has not 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.
Buffalo has faced Boston more than any other team in franchise history, with 259 games played between the two clubs… The Sabres are 10-5-3 (.638) with Tyler Ennis in the lineup… Buffalo is 18-2-2 when allowing two or fewer goals and 17-4-2 when scoring three or more… Sixteen of the Sabres’ last 19 games have been decided by two goals or less.
CLOSE AT HOME
The Sabres have seen nine of their last 11 home games decided by one goal, including each of the last five. Of Buffalo’s 26 home games this season, 17 have been decided by just one goal. The Sabres are 6-5-6 in these games.
FINISHING STRONG AFTER THE BREAK
Buffalo is 528-395-181 (.560) all-time in games after the All-Star break. This includes a record of 77-42-19 (.627) in those games since the lockout. These totals do not include games after breaks for the Olympic Games.
Brad Boyes is 4-for-6 on shootout attempts this season, with two game-deciding goal. With his shootout-winner on Saturday at NYI, Boyes tied Phoenix’s Radim Vrbata for third-most career shootout goals by an active player. Both players are 28-for-58 (48.3%) in the shootout with 10 game-deciding goals. Only Carolina’s Jussi Jokinen (30) and Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk (29) have more goals entering play Tuesday.
DEFENSE MAKES A DIFFERENCE
Buffalo’s seven defensemen that began the season with the team have suffered a total of 57 man games lost this season, with each of the seven except Marc-Andre Gragnani missing time with an injury. Of the team’s 52 games, only 22 have featured a defense corps that included six of these top seven defensemen. The Sabres are 14-8-1 in these games, allowing 2.37 goals per game. In the other 29, they are 8-16-5, allowing 3.41 goals per game.
MAN GAMES LOST
Through 52 games, the Sabres’ 240 man games lost put the team on pace for 378 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).
Buffalo currently has three players on injured reserve and another one who missed Saturday’s game vs. NYI. In all, 22 different Sabres have missed at least one game with injury entering tonight's game. Buffalo’s total of 240 man games lost after 52 games is 119 more than they had at that point last season, when they finished the year with 229. Buffalo has only had two players (Jason Pominville and Jhonas Enroth) dress for every game this season.
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 548 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.
- Brad Boyes played for the Bruins from 2005 to 2007, collecting 103 points (39+64) in 144 games as a Bruin.
- Boston LW Daniel Paille played for the Sabres from 2005-2010. As a Sabre, Paille tallied 77 points (35+42) through 181 games.
- Boston Goaltending Coach Bob Essensa played his final NHL season in Buffalo in 2001-02.
- Boston Assistant Coach Doug Houda played with the Sabres on two separate occasions, from 1994-95 –1995-96 and 1999-00–2002-03. During his tenure with the team, Houda played in 68 games, tallying seven points (2+5) and 134 PIM. Houda also coached Ryan Miller, Paul Gaustad, Jason Pominville, Derek Roy and Thomas Vanek as head coach of the Rochester Americans from 2004-2006.
- BUF G Jhonas Enroth, BUF D Mike Weber and BOS C Milan Lucic were all selected in the second round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Enroth was the 46th overall pick, Lucic was picked 50th overall and Weber was the 57th overall selection.
- Ville Leino and BOS G Tuukka Rask were both born in Savonlinna, Finland.
- Boston’s Dennis Seidenberg was traded from Phoenix to Carolina in exchange for Buffalo Assistant Coach Kevyn Adams in 2006-07… Adams and BOS C Shawn Thornton were teammates on the St. John’s Maple Leafs (AHL) for three seasons (1997-98 –1999-2000).
- BOS owner Jeremy Jacobs was born in Buffalo and graduated from the University at Buffalo. He was a 2006 inductee into the Western New York Sports Hall of Fame.
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