FAN GUIDE: STARS VS. SABRES
Buffalo looks to stay red hot tonight when they take on Dallas at 7:30 PM.
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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 first meeting of the year between the Sabres and Stars. Last year, Dallas shutout Buffalo 4-0 in Dallas.
- The Sabres will be wearing their blue third 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. Sabres alumnist Dave Andreychuk will be in the tent prior to night's game.
- 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 Jason Pominville, Derek Roy & 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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STARS vs. SABRES
- First and only meeting between the Sabres and Stars this season.
- Last meeting: Dallas defeated Buffalo, 4-0, in Dallas on Oct. 30.
- The Sabres are 6-4-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Bruins; 7-2-1 at home.
- This is the 112th game all-time between Buffalo and Dallas; Buffalo leads the series with a 53-41-17 record
- Buffalo is 30-13-11 all-time against the Stars at home.
- The Sabres have gone 5-0-1 (one tie) in their last six home games against the Stars. Dallas has not won a regular season game in Buffalo since Oct. 7, 1997, when they won 4-2.
- Buffalo enters tonight’s game on a five-game point streak (4-0-1), their longest since they finished last season on a 5-0-1 run. The Sabres are also seeking their first three-game win streak since winning four straight from Nov. 4 to Nov. 11.
- Ryan Miller enters tonight’s game on the best five-game stretch of his career. Miller is 4-0-1 in those games with two shutouts and career-best numbers (0.95 GAA and .969 SV%) for a five-game span.
- The Sabres have points in their last nine home games (5-0-4), 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.
Ryan Miller is 3-0-0 in his career against Dallas with a 2.59 GAA… The Sabres are 11-5-3 (.658) with Tyler Ennis in the lineup… Buffalo is 19-2-2 when allowing two or fewer goals and 18-4-2 when scoring three or more… Sixteen of the Sabres’ last 20 games have been decided by two goals or less.
Buffalo has played five games this season against opponents who had played the night before while the Sabres had the night off. They are 4-1-0 in those games and 30-12-3 (.700) in these games since the lockout. Dallas was in Columbus last night for a matchup with the Blue Jackets.
CLOSE AT HOME
The Sabres have seen nine of their last 12 home games decided by one goal. Of Buffalo’s 27 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 529-395-181 (.561) all-time in games after the All-Star break. This includes a record of 78-42-19 (.629) in those games since the lockout. These totals do not include games after breaks for the Olympic Games.
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 53 games, only 24 have featured a defense corps that included six of these top seven defensemen. The Sabres are 15-8-1 in these games, allowing 2.29 goals per game. In the other 29, they are 8-16-5, allowing 3.41 goals per game.
With his win on Saturday, Feb. 4 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 had 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.
LET'S PLAY TWO
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s 15th of a league-high 21 sets of back-to-back games this season. The Sabres are 9-6-0 in the first game and 5-6-3 in the second. The Sabres have swept two sets, gotten three points in one, split eight, gotten one point in two and been swept once. They continue this set tomorrow night vs. TBL.
Brad Boyes is 4-for-6 on shootout attempts this season, with two game-deciding goals. Entering play Thursday, Boyes was tied with 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) had more goals entering Thursday’s games.
MAN GAMES LOST
Through 53 games, the Sabres’ 244 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 Wednesday’s game vs. BOS. In all, 22 different Sabres have missed at least one game with injury entering tonight's game. Buffalo’s total of 244 man games lost after 53 games is 120 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 549 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. Download your copy of the official game notes by clicking here.
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