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SABRES/LIGHTNING DRAWS HIGHEST RATINGS OF THE SEASON

Monday, 02.13.2012 / 3:49 PM / News
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The Buffalo Sabres’ game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Feb. 11 drew the highest local television rating so far this season for a Sabres telecast. The Eastern Conference matchup, which was broadcast on MSG and simulcast on WGRZ-TV in Buffalo and WHEC-TV in Rochester, posted a 12.6 rating and a 21 share regionally.

“Since January 1st, fans have been caught in the middle of the ongoing dispute between Time Warner Cable and MSG, but Sabres fans still find ways to follow the games live at MSG-sponsored viewing parties and local bars and restaurants,” said Buffalo Sabres President Ted Black. “We really appreciate MSG’s decision to buy the air time on WGRZ-TV in Buffalo and WHEC-TV in Rochester so that so many fans could watch the game in their own homes.”

The 12.6 rating indicates that 12.6 percent of television-equipped households were tuned into the game at some point during the broadcast and the 21 share means 21 percent of households watching TV in the region Satruday night were watching the game. In the Buffalo market, that translates to approximately 81,000 households. Ratings for the telecast peaked at a 16.2 (105,000 households) during the final 15 minutes of the game.

“We also want to thank NBC for its support,” Black said. “Saturday’s enormous rating is a testament to this collaborative effort and to the unwavering depth and passion for Buffalo Sabres hockey. We have about one-third of the regular season yet to play and we hope that Time Warner and MSG get together soon and resolve this dispute.”

Last Saturday’s ratings were the highest among the 49 Sabres games broadcast on MSG so far this season. The second-most viewed contest was the team’s game against Boston on Nov. 23, which drew a 12.1 rating and 20 share regionally.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82