FAN GUIDE: DEVILS VS. SABRES
Buffalo will be spending Valentines Day with the Devils tonight at 7:00 PM.
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SCHEDULE FOR TODAY
- 10:00 a.m.: Sabres meeting at First Niagara Center
- 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 is the fourth and final meeting of the year between the Sabres and Devils. New Jersey is currently leading the season series two games to one.
- The Sabres will be wearing their blue jerseys for tonight's game.
- The Labatt Blue Light Tailgate Tent Party kicks off at 5:00 p.m. 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 are Brad Boyes, Drew Stafford & Jordan Leopold.
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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DEVILS vs. SABRES
- Fourth and final meeting between the Sabres and Devils this season.
- Last meeting: Buffalo defeated New Jersey, 2-1 (SO), in New Jersey on Jan. 24.
- The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Devils; 5-3-2 at home.
- This is the 136th game all-time between Buffalo and New Jersey; Buffalo is 69-44-22 against the Devils (36-21-10 at home).
- Ryan Miller is 5-1-1 in his last seven games with two shutouts, with a 1.23 GAA and a .958 SV%.
- The Sabres have points in 13 of their last 14 home games (7-2-5).
- Buffalo has seen 11 of their last 14 home games decided by one goal. Of their 29 home games this season, 19 have been decided by just one goal. The Sabres are 7-6-6 in these games.
Jordan Leopold has points (2+3) in each of his last five games against the Devils… Jason Pominville enters tonight’s game on a four-game point streak (3+2)… The Sabres are 12-6-3 (.643) with Tyler Ennis in the lineup… Buffalo is 20-3-2 when allowing two or fewer goals and 19-4-2 when scoring three or more… Eighteen of the Sabres’ last 22 games have been decided by two goals or less… The Sabres are 15-3-3 when Derek Roy records at least one point.
Entering Monday night’s games, Jason Pominville is tied for fourth in the league with 33 points in 29 home games. Thomas Vanek is also at a point-per-game pace at First Niagara Center, tallying 27 points in 27 games.
FINISHING STRONG AFTER THE BREAK
Buffalo is 530-396-181 (.561) all-time in games after the All-Star break. This includes a record of 79-43-19 (.628) 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 54 games, only 26 have featured a defense corps that included six of these top seven defensemen. The Sabres are 16-9-1 in these games, allowing 2.27 goals per game. In the other 29, they are 8-16-5, allowing 3.41 goals per game.
Brad Boyes is 5-for-7 on shootout attempts this season, with two game-deciding goals. Boyes is ranked third in career shootout goals by an active player, with 29. Only Carolina’s Jussi Jokinen and Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk (30 each) had more goals entering play Monday.
MAN GAMES LOST
Through 55 games, the Sabres’ 248 man games lost put the team on pace for 370 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).
Entering tonight’s game, 22 different Sabres have missed at least one game with injury. Buffalo’s total of 248 man games lost after 55 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.
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 235 th 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.
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 550 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.
- NJD RW Dainius Zubrus played with the Sabres in 2006-07. He appeared in 19 games and notched eight points (4+4).
- NJD D Henrik Tallinder was Buffalo’s second-round pick in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. Tallinder played with the Sabres for eight seasons, appearing in 468 games and amassing 108 points (20+88). He was the first Sabres defenseman to score in a shootout when he put one past his future teammate, Martin Brodeur, on Feb. 6, 2008.
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