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FAN GUIDE: CANADIENS VS. SABRES

Buffalo returns home for the second half of a back-to-back set of games.

Friday, 02.17.2012 / 9:48 AM / Sabres Fan Guide
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02/17/2012
7:30 PM
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SCHEDULE FOR TODAY
  • 11:00 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
INFORMATION FOR FOR TONIGHT'S GAME
  • Tonight's GAME NIGHT PROGRAM can be downloaded here.
  • Tonight is the fourth meeting of the year between the Sabres and Canadiens. Buffalo is leading the season series 3-0-0.
  • 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 Nathan Gerbe, Tyler Ennis & 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.

NEW ERA CAP TRICK

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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CANADIENS vs. SABRES
  1. Fourth of six meetings between the Sabres and Canadiens this season.
  2. Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Montreal, 3-1, in Montreal on Jan. 31.
  3. The teams meet next on Monday, March 12 in Buffalo.
  4. The Sabres are 6-4-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Canadiens; 6-2-2 at home.
  5. This is the 251st game all-time between Buffalo and Montreal; the Sabres are 114-100-36 against the Canadiens (66-34-23 at home).
STORYLINES
  1. The Sabres have won their last six games against the Canadiens, dating back to Nov. 27, 2010 (3-1 loss). Buffalo’s record for most consecutive wins against Montreal is nine, from Oct. 30, 1983 to Oct. 11, 1984.
  2. Buffalo has already won all three of this season’s matchups between these teams in Montreal.
  3. Tonight’s meeting between the Sabres and Canadiens marks the 251st game between the two teams. The Sabres are 114-100-36 in these games. Buffalo has only faced Boston more times (260 GP).
Pominville
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Jason Pominville enters tonight’s game on a six-game point streak (5+2)… Pominville is the sixth player in Sabres history to record 30 assists in six consecutive seasons… Buffalo is 20-3-2 when allowing two or fewer goals and 19-4-2 when scoring three or more.

LEADING THE WAY AGAINST MONTREAL
Derek Roy has four points (1+3) against the Canadiens this season and leads all Sabres with 34 (12+22) in 44 career games against the Habs. Three other players have three points in three games against Montreal this year: Christian Ehrhoff (1+2), Paul Gaustad (1+2) and Thomas Vanek (1+2)

Myers
MYERS HITS 200
Tyler Myers will play his 200th career game tonight. In 199 games, Myers has tallied 99 points (25+74). With a point in tonight’s game, hewould tie Hannu Virta (20+80) for second-most points by a Sabres defenseman over his first 200 career games. The record is held by Phil Housley, who totaled 192 points (61+131) in his first 200 games.

NIFTY FIFTY
Jason Pominville, who now has six 50-point seasons in his career, is the 11th player in Sabres history to record 50 points in six or more seasons. He joins Gilbert Perreault (16), Dave Andreychuk (10), Rick Martin (9), Phil Housley (8), Craig Ramsay (8), Rene Robert (7), Mike Foligno (6), Danny Gare (6), Don Luce (6) and Miroslav Satan (6).

Gragnani
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 56 games, only 28 have featured a defense corps that included six of these top seven defensemen. The Sabres are 16-11-1 in these games, allowing 2.50 goals per game. In the other 29, they are 8-16-5, allowing 3.41 goals per game.

LET'S PLAY TWO
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s 16th of a league-high 21 sets of back-to-back games this season after last night’s 7-2 loss at PHI. The Sabres are 9-7-0 in the first game and 5-7-3 in the second. The Sabres points breakdown in back-to-back sets is as follows: four points (2), three points (1), two points (9), one point (2) and zero points (1).

FINISHING STRONG AFTER THE BREAK
Buffalo is 530-398-181 (.560) all-time in games after the All-Star break. This includes a record of 79-45-19 (.619) in those games since the lockout. These totals do not include games after breaks for the Olympic Games.

Boyes
SHOOTOUT STAR
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) have more goals.

MISSING TIME
Through 57 games, the Sabres’ 252 man games lost (121 more than they had at that point last season) put the team on pace for 363 this season. The highest total since the team began tracking man games lost in the 1998-99 season was 269 (2003-04). Entering tonight’s game, 22 different Sabres have missed at least one game with injury. Buffalo has only had two players (Jason Pominville and Jhonas Enroth) dress for every game this season.

LINDY’S LONGEVITY
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.

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TONIGHT'S TUNES

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