FAN GUIDE: PENGUINS VS. SABRES
Buffalo & Pittsburgh kick-off Hockey Weekend in America today with a 12:30 PM match-up.
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SCHEDULE FOR TODAY
- 09:00 a.m.: Sabres meeting at First Niagara Center
- 10:30 p.m.: Labatt Blue Light Tailgate Tent Party opens.
- 10:30 a.m.: Arena doors open
- 12:30 p.m.: Game Time
- Tonight is the third meeting of the year between the Sabres and Penguins. Buffalo and Pittsburgh each hold a victory over each other this year.
- 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 Zack Kassian, Paul Gaustad & 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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PENGUINS vs. SABRES
- This is the third of four meetings between the Sabres and Penguins this season.
- Last meeting: Pittsburgh defeated Buffalo, 8-3, in Pittsburgh on Dec. 17.
- The Sabres are 2-7-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Penguins; 3-4-3 at home.
- This is the 169th game all-time between Buffalo and Pittsburgh; Buffalo trails the series with a 61-66-41 record. Buffalo is 39-22-22 at home against the Penguins all-time.
- The two teams will next meet on March 30 in Buffalo.
Robyn Regehr scored his first goal with the Sabres on Friday; it was his first goal since March 1… Jason Pominville is the sixth player in Sabres history to record 30 assists in six consecutive seasons… After Friday’s game, Pominville was tied for third in the NHL with 34 points (14+20) in home games… With his 257th career assist on Friday vs. MTL, Derek Roy passed Mike Ramsey for 10thmost assists in Sabres history… Buffalo is 20-3-2 when allowing two or fewer goals and 19-4-3 when scoring three or more.
With a goal in his 200th career NHL game on Friday vs. MTL, Tyler Myers recorded his 100th career point. With 100 points (26+74) in his first 200 games, Myers tied Hannu Virta for second-most points by a Sabres defenseman in his first 200 games. The record is held by Phil Housley, who totaled 192 points (61+131) in his first 200 games.
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).
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 57 games, only 29 have featured a defense corps that included six of these top seven defensemen. The Sabres are 16-11-2 in these games, allowing 2.55 goals per game. In the other 29, they are 8-16-5, allowing 3.41 goals per game.
Brad Boyes is 5-for-8 on shootout attempts this season, with two game-deciding goals. After Friday night’s game, Boyes was 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.
FINISHING STRONG AFTER THE BREAK
Buffalo is 530-398-182 (.559) all-time in games after the All-Star break. This includes a record of 79-45-20 (.618) in those games since the lockout. These totals do not include games after breaks for the Olympic Games.
MAN GAMES LOST
Entering tonight’s game, 22 different Sabres have missed at least one game with injury. Buffalo’s total of 254 man games lost after 58 games puts them on pace for 359 this season. The highest total since the team began tracking man games lost in the 1998-99 season was 269 (2003-04). Buffalo has only had two players (Jason Pominville and Jhonas Enroth) dress for every game this season.
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.
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