FAN GUIDE: ISLANDERS VS. SABRES
Buffalo continues their push for the playoffs tonight when they take on the New York Islanders.
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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 a.m.: Arena doors open
- 7:00 p.m.: Game Time
- Tonight's Game Night program can be DOWNLOADED HERE.
- Tonight is the fourth and final meeting of the year between the Sabres and Islanders. Buffalo is currently 1-2-0 against New York winning their last game 4-3 in a shootout.
- 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 Robyn Regehr, Thomas Vanek & Brad Boyes.
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 fourth and final meeting between the Sabres and Islanders this season.
- Last meeting: Buffalo defeated New York, 4-3 (SO), in New York on Feb. 4.
- The Sabres are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Islanders; 5-4-1 at home.
- This is the 150th game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo leads the series with a 72-55-22 record. Buffalo is 40-23-11 against the Islanders at home.
- The Sabres have four players entering tonight’s game on a three-game point streak: Derek Roy (2+3), Tyler Ennis (2+1), Tyler Myers (1+2) and Nathan Gerbe (0+3). For Ennis and Gerbe, the three-game streaks tie the longest point streaks of their careers.
- Paul Gaustad has seven points in his last 10 games (3+4).
- The Sabres got two points on Sunday afternoon after four straight games without a win, beating the Penguins by a score of 6-2 at home.
Jason Pominville is ranked fourth in the NHL with 37 points (15+22) in home games; Pominville has 23 points (5+18) in 24 career games against the Islanders… Buffalo is 21-3-2 when allowing two or fewer goals and 20-4-3 when scoring three or more… The Sabres are 16-4-4 when Derek Roy records a point and 14-4-1 when Christian Ehrhoff records a point… In his career, Buffalo is 32-9-6 when Tyler Ennis records a point (5-1-2 this season).
GOOSE IS LOOSE
Paul Gaustad has converted on 20 percent of his shots in the last 10 games, scoring three goals on 15 shots. Gaustad, who has averaged a TOI of 16:28during that stretch, has also been hot on the draw recently. His faceoff percentage of 61.7 percent during those games has improved his season numbers to 56.8 percent, good for ninth in the league.
LOOKING FOR A FAST START
Both teams will likely be looking to get on the board early tonight, as the Sabres are 16-7-5 when scoring first (9-20-2 when opponent scores first) and the Islanders are 18-5-5 when scoring first (7-21-3 when opponent scores first).
Buffalo has played seven games this season against opponents who had played the day before while the Sabres had the day off. They are 6-1-0 in those games and 32-12-3 (.713) in these games since the lockout. The Islanders –who had a 1 p.m. game against the Senators yesterday –are 2-1-1 this season in four games as the team on the back-to-back, including a shootout loss to Buffalo on Feb. 4 on Long Island. They are 25-34-7 in these games since the lockout.
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 59 games, only 30 have featured a defense corps that included six of these top seven defensemen. The Sabres are 17-11-2 in these games, allowing 2.53 goals per game. In the other 29, they are 8-16-5, allowing 3.41 goals per game.
FINISHING STRONG AFTER THE BREAK
Buffalo is 531-398-182 (.560) all-time in games after the All-Star break. This includes a record of 80-45-20 (.621) in those games since the lockout. These totals do not include games after breaks for the Olympic Games.
Brad Boyes is 5-for-8 on shootout attempts this season, with two game-deciding goals. Entering Monday’s games, 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.
MAN GAMES LOST
Entering tonight’s game, 22 different Sabres have missed at least one game with injury. Buffalo’s total of 256 man games lost after 59 games puts them on pace for 356 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.
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 551 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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