FAN GUIDE: HURRICANES VS. SABRES
Buffalo squares off with Carolina tonight at 7:00 PM at the First Niagara Center
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SCHEDULE FOR TODAY
- 10:30 a.m.: Sabres meeting at First Niagara Center
- 5:30 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 meeting of the year between the Sabres and Hurricanes. Buffalo is currently 1-2-0 against Carolina losing their last meeting 4-2 at the RBC Center in Raleigh North Carolina.
- 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 Foundation 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 Cody Hodgson, Christian Ehrhoff & Tyler Ennis.
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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BRUINS vs. SABRES
- This is the fourth and final meeting between the Sabres and Hurricanes this season.
- Last meeting: Carolina defeated Buffalo, 4-2, in Carolina on Jan. 6.
- The Sabres are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Hurricanes; 6-4-0 at home.
- This is the 182nd game all-time between Buffalo and Carolina; Buffalo leads the series with a 95-63-24 record. They are 53-29-8 at home against the Hurricanes.
- The Sabres are 9-2-5 in their last 16 home games, dating back to Dec. 13. They have won their last three at home, tying the season’s best stretch, and have points in their last four at home (3-0-1).
- Buffalo enters tonight’s game four points out of a playoff spot after going 6-1-2 in their last nine games. During that stretch, the Sabres have allowed only 1.67 goals per game.
- The Sabres return tonight from a five-game road trip on which they went 3-1-1. After tonight’s game, the team will fly to Boston for a matchup tomorrow night with the Bruins, before traveling to Ottawa for a game on Saturday.
Buffalo is 25-3-2 when allowing two or fewer goals and 21-4-3 when scoring three or more… Buffalo has scored first in their last four home games… The Sabres are 12-4-3 with Corey Tropp in the lineup… Brad Boyes has four points (2+2) in his last four games… Buffalo has seen 11 of their 34 home games go to overtime this season, tying Florida for most in the league.
Derek Roy leads all Sabres with 13 goals and 29 points in 26 career games against the Hurricanes… Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek each have three points (2+1) in three games against Carolina this season… Jhonas Enroth is 2-0-0 with a 0.49 GAA and a .986 SV% against the Hurricanes, his best numbers against any team.
WEATHERING THE STORM
The Sabres have a record of 13-6-4 against the Hurricanes since their seven-game series in the 2006 Eastern Conference Finals. Entering this season, Buffalo had gone 2-1-1 against Carolina in every year since sweeping the season series against the defending champs in 2006-07. The Sabres are 1-2-0 against the Hurricanes this season and looking to avoid losing the season series for the first time since going 1-2-1 in 2005-06.
Jason Pominville is ranked fourth in the league with 39 points (15+24) in 34 home games. Pominville, who didn’t record a point in Buffalo’s last home game on Feb. 24 vs. BOS, has not been held without a point in consecutive home games since back-to-back games on Feb. 25 and 26, 2011.
Buffalo has played eight games this season against opponents who had played the day before while the Sabres had the day off. They are 7-1-0 in those games and 33-12-3 (.719) in these games since the lockout. The Hurricanes –who were in Washington last night –are 2-6-2 this season in 10 games as the non-rested team. They are 30-37-7 in these games since the lockout.
LET'S PLAY TWO
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s 19th of a league-high 21 sets of back-to-back games this season. The Sabres are 11-7-0 in the first game and 6-7-5 in the second. The Sabres’ points breakdown in back-to-back sets is as follows: four points (3), three points (2), two points (9), one point (3) and zero points (1). The team continues this set tomorrow night at Boston.
FINISHING STRONG AFTER THE BREAK
Buffalo is 535-399-183 (.561) all-time in games after the All-Star break. This includes a record of 84-46-21 (.626) in those games since the lockout. The Sabres are 9-4-3 (.656) since the 2012 NHL All-Star Game. These totals do not include games after breaks for the Olympic Games.
Ryan Miller is 6-1-1 in his last eight games with a .952 save percentage and a 1.60 goals against average, and 11-3-3 in his last 18 games with a 1.78 goals against average and a .942 save percentage.
The Sabres began the day on Feb. 17 in 14th place in the Eastern Conference and 10 points out of a playoff spot after a 7-2 loss at PHI the night before. Since then, the team has gone 6-1-2, allowing only 1.67 goals per game. Only one team in NHL history has overcome a 10 point deficit this late in the season, when the New York Islanders rallied from a 10-point hole on Feb. 18, 1994 to snag eighth place in the conference.
MAN GAMES LOST
Entering tonight’s game, 22 different Sabres have missed at least one game with injury. Buffalo’s total of 273 man games lost is the highest total since the Sabres began tracking man games lost in the 1998-99 season (previous high: 269 in 2003-04). Buffalo has only had two players (Jason Pominville and Jhonas Enroth) dress for every game this season.
MEET THE NEW GUYS
- Alexander Sulzer (pronounced “ZUHLT-ser”) has played in 13 games this season, tallying one assist, four penalty minutes and a plus-seven rating. He skated for 12:57 in his Sabres debut on Saturday at VAN. In 75 career games played with the Sabres, Canucks, Panthers and Predators, Sulzer has totaled eight points (1+7) and 22 penalty minutes. The Kaufbeuren, Germany native was drafted in the third round (92nd overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Nashville Predators.
Since Lindy Ruff was named Buffalo's head coach on July 21, 1997, there have been 171 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 556 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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