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SABRES’ OPENER SETS REGULAR-SEASON RATINGS RECORD

Wednesday, 01.23.2013 / 2:28 PM / News
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SABRES\u2019 OPENER SETS REGULAR-SEASON RATINGS RECORD
BUFFALO, N.Y. (January 23, 2013) --- The Buffalo Sabres\u2019 season-opener against the Philadelphia Flyers on Jan. 20 drew the highest ever rating in the Buffalo market for a regular-season Sabres game, excluding the 2008 Winter Classic. The Eastern Conference matchup, broadcast on NBC, posted a 20.1 rating and a 34 share, topping the team\u2019s previous high-water mark \u2013 a 13.0 rating and 22 share \u2013 set by a Sabres-Flyers game broadcast on MSG on April 8, 2011.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (January 23, 2013) --- The Buffalo Sabres’ season-opener against the Philadelphia Flyers on Jan. 20 drew the highest ever rating in the Buffalo market for a regular-season Sabres game, excluding the 2008 Winter Classic. The Eastern Conference matchup, broadcast on NBC, posted a 20.1 rating and a 34 share, topping the team’s previous high-water mark – a 13.0 rating and 22 share – set by a Sabres-Flyers game broadcast on MSG on April 8, 2011.

The 20.1 rating indicates that 20.1 percent of television-equipped households were tuned into the game at some point during the broadcast and the 34 share means 34 percent of households watching TV in the region Sunday afternoon were watching the game. In the Buffalo market, that translates to approximately 127,000 households. Ratings for the telecast peaked at a 25.5 (161,000 households) during the final 15 minutes of the game.

While the game’s rating bested the market’s previous regular-season high for an indoor game by a significant margin, it topped Buffalo’s previously highest-rated nationally broadcast game, a Versus broadcast on Feb. 25, 2008 vs. Philadelphia (12.2 rating/17 share), and the highest-rated afternoon game, a 12:30 matchup on Feb. 19 vs. Pittsburgh (11.1 rating/23 share) by an even wider margin.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82