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Get your game notes: Sabres at Stars

Mar 3, 2014, 11:25 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY - OCTOBER 28: Christian Ehrhoff #10 of the Buffalo Sabres skates away from Vernon Fiddler #38 of the Dallas Stars at First Niagara Center on October 28, 2013 in Buffalo, New York. Dallas won 4-3. Getty Images

This evening on NBCSN, it’s the Dallas Stars hosting the Buffalo Sabres starting at 8 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

— Dallas Stars coach Lindy Ruff could reach a major milestone tonight against the Sabres franchise that fired him. He’s just one victory away from becoming the 12th coach in NHL history to record at least the 600 career wins.

— Only two players in the NHL have at least 20 points and 100 penalty minutes and they’ll both be on the ice tonight. Chris Stewart, who the Sabres recently acquired from St. Louis as part of the Ryan Miller deal, has 26 points and 112 penalty minutes while Stars forward Antoine Roussel has recorded 21 points and 158 penalty minutes.

— Dallas is 7-2-2 in its last 11 games despite the fact that it’s only converted on one power-play opportunity in 26 tries. The Stars rank 25th in the league with a 14.4% power-play success rate.

— Buffalo’s Matt Moulson is on a five-game point streak going into tonight’s contest. That’s one contest shy of the 30-year-old forward’s career-high and the Sabres’ record for the 2013-14 campaign.

— Buffalo forward Ville Leino has played in 41 games this season, but still hasn’t found the back of the net despite scoring 19 goals in 2010-2011. Of those who have played in at least 30 games this season, only Vancouver’s Alex Burrows has netted more goals than Leino’s career-high in a previous campaign while still being goalless in 2013-14.

— If you need evidence that Miller was a vital part of Buffalo’s team, keep in mind that since the start of 2006-07, the Sabres are 248-161-53 in games where Miller was used and 51-67-20 in all other contests. He had a 2.58 GAA over that span while the rest of Buffalo’s goaltenders posted a 3.20 GAA.

— There have only been seven instances where the Sabres have led a game going into the third period in 2013-14. That’s the fewest out of any NHL team, but they are 5-0-2 in those games. The Stars have held the lead through 40 minutes far more frequently and have a commanding 20-1-2 record in that scenario. However, when it comes to overcoming a deficit going into the third period, these are two of the least successful teams in the league.

  1. 2qswing - Mar 3, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    for an unprecedented 7th time this season, NBCSN ( that’s the National Broadcasting System Sabres Network) will Broadcast a Buffalo game.
    Couple things. Anytime I drive home (Kitchner Ontario) I make it a point to catch a Sabre game. Great fans, nice barn. They have been playing some inspired hockey of late. They are down now but they will turn it around I’m sure.
    BUT, they are now and were projected at the outset of the season, to not be competitive this year and miss the playoffs. How is it that we get treated to the Buffalo Sabers 7 times? Just a note to NBC… every team in the eastern conference is better and more entertaining than Buffalo. How about throwing in a Wings, Florida, Carolina game or Tampa, even my Jackets. I know you have probably had them on once each or so but Buffalo … 7 times?… really?

    • elemeno89 - Mar 3, 2014 at 12:03 PM

      NBCSN determines the number of games each team plays on it’s network before the season starts, usually a few weeks after the draft. With that said, Buffalo actually has ten games on NBCSN this year, with four to go (including today’s match up).

      As TV rights are determined so far in advance, it’s difficult to change broadcast scheduling just because a team is performing poorly.

      For your reference an article written by Puck Daddy going into detail about this years NBCSN broadcasting:

  2. ecnc30 - Mar 3, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Guess NBCSN just likes to watch stupidity on ice!

  3. hosewater2 - Mar 3, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Just goes to show you NBC will do anything, anything at all to put a team, any team, from the state of NY on the TV, no matter how bad or irrelevant that team is.

  4. thomasvanek - Mar 3, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Coming from a fan of Buffalo I hate when our games are on NBCSN. The announcers are fools and the intermissions are obnoxious. I would much rather listen to Rick Jeanneret and watch our own intermission reports than the garbage at NBCSN.

    • 2qswing - Mar 3, 2014 at 12:33 PM

      Rick Jeanneret is the best, I agree.

  5. buddysguys - Mar 3, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    Sabres Rule!

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