November 5, 2013 - 4:05 PM
By John Vogl
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- There may not be a more lopsided matchup in the NHL than what's on tap tonight. Here are some numbers as the 10-1-3 San Jose Sharks prepare to host the 2-13-1 Sabres:
*The Sharks average 3.7 goals per game and allow 1.8. The Sabres score 1.6 and give up 3.1.
*The Sharks have a 19-8 scoring edge in first periods. The Sabres have been outscored, 20-2.
*The Sharks average 37.4 shots per game and allow 24.8. The Sabres take 24.8 and give up 35.5.
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October 5, 2013 - 5:07 PM
By John Vogl
PITTSBURGH -- Ryan Miller will sit out the Sabres' third game of the season tonight, with the goaltender watching as Jhonas Enroth starts against the Penguins and emergency callup Matt Hackett dresses as the backup.
Buffalo coach Ron Rolston expects Miller to be back Tuesday when the Sabres host Tampa Bay. Miller is essentially being given a maintenance day to rest a sore groin, a source tells The News.
Henrik Tallinder, who suffered an upper-body injury during Friday's 1-0 loss to Ottawa, will miss a week, Rolston said. Jamie McBain will replace the defenseman and get power-play time.
Rolston wants more from his top forwards, including Cody Hodgson and Drew Stafford, tonight against the Penguins. The coach was disappointed in his so-called scoring lines Friday.
"Our top six have to be better," Rolston said this evening in Consol Energy Center. "That’s what this league is
all about, you know, is your top six have to perform and they have to be your
best players on a nightly basis. I know ours will rebound tonight."
September 11, 2013 - 11:37 AM
By Mike Harrington
We had not heard from Henrik Tallinder since he was traded back to the Sabres from New Jersey in July. But everyone figured he would be happy with the deal -- and he confirmed the feeling Wednesday in his first meeting with the Buffalo media.
"I was a little bit surprised," Tallinder said today after taking his pre-camp physical. "I didn't know that Buffalo was interested. I knew something was going to happen because I had a long conversation with the [Devils GM Lou Lamoriello] after the season and we made it both pretty clear what we wanted. Then Buffalo got involved and I was a little bit surprised."
Tallinder spoke to the media before coach Ron Rolston, who surprised the gathering by saying Tallinder will start camp paired with Mark Pysyk and not with Tyler Myers. The prevailing wisdom was that a Myers-Tallinder pairing was a lock, giving Myers' Calder Trophy-winning season in 2010 with Tallinder. Rolston, however, said Myers will start with Christian Ehrhoff.
For his part, Tallinder said Myers can quickly get back to his star-studded rookie season.
"I think Tyler is an exceptional young
man and player," Tallinder said. "When he came in his first year, I've never seen a guy
that talented and that good at that age. Or very few of them, that I"ve
played with at least. I think he's still young. I think you guys have
been pretty hard on him too. He's going to be an exceptionally good
player still. Just give him time. Let him play."
Tallinder played just 64 games with the Devils the last two years due to injuries and the fact he fell out of favor with coach Peter DeBoer. He said his goal this year is to be a regular on the crowded Buffalo blueline and he knows the team needs him to be a leader with its young defense corps.
"I might not be the most vocal
guy but if I have something to say, I'm saying it," Tallinder noted. "I'm not afraid any
more of saying what I want."
Click below to hear Tallinder's welcome-back session with the media today:
By Mike Harrington
Henrik Tallinder is coming back to Buffalo. (Getty Images)
The Buffalo Sabres have re-acquired an old friend, getting veteran defenseman Henrik Tallinder back from the New Jersey Devils for prospect winger Riley Boychuk.
Tallinder, 34, has spent the last three years in New Jersey after leaving Buffalo via free agency in 2010, when he was the rock as Tyler Myers' defense partner during Myers' Calder Trophy season. His career with the Devils never really panned out, as he spent the last two years battling injuries and sitting out as a healthy scratch.
Tallinder played in 25 games last season, posting one goal and three assists with an even rating. He was minus-11 during the 2011-12 season. He will make $3.5 million this year in the final year of his contract with a cap hit of $3.375 million.
Tallinder was Buffalo's No. 2 pick in the 1997 draft and spent parts of eight seasons with the Sabres. He was one of the key members of the defense of the 2006 team that got to the Eastern Conference finals and the broken arm he suffered in Game Four proved to be a major factor in the seven-game loss to Carolina.
"We are excited to have Henrik back in the mix on our blue line," general manager Darcy Regier said in a release from the team. "His experience will be invaluable not only in adding more stability to our back end, but also in the development of some of our younger defensemen."
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