« Joe Thornton, San Jose

The Sharks center entered the weekend with a league-leading 45 assists. That was more than the top four playmakers for the Sabres combined (with five helpers to spare).

Steve Ott, Buffalo

The Sabres’ captain raised money for the Buffalo Zoo with the wildly popular “Ott’s Otters.” He’s also holding court in the dressing room, reliving games with youngsters.

Phoenix Coyotes

To thank active members of the military, the team is offering them two lower-bowl tickets for $25 each during January. That includes the Sabres’ visit Jan. 30.

The Sabres’ Week Ahead

Tuesday — Florida Panthers: I take pride in being objective about hockey. When it comes to people, I have favorites. Brian Campbell is at the top among players.

Thursday — Carolina Hurricanes: A blizzard accompanied the Canes on their first trip to Buffalo. It would be a lot better if they brought some Carolina barbecue this time.

Saturday — At Columbus: Union Gens. Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman were among the many Civil War big shots from Ohio. Hence, the Blue Jackets.