Game Preview: 2/6/16 at BOS

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Thursday, February 4
Boston 3 at Buffalo 2 (SO)
Goals: Kane, Reinhart
Goalie: Johnson (31 saves/33 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 4/4; Shots: Boston 33 – Buffalo 28

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 229)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clot, Oct. 8; injured reserve) – 52 games
Tyler Ennis (upper body, Dec. 31; injured reserve) – 15 games
Marcus Foligno (lower body) – 0 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/3:
Activated F Nicolas Deslauriers and F Sam Reinhart from IR
2/5: Recalled F Daniel Catenacci from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Feb. 9:
Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 11: Buffalo at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 12: Montreal at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 14: Colorado at Buffalo, 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 16: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at BRUINS

  • This is the fourth and final meeting between the Sabres and Bruins this season.
  • Last meeting: Boston defeated Buffalo, 3-2 (SO), in Buffalo on Feb. 4
  • The Sabres are 3-4-3 in their last 10 games vs. the Bruins; 4-4-2 on the road.
  • This is the 281st game all-time between Buffalo and Boston; Buffalo has a 121-116-43 series record.
  • The Sabres are 48-70-20 on the road against the Bruins all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-8-3 all-time on February 6.
  • February 6, 1972: Jim Lorentz and Rick Martin each score a pair of goals as the Sabres defeat the Boston Bruins, 8-2, at the Aud. Lorentz would finish the game with four points.
  • February 6, 1986: Dave Andreychuk scores a franchise-record five goals and adds one assist in an 8-6 win at Boston.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • With a win tonight, Buffalo would have three consecutive wins in Boston for the first time since Oct. 20, 2005 to March 4, 2006.
    • With a win or overtime loss, the Sabres would have points in four straight road games against the Bruins for the first time since they had points in five straight from Oct. 21, 2006 to Nov. 1, 2007 (3-0-2).
  • In his five games played since returning from a high ankle sprain that sidelined him for 39 games, Robin Lehner has logged a 2-3-0 record with a .939 save percentage and a 2.22 goals-against average.
  • Lehner has faced Boston more times than any other NHL team. In 12 career games against the Bruins, Lehner has logged a 3-6-2 record with a .923 save percentage and a 2.71 goals-against average.
  • In four career games against the Bruins, Chad Johnson is 2-1-1 with a .933 save percentage and a 2.22 goals-against average.
  • Cody Franson has seven assists in his last seven games against the Bruins.
  • If he plays tonight, Daniel Catenacci will be making his NHL debut.

HOME-AND-HOME
Tonight’s game is the second in a home-and-home series between the Sabres and Bruins that began with a 3-2 Bruins shootout win on Thursday in Buffalo. The Sabres and Bruins have previously played 20 home-and-home series, with the Sabres going 10-6-4 (three ties) in the home games and 9-6-5 (three ties) in the road games. Buffalo’s points breakdown in these previous series is as follows: four points (5), three points (5), two points (6), one point (0), zero points (4).

NICE TO SEE YOU AGAIN
The Sabres and Bruins are meeting for the second time in three days after Boston’s 3-2 shootout win in Buffalo on Thursday. For the Sabres, this is the seventh of eight sets of games this season in which they’ll face the same opponent both home and away in a three-game span; two of these are home-and-home series. The final such set will take place on March 10 and 16 against the Montreal Canadiens.

ROAD WARRIORS
The Sabres enter tonight’s game with points in a franchise-record seven straight road games against divisional opponents, having gone 6-0-1 in those games. They enter tonight with wins in four straight divisional road games for the first time since Jan. 20 to March 10, 2011; a win tonight would stretch that streak to five games for the first time since the team won six consecutive divisional road games from Feb. 5 to April 1, 2008.

FINISHING STRONG AFTER THE BREAK*
Buffalo is 555-424-192 (.556) all-time in games after the All-Star break. This includes a record of 104-71-30 (.580) in those games since the lockout. *Note: These totals do not include games after breaks for the Olympic Games.

HIGHLY RANKED

  • Before Friday night’s games, Ryan O’Reilly (21:54) led all NHL forwards in average ice time per game and Evander Kane (21:12) ranked second.
  • Entering play Friday, Kane ranked third in the league with 4.1 shots per game.
  • O’Reilly (56.8%) ranked 10th in the league in faceoff percentage after last night’s game. O’Reilly leads the league with 1,321 faceoffs taken, accounting for 42.5% of Buffalo’s total faceoffs.

YOUNG GUNS

  • Jack Eichel enters tonight’s game with 21 points (7+14) in his last 20 games, a stretch which included a career-best, four-game point streak (2+4) from Dec. 30 to Jan. 5.
  • Eichel entered Friday night ranked in the top five among NHL rookies in goals (3rd, 16), assists (3rd, 19), points (T-2nd, 35), shots (1st, 155) and time on ice per game (5th, 18:37).
  • If they maintain their current pace, Eichel (16+19) and Sam Reinhart (13+9) would be the first pair of Sabres rookies to surpass the 30-point mark since Thomas Vanek (48) and Jason Pominville (30) did so in 2005-06.
  • Eichel (16) and Reinhart (13) are also on pace to become the second pair of rookies in Sabres history to each record 20 goals in the same season. The first pair was Danny Gare (31) and Peter McNab (22) in 1974-75.
  • With 35 points (14+19) in 52 games, Eichel is on pace for 55 points this season. If he reaches the 50-point mark, he will become the ninth Sabres rookie to record more than 50 points in a season. He would be the first since Derek Plante (1993-94) and the second-youngest to do so, trailing only Phil Housley (1982-83).

FINNISHING TOUCH

  • Entering play Friday, Rasmus Ristolainen ranked in the top 15 among NHL defensemen in goals (T-12th, 8), assists (T-11th, 24), points (T-12th, 32), shots (12th, 122), time on ice per game (10th, 25:13) and multi-point games (T-8th, 7).
  • Ristolainen is the first Sabres defenseman to record seven multi-point games in a season since Jordan Leopold in 2010-11. Jaroslav Spacek (10 multi-point games in 2008-09) was the last Sabres defenseman to record more than seven.
  • His four power-play goals are the most by a Sabres defenseman since 2010-11 (Jordan Leopold, 5).
  • With 32 points (8+24) in 52 games, Ristolainen is on pace for 50 points this season. If he reaches the 50-point mark, Ristolainen would be the first Sabres defenseman with 50 points in a season since Garry Galley (1995-96) and the youngest to reach that mark since Phil Housley.

OUTSHOOTING OPPONENTS
The Sabres have outshot their opponents in 23 of 52 games this season, posting a 7-15-1 record in those games. Last season, the team finished the season 5-5-0 in 10 total games when outshooting their opponents.

POSSESSION PROGRESSION
The Sabres have led their opponent in even-strength shot attempts (corsi) in 22 of the team’s 52 games this season, going 9-10-3 in those games. Buffalo only led their opponents in even-strength shot attempts eight times throughout the entire 2014-15 season, going 3-5-0 in those eight games. (Data courtesy of war-on-ice.com)

BUF-BOS CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Joe Sacco served as an assistant coach for the Sabres during the 2013-14 season.

Former Bruins:

  • Dave Barr played for Boston from 1981 to 1983 and had two points (1+1) in 12 games played.
  • Chad Johnson spent one season with the Bruins and posted a 17-4-3 record with a .925 save percentage and a 2.10 goals-against average during the 2013-14 campaign.

Local Players:

  • Jack Eichel was born in North Chelmsford, Massachusetts.

Dan Bylsma:

  • Coached Max Talbot for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2009-2011.

Carlo Colaiacovo:

  • Played with Zac Rinaldo for the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2014-15 season.

Marcus Foligno:

  • Played with Brett Connolly for Team Canada at the 2011 World Junior Championship held in Buffalo.

Cody Franson:

  • Played with Brad Marchand for Team Canada at the 2007 World Junior Championship.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Max Talbot for Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Johan Larsson:

  • Represented Sweden alongside Loui Eriksson at the 2012 World Championship.

David Legwand:

  • Played with Landon Ferraro for the Detroit Red Wings for part of the 2013-14 season.

Jake McCabe:

  • Teammates with Jimmy Hayes for the United States at the 2014 World Championship.

Jamie McGinn:

  • Played with Matt Beleskey for Team Canada at the 2006 World U18 Championship.
  • Played with Max Talbot for the Colorado Avalanche from 2013-2015.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Teammates with Brett Connolly and Landon Ferraro for Canada at the 2009 World U18 Championship.
  • Played with Max Talbot for the Colorado Avalanche from 2013-2015.

NHL Draft:

  • Ryan O’Reilly (33rd overall), Robin Lehner (46th overall) and Landon Ferraro (32nd overall) were second-round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Mark Pysyk (23rd overall) and Brett Connolly (6th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Johan Larsson (56th overall) and Ryan Spooner (45th overall) were second-round picks in the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and David Pastrnak (25th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2014 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Kane (116), Deslauriers (111), Foligno (108)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (106), Ristolainen (83), McCabe (62)
Shots: Kane (172), Eichel (155), Ristolainen (122)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10:
3-7-0 (6), 23/32, 9/35, 19/27
11-20: 5-3-2 (12), 21/21, 5/27, 23/29
21-30: 4-5-1 (9), 29/28, 8/29, 20/23
31-40: 3-6-1 (7), 20/27, 4/35, 17/21
41-50: 5-5-0 (10), 22/26, 6/25, 26/28
51-60: 1-0-1 (3), 5/5, 1/6, 5/6

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-1; 100-102 all-time)
Oct. 27 at PHI: W, 4-3 (GWG-Girgensons, 2:29)

Nov. 14 vs. SJS: L, 2-1 (GWG-Marleau, 2:59)
Dec. 12 vs. LAK: W, 2-1 (GWG-O’Reilly, 3:19)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-4; 66-55 all-time)
Oct. 21 vs. TOR: W, 2-1 (GDG-Moulson)

Nov. 19 at STL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Steen)
Dec. 1 at DET: L, 5-4 (GDG-Richards)
Dec. 19 vs. CHI: L, 3-2 (GDG-Kane)
Feb. 4 vs. BOS: L, 3-2 (GDG-Spooner)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Mark Pysyk … 3 games … 100 career games played
Brian Gionta … 6 games … 900 career games played
Robin Lehner … 8 games … 100 career games played
Assists
Josh Gorges … 4 assists … 100 career assists

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

SABRES RECALL FORWARD CATENACCI

BUFFALO, N.Y. (February 5, 2016) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has recalled forward Daniel Catenacci from the Rochester Americans (AHL).

Catenacci (5’9”, 191 lbs., 3/9/1993) will be joining the Sabres for his first career recall. The Richmond Hill, Ontario native has 16 points (7+9) in 36 games for the Amerks this season, and his seven goals are tied for the second-highest total on the team.

Selected by Buffalo in the third round (77th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft, Catenacci is currently riding a five-game point streak for Rochester. In 182 career games for the Amerks, he has 68 points (33+35) and 123 penalty minutes.

Post-Game Report: 2/4 vs. BOS

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Bruins
(27-18-6)
0 1 1 0 1 3 33
Sabres
(21-26-5)
1 1 0 0 0 2 28

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • With the shootout loss, the Sabres fell to 4-4-1 in the second game of back-to-back sets this season.
  • The Sabres are now 10-6-5 in the home portion of home-and-home sets against the Bruins all-time.
    • Buffalo is now 4-0-2 in the last six home portions of home-and-home series against Boston dating back to March 11, 2004.
    • The Sabres’ last regulation loss in the home portion of a home-and-home set against the Bruins came on April 4, 1993.
  • Evander Kane led all skaters with a career-high 11 shots on goal tonight, topping his previous high (10 shots – 3x, last: 11/18/13 vs. CGY).
  • Chad Johnson fell to 2-1-1 in four career games against the Bruins with a .933 save percentage and a 2.22 goals-against average.

Post-Game Audio

Bruins head coach Claude Julien

Bruins forward Brad Marchand

Bruins forward Ryan Spooner

Bruins defenseman Torey Krug

Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara

Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask

Game Preview: 2/4/16 vs. BOS

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Wednesday, February 3
Buffalo 4 at Montreal 2
Goals: Foligno, McGinn, Larsson, Gionta
Goalie: Lehner (33 saves/35 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 1/2; Shots: Montreal 35 – Buffalo 32

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 227)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clot, Oct. 8; injured reserve) – 51 games
Tyler Ennis (upper body, Dec. 31; injured reserve) – 14 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/3:
Activated F Nicolas Deslauriers and F Sam Reinhart from IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Feb. 6:
Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 9: Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 11: Buffalo at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 12: Montreal at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 14: Colorado at Buffalo, 12:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
BRUINS at SABRES

  • This is the third of four meetings between the Sabres and Bruins this season.
  • Last meeting: Boston defeated Buffalo, 4-1, in Buffalo on Jan. 15
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Feb. 6 in Boston
  • The Sabres are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Bruins; 4-5-1 at home.
  • This is the 280th game all-time between Buffalo and Boston; Buffalo has a 121-116-42 series record.
  • The Sabres are 73-46-22 at home against the Bruins all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 12-7-2 all-time on February 4.
  • February 4, 1971: Eddie Shack records the second hat trick in franchise history in a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings.
  • February 4, 1998: The Sabres acquire Geoff Sanderson from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Brad May and a third-round draft pick in the 1999 NHL Draft.
  • February 4, 2012: Ryan Miller passes Dominik Hasek for the most wins in franchise history with his 235th career win at N.Y. Islanders.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • In his five games played since returning from a high ankle sprain that sidelined him for 39 games, Robin Lehner has logged a 2-3-0 record with a .939 save percentage and a 2.22 goals-against average.
  • Lehner has faced Boston more times than any other NHL team. In 12 career games against the Bruins, Lehner has logged a 3-6-2 record with a .923 save percentage and a 2.71 goals-against average.
  • In three career games against the Bruins, Chad Johnson is 2-1-0 with a .931 save percentage and a 2.35 goals-against average.
  • Cody Franson has seven assists in his last six games against the Bruins.
  • The Sabres and Bruins have played 12 shootouts (with each team winning six), tying Buffalo’s highest total against any team (Ottawa, New Jersey)

HOME-AND-HOME
Tonight’s game is the first in a home-and-home series between the Sabres and Bruins that concludes on Saturday at Boston. The Sabres and Bruins have previously played 20 home-and-home series, with the Sabres going 10-6-4 (four ties) in the home games and 9-6-5 (three ties) in the road games. Buffalo’s points breakdown in these previous series is as follows: four points (5), three points (5), two points (6), one point (0), zero points (4).

SEE YOU SOON
The Sabres and Bruins will meet again in two days in Boston. For the Sabres, this is the seventh of eight sets of games this season in which they’ll face the same opponent both home and away in a three-game span; two of these are home-and-home series. The next such set is against the Montreal Canadiens on March 10 and 16.

FINISHING STRONG AFTER THE BREAK*
Buffalo is 555-424-191 (.556) all-time in games after the All-Star break. This includes a record of 104-71-29 (.581) in those games since the lockout. *Note: These totals do not include games after breaks for the Olympic Games.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s ninth of 15 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began last night with a 4-2 win at Montreal. The Sabres are 3-6-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 4-4-0 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets this season is: four points (1), three points (0), two points (4), one point (0) and zero points (3).

HIGHLY RANKED

  • After last night’s game, Ryan O’Reilly (21:52) led all NHL forwards in average ice time per game and Evander Kane (21:08) ranked third.
  • Despite having missed 10 games due to injury this season, Kane leads the Sabres in both shots per game (3.9) and hits per game (2.8), making him the only player in the league to lead his team in both categories. Kane ranked fourth in the league after last night’s game with 9 shots per game.
  • O’Reilly (56.9%) ranked 10th in the league in faceoff percentage after last night’s game. O’Reilly leads the league with 1,293 faceoffs taken, accounting for 42.4% of Buffalo’s total faceoffs.

YOUNG GUNS

  • Jack Eichel enters tonight’s game with 21 points (7+14) in his last 19 games, a stretch which included a career-best, four-game point streak (2+4) from Dec. 30 to Jan. 5.
  • Eichel finished last night’s game ranked in the top five among NHL rookies in goals (2nd, 16), assists (3rd, 19), points (2nd, 35), shots (1st, 151) and time on ice per game (5th, 18:38).
  • If they maintain their current pace, Eichel (16+19) and Sam Reinhart (12+9) would be the first pair of Sabres rookies to surpass the 30-point mark since Thomas Vanek (48) and Jason Pominville (30) did so in 2005-06.
  • Eichel (16) and Reinhart (12) are also on pace to become the second pair of rookies in Sabres history to each record 20 goals in the same season. The first pair was Danny Gare (31) and Peter McNab (22) in 1974-75.
  • With 35 points (14+19) in 51 games, Eichel is on pace for 56 points this season. If he reaches the 50-point mark, he will become the ninth Sabres rookie to record more than 50 points in a season. He would be the first since Derek Plante (1993-94) and the second-youngest to do so, trailing only Phil Housley (1982-83).

FINNISHING TOUCH

  • After last night’s game, Rasmus Ristolainen ranked in the top 15 among NHL defensemen in goals (T-12th, 8), assists (T-9th, 24), points (10th, 32), shots (T-10th, 121), time on ice per game (11th, 25:09) and multi-point games (T-5th, 7).
  • Ristolainen is the first Sabres defenseman to record seven multi-point games in a season since Jordan Leopold in 2010-11. Jaroslav Spacek (10 multi-point games in 2008-09) was the last Sabres defenseman to record more than seven.
  • His four power-play goals are the most by a Sabres defenseman since 2010-11 (Jordan Leopold, 5).
  • With 32 points (8+24) in 51 games, Ristolainen is on pace for 51 points this season. If he reaches the 50-point mark, Ristolainen would be the first Sabres defenseman with 50 points in a season since Garry Galley (1995-96) and the youngest to reach that mark since Phil Housley.

OUTSHOOTING OPPONENTS
The Sabres have outshot their opponents in 23 of 51 games this season, posting a 7-15-1 record in those games. Last season, the team finished the season 5-5-0 in 10 total games when outshooting their opponents.

POSSESSION PROGRESSION
The Sabres have led their opponent in even-strength shot attempts (corsi) in 21 of the team’s 51 games this season, going 9-10-2 in those games. Buffalo only led their opponents in even-strength shot attempts eight times throughout the entire 2014-15 season, going 3-5-0 in those eight games. (Data courtesy of war-on-ice.com)

BUF-BOS CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Joe Sacco served as an assistant coach for the Sabres during the 2013-14 season.

Former Bruins:

  • Dave Barr played for Boston from 1981 to 1983 and had two points (1+1) in 12 games played.
  • Chad Johnson spent one season with the Bruins and posted a 17-4-3 record with a .925 save percentage and a 2.10 goals-against average during the 2013-14 campaign.

Local Players:

  • Jack Eichel was born in North Chelmsford, Massachusetts.

Dan Bylsma:

  • Coached Max Talbot for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2009-2011.

Carlo Colaiacovo:

  • Played with Zac Rinaldo for the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2014-15 season.

Marcus Foligno:

  • Played with Brett Connolly for Team Canada at the 2011 World Junior Championship held in Buffalo.

Cody Franson:

  • Played with Brad Marchand for Team Canada at the 2007 World Junior Championship.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Max Talbot for Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Johan Larsson:

  • Represented Sweden alongside Loui Eriksson at the 2012 World Championship.

David Legwand:

  • Played with Landon Ferraro for the Detroit Red Wings for part of the 2013-14 season.

Jake McCabe:

  • Teammates with Jimmy Hayes for the United States at the 2014 World Championship.

Jamie McGinn:

  • Played with Matt Beleskey for Team Canada at the 2006 World U18 Championship.
  • Played with Max Talbot for the Colorado Avalanche from 2013-2015.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Teammates with Brett Connolly and Landon Ferraro for Canada at the 2009 World U18 Championship.
  • Played with Max Talbot for the Colorado Avalanche from 2013-2015.

NHL Draft:

  • Ryan O’Reilly (33rd overall), Robin Lehner (46th overall) and Landon Ferraro (32nd overall) were second-round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Mark Pysyk (23rd overall) and Brett Connolly (6th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Johan Larsson (56th overall) and Ryan Spooner (45th overall) were second-round picks in the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and David Pastrnak (25th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2014 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Kane (113), Deslauriers/Foligno(107), McGinn (103)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (100), Ristolainen (82), McCabe (60)
Shots: Kane (161), Eichel (151), Ristolainen (121)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10:
3-7-0 (6), 23/32, 9/35, 19/27
11-20: 5-3-2 (12), 21/21, 5/27, 23/29
21-30: 4-5-1 (9), 29/28, 8/29, 20/23
31-40: 3-6-1 (7), 20/27, 4/35, 17/21
41-50: 5-5-0 (10), 22/26, 6/25, 26/28
51-60: 1-0-0 (2), 3/2, 1/3, 1/2

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-1; 100-102 all-time)
Oct. 27 at PHI: W, 4-3 (GWG-Girgensons, 2:29)

Nov. 14 vs. SJS: L, 2-1 (GWG-Marleau, 2:59)
Dec. 12 vs. LAK: W, 2-1 (GWG-O’Reilly, 3:19)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-3; 66-54 all-time)
Oct. 21 vs. TOR: W, 2-1 (GDG-Moulson)

Nov. 19 at STL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Steen)
Dec. 1 at DET: L, 5-4 (GDG-Richards)
Dec. 19 vs. CHI: L, 3-2 (GDG-Kane)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Mark Pysyk … 4 games … 100 career games played
Assists
Josh Gorges … 4 assists … 100 career assists

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Game Preview: 2/3/16 at MTL

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, January 26
Buffalo 3 at Ottawa 2
Goals: Eichel (2), Kane
Goalie: Lehner (34 saves/36 shots)
PP: 1/2; PK: 2/2; Shots: Ottawa 36 – Buffalo 22

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 225)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clot, Oct. 8; injured reserve) – 50 games
Tyler Ennis (upper body, Dec. 31; injured reserve) – 13 games
Nicolas Deslauriers (lower body, Jan. 5; injured reserve) – 11 games
Sam Reinhart (upper body, Jan. 22; injured reserve) – 3 games
Josh Gorges (upper body, Jan. 22) – 3 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/3:
Activated F Nicolas Deslauriers and F Sam Reinhart from IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Feb. 4:
Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 6: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 9: Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 11: Buffalo at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 12: Montreal at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at CANADIENS

  • This is the second of five meetings between the Sabres and Canadiens this season.
  • Last meeting: Montreal defeated Buffalo, 7-2, in Buffalo on Oct. 23
  • Next meeting: Friday, Feb. 12 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Canadiens; 7-3-0 on the road
  • This is the 268th game all-time between Buffalo and Montreal; Buffalo has a 122-107-38 series record.
  • The Sabres are 52-69-13 on the road against the Canadiens all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-12-2 all-time on February 3.
  • February 3, 1985: Gilles Hamel scores twice, including a shorthanded goal, as the Sabres top the Flames, 6-1, at home.
  • February 3, 1993: The Sabres trade Dave Andreychuk, Daren Puppa, and the team’s first-round draft choice in 1993 (Kenny Jonsson) to Toronto in exchange for Grant Fuhr and the Maple Leafs’ fifth-round pick (Kevin Popp) in the 1995 Entry Draft.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • In his four games played since returning from a high ankle sprain that sidelined him for 39 games, Robin Lehner has logged one assist, a .938 save percentage and a 2.27 goals-against average.
  • The Sabres have gone 14-7-2 in their last 23 games against the Canadiens.
  • Buffalo has more wins against Montreal (122) than against any other NHL team. The Sabres have 121 wins against the Bruins, but have played 10 more games against Boston than against Montreal.
  • Matt Moulson has recorded 13 points (10+3) in his last 14 games against the Canadiens, dating back to the beginning of the 2011-12 season.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has seven points (4+3) in eight career games against Montreal.

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES
Only seven players who were on Buffalo’s 23-man roster when these teams met one year ago today in Montreal are currently on the team’s roster. The Canadiens’ current roster features12 of 23 players from last year’s roster. Here are some other comparisons of the matchup from one year ago today.

Date Feb. 3, 2015 Feb. 3, 2016
Team Buffalo Sabres Montreal Canadiens Buffalo Sabres Montreal Canadiens
Record 14-33-3 32-14-3 20-26-4 24-22-4
Top Scorers Tyler Ennis (30)

Zemgus Girgensons (24)

Drew Stafford (22)

Max Pacioretty (40)

Alex Galchenyuk (34)

Tomas Plekanec (33)

Ryan O’Reilly (40)

Jack Eichel (34)

Rasmus Ristolainen (31)

P.K. Subban (37)

Max Pacioretty (36)

Tomas Plekanec (34)

Last 10 0-10-0 6-3-1 5-5-0 2-7-1

ROAD WARRIORS
The Sabres enter tonight’s game with a 5-0-1 record in their last six road games against Atlantic Division opponents, the team’s best record in six road games against divisional opponents since they went 5-0-1 in six divisional road games from Dec. 4 to March 10, 2011. With a win or overtime loss tonight, the Sabres would have points in seven straight divisional road games for the first time in franchise history.

BACK FROM THE BREAK*
The Sabres return to action tonight after a seven-day layoff. Buffalo is 16-17-4 all-time in the first game back from the All-Star break. The Sabres are 3-3 in such games since 2005-06, outscoring their opponents by a margin of 22-15.

FINISHING STRONG AFTER THE BREAK*
Buffalo is 554-424-191 (.544) all-time in games after the All-Star break. This includes a record of 103-71-29 (.579) in those games since the lockout.

*Note: These totals do not include games after breaks for the Olympic Games.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s ninth of 15 sets of back-to-back games this season, which concludes tomorrow night in Buffalo against the Bruins. The Sabres are 2-6-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 4-4-0 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets this season is: four points (1), three points (0), two points (4), one point (0) and zero points (3).

HIGHLY RANKED

  • Entering play Tuesday, Ryan O’Reilly (21:52) led all NHL forwards in average ice time per game and Evander Kane (21:08) ranked third.
  • Despite having missed 10 games due to injury this season, Kane leads the Sabres in both shots (157) and hits (111), making him the only player in the league to lead his team in both categories. Kane ranked fourth in the league entering play Tuesday with 3.9 shots per game.
  • O’Reilly (57.1%) ranked eighth in the league in faceoff percentage before Tuesday night’s games. O’Reilly leads the league with 1,267 faceoffs taken, accounting for 42.4% of Buffalo’s total faceoffs.

YOUNG GUNS

  • Jack Eichel enters tonight’s game with 20 points (7+13) in his last 18 games, a stretch which included a career-best, four-game point streak (2+4) from Dec. 30 to Jan. 5.
  • Eichel entered Tuesday night’s games ranked in the top five among NHL rookies in goals (2nd, 16), assists (T-3rd, 18), points (2nd, 34), shots (1st, 150) and time on ice per game (5th, 18:39).
  • If they maintain their current pace, Eichel (16+18) and Sam Reinhart (12+9) would be the first pair of Sabres rookies to surpass the 30-point mark since Thomas Vanek (48) and Jason Pominville (30) did so in 2005-06.
  • Eichel (16) and Reinhart (12) are also on pace to become the second pair of rookies in Sabres history to each record 20 goals in the same season. The first pair was Danny Gare (31) and Peter McNab (22) in 1974-75.
  • With 34 points (14+18) in 50 games, Eichel is on pace for 56 points this season. If he reaches the 50-point mark, he will become the ninth Sabres rookie to record more than 50 points in a season. He would be the first since Derek Plante (1993-94) and the second-youngest to do so, trailing only Phil Housley (1982-83).

FINNISHING TOUCH

  • Entering play Tuesday night, Rasmus Ristolainen ranked in the top 15 among NHL defensemen in goals (T-12th, 8), assists (T-11th, 23), points (T-10th, 31), shots (T-11th, 118), time on ice per game (11th, 25:11) and multi-point games (T-5th, 7).
  • Ristolainen is the first Sabres defenseman to record seven multi-point games in a season since Jordan Leopold in 2010-11. Jaroslav Spacek (10 multi-point games in 2008-09) was the last Sabres defenseman to record more than seven.
  • His four power-play goals are the most by a Sabres defenseman since 2010-11 (Jordan Leopold, 5).
  • With 31 points (8+23) in 50 games, Ristolainen is on pace for 51 points this season. If he reaches the 50-point mark, Ristolainen would be the first Sabres defenseman with 50 points in a season since Garry Galley (1995-96) and the youngest to reach that mark since Phil Housley.

OUTSHOOTING OPPONENTS
The Sabres have outshot their opponents in 23 of 50 games this season, posting a 7-15-1 record in those games. Last season, the team finished the season 5-5-0 in 10 total games when outshooting their opponents.

POSSESSION PROGRESSION
The Sabres have led their opponent in even-strength shot attempts (corsi) in 20 of the team’s 50 games this season, going 8-10-2 in those games. Buffalo only led their opponents in even-strength shot attempts eight times throughout the entire 2014-15 season, going 3-5-0 in those eight games. (Data courtesy of war-on-ice.com)

BUF-MTL CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Brian Flynn played in parts of three seasons for Buffalo, totaling 41 points (17+24) in 159 games.
  • Torrey Mitchell played 60 games for the Sabres during parts of the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. He had 14 points (7+7) and 30 penalty minutes during his time in Buffalo.

Former Canadiens:

  • Brian Gionta played for the Canadiens from 2009-2014, registering 173 points (97+76) in 303 games played.  He also served as the team’s captain from 2010-2014.
  • Josh Gorges was a member of the Canadiens from 2006-2014, registering 88 points (13+75) over 464 games played.

Carlo Colaiacovo:

  • He and P.K. Subban were both born in Toronto, Ontario.
  • Colaiacovo and Lars Eller played together for the St. Louis Blues during the 2009-10 season.

Cody Franson:

  • Played with Ben Scrivens for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2011-2013.

Chad Johnson:

  • Teammates with Dale Weise for the New York Rangers during the 2010-11 season.

Evander Kane:

  • He and P.K. Subban both represented Canada at the 2009 World Junior Championship.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played with Tom Gilbert and Torrey Mitchell for the Minnesota Wild from during the 2012-13 season.

Jake McCabe:

  • Represented the United States alongside Alex Galchenyuk at the 2013 World Junior Championship and the 2014 World Championship. Jeff Petry was also a part of the 2014 World Championship squad.

Jamie McGinn:

  • He and Dale Weise share a birthday (Aug. 5, 1988).
  • Played with Torrey Mitchell for the San Jose Sharks from 2009-2012.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Played with Tomas Fleischmann for the Colorado Avalanche during part of the 2010-11 season.

NHL Draft:

  • Jamie McGinn (36th overall by San Jose) and Jeff Petry (45th overall by Edmonton) were both second-round picks in the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Johan Larsson (56th overall by Minnesota) and Devante Smith-Pelly (42nd overall by Anaheim) were both taken in the second round of the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Alex Galchenyuk (3rd overall) were both first-round selections in the 2012 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Kane (111), Deslauriers (102), Foligno/McGinn (101)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (98), Ristolainen (78), McCabe (60)
Shots: Kane (157), Eichel (150), Ristolainen (118)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10:
3-7-0 (6), 23/32, 9/35, 19/27
11-20: 5-3-2 (12), 21/21, 5/27, 23/29
21-30: 4-5-1 (9), 29/28, 8/29, 20/23
31-40: 3-6-1 (7), 20/27, 4/35, 17/21
41-50: 5-5-0 (10), 22/26, 6/25, 26/28

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-1; 100-102 all-time)
Oct. 27 at PHI: W, 4-3 (GWG-Girgensons, 2:29)

Nov. 14 vs. SJS: L, 2-1 (GWG-Marleau, 2:59)
Dec. 12 vs. LAK: W, 2-1 (GWG-O’Reilly, 3:19)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-3; 66-54 all-time)
Oct. 21 vs. TOR: W, 2-1 (GDG-Moulson)

Nov. 19 at STL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Steen)
Dec. 1 at DET: L, 5-4 (GDG-Richards)
Dec. 19 vs. CHI: L, 3-2 (GDG-Kane)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Mark Pysyk … 5 games … 100 career games played
Assists
Josh Gorges … 4 assists … 100 career assists

RECENT MILESTONES
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