Game Preview: 11/24/17 vs. EDM

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Wednesday, November 22
Minnesota 5 at Buffalo 4
Goals: Nolan (2), Eichel, Reinhart
Goalie: Johnson (10 saves/13 shots); Lehner (17 saves/19 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 1/3; Shots: Buffalo 34 – Minnesota 32

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 114)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct.5; injured reserve) – 22 games
Rasmus Ristolainen (upper body, Nov. 4; injured reserve) – 9 games
Matt Tennyson (foot, Nov. 7; injured reserve) – 8 games
Taylor Fedun (lower body, Nov. 17; injured reserve) – 4 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/22: Activated F Jacob Josefson from IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Nov. 25: Buffalo at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 28: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 1: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 2: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 5: Buffalo at Colorado, 9 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
OILERS at SABRES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Oilers this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Edmonton 4-3 (OT) in Buffalo on Dec. 6
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 23 in Edmonton
  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Oilers; 4-4-2 at home.
  • This is the 74th game all-time between Buffalo and Edmonton; Buffalo has a 24-38-11 series record.
  • The Sabres are 14-15-8 at home against the Oilers all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 6-9-3 all-time on November 24.
  • November 24, 1974: Bill Hajt scores his first NHL goal and the Sabres and Canadiens combine for 154 penalty minutes as the Buffalo defeats Montreal 6-4 at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium.
  • November 24, 1986: Gilbert Perreault announces his retirement from the NHL and Lindy Ruff is selected to serve as the sixth captain in franchise history.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 9-4-1 with a plus-17 goal differential (48-31) in their last 14 games against Edmonton.
  • With a win tonight, the Sabres will have defeated the in three straight meetings for the first time since Buffalo won each of the six matchups between the teams from Jan. 16, 2006 to Jan. 3, 2012.

STRIKING OIL

  • Kyle Okposo has tallied 10 points (6+4) in 10 career games against Edmonton.
  • Robin Lehner is 2-1-1 in four career games against the Oilers with a .934 save percentage and a 1.97 goals-against average.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 23 points (9+14) in his last 20 games against the Oilers. He enters tonight’s game on a five-game point streak against the Oilers (5+6) that includes three multi-point games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has eight points (2+6) in seven career games against the Oilers, including three points in both matchups last season.
  • Four other Sabres have a point in each of their last two games against Edmonton: Jake McCabe (0+2), Matt Moulson (1+1), Jason Pominville (0+2) and Benoit Pouliot (0+2)

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s sixth of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night at Montreal. The Sabres are 1-4-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-2-1 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (0), three points (0), two points (3), one point (1) and zero points (1).

THE KANE EVENT

  • After recording 11 points in 11 games during October for his first point-per-game month since January 2014, Evander Kane has nine points through 10 games in November.
  • Kane has scored 12 goals in his first 22 games played this season, tying him for fifth in the league.
  • Of his 12 goals, eight have come at even strength and three were shorthanded goals. Kane’s eight even-strength goals tie for 11th in the league.
  • Since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, Kane has scored 40 goals in 92 games. Those 40 goals tie for 18th in the league during that span and his 33 even-strength goals tie for seventh.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings)

  • Eichel: 2 SHP (T-3rd)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (1st), 3 SHP (T-1st), 99 S (T-3rd), 12 G (T-5th)
  • O’Reilly: 326 FOW (1st), 535 FO (2nd), 60.9% FO% (2nd)
  • Pouliot: 3 GWG (T-10th)
  • Ristolainen: 27:09 TOI/GP (1st

BUF-EDM CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Drafted by the Sabres in the first round (13th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft, Zack Kassian played in 27 games for the Sabres during the 2011-12 season. He had seven points (3+4) in 27 games.

Former Oilers:

  • Benoit Pouliot was an Oiler for three seasons from 2014-2017. He posted 84 points (41+43) in 180 games during his time in Edmonton.

Justin Falk:

  • He and Cam Talbot were both members of the New York Rangers during the 2013-14 season.

Josh Gorges:

  • Teammates with Michael Cammalleri for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2012.

Chad Johnson:

  • Played with Milan Lucic for the Boston Bruins during the 2013-14 season.
  • Teammates with Ryan Strome for the New York Islanders during the 2014-15 season.

Jacob Josefson:

  • Played with Adam Larsson for the New Jersey Devils from 2011-2016.
  • Teammates with Michael Cammalleri for the New Jersey Devils from 2014-2017. Yohann Auvitu was also a member of the club during the 2016-17 season.

Evander Kane:

  • He and Milan Lucic were both born in Vancouver, British Columbia. They were also teammates for the Vancouver Giants (WHL) during the 2006-07 season.

Robin Lehner:

  • Played with Eric Gryba for the Ottawa Senators from 2012-2015.

Matt Moulson:

  • Was a member of the Los Angeles Kings with Michael Cammalleri during the 2007-08 season.

Jordan Nolan:

  • Teammates with Milan Lucic for the Los Angeles Kings during the 2015-16 season.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Teammates with Ryan Strome for the New York Islanders from 2013-2016.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with Michael Cammalleri for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2011.
  • Played with Milan Lucic for the Boston Bruins during the 2011-12 season.
  • He and Cam Talbot were both members of the New York Rangers during the 2013-14 season.

International Teammates:

  • 2010 World Championship (Canada): Evander Kane and Kris Russell.
  • 2012 World Championship (Canada): Evander Kane, Ryan O’Reilly and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
  • 2012 World Junior Championship (Canada): Nathan Beaulieu and Ryan Strome
  • 2014 World Junior Championship (Canada): Sam Reinhart and Connor McDavid.
  • 2015 World Championship (Sweden): Jacob Josefson and Oscar Klefbom.
  • 2015 World Junior Championship (Canada): Sam Reinhart, Connor McDavid and Darnell Nurse.
  • 2016 World Championship (Canada): Ryan O’Reilly, Sam Reinhart, Connor McDavid and Cam Talbot.
  • 2016 World Cup (North America): Jack Eichel, Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

NHL Draft:

  • Jason Pominville (55th overall) and Michael Cammalleri (49th overall) were both selected in the second round of the 2001 NHL Draft.
  • Evander Kane (4th overall by Atlanta), Jacob Josefson (20th overall) and Zack Kassian (13th overall by Buffalo) were all selected in the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • The first round of the 2011 NHL Draft saw Nathan Beaulieu (17th overall), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (1st overall), Adam Larsson (4th overall), Ryan Strome (5th overall) and Oscar Klefbom (19th overall) all go off the board.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) was taken one pick before Leon Draisaitl (3rd overall) in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.
  • Jack Eichel (2nd overall) and Connor McDavid (1st overall) were the top two picks in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Kane (46), Falk (40), Ristolainen (38)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (31), Scandella (31), Falk (23)
Shots: Kane (99), Eichel (69), O’Reilly (57)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 3-5-2 (8), 26/36, 5/36, 29/35
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 20/35, 5/28, 23/27
21-30: 0-2-0 (0), 6/8, 0/6, 2/4

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-3; 109-114 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron)
Oct. 21 at BOS: W, 5-4 (GWG-O’Reilly)
Nov. 11 at MTL: L, 2-1 (GWG-Pacioretty)
Nov. 14 at PIT: L, 5-4 (GWG-Sheary)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-1; 69-65 all-time)
Oct. 5 vs. MTL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Drouin)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Wins
Buffalo Sabres … 5 home wins … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Zemgus Girgensons … 4 games … 300 career games played
Marco Scandella … 5 games … 400 career games played
Ryan O’Reilly … 8 games … 600 career games played
Assists
Matt Moulson … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 8 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Marco Scandella … 5 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Johan Larsson … 200th NHL game … Nov. 22 vs. MIN
Sam Reinhart … 100th NHL point … Nov. 22 vs. MIN

Post-Game Report: 11/22 vs. Minnesota

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Wild
(10-8-3)
3 2 0 5 32
Sabres
(5-13-4)
1 2 1 4 34

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • Jordan Nolan scored the first two goals of his Sabres career.
    • With his second goal of the night, Nolan matched his career high. His only previous two-goal game occurred on Dec. 1, 2016.
  • With his goal, Sam Reinhart now has five points (3+2) in his last five games.
    • The goal was also Reinhart’s 100th career NHL point (55+45).
  • Jack Eichel’s goal gave him three points (2+1) in three career games against Minnesota.
  • With assists on Eichel’s goal, Evander Kane has five points (1+4) in his last five games against the Wild and Jason Pominville now has four points (1+3) in his last four games against Minnesota.
  • Victor Antipin skated a career-high 21:40 tonight, topping his previous high (19:28 on Nov. 4 at Dallas) by more than two minutes.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Wild Dubnyk W .882 4.00
Sabres Johnson
Lehner

L
.769
.895
9.00
3.09

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Wild Dubnyk 9-6-2 .918 2.58
Sabres Johnson
Lehner
1-4-2
4-9-2
.885
.902
3.59
3.08

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly

Sabres forward Jason Pominville

Sabres forward Jordan Nolan

Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau

Wild forward Mikael Granlund

Wild forward Nino Niederreiter

Wild forward Tyler Ennis

Game Preview: 11/22/17 vs. MIN

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Monday, November 20
Columbus 3 at Buffalo 2
Goals: Reinhart, Kane
Goalie: Lehner (26 saves/29 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 1/1; Shots: Buffalo 32 – Columbus 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 110)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct.5; injured reserve) – 21 games
Rasmus Ristolainen (upper body, Nov. 4; injured reserve) – 8 games
Matt Tennyson (foot, Nov. 7; injured reserve) – 7 games
Taylor Fedun (lower body, Nov. 17; injured reserve) – 3 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/16: Recalled F Kyle Criscuolo and D Casey Nelson from Rochester (AHL); Placed D Taylor Fedun and D Matt Tennyson on IR; Assigned F Nicholas Baptiste to Rochester (AHL)
11/17: Activated F Evan Rodrigues from IR; Assigned Rodrigues to Rochester (AHL)
11/22: Activated F Jacob Josefson from IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, Nov. 24: Edmonton at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 25: Buffalo at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 28: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 1: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 2: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
WILD at SABRES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Wild this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Minnesota 2-1 in Minnesota on Nov. 1, 2016
  • Next meeting: Thursday, Jan. 4 in Minnesota
  • The Sabres are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Wild; 2-7-1 at home
  • This is the 21st game all-time between Buffalo and Minnesota; Buffalo has a 9-10-1 series record.
  • The Sabres are 2-7-1 at home against the Wild all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-9-3 all-time on November 22.
  • November 22, 2000: The Sabres introduce their first-ever alternate jersey, a red jersey whose logo was a tribute to the original team logo.
  • November 22, 2002: Ryan Miller makes 17 saves to earn his first NHL win in a 5-4 victory against Columbus.
  • November 22, 2005: The Sabres retire Danny Gare’s number 18 before a matchup with the New York Rangers.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • If he dresses, tonight will be Johan Larsson’s 200th career NHL game.
  • Victor Antipin has three assists in his last four games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly is on a three-game point streak and has eight points in nine games so far in November. With a multi-point game tonight, he would be on track for his first point-per-game month since April 2016.
  • Robin Lehner is 2-3-1 in seven appearances at home this season with a .944 save percentage and a 1.74 goals-against average.
  • The road team has won 15 of the 20 games all-time between the Sabres and Wild, including each of the last five.

RUNNING WILD

  • Robin Lehner is 2-0-1 against the Wild in his career with a .965 save percentage and a 0.97 goals-against average.
  • Evander Kane has four points (1+3) in four games against Minnesota since the beginning of the 2014-15 season.
  • Seth Griffith set career highs with two goals and three points against the Wild on Oct. 28, 2014.

THE KANE EVENT

  • After recording 11 points in 11 games during October for his first point-per-game month since January 2014, Evander Kane has eight points through nine games in November.
  • Kane has scored 12 goals in his first 21 games played this season, tying him for fifth in the league.
  • Of his 12 goals, eight have come at even strength and three were shorthanded goals. Kane’s eight even-strength goals tie for ninth in the league.
  • Since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, Kane has scored 40 goals in 91 games. Those 40 goals tie for 17th in the league during that span and his 33 even-strength goals tie for seventh.

*All rankings before 11/21 games

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 11/21 games)

  • Eichel: 2 SHP (T-3rd)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (1st), 3 SHP (T-1st), 96 S (3rd), 12 G (T-5th), 8 ESG (T-9th)
  • O’Reilly: 315 FOW (1st), 515 FO (2nd), 61.2% FO% (2nd)
  • Pouliot: 3 GWG (T-8th)
  • Ristolainen: 27:09 TOI/GP (1st)

BUF-MIN CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres: 

  • Tyler Ennis posted 236 points (97+139) in 419 games for the Sabres from 2009-2017 after Buffalo made him the 26th overall pick in the first round of the 2008 NHL Draft.
  • Buffalo selected Marcus Foligno in the fourth round (104th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft, and he went on to record 116 points (49+67) in 345 games for the Sabres from 2011-2017.
  • Chris Stewart spent two seasons with the Sabres, posting 25 points (11+14) in 66 games. Stewart was traded to the Wild on March 2, 2015 in exchange for a 2017 second-round selection.

Former Wild:

  • Justin Falk was Minnesota’s fourth-round pick (110th overall) in the 2007 NHL Draft. In 121 games for the Wild from 2009-2013, Falk recorded 15 points (1+14) and 107 penalty minutes.
  • Johan Larsson was Minnesota’s second-round pick (56th overall) in the 2010 NHL Draft. He only played one game for the Wild before being traded to Buffalo as part of the Jason Pominville trade.
  • Matt Moulson spent part of the 2013-14 season with the Wild, tallying 13 points (6+7) in 20 games and adding three points (1+2) in 10 playoff games.
  • After starting his career in Buffalo, Jason Pominville was traded to the Wild on April 3, 2013. In 327 games for Minnesota from 2013-2017, Pominville recorded 206 points (76+130) and a plus-24 rating.
  • Benoit Pouliot recorded 18 points (9+9) in 65 games for the Wild after Minnesota selected him in the first round (4th overall) of the 2005 NHL Draft.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Teammates with Charlie Coyle for the Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) during the 2011-12 season.

Jack Eichel

  • Represented the United States alongside Charlie Coyle and Mike Reilly in the 2015 World Championship.

Justin Falk:

  • Played with Jared Spurgeon for the Spokane Chiefs (WHL) from 2005-2008.

Evander Kane

  • Teammates with Tyler Ennis for Team Canada at the 2009 World Junior Championship.
  • Represented Canada alongside Devan Dubnyk in the 2011 and 2012 World Championship.

Jake McCabe

  • Played with Charlie Coyle and Jason Zucker for the United States National Team Development Program from 2009-2010.
  • Represented the United States alongside Mike Reilly at the 2013 World Junior Championship.

Matt Moulson

  • Teammates with Kyle Quincey for the Los Angeles Kings during the 2008-09 season.
  • Played with Nino Niederreiter for the New York Islanders from 2010-2012.

Kyle Okposo

  • Represented the United States alongside Ryan Suter at the 2009 World Championship.
  • Played with Nino Niederreiter for the New York Islanders from 2010-2012.

Ryan O’Reilly

  • Teammates with Kyle Quincey for the Colorado Avalanche from 2009-2012. Chris Stewart was also on the team from 2009-2011 and Daniel Winnick was on the team from 2010-2012.
  • Represented Canada alongside Devan Dubnyk in the 2012 and 2013 World Championship. Eric Staal was also a part of the 2013 squad.
  • He and Tyler Ennis were both members of Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Matt Dumba for Team Canada during the 2016 World Championship.

Sam Reinhart

  • Represented Canada alongside Matt Dumba in the 2014 World Junior Championship and the 2016 World Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Kyle Okposo (7th overall) and Chris Stewart (18th overall) were selected in the first round of the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Johan Larsson (56th overall) and Jason Zucker (59th overall) were both second-round selections in the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Nathan Beaulieu (17th overall) and Jonas Brodin (10th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Mathew Dumba (7th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Jack Eichel (2nd overall) and Joel Eriksson Ek (20th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Kane (44), Ristolainen (38), Falk/Pouliot (36)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (31), Scandella (31), Falk (22)
Shots: Kane (96), Eichel (67), O’Reilly (54)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 3-5-2 (8), 26/36, 5/36, 29/35
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 20/35, 5/28, 23/27
21-30: 0-1-0 (0), 2/3, 0/3, 1/1

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-3; 109-114 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron)
Oct. 21 at BOS: W, 5-4 (GWG-O’Reilly)
Nov. 11 at MTL: L, 2-1 (GWG-Pacioretty)
Nov. 14 at PIT: L, 5-4 (GWG-Sheary)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-1; 69-65 all-time)
Oct. 5 vs. MTL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Drouin)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Wins
Buffalo Sabres … 5 home wins … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Johan Larsson … 1 game … 200 career games played
Zemgus Girgensons … 5 games … 300 career games played
Marco Scandella … 6 games … 400 career games played
Ryan O’Reilly … 9 games … 600 career games played
Assists
Matt Moulson … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 8 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Sam Reinhart … 1 point … 100 career points
Marco Scandella … 5 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Kyle Criscuolo … 1st NHL game … Nov. 17 at DET

Post-Game Report: 11/20 vs. Columbus

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Blue Jackets
(13-7-1)
0 1 2 3 29
Sabres
(5-12-4)
0 0 2 2 32

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • At 18:14 of the third period, the NHL Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play at the Columbus net. The referee informed the Situation Room that he deemed the play dead before the puck reached the goal line. This is not a reviewable play and therefore the referee’s call on the ice stood- no goal Buffalo.
  • With his goal tonight, Sam Reinhart now has a point in five of his last six games against the Blue Jackets (4+1).
  • Victor Antipin’s assist on Reinhart’s goal gives him three assists in his last four games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly’s assist gives him a three-game point streak and nine points (4+5) in his last 10 games.
  • Evander Kane’s 12th goal of the season ties him for fifth in the NHL. He now has 10 points (6+4) in his last 10 games against Columbus, dating back to the beginning of the 2013-14 season.
  • Jack Eichel recorded his 11th primary assist of the season tonight while leading all Sabres forwards in ice time with 20:54. He is now tied for fifth in the league in primary assists.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Blue Jackets Bobrovsky W .938 2.00
Sabres Lehner L .897 3.06

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Blue Jackets Bobrovsky 12-4-1 .933 2.02
Sabres Lehner 4-8-2 .903 3.08

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jason Pominville

Sabres forward Evander Kane

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella

Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner

Blue Jackets forward Pierre-Luc Dubois

Blue Jackets defenseman Markus Nutivaara

Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky

Game Preview: 11/20/17 vs. CBJ

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, November 18
Carolina 3 at Buffalo 1
Goals: Kane
Goalie: Johnson (30 saves/32 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 0/2; PK: 4/4; Shots: Carolina 33 – Buffalo 25

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 105)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct.5; injured reserve) – 20 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body, Oct. 17; injured reserve) – 14 games
Rasmus Ristolainen (upper body, Nov. 4; injured reserve) – 7 games
Matt Tennyson (foot, Nov. 7; injured reserve) – 6 games
Taylor Fedun (lower body, Nov. 17; injured reserve) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/16: Recalled F Kyle Criscuolo and D Casey Nelson from Rochester (AHL); Placed D Taylor Fedun and D Matt Tennyson on IR; Assigned F Nicholas Baptiste to Rochester (AHL)
11/17: Activated F Evan Rodrigues from IR; Assigned Rodrigues to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Wednesday, Nov. 22: Minnesota at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 24: Edmonton at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 25: Buffalo at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 28: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 1: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
BLUE JACKETS at SABRES

  • This is the second of three meetings between the Sabres and Blue Jackets this season.
  • Last meeting: Columbus defeated Buffalo 5-1 in Columbus on Oct. 25
  • Next meeting: Thursday, Jan. 11 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games vs. Blue Jackets; 4-5-1 at home
  • This is the 28th game all-time between Buffalo and Columbus; Buffalo has a 10-15-2 series record.
  • The Sabres are 6-7-1 at home against the Blue Jackets all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 12-1-1 all-time on November 20.
  • November 20, 1997: Dominik Hasek earns his first of a career-best 13 shutouts in the 1997-98 season and the Sabres snap a five-game winless streak with a 5-0 win at Boston.
  • November 20, 2006: The Sabres score seven goals on 13 shots in the second period on the way to a 7-2 win vs. Tampa Bay.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Ryan O’Reilly has seven points in eight games so far in November. With a multi-point game tonight, he would be on track for his first point-per-game month since April 2016.
  • Robin Lehner is 2-2-1 in six appearances at home this season with a .952 save percentage and a 1.49 goals-against average.
  • Lehner is 5-2-0 in his career against the Blue Jackets with a .951 save percentage and a 1.81 goals-against average.
  • Evander Kane has nine points (5+4) in his last nine games against Columbus, dating back to the beginning of the 2013-14 season.
  • Matt Moulson has totaled six points (2+4) in his last six games against the Blue Jackets.
  • Kyle Okposo has seven points (3+4) in his last seven games against Columbus.
  • Jack Eichel has totaled six points (2+4) in seven career games against Columbus.

THE KANE EVENT

  • After recording 11 points in 11 games during October for his first point-per-game month since January 2014, Evander Kane has seven points through eight games in November.
  • Kane has scored 11 goals in his first 20 games played this season, tying him for seventh in the league entering play Sunday. It is Kane’s quickest 20-game start of his career, topping his mark of nine goals in his first 20 games in 2012-13.
  • Since scoring his first goal of the 2016-17 season on Dec. 3, 2016, Kane has scored 39 goals in his last 78 games. Entering play Sunday, those 39 goals ranked fifth in the league during that span and his 32 even-strength goals ranked second only to Auston Matthews (34).

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 11/19 games)

  • Eichel: 2 SHP (T-3rd)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (1st), 3 SHP (T-1st), 93 S (3rd), 11 G (T-7th)
  • O’Reilly: 293 FOW (1st), 489 FO (2nd), 59.9% FO% (2nd)
  • Pouliot: 3 GWG (T-8th)
  • Ristolainen: 27:09 TOI/GP (2nd)

BUF-CBJ CONNECTIONS
Former Blue Jackets:

  • Justin Falk played for Columbus from 2014-2016, posting six points (1+5) in 29 games. He was also a member of the Lake Erie Monster’s Calder Cup-winning squad in 2016.

Local Players:

  • Nick Foligno was born in Buffalo.

Phil Housley:

  • Served as an assistant coach for the Nashville predators when Seth Jones was with the team from 2013-2016.

Victor Antipin:

  • Teammates with Sergei Bobrovsky at the 2016 World Championship.
  • Represented Russia alongside Artemi Panarin at the 2017 World Championship.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Represented Canada alongside Scott Harrington, Boone Jenner and Ryan Murray at the 2012 World Junior Championship.

Jack Eichel:

  • Represented the United States at the 2015 World Junior Championship with Sonny Milano and Zach Werenski.
  • Teammates with Seth Jones for the United States at the 2015 World Championship and for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
  • Played with Ryan Murray for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Seth Griffith:

  • Played with Scott Harrington for the London Knights (OHL) from 2009-2013. Josh Anderson was also on the quad from 2011-2013.

Chad Johnson:

  • Teammates with Brandon Dubinsky for the New York Rangers from 2009-2011.

Robin Lehner:

  • Played with Nick Foligno for the Ottawa Senators from 2010-2012.

Jake McCabe:

  • Represented the United States alongside Seth Jones at the 2014 World Championship.
  • Played with Nick Foligno at the 2016 World Championship for the United States.

Matt Moulson:

  • Played with Jack Johnson for the Los Angeles Kings from 2007-2009.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Teammates with David Savard for Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.
  • Represented Team Canada at the 2016 World Championships alongside Boone Jenner and Ryan Murray.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Represented the United States alongside Brandon Dubinsky at the 2010 World Championship.
  • Played with Nick Foligno and Jack Johnson at the 2009 and 2010 World Championships. Okposo and Johnson were also teammates at the 2007 World Junior Championship.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with Nick Foligno for the Sudbury Wolves (OHL) from 2004-2006.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Teammates with Josh Anderson for Team Canada at the 2014 World Junior Championship.
  • Represented Team Canada at the 2016 World Championships alongside Boone Jenner and Ryan Murray.

NHL Draft:

  • Benoit Pouliot (4th overall) was taken one selection after Jack Johnson (3rd overall) in the first round of the 2005 NHL Draft.
  • Kyle Okposo (7th overall) and Nick Foligno (28th overall) were both chosen in the first round of the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Ryan Murray (2nd overall) were both chosen in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Sonny Milano (16th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.
  • Jack Eichel (2nd overall), Zach Werenski (8th overall) and Gabriel Carlsson (29th overall) were all selected in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Kane (42), Ristolainen (38), Pouliot (35)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (31), McCabe (29), Falk (21)
Shots: Kane (93), Eichel (62), O’Reilly (50)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 3-5-2 (8), 26/36, 5/36, 29/35
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 20/35, 5/28, 23/27

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-3; 109-114 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron)
Oct. 21 at BOS: W, 5-4 (GWG-O’Reilly)
Nov. 11 at MTL: L, 2-1 (GWG-Pacioretty)
Nov. 14 at PIT: L, 5-4 (GWG-Sheary)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-1; 69-65 all-time)
Oct. 5 vs. MTL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Drouin)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Wins
Buffalo Sabres … 5 home wins … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Johan Larsson … 2 games … 200 career games played
Zemgus Girgensons … 6 games … 300 career games played
Marco Scandella … 7 games … 400 career games played
Assists
Matt Moulson … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 8 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Sam Reinhart … 2 points … 100 career points
Marco Scandella … 6 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Kyle Criscuolo … 1st NHL game … Nov. 17 at DET