Game Preview: 10/17/17 at VGK

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Sunday, October 15
Buffalo 3 at Anaheim 1
Goals: Bailey, Reinhart, Larsson
Goalie: Johnson (25 saves/26 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 4/4; Shots: Buffalo 31 – Anaheim 26

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 20)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Justin Falk (undisclosed, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 6 games
Evan Rodrigues (hand, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 6 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct.5; injured reserve) – 6 games
Kyle Okposo (illness, Oct. 14) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/15: Recalled F Justin Bailey from Rochester (AHL); placed D Zach Bogosian on injured reserve

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, Oct. 20: Vancouver at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 21: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 24: Detroit at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 25: Buffalo at Columbus, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 28: San Jose at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at GOLDEN KNIGHTS

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Golden Knights this season.
  • Next meeting: Saturday, March 10 in Buffalo
  • This is the first game all-time between Buffalo and Vegas.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-14-1 all-time on October 17.
  • October 17, 1974: Lee Fogolin and Don Luce score goals four seconds apart in the third period as the Sabres defeat the California Golden Seals 6-1.
  • October 17, 1979: The Sabres top the Hartford Whalers 3-1 in the first ever meeting between the clubs.
  • October 17, 1990: Gilbert Perreault’s number 11 is raised to the rafters at Memorial Auditorium, making Perreault the first player in franchise history to have his number retired.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is Buffalo’s final in a four-game road trip against Pacific Division opponents. The Sabres are 1-2-0 in the first three.
  • After Sunday night’s 3-1 win at Anaheim, the Sabres are looking to win in consecutive visits to Pacific Division teams for the first time since the team won six straight from Jan. 6, 2011 to Nov. 5, 2013.
  • The last time the Sabres earned consecutive wins on a Pacific Division road trip was on Feb. 29 and March 1, 2012.

WELCOME TO FABULOUS LAS VEGAS
The Sabres are visiting the Golden Knights for the first-ever meeting between the teams.

  • The Sabres are 14-2-1 all-time in the first game against teams that joined the league via expansion after 1970. The last such game was a 2-1 loss vs. Columbus on Jan. 23, 2001.
  • Buffalo is 10-3-4 all-time in the team’s first road game against a new expansion team, including a 4-1-1 record in the six inaugural matchups that took place on the road.

A NEW LOOK
Buffalo had a franchise-record 10 players in the opening night lineup who weren’t on the team’s roster in 2016-17: Antipin, Beaulieu, Griffith, Johnson, Josefson, Nolan, Pominville, Pouliot, Scandella and Tennyson. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the most new players an NHL team has had in its opening night lineup since the 2011-12 Florida Panthers (11).

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 10/16 games)

  • Kane: 2 SHG (1st), 34 S (3rd)
  • O’Reilly: 130 FO (3rd), 81 FOW (3rd), 62.3% FO% (7th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:40 TOI (1st)

BUF-VGK CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • William Carrier played in 41 games for the Sabres during the 2016-17 season and recorded eight points (5+3) before being selected by the Golden Knights in the 2017 Expansion Draft.
  • Brayden McNabb was selected by the Sabres in the third round (66th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft. He spent two seasons in Buffalo, suiting up for 37 games and tallying eight points (1+7) before being traded to the Kings on March 5, 2014.

Jack Eichel:

  • Represented the United States alongside Alex Tuch at the 2015 World Junior Championship.

Seth Griffith:

  • Teammates with Reilly Smith for the Florida Panthers for part of the 2016-17 season. He and Smith were both teammates with the Boston Bruins for part of the 2014-15 season as well.
  • Played with Brendan Leipsic for the Toronto Marlies (AHL) during the 2016-17 season.

Chad Johnson:

  • He and Griffin Reinhart were teammates for the New York Islanders during part of the 2014-15 season.
  • Played with Deryk Engelland for the Calgary Flames during the 2016-17 season.

Evander Kane:

  • Represented Canada alongside James Neal at the 2011 World Championship.

Jordan Nolan:

  • Teammates with Brayden McNabb for the Los Angeles Kings from 2014-2017.

Kyle Okposo:

  • He and Griffin Reinhart were teammates for the New York Islanders during part of the 2014-15 season.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Teammates with Cody Eakin and Brayden McNabb for Team Canada at the 2009 World U18 Championship and the 2015 World Championship.

Jason Pominville:

  • He and Clayton Stoner were teammates for the Minnesota Wild from 2013-14.
  • Teammates with Alex Tuch for the Minnesota Wild during the 2016-17 campaign.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with Brad Hunt for the Edmonton Oilers from 2014-2016. He and Griffin Reinhart were teammates in Edmonton during the 2016-17 season.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Griffin Reinhart is Sam’s brother.
  • Played alongside Cody Eakin and Brayden McNabb during the 2010-11 season with the Kootenay Ice (WHL).

Marco Scandella:

  • He and Clayton Stoner were teammates for the Minnesota Wild from 2010-2014.
  • Teammates with Alex Tuch for the Minnesota Wild during the 2016-17 campaign.

NHL Draft:

  • Johan Larsson (56th overall) was taken one pick before Oscar Lindberg (57th overall) in the second round of the 2010 NHL Draft. Jon Merrill (38th overall) was also selected in the second round in 2010.
  • The first round of the 2012 NHL Draft saw Zemgus Girgensons go off the board at 14th overall, 10 picks after Griffin Reinhart was taken with the 4th overall selection and 10 picks before Malcom Subban was taken with the 24th overall pick.
  • Seth Griffith (131st overall) and Colin Miller (151st overall) were both selected in the fifth round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Justin Bailey (52nd overall) and William Carrier (57th overall) were both taken in the second round of the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Alex Tuch (18th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2014 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (19), Kane (15), Girgensons/Larsson (11)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (13), Scandella (9), Gorges/Ristolainen (8)
Shots: Kane (34), Eichel/Ristolainen (15), O’Reilly (14)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 1-4-1 (3), 14/23, 2/22, 17/21

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-0; 108-11 all-time)
N/A

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Kyle Okposo … 2 games … 600 career games played
Jordan Nolan … 4 games … 300 career games played
Assists
Jason Pominville … 1 assist … 275 assists with Buffalo (T-8th in franchise history, Hawerchuk)
Matt Moulson … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Points
Sam Reinhart … 9 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Evander Kane … 500th NHL game … Oct. 12 at SJS

SABRES RECALL BAILEY FROM AMERKS

BUFFALO, N.Y. (October 15, 2017) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has recalled forward Justin Bailey from the Rochester Americans (AHL).

Bailey (6’4”, 214 lbs., 7/1/1995) currently leads the Amerks with two goals and is tied for the team lead with a plus-2 rating through three games in 2017-18. Last season, the Williamsville, New York native ranked third among Rochester skaters with 23 goals and finished the campaign with 36 points (23+13) in 52 AHL contests.

Buffalo’s second-round pick (52nd overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft, Bailey has registered four points (2+2) in 40 career NHL games for the Sabres during the last two seasons.

In a corresponding move, the Sabres have placed defenseman Zach Bogosian on injured reserve.

Game Preview: 10/15/17 at ANA

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, October 14
Buffalo 2 at Los Angeles 4
Goals: Girgensons, Eichel
Goalie: Lehner (26 saves/29 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 0/3; PK: 0/3; Shots: Los Angeles 30 – Buffalo 25

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 16)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Justin Falk (undisclosed, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 5 games
Evan Rodrigues (hand, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 5 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct.5; injured reserve) – 5 games
Kyle Okposo (illness, Oct. 14) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/15:
Recalled F Justin Bailey from Rochester (AHL); placed D Zach Bogosian on injured reserve

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Oct. 17: Buffalo at Vegas, 10 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 20: Vancouver at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 21: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 24: Detroit at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 25: Buffalo at Columbus, 8 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at DUCKS

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Ducks this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Anaheim 2-1 (SO) in Anaheim on March 17
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 6 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Ducks; 4-6-0 on the road
  • This is the 35th game all-time between Buffalo and Anaheim; Buffalo has a 17-14-3 series record.
  • The Sabres are 9-8-0 on the road against the Ducks all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-9-2 all-time on October 15.
  • October 15, 1970: The Sabres fall 3-0 to Montreal in the first home game in franchise history.
  • October 15, 2013: Thomas Vanek scores his 253rd goal as a Sabre, passing Danny Gare for fifth on the all-time franchise goal list.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is Buffalo’s third in a four-game road trip against Pacific Division opponents. The Sabres will visit Vegas for the team’s first-ever meeting with the Golden Knights on Tuesday.
  • With a road win the last time these teams met, the Sabres are looking for consecutive road wins against the Ducks for the first time since the team won six straight visits to Anaheim from Jan. 7, 1998 to Oct. 24, 2003.
  • A win tonight would give the Sabres consecutive wins against the Ducks for the first time since Buffalo won three in a row from Dec. 21, 2010 to Feb. 29, 2012.
  • Kyle Okposo has totaled nine points (5+4) in nine career games against Anaheim.

SHUTTING OUT THE DUCKS

  • The Sabres have shut out the Ducks seven times in the 34 all-time games between the clubs (Dominik Hasek-3, Martin Biron-2, Chad Johnson-1, Ryan Miller-1). This amounts to one shutout for every 4.85 meetings, the Sabres’ highest shutout-to-games ratio against any NHL team.
  • This ratio is so much higher against the Ducks than the next closest opponent that the Ducks would have to score a goal in each of the next 27 meetings between the teams for the ratio to fall behind the next highest current ratio (Columbus, three shutouts in 26 games – 8.67 games per shutout).
  • The Sabres’ last shutout against the Ducks occurred four meetings ago (Dec. 17, 2015 in Buffalo).

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s first of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 4-2 loss at Los Angeles last night. The Sabres were 8-8-3 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 6-12-1 in the second game last season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back last season was: four points (2), three points (2), two points (8), one point (2) and zero points (5).

A NEW LOOK
Buffalo had a franchise-record 10 players in the opening night lineup who weren’t on the team’s roster in 2016-17. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the most new players an NHL team has had in its opening night lineup since the 2011-12 Florida Panthers (11).

ARE YOU EXPERIENCED?
The 23 players on the Sabres’ opening-day roster had combined to play 7,866 NHL games before last Thursday’s opener vs. Montreal, 1,044 more than last year’s 23-man opening-day roster had between them. The average Sabres skater entering the 2017-18 season had played 45 more NHL games than his counterpart from last season.

Sabres’ Opening-Day NHL Experience

Season Total NHL GP Average GP/Player
2017-18 7,866 342
2016-17 6,822 297
2015-16 5,914 257
2014-15 5,858 255
2013-14 5,516 240

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings)

  • Kane: 2 SHG (1st), 30 S (3rd)
  • O’Reilly: 66.3% FO% (5th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:38 TOI (1st)

2017-18 ROSTER NOTES
Of the 23 players on Buffalo’s opening night roster:

  • Six were originally drafted by the Sabres — four were first-round Buffalo selections (Girgensons, 2012; Ristolainen, 2013; Reinhart, 2014; Eichel, 2015) and two were second-round picks (Pominville, 2001; McCabe, 2012).
  • Nine were acquired in trades: Beaulieu, Bogosian, Gorges, Kane, Larsson, Lehner, O’Reilly, Pominville, Scandella
  • Eight were signed as free agents: Antipin, Griffith, Johnson, Josefson, Moulson, Okposo, Pouliot, Tennyson
  • One was claimed off waivers: Nolan
  • 13 played in Buffalo at some point last season: Bogosian, Eichel, Girgensons, Gorges, Kane, Larsson, Lehner, McCabe, Moulson, Okposo, O’Reilly, Reinhart, Ristolainen
  • 10 are new to the Sabres this season: Antipin, Beaulieu, Griffith, Johnson, Josefson, Nolan, Pominville, Pouliot, Scandella, Tennyson

BUF-ANA CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Derek Grant played in 40 games for the Sabres during the 2016-17 season and recorded three assists.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played with John Gibson for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Ryan Getzlaf for Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Seth Griffith:

  • Played with Reto Berra as members of the Florida Panthers during the 2016-17 season.

Chad Johnson:

  • Played with Antoine Vermette for the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2012-13 season.

Jacob Josefson

  • Represented Sweden alongside Dennis Rasmussen and Jakob Silfverberg at the 2010 World Junior Championship.

Evander Kane:

  • Played with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry on Team Canada at the 2012 World Championship. Kane and Perry were also on the 2010 World Championship squad,
  • He and Antoine Vermette were teammates for Team Canada at the 2011 World Championship.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played with Jakob Silfverberg for Team Sweden at the 2012 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Clayton Stoner for the Minnesota Wild during the 2012-13 season.

Robin Lehner:

  • He and Derek Grant were teammates for the Ottawa Senators from 2012-2014 and for the Binghamton Senators (AHL) from 2010-2013. Jakob Silfverberg was also on the team during the 2012-13 season.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played with John Gibson for the United States at the 2013 World Junior Championship and the 2014 World Championship.

Matt Moulson:

  • Teammates with Jonathan Bernier for the Los Angeles Kings for part of the 2007-08 season.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played with Cam Fowler and John Gibson for Team USA at the 2012 World Championship.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Played with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry on Team Canada at the 2012 World Championship. They were also teammates for Canada at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Perry and O’Reilly also represented Canada at the 2016 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Reto Berra for the Colorado Avalanche from 2013-2015.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Played with Nick Ritchie for Team Canada at the 2015 World Junior Championship.
  • Teammates with Corey Perry for Team Canada at the 2016 World Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Benoit Pouliot (4th overall) and Andrew Cogliano (25th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2005 NHL Draft. They were also both on the 2006 Canadian World Junior team that took home the gold medal.
  • Ryan O’Reilly (33rd overall), Robin Lehner (46th overall) and Jakob Silfverberg (39th overall) were second-round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Nathan Beaulieu (17th overall) and Rickard Rakell (30th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Nick Ritchie (10th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (16), Kane (14), Pouliot/Scandella (9)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (9), Ristolainen (7), Gorges (7)
Shots: Kane (30), O’Reilly/Ristolainen (13), Eichel (12)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 0-4-1 (1), 11/22, 2/19, 13/17

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-0; 108-11 all-time)
N/A

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Kyle Okposo … 2 games … 600 career games played
Jordan Nolan … 5 games … 300 career games played
Assists
Jason Pominville … 2 assists … T-8th in franchise history (Hawerchuk)
Matt Moulson … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Points
Sam Reinhart … 10 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Evander Kane … 500th NHL game … Oct. 12 at SJS

Game Preview: 10/14/17 at LAK

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, October 12
Buffalo 2 at San Jose 3
Goals: Pominville (2)
Goalie: Lehner (23 saves/26 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 2/3; Shots: San Jose 26 – Buffalo 25

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 12)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Justin Falk (undisclosed, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 4 games
Evan Rodrigues (hand, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 4 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct.5) – 4 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
Sunday, Oct. 15: Buffalo at Anaheim, 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 17: Buffalo at Vegas, 10 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 20: Vancouver at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 21: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 24: Detroit at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at KINGS

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Kings this season.
  • Last meeting: Los Angeles defeated Buffalo 2-0 in Los Angeles on March 16
  • The Sabres are 6-4-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Kings; 2-7-1 on the road
  • This is the 122nd game all-time between Buffalo and Los Angeles; Buffalo has a 59-43-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 24-27-10 on the road against the Kings all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-9-1 all-time on October 14.
  • October 14, 1971: Mike Robitaille scores his first goal as a member of the Sabres.
  • October 14, 2006: Chris Drury records his first and only hat trick in a Sabres uniform in a 7-4 win over the New York Rangers.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is Buffalo’s second in a four-game road trip against Pacific Division opponents. The Sabres will visit Anaheim tomorrow night before visiting Vegas for the team’s first-ever meeting with the Golden Knights on Tuesday.
  • Buffalo and Los Angeles have split the season series in each of the last four seasons.
  • The Sabres are seeking their first road win against the Kings since their 4-2 victory on Oct. 8, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. All four of the team’s trips to Los Angeles since that win have been 2-0 Kings wins.
  • Kyle Okposo has five assists in his last three games against the Kings.
  • Jason Pominville has four points in his last three games against Los Angeles.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has nine points (5+4) in his last eight games against the Kings.
  • Chad Johnson is 2-0-0 in three appearances against the Kings with a .942 save percentage.

HOME-ICE ADVANTAGE

  • With the exception of the 2011 NHL Premiere* meeting between these teams, the home team has won the last 14 games between the Sabres and the Kings.
  • The last time one of these teams won in the other team’s arena was a 5-1 Sabres victory on Oct. 23, 2003, when the Sabres snapped a six-game winless streak (0-5-1) in road games against the Kings that dated back to March 13, 1996 (6-2 Sabres win).
  • Buffalo enters tonight’s game 0-5-1 in the team’s last six games in Los Angeles.

*The Sabres topped the Kings 4-2 in a road game on Oct. 8, 2011, but the game was held in Berlin, Germany as part of the 2011 NHL Premiere series.

MULTI-GOAL GAMES

  • The Sabres have had a multi-goal scorer in each of their first four games of the season (PominvilleKaneKanePominville).
  • It marks the first time the team has had a player score at least two goals in four straight games since March 12 to 19, 2013 (Foligno, Stafford, Hodgson, Ott).
  • With a multi-goal game tonight, the team would have a multi-goal scorer in five straight games for the first time since Jan.20 to Feb.1, 2007 (Briere, Drury, Hecht, Briere, Drury).

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s first of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night at Anaheim. The Sabres were 8-8-3 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 6-12-1 in the second game last season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back last season was: four points (2), three points (2), two points (8), one point (2) and zero points (5).

A NEW LOOK
Buffalo had a franchise-record 10 players in the opening night lineup who weren’t on the team’s roster in 2016-17. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the most new players an NHL team has had in its opening night lineup since the 2011-12 Florida Panthers (11).

ARE YOU EXPERIENCED?
The 23 players on the Sabres’ opening-day roster had combined to play 7,866 NHL games before last Thursday’s opener vs. Montreal, 1,044 more than last year’s 23-man opening-day roster had between them. The average Sabres skater entering the 2017-18 season had played 45 more NHL games than his counterpart from last season.

Sabres’ Opening-Day NHL Experience

Season Total NHL GP Average GP/Player
2017-18 7,866 342
2016-17 6,822 297
2015-16 5,914 257
2014-15 5,858 255
2013-14 5,516 240

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 10/13 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 2 SHG (T-2nd), 92.8% PK (4th)
  • Kane: 2 SHG (1st), 27 S (2nd), 4 G, (T-5th)
  • O’Reilly: 63.9% FO% (8th)
  • Pominville: 4 G (T-5th)

2017-18 ROSTER NOTES
Of the 23 players on Buffalo’s opening night roster:

  • Six were originally drafted by the Sabres — four were first-round Buffalo selections (Girgensons, 2012; Ristolainen, 2013; Reinhart, 2014; Eichel, 2015) and two were second-round picks (Pominville, 2001; McCabe, 2012).
  • Nine were acquired in trades: Beaulieu, Bogosian, Gorges, Kane, Larsson, Lehner, O’Reilly, Pominville, Scandella
  • Eight were signed as free agents: Antipin, Griffith, Johnson, Josefson, Moulson, Okposo, Pouliot, Tennyson
  • One was claimed off waivers: Nolan
  • 13 played in Buffalo at some point last season: Bogosian, Eichel, Girgensons, Gorges, Kane, Larsson, Lehner, McCabe, Moulson, Okposo, O’Reilly, Reinhart, Ristolainen
  • 10 are new to the Sabres this season: Antipin, Beaulieu, Griffith, Johnson, Josefson, Nolan, Pominville, Pouliot, Scandella, Tennyson

BUF-LAK CONNECTIONS
Former Kings: 

  • Matt Moulson spent two seasons with the Kings and recorded 10 points (6+4) in 29 games.
  • Jordan Nolan was selected by the Kings in the seventh round (186th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft. He went on to win two Stanley Cups and record 42 points (20+22) in 292 games for Los Angeles.

Local Products:

  • Alex Iafallo was born in Eden, New York.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Represented Canada alongside Tanner Pearson at the 2012 World Junior Championship.

Jack Eichel:

  • Represented the United States at the 2015 World Championship with Trevor Lewis.

Josh Gorges:

  • Teammates with Jeff Carter for Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championship.
  • Teammates with Michael Cammalleri for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2012.

Jacob Josefson:

  • Teammates with Michael Cammalleri for the New Jersey Devils from 2014-2017.

Robin Lehner:

  • Played alongside Jake Muzzin for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) during the 2009-10 season.

Jake McCabe:

  • Was a member of the United States NTDP during the 2009-10 season with Nick Shore and Derek Forbort.

Matt Moulson:

  • His is the brother-in-law of Jonathan Quick.
  • Was a member of the Los Angeles Kings with Michael Cammalleri during the 2007-08 season.
  • Played with Darcy Kuemper for the Minnesota Wild during part of the 2013-14 season.

Jordan Nolan:

  • Played alongside Jake Muzzin for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) during the 2009-10 season.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Teammates with Kyle Clifford for Team Canada at the 2009 World U18 Championship.
  • Played with Jake Muzzin and Tyler Toffoli for Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played alongside Trevor Lewis at the 2007 World Junior Championship for the United States.
  • Represented the United States at the 2009 World Championship alongside Dustin Brown.

Jason Pominville:

  • Represented the United States alongside Dustin Brown at the 2008 World Championship.
  • Played with Darcy Kuemper for the Minnesota Wild from 2012-2017. Christian Folin was also on the team from 2013-2017.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with Michael Cammalleri for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2011.

Marco Scandella:

  • Played with Darcy Kuemper for the Minnesota Wild from 2012-2017. Christian Folin was also on the team from 2013-2017.

NHL Draft:

  • Jason Pominville (55th overall) and Michael Cammalleri (49th overall) were both selected in the second round of the 2001 NHL Draft.
  • Benoit Pouliot (4th overall) and Anze Kopitar (11th overall) were first-round picks in the 2005 NHL Draft.
  • Kyle Okposo (7th overall) and Trevor Lewis (17th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Ryan O’Reilly (33rd overall), Robin Lehner (46th overall) and Kyle Clifford (35th overall) were all selected in the second round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Jordan Nolan and Nic Dowd were both seventh-round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft. Nolan went off the bard at 186th overall and Dowd was the 198th overall pick.
  • Johan Larsson (56th overall) and Tyler Toffoli (47th overall) were both second-round picks in the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Tanner Pearson (30th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Adrian Kempe (29th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2014 NHL Draft

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Kane (10), Ristolainen (10), Pouliot (9)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (6), Ristolainen (6), Gorges (5)
Shots: Kane (27), Ristolainen (13), Okposo (11)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 0-3-1 (1), 9/18, 2/16, 13/14

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-0; 108-11 all-time)
N/A

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Kyle Okposo … 2 games … 600 career games played
Jordan Nolan … 6 games … 300 career games played
Assists
Jason Pominville … 3 assists … T-8th in franchise history (Hawerchuk)
Matt Moulson … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Points
Sam Reinhart … 10 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Evander Kane … 500th NHL game … Oct. 12 at SJS

Game Preview: 10/12/17 at SJS

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Monday, October 9
New Jersey 6 at Buffalo 2
Goals: Kane (2)
Goalie: Johnson (16 saves/22 shots)/Lehner (9 saves/9 shots)
PP: 1/4; PK: 4/4; Shots: New Jersey 31 – Buffalo 25

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 9)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Justin Falk (undisclosed, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 3 games
Evan Rodrigues (hand, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 3 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct.5) – 3 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
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UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Oct. 14: Buffalo at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 15: Buffalo at Anaheim, 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 17: Buffalo at Vegas, 10 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 20: Vancouver at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 21: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at SHARKS

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Sharks this season.
  • Last meeting: San Jose defeated Buffalo 4-1 in San Jose on March 14
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Oct. 28 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Sharks; 6-3-1 on the road
  • This is the 38th game all-time between Buffalo and San Jose; Buffalo has a 24-7-6 series record.
  • The Sabres are 7-6-5 on the road against the Sharks all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-8-3 all-time on October 12.
  • October 12, 1971: Rick Martin scores his first NHL goal in a 4-1 loss at St. Louis.
  • October 12, 1989: Mike Foligno appears in his 500th Sabres game. Foligno would finish his Sabres career with 664 games played, tying Ric Seiling for 10th-most in franchise history.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • If he dresses, tonight will be Evander Kane’s 500th NHL game.
  • Kyle Okposo has 13 points (5+8) in 10 career games against San Jose.
  • Seth Griffith scored his first career goal in his only previous meeting with the Sharks as a member of the Boston Bruins on Oct. 21, 2014.
  • Chad Johnson is 3-1-1 against the Sharks in his career with a .925 save percentage and a 2.18 goals-against average.

TWO-GOAL TRIO

  • The Sabres have had a multi-goal scorer in each of their first three games of the season, marking the first time the team has had a player score at least two goals in three straight games since Nov. 28 to Dec. 4, 2015.
  • With a multi-goal game tonight, the team will have a multi-goal scorer in four straight games for the first time since March 12 to 19, 2013.
  • Evander Kane has scored two goals in each of the Sabres’ last two games. With a multi-goal game tonight, he would become the first player to log three consecutive multi-goal games for the Sabres since Ales Kotalik did so from Jan. 4 to 10, 2003.

A NEW LOOK
Buffalo had a franchise-record 10 players in the opening night lineup who weren’t on the team’s roster in 2016-17. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it’s the most new players an NHL team has had in its opening night lineup since the 2011-12 Florida Panthers (11).

ARE YOU EXPERIENCED?
The 23 players on the Sabres’ opening-day roster had combined to play 7,866 NHL games before last Thursday’s opener vs. Montreal, 1,044 more than last year’s 23-man opening-day roster had between them. The average Sabres skater entering the 2017-18 season had played 45 more NHL games than his counterpart from last season.

Sabres’ Opening-Day NHL Experience

Season Total NHL GP Average GP/Player
2017-18 7,866 342
2016-17 6,822 297
2015-16 5,914 257
2014-15 5,858 255
2013-14 5,516 240

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 10/11 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 2 SHG (T-1st), 100.0% PK (T-1st)
  • Kane: 2 SHG (1st), 26 S (1st), 4 G, (T-5th), 6 PTS (T-6th)

2017-18 ROSTER NOTES
Of the 23 players on Buffalo’s opening night roster:

  • Six were originally drafted by the Sabres — four were first-round Buffalo selections (Girgensons, 2012; Ristolainen, 2013; Reinhart, 2014; Eichel, 2015) and two were second-round picks (Pominville, 2001; McCabe, 2012).
  • Nine were acquired in trades: Beaulieu, Bogosian, Gorges, Kane, Larsson, Lehner, O’Reilly, Pominville, Scandella
  • Eight were signed as free agents: Antipin, Griffith, Johnson, Josefson, Moulson, Okposo, Pouliot, Tennyson
  • One was claimed off waivers: Nolan
  • 13 played in Buffalo at some point last season: Bogosian, Eichel, Girgensons, Gorges, Kane, Larsson, Lehner, McCabe, Moulson, Okposo, O’Reilly, Reinhart, Ristolainen
  • 10 are new to the Sabres this season: Antipin, Beaulieu, Griffith, Johnson, Josefson, Nolan, Pominville, Pouliot, Scandella, Tennyson

BUF-SJS CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Dave Barr spent the 2015-16 season as an assistant coach for the Sabres.

Former Sharks:

  • Josh Gorges played for the Sharks from 2005-2007, tallying 10 points (1+9) in 96 games played.
  • Matt Tennyson was a member of the Sharks’ organization from 2011-2016. He registered 14 points (3+11) in 60 games for San Jose and 38 points (12+26) in 109 games for the Sharks’ AHL affiliate.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played for the USNTDP’s USHL squad alongside Kevin Lebanc during the 2012-13 season.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Brent Burns for Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Seth Griffith:

  • He and Chris Tierney were teammates from 2010-2013 for the London Knights (OHL).

Chad Johnson:

  • Played with Brent Burns for Team Canada at the 2010 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Mikkel Boedker for the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2012-13 season.

Evander Kane:

  • He and Martin Jones were both born in Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Played with Brent Burns for Team Canada at the 2010 and 2011 World Championships. Marc-Edouard Vlasic was also on the 2012 squad.

Matt Moulson:

  • He and Joel Ward were both born in North York, Ontario.
  • Teammates with Michael Haley for the New York Islanders from 2009-2012.

Jordan Nolan

  • Played with Martin Jones for the Los Angeles Kings from 2013-2015.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Teammates with Michael Haley for the New York Islanders from 2009-2012.
  • He and Joe Pavelski represented the United States at the 2009 World Championship.
  • Played with Justin Braun for the United States at the 2012 World Championship

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Represented Canada alongside Marc-Edouard Vlasic at the 2012 World Championship.
  • He and Brenden Dillon played together for Team Canada at the 2013 World Championship.
  • Played with Brent Burns and Martin Jones for Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Brent Burns, Logan Couture and Joe Thornton for Canada at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with Brent Burns for the Minnesota Wild from 2006-2010. Joel Ward was also on the team during the 2006-07 season.

Sam Reinhart:

  • He and Martin Jones were both born in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Played with Joonas Donskoi for Team Finland at the 2012 World Junior Championship and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Marco Scandella:

  • Played with Martin Jones on the 2010 Canadian World Junior Championship team that won the silver medal.
  • Teammates with Brent Burns on the Minnesota Wild for one season in 2010-11

Matt Tennyson:

  • Justin Braun and Tennyson are both from Minneapolis, Minnesota.

NHL Draft:

  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Tomas Hertl (17th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Jake McCabe (44th overall) and Chris Tierney were both selected in the second round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Jack Eichel (2nd overall) and Timo Meier (9th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Kane (8), Pouliot (8), Ristolainen (8), Scandella (8)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (6), Antipin (4), Josefson (4)
Shots: Kane (26), Girgensons (9), Beaulieu (8)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 0-2-1 (1), 7/15, 2/13, 11/11

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-0; 108-11 all-time)
N/A

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Evander Kane … 1 game … 500 career games played
Kyle Okposo … 3 games … 600 career games played
Jordan Nolan … 7 games … 300 career games played
Assists
Jason Pominville … 3 assists … T-8th in franchise history (Hawerchuk)
Matt Moulson … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Points
Sam Reinhart … 10 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A