Game Preview: 12/10/17 at STL

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Friday, December 8
Buffalo 2 at Chicago 3 (OT)
Goals: Pominville, Okposo
Goalie: Lehner (48 saves/51 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 3/4; Shots: Chicago 51 – Buffalo 28

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 134)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Taylor Fedun (lower body, Nov. 17; injured reserve) – 12 games
Jacob Josefson (ankle, Nov. 28; injured reserve) – 5 games
Nathan Beaulieu (illness, Dec. 5) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
12/4: Acquired F Scott Wilson from Detroit in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft; Recalled F Evan Rodrigues from Rochester (AHL); Assigned F Kyle Criscuolo to Rochester; Placed F Matt Moulson on waivers
12/5: Assigned F Matt Moulson to Ontario (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Dec. 12: Ottawa at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 14: Buffalo at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 15: Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 19: Boston at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 22: Philadelphia at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at BLUES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Blues this season.
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 in Buffalo
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated St. Louis 3-2 in Buffalo on Feb. 18
  • The Sabres are 1-8-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Blues, 1-6-3 on the road.
  • This is the 117th game all-time between Buffalo and St. Louis; Buffalo has a 46-54-16 series record.
  • The Sabres are 15-32-10 on the road against the Blues all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-8-1 all-time on December 10.
  • December 10, 1983: Phil Housley records his 100th NHL point in a 4-2 win at Boston. Housley remains the only defenseman ever to record 100 points for the Sabres before his 20th birthday.
  • December 10, 1989: Dave Andreychuk records his 500th NHL point in a 4-3 win vs. Washington. Andreychuk, who ranks second in Sabres history with 804 points, is one of just nine Sabres player to record 500 points with the team.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is Buffalo’s final in a three-game Western Conference trip that began with a 4-2 win at Colorado on Tuesday and a 3-2 overtime loss at Chicago on Friday.
  • The Sabres are 7-7-3 in road games (and 6-6-3 at home) against Central Division teams since the beginning of the 2015-16 season. A win or overtime loss tonight would give the Sabres points in three straight visits to Central Division opponents for the first time since the team went 4-0-1 in their five Central Division road games from Dec. 3, 2003 to Jan. 10, 2007.
  • Robin Lehner made 48 saves in Buffalo’s overtime loss at Chicago on Friday, including all 35 shots he faced during 5-on-5 play. Lehner has not allowed a 5-on-5 goal in either of first two games of this road trip.
  • If he dresses, tonight will be Ryan O’Reilly’s 600th NHL game.

STINGING THE BLUES

  • Robin Lehner is 4-2-0 in his career against St. Louis with a .925 save percentage.
  • Kyle Okposo has 10 points (3+7) in his last nine games against the Blues, including five points (2+3) in his last four visits to St. Louis.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has six points (4+2) in his last four road games against the Blues, dating back to the beginning of the 2013-14 season.

MUNCHING MINUTES
Rasmus Ristolainen logged 31:44 of ice time on Friday at Chicago, topping the 30-minute mark for the second straight game and the 10th time in his career.

  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ristolainen became the first Sabres player to top 30 minutes in consecutive games since Dmitri Kalinin did so on March 15 and 17, 2004. No Sabre has ever logged more than 30 minutes of ice time in three straight games.
  • He now leads the league with an average of 27:14 of ice time per game this season. The Sabres are 6-1-3 in Ristolainen’s career when the defenseman skates more than 30 minutes.

ONE BUFFALO

  • The Sabres and the Buffalo Bills are playing on the same day for the second of two times this season after doing so three times last season. The other occurrence was Nov. 2.
  • The teams have played on the same date 216 times, with both teams winning their respective games on 48 of those days.
  • The Sabres are 116-67-33 when playing on a Bills game day and the Bills enter this game 91-123-2 on those dates.
  • The last time the Sabres and Bills both won on the same date was Oct. 16, 2016.

NICE TO SEE YOU AGAIN
On Monday, the Sabres recalled Evan Rodrigues from the Rochester Americans and acquired Scott Wilson in a trade with the Detroit Red Wings. The pair, who played together as teenagers for the OJHL’s Georgetown Raiders in 2009-10 and 2010-11, have skated as linemates in each of the Sabres’ last two games. Both players recorded their first point of the season with assist each on Kyle Okposo’s second-period goal on Friday at Chicago.

THE KANE EVENT
Since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, Evander Kane has scored 41 goals in 99 games. Entering play Saturday, those 41 goals tied for 20th in the league during that span and his 34 even-strength goals tied for ninth.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 12/9 games)

  • Eichel: 2 SHP (T-6th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-1st), 3 SHP (T-1st), 129 S (2nd)
  • O’Reilly: 436 FOW (1st), 61.2% FO% (1st), 712 FO (2nd), 2 SHP (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 27:14 TOI/GP (1st)

BUF-STL CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • The Sabres selected Chris Thorburn in the second round (50th overall) of the 2001 NHL Draft. He played two career games with the Sabres, totaling one assist and seven penalty minutes.

Former Blues:

  • Phil Housley played for the Blues during the 1993-94 season, posting 22 points (7+15) in 26 games.
  • Davis Payne spent parts of three seasons as St. Louis’ head coach, guiding the team to a 67-55-15 overall record from 2009-2011.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Played with Chris Thorburn for the Atlanta Thrashers from 2008-2011 and For the Winnipeg Jets from 2011-2015.

Justin Falk:

  • Teammates with Kyle Brodziak for the Minnesota Wild from 2009-2015.

Evander Kane:

  • Played with Chris Thorburn for the Atlanta Thrashers from 2009-2011 and For the Winnipeg Jets from 2011-2015.
  • Represented Canada with Alex Pietrangelo at the 2011 World Championship.
  • Skated alongside Jay Bouwmeester as members of Team Canada at the 2012 World Championship.

Johan Larsson:

  • Was a member of the Minnesota Wild during the 2012-13 season along with Kyle Brodziak.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Teammates with Paul Stastny for the Colorado Avalanche from 2009-2014.
  • Represented Canada at the 2012 World Championship with Jay Bouwmeester.
  • Played with Colton Parayko and Brayden Schenn for Team Canada at the 2017 World Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Represented the United States at the 2012 World Championship with Paul Stastny.

Jason Pominville:

  • Teammates with Kyle Brodziak for the Minnesota Wild from 2012-2015.

Marco Scandella:

  • Represented Canada alongside Brayden Schenn at the 2010 World Junior Championship.
  • Teammates with Kyle Brodziak for the Minnesota Wild from 2010-2015.

NHL Draft:

  • Kyle Okposo (7th overall) and Patrik Berglund (25th overall) were both first-round selections of the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Zach Bogosian (3rd overall) and Alex Pietrangelo (4th overall) were selected one pick apart in the first round of the 2008 NHL Draft.
  • The second round of the 2008 NHL Draft saw both Marco Scandella (58th overall) and Jake Allen (34th overall) go off the board. They were also teammates for Team Canada at the 2010 World Junior Championship.
  • Evander Kane (4th overall), Brayden Schenn (5th overall) and Magnus Paajarvi (10th overall) were all selected in the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: McCabe (57), Ristolainen (57), Kane (56)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (49), Scandella (44), Ristolainen (37)
Shots: Kane (129), Eichel (95), O’Reilly (73)

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: 2-6-1 (5), 16/28, 1/28, 21/29

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-4; 109-115 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)
Dec. 8 at CHI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Forsling)

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 … 4 home wins … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Ryan O’Reilly … 1 games … 600 career games played
Sam Reinhart … 4 games … 200 career games played
Rasmus Ristolainen … 7 games … 300 career games played
Assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 8 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Marco Scandella … 6 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Game Preview: 12/8/17 at CHI

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Tuesday, December 5
Buffalo 4 at Colorado 2
Goals: Pouliot, McCabe, Kane, Eichel
Goalie: Lehner (35 saves/37 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 4/6; Shots: Colorado 37 – Buffalo 35

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 131)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Taylor Fedun (lower body, Nov. 17; injured reserve) – 11 games
Jacob Josefson (ankle, Nov. 28; injured reserve) – 4 games
Nathan Beaulieu (illness, Dec. 5) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
12/2: Recalled F Hudson Fasching from Rochester (AHL)
12/4: Acquired F Scott Wilson from Detroit in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft; Recalled F Evan Rodrigues from Rochester (AHL); Assigned F Kyle Criscuolo to Rochester; Placed F Matt Moulson on waivers
12/5: Assigned F Matt Moulson to Ontario (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Sunday, Dec. 10: Buffalo at St. Louis, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 12: Ottawa at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 14: Buffalo at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 15: Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 19: Boston at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at BLACKHAWKS

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Blackhawks this season.
  • Last meeting: Chicago defeated Buffalo 5-1 in Buffalo on Feb. 19
  • Next meeting: Saturday, March 17, 2018 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 0-8-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Blackhawks; 2-7-1 on the road.
  • This is the 120th game all-time between Buffalo and Chicago; Buffalo has a 53-51-15 series record.
  • The Sabres are 19-33-7 on the road against the Blackhawks all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-5-4 all-time on December 8.
  • December 8, 1974: Gary Bromley needs just 14 saves in a 5-0 shutout victory against the Minnesota North Stars.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is Buffalo’s second of a three-game Western Conference trip that began with a 4-2 win at Colorado on Tuesday. The trip will conclude with a meeting with the St. Louis Blues on Sunday.
  • The Sabres are looking to snap an 11-game winless streak (0-9-2) against the Blackhawks that includes a seven-game winless streak (0-6-1) in Chicago.
  • Buffalo’s last win against the Blackhawks was a 2-1 victory at home on Dec. 11, 2009. Their last road win in Chicago came on Jan. 10, 2007.

HOT AGAINST CHICAGO

  • Jason Pominville has nine points (3+6) in his last nine games against Chicago.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has five assists in his last five games against the Blackhawks.
  • Marco Scandella has an assist in each of his last four games against Chicago.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has four points (2+2) in four games against the Blackhawks since joining the Sabres.

WELCOME TO BUFFALO
On Monday, the Sabres acquired forward Scott Wilson from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for Buffalo’s fifth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. Wilson skated 14:19 in his Sabres debut on Tuesday at Colorado.

  • Wilson totaled 26 points (8+18) in his first full NHL season in 2016-17 and appeared in 20 playoff games with the Penguins in 2017, helping the team to its second consecutive Stanley Cup win.
  • Prior to joining Pittsburgh full-time for the 2016-17 season, Wilson totaled 77 points (41+36) in 90 regular-season AHL games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He led the league with 22 goals at the time of his last recall to Pittsburgh in February 2016.

RETURN OF E-ROD
The Sabres recalled Evan Rodrigues from Rochester on Monday. He logged 14:33 in his NHL season debut at Colorado on Tuesday.

  • Since returning from a hand injury that sidelined him for the first six weeks of the season, Rodrigues leads all Amerks skaters with 1.25 points per game (5+5 in eight games) this season, doubling his rate from the 2016-17 AHL season.
  • Rodrigues tallied six points (4+2) in 30 games with the Sabres last season.

THE KANE EVENT
Since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, Evander Kane has scored 41 goals in 98 games. Entering play Thursday, those 41 goals tied for 20th in the league during that span and his 34 even-strength goals tied for ninth.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 12/7 games)

  • Eichel: 2 SHP (T-4th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-1st), 3 SHP (T-1st), 126 S (2nd)
  • O’Reilly: 424 FOW (1st), 61.2% FO% (1st), 693 FO (2nd), 2 SHP (T-4th)
  • Ristolainen: 27:00 TOI/GP (2nd)

BUF-CHI CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Cody Franson played two seasons for the Sabres from 2015-2017, recording 36 points (7+29) in 127 games.

Former Blackhawks:

  • Andrew Allen served as the developmental goaltending coach in the Blackhawks’ organization from 2012-2015.
  • Phil Housley spent most of two seasons with the Blackhawks and tallied 68 points (41+47) in 137 games for Chicago from 2001-2003.

Local Players:

  • Patrick Kane was born and raised in Buffalo.

Jack Eichel:

  • Represented the United States alongside Ryan Hartman at the 2014 World Junior Championship.
  • Teammates with John Hayden and Nick Schmaltz for Team USA at the 2015 World Junior Championship.
  • He and Brandon Saad were teammates for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Hudson Fasching:

  • Represented the United States alongside Ryan Hartman at the 2014 World Junior Championship.
  • Teammates with John Hayden and Nick Schmaltz for Team USA at the 2015 World Junior Championship.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Duncan Keith during the 2002-03 season for the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets.
  • Represented Canada alongside Brent Seabrook at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Chad Johnson:

  • Teammates with Artem Anisimov for the New York Rangers from 2009-2011.
  • Played with Lance Bouma for the Calgary Flames during the 2016-17 season.

Evander Kane:

  • Teammates with Lance Bouma for the Vancouver Giants (WHL) from 2006-2009.
  • Played with Duncan Keith for Team Canada at the 2012 World Championship.

Jake McCabe:

  • Represented the United States alongside Tommy Wingels at the 2014 World Championship

Kyle Okposo:

  • Represented the United States alongside Patrick Kane at the 2007 World Junior Championship.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Played with Duncan Keith for Team Canada at the 2012 World Championship.

Jason Pominville:

  • Represented the United States alongside Patrick Kane at the 2008 World Championship.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Played with Richard Panik for the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2012-13 season.
  • Teammates with Jordan Oesterle for the Edmonton Oilers from 2014-2017.

NHL Draft:

  • Kyle Okposo (7th overall) was taken four picks after Jonathan Toews (3rd overall) in the first round of the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Ryan O’Reilly (33rd overall), Robin Lehner (46th overall) and Richard Panik (52nd overall) were all selected in the second round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Nathan Beaulieu (17th overall) was taken three picks before Connor Murphy (20th overall) in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Ryan Hartman (30th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • The first round of the 2014 NHL Draft saw both Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Nick Schmaltz (20th overall) go off the board.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (55), McCabe (52), Kane (52)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (44), Scandella (40), Ristolainen (32)
Shots: Kane (126), Eichel (89), O’Reilly (72)

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: 2-6-0 (4), 14/25, 0/25, 18/25

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 … 4 home wins … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Ryan O’Reilly … 2 games … 600 career games played
Sam Reinhart … 5 games … 200 career games played
Rasmus Ristolainen … 8 games … 300 career games played
Assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 8 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Marco Scandella … 6 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Marco Scandella … 400th NHL game … Dec. 2 at PIT

SABRES ASSIGN MOULSON TO ONTARIO

BUFFALO, N.Y. (December 5, 2017) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has assigned forward Matt Moulson to the Ontario Reign (AHL).
 
”Matt has been a true professional, especially during this difficult decision,” Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill said. “Matt has previously spent time within the Kings organization early in his career and we felt this would be the best opportunity for him. From an organizational standpoint, we felt that with our young forwards in place in Rochester, we did not want to take away from their development and ice time by adding another veteran player at this time.”

Game Preview: 12/5/17 at COL

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Saturday, December 2
Buffalo 1 at Pittsburgh 5
Goals: Pominville
Goalie: Johnson (24 saves/28 shots)
PP: 0/4; PK: 5/6; Shots: Buffalo 33 – Pittsburgh 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 128)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Taylor Fedun (lower body, Nov. 17; injured reserve) – 9 games
Jacob Josefson (ankle, Nov. 28; injured reserve) – 3 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/30: Recalled G Linus Ullmark from Rochester (AHL); Activated D Matt Tennyson; Placed Tennyson on waivers
12/1: Assigned D Matt Tennyson and G Linus Ullmark to Rochester (AHL); Activated D Zach Bogosian from IR; Placed F Jacob Josefson on IR
12/2: Recalled F Hudson Fasching from Rochester (AHL)
12/4: Acquired F Scott Wilson from Detroit in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft; Recalled F Evan Rodrigues from Rochester (AHL); Assigned F Kyle Criscuolo to Rochester; Placed F Matt Moulson on waivers

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, Dec. 8: Buffalo at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 10: Buffalo at St. Louis, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 12: Ottawa at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 14: Buffalo at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 15: Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at AVALANCHE

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Avalanche this season.
  • Last meeting: Colorado defeated Buffalo 5-3 in Colorado on Feb. 25
  • Next meeting: Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 2-6-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Avalanche; 3-5-2 on the road.
  • This is the 142nd game all-time between Buffalo and Colorado; Buffalo has a 61-56-24 series record.
  • The Sabres are 23-35-13 on the road against the Avalanche all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-6-3 all-time on December 5.
  • December 5, 1971: Craig Ramsay records the first natural hat trick in Sabres history, leading the team to a 3-1 win at home against the Minnesota North Stars.
  • December 5, 1976: The Sabres defeat the Colorado Rockies 5-3 in the first meeting between the teams after the Kansas City Scouts’ relocation to Colorado.
  • December 5, 1997: Dominik Hasek makes 38 saves in a 4-0 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning to record his third of a career-high 13 shutouts during the 1997-98 season.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The home team has won the last five games between these teams. Neither team has won in the other’s arena since Colorado’s 5-1 win in Buffalo on Dec. 20, 2014.
  • The Sabres last won a game in Colorado on Dec. 4, 2005, having gone 0-4-2 in the six games since then.
  • Robin Lehner has started all four games against the Avalanche since he joined the Sabres, stopping 115 of 122 shots faced in those games (.943).
  • Jack Eichel (1+3), Ryan O’Reilly (0+4) and Sam Reinhart (3+1) each have four points in four career games against the Avalanche.
  • Benoit Pouliot has seven points (3+4) in his last eight games against Colorado, including a point in each of the last three (2+1).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has four points (1+3) in his last five games against the Avalanche, including an assist in each meeting last season.
  • Evan Rodrigues had a point in both of his previous meetings with the Avalanche (1+1).

WELCOME TO BUFFALO
On Monday, the Sabres acquired forward Scott Wilson from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for Buffalo’s fifth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.

  • Wilson totaled 26 points (8+18) in his first full NHL season in 2016-17 and appeared in 20 playoff games with the Penguins in 2017, helping the team to its second consecutive Stanley Cup win.
  • Prior to joining Pittsburgh full-time for the 2016-17 season, Wilson totaled 77 points (41+36) in 90 regular-season AHL games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He led the league with 22 goals at the time of his last recall to Pittsburgh in February 2016.

RETURN OF E-ROD
The Sabres recalled Evan Rodrigues from Rochester on Monday.

  • Since returning from a hand injury that sidelined him for the first six weeks of the season, Rodrigues leads all Amerks skaters with 1.25 points per game (5+5 in eight games) this season, doubling his rate from the 2016-17 AHL season.
  • Rodrigues tallied six points (4+2) in 30 games with the Sabres last season.

THE KANE EVENT
Since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, Evander Kane has scored 40 goals in 97 games. Entering play Monday, those 40 goals tied for 24th in the league during that span and his 33 even-strength goals tied for 11th.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 12/4 games)

  • Eichel: 2 SHP (T-4th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-1st), 3 SHP (T-1st), 122 S (2nd)
  • O’Reilly: 407 FOW (1st), 667 FO (2nd), 61.0% FO% (2nd)
  • Ristolainen: 26:47 TOI/GP (3rd)

BUF-COL CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Nikita Zadorov had 16 points (4+12) in 67 games for the Sabres after they selected him in the first round (16th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Though he didn’t play a game for the Sabres, J.T. Compher was selected by Buffalo in the second round (35th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.

Former Avalanche:

  • Colorado selected Ryan O’Reilly in the second round (33rd overall) in the 2009 NHL Draft. He went on to play 427 games for the Avalanche from 2009 to 2015, totaling 246 points (90+156).

Victor Antipin:

  • Played with Vladislav Kamenev for Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL from 2013-15.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Played with Sven Andrighetto in Montreal from 2014 to 2017.
  • Teammates with Mark Barberio in Montreal from 2015 to 2017.

Jason Botterill:

  • Was the assistant general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins when Blake Comeau played the 2014-15 season in Pittsburgh.

Justin Falk:

  • Played with Rene Bourque for the Columbus Blue Jackets for part of the 2014-15 season.
  • Was a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets from 2014 to 2016 with Cody Goloubef and Fedor Tyutin.

Josh Gorges:

  • Teammates with Blake Comeau for the Kelowna Rockets (WHL) from 2001 to 2004.
  • Played with Rene Bourque for the Montreal Canadiens from 2011 to 2014.

Phil Housley:

  • Was the Predators’ assistant coach while Gabriel Bourque played for the team from 2013 to 2016 and Colin Wilson played for Nashville from 2013 to 2017. Vladislav Kamenev also appeared in two games for Nashville in the 2016-17 season.

Chad Johnson:

  • Teammates with Carl Soderberg on the Boston Bruins during the 2013-14 season.

Robin Lehner:

  • Was a member of the Ottawa Senators from 2010 to 2015 alongside Patrick Wiercioch.

Matt Moulson:

  • Teammates with Jonathan Bernier on the Manchester Monarchs from 2007 to 2009.

Jordan Nolan:

  • Teammates with Jonathan Bernier in Los Angeles from 2011 to 2013.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for the New York Islanders alongside Blake Comeau from 2007 to 2011.
  • Teammates with Colin Wilson for the United States at the 2008 World Junior Championship. They also played together at the 2009 World Championship with Zach Bogosian.

Davis Payne:

  • Was the head coach of the St. Louis Blues when Erik Johnson was with St. Louis from 2009 to 2011.
  • Was an assistant coach in Los Angeles when Jonathan Bernier played with the Kings in 2012-13.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with Nail Yakupov in Edmonton from 2014 to 2016.
  • Played with Mark Barberio in Tampa Bay during the 2012-13 season.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Was teammates with Mikko Rantanen as a member of TPS (SM-liiga) in the 2012-13 season.

Evan Rodrigues:

  • Played at Boston University from 2011 to 2013 with Matt Nieto.

NHL Draft:

  • Kyle Okposo (7th overall), Erik Johnson (1st overall), Jonathan Bernier (11th overall) and Semyon Varlamov (23rd overall) were all first-round selections in the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Evander Kane (4th overall), Dmitry Kulikov (14th overall) and Matt Duchene (3rd overall) were all first-round selections in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Nail Yakupov (1st overall) were first-round picks in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall), Nathan MacKinnon (1st overall) and Nikita Zadorov (16th overall) were all first-round draft picks in the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Jack Eichel (2nd overall) and Mikko Rantanen (10th overall) were selected in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft.
  • Nathan Beaulieu (17th overall), Duncan Siemens (11th overall) and Gabriel Landeskog (2nd overall) were taken in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft.
  • Zach Bogosian (3rd overall) was selected four picks before Colin Wilson (7th overall) in the 2008 NHL Draft.
  • Johan Larsson (56th overall) and Patrik Nemeth (41st overall) were both selected in the second round of the 2010 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (53), Kane (51), McCabe (48)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (39), Scandella (38), Ristolainen (31)
Shots: Kane (122), Eichel (86), O’Reilly (68)

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: 1-6-0 (2), 10/23, 0/22, 14/19

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 … 4 home wins … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Ryan O’Reilly … 3 games … 600 career games played
Sam Reinhart … 6 games … 200 career games played
Rasmus Ristolainen … 9 games … 300 career games played
Assists
Matt Moulson … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 8 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Marco Scandella … 6 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Zemgus Girgensons … 300th NHL game … Dec. 1 vs. PIT
Marco Scandella … 400th NHL game … Dec. 2 at PIT

SABRES ACQUIRE SCOTT WILSON

BUFFALO, N.Y. (December 4, 2017) —The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has acquired forward Scott Wilson from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for Buffalo’s fifth round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.

Prior to being acquired by the Red Wings in a trade on Oct. 21, Wilson (5’11”, 183 lbs., 4/24/1992) played in parts of four seasons for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He totaled 26 points (8+18) in his first full NHL season in 2016-17 and appeared in 20 playoff games with the Penguins in 2017, helping the team to its second consecutive Stanley Cup.

Before joining Pittsburgh full-time for the 2016-17 season, Wilson appeared in 90 regular-season AHL games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The Oakville, Ontario native has totaled 77 points (41+36) in his AHL career and led the league in goals at the time of his last recall to Pittsburgh in February 2016.

“We are very happy to add Scott to our roster,” Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill said. “Scott is a hard-working, young player that will be a great fit for our club. As a two-time Stanley Cup Champion, his experience will be an asset both on and off the ice.”