Game Preview: 10/9/14 vs. CBJ


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CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 0)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Matt Hackett (lower body, Oct. 9; injured reserve) – 0 games
Patrick Kaleta (upper body, Oct. 9; injured reserve) – 0 games
Johan Larsson (upper body, Oct. 9; injured reserve) – 0 games
Jake McCabe (middle body, Oct. 9; injured reserve0 – 0 games
Mark Pysyk (upper body, Oct. 9; injured reserve) – 0 games

Assigned F Zac Dalpe and F Mikhail Grigorenko to Rochester (AHL)

Saturday, Oct. 11: Buffalo at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 13: Anaheim at Buffalo, 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 14: Buffalo at Carolina, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 17: Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 18: Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m.


  • This is the first of three meetings between the Sabres and Blue Jackets this season.
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 24 in Columbus
  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Blue Jackets; 4-5-1 at home
  • This is the 18th game all-time between Buffalo and Columbus; Buffalo has a 6-9-2 series record.
  • The Sabres are 4-5-1 at home against the Blue Jackets all-time.


  • The Sabres are 4-8-3 all-time on October 9.
  • October 9, 1970: The Sabres purchase Dave Dryden from the Pittsburgh Penguins.
  • October 9, 1995: Michael Peca scores his first goal as a member of the Sabres in a 5-3 loss at Boston.


  • Chris Stewart leads all Sabres with 17 points (11+6) in 25 career games against the Blue Jackets.
  • Tyler Ennis has six points (2+4) in five career games against the Blue Jackets.
  • Cody Hodgson has recorded at least a point in his last three games against Columbus (1+3).


  • Tonight marks the 44th season-opener in Buffalo Sabres franchise history
  • The Sabres are 24-15-4 all-time in season-openers; 17-6-4 when opening at home
  • Buffalo is 21-16-6 all-time in home-openers
  • Tonight’s game will mark the first time the Sabres have opened their season against the Blue Jackets

Only 10 of the 20 Sabres players who dressed for the first game of the 2013-14 season appear on the team’s 2014-15 opening day roster. Only six players on this year’s opening day roster suited up for the team in the season-opener two years ago: Tyler Ennis, Jhonas Enroth, Marcus Foligno, Cody Hodgson, Tyler Myers and Drew Stafford

The Sabres will hit the ice with significantly more NHL experience in 2014-15 than they did a year ago. The 23 players on the opening day roster have combined to play 5,858 NHL games; 342 more than the 5,516 played by last season’s opening day roster. The average Sabres skater entering the 2014-15 season has played 32 more NHL games than his counterpart from last season.

The Sabres have had a newly acquired player score in each of their last three season-openers: Zemgus Girgensons (Oct. 2, 2013 at DET), Steve Ott (Jan. 20, 2013 vs. PHI) and Ville Leino (Oct. 7, 2011 vs. ANA). Each player scored on the first shot of his Sabres career. The Sabres have six new players on their opening day roster this season: Andre Benoit, Brian Gionta, Josh Gorges, Andrej Meszaros, Sam Reinhart and Tyson Strachan.

If he dresses for tonight’s game, Sam Reinhart will become the seventh 18-year-old ever to dress for the Sabres and the fourth to do so on opening day. The Sabres have had an 18-year-old in the opening day lineup each of the last two years (2013-14: Rasmus Ristolainen; 2012-13: Mikhail Grigorenko).


Player Season Age First Game
Pierre Turgeon 1987-88 18 years, 41 days 10/8/87 vs. Minnesota
Nikita Zadorov 2013-14 18 years, 187 days 10/19/13 vs. Colorado
Jay McKee 1995-96 18 years, 215 days 4/10/96 vs. Ottawa
Mikhail Grigorenko 2012-13 18 years, 249 days 1/20/13 vs. Philadelphia
Wayne Primeau 1994-95 18 years, 333 days 5/3/95 vs. New Jersey
Sam Reinhart* 2014-15 18 years, 338 days 10/9/14 vs. Columbus
Rasmus Ristolainen 2013-14 18 years, 340 days 10/2/13 at Detroit

*If he dresses


  • Brian Gionta has been selected to wear the captain’s “C” for the Sabres in 2014-15, becoming the 19th full-season captain in franchise history (excludes rotating captaincies in 2003-04 and 2007-08).
  • Gionta, who spent the last four seasons as captain of the Montreal Canadiens, will be the 27th player to wear the captain’s “C” for at least a one-month period.
  • Josh Gorges and Matt Moulson were named the team’s alternate captains.


  • Buffalo finished the preseason with a 2-3-1 record; 2-1-0 at home, 0-2-1 on the road
  • Tyler Ennis (3 GP) and Chris Stewart (4 GP) tied for the team point lead with two goals and three assists each.
  • Jhonas Enroth was 2-0-0 with a 0.50 GAA and .983 SV%, tying to lead all goaltenders with at least two full games played in both categories.
  • The Sabres were 2-for-17 (11.8%) on the power play and 21-for-24 (87.5%) on the penalty kill.

Of the 23 players on Buffalo’s opening night roster:

  • 10 were originally drafted by the Sabres — seven were first-round Buffalo selections (Stafford, 2004; Myers and Ennis, 2008; Girgensons, 2012; Ristolainen and Zadorov, 2013; Reinhart, 2014), two were second-round picks (Enroth and Weber, 2006) and one was a fourth-round pick (Foligno, 2009)
  • Six were acquired in trades: Deslauriers, Gorges, Hodgson, Mitchell, Neuvirth, Stewart
  • Seven were signed as free agents: Benoit, Flynn, Gionta, Meszaros, McCormick, Moulson, Strachan
  • 17 played in Buffalo at some point last season
  • Six are new to the Sabres this season: Benoit, Gionta, Gorges, Meszaros, Reinhart, Strachan
  • Three are opening the season on an NHL roster for the first time in their careers: Deslauriers, Reinhart, Zadorov

Andre Benoit:

  • Played alongside Nick Foligno and Curtis McElhinney for the Ottawa Senators during the 2010-11 season.

Jhonas Enroth:

  • Played with Alexander Wennberg for Sweden at the 2014 Olympics; Sweden won the silver medal.

Marcus Foligno:

  • Nick Foligno is Marcus’ older brother. The two were also born in Buffalo.
  • He and David Savard were both chosen in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Savard went 94th overall, while Foligno was selected 10 picks later, at 104th
  • Played with Ryan Johansen for Team Canada at the 2011 World Junior Championship held in Buffalo.

Cody McCormick:

  • McCormick (1983) and Scott Hartnell (1982) were both born on April 18.

Andrej Meszaros:

  • Played with Sergei Bobrovsky as members of the Philadelphia Flyers from 2010-2012.
  • Played with Scott Hartnell for the Philadelphia Flyers from 2010-2014.
  • Played with Nick Foligno for the Ottawa Senators during the 2007-08 season.

Matt Moulson:

  • Played with Jack Johnson for the Los Angeles Kings from 2007-2009.
  • Played with James Wisniewski for the New York Islanders during the 2010-11 season.

Michal Neuvirth:

  • Played with Jared Boll for the Plymouth Whalers during the 2006-07 season.

Mark Pysyk:

  • He and Ryan Johansen were both first round selections in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Johansen was chosen fourth overall and Pysyk was taken with the 23rd overall pick.

Drew Stafford:

  • Played with Brandon Dubinsky for the United States at the 2008 World Hockey Championship.
  • Played with Nick Foligno and Jack Johnson for the United States at the 2009 World Hockey Championship.
  • Played with James Wisniewski for the United States at the 2004 World Junior Championship and the 2008 World Hockey Championship.

Tyson Strachan:

  • Played with Jack Skille for the Florida Panthers from 2011-2013.

2006 NHL Draft:

  • Jhonas Enroth, Mike Weber, Michal Neuvirth and Artem Anisimov were all drafted in the second round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Neuvirth went 34th overall, Enroth was selected 46th overall, Anisimov was chosen 54th and Weber was picked 57th.

2013 NHL Draft:

  • Rasmus Ristolainen, Nikita Zadorov and Alexander Wennberg were all drafted in the first round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Ristolainen was the first off the board at No. 8 overall, Zadorov went 16th overall, and Wennberg was taken in the middle with the 14th overall pick.

Montreal Reunion:

  • Brian Gionta, Josh Gorges and James Wisniewski played together for the Montreal Canadiens during the 2010-11 season.

Former Sabres:

  • Corey Tropp played parts of two seasons with the Sabres in the 2011-12 and 2013-14 seasons. Initially drafted by Buffalo in the third round (89th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Tropp tallied nine points (3+6) over 43 games with the team. He was claimed off waivers by the Blue Jackets on Nov. 28, 2013 after registering one assist in nine games for the Sabres earlier this season.

Local Players:    

  • Nathan Horton was born in Welland, ON, less than an hour away from First Niagara Center.
  • Nick Foligno was born in Buffalo, N.Y.

Blocked Shots: N/A
Shots: N/A

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

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-0; 97-98 all-time)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-0; 57-46 all-time)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Matt Moulson … 3 games … 400 career games played
Torrey Mitchell … 8 games … 100 career games played
Tyler Ennis … 3 assists … 100 career assists
Tyler Myers … 3 assists … 100 career assists
Drew Stafford … 2 points … 300 career points
Josh Gorges … 2 points … 100 career points
Torrey Mitchell … 9 points … 100 career points


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