- Nine players made their Sabres debuts tonight: Carlo Colaiacovo, Jack Eichel, Cody Franson, Chad Johnson, Evander Kane, David Legwand, Robin Lehner, Jamie McGinn, Ryan O’Reilly
- According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this the most players the Sabres have ever had make their debuts in a season-opener and the most since seven did so in 1986-87 (Christian Ruuttu, Clark Gillies, Jim Korn, Ken Priestlay, Scott Arniel, Shawn Anderson, Wilf Paiement).
- Eichel became the ninth 18-year-old ever to dress for the Sabres and the sixth to do so in a season-opener. The Sabres have no had an 18-year-old in the opening day lineup in four straight seasons (2014-15: Sam Reinhart; 2013-14: Rasmus Ristolainen; 2012-13: Mikhail Grigorenko).
- With his goal, Eichel became the third-youngest player in Sabres history to score in his debut and the second-youngest player ever to score in a Sabres season-opener.
- The Sabres have now had a newly acquired player score in four of the last five season-openers (2013-14: Zemgus Girgensons, 2012-13: Steve Ott, 2011-12: Ville Leino).
- Starting goaltender Robin Lehner left tonight’s game with a lower-body injury.
- With the loss, the Sabres fell to 24-17-4 in season-openers and 10-7-1 all-time in the team’s first game with a new head coach.
- An explanation of the coach’s challenge that overturned the Sabres’ second goal can be found here: http://www.nhl.com/ice/blogpost.htm?id=41758
- Tonight’s Attendance: 19,070
Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma
Sabres forward Jack Eichel
Sabres forward Evander Kane
Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons
Sabres forward Marcus Foligno
Senators head coach Dave Cameron
Senators forward Kyle Turris
Senators forward Curtis Lazar
Senators goaltender Craig Anderson