- Today’s game was the first of 11 afternoon games for the Sabres in 2015-16. The next is in two days, on Monday vs. Columbus (3 p.m.).
- With the loss, the Sabres have dropped their last five games against the Lightning for the firsts time in franchise history.
- Buffalo won the faceoff battle today, 35-24 (59.3%), led by Ryan O’Reilly (11-for-14, 78.9%).
- Rasmus Ristolainen led all skaters on either team with 26:41 of ice time, the eighth-highest total of his career. Evander Kane led all forwards with 20:55.
- The Sabres made a few roster moves before this afternoon’s game, placing Robin Lehner (lower body) on injured reserve, recalling Nathan Lieuwen, and assigning Jake McCabe and Linus Ullmark to Rochester.
Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma
Sabres forward Nicolas Deslalauriers
Sabres defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo
Sabres goaltender Chad Johnson
Lightning forward Steven Stamkos
Lightning forward Erik Condra