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Friday, October 23
Montreal 7 at Buffalo 2
Goals: Moulson, O’Reilly
Goalie: Johnson (19 saves/26 shots)
PP: 1/4; PK: 1/3; Shots: Buffalo 36 – Montreal 26

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 32)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct. 8; injured reserve) – 7 games
Cody McCormick (blood clot, Oct. 8; injured reserve) – 7 games
Robin Lehner (high ankle sprain, Oct. 10) – 6 games

Activated D Bobby Sanguinetti from IR; placed Sanguinetti on waivers
10/22: Assigned D Bobby Sanguinetti to Rochester (AHL)
10/23: Recalled G Linus Ullmark from Rochester (AHL); assigned G Nathan Lieuwen to Rochester

Tuesday, Oct. 27:
Buffalo at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 29: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 30: Philadelphia at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 1: Buffalo at NY Islanders, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 5: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7 p.m.


  • This is the first of three meetings between the Sabres and Devils this season.
  • Last meeting: New Jersey defeated Buffalo, 3-1, in Buffalo on March 20
  • Next meeting: Thursday, Dec. 15 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 4-3-3 in their last 10 games vs. the Devils; 6-3-1 at home.
  • This is the 146th game all-time between Buffalo and New Jersey; Buffalo has a 73-47-25 series record.
  • The Sabres are 40-23-10 at home against the Devils all-time.


  • The Sabres need a win tonight to avoid losing four straight games to the Devils for the first time since Nov. 19, 2003 to Oct. 28, 2005.
  • Tyler Ennis has five points (3+2) in his last five games against the Devils.
  • Through seven games, the Sabres have three forwards averaging more than 20 minutes of ice time per game: Ryan O’Reilly (20:46), Evander Kane (20:39), Tyler Ennis (20:18)
  • If he dresses tonight, Marcus Foligno will appear in his 200th NHL game.
  • If he plays and earns a win tonight, Linus Ullmark (22 years, 86 days) would be the youngest goaltender to earn a win for the Sabres since Mika Noronen (21 years, 111 days) did so on Oct. 5, 2000 vs. Chicago.


  • Ten of the last 19 games between the Sabres and Devils have been settled in overtime or a shootout, including seven of the last 11.
  • With 12 shootouts in the 28 matchups since the beginning of 2007-08 season, the Sabres have played more shootouts against the Devils than any other non-divisional opponent (Boston/Ottawa-12), going 7-5 in those shootouts.

Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s first of 15 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 7-2 loss vs. MTL last night. The Sabres were 4-14-1 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 4-14-1 in the second game last season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in back-to-back sets last season was: four points (1), three points (1), two points (5), one point (1) and zero points (11).

After last night’s game, Ryan O’Reilly was ranked third in the league with 156 faceoffs taken, accounting for 35.8% of Buffalo’s total faceoffs. O’Reilly’s faceoff percentage (57.7%) ranked him 15th in the league among players with at least 50 faceoffs taken after last night’s game.

As of the end of last night’s game vs. MTL, only 16 of the 103 NHL players* with an offensive zone start percentage under 40 percent also had a positive corsi for percentage. Johan Larsson, Jamie McGinn and Rasmus Ristolainen are three of those 16 players. McGinn is the only NHL player* to log a positive CF% despite a ZSO% of 25 percent or less. (Only includes even-strength stats.)

*Includes players with at least 10 5-on-5 defensive zone starts as of Oct. 23 (Stats courtesy of


  • Nine players made their Sabres regular-season debuts in the season-opener on Oct. 8 vs. OTT: Carlo Colaiacovo, Jack Eichel, Cody Franson, Chad Johnson, Evander Kane, David Legwand, Robin Lehner, Jamie McGinn and Ryan O’Reilly
    • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this was the most debuts the Sabres have ever had in a season-opener and the most since seven players did so in 1986-87 (Christian Ruuttu, Clark Gillies, Jim Korn, Ken Priestlay, Scott Arniel, Shawn Anderson and Wilf Paiement).
  • Only 10 of the 20 Sabres players who dressed for the first game of the 2014-15 season appeared on the team’s 2015-16 opening day roster. Only five players on this year’s opening day roster suited up for the team in the season-opener two years ago: Tyler Ennis, Zemgus Girgensons, Mark Pysyk, Rasmus Ristolainen, Mike Weber

Entering the season, the 23 players on the Sabres’ opening day roster had combined to play 6,520 NHL games, 662 more than last year’s opening-day roster had between them. The average Sabres skater entering the 2015-16 season had played 28 more NHL games than his counterpart from last season and 60 more games than his 2013-14 counterpart.

Former Devils:

  • Brian Gionta played for the Devils from 2001-2009, tallying 312 points (152+160) in 473 games. Selected by New Jersey in the third round (82nd overall) of the 1998 NHL Draft, Gionta currently holds the club’s single-season franchise record in goals (48), which he set during the 2005-06 campaign.

Local Players:

  • Lee Stempniak was born in West Seneca, N.Y. and played junior hockey for the Buffalo Lightning (OPJHL).

Carlo Colaiacovo:

  • He and Mike Camalleri were both in Toronto, Ontario, and both represented Team Canada at the 2002 World Junior Championship.
  • Played with Jiri Tlusty for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2007-2008.
  • He and Lee Stempniak were traded for each other during the 2008-09 season. Toronto traded Colaiacovo and Alex Steen to St. Louis in exchange for Stempniak on Nov. 24, 2008.
  • Represented Team Canada alongside Travis Zajac at the 2011 World Championship.
  • Played with Jordin Tootoo for the Detroit Red Wings during the 2012-13 season.

Nicolas Deslauriers:

  • Teammates with Brian O’Neil for the Manchester Monarchs (AHL) from 2011-2014.

Jack Eichel:

  • Represented the United States alongside Stefan Matteau at the 2014 World Junior Championship.
  • Played with John Moore for the United States at the 2015 World Championship.

Tyler Ennis:

  • He and David Schlemko were both born in Edmonton, Alberta.

Cody Franson:

  • Played with Jordin Tootoo for the Nashville Predators from 2009-2011.

Brian Gionta:

  • Brian’s younger brother, Stephen Gionta plays for the Devils. The two were born in Rochester, N.Y.
  • Played with Mike Cammalleri for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2012.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Ryan Clowe for the San Jose Sharks from 2005-2007.

Chad Johnson:

  • Played with David Schlemko for the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2012-13 season.

Evander Kane:

  • Teammates Jiri Tlusty for the Winnipeg Jets during part of the 2014-15 season.

Johan Larsson:

  • Represented Team Sweden alongside Jacob Josefson at the 2009 World U18 Championship.

David Legwand:

  • Played with Jordin Tootoo for the Nashville Predators from 2003-2012. They were reunited during the 2013-14 season when Legwand was traded to the Detroit Red Wings.

Jamie McGinn:

  • Played with Ryan Clowe for the San Jose Sharks from 2008-2012.

 Matt Moulson:

  • Played alongside Mike Cammalleri for the Los Angeles Kings during the 2007-08 season.

NHL Draft:

  • Evander Kane (4th overall), Jacob Josefson (20th overall), John Moore (21st overall) and Kyle Palmieri (26th overall) were all selected in the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Ryan O’Reilly (33rd overall) and Eric Gelinas (54th overall) were both selected in the second round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Stefan Matteau (29th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2012 NHL Draft.

Kane (22), Deslauriers (17), Foligno/Weber (12)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (15), Ristolainen (11), Pysyk (7)
Shots: Ennis/Kane (26), Eichel (22), Ristolainen (19)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK] 1-10: 2-5-0 (4), 13/22, 6/26, 15/22

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-0; 98-101 all-time)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-0; 66-51 all-time)
Oct. 21 vs. TOR: W, 2-1 (GDG-Moulson)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Marcus Foligno … 1 game … 200 career games played
Ryan O’Reilly … 8 goals … 100 career goals
Zach Bogosian … 6 assists … 100 career assists
Josh Gorges … 9 assists … 100 career assists


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