Game Preview: 11/1/15 at NYI

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LAST GAME
Friday, October 30
Philadelphia 1 at Buffalo 3
Goals: Eichel, O’Reilly, Deslauriers
Goalie: Ullmark (27 saves/28 shots)
PP: 1/6; PK: 4/4; Shots: Buffalo 36 – Philadelphia 28

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 50)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct. 8; injured reserve) – 11 games
Cody McCormick (blood clot, Oct. 8; injured reserve) – 11 games
Robin Lehner (high ankle sprain, Oct. 10) – 10 games
Evander Kane (MCL, Oct. 27; injured reserve) – 3 games
Tyler Ennis (lower body, Oct. 29) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/26:
Recalled F Tim Schaller from Rochester (AHL); placed F Evander Kane on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Sunday, Nov. 1:
Buffalo at NY Islanders, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 5: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 7: Vancouver at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 10: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 12: Buffalo at Florida, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at ISLANDERS

  • This is the first of three meetings between the Sabres and Islanders this season.
  • Last meeting: New York defeated Buffalo, 3-0, in New York on Apr. 4
  • Next meeting: Thursday, Dec. 31 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Islanders; 4-5-1 on the road.
  • This is the 160th game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo has a 77-59-23 series record.
  • The Sabres are 34-34-11 on the road against the Islanders all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-6-2 all-time on November 1.
  • November 1, 1981: Bob Sauve stops 37 shots and Tony McKegney scores twice in a 6-2 victory over the Flyers at the Aud.
  • November 1, 2008: Ryan Miller earns his eighth NHL shutout and Thomas Vanek scores twice as the Sabres defeat the Capitals, 4-0, at home.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are looking to avoid losing three consecutive matchups with the Islanders for the first time since Feb. 13, 2011 to Jan. 14, 2012 and losing three straight road games against the Isles for the first time since they went 0-3-1 on Long Island from Feb. 28, 2009 to Jan. 15, 2011.
  • Matt Moulson has four points (3+1) in four career games against the Islanders.
  • Marcus Foligno has three points (1+2) in his last three games against the Islanders.
  • After logging a team-high 26:03 on Friday vs. PHI, Ryan O’Reilly (21:32) led all NHL forwards in average ice time per game before Saturday night’s games.
  • Entering Saturday night’s action, Rasmus Ristolainen (who turned 21 on Tuesday) ranked 17th in the NHL and led all players ages 22 and younger in ice time per game (24:13).

OH, OH, OH, O’REILLY

  • Ryan O’Reilly enters tonight’s game on a five-game point streak during which he has recorded 10 points (3+7), an even-strength corsi for percentage of 59.0% and a 61.0% faceoff percentage on 136 total faceoffs while averaging 21:34 of ice time per game.
  • Entering Saturday night’s games, O’Reilly was ranked second in the league with 271 faceoffs taken, accounting for 39.4% of Buffalo’s total faceoffs. O’Reilly’s faceoff percentage (59.0%) ranked him fourth in the league among players with at least 100 faceoffs taken.

OUTSHOOTING OPPONENTS
The Sabres have outshot their opponents in nine of their first 11 games this season, posting a 4-5-0 record in those games. Last season, the Sabres hadn’t outshot their opponents nine times until their 77th game and finished the season 5-5-0 in 10 games when outshooting their opponent.

POSSESSION PROGRESSION

  • The Sabres have led their opponent in even-strength shot attempts (corsi) in six of the team’s 11 games this season, going 3-3-0 in those games. Buffalo finished the 2014-15 season with a 3-5-0 record in the eight games in which they recorded more shot attempts than their opponent.
  • Before Saturday night’s games, the Sabres ranked seventh in the league with a corsi for percentage of 52.6%. Buffalo finished last season with a CF% of 37.5%. The Sabres last finished a season with a CF% of more than 50% in 2010-11 (50.4%).

ARE YOU EXPERIENCED?
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.

BUF-NYI CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Eric Boulton played for the Sabres for four seasons (2000-2004). Boulton appeared in 172 games, scoring 17 points (5+12).
  • Jaroslav Halak was a member of the Sabres for four days during the 2013-14 season. He was acquired from the St. Louis Blues on Feb. 28 before being dealt to the Washington Capitals on March 5, and did not appear in a game during his brief stint in Buffalo.
  • Steve Bernier was acquired by Buffalo at the trade deadline during the 2007-08 season and went on to record nine points (3+6) in 17 games for Buffalo.

Former Islanders:

  • Matt Moulson played for the Islanders from 2009-2013, registering 223 points (118+105) in 223 games.
  • Chad Johnson went 8-8-1 with a .889 save percentage and a 3.08 goals-against average in 19 games for the Islanders during the 2014-15 season. He was acquired by the Sabres on March 2, 2015 in a trade that sent Michal Neuvirth to the Islanders.

Carlo Colaiacovo:

  • He and Casey Cizikas were both born in Toronto, Ontario.
  • Represented Canada alongside Cal Clutterbuck at the 2011 World Championship.
  • Played with Jaroslav Halak for the St. Louis Blues from 2010-2012 and again during the 2013-14 season.

Nicolas Deslauriers:

  • Played with Thomas Hickey for the Manchester Monarchs (AHL) from 2011-2013.

Jack Eichel:

  • Represented the United States alongside Anders Lee at the 2015 World Championship.

Tyler Ennis:

  • He and Johnny Boychuk were both born in Edmonton, Alberta.

Marcus Foligno:

  • Played with Calvin de Haan and Casey Cizikas for Team Canada for the 2011 World Junior Championship held in Buffalo.

Cody Franson:

  • Played with Nikolay Kulemin for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2011-2014, Mikhail Grabovski was also a part of the team from 2011-2013.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Jaroslav Halak for the Montreal Canadiens from 2006-2010. Mikhail Grabovski was also part of the team during the 2007-08 season.
  • Teammates with Steve Bernier for the San Jose Sharks from 2005-2007.

Brian Gionta:

  • Played with Jaroslav Halak for the Montreal Canadiens during the 2009-10 season.

Chad Johnson:

  • Played with Johnny Boychuk for the Boston Bruins during the 2013-14 season.
  • Teammates with John Tavares for Team Canada at the 2010 World Championship.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played with Cal Clutterbuck for the Minnesota Wild during the 2012-13 season.

David Legwand:

  • Teammates with Marek Zidlicky for the Nashville Predators from 2003-2008.

Jamie McGinn:

  • Played with Thomas Greiss for the San Jose Sharks from 2009-2012.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Played with Calvin de Haan for Team Canada at the 2009 World U18 Championship.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played with Brock Nelson for the United States at the 2014 World Championship.

Mike Weber:                 

  • Played with Josh Bailey for the Windsor Spitfires (OHL) during the 2006-07 season.

2009 World Juniors:

  • Tyler Ennis, John Tavares and Thomas Hickey all played for Canada at the 2009 World Junior Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Matt Moulson (263rd overall) and Jaroslav Halak (271st overall) were both chosen in the ninth round of the 2003 NHL Draft.
  • Jamie McGinn (36th overall), Mike Weber (57th overall) and Nikolay Kulemin (44th overall) were all selected in the second round of the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Zach Bogosian, Tyler Ennis and Josh Bailey were all first-round selections in the 2008 NHL Draft. Bogosian was picked third overall, Bailey was the ninth pick and Ennis was the 26th selection.
  • Marcus Foligno (104th overall), Casey Cizikas (92nd overall) and Jean-Francois Berube (95th overall) were all drafted in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Mark Pysyk (23rd overall) and Brock Nelson (30th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2010 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Deslauriers (28), Kane (24), Foligno (23)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (30), Ristolainen (18), Pysyk (11)
Shots: Eichel (41), Ennis (33), Ristolainen (31)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10:
3-7-0 (6), 23/32, 9/35, 19/27
11-20: 1-0-0 (2), 3/1, 1/6, 4/4

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-0; 99-101 all-time)
Oct. 27 at PHI: W, 4-3 (GWG-Girgensons)

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Goals

Ryan O’Reilly … 6 goals … 100 career goals
Assists
Josh Gorges … 9 assists … 100 career assists

RECENT MILESTONES
Marcus Foligno … 200th NHL game … Oct. 27 at PHI

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