Game Preview: 11/10/15 at TBL


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Saturday, November 7
Vancouver 2 at Buffalo 3
Goals: Ristolainen (2), McGinn
Goalie: Ullmark (35 saves/37 shots)
PP: 1/2; PK: 2/2; Shots: Vancouver 37 – Buffalo 22

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 64)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct. 8; injured reserve) – 14 games
Cody McCormick (blood clot, Oct. 8; injured reserve) – 14 games
Robin Lehner (high ankle sprain, Oct. 10; injured reserve) – 13 games
Evander Kane (MCL, Oct. 27; injured reserve) – 6 games


Thursday, Nov. 12:
Buffalo at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 14: San Jose at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 17: Dallas at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 19: Buffalo at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 21: Buffalo at Dallas, 8 p.m.


  • This is the fourth and final meeting between the Sabres and Lightning this season.
  • Last meeting: Tampa Bay defeated Buffalo, 4-1, in Buffalo on Nov. 5
  • The Sabres are 2-7-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Lightning; 3-7-0 on the road
  • This is the 90th game all-time between Buffalo and Tampa Bay; Buffalo has a 51-31-7 series record.
  • The Sabres are 27-15-3 on the road against the Lightning all-time.


  • The Sabres are 12-3-2 all-time on November 10.
  • November 10, 1976: Gerry Desjardins stops 38 shots in a 5-0 win vs. St. Louis, setting a then-franchise record for most saves in a shutout. The record would not be matched for more than 21 years, until Dominik Hasek tied it on Dec. 5, 1997 vs. Tampa Bay and then topped it with 42 saves two weeks later vs. Montreal on Dec. 19, 1997.
  • November 10, 1997: Jason Dawe records a natural hat trick in a 4-4 tie vs. Edmonton.
  • November 10, 2010: Lindy Ruff coaches his 1,000th NHL game, becoming the 18th NHL head coach to reach that milestone.


  • Buffalo enters tonight’s game having won three of its last four games. A win tonight would give the Sabres wins in four of five games for the first time since December 2014.
  • The Sabres are looking to avoid losing eight consecutive games to the Lightning for the first time in franchise history. Buffalo needs a win tonight to avoid the first season sweep by the Lightning in franchise history.
  • Two of Sam Reinhart’s six NHL points have come against the Lightning, including his first NHL goal, which he scored during the Sabres’ last visit to Tampa Bay on Oct. 17.
  • If Linus Ullmark starts today’s game, he will be the first Sabres goaltender to start five consecutive games in his first NHL season since Ryan Miller did so from Dec. 3, 2002 to Jan. 10, 2003.
  • Ryan O’Reilly (21:32) led all NHL forwards in ice time per game after Sunday’s games.
  • Entering play Monday, Rasmus Ristolainen was tied for fourth among NHL defensemen with three multi-point games this season and was one of just eight defensemen with a two-goal game.

The Sabres and Lightning are meeting for the second time in six days after Tampa Bay’s win in Buffalo on Thursday. For the Sabres, this is the second of eight sets of games this season in which they’ll face the same opponent both home and away in a three-game span; two of these are home-and-home series. The next such set will take place on Nov. 17 and 21 against Dallas.


  • The Sabres’ 27-15-3 (.633) record in Tampa Bay is the team’s best all-time road record against any opponent, edging their 5-3-0 (.625) record at Minnesota. Their next best road record against an Eastern Conference opponent is their 41-24-10 (.613) mark at Washington.
  • Since the beginning of the 2005-06 season, Buffalo has compiled a record of 24-17-2 (.581) against Tampa Bay. The Sabres have scored seven or more goals in a single game against the Lightning six times during that stretch.
  • Buffalo’s all-time record of 51-31-7 (.612) against Tampa Bay is the team’s second-best record against any Eastern Conference opponent, trailing only their 86-44-19 (.641) mark against Washington.

The Sabres have swept nine of the 35 previous Florida/Tampa Bay road trips in franchise history. In the other 26 sets, the Sabres have earned: three points (3), two points (14), one point (2) and zero points (7). This gives them record of 35-30-5 (.536) in previous trips. This trip continues with a game against the Panthers on Thursday.


  • Ryan O’Reilly has tallied 20 points (4+16) in his last 18 road games dating back to last season.
  • Jamie McGinn enters tonight’s game with points in each of his last three road games. A point tonight would match his career-best four-game road point streak, which he set from Feb. 26 to March 14, 2012.
  • A point tonight would give Matt Moulson his first three-game road point streak since Nov. 11 to 22, 2014. With a goal, Moulson would have his first three-game road goal-scoring streak since March 20 to 25, 2012.

Entering Monday night’s games, Ryan O’Reilly was ranked second in the league in faceoff percentage (59.9%), trailing only Jonathan Toews (60.2%). O’Reilly also ranked seventh in the league with 327 faceoffs taken, accounting for 39.1% of Buffalo’s total faceoffs.


  • Jack Eichel was tied for second among all rookies with five goals and ranked second among rookie forwards with an 18:52 average ice time per game entering Monday night’s games.
  • Eichel logged his first NHL multi-point game on Saturday vs. Vancouver with the first two assists of his career and enters tonight’s game on his first career point streak (two games; one goal, two assists).

The Sabres have outshot their opponents in 10 of their first 14 games this season, posting a 4-6-0 record in those games. Last season, the Sabres hadn’t outshot their opponents 10 times until their 78th game and finished the season 5-5-0 in 10 total games when outshooting their opponent.


  • The Sabres have led their opponent in even-strength shot attempts (corsi) in seven of the team’s 14 games this season, going 3-4-0 in those games. (Data courtesy of
  • 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 Monday night’s games, the Sabres ranked 10th in the league with a corsi for percentage of 51.3%. 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%).

Local Players:

  • Ryan Callahan was born in Rochester, N.Y. and played for the Buffalo Lightning (OPJHL) during the 2001-02 season.

Carlo Colaiacovo:

  • Played with Anton Stralman for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2007-2009.
  • He and Ben Bishop were teammates for the St. Louis Blues during the 2008-09 and 2010-11 seasons.

Josh Gorges:

  • Represented Team Canada alongside Braydon Coburn at the 2004 World Junior Championship.
  • Played with Matthew Carle for the San Jose Sharks from 2005-2007.

Chad Johnson:

  • Played with Brian Boyle and Ryan Callahan for the New York Rangers from 2009-2011.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played at the 2012 World Championship for Team Sweden alongside Victor Hedman.

Matt Moulson:

  • He and Brian Boyle were both members of the Los Angeles Kings from 2007-2009.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • He was born on Feb. 7, 1991, exactly one year after Steven Stamkos.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Represented Team Canada alongside Jonathan Drouin at the 2014 World Junior Championship.

World Championships:

  • Multiple Sabres have played with Steven Stamkos for Team Canada at World Championships. Chad Johnson played with Stamkos in 2010, and Ryan O’Reilly represented Team Canada alongside Stamkos in 2013.
  • Jake McCabe played with Tyler Johnson for the United States at the 2014 World Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Cody Franson (79th overall by Nashville) and Ben Bishop (85th overall by St. Louis) were both third-round picks in the 2005 NHL Draft.
  • Tyler Ennis (26th overall) and Steven Stamkos (1st overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2008 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Andrei Vasilevskiy (19th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Jonathan Drouin (3rd overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft.

Deslauriers (36), McGinn (34), Foligno (29)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (33), Ristolainen (23), McCabe (13)
Shots: Eichel (49), Ristolainen (38), O’Reilly (37)

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: 3-1-0 (6), 9/8, 2/10, 9/9

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)

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


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