Game Preview: 11/17/15 vs. DAL


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Saturday, November 14
San Jose 2 at Buffalo 1 (OT)
Goals: O’Reilly
Goalie: Johnson (30 saves/32 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 2/3; Shots: San Jose 32 – Buffalo 31

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 79)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct. 8; injured reserve) – 17 games
Cody McCormick (blood clot, Oct. 8; injured reserve) – 17 games
Robin Lehner (high ankle sprain, Oct. 10; injured reserve) – 16 games
Evander Kane (MCL, Oct. 27; injured reserve) – 9 games
Mike Weber (knee, Nov. 10) – 3 games


Thursday, Nov. 19:
Buffalo at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 21: Buffalo at Dallas, 8 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 23: St. Louis at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 25: Nashville at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 27: Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.


  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Stars this season.
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Nov. 21 in Dallas
  • Last meeting: Dallas defeated Buffalo, 4-3, in Dallas on March 23
  • The Sabres are 6-4-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Stars; 7-2-1 at home.
  • This is the 117th game all-time between Buffalo and Dallas; Buffalo has a 55-44-17 series record.
  • The Sabres are 32-14-11 at home against the Stars all-time.


  • The Sabres are 7-10-2 all-time on November 17.
  • November 17, 1979: John Gould scores twice and Don Edwards stops 35 shots as the Sabres top the North Stars, 4-2, to pass Minnesota in the standings and move to second in the Adams Division.
  • November 17, 2005: Taylor Pyatt scores a hat trick in Buffalo’s 8-5 home win over Washington.


  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game on their first four-game points streak (3-0-1) since the team won four in a row from Dec. 9 to 15, 2014. They will look to extend the streak to five games for the first time since the team put together a nine-game point streak (7-0-2) from March 10 to 27, 2012.
  • Buffalo will look to extend its home point streak to three games for the first time since the team won six consecutive home games from Nov. 28 to Dec. 15, 2014.
  • The Sabres have gone 9-2-1 (one tie) in their last 12 home games against the Stars.
  • Ryan O’Reilly (21:30) led all NHL forwards in ice time per game before Monday’s games.


  • Matt Moulson has 14 points (8+6) in his last nine games against the Stars dating back to Jan. 8 2010, including at least a point in each of his five.
  • David Legwand has 13 points (4+9) in his last 13 games against Dallas dating back to Feb. 26, 2011.
  • Tyler Ennis has points in each of his last four games against the Stars, totaling six points (3+3) in those four games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has at least a point in each of his last three games against Dallas, totaling four points (1+3).

The Sabres and Stars will meet again in four days in Dallas. For the Sabres, this is the third 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. 19 and 23 against St. Louis.


  • With a point tonight, Rasmus Ristolainen would extend his career-best four-game point streak (3+3) to five games. With a point tonight, Ristolainen would be the first Sabres defensemen to tally a point in five straight team games since Andrej Sekera logged five consecutive two-point games from Feb. 26 to March 6, 2011 (2+8).
  • Entering play Monday, Ristolainen was tied for fifth among NHL defensemen with four goals and tied for second among NHL defensemen with four multi-point games this season. No Sabres defenseman has finished a season with five or more multi-point games since Christian Ehrhoff (six) in 2011-12.

Chad Johnson
had stopped 70 consecutive shots at even strength before allowing Patrick Marleau’s overtime goal on Saturday at three-on-three. Johnson still has not allowed a five-on-five goal in his last 191:51 of ice time (all situations), including 156:47 played at five-on-five.

Entering Monday night’s games, Ryan O’Reilly was ranked fourth in the league in faceoff percentage among players with at least 200 faceoffs taken. O’Reilly also ranked eighth in the league with 397 faceoffs taken, accounting for 39.5% of Buffalo’s total faceoffs.

The Sabres are 13-for-55 (23.6%) on the power play this season, good for fourth-best in the league before Monday’s games. The Sabres last finished a season above 20 percent on the power play in 2008-09 (20.3%).

The Sabres have outshot their opponents in 10 of their first 17 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 nine of the team’s 17 games this season, going 3-5-1 in those games.
  • Buffalo only led their opponents in even-strength shot attempts eight times throughout the entire 2014-15 season, going 3-5-0 in those eight games.
  • Before Monday night’s games, the Sabres ranked 12th in the league with a corsi for percentage of 50.5%. 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%).

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Former Sabres:

  • Lindy Ruff served as head coach of the Sabres for 14-plus seasons (1997-2013), compiling a record of 571-432-162 in 1,165 games. Ruff is the Sabres’ all-time franchise leader in wins, guiding the team to eight postseason appearances, including a trip to the 1999 Stanley Cup Final. He was awarded the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s top coach in 2006. Ruff also played for the Sabres from 1979-89, appearing in 608 games, recording 285 points (102+183) and serving as team captain for three seasons.
  • James Patrick spent seven seasons (2006-2013) as an assistant coach for the Sabres. He also spent six seasons with the Sabres as a player (1998-2004) and registered 74 points (23+51) in 345 games.

Dan Bylsma:

  • Coached Alex Goligoski for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2008-2011.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Teammates with Kari Lehtonen for the Atlanta Thrashers during the 2008-09 season.
  • Played with Johnny Oduya for the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets from 2009-2012.

Carlo Colaiacovo:

  • Colaiacovo, Jason Spezza and Jamie Oleksiak were all born in Toronto, Ontario.
  • He and Jason Spezza were teammates for Canada at the 2002 World Junior Championship and the 2011 World Championship.
  • Played with Patrick Eaves for the Detroit Red Wings during the 2012-13 season.

Tyler Ennis:         

  • Ennis and Vernon Fiddler were both born in Edmonton, Alberta.
  • Teammates with Cody Eakin, Tyler Seguin and Jason Spezza for Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.

Marcus Foligno:

  • Played with Cody Eakin for Team Canada at the 2011 World Junior Championship that was held in Buffalo, N.Y.

Brian Gionta:      

  • He and Johnny Oduya both played for the New Jersey Devils from 2006-2009.     

Josh Gorges:

  • Teammates with Vernon Fiddler for the Kelowna Rockets (WHL) for part of the 2000-01 season.

Johan Larsson:

  • Represented Sweden alongside John Klingberg at the 2011 World Junior Championship.

David Legwand:

  • Teammates with Vernon Fiddler for the Nashville Predators from 2002-2009.

Jamie McGinn:

  • Played with Jason Demers for the San Jose Sharks from 2009-2012. Antti Niemi was also a part of the team from 2010-2012.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Teammates with Cody Eakin for Team Canada at the 2009 World U18 Championship and the 2015 World Championship. Tyler Seguin and Jason Spezza were also on the 2015 World Championship squad.
  • Played with Jamie Benn and Patrick Sharp for Team Canada at the 2012 World Championship.

2009 World Junior Championship:

  • Tyler Ennis and Jamie Benn won the goal medal with Team Canada at the 2009 World Junior Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Carlo Colaiacovo (17th overall), Jason Spezza (2nd overall) and Ales Hemsky (13th overall) were all taken in the first round of the 2001 NHL Draft.
  • Nicolas Deslauriers and Cody Eakin were both selected in the third round of the 2009 NHL Draft. Deslauriers was taken 84th overall by Los Angeles, and Eakin was selected one pick later at 85th overall by Washington.
  • Tyler Seguin (2nd overall) and Mark Pysyk (23rd overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Valeri Nichuskin (10th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2013 NHL Draft.

McGinn (43), Deslauriers (39), Foligno (36)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (43), Ristolainen (29), Colaiacovo/McCabe (17)
Shots: Eichel (57), Ristolainen (45), O’Reilly (43)

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: 5-1-1 (11), 17/13, 4/17, 17/20

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-1; 99-102 all-time)
Oct. 27 at PHI: W, 4-3 (GWG-Girgensons)

Nov. 14 vs. SJS: L, 2-1 (GWG-Marleau)

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 … 5 goals … 100 career goals
Josh Gorges … 8 assists … 100 career assists


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