Game Preview: 11/19/15 at STL

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LAST GAME
Tuesday, November 17
Dallas 3 at Buffalo 1
Goals: O’Reilly
Goalie: Ullmark (26 saves/28 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 1/3; PK: 1/1; Shots: Dallas 29 – Buffalo 25

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 84)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clot, Oct. 8; injured reserve) – 18 games
Robin Lehner (high ankle sprain, Oct. 10; injured reserve) – 17 games
Evander Kane (MCL, Oct. 27; injured reserve) – 10 games
Mike Weber (knee, Nov. 10; injured reserve) – 4 games
Zemgus Girgensons (upper body, Nov. 17) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/17:
Activated D Zach Bogosian from IR; placed D Mike Weber on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Saturday, Nov. 28: Buffalo at Nashville, 8 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
SABRES at BLUES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Blues this season.
  • Last meeting: St. Louis defeated Buffalo, 3-0, in Buffalo on Feb. 5
  • Next meeting: Monday, Nov. 23 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 2-7-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Blues; 2-5-3 on the road.
  • This is the 113th game all-time between Buffalo and St. Louis; Buffalo has a 45-52-15 series record.
  • The Sabres are 15-31-9 on the road against the Blues all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-9-3 all-time on November 19.
  • November 19, 1993: Dale Hawerchuk records three points (1+2) against his former team, including his 300th point as a member of the Sabres, in a 6-0 win vs. Winnipeg.
  • November 19, 1999: Martin Biron records his first NHL shutout with 18 saves in a 4-0 win vs. Atlanta.
  • November 19, 2002: Ryan Miller makes his first NHL start, recording 21 saves in a 4-3 overtime loss at New Jersey.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Buffalo enters tonight’s game on its first three-game road winning streak since March 2012.
    • A win tonight would give the Sabres wins in four straight road games for the first time since they won the first four road games of the 2011-12 season.
    • An overtime loss tonight would give the Sabres points in four straight road games for the first time since Feb. 3 to 24, 2015 (3-0-1).
  • The Sabres are looking to snap a six-game losing streak against the Blues and a three-game road losing streak in St. Louis. Their last win against St. Louis was a 5-3 victory in St. Louis on Dec. 27, 2009.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has tallied 20 points (4+16) in his last 20 road games dating back to last season.
  • O’Reilly (21:30) led all NHL forwards in ice time per game entering Wednesday’s games.

UNFAMILIAR FOES
The Sabres and Blues faced off on this date two years ago. Of the 44 players on the teams’ rosters on that date, only five Sabres and nine Blues remain on their respective team’s roster today (totals exclude the following players currently on IR: Mike Weber, Cody McCormick and Jaden Schwartz).

Sabres and Blues Rosters, Nov. 19, 2013

Buffalo Sabres

St. Louis Blues

1              Jhonas Enroth
3              Mark Pysyk
4              Jamie McBain
6              Mike Weber*
8              Cody McCormick*

9              Steve Ott
10           Christian Ehrhoff
19           Cody Hodgson
20           Henrik Tallinder
21           Drew Stafford
23           Ville Leino
25           Mikhail Grigorenko
26           Matt Moulson
28          Zemgus Girgensons

30           Ryan Miller
32           John Scott
57           Tyler Myers
63           Tyler Ennis
65           Brian Flynn
78           Corey Tropp
82           Marcus Foligno 
1              Brian Elliott
5              Barret Jackman
9              Jaden Schwartz*
10           Brenden Morrow
12           Derek Roy
13           Carlo Colaiacovo
17           Vladimir Sobotka
19           Jay Bouwmeester
20           Alexander Steen

21           Patrik Berglund
22           Kevin Shattenkirk
25          Chris Stewart
27           Alex Pietrangelo
28           Ian Cole
40           Maxim Lapierre
41           Jaroslav Halak
42           David Backes
46           Roman Polak
56           Magnus Paajarvi
74           T.J. Oshie
75           Ryan Reaves
79           Adam Cracknell
91           Vladimir Tarasenko

Bold: Remains on roster
*Currently on IR

SEE YOU SOON
The Sabres and Blues will meet again in four days in Buffalo. For the Sabres, this is the fourth 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. They are also still in the midst of the third such set (Nov. 17 and 21 against Dallas). The next such set will take place on Nov. 25 and 28 against Nashville.

JOHNNY ON THE SPOT
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.

FINNISHING TOUCH
Entering play Wednesday, Rasmus Ristolainen was tied for sixth among NHL defensemen with four goals and tied for third 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.

QUICK DRAW McGRAW
Entering Wednesday night’s games, Ryan O’Reilly (58.0%) was ranked seventh in the league in faceoff percentage. O’Reilly also ranked sixth in the league with 431 faceoffs taken, accounting for 39.9% of Buffalo’s total faceoffs.

THEY’VE GOT THE POWER
The Sabres are 14-for-58 (24.1%) on the power play this season, good for third-best in the league before Wednesday’s games. The Sabres last finished a season above 20 percent on the power play in 2008-09 (21.0%).

OUTSHOOTING OPPONENTS
The Sabres have outshot their opponents in 10 of their first 18 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.

POSSESSION PROGRESSION

  • The Sabres have led their opponent in even-strength shot attempts (corsi) in nine of the team’s 18 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 Wednesday night’s games, the Sabres ranked 12th in the league with a corsi for percentage of 50.1%. 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%).

(Data courtesy of war-on-ice.com)

BUF-STL CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Jim Corsi served as the Sabres’ goaltender coach from 2001-2014.

Former Blues:

  • Carlo Colaiacovo spent five seasons with St. Louis from 2008 to 2012 and again during the 2012-13 season. With the Blues, Colaiacovo had 110 points (19+91) and a plus-9 rating in 284 games.

Dan Bylsma:

  • Coached Robert Bortuzzo for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2011-2014.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Represented the United States alongside David Backes at the 2009 World Championship.

Carlo Colaiacovo:

  • Represented Team Canada alongside Jay Bouwmeester and Scottie Upshall at the 2002 World Junior Championship. Colaiacovo and Upshall also played together for the 2003 Canadian World Junior squad.
  • Played with Alexander Steen for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2005-2008.
  • Teammates with Alex Pietrangelo for Team Canada at the 2011 World Championship.

Tyler Ennis:

  • He and Jay Bouwmeester were both born in Edmonton, Alberta.

Marcus Foligno:

  • Played with Jaden Schwartz for Team Canada at the 2011 World Junior Championship held in Buffalo.

Cody Franson:

  • Played with Carl Gunnarsson for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2011-2014.

Brian Gionta:

  • Gionta (1979) and Alex Pietrangelo (1990) were both born on January 18.
  • Played under Kirk Muller from 2009-2011 when Muller was an assistant coach for the Montreal Canadiens.
  • Teammates with Scott Gomez for the New Jersey Devils from 2001-2007 and for the United States at the 2006 Olympics.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played under Kirk Muller from 2007-2011 when Muller was an assistant coach for the Montreal Canadiens.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played with Kyle Brodziak for the Minnesota Wild during the 2012-13 season.

David Legwand:

  • Teammates with Scottie Upshall for the Nashville Predators from 2002-2007.

Robin Lehner:

  • Played with Brian Elliott for the Ottawa Senators during the 2010-11 season.

Matt Moulson:

  • Played with Kyle Brodziak for the Minnesota Wild during the 2013-14 season.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Played with Brian Elliott and Kevin Shattenkirk for the Colorado Avalanche during the 2010-11 season.
  • Represented Canada alongside Jay Bouwmeester at the 2012 World Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • David Legwand (2nd overall) and Scott Gomez (27th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 1998 NHL Draft. Both players were also teammates for the United States at the 1998 and 1999 World Junior Championships.
  • Matt Moulson (263rd overall) and Brian Elliott (291st overall) were both chosen in the ninth round of the 2003 NHL Draft.
  • Zach Bogosian (3rd overall), Tyler Ennis (26th overall) and Alex Pietrangelo (4th overall) were all selected in the first round of the 2008 NHL Draft. They also represented Canada at the 2009 World Junior Championship.
  • Evander Kane (4th overall) and Magnus Paajarvi (10th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Mark Pysyk (23rd overall) and Vladimir Tarasenko (16th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Robby Fabbri (21st overall) were both first-round picks in the 2014 NHL Draft. They were also both a part of the 2015 Canadian World Junior team that won the gold medal at the tournament.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
McGinn (45), Deslauriers (44), Foligno (39)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (44), Ristolainen (33), Pysyk (18)
Shots: Eichel (61), O’Reilly/Ristolainen (47), Ennis (44)

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: 5-2-1 (11), 18/16, 5/20, 18/21

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)
Games Played

Matt Moulson … 8 games … 500 career games played
Goals
Ryan O’Reilly … 4 goals … 100 career goals
Tyler Ennis … 8 goals … 100 career goals
Assists
Zach Bogosian … 6 assists … 100 career assists
Josh Gorges … 8 assists … 100 career assists

RECENT MILESTONES
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