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Tuesday, November 17
Dallas 3 at Buffalo 1
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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%).
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.
- 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)
- Jim Corsi served as the Sabres’ goaltender coach from 2001-2014.
- 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.
- Coached Robert Bortuzzo for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2011-2014.
- Represented the United States alongside David Backes at the 2009 World Championship.
- 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.
- He and Jay Bouwmeester were both born in Edmonton, Alberta.
- Played with Jaden Schwartz for Team Canada at the 2011 World Junior Championship held in Buffalo.
- Played with Carl Gunnarsson for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2011-2014.
- 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.
- Played under Kirk Muller from 2007-2011 when Muller was an assistant coach for the Montreal Canadiens.
- Played with Kyle Brodziak for the Minnesota Wild during the 2012-13 season.
- Teammates with Scottie Upshall for the Nashville Predators from 2002-2007.
- Played with Brian Elliott for the Ottawa Senators during the 2010-11 season.
- Played with Kyle Brodziak for the Minnesota Wild during the 2013-14 season.
- 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.
- 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)
Matt Moulson … 8 games … 500 career games played
Ryan O’Reilly … 4 goals … 100 career goals
Tyler Ennis … 8 goals … 100 career goals
Zach Bogosian … 6 assists … 100 career assists
Josh Gorges … 8 assists … 100 career assists