Game Preview: 11/25/15 vs. NSH


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Monday, November 23
St. Louis 2 at Buffalo 1
Goals: Legwand
Goalie: Ullmark (24 saves/26 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 0/0; Shots: St. Louis 26 – Buffalo 25

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 99)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clot, Oct. 8; injured reserve) – 21 games
Robin Lehner (high ankle sprain, Oct. 10; injured reserve) – 20 games
Mike Weber (knee, Nov. 10; injured reserve) – 7 games
Zemgus Girgensons (upper body, Nov. 17; injured reserve) – 4 games
Mark Pysyk (bone bruise, Nov. 19) – 3 games

Activated F Evander Kane from IR
11/22: Placed F Zemgus Girgensons on IR (retroactive to 11/14)

Friday, Nov. 27:
Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 28: Buffalo at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 1: Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 4: Arizona at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 6: Buffalo at Edmonton, 8 p.m.


  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Predators this season.
  • Last meeting: Nashville defeated Buffalo, 3-0, in Nashville on March 21
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Nov. 28 in Nashville
  • The Sabres are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Predators; 1-5-3 in nine home games.
  • This is the 20th game all-time between Buffalo and Nashville; Buffalo has a 7-9-3 series record.
  • The Sabres are 1-5-3 at home against the Predators all-time.


  • The Sabres are 8-8-2 all-time on November 25.
  • November 25, 1970: The Sabres acquire Eddie Shack and Dick Duff from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Mike McMahon.
  • November 25, 2000: Vladimir Tsyplakov scores 10 seconds after the opening faceoff to open the scoring in a 5-3 Sabres win at Montreal.


  • The Sabres are looking to snap a four-game winless streak (0-3-1) against Nashville and a four-game home winless streak (0-2-2) against the Predators.
  • Buffalo’s last win against Nashville was a 3-2 victory in Nashville on Dec. 3, 2011 and their last home win against the Predators came on Feb. 27, 2008.
  • Linus Ullmark has gone 2-2-1 in his last five games with a .937 save percentage and a 1.98 goals-against average.
  • Ryan O’Reilly (21:36) leads all NHL forwards in average ice time per game.


  • Evander Kane enters tonight’s matchup on a four-game point streak (0+4) against Nashville.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has logged a point in each of his last three games against the Predators (1+2).
  • Cody Franson tallied an assist in both of games against the Predators last season.
  • Chad Johnson logged his first NHL shutout in his only previous meeting with the Predators (Jan. 28, 2013).

The Sabres and Predators will meet again in three days in Nashville. For the Sabres, this is the fifth 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 is a home-and-home series on Dec. 28 and 30 against Washington.

Entering Tuesday night’s games, Rasmus Ristolainen ranked in the top 15 among NHL defensemen in goals (T-7th, 4),points (T-14th, 12) and multi-point games (T-5th, 4). No Sabres defenseman has finished a season with five or more multi-point games since Christian Ehrhoff (six) in 2011-12.

Entering Tuesday night’s games, Ryan O’Reilly (58.6%) was ranked fifth in the league in faceoff percentage. O’Reilly also ranked fourth in the league with 497 faceoffs taken, accounting for 40.1% of Buffalo’s total faceoffs.

The Sabres are 14-for-68 (20.6%) on the power play this season, ranked ninth in the league before Tuesday’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 11 of their first 21 games this season, posting a 4-6-1 record in those games. Last season, the team 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 21 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.

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Former Sabres:

  • Paul Gaustad spent the better part of eight seasons as a member of the Sabres from 2002-2012. Buffalo’s seventh-round choice (220th overall) in the 2000 NHL Draft, Gaustad recorded 181 points (71+110) over a span of 479 games in a Sabres uniform. He was dealt to Nashville on Feb. 27, 2012, along with a fourth-round draft pick in 2013 in exchange for a first-round draft pick in 2012 (Zemgus Girgensons).

Former Predators:

  • David Legwand was the first-ever Nashville Predators draft pick, taken in the first round (No. 2 overall) in the 1998 NHL Draft. Legwand played for Nashville from 1998-2014 and is the franchise’s all-time leader in games played (956), goals (210), assists (356) and points (566).
  • Cody Franson was drafted by the Predators in the third round (79th overall) of the 2005 NHL Draft and went on to have 54 points (15+39) in 164 games for Nashville from 2009-2011 and in 2014-15.

Dan Bylsma:

  • Coached James Neal for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2010-2014.

Carlo Colaiacovo:

  • He and Cody Hodgson are both from Toronto, Ontario.
  • Played with Barret Jackman for the St. Louis Blues from 2008-2012 and again during the 2013-14 season.
  • Represented Canada alongside James Neal at the 2011 World Championship.

Jack Eichel:

  • Teammates with Seth Jones for the United States at the 2015 World Championship.

Tyler Ennis:

  • Played with Ryan Ellis and Cody Hodgson for Team Canada at the 2009 World Junior Championship.

Marcus Foligno:

  • Represented Team Canada alongside Ryan Ellis at the 2011 World Junior Championship held in Buffalo.

Cody Franson:

  • He and Shea Weber were both born in Sicamous, British Columbia.
  • Represented Canada alongside James Neal at the 2007 World Junior Championship.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Shea Weber for the Kelowna Rockets (WHL) from 2001-2004.

Johan Larsson:

  • Represented Team Sweden alongside Calle Jarnkrok at the 2009 World U-18 Championship, the 2011 World Junior Championship and the 2012 World Championship. Larsson (56th overall) and Jarnkrok (51st overall) were also both taken in the second round of the 2010 NHL Draft.

Evander Kane:

  • Played with Ryan Ellis and Cody Hodgson for Team Canada at the 2009 World Junior Championship.
  • Represented Canada alongside James Neal at the 2011 World Championship.

Jake McCabe:

  • Represented the United States alongside Seth Jones and Craig Smith at the 2014 World Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Played with Mikka Salomaki for Finland at the 2011 World U18 Championship and the 2013 and 2014 World Junior Championships.

NHL Draft:

  • Zach Bogosian (3rd overall), Tyler Ennis (26th overall), Colin Wilson (7th overall) and Cody Hodgson (10th overall) were all chosen in the first round of the 2008 NHL Draft.
  • Evander Kane (4th overall) and Ryan Ellis (11th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Marcus Foligno (104th overall) was chosen two picks after Mattias Ekholm (102nd overall) and six picks after Craig Smith (98th overall) in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Mary Pysyk (23rd overall) and Austin Watson (18th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Filip Forsberg (11th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Seth Jones (4th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft.

Deslauriers (53), Foligno/McGinn (47), Gorges (44)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (55), Ristolainen (36), McCabe (24)
Shots: Eichel (71), O’Reilly (56), Ristolainen (55)

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: 5-3-2 (12), 21/21, 5/27, 23/29
21-30: 0-1-0 (0), 1/2, 0/3, 0/0

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 (1-1; 66-52 all-time)
Oct. 21 vs. TOR: W, 2-1 (GDG-Moulson)

Nov. 19 at STL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Steen)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Matt Moulson … 5 games … 500 career games played
Ryan O’Reilly … 3 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


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