Game Preview: 10/25/16 at PHI

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LAST GAME
Thursday, October 20
Buffalo 1 at Vancouver 2
Goals: Baptiste
Goalie: Lehner (18 saves/20 shots)
PP: 0/5; PK: 4/5; Shots: Buffalo 27 – Vancouver 20

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 13)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 4 games
Jack Eichel (high-ankle sprain, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 4 games
Evander Kane (cracked ribs, Oct. 16) – 3 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/21:
Assigned F Nicholas Baptiste, F Hudson Fasching and D Casey Nelson to Rochester (AHL)
10/23: Recalled F Hudson Fasching and D Casey Nelson from Rochester (AHL)
10/24: Recalled G Linus Ullmark from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Oct. 27:
Minnesota at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 29: Florida at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 30: Buffalo at Winnipeg, 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 1: Buffalo at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 3: Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at FLYERS

  • This is the first of three meetings between the Sabres and Flyers this season.
  • Last meeting: Philadelphia defeated Buffalo, 5-1, in Philadelphia on Feb. 11
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 10 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Flyers; 3-7-0 on the road.
  • This is the 171st game all-time between Buffalo and Philadelphia; Buffalo has a 66-81-23 series record.
  • The Sabres are 25-49-13 on the road against the Flyers all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-10-2 all-time on October 25.
  • October 25, 1991: The Sabres acquire Pat LaFontaine, Randy Wood and Randy Hillier from the Islanders in exchange for Pierre Turgeon, Uwe Krupp, Dave McLlwain and Benoit Hogue.
  • October 25, 1991: The Sabres get 31 saves from Clint Malarchuk as they top the Sharks, 3-1, in the first-ever game between the teams, earning the 800th win in franchise history.
  • October 25, 2013: Rasmus Ristolainen scores a goal, recording his first NHL point in a 3-1 victory at Florida.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 5-0-1 in their last six road games against Metropolitan division opponents; the team’s last such loss was their last visit to Philadelphia, a 5-1 loss on Feb. 11.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has nine points (3+6) in 10 career games against the Flyers, including seven (3+4) in his last seven.
  • Johan Larsson recorded three assists in two games against the Flyers last season.
  • Linus Ullmark earned his first NHL win against the Flyers, stopping 27 of 28 shots on Oct. 30, 2015 to become the youngest goaltender to earn a win for the Sabres since Mika Noronen did so on Oct. 5, 2000 vs. Chicago.

SABRES IN THE TOP 10

  • Rasmus Ristolainen entered play Monday tied for seventh in the NHL (and third among defensemen) with five assists and ranked 12th in the league in average time on ice (24:53).
  • Ryan O’Reilly led all NHL forwards with an average ice time of 23:13 entering play Monday. O’Reilly finished the 2015-16 season ranked first among forwards with 21:44 of ice time per game and has averaged 20:43 per game since the beginning of the 2014-15 season, leading all NHL forwards during that timeframe.
  • Entering Monday’s games, Matt Moulson ranked second in the league among skaters with at least two games played with a SAT% (CF%) of 66.67 percent in 5-on-5 play. Moulson ranked fifth among Sabres who spent the whole season with the team in SAT% last season. Evander Kane (1 GP, 75.00%) is the only Sabres skater with a better percentage so far this season.

KILLING IT
Buffalo’s penalty kill is 13-for-14 through three games, ranking sixth in the league entering play Monday with a penalty kill percentage of 92.8 percent. The Sabres finished the 2015-16 season with a penalty kill percentage of 82.6 percent, ranking ninth in the league and marking the team’s best rate in five seasons.

ROAD WARRIORS

  • Ryan O’Reilly has totaled 13 points (7+6) in his last nine road games dating back to March 22 at Carolina. O’Reilly has been a point-per-game player in his last 52 road games, totaling 18 goals and 34 assists on the road in a stretch that began with a career-best, 10-game road point streak from Feb. 20 to March 26, 2015.
  • Kyle Okposo has 16 points (6+10) his last 15 road games dating back to March 1 at Vancouver, including six two-point games during that span.

2016-17 ROSTER NOTES
Of the 23 players on Buffalo’s opening night roster:

  • Seven were originally drafted by the Sabres — five were first-round Buffalo selections (Ennis, 2008; Girgensons, 2012; Ristolainen, 2013; Reinhart, 2014; Eichel, 2015), one was a second-round pick (McCabe, 2012) and one was a fourth-round pick (Foligno, 2009)
  • 10 were acquired in trades: Bogosian, Deslauriers, Fasching, Gorges, Kane, Kulikov, Larsson, Lehner, Nilsson, O’Reilly
  • Six were signed as free agents: Franson, Gionta, Grant, Moulson, Nelson, Okposo
  • 19 played in Buffalo at some point last season (12 forwards, six defenseman, one goaltender)
  • Four are new to the Sabres this season: Grant, Kulikov, Nilsson, Okposo
  • Three opened the season on an NHL roster for the first time in their careers: Fasching, Grant, Nelson

BUF-PHI CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Buffalo acquired Michal Neuvirth from the Washington Capitals on March 5, 2014 and the goalie went on to post a 6-19-3 record with a .921 save percentage and a 2.96 goals-against average in 29 games for the Sabres.

Tyler Ennis:

  • Played with Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux and Brayden Schenn for Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.

Marcus Foligno:

  • Played with Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier for Team Canada in the 2011 World Junior Championship, which took place in Buffalo.

Cody Franson:

  • Teammates with Nick Schultz for Team Canada at the 2002 World Junior Championship.

Josh Gorges:     

  • Played with Mark Streit for Montreal Canadiens during the 2007-08 season.

Dmitry Kulikov:

  • Teammates with Sean Couturier for the Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL) during the 2008-09 season.

Robin Lehner:

  • Played with Nick Cousins for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) during the 2009-10 season.

Jake McCabe:

  • Represented the United States alongside Shayne Gostisbehere at the 2013 World Junior Championship.

Matt Moulson:

  • Played with Andrew McDonald and Mark Streit for the New York Islanders from 2009-2013.

Anders Nilsson

  • Teammates with Andrew McDonald for the New York Islanders from 2011-2014. Mark Streit was also on the team from 2011-2013.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played with Andrew McDonald for the New York Islanders from 2008-2014. Mark Streit was also on the team from 2008-2013.
  • He and Michal Neuvirth were teammates for the New York Islanders during part of the 2014-15 season.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Represented Canada alongside Matt Read and Wayne Simmonds at the 2013 World Championship.
  • Played with Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux and Brayden Schenn for Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Played with Travis Konecny for Team Canada at the 2014 World Junior Championship

 

NHL Draft:

  • Jack Eichel (2nd overall) and Travis Konecny (24th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2015 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Deslauriers (13), Foligno (8), Gorges (8)
Blocked Shots: Gorges(9), Ristolainen (9), Bogosian (8)
Shots: O’Reilly (12), Moulson (11), Okposo/Reinhart (9)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10:
1-2-1 (3),11/12, 4/21, 13/14

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-1; 102-106 all-time)
Oct. 18 at EDM: L, 4-3 (GWG-Monahan)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-0; 67-58 all-time)
N/A

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Rasmus Ristolainen … 2 games … 200 NHL games
Sam Reinhart … 8 games … 100 NHL games
Goals
Tyler Ennis … 8 goals … 100 NHL goals
Assists
Ryan O’Reilly … 3 assists … 200 NHL assists
Points
Marcus Foligno … 5 points … 100 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
Nicholas Baptiste … 1st NHL goal … Oct. 20 at VAN

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