Game Preview: 11/1/16 at MIN


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Sunday, October 30
Buffalo 3 at Winnipeg 1
Goals: Okposo (2), Gionta
Goalie: Lehner (37 saves/38 shots)
PP: 0/1; PK: 6/6; Shots: Winnipeg 38 – Buffalo 28

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 28)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 8 games
Jack Eichel (high-ankle sprain, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 8 games
Evander Kane (cracked ribs, Oct. 16; injured reserve) – 7 games
Nicolas Deslauriers (knee, Oct. 30) – 1 game
Hudson Fasching (groin, Nov. 1) – 0 games

Assigned G Linus Ullmark to Rochester (AHL)
10/30: Recalled F Nicholas Baptiste from Rochester (AHL)
11/1: Recalled F Justin Bailey from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Evander Kane on IR

Thursday, Nov. 3:
Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 5: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 7: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 9: Ottawa at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 11: New Jersey at Buffalo, 7 p.m.


  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Wild this season.
  • Last meeting: Minnesota defeated Buffalo, 4-0, in Buffalo on Oct. 27
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Wild; 6-3-0 in nine road games.
  • This is the 20th game all-time between Buffalo and Minnesota; Buffalo has an 8-10-1 series record.
  • The Sabres are 6-3-0 on the road against the Wild all-time.


  • The Sabres are 10-5-3 all-time on November 1.
  • November 1, 1981: Bob Sauve stops 37 shots and Tony McKegney scores twice in a 6-2 victory over the Flyers at the Aud.
  • November 1, 2008: Ryan Miller earns his eighth NHL shutout and Thomas Vanek scores twice as the Sabres defeat the Capitals, 4-0, at home.


  • After a 3-0 win on Saturday vs. Florida and a 3-1 win on Sunday at Winnipeg, the Sabres have a chance to outscore their opponents by at least two goals in three consecutive games for the first time since they did so in five straight from March 19 to 27, 2012.
  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game ranked third in the NHL in faceoff percentage (54.7%).
  • The road team has won 14 of the 19 games all-time between the Sabres and Wild, including each of the last four.
  • Robin Lehner is 1-0-1 against the Wild in his career with a .965 save percentage and a 0.96 goals-against average. He recorded a shutout in his last visit to Minnesota, stopping all 27 Wild shots on Jan. 14, 2014.
  • Brian Gionta has five points (3+2) in his last five road games against the Wild.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has scored a goal in both of his previous career visits to Minnesota; Ryan O’Reilly has an assist in each of his last two visits to Minnesota.


  • The Sabres’ power play is 8-for-32 (25.0%) on the season, tying for sixth in the league entering tonight’s game.
  • The team also ranks in the top 10 on the penalty kill, having killed 26 of 30 penalties (86.7%) to rank seventh among all NHL teams.


  • Ryan O’Reilly ranks third among all NHL forwards with an average ice time of 22:16 per game. O’Reilly finished the 2015-16 season ranked first among forwards with 21:44 of ice time per game and has averaged 20:44 per game since the beginning of the 2014-15 season, leading all NHL forwards during that timeframe.
  • O’Reilly is ranked fourth in the NHL in faceoff percentage (62.6%) and second in faceoffs won (122). He finished in the top 10 in both categories in 2015-16.
  • Matt Moulson is tied for the NHL lead with four power-play goals and tied for sixth with five power-play points.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen is tied for third in the NHL with seven assists this season and tied for fourth among all NHL skaters with six power-play points.
  • Ristolainen ranks 10th among all NHL skaters in average ice time per game (25:14)

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

Former Sabres: 

  • Jason Pominville spent the better part of nine seasons as a member of the Sabres (2003-2013), also serving as captain from 2011-2013. Over this time, he suited up for a total of 578 games with Buffalo and recorded 456 points (185+271).
  • Chris Stewart spent two seasons with the Sabres, posting 25 points (11+14) in 66 games. Stewart was traded to the Wild on March 2, 2015 in exchange for a 2017 second-round selection.
  • Zac Dalpe appeared in 21 games for the Sabres during the 2014-15 season, logging three points (1+2).

Former Wild:

  • Johan Larsson was Minnesota’s second-round pick (56th overall) in the 2010 NHL Draft. He only played one game for the Wild before being traded to Buffalo as part of the Jason Pominville trade.
  • Matt Moulson spent part of the 2013-14 season with the Wild, tallying 13 points (6+7) in 20 games and adding three points (1+2) in 10 playoff games.

Zach Bogosian

  • Represented the United States alongside Ryan Suter in the 2009 World Championship.

Tyler Ennis

  • Played with Jared Spurgeon for the Knights of Columbus Pats of the AMHL from 2004-05. The two also share a hometown of Edmonton, Alberta.

Cody Franson

  • Played with Ryan Suter for the Nashville Predators from 2009-2011.

Brian Gionta

  • Played with Zach Parise for the New Jersey Devils from 2005-2009. The two also represented the United States in the 2005 World Championship along with Ryan Suter.

Jake McCabe

  • Played with Charlie Coyle and Jason Zucker for the United States National Team Development Program from 2009-2010.

Matt Moulson

  • Played with Nino Niederreiter for the New York Islanders from 2010-2012.

Anders Nilsson

  • Teammates with Nino Niederreiter for the New York Islanders during the 2011-12 season.

Kyle Okposo

  • Played with Nino Niederreiter for the New York Islanders from 2010-2012.

Ryan O’Reilly

  • Represented Canada alongside Devan Dubnyk in the 2012 and 2013 World Championship. Eric Staal was also a part of the 2013 squad.
  • Teammates with Matt Dumba for Team Canada during the 2016 World Championship.

Sam Reinhart

  • Represented Canada alongside Matt Dumba in the 2014 World Junior Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen

  • Represented Finland alongside Mikael Granlund and Teemu Pulkkinen at the 2012 World Junior Championship. Granlund also appeared with Ristolainen for Finland in the 2011 World U18 Championship. The pair again played for Finland in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, where Erik Haula and Mikko Koivu were also on the team.
  • Shares a hometown of Turku, Finland with Mikko Koivu.

NHL Draft:

  • Kyle Okposo (7th overall) and Chris Stewart (18th overall) were selected in the first round of the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Johan Larsson (56th overall) and Jason Zucker (59th overall) were both second-round selections in the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Mathew Dumba (7th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2012 NHL Draft.

Foligno (22), Ristolainen (18), Gorges (17)
Blocked Shots: Bogosian (15), Gorges (14), Ristolainen (13)
Shots: Moulson (26), Ennis (23), Gionta/O’Reilly (20)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK] 1-10: 3-3-2 (8), 20/21, 8/32, 26/30

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

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-1; 67-59 all-time)
Oct. 25 at PHI: L, 4-3 (GDG-Giroux)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Sam Reinhart … 4 games … 100 NHL games
Jake McCabe … 6 games … 100 NHL games
Tyler Ennis … 7 goals … 100 NHL goals
Ryan O’Reilly … 1 assist … 200 NHL assists
Marcus Foligno … 4 points … 100 NHL points

Rasmus Ristolainen … 200th NHL game … Oct. 27 vs. MIN

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