Game Preview: 11/3/16 vs. TOR


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Tuesday, November 1
Buffalo 2 at Minnesota 1
Goals: O’Reilly, Larsson
Goalie: Lehner (27 saves/28 shots)
PP: 0/1; PK: 0/1; Shots: Minnesota 28 – Buffalo 24

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 33)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 9 games
Jack Eichel (high-ankle sprain, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 9 games
Evander Kane (cracked ribs, Oct. 16; injured reserve) – 8 games
Nicolas Deslauriers (knee, Oct. 30) – 2 games
Hudson Fasching (groin, Nov. 1) – 1 game
Zach Bogosian (knee) – 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

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.
Saturday, Nov. 12: Buffalo at New Jersey, 7 pm.


  • This is the first of five meetings between the Sabres and Maple Leafs this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Toronto, 4-1, in Buffalo on March 31
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 17 in Toronto
  • The Sabres are 5-2-3 in their last 10 games vs. the Maple Leafs; 9-0-1 at home
  • This is the 202nd game all-time between Buffalo and Toronto; Buffalo has a 111-64-26 series record.
  • The Sabres are 68-25-8 at home against the Maple Leafs all-time.


  • The Sabres are 8-6-2 all-time on November 3.
  • November 3, 1990: Benoit Hogue scores twice and Daren Puppa stops 30 of 31 shots, as the Sabres top the Bruins 4-1, earning a third consecutive win in Boston for the first time since 1979.


  • Buffalo was ranked third in the NHL in faceoff percentage (54.3%) entering play Wednesday.
  • The Sabres’ power play is 8-for-33 (24.2%) on the season, ranking sixth in the league entering Wednesday night’s games.
  • Tyler Ennis has 17 points (8+9) in 17 games against the Maple Leafs since the beginning of the 2011-12 season.
  • Johan Larsson has six points (3+3) in six career games against Toronto.
  • Matt Moulson has 25 points (16+9) in 28 career games against the Maple Leafs. He needs a point tonight to avoid going pointless in three straight against Toronto for the first time in his career.
  • Marcus Foligno (0+2) and Brian Gionta (1+1) each have a point in both of their last two games against Toronto.


  • The home team has won 22 of the last 25 games between the Sabres and the Maple Leafs.
  • The Sabres are 17-1-1 in their last 19 home games against the Maple Leafs, including wins in their last seven. A win tonight would give the Sabres their first ever eight-game winning streak at home against Toronto.
  • The Maple Leafs haven’t won at KeyBank Center since a 4-3 overtime win on Jan. 29, 2013.
    • Only six players who played in that game are active on their respective rosters today: Tyler Ennis, Marcus Foligno, Tyler Bozak, Nazem Kadri, Leo Komarov and James van Riemsdyk.
    • Cody Franson suited up for Toronto in that game. Jake Gardiner was on Toronto’s roster but did not dress.
    • 1,373 days have passed since Toronto’s last win in Buffalo. The previous record for most days between Maple Leafs wins in Buffalo since Toronto joined the Eastern Conference in 1998-99 was 1,366 days (Feb. 17, 1999 and Nov. 15, 2002).
  • Toronto’s last regulation win in Buffalo was a 2-1 win on Feb. 16, 2011. The Sabres are 10-0-1 at home against the Maple Leafs since then, the team’s longest home point streak against Toronto in franchise history.
  • Toronto hasn’t won consecutive games in Buffalo since March 21 and Dec. 12, 2008.


  • Ryan O’Reilly ranked second among all NHL forwards with an average ice time of 22:24 per game entering play Wednesday. O’Reilly finished the 2015-16 season ranked first among forwards with 21:44 of ice time per game and has averaged 20:45 per game since the beginning of the 2014-15 season, leading all NHL forwards during that timeframe.
  • O’Reilly entered play Wednesday ranked third in the NHL in faceoffs won (136) and fifth among players with at least 100 faceoffs in win percentage (61.0%) and. He finished in the top 10 in both categories in 2015-16.
  • Entering play Wednesday, Matt Moulson was tied for the NHL lead with four power-play goals and tied for sixth with five power-play points.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen was tied for sixth in the NHL with seven assists this season and tied for fourth among all NHL skaters with six power-play points before Wednesday’s games.
  • Ristolainen ranked ninth among all NHL skaters in average ice time per game (25:14) before Wednesday’s games.

Former Sabres:

  • Jhonas Enroth was selected by the Sabres in the second round (46th overall) of the 2006 NHL Draft. Enroth spent the better part of six seasons with the Sabres, appearing in 118 games and compiling a record of 38-56-14 with a .910 save percentage and a 2.92 goals-against average.

Former Maple Leafs:

  • Cody Franson was acquired by the Maple Leafs from the Nashville Predators on July 3, 2011. Franson spent four seasons with the Maple Leafs, totaling 115 points (20+95) in 236 games.

Tyler Ennis:

  • Represented Canada alongside Peter Holland at the 2009 World Junior Championship.

Hudson Fasching:

  • Represented the United States alongside Auston Matthews at the 2016 World Championship.
  • Played with Connor Carrick at the 2014 World Junior Championship and for the United States National Development Program in 2011-12.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played alongside Connor Carrick for the United States National Development Program in 2010-11.
  • Represented the United States alongside Jake Gardiner at the 2014 World Championship.

Matt Moulson:

  • Played alongside Matt Martin for the New York Islanders from 2009-2013.

Anders Nilsson:

  • Played with Matt Martin for the New York Islanders from 2011-12 and then again in 2013-14.

Kyle Okposo

  • Played alongside Matt Martin for the New York Islanders from 2009-2016.
  • Represented the United States with James van Riemsdyk at the 2007 and 2008 World Junior Championship.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Teammates with Matt Hunwick for the Colorado Avalanche from 2010-2014.
  • Represented Canada with Morgan Rielly at the 2016 World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Represented Canada with Morgan Rielly at the 2016 World Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland alongside Leo Komarov at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

NHL Draft

  • Zach Bogosian (3rd overall), Jake Gardiner (17th overall) and Tyler Ennis (26th overall) were all first-round selections in the 2008 NHL Draft.
  • Martin Marincin (46th overall) and Johan Larsson (56th overall) were both second-round selections of the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Morgan Rielly (5th overall) and Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and William Nylander (8th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Foligno (29), Gorges (22), Ristolainen (19)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (20), Bogosian (15), Ristolainen (14)
Shots: Moulson (27), O’Reilly (25), Ennis (24)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK] 1-10: 4-3-2 (10), 22/22, 8/33, 26/31

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 Coached

Dan Bylsma … 8 games … 500 NHL games
Dan Bylsma … 9 wins … 300 NHL wins
Games Played
Sam Reinhart … 3 games … 100 NHL games
Jake McCabe … 5 games … 100 NHL games
Josh Gorges … 8 games … 700 NHL games
Tyler Ennis … 7 goals … 100 NHL goals
Ryan O’Reilly … 1 assist … 200 NHL assists
Marcus Foligno … 4 points … 100 NHL points


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