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Thursday, November 3
Toronto 2 at Buffalo 1
Goals: Foligno
Goalie: Lehner (27 saves/29 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 0/0; Shots: Buffalo 43 – Toronto 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 39)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 10 games
Jack Eichel (high-ankle sprain, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 10 games
Evander Kane (cracked ribs, Oct. 16; injured reserve) – 9 games
Nicolas Deslauriers (knee, Oct. 30) – 3 games
Hudson Fasching (groin, Nov. 1) – 2 games
Zach Bogosian (MCL sprain, Nov. 3) – 1 game

Recalled F Nicholas Baptiste from Rochester (AHL)
11/1: Recalled F Justin Bailey from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Evander Kane on IR
11/2: Assigned F Justin Bailey and F Nicholas Baptiste to Rochester (AHL)
11/3: Recalled F Justin Bailey and F Nicholas Baptiste from Rochester (AHL)
11/4: Recalled F William Carrier from Rochester (AHL); Assigned F Justin Bailey to Rochester

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.
Tuesday, Nov. 15: Buffalo at St. Louis, 8 p.m.


  • This is the first of five meetings between the Sabres and Senators this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Ottawa, 3-1, in Buffalo on March 18
  • Next meeting: Wednesday, Nov. 9 in Ottawa
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Senators; 2-7-1 on the road
  • This is the 129th game all-time between Buffalo and Ottawa; Buffalo has a 61-49-18 series record.
  • The Sabres are 27-27-11 on the road against the Senators all-time.


  • The Sabres are 11-10-3 all-time on November 5.
  • November 5, 1970: Paul Andrea is stopped by Vancouver goaltender Dunc Wilson on the first penalty shot in Sabres history.
  • November 5, 2006: Drew Stafford makes his NHL debut against the New York Rangers and records an assist on Daniel Briere’s game-winning overtime goal, becoming just the second player in league history to pick up his first NHL point in the overtime period of his NHL debut.


  • Buffalo was ranked third in the NHL in faceoff percentage (55.2%) entering play Friday.
  • The Sabres’ power play is 8-for-35 (22.9%) on the season, ranking ninth in the league entering Friday night’s games.
  • With a win tonight, the Sabres would have consecutive wins against the Senators for the first time since they won six in a row from Dec. 4, 2010 to Nov. 11, 2011.
  • Buffalo and Ottawa have had 13 of their last 18 games decided by a single goal. Six of those games were decided in overtime or a shootout. Eleven of the last 14 matchups in Ottawa have been decided by a single goal.
  • The Sabres are 8-5 all-time in shootouts against the Senators. Their 13 shootouts against Ottawa tie their total against Boston for most against a single opponent.
  • If he plays, tonight’s game will be William Carrier’s (KAIR-ee-ay) first career NHL game.


  • Robin Lehner is 1-0-1 in three appearances against his former club with a .946 save percentage and a 1.57 goals-against average. Anders Nilsson is 1-1-0 with a .940 save percentage and a 2.02 goals-against average in two career games against the Senators.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded nine points (2+7) in 10 career games against the Senators.
  • Zemgus Girgensons has an assist in each of his last two games against Ottawa.
  • Tyler Ennis has nine points (5+4) in 11 career road games against the Senators. Kyle Okposo has nine points (3+6) in 12 career road games against the Senators. Matt Moulson has seven points (3+4) in 12 career road games against the Senators.


  • Ryan O’Reilly ranked second among all NHL forwards with an average ice time of 22:23 per game entering play Friday. 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 time frame.
  • O’Reilly entered play Friday ranked second in the NHL in faceoffs won (157) and fourth among players with at least 100 faceoffs in win percentage (62.5%). He finished in the top 10 in both categories in 2015-16.
  • Entering play Friday, Matt Moulson was tied for the NHL lead with four power-play goals and tied for eighth with five power-play points.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen was tied for third among NHL defensemen with seven assists this season and tied for fourth among all NHL skaters with six power-play points before Friday’s games.
  • Ristolainen ranked ninth among all NHL skaters in average ice time per game (25:16) before Friday’s games.

Former Senators:

  • Goaltender Robin Lehner was a second-round selection (46th overall) of the Senators in the 2009 NHL Draft. He appeared in 86 games over the course of his time with Ottawa and compiled a 30-36-13 record with a .914 save percentage and a 2.88 goals-against average.
  • Derek Grant was a fourth-round selection (119th overall) of the Ottawa Senators in the 2008 NHL Draft. During his time with the organization from 2012-2014, he appeared in 25 games and recorded two points (0+2).

Nick Baptiste:

  • He was born in Ottawa and played for the Ottawa Senators Minor Midget AAA team (OEMMHL) from 2009-2011.

 Cody Franson:

  • Skated alongside Tom Pyatt for Team Canada during the 2007 World Junior Championship.
  • Was a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs with Dion Phaneuf from 2011-2015.

Brian Gionta:

  • Teammates with Tom Pyatt for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2011.

 Josh Gorges:

  • Was a member of Team Canada with Dion Phaneuf at the 2004 World Junior Championship.
  • Teammates with Tom Pyatt for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2011.

Dmitry Kulikov:

  • Teammates with Mike Hoffman for the Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL) during the 2007-08 season.

 Johan Larsson:

  • Was a member of Team Sweden during the 2012 World Championship along with Erik Karlsson.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played with Chris Wideman for the United States at the 2016 World Championship.

Anders Nilsson:

  • Represented Sweden alongside Erik Karlsson at the 2010 World Championship.

 Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Represented Canada alongside Derick Brassard and Cody Ceci at the 2016 World Championship.
  • Was a member of Team Canada with Marc Methot at the 2012 World Championship.
  • Played for the Colorado Avalanche with Craig Anderson from 2009-2011.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Represented the United States alongside Bobby Ryan at the 2012 World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Played for Canada at the 2016 World Championship with both Derick Brassard and Cody Ceci.

NHL Draft:

  • Kyle Okposo (7th overall) was taken one pick after Derick Brassard (6th overall) in the first round of the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Erik Karlsson (15th overall) and Tyler Ennis (26th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2008 NHL Draft.
  • Marcus Foligno (104th overall) was a fourth-round selection in the 2009 NHL Draft along with Chris Wideman (100th overall).
  • Zemgus Girgensons and Cody Ceci were back-to-back selections in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft. Girgensons was selected 14th overall while Ceci went 15th overall.

Foligno (32), Gorges (25), Ristolainen (22)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (21), Bogosian (15), Ristolainen (15)
Shots: Moulson (32), O’Reilly (32), Ennis (28)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK] 1-10: 4-4-2 (10), 23/24, 8/35, 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 … 7 games … 500 NHL games
Dan Bylsma … 9 wins … 300 NHL wins
Games Played
Sam Reinhart … 2 games … 100 NHL games
Jake McCabe … 4 games … 100 NHL games
Josh Gorges … 7 games … 700 NHL games
Tyler Ennis … 7 goals … 100 NHL goals
Ryan O’Reilly … 1 assist … 200 NHL assists
Marcus Foligno … 3 points … 100 NHL points


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