Game Preview: 11/9/16 vs. OTT

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LAST GAME
Monday, November 7
Buffalo 0 at Boston 4
Goals: N/A
Goalie: Lehner (38 saves/42 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 5/8; Shots: Boston 42 – Buffalo 32

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 51)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 12 games
Jack Eichel (high-ankle sprain, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 12 games
Evander Kane (cracked ribs, Oct. 16; injured reserve) – 11 games
Nicolas Deslauriers (knee, Oct. 30) – 5 games
Hudson Fasching (groin, Nov. 1) – 4 games
Zach Bogosian (MCL sprain, Nov. 3) – 3 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
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

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Thursday, Nov. 17: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 19: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SENATORS at SABRES

  • This is the second of five meetings between the Sabres and Senators this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Ottawa, 2-1, in Ottawa on Nov. 5
  • Next meeting: Wednesday, Nov. 29 in Ottawa
  • The Sabres are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Senators; 4-3-3 at home
  • This is the 130th game all-time between Buffalo and Ottawa; Buffalo has a 62-49-18 series record.
  • The Sabres are 34-22-7 at home against the Senators all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 6-8-3 all-time on November 9.
  • November 9, 2005: Thomas Vanek scores twice, including his first career NHL goal, and adds an assist in a 5-3 home loss against the Carolina Hurricanes.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Buffalo was ranked second in the NHL in faceoff percentage (54.1%) entering play Tuesday.
  • With a win tonight, the Sabres would have three 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 14 of their last 19 games decided by a single goal. Six of those games were decided in overtime or a shootout.
  • 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.
  • Robin Lehner is 2-0-1 in four appearances against his former club with a .953 save percentage and a 1.41 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.
  • Zemgus Girgensons has an assist in each of his last three games against Ottawa. Rasmus Ristolainen has an assist in each of his last two.
  • Sam Reinhart has three points (2+1) in his last two games against the Senators.

SABRES IN THE TOP 10

  • The Sabres’ power play is 8-for-39 (20.5%) on the season, ranking 10th in the league entering Tuesday night’s games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly ranked second among all NHL forwards with an average ice time of 22:16 per game entering play Tuesday. O’Reilly finished the 2015-16 season ranked first among forwards with 21:44 of ice time per game and has averaged 20:46 per game since the beginning of the 2014-15 season, leading all NHL forwards during that time frame.
  • O’Reilly entered play Tuesday ranked second in the NHL in faceoffs won (180) and ninth among players with at least 100 faceoffs in win percentage (61.0%). He finished in the top 10 in both categories in 2015-16.
  • Entering play Tuesday, Matt Moulson was tied for the NHL lead with four power-play goals.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen was tied for third among NHL defensemen with eight assists this season and tied for seventh among all NHL skaters with six power-play points before Tuesday’s games.

BUF-OTT CONNECTIONS
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.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (34), Gorges (31), Ristolainen (25)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (25), Ristolainen (23), Bogosian (15)
Shots: O’Reilly (40), Moulson (35), Reinhart (31)

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
11-20: 1-1-0 (2), 2/5, 0/4, 8/12

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 … 5 games … 500 NHL games
Wins
Dan Bylsma … 8 wins … 300 NHL wins
Games Played
Jake McCabe … 2 games … 100 NHL games
Josh Gorges … 5 games … 700 NHL games
Goals
Tyler Ennis … 7 goals … 100 NHL goals
Assists
Ryan O’Reilly … 1 assist … 200 NHL assists
Points
Marcus Foligno … 3 points … 100 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
William Carrier … 1st NHL Game … Nov. 5 at OTT
Sam Reinhart … 100th NHL Game … Nov. 7 at BOS

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