Game Preview: 11/21/16 vs. CGY


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Saturday, November 19
Pittsburgh 1 at Buffalo 2 (SO)
Goals: Carrier; GDG-C. O’Reilly
Goalie: Nilsson (46 saves/47 shots)
PP: 0/4; PK: 1/2; Shots: Pittsburgh 47 – Buffalo 33

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 91)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 18 games
Jack Eichel (high-ankle sprain, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 18 games
Nicolas Deslauriers (knee, Oct. 30; injured reserve) – 11 games
Zach Bogosian (MCL sprain, Nov. 3) – 9 games
Tyler Ennis (groin, Nov. 9) – 6 games
Dmitry Kulikov (lower back, Nov. 11) – 5 games
Ryan O’Reilly (oblique, Nov. 12) – 4 games

Recalled F Nicholas Baptiste, D Justin Falk and F Evan Rodrigues from Rochester (AHL)
11/16: Assigned D Casey Nelson to Rochester (AHL)
11/17: Recalled D Taylor Fedun from Rochester (AHL)
11/18: Assigned F Nicholas Baptiste and F Evan Rodrigues to Rochester (AHL)
11/19: Recalled F Cal O’Reilly and F Cole Schneider from Rochester (AHL)

Wednesday, Nov. 23:
Detroit at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 25: Buffalo at Washington, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 29: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 1: NY Rangers at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec 3: Boston at Buffalo, 1 p.m.


  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Flames this season.
  • Last meeting: Calgary defeated Buffalo, 4-3 (OT), in Calgary on Oct. 18
  • The Sabres are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Flames; 9-0-1 at home.
  • This is the 105th game all-time between Buffalo and Calgary/Atlanta; Buffalo has a 50-36-18 series record.
  • The Sabres are 32-13-6 at home against the Flames all-time.


  • The Sabres are 7-12-1 all-time on November 21.
  • November 21, 1981: Jim Schoenfeld and Yvon Lambert each score two goals and Don Edwards makes 28 saves in a 7-1 Sabres victory at Los Angeles.
  • November 21, 2003: Mika Noronen stops 35 Carolina shots to earn his third career shutout in a 5-0 win against the Hurricanes.


  • The Sabres are 6-1-3 in their last 10 home games against Western Conference teams. It’s Buffalo’s best such 10-game stretch since the team went 7-1-2 at home against the West from Nov. 19, 2010 to Nov. 4, 2011.
  • The home team has won 17 of the last 19 games between these teams, dating back to the 1999-00 season. The Flames’ last win in Buffalo was on Dec. 14, 2013.
  • With points in their last 12 home games against Calgary (10-0-2), the Sabres have matched their series-record for most consecutive home games against the Flames with a point, originally set from March 11, 1979 to Nov. 10, 1985 (11-0-1).
  • The Sabres are 16-3-2 in their last 21 home games against the Flames, with the last regulation home loss coming on March 15, 1996.
  • With a win of overtime loss tonight, the Sabres would have points in three consecutive games against the Flames for the first time since the team won four in a row from March 18, 2000 to Nov. 23, 2001.


  • Ryan O’Reilly has 13 points (4+9) in his last 10 games against the Flames, including five multi-point efforts. He enters tonight’s game on a five-game point streak against Calgary, having tallied eight points (2+6) in those five games.
  • Kyle Okposo has eight points (1+7) in his last eight games against the Flames.
  • Evander Kane has seven points (3+4) in seven career games against Calgary.
  • Marcus Foligno has five points (3+2) in his last four games against the Flames.
  • Brian Gionta has three assists in his last two games against Calgary.
  • Johan Larsson has a point in each of his last two games against the Flames (1+1).


  • Buffalo was ranked third in the NHL in team faceoff percentage (53.0%) after Saturday’s game.
  • Ryan O’Reilly ranked second among all NHL forwards with an average ice time of 21:46 per game before Friday’s games. 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 time frame.
  • O’Reilly ranked eighth in the NHL after Saturday’s game in faceoffs won (187) and third among players with at least 100 faceoffs in win percentage (60.5%). He finished in the top 10 in both categories in 2015-16.
  • After Saturday’s game, Matt Moulson was tied for second in the NHL with five power-play goals.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen ranked fifth among all NHL skaters in average ice time per game (26:04) after Saturday’s game and was tied for third among all NHL defensemen with six power-play points.
  • Anders Nilsson finished Saturday’s game ranked third among NHL goaltenders with at least 120 minutes in save percentage (.951) and eighth in goals-against average (1.74).

Former Sabres:

  • Goaltender Chad Johnson was a member of the Sabres organization for parts of two seasons from 2015-2016. He posted a career-high 22 wins with a .920 save percentage and a 2.36 goals-against average in 45 games for Buffalo during the 2015-16 season.
  • Dennis Wideman was originally drafted by the Sabres in the eighth round (241st overall) of the 2002 NHL Draft, but did not play any games as a member of the club.

Former Flames:

  • Derek Grant spent the 2015-16 season in the Flames’ organization, posting one assist in 15 games for Calgary and 45 points (27+18) in 36 games for the Stockton Heat (AHL).

Dan Bylsma:

  • Coached Deryk Engelland for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2009-2014.

Cody Franson:

  • Played with Lance Bouma for the Vancouver Giants (WHL) from 2005-2007.

Evander Kane:

  • He and Troy Brouwer are both from Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Played with Lance Bouma for the Vancouver Giants (WHL) from 2006-2009.
  • Played with Michael Frolik for the Winnipeg Jets from 2013-2015.
  • Teammates with Matt Giordano and Chad Johnson for Team Canada at the 2010 World Championship.

Dmitry Kulikov:

  • Teammates with Michael Frolik for the Florida Panthers from 2009-2011 and with Kris Versteeg for Florida from 2012-2014. Dennis Wideman was also on the team for most of the 2010-11 season.

Robin Lehner:

  • Teammates with Brian Elliot for the Ottawa Senators during the 2010-11 season.
  • Played with Alex Chiasson for the Ottawa Senators during the 2014-15 season.

Anders Nilsson:

  • Represented Team Sweden alongside Mikael Backlund at the 2010 and 2014 World Championships.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Played with TJ Brodie for Team Canada at the 2013 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Brian Elliot for the Colorado Avalanche during part of the 2010-11 season.

NHL Draft:

  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Sean Monahan (6th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) was taken two picks before Sam Bennett (4th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Foligno (64), Gorges (45), Ristolainen (39)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (37), Ristolainen (32), McCabe (21)
Shots: Moulson (48), Okposo (46), O’Reilly (43)

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: 2-4-2 (6), 10/22, 3/22, 24/32

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-2; 102-107 all-time)
Oct. 18 at EDM: L, 4-3 (GWG-Monahan)
Nov. 11 vs. NJD: L, 2-1 (GWG-Greene)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-2; 68-60 all-time)
Oct. 25 at PHI: L, 4-3 (GDG-Giroux)
Nov. 9 vs. OTT: L, 2-1 (GDG-Ryan)
Nov. 19 vs. PIT: W, 2-1 (GDG-C. O’Reilly)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)

Dan Bylsma … 7 wins … 300 NHL wins
Marcus Foligno … 2 points … 100 NHL points
Cody Franson … 9 points … 200 NHL points

Dan Bylsma … 500th NHL game coached … Nov. 17 vs. TBL
Josh Gorges … 700th NHL game … Nov. 17 vs. TBL
William Carrier … 1st NHL point (goal) … Nov. 19 vs. PIT

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