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Tuesday, December 6
Edmonton 3 at Buffalo 4 (OT)
Goals: Kane (2), Gionta, Ristolainen
Goalie: Nilsson (34 saves/37 shots)
PP: 2/4; PK: 2/4; Shots: Edmonton 37 – Buffalo 26
CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 141)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 26 games
Nicolas Deslauriers (knee, Oct. 30; injured reserve) – 19 games
Zach Bogosian (MCL sprain, Nov. 3) – 17 games
Tyler Ennis (groin, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 14 games
Dmitry Kulikov (lower back, Nov. 11; injured reserve) – 13 games
Josh Gorges (foot, Dec. 3) – 3 games
Taylor Fedun (shoulder, Dec. 5) – 2 games
TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
12/5: Recalled D Erik Burgdoerfer from Rochester (AHL); Placed D Dmitry Kulikov on IR (retroactive to 11/10)
12/8: Assigned D Erik Burgdoerfer to Rochester (AHL)
12/9: Activated F Nicolas Deslauriers and D Dmitry Kulikov from IR; Assigned D Brendan Guhle to Prince George (WHL)
Tuesday, Dec. 13: Los Angeles at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 16: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 17: Buffalo at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 20: Buffalo at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 22: Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
CAPITALS at SABRES
- This is the third and final meeting between the Sabres and Capitals this season.
- Last meeting: Washington defeated Buffalo 3-2 (OT) in Washington on Dec. 5
- The Sabres are 3-4-3 in their last 10 games vs. the Capitals; 5-2-3 at home.
- This is the 155th game all-time between Buffalo and Washington; Buffalo has an 87-47-20 series record.
- The Sabres are 46-21-9 at home against the Capitals all-time.
THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY
- The Sabres are 9-4-4 all-time on December 9.
- December 9, 1981: Tony McKegney scores his second NHL hat trick as the Sabres top the Colorado Rockies 7-1 at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium.
- December 9, 1992: Alexander Mogilny scores his second of seven hat tricks in the 1992-93 season, leading Buffalo to a 5-2 win against Boston and keeping the Sabres unbeaten in eight straight home games against the Bruins.
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
- After going 0-1-1 in the first two matchups this season, the Sabres need a win tonight to avoid their first season sweep against the Capitals since 2012-13.
- Buffalo’s last shutout against Washington – a 3-0 victory at home – came seven years ago today.
- The Sabres enter tonight’s game with a 5-2-2 record in their last nine games.
- Buffalo was ranked third in the NHL in power play percentage (23.0%) and fourth in team faceoff percentage (52.0%) entering play Thursday.
- Kyle Okposo has five points (2+3) in his last four games against the Capitals.
- Evander Kane has six career two-point games against the Capitals.
- Jack Eichel has 11 points (4+7) in his last 10 games dating back to last season, including five points (3+2) in five games in 2016-17.
- Rasmus Ristolainen has seven points (1+6) his last five games.
- Ryan O’Reilly has six points (2+4) in his last five games.
- Evander Kane has five points (3+2) in his last five games, including points in three straight home games.
SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before Dec. 8 games)
- Carrier: 23 hits/60 (3rd)
- Foligno: 84 hits (T-5th)
- Moulson: 6 PPG (T-6th)
- Nilsson: .957 EV SV% (1st), .932 SV% (6th)
- Okposo: 11 PPP (T-5th)
- O’Reilly: 21:57 TOI (2nd, forwards), 58.6 FO% (7th)
- Ristolainen: 10 PPA (T-1st), 26:41 TOI (5th), 11 PPP (T-5th), 15 A (T-4th, defensemen)
RETURN OF THE JACK
- Jack Eichel returned to the Sabres‘ lineup on Nov. 29 at Ottawa after missing the team’s first 21 games with a high-ankle sprain. In his first five games of the season, Eichel has recorded five points (3+2).
- The Sabres have a 3-1-1 record this season with Eichel in the lineup and have improved to 27-14-4 (.644) in Eichel’s career when he records a point and 10-3-1 (.750) when he has at least two.
LAST LINE OF DEFENSE
- Buffalo’s goaltenders have the fifth-best combined save percentage* (.925) in the league. They also have the fifth-best save percentage during 5-on-5 play (.936).
- The Sabres last finished a season with a combined save percentage* above .920 in the 2009-10 season (.924, Ryan Miller/Patrick Lalime/Jhonas Enroth) and have topped the team’s current mark only three times in franchise history: 1998-99 (.930, Dominik Hasek/Dwayne Roloson/Martin Biron), 1997-98 (.928, Hasek/Steve Shields), 1996-97 (.926, Hasek/Shields/Andrei Trefilov).
Top Five NHL Goaltending Tandems by Save Percentage*
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Top NHL Goaltending Tandems by 5-on-5 Save Percentage*
*Combined save percentage excludes empty net goals
- Terry Murray played for Washington during the 1981-82 campaign, his final season in the NHL. He went on to serve as a Capitals assistant coach from 1983 to 1988 before being named Washington’s head coach. Murray posted a 163-134-28 record as bench boss in Washington from 1989 to 1994.
- Brooks Orpik grew up in Amherst, New York.
- Coached Matt Niskanen for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2010-2014 and Brooks Orpik from 2009-2014.
- Played with Brett Connolly for Team Canada at the 2011 World Junior Championship held in Buffalo.
- Teammates with Karl Alzner for Team Canada at the 2007 World Junior Championship.
- Played with Brooks Orpik at Boston College from 1998-2001. The Golden Eagles won the NCAA National Championship in 2001.
- Teammates with Lars Eller for the Washington Capitals from 2010-2014.
- Played with Dmitry Orlov for Russia at the 2008 World U-18 Championship.
- Teammates with Alex Ovechkin for Russia at the 2010, 2011 and 2015 World Championships.
- Played with Nicklas Backstrom for Team Sweden at the 2012 World Championship.
- Represented Sweden alongside Marcus Johansson at the 2010 World Junior Championship.
- Represented the United States alongside Taylor Chorney at the 2007 World Junior Championship and the 2010 World Championship.
- Played with T.J. Oshie for the United States at the 2009 and 2010 World Championships. Matt Niskanen was also a part of the team in 2009.
- Teammates with Brett Connolly for Canada at the 2009 World U18 Championship.
- Played with Paul Carey for the Colorado Avalanche from 2013-2015.
- Teammates with Daniel Winnik for the Colorado Avalanche from 2010-2012.
- Evander Kane (4th overall) and Marcus Johansson (24th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft.
- Ryan O’Reilly (33rd overall), Robin Lehner (46th overall) and Dimitry Orlov (55th overall) were second-round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft.
- Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Tom Wilson (16th overall) were both chosen in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
- Rasmus Ristolainen, (8th overall) and Andre Burakovsky (23rd overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft.
- Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Jakub Vrana (13th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2014 NHL Draft.
SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Foligno (84), Ristolainen (71), Carrier (55)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (51), Gorges (43), McCabe (36)
Shots: Okposo (71), O’Reilly (69), Ristolainen (63)
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: 3-4-3 (9), 15/26, 6/31, 28/36
21-30: 3-2-1 (7), 17/18, 6/21, 11/19
OVERTIME RESULTS (1-3; 103-108 all-time)
Oct. 18 at EDM: L, 4-3 (GWG-Monahan)
Nov. 11 vs. NJD: L, 2-1 (GWG-Greene)
Dec. 5 at WSH: L, 3-2 (GWG-Johansson)
Dec. 6 vs. WSM: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen)
SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-3; 68-61 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)
Nov. 23 vs. DET: L, 2-1 (GDG-Vanek)
MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Dan Bylsma … 3 wins … 300 NHL wins
Marcus Foligno … 7 games … 300 NHL games
Cody Franson … 7 points … 200 NHL points
Brendan Guhle … 1st NHL game … Dec. 3 vs. BOS
Erik Burgdoerfer … 1st NHL game … Dec. 5 at WSH
William Carrier … 1st NHL assist … Dec. 5 at WSH