Game Preview: 10/5/17 vs. MTL


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CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 0)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Justin Falk (undisclosed, Oct. 5) – 0 games
Evan Rodrigues (hand, Oct. 5) – 0 games

9/30: Assigned F Justin Bailey, F Nicolas Deslauriers and D Taylor Fedun to Rochester; released D Cody Goloubef from PTO
10/3: Placed F Evan Rodrigues and D Justin Falk on IR; Signed F Jack Eichel to an eight-year contract extension with an AAV of $10 million
10/4: Acquired D Zach Redmond from Montreal in exchange for F Nicolas Deslauriers; assigned Redmond to Rochester (AHL)

Saturday, Oct. 7: Buffalo at NY Islanders, 7 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 9: New Jersey at Buffalo, 3 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 12: Buffalo at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 14: Buffalo at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 15: Buffalo at Anaheim, 9 p.m.


  • This is the first of four meetings between the Sabres and Canadiens this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Montreal, 2-1, in Buffalo on April 5
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Nov. 11 in Montreal
  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Canadiens; 7-3-0 at home
  • This is the 276th game all-time between Buffalo and Montreal; Buffalo has a 126-110-39 series record.
  • The Sabres are 72-39-26 at home against the Canadiens all-time.


  • The Sabres are 4-3-1 all-time on October 5.
  • October 4, 1991: Brad May scores his first NHL goal on his first NHL shot in his debut, a 5-4 loss vs. Pittsburgh.


  • Jack Eichel signed an eight-year extension with the Sabres with an average annual value of $10 million. Eichel led the Sabres with 57 points (24+33) in 61 games during the 2016-17 season, also finishing 11th in the NHL with 0.93 points per game and leading the league with 4.1 shots per game.
  • The Sabres are opening the season at home against Montreal for the second consecutive season after Montreal’s 4-1 win at KeyBank Center on Oct. 13, 2016.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 14 points (4+10) in 15 career games against the Canadiens, including eight (1+7) in eight games since joining the Sabres and five (1+4) in five games at KeyBank Center.
  • Evander Kane (2+5) and Jason Pominville (5+2) each have seven points in their last seven games against Montreal.


  • Tonight marks the 47th season-opener in Buffalo Sabres franchise history.
  • The Sabres are 24-18-4 all-time in season-openers; 17-9-4 when opening at home.
  • Buffalo is 21-19-6 all-time in home-openers.
  • The Sabres have previously opened their season against the Canadiens six times in franchise history (1984-85, 1988-89, 1990-91, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11), with each game taking place in Buffalo. The Sabres have a 3-1-2 record in those games, four of which (excluding a 3-3 tie in 1990 and a 4-1 loss in 2016) was decided by a single goal.
  • In addition to the six season-openers, the Sabres have opened their home schedule against Montreal three other times in franchise history (1970-71, 1976-77 and 2006-07). The Sabres have posted a 5-2-2 record in the nine total home-openers against the Canadiens.

The Sabres have had a newly acquired player score in four of their last six season-openers: Jack Eichel (Oct. 8, 2015 vs. OTT), Zemgus Girgensons (Oct. 2, 2013 at DET), Steve Ott (Jan. 20, 2013 vs. PHI) and Ville Leino (Oct. 7, 2011 vs. ANA). Each player scored on the first shot of his Sabres career, except for Eichel, who scored on his second shot. The Sabres have nine new skaters on their opening day roster this season: Victor Antipin, Nathan Beaulieu, Seth Griffith, Jacob Josefson, Jordan Nolan, Jason Pominville, Benoit Pouliot, Marco Scandella, Matt Tennyson

The 23 players on the Sabres’ opening-day roster have combined to play 7,866 NHL games, 1,044 more than last year’s 23-man opening-day roster had between them. The average Sabres skater entering the 2017-18 season has played 45 more NHL games than his counterpart from last season.

Sabres’ Opening-Day NHL Experience


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  • Buffalo finished the preseason with a 1-4-1 record; 1-2-1 at home and 0-2-0 on the road.
  • Jack Eichel led all Sabres with four points (1+3) in four preseason games.
  • Linus Ullmark ranked in the top 10 in the preseason in both save percentage (4th, .956) and goals-against average (6th, 1.48) in 81 minutes of play.

Of the 23 players on Buffalo’s opening night roster:

  • Six were originally drafted by the Sabres — four were first-round Buffalo selections (Girgensons, 2012; Ristolainen, 2013; Reinhart, 2014; Eichel, 2015) and two were second-round picks (Pominville, 2001; McCabe, 2012).
  • Nine were acquired in trades: Beaulieu, Bogosian, Gorges, Kane, Larsson, Lehner, O’Reilly, Pominville, Scandella
  • Eight were signed as free agents: Antipin, Griffith, Johnson, Josefson, Moulson, Okposo, Pouliot, Tennyson
  • One was claimed off waivers: Nolan
  • 13 played in Buffalo at some point last season: Bogosian, Eichel, Girgensons, Gorges, Kane, Larsson, Lehner, McCabe, Moulson, Okposo, O’Reilly, Reinhart, Ristolainen
  • 10 are new to the Sabres this season: Antipin, Beaulieu, Griffith, Johnson, Josefson, Nolan, Pominville, Pouliot, Scandella, Tennyson

Former Sabres:

  • Paul Byron was drafted by the Sabres in the sixth round (179th overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft. With Buffalo, he appeared in eight games during the 2010-11 season and recorded two points (1+1).
  • Torrey Mitchell played 60 games for the Sabres during parts of the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. He had 14 points (7+7) and 30 penalty minutes during his time in Buffalo.

Former Canadiens:

  • Nathan Beaulieu was drafted by the Canadiens with the 17th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft. He went on to post 60 points (7+53) and a plus-19 rating in 225 games for Montreal.
  • Josh Gorges was a member of the Canadiens from 2006-2014, registering 88 points (13+75) over 464 games played.
  • Benoit Pouliot played in 118 games for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009 to 2011, posting 54 points (28+26) and a plus-10 rating.

Phil Housley:

  • Coached Shea Weber from 2013 to 2016 when Housley was an assistant coach for the Nashville Predators.

Nathan Beaulieu

  • Represented Canada alongside Brendan Gallagher at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Played with Al Montoya for the Winnipeg Jets from 2012-2014. The two also played together for the United States at the 2009 World Championship.

Jack Eichel:

  • He and Jonathan Drouin were both on the North American team at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Shea Weber for the Kelowna Rockets (WHL) from 2001-2004.
  • Teammates with Mark Streit for the Montreal Canadiens during the 2007-08 season.

Seth Griffith:

  • Played with Joe Morrow for the Boston Bruins from 2014 to 2016.

Evander Kane:

  • Played with Brendan Gallagher for the Vancouver Giants during the 2008-09 season.
  • Played with Al Montoya for the Winnipeg Jets from 2012-2014.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played with Torrey Mitchell for the Minnesota Wild from during the 2012-13 season.

Robin Lehner:

  • Played with Ales Hemsky for the Ottawa Senators for part of the 2013-14 season.

Jake McCabe:

  • Represented the United States alongside Alex Galchenyuk at the 2013 World Junior Championship and the 2014 World Championship. Max Pacioretty and Jeff Petry were also a part of the 2014 World Championship squad.

Matt Moulson:

  • Played with Mark Streit for the New York Islanders from 2009 to 2013. Al Montoya was also on the team from 2010-2012.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Represented Canada alongside Max Pacioretty at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Played with Max Pacioretty and Jeff Petry for the United States at the 2012 World Championship.
  • Played with Mark Streit for the New York Islanders from 2008 to 2013. Al Montoya was also on the team from 2010-2012.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Won the gold medal with Team Canada alongside Brendan Gallagher at the 2016 World Championship.
  • Represented Canada alongside Carey Price at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Jason Pominville:

  • Played with Torrey Mitchell for the Minnesota Wild from 2013-2014.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with Brandon Davidson for the Edmonton Oilers from 2014 to 2017. Jeff Petry was also on the team during part of the 2014-15 season.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Represented Canada alongside Jonathan Drouin at the 2014 World Junior Championship.
  • Won the gold medal with Team Canada alongside Brendan Gallagher at the 2016 World Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Team Finland alongside Artturi Lehkonen at the 2014 World Junior Championship, where the team won the gold medal on Ristolainen’s overtime goal.

NHL Draft:

  • Benoit Pouliot (4th overall) was taken one spot ahead of Carey Price (5th overall) during the first round of the 2005 NHL Draft.
  • Nathan Beaulieu (17th overall by Montreal), Joe Morrow (23rd overall) and Phillip Danault (26th overall by Chicago) were all taken in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Alex Galchenyuk (3rd overall) were both first-round selections in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Seth Griffith (131st overall) and Charles Hudon (122nd overall) were both selected in the fifth round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Jonathan Drouin (3rd overall) were both first-round picks in the 2013 NHL Draft.

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SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK] 1-10: 0-0-0 (0), 0/0, 0/0, 0/0

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-0; 108-11 all-time)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-0; 69-64 all-time)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Evander Kane … 4 games … 500 career games played
Kyle Okposo … 6 games … 600 career games played
Jordan Nolan … 8 games … 300 career games played
Jason Pominville … 4 assists … T-8th in franchise history (Hawerchuk)
Matt Moulson … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Sam Reinhart … 10 points … 100 career points


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