Game Preview: 10/24/17 vs. DET


Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

Saturday, October 21
Buffalo 5 at Boston 4 (OT)
Goals: Pominville, Eichel, Pouliot, Kane, O’Reilly
Goalie: Lehner (27 saves/31 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 2/3; Shots: Buffalo 42 – Boston 31

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 37)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Justin Falk (undisclosed, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 9 games
Evan Rodrigues (hand, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 9 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct.5; injured reserve) – 9 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body, Oct. 17; injured reserve) – 3 games
Josh Gorges (lower body, Oct. 20; injured reserve) – 2 games
Zemgus Girgensons (lower body, Oct. 20) – 2 games
Nathan Beaulieu (upper body, Oct. 21) – 1 game

10/20: Recalled D Taylor Fedun from Rochester (AHL); placed F Jacob Josefson on IR
10/21: Recalled D Zach Redmond from Rochester (AHL); placed D Josh Gorges on IR
10/23: Signed F Cliff Pu to a three-year, entry-level contract

Wednesday, Oct. 25: Buffalo at Columbus, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 28: San Jose at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 2: Buffalo at Arizona, 10 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 4: Buffalo at Dallas, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 7: Washington at Buffalo, 7 p.m.


  • This is the first of four meetings between the Sabres and Red Wings this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Detroit 2-1 in Detroit on March 20
  • Next meeting: Friday, Nov. 17 in Detroit
  • The Sabres are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Red Wings; 2-6-2 at home
  • This is the 134th game all-time between Buffalo and Detroit; Buffalo has a 58-57-18 series record.
  • The Sabres are 36-19-10 at home against the Red Wings all-time.


  • The Sabres are 7-8-0 all-time on October 24.
  • October 21, 1982: Sean McKenna records his first NHL goal in a 6-2 win vs. St. Louis.


  • If he dresses, tonight will be Jordan Nolan’s 300th NHL game.
  • Robin Lehner has a 2-1-1 record, a .952 save percentage and a 1.72 goals-against average in four games against the Red Wings since joining the Sabres.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has nine assists in nine games against the Red Wings since the beginning of the 2015-16 season.
  • Jack Eichel has seven points (4+3) in his last six games against Detroit.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has four points (1+3) in his last four games against the Red Wings.
  • Matt Tennyson recorded an assist in both of his two previous meetings with the Red Wings.


  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with three consecutive wins against Detroit for the first time since Buffalo swept the three-game season series in 1988-89.
    • A win tonight would give the Sabres their first four-game winning streak against the Red Wings since the team won five in a row from Feb. 6, 1981 to Jan. 6, 1982.
  • With a 3-0-1 record in their last four meetings against the Red Wings, the Sabres are seeking their first five-game point streak against Detroit since the team went 3-0-2 in their meetings with the Red Wings from Jan. 2, 1986 to Dec. 23, 1987.
  • A win tonight would give Buffalo wins in consecutive home games against Detroit for the first time since the team won three straight from Dec. 28, 1988 to Dec. 26, 1989.
    • A win overtime loss would give the Sabres points in three straight home games against the Red Wings for the first time since they went 4-0-1 at home against Detroit from Dec. 28, 1988 to Jan. 16, 1991.


  • Jack Eichel has recorded a point on six goals with each of Evander Kane and Jason Pominville through nine games this season. Entering play Monday, Eichel/Kane and Eichel/Pominville both tied as the eighth-most prolific scoring combinations in the NHL.
  • With 11 points each, Eichel, Kane and Pominville all entered play Monday tied for seventh in the league in scoring.
  • Pominville entered play Monday ranked third in the league with five multi-point games. Eichel (four, T-4th) and Kane (three, T-14th) also ranked in the top 15.

Tonight’s game opens Buffalo’s third of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night at Columbus. The Sabres are 0-2-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-0-0 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (0), three points (0), two points (2), one point (0) and zero points (0).

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 10/23 games)

  • Eichel: 9 EVP (T-6th), 11 PTS (T-7th)
  • Kane: 2 SHG (1st), 47 S (2nd), 6 G (T-4th), 11 PTS (T-7th)
  • O’Reilly: 134 FOW (1st), 216 FO (1st), 62.0% FO% (3rd), 2 PPG (T-6th)
  • Pominville: 9 EVP (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 27:27 TOI (1st)

Jack Eichel:

  • Played with Dylan Larkin in the United States NTDP from 2012-2014. They also represented the United States at the 2015 World Junior Championship and World Championship and played together for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Chad Johnson:

  • Teammates with Frans Nielsen for the New York Islanders during the 2014-15 season.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played with Niklas Kronwall, Henrik Zetterberg and Jonathan Ericsson for Sweden at the 2012 World Championship.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played with Justin Adbelkader and Danny DeKeyser for the United States at the 2014 World Championship.

Matt Moulson:

  • Played with Frans Nielsen for the New York Islanders from 2009-2013.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Represented the United States alongside Justin Abdelkader at the 2007 World Junior Championship.
  • Teammates with Jimmy Howard for the United States at the 2012 World Championship.
  • Played with Frans Nielsen for the New York Islanders from 2007-2016.

Jason Pominville:

  • Represented the United States alongside David Booth at the 2008 World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Teammates with Anthony Mantha for Team Canada at the 2014 World Junior Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Ryan O’Reilly (33rd overall), Robin Lehner (46th overall) and Tomas Tatar (60th overall) were all second-round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Jake McCabe (44th overall) was taken five picks before Martin Frk (49th overall) in the second round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Anthony Mantha (20th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Dylan Larkin (15th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.

Hits: Ristolainen (30), Kane (21), Pouliot (17)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (17), Ristolainen (13), Scandella (12)
Shots: Kane (47), O’Reilly (25), Eichel (24)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK] 1-10: 2-5-2 (6), 25/36, 5/32, 27/33

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-1; 109-112 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron)
Oct. 21 at BOS: W, 5-4 (GWG-O’Reilly)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-1; 69-65 all-time)
Oct. 5 vs. MTL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Drouin)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Jordan Nolan … 1 game … 300 career games played
Matt Moulson … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Sam Reinhart … 7 points … 100 career points
Marco Scandella … 9 points … 100 career points

Kyle Okposo … 600th NHL game … Oct. 20 vs. VAN

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