Game Preview: 10/25/17 at CBJ

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LAST GAME
Tuesday, October 24
Detroit 0 at Buffalo 1
Goals: Pouliot
Goalie: Lehner (31 saves/31 shots)
PP: 0/4; PK: 2/2; Shots: Buffalo 32 – Detroit 32

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 44)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Justin Falk (undisclosed, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 10 games
Evan Rodrigues (hand, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 10 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct.5; injured reserve) – 10 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body, Oct. 17; injured reserve) – 4 games
Josh Gorges (lower body, Oct. 20; injured reserve) – 3 games
Zemgus Girgensons (lower body, Oct. 20) – 3 games
Nathan Beaulieu (upper body, Oct. 21) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
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

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Friday, Nov. 10: Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at BLUE JACKETS

  • This is the first of three meetings between the Sabres and Blue Jackets this season.
  • Last meeting: Columbus defeated Buffalo 3-1 in Columbus on March 28
  • Next meeting: Monday, Nov. 20 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games vs. Blue Jackets; 4-6-0 on the road
  • This is the 27th game all-time between Buffalo and Columbus; Buffalo has a 10-14-2 series record.
  • The Sabres are 4-7-1 on the road against the Blue Jackets all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-10-3 all-time on October 25.
  • October 25, 1991: The Sabres acquire Pat LaFontaine, Randy Wood and Randy Hillier from the Islanders in exchange for Pierre Turgeon, Uwe Krupp, Dave McLlwain and Benoit Hogue.
  • October 25, 1991: The Sabres get 31 saves from Clint Malarchuk as they top the Sharks 3-1 in the first-ever game between the teams, earning the 800th win in franchise history.
  • October 25, 2013: Rasmus Ristolainen scores a goal, recording his first NHL point in a 3-1 victory at Florida.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • With wins in consecutive games for the first time this season, the Sabres are seeking their first three-game winning streak since Feb. 14 to 18.
  • Buffalo is 2-0-1 in its last three road games; a win tonight would give the Sabres points in four straight road games for the first time since the team went 1-0-3 on the road from Nov. 29 to Dec. 20, 2016.
  • After last night’s shutout vs. Detroit, Robin Lehner enters tonight’s game having played 91:35 without allowing a goal. If he plays 35:24 without allowing a goal tonight, he will match his career-best 126:59, set from March 30 to April 13, 2014.
  • With 11 points each, Jack Eichel, Evander Kane and Jason Pominville all finished last night’s game tied for eighth in the league in scoring.
    • Pominville entered finished last night’s game 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.

HOT AGAINST COLUMBUS

  • Robin Lehner is 5-2-0 in seven career games against Columbus with a .951 save percentage and a 1.81 goals-against average.
  • Evander Kane has nine points (5+4) in his last eight games against the Blue Jackets.
  • Kyle Okposo has eight points (4+4) in his last eight games against Columbus
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has six points (2+4) in his last five games against the Blue Jackets.
  • Jack Eichel has totaled six points (2+4) in six career games against Columbus.
  • Matt Moulson has six points (2+4) in his last six games against the Blue Jackets.
  • Sam Reinhart has a point in each of his last four games against Columbus (3+1).
  • Jake McCabe has a point in each of his last four games against the Blue Jackets (1+2).

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s third of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 1-0 win last night vs. Detroit. The Sabres are 1-2-0 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 after last night’s game)

  • Eichel: 9 EVP (T-6th), 11 PTS (T-8th)
  • Kane: 2 SHG (1st), 54 S (1st), 6 G (T-5th), 11 PTS (T-8th)
  • O’Reilly: 154 FOW (1st), 248 FO (1st), 62.1% FO% (4th), 2 PPG (T-10th)
  • Pominville: 9 EVP (T-6th), 11 PTS (T-8th)
  • Ristolainen: 27:39 TOI (1st)

BUF-CBJ CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Zac Dalpe posted three points (1+2) in 21 games for the Sabres during the 2014-15 season.

Local Players:

  • Nick Foligno was born in Buffalo.

Phil Housley:

  • Served as an assistant coach for the Nashville predators when Seth Jones was with the team from 2013-2016.

Victor Antipin:

  • Teammates with Sergei Bobrovsky at the 2016 World Championship.
  • Represented Russia alongside Artemi Panarin at the 2017 World Championship.

Jack Eichel:

  • Represented the United States at the 2015 World Junior Championship with Sonny Milano and Zach Werenski.
  • Teammates with Seth Jones for the United States at the 2015 World Championship and for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
  • Played with Ryan Murray for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Seth Griffith:

  • Played with Scott Harrington for the London Knights (OHL) from 2009-2013. Josh Anderson was also on the quad from 2011-2013.

Chad Johnson:

  • Teammates with Brandon Dubinsky for the New York Rangers from 2009-2011.

Robin Lehner:

  • Played with Nick Foligno for the Ottawa Senators from 2010-2012.

Jake McCabe:

  • Represented the United States alongside Seth Jones at the 2014 World Championship.
  • Played with Nick Foligno at the 2016 World Championship for the United States.

Matt Moulson:

  • Played with Jack Johnson for the Los Angeles Kings from 2007-2009.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Teammates with David Savard for Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.
  • Represented Team Canada at the 2016 World Championships alongside Boone Jenner and Ryan Murray.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Represented the United States alongside Brandon Dubinsky at the 2010 World Championship.
  • Played with Nick Foligno and Jack Johnson at the 2009 and 2010 World Championships. Okposo and Johnson were also teammates at the 2007 World Junior Championship.

Jason Pominville:

  • Teammates with Zac Dalpe for the Minnesota Wild from 2015-2017.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with Nick Foligno for the Sudbury Wolves (OHL) from 2004-2006.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Teammates with Josh Anderson for Team Canada at the 2014 World Junior Championship.
  • Represented Team Canada at the 2016 World Championships alongside Boone Jenner and Ryan Murray.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Teammates with Jonas Korpisalo at the 2013 World Junior Championship for Finland.

Marco Scandella:

  • Teammates with Zac Dalpe for the Minnesota Wild from 2015-2017.

NHL Draft:

  • Benoit Pouliot (4th overall) was taken one selection after Jack Johnson (3rd overall) in the first round of the 2005 NHL Draft.
  • Kyle Okposo (7th overall) and Nick Foligno (28th overall) were both chosen in the first round of the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • The second round of the 2008 NHL Draft saw both Marco Scandella (55th overall) and Zac Dalpe (45th overall) go off the board.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Ryan Murray (2nd overall) were both chosen in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen, Seth Jones and Alexander Wennberg were all drafted in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft. Jones was the first off the board at No. 4 overall, Ristolainen was selected with the eighth overall pick and Wennberg was taken with the 14th overall pick.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Sonny Milano (16th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.
  • Jack Eichel (2nd overall) and Zach Werenski (8th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (32), Kane (23), Pouliot (20)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (17), Ristolainen (13), Scandella (13)
Shots: Kane (54), O’Reilly (27), Eichel (27)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 3-5-2 (8), 26/36, 5/36, 29/35

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)
Assists
Matt Moulson … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Points
Sam Reinhart … 7 points … 100 career points
Marco Scandella … 9 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Kyle Okposo … 600th NHL game … Oct. 20 vs. VAN
Jordan Nolan … 300th NHL game … Oct. 24 vs. DET
Victor Antipin … 1st NHL point (assist) … Oct. 24 vs. DET

 

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