Game Preview: 10/28/17 vs. SJS


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Wednesday, October 25
Buffalo 1 at Columbus 5
Goals: Griffith
Goalie: Johnson (33 saves/38 shots)
PP: 0/1; PK: 1/2; Shots: Columbus 38 – Buffalo 35

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 50)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Justin Falk (undisclosed, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 11 games
Evan Rodrigues (hand, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 11 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct.5; injured reserve) – 11 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body, Oct. 17; injured reserve) – 5 games
Josh Gorges (lower body, Oct. 20; injured reserve) – 4 games
Nathan Beaulieu (upper body, Oct. 21) – 3 games

10/23: Signed F Cliff Pu to a three-year, entry-level contract

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.
Saturday, Nov. 11: Buffalo at Montreal, 7 p.m.


  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Sharks this season.
  • Last meeting: San Jose defeated Buffalo 3-2 in San Jose on Oct. 12
  • The Sabres are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Sharks; 8-1-1 at home
  • This is the 39th game all-time between Buffalo and San Jose; Buffalo has a 24-8-6 series record.
  • The Sabres are 17-1-1 at home against the Sharks all-time.


  • The Sabres are 7-5-6 all-time on October 28.
  • October 28, 1981: Ric Seiling scores his 100th NHL goal in a 6-2 win vs. the St. Louis Blues.
  • October 28, 1992: Alexander Mogilny scores twice as the Sabres and Maple Leafs battle to a 4-4 tie.
  • October 28, 2013: In his Sabres debut, Matt Moulson scores two goals in a 4-3 loss to Dallas Stars.


  • After San Jose’s 3-2 win when these teams met on Oct. 12, the Sabres are looking to avoid losing three straight games to the Sharks after having gone 10-0-1 in the previous 11 matchups between the teams.
  • With his shutout on Tuesday vs. Detroit, Robin Lehner enters today’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 entered play Friday tied for 18th in the league in scoring.
    • Pominville was tied for third in the league with five multi-point games. Eichel (four, T-6th) and Kane (three, T-18th) also ranked in the top 20.


  • Kyle Okposo has 13 points (5+8) in 11 career games against San Jose.
  • Jack Eichel has five points (1+4) in three games against the Sharks since the beginning of last season.
  • Jason Pominville has four points (2+2) in his last three games against San Jose.
  • Chad Johnson is 3-1-1 against the Sharks in his career with a .925 save percentage and a 2.18 goals-against average.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 10/27 games)

  • Eichel: 9 EVP (T-9th)
  • Kane: 2 SHG (T-1st), 55 S (1st)
  • O’Reilly: 172 FOW (1st), 275 FO (1st), 62.5% FO% (4th)
  • Pominville: 9 EVP (T-9th)
  • Ristolainen: 27:28 TOI (1st)

Former Sabres:

  • Dave Barr spent the 2015-16 season as an assistant coach for the Sabres.

Former Sharks:

  • Taylor Fedun recorded four assists in seven games for the Sharks during the 2014-15 season.
  • Matt Tennyson was a member of the Sharks’ organization from 2011-2016. He registered 14 points (3+11) in 60 games for San Jose and 38 points (12+26) in 109 games for the Sharks’ AHL affiliate.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played for the U.S. NTDP’s USHL squad alongside Kevin Lebanc during the 2012-13 season.

Taylor Fedun:

  • Teammates with Jannik Hansen for the Vancouver Canucks during the 2015-16 season.

Seth Griffith:

  • He and Chris Tierney were teammates from 2010-2013 for the London Knights (OHL).

Chad Johnson:

  • Played with Brent Burns for Team Canada at the 2010 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Mikkel Boedker for the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2012-13 season.

Evander Kane:

  • He and Martin Jones were both born in Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Played with Brent Burns for Team Canada at the 2010 and 2011 World Championships. Marc-Edouard Vlasic was also on the 2012 squad.

Matt Moulson:

  • He and Joel Ward were both born in North York, Ontario.
  • Teammates with Michael Haley for the New York Islanders from 2009-2012.

Jordan Nolan

  • Played with Martin Jones for the Los Angeles Kings from 2013-2015.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Teammates with Michael Haley for the New York Islanders from 2009-2012.
  • He and Joe Pavelski represented the United States at the 2009 World Championship.
  • Played with Justin Braun for the United States at the 2012 World Championship

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Represented Canada alongside Marc-Edouard Vlasic at the 2012 World Championship.
  • He and Brenden Dillon played together for Team Canada at the 2013 World Championship.
  • Played with Brent Burns and Martin Jones for Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Brent Burns, Logan Couture and Joe Thornton for Canada at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with Brent Burns for the Minnesota Wild from 2006-2010. Joel Ward was also on the team during the 2006-07 season.

Sam Reinhart:

  • He and Martin Jones were both born in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Played with Joonas Donskoi for Team Finland at the 2012 World Junior Championship and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Marco Scandella:

  • Played with Martin Jones on the 2010 Canadian World Junior Championship team that won the silver medal.
  • Teammates with Brent Burns on the Minnesota Wild for one season in 2010-11

Matt Tennyson:

  • Justin Braun and Tennyson are both from Minneapolis, Minnesota.

NHL Draft:

  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Tomas Hertl (17th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Jake McCabe (44th overall) and Chris Tierney were both selected in the second round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Jack Eichel (2nd overall) and Timo Meier (9th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft.

Hits: Ristolainen (35), Kane (25), Pouliot (21)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (20), Ristolainen (14), Scandella (13)
Shots: Kane (55), O’Reilly (32), Eichel (29)

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
11-20: 0-1-0 (0), 1/5, 0/1, 1/2

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

Jordan Nolan … 300th NHL game … Oct. 24 vs. DET
Victor Antipin … 1st NHL point (assist) … Oct. 24 vs. DET

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