Game Preview: 11/2/17 at ARI

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LAST GAME
Saturday, October 28
San Jose 3 at Buffalo 2
Goals: O’Reilly, Pominville
Goalie: Lehner (28 saves/31 shots)
PP: 1/5; PK: 3/3; Shots: Buffalo 33 – San Jose 31

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 56)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Justin Falk (undisclosed, Oct. 5) – 12 games
Evan Rodrigues (hand, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 12 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct.5; injured reserve) – 12 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body, Oct. 17; injured reserve) – 6 games
Josh Gorges (lower body, Oct. 20; injured reserve) – 5 games
Nathan Beaulieu (upper body, Oct. 21; injured reserve) – 4 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/28: Assigned D Taylor Fedun to Rochester (AHL)
10/30: Assigned D Zach Redmond to Rochester (AHL)
10/31: Recalled D Taylor Fedun from Rochester (AHL)
11/1: Recalled F Nicholas Baptiste from Rochester (AHL); Activated D Justin Falk from IR; Placed D Nathan Beaulieu on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Tuesday, Nov. 14: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at COYOTES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Coyotes this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Arizona 6-3 in Buffalo on March 2
  • Next meeting: Wednesday, March 21 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Coyotes; 8-2-0 on the road.
  • This is the 77th game all-time between Buffalo and Arizona/Winnipeg; Buffalo has a 45-22-9 series record.
  • The Sabres are 20-15-2 on the road against the Coyotes/Jets all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-7-3 all-time on November 2.
  • November 2, 1984: Brent Peterson (1+3), Gilbert Perreault (1+2), Ric Seiling (1+2) and Phil Housley (0+3) all post three or more points in Buffalo’s 8-1 over Hartford in the Aud.
  • November 2, 1996: Dominik Hasek makes 32 saves and Patrick Roy stops all 20 Buffalo shots as the Sabres and Avalanche duel to the fifth scoreless tie in Sabres history.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Buffalo is 10-3-1 in its last 14 games against Arizona, including a 5-2-1 record since the beginning of the 2013-14 season.
  • The Sabres are looking to avoid losing in consecutive visits to Arizona for the first time since the team lost three straight from Oct. 26, 1997 to Jan. 20, 2000.
  • Buffalo is 9-5-0 in 14 road games against the Coyotes since they relocated from Winnipeg prior to the 1996-97 season.

COYOTE KILLERS

  • Jack Eichel has totaled eight points (3+5) in four career games against Arizona, including at least a point in each game. It ties his best per-game output against any opponent, matching his total of two points in one career meeting with the Vegas Golden Knights.
    • Eichel has more than eight career points against just two NHL teams: Ottawa (10 points in seven games) and Toronto (nine points in seven games)
  • Kyle Okposo has 10 points (3+7) in 10 career games against the Coyotes, who are one of eight teams Okposo has totaled at least a point per game against in his career (Anaheim, Arizona, Calgary, Dallas, Edmonton, Nashville, San Jose, Vancouver).
    • With two points tonight, Okposo’s per-game output against the Coyotes would outpace his current best against any opponent (14 points in 12 games against San Jose).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has six points (2+4) in six career matchups with Arizona. The Coyotes are one of three NHL teams that Ristolainen has tallied at least a point per game against in his career, joining Edmonton and Vegas.
    • With two points tonight, Ristolainen’s per-game output against the Coyotes would match his current best against any opponent (eight points in seven games against Edmonton).
  • Chad Johnson is 5-2-0 in seven career games against Arizona with a .924 save percentage and a 1.95 goals-against average. The five wins are second only to his seven against Carolina for his highest total against any opponent.

HOT AGAINST ARIZONA

  • Jason Pominville has 15 points (3+12) in his last 15 games against the Coyotes.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 13 points (5+8) in his last 13 games against the Coyotes.
  • Jordan Nolan scored three goals in three games against the Coyotes last season.
  • Jake McCabe had an assist in each of the team’s meetings with the Coyotes last season.

ONE BUFFALO

  • The Sabres and the Buffalo Bills are playing on the same day for the first of two times this season after doing so three times last season. The other occurrence is Dec. 10.
  • The teams have played on the same date 215 times, with both teams winning their respective games on 48 of those days.
  • The Sabres are 115-67-33 when playing on a Bills game day and the Bills are 91-122-2 on those dates.
  • The last time the Sabres and Bills both won on the same date was Oct. 16, 2016.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 11/1 games)

  • Kane: 2 SHG (T-1st), 60 S (2nd)
  • O’Reilly: 187 FOW (1st), 303 FO (2nd), 61.7% FO% (6th), 3 PPG (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 27:23 TOI/GP (1st)

BUF-ARI CONNECTIONS
Former Coyotes:

  • Chad Johnson played four games for Arizona during the 2012-13 season, posting a 2-0-2 record with a .954 save percentage and a 1.21 goals-against average.

Local Players:

  • Adam Clendening was born in Niagara Falls, New York.

Justin Bailey:

  • Teammates with Tobias Rieder for the Kitchener Rangers (OHL) during the 2012-13 season.

Taylor Fedun:

  • Played with Jason Demers for the San Jose Sharks during the 2014-15 season.

Seth Griffith:

  • Teammates with Max Domi for the London Knights (OHL) from 2011-2013.
  • Played with Zac Rinaldo for the Boston Bruins during part of the 2015-16 season. He and Zac were also teammates for the London Knights (OHL) during the 2009-10 campaign.
  • He and Jason Demers were teammates for the Florida Panthers during the 2016-17 season.

Chad Johnson:

  • Played with Derek Stepan for the New York Rangers during the 2010-11 season.

Evander Kane:

  • He and Luke Schenn played for Team Canada at the 2011 and 2012 World Championships.

Robin Lehner:

  • Played with Nick Cousins for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) during the 2009-10 season.

Matt Moulson:

  • He and Brad Richardson were teammates for the Los Angeles Kings during the 2008-09 season.

Jordan Nolan:

  • Played with Nick Cousins for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) during the 2009-10 season.
  • He and Brad Richardson were teammates for the Los Angeles Kings from 2011-2013.
  • Teammates with Luke Schenn for the Los Angeles Kings during part of the 2015-16 season.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Represented the United States alongside Alex Goligoski at the 2012 World Championship.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • He and Luke Schenn played for Team Canada at the 2012 and 2013 World Championships.
  • Teammates with Max Domi for Team Canada at the 2016 World Championship.
  • Played with Jason Demers for Team Canada at the 2017 World Championship.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Played with Derek Stepan for the New York Rangers during the 2013-14 season.
  • Teammates with Adam Clendening for the Edmonton Oilers during the 2015-16 season.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Played with Max Domi and Anthony Duclair for Team Canada at the 2015 World Junior Championship where Canada won the gold medal and Reinhart and Domi were named to the tournament All-Star team.
  • Teammates with Max Domi for Team Canada at the 2016 World Championship.

Matt Tennyson:

  • Played with Jason Demers for the San Jose Sharks during the 2012-13 and 2014-15 seasons

NHL Draft:

  • Marco Scandella (55th overall) was taken four picks after Derek Stepan (51st overall) in the second round of the 2008 NHL Draft.
  • Evander Kane (4th overall) was taken two picks before Oliver Ekman-Larsson (6th overall) in the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Jake McCabe (44th overall) and Jordan Martinook (58th overall) were both second-round picks in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Max Domi (12th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Nick Baptiste (69th overall) and Anthony Duclair (80th overall) were both chosen in the third round of the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) was taken 10 picks before Brendan Perlini (12th overall) in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (36), Kane (27), Pouliot (23)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (21), Scandella (15), Ristolainen (14)
Shots: Kane (60), O’Reilly (34), Eichel (32)

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: 0-2-0 (0), 3/8, 1/6, 4/5

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
Johan Larsson … 10 games … 200 career games played
Assists
Matt Moulson … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Points
Sam Reinhart … 6 points … 100 career points
Marco Scandella … 9 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
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