Game Preview: 11/11/17 at MTL


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Friday, November 10
Florida 4 at Buffalo 1
Goals: Okposo
Goalie: Lehner (27 saves/29 shots); 2 ENG
PP: 1/2; PK: 3/3; Shots: Florida 31 – Buffalo 25

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 82)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Evan Rodrigues (hand, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 16 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct.5; injured reserve) – 16 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body, Oct. 17; injured reserve) – 10 games
Josh Gorges (lower body, Oct. 20; injured reserve) – 9 games
Justin Bailey (lower body, Nov. 2; injured reserve) – 4 games
Rasmus Ristolainen (upper body, Nov. 4) – 3 games

11/7: Recalled D Zach Redmond from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Justin Bailey on IR
11/9: Assigned D Zach Redmond to Rochester (AHL)
11/10: Activated D Nathan Beaulieu from IR

Tuesday, Nov. 14: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 17: Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 18: Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 20: Columbus at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 22: Minnesota at Buffalo, 7 p.m.


  • This is the second of four meetings between the Sabres and Canadiens this season.
  • Last meeting: Montreal defeated Buffalo 3-2 (SO) in Buffalo on Oct. 5
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Nov. 11 in Montreal
  • The Sabres are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Canadiens; 6-4-0 on the road
  • This is the 277th game all-time between Buffalo and Montreal; Buffalo has a 126-110-40 series record.
  • The Sabres are 54-71-13 on the road against the Canadiens all-time.


  • The Sabres are 9-7-3 all-time on November 11.
  • November 11, 1978: Don Edwards stops 25 shots in a 2-0 victory at Washington to earn his ninth NHL shutout and the 300th win in Sabres history.
  • November 11, 1981: Randy Cunneyworth scores his first NHL goal against Steve Weeks in a 7-3 loss to the Rangers.


  • The Sabres are 2-1-1 against Atlantic Division opponents so far this season.
  • A win or overtime loss tonight would give the Sabres points in at least three straight games against the Canadiens for the first time since Buffalo went 3-0-1 in the season series in 2014-15.
  • The Sabres are 7-4-3 against the Canadiens since the beginning of the 2014-15 season, including a 4-2-0 record in Montreal.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 14 points (5+9) in his last 14 road games dating back to last season, including 10 points (4+6) in nine games this season.


  • Ryan O’Reilly has 14 points (4+10) in 16 career games against the Canadiens, including eight (1+7) in nine games since joining the Sabres.
  • Jason Pominville (7+2) has nine points in his last eight games against Montreal.
  • Evander Kane has eight points (2+6) in his last eight games against the Canadiens.

With six divisional games remaining, the Sabres are 11-7-2 (.632) against the Atlantic Division in 2017. The record currently ranks as Buffalo’s 18th-best divisional record in a calendar year and the team’s best divisional mark since 2012.

Evander Kane enters tonight’s game with nine goals in his first 16 games played this season. With a goal tonight, Kane would be off to the quickest start to career, topping his mark of 10 goals in his first 22 games in 2011-12.


  • Evander Kane (9+7) has 16 points in 16 games this season, including a point in both of the last two games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 11 points (5+6) in his last 11 games.

Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s fourth of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began last night with a 4-1 loss vs. Florida. The Sabres are 1-3-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-1-0 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 (3), one point (0) and zero points (0).

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings after last night’s game)

  • Eichel: 2 SHP (T-3rd)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (1st), 3 SHP (T-1st), 77 S (2nd), 9 G (T-8th)
  • O’Reilly: 238 FOW (1st), 392 FO (2nd), 60.7% FO% (4th)
  • Pouliot: 3 GWG (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 27:09 TOI/GP (3rd)

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.

Jack Eichel:

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

Justin Falk:

  • Teammates with Karl Alzner for the Calgary Hitmen (WHL) from 2004 to 2006).

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Shea Weber for the Kelowna Rockets (WHL) from 2001-2004.

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.

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 Al Montoya for the New York Islanders 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 Al Montoya for the New York Islanders 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.
  • Justin Bailey and Jacob De La Rose were both taken in the second round of the 2013 NHL Draft. De La Rose was taken 34th overall and Bailey went off the board at No. 52 overall.

Hits: Ristolainen (38), Kane (35), Pouliot (30)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (26), Scandella (25), Ristolainen (15)
Shots: Kane (77), Eichel (49), O’Reilly (41)

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: 2-4-0 (4), 13/22, 2/18, 10/12

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)
Buffalo Sabres … 5 home wins … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Johan Larsson … 6 games … 200 career games played
Matt Moulson … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 10 assists … 100 career assists
Sam Reinhart … 5 points … 100 career points
Marco Scandella … 8 points … 100 career points


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