Game Preview: 11/14/17 at PIT

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Saturday, November 11
Buffalo 1 at Montreal 2 (OT)
Goals: O’Reilly
Goalie: Johnson (27 saves/29 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 0/1; Shots: Buffalo 35 – Montreal 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 90)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Evan Rodrigues (hand, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 17 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct.5; injured reserve) – 17 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body, Oct. 17; injured reserve) – 11 games
Rasmus Ristolainen (upper body, Nov. 4; injured reserve) – 4 games
Matt Tennyson (foot, Nov. 7) – 3 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/9: Assigned D Zach Redmond to Rochester (AHL)
11/10: Activated D Nathan Beaulieu from IR
11/11: Activated D Josh Gorges from IR; Placed D Rasmus Ristolainen on IR
11/13: Activated F Justin Bailey from IR; assigned Bailey to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Friday, Nov. 24: Edmonton at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at PENGUINS

  • This is the first of three meetings between the Sabres and Penguins this season.
  • Next meeting: Friday, Dec. 1 in Buffalo
  • Last meeting: Pittsburgh defeated Buffalo 3-1 in Buffalo on March 21
  • The Sabres are 1-8-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Penguins; 3-6-1 on the road.
  • This is the 186th game all-time between Buffalo and Pittsburgh; Buffalo has a 65-78-42 series record.
  • The Sabres are 24-49-20 on the road against the Penguins all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-3-6 all-time on November 14.
  • November 14, 2009: Tyler Ennis scores in his NHL debut and the Sabres top the Flyers 3-2 in Philadelphia.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are seeking their first win in Pittsburgh since winning in both visits during the 2012-13 season.
  • Jason Pominville has tallied at least one point in each of his last seven road games against the Penguins, totaling eight points (2+6) in those games.
  • Evander Kane has nine points (3+6) in nine career visits to Pittsburgh, including seven points (2+5) in the last three.
  • Matt Moulson has a point in each of his three road games against Pittsburgh since the beginning of the 2015-16 season, totaling two goals and an assist.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has tallied seven points (3+4) in his last seven games against the Penguins.
  • Kyle Okposo has more goals (14) and points (31) against the Penguins than any other opponent.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 12 points (6+6) in his last 12 games. He’s also totaled 15 points (6+9) in his last 15 road games dating back to last season, including 11 points (5+6) in 10 road games this season.

THE KANE EVENT

  • Evander Kane enters tonight’s game with nine goals in his first 17 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.
  • Kane’s nine goals this season tied him for 11th in the NHL entering play Monday.
  • Since scoring his first goal of the 2016-17 season on Dec. 3, 2016, Kane has scored 37 goals in 75 games. Entering play Monday, those 37 goals tied for fifth-most in the league during that span and his 30 even-strength goals ranked second.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 11/13 games)

  • Eichel: 2 SHP (T-3rd)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (1st), 3 SHP (T-1st), 82 S (2nd)
  • O’Reilly: 247 FOW (1st), 415 FO (2nd), 59.5% FO% (7th)
  • Pouliot: 3 GWG (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 27:09 TOI/GP (2nd)

BUF-PIT CONNECTIONS

Former Sabres:

  • Chad Ruhwedel spent four seasons with the Sabres and posted two assists in 33 games from 2012-2016.

Former Penguins:

  • Matt Moulson was drafted by the Penguins in the ninth round (263rd overall) of 2003 NHL Draft but never suited up for Pittsburgh.

Victor Antipin:

  • Represented Russia alongside Evgeni Malkin at the 2015 World Championship.

Nicholas Baptiste:

  • Played with Frank Corrado for the Sudbury Wolves (OHL) during the 2011-12 season.

Jack Eichel:

  • Teammates with Matthew Murray for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Justin Falk:

  • Played with Carl Hagelin for the New York Rangers during the 2013-14 season.

Taylor Fedun:

  • Played with Justin Schultz for the Edmonton Oilers during the 2013-14 season.

Josh Gorges:

  • He and Justin Schultz are both from Kelowna, British Columbia.
  • Played with Sidney Crosby for Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Seth Griffith:

  • Played with Greg McKegg for the Florida Panthers during part of the 2016-17 season. They were also teammates during part of the 2011-12 season for the London Knights (OHL).
  • He and Olli Maatta were teammates for the London Knights (OHL) from 2011-2013.
  • Teammates with Frank Corrado for the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2016-17 season.

Johan Larsson:

  • Represented Sweden alongside Patric Hornqvist at the 2012 World Championship.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played with Justin Schultz for the University of Wisconsin (WCHA) during the 2011-12 season.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Represented the United States alongside Ian Cole at the 2008 World Junior Championship.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Played with Greg McKegg for the Erie Otters (OHL) during the 2008-09 season.
  • Teammates with Justin Schultz for Team Canada at the 2013 World Championship.
  • Represented Canada alongside Sidney Crosby at the 2015 World Championship and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Jason Pominville:

  • Represented the United States alongside Phil Kessel at the 2008 World Championship.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Represented Canada alongside Kris Letang at the 2006 World Junior Championship.
  • Played with Carl Hagelin for the New York Rangers during the 2013-14 season.

NHL Draft:

  • Benoit Pouliot (4th overall) was taken three picks after Sidney Crosby (1st overall) in the first round of the 2005 NHL Draft.
  • Kyle Okposo (7th overall by the New York Islanders) and Phil Kessel (5th overall by Boston) were both first-round selections in the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Marco Scandella (55th overall) and Justin Schultz (43rd overall) were both selected in the second round of the 2008 NHL Draft.
  • Ryan O’Reilly (33rd overall by Colorado), Robin Lehner (46th overall by Ottawa) and Brian Dumoulin (51st overall by Carolina) were all second-round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Olli Maata (22nd overall) were both first-round picks in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Nicholas Baptiste (69th overall) was taken eight picks before Jake Guentzel (77th overall) in the third round of the 2013 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (38), Kane (37), Pouliot (31)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (28), McCabe (27), Ristolainen (15)
Shots: Kane (82), Eichel (52), O’Reilly (43)

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: 2-4-1 (5), 14/24, 3/21, 10/13

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-2; 109-113 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron)
Oct. 21 at BOS: W, 5-4 (GWG-O’Reilly)
Nov. 11 at MTL: L, 2-1 (GWG-Pacioretty)

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Wins
Buffalo Sabres … 5 home wins … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Johan Larsson … 5 games … 200 career games played
Zemgus Girgensons … 9 games … 300 career games played
Marco Scandella … 10 games … 400 career games played
Assists
Matt Moulson … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 10 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Sam Reinhart … 5 points … 100 career points
Marco Scandella … 8 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
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