Game Preview: 11/20/17 vs. CBJ

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LAST GAME
Saturday, November 18
Carolina 3 at Buffalo 1
Goals: Kane
Goalie: Johnson (30 saves/32 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 0/2; PK: 4/4; Shots: Carolina 33 – Buffalo 25

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 105)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct.5; injured reserve) – 20 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body, Oct. 17; injured reserve) – 14 games
Rasmus Ristolainen (upper body, Nov. 4; injured reserve) – 7 games
Matt Tennyson (foot, Nov. 7; injured reserve) – 6 games
Taylor Fedun (lower body, Nov. 17; injured reserve) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/16: Recalled F Kyle Criscuolo and D Casey Nelson from Rochester (AHL); Placed D Taylor Fedun and D Matt Tennyson on IR; Assigned F Nicholas Baptiste to Rochester (AHL)
11/17: Activated F Evan Rodrigues from IR; Assigned Rodrigues to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Wednesday, Nov. 22: Minnesota at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 24: Edmonton at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 25: Buffalo at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 28: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 1: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
BLUE JACKETS at SABRES

  • This is the second of three meetings between the Sabres and Blue Jackets this season.
  • Last meeting: Columbus defeated Buffalo 5-1 in Columbus on Oct. 25
  • Next meeting: Thursday, Jan. 11 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games vs. Blue Jackets; 4-5-1 at home
  • This is the 28th game all-time between Buffalo and Columbus; Buffalo has a 10-15-2 series record.
  • The Sabres are 6-7-1 at home against the Blue Jackets all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 12-1-1 all-time on November 20.
  • November 20, 1997: Dominik Hasek earns his first of a career-best 13 shutouts in the 1997-98 season and the Sabres snap a five-game winless streak with a 5-0 win at Boston.
  • November 20, 2006: The Sabres score seven goals on 13 shots in the second period on the way to a 7-2 win vs. Tampa Bay.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Ryan O’Reilly has seven points in eight games so far in November. With a multi-point game tonight, he would be on track for his first point-per-game month since April 2016.
  • Robin Lehner is 2-2-1 in six appearances at home this season with a .952 save percentage and a 1.49 goals-against average.
  • Lehner is 5-2-0 in his career against the Blue Jackets with a .951 save percentage and a 1.81 goals-against average.
  • Evander Kane has nine points (5+4) in his last nine games against Columbus, dating back to the beginning of the 2013-14 season.
  • Matt Moulson has totaled six points (2+4) in his last six games against the Blue Jackets.
  • Kyle Okposo has seven points (3+4) in his last seven games against Columbus.
  • Jack Eichel has totaled six points (2+4) in seven career games against Columbus.

THE KANE EVENT

  • After recording 11 points in 11 games during October for his first point-per-game month since January 2014, Evander Kane has seven points through eight games in November.
  • Kane has scored 11 goals in his first 20 games played this season, tying him for seventh in the league entering play Sunday. It is Kane’s quickest 20-game start of his career, topping his mark of nine goals in his first 20 games in 2012-13.
  • Since scoring his first goal of the 2016-17 season on Dec. 3, 2016, Kane has scored 39 goals in his last 78 games. Entering play Sunday, those 39 goals ranked fifth in the league during that span and his 32 even-strength goals ranked second only to Auston Matthews (34).

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 11/19 games)

  • Eichel: 2 SHP (T-3rd)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (1st), 3 SHP (T-1st), 93 S (3rd), 11 G (T-7th)
  • O’Reilly: 293 FOW (1st), 489 FO (2nd), 59.9% FO% (2nd)
  • Pouliot: 3 GWG (T-8th)
  • Ristolainen: 27:09 TOI/GP (2nd)

BUF-CBJ CONNECTIONS
Former Blue Jackets:

  • Justin Falk played for Columbus from 2014-2016, posting six points (1+5) in 29 games. He was also a member of the Lake Erie Monster’s Calder Cup-winning squad in 2016.

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.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Represented Canada alongside Scott Harrington, Boone Jenner and Ryan Murray at the 2012 World Junior 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.

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.

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.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Ryan Murray (2nd overall) were both chosen in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • 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), Zach Werenski (8th overall) and Gabriel Carlsson (29th overall) were all selected in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Kane (42), Ristolainen (38), Pouliot (35)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (31), McCabe (29), Falk (21)
Shots: Kane (93), Eichel (62), O’Reilly (50)

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: 2-6-2 (6), 20/35, 5/28, 23/27

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-3; 109-114 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)
Nov. 14 at PIT: L, 5-4 (GWG-Sheary)

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 … 2 games … 200 career games played
Zemgus Girgensons … 6 games … 300 career games played
Marco Scandella … 7 games … 400 career games played
Assists
Matt Moulson … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 8 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Sam Reinhart … 2 points … 100 career points
Marco Scandella … 6 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Kyle Criscuolo … 1st NHL game … Nov. 17 at DET

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