Game Preview: 11/26/17 vs. MTL


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Friday, November 24
Edmonton 1 at Buffalo 3
Goals: Josefson, Eichel, Okposo
Goalie: Lehner (29 saves/30 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 3/3; Shots: Buffalo 31 – Edmonton 30

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 117)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct.5; injured reserve) – 23 games
Matt Tennyson (foot, Nov. 7; injured reserve) – 9 games
Taylor Fedun (lower body, Nov. 17; injured reserve) – 5 games

11/22: Activated F Jacob Josefson from IR
11/24: Activated D Rasmus Ristolainen from IR; Assigned D Casey Nelson to Rochester (AHL)

Tuesday, Nov. 28: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 1: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 2: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 5: Buffalo at Colorado, 9 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 8: Buffalo at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.


  • This is the third of four meetings between the Sabres and Canadiens this season.
  • Last meeting: Montreal defeated Buffalo 2-1 (OT) in Montreal on Nov. 11
  • Next meeting: Friday, March 23 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 4-3-3 in their last 10 games vs. the Canadiens; 5-4-1 on the road
  • This is the 278th game all-time between Buffalo and Montreal; Buffalo has a 126-110-41 series record.
  • The Sabres are 54-71-14 on the road against the Canadiens all-time.


  • The Sabres are 8-10-2 all-time on November 25.
  • November 25, 1970: The Sabres acquire Eddie Shack and Dick Duff from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Mike McMahon.
  • November 25, 2000: Vladimir Tsyplakov scores 10 seconds after the opening faceoff to open the scoring in a 5-3 Sabres win at Montreal.


  • Evander Kane has at least a point in each of his last four games (2+3). A point tonight would give him his first five-game point streak since his career-best eight game streak from Feb. 12 to 26, 2013.
  • A win or overtime loss tonight would give the Sabres points in four 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 7-4-4 against the Canadiens since the beginning of the 2014-15 season, including a 4-2-1 record in Montreal.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 15 points (5+10) in 17 career games against the Canadiens, including nine (2+7) in 10 games since joining the Sabres.
  • Jason Pominville (7+2) has nine points in his last nine games against Montreal.
  • Evander Kane has nine points (2+7) in his last nine games against the Canadiens, including points in each of the last five (0+6).

With four divisional games remaining before the new year, the Sabres are 11-8-3 (.568) against the Atlantic Division in 2017. The record currently ranks as Buffalo’s 20th-best divisional record in a calendar year and the team’s best divisional mark since 2012.

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


  • After recording 11 points in 11 games during October for his first point-per-game month since January 2014, Evander Kane has 11 points through 11 games in November.
  • Kane has scored 12 goals in his first 23 games played this season, tying him for sixth in the league.
  • Of his 12 goals, eight have come at even strength and three were shorthanded goals. Kane’s eight even-strength goals tie for 11th in the league.
  • Since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, Kane has scored 40 goals in 93 games. Those 40 goals tie for 21st in the league during that span and his 33 even-strength goals tie for seventh.

*All rankings as of the end of last night’s game

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), 105 S (2nd), 12 G (T-6th)
  • O’Reilly: 342 FOW (1st), 566 FO (2nd), 60.4% FO% (3rd)
  • Ristolainen: 27:11 TOI/GP (2nd)

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).
  • Nicolas Deslauriers appeared in 211 games for the Sabres from 2013-2017, recording 30 points (12+18) and 186 penalty minutes.

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.

Chad Johnson:

  • Teammates with David Schlemko for the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2012-13 season.

Evander Kane:

  • Played with Brendan Gallagher for the Vancouver Giants during the 2008-09 season.

Jacob Josefson

  • Teammates with David Schlemko during the 2015-16 season when they played for the New Jersey Devils.

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.

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.

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.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Jonathan Drouin (3rd overall) were both first-round picks in the 2013 NHL Draft.

Hits: Kane (46), Falk (42), Ristolainen (41)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (36), Scandella (35), Falk (23)
Shots: Kane (105), Eichel (72), O’Reilly (58)

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
21-30: 1-2-0 (2), 9/9, 0/9, 5/7

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)
Buffalo Sabres … 4 home wins … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Zemgus Girgensons … 3 games … 300 career games played
Marco Scandella … 4 games … 400 career games played
Ryan O’Reilly … 7 games … 600 career games played
Rasmus Ristolainen … 6 assists … 100 career assists
Matt Moulson … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Marco Scandella … 5 points … 100 career points

Johan Larsson … 200th NHL game … Nov. 22 vs. MIN
Sam Reinhart … 100th NHL point … Nov. 22 vs. MIN

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