Game Preview: 11/28/17 vs. TBL


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Saturday, November 25
Buffalo 0 at Montreal 3
Goals: N/A
Goalie: Lehner (23 saves/26 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 1/2; Shots: Buffalo 36 – Montreal 26

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 120)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct.5; injured reserve) – 24 games
Matt Tennyson (foot, Nov. 7; injured reserve) – 10 games
Taylor Fedun (lower body, Nov. 17; injured reserve) – 6 games
Jacob Josefson (ankle, Nov. 28) – 0 games

11/22: Activated F Jacob Josefson from IR
11/24: Activated D Rasmus Ristolainen from IR; Assigned D Casey Nelson to Rochester (AHL)
11/26: Placed F Seth Griffith on waivers
11/27: Assigned F Seth Griffith to Rochester (AHL)

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.
Sunday, Dec. 10: Buffalo at St. Louis, 7 p.m.


  • This is the first of four meetings between the Sabres and Lightning this season.
  • Last meeting: Tampa Bay defeated Buffalo 4-2 in Tampa on April 9
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 13 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 1-8-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Lightning; 2-5-3 at home.
  • This is the 95th game all-time between Buffalo and Tampa Bay; Buffalo has a 52-34-8 series record.
  • The Sabres are 24-17-5 at home against the Lightning all-time.


  • The Sabres are 15-4-2 all-time on November 28.
  • November 28, 1972: Gilbert Perreault scores two goals and adds an assist as the Sabres beat the New York Islanders 7-2.
  • November 28, 2009: Tyler Myers records his first career three-point game, assisting on three of Buffalo’s five third-period goals to propel the Sabres to a 5-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.


  • Buffalo’s all-time record of 52-34-8 (.596) against Tampa Bay is the team’s third-best record against any Eastern Conference opponent, trailing only their 88-48-20 (.628) mark against Washington and their 113-67-26 (.612) record against Toronto.
  • Jack Eichel has five points (2+3) in his last five games against Tampa Bay.
  • Benoit Pouliot has three goals in his last three games against the Lightning.


  • 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 12 games in November. A multi-point night would give him back-to-back point-per-game months for the first time in his career.
  • Kane has scored 12 goals in his first 24 games played this season, tying him for 10th 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 16th in the league.
  • Since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, Kane has scored 40 goals in 94 games. Those 40 goals tie for 22nd in the league during that span and his 33 even-strength goals tie for eighth.

*All rankings before 11/27 games

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 11/27 games)

  • Eichel: 2 SHP (T-3rd)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (1st), 3 SHP (T-1st), 110 S (2nd), 12 G (T-10th)
  • O’Reilly: 367 FOW (1st), 597 FO (2nd), 61.5% FO% (2nd)
  • Ristolainen: 27:05 TOI/GP (3rd)

Local Players:

  • Ryan Callahan was born in Rochester, New York and played for the Buffalo Lightning (OPJHL) during the 2001-02 season.

Nathan Beaulieu

  • Was teammates with Peter Budaj in Montreal from 2012-2014.

Justin Falk

  • Teammates with Ryan Callahan, Anton Stralman and Dan Girardi for the New York Rangers in 2013-14.
  • Played with Tyler Johnson for the Spokane Chiefs (WHL) during the 2007-08 season.

Josh Gorges:

  • Represented Canada alongside Braydon Coburn at the 2004 World Junior Championship.
  • Played with Peter Budaj for the Montreal Canadiens from 2011-2014 .

Chad Johnson

  • Played with Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi on the New York Rangers from 2009-2011.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played at the 2012 World Championship for Team Sweden alongside Victor Hedman.
  • Was born on July 25, 1992, two years to the day before Andrei Vasilevskiy.

Jordan Nolan

  • Teammates with Peter Budaj for the Los Angeles Kings from 2015-2017.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • He was born on Feb. 7, 1991, exactly one year after Steven Stamkos.
  • Was teammates with Peter Budaj on the Colorado Avalanche from 2009-2011.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with Ryan Callahan, Anton Stralman and Dan Girardi for the New York Rangers in 2013-14.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Brayden Point was a member of Team Canada along with Reinhart at the 2015 World Junior Championship.

World Championships:

  • Multiple Sabres have played with Steven Stamkos for Team Canada at World Championships. Evander Kane played with Stamkos in 2010 and Ryan O’Reilly represented Canada alongside Stamkos in 2013, and again in 2016 World Cup.
  • Kyle Okposo and T. Brown represented the United States at the 2012 World Championship.
  • Jake McCabe played with Tyler Johnson for the United States at the 2014 World Championship.
  • Chad Johnson, Ryan O’Reilly and Brayden Point all played for Team Canada at the World Championship in 2017.
  • Victor Antipin, Andrei Vasilevskiy and Nikita Kucherov played together on the Russian team at the World Junior Championship in 2012.
  • Victor Antipin, Vladislav Namestnikov, Andrei Vasilevskiy and Nikita Kucherov were teammates for Russia at the 2017 World Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Jason Pomiville (55th overall) and Peter Budaj (63rd overall) were both selected in the second round of the 2001 NHL Draft.
  • Evander Kane (4th overall) and Victor Hedman (2nd overall) were both first round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Nathan Beaulieu (17th overall) and Vladislav Namestnikov (27th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall), Slater Koekkoek (10th overall) and Andrei Vasilevskiy (19th overall) were all first-round picks in the 2012 NHL Draft.

Hits: Kane (47), Ristolainen (46), Falk (42)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (36), Scandella (36), Ristolainen (25)
Shots: Kane (110), Eichel (80), O’Reilly (61)

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: 1-3-0 (2), 9/12, 0/11, 6/9

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 … 2 games … 300 career games played
Marco Scandella … 3 games … 400 career games played
Ryan O’Reilly … 6 games … 600 career games played
Sam Reinhart … 9 games … 200 career games played
Matt Moulson … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 8 assists … 100 career assists
Marco Scandella … 6 points … 100 career points


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