Game Preview: 12/2/17 at PIT


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Friday, December 1
Pittsburgh 4 at Buffalo 0
Goals: N/A
Goalie: Lehner (21 saves/25 shots)
PP: 0/4; PK: 1/1; Shots: Buffalo 34 – Pittsburgh 25

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 126)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Taylor Fedun (lower body, Nov. 17; injured reserve) – 8 games
Jacob Josefson (ankle, Nov. 28; injured reserve) – 2 games

11/26: Placed F Seth Griffith on waivers
11/27: Assigned F Seth Griffith to Rochester (AHL)
11/30: Recalled G Linus Ullmark from Rochester (AHL); Activated D Matt Tennyson; Placed Tennyson on waivers
12/1: Assigned D Matt Tennyson and G Linus Ullmark to Rochester (AHL); Activated D Zach Bogosian from IR; Placed F Jacob Josefson on IR
12/2: Recalled F Hudson Fasching from Rochester (AHL)

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.
Tuesday, Dec. 12: Ottawa at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 14: Buffalo at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.


  • This is the third and final meeting between the Sabres and Penguins this season.
  • Last meeting: Pittsburgh defeated Buffalo 4-0 in Buffalo on Dec. 1
  • The Sabres are 1-7-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Penguins; 2-6-2 on the road.
  • This is the 188th game all-time between Buffalo and Pittsburgh; Buffalo has a 65-79-43 series record.
  • The Sabres are 24-49-21 on the road against the Penguins all-time.


  • The Sabres are 7-10-1 all-time on December 2.
  • December 2, 1969: The NHL announces its decision to expand to Buffalo and Vancouver in the 1970-71 season.


  • If he dresses tonight, Marco Scandella will appear in his 400th NHL game.
  • Kyle Okposo has more goals (14) and points (32) against the Penguins than any other opponent. He has a point in each of his last four visits to Pittsburgh (1+3).
  • Evander Kane has 10 points (4+6) in 10 career road games against the Penguins. He’s recorded at least a point in each of his last four visits, totaling eight points (3+5) in those games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has tallied five points (2+3) in his last four road games against the Penguins.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled five points (2+3) his last four games against Pittsburgh.


  • Tonight’s game is the second in a home-and-home series between the Sabres and Penguins that began with a 4-0 Pittsburgh win last night in Buffalo.
  • The Sabres and Penguins have previously played 10 home-and-home series, with the Sabres going 7-1-2 (one tie) in the home games and 3-3-4 (four ties) in the road games. Buffalo’s points breakdown in these previous series is as follows: four points (1), three points (5), two points (3), one point (1), zero points (0).
  • The Sabres have played in 161 previous home-and-home series in franchise history, going 91-47-23 (.637) in the home games and 56-76-29 (.438) in the road games in previous series. The team is 70-62-29 (.525) all-time in the first game of these series and 77-61-23 (.550) in the second. Buffalo’s points breakdown in these previous series is as follows: four points (31), three points (24), two points (66), one point (16), zero points (24).

Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s seventh of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began last night with a 4-0 loss vs. Pittsburgh. The Sabres are 2-5-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-3-1 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 (4), one point (1) and zero points (1).


  • Evander Kane has scored 12 goals in his first 26 games played this season, tying him for 16th 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 23rd in the league.
  • Since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, Kane has scored 40 goals in 96 games. Those 40 goals tie for 23rd in the league during that span and his 33 even-strength goals rank 11th.

*All rankings after last night’s game

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

  • Eichel: 2 SHP (T-4th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-1st), 3 SHP (T-1st), 118 S (2nd)
  • O’Reilly: 395 FOW (1st), 645 FO (2nd), 61.2% FO% (2nd)
  • Ristolainen: 26:43 TOI/GP (3rd)

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.

Justin Falk:

  • Played with Carl Hagelin for the New York Rangers 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.

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.
  • He and Matt Hunwick were teammates for the Colorado Avalanche from 2010-2014.

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.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland alongside Olli Maata at the 2012 and 2013 World Junior Championships, as well as the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

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.

Hits: Ristolainen (52), Kane (49), McCabe (46)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (38), Scandella (37), Ristolainen (30)
Shots: Kane (118), Eichel (82), O’Reilly (66)

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: 1-5-0 (2), 9/18, 0/18, 9/13

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
Marco Scandella … 1 game … 400 career games played
Ryan O’Reilly … 4 games … 600 career games played
Sam Reinhart … 7 games … 200 career games played
Rasmus Ristolainen … 10 games … 300 career games played
Matt Moulson … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 8 assists … 100 career assists
Marco Scandella … 6 points … 100 career points

Zemgus Girgensons … 300th NHL game … Dec. 1 vs. PIT

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