Game Preview: 12/12/17 vs. OTT

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LAST GAME
Sunday, December 10
Buffalo 2 at St. Louis 3 (OT)
Goals: Rodrigues (2)
Goalie: Lehner (42 saves/45 shots)
PP: 1/4; PK: 3/3; Shots: St. Louis 45 – Buffalo 24

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 137)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Taylor Fedun (lower body, Nov. 17; injured reserve) – 13 games
Jacob Josefson (ankle, Nov. 28; injured reserve) – 6 games
Nathan Beaulieu (illness, Dec. 5) – 3 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Dec. 14: Buffalo at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 15: Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 19: Boston at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 22: Philadelphia at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 23: Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SENATORS at SABRES

  • This is the first of four meetings between the Sabres and Senators this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Ottawa 3-2 in Ottawa on Feb. 14
  • Next meeting: Thursday, Feb. 14, 2018 in Ottawa
  • The Sabres are 6-2-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Senators; 5-3-2 at home
  • This is the 134th game all-time between Buffalo and Ottawa; Buffalo has a 65-49-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 35-22-8 at home against the Senators all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-8-4 all-time on December 12.
  • December 12, 2000: J-P Dumont records his first hat trick as a member of the Sabres and Dominik Hasek stops all 22 Bruins shots in a 3-0 win at Boston.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with points in eight straight meetings with the Senators (6-0-2) for the first time in the all-time series.
  • With a win tonight, the Sabres will have won four straight games against the Senators for the first time since they won six in a row from Dec. 4, 2010 to Nov. 11, 2011.
  • Buffalo and Ottawa have had 17 of their last 23 games decided by a single goal. Seven of those games were decided in overtime or a shootout. The Sabres are 8-6 all-time in shootouts against the Senators. Their 14 shootouts against Ottawa make up the team’s highest total against any opponent.

HOT AGAINST OTTAWA

  • Robin Lehner is 4-0-2 in eight career appearances against his former club with a .959 save percentage and a 1.30 goals-against average. Chad Johnson is 2-2-0 with a .943 save percentage and a 1.59 goals-against average in four career games against the Senators.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 14 points (6+8) in 14 career games against Ottawa, including six points (4+2) in his last five.
  • Jack Eichel has totaled 10 points (4+6) in seven career games against the Senators, including at least a point in each of the seven. He has more goals, assists and points against Ottawa than against any other opponent.
  • Kyle Okposo has 13 points (4+9) in 15 games against Ottawa since the beginning of the 2012-13 season, including at least a point in each of the last three (2+2).
  • Sam Reinhart has posted seven points (4+3) in his last six games against the Senators, including at least a point in each of the last three (2+2).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has six assists in his last six games against Ottawa, including at least an assist in each of his last three (0+4).

LAST LINE OF DEFENSE
Robin Lehner has stopped 125 of 133 shots (.940) in his last three games, including 90 of 92 shots faced during 5-on-5 play (.978). A win or overtime loss tonight would give Lehner (1-0-2) points in four straight appearances for the first time since he went 8-0-2 in his 10 starts from March 24 to Oct. 28, 2014.

MUNCHING MINUTES
Rasmus Ristolainen has averaged 29:59 of ice time in his last four games, topping the 30-minute mark on Dec. 5 at Colorado (30:42) and Dec. 8 at Chicago (31:44).

  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ristolainen became the first Sabres player to top 30 minutes in consecutive games since Dmitri Kalinin did so on March 15 and 17, 2004.
  • He now leads the league with an average of 27:20 of ice time per game this season. The Sabres are 6-1-3 in Ristolainen’s career when the defenseman skates more than 30 minutes.

THE KANE EVENT
Since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, Evander Kane has scored 41 goals in 100 games. Entering play Monday, those 41 goals tied for 21st in the league during that span and his 34 even-strength goals tied for ninth.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 12/11 games)

  • Eichel: 2 SHP (T-6th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-1st), 3 SHP (T-1st), 130 S (3rd)
  • O’Reilly: 452 FOW (1st), 61.2% FO% (1st), 738 FO (2nd), 2 SHP (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 27:20 TOI/GP (1st)

BUF-OTT CONNECTIONS
Former Senators:

  • Goaltender Robin Lehner was a second-round selection (46th overall) of the Senators in the 2009 NHL Draft. He appeared in 86 games over the course of his time with Ottawa and compiled a 30-36-13 record with a .914 save percentage and a 2.88 goals-against average.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Teammates with Mike Hoffman for the Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) during the 2009-10 season.
  • Represented Canada alongside Mark Stone at the 2012 World Junior Championship.
  • Played with Gabriel Dumont for the Montreral Canadiens from 2012-2015.
  • He and Mike Condon played together for the Montreal Canadiens during the 2015-16 season.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Played with Johnny Oduya for the Atlanta Thrasers (2009-2011) and the Winnipeg Jets (2011-12).

Hudson Fasching:

  • Played with Mike Condon for the United States at the 2016 World Championship.

Josh Gorges:

  • Was a member of Team Canada with Dion Phaneuf at the 2004 World Junior Championship.
  • Teammates with Tom Pyatt for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2011.
  • Played with Gabriel Dumont for the Montreral Canadiens from 2011-2014.

Evander Kane:

  • Played with Johnny Oduya for the Atlanta Thrasers (2009-2011) and the Winnipeg Jets (2011-12).
  • Teammates with Christopher DiDomenico for Canada at the 2009 World Junior Championship.
  • Represented Canada with Dion Phaneuf during the 2011 and 2012 World Championships. Matt Duchene was on the club in 2011 and Alexandre Burrows was on the team in 2012.

Johan Larsson:

  • Was a member of Team Sweden during the 2012 World Championship along with Erik Karlsson.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played with Mike Condon for the United States at the 2016 World Championship.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Played for the Colorado Avalanche with Matt Duchene from 2009-2015. Craig Anderson was also on the team from 2009-2011.
  • Teammates with Matt Duchene for Team Canada at the 2013, 2015 and 2016 World Championships.
  • Played with Alexandre Burrows and Dion Phaneuf for Canada at the 2012 World Championship.
  • Represented Canada alongside Derick Brassard and Cody Ceci at the 2016 World Championship.
  • He and Matt Duchene represented Canada together at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played with Nate Thompson for the New York Islanders from 2008-2010.
  • Represented the United States alongside Bobby Ryan at the 2012 World Championship.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with Tom Pyatt for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2011 and again for the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2012-13 season. Nate Thompson was also a member of the Lightning during the 2012-13 campaign.
  • Pouliot and Pyatt also represented Canada together at the 2006 World Junior Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Helped represent Canada at the 2016 World Championship with Derick Brassard, Cody Ceci and Matt Duchene.

NHL Draft:

  • Benoit Pouliot (4th overall) was taken two picks after Bobby Ryan (2nd overall) in the first round of the 2005 NHL Draft.
  • Kyle Okposo (7th overall) was taken one pick after Derick Brassard (6th overall) in the first round of the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Zach Bogosian (3rd overall) and Erik Karlsson (15th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2008 NHL Draft.
  • Evander Kane (4th overall) and Matt Duchene (3rd overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons and Cody Ceci were back-to-back selections in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft. Girgensons was selected 14th overall while Ceci went 15th overall.
  • The second round of the 2013 NHL Draft saw both Hudson Fasching (118th overall) and Ben Harpur (108th overall) go off the board.
  • Jack Eichel (2nd overall) and Thomas Chabot (18th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2015 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (65), McCabe (59), Kane (59)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (50), Scandella (45), Ristolainen (44)
Shots: Kane (130), Eichel (96), O’Reilly (76)

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: 2-6-2 (6), 18/31, 2/32, 24/32

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-5; 109-116 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)
Dec. 8 at CHI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Forsling)
Dec. 10 at STL: L, 3-2 (GWG-Tarasenko)

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 … 4 home wins … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Sam Reinhart … 3 games … 200 career games played
Rasmus Ristolainen … 6 games … 300 career games played
Assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 8 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Marco Scandella … 5 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Ryan O’Reilly … 600th NHL game … Dec. 10 at STL

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