Game Preview: 12/14/17 at PHI


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Tuesday, December 12
Ottawa 2 at Buffalo 3
Goals: Pouliot, Okposo, Kane
Goalie: Lehner (24 saves/26 shots)
PP: 1/2; PK: 3/3; Shots: Ottawa 26 – Buffalo 25

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 140)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Taylor Fedun (lower body, Nov. 17; injured reserve) – 14 games
Jacob Josefson (ankle, Nov. 28; injured reserve) – 7 games
Nathan Beaulieu (illness, Dec. 5) – 4 games


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.
Wednesday, Dec. 27: Buffalo at NY Islanders, 7 p.m.


  • This is the first of three meetings between the Sabres and Flyers this season.
  • Last meeting: Philadelphia defeated Buffalo 6-3 in Buffalo on March 7
  • Next meeting: Friday, Dec. 22 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Flyers; 3-6-1 on the road.
  • This is the 174th game all-time between Buffalo and Philadelphia; Buffalo has a 67-82-24 series record.
  • The Sabres are 25-49-14 on the road against the Flyers all-time.


  • The Sabres are 12-6-4 all-time on December 14.
  • December 14, 2005: Martin Biron stopped 32 shots in a 4-3 win against the Dallas Stars, winning his 11th consecutive start. Biron would post wins in each of his next two starts, bringing his streak to 13 straight wins in games he started.


  • With a 2-0-2 record in their last four games, the Sabres are looking to extend the team’s point streak to five games for the first time since Buffalo recorded points in nine straight games from March 10 to 27, 2012.
  • A win or overtime loss tonight would give the Sabres points in four straight road games for the first time since Nov. 29 to Dec. 20, 2016.
  • The Sabres have notched a power play goal in three straight games for the second time this season and will be looking to increase that streak to four games for the first time since March 2 to 7.


  • Ryan O’Reilly has 13 points (3+10) in 13 career games against the Flyers.
  • Evander Kane has recorded 18 points (7+11) in 19 career games against the Flyers, but is seeking his first point in Philadelphia since Feb. 23, 2013.
  • Jack Eichel has four points (3+1) in five career games against Philadelphia, three of which (2+1) came last time these teams met.
  • Johan Larsson has recorded three assists in his last three games against the Flyers.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has an assist in each of his last three game against Philadelphia. It’s his second career three-game assist streak against the Flyers.
  • Marco Scandella has totaled five points (3+2) in seven career games against the Flyers.

Evander Kane enters tonight’s game with points in five consecutive games (2+3) for the first time since he had points in eight straight from Feb. 12 to 26, 2013. Entering play Wednesday, Kane’s streak tied as the fourth-longest active streak in the league.


  • Robin Lehner has stopped 149 of 159 shots (.937) in his last four games.
  • In those games, he has also stopped 110 of 114 shots faced during 5-on-5 play (.965), which includes one goal allowed with an opponent’s extra attacker on the ice.
  • A win or overtime loss tonight would give Lehner (2-0-2) points in five straight appearances for the first time since he went 8-0-2 in his 10 starts from March 24 to Oct. 28, 2014.

Rasmus Ristolainen has averaged 28:29 of ice time in his last five 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 ranked second in the league with an average of 27:07 of ice time per game this season entering play Wednesday. The Sabres are 6-1-3 in Ristolainen’s career when the defenseman skates more than 30 minutes.

Since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, Evander Kane has scored 42 goals in 101 games. Entering play Wednesday, those 42 goals tied for 20th in the league during that span and his 34 even-strength goals tied for 10th.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 12/13 games)

  • Eichel: 2 SHP (T-8th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-1st), 3 SHP (T-1st), 131 S (4th)
  • O’Reilly: 463 FOW (1st), 61.5% FO% (1st), 753 FO (2nd), 2 SHP (T-8th)
  • Ristolainen: 27:07 TOI/GP (2nd)

Victor Antipin:

  • Represented Russia alongside Ivan Provorov at the 2017 World Championship.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Played with Dale Weise for the Montreal Canadiens from 2013-2016.

Jack Eichel:

  • Teammates with Shayne Gostisbehere and Sean Couturier for Team North America at the 216 World Cup of Hockey.

Chad Johnson:

  • He and Brian Elliot served as the goaltending tandem for the Calgary Flames during the 2016-17 season.

Jake McCabe:

  • Represented the United States alongside Shayne Gostisbehere at the 2013 World Junior Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played with Andrew McDonald for the New York Islanders from 2008-2014.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Represented Canada alongside Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds at the 2013 World Championship.
  • Played with Sean Couturier and Claude Giroux for Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Claude Giroux for Team Canada at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
  • He and Travis Konecny were teammates at the 2017 World Championship for Team Canada.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with Radko Gudas for the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2012-13 season.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Played with Travis Konecny, Scott Laughton and Taylor Leier for Team Canada at the 2014 World Junior Championship

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland alongside Jori Lehtera at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

NHL Draft:

  • Kyle Okposo (7th overall) and Claude Giroux (22nd overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • The first round of the 2011 NHL Draft saw both Nathan Beaulieu (17th overall) and Sean Couturier (8th overall) go off the board.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Scott Laughton (20th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Travis Sanheim (17th overall) were first-round picks in the 2014 NHL Draft.
  • Jack Eichel (2nd overall), Ivan Provorov (7th overall) and Travis Konecny (24th overall) all both first-round picks in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Hits: Ristolainen (68), McCabe (63), Kane (60)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (51), Scandella (48), Ristolainen (44)
Shots: Kane (131), Eichel (97), O’Reilly (78)

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
31-40: 1-0-0 (2), 3/2, 1/2, 3/3

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)
Buffalo Sabres … 3 home wins … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Sam Reinhart … 2 games … 200 career games played
Rasmus Ristolainen … 5 games … 300 career games played
Rasmus Ristolainen … 6 assists … 100 career assists
Marco Scandella … 4 points … 100 career points

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

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