Game Preview: 12/27/17 at NYI


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Saturday, December 23
Buffalo 2 at Carolina 4
Goals: Beaulieu, Girgensons
Goalie: Johnson (34 saves/38 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 3/4; Shots: Carolina 38 – Buffalo 22

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 148)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Taylor Fedun (lower body, Nov. 17; injured reserve) – 19 games


Friday, Dec. 29: Buffalo at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 1: NY Rangers at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (at Citi Field in New York)
Thursday, Jan. 4: Buffalo at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 5: Buffalo at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 7: Buffalo at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.


  • This is the second of three meetings between the Sabres and Islanders this season.
  • Last meeting: New York defeated Buffalo 6-3 in New York on Oct. 7
  • The Sabres are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Islanders; 5-5-0 on the road.
  • This is the 167th game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo has a 80-63-23 series record.
  • The Sabres are 36-36-11 on the road against the Islanders all-time.


  • The Sabres are 13-7-2 all-time on December 27.
  • December 27, 1991: Dave Andreychuk and Pat LaFontaine each score twice and Clint Malarchuk makes 38 saves in an 8-1 victory over the Boston Bruins at The Aud.
  • December 27, 2003: Jason Pominville makes his NHL debut in a 3-1 win at Washington.


  • The Sabres are seeking a win to avoid losing their fourth consecutive game to the Islanders for the first time since New York won seven in a row from Dec. 31, 2002 to Feb. 27, 2004.
  • Evander Kane has five points (3+2) in his last four games against the Islanders.
  • Robin Lehner has stopped 237 of 252 shots (.940) in his last seven games. In those games, he has also stopped 180 of 188 shots faced during 5-on-5 play (.957), which includes two goals allowed with an opponent’s extra attacker on the ice.
  • Jack Eichel has totaled 13 points (6+7) in his last 10 games.

Tonight’s game is the second of seven consecutive games away from KeyBank Center for the Sabres. This stretch is the fourth time the team has ever played away from home seven times in a row, the longest such stretch in franchise history, and the first time since January 2012. The team’s next game in Buffalo will take place on Jan. 9 vs. Winnipeg.

Since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, Evander Kane has scored 43 goals in 105 games. Those 43 goals tie for 22nd in the league during that span and his 35 even-strength goals ties for 12th.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings)

  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 3 SHP (T-2nd), 152 S (4th)
  • O’Reilly: 537 FOW (1st), 61.9% FO% (1st), 867 FO (2nd)
  • Ristolainen: 26:50 TOI/GP (3rd)

Former Sabres:

  • Jaroslav Halak was a member of the Sabres for six days during the 2013-14 season. He was acquired from the St. Louis Blues on Feb. 28 before being dealt to the Washington Capitals on March 5, and did not appear in a game during his brief stint in Buffalo.

Former Islanders:

  • Kyle Okposo was selected by New York in the first round (7th overall) of the 2006 NHL Draft. Okposo spent nine years in the Islanders organization and compiled 369 points (139+230) in 529 games.
  • Chad Johnson played for the Islanders during the 2014-15 season, appearing in 19 games and going 8-8-1 with a 3.08 goals-against average.

Davis Payne

  • Jaroslav Halak played in goal for the St. Louis Blues while Davis Payne was the head coach from 2010-2012.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Teammates with Andrew Ladd for the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets from 2010-2015.

Justin Falk:

  • Played for the Calgary Hitmen (WHL) during the 2004-05 season along with Andrew Ladd.
  • Was a member of the Minnesota Wild organization from 2009-2013 along with Cal Clutterbuck.

 Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Jaroslav Halak for the Montreal Canadiens from 2006-2010.

 Chad Johnson

  • Played with Jonny Boychuck and Dennis Seidenberg for the Boston Bruins during the 2013-14 season.

 Evander Kane:

  • Played with Andrew Ladd for the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets from 2010-2015. The two also represented Canada at the 2011 and 2012 World Championships.

 Johan Larsson:

  • Played with Thomas Greiss in the SHL for Brynäs IF during the 2010-11 season.
  • Played with Cal Clutterbuck for the Minnesota Wild during the 2012-13 season.

 Robin Lehner

  • Played with Shane Prince in Ottawa from 2014-2016.

 Jason Pominville:

  • Played with Cal Clutterbuck for the Minnesota Wild during the 2012-13 season.

 Benoit Pouliot:

  • Played with Cal Clutterbuck for the Minnesota Wild from 2007-2011.
  • Played with Jonny Boychuck and Dennis Seidenberg for the Boston Bruins during the 2011-12 season.
  • Played with Jaroslav Halak in Montreal during the 2009-10 season.
  • Teammates with Jordan Eberle in Edmonton from 2014-2017.

 Marco Scandella:

  • Played with Cal Clutterbuck for the Minnesota Wild from 2010-2013.

 NHL Draft:

  • Zach Bogosian, Jordan Eberle and Josh Bailey were all first-round selections in the 2008 NHL Draft. Bogosian was third overall, Bailey was the ninth pick and Eberle went 22nd overall.
  • Jacob Josefson (20th overall), Evander Kane (4th overall), John Tavares (1st overall), Calvin de Haan (12th overall) and Nick Leddy (16th overall) were all taken in the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Ryan Pulock (15th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Joshua Ho-Sang (28th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.
  • Jack Eichel (2nd overall), Anthony Beauviller (28th overall) and Mathew Barzal (16th overall) were all selected in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft.

Hits: McCabe (79), Ristolainen (78), Kane (73)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (58), McCabe (54), Ristolainen (50)
Shots: Kane (152), Eichel (119), O’Reilly (88)

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: 2-3-1 (5), 14/18, 1/10, 16/19

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-6; 109-117 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)
Dec. 15 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Slavin)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-1; 69-65 all-time)
Oct. 5 vs. MTL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Drouin)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Buffalo Sabres … 2 home wins … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Jake McCabe … 2 games … 200 career games played
Robin Lehner … 7 games … 200 career games played
Rasmus Ristolainen … 6 assists … 100 career assists
Marco Scandella … 2 points … 100 career points

Rasmus Ristolainen … 300th NHL game … Dec. 23 at CAR

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