Game Preview: 10/9/19 vs. Montreal

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LAST GAME
Monday, October 7
Buffalo 3 at Columbus 4 (OT)
Goals: Johansson, Skinner, Olofsson
Goalie: Ullmark (40 saves/44 shots)
PP: 2/4; PK: 1/3; Shots: Columbus 44 – Buffalo 18

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 12)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (hip, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 3 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 3 games
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (hip; Oct. 3, injured reserve) – 3 games
Brandon Montour (hand, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 3 games
Conor Sheary (upper body) – 0 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/3: Recalled F Victor Olofsson and D Henri Jokiharju from Rochester (AHL); Assigned F Jean-Sebastien Dea, F Curtis Lazar and D Lawrence Pilut to Rochester

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, Oct. 11: Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 14: Dallas at Buffalo, 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 16: Buffalo at Anaheim, 10 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 17: Buffalo at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 19: Buffalo at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
CANADIENS at SABRES

  • This is the first of four meetings between the Sabres and Canadiens this season.
  • Last meeting: Montreal defeated Buffalo 7-4 in Montreal on March 23.
  • Next meeting: Thursday, Jan. 30 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Canadiens; 5-3-2 at home.
  • This is the 284th game all-time between Buffalo and Montreal; Buffalo has a 129-113-41 series record.
  • The Sabres are 74-40-27 at home against the Canadiens all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 4-11-2 all-time on October 9.
  • October 9, 1995: Michael Peca scores his first goal as a member of the Sabres in a 5-3 loss at Boston.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 2-0-1 through three games. It’s the first time Buffalo has started a season with points in three straight games since the team went 4-0-1 through its first five games of the 2009-10 season.
  • Buffalo is looking to start the season with wins in both of the team’s first two home games for the first time since the 2008-09 season, when they won the first three.
  • Through three games, the Sabres have already gotten points from 14 different players this season. Rasmus Dahlin (1+4), Victor Olofsson (3+1) and Sam Reinhart (2+2) have all tallied at least a point in each of the team’s first three contests.
  • The Sabres went 7-4-3 at home against the Atlantic Division last season, including wins against the Canadiens on Oct. 25 and Nov. 23. A win tonight would give the Sabres wins in three straight visits from the Canadiens for the first time since March 12, 2012 to Feb. 7, 2013.

HOT AGAINST MONTREAL

  • Casey Mittelstadt has posted a point in each of his first four career meetings with Montreal (1+3).
  • Jeff Skinner has recorded 19 points (13+6) in 19 games against Montreal since the beginning of the 2013-14 season, including seven points (4+3) in four games against the Canadiens last season.
  • Marcus Johansson (0+4) and Sam Reinhart (2+2) have each totaled four points in their last four games against the Canadiens.
  • Jack Eichel has recorded two points in each of his last three games against Montreal (1+5).
  • Jake McCabe (0+3) and Jimmy Vesey (1+2) each recorded three points in three games against the Canadiens last season.
  • Colin Miller enters tonight’s game with an assist in both of his last two games against Montreal.
  • Rasmus Dahlin recorded an assist in three of four meetings with the Canadiens as a rookie last season.

SLICK VIC

  • Victor Olofsson enters tonight’s game on a career-best three-game point streak after tallying four points (3+1) through Buffalo’s first three games. He skated a career-high 20:54 on Monday at Columbus and scored a goal with 1:14 remaining in regulation to send the game to overtime.
  • All three of Olofsson’s goals this season have come on the power play, giving him sole possession of the league lead in power-play goals entering play Tuesday. He also led all rookies in goals (3), points (4) and shots (9), and led rookie forwards in ice time per game (19:04).
  • Since he made his NHL debut on March 28, 2019 vs. Detroit, no NHL player has scored more power-play goals than Olofsson’s five in nine games played.

PLAYING WITH POWER

  • The Sabres entered play Tuesday with the top-ranked power play in the league, converting on six of their 10 power plays through the first two games of the season (60.0%).
  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, Buffalo also ranked among the league’s leaders in shot generation with the man advantage, averaging 2.59 shots (3rd) and 4.18 shot attempts (5th) per two minutes of power play time.

LET’S GET DANGEROUS

  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, the Sabres ranked second in the league entering play Tuesday with a high-danger scoring chance percentage of 70.59%, out-chancing their opponents 24-10 in high-danger situations at 5-on-5 through the team’s first three games.*
  • By this metric, Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner tie to lead all Sabres with three high-danger scoring chances during 5-on-5 play. Skinner tied for ninth in the league with 94 high-danger scoring chances last season.

*A complete definition of scoring chances can be found at http://naturalstattrick.com/glossary.php?teams.

WELCOME TO BUFFALO
The Sabres had five new players on their opening-night roster this season:

Player, Pos. How Acquired Pronunciation Notes
John Gilmour, D Free Agency GIHL-mohr Finished 2018-19 ranked second among AHL defensemen in goals (20) and points (54), earning AHL First-Team All-Star honors.
Marcus Johansson, LW Free Agency joh-HAN-suhn Totaled 30 points (13+17) in 58 games with New Jersey and Boston in 2018-19, adding 11 points (4+7) in 22 playoff games for the Bruins.
Henri Jokiharju, D Trade (CHI) yoh-kee-HAHR-yoo Recorded 12 assists in 38 NHL games as a rookie with Chicago in 2018-19.
Colin Miller, D Trade (VGK) MIH-luhr In two seasons with Vegas (2017-18 and 2018-19), led all Golden Knights defensemen in assists (57) and points (70).
Jimmy Vesey, LW Trade (NYR) VEE-see Has scored 43 of his 50 career goals at even strength and ranked third among Rangers skaters with 31 even-strength points in 2018-19.

2019-20 ROSTER NOTES
Of the 22 players on Buffalo’s roster:

  • Nine were originally drafted by the Sabres — six were first-round selections (Girgensons, 2012; Ristolainen, 2013; Reinhart, 2014; Eichel, 2015; Mittelstadt, 2017; Dahlin, 2018), one was a second-round pick (McCabe, 2012), one was a sixth-round pick (Ullmark, 2012) and one was a seventh-round pick (Olofsson, 2014).
  • Eight were acquired in trades: Jokiharju, Larsson, Miller, Scandella, Sheary, Skinner, Sobotka, Vesey
  • Five were signed as free agents: Gilmour, Hutton, Johansson, Okposo, Rodrigues
  • Seventeen played in Buffalo at some point last season: Dahlin, Eichel, Girgensons, Hutton, Larsson, McCabe, Mittelstadt, Okposo, Olofsson, Reinhart, Ristolainen, Rodrigues, Scandella, Sheary, Skinner, Sobotka, Ullmark
  • Five are new to the Sabres this season: Gilmour, Johansson, Jokiharju, Miller, Vesey

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 10/8 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 60.0% PP% (T-1st), 13 GF (2nd), 2 W (T-2nd), 5 PTS (T-2nd)
  • Dahlin: 3 PPP (T-1st), 5 PTS (T-3rd), 4 A (T-3rd), plus-4 (T-4th)
  • Eichel: 3 PPP (T-1st), 58 FO (T-4th), 29 FOW (T-4th)
  • McCabe: 10 BkS (T-1st)
  • Miller: plus-4 (T-4th), 2 PPP (T-8th)
  • Okposo: 1 GWG (T-1st), 73.47 SAT% (8th)
  • Olofsson: 3 PPG (1st), 3 PPP (T-1st), 3 G (T-5th)
  • Sheary: 1 GWG (T-1st), 2 PPP (T-8th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (9), Sobotka (9), McCabe (6)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (10), Ristolainen (5), Five Players (3)
Shots: Skinner (12), Ristolainen (10), Olofsson (9)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 2-0-1 (5), 13/7, 6/10, 7/10

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-1; 120-129 all-time)
Oct. 7 at CBJ: L, 4-3 (GWG-Texier, 2:08)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-0; 75-69 all-time)
N/A

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Marcus Johansson … 9 games … 600 career games played
Carter Hutton … 10 games … 200 career games played
Assists
Jeff Skinner … 1 assist … 200 career assists
Points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 5 points … 200 career points
Jimmy Vesey … 10 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Colin Miller … 100th NHL point … Oct. 3 at PIT

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