Game Preview: 11/16/19 vs. Ottawa

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LAST GAME
Thursday, November 14
Carolina 5 at Buffalo 4 (OT)
Goals: Skinner, Lazar, Jokiharju, Larsson
Goalie: Hutton (24 saves/29 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 1/3; Shots: Buffalo 33 – Carolina 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 75)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (hip, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 18 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 18 games
Vladimir Sobotka (lower body, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 2 games
Marcus Johansson (upper body, Nov. 14; injured reserve) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/11: Assigned D Lawrence Pilut to Rochester (AHL)
11/13: Recalled F Curtis Lazar from Rochester (AHL)
11/14: Activated D Marco Scandella from IR; Placed F Vladimir Sobotka on IR
11/15: Recalled F Rasmus Asplund from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Marcus Johansson on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Sunday, Nov. 17: Buffalo at Chicago, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 19: Minnesota at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 21: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 24: Buffalo at Florida, 5 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 25: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 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 5-2 in Buffalo on April 4
  • Next meeting: Monday, Dec. 23 in Ottawa
  • The Sabres are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Senators; 6-3-1 at home.
  • This is the 142nd game all-time between Buffalo and Ottawa; Buffalo has a 69-52-20 series record.
  • The Sabres are 38-23-8 at home against the Senators all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-9-1 all-time on November 16.
  • November 16, 1974: Rick Martin scores the 1,000th goal in franchise history in a 7-5 loss at Boston.
  • November 16, 1983: Phil Housley and Sean McKenna lead the way with a goal and two assists each as the Sabres rally back from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Jets 6-5 in overtime in Winnipeg.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 5-1-2 at KeyBank Center this season.
  • Sam Reinhart has seven points (4+3) in his last seven games, including three multi-point outings. Reinhart has posted 14 points (6+8) in his last 14 games against the Senators, including eight points (3+5) in seven home games.
  • Jack Eichel has recorded 19 points (5+14) in 13 career games against the Senators, including at least a point in all but two of those games and 11 points (2+9) in seven home games. His 19 points and 1.46 points per game against the Senators represent his best outputs against any NHL opponent.
  • Colin Miller has recorded at least a point in each of his last three games against Ottawa, totaling five points (1+4) in those games.
  • Jeff Skinner totaled four points (3+1) in four meetings with the Senators last season.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has recorded an assist in each of his last three meetings with Ottawa and has 11 assists in his last 14 games against the Senators.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded 12 points (8+4) in his last 14 games against Ottawa, including a goal in each of the Senators’ last five visits to Buffalo.
  • The Sabres have gone 10-3-3 in their last 16 games against the Senators and have an 11-4-4 record in the teams’ last 19 meetings in Buffalo.

WELCOME TO BUFFALO

  • Rasmus Asplund, who earned his first career recall on Friday, has a chance to make his NHL debut tonight. He would become the seventh player (of Buffalo’s 23 skaters to dress this season) to make his Sabres debut in 2019-20.
  • Curtis Lazar appeared in his first game as a member of the Sabres on Thursday vs. Carolina, scoring a goal on his first shot of the game.
  • Lazar became the 56th player ever to score in his Sabres debut and the first since Kyle Okposo did so on Oct. 16, 2016 at Edmonton. Jack Eichel and Zemgus Girgensons are the only other current Sabres who have scored in their debuts.

WHAT’S THE SKINNY?
All eight of Jeff Skinner’s goals this season have come at even strength, tying for eighth-most in the NHL entering play Friday. According to NaturalStatTrick.com, his eight goals at 5-on-5 tied for third-most in the league, trailing only Leon Draisaitl (11) and Brad Marchand (9).

CENTURY MARK

  • Rasmus Dahlin appeared in his 100th NHL game on Thursday vs. Carolina.
  • Dahlin, who leads all Sabres defensemen with 12 points and is tied for the team lead with 11 assists this season, has totaled 56 career points (10+46) through his first 100 NHL games.
  • Among defensemen throughout franchise history to debut with the Sabres, only Phil Housley (30+64) matched or surpassed Dahlin’s total through the first 100 regular-season games of his career.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens Buffalo’s fifth of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night at Chicago. The Sabres are 0-4-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-2-0 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 (2), one point (0) and zero points (2).

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 11/15 games)

  • Eichel: 1 OTG (T-6th), 4 PPG (T-9th), 9 PPP (T-10th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (T-1st)
  • Johansson: 1 OTG (T-6th)
  • Olofsson: 6 PPG (5th)
  • Ristolainen: 66 hits (5th)
  • Skinner: 8 EVG (T-8th), 68 S (T-9th)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-6th)

BUF-OTT CONNECTIONS

  • Sabres forward Curtis Lazar played for the Senators for three seasons (2014-2017) after being selected by the team in the first round (17th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft. Lazar totaled 36 points (12+24) in 176 games with the club.
  • Senators forward Tyler Ennis spent the first eight seasons of his career (2009-2017) with the Sabres after Buffalo drafted him with the 26th pick in the 2008 NHL Draft. Ennis played a total of 419 games with the Sabres, scoring 97 goals and adding 139 assists.
  • Senators goaltender Anders Nilsson spent the 2016-17 season with the Sabres. He posted a 10-10-4 record with a 2.67 goals-against average and .923 save percentage.
  • Sabres forward Jimmy Vesey and defenseman John Gilmour played for the Rangers with Senators forward Vladislav Namestnikov.
  • Sabres forward Johan Larsson and Senators goaltender Anders Nilsson played for Team Sweden together at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship. The duo later won a gold medal together at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres forward Casey Mittelstadt and Senators forward Brady Tkachuk won a bronze medal together while representing the United States at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo.
  • Sabres forward Kyle Okposo and Senators goaltender Anders Nilsson played together for the New York Islanders in 2011-12 and 2013-14.
  • Sabres forward Conor Sheary and Senators defenseman Ron Hainsey both played for the Penguins during the 2016-17 season. The duo won a Stanley Cup together in Pittsburgh in 2017.
  • Sabres forward Jeff Skinner played for the Hurricanes with Senators defenseman Ron Hainsey from 2013 to 2017.
  • Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark and Senators goaltender Anders Nilsson goaltender were both on Sweden’s roster at the 2014 IIHF World Championship.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (66), Miller (31), McCabe (30)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (38), Ristolainen (29), Jokiharju (17)
Shots: Skinner (68), Eichel (61), Olofsson/Reinhart (42)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 8-1-1 (17), 38/24, 12/39, 23/30
11-20: 1-5-2 (4), 16/29, 2/20, 15/21

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-2; 122-130 all-time)
Oct. 7 at CBJ: L, 4-3 (GWG-Texier, 2:08)
Oct. 9 vs. MTL: W, 5-4 (GWG-Johansson, 1:30)
Oct. 22 vs. SJS: W, 4-3 (GWG-Eichel, 3:13)
Nov. 14 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Hamilton, 2:28)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-1; 76-70 all-time)
Oct. 11 vs. FLA: W, 3-2 (GDG-Eichel)
Oct. 28 vs. ARI: L, 3-2 (GDG-Schmaltz)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Carter Hutton … 1 game … 200 career games played
Brandon Montour … 7 games … 200 career games played
Jake McCabe … 8 games … 300 career games played
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 5 goals … 100 career goals
Points
Jimmy Vesey … 8 points … 100 career points
Kyle Okposo … 8 points … 500 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Rasmus Dahlin … 100th NHL game … Nov. 14 vs. CAR

 

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