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CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 0)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zemgus Girgensons (hamstring, Jan. 14; injured reserve) – 0 games
Kyle Okposo (lower body, Jan. 14) – 0 games
TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/8: Signed F Riley Sheahan to a one-year contract worth $700,000
1/11: Assigned F Brandon Biro, F Steven Fogarty, F Brett Murray, F C.J. Smith, D Casey Fitzgerald, D Ryan Jones, G Michael Houser and G Dustin Tokarski to Rochester (AHL)
1/12: Assigned F Andrew Oglevie, F Arttu Ruotsalainen, D Jacob Bryson and D Mattias Samuelsson to Rochester (AHL).
1/13: Assigned F Rasmus Asplund, F Casey Mittelstadt, D William Borgen, D Brandon Davidson and G Jonas Johansson to the taxi squad
1/14: Assigned F Jack Quinn to the taxi squad
Friday, Jan. 15: Washington at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 18: Buffalo at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 19: Buffalo at Philadelphia, 7: p.m.
Friday, Jan. 22: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 24: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.
CAPITALS at SABRES
- This is the first of eight meetings between the Sabres and Capitals this season.
- Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Washington 3-2 (SO) in Buffalo on March 9, 2020
- Next meeting: Friday, Jan. 15 in Buffalo
- The Sabres are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Capitals; 5-3-2 at home.
- This is the 164th game all-time between Buffalo and Washington; Buffalo has a 90-52-21 series record.
- The Sabres are 49-23-9 at home against the Capitals all-time.
THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY
- The Sabres are 9-10-3 all-time on January 14.
- January 14, 1972: The Sabres acquire Jim Lorentz from the New York Rangers in exchange for a second-round pick in the 1972 draft.
- January 14, 1983: Steve Patrick records his first career two-goal game to lead the Sabres to a 3-2 victory over the Capitals at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium.
- January 14, 2003: Ryan Miller stops all 22 Minnesota shots to earn a 1-0 victory and his first career shutout.
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
- With a win tonight, the Sabres would have wins in three consecutive visits from the Capitals for the first time since they won four in a row from Nov. 17, 2005 to Oct. 13, 2007.
- Rasmus Dahlin has recorded seven points (2+5) in five career meetings with the Capitals.
- Sam Reinhart has totaled seven points (4+3) in his last seven games against Washington.
- Taylor Hall has recorded six points (2+4) in his last six meetings with the Capitals.
- Jack Eichel has posted six points (3+3) in six games against the Capitals since the beginning of the 2017-18 season.
- Tonight’s game marks the 50th season-opener in franchise history.
- The Sabres are 25-19-5 all-time in season-openers; 17-10-5 when opening at home.
- Buffalo is 22-20-7 all-time in their first home game of the season. This is the team’s sixth season-opener in the last seven seasons to take place at home.
WELCOME TO BUFFALO
The Sabres have seven new players on their opening-day roster this season:
|Player, Pos.||How Acquired||Pronunciation||Notes|
|Dylan Cozens, C||Draft (2019)||KUH-zihns||Buffalo’s first-round pick (7th overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft recently earned a silver medal and was named to the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship all-star team after leading all players with eight goals in the tournament.|
|Cody Eakin, C||Free Agency||EE-kihn||His 10 career shorthanded goals tie for 20th-most in the NHL since he entered the league in 2011-12.|
|Taylor Hall, LW||Free Agency||HAWL||Won the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s MVP in 2017-18; his 1.05 points per game in the last three seasons ranks 17th in the NHL.|
|Matt Irwin, D||Free Agency||UHR-wihn||Has a career shot attempts percentage (SAT%) of 51.3 percent and has never finished a full NHL season below 50.1 percent.|
|Tobias Rieder, LW||Free Agency||REE-duhr||His three shorthanded goals in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs tied an NHL postseason record; he was the seventh player ever to score three in a single postseason.|
|Riley Sheahan, C||Free Agency||SHAY-uhn||His 5.42 goals against per 60 minutes on the penalty kill in 2019-20 ranked 15th-best among the top 100 NHL forwards in shorthanded ice time.|
|Eric Staal, C||Trade (MIN)||STAWL||Enters the 2020-21 season ranked in the top 10 among active NHL players in career regular-season games played (7th), goals (6th) and points (8th).|
GOOD FIRST IMPRESSIONS
The Sabres have had a newly acquired player score in five of their last nine season-openers: Jason Pominville (Oct. 5, 2017 vs. MTL), Jack Eichel (Oct. 8, 2015 vs. OTT), Zemgus Girgensons (Oct. 2, 2013 at DET), Steve Ott (Jan. 20, 2013 vs. PHI) and Ville Leino (Oct. 7, 2011 vs. ANA). Each player scored on his first shot, except for Eichel, who scored on his second shot.
Tonight’s game opens Buffalo’s first of eight sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night vs. Washington. The Sabres were 4-6-2 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 6-5-1 in the second game last season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in 2019-20 back-to-back sets was: four points (1), three points (3), two points (5), one point (0) and zero points (3).
2020-21 ROSTER NOTES
Of the 22 players on Buffalo’s opening night roster:
- Eight were originally drafted by the Sabres — five were first-round selections (Ristolainen, 2013; Reinhart, 2014; Eichel, 2015; Dahlin, 2018; Cozens, 2019), 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).
- Six were acquired in trades: Jokiharju, Miller, Montour, Skinner, Staal, Thompson
- Eight were signed as free agents: Eakin, Hall, Hutton, Irwin, Lazar, Okposo, Rieder, Sheahan
- Fifteen played in Buffalo at some point last season: Dahlin, Eichel, Hutton, Jokiharju, Lazar, McCabe, Miller, Montour, Okposo, Olofsson, Reinhart, Ristolainen, Skinner, Thompson, Ullmark
- Eight are new to the Sabres this season: Cozens, Eakin, Hall, Irwin, Rieder, Sheahan, Staal
SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Blocked Shots: N/A
SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 0-0-0 (0), 0/0, 0/0, 0/0
OVERTIME RESULTS (0–0; 126-134 all-time)
SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0–0; 77–71 all-time)
MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Linus Ullmark … 3 games … 100 career games played
Rasmus Ristolainen … 7 games … 500 career games played
Kyle Okposo … 4 goals … 200 career goals
Brandon Montour … 9 points … 100 career points
Carter Hutton … 7 wins … 100 career wins