Game Preview: 10/14/21 vs. Montreal


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CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 0)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Mattias Samuelsson (Lower body, Oct. 14; injured reserve) – 0 games
Jack Eichel (Upper body, Oct. 14; injured reserve) – 0 games

10/8: Placed D Brandon Davidson on waivers
10/9: Assigned D Brandon Davidson to Rochester (AHL)
10/10: Loaned F Brandon Biro and D Casey Fitzgerald to Rochester (AHL); placed forward Axel Jonsson-Fjallby on waivers
10/11: Recalled D Casey Fitzgerald from Rochester (AHL); Loaned F JJ Peterka and D Casey Fitzgerald to Rochester (AHL).

Saturday, Oct. 16: Arizona at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 19: Vancouver at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 22: Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 24: Buffalo at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 25: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7 p.m.


  • This is the first of four meetings between the Sabres and Canadiens this season.
  • Last meeting: Montreal defeated Buffalo 3-1 in Buffalo on Jan. 30, 2020
  • Next meeting: Friday, Nov. 26 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games against the Canadiens; 5-3-2 at home.
  • This is the 286th game all-time between Buffalo and Montreal; Buffalo has a 130-114-41 series record.
  • The Sabres are 75-41-27 at home against the Canadiens all-time.


  • The Sabres are 9-10-1 all-time on October 14.
  • October 14, 1971: Mike Robitaille scores his first goal as a member of the Sabres.
  • October 14, 2006: Chris Drury records his first and only hat trick in a Sabres uniform in a 7-4 win over the New York Rangers.


  • This is the first meeting between the Sabres and Canadiens since Jan. 30, 2020, a 3-1 Canadiens win in Buffalo. The 623 days that have passed mark the longest time between games that the Sabres and Habs have experienced in their 285 previous meetings.
  • Jeff Skinner has recorded 20 points (14+6) in 21 games against Montreal since the beginning of the 2013-14 season, including eight points (5+3) in six games against the Canadiens since joining the Sabres in 2018-19.
  • Rasmus Dahlin has recorded six assists in six career games against the Canadiens, including at least an assist in each of his last four contests against Montreal.
  • Drake Caggiula has three points (2+1) in his last two games against the Canadiens.


  • Tonight’s game marks the 51st season-opener in franchise history.
  • The Sabres are 25-20-5 all-time in season-openers; 17-11-5 when opening at home.
  • Buffalo is 22-21-7 all-time in their first home game of the season. This is the team’s seventh season-opener in the last eight seasons to take place at home.
  • The Sabres have previously opened their season against the Canadiens seven times, going 3-2-2 in those contests.
    • Buffalo has hosted Montreal for its home opener 10 times in franchise history. The Sabres are 5-2-3 all-time in home openers against the Canadiens.

The Sabres have had a newly acquired player score in six of their last 10 season-openers: Taylor Hall and Tobias Rieder (Jan. 14, 2021 vs. WSH), 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, and Rieder, who scored on his third.

The Sabres have six new players on their opening-day roster this season:

Player, Pos. How Acquired Pronunciation Notes
Craig Anderson, G Free agency AN-duhr-suhn Ranks among the NHL’s active leaders in wins (6th, 291), saves (4th, 18,251) and shutouts (T-6th, 42).
Will Butcher, D Trade (NJD) BUH-chuhr Led all NJD defensemen in assists (92) and ranked second among Devils blueliners in points (106) since entering the NHL in 2017-18.
Robert Hagg, D Trade (PHI) HAG Averaged 15:40 of ice time over 34 games in 2020-21, recording five points (2+3) and leading PHI defensemen with 100 hits.
John Hayden, C Free Agency HAY-dihn Has compiled 31 points (13+18) in 185 career NHL games for CHI, NJD and ARI.
Vinnie Hinostroza, C Free Agency hihn-oh-STROH-za Recorded 12 points (4+8) in 17 games for CHI last season after being acquired via trade from FLA on April 2.
Mark Pysyk, D Free Agency PEH-sihk Played in 125 games for the Sabres from 2012 to 2016 after being selected by Buffalo in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft.

Of the 23 players on Buffalo’s opening night roster:

  • Eight were drafted by the Sabres — five were first-round selections (Pysyk, 2010; Girgensons, 2012; Mittelstadt, 2017; Dahlin, 2018; Cozens, 2019), one was a second-round pick (Asplund, 2016), one was a fourth-round pick (Bryson, 2017) and one was a seventh-round pick (Olofsson, 2014).
    • Mark Pysyk was drafted by the Sabres in 2010 and returned as an unrestricted free agent in 2021.
  • Seven were acquired in trades: Bjork, Butcher, Hagg, Jokiharju, Miller, Skinner, Thompson
  • Seven were signed as free agents: Anderson, Eakin, Hayden, Hinostroza, Okposo, Ruotsalainen, Tokarski
  • Drake Caggiula was claimed off of waivers.
  • Seventeen played in Buffalo at some point last season: Asplund, Bjork, Bryson, Caggiula, Cozens, Dahlin, Eakin, Girgensons, Jokiharju, Miller, Mittelstadt, Okposo, Olofsson, Ruotsalainen, Skinner, Thompson, Tokarski
  • One played for Buffalo previously: Pysyk
  • Five are new to the Sabres this season: Anderson, Butcher, Hagg, Hayden, Hinostroza

Hits: N/A
Blocked Shots: N/A
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; 126-138 all-time)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-0; 81-74 all-time)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Rasmus Dahlin … 3 games played … 200 career games played
Zemgus Girgensons … 11 games played … 500 career games played

Kyle Okposo … 2 goals … 200 career goals

Colin Miller … 5 assists … 100 career assists
Will Butcher … 8 assists … 100 career assists
Rasmus Dahlin … 11 assists … 100 career assists

Mark Pysyk … 8 points … 100 career points

Craig Anderson … 9 wins … 300 career wins


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