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SABRES RECALL BAPTISTE FROM ROCHESTER

BUFFALO, N.Y. (February 11, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has recalled forward Nicholas Baptiste from the Rochester Americans (AHL).

Baptiste (6’1”, 205 lbs., 8/4/1995) joins the Sabres for the third time this season after scoring one goal in eight games during two stints with the team earlier this campaign. The Ottawa, Ontario native has recorded 18 points (7+11) in 36 games during his third professional season with the Amerks.

Selected by Buffalo in the third round (69th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft, Baptiste made his NHL debut last season and has recorded five points (4+1) in 22 career games with the Sabres.

Game Preview: 1/11/18 vs. CBJ

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, January 9
Winnipeg 7 at Buffalo 4
Goals: Eichel (2), O’Reilly, Pominville
Goalie: Lehner (14 saves/17 shots); Johnson (16 saves/19 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 2/4; Shots: Winnipeg 37 – Buffalo 34

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 158)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Victor Antipin (illness, Dec. 29; injured reserve) – 6 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/5: Activated D Taylor Fedun from IR; Assigned Fedun to Rochester (AHL)
1/8: Recalled D Brendan Guhle and G Linus Ullmark from Rochester (AHL); Placed D Victor Antipin on IR
1/11: Placed F Jacob Josefson on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Jan. 18: Buffalo at NY Rangers, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 20: Dallas at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 22: Buffalo at Calgary, 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 23: Buffalo at Edmonton, 9 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 25: Buffalo at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
BLUE JACKETS at SABRES

  • This is the third and final meeting between the Sabres and Blue Jackets this season.
  • Last meeting: Columbus defeated Buffalo 3-2 in Buffalo on Nov. 20
  • The Sabres are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games vs. Blue Jackets; 4-5-1 at home
  • This is the 29th game all-time between Buffalo and Columbus; Buffalo has a 10-16-2 series record.
  • The Sabres are 6-8-1 at home against the Blue Jackets all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 6-6-4 all-time on January 11.
  • January 11, 1976: Gerry Desjardins earns his second shutout of the season with 28 saves in a 6-0 win over Pittsburgh.
  • January 11, 1994: Randy Wood scores his first career penalty-shot goal in a 5-2 win at Chicago.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • With three assists on Tuesday vs. Winnipeg, Kyle Okposo logged his first three-point night since Dec. 13, 2016 vs. Los Angeles (0+3). Okposo now has seven points (1+6) in his last seven games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly recorded three points (1+2) on Tuesday vs. Winnipeg and now has eight points (3+5) in his last eight games.
  • Jason Pominville has four points (1+3) in his last four games.
  • The Sabres have gotten a point in their last three visits from Metropolitan Division teams (1-0-2) and are looking to extend that point streak to four for the first time since the division was established in 2013-14.

 HOT AGAINST COLUMBUS

  • Evander Kane has 10 points (6+4) in his last 10 games against Columbus, dating back to the beginning of the 2013-14 season.
  • Jack Eichel has totaled seven points (2+5) in eight career games against Columbus.
  • Sam Reinhart has a point in five of his last six games against the Blue Jackets (4+1).
  • Robin Lehner is 5-3-0 in his career against the Blue Jackets with a .945 save percentage and a 1.97 goals-against average.

GOING STREAKING

  • With an assist in each of his last three games, Rasmus Ristolainen is currently seeking his first four-game point streak since he logged points in a career-best six straight games (0+6) from Feb. 12 to 25, 2017.
  • Ristolainen has seven points (2+5) in his last six games, dating back to Dec. 29, despite getting a game misconduct after just 5:43 of ice time in one of those games.
  • Ristolainen’s seven points during that span tied for second among NHL defensemen entering play Wednesday.

 JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 15 points (9+6) in his last 11 games, dating back to Dec. 15.
  • Eichel ranked in the top five in the league in goals (T-1st, 9), points (T-5th, 15), even-strength goals (1st, 8), even-strength points (T-3rd, 12) during that stretch entering play Wednesday.
  • Eichel scored at least two goals in four of those 11 games and entered play Wednesday tied for fifth in the league with four multi-goal games this season, just two off the league lead (Anders Lee).

 I LIKE EICH

  • Jack Eichel is currently on pace to surpass his personal bests in goals (24), assists (33) and points (57) on the strength of improved production at even strength (T-8th in NHL in ES goals, T-13th in ES points).
  • Eichel’s 16 even-strength goals through 43 games match his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games).
  • Eichel’s 31 even-strength points through 43 games are two shy of his total from last season (61 games) and are just four shy of his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games).
Jack Eichel’s Production by Season
Season GP G A PTS ES G ES A ES P
2015-16 81 24 32 56 16 19 35
2016-17 61 24 33 57 14 19 33
2017-18 43 17 22 39 16 15 31
2017-18 (Pace) 82 32 42 74 31 29 59

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

  • Of Jack Eichel’s 39 points so far this season, 23 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes 6-on-5 situations).
  • Through 43 games, Eichel’s 23 primary points (12+11) during 5-on-5 play have already surpassed his 61-game total from last season (11+10) and are just one shy of his total from his 81-game rookie season (12+12).
2017-18 Primary Points Leaders at 5-on-5 (Before 1/10 games)
Player Team Goals Primary Assists Primary Points
Nikita Kucherov TBL 20 8 28
Nathan MacKinnon COL 10 15 25
Patrick Kane CHI 12 12 24
Jack Eichel BUF 12 11 23

*All primary point stats via NaturalStatTrick.com

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 1/10 games)

  • Eichel: 16 EVG (T-8th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 3 SHP (T-4th), 172 S (5th)
  • O’Reilly: 619 FOW (1st), 61.0% FO% (1st), 1,015 FO (2nd)
  • Ristolainen: 26:07 TOI/GP (5th)

BUF-CBJ CONNECTIONS
Former Blue Jackets:

  • Justin Falk played for Columbus from 2014-2016, posting six points (1+5) in 29 games. He was also a member of the Lake Erie Monster’s Calder Cup-winning squad in 2016.

 Former Sabres:

  • Zac Dalpe posted three points (1+2) in 21 games for the Sabres during the 2014-15 season.

 Local Players:

  • Nick Foligno was born in Buffalo.

 Phil Housley:

  • Served as an assistant coach for the Nashville predators when Seth Jones was with the team from 2013-2016.

 Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Represented Canada alongside Scott Harrington and Boone Jenner at the 2012 World Junior Championship.

 Zach Bogosian:

  • Represented the United States alongside Nick Foligno and Jack Johnson at the 2009 World Championship.

 Jack Eichel:

  • Represented the United States at the 2015 World Junior Championship with Sonny Milano and Zach Werenski.
  • Teammates with Seth Jones for the United States at the 2015 World Championship and for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

 Robin Lehner:

  • Played with Nick Foligno for the Ottawa Senators from 2010-2012.

 Jake McCabe:

  • Represented the United States alongside Seth Jones at the 2014 World Championship.
  • Played with Nick Foligno at the 2016 World Championship for the United States.

 Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Teammates with David Savard for Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.
  • Represented Team Canada at the 2016 World Championships alongside Boone Jenner.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played with Nick Foligno and Jack Johnson at the 2009 and 2010 World Championships. Okposo and Johnson were also teammates at the 2007 World Junior Championship.

Jason Pominville:

  • Teammates with Zac Dalpe for the Minnesota Wild from 2015-2017.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with Nick Foligno for the Sudbury Wolves (OHL) from 2004-2006.

 Sam Reinhart:

  • Teammates with Josh Anderson for Team Canada at the 2014 World Junior Championship.
  • Represented Team Canada at the 2016 World Championships alongside Boone Jenner.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Teammates with Jonas Korpisalo at the 2013 World Junior Championship for Finland.

Marco Scandella:

  • Teammates with Zac Dalpe for the Minnesota Wild from 2015-2017.

 NHL Draft:

  • Benoit Pouliot (4th overall) was taken one selection after Jack Johnson (3rd overall) in the first round of the 2005 NHL Draft.
  • Kyle Okposo (7th overall) and Nick Foligno (28th overall) were both chosen in the first round of the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • The second round of the 2008 NHL Draft saw both Marco Scandella (55th overall) and Zac Dalpe (45th overall) go off the board.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen and Seth Jones were both drafted in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft. Jones was the first off the board at No. 4 overall and Ristolainen was selected with the eighth overall pick.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Sonny Milano (16th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.
  • Jack Eichel (2nd overall) and Zach Werenski (8th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (96), McCabe (94), Kane (90)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (65), McCabe (64), Ristolainen (54)
Shots: Kane (172), Eichel (149), O’Reilly (108)

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: 3-3-4 (9), 22/27, 3/22, 21/26
41-50: 0-4-0 (0), 10/21, 2/14, 8/14

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-8; 110-119 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)
Dec. 27 at NYI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barzal)
Dec. 29 at NJD: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen)
Jan. 1 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Miller)

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Wins
Buffalo Sabres … 2 home wins … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Robin Lehner … 1 game … 200 career games played
Jacob Josefson … 5 games … 300 career games played
Benoit Pouliot … 8 games … 600 career games played
Assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 1 assist … 100 career assists
Points
Zemgus Girgensons … 7 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Game Preview: 12/27/17 at NYI

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
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

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING 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.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at ISLANDERS

  • 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.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • 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.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • 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.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN
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.

THE KANE EVENT
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)

BUF-NYI CONNECTIONS
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.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
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)
Wins
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
Assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 6 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Marco Scandella … 2 points … 100 career points

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

Game Preview: 12/22/17 vs. PHI

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, December 19
Boston 3 at Buffalo 0
Goals: N/A
Goalie: Lehner (30 saves/31 shots; 2 ENG)
PP: 0/1; PK: 2/2; Shots: Buffalo 36 – Boston 33

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 146)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Taylor Fedun (lower body, Nov. 17; injured reserve) – 17 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
12/18: Assigned F Hudson Fasching to Rochester (AHL)
12/19: Activated F Jacob Josefson from IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Dec. 23: Buffalo at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 27: Buffalo at NY Islanders, 7 p.m.
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.

TONIGHT’S GAME
FLYERS at SABRES

  • This is the second of three meetings between the Sabres and Flyers this season.
  • Last meeting: Philadelphia defeated Buffalo 2-1 in Philadelphia on Dec. 14
  • Next meeting: Sunday, Jan. 7 in Philadelphia
  • The Sabres are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Flyers; 4-5-1 at home.
  • This is the 175th game all-time between Buffalo and Philadelphia; Buffalo has a 67-83-24 series record.
  • The Sabres are 42-33-10 at home against the Flyers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 6-11-3 all-time on December 22.
  • December 22, 1974: Don Luce scores two shorthanded goals and an even strength goal in 3:49 in a 4-0 win at Washington. Luce also picked up an assist on the other Buffalo goal.
  • December 22, 1977: Rene Robert scores the 2,000th goal in franchise history in a 4-2 win at Chicago.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Robin Lehner has stopped 204 of 217 shots (.940) in his last six games. In those games, he has also stopped 155 of 162 shots faced during 5-on-5 play (.957), which includes one goal allowed with an opponent’s extra attacker on the ice.
  • Jack Eichel scored his first career hat trick and added an assist on Friday vs. Carolina, tying his career high with four points. His third goal of the game came on his 11th shot, setting a new career best. Eichel now has nine points (4+5) in his last eight games.
  • Evander Kane tied his career high with three assists on Friday vs. Carolina and now has eight points (2+6) in his last eight games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 14 points (4+10) in 14 career games against the Flyers, including at least a point in each of the last four (1+4).

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s ninth of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night at Carolina. The Sabres are 2-6-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-4-2 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 (4), one point (2) and zero points (2).

PROTECT THIS HOUSE
Entering play Thursday, Robin Lehner’s stats in home games ranked him in the top five in the league in save percentage (2nd, .935) and goals-against average (1st, 1.94) among regular goaltenders (min. 300 minutes played at home).

THE KANE EVENT
Since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, Evander Kane has scored 42 goals in 104 games. Entering play Thursday, those 42 goals tied for 22nd in the league during that span and his 34 even-strength goals tied for 11th.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 12/21 games)

  • Eichel: 2 SHP (T-10th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 3 SHP (T-2nd), 142 S (4th)
  • O’Reilly: 517 FOW (1st), 61.7% FO% (1st), 838 FO (1st), 2 SHP (T-10th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:49 TOI/GP (3rd)

BUF-PHI CONNECTIONS
Victor Antipin:

  • Represented Russia alongside Ivan Provorov at the 2017 World Championship.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Played with Dale Weise for the Montreal Canadiens from 2013-2016.

Jack Eichel:

  • Teammates with Shayne Gostisbehere and Sean Couturier for Team North America at the 216 World Cup of Hockey.

Chad Johnson:

  • He and Brian Elliot served as the goaltending tandem for the Calgary Flames during the 2016-17 season.

Jake McCabe:

  • Represented the United States alongside Shayne Gostisbehere at the 2013 World Junior Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played with Andrew McDonald for the New York Islanders from 2008-2014.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Represented Canada alongside Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds at the 2013 World Championship.
  • Played with Sean Couturier and Claude Giroux for Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Claude Giroux for Team Canada at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
  • He and Travis Konecny were teammates at the 2017 World Championship for Team Canada.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with Radko Gudas for the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2012-13 season.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Played with Travis Konecny, Scott Laughton and Taylor Leier for Team Canada at the 2014 World Junior Championship

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland alongside Jori Lehtera at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

NHL Draft:

  • Kyle Okposo (7th overall) and Claude Giroux (22nd overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • The first round of the 2011 NHL Draft saw both Nathan Beaulieu (17th overall) and Sean Couturier (8th overall) go off the board.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Scott Laughton (20th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Travis Sanheim (17th overall) were first-round picks in the 2014 NHL Draft.
  • Jack Eichel (2nd overall), Ivan Provorov (7th overall) and Travis Konecny (24th overall) all both first-round picks in the 2015 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (75), McCabe (71), Kane (70)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (52), Scandella (52), Ristolainen (48)
Shots: Kane (142), Eichel (112), O’Reilly (85)

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: 1-2-1 (3), 8/12, 1/6, 9/9

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)
Wins
Buffalo Sabres … 3 home wins … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Rasmus Ristolainen … 2 games … 300 career games played
Jake McCabe … 4 games … 200 career games played
Robin Lehner … 8 games … 200 career games played
Assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 6 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Marco Scandella … 4 points … 100 career points

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SABRES ASSIGN MOULSON TO ONTARIO

BUFFALO, N.Y. (December 5, 2017) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has assigned forward Matt Moulson to the Ontario Reign (AHL).
 
”Matt has been a true professional, especially during this difficult decision,” Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill said. “Matt has previously spent time within the Kings organization early in his career and we felt this would be the best opportunity for him. From an organizational standpoint, we felt that with our young forwards in place in Rochester, we did not want to take away from their development and ice time by adding another veteran player at this time.”