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SABRES RECALL REDMOND FROM ROCHESTER

BUFFALO, N.Y. (October 21, 2017) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has recalled defenseman Zach Redmond from the Rochester Americans (AHL).

Redmond (6’2”, 212 lbs., 7/26/1988) joins the Sabres for his first recall since being acquired on Oct. 4 from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Nicolas Deslauriers. In four games this season, he is tied for the Amerks’ team lead in points (3), assists (2) and plus/minus rating (plus-2).

Selected by the Atlanta Thrashers in the seventh round (184th overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft, Redmond has appeared in parts of five NHL seasons, totaling 38 points (9+29) and a plus-11 rating in 130 games with Montreal, the Colorado Avalanche and the Winnipeg Jets. The Traverse City, Michigan native has recorded 103 points (30+73) in 194 career regular-season AHL games, adding 19 points (4+15) in 35 AHL postseason contests.

In a corresponding move, the Sabres have placed defenseman Josh Gorges on injured reserve.

Game Preview: 10/21/17 at BOS

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Friday, October 20
Vancouver 2 at Buffalo 4
Goals: Bailey, Eichel
Goalie: Johnson (37 saves/40 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 4/4; Shots: Vancouver 41 – Buffalo 22

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 30)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Justin Falk (undisclosed, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 8 games
Evan Rodrigues (hand, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 8 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct.5; injured reserve) – 8 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body, Oct. 17; injured reserve) – 2 games
Zemgus Girgensons (lower body, Oct. 20) – 1 game
Josh Gorges (lower body, Oct. 20) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/15: Recalled F Justin Bailey from Rochester (AHL); placed D Zach Bogosian on IR
10/20: Recalled D Taylor Fedun from Rochester (AHL); placed F Jacob Josefson on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Oct. 24: Detroit at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 25: Buffalo at Columbus, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 28: San Jose at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 2: Buffalo at Arizona, 10 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 4: Buffalo at Dallas, 8 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at BRUINS

  • This is the first of four meetings between the Sabres and Bruins this season.
  • Last meeting: Boston defeated Buffalo 3-1 in Boston Dec. 31, 2016
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Dec. 19 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 2-5-3 in their last 10 games vs. the Bruins; 4-4-2 on the road.
  • This is the 286th game all-time between Buffalo and Boston; Buffalo has a 121-120-44 series record.
  • The Sabres are 48-72-21 on the road against the Bruins all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-2-4 all-time on October 21.
  • October 21, 1988: Sabres acquire Larry Playfair from Los Angeles in exchange for Bob Logan and a ninth-round draft choice in 1989 (Jim Giacin).
  • October 21, 1989: Rob Ray scores a goal on his first NHL shot and adds an assist in a 4-2 win at Pittsburgh.
  • October 21, 2008: Drew Stafford ties the game in the third period and Thomas Vanek scores the shootout-winner as the Sabres defeat the Bruins by a score of 3-2.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres need a win tonight to avoid going winless in four straight games in Boston for the first time since the team went 0-5-1 in Boston from Nov. 1, 2001 to Jan. 12, 2004.
  • Robin Lehner has faced Boston more times than any other NHL team. In 17 career games against the Bruins, he has logged a .923 save percentage and a 2.74 goals-against average.

TERRIFIC TRIO

  • Jack Eichel has recorded a point on six goals with each of his linemates, Evander Kane and Jason Pominville, through eight games this season. After last night’s game, Eichel/Kane and Eichel/Pominville both tied as the fifth-most prolific scoring combinations in the NHL.
  • With at least nine points each, every member of the trio finished last night’s game ranked in the top 25 in the league in scoring.
  • With four multi-point games each, Eichel and Pominville finished last night’s game tied for third in the league. Kane (3) was tied for eighth-most.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s second of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began last night with a 4-2 loss vs. Vancouver. The Sabres are 0-2-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 1-0-0 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 (1), one point (0) and zero points (0).

A NEW LOOK
Buffalo had a franchise-record 10 players in the opening night lineup who weren’t on the team’s roster in 2016-17: Antipin, Beaulieu, Griffith, Johnson, Josefson, Nolan, Pominville, Pouliot, Scandella and Tennyson. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the most new players an NHL team has had in its opening night lineup since the 2011-12 Florida Panthers (11).

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings after last night’s game)

  • Eichel: 8 EVP (T-5th), 10 PTS (T-6th)
  • Kane: 2 SHG (1st), 42 S (T-1st), 10 PTS (T-6th), 5 G (T-7th)
  • O’Reilly: 120 FOW (1st), 192 FO (2nd), 62.5% FO% (5th), 2 PPG (T-6th)
  • Pominville: 7 EVP (T-8th)
  • Ristolainen: 27:10 TOI (1st)

BUF-BOS CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Tim Schaller spent two seasons with the Sabres, splitting his time between Buffalo and Rochester. He appeared in 35 games for the Sabres over his two seasons, logging five points (2+3).

Former Bruins:

  • Seth Griffith was drafted by the Bruins in the fifth round (131st overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft. He recorded 11 points (6+5) in 34 career games for Boston from 2014-2016.
  • Chad Johnson spent one season with the Bruins and posted a 17-4-3 record with a .925 save percentage and a 2.10 goals-against average during the 2013-14 campaign.
  • Davis Payne played all 22 of his career NHL games for the Bruins, tallying one assist in those contests.
  • Benoit Pouliot played 74 games for the Bruins in 2011-12, posting 32 points (16+16) and a plus-18 rating.

Local Players:

  • Jack Eichel was born in North Chelmsford, Massachusetts.

Phil Housley:

  • Coached Sean Kuraly for the United States at the 2013 World Junior Championship

Jack Eichel:

  • Represented the United States alongside Brandon Carlo at the 2015 World Junior Championship.
  • Teammates with Torey Krug for the United States at the 2015 World Championship.

Evander Kane:

  • Teammates with Paul Postma for the Atlanta Thrashers (2010-11) and Winnipeg Jets (2011-2015).

Jake McCabe:

  • Played with Sean Kuraly for the United States at the 2013 World Junior Championship.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Represented Canada alongside Brad Marchand at the 2016 World Championship and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Skated alongside David Backes as members of the United States at the 2009 World Championship.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • He and Adam McQuaid both played for the Sudbury Wolves (OHL) from 2003-2006.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Represented Canada alongside Brad Marchand at the 2016 World Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Benoit Pouliot (4th overall) and Tuukka Rask (21st overall) were both picked in the first round of the 2005 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and David Pastrnak (25th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2014 NHL Draft.
  • Jack Eichel (2nd overall) and Jake DeBrusk (14th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (23), Kane (19), Pouliot (14)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (15), Scandella (12), Ristolainen (11)
Shots: Kane (42), Eichel (21), O’Reilly (20)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 1-5-2 (4), 20/32, 5/30, 25/30

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-1; 108-112 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron)

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Jordan Nolan … 2 games … 300 career games played
Assists
Matt Moulson … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Points
Sam Reinhart … 8 points … 100 career points
Marco Scandella … 10 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Jason Pominville … 276th assist with Buffalo (8th in franchise history) … Oct 17 at VGK
Kyle Okposo … 600th NHL game … Oct. 20 vs. VAN

 

Post-Game Report: 10/20 vs. Vancouver

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Canucks
(3-3-1)
1 2 1 4 41
Sabres
(1-5-2)
2 0 0 2 22

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • Justin Bailey’s second goal of the season was the fourth of his career and his first to be scored in his hometown of Buffalo.
  • With an assist tonight, Ryan O’Reilly now has four points (2+2) in his last three games, including at least a point in all three games.
  • Kyle Okposo appeared in his 600th NHL game tonight. His assist on Buffalo’s first goal, gave him 10 points (1+9) in 10 career games against the Canucks.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Canucks Markstrom W .909 2.00
Sabres Johnson L .925 3.07

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Canucks Markstrom 2-2-1 .902 2.73
Sabres Johnson 1-2-1 .881 3.84

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Justin Bailey

Sabres defenseman Kyle Okposo

Sabres goaltender Chad Johnson

Canucks head coach Travis Green

Canucks forward Derek Dorsett

Canucks forward Jake Virtanen

Game Preview: 10/20/17 vs. VAN

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, October 17
Buffalo 4 at Vegas 5 (OT)
Goals: O’Reilly (2), Reinhart, Kane
Goalie: Johnson (26 saves/31 shots)
PP: 3/5; PK: 4/5; Shots: Buffalo 34 – Vegas 31

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 24)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Justin Falk (undisclosed, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 7 games
Evan Rodrigues (hand, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 7 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct.5; injured reserve) – 7 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body, Oct. 17; injured reserve) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/15: Recalled F Justin Bailey from Rochester (AHL); placed D Zach Bogosian on IR
10/20: Recalled D Taylor Fedun from Rochester (AHL); placed F Jacob Josefson on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Oct. 21: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 24: Detroit at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 25: Buffalo at Columbus, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 28: San Jose at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 2: Buffalo at Arizona, 10 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
CANUCKS AT SABRES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Canucks this season.
  • Last meeting: Vancouver defeated Buffalo 4-2 in Buffalo on Feb. 12
  • Next meeting: Thursday, Jan. 25 in Vancouver
  • The Sabres are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Canucks; 7-3-0 at home.
  • This is the 119th game all-time between Buffalo and Vancouver; Buffalo has a 48-51-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 31-20-8 at home against the Canucks all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-7-2 all-time on October 20.
  • October 20, 1976: Gilbert Perreault scores twice and Gerry Desjardins stops all 29 Vancouver shots as the Sabres shut out the Canucks by a score of 4-0.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • If he dresses, tonight will be Kyle Okposo’s 600th NHL game. Okposo has nine points (1+8) in nine career games against the Canucks.
  • Chad Johnson is 1-0-1 in two career starts against the Canucks (both last season) with a .940 save percentage and a 0.96 goals-against average
  • The home team has won 12 of the last 15 games between these teams, including five of the last six.
  • The Canucks have only won twice in their seven visits Buffalo since 2003 and are looking for consecutive wins in Buffalo for the first time since March 3 and Dec. 4, 1996.
  • The Sabres need a win tonight to avoid losing four straight matchups with the Canucks for the first time since the team lost six straight from March 10, 1991 to March 1, 1993.

HISTORIC HELPERS
With two assists on Tuesday at Vegas, Jason Pominville passed Dale Hawerchuk for eighth on the franchise’s all-time assists leaderboard with 276 career assists as a member of the Sabres. Pominville trails Don Luce by 34 assists for seventh on the list.

TERRIFIC TRIO

  • Jack Eichel has recorded a point on six goals with each of his linemates, Evander Kane and Jason Pominville, through seven games this season. Entering play Thursday, Eichel/Kane and Eichel/Pominville both tied as the fifth-most prolific scoring combinations in the NHL.
  • With at least nine points each, every member of the trio has recorded a point on at least half of the team’s goals and all three entered play Thursday ranked in the top 20 in the league in scoring.
  • With four multi-point games each, Eichel and Pominville entered Thursday’s games tied for second in the league. Kane (3) was tied for seventh-most.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s second of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night at Boston. The Sabres are 0-1-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 1-0-0 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 (1), one point (0) and zero points (0).

A NEW LOOK
Buffalo had a franchise-record 10 players in the opening night lineup who weren’t on the team’s roster in 2016-17: Antipin, Beaulieu, Griffith, Johnson, Josefson, Nolan, Pominville, Pouliot, Scandella and Tennyson. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the most new players an NHL team has had in its opening night lineup since the 2011-12 Florida Panthers (11).

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 10/19 games)

  • Eichel: 7 EVP (T-6th), 7 A (T-8th)
  • Kane: 2 SHG (1st), 39 S (T-1st), 5 G (T-6th), 10 PTS (T-6th)
  • O’Reilly: 162 FO (2nd), 102 FOW (1st), 2 PPG (T-6th), 63.0% FO% (7th)
  • Pominville: 7 EVP (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:58 TOI (1st)

BUF-VAN CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Though he never played for Buffalo, Alex Biega was drafted by the Sabres in the fifth round (147th overall) of the 2006 NHL Draft. He posted 66 points (13+53) and a plus-24 rating in 198 games for the Portland Pirates and Rochester Americans (AHL) while he was a part of the Sabres’ organization.
  • Anders Nilsson spent the 2016-17 season with the Sabres, posting a 10-10-4 record with a 2.67 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage that ranked 10th in the NHL.
  • Thomas Vanek was a member of the Sabres for just over eight seasons from 2005-2013. Drafted by Buffalo in the first round (5th overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft, Vanek finished his career with the Sabres ranked 10th in franchise history in points (497), fifth in goals (254), 13th in assists (243), fourth in power-play goals (106) and fourth in game-winning goals (41).

Victor Antipin:

  • Represented Russia alongside Alexander Burmistrov at the 2016 World Championship.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Thomas Vanek for the Montreal Canadiens during the 2013-14 season.

Seth Griffith:

  • Teammates with Thomas Vanek for the Florida Panthers during part of the 2016-17 season.

Chad Johnson:

  • He and Michael Del Zotto were teammates for the New York Rangers from 2009-2011.

Evander Kane:

  • Played with Alexander Burmistrov for the Atlanta Thrashers (2010-11) and the Winnipeg Jets (2011-2013).
  • Represented Canada alongside Michael Del Zotto at the 2010 World Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played with Anders Nilsson for the New York Islanders during the 2011-12 and 2013-14 seasons. Thomas Vanek was also on the team during part of the 2013-14 season.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Played for Team Canada alongside Erik Gudbranson at the 2009 World U18 Championship.
  • Represented Canada alongside Ben Hutton and Christopher Tanev at the 2016 World Championship.

Jason Pominville:

  • Teammates with Thomas Vanek for the Minnesota Wild from 2014-2016.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Played with Derek Dorsett and Michael Del Zotto for the New York Rangers during the 2013-14 season.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Reinhart was born in West Vancouver.
  • Represented Canada alongside Bo Horvat and Derrick Pouliot at the 2014 World Junior Championship.
  • Played for Team Canada alongside Jake Virtanen at the 2015 World Junior Championship.
  • Represented Canada alongside Ben Hutton and Christopher Tanev at the 2016 World Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland alongside Markus Granlund at the 2013 World Junior Championship.

Marco Scandella:

  • Teammates with Thomas Vanek for the Minnesota Wild from 2014-2016.

NHL Draft:

  • Chad Johnson (125th overall) and Alex Biega (147th overall) were fifth-round picks in the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Marco Scandella (55th overall) and Jacob Markstrom (31st overall) were both second-round picks in the 2008 NHL Draft.
  • Nathan Beaulieu (17th overall) and Sven Baertschi (13th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall), Derrick Pouliot (8th overall) and Brendan Gaunce (26th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • The fifth round of the 2012 NHL Draft saw Seth Griffith (131st overall) and Ben Hutton (147th overall) go off the board.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Bo Horvat (9th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Jake Virtanen (6th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.
  • The first round of the 2015 NHL Draft saw both Jack Eichel (2nd overall) and Brock Boeser (23rd overall) go off the board.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (22), Kane (16), Beaulieu/Girgensons/Larsson/Pouliot (11)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (13), Scandella (10), Ristolainen (10)
Shots: Kane (39), Eichel (19), O’Reilly (19)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 1-4-2 (4), 18/28, 5/27, 21/26

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-1; 108-112 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron)

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Kyle Okposo … 1 game … 600 career games played
Jordan Nolan … 3 games … 300 career games played
Assists
Matt Moulson … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Points
Sam Reinhart … 8 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Jason Pominville … 276th assist with Buffalo (8th in franchise history) … Oct 17 at VGK

SABRES RECALL FEDUN FROM ROCHESTER

BUFFALO, N.Y. (October 20, 2017) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has recalled defenseman Taylor Fedun from the Rochester Americans (AHL).

Fedun (6’1”, 201 lbs., 6/4/1988) has one assist in three games with the Americans this season after signing a two-year contract extension with the Sabres in June. He appeared in 27 NHL games during the 2016-17 season, recording a career-high seven points (0+7). He also led Sabres defensemen in assists per 60 (1.16) and his 5-on-5 shot attempts percentage (53.7%) ranked 23rd among all NHL defensemen with more than five games played in 2016-17.

Through parts of four NHL seasons, Fedun has totaled 14 points (2+12) and a plus-3 rating. In 295 regular-season games throughout his six AHL seasons, he has recorded 156 points (37+119) and a plus-20 rating, adding eight points (4+4) in 28 playoff games.

In a corresponding move, the Sabres have placed forward Jacob Josefson on injured reserve.