Category Archives: In-Game Notes


BUFFALO, N.Y. (November 13, 2017) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has assigned forward Justin Bailey to the Rochester Americans (AHL).

In-Game Notes: 10/10 vs. CBJ


  • The Sabres haven’t lost to the Blue Jackets at home since Nov. 14, 2008.
  • Jhonas Enroth has started the Sabres’ last three games against the Blue Jackets, going 2-1-0. Ryan Miller’s last start against Columbus was a 19-save shutout on Dec. 3, 2010.
  • October is the Sabres’ second best month since 2005-06; they have a 38-23-7 October record (.610) in that span, including a 0-3-1 record so far this season.

After 1st period: CBJ 3 – BUF 1

  • With his 252nd career goal, Thomas Vanek has tied Craig Ramsay for fifth-most goals in Sabres history. Vanek now trails Danny Gare by 15 goals for fourth-most.
  • Steve Ott’s assist on the goal gives him 15 points (8+7) in 29 games against the Blue Jackets, bringing him even with Christian Ehrhoff (7+8) for most among Sabres skaters.
  • With his assist, Cody Hodgson has points in three consecutive games (1+3). Hodgson’s last three-game point streak was from Feb. 15, 2013 vs. BOS to Feb. 19, 2013 vs. WPG (2+1). He recorded a career-best four-game point streak from Dec. 19, 2011 vs. MIN to Dec. 26, 2011 vs. EDM (1+3) as a member of the Vancouver Canucks.
  • Ehrhoff and Tyler Myers tied to lead all Sabres with a TOI of 7:45 in the first period. Ehrhoff has led the Sabres in ice time in each of the team’s first four games.

In-Game Notes: 10/8 vs. TBL


  • Tonight’s game is the first ever Atlantic Division matchup between the Sabres and the Lightning.
  • Buffalo’s franchise record of 49-23-5 (.669) against Tampa Bay is the team’s best all-time record against any opponent with at least 30 games played in the series. The team’s record against San Jose (18-10-1, .707) is the only better all-time record with any number of games played.
  • In the last eight seasons, the Sabres have scored seven or more goals in a single game against the Lightning six times. Buffalo has compiled a record of 22-9-0 (.710) against Tampa Bay in these seasons.

After 1st period: TBL 0 – BUF 0

  • After killing off a first-period penalty, the Sabres are 9-for-9 on the penalty kill this season.
  • With 10 saves in the first period, Jhonas Enroth has stopped 41 of 44 shots this season, logging a .932 save percentage and a 2.25 goals against average.
  • Entering tonight, Enroth had a 2-0-0 career record in two games against the Lightning, with a 1.50 goals against average and a .948 save percentage.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen led all skaters on either team with a TOI of 7:48 in the first period.

After 2nd period: TBL 1 – BUF 2

  • With a goal and an assist tonight, Cody Hodgson now has seven points (2+5) in six career games against the Lightning.
  • Thomas Vanek’s assists give him 38 points (23+15) in 32 career games against Tampa Bay.
  • With his assist on Hodgson’s goal, Jamie McBain recorded the first point of his Sabres career.
  • Vanek and Hodgson each have three points (1+2) in the last two games.
  • McBain’s goal was his first since Jan. 28, 2013 vs. BOS and his first power play goal since March 24, 2012 at DET.
  • McBain has two power play points for the first time in his career. His last multi-point game was on Feb. 13, 2012 at MTL.
  • The Sabres scored two power play goals in a period for the first time since a 4-2 victory on Dec. 26, 2011 vs. WSH (1st period, Pominville and McNabb).

Final: TBL 3 – BUF 2 (OT)

  • Christian Ehrhoff led all skaters on either team with a TOI of 26:43. His average of 25:34 this season is good for 13th in the league as of the end of tonight’s game.
  • Thomas Vanek has three points (1+2) in four games to start the season. Vanek has never recorded fewer than seven points in the first 10 games of a season and has 93 total points (46+47) in his 84 career games that fall in those first 10.
  • Buffalo falls to 94-94 all-time in games decided in overtime.

In-Game Notes: 10/4 vs. OTT

*The Sabres are opening their home schedule against the Senators for the first time in franchise history.

*Buffalo is 21-15-6 all-time in home-openers.

*The Sabres have points in their last seven home games against the Senators, going 4-0-3 in that span. Their last regulation home loss to the Senators was on Oct. 22, 2010.

*October is the Sabres’ second best month since 2005-06; they have a 38-21-6 October record (.631) in that span, including a 0-1-0 record so far this season.

After 1st period: OTT 0 – BUF 0
*The teams combined for 39 shots in the first period, two shy of the franchise record (41, 2/2/75 vs. Kansas City).

*According to Elias Sports Bureau, the 39 shots were the most by any two NHL teams in a scoreless period during the expansion era (1967-present).

*The Senators took 23 shots on goal in the first period, most by a Sabres opponent since they allowed 23 on Jan. 10, 2009 at DET.

*Ottawa’s 23 shots were seven shy of the Sabres’ opponent single-period record (30, 12/10/10 at Boston).

After 2nd period: OTT 0 – BUF 0
*Through five periods, Ryan Miller has stopped 65 of 67 shots, recording a .970 save percentage and a 1.22 goals against average.

*Christian Ehrhoff leads all Sabres skaters with a TOI of 16:46; Erik Karlsson leads all skaters on either team at 19:10.


Final: OTT 1 – BUF 0
*Ryan Miller’s 45 saves tonight tied for second-most in his career and were the most he’s made since he stopped 48 of 50 shots on Jan. 8, 2010 in a 3-2 win vs. Toronto.

*Thomas Vanek’s nine shots tonight tied his career high, set four times before (last: 1/20/13 vs. PHI).

*Christian Ehrhoff led all skaters on either team with a TOI of 27:10.

In-Game Notes: 9/25 vs. CBJ

*The Sabres haven’t lost a preseason home game in regulation since Sept. 21, 2007; they’ve gotten at least a point in their last 11, going 8-0-3 in those games and outscoring their opponents, 39-25.

*The Sabres are 8-6-0 all-time in preseason contests against the Blue Jackets; 2-2-0 at home.

*The first of three regular season meetings between the Sabres and Blue Jackets will take place on Thursday, Oct. 10 in Buffalo. The teams will then meet twice in eight days with a game at First Niagara Center on Saturday, Jan. 18 followed by a trip to Columbus on Saturday, Jan. 25.

After 1st period: CBJ 0 – BUF 0
*The first period was only the second scoreless period in the preseason for the Sabres so far. The other was the first period vs. TOR (9/21).

*Defenseman Mark Pysyk led all Sabres with a TOI of 7:27 in the first period, trailing only Blue Jackets defenseman Tim Erixon (7:51).

*The first period is the only one in which the Sabres have been outscored during the preseason (2 GF, 4 GA). Buffalo has outscored its opponents 8-6 in the second period and 7-4 in the third.

*The Sabres have also only been outshot in the first period (59 SF, 67 SA). They have tied opponents with 49 shots in the second period and led in the third (51-46).

*Buffalo is 0-0-1 this preseason when tied after the first period; Columbus is 1-0-1 when tied after one.

After 2nd period: CBJ 0 – BUF 1
*With Ville Leino’s (1+2) goal and Cody Hodgson’s (1+2) assist, the pair joined five other Sabres to create a seven-way tie for second-most preseason points among Sabres, with three. Marcus Foligno leads with four (3+1).

*Blue Jackets goaltender Jeremy Smith relieved starter Mike McKenna at 10:53 of the second period. McKenna finished with 14 saves on 15 shots (.933 SV%, 1.94 GAA).

*The Sabres have killed off all six Columbus power play opportunities so far tonight, improving to 15-for-15 on the penalty kill at home in the preseason and 24-for-26 (92.3%) overall.

*Steve Ott’s TOI of 14:29 through two periods leads all skaters on either team; his 4:11 of SH TOI leads all skaters in the game.

*Jhonas Enroth has stopped 21 shots through two periods, including 11 while shorthanded.

*Buffalo is 1-0-1 this preseason when leading after the second period; Columbus is 1-1-0 when trailing after two.

*The Sabres are 1-0-1 when scoring the first goal; the Blue Jackets are 2-1-0 when allowing the first goal.

Final: CBJ 0 – BUF 3
*INJURY UPDATE: Joel Armia left the game in the second period with an upper-body injury*

*Jhonas Enroth stopped all 26 Columbus shots, including 13 while shorthanded, to earn the Sabres’ first shutout of the preseason.

*The Sabres killed off all seven Columbus power plays, improving to a perfect 15-for-16 on the penalty kill at home and 25-for-27 (.926) overall in the preseason.

*Mike Weber finished the night with three assists. His last three-point outing came on March 13, 2011 vs. OTT (0+3).

*Mikhail Grigorenko (6 GP) and Zemgus Girgensons (4 GP) have tied Marcus Foligno (3 GP) for the team lead with four points apiece. Eight Sabres have three points.