Game Preview: 1/18/21 at Philadelphia

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Friday, January 15
Washington 2 at Buffalo 1
Goals: Ristolainen
Goalie: Ullmark (19 saves/21 shots)
PP: 0/5; PK: 0/0; Shots: Buffalo 31 – Washington 21

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 4)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zemgus Girgensons (hamstring, Jan. 14; injured reserve) – 2 games
Kyle Okposo (lower body, Jan. 14) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
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
1/18: Recalled G Jonas Johansson from the taxi squad

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Tuesday, Jan. 26: NY Rangers at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 28: NY Rangers at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at FLYERS

  • This is the first of eight meetings between the Sabres and Flyers this season.
  • Last meeting: Philadelphia defeated Buffalo 3-1 in Philadelphia on March 7, 2020.
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 19 in Philadelphia
  • The Sabres are 3-7-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Flyers; 2-7-1 on the road.
  • This is the 182nd game all-time between Buffalo and Philadelphia; Buffalo has a 69-88-24 series record.
  • The Sabres are 25-54-14 on the road against the Flyers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 12-6-4 all-time on January 18.
  • Four different Sabres goaltenders (Don Edwards, Tom Barrasso, Dominik Hasek, Martin Biron) have earned a shutout on Jan. 18. It is one of only three dates on which the Sabres have recorded four shutouts; the others are Feb. 16 and Nov. 19.
  • January 18, 1984: Tom Barrasso makes 30 saves in his first NHL shutout as the Sabres top the Los Angeles Kings 4-0.
  • January 18, 2008: Derek Roy records his third career hat trick and Drew Stafford records his first in a 10-1 win against the Atlanta Thrashers, marking the 12th game in franchise history to feature two Sabres hat tricks.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is Buffalo’s first of seven nationally televised games this season.
  • The Sabres are seeking their first win against the Flyers since a 5-2 victory at home on Nov. 21, 2018 and their first win in Philadelphia since Oct. 27, 2015.
  • The home team has won seven of the last eight meetings between these teams.

HOT AGAINST PHILADELPHIA

  • Taylor Hall has totaled 24 points (10+14) in 20 career games against Philadelphia, tallying at least a point in all but three of those games.
  • Eric Staal has been a point-per-game player against the Flyers in his 26 meetings with the team dating back to Nov. 14, 2011 (10+16), including two-point outputs in three of his last four matchups. He has also produced a point-per-game clip in his last 11 games in Philadelphia (4+7).
  • Jack Eichel has recorded 10 points (7+3) in his last eight games against Philadelphia.
  • Victor Olofsson posted a point in both of his first two career meetings with the Flyers in 2019-20, tallying two points (1+1) in two visits to Philadelphia.
  • Riley Sheahan has recorded five assists in his five visits to Philadelphia dating back to the beginning of the 2015-16 season, including at least a point in four of those games.

GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION

  • Taylor Hall has recorded three points (1+2) in his first two games with the Sabres, averaging 20:33 of ice time in Buffalo’s season-opening series against the Washington Capitals.
  • With a point tonight, Hall would become the 20th player to begin his Sabres career with a three-game point streak and the fourth to do so beginning with the team’s first game of the season, joining Real Cloutier (1983-84), Calle Johansson (1987-88) and John Van Boxmeer (1979-80).

RISTO’S RECORDS

  • With his goal on Friday vs. Washington, Rasmus Ristolainen ascended the Sabres’ record books in two categories:
    • His 43rd career goal broke a tie with Bill Hajt for the 10th-most goals by a defenseman in Sabres history. He now trails Tyler Myers and Jim Schoenfeld by two goals for eighth-most.
    • He tied Jim Schoenfeld for the seventh-most career points recorded by a Sabres defenseman (228). He now trails Bill Hajt by 16 points for sixth-most.
  • Ristolainen already held the franchise record for most overtime goals by a defenseman (4) and is tied for ninth all-time among the team’s blueliners with six game-winning goals.
  • Ristolainen’s career per-game output ranks him among the franchise’s top 15 defensemen in every major scoring category (min. 82 GP): .09 G/GP (13th), .37 A/GP (12th), .46 PTS/GP (11th)

WE LIKE EICH

  • Jack Eichel is one goal from tying Jochen Hecht for the 19th-most goals in franchise history (138).
  • Eichel’s career per-game output ranks in the franchise’s top 15 in every major scoring category (min. 82 GP): .38 G/GP (14th), .57 A/GP (10th), .96 PTS/GP (11th)

HE’S DAHL HE’S CRACKED UP TO BE

  • Rasmus Dahlin’s career points-per-game rate (.59) currently ranks as the 15th-highest rate among active NHL defensemen with more than 10 career games played and as the fifth-best such rate in Sabres history.
  • Only six defensemen in Sabres history have had at least one season as prolific as Dahlin’s .68 points per game in his second NHL season in 2019-20: Phil Housley (8x), John Van Boxmeer (2x), Garry Galley (2x), Doug Bodger, Brian Campbell and Jerry Korab
  • The 20-year-old leads all Sabres with 22:56 of ice time per game in 2020-21.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens Buffalo’s second of eight sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night at Philadelphia. The Sabres are 0-1-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 0-1-0 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in back-to-back sets is: four points (0), three points (0), two points (0), one point (0) and zero points (1).

WELCOME TO BUFFALO
The Sabres had seven new players on their opening-night 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).

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
Hits: Ristolainen (7), Eichel (4), Hall/ Miller/Thompson (3)
Blocked Shots: Thompson (3), Dahlin/Olofsson/Ristolainen/Staal (2)
Shots: Dahlin (6), Olofsson (6), Rieder (5)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 0-2-0 (0), 5/8, 1/8, 1/2

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-0; 126-134 all-time)
N/A

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-0; 77-71 all-time)
N/A

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Linus Ullmark … 2 games … 100 career games played
Rasmus Ristolainen … 5 games … 500 career games played
Goals
Rasmus Ristolainen … 2 goals … 45 career goals (T-8th in franchise history, defensemen)
Kyle Okposo … 4 goals … 200 career goals
Points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 1 point … 229 career points (sole possession, 7th in franchise history, defensemen)
Brandon Montour … 9 points … 100 career points
Wins
Carter Hutton … 7 wins … 100 career wins

RECENT MILESTONES
Dylan Cozens … 1st NHL game … Jan. 14 vs. WSH
Dylan Cozens … 1st NHL point (assist) … Jan. 14 vs. WSH
Rasmus Ristolainen … 43rd NHL goal (10th in franchise history, defensemen) … Jan. 15 vs. WSH
Rasmus Ristolainen … 228th NHL point (T-7th in franchise history, defensemen) … Jan. 15 vs. WSH

Postgame Report: 1/15 vs. Washington

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Capitals
(2-0-0)
0 1 1 2 21
Sabres
(0-2-0)
0 0 1 1 31

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • With tonight’s loss, the Sabres have lost consecutive home games against the Capitals in regulation for the first time since March 26 and April 12, 2002.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen scored his first goal of the season in the third period.
  • With their assists on Ristolainen’s goal, Taylor Hall and Jack Eichel each now have nine points (3+6) in their last eight games against the Capitals.
  • Hall now has seven points (3+4) in his last six games dating back to last season.
  • Eichel led the Sabres with 23:23 of ice time tonight. He led the team in time on ice 18 times last season.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision GA SA
Capitals Vanecek W 1 31
Sabres Ullmark L 2 21
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Capitals Vanecek 1-0-0 .968 1.00
Sabres Ullmark 0-1-0 .905 2.07

Post-Game Audio

Rasmus Ristolainen

Sam Reinhart

Jeff Skinner

Ralph Krueger

Game Preview: 1/15/21 vs. Washington

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Thursday, January 14
Washington 6 at Buffalo 4
Goals: Hall, Rieder, McCabe, Olofsson
Goalie: Hutton (22 saves/27 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 1/3; PK: 1/2; Shots: Washington 28 – Buffalo 26

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 2)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zemgus Girgensons (hamstring, Jan. 14; injured reserve) – 1 game
Kyle Okposo (lower body, Jan. 14) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
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

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Tuesday, Jan. 26: NY Rangers at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
CAPITALS at SABRES

  • This is the second of eight meetings between the Sabres and Capitals this season.
  • Last meeting: Washington defeated Buffalo 6-4 in Buffalo on Jan. 14
  • Next meeting: Thursday, Feb. 11 vs. Washington
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Capitals; 4-4-2 at home.
  • This is the 165th game all-time between Buffalo and Washington; Buffalo has a 90-53-21 series record.
  • The Sabres are 49-24-9 at home against the Capitals all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-9-3 all-time on January 15.
  • January 15, 1982: Buffalo defeats Toronto 8-2 on the strength of a hat trick by Yvon Lambert.
  • January 15, 1992: The Sabres tie the New Jersey Devils 8-8 in New Jersey in the highest scoring tie in franchise history. Dale Hawerchuk ties a franchise record with five assists in the game.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Jake McCabe recorded his eighth career multi-point game (1+1) last night; it was his first since Nov. 17, 2018 at Minnesota.
  • Rasmus Dahlin has recorded seven points (2+5) in six career meetings with the Capitals.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled eight points (4+4) in his last eight games against Washington.
  • Taylor Hall has recorded eight points (3+5) in his last seven meetings with the Capitals.
  • Jack Eichel has posted eight points (3+5) in seven games against the Capitals since the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

GOOD FIRST IMPRESSIONS

  • Taylor Hall and Tobias Rieder both scored in their Sabres debuts last night vs. Washington.
    • If either player scores tonight, he will become the first Sabres player to score in each of his first two games with the franchise since Jochen Hecht did so on Oct. 10 and 12, 2002.
  • Dylan Cozens recorded his first NHL point in his NHL debut last night with the primary assist on Rieder’s goal.

WELCOME TO BUFFALO
The Sabres had 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).

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s first of eight sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 6-4 loss last 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
Hits: Ristolainen/Thompson (3), Eichel/Lazar/McCabe (2)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen/Staal (2), McCabe/Miller/Olofsson (1)
Shots: Dahlin (4), Rieder (3), Several Players (2)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 0-1-0 (0), 4/6, 1/3, 1/2

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-0; 126-134 all-time)
N/A

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-0; 77-71 all-time)
N/A

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Linus Ullmark … 3 games … 100 career games played
Rasmus Ristolainen … 6 games … 500 career games played
Goals
Kyle Okposo … 4 goals … 200 career goals
Points
Brandon Montour … 9 points … 100 career points
Wins
Carter Hutton … 7 wins … 100 career wins

RECENT MILESTONES
Dylan Cozens … 1st NHL game … Jan. 14 vs. WSH
Dylan Cozens … 1st NHL point (assist) … Jan. 14 vs. WSH

Postgame Report: 1/14 vs. Washington

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Capitals
(1-0-0)
2 2 2 6 28
Sabres
(0-1-0)
1 1 2 4 26

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • With Taylor Hall and Tobias Rieder scoring their first goals as Sabres, Buffalo has now had a newly acquired player score in six of its last 10 season-openers: Hall/Rieder, Jason Pominville, Jack Eichel, Zemgus Girgensons, Steve Ott and Ville Leino.
    • Aside from Eichel and Rieder, each scored on his first shot with the team.
  • Hall now has eight points (3+5) in his last seven meetings with the Capitals.
  • With two assists tonight, Jack Eichel has now posted eight points (3+5) in seven games against the Capitals dating back to the beginning of the 2017-18 season.
  • Dylan Cozens earned the primary assist on Rieder’s goal, marking his first career NHL point in his NHL debut.
  • Jake McCabe recorded his eighth career multi-point game (1+1) and first since Nov. 17, 2018 at Minnesota.
  • Sam Reinhart tallied an assist and now has eight points (4+4) in his last eight games against Washington.
  • Rasmus Dahlin led all skaters in tonight’s game with 25:25 of ice time and led all Sabres with four shots. It was the sixth-highest time on ice total of his career.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision GA SA
Capitals Samsonov W 4 26
Sabres Hutton L 5 27
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Capitals Samsonov 1-0-0 .846 4.00
Sabres Hutton 0-1-0 .815 5.12

Post-Game Audio

Ralph Krueger

Taylor Hall, Jake McCabe, Dylan Cozens

Game Preview: 1/14/21 vs. Washington

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
N/A

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

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, Jan. 15Washington 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.

TONIGHT’S GAME 
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.

OPENING NIGHT

  • 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.

BACK-TO-BACK
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: JokiharjuMillerMontourSkinnerStaal, Thompson
  • Eight were signed as free agents: EakinHall, HuttonIrwinLazarOkposoRiederSheahan
  • Fifteen played in Buffalo at some point last season: DahlinEichelHuttonJokiharjuLazarMcCabeMillerMontourOkposoOlofssonReinhartRistolainenSkinnerThompsonUllmark
  • Eight are new to the Sabres this season: CozensEakinHallIrwin, RiederSheahanStaal

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
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 (00126-134 all-time)
N/A

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (007771 all-time)
N/A

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Linus Ullmark … 3 games … 100 career games played
Rasmus Ristolainen … 7 games … 500 career games played
Goals
Kyle Okposo … 4 goals … 200 career goals
Points
Brandon Montour … 9 points … 100 career points
Wins
Carter Hutton … 7 wins … 100 career wins

RECENT MILESTONES
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