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Game Preview: 10/15/17 at ANA

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, October 14
Buffalo 2 at Los Angeles 4
Goals: Girgensons, Eichel
Goalie: Lehner (26 saves/29 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 0/3; PK: 0/3; Shots: Los Angeles 30 – Buffalo 25

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 16)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Justin Falk (undisclosed, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 5 games
Evan Rodrigues (hand, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 5 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct.5; injured reserve) – 5 games
Kyle Okposo (illness, Oct. 14) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/15:
Recalled F Justin Bailey from Rochester (AHL); placed D Zach Bogosian on injured reserve

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Oct. 17: Buffalo at Vegas, 10 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 20: Vancouver at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
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.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at DUCKS

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Ducks this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Anaheim 2-1 (SO) in Anaheim on March 17
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 6 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Ducks; 4-6-0 on the road
  • This is the 35th game all-time between Buffalo and Anaheim; Buffalo has a 17-14-3 series record.
  • The Sabres are 9-8-0 on the road against the Ducks all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-9-2 all-time on October 15.
  • October 15, 1970: The Sabres fall 3-0 to Montreal in the first home game in franchise history.
  • October 15, 2013: Thomas Vanek scores his 253rd goal as a Sabre, passing Danny Gare for fifth on the all-time franchise goal list.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is Buffalo’s third in a four-game road trip against Pacific Division opponents. The Sabres will visit Vegas for the team’s first-ever meeting with the Golden Knights on Tuesday.
  • With a road win the last time these teams met, the Sabres are looking for consecutive road wins against the Ducks for the first time since the team won six straight visits to Anaheim from Jan. 7, 1998 to Oct. 24, 2003.
  • A win tonight would give the Sabres consecutive wins against the Ducks for the first time since Buffalo won three in a row from Dec. 21, 2010 to Feb. 29, 2012.
  • Kyle Okposo has totaled nine points (5+4) in nine career games against Anaheim.

SHUTTING OUT THE DUCKS

  • The Sabres have shut out the Ducks seven times in the 34 all-time games between the clubs (Dominik Hasek-3, Martin Biron-2, Chad Johnson-1, Ryan Miller-1). This amounts to one shutout for every 4.85 meetings, the Sabres’ highest shutout-to-games ratio against any NHL team.
  • This ratio is so much higher against the Ducks than the next closest opponent that the Ducks would have to score a goal in each of the next 27 meetings between the teams for the ratio to fall behind the next highest current ratio (Columbus, three shutouts in 26 games – 8.67 games per shutout).
  • The Sabres’ last shutout against the Ducks occurred four meetings ago (Dec. 17, 2015 in Buffalo).

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s first of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 4-2 loss at Los Angeles last night. The Sabres were 8-8-3 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 6-12-1 in the second game last season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back last season was: four points (2), three points (2), two points (8), one point (2) and zero points (5).

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. 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).

ARE YOU EXPERIENCED?
The 23 players on the Sabres’ opening-day roster had combined to play 7,866 NHL games before last Thursday’s opener vs. Montreal, 1,044 more than last year’s 23-man opening-day roster had between them. The average Sabres skater entering the 2017-18 season had played 45 more NHL games than his counterpart from last season.

Sabres’ Opening-Day NHL Experience

Season Total NHL GP Average GP/Player
2017-18 7,866 342
2016-17 6,822 297
2015-16 5,914 257
2014-15 5,858 255
2013-14 5,516 240

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings)

  • Kane: 2 SHG (1st), 30 S (3rd)
  • O’Reilly: 66.3% FO% (5th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:38 TOI (1st)

2017-18 ROSTER NOTES
Of the 23 players on Buffalo’s opening night roster:

  • Six were originally drafted by the Sabres — four were first-round Buffalo selections (Girgensons, 2012; Ristolainen, 2013; Reinhart, 2014; Eichel, 2015) and two were second-round picks (Pominville, 2001; McCabe, 2012).
  • Nine were acquired in trades: Beaulieu, Bogosian, Gorges, Kane, Larsson, Lehner, O’Reilly, Pominville, Scandella
  • Eight were signed as free agents: Antipin, Griffith, Johnson, Josefson, Moulson, Okposo, Pouliot, Tennyson
  • One was claimed off waivers: Nolan
  • 13 played in Buffalo at some point last season: Bogosian, Eichel, Girgensons, Gorges, Kane, Larsson, Lehner, McCabe, Moulson, Okposo, O’Reilly, Reinhart, Ristolainen
  • 10 are new to the Sabres this season: Antipin, Beaulieu, Griffith, Johnson, Josefson, Nolan, Pominville, Pouliot, Scandella, Tennyson

BUF-ANA CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Derek Grant played in 40 games for the Sabres during the 2016-17 season and recorded three assists.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played with John Gibson for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Ryan Getzlaf for Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Seth Griffith:

  • Played with Reto Berra as members of the Florida Panthers during the 2016-17 season.

Chad Johnson:

  • Played with Antoine Vermette for the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2012-13 season.

Jacob Josefson

  • Represented Sweden alongside Dennis Rasmussen and Jakob Silfverberg at the 2010 World Junior Championship.

Evander Kane:

  • Played with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry on Team Canada at the 2012 World Championship. Kane and Perry were also on the 2010 World Championship squad,
  • He and Antoine Vermette were teammates for Team Canada at the 2011 World Championship.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played with Jakob Silfverberg for Team Sweden at the 2012 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Clayton Stoner for the Minnesota Wild during the 2012-13 season.

Robin Lehner:

  • He and Derek Grant were teammates for the Ottawa Senators from 2012-2014 and for the Binghamton Senators (AHL) from 2010-2013. Jakob Silfverberg was also on the team during the 2012-13 season.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played with John Gibson for the United States at the 2013 World Junior Championship and the 2014 World Championship.

Matt Moulson:

  • Teammates with Jonathan Bernier for the Los Angeles Kings for part of the 2007-08 season.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played with Cam Fowler and John Gibson for Team USA at the 2012 World Championship.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Played with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry on Team Canada at the 2012 World Championship. They were also teammates for Canada at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Perry and O’Reilly also represented Canada at the 2016 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Reto Berra for the Colorado Avalanche from 2013-2015.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Played with Nick Ritchie for Team Canada at the 2015 World Junior Championship.
  • Teammates with Corey Perry for Team Canada at the 2016 World Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Benoit Pouliot (4th overall) and Andrew Cogliano (25th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2005 NHL Draft. They were also both on the 2006 Canadian World Junior team that took home the gold medal.
  • Ryan O’Reilly (33rd overall), Robin Lehner (46th overall) and Jakob Silfverberg (39th overall) were second-round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Nathan Beaulieu (17th overall) and Rickard Rakell (30th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Nick Ritchie (10th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (16), Kane (14), Pouliot/Scandella (9)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (9), Ristolainen (7), Gorges (7)
Shots: Kane (30), O’Reilly/Ristolainen (13), Eichel (12)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 0-4-1 (1), 11/22, 2/19, 13/17

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-0; 108-11 all-time)
N/A

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 … 2 games … 600 career games played
Jordan Nolan … 5 games … 300 career games played
Assists
Jason Pominville … 2 assists … T-8th in franchise history (Hawerchuk)
Matt Moulson … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Points
Sam Reinhart … 10 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Evander Kane … 500th NHL game … Oct. 12 at SJS

Game Preview: 3/17/17 at ANA

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, March 16
Buffalo 0 at Los Angeles 2
Goals: N/A
Goalie: Lehner (34 saves/36 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 2/2; Shots: Los Angeles 36 – Buffalo 26

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 346)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 71 games
Johan Larsson (wrist, Jan. 3; injured reserve) – 35 games
William Carrier (knee, Feb.4; injured reserve) – 21 games
Kyle Okposo (ribs, March 4) – 7 games
Dmitry Kulikov (upper body, March 5) – 6 games
Justin Falk (calf, March 16) – 1 game
Justin Bailey (undisclosed, March 16) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/13:
Recalled F Hudson Fasching from Rochester (AHL)
3/16: Recalled D Taylor Fedun from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Monday, March 20:
Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 21: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 25: Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, March 27: Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 28: Buffalo at Columbus, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at DUCKS

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Ducks this season.
  • Last meeting: Anaheim defeated Buffalo 5-2 in Buffalo on Feb. 7
  • The Sabres are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Ducks; 4-6-0 on the road
  • This is the 34th game all-time between Buffalo and Anaheim; Buffalo has a 16-14-3 series record.
  • The Sabres are 8-8-0 on the road against the Ducks all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-10-3 all-time on March 17.
  • March 17, 1997: Donald Audette scores twice and Rob Ray fights Jeff Odgers to become the 30th player in NHL history to record 2,000 penalty minutes in his career during a 5-1 win at home against Boston.
  • March 17, 2001: Martin Biron makes 42 saves and Chris Gratton scores the game-winning goal in a 3-2 win at Washington.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel has not gone two games without a point since Jan. 31 and Feb. 2. In the 21 games since, Eichel has totaled 27 points (8+19).
  • Evander Kane has 22 points (13+9) in his last 25 games, including 11 goals in his last 17.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has a point in 14 of his last 21 games (2+13).
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded eight points (3+7) in his last nine games.
  • Matt Moulson has a point in four of his last six games (1+3).
  • Robin Lehner has stopped 95 of 101 shots (.941) in his last three appearances.

SHUTTING OUT THE DUCKS

  • The Sabres have shut out the Ducks seven times in the 33 all-time games between the clubs (Dominik Hasek-3, Martin Biron-2, Chad Johnson-1, Ryan Miller-1). This amounts to one shutout for every 4.71 meetings, the Sabres’ highest shutout-to-games ratio against any NHL team.
  • This ratio is so much higher against the Ducks than the next closest opponent that the Ducks would have to score a goal in each of the next 26 meetings between the teams for the ratio to fall behind the next highest current ratio (Columbus, three shutouts in 25 games – 8.33 games per shutout).
  • The Sabres’ last shutout against the Ducks occurred three meetings ago (Dec. 17, 2015 in Buffalo).

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s 15th of a league-high 19 sets of back-to-back games this season, after the team’s 2-0 loss last night at Los Angeles. The Sabres are 6-6-3 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 5-8-1 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets this season is: four points (2), three points (2), two points (5), one point (2) and zero points (3).

JACK ATTACK

  • In the time since his Nov. 29 return from an injury that sidelined him for 21 games, Jack Eichel ranks ninth among all NHL skaters with 48 points (20+28) and leads the league with 199 shots on goal.
  • Eichel leads the league in assists (19) and ranks third in points (27) since the beginning of February.
  • Eichel has logged 33 points (12+21) in his last 29 games, including 10 multi-point outings during that stretch. The Sabres are 12-2-0 this season (and 21-5-0 in his career) when he has at least two points.
  • Eichel’s .96 points per game rank him 12th among all players with at least 20 games played this season.

THE KANE EVENT

  • Evander Kane has scored each of his 25 goals this season in his last 47 games.
  • Kane is tied for 10th in the NHL with 22 even-strength goals despite not scoring his first until Dec. 3.
  • Since Dec. 1, Kane ranks fourth among all NHL skaters in goals (25), leads the league in even-strength goals (22) and is tied for second in shots on goal (187).
  • Kane’s current pace of .373 even-strength goals per game is the highest by any Sabre with at least 15 games played since Alexander Mogilny’s franchise-best mark in 1992-93 (.636).

SOPHOMORE SURGE
In their second full NHL seasons, Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart have each improved on their points-per-game totals from 2015-16.

2015-16

2016-17

Jack Eichel

Sam Reinhart

Jack Eichel

Sam Reinhart

G/GP

.30 (25)

.29 (24)

.40 (33)

.23 (19)

A/GP

.40 (33)

.24 (20)

.56 (46)

.39 (32)

P/GP

.69 (57)

.53 (43)

.96 (79)

.62 (51)

SOG/GP

2.9 (238)

2.1 (172)

4.0 (326)

2.3 (191)

(82-game pace in parentheses)

THEY’VE GOT THE POWER

  • The Sabres rank second in the league with a 23.4% success rate on the power play.
  • Buffalo has not finished a season ranked in the top five in power-play percentage since the 2005-06 season (third, 21.2%) and the team has led the league only once (1991-92, 22.5%)
  • The team’s current power-play percentage would rank as the fifth-best conversion rate in franchise history and the best since the team’s 23.6% mark in 1984-85. It would be the 34th-best season by any team since the league began publishing the stat in 1987-88.

ASSIST-OLAINEN
Rasmus Ristolainen
is tied for 23rd among all NHL skaters with 38 assists this season.

  • Ristolainen has recorded an assist on 22.1 percent of his teammates’ goals. Only one Sabres defenseman has ever recorded an assist on more than 20 percent of his teammates’ goals: Phil Housley (22.6%) in 1989-90.
  • Ristolainen would need to fail to record an assist on each of his teammates’ next 19 goals to fall below 20 percent.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 23.4% PP% (2nd)
  • Eichel: 4.0 S/GP (1st)
  • Foligno: 252 hits (3rd)
  • Kane: 22 EVG (T-10th), 3.6 S/GP (8th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:38 TOI/GP (1st, forwards), 57.8 FO% (6th)
  • Ristolainen: 23 PPA (T-1st), 26:59 TOI (4th), 154 BkS (7th), 24 PPP (T-8th), 38 A (6th, defensemen)

BUF-ANA Connections
Former Ducks:

  • Dan Bylsma played for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim from 2000 to 2004. He had 32 points (10+22) in 209 games and was a member of the team that won the Western Conference after the 2002-03 season. Bylsma also began his coaching career during the 2004-05 season as an assistant coach for the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks.

Justin Bailey:

  • He and John Gibson were teammates for the Kitchener Rangers (OHL) during the 2012-13 season.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played with John Gibson for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Cody Franson:

  • Represented Team Canada alongside Andrew Cogliano at the 2007 World Junior Championship.
  • Teammates with Korbinian Holzer for the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2012-13 and 2014-15 seasons. He and Jonathan Bernier were teammates for the Maple Leafs from 2013-2015.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Ryan Getzlaf for Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Evander Kane:

  • Represented Canada alongside Jonathan Bernier at the 2011 World Championship.
  • Played with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry on Team Canada at the 2012 World Championship. Kane and Perry were also on the 2010 World Championship squad,
  • He and Antoine Vermette were teammates for Team Canada at the 2011 World Championship.

Robin Lehner:

  • Played with Jakob Silfverberg for the Ottawa Senators during the 2012-13 season.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played with John Gibson for the United States at the 2013 World Junior Championship and the 2014 World Championship.

Matt Moulson:

  • Teammates with Jonathan Bernier for the Los Angeles Kings for part of the 2007-08 season.
  • Played with Nate Thompson for the New York Islanders from 2008-2010.

Anders Nilsson:

  • Represented Sweden alongside Jakob Silfverberg at the 2010 World Junior Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played with Nate Thompson for the New York Islanders from 2008-2010 and for Team USA at the 2012 World Championship. Cam Fowler was also on the 2012 World Championship squad, as was John Gibson.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Played with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry on Team Canada at the 2012 World Championship. They were also teammates for Canada at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Perry and O’Reilly also represented Canada at the 2016 World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Played with Nick Ritchie for Team Canada at the 2015 World Junior Championship.
  • Teammates with Corey Perry for Team Canada at the 2016 World Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland alongside Sami Vatanen at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

NHL Draft:

  • Ryan O’Reilly (33rd overall), Robin Lehner (46th overall) and Jakob Silfverberg (39th overall) were second-round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Marcus Foligno (104th overall) and Sami Vatanen (106th overall) were both fourth-round selections in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Hampus Lindholm (6th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Nick Ritchie (10th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (252), Ristolainen (180), Gorges (127)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (154), McCabe (100), Gorges (95)
Shots: Kane (212), Eichel (199), Ristolainen (171)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10:
4-4-2 (10), 23/24, 8/35, 26/31
11-20: 3-4-3 (9), 15/26, 6/31, 28/36
21-30: 5-3-2 (12), 31/26, 8/30, 13/24
31-40: 4-4-2 (10), 27/31, 7/34, 21/28
41-50: 4-5-1 (9), 28/33, 6/27, 21/28
51-60: 6-4-0 (12), 26/25, 6/25, 24/30
61-70: 2-7-1 (5), 31/39, 9/30, 24/29
71-80: 0-1-0 (0), 0/2, 0/2, 2/2

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-6; 108-111 all-time)
Oct. 18 at CGY: L, 4-3 (GWG-Monahan)
Nov. 11 vs. NJD: L, 2-1 (GWG-Greene)
Dec. 5 at WSH: L, 3-2 (GWG-Johansson)
Dec. 6 vs. EDM: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen)
Dec. 16 vs. NYI: W, 3-2 (GWG-Ristolainen)

Jan. 5 at CHI: L, 4-3 (GWG-Kane)
Jan. 20 vs. DET: W, 3-2 (GWG-Okposo)
Jan. 21 at MTL: W, 3-2 (GWG-Bogosian)
Jan. 24 at NSH: W, 5-4 (GWG-Eichel)

Feb. 2 vs. NYR: L, 2-1 (GWG-Kreider)
Feb. 7 vs. SJS: W, 5-4 (GWG-Kane)
Feb. 28 vs. NSH: L, 5-4 (GWG-Forsberg)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-6; 68-64 all-time)
Oct. 25 at PHI: L, 4-3 (GDG-Giroux)
Nov. 9 vs. OTT: L, 2-1 (GDG-Ryan)
Nov. 19 vs. PIT: W, 2-1 (GDG-C. O’Reilly)
Nov. 23 vs. DET: L, 2-1 (GDG-Vanek)
Dec. 17 at CAR: L, 2-1 (GDG-Stempniak)
Dec. 20 at FLA: L, 4-3 (GDG-Trocheck)
March 4 vs. TBL: L, 2-1 (GDG-Point)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Dmitry Kulikov … 1 game … 500 NHL games
Brian Gionta … 5 games … 1,000 NHL games
Goals
Tyler Ennis … 4 goals … 100 NHL goals
Assists
Brian Gionta … 3 assists … 300 NHL assists
Points
Evander Kane … 4 points … 300 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Post-Game Report: 2/9 vs. ANA

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Ducks
(29-17-10)
1 0 4 5 44
Sabres
(22-22-10)
0 1 1 2 26

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • The Sabres failed to get a point at home for the first time since Dec. 29 vs. Boston, ending a 6-0-1 run at KeyBank Center.
  • Anaheim became the first Pacific Division team to earn a regulation win at KeyBank Center since a 3-2 Edmonton win on Nov. 7, 2014, ending a 13-0-3 run at home against the Pacific Division for the Sabres.
    • The Sabres are now 12-2-3 in their last 17 home games against the Western Conference and 10-5-2 overall against the West this season.
  • Anaheim’s first goal snapped a streak of 218:39 without allowing a 5-on-5 goal for Robin Lehner that dated back to Jan. 31 at Montreal. The streak included 105 saves and 186:37 of 5-on-5 ice time.
  • Jack Eichel’s goal gives him 16 points (7+9) in 16 home games this season, including nine (3+6) in his last six contests at home.
  • Kyle Okposo’s assist on Eichel’s goal extended his point streak to four games (2+2) and gives him nine points (5+4) in nine career games against Anaheim.
  • Ryan O’Reilly (assist) now has at least a point in each of his last five home games (3+4) and 15 points (5+10) in his last 13 games at KeyBank Center.
  • Sam Reinhart’s assist tonight gives him 12 points (4+8) in his last 12 home games.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Ducks
Gibson
Bernier
W
ND
.917
1.000
2.22
0.00
Sabres Lehner L .907 4.03

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Ducks Gibson
Bernier
21-13-8
8-4-2
.920
.906
2.29
2.80
Sabres Lehner 13-15-6 .923 2.57

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle

Ducks forward Corey Perry

Ducks forward Antoine Vermette

Ducks forward Rickard Rakell

Game Preview: 2/9/17 vs. ANA

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, February 7
San Jose 4 at Buffalo 5 (OT)
Goals: Kane (2), Moulson, O’Reilly, Okposo
Goalie: Nilsson (36 saves/40 shots)
PP: 2/3; PK: 2/3; Shots: San Jose 40 – Buffalo 36

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 257)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 53 games
Johan Larsson (wrist, Jan. 3; injured reserve) – 17 games
William Carrier (knee, Feb.4; injured reserve) – 3 games
Zach Bogosian (ribs, Feb. 4; injured reserve) – 3 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/4:
Activated D Josh Gorges; Recalled F Justin Bailey from Rochester (AHL); Assigned F Cal O’Reilly to Rochester
2/6: Signed D Justin Falk to a one-year contract extension worth $650,000; Claimed F Derek Grant off waivers from Nashville; Assigned Grant to Rochester (AHL)
2/9: Recalled F Derek Grant and F Evan Rodrigues from Rochester (AHL); Placed F William Carrier and D Zach Bogosian on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Feb. 11:
Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 12: Vancouver at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 14: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 16: Colorado at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 18: St. Louis at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
DUCKS at SABRES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Ducks this season.
  • Last meeting: Anaheim defeated Buffalo 1-0 in Anaheim on Feb. 24, 2016
  • Next meeting: Friday, March 17 in Anaheim
  • The Sabres are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Ducks; 6-3-1 at home
  • This is the 33rd game all-time between Buffalo and Anaheim; Buffalo has a 16-13-3 series record.
  • The Sabres are 8-5-3 at home against the Ducks all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-5-4 all-time on February 9.
  • February 9, 1984: Gilbert Perreault records his 700th NHL assist in an 8-5 win vs. New Jersey.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres have gone 6-0-1 in their last seven home games, marking the team’s longest home point streak since the team went 6-0-2 in eight home games from Dec. 10, 2013 to Jan. 9, 2014.
  • Robin Lehner has stopped 73 of 76 shots (.961) in two career meetings with the Ducks.
  • Kyle Okposo has eight points (5+3) in eight career games against Anaheim.
  • Tyler Ennis has recorded five points (4+1) in seven career games against the Ducks, including goals in each of his last two.

SHUTTING OUT THE DUCKS

  • The Sabres have shut out the Ducks seven times in the 32 all-time games between the clubs (Dominik Hasek-3, Martin Biron-2, Chad Johnson-1, Ryan Miller-1). This amounts to one shutout for every 4.57 meetings, the Sabres’ highest shutout-to-games ratio against any NHL team.
  • This ratio is so much higher against the Ducks than the next closest opponent that the Ducks would have to score a goal in each of the next 22 meetings between the teams for the ratio to fall behind the next highest current ratio (Columbus, three shutouts in 23 games – 7.37 games per shutout).
  • The Sabres’ last shutout against the Ducks occurred two meetings ago (Dec. 17, 2015 in Buffalo).

HOW THE WEST WAS WON

  • The Sabres are in the midst of a stretch of eight straight home games against the Western Conference that began with a 5-4 overtime win against San Jose on Tuesday.
  • Buffalo is 12-1-3 in its last 16 home games against Western Conference opponents and 10-4-2 in all games against the West this season.
  • The Sabres are 59-19-16 (.713) all-time in home games against the Pacific Division, including a 13-0-3 record in the last 16 games. No Pacific Division team has won a game in regulation in Buffalo since the Edmonton Oilers topped the Sabres 3-2 on Nov. 7, 2014.

ROBBIN’ LEHNER

  • Robin Lehner has not allowed a 5-on-5 goal in his last 198:42 of ice time, including 168:40 of 5-on-5 play. He’s stopped each of the last 91 shots he’s faced at 5-on-5.
  • Lehner entered play Wednesday ranked eighth in the NHL with a .932 save percentage at even strength, joining Anders Nilsson (fifth, .934) in the top 10.
  • Before Wednesday’s games the pair were also the only qualifying teammates (min. 17 games played) to rank in the top 10 in overall save percentage: Lehner (.923) – seventh; Nilsson (.922) – 10th
    • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Sabres last had two qualifying goaltenders ranked in the top 10 in save percentage at the end of the season in 1992-93 (Dominik Hasek and Grant Fuhr). Buffalo hasn’t had two qualifying goaltenders finish in the top 10 after spending an entire season with the team since 1989-90 (Daren Puppa and Clint Malarchuk).

WHO’S HOT?

  • Robin Lehner is 5-2-1 with a .930 save percentage so far in 2017.
  • Tyler Ennis enters tonight’s game on a four-game point streak (1+3).
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 15 points (4+11) in 16 games since returning from injury.
  • Jack Eichel has logged five two-point games in his last 11 outings.
  • Evander Kane has 10 points (5+5) in his last 10 games.
  • Kyle Okposo has points in seven of his last 11 games, including each of his last three (2+1).

HOME COOKIN’

  • Ryan O’Reilly has 14 points (5+9) in his last 12 home games.
  • Sam Reinhart has 11 points (4+7) in his last 11 home games.
  • Jack Eichel has 15 points (6+9) in 15 home games this season, including six multi-point outings.
  • Anders Nilsson is 7-1-1 at home this season, with a .941 save percentage and a 2.07 goals-against average in those games, and has won each of his last six home games.

THE KANE EVENT
Evander Kane
has scored each of his 16 goals this season in his last 30 games, including a team-high 14 even-strength goals. In the period since scoring his first goal of the season on Dec. 3 vs. Boston, he is tied for fifth among all NHL skaters in goals (16), leads the league in even-strength goals (15) and ranks fourth in shots on goal (119).

*All rankings before 2/8 games

SOPHOMORE SURGE

In their second full NHL seasons, Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart have each improved on their points per game totals from 2015-16.

2015-16

2016-17

Jack Eichel

Sam Reinhart

Jack Eichel

Sam Reinhart

G/GP

.30 (25)

.29 (24)

.38 (31)

.21 (17)

A/GP

.40 (33)

.24 (20)

.41 (33)

.40 (32)

P/GP

.69 (57)

.53 (43)

.78 (64)

.60 (50)

SOG/GP

2.9 (238)

2.1 (172)

4.1 (333)

2.2 (181)

(82-game pace in parentheses)

ASSIST-OLAINEN
Rasmus Ristolainen
entered play Wednesday tied for 35th among all NHL skaters with 27 assists.

  • Ristolainen has recorded an assist on 21.3 percent of his teammates’ goals*. Only one Sabres defenseman has ever recorded an assist on more than 20 percent of his teammates’ goals: Phil Housley (22.6%) in 1989-90.
  • Ristolainen would need to fail to record an assist on each of his teammates’ next nine goals to fall below 20 percent.

*Teammate goals are defined as total team goals minus the player’s goals and shootout-winners.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 2/8 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 23.0% PP% (3rd)
  • Eichel: 4.1 S/GP (1st)
  • Foligno: 180 hits (T-3rd)
  • Kane: 3.5 S/GP (6th)
  • Lehner: .923 SV% (7th), .932 EV SV% (8th)
  • Moulson: 9 PPG (T-9th)
  • Nilsson: .934 EV SV% (5th), .922 SV% (10th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:37 TOI/GP (4th, forwards), 57.5 FO% (8th)
  • Ristolainen: 17 PPA (T-2nd), 27:07 TOI (4th), 18 PPP (T-1st, defensemen), 27 A (T-8th, defensemen)

BUF-ANA CONNECTIONS
Former Ducks:

  • Dan Bylsma played for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim from 2000 to 2004. He had 32 points (10+22) in 209 games and was a member of the team that won the Western Conference after the 2002-03 season. Bylsma also began his coaching career during the 2004-05 season as an assistant coach for the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks.

Justin Bailey:

  • He and John Gibson were teammates for the Kitchener Rangers (OHL) during the 2012-13 season.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played with John Gibson for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Justin Falk:

  • Played with Ryan Getzlaf for the Calgary Hitmen (WHL) during the 2004-05 season.
  • Teammates with Jared Boll for the Columbus Blue Jackets from 2014-2016

Cody Franson:

  • Represented Team Canada alongside Andrew Cogliano at the 2007 World Junior Championship.
  • Teammates with Korbinian Holzer for the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2012-13 and 2014-15 seasons. He and Jonathan Bernier were teammates for the Maple Leafs from 2013-2015.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Ryan Getzlaf for Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Evander Kane:

  • Represented Canada alongside Jonathan Bernier at the 2011 World Championship.
  • Played with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry on Team Canada at the 2012 World Championship. Kane and Perry were also on the 2010 World Championship squad.
  • He and Antoine Vermette were teammates for Team Canada at the 2011 World Championship.

Dmitry Kulikov:

  • Played with Logan Shaw for the Florida Panthers during the 2015-16 season.

Robin Lehner:

  • Played with Jakob Silfverberg for the Ottawa Senators during the 2012-13 season.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played with John Gibson for the United States at the 2013 World Junior Championship and the 2014 World Championship.

Matt Moulson:

  • Teammates with Jonathan Bernier for the Los Angeles Kings for part of the 2007-08 season.
  • Played with Nate Thompson for the New York Islanders from 2008-2010.

Anders Nilsson:

  • Represented Sweden alongside Jakob Silfverberg at the 2010 World Junior Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played with Nate Thompson for the New York Islanders from 2008-2010 and for Team USA at the 2012 World Championship. Cam Fowler was also on the 2012 World Championship squad, as was John Gibson.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Played with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry on Team Canada at the 2012 World Championship. They were also teammates for Canada at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Perry and O’Reilly also represented Canada at the 2016 World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Played with Nick Ritchie and Shea Theodore for Team Canada at the 2015 World Junior Championship.
  • Teammates with Corey Perry for Team Canada at the 2016 World Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland alongside Sami Vatanen at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

NHL Draft:

  • Ryan O’Reilly (33rd overall), Robin Lehner (46th overall) and Jakob Silfverberg (39th overall) were second-round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Marcus Foligno (104th overall) and Sami Vatanen (106th overall) were both fourth-round selections in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Hampus Lindholm (6th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Nick Ritchie (10th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (180), Ristolainen (138), Carrier (96)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (123), McCabe (70), Gorges (67)
Shots: Kane (148), Okposo (131), Eichel (130)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10:
4-4-2 (10), 23/24, 8/35, 26/31
11-20: 3-4-3 (9), 15/26, 6/31, 28/36
21-30: 5-3-2 (12), 31/26, 8/30, 13/24
31-40: 4-4-2 (10), 27/31, 7/34, 21/28
41-50: 4-5-1 (9), 28/33, 6/27, 21/28
51-60: 2-1-0 (4), 10/6, 2/4, 6/9

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-5; 108-110 all-time)
Oct. 18 at CGY: L, 4-3 (GWG-Monahan)
Nov. 11 vs. NJD: L, 2-1 (GWG-Greene)
Dec. 5 at WSH: L, 3-2 (GWG-Johansson)
Dec. 6 vs. EDM: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen)
Dec. 16 vs. NYI: W, 3-2 (GWG-Ristolainen)

Jan. 5 at CHI: L, 4-3 (GWG-Kane)
Jan. 20 vs. DET: W, 3-2 (GWG-Okposo)
Jan. 21 at MTL: W, 3-2 (GWG-Bogosian)
Jan. 24 at NSH: W, 5-4 (GWG-Eichel)

Feb. 2 vs. NYR: L, 2-1 (GWG-Kreider)
Feb. 7 vs. SJS: W, 5-4 (GWG-Kane)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-5; 68-63 all-time)
Oct. 25 at PHI: L, 4-3 (GDG-Giroux)
Nov. 9 vs. OTT: L, 2-1 (GDG-Ryan)
Nov. 19 vs. PIT: W, 2-1 (GDG-C. O’Reilly)
Nov. 23 vs. DET: L, 2-1 (GDG-Vanek)
Dec. 17 at CAR: L, 2-1 (GDG-Stempniak)
Dec. 20 at FLA: L, 4-3 (GDG-Trocheck)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Nicolas Deslauriers … 4 games … 200 NHL games
Goals
Tyler Ennis … 5 goals … 100 NHL goals
Points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 5 points … 100 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Game Preview: 2/24/16 at ANA

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Sunday, February 21
Pittsburgh 4 at Buffalo 3
Goals: Bogosian (2), Gionta
Goalie: Lehner (27 saves/31 shots)
PP: 2/3; PK: 4/4; Shots: Pittsburgh 31 – Buffalo 27

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 258)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clot, Oct. 8; injured reserve) – 60 games
Tyler Ennis (upper body, Dec. 31; injured reserve) – 23 games
Cody Franson (neck, Feb. 21) – 1 game
Ryan O’Reilly (lower body, Feb. 21; injured reserve) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/18:
Assigned F Justin Bailey to Rochester (AHL)
2/19: Activated F Daniel Catenacci from IR; Assigned Catenacci to  Rochester (AHL)
2/21: Recalled F Justin Bailey from Rochester (AHL)
2/22: Recalled F Cal O’Reilly from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Ryan O’Reilly on IR
2/23: Acquired a third-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft from Washington  in exchange for D Mike Weber.

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, Feb. 26:
Buffalo at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 27: Buffalo at Los Angeles, 11 p.m.
Tuesday, March 1: Edmonton at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 3: Calgary at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 5: Minnesota at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at DUCKS

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Ducks this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Anaheim, 3-0, in Buffalo on Dec. 17, 2015
  • The Sabres are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Ducks; 5-5-0 on the road
  • This is the 32nd game all-time between Buffalo and Anaheim; Buffalo has a 16-12-3 series record.
  • The Sabres are 8-7-0 on the road against the Ducks all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-7-3 all-time on February 24.
  • February 24, 1972: Steve Atkinson scores nine seconds after the opening faceoff as the Sabres defeat the Chicago Blackhawks, 5-3, at the Aud.
  • February 24, 1993: Alexander Mogilny scores four goals for the second time in six games and adds an assist as the Sabres defeat the Detroit Red Wings, 10-7, at the Aud.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres have gone 57-for-62 (91.9%) on the penalty kill in their last 21 games, including an 18-for-18 run in the team’s last four games.
  • If he appears in tonight’s game, Robin Lehner will have played his 100th NHL game.
  • Evander Kane ranked third in the league entering play Tuesday with 4.2 shots per game.
  • Robin Lehner’s .928 save percentage through 13 games played is the eighth-best in the league among goalies with at least five games played.
  • In his last four games, Lehner is 2-1-1 with a .954 save percentage and a 1.48 goals-against average, making it the best four-start stretch of his career by both metrics.

GOING BACK TO CALI
Tonight’s game is Buffalo’s first in a three-game road trip against Pacific Division opponents. The Sabres are 5-3-1 against the Pacific Division this season, the team’s best record against any division. The Sabres are 6-2-1 in their last nine games against the Western Conference, including a win in each of their last three games against the Pacific Division.

HOT AGAINST ANAHEIM

  • Robin Lehner stopped 45 of 47 Anaheim shots in his only career game against the Ducks (Oct. 13, 2013).
  • In his only career game against Anaheim, Chad Johnson set the Sabres’ franchise record for most saves in a shutout (44, Dec. 17, 2015).
  • Jamie McGinn has scored six goals in his last six games against Anaheim.
  • Evander Kane has seven points (3+4) in 10 career games against the Ducks.
  • After recording his first NHL point since February 2012 when these teams last met, Cal O’Reilly has four points (1+3) and a plus-6 rating in six career games against Anaheim.

SHUTTING OUT THE DUCKS

  • The Sabres have shut out the Ducks seven times in the 31 all-time games between the clubs (Hasek-3, Biron-2, Johnson-1, Miller-1).
  • This amounts to one shutout for every 4.43 meetings, the Sabres’ highest shutout-to-games ratio against any NHL team.
  • This ratio is so much higher against the Ducks than the next closest opponent that the Ducks would have to score a goal in each of the next 21 meetings between the teams to fall behind the next highest current ratio (Columbus, three shutouts in 22 games – 7.33 games per shutout).
  • The Sabres’ last shutout against the Ducks occurred when these teams last met (Dec. 17 in Buffalo).

FINISHING STRONG AFTER THE BREAK
Buffalo is 558-427-194 (.556) all-time in games after the All-Star break. This includes a record of 107-74-32 (.577) in those games since the lockout. The Sabres are 4-3-3 (.550) since the All-Star break so far this season.

Note: These totals do not include games after breaks for the Olympic Games.

LOGGING BIG MINUTES

  • Rasmus Ristolainen was ranked 10th in the NHL before Tuesday’s games with an average ice time of 25:20 per game. Only Alexei Zhitnik (four times) has averaged more minutes per game in a full season with the Sabres.
  • Entering Tuesday’s games, Ryan O’Reilly (21:51) led all NHL forwards in average ice time per game and Evander Kane (20:56) ranked second. The pair currently own the two highest average career ice times by Sabres forwards. Michael Peca (20:18) is the only other forward with an average over 20 minutes.
  • With an average ice time of 23:33 per game in his 64 games played since joining the Sabres last season, Zach Bogosian owns the third-highest average ice time ever recorded by a Sabres player, trailing only Alexei Zhitnik (531 GP, 25:32) and Christian Ehrhoff (192 GP, 23:55).

Note: The NHL began tracking ice time in the 1997-98 season.

YOUNG GUNS

  • Sam Reinhart leads all Sabres with 18 goals this season and Jack Eichel is tied for second with 17. If either player finishes the season with the team lead, he will be the first Sabres rookie to lead the team in goals since Ray Sheppard did so in the 1987-88 season.
  • Eichel has 27 points (8+19) in his last 28 games dating back to Dec. 17, a stretch which included career-best, four-game point streaks from Dec. 30 to Jan. 5 (2+4) and Feb. 12 to 19 (1+4).
  • Eichel entered play Saturday ranked in the top five among NHL rookies in goals (T-4th, 17), assists (T-2nd, 24), points (T-2nd, 41) and shots (1st, 173).
  • If they maintain their current pace, Eichel (17+24) and Sam Reinhart (18+9) would be the first pair of Sabres rookies to surpass the 30-point mark since Thomas Vanek (48) and Jason Pominville (30) did so in 2005-06. The Sabres haven’t had two or more rookies reach 35 points in the same season since Ray Sheppard (65), Pierre Turgeon (42) and Calle Johansson (42) each did so in 1987-88.
  • Reinhart (18) and Eichel (17) are also on pace to become the third pair of rookies in Sabres history to each record 20 goals in the same season. The last pair was Danny Gare (31) and Peter McNab (22) in 1974-75.
  • With 41 points (17+24) in 60 games, Eichel is on pace for 56 points this season. If he reaches the 50-point mark, he will become the ninth Sabres rookie to record more than 50 points in a season. He would be the first since Derek Plante (1993-94) and the second-youngest to do so, trailing only Phil Housley (1982-83).

OUTSHOOTING OPPONENTS
The Sabres have outshot their opponents in 25 of 60 games this season, posting a 7-16-2 record in those games. Last season, the team finished the season 5-5-0 in 10 total games when outshooting their opponents.

POSSESSION PROGRESSION
The Sabres have led their opponent in even-strength shot attempts (corsi) in 23 of the team’s 60 games this season, going 9-11-3 in those games. Buffalo only led their opponents in even-strength shot attempts eight times throughout the entire 2014-15 season, going 3-5-0 in those eight games. (Data courtesy of war-on-ice.com)

BUF-ANA CONNECTIONS
Former Ducks:

  • Dan Bylsma played for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim from 2000 to 2004. He had 32 points (10+22) in 209 games and was a member of the team that won the Western Conference after the 2002-03 season. Bylsma also began his coaching career during the 2004-05 season as an assistant coach for the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks (AHL).

Dan Bylsma:

  • Coached Simon Despres for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2011-2014.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Played with Mike Santorelli for the Winnipeg Jets for part of the 2012-13 season.

Carlo Colaiacovo:

  • Colaiacovo, Andrew Cogliano and Harry Zolnierczyk were all born in Toronto, Ontario.
  • Teammates with David Perron for the St. Louis Blue from 2008-2009 until 2012-2013

Marcus Foligno:

  • Represented Canada alongside Simon Despres at the 2011 World Junior Championship held in Buffalo.

Cody Franson:

  • Represented Team Canada alongside Andrew Cogliano at the 2007 World Junior Championship.
  • Played with Mike Santorelli for the Nashville Predators during the 2009-10 season. They were also teammates for the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2014-15 season before being traded to Nashville in the same deal in February.
  • Teammates with Korbinian Holzer for the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2012-13 and 2014-15 seasons.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Ryan Getzlaf for Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Chad Johnson:

  • Played with Corey Perry for Team Canada at the 2010 World Championship.

Evander Kane:

  • He and Mike Santorelli were both born in Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Played with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry on Team Canada at the 2012 World Championship.
  • Played with Mike Santorelli for the Winnipeg Jets for part of the 2012-13 season.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played with Jakob Silfverberg for Team Sweden at the 2012 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Clayton Stoner for the Minnesota Wild during the 2012-13 season.

David Legwand:

  • Played with Mike Santorelli for the Nashville Predators from 2008-2010.

Robin Lehner:

  • Played with Jakob Silfverberg for the Ottawa Senators during the 2012-13 season.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played with John Gibson for the United States at the 2013 World Junior Championship and the 2014 World Championship

Matt Moulson:

  • Played with Nate Thompson for the New York Islanders from 2008-2010.

Cal O’Reilly:

  • Played with Mike Santorelli for the Nashville Predators from 2008-2010.
  • Teammates with Simon Despres for the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2011-12 season.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Played with Nick Ritchie for Team Canada at the 2015 World Junior Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Robin Lehner (46th overall) and Jakob Silfverberg (39th overall) were second-round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Marcus Foligno (104th overall) and Sami Vatanen (106th overall) were both fourth-round selections in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Cam Fowler (12th overall) and Mark Pysyk (23rd overall) were both first-round selections in the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Hampus Lindholm (6th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Nick Ritchie (10th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Kane (131), Deslauriers (130), Foligno (123)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (117), Ristolainen (105), McCabe (75)
Shots: Kane (205), Eichel (173), Ristolainen (142)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10:
3-7-0 (6), 23/32, 9/35, 19/27
11-20: 5-3-2 (12), 21/21, 5/27, 23/29
21-30: 4-5-1 (9), 29/28, 8/29, 20/23
31-40: 3-6-1 (7), 20/27, 4/35, 17/21
41-50: 5-5-0 (10), 22/26, 6/25, 26/28
51-60: 4-3-3 (11), 29/30, 6/34, 30/33

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-2; 100-103 all-time)
Oct. 27 at PHI: W, 4-3 (GWG-Girgensons, 2:29)

Nov. 14 vs. SJS: L, 2-1 (GWG-Marleau, 2:59)
Dec. 12 vs. LAK: W, 2-1 (GWG-O’Reilly, 3:19)
Feb. 6 at BOS: L, 2-1 (GWG-Marchand, 2:32)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-5; 66-56 all-time)
Oct. 21 vs. TOR: W, 2-1 (GDG-Moulson)

Nov. 19 at STL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Steen)
Dec. 1 at DET: L, 5-4 (GDG-Richards)
Dec. 19 vs. CHI: L, 3-2 (GDG-Kane)
Feb. 4 vs. BOS: L, 3-2 (GDG-Spooner)
Feb. 16 at OTT: L, 2-1 (GDG-Ryan)

UPCOMING MILESTONES (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Robin Lehner … 1 game … 100 career games played
Assists
Josh Gorges … 2 assists … 100 career assists

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A