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Post-Game Report: 1/11 vs. Columbus

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Blue Jackets
(25-17-3)
0 0 1 1 45
Sabres
(11-24-9)
1 0 2 3 29

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • In his season debut, Linus Ullmark made a career-high 44 saves in tonight’s win. It was the most saves in a win by a Sabres goaltender since Anders Nilsson stopped 46 of 47 shots on Nov. 19, 2016 vs. Pittsburgh.
  • With a goal and an assist tonight, Kyle Okposo now has nine points (4+5) in his last eight games.
  • Jack Eichel, who also registered a goal and an assist, now has 17 points (10+7) in his last 11 games and nine points (3+6) in nine career games against Columbus.
  • Eichel finished the game tied for sixth in the NHL in even-strength goals (17) and tied for seventh in even-strength points (33).
  • In his 44th game of the season, Eichel has matched his even-strength point total from last season (61 GP) and surpassed his career-best even-strength goal total from 2015-16 (81 GP).
  • Brendan Guhle’s assist on Okposo’s goal was the first point of his NHL career.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Blue Jackets
Bobrovsky L .929 2.05
Sabres Ullmark W .978 1.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Blue Jackets Bobrovsky 21-13-3 .922 2.39
Sabres Ullmark 1-0-0 .978 1.00

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Benoit Pouliot

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo

Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark

Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella

Blue Jackets forward Oliver Bjorkstrand

Blue Jackets forward Pierre-Luc Dubois

Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski

Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky

Game Preview: 1/11/18 vs. CBJ

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

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

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

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

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

TONIGHT’S GAME
BLUE JACKETS at SABRES

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

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

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

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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

 HOT AGAINST COLUMBUS

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

GOING STREAKING

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

 JACK ATTACK

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

 I LIKE EICH

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

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

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

*All primary point stats via NaturalStatTrick.com

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

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

BUF-CBJ CONNECTIONS
Former Blue Jackets:

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

 Former Sabres:

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

 Local Players:

  • Nick Foligno was born in Buffalo.

 Phil Housley:

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

 Nathan Beaulieu:

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

 Zach Bogosian:

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

 Jack Eichel:

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

 Robin Lehner:

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

 Jake McCabe:

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

 Ryan O’Reilly:

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

Kyle Okposo:

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

Jason Pominville:

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

Benoit Pouliot:

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

 Sam Reinhart:

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

Rasmus Ristolainen:

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

Marco Scandella:

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

 NHL Draft:

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

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

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 3-5-2 (8), 26/36, 5/36, 29/35
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 20/35, 5/28, 23/27
21-30: 2-6-2 (6), 18/31, 2/32, 24/32
31-40: 3-3-4 (9), 22/27, 3/22, 21/26
41-50: 0-4-0 (0), 10/21, 2/14, 8/14

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-8; 110-119 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron)
Oct. 21 at BOS: W, 5-4 (GWG-O’Reilly)
Nov. 11 at MTL: L, 2-1 (GWG-Pacioretty)
Nov. 14 at PIT: L, 5-4 (GWG-Sheary)
Dec. 8 at CHI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Forsling)
Dec. 10 at STL: L, 3-2 (GWG-Tarasenko)
Dec. 15 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Slavin)
Dec. 27 at NYI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barzal)
Dec. 29 at NJD: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen)
Jan. 1 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Miller)

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

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

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Post-Game Report: 11/20 vs. Columbus

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Blue Jackets
(13-7-1)
0 1 2 3 29
Sabres
(5-12-4)
0 0 2 2 32

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • At 18:14 of the third period, the NHL Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play at the Columbus net. The referee informed the Situation Room that he deemed the play dead before the puck reached the goal line. This is not a reviewable play and therefore the referee’s call on the ice stood- no goal Buffalo.
  • With his goal tonight, Sam Reinhart now has a point in five of his last six games against the Blue Jackets (4+1).
  • Victor Antipin’s assist on Reinhart’s goal gives him three assists in his last four games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly’s assist gives him a three-game point streak and nine points (4+5) in his last 10 games.
  • Evander Kane’s 12th goal of the season ties him for fifth in the NHL. He now has 10 points (6+4) in his last 10 games against Columbus, dating back to the beginning of the 2013-14 season.
  • Jack Eichel recorded his 11th primary assist of the season tonight while leading all Sabres forwards in ice time with 20:54. He is now tied for fifth in the league in primary assists.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Blue Jackets Bobrovsky W .938 2.00
Sabres Lehner L .897 3.06

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Blue Jackets Bobrovsky 12-4-1 .933 2.02
Sabres Lehner 4-8-2 .903 3.08

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jason Pominville

Sabres forward Evander Kane

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella

Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner

Blue Jackets forward Pierre-Luc Dubois

Blue Jackets defenseman Markus Nutivaara

Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky

Game Preview: 11/20/17 vs. CBJ

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, November 18
Carolina 3 at Buffalo 1
Goals: Kane
Goalie: Johnson (30 saves/32 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 0/2; PK: 4/4; Shots: Carolina 33 – Buffalo 25

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 105)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct.5; injured reserve) – 20 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body, Oct. 17; injured reserve) – 14 games
Rasmus Ristolainen (upper body, Nov. 4; injured reserve) – 7 games
Matt Tennyson (foot, Nov. 7; injured reserve) – 6 games
Taylor Fedun (lower body, Nov. 17; injured reserve) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/16: Recalled F Kyle Criscuolo and D Casey Nelson from Rochester (AHL); Placed D Taylor Fedun and D Matt Tennyson on IR; Assigned F Nicholas Baptiste to Rochester (AHL)
11/17: Activated F Evan Rodrigues from IR; Assigned Rodrigues to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Wednesday, Nov. 22: Minnesota at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 24: Edmonton at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 25: Buffalo at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 28: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 1: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
BLUE JACKETS at SABRES

  • This is the second of three meetings between the Sabres and Blue Jackets this season.
  • Last meeting: Columbus defeated Buffalo 5-1 in Columbus on Oct. 25
  • Next meeting: Thursday, Jan. 11 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games vs. Blue Jackets; 4-5-1 at home
  • This is the 28th game all-time between Buffalo and Columbus; Buffalo has a 10-15-2 series record.
  • The Sabres are 6-7-1 at home against the Blue Jackets all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 12-1-1 all-time on November 20.
  • November 20, 1997: Dominik Hasek earns his first of a career-best 13 shutouts in the 1997-98 season and the Sabres snap a five-game winless streak with a 5-0 win at Boston.
  • November 20, 2006: The Sabres score seven goals on 13 shots in the second period on the way to a 7-2 win vs. Tampa Bay.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Ryan O’Reilly has seven points in eight games so far in November. With a multi-point game tonight, he would be on track for his first point-per-game month since April 2016.
  • Robin Lehner is 2-2-1 in six appearances at home this season with a .952 save percentage and a 1.49 goals-against average.
  • Lehner is 5-2-0 in his career against the Blue Jackets with a .951 save percentage and a 1.81 goals-against average.
  • Evander Kane has nine points (5+4) in his last nine games against Columbus, dating back to the beginning of the 2013-14 season.
  • Matt Moulson has totaled six points (2+4) in his last six games against the Blue Jackets.
  • Kyle Okposo has seven points (3+4) in his last seven games against Columbus.
  • Jack Eichel has totaled six points (2+4) in seven career games against Columbus.

THE KANE EVENT

  • After recording 11 points in 11 games during October for his first point-per-game month since January 2014, Evander Kane has seven points through eight games in November.
  • Kane has scored 11 goals in his first 20 games played this season, tying him for seventh in the league entering play Sunday. It is Kane’s quickest 20-game start of his career, topping his mark of nine goals in his first 20 games in 2012-13.
  • Since scoring his first goal of the 2016-17 season on Dec. 3, 2016, Kane has scored 39 goals in his last 78 games. Entering play Sunday, those 39 goals ranked fifth in the league during that span and his 32 even-strength goals ranked second only to Auston Matthews (34).

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 11/19 games)

  • Eichel: 2 SHP (T-3rd)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (1st), 3 SHP (T-1st), 93 S (3rd), 11 G (T-7th)
  • O’Reilly: 293 FOW (1st), 489 FO (2nd), 59.9% FO% (2nd)
  • Pouliot: 3 GWG (T-8th)
  • Ristolainen: 27:09 TOI/GP (2nd)

BUF-CBJ CONNECTIONS
Former Blue Jackets:

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

Local Players:

  • Nick Foligno was born in Buffalo.

Phil Housley:

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

Victor Antipin:

  • Teammates with Sergei Bobrovsky at the 2016 World Championship.
  • Represented Russia alongside Artemi Panarin at the 2017 World Championship.

Nathan Beaulieu:

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

Jack Eichel:

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

Seth Griffith:

  • Played with Scott Harrington for the London Knights (OHL) from 2009-2013. Josh Anderson was also on the quad from 2011-2013.

Chad Johnson:

  • Teammates with Brandon Dubinsky for the New York Rangers from 2009-2011.

Robin Lehner:

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

Jake McCabe:

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

Matt Moulson:

  • Played with Jack Johnson for the Los Angeles Kings from 2007-2009.

Ryan O’Reilly:

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

Kyle Okposo:

  • Represented the United States alongside Brandon Dubinsky at the 2010 World Championship.
  • Played with Nick Foligno and Jack Johnson at the 2009 and 2010 World Championships. Okposo and Johnson were also teammates at the 2007 World Junior Championship.

Benoit Pouliot:

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

Sam Reinhart:

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

NHL Draft:

  • Benoit Pouliot (4th overall) was taken one selection after Jack Johnson (3rd overall) in the first round of the 2005 NHL Draft.
  • Kyle Okposo (7th overall) and Nick Foligno (28th overall) were both chosen in the first round of the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Ryan Murray (2nd overall) were both chosen in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Sonny Milano (16th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.
  • Jack Eichel (2nd overall), Zach Werenski (8th overall) and Gabriel Carlsson (29th overall) were all selected in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Kane (42), Ristolainen (38), Pouliot (35)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (31), McCabe (29), Falk (21)
Shots: Kane (93), Eichel (62), O’Reilly (50)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 3-5-2 (8), 26/36, 5/36, 29/35
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 20/35, 5/28, 23/27

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-3; 109-114 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron)
Oct. 21 at BOS: W, 5-4 (GWG-O’Reilly)
Nov. 11 at MTL: L, 2-1 (GWG-Pacioretty)
Nov. 14 at PIT: L, 5-4 (GWG-Sheary)

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Wins
Buffalo Sabres … 5 home wins … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Johan Larsson … 2 games … 200 career games played
Zemgus Girgensons … 6 games … 300 career games played
Marco Scandella … 7 games … 400 career games played
Assists
Matt Moulson … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 8 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Sam Reinhart … 2 points … 100 career points
Marco Scandella … 6 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Kyle Criscuolo … 1st NHL game … Nov. 17 at DET

Game Preview: 10/25/17 at CBJ

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, October 24
Detroit 0 at Buffalo 1
Goals: Pouliot
Goalie: Lehner (31 saves/31 shots)
PP: 0/4; PK: 2/2; Shots: Buffalo 32 – Detroit 32

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 44)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Justin Falk (undisclosed, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 10 games
Evan Rodrigues (hand, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 10 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct.5; injured reserve) – 10 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body, Oct. 17; injured reserve) – 4 games
Josh Gorges (lower body, Oct. 20; injured reserve) – 3 games
Zemgus Girgensons (lower body, Oct. 20) – 3 games
Nathan Beaulieu (upper body, Oct. 21) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/20: Recalled D Taylor Fedun from Rochester (AHL); placed F Jacob Josefson on IR
10/21: Recalled D Zach Redmond from Rochester (AHL); placed D Josh Gorges on IR
10/23: Signed F Cliff Pu to a three-year, entry-level contract

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Tuesday, Nov. 7: Washington at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 10: Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at BLUE JACKETS

  • This is the first of three meetings between the Sabres and Blue Jackets this season.
  • Last meeting: Columbus defeated Buffalo 3-1 in Columbus on March 28
  • Next meeting: Monday, Nov. 20 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games vs. Blue Jackets; 4-6-0 on the road
  • This is the 27th game all-time between Buffalo and Columbus; Buffalo has a 10-14-2 series record.
  • The Sabres are 4-7-1 on the road against the Blue Jackets all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-10-3 all-time on October 25.
  • October 25, 1991: The Sabres acquire Pat LaFontaine, Randy Wood and Randy Hillier from the Islanders in exchange for Pierre Turgeon, Uwe Krupp, Dave McLlwain and Benoit Hogue.
  • October 25, 1991: The Sabres get 31 saves from Clint Malarchuk as they top the Sharks 3-1 in the first-ever game between the teams, earning the 800th win in franchise history.
  • October 25, 2013: Rasmus Ristolainen scores a goal, recording his first NHL point in a 3-1 victory at Florida.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • With wins in consecutive games for the first time this season, the Sabres are seeking their first three-game winning streak since Feb. 14 to 18.
  • Buffalo is 2-0-1 in its last three road games; a win tonight would give the Sabres points in four straight road games for the first time since the team went 1-0-3 on the road from Nov. 29 to Dec. 20, 2016.
  • After last night’s shutout vs. Detroit, Robin Lehner enters tonight’s game having played 91:35 without allowing a goal. If he plays 35:24 without allowing a goal tonight, he will match his career-best 126:59, set from March 30 to April 13, 2014.
  • With 11 points each, Jack Eichel, Evander Kane and Jason Pominville all finished last night’s game tied for eighth in the league in scoring.
    • Pominville entered finished last night’s game ranked third in the league with five multi-point games. Eichel (four, T-4th) and Kane (three, T-14th) also ranked in the top 15.

HOT AGAINST COLUMBUS

  • Robin Lehner is 5-2-0 in seven career games against Columbus with a .951 save percentage and a 1.81 goals-against average.
  • Evander Kane has nine points (5+4) in his last eight games against the Blue Jackets.
  • Kyle Okposo has eight points (4+4) in his last eight games against Columbus
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has six points (2+4) in his last five games against the Blue Jackets.
  • Jack Eichel has totaled six points (2+4) in six career games against Columbus.
  • Matt Moulson has six points (2+4) in his last six games against the Blue Jackets.
  • Sam Reinhart has a point in each of his last four games against Columbus (3+1).
  • Jake McCabe has a point in each of his last four games against the Blue Jackets (1+2).

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

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

  • Eichel: 9 EVP (T-6th), 11 PTS (T-8th)
  • Kane: 2 SHG (1st), 54 S (1st), 6 G (T-5th), 11 PTS (T-8th)
  • O’Reilly: 154 FOW (1st), 248 FO (1st), 62.1% FO% (4th), 2 PPG (T-10th)
  • Pominville: 9 EVP (T-6th), 11 PTS (T-8th)
  • Ristolainen: 27:39 TOI (1st)

BUF-CBJ CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

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

Local Players:

  • Nick Foligno was born in Buffalo.

Phil Housley:

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

Victor Antipin:

  • Teammates with Sergei Bobrovsky at the 2016 World Championship.
  • Represented Russia alongside Artemi Panarin at the 2017 World Championship.

Jack Eichel:

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

Seth Griffith:

  • Played with Scott Harrington for the London Knights (OHL) from 2009-2013. Josh Anderson was also on the quad from 2011-2013.

Chad Johnson:

  • Teammates with Brandon Dubinsky for the New York Rangers from 2009-2011.

Robin Lehner:

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

Jake McCabe:

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

Matt Moulson:

  • Played with Jack Johnson for the Los Angeles Kings from 2007-2009.

Ryan O’Reilly:

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

Kyle Okposo:

  • Represented the United States alongside Brandon Dubinsky at the 2010 World Championship.
  • Played with Nick Foligno and Jack Johnson at the 2009 and 2010 World Championships. Okposo and Johnson were also teammates at the 2007 World Junior Championship.

Jason Pominville:

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

Benoit Pouliot:

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

Sam Reinhart:

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

Rasmus Ristolainen:

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

Marco Scandella:

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

NHL Draft:

  • Benoit Pouliot (4th overall) was taken one selection after Jack Johnson (3rd overall) in the first round of the 2005 NHL Draft.
  • Kyle Okposo (7th overall) and Nick Foligno (28th overall) were both chosen in the first round of the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • The second round of the 2008 NHL Draft saw both Marco Scandella (55th overall) and Zac Dalpe (45th overall) go off the board.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Ryan Murray (2nd overall) were both chosen in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen, Seth Jones and Alexander Wennberg were all drafted in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft. Jones was the first off the board at No. 4 overall, Ristolainen was selected with the eighth overall pick and Wennberg was taken with the 14th overall pick.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Sonny Milano (16th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.
  • Jack Eichel (2nd overall) and Zach Werenski (8th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (32), Kane (23), Pouliot (20)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (17), Ristolainen (13), Scandella (13)
Shots: Kane (54), O’Reilly (27), Eichel (27)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 3-5-2 (8), 26/36, 5/36, 29/35

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-1; 109-112 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron)
Oct. 21 at BOS: W, 5-4 (GWG-O’Reilly)

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Assists
Matt Moulson … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Points
Sam Reinhart … 7 points … 100 career points
Marco Scandella … 9 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Kyle Okposo … 600th NHL game … Oct. 20 vs. VAN
Jordan Nolan … 300th NHL game … Oct. 24 vs. DET
Victor Antipin … 1st NHL point (assist) … Oct. 24 vs. DET