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Game Preview: 11/4/17 at DAL

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, November 2
Buffalo 5 at Arizona 4
Goals: Pouliot (2), Okposo, Griffith, Kane
Goalie: Lehner (25 saves/29 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 2/2; Shots: Buffalo 31 – Arizona 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 62)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Evan Rodrigues (hand, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 13 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct.5; injured reserve) – 13 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body, Oct. 17; injured reserve) – 7 games
Josh Gorges (lower body, Oct. 20; injured reserve) – 6 games
Nathan Beaulieu (upper body, Oct. 21; injured reserve) – 5 games
Justin Bailey (lower body, Nov. 2) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/30: Assigned D Zach Redmond to Rochester (AHL)
10/31: Recalled D Taylor Fedun from Rochester (AHL)
11/1: Recalled F Nicholas Baptiste from Rochester (AHL); Activated D Justin Falk from IR; Placed D Nathan Beaulieu on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Nov. 7: Washington at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 10: Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 11: Buffalo at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 14: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 17: Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at STARS

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Stars this season.
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Jan. 20 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 3-7-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Stars; 2-8-0 on the road.
  • This is the 121st game all-time between Buffalo and Dallas; Buffalo has a 56-47-17 series record.
  • The Sabres are 23-32-6 on the road against the Stars all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 5-7-4 all-time on November 4.
  • November 4, 1999: Curtis Brown records three points (1+2), including an overtime goal, as the Sabres top the Blackhawks 5-4 at United Center.
  • November 4, 2009: Derek Roy goes 14-for-14 on faceoffs and tallies the game-winning goal in a 3-0 win at home against the Islanders.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is Buffalo’s first of the season against a Central Division opponent. The Sabres went 7-5-2 against the Central Division last season, including a 3-3-1 record in road games.
  • The Sabres are looking to end a five-game road losing streak against the Stars, seeking their first win in Dallas since a 5-4 shootout win on Jan. 15, 2009.
    • The only player on tonight’s rosters who played in that game was Jason Pominville, who recorded two assists and the game-deciding shootout goal.

SHINING AGAINST THE STARS

  • Matt Moulson has 15 points (9+6) in 15 career games against the Stars.
  • Kyle Okposo has 10 points (6+4) in 10 career games against Dallas.
  • Benoit Pouliot has six points (2+4) in his last six games against the Stars.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel (4+9) and Evander Kane (7+6) both have 13 points in 13 games this season, including a point each in both of the last two games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 10 points (4+6) in his last eight games and had three assists on Thursday at Arizona.
  • Benoit Pouliot has five points (4+1) in his last five games, including a three-point performance (2+1) at Arizona on Thursday. It was his two-goal game since Oct. 26, 2016 vs. Washington and his first three-point game since he tallied four (0+4) on Feb. 11, 2016. The Sabres are 4-0-0 when Pouliot records a point so far this season.
  • Robin Lehner is 3-1-0 in his last four games and seeking four wins in five games for the first time since Feb. 11 to 18.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 11/3 games)

  • Kane: 3 SHG (1st), 66 S (1st)
  • O’Reilly: 198 FOW (1st), 324 FO (2nd), 61.1% FO% (4th), 3 PPG (T-7th)
  • Ristolainen: 27:09 TOI/GP (1st)

BUF-DAL CONNECTIONS
Justin Bailey:

  • Played with Radek Faksa for the Kitchener Rangers (OHL) from 2012-2014.

Chad Johnson:

  • Teammates with Martin Hanzal for the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2012-13 season.

Evander Kane:

  • Won a gold medal with Jamie Benn for Team Canada at the 2009 World Junior Championship. They were also teammates for Canada at the 2012 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Jason Spezza for Team Canada at the 2011 World Championship.
  • Represented Canada with Marc Methot during the 2011 and 2012 World Championships.

Johan Larsson:

  • Represented Sweden alongside John Klingberg at the 2011 World Junior Championship.

Robin Lehner:    

  • Played with Jason Spezza for the Ottawa Senators from 2010-2014. Marc Methot was also on the team from 2012-2015, as was Ben Bishop from 2011-2013.
  • Represented Sweden alongside John Klingberg at the 2011 World Junior Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Represented the United States alongside Ben Bishop at the 2010 World Championship.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Teammates with Jamie Benn and Marc Methot for Canada at the 2012 World Championship.
  • Represented Team Canada at the 2013 World Championship with Dan Hamhuis.
  • Teammates with Dan Hamhuis, Tyler Seguin and Jason Spezza for Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.

Jason Pominville:

  • Played with Martin Hanzal for the Minnesota Wild during part of the 2016-17 season.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with Tyler Seguin for the Boston Bruins during the 2011-12 season.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Teammates with Esa Lindell for Team Finland at the 2012 World U18 Championship and the 2016 World Championship.

Marco Scandella:

  • Played with Martin Hanzal for the Minnesota Wild during part of the 2016-17 season.

NHL Draft:

  • The first round of the 2005 NHL Draft saw both Benoit Pouliot (4th overall) and Martin Hanzal (17th overall) go off the board.
  • Johan Larsson (56th overall), Tyler Pitlick (31st overall) and Stephen Johns (60th overall) were all taken in the second round of the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) was selected one pick after Radek Faksa (13th overall) in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Jake McCabe (44th overall) and Devin Shore (61st overall) were both selected in the second round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Justin Bailey (52nd overall) and Remi Elie (40th overall) were both taken in the second round of the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Nicholas Baptiste (69th overall) and Mattias Janmark (79th overall) were both third-round picks in the 2013 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (38), Kane (27), Pouliot (26)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (23), Scandella (19), Ristolainen (15)
Shots: Kane (66), Eichel (35), O’Reilly (34)

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: 1-2-0 (2), 8/12, 1/8, 6/7

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)
Games Played
Johan Larsson … 9 games … 200 career games played
Assists
Matt Moulson … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 10 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Sam Reinhart … 5 points … 100 career points
Marco Scandella … 8 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Game Preview: 1/26/17 at DAL

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, January 24
Buffalo 5 Nashville 4 (OT)
Goals: Eichel (2), Girgensons, Gionta, Okposo
Goalie: Lehner (35 saves/39 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 2/3; Shots: Nashville 39 – Buffalo 37

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 233)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 47 games
Johan Larsson (wrist, Jan. 3; injured reserve) – 11 games
Josh Gorges (hip, Jan. 7; injured reserve) – 9 games
Jake McCabe (shoulder, Jan. 21) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/20:
Assigned G Linus Ullmark to Rochester (AHL)
1/24: Activated D Dmitry Kulikov from IR; Placed D Josh Gorges on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Jan. 31:
Buffalo at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 2: NY Rangers at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 4: Ottawa at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 6: Buffalo at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 7: San Jose at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at STARS

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Stars this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Dallas 4-1 in Buffalo on Jan. 16
  • The Sabres are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Stars; 3-7-0 on the road.
  • This is the 120th game all-time between Buffalo and Dallas; Buffalo has a 56-46-17 series record.
  • The Sabres are 23-31-6 on the road against the Stars all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-9-1 all-time on January 26.
  • January 26, 1983: The Sabres get goals from seven different players in a 7-3 win at home against the Montreal Canadiens.
  • January 26, 2016: Jack Eichel scores twice and Robin Lehner records 34 saves and his second career assist in his return to Ottawa as the Sabres top the Senators 3-2.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • With wins in their last three games, the Sabres are looking for their first four-game winning streak since Dec. 9 to 15, 2014.
  • After a win when these teams met 10 days ago in Buffalo, the Sabres are looking to win consecutive matchups with the Stars for the first time since they won five in a row from Oct. 13, 2003 to March 10, 2010. The team’s last win in Dallas came during that stretch, on Jan. 15, 2009.
  • The Sabres are 9-3-2 against the Western Conference this season, including points in each of their last seven games (6-0-1) against the West.
  • Buffalo is 5-2-1 against the Central Division in 2016-17. With a win tonight, the Sabres would have wins in four straight matchups against Central Division opponents for the first time since Oct. 10 to Dec. 27, 2009.

SHINING AGAINST THE STARS

  • Matt Moulson has 14 points (8+6) in 14 career games against the Stars.
  • Kyle Okposo has 10 points (6+4) in nine career games against Dallas.
  • Tyler Ennis has eight points (4+4) in seven games against the Stars since the beginning of the 2013-14 season.
  • Anders Nilsson is 1-1-0 in two career games against Dallas with a .957 save percentage and a 2.00 goals-against average.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Cody Franson enters tonight’s game on his first three-game point streak (1+3) since Oct. 2015. A point tonight would give him points in four straight for the first time since he had points in a career-best nine consecutive games in Nov. 2014.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 11 points (2+9) in 10 games since returning from an absence due to an appendectomy. He recorded two points in five of those 10 games.
  • Jack Eichel has 13 points (7+6) in his last 14 games, including three multi-point games in his last five.
  • After scoring in each of the Sabres’ last two games, Brian Gionta has at least a point in each of his last four road games, tallying five points (3+2) in those games.
  • Evander Kane has points (1+3) in three straight road games entering tonight’s contest.

SUDDEN LIFE

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with overtime wins in each of their last three games for just the second time in franchise history, after the team won in overtime on Nov. 5, 10 and 11, 2006. The team has never won four straight games in overtime or a shootout.
  • If tonight’s game goes to overtime, it will be the first time the Sabres have been tied after regulation in four straight games since the team went 2-0-2 (three shootouts) from March 10 to 17, 2012.
  • The Sabres have had four consecutive games decided by an overtime goal only once in franchise history, when the team went 1-0-3 in four games from March 11 to 17, 2004.

FAMILY AFFAIR
With Cal and Ryan O’Reilly on one bench and Jamie and Jordie Benn on the other, this will be the sixth game of the 2016-17 season featuring two sets of brothers facing off against each other. The Vancouver Canucks (Daniel and Henrik Sedin) and Calgary Flames (Dougie and Freddie Hamilton) are the other teams represented.

THE KANE EVENT
Evander Kane
has scored each of his 12 goals this season in his last 24 games, including a team-high 11 even-strength goals. In the period since scoring his first goal of the season on Dec. 3 vs. Boston, he is tied for 10th* among all NHL skaters in goals (12) and is ranked second* in even-strength goals (11).
*All rankings before Jan. 25 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)

.46 (38)

.21 (17)

A/GP

.40 (33)

.24 (20)

.35 (28)

.43 (35)

P/GP

.69 (57)

.53 (43)

.81 (66)

.64 (52)

SOG/GP

2.9 (238)

2.1 (172)

4.1 (337)

2.2 (180)

(82-game pace in parentheses)

ASSIST-OLAINEN

  • Rasmus Ristolainen entered play Wednesday tied for 32nd among all NHL skaters with 25 assists.
  • Ristolainen has recorded an assist on 22.7 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 16 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 Jan. 25 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 22.1% PP% (7th)
  • Eichel: 4.1 S/GP (1st), .46 G/GP (9th)
  • Foligno: 159 hits (5th)
  • Nilsson: .938 EV SV% (3rd), .925 SV% (8th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:40 TOI/GP (3rd, forwards), 57.6 FO% (6th)
  • Ristolainen: 16 PPA (T-3rd), 27:01 TOI (4th), 17 PPP (T-3rd, defensemen), 25 A (T-8th, defensemen)

BUF-DAL CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Lindy Ruff served as head coach of the Sabres for 14-plus seasons (1997-2013), compiling a record of 571-432-162 in 1,165 games. Ruff is the Sabres’ all-time franchise leader in wins, guiding the team to eight postseason appearances, including a trip to the 1999 Stanley Cup Final. He was awarded the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s top coach in 2006. Ruff also played for the Sabres from 1979-89, appearing in 608 games, recording 285 points (102+183) and serving as team captain for three seasons.
  • James Patrick spent seven seasons (2006-2013) as an assistant coach for the Sabres. He also spent six seasons with the Sabres as a player (1998-2004) and registered 74 points (23+51) in 345 games.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Teammates with Kari Lehtonen for the Atlanta Thrashers during the 2008-09 season.
  • Played with Johnny Oduya for the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets from 2009-2012.

Taylor Fedun:     

  • Played one game with Adam Cracknell for the Vancouver Canucks on January 15, 2016.
  • Played three games with Antti Niemi for the San Jose Sharks during the 2014-15 season.
  • Played four games with Ales Hemsky for the Edmonton Oilers during the 2013-14 season.

Marcus Foligno:

  • Played with Cody Eakin for Team Canada at the 2011 World Junior Championship that was held in Buffalo.

Cody Franson:

  • Teammates with Dan Hamhuis for the 2009-10 season with the Nashville Predators.

Brian Gionta:

  • He and Johnny Oduya both played for the New Jersey Devils from 2006-2009.

Evander Kane:

  • Teammates with Jason Spezza for Team Canada at the 2011 World Championship.
  • Played with Johnny Oduya for the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets from 2009-2012.

Dmitry Kulikov:

  • Played alongside Jiri Hudler for a portion of the 2015-16 season with the Florida Panthers.

Robin Lehner:

  • Played with Jason Spezza for the Ottawa Senators from 2010-2014. Ales Hemsky was also on the team for part of the 2013-14 season.
  • Represented Sweden alongside John Klingberg and Patrik Nemeth at the 2011 World Junior Championship.

Anders Nilsson:

  • Played alongside Lauri Korpikoski for a portion of the 2015-16 season with the Edmonton Oilers.
  • Represented Sweden alongside John Klingberg at the 2015 World Championship.

Cal O’Reilly:

  • Played the 2013-14 season for the Phoenix Coyotes along with Lauri Korpikoski.
  • Played parts of three seasons with Dan Hamhuis for the Nashville Predators from 2008-2011.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Teammates with Cody Eakin for Team Canada at the 2009 World U18 Championship.
  • Represented Team Canada at the 2013 World Championship with Dan Hamhuis.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Played alongside Cody Eakin during the 2010-11 season with the Kootenay Ice.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Teammates with Esa Lindell for Team Finland at the 2012 World U18 Championship and the 2016 World Championship.

2009 World Junior Championship:

  • Tyler Ennis, Evander Kane and Jamie Benn all won the gold medal with Team Canada at the 2009 World Junior Championship.

2012 World Championship:

  • Evander Kane, Ryan O’Reilly, Jamie Benn and Patrick Sharp all represented Team Canada at the 2012 World Championship.

2015 World Championship:

  • Tyler Ennis and Ryan O’Reilly were teammates with Cody Eakin, Dan Hamhuis, Tyler Seguin and Jason Spezza for Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Nicolas Deslauriers and Cody Eakin were both selected in the third round of the 2009 NHL Draft. Deslauriers was taken 84th overall by Los Angeles, and Eakin was selected one pick later at 85th overall by Washington.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (159), Ristolainen (122), Carrier (92)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (103), McCabe (64), Gorges (62)
Shots: Kane (119), Okposo (119), O’Reilly (110)

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: 4-3-0 (8), 22/22, 4/19, 14/19

OVERTIME RESULTS (5-4; 107-109 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)

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 … 8 games … 200 NHL games
Points
Cody Franson … 1 point … 200 NHL points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 7 points … 100 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
Justin Falk … 200th NHL game … Jan. 20 vs. DET
Matt Moulson … 600th NHL game … Jan. 20 vs. DET
Kyle Okposo … 400th NHL point … Jan. 24 at NSH

Post-Game Report: 1/16 vs. DAL

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Stars
(18-19-8)
1 0 0 1 32
Sabres
(17-17-9)
2 1 1 4 29

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • The Sabres improved to 8-3-2 against the Western Conference this season, including points in each of their last six games (5-0-1) and wins in each of their last five home games against the West.
  • Tyler Ennis scored just 19 seconds into his return to the lineup after missing 30 games with a groin injury.
    • Ennis now has eight points (4+4) in his last seven games against the Stars.
  • Jake McCabe logged his first goal since March 29, 2016 at Pittsburgh. It was his first career power-play goal and his first career game-winning goal.
  • Jack Eichel’s power-play goal came on his eighth shot of the game, tying a career high. Eichel finished the game with 10 shots, setting the team’s single-game high for the season.
    • Eichel also set a career high with 13 faceoff wins, going 13-for-19 (68.4%).
    • Eichel also scored two goals tonight. The Sabres have improved to 18-7-2 (.704) in Eichel’s career when he scores a goal and 13-3-1 (.794) when he tallies two or more points in a game.
  • Sam Reinhart earned his 19th assist of the season on Eichel’s goal, matching his total from the entire 2015-16 season.

Today’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Stars Lehtonen L .969 1.00
Sabres Lehner W .893 3.16

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Stars Lehtonen 9-12-4 .898 2.88
Sabres Lehner 10-12-5 .922 2.48

Post-Game Audio

Stars head coach Lindy Ruff

Stars forward Patrick Sharp

Stars forward Jamie Benn

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Tyler Ennis

Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe

Game Preview: 1/16/17 vs. DAL

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Friday, January 13
Buffalo 2 at Carolina 5
Goals: Carrier, Gionta
Goalie: Nilsson (33 saves/38 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 4/4; Shots: Carolina 38 – Buffalo 38

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 208)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 42 games
Tyler Ennis (groin, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 30 games
Dmitry Kulikov (lower back, Dec. 29; injured reserve) – 8 games
Johan Larsson (wrist, Jan. 3; injured reserve) – 6 games
Josh Gorges (hip, Jan. 7) – 4 games
Robin Lehner (illness, Jan. 10) – 3 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/10:
Recalled G Linus Ullmark from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Johan Larsson on IR; Placed F Derek Grant on waivers
1/11: F Derek Grant claimed off waivers by Nashville
1/14: Assigned F Justin Bailey and G Linus Ullmark to Rochester (AHL)
1/16: Recalled F Cal O’Reilly from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Jan. 17:
Buffalo at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 20: Detroit at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 21: Buffalo at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 24: Buffalo at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 26: Buffalo at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
STARS at SABRES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Stars this season.
  • Last meeting: Dallas defeated Buffalo 3-0 in Dallas on Nov. 21, 2015
  • Next meeting: Thursday, Jan. 26 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Stars; 7-2-1 at home.
  • This is the 119th game all-time between Buffalo and Dallas; Buffalo has a 55-46-17 series record.
  • The Sabres are 32-15-11 at home against the Stars all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-3-5 all-time on January 16.
  • January 16, 1970: George “Punch” Imlach is named general manager and coach of the Sabres.
  • January 16, 1971: The Sabres top the Minnesota North Stars 4-3 in the only other game between these franchises on this date.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Today’s game is the sixth of eight afternoon games (3 p.m. ET or earlier) for the Sabres this season. The team is 3-2-0 in the first five and was 6-3-2 in 11 afternoon games last season.
  • The Sabres are 7-3-2 against the Western Conference this season, including points in each of their last five games (4-0-1) and wins in each of their last four home games against the West.
  • The Sabres need a win today to avoid their first four-game losing streak against the Stars since they lost the last six games to the Minnesota North Stars before their relocation to Dallas for the 1993-94 season.
  • Matt Moulson has 14 points (8+6) in 13 career games against the Stars.
  • Kyle Okposo has nine points (6+3) in eight career games against Dallas.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has five points (2+3) in his last five games against the Stars.
  • Anders Nilsson is 1-1-0 in two career games against Dallas with a .957 save percentage and a 2.00 goals-against average.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 18 points (3+15) his last 21 games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded 16 points (4+12) in his last 17 games, including seven points (1+6) in five games since returning from a four-game absence following an appendectomy.
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded 12 points (3+9) in his last 12 games.
  • Jack Eichel has tallied seven points (3+4) in his last nine games.

HOT AT HOME

  • Ryan O’Reilly has eight points (2+6) in his last seven home games.
  • Sam Reinhart (1+5) and Marcus Foligno (3+1) each enter tonight’s game with points in four straight home games.
  • Matt Moulson has recorded seven points (1+6) in his last eight home games.
  • Anders Nilsson is 5-1-1 at home this season, with a .941 save percentage and a 1.84 goals-against average in those games.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s seventh of a league-high 19 sets of back-to-back games this season, which will continue tomorrow night at Toronto. The Sabres are 2-2-2 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-3-1 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets this season is: four points (1), three points (2), two points (0), one point (1) and zero points (2).

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 (18)

A/GP

.40 (33)

.24 (20)

.33 (27)

.43 (35)

P/GP

.69 (57)

.53 (43)

.71 (59)

.64 (53)

SOG/GP

2.9 (238)

2.1 (172)

3.7 (305)

2.1 (176)

(82-game pace in parentheses)

ASSIST-OLAINEN

  • Rasmus Ristolainen entered play Sunday tied for 22nd among all NHL skaters with 24 assists.
  • Ristolainen has recorded an assist on 25.3 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 17 goals to fall behind Housley’s pace.

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

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before Dec. 15 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 21.3% PP% (10th)
  • Eichel: 3.7 S/GP (4th)
  • Foligno: 135 hits (9th)
  • Nilsson: .934 EV SV% (8th), .924 SV% (10th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:32 TOI/GP (4th, forwards), 56.9 FO% (8th)
  • Ristolainen: 15 PPA (4th), 26:44 TOI (5th), 16 PPP (T-10th), 24 A (T-6th, defensemen), 27 PTS (T-8th, defensemen)

LAST LINE OF DEFENSE
Buffalo’s goaltenders entered play Sunday with the fifth-best combined save percentage* (.922) in the league. They also had the sixth-best save percentage during 5-on-5 play (.930).

  • The Sabres last finished a season with a combined save percentage* above .920 in the 2009-10 season (.924, Ryan Miller/Patrick Lalime/Jhonas Enroth).
  • They have topped the team’s current mark only four times in franchise history: 1998-99 (.930, Dominik Hasek/Dwayne Roloson/Martin Biron), 1997-98 (.928, Hasek/Steve Shields), 1996-97 (.926, Hasek/Shields/Andrei Trefilov) and 2009-10 (.924, Miller/Lalime/Enroth).

*Combined save percentage excludes empty net goals

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (135), Ristolainen (112), Carrier (82)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (88), McCabe (64), Gorges (62)
Shots: Okposo (103), Kane (97), O’Reilly (95)

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: 0-2-0 (0), 4/9, 0/6, 7/9

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-4; 104-109 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)

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

Cody Franson … 2 games … 500 NHL games
Justin Falk … 3 games … 200 NHL games
Matt Moulson … 3 games … 600 NHL games
Points
Kyle Okposo … 4 points … 400 NHL points
Cody Franson … 5 points … 200 NHL points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 8 points … 100 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
Jack Eichel … 100th NHL game … Jan. 10 vs. PHI
Zach Bogosian … 500th NHL game … Jan. 13 at CAR

 

Game Preview: 11/21/15 at DAL

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Thursday, November 19
Buffalo 2 at St. Louis 3 (SO)
Goals: Reinhart, O’Reilly
Goalie: Ullmark (27 saves/29 shots)
PP: 0/4; PK: 1/3; Shots: Buffalo 34 – St. Louis 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 89)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clot, Oct. 8; injured reserve) – 19 games
Robin Lehner (high ankle sprain, Oct. 10; injured reserve) – 18 games
Mike Weber (knee, Nov. 10; injured reserve) – 5 games
Zemgus Girgensons (upper body, Nov. 17) – 2 games
Mark Pysyk (lower body, Nov. 19) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/17:
Activated D Zach Bogosian from IR; placed D Mike Weber on IR
10/19: Activated F Evander Kane from IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Monday, Nov. 23:
St. Louis at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 25: Nashville at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 27: Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 28: Buffalo at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 1: Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at STARS

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Stars this season.
  • Last meeting: Dallas defeated Buffalo, 3-1, in Buffalo on Nov. 17
  • The Sabres are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Stars; 3-7-0 on the road.
  • This is the 118th game all-time between Buffalo and Dallas; Buffalo has a 55-45-17 series record.
  • The Sabres are 23-30-6 on the road against the Stars all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-11-1 all-time on November 21.
  • November 21, 1981: Jim Schoenfeld and Yvon Lambert each score two goals and Don Edwards makes 28 saves in a 7-1 Sabres victory at Los Angeles.
  • November 21, 2003: Mika Noronen stops 35 Carolina shots to earn his third career shutout in a 5-0 win against the Hurricanes.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Buffalo enters tonight’s game on its first four-game road point streak (3-0-1) since February. A win or overtime loss tonight would give the Sabres points in five straight road games for the first time since March 10 to 27, 2012 (4-0-1).
  • The Sabres need a win tonight to avoid losing four straight games in Dallas for the first time since Oct. 24, 1995 to Oct. 10, 1998.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has scored a goal in each of the Sabres’ last three games, tying the longest goal of his career. O’Reilly has tallied 21 points (5+16) in his last 21 road games dating back to last season.
  • O’Reilly (21:42) led all NHL forwards in ice time per game entering Friday’s games. His 22:18 average time on ice per game since Oct. 29 is the highest 10-game average of his career.

HOT AGAINST DALLAS

  • Matt Moulson has 14 points (8+6) in his last 10 games against the Stars dating back to Jan. 8 2010, including at least a point in each of his five.
  • Tyler Ennis has points in each of his last five games against the Stars, totaling seven points (3+4) in those five games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has at least a point in each of his last four games against Dallas, totaling five points (2+3).
  • David Legwand has 13 points (4+9) in his last 14 games against Dallas dating back to Feb. 26, 2011.

NICE TO SEE YOU AGAIN
The Sabres and Stars are meeting for the second time in four days after Dallas’s win in Buffalo on Tuesday. For the Sabres, this is the third of eight sets of games this season in which they’ll face the same opponent both home and away in a three-game span; two of these are home-and-home series. They are also still in the midst of the fourth such set (Nov. 19 and 23 against St. Louis). The next set will take place on Nov. 25 and 28 against Nashville.

SABRES GOALIES HEATING UP

  • Linus Ullmark has gone 2-1-1 in his last four games with a .939 save percentage and a 1.97 goals-against average.
  • Chad Johnson has gone 1-0-1 in his last three appearances, logging a .959 save percentage and a 1.11 goals-against average.

JOHNNY ON THE SPOT
Chad Johnson
had stopped 70 consecutive shots at even strength before allowing Patrick Marleau’s overtime goal on Nov. 14 at three-on-three. Johnson still has not allowed a five-on-five goal in his last 191:51 of ice time (all situations), including 156:47 played at five-on-five.

FINNISHING TOUCH
Entering play Friday, Rasmus Ristolainen was tied for seventh among NHL defensemen with four goals and tied for fourth among NHL defensemen with four multi-point games this season. No Sabres defenseman has finished a season with five or more multi-point games since Christian Ehrhoff (six) in 2011-12.

QUICK DRAW McGRAW
Entering Wednesday night’s games, Ryan O’Reilly (58.8%) was ranked third in the league in faceoff percentage, trailing only Jonathan Toews (60.9%) and Claude Giroux (60.4%). O’Reilly also ranked sixth in the league with 452 faceoffs taken, accounting for 40.0% of Buffalo’s total faceoffs.

THEY’VE GOT THE POWER
The Sabres are 14-for-62 (22.6%) on the power play this season, tied for third-best in the league before Friday’s games. The Sabres last finished a season above 20 percent on the power play in 2008-09 (21.0%).

OUTSHOOTING OPPONENTS
The Sabres have outshot their opponents in 11 of their first 19 games this season, posting a 4-6-1 record in those games. Last season, the finished the season 5-5-0 in 10 total games when outshooting their opponent.

POSSESSION PROGRESSION

  • The Sabres have led their opponent in even-strength shot attempts (corsi) in nine of the team’s 19 games this season, going 3-5-1 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.
  • Before Friday night’s games, the Sabres ranked 12th in the league with a corsi for percentage of 49.9%. Buffalo finished last season with a CF% of 37.5%. The Sabres last finished a season with a CF% of more than 50% in 2010-11 (50.4%).

(Data courtesy of war-on-ice.com)

BUF-DAL CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Lindy Ruff served as head coach of the Sabres for 14-plus seasons (1997-2013), compiling a record of 571-432-162 in 1,165 games. Ruff is the Sabres’ all-time franchise leader in wins, guiding the team to eight postseason appearances, including a trip to the 1999 Stanley Cup Final. He was awarded the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s top coach in 2006. Ruff also played for the Sabres from 1979-89, appearing in 608 games, recording 285 points (102+183) and serving as team captain for three seasons.
  • James Patrick spent seven seasons (2006-2013) as an assistant coach for the Sabres. He also spent six seasons with the Sabres as a player (1998-2004) and registered 74 points (23+51) in 345 games.

Dan Bylsma:

  • Coached Alex Goligoski for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2008-2011.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Teammates with Kari Lehtonen for the Atlanta Thrashers during the 2008-09 season.
  • Played with Johnny Oduya for the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets from 2009-2012.

Carlo Colaiacovo:

  • Colaiacovo, Jason Spezza and Jamie Oleksiak were all born in Toronto, Ontario.
  • He and Jason Spezza were teammates for Canada at the 2002 World Junior Championship and the 2011 World Championship.
  • Played with Patrick Eaves for the Detroit Red Wings during the 2012-13 season.

Tyler Ennis:

  • Ennis and Vernon Fiddler were both born in Edmonton, Alberta.
  • Teammates with Cody Eakin, Tyler Seguin and Jason Spezza for Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.

Marcus Foligno:

  • Played with Cody Eakin for Team Canada at the 2011 World Junior Championship that was held in Buffalo, N.Y.

Brian Gionta:

  • He and Johnny Oduya both played for the New Jersey Devils from 2006-2009.

Josh Gorges:

  • Teammates with Vernon Fiddler for the Kelowna Rockets (WHL) for part of the 2000-01 season.

Johan Larsson:

  • Represented Sweden alongside John Klingberg at the 2011 World Junior Championship.

David Legwand:

  • Teammates with Vernon Fiddler for the Nashville Predators from 2002-2009.

Jamie McGinn:

  • Played with Jason Demers for the San Jose Sharks from 2009-2012. Antti Niemi was also a part of the team from 2010-2012.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Teammates with Cody Eakin for Team Canada at the 2009 World U18 Championship and the 2015 World Championship. Tyler Seguin and Jason Spezza were also on the 2015 World Championship squad.
  • Played with Jamie Benn and Patrick Sharp for Team Canada at the 2012 World Championship.

2009 World Junior Championship:

  • Tyler Ennis and Jamie Benn won the goal medal with Team Canada at the 2009 World Junior Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Carlo Colaiacovo (17th overall), Jason Spezza (2nd overall) and Ales Hemsky (13th overall) were all taken in the first round of the 2001 NHL Draft.
  • Nicolas Deslauriers and Cody Eakin were both selected in the third round of the 2009 NHL Draft. Deslauriers was taken 84th overall by Los Angeles, and Eakin was selected one pick later at 85th overall by Washington.
  • Tyler Seguin (2nd overall) and Mark Pysyk (23rd overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Valeri Nichuskin (10th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2013 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Deslauriers (48), McGinn (46), Foligno (42)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (47), Ristolainen (34), McCabe (19)
Shots: Eichel (64), O’Reilly (54), Ristolainen (52)

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: 5-2-2 (12), 21/18, 5/24, 19/24

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-1; 99-102 all-time)
Oct. 27 at PHI: W, 4-3 (GWG-Girgensons)

Nov. 14 vs. SJS: L, 2-1 (GWG-Marleau)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-1; 66-52 all-time)
Oct. 21 vs. TOR: W, 2-1 (GDG-Moulson)

Nov. 19 at STL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Steen)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Matt Moulson … 7 games … 500 career games played
Goals
Ryan O’Reilly … 3 goals … 100 career goals
Tyler Ennis … 8 goals … 100 career goals
Assists
Zach Bogosian … 6 assists … 100 career assists
Josh Gorges … 8 assists … 100 career assists

RECENT MILESTONES
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