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Game Preview: 10/20/18 at Los Angeles

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, October 18
Buffalo 1 at San Jose 5
Goals: McCabe
Goalie: Hutton (34 saves/38 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 0/5; PK: 4/7; Shots: San Jose 39 – Buffalo 25

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 32)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 7 games
Sean Malone (knee, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 7 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 7 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/16: Activated D Zach Bogosian from IR; Assigned D Matt Tennyson to Rochester (AHL)
10/17: Signed F Matej Pekar to a three-year, entry-level contract

UPCOMING GAMES
Sunday, Oct. 21: Buffalo at Anaheim, 8 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 25: Montreal at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 27: Buffalo at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 30: Calgary at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 1: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
SABRES at KINGS

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Kings this season.
  • Last meeting: Los Angeles defeated Buffalo 4-2 in Buffalo on Feb. 17
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Dec. 11 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Kings; 2-7-1 on the road
  • This is the 124th game all-time between Buffalo and Los Angeles; Buffalo has a 59-45-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 24-28-10 on the road against the Kings all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-8-2 all-time on October 20.
  • October 20, 2011: Thomas Vanek scores twice, Jason Pominville records a goal and two assists, and Ryan Miller stops 22 shots as the Sabres blank the Florida Panthers 3-0 in Sunrise.
  • October 20, 2017: Kyle Okposo appears in his 600th NHL game, a 4-2 loss vs. Vancouver.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Today’s game is the fourth game of a five-game Pacific Division road trip that concludes tomorrow at Anaheim.
  • Buffalo is visiting Los Angeles before traveling to Anaheim for the second half of a back-to-back set for the third consecutive season. The Sabres lost the Kings game and won the Ducks game in each of the last two seasons.
  • The Sabres are seeking their first road win against the Kings since their 4-2 victory on Oct. 8, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. All five of the team’s trips to Los Angeles since that win have been two-goal losses.

HOT AGAINST LOS ANGELES

  • Jack Eichel has five points (3+2) in five career games against Los Angeles.
  • Patrik Berglund has recorded a point in each of his last three games against the Kings (1+2).
  • Kyle Okposo has totaled five assists in his last four games against Los Angeles.
  • Jason Pominville has recorded six points (1+5) in his last five games against the Kings.
  • Linus Ullmark stopped 20 of 21 shots (.952) in his only previous meeting with Los Angeles on Dec. 12, 2015 in Buffalo to earn the fifth win of his NHL career.

HOME-ICE ADVANTAGE

  • With the exception of the 2011 NHL Premiere* meeting between these teams, the home team has won 15 of the last 16 games between the Sabres and the Kings. During this span, the lone loss by a team in their home arena came in the last matchup between the teams, a 4-2 Kings win at KeyBank Center.
  • The last time the Sabres won in the Kings’ arena was a 5-1 victory on Oct. 23, 2003, when Buffalo snapped a six-game winless streak (0-5-1) in road games against the Kings that had dated back to March 13, 1996 (6-2 Sabres win).

*The Sabres topped the Kings 4-2 in a road game on Oct. 8, 2011, but the game was held in Berlin, Germany as part of the 2011 NHL Premiere series.

BACK-TO-BACK
Today’s game opens up Buffalo’s first of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night at Anaheim. The Sabres finished last season 5-11-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 5-9-2 in the second game. Buffalo’s point breakdown in last season’s back-to-back sets was: four points (1), three points (0), two points (8), one point (2) and zero points (5).

A FRESH FACE

  • On Oct. 4 vs. Boston, Rasmus Dahlin (18 years, 175 days) became the second-youngest player ever to appear in a game with the Sabres, behind only fellow No. 1 pick Pierre Turgeon (18 years, 41 days on Oct. 8, 1987 vs. Minnesota).
  • Dahlin skated 22:37 in his debut, marking the highest ice time recorded by a Sabres player making his NHL debut and the 21st-highest ice time by any NHL player in his first game since the league began tracking ice time in the 1997-98 season.
  • With his assist on Oct. 11 vs. Colorado, Dahlin became the second-youngest player (18 years, 175 days) in franchise history to record a point, behind only Turgeon (18 years, 44 days on Oct. 11, 1987 vs. Washington).
  • Dahlin scored his first NHL goal on Oct. 13 at Arizona, becoming the second-youngest player (18 years, 183 days) in franchise history to score, behind only Turgeon (Oct. 21, 1987 vs. Hartford).
    • He was the youngest defenseman in 23 years to score an NHL goal. His goal came exactly 34 years after Doug Bodger (18 years, 117 days) became the youngest defenseman in the expansion era (since 1967-68) to score his first NHL goal (Oct. 13, 1984).
    • With the goal, he also became the third-youngest defenseman in NHL history to record a game-winner, trailing only Craig Wolanin of the New Jersey Devils (12/9/85 at Minnesota) and Red Garrett of the New York Rangers (12/25/42 at Detroit).

CAPTAIN JACK

  • After being named captain on Oct. 3, Jack Eichel became the 19th full-season captain in franchise history and the 28th player to wear the captain’s “C” for at least a one-month period for the Sabres.
  • At 21 years of age, Eichel is the youngest captain in Sabres history, passing Jim Schoenfeld, who served as the team’s captain as a 23-year-old in the 1975-76 season.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 10/19 games)

  • Eichel: 28 S (T-10th)
  • Hutton: 183 SV (5th)
  • Ristolainen: 25:22 TOI/GP (8th), 22 hits (T-8th)
  • Sheary: 3 PPG (T-4th)
  • Ullmark: 1.000 SV% (T-1st), 0.00 GAA (T-1st), 1 SO (T-2nd)

BUF-LAK CONNECTIONS
Former Kings:

  • Sabres assistant coach Davis Panye was on the coaching staff in Los Angeles from 2012 to 2017. He won Stanley Cups with the club in 2012 and 2014.

Local Players:

  • Kings F Alex Iafallo is a native of Eden, New York. He grew up a fan of the Buffalo Sabres and played youth hockey for the Buffalo Regals. His sister, Julianna, is a forward for the Buffalo Beauts of the NWHL.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Played with Kings G Peter Budaj for the Montreal Canadiens.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Played with Kings F Ilya Kovalchuk for the Atlanta Thrashers.

Jason Botterill:

  • Played with Kings assistant coach Dave Lowry for the Calgary Flames.

Phil Housley:

  • Played with Kings goaltending coach Bill Ranford for the Washington Capitals.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for the New York Islanders with Kings F Nate Thompson.

Davis Payne:

  • Played with Kings goaltending coach Bill Ranford for the Boston Bruins.

Steve Smith:

  • Played with Kings assistant coach Dave Lowry for the Calgary Flames.
  • Played with Kings goaltending coach Bill Ranford for the Edmonton Oilers.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (22), Girgensons (15), Berglund/McCabe (13)
Blocked Shots: Bogosian/McCabe (12), Berglund/Ristolainen (10), Reinhart (9)
Shots: Eichel (28), Skinner (17), Okposo (17)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 3-4-0 (6), 13/22, 4/29, 16/23

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-0; 113-121 all-time)
N/A

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-0; 70-66 all-time)
N/A

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Jason Pominville … 6 games … 1,000 career games played
Remi Elie … 7 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 9 goals … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Points
Jason Pominville … 3 points … 700 career points
Conor Sheary … 3 points … 100 career points
Jason Pominville … 6 points … 497 points with Sabres (T-10th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
Patrik Berglund … 700th NHL game … Oct. 16 at VGK

Post-Game Report: 2/17 vs. Los Angeles

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
 Kings
(31-22-5)
1 3 0 4 36
Sabres
(17-31-11)
0 0 2 2 35

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • Today’s loss snapped the Sabres’ eight-game home winning streak against the Kings.
  • It was the Kings’ first win in Buffalo since Feb. 21, 2003. They became the first team to win a road game in this series since the Sabres’ victory on Oct. 23, 2003 in Los Angeles.
  • The Sabres are now 14-2-1 in their last 17 home games against the Kings.
  • With his goal, Rasmus Ristolainen now has points in four straight home games (1+3) and 18 points (5+13) in his last 22 games overall.

 

Today’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Kings Quick W .943 2.00
Sabres Lehner
Johnson
L
ND
.867
1.000
6.04
0.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Kings Quick 22-21-2 .920 2.51
Sabres Lehner
Johnson
12-22-8
4-9-3
.910
.888
2.95
3.48

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jason Pominville

Sabres forward Johan Larsson

Sabres defenseman Marco Scandella

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Kings head coach John Stevens

Kings forward Alex Iafallo

Kings forward Anze Kopitar

Kings forward Michael Amadio

Game Preview: 2/17/18 vs. Los Angeles

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, February 15
Buffalo 2 at Ottawa 3 (OT)
Goals: Wilson, Rodrigues
Goalie: Lehner (33 saves/36 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 4/4; Shots: Ottawa 36 – Buffalo 25

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 202)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 15 games
Jake McCabe (thumb, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 5 games
Jack Eichel (high-ankle sprain, Feb. 11) – 3 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/11: Recalled F Nicholas Baptiste from Rochester (AHL); Placed D Jake McCabe on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Monday, Feb. 19: Washington at Buffalo, 3 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 22: Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 24: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 25: Boston at Buffalo, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 28: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
KINGS at SABRES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Kings this season.
  • Last meeting: Los Angeles defeated Buffalo 4-2 in Los Angeles on Oct. 14, 2017
  • The Sabres are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Kings; 9-1-0 at home
  • This is the 123rd game all-time between Buffalo and Los Angeles; Buffalo has a 59-44-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 35-16-9 at home against the Kings all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-9-6 all-time on February 17.
  • February 17, 1982: Gilbert Perreault scores his 383rd career goal (a game-winner) to lift the Sabres a 3-2 victory at Chicago. While he would go on to score 512 goals with the Sabres, Perreault only needed the first 383 to set the franchise record; Rick Martin ranks second in franchise history with 382 goals with the team.
  • February 17, 2001: The Sabres chase Martin Brodeur with four goals on 18 shots on the way to a 5-1 victory.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres have scored at least four goals in three consecutive home games for the first time since January 2017. With four goals today, the team would stretch that streak to four straight home games for the first time since the first four home games of the 2007-08 season.
  • Buffalo and Los Angeles have split the season series in each of the last four seasons and would do so again with a Sabres win today.
  • The Sabres are 61-23-17 (.688) all-time in home games against the Pacific Division
  • Kyle Okposo has five assists in his last three games against the Kings.
  • Jason Pominville is on a four-game point streak against Los Angeles, totaling six points (1+5) in those games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has nine points (5+4) in his last nine games against the Kings.
  • Chad Johnson is 2-0-0 in three career appearances against the Kings with a .942 save percentage.

HOME-ICE ADVANTAGE

  • With the exception of the 2011 NHL Premiere* meeting between these teams, the home team has won the last 15 games between the Sabres and the Kings.
  • The last time one of these teams won in the other team’s arena was a 5-1 Sabres victory on Oct. 23, 2003, when the Sabres snapped a six-game winless streak (0-5-1) in road games against the Kings that dated back to March 13, 1996 (6-2 Sabres win).

*The Sabres topped the Kings 4-2 in a road game on Oct. 8, 2011, but the game was held in Berlin, Germany as part of the 2011 NHL Premiere series.

KING SLAYERS

  • The Sabres are 14-1-1 (one tie) in their last 16 home games against the Kings, dating back to a 2-0 Sabres win on Dec. 17, 1993. During this stretch, the Sabres have outscored the Kings 67-25 on home ice.
  • The Kings have not won a game in Buffalo since their 4-1 win at HSBC Arena on Feb. 21, 2003.
  • The Sabres are 8-0-0 at home against Los Angeles since the last Kings win in Buffalo, outscoring the visitors by a combined 39-12 margin in those contests. With a win tonight, the Sabres would extend the longest home-winning streak against the Kings in franchise history.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded 18 points (9+9) in his last 17 games.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 16 points (6+10) in his last 14 games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 17 points (4+13) in his last 21 games dating back to Dec. 29. Ristolainen’s 17 points during that span tied for fourth among NHL defensemen entering play Friday.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded 16 points (3+13) in his last 16 games, including four multi-point games.
  • Casey Nelson, who scored his first NHL goal on Sunday vs. Colorado, has points in five of his last six games (1+4).
  • Evan Rodrigues has tallied five points (2+3) in his last five games.
  • Scott Wilson has four points (3+1) in his last four games.

HOT AT HOME

  • Kyle Okposo has totaled 14 points (2+12) in his last 14 home games, including three multi-point home games in the month of January.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 14 points (6+8) in 11 home games dating back to the team’s game on Dec. 22 vs. Philadelphia.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled nine points (4+5) in his last seven home games.
  • Casey Nelson has recorded a point in each of his last four home games (1+3).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has tallied an assist in each of his last three home games.

PLAYING WITH POWER

  • The Sabres have tallied at least one power-play goal in 12 of their last 17 games dating back to Jan. 7 at Philadelphia (and went 0-for-0 on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus), converting at a 32.0 percent clip during that span.
  • Buffalo’s power-play percentage during this stretch led the league entering play Friday, as did the team’s 16 power-play goals.
  • During that stretch, the Sabres have five players with at least seven power-play points.
  • Ryan O’Reilly led the league entering play Friday with seven power-play goals scored since Jan. 7. Kyle Okposo tied for the league lead with 10 power-play points during that stretch.
  • O’Reilly has taken 74.7 percent of the team’s power-play faceoffs during that span, going 51-for-74 (68.9%).
  • O’Reilly’s 11 power-play goals this season ranked fourth in the league entering play Friday.

DANGEROUS KILLERS

  • The Sabres scored two shorthanded goals on Sunday vs. Colorado, marking the second time this season the team has scored two shorthanded goals in a game (last: Oct. 7 at NY Islanders).
  • Buffalo entered play Friday tied for the league lead with nine shorthanded goals this season, the team’s highest total since the 2007-08 season (9).
  • Entering play Friday, the Sabres were the only team with three players who have scored at least two shorthanded goals this season (Kane – 3, Girgensons – 2, Pouliot – 2).
  • Ryan O’Reilly’s four shorthanded assists led the league entering Friday’s games, and his four shorthanded points tied for second.

DRAWING ATTENTION*

  • Ryan O’Reilly went 29-for-39 (74.4%) on the draw on Sunday vs. Colorado. The 29 wins set a new career-high mark for O’Reilly, topping his previous high of 26 (Feb. 8 vs. St. Louis). He now holds the nine highest single-game totals in franchise history.
  • O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (867) and faceoff percentage (61.0%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 867 wins already rank as the sixth-most wins by a Sabre in a season and are on pace to become the third-most by any NHL player in a season:
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2005-06 – 1,268
    • Adam Oates (WSH), 1999-00 – 1,235
    • Ryan O’Reilly *pace* (BUF), 2017-18 1,232
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2001-02 – 1,218
    • Joe Sakic (COL), 2000-01 – 1,214
  • At his current pace, O’Reilly would become just the third player ever to win at least 1,000 faceoffs in a season while maintaining a faceoff percentage of at least 59 percent, joining Rod Brind-Amour (five times) and Patrice Bergeron (two times).

*The NHL began keeping faceoff stats in the 1997-98 season.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 2/16 games)

  • Girgensons: 2 SHG (T-6th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 210 S (5th), 3 SHP (T-6th)
  • O’Reilly: 867 FOW (1st), 61.0% FO% (1st), 1,422 FO (1st), 4 SHP (T-2nd), 11 PPG (4th)
  • Pouliot: 2 SHG (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:31 TOI/GP (3rd)

BUF-LAK CONNECTIONS
Former Kings: 

  • Jordan Nolan was selected by the Kings in the seventh round (186th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft. He went on to win two Stanley Cups and record 42 points (20+22) in 292 games for Los Angeles.

Local Products:

  • Alex Iafallo was born in Eden, New York.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Represented Canada alongside Tanner Pearson at the 2012 World Junior Championship.

Justin Falk:

  • Played with Darcy Kuemper and Christian Folin for the Minnesota Wild during the 2014-15 season.

Robin Lehner:

  • Played alongside Jake Muzzin for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) during the 2009-10 season.

Jordan Nolan:

  • Played alongside Jake Muzzin for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) during the 2009-10 season.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Teammates with Kyle Clifford for Team Canada at the 2009 World U18 Championship.
  • Played with Jake Muzzin and Tyler Toffoli for Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played alongside Trevor Lewis at the 2007 World Junior Championship for the United States.
  • Represented the United States at the 2009 World Championship alongside Dustin Brown.

Jason Pominville:

  • Represented the United States alongside Dustin Brown at the 2008 World Championship.
  • Played with Darcy Kuemper for the Minnesota Wild from 2012-2017. Christian Folin was also on the team from 2013-2017.

Marco Scandella:

  • Played with Darcy Kuemper for the Minnesota Wild from 2012-2017. Christian Folin was also on the team from 2013-2017.

NHL Draft:

  • Benoit Pouliot (4th overall) and Anze Kopitar (11th overall) were first-round picks in the 2005 NHL Draft.
  • Justin Falk (110th overall) and Alec Martinez (95th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2007 NHL Draft.
  • Ryan O’Reilly (33rd overall), Robin Lehner (46th overall) and Kyle Clifford (35th overall) were all selected in the second round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Johan Larsson (56th overall) and Tyler Toffoli (47th overall) were both second-round picks in the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Tanner Pearson (30th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Adrian Kempe (29th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2014 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (142), McCabe (113), Kane (110)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (85), McCabe (79), Ristolainen (76)
Shots: Kane (210), Eichel (201), O’Reilly (155)

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: 3-4-3 (9), 24/33, 3/25, 23/28
41-50: 4-6-0 (8), 27/31, 10/33, 15/26
51-60: 3-4-1 (7), 24/25, 6/19, 29/35

OVERTIME RESULTS (3-10; 111-121 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)
Jan. 22 at CGY: W, 2-1 (GWG-Eichel)
Feb. 6 vs. ANA: L, 4-3 (GWG-Henrique)
Feb. 15 at OTT: L, 3-2 (GWG-Hoffman)

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Points
Zemgus Girgensons … 3 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Ryan O’Reilly … 400th NHL point … Feb. 11 vs. Colorado
Casey Nelson … 1st NHL goal … Feb. 11 vs. Colorado

Game Preview: 10/14/17 at LAK

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, October 12
Buffalo 2 at San Jose 3
Goals: Pominville (2)
Goalie: Lehner (23 saves/26 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 2/3; Shots: San Jose 26 – Buffalo 25

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 12)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Justin Falk (undisclosed, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 4 games
Evan Rodrigues (hand, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 4 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct.5) – 4 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
Sunday, Oct. 15: Buffalo at Anaheim, 9 p.m.
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.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at KINGS

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Kings this season.
  • Last meeting: Los Angeles defeated Buffalo 2-0 in Los Angeles on March 16
  • The Sabres are 6-4-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Kings; 2-7-1 on the road
  • This is the 122nd game all-time between Buffalo and Los Angeles; Buffalo has a 59-43-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 24-27-10 on the road against the Kings all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-9-1 all-time on October 14.
  • October 14, 1971: Mike Robitaille scores his first goal as a member of the Sabres.
  • October 14, 2006: Chris Drury records his first and only hat trick in a Sabres uniform in a 7-4 win over the New York Rangers.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is Buffalo’s second in a four-game road trip against Pacific Division opponents. The Sabres will visit Anaheim tomorrow night before visiting Vegas for the team’s first-ever meeting with the Golden Knights on Tuesday.
  • Buffalo and Los Angeles have split the season series in each of the last four seasons.
  • The Sabres are seeking their first road win against the Kings since their 4-2 victory on Oct. 8, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. All four of the team’s trips to Los Angeles since that win have been 2-0 Kings wins.
  • Kyle Okposo has five assists in his last three games against the Kings.
  • Jason Pominville has four points in his last three games against Los Angeles.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has nine points (5+4) in his last eight games against the Kings.
  • Chad Johnson is 2-0-0 in three appearances against the Kings with a .942 save percentage.

HOME-ICE ADVANTAGE

  • With the exception of the 2011 NHL Premiere* meeting between these teams, the home team has won the last 14 games between the Sabres and the Kings.
  • The last time one of these teams won in the other team’s arena was a 5-1 Sabres victory on Oct. 23, 2003, when the Sabres snapped a six-game winless streak (0-5-1) in road games against the Kings that dated back to March 13, 1996 (6-2 Sabres win).
  • Buffalo enters tonight’s game 0-5-1 in the team’s last six games in Los Angeles.

*The Sabres topped the Kings 4-2 in a road game on Oct. 8, 2011, but the game was held in Berlin, Germany as part of the 2011 NHL Premiere series.

MULTI-GOAL GAMES

  • The Sabres have had a multi-goal scorer in each of their first four games of the season (PominvilleKaneKanePominville).
  • It marks the first time the team has had a player score at least two goals in four straight games since March 12 to 19, 2013 (Foligno, Stafford, Hodgson, Ott).
  • With a multi-goal game tonight, the team would have a multi-goal scorer in five straight games for the first time since Jan.20 to Feb.1, 2007 (Briere, Drury, Hecht, Briere, Drury).

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s first of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night at Anaheim. 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 before 10/13 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 2 SHG (T-2nd), 92.8% PK (4th)
  • Kane: 2 SHG (1st), 27 S (2nd), 4 G, (T-5th)
  • O’Reilly: 63.9% FO% (8th)
  • Pominville: 4 G (T-5th)

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-LAK CONNECTIONS
Former Kings: 

  • Matt Moulson spent two seasons with the Kings and recorded 10 points (6+4) in 29 games.
  • Jordan Nolan was selected by the Kings in the seventh round (186th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft. He went on to win two Stanley Cups and record 42 points (20+22) in 292 games for Los Angeles.

Local Products:

  • Alex Iafallo was born in Eden, New York.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Represented Canada alongside Tanner Pearson at the 2012 World Junior Championship.

Jack Eichel:

  • Represented the United States at the 2015 World Championship with Trevor Lewis.

Josh Gorges:

  • Teammates with Jeff Carter for Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championship.
  • Teammates with Michael Cammalleri for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2012.

Jacob Josefson:

  • Teammates with Michael Cammalleri for the New Jersey Devils from 2014-2017.

Robin Lehner:

  • Played alongside Jake Muzzin for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) during the 2009-10 season.

Jake McCabe:

  • Was a member of the United States NTDP during the 2009-10 season with Nick Shore and Derek Forbort.

Matt Moulson:

  • His is the brother-in-law of Jonathan Quick.
  • Was a member of the Los Angeles Kings with Michael Cammalleri during the 2007-08 season.
  • Played with Darcy Kuemper for the Minnesota Wild during part of the 2013-14 season.

Jordan Nolan:

  • Played alongside Jake Muzzin for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) during the 2009-10 season.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Teammates with Kyle Clifford for Team Canada at the 2009 World U18 Championship.
  • Played with Jake Muzzin and Tyler Toffoli for Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played alongside Trevor Lewis at the 2007 World Junior Championship for the United States.
  • Represented the United States at the 2009 World Championship alongside Dustin Brown.

Jason Pominville:

  • Represented the United States alongside Dustin Brown at the 2008 World Championship.
  • Played with Darcy Kuemper for the Minnesota Wild from 2012-2017. Christian Folin was also on the team from 2013-2017.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with Michael Cammalleri for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2011.

Marco Scandella:

  • Played with Darcy Kuemper for the Minnesota Wild from 2012-2017. Christian Folin was also on the team from 2013-2017.

NHL Draft:

  • Jason Pominville (55th overall) and Michael Cammalleri (49th overall) were both selected in the second round of the 2001 NHL Draft.
  • Benoit Pouliot (4th overall) and Anze Kopitar (11th overall) were first-round picks in the 2005 NHL Draft.
  • Kyle Okposo (7th overall) and Trevor Lewis (17th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Ryan O’Reilly (33rd overall), Robin Lehner (46th overall) and Kyle Clifford (35th overall) were all selected in the second round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Jordan Nolan and Nic Dowd were both seventh-round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft. Nolan went off the bard at 186th overall and Dowd was the 198th overall pick.
  • Johan Larsson (56th overall) and Tyler Toffoli (47th overall) were both second-round picks in the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Tanner Pearson (30th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Adrian Kempe (29th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2014 NHL Draft

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Kane (10), Ristolainen (10), Pouliot (9)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (6), Ristolainen (6), Gorges (5)
Shots: Kane (27), Ristolainen (13), Okposo (11)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 0-3-1 (1), 9/18, 2/16, 13/14

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 … 6 games … 300 career games played
Assists
Jason Pominville … 3 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: 3/16/17 at LAK

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, March 14
Buffalo 1 at San Jose 4
Goals: Eichel
Goalie: Lehner (37 saves/41 shots)
PP: 0/1; PK: 2/3; Shots: San Jose 41 – Buffalo 23

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 339)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 70 games
Johan Larsson (wrist, Jan. 3; injured reserve) – 34 games
William Carrier (knee, Feb.4; injured reserve) – 20 games
Kyle Okposo (ribs, March 4) – 6 games
Dmitry Kulikov (upper body, March 5) – 5 games

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

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, March 17:
Buffalo at Anaheim, 10 p.m.
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.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at KINGS

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Kings this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Los Angeles 6-3 in Buffalo on Dec. 13, 2016
  • The Sabres are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Kings; 2-7-1 on the road
  • This is the 121st game all-time between Buffalo and Los Angeles; Buffalo has a 59-42-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 24-26-10 on the road against the Kings all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-6-7 all-time on March 16.
  • March 16, 1975: Gilbert Perreault scores three goals and assists on three more as the Sabres defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 11-3 on the road.
  • March 16, 1989: The Sabres get a goal from six different scorers (Andreychuk, Arniel, Foligno, Hogue, Krupp, Turgeon) in a 6-1 win at Hartford.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is Buffalo’s second in a three-game road trip against Pacific Division opponents. The Sabres are 6-5-1 against the Pacific Division this season.
  • With a win tonight, the Sabres will have defeated the Kings twice in a season for the first time since 2003-04. The teams have split the only three multi-game season series since then (2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16).
  • The Sabres are seeking their first road win against the Kings since Oct. 8, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. All three trips to Los Angeles since that win have been 2-0 Kings wins.
  • Evander Kane and Ryan O’Reilly both have 10 points (5+5) in their last 10 games against Los Angeles.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has three assists in his last three games against the Kings.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel has not gone two games without a point since Jan. 31 and Feb. 2. In the 20 games since, Eichel has totaled 27 points (8+19).
  • Evander Kane has 22 points (13+9) in his last 24 games, including 11 goals in his last 16.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has a point in 14 of his last 20 games (2+13).
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded eight points (3+7) in his last eight games.
  • Matt Moulson has a point in four of his last five games (1+3) and is seeking his first four-game point streak since he posted points in eight straight games from Jan. 28 to March 9, 2014.

HOME-ICE ADVANTAGE
With the exception of the 2011 NHL Premiere* meeting between these teams, the home team has won the last 13 games between the Sabres and the Kings. The last time one of these teams won in the other team’s arena was a 5-1 Sabres victory on Oct. 23, 2003, when the Sabres snapped a six-game winless streak (0-5-1) in road games against the Kings that dated back to March 13, 1996 (6-2 Sabres win).

*The Sabres topped the Kings, 4-2, in a road game on Oct. 8, 2011, but the game was held in Berlin, Germany as part of the 2011 NHL Premiere series.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s 15th of a league-high 19 sets of back-to-back games this season, which will conclude tomorrow at Anaheim. The Sabres are 6-5-3 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 eighth among all NHL skaters with 48 points (20+28) and leads the league with 197 shots on goal.
  • Eichel leads the league in assists (19) and is tied for the league-lead in points (27) since the beginning of February.
  • Eichel has logged 33 points (12+21) in his last 28 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 .98 points per game rank him 10th among all players with at least 20 games played this season.

*All rankings before 3/15 games.

THE KANE EVENT

  • Evander Kane has scored each of his 25 goals this season in his last 46 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 ranks second in shots on goal (184).
  • Kane’s current pace of .379 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).

*All rankings before 3/15 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)

.41 (33)

.24 (19)

A/GP

.40 (33)

.24 (20)

.57 (47)

.40 (33)

P/GP

.69 (57)

.53 (43)

.98 (80)

.63 (52)

SOG/GP

2.9 (238)

2.1 (172)

4.0 (330)

2.3 (192)

(82-game pace in parentheses)

THEY’VE GOT THE POWER

  • The Sabres entered play Wednesday ranked first in the league with a 23.6% 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 27th-best season by any team since the league began publishing the stat in 1987-88.

ASSIST-OLAINEN
Rasmus Ristolainen
entered play Wednesday 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 before 3/15 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 23.6% PP% (1st)
  • Eichel: 4.0 S/GP (1st), .98 PTS/GP (10th)
  • Foligno: 246 hits (3rd)
  • Kane: 22 EVG (T-10th), 3.6 S/GP (7th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:39 TOI/GP (1st, forwards), 57.5 FO% (6th)
  • Ristolainen: 23 PPA (T-1st), 26:59 TOI (4th), 151 BkS (7th), 24 PPP (T-8th), 38 A (6th, defensemen), 43 PTS (T-10th, defensemen)

BUF-LAK Connections
Former Sabres:

  • Brayden McNabb was selected by the Sabres in the third round (66th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft. He spent two seasons in Buffalo, suiting up for 37 games and tallying eight points (1+7) before being traded to the Kings on March 5, 2014.

Former Kings: 

  • Dan Bylsma played for Los Angeles from 1995-2000 and had 30 points (9+21) in 220 games during his five seasons for the Kings.
  • Nicolas Deslauriers was the Kings’ third-round draft selection (84th overall) in the 2009 NHL Draft. He never played for the Kings and was traded to Buffalo on March 5, 2014 along with Hudson Fasching in the Brayden McNabb
  • The Kings selected Hudson Fasching in the fourth round (118th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft before trading him and Nicolas Deslauriers to the Sabres on March 5, 2015.
  • Matt Moulson spent two seasons with the Kings and recorded 10 points (6+4) in 29 games.
  • Terry Murray served as the Kings’ head coach from 2008-2011, posting a 139-106-30 mark behind the bench for the Kings.

Dan Bylsma:

  • Coached Jarome Iginla for part of the 2012-13 season.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Played with Dustin Brown for the United States at the 2009 World Championship.

Jack Eichel:

  • Represented the United States at the 2015 World Championship with Trevor Lewis.

Tyler Ennis:

  • He and Jarome Iginla were both born in Edmonton, Alberta.
  • Played with Jake Muzzin and Tyler Toffoli for Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.

Josh Gorges:

  • Teammates with Jeff Carter for Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Robin Lehner:

  • Played alongside Jordan Nolan and Jake Muzzin for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) during the 2009-10 season.
  • Played with Ben Bishop for the Ottawa Senators from 2011-2013.

Jake McCabe:

  • Was a member of the United States NTDP during the 2009-10 season with Nick Shore and Derek Forbort.

Matt Moulson:

  • He is the brother-in-law of Jonathan Quick.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Teammates with Kyle Clifford and Brayden McNabb for Team Canada at the 2009 World U18 Championship.
  • Played with Jake Muzzin and Tyler Toffoli for Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Played with Brayden McNabb for the Kootenay Ice (WHL) during the 2010-11 season.

NHL Draft:

  • Cody Franson (79th overall),Jonathan Quick (72nd overall) and Ben Bishop (85th overall) were all third-round picks in the 2005 NHL Draft.
  • Zach Bogosian, Tyler Ennis and Drew Doughty were all selected in the first round of the 2008 NHL Draft. Doughty was the 2nd overall pick, Bogosian was the 3rd overall selection and Ennis was chosen 26th overall.
  • Ryan O’Reilly (33rd overall), Robin Lehner (46th overall) and Kyle Clifford (35th overall) were all selected in the second round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Nicolas Deslauriers and Brayden McNabb, who were involved in the same trade in 2014, were both third-round selections in the 2009 NHL Draft. McNabb went 66th overall to the Sabres, and Deslauriers was taken 84th overall by the Kings.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Tanner Pearson (30th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (246), Ristolainen (174), Gorges (123)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (151), McCabe (99), Gorges (93)
Shots: Kane (209), Eichel (197), Ristolainen (169)

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

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 … 6 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