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Game Preview: 10/14/17 at LAK

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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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

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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

Post-Game Report: 12/13 vs. LAK

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Kings
(14-12-2)
1 1 1 3 33
Sabres
(11-11-6)
0 4 2 6 26

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • With the win, the Sabres have now gone 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.
    • Buffalo is now 8-0-0 in their last eight home games against the Kings, outscoring the visitors by a combined 39-12 margin in those contests.
  • The Sabres’ four goals in the second period marked the first time the team scored four or more in a period since the team scored five in the third period on Dec. 26, 2015 at Boston.
  • Buffalo overcame a two-goal deficit for the first time since
    March 26, 2016 vs. Winnipeg (3-2 win).
  • The Sabres’ two goals 12 seconds apart were their quickest since Cody Hodgson and Nathan Gerbe scored six seconds apart on April 9, 2013 vs. NY Rangers.
  • Jack Eichel, who scored two goals and recorded an assist tonight, now has 14 points (6+8) in his last 12 games played going back to last season, including four multi-point efforts in his last 10.
    • The Sabres now have a 4-2-1 record this season with Eichel in the lineup and have improved to 28-14-4 (.652) in Eichel’s career when he records a point and 11-3-1 (.767) when he has at least two.
  • Brian Gionta scored his team-leading seventh even strength goal of the season.
  • Kyle Okposo tallied three assists tonight and now has 11 points (4+7) in his last 10 games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen, who recorded two assists tonight, has tied his career high with a four-game point streak (1+6).
    • Ristolainen now has 11 points (1+10) in his last 10 games.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Kings Budaj

Zatkoff

ND

L

.818

.667

4.54

9.68

Sabres Lehner W .909 3.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Kings Budaj

Zatkoff

13-7-2

1-5-0

.907

.882

2.27

3.20

Sabres Lehner 6-9-4 .919 2.47

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo

Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Kings head coach Darryl Sutter

Kings forward Jeff Carter

Kings forward Anze Kopitar

Game Preview: 12/13/16 vs. LAK

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Friday, December 9
Washington 4 at Buffalo 1
Goals: Okposo
Goalie: Lehner (25 saves/28 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 1/5; PK: 1/3; Shots: Washington 29 – Buffalo 28

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 146)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 27 games
Zach Bogosian (MCL sprain, Nov. 3) – 18 games
Tyler Ennis (groin, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 15 games
Taylor Fedun (shoulder, Dec. 5) – 3 games
Derek Grant (illness, Dec. 9) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
12/8:
Assigned D Erik Burgdoerfer to Rochester (AHL)
12/9: Activated F Nicolas Deslauriers and D Dmitry Kulikov from IR; Assigned D Brendan Guhle to Prince George (WHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, Dec. 16:
NY Islanders at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 17: Buffalo at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 20: Buffalo at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 22: Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 23: Buffalo at NY Islanders, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
KINGS at SABRES

  • 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 Feb. 27
  • Next meeting: Thursday, March 16 in Los Angeles
  • The Sabres are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Kings; 9-1-0 at home
  • This is the 120th game all-time between Buffalo and Los Angeles; Buffalo has a 58-42-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 34-16-9 at home against the Kings all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-10-3 all-time on December 13.
  • December 13, 1972: The Sabres defeat the Boston Bruins 7-3 in a game which featured 154 penalty minutes, including 76 by the Sabres alone. Among the penalties was the infamous fight that featured Sabres defenseman Jim Schoenfeld crashing through the zamboni doors with Bruins forward Wayne Cashman.
  • December 13, 2008: Thomas Vanek scores the 10,000th goal in franchise history in a 4-2 win at New Jersey.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with a 5-3-2 record in their last 10 games, including a 4-1-1 record in their last six home games.
  • Buffalo is 8-1-3 in its last 12 home games against Western Conference opponents.
  • The Sabres are 57-19-16 (.707) all-time in home games against the Pacific Division, including an 11-0-3 record in the last 14 games. No Pacific Division team has won a game in regulation in Buffalo since the Edmonton Oilers topped the Sabres 3-2 on Nov. 7, 2014.
  • Buffalo was ranked fourth in the NHL in power play percentage (22.8%) and sixth in team faceoff percentage (51.7%) entering play Monday.
  • Evander Kane and Ryan O’Reilly both have nine points (4+5) in their last nine games against Los Angeles.

HOME-ICE ADVANTAGE
With the exception of the 2011 NHL Premiere* meeting between these teams, the home team has won the last 12 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 13-1-1 (one tie) in their last 15 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 61-22 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 7-0-0 at home against Los Angeles since the last Kings win in Buffalo, outscoring the visitors by a combined 33-9 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?

  • Rasmus Ristolainen has nine points in his last nine games (1+8), including eight (1+7) his last six.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has seven points (2+5) in his last six games.
  • Jack Eichel has 11 points (4+7) in his last 11 games dating back to last season, including five points (3+2) in six games in 2016-17.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before Dec. 12 games)

  • Carrier: 21 hits/60 (3rd)
  • Foligno: 86 hits (8th)
  • Moulson: 6 PPG (T-7th)
  • Nilsson: .957 EV SV% (1st), .932 SV% (7th)
  • Okposo: 12 PPP (T-6th)
  • O’Reilly: 22:04 TOI/GP (1st, forwards), 58.3 FO% (7th)
  • Ristolainen: 11 PPA (T-1st), 26:49 TOI/GP (5th), 12 PPP (T-6th), 16 A (T-4th, defensemen)

RETURN OF THE JACK

  • Jack Eichel returned to the Sabres‘ lineup on Nov. 29 at Ottawa after missing the team’s first 21 games with a high-ankle sprain. In his first six games of the season, Eichel has recorded five points (3+2).
  • The Sabres have a 3-2-1 record this season with Eichel in the lineup and have improved to 27-14-4 (.644) in Eichel’s career when he records a point and 10-3-1 (.750) when he has at least two.

LAST LINE OF DEFENSE

  • Buffalo’s goaltenders had the sixth-best combined save percentage* (.924) in the league entering play Monday. They also had the sixth-best save percentage during 5-on-5 play (.936).
  • 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) and 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), 2009-10 (.924, Miller/Lalime/Enroth)

*Combined save percentage excludes empty net goals

BUF-LAK CONNECTIONS
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 exchange for Brayden McNabb.
  • 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 Jeff Zatkoff while he was a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2013-14 season.

Jack Eichel:

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

Justin Falk:

  • Was a member of the Minnesota Wild along with Devin Setoguchi and Tom Gilbert from 2011-2013.

Brian Gionta:

  • Was a member of the Montreal Canadiens from 2011-2013 along with Peter Budaj.

Josh Gorges:

  • Teammates with Jeff Carter for Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championship.
  • Was a member of the Montreal Canadiens from 2011-2013 along with Peter Budaj.

Evander Kane:

  • Teammates with Devin Setoguchi for the Winnipeg Jets during the 2013-14 season.

Dmitry Kulikov:

  • Was a member of the Florida Panthers along with Teddy Purcell during the 2015-16 season.
  • Played with Tom Gilbert for the Florida Panthers during the 2013-14 season.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played for the Minnesota Wild during the 2012-13 season with Devin Setoguchi and Tom Gilbert.

Robin Lehner:

  • Played alongside Jordan Nolan and 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.

Anders Nilsson:

  • Played for the Edmonton Oilers during the 2015-16 season along with Teddy Purcell.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Was a member of the Colorado Avalanche from 2009-2011 along with Peter Budaj.
  • Played with Jake Muzzin and Tyler Toffoli for Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played alongside Trevor Lewis and Jeff Zatkoff at the 2007 World Junior Championship for the United States.
  • Represented the United States at the 2009 World Championship alongside Dustin Brown.
  • Played with Matt Greene for the United States at the 2010 World Championship.

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.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (86), Ristolainen (73), Carrier/Gorges (55)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (51), Gorges (44), McCabe (36)
Shots: Okposo (73), O’Reilly (72), Ristolainen (67)

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: 3-3-1 (7), 21/19, 7/26, 12/22

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-3; 103-108 all-time)
Oct. 18 at EDM: 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. WSM: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-3; 68-61 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)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Wins

Dan Bylsma … 3 wins … 300 NHL wins
Games Played
Marcus Foligno … 6 games … 300 NHL games
Points
Cody Franson … 7 points … 200 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

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LAST GAME
Friday, February 26
Buffalo 0 at San Jose 1
Goals: Larsson, Bogosian, Kane
Goalie: Johnson (24 saves/25 shots)
PP: 0/0; PK: 0/0; Shots: San Jose 25 – Buffalo 22

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 266)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clot, Oct. 8; injured reserve) – 62 games
Tyler Ennis (upper body, Dec. 31; injured reserve) – 25 games
Cody Franson (neck, Feb. 21) – 3 games
Ryan O’Reilly (lower body, Feb. 21; injured reserve) – 3 games

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

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, March 1:
Edmonton at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 3: Calgary at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 5: Minnesota at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Monday, March 7: Buffalo at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 8: NY Rangers 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, 2-1 (OT), in Buffalo on Dec. 12, 2015
  • The Sabres are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Kings; 2-7-1 on the road
  • This is the 119th game all-time between Buffalo and Los Angeles; Buffalo has a 58-41-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 24-25-10 on the road against the Kings all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-8-3 all-time on February 27.
  • February 27, 1975: The Sabres get goals from five different players and Roger Crozier stops all 21 Los Angeles shots as Buffalo tops the Kings 5-0 at home.
  • February 27, 2012: The Sabres acquire a first-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft from Nashville in exchange for Paul Gaustad and a fourth-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres have gone 59-for-65 (90.8%) on the penalty kill in their last 23 games, including a 20-for-21 run in the team’s last six games.
  • 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 two multi-game season series since then (2013-14 and 2014-15).
  • Evander Kane has six points (2+4) in his last six games against the Kings.
  • Jamie McGinn has four points (3+1) in his last four games against Los Angeles.
  • Chad Johnson is 2-0-0 in three career games against the Kings, with a .942 save percentage and a 1.48 goals-against average.
  • Evander Kane ranks third in the league with 4.1 shots per game.
  • Robin Lehner’s .930 save percentage through 14 games played is the fourth-best in the league among goalies with at least five games played.
  • In his last five games, Lehner is 2-2-1 with a .956 save percentage and a 1.39 goals-against average, making it the best five-game stretch of his career by both metrics.

HOME-ICE ADVANTAGE
With the exception of the 2011 NHL Premiere* meeting between these teams, the home team has won the last 11 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.

GOING BACK TO CALI
Tonight’s game is Buffalo’s third in a three-game road trip against Pacific Division opponents. The Sabres are 6-4-1 against the Pacific Division this season, the team’s best record against any division. The Sabres are 7-3-1 in their last 11 games against the Western Conference, including a 4-1-0 record in their last five games against the Pacific Division.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s 11th of 15 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began last night with a 3-1 win at San Jose. The Sabres are 4-7-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 5-4-1 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 (1), two points (5), one point (0) and zero points (3).

FINISHING STRONG AFTER THE BREAK
Buffalo is 559-428-194 (.555) all-time in games after the All-Star break. This includes a record of 108-75-32 (.577) in those games since the lockout. The Sabres are 5-4-3 (.542) since the All-Star break so far this season.

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

YOUNG GUNS

  • Sam Reinhart leads all Sabres with 18 goals this season and Jack Eichel is tied for second with 17. If either player finishes the season with the team lead, he will be the first Sabres rookie to lead the team in goals since Ray Sheppard did so in the 1987-88 season.
  • Eichel is ranked in the top five among NHL rookies in goals (T-4th, 17), assists (T-2nd, 24), points (T-2nd, 41) and shots (1st, 176).
  • If they maintain their current pace, Eichel (17+24) and Sam Reinhart (18+10) would be the first pair of Sabres rookies to surpass the 30-point mark since Thomas Vanek (48) and Jason Pominville (30) did so in 2005-06. The Sabres haven’t had two or more rookies reach 35 points in the same season since Ray Sheppard (65), Pierre Turgeon (42) and Calle Johansson (42) each did so in 1987-88.
  • Reinhart (18) and Eichel (17) are also on pace to become the third pair of rookies in Sabres history to each record 20 goals in the same season. The last pair was Danny Gare (31) and Peter McNab (22) in 1974-75.
  • With 41 points (17+24) in 62 games, Eichel is on pace for 54 points this season. If he reaches the 50-point mark, he will become the ninth Sabres rookie to record more than 50 points in a season. He would be the first since Derek Plante (1993-94) and the second-youngest to do so, trailing only Phil Housley (1982-83).

LOGGING BIG MINUTES

  • Rasmus Ristolainen is ranked 10th in the NHL with an average ice time of 25:20 per game. Only Alexei Zhitnik (four times) has averaged more minutes per game in a full season with the Sabres.
  • Ryan O’Reilly (21:51) leads all NHL forwards in average ice time per game and Evander Kane (20:59) ranked second. The pair currently own the two highest average career ice times by Sabres forwards. Michael Peca (20:18) is the only other forward with an average over 20 minutes.
  • With an average ice time of 23:31 per game in his 66 games played since joining the Sabres last season, Zach Bogosian owns the third-highest average ice time ever recorded by a Sabres player, trailing only Alexei Zhitnik (531 GP, 25:32) and Christian Ehrhoff (192 GP, 23:55).
  • Jack Eichel’s average ice time of 18:47 is the highest ever recorded by a Sabres rookie forward, topping the next highest (Cody Hodgson- 20 GP, 17:16) by more than a minute. Sam Reinhart (16:30 this season) is the only other Sabres rookie forward to top 16 minutes per game.

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

OUTSHOOTING OPPONENTS
The Sabres have outshot their opponents in 25 of 62 games this season, posting a 7-16-2 record in those games. Last season, the team finished the season 5-5-0 in 10 total games when outshooting their opponents.

POSSESSION PROGRESSION
The Sabres have led their opponent in even-strength shot attempts (corsi) in 23 of the team’s 62 games this season, going 9-11-3 in those games. Buffalo only led their opponents in even-strength shot attempts eight times throughout the entire 2014-15 season, going 3-5-0 in those eight games. (Data courtesy of war-on-ice.com)

BUF-LAK CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Brayden McNabb was a part of the Sabres’ organization for parts of five seasons from 2009-2014. Selected by Buffalo in the third round (66th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft, McNabb played 37 games for the Sabres, totaling eight points (1+7). He also tallied 95 points (17+78) in 145 games for the Rochester Americans.
  • Jhonas Enroth played for the Sabres for parts of six seasons after being drafted by Buffalo in the second round (46th overall) of the 2006 NHL Draft. He posted a 38-56-14 record with a .910 save percentage and a 2.92 goals-against average in 118 games for Buffalo.
  • Jamie McBain played for the Buffalo Sabres during the 2013-14 season, tallying 17 points (6+11) in 69 games played.

Former Kings:

  • Dan Bylsma played for Los Angeles from 1995-2000. The former forward had 30 points (9+21) in 220 games in his five seasons for the Kings.
  • Matt Moulson played for the Kings from 2007-2009, tallying 10 points (6+4) in 29 games.
  • Terry Murray served as head coach of the Kings from 2008-2011, posting a 139-106-30 mark behind the bench for Los Angeles.

Zach Bogosian:

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

Carlo Colaiacovo:

  • Teammates with Luke Schenn for Team Canada at the 2011 World Championship.

Jack Eichel:

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

Cody Franson:

  • Played with Milan Lucic for the Vancouver Giants (WHL) from 2004-2007.
  • Played with Luke Schenn for the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2011-12 season.

Josh Gorges:

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

Chad Johnson:

  • Played with Milan Lucic for the Boston Bruins during the 2013-14 season.

Evander Kane:

  • He and Milan Lucic were both born in Vancouver, British Columbia. They were also teammates for the Vancouver Giants (WHL) during the 2006-07 season.

Jake McCabe:

  • Teammates with Michael Mersch for the University of Wisconsin from 2011-2014.

Matt Moulson:

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

NHL Draft:

  • Vincent Lecavalier (1st overall) and David Legwand (2nd overall) were the first two picks of the 1998 NHL Draft, which was held in Buffalo.
  • Cody Franson (79th overall) and Jonathan Quick (72nd overall) were both third -round picks in the 2005 NHL Draft.
  • Jamie McGinn (36th overall), Jhonas Enroth (46th overall), Milan Lucic (50th overall) and Jamie McBain (63rd overall) were all taken in the second round of the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Zach Bogosian, Drew Doughty and Luke Schenn were all selected in the first round of the 2008 NHL Draft. Bogosian was the 3rd overall selection, Doughty was the 2nd overall pick and Schenn went 5th overall.
  • Robin Lehner (46th overall) and Kyle Clifford (35th overall) were both 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.
  • 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.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Kane (139), Deslauriers (135), Foligno (127)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (121), Ristolainen (107), McCabe (80)
Shots: Kane (210), Eichel (176), Ristolainen (146)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10:
3-7-0 (6), 23/32, 9/35, 19/27
11-20: 5-3-2 (12), 21/21, 5/27, 23/29
21-30: 4-5-1 (9), 29/28, 8/29, 20/23
31-40: 3-6-1 (7), 20/27, 4/35, 17/21
41-50: 5-5-0 (10), 22/26, 6/25, 26/28
51-60: 4-3-3 (11), 29/30, 6/34, 30/33
61-70: 1-1-0 (2), 3/2, 0/4, 2/3

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

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

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

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

UPCOMING MILESTONES (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Assists

Josh Gorges … 2 assists … 100 career assists

RECENT MILESTONES
Robin Lehner … 100th NHL game … Feb. 24 at ANA