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Game Preview: 11/22/17 vs. MIN

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Monday, November 20
Columbus 3 at Buffalo 2
Goals: Reinhart, Kane
Goalie: Lehner (26 saves/29 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 1/1; Shots: Buffalo 32 – Columbus 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 110)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct.5; injured reserve) – 21 games
Rasmus Ristolainen (upper body, Nov. 4; injured reserve) – 8 games
Matt Tennyson (foot, Nov. 7; injured reserve) – 7 games
Taylor Fedun (lower body, Nov. 17; injured reserve) – 3 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/16: Recalled F Kyle Criscuolo and D Casey Nelson from Rochester (AHL); Placed D Taylor Fedun and D Matt Tennyson on IR; Assigned F Nicholas Baptiste to Rochester (AHL)
11/17: Activated F Evan Rodrigues from IR; Assigned Rodrigues to Rochester (AHL)
11/22: Activated F Jacob Josefson from IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, Nov. 24: Edmonton at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 25: Buffalo at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 28: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 1: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 2: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
WILD at SABRES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Wild this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Minnesota 2-1 in Minnesota on Nov. 1, 2016
  • Next meeting: Thursday, Jan. 4 in Minnesota
  • The Sabres are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Wild; 2-7-1 at home
  • This is the 21st game all-time between Buffalo and Minnesota; Buffalo has a 9-10-1 series record.
  • The Sabres are 2-7-1 at home against the Wild all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-9-3 all-time on November 22.
  • November 22, 2000: The Sabres introduce their first-ever alternate jersey, a red jersey whose logo was a tribute to the original team logo.
  • November 22, 2002: Ryan Miller makes 17 saves to earn his first NHL win in a 5-4 victory against Columbus.
  • November 22, 2005: The Sabres retire Danny Gare’s number 18 before a matchup with the New York Rangers.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • If he dresses, tonight will be Johan Larsson’s 200th career NHL game.
  • Victor Antipin has three assists in his last four games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly is on a three-game point streak and has eight points in nine games so far in November. With a multi-point game tonight, he would be on track for his first point-per-game month since April 2016.
  • Robin Lehner is 2-3-1 in seven appearances at home this season with a .944 save percentage and a 1.74 goals-against average.
  • The road team has won 15 of the 20 games all-time between the Sabres and Wild, including each of the last five.

RUNNING WILD

  • Robin Lehner is 2-0-1 against the Wild in his career with a .965 save percentage and a 0.97 goals-against average.
  • Evander Kane has four points (1+3) in four games against Minnesota since the beginning of the 2014-15 season.
  • Seth Griffith set career highs with two goals and three points against the Wild on Oct. 28, 2014.

THE KANE EVENT

  • After recording 11 points in 11 games during October for his first point-per-game month since January 2014, Evander Kane has eight points through nine games in November.
  • Kane has scored 12 goals in his first 21 games played this season, tying him for fifth in the league.
  • Of his 12 goals, eight have come at even strength and three were shorthanded goals. Kane’s eight even-strength goals tie for ninth in the league.
  • Since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, Kane has scored 40 goals in 91 games. Those 40 goals tie for 17th in the league during that span and his 33 even-strength goals tie for seventh.

*All rankings before 11/21 games

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 11/21 games)

  • Eichel: 2 SHP (T-3rd)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (1st), 3 SHP (T-1st), 96 S (3rd), 12 G (T-5th), 8 ESG (T-9th)
  • O’Reilly: 315 FOW (1st), 515 FO (2nd), 61.2% FO% (2nd)
  • Pouliot: 3 GWG (T-8th)
  • Ristolainen: 27:09 TOI/GP (1st)

BUF-MIN CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres: 

  • Tyler Ennis posted 236 points (97+139) in 419 games for the Sabres from 2009-2017 after Buffalo made him the 26th overall pick in the first round of the 2008 NHL Draft.
  • Buffalo selected Marcus Foligno in the fourth round (104th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft, and he went on to record 116 points (49+67) in 345 games for the Sabres from 2011-2017.
  • Chris Stewart spent two seasons with the Sabres, posting 25 points (11+14) in 66 games. Stewart was traded to the Wild on March 2, 2015 in exchange for a 2017 second-round selection.

Former Wild:

  • Justin Falk was Minnesota’s fourth-round pick (110th overall) in the 2007 NHL Draft. In 121 games for the Wild from 2009-2013, Falk recorded 15 points (1+14) and 107 penalty minutes.
  • Johan Larsson was Minnesota’s second-round pick (56th overall) in the 2010 NHL Draft. He only played one game for the Wild before being traded to Buffalo as part of the Jason Pominville trade.
  • Matt Moulson spent part of the 2013-14 season with the Wild, tallying 13 points (6+7) in 20 games and adding three points (1+2) in 10 playoff games.
  • After starting his career in Buffalo, Jason Pominville was traded to the Wild on April 3, 2013. In 327 games for Minnesota from 2013-2017, Pominville recorded 206 points (76+130) and a plus-24 rating.
  • Benoit Pouliot recorded 18 points (9+9) in 65 games for the Wild after Minnesota selected him in the first round (4th overall) of the 2005 NHL Draft.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Teammates with Charlie Coyle for the Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) during the 2011-12 season.

Jack Eichel

  • Represented the United States alongside Charlie Coyle and Mike Reilly in the 2015 World Championship.

Justin Falk:

  • Played with Jared Spurgeon for the Spokane Chiefs (WHL) from 2005-2008.

Evander Kane

  • Teammates with Tyler Ennis for Team Canada at the 2009 World Junior Championship.
  • Represented Canada alongside Devan Dubnyk in the 2011 and 2012 World Championship.

Jake McCabe

  • Played with Charlie Coyle and Jason Zucker for the United States National Team Development Program from 2009-2010.
  • Represented the United States alongside Mike Reilly at the 2013 World Junior Championship.

Matt Moulson

  • Teammates with Kyle Quincey for the Los Angeles Kings during the 2008-09 season.
  • Played with Nino Niederreiter for the New York Islanders from 2010-2012.

Kyle Okposo

  • Represented the United States alongside Ryan Suter at the 2009 World Championship.
  • Played with Nino Niederreiter for the New York Islanders from 2010-2012.

Ryan O’Reilly

  • Teammates with Kyle Quincey for the Colorado Avalanche from 2009-2012. Chris Stewart was also on the team from 2009-2011 and Daniel Winnick was on the team from 2010-2012.
  • Represented Canada alongside Devan Dubnyk in the 2012 and 2013 World Championship. Eric Staal was also a part of the 2013 squad.
  • He and Tyler Ennis were both members of Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Matt Dumba for Team Canada during the 2016 World Championship.

Sam Reinhart

  • Represented Canada alongside Matt Dumba in the 2014 World Junior Championship and the 2016 World Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Kyle Okposo (7th overall) and Chris Stewart (18th overall) were selected in the first round of the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Johan Larsson (56th overall) and Jason Zucker (59th overall) were both second-round selections in the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Nathan Beaulieu (17th overall) and Jonas Brodin (10th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Mathew Dumba (7th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Jack Eichel (2nd overall) and Joel Eriksson Ek (20th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Kane (44), Ristolainen (38), Falk/Pouliot (36)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (31), Scandella (31), Falk (22)
Shots: Kane (96), Eichel (67), O’Reilly (54)

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: 0-1-0 (0), 2/3, 0/3, 1/1

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

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Wins
Buffalo Sabres … 5 home wins … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Johan Larsson … 1 game … 200 career games played
Zemgus Girgensons … 5 games … 300 career games played
Marco Scandella … 6 games … 400 career games played
Ryan O’Reilly … 9 games … 600 career games played
Assists
Matt Moulson … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 8 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Sam Reinhart … 1 point … 100 career points
Marco Scandella … 5 points … 100 career points

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

Game Preview: 11/1/16 at MIN

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Sunday, October 30
Buffalo 3 at Winnipeg 1
Goals: Okposo (2), Gionta
Goalie: Lehner (37 saves/38 shots)
PP: 0/1; PK: 6/6; Shots: Winnipeg 38 – Buffalo 28

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 28)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 8 games
Jack Eichel (high-ankle sprain, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 8 games
Evander Kane (cracked ribs, Oct. 16; injured reserve) – 7 games
Nicolas Deslauriers (knee, Oct. 30) – 1 game
Hudson Fasching (groin, Nov. 1) – 0 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/29:
Assigned G Linus Ullmark to Rochester (AHL)
10/30: Recalled F Nicholas Baptiste from Rochester (AHL)
11/1: Recalled F Justin Bailey from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Evander Kane on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Nov. 3:
Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 5: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 7: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 9: Ottawa at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 11: New Jersey at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at WILD

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Wild this season.
  • Last meeting: Minnesota defeated Buffalo, 4-0, in Buffalo on Oct. 27
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Wild; 6-3-0 in nine road games.
  • This is the 20th game all-time between Buffalo and Minnesota; Buffalo has an 8-10-1 series record.
  • The Sabres are 6-3-0 on the road against the Wild all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-5-3 all-time on November 1.
  • November 1, 1981: Bob Sauve stops 37 shots and Tony McKegney scores twice in a 6-2 victory over the Flyers at the Aud.
  • November 1, 2008: Ryan Miller earns his eighth NHL shutout and Thomas Vanek scores twice as the Sabres defeat the Capitals, 4-0, at home.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • After a 3-0 win on Saturday vs. Florida and a 3-1 win on Sunday at Winnipeg, the Sabres have a chance to outscore their opponents by at least two goals in three consecutive games for the first time since they did so in five straight from March 19 to 27, 2012.
  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game ranked third in the NHL in faceoff percentage (54.7%).
  • The road team has won 14 of the 19 games all-time between the Sabres and Wild, including each of the last four.
  • Robin Lehner is 1-0-1 against the Wild in his career with a .965 save percentage and a 0.96 goals-against average. He recorded a shutout in his last visit to Minnesota, stopping all 27 Wild shots on Jan. 14, 2014.
  • Brian Gionta has five points (3+2) in his last five road games against the Wild.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has scored a goal in both of his previous career visits to Minnesota; Ryan O’Reilly has an assist in each of his last two visits to Minnesota.

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • The Sabres’ power play is 8-for-32 (25.0%) on the season, tying for sixth in the league entering tonight’s game.
  • The team also ranks in the top 10 on the penalty kill, having killed 26 of 30 penalties (86.7%) to rank seventh among all NHL teams.

SABRES IN THE TOP 10

  • Ryan O’Reilly ranks third among all NHL forwards with an average ice time of 22:16 per game. O’Reilly finished the 2015-16 season ranked first among forwards with 21:44 of ice time per game and has averaged 20:44 per game since the beginning of the 2014-15 season, leading all NHL forwards during that timeframe.
  • O’Reilly is ranked fourth in the NHL in faceoff percentage (62.6%) and second in faceoffs won (122). He finished in the top 10 in both categories in 2015-16.
  • Matt Moulson is tied for the NHL lead with four power-play goals and tied for sixth with five power-play points.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen is tied for third in the NHL with seven assists this season and tied for fourth among all NHL skaters with six power-play points.
  • Ristolainen ranks 10th among all NHL skaters in average ice time per game (25:14)

2016-17 ROSTER NOTES
Of the 23 players on Buffalo’s opening night roster:

  • Seven were originally drafted by the Sabres — five were first-round Buffalo selections (Ennis, 2008; Girgensons, 2012; Ristolainen, 2013; Reinhart, 2014; Eichel, 2015), one was a second-round pick (McCabe, 2012) and one was a fourth-round pick (Foligno, 2009)
  • 10 were acquired in trades: Bogosian, Deslauriers, Fasching, Gorges, Kane, Kulikov, Larsson, Lehner, Nilsson, O’Reilly
  • Six were signed as free agents: Franson, Gionta, Grant, Moulson, Nelson, Okposo
  • 19 played in Buffalo at some point last season (12 forwards, six defenseman, one goaltender)
  • Four are new to the Sabres this season: Grant, Kulikov, Nilsson, Okposo
  • Three opened the season on an NHL roster for the first time in their careers: Fasching, Grant, Nelson

BUF-MIN CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres: 

  • Jason Pominville spent the better part of nine seasons as a member of the Sabres (2003-2013), also serving as captain from 2011-2013. Over this time, he suited up for a total of 578 games with Buffalo and recorded 456 points (185+271).
  • Chris Stewart spent two seasons with the Sabres, posting 25 points (11+14) in 66 games. Stewart was traded to the Wild on March 2, 2015 in exchange for a 2017 second-round selection.
  • Zac Dalpe appeared in 21 games for the Sabres during the 2014-15 season, logging three points (1+2).

Former Wild:

  • Johan Larsson was Minnesota’s second-round pick (56th overall) in the 2010 NHL Draft. He only played one game for the Wild before being traded to Buffalo as part of the Jason Pominville trade.
  • Matt Moulson spent part of the 2013-14 season with the Wild, tallying 13 points (6+7) in 20 games and adding three points (1+2) in 10 playoff games.

Zach Bogosian

  • Represented the United States alongside Ryan Suter in the 2009 World Championship.

Tyler Ennis

  • Played with Jared Spurgeon for the Knights of Columbus Pats of the AMHL from 2004-05. The two also share a hometown of Edmonton, Alberta.

Cody Franson

  • Played with Ryan Suter for the Nashville Predators from 2009-2011.

Brian Gionta

  • Played with Zach Parise for the New Jersey Devils from 2005-2009. The two also represented the United States in the 2005 World Championship along with Ryan Suter.

Jake McCabe

  • Played with Charlie Coyle and Jason Zucker for the United States National Team Development Program from 2009-2010.

Matt Moulson

  • Played with Nino Niederreiter for the New York Islanders from 2010-2012.

Anders Nilsson

  • Teammates with Nino Niederreiter for the New York Islanders during the 2011-12 season.

Kyle Okposo

  • Played with Nino Niederreiter for the New York Islanders from 2010-2012.

Ryan O’Reilly

  • Represented Canada alongside Devan Dubnyk in the 2012 and 2013 World Championship. Eric Staal was also a part of the 2013 squad.
  • Teammates with Matt Dumba for Team Canada during the 2016 World Championship.

Sam Reinhart

  • Represented Canada alongside Matt Dumba in the 2014 World Junior Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen

  • Represented Finland alongside Mikael Granlund and Teemu Pulkkinen at the 2012 World Junior Championship. Granlund also appeared with Ristolainen for Finland in the 2011 World U18 Championship. The pair again played for Finland in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, where Erik Haula and Mikko Koivu were also on the team.
  • Shares a hometown of Turku, Finland with Mikko Koivu.

NHL Draft:

  • Kyle Okposo (7th overall) and Chris Stewart (18th overall) were selected in the first round of the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Johan Larsson (56th overall) and Jason Zucker (59th overall) were both second-round selections in the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Mathew Dumba (7th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2012 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (22), Ristolainen (18), Gorges (17)
Blocked Shots: Bogosian (15), Gorges (14), Ristolainen (13)
Shots: Moulson (26), Ennis (23), Gionta/O’Reilly (20)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10:
3-3-2 (8), 20/21, 8/32, 26/30

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-1; 102-106 all-time)
Oct. 18 at EDM: L, 4-3 (GWG-Monahan)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-1; 67-59 all-time)
Oct. 25 at PHI: L, 4-3 (GDG-Giroux)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Sam Reinhart … 4 games … 100 NHL games
Jake McCabe … 6 games … 100 NHL games
Goals
Tyler Ennis … 7 goals … 100 NHL goals
Assists
Ryan O’Reilly … 1 assist … 200 NHL assists
Points
Marcus Foligno … 4 points … 100 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
Rasmus Ristolainen … 200th NHL game … Oct. 27 vs. MIN

Post-Game Report: 10/27 vs. MIN

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Wild
(5-2-1)
2 0 2 4 22
Sabres
(1-3-2)
0 0 0 0 38

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • The Sabres suffered their first regulation loss at home against a Western Conference opponent since Nov. 25, 2015 vs. Nashville. The team had gone 6-0-3 in its last nine games against Western Conference visitors before tonight.
  • Buffalo set season-highs for shots in a game (38) and in a period (19 – second period).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen appeared in his 200th NHL game tonight. Ristolainen, who celebrated his 22nd birthday today, became the fourth-youngest player ever to appear in his 200th NHL game with the Sabres.
  • Tyler Ennis tied his career high in shots with his second career nine-shot game (last: Feb. 6, 2014 at Ottawa).

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Minnesota Dubnyk W 1.000 0.00
Buffalo Nilsson L .864 3.03

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Minnesota Dubnyk 4-1-1 .944 1.67
Buffalo Nilsson 0-1-1 .905 2.90

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Brian Gionta

Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly

Sabres forward Tyler Ennis

Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau

Wild forward Joel Eriksson Ek

Wild defenseman Matt Dumba

Wild defenseman Ryan Suter

Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk

Game Preview: 10/27/16 vs. MIN

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Wednesday, October 25
Buffalo 3 at Philadelphia 4 (SO)
Goals: Moulson (2), Ennis
Goalie: Nilsson (38 saves/41 shots)
PP: 2/4; PK: 1/4; Shots: Philadelphia 41 – Buffalo 25

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 17)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 5 games
Jack Eichel (high-ankle sprain, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 5 games
Evander Kane (cracked ribs, Oct. 16) – 4 games
Robin Lehner (illness, Oct. 25) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/21:
Assigned F Nicholas Baptiste, F Hudson Fasching and D Casey Nelson to Rochester (AHL)
10/23: Recalled F Hudson Fasching and D Casey Nelson from Rochester (AHL)
10/24: Recalled G Linus Ullmark from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Oct. 29:
Florida at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 30: Buffalo at Winnipeg, 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 1: Buffalo at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 3: Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 5: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
WILD at SABRES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Wild this season.
  • Last meeting: Minnesota defeated Buffalo, 3-2 (SO), in Buffalo on March 5
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Nov. 1 in Minnesota
  • The Sabres are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Wild; 2-6-1 in nine home games.
  • This is the 19th game all-time between Buffalo and Minnesota; Buffalo has an 8-9-1 series record.
  • The Sabres are 2-6-1 at home against the Wild all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 13-5-2 all-time on October 27.
  • October 27, 1970: Randy Wyrozub records the first two-goal game in franchise history in a 7-2 loss at Vancouver.
  • October 27, 1991: Pat LaFontaine plays in his first game as a Sabre, a 4-1 loss at Hartford.
  • October 27, 2013: The Sabres acquire Matt Moulson, a first-round pick in 2015 (later traded to Ottawa for Robin Lehner and David Legwand) and a second-round pick in 2015 (Brendan Guhle) from the New York Islanders in exchange for Thomas Vanek.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are looking to avoid their first four-game winless streak since a 0-2-2 stretch in February.
  • Buffalo’s power play (6-for-25, 24.0%) ranked ninth in the league entering play Wednesday.
  • A win or overtime loss tonight would give the Sabres points in three straight games against the Wild for the first time in franchise history.
  • The Sabres are 5-2-2 in their last nine games against the Central division dating back to Nov. 28, 2015 vs. Nashville (4-1 win), including a 2-0-2 record in home games.

PASS GO, COLLECT 200
If he dresses, tonight will be Rasmus Ristolainen’s 200th NHL game. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ristolainen, who is celebrating his 22nd birthday today, will become the fourth-youngest player ever to appear in his 200th NHL game with the Sabres:

Player Age Date
Pierre Turgeon 20 years, 136 days 1/11/90 at Calgary
Phil Housley 20 years, 343 days 2/15/85 vs. Montreal
Tom Barrasso 21 years, 360 days 3/26/87 vs. Los Angeles
Rasmus Ristolainen 22 years, 0 days 10/27/16 vs. Minnesota*

*If he dresses

HOW THE WEST WAS WON

  • The Sabres are 6-0-3 in their last nine home games against Western Conference opponents, marking the team’s first nine-game home point streak against Western Conference teams since Feb. 19 to Dec. 23, 2000 (7-0-2).
  • The last time the team last had points in at least 10 straight home games against the opposing conference was an 11-game streak against the Campbell Conference from Feb. 17 to Dec. 28, 1984 (9-0-2).

RUNNING WILD

  • Brian Gionta has 10 points (6+4) in his last 10 games against the Wild.
  • Robin Lehner is 1-0-1 against the Wild in his career with a .965 save percentage and a 0.96 goals-against average.
  • Kyle Okposo has six points (2+4) in his six games against the Wild since the beginning of the 2013-14 season, including an assist in each of the last three.

SABRES IN THE TOP 10

  • Ryan O’Reilly ranked second among all NHL forwards with an average ice time of 22:51 entering play Wednesday. O’Reilly finished the 2015-16 season ranked first among forwards with 21:44 of ice time per game and has averaged 20:43 per game since the beginning of the 2014-15 season, leading all NHL forwards during that timeframe.
  • Entering Wednesday’s games, Matt Moulson led all NHL players with four power play goals.

2016-17 ROSTER NOTES

Of the 23 players on Buffalo’s opening night roster:

  • Seven were originally drafted by the Sabres — five were first-round Buffalo selections (Ennis, 2008; Girgensons, 2012; Ristolainen, 2013; Reinhart, 2014; Eichel, 2015), one was a second-round pick (McCabe, 2012) and one was a fourth-round pick (Foligno, 2009)
  • 10 were acquired in trades: Bogosian, Deslauriers, Fasching, Gorges, Kane, Kulikov, Larsson, Lehner, Nilsson, O’Reilly
  • Six were signed as free agents: Franson, Gionta, Grant, Moulson, Nelson, Okposo
  • 19 played in Buffalo at some point last season (12 forwards, six defenseman, one goaltender)
  • Four are new to the Sabres this season: Grant, Kulikov, Nilsson, Okposo
  • Three opened the season on an NHL roster for the first time in their careers: Fasching, Grant, Nelson

BUF-MIN CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres: 

  • Jason Pominville spent the better part of nine seasons as a member of the Sabres (2003-2013), also serving as captain from 2011-2013. Over this time, he suited up for a total of 578 games with Buffalo and recorded 456 points (185+271).
  • Chris Stewart spent two seasons with the Sabres, posting 25 points (11+14) in 66 games. Stewart was traded to the Wild on March 2, 2015 in exchange for a 2017 second-round selection.
  • Zac Dalpe appeared in 21 games for the Sabres during the 2014-15 season, logging three points (1+2).

Former Wild:

  • Johan Larsson was Minnesota’s second-round pick (56th overall) in the 2010 NHL Draft. He only played one game for the Wild before being traded to Buffalo as part of the Jason Pominville trade.
  • Matt Moulson spent part of the 2013-14 season with the Wild, tallying 13 points (6+7) in 20 games and adding three points (1+2) in 10 playoff games.

Zach Bogosian

  • Represented the United States alongside Ryan Suter in the 2009 World Championship.

Tyler Ennis

  • Played with Jared Spurgeon for the Knights of Columbus Pats of the AMHL from 2004-05. The two also share a hometown of Edmonton, Alberta.

Cody Franson

  • Played with Ryan Suter for the Nashville Predators from 2009-2011.

Brian Gionta

  • Played with Zach Parise for the New Jersey Devils from 2005-2009. The two also represented the United States in the 2005 World Championship along with Ryan Suter.

Jake McCabe

  • Played with Charlie Coyle and Jason Zucker for the United States National Team Development Program from 2009-2010.

Matt Moulson

  • Played with Nino Niederreiter for the New York Islanders from 2010-2012.

Anders Nilsson

  • Teammates with Nino Niederreiter for the New York Islanders during the 2011-12 season.

Kyle Okposo

  • Played with Nino Niederreiter for the New York Islanders from 2010-2012.

Ryan O’Reilly

  • Represented Canada alongside Devan Dubnyk in the 2012 and 2013 World Championship. Eric Staal was also a part of the 2013 squad.
  • Teammates with Matt Dumba for Team Canada during the 2016 World Championship.

Sam Reinhart

  • Represented Canada alongside Matt Dumba in the 2014 World Junior Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen

  • Represented Finland alongside Mikael Granlund and Teemu Pulkkinen at the 2012 World Junior Championship. Granlund also appeared with Ristolainen for Finland in the 2011 World U18 Championship. The pair again played for Finland in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, where Erik Haula and Mikko Koivu were also on the team.
  • Shares a hometown of Turku, Finland with Mikko Koivu.

NHL Draft:

  • Kyle Okposo (7th overall) and Chris Stewart (18th overall) were selected in the first round of the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Johan Larsson (56th overall) and Jason Zucker (59th overall) were both second-round selections in the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Mathew Dumba (7th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Jack Eichel (2nd overall) and Joel Eriksson Ek (20th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Deslauriers (15), Foligno (11), Gorges (10)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (11), Bogosian (11), Ristolainen (9)
Shots: O’Reilly (16), Moulson (15), Ennis (12)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10:
1-2-2 (4), 14/16, 6/25, 14/18

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-1; 102-106 all-time)
Oct. 18 at EDM: L, 4-3 (GWG-Monahan)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-1; 67-59 all-time)
Oct. 25 at PHI: L, 4-3 (GDG-Giroux)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Rasmus Ristolainen … 1 game … 200 NHL games
Sam Reinhart … 7 games … 100 NHL games
Jake McCabe … 9 games … 100 NHL games
Goals
Tyler Ennis … 7 goals … 100 NHL goals
Assists
Ryan O’Reilly … 2 assists … 200 NHL assists
Points
Marcus Foligno … 5 points … 100 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Post-Game Report: 3/5 vs. MIN

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Wild
(31-25-10)
1 0 1 0 1 3 30
Sabres
(26-31-9)
0 2 0 0 0 2 32

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • With a point tonight, the Sabres are 8-4-3 in their last 15 games against the Western Conference and 5-0-3 in their last eight home games against Western Conference opponents, tying the best single-season home point streak against the West in franchise history (7-0-1 from Oct. 8, 2009 to March 10, 2010).
  • With his assist on Jack Eichel’s goal, Sam Reinhart reached the 30-point mark (18+12) this season.
    • Eichel (44) and Reinhart (30) are now the first pair of Sabres rookies to reach 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.
  • Eichel’s goal gave him sole possession of the team lead with 19 goals this season. If he or Reinhart (18) 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.
  • With his goal tonight, Johan Larsson has scored in consecutive games for the second time in his career (Last: March 7 and 11, 2015).

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Evander Kane

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Wild interim head coach John Torchetti

Wild forward Jason Pominville

Wild forward Charlie Coyle

Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk