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Post-Game Report: 3/23 vs. Montreal

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Canadiens
(27-36-11)
0 1 2 3 24
Sabres
(23-39-12)
0 0 0 0 35

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Canadiens Niemi W 1.000 0.00
Sabres Ullmark L .955 1.02

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Canadiens Niemi 6-8-4 .916 3.02
Sabres Ullmark 1-2-0 .938 2.01

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly

Sabres forward Jason Pominville

Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark

Canadiens head coach Claude Julien

Canadiens forward Artturi Lehkonen

Canadiens defenseman Karl Alzner

Canadiens goaltender Antti Niemi

Game Preview: 3/23/18 vs. Montreal

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Wednesday, March 21
Arizona 4 at Buffalo 1
Goals: Nolan
Goalie: Johnson (13 saves/15 shots) / Ullmark (12 saves/13 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 0/4; PK: 1/3; Shots: Buffalo 30 – Arizona 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 272)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 30 games
Jake McCabe (shoulder, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 20 games
Kyle Criscuolo (upper body, March 7) – 7 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body. March 17) – 3 games
Robin Lehner (undisclosed, March 17) – 3 games
Zemgus Girgensons (undisclosed, March 20) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/17:
Activated F Jack Eichel from IR
3/18: Assigned F Justin Bailey to Rochester (AHL)
3/19: Recalled F Justin Bailey from Rochester (AHL)
3/22: Assigned F Seth Griffith to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, March 24: Buffalo at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.
Monday, March 26: Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 29: Detroit at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 31: Buffalo at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Monday, April 2: Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
CANADIENS at SABRES

  • This is the fourth and final meeting between the Sabres and Canadiens this season.
  • Last meeting: Montreal defeated Buffalo 3-0 in Montreal on Nov. 25
  • The Sabres are 3-4-3 in their last 10 games vs. the Canadiens; 3-4-3 at home
  • This is the 279th game all-time between Buffalo and Montreal; Buffalo has a 126-111-41 series record.
  • The Sabres are 72-39-27 at home against the Canadiens all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-6-4 all-time on March 23.
  • March 23, 1975: Rene Robert has a four-point night (2+2) as the Sabres defeat the California Golden Seals 9-4 at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium.
  • March 23, 1983: The Sabres get two goals and two assists from Gilles Hamel in an 8-3 home win over the Hartford Whalers.
  • March 23, 1999: The Sabres acquire Rhett Warrener and a 1999 fifth-round draft choice (Ryan Miller) from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Mike Wilson.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with a 7-2-1 record in their last eight games against Atlantic Division opponents and a 10-8-3 record against the division this season.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 29 points (12+17) in his last 29 games.
  • The Sabres are 0-1-2 against the Canadiens this season and need a win to avoid the first series sweep since they went 0-4-0 against Montreal in the 2013-14 season.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 15 points (5+10) in 18 career games against the Canadiens, including nine (2+7) in 11 games since joining the Sabres.
  • Jason Pominville (7+2) has nine points in his last 10 games against Montreal.
  • The Sabres are 7-5-4 against the Canadiens since the beginning of the 2014-15 season, including a 3-2-3 record at home.

HOT AT HOME

  • Ryan O’Reilly has 23 points (9+14) in 22 home games dating back to the team’s game on Dec. 22 vs. Philadelphia.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 16 points (6+10) in his last 16 home games.
  • Evan Rodrigues has posted nine points (2+7) in his last 10 home games.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s 15th of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night at NY Rangers. The Sabres are 5-9-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 5-7-2 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (1), three points (0), two points (8), one point (2) and zero points (3).

DRAWING ATTENTION*

  • Ryan O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (1,150) and faceoff percentage (61.0%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 1,150 wins already rank as the most wins by a Sabre in a season.
  • O’Reilly’s 1,150 faceoff wins through 72 games played already rank 11th in NHL history and put him on pace to log the most by any NHL player in a season:
    • Ryan O’Reilly *pace* (BUF), 2017-18 1,294
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2005-06 – 1,268
    • Adam Oates (WSH), 1999-00 – 1,235
    • 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.

I LIKE EICH

  • Despite missing 15 games with a high-ankle sprain, Jack Eichel is currently on pace to top his personal bests in goals (24), assists (33) and points (57) on the strength of improved production at even strength.
  • Eichel’s 16 multi-point games this season through 58 games played have already tied his career best set in 2016-17.
  • With his 17th even-strength goal in his 44th game of the season on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus, Eichel surpassed his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games). Through 58 games, Eichel now has 19 even-strength goals.
  • With his 36th even-strength point in his 53rd game of the season on Feb. 7 vs. Anaheim, Eichel surpassed his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games). Through 58 games, he now has 38 even-strength points.

Jack Eichel’s Production by Season

Season GP G A PTS ES G ES A ES P
2015-16 81 24 32 56 16 19 35
2016-17 61 24 33 57 14 19 33
2017-18 58 22 32 54 19 19 38
2017-18 (Pace) 67 25 37 62 22 22 44

 

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

  • Of Jack Eichel’s 54 points so far this season, 24 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes 6-on-5 situations).
  • Through 58 games played, Eichel’s 24 primary points (13+11) during 5-on-5 play have already surpassed his 61-game total from last season (11+10) and tied his career-best total from his 81-game rookie season (12+12).

*All primary point stats via NaturalStatTrick.com

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 3/22 games)

  • Eichel:64 S/GP (7th)
  • Girgensons: 2 SHG (T-10th)
  • O’Reilly: 1,150 FOW (1st), 61.0% FO% (1st), 1,885 FO (1st), 4 SHP (T-4th)
  • Pouliot: 2 SHG (T-10th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:31 TOI/GP (4th)

BUF-MTL CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Paul Byron was drafted by the Sabres in the sixth round (179th overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft. With Buffalo, he appeared in eight games during the 2010-11 season and recorded two points (1+1).
  • Nicolas Deslauriers appeared in 211 games for the Sabres from 2013-2017, recording 30 points (12+18) and 186 penalty minutes.

Former Canadiens:

  • Nathan Beaulieu was drafted by the Canadiens with the 17th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft. He went on to post 60 points (7+53) and a plus-19 rating in 225 games for Montreal.
  • Josh Gorges was a member of the Canadiens from 2006-2014, registering 88 points (13+75) over 464 games played.
  • Benoit Pouliot played in 118 games for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009 to 2011, posting 54 points (28+26) and a plus-10 rating.

Nathan Beaulieu

  • Represented Canada alongside Brendan Gallagher at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Jack Eichel:

  • He and Jonathan Drouin were both on the North American team at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Justin Falk:

  • Teammates with Karl Alzner for the Calgary Hitmen (WHL) from 2004 to 2006).

Chad Johnson:

  • Teammates with David Schlemko for the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2012-13 season.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played with Jeff Petry for the United States at the 2012 World Championship.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Won the gold medal with Team Canada alongside Brendan Gallagher at the 2016 World Championship.
  • Represented Canada alongside Carey Price at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with Jeff Petry for the Edmonton Oilers during part of the 2014-15 season.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Represented Canada alongside Jonathan Drouin at the 2014 World Junior Championship.
  • Won the gold medal with Team Canada alongside Brendan Gallagher at the 2016 World Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Team Finland alongside Artturi Lehkonen at the 2014 World Junior Championship, where the team won the gold medal on Ristolainen’s overtime goal.

NHL Draft:

  • Benoit Pouliot (4th overall) was taken one spot ahead of Carey Price (5th overall) during the first round of the 2005 NHL Draft.
  • Nathan Beaulieu (17th overall by Montreal) and Phillip Danault (26th overall by Chicago) were all taken in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Alex Galchenyuk (3rd overall) were both first-round selections in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Seth Griffith (131st overall) and Charles Hudon (122nd overall) were both selected in the fifth round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall), Jonathan Drouin (3rd overall) and Michael McCarron (25th overall) were all first-round picks in the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Justin Bailey and Jacob De La Rose were both taken in the second round of the 2013 NHL Draft. De La Rose was taken 34th overall and Bailey went off the board at No. 52 overall.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (188), Girgensons (125), Nolan (114)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (103), Ristolainen (101), McCabe (79)
Shots: Eichel (211), O’Reilly (197), Reinhart/Ristolainen (163)

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: 3-6-1 (7), 28/32, 6/24, 32/38
61-70: 5-4-1 (11), 24/31, 6/32, 20/25
71-80: 1-2-0 (2), 6/11, 1/10, 3/5

OVERTIME RESULTS (5-10; 113-121 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron, 3:52)
Oct. 21 at BOS: W, 5-4 (GWG-O’Reilly, 2:59)
Nov. 11 at MTL: L, 2-1 (GWG-Pacioretty, 3:08)
Nov. 14 at PIT: L, 5-4 (GWG-Sheary, 0:16)
Dec. 8 at CHI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Forsling, 4:55)
Dec. 10 at STL: L, 3-2 (GWG-Tarasenko, 4:24)
Dec. 15 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Slavin,2:15)
Dec. 27 at NYI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barzal, 1:08)
Dec. 29 at NJD: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen, 2:37)
Jan. 1 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Miller, 2:43)
Jan. 22 at CGY: W, 2-1 (GWG-Eichel, 1:30)
Feb. 6 vs. ANA: L, 4-3 (GWG-Henrique, 1:36)
Feb. 15 at OTT: L, 3-2 (GWG-Hoffman,1:13)
Feb. 22 at DET: W, 3-2 (GWG-Scandella, 4:59)
Feb. 28 at TBL: W, 2-1 (GWG-Pominville, 1:26)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-2; 70-66 all-time)
Oct. 5 vs. MTL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Drouin)
March 8 at OTT: W, 4-3 (GDG-Josefson)
March 10 vs. VGK: L, 2-1 (GDG-Haula)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Assists
Jack Eichel … 3 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Zemgus Girgensons … 2 points … 100 career points
Jason Pominville … 10 points … 700 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Jack Eichel … 200th NHL games … March 21 vs. ARI

Game Preview: 11/26/17 vs. MTL

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Friday, November 24
Edmonton 1 at Buffalo 3
Goals: Josefson, Eichel, Okposo
Goalie: Lehner (29 saves/30 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 3/3; Shots: Buffalo 31 – Edmonton 30

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 117)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct.5; injured reserve) – 23 games
Matt Tennyson (foot, Nov. 7; injured reserve) – 9 games
Taylor Fedun (lower body, Nov. 17; injured reserve) – 5 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/22: Activated F Jacob Josefson from IR
11/24: Activated D Rasmus Ristolainen from IR; Assigned D Casey Nelson to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Tuesday, Dec. 5: Buffalo at Colorado, 9 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 8: Buffalo at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at CANADIENS

  • This is the third of four meetings between the Sabres and Canadiens this season.
  • Last meeting: Montreal defeated Buffalo 2-1 (OT) in Montreal on Nov. 11
  • Next meeting: Friday, March 23 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 4-3-3 in their last 10 games vs. the Canadiens; 5-4-1 on the road
  • This is the 278th game all-time between Buffalo and Montreal; Buffalo has a 126-110-41 series record.
  • The Sabres are 54-71-14 on the road against the Canadiens all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-10-2 all-time on November 25.
  • November 25, 1970: The Sabres acquire Eddie Shack and Dick Duff from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Mike McMahon.
  • November 25, 2000: Vladimir Tsyplakov scores 10 seconds after the opening faceoff to open the scoring in a 5-3 Sabres win at Montreal.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Evander Kane has at least a point in each of his last four games (2+3). A point tonight would give him his first five-game point streak since his career-best eight game streak from Feb. 12 to 26, 2013.
  • A win or overtime loss tonight would give the Sabres points in four straight games against the Canadiens for the first time since Buffalo went 3-0-1 in the season series in 2014-15.
  • The Sabres are 7-4-4 against the Canadiens since the beginning of the 2014-15 season, including a 4-2-1 record in Montreal.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 15 points (5+10) in 17 career games against the Canadiens, including nine (2+7) in 10 games since joining the Sabres.
  • Jason Pominville (7+2) has nine points in his last nine games against Montreal.
  • Evander Kane has nine points (2+7) in his last nine games against the Canadiens, including points in each of the last five (0+6).

DIVISIONAL DOMINANCE
With four divisional games remaining before the new year, the Sabres are 11-8-3 (.568) against the Atlantic Division in 2017. The record currently ranks as Buffalo’s 20th-best divisional record in a calendar year and the team’s best divisional mark since 2012.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s sixth of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 3-1 win last night vs. Edmonton. The Sabres are 2-4-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-2-1 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (0), three points (0), two points (3), one point (1) and zero points (1).

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 11 points through 11 games in November.
  • Kane has scored 12 goals in his first 23 games played this season, tying him for sixth 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 11th in the league.
  • Since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, Kane has scored 40 goals in 93 games. Those 40 goals tie for 21st in the league during that span and his 33 even-strength goals tie for seventh.

*All rankings as of the end of last night’s game

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

  • Eichel: 2 SHP (T-3rd)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (1st), 3 SHP (T-1st), 105 S (2nd), 12 G (T-6th)
  • O’Reilly: 342 FOW (1st), 566 FO (2nd), 60.4% FO% (3rd)
  • Ristolainen: 27:11 TOI/GP (2nd)

BUF-MTL CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Paul Byron was drafted by the Sabres in the sixth round (179th overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft. With Buffalo, he appeared in eight games during the 2010-11 season and recorded two points (1+1).
  • Nicolas Deslauriers appeared in 211 games for the Sabres from 2013-2017, recording 30 points (12+18) and 186 penalty minutes.

Former Canadiens:

  • Nathan Beaulieu was drafted by the Canadiens with the 17th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft. He went on to post 60 points (7+53) and a plus-19 rating in 225 games for Montreal.
  • Josh Gorges was a member of the Canadiens from 2006-2014, registering 88 points (13+75) over 464 games played.
  • Benoit Pouliot played in 118 games for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009 to 2011, posting 54 points (28+26) and a plus-10 rating.

Phil Housley:

  • Coached Shea Weber from 2013 to 2016 when Housley was an assistant coach for the Nashville Predators.

Nathan Beaulieu

  • Represented Canada alongside Brendan Gallagher at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Jack Eichel:

  • He and Jonathan Drouin were both on the North American team at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Justin Falk:

  • Teammates with Karl Alzner for the Calgary Hitmen (WHL) from 2004 to 2006).

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Shea Weber for the Kelowna Rockets (WHL) from 2001-2004.

Seth Griffith:

  • Played with Joe Morrow for the Boston Bruins from 2014 to 2016.

Chad Johnson:

  • Teammates with David Schlemko for the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2012-13 season.

Evander Kane:

  • Played with Brendan Gallagher for the Vancouver Giants during the 2008-09 season.

Jacob Josefson

  • Teammates with David Schlemko during the 2015-16 season when they played for the New Jersey Devils.

Jake McCabe:

  • Represented the United States alongside Alex Galchenyuk at the 2013 World Junior Championship and the 2014 World Championship. Max Pacioretty and Jeff Petry were also a part of the 2014 World Championship squad.

Matt Moulson:

  • Played with Al Montoya for the New York Islanders from 2010-2012.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Represented Canada alongside Max Pacioretty at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Played with Max Pacioretty and Jeff Petry for the United States at the 2012 World Championship.
  • Played with Al Montoya for the New York Islanders from 2010-2012.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Won the gold medal with Team Canada alongside Brendan Gallagher at the 2016 World Championship.
  • Represented Canada alongside Carey Price at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with Brandon Davidson for the Edmonton Oilers from 2014 to 2017. Jeff Petry was also on the team during part of the 2014-15 season.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Represented Canada alongside Jonathan Drouin at the 2014 World Junior Championship.
  • Won the gold medal with Team Canada alongside Brendan Gallagher at the 2016 World Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Benoit Pouliot (4th overall) was taken one spot ahead of Carey Price (5th overall) during the first round of the 2005 NHL Draft.
  • Nathan Beaulieu (17th overall by Montreal), Joe Morrow (23rd overall) and Phillip Danault (26th overall by Chicago) were all taken in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Alex Galchenyuk (3rd overall) were both first-round selections in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Seth Griffith (131st overall) and Charles Hudon (122nd overall) were both selected in the fifth round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Jonathan Drouin (3rd overall) were both first-round picks in the 2013 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Kane (46), Falk (42), Ristolainen (41)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (36), Scandella (35), Falk (23)
Shots: Kane (105), Eichel (72), O’Reilly (58)

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: 1-2-0 (2), 9/9, 0/9, 5/7

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 … 4 home wins … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Zemgus Girgensons … 3 games … 300 career games played
Marco Scandella … 4 games … 400 career games played
Ryan O’Reilly … 7 games … 600 career games played
Assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 6 assists … 100 career assists
Matt Moulson … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Points
Marco Scandella … 5 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Johan Larsson … 200th NHL game … Nov. 22 vs. MIN
Sam Reinhart … 100th NHL point … Nov. 22 vs. MIN

Game Preview: 11/11/17 at MTL

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Friday, November 10
Florida 4 at Buffalo 1
Goals: Okposo
Goalie: Lehner (27 saves/29 shots); 2 ENG
PP: 1/2; PK: 3/3; Shots: Florida 31 – Buffalo 25

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 82)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Evan Rodrigues (hand, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 16 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct.5; injured reserve) – 16 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body, Oct. 17; injured reserve) – 10 games
Josh Gorges (lower body, Oct. 20; injured reserve) – 9 games
Justin Bailey (lower body, Nov. 2; injured reserve) – 4 games
Rasmus Ristolainen (upper body, Nov. 4) – 3 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/7: Recalled D Zach Redmond from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Justin Bailey on IR
11/9: Assigned D Zach Redmond to Rochester (AHL)
11/10: Activated D Nathan Beaulieu from IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Nov. 14: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 17: Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 18: Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 20: Columbus at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 22: Minnesota at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at CANADIENS

  • This is the second of four meetings between the Sabres and Canadiens this season.
  • Last meeting: Montreal defeated Buffalo 3-2 (SO) in Buffalo on Oct. 5
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Nov. 11 in Montreal
  • The Sabres are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Canadiens; 6-4-0 on the road
  • This is the 277th game all-time between Buffalo and Montreal; Buffalo has a 126-110-40 series record.
  • The Sabres are 54-71-13 on the road against the Canadiens all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-7-3 all-time on November 11.
  • November 11, 1978: Don Edwards stops 25 shots in a 2-0 victory at Washington to earn his ninth NHL shutout and the 300th win in Sabres history.
  • November 11, 1981: Randy Cunneyworth scores his first NHL goal against Steve Weeks in a 7-3 loss to the Rangers.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 2-1-1 against Atlantic Division opponents so far this season.
  • A win or overtime loss tonight would give the Sabres points in at least three straight games against the Canadiens for the first time since Buffalo went 3-0-1 in the season series in 2014-15.
  • The Sabres are 7-4-3 against the Canadiens since the beginning of the 2014-15 season, including a 4-2-0 record in Montreal.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 14 points (5+9) in his last 14 road games dating back to last season, including 10 points (4+6) in nine games this season.

HOT AGAINST THE HABS

  • Ryan O’Reilly has 14 points (4+10) in 16 career games against the Canadiens, including eight (1+7) in nine games since joining the Sabres.
  • Jason Pominville (7+2) has nine points in his last eight games against Montreal.
  • Evander Kane has eight points (2+6) in his last eight games against the Canadiens.

DIVISIONAL DOMINANCE
With six divisional games remaining, the Sabres are 11-7-2 (.632) against the Atlantic Division in 2017. The record currently ranks as Buffalo’s 18th-best divisional record in a calendar year and the team’s best divisional mark since 2012.

QUICK START FOR KANE
Evander Kane enters tonight’s game with nine goals in his first 16 games played this season. With a goal tonight, Kane would be off to the quickest start to career, topping his mark of 10 goals in his first 22 games in 2011-12.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Evander Kane (9+7) has 16 points in 16 games this season, including a point in both of the last two games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 11 points (5+6) in his last 11 games.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s fourth of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began last night with a 4-1 loss vs. Florida. The Sabres are 1-3-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-1-0 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (0), three points (0), two points (3), one point (0) and zero points (0).

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

  • Eichel: 2 SHP (T-3rd)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (1st), 3 SHP (T-1st), 77 S (2nd), 9 G (T-8th)
  • O’Reilly: 238 FOW (1st), 392 FO (2nd), 60.7% FO% (4th)
  • Pouliot: 3 GWG (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 27:09 TOI/GP (3rd)

BUF-MTL CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Paul Byron was drafted by the Sabres in the sixth round (179th overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft. With Buffalo, he appeared in eight games during the 2010-11 season and recorded two points (1+1).
  • Torrey Mitchell played 60 games for the Sabres during parts of the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. He had 14 points (7+7) and 30 penalty minutes during his time in Buffalo.

Former Canadiens:

  • Nathan Beaulieu was drafted by the Canadiens with the 17th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft. He went on to post 60 points (7+53) and a plus-19 rating in 225 games for Montreal.
  • Josh Gorges was a member of the Canadiens from 2006-2014, registering 88 points (13+75) over 464 games played.
  • Benoit Pouliot played in 118 games for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009 to 2011, posting 54 points (28+26) and a plus-10 rating.

Phil Housley:

  • Coached Shea Weber from 2013 to 2016 when Housley was an assistant coach for the Nashville Predators.

Nathan Beaulieu

  • Represented Canada alongside Brendan Gallagher at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Jack Eichel:

  • He and Jonathan Drouin were both on the North American team at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Justin Falk:

  • Teammates with Karl Alzner for the Calgary Hitmen (WHL) from 2004 to 2006).

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Shea Weber for the Kelowna Rockets (WHL) from 2001-2004.

Seth Griffith:

  • Played with Joe Morrow for the Boston Bruins from 2014 to 2016.

Evander Kane:

  • Played with Brendan Gallagher for the Vancouver Giants during the 2008-09 season.
  • Played with Al Montoya for the Winnipeg Jets from 2012-2014.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played with Torrey Mitchell for the Minnesota Wild from during the 2012-13 season.

Jake McCabe:

  • Represented the United States alongside Alex Galchenyuk at the 2013 World Junior Championship and the 2014 World Championship. Max Pacioretty and Jeff Petry were also a part of the 2014 World Championship squad.

Matt Moulson:

  • Played with Al Montoya for the New York Islanders from 2010-2012.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Represented Canada alongside Max Pacioretty at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Played with Max Pacioretty and Jeff Petry for the United States at the 2012 World Championship.
  • Played with Al Montoya for the New York Islanders from 2010-2012.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Won the gold medal with Team Canada alongside Brendan Gallagher at the 2016 World Championship.
  • Represented Canada alongside Carey Price at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Jason Pominville:

  • Played with Torrey Mitchell for the Minnesota Wild from 2013-2014.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with Brandon Davidson for the Edmonton Oilers from 2014 to 2017. Jeff Petry was also on the team during part of the 2014-15 season.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Represented Canada alongside Jonathan Drouin at the 2014 World Junior Championship.
  • Won the gold medal with Team Canada alongside Brendan Gallagher at the 2016 World Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Team Finland alongside Artturi Lehkonen at the 2014 World Junior Championship, where the team won the gold medal on Ristolainen’s overtime goal.

NHL Draft:

  • Benoit Pouliot (4th overall) was taken one spot ahead of Carey Price (5th overall) during the first round of the 2005 NHL Draft.
  • Nathan Beaulieu (17th overall by Montreal), Joe Morrow (23rd overall) and Phillip Danault (26th overall by Chicago) were all taken in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Alex Galchenyuk (3rd overall) were both first-round selections in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Seth Griffith (131st overall) and Charles Hudon (122nd overall) were both selected in the fifth round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Justin Bailey and Jacob De La Rose were both taken in the second round of the 2013 NHL Draft. De La Rose was taken 34th overall and Bailey went off the board at No. 52 overall.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (38), Kane (35), Pouliot (30)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (26), Scandella (25), Ristolainen (15)
Shots: Kane (77), Eichel (49), O’Reilly (41)

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: 2-4-0 (4), 13/22, 2/18, 10/12

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

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Wins
Buffalo Sabres … 5 home wins … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Johan Larsson … 6 games … 200 career games played
Assists
Matt Moulson … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 10 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Sam Reinhart … 5 points … 100 career points
Marco Scandella … 8 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Post-Game Report: 10/5 vs. Montreal

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Canadiens
(1-0-0)
1 0 1 0 1 3 40
Sabres
(0-0-1)
1 1 0 0 0 2 45

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • Buffalo had a franchise-record 10 players in the opening night lineup who weren’t on the team’s roster during the previous season.
    • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it’s the most new players an NHL team has had in its lineup since the 2011-12 Florida Panthers (11).
  • With two goals tonight, Jason Pominville now has nine points (7+2) in his last nine games against the Canadiens.
    • Pominville’s first goal gave him 457 career points as a member of the Sabres, breaking a tie with Miroslav Satan for 11th-most points in franchise history. He now trails Thomas Vanek by 39 points for 10th on the franchise list.
  • With Pominville’s goals, the Sabres have now had a newly-acquired player score in five of their last seven season-opening games.
  • Evander Kane’s assist on Pominville’s second goal gave him eight points (2+6) in his last eight games against Montreal.
  • Kane finished the night with 11 shots on goal, tying his career high (3x) and logging the most shots by a Sabre since his last 11-shot game on March 5, 2017 at Pittsburgh.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Canadiens
Price W .956 1.85
Sabres Lehner O .950 1.85

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Canadiens Price 1-0-0 .956 1.85
Sabres Lehner 0-0-1 .950 1.85

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Jason Pominville

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Canadiens head coach Claude Julien

Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty

Canadiens forward Jonathan Drouin

Canadiens defenseman Victor Mete

Canadiens goaltender Carey Price