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Game Preview: 11/8/18 at Montreal

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Sunday, November 4
Buffalo 1 at NY Rangers 3
Goals: Sheary
Goalie: Hutton (19 saves/21 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 0/4; PK: 1/1; Shots: Buffalo 40 – NY Rangers 22

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 59)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 15 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 15 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/6: Activated F Sean Malone from IR; assigned Malone to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Nov. 10: Vancouver at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 13: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 16: Buffalo at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 17: Buffalo at Minnesota, 6 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 19: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 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: Buffalo defeated Montreal 4-3 in Buffalo on Oct. 25
  • Next meeting: Friday, Nov. 23 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 3-4-3 in their last 10 games vs. the Canadiens; 4-5-1 on the road
  • This is the 281st game all-time between Buffalo and Montreal; Buffalo has a 127-112-41 series record.
  • The Sabres are 54-72-13 on the road against the Canadiens all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-5-4 all-time on November 8.
  • November 8, 1980: Danny Gare scores twice in a 10-second span in a 3-3 tie at Washington.
  • November 8, 2001: The Sabres get goals from seven different scorers and Martin Biron makes 16 saves as Buffalo shuts out the Atlanta Thrashers by a score of 8-0 at home.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • After their 4-3 win the last time these teams met, the Sabres are seeking wins in consecutive matchups with the Canadiens for the first time since Feb. 3 and 12, 2016.
  • Conor Sheary is expected to appear in his 200th NHL game tonight.
  • Patrik Berglund has six points (4+2) in his last six games against the Canadiens.
  • Carter Hutton has appeared in five career games against Montreal, posting a 2-0-2 record with a .931 save percentage and a 1.79 goals-against average.
  • Linus Ullmark stopped 21 of 22 shots (.954) in his only previous meeting with the Canadiens.
  • Jeff Skinner has recorded 15 points (9+6) in 16 games against Montreal since the beginning of the 2013-14 season. Jason Pominville has totaled 11 points (9+2) in 12 games against the Canadiens during the same span.

SHOOTING THE LIGHTS OUT
The Sabres have recorded at least 40 shots in five of their last seven games, including each of their last three. It’s the first time the team has done so in three consecutive games since March 20 to 25, 2009. With 40 shots tonight, they would extend that streak to four games for the first time since Jan. 19 to 26, 1975.

THREE’S COMPANY
Entering play Wednesday, Buffalo’s top line of Jeff Skinner, Jason Pominville and Jack Eichel each ranked in the top 10 in the NHL in points since the trio began playing together as a line on Oct. 20 at Los Angeles. In those eight games, Skinner (8+5) and Pominville (7+6) have totaled 13 points each, and Eichel has recorded 12 points (1+11).

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 11/7 games)

  • Eichel: 13 A (T-7th), 59 S (8th) 13 EVP (T-8th)
  • Hutton: 311 SV (10th)
  • Pominville: 7 EVG (T-8th)
  • Ristolainen: 25:10 TOI/GP (10th)
  • Skinner: plus-10 (T-5th), 7 EVG (T-8th)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-5th), 2.00 GAA (7th)

BUF-MTL CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Canadiens F Joel Armia was drafted by the Sabres in the first round (16th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft and skated in one game for the team.
  • Canadiens F Paul Byron spent one season (2010-2011) with the Sabres after being drafted by Buffalo in the sixth round (179th overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft. He played in eight games and recorded two points (1+1).
  • Canadiens F Nicolas Deslauriers spent four seasons with the Sabres organization (2013-2017), playing in 211 games and recording 30 points (12+18). He was the only player to skate in all 82 games during the 2014-15 season and led the team with 206 hits in 2015-16.

Former Canadiens:

  • Sabres D Nathan Beaulieu was selected by Montreal in the first round (17th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft. He spent five seasons with the club (2012-2017), skating in 225 games and recording 60 points (7+53).

Local Players:

  • Sabres F Jason Pominville is a native of Repentigny, Quebec, and played junior hockey with the Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL).
  • Sabres D Marco Scandella grew up in Montreal. He played three seasons of junior hockey playing for the Val-d’Or Foreurs (QMJHL).

Patrik Berglund:

  • Played for the Blues when Canadiens associate coach Kirk Muller was an assistant coach in St. Louis.

Jason Botterill:

  • Played with Canadiens associate coach Kirk Muller in Dallas.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played for Team North America with Canadiens F Jonathan Drouin at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Remi Elie:

  • Played with Montreal D Jordie Benn in Dallas.

Phil Housley:

  • Was an assistant coach in Nashville when Canadiens D Shea Weber was playing for the Predators.

Carter Hutton:

  • Played with Canadiens G Antti Niemi and F Andrew Shaw in Chicago. Canadiens goaltending coach Stephane Waite was also on the Blackhawks coaching staff during Hutton’s tenure with the team.
  • Played with Canadiens D Shea Weber in Nashville.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played for Team USA at the IIHF 2013 World Junior Championship with Canadiens D Mike Reilly. McCabe captained the team and the duo won a gold medal together.
  • Represented the United States with Canadiens D Jeff Petry at the 2014 IIHF World Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Represented the United States with Canadiens D Jeff Petry at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.

Jason Pominville:

  • Played with Canadiens D Mike Reilly in Minnesota.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Played with Canadiens F Jonathan Drouin for Team Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Won a gold medal with Canadiens F Max Domi for Team Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship. Both Domi and Reinhart were named to the tournament’s All-Star Team. The duo also won a gold medal together while representing Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland with Canadiens F Artturi Lehkonen at both the 2013 and 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships, winning gold in 2014. Canadiens F Joel Armia was also on Finland’s 2013 roster.

Marco Scandella:

  • Played with Canadiens D Mike Reilly in Minnesota.

Conor Sheary:

  • Played with Canadiens G Antti Niemi in Pittsburgh.

Jeff Skinner:

  • Played in Carolina when Canadiens associate coach Kirk Muller was the head coach of the Hurricanes.

Steve Smith:

  • Was a scout for the Blackhawks when Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin was in the front office and goaltending coach Stephane Waite held the same role in Chicago. Canadiens G Antti Niemi also played for the Blackhawks during Smith’s time with the team.
  • Was an assistant coach for the Oilers when Canadiens D Jeff Petry was playing in Edmonton.

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Played in Boston when Canadiens Head Coach Claude Julien was the head coach of the Bruins.
  • Played for the Blues when Canadiens associate coach Kirk Muller was an assistant coach in St. Louis.
  • Has played for the Czech national team with Canadiens F Tomas Plekanec on three separate occasions: at the 2014 and 2017 IIHF World Championships and at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (42), Girgensons (24), McCabe (21)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (26), McCabe (25), Bogosian (21)
Shots: Eichel (59), Skinner (50), Pominville (41)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 6-4-0 (12), 26/28, 8/38, 22/30
11-20: 1-2-2 (4), 18/15, 3/18, 13/15

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-2; 113-123 all-time)
Oct. 27 at CBJ: L, 5-4 (GWG-Panarin, 0:31)
Oct. 30 vs. CGY: L, 2-1 (GWG-Gaudreau, 2:40)

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Conor Sheary … 1 game … 200 career games played
Remi Elie … 6 games … 100 career games played
Jeff Skinner … 6 games … 600 career games played
Nathan Beaulieu … 8 games … 300 career games played
Evan Rodrigues … 8 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 2 goals … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Points
Jeff Skinner … 5 points … 400 career points
Jack Eichel … 6 points … 200 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Conor Sheary … 100th NHL point … Nov. 3 vs. OTT

Post-Game Report: 10/25 vs. Montreal

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Canadiens
(5-2-2)
1 1 1 3 22
Sabres
(6-4-0)
1 1 2 4 42

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • The Sabres erased three separate deficits to win tonight. It was the first time Buffalo has accomplished this feat since Jan. 24, 2017, in a 5-4 win at Nashville.
  • The Sabres have had each of their last 23 games settled in regulation, dating back to March 15 vs. Toronto. It’s the team’s longest stretch of games that were not tied after 60 minutes since they played 30 in a row from Nov. 10, 1979 to Jan. 16, 1980.
  • Jason Pominville scored two goals tonight, recording his 27th career multi-goal game and his first since Oct. 12, 2017 at San Jose.
  • Pominville’s second goal was his 497th point as a member of the Sabres, tying Thomas Vanek to rank 10th in franchise history.
    • The goal also tied Pominville with Dale Hawerchuk for 14th on the team’s all-time leader board in power-play goals (48).
  • Jake McCabe notched two assists tonight and now has five points (1+4) in his last five games, marking the best five-game stretch of his career.
  • With three assists, Jeff Skinner extended his point streak to five games (4+4).

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Canadiens Niemi L .905 4.06
Sabres Hutton W .864 3.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Canadiens Niemi 2-1-0 .898 3.26
Sabres Hutton 4-4-0 .905 3.07

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jason Pominville

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo

Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe

Canadiens head coach Claude Julien

Canadiens forward Max Domi

Canadiens defenseman Jordie Benn

Canadiens goaltender Antti Niemi

Game Preview: 10/25/18 vs. Montreal

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Sunday, October 21
Buffalo 4 at Anaheim 2
Goals: Okposo, Skinner, Ristolainen, Berglund
Goalie: Hutton (26 saves/28 shots)
PP: 2/4; PK: 2/2; Shots: Buffalo 45 – Anaheim 28

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 40)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 9 games
Sean Malone (knee, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 9 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 9 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Oct. 27: Buffalo at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 30: Calgary at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 1: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 3: Ottawa at Buffalo, 2 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 4: Buffalo at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
CANADIENS at SABRES

  • This is the first of four meetings between the Sabres and Canadiens this season.
  • Last meeting: Montreal defeated Buffalo 3-0 in Buffalo on March 23
  • Next meeting: Thursday, Nov. 8 in Montreal
  • The Sabres are 2-5-3 in their last 10 games vs. the Canadiens; 3-4-3 at home
  • This is the 280th game all-time between Buffalo and Montreal; Buffalo has a 126-112-41 series record.
  • The Sabres are 72-40-27 at home against the Canadiens all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-11-3 all-time on October 25.
  • October 25, 1991: The Sabres acquire Pat LaFontaine, Randy Wood and Randy Hillier from the Islanders in exchange for Pierre Turgeon, Uwe Krupp, Dave McLlwain and Benoit Hogue.
  • October 25, 1991: The Sabres get 31 saves from Clint Malarchuk as they top the Sharks 3-1 in the first-ever game between the teams, earning the 800th win in franchise history.
  • October 25, 2013: Rasmus Ristolainen scores a goal, recording his first NHL point in a 3-1 victory at Florida.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • A win or overtime loss tonight would give the Sabres their best start through 10 games since they began the 2011-12 season with a 6-4-0 record.
  • Patrik Berglund has six points (4+2) in his last five games against the Canadiens.
  • Zach Bogosian has recorded a point in each of his last two games (1+1) and is seeking his first three-game point streak since March 29 to April 2, 2016 (1+3).
  • Carter Hutton has appeared in four games against Montreal, posting a 1-0-2 record with a .949 save percentage and a 1.37 goals-against average.
  • Linus Ullmark stopped 21 of 22 shots (.954) in his only previous meeting with the Canadiens.

60 MINUTES
The Sabres are one of four teams that haven’t played an overtime game yet this season (Dallas, Nashville, New Jersey).

  • Buffalo’s nine games are the longest the team has gone without an overtime game to start the season since 2011-12 (12 games).
  • The Sabres have had each of their last 22 games settled in regulation, dating back to March 15 vs. Toronto. It’s the team’s longest stretch without an overtime game since Buffalo went 22 games without one from Dec. 31, 1989 to Feb. 18, 1990.
  • If tonight’s game is decided in regulation, it will be the team’s longest stretch of games that were not tied after 60 minutes since they played 30 in a row from Nov. 10, 1979 to Jan. 16, 1980.
  • The team’s record for consecutive games that were not tied after regulation is 33 games from Nov. 17, 1972 to Feb. 1, 1973.

A FRESH FACE

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

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 10/24 games)

  • Bogosian:3.8 BkS/GP (T-2nd)
  • Eichel: 38 S (T-6th)
  • Hutton: 209 SV (T-4th)
  • Ristolainen: 27 hits (T-9th), 25:20 TOI/GP (10th)
  • Sheary: 3 PPG (T-6th)
  • Skinner: 5 ESG (T-8th), plus-8 (T-9th)
  • Ullmark: .982 SV% (2nd), 0.50 GAA (2nd), 1 SO (T-2nd)

BUF-MTL CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Canadiens F Joel Armia was drafted by the Sabres in the first round (16th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft and skated in one game for the team.
  • Canadiens F Paul Byron spent one season (2010-11) with the Sabres after being drafted by Buffalo in the sixth round (179th overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft. He played in eight games and recorded two points (1+1).
  • Canadiens F Nicolas Deslauriers spent four seasons with the Sabres organization (2013-14 to 2016-17), playing in 211 games and recording 30 points (12+18). He was the only player to skate in all 82 games during the 2014-15 season and led the team in hits in 2015-16.

Former Canadiens:

  • Sabres D Nathan Beaulieu was selected by Montreal in the first round (17th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft. He spent five seasons with the club (2012-13 to 2016-17), skating in 225 games and recording 60 points (7+53).

Sabres with Montreal connections:

  • Sabres F Jason Pominville is a native of Repentigny, Quebec, and played junior hockey with the Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL).
  • Sabres D Marco Scandella grew up in Montreal. He played three seasons of junior hockey playing for the Val-d’Or Foreurs (QMJHL).

Patrik Berglund:

  • Played for the Blues when Canadiens associate coach Kirk Muller was an assistant coach in St. Louis.

Jason Botterill:

  • Played with Canadiens associate coach Kirk Muller in Dallas.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played for Team North America with Canadiens F Jonathan Drouin at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Phil Housley:

  • Was an assistant coach in Nashville when Canadiens D Shea Weber was playing for the Predators.

Carter Hutton:

  • Played with Canadiens G Antti Niemi and F Andrew Shaw in Chicago. Canadiens goaltending coach Stephane Waite was also on the Blackhawks coaching staff during Hutton’s tenure with the team.
  • Played with Canadiens D Shea Weber in Nashville.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played for Team USA at the IIHF 2013 World Junior Championship with Canadiens D Mike Reilly. McCabe captained the team and the duo won a gold medal together.
  • Represented the United States with Canadiens D Jeff Petry at the 2014 IIHF World Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Represented the United States with Canadiens D Jeff Petry at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.

Jason Pominville:

  • Played with Canadiens D Mike Reilly in Minnesota.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Played with Canadiens F Jonathan Drouin for Team Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Won a gold medal with Canadiens F Max Domi for Team Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship. Both Domi and Reinhart were named to the tournament’s All-Star Team. The duo also won a gold medal together while representing Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland with Canadiens F Artturi Lehkonen at both the 2013 and 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships, winning gold in 2014. Canadiens F Joel Armia was also on Finland’s 2013 roster.

Marco Scandella:

  • Played with Canadiens D Mike Reilly in Minnesota.

Conor Sheary:

  • Played with Canadiens G Antti Niemi in Pittsburgh.

Jeff Skinner:

  • Played in Carolina when Canadiens associate coach Kirk Muller was the head coach of the Hurricanes.

Steve Smith:

  • Was a scout for the Blackhawks when Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin was in the front office and goaltending coach Stephane Waite held the same role in Chicago. Canadiens G Antti Niemi also played for the Blackhawks during Smith’s time with the team.
  • Was an assistant coach for the Oilers when Canadiens D Jeff Petry was playing in Edmonton.

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Played in Boston when Canadiens Head Coach Claude Julien was the head coach of the Bruins.
  • Played for the Blues when Canadiens associate coach Kirk Muller was an assistant coach in St. Louis.
  • Has played for the Czech national team with Canadiens F Tomas Plekanec on three separate occasions: at the 2014 and 2017 IIHF World Championships and at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (27), Girgensons (16), McCabe (16)
Blocked Shots: Bogosian (15), McCabe (14), Ristolainen (14)
Shots: Eichel (38), Skinner (26), Okposo (21)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 5-4-0 (10), 22/25, 6/34, 20/28

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

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Jason Pominville … 4 games … 1,000 career games played
Conor Sheary … 7 games … 200 career games played
Remi Elie … 7 games … 100 career games played
Nathan Beaulieu … 9 games … 300 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 8 goals … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Points
Jason Pominville … 2 points … 497 points with Sabres (T-10th in franchise history)
Conor Sheary … 3 points … 100 career points
Jason Pominville … 5 points … 500 points with Sabres (T-9th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
Jason Pominville … 700th NHL point … Oct. 20 at LAK

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