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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

Game Preview: 10/5/17 vs. MTL

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
N/A

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 0)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Justin Falk (undisclosed, Oct. 5) – 0 games
Evan Rodrigues (hand, Oct. 5) – 0 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
9/30: Assigned F Justin Bailey, F Nicolas Deslauriers and D Taylor Fedun to Rochester; released D Cody Goloubef from PTO
10/3: Placed F Evan Rodrigues and D Justin Falk on IR; Signed F Jack Eichel to an eight-year contract extension with an AAV of $10 million
10/4: Acquired D Zach Redmond from Montreal in exchange for F Nicolas Deslauriers; assigned Redmond to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Oct. 7: Buffalo at NY Islanders, 7 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 9: New Jersey at Buffalo, 3 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 12: Buffalo at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 14: Buffalo at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 15: Buffalo at Anaheim, 9 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
CANADIENS at SABRES

  • This is the first of four meetings between the Sabres and Canadiens this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Montreal, 2-1, in Buffalo on April 5
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Nov. 11 in Montreal
  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Canadiens; 7-3-0 at home
  • This is the 276th game all-time between Buffalo and Montreal; Buffalo has a 126-110-39 series record.
  • The Sabres are 72-39-26 at home against the Canadiens all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 4-3-1 all-time on October 5.
  • October 4, 1991: Brad May scores his first NHL goal on his first NHL shot in his debut, a 5-4 loss vs. Pittsburgh.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Jack Eichel signed an eight-year extension with the Sabres with an average annual value of $10 million. Eichel led the Sabres with 57 points (24+33) in 61 games during the 2016-17 season, also finishing 11th in the NHL with 0.93 points per game and leading the league with 4.1 shots per game.
  • The Sabres are opening the season at home against Montreal for the second consecutive season after Montreal’s 4-1 win at KeyBank Center on Oct. 13, 2016.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 14 points (4+10) in 15 career games against the Canadiens, including eight (1+7) in eight games since joining the Sabres and five (1+4) in five games at KeyBank Center.
  • Evander Kane (2+5) and Jason Pominville (5+2) each have seven points in their last seven games against Montreal.

OPENING NIGHT

  • Tonight marks the 47th season-opener in Buffalo Sabres franchise history.
  • The Sabres are 24-18-4 all-time in season-openers; 17-9-4 when opening at home.
  • Buffalo is 21-19-6 all-time in home-openers.
  • The Sabres have previously opened their season against the Canadiens six times in franchise history (1984-85, 1988-89, 1990-91, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11), with each game taking place in Buffalo. The Sabres have a 3-1-2 record in those games, four of which (excluding a 3-3 tie in 1990 and a 4-1 loss in 2016) was decided by a single goal.
  • In addition to the six season-openers, the Sabres have opened their home schedule against Montreal three other times in franchise history (1970-71, 1976-77 and 2006-07). The Sabres have posted a 5-2-2 record in the nine total home-openers against the Canadiens.

WELCOME TO BUFFALO
The Sabres have had a newly acquired player score in four of their last six season-openers: Jack Eichel (Oct. 8, 2015 vs. OTT), Zemgus Girgensons (Oct. 2, 2013 at DET), Steve Ott (Jan. 20, 2013 vs. PHI) and Ville Leino (Oct. 7, 2011 vs. ANA). Each player scored on the first shot of his Sabres career, except for Eichel, who scored on his second shot. The Sabres have nine new skaters on their opening day roster this season: Victor Antipin, Nathan Beaulieu, Seth Griffith, Jacob Josefson, Jordan Nolan, Jason Pominville, Benoit Pouliot, Marco Scandella, Matt Tennyson

ARE YOU EXPERIENCED?
The 23 players on the Sabres’ opening-day roster have combined to play 7,866 NHL games, 1,044 more than last year’s 23-man opening-day roster had between them. The average Sabres skater entering the 2017-18 season has played 45 more NHL games than his counterpart from last season.

Sabres’ Opening-Day NHL Experience

Season

Total NHL GP

Average GP/Player

2017-18

7,866

342

2016-17

6,822

297

2015-16

5,914

257

2014-15

5,858

255

2013-14

5,516

240

2017 PRESEASON

  • Buffalo finished the preseason with a 1-4-1 record; 1-2-1 at home and 0-2-0 on the road.
  • Jack Eichel led all Sabres with four points (1+3) in four preseason games.
  • Linus Ullmark ranked in the top 10 in the preseason in both save percentage (4th, .956) and goals-against average (6th, 1.48) in 81 minutes of play.

2017-18 ROSTER NOTES
Of the 23 players on Buffalo’s opening night roster:

  • Six were originally drafted by the Sabres — four were first-round Buffalo selections (Girgensons, 2012; Ristolainen, 2013; Reinhart, 2014; Eichel, 2015) and two were second-round picks (Pominville, 2001; McCabe, 2012).
  • Nine were acquired in trades: Beaulieu, Bogosian, Gorges, Kane, Larsson, Lehner, O’Reilly, Pominville, Scandella
  • Eight were signed as free agents: Antipin, Griffith, Johnson, Josefson, Moulson, Okposo, Pouliot, Tennyson
  • One was claimed off waivers: Nolan
  • 13 played in Buffalo at some point last season: Bogosian, Eichel, Girgensons, Gorges, Kane, Larsson, Lehner, McCabe, Moulson, Okposo, O’Reilly, Reinhart, Ristolainen
  • 10 are new to the Sabres this season: Antipin, Beaulieu, Griffith, Johnson, Josefson, Nolan, Pominville, Pouliot, Scandella, Tennyson

BUF-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.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Played with Al Montoya for the Winnipeg Jets from 2012-2014. The two also played together for the United States at the 2009 World Championship.

Jack Eichel:

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

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Shea Weber for the Kelowna Rockets (WHL) from 2001-2004.
  • Teammates with Mark Streit for the Montreal Canadiens during the 2007-08 season.

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.

Robin Lehner:

  • Played with Ales Hemsky for the Ottawa Senators for part of the 2013-14 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 Mark Streit for the New York Islanders from 2009 to 2013. Al Montoya was also on the team 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 Mark Streit for the New York Islanders from 2008 to 2013. Al Montoya was also on the team 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.
  • 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: N/A
Blocked Shots: N/A
Shots: N/A

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 0-0-0 (0), 0/0, 0/0, 0/0

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-0; 108-11 all-time)
N/A

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-0; 69-64 all-time)
N/A

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Evander Kane … 4 games … 500 career games played
Kyle Okposo … 6 games … 600 career games played
Jordan Nolan … 8 games … 300 career games played
Assists
Jason Pominville … 4 assists … T-8th in franchise history (Hawerchuk)
Matt Moulson … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Points
Sam Reinhart … 10 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Post-Game Report: 4/5 vs. Montreal

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Canadiens
(46-25-9)
0 0 1 1 32
Sabres
(33-35-12)
1 1 0 2 30

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • With the win, the Sabres improved to 26-15-6 all-time in the final home game of the season.
  • Jack Eichel’s first-period assist gave him career-high totals in assists (33) and points (57) in 22 fewer games than he played in 2015-16.
  • With his assist on Tyler Ennis’ goal, Evander Kane now has seven points (2+5) in his last seven games against the Canadiens.
  • Ryan O’Reilly’s assist tonight gives him eight points (1+7) in eight games against Montreal since joining the Sabres.
  • Injury Update: Marcus Foligno left tonight’s game with a knee injury.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Canadiens
Price L .933 2.04
Sabres Lehner W .969 1.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Canadiens Price 37-19-5 .924 2.20
Sabres Lehner 23-25-8 .920 2.67

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Tyler Ennis

Canadiens head coach Claude Julien

Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty

Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher

Canadiens forward Tomas Plekanec

Canadiens defenseman Nathan Beaulieu