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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

Game Preview: 4/5/17 vs. MTL

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Monday, April 3
Toronto 4 at Buffalo 2
Goals: O’Reilly, Eichel
Goalie: Lehner (2 saves/5 shots)/Nilsson (39 saves/40 shots)
PP: 0/1; PK: 2/3; Shots: Toronto 45 – Buffalo 22

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 389)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 79 games
Johan Larsson (wrist, Jan. 3; injured reserve) – 43 games
Taylor Fedun (foot, March 20) – 7 games
Kyle Okposo (illness, March 28) – 3 games
Anders Nilsson (undisclosed, April 5) – 0 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/30:
Signed F C.J. Smith to a two-year, entry-level contract; Assigned D Brady Austin to Rochester (AHL)
4/3: Recalled F Alexander Nylander from Rochester (AHL)
4/5: Recalled G Linus Ullmark from Rochester (AHL)

REMAINING GAMES
Saturday, April 8:
Buffalo at Florida, 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 9: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 5 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 5-2 in Montreal on Jan. 31
  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Canadiens; 3-5-2 at home
  • This is the 275th game all-time between Buffalo and Montreal; Buffalo has a 125-110-39 series record.
  • The Sabres are 71-39-26 at home against the Canadiens all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 13-5-0 all-time on April 5.
  • April 5, 1980: Mike Ramsey scores his first NHL goal in a 9-1 win at Pittsburgh.
  • April 5, 2013: Ryan Miller sets the Sabres’ career saves record, passing Dominik Hasek with his 13,309th save in a 4-2 win vs. Ottawa.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 52-for-60 (86.7%) on the penalty kill in their last 23 games.
  • Buffalo is 25-15-6 all-time in the final home game of the season.
  • Evander Kane (2+4) and Cody Franson (1+5) each have six points in their last six games against Montreal.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 13 points (4+9) in 14 career games against the Canadiens.

HOME COOKIN’

  • Ryan O’Reilly has 29 points (11+18) in his last 27 home games.
  • Jack Eichel has 35 points (14+21) in 31 home games this season, including 11 multi-point outings.
  • Evander Kane has 12 points (9+3) in his last 13 home games.

JACK ATTACK

  • In the time since his Nov. 29 return from an injury that sidelined him for 21 games, Jack Eichel is ranked seventh among all NHL skaters with 56 points (24+32) and leads the league with 239 shots on goal.
  • Eichel has logged 41 points (16+25) in his last 37 games, including 12 multi-point outings during that stretch. The Sabres are 14-2-0 this season (and 22-5-1 in his career) when he has at least two points.
  • Eichel’s .97 points per game rank him ninth among all players with at least 20 games played this season.
  • If Eichel finishes the season at a point-per-game pace or better, he will be the eighth player in franchise history to do so in one of his first two full NHL seasons, joining Rick Martin (1971-72), Rene Robert (1972-73), Dave Andreychuk (1983-84), Phil Housley (1983-84), Pierre Turgeon (1988-89), Alexander Mogilny (1990-91) and Thomas Vanek (2006-07).

*All rankings before 4/4 games.

THE KANE EVENT

  • Evander Kane has scored each of his 27 goals this season in his last 55 games.
  • Kane is tied for 14th in the NHL with 24 even-strength goals despite not scoring his first until Dec. 3.
  • Since Dec. 1, Kane is tied for sixth among all NHL skaters in goals (27) and leads the league in even-strength goals (24).

*All rankings before 4/4 games.

SOPHOMORE SURGE
In their second full NHL seasons, Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart have each improved on their points-per-game totals from 2015-16.

2015-16

2016-17

Jack Eichel

Sam Reinhart

Jack Eichel

Sam Reinhart

G/GP

.30 (25)

.29 (24)

.41 (34)

.22 (18)

A/GP

.40 (33)

.24 (20)

.55 (45)

.39 (32)

P/GP

.69 (57)

.53 (43)

.97 (79)

.62 (51)

SOG/GP

2.9 (238)

2.1 (172)

4.1 (338)

2.3 (187)

(82-game pace in parentheses)

THEY’VE GOT THE POWER

  • The Sabres ranked first in the league with a 24.8% success rate on the power play entering play Tuesday.
  • Buffalo has not finished a season ranked in the top five in power-play percentage since the 2005-06 season (third, 21.2%) and the team has led the league only once (1991-92, 22.5%)
  • The team’s current power-play percentage would rank as the third-best conversion rate in franchise history and the best since the team’s 25.4% mark in 1975-76. It would be the 13th-best season by any team since the league began publishing the stat in 1987-88.

ASSIST-OLAINEN
Rasmus Ristolainen
entered play Tuesday tied for 31st among all NHL skaters with 39 assists this season.

  • Ristolainen has recorded an assist on 20.5 percent of his teammates’ goals. Only one Sabres defenseman has ever recorded an assist on more than 20 percent of his teammates’ goals: Phil Housley (22.6%) in 1989-90.
  • Ristolainen would need to fail to record an assist on each of his teammates’ next six goals to fall below 20 percent.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 4/4 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 24.8% PP% (1st)
  • Eichel: 4.1 S/GP (1st)
  • Foligno: 276 hits (5th)
  • Kane: 3.8 S/GP (5th)
  • Moulson: 11 PPG (T-10th)
  • Nilsson: .933 EV SV% (6th), .923 SV% (7th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:34 TOI/GP (1st, forwards), 57.9 FO% (5th)
  • Ristolainen: 24 PPA (4th), 26:37 TOI/GP (5th), 158 BkS (T-10th), 39 A (7th, defensemen)

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).
  • Brian Flynn played in parts of three seasons for Buffalo, totaling 41 points (17+24) in 159 games.
  • 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:

  • Brian Gionta played for the Canadiens from 2009-2014, registering 173 points (97+76) in 303 games played.  He also served as the team’s captain from 2010-2014.
  • Josh Gorges was a member of the Canadiens from 2006-2014, registering 88 points (13+75) over 464 games played.

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.

Tyler Ennis:

  • He and Brendan Gallagher were both born in Edmonton, Alberta.

Cody Franson:

  • He and Shea Weber were both born in Sicamous, British Columbia.
  • Represented Canada alongside Carey Price at the 2007 World Junior Championship.

Josh Gorges:

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

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.

Dmitry Kulikov:

  • Represented Russia alongside Alexei Emelin and Alexander Radulov at the 2011 World Championship.
  • Played with Al Montoya for the Florida Panthers from 2014-2016.

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:

  • 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.

Sam Reinhart:

  • 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:

  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall), Alex Galchenyuk (3rd overall) and Stefan Matteau (29th overall) were all first-round selections in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Michael McCarron (25th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2013 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (276), Ristolainen (190), Gorges (138)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (158), McCabe (113), Gorges (107)
Shots: Kane (252), Eichel (239), O’Reilly (184)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10:
4-4-2 (10), 23/24, 8/35, 26/31
11-20: 3-4-3 (9), 15/26, 6/31, 28/36
21-30: 5-3-2 (12), 31/26, 8/30, 13/24
31-40: 4-4-2 (10), 27/31, 7/34, 21/28
41-50: 4-5-1 (9), 28/33, 6/27, 21/28
51-60: 6-4-0 (12), 26/25, 6/25, 24/30
61-70: 2-7-1 (5), 31/39, 9/30, 24/29
71-80: 4-5-0 (8), 19/22, 7/18, 20/23

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-6; 108-111 all-time)
Oct. 18 at CGY: L, 4-3 (GWG-Monahan)
Nov. 11 vs. NJD: L, 2-1 (GWG-Greene)
Dec. 5 at WSH: L, 3-2 (GWG-Johansson)
Dec. 6 vs. EDM: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen)
Dec. 16 vs. NYI: W, 3-2 (GWG-Ristolainen)

Jan. 5 at CHI: L, 4-3 (GWG-Kane)
Jan. 20 vs. DET: W, 3-2 (GWG-Okposo)
Jan. 21 at MTL: W, 3-2 (GWG-Bogosian)
Jan. 24 at NSH: W, 5-4 (GWG-Eichel)

Feb. 2 vs. NYR: L, 2-1 (GWG-Kreider)
Feb. 7 vs. SJS: W, 5-4 (GWG-Kane)
Feb. 28 vs. NSH: L, 5-4 (GWG-Forsberg)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (2-6; 69-64 all-time)
Oct. 25 at PHI: L, 4-3 (GDG-Giroux)
Nov. 9 vs. OTT: L, 2-1 (GDG-Ryan)
Nov. 19 vs. PIT: W, 2-1 (GDG-C. O’Reilly)
Nov. 23 vs. DET: L, 2-1 (GDG-Vanek)
Dec. 17 at CAR: L, 2-1 (GDG-Stempniak)
Dec. 20 at FLA: L, 4-3 (GDG-Trocheck)
March 4 vs. TBL: L, 2-1 (GDG-Point)
March 17 at ANA: W, 2-1 (GDG-Girgensons)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Goals

Tyler Ennis … 4 goals … 100 NHL goals
Assists
Brian Gionta … 2 assists … 300 NHL assists
Points
Evander Kane … 2 points … 300 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
C.J. Smith … 1st NHL game … April 2 vs. NYI
C.J. Smith … 1st NHL point (assist) … April 2 vs. NYI
Alexander Nylander … 1st NHL game … April 3 vs. TOR

Game Preview: 1/31/17 at MTL

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, January 26
Buffalo 2 at Dallas 4
Goals: Kane (2), Moulson
Goalie: Nilsson (33 saves/37 shots)
PP: 1/2; PK: 4/5; Shots: Dallas 37 – Buffalo 27

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 237)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 48 games
Johan Larsson (wrist, Jan. 3; injured reserve) – 12 games
Josh Gorges (hip, Jan. 7; injured reserve) – 10 games
Jake McCabe (shoulder, Jan. 21) – 3 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Feb. 2:
NY Rangers at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 4: Ottawa at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 6: Buffalo at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 7: San Jose at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 9: Anaheim at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at CANADIENS

  • This is the third of four meetings between the Sabres and Canadiens this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Montreal 3-2 (OT) in Montreal on Jan. 21
  • Next meeting: Wednesday, April 5 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Canadiens; 6-4-0 on the road
  • This is the 274th game all-time between Buffalo and Montreal; Buffalo has a 125-109-39 series record.
  • The Sabres are 54-70-13 on the road against the Canadiens all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 14-6-1 all-time on January 31.
  • January 31, 1974: Rick Martin scores the first penalty shot goal in team history against Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Bernie Parent in a 4-3 road loss.
  • January 31, 2013: Thomas Vanek ties his career high with his second five-point game (3+2) in a 12-day span, leading the Sabres to a 7-4 win at Boston.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres have gone 17-9-3 in their last 29 games against the Canadiens, including an 11-4-0 record in 15 road games. The road team has won 13 of the last 18 matchups between these teams.
  • Brian Gionta has 13 points (10+3) in his last 13 road games against Montreal, including a point in each of his five visits to Bell Centre as a member of the Sabres (4+1).
  • Evander Kane (2+3) and Cody Franson (1+4) each have five points in their last five games against the Canadiens.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 13 points (4+9) in 13 career games against Montreal.
  • Zach Bogosian has four points (2+2) in his last five games against the Canadiens.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Evander Kane has nine points (5+4) in his last nine games and enters tonight’s game with points in each of his last three, having totaled six points (2+4) in those three games.
  • Brian Gionta enters tonight’s game on a three-game point streak (2+1) and has at least a point in each of his last five road games, tallying six points (3+3) in those games. A point tonight would give him his longest point streak since he posted points in five straight from Nov. 6 to 16, 2010.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 11 points (2+9) in 11 games since returning from an absence due to an appendectomy. He recorded two points in five of those 11 games.
  • Cody Franson has four points (1+3) in his last four games.

HAPPY NEW YEAR
With the team guaranteed to average more than three goals per game in January regardless of the outcome of tonight’s game, the Sabres (3.33 goals per game so far in January) will have had their most productive month offensively since at least January 2013. Note: Averages below exclude shootout goals.

With __ non-shootout goals tonight…

0 1 2 3 4 5 6

…the Sabres will average __ goals per game in January 2017.

3.08 3.15 3.23 3.31 3.38 3.46 3.54

 

Last Five Months in Which the Sabres Averaged 3+ Goals

Month

G/GP

Monthly League Rank in G/GP

Record

April 2011

3.80

2nd

4-0-1 (.900)

March 2012

3.19

4th

10-4-2 (.688)

April 2012

3.33

T-6th

1-1-1 (.500)

January 2013

3.29

7th

3-3-1 (.500)

January 2017*

3.33

6th

7-4-1 (.625)

*Entering tonight’s games

THE KANE EVENT
Evander Kane
has scored each of his 14 goals this season in his last 25 games, including a team-high 13 even-strength goals. In the period since scoring his first goal of the season on Dec. 3 vs. Boston, he is tied for fourth among all NHL skaters in goals (14) and leads the league in even-strength goals (13).

SOPHOMORE SURGE
In their second full NHL seasons, Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart have each improved on their points per game totals from 2015-16.

2015-16

2016-17

Jack Eichel

Sam Reinhart

Jack Eichel

Sam Reinhart

G/GP

.30 (25)

.29 (24)

.44 (36)

.21 (17)

A/GP

.40 (33)

.24 (20)

.33 (27)

.42 (34)

P/GP

.69 (57)

.53 (43)

.78 (64)

.63 (51)

SOG/GP

2.9 (238)

2.1 (172)

4.2 (343)

2.2 (178)

(82-game pace in parentheses)

ASSIST-OLAINEN
Rasmus Ristolainen
is tied for 35th among all NHL skaters with 25 assists.

  • Ristolainen has recorded an assist on 21.9 percent of his teammates’ goals*. Only one Sabres defenseman has ever recorded an assist on more than 20 percent of his teammates’ goals: Phil Housley (22.6%) in 1989-90.
  • Ristolainen would need to fail to record an assist on each of his teammates’ next 12 goals to fall below 20 percent.

*Teammate goals are defined as total team goals minus the player’s goals and shootout-winners.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 22.5% PP% (6th)
  • Eichel: 4.2 S/GP (1st)
  • Foligno: 164 hits (5th)
  • Nilsson: .935 EV SV% (7th), .923 SV% (9th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:40 TOI/GP (4th, forwards), 58.0 FO% (6th)
  • Ristolainen: 16 PPA (T-3rd), 27:04 TOI (5th), 17 PPP (T-4th, defensemen), 25 A (T-8th, defensemen)

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).
  • Brian Flynn played in parts of three seasons for Buffalo, totaling 41 points (17+24) in 159 games.
  • 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:

  • Brian Gionta played for the Canadiens from 2009-2014, registering 173 points (97+76) in 303 games played.  He also served as the team’s captain from 2010-2014.

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.

Cody Franson:

  • He and Shea Weber were both born in Sicamous, British Columbia.
  • Represented Canada alongside Carey Price at the 2007 World Junior Championship.

Evander Kane:

  • Played with Al Montoya for the Winnipeg Jets from 2012-2014.

Dmitry Kulikov:

  • Represented Russia alongside Alexei Emelin and Alexander Radulov at the 2011 World Championship.
  • Played with Al Montoya for the Florida Panthers from 2014-2016.

Matt Moulson:

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

Kyle Okposo:

  • 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.

Cal O’Reilly:

  • Teammates with Shea Weber for the Nashville Predators from 2008-2011.

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:

  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall), Alex Galchenyuk (3rd overall) and Stefan Matteau (29th overall) were all first-round selections in the 2012 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (164), Ristolainen (125), Carrier (93)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (105), McCabe (64), Gorges (62)
Shots: Kane (122), Okposo (119), Eichel (113)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10:
4-4-2 (10), 23/24, 8/35, 26/31
11-20: 3-4-3 (9), 15/26, 6/31, 28/36
21-30: 5-3-2 (12), 31/26, 8/30, 13/24
31-40: 4-4-2 (10), 27/31, 7/34, 21/28
41-50: 4-4-0 (8), 25/26, 5/21, 18/24

OVERTIME RESULTS (5-4; 107-109 all-time)
Oct. 18 at CGY: L, 4-3 (GWG-Monahan)
Nov. 11 vs. NJD: L, 2-1 (GWG-Greene)
Dec. 5 at WSH: L, 3-2 (GWG-Johansson)
Dec. 6 vs. EDM: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen)
Dec. 16 vs. NYI: W, 3-2 (GWG-Ristolainen)

Jan. 5 at CHI: L, 4-3 (GWG-Kane)
Jan. 20 vs. DET: W, 3-2 (GWG-Okposo)
Jan. 21 at MTL: W, 3-2 (GWG-Bogosian)
Jan. 24 at NSH: W, 5-4 (GWG-Eichel)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-5; 68-63 all-time)
Oct. 25 at PHI: L, 4-3 (GDG-Giroux)
Nov. 9 vs. OTT: L, 2-1 (GDG-Ryan)
Nov. 19 vs. PIT: W, 2-1 (GDG-C. O’Reilly)
Nov. 23 vs. DET: L, 2-1 (GDG-Vanek)
Dec. 17 at CAR: L, 2-1 (GDG-Stempniak)
Dec. 20 at FLA: L, 4-3 (GDG-Trocheck)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Nicolas Deslauriers … 8 games … 200 NHL games
Points
Cody Franson … 1 point … 200 NHL points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 7 points … 100 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
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