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Post-Game Report: 10/9 vs. New Jersey

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Devils
(2-0-0)
2 4 0 6 31
Sabres
(0-2-1)
0 1 1 2 25

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • With two goals, Evander Kane has six points (4+2) in his first three games this season, including at least a point in all three games.
  • Kane finished the game tied for second in the NHL in goals (4), tied for third in points (6) and leading the league in shots on goal (26).
  • With today’s loss, the Sabres have gone winless in five straight games against the Devils for the first time since the team went 0-2-3 at home against New Jersey from Feb. 12, 2002 to Dec. 19, 2003

Today’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Devils Schneider W .920 2.00
Sabres Johnson
Lehner
L
ND
.727
1.000
5.91
0.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Devils Schneider 2-0-0 .955 1.50
Sabres Johnson
Lehner
0-1-0
0-1-1
.816
.908
5.91
3.22

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Evander Kane

Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly

Sabres defenseman Nathan Beaulieu

Sabres goaltender Chad Johnson

Devils head coach John Hynes

Devils forward Marcus Johansson

Devils forward Jesper Bratt

Devils goaltender Cory Schneider

Game Preview: 10/9/17 vs. NJD

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, October 7
Buffalo 3 at NY Islanders 6
Goals: Kane (2), Eichel
Goalie: Lehner (12 saves/16 shots)/Johnson (15 saves/16 shots)
PP: 0/4; PK: 3/3; Shots: NY Islanders 33 – Buffalo 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 6)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Justin Falk (undisclosed, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 2 games
Evan Rodrigues (hand, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 2 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct.5) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
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
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.
Tuesday, Oct. 17: Buffalo at Vegas, 10 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 20: Vancouver at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
DEVILS at SABRES

  • This is first of three meetings between the Sabres and Devils this season.
  • Last meeting: New Jersey defeated Buffalo 2-1 in New Jersey on Feb. 6
  • Next meeting: Friday, Dec. 29 in New Jersey
  • The Sabres are 2-6-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Devils; 4-5-1 at home.
  • This is the 152nd game all-time between Buffalo and New Jersey; Buffalo has a 74-51-26 series record.
  • The Sabres are 40-25-11 at home against the Devils all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 4-10-2 all-time on October 9.
  • October 9, 1995: Michael Peca scores his first goal as a member of the Sabres in a 5-3 loss at Boston.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • With 12 shootouts in the 33 matchups since the beginning of 2007-08 season, the Sabres have played more shootouts against the Devils than any other non-divisional opponent, going 7-5 in those shootouts.
  • Buffalo needs a win today to avoid its first five-game home losing streak against New Jersey since the Devils won six in a row in Buffalo from March 9, 1997 to Jan. 6, 2000.
  • Nathan Beaulieu has an assist in each of his last three games against the Devils.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has five points (2+3) in his last five games against New Jersey.

A NEW LOOK
Buffalo had a franchise-record 10 players in the opening night lineup who weren’t on the team’s roster in 2016-17. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it’s the most new players an NHL team has had in its opening night lineup since the 2011-12 Florida Panthers (11).

ARE YOU EXPERIENCED?
The 23 players on the Sabres’ opening-day roster had combined to play 7,866 NHL games before Thursday’s opener vs. Montreal, 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

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 100.0% PK (T-1st), 37 S/GP (T-7th)
  • Kane: 2 SHG (1st), 19 S (T-1st), 2 G, (T-7th), 4 PTS (T-10th)
  • Pominville: 2 G (T-7th), 1 PPG (T-5th)

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-NJD CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Drew Stafford was selected by the Sabres in the first round (13th overall) in the 2004 NHL Draft. He played with the Sabres from 2006-2015 before being traded to the Winnipeg Jets on Feb. 11, 2015. Stafford played in 563 regular season games with Buffalo, tallying 322 points (145+177) and wearing the “A” from 2011-2014.

Former Devils:

  • Phil Housley played in New Jersey during the 1995-96 season for 22 games, compiling 16 points (1+15).
  • Jacob Josefson played for the Devils from 2010-2017, tallying 60 points (18+42) in 276 games. Josefson was selected by the Devils in the first round (20th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft.

Jason Botterill:

  • Ben Lovejoy played in the Penguins organization from 2007-2013 and 2014-2016 while Botterill was assistant general manager.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Played on the United States’ 2009 World Championship team with Drew Stafford.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played with John Moore for the United States at the 2015 World Championship.
  • Played with Will Butcher for the United States at the 2014 and 2015 World Junior Championships. Steven Santini was also on the team in 2014.

Seth Griffith:

  • Was a member of the 2016-17 Toronto Maple Leafs with Brian Boyle.
  • Was a member of the 2015-16 Boston Bruins with Jimmy Hayes.

Chad Johnson:

  • Played on the New York Rangers with Brian Boyle from 2009-2011.

Jacob Josefson:

  • Represented Team Sweden alongside Marcus Johansson at the World Junior Championship in 2009 and 2010. The two also played together at the in the Under-18 World Championship in 2008 and the Under-17 World Championship in 2007.

Evander Kane:

  • Was a member of Team Canada with Travis Zajac at the 2011 World Championship.

Jake McCabe:

  • Represented the United States alongside Keith Kinkaid and Steven Santini at the 2016 World Championship.
  • Represented the United States alongside Jimmy Hayes at the 2014 World Championship.

Matt Moulson:

  • Played in the Los Angeles Kings organization with Brian Boyle from 2007 to 2009.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Was a member of Team Canada with Taylor Hall for the 2013, 2015 and 2016 World Championships.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played alongside Andy Greene for the United States at the 2010 World Championship.
  • Represented the United States with Kyle Palmieri at the 2012 World Championship.
  • Played for the United States at the 2009 World Championship team with Drew Stafford.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Was a member of the 2013-14 New York Rangers with Brian Boyle and John Moore.
  • Played with Taylor Hall on the Edmonton Oilers from 2014 to 2016.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Represented Canada with Taylor Hall at the 2016 World Championship.

Marco Scandella:

  • Represented Team Canada with Taylor Hall and Adam Henrique at the 2010 World Junior Championship.

Matt Tennyson:

  • Played parts of two seasons from 2014 to 2016 with Mirco Muller in the San Jose organization.

NHL Draft:

  • Marco Scandella (55th overall) and Jimmy Hayes (60th overall) were both drafted in the second round of the 2008 NHL Draft.
  • Evander Kane (4th overall), Jacob Josefson (20th overall), John Moore (21st overall), Marcus Johansson (24th overall) and Kyle Palmieri (26th overall) were all first-round selections in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Nathan Beaulieu (17th overall) and Stefan Noesen (21st overall) were both drafted in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft.
  • Jake McCabe (44th overall) and Damon Severson (60th overall) were both selected in the second round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Mirco Muller (18th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Jack Eichel (2nd overall) and Pavel Zacha (6th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2015 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Scandella (7), Pouliot (6), Josefson/Larsson/Ristolainen (3)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (5), Josefson (4), Beaulieu/McCabe (3)
Shots: Kane (19), Girgensons (8), Eichel/Ristolainen (6)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 0-1-1 (1), 5/9, 1/9, 7/7

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

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Evander Kane … 2 games … 500 career games played
Kyle Okposo … 4 games … 600 career games played
Jordan Nolan … 7 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

Game Preview: 2/6/17 at NJD

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, February 4
Ottawa 0 at Buffalo 4
Goals: Okposo, O’Reilly, Reinhart, Foligno
Goalie: Lehner (37 saves/37 shots)
PP: 0/0; PK: 2/2; Shots: Ottawa 37 – Buffalo 26

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 249)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 51 games
Johan Larsson (wrist, Jan. 3; injured reserve) – 15 games
William Carrier (knee, Feb.4) – 1 game
Zach Bogosian (ribs, Feb. 4) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/4:
Activated D Josh Gorges; Recalled F Justin Bailey from Rochester (AHL); Assigned F Cal O’Reilly to Rochester

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Feb. 7:
San Jose at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 9: Anaheim at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 11: Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 12: Vancouver at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 14: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME

SABRES at DEVILS

  • This is the third and final meeting between the Sabres and Devils this season.
  • Last meeting: New Jersey defeated Buffalo 4-2 in New Jersey on Nov. 12
  • The Sabres are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Devils; 4-3-3 on the road.
  • This is the 151st game all-time between Buffalo and New Jersey; Buffalo has a 74-50-26 series record.
  • The Sabres are 34-25-15 on the road against the Devils all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-8-4 all-time on February 6.
  • February 6, 1972: Jim Lorentz and Rick Martin each score a pair of goals as the Sabres defeat the Boston Bruins 8-2 at the Aud. Lorentz would finish the game with four points.
  • February 6, 1986: Dave Andreychuk scores a franchise-record five goals and adds one assist in an 8-6 win at Boston.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Anders Nilsson is 4-1-1 in seven career appearances against the Devils, with a .953 save percentage and a 1.98 goals-against average. Nilsson has played more games against New Jersey than against any other opponent and earned his first NHL win with a 24-save shutout against the Devils on March 4, 2012.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 10 points (5+5) in 10 games against the Devils since the beginning of the 2011-12 season.
  • Tyler Ennis has seven points (4+3) in his last six games against New Jersey.
  • Jack Eichel had three points (2+1) in three games against the Devils in 2015-16.
  • With 12 shootouts in the 32 matchups since the beginning of 2007-08 season, the Sabres have played more shootouts against the Devils than any other non-divisional opponent, going 7-5 in those shootouts.
  • 11 of the last 24 games between the Sabres and Devils have been settled in overtime or a shootout, including eight of the last 16.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Robin Lehner is 5-1-1 with a .928 save percentage so far in 2017.
  • Evander Kane has 10 points (5+5) in his last 12 games. Kane hasn’t gone three games without recording a point since mid-November.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 13 points (3+10) in 14 games since returning from an absence due to an appendectomy.
  • Cody Franson has six points (2+4) in his last seven games, including four points (1+3) in his last four road games.
  • Jack Eichel has logged four two-point games in his last nine outings.

STREAKING ON THE ROAD

  • Evander Kane has eight points (3+5) in his last five road games. With a point tonight, he’d have points in six straight road games for the first time in his career.
  • With seven points (4+3) in his last six road games, Brian Gionta is riding his longest road point streak since he posted points in a career-best eight straight road games from March 21 to April 18, 2006.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s ninth of a league-high 19 sets of back-to-back games this season, which will continue in Buffalo tomorrow night vs. San Jose. The Sabres are 4-2-2 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 3-4-1 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets this season is: four points (2), three points (2), two points (1), one point (1) and zero points (2).

THE KANE EVENT
Evander Kane
has scored each of his 14 goals this season in his last 28 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 eighth among all NHL skaters in goals (14), ranks second in even-strength goals (13) and ranks fifth in shots on goal (107).

*All rankings before Feb. 5 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)

.40 (33)

.22 (18)

A/GP

.40 (33)

.24 (20)

.37 (30)

.39 (32)

P/GP

.69 (57)

.53 (43)

.77 (63)

.61 (50)

SOG/GP

2.9 (238)

2.1 (172)

4.1 (336)

2.2 (182)

(82-game pace in parentheses)

ASSIST-OLAINEN
Rasmus Ristolainen
entered play Sunday tied for 39th among all NHL skaters with 26 assists.

  • Ristolainen has recorded an assist on 21.5 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 10 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 before 2/5 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 22.3% PP% (5th)
  • Eichel: 4.1 S/GP (1st)
  • Foligno: 177 hits (T-3rd)
  • Nilsson: .935 EV SV% (5th), .923 SV% (8th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:39 TOI/GP (4th, forwards), 57.8 FO% (7th)
  • Ristolainen: 16 PPA (T-3rd), 27:08 TOI (3rd), 17 PPP (T-4th, defensemen), 26 A (9th, defensemen)

BUF-NJD CONNECTIONS
Former Devils:

  • Brian Gionta played for the Devils from 2001-2009, tallying 312 points (152+160) in 473 games. Selected by New Jersey in the third round (82nd overall) of the 1998 NHL Draft, Gionta won a cup with the Devils in 2003 and currently holds the club’s single-season franchise record in goals (48), which he set during the 2005-06 campaign.

Dan Bylsma:

  • Coached the Pittsburgh Penguins where Ben Lovejoy was a member of the team from 2008-2013.

Jack Eichel:

  • Was a part of the United States National Team Development Program with Kyle Palmieri during the 2008-09 season.

Tyler Ennis:

  • Represented Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship alongside Taylor Hall.
  • Shares a hometown of Edmonton, Alberta with Vernon Fiddler.

Brian Gionta:

  • Played with Michael Cammalleri for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2012.

Josh Gorges:

  • Teammates with Michael Cammalleri for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2012.
  • Was a member of the Kelowna Rockets during the 2000-01 season along with Vernon Fiddler.

Johan Larsson:

  • Represented Team Sweden alongside Jacob Josefson at the 2009 World U18 Championship.

Robin Lehner;

  • Represented Team Sweden alongside Jacob Josefson at the 2009 World U18 Championship.

Evander Kane:

  • Was a member of Team Canada with Travis Zajac at the 2011 World Championship.

Jake McCabe:

  • Was a part of the United States National Team Development Program with Reid Boucher from 2009-2011.
  • Represented the United States alongside Keith Kinkaid at the 2016 World Championship.

Matt Moulson:

  • Was a member of the Los Angeles Kings with Michael Cammalleri during the 2007-08 season.
  • Played alongside P.A. Parenteau for the New York Islanders from 2010-2012.
  • Teammates with Kyle Quincey for the Los Angeles Kings during the 2008-09 season.

Anders Nilsson:

  • Played for the Edmonton Oilers organization along with Taylor Hall during the 2015-16 season.
  • Represented Sweden at the 2015 World Championship alongside Jacob Josefson. The two were also members of the Swedish World Junior team in 2010.
  • Played for the New York Islanders with P.A. Parenteau during the 2011-12 season.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Was a member of Team Canada with Taylor Hall for the 2013, 2015 and 2016 World Championships.
  • Teammates with P.A. Parenteau for the Colorado Avalanche from 2012-2014.
  • Played with Kyle Quincey for the Colorado Avalanche from 2009-2012.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played alongside Andy Greene for the United States at the 2010 World Championship.
  • Represented the United States with Kyle Palmieri at the 2012 World Championship.
  • Played for the New York Islanders with P.A. Parenteau from 2010-2012.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Represented Canada with Taylor Hall at the 2016 World Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Evander Kane (4th overall), Dmitry Kulikov (14th overall), Jacob Josefson (20th overall) and Kyle Palmieri (26th overall) were all first-round selections in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Johan Larsson (56th overall) and Devante Smith-Pelly (42nd overall) was both second-round selections in the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Jake McCabe (44th overall) and Damon Severson (60th overall) were both selected in the second round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Jack Eichel (2nd overall) and Pavel Zacha (6th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2015 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (177), Ristolainen (136), Carrier (96)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (115), McCabe (66), Gorges (63)
Shots: Kane (136), Okposo (127), Eichel (123)

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: 1-0-0 (2), 4/0, 0/0, 2/2

OVERTIME RESULTS (5-5; 107-110 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)

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 … 6 games … 200 NHL games
Points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 6 points … 100 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
Cody Franson … 200th NHL point … Jan. 31 at MTL

Game Preview: 11/12/16 at NJD

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Friday, November 11
New Jersey 2 at Buffalo 1 (OT)
Goals: Moulson
Goalie: Nilsson (41 saves/43 shots)
PP: 1/2; PK: 6/6; Shots: New Jersey 43 – Buffalo 26

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 62)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 14 games
Jack Eichel (high-ankle sprain, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 14 games
Nicolas Deslauriers (knee, Oct. 30; injured reserve) – 7 games
Zach Bogosian (MCL sprain, Nov. 3) – 5 games
Tyler Ennis (groin, Nov. 9) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/9:
Recalled F Cole Schneider from Rochester (AHL); Assigned F Hudson Fasching to Rochester; Activated F Evander Kane from IR; Placed F
Nicolas Deslauriers on IR
11/11: Recalled D Justin Falk from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Nov. 15:
Buffalo at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 17: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 19: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 21: Calgary at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 23: Detroit at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at DEVILS

  • This is the second of three meetings between the Sabres and Devils this season.
  • Last meeting: New Jersey defeated Buffalo, 2-1 (OT), in Buffalo on Nov. 11
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Nov. 12 in New Jersey
  • The Sabres are 3-4-3 in their last 10 games vs. the Devils; 4-3-3 on the road.
  • This is the 150th game all-time between Buffalo and New Jersey; Buffalo has a 74-49-26 series record.
  • The Sabres are 34-24-15 on the road against the Devils all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-7-3 all-time on November 12.
  • November 12, 1988: The Sabres acquire Doug Bodger and Darrin Shannon in exchange for Tom Barrasso and a third-round pick (Joe Dziedzic) in the 1990 NHL Draft.
  • November 12, 1991: Pat LaFontaine records his first hat trick as a member of the Sabres in a 7-1 win at San Jose.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Buffalo was ranked second in the NHL in team faceoff percentage (54.0%) after last night’s game.
  • Anders Nilsson is 4-1-1 in seven career appearances against the Devils, with a .953 save percentage and a 1.98 goals-against average. Nilsson has played more games against New Jersey than against any other opponent and earned his first NHL win with a 24-save shutout against the Devils on March 4, 2012.
  • The road team has won the last five games between these teams. Prior to that stretch, the home team had won eight in a row.

PUTTING IN EXTRA TIME

  • 11 of the last 23 games between the Sabres and Devils have been settled in overtime or a shootout, including eight of the last 15.
  • With 12 shootouts in the 31 matchups since the beginning of 2007-08 season, the Sabres have played more shootouts against the Devils than any other non-divisional opponent, going 7-5 in those shootouts.

HOME-AND-HOME

  • Tonight’s game is the second in a home-and-home series between the Sabres and Devils that began last night in Buffalo.
  • The Sabres and Devils have previously played four home-and-home series, with the Sabres going 1-2-1 (one tie) in the home games and 3-1-0 in the road games. Buffalo’s points breakdown in these previous series is as follows: four points (1), three points (0), two points (2), one point (1), zero points (0).
  • The Sabres have played in 158 previous home-and-home series in franchise history, going 90-45-23 (.642) in the home games and 56-73-29 (.446) in the road games in previous series. The team is 70-59-29 (.535) all-time in the first game of these series and 76-59-23 (.554) in the second. Buffalo’s points breakdown in these previous series is as follows: four points (31), three points (25), two points (65), one point (15), zero points (22).

PREVIOUS SABRES-DEVILS HOME-AND-HOME SERIES

  • 29, 1984: Buffalo 2 at New Jersey 1
  • 31, 1984: New Jersey 4 at Buffalo 6
  • 26, 1998: Buffalo 2 at New Jersey 0
  • 28, 1998: New Jersey 7 at Buffalo 4
  • 10, 2002: Buffalo 1 at New Jersey 4
  • 12, 2002: New Jersey 2 at Buffalo 2
  • 13, 2008: Buffalo 4 at New Jersey 2
  • 17, 2008: New Jersey 5 at Buffalo 3

BACK-TO-BACK
Today’s game wraps up Buffalo’s second of a league-high 19 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 2-1 overtime loss last night in Buffalo. The Sabres are 1-0-1 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 1-0-0 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets this season is: four points (1), three points (0), two points (0), one point (0) and zero points (0).

SABRES IN THE TOP 10

  • Ryan O’Reilly ranked second among all NHL forwards with an average ice time of 21:46 per game after last night’s game. O’Reilly finished the 2015-16 season ranked first among forwards with 21:44 of ice time per game and has averaged 20:44 per game since the beginning of the 2014-15 season, leading all NHL forwards during that time frame.
  • O’Reilly finished last night’s game ranked fourth in the NHL in faceoffs won (187) and seventh among players with at least 100 faceoffs in win percentage (60.5%). He finished in the top 10 in both categories in 2015-16.
  • After last night’s game, Matt Moulson was tied for the NHL lead with five power-play goals.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen was tied for seventh among NHL defensemen with eight assists this season and to lead all NHL defensemen with six power-play points after last night’s game.
  • Ristolainen ranked ninth among all NHL skaters in average ice time per game (25:19) after last night’s game.

BUF-NJD CONNECTIONS
Former Devils:

  • Brian Gionta played for the Devils from 2001-2009, tallying 312 points (152+160) in 473 games. Selected by New Jersey in the third round (82nd overall) of the 1998 NHL Draft, Gionta won a cup with the Devils in 2003 and currently holds the club’s single-season franchise record in goals (48), which he set during the 2005-06 campaign.

Dan Bylsma:

  • Coached Beau Bennett (2012-2014) and Ben Lovejoy (2008-2013) during his time as head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Brian Gionta:

  • Played with Michael Cammalleri for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2012.

Josh Gorges:

  • Teammates with Michael Cammalleri for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2012.
  • Was a member of the Kelowna Rockets during the 2000-01 season along with Vernon Fiddler.

Johan Larsson:

  • Represented Team Sweden alongside Jacob Josefson at the 2009 World U18 Championship.

Robin Lehner;

  • Represented Team Sweden alongside Jacob Josefson at the 2009 World U18 Championship.

Evander Kane:

  • Was a member of Team Canada with Travis Zajac at the 2011 World Championship.

Jake McCabe:

  • Was a part of the United States National Team Development Program with Reid Boucher from 2009-2011.
  • Represented the United States alongside Keith Kinkaid at the 2016 World Championship.

Matt Moulson:

  • Was a member of the Los Angeles Kings with Michael Cammalleri during the 2007-08 season.
  • Played alongside P.A. Parenteau for the New York Islanders from 2010-2012.
  • Teammates with Kyle Quincey for the Los Angeles Kings during the 2008-09 season.
  • Moulson (1983) and Nick Lappin (1992) were both born on November 1.

Anders Nilsson:

  • Played for the Edmonton Oilers organization along with Taylor Hall during the 2015-16 season.
  • Represented Sweden at the 2015 World Championship alongside Jacob Josefson. The two were also members of the Swedish World Junior team in 2010.
  • Played for the New York Islanders with P.A. Parenteau during the 2011-12 season.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Was a member of Team Canada with Taylor Hall for the 2013, 2015 and 2016 World Championships.
  • Teammates with P.A. Parenteau for the Colorado Avalanche from 2012-2014.
  • Played with Kyle Quincey for the Colorado Avalanche from 2009-2012.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played alongside Andy Greene for the United States at the 2010 World Championship.
  • Represented the United States with Kyle Palmieri at the 2012 World Championship.
  • Played for the New York Islanders with A. Parenteau from 2010-2012.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Represented Canada with Taylor Hall at the 2016 World Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Evander Kane (4th overall), Dmitry Kulikov (14th overall), Jacob Josefson (20th overall), John Moore (21st overall) and Kyle Palmieri (26th overall) were all first-round selections in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Johan Larsson (56th overall) and Devante Smith-Pelly (42nd overall) was both second-round selections in the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Jake McCabe (44th overall) and Damon Severson (60th overall) were both selected in the second round of the 2012 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (47), Gorges (35), Ristolainen (33)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (27), Ristolainen (24), Bogosian (15)
Shots: O’Reilly (43), Moulson (40), Gionta/Reinhart (34)

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: 1-1-2 (4), 4/9, 1/8, 17/21

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-2; 102-107 all-time)
Oct. 18 at EDM: L, 4-3 (GWG-Monahan)
Nov. 11 vs. NJD: L, 2-1 (GWG-Greene)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-2; 67-60 all-time)
Oct. 25 at PHI: L, 4-3 (GDG-Giroux)
Nov. 9 vs. OTT: L, 2-1 (GDG-Ryan)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Coached

Dan Bylsma … 3 games … 500 NHL games
Wins
Dan Bylsma … 8 wins … 300 NHL wins
Games Played
Josh Gorges … 3 games … 700 NHL games
Points
Marcus Foligno … 3 points … 100 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
Sam Reinhart … 100th NHL Game … Nov. 7 at BOS
Jake McCabe … 100th NHL Game … Nov. 11 vs. NJD
Ryan O’Reilly … 200th NHL Assist … Nov. 11 vs. NJD

Post-Game Report: 11/11 vs. NJD

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Devils
(7-3-3)
0 0 1 1 2 43
Sabres
(5-5-4)
1 0 0 0 1 26

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • The Sabres dropped the first game of a home-and-home series with the Devils that continues tomorrow night in New Jersey.
    • Buffalo is now 90-45-24 all-time in the home portion of home-and-home series and 70-59-30 in the first game.
  • The road team has now won each of the last five games between the Sabres and Devils. Prior to that stretch, the home team had won eight in a row.
  • Eleven of the last 23 games between the Sabres and Devils have been settled in overtime or a shootout, including eight of the last 15.
  • Buffalo killed off all six New Jersey power plays, improving to 16-for-16 on the penalty kill at home this season.
  • With the overtime loss, Anders Nilsson is 4-1-1 in seven career appearances against the Devils, with a .953 save percentage and a 1.98 goals-against average.
    • New Jersey’s first goal brought Nilsson’s shutout streak to an end at 119:46. His career-best streak is 131:08 (12/2/2015 to 12/11/2015) and was also snapped by the Devils.
  • Through four appearances, Nilsson ranks eighth in save percentage (.942) and 11th in goals-against average (1.96) among NHL goaltenders with at least 120 minutes played this season.
  • With his goal, Matt Moulson tied Patrick Laine and Wayne Simmonds for the NHL lead with five power-play goals this season.
    • Ryan O’Reilly recorded an assist on the goal, marking his 200th career NHL assist.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
New Jersey
Kinkaid W .962 0.99
Buffalo Nilsson O .953 1.98

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
New Jersey
Kinkaid 2-0-1 .944 1.65
Buffalo Nilsson 1-1-2 .942 1.96

Post-Game Audio

Sabres forward Evander Kane

Sabres forward Matt Moulson

Sabres goaltender Anders Nilsson

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Devils defenseman Matt Greene

Devils defenseman Yohann Auvitu

Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid

Devils head coach John Hynes