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Post-Game Report: 1/30 vs. New Jersey

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
 Devils
(25-16-8)
0 2 1 3 28
Sabres
(14-27-9)
0 0 1 1 28

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • New Jersey’s first goal brought Robin Lehner’s shutout streak to an end at a career-best 145:15. His previous best streak was 126:59 (Feb. 16 to 21, 2016).
  • The goal also stopped the team’s shutout streak at 199:19. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the streak was Buffalo’s longest since the team’s franchise-record streak of 226:24 set from Jan. 16 to 25, 2003.
  • With his assist on Jake McCabe’s goal, Ryan O’Reilly now has nine points (4+5) in his last nine games.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Devils Kinkaid W .964 1.00
Sabres Lehner L .926 2.05

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Devils Kinkaid 8-4-2 .897 3.11
Sabres Lehner 11-19-6 .912 2.85

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe

Devils head coach John Hynes

Devils forward Taylor Hall

Devils defenseman Andy Greene

Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid

Game Preview: 1/30/18 vs. NJD

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, January 25
Buffalo 4 at Vancouver 0
Goals: Reinhart, Baptiste, Okposo, Larsson
Goalie: Lehner (30 saves/30 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 2/2; Shots: Vancouver 30 – Buffalo 26

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 181)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Jacob Josefson (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 6 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 6 games
Josh Gorges (illness, Jan. 22) – 3 games
Nathan Beaulieu (undisclosed, Jan. 23; injured reserve) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/26: Assigned D Matt Tennyson to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Feb. 1: Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 3: St. Louis at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 6: Anaheim at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 8: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 10: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
DEVILS at SABRES

  • This is the third and final meeting between the Sabres and Devils this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated New Jersey 4-3 (OT) in New Jersey on Dec. 29, 2017
  • The Sabres are 2-6-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Devils; 4-5-1 at home.
  • This is the 154th game all-time between Buffalo and New Jersey; Buffalo has a 75-52-26 series record.
  • The Sabres are 40-26-11 at home against the Devils all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-4-3 all-time on January 30.
  • January 30, 2007: Daniel Briere scores his second of two hat tricks as a member of the Sabres as the Sabres defeat the Bruins 7-1 in Buffalo.
  • January 30, 2008: Ryan Miller stops all 32 Florida shots and Thomas Vanek scores the lone Buffalo goal as the Sabres defeat the Panthers 1-0 in Florida.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Buffalo returns from the All-Star Break looking to continue a three-game winning streak that began with three wins in Western Canada last week.
  • A win tonight would give the Sabres their first four-game winning streak since December 2014. The team last had points in four straight games from Dec. 5 to 12, 2017 (2-0-2).
  • The Sabres are looking to post their second straight win against the Devils for the first time since they won consecutive meetings on Jan. 4 and April 1, 2014.
  • The Devils have won five straight road games against the Sabres after snapping a four-game losing streak in Buffalo. The Sabres’ last home win against the Devils came on April 1, 2014.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has three points (1+2) in two games against the Devils so far this season.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week for the week ending Jan. 28 after leading the NHL with five points (2+3) in three games last week and adding three points (1+2) in his first NHL All-Star Game on Sunday.
  • With a shutout in each of his starts last week, Robin Lehner earned NHL Third Star of the Week honors for the week ending Jan. 28
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 13 points (3+10) in his last 12 games, dating back to Dec. 29, despite getting a game misconduct after just 5:43 of ice time in one of those games. Ristolainen’s 13 points during that span rank third among NHL defensemen.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded 15 points (4+11) in his last 15 games, including four multi-point games in his last seven contests.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded eight points (4+4) in his last eight games.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled seven points (3+4) in his last five games.

THE “S” WORD

  • With Robin Lehner’s consecutive shutouts in the team’s last two games, the Sabres have posted shutouts in consecutive games for the first time since Ryan Miller logged two in a row on Feb. 29 and March 1, 2012.
  • Lehner has now played 119:26 without allowing a goal, leaving him 7:33 shy of his career-best 126:59, set from Feb. 16 to 21, 2016.
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Sabres’ current shutout streak of 173:30 is the team’s longest since the franchise-record 226:24 set from Jan. 16 to 25, 2003.

EVEN-KEELED

  • Sabres goaltenders Robin Lehner and Chad Johnson have combined to stop all 80 shots faced at even strength in Buffalo’s last three games.
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the team’s goaltenders have gone four straight games without allowing an even-strength goal only once in franchise history, when Jhonas Enroth and Michal Neuvirth combined to stop each of the 102 even-strength shots they faced from Nov. 18 to 28, 2014.

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 25 points (12+13) in his last 17 games, dating back to Dec. 15.
  • During that stretch, Eichel ranks in the top 10 in the league in goals (T-3rd, 12), points (T-1st, 25), even-strength goals (2nd, 10), even-strength points (T-6th, 16) and shots (T-1st, 77).
  • Eichel scored at least two goals in four of those 17 games and is tied for ninth in the league with four multi-goal games this season, just two off the league lead.

I LIKE EICH

  • Jack Eichel is currently on pace to shatter his personal bests in goals (24), assists (33) and points (57) on the strength of improved production at even strength (T-8th in NHL in ES goals, T-10th in ES points).
  • With his 17th even-strength goal in his 44th game of the season on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus, Eichel surpassed his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games). Through 49 games, Eichel now has 18 even-strength goals.
  • With his 35th even-strength point in his 48th game of the season on Jan. 24 at Edmonton, Eichel matched his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games).

Jack Eichel’s Production by Season

Season GP G A PTS ES G ES A ES P
2015-16 81 24 32 56 16 19 35
2016-17 61 24 33 57 14 19 33
2017-18 49 20 29 49 18 17 35
2017-18 (Pace) 82 33 49 82 30 28 59

 

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

  • Of Jack Eichel’s 49 points so far this season, 23 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes 6-on-5 situations).
  • Through 49 games, Eichel’s 23 primary points (12+11) during 5-on-5 play have already surpassed his 61-game total from last season (11+10) and are just one shy of his total from his 81-game rookie season (12+12).

*All primary point stats via NaturalStatTrick.com

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings)

  • Eichel: 174 S (T-8th), 18 EVG (T-8th), 35 EVP (T-10th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 3 SHP (T-5th), 190 S (5th)
  • O’Reilly: 707 FOW (1st), 61.4% FO% (1st), 1,151 FO (2nd)
  • Ristolainen: 26:14 TOI/GP (4th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (109), McCabe (105), Kane (97)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (74), Scandella (73), Ristolainen (63)
Shots: Kane (190), Eichel (174), O’Reilly (128)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 3-5-2 (8), 26/36, 5/36, 29/35
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 20/35, 5/28, 23/27
21-30: 2-6-2 (6), 18/31, 2/32, 24/32
31-40: 3-4-3 (9), 24/33, 3/25, 23/28
41-50: 4-5-0 (8), 26/28, 9/29, 15/26

OVERTIME RESULTS (3-8; 111-119 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)
Dec. 8 at CHI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Forsling)
Dec. 10 at STL: L, 3-2 (GWG-Tarasenko)
Dec. 15 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Slavin)
Dec. 27 at NYI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barzal)
Dec. 29 at NJD: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen)
Jan. 1 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Miller)
Jan. 22 at CGY: W, 2-1 (GWG-Eichel)

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 … 1 home win … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Benoit Pouliot … 3 games … 600 career games played
Jack Eichel … 9 games … 200 career games played
Assists
Jack Eichel … 6 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Zemgus Girgensons … 6 points … 100 career points
Ryan O’Reilly … 6 points … 400 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Game Preview: 1/1/18 vs. NYR

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Friday, December 29
Buffalo 4 at New Jersey 3 (OT)
Goals: Eichel (2), Josefson, Ristolainen
Goalie: Lehner (35 saves/38 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 1/2; Shots: New Jersey 38 – Buffalo 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 150)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Taylor Fedun (lower body, Nov. 17; injured reserve) – 21 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Jan. 4: Buffalo at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 5: Buffalo at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 7: Buffalo at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 9: Winnipeg at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 11: Columbus at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
RANGERS at SABRES

  • This is the first of three meetings between the Sabres and Rangers this season.
  • Last meeting: New York defeated Buffalo 2-1 (OT) in Buffalo on Feb. 2
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Rangers; 2-6-2 at home
  • This is the 178th game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo has an 81-62-34 series record.
  • The Sabres are 48-28-14 at home against the Rangers all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 5-6-2 all-time on January 1.
  • January 1, 2008: The Sabres host the Pittsburgh Penguins at the inaugural Winter Classic at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York.
  • January 1, 2010: The Sabres erase a 3-0 second-period deficit to top the Atlanta Thrashers 4-3 in overtime, becoming the first team ever to win consecutive games after trailing by three or more goals.
  • January 1, 2011: Drew Stafford scores a hat trick and Jason Pominville ties a career high with four points (2+2) as the Sabres top the Boston Bruins 7-6 (SO) at home in the middle of the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 4-3-4 in their last 11 games, and haven’t gone two straight games without a point since that stretch began with a win on Dec. 5 at Colorado.
  • December tied as the second-most productive month of Jack Eichel’s career (8+8), trailing only his 18-point output (9+9) in March 2017. His totals tied him for second among all NHL players in goals and sixth in points among all NHL players in December entering play Sunday.
  • The Sabres are 3-0-1 in their last four games against the Rangers, the team’s longest point streak against New York since Buffalo went 2-0-3 in the meetings between Feb. 1, 2012 and March 12, 2013.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 11 points (7+4) in his last six games. Since beginning that stretch on Dec. 15, Eichel ranks in the top three in the league in several statistical categories (as of 12/31):
    • Goals (1st, 7)
    • Even-Strength Goals (1st, 6)
    • Even-Strength Points (1st, 10)
    • Primary Points (2nd, 9)
    • Shots (2nd, 29)
    • Points (T-3rd, 12)
  • Zemgus Girgensons enters today’s game with points in three straight games for the first time since Nov. 28 to Dec. 2, 2014, tying his best career streak. Girgensons now has points in each of his last four games away from KeyBank Center.
  • Robin Lehner is 4-2-3 with a .935 save percentage in his last nine games and has only one game below .920 during that stretch. Lehner’s .928 save percentage in December ranked fifth among all NHL goaltenders with more than five games played in the month entering play Sunday.
  • Evander Kane has six points (1+5) in his last six games.
  • Kyle Okposo enters today’s game with six points (3+3) in his last 10 games, including a point in each of his last two. He hasn’t gone two games without recording a point since Dec. 2 and 5.

HOT AGAINST THE RANGERS

  • Kyle Okposo has 15 points (4+11) in his last 14 games against the Rangers.
  • Jack Eichel has seven points (3+4) in six career games against the Rangers.
  • Johan Larsson has a point in each of his last three meetings with the Rangers (2+1).

LET’S TAKE THIS OUTSIDE
The Sabres have eight players on their roster who have played in an outdoor regular-season NHL game before today. Benoit Pouliot will join former Sabre Thomas Vanek (Buffalo, Detroit, Minnesota, NY Islanders) as the only other player to appear in at least four outdoor games with four different teams. Pouliot is 3-1-0 in his first four outdoor games with three points (1+2) in those contests.

Sabres with NHL Outdoor Game Experience

Player Date Team Opponent Result G A P +/- PIM S TOI
Beaulieu Jan. 1, 2016 Montreal Boston 5-1 win 0 1 1 2 2 1 16:00
Josefson Jan. 26, 2014 New Jersey NY Rangers 7-3 loss 0 0 0 1 0 1 12:55
Nolan Jan. 25, 2014 Los Angeles Anaheim 3-0 loss 0 0 0 0 0 0 5:28
Okposo Jan. 29, 2014 NY Islanders NY Rangers 2-1 loss 0 0 0 -1 2 4 20:40
Pominville Feb. 21, 2016 Minnesota Chicago 6-1 win 1 2 3 2 0 3 14:45
Pominville Jan. 1, 2008 Buffalo Pittsburgh 2-1 loss (SO) 0 0 0 -1 0 4 20:51
Pominville (Totals – 2 GP) 1 2 3 1 0 7 17:48/GP
Pouliot Feb. 20, 2011 Montreal Calgary 4-0 loss 0 0 0 0 0 1 10:39
Pouliot Jan. 26, 2014 NY Rangers New Jersey 7-3 win 0 1 1 2 0 0 16:45
Pouliot Jan. 29, 2014 NY Rangers NY Islanders 2-1 win 1 0 1 0 0 3 10:59
Pouliot Oct. 23, 2016 Edmonton Winnipeg 3-0 win 0 1 1 1 0 1 16:47
Pouliot (Totals – 4 GP) 1 2 3 3 0 5 13:48/GP
Scandella Feb. 21, 2016 Minnesota Chicago 6-1 win 0 1 1 1 0 1 17:14
Wilson Feb. 25, 2017 Pittsburgh Philadelphia 4-2 win 0 1 1 1 0 2 9:00

HOME AWAY FROM HOME
The Sabres are playing a regular-season home game away from the team’s home arena for the seventh time in franchise history. Buffalo is 1-3-2 in the six previous games.

Sabres Regular-Season Home Games Away From Home Arena

Season Date Opponent Result City
1992-93 March 3, 1993 Vancouver 5-2 loss Hamilton, Ontario
1993-94 Nov. 3, 1993 Pittsburgh 6-2 loss Sacramento, California
2003-04 Nov. 12, 2003 New Jersey 2-2 tie Rochester, New York
2005-06 Oct. 26, 2005 Washington 3-2 loss Rochester, New York
2007-08 Jan. 1, 2008 Pittsburgh 2-1 loss (SO) Orchard Park, New York
2011-12 Oct. 7, 2011 Anaheim 4-1 win Helsinki, Finland

ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Today’s game is the fourth of seven consecutive games away from KeyBank Center for the Sabres. This stretch is the fourth time the team has ever played away from home seven times in a row, the longest such stretch in franchise history, and the first time since January 2012. The team’s next game in Buffalo will take place on Jan. 9 vs. Winnipeg.

I LIKE EICH

  • Jack Eichel is currently on pace to shatter his personal bests in goals (24), assists (33) and points (57) on the strength of top-10 production at even strength (T-7th in NHL in ES goals, 8th in ES points).
  • Eichel’s 14 even-strength goals through 38 games match his total from last season (61 games) and are just two shy of his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games).
  • Eichel’s 29 even-strength points through 38 games are four shy of his total from last season (61 games) and are just six shy of his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games).

Jack Eichel’s Production by Season

Season GP G A PTS ES G ES A ES P
2015-16 81 24 32 56 16 19 35
2016-17 61 24 33 57 14 19 33
2017-18 38 15 20 35 14 15 29
2017-18 (Pace) 82 32 43 76 30 32 63

 

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

  • Of Jack Eichel’s 35 points so far this season, 22 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes empty-net goals).
  • Through 38 games, Eichel’s 22 primary points (11+11) during 5-on-5 play have already surpassed his 61-game total from last season (11+10) and are just two shy of his total from his 81-game rookie season (12+12).

2017-18 Primary Points Leaders at 5-on-5 (Through 12/30 games)

Player Team Goals Primary Assists Primary Points
Nikita Kucherov TBL 18 6 24
Patrick Kane CHI 12 10 22
John Tavares NYI 12 10 22
Jack Eichel BUF 11 11 22
Nathan MacKinnon COL 9 12 21
Jakub Voracek PHI 6 15 21

*All primary point stats via NaturalStatTrick.com

ROCKING ROBIN

  • Robin Lehner is 4-2-3 with a .935 save percentage in his last nine games.
  • In those games, he has also stopped 234 of 246 shots faced during 5-on-5 play (.951), which includes three goals allowed with an opponent’s extra attacker on the ice.
  • Lehner is 2-1-3 with a .931 save percentage in his last six contests away from KeyBank Center.
  • Since joining the Sabres in 2015-16, Lehner has posted a .920 save percentage in 109 games, ranking him 10th among all goalies with at least 75 games played during that span entering play Sunday.

THE KANE EVENT
Since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, Evander Kane has scored 43 goals in 108 games. Entering play Sunday, those 43 goals tied for 24th in the league during the last two seasons and his 35 even-strength goals tied for 12th.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings entering play Sunday)

  • Eichel: 14 EVG (T-7th), 29 EVP (T-8th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 3 SHP (T-2nd), 158 S (4th)
  • O’Reilly: 562 FOW (1st), 62.0% FO% (1st), 907 FO (2nd)
  • Ristolainen: 26:48 TOI/GP (3rd)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: McCabe (87) Ristolainen (85), Kane (80)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (62), McCabe (58), Ristolainen (50)
Shots: Kane (158), Eichel (126), O’Reilly (91)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 3-5-2 (8), 26/36, 5/36, 29/35
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 20/35, 5/28, 23/27
21-30: 2-6-2 (6), 18/31, 2/32, 24/32
31-40: 3-3-3 (8), 20/24, 2/17, 19/23

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-7; 110-118 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)
Dec. 8 at CHI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Forsling)
Dec. 10 at STL: L, 3-2 (GWG-Tarasenko)
Dec. 15 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Slavin)
Dec. 27 at NYI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barzal)
Dec. 29 at NJD: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen)

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 … 2 home wins … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Robin Lehner … 5 games … 200 career games played
Jacob Josefson … 10 games … 300 career games played
Assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 5 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Marco Scandella … 1 point … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Rasmus Ristolainen … 300th NHL game … Dec. 23 at CAR
Jake McCabe … 200th NHL game … Dec. 29 at NJD

Game Preview: 12/29/17 at NJD

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Wednesday, December 27
Buffalo 2 at NY Islanders 3
Goals: Girgensons, Okposo
Goalie: Lehner (31 saves/34 shots)
PP: 0/4; PK: 2/2; Shots: Buffalo 37 – NY Islanders 34

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 149)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Taylor Fedun (lower body, Nov. 17; injured reserve) – 20 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
Monday, Jan. 1: NY Rangers at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (at Citi Field in New York)
Thursday, Jan. 4: Buffalo at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 5: Buffalo at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 7: Buffalo at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 9: Winnipeg 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 6-2 in Buffalo on Oct. 9
  • The Sabres are 1-7-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Devils; 3-4-3 on the road.
  • This is the 153rd game all-time between Buffalo and New Jersey; Buffalo has a 74-52-26 series record.
  • The Sabres are 34-26-15 on the road against the Islanders all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-11-4 all-time on December 29.
  • December 29, 1983: Real Cloutier scores three times in a span of 5:21 in the second period to kick-start the Sabres’ offense in an 8-5 win vs. Quebec.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • If he dresses, tonight will be Jake McCabe’s 200th career NHL game.
  • Robin Lehner has stopped 268 of 286 shots (.937) in his last eight games. In those games, he has also stopped 202 of 212 shots faced during 5-on-5 play (.953), which includes three goals allowed with an opponent’s extra attacker on the ice.
  • Lehner is also 1-1-3 with a .933 save percentage in his last five road contests.
  • Jack Eichel has totaled 14 points (6+8) in his last 11 games.
  • Zemgus Girgensons has scored a goal in each of his last two games and is seeking his first career three-game goal-scoring streak.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Tonight’s game is the third of seven consecutive games away from KeyBank Center for the Sabres. This stretch is the fourth time the team has ever played away from home seven times in a row, the longest such stretch in franchise history, and the first time since January 2012. The team’s next game in Buffalo will take place on Jan. 9 vs. Winnipeg.

THE KANE EVENT
Since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, Evander Kane has scored 43 goals in 107 games. Entering play Thursday, those 43 goals tied for 24th in the league during that span and his 35 even-strength goals tied for 12th.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings entering play Thursday)

  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 3 SHP (T-2nd), 158 S (3rd)
  • O’Reilly: 550 FOW (1st), 61.9% FO% (1st), 888 FO (2nd)
  • Ristolainen: 26:50 TOI/GP (3rd)

BUF-NJD CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Drew Stafford was drafted in the first round (13th overall) in the 2004 NHL Draft by the Buffalo Sabres. He played with the Sabres from 2006-2015, playing in 563 regular season games with Buffalo and tallying 322 points (145+177).

Former Devils:

  • Jacob Josefson played for the Devils from 2010-2017 and tallied 60 points (18+42) in 276 games.

Phil Housley:

  • Played in New Jersey during the 1995-96 season for 22 games and compiled 16 points (1+15).

Zach Bogosian:

  • Played on Team USA with Drew Stafford at the 2009 World Championship.

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 2014 squad.

Justin Falk:

  • Was a member of the 2013-14 New York Rangers with Brian Boyle and John Moore.
  • Played on the Columbus Blue Jackets with Brian Gibbons in 2014-15.

Chad Johnson:

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

Jacob Josefson:

  • Represented Team Sweden alongside Marcus Johansson at the 2009 and 2010 World Junior Championships. They were also teammates in 2008 at the U-18 World Championship and at the U-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 Jimmy Hayes at the 2014 World Championship.
  • Represented the United States alongside Keith Kinkaid and Steven Santini at the 2016 World Championship.

Ryan O’Reilly:

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

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for Team USA at the 2009 World Championship with Drew Stafford.
  • 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.

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 2014-2016.

Sam Reinhart:

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

Marco Scandella:

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

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.
  • Justin Bailey (52nd overall) and Steven Santini (42nd overall) were both second-round selections in 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: McCabe (81) Ristolainen (79), Kane (75)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (59), McCabe (57), Ristolainen (50)
Shots: Kane (158), Eichel (121), O’Reilly (89)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 3-5-2 (8), 26/36, 5/36, 29/35
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 20/35, 5/28, 23/27
21-30: 2-6-2 (6), 18/31, 2/32, 24/32
31-40: 2-3-3 (6), 16/21, 1/14, 18/21

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-7; 109-118 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)
Dec. 8 at CHI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Forsling)
Dec. 10 at STL: L, 3-2 (GWG-Tarasenko)
Dec. 15 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Slavin)
Dec. 27 at NYI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barzal)

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 … 2 home wins … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Jake McCabe … 1 game … 200 career games played
Robin Lehner … 6 games … 200 career games played
Assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 6 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Marco Scandella … 1 point … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Rasmus Ristolainen … 300th NHL game … Dec. 23 at CAR

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