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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

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

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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