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Game Preview: 10/7/17 at NYI

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Thursday, October 5
Montreal 3 at Buffalo 2 (SO)
Goals: Pominville (2)
Goalie: Lehner (43 saves/45 shots)
PP: 1/5; PK: 4/4; Shots: Buffalo 45 – Montreal 40

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 3)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Justin Falk (undisclosed, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 1 game
Evan Rodrigues (hand, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 1 game
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct.5) – 1 game

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
Monday, Oct. 9: New Jersey at Buffalo, 3 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 12: Buffalo at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 14: Buffalo at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 15: Buffalo at Anaheim, 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 17: Buffalo at Vegas, 10 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at ISLANDERS

  • This is first of three meetings between the Sabres and Islanders this season.
  • Last meeting: New York defeated Buffalo 4-2 in Buffalo on April 2
  • Next meeting: Wednesday, Dec. 27 in New York
  • The Sabres are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Islanders; 6-4-0 on the road.
  • This is the 166th game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo has an 80-62-23 series record.
  • The Sabres are 36-35-11 on the road against the Islanders all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-2-1 all-time on October 7.
  • October 7, 2011: Thomas Vanek (2+1) and Jason Pominville (1+2) each record three points as the Sabres top the Ducks 4-1 at Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • 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).
  • Fourteen of the last 20 games between these teams have been decided by a single goal.
  • Zemgus Girgensons has scored in each of his last two games against the Islanders.
  • Matt Moulson has eight points (6+2) in 10 career games against the Islanders.
  • Robin Lehner is 3-2-2 with a .918 save percentage in seven career games against the Islanders.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

  • Tonight marks the 47th road-opener in Buffalo Sabres franchise history.
  • Buffalo is 19-26-1 all-time in road-openers.
  • The Sabres have previously opened their road schedule against the Islanders three times in franchise history: Oct. 13, 1979 (5-2 win), Oct. 6, 2007 (3-2 loss) and Oct. 13, 2008 (7-1 win)

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 before 10/6 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 100.0% PK (T-1st), 45 S/GP (T-1st), 20.0% PP (T-9th)
  • Kane: 11 S (1st)
  • Lehner: .950 SV% (6th)
  • Pominville: 2 G (T-5th), 1 PPG (T-3rd)
  • Ristolainen: 26:58 TOI/GP (6th)

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: BeaulieuBogosianGorgesKaneLarssonLehnerO’ReillyPominvilleScandella
  • Eight were signed as free agents: AntipinGriffithJohnsonJosefsonMoulsonOkposoPouliotTennyson
  • One was claimed off waivers: Nolan
  • 13 played in Buffalo at some point last season: BogosianEichelGirgensonsGorgesKaneLarssonLehnerMcCabeMoulsonOkposoO’ReillyReinhartRistolainen
  • 10 are new to the Sabres this season: AntipinBeaulieuGriffithJohnsonJosefsonNolanPominvillePouliotScandellaTennyson

BUF-NYI CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Jaroslav Halak was a member of the Sabres for six days during the 2013-14 season. He was acquired from the St. Louis Blues on Feb. 28 before being dealt to the Washington Capitals on March 5, and did not appear in a game during his brief stint in Buffalo.

Former Islanders:

  • Matt Moulson played for the Islanders from 2009-2013, registering 223 points (118+105) in 223 games.
  • Kyle Okposo was selected by New York in the first round (7th overall) of the 2006 NHL Draft. Okposo spent nine years in the Islanders organization and compiled 369 points (139+230) in 529 games.
  • Chad Johnson played for the Islanders during the 2014-15 season, he appeared in 19 games going 8-8-1 with a 3.08 goals-against average.

Local Players:

  • Shane Prince was born in Rochester, New York.

Phil Housley:

  • Played against Dennis Seidenberg (Germany) in the quarterfinals at the 2002 Winter Olympics. USA won 5-0 and Housley had an assist in the game.

Davis Payne

  • Coached Jaroslav Halak with the St. Louis Blues from 2010-2012.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Teammates with Andrew Ladd for the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets from 2010-2015.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Jaroslav Halak for the Montreal Canadiens from 2006-2010.
  • Played with Thomas Greiss for the Worcester Sharks in 2006-07 season

Seth Griffith

  • Played with Dennis Seidenberg in Boston from 2014-2016.

Evander Kane:

  • Played with Andrew Ladd for the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets from 2010-2015. The two also represented Canada at the 2011 and 2012 World Championships.

Chad Johnson

  • Played with Jonny Boychuck and Dennis Seidenberg in Boston for the 2013-14 season.
  • Represented Canada alongside Calvin De Haan at the 2017 World Championship.

Robin Lehner

  • Played with Shane Prince in Ottawa from 2014-2016 and for the Binghamton Senators in 2012-13.

Jason Pominville:

  • Played with Cal Clutterbuck for the Minnesota Wild during the 2012-13 season.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Played with Cal Clutterbuck for the Minnesota Wild from 2007-11 and for the Houston Aeros from 2007-09.
  • Teammates with Jordan Eberle in Edmonton from 2014-2017.
  • Played with Jonny Boychuck and Dennis Seidenberg in Boston for the 2011-12 season.
  • Played with Jaroslav Halak in Montreal during the 2009-10 season.

Marco Scandella:

  • Played with Cal Clutterbuck for the Minnesota Wild from 2010-2013.

Matt Tennyson

  • Was on the San Jose Sharks with Thomas Greiss during the 2012-13 season.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (5), Scandella (4), Kane/Pouliot (2)
Blocked Shots: Beaulieu (3), Josefson (3), McCabe (3)
Shots: Kane (11), Girgensons (6), Beaulieu/Ristolainen (4)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 0-0-1 (1), 2/3, 1/5, 4/4

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 … 3 games … 500 career games played
Kyle Okposo … 5 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

Post-Game Report: 4/2 vs. NY Islanders

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Islanders
(37-29-12)
1 1 2 4 26
Sabres
(32-34-12)
0 1 1 2 37

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • The Sabres killed off their only penalty today, improving to 50-for-57 (87.7%) on the penalty kill in their last 22 games.
  • C.J. Smith made his NHL debut today, recording his first NHL point with an assist on Evander Kane’s first-period goal.
  • Kane’s 27th goal of the season gave him 12 points (9+3) in his last 12 games at KeyBank Center.
  • With his goal, Zemgus Girgensons now has a goal in each of his last two games against the Islanders.
  • With no points today, Jack Eichel has gone two games without a point for just the first time since Jan. 31 and Feb. 2. Eichel has totaled 34 points (11+23) in the 28 games since Feb. 2.

Today’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Islanders
Halak W .946 2.00
Sabres Lehner L .846 4.11

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Islanders Halak 9-9-5 .909 3.03
Sabres Lehner 22-24-8 .921 2.65

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward C.J. Smith

Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Islanders head coach Doug Weight

Islanders forward Anders Lee

Islanders forward Joshua Ho-Sang

Islanders forward Connor Jones

Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck

Game Preview: 4/2/17 vs. NYI

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, March 28
Buffalo 1 at Columbus 3
Goals: Rodrigues
Goalie: Nilsson (26 saves/28 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 1/2; PK: 3/3; Shots: Buffalo 42 – Columbus 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 381)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 77 games
Johan Larsson (wrist, Jan. 3; injured reserve) – 41 games
Cody Franson (undisclosed, March 20) – 5 games
Taylor Fedun (foot, March 20) – 5 games
Kyle Okposo (illness, March 28) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/30:
Signed F C.J. Smith to a two-year, entry-level contract; Assigned D Brady Austin to Rochester (AHL)

REMAINING GAMES
Monday, April 3:
Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, April 5: Montreal at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 8: Buffalo at Florida, 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 9: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 5 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
ISLANDERS at SABRES

  • This is third and final meeting between the Sabres and Islanders this season.
  • Last meeting: New York defeated Buffalo 5-1 in New York on Dec. 23, 2016
  • The Sabres are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Islanders; 4-4-2 at home.
  • This is the 165th game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo has an 80-61-23 series record.
  • The Sabres are 44-26-12 at home against the Islanders all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-5-3 all-time on April 2.
  • April 2, 2013: Ryan Miller plays his 492nd game in the NHL, breaking Dominik Hasek’s franchise record for most games played by a goaltender.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 49-for-56 (87.5%) on the penalty kill in their last 21 games.
  • Buffalo went 15-for-36 (41.7%) on the power play in 14 games in March, including a 7-for-10 mark in the last five games.
  • Fourteen of the last 19 games between these teams have been decided by a single goal.
  • Robin Lehner is 3-1-2 with a .927 save percentage in six career games against the Islanders.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel has not gone two games without a point since Jan. 31 and Feb. 2. In the 27 games since, Eichel has totaled 34 points (11+23).
  • Ryan O’Reilly has totaled 14 points (6+8) in his last 15 games.
  • Sam Reinhart enters tonight’s game with points in each of his last three games played (1+2).
  • Robin Lehner has stopped 222 of 236 shots (.941) in his last seven appearances.

HOME COOKIN’

  • Ryan O’Reilly has 28 points (10+18) in his last 25 home games.
  • Jack Eichel has 34 points (13+21) in 29 home games this season, including 11 multi-point outings.
  • Evander Kane (8+3) and Kyle Okposo (4+7) each have 11 point in their last 11 home games.
  • Sam Reinhart has a point in each of his last four home games (2+2).

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s 18th of a league-high 19 sets of back-to-back games this season, which will conclude tomorrow night vs. Toronto. The Sabres are 8-6-3 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 6-10-1 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 (8), one point (2) and zero points (3).

JACK ATTACK

  • In the time since his Nov. 29 return from an injury that sidelined him for 21 games, Jack Eichel is tied for sixth among all NHL skaters with 55 points (23+32) and leads the league with 228 shots on goal.
  • Eichel has logged 40 points (15+25) in his last 35 games, including 12 multi-point outings during that stretch. The Sabres are 14-2-0 this season (and 22-5-1 in his career) when he has at least two points.
  • Eichel’s .98 points per game ranks him ninth among all players with at least 20 games played this season.
  • If Eichel finishes the season at a point-per-game pace or better, he will be the eighth player in franchise history to do so in one of his first two full NHL seasons, joining Rick Martin (1971-72), Rene Robert (1972-73), Dave Andreychuk (1983-84), Phil Housley (1983-84), Pierre Turgeon (1988-89), Alexander Mogilny (1990-91) and Thomas Vanek (2006-07).

*All rankings before 3/31 games.

THE KANE EVENT

  • Evander Kane has scored each of his 26 goals this season in his last 53 games.
  • Kane is tied for 15th in the NHL with 23 even-strength goals despite not scoring his first until Dec. 3.
  • Since Dec. 1, Kane is tied for sixth among all NHL skaters in goals (26) and leads the league in even-strength goals (23).

*All rankings before 3/31 games.

SOPHOMORE SURGE

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

2015-16

2016-17

Jack Eichel

Sam Reinhart

Jack Eichel

Sam Reinhart

G/GP

.30 (25)

.29 (24)

.41 (34)

.23 (19)

A/GP

.40 (33)

.24 (20)

.57 (47)

.39 (32)

P/GP

.69 (57)

.53 (43)

.98 (81)

.62 (51)

SOG/GP

2.9 (238)

2.1 (172)

4.1 (334)

2.3 (188)

(82-game pace in parentheses)

THEY’VE GOT THE POWER

  • The Sabres rank first in the league with a 25.3% success rate on the power play.
  • Buffalo has not finished a season ranked in the top five in power-play percentage since the 2005-06 season (third, 21.2%) and the team has led the league only once (1991-92, 22.5%)
  • The team’s current power-play percentage would rank as the third-best conversion rate in franchise history and the best since the team’s 25.4% mark in 1975-76. It would be the eighth-best season by any team since the league began publishing the stat in 1987-88.

ASSIST-OLAINEN
Rasmus Ristolainen
entered play Friday tied for 30th among all NHL skaters with 39 assists this season.

  • Ristolainen has recorded an assist on 21.0 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.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 3/31 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 25.3% PP% (1st)
  • Eichel: 4.1 S/GP (1st)
  • Foligno: 269 hits (5th)
  • Kane: 3.7 S/GP (6th)
  • Lehner: .922 SV% (8th)
  • Moulson: 11 PPG (T-8th)
  • Nilsson: .929 EV SV% (10th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:36 TOI/GP (1st, forwards), 57.6 FO% (5th)
  • Ristolainen: 24 PPA (T-3rd), 26:42 TOI/GP (5th), 25 PPP (T-10th), 39 A (7th, defensemen)

BUF-NYI Connections
Zach Bogosian:

  • Teammates with Andrew Ladd for the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets from 2010-2015.

Nicolas Deslauriers:

  • Played with Thomas Hickey for the Manchester Monarchs (AHL) from 2011-2013. Jean-Francois Berube was also a member of the team from 2012-14.

Jack Eichel:

  • Represented the United States alongside Anders Lee and Brock Nelson the 2015 World Championship.

Tyler Ennis:

  • He and Johnny Boychuk were both born in Edmonton, Alberta.
  • Represented Canada at the 2009 World Junior Championship with John Tavares.

Justin Falk:

  • Was a member of the Minnesota Wild organization from 2009-2013 along with Cal Clutterbuck.
  • Played for the Calgary Hitmen (WHL) during the 2004-05 season along with Andrew Ladd.

Marcus Foligno:

  • Played with Calvin de Haan and Casey Cizikas for Team Canada for the 2011 World Junior Championship held in Buffalo.

Cody Franson:

  • Played with Nikolay Kulemin for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2011-2014.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Jaroslav Halak for the Montreal Canadiens from 2006-2010.

Brian Gionta:

  • Played with Jaroslav Halak for the Montreal Canadiens during the 2009-10 season.

Evander Kane:

  • Teammates with John Tavares for Team Canada at the 2010, 2011 and 2012 World Championships. Cal Clutterbuck was also a member of the 2011 team.
  • Played with Andrew Ladd for the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets from 2010-2015. The two also represented Canada at the 2011 and 2012 World Championships.

Dmitry Kulikov:

  • Represented Russia at the 2010 World Championship alongside Nikolay Kulemin.
  • Was teammates with Dennis Seidenberg for the Florida Panthers during the 2009-10 season.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played with Brock Nelson for the United States at the 2014 and 2016 World Championships.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Played with Calvin de Haan for Team Canada at the 2009 World U18 Championship.
  • Represented Canada alongside Andrew Ladd at the 2012 and 2013 World Championships. John Tavares was also a member of the 2012 team.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Played with Adam Pelech for Team Canada at the 2014 World Junior Championship.

2009 World Junior Championship:

  • Tyler Ennis, Evander Kane, John Tavares and Thomas Hickey all played for Canada at the 2009 World Junior Championship.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (269), Ristolainen (186), Gorges (137)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (156), McCabe (110), Gorges (103)
Shots: Kane (240), Eichel (228), O’Reilly (182)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10:
4-4-2 (10), 23/24, 8/35, 26/31
11-20: 3-4-3 (9), 15/26, 6/31, 28/36
21-30: 5-3-2 (12), 31/26, 8/30, 13/24
31-40: 4-4-2 (10), 27/31, 7/34, 21/28
41-50: 4-5-1 (9), 28/33, 6/27, 21/28
51-60: 6-4-0 (12), 26/25, 6/25, 24/30
61-70: 2-7-1 (5), 31/39, 9/30, 24/29
71-80: 4-3-0 (8), 15/14, 7/13, 17/19

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

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

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

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Kyle Okposo … 5 games … 600 NHL games
Goals
Tyler Ennis … 4 goals … 100 NHL goals
Assists
Brian Gionta … 3 assists … 300 NHL assists
Points
Evander Kane … 3 points … 300 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
Brian Gionta … 1,000th NHL game … 3/27 vs. FLA

Game Preview: 12/23/16 at NYI

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, December 22
Carolina 3 at Buffalo 1
Goals: Larsson
Goalie: Lehner (31 saves/33 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 0/2; PK: 4/4; Shots: Carolina 34 – Buffalo 23

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 161)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 32 games
Tyler Ennis (groin, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 20 games
Cody Franson (undisclosed, Dec. 22) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
12/17:
Activated D Taylor Fedun from IR; Assigned Fedun to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Dec. 27:
Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 29: Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 31: Buffalo at Boston, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 3: Buffalo at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 5: Buffalo at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES AT ISLANDERS

  • This is second of three meetings between the Sabres and Islanders this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated New York 3-2 in Buffalo on Dec. 16
  • Next meeting: Sunday, April 2 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Islanders; 6-4-0 on the road.
  • This is the 164th game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo has an 80-60-23 series record.
  • The Sabres are 36-34-11 on the road against the Islanders all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 17-9-4 all-time on December 23.
  • December 23, 1989: Phil Housley records five points (1+4) in a 6-5 win over the Quebec Nordiques, earning his share of the Sabres’ record for most points in one game by a defenseman.
  • December 23, 2013: The Sabres top the Coyotes 2-1 in overtime despite dressing only 16 skaters and losing Drew Stafford to a game misconduct in the second period.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with a 7-4-4 record (.600) in their last 15 games.
  • If he dresses, Marcus Foligno will become the 75th player to appear in 300 regular-season NHL games for the Sabres. Among current Sabres, only Tyler Ennis (380) has played more.
  • With a win or overtime loss tonight, the Sabres would have points in five consecutive road games in a season (excludes streaks that span seasons) for the first time since March 2012.
  • The last two games between these teams were both Sabres overtime wins. The teams have never been tied after regulation in three consecutive meetings.
  • Fourteen of the last 18 games between these teams have been decided by a single goal.
  • Matt Moulson has seven points (6+1) in eight career games against the Islanders.
  • Brian Gionta has recorded four points (2+2) in his last four games against the Islanders.

MR. 300
With a win tonight, Dan Bylsma would become the 47th head coach in NHL history to record 300 regular-season wins.

  • Among coaches with at least 300 career wins, Bylsma would rank fourth with a 300-165-51 record (.631), trailing only Bruce Boudreau (.660), Scotty Bowman (.657) and Toe Blake (.634).
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Bylsma become the third-fastest coach in NHL history to reach the 300-win mark:
Coach Games 300th Win
Bruce Boudreau 496 Feb. 28, 2014 vs. St. Louis
Todd McLellan 515 Feb. 13, 2015 at Arizona
Dan Bylsma 516 Dec. 23, 2016 at NY Islanders*
Toe Blake 525 Jan. 3, 1963 vs. Boston
Mike Babcock 526 Dec. 17, 2009 vs. Tampa Bay

*With a win tonight

WHO’S HOT?

  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 15 points (3+12) in his last 14 games, including 14 points (3+11) his last 10.
  • Kyle Okposo has 12 points (4+8) in his last 14 games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has nine points (3+6) in his last 11 games.
  • Evander Kane has nine points (6+3) in his last 11 games.
  • Sam Reinhart has six points (4+2) in his last six road games.

ASSIST-OLAINEN
Rasmus Ristolainen
finished last night’s game tied for 12th among all NHL skaters with 20 assists.

  • Ristolainen has recorded an assist on 30.8 percent of his teammates’ goals*. After last night’s game, it was the third-highest such percentage in the league, trailing only Erik Karlsson (32.9%) and Connor McDavid (32.2%).
    • This would rank as the second-highest percentage in franchise history, behind only Pat LaFontaine (33.7%) in 1992-93.
  • 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 24 goals to fall behind this pace.

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

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s fifth of a league-high 19 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began last night with a 3-1 loss vs. Carolina. The Sabres are 2-1-2 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-1-1 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 (2), two points (0), one point (1) and zero points (0).

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings after last night’s game)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 22.8% PP% (4th), 51.8% FO% (6th), 2.53 GA/GP (10th)
  • Foligno: 101 hits (9th)
  • Moulson: 7 PPG (T-4th)
  • Nilsson: .956 EV SV% (2nd), .933 SV% (5th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:4. TOI/GP (2nd, forwards), 57.4 FO% (9th)
  • Ristolainen: 12 PPA (2nd), 26:43 TOI/GP (5th), 13 PPP (T-8th), 20 A (T-3rd, defensemen), 23 PTS (T-4th, defensemen)

LAST LINE OF DEFENSE
Buffalo’s goaltenders had the fifth-best combined save percentage* (.925) in the league after last night’s game. They also had the sixth-best save percentage during 5-on-5 play (.937).

  • The Sabres last finished a season with a combined save percentage* above .920 in the 2009-10 season (.924, Ryan Miller/Patrick Lalime/Jhonas Enroth) and have topped the team’s current mark only three times in franchise history: 1998-99 (.930, Dominik Hasek/Dwayne Roloson/Martin Biron), 1997-98 (.928, Hasek/Steve Shields) and 1996-97 (.926, Hasek/Shields/Andrei Trefilov)

*Combined save percentage excludes empty net goals

BUF-NYI CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Jaroslav Halak was a member of the Sabres for six days during the 2013-14 season. He was acquired from the St. Louis Blues on Feb. 28 before being dealt to the Washington Capitals on March 5, and did not appear in a game during his brief stint in Buffalo.

Former Islanders:

  • Matt Moulson played for the Islanders from 2009-2013, registering 223 points (118+105) in 223 games.
  • Anders Nilsson was a third-round (62nd overall) selection by the Islanders in the 2009 NHL Draft. Over the course of two seasons with the team, Nilsson appeared in 23 games and had a 9-9-2 record with a .898 save percentage and a 3.05 goals against average.
  • Kyle Okposo was selected by New York in the first round (7th overall) of the 2006 NHL Draft. Okposo spent nine years in the Islanders organization and compiled 369 points (139+230) in 529 games.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Teammates with Andrew Ladd for the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets from 2010-2015.

Nicolas Deslauriers:

  • Played with Thomas Hickey for the Manchester Monarchs (AHL) from 2011-2013. Jean-Francois Berube was also a member of the team from 2012-14.

Jack Eichel:

  • Represented the United States alongside Anders Lee and Brock Nelson the 2015 World Championship.

Justin Falk:

  • Was a member of the Minnesota Wild organization from 2009-2013 along with Cal Clutterbuck.
  • Played for the Calgary Hitmen (WHL) during the 2004-05 season along with Andrew Ladd.

Marcus Foligno:

  • Played with Calvin de Haan and Casey Cizikas for Team Canada for the 2011 World Junior Championship held in Buffalo.

Cody Franson:

  • Played with Nikolay Kulemin for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2011-2014.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Jaroslav Halak for the Montreal Canadiens from 2006-2010.

Brian Gionta:

  • Played with Jaroslav Halak for the Montreal Canadiens during the 2009-10 season.

Evander Kane:

  • Teammates with John Tavares for Team Canada at the 2010, 2011 and 2012 World Championships. Cal Clutterbuck was also a member of the 2011 team.
  • Played with Andrew Ladd for the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets from 2010-2015. The two also represented Canada at the 2011 and 2012 World Championships.

Dmitry Kulikov:

  • Represented Russia at the 2010 World Championship alongside Nikolay Kulemin.
  • Was teammates with Dennis Seidenberg for the Florida Panthers during the 2009-10 season.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played with Cal Clutterbuck for the Minnesota Wild during the 2012-13 season.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played with Brock Nelson for the United States at the 2014 and 2016 World Championships.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Played with Calvin de Haan for Team Canada at the 2009 World U18 Championship.
  • Represented Canada alongside Andrew Ladd at the 2012 and 2013 World Championships. John Tavares was also a member of the 2012 team.

2009 World Junior Championship:

  • Evander Kane, John Tavares and Thomas Hickey all played for Canada at the 2009 World Junior Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Matt Moulson (263rd overall) and Jaroslav Halak (271st overall) were both chosen in the ninth round of the 2003 NHL Draft.
  • Zach Bogosian and Josh Bailey were both first-round selections in the 2008 NHL Draft. Bogosian was picked third overall and Bailey was the ninth pick.
  • Evander Kane (4th overall), John Tavares (1st overall), Calvin de Haan (12th overall) and Nick Leddy (16th overall) were all taken in the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Marcus Foligno (104th overall), Casey Cizikas (92nd overall) and Jean-Francois Berube (95th overall) were all drafted in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (101), Ristolainen (87), Gorges (65)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (62), Gorges (50), McCabe (41)
Shots: O’Reilly (82), Okposo (79), Reinhart/Ristolainen (72)

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: 0-1-1 (1), 4/7, 1/5, 7/8

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-3; 104-108 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)

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)
Wins

Dan Bylsma … 1 win … 300 NHL wins
Games Played
Marcus Foligno … 1 game … 300 NHL games
Jack Eichel … 8 games … 100 NHL games
Cody Franson … 9 games … 500 NHL games
Points
Cody Franson … 6 points … 200 NHL points
Kyle Okposo … 9 points … 400 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

 

Post-Game Report: 12/16 vs. NYI

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Islanders
(11-13-6)
1 1 0 0 2 35
Sabres
(12-11-6)
0 1 1 1 3 37

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • With the win, the Sabres improved to 7-3-2 in their last 12 games, including a 6-2-1 record in their last nine home games.
  • Nine of the last 10 games between these teams in Buffalo (and 14 of the last 18 overall) have been decided by a single goal.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen recorded two points (1+1) tonight, including the game-winning goal. Ristolainen now has points in a career-best five straight games, totaling nine points (2+7) during that span.
    • Ristolainen, who finished the game tied for 12th in the league with 19 assists, has assisted on 31.1 percent of his teammates’ goals this season.
  • With his goal tonight, Matt Moulson now has seven points (6+1) in eight career games against the Islanders.
    • Moulson finished the game tied for second in the NHL with seven power-play goals this season.
  •  With his assist tonight, Kyle Okposo now has 12 points (4+8) in his last 11 games.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Islanders Berube O .919 2.97
Sabres Lehner W .943 1.98

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Islanders Berube 0-0-1 .921 2.71
Sabres Lehner 7-9-4 .920 2.45

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo

Sabres forward Matt Moulson

Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Islanders head coach Jack Capuano

Islanders forward Shane Prince

Islanders forward Ryan Strome

Islanders goaltender Jean-Francois Berube