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Game Preview: 11/19/18 at Pittsburgh

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Saturday, November 17
Buffalo 3 at Minnesota 2
Goals: McCabe, Dahlin, Pominville
Goalie: Ullmark (37 saves/39 shots)
PP: 0/1; PK: 2/3; Shots: Minnesota 39 – Buffalo 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 69)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 20 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 20 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
Wednesday, Nov. 21: Philadelphia at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 23: Montreal at Buffalo, 4 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 24: Buffalo at Detroit, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 27: San Jose at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 29: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at PENGUINS

  • This is the first of three meetings between the Sabres and Penguins this season.
  • Last meeting: Pittsburgh defeated Buffalo 5-1 in Pittsburgh on Dec. 2, 2017
  • Next meeting: Friday, March 1, 2019 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 1-7-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Penguins; 2-6-2 on the road
  • This is the 189th game all-time between Buffalo and Pittsburgh; Buffalo has a 65-80-43 series record.
  • The Sabres are 24-50-21 on the road against the Penguins all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-9-4 all-time on November 19.
  • November 19, 1993: Dale Hawerchuk records three points (1+2) against his former team, including his 300th point as a member of the Sabres, in a 6-0 win vs. Winnipeg.
  • November 19, 1999: Martin Biron records his first NHL shutout with 18 saves in a 4-0 win vs. Atlanta.
  • November 19, 2002: Ryan Miller makes his first NHL start, recording 21 saves in a 4-3 overtime loss at New Jersey.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Jeff Skinner’s 10 goals in 10 road games this season tied for the league lead entering play Sunday.
  • Jason Pominville is expected to appear in his 681st game with the Sabres tonight. If he does, he would tie Rick Martin for the ninth-most games played in franchise history.
  • Jeff Skinner is expected to play in his 600th NHL game tonight.

HOT AGAINST PITTSBURGH

  • Carter Hutton has stopped 74 of 75 shots (.987) in four career appearances against the Penguins – all of which have taken place in Pittsburgh – including shutouts in each of his two starts against the team.
  • Kyle Okposo has more goals (14) and points (32) against the Penguins than any other opponent.
  • Sam Reinhart has five points (2+3) in his last five games against the Penguins.
  • Jack Eichel has recorded at least a point in each of his three visits to Pittsburgh in the last two seasons, totaling four points (2+2) in those games.

GOING STREAKING

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game on their first five-game winning streak since March 19 to 27, 2012, marking the longest active streak in the NHL.
  • A win today would give the team its first six-game winning streak in a single season since Dec. 27, 2009 to Jan. 8, 2010.
  • With a win or overtime loss tonight, the Sabres would have points in six straight games for the first time since they had points in nine straight games (7-0-2) from March 10 to 27, 2012.

TWO YEARS LATER…
The Sabres and Penguins faced off on this date two years ago. Of the 46 players on the teams’ rosters on that date, only seven Sabres and 10 Penguins remain on their respective teams’ rosters today. Here are some other comparisons of the matchups:

Date Nov. 19, 2016 Nov. 19, 2018
Team Buffalo Sabres Pittsburgh Penguins Buffalo Sabres Pittsburgh Penguins
Record 5-8-4 (14 pts) 11-4-2 (24 pts) 12-6-2 (26 pts) 7-8-3 (17 pts)
Top Scorers Kyle Okposo (10 pts)

Ryan O’Reilly (9 pts)

Matt Moulson (8 pts)

Phil Kessel (16 pts)

Sidney Crosby (15 pts)

Evgeni Malkin (15 pts)

Jack Eichel (22 pts)

Jeff Skinner (21 pts)

Jason Pominville (17 pts)

Evgeni Malkin (25 pts)

Phil Kessel (23 pts)

Sidney Crosby (19 pts))

Last 10 3-5-2 7-2-1 6-2-2 2-7-1

THE FIRST TWENTY
The Sabres enter tonight’s game with a 12-6-2 record through their first 20 games this season. Their 26 points through 20 games ties the 2009-10 season as the team’s second-best 20-game start in the overtime point era. Buffalo has previously posted 26 or more points through 20 games seven times in franchise history and has made the playoffs on each of those occasions.

SCORING EARLY IS GREAT…

  • The Sabres are 8-0-2 when scoring first so far this season. Entering play Sunday, they were one of four teams who have earned at least a point in every game in which they’ve opened the scoring in 2018-19.
    • Their current win percentage when scoring first (.800) is the team’s best since the 2005-06 season (36-5-4, .800).
  • Buffalo is 7-0-2 when leading after the first period. Entering play Sunday, they were one of six teams who have earned at least a point in every game in which they’ve led after 20 minutes in 2018-19.
    • Their current win percentage when leading after one (.778) is the team’s best since the 2009-10 season (21-4-2, .778).

…BUT SCORING LATE IS NICE TOO

  • The Sabres are 4-6-1 when trailing after two periods. Their four wins when trailing after 40 minutes tied for second-most in the league entering play Sunday.
  • Buffalo’s current win percentage when trailing after two periods is .363. The franchise record for best win percentage when trailing after two periods is currently the team’s .286 mark (7-19-0) from the 1983-84 season.
  • After capping off their comeback with a game-winning goal with 1:05 remaining in the third period on Saturday at Minnesota, the Sabres became the only team to score two game-winners within the last two minutes of a game so far this season.

NOT TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT
The Sabres are 6-0-2 in one-goal games so far this season. The team last won more than half of its one-goal games in a season in 2011-12 (21-9-11). The team’s current .750 winning percentage in one-goal games would top the franchise record of .714 (10-4-0) set in the 1977-78 season.

THA CARTER IV
Carter Hutton is 4-0-0 with a .950 save percentage and a 1.42 goals-against average in his last four games. With a win in his next appearance, Hutton would tie his longest career winning streak, matching his five-game streak from March 21, 2014 at Calgary to April 13, 2014 at Minnesota.

KILLING IT

  • Buffalo is 15-for-16 on the penalty kill in the team’s last seven games dating back to Nov. 3 vs. Ottawa. During this seven-game stretch, the Sabres’ goaltenders have turned aside 15 shots on the power play and the team has killed off 25:07 of power-play time.
    • This stretch has improved the team to 30-for-33 (90.9%) in their last 12 games dating back to Oct. 21 at Anaheim, the third-best mark in the NHL during that span before Sunday’s games.
  • On the season, the Sabres have killed off 48 of the team’s 57 shorthanded situations (81.3%), tying them for ninth in the league entering play Sunday.

WHAT’S THE SKINNY?

  • With 14 goals through Buffalo’s first 20 games, Jeff Skinner entered play Sunday trailing only David Pastrnak (17 goals) for most in the NHL this season.
  • With his 10th goal in the team’s 16th game of the season on Nov. 8 at Montreal, Skinner reached the 10-goal mark quicker than any Sabres player since Thomas Vanek (10 games) in 2012-13.
  • Only four players in franchise history have scored more goals through 20 team games than Skinner’s current total: Dave Andreychuk (17 in 1992-93), Rick Martin (16 in 1972-73 and 15 in 1973-74), Danny Gare (15 in 1975-76) and Thomas Vanek (15 in 2008-09).

WINNING WAYS
Sam Reinhart has recorded seven points (1+6) in his last seven games, including three two-point games during that stretch. The Sabres are 9-0-0 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 24-2-3 (.879) in his career when he records at least two.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 11/18 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 12 W (T-4th), 26 PTS (T-4th), 81.3 PK% (T-9th)
  • Eichel: 80 S (T-5th), 18 A (T-5th), 17 EVP (T-5th)
  • Hutton: 8 W (T-6th), 406 SV (10th)
  • Ristolainen: 66 hits (T-4th), 1 OTG (T-8th), 25:16 TOI/GP (9th)
  • Skinner: plus-13 (T-1st), 11 EVG (T-1st), 14 G (T-2nd)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-7th)

BUF-PIT CONNECTIONS
Former Penguins:

  • Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill spent 10 seasons (2007-2017) with the Penguins, first joining the team as their Director of Hockey Operations before being promoted to assistant general manager and eventually associate general manager. Botterill played an integral role in building the rosters of three Stanley Cup-winning teams, and served as the general manager of the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins from 2009-10 to 2016-17, guiding the team to two division titles and eight consecutive playoff appearances.
  • Sabres F Conor Sheary spent parts of five seasons (2013-2018) with the Penguins organization, recording 93 points (48+45) in 184 games. He was a member of two Stanley Cup-winning teams (2016, 2017), scoring the overtime winner in Game 2 of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final against the San Jose Sharks.

Former Sabres:

  • Penguins F Derek Grant spent played one season (2016-17) with the Sabres organization, playing in 40 games and notching three assists.
  • Penguins D Chad Ruhwedel spent parts of four seasons (2012-2016) with the Sabres organization, recording two assists in 33 games played.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Played with Penguins assistant coach Sergei Gonchar in Montreal.
  • Won a bronze medal with Penguins D Jamie Oleksiak and F Tanner Pearson for Team Canada at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Patrik Berglund:

  • Played for Team Sweden with Penguins F Patric Hornqvist at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Played for Team USA with Penguins D Jack Johnson at the 2009 IIHF World Championship.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played for Team North America with Penguins G Matt Murray at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Chris Hajt:

  • Played with Penguins assistant coach Sergei Gonchar in Washington.

Phil Housley:

  • Played with Penguins Head Coach Mike Sullivan in Calgary.
  • Was an assistant coach in Nashville when Penguins F Matt Cullen, F Derek Grant and F Patric Hornqvist were playing for the Predators.
  • Played with Penguins assistant general manager Bill Guerin in New Jersey.
  • Played with Penguins assistant coach Sergei Gonchar in Washington.

Carter Hutton:

  • Played with Penguins F Matt Cullen and F Patric Hornqvist in Nashville.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played with Penguins F Matt Cullen in Minnesota.
  • Represented Sweden with Penguins F Patric Hornqvist at both the 2012 and 2018 IIHF World Championships, winning a gold medal in 2018.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for the Islanders with Penguins assistant general manager Bill Guerin.
  • Has played for Team USA with Penguins D Jack Johnson four times: at the 2007 IIHF World Junior Championship and at the 2009, 2010 and 2012 IIHF World Championships. The duo won a bronze medal together in 2007.

Davis Payne:

  • Was an assistant coach in Los Angeles when Penguins F Tanner Pearson was playing for the Kings.

Jason Pominville:

  • Played with Penguins F Matt Cullen in Minnesota.
  • Represented the United States with Penguins F Phil Kessel at the 2008 IIHF World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Won a gold medal for Team Canada with Penguins F Derick Brassard at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship with Penguins D Olli Maatta and D Juuso Riikola. Ristolainen and Maatta played together again at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Marco Scandella:

  • Played with Penguins F Matt Cullen in Minnesota.

Jeff Skinner:

  • Played for the Hurricanes when Penguins General Manager Jim Rutherford and assistant general manager Jason Karmanos held the same roles in Carolina.
  • Played for Team Canada with Penguins D Justin Schultz at the 2013 IIHF World Championship.

Steve Smith:

  • Was an assistant coach in Edmonton when Penguins D Justin Schultz was playing for the Oilers.

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Played with Penguins F Phil Kessel and assistant coach Mark Recchi in Boston.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (66), McCabe (32), Girgensons (28)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (35), Ristolainen (34), Bogosian (29)
Shots: Eichel (80), Skinner (66), Okposo/Pominville (47)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 6-4-0 (12), 26/28, 8/38, 22/30
11-20: 6-2-2 (14), 35/27, 4/28, 26/29

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-2; 114-123 all-time)
Oct. 27 at CBJ: L, 5-4 (GWG-Panarin, 0:31)
Oct. 30 vs. CGY: L, 2-1 (GWG-Gaudreau, 2:40)
Nov. 8 at MTL: W, 6-5 (GWG-Ristolainen, 1:38)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (2-0; 72-66 all-time)
Nov. 10 vs. VAN: W, 4-3 (GDG-Mittelstadt)
Nov. 16 at WPG: W, 2-1 (GDG-Sheary)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Jason Pominville … 1 game … 681 games played with Sabres (T-9th in franchise history)
Jeff Skinner … 1 game … 600 career games played
Nathan Beaulieu … 4 games … 300 career games played
Evan Rodrigues … 5 games … 100 career games played
Remi Elie … 6 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 1 goal … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 9 assists … 300 career assists
Points
Jack Eichel … 1 point … 200 career points
Jason Pominville … 4 points … 511 points with Sabres (T-8th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
Jeff Skinner … 400th NHL point … Nov. 16 at WPG

Game Preview: 12/2/17 at PIT

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Friday, December 1
Pittsburgh 4 at Buffalo 0
Goals: N/A
Goalie: Lehner (21 saves/25 shots)
PP: 0/4; PK: 1/1; Shots: Buffalo 34 – Pittsburgh 25

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 126)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Taylor Fedun (lower body, Nov. 17; injured reserve) – 8 games
Jacob Josefson (ankle, Nov. 28; injured reserve) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/26: Placed F Seth Griffith on waivers
11/27: Assigned F Seth Griffith to Rochester (AHL)
11/30: Recalled G Linus Ullmark from Rochester (AHL); Activated D Matt Tennyson; Placed Tennyson on waivers
12/1: Assigned D Matt Tennyson and G Linus Ullmark to Rochester (AHL); Activated D Zach Bogosian from IR; Placed F Jacob Josefson on IR
12/2: Recalled F Hudson Fasching from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Dec. 5: Buffalo at Colorado, 9 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 8: Buffalo at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 10: Buffalo at St. Louis, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 12: Ottawa at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 14: Buffalo at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at PENGUINS

  • This is the third and final meeting between the Sabres and Penguins this season.
  • Last meeting: Pittsburgh defeated Buffalo 4-0 in Buffalo on Dec. 1
  • The Sabres are 1-7-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Penguins; 2-6-2 on the road.
  • This is the 188th game all-time between Buffalo and Pittsburgh; Buffalo has a 65-79-43 series record.
  • The Sabres are 24-49-21 on the road against the Penguins all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-10-1 all-time on December 2.
  • December 2, 1969: The NHL announces its decision to expand to Buffalo and Vancouver in the 1970-71 season.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • If he dresses tonight, Marco Scandella will appear in his 400th NHL game.
  • Kyle Okposo has more goals (14) and points (32) against the Penguins than any other opponent. He has a point in each of his last four visits to Pittsburgh (1+3).
  • Evander Kane has 10 points (4+6) in 10 career road games against the Penguins. He’s recorded at least a point in each of his last four visits, totaling eight points (3+5) in those games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has tallied five points (2+3) in his last four road games against the Penguins.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled five points (2+3) his last four games against Pittsburgh.

HOME-AND-HOME

  • Tonight’s game is the second in a home-and-home series between the Sabres and Penguins that began with a 4-0 Pittsburgh win last night in Buffalo.
  • The Sabres and Penguins have previously played 10 home-and-home series, with the Sabres going 7-1-2 (one tie) in the home games and 3-3-4 (four ties) in the road games. Buffalo’s points breakdown in these previous series is as follows: four points (1), three points (5), two points (3), one point (1), zero points (0).
  • The Sabres have played in 161 previous home-and-home series in franchise history, going 91-47-23 (.637) in the home games and 56-76-29 (.438) in the road games in previous series. The team is 70-62-29 (.525) all-time in the first game of these series and 77-61-23 (.550) in the second. Buffalo’s points breakdown in these previous series is as follows: four points (31), three points (24), two points (66), one point (16), zero points (24).

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s seventh of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began last night with a 4-0 loss vs. Pittsburgh. The Sabres are 2-5-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-3-1 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (0), three points (0), two points (4), one point (1) and zero points (1).

THE KANE EVENT

  • Evander Kane has scored 12 goals in his first 26 games played this season, tying him for 16th in the league.
  • Of his 12 goals, eight have come at even strength and three were shorthanded goals. Kane’s eight even-strength goals tie for 23rd in the league.
  • Since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, Kane has scored 40 goals in 96 games. Those 40 goals tie for 23rd in the league during that span and his 33 even-strength goals rank 11th.

*All rankings after last night’s game

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

  • Eichel: 2 SHP (T-4th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-1st), 3 SHP (T-1st), 118 S (2nd)
  • O’Reilly: 395 FOW (1st), 645 FO (2nd), 61.2% FO% (2nd)
  • Ristolainen: 26:43 TOI/GP (3rd)

BUF-PIT CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Chad Ruhwedel spent four seasons with the Sabres and posted two assists in 33 games from 2012-2016.

Former Penguins:

  • Matt Moulson was drafted by the Penguins in the ninth round (263rd overall) of 2003 NHL Draft but never suited up for Pittsburgh.

Victor Antipin:

  • Represented Russia alongside Evgeni Malkin at the 2015 World Championship.

Justin Falk:

  • Played with Carl Hagelin for the New York Rangers during the 2013-14 season.

Josh Gorges:

  • He and Justin Schultz are both from Kelowna, British Columbia.
  • Played with Sidney Crosby for Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Johan Larsson:

  • Represented Sweden alongside Patric Hornqvist at the 2012 World Championship.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played with Justin Schultz for the University of Wisconsin (WCHA) during the 2011-12 season.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Represented the United States alongside Ian Cole at the 2008 World Junior Championship.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Played with Greg McKegg for the Erie Otters (OHL) during the 2008-09 season.
  • Teammates with Justin Schultz for Team Canada at the 2013 World Championship.
  • Represented Canada alongside Sidney Crosby at the 2015 World Championship and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
  • He and Matt Hunwick were teammates for the Colorado Avalanche from 2010-2014.

Jason Pominville:

  • Represented the United States alongside Phil Kessel at the 2008 World Championship.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Represented Canada alongside Kris Letang at the 2006 World Junior Championship.
  • Played with Carl Hagelin for the New York Rangers during the 2013-14 season.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland alongside Olli Maata at the 2012 and 2013 World Junior Championships, as well as the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

NHL Draft:

  • Benoit Pouliot (4th overall) was taken three picks after Sidney Crosby (1st overall) in the first round of the 2005 NHL Draft.
  • Kyle Okposo (7th overall by the New York Islanders) and Phil Kessel (5th overall by Boston) were both first-round selections in the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Marco Scandella (55th overall) and Justin Schultz (43rd overall) were both selected in the second round of the 2008 NHL Draft.
  • Ryan O’Reilly (33rd overall by Colorado), Robin Lehner (46th overall by Ottawa) and Brian Dumoulin (51st overall by Carolina) were all second-round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Olli Maata (22nd overall) were both first-round picks in the 2012 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (52), Kane (49), McCabe (46)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (38), Scandella (37), Ristolainen (30)
Shots: Kane (118), Eichel (82), O’Reilly (66)

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: 1-5-0 (2), 9/18, 0/18, 9/13

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-3; 109-114 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)

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 … 4 home wins … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Marco Scandella … 1 game … 400 career games played
Ryan O’Reilly … 4 games … 600 career games played
Sam Reinhart … 7 games … 200 career games played
Rasmus Ristolainen … 10 games … 300 career games played
Assists
Matt Moulson … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 8 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Marco Scandella … 6 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Zemgus Girgensons … 300th NHL game … Dec. 1 vs. PIT

Post-Game Report: 12/1 vs. Pittsburgh

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Penguins
(13-10-3)
3 1 0 4 25
Sabres
(6-15-4)
0 0 0 0 34

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Penguins Jarry W 1.000 0.00
Sabres Lehner L .840 4.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Penguins Jarry 3-0-2 .929 2.20
Sabres Lehner 5-12-2 .903 2.98

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo

Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly

Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan

Penguins forward Sidney Crosby

Penguins forward Tom Kuhnhackl

Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry

Game Preview: 12/1/17 vs. PIT

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, November 28
Tampa Bay 2 at Buffalo 0
Goals: N/A
Goalie: Lehner (24 saves/26 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 2/3; Shots: Buffalo 34 – Tampa Bay 26

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 124)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct.5; injured reserve) – 25 games
Taylor Fedun (lower body, Nov. 17; injured reserve) – 7 games
Jacob Josefson (ankle, Nov. 28) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/24: Activated D Rasmus Ristolainen from IR; Assigned D Casey Nelson to Rochester (AHL)
11/26: Placed F Seth Griffith on waivers
11/27: Assigned F Seth Griffith to Rochester (AHL)
11/30: Recalled G Linus Ullmark from Rochester (AHL); Activated D Matt Tennyson; Placed Tennyson on waivers
12/1: Assigned D Matt Tennyson and G Linus Ullmark to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Dec. 2: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 5: Buffalo at Colorado, 9 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 8: Buffalo at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 10: Buffalo at St. Louis, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 12: Ottawa at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
PENGUINS at SABRES

  • This is the second of three meetings between the Sabres and Penguins this season.
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Dec. 2 in Pittsburgh
  • Last meeting: Pittsburgh defeated Buffalo 5-4 (OT) in Pittsburgh on Nov. 14
  • The Sabres are 1-7-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Penguins; 2-8-0 at home.
  • This is the 187th game all-time between Buffalo and Pittsburgh; Buffalo has a 65-78-43 series record.
  • The Sabres are 41-29-22 at home against the Penguins all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-5-3 all-time on December 1.
  • December 1, 1993: Dominik Hasek stops 33 Tampa Bay shots to record his second of 55 regular-season shutouts as a member of the Sabres in a 3-0 win against the Lightning.
  • December 1, 2006: The Sabres top the Rangers 4-3 in a shootout to cap an 11-game unbeaten streak (9-0-2) against New York.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • If he dresses tonight, Zemgus Girgensons will appear in his 300th NHL game.
  • Kyle Okposo has more goals (14) and points (32) against the Penguins than any other opponent.
  • Evander Kane has 15 points (5+10) in his last 15 games against Pittsburgh, dating back to the beginning of the 2011-12 season.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has tallied six points (2+4) in his last six games against the Penguins.
  • Sam Reinhart has at least a point in each of his last three games against Pittsburgh, having totaled five points (2+3) in those games.
  • Jack Eichel has three points (2+1) in three games against the Penguins since the beginning of last season.

HOME-AND-HOME

  • Tonight’s game is the first in a home-and-home series between the Sabres and Penguins that concludes tomorrow night in Pittsburgh.
  • The Sabres and Penguins have previously played 10 home-and-home series, with the Sabres going 7-1-2 (one tie) in the home games and 3-3-4 (four ties) in the road games. Buffalo’s points breakdown in these previous series is as follows: four points (1), three points (5), two points (3), one point (1), zero points (0).
  • The Sabres have played in 161 previous home-and-home series in franchise history, going 91-47-23 (.637) in the home games and 56-76-29 (.438) in the road games in previous series. The team is 70-62-29 (.525) all-time in the first game of these series and 77-61-23 (.550) in the second. Buffalo’s points breakdown in these previous series is as follows: four points (31), three points (24), two points (66), one point (16), zero points (24).
  • Buffalo’s last home-and-home series sweep came in the 2014-15 season, as the Sabres beat the Canadiens on Nov. 28 and 29, 2014.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s seventh of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night at Pittsburgh. The Sabres are 2-4-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-3-1 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (0), three points (0), two points (4), one point (1) and zero points (1).

THE KANE EVENT

  • Evander Kane has scored 12 goals in his first 25 games played this season, tying him for 12th in the league.
  • Of his 12 goals, eight have come at even strength and three were shorthanded goals. Kane’s eight even-strength goals tie for 21th in the league.
  • Since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, Kane has scored 40 goals in 95 games. Those 40 goals tie for 22nd in the league during that span and his 33 even-strength goals tie for 10th.

*All rankings before 11/30 games

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 11/30 games)

  • Eichel: 2 SHP (T-4th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T1st), 3 SHP (T-1st), 117 S (T-1st)
  • O’Reilly: 385 FOW (1st), 627 FO (2nd), 61.4% FO% (2nd)
  • Ristolainen: 26:58 TOI/GP (3rd)

BUF-PIT CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Chad Ruhwedel spent four seasons with the Sabres and posted two assists in 33 games from 2012-2016.

Former Penguins:

  • Matt Moulson was drafted by the Penguins in the ninth round (263rd overall) of 2003 NHL Draft but never suited up for Pittsburgh.

Victor Antipin:

  • Represented Russia alongside Evgeni Malkin at the 2015 World Championship.

Justin Falk:

  • Played with Carl Hagelin for the New York Rangers during the 2013-14 season.

Josh Gorges:

  • He and Justin Schultz are both from Kelowna, British Columbia.
  • Played with Sidney Crosby for Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Johan Larsson:

  • Represented Sweden alongside Patric Hornqvist at the 2012 World Championship.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played with Justin Schultz for the University of Wisconsin (WCHA) during the 2011-12 season.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Represented the United States alongside Ian Cole at the 2008 World Junior Championship.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Played with Greg McKegg for the Erie Otters (OHL) during the 2008-09 season.
  • Teammates with Justin Schultz for Team Canada at the 2013 World Championship.
  • Represented Canada alongside Sidney Crosby at the 2015 World Championship and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
  • He and Matt Hunwick were teammates for the Colorado Avalanche from 2010-2014.

Jason Pominville:

  • Represented the United States alongside Phil Kessel at the 2008 World Championship.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Represented Canada alongside Kris Letang at the 2006 World Junior Championship.
  • Played with Carl Hagelin for the New York Rangers during the 2013-14 season.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland alongside Olli Maata at the 2012 and 2013 World Junior Championships, as well as the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

NHL Draft:

  • Benoit Pouliot (4th overall) was taken three picks after Sidney Crosby (1st overall) in the first round of the 2005 NHL Draft.
  • Kyle Okposo (7th overall by the New York Islanders) and Phil Kessel (5th overall by Boston) were both first-round selections in the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Marco Scandella (55th overall) and Justin Schultz (43rd overall) were both selected in the second round of the 2008 NHL Draft.
  • Ryan O’Reilly (33rd overall by Colorado), Robin Lehner (46th overall by Ottawa) and Brian Dumoulin (51st overall by Carolina) were all second-round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Olli Maata (22nd overall) were both first-round picks in the 2012 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (48), Kane (47), Falk/McCabe (44)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (37), Scandella (36), Ristolainen (27)
Shots: Kane (117), Eichel (81), O’Reilly (63)

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: 1-4-0 (2), 9/14, 0/14, 8/12

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-3; 109-114 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)

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 … 4 home wins … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Zemgus Girgensons … 1 game … 300 career games played
Marco Scandella … 2 games … 400 career games played
Ryan O’Reilly … 5 games … 600 career games played
Sam Reinhart … 8 games … 200 career games played
Assists
Matt Moulson … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 8 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Marco Scandella … 6 points … 100 career points

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Game Preview: 11/14/17 at PIT

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Saturday, November 11
Buffalo 1 at Montreal 2 (OT)
Goals: O’Reilly
Goalie: Johnson (27 saves/29 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 0/1; Shots: Buffalo 35 – Montreal 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 90)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Evan Rodrigues (hand, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 17 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct.5; injured reserve) – 17 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body, Oct. 17; injured reserve) – 11 games
Rasmus Ristolainen (upper body, Nov. 4; injured reserve) – 4 games
Matt Tennyson (foot, Nov. 7) – 3 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/9: Assigned D Zach Redmond to Rochester (AHL)
11/10: Activated D Nathan Beaulieu from IR
11/11: Activated D Josh Gorges from IR; Placed D Rasmus Ristolainen on IR
11/13: Activated F Justin Bailey from IR; assigned Bailey to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, Nov. 17: Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 18: Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 20: Columbus at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 22: Minnesota at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 24: Edmonton at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at PENGUINS

  • This is the first of three meetings between the Sabres and Penguins this season.
  • Next meeting: Friday, Dec. 1 in Buffalo
  • Last meeting: Pittsburgh defeated Buffalo 3-1 in Buffalo on March 21
  • The Sabres are 1-8-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Penguins; 3-6-1 on the road.
  • This is the 186th game all-time between Buffalo and Pittsburgh; Buffalo has a 65-78-42 series record.
  • The Sabres are 24-49-20 on the road against the Penguins all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-3-6 all-time on November 14.
  • November 14, 2009: Tyler Ennis scores in his NHL debut and the Sabres top the Flyers 3-2 in Philadelphia.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are seeking their first win in Pittsburgh since winning in both visits during the 2012-13 season.
  • Jason Pominville has tallied at least one point in each of his last seven road games against the Penguins, totaling eight points (2+6) in those games.
  • Evander Kane has nine points (3+6) in nine career visits to Pittsburgh, including seven points (2+5) in the last three.
  • Matt Moulson has a point in each of his three road games against Pittsburgh since the beginning of the 2015-16 season, totaling two goals and an assist.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has tallied seven points (3+4) in his last seven games against the Penguins.
  • Kyle Okposo has more goals (14) and points (31) against the Penguins than any other opponent.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 12 points (6+6) in his last 12 games. He’s also totaled 15 points (6+9) in his last 15 road games dating back to last season, including 11 points (5+6) in 10 road games this season.

THE KANE EVENT

  • Evander Kane enters tonight’s game with nine goals in his first 17 games played this season. With a goal tonight, Kane would be off to the quickest start to career, topping his mark of 10 goals in his first 22 games in 2011-12.
  • Kane’s nine goals this season tied him for 11th in the NHL entering play Monday.
  • Since scoring his first goal of the 2016-17 season on Dec. 3, 2016, Kane has scored 37 goals in 75 games. Entering play Monday, those 37 goals tied for fifth-most in the league during that span and his 30 even-strength goals ranked second.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 11/13 games)

  • Eichel: 2 SHP (T-3rd)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (1st), 3 SHP (T-1st), 82 S (2nd)
  • O’Reilly: 247 FOW (1st), 415 FO (2nd), 59.5% FO% (7th)
  • Pouliot: 3 GWG (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 27:09 TOI/GP (2nd)

BUF-PIT CONNECTIONS

Former Sabres:

  • Chad Ruhwedel spent four seasons with the Sabres and posted two assists in 33 games from 2012-2016.

Former Penguins:

  • Matt Moulson was drafted by the Penguins in the ninth round (263rd overall) of 2003 NHL Draft but never suited up for Pittsburgh.

Victor Antipin:

  • Represented Russia alongside Evgeni Malkin at the 2015 World Championship.

Nicholas Baptiste:

  • Played with Frank Corrado for the Sudbury Wolves (OHL) during the 2011-12 season.

Jack Eichel:

  • Teammates with Matthew Murray for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Justin Falk:

  • Played with Carl Hagelin for the New York Rangers during the 2013-14 season.

Taylor Fedun:

  • Played with Justin Schultz for the Edmonton Oilers during the 2013-14 season.

Josh Gorges:

  • He and Justin Schultz are both from Kelowna, British Columbia.
  • Played with Sidney Crosby for Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Seth Griffith:

  • Played with Greg McKegg for the Florida Panthers during part of the 2016-17 season. They were also teammates during part of the 2011-12 season for the London Knights (OHL).
  • He and Olli Maatta were teammates for the London Knights (OHL) from 2011-2013.
  • Teammates with Frank Corrado for the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2016-17 season.

Johan Larsson:

  • Represented Sweden alongside Patric Hornqvist at the 2012 World Championship.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played with Justin Schultz for the University of Wisconsin (WCHA) during the 2011-12 season.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Represented the United States alongside Ian Cole at the 2008 World Junior Championship.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Played with Greg McKegg for the Erie Otters (OHL) during the 2008-09 season.
  • Teammates with Justin Schultz for Team Canada at the 2013 World Championship.
  • Represented Canada alongside Sidney Crosby at the 2015 World Championship and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Jason Pominville:

  • Represented the United States alongside Phil Kessel at the 2008 World Championship.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Represented Canada alongside Kris Letang at the 2006 World Junior Championship.
  • Played with Carl Hagelin for the New York Rangers during the 2013-14 season.

NHL Draft:

  • Benoit Pouliot (4th overall) was taken three picks after Sidney Crosby (1st overall) in the first round of the 2005 NHL Draft.
  • Kyle Okposo (7th overall by the New York Islanders) and Phil Kessel (5th overall by Boston) were both first-round selections in the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Marco Scandella (55th overall) and Justin Schultz (43rd overall) were both selected in the second round of the 2008 NHL Draft.
  • Ryan O’Reilly (33rd overall by Colorado), Robin Lehner (46th overall by Ottawa) and Brian Dumoulin (51st overall by Carolina) were all second-round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Olli Maata (22nd overall) were both first-round picks in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Nicholas Baptiste (69th overall) was taken eight picks before Jake Guentzel (77th overall) in the third round of the 2013 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (38), Kane (37), Pouliot (31)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (28), McCabe (27), Ristolainen (15)
Shots: Kane (82), Eichel (52), O’Reilly (43)

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: 2-4-1 (5), 14/24, 3/21, 10/13

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-2; 109-113 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)

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 … 5 home wins … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Johan Larsson … 5 games … 200 career games played
Zemgus Girgensons … 9 games … 300 career games played
Marco Scandella … 10 games … 400 career games played
Assists
Matt Moulson … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 10 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Sam Reinhart … 5 points … 100 career points
Marco Scandella … 8 points … 100 career points

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