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Post-Game Report: 2/12 vs. VAN

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Canucks
(25-25-6)
2 2 0 4 31
Sabres
(23-23-10)
2 0 0 2 28

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • The Canucks have earned their first win in Buffalo since their 3-0 win on Oct. 17, 2013.
    • The home team has now lost just three of the last 15 games between these teams.
  • With his goal, Tyler Ennis now has a point in five of his last seven home games and has a point in six of his eight career games against the Canucks (4+2).
  • With his goal tonight, Kyle Okposo now has points in six straight games (3+3) for the first time since Nov. 12 to 25, 2015.
    • Since the beginning of the 2013-14 season, Okposo has tallied nine points (1+8) in seven games against the Canucks.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen logged 30:00 of ice time tonight, reaching the 30-minute mark for the sixth time in his career and the fourth time in a game decided in regulation.
  • Ryan O’Reilly (assist) has 16 points (5+11) in his last 14 home games.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Canucks
Markstrom W .929 2.00
Sabres Lehner L .871 4.15

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Canucks Markstrom 10-10-3 .914 2.56
Sabres Lehner 14-16-6 .923 2.57

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Tyler Ennis

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins

Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows

Canucks forward Michael Chaput

Game Preview: 2/12/17 vs. VAN

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, February 11
Buffalo 3 at Toronto 1
Goals: Kane (2), Reinhart
Goalie: Lehner (43 saves/44 shots)
PP: 1/1; PK: 2/3; Shots: Toronto 44 – Buffalo 23

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 268)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 55 games
Johan Larsson (wrist, Jan. 3; injured reserve) – 19 games
William Carrier (knee, Feb.4; injured reserve) – 5 games
Zach Bogosian (ribs, Feb. 4; injured reserve) – 5 games
Zemgus Girgensons (middle body, Feb. 9) – 2 games
Cody Franson (foot, Feb. 11) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/6:
Signed D Justin Falk to a one-year contract extension worth $650,000; Claimed F Derek Grant off waivers from Nashville; Assigned Grant to Rochester (AHL)
2/9: Recalled F Derek Grant and F Evan Rodrigues from Rochester (AHL); Placed F William Carrier and D Zach Bogosian on IR
2/10: Assigned F Evan Rodrigues to Rochester (AHL)
2/11: Recalled F Evan Rodrigues from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Feb. 14:
Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 16: Colorado at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 18: St. Louis at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 19: Chicago at Buffalo, 6 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 25: Buffalo at Colorado, 10 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
CANUCKS at SABRES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Canucks this season.
  • Last meeting: Vancouver defeated Buffalo 2-1 in Vancouver on Oct. 20, 2016
  • The Sabres are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Canucks; 7-3-0 at home.
  • This is the 118th game all-time between Buffalo and Vancouver; Buffalo has a 48-50-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 31-19-8 at home against the Canucks all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 5-8-6 all-time on February 12.
  • February 12, 1983: Craig Ramsay (broken foot) sees his consecutive games played streak end at 776 games, missing his first game in nearly 10 years.
  • February 12, 2008: Thomas Vanek scores his first career hat trick, leading the Sabres to a 5-1 win at Ottawa.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The home team has won 12 of the last 14 games between these teams, including each of the last six. The Canucks have only won once in their six visits Buffalo since 2003, posting a 3-0 win on Oct. 17, 2013.
  • Tyler Ennis has recorded a point in five of his seven career games against the Canucks (3+2).
  • Brian Gionta has five points (2+3) in his last four games against Vancouver.
  • Since the beginning of the 2013-14 season, Kyle Okposo has tallied eight assists in six games against the Canucks.
  • In his only previous meeting with the Canucks on Oct. 18, 2015, Anders Nilsson stopped 33 of 34 shots (.971) to earn a win in Vancouver.

HOW THE WEST WAS WON

  • Tonight is the Sabres’ third game in a stretch of eight straight home games against the Western Conference.
  • Buffalo is 12-2-3 in its last 17 home games against Western Conference opponents and 10-5-2 in all games against the West this season.
  • The Sabres are 59-20-16 (.705) all-time in home games against the Pacific Division, including a 13-1-3 record in the last 17 games.
  • The Sabres, who lost at home to the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night, will look to avoid losing two straight home games to Pacific Division opponents for the first time since Oct. 13 and Nov. 7, 2014.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Robin Lehner is 6-3-1 with a .933 save percentage so far in 2017.
  • Kyle Okposo has points in nine of his last 13 games, including each of his last five (2+3). With a point tonight, he have points in six straight for the first time since Nov. 12 to 25, 2015.
  • Jack Eichel has logged 14 points (5+9) in his last 13 games, including six multi-point outings. The Sabres are 10-0-0 this season (and 19-3-0 in his career) when he has at least two points.
  • Evander Kane has 11 points (6+5) in his last 10 games.
  • Sam Reinhart enters tonight’s game on a three-game point streak and has totaled four points (1+3) in those games.

 

HOME COOKIN’

  • Ryan O’Reilly has 15 points (5+10) in his last 13 home games.
  • Sam Reinhart has 12 points (4+8) in his last 12 home games.
  • Jack Eichel has 16 points (7+9) in 16 home games this season, including six multi-point outings.

THEY’VE GOT THE POWER

  • The Sabres have gone 4-for-6 on the power play in their last three games and finished last night’s game ranked first in the league with a 23.8% 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%).
  • The team’s current power play percentage would rank as the fourth-best conversion rate in franchise history and the best since the team’s 24.4% mark in 1979-80. It would be the 22nd-best season by any team since the league began publishing the stat in 1987-88.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s 10th of a league-high 19 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 3-1 win last night in Toronto. The Sabres are 5-3-2 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 4-4-1 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 (2), one point (1) and zero points (2).

THE KANE EVENT
Evander Kane
has scored each of his 18 goals this season in his last 32 games, including a team-high 17 even-strength goals. In the period since scoring his first goal of the season on Dec. 3 vs. Boston, he is tied for fourth among all NHL skaters in goals (18), leads the league lead in even-strength goals (17) and ranks third in shots on goal (124).

*All rankings as of the end of last night’s game

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)

.38 (31)

.22 (18)

A/GP

.40 (33)

.24 (20)

.47 (39)

.42 (34)
P/GP

.69 (57)

.53 (43)

.85 (70)

.64 (52)
SOG/GP

2.9 (238)

2.1 (172)

4.0 (330)

2.2 (179)

(82-game pace in parentheses)

ASSIST-OLAINEN
Rasmus Ristolainen
finished last night’s game tied for 41st among all NHL skaters with 27 assists.

  • Ristolainen has recorded an assist on 21.1 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 six goals to fall below 20 percent.

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

  • Buffalo Sabres: 33.8% PP% (1st)
  • Eichel: 4.0 S/GP (1st)
  • Foligno: 187 hits (3rd)
  • Kane: 3.5 S/GP (9th)
  • Lehner: .925 SV% (7th), .934 EV SV% (6th)
  • Moulson: 9 PPG (T-9th)
  • Nilsson: .934 EV SV% (7th), .922 SV% (10th)
  • Okposo: 19 PPP (T-7th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:38 TOI/GP (1st, forwards), 57.6 FO% (7th)
  • Ristolainen: 17 PPA (T-3rd), 27:05 TOI (4th), 18 PPP (T-1st, defensemen)

BUF-VAN CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Ryan Miller spent parts of 11 seasons as a member of the Sabres from 2002-2014. Drafted by Buffalo in the fifth round of the 1999 NHL Draft (138th overall), Miller compiled a record of 284-186-56 over a total of 540 games, earning franchise-record totals in games played and wins.
  • Though he never played for Buffalo, Alex Biega was drafted by the Sabres in the fifth round (147th overall) of the 2006 NHL Draft. He posted 66 points (13+53) and a plus-24 rating in 198 games for the Portland Pirates and Rochester Americans (AHL) while he was a part of the Sabres’ organization.

Dan Bylsma:

  • Coached Brandon Sutter for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2012-2014.

Marcus Foligno:

  • Played with Alex Biega for the Rochester Americans from 2011-2013.

Derek Grant:

  • Played with Markus Granlund for the Calgary Flames in 2015-16.

Zemgus Girgensons:

  • Played with Alex Biega for the Rochester Americans during the 2012-13 season.

Evander Kane:

  • Represented Canada alongside Alexandre Burrows at the 2012 World Championship.

Dmitry Kulikov:

  • Played with Jacob Markstrom for the Florida Panthers from 2010-14. Jack Skille was also a member of the team from 2010-2013.

Anders Nilsson

  • Represented Sweden alongside Jacob Markstrom at the 2010 World Junior Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for the United States alongside Jack Skille at the 2007 World Junior Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland alongside Markus Granlund at the 2012 World Junior Championship.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Represented Canada alongside Alexandre Burrows at the 2012 World Championship.
  • Played for Team Canada alongside Erik Gudbranson at the 2009 World U18 Championship.
  • Represented Canada alongside Ben Hutton and Christopher Tanev at the 2016 World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Reinhart was born in West Vancouver.
  • Represented Canada alongside Bo Horvat at the 2014 World Junior Championship.
  • Represented Canada alongside Ben Hutton and Christopher Tanev at the 2016 World Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Zach Bogosian, Tyler Ennis and Luca Sbisa were all selected in the first round of the 2008 NHL Draft. Bogosian went third overall to Atlanta, Sbisa was selected by Philadelphia 19th overall and Ennis was chosen 26th overall.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Bo Horvat (9th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2013 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (187), Ristolainen (142), Carrier (96)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (128), McCabe (75), Gorges (70)
Shots: Kane (153), Eichel (137), Okposo (135)

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: 3-2-0 (6), 15/12, 4/7, 11/16

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-5; 108-110 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)
Feb. 7 vs. SJS: W, 5-4 (GWG-Kane)

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 … 3 games … 200 NHL games
Tyler Ennis … 8 games … 400 NHL games
Goals
Tyler Ennis … 5 goals … 100 NHL goals
Points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 4 points … 100 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Game Preview: 10/20/16 at VAN

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, October 18
Buffalo 3 at Calgary 4 (OT)
Goals: Girgensons, O’Reilly, Foligno
Goalie: Lehner (30 saves/34 shots)
PP: 1/5; PK: 6/6; Shots: Calgary 34 – Buffalo 21

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 10)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 3 games
Jack Eichel (high-ankle sprain, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 3 games
Evander Kane (cracked ribs, Oct. 16) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/15:
Recalled F Nicholas Baptiste from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Jack Eichel on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Oct. 25:
Buffalo at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 27: Minnesota at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 29: Florida at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 30: Buffalo at Winnipeg, 3 p.m.
Tuesday, November 1: Buffalo at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at CANUCKS

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Canucks this season.
  • Last meeting: Vancouver defeated Buffalo, 5-2, in Vancouver on Dec. 7
  • Next meeting: Sunday, Feb. 12 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Canucks; 1-8-1 on the road.
  • This is the 117th game all-time between Buffalo and Vancouver; Buffalo has a 48-49-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 17-30-11 on the road against the Canucks all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-6-2 all-time on October 20.
  • October 20, 1976: Gilbert Perreault scores twice and Gerry Desjardins stops all 29 Vancouver shots as the Sabres shut out the Canucks, 4-0.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is the final in a three-game western swing that began with a 6-2 Buffalo’s win at Edmonton on Sunday and continued with a 4-3 overtime loss at Calgary on Tuesday.
  • The home team has won 11 of the last 13 games between these teams. The Sabres have lost their last three games in Vancouver, with the last win taking place on March 3, 2012.
  • Kyle Okposo has eight assists in seven career games against the Canucks, including three multiple-assist games.
  • Tyler Ennis has points in five of six career games against the Canucks, including each of the last three and each of his three road games in Vancouver.
  • Brian Gionta has 12 points in 16 career games against the Cancuks, including at least a point in each of the last three (2+3).
  • Anders Nilsson won his only previous meeting with the Canucks, stopping 33 of 34 shots (.971) in an overtime win as a member of the Edmonton Oilers.

THEY’VE GOT THE POWER
The Sabres are 4-for-16 (25.0%) on the power play this season, tying for seventh in the league entering play Wednesday. The team’s 18.9 percent mark last season ranked 12th in the league and was the Sabres’ best power-play percentage in five seasons. Buffalo last finished a season above 20 percent on the power play in 2008-09 (20.7%).

KILLING IT
Buffalo’s penalty kill is 9-for-9 through three games, making the Sabres one of three teams (joining Florida and Minnesota) that remain perfect on the penalty kill entering tonight’s games. The Sabres finished the 2015-16 with a penalty kill percentage of 82.6 percent, ranking ninth in the league and marking the team’s best rate in five seasons.

ROAD WARRIORS

  • With a goal against the Flames on Tuesday, Ryan O’Reilly extended his road point streak to eight games, dating back to March 22 at Carolina. In those eight road games, O’Reilly has totaled 13 points (7+6). His record for most consecutive road games with a point is 10 games, which he set from Feb. 20 to March 26, 2015.
  • Kyle Okposo has points in each of his last five road games, including two points in three of the last four. In his last 14 road games, he has totaled 16 points (6+10), including six two-point games.
  • Brian Gionta has 10 points (6+4) in his last 10 road games, including at least a point in each of the last three. It is Gionta’s best 10-game road stretch since he recorded 11 points in 10 road games from April 2 to Nov. 10, 2011.
  • Johan Larsson has seven points (2+5) in his last seven road games, including at least a point in each of the last five.

2016-17 ROSTER NOTES
Of the 23 players on Buffalo’s opening night roster:

  • Seven were originally drafted by the Sabres — five were first-round Buffalo selections (Ennis, 2008; Girgensons, 2012; Ristolainen, 2013; Reinhart, 2014; Eichel, 2015), one was a second-round pick (McCabe, 2012) and one was a fourth-round pick (Foligno, 2009)
  • 10 were acquired in trades: Bogosian, Deslauriers, Fasching, Gorges, Kane, Kulikov, Larsson, Lehner, Nilsson, O’Reilly
  • Six were signed as free agents: Franson, Gionta, Grant, Moulson, Nelson, Okposo
  • 19 played in Buffalo at some point last season (12 forwards, six defenseman, one goaltender)
  • Four are new to the Sabres this season: Grant, Kulikov, Nilsson, Okposo
  • Three opened the season on an NHL roster for the first time in their careers: Fasching, Grant, Nelson

BUF-VAN CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Ryan Miller spent parts of 11 seasons as a member of the Sabres from 2002-2014. Drafted by Buffalo in the fifth round of the 1999 NHL Draft (138th overall), Miller compiled a record of 284-186-56 over a total of 540 games, earning franchise-record totals in games played and wins.
  • Though he never played for Buffalo, Alex Biega was drafted by the Sabres in the fifth round (147th overall) of the 2006 NHL Draft. He posted 66 points (13+53) and a plus-24 rating in 198 games for the Portland Pirates and Rochester Americans (AHL) while he was a part of the Sabres’ organization.

Dan Bylsma:

  • Coached Brandon Sutter for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2012-2014.

Tyler Ennis:

  • Played with Derek Dorsett for the Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL) from 2005-2007.

Marcus Foligno:

  • Played with Alex Biega for the Rochester Americans from 2011-2013.
  • Represented Canada alongside Erik Gudbranson in the 2011 World Junior Championship.

Derek Grant:

  • Played with Markus Granlund for the Calgary Flames in 2015-16.

Zemgus Girgensons:

  • Played with Alex Biega for the Rochester Americans during the 2012-13 season.

Dmitry Kulikov:

  • Teammates with Erik Gudbranson for the Florida Panthers from 2011-16.
  • Played with Jacob Markstrom for the Florida Panthers from 2010-14. Jack Skille was also a member of the team from 2010-2013.

Johan Larsson:

  • Represented Sweden alongside Loui Eriksson at the 2012 World Championship.
  • Played with Alex Biega for the Rochester Americans from 2012-13.

Anders Nilsson

  • Represented Sweden alongside Jacob Markstrom at the 2010 World Junior Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for the United States alongside Jack Skille at the 2007 World Junior Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland alongside Markus Granlund at the 2012 World Junior Championship.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Represented Canada alongside Alexandre Burrows at the 2012 World Championship.
  • Played for Team Canada alongside Erik Gudbranson at the 2009 World U18 Championship.
  • Represented Canada alongside Ben Hutton and Christopher Tanev at the 2016 World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Reinhart was born in West Vancouver.
  • Represented Canada alongside Bo Horvat at the 2014 World Junior Championship.
  • Played for Team Canada alongside Jake Virtanen at the 2015 World Junior Championship.
  • Represented Canada alongside Ben Hutton and Christopher Tanev at the 2016 World Championship. Sam Reinhart was also a member of the team.

NHL Draft:

  • Zach Bogosian, Tyler Ennis and Luca Sbisa were all selected in the first round of the 2008 NHL Draft. Bogosian went third overall to Atlanta, Sbisa was selected by Philadelphia 19th overall and Ennis was chosen 26th overall.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Brendan Gaunce (26th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Bo Horvat (9th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Jake Virtanen (6th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Deslauriers (11), Gorges (6), Foligno/Ristolainen (5)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (9), Gorges (5), Bogosian/Foligno/Larsson (4)
Shots: O’Reilly (8), Moulson/Reinhart/Ristolainen (7)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10:
1-1-1 (3),10/10, 4/16, 9/9

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-1; 102-106 all-time)
Oct. 18 at EDM: L, 4-3 (GWG-Monahan)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-0; 67-58 all-time)
N/A

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Rasmus Ristolainen … 3 games … 200 NHL games
Sam Reinhart … 9 games … 100 NHL games
Goals
Tyler Ennis … 8 goals … 100 NHL goals
Assists
Ryan O’Reilly … 3 assists … 200 NHL assists
Points
Marcus Foligno … 5 points … 100 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
Ryan O’Reilly … 500th NHL game … 10/16 at EDM

Game Preview: 12/7/15 at VAN

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Sunday, December 6
Buffalo 2 at Edmonton 4
Goals: Eichel, O’Reilly
Goalie: Johnson (24 saves/28 shots)
PP: 1/4; PK: 0/1; Shots: Buffalo 34 – Edmonton 28

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 130)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clot, Oct. 8; injured reserve) – 27 games
Robin Lehner (high ankle sprain, Oct. 10; injured reserve) – 26 games
Mike Weber (knee, Nov. 10) – 13 games
Mark Pysyk (bone bruise, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 9 games
Tyler Ennis (upper body, Nov. 25; injured reserve) – 6 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
12/3:
Assigned F Tim Schaller to Rochester (AHL)
12/5: Recalled F Cal O’Reilly from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Dec. 10:
Buffalo at Calgary, 9 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 12: Los Angeles at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 14: Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 15: New Jersey at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 17: Anaheim at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at CANUCKS

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Canucks this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Vancouver, 3-2, in Buffalo on Nov. 7
  • The Sabres are 6-4-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Canucks; 2-7-1 on the road.
  • This is the 116th game all-time between Buffalo and Vancouver; Buffalo has a 48-48-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 17-29-11 on the road against the Canucks all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 5-12-4 all-time on December 7.
  • December 7, 2002: The Sabres record the 1,200th win in franchise history on a game-winning goal from Adam Mair, as they defeat the Washington Capitals, 4-3, at home.
  • December 7, 2010: Luke Adam scores his first NHL goal in a 3-2 overtime loss at Boston.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW                                                                

  • Tonight’s game is the second in a three-game western swing that began last night in Edmonton. The team will visit Calgary for a matchup with the Flames on Thursday before returning home to face the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.
  • A win tonight would give Buffalo its first three-game winning streak against Vancouver since Jan. 15, 1998 to Feb. 28, 1999.
  • David Legwand leads all Sabres with 26 points (11+15) in 53 career games against the Canucks.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen recorded his only career two-goal game on Nov. 7, 2015 against Vancouver.
  • Ryan O’Reilly (21:51) leads all NHL forwards in average ice time per game and Evander Kane (21:06) ranks third. O’Reilly skated a career-high 26:14 on Tuesday at Detroit.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jamie McGinn is currently riding a five-game point streak (2+4), tying his career-long streak that was previously set from March 12 to 19, 2014 (3+4).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen tied his single game high in assists and points (0+3) on Tuesday at Detroit. Ristolainen has 13 points (3+10) in his last 14 games.
  • Evander Kane has seven points (5+2) in his last six games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has six points (2+4) in his last six games.
  • Brian Gionta has four points (1+3) in his last two games against the Canucks.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game concludes Buffalo’s fourth of 15 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began last night with a 4-2 loss in Edmonton. The Sabres are 1-3-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-1-0 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets this season is: four points (1), three points (0), two points (1), one point (0) and zero points (1).

FAMILY TIES

  • With Cal O’Reilly’s recall from the Rochester Americans, he and Ryan O’Reilly have a chance to become the second pair of brothers ever to play for the Sabres at the same time. The other pair, Bob and J.F. Sauve, played together from 1980-81 to 1982-83.
  • The Sabres have had three other pairs of siblings who both played for the team, but never in the same season: Randy and Mike Moller, James and Steve Patrick, Darryl and Darrin Shannon

YOUNG GUNS

  • With a combined 16 goals through Buffalo’s first 27 games, Jack Eichel (9) and Sam Reinhart (7) are currently on pace to become the second pair of rookies in Sabres history to each record 20 goals in the same season. The other pair was Danny Gare (31) and Peter McNab (22) in 1974-75.
  • If they maintain their current pace, Eichel (9+5) and Reinhart (7+3) would also be the first pair of Sabres rookies to surpass the 30-point mark since Thomas Vanek (48) and Jason Pominville (30) did so in 2005-06.

FINNISHING TOUCH

  • Rasmus Ristolainen ranks in the top 16 among NHL defensemen in goals (T-16th, 4), assists (T-8th, 14), points (T-9th, 18), shots (T-13th, 67) and multi-point games (T-5th, 5). He is the first Sabres defenseman to record five or more multi-point games in a season since Christian Ehrhoff had six in 2011-12.
  • With 18 points (4+14) in 27 games, Ristolainen is on pace for 55 points this season. If he reaches the 50-point mark, Ristolainen would be the first Sabres defenseman with 50 points in a season since Garry Galley (1995-96) and the youngest to reach that mark since Phil Housley.

STAYING OUT OF TROUBLE

  • Of the 471 NHL players who have played at least 20 games this season, only eight have zero penalty minutes. Rasmus Ristolainen is one of those eight players.
  • Ristolainen (37 games) is on the longest penalty-free streak of his career.
  • Ristolainen averages 24:10 of ice time per game. He the only NHL player with an average above 20 minutes per game and zero penalty minutes this season.
  • Ristolainen is one of just three NHL defensemen (Brian Dumoulin, Matt Tennyson) with at least 20 games played and no penalty minutes.

QUICK DRAW McGRAW

  • Ryan O’Reilly (59.1%) is ranked fourth in the league in faceoff percentage. O’Reilly also ranks second in the league with 657 faceoffs taken, accounting for 40.6% of Buffalo’s total faceoffs.
  • O’Reilly’s 67.0% win percentage on the power play (77-for-115) ranks first in the league among all players with at least 50 power-play faceoffs taken. He has taken 69.7% of Buffalo’s power-play faceoffs.

THEY’VE GOT THE POWER

  • The Sabres are 19-for-86 (22.1%) on the power play this season, ranked sixth in the league. Buffalo last finished a season above 20 percent on the power play in 2008-09 (21.0%).

OUTSHOOTING OPPONENTS
The Sabres have outshot their opponents in 14 of their first 27 games this season, posting a 5-8-1 record in those games. Last season, the team finished the season 5-5-0 in 10 total games when outshooting their opponent.

POSSESSION PROGRESSION
The Sabres have led their opponent in even-strength shot attempts (corsi) in 11 of the team’s 27 games this season, going 4-6-1 in those games. Buffalo only led their opponents in even-strength shot attempts eight times throughout the entire 2014-15 season, going 3-5-0 in those eight games. (Data courtesy of war-on-ice.com)

BUF-VAN CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Ryan Miller spent parts of 11 seasons as a member of the Sabres from 2002-2014. Drafted by Buffalo in the fifth round of the 1999 NHL Draft (138th overall), Miller compiled a record of 284-186-56 over a total of 540 games, earning franchise-record totals in games played and wins.
  • Though he never played for Buffalo, Alex Biega was drafted by the Sabres in the fifth round (147th overall) of the 2006 NHL Draft. He posted 66 points (13+53) and a plus-24 rating in 198 games for the Portland Pirates and Rochester Americans (AHL) while he was a part of the Sabres’ organization.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Played with Chris Higgins for the United States at the 2009 World Championship.

Carlo Colaiacovo:

  • He and Christopher Tanev were both born in Toronto, Ontario.
  • Played with Adam Cracknell for the St. Louis Blues from 2010-2012 and again during the 2013-14 season. Ryan Miller was also a part of the team during the 2013-14 season.

Cody Franson:

  • Played with Dan Hamhuis for the Nashville Predators during the 2009-10 season.

Brian Gionta:

  • Played with Yannick Weber for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2013. Brandon Prust was also a part of the team from 2012-2014.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Chris Higgins for the Montreal Canadiens from 2007-2009.
  • Teammates with Yannick Weber for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2013.
  • Played with Brandon Prust for the Montreal Canadiens from 2012-2014.

Chad Johnson:

  • Played with Brandon Prust for the New York Rangers from 2009-2011.
  • Teammates with Matt Bartkowski for the Boston Bruins during the 2013-14 season.

David Legwand:

  • Played with Dan Hamhuis for the Nashville Predators from 2003-2010.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Represented Canada alongside Alexandre Burrows at the 2012 World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Represented Canada alongside Bo Horvat at the 2014 World Junior Championship.

Mike Weber:

  • He and Matt Bartkowski were both born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

NHL Draft:

  • Carlo Colaiacovo (17th overall) and Dan Hamhuis (12th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2001 NHL Draft. They also played together for Team Canada at the 2002 World Junior Championship.
  • Zach Bogosian and Luca Sbisa were both selected in the first round of the 2008 NHL Draft. Bogosian went third overall to Atlanta and Sbisa was selected by Philadelphia 19th overall.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Bo Horvat (9th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Jared McCann (24th overall) were all taken in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Deslauriers (69), McGinn (60), Foligno/Gorges (56)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (69), Ristolainen (44), McCabe (29)
Shots: Eichel (90), Ristolainen (67), O’Reilly (66)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10:
3-7-0 (6), 23/32, 9/35, 19/27
11-20: 5-3-2 (12), 21/21, 5/27, 23/29
21-30: 3-3-1 (7), 22/18, 5/21, 13/15

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-1; 99-102 all-time)
Oct. 27 at PHI: W, 4-3 (GWG-Girgensons)

Nov. 14 vs. SJS: L, 2-1 (GWG-Marleau)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-2; 66-53 all-time)
Oct. 21 vs. TOR: W, 2-1 (GDG-Moulson)

Nov. 19 at STL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Steen)
Dec. 1 at DET: L, 5-4 (GDG-Richards)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Jamie McGinn … 7 games … 400 career games played
Goals
Ryan O’Reilly … 1 goal … 100 career goals
Tyler Ennis … 8 goals … 100 career goals
Assists
Zach Bogosian … 4 assists … 100 career assists
Josh Gorges … 6 assists … 100 career assists

RECENT MILESTONES
Matt Moulson … 500th NHL game … Dec. 4 vs. ARI

Post-Game Report: 11/7 vs. VAN

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Canucks
(6-4-4)
0 1 1 2 37
Sabres
(6-8-0)
0 2 1 3 22

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • With the game-winning goal, Rasmus Ristolainen posted his first career two-goal game and fifth career multi-point game.
    • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ristolainen’s game-winner at 19:43 of the third period was the Sabres’ latest regulation game-winning goal since Mike Grier scored at 19:55 of the third period on March 11, 2006 at Philadelphia.
  • Jack Eichel had two assists tonight, giving him his first career multi-point game. He now has five points (3+2) in his last four home games.
  • With his goal, Jamie McGinn now has goals in three straight games against the Canucks and a point in four straight against Vancouver.
  • Jake McCabe led all Sabres with a career-high 23:47 of ice time tonight.
  • With the start tonight, Linus Ullmark became the first goaltender to make four straight team starts in his first NHL season since Ryan Miller started five in a row from Dec. 31, 2002 to Jan. 10, 2003.

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Jamie McGinn

Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian

Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen

Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark

Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins

Canucks forward Chris Higgins

Canucks forward Daniel Sedin

Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller