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Game Preview: 10/16/18 at Vegas

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Saturday, October 13
Buffalo 3 at Arizona 0
Goals: Dahlin, Sheary, Skinner
Goalie: Ullmark (36 saves/36 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 3/3; Shots: Arizona 36 – Buffalo 23

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 26)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct. 4) – 5 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 5 games
Sean Malone (knee, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 5 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 5 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/11: Activated F Johan Larsson from IR; Placed D Zach Bogosian on IR

10/16: Activated D Zach Bogosian from IR; Assigned D Matt Tennyson to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Oct. 18: Buffalo at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 20: Buffalo at Los Angeles, 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 21: Buffalo at Anaheim, 8 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 25: Montreal at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 27: Buffalo at Columbus, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at GOLDEN KNIGHTS

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Golden Knights this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Vegas 4-2 in Buffalo on Oct. 8
  • This is the fourth game all-time between Buffalo and Vegas; Buffalo has a 1-0-2 series record.
  • The Sabres are 0-0-1 on the road against the Golden Knights all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-9-3 all-time on October 16.
  • October 16, 1982: Phil Housley records his first career NHL goal in a 9-2 win at Washington.
  • October 16, 2009: Jason Pominville scores his 100th career NHL goal in a 6-3 win at home against the New York Islanders.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is the second game of a five-game Pacific Division road trip that continues on Thursday at San Jose.
  • If he dresses, tonight will be Patrik Berglund’s 700th NHL game. He would become the 37th Swedish player to reach that milestone.
  • The Sabres are 1-0-2 in their first three meetings with the Golden Knights. A win or overtime loss tonight would give them points in their first four games against an expansion franchise for the first time since the first four games against both teams that joined the league in 1992-93 (Ottawa and Tampa Bay).
  • After stopping 35 shots when these teams last met, Carter Hutton is 2-0-0 against Vegas with a .957 save percentage and a 1.50 goals-against average.
  • The Sabres have four players who have registered at least a point per game against the Golden Knights: Jack Eichel (2 GP, 2+2), Jason Pominville (3 GP, 1+2), Kyle Okposo (2 GP, 0+2), Evan Rodrigues (1 GP, 0+1).
  • With three power-play goals in the first five games of the season, Conor Sheary has already topped his previous career high of two (2016-17 and 2017-18).

BESTING THE WEST

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with a 6-0-1 record in their last seven road games against Pacific Division opponents, including wins in each of their last five and shutouts in each of their last three (Jan. 23 at Edmonton, Jan. 25 at Vancouver and Oct. 13 at Arizona).
  • With wins in each of their last five road games against the Western Conference, the Sabres are in the midst of their best Western Conference road stretch since Jan. 6 to Oct. 8, 2011 (5-0-0).
  • A win tonight would give Buffalo its first ever six-game winning streak against the Western/Campbell Conference. An overtime loss would give the Sabres their fifth road point streak of at least six games against the conference and the first since the team tied a franchise high with points in seven straight from Dec. 28, 2010 to Oct. 8, 2011 (6-0-1).

A FRESH FACE

  • On Oct. 4 vs. Boston, Rasmus Dahlin (18 years, 175 days) became the second-youngest player ever to appear in a game with the Sabres, behind only fellow No. 1 pick Pierre Turgeon (18 years, 41 days on Oct. 8, 1987 vs. Minnesota).
  • Dahlin skated 22:37 in his debut, marking the highest ice time recorded by a Sabres player making his NHL debut and the 21st-highest ice time by any NHL player in his first game since the league began tracking ice time in the 1997-98 season.
  • With his assist on Oct. 11 vs. Colorado, Dahlin became the second-youngest player (18 years, 175 days) in franchise history to record a point, behind only Turgeon (18 years, 44 days on Oct. 11, 1987 vs. Washington).
  • Dahlin scored his first NHL goal on Oct. 13 at Arizona, becoming the second-youngest player (18 years, 183 days) in franchise history to score, behind only Turgeon (Oct. 21, 1987 vs. Hartford).
    • He was the youngest defenseman in 23 years to score an NHL goal. His goal came exactly 34 years after Doug Bodger (18 years, 117 days) became the youngest defenseman in the expansion era (since 1967-68) to score his first NHL goal (Oct. 13, 1984).
    • With the goal, he also became the third-youngest defenseman in NHL history to record a game-winner, trailing only Craig Wolanin of the New Jersey Devils (12/9/85 at Minnesota) and Red Garrett of the New York Rangers (12/25/42 at Detroit).

CAPTAIN JACK

  • After being named captain on Oct. 3, Jack Eichel became the 19th full-season captain in franchise history and the 28th player to wear the captain’s “C” for at least a one-month period for the Sabres.
  • At 21 years of age, Eichel is the youngest captain in Sabres history, passing Jim Schoenfeld, who served as the team’s captain as a 23-year-old in the 1975-76 season.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 10/15 games)

  • Hutton: 124 SV (6th), 2 W (T-7th)
  • Ristolainen: 25:44 TOI/GP (7th)
  • Sheary: 3 PPG (T-3rd)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-1st), 1.000 SV% (T-1st), 0.00 GAA (T-1st)

BUF-VGK CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Golden Knights F William Carrier spent three seasons (2014-2017) with the Sabres organization. He played in 41 games and recorded eight points (3+5).
  • Golden Knights D Brayden McNabb was selected by Buffalo in the third round (66th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft. He spent parts of two seasons (2011-12, 2013-14) with the team, appearing in 37 games and notching eight points (1+7).

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Played with Golden Knights F Max Pacioretty in Montreal.

Patrik Berglund:

  • Played with Golden Knights D Brad Hunt, F Ryan Reaves and F Paul Stastny in St. Louis.

Jason Botterill:

  • Was the assistant general manager for the Penguins when Golden Knights assistant coach Ryan Craig, D Deryk Engelland and G Marc-Andre Fleury were playing in Pittsburgh.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played on Team North America during the 2016 World Cup of Hockey when Golden Knights Head Coach Gerard Gallant was an assistant coach for the team.

Chris Hajt:

  • Played for the Capitals when Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee held the same role in Washington.

Phil Housley:

  • Played in Washington when Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee was the vice president of hockey operations for the Capitals.
  • Was an assistant coach for the Predators when Golden Knights D Brad Hunt was playing in Nashville.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for the Islanders when Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee and Head Coach Gerard Gallant were a part of the front office in New York.

Davis Payne:

  • Was on the coaching staff in Los Angeles when Golden Knights D Brayden McNabb played for the Kings.
  • Was the head coach of the Blues when Golden Knights F Ryan Reaves played in St. Louis.

Jason Pominville:

  • Played with Golden Knights F Erik Haula and F Alex Tuch in Minnesota.

Conor Sheary:

  • Played with Golden Knights G Marc-Andre Fleury and F Ryan Reaves in Pittsburgh.

Steve Smith:

  • Played with Golden Knights assistant coach Ryan McGill for the Chicago Blackhawks from 1991-1992.
  • Was the assistant coach in Edmonton when Golden Knights D Brad Hunt was playing for the Oilers.

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Played with Golden Knights D Brad Hunt, F Ryan Reaves and F Paul Stastny in St. Louis.

Matt Tennyson:

  • Played with Golden Knights F Ryan Carpenter in San Jose.

Tage Thompson:

  • Played with Golden Knights F Paul Stastny in St. Louis.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (15), McCabe (10), Berglund/Girgensons/Thompson (9)
Blocked Shots: Berglund (9), McCabe/Nelson/Ristolainen/Scandella (6)
Shots: Eichel (21), Ristolainen/Skinner (12), Okposo/Sheary (11)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 3-2-0 (6), 11/13, 4/18, 10/13

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-0; 113-121 all-time)
N/A

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-0; 70-66 all-time)
N/A

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Patrik Berglund … 1 game … 700 career games played
Remi Elie … 8 games … 100 career games played
Jason Pominville … 8 games … 1,000 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 9 goals … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Points
Jason Pominville … 3 points … 700 career points
Conor Sheary … 3 points … 100 career points
Jason Pominville … 6 points … 497 points with Sabres (T-10th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
Rasmus Dahlin … 1st NHL point (assist) … Oct. 11 vs. COL
Jason Pominville … 664 games with Sabres (10th in franchise history) … Oct. 13 at ARI
Rasmus Dahlin 1st NHL goal … Oct. 13 at ARI

Post-Game Report: 10/8 vs. Vegas

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Golden Knights
(1-2-0)
0 1 1 2 37
Sabres
(2-1-0)
1 3 0 4 17

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • Today’s win improved the Sabres to 1-0-2 against the Golden Knights all-time.
  • Carter Hutton stopped 35 shots today to improve to 2-0-0 against Vegas with a .957 save percentage and a 1.50 goals-against average in those games.
  • With his goals today, Jack Eichel now has tallies in consecutive contests and four points (3+1) in three games this season.
    • Dating back to last season, Eichel has 14 points (6+8) in his last 10 games.
  • The game was Eichel’s 16th career multi-goal game. The Sabres are 12-3-1 in those games.
  • Sam Reinhart and Conor Sheary recorded the assists on Eichel’s second goal. Reinhart now has an assist in consecutive games and Sheary has three points (2+1) in his last two contests.
  • With his goal today, Jason Pominville now has three points (1+2) in three career games against Vegas.

 

Today’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Golden Knights
Fleury L .765 4.13
Sabres Hutton W .946 2.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Golden Knights Fleury 1-2-0 .841 3.93
Sabres Hutton 2-1-0 .943 2.06

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Jason Pominville

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Sabres defenseman Marco Scandella

Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton

Golden Knights forward Max Pacioretty

Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault

Golden knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury

Game Preview: 10/8/18 vs. Vegas

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, October 6
NY Rangers 1 at Buffalo 3
Goals: Sheary (2), Eichel
Goalie: Hutton (43 saves/44 shots)
PP: 2/4; PK: 3/3; Shots: NY Rangers 44 – Buffalo 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 11)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct. 4) – 2 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 2 games
Johan Larsson (lower body, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 2 games
Sean Malone (knee, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 2 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 2 games
Vladimir Sobotka (upper body, Oct. 6) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/2: Claimed F Remi Elie off waivers from Dallas; Placed F Johan Larsson, F Sean Malone, F Scott Wilson and D Matt Hunwick on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Oct. 11: Colorado at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 13: Buffalo at Arizona, 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 16: Buffalo at Vegas, 10 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 18: Buffalo at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 20: Buffalo at Los Angeles, 3:30 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
GOLDEN KNIGHTS at SABRES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Golden Knights this season.
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 16 in Vegas
  • Last meeting: Vegas defeated Buffalo 2-1 (OT) in Buffalo on March 10
  • This is the fourth game all-time between Buffalo and Vegas; Buffalo has a 0-0-2 series record.
  • The Sabres are 0-0-1 at home against the Golden Knights all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 4-6-3 all-time on October 8.
  • October 8, 1972: Tim Horton makes his Sabres debut in a 5-3 win at home against the Atlanta Flames.
  • October 8, 1992: Dominik Hasek makes his first Sabres appearance, starting in the team’s season-opener at home, a 5-4 loss to the Quebec Nordiques.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Today’s game is the third of a four-game home stand. The four games mark the longest home stretch to open a season in franchise history. The previous longest was three games (1975-76 and 2015-16).
  • Buffalo went 0-0-2 against Vegas in their inaugural season in 2017-18 and will look to extend that point streak to three games with a win today.
  • The Sabres have three players who registered at least a point per game against the Golden Knights in 2017-18: Jack Eichel (1 GP, 0+2), Jason Pominville (2 GP, 0+2), Jeff Skinner (2 GP, 0+2)
  • Carter Hutton stopped 32 of 33 shots (.970 SV%) to earn the win in his only meeting with the Golden Knights last season.
  • After his eighth career two-goal game on Saturday night vs. NY Rangers, Conor Sheary now has five goals in his last seven games dating back to last season.

LAST TIME OUT

  • The Sabres earned their first win of the season with a 3-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday night at KeyBank Center.
  • Carter Hutton led the way for the Sabres with 43 saves, marking the second most saves of his career, trailing only his 48-save shutout on Dec. 16, 2017 vs. Winnipeg.
  • Conor Sheary scored his first two goals as a member of the Sabres, tallying twice on the power play. His teams are now 8-0-0 in his career when he scores two goals and 18-1-1 when he records at least two points.
  • Jack Eichel recorded two points (1+1) and skated a career-high 25:45, topping his previous high of 24:23 on Feb. 18, 2017 vs. St. Louis.

CAPTAIN JACK

  • After being named captain on Wednesday, Jack Eichel became the 19th full-season captain in franchise history and the 28th player to wear the captain’s “C” for at least a one-month period for the Sabres.
  • At 21 years of age, Eichel is the youngest captain in Sabres history, passing Jim Schoenfeld, who served as the team’s captain as a 23-year-old in the 1975-76 season.

WELCOME TO BUFFALO
The Sabres had eight new players on their opening-day roster this season:

Player, Pos. How Acquired Pronunciation Notes
Patrik Berglund, C Trade (STL) BUHRG-luhnd Went 55.1% on faceoffs in his 10th season with St. Louis in 2017-18.
Rasmus Dahlin, D Draft (1st Overall) dah-LEEN Named Swedish Junior Player of the Year (SHL) in 2017-18.
Remi Elie, LW Waivers (DAL) EH-lee Set NHL highs in every major category in 72 games in 2017-18.
Carter Hutton, G Free Agency HUH-tuhn Led NHL in SV% (.931) and GAA (2.09) with St. Louis in 2017-18.
Conor Sheary, LW Trade (PIT) SHAIR-ee Two-time Stanley Cup Champion (2016 and 2017) with Pittsburgh.
Jeff Skinner, LW Trade (CAR) SKIH-nuhr Ranks sixth in the NHL with 143 5-on-5 goals since entering the league in 2010-11.
Vladimir Sobotka, C Trade (STL) suh-BOHT-kuh Set career-high totals in GP (81), G (11) and GWG (4) in 2017-18.
Tage Thompson, C Trade (STL) TAHMP-suhn Made his NHL debut with St. Louis in 2017-18.

A NEW LOOK

  • Seven players made their Sabres regular-season debuts on Thursday vs. Boston: Patrik Berglund, Rasmus Dahlin, Carter Hutton, Conor Sheary, Jeff Skinner, Vladimir Sobotka and Tage Thompson
  • It marked the second-most new players the Sabres have ever dressed in a season-opener, trailing only the nine players who made their Sabres debuts on Oct. 10, 2015 vs. TBL (Carlo Colaiacovo, Jack Eichel, Cody Franson, Chad Johnson, Evander Kane, David Legwand, Robin Lehner, Jamie McGinn and Ryan O’Reilly).
  • With his Sabres debut on Saturday vs. NY Rangers, Remi Elie became the eighth new player to dress for the Sabres this season.
  • Only 10 of the 20 Sabres players who dressed for the first game of the 2017-18 season appeared on the team’s 2018-19 opening day roster.
    • Only six players on this year’s opening day roster suited up for the team in the season-opener two years ago: Zach Bogosian, Zemgus Girgensons, Jake McCabe, Casey Nelson, Sam Reinhart, Rasmus Ristolainen

A FRESH FACE

  • On Thursday vs. Boston, Rasmus Dahlin (18 years, 175 days) became the second-youngest player ever to appear in a game with the Sabres, behind only fellow No. 1 pick Pierre Turgeon (18 years, 41 days on Oct. 8, 1987 vs. MNS).
  • Dahlin skated 22:37 in his debut, trailing only Rasmus Ristolainen (24:12) for the night. It was the highest ice time recorded by a Sabres player making his NHL debut and the 21st-highest ice time by any NHL player in their first game since the league began tracking ice time in the 1997-98 season.

2018-19 ROSTER NOTES
Of the 23 players on Buffalo’s opening night roster:

  • Nine were originally drafted by the Sabres — six were first-round selections (Girgensons, 2012; Ristolainen, 2013; Reinhart, 2014; Eichel, 2015; Mittelstadt, 2017; Dahlin, 2018), two were second-round picks (Pominville, 2001; McCabe, 2012) and one was a sixth-round pick (Ullmark, 2012).
  • Nine were acquired in trades: Beaulieu, Berglund, Bogosian, Pominville, Scandella, Sheary, Skinner, Sobotka, Thompson
  • Five were signed as free agents: Hutton, Nelson, Okposo, Rodrigues, Tennyson
  • One was acquired via waivers: Elie
  • Fifteen played in Buffalo at some point last season: Beaulieu, Bogosian, Eichel, Girgensons, McCabe, Mittelstadt, Nelson, Okposo, Pominville, Reinhart, Ristolainen, Rodrigues, Scandella, Tennyson, Ullmark
  • Eight are new to the Sabres this season: Berglund, Dahlin, Elie, Hutton, Sheary, Skinner, Sobotka, Thompson
  • Four opened the season on an NHL roster for the first time in their careers: Dahlin, Elie, Mittelstadt, Ullmark

BUF-VGK CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Golden Knights F William Carrier was spent three seasons (2014-2017) with the Sabres organization. He played in 41 games and recorded eight points (3+5).
  • Golden Knights D Brayden McNabb was selected by Buffalo in the third round (66th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft. He spent parts of two seasons (2011-12, 2013-14) with the team, appearing in 37 games and notching eight points (1+7).

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Played with Golden Knights F Max Pacioretty in Montreal

Patrik Berglund:

  • Played with Golden Knights D Brad Hunt, F Ryan Reaves and F Paul Stastny in St. Louis

Jason Botterill:

  • Was the assistant general manager for the Penguins when Golden Knights assistant coach Ryan Craig, D Deryk Engelland and G Marc-Andre Fleury were playing in Pittsburgh

Jack Eichel:

  • Played on Team North America during the 2016 World Cup of Hockey when Golden Knights Head Coach Gerard Gallant was an assistant coach for the team

Chris Hajt:

  • Played for the Capitals when Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee held the same role in Washington

Phil Housley:

  • Played in Washington when Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee was the vice president of hockey operations for the Capitals
  • Was an assistant coach for the Predators when Golden Knights D Brad Hunt was playing in Nashville

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for the Islanders when Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee and Head Coach Gerard Gallant were a part of the front office in New York

Davis Payne:

  • Was on the coaching staff in Los Angeles when Golden Knights D Brayden McNabb played for the Kings
  • Was the head coach of the Blues when Golden Knights F Ryan Reaves played in St. Louis

Jason Pominville:

  • Played with Golden Knights F Erik Haula and F Alex Tuch in Minnesota

Conor Sheary:

  • Played with Golden Knights G Marc-Andre Fleury and F Ryan Reaves in Pittsburgh

Steve Smith:

  • Played with Golden Knights assistant coach Ryan McGill for the Chicago Blackhawks from 1991-1992
  • Was the assistant coach in Edmonton when Golden Knights D Brad Hunt was playing for the Oilers

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Played with Golden Knights D Brad Hunt, F Ryan Reaves and F Paul Stastny in St. Louis

Matt Tennyson:

  • Played with Golden Knights F Ryan Carpenter in San Jose

Tage Thompson:

  • Played with Golden Knights F Paul Stastny in St. Louis

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (7), McCabe (6), Berglund/Girgensons (5)
Blocked Shots: Berglund (6), Eichel (3), Nelson/McCabe/Ristolainen/Skinner (2)
Shots: Eichel (8), Ristolainen/Scandella/Skinner (6)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 1-1-0 (2), 3/5, 2/6, 3/4

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-0; 113-121 all-time)
N/A

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-0; 70-66 all-time)
N/A

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Jason Pominville … 2 games … 664 games played with Sabres (T-10th in franchise history)
Patrik Berglund … 4 games … 700 career games played
Remi Elie … 9 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 10 goals … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Points
Jason Pominville … 4 points … 700 career points
Conor Sheary … 5 points … 100 career points
Jason Pominville … 7 points … 497 points with Sabres (T-10th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
Rasmus Dahlin … 1st NHL Game … Oct. 4 vs. BOS

Post-Game Report: 3/10 vs. Vegas

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Golden Knights
(44-19-5)
0 0 1 0 1 2 34
Sabres
(22-35-12)
0 0 1 0 0 1 32

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • Today’s loss dropped the Sabres to 13-4-1 all-time in the first home game against teams that joined the league via expansion after 1970.
  • With his goal today, Justin Bailey, who had five points (4+1) in his last five games in Rochester (AHL) before being recalled, now has three goals in eight NHL games this season.
  • Ryan O’Reilly’s 27 faceoff wins today fell two shy of his franchise-record 29 on Feb. 11 vs. Colorado. He is now on pace to break the NHL single-season faceoff win record (faceoff stats have been recorded since 1997-98).
    • O’Reilly now has 10 games as a member of the Sabres with more than 21 wins, breaking the franchise single-game record previously shared by Curtis Brown and Michael Peca.
    • O’Reilly’s faceoff win percentage of 81.8 percent today tied the third-best percentage of his career.

 

Today’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Golden Knights
Fleury W .969 0.92
Sabres Lehner O .971 0.92

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Golden Knights
Fleury 24-9-3 .930 2.16
Sabres Lehner 14-24-9 .911 2.91

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Justin Bailey

Sabres forward Benoit Pouliot

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Golden Knights head coach Gerard Gallant

Golden Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland

Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury

Game Preview: 3/10/18 vs. Vegas

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, March 8
Buffalo 4 at Ottawa 3 (SO)
Goals: Scandella, Reinhart, Wilson; GDG-Josefson
Goalie: Lehner (37 saves/40 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 4/4; Shots: Ottawa 40 – Buffalo 34

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 240)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 25 games
Jake McCabe (shoulder, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 15 games
Jack Eichel (high-ankle sprain, Feb. 11; injured reserve) – 13 games
Evan Rodrigues (upper body, March 2) – 4 games
Kyle Criscuolo (upper body, March 7) – 2 games
Seth Griffith (upper body, March 8) – 1 game
Kyle Okposo (concussion, March 10) – 0 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/4: Recalled F Kyle Criscuolo and D Brendan Guhle from Rochester (AHL)
3/7: Recalled F Danny O’Regan from Rochester (AHL)
3/9: Recalled F Justin Bailey from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, March 15: Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 17: Chicago at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Monday, March 19: Nashville at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 21: Arizona at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, March 23: Montreal at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
GOLDEN KNIGHTS at SABRES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Golden Knights this season.
  • Last meeting: Vegas defeated Buffalo 5-4 (OT) in Las Vegas
  • This is the second game all-time between Buffalo and Vegas.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-10-4 all-time on March 10.
  • March 10, 1976: After entering the third period trailing 6-2, Craig Ramsay, Jim Lorentz and Rene Robert each score within a span of 1:13 before Gilbert Perreault scores twice to lift the Sabres to a 7-6 win at Pittsburgh.
  • March 10, 1980: The Sabres trade Jerry Korab to Los Angeles for a first-round draft choice in 1982 that would eventually be used to select Phil Housley.
  • March 10, 1998: Dominik Hasek appears in his 308th game with the Sabres, overtaking Don Edwards for the franchise’s record for most games played by a goaltender.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • After today’s game, the Sabres will have four days off before returning to action with a visit from the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 15.
  • The Sabres enter today’s game with a 13-4-0 record all-time in the first home game against teams that joined the league via expansion after 1970. The last such game was a 2-1 loss vs. Columbus on Jan. 23, 2001.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 25 points (10+15) in his last 24 games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 24 points (6+18) in his last 31 games dating back to Dec. 29. Ristolainen’s 24 points during that span tied for seventh among NHL defensemen entering play Friday.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded 13 points (3+10) in his last 13 games.
  • Jason Pominville has totaled six points (2+4) in his last six games.
  • Marco Scandella has scored four goals in his last 10 games.

HOT AT HOME

  • Ryan O’Reilly has 21 points (8+13) in 17 home games dating back to the team’s game on Dec. 22 vs. Philadelphia.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 13 points (5+8) in his last 13 home games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has tallied seven points (1+6) in his last eight home games.
  • Jason Pominville has recorded at least a point in each of his last three home games (1+3).

PLAYING WITH POWER

  • The Sabres have tallied at least one power-play goal in 16 of their last 27 games dating back to Jan. 7 at Philadelphia (and went 0-for-0 on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus), converting at a 25.0 percent clip during that span.
  • Buffalo’s 20 power-play goals during this stretch ranked second in the league entering play Friday.
  • Ryan O’Reilly tied for the league lead entering play Friday with seven power-play goals scored since Jan. 7. Kyle Okposo and Rasmus Ristolainen tied for fifth in the league with 12 power-play points during that stretch.
  • O’Reilly’s 11 power-play goals this season tied for eighth in the league entering play Friday.

DRAWING ATTENTION*

  • Ryan O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (1,048) and faceoff percentage (60.8%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 1,048 wins already rank as the most wins by a Sabre in a season.
  • O’Reilly’s 1,048 faceoff wins put him on pace to log the second-most by any NHL player in a season:
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2005-06 – 1,268
    • Ryan O’Reilly *pace* (BUF), 2017-18 1,267
    • Adam Oates (WSH), 1999-00 – 1,235
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2001-02 – 1,218
    • Joe Sakic (COL), 2000-01 – 1,214
  • At his current pace, O’Reilly would become just the third player ever to win at least 1,000 faceoffs in a season while maintaining a faceoff percentage of at least 59 percent, joining Rod Brind’Amour (five times) and Patrice Bergeron (two times).

*The NHL began keeping faceoff stats in the 1997-98 season.

DANGEROUS KILLERS

  • Buffalo entered play tied for second in the league with nine shorthanded goals this season, the team’s highest total since the 2007-08 season (9).
  • Ryan O’Reilly’s four shorthanded assists tied for the league lead entering play Friday, and his four shorthanded points tied for second.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 3/9 games)

  • Girgensons: 2 SHG (T-8th)
  • O’Reilly: 1,048 FOW (1st), 60.8% FO% (1st), 1,725 FO (1st), 4 SHP (T-2nd), 11 PPG (T-8th)
  • Pouliot: 2 SHG (T-8th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:31 TOI/GP (3rd)

BUF-VGK CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Brayden McNabb was selected by the Sabres in the third round (66th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft. He spent two seasons in Buffalo, suiting up for 37 games and tallying eight points (1+7) before being traded to the Kings on March 5, 2014.

Justin Falk:

  • Played with Erik Haula for the Minnesota Wild during the 2014-15 season.
  • Teammates with William Karlsson from 2014-2016 as members of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Marc-Andre Fleury for Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Seth Griffith:

  • Teammates with Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith for the Florida Panthers for part of the 2016-17 season. He and Smith were both teammates with the Boston Bruins for part of the 2014-15 season as well.

Chad Johnson:

  • Played with Deryk Engelland for the Calgary Flames during the 2016-17 season.

Jordan Nolan:

  • Teammates with Brayden McNabb for the Los Angeles Kings from 2014-2017.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Teammates with Cody Eakin and Brayden McNabb for Team Canada at the 2009 World U18 Championship and the 2015 World Championship.

Jason Pominville:

  • Played with Erik Haula for the Minnesota Wild from 2013-2017. Alex Tuch was also on the team during the 2016-17 campaign.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with Brad Hunt for the Edmonton Oilers from 2014-2016.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Played alongside Cody Eakin and Brayden McNabb during the 2010-11 season with the Kootenay Ice (WHL).

Rasmus Ristolainen

  • Represented Finland alongside Erik Haula at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Marco Scandella:

  • He and Clayton Stoner were teammates for the Minnesota Wild from 2010-2014.
  • Played with Erik Haula for the Minnesota Wild from 2013-2017. Alex Tuch was also on the team during the 2016-17 campaign.

NHL Draft:

  • Jordan Nolan (186th overall) and Erik Haula (182nd overall) were both seventh-round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Johan Larsson (56th overall) was taken one pick before Oscar Lindberg (57th overall) in the second round of the 2010 NHL Draft. Jon Merrill (38th overall) was also selected in the second round in 2010.
  • Seth Griffith (131st overall) and Colin Miller (151st overall) were both selected in the fifth round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Alex Tuch (18th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2014 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (174), Girgensons (122), McCabe (110)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (95), Ristolainen (92), McCabe (79)
Shots: Eichel (201), O’Reilly (180), Reinhart (149)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 3-5-2 (8), 26/36, 5/36, 29/35
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 20/35, 5/28, 23/27
21-30: 2-6-2 (6), 18/31, 2/32, 24/32
31-40: 3-4-3 (9), 24/33, 3/25, 23/28
41-50: 4-6-0 (8), 27/31, 10/33, 15/26
51-60: 3-6-1 (7), 28/32, 6/24, 32/38
61-70: 5-3-0 (10), 21/24, 4/25, 16/20

OVERTIME RESULTS (5-10; 113-121 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron, 3:52)
Oct. 21 at BOS: W, 5-4 (GWG-O’Reilly, 2:59)
Nov. 11 at MTL: L, 2-1 (GWG-Pacioretty, 3:08)
Nov. 14 at PIT: L, 5-4 (GWG-Sheary, 0:16)
Dec. 8 at CHI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Forsling, 4:55)
Dec. 10 at STL: L, 3-2 (GWG-Tarasenko, 4:24)
Dec. 15 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Slavin,2:15)
Dec. 27 at NYI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barzal, 1:08)
Dec. 29 at NJD: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen, 2:37)
Jan. 1 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Miller, 2:43)
Jan. 22 at CGY: W, 2-1 (GWG-Eichel, 1:30)
Feb. 6 vs. ANA: L, 4-3 (GWG-Henrique, 1:36)
Feb. 15 at OTT: L, 3-2 (GWG-Hoffman,1:13)
Feb. 22 at DET: W, 3-2 (GWG-Scandella, 4:59)
Feb. 28 at TBL: W, 2-1 (GWG-Pominville, 1:26)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-1; 70-65 all-time)
Oct. 5 vs. MTL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Drouin)
March 8 at OTT: W, 4-3 (GDG-Josefson)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Points
Zemgus Girgensons … 2 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
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