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Game Preview: 1/5/18 at WPG

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Thursday, January 4
Buffalo 2 at Minnesota 6
Goals: Reinhart, Kane
Goalie: Lehner (11 saves/17 shots); Johnson (10 saves/10 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 2/3; Shots: Buffalo 31 – Minnesota 27

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 155)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Victor Antipin (illness, Dec. 29) – 3 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/5:
Activated D Taylor Fedun from IR; assigned Fedun to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Sunday, Jan. 7: Buffalo at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 9: Winnipeg at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 11: Columbus at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 18: Buffalo at NY Rangers, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 20: Dallas at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME

SABRES at JETS

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Jets this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Winnipeg 4-3 in Buffalo on Jan. 7, 2017
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 9 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Jets; 3-6-1 on the road.
  • This is the 60th game all-time between Buffalo and Winnipeg/Atlanta; Buffalo has a 26-22-11 series record.
  • The Sabres are 9-13-7 on the road against the Jets/Thrashers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-5-3 all-time on January 5.
  • January 5, 1996: The Sabres retire Tim Horton’s No. 2 jersey before a 3-1 home win against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 4-4-5 in their last 13 games, and haven’t gone two straight games without a point since that stretch began with a win on Dec. 5 at Colorado.
  • Buffalo is looking to extend its all-time series-best four-game winning streak against the Jets.
  • A win tonight would give the Sabres three straight road wins against the Jets/Thrashers franchise for the first time ever. The Sabres last won three or more consecutive games in Winnipeg when they won four in a row from March 20, 1989 to March 13, 1991 against the previous incarnation of the Jets that is now located in Arizona.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 11 points (7+4) in his last eight games. Since beginning that stretch on Dec. 15, Eichel ranked in the top three in the league in goals (T-1st, 7), even-strength goals (T-1st, 6) and even-strength points (T-2nd, 10) as the end of last night’s game.
  • Kyle Okposo enters tonight’s game with five points (1+4) in his last six games. He hasn’t gone two games without recording a point since Dec. 2 and 5.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has five points (1+4) in his last five games.
  • Sam Reinhart has goals in consecutive games for the third time this season and is seeking his first three-game goal streak since Feb. 4 to 9, 2016.

HOT AGAINST WINNIPEG

  • Jason Pominville has 14 points (4+10) in his last 15 games against Winnipeg, including four points (2+2) in his last meeting on Feb. 7, 2016.
  • Kyle Okposo has 12 points (5+7) in his last 12 games against the Jets. In 24 career games against Winnipeg/Atlanta, Okposo has eight multi-point outings.
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded six points (4+2) in four career games against the Jets, including his first career hat trick on Jan. 10 in Winnipeg.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has four points (1+3) in four games against Winnipeg since joining the Sabres.
  • Scott Wilson (1+2), Marco Scandella (1+2) and Nathan Beaulieu (0+3) each have three points in their last three games against the Jets.
  • Chad Johnson is 2-1-2 in his career against Winnipeg with a .944 save percentage and a 1.56 goals-against average.
  • Robin Lehner is 3-0-0 against the Jets in his career, with a .949 save percentage and a 1.67 goals-against average.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Tonight’s game is the sixth of seven consecutive games away from KeyBank Center for the Sabres. This stretch is the fourth time the team has ever played away from home seven times in a row, the longest such stretch in franchise history, and the first time since January 2012. The team’s next game in Buffalo will take place on Jan. 9 vs. Winnipeg.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s 10th of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began last night with a 6-2 loss at Minnesota. The Sabres are 3-7-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-5-2 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 (5), one point (2) and zero points (2).

I LIKE EICH

  • Jack Eichel is currently on pace to shatter his personal bests in goals (24), assists (33) and points (57) on the strength of improved production at even strength (T-10th in NHL in ES goals, T-11th in ES points).
  • Eichel’s 14 even-strength goals through 40 games match his total from last season (61 games) and are just two shy of his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games).
  • Eichel’s 29 even-strength points through 40 games are four shy of his total from last season (61 games) and are just six shy of his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games).

Jack Eichel’s Production by Season

Season GP G A PTS ES G ES A ES P
2015-16 81 24 32 56 16 19 35
2016-17 61 24 33 57 14 19 33
2017-18 40 15 20 35 14 15 29
2017-18 (Pace) 82 31 41 72 29 31 59

 

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

  • Of Jack Eichel’s 35 points so far this season, 22 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes empty-net goals).
  • Through 40 games, Eichel’s 22 primary points (11+11) during 5-on-5 play have already surpassed his 61-game total from last season (11+10) and are just two shy of his total from his 81-game rookie season (12+12).

2017-18 Primary Points Leaders at 5-on-5 (After last night’s game)

Player Team Goals Primary Assists Primary Points
Nikita Kucherov TBL 20 6 26
Nathan MacKinnon COL 10 13 23
Patrick Kane CHI 12 10 22
John Tavares NYI 12 10 22
Jack Eichel BUF 11 11 22

*All primary point stats via NaturalStatTrick.com

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

  • Eichel: 14 EVG (T-10th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 3 SHP (T-2nd), 165 S (4th)
  • O’Reilly: 582 FOW (1st), 61.3% FO% (1st), 950 FO (2nd)
  • Ristolainen: 26:06 TOI/GP (5th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: McCabe (91) Ristolainen (86), Kane (84)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (65), McCabe (61), Ristolainen (53)
Shots: Kane (165), Eichel (135), O’Reilly (96)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 3-5-2 (8), 26/36, 5/36, 29/35
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 20/35, 5/28, 23/27
21-30: 2-6-2 (6), 18/31, 2/32, 24/32
31-40: 3-3-4 (9), 22/27, 3/22, 21/26
41-50: 0-1-0 (0), 2/6, 0/3, 2/3

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-8; 110-119 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron)
Oct. 21 at BOS: W, 5-4 (GWG-O’Reilly)
Nov. 11 at MTL: L, 2-1 (GWG-Pacioretty)
Nov. 14 at PIT: L, 5-4 (GWG-Sheary)
Dec. 8 at CHI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Forsling)
Dec. 10 at STL: L, 3-2 (GWG-Tarasenko)
Dec. 15 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Slavin)
Dec. 27 at NYI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barzal)
Dec. 29 at NJD: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen)
Jan. 1 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Miller)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-1; 69-65 all-time)
Oct. 5 vs. MTL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Drouin)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Wins
Buffalo Sabres … 2 home wins … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Robin Lehner … 3 games … 200 career games played
Jacob Josefson … 8 games … 300 career games played
Assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 4 assists … 100 career assists

RECENT MILESTONES
Marco Scandella … 100th NHL point … Jan. 4 at Minnesota

Post-Game Report: 1/7 vs. WPG

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Jets
(19-20-3)
1 2 0 3 35
Sabres
(15-15-9)
1 0 3 4 36

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • Buffalo has now won four straight games against Winnipeg/Atlanta for the first time since the Sabres defeated the Thrashers in four straight from Feb. 16, 2004 to Jan. 31, 2006.
  • The Sabres have improved to 7-3-2 against the Western Conference this season, including points in each of their last four games (4-0-1) and wins in each of their last four home games against the West.
  • Brian Gionta, who has now scored in each of Buffalo’s two games against Winnipeg this season,  is now tied for the team lead with eight even-strength goals this season.
  • With a goal and an assist, Ryan O’Reilly now has 13 points (4+9) in his last 14 games, including four (1+3) in two games since returning to the lineup following an appendectomy that sidelined him for four games.
  • Sam Reinhart recorded the lone assist on O’Reilly’s goal, improving his output to nine points (2+7) in his last nine games.
    • Reinhart now has six points (4+2) in four career games against Winnipeg.
  • With his goal, Marcus Foligno now has a goal in consecutive games and has a point in each of his last three home games (2+1).
  • Zemgus Girgensons’ goal gives him a point in each of his last three games against the Jets (1+2).
    • Matt Moulson’s assist on the goal gives him seven points (1+6) in his last seven home games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen logged a career-high 30:22 of ice time today.

Today’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Jets Hellebuyck L .889 4.10
Sabres Lehner W .914 3.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Jets Hellebuyck 15-13-1 .910 2.75
Sabres Lehner 9-12-5 .921 2.53

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Marcus Foligno

Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Jets head coach Paul Maurice

Jets forward Mark Scheifele

Jets forward Drew Stafford

Jets forward Blake Wheeler

Game Preview: 1/7/17 vs. WPG

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, January 5
Buffalo 3 at Chicago 4 (OT)
Goals: Foligno, Okposo, Eichel
Goalie: Nilsson (39 saves/43 shots)
PP: 2/3; PK: 2/2; Shots: Chicago 43 – Buffalo 20

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 188)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 38 games
Tyler Ennis (groin, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 26 games
Dmitry Kulikov (lower back, Dec. 29; injured reserve) – 4 games
Johan Larsson (wrist, Jan. 3) – 2 games
William Carrier (illness, Jan. 5) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/3:
Recalled F Taylor Fedun from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Ryan O’Reilly on IR (retroactive to 12/25)
1/5: Activated F Ryan O’Reilly from IR; Placed D Dmitry Kulikov on IR (retroactive to 12/27)

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Jan. 10:
Philadelphia at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 12: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 13: Buffalo at Carolina, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 16: Dallas at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 17: Buffalo at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
JETS at SABRES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Jets this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Winnipeg 3-1 in Winnipeg on Oct. 30, 2016
  • The Sabres are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Jets; 6-3-1 at home.
  • This is the 59th game all-time between Buffalo and Winnipeg/Atlanta; Buffalo has a 25-22-11 series record.
  • The Sabres are 16-9-4 at home against the Jets/Thrashers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-5-6 all-time on January 7.
  • January 7, 1971: Phil Goyette picks up five points (1+4) in a 7-4 win against the Detroit Red Wings at the Aud.
  • January 7, 1989: The Sabres earn the 700th win in franchise history, a 6-1 victory at Toronto.
  • January 7, 2012: Jason Pominville appears in his 500th NHL game and Cody McCormick plays his 300th NHL game as the Sabres fall 2-1 to the Jets in overtime.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Today’s game is the fifth of eight afternoon games (3 p.m. ET or earlier) for the Sabres this season. The team is 2-2-0 in the first four and was 6-3-2 in 11 afternoon games last season.
  • The Sabres are 6-3-2 against the Western Conference this season, including points in each of their last four games (3-0-1) and wins in each of their last three home games against the West.
  • Buffalo has won its last three games against Winnipeg and will look to stretch that streak to four for the first time since the Sabres defeated the Thrashers in four straight from Feb. 16, 2004 to Jan. 31, 2006.
  • Kyle Okposo has 12 points (5+7) in his last 11 games against the Jets. In 23 career games against Winnipeg/Atlanta, Okposo has eight multi-point games, including each of his last three.
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded five points (4+1) in three career games against the Jets, including his first career hat trick on Jan. 10 in Winnipeg.
  • Robin Lehner has stopped 62 of 64 shots (.969) to go 2-0-0 in his two career appearances against Winnipeg. Anders Nilsson stopped 36 of 38 shots to earn a win in his only previous meeting with the Jets, on March 4, 2014.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 17 points (3+14) his last 17 games.
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded eight points (2+6) in his last eight games.
  • Jack Eichel enters tonight’s game on a five-game point streak, having tallied six points (3+3) in those games. The streak is tied for the longest of his career (excluding the seven-game streak that spanned the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons).
  • Kyle Okposo is currently on a four-game point streak (3+2).

HOT AT HOME

  • Rasmus Ristolainen has compiled 10 points (2+8) in his last 10 home games.
  • Matt Moulson has recorded six points (1+5) in his last six home games.
  • Anders Nilsson is 4-0-1 in his last five home games dating back to Oct. 29 vs. Florida, posting a .951 save percentage in those contests.

ASSIST-OLAINEN
Rasmus Ristolainen
entered play Friday tied for 14th among all NHL skaters with 23 assists.

  • Ristolainen has recorded an assist on 28.8 percent of his teammates’ goals*. Entering play Friday, it was the fifth-highest such percentage in the league, trailing only Connor McDavid (32.0%), Erik Karlsson (30.9%), Tyler Seguin (29.1%) and Patrick Kane (28.9%).
    • This would rank as the second-highest percentage in franchise history, behind only Pat LaFontaine (33.7%) in 1992-93.
  • Only one Sabres defenseman has ever recorded an assist on more than 20 percent of his teammates’ goals: Phil Housley (22.6%) in 1989-90.
    • Ristolainen would need to fail to record an assist on each of his teammates’ next 22 goals to fall behind Housley’s pace.

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

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before Jan. 6 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 22.6% PP% (5th), 51.2% FO% (9th)
  • Foligno: 116 hits (10th)
  • Moulson: 7 PPG (T-7th)
  • Nilsson: .940 EV SV% (4th), .926 SV% (8th)
  • Okposo: 15 PPP (T-7th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:28 TOI/GP (4th, forwards), 57.1 FO% (10th)
  • Ristolainen: 14 PPA (3rd), 26:45 TOI (5th), 15 PPP (T-7th), 23 A (T-4th, defensemen), 26 PTS (5th, defensemen)

LAST LINE OF DEFENSE
Buffalo’s goaltenders entered play Friday with the sixth-best combined save percentage* (.922) in the league. They also had the sixth-best save percentage during 5-on-5 play (.932).

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

*Combined save percentage excludes empty net goals

BUF-WPG CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Joel Armia was taken in the first round (16th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft and played in one game for the Sabres during the 2014-15 season.
  • Drew Stafford was Buffalo’s first-round selection (13th overall) in the 2004 NHL Draft and he went on to play in parts of nine seasons for the Sabres. He had 322 points (145+177) in 563 games during his Sabres career.
  • The Sabres selected Chris Thorburn in the second round (50th overall) of the 2001 NHL Draft. He played two career games with the Sabres, totaling one assist and seven penalty minutes.

Former Jets:

  • Zach Bogosian was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the first round (3rd overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft. In seven seasons with Atlanta/Winnipeg, the defenseman had 127 points (40+84) in 393 games.
  • The Thrashers selected Evander Kane with the fourth overall selection in the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft. He went on to score 222 points (109+113) in 361 games for the Thrashers/Jets.

Nicolas Deslauriers:

  • Deslauriers (1991) and Paul Postma (1989) were both born on February 22.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played with Andrew Copp for the United States at the 2014 World Junior Championship.
  • Teammates with Connor Hellebuyck, Mark Scheifele and Jacob Trouba for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Marcus Foligno:

  • Teammates with Ben Chiarot for the Sudbury Wolves (OHL) from 2009-2011.

Cody Franson:

  • Played with Bryan Little for Team Canada at the 2007 World Junior Championship.

Zemgus Girgensons:

  • He and Mathieu Perreault share the same birth date. Perreault was born on Jan. 5, 1988 and Girgensons was born on Jan. 5, 1994.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played with Jacob Trouba for the United States at the 2013 World Junior Championship and the 2014 World Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Teammates with Blake Wheeler for the University of Minnesota (NCAA) from 2006-2008.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Won a gold medal for Team Canada with Mark Scheifele at the 2016 World Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland alongside Joel Armia at the 2011 World U-18 Championship and the 2012 and 2013 World Junior Championships.
  • Played with Patrick Laine for Team Finland at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Represented Canada alongside Josh Morrissey at the 2014 World Junior Championship.
  • Won a gold medal for Team Canada with Mark Scheifele at the 2016 World Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Marcus Foligno (104th overall) and Ben Chiarot (120th overall) were both fourth-round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft. They were also teammates for the Sudbury Wolves (OHL) from 2009-2011.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Jacob Trouba (9th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Nikolaj Ehlers (9th overall) were both first-round picks oin the 2014 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (116), Ristolainen (106), Gorges (77)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (73), Gorges (62), McCabe (50)
Shots: Okposo (97), O’Reilly (86), Ristolainen (84)

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: 2-4-2 (6), 19/27, 6/28, 18/23

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-4; 104-109 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)

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

Jack Eichel … 2 games … 100 NHL games
Zach Bogosian … 4 games … 500 NHL games
Cody Franson … 6 games … 500 NHL games
Justin Falk … 7 games … 200 NHL games
Matt Moulson … 7 games … 600 NHL games
Points
Kyle Okposo … 4 points … 400 NHL points
Cody Franson … 6 points … 200 NHL points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 9 points … 100 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
Justin Bailey … 1st NHL point (goal) … Jan. 3 at NYR

 

Game Preview: 10/30/16 at WPG

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, October 29
Florida 0 at Buffalo 3
Goals: Larsson, Okposo, Reinhart
Goalie: Nilsson (33 saves/33 shots)
PP: 2/4; PK: 4/4; Shots: Florida 33 – Buffalo 25

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 24)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 7 games
Jack Eichel (high-ankle sprain, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 7 games
Evander Kane (cracked ribs, Oct. 16) – 6 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/24:
Recalled G Linus Ullmark from Rochester (AHL)
10/29: Assigned G Linus Ullmark to Rochester (AHL)
10/30: Recalled F Nicholas Baptiste from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Nov. 1:
Buffalo at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 3: Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 5: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 7: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 9: Ottawa at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
SABRES at JETS

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Jets this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Winnipeg, 3-2, in Buffalo on March 26
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Jan. 27 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 3-7-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Jets; 6-3-1 at home.
  • This is the 58th game all-time between Buffalo and Winnipeg/Atlanta; Buffalo has a 24-22-11 series record.
  • The Sabres are 16-9-4 at home against the Jets/Thrashers all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-8-5 all-time on October 30.
  • October 30, 1971: Rookie forward Rick Martin picks up his first career hat trick, including two goals in a span of 1:23, as the Canucks and Sabres play to a 4-4 tie in Vancouver.
  • October 30, 1977: Ric Seiling scores his first Sabres goal in a 4-0 win at Montreal.
  • October 30, 2015: Linus Ullmark earns his first NHL win against the Philadelphia Flyers, becoming the youngest goalie (22 years, 92 days) to earn a win for the Sabres since Mika Noronen (21 years, 111 days) on did so on Oct. 5, 2000 vs. Chicago.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Today’s game is the second of eight afternoon games (3 p.m. ET or earlier) for the Sabres this season. The team was 6-3-2 in 11 afternoon games last season.
  • A win tonight would give the Sabres wins in three consecutive matchups with the Jets/Thrashers for the first time since Feb. 23 to Nov. 8, 2011. It would be the first time the Sabres have won consecutive road games against the franchise since March 17, 2004 and Jan. 31, 2006.
  • After going 2-for-4 yesterday vs. Florida, the Sabres’ power play is 8-for-31 (25.8%) on the season, ranking seventh in the league as of the end of yesterday’s game.

HOT AGAINST WINNIPEG

  • Kyle Okposo has 10 points (3+7) in his last 10 games against the Jets. In 22 career games against Winnipeg/Atlanta, Okposo has seven multi-point games.
  • Sam Reinhart recorded five points (4+1) in two games against the Jets last season, including his first career hat trick on Jan. 10 in Winnipeg. He became the first Sabres rookie to record a hat trick since Jason Pominville did so vs. Los Angeles on Jan. 14, 2006/
  • Hudson Fasching scored his first career goal in his NHL debut when these teams last met. Casey Nelson (also playing his first game) recorded an assist on the goal. The pair became the first two Sabres to both record their first career points on the same goal in their NHL debuts since Alexander Mogilny and Dave Snuggerud (10/5/89 vs. QUE).
  • Dmitry Kulikov had three assists in last two games against the Jets last season.
  • Robin Lehner made 25 saves on 26 shots to earn a win in his only previous meeting with Winnipeg, on March 17, 2013. Anders Nilsson stopped 36 of 38 shots to earn a win in his only previous meeting with the Jets, on March 4, 2014.

SABRES IN THE TOP 10

  • Ryan O’Reilly ranked third among all NHL forwards with an average ice time of 22:06 after yesterday’s game. O’Reilly finished the 2015-16 season ranked first among forwards with 21:44 of ice time per game and has averaged 20:43 per game since the beginning of the 2014-15 season, leading all NHL forwards during that timeframe.
  • O’Reilly was ranked fourth in the NHL in faceoff percentage (62.5%) and third in faceoff wins (105) after yesterday’s game. He finished in the top 10 in both categories in 2015-16.
  • After yesterday’s game, Matt Moulson tied to lead all NHL players with four power-play goals and tied for third with five power-play points.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen finished yesterday’s game tied for second in the NHL with seven assists this season and tied for the league lead with six power-play points.

BACK-TO-BACK
Today’s game wraps up Buffalo’s first of a league-high 19 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began yesterday afternoon with a 3-0 win vs. Florida. The Sabres were 6-9-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 6-7-2 in the second game last season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in back-to-back sets last season was: four points (1), three points (1), two points (9), one point (1) and zero points (3).

ONE BUFFALO

  • The Sabres and the Buffalo Bills are playing on the same day for the second of three times this season after doing so three times last season. The other two dates are Oct. 16 and Nov. 7.
  • The teams have played on the same date 213 times, with both teams winning their respective games on 48 of those days.
  • The Sabres are 114-66-33 when playing on a Bills game day and the Bills are 91-120-2 on those dates.
  • If both teams win today, the Sabres and Bills will both have won on the same date twice in the same season for the first time since Nov. 5 and Nov. 26, 2006.

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-WPG CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Joel Armia was taken in the first round (16th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft and played in one game for the Sabres during the 2014-15 season.
  • Buffalo drafted Tyler Myers in the first round (12th overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft. Myers went on to win the Calder Trophy after the 2009-10 season, and finished his Sabres career with 151 points (45+106) in 365 games over six seasons.
  • Drew Stafford was Buffalo’s first-round selection (13th overall) in the 2004 NHL Draft and he went on to play in parts of nine seasons for the Sabres. He had 322 points (145+177) in 563 games during his Sabres career.
  • The Sabres selected Chris Thorburn in the second round (50th overall) of the 2001 NHL Draft. He played two career games with the Sabres, totaling one assist and seven penalty minutes.

Former Jets:

  • Zach Bogosian was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the first round (3rd overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft. In seven seasons with Atlanta/Winnipeg, the defenseman had 127 points (40+84) in 393 games.

Nicolas Deslauriers:

  • Deslauriers (1991) and Paul Postma (1989) were both born on February 22.

Tyler Ennis:

  • Played with Tyler Myers for Team Canada at the 2009 World Junior Championship.

Hudson Fasching:

  • Represented the United States alongside Kyle Conner at the 2016 World Championship.

Marcus Foligno:

  • Teammates with Ben Chiarot for the Sudbury Wolves (OHL) from 2009-2011.

Zemgus Girgensons:

  • He and Mathieu Perreault share the same birth date. Perreault was born on Jan. 5, 1988 and Girgensons was born on Jan. 5, 1994.

Dmitry Kulikov:

  • Played with Shawn Matthias from 2009-2014 for the Florida Panthers.

 

Jake McCabe:

  • Represented the United States alongside Kyle Conner at the 2016 World Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Teammates with Blake Wheeler for the University of Minnesota (NCAA) from 2006-2008.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Won a gold medal for Team Canada with Mark Scheifele at the 2016 World Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland alongside Joel Armia at the 2011 World U-18 Championship and the 2012 and 2013 World Junior Championships.
  • Played with Patrick Laine for Team Finland at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Represented Canada alongside Josh Morrissey at the 2014 World Junior Championship.
  • Won a gold medal for Team Canada with Mark Scheifele at the 2016 World Championship.

2009 World Juniors:

  • Tyler Ennis and Tyler Myers all won gold medals with the 2009 Canadian World Junior Championship team.

NHL Draft:

  • Zach Bogosian, Tyler Ennis and Tyler Myers were all taken in the first round of the 2008 NHL Draft. Bogosian was taken 3rd overall, Myers was taken 12th overall, and Ennis was taken 26th overall.
  • Marcus Foligno (104th overall) and Ben Chiarot (120th overall) were both fourth-round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft. They were also teammates for the Sudbury Wolves (OHL) from 2009-2011.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Nikolaj Ehlers (9th overall) were both first-round picks oin the 2014 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (17), Deslauriers (16), Ristolainen (15)
Blocked Shots: Bogosian (13), Gorges (12), Ristolainen (11)
Shots: Ennis (22), Moulson (21), O’Reilly (20)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10:
2-3-2 (6), 17/20, 8/31, 20/24

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

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-1; 67-59 all-time)
Oct. 25 at PHI: L, 4-3 (GDG-Giroux)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Sam Reinhart … 5 games … 100 NHL games
Jake McCabe … 7 games … 100 NHL games
Goals
Tyler Ennis … 7 goals … 100 NHL goals
Assists
Ryan O’Reilly … 2 assists … 200 NHL assists
Points
Marcus Foligno … 4 points … 100 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
Rasmus Ristolainen … 200th NHL game … Oct. 27 vs. MIN

Post-Game Report: 3/26 vs. WPG

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Jets
(31-38-6)
2 0 0 2 19
Sabres
(31-34-10)
1 1 1 3 29

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • With the win, the Sabres will finish the season with a 6-3-2 record in their 11 afternoon games this season.
  • The Sabres have won consecutive matchups with the Jets/Thrashers for the first time since they won three in a row from Feb. 23 to Nov. 8, 2011.
  • With his goal today, Jack Eichel became the ninth Sabres rookie to record 50 points in a season (23+27) in franchise history.
    • Eichel is the first Sabres rookie to record 50 points in a season since Derek Plante (1993-94) and the youngest to do so since Phil Housley (1982-83).
  • The goal was Eichel’s fifth game-winning goal of the season, tying Gilbert Perreault, Rick Martin and Ray Sheppard for second-most by a Sabres rookie. He needs one more to tie Donald Audette for the franchise rookie record.
  • With his goal, Hudson Fasching became the first Sabre to score on his first shot in his NHL debut since Zemgus Girgensons (10/2/13 at DET).
  • Fasching and Casey Nelson are the first Sabres to each record his first career point on the same goal in their NHL debuts since Alexander Mogilny and Dave Snuggerud (10/5/89 vs. QUE).

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Sabres forward Hudson Fasching

Jets head coach Paul Maurice

Jets forward Drew Stafford

Jets forward Nic Petan

Jets defenseman Andrew Copp