5 Things to Know: Sabres at Coyotes

BY: DAVID KOLB

BUFFALO SABRES (26-25-10) at ARIZONA COYOTES (21-32-7)
Game coverage begins at 8 PM on MSG-WNY

The Sabres finish their mini two-game road trip with a date against the Coyotes.

1 WHERE THEY STAND

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  • Tonight the Sabres conclude their two-game road trip as they head to Gila River Arena to take on the Arizona Coyotes for the first time this season, with the rematch coming Thursday in Buffalo
  • Buffalo is 5-5-0 in their last 10 games
  • The Sabres are 11-14-6 away from Buffalo in 2016-17
  • The Sabres take the ice six points behind the Boston Bruins for the final Wild Card slot in the Eastern Conference

2 WHO'S HOT

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  • The 2013 eighth overall pick has assists in each of the past six games
  • Through 61 games, Ristolainen has four goals and 33 assists, leaving him only four points short of last season’s total of 41 points

3 SAY WHAT?

“We only have 21 games left now. We know we have to win 15 of them to get to a mark where we might be in the playoffs.”

 – Sabres coach, Dan Bylsma after Saturday’s 5-3 loss vs. the Avalanche

4 DID YOU KNOW?

30 Jan 1998:  Left wing Keith Tkachuk of the Phoenix Coyotes in action during a game against the Buffalo Sabres at the Marine Midland Arena in Buffalo, New York.  The teams tied at 3-3. Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart  /Allsport

This is the 75th all-time game between Buffalo and Arizona/Winnipeg, as the Sabres own a 44-21-9 series record.

5 MUST SEE VIDEO

Sabres forward, Marcus Foligno shows how to battle in front — eventually potting his 10th goal of the season last night in Colorado