5 Things to Know: Sabres at Panthers

BY: DAVID KOLB

BUFFALO SABRES (33-35-12) @ FLORIDA PANTHERS (33-36-11)
Coverage begins at 6:30 PM on MSG-B

The Sabres begin their final road trip of the season tonight in Sunrise.

1 WHERE THEY STAND

Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel skates during warmups before the start of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

  • The Sabres are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games
  • Buffalo is 13-20-6 on the road in 2016-17

2 WHO'S HOT

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  • Sabres’ defenseman, Rasmus Ristolainen scored a goal on three shots on net in 23:03 of ice-time in Wednesday’s 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens
  • The 22-year-old backliner has had a breakout season and now has six goals and 39 assists for 45 points in 77 games
  • Ristolainen takes the ice tonight with a goal and two assists with an average of 26:30 time on ice in two games against the Panthers this season

3 SAY WHAT?

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“It’s good ending on a good note. It’s a tough feeling when you’re leaving the ice and it’s another failed season and you’re done.”

— Sabres’ center, Jack Eichel after defeating their division rival, Montreal Canadiens 2-1 Wednesday

4 DID YOU KNOW?

MONTREAL, CANADA- CIRCA 1973: Dave Dryden #30 of the Buffalo Sabres saves a shot by Frank Mahovlich #27 of the Montreal Canadiens Circa 1973 at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images)
MONTREAL, CANADA- CIRCA 1973: Dave Dryden #30 of the Buffalo Sabres saves a shot by Frank Mahovlich #27 of the Montreal Canadiens Circa 1973 at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images)

On this date in 1973, the Sabres earned their first playoff victory in franchise history, defeating the Montreal Canadiens, 5-1.

5 MUST-SEE VIDEO

Sabres’ forward, Tyler Ennis talks about what it will take for the Sabres to become a playoff team and his appreciation for the Buffalo fans.