KORPISALO BACKSTOPS BLUE JACKETS PAST SABRES
Joonas Korpisalo made 34 saves to help the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-1-0 record in their past five road games vs. the Buffalo Sabres, dating to Oct. 10, 2013 (BUF: 1-3-1).
* Korpisalo is 16-11-4 (2.60 GAA, .920 SV%). His 16 victories are third among rookie goaltenders, behind Mike Condon (20) and John Gibson (20).
* Brandon Saad scored for the sixth time in his past five games (6-1-7). Saad (30-21-51) also reached the 30-goal mark for the first time in his NHL career.
A TRIO OF NHL DEBUTS
Sabres goaltender Jason Kasdorf, a sixth-round selection (No. 157) by the Winnipeg Jets in the 2011 draft, made 26 saves in his NHL debut. Sabres forwards Cole Schneider and Evan Rodrigues also played their first NHL games.
* Per the Elias Sports Bureau, three or more members of the Sabres made their NHL debuts in the same game for the first time since Oct. 8, 1992, vs. the Quebec Nordiques (Richard Smehlik, Yuri Khmylev, Philippe Boucher and Viktor Gordiouk).
Sabres forward Sam Reinhart scored his 23rd goal of the season; he is tied with Dylan Larkin of the Detroit Red Wings for third among all rookies. ... Sabres forward Jack Eichel (0-1-1) is second among rookies in scoring with 24-31-55. ... Devils coach John Hynes was named coach of the United States for the 2016 IIHF World Championship, to be held May 6-22 in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, Russia. ... NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange in anticipation of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs.