Game Preview: 3/27/17 vs. FLA

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, March 25
Toronto 2 at Buffalo 5
Goals: Eichel (2), O’Reilly, Kane, Kulikov
Goalie: Lehner (32 saves/34 shots)
PP: 2/2; PK: 3/3; Shots: Buffalo 38 – Toronto 34

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 372)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 75 games
Johan Larsson (wrist, Jan. 3; injured reserve) – 39 games
Cody Franson (undisclosed; March 20) – 3 games
Taylor Fedun (foot; March 20) – 3 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/23:
Assigned F Justin Bailey, D Brady Austin and D Casey Nelson to Rochester (AHL)
3/25: Recalled D Brady Austin from Rochester (AHL); Activated F William Carrier from IR; Assigned F Hudson Fasching to Rochester

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, March 28:
Buffalo at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 2: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 3 p.m.
Monday, April 3: Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, April 5: Montreal at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 8: Buffalo at Florida, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
PANTHERS at SABRES

  • This is the third of four meetings between the Sabres and Panthers this season.
  • Last meeting: Florida defeated Buffalo 4-3 (SO) in Florida on Dec. 20
  • Next meeting: Saturday, April 8 in Florida
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Panthers; 3-6-1 at home.
  • This is the 91st game all-time between Buffalo and Florida; Buffalo has a 47-35-8 series record.
  • The Sabres are 26-16-4 at home against the Panthers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 14-6-4 all-time on March 27.
  • March 27, 1990: Mike Foligno records his 500th point as a member of the Sabres in a 6-5 win at Detroit. Foligno finished his Sabres career with 511 points in 664 games.
  • March 27, 2010: Jason Pominville scores to record his 300th NHL point in a 7-1 win at home against Tampa Bay.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 7-1-1 in their last nine games against Atlantic Division opponents, including a 3-0-1 at KeyBank Center. A win or overtime loss tonight would give the team it’s best 10-game stretch against divisional opponents since the 2010-11 season.
  • Buffalo is 43-for-49 (87.8%) on the penalty kill in their last 19 games.
  • If he dresses, tonight will be Brian Gionta’s 1,000th NHL game.

TAMING THE CATS

  • Ryan O’Reilly has 14 points (5+9) in his last 12 games against the Panthers, including points in 10 of those contests and four two-point games.
  • Sam Reinhart has seven points (5+2) in his last five games against Florida, including two points in each of his last three.
  • Evander Kane has 16 points (11+5) in his last 15 games against the Panthers.
  • The Panthers are one of only six NHL teams (excluding the Sabres) that Jack Eichel has not yet recorded a goal against.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel has not gone two games without a point since Jan. 31 and Feb. 2. In the 25 games since, Eichel has totaled 32 points (11+21).
  • Tyler Ennis has three assists in his last three games.
  • Kyle Okposo recorded two assists in his return the lineup on Saturday vs. Toronto and now has 14 points (4+10) in his last 15 games played.
  • Robin Lehner has stopped 192 of 204 shots (.941) in his last six appearances.

#G1000NTA
Brian Gionta
is expected to appear in his 1,000th NHL game tonight. If he dresses, Buffalo’s captain will become the…

  • 312th NHL player (23rd active player) to play in 1,000 games.
  • 43rd American player to reach the milestone.
  • 10th player to appear in his 1,000th game as a member of the Sabres.

Gionta’s Career Breakdown
Games played for New Jersey – 473 (2001-02 to 2008-09)
Games played for Montreal –  303 (2009-10 to 2013-14)
Games played for Buffalo – 224* (2014-15 to Present)
1st NHL Game – 12/30/2001 at Edmonton (with New Jersey)
500th NHL Game – 1/14/2010 vs. Dallas (with Montreal)
1,000th NHL Game – 3/27/2017 vs. Florida* (with Buffalo)

Facts from the day of Gionta’s first NHL game (Dec. 30, 2001)
No. 1 Song:
“How You Remind Me” by Nickelback
No. 1 Album: “Weathered” by Creed
No. 1 Movie: “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”
Top-Selling Holiday Toy: Bratz Dolls
NFL Results: Alex Van Pelt led the Buffalo Bills to a 14-9 win over Vinny Testaverde and the New York Jets.

Other players to appear in their 1,000th NHL game as a member of the Sabres

Player Date Opponent
Dick Duff March 7, 1971 vs. Toronto
Gilbert Perreault Jan. 29, 1984 vs. Pittsburgh
Craig Ramsay Oct. 28, 1984 vs Calgary
Don Lever Jan. 27, 1986 at Montreal
Phil Russell March 12, 1986 at Chicago
Dale Hawerchuk Feb. 4, 1995 at Florida
Charlie Huddy March 8, 1996 at Anaheim
James Patrick Dec. 4, 1999 vs. NY Rangers
Mike Grier Nov. 3, 2010 vs. Boston

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s 17th of a league-high 19 sets of back-to-back games this season, which will continue tomorrow night at Columbus. The Sabres are 7-6-3 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 6-9-1 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets this season is: four points (2), three points (2), two points (7), one point (2) and zero points (3).

HOME COOKIN’

  • Ryan O’Reilly has 27 points (9+18) in his last 24 home games.
  • Jack Eichel has 32 points (13+19) in 27 home games this season, including 10 multi-point outings.
  • Evander Kane has 11 points (8+3) in his last 10 home games.
  • Kyle Okposo has 13 points (5+8) in his last 13 home games, including two points in each of his last three.

JACK ATTACK

  • In the time since his Nov. 29 return from an injury that sidelined him for 21 games, Jack Eichel is tied for sixth among all NHL skaters with 53 points (23+30) and leads the league with 220 shots on goal.
  • Eichel has logged 38 points (15+23) in his last 33 games, including 11 multi-point outings during that stretch. The Sabres are 13-2-0 this season (and 22-5-0 in his career) when he has at least two points.
  • Eichel’s .98 points per game rank him ninth among all players with at least 20 games played this season.

*All rankings before 3/26 games.

THE KANE EVENT

  • Evander Kane has scored each of his 26 goals this season in his last 51 games.
  • Kane is tied for 11th in the NHL with 23 even-strength goals despite not scoring his first until Dec. 3.
  • Since Dec. 1, Kane ranks sixth among all NHL skaters in goals (26) and leads the league in even-strength goals (23).

*All rankings before 3/26 games.

SOPHOMORE SURGE
In their second full NHL seasons, Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart have each improved on their points-per-game totals from 2015-16.

2015-16

2016-17

Jack Eichel

Sam Reinhart

Jack Eichel

Sam Reinhart

G/GP

.30 (25)

.29 (24)

.43 (35)

.23 (19)

A/GP

.40 (33)

.24 (20)

.56 (46)

.38 (31)

P/GP

.69 (57)

.53 (43)

.98 (80)

.62 (51)

SOG/GP

2.9 (238)

2.1 (172)

4.1 (334)

2.3 (190)

(82-game pace in parentheses)

THEY’VE GOT THE POWER

  • The Sabres rank first in the league with a 24.5% success rate on the power play.
  • Buffalo has not finished a season ranked in the top five in power-play percentage since the 2005-06 season (third, 21.2%) and the team has led the league only once (1991-92, 22.5%)
  • The team’s current power-play percentage would rank as the third-best conversion rate in franchise history and the best since the team’s 25.4% mark in 1975-76. It would be the 13th-best season by any team since the league began publishing the stat in 1987-88.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 3/26 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 24.5% PP% (1st)
  • Eichel: 4.1 S/GP (1st)
  • Foligno: 266 hits (3rd)
  • Kane: 3.6 S/GP (7th)
  • Lehner: .922 SV% (9th)
  • Moulson: 11 PPG (T-8th)
  • Nilsson: .930 EV SV% (9th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:37 TOI/GP (1st, forwards), 57.8 FO% (6th)
  • Ristolainen: 24 PPA (T-2nd), 26:42 TOI (5th), 156 BkS (7th), 25 PPP (T-8th), 39 A (T-6th, defensemen)

BUF-FLA Connections
Former Sabres:

  • Mark Pysyk was taken by the Sabres in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft. In 125 games over four seasons, Pysyk recorded 26 points (5+21).

Former Panthers:

  • Dmitry Kulikov played seven seasons in Florida before coming to Buffalo in a trade on June 25, 2016. Drafted in the first round (14th overall) by Florida in 2009, Kulikov was the second-ranked defenseman in goals (28), assists (110) and points (138) in 460 games for the Panthers from 2009 to 2016.

Jack Eichel:

  • Was named to Team North America for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey along with Aaron Ekblad and Vincent Trochek.

Tyler Ennis:

  • Played at the 2015 World Championship with Aaron Ekblad on Team Canada.
  • Shares a birthplace of Edmonton, Alberta with Alex Petrovic.

Zemgus Girgensons:

  • Spent the 2011-12 season playing with Michael Matheson for the Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL).

Evander Kane:

  • Represented Canada alongside James Reimer at the 2011 World Championship.

Jake McCabe:

  • Represented the United States alongside Vincent Trochek at the 2013 World Junior Championship and the 2014 World Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Represented the United States alongside Keith Yandle at the 2010 World Championship.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • He and Aaron Ekblad share a birthdate. O’Reilly was born on Feb. 7, 1991, and Ekblad was born on Feb. 7, 1996. The two also played together for Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.
  • Played alongside Michael Matheson when Team Canada participated in the 2016 World Championships.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey with Aleksander Barkov and Jussi Jokinen. He and Aleksander Barkov were also teammates at the 2012 World Junior Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Nicolas Deslauriers (84th overall) and Reilly Smith (69th overall) were both taken in the third round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Alexander Barkov (2nd overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Aaron Ekblad (1st overall) were the top two picks in the 2014 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (266), Ristolainen (186), Gorges (133)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (156), McCabe (108), Gorges (100)
Shots: Kane (229), Eichel (220), Ristolainen (177)

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: 4-4-2 (10), 27/31, 7/34, 21/28
41-50: 4-5-1 (9), 28/33, 6/27, 21/28
51-60: 6-4-0 (12), 26/25, 6/25, 24/30
61-70: 2-7-1 (5), 31/39, 9/30, 24/29
71-80: 3-2-0 (6), 10/9, 4/8, 12/13

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-6; 108-111 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)
Jan. 20 vs. DET: W, 3-2 (GWG-Okposo)
Jan. 21 at MTL: W, 3-2 (GWG-Bogosian)
Jan. 24 at NSH: W, 5-4 (GWG-Eichel)

Feb. 2 vs. NYR: L, 2-1 (GWG-Kreider)
Feb. 7 vs. SJS: W, 5-4 (GWG-Kane)
Feb. 28 vs. NSH: L, 5-4 (GWG-Forsberg)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (2-6; 69-64 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)
March 4 vs. TBL: L, 2-1 (GDG-Point)
March 17 at ANA: W, 2-1 (GDG-Girgensons)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Brian Gionta … 1 game … 1,000 NHL games
Kyle Okposo … 7 games … 600 NHL games
Goals
Tyler Ennis … 4 goals … 100 NHL goals
Assists
Brian Gionta … 3 assists … 300 NHL assists
Points
Evander Kane … 3 points … 300 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
Dmitry Kulikov … 500th NHL game … 3/25 vs. TOR

Post-Game Report: 3/25 vs. Toronto

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Maple Leafs
(35-24-15)
1 1 0 2 34
Sabres
(31-32-12)
2 3 0 5 38

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • After tonight’s Sabres win, the home team has won 24 of the last 28 games between Buffalo and Toronto.
    • The Sabres are now 18-2-1 in their last 21 home games against the Maple Leafs, who haven’t won in consecutive visits to Buffalo since March 21 and Dec. 21, 2008.
  • With two goals and an assist, Jack Eichel recorded his fifth three-point game of the season and the sixth of his career.
    • It was Eichel’s 11th multi-point game in his last 33 games. The Sabres improved to 13-2-0 this season (and 22-5-0 in his career) when Eichel records at least two points.
    • Eichel now has eight points (3+5) in six career games against the Maple Leafs.
  • The Sabres improved to 10-0-1 in 2016-17 when Ryan O’Reilly (1+1) records two or more points in a game.
  • Dmitry Kulikov, playing in his 500th NHL game tonight, notched his 10th career power-play goal and his first since Feb. 10, 2015 vs. Anaheim.
  • With his goal, Evander Kane now has nine points (7+2) in his last nine games against the Maple Leafs.
  • Sam Reinhart’s assist tonight gave him four points (1+3) in four games against the Maple Leafs this season.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Maple Leafs
Andersen
McElhinney
ND
L
.875
.864
6.11
4.50
Sabres Lehner W .941 2.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Maple Leafs
Andersen
McElhinney
30-15-14
6-6-2
.919
.921
2.64
2.61
Sabres Lehner 21-23-8 .921 2.61

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian

Sabres defenseman Dmitry Kulikov

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock

Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews

Maple Leafs forward Connor Brown

Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly

Maple Leafs goaltender Curtis McElhinney

SABRES ASSIGN FASCHING TO ROCHESTER

BUFFALO, N.Y. (March 25, 2017) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has assigned forward Hudson Fasching to the Rochester Americans (AHL).

SABRES RECALL AUSTIN

BUFFALO, N.Y. (March 25, 2017) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has recalled defenseman Brady Austin from the Rochester Americans (AHL).

Austin (6’4”, 230 lbs., 6/16/1993) joins the team for the second time this week after making his NHL debut and recording four shots on goal in his first two games with the Sabres on March 20 and 21. The Bobcaygeon, Ontario native has recorded nine points (2+7) and 51 penalty minutes in 62 games for the Amerks this season.

Game Preview: 3/25/17 vs. TOR

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, March 21
Pittsburgh 3 at Buffalo 1
Goals: Reinhart
Goalie: Lehner (31 saves/34 shots)
PP: 0/1; PK: 3/4; Shots: Pittsburgh 34 – Buffalo 30

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 368)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 74 games
Johan Larsson (wrist, Jan. 3; injured reserve) – 38 games
William Carrier (knee, Feb.4) – 24 games
Kyle Okposo (ribs, March 4) – 10 games
Dmitry Kulikov (upper body, March 5) – 9 games
Justin Falk (calf, March 16) – 4 games
Cody Franson (undisclosed; March 20) – 2 games
Taylor Fedun (foot; March 20) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/20:
Recalled D Brady Austin and D Casey Nelson from Rochester (AHL)
3/23: Assigned F Justin Bailey, D Brady Austin and D Casey Nelson to Rochester (AHL)
3/25: Recalled D Brady Austin from Rochester (AHL); Activated F William Carrier from IR; Assigned F Hudson Fasching to Rochester

UPCOMING GAMES
Monday, March 27:
Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 28: Buffalo at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 2: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 3 p.m.
Monday, April 3: Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, April 5: Montreal at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
MAPLE LEAFS at SABRES

  • This is the fourth of five meetings between the Sabres and Maple Leafs this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Toronto 3-1 in Toronto on Feb. 11
  • Next meeting: Monday, April 3 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Maple Leafs; 8-1-1 at home.
  • This is the 205th game all-time between Buffalo and Toronto; Buffalo has a 112-66-26 series record.
  • The Sabres are 68-26-8 at home against the Maple Leafs all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-8-3 all-time on March 25.
  • March 25, 1992: Donald Audette scores twice in 14 seconds as the Sabres improve to 30-16-2 against the Maple Leafs at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium. The team would finish with a 32-16-3 record against Toronto at the Aud.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Buffalo chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association has selected Brian Gionta as the Sabres’ nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.
  • Evander Kane has eight points (6+2) in his last eight games against Toronto.
  • Jack Eichel has five points (1+4) in five career games against the Maple Leafs.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled three points (1+2) in three games against Toronto this season.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel has not gone two games without a point since Jan. 31 and Feb. 2. In the 24 games since, Eichel has totaled 29 points (9+20).
  • Jake McCabe has recorded eight (2+6) of his 19 points in his last 13 games, averaging 21:36 of ice time per game during that stretch.
  • Robin Lehner has stopped 160 of 170 shots (.941) in his last five appearances.

HOME SWEET HOME

  • The home team has won 23 of the last 28 games between the Sabres and the Maple Leafs.
  • The Sabres are 17-2-1 in their last 20 home games against the Maple Leafs. Toronto’s win in Buffalo on Nov. 3, 2016 snapped a seven-game winning streak for the Sabres that lasted 1,373 days.
  • Each team has won its last road game the series, marking the first time the Sabres and Maple Leafs have won in each other’s arenas in the same season since 2012-13.
  • The Maple Leafs haven’t won consecutive games in Buffalo since March 21 and Dec. 12, 2008.

HOME COOKIN’

  • Ryan O’Reilly has 25 points (8+17) in his last 23 home games.
  • Jack Eichel has 29 points (11+18) in 26 home games this season, including nine multi-point outings.
  • Evander Kane has 10 points (7+3) in his last nine home games.

JACK ATTACK

  • In the time since his Nov. 29 return from an injury that sidelined him for 21 games, Jack Eichel is tied for 10th among all NHL skaters with 50 points (21+29) and leads the league with 216 shots on goal.
  • Eichel has logged 35 points (13+22) in his last 32 games, including 10 multi-point outings during that stretch. The Sabres are 12-2-0 this season (and 21-5-0 in his career) when he has at least two points.
  • Eichel’s .94 points per game rank him 12th among all players with at least 20 games played this season.

*All rankings before 3/24 games.

THE KANE EVENT

  • Evander Kane has scored each of his 25 goals this season in his last 50 games.
  • Kane is tied for 13th in the NHL with 22 even-strength goals despite not scoring his first until Dec. 3.
  • Since Dec. 1, Kane is tied for sixth among all NHL skaters in goals (25) and leads the league in even-strength goals (22).

*All rankings before 3/24 games.

SOPHOMORE SURGE
In their second full NHL seasons, Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart have each improved on their points-per-game totals from 2015-16.

2015-16

2016-17

Jack Eichel

Sam Reinhart

Jack Eichel

Sam Reinhart

G/GP

.30 (25)

.29 (24)

.40 (32)

.24 (19)

A/GP

.40 (33)

.24 (20)

.55 (45)

.38 (31)

P/GP

.69 (57)

.53 (43)

.94 (77)

.61 (50)

SOG/GP

2.9 (238)

2.1 (172)

4.1 (334)

2.4 (192)

(82-game pace in parentheses)

THEY’VE GOT THE POWER

  • The Sabres rank second in the league with a 23.9% success rate on the power play.
  • Buffalo has not finished a season ranked in the top five in power-play percentage since the 2005-06 season (third, 21.2%) and the team has led the league only once (1991-92, 22.5%)
  • The team’s current power-play percentage would rank as the fourth-best conversion rate in franchise history and the best since the team’s 24.4% mark in 1979-80. It would be the 21st-best season by any team since the league began publishing the stat in 1987-88.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 3/24 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 23.9% PP% (2nd)
  • Eichel: 4.1 S/GP (1st)
  • Foligno: 264 hits (3rd)
  • Kane: 3.6 S/GP (8th)
  • Lehner: .921 SV% (8th)
  • Moulson: 11 PPG (T-7th)
  • Nilsson: .920 SV% (10th), .930 EV SV% (10th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:39 TOI/GP (1st, forwards), 57.9 FO% (6th)
  • Ristolainen: 24 PPA (2nd), 26:42 TOI (5th), 156 BkS (7th), 25 PPP (T-8th), 39 A (6th, defensemen)

BUF-TOR Connections
Jack Eichel:

  • Represented team North America alongside Auston Matthews at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. The two also played together for the United States National Team Development Program in 2013-14.
  • Played for the United States alongside Connor Carrick at the 2014 World Junior Championship. The two also played together for the United States National TeamDevelopment Program from 2010-2012.
  • Teammates with Jake Gardiner for Team USA at the 2015 World Championship.

Hudson Fasching:

  • Represented the United States alongside Auston Matthews at the 2016 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Connor Carrick for Team USA at the 2014 World Junior Championship and for the United States National Team Development Program in 2011-12.

Evander Kane

  • Shares a hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia with Morgan Rielly.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played alongside Connor Carrick for the United States National Team Development Program in 2010-11.
  • Represented the United States alongside Jake Gardiner at the 2014 World Championship.

Matt Moulson:

  • Played alongside Matt Martin for the New York Islanders from 2009-2013.

Anders Nilsson:

  • Played alongside Matt Martin for the New York Islanders from 2011-12 and then again in 2013-14.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Played alongside Matt Hunwick for the Colorado Avalanche from 2010-2014.
  • Represented Canada with Morgan Rielly at the 2016 World Championship.

Kyle Okposo

  • Played alongside Matt Martin for the New York Islanders from 2009-2016.
  • Represented the United States with James van Riemsdyk at the 2007 and 2008 World Junior Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Represented Canada with Morgan Rielly at the 2016 World Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland alongside Leo Komarov at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

NHL Draft

  • Zach Bogosian (3rd overall), Jake Gardiner (17th overall) and Tyler Ennis (26th overall) were all first-round selections in the 2008 NHL Draft.
  • Evander Kane (4th overall), Nazem Kadri (7th overall) and Dmitry Kulikov (14th overall) were all first-round selections in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Morgan Rielly (5th overall) and Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and William Nylander (8th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2014 NHL Draft.
  • Jack Eichel (2nd overall) and Mitchell Marner (4th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2015 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (264), Ristolainen (186), Gorges (131)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (156), McCabe (105), Gorges (100)
Shots: Kane (221), Eichel (216), Ristolainen (177)

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: 4-4-2 (10), 27/31, 7/34, 21/28
41-50: 4-5-1 (9), 28/33, 6/27, 21/28
51-60: 6-4-0 (12), 26/25, 6/25, 24/30
61-70: 2-7-1 (5), 31/39, 9/30, 24/29
71-80: 2-2-0 (4), 5/7, 2/6, 9/10

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-6; 108-111 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)
Jan. 20 vs. DET: W, 3-2 (GWG-Okposo)
Jan. 21 at MTL: W, 3-2 (GWG-Bogosian)
Jan. 24 at NSH: W, 5-4 (GWG-Eichel)

Feb. 2 vs. NYR: L, 2-1 (GWG-Kreider)
Feb. 7 vs. SJS: W, 5-4 (GWG-Kane)
Feb. 28 vs. NSH: L, 5-4 (GWG-Forsberg)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (2-6; 69-64 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)
March 4 vs. TBL: L, 2-1 (GDG-Point)
March 17 at ANA: W, 2-1 (GDG-Girgensons)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Dmitry Kulikov … 1 game … 500 NHL games
Brian Gionta … 2 games … 1,000 NHL games
Kyle Okposo … 8 games … 600 NHL games
Goals
Tyler Ennis … 4 goals … 100 NHL goals
Assists
Brian Gionta … 3 assists … 300 NHL assists
Points
Evander Kane … 4 points … 300 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
Brady Austin … 1st NHL game … 3/20 at DET