Game Preview: 2/26/17 at ARI

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, February 25
Buffalo 3 at Colorado 5
Goals: Reinhart. Foligno, Rodrigues
Goalie: Lehner (25 saves/29 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 1/4; PK: 2/2; Shots: Buffalo 37 – Colorado 30

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 300)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 61 games
Johan Larsson (wrist, Jan. 3; injured reserve) – 25 games
William Carrier (knee, Feb.4; injured reserve) – 11 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/20:
Assigned F Justin Bailey, F Nicholas Baptiste and F Evan Rodrigues to Rochester (AHL)
2/24: Recalled F Justin Bailey and F Evan Rodrigues from Rochester (AHL); Activated F Zemgus Girgensons from IR; Assigned F Derek Grant to Rochester

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Feb. 28:
Nashville at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 2: Arizona at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 4: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 5: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, March 7: San Jose at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES AT COYOTES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Coyotes this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Arizona 2-1 in Arizona on Jan. 18, 2016
  • Next meeting: Thursday, March 2 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Coyotes; 8-2-0 on the road.
  • This is the 75th game all-time between Buffalo and Arizona/Winnipeg; Buffalo has a 44-21-9 series record.
  • The Sabres are 20-14-2 on the road against the Coyotes/Jets all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-8-6 all-time on February 26.
  • February 26, 1987: Wilf Paiement records the 99th hat trick in Sabres history in a 4-3 win against the visiting St. Louis Blues.
  • February 26, 1995: Dominik Hasek plays his 100th game as a member of the Sabres against the New York Rangers.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Buffalo is 10-1-1 in its last 12 games against Arizona, including a 5-0-1 record since the beginning of the 2013-14 season.
  • With a point tonight, the Sabres would have points in seven straight games against the Coyotes/Jets for the first time since they won a series-best seven straight games against the Jets from March 20, 1989 to March 13, 1991.

SCORCHING HOT IN THE DESERT
The Sabres have won their last six games in Arizona, with the last loss taking place on Jan. 21, 2008. It is the longest road winning streak the Sabres have had against the Coyotes/Jets franchise. Buffalo is 9-4-0 in 13 road games against the Coyotes since they relocated from Winnipeg prior to the 1996-97 season.

COYOTE KILLERS

  • Brian Gionta has 10 points (4+6) in his last 10 games against the Coyotes.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has nine points (4+5) in his last nine games against the Coyotes, including at least a point in each of the last six matchups and each of the five road games during that stretch.
  • Kyle Okposo has eight points (3+5) in eight career games against the Coyotes.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has five points (2+3) in four career matchups with Arizona, including at least a point in each game.
  • Zemgus Girgensons has totaled four points (1+3) in three career games against the Coyotes, including at least a point in each of the three.
  • Tyler Ennis has four points (3+1) in four career games against the Coyotes.
  • Jack Eichel has three points (1+2) in two career games against Arizona.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel has logged 19 points (5+14) in his last 19 games, including six multi-point outings. The Sabres are 10-0-0 this season (and 19-3-0 in his career) when he has at least two points.
  • Evander Kane has 15 points (9+6) in his last 15 games.
  • Sam Reinhart has seven points (3+4) in his last seven games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has a point in nine of his last 11 games (1+8). He enters tonight’s game on a career-best six-game point streak.

HOW THE WEST WAS WON

  • Tonight is the Sabres’ fifth game in a seven-game stretch against Western Conference teams. Buffalo is 2-2-0 in the first four games.
  • The Sabres are 12-8-2 in all games against the Western Conference this season and 10-5-2 in their last 17 games against the Pacific Division.

THEY’VE GOT THE POWER

  • The Sabres finished last night’s game ranked third in the league with a 22.6% 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%).
  • The team’s current power-play percentage would rank as the ninth-best conversion rate in franchise history and the best since the team’s 22.6% mark in 1993-94. It would be the 49th-best season by any team since the league began publishing the stat in 1987-88.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s 12th of a league-high 19 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began last night with a 5-3 loss at Colorado. The Sabres are 6-4-2 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 4-6-1 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 (4), one point (1) and zero points (2).

THE KANE EVENT
Evander Kane
has scored each of his 21 goals this season in his last 37 games, including a team-high 20 even-strength goals. Since Dec. 1, he is tied for second among all NHL skaters in goals (21), leads the league in even-strength goals (20) and is tied for fifth in shots on goal (142).

*All rankings before as on the conclusion of last night’s game.

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)

.33 (27)

.24 (19)

A/GP

.40 (33)

.24 (20)

.53 (43)

.41 (33)

P/GP

.69 (57)

.53 (43)

.85 (70)

.64 (53)

SOG/GP

2.9 (238)

2.1 (172)

4.0 (326)

2.3 (186)

(82-game pace in parentheses)

ASSIST-OLAINEN
Rasmus Ristolainen
finished last night’s game tied for 21st among all NHL skaters with 33 assists this season.

  • Ristolainen has recorded an assist on 22.8 percent of his teammates’ goals. 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 21 goals to fall below 20 percent.

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

  • Buffalo Sabres: 22.6% PP% (3rd)
  • Eichel: 4.0 S/GP (2nd)
  • Foligno: 210 hits (3rd)
  • Kane: 20 EVG (T-6th)
  • Lehner: .925 SV% (7th), .931 EV SV% (10th)
  • Nilsson: .934 EV SV% (5th), .922 SV% (9th)
  • Okposo: 20 PPP (T-10th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:37 TOI/GP (1st, forwards), 57.9 FO% (6th)
  • Ristolainen: 20 PPA (1st), 26:56 TOI (4th), 20 PPP (T-7th), 33 A (T-5th, defensemen)

BUF-ARI Connections
Former Sabres:

  • Jamie McGinn recorded 27 points (14+13) in 63 games for the Sabres during the 2015-16 season.

Dan Bylsma:

  • Coached Alex Goligoski for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2008-2011.

Justin Bailey:

  • Teammates with Tobias Rieder for the Kitchener Rangers (OHL) during the 2012-13 season.
  • Played with Anthony DeAngelo for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) during the 2014-15 season.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Teammates with Alexander Burmistrov during the 2010-11 season for the Atlanta Thrashers and from 2011-2013 for the Winnipeg Jets.

Jack Eichel:

  • Represented the United States alongside Connor Murphy at the 2015 World Championship.

Tyler Ennis:

  • Represented Canada alongside Mike Smith at the 2015 World Championship.

Cody Franson:

  • He and Peter Holland both played for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2013-2015.

Brian Gionta:

  • Played with Ryan White for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2014.

Josh Gorges

  • Played with Kyle Chipchura for the Montreal Canadiens from 2007-2010.
  • Played with Ryan White for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2014.

Evander Kane:

  • He and Luke Schenn played for Team Canada at the 2011 and 2012 World Championships.
  • Teammates with Alexander Burmistrov during the 2010-11 season for the Atlanta Thrashers and from 2011-2013 for the Winnipeg Jets.

Jake McCabe:

  • Represented the United States alongside Connor Murphy at the 2013 World Junior Championship and at the 2014 and 2016 World Championships.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Represented the United States alongside Alex Goligoski at the 2012 World Championship.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Represented Canada alongside Mike Smith at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships.
  • Teammates with Max Domi for Team Canada at the 2016 World Championship.
  • He and Luke Schenn played for Team Canada at the 2012 and 2013 World Championships.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Played with Max Domi and Anthony Duclair for Team Canada at the 2015 World Junior Championship where Canada won the gold medal and Reinhart and Domi were named to the tournament All-Star team.
  • Teammates with Max Domi for Team Canada at the 2016 World Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Evander Kane (4th overall) was taken two picks before Oliver Ekman-Larsson (6th overall) in the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Jake McCabe (44th overall) and Jordan Martinook (58th overall) were both second-round picks in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Max Domi (12th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (210), Ristolainen (154), Gorges (100)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (137), McCabe (82), Gorges (79)
Shots: Kane (167), Eichel (159), Okposo/Ristolainen (144)

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: 0-1-0 (0), 3/5, 1/4, 2/2

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-5; 108-110 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)

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

Tyler Ennis … 2 games … 400 NHL games
Dmitry Kulikov … 5 games … 500 NHL games
Goals
Tyler Ennis … 4 goals … 100 NHL goals
Assists
Brian Gionta … 6 assists … 300 NHL assists

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Game Preview: 2/25/17 at COL

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Sunday, February 19
Chicago 5 at Buffalo 1
Goals: Kane
Goalie: Lehner (32 saves/37 shots)
PP: 0/4; PK: 3/3; Shots: Chicago 37 – Buffalo 26

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 297)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 60 games
Johan Larsson (wrist, Jan. 3; injured reserve) – 24 games
William Carrier (knee, Feb.4; injured reserve) – 10 games
Zemgus Girgensons (middle body, Feb. 9) – 7 games
Sam Reinhart (illness, Feb. 18) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/19:
Assigned D Taylor Fedun to Rochester (AHL)
2/20: Assigned F Justin Bailey, F Nicholas Baptiste and F Evan Rodrigues to Rochester (AHL)
2/24: Recalled F Justin Bailey and F Evan Rodrigues from Rochester (AHL); Activated F Zemgus Girgensons from IR; Assigned F Derek Grant to Rochester

UPCOMING GAMES
Sunday, Feb. 26:
Buffalo at Arizona, 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 28: Nashville at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 2: Arizona at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 4: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 5: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 5 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES AT AVALANCHE

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Avalanche this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Colorado 2-0 in Buffalo on Feb. 16
  • The Sabres are 2-5-3 in their last 10 games vs. the Avalanche; 4-4-2 on the road.
  • This is the 141st game all-time between Buffalo and Colorado; Buffalo has a 61-55-24 series record.
  • The Sabres are 23-34-13 on the road against the Avalanche all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-7-3 all-time on February 25.
  • February 25, 1978: The Sabres and Cleveland Barons combine for 16 goals as the Sabres pick up a 13-3 road victory. Danny Gare tallied five points (3+2) and Andre Savard, Jerry Korab and Gary McAdam each scored two goals in the game.
  • February 25, 1998: Dominik Hasek makes 33 saves in his return from Olympic action and Geoff Sanderson scores just 1:22 into his Sabres debut as the Sabres battle to a 2-2 tie at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs, extending their unbeaten streak to 10 games (5-0-5).

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • This is the first game after a five-day break for the Sabres, who return from their bye week tonight.
  • The Sabres are looking to win their fourth game in their past five contests.
  • With a win tonight, the Sabres will have won three consecutive games against the Avalanche for the first time since March 24, 2003 to Dec. 4, 2005.
  • The Sabres last won a game in Colorado on Dec. 4, 2005, having gone 0-3-2 in the five games since then.
  • Robin Lehner has started all three games against the Avalanche since he joined the Sabres last season, stopping 90 of 93 total shots (.968).
  • Jack Eichel (1+2), Evander Kane (3+0) and Ryan O’Reilly (0+4) all have points in each of their last three games against the Avalanche.
  • Sam Reinhart has three points (2+1) in three career games against Colorado.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel has logged 18 points (5+13) in his last 18 games, including six multi-point outings. The Sabres are 10-0-0 this season (and 19-3-0 in his career) when he has at least two points.
  • Evander Kane has 15 points (9+6) in his last 14 games.
  • Sam Reinhart has six points (2+4) in his last six games, but missed the team’s last two games with an illness.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has a point in eight of his last 10 games (1+7). A point tonight would stretch his point streak to a career-high six games.
  • Robin Lehner has logged a .942 save percentage in 10 games during the month of February.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has nine points (4+5) in 11 games in February.

HOW THE WEST WAS WON

  • Tonight is the Sabres’ fourth game in a seven-game stretch against Western Conference teams. Buffalo is 2-1-0 in the first three games.
  • The Sabres are 12-7-2 in all games against the Western Conference this season and 12-6-3 in their last 21 games against the Central Division.

THEY’VE GOT THE POWER

  • The Sabres entered play Friday ranked third in the league with a 22.5% 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%).
  • The team’s current power-play percentage would rank as the ninth-best conversion rate in franchise history and the best since the team’s 22.6% mark in 1993-94. It would be the 50th-best season by any team since the league began publishing the stat in 1987-88.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s 12th of a league-high 19 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night in Arizona. The Sabres are 6-3-2 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 4-6-1 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 (4), one point (1) and zero points (2).

THE KANE EVENT
Evander Kane
has scored each of his 21 goals this season in his last 36 games, including a team-high 20 even-strength goals. Since Dec. 1, he is ranked second among all NHL skaters in goals (21), leads the league in even-strength goals (20) and ranks fifth in shots on goal (140).

*All rankings before 2/24 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)

.33 (27)

.22 (18)

A/GP

.40 (33)

.24 (20)

.51 (42)

.41 (34)

P/GP

.69 (57)

.53 (43)

.85 (69)

.64 (52)

SOG/GP

2.9 (238)

2.1 (172)

4.0 (330)

2.3 (185)

(82-game pace in parentheses)

ASSIST-OLAINEN
Rasmus Ristolainen
entered played Friday tied for 25th among all NHL skaters with 32 assists.

  • Ristolainen has recorded an assist on 22.5 percent of his teammates’ goals. 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 19 goals to fall below 20 percent.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 2/24 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 22.5% PP% (3rd)
  • Eichel: 4.0 S/GP (2nd)
  • Foligno: 209 hits (3rd)
  • Kane: 20 EVG (T-6th), 3.4 S/GP (10th)
  • Lehner: .925 SV% (7th), .933 EV SV% (8th)
  • Nilsson: .934 EV SV% (6th), .922 SV% (9th)
  • Okposo: 20 PPP (T-9th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:40 TOI/GP (1st, forwards), 57.9 FO% (6th)
  • Ristolainen: 19 PPA (T-1st), 26:58 TOI (4th), 20 PPP (T-9th), 32 A (6th, defensemen)

BUF-COL Connections
Former Sabres:

  • Buffalo selected Mikhail Grigorenko in the first round (12th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft and he had 14 points (6+8) in 68 games for the Sabres.

Former Avalanche:

  • Colorado selected Ryan O’Reilly in the second round (33rd overall) in the 2009 NHL Draft. He went on to play 427 games from 2009 to 2015 and had 246 points (90+156).

Dan Bylsma:

  • Coached Jarome Iginla for part of the 2012-13 season.

Tyler Ennis:

  • He and Jarome Iginla were both born in Edmonton, Alberta.

Justin Falk

  • Played with Rene Bourque for the Columbus Blue Jackets for part of the 2014-15 season.
  • Was a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets from 2014-2016 along with Cody Goloubef and Fedor Tyutin.

Cody Franson

  • Teammates with Joe Colborne for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2011-2013.

Brian Gionta:

  • Played alongside Rene Bourque for the Montreal Canadiens from 2011-2014.

Josh Gorges:

  • Teammates with Blake Comeau for the Kelowna Rockets (WHL) from 2001-2004.
  • Played with Rene Bourque for the Montreal Canadiens from 2011-2014.

Robin Lehner:

  • Was a member of the Ottawa Senators from 2010-2015 alongside Patrick Wiercioch.

Matt Moulson:

  • Teammates with Blake Comeau for the New York Islanders from 2009-2011.

Anders Nilsson:

  • Played for the New York Islanders during the 2011-12 season along with Blake Comeau.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for the New York Islanders alongside Blake Comeau from 2007-2011.

Evan Rodrigues:

  • Played at Boston University from 2011-2013 with Matt Nieto.

International Teammates:

  • 2009 World Junior Championship (Canada): Evander Kane, Tyler Ennis and Cody Goloubef.
  • 2010 World Championship (Canada): Evander Kane, Francois Beauchemin, Rene Bourque and Matt Duchene.
  • 2011 World Junior Championship (Canada): Marcus Foligno and Tyson Barrie.
  • 2011 World Championship (Canada): Evander Kane and Matt Duchene.
  • 2011 World Championship (Russia): Dmitry Kulikov and Fedor Tyutin.
  • 2013 World Championship (Canada): Ryan O’Reilly and Matt Duchene.
  • 2015 World Championship (Canada): Tyler Ennis, Ryan O’Reilly, Tyson Barrie, Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon.

NHL Draft:

  • Brian Gionta (82nd overall) and Francois Beauchemin (75th overall) were third-round picks in the 1998 NHL Draft.
  • Evander Kane (4th overall), Dmitry Kulikov (14th overall) and Matt Duchene (3rd overall) were all first-round selections in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Nicolas Deslauriers (82nd overall) and Tyson Barrie (64th overall) were both third-round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Mikhail Grigorenko (12th overall) were first-round picks in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall), Nathan MacKinnon (1st overall) and Nikita Zadorov (16th overall) were all first-round draft picks in the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Jack Eichel (2nd overall) and Mikko Rantanen (10th overall) were selected in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (209), Ristolainen (154), Gorges (99)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (136), McCabe (81), Gorges (78)
Shots: Kane (165), Eichel (157), Okposo (142)

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

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-5; 108-110 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)

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

Tyler Ennis … 3 games … 400 NHL games
Dmitry Kulikov … 6 games … 500 NHL games
Goals
Tyler Ennis … 4 goals … 100 NHL goals
Assists
Brian Gionta … 6 assists … 300 NHL assists

RECENT MILESTONES
Nicolas Deslauriers … 200th NHL game … Feb. 19 vs. CHI

 

SABRES RECALL BAILEY, RODRIGUES

BUFFALO, N.Y. (February 24, 2017) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has recalled forwards Justin Bailey and Evan Rodrigues from the Rochester Americans (AHL).

Bailey (6’3”, 214 lbs, 7/1/1995) joins the team for his fourth recall of the season. In his second professional campaign, the Buffalo native is tied for ninth in the AHL with 19 goals in 40 games and has totaled three points (2+1) in 19 NHL games.

Rodrigues (5’10”, 183 lbs., 7/28/1993), who has recorded two assists in eight games with the Sabres this season, joins the team for his third recall of 2016-17. He ranks third among Rochester skaters with 18 assists and fifth with 27 total points.

In a corresponding move, the Sabres have assigned forward Derek Grant to Rochester.

SABRES ASSIGN THREE TO ROCHESTER

BUFFALO, N.Y. (February 20, 2017) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has assigned forwards Justin Bailey, Nicholas Baptiste and Evan Rodrigues to the Rochester Americans (AHL).

Post-Game Report: 2/19 vs. CHI

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Blackhawks
(36-18-5)
1 2 2 5 37
Sabres
(26-24-10)
1 0 0 1 26

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • Tonight’s loss dropped the Sabres to 12-7-2 against the Western Conference and 4-6-1 in the second game of a back-to-back set this season.
  • With his goal, Evander Kane has 15 points (9+6) in his last 14 games.
    • The goal tied Kane for fifth in the NHL with 20 even-strength goals this season.
  •  Jack Eichel’s assist gives him 18 points (5+13) in his last 18 games and 19 points (7+12) in 20 home games this season.
    • Eichel leads all NHL players with 11 assists in February.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen’s assist gives him points in seven straight home games (1+6).

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Blackhawks
Darling W .960 1.01
Sabres Lehner L .865 5.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Blackhawks Darling 24-13-7 .928 2.19
Sabres Lehner 17-17-6 .925 2.54

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Evander Kane

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville

Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane

Blackhawks forward Ryan Hartman

Blackhawks goaltender Scott Darling