Game Preview: 1/15/16 vs. BOS


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Tuesday, January 12
Buffalo 3 at Minnesota 2
Goals: McGinn, Ristolainen, Gionta
Goalie: Ullmark (28 saves/30 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 1/1; Shots: Minnesota 30 – Buffalo 23

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 192)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clot, Oct. 8; injured reserve) – 43 games
Tyler Ennis (upper body, Dec. 31; injured reserve) – 6 games
Nicolas Deslauriers (lower body, Jan. 5; injured reserve) – 4 games

Recalled D Mark Pysyk from conditioning stint in Rochester (AHL)
1/14: Recalled G Robin Lehner from conditioning stint in Rochester (AHL); Assigned G Linus Ullmark to Rochester

Saturday, Jan. 16:
Washington at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 18: Buffalo at Arizona, 9 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 20: Buffalo at Colorado, 10 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 22: Detroit at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 25: Buffalo at NY Rangers, 7:30 p.m.


  • This is the second of four meetings between the Sabres and Bruins this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Boston, 6-3, in Boston on December 26
  • Next meeting: Thursday, Feb. 4 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Bruins; 5-4-1 at home.
  • This is the 279th game all-time between Buffalo and Boston; Buffalo has a 121-115-42 series record.
  • The Sabres are 73-45-22 at home against the Bruins all-time.


  • The Sabres are 9-8-3 all-time on January 15.
  • January 15, 1982: Buffalo defeats Toronto, 8-2, on the strength of a hat trick by Yvon Lambert.
  • January 15, 1992: The Sabres tie the New Jersey Devils, 8-8, in New Jersey in the highest scoring tie in franchise history. Dale Hawerchuk ties a franchise record with five assists in the game.


  • Robin Lehner has rejoined the Sabres after missing 39 games with a high ankle sprain sustained in the second period of the team’s season opener. Since returning from injured reserve, Lehner has appeared in three games during a conditioning assignment with the Rochester Americans, posting a 1-2-0 record with an .888 save percentage and a 2.88 goals-against average.
  • Evander Kane ranked eighth in the league entering Thursday’s games with 3.7 shots per game.
  • Entering play Thursday, Ryan O’Reilly (21:55) led all NHL forwards in average ice time per game and Evander Kane (21:01) ranked third.


  • The Sabres are looking for three straight wins against the Bruins for the first time since they won four in a row in 2010-11. They are also looking to avoid losing three consecutive home games against the Bruins for the first time since 2003-04 (0-2-1).
  • Jack Eichel recorded a season-high four points (2+2) on Dec. 26 at Boston, becoming the second-youngest player ever to post a four-point game for the Sabres (Phil Housley, 18 years, Oct. 17, 1982 vs. Edmonton).
  • Cody Franson has seven assists in his last five games against the Bruins, including at least one in each game.
  • Evander Kane has 12 points (9+3) in his last 17 games against the Bruins, including one in each of his last four (3+1).
  • After recording three points (2+1) when the teams last met Ryan O’Reilly has six points (4+2) in seven career games against Boston.
  • Robin Lehner has faced Boston more times than any other NHL team. In 11 career games against the Bruins, Lehner has logged a 3-5-2 record with a .925 save percentage and a 2.68 goals-against average.
  • The Sabres and Bruins have played 12 shootouts (with each team winning six), tying Buffalo’s highest total against any team (Ottawa, New Jersey)


  • Ryan O’Reilly has 20 points (10+10) in his last 20 games, a stretch that included an eight-game point streak from Nov. 28 to Dec. 14 which tied the longest streak of O’Reilly’s
  • O’Reilly (58.2%) ranked fifth in the league in faceoff percentage entering Thursday’s games. O’Reilly also led the league with 1,087 faceoffs taken, accounting for 42.0% of Buffalo’s total faceoffs.
  • O’Reilly will become the 31st player in Sabres history to appear in the NHL All-Star Game when he plays in this year’s installment on Jan. 31 in Nashville.


  • Jack Eichel enters tonight’s game with 13 points (4+9) in his last 11 games, a stretch which included a career-best, four-game point streak (2+4) from Dec. 30 to Jan. 5.
  • Eichel entered play Thursday ranked in the top 10 among NHL rookies in goals (T-3rd, 13), assists (4th, 14), points (4th, 27), shots (1st, 136) and time on ice per game (6th, 18:51).
  • If they maintain their current pace, Eichel (13+14) and Sam Reinhart (12+7) would be the first pair of Sabres rookies to surpass the 30-point mark since Thomas Vanek (48) and Jason Pominville (30) did so in 2005-06.
  • Eichel (13) and Reinhart (12) are also on pace to become the second pair of rookies in Sabres history to each record 20 goals in the same season. The first pair was Danny Gare (31) and Peter McNab (22) in 1974-75.
    • If Eichel maintains his current pace, he will become the ninth Sabres rookie to record more than 50 points in a season. He would be the first since Derek Plante (1993-94) and the second-youngest to do so, trailing Phil Housley (1982-83).


  • Entering Thursday’s games, Rasmus Ristolainen ranked in the top 15 among NHL defensemen in goals (T-10th, 8), assists (T-12th, 20), points (11th, 28), shots (9th, 108), time on ice per game (14th, 24:43) and multi-point games (T-9th, 6).
  • Ristolainen is the first Sabres defenseman to record five or more multi-point games in a season since Christian Ehrhoff had six in 2011-12. Jordan Leopold (2010-11) was the last Sabres defenseman to record seven multi-point games.
  • His four power-play goals are the most by a Sabres defenseman since 2010-11 (Jordan Leopold, 5).
  • With 28 points (8+20) in 43 games, Ristolainen is on pace for 53 points this season. If he reaches the 50-point mark, Ristolainen would be the first Sabres defenseman with 50 points in a season since Garry Galley (1995-96) and the youngest to reach that mark since Phil Housley.

Chad Johnson
has appeared in 16 games since the beginning of November, logging a 7-6-2 record with a .932 save percentage and a 2.10 goals-against average during that stretch. Johnson stopped a career-high 44 shots on Dec. 17 vs. Anaheim to earn his fourth career shutout, setting the Sabres’ franchise record for most saves in a regular-season shutout.

The Sabres have outshot their opponents in 21 of their first 43 games this season, posting a 6-14-1 record in those games. Last season, the team finished the season 5-5-0 in 10 total games when outshooting their opponents.

The Sabres have led their opponent in even-strength shot attempts (corsi) in 18 of the team’s 43 games this season, going 7-9-2 in those games. Buffalo only led their opponents in even-strength shot attempts eight times throughout the entire 2014-15 season, going 3-5-0 in those eight games. (Data courtesy of

Former Sabres:

  • Joe Sacco served as an assistant coach for the Sabres during the 2013-14 season.

Former Bruins:

  • Dave Barr played for Boston from 1981 to 1983 and had two points (1+1) in 12 games played.
  • Chad Johnson spent one season with the Bruins and posted a 17-4-3 record with a .925 save percentage and a 2.10 goals-against average during the 2013-14 campaign.

Local Players:

  • Jack Eichel was born in North Chelmsford, Massachusetts.

Dan Bylsma:

  • Coached Max Talbot for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2009-2011.

Carlo Colaiacovo:

  • Teammates with Jonas Gustavsson for the Detroit Red Wings during the 2012-13 season.
  • Played with Zac Rinaldo for the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2014-15 season.

Marcus Foligno:

  • Played with Brett Connolly for Team Canada at the 2011 World Junior Championship held in Buffalo.

Cody Franson:

  • Played with Brad Marchand for Team Canada at the 2007 World Junior Championship.
  • Teammates with Jonas Gustavsson for the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2011-12 season.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Max Talbot for Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Johan Larsson:

  • Represented Sweden alongside Loui Eriksson at the 2012 World Championship.

David Legwand:

  • Played with Landon Ferraro and Jonas Gustavsson for the Detroit Red Wings for part of the 2013-14 season.

Jake McCabe:

  • Teammates with Jimmy Hayes for the United States at the 2014 World Championship.

Jamie McGinn:

  • Played with Matt Beleskey for Team Canada at the 2006 World U18 Championship.
  • Played with Max Talbot for the Colorado Avalanche from 2013-2015.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Teammates with Brett Connolly and Landon Ferraro for Canada at the 2009 World U18 Championship.
  • Played with Max Talbot for the Colorado Avalanche from 2013-2015.

NHL Draft:

  • Ryan O’Reilly (33rd overall), Robin Lehner (46th overall) and Landon Ferraro (32nd overall) were second-round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Mark Pysyk (23rd overall) and Brett Connolly (6th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Johan Larsson (56th overall) and Ryan Spooner (45th overall) were second-round picks in the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and David Pastrnak (25th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Deslauriers (102), McGinn (90), Kane (88)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (97), Ristolainen (66), McCabe (51)
Shots: Eichel (136), Kane (121), Ristolainen (108)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK] 1-10: 3-7-0 (6), 23/32, 9/35, 19/27
11-20: 5-3-2 (12), 21/21, 5/27, 23/29
21-30: 4-5-1 (9), 29/28, 8/29, 20/23
31-40: 3-6-1 (7), 20/27, 4/35, 17/21
41-50: 2-1-0 (4), 8/7, 1/7, 3/4

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-1; 100-102 all-time)
Oct. 27 at PHI: W, 4-3 (GWG-Girgensons, 2:29)

Nov. 14 vs. SJS: L, 2-1 (GWG-Marleau, 2:59)
Dec. 12 vs. LAK: W, 2-1 (GWG-O’Reilly, 3:19)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-3; 66-54 all-time)
Oct. 21 vs. TOR: W, 2-1 (GDG-Moulson)

Nov. 19 at STL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Steen)
Dec. 1 at DET: L, 5-4 (GDG-Richards)
Dec. 19 vs. CHI: L, 3-2 (GDG-Kane)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

David Legwand … 3 games … 1,100 career games played
Evander Kane … 6 games … 400 career games played
Zach Bogosian … 2 assists … 100 career assists
Josh Gorges … 4 assists … 100 career assists


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