Game Preview: 1/25/16 at NYR

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LAST GAME
Friday, January 22
Detroit 3 at Buffalo 0
Goals: N/A
Goalie: Lehner (42 saves/44 shots)
PP: 0/1; PK: 4/4; Shots: Detroit 45 – Buffalo 19

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 214)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clot, Oct. 8; injured reserve) – 48 games
Tyler Ennis (upper body, Dec. 31; injured reserve) – 11 games
Nicolas Deslauriers (lower body, Jan. 5; injured reserve) – 9 games
Zemgus Girgensons (upper body, Jan. 16; injured reserve) – 4 games
Sam Reinhart (upper body, Jan. 22) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/22:
Recalled F Cal O’Reilly from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Jan. 26:
Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 3: Buffalo at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 4: Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 6: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 9: Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at RANGERS

  • This is the first of three meetings between the Sabres and Rangers this season.
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, March 8 in Buffalo
  • Last meeting: New York defeated Buffalo, 2-0, in Buffalo on March 14, 2015
  • The Sabres are 2-7-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Rangers; 4-3-3 on the road.
  • This is the 172nd game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo has a 78-60-33 series record.
  • The Sabres are 31-33-20 on the road against the Rangers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 12-6-2 all-time on January 25.
  • January 25, 1977: Rick Martin scores two third-period goals – including the game-winner – to lead the Wales Conference All-Star Team to a 4-3 victory, earning MVP honors.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Buffalo needs a win tonight to avoid the team’s first-ever eight-game losing streak to the Rangers. The Sabres have not gone winless in eight straight games against the Rangers since going 0-10-2 in the first 12 meetings in franchise history, spanning the 1970-71 and 1971-72 seasons.
  • Cody Franson has four points (1+3) in his last four games against the Rangers.
  • In three games since returning from a high ankle sprain that sidelined him for 39 games, Robin Lehner has logged a .936 save percentage and a 2.36 goals-against average.
  • Tonight is Evander Kane’s 400th NHL game. Kane ranked fourth in the league entering play Sunday with 3.9 shots per game. Kane is the only player in the league to lead his team in both shots per game (3.9) and hits per game (2.8).
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 21 points (7+14) in 22 road games this season, including one in each of his last five.
  • Entering Sunday’s games, Ryan O’Reilly (21:53) led all NHL forwards in average ice time per game and Evander Kane (21:06) ranked second.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s eighth of 15 sets of back-to-back games this season, which concludes tomorrow night at Ottawa. The Sabres are 2-5-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 3-4-0 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets this season is: four points (1), three points (0), two points (3), one point (0) and zero points (3).

KILLING IT
The Sabres have gone six straight games without allowing a power-play goal, killing 19 consecutive penalties during that span

  • The six-game stretch without allowing a power-play goal is the team’s longest since they killed off all 14 penalties in a six-game span from Dec. 7 to Dec. 19, 2013. They haven’t done so in seven straight since they went nine consecutive games without allowing a power-play goal from Feb. 25 to March 12, 2012 (19-for-19).
  • Buffalo’s 19 straight penalties killed is the team’s highest total since the Sabres killed 21 consecutive penalties from Feb. 24 to March 14, 2012.

THE O’REILLY FACTOR

  • Ryan O’Reilly has 23 points (10+13) in his last 25 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 career.
  • O’Reilly (57.2%) ranked seventh in the league in faceoff percentage before Sunday’s games. O’Reilly also leads the league with 1,216 faceoffs taken, accounting for 42.4% 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.

YOUNG GUNS

  • Jack Eichel enters tonight’s game with 16 points (5+11) in his last 16 games, a stretch which included a career-best, four-game point streak (2+4) from Dec. 30 to Jan. 5.
  • Eichel entered Sunday’s games ranked in the top five among NHL rookies in goals (3rd, 14), assists (4th, 16), points (4th, 30), shots (1st, 145) and time on ice per game (5th, 18:43).
  • If they maintain their current pace, Eichel (14+16) and Sam Reinhart (12+9) 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 (14) 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.
  • With 30 points (14+16) in 48 games, Eichel is on pace for 51 points this season. If he reaches the 50-point mark, 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 only Phil Housley (1982-83).

FINNISHING TOUCH

  • Before Sunday’s games, Rasmus Ristolainen ranked in the top 15 among NHL defensemen in goals (T-11th, 8), assists (T-10th, 23), points (T-10th, 31), shots (11th, 116), time on ice per game (12th, 25:04) and multi-point games (T-5th, 7).
  • Ristolainen is the first Sabres defenseman to record seven multi-point games in a season since Jordan Leopold in 2010-11. Jaroslav Spacek (10 multi-point games in 2008-09) was the last Sabres defenseman to record more than seven.
  • His four power-play goals are the most by a Sabres defenseman since 2010-11 (Jordan Leopold, 5).
  • With 31 points (8+23) in 48 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.

JOHNNY ON THE SPOT
Chad Johnson
has appeared in 18 games since the beginning of November, logging a 9-6-2 record with a .936 save percentage and a 1.98 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.

OUTSHOOTING OPPONENTS
The Sabres have outshot their opponents in 23 of 48 games this season, posting a 7-15-1 record in those games. Last season, the team finished the season 5-5-0 in 10 total games when outshooting their opponents.

POSSESSION PROGRESSION
The Sabres have led their opponent in even-strength shot attempts (corsi) in 19 of the team’s 48 games this season, going 8-9-2 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 war-on-ice.com)

BUF-NYR CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Dominic Moore was a member of the Sabres for part of the 2008-09 season, contributing four points (1+3) in 18 games.
  • Daniel Paille was drafted by the Sabres in the first round (20th overall) of the 2002 NHL Draft. He went on to have 77 points (35+42) in 195 games for Buffalo from 2005-2009.

Former Rangers:

  • Dave Barr played six games for New York during the 1983-84 season.
  • Chad Johnson played six games for the rangers from 2009 to 2011 and posted a 4-1-1 record with a 2.59 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage.

Dan Bylsma:

  • Coached Tanner Glass for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2012-2014.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Played with Tanner Glass for the Winnipeg Jets during the 2011-12 season.

Carlo Colaiacovo:

  • Teammates with Rick Nash for Team Canada at the 2002 World Junior Championship and the 2011 World Championship.

Cody Franson:

  • Represented Canada alongside Marc Staal at the 2007 World Junior Championship.
  • Played with Kevin Klein for the Nashville Predators from 2009-2011.
  • Teammates with Viktor Stalberg for the Nashville Predators during the 2014-15 season.

Brian Gionta:

  • Played with Dominic Moore for the Montreal Canadiens during the 2009-10 season.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Kevin Klein for Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Chad Johnson:

  • Teammates with Marc Staal for Team Canada at the 2010 World Championship.
  • Played with Keith Yandle for the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2012-13 season.
  • Teammates with Daniel Paille for the Boston Bruins during the 2013-14 season.

Evander Kane:

  • Teammates with Marc Staal for Team Canada at the 2010 World Championship.
  • Played with Tanner Glass for the Winnipeg Jets during the 2011-12 season.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played with Jesper Fast and Oscar Lindberg for Team Sweden at the 2011 World Junior Championship held in Buffalo.

David Legwand:

  • Played with Kevin Klein for the Nashville Predators from 2005-2014.
  • Teammates with Viktor Stalberg for the Nashville Predators during the 2013-14 season.

Robin Lehner:

  • Played with Jesper Fast and Oscar Lindberg for Team Sweden at the 2011 World Junior Championship held in Buffalo.

Jake McCabe:

  • Teammates with J.T. Miller for the United States at the 2013 World Junior Championship.
  • Played with Kevin Hayes for the United States at the 2014 World Championship.

Jamie McGinn:

  • Teammates with Dan Boyle for the San Jose Sharks from 2008-2012.

Cal O’Reilly:

  • Played with Kevin Klein for the Nashville Predators from 2008-2011.
  • Teammates with Keith Yandle for the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2011-12 season.

NHL Draft:

  • Matt Moulson (263rd overall) and Tanner Glass (265th overall) were both chosen in the ninth round of the 2003 NHL Draft.
  • Evander Kane (4th overall) and Chris Kreider (19th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Mark Pysyk (23rd overall) was taken one pick before Kevin Hayes (24th overall) in the first round of the 2010 NHL Draft. Dylan McIlrath (10th overall) was also a first-round pick in 2010.
  • Johan Larsson (56th overall) was selected one pick before Oscar Lindberg (57th overall) in the second round of the 2010 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Kane (107), Deslauriers (102), Foligno/McGinn (98)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (98), Ristolainen (77), McCabe (57)
Shots: Kane (147), Eichel (145), Ristolainen (116)

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: 4-4-0 (8), 16/18, 5/22, 21/22

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

Evander Kane … 1 game … 400 career games played
Mark Pysyk … 7 games … 100 career games played
Assists
Josh Gorges … 4 assists … 100 career assists

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

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