Game Preview: 2/19/16 at CBJ

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LAST GAME
Tuesday, February 16
Buffalo 1 at Ottawa 2 (SO)
Goals: Moulson
Goalie: Lehner (25 saves/26 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 2/2; Shots: Buffalo 39 – Ottawa 26

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 252)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clot, Oct. 8; injured reserve) – 58 games
Tyler Ennis (upper body, Dec. 31; injured reserve) – 21 games
Daniel Catenacci (upper body, Feb. 12; injured reserve) – 3 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/13:
Assigned F Philip Varone to Rochester (AHL)
2/14: Activated F Zemgus Girgensons from IR
2/18: Assigned F Justin Bailey to Rochester (AHL)
2/19: Activated F Daniel Catenacci from IR; Assigned Catenacci to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Sunday, Feb. 21:
Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 24: Buffalo at Anaheim, 10:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 26: Buffalo at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 27: Buffalo at Los Angeles, 11 p.m.
Tuesday, March 1: Edmonton at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at BLUE JACKETS

  • This is the second of three meetings between the Sabres and Blue Jackets this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Columbus, 4-2, in Buffalo on Oct. 12
  • Next meeting: Friday, April 8 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Blue Jackets; 3-5-1 on the road
  • This is the 22nd game all-time between Buffalo and Columbus; Buffalo has an 8-11-2 series record.
  • The Sabres are 3-5-1 on the road against the Blue Jackets all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 12-8-2 all-time on February 19.
  • February 19, 1984: Bill Hajt scores the 4,000th goal in franchise history.
  • February 19, 1991: Christian Ruuttu scores the 6,000th goal in franchise history.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Entering play Wednesday, Evander Kane ranked third in the league with 4.2 shots per game.
  • Ryan O’Reilly (56.9%) ranked eighth in the league in faceoff percentage before Wednesday’s games. O’Reilly leads the league with 1,463 faceoffs taken, accounting for 42.2% of Buffalo’s total faceoffs.
  • O’Reilly has nine assists in his last eight games.

HOT AGAINST COLUMBUS

  • Marcus Foligno has a point in each of his last five games against Columbus (1+4).
  • Ryan O’Reilly has seven points (2+5) in his last six games against the Blue Jackets.
  • Evander Kane has points in his last four games against the Columbus, totaling six points (4+2) in those games.
  • Jamie McGinn has four points (2+2) in his last four games against Columbus.
  • Zemgus Girgensons has three points (2+1) in his last three games against the Blue Jackets.
  • Zach Bogosian has an assist in each of his last two games against Columbus.
  • Chad Johnson is 4-0-0 in his career against the Blue Jackets with a .922 save percentage and a 1.72 goals-against average.
  • Robin Lehner is 3-1-0 in his career against Columbus with a .944 save percentage and a 2.00 goals-against average.

LOGGING BIG MINUTES

  • Rasmus Ristolainen was ranked 10th in the NHL before Wednesday’s games with an average ice time of 25:20 per game. Only Alexei Zhitnik (four times) has averaged more minutes per game in a full season with the Sabres.
  • Entering Wednesday’s games, Ryan O’Reilly (21:51) led all NHL forwards in average ice time per game and Evander Kane (21:00) ranked third. The pair currently own the two highest average career ice times by Sabres forwards. Michael Peca (20:18) is the only other forward with an average over 20 minutes.
  • With an average ice time of 23:36 per game in his 62 games played since joining the Sabres last season, Zach Bogosian owns the third-highest average ice time ever recorded by a Sabres player, trailing only Alexei Zhitnik (531 GP, 25:32) and Christian Ehrhoff (192 GP, 23:55).

Note: The NHL began tracking ice time in the 1997-98 season.

YOUNG GUNS

  • Jack Eichel has 25 points (8+17) in his last 26 games, a stretch which included a career-best, four-game point streak (2+4) from Dec. 30 to Jan. 5.
  • Eichel entered play Wednesday ranked in the top five among NHL rookies in goals (T-3rd, 17), assists (3rd, 22), points (2nd, 39) and shots (1st, 171).
  • If they maintain their current pace, Eichel (17+22) and Sam Reinhart (17+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. The Sabres haven’t had two or more rookies reach 35 points in the same season since Ray Sheppard (65), Pierre Turgeon (42) and Calle Johansson (42) each did so in 1987-88.
  • Eichel (17) and Reinhart (17) 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 39 points (17+22) in 58 games, Eichel is on pace for 55 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).

OUTSHOOTING OPPONENTS
The Sabres have outshot their opponents in 25 of 58 games this season, posting a 7-16-2 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 23 of the team’s 58 games this season, going 9-11-3 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-CBJ CONNECTIONS
Zach Bogosian:

  • Represented the United States alongside Nick Foligno and Jack Johnson at the 2009 World Championship.

Carlo Colaiacovo:

  • Played with Gregory Campbell for Team Canada at the 2003 World Junior Championship.

Marcus Foligno:

  • Nick Foligno is Marcus’ older brother. The two were also born in Buffalo.

Brian Gionta:

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

Josh Gorges:

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

Chad Johnson:

  • He and Gregory Campbell played together for the Boston Bruins during the 2013-14 season.
  • Played with Brandon Dubinsky for the New York Rangers from 2009-2011.
  • Represented Team Canada alongside Rene Bourque at the 2010 World Championship.

Evander Kane:

  • Represented Team Canada alongside Rene Bourque at the 2010 World Championship.

David Legwand:

  • Played with Scott Hartnell for the Nashville Predators from 2000-2007.

Robin Lehner:

  • Played with Nick Foligno for the Ottawa Senators from 2010-2012. Curtis McElhinney was also a part of the team during the 2010-11 season.

Matt Moulson:

  • Played with Jack Johnson for the Los Angeles Kings from 2007-2009.

Mike Weber:

  • He and Brandon Saad both hail from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

NHL Draft:

  • Marcus Foligno and David Savard were both chosen in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL Draft. Savard went 94th overall, while Foligno was selected 10 picks later, at 104th overall.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Ryan Murray (2nd overall) were both chosen in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen and Alexander Wennberg were both drafted in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft. Ristolainen was the first off the board at No. 8 overall and Wennberg was taken with the 14th overall pick.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Kane (127), Deslauriers (126), Foligno (119)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (116), Ristolainen (96), McCabe (70)
Shots: Kane (197), Eichel (171), Ristolainen (139)

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: 5-5-0 (10), 22/26, 6/25, 26/28
51-60: 3-2-3 (9), 22/26, 3/26, 20/23

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-2; 100-103 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)
Feb. 6 at BOS: L, 2-1 (GWG-Marchand, 2:32)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-5; 66-56 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)
Feb. 4 vs. BOS: L, 3-2 (GDG-Spooner)
Feb. 16 at OTT: L, 2-1 (GDG-Ryan)

UPCOMING MILESTONES (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Robin Lehner … 3 games … 100 career games played
Assists
Josh Gorges … 2 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Ryan O’Reilly … 5 points … 300 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Mark Pysyk … 100th NHL game … Feb. 14 vs. COL
Brian Gionta … 900th NHL game … Feb. 16 at OTT

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