Game Preview: 4/9/16 at NYI

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LAST GAME
Friday, April 8
Columbus 4 at Buffalo 1
Goals: Reinhart
Goalie: Kasdorf (26 saves/30 shots)
PP: 1/4; PK: 1/2; Shots: Buffalo 35 – Columbus 30

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 358)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clot, Oct. 8; injured reserve) – 81 games
Tyler Ennis (upper body, Dec. 31; injured reserve) – 44 games
Cody Franson (neck, Feb. 21) – 22 games
Robin Lehner (ankle, March 18) – 10 games
Evander Kane (upper body, March 29) – 5 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body) – 0 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
4/5:
Recalled F Justin Bailey from Rochester (AHL)
4/6: Assigned F Justin Bailey to Rochester (AHL)
4/7: Recalled F Evan Rodrigues and F Cole Schneider from Rochester (AHL); Assigned G Nathan Lieuwen to Rochester (AHL)
4/9: Recalled G Linus Ullmark from Rochester (AHL)

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at ISLANDERS

  • This is third and final meeting between the Sabres and Islanders this season.
  • Last meeting: New York defeated Buffalo, 2-1, in Buffalo on Dec. 31
  • The Sabres are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Islanders; 5-4-1 on the road.
  • This is the 162nd game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo has a 78-60-23 series record.
  • The Sabres are 35-34-12 on the road against the Islanders all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 4-2-1 all-time on April 9 (regular season only).
  • April 9, 1980: Bob Sauve records the first playoff shutout in franchise history with a 6-0 win vs. Vancouver.
  • April 9, 1988: John Tucker sets a franchise playoff record with four goals in a 6-2 win vs. Boston.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 22-15-7 all-time in the final game of the regular season, including a 5-3-2 record since 2005-06.
  • 12 of the last 16 games between these teams have been decided by a single goal, including five shootouts and one overtime finish.
  • Chad Johnson is 10-2-1 in his last 14 appearances with a .924 save percentage and a 2.21 goals-against average.

FINISHING STRONG

  • The Sabres went 7-4-4 (.600) in March, making it the team’s best month since April 2013 (8-4-0).
  • The team is 2-1-0 so far in April 2016. The Sabres have a 36-26-4 (.576) regular-season record in the month of April since the 2005-06 season, marking the team’s best month during that span.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s 15th of 15 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 4-1 loss vs. Columbus last night. The Sabres are 6-9-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 5-7-2 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 (1), two points (8), one point (1) and zero points (3).

20 BY 25
The Sabres have four 20-goal scorers this season, each aged 25 or younger: Jack Eichel (24), Sam Reinhart (23), Ryan O’Reilly (21) and Evander Kane (20). It is the first time the Sabres have had four players in their age 25 seasons* or younger score 20 goals since 1987-88 (Dave Andreychuk, Phil Housley, Christian Ruuttu and Ray Sheppard). *All ages used are the players’ ages as of Feb. 1 of the given season

SHOOTING THE LIGHTS OUT

  • Evander Kane leads all Sabres and ranks 10th in the NHL with 271 shots this season despite appearing in only 65 games. Kane’s 271 shots rank 11th in franchise history and his 4.2 shots per game rank fourth in franchise history behind only Alexander Mogilny (4.68 in 1992-93), Rick Martin (4.43 in 1974-75) and Dave Andreychuk (4.21 in 1991-92).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen ranks third among all Sabres and ninth among all NHL defensemen with 201 shots this season. Only four other Sabres defenseman have logged at least 200 shots in a season: Jocelyn Guevremont (1975-76, 1976-77), Phil Housley (1983-84, 1986-87, 1987-88, 1989-90), Jerry Korab (1974-75, 1977-78 and 1978-79) and John Van Boxmeer (1980-81).
  • Jack Eichel ranks second among all Sabres and leads all NHL rookies with 235 shots this season. Danny Gare (274 in 1974-75) and Rick Martin (266 in 1971-72) were the only two Sabres rookies ever to record more shots than Eichel’s rookie total.
    • Since the league began denoting rookies in 1987-88, only 12 NHL rookies have recorded more shots on goal in a season than Eichel’s 235:
Player Age (as of Feb. 1) Season Team Shots
Alex Ovechkin 20 2005-2006 WSH 425
Teemu Selanne 23 1992-1993 WIN 387
Sidney Crosby 18 2005-2006 PIT 278
Gabriel Landeskog 19 2011-2012 COL 270
Brian Leetch 20 1988-1989 NYR 268
Pavel Bure 20 1991-1992 VAN 268
Sergei Fedorov 21 1990-1991 DET 259
Logan Couture 21 2010-2011 SJS 253
Dion Phaneuf 20 2005-2006 CGY 242
Evgeni Malkin 20 2006-2007 PIT 242
Nathan MacKinnon 18 2013-2014 COL 241
Filip Forsberg 19 2014-2015 NSH 237
Jack Eichel 19 2015-2016 BUF 235

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel leads the Sabres with 24 goals this season, the highest total by a Sabres player since 2011-12 (Jason Pominville, 30) and the highest by a Sabres rookie since 2005-06 (Thomas Vanek, 25). If he finishes the season with the team lead, Eichel will be the first Sabres rookie to lead the team in goals since Ray Sheppard did so in the 1987-88 season.
  • Eichel is ranked in the top five among NHL rookies in goals (2nd, 24), assists (4th, 31), points (2nd, 55) and shots (1st, 235).
  • With his goal on March 7 at Toronto, Eichel (19 years, 131 days) became the youngest 20-goal scorer in Sabres history, besting Pierre Turgeon (19 years, 140 days on Jan. 15, 1989) by nine days.
  • With his goal on March 26 vs. Winnipeg, Eichel became the ninth Sabres rookie to record 50 points in a season. He is the first to do so since Derek Plante (1993-94) and the second-youngest to do so, trailing only Phil Housley (1982-83).

YOUNG GUNS

  • Jack Eichel (55 points) and Sam Reinhart (41) are the first pair of Sabres rookies to reach the 35-point mark since Ray Sheppard (65), Pierre Turgeon (42) and Calle Johansson (42) all did so in 1987-88.
  • Eichel (24 goals) and Reinhart (23) are the third pair of rookies in Sabres history to each record 20 goals in the same season, joining Danny Gare (31) and Peter McNab (22) in 1974-75 and Gilbert Perreault (38) and Steve Atkinson (20) in 1970-71.

LOGGING BIG MINUTES

  • Rasmus Ristolainen is ranked 11th in the NHL with an average ice time of 25:18 per game. Only Alexei Zhitnik (four times) has averaged more minutes per game in a full season with the Sabres.
  • Ryan O’Reilly (21:46) leads all NHL forwards in average ice time per game and Evander Kane (21:02) ranks second. 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 23:24 per game in his 85 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).
  • Jack Eichel’s average ice time of 19:06 is the ninth-highest ever recorded by a rookie forward and the highest ever by Sabres rookie forward, topping the next highest (Cody Hodgson- 20 GP, 17:16) by more than a minute. Sam Reinhart (16:48 this season) is the only other Sabres rookie forward to top 16 minutes per game.

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

POSSESSION PROGRESSION

  • The Sabres have outshot their opponents in 34 of 81 games this season, posting an 11-19-4 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 29 of the team’s 81 games this season, going 12-13-4 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-NYI CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Eric Boulton played for the Sabres for four seasons (2000-2004). Boulton appeared in 172 games, scoring 17 points (5+12).
  • Steve Bernier was acquired by Buffalo at the trade deadline during the 2007-08 season and went on to record nine points (3+6) in 17 games for Buffalo.

Former Islanders:

  • Matt Moulson played for the Islanders from 2009-2013, registering 223 points (118+105) in 223 games.
  • Chad Johnson went 8-8-1 with a .889 save percentage and a 3.08 goals-against average in 19 games for the Islanders during the 2014-15 season. He was acquired by the Sabres on March 2, 2015 in a trade that sent Michal Neuvirth to the Islanders.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Played with Eric Boulton for the Atlanta Thrashers from 2008-2011.
  • Teammates with Kyle Okposo for the United States at the 2009 World Championship.

Carlo Colaiacovo:

  • He and Casey Cizikas were both born in Toronto, Ontario.
  • Represented Canada alongside Cal Clutterbuck at the 2011 World Championship.

Nicolas Deslauriers:

  • Played with Thomas Hickey for the Manchester Monarchs (AHL) from 2011-2013.

Jack Eichel:

  • Represented the United States alongside Anders Lee at the 2015 World Championship.

Marcus Foligno:

  • Played with Calvin de Haan and Casey Cizikas for Team Canada for the 2011 World Junior Championship held in Buffalo.

Josh Gorges:

  • Teammates with Steve Bernier for the San Jose Sharks from 2005-2007.

Chad Johnson:

  • Played with Johnny Boychuk for the Boston Bruins during the 2013-14 season.
  • Teammates with John Tavares for Team Canada at the 2010 World Championship.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played with Cal Clutterbuck for the Minnesota Wild during the 2012-13 season.

David Legwand:

  • Teammates with Marek Zidlicky for the Nashville Predators from 2003-2008.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Played with Calvin de Haan for Team Canada at the 2009 World U18 Championship.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played with Brock Nelson for the United States at the 2014 World Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Zach Bogosian and Josh Bailey were both first-round selections in the 2008 NHL Draft. Bogosian was picked third overall and Bailey was the ninth pick.
  • Marcus Foligno (104th overall), Casey Cizikas (92nd overall) and Jean-Francois Berube (95th overall) were all drafted in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Mark Pysyk (23rd overall) and Brock Nelson (30th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2010 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Deslauriers (203), Foligno (191), Kane (171)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (165), Ristolainen (134), McCabe (109)
Shots: Kane (271), Eichel (235), Ristolainen (201)

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: 4-3-3 (11), 29/30, 6/34, 30/33
61-70: 4-4-2 (10), 23/24, 3/30, 17/24
71-80: 6-2-2 (14), 30/24, 6/31, 31/34
81-82: 0-1-0 (0), 1/4, 1/4, 1/2

OVERTIME RESULTS (4-3; 101-105 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)
March 1 vs. EDM: L, 2-1 (GWG-McDavid, 3:48)
March 12 vs. CAR: W, 3-2 (GWG-Eichel, 4:59)
March 16 vs. MTL: L, 3-2 (GWG-Byron, 3:15)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (2-7; 67-58 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)
March 5 vs. MIN: L, 3-2 (GDG-Pominville)
March 7 at TOR: W, 4-3 (GDG-Reinhart)
March 29 at PIT: L, 5-4 (GDG-Letang)

UPCOMING MILESTONES (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Goals

Mark Pysyk … 2 goals … 3 goals (career high)
Assists
Josh Gorges … 1 assist … 100 career assists
Marcus Foligno … 1 assist … 14 assists (career high)
Ryan O’Reilly … 1 assist … 39 assists (career high)

RECENT MILESTONES
Zemgus Girgensons … 200th NHL game … April 5 at NJD
Johan Larsson … 17th point (career high) … April 5 at NJD
Jason Kasdorf … 1st NHL game … April 8 vs. CBJ
Evan Rodrigues … 1st NHL game … April 8 vs. CBJ
Cole Schneider … 1st NHL game … April 8 vs. CBJ

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