Game Preview: 1/16/17 vs. DAL

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LAST GAME
Friday, January 13
Buffalo 2 at Carolina 5
Goals: Carrier, Gionta
Goalie: Nilsson (33 saves/38 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 4/4; Shots: Carolina 38 – Buffalo 38

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 208)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 42 games
Tyler Ennis (groin, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 30 games
Dmitry Kulikov (lower back, Dec. 29; injured reserve) – 8 games
Johan Larsson (wrist, Jan. 3; injured reserve) – 6 games
Josh Gorges (hip, Jan. 7) – 4 games
Robin Lehner (illness, Jan. 10) – 3 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/10:
Recalled G Linus Ullmark from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Johan Larsson on IR; Placed F Derek Grant on waivers
1/11: F Derek Grant claimed off waivers by Nashville
1/14: Assigned F Justin Bailey and G Linus Ullmark to Rochester (AHL)
1/16: Recalled F Cal O’Reilly from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Jan. 17:
Buffalo at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 20: Detroit at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 21: Buffalo at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 24: Buffalo at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 26: Buffalo at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
STARS at SABRES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Stars this season.
  • Last meeting: Dallas defeated Buffalo 3-0 in Dallas on Nov. 21, 2015
  • Next meeting: Thursday, Jan. 26 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Stars; 7-2-1 at home.
  • This is the 119th game all-time between Buffalo and Dallas; Buffalo has a 55-46-17 series record.
  • The Sabres are 32-15-11 at home against the Stars all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-3-5 all-time on January 16.
  • January 16, 1970: George “Punch” Imlach is named general manager and coach of the Sabres.
  • January 16, 1971: The Sabres top the Minnesota North Stars 4-3 in the only other game between these franchises on this date.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Today’s game is the sixth of eight afternoon games (3 p.m. ET or earlier) for the Sabres this season. The team is 3-2-0 in the first five and was 6-3-2 in 11 afternoon games last season.
  • The Sabres are 7-3-2 against the Western Conference this season, including points in each of their last five games (4-0-1) and wins in each of their last four home games against the West.
  • The Sabres need a win today to avoid their first four-game losing streak against the Stars since they lost the last six games to the Minnesota North Stars before their relocation to Dallas for the 1993-94 season.
  • Matt Moulson has 14 points (8+6) in 13 career games against the Stars.
  • Kyle Okposo has nine points (6+3) in eight career games against Dallas.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has five points (2+3) in his last five games against the Stars.
  • Anders Nilsson is 1-1-0 in two career games against Dallas with a .957 save percentage and a 2.00 goals-against average.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 18 points (3+15) his last 21 games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded 16 points (4+12) in his last 17 games, including seven points (1+6) in five games since returning from a four-game absence following an appendectomy.
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded 12 points (3+9) in his last 12 games.
  • Jack Eichel has tallied seven points (3+4) in his last nine games.

HOT AT HOME

  • Ryan O’Reilly has eight points (2+6) in his last seven home games.
  • Sam Reinhart (1+5) and Marcus Foligno (3+1) each enter tonight’s game with points in four straight home games.
  • Matt Moulson has recorded seven points (1+6) in his last eight home games.
  • Anders Nilsson is 5-1-1 at home this season, with a .941 save percentage and a 1.84 goals-against average in those games.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s seventh of a league-high 19 sets of back-to-back games this season, which will continue tomorrow night at Toronto. The Sabres are 2-2-2 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-3-1 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 (2), two points (0), one point (1) and zero points (2).

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)

.38 (31)

.21 (18)

A/GP

.40 (33)

.24 (20)

.33 (27)

.43 (35)

P/GP

.69 (57)

.53 (43)

.71 (59)

.64 (53)

SOG/GP

2.9 (238)

2.1 (172)

3.7 (305)

2.1 (176)

(82-game pace in parentheses)

ASSIST-OLAINEN

  • Rasmus Ristolainen entered play Sunday tied for 22nd among all NHL skaters with 24 assists.
  • Ristolainen has recorded an assist on 25.3 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 17 goals to fall behind Housley’s pace.

*Teammate goals are defined as total team goals minus the player’s goals and shootout-winners.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before Dec. 15 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 21.3% PP% (10th)
  • Eichel: 3.7 S/GP (4th)
  • Foligno: 135 hits (9th)
  • Nilsson: .934 EV SV% (8th), .924 SV% (10th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:32 TOI/GP (4th, forwards), 56.9 FO% (8th)
  • Ristolainen: 15 PPA (4th), 26:44 TOI (5th), 16 PPP (T-10th), 24 A (T-6th, defensemen), 27 PTS (T-8th, defensemen)

LAST LINE OF DEFENSE
Buffalo’s goaltenders entered play Sunday with the fifth-best combined save percentage* (.922) in the league. They also had the sixth-best save percentage during 5-on-5 play (.930).

  • The Sabres last finished a season with a combined save percentage* above .920 in the 2009-10 season (.924, Ryan Miller/Patrick Lalime/Jhonas Enroth).
  • They have topped the team’s current mark only four times in franchise history: 1998-99 (.930, Dominik Hasek/Dwayne Roloson/Martin Biron), 1997-98 (.928, Hasek/Steve Shields), 1996-97 (.926, Hasek/Shields/Andrei Trefilov) and 2009-10 (.924, Miller/Lalime/Enroth).

*Combined save percentage excludes empty net goals

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (135), Ristolainen (112), Carrier (82)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (88), McCabe (64), Gorges (62)
Shots: Okposo (103), Kane (97), O’Reilly (95)

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: 0-2-0 (0), 4/9, 0/6, 7/9

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-4; 104-109 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)

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

Cody Franson … 2 games … 500 NHL games
Justin Falk … 3 games … 200 NHL games
Matt Moulson … 3 games … 600 NHL games
Points
Kyle Okposo … 4 points … 400 NHL points
Cody Franson … 5 points … 200 NHL points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 8 points … 100 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
Jack Eichel … 100th NHL game … Jan. 10 vs. PHI
Zach Bogosian … 500th NHL game … Jan. 13 at CAR

 

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