Game Preview: 2/7/17 vs. SJS

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Monday, February 6
Buffalo 1 at New Jersey 2
Goals: Ennis
Goalie: Lehner (37 saves/39 shots)
PP: 0/1; PK: 2/4; Shots: New Jersey 39 – Buffalo 23

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 253)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 52 games
Johan Larsson (wrist, Jan. 3; injured reserve) – 16 games
William Carrier (knee, Feb.4) – 2 games
Zach Bogosian (ribs, Feb. 4) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/4:
Activated D Josh Gorges; Recalled F Justin Bailey from Rochester (AHL); Assigned F Cal O’Reilly to Rochester
2/6: Signed D Justin Falk to a one-year contract extension worth $650,000; Claimed F Derek Grant off waivers from Nashville; Assigned Grant to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Feb. 9:
Anaheim at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 11: Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 12: Vancouver at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 14: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 16: Colorado at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SHARKS at SABRES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Sharks this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated San Jose 3-1 in San Jose on Feb. 26, 2016
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, March 14 in San Jose
  • The Sabres are 9-0-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Sharks; 8-1-1 at home
  • This is the 36th game all-time between Buffalo and San Jose; Buffalo has a 23-6-6 series record.
  • The Sabres are 16-1-1 at home against the Sharks all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-7-1 all-time on February 7.
  • February 7, 1980: Danny Gare scores his eighth career hat trick and Don Edwards stops 25 shots to earn his 11th career shutout in a 9-0 win vs. Pittsburgh.
  • February 7, 1995: Donald Audette plays in his 200th NHL game, a 2-1 win vs. Washington.
  • February 7, 2013: Tyler Ennis records his 100th NHL point (assist), in a 5-4 shootout win vs. Montreal.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres have gone 5-0-1 in their last six home games, marking the team’s first six-game home point streak since Nov. 28 to Dec. 15, 2014 (6-0-0). With a win or overtime loss tonight, Buffalo would stretch that streak to seven games for the first time since the team went 6-0-2 in eight home games from Dec. 10, 2013 to Jan. 9, 2014.
  • The Sharks have only won two games in Buffalo in the franchise’s history (Dec. 2, 2005 and Nov. 14, 2015). The Sabres are 16-1-1 all-time in Buffalo against the Sharks.
  • The Sabres are currently on a franchise-best 10-game point streak (9-0-1) against the Sharks, dating back to a 3-1 win in Buffalo on Feb. 13, 2010. The previous record was five games (3-0-2), set from March 12, 1998 to Dec. 23, 2000.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Robin Lehner is 5-2-1 with a .930 save percentage so far in 2017.
  • Tyler Ennis enters tonight’s game on a three-game point streak (1+2).
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 13 points (3+10) in 15 games since returning from an absence due to an appendectomy.
  • Jack Eichel has logged four two-point games in his last 10 outings.

HOME COOKIN’

  • Ryan O’Reilly has 12 points (3+9) in his last 11 home games.
  • Sam Reinhart has 10 points (4+6) in his last 10 home games.
  • Jack Eichel has 13 points (6+7) in 14 home games this season, including five multi-point outings.
  • Anders Nilsson is 6-1-1 at home this season, with a .946 save percentage and a 1.84 goals-against average in those games, and has won each of his last five home games.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game warps up Buffalo’s ninth of a league-high 19 sets of back-to-back games this season, after a 2-1 loss at New Jersey last night. The Sabres are 4-3-2 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 3-4-1 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets this season is: four points (2), three points (2), two points (1), one point (1) and zero points (2).

THE KANE EVENT
Evander Kane
has scored each of his 14 goals this season in his last 29 games, including a team-high 13 even-strength goals. In the period since scoring his first goal of the season on Dec. 3 vs. Boston, he is tied for eighth among all NHL skaters in goals (14), tied for second in even-strength goals (13) and ranks fourth in shots on goal (112).

*All rankings as of the conclusion of last night’s game

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)

.39 (32)

.21 (17)

A/GP

.40 (33)

.24 (20)

.35 (29)

.38 (32)

P/GP

.69 (57)

.53 (43)

.74 (61)

.60 (49)

SOG/GP

2.9 (238)

2.1 (172)

4.1 (333)

2.2 (180)

(82-game pace in parentheses)

ASSIST-OLAINEN
Rasmus Ristolainen
finished last night’s game tied for 41st among all NHL skaters with 26 assists.

  • Ristolainen has recorded an assist on 21.3 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 nine goals to fall below 20 percent.

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

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings after last night’s game)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 22.1% PP% (5th)
  • Eichel: 4.1 S/GP (1st)
  • Foligno: 180 hits (3rd)
  • Lehner: .923 SV% (7th), .932 EV SV% (9th)
  • Nilsson: .935 EV SV% (5th), .923 SV% (8th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:38 TOI/GP (4th, forwards), 57.6 FO% (7th)
  • Ristolainen: 16 PPA (T-3rd), 27:05 TOI (4th), 17 PPP (T-4th, defensemen), 26 A (9th, defensemen)

BUF-SJS CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Bob Boughner spent more time with the Sabres than with any other team during his 10-year NHL career. In 177 games for Buffalo, the former defenseman had 13 points (2+11) and 494 penalty minutes.

Former Sharks:

  • Josh Gorges played for the Sharks from 2005-2007, tallying 10 points (1+9) in 96 games played.
  • Taylor Fedun recorded four assists in seven games for the Sharks during the 2014-15 season.

Dan Bylsma:

  • Coached Paul Martin for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2010-2014.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Represented the United States alongside Joe Pavelski at the 2009 World Championship.

Nicolas Deslauriers:

  • Teammates with Martin Jones for the Manchester Monarchs (AHL) from 2011-2014.

Tyler Ennis:

  • Teammates with David Sclemko for the Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL) from 2005-2007.
  • Played with Brent Burns and Martin Jones for Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.

Justin Falk:

  • Played with Brent Burns for the Minnesota Wild from 2009-2012.

Cody Franson:

  • Played with Joel Ward for the Nashville Predators from 2009-2011.

Brian Gionta:

  • Teammates with Paul Martin for the New Jersey Devils from 2003-2009.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Brent Burns for Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Evander Kane:

  • Played with Brent Burns for Team Canada at the 2010 and 2011 World Championships.
  • Represented Canada alongside Marc-Edouard Vlasic at the 2012 World Championship.

Matt Moulson:

  • He and Joel Ward were both born in North York, Ontario.
  • Teammates with Michael Haley for the New York Islanders from 2009-2012.

Anders Nilsson:

  • Teammates with Michael Haley for the New York Islanders during the 2011-12 season.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Teammates with Michael Haley for the New York Islanders from 2009-2012.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Represented Canada alongside Marc-Edouard Vlasic at the 2012 World Championship.
  • He and Brenden Dillon played together for Team Canada at the 2013 World Championship.
  • Played with Brent Burns for Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Brent Burns, Logan Couture and Joe Thornton for Canada at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Sam Reinhart:

  • He and Martin Jones were both born in North Vancouver, British Columbia.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Played with Joonas Donskoi for Team Finland at the 2012 World Junior Championship and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

NHL Entry Draft:

  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Tomas Hertl (17th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2012 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (180), Ristolainen (137), Carrier (96)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (120), McCabe (67), Gorges (65)
Shots: Kane (141), Okposo (128), Eichel (126)

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: 4-5-1 (9), 28/33, 6/27, 21/28
51-60: 1-1-0 (2), 5/2, 0/1, 4/6

OVERTIME RESULTS (5-5; 107-110 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)
Jan. 20 vs. DET: W, 3-2 (GWG-Okposo)
Jan. 21 at MTL: W, 3-2 (GWG-Bogosian)
Jan. 24 at NSH: W, 5-4 (GWG-Eichel)

Feb. 2 vs. NYR: L, 2-1 (GWG-Kreider)

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

Nicolas Deslauriers … 5 games … 200 NHL games
Points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 6 points … 100 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
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