Game Preview: 2/14/17 at OTT


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Sunday, February 12
Vancouver 4 at Buffalo 2
Goals: Ennis, Okposo
Goalie: Lehner (27 saves/31 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 5/6; Shots: Vancouver 31 – Buffalo 28

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 274)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 56 games
Johan Larsson (wrist, Jan. 3; injured reserve) – 20 games
William Carrier (knee, Feb.4; injured reserve) – 6 games
Zach Bogosian (ribs, Feb. 4; injured reserve) – 6 games
Zemgus Girgensons (middle body, Feb. 9) – 3 games
Cody Franson (foot, Feb. 11) – 2 games

Recalled F Derek Grant and F Evan Rodrigues from Rochester (AHL); Placed F William Carrier and D Zach Bogosian on IR
2/10: Assigned F Evan Rodrigues to Rochester (AHL)
2/11: Recalled F Evan Rodrigues from Rochester (AHL)
2/14: Activated D Zach Bogosian from IR; Placed F Zemgus Girgensons on IR

Thursday, Feb. 16:
Colorado at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 18: St. Louis at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 19: Chicago at Buffalo, 6 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 25: Buffalo at Colorado, 10 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 26: Buffalo at Arizona, 8:30 p.m.


  • This is the fifth and final meeting between the Sabres and Senators this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Ottawa 4-0 in Buffalo on Feb. 4
  • The Sabres are 5-3-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Senators; 3-6-1 on the road
  • This is the 133rd game all-time between Buffalo and Ottawa; Buffalo has a 64-49-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 29-27-11 on the road against the Senators all-time.


  • The Sabres are 10-4-4 all-time on February 14.
  • February 14, 1995: The Sabres acquire Charlie Huddy, Robb Stauber, Alexei Zhitnik and a fifth-round draft choice in 1995 (Marian Menhart) from Los Angeles in exchange for Philippe Boucher, Grant Fuhr and Denis Tsygurov.
  • February 14, 2004: J-P Dumont scores the 9,000th goal in franchise history in a 6-4 win at Toronto.


  • The Sabres are 4-1-0 in their last five games against the Atlantic Division.
  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with points in seven straight meetings with the Senators (5-0-2) for the first time since the team went 6-0-1 against Ottawa from Dec. 4, 2010 to Dec. 13, 2011. A point tonight would give them points in eight straight for the first time in the all-time series.
  • With a win tonight, the Sabres will have won three straight games against the Senators for the first time since they won six in a row from Dec. 4, 2010 to Nov. 11, 2011.
  • A win tonight would also give the Sabres wins in three consecutive visits to Ottawa – and points in five straight – for the first time since they won five straight from April 10, 2010 to Nov. 5, 2011.
  • Buffalo and Ottawa have had 16 of their last 22 games decided by a single goal. Seven of those games were decided in overtime or a shootout. The Sabres are 8-6 all-time in shootouts against the Senators. Their 14 shootouts against Ottawa make up the team’s highest total against any opponent.
  • Evander Kane has not gone more than a single road game without recording a point since recording an assist on Nov. 29 at Ottawa. During that span, Kane has totaled 17 points (11+6) in 18 road games.


  • Kyle Okposo has points in 10 of his last 14 games, including each of his last six (3+3). With a point tonight, he would have points in seven straight for the first time since he tied his career-best mark of eight games from Dec. 17, 2013 to Jan. 2, 2014.
  • Jack Eichel has logged 14 points (5+9) in his last 14 games, including six multi-point outings. The Sabres are 10-0-0 this season (and 19-3-0 in his career) when he has at least two points.
  • Evander Kane has 11 points (6+5) in his last 11 games.
  • Sam Reinhart has four points (1+3) in his last four games.


  • Robin Lehner is 3-0-2 in seven career appearances against his former club with a .961 save percentage and a 1.18 goals-against average. Anders Nilsson is 2-1-0 with a .927 save percentage in three career games against the Senators.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 13 points (5+8) in 13 career games against Ottawa.
  • Jack Eichel has totaled nine points (4+5) in six career games against the Senators, including at least a point in each of the six. He has more goals, assists and points against Ottawa than against any other opponent.
  • Kyle Okposo has 12 points (4+8) in 14 games against Ottawa since the beginning of the 2012-13 season.
  • Sam Reinhart has posted six points (4+2) in his last five games against the Senators.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has five assists in his last five games against Ottawa.


  • The Sabres have gone 4-for-11 on the power play in their last four games and entered play Monday ranked first in the league with a 23.4% success rate on the power play.
  • Buffalo has not finished a season ranked in the top five in power play percentage since the 2005-06 season (third, 21.2%).
  • The team’s current power-play percentage would rank as the sixth-best conversion rate in franchise history and the best since the team’s 23.6% mark in 1984-85. It would be the 33rd-best season by any team since the league began publishing the stat in 1987-88.

Evander Kane
has scored each of his 18 goals this season in his last 33 games, including a team-high 17 even-strength goals. In the period since scoring his first goal of the season on Dec. 3 vs. Boston, he is tied for fourth among all NHL skaters in goals (18), leads the league lead in even-strength goals (17) and ranks third in shots on goal (126).

*All rankings before 2/13 games

In their second full NHL seasons, Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart have each improved on their points per game totals from 2015-16.



Jack Eichel

Sam Reinhart

Jack Eichel

Sam Reinhart


.30 (25)

.29 (24)

.37 (30)

.21 (18)


.40 (33)

.24 (20)

.46 (37)

.41 (34)


.69 (57)

.53 (43)

.83 (68)

.63 (51)


2.9 (238)

2.1 (172)

4.0 (328)

2.3 (185)

(82-game pace in parentheses)

Rasmus Ristolainen
entered play Monday tied for 31st among all NHL skaters with 28 assists.

  • Ristolainen has recorded an assist on 21.1 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 eight goals to fall below 20 percent.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 2/13 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 23.4% PP% (1st), 50.5% FO% (10th)
  • Eichel: 4.0 S/GP (1st)
  • Foligno: 195 hits (3rd)
  • Kane: 3.4 S/GP (10th)
  • Lehner: .923 SV% (7th), .932EV SV% (10th)
  • Moulson: 9 PPG (T-10th)
  • Nilsson: .934 EV SV% (6th), .922 SV% (10th)
  • Okposo: 19 PPP (T-8th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:40 TOI/GP (1st, forwards), 57.8 FO% (6th)
  • Ristolainen: 17 PPA (T-3rd), 27:08 TOI (4th), 18 PPP (T-1st, defensemen), 28 A (T-8th, defensemen)

Former Senators:

  • Goaltender Robin Lehner was a second-round selection (46th overall) of the Senators in the 2009 NHL Draft. He appeared in 86 games over the course of his time with Ottawa and compiled a 30-36-13 record with a .914 save percentage and a 2.88 goals-against average.
  • Derek Grant was a fourth-round selection (119th overall) of the Ottawa Senators in the 2008 NHL Draft. During his time with the organization he appeared in 25 games and recorded two points (0+2).

Nicolas Deslauriers:

  • Played for the Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL with Jean-Gabriel Pageau during the 2010-11 season.

Cody Franson:

  • Skated alongside Tom Pyatt for Team Canada during the 2007 World Junior Championship.
  • Was a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs with Dion Phaneuf from 2011-2015.

Brian Gionta:

  • Teammates with Tom Pyatt for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2011.

Josh Gorges:

  • Was a member of Team Canada with Dion Phaneuf at the 2004 World Junior Championship.
  • Teammates with Tom Pyatt for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2011.

Evander Kane:

  • Represented Canada with Marc Methot and Dion Phaneuf during the 2011 and 2012 World Championships.

Dmitry Kulikov:

  • Teammates with Mike Hoffman for the Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL) during the 2007-08 season.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played with Chris Wideman for the United States at the 2016 World Championship.

Anders Nilsson:

  • Represented Sweden alongside Erik Karlsson at the 2010 World Championship.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Represented Canada alongside Derick Brassard and Cody Ceci at the 2016 World Championship.
  • Was a member of Team Canada with Marc Methot at the 2012 World Championship.
  • Played for the Colorado Avalanche with Craig Anderson from 2009-2011.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Represented the United States alongside Bobby Ryan at the 2012 World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Helped represent Canada at the 2016 World Championship with both Derick Brassard and Cody Ceci.

NHL Draft:

  • Kyle Okposo (7th overall) was taken one pick after Derick Brassard (6th overall) in the first round of the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Zach Bogosian (3rd overall), Erik Karlsson (15th overall) and Tyler Ennis (26th overall) were all first-round selections in the 2008 NHL Draft.
  • Marcus Foligno (104th overall) was a fourth-round selection in the 2009 NHL Draft along with Chris Wideman (100th overall).
  • Zemgus Girgensons and Cody Ceci were back-to-back selections in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft. Girgensons was selected 14th overall while Ceci went 15th overall.

Foligno (195), Ristolainen (144), Carrier (96)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (128), McCabe (76), Gorges (72)
Shots: Kane (155), Eichel (140), Okposo (138)

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: 3-3-0 (6), 17/16, 4/10, 16/22

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-5; 108-110 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)
Feb. 7 vs. SJS: W, 5-4 (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

Nicolas Deslauriers … 3 games … 200 NHL games
Tyler Ennis … 7 games … 400 NHL games
Dmitry Kulikov … 10 games … 500 NHL games
Tyler Ennis … 4 goals … 100 NHL goals
Rasmus Ristolainen … 3 points … 100 NHL points

Justin Bailey … 1st NHL assist … Feb. 9 vs. ANA

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