Game Preview: 12/19/17 vs. BOS


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Friday, December 15
Carolina 5 at Buffalo 4 (OT)
Goals: Eichel (3), McCabe
Goalie: Johnson (29 saves/34 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 2/2; Shots: Buffalo 41 – Carolina 34

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 145)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Taylor Fedun (lower body, Nov. 17; injured reserve) – 16 games
Jacob Josefson (ankle, Nov. 28; injured reserve) – 9 games

12/18: Assigned F Hudson Fasching to Rochester (AHL)

Friday, Dec. 22: Philadelphia at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 23: Buffalo at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 27: Buffalo at NY Islanders, 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 29: Buffalo at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 1: NY Rangers at Buffalo, 1 p.m.


  • This is the second of four meetings between the Sabres and Bruins this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Boston 5-4 (OT) in Boston on Oct. 21
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Feb. 10 in Boston
  • The Sabres are 3-5-3 in their last 10 games vs. the Bruins; 2-6-2 at home.
  • This is the 287th game all-time between Buffalo and Boston; Buffalo has a 122-120-44 series record.
  • The Sabres are 73-48-23 at home against the Bruins all-time.


  • The Sabres are 12-7-5 all-time on December 19.
  • December 19, 1987: Lindy Ruff appears in his 500th NHL game, a 2-1 Sabres win at Montreal.
  • December 19, 1993: Dave Hannan plays his 100th game as a member of the Sabres, recording two assists in a 3-3 tie vs. Tampa Bay.


  • Robin Lehner has faced Boston more times than any other NHL team. In 18 career games against the Bruins, he has logged a .920 save percentage and a 2.80 goals-against average.
  • Jack Eichel has a point in each of his last three games against the Bruins (1+2) and has totaled seven points (3+4) in eight career games against Boston.
  • Kyle Okposo has 24 points (6+18) in 28 career games against the Bruins, including 16 points (6+10) in the last 16 matchups.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has eight points (4+4) in his last eight games against Boston.


  • Jack Eichel scored his first career hat trick and added an assist on Friday vs. Carolina, tying his career high with four points. His third goal of the game came on his 11th shot, setting a new career best. Eichel now has nine points (4+5) in his last seven games.
  • Evander Kane tied his career high with three assists on Friday vs. Carolina and now has eight points (2+6) in his last seven games.
  • Jake McCabe recorded a career-best three points (1+2) on Friday vs. Carolina, logging his second multi-point game in his last six contests and his third of the season.
  • Robin Lehner has stopped 174 of 186 shots (.935) in his last five games. In those games, he has also stopped 129 of 135 shots faced during 5-on-5 play (.956), which includes one goal allowed with an opponent’s extra attacker on the ice.

Entering play Monday, Robin Lehner’s stats in home games ranked him in the top five in the league in save percentage (4th, .931) and goals-against average (1st, 2.02) among regular goaltenders (min. 300 minutes played at home).

Since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, Evander Kane has scored 42 goals in 103 games. Entering play Monday, those 42 goals tied for 22nd in the league during that span and his 34 even-strength goals tied for 11th.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 12/18 games)

  • Eichel: 2 SHP (T-10th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 3 SHP (T-2nd), 138 S (4th)
  • O’Reilly: 497 FOW (1st), 61.5% FO% (1st), 808 FO (2nd), 2 SHP (T-10th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:55 TOI/GP (2nd)

Former Sabres:

  • Tim Schaller spent two seasons with the Sabres, splitting his time between Buffalo and Rochester. He appeared in 35 games for the Sabres over his two seasons, logging five points (2+3).

Former Bruins:

  • Chad Johnson spent one season with the Bruins and posted a 17-4-3 record with a .925 save percentage and a 2.10 goals-against average during the 2013-14 campaign.
  • Davis Payne played all 22 of his career NHL games for the Bruins, tallying one assist in those contests.
  • Benoit Pouliot played 74 games for the Bruins in 2011-12, posting 32 points (16+16) and a plus-18 rating.

Local Players:

  • Jack Eichel was born in North Chelmsford, Massachusetts.

Phil Housley:

  • Coached Sean Kuraly for the United States at the 2013 World Junior Championship

Zach Bogosian:

  • Represented the United States with David Backes at the 2009 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Paul Postma for the Atlanta Thrashers (2010-11) and Winnipeg Jets (2011-2015).

Jack Eichel:

  • Represented the United States alongside Brandon Carlo at the 2015 World Junior Championship.
  • Teammates with Torey Krug for the United States at the 2015 World Championship.

Evander Kane:

  • Teammates with Paul Postma for the Atlanta Thrashers (2010-11) and Winnipeg Jets (2011-2015).

Jake McCabe:

  • Played with Sean Kuraly for the United States at the 2013 World Junior Championship.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Represented Canada alongside Brad Marchand at the 2016 World Championship and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Skated alongside David Backes as members of the United States at the 2009 World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Represented Canada alongside Brad Marchand at the 2016 World Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Benoit Pouliot (4th overall) and Tuukka Rask (21st overall) were both picked in the first round of the 2005 NHL Draft.
  • Johan Larsson (56th overall) and Ryan Spooner (45th overall) were both second-round selections in the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and David Pastrnak (25th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2014 NHL Draft.
  • Jack Eichel (2nd overall) and Jake DeBrusk (14th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft.

Hits: Ristolainen (74), Kane (66), McCabe (65)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (52), Scandella (51), Ristolainen (45)
Shots: Kane (138), Eichel (108), O’Reilly (82)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK] 1-10: 3-5-2 (8), 26/36, 5/36, 29/35
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 20/35, 5/28, 23/27
21-30: 2-6-2 (6), 18/31, 2/32, 24/32
31-40: 1-1-1 (3), 8/9, 1/5, 7/7

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-6; 109-117 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron)
Oct. 21 at BOS: W, 5-4 (GWG-O’Reilly)
Nov. 11 at MTL: L, 2-1 (GWG-Pacioretty)
Nov. 14 at PIT: L, 5-4 (GWG-Sheary)
Dec. 8 at CHI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Forsling)
Dec. 10 at STL: L, 3-2 (GWG-Tarasenko)
Dec. 15 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Slavin)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-1; 69-65 all-time)
Oct. 5 vs. MTL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Drouin)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Buffalo Sabres … 3 home wins … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Rasmus Ristolainen … 3 games … 300 career games played
Rasmus Ristolainen … 6 assists … 100 career assists
Marco Scandella … 4 points … 100 career points

Sam Reinhart … 200th NHL game … Dec. 15 vs. CAR
Jack Eichel … 1st NHL hat trick … Dec. 15 vs. CAR

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