Game Preview: 1/18/18 at NYR

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LAST GAME
Thursday, January 11
Columbus 1 at Buffalo 3
Goals: Pouliot, Okposo, Eichel
Goalie: Ullmark (44 saves/45 shots)
PP: 0/0; PK: 0/1; Shots: Columbus 45 – Buffalo 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 161)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Victor Antipin (illness, Dec. 29; injured reserve) – 7 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 1 game
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/12: Assigned D Brendan Guhle and G Linus Ullmark to Rochester (AHL)
1/17: Recalled D Casey Nelson from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Jan. 20: Dallas at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 22: Buffalo at Calgary, 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 23: Buffalo at Edmonton, 9 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 25: Buffalo at Vancouver, 10 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 30: New Jersey at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at RANGERS

  • This is the second of three meetings between the Sabres and Rangers this season.
  • Last meeting: New York defeated Buffalo 3-2 (OT) at Citi Field in New York on Jan. 1
  • The Sabres are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Rangers; 4-4-2 on the road
  • This is the 179th game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo has an 81-62-35 series record.
  • The Sabres are 33-34-20 on the road against the Rangers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 12-3-4 all-time on January 18.
  • Four different Sabres goaltenders (Don Edwards, Tom Barrasso, Dominik Hasek, Martin Biron) have earned a shutout on Jan. 18. It is one of only three dates on which the Sabres have recorded four shutouts; the others are Feb. 16 and Nov.19.
  • January 18, 1981: Don Edwards makes 30 saves to lead the Sabres to a 4-0 win vs. the New York Rangers.
  • January 18, 1984: Tom Barrasso makes 30 saves in his first NHL shutout as the Sabres top the Los Angeles Kings, 4-0.
  • January 18, 2008: Derek Roy records his third career hat trick and Drew Stafford records his first in a 10-1 win against the Atlanta Thrashers, marking the 12th game in franchise history to feature two Sabres hat tricks.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is the Sabres’ first after the team’s bye week. The team went into the bye with a 3-1 win vs. Columbus on Jan. 11.
  • With points in each of their last five games (3-0-2) against the Rangers, the Sabres are looking for points in six straight for the first time since they went 9-0-2 against New York from Jan. 30, 2004 to Dec. 1, 2006.
  • Kyle Okposo enters tonight with multi-point outings in each of his last two games. Okposo has recorded 10 points (2+8) in his last 10 games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly enters tonight’s game on a three-game point streak (2+3) and has nine points (3+6) in his last nine games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has seven points (2+5) in his last seven games, dating back to Dec. 29, despite getting a game misconduct after just 5:43 of ice time in one of those games. Ristolainen’s seven points during that span tied for fifth among NHL defensemen entering play Wednesday.

HOME SWEET HOME
Kyle Okposo enters tonight’s game with points in each of his last four home games (includes the 2018 NHL Winter Classic at Citi Field in New York), having totaled eight points (1+7) in those four games. Okposo has 16 points (4+12) in 20 total home games this season.

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 17 points (10+7) in his last 12 games, dating back to Dec. 15.
  • Eichel ranked in the top five in the league in goals (T-1st, 10), points (T-5th, 17), even-strength goals (1st, 9), even-strength points (T-3rd, 14) during that stretch entering play Wednesday.
  • Eichel scored at least two goals in four of those 12 games and entered play Wednesday tied for fifth in the league with four multi-goal games this season, just two off the league lead.

I LIKE EICH

  • Jack Eichel is currently on pace to shatter his personal bests in goals (24), assists (33) and points (57) on the strength of improved production at even strength (T-7th in NHL in ES goals, T-9th in ES points entering play Wednesday).
  • With his 17th even-strength goal in his 44th game of the season on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus, Eichel surpassed his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games).
  • Eichel’s 33 even-strength points through 44 games match his total from last season (61 games) and are just two shy of his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games).

Jack Eichel’s Production by Season

Season GP G A PTS ES G ES A ES P
2015-16 81 24 32 56 16 19 35
2016-17 61 24 33 57 14 19 33
2017-18 44 18 23 41 17 16 33
2017-18 (Pace) 82 34 43 76 32 30 62

 

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

  • Of Jack Eichel’s 41 points so far this season, 23 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes 6-on-5 situations).
  • Through 44 games, Eichel’s 23 primary points (12+11) during 5-on-5 play have already surpassed his 61-game total from last season (11+10) and are just one shy of his total from his 81-game rookie season (12+12).

2017-18 Primary Points Leaders at 5-on-5 (Before 1/17 games)

Player Team Goals Primary Assists Primary Points
Nikita Kucherov TBL 20 8 28
Nathan MacKinnon COL 12 15 27
Patrick Kane CHI 12 12 24
Jack Eichel

(six others tied)

BUF 12 11 23

*All primary point stats via NaturalStatTrick.com

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 1/17 games)

  • Eichel: 17 EVG (T-7th), 33 EVG (T-9th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 3 SHP (T-4th), 176 S (5th)
  • O’Reilly: 639 FOW (1st), 61.1% FO% (1st), 1,046 FO (2nd)
  • Ristolainen: 26:10 TOI/GP (4th)

BUF-NYR CONNECTIONS
Former Rangers:

  • Justin Falk spent part of the 2013-14 season with the Rangers, playing in 21 games for New York, where he compiled two points (0+2).
  • Chad Johnson played six games for the rangers from 2009 to 2011 and posted a 4-1-1 record with a 2.59 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage.
  • Benoit Pouliot played one season in New York and recorded a career-high 36 points (15+21) in 80 games for the Rangers.

Jack Eichel:

  • Represented the United States alongside Brady Skjei at the 2014 World Junior Championship.

Justin Falk:

  • Teammates with Michael Grabner for the Spokane Chiefs (WHL) from 2005-2007.

Josh Gorges:

  • Teammates with David Desharnais for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2014.

Chad Johnson:

  • He and Michael Grabner were both members of the New York Islanders during the 2014-15 season.

Evander Kane:

  • Played with Ondrej Pavelec for the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets from 2009-2015.
  • Played with Marc Staal at the 2010 World Championship for Team Canada.
  • Represented Canada at the 2011 World Championship along with Rick Nash.

Johan Larsson:

  • Teammates with Jesper Fast for Team Sweden at the 2011 World Junior Championship.

Robin Lehner:

  • Played alongside Mika Zibanejad for the Ottawa Senators from 2011-2015.
  • Teammates with Jesper Fast for Team Sweden at the 2011 World Junior Championship.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played with J.T. Miller and Jimmy Vesey at the 2013 World Junior Championship representing the United States. Miller was also a member of the 2009-10 United States NTDP squad along with McCabe.
  • Skated alongside Kevin Hayes at the 2014 World Championship representing the United States. The two were also members of the United States NTDP during the 2009-10 season.
  • Represented the United States with Brady Skjei at the 2016 World Championship.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Teammates with Paul Carey and Nick Holden for the Colorado Avalanche from 2013-2015.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played with Michael Grabner for the New York Islanders from 2010-2015.
  • Shares a hometown of St. Paul, Minnesota with Ryan McDonagh.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with David Desharnais for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2011.

2015 Hobey Baker Memorial Award:

  • Jack Eichel and Jimmy Vesey were both finalists for the 2015 Hobey Baker Memorial Award. Eichel won the award, while Vesey was a runner-up.

NHL Draft:

  • Benoit Pouliot (4th overall) and Marc Staal (12th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2005 NHL Draft.
  • Kyle Okposo (7th overall) and Michael Grabner (14th overall) were selected in the first round of the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • The fourth round of the 2007 NHL Draft saw both Justin Falk (110th overall) and Steven Kampfer (93rd overall) go off the board.
  • Evander Kane (4th overall) and Peter Holland (15th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) was selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft along with Brady Skjei (28th overall).

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (99), McCabe (97), Kane (90)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (66), Scandella (65), Ristolainen (58)
Shots: Kane (176), Eichel (151), O’Reilly (111)

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: 3-3-4 (9), 22/27, 3/22, 21/26
41-50: 1-4-0 (2), 13/22, 2/14, 8/15

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-8; 110-119 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)
Dec. 27 at NYI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barzal)
Dec. 29 at NJD: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen)
Jan. 1 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Miller)

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Wins
Buffalo Sabres … 1 home win … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Robin Lehner … 1 game … 200 career games played
Benoit Pouliot … 7 games … 600 career games played
Assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 1 assist … 100 career assists
Points
Zemgus Girgensons … 7 points … 100 career points
Ryan O’Reilly … 9 points … 400 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
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