Game Preview: 1/22/18 at CGY

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LAST GAME
Saturday, January 20
Dallas 7 at Buffalo 1
Goals: Reinhart
Goalie: Lehner (15 saves/19 shots)/Johnson (10 saves/13 shots)
PP: 1/4; PK: 1/2; Shots: Dallas 32 – Buffalo 27

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 169)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Victor Antipin (illness, Dec. 29) – 9 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 3 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 3 games
Nathan Beaulieu (illness, Jan. 18) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/17: Recalled D Casey Nelson from Rochester (AHL)
1/18: Activated D Victor Antipin from IR
1/19: Recalled F Nicholas Baptiste from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Zach Bogosian on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Thursday, Feb. 1: Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 3: St. Louis at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at FLAMES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Flames this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Calgary 4-2 in Buffalo on Nov. 21, 2016
  • Next meeting: Wednesday, March 7 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Flames; 1-8-1 on the road.
  • This is the 106th game all-time between Buffalo and Calgary/Atlanta; Buffalo has a 51-36-18 series record.
  • The Sabres are 18-23-12 on the road against the Flames all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-6-1 all-time on January 22.
  • January 22, 1988: Phil Housley records his second career hat trick in a 7-3 win over New Jersey. Housley still holds the Sabres’ franchise record for most career hat tricks by defenseman (2).  
  • January 22, 1989: Lindy Ruff scores his 100th NHL goal in a 6-4 win at home against the Bruins.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game kicks off a three-game Pacific Division road trip for the Sabres. It continues tomorrow night at Edmonton and wraps up on Thursday night in Vancouver.
  • After going 2-0-1 in their last three meetings, a win or overtime loss tonight would give the Sabres points in four straight games against the Flames for the first time since they went 7-0-2 against Calgary from Feb. 18, 1997 to Nov. 23, 2001
  • The home team has won 18 of the last 20 games between these teams, dating back to the 1999-00 season. The Sabres’ last win in Calgary was on Oct. 18, 2003.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 14 points (5+9) in his last 11 games against the Flames, including five multi-point efforts. He enters tonight’s game on a six-game point streak against Calgary, having tallied nine points (3+6) in those six games.
  • Kyle Okposo has 10 points (2+8) in 10 career games against the Flames, including three two-point games in his last five meetings with Calgary.
  • Evander Kane has eight points (3+5) in eight career games against Calgary.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel enters tonight’s game on a five-game point streak, with nine points (3+6) in those games.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded 10 points (2+8) in his last 10 games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded five points (2+3) in his last five games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has nine points (3+6) in his last nine 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 nine points during that span tied for third among NHL defensemen entering play Sunday.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s 11th of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night at Edmonton. The Sabres are 3-7-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-6-2 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (0), three points (0), two points (5), one point (2) and zero points (3).

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 20 points (10+10) in his last 14 games, dating back to Dec. 15.
  • Eichel ranked in the top 10 in the league in goals (T-4th, 10), points (6th, 20), even-strength goals (T-2nd, 9), even-strength points (T-5th, 14) and shots (T-2nd, 60) during that stretch entering play Sunday.
  • Eichel scored at least two goals in four of those 14 games and entered play Sunday 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-8th in NHL in ES goals, T-16th in ES points entering play Sunday).
  • 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 46 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 46 18 26 44 17 16 33
2017-18 (Pace) 82 32 46 78 30 29 59

 

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

  • Of Jack Eichel’s 44 points so far this season, 23 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes 6-on-5 situations).
  • Through 46 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).

*All primary point stats via NaturalStatTrick.com

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 1/21 games)

  • Eichel: 17 EVG (T-8th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 3 SHP (T-4th), 186 S (5th)
  • O’Reilly: 671 FOW (1st), 61.4% FO% (1st), 1,093 FO (2nd)
  • Ristolainen: 26:07 TOI/GP (5th)

BUF-CGY CONNECTIONS
Former Flames:

  • Phil Housley had two stints with the Calgary Flames from 1994-1996 and 1998-2001. He recorded 238 points (50+188) in 328 total games for the Flames during those five seasons.
  • Goaltender Chad Johnson was a member of the Flames organization during the 2016-17 season. He appeared in 36 games and posted an 18-15-1 record with a .910 save percentage and a 2.59 goals-against average.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played with Johnny Gaudreau for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Chad Johnson:

  • Teammates with Travis Hamonic for the New York Islanders during the 2014-15 season.
  • Played with Mike Smith and Michael Stone for the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2012-13 season.

Evander Kane:

  • He and Troy Brouwer are both from Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Teammates with Matt Giordano for Team Canada at the 2010 World Championship.

Robin Lehner:

  • Played with Curtis Lazar for the Ottawa Senators during the 2014-15 season.

Jake McCabe:

  • Represented the United States alongside Johnny Gaudreau at the 2013 World Junior Championship and again at the 2014 World Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Teammates with Travis Hamonic for the New York Islanders from 2010-2016.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Teammates with Brian Elliot for the Colorado Avalanche during part of the 2010-11 season.
  • Played with TJ Brodie for Team Canada at the 2013 World Championship.
  • Represented Canada alongside Michael Stone at the 2016 World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Represented Canada alongside Curtis Lazar at the 2014 and 2015 World Junior Championships.
  • Represented Canada alongside Michael Stone at the 2016 World Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Marco Scandella (55th overall) was selected two picks after Travis Hamonic (53rd overall) in the second round of the 2008 NHL Draft.
  • Nathan Beaulieu (17th overall) and Dougie Hamilton (9th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2011 NHL Draft. They were also teammates for Team Canada at the 2012 World Junior Championship.
  • The first round of the 2012 NHL Draft saw both Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Mark Jankowski (21st overall) go off the board.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Sean Monahan (6th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) was taken two picks before Sam Bennett (4th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (103), McCabe (100), Kane (94)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (70), Scandella (70), Ristolainen (60)
Shots: Kane (186), Eichel (160), O’Reilly (116)

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: 1-6-0 (2), 17/33, 5/22, 11/19

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
Benoit Pouliot … 5 games … 600 career games played
Assists
Jack Eichel … 9 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Zemgus Girgensons … 7 points … 100 career points
Ryan O’Reilly … 9 points … 400 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Robin Lehner … 200th NHL game … Jan. 18 at NY Rangers
Rasmus Ristolainen … 100 NHL assists … Jan. 20 vs. Dallas

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