Game Preview: 1/23/18 at EDM

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LAST GAME
Monday, January 22
Buffalo 2 at Calgary 1 (OT)
Goals: Wilson, Eichel
Goalie: Johnson (32 saves/33 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 2/3; Shots: Buffalo 33 – Calgary 33

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 173)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Victor Antipin (illness, Dec. 29) – 10 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 4 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 4 games
Josh Gorges (illness, Jan. 22) –1 game
Nathan Beaulieu (undisclosed, Jan. 23; injured reserve) – 0 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 D Zach Bogosian on IR
1/23: Recalled D Matt Tennyson from Rochester (AHL); Placed D Nathan Beaulieu on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Tuesday, Feb. 6: Anaheim at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at OILERS

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Oilers this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Edmonton 3-1 in Buffalo on Nov. 24
  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Oilers; 5-4-1 on the road.
  • This is the 75th game all-time between Buffalo and Edmonton; Buffalo has a 25-38-11 series record.
  • The Sabres are 10-23-3 on the road against the Oilers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-8-3 all-time on January 23.
  • January 23, 1984: The Sabres wrap up a franchise-record 10-game winning streak on the way to an 11-0-2 January with a 5-3 win at Boston.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game continues a three-game Pacific Division road trip for the Sabres, which began with a 2-1 overtime win last night at Calgary. It wraps up on Thursday night in Vancouver.
  • Buffalo is 10-4-1 with a plus-19 goal differential (51-32) in their last 15 games against Edmonton.
  • With a win tonight, the Sabres will have defeated the Oilers in four straight meetings for the first time since Buffalo won each of the six matchups between the teams from Jan. 16, 2006 to Jan. 3, 2012.

STRIKING OIL

  • Kyle Okposo has tallied 12 points (7+5) in 11 career games against Edmonton.
  • Robin Lehner is 3-1-1 in five career games against the Oilers with a .940 save percentage and a 1.78 goals-against average.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 23 points (9+14) in his last 21 games against the Oilers, including seven (3+4) in four games since joining the Sabres.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 10 points (2+8) in eight career games against the Oilers, including multi-point outings in each of his last three meetings with Edmonton.
  • Evander Kane has recorded two points in each of his last two meetings with the Oilers.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel enters tonight’s game on a six-game point streak, with 10 points (4+6) in those games.
    • Eichel’s streak ties as the fifth-longest active streak in the NHL, one behind a four-way tie for the longest (Jamie Benn, Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Huberdeau, Alexander Radulov).
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded six points (2+4) in his six games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 10 points (3+7) in his last 10 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 10 points during that span rank third among NHL defensemen.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded seven points (2+5) in his last five games.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s 11th of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 2-1 overtime win at Calgary. The Sabres are 4-7-0 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 21 points (11+10) in his last 15 games, dating back to Dec. 15.
  • Eichel ranks in the top 10 in the league in goals (T-3rd, 11), points (T-4th, 21), even-strength goals (T-1st, 10), even-strength points (T-7th, 15) and shots (2nd, 70) during that stretch.
  • Eichel scored at least two goals in four of those 15 games and is 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 (8th in NHL in ES goals, T-9th in ES points).
  • 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 34th even-strength point in his 47th game of the season on Jan. 23 at Calgary surpassed his total from last season (61 games). He is now just one 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 47 19 26 45 18 16 34
2017-18 (Pace) 82 33 45 79 31 28 59

 

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

  • Of Jack Eichel’s 45 points so far this season, 23 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes 6-on-5 situations).
  • Through 47 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)

  • Eichel: 167 S (8th), 18 EVG (8th), 34 EVP (T-9th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 3 SHP (T-5th), 187 S (5th)
  • O’Reilly: 684 FOW (1st), 61.5% FO% (1st), 1,113 FO (2nd)
  • Ristolainen: 26:17 TOI/GP (4th)

BUF-EDM CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Buffalo drafted Andrej Sekera in third round (71st overall) of the 2004 NHL Draft and he went on to play seven seasons in blue and gold. The defenseman had 92 points (17+75) and a plus-6 rating in 339 games for the Sabres.
  • Drafted by the Sabres in the first round (13th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft, Zack Kassian played in 27 games for the Sabres during the 2011-12 season. He had seven points (3+4) in 27 games.

Former Oilers:

  • Benoit Pouliot was an Oiler for three seasons from 2014-2017. He posted 84 points (41+43) in 180 games during his time in Edmonton.

Justin Falk:

  • He and Cam Talbot were both members of the New York Rangers during the 2013-14 season.

Josh Gorges:

  • Teammates with Michael Cammalleri for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2012.

Chad Johnson:

  • Played with Milan Lucic for the Boston Bruins during the 2013-14 season.
  • Teammates with Ryan Strome for the New York Islanders during the 2014-15 season.

Evander Kane:

  • He and Milan Lucic were both born in Vancouver, British Columbia. They were also teammates for the Vancouver Giants (WHL) during the 2006-07 season.

Jordan Nolan:

  • Teammates with Milan Lucic for the Los Angeles Kings during the 2015-16 season.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Teammates with Ryan Strome for the New York Islanders from 2013-2016.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with Michael Cammalleri for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2011.
  • Played with Milan Lucic for the Boston Bruins during the 2011-12 season.
  • He and Cam Talbot were both members of the New York Rangers during the 2013-14 season.

International Teammates:

  • 2010 World Championship (Canada): Evander Kane and Kris Russell.
  • 2014 World Junior Championship (Canada): Sam Reinhart and Connor McDavid.
  • 2015 World Junior Championship (Canada): Sam Reinhart, Connor McDavid and Darnell Nurse.
  • 2016 World Championship (Canada): Ryan O’Reilly, Sam Reinhart, Connor McDavid and Cam Talbot.
  • 2016 World Cup (North America): Jack Eichel and Connor McDavid.

NHL Draft:

  • Jason Pominville (55th overall) and Michael Cammalleri (49th overall) were both selected in the second round of the 2001 NHL Draft.
  • Evander Kane (4th overall by Atlanta) and Zack Kassian (13th overall by Buffalo) were both selected in the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) was taken one pick after Darnell Nurse (7th overall) in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) was taken one pick before Leon Draisaitl (3rd overall) in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.
  • Jack Eichel (2nd overall) and Connor McDavid (1st overall) were the top two picks in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (106), McCabe (102), Kane (94)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (72), Scandella (72), Ristolainen (61)
Shots: Kane (187), Eichel (167), O’Reilly (119)

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: 2-6-0 (4), 19/34, 5/25, 13/22

OVERTIME RESULTS (3-8; 111-119 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)
Jan. 22 at CGY: W, 2-1 (GWG-Eichel)

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 … 4 games … 600 career games played
Assists
Jack Eichel … 9 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Zemgus Girgensons … 7 points … 100 career points
Ryan O’Reilly … 8 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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