Game Preview: 1/25/18 at VAN

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LAST GAME
Tuesday, January 23
Buffalo 5 at Edmonton 0
Goals: O’Reilly (2), Reinhart, Girgensons, Eichel
Goalie: Lehner (33 saves/33 shots)
PP: 3/4; PK: 2/2; Shots: Buffalo 34 – Edmonton 33

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 177)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Jacob Josefson (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 5 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 5 games
Josh Gorges (illness, Jan. 22) –2 games
Nathan Beaulieu (undisclosed, Jan. 23; injured reserve) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
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
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.
Thursday, Feb. 8: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at CANUCKS

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Canucks this season.
  • Last meeting: Vancouver defeated Buffalo 4-2 in Buffalo on Oct. 20
  • The Sabres are 3-7-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Canucks; 1-8-1 on the road.
  • This is the 120th game all-time between Buffalo and Vancouver; Buffalo has a 48-52-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 17-31-11 on the road against the Canucks all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 12-7-2 all-time on January 25.
  • January 25, 1977: Rick Martin scores two third-period goals – including the game-winner – to lead the Wales Conference All-Star Team to a 4-3 victory, earning MVP honors.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game concludes a three-game Pacific Division road trip for the Sabres, which began with a 2-1 overtime win on Monday at Calgary and a 5-0 win at Edmonton on Tuesday.
  • Chad Johnson is 1-1-1 in three career starts against the Canucks with a .950 save percentage and a 1.64 goals-against average
  • The home team has won 12 of the last 16 games between these teams, including five of the last seven.
  • The Sabres need a win tonight to avoid losing five straight matchups with the Canucks for the first time since the team lost six straight from March 10, 1991 to March 1, 1993.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel enters tonight’s game on a seven-game point streak, with 14 points (5+9) in those games.
    • Entering play Wednesday, Eichel’s streak was the fourth-longest active streak in the NHL, one behind a three-way tie for the longest (Jamie Benn, Sidney Crosby, Alexander Radulov).
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded eight points (4+4) in his last seven games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 12 points (3+9) in his last 11 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 12 points during that span ranked third among NHL defensemen entering play Wednesday.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded 14 points (3+11) in his last 14 games, including four multi-point games in his last six contests.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled six points (2+4) in his last four games.

EVEN-KEELED

  • Sabres goaltenders Robin Lehner and Chad Johnson have combined to stop all 56 shots faced at even strength in Buffalo’s last two games, with each goalie stopping 28 even-strength shots in his respective start.
  • The Sabres’ goaltenders last played consecutive games without allowing an even-strength goal on Oct. 14 and 15, 2017 (excludes one empty-net goal against).
  • The team’s goaltenders have not gone three straight games without allowing an even-strength goal since Jhonas Enroth stopped each of the 82 even-strength shots he faced from Nov. 22 to 28, 2014.

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 25 points (12+13) in his last 16 games, dating back to Dec. 15.
  • Entering play Wednesday, Eichel ranked in the top 10 in the league in goals (T-1st, 12), points (T-1st, 25), even-strength goals (2nd, 10), even-strength points (T-6th, 16) and shots (1st, 75) during that stretch.
  • Eichel scored at least two goals in four of those 16 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 (T-8th in NHL in ES goals, T-10th 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).
  • With his 35th even-strength goal in his 48th game of the season on Jan. 24 at Edmonton, Eichel matched 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 48 20 29 49 18 17 35
2017-18 (Pace) 82 34 50 84 31 29 60

 

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

  • Of Jack Eichel’s 49 points so far this season, 23 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes 6-on-5 situations).
  • Through 48 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 1/24 games)

  • Eichel: 172 S (8th), 18 EVG (T-8th), 34 EVP (T-10th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 3 SHP (T-5th), 188 S (5th)
  • O’Reilly: 696 FOW (1st), 61.4% FO% (1st), 1,134 FO (2nd)
  • Ristolainen: 26:14 TOI/GP (4th)

BUF-VAN CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Though he never played for Buffalo, Alex Biega was drafted by the Sabres in the fifth round (147th overall) of the 2006 NHL Draft. He posted 66 points (13+53) and a plus-24 rating in 198 games for the Portland Pirates and Rochester Americans (AHL) while he was a part of the Sabres’ organization.
  • Anders Nilsson spent the 2016-17 season with the Sabres, posting a 10-10-4 record with a 2.67 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage that ranked 10th in the NHL.
  • Thomas Vanek was a member of the Sabres for just over eight seasons from 2005-2013. Drafted by Buffalo in the first round (5th overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft, Vanek finished his career with the Sabres ranked 10th in franchise history in points (497), fifth in goals (254), 13th in assists (243), fourth in power-play goals (106) and fourth in game-winning goals (41).

Justin Falk:

  • Played with Michael Del Zotto for the New York Rangers during the 2013-14 season.
  • Teammates with Michael Chaput for the Columbus Blue Jackets from 2014-2016.

Zemgus Girgensons:

  • Played with Alex Biega for the Rochester Americans during the 2012-13 season.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Thomas Vanek for the Montreal Canadiens during the 2013-14 season.

Chad Johnson:

  • He and Michael Del Zotto were teammates for the New York Rangers from 2009-2011.

Evander Kane:

  • Represented Canada alongside Michael Del Zotto at the 2010 World Championship.

Johan Larsson:

  • Represented Sweden alongside Loui Eriksson at the 2012 World Championship.
  • Played with Alex Biega for the Rochester Americans from 2012-13.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played with Anders Nilsson for the New York Islanders during the 2011-12 and 2013-14 seasons. Thomas Vanek was also on the team during part of the 2013-14 season.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Played for Team Canada alongside Erik Gudbranson at the 2009 World U18 Championship.
  • Represented Canada alongside Ben Hutton and Christopher Tanev at the 2016 World Championship.

Jason Pominville:

  • Teammates with Thomas Vanek for the Minnesota Wild from 2014-2016.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Played with Derek Dorsett and Michael Del Zotto for the New York Rangers during the 2013-14 season.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Reinhart was born in West Vancouver.
  • Represented Canada alongside Bo Horvat and Derrick Pouliot at the 2014 World Junior Championship.
  • Played for Team Canada alongside Jake Virtanen at the 2015 World Junior Championship.
  • Represented Canada alongside Ben Hutton and Christopher Tanev at the 2016 World Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland alongside Markus Granlund at the 2013 World Junior Championship.

Marco Scandella:

  • Teammates with Thomas Vanek for the Minnesota Wild from 2014-2016.

NHL Draft:

  • Chad Johnson (125th overall) and Alex Biega (147th overall) were fifth-round picks in the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Marco Scandella (55th overall) and Jacob Markstrom (31st overall) were both second-round picks in the 2008 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall), Derrick Pouliot (8th overall) and Brendan Gaunce (26th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Bo Horvat (9th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Jake Virtanen (6th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.
  • The first round of the 2015 NHL Draft saw both Jack Eichel (2nd overall) and Brock Boeser (23rd overall) go off the board.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (108), McCabe (104), Kane (96)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (74), Scandella (72), Ristolainen (62)
Shots: Kane (188), Eichel (172), O’Reilly (123)

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: 3-6-0 (6), 24/34, 8/29, 15/24

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
Jack Eichel … 10 games … 200 career games played
Assists
Jack Eichel … 6 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Zemgus Girgensons … 6 points … 100 career points
Ryan O’Reilly … 6 points … 400 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Rasmus Ristolainen … 100 NHL assists … Jan. 20 vs. Dallas

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