Game Preview: 2/6/18 vs. Anaheim

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LAST GAME
Saturday, February 3
St. Louis 1 at Buffalo 0
Goals: N/A
Goalie: Lehner (32 saves/33 shots)
PP: 0/4; PK: 1/1; Shots: St. Louis 33 – Buffalo 27

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 187)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 9 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/1: Activated F Jacob Josefson from IR
2/3: Activated D Nathan Beaulieu from IR; Assigned F Nicholas Baptiste to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Feb. 8: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 10: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 11: Colorado at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 13: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 15: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
DUCKS at SABRES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Ducks this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Anaheim 3-1 in Anaheim on Oct. 15, 2017
  • The Sabres are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Ducks; 6-4-0 at home
  • This is the 36th game all-time between Buffalo and Anaheim; Buffalo has an 18-14-3 series record.
  • The Sabres are 8-6-3 at home against the Ducks all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-9-4 all-time on February 6.
  • February 6, 1972: Jim Lorentz and Rick Martin each score a pair of goals as the Sabres defeat the Boston Bruins 8-2 at the Aud. Lorentz would finish the game with four points.
  • February 6, 1986: Dave Andreychuk scores a franchise-record five goals and adds one assist in an 8-6 win at Boston.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is the fourth in a five-game home stand and the third of nine home games in February.
  • Sabres goaltenders Robin Lehner and Chad Johnson have combined to stop 156 of the 161 shots (.969) they have faced at even strength in Buffalo’s last six games.
  • The Sabres have won five straight games against Pacific Division opponents. A win tonight would stretch that streak to six games for the first time since the team won seven in a row from Nov. 19, 2010 to Oct. 8, 2011.
  • A win tonight would give the Sabres three consecutive wins against the Ducks for the first time since Buffalo won three in a row from Dec. 21, 2010 to Feb. 29, 2012.
  • With a point in each of his last three matchups with the Ducks (1+2), Ryan O’Reilly has totaled 15 points (7+8) in 22 career meetings.
  • Kyle Okposo has totaled nine points (5+4) in nine career games against Anaheim.
  • Nathan Beaulieu has recorded an assist in each of his last two meetings with the Ducks.

SHUTTING OUT THE DUCKS

  • The Sabres have shut out the Ducks seven times in the 35 all-time games between the clubs (Dominik Hasek-3, Martin Biron-2, Chad Johnson-1, Ryan Miller-1).
  • This amounts to one shutout for every five meetings, the Sabres’ highest shutout-to-games ratio against any NHL team. The next highest current ratio is 9.67 games per shutout (Columbus, three shutouts in 29 games).
  • The Sabres’ last shutout against the Ducks occurred five meetings ago (Dec. 17, 2015 in Buffalo).

WHO’S HOT?

  • Robin Lehner has stopped 120 of 123 shots (.976) in his last four games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 13 points (3+10) in his last 15 games, dating back to Dec. 29. Ristolainen’s 13 points during that span ranked fourth among NHL defensemen entering play Monday.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded 11 points (3+8) in his last 10 games, including four multi-point games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded 10 points (5+5) in his last 11 games.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled eight points (3+5) in his last eight games.

HOT AT HOME

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 16 points (10+6) in 16 home games dating back to Nov. 20 vs. CBJ.
  • Kyle Okposo has totaled 11 points (2+9) in his last 11 home games, including three multi-point home games in the month of January.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has nine points (3+6) in eight home games dating back to the team’s game on Dec. 22 vs. Philadelphia.

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 30 points (13+17) in 27 games since the beginning of December.
  • During that stretch, Eichel ranked in the top 10 in the league in goals (T-8th, 13), points (T-10th, 30), even-strength goals (T-3rd, 11) and shots (T-3rd, 107) entering play Monday.
  • Eichel scored at least two goals in four of those 27 games and entered play Monday tied for 11th 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-18th in ES points entering play Friday).
  • 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). Through 52 games, Eichel now has 18 even-strength goals.
  • With his 35th even-strength point 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 52 20 29 49 18 17 35
2017-18 (Pace) 82 32 46 77 28 27 55

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 52 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 entering play Monday)

  • Eichel: 18 EVG (T-8th), 188 S (8th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 3 SHP (T-5th), 194 S (5th)
  • O’Reilly: 757 FOW (1st), 61.7% FO% (1st), 1,227 FO (2nd)
  • Ristolainen: 26:18 TOI/GP (4th)

BUF-ANA CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Derek Grant played in 40 games for the Sabres during the 2016-17 season and recorded three assists.
  • Ryan Miller spent parts of 11 seasons as a member of the Sabres from 2002-2014. Drafted by Buffalo in the fifth round of the 1999 NHL Draft (138th overall), Miller compiled a record of 284-186-56 over a total of 540 games, earning franchise-record totals in games played and wins.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played with John Gibson for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Justin Falk:

  • Played with Ryan Getzlaf for the Calgary Hitmen (WHL) during the 2004-05 season.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Ryan Getzlaf for Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Chad Johnson:

  • Played with Antoine Vermette for the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2012-13 season.

Jacob Josefson

  • Represented Sweden alongside Jakob Silfverberg at the 2010 World Junior Championship.

Evander Kane:

  • Played with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry on Team Canada at the 2012 World Championship. Kane and Perry were also on the 2010 World Championship squad,
  • He and Antoine Vermette were teammates for Team Canada at the 2011 World Championship.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played with Jakob Silfverberg for Team Sweden at the 2012 World Championship.

Robin Lehner:

  • He and Derek Grant were teammates for the Ottawa Senators from 2012-2014 and for the Binghamton Senators (AHL) from 2010-2013. Jakob Silfverberg was also on the team during the 2012-13 season.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played with John Gibson for the United States at the 2013 World Junior Championship and the 2014 World Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played with Cam Fowler and John Gibson for Team USA at the 2012 World Championship.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Played with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry on Team Canada at the 2012 World Championship. They were also teammates for Canada at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Perry and O’Reilly also represented Canada at the 2016 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Reto Berra for the Colorado Avalanche from 2013-2015.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Played with Nick Ritchie for Team Canada at the 2015 World Junior Championship.
  • Teammates with Corey Perry for Team Canada at the 2016 World Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Benoit Pouliot (4th overall) and Andrew Cogliano (25th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2005 NHL Draft. They were also both on the 2006 Canadian World Junior team that took home the gold medal.
  • Ryan O’Reilly (33rd overall), Robin Lehner (46th overall) and Jakob Silfverberg (39th overall) were second-round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Nathan Beaulieu (17th overall) and Rickard Rakell (30th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Hampus Lindholm (6th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Nick Ritchie (10th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (119), McCabe (109), Kane (101)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (76), Scandella (74), Ristolainen (64)
Shots: Kane (194), Eichel (188), O’Reilly (135)

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: 3-4-3 (9), 24/33, 3/25, 23/28
41-50: 4-6-0 (8), 27/31, 10/33, 15/26
51-60: 0-2-0 (0), 2/5, 1/4, 9/11

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 … 1 game … 600 career games played
Jacob Josefson … 3 games … 300 career games played
Jack Eichel … 6 games … 200 career games played
Assists
Jack Eichel … 6 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Ryan O’Reilly … 4 points … 400 career points
Zemgus Girgensons … 5 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
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