Game Preview: 2/13/18 vs. Tampa Bay

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LAST GAME
Sunday, February 11
Colorado 5 at Buffalo 4
Goals: Pouliot, Nelson, O’Reilly, Kane
Goalie: Lehner (22 saves/27 shots)
PP: 1/5; PK: 4/5; Shots: Buffalo 32 – Colorado 27

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 196)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 13 games
Jake McCabe (thumb, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 3 games
Jack Eichel (high-ankle sprain, Feb. 11) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/11: Recalled F Nicholas Baptiste from Rochester (AHL); Placed D Jake McCabe on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Feb. 15: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 17: Los Angeles at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 19: Washington at Buffalo, 3 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 22: Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 24: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
LIGHTNING at SABRES

  • This is the second of four meetings between the Sabres and Lightning this season.
  • Last meeting: Tampa Bay defeated Buffalo 2-0 in Buffalo on Nov. 28, 2017
  • Next meeting: Wednesday, Feb. 28 in Tampa
  • The Sabres are 1-8-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Lightning; 2-5-3 at home.
  • This is the 96th game all-time between Buffalo and Tampa Bay; Buffalo has a 52-35-8 series record.
  • The Sabres are 24-18-5 at home against the Lightning all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-5-5 all-time on February 13.
  • February 13, 2004: The Sabres score seven unanswered goals in an 18-minute span and get points from 12 players to top the Los Angeles Kings 8-3 in Buffalo.
  • February 13, 2011: Drew Stafford scores three goals for his league-high fourth hat trick of the 2010-11 season.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 14 points (4+10) in his last 12 games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen, who enters tonight on a three-game point streak, has 16 points (4+12) in his last 19 games, dating back to Dec. 29. Ristolainen’s 16 points during that span tied for fourth among NHL defensemen entering play Monday.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded 14 points (3+11) in his last 14 games, including four multi-point games.
  • Casey Nelson, who scored his first NHL goal on Sunday vs. Colorado, has points in three of his last four games.
  • Evander Kane and Benoit Pouliot each have goals in the Sabres’ last two games.

PLAYING WITH POWER

  • The Sabres have tallied at least one power-play goal in 11 of their last 15 games dating back to Jan. 7 at Philadelphia (and went 0-for-0 on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus), converting at a 31.1 percent clip during that span.
  • Buffalo’s power-play percentage during this stretch led the league entering play Monday, as did the team’s 14 power-play goals.
  • During that stretch, the Sabres have five players with at least six power-play points.
  • Ryan O’Reilly led the league entering play Monday with six power-play goals scored since Jan. 7. Kyle Okposo (nine power-play points each) tied for second in power-play points during that stretch.
  • O’Reilly has taken 74.4 percent of the team’s power-play faceoffs during that span, going 48-for-67 (71.6%).
  • O’Reilly’s 10 power-play goals this season tied for fourth in the league entering play Monday.

DANGEROUS KILLERS

  • The Sabres scored two shorthanded goals on Sunday vs. Colorado, marking the second time this season the team has scored two shorthanded goals in a game (last: Oct. 7 at NY Islanders).
  • Buffalo entered play Monday tied for the league lead with nine shorthanded goals this season, the team’s highest total since the 2007-08 season (9).
  • Entering play Monday, the Sabres were the only team with three players who have scored at least two shorthanded goals this season (Kane – 3, Girgensons – 2, Pouliot – 2).
  • Ryan O’Reilly’s four shorthanded assists led the league before Monday’s games, and his four shorthanded points tied for second.

HOT AT HOME

  • Kyle Okposo has totaled 14 points (2+12) in his last 14 home games, including three multi-point home games in the month of January.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 14 points (6+8) in 11 home games dating back to the team’s game on Dec. 22 vs. Philadelphia, tallying at least one point in all but two games.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled seven points (2+5) in his last seven home games.

DRAWING ATTENTION*

  • Ryan O’Reilly went 29-for-39 (74.4%) on the draw on Sunday vs. Colorado. The 29 wins set a new career-high mark for O’Reilly, topping his previous high of 26 (Feb. 8 vs. St. Louis). He now holds the eight highest single-game totals in franchise history.
  • Since the NHL began keeping faceoff stats in 1997-98, only five players have won more than 29 faceoffs in a regular-season game:
    • Travis Green (NYI), 11/8/97 – 33
    • Doug Weight (EDM), 11/5/97 – 32
    • Patrice Bergeron (BOS), 2/24/15 – 31
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2/5/02 – 30
    • Sergei Fedorov (DET), 10/25/00 – 30
  • O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (831) and faceoff percentage (61.3%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 831 wins already rank as the sixth-most wins by a Sabre in a season and are on pace to become the third-most by any NHL player in a season:
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2005-06 – 1,268
    • Adam Oates (WSH), 1999-00 – 1,235
    • Ryan O’Reilly pace (BUF), 2017-18 1,224
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2001-02 – 1,218
    • Joe Sakic (COL), 2000-01 – 1,214
  • At his current pace, O’Reilly would become just the third player ever to win at least 1,000 faceoffs in a season while maintaining a faceoff percentage of at least 59 percent, joining Rod Brind-Amour (five times) and Patrice Bergeron (two times).

*The NHL began keeping faceoff stats in the 1997-98 season.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 2/12 games)

  • Girgensons: 2 SHG (T-5th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 205 S (5th), 3 SHP (T-6th)
  • O’Reilly: 831 FOW (1st), 61.3% FO% (1st), 1,355 FO (2nd), 4 SHP (T-2nd), 10 PPG (T-4th)
  • Pouliot: 2 SHG (T-5th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:26 TOI/GP (3rd)

BUF-TBL CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Cory Conacher was a member of the Sabres for part of the 2013-14 season, when he posted six points (3+3) in 19 games for Buffalo.

Local Players:

  • Ryan Callahan was born in Rochester, New York and played for the Buffalo Lightning (OPJHL) during the 2001-02 season.

Justin Falk

  • Teammates with Ryan Callahan, Anton Stralman and Dan Girardi for the New York Rangers in 2013-14.
  • Played with Tyler Johnson for the Spokane Chiefs (WHL) during the 2007-08 season.

Josh Gorges:

  • Represented Canada alongside Braydon Coburn at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Chad Johnson

  • Played with Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi on the New York Rangers from 2009-2011.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played at the 2012 World Championship for Team Sweden alongside Victor Hedman.
  • Was born on July 25, 1992, two years to the day before Andrei Vasilevskiy.

Robin Lehner:

  • Played with Cory Conacher for the Ottawa Senators from 2012-2014.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • He was born on Feb. 7, 1991, exactly one year after Steven Stamkos.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with Ryan Callahan, Anton Stralman and Dan Girardi for the New York Rangers in 2013-14.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Brayden Point was a member of Team Canada along with Reinhart at the 2015 World Junior Championship.

Scott Wilson:

  • Teammates with Chris Kunitz for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2014-2017.

World Championships:

  • Multiple Sabres have played with Steven Stamkos for Team Canada at World Championships. Evander Kane played with Stamkos in 2010 and Ryan O’Reilly represented Canada alongside Stamkos in 2013, and again in 2016 World Cup.
  • Chad Johnson, Ryan O’Reilly, Brayden Point and Alex Killorn all played for Team Canada at the World Championship in 2017.
  • Victor Antipin, Andrei Vasilevskiy and Nikita Kucherov played together on the Russian team at the World Junior Championship in 2012.
  • Victor Antipin, Vladislav Namestnikov, Andrei Vasilevskiy and Nikita Kucherov were teammates for Russia at the 2017 World Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Jacob Josefson (20th overall), Evander Kane (4th overall) and Victor Hedman (2nd overall) were all first-round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Nathan Beaulieu (17th overall) and Vladislav Namestnikov (27th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall), Slater Koekkoek (10th overall) and Andrei Vasilevskiy (19th overall) were all first-round picks in the 2012 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (137), McCabe (110), Kane (109)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (83), McCabe (79), Ristolainen (68)
Shots: Kane (205), Eichel (201), O’Reilly (146)

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: 2-3-1 (5), 17/19, 4/14, 21/26

OVERTIME RESULTS (3-9; 111-120 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)
Feb. 6 vs. ANA: L, 4-3 (GWG-Henrique)

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Points
Zemgus Girgensons … 4 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Buffalo Sabres … 1,000th regular-season home win … Feb. 8 vs. NY Islanders
Jacob Josefson … 300th NHL game … Feb. 10 at Boston
Ryan O’Reilly … 400th NHL point … Feb. 11 vs. Colorado
Casey Nelson … 1st NHL goal … Feb. 11 vs. Colorado

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