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Tuesday, February 13
Tampa Bay 3 at Buffalo 5
Goals: Reinhart (2), Baptiste, Wilson, O’Reilly
Goalie: Johnson (26 saves/29 shots)
PP: 2/3; PK: 4/5; Shots: Buffalo 33 – Tampa Bay 29
CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 199)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 14 games
Jake McCabe (thumb, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 4 games
Jack Eichel (high-ankle sprain, Feb. 11) – 2 games
TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/11: Recalled F Nicholas Baptiste from Rochester (AHL); Placed D Jake McCabe on IR
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.
Sunday, Feb. 25: Boston at Buffalo, 5 p.m.
SABRES at SENATORS
- This is the second of four meetings between the Sabres and Senators this season.
- Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Ottawa 3-2 in Buffalo on Dec. 12, 2017
- Next meeting: Thursday, March 8, 2018 in Ottawa
- The Sabres are 7-1-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Senators; 4-5-1 on the road
- This is the 135th game all-time between Buffalo and Ottawa; Buffalo has a 66-49-19 series record.
- The Sabres are 30-27-11 on the road against the Senators all-time.
THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY
- The Sabres are 10-5-2 all-time on February 15.
- February 15, 1996: The Sabres acquire Darryl Shannon and Michal Grosek from Winnipeg in exchange for Craig Muni and a 1996 first-round draft pick (Daniel Briere) acquired by the team in a three-team trade in November 1995 involving San Jose and Philadelphia.
- February 15, 2011: Jhonas Enroth becomes the first goaltender in NHL history to earn his first three career wins via the shootout.
- February 15, 2015: Zach Bogosian makes his Sabres debut against the Philadelphia Flyers.
I’M SENS-ING A PATTERN
- The Sabres enter tonight’s game with points in nine straight meetings with the Senators (7-0-2) for the first time in the all-time series, including the team’s first four-game winning streak against Ottawa since they won in six straight meetings from Dec. 4, 2010 to Nov. 11, 2011.
- Buffalo won all three road games against Ottawa last season. The Sabres are now on a five-game point streak in visits to Ottawa (4-0-1) that spans the last two seasons and are looking to stretch that streak to six games for the first time in the all-time series.
- Buffalo and Ottawa have had 18 of their last 24 games decided by a single goal. Seven of those games were decided in overtime or a shootout.
- The Sabres are 8-6 all-time in shootouts against the Senators. Their 14 shootouts against Ottawa make up the team’s highest total against any opponent.
HOT AGAINST OTTAWA
- Robin Lehner is 5-0-2 in nine career appearances against his former club with a .955 save percentage and a 1.39 goals-against average. Chad Johnson is 2-2-0 with a .943 save percentage and a 1.59 goals-against average in four career games against the Senators.
- Ryan O’Reilly has 15 points (6+9) in 15 career games against Ottawa, including seven points (4+3) in his last six.
- Kyle Okposo has 14 points (5+9) in 16 games against Ottawa since the beginning of the 2012-13 season, including at least a point in each of the last four (3+2).
- Sam Reinhart has posted seven points (4+3) in his last seven games against the Senators.
- Rasmus Ristolainen has eight assists in his last seven games against Ottawa, including at least an assist in each of his last four (0+6).
SCORING IN BUNCHES
- The Sabres enter tonight’s game having scored at least four goals in each of their last four games for the first time since Nov. 27 to Dec. 4, 2015.
- With four goals tonight, the team would have four or more goals in five consecutive games in a season for the first time since they did it from Feb. 20 to March 2, 2007.
- The Sabres have also scored at least four goals in three consecutive road games for the first time since March 2012.
- With four goals tonight, the team would stretch that streak to four straight road games for the first time since Nov. 2006.
- Buffalo enters tonight’s game with wins in each of the team’s last four road games dating back to Jan. 22. The Sabres have won four straight road games in a season for the first time since the first four road games of the 2011-12 season.
- A win tonight would give the Sabres five straight road wins for the first time since the team won its 10 road games in 2006-07.
- With an overtime loss tonight, the Sabres would have points in five straight road games for the first time since the team went 4-0-1 in a five-game span in March 2012.
- Rasmus Ristolainen has recorded 10 points (3+7) in his last nine road games, including at least a point in each of his last seven.
- Sam Reinhart has totaled eight points (3+5) in eight road games since the beginning of January, including at least a point in each of his last three.
- Kyle Okposo has recorded five points (2+3) in his last five road games.
- Scott Wilson enters tonight’s game with at least a point in his last four road games, totaling five points (2+3) in those games.
- Benoit Pouliot (1+1) and Evan Rodrigues (0+2) each have a point in consecutive road games entering tonight’s contest.
- Robin Lehner earned a shutout in each of his last two road games, stopping all 63 shots faced in those games.
- Chad Johnson has stopped 57 of 60 shots faced in his last two road games (.950), earning wins in both of those contests.
- Ryan O’Reilly enters tonight’s game with back-to-back three-point games. O’Reilly has been playing at a point-per-game clip in his last 22 games, totaling 10 goals and 12 assists since Dec. 22 vs. Philadelphia.
- Sam Reinhart has totaled 16 points (6+10) in his last 13 games.
- Rasmus Ristolainen, who enters tonight on a four-game point streak, has 17 points (4+13) in his last 20 games dating back to Dec. 29. Ristolainen’s 17 points during that span tied for fourth among NHL defensemen entering play Wednesday.
- Kyle Okposo has recorded 15 points (3+12) in his last 15 games, including four multi-point games.
- Casey Nelson, who scored his first NHL goal on Sunday vs. Colorado, has points in four of his last five games (1+3).
- Evan Rodrigues has tallied four points (1+3) in his last four games.
PLAYING WITH POWER
- The Sabres have tallied at least one power-play goal in 12 of their last 16 games dating back to Jan. 7 at Philadelphia (and went 0-for-0 on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus), converting at a 33.3 percent clip during that span.
- Buffalo’s power-play percentage during this stretch led the league entering play Wednesday, as did the team’s 16 power-play goals.
- During that stretch, the Sabres have five players with at least seven power-play points.
- Ryan O’Reilly led the league entering play Wednesday with seven power-play goals scored since Jan. 7. Kyle Okposo tied for the league lead 10 nine power-play points during that stretch.
- O’Reilly has taken 75.8 percent of the team’s power-play faceoffs during that span, going 50-for-72 (69.4%).
- O’Reilly’s 11 power-play goals this season ranked fourth in the league entering play Wednesday.
- 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 Wednesday tied for the league lead with nine shorthanded goals this season, the team’s highest total since the 2007-08 season (9).
- Entering play Wednesday, 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 entering Wednesday’s games, and his four shorthanded points tied for second.
- 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 followed that 29-win performance up by going 25-for-42 (59.5%) on Tuesday vs. Tampa Bay and now holds the nine 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 (856) and faceoff percentage (61.3%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 856 wins already rank as the sixth-most wins by a Sabre in a season and are on pace to become the second-most by any NHL player in a season:
- Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2005-06 – 1,268
- Ryan O’Reilly *pace* (BUF), 2017-18 – 1,238
- Adam Oates (WSH), 1999-00 – 1,235
- 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 2/14 games)
- Girgensons: 2 SHG (T-6th)
- Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 206 S (5th), 3 SHP (T-6th)
- O’Reilly: 856 FOW (1st), 61.3% FO% (1st), 1,397 FO (1st), 4 SHP (T-2nd), 11 PPG (4th)
- Pouliot: 2 SHG (T-6th)
- Ristolainen: 26:28 TOI/GP (3rd)
- Goaltender Robin Lehner was a second-round selection (46th overall) of the Senators in the 2009 NHL Draft. He appeared in 86 games over the course of his time with Ottawa and compiled a 30-36-13 record with a .914 save percentage and a 2.88 goals-against average.
- He was born in Ottawa and played for the Ottawa Senators Minor Midget AAA team (OEMMHL) from 2009-2011.
- Teammates with Mike Hoffman for the Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) during the 2009-10 season.
- Represented Canada alongside Mark Stone at the 2012 World Junior Championship.
- Played with Gabriel Dumont for the Montreral Canadiens from 2012-2015.
- He and Mike Condon played together for the Montreal Canadiens during the 2015-16 season.
- Played with Mike Condon for the United States at the 2016 World Championship.
- Was a member of Team Canada with Dion Phaneuf at the 2004 World Junior Championship.
- Teammates with Tom Pyatt for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2011.
- Represented Sweden alongside Erik Karlsson at the 2009 World Junior Championship.
- Played with Johnny Oduya for the Atlanta Thrasers (2009-2011) and the Winnipeg Jets (2011-12).
- Teammates with Christopher DiDomenico for Canada at the 2009 World Junior Championship.
- Represented Canada with Dion Phaneuf during the 2011 and 2012 World Championships. Matt Duchene was on the club in 2011 and Alexandre Burrows was on the team in 2012.
- Was a member of Team Sweden during the 2012 World Championship along with Erik Karlsson.
- Played for the Colorado Avalanche with Matt Duchene from 2009-2015. Craig Anderson was also on the team from 2009-2011.
- Teammates with Matt Duchene for Team Canada at the 2013, 2015 and 2016 World Championships.
- Played with Alexandre Burrows and Dion Phaneuf for Canada at the 2012 World Championship.
- Represented Canada alongside Derick Brassard and Cody Ceci at the 2016 World Championship.
- He and Matt Duchene represented Canada together at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
- Played with Nate Thompson for the New York Islanders from 2008-2010.
- Teammates with Tom Pyatt for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2011 and again for the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2012-13 season. Nate Thompson was also a member of the Lightning during the 2012-13 campaign.
- Pouliot and Pyatt also represented Canada together at the 2006 World Junior Championship.
- Helped represent Canada at the 2016 World Championship with Derick Brassard, Cody Ceci and Matt Duchene.
- Kyle Okposo (7th overall) was taken one pick after Derick Brassard (6th overall) in the first round of the 2006 NHL Draft.
- Evander Kane (4th overall), Jacob Josefson (20th overall) and Matt Duchene (3rd overall) were all selected in the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
- Zemgus Girgensons and Cody Ceci were back-to-back selections in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft. Girgensons was selected 14th overall while Ceci went 15th overall.
SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (138), McCabe (111), Kane (110)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (83), McCabe (79), Ristolainen (71)
Shots: Kane (206), Eichel (201), O’Reilly (152)
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: 3-3-1 (7), 22/22, 6/17, 25/31
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)
Zemgus Girgensons … 3 points … 100 career points
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