Game Preview: 2/17/18 vs. Los Angeles


Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

Thursday, February 15
Buffalo 2 at Ottawa 3 (OT)
Goals: Wilson, Rodrigues
Goalie: Lehner (33 saves/36 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 4/4; Shots: Ottawa 36 – Buffalo 25

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 202)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 15 games
Jake McCabe (thumb, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 5 games
Jack Eichel (high-ankle sprain, Feb. 11) – 3 games

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

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.
Wednesday, Feb. 28: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.


  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Kings this season.
  • Last meeting: Los Angeles defeated Buffalo 4-2 in Los Angeles on Oct. 14, 2017
  • The Sabres are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Kings; 9-1-0 at home
  • This is the 123rd game all-time between Buffalo and Los Angeles; Buffalo has a 59-44-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 35-16-9 at home against the Kings all-time.


  • The Sabres are 7-9-6 all-time on February 17.
  • February 17, 1982: Gilbert Perreault scores his 383rd career goal (a game-winner) to lift the Sabres a 3-2 victory at Chicago. While he would go on to score 512 goals with the Sabres, Perreault only needed the first 383 to set the franchise record; Rick Martin ranks second in franchise history with 382 goals with the team.
  • February 17, 2001: The Sabres chase Martin Brodeur with four goals on 18 shots on the way to a 5-1 victory.


  • The Sabres have scored at least four goals in three consecutive home games for the first time since January 2017. With four goals today, the team would stretch that streak to four straight home games for the first time since the first four home games of the 2007-08 season.
  • Buffalo and Los Angeles have split the season series in each of the last four seasons and would do so again with a Sabres win today.
  • The Sabres are 61-23-17 (.688) all-time in home games against the Pacific Division
  • Kyle Okposo has five assists in his last three games against the Kings.
  • Jason Pominville is on a four-game point streak against Los Angeles, totaling six points (1+5) in those games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has nine points (5+4) in his last nine games against the Kings.
  • Chad Johnson is 2-0-0 in three career appearances against the Kings with a .942 save percentage.


  • With the exception of the 2011 NHL Premiere* meeting between these teams, the home team has won the last 15 games between the Sabres and the Kings.
  • The last time one of these teams won in the other team’s arena was a 5-1 Sabres victory on Oct. 23, 2003, when the Sabres snapped a six-game winless streak (0-5-1) in road games against the Kings that dated back to March 13, 1996 (6-2 Sabres win).

*The Sabres topped the Kings 4-2 in a road game on Oct. 8, 2011, but the game was held in Berlin, Germany as part of the 2011 NHL Premiere series.


  • The Sabres are 14-1-1 (one tie) in their last 16 home games against the Kings, dating back to a 2-0 Sabres win on Dec. 17, 1993. During this stretch, the Sabres have outscored the Kings 67-25 on home ice.
  • The Kings have not won a game in Buffalo since their 4-1 win at HSBC Arena on Feb. 21, 2003.
  • The Sabres are 8-0-0 at home against Los Angeles since the last Kings win in Buffalo, outscoring the visitors by a combined 39-12 margin in those contests. With a win tonight, the Sabres would extend the longest home-winning streak against the Kings in franchise history.


  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded 18 points (9+9) in his last 17 games.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 16 points (6+10) in his last 14 games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 17 points (4+13) in his last 21 games dating back to Dec. 29. Ristolainen’s 17 points during that span tied for fourth among NHL defensemen entering play Friday.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded 16 points (3+13) in his last 16 games, including four multi-point games.
  • Casey Nelson, who scored his first NHL goal on Sunday vs. Colorado, has points in five of his last six games (1+4).
  • Evan Rodrigues has tallied five points (2+3) in his last five games.
  • Scott Wilson has four points (3+1) in his last four games.


  • 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.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled nine points (4+5) in his last seven home games.
  • Casey Nelson has recorded a point in each of his last four home games (1+3).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has tallied an assist in each of his last three home games.


  • The Sabres have tallied at least one power-play goal in 12 of their last 17 games dating back to Jan. 7 at Philadelphia (and went 0-for-0 on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus), converting at a 32.0 percent clip during that span.
  • Buffalo’s power-play percentage during this stretch led the league entering play Friday, 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 Friday with seven power-play goals scored since Jan. 7. Kyle Okposo tied for the league lead with 10 power-play points during that stretch.
  • O’Reilly has taken 74.7 percent of the team’s power-play faceoffs during that span, going 51-for-74 (68.9%).
  • O’Reilly’s 11 power-play goals this season ranked fourth in the league entering play Friday.


  • 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 Friday tied for the league lead with nine shorthanded goals this season, the team’s highest total since the 2007-08 season (9).
  • Entering play Friday, 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 Friday’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 now holds the nine highest single-game totals in franchise history.
  • O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (867) and faceoff percentage (61.0%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 867 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 1,232
    • 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 2/16 games)

  • Girgensons: 2 SHG (T-6th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 210 S (5th), 3 SHP (T-6th)
  • O’Reilly: 867 FOW (1st), 61.0% FO% (1st), 1,422 FO (1st), 4 SHP (T-2nd), 11 PPG (4th)
  • Pouliot: 2 SHG (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:31 TOI/GP (3rd)

Former Kings: 

  • Jordan Nolan was selected by the Kings in the seventh round (186th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft. He went on to win two Stanley Cups and record 42 points (20+22) in 292 games for Los Angeles.

Local Products:

  • Alex Iafallo was born in Eden, New York.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Represented Canada alongside Tanner Pearson at the 2012 World Junior Championship.

Justin Falk:

  • Played with Darcy Kuemper and Christian Folin for the Minnesota Wild during the 2014-15 season.

Robin Lehner:

  • Played alongside Jake Muzzin for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) during the 2009-10 season.

Jordan Nolan:

  • Played alongside Jake Muzzin for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) during the 2009-10 season.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Teammates with Kyle Clifford for Team Canada at the 2009 World U18 Championship.
  • Played with Jake Muzzin and Tyler Toffoli for Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played alongside Trevor Lewis at the 2007 World Junior Championship for the United States.
  • Represented the United States at the 2009 World Championship alongside Dustin Brown.

Jason Pominville:

  • Represented the United States alongside Dustin Brown at the 2008 World Championship.
  • Played with Darcy Kuemper for the Minnesota Wild from 2012-2017. Christian Folin was also on the team from 2013-2017.

Marco Scandella:

  • Played with Darcy Kuemper for the Minnesota Wild from 2012-2017. Christian Folin was also on the team from 2013-2017.

NHL Draft:

  • Benoit Pouliot (4th overall) and Anze Kopitar (11th overall) were first-round picks in the 2005 NHL Draft.
  • Justin Falk (110th overall) and Alec Martinez (95th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2007 NHL Draft.
  • Ryan O’Reilly (33rd overall), Robin Lehner (46th overall) and Kyle Clifford (35th overall) were all selected in the second round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Johan Larsson (56th overall) and Tyler Toffoli (47th overall) were both second-round picks in the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Tanner Pearson (30th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Adrian Kempe (29th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Hits: Ristolainen (142), McCabe (113), Kane (110)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (85), McCabe (79), Ristolainen (76)
Shots: Kane (210), Eichel (201), O’Reilly (155)

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: 3-4-1 (7), 24/25, 6/19, 29/35

OVERTIME RESULTS (3-10; 111-121 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)
Feb. 15 at OTT: L, 3-2 (GWG-Hoffman)

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

Ryan O’Reilly … 400th NHL point … Feb. 11 vs. Colorado
Casey Nelson … 1st NHL goal … Feb. 11 vs. Colorado

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