Game Preview: 2/22/18 at Detroit

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LAST GAME
Monday, February 19
Washington 3 at Buffalo 2
Goals: Okposo, Kane
Goalie: Johnson (27 saves/29 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 0/3; PK: 1/1; Shots: Buffalo 34 – Washington 30

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 209)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 17 games
Jake McCabe (shoulder, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 7 games
Jack Eichel (high-ankle sprain, Feb. 11; injured reserve) – 5 games
Robin Lehner (lower body, Feb. 19) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/19: Recalled G Linus Ullmark from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Jack Eichel on IR; Assigned Ullmark to Rochester

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Friday, March 2: Buffalo at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, March 5: Toronto at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at RED WINGS

  • This is the third of four meetings between the Sabres and Red Wings this season.
  • Last meeting: Detroit defeated Buffalo 3-1 in Detroit on Nov. 17
  • Next meeting: Thursday, March 29 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Red Wings; 3-6-1 on the road
  • This is the 136th game all-time between Buffalo and Detroit; Buffalo has a 59-58-18 series record.
  • The Sabres are 22-39-8 on the road against the Red Wings all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 5-4-2 all-time on February 22.
  • February 22, 2007: Patrick Kaleta records his first career point (an assist) in his NHL debut vs. Ottawa. The Sabres would win the game 6-5 in a shootout after the teams combined to record 136 penalty minutes.
  • February 22, 2011: Terry Pegula announces his purchase of the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres would finish the season by going 16-4-4 in the 24 games after the purchase to make the playoffs.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Since joining the Sabres, Robin Lehner is 3-2-1 against the Red Wings with a .953 save percentage and a 1.65 goals-against average.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has four points (2+2) in his last four games against Detroit.
  • Victor Antipin has recorded an assist in both of the Sabres’ previous meetings with the Red Wings this season, including his first career point on Oct. 24 in Buffalo.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded 19 points (9+10) in his last 19 games.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 17 points (6+11) in his last 16 games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 18 points (5+13) in his last 23 games dating back to Dec. 29. Ristolainen’s 18 points during that span tied for eighth among NHL defensemen entering play Wednesday.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded 17 points (4+13) in his last 18 games.
  • Evan Rodrigues has totaled six points (2+4) in his last seven games.
  • Scott Wilson has posted five points (3+2) in his last six games.

ROAD WARRIORS

  • Buffalo enters tonight’s game with points in five straight road games (4-0-1) in the same season for the first time since the team went 4-0-1 in a five-game span in March 2012.
    • A win or overtime loss tonight would give the Sabres points in six straight road games for the first time since the team went 6-0-1 in a seven-game span on the road from Feb. 8 to March 6, 2011.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has recorded 10 points (3+7) in his last 10 road games.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled seven points (2+5) in his last six road games.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded six points (2+4) in his last six road games.
  • Scott Wilson enters tonight’s game with at least a point in each of his last five road games, totaling six points (3+3) in those games.
  • Evan Rodrigues (1+2) has a point in three consecutive road games entering tonight’s contest.
  • Robin Lehner is 2-0-1 in his last three road games, with two shutouts, a .970 save percentage and a 1.00 goals-against average.
  • Chad Johnson has stopped 57 of 60 shots faced in his last two road games (.950), earning wins in both of those contests.

PLAYING WITH POWER

  • The Sabres have tallied at least one power-play goal in 12 of their last 19 games dating back to Jan. 7 at Philadelphia (and went 0-for-0 on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus), converting at a 29.1 percent clip during that span.
  • Buffalo’s power-play percentage during this stretch tied Florida to lead the league entering play Wednesday, as did the team’s 16 power-play goals.
  • During this 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 second in the league with 10 power-play points during that stretch.
  • O’Reilly has taken 74.1 percent of the team’s power-play faceoffs during that span, going 54-for-80 (67.5%).
  • O’Reilly’s 11 power-play goals this season ranked fourth in the league entering play Wednesday.

DANGEROUS KILLERS

  • The Sabres scored two shorthanded goals on Feb. 11 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.

DRAWING ATTENTION*

  • Ryan O’Reilly went 29-for-39 (74.4%) on the draw on Feb. 11 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 currently holds the nine highest single-game totals in franchise history.
  • O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (904) and faceoff percentage (60.7%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 904 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 1,241
    • 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 2/21 games)

  • Girgensons: 2 SHG (T-6th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 224 S (5th), 3 SHP (T-6th)
  • O’Reilly: 904 FOW (1st), 60.7% FO% (1st), 1,489 FO (1st), 4 SHP (T-2nd), 11 PPG (4th)
  • Pouliot: 2 SHG (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:30 TOI/GP (3rd)

BUF-DET CONNECTIONS
Chad Johnson:

  • Teammates with Frans Nielsen for the New York Islanders during the 2014-15 season.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played with Niklas Kronwall, Henrik Zetterberg and Jonathan Ericsson for Sweden at the 2012 World Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Represented the United States alongside Justin Abdelkader at the 2007 World Junior Championship.
  • Teammates with Jimmy Howard for the United States at the 2012 World Championship.
  • Played with Frans Nielsen for the New York Islanders from 2007-2016.

Jason Pominville:

  • Represented the United States alongside David Booth at the 2008 World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Teammates with Anthony Mantha for Team Canada at the 2014 World Junior Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Ryan O’Reilly (33rd overall), Robin Lehner (46th overall) and Tomas Tatar (60th overall) were all second-round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Anthony Mantha (20th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Dylan Larkin (15th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (148), McCabe (118), Kane (110)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (86), McCabe (79), Ristolainen (78)
Shots: Kane (224), Eichel (201), O’Reilly (161)

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: 3-6-1 (7), 28/32, 6/24, 32/38

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)
Points
Zemgus Girgensons … 3 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
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