Game Preview: 2/25/18 vs. Boston

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LAST GAME
Saturday, February 24
Buffalo 1 at Washington 5
Goals: Reinhart
Goalie: Lehner (32 saves/36 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 0/2; PK: 0/1; Shots: Washington 36 – Buffalo 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 215)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 19 games
Jake McCabe (shoulder, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 9 games
Jack Eichel (high-ankle sprain, Feb. 11; injured reserve) – 7 games

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
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.
Wednesday, March 7: Calgary at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 8: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
BRUINS at SABRES

  • This is the fourth and final meeting between the Sabres and Bruins this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Boston 4-2 in Boston on Feb. 10
  • The Sabres are 2-6-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Bruins; 2-6-2 at home.
  • This is the 289th game all-time between Buffalo and Boston; Buffalo has a 123-121-44 series record.
  • The Sabres are 73-49-23 at home against the Bruins all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-8-3 all-time on February 25.
  • February 25, 1978: The Sabres and Cleveland Barons combine for 16 goals as the Sabres pick up a 13-3 road victory. Danny Gare tallies five points (3+2) and Andre Savard, Jerry Korab and Gary McAdam each score two goals in the game.
  • February 25, 1998: Dominik Hasek makes 33 saves in his return from Olympic action and Geoff Sanderson scores just 1:22 into his Sabres debut as the Sabres battle to a 2-2 tie at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Robin Lehner has faced Boston five more times than his next most frequent opponent (Montreal – 14). In 19 career games against the Bruins, he has logged a .922 save percentage and a 2.71 goals-against average.
  • Kyle Okposo has 24 points (6+18) in 30 career games against the Bruins, including 15 points (5+10) in the last 15 matchups.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 19 points (7+12) in his last 18 games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 20 points (6+14) in his last 25 games dating back to Dec. 29. Ristolainen’s 20 points during that span tied for sixth among NHL defensemen after last night’s game.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded seven points (2+5) in his last seven games.
  • Casey Nelson has a point in six of his last 10 games (1+5).

HOT AT HOME

  • Kyle Okposo has totaled 14 points (2+12) in his last 14 home games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 18 points (7+11) in 14 home games dating back to the team’s game on Dec. 22 vs. Philadelphia.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 10 points (4+6) in his last 10 home games.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s 13th of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, after a 5-1 loss last night at Washington. The Sabres are 5-8-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 3-7-2 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (1), three points (0), two points (6), one point (2) and zero points (3).

PLAYING WITH POWER

  • The Sabres have tallied at least one power-play goal in 13 of their last 21 games dating back to Jan. 7 at Philadelphia (and went 0-for-0 on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus), converting at a 28.3 percent clip during that span.
  • Buffalo’s 17 power-play goals during this stretch tied to lead the league after last night’s game.
  • During this stretch, the Sabres have five players with at least seven power-play points.
  • Ryan O’Reilly led the league after last night’s game with seven power-play goals scored since Jan. 7. Kyle Okposo and Rasmus Ristolainen tied for fifth in the league with 10 power-play points during that stretch.
  • O’Reilly’s 11 power-play goals this season tied for fourth in the league after last night’s game.

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 finished last night’s game tied for the league lead with nine shorthanded goals this season, the team’s highest total since the 2007-08 season (9).
  • After last night’s game, 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 after last night’s game, 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 (942) and faceoff percentage (60.8%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 942 wins already rank as the fourth-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 1,251
    • 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 after last night’s game)

  • Girgensons: 2 SHG (T-6th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 227 S (5th), 3 SHP (T-6th)
  • O’Reilly: 942 FOW (1st), 60.8% FO% (1st), 1,549 FO (1st), 4 SHP (T-2nd), 11 PPG (T-4th)
  • Pouliot: 2 SHG (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:29 TOI/GP (3rd)

BUF-BOS CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Tim Schaller spent two seasons with the Sabres, splitting his time between Buffalo and Rochester. He appeared in 35 games for the Sabres over his two seasons, logging five points (2+3).

Former Bruins:

  • Chad Johnson spent one season with the Bruins and posted a 17-4-3 record with a .925 save percentage and a 2.10 goals-against average during the 2013-14 campaign.
  • Davis Payne played all 22 of his career NHL games for the Bruins, tallying one assist in those contests.
  • Benoit Pouliot played 74 games for the Bruins in 2011-12, posting 32 points (16+16) and a plus-18 rating.

Phil Housley:

  • Coached Sean Kuraly for the United States at the 2013 World Junior Championship.

Evander Kane:

  • Teammates with Paul Postma for the Atlanta Thrashers (2010-11) and Winnipeg Jets (2011-2015).

Jake McCabe:

  • Played with Sean Kuraly for the United States at the 2013 World Junior Championship.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Represented Canada alongside Brad Marchand at the 2016 World Championship and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Skated alongside David Backes as members of the United States at the 2009 World Championship.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • He and Adam McQuaid both played for the Sudbury Wolves (OHL) from 2003-2006.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Represented Canada alongside Brad Marchand at the 2016 World Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Benoit Pouliot (4th overall) and Tuukka Rask (21st overall) were both picked in the first round of the 2005 NHL Draft.
  • Johan Larsson (56th overall) and Ryan Spooner (45th overall) were both second-round selections in the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and David Pastrnak (25th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2014 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (156), Kane (120), McCabe (110)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (90), Ristolainen (82), McCabe (79)
Shots: Kane (227), Eichel (201), O’Reilly (168)

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
61-70: 1-1-0 (2), 4/7, 1/5, 2/4

OVERTIME RESULTS (4-10; 112-121 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)
Feb. 22 at DET: W, 3-2 (GWG-Scandella)

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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