Game Preview: 3/5/18 vs. Toronto

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LAST GAME
Friday, March 2
Buffalo 1 at Florida 4
Goals: Reinhart
Goalie: Lehner (26 saves/30 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 3/3; Shots: Florida 30 – Buffalo 25

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 225)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 22 games
Jake McCabe (shoulder, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 12 games
Jack Eichel (high-ankle sprain, Feb. 11; injured reserve) – 10 games
Evan Rodrigues (upper body, March 2) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/27: Recalled F Seth Griffith from Rochester (AHL)
3/4: Recalled F Kyle Criscuolo and D Brendan Guhle from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Wednesday, March 7: Calgary at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 8: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 10: Vegas at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Thursday, March 15: Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 17: Chicago at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
MAPLE LEAFS at SABRES

  • This is the first of four meetings between the Sabres and Maple Leafs this season.
  • Last meeting: Toronto defeated Buffalo 4-2 in Buffalo on April 3, 2017
  • Next meeting: Thursday, March 15 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 6-4-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Maple Leafs; 8-2-0 at home.
  • This is the 207th game all-time between Buffalo and Toronto; Buffalo has a 113-67-26 series record.
  • The Sabres are 69-27-8 at home against the Maple Leafs all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-11-2 all-time on March 5.
  • March 5, 2010: Thomas Vanek records his 300th career NHL point, a goal vs. Philadelphia.
  • March 5, 2017: Jack Eichel scores a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins, becoming the second player in NHL history to record a point against 29 different opponents in his first two seasons in the league.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with a 5-1-1 record in their last seven games against Atlantic Division opponents and an 8-7-3 record against the division this season.
  • Johan Larsson has recorded seven points (3+4) in seven career games against the Maple Leafs.
  • Sam Reinhart has posted five points (1+4) in his last five games against Toronto, including at least a point in each of the last three (1+3).
  • Kyle Okposo has points in each of his last three games against Toronto (1+3).
  • Since the beginning of the 2011-12 season, Benoit Pouliot has totaled 17 points (6+11) in 15 games against Toronto, including four multi-point games.
  • Jason Pominville has faced off with the Maple Leafs 50 times as a member of the Sabres, totaling 48 points (18+30) in those matchups.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has three points (2+1) in his last two games against the Maple Leafs.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 21 points (8+13) in his last 21 games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 22 points (6+16) in his last 28 games dating back to Dec. 29. Ristolainen’s 22 points during that span tied for eighth among NHL defensemen entering play Sunday.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded 10 points (2+8) in his last 10 games.
  • Chad Johnson is 4-1-0 with a .939 save percentage in his last six appearances.

HOME COOKIN’

  • The home team has won 24 of the last 30 games between the Sabres and the Maple Leafs.
  • The Sabres are 18-3-1 in their last 22 home games against the Maple Leafs.
  • Each team won on the road in the series last season, marking the first time the Sabres and Maple Leafs won in each other’s arenas in the same season since 2012-13.
  • The Maple Leafs haven’t won consecutive games in Buffalo since March 21 and Dec. 12, 2008, but would do so with a win tonight.

HOT AT HOME

  • Ryan O’Reilly has 19 points (7+12) in 15 home games dating back to the team’s game on Dec. 22 vs. Philadelphia.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded 15 points (3+12) in his last 15 home games.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 11 points (4+7) in his last 11 home games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has tallied five points (1+4) in his last six home games.
  • Victor Antipin has three assists in his last three home games.

PLAYING WITH POWER

  • The Sabres have tallied at least one power-play goal in 15 of their last 24 games dating back to Jan. 7 at Philadelphia (and went 0-for-0 on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus), converting at a 26.4 percent clip during that span.
  • Buffalo’s 19 power-play goals during this stretch tied for the league lead entering play Sunday.
  • Ryan O’Reilly led the league entering play Sunday with seven power-play goals scored since Jan. 7. O’Reilly, Kyle Okposo and Rasmus Ristolainen all tied for sixth in the league with 11 power-play points during that stretch.
  • O’Reilly’s 11 power-play goals this season tied for fifth in the league before Sunday’s games.

DRAWING ATTENTION*

  • Ryan O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (990) and faceoff percentage (60.7%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 990 wins already rank as the third-most wins by a Sabre in a season (behind his last two seasons) 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 1,253
    • 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.

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 Sunday tied for the league lead with nine shorthanded goals this season, the team’s highest total since the 2007-08 season (9).
  • Ryan O’Reilly’s four shorthanded assists tied for the league lead entering play Sunday, and his four shorthanded points tied for second.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 3/4 games)

  • Girgensons: 2 SHG (T-6th)
  • O’Reilly: 990 FOW (1st), 60.7% FO% (1st), 1,630 FO (1st), 4 SHP (T-2nd), 11 PPG (T-5th)
  • Pouliot: 2 SHG (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:30 TOI/GP (3rd)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (164), McCabe (110), Girgensons (108)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (91), Ristolainen (86), McCabe (79)
Shots: Eichel (201), O’Reilly (175), Reinhart (140)

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: 3-2-0 (6), 11/13, 3/17, 10/12

OVERTIME RESULTS (5-10; 113-121 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron, 3:52)
Oct. 21 at BOS: W, 5-4 (GWG-O’Reilly, 2:59)
Nov. 11 at MTL: L, 2-1 (GWG-Pacioretty, 3:08)
Nov. 14 at PIT: L, 5-4 (GWG-Sheary, 0:16)
Dec. 8 at CHI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Forsling, 4:55)
Dec. 10 at STL: L, 3-2 (GWG-Tarasenko, 4:24)
Dec. 15 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Slavin,2:15)
Dec. 27 at NYI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barzal, 1:08)
Dec. 29 at NJD: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen, 2:37)
Jan. 1 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Miller, 2:43)
Jan. 22 at CGY: W, 2-1 (GWG-Eichel, 1:30)
Feb. 6 vs. ANA: L, 4-3 (GWG-Henrique, 1:36)
Feb. 15 at OTT: L, 3-2 (GWG-Hoffman,1:13)
Feb. 22 at DET: W, 3-2 (GWG-Scandella, 4:59)
Feb. 28 at TBL: W, 2-1 (GWG-Pominville, 1:26)

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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