Game Preview: 3/7/18 vs. Calgary

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LAST GAME
Monday, March 5
Toronto 3 at Buffalo 5
Goals: Reinhart, Pominville, Girgensons, O’Reilly, Larsson
Goalie: Johnson (38 saves/41 shots)
PP: 1/2; PK: 0/2; Shots: Toronto 41 – Buffalo 24

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 229)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 23 games
Jake McCabe (shoulder, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 13 games
Jack Eichel (high-ankle sprain, Feb. 11; injured reserve) – 11 games
Evan Rodrigues (upper body, March 2) – 2 games
Kyle Criscuolo (upper body, March 7) – 0 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/4: Recalled F Kyle Criscuolo and D Brendan Guhle from Rochester (AHL)
3/7: Recalled F Danny O’Regan from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Monday, March 19: Nashville at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
FLAMES at SABRES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Flames this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Calgary 2-1 (OT) in Calgary on Jan. 22
  • The Sabres are 5-3-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Flames; 9-0-1 at home.
  • This is the 107th game all-time between Buffalo and Calgary/Atlanta; Buffalo has a 52-36-18 series record.
  • The Sabres are 33-13-6 at home against the Flames all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-8-5 all-time on March 7.
  • March 7, 2002: Martin Biron turns aside 26 New York Islanders shots to earn the first of two shutouts on back-to-back nights, a feat he would complete with another 26-save performance the following night against Montreal.
  • March 7, 2016: Jack Eichel becomes the youngest Sabre ever to reach the 20-goal mark (19 years, 131 days) with his goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • After going 3-0-1 in their last four meetings, the Sabres have points in four straight games against the Flames for the first time since they went 7-0-2 against Calgary from Feb. 18, 1997 to Nov. 23, 2001.
  • The home team has won 18 of the last 21 games between these teams, dating back to the 1999-00 season. The Flames’ last win in Buffalo was on Dec. 14, 2013.
  • With points in their last 13 home games against Calgary (11-0-2), the Sabres have broken their series-record for most consecutive home games against the Flames with a point, originally set from March 11, 1979 to Nov. 10, 1985 (11-0-1).
  • The Sabres are 17-3-2 in their last 22 home games against the Flames, with the last regulation home loss coming on March 15, 1996.

TORCHING THE FLAMES

  • Ryan O’Reilly has 14 points (4+10) in his last 11 games against the Flames, including five multi-point efforts. He enters tonight’s game on a six-game point streak against Calgary, having tallied nine points (2+7) in those six games.
  • Kyle Okposo has 10 points (2+8) in 11 career games against the Flames, including three two-point games in his last six meetings with Calgary.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has recorded at least a point in each of his last five meetings with the Flames, totaling seven points (4+3) in those five games.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 23 points (9+14) in his last 22 games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 24 points (6+18) in his last 29 games dating back to Dec. 29, including six points (1+5) in his last six games. Ristolainen’s 24 points during that span ranked sixth among NHL defensemen entering play Tuesday.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded 12 points (3+9) in his last 11 games. His four-game point streak (1+4) is tied as his longest streak of the season.
  • Chad Johnson is 6-2-0 in his last nine appearances with a .933 save percentage and a 2.05 goals-against average in those contests.

HOT AT HOME

  • Ryan O’Reilly has 21 points (8+13) in 16 home games dating back to the team’s game on Dec. 22 vs. Philadelphia.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded 16 points (3+13) in his last 16 home games.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 13 points (5+8) in his last 12 home games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has tallied seven points (1+6) in his last seven home games.

PLAYING WITH POWER

  • The Sabres have tallied at least one power-play goal in 16 of their last 25 games dating back to Jan. 7 at Philadelphia (and went 0-for-0 on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus), converting at a 27.0 percent clip during that span.
  • Buffalo’s 20 power-play goals during this stretch led the league lead entering play Tuesday.
  • Ryan O’Reilly tied for the league lead entering play Tuesday with seven power-play goals scored since Jan. 7. Kyle Okposo and Rasmus Ristolainen tied for third in the league with 12 power-play points during that stretch.
  • O’Reilly’s 11 power-play goals this season tied for sixth in the league before Tuesday’s games.

DRAWING ATTENTION*

  • Ryan O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (1,007) and faceoff percentage (60.7%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 1,007 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 1,255
    • 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

  • 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 Tuesday, and his four shorthanded points tied for second.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 3/6 games)

  • Girgensons: 2 SHG (T-6th)
  • O’Reilly: 1,007 FOW (1st), 60.7% FO% (1st), 1,660 FO (1st), 4 SHP (T-2nd), 11 PPG (T-6th)
  • Pouliot: 2 SHG (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:30 TOI/GP (3rd)

BUF-CGY CONNECTIONS
Former Flames:

  • Phil Housley had two stints with the Calgary Flames from 1994-1996 and 1998-2001. He recorded 238 points (50+188) in 328 total games for the Flames during those five seasons.
  • Goaltender Chad Johnson was a member of the Flames organization during the 2016-17 season. He appeared in 36 games and posted an 18-15-1 record with a .910 save percentage and a 2.59 goals-against average.

Chad Johnson:

  • Teammates with Travis Hamonic for the New York Islanders during the 2014-15 season.
  • Played with Michael Stone for the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2012-13 season.

Jacob Josefson:

  • Represented Sweden alongside Mikael Backlund at the 2009 World Junior Championship.

Robin Lehner:

  • Played with Curtis Lazar for the Ottawa Senators during the 2014-15 season.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Teammates with Travis Hamonic for the New York Islanders from 2010-2016.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Played with TJ Brodie for Team Canada at the 2013 World Championship.
  • Represented Canada alongside Michael Stone at the 2016 World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Represented Canada alongside Curtis Lazar at the 2014 and 2015 World Junior Championships.
  • Represented Canada alongside Michael Stone at the 2016 World Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Kyle Okposo (7th overall) was taken three picks before Michael Frolik (10th overall) in the first round of the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Marco Scandella (55th overall) was selected two picks after Travis Hamonic (53rd overall) in the second round of the 2008 NHL Draft.
  • Nathan Beaulieu (17th overall) and Dougie Hamilton (9th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2011 NHL Draft. They were also teammates for Team Canada at the 2012 World Junior Championship.
  • The first round of the 2012 NHL Draft saw both Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Mark Jankowski (21st overall) go off the board.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Sean Monahan (6th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) was taken two picks before Sam Bennett (4th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (168), Girgensons (115), McCabe (110)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (94), Ristolainen (91), McCabe (79)
Shots: Eichel (201), O’Reilly (177), Reinhart (143)

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: 4-2-0 (8), 16/16, 4/19, 10/14

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 … 2 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
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