Game Preview: 3/8/18 at Ottawa


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Wednesday, March 7
Calgary 5 at Buffalo 1
Goals: Nelson
Goalie: Johnson (18 saves/22 shots)/Lehner (18 saves/19 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 2/2; Shots: Calgary 41 – Buffalo 26

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 234)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 24 games
Jake McCabe (shoulder, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 14 games
Jack Eichel (high-ankle sprain, Feb. 11; injured reserve) – 12 games
Evan Rodrigues (upper body, March 2) – 3 games
Kyle Criscuolo (upper body, March 7) – 1 game

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

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.
Wednesday, March 21: Arizona at Buffalo. 7 p.m.


  • This is the third of four meetings between the Sabres and Senators this season.
  • Last meeting: Ottawa defeated Buffalo 3-2 (OT) in Ottawa on Feb. 15
  • Next meeting: Wednesday, April 4 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 7-0-3 in their last 10 games vs. the Senators; 4-4-2 on the road
  • This is the 136th game all-time between Buffalo and Ottawa; Buffalo has a 66-49-20 series record.
  • The Sabres are 30-27-12 on the road against the Senators all-time.


  • The Sabres are 10-9-5 all-time on March 8.
  • March 8, 1972: Rene Robert makes his Buffalo Sabres debut in a 6-3 loss at California.
  • March 8, 1991: Dale Hawerchuk scores in a 5-3 loss to Chicago, becoming the 31st NHL player to reach the 1,000-point mark.


  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with a 6-1-1 record in their last eight games against Atlantic Division opponents and an 9-7-3 record against the division this season.
  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with points in 10 straight meetings with the Senators (7-0-3) for the first time in the all-time series.
  • Buffalo won all three road games against Ottawa last season. The Sabres are now on a six-game point streak in visits to Ottawa (4-0-2) that spans the last two seasons and are looking to stretch that streak to seven games for the first time in the all-time series.
  • Buffalo and Ottawa have had 19 of their last 25 games decided by a single goal, including 3-2 margins in each of the last three games. Eight of those games were decided in overtime or a shootout.
  • The Sabres are 8-6 all-time in shootouts against the Senators. Their 14 shootouts against Ottawa make up the team’s highest total against any opponent.


  • Robin Lehner is 5-0-3 in 10 career appearances against his former club with a .950 save percentage and a 1.57 goals-against average. Chad Johnson is 2-2-0 with a .943 save percentage and a 1.59 goals-against average in four career games against the Senators.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 15 points (6+9) in 16 career games against Ottawa, including seven points (4+3) in his last seven.
  • Kyle Okposo has 15 points (5+10) in 17 games against Ottawa since the beginning of the 2012-13 season, including at least a point in each of the last five (3+3).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has eight assists in his last eight games against Ottawa.
  • Johan Larsson has totaled three points (1+2) in his last three games against the Senators.


  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 23 points (9+14) in his last 23 games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 24 points (6+18) in his last 30 games dating back to Dec. 29. Ristolainen’s 24 points during that span ranked tied-seventh among NHL defensemen after last night’s game.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded 12 points (3+9) in his last 12 games.
  • Jason Pominville has totaled seven points (2+5) in his last seven games.


  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with a 6-2-1 record in their last nine road games. A win or overtime loss tonight would give the Sabres points in eight of 10 consecutive road games in the same season for the first time since the team went 7-2-1 from Feb. 29 to March 27, 2012.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has recorded 13 points (4+9) in his last 14 road games.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 10 points (4+6) in his last 10 road games.
  • Chad Johnson has stopped 78 of 82 shots faced in his last three road games (.951), earning wins in all three of those contests.

Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s 14th of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, after a 5-1 loss last night vs. Calgary. The Sabres are 5-9-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 4-7-2 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 (7), one point (2) and zero points (3).


  • The Sabres have tallied at least one power-play goal in 16 of their last 26 games dating back to Jan. 7 at Philadelphia (and went 0-for-0 on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus), converting at a 26.0 percent clip during that span.
  • Buffalo’s 20 power-play goals during this stretch tied for the league lead after last night’s game.
  • Ryan O’Reilly tied for the league lead after last night’s game 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 eighth in the league after last night’s game.


  • Ryan O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (1,027) and faceoff percentage (60.9%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 1,027 wins already rank as the second-most wins by a Sabre in a season, just 12 wins from matching his 2016-17 total, a franchise-record 1,039 in 72 games.
  • O’Reilly’s 1,027 faceoff wins put him on pace to log 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 1,260
    • 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.


  • 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).
  • Ryan O’Reilly’s four shorthanded assists tied for the league lead after last night’s game, and his four shorthanded points tied for second.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before after last night’s game)

  • Girgensons: 2 SHG (T-6th)
  • O’Reilly: 1,027 FOW (1st), 60.9% FO% (1st), 1,687 FO (1st), 4 SHP (T-2nd), 11 PPG (T-8th)
  • Pouliot: 2 SHG (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:26 TOI/GP (4th)

Former Senators:

  • Goaltender Robin Lehner was a second-round selection (46th overall) of the Senators in the 2009 NHL Draft. He appeared in 86 games over the course of his time with Ottawa and compiled a 30-36-13 record with a .914 save percentage and a 2.88 goals-against average.

Nick Baptiste:

  • He was born in Ottawa and played for the Ottawa Senators Minor Midget AAA team (OEMMHL) from 2009-2011.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Teammates with Mike Hoffman for the Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) during the 2009-10 season.
  • Represented Canada alongside Mark Stone at the 2012 World Junior Championship.
  • He and Mike Condon played together for the Montreal Canadiens during the 2015-16 season.

Josh Gorges:

  • Teammates with Tom Pyatt for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2011.

Jacob Josefson:

  • Represented Sweden alongside Erik Karlsson at the 2009 World Junior Championship.

Johan Larsson:

  • Was a member of Team Sweden during the 2012 World Championship along with Erik Karlsson.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Played for the Colorado Avalanche with Matt Duchene from 2009-2015. Craig Anderson was also on the team from 2009-2011.
  • Teammates with Matt Duchene for Team Canada at the 2013, 2015 and 2016 World Championships.
  • Played with Alexandre Burrows for Canada at the 2012 World Championship.
  • Represented Canada alongside Cody Ceci at the 2016 World Championship.
  • He and Matt Duchene represented Canada together at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with Tom Pyatt for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2011 and again for the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2012-13 season.
  • Pouliot and Pyatt also represented Canada together at the 2006 World Junior Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Helped represent Canada at the 2016 World Championship with Cody Ceci and Matt Duchene.

NHL Draft:

  • Benoit Pouliot (4th overall) was taken two picks after Bobby Ryan (2nd overall) in the first round of the 2005 NHL Draft.
  • Jacob Josefson (20th overall) and Matt Duchene (3rd overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons and Cody Ceci were back-to-back selections in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft. Girgensons was selected 14th overall while Ceci went 15th overall.

Hits: Ristolainen (172), Girgensons (118), McCabe (110)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (95), Ristolainen (92), McCabe (79)
Shots: Eichel (201), O’Reilly (178), Reinhart (145)

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: 4-3-0 (8), 17/21, 4/22, 12/16

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)
Zemgus Girgensons … 2 points … 100 career points


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