Game Preview: 3/10/18 vs. Vegas

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LAST GAME
Thursday, March 8
Buffalo 4 at Ottawa 3 (SO)
Goals: Scandella, Reinhart, Wilson; GDG-Josefson
Goalie: Lehner (37 saves/40 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 4/4; Shots: Ottawa 40 – Buffalo 34

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 240)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 25 games
Jake McCabe (shoulder, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 15 games
Jack Eichel (high-ankle sprain, Feb. 11; injured reserve) – 13 games
Evan Rodrigues (upper body, March 2) – 4 games
Kyle Criscuolo (upper body, March 7) – 2 games
Seth Griffith (upper body, March 8) – 1 game
Kyle Okposo (concussion, March 10) – 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)
3/9: Recalled F Justin Bailey from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Friday, March 23: Montreal at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
GOLDEN KNIGHTS at SABRES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Golden Knights this season.
  • Last meeting: Vegas defeated Buffalo 5-4 (OT) in Las Vegas
  • This is the second game all-time between Buffalo and Vegas.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-10-4 all-time on March 10.
  • March 10, 1976: After entering the third period trailing 6-2, Craig Ramsay, Jim Lorentz and Rene Robert each score within a span of 1:13 before Gilbert Perreault scores twice to lift the Sabres to a 7-6 win at Pittsburgh.
  • March 10, 1980: The Sabres trade Jerry Korab to Los Angeles for a first-round draft choice in 1982 that would eventually be used to select Phil Housley.
  • March 10, 1998: Dominik Hasek appears in his 308th game with the Sabres, overtaking Don Edwards for the franchise’s record for most games played by a goaltender.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • After today’s game, the Sabres will have four days off before returning to action with a visit from the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 15.
  • The Sabres enter today’s game with a 13-4-0 record all-time in the first home game against teams that joined the league via expansion after 1970. The last such game was a 2-1 loss vs. Columbus on Jan. 23, 2001.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 25 points (10+15) in his last 24 games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 24 points (6+18) in his last 31 games dating back to Dec. 29. Ristolainen’s 24 points during that span tied for seventh among NHL defensemen entering play Friday.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded 13 points (3+10) in his last 13 games.
  • Jason Pominville has totaled six points (2+4) in his last six games.
  • Marco Scandella has scored four goals in his last 10 games.

HOT AT HOME

  • Ryan O’Reilly has 21 points (8+13) in 17 home games dating back to the team’s game on Dec. 22 vs. Philadelphia.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 13 points (5+8) in his last 13 home games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has tallied seven points (1+6) in his last eight home games.
  • Jason Pominville has recorded at least a point in each of his last three home games (1+3).

PLAYING WITH POWER

  • The Sabres have tallied at least one power-play goal in 16 of their last 27 games dating back to Jan. 7 at Philadelphia (and went 0-for-0 on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus), converting at a 25.0 percent clip during that span.
  • Buffalo’s 20 power-play goals during this stretch ranked second in the league entering play Friday.
  • Ryan O’Reilly tied for the league lead entering play Friday with seven power-play goals scored since Jan. 7. Kyle Okposo and Rasmus Ristolainen tied for fifth 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 entering play Friday.

DRAWING ATTENTION*

  • Ryan O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (1,048) and faceoff percentage (60.8%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 1,048 wins already rank as the most wins by a Sabre in a season.
  • O’Reilly’s 1,048 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 1,267
    • 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 tied for second in the league 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 Friday, and his four shorthanded points tied for second.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 3/9 games)

  • Girgensons: 2 SHG (T-8th)
  • O’Reilly: 1,048 FOW (1st), 60.8% FO% (1st), 1,725 FO (1st), 4 SHP (T-2nd), 11 PPG (T-8th)
  • Pouliot: 2 SHG (T-8th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:31 TOI/GP (3rd)

BUF-VGK CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Brayden McNabb was selected by the Sabres in the third round (66th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft. He spent two seasons in Buffalo, suiting up for 37 games and tallying eight points (1+7) before being traded to the Kings on March 5, 2014.

Justin Falk:

  • Played with Erik Haula for the Minnesota Wild during the 2014-15 season.
  • Teammates with William Karlsson from 2014-2016 as members of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Marc-Andre Fleury for Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Seth Griffith:

  • Teammates with Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith for the Florida Panthers for part of the 2016-17 season. He and Smith were both teammates with the Boston Bruins for part of the 2014-15 season as well.

Chad Johnson:

  • Played with Deryk Engelland for the Calgary Flames during the 2016-17 season.

Jordan Nolan:

  • Teammates with Brayden McNabb for the Los Angeles Kings from 2014-2017.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Teammates with Cody Eakin and Brayden McNabb for Team Canada at the 2009 World U18 Championship and the 2015 World Championship.

Jason Pominville:

  • Played with Erik Haula for the Minnesota Wild from 2013-2017. Alex Tuch was also on the team during the 2016-17 campaign.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with Brad Hunt for the Edmonton Oilers from 2014-2016.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Played alongside Cody Eakin and Brayden McNabb during the 2010-11 season with the Kootenay Ice (WHL).

Rasmus Ristolainen

  • Represented Finland alongside Erik Haula at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Marco Scandella:

  • He and Clayton Stoner were teammates for the Minnesota Wild from 2010-2014.
  • Played with Erik Haula for the Minnesota Wild from 2013-2017. Alex Tuch was also on the team during the 2016-17 campaign.

NHL Draft:

  • Jordan Nolan (186th overall) and Erik Haula (182nd overall) were both seventh-round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Johan Larsson (56th overall) was taken one pick before Oscar Lindberg (57th overall) in the second round of the 2010 NHL Draft. Jon Merrill (38th overall) was also selected in the second round in 2010.
  • Seth Griffith (131st overall) and Colin Miller (151st overall) were both selected in the fifth round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Alex Tuch (18th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2014 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (174), Girgensons (122), McCabe (110)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (95), Ristolainen (92), McCabe (79)
Shots: Eichel (201), O’Reilly (180), Reinhart (149)

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: 5-3-0 (10), 21/24, 4/25, 16/20

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 (1-1; 70-65 all-time)
Oct. 5 vs. MTL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Drouin)
March 8 at OTT: W, 4-3 (GDG-Josefson)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Points
Zemgus Girgensons … 2 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
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