Game Preview: 3/19/18 vs. Nashville

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LAST GAME
Saturday, March 17
Chicago 3 at Buffalo 5
Goals: Baptiste (2), Pouliot, O’Reilly, Reinhart
Goalie: Johnson (34 saves/37 shots)
PP: 1/4; PK: 2/2; Shots: Chicago 37 – Buffalo 32

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 259)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 28 games
Jake McCabe (shoulder, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 18 games
Kyle Criscuolo (upper body, March 7) – 5 games
Kyle Okposo (concussion, March 10) – 3 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body. March 17) – 1 game
Casey Nelson (lower body, Mach 17) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/13: Recalled G Linus Ullmark from Rochester (AHL)
3/14: Recalled F Justin Bailey from Rochester (AHL)
3/17: Activated F Jack Eichel from IR
3/18: Assigned F Justin Bailey to Rochester (AHL)
3/19: Recalled F Justin Bailey from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Wednesday, March 21: Arizona at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, March 23: Montreal at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 24: Buffalo at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.
Monday, March 26: Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 29: Detroit at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
PREDATORS at SABRES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Predators this season.
  • Last meeting: Nashville defeated Buffalo 5-4 (OT) in Buffalo on Feb. 28, 2017
  • Next meeting: Saturday, March 31 in Nashville
  • The Sabres are 3-4-3 in their last 10 games vs. the Predators; 1-5-4 at home.
  • This is the 24th game all-time between Buffalo and Nashville; Buffalo has a 9-10-4 series record.
  • The Sabres are 1-6-4 at home against the Predators all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 12-3-2 all-time on March 19.
  • March 19, 1981: The Sabres tie the franchise record with 14 goals in a win vs. Toronto (14-4). The team’s nine goals in the second period set an NHL record that still stands today.
  • March 19, 1992: Dave Andreychuk tallies four power play goals, the most in a single game in franchise history, in an 8-2 win at Los Angeles.
  • March 19, 1998: Alexei Zhitnik scores two shorthanded goals in a 6-1 win over the Florida Panthers at home. Zhitnik shares the franchise record for most shorthanded goals scored in one game by a single player with Don Luce, Bob Sweeney, Michael Peca and Evander Kane.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with points in three straight games against the Predators (2-0-1) for the first time in the all-time series.
  • The road team has won each of the four meetings between these clubs in the last two seasons.
  • Jack Eichel has four points (3+1) in four career games against the Predators.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has totaled seven points (2+5) in his last seven games against Nashville.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 29 points (12+17) in his last 27 games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 26 points (6+20) in his last 34 games dating back to Dec. 29. Ristolainen’s 26 points during that span tie for seventh among NHL defensemen.

HOT AT HOME

  • Ryan O’Reilly has 23 points (9+14) in 20 home games dating back to the team’s game on Dec. 22 vs. Philadelphia.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 17 points (7+10) in his last 16 home games.
  • Evan Rodrigues has posted eight points (2+6) in his last eight home games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has tallied nine points (1+8) in his last 11 home games.

DRAWING ATTENTION*

  • Ryan O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (1,111) and faceoff percentage (61.0%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 1,111 wins already rank as the most wins by a Sabre in a season.
  • O’Reilly’s 1,111 faceoff wins through 70 games played already rank 16th in NHL history and put him on pace to log the most by any NHL player in a season:
    • Ryan O’Reilly *pace* (BUF), 2017-18 1,286
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2005-06 – 1,268
    • 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.

I LIKE EICH

  • Despite missing 15 games with a high-ankle sprain, Jack Eichel is currently on pace to top his personal bests in goals (24), assists (33) and points (57) on the strength of improved production at even strength.
  • Eichel’s 16 multi-point games this season through 56 games played have already tied his career best set in 2016-17.
  • With his 17th even-strength goal in his 44th game of the season on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus, Eichel surpassed his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games). Through 56 games, Eichel now has 19 even-strength goals.
  • With his 36th even-strength point in his 53rd game of the season on Feb. 7 vs. Anaheim, Eichel surpassed his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games). Through 56 games, he now has 38 even-strength points.

 

Jack Eichel’s Production by Season

Season GP G A PTS ES G ES A ES P
2015-16 81 24 32 56 16 19 35
2016-17 61 24 33 57 14 19 33
2017-18 56 22 32 54 19 19 38
2017-18 (Pace) 67 26 38 65 23 23 45

 

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

  • Of Jack Eichel’s 54 points so far this season, 24 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes 6-on-5 situations).
  • Through 56 games played, Eichel’s 24 primary points (13+11) during 5-on-5 play have already surpassed his 61-game total from last season (11+10) and tied his career-best total from his 81-game rookie season (12+12).

*All primary point stats via NaturalStatTrick.com

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 3/18 games)

  • Eichel: 3.68 S/GP (7th)
  • Girgensons: 2 SHG (T-9th)
  • O’Reilly: 1,111 FOW (1st), 61.0% FO% (1st), 1,820 FO (1st), 4 SHP (T-4th)
  • Pouliot: 2 SHG (T-9th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:33 TOI/GP (4th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (180), Girgensons (125), McCabe (110)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (101), Ristolainen (96), McCabe (79)
Shots: Eichel (206), O’Reilly (193), Reinhart (156)

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: 5-4-1 (11), 24/31, 6/32, 20/25
71-80: 1-0-0 (2), 5/3, 1/4, 2/2

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 (1-2; 70-66 all-time)
Oct. 5 vs. MTL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Drouin)
March 8 at OTT: W, 4-3 (GDG-Josefson)
March 10 vs. VGK: L, 2-1 (GDG-Haula)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Game Played
Jack Eichel … 2 games … 200 career games played
Assists
Jack Eichel … 3 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Zemgus Girgensons … 2 points … 100 career points
Jason Pominville … 10 points … 700 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
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