Game Preview: 3/23/18 vs. Montreal

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LAST GAME
Wednesday, March 21
Arizona 4 at Buffalo 1
Goals: Nolan
Goalie: Johnson (13 saves/15 shots) / Ullmark (12 saves/13 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 0/4; PK: 1/3; Shots: Buffalo 30 – Arizona 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 272)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 30 games
Jake McCabe (shoulder, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 20 games
Kyle Criscuolo (upper body, March 7) – 7 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body. March 17) – 3 games
Robin Lehner (undisclosed, March 17) – 3 games
Zemgus Girgensons (undisclosed, March 20) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
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)
3/22: Assigned F Seth Griffith to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Saturday, March 31: Buffalo at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Monday, April 2: Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
CANADIENS at SABRES

  • This is the fourth and final meeting between the Sabres and Canadiens this season.
  • Last meeting: Montreal defeated Buffalo 3-0 in Montreal on Nov. 25
  • The Sabres are 3-4-3 in their last 10 games vs. the Canadiens; 3-4-3 at home
  • This is the 279th game all-time between Buffalo and Montreal; Buffalo has a 126-111-41 series record.
  • The Sabres are 72-39-27 at home against the Canadiens all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-6-4 all-time on March 23.
  • March 23, 1975: Rene Robert has a four-point night (2+2) as the Sabres defeat the California Golden Seals 9-4 at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium.
  • March 23, 1983: The Sabres get two goals and two assists from Gilles Hamel in an 8-3 home win over the Hartford Whalers.
  • March 23, 1999: The Sabres acquire Rhett Warrener and a 1999 fifth-round draft choice (Ryan Miller) from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Mike Wilson.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with a 7-2-1 record in their last eight games against Atlantic Division opponents and a 10-8-3 record against the division this season.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 29 points (12+17) in his last 29 games.
  • The Sabres are 0-1-2 against the Canadiens this season and need a win to avoid the first series sweep since they went 0-4-0 against Montreal in the 2013-14 season.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 15 points (5+10) in 18 career games against the Canadiens, including nine (2+7) in 11 games since joining the Sabres.
  • Jason Pominville (7+2) has nine points in his last 10 games against Montreal.
  • The Sabres are 7-5-4 against the Canadiens since the beginning of the 2014-15 season, including a 3-2-3 record at home.

HOT AT HOME

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

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s 15th of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night at NY Rangers. The Sabres are 5-9-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 5-7-2 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 (8), one point (2) and zero points (3).

DRAWING ATTENTION*

  • Ryan O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (1,150) and faceoff percentage (61.0%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 1,150 wins already rank as the most wins by a Sabre in a season.
  • O’Reilly’s 1,150 faceoff wins through 72 games played already rank 11th 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 1,294
    • 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 58 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 58 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 58 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 58 22 32 54 19 19 38
2017-18 (Pace) 67 25 37 62 22 22 44

 

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 58 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 3/22 games)

  • Eichel:64 S/GP (7th)
  • Girgensons: 2 SHG (T-10th)
  • O’Reilly: 1,150 FOW (1st), 61.0% FO% (1st), 1,885 FO (1st), 4 SHP (T-4th)
  • Pouliot: 2 SHG (T-10th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:31 TOI/GP (4th)

BUF-MTL CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Paul Byron was drafted by the Sabres in the sixth round (179th overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft. With Buffalo, he appeared in eight games during the 2010-11 season and recorded two points (1+1).
  • Nicolas Deslauriers appeared in 211 games for the Sabres from 2013-2017, recording 30 points (12+18) and 186 penalty minutes.

Former Canadiens:

  • Nathan Beaulieu was drafted by the Canadiens with the 17th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft. He went on to post 60 points (7+53) and a plus-19 rating in 225 games for Montreal.
  • Josh Gorges was a member of the Canadiens from 2006-2014, registering 88 points (13+75) over 464 games played.
  • Benoit Pouliot played in 118 games for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009 to 2011, posting 54 points (28+26) and a plus-10 rating.

Nathan Beaulieu

  • Represented Canada alongside Brendan Gallagher at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Jack Eichel:

  • He and Jonathan Drouin were both on the North American team at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Justin Falk:

  • Teammates with Karl Alzner for the Calgary Hitmen (WHL) from 2004 to 2006).

Chad Johnson:

  • Teammates with David Schlemko for the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2012-13 season.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played with Jeff Petry for the United States at the 2012 World Championship.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Won the gold medal with Team Canada alongside Brendan Gallagher at the 2016 World Championship.
  • Represented Canada alongside Carey Price at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with Jeff Petry for the Edmonton Oilers during part of the 2014-15 season.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Represented Canada alongside Jonathan Drouin at the 2014 World Junior Championship.
  • Won the gold medal with Team Canada alongside Brendan Gallagher at the 2016 World Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Team Finland alongside Artturi Lehkonen at the 2014 World Junior Championship, where the team won the gold medal on Ristolainen’s overtime goal.

NHL Draft:

  • Benoit Pouliot (4th overall) was taken one spot ahead of Carey Price (5th overall) during the first round of the 2005 NHL Draft.
  • Nathan Beaulieu (17th overall by Montreal) and Phillip Danault (26th overall by Chicago) were all taken in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Alex Galchenyuk (3rd overall) were both first-round selections in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Seth Griffith (131st overall) and Charles Hudon (122nd overall) were both selected in the fifth round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall), Jonathan Drouin (3rd overall) and Michael McCarron (25th overall) were all first-round picks in the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Justin Bailey and Jacob De La Rose were both taken in the second round of the 2013 NHL Draft. De La Rose was taken 34th overall and Bailey went off the board at No. 52 overall.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (188), Girgensons (125), Nolan (114)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (103), Ristolainen (101), McCabe (79)
Shots: Eichel (211), O’Reilly (197), Reinhart/Ristolainen (163)

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: 1-2-0 (2), 6/11, 1/10, 3/5

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)
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
Jack Eichel … 200th NHL games … March 21 vs. ARI

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