Game Preview: 3/24/18 at NY Rangers

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LAST GAME
Friday, March 23
Montreal 3 at Buffalo 0
Goals: N/A
Goalie: Ullmark (21 saves/22 shots); 2 ENG
PP: 0/2; PK: 2/2; Shots: Buffalo 35 – Montreal 24

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 278)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 31 games
Jake McCabe (shoulder, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 21 games
Kyle Criscuolo (upper body, March 7) – 8 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body. March 17) – 4 games
Chad Johnson (undisclosed, March 23) – 1 game
Nathan Beaulieu (upper body, March 23) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
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
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.
Wednesday, April 4: Ottawa at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at RANGERS

  • This is the third and final meeting between the Sabres and Rangers this season.
  • Last meeting: New York defeated Buffalo 4-3 in New York on Jan. 18
  • The Sabres are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Rangers; 3-5-2 on the road
  • This is the 180th game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo has an 81-63-35 series record.
  • The Sabres are 33-35-20 on the road against the Rangers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 13-7-2 all-time on March 24.
  • March 24, 1976: The Sabres earn the 200th win in franchise history with a 7-3 win at home against the New York Rangers.
  • March 24, 1998: Dominik Hasek makes 29 saves to record the 100th shutout in franchise history in a 2-0 win at Calgary.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 2-1-2 in their last five games against the Rangers.
  • The Rangers are looking for a series sweep of the Sabres for the first time since the 2014-15 season.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 29 points (12+17) in his last 30 games.

ROAD WARRIORS

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with a 7-2-1 record in their last 10 road games. The Sabres have 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.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s 15th of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began last night with a 3-0 loss vs. Montreal. The Sabres are 5-10-0 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 (1,167) and faceoff percentage (61.0%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 1,167 wins already rank as the most wins by a Sabre in a season.
  • O’Reilly’s 1,167 faceoff wins through 73 games played already rank ninth 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 1,295
    • 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 59 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 59 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 59 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 59 22 32 54 19 19 38
2017-18 (Pace) 67 25 36 61 22 22 43

 

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 59 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 after last night’s game)

  • Eichel: 3.66 S/GP (7th)
  • O’Reilly: 1,167 FOW (1st), 61.0% FO% (1st), 1,914 FO (1st), 4 SHP (T-5th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:31 TOI/GP (4th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (191), Girgensons (130), Nolan (117)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (103), Ristolainen (103), McCabe (79)
Shots: Eichel (216), O’Reilly (199), Reinhart (168)

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: 1-3-0 (2), 6/14, 1/12, 5/7

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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