Game Preview: 3/26/18 at Toronto

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LAST GAME
Saturday, March 24
Buffalo 1 at NY Rangers 5
Goals: Reinhart
Goalie: Lehner (8 saves/12 shots) / Ullmark (10 saves/11 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 1/3; Shots: Buffalo 44 – NY Rangers 23

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 284)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 32 games
Jake McCabe (shoulder, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 22 games
Kyle Criscuolo (upper body, March 7) – 9 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body. March 17) – 5 games
Chad Johnson (undisclosed, March 23) – 2 games
Nathan Beaulieu (upper body, March 23) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/22: Assigned F Seth Griffith to Rochester (AHL)
3/25: Signed D Will Borgen to a three-year, entry level contract

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Friday, April 6: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at MAPLE LEAFS

  • This is the third of four meetings between the Sabres and Maple Leafs this season.
  • Last meeting: Toronto defeated Buffalo 5-2 in Buffalo on March 15
  • Next meeting: Monday, April 2 in Toronto
  • The Sabres are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Maple Leafs; 2-5-3 on the road.
  • This is the 209th game all-time between Buffalo and Toronto; Buffalo has a 114-68-26 series record.
  • The Sabres are 44-40-18 on the road against the Maple Leafs all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-10-2 all-time on March 26.
  • March 26, 1971: Phil Goyette and Gerry Meehan score goals 18 seconds apart in the third period as the Sabres defeat the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 at the Aud.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The home team has won 25 of the last 32 games between the Sabres and the Maple Leafs. Buffalo is seeking wins in consecutive visits to Toronto for the first time since the team won eight in a row from Feb. 21, 2008 to Dec. 21, 2009.
  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with a 7-3-1 record in their last 11 games against Atlantic Division opponents and a 10-9-3 record against the division this season.
  • Since joining the Sabres, Robin Lehner has appeared in 50 games against Atlantic Division opponents, logging a .926 save percentage and a 2.46 goals-against average in those games.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 30 points (13+17) in his last 31 games.

 SABRES-LEAFS

  • Johan Larsson has recorded nine points (4+5) in nine career games against the Maple Leafs.
  • Sam Reinhart has posted 10 points (3+7) in his last 10 games against Toronto, including at least a point in each of the last five (3+4).
  • Since the beginning of the 2011-12 season, Benoit Pouliot has totaled 17 points (6+11) in 17 games against Toronto, including four multi-point games.
  • Jason Pominville has faced off with the Maple Leafs 52 times as a member of the Sabres, totaling 51 points (20+31) in those matchups.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has five points (3+2) in his last four games against the Maple Leafs.
  • Chad Johnson has a 6-1-1 career record against Toronto with a .931 save percentage and a 2.11 goals-against average.

 ROAD WARRIORS

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with a 7-3-1 record in their last 11 road games.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 13 points (6+7) in his last 12 road games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has recorded 13 points (4+9) in his last 16 road games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has an assist in each of his last four road games.
  • Linus Ullmark has appeared in 10 career road games, posting a 5-2-2 record in those games with a .922 save percentage and a 2.57 goals-against average.
  • Chad Johnson has stopped 78 of 82 shots faced in his last three road games (.951), earning wins in all three of those contests.

DRAWING ATTENTION*

  • Ryan O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (1,175) and faceoff percentage (60.8%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 1,175 wins already rank as the most wins by a Sabre in a season.
  • O’Reilly’s 1,175 faceoff wins through 74 games played already tie for seventh 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 60 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 60 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 60 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 60 22 32 54 19 19 38
2017-18 (Pace) 67 25 36 60 21 21 42

 

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 60 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 3/25 games)

  • Eichel: 3.67 S/GP (7th)
  • O’Reilly: 1,175 FOW (1st), 60.8% FO% (1st), 1,932 FO (1st), 4 SHP (T-5th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:30 TOI/GP (4th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (191), Girgensons (131), Nolan (119)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (103), Ristolainen (103), McCabe (79)
Shots: Eichel (220), O’Reilly (204), Reinhart (172)

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: 1-4-0 (2), 7/19, 2/15, 6/10

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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