Game Preview: 3/31/18 at Nashville

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LAST GAME
Thursday, March 29
Detroit 6 at Buffalo 3
Goals: Eichel, O’Reilly, Rodrigues
Goalie: Lehner (17 saves/20 shots) / Johnson (9 saves/12 shots)
PP: 1/4; PK: 5/5; Shots: Detroit 32 – Buffalo 32

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 294)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 34 games
Jake McCabe (shoulder, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 24 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body. March 17) – 7 games
Linus Ullmark (upper body, March 26) – 2 games
Robin Lehner (lower body, March 31) – 0 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/25: Signed D Will Borgen to a three-year, entry-level contract
3/26: Signed F Casey Mittelstadt to a three-year, entry-level contract
3/27: Assigned F Justin Bailey to Rochester (AHL)
3/30: Recalled G Adam Wilcox from Rochester (AHL)
3/31: Assigned F Kyle Criscuolo to Rochester (AHL)

REMAINING GAMES
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.
Saturday, April 7: Buffalo at Florida, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at PREDATORS

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Predators this season.
  • Last meeting: Nashville defeated Buffalo 4-0 in Buffalo on March 19
  • The Sabres are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Predators; 6-4-0 on the road.
  • This is the 25th game all-time between Buffalo and Nashville; Buffalo has a 9-11-4 series record.
  • The Sabres are 8-4-0 on the road against the Predators all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-10-0 all-time on March 31.
  • March 31, 1971: Eddie Shack records his second hat trick in 10 days as the Sabres defeat the Penguins 6-4 in Pittsburgh.
  • March 31, 1992: The Sabres and Minnesota North Stars combine for 360 penalty minutes, including 188 to the Sabres and 172 to the North Stars. All three totals (for, against and combined) still stand as Sabres franchise records.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The road team has won each of the five meetings between these clubs in the last two seasons.
  • The Sabres have an 8-4-0 record all-time in Nashville. With wins in their last two visits, the Sabres haven’t lost in Nashville since March 21, 2015 and are looking to tie their series-best, three-game road winning streak against the Predators.

DRAWING ATTENTION*

  • Ryan O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (1,201) and faceoff percentage (60.7%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 1,201 wins already rank as the most wins by a Sabre in a season.
  • O’Reilly’s 1,201 faceoff wins through 76 games played already rank sixth 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 1,280
    • 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 has either topped or is on pace to top his personal bests in goals (24), assists (33) and points (57) on the strength of improved production at even strength.
  • With his 17th multi-point game in his 61st game of the season, Eichel surpassed his career-best total of 16 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 62 games, Eichel now has 22 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 62 games, he now has 41 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 62 25 32 57 22 19 41
2017-18 (Pace) 67 27 35 62 24 21 44

 

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

  • Of Jack Eichel’s 57 points so far this season, 27 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes 6-on-5 situations).
  • Through 62 games played, Eichel’s 27 primary points (16+11) during 5-on-5 play have surpassed both his 61-game total from last season (11+10) and 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 3/30 games)

  • Eichel: 3.69 S/GP (7th)
  • O’Reilly: 1,201 FOW (1st), 60.7% FO% (1st), 1,980 FO (1st), 4 SHP (T-5th), 13 PPG (T-9th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:31 TOI/GP (4th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (197), Girgensons (131), Nolan (122)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (106), Scandella (106), McCabe (79)
Shots: Eichel (229), O’Reilly (207), Ristolainen (173)

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: 2-5-0 (4), 13/27, 3/19, 11/16

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

RECENT MILESTONES
Zemgus Girgensons … 100th NHL point … March 26 at Toronto
Casey Mittelstadt … 1st NHL game … March 29 vs. Detroit
Casey Mittelstadt … 1st NHL point (assist) … March 29 vs. Detroit

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