Game Preview: 4/2/18 at Toronto

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LAST GAME
Saturday, March 31
Buffalo 7 at Nashville 4
Goals: Reinhart (3), Okposo (2), Pominville, O’Reilly
Goalie: Johnson (32 saves/36 shots)
PP: 4/9; PK: 3/4; Shots: Nashville 36 – Buffalo 36

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 299)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 35 games
Jake McCabe (shoulder, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 25 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body. March 17) – 8 games
Linus Ullmark (upper body, March 26) – 3 games
Robin Lehner (lower body, March 31) – 1 game
Victor Antipin (concussion, April 2) – 0 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAY
S
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)
4/2: Recalled D Matt Tennyson from Rochester (AHL)

REMAINING GAMES
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 MAPLE LEAFS

  • This is the fourth and final meeting between the Sabres and Maple Leafs this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Toronto 3-2 in Toronto on March 26
  • The Sabres are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Maple Leafs; 3-4-3 on the road.
  • This is the 210th game all-time between Buffalo and Toronto; Buffalo has a 115-68-26 series record.
  • The Sabres are 45-40-18 on the road against the Maple Leafs all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-6-3 all-time on April 2.
  • April 2, 2011: Thomas Vanek records his 200th NHL goal in a 5-4 overtime loss at Washington.
  • April 2, 2013: Ryan Miller plays his 492nd game in the NHL, breaking Dominik Hasek’s franchise record for most games played by a goaltender.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with an 8-4-1 record in their last 13 games against Atlantic Division opponents and an 11-10-3 record against the division this season.
  • The home team has won 25 of the last 33 games between the Sabres and the Maple Leafs. However, with wins in their last two visits, the Sabres are seeking wins in three consecutive visits to Toronto for the first time since the team won eight in a row from Feb. 21, 2008 to Dec. 21, 2009.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 34 points (16+18) in his last 34 games dating back to Jan. 18.
  • With his second career hat trick on Saturday at Nashville, Reinhart has 18 goals in 40 games so far in 2018, tying him for 16th-most in the league since Jan. 1.

SABRES-LEAFS

  • Chad Johnson has a 7-1-1 career record against Toronto with a .934 save percentage and a 2.10 goals-against average.
  • Jack Eichel has recorded 11 points (6+5) in eight career games against Toronto, including six points (3+3) in four road games. His six goals and 11 points against the Maple Leafs each tie as his highest marks against any NHL team.
  • Johan Larsson has recorded 10 points (4+6) in 10 career games against the Maple Leafs.
  • Kyle Okposo has points in each of his last five games against Toronto, having totaled six points (1+5) in those games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has five points (3+2) in his last five games against the Maple Leafs.
  • Sam Reinhart has posted eight points (3+5) in eight games against Toronto since the beginning of last season.
  • Jason Pominville has faced off with the Maple Leafs 53 times as a member of the Sabres, totaling 52 points (20+32) in those matchups.

ROAD WARRIORS

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with a 9-3-1 record in their last 13 road games.
  • After tying a franchise record with five assists at Nashville on Saturday, Jack Eichel has 36 points (11+25) in 32 road games this season. Eichel’s 13 points per game on the road this season rank as the seventh-best rate among all NHL skaters.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 17 points (10+7) in his last 17 road games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has recorded 16 points (4+12) in his last 18 road games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has seven points (1+6) in his last six road games.
  • Kyle Okposo enters tonight’s game on a three-game road point streak, with four points (2+2) in those games.
  • Chad Johnson has stopped 149 of 159 shots faced in his last four road games (.937), earning wins in all four of those contests.

DRAWING ATTENTION*

  • Ryan O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (1,212) and faceoff percentage (60.3%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 1,212 wins already rank as the most wins by a Sabre in a season.
  • O’Reilly’s 1,212 faceoff wins through 77 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 1,275
    • 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 topped his previous 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. Through 63 games, Eichel now has 18 multi-point games.
  • 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 63 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 63 games, he now has 42 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 63 25 37 62 22 20 42
2017-18 (Pace) 67 27 39 66 23 21 45

 

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

  • Of Jack Eichel’s 62 points so far this season, 27 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes 6-on-5 situations).
  • Through 63 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 4/1 games)

  • Eichel: 3.71 S/GP (7th)
  • O’Reilly: 1,212 FOW (1st), 60.3% FO% (1st), 2,009 FO (1st), 14 PPG (T-5th), 4 SHP (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:33 TOI/GP (4th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (198), Girgensons (132), Nolan (122)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (107), Scandella (106), McCabe (79)
Shots: Eichel (234), O’Reilly (212), Reinhart (177)

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: 3-5-0 (6), 20/31, 7/28, 14/20

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)
N/A

RECENT MILESTONES
Casey Mittelstadt … 1st NHL game … March 29 vs. Detroit
Casey Mittelstadt … 1st NHL point (assist) … March 29 vs. Detroit
Jack Eichel … 100th NHL assist … March 31 at Nashville

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