Game Preview: 3/27/21 at Boston

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LAST GAME
Thursday, March 25
Buffalo 0 at Pittsburgh 4
Goals: N/A
Goalie: Tokarski (27 saves/30 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 0/4; PK: 2/4; Shots: Pittsburgh 31 – Buffalo 36

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 136)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zemgus Girgensons (hamstring, Jan. 14; injured reserve) – 32 games
William Borgen (forearm, Feb. 22; injured reserve) – 18 games
Jake McCabe (knee, Feb. 22; injured reserve) – 18 games
Linus Ullmark (lower body, Feb. 27; injured reserve) – 15 games
Jack Eichel (upper body, March 9; injured reserve) – 9 games
Kyle Okposo (upper body, March 22; injured reserve) – 3 games
Carter Hutton (lower body, March 24) – 2 games
Tobias Rieder (upper body, March 24; injured reserve) – 2 games
Rasmus Asplund (upper body; March 25) – 1 game
Tage Thompson (illness) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/21: Reassigned F Steven Fogarty from the Rochester Americans (AHL) to the taxi squad; Loaned G Michael Houser to the taxi squad
3/22: Recalled F Rasmus Asplund and G Dustin Tokarski from the taxi squad
3/23: Reassigned G Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen from the Rochester Americans (AHL) to the taxi squad
3/24: Recalled G Michael Houser from the taxi squad; Placed F Kyle Okposo on injured reserve
3/25: Recalled F Steven Fogarty and F C.J. Smith from the taxi squad; Reassigned F Jean-Sebastien Dea and F Brett Murray from the Rochester Americans (AHL) to the taxi squad; Placed F Rasmus Asplund and F Tobias Rieder on injured reserve
3/26: Acquired a third- and fifth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for center Eric Staal
3/27: Activated F Kyle Okposo and G Linus Ullmark from injured reserve; Recalled F Jean-Sebastien Dea from the taxi squad; Loaned F C.J. Smith and G Michael Houser to the taxi squad

 

UPCOMING GAMES
Monday, March 29: Philadelphia at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 31: Philadelphia at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 1: NY Rangers at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 3: NY Rangers at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 6: Buffalo at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME

SABRES at BRUINS

  • This is the second of eight meetings between the Sabres and Bruins this season.
  • Last meeting: Boston defeated Buffalo 4-1 in Buffalo on March 18.
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, April 13 in Boston
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Bruins; 4-5-1 on the road.
  • This is the 297th game all-time between Buffalo and Boston; Buffalo has a 125-127-45 series record.
  • The Sabres are 51-75-21 on the road against the Bruins all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 15-6-4 all-time on March 27.
  • March 27, 1990: Mike Foligno records his 500th point as a member of the Sabres in a 6-5 win at Detroit. Foligno finished his Sabres career with 511 points in 664 games.
  • March 27, 2010: Jason Pominville scores to record his 300th NHL point in a 7-1 win at home against Tampa Bay.
  • March 27, 2017: Brian Gionta plays in his 1,000th career NHL game and records a goal in the Sabres 4-2 win against Florida.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Rasmus Ristolainen has five points (4+1) in his last five games in Boston. His six career goals against the Bruins are his most against any opponent.
  • Sam Reinhart has five assists in his last seven games against the Bruins. Reinhart’s last six trips to Boston has produced six assists.
  • Dustin Tokarski is 1-0 in his career against the Bruins with a .971 save percentage and 1.00 goals-against average. Tokarski recorded his first NHL assist against Boston March 13, 2012

OUT OF THE BOX

  • Entering play Friday, the Sabres were the least-penalized team in the NHL with 6:09 of penalty time per game. Buffalo has been assessed 197 total penalty minutes this season, 19 fewer than the next closest team, the New Jersey Devils.
  • Buffalo has been assessed 89 penalties this season. Entering play Friday, it marked the fewest in the league and was two penalties fewer than the next closest team, the Columbus Blue Jackets.
  • Taylor Hall is tied for eighth in the NHL with 14 penalties drawn this season. Hall’s penalty differential is good for 15th in the league at plus-8.

RISTO IN THE RECORD BOOK

  • With his goal on March. 4 at the NY Islanders, Rasmus Ristolainen moved into a tie with Tyler Myers and Jim Schoenfeld for the eighth-most goals by a defenseman in Sabres history. He now trails Richard Smehlik by two goals for seventh-most.
  • Ristolainen’s first assist on Jan. 24 at Washington moved him past Jim Schoenfeld for the seventh-most career points recorded by a Sabres defenseman. He currently trails Bill Hajt by nine points for sixth-most.
  • Ristolainen holds the franchise record for most overtime goals by a defenseman (4) and is tied for ninth all-time among the team’s blueliners with six game-winning goals.
  • Ristolainen’s career per-game output ranks him among the franchise’s top 15 defensemen in every major scoring category (min. 82 GP): .09 G/GP (T-11th), .37 A/GP (T-12th), .45 PTS/GP (T-11th)

BUF-BOS CONNECTIONS

  • Sabres defenseman Colin Miller played the first two seasons of his NHL career 2015-16 to 2016-17) with the Bruins, totaling 29 points (9+20) in 103 games.
  • Sabres defenseman Colin Miller played the first two seasons of his NHL career 2015-16 to 2016-17) with the Bruins, totaling 29 points (9+20) in 103 games.
  • Sabres forward Taylor Hall and Bruins defenseman John Moore were teammates in New Jersey for two seasons: 2016-17 and 2017-18.
  • Sabres forwards Taylor Hall and Sam Reinhart won a gold medal with Bruins forward Brad Marchand while the trio played for Team Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres forwards Curtis Lazar and Sam Reinhart won a gold medal with Bruins forward Nick Ritchie while playing for Team Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Sabres forward Casey Mittelstadt and Bruins forward Trent Frederic won a bronze medal together while playing for Team USA at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Sabres defenseman Brandon Montour and Bruins forward Nick Ritchie were teammates in Anaheim for parts of three seasons (2016-17 to 2018-19). Bruins forward Chris Wagner also played in Anaheim during parts of the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.
  • Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen and Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask played for Finland’s national team at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
  • Sabres forward Tage Thompson won a gold medal with Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy while playing for Team USA at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship. The duo would play for Team USA together again at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings following Thursday’s game)

  • N/A

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (96), Miller (66), Lazar (62)
Blocked Shots: Montour (42), Irwin (32), Miller (30)
Shots: Hall (77), Olofsson (70), Dahlin (66)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK] 1-10: 4-4-2 (10), 30/32, 12/39, 19/23
11-20: 2-7-1 (5), 16/28, 7/23, 18/23
21-30: 0-9-1 (1), 18/45, 0/14, 18/26
31-40: 0-2-0 (0), 2/9, 0/7, 7/9

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-2; 126-136 all-time)
Jan. 28 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Lafrenière, 2:47)
Feb. 25 vs. NJD: L, 4-3 (GWG-Zacha, 1;17)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (2-2; 79-73 all-time)
Jan. 22 at WSH: L, 4-3 (GDG-Carlson)
Jan. 24 at WSH: W, 4-3 (GDG-Eichel)
Jan. 30 vs. NJD: W, 4-3 (GDG-Eichel)
March 9 at PHI: L 5-4 (GDG-Couturier)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Goals
Rasmus Ristolainen … 2 goals … 47 career goals (T-7th in franchise history, defensemen)
Assists
Colin Miller … 10 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Rasmus Dahlin … 4 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Brandon Montour … 100 career points … March 24 at PIT

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