Game Preview: 4/3/21 vs. NY Rangers

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LAST GAME
Thursday, April 1
NY Rangers 3 at Buffalo 2 (OT)
Goals: Asplund, Thompson
Goalie: Tokarski (44 saves/47 shots)
PP: 0/1; PK: 4/4; Shots: NY Rangers 47 – Buffalo 23

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 167)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zemgus Girgensons (hamstring, Jan. 14; injured reserve) – 36 games
William Borgen (forearm, Feb. 22; injured reserve) – 22 games
Jake McCabe (knee, Feb. 22; injured reserve) – 22 games
Jack Eichel (upper body, March 9; injured reserve) – 13 games
Carter Hutton (lower body, March 24) – 6 games
Dylan Cozens (upper body) – 2 games
Curtis Lazar (upper body, April 1; injured reserve) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/27: Activated F Kyle Okposo and G Linus Ullmark from IR; Recalled F Jean-Sebastien Dea from the taxi squad; Loaned F C.J. Smith and G Michael Houser to the taxi squad
3/28: Reassigned F Brett Murray and G Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen to the Rochester Americans (AHL)
3/29: Loaned F Jean-Sebastien Dea and F Steven Fogarty to the taxi squad
3/31: Recalled F Steven Fogarty from the taxi squad
4/1: Placed F Curtis Lazar on IR; Activated F Rasmus Asplund off of IR
4/2: Reassigned F C.J. Smith and D Brandon Davidson to the Rochester Americans (AHL)
4/2: Reassigned F C.J. Smith and D Brandon Davidson from the Rochester Americans (AHL) to the taxi squad

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, April 6: Buffalo at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 8: New Jersey at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, April 9: Washington at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 11: Buffalo at Philadelphia, 2 p.m.
Tuesday, April 13: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
RANGERS at SABRES

  • This is the sixth of eight meetings between the Sabres and Rangers this season.
  • Last meeting: New York defeated Buffalo 3-2 (OT) in Buffalo on April 1.
  • Next meeting: Saturday, April 25 in New York.
  • The Sabres are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Rangers; 3-3-4 at home.
  • This is the 191st game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo has an 84-69-37 seri­­­es record.
  • The Sabres are 50-29-17 at home against the Rangers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-11-2 all-time on April 3.
  • April 3, 1982: Gilbert Perreault becomes the 16th NHL player ever to record 1,000 points in a 5-4 win vs. Montreal. Perreault, who finished his Sabres career with 1,326 points, remains the only player to record 1,000 points for the club.
  • April 3, 2006: The Sabres clinch a playoff spot with a 3-2 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.
  • April 3, 2008: Ryan Miller appears in his 76th game of the season, the most ever by a Buffalo goaltender.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Sam Reinhart has recorded six points (3+3) in his last six home games against the Rangers and has totaled five points (2+3) in five games against New York this season.
  • Victor Olofsson has tallied four assists in five meetings with the Rangers this season.
  • Rasmus Asplund has two goals in two games against New York this season.
  • If the Sabres score first tonight, it will mark the fifth consecutive game that they will have opened the scoring, their longest such streak of the season.
  • Buffalo has been perfect on the penalty kill in 19 of its 36 games this season.

PK PROWESS

  • The Sabres have been perfect on the penalty kill in 19 of their 36 games played this season, including each of their last four and five of their last six.
  • Buffalo has killed off 14 consecutive penalties, the team’s longest streak since it successfully killed 20 straight penalties from Dec. 3 to 18, 2018.
  • In the six-game span dating back to March 24, the team has gone 21-for-23 while down a man (91.3 percent) and scored two shorthanded goals for a net penalty-kill percentage of 100 percent.
  • Kyle Okposo (8th, 2.31) and Tobias Rieder (9th, 2.40) both rank in the top 10 among NHL forwards in power-play goals against per 60 this season (min. 12 minutes SH TOI).
  • Riley Sheahan currently leads all Sabres with 2:30 of shorthanded ice time per game.
  • Jacob Bryson ranks second among all NHL rookies this season with 2:26 of shorthanded ice time per game.

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 seven 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 (12th), .37 A/GP (15th), .45 PTS/GP (12th)

BUF-NYR CONNECTIONS

  • Sabres defenseman Henri Jokiharju and Rangers forward Kaapo Kakko played together on Finland’s national team at both the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship and at the 2019 IIHF World Championship. The duo won a gold medal at both tournaments.
  • Sabres forward Casey Mittelstadt and Rangers defensemen Adam Fox and Ryan Lindgren won a bronze medal together while representing the United States at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, which was held in Buffalo.
  • Sabres forward Kyle Okposo played for Team USA at the 2010 IIHF World Championship with Rangers forward Chris Krieder.
  • Sabres forward Tage Thompson won a gold medal for Team USA with Rangers defensemen Adam Fox and Ryan Lindgren at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Sabres forward Tage Thompson won a bronze medal for Team USA with Rangers forward Chris Krieder at the 2018 IIFH World Championship.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings entering play Friday)

  • Montour: 2 SHG (T-2), 2 SHP (T-8); Okposo: 2 SHP (T-8)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (111), Miller (71), Lazar (64)
Blocked Shots: Montour (47), Irwin (38), Miller (36)
Shots: Hall (86), Olofsson (83), Reinhart (73)

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: 1-3-2 (4), 15/20, 1/13, 21/23

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-4; 126-138 all-time)
Jan. 28 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Lafrenière, 2:47)
Feb. 25 vs. NJD: L, 4-3 (GWG-Zacha, 1:17)
March 29 vs. PHI: L 4-3 (GWG-Provorov, 0:42)
April 1 vs. NYR: L 3-2 (GWG Zibanejad, 4:32)

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)
Games Played
Victor Olofsson … 4 games played … 100 games played
Goals
Rasmus Ristolainen … 2 goals … 47 career goals (T-7th in franchise history, defensemen)
Kyle Okposo … 2 goals … 200 career goals
Assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 8 assists … 200 career assists
Colin Miller … 10 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Rasmus Dahlin … 4 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Steven Fogarty … first career NHL goal … March 31 vs. PHI

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