Game Preview: 4/13/21 at Boston

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LAST GAME
Sunday, April 11
Buffalo 5 at Philadelphia 3
Goals: Reinhart, Ruotsalainen, Skinner, Asplund, Mittelstadt
Goalie: Ullmark (40 saves/ 43 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 0/1; Shots: Philadelphia 43 – Buffalo 31

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 201)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zemgus Girgensons (hamstring, Jan. 14; injured reserve) – 41 games
William Borgen (forearm, Feb. 22; injured reserve) – 27 games
Jake McCabe (knee, Feb. 22; injured reserve) – 27 games
Jack Eichel (upper body, March 9; injured reserve) – 18 games
Carter Hutton (lower body, March 24) – 11 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
4/7: Reassigned F C.J. Smith and D Brandon Davidson to the Rochester Americans (AHL)
4/8: Reassigned F C.J. Smith and D Brandon Davidson from the Rochester Americans (AHL) to the taxi squad
4/9: Claimed F Drake Caggiula off waivers; Recalled F Arttu Ruotsalainen from the taxi squad; Reassigned F Steven Fogarty to the taxi squad
4/10: Acquired a third-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft from the Florida Panthers in exchange for D Brandon Montour; Reassigned F Jean-Sebastien Dea to the taxi squad; Loaned F Steven Fogarty to the Rochester Americans (AHL)
4/12: Acquired F Anders Bjork and a second-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft from the Boston Bruins in exchange for F Taylor Hall and F Curtis Lazar

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, April 15: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 17: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 3 p.m.
Sunday, April 18: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 3 p.m.
Tuesday, April 20: Boston at Buffalo, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 22: Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at BRUINS

  • This is the third of eight meetings between the Sabres and Bruins this season.
  • Last meeting: Boston defeated Buffalo 3-2 in Boston on March 27.
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, April 20 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 2-7-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Bruins; 3-6-1 on the road.
  • This is the 299th game all-time between Buffalo and Boston; Buffalo has a 125-128-45 series record.
  • The Sabres are 51-76-21 on the road against the Bruins all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 4-2-2 all-time on April 13 (regular season).
  • April 13, 2002: Martin Biron stops all 22 shots to earn his 11th career shutout as the Sabres close out the regular season with a 3-0 win at Montreal.
  • April 13, 2013: Jhonas Enroth stops all 29 Flyers shots in a 1-0 home win against Philadelphia.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW.

  • Sam Reinhart is tied for third in the NHL with 11 road goals this season.
  • Reinhart has six points (1+5) in his last eight games against the Bruins. Reinhart’s last seven trips to Boston has produced seven points (1+6).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has five points (4+1) in his last six games in Boston. His six career goals against the Bruins are his most against any opponent.
  • 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
  • Rasmus Dahlin (0.09, 13th) and Rasmus Ristolainen (0.09, 14th) both rank in the top 15 in goals per game in franchise history among defensemen who have played in at least 82 games.
  • Entering play Monday, the Sabres were the least-penalized team in the NHL with 6:07 of penalty time per game. Buffalo has been assessed 251 total penalty minutes this season, 13 fewer than the closest team, the New Jersey Devils.

THREE’S COMPANY

  • In the team’s last four games, the line of Rasmus Asplund, Casey Mittelstadt and Tage Thompson has skated together more than any other forward line at 5-on-5 (41:07). During that time, they have outshot their opponents 27-19, outscored opponents 3-0 and have a 61.2 expected-goals percentage at 5-on-5, according to Natural Stat Trick.
  • All three players have scored at least twice during the four-game stretch – Asplund on April 6 and 11, Mittelstadt on April 6, 9 and 11, and Thompson on April 8 and 9.
  • Mittelstadt enters tomorrow’s game having recorded seven points (5+2) in his last seven games, the best seven-game stretch of his career. If Mittelstadt were to score in tomorrow’s contest, it would mark the first time in his career that he would have goals in three consecutive games.
  • With a point tomorrow, Asplund would extend his point streak to a career-best three games.

WELCOME TO BUFFALO

ANDERS BJORK

  • The Sabres acquired forward Anders Bjork along with a second-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft from the Boston Bruins on April 12 in exchange for forwards Taylor Hall and Curtis Lazar.
  • Bjork has totaled five points (2+3) in 30 games this season with Boston after setting career highs in games played (58), goals (9), assists (10) and points (19) in 2019-20.
  • Bjork was named to the Hobey Baker Top 10 after his junior season at the University of Notre Dame in 2016-17, during which he tied for ninth in NCAA scoring with 52 points (21+31) in 39 games. He totaled 109 points (40+69) in 115 collegiate contests.
  • The Mequon, Wisconsin native has represented the United States at the IIHF World Championship (2017), the IIHF World Junior Championship (2016) and the IIHF U18 World Championship (2014).

DRAKE CAGGIULA

  • The Sabres claimed forward Drake Caggiula off waivers April 9.
  • In 249 career games with Edmonton, Chicago and Arizona, Caggiula has totaled 83 points (42+41).
  • Caggiula set a career high in points (23) and tied his career high in assists (11) during the 2018-19 season with the Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks.
  • Caggiula played four years of collegiate hockey at the University of North Dakota where he totaled 127 points (62+65) in 162 games. He won the 2016 NCAA National Championship with the Fighting Hawks and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.

KEEPIN’ IT 100

  • Rasmus Dahlin’s assist April 8 marked his 100th career NHL point.
  • Dahlin (180 games played) is the second-fastest Sabres defenseman to reach the milestone after making his NHL debut with the team. He is second only to Phil Housley, who recorded his 100th point in his 106th game.
  • Dahlin, who turns 21 on April 13, is now the youngest Swedish defenseman in NHL history and the second-youngest Sabres blueliner to reach 100 career points, trailing only Housley (19 years, 273 days).
  • With the assist, Dahlin is now the first defenseman and third player from the 2018 NHL Draft to record 100 career points (Andrei Svechnikov, Brady Tkachuk).
  • Dahlin’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 (13th), .47 A/GP (5th), .56 PTS/GP (5th).
  • Dahlin’s power-play production positions him among the top 20 defensemen in franchise history with eight goals (T-16th), 40 assists (14th) and 48 points (15th).

ROAD TO 100 GAMES

  • Victor Olofsson played his 100th career NHL game on April 9.
  • Among players who have debuted with the Sabres, Olofsson’s 19 career power-play goals ties Gilbert Perreault and trails only Rick Martin (23) for the most power-play goals by a Sabre in a player’s first 100 NHL games.
  • Since his NHL debut on March 28, 2019, Olofsson is third on the Sabres in goals (33) and points (70) He leads the team with 19 power-play goals and ranks second with 31 power-play points.
  • Olofsson’s 19 power-play goals ties him for fifth in the NHL since his debut.
  • His 0.69 points per game ranks sixth among players selected in the 2014 NHL Draft.

BRICK WALL

  • Among goaltenders who have played at least 10 games this season, Linus Ullmark ranks sixth in the NHL with a .936 5-on-5 save percentage.*
  • Ullmark ranks seventh in the NHL at goals saved above average at 5-on-5 (8.50).*
  • His .860 save percentage when facing high-danger chances at 5-on-5 ranks seventh in the league (min. 10 GP).*

*Stats courtesy of NaturalStatTrick.com

RISTO IN THE RECORD BOOK

  • With his goal on April 6 at New Jersey, Rasmus Ristolainen took sole possession of the eighth-most goals by a defenseman in Sabres history. He now trails Richard Smehlik by one goal 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 four 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 (14th), .37 A/GP (14th), .46 PTS/GP (11th)

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

  • Okposo: 2 SHP (T-9th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (132), Miller (77), Dahlin (51)
Blocked Shots: Miller (42), Ristolainen (40), Irwin (40)
Shots: Olofsson (94), Reinhart (81), Dahlin/Skinner (77)

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: 3-5-2 (8), 28/35, 3/23, 28/34
41-50: 1-0-0 (2), 5/3, 0/3, 0/1

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 (3-2; 80-73 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)
April 3 vs. NYR: W 3-2 (GDG-Thompson)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
N/A

Goals
Rasmus Ristolainen … 1 goal … 47 career goals (T-7th in franchise history, defensemen)
Kyle Okposo … 2 goals … 200 career goals

Assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 6 assists … 200 career assists
Colin Miller … 8 assists … 100 career assists

Points
N/A 

RECENT MILESTONES
Rasmus Dahlin … 100th NHL point (assist)… April 8 vs. NJD
Arttu Ruotsalainen … First NHL game … April 9 vs. WSH
Victor Olofsson … 100th NHL game… April 9 vs. WSH
Arttu Ruotsalainen … First NHL goal … April 11 at PHI

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