Game Preview: 4/15/21 at Washington

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LAST GAME
Tuesday, April 13
Buffalo 2 at Boston 3 (SO)
Goals: Miller, Dahlin
Goalie: Ullmark (3 saves/ 3 shots), Tokarski (29 saves/31 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 1/1; Shots: Boston 34 – Buffalo 23

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 206)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zemgus Girgensons (hamstring, Jan. 14; injured reserve) – 42 games
William Borgen (forearm, Feb. 22; injured reserve) – 28 games
Jake McCabe (knee, Feb. 22; injured reserve) – 28 games
Jack Eichel (neck, March 9; injured reserve) – 19 games
Carter Hutton (lower body, March 24) – 12 games
Riley Sheahan (upper body, April 14) – 0 games
Linus Ullmark (lower body, April 14) – 0 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
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
4/15: Recalled G Michael Houser from the taxi squad

 

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Friday, April 23: Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at CAPITALS

  • This is the eighth and final meeting between the Sabres and Capitals this season.
  • Last meeting: Washington defeated Buffalo 4-3 in Buffalo on April 9th.
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Capitals; 1-6-3 on the road.
  • This is the 171st game all-time between Buffalo and Washington; Buffalo has a 91-57-22 series record.
  • The Sabres are 42-31-13 on the road against the Capitals all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 1-3-0 all-time on April 15 (regular season).
  • April 15, 1993: Alexander Mogilny scores his 75th and 76th of the season, extending his record for goals in a season by a Sabre in a 7-4 loss to Philadelphia.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW.

  • Buffalo has a plus-12 penalty differential (24 drawn/12 taken) against the Capitals this season, their highest penalty differential against any opponent this year.
  • Sam Reinhart is tied for fourth in the NHL with 11 road goals this season.
  • Rasmus Dahlin has totaled six points (2+4) in his last six games, his best six-game stretch since he had seven points (1+6) in six games from Feb. 9 to 22, 2020. Dahlin’s five even-strength points and six total points since April 3 tie him for first and fourth, respectively, among all NHL defensemen during that stretch.
  • Entering play Wednesday, the Sabres were the least-penalized team in the NHL with 6:18 of penalty time per game this season. Buffalo has been assessed 265 total penalty minutes this season, nine fewer than the closest team, the New Jersey Devils.

HOT AGAINT THE CAPITALS

  • Victor Olofsson has recorded five points (3+2) in seven games against the Capitals this season. His three goals against Washington lead the team.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen’s five points (1+4) in six games against the Capitals are his most against any opponent this season. Ristolainen’s 23:15 time on ice per game against Washington this season leads all Sabres.
  • Olofsson (2+1, 3 GP), Ristolainen (0+2, 2 GP), Dylan Cozens (1+0, 1 GP) and Casey Mittelstadt (0+1, 1 GP), are all playing at a point-per-game pace in Washington this season.
  • Cody Eakin owns a 68.5 faceoff win percentage and 75.0 defensive zone faceoff win percentage against the Capitals this season. Both mark his highest against any opponent and lead all Sabres skaters who have taken at least five faceoffs against Washington this year.

THREE’S COMPANY

  • In the team’s last five games, the line of Rasmus Asplund, Casey Mittelstadt and Tage Thompson has skated together more than any other forward line at 5-on-5 (48:46). During that time, they have outshot their opponents 30-23, outscored opponents 3-0 and have a 59.9 expected-goals percentage at 5-on-5, according to Natural Stat Trick.
  • All three players have scored at least twice during the five-game stretch – Asplund on April 6 and 11, Mittelstadt on April 6, 9 and 11, and Thompson on April 8 and 9.

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 recorded his first point as a Sabre on his first shift of the game on April 13 at Boston with an assist on Colin Miller’s
  • 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).
  • Bjork previously played for Interim Head Coach Don Granato during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons at the United States National Team Development Program.

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 on April 8 against New Jersey 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 turned 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 (12th), .46 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 ninth in the NHL since his debut.
  • His 0.69 points per game ranks sixth among players selected in the 2014 NHL Draft.

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 (15th), .45 PTS/GP (11th)

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

  • Okposo: 2 SHP (T-10th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (139), Miller (81), Dahlin (57)
Blocked Shots: Miller (44), Ristolainen (43), Irwin (41)
Shots: Olofsson (96), Reinhart (84), Dahlin/Skinner (79)

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: 1-0-1 (3), 7/5, 0/6, 1/2

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 (3-3; 80-74 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)
April 13 at BOS: L 3-2 (GDG-Coyle)

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
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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