Game Preview: 4/22/21 vs. Boston

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LAST GAME
Tuesday, April 20
Boston 2 at Buffalo 0
Goals: N/A
Goalie: Tokarski (39 saves/41 shots)
PP: 0/6; PK: 4/4; Shots: Boston 41 – Buffalo 32

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 235)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zemgus Girgensons (hamstring, Jan. 14; injured reserve) – 46 games
William Borgen (forearm, Feb. 22; injured reserve) – 32 games
Jake McCabe (knee, Feb. 22; injured reserve) – 32 games
Jack Eichel (neck, March 9; injured reserve) – 23 games
Carter Hutton (lower body, March 24) – 16 games
Linus Ullmark (lower body, April 15) – 4 games
Kyle Okposo (cheek, April 17) – 3 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
4/17: Recalled F Steven Fogarty from the Rochester Americans (AHL); Reassigned G Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen from Rochester to the taxi squad
4/18: Recalled D Mattias Samuelsson from the Rochester Americans (AHL); Reassigned F Steven Fogarty to the taxi squad; Reassigned F C.J. Smith to Rochester
4/20: Signed Lukas Rousek to a two-year, entry-level contract; Recalled G Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen from the taxi squad; Reassigned G Michael Houser to the taxi squad

 

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, April 23: Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 25: Buffalo at NY Rangers, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, April 27: Buffalo at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 29: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 1: Buffalo at Boston, 1 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME

BRUINS at SABRES

  • This is the fifth of eight meetings between the Sabres and Bruins this season.
  • Last meeting: Boston defeated Buffalo 2-0 in Buffalo April 20.
  • Next meeting: Friday, April 23 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 1-7-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Bruins; 1-7-2 at home.
  • This is the 301st game all-time between Buffalo and Boston; Buffalo has a 125-129-46 series record.
  • The Sabres are 74-53-24 at home against the Bruins all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 0-1-0 all-time on April 20 (regular season).
  • April 22, 1978: The Sabres score three unanswered goals in the third period and Don Edwards makes 20 saves in a 4-1 win over Philadelphia in game three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Memorial Auditorium.
  • April 22, 2011: Tyler Ennis records his first career multi-goal (2+0) playoff game in a 4-3 win in Philadelphia during game five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW.

  • With their matchup on Tuesday, Boston became the first opponent the Sabres played in the regular season 300 times in franchise history. Buffalo’s 125 wins against Boston are the team’s second-highest total against any opponent (Montreal, 130).
  • The Sabres will meet the Bruins five times in seven games during a 12-day span from April 22 to May 1.
  • Dustin Tokarski was named the NHL’s first star of the week for the week ending April 18.
    • Tokarski made a league-best 128 saves on 137 shots during the week, compiling a 2.27 goals-against average and .934 save percentage.
    • Tokarski ranks fourth in the NHL with 240 saves during the month of April.
  • Tokarski is 1-1-1 in his career against the Bruins with a .953 save percentage and 1.69 goals-against average. Tokarski recorded his first NHL assist against Boston March 13, 2012.
  • Casey Mittelstadt has totaled ten points (7+3) in his last 12 games and leads all Sabres in both goals and points during that stretch.
  • Rasmus Dahlin has recorded eight points (2+6) in his last 10 contests dating back to April 3.
    • Entering play Wednesday, Dahlin’s six even-strength points and eight total points since April 3 tied him for sixth and fourth, respectively, among all NHL defensemen during that stretch.
  • Sam Reinhart has five points (4+1) in his last six games. Reinhart is on pace to reach the 20-goal mark for the fourth consecutive season despite the shortened schedule.
  • Dylan Cozens has five assists in his last six games.
  • Entering play Wednesday, the Sabres were the least-penalized team in the NHL with 6:16 of penalty time per game. Buffalo has been assessed 289 total penalty minutes this season, 11 fewer than the closest team, the Chicago Blackhawks.

BACK-TO-BACK

Today’s game open’s Buffalo’s 13th of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues Friday night vs. Boston. The Sabres are 3-9-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-9-1 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (0), three points (1), two points (4), one point (0) and zero points (7).

300 CLUB

  • Boston is the first opponent the Sabres have played 300 regular season games against in franchise history.
  • 396 skaters and 38 goaltenders have suited up for at least one contest against the Bruins.
  • The Sabres all-time leading goal scorer against the Bruins is Dave Andreychuk, who netted 39 goals in 79 games. His 18 power-play goals lead the team and 34 power-play points is tied with Gilbert Perreault for first.
  • Gilbert Perreault paces the team in career games (99), assists (64), and points (100) against the Bruins.
  • Nine Sabres players average a point per game or better against the Bruins (min. 10 GP)
    • Pat LaFontaine – 1.30, Daniel Briere – 26, Rene Robert – 1.20, Thomas Vanek – 1.14, Eddie Shack – 1.09, Richard Martin – 1.06, Alexander Mogilny – 1.03, Gilbert Perreault – 1.01 and Danny Gare – 1.00.
  • Ryan Miller started 42 career games for the Sabres against the Bruins and went 26-9-7. His 26 wins and 42 games played against the Bruins are first among Sabres goaltenders.
  • Among Sabres goalies to play in at least five games against Boston, Dominik Hasek leads with a .933 save percentage, a 2.02 goals-against average and three shutouts.

THREE IN A ROW

  • Today’s matchup is the second game of three straight against the Bruins. This series marks the second time the Sabres will play a team three straight times in the same regular season in franchise history.
  • The previous set of three straight games was on the road against the New York Islanders in March.
  • Buffalo has previously played the same opponent in three straight regular-season games on four occasions by wrapping up one season and beginning the next against the same team: Montreal (1987-88 and 1988-89), Quebec (1981-82 and 1982-83; 1991-92 and 1992-93) and Washington (2019-20 and 2020-21).
  • The Sabres have previously played the same team three times in a 10-day period just 15 times in franchise history. Before doing so against New Jersey in February, Buffalo had never played the same team three times in a seven-day span.

THREE’S COMPANY

  • In the team’s last nine games, the line of Rasmus Asplund, Casey Mittelstadt and Tage Thompson has skated together more than any other forward line at 5-on-5 (87:46) and have outscored opponents 4-1, according to Natural Stat Trick.
  • The trio has combined for an 80 percent high-danger goals-for percentage over the nine-game stretch despite being tied at 18 chances a piece against their opponents.
  • All three players have scored at least three times during the eight-game stretch – Asplund on April 6, 11 and 18, Mittelstadt on April 6, 9, 11, 15, and 17 and Thompson on April 8, 9, 15 and 17.
  • Mittelstadt (6+2) leads the Sabres in goals and is tied for the team lead in points during the stretch, while Asplund (3+2) and Thompson (4+1) are tied for fifth.

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 three 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 (12th)

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

  • Ristolainen: 154 Hits (4th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (154), Miller (86), Dahlin (62)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (54), Miller (50), Irwin (43)
Shots: Olofsson (107), Dahlin (94), Reinhart (94)

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: 3-2-1 (7), 18/14, 2/19, 11/13

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)
Assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 5 assists … 200 career assists
Colin Miller … 8 assists … 100 career assists
Points
N/A

RECENT MILESTONES
Mattias Samuelsson … First NHL game … April 18 vs PIT

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