Game Preview: 4/27/21 at NY Rangers

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LAST GAME
Sunday, April 25
Buffalo 3 at NY Rangers 6
Goals: Skinner, Olofsson, Reinhart
Goalie: Tokarski (23 saves/28 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 1/4; PK: 1/3; Shots: NY Rangers 29 – Buffalo 34

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 253)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zemgus Girgensons (hamstring, Jan. 14; injured reserve) – 49 games
Jake McCabe (knee, Feb. 22; injured reserve) – 35 games
Jack Eichel (neck, March 9; injured reserve) – 26 games
Carter Hutton (lower body, March 24) – 19 games
Linus Ullmark (lower body, April 15) – 7 games
Kyle Okposo (cheek, April 17) – 6 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
4/22: Activated D William Borgen from IR

 

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, April 29: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 1: Buffalo at Boston, 1 p.m.
Monday, May 3: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, May 4: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, May 6: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME

SABRES at RANGERS

  • This is the eighth and final meeting between the Sabres and Rangers this season.
  • Last meeting: New York defeated Buffalo 6-3 in New York on April 25.
  • The Sabres are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Rangers; 3-7-0 on the road.
  • This is the 193rd game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo has an 85-70-37 seri­­­es record.
  • The Sabres are 34-41-20 on the road against the Rangers all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres have never played a regular-season game on April 27.
  • April 27, 1975: Gilbert Perreault (1+2), Rick Martin (1+1), Jim Lorentz (1+1), Fred Stanfield (0+2) and Peter Mcnab (0+2) all record multi-point games in the Sabres 6-5 OT win over the Montreal Canadiens.
  • April 27, 1994: Dominik Hasek stops 70 shots and Dave Hannan scores 5:43 into the fourth overtime as the Sabres beat New Jersey 1-0 in the longest game in Sabres history (125:43).
  • April 27, 1997: Steve Shields turns away 31 Ottawa shots to record his first-career playoff shutout in the Sabres 3-0 victory.
  • April 27, 1998: Miroslav Satan scores two goals and the Sabres score four goals in the second period in a 6-1 win against Philadelphia.
  • April 27, 1999: Vaclav Varada scores two goals and Alexei Zhitnik nets the game-winner in Buffalo’s 4-3 win to sweep the Ottawa Senators and move on to the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW.

  • Sam Reinhart has recorded 13 points (8+5) in 14 games during the month of April. Reinhart leads the team in both goals and points this month.
    • Reinhart has 21 goals in 47 games this season, the fastest he has reached the 20-goal mark in his career. He is one of 15 players in franchise history to have at least five 20-goal seasons with the Sabres.
    • Reinhart’s 13 road goals this season are tied for third in the NHL.
  • Dylan Cozens has seven assists in his last nine games dating back to April 11. His seven assists during that span ties for the most among rookies and ties for ninth-most among all NHL skaters.
  • Casey Mittelstadt has totaled 12 points (8+4) in his last 15 games dating back to March 31. His eight goals are second most on the team in that span, trailing only Sam Reinhart (9).
  • Entering play Monday, the Sabres were the least-penalized team in the NHL with 6:13 of penalty time per game. Buffalo’s 305 total penalty minutes are the fewest in the NHL.

HOT AGAINST THE RANGERS

  • Sam Reinhart has eight points (3+5) in seven games against the Rangers this season. His five assists and eight points are his most against any opponent this year.
  • Victor Olofsson has tallied six points (2+4) in seven contests with New York this season. His four assists mark his most against an opponent this season.
  • Olofsson (1+2, 3 GP) and Reinhart (2+2, 3 GP), are playing at a point-per-game pace at Madison Square Garden this season.
  • Dylan Cozens’ 7 faceoff win percentage against the Rangers is his highest against any opponent he has taken at least 10 draws against.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen paces all Buffalo players in time-on-ice per game played (23:35), hits (19) and blocked shots (11).

ALL DAHLED UP

  • Rasmus Dahlin has recorded 11 points (3+8) in his last 13 contests dating back to April 3. Dahlin ranks in the top 10 among all NHL defensemen in goals (T-3rd), assists (T-6th), and points (T-3rd) during that stretch.
  • Dahlin’s eight even-strength points since April 3 are tied for third in the league among defensemen.
  • Dahlin’s goal on April 23 was the 18th of his NHL career, which trails only Andrei Svechnikov (57), Joel Farabee (23) and Jesperi Kotkaniemi (22) for the most among players born in the 2000s, according to NHL Stats.
  • He currently ranks among the franchise’s top 15 defensemen in every major scoring category (min. 82 GP): .09 G/GP (12th), .47 A/GP (5th) and .56 PTS/GP (5th).

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), .36 A/GP (15th), .45 PTS/GP (13th)

BUF-NYR CONNECTIONS

  • Sabres forward Dylan Cozens and Rangers forward Alexis Lafrenière won a gold medal for Team Canada together at the 2020 IIHF World Championship.
  • 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 goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen was also on Finland’s roster at the World Junior Tournament with Jokiharju and Kakko.
  • 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 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 IIHF World Championship.

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

  • Reinhart: 9 PPG (T-8)
  • Ristolainen: 167 Hits (4th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (167), Miller (86), Dahlin (67)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (56), Miller (50), Irwin (43)
Shots: Olofsson (113), Reinhart (108), Dahlin (99)

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: 4-4-1 (9), 28/29, 5/31, 15/19

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
Rasmus Dahlin … 10 games … 200 career games
Goals
Rasmus Ristolainen … 1 goal … 47 career goals (T-7th in franchise history, defensemen)
Assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 5 assists … 200 career assists
Colin Miller … 7 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Sam Reinhart … 10 points … 300 career points 

RECENT MILESTONES
Mattias Samuelsson … First NHL point (assist)… April 23 vs BOS
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen … First NHL win … April 23 vs BOS

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