Game Preview: 4/29/21 at Boston

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LAST GAME
Tuesday, April 27
Buffalo 1 at NY Rangers 3
Goal: Reinhart
Goalie: Luukkonen (38 saves/41 shots)
PP: 1/2; PK: 2/3; Shots: NY Rangers 41 – Buffalo 37

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 259)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zemgus Girgensons (hamstring, Jan. 14; injured reserve) – 50 games
Jake McCabe (knee, Feb. 22; injured reserve) – 36 games
Jack Eichel (neck, March 9; injured reserve) – 27 games
Carter Hutton (lower body, March 24) – 20 games
Linus Ullmark (lower body, April 15) – 8 games
Kyle Okposo (cheek, April 17) – 7 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

 

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Saturday, May 8: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 3 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME

SABRES at BRUINS

  • This is the seventh of eight meetings between the Sabres and Bruins this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Boston 6-4 in Buffalo on April 23.
  • Next meeting: Saturday, May 1 in Boston.
  • The Sabres are 1-8-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Bruins; 3-6-1 on the road.
  • This is the 303rd game all-time between Buffalo and Boston; Buffalo has a 126-130-46 series record.
  • The Sabres are 51-76-22 on the road against the Bruins all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 0-0-1 all-time on April 29 (regular season).
  • April 29, 1992: Pat LaFontaine records four points (2+2) and 15 Sabres tally at least a point as Buffalo scores a playoff franchise-record nine goals to defeat the Bruins 9-3.
  • April 29, 1997: Derek Plante nets the game-tying goal in the third period and the game-winner 5:24 into overtime as the Sabres defeat Ottawa in game seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
  • April 29, 1998: Dominik Hasek turns away 44 shots and Miroslav Satan scores the game-winner in Buffalo’s 4-1 home win against Philadelphia.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Buffalo has not allowed a power-play goal in five consecutive games against the Bruins. The Sabres have killed 15 straight Boston power plays dating back to the third period of their game on March 18.
  • Buffalo is a perfect 6-for-6 on the penalty kill in Boston this season.
  • The Sabres’ 88.9 penalty-kill percentage against the Bruins is tied for its best percentageagainst an opponent this season.
  • Dylan Cozens has seven assists in 10 games dating back to April 11, which ranks second among rookies during that span.
  • Casey Mittelstadt enters tonight’s game riding a three-game point streak (1+2). He has totaled 13 points (8+5) in his last 16 games dating back to March 31. His eight goals are second on the team in that span, trailing only Sam Reinhart (10).
  • Henri Jokiharju has two points (0+2) in two trips to TD Garden this season.
  • Entering play Monday, the Sabres were the least-penalized team in the NHL with 6:19 of penalty time per game. Buffalo’s 316 total penalty minutes are the fewest in the NHL.

TEAM LEADERS AGAINST THE BRUINS

  • Sam Reinhart leads all Sabres in goals (4) and points (4) in six games against Boston this season.
    • Three of Reinhart’s goals have come on the power play. His three power-play goals and three power-play points both lead the team.
    • Reinhart has recorded a team-high 17 shots against the Bruins this season.
    • Among players who have taken at least five faceoffs against Boston, Reinhart leads the team with a 53.7 win percentage.
  • Dylan Cozens’ three assists and three even-strength points in five contests against Boston both lead the team.
  • Rasmus Dahlin is tied for the lead in even-strength goals (2) and leads the team in average ice time (23:05) against the Bruins this season.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has a team-high 21 hits and 12 blocked shots in six contests against Boston this season.
  • Jeff Skinner’s nine takeaways lead all players in the season series. The next closest players have five takeaways each (Victor Olofsson and Craig Smith).

SAM I AM

  • Sam Reinhart has recorded 14 points (9+5) in 15 games during the month of April. Reinhart leads the team in both goals and points this month.
    • Reinhart is tied for sixth in the NHL with nine goals during the month of April.
  • Reinhart enters today’s game with 10 points (8+2) in his last eight games, including at least a point in each of his last three (5+1).
  • Reinhart has 22 goals in 48 games this season, three shy of tying his career high, which he set in 82 games during the 2017-18 season. It’s 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.
  • His 14 road goals this season are tied for most in the NHL and he is tied for third in the league with 10 power-play goals.
  • Reinhart is one of four players in the league this season to score double digit even-strength and power-play goals (Kyle Connor, Leon Draisaitl, Auston Matthews).
  • Outside of a stretch from March 11 to 18, Reinhart has not gone more than two consecutive games without a point this season.

ALL DAHLED UP

  • Rasmus Dahlin has recorded 11 points (3+8) in his last 14 contests dating back to April 3. Dahlin ranks in the top 10 among all NHL defensemen in goals (T-4th), assists (T-9th), and points (T-5th) during that stretch.
  • Dahlin’s eight even-strength points (3+5) since April 3 are tied for seventh 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-BOS CONNECTIONS

  • Sabres defenseman Colin Miller played the first two seasons of his NHL career 2015-16 to 2016-17) with the Bruins, totaling 29 points (9+20) in 103 games.
  • Sabres forward Sam Reinhart won a gold medal with Bruins forward Brad Marchand while the duo played for Team Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres forward Sam Reinhart won a gold medal with Bruins forward Nick Ritchie while playing for Team Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Sabres forward Casey Mittelstadt and Bruins forward Trent Frederic won a bronze medal together while playing for Team USA at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Sabres forward Tobias Rieder and Bruins defenseman John Moore were teammates in Arizona for part of the 2014-15 season.
  • Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen and Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask played for Finland’s national team at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
  • Sabres forward Tage Thompson won a gold medal with Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy while playing for Team USA at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship. The duo would play for Team USA together again at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.

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

  • Reinhart: 22 G (10); 10 PPG (T-3)
  • Ristolainen: 170 Hits (4th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (170), Miller (86), Dahlin (69)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (56), Miller (50), Irwin (43)
Shots: Olofsson (116), Reinhart (111), Skinner (102)

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: 4-5-1 (9), 29/32, 6/33, 17/22

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 … 9 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 … 9 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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