Game Preview: 5/1/21 at Boston

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LAST GAME
Thursday, April 29
Buffalo 2 at Boston 5
Goals: Mittelstadt, Reinhart
Goalie: Luukkonen (35 saves/39 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 0/2; PK: 1/2; Shots: Boston 40 – Buffalo 31

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 265)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zemgus Girgensons (hamstring, Jan. 14; injured reserve) – 51 games
Jake McCabe (knee, Feb. 22; injured reserve) – 37 games
Jack Eichel (neck, March 9; injured reserve) – 28 games
Carter Hutton (lower body, March 24) – 21 games
Linus Ullmark (lower body, April 15) – 9 games
Kyle Okposo (cheek, April 17) – 8 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
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UPCOMING GAMES
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.

TODAY’S GAME
SABRES at BRUINS

  • This is the eighth and final game between the Sabres and Bruins this season.
  • Last meeting: Boston defeated Buffalo 5-2 in Boston on April 29.
  • The Sabres are 1-8-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Bruins; 3-6-1 on the road.
  • This is the 304th game all-time between Buffalo and Boston; Buffalo has a 126-131-46 series record.
  • The Sabres are 51-77-22 on the road against the Bruins all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 1-0-0 all-time on May 1 (regular season).
  • May 1, 1995: Dominik Hasek records a 32-save shutout and Richard Smehlik and Alexander Mogilny score Buffalo’s goals in a 2-0 win against Montreal in the Sabres’ only regular-season game on May 1.
  • May 1, 1998: Michal Grosek scores the game-winner 5:40 into overtime and the Sabres beat Philadelphia 3-2, completing the 4-1 series win in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Dylan Cozens has seven assists in 11 games dating back to April 11, which ranks second among rookies during that span.
  • Casey Mittelstadt enters this afternoon’s game riding a four-game point streak (2+2). He has totaled 14 points (9+5) in his last 17 games dating back to March 31. His nine goals are second on the team in that span, trailing only Sam Reinhart (11).
  • Henri Jokiharju has two points (0+2) in three trips to TD Garden this season.
  • Entering play Friday, the Sabres were the least-penalized team in the NHL with 6:18 of penalty time per game. Buffalo’s 322 total penalty minutes are the fewest in the NHL.

SAM I AM

  • Sam Reinhart has scored six goals in his last four games. It marks the second time in his career and first since he scored five goals from Nov. 29 to Dec. 4, 2019 that Reinhart has scored in four consecutive games.
  • If Reinhart scores this afternoon, he will be the first Sabre to score a goal in five or more consecutive games since Thomas Vanek scored seven goals in five games from Oct. 10 to 18, 2008.
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded 15 points (10+5) in 16 games during the month of April. Reinhart leads the team in both goals and points this month.
    • Reinhart is tied for fifth in the NHL with 10 goals during the month of April.
  • Reinhart enters today’s game with 11 points (9+2) in his last nine games, including at least a point in each of his last four (6+1).
  • Reinhart has 23 goals in 49 games this season, two 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 15 road goals this season are tied for the most in the NHL and he is tied for fourth 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.

TEAM LEADERS AGAINST THE BRUINS

  • Sam Reinhart leads all Sabres in goals (5) and points (5) in seven 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 24 shots against the Bruins this season.
  • Dylan Cozens’ three assists in six contests against Boston lead the team. Cozens is tied with Arttu Ruotsalainen with three even-strength points.
  • Rasmus Dahlin is tied for the lead in even-strength goals (2) and leads the team in average ice time (23:09) against the Bruins this season.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has a team-high 24 hits and 14 blocked shots in six contests against Boston this season.
  • Jeff Skinner’s nine takeaways lead all players in the season series.

ALL DAHLED UP

  • Rasmus Dahlin has recorded 11 points (3+8) in his last 15 contests dating back to April 3. Dahlin ranks in the top 10 among all NHL defensemen in goals (T-4th), assists (T-10th), and points (T-7th) during that stretch.
  • Dahlin’s eight even-strength points (3+5) since April 3 are tied for eighth in the league among defensemen.
  • He currently ranks among the franchise’s top 15 defensemen in every major scoring category (min. 82 GP): .09 G/GP (12th), .46 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 (14th)

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 Friday)

  • Reinhart: 10 PPG (T-4th)
  • Ristolainen: 173 Hits (4th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (173), Miller (86), Dahlin (73)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (58), Miller (50), Irwin (43)
Shots: Olofsson (118), Reinhart (118), Dahlin (103)

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
51-56: 0-1-0 (0), 2/5, 0/2, 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
Rasmus Dahlin … 8 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 … 8 points … 300 career points 

RECENT MILESTONES
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