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Game Preview: 5/4/21 vs. NY Islanders

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Monday, May 3
NY Islanders 2 at Buffalo 4
Goals: Reinhart (2), Thompson, Asplund
Goalie: Houser (34 saves/36 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 1/1; Shots: Buffalo 40 – Islanders 36

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 279)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zemgus Girgensons (hamstring, Jan. 14; injured reserve) – 53 games
Jake McCabe (knee, Feb. 22; injured reserve) – 39 games
Jack Eichel (neck, March 9; injured reserve) – 30 games
Carter Hutton (lower body, March 24) – 23 games
Linus Ullmark (lower body, April 15) – 11 games
Kyle Okposo (cheek, April 17) – 10 games
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (lower body, May 3) – 1 game
Dustin Tokarski (undisclosed, May 3) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
5/3: Recalled G Michael Houser; Signed G Stefanos Lekkas to a professional tryout contract; Reassigned F C.J. Smith to the taxi squad; Reassigned F Jean-Sebastien Dea to the Rochester Americans (AHL)
5/4: Signed G Stefanos Lekkas to a one-year contract; Reassigned F Brett Murray to the taxi squad

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, May 6: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 8: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 3 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
ISLANDERS at SABRES

  • This is the eighth and final meeting between the Sabres and Islanders this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated New York 4-2 in Buffalo on May 3.
  • The Sabres are 1-8-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Islanders; 4-6-0 at home.
  • This is the 181st game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo has an 83-72-25 series record.
  • The Sabres are 47-31-12 at home against the Islanders all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres have never played a regular-season game on May 4.
  • May 4, 2007: Chris Drury scores the game-tying goal with :08 remaining in the third period and Maxim Afinogenov nets the game-winner 4:39 into overtime to give the Sabres a 3-2 series lead in their Eastern Conference Semifinal series with the Rangers.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Buffalo’s penalty kill is 25-for-28 (89.3%) in the team’s last 16 games against the Islanders dating back to April 2, 2017.
  • The Sabres are looking for consecutive home wins against the Islanders for the first time since they won three in a row from Dec. 27, 2008 to Nov. 4, 2009.
  • The Sabres used their sixth different goalie of the season in last night’s game. It is just the third time in franchise history Buffalo has had six different goalies play at least one game (1988-89, 2013-14).
  • Michael Houser earned his first-career NHL victory in his first NHL appearance last night. He’s just the seventh Sabres goalie to win their NHL debut and first since Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen April 23.
  • Sam Reinhart has scored eight goals in his last six games.
    • Reinhart has recorded six of the Sabres’ eight multi-goal performances this season and is the only Sabre to have two three-point games.
  • Casey Mittelstadt has recorded six points (2+4) in his last six games. He has totaled 16 points (9+7) in his last 19 games dating back to March 31.
    • His nine goals are second on the team in that span, trailing only Sam Reinhart (13).
  • Since making his NHL debut on April 9, Arttu Ruotsalainen is tied for fourth among rookies in goals (5) and tied for 10 in points (6).
  • Rasmus Asplund enters the game riding a career-high three-game point streak (1+2).
  • Following Monday’s game, the Sabres were the least-penalized team in the NHL with 6:18 of penalty time per game. Buffalo’s 334 total penalty minutes are the fewest in the NHL.

BACK-TO-BACK
Today’s game wraps up the final of Buffalo’s 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began last night in Buffalo with a 4-2 win against the Islanders. The Sabres are 4-10-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 3-9-1 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 (5), one point (0) and zero points (7).

SAM I AM

  • Sam Reinhart enters tonight’s game with 14 points (11+3) in his last 11 games dating back to April 15. His 11 goals since April 15 leads the NHL and his 14 points tie for 7th.
  • Reinhart recorded 15 points (10+5) in 16 games during the month of April, leading the team in both goals and points during that stretch.
    • Reinhart tied for fifth in the NHL with 10 goals during the month of April.
  • Reinhart has 25 goals in 50 games this season, tying his career high, which he set in 82 games during the 2017-18 season. He is one of 15 players in franchise history to have at least five 20-goal seasons with the Sabres.
  • Reinhart is one of five players in the league this season to score double digit even-strength and power-play goals.
  • Outside of a stretch from March 11 to 18, Reinhart has not gone more than two consecutive games without a point this season.

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 one point 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 (13th)

BUF-NYI CONNECTIONS

  • Sabres forward Anders Bjork played for Team USA at the 2017 IIHF World Championship with Islanders forward Brock Nelson.
  • Sabres forward Cody Eakin won a silver medal for Team Canada with Islanders forward Casey Cizikas at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen and Islanders forward Leo Komarov both played for Finland’s National Team at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
  • Sabres forward Jeff Skinner and Islanders forward Jordan Eberle played for Team Canada together at three consecutive IIHF World Championships: in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Islanders forwards Cal Clutterbuck and Travis Zajac were also on the 2011 roster.
  • Jeff Skinner won a silver medal with Team Canada at the 2017 IIHF World Championship. Islanders Head Coach Barry Trotz was one of Canada’s assistant coaches at the tournament.
  • Sabres forward Sam Reinhart played for Team Canada with Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Islanders director of goaltending Mitch Korn was the Sabres’ goaltending coach from 1990-91 to 1997-98.
  • Islanders assistant video coordinator Corey Smith was the Sabres’ video coach in 2014-15 and 2015-16. He is the brother of current Sabres video coordinator Kyle Smith and the son of former Sabre Derek Smith.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league-leaders following Monday’s game)

  • Reinhart: 25 G (T-7), 10 PPG (T-4th)
  • Ristolainen: 176 Hits (5th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (178), Miller (86), Dahlin (74)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (61), Miller (50), Jokiharju (47)
Shots: Reinhart (123), Olofsson (121), Dahlin (111)

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: 1-2-0 (2), 8/13, 1/7, 5/7

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 … 6 games … 200 career games

Goals
Rasmus Ristolainen … 1 goal … 47 career goals (T-7th in franchise history, defensemen)

Assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 3 assists … 200 career assists
Colin Miller … 7 assists … 100 career assists

Points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 1 point … 244 career points (T-6th in franchise history, defensemen)
Sam Reinhart … 5 points … 300 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Michael Houser … 1st NHL win … May 3

Game Preview: 5/1/21 at Boston

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

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
N/A

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
N/A

Game Preview: 4/23/21 vs. Boston

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, April 22
Boston 5 at Buffalo 1
Goals: Ruotsalainen
Goalie: Tokarski (33 saves/38 shots)
PP: 0/5; PK: 2/2; Shots: Boston 38 – Buffalo 30

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 241)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zemgus Girgensons (hamstring, Jan. 14; injured reserve) – 47 games
Jake McCabe (knee, Feb. 22; injured reserve) – 33 games
Jack Eichel (neck, March 9; injured reserve) – 24 games
Carter Hutton (lower body, March 24) – 17 games
Linus Ullmark (lower body, April 15) – 5 games
Kyle Okposo (cheek, April 17) – 4 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
4/22: Activated D William Borgen from IR

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Monday, May 3: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
BRUINS at SABRES

  • This is the sixth of eight meetings between the Sabres and Bruins this season.
  • Last meeting: Boston defeated Buffalo 5-2 in Buffalo April 22.
  • Next meeting: Thursday, April 29 in Boston
  • The Sabres are 0-8-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Bruins; 1-8-1 at home.
  • This is the 302nd game all-time between Buffalo and Boston; Buffalo has a 125-130-46 series record.
  • The Sabres are 74-54-24 at home against the Bruins all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 2-0-0 all-time on April 23 (regular season).
  • April 23, 1995: Donald Audette (2+0), Pat LaFontaine (1+1) and Doug Bodger (0+3) all record multi-point outings in the Sabres’ 4-2 win against Philadelphia.
  • April 23, 1999: Miroslav Satan scores the game-tying goal in the third period before notching the game-winner in double overtime as Buffalo outlasts Ottawa 3-2 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
  • April 23, 2010: Ryan Miller turns away 34 of 35 shots to help the Sabres force Game 6 with a 4-1 win against the Bruins in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
  • April 23, 2013: Thomas Vanek records three points (2+1) and reaches the 20-goal mark for the eighth consecutive season, despite a shortened NHL season, as the Sabres defeat the Penguins 4-2.

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.
  • Following Thursday’s game, the Sabres were tied with Detroit and Pittsburgh for the NHL lead with 25 different goal-scorers this season.
  • Buffalo has not allowed a power-play goal in four consecutive games against the Bruins. The Sabres have killed 14 straight Boston power-plays dating back to the third period of their game on March 18.
  • 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 273 saves during the month of April.
  • Dylan Cozens has six assists in his last seven games. His six assists since April 11 leads all rookies and ties for sixth among all NHL skaters during that time span.
  • Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen is expected to make his NHL debut tonight. If he does, the Sabres will join the Ottawa Senators as the only NHL teams to have five goaltenders play for them this season.
  • Anders Bjork has recorded four points (1+3) in six games as a Sabre, including two assists in three games against his former team, the Boston Bruins.
  • Casey Mittelstadt has totaled ten points (7+3) in his last 13 games and leads all Sabres in both goals and points during that stretch.
  • Rasmus Dahlin has recorded eight points (2+6) in his last 11 contests dating back to April 3.
    • Following Thursday’s game, Dahlin’s six even-strength points and eight total points since April 3 tied him for seventh and sixth, respectively, among all NHL defensemen during that stretch.
  • Sam Reinhart has five points (4+1) in his last seven games. Reinhart is on pace to reach the 20-goal mark for the fourth consecutive season despite the shortened schedule.
  • Following Thursday’s game, the Sabres were the least-penalized team in the NHL with 6:16 of penalty time per game. Buffalo has been assessed 295 total penalty minutes this season, nine fewer than the closest team, the Chicago Blackhawks.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s 13th of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began last night with a 5-1 loss against the Bruins. The Sabres are 3-10-0 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.
  • 397 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 third 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.

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 following Thursday’s game)

  • Ristolainen: 159 Hits (4th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (159), Miller (86), Dahlin (64)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (55), Miller (50), Irwin (43)
Shots: Olofsson (108), Reinhart (98), Dahlin (95)

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: 3-3-1 (7), 19/19, 2/24, 13/15

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

Game Preview: 4/20/21 vs. Boston

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Sunday, April 18
Pittsburgh 2 at Buffalo 4
Goals: Reinhart (2), Ruotsalainen, Asplund
Goalie: Tokarski (34 saves/36 shots)
PP: 1/4; PK: 2/2; Shots: Pittsburgh 36 – Buffalo 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 228)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zemgus Girgensons (hamstring, Jan. 14; injured reserve) – 45 games
William Borgen (forearm, Feb. 22; injured reserve) – 31 games
Jake McCabe (knee, Feb. 22; injured reserve) – 31 games
Jack Eichel (neck, March 9; injured reserve) – 22 games
Carter Hutton (lower body, March 24) – 15 games
Linus Ullmark (lower body, April 15) – 3 games
Kyle Okposo (cheek, April 17) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
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
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: Recalled G Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen from the taxi squad; Reassigned G Michael Houser to the taxi squad

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, April 22: Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
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.

TONIGHT’S GAME
BRUINS at SABRES

  • This is the fourth of eight meetings between the Sabres and Bruins this season.
  • Last meeting: Boston defeated Buffalo 3-2 (SO) in Boston on April 13.
  • Next meeting: Thursday, April 22 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 1-7-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Bruins; 1-7-2 at home.
  • This is the 300th game all-time between Buffalo and Boston; Buffalo has a 125-128-46 series record.
  • The Sabres are 74-52-24 at home against the Bruins all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres have never played on April 20 in the regular season.
  • April 20, 1980: Buffalo completes its first seven-game series sweep in franchise history, defeating the Chicago Blackhawks.
  • April 20, 2007: Drew Stafford scores his first playoff goal as the Sabres defeat the Islanders 4-3 in game five to win the series 4-1.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW.

  • Boston is the first opponent the Sabres have 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 their next seven games during a 12=day span from April 20 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 201 saves during the month of April.
  • Casey Mittelstadt has totaled ten points (7+3) in his last 11 games and leads all Sabres in both goals and points during that stretch.
    • Entering play Monday, Mittelstadt was tied for eighth in the NHL with six goals during the month of April.
  • Dylan Cozens has five assists in his last five games.
  • Rasmus Dahlin recorded eight points (2+6) in his last nine contests dating back to April 3.
    • Entering play Monday, Dahlin’s six even-strength points and eight total points since April 3 tied him for first and fourth, respectively, among all NHL defensemen during that stretch.
  • Sam Reinhart has five points (4+1) in his last five games, including at least one point in each of his last three. Reinhart is on pace to reach the 20-goal mark for the fourth consecutive season despite the shortened schedule.
  • Entering play Monday, the Sabres were the least-penalized team in the NHL with 6:14 of penalty time per game. Buffalo has been assessed 281 total penalty minutes this season, nine fewer than the closest team, the Chicago Blackhawks.

300 CLUB

  • Boston is the first opponent the Sabres have played 300 regular season games against in franchise history.
  • 394 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 first 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.

HOT AGAINST THE BRUINS

  • Anders Bjork tallied an assist in his first game against his former team on April 13. It was his first game as a Sabre after being traded with a second-round draft pick for Taylor Hall and Curtis Lazar April 12.
  • Henri Jokiharju has recorded two assists in two games against Boston this season.
  • Dustin Tokarski is 1-0-1 in his career against the Bruins with a .954 save percentage and 1.50 goals-against average. Tokarski recorded his first NHL assist against Boston March 13, 2012

THREE’S COMPANY

  • In the team’s last eight games, the line of Rasmus Asplund, Casey Mittelstadt and Tage Thompson has skated together more than any other forward line at 5-on-5 (77:15). During that time, they have outscored opponents 4-1 and have a 51.6 expected-goals percentage at 5-on-5, according to Natural Stat Trick.
  • The trio has recorded 17 high-danger chances-for and given up only 12 high-danger chances-against for a 58.62 high-danger chances-for percentage.
  • All three players have scored at least three 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 (5+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 fourth. The trio are also the team’s three leaders in plus/minus since April 6.

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 (11th)

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

  • Okposo: 2 SHP (T-10th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (152), Miller (83), Dahlin (60)
Blocked Shots: Miller (48), Ristolainen (48), Irwin (43)
Shots: Olofsson (106), Reinhart (93), Dahlin (92)

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: 3-1-1 (7), 18/12, 2/13, 7/9

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 … 1st NHL game … April 18 vs PIT

Game Preview: 4/13/21 at Boston

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Sunday, April 11
Buffalo 5 at Philadelphia 3
Goals: Reinhart, Ruotsalainen, Skinner, Asplund, Mittelstadt
Goalie: Ullmark (40 saves/ 43 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 0/1; Shots: Philadelphia 43 – Buffalo 31

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 201)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zemgus Girgensons (hamstring, Jan. 14; injured reserve) – 41 games
William Borgen (forearm, Feb. 22; injured reserve) – 27 games
Jake McCabe (knee, Feb. 22; injured reserve) – 27 games
Jack Eichel (upper body, March 9; injured reserve) – 18 games
Carter Hutton (lower body, March 24) – 11 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
4/7: Reassigned F C.J. Smith and D Brandon Davidson to the Rochester Americans (AHL)
4/8: Reassigned F C.J. Smith and D Brandon Davidson from the Rochester Americans (AHL) to the taxi squad
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

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, April 15: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.
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.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at BRUINS

  • This is the third of eight meetings between the Sabres and Bruins this season.
  • Last meeting: Boston defeated Buffalo 3-2 in Boston on March 27.
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, April 20 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 2-7-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Bruins; 3-6-1 on the road.
  • This is the 299th game all-time between Buffalo and Boston; Buffalo has a 125-128-45 series record.
  • The Sabres are 51-76-21 on the road against the Bruins all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 4-2-2 all-time on April 13 (regular season).
  • April 13, 2002: Martin Biron stops all 22 shots to earn his 11th career shutout as the Sabres close out the regular season with a 3-0 win at Montreal.
  • April 13, 2013: Jhonas Enroth stops all 29 Flyers shots in a 1-0 home win against Philadelphia.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW.

  • Sam Reinhart is tied for third in the NHL with 11 road goals this season.
  • Reinhart has six points (1+5) in his last eight games against the Bruins. Reinhart’s last seven trips to Boston has produced seven points (1+6).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has five points (4+1) in his last six games in Boston. His six career goals against the Bruins are his most against any opponent.
  • Dustin Tokarski is 1-0 in his career against the Bruins with a .971 save percentage and 1.00 goals-against average. Tokarski recorded his first NHL assist against Boston March 13, 2012
  • Rasmus Dahlin (0.09, 13th) and Rasmus Ristolainen (0.09, 14th) both rank in the top 15 in goals per game in franchise history among defensemen who have played in at least 82 games.
  • Entering play Monday, the Sabres were the least-penalized team in the NHL with 6:07 of penalty time per game. Buffalo has been assessed 251 total penalty minutes this season, 13 fewer than the closest team, the New Jersey Devils.

THREE’S COMPANY

  • In the team’s last four games, the line of Rasmus Asplund, Casey Mittelstadt and Tage Thompson has skated together more than any other forward line at 5-on-5 (41:07). During that time, they have outshot their opponents 27-19, outscored opponents 3-0 and have a 61.2 expected-goals percentage at 5-on-5, according to Natural Stat Trick.
  • All three players have scored at least twice during the four-game stretch – Asplund on April 6 and 11, Mittelstadt on April 6, 9 and 11, and Thompson on April 8 and 9.
  • Mittelstadt enters tomorrow’s game having recorded seven points (5+2) in his last seven games, the best seven-game stretch of his career. If Mittelstadt were to score in tomorrow’s contest, it would mark the first time in his career that he would have goals in three consecutive games.
  • With a point tomorrow, Asplund would extend his point streak to a career-best three games.

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 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).

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 April 8 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 turns 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 (13th), .47 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 fifth in the NHL since his debut.
  • His 0.69 points per game ranks sixth among players selected in the 2014 NHL Draft.

BRICK WALL

  • Among goaltenders who have played at least 10 games this season, Linus Ullmark ranks sixth in the NHL with a .936 5-on-5 save percentage.*
  • Ullmark ranks seventh in the NHL at goals saved above average at 5-on-5 (8.50).*
  • His .860 save percentage when facing high-danger chances at 5-on-5 ranks seventh in the league (min. 10 GP).*

*Stats courtesy of NaturalStatTrick.com

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 (14th), .46 PTS/GP (11th)

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

  • Okposo: 2 SHP (T-9th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (132), Miller (77), Dahlin (51)
Blocked Shots: Miller (42), Ristolainen (40), Irwin (40)
Shots: Olofsson (94), Reinhart (81), Dahlin/Skinner (77)

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

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 (3-2; 80-73 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)

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
Rasmus Dahlin … 100th NHL point (assist)… April 8 vs. NJD
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