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SABRES SIGN LEKKAS TO 1-YEAR CONTRACT

The Sabres have signed goaltender Stefanos Lekkas to a one-year contract worth $700,000.


Highlights:

  • Posted a 7-2-2 record with a .914 save percentage and 2.15 goals-against average this season for the Fort Wayne Komets prior to joining the Rochester Americans (AHL).
  • Played four seasons of collegiate hockey (2016-17 to 2019-20) at the University of Vermont, where he went 45-69-20 with a .918 save percentage and a 2.61 goals-against average.
  • Left Vermont holding the program’s record for career save percentage (.918) and ranks in the top five in goals-against average (2.61, 3rd), wins (45, T-4th) and saves (3,913, 2nd).

Postgame Report: 5/3 vs. NY Islanders

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Islanders
(31-16-5)
1 1 0 2 36
Sabres
(14-32-7)
0 1 3 4 40

Game Summary
Event Summary

Top Notes

  • Michael Houser earned the win in his first career start with 34 saves.
    • He became the second Sabre this season to earn a win in his NHL debut start, joining Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, who did so on April 23 vs. Boston.
    • Houser is the seventh goaltender in franchise history to win his first career start.
    • Houser’s win marks the third time in Sabres history and first time since Don Edwards and Bob Sauve did so in 1976-77 that the team has had two goaltenders win their NHL debuts in the same season.
  • Tonight’s game marked Sam Reinhart’s second three-point game and ninth multi-point game of the season (2+1). He now has 10 points (8+2) in his last games six dating back to April 23.
    • His eight goals during that stretch lead the league and his 10 points are tied for second.
  •  With a goal and an assist in his 35th game of the season, Tage Thompson tied his career highs in goals (7), assists (5) and points (12), all of which he previously set set during the 2018-19 season in 65 games.
    • Tonight marked the first multi-point game of Thompson’s career.
    • Thompson also set a new single-game career high with seven shots on goal.
  • Rasmus Asplund extended his point streak to a career-high three games (1+2) with his third-period goal.
  • With his primary assist on Thompson’s goal, Jacob Bryson now has points in consecutive games for the first time in his career.
  • William Borgen tied his season high with with a team-leading five hits (Last: 2/16/21 vs. NY Islanders).
  • 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.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision GA SA
Islanders Varlamov L 3 39
Sabres Houser W 2 36
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Islanders Varlamov 19-10-4 .930 2.02
Sabres Houser 1-0-0 .944 2.00

 

Game Preview: 5/3/21 vs. NY Islanders

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, May 1
Buffalo 2 at Boston 6
Goals: Sheahan, Ruotsalainen
Goalie: Luukkonen (26 saves/29 shots), Tokarski (11 saves/14 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 3/4; Shots: Boston 43 – Buffalo 19

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 271)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zemgus Girgensons (hamstring, Jan. 14; injured reserve) – 52 games
Jake McCabe (knee, Feb. 22; injured reserve) – 38 games
Jack Eichel (neck, March 9; injured reserve) – 29 games
Carter Hutton (lower body, March 24) – 22 games
Linus Ullmark (lower body, April 15) – 10 games
Kyle Okposo (cheek, April 17) – 9 games

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 and F Jean-Sebastien Dea to the Rochester Americans (AHL)

 

UPCOMING GAMES
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
ISLANDERS at SABRES

  • This is the seventh of eight meetings between the Sabres and Islanders this season.
  • Last meeting: New York defeated Buffalo 5-2 in New York on March 7.
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, May 4 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 1-8-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Islanders; 3-7-0 at home.
  • This is the 180th game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo has an 82-72-25 series record.
  • The Sabres are 46-31-12 at home against the Islanders all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 1-0-0 all-time on May 3 (regular season).
  • May 3, 1995: Wayne Primeau scores the game-winning goal and Yuri Khmylev tallies three assists as the Sabres beat New Jersey 5-4 to close out the 1994-95 regular season.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Buffalo’s penalty kill is 24-for-27 (88.9%) in the team’s last 15 games against the Islanders dating back to April 2, 2017.
  • Sam Reinhart has scored six goals in his last five games.
  • Casey Mittelstadt enters tonight’s game riding a career-high five-game point streak (2+4). He has totaled 16 points (9+7) in his last 18 games dating back to March 31.
    • His nine goals are second on the team in that span, trailing only Sam Reinhart (11) and ties Reinhart for the team lead in points.
  • Dylan Cozens has seven assists since April 11, which ranks second among rookies.
  • Since making his NHL debut on April 9, Arttu Ruotsalainen is tied for fourth among rookies in goals (5) and tied for ninth in points (6).
  • Entering play Sunday, the Sabres were the least-penalized team in the NHL with 6:23 of penalty time per game. Buffalo’s 332 total penalty minutes are the fewest in the NHL.

BACK-TO-BACK

Today’s game begins the final of Buffalo’s 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, which wraps up tomorrow night in Buffalo against the Islanders. The Sabres are 3-10-0 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 11 points (9+2) in his last nine games dating back to April 15. His nine goals since April 15 leads the NHL.
  • 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 23 goals in 50 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 eight 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.

ALL DAHLED UP

  • Rasmus Dahlin has recorded 11 points (3+8) in 16 games dating back to April 3. Dahlin ranks in the top 10 among all NHL defensemen in goals (T-4th), and points (T-7th) during that stretch.
  • Dahlin’s eight even-strength points (3+5) since April 3 are tied for ninth 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 .55 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-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 entering play Sunday)

  • Reinhart: 10 PPG (T-4th)
  • Ristolainen: 176 Hits (4th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (176), Miller (86), Dahlin (74)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (60), Miller (50), Jokiharju (44)
Shots: Reinhart (120), Olofsson (118), Dahlin (105)

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: 0-2-0 (0), 4/11, 0/4, 4/6

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 … 7 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: 4/29/21 at Boston

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

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

Game Preview: 4/27/21 at NY Rangers

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

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