SABRES ASSIGN THREE TO ROCHESTER

BUFFALO, N.Y. (March 22, 2017) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has assigned forward Justin Bailey and defensemen Brady Austin and Casey Nelson to the Rochester Americans (AHL).

Post-Game Report: 3/21 vs. Pittsburgh

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Penguins
(46-17-9)
1 0 2 3 34
Sabres
(30-32-12)
0 0 1 1 30

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Note

  • Zach Bogosian led all skaters with a career-high 33:29 of ice time tonight, topping his previous mark of 32:23, set on Feb. 19, 2015 at Philadelphia.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Penguins
Murray W .967 1.00
Sabres Lehner L .912 3.03

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Penguins Murray 28-9-3 .924 2.38
Sabres Lehner 20-23-8 .921 2.65

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Sabres defenseman Josh Gorges

Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan

Penguins forward Conor Sheary

Penguins forward Nick Bonino

Penguins goaltender Matthew Murray

Game Preview: 3/21/17 vs. PIT

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Monday, March 20
Buffalo 2 at Detroit 1
Goals: Eichel, Moulson
Goalie: Lehner (34 saves/35 shots)
PP: 2/2; PK: 4/4; Shots: Detroit 35 – Buffalo 30

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 360)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 73 games
Johan Larsson (wrist, Jan. 3; injured reserve) – 37 games
William Carrier (knee, Feb.4; injured reserve) – 23 games
Kyle Okposo (ribs, March 4) – 9 games
Dmitry Kulikov (upper body, March 5) – 8 games
Justin Falk (calf, March 16) – 3 gamesCody Franson (undisclosed) – 1 game
Taylor Fedun (foot) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/16:
Recalled D Taylor Fedun from Rochester (AHL)
3/20: Recalled D Brady Austin and D Casey Nelson from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, March 25:
Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, March 27: Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 28: Buffalo at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 2: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 3 p.m.
Monday, April 3: Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
PENGUINS at SABRES

  • This is the third and final meeting between the Sabres and Penguins this season.
  • Last meeting: Pittsburgh defeated Buffalo 4-3 in Pittsburgh on March 5
  • The Sabres are 1-8-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Penguins; 2-8-0 at home
  • This is the 185th game all-time between Buffalo and Pittsburgh; Buffalo has a 65-77-42 series record.
  • The Sabres are 41-28-22 at home against the Penguins all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 13-9-0 all-time on March 21.
  • March 21, 1971: Eddie Shack picks up his second hat trick in as many months as the Sabres defeat the Bruins by a score of 7-5 in Boston. Shack scored two of the goals only 2:22 apart and all three were scored in a span of 15:58.
  • March 21, 1976: The Sabres hold the Kansas City Scouts to eight total shots, including zero in the third period, in a 3-1 win.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • With a win tonight, the Sabres will have won the season series against the Penguins for the first time since going 2-1-0 against Pittsburgh in 2012-13.
  • A win would also give the Sabres wins in consecutive home matchups with the Penguins for the first time since Buffalo won four in a row from March 26, 2004 to Nov. 17, 2006.
  • Evander Kane has totaled 16 points (5+11) in 16 games against Pittsburgh since the beginning of the 2010-11 season.
  • Zach Bogosian has seven points (3+4) in his seven games against the Penguins since the beginning of the 2013-14 season.
  • Matt Moulson has four points (2+2) in five games against the Penguins in the last two seasons.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has points in each of his last four games against Pittsburgh, having tallied six points (2+4) in those games.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel has not gone two games without a point since Jan. 31 and Feb. 2. In the 23 games since, Eichel has totaled 29 points (9+20).
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded 10 points (4+6) in his last 11 games.
  • Jake McCabe has recorded eight (2+6) of his 19 points in his last 12 games, averaging 21:24 of ice time per game during that stretch.
  • Robin Lehner has stopped 129 of 136 shots (.949) in his last four appearances.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s 16th of a league-high 19 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 2-1 win last night at Detroit. The Sabres are 7-6-3 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 6-8-1 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets this season is: four points (2), three points (2), two points (6), one point (2) and zero points (3).

HOME COOKIN’

  • Ryan O’Reilly has 25 points (8+17) in his last 22 home games.
  • Jack Eichel has 29 points (11+18) in 25 home games this season, including nine multi-point outings.
  • Evander Kane has 10 points (7+3) in his last eight home games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has a point in 13 of his last 16 home games (1+13) and hasn’t gone two home games without a point since Dec. 29 and Jan. 7

JACK ATTACK

  • In the time since his Nov. 29 return from an injury that sidelined him for 21 games, Jack Eichel is tied for eighth among all NHL skaters with 50 points (21+29) and leads the league with 207 shots on goal.
  • Eichel is tied for the league lead in assists (20) and ranks second in points (29) since the beginning of February.
  • Eichel has logged 35 points (13+22) in his last 31 games, including 10 multi-point outings during that stretch. The Sabres are 12-2-0 this season (and 21-5-0 in his career) when he has at least two points.
  • Eichel’s .96 points per game rank him 11th among all players with at least 20 games played this season.

*All rankings as of the conclusion of last night’s game.

THE KANE EVENT

  • Evander Kane has scored each of his 25 goals this season in his last 49 games.
  • Kane is tied for 11th in the NHL with 22 even-strength goals despite not scoring his first until Dec. 3.
  • Since Dec. 1, Kane is tied for fourth among all NHL skaters in goals (25), leads the league in even-strength goals (22) and ranks second in shots on goal (194).

*All rankings as of the conclusion of last night’s game.

SOPHOMORE SURGE
In their second full NHL seasons, Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart have each improved on their points-per-game totals from 2015-16.

2015-16

2016-17

Jack Eichel

Sam Reinhart

Jack Eichel

Sam Reinhart

G/GP

.30 (25)

.29 (24)

.40 (33)

.23 (18)

A/GP

.40 (33)

.24 (20)

.56 (46)

.38 (31)

P/GP

.69 (57)

.53 (43)

.96 (79)

.61 (50)

SOG/GP

2.9 (238)

2.1 (172)

4.0 (326)

2.3 (191)

(82-game pace in parentheses)

THEY’VE GOT THE POWER

  • The Sabres rank first in the league with a 24.0% success rate on the power play.
  • Buffalo has not finished a season ranked in the top five in power-play percentage since the 2005-06 season (third, 21.2%) and the team has led the league only once (1991-92, 22.5%)
  • The team’s current power-play percentage would rank as the fourth-best conversion rate in franchise history and the best since the team’s 24.4% mark in 1979-80. It would be the 20th-best season by any team since the league began publishing the stat in 1987-88.

ASSIST-OLAINEN
Rasmus Ristolainen
finished last night’s game tied for 21st among all NHL skaters with 39 assists this season.

  • Ristolainen has recorded an assist on 22.3 percent of his teammates’ goals. Only one Sabres defenseman has ever recorded an assist on more than 20 percent of his teammates’ goals: Phil Housley (22.6%) in 1989-90.
  • Ristolainen would need to fail to record an assist on each of his teammates’ next 21 goals to fall below 20 percent.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings after last night’s game)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 24.0% PP% (1st)
  • Eichel: 4.0 S/GP (1st)
  • Foligno: 261 hits (2nd)
  • Kane: 3.6 S/GP (8th)
  • Lehner: .922 SV% (8th)
  • Moulson: 11 PPG (T-7th)
  • Nilsson: .930 EV SV% (10th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:40 TOI/GP (1st, forwards), 57.6 FO% (6th)
  • Ristolainen: 24 PPA (1st), 27:02 TOI (4th), 156 BkS (7th), 25 PPP (8th), 39 A (6th, defensemen)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (261), Ristolainen (185), Gorges (131)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (156), McCabe (103), Gorges (99)
Shots: Kane (219), Eichel (207), Ristolainen (176)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10:
4-4-2 (10), 23/24, 8/35, 26/31
11-20: 3-4-3 (9), 15/26, 6/31, 28/36
21-30: 5-3-2 (12), 31/26, 8/30, 13/24
31-40: 4-4-2 (10), 27/31, 7/34, 21/28
41-50: 4-5-1 (9), 28/33, 6/27, 21/28
51-60: 6-4-0 (12), 26/25, 6/25, 24/30
61-70: 2-7-1 (5), 31/39, 9/30, 24/29
71-80: 2-1-0 (4), 4/4, 2/5, 6/6

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-6; 108-111 all-time)
Oct. 18 at CGY: L, 4-3 (GWG-Monahan)
Nov. 11 vs. NJD: L, 2-1 (GWG-Greene)
Dec. 5 at WSH: L, 3-2 (GWG-Johansson)
Dec. 6 vs. EDM: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen)
Dec. 16 vs. NYI: W, 3-2 (GWG-Ristolainen)

Jan. 5 at CHI: L, 4-3 (GWG-Kane)
Jan. 20 vs. DET: W, 3-2 (GWG-Okposo)
Jan. 21 at MTL: W, 3-2 (GWG-Bogosian)
Jan. 24 at NSH: W, 5-4 (GWG-Eichel)

Feb. 2 vs. NYR: L, 2-1 (GWG-Kreider)
Feb. 7 vs. SJS: W, 5-4 (GWG-Kane)
Feb. 28 vs. NSH: L, 5-4 (GWG-Forsberg)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (2-6; 69-64 all-time)
Oct. 25 at PHI: L, 4-3 (GDG-Giroux)
Nov. 9 vs. OTT: L, 2-1 (GDG-Ryan)
Nov. 19 vs. PIT: W, 2-1 (GDG-C. O’Reilly)
Nov. 23 vs. DET: L, 2-1 (GDG-Vanek)
Dec. 17 at CAR: L, 2-1 (GDG-Stempniak)
Dec. 20 at FLA: L, 4-3 (GDG-Trocheck)
March 4 vs. TBL: L, 2-1 (GDG-Point)
March 17 at ANA: W, 2-1 (GDG-Girgensons)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Dmitry Kulikov … 1 game … 500 NHL games
Brian Gionta … 3 games … 1,000 NHL games
Goals
Tyler Ennis … 4 goals … 100 NHL goals
Assists
Brian Gionta … 3 assists … 300 NHL assists
Points
Evander Kane … 4 points … 300 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
Brady Austin … 1st NHL game … 3/20 at DET

SABRES RECALL DEFENSEMEN NELSON, AUSTIN

BUFFALO, N.Y. (March 20, 2017) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has recalled defensemen Casey Nelson and Brady Austin from the Rochester Americans (AHL).

Nelson (6’1”, 190 lbs., 7/18/1992), who has posted 13 points (4+9) in 45 AHL games in 2016-17, returns to the Sabres for his third stint of the season. Since signing with the Sabres in March 2016, the Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin native has tallied four assists in 16 career NHL games.

Buffalo’s seventh-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, Austin (6’4”, 230 lbs., 6/16/1993) will join the team for his first career NHL recall after recording nine points (2+7) and 36 penalty minutes in 61 games for the Amerks this season.

Game Preview: 3/20/17 at DET

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Friday, March 17
Buffalo 2 at Anaheim 1 (SO)
Goals: O’Reilly; GDG- Girgensons
Goalie: Nilsson (39 saves/40 shots)
PP: 0/1; PK: 0/0; Shots: Anaheim 40 – Buffalo 31

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 352)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 72 games
Johan Larsson (wrist, Jan. 3; injured reserve) – 36 games
William Carrier (knee, Feb.4; injured reserve) – 22 games
Kyle Okposo (ribs, March 4) – 8 games
Dmitry Kulikov (upper body, March 5) – 7 games
Justin Falk (calf, March 16) – 2 games
Cody Franson (undisclosed) – 0 games
Taylor Fedun (foot) – 0 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/16:
Recalled D Taylor Fedun from Rochester (AHL)
3/20: Recalled D Brady Austin and D Casey Nelson from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, March 21:
Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 25: Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, March 27: Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 28: Buffalo at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 2: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 3 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at RED WINGS

  • This is the fourth and final meeting between the Red Wings and Sabres this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Detroit 3-2 (OT) in Buffalo on Jan. 20
  • The Sabres are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Red Wings; 2-6-2 on the road
  • This is the 132nd game all-time between Buffalo and Detroit; Buffalo has a 57-57-18 series record.
  • The Sabres are 21-38-8 on the road against the Red Wings all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 12-9-1 all-time on March 20.
  • March 20, 1977: The Sabres get goals from five different players, including two from Gilbert Perreault, as they defeat the Washington Capitals 6-2 on the road.
  • March 20, 1996: The Sabres acquire Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre, a second-round pick (Cory Sarich) and a third-round pick (Maxim Afinogenov) from St. Louis in exchange for Yuri Khmylev and an eighth-round pick (Andrei Podkonicky).

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with consecutive wins against Detroit for the first time since March 6, 1994 and Nov. 1, 1995. With a win tonight, the Sabres would have three straight wins against the Red Wings for the first time since the team swept the three-game season series in 1988-89.
  • A win tonight would give the Sabres consecutive wins in Detroit for the first time since they won each of their first five games at Joe Louis Arena, from Feb. 16, 1980 to Dec. 12, 1981.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has eight assists in his last eight games against Detroit, including six in his last four at Joe Louis Arena.
  • Sam Reinhart has five points (4+1) in seven career games against the Red Wings, including a point in each of the last three games in Detroit (2+1).
  • Jack Eichel has six points (3+3) in seven career games against Detroit, including three two-point outputs.
  • Robin Lehner has a .946 save percentage and a 1.96 goals-against average in three games against the Red Wings since joining the Sabres.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 11 points (2+9) in 13 career road games against the Red Wings, including five (1+4) in his last five.
  • Evander Kane (4+0) and Brian Gionta (0+4) each have four points in four games at Joe Louis Arena since joining the Sabres.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel has not gone two games without a point since Jan. 31 and Feb. 2. In the 22 games since, Eichel has totaled 28 points (8+20).
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded nine points (4+5) in his last 10 games.
  • Jake McCabe has recorded seven (2+5) of his 18 points in his last 11 games, averaging 21:31 of ice time per game during that stretch.
  • Robin Lehner has stopped 95 of 101 shots (.941) in his last three appearances.

SO LONG, JOE

  • Tonight’s game will be the Sabres’ final visit to Joe Louis Arena.
  • Since Joe Louis Arena opened in December 1979, the Sabres and Red Wings have played 42 times in the building. The Sabres have a 13-23-6 record in those games.
  • Gilbert Perreault is the Sabres’ all-time leading scorer at Joe Louis Arena with 14 points (8+6) in 10 games. With a point tonight, Rasmus Ristolainen would tie Danny Gare and Pierre Turgeon for fifth on the franchise list with seven points.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s 16th of a league-high 19 sets of back-to-back games this season, which will continue tomorrow night vs. Pittsburgh. The Sabres are 6-6-3 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 6-8-1 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets this season is: four points (2), three points (2), two points (6), one point (2) and zero points (3).

JACK ATTACK

  • In the time since his Nov. 29 return from an injury that sidelined him for 21 games, Jack Eichel ranks ninth among all NHL skaters with 49 points (20+29) and leads the league with 204 shots on goal.
  • Eichel leads the league in assists (20) and is tied for the league-lead in points (28) since the beginning of February.
  • Eichel has logged 34 points (12+22) in his last 30 games, including 10 multi-point outings during that stretch. The Sabres are 12-2-0 this season (and 21-5-0 in his career) when he has at least two points.
  • Eichel’s .96 points per game rank him 11th among all players with at least 20 games played this season.

*All rankings before 3/19 games.

THE KANE EVENT

  • Evander Kane has scored each of his 25 goals this season in his last 48 games.
  • Kane is tied for 11th in the NHL with 22 even-strength goals despite not scoring his first until Dec. 3.
  • Since Dec. 1, Kane is tied for fourth among all NHL skaters in goals (25), leads the league in even-strength goals (22) and ranks second in shots on goal (191).
  • Kane’s current pace of .367 even-strength goals per game is the highest by any Sabre with at least 15 games played since Alexander Mogilny’s franchise-best mark in 1992-93 (.636).

*All rankings before 3/19 games.

SOPHOMORE SURGE
In their second full NHL seasons, Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart have each improved on their points-per-game totals from 2015-16.

2015-16

2016-17

Jack Eichel

Sam Reinhart

Jack Eichel

Sam Reinhart

G/GP

.30 (25)

.29 (24)

.39 (32)

.23 (19)

A/GP

.40 (33)

.24 (20)

.57 (47)

.39 (32)

P/GP

.69 (57)

.53 (43)

.96 (79)

.61 (50)

SOG/GP

2.9 (238)

2.1 (172)

4.0 (328)

2.3 (190)

(82-game pace in parentheses)

THEY’VE GOT THE POWER

  • The Sabres rank second in the league with a 23.3% success rate on the power play.
  • Buffalo has not finished a season ranked in the top five in power-play percentage since the 2005-06 season (third, 21.2%) and the team has led the league only once (1991-92, 22.5%)
  • The team’s current power-play percentage would rank as the fifth-best conversion rate in franchise history and the best since the team’s 23.6% mark in 1984-85. It would be the 38th-best season by any team since the league began publishing the stat in 1987-88.

ASSIST-OLAINEN
Rasmus Ristolainen
is tied for 25th among all NHL skaters with 38 assists this season.

  • Ristolainen has recorded an assist on 22.0 percent of his teammates’ goals. Only one Sabres defenseman has ever recorded an assist on more than 20 percent of his teammates’ goals: Phil Housley (22.6%) in 1989-90.
  • Ristolainen would need to fail to record an assist on each of his teammates’ next 18 goals to fall below 20 percent.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 3/19 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 23.3% PP% (2nd)
  • Eichel: 4.0 S/GP (1st)
  • Foligno: 254 hits (3rd)
  • Kane: 3.6 S/GP (8th)
  • Nilsson: .930 EV SV% (10th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:39 TOI/GP (1st, forwards), 57.6 FO% (6th)
  • Ristolainen: 23 PPA (T-1st), 27:01 TOI (4th), 154 BkS (7th), 24 PPP (T-8th), 38 A (6th, defensemen)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (254), Ristolainen (184), Gorges (129)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (154), McCabe (102), Gorges (96)
Shots: Kane (216), Eichel (204), Ristolainen (173)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10:
4-4-2 (10), 23/24, 8/35, 26/31
11-20: 3-4-3 (9), 15/26, 6/31, 28/36
21-30: 5-3-2 (12), 31/26, 8/30, 13/24
31-40: 4-4-2 (10), 27/31, 7/34, 21/28
41-50: 4-5-1 (9), 28/33, 6/27, 21/28
51-60: 6-4-0 (12), 26/25, 6/25, 24/30
61-70: 2-7-1 (5), 31/39, 9/30, 24/29
71-80: 1-1-0 (2), 2/3, 0/3, 2/2

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-6; 108-111 all-time)
Oct. 18 at CGY: L, 4-3 (GWG-Monahan)
Nov. 11 vs. NJD: L, 2-1 (GWG-Greene)
Dec. 5 at WSH: L, 3-2 (GWG-Johansson)
Dec. 6 vs. EDM: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen)
Dec. 16 vs. NYI: W, 3-2 (GWG-Ristolainen)

Jan. 5 at CHI: L, 4-3 (GWG-Kane)
Jan. 20 vs. DET: W, 3-2 (GWG-Okposo)
Jan. 21 at MTL: W, 3-2 (GWG-Bogosian)
Jan. 24 at NSH: W, 5-4 (GWG-Eichel)

Feb. 2 vs. NYR: L, 2-1 (GWG-Kreider)
Feb. 7 vs. SJS: W, 5-4 (GWG-Kane)
Feb. 28 vs. NSH: L, 5-4 (GWG-Forsberg)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (2-6; 69-64 all-time)
Oct. 25 at PHI: L, 4-3 (GDG-Giroux)
Nov. 9 vs. OTT: L, 2-1 (GDG-Ryan)
Nov. 19 vs. PIT: W, 2-1 (GDG-C. O’Reilly)
Nov. 23 vs. DET: L, 2-1 (GDG-Vanek)
Dec. 17 at CAR: L, 2-1 (GDG-Stempniak)
Dec. 20 at FLA: L, 4-3 (GDG-Trocheck)
March 4 vs. TBL: L, 2-1 (GDG-Point)
March 17 at ANA: W, 2-1 (GDG-Girgensons)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Dmitry Kulikov … 1 game … 500 NHL games
Brian Gionta … 4 games … 1,000 NHL games
Goals
Tyler Ennis … 4 goals … 100 NHL goals
Assists
Brian Gionta … 3 assists … 300 NHL assists
Points
Evander Kane … 4 points … 300 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A