Game Preview: 5/4/21 vs. NY Islanders

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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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

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

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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: 5/1/21 at Boston

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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

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

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
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
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Game Preview: 4/29/21 at Boston

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

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

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
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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