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Post-Game Report: 2/6 vs. Anaheim

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
 Ducks
(26-19-10)
0 2 1 1 4 33
Sabres
(14-29-10)
1 1 1 0 3 33

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • With his goal tonight, Zemgus Girgensons now has two shorthanded goals in his last three games His two shorthanded tallies tie for fifth-most in the NHL this season.
    • As a team, the Sabres’ seven shorthanded goals this season tie them for third in the league.
  • Casey Nelson registered the lone assist on the Girgensons goal, earning his first point of the season and the first shorthanded point of his career.
  • Jack Eichel’s second-period goal was his 50th point of the season. Eichel joins Gilbert Perreault, Rick Martin, Phil Housley and Christian Ruuttu as the only Sabres to record at least 50 points in each of their first three NHL seasons.
    • Eichel has now recorded 17 points (11+6) in his last 17 home games, dating back to Nov. 20 vs. Columbus.
  • Sam Reinhart’s assists tonight give him 10 points (3+7) in his last nine games.
  • Kyle Okposo, who assisted on the Eichel goal, now has 12 points (3+9) in his last 11 games and 10 points (5+5) in 10 career games against Anaheim.
  • Ryan O’Reilly’s goal gives him points in four straight meetings with Anaheim (2+2).

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Ducks Miller W .909 2.92
Sabres Lehner O .879 4.07

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Ducks Miller 7-4-5 .915 2.69
Sabres Lehner 11-20-7 .913 2.83

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly

Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons

Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle

Ducks goaltender Ryan Miller

Game Preview: 2/6/18 vs. Anaheim

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, February 3
St. Louis 1 at Buffalo 0
Goals: N/A
Goalie: Lehner (32 saves/33 shots)
PP: 0/4; PK: 1/1; Shots: St. Louis 33 – Buffalo 27

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 187)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 9 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/1: Activated F Jacob Josefson from IR
2/3: Activated D Nathan Beaulieu from IR; Assigned F Nicholas Baptiste to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Feb. 8: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 10: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 11: Colorado at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 13: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 15: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
DUCKS at SABRES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Ducks this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Anaheim 3-1 in Anaheim on Oct. 15, 2017
  • The Sabres are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Ducks; 6-4-0 at home
  • This is the 36th game all-time between Buffalo and Anaheim; Buffalo has an 18-14-3 series record.
  • The Sabres are 8-6-3 at home against the Ducks all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-9-4 all-time on February 6.
  • February 6, 1972: Jim Lorentz and Rick Martin each score a pair of goals as the Sabres defeat the Boston Bruins 8-2 at the Aud. Lorentz would finish the game with four points.
  • February 6, 1986: Dave Andreychuk scores a franchise-record five goals and adds one assist in an 8-6 win at Boston.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is the fourth in a five-game home stand and the third of nine home games in February.
  • Sabres goaltenders Robin Lehner and Chad Johnson have combined to stop 156 of the 161 shots (.969) they have faced at even strength in Buffalo’s last six games.
  • The Sabres have won five straight games against Pacific Division opponents. A win tonight would stretch that streak to six games for the first time since the team won seven in a row from Nov. 19, 2010 to Oct. 8, 2011.
  • A win tonight would give the Sabres three consecutive wins against the Ducks for the first time since Buffalo won three in a row from Dec. 21, 2010 to Feb. 29, 2012.
  • With a point in each of his last three matchups with the Ducks (1+2), Ryan O’Reilly has totaled 15 points (7+8) in 22 career meetings.
  • Kyle Okposo has totaled nine points (5+4) in nine career games against Anaheim.
  • Nathan Beaulieu has recorded an assist in each of his last two meetings with the Ducks.

SHUTTING OUT THE DUCKS

  • The Sabres have shut out the Ducks seven times in the 35 all-time games between the clubs (Dominik Hasek-3, Martin Biron-2, Chad Johnson-1, Ryan Miller-1).
  • This amounts to one shutout for every five meetings, the Sabres’ highest shutout-to-games ratio against any NHL team. The next highest current ratio is 9.67 games per shutout (Columbus, three shutouts in 29 games).
  • The Sabres’ last shutout against the Ducks occurred five meetings ago (Dec. 17, 2015 in Buffalo).

WHO’S HOT?

  • Robin Lehner has stopped 120 of 123 shots (.976) in his last four games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 13 points (3+10) in his last 15 games, dating back to Dec. 29. Ristolainen’s 13 points during that span ranked fourth among NHL defensemen entering play Monday.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded 11 points (3+8) in his last 10 games, including four multi-point games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded 10 points (5+5) in his last 11 games.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled eight points (3+5) in his last eight games.

HOT AT HOME

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 16 points (10+6) in 16 home games dating back to Nov. 20 vs. CBJ.
  • Kyle Okposo has totaled 11 points (2+9) in his last 11 home games, including three multi-point home games in the month of January.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has nine points (3+6) in eight home games dating back to the team’s game on Dec. 22 vs. Philadelphia.

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 30 points (13+17) in 27 games since the beginning of December.
  • During that stretch, Eichel ranked in the top 10 in the league in goals (T-8th, 13), points (T-10th, 30), even-strength goals (T-3rd, 11) and shots (T-3rd, 107) entering play Monday.
  • Eichel scored at least two goals in four of those 27 games and entered play Monday tied for 11th in the league with four multi-goal games this season, just two off the league lead.

I LIKE EICH

  • Jack Eichel is currently on pace to shatter his personal bests in goals (24), assists (33) and points (57) on the strength of improved production at even strength (T-8th in NHL in ES goals, T-18th in ES points entering play Friday).
  • With his 17th even-strength goal in his 44th game of the season on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus, Eichel surpassed his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games). Through 52 games, Eichel now has 18 even-strength goals.
  • With his 35th even-strength point in his 48th game of the season on Jan. 24 at Edmonton, Eichel matched his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games).

Jack Eichel’s Production by Season

Season GP G A PTS ES G ES A ES P
2015-16 81 24 32 56 16 19 35
2016-17 61 24 33 57 14 19 33
2017-18 52 20 29 49 18 17 35
2017-18 (Pace) 82 32 46 77 28 27 55

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

  • Of Jack Eichel’s 49 points so far this season, 23 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes 6-on-5 situations).
  • Through 52 games, Eichel’s 23 primary points (12+11) during 5-on-5 play have already surpassed his 61-game total from last season (11+10) and are just one shy of his total from his 81-game rookie season (12+12).

*All primary point stats via NaturalStatTrick.com

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

  • Eichel: 18 EVG (T-8th), 188 S (8th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 3 SHP (T-5th), 194 S (5th)
  • O’Reilly: 757 FOW (1st), 61.7% FO% (1st), 1,227 FO (2nd)
  • Ristolainen: 26:18 TOI/GP (4th)

BUF-ANA CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Derek Grant played in 40 games for the Sabres during the 2016-17 season and recorded three assists.
  • Ryan Miller spent parts of 11 seasons as a member of the Sabres from 2002-2014. Drafted by Buffalo in the fifth round of the 1999 NHL Draft (138th overall), Miller compiled a record of 284-186-56 over a total of 540 games, earning franchise-record totals in games played and wins.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played with John Gibson for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Justin Falk:

  • Played with Ryan Getzlaf for the Calgary Hitmen (WHL) during the 2004-05 season.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Ryan Getzlaf for Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Chad Johnson:

  • Played with Antoine Vermette for the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2012-13 season.

Jacob Josefson

  • Represented Sweden alongside Jakob Silfverberg at the 2010 World Junior Championship.

Evander Kane:

  • Played with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry on Team Canada at the 2012 World Championship. Kane and Perry were also on the 2010 World Championship squad,
  • He and Antoine Vermette were teammates for Team Canada at the 2011 World Championship.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played with Jakob Silfverberg for Team Sweden at the 2012 World Championship.

Robin Lehner:

  • He and Derek Grant were teammates for the Ottawa Senators from 2012-2014 and for the Binghamton Senators (AHL) from 2010-2013. Jakob Silfverberg was also on the team during the 2012-13 season.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played with John Gibson for the United States at the 2013 World Junior Championship and the 2014 World Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played with Cam Fowler and John Gibson for Team USA at the 2012 World Championship.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Played with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry on Team Canada at the 2012 World Championship. They were also teammates for Canada at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Perry and O’Reilly also represented Canada at the 2016 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Reto Berra for the Colorado Avalanche from 2013-2015.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Played with Nick Ritchie for Team Canada at the 2015 World Junior Championship.
  • Teammates with Corey Perry for Team Canada at the 2016 World Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Benoit Pouliot (4th overall) and Andrew Cogliano (25th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2005 NHL Draft. They were also both on the 2006 Canadian World Junior team that took home the gold medal.
  • Ryan O’Reilly (33rd overall), Robin Lehner (46th overall) and Jakob Silfverberg (39th overall) were second-round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Nathan Beaulieu (17th overall) and Rickard Rakell (30th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Hampus Lindholm (6th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Nick Ritchie (10th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (119), McCabe (109), Kane (101)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (76), Scandella (74), Ristolainen (64)
Shots: Kane (194), Eichel (188), O’Reilly (135)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 3-5-2 (8), 26/36, 5/36, 29/35
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 20/35, 5/28, 23/27
21-30: 2-6-2 (6), 18/31, 2/32, 24/32
31-40: 3-4-3 (9), 24/33, 3/25, 23/28
41-50: 4-6-0 (8), 27/31, 10/33, 15/26
51-60: 0-2-0 (0), 2/5, 1/4, 9/11

OVERTIME RESULTS (3-8; 111-119 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron)
Oct. 21 at BOS: W, 5-4 (GWG-O’Reilly)
Nov. 11 at MTL: L, 2-1 (GWG-Pacioretty)
Nov. 14 at PIT: L, 5-4 (GWG-Sheary)
Dec. 8 at CHI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Forsling)
Dec. 10 at STL: L, 3-2 (GWG-Tarasenko)
Dec. 15 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Slavin)
Dec. 27 at NYI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barzal)
Dec. 29 at NJD: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen)
Jan. 1 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Miller)
Jan. 22 at CGY: W, 2-1 (GWG-Eichel)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-1; 69-65 all-time)
Oct. 5 vs. MTL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Drouin)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Wins
Buffalo Sabres … 1 home win … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Benoit Pouliot … 1 game … 600 career games played
Jacob Josefson … 3 games … 300 career games played
Jack Eichel … 6 games … 200 career games played
Assists
Jack Eichel … 6 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Ryan O’Reilly … 4 points … 400 career points
Zemgus Girgensons … 5 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

 

Game Preview: 10/15/17 at ANA

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, October 14
Buffalo 2 at Los Angeles 4
Goals: Girgensons, Eichel
Goalie: Lehner (26 saves/29 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 0/3; PK: 0/3; Shots: Los Angeles 30 – Buffalo 25

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 16)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Justin Falk (undisclosed, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 5 games
Evan Rodrigues (hand, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 5 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct.5; injured reserve) – 5 games
Kyle Okposo (illness, Oct. 14) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/15:
Recalled F Justin Bailey from Rochester (AHL); placed D Zach Bogosian on injured reserve

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Oct. 17: Buffalo at Vegas, 10 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 20: Vancouver at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 21: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 24: Detroit at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 25: Buffalo at Columbus, 8 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at DUCKS

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Ducks this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Anaheim 2-1 (SO) in Anaheim on March 17
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 6 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Ducks; 4-6-0 on the road
  • This is the 35th game all-time between Buffalo and Anaheim; Buffalo has a 17-14-3 series record.
  • The Sabres are 9-8-0 on the road against the Ducks all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-9-2 all-time on October 15.
  • October 15, 1970: The Sabres fall 3-0 to Montreal in the first home game in franchise history.
  • October 15, 2013: Thomas Vanek scores his 253rd goal as a Sabre, passing Danny Gare for fifth on the all-time franchise goal list.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is Buffalo’s third in a four-game road trip against Pacific Division opponents. The Sabres will visit Vegas for the team’s first-ever meeting with the Golden Knights on Tuesday.
  • With a road win the last time these teams met, the Sabres are looking for consecutive road wins against the Ducks for the first time since the team won six straight visits to Anaheim from Jan. 7, 1998 to Oct. 24, 2003.
  • A win tonight would give the Sabres consecutive wins against the Ducks for the first time since Buffalo won three in a row from Dec. 21, 2010 to Feb. 29, 2012.
  • Kyle Okposo has totaled nine points (5+4) in nine career games against Anaheim.

SHUTTING OUT THE DUCKS

  • The Sabres have shut out the Ducks seven times in the 34 all-time games between the clubs (Dominik Hasek-3, Martin Biron-2, Chad Johnson-1, Ryan Miller-1). This amounts to one shutout for every 4.85 meetings, the Sabres’ highest shutout-to-games ratio against any NHL team.
  • This ratio is so much higher against the Ducks than the next closest opponent that the Ducks would have to score a goal in each of the next 27 meetings between the teams for the ratio to fall behind the next highest current ratio (Columbus, three shutouts in 26 games – 8.67 games per shutout).
  • The Sabres’ last shutout against the Ducks occurred four meetings ago (Dec. 17, 2015 in Buffalo).

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s first of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 4-2 loss at Los Angeles last night. The Sabres were 8-8-3 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 6-12-1 in the second game last season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back last season was: four points (2), three points (2), two points (8), one point (2) and zero points (5).

A NEW LOOK
Buffalo had a franchise-record 10 players in the opening night lineup who weren’t on the team’s roster in 2016-17. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the most new players an NHL team has had in its opening night lineup since the 2011-12 Florida Panthers (11).

ARE YOU EXPERIENCED?
The 23 players on the Sabres’ opening-day roster had combined to play 7,866 NHL games before last Thursday’s opener vs. Montreal, 1,044 more than last year’s 23-man opening-day roster had between them. The average Sabres skater entering the 2017-18 season had played 45 more NHL games than his counterpart from last season.

Sabres’ Opening-Day NHL Experience

Season Total NHL GP Average GP/Player
2017-18 7,866 342
2016-17 6,822 297
2015-16 5,914 257
2014-15 5,858 255
2013-14 5,516 240

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings)

  • Kane: 2 SHG (1st), 30 S (3rd)
  • O’Reilly: 66.3% FO% (5th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:38 TOI (1st)

2017-18 ROSTER NOTES
Of the 23 players on Buffalo’s opening night roster:

  • Six were originally drafted by the Sabres — four were first-round Buffalo selections (Girgensons, 2012; Ristolainen, 2013; Reinhart, 2014; Eichel, 2015) and two were second-round picks (Pominville, 2001; McCabe, 2012).
  • Nine were acquired in trades: Beaulieu, Bogosian, Gorges, Kane, Larsson, Lehner, O’Reilly, Pominville, Scandella
  • Eight were signed as free agents: Antipin, Griffith, Johnson, Josefson, Moulson, Okposo, Pouliot, Tennyson
  • One was claimed off waivers: Nolan
  • 13 played in Buffalo at some point last season: Bogosian, Eichel, Girgensons, Gorges, Kane, Larsson, Lehner, McCabe, Moulson, Okposo, O’Reilly, Reinhart, Ristolainen
  • 10 are new to the Sabres this season: Antipin, Beaulieu, Griffith, Johnson, Josefson, Nolan, Pominville, Pouliot, Scandella, Tennyson

BUF-ANA CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Derek Grant played in 40 games for the Sabres during the 2016-17 season and recorded three assists.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played with John Gibson for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Ryan Getzlaf for Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Seth Griffith:

  • Played with Reto Berra as members of the Florida Panthers during the 2016-17 season.

Chad Johnson:

  • Played with Antoine Vermette for the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2012-13 season.

Jacob Josefson

  • Represented Sweden alongside Dennis Rasmussen and Jakob Silfverberg at the 2010 World Junior Championship.

Evander Kane:

  • Played with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry on Team Canada at the 2012 World Championship. Kane and Perry were also on the 2010 World Championship squad,
  • He and Antoine Vermette were teammates for Team Canada at the 2011 World Championship.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played with Jakob Silfverberg for Team Sweden at the 2012 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Clayton Stoner for the Minnesota Wild during the 2012-13 season.

Robin Lehner:

  • He and Derek Grant were teammates for the Ottawa Senators from 2012-2014 and for the Binghamton Senators (AHL) from 2010-2013. Jakob Silfverberg was also on the team during the 2012-13 season.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played with John Gibson for the United States at the 2013 World Junior Championship and the 2014 World Championship.

Matt Moulson:

  • Teammates with Jonathan Bernier for the Los Angeles Kings for part of the 2007-08 season.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played with Cam Fowler and John Gibson for Team USA at the 2012 World Championship.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Played with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry on Team Canada at the 2012 World Championship. They were also teammates for Canada at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Perry and O’Reilly also represented Canada at the 2016 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Reto Berra for the Colorado Avalanche from 2013-2015.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Played with Nick Ritchie for Team Canada at the 2015 World Junior Championship.
  • Teammates with Corey Perry for Team Canada at the 2016 World Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Benoit Pouliot (4th overall) and Andrew Cogliano (25th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2005 NHL Draft. They were also both on the 2006 Canadian World Junior team that took home the gold medal.
  • Ryan O’Reilly (33rd overall), Robin Lehner (46th overall) and Jakob Silfverberg (39th overall) were second-round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Nathan Beaulieu (17th overall) and Rickard Rakell (30th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Nick Ritchie (10th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (16), Kane (14), Pouliot/Scandella (9)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (9), Ristolainen (7), Gorges (7)
Shots: Kane (30), O’Reilly/Ristolainen (13), Eichel (12)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 0-4-1 (1), 11/22, 2/19, 13/17

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-0; 108-11 all-time)
N/A

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-1; 69-65 all-time)
Oct. 5 vs. MTL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Drouin)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Kyle Okposo … 2 games … 600 career games played
Jordan Nolan … 5 games … 300 career games played
Assists
Jason Pominville … 2 assists … T-8th in franchise history (Hawerchuk)
Matt Moulson … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Points
Sam Reinhart … 10 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Evander Kane … 500th NHL game … Oct. 12 at SJS

Game Preview: 3/17/17 at ANA

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, March 16
Buffalo 0 at Los Angeles 2
Goals: N/A
Goalie: Lehner (34 saves/36 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 2/2; Shots: Los Angeles 36 – Buffalo 26

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 346)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 71 games
Johan Larsson (wrist, Jan. 3; injured reserve) – 35 games
William Carrier (knee, Feb.4; injured reserve) – 21 games
Kyle Okposo (ribs, March 4) – 7 games
Dmitry Kulikov (upper body, March 5) – 6 games
Justin Falk (calf, March 16) – 1 game
Justin Bailey (undisclosed, March 16) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/13:
Recalled F Hudson Fasching from Rochester (AHL)
3/16: Recalled D Taylor Fedun from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Monday, March 20:
Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
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.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at DUCKS

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Ducks this season.
  • Last meeting: Anaheim defeated Buffalo 5-2 in Buffalo on Feb. 7
  • The Sabres are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Ducks; 4-6-0 on the road
  • This is the 34th game all-time between Buffalo and Anaheim; Buffalo has a 16-14-3 series record.
  • The Sabres are 8-8-0 on the road against the Ducks all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-10-3 all-time on March 17.
  • March 17, 1997: Donald Audette scores twice and Rob Ray fights Jeff Odgers to become the 30th player in NHL history to record 2,000 penalty minutes in his career during a 5-1 win at home against Boston.
  • March 17, 2001: Martin Biron makes 42 saves and Chris Gratton scores the game-winning goal in a 3-2 win at Washington.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel has not gone two games without a point since Jan. 31 and Feb. 2. In the 21 games since, Eichel has totaled 27 points (8+19).
  • Evander Kane has 22 points (13+9) in his last 25 games, including 11 goals in his last 17.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has a point in 14 of his last 21 games (2+13).
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded eight points (3+7) in his last nine games.
  • Matt Moulson has a point in four of his last six games (1+3).
  • Robin Lehner has stopped 95 of 101 shots (.941) in his last three appearances.

SHUTTING OUT THE DUCKS

  • The Sabres have shut out the Ducks seven times in the 33 all-time games between the clubs (Dominik Hasek-3, Martin Biron-2, Chad Johnson-1, Ryan Miller-1). This amounts to one shutout for every 4.71 meetings, the Sabres’ highest shutout-to-games ratio against any NHL team.
  • This ratio is so much higher against the Ducks than the next closest opponent that the Ducks would have to score a goal in each of the next 26 meetings between the teams for the ratio to fall behind the next highest current ratio (Columbus, three shutouts in 25 games – 8.33 games per shutout).
  • The Sabres’ last shutout against the Ducks occurred three meetings ago (Dec. 17, 2015 in Buffalo).

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s 15th of a league-high 19 sets of back-to-back games this season, after the team’s 2-0 loss last night at Los Angeles. The Sabres are 6-6-3 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 5-8-1 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 (5), 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 48 points (20+28) and leads the league with 199 shots on goal.
  • Eichel leads the league in assists (19) and ranks third in points (27) since the beginning of February.
  • Eichel has logged 33 points (12+21) in his last 29 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 12th among all players with at least 20 games played this season.

THE KANE EVENT

  • Evander Kane has scored each of his 25 goals this season in his last 47 games.
  • Kane is tied for 10th in the NHL with 22 even-strength goals despite not scoring his first until Dec. 3.
  • Since Dec. 1, Kane ranks fourth among all NHL skaters in goals (25), leads the league in even-strength goals (22) and is tied for second in shots on goal (187).
  • Kane’s current pace of .373 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).

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 (19)

A/GP

.40 (33)

.24 (20)

.56 (46)

.39 (32)

P/GP

.69 (57)

.53 (43)

.96 (79)

.62 (51)

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 second in the league with a 23.4% 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 34th-best season by any team since the league began publishing the stat in 1987-88.

ASSIST-OLAINEN
Rasmus Ristolainen
is tied for 23rd among all NHL skaters with 38 assists this season.

  • Ristolainen has recorded an assist on 22.1 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 19 goals to fall below 20 percent.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 23.4% PP% (2nd)
  • Eichel: 4.0 S/GP (1st)
  • Foligno: 252 hits (3rd)
  • Kane: 22 EVG (T-10th), 3.6 S/GP (8th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:38 TOI/GP (1st, forwards), 57.8 FO% (6th)
  • Ristolainen: 23 PPA (T-1st), 26:59 TOI (4th), 154 BkS (7th), 24 PPP (T-8th), 38 A (6th, defensemen)

BUF-ANA Connections
Former Ducks:

  • Dan Bylsma played for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim from 2000 to 2004. He had 32 points (10+22) in 209 games and was a member of the team that won the Western Conference after the 2002-03 season. Bylsma also began his coaching career during the 2004-05 season as an assistant coach for the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks.

Justin Bailey:

  • He and John Gibson were teammates for the Kitchener Rangers (OHL) during the 2012-13 season.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played with John Gibson for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Cody Franson:

  • Represented Team Canada alongside Andrew Cogliano at the 2007 World Junior Championship.
  • Teammates with Korbinian Holzer for the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2012-13 and 2014-15 seasons. He and Jonathan Bernier were teammates for the Maple Leafs from 2013-2015.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Ryan Getzlaf for Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Evander Kane:

  • Represented Canada alongside Jonathan Bernier at the 2011 World Championship.
  • Played with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry on Team Canada at the 2012 World Championship. Kane and Perry were also on the 2010 World Championship squad,
  • He and Antoine Vermette were teammates for Team Canada at the 2011 World Championship.

Robin Lehner:

  • Played with Jakob Silfverberg for the Ottawa Senators during the 2012-13 season.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played with John Gibson for the United States at the 2013 World Junior Championship and the 2014 World Championship.

Matt Moulson:

  • Teammates with Jonathan Bernier for the Los Angeles Kings for part of the 2007-08 season.
  • Played with Nate Thompson for the New York Islanders from 2008-2010.

Anders Nilsson:

  • Represented Sweden alongside Jakob Silfverberg at the 2010 World Junior Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played with Nate Thompson for the New York Islanders from 2008-2010 and for Team USA at the 2012 World Championship. Cam Fowler was also on the 2012 World Championship squad, as was John Gibson.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Played with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry on Team Canada at the 2012 World Championship. They were also teammates for Canada at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Perry and O’Reilly also represented Canada at the 2016 World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Played with Nick Ritchie for Team Canada at the 2015 World Junior Championship.
  • Teammates with Corey Perry for Team Canada at the 2016 World Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland alongside Sami Vatanen at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

NHL Draft:

  • Ryan O’Reilly (33rd overall), Robin Lehner (46th overall) and Jakob Silfverberg (39th overall) were second-round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Marcus Foligno (104th overall) and Sami Vatanen (106th overall) were both fourth-round selections in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Hampus Lindholm (6th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Nick Ritchie (10th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (252), Ristolainen (180), Gorges (127)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (154), McCabe (100), Gorges (95)
Shots: Kane (212), Eichel (199), Ristolainen (171)

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: 0-1-0 (0), 0/2, 0/2, 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 (1-6; 68-64 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)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Dmitry Kulikov … 1 game … 500 NHL games
Brian Gionta … 5 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

Post-Game Report: 2/9 vs. ANA

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Ducks
(29-17-10)
1 0 4 5 44
Sabres
(22-22-10)
0 1 1 2 26

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • The Sabres failed to get a point at home for the first time since Dec. 29 vs. Boston, ending a 6-0-1 run at KeyBank Center.
  • Anaheim became the first Pacific Division team to earn a regulation win at KeyBank Center since a 3-2 Edmonton win on Nov. 7, 2014, ending a 13-0-3 run at home against the Pacific Division for the Sabres.
    • The Sabres are now 12-2-3 in their last 17 home games against the Western Conference and 10-5-2 overall against the West this season.
  • Anaheim’s first goal snapped a streak of 218:39 without allowing a 5-on-5 goal for Robin Lehner that dated back to Jan. 31 at Montreal. The streak included 105 saves and 186:37 of 5-on-5 ice time.
  • Jack Eichel’s goal gives him 16 points (7+9) in 16 home games this season, including nine (3+6) in his last six contests at home.
  • Kyle Okposo’s assist on Eichel’s goal extended his point streak to four games (2+2) and gives him nine points (5+4) in nine career games against Anaheim.
  • Ryan O’Reilly (assist) now has at least a point in each of his last five home games (3+4) and 15 points (5+10) in his last 13 games at KeyBank Center.
  • Sam Reinhart’s assist tonight gives him 12 points (4+8) in his last 12 home games.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Ducks
Gibson
Bernier
W
ND
.917
1.000
2.22
0.00
Sabres Lehner L .907 4.03

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Ducks Gibson
Bernier
21-13-8
8-4-2
.920
.906
2.29
2.80
Sabres Lehner 13-15-6 .923 2.57

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle

Ducks forward Corey Perry

Ducks forward Antoine Vermette

Ducks forward Rickard Rakell