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Post-Game Report: 3/21 vs. Arizona

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Coyotes
(25-37-11)
2 0 2 4 29
Sabres
(23-38-12)
1 0 0 1 30

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • With his goal tonight, Jordan Nolan now has four goals in his last five games against the Coyotes. His five career goals against the Coyotes is his highest total against any NHL team.
  • With his assist tonight, Evan Rodrigues now has six points (2+4) in his last six games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly went 27-for-39 (69.2%) on faceoffs tonight. His 27 wins moved him past Patrice Bergeron (2015-16), Mark Messier (1997-98) and Mats Sundin (1997-98 and 1998-99) and into 11th place on the all-time single-season list with 1,150 faceoff wins this season.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Coyotes Raanta W .967 1.00
Sabres Johnson
Ullmark
L
ND
.867
.923
4.60
1.96

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Coyotes Raanta 17-16-6 .926 2.37
Sabres Johnson
Ullmark
8-12-3
1-1-0
.896
.933
3.30
2.40

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jordan Nolan

Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly

Sabres defenseman Brendan Guhle

Coyotes head coach Rick Tocchet

Coyotes forward Dylan Strome

Coyotes forward Clayton Keller

Game Preview: 3/21/18 vs. Arizona

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Monday, March 19
Nashville 4 at Buffalo 0
Goals: N/A
Goalie: Ullmark (28 saves/32 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 0/0; Shots: Buffalo 35 – Nashville 32

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 266)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 29 games
Jake McCabe (shoulder, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 19 games
Kyle Criscuolo (upper body, March 7) – 6 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body. March 17) – 2 games
Robin Lehner (undisclosed, March 17) – 2 games
Zemgus Girgensons (undisclosed, March 20) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/17: Activated F Jack Eichel from IR
3/18: Assigned F Justin Bailey to Rochester (AHL)
3/19: Recalled F Justin Bailey from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, March 23: Montreal at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 24: Buffalo at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.
Monday, March 26: Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 29: Detroit at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 31: Buffalo at Nashville, 8 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
COYOTES at SABRES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Coyotes this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Arizona 5-4 in Arizona on Nov. 2, 2017
  • The Sabres are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Coyotes; 5-3-2 at home.
  • This is the 78th game all-time between Buffalo and Arizona/Winnipeg; Buffalo has a 46-22-9 series record.
  • The Sabres are 25-7-7 at home against the Coyotes/Jets all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 13-10-0 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

  • If he dresses, tonight will be Jack Eichel’s 200th NHL game.
  • Buffalo is 12-2-1 in its last 15 games against Arizona, including a 7-1-1 record since the beginning of the 2013-14 season.
  • The Sabres have points in four straight home games against the Coyotes (3-0-1) and are seeking their first five-game point streak against the franchise since the team won a series-best eight straight home games against the Jets from Feb. 28, 1988 to Nov. 19, 1993.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 29 points (12+17) in his last 28 games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 26 points (6+20) in his last 35 games dating back to Dec. 29. Ristolainen’s 26 points during that span tied for eighth among NHL defensemen entering play Tuesday.

COYOTE KILLERS

  • Jack Eichel has totaled nine points (3+6) in five career games against Arizona, including at least a point in each game. It’s his second-best per-game output against any opponent, trailing only his two points in one career meeting with the Vegas Golden Knights.
    • Eichel has more than nine career points against just one NHL team: Ottawa (11 points in eight games).
  • Kyle Okposo has 12 points (4+8) in 11 career games against the Coyotes, who are one of five teams Okposo has totaled at least a point per game against in his career (Anaheim, Arizona, Edmonton, San Jose, Vancouver).
    • With two points tonight, Okposo’s per-game output against the Coyotes would tie his current best against any opponent (14 points in 12 games against both Edmonton and San Jose).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has seven points (2+5) in seven career matchups with Arizona. The Coyotes are one of two NHL teams that Ristolainen has tallied at least a point per game against in his career, joining Edmonton (12 points in nine games).
  • Chad Johnson is 5-2-0 in seven career games against Arizona with a .924 save percentage and a 1.95 goals-against average. The five wins trail only his seven against Carolina and his six against Toronto for his highest total against any opponent.

HOT AGAINST ARIZONA

  • Jason Pominville has 12 points (1+11) in his last 12 games against the Coyotes.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 19 points (7+12) in his last 18 games against the Coyotes, including three points in each of the last two meetings.
  • Benoit Pouliot has totaled 10 points (3+7) in his last 10 games against the Coyotes.
  • Sam Reinhart has three points (1+2) in his last two games against Arizona.

HOT AT HOME

  • Ryan O’Reilly has 23 points (9+14) in 21 home games dating back to the team’s game on Dec. 22 vs. Philadelphia.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 17 points (7+10) in his last 17 home games.
  • Evan Rodrigues has posted eight points (2+6) in his last nine home games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has tallied nine points (1+8) in his last 12 home games.

DRAWING ATTENTION*

  • Ryan O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (1,123) and faceoff percentage (60.8%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 1,123 wins already rank as the most wins by a Sabre in a season.
  • O’Reilly’s 1,123 faceoff wins through 71 games played already rank 15th in NHL history and put him on pace to log the most by any NHL player in a season:
    • Ryan O’Reilly *pace* (BUF), 2017-18 1,281
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2005-06 – 1,268
    • Adam Oates (WSH), 1999-00 – 1,235
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2001-02 – 1,218
    • Joe Sakic (COL), 2000-01 – 1,214
  • At his current pace, O’Reilly would become just the third player ever to win at least 1,000 faceoffs in a season while maintaining a faceoff percentage of at least 59 percent, joining Rod Brind’Amour (five times) and Patrice Bergeron (two times).

*The NHL began keeping faceoff stats in the 1997-98 season.

I LIKE EICH

  • Despite missing 15 games with a high-ankle sprain, Jack Eichel is currently on pace to top his personal bests in goals (24), assists (33) and points (57) on the strength of improved production at even strength.
  • Eichel’s 16 multi-point games this season through 57 games played have already tied his career best set in 2016-17.
  • 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 57 games, Eichel now has 19 even-strength goals.
  • With his 36th even-strength point in his 53rd game of the season on Feb. 7 vs. Anaheim, Eichel surpassed his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games). Through 57 games, he now has 38 even-strength points.

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 57 22 32 54 19 19 38
2017-18 (Pace) 67 26 38 63 22 22 45

 

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

  • Of Jack Eichel’s 54 points so far this season, 24 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes 6-on-5 situations).
  • Through 57 games played, Eichel’s 24 primary points (13+11) during 5-on-5 play have already surpassed his 61-game total from last season (11+10) and tied his career-best total from his 81-game rookie season (12+12).

*All primary point stats via NaturalStatTrick.com

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 3/20 games)

  • Eichel: 3.70 S/GP (7th)
  • Girgensons: 2 SHG (T-9th)
  • O’Reilly: 1,123 FOW (1st), 61.0% FO% (1st), 1,846 FO (1st), 4 SHP (T-4th)
  • Pouliot: 2 SHG (T-9th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:31 TOI/GP (4th)

BUF-ARI CONNECTIONS
Former Coyotes:

  • Chad Johnson played four games for Arizona during the 2012-13 season, posting a 2-0-2 record with a .954 save percentage and a 1.21 goals-against average.

Justin Falk:

  • Played with Derek Stepan for the New York Rangers during the 2013-14 season.
  • Teammates with Kevin Connauton for the Columbus Blue Jackets from 2014-2016.

Seth Griffith:

  • Teammates with Max Domi for the London Knights (OHL) from 2011-2013.
  • Played with Zac Rinaldo for the Boston Bruins during part of the 2015-16 season. He and Zac were also teammates for the London Knights (OHL) during the 2009-10 campaign.
  • He and Jason Demers were teammates for the Florida Panthers during the 2016-17 season.

Chad Johnson:

  • Played with Derek Stepan for the New York Rangers during the 2010-11 season.

Robin Lehner:

  • Played with Nick Cousins for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) during the 2009-10 season.

Jordan Nolan:

  • Played with Nick Cousins for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) during the 2009-10 season.
  • He and Brad Richardson were teammates for the Los Angeles Kings from 2011-2013.
  • Teammates with Luke Schenn for the Los Angeles Kings during part of the 2015-16 season.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Represented the United States alongside Alex Goligoski at the 2012 World Championship.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • He and Luke Schenn played for Team Canada at the 2012 and 2013 World Championships.
  • Teammates with Max Domi for Team Canada at the 2016 World Championship.
  • Played with Jason Demers for Team Canada at the 2017 World Championship.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Played with Derek Stepan for the New York Rangers during the 2013-14 season.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Played with Max Domi for Team Canada at the 2015 World Junior Championship where Canada won the gold medal and Reinhart and Domi were named to the tournament All-Star team.
  • Teammates with Max Domi for Team Canada at the 2016 World Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Marco Scandella (55th overall) was taken four picks after Derek Stepan (51st overall) in the second round of the 2008 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Max Domi (12th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) was taken ten picks before Brendan Perlini (12th overall) in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.
  • Brendan Guhle (51st overall) and Christian Fischer (32nd overall) were both second-round picks in the 2015 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (185), Girgensons (125), McCabe/Nolan (110)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (102), Ristolainen (100), McCabe (79)
Shots: Eichel (211), O’Reilly (194), Reinhart (159)

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: 3-6-1 (7), 28/32, 6/24, 32/38
61-70: 5-4-1 (11), 24/31, 6/32, 20/25
71-80: 1-1-0 (2), 5/7, 1/6, 2/2

OVERTIME RESULTS (5-10; 113-121 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron, 3:52)
Oct. 21 at BOS: W, 5-4 (GWG-O’Reilly, 2:59)
Nov. 11 at MTL: L, 2-1 (GWG-Pacioretty, 3:08)
Nov. 14 at PIT: L, 5-4 (GWG-Sheary, 0:16)
Dec. 8 at CHI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Forsling, 4:55)
Dec. 10 at STL: L, 3-2 (GWG-Tarasenko, 4:24)
Dec. 15 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Slavin,2:15)
Dec. 27 at NYI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barzal, 1:08)
Dec. 29 at NJD: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen, 2:37)
Jan. 1 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Miller, 2:43)
Jan. 22 at CGY: W, 2-1 (GWG-Eichel, 1:30)
Feb. 6 vs. ANA: L, 4-3 (GWG-Henrique, 1:36)
Feb. 15 at OTT: L, 3-2 (GWG-Hoffman,1:13)
Feb. 22 at DET: W, 3-2 (GWG-Scandella, 4:59)
Feb. 28 at TBL: W, 2-1 (GWG-Pominville, 1:26)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-2; 70-66 all-time)
Oct. 5 vs. MTL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Drouin)
March 8 at OTT: W, 4-3 (GDG-Josefson)
March 10 vs. VGK: L, 2-1 (GDG-Haula)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Game Played
Jack Eichel … 1 game … 200 career games played
Assists
Jack Eichel … 3 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Zemgus Girgensons … 2 points … 100 career points
Jason Pominville … 10 points … 700 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Game Preview: 11/2/17 at ARI

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, October 28
San Jose 3 at Buffalo 2
Goals: O’Reilly, Pominville
Goalie: Lehner (28 saves/31 shots)
PP: 1/5; PK: 3/3; Shots: Buffalo 33 – San Jose 31

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 56)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Justin Falk (undisclosed, Oct. 5) – 12 games
Evan Rodrigues (hand, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 12 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct.5; injured reserve) – 12 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body, Oct. 17; injured reserve) – 6 games
Josh Gorges (lower body, Oct. 20; injured reserve) – 5 games
Nathan Beaulieu (upper body, Oct. 21; injured reserve) – 4 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/28: Assigned D Taylor Fedun to Rochester (AHL)
10/30: Assigned D Zach Redmond to Rochester (AHL)
10/31: Recalled D Taylor Fedun from Rochester (AHL)
11/1: Recalled F Nicholas Baptiste from Rochester (AHL); Activated D Justin Falk from IR; Placed D Nathan Beaulieu on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Nov. 4: Buffalo at Dallas, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 7: Washington at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 10: Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 11: Buffalo at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 14: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at COYOTES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Coyotes this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Arizona 6-3 in Buffalo on March 2
  • Next meeting: Wednesday, March 21 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Coyotes; 8-2-0 on the road.
  • This is the 77th game all-time between Buffalo and Arizona/Winnipeg; Buffalo has a 45-22-9 series record.
  • The Sabres are 20-15-2 on the road against the Coyotes/Jets all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-7-3 all-time on November 2.
  • November 2, 1984: Brent Peterson (1+3), Gilbert Perreault (1+2), Ric Seiling (1+2) and Phil Housley (0+3) all post three or more points in Buffalo’s 8-1 over Hartford in the Aud.
  • November 2, 1996: Dominik Hasek makes 32 saves and Patrick Roy stops all 20 Buffalo shots as the Sabres and Avalanche duel to the fifth scoreless tie in Sabres history.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Buffalo is 10-3-1 in its last 14 games against Arizona, including a 5-2-1 record since the beginning of the 2013-14 season.
  • The Sabres are looking to avoid losing in consecutive visits to Arizona for the first time since the team lost three straight from Oct. 26, 1997 to Jan. 20, 2000.
  • Buffalo is 9-5-0 in 14 road games against the Coyotes since they relocated from Winnipeg prior to the 1996-97 season.

COYOTE KILLERS

  • Jack Eichel has totaled eight points (3+5) in four career games against Arizona, including at least a point in each game. It ties his best per-game output against any opponent, matching his total of two points in one career meeting with the Vegas Golden Knights.
    • Eichel has more than eight career points against just two NHL teams: Ottawa (10 points in seven games) and Toronto (nine points in seven games)
  • Kyle Okposo has 10 points (3+7) in 10 career games against the Coyotes, who are one of eight teams Okposo has totaled at least a point per game against in his career (Anaheim, Arizona, Calgary, Dallas, Edmonton, Nashville, San Jose, Vancouver).
    • With two points tonight, Okposo’s per-game output against the Coyotes would outpace his current best against any opponent (14 points in 12 games against San Jose).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has six points (2+4) in six career matchups with Arizona. The Coyotes are one of three NHL teams that Ristolainen has tallied at least a point per game against in his career, joining Edmonton and Vegas.
    • With two points tonight, Ristolainen’s per-game output against the Coyotes would match his current best against any opponent (eight points in seven games against Edmonton).
  • Chad Johnson is 5-2-0 in seven career games against Arizona with a .924 save percentage and a 1.95 goals-against average. The five wins are second only to his seven against Carolina for his highest total against any opponent.

HOT AGAINST ARIZONA

  • Jason Pominville has 15 points (3+12) in his last 15 games against the Coyotes.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 13 points (5+8) in his last 13 games against the Coyotes.
  • Jordan Nolan scored three goals in three games against the Coyotes last season.
  • Jake McCabe had an assist in each of the team’s meetings with the Coyotes last season.

ONE BUFFALO

  • The Sabres and the Buffalo Bills are playing on the same day for the first of two times this season after doing so three times last season. The other occurrence is Dec. 10.
  • The teams have played on the same date 215 times, with both teams winning their respective games on 48 of those days.
  • The Sabres are 115-67-33 when playing on a Bills game day and the Bills are 91-122-2 on those dates.
  • The last time the Sabres and Bills both won on the same date was Oct. 16, 2016.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 11/1 games)

  • Kane: 2 SHG (T-1st), 60 S (2nd)
  • O’Reilly: 187 FOW (1st), 303 FO (2nd), 61.7% FO% (6th), 3 PPG (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 27:23 TOI/GP (1st)

BUF-ARI CONNECTIONS
Former Coyotes:

  • Chad Johnson played four games for Arizona during the 2012-13 season, posting a 2-0-2 record with a .954 save percentage and a 1.21 goals-against average.

Local Players:

  • Adam Clendening was born in Niagara Falls, New York.

Justin Bailey:

  • Teammates with Tobias Rieder for the Kitchener Rangers (OHL) during the 2012-13 season.

Taylor Fedun:

  • Played with Jason Demers for the San Jose Sharks during the 2014-15 season.

Seth Griffith:

  • Teammates with Max Domi for the London Knights (OHL) from 2011-2013.
  • Played with Zac Rinaldo for the Boston Bruins during part of the 2015-16 season. He and Zac were also teammates for the London Knights (OHL) during the 2009-10 campaign.
  • He and Jason Demers were teammates for the Florida Panthers during the 2016-17 season.

Chad Johnson:

  • Played with Derek Stepan for the New York Rangers during the 2010-11 season.

Evander Kane:

  • He and Luke Schenn played for Team Canada at the 2011 and 2012 World Championships.

Robin Lehner:

  • Played with Nick Cousins for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) during the 2009-10 season.

Matt Moulson:

  • He and Brad Richardson were teammates for the Los Angeles Kings during the 2008-09 season.

Jordan Nolan:

  • Played with Nick Cousins for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) during the 2009-10 season.
  • He and Brad Richardson were teammates for the Los Angeles Kings from 2011-2013.
  • Teammates with Luke Schenn for the Los Angeles Kings during part of the 2015-16 season.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Represented the United States alongside Alex Goligoski at the 2012 World Championship.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • He and Luke Schenn played for Team Canada at the 2012 and 2013 World Championships.
  • Teammates with Max Domi for Team Canada at the 2016 World Championship.
  • Played with Jason Demers for Team Canada at the 2017 World Championship.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Played with Derek Stepan for the New York Rangers during the 2013-14 season.
  • Teammates with Adam Clendening for the Edmonton Oilers during the 2015-16 season.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Played with Max Domi and Anthony Duclair for Team Canada at the 2015 World Junior Championship where Canada won the gold medal and Reinhart and Domi were named to the tournament All-Star team.
  • Teammates with Max Domi for Team Canada at the 2016 World Championship.

Matt Tennyson:

  • Played with Jason Demers for the San Jose Sharks during the 2012-13 and 2014-15 seasons

NHL Draft:

  • Marco Scandella (55th overall) was taken four picks after Derek Stepan (51st overall) in the second round of the 2008 NHL Draft.
  • Evander Kane (4th overall) was taken two picks before Oliver Ekman-Larsson (6th overall) in the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Jake McCabe (44th overall) and Jordan Martinook (58th overall) were both second-round picks in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Max Domi (12th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Nick Baptiste (69th overall) and Anthony Duclair (80th overall) were both chosen in the third round of the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) was taken 10 picks before Brendan Perlini (12th overall) in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (36), Kane (27), Pouliot (23)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (21), Scandella (15), Ristolainen (14)
Shots: Kane (60), O’Reilly (34), Eichel (32)

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: 0-2-0 (0), 3/8, 1/6, 4/5

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-1; 109-112 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron)
Oct. 21 at BOS: W, 5-4 (GWG-O’Reilly)

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Johan Larsson … 10 games … 200 career games played
Assists
Matt Moulson … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Points
Sam Reinhart … 6 points … 100 career points
Marco Scandella … 9 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Post-Game Report: 3/2 vs. ARI

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Coyotes
(22-34-7)
1 1 1 3 22
Sabres
(27-26-11)
1 2 3 6 41

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • With the win, the Sabres improved to 11-2-1 in their last 14 games against the Coyotes, including a 6-1-1 record since the beginning of the 2013-14 season.
  • Marcus Foligno’s fourth career shorthanded goal was his 11th of the season, marking a new career high.
  • Foligno also scored an empty-net goal, marking his seventh career two-goal game and his first since Feb. 12, 2016.
  • With a goal and two assists tonight, Jack Eichel now has a point in eight straight games (2+9), extending his career-high streak.
    • The Sabres improved to 11-1-0 this season — and 20-4-0 in his career — when Eichel records at least two points.
  • Eichel finished the game tied with Patrick Kane for the league lead with 19 points since the beginning of February.
  • Evander Kane scored his 22nd even-strength goal of the season. Kane finished the game tied for fifth among all NHL players in even-strength goals this season despite not scoring his first until Dec. 3.
  • Kyle Okposo left tonight’s game with an upper-body injury.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Coyotes
Smith L .897 4.08
Sabres Lehner W .864 3.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Coyotes Smith 16-19-6 .913 3.00
Sabres Lehner 18-18-7 .921 2.63

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly

Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett

Coyotes forward Teemu Pulkkinen

Coyotes forward Tobias Rieder

Coyotes defenseman Alex Goligoski

Game Preview: 3/2/17 vs. ARI

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, February 28
Nashville 5 at Buffalo 4 (OT)
Goals: Gionta, Okposo, Kane, McCabe
Goalie: Lehner (36 saves/41 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 3/4; Shots: Nashville 41 – Buffalo 32

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 307)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 63 games
Johan Larsson (wrist, Jan. 3; injured reserve) – 27 games
William Carrier (knee, Feb.4; injured reserve) – 13 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/24:
Recalled F Justin Bailey and F Evan Rodrigues from Rochester (AHL); Activated F Zemgus Girgensons from IR; Assigned F Derek Grant to Rochester
2/26: Recalled G Linus Ullmark from Rochester (AHL)
2/28: Acquired D Mat Bodie from NY Rangers in exchange for F Daniel Catenacci
3/1:
Assigned G Linus Ullmark to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, March 4:
Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 5: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, March 7: San Jose at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, March 10: Buffalo at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 11: Columbus at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
COYOTES at SABRES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Coyotes this season.
  • Last meeting: Arizona defeated Buffalo 3-2 in Arizona on Feb. 26
  • The Sabres are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Coyotes; 4-4-2 at home.
  • This is the 76th game all-time between Buffalo and Arizona/Winnipeg; Buffalo has a 44-22-9 series record.
  • The Sabres are 24-7-7 at home against the Coyotes/Jets all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-4-3 all-time on March 2.
  • March 2, 1998: Alexei Zhitnik scores the game’s only goal and Dominik Hasek gets his second shutout in as many nights as the Sabres top the New York Rangers 1-0 at Madison Square Garden.
  • March 2, 2007: The Sabres score eight goals, including the first two of Mike Ryan’s career, to top the Montreal Canadiens 8-5 and improve to first place in the NHL.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Buffalo is 10-2-1 in its last 13 games against Arizona, including a 5-1-1 record since the beginning of the 2013-14 season.
  • The Sabres are 2-0-1 in their last three home games against the Coyotes, with Arizona’s last regulation win in Buffalo taking place on Nov. 19, 2011.
  • With a point tonight, the Sabres would have points in four straight home games against the Coyotes for the first time since their first four visits following their move to Phoenix (1-0-3 from Jan. 5, 1997 to Oct. 11, 1999).

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel has logged 22 points (6+16) in his last 21 games, including seven multi-point outings. The Sabres are 10-1-0 this season (and 19-4-0 in his career) when he has at least two points.
  • Evander Kane has 16 points (10+6) in his last 17 games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has a point in nine of his last 13 games (1+8).

COYOTE KILLERS

  • Kyle Okposo has eight points (3+5) in nine career games against the Coyotes.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has seven points (1+6) in his last seven games against the Coyotes.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has five points (2+3) in five career matchups with Arizona.
  • Zemgus Girgensons has totaled four points (1+3) in four career games against the Coyotes.
  • Tyler Ennis has four points (3+1) his last four games against the Coyotes.
  • Jack Eichel has totaled five points (2+3) in three career games against Arizona, including at least a point in each game.
  • Josh Gorges has a point in four of his last five games against the Coyotes (1+3).

HOME COOKIN’

  • Ryan O’Reilly has 19 points (6+13) in his last 18 home games.
  • Sam Reinhart has 12 points (4+8) in his last 13 home games and hasn’t gone two home games without a point since Dec. 6 and 9.
  • Jack Eichel has 20 points (7+13) in 21 home games this season, including six multi-point outings.
  • Evander Kane has seven points (6+1) in his last seven home games.
  • Kyle Okposo has nine points (5+4) in his last 11 home games and hasn’t gone two home games without a point since Jan. 7 and 10.

THE KANE EVENT

  • Evander Kane has scored each of his 22 goals this season in his last 39 games.
  • Kane is tied for sixth in the NHL with 21 even-strength goals despite not scoring his first until Dec. 3.
  • Since Dec. 1, Kane is ranked third among all NHL skaters in goals (22), leads the league in even-strength goals (21) and is tied for fifth in shots on goal (147).
  • Kane’s current pace of .412 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 3/1 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) .33 (27) .23 (19)
A/GP .40 (33) .24 (20) .55 (45) .39 (32)
P/GP .69 (57) .53 (43) .88 (72) .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 entered play Wednesday ranked fourth in the league with a 22.2% 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%).
  • The team’s current power-play percentage would rank as the ninth-best conversion rate in franchise history and the best since the team’s 22.6% mark in 1993-94. It would be the 58th-best season by any team since the league began publishing the stat in 1987-88.

ASSIST-OLAINEN
Rasmus Ristolainen
enters play Wednesday tied for 25th among all NHL skaters with 33 assists this season.

  • Ristolainen has recorded an assist on 21.9 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 15 goals to fall below 20 percent.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 3/1 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 22.2% PP% (4th)
  • Eichel: 4.0 S/GP (2nd)
  • Foligno: 214 hits (4th)
  • Kane: 21 EVG (T-6th)
  • Lehner: .922 SV% (8th)
  • Nilsson: .921 SV% (9th), .931 EV SV% (9th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:38 TOI/GP (1st, forwards), 57.8 FO% (6th)
  • Ristolainen: 20 PPA (T-2nd), 26:54 TOI (4th), 21 PPP (T-8th), 33 A (6th, defensemen)

BUF-ARI Connections
Former Sabres:

  • Jamie McGinn recorded 27 points (14+13) in 63 games for the Sabres during the 2015-16 season.

Dan Bylsma:

  • Coached Alex Goligoski for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2008-2011.

Justin Bailey:

  • Teammates with Tobias Rieder for the Kitchener Rangers (OHL) during the 2012-13 season.
  • Played with Anthony DeAngelo for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) during the 2014-15 season.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Teammates with Alexander Burmistrov during the 2010-11 season for the Atlanta Thrashers and from 2011-2013 for the Winnipeg Jets.

Jack Eichel:

  • Represented the United States alongside Connor Murphy at the 2015 World Championship.

Tyler Ennis:

  • Represented Canada alongside Mike Smith at the 2015 World Championship.

Cody Franson:

  • He and Peter Holland both played for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2013-2015.

Brian Gionta:

  • Played with Ryan White for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2014.

Josh Gorges

  • Played with Kyle Chipchura for the Montreal Canadiens from 2007-2010.
  • Played with Ryan White for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2014.

Evander Kane:

  • He and Luke Schenn played for Team Canada at the 2011 and 2012 World Championships.
  • Teammates with Alexander Burmistrov during the 2010-11 season for the Atlanta Thrashers and from 2011-2013 for the Winnipeg Jets.

Jake McCabe:

  • Represented the United States alongside Connor Murphy at the 2013 World Junior Championship and at the 2014 and 2016 World Championships.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Represented the United States alongside Alex Goligoski at the 2012 World Championship.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Represented Canada alongside Mike Smith at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships.
  • Teammates with Max Domi for Team Canada at the 2016 World Championship.
  • He and Luke Schenn played for Team Canada at the 2012 and 2013 World Championships.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Played with Lawson Crouse, Max Domi and Anthony Duclair for Team Canada at the 2015 World Junior Championship where Canada won the gold medal and Reinhart and Domi were named to the tournament All-Star team.
  • Teammates with Max Domi for Team Canada at the 2016 World Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Evander Kane (4th overall) was taken two picks before Oliver Ekman-Larsson (6th overall) in the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Jake McCabe (44th overall) and Jordan Martinook (58th overall) were both second-round picks in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Max Domi (12th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Jack Eichel (2nd overall) and Lawson Crouse (11th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (214), Ristolainen (158), Gorges (103)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (139), Gorges (83), McCabe (83)
Shots: Kane (172), Eichel (167), Okposo/Ristolainen (150)

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: 0-3-0 (0), 9/13, 1/7, 8/9

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 (1-5; 68-63 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)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Dmitry Kulikov … 3 games … 500 NHL games
Kyle Okposo … 9 games … 600 NHL games
Goals
Tyler Ennis … 4 goals … 100 NHL goals
Assists
Brian Gionta … 5 assists … 300 NHL assists
Points
Jack Eichel … 7 points … 100 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
Tyler Ennis … 400th NHL game … Feb. 28 vs. NSH