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Post-Game Report: 2/25 vs. Boston

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
 Bruins
(37-15-8)
0 1 0 1 35
Sabres
(19-33-11)
2 2 0 4 24

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • With his goal tonight, Benoit Pouliot now has a goal in four of his last five meetings with the Bruins, including three goals in four games against Boston this season.
  • Kyle Okposo’s power-play goal tonight gaves him 15 points (3+12) in his last 15 home games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly, who assisted on Okposo’s goal, now has 20 points (7+13) in his last 18 home games and eight points (2+6) in his last eight games overall.
  • Evan Rodrigues had a goal and an assist tonight for his fourth multi-point game of the season. The goal, his fifth of the season, established a new career high. He now has six points (2+4) in his last six home games.
  • Sam Reinhart, who assisted on the Rodrigues goal, now has points in four straight games (1+3) and 20 points (7+13) in his last 19 games.
  • Marco Scandella’s goal tonight gives him three goals in his last five games.
  • With two assists tonight, Victor Antipin logged his first career multi-point game.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Bruins Khudobin L .833 4.13
Sabres Johnson W .971 1.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Bruins Khudobin 13-4-4 .919 2.41
Sabres Johnson 5-10-3 .894 3.29

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo

Sabres forward Evan Rodrigues

Sabres forward Benoit Pouliot

Sabres defenseman Marco Scandella

Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy

Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron

Bruins forward Rick Nash

Bruins forward David Backes

Bruins forward David Krejci

Bruins goaltender Anton Khudobin

Game Preview: 2/25/18 vs. Boston

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, February 24
Buffalo 1 at Washington 5
Goals: Reinhart
Goalie: Lehner (32 saves/36 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 0/2; PK: 0/1; Shots: Washington 36 – Buffalo 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 215)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 19 games
Jake McCabe (shoulder, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 9 games
Jack Eichel (high-ankle sprain, Feb. 11; injured reserve) – 7 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/19: Recalled G Linus Ullmark from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Jack Eichel on IR; Assigned Ullmark to Rochester

UPCOMING GAMES
Wednesday, Feb. 28: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Friday, March 2: Buffalo at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, March 5: Toronto at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 7: Calgary at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 8: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
BRUINS at SABRES

  • This is the fourth and final meeting between the Sabres and Bruins this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Boston 4-2 in Boston on Feb. 10
  • The Sabres are 2-6-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Bruins; 2-6-2 at home.
  • This is the 289th game all-time between Buffalo and Boston; Buffalo has a 123-121-44 series record.
  • The Sabres are 73-49-23 at home against the Bruins all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-8-3 all-time on February 25.
  • February 25, 1978: The Sabres and Cleveland Barons combine for 16 goals as the Sabres pick up a 13-3 road victory. Danny Gare tallies five points (3+2) and Andre Savard, Jerry Korab and Gary McAdam each score two goals in the game.
  • February 25, 1998: Dominik Hasek makes 33 saves in his return from Olympic action and Geoff Sanderson scores just 1:22 into his Sabres debut as the Sabres battle to a 2-2 tie at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Robin Lehner has faced Boston five more times than his next most frequent opponent (Montreal – 14). In 19 career games against the Bruins, he has logged a .922 save percentage and a 2.71 goals-against average.
  • Kyle Okposo has 24 points (6+18) in 30 career games against the Bruins, including 15 points (5+10) in the last 15 matchups.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 19 points (7+12) in his last 18 games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 20 points (6+14) in his last 25 games dating back to Dec. 29. Ristolainen’s 20 points during that span tied for sixth among NHL defensemen after last night’s game.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded seven points (2+5) in his last seven games.
  • Casey Nelson has a point in six of his last 10 games (1+5).

HOT AT HOME

  • Kyle Okposo has totaled 14 points (2+12) in his last 14 home games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 18 points (7+11) in 14 home games dating back to the team’s game on Dec. 22 vs. Philadelphia.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 10 points (4+6) in his last 10 home games.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s 13th of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, after a 5-1 loss last night at Washington. The Sabres are 5-8-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 3-7-2 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (1), three points (0), two points (6), one point (2) and zero points (3).

PLAYING WITH POWER

  • The Sabres have tallied at least one power-play goal in 13 of their last 21 games dating back to Jan. 7 at Philadelphia (and went 0-for-0 on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus), converting at a 28.3 percent clip during that span.
  • Buffalo’s 17 power-play goals during this stretch tied to lead the league after last night’s game.
  • During this stretch, the Sabres have five players with at least seven power-play points.
  • Ryan O’Reilly led the league after last night’s game with seven power-play goals scored since Jan. 7. Kyle Okposo and Rasmus Ristolainen tied for fifth in the league with 10 power-play points during that stretch.
  • O’Reilly’s 11 power-play goals this season tied for fourth in the league after last night’s game.

DANGEROUS KILLERS

  • The Sabres scored two shorthanded goals on Feb. 11 vs. Colorado, marking the second time this season the team has scored two shorthanded goals in a game (last: Oct. 7 at NY Islanders).
  • Buffalo finished last night’s game tied for the league lead with nine shorthanded goals this season, the team’s highest total since the 2007-08 season (9).
  • After last night’s game, the Sabres were the only team with three players who have scored at least two shorthanded goals this season (Kane – 3, Girgensons – 2, Pouliot – 2).
  • Ryan O’Reilly’s four shorthanded assists led the league after last night’s game, and his four shorthanded points tied for second.

DRAWING ATTENTION*

  • Ryan O’Reilly went 29-for-39 (74.4%) on the draw on Feb. 11 vs. Colorado. The 29 wins set a new career-high mark for O’Reilly, topping his previous high of 26 (Feb. 8 vs. St. Louis). He currently holds the nine highest single-game totals in franchise history.
  • O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (942) and faceoff percentage (60.8%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 942 wins already rank as the fourth-most wins by a Sabre in a season and are on pace to become the second-most by any NHL player in a season:
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2005-06 – 1,268
    • Ryan O’Reilly *pace* (BUF), 2017-18 1,251
    • 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.

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

  • Girgensons: 2 SHG (T-6th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 227 S (5th), 3 SHP (T-6th)
  • O’Reilly: 942 FOW (1st), 60.8% FO% (1st), 1,549 FO (1st), 4 SHP (T-2nd), 11 PPG (T-4th)
  • Pouliot: 2 SHG (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:29 TOI/GP (3rd)

BUF-BOS CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Tim Schaller spent two seasons with the Sabres, splitting his time between Buffalo and Rochester. He appeared in 35 games for the Sabres over his two seasons, logging five points (2+3).

Former Bruins:

  • Chad Johnson spent one season with the Bruins and posted a 17-4-3 record with a .925 save percentage and a 2.10 goals-against average during the 2013-14 campaign.
  • Davis Payne played all 22 of his career NHL games for the Bruins, tallying one assist in those contests.
  • Benoit Pouliot played 74 games for the Bruins in 2011-12, posting 32 points (16+16) and a plus-18 rating.

Phil Housley:

  • Coached Sean Kuraly for the United States at the 2013 World Junior Championship.

Evander Kane:

  • Teammates with Paul Postma for the Atlanta Thrashers (2010-11) and Winnipeg Jets (2011-2015).

Jake McCabe:

  • Played with Sean Kuraly for the United States at the 2013 World Junior Championship.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Represented Canada alongside Brad Marchand at the 2016 World Championship and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Skated alongside David Backes as members of the United States at the 2009 World Championship.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • He and Adam McQuaid both played for the Sudbury Wolves (OHL) from 2003-2006.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Represented Canada alongside Brad Marchand at the 2016 World Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Benoit Pouliot (4th overall) and Tuukka Rask (21st overall) were both picked in the first round of the 2005 NHL Draft.
  • Johan Larsson (56th overall) and Ryan Spooner (45th overall) were both second-round selections in the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and David Pastrnak (25th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2014 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (156), Kane (120), McCabe (110)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (90), Ristolainen (82), McCabe (79)
Shots: Kane (227), Eichel (201), O’Reilly (168)

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: 1-1-0 (2), 4/7, 1/5, 2/4

OVERTIME RESULTS (4-10; 112-121 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)
Feb. 6 vs. ANA: L, 4-3 (GWG-Henrique)
Feb. 15 at OTT: L, 3-2 (GWG-Hoffman)
Feb. 22 at DET: W, 3-2 (GWG-Scandella)

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Points
Zemgus Girgensons … 3 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Game Preview: 2/10/18 at Boston

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, February 8
NY Islanders 3 at Buffalo 4
Goals: Eichel, Rodrigues, O’Reilly, Reinhart
Goalie: Lehner (26 saves/29 shots)
PP: 1/2; PK: 2/3; Shots: NY Islanders 29 – Buffalo 22

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 190)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 11 games
Jake McCabe (thumb, Feb. 8) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Saturday, Feb. 17: Los Angeles at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 19: Washington at Buffalo, 3 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at BRUINS

  • This is the third of four meetings between the Sabres and Bruins this season.
  • Last meeting: Boston defeated Buffalo 3-0 in Buffalo on Dec. 19, 2017
  • Next meeting: Sunday, Feb. 25 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 2-6-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Bruins; 4-4-2 on the road.
  • This is the 288th game all-time between Buffalo and Boston; Buffalo has a 122-121-44 series record.
  • The Sabres are 49-72-21 on the road against the Bruins all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-9-2 all-time on February 10.
  • February 10, 1980: George “Punch” Imlach, Roger Crozier and Frank Christie become the first three members of the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame.
  • February 10, 1993: Pat LaFontaine posts the last six-point game by a Sabres player, tallying one goal and five assists in a 6-2 Sabres win at Winnipeg.
  • February 10, 2008: Patrick Kaleta scores his first NHL goal in a 5-3 win at home against Florida.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • If he dresses, tonight will be Jacob Josefson’s 300th NHL game.
  • Sabres goaltenders Robin Lehner and Chad Johnson have combined to stop 203 of the 213 shots (.953) they have faced at even strength in Buffalo’s last eight games.
  • Robin Lehner has faced Boston five more times than his next most frequent opponent (Montreal – 14). In 19 career games against the Bruins, he has logged a .922 save percentage and a 2.71 goals-against average.
  • Jack Eichel has totaled seven points (3+4) in nine career games against Boston.
  • Kyle Okposo has 24 points (6+18) in 29 career games against the Bruins, including 15 points (5+10) in the last 14 matchups.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has eight points (4+4) in his last nine games against Boston.

PLAYING WITH POWER

  • The Sabres have tallied at least one power-play goal in 10 of their last 13 games dating back to Jan. 7 at Philadelphia (and went 0-for-0 on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus), converting at a 33.3 percent clip during that span.
  • Buffalo’s power-play percentage during this stretch led the league entering play Friday, and the team’s 13 power-play goals tied for the league lead.
  • During that stretch, the Sabres’ top power-play unit (Eichel, Okposo, O’Reilly, Reinhart, Ristolainen) has combined for 12 goals and each member of the unit has at least six power-play points.
  • Ryan O’Reilly entered play Friday leading the league with five power-play goals since Jan. 7. Jack Eichel’s nine power-play points (2+7) during that stretch tied for second.
  • O’Reilly has taken 72.8 percent of the team’s power-play faceoffs during that span, going 43-for-59 (72.9%).
  • O’Reilly’s nine power-play goals this season tied for fifth in the league entering play Friday.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Robin Lehner has stopped 175 of 185 shots (.946) in his last six games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 14 points (3+11) in his last 17 games, dating back to Dec. 29. Ristolainen’s 14 points during that span ranked fifth among NHL defensemen entering play Friday.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded 13 points (3+10) in his last 12 games, including four multi-point games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded 12 points (7+5) in his last 13 games.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 13 points (4+9) in his last 10 games.
  • Jack Eichel enters tonight’s game with consecutive multi-point games (2+2).
  • Casey Nelson has an assist in each of the Sabres’ last two games.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s 12th of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night vs. Colorado. The Sabres are 4-7-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 3-6-2 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (1), three points (0), two points (5), one point (2) and zero points (3).

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 34 points (15+19) in 29 games since the beginning of December.
  • During that stretch, Eichel ranked in the top 10 in the league in goals (T-6th, 15), points (T-4th, 34), even-strength goals (T-4th, 12), even-strength points (T-8th, 22), power-play points (T-9th, 12) and shots (3rd, 118) entering play Friday.
  • Eichel scored at least two goals in four of those 29 games and entered play Friday 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-9th in NHL in ES goals, T-18th in ES points entering play Friday).
  • Eichel’s 16 multi-point games this season through 54 games 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 54 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 54 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 54 22 31 53 19 19 38
2017-18 (Pace) 82 33 47 80 29 29 58

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

  • Of Jack Eichel’s 53 points so far this season, 24 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes 6-on-5 situations).
  • Through 54 games, 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 entering play Friday)

  • Eichel: 199 S (T-5th), 38 EVP (T-8th), 19 EVG (T-9th)
  • Girgensons: 2 SHG (T-5th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 3 SHP (T-5th), 199 S (T-5th)
  • O’Reilly: 786 FOW (1st), 61.6% FO% (1st), 1,277 FO (2nd), 9 PPG (T-5th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:29 TOI/GP (3rd)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (130), McCabe (110), Kane (105)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (79), Scandella (78), Ristolainen (65)
Shots: Eichel (199), Kane (199), O’Reilly (141)

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: 1-2-1 (3), 9/12, 3/8, 13/17

OVERTIME RESULTS (3-9; 111-120 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)
Feb. 6 vs. ANA: L, 4-3 (GWG-Henrique)

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Jacob Josefson … 1 game … 300 career games played
Jack Eichel … 4 games … 200 career games played
Assists
Jack Eichel … 4 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Ryan O’Reilly … 2 points … 400 career points
Zemgus Girgensons … 4 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Benoit Pouliot … 600th NHL game … Feb. 6 vs. ANA
Buffalo Sabres … 1,000th regular-season home win … Feb. 8 vs. NYI

Post-Game Report: 12/19 vs. Boston

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Bruins
(17-10-5)
0 1 2 3 33
Sabres
(8-19-7)
0 0 0 0 36

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Bruins Khudobin W 1.000 0.00
Sabres Lehner L .968 1.03

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Bruins Khudobin 8-2-2 .923 2.45
Sabres Lehner 7-14-4 .914 2.76

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Benoit Pouliot

Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy

Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk

Bruins forward David Backes

Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller

Bruins goaltender Anton Khudobin

 

Game Preview: 12/19/17 vs. BOS

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Friday, December 15
Carolina 5 at Buffalo 4 (OT)
Goals: Eichel (3), McCabe
Goalie: Johnson (29 saves/34 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 2/2; Shots: Buffalo 41 – Carolina 34

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 145)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Taylor Fedun (lower body, Nov. 17; injured reserve) – 16 games
Jacob Josefson (ankle, Nov. 28; injured reserve) – 9 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
12/18: Assigned F Hudson Fasching to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, Dec. 22: Philadelphia at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 23: Buffalo at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 27: Buffalo at NY Islanders, 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 29: Buffalo at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 1: NY Rangers at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
BRUINS at SABRES

  • This is the second of four meetings between the Sabres and Bruins this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Boston 5-4 (OT) in Boston on Oct. 21
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Feb. 10 in Boston
  • The Sabres are 3-5-3 in their last 10 games vs. the Bruins; 2-6-2 at home.
  • This is the 287th game all-time between Buffalo and Boston; Buffalo has a 122-120-44 series record.
  • The Sabres are 73-48-23 at home against the Bruins all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 12-7-5 all-time on December 19.
  • December 19, 1987: Lindy Ruff appears in his 500th NHL game, a 2-1 Sabres win at Montreal.
  • December 19, 1993: Dave Hannan plays his 100th game as a member of the Sabres, recording two assists in a 3-3 tie vs. Tampa Bay.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Robin Lehner has faced Boston more times than any other NHL team. In 18 career games against the Bruins, he has logged a .920 save percentage and a 2.80 goals-against average.
  • Jack Eichel has a point in each of his last three games against the Bruins (1+2) and has totaled seven points (3+4) in eight career games against Boston.
  • Kyle Okposo has 24 points (6+18) in 28 career games against the Bruins, including 16 points (6+10) in the last 16 matchups.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has eight points (4+4) in his last eight games against Boston.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel scored his first career hat trick and added an assist on Friday vs. Carolina, tying his career high with four points. His third goal of the game came on his 11th shot, setting a new career best. Eichel now has nine points (4+5) in his last seven games.
  • Evander Kane tied his career high with three assists on Friday vs. Carolina and now has eight points (2+6) in his last seven games.
  • Jake McCabe recorded a career-best three points (1+2) on Friday vs. Carolina, logging his second multi-point game in his last six contests and his third of the season.
  • Robin Lehner has stopped 174 of 186 shots (.935) in his last five games. In those games, he has also stopped 129 of 135 shots faced during 5-on-5 play (.956), which includes one goal allowed with an opponent’s extra attacker on the ice.

PROTECT THIS HOUSE
Entering play Monday, Robin Lehner’s stats in home games ranked him in the top five in the league in save percentage (4th, .931) and goals-against average (1st, 2.02) among regular goaltenders (min. 300 minutes played at home).

THE KANE EVENT
Since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, Evander Kane has scored 42 goals in 103 games. Entering play Monday, those 42 goals tied for 22nd in the league during that span and his 34 even-strength goals tied for 11th.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 12/18 games)

  • Eichel: 2 SHP (T-10th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 3 SHP (T-2nd), 138 S (4th)
  • O’Reilly: 497 FOW (1st), 61.5% FO% (1st), 808 FO (2nd), 2 SHP (T-10th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:55 TOI/GP (2nd)

BUF-BOS CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Tim Schaller spent two seasons with the Sabres, splitting his time between Buffalo and Rochester. He appeared in 35 games for the Sabres over his two seasons, logging five points (2+3).

Former Bruins:

  • Chad Johnson spent one season with the Bruins and posted a 17-4-3 record with a .925 save percentage and a 2.10 goals-against average during the 2013-14 campaign.
  • Davis Payne played all 22 of his career NHL games for the Bruins, tallying one assist in those contests.
  • Benoit Pouliot played 74 games for the Bruins in 2011-12, posting 32 points (16+16) and a plus-18 rating.

Local Players:

  • Jack Eichel was born in North Chelmsford, Massachusetts.

Phil Housley:

  • Coached Sean Kuraly for the United States at the 2013 World Junior Championship

Zach Bogosian:

  • Represented the United States with David Backes at the 2009 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Paul Postma for the Atlanta Thrashers (2010-11) and Winnipeg Jets (2011-2015).

Jack Eichel:

  • Represented the United States alongside Brandon Carlo at the 2015 World Junior Championship.
  • Teammates with Torey Krug for the United States at the 2015 World Championship.

Evander Kane:

  • Teammates with Paul Postma for the Atlanta Thrashers (2010-11) and Winnipeg Jets (2011-2015).

Jake McCabe:

  • Played with Sean Kuraly for the United States at the 2013 World Junior Championship.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Represented Canada alongside Brad Marchand at the 2016 World Championship and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Skated alongside David Backes as members of the United States at the 2009 World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Represented Canada alongside Brad Marchand at the 2016 World Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Benoit Pouliot (4th overall) and Tuukka Rask (21st overall) were both picked in the first round of the 2005 NHL Draft.
  • Johan Larsson (56th overall) and Ryan Spooner (45th overall) were both second-round selections in the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and David Pastrnak (25th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2014 NHL Draft.
  • Jack Eichel (2nd overall) and Jake DeBrusk (14th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (74), Kane (66), McCabe (65)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (52), Scandella (51), Ristolainen (45)
Shots: Kane (138), Eichel (108), O’Reilly (82)

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: 1-1-1 (3), 8/9, 1/5, 7/7

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-6; 109-117 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)

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 … 3 home wins … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Rasmus Ristolainen … 3 games … 300 career games played
Assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 6 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Marco Scandella … 4 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Sam Reinhart … 200th NHL game … Dec. 15 vs. CAR
Jack Eichel … 1st NHL hat trick … Dec. 15 vs. CAR