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Post-Game Report: 10/4 vs. Boston

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Bruins
(1-1-0)
2 1 1 4 26
Sabres
(0-1-0)
0 0 0 0 32

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • With the loss, the Sabres fell to 24-19-5 all-time in season-openers and 17-10-5 when opening at home.
  • Jack Eichel made his debut as the Sabres’ captain. At 21 years of age, Eichel became the youngest captain in Sabres history, passing Jim Schoenfeld, who served as the team’s captain as a 23-year-old in the 1975-76 season.
  • Rasmus Dahlin (18 years, 175 days) became the second-youngest player ever to appear in a game with the Sabres, behind only fellow No. 1 pick Pierre Turgeon (18 years, 41 days on Oct. 8, 1987 vs. Minnesota).
  • Seven players made their Sabres regular-season debuts tonight: Patrik Berglund, Rasmus Dahlin, Carter Hutton, Conor Sheary, Jeff Skinner, Vladimir Sobotka and Tage Thompson
    • It marked the second-most new players the Sabres have ever dressed in a season-opener, trailing only the nine players who made their Sabres debuts on Oct. 10, 2015 vs. Tampa Bay (Carlo Colaiacovo, Jack Eichel, Cody Franson, Chad Johnson, Evander Kane, David Legwand, Robin Lehner, Jamie McGinn and Ryan O’Reilly).

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Bruins Halak W 1.000 0.00
Sabres Hutton L .880 3.26

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Bruins Halak 1-0-0 .960 1.30
Sabres Hutton 0-1-0 .880 3.26

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo

Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton

Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy

Bruins forward Anders Bjork

Bruins forward Brad Marchand

Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara

Bruins goaltender Jaroslav Halak

Game Preview: 10/4/18 vs. Boston

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
N/A

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 0)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 0 games
Johan Larsson (lower body, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 0 games
Sean Malone (knee, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 0 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 0 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
9/29: Assigned D Lawrence Pilut to Rochester (AHL)
9/30: Assigned F Justin Bailey and F Nicholas Baptiste to Rochester (AHL)
10/1: Acquired D Jack Dougherty from Nashville in exchange for F Nicholas Baptiste; Assigned D Jack Dougherty, F Alexander Nylander, D Brendan Guhle and D Brandon Hickey to Rochester (AHL)
10/2: Claimed F Remi Elie off waivers from Dallas; Placed F Johan Larsson, F Sean Malone, F Scott Wilson and D Matt Hunwick on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Oct. 6: NY Rangers at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 8: Vegas at Buffalo, 3 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 11: Colorado at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 13: Buffalo at Arizona, 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 16: Buffalo at Vegas, 10 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
BRUINS at SABRES

  • This is the first of four meetings between the Sabres and Bruins this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Boston 4-1 in Buffalo on Feb. 25
  • Next meeting: Sunday, Dec. 16 in Boston
  • The Sabres are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Bruins; 3-5-2 at home.
  • This is the 290th game all-time between Buffalo and Boston; Buffalo has a 124-121-44 series record.
  • The Sabres are 74-49-23 at home against the Bruins all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 1-4-1 all-time on October 4.
  • October 4, 1991: Brad May scores his first NHL goal on his first NHL shot in his debut, a 5-4 loss vs. Pittsburgh.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Buffalo opens the season tonight with the first game of a four-game home stand. The four games mark the longest home stretch to open a season in franchise history. The previous longest was three games (1975-76 and 2015-16).
  • The Sabres have won both of their last two games against the Bruins; a win tonight would give them wins in three straight meetings for the first time since they won four in a row from Dec. 15, 2010 to March 10, 2011.
  • The Sabres are also seeking wins in consecutive visits from the Bruins for the first time since Dec. 19, 2013 and Feb. 26, 2014.
  • Kyle Okposo has 25 points (7+18) in 31 career games against Boston, including 16 points (6+10) in the last 16 matchups.
  • Evan Rodrigues posted three points (1+2) in his first three career games against the Bruins last season.
  • Vladimir Sobotka enters the season ranked sixth among all qualifying active NHL players with a career faceoff percentage of 56.0 percent.

OPENING NIGHT

  • Tonight marks the 48th season-opener in franchise history.
  • The Sabres are 24-18-5 all-time in season-openers; 17-9-5 when opening at home.
  • Buffalo is 21-19-7 all-time in home-openers.
  • The Sabres have previously opened their season against the Bruins twice, including a 5-3 win at Boston on Oct. 7, 1993 and a 9-5 win at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium on Oct. 10, 1974. The team’s nine goals in the 1974 game marked the Sabres’ best output in a season-opener.

CAPTAIN JACK

  • After being named captain yesterday, Jack Eichel becomes the 19th full-season captain in franchise history and the 28th player to wear the captain’s “C” for at least a one-month period for the Sabres.
  • At 21 years of age, Eichel becomes the youngest captain in Sabres history, passing Jim Schoenfeld, who served as the team’s captain as a 23-year-old in the 1975-76 season.

WELCOME TO BUFFALO
The Sabres have eight new players on their opening-day roster this season:

Player, Pos. How Acquired Pronunciation Notes
Patrik Berglund, C Trade (STL) BUHRG-luhnd Went 55.1% on faceoffs in his 10th season with St. Louis in 2017-18.
Rasmus Dahlin, D Draft (1st Overall) dah-LEEN Named Swedish Junior Player of the Year (SHL) in 2017-18.
Remi Elie, LW Waivers (DAL) EH-lee Set NHL highs in every major category in 72 games in 2017-18.
Carter Hutton, G Free Agency HUH-tuhn Led NHL in SV% (.931) and GAA (2.09) with St. Louis in 2017-18.
Conor Sheary, LW Trade (PIT) SHAIR-ee Two-time Stanley Cup Champion (2016 and 2017) with Pittsburgh.
Jeff Skinner, LW Trade (CAR) SKIH-nuhr Ranks sixth in the NHL with 143 5-on-5 goals since entering the league in 2010-11.
Vladimir Sobotka, C Trade (STL) suh-BOHT-kuh Set career-high totals in GP (81), G (11) and GWG (4) in 2017-18.
Tage Thompson, C Trade (STL) TAHMP-suhn Made his NHL debut with St. Louis in 2017-18.

A NEW LOOK

  • As many as eight players could make their Sabres regular-season debuts tonight: Patrik Berglund, Rasmus Dahlin, Remi Elie, Carter Hutton, Conor Sheary, Jeff Skinner, Vladimir Sobotka and Tage Thompson
    • If at least seven of these players dress tonight, it will mark the second-most new players the Sabres have ever dressed in a season-opener, trailing only the nine players who made their Sabres debuts on Oct. 10, 2015 vs. TBL (Carlo Colaiacovo, Jack Eichel, Cody Franson, Chad Johnson, Evander Kane, David Legwand, Robin Lehner, Jamie McGinn and Ryan O’Reilly). The Sabres saw a 27-point improvement in the standings that season.
  • Only 10 of the 20 Sabres players who dressed for the first game of the 2017-18 season appear on the team’s 2018-19 opening day roster.
    • Only six players on this year’s opening day roster suited up for the team in the season-opener two years ago: Zach Bogosian, Zemgus Girgensons, Jake McCabe, Casey Nelson, Sam Reinhart, Rasmus Ristolainen

GOOD FIRST IMPRESSIONS
The Sabres have had a newly acquired player score in five of their last seven season-openers: Jason Pominville (Oct. 5, 2017 vs. MTL), Jack Eichel (Oct. 8, 2015 vs. OTT), Zemgus Girgensons (Oct. 2, 2013 at DET), Steve Ott (Jan. 20, 2013 vs. PHI) and Ville Leino (Oct. 7, 2011 vs. ANA). Each player scored on his first shot, except for Eichel, who scored on his second shot.

A FRESH FACE

  • If he dresses for tonight’s game, Rasmus Dahlin (18 years, 175 days) will become the second-youngest player ever to appear in a game with the Sabres, behind only fellow No. 1 pick Pierre Turgeon (18 years, 41 days on Oct. 8, 1987 vs. MNS).
  • Dahlin would become the fourth-youngest defenseman in the past 20 years to make his NHL debut, behind Zach Bogosian (Oct. 10, 2008; 18 years, 82 days), Mikhail Sergachev (Oct. 13, 2016; 18 years, 110 days) and Jonathan Girard (Oct. 18, 1998; 18 years, 144 days).

2018 PRESEASON

  • Buffalo finished the preseason with a 3-4-0 record; 1-2-0 at home and 2-2-0 on the road.
  • Alex Nylander led all Sabres with five points (1+4) in five preseason games. Four other players also registered point-per-game totals: Jack Eichel (3 GP, 1+3), Sam Reinhart (3 GP, 1+3), Andrew Oglevie (3 GP, 2+1) and Sean Malone (1 GP, 0+1).
  • Jeff Skinner led the team with three goals in four preseason games.

2018-19 ROSTER NOTES
Of the 23 players on Buffalo’s opening night roster:

  • Nine were originally drafted by the Sabres — six were first-round selections (Girgensons, 2012; Ristolainen, 2013; Reinhart, 2014; Eichel, 2015; Mittelstadt, 2017; Dahlin, 2018), two were second-round picks (Pominville, 2001; McCabe, 2012) and one was a sixth-round pick (Ullmark, 2012).
  • Nine were acquired in trades: Beaulieu, Berglund, Bogosian, Pominville, Scandella, Sheary, Skinner, Sobotka, Thompson
  • Five were signed as free agents: Hutton, Nelson, Okposo, Rodrigues, Tennyson
  • One was acquired via waivers: Elie
  • Fifteen played in Buffalo at some point last season: Beaulieu, Bogosian, Eichel, Girgensons, McCabe, Mittelstadt, Nelson, Okposo, Pominville, Reinhart, Ristolainen, Rodrigues, Scandella, Tennyson, Ullmark
  • Eight are new to the Sabres this season: Berglund, Dahlin, Elie, Hutton, Sheary, Skinner, Sobotka, Thompson
  • Four are opening the season on an NHL roster for the first time in their careers: Dahlin, Elie, Mittelstadt, Ullmark

BUF-BOS CONNECTIONS
Patrick Berglund:

  • Played with Bruins F David Backes and G Jaroslav Halak in St. Louis

Jason Botterill:

  • Played with Bruins assistant coach Joe Sacco in Atlanta

Jack Eichel:

  • Eichel is a native of North Chlemsford, Massachusetts, and played college hockey at Boston University. In one year with the Terriers (2014-15), Eichel led all NCAA Division I skaters with 71 points (26+45) in 40 games and became the second freshman ever to win the Hobey Baker Award.

Chris Hajt:

  • Played in Washington when Bruins assistant coach Joe Sacco was the head coach of the Capitals

Phil Housley:

  • Played in New Jersey with Bruins’ assistant coaches Kevin Dean and Jay Pandolfo
  • Played with Bruins goaltending coach Bob Essensa in Winnipeg

Carter Hutton:

  • Played with F Joakim Nordstrom in Chicago in 2013.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played with Bruins G Jaroslav Halak for the Islanders from 2014 to 2016
  • Played with Bruins assistant coach Jay Pandolfo for the Islanders

Davis Payne

  • He spent parts of two seasons (1995-1997) playing for the Bruins. He skated in 22 games and notched one assist.
  • Played in Boston with Bruins General Manager Down Sweeney
  • Was the head coach of the St. Louis Blues when Bruins F David Backes and G Jaroslav Halak were playing for the team

Conor Sheary:

  • Sheary originally hails from Winchester, Massachusetts. He played college hockey at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (2010-2014) and captained the team his senior year. He finished his collegiate career ranked seventh in UMass-Amherst history is assists (66), seventh in points (104) and 15th in goals (38).

Jeff Skinner:

  • Skinner played with Bruins F Joakim Nordstrom in Carolina from 2015 to 2018.

Steve Smith

  • Was an assistant coach in Carolina when Bruins F Joakim Nordstrom was playing for the Hurricanes

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Sobotka was selected by Boston in the fourth round (106th overall) of the 2005 NHL Draft. He spent three seasons (2007-2010) with the club, appearing in 134 games and recording 22 points (6+16).
  • Played with Bruins F David Backes and G Jaroslav Halak in St. Louis

Matt Tennyson:

  • Played with Bruins F Joakim Nordstrom in Carolina from 2016 to 2017.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: N/A
Blocked Shots: N/A
Shots: N/A

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 0-0-0 (0), 0/0, 0/0, 0/0

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-0; 113-121 all-time)
N/A

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-0; 70-66 all-time)
N/A

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Jason Pominville … 4 games … 664 games played with Sabres (T-10th in franchise history)
Patrik Berglund … 6 games … 700 career games played
Remi Elie … 10 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 10 goals … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Points
Jason Pominville … 4 points … 700 career points
Jason Pominville … 7 points … 497 points with Sabres (T-10th in franchise history)
Conor Sheary … 7 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

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