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Postgame Report: 5/3 vs. NY Islanders

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Islanders
(31-16-5)
1 1 0 2 36
Sabres
(14-32-7)
0 1 3 4 40

Game Summary
Event Summary

Top Notes

  • Michael Houser earned the win in his first career start with 34 saves.
    • He became the second Sabre this season to earn a win in his NHL debut start, joining Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, who did so on April 23 vs. Boston.
    • Houser is the seventh goaltender in franchise history to win his first career start.
    • Houser’s win marks the third time in Sabres history and first time since Don Edwards and Bob Sauve did so in 1976-77 that the team has had two goaltenders win their NHL debuts in the same season.
  • Tonight’s game marked Sam Reinhart’s second three-point game and ninth multi-point game of the season (2+1). He now has 10 points (8+2) in his last games six dating back to April 23.
    • His eight goals during that stretch lead the league and his 10 points are tied for second.
  •  With a goal and an assist in his 35th game of the season, Tage Thompson tied his career highs in goals (7), assists (5) and points (12), all of which he previously set set during the 2018-19 season in 65 games.
    • Tonight marked the first multi-point game of Thompson’s career.
    • Thompson also set a new single-game career high with seven shots on goal.
  • Rasmus Asplund extended his point streak to a career-high three games (1+2) with his third-period goal.
  • With his primary assist on Thompson’s goal, Jacob Bryson now has points in consecutive games for the first time in his career.
  • William Borgen tied his season high with with a team-leading five hits (Last: 2/16/21 vs. NY Islanders).
  • Buffalo’s penalty kill is 25-for-28 (89.3%) in the team’s last 16 games against the Islanders dating back to April 2, 2017.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision GA SA
Islanders Varlamov L 3 39
Sabres Houser W 2 36
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Islanders Varlamov 19-10-4 .930 2.02
Sabres Houser 1-0-0 .944 2.00

 

Game Preview: 5/1/21 at Boston

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

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

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

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
Monday, May 3: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, May 4: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, May 6: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 8: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 3 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
SABRES at BRUINS

  • This is the eighth and final game between the Sabres and Bruins this season.
  • Last meeting: Boston defeated Buffalo 5-2 in Boston on April 29.
  • The Sabres are 1-8-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Bruins; 3-6-1 on the road.
  • This is the 304th game all-time between Buffalo and Boston; Buffalo has a 126-131-46 series record.
  • The Sabres are 51-77-22 on the road against the Bruins all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 1-0-0 all-time on May 1 (regular season).
  • May 1, 1995: Dominik Hasek records a 32-save shutout and Richard Smehlik and Alexander Mogilny score Buffalo’s goals in a 2-0 win against Montreal in the Sabres’ only regular-season game on May 1.
  • May 1, 1998: Michal Grosek scores the game-winner 5:40 into overtime and the Sabres beat Philadelphia 3-2, completing the 4-1 series win in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Dylan Cozens has seven assists in 11 games dating back to April 11, which ranks second among rookies during that span.
  • Casey Mittelstadt enters this afternoon’s game riding a four-game point streak (2+2). He has totaled 14 points (9+5) in his last 17 games dating back to March 31. His nine goals are second on the team in that span, trailing only Sam Reinhart (11).
  • Henri Jokiharju has two points (0+2) in three trips to TD Garden this season.
  • Entering play Friday, the Sabres were the least-penalized team in the NHL with 6:18 of penalty time per game. Buffalo’s 322 total penalty minutes are the fewest in the NHL.

SAM I AM

  • Sam Reinhart has scored six goals in his last four games. It marks the second time in his career and first since he scored five goals from Nov. 29 to Dec. 4, 2019 that Reinhart has scored in four consecutive games.
  • If Reinhart scores this afternoon, he will be the first Sabre to score a goal in five or more consecutive games since Thomas Vanek scored seven goals in five games from Oct. 10 to 18, 2008.
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded 15 points (10+5) in 16 games during the month of April. Reinhart leads the team in both goals and points this month.
    • Reinhart is tied for fifth in the NHL with 10 goals during the month of April.
  • Reinhart enters today’s game with 11 points (9+2) in his last nine games, including at least a point in each of his last four (6+1).
  • Reinhart has 23 goals in 49 games this season, two shy of tying his career high, which he set in 82 games during the 2017-18 season. It’s the fastest he has reached the 20-goal mark in his career. He is one of 15 players in franchise history to have at least five 20-goal seasons with the Sabres.
  • His 15 road goals this season are tied for the most in the NHL and he is tied for fourth in the league with 10 power-play goals.
  • Reinhart is one of four players in the league this season to score double digit even-strength and power-play goals (Kyle Connor, Leon Draisaitl, Auston Matthews).
  • Outside of a stretch from March 11 to 18, Reinhart has not gone more than two consecutive games without a point this season.

TEAM LEADERS AGAINST THE BRUINS

  • Sam Reinhart leads all Sabres in goals (5) and points (5) in seven games against Boston this season.
    • Three of Reinhart’s goals have come on the power play. His three power-play goals and three power-play points both lead the team.
    • Reinhart has recorded a team-high 24 shots against the Bruins this season.
  • Dylan Cozens’ three assists in six contests against Boston lead the team. Cozens is tied with Arttu Ruotsalainen with three even-strength points.
  • Rasmus Dahlin is tied for the lead in even-strength goals (2) and leads the team in average ice time (23:09) against the Bruins this season.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has a team-high 24 hits and 14 blocked shots in six contests against Boston this season.
  • Jeff Skinner’s nine takeaways lead all players in the season series.

ALL DAHLED UP

  • Rasmus Dahlin has recorded 11 points (3+8) in his last 15 contests dating back to April 3. Dahlin ranks in the top 10 among all NHL defensemen in goals (T-4th), assists (T-10th), and points (T-7th) during that stretch.
  • Dahlin’s eight even-strength points (3+5) since April 3 are tied for eighth in the league among defensemen.
  • He currently ranks among the franchise’s top 15 defensemen in every major scoring category (min. 82 GP): .09 G/GP (12th), .46 A/GP (5th) and .56 PTS/GP (5th).

RISTO IN THE RECORD BOOK

  • With his goal on April 6 at New Jersey, Rasmus Ristolainen took sole possession of the eighth-most goals by a defenseman in Sabres history. He now trails Richard Smehlik by one goal for seventh-most.
  • Ristolainen’s first assist on Jan. 24 at Washington moved him past Jim Schoenfeld for the seventh-most career points recorded by a Sabres defenseman. He currently trails Bill Hajt by three points for sixth-most.
  • Ristolainen holds the franchise record for most overtime goals by a defenseman (4) and is tied for ninth all-time among the team’s blueliners with six game-winning goals.
  • Ristolainen’s career per-game output ranks him among the franchise’s top 15 defensemen in every major scoring category (min. 82 GP): .09 G/GP (14th), .36 A/GP (15th), .45 PTS/GP (14th)

BUF-BOS CONNECTIONS

  • Sabres defenseman Colin Miller played the first two seasons of his NHL career 2015-16 to 2016-17) with the Bruins, totaling 29 points (9+20) in 103 games.
  • Sabres forward Sam Reinhart won a gold medal with Bruins forward Brad Marchand while the duo played for Team Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres forward Sam Reinhart won a gold medal with Bruins forward Nick Ritchie while playing for Team Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Sabres forward Casey Mittelstadt and Bruins forward Trent Frederic won a bronze medal together while playing for Team USA at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Sabres forward Tobias Rieder and Bruins defenseman John Moore were teammates in Arizona for part of the 2014-15 season.
  • Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen and Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask played for Finland’s national team at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
  • Sabres forward Tage Thompson won a gold medal with Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy while playing for Team USA at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship. The duo would play for Team USA together again at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league-leaders entering play Friday)

  • Reinhart: 10 PPG (T-4th)
  • Ristolainen: 173 Hits (4th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (173), Miller (86), Dahlin (73)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (58), Miller (50), Irwin (43)
Shots: Olofsson (118), Reinhart (118), Dahlin (103)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 4-4-2 (10), 30/32, 12/39, 19/23
11-20: 2-7-1 (5), 16/28, 7/23, 18/23
21-30: 0-9-1 (1), 18/45, 0/14, 18/26
31-40: 3-5-2 (8), 28/35, 3/23, 28/34
41-50: 4-5-1 (9), 29/32, 6/33, 17/22
51-56: 0-1-0 (0), 2/5, 0/2, 1/2

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-4; 126-138 all-time)
Jan. 28 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Lafrenière, 2:47)
Feb. 25 vs. NJD: L, 4-3 (GWG-Zacha, 1:17)
March 29 vs. PHI: L 4-3 (GWG-Provorov, 0:42)
April 1 vs. NYR: L 3-2 (GWG Zibanejad, 4:32)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (3-3; 80-74 all-time)
Jan. 22 at WSH: L, 4-3 (GDG-Carlson)
Jan. 24 at WSH: W, 4-3 (GDG-Eichel)
Jan. 30 vs. NJD: W, 4-3 (GDG-Eichel)
March 9 at PHI: L 5-4 (GDG-Couturier)
April 3 vs. NYR: W 3-2 (GDG-Thompson)
April 13 at BOS: L 3-2 (GDG-Coyle)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Rasmus Dahlin … 8 games … 200 career games

Goals
Rasmus Ristolainen … 1 goal … 47 career goals (T-7th in franchise history, defensemen)

Assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 5 assists … 200 career assists
Colin Miller … 7 assists … 100 career assists

Points
Sam Reinhart … 8 points … 300 career points 

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Game Preview: 4/29/21 at Boston

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

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

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

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

 

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, May 1: Buffalo at Boston, 1 p.m.
Monday, May 3: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, May 4: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, May 6: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 8: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 3 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME

SABRES at BRUINS

  • This is the seventh of eight meetings between the Sabres and Bruins this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Boston 6-4 in Buffalo on April 23.
  • Next meeting: Saturday, May 1 in Boston.
  • The Sabres are 1-8-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Bruins; 3-6-1 on the road.
  • This is the 303rd game all-time between Buffalo and Boston; Buffalo has a 126-130-46 series record.
  • The Sabres are 51-76-22 on the road against the Bruins all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 0-0-1 all-time on April 29 (regular season).
  • April 29, 1992: Pat LaFontaine records four points (2+2) and 15 Sabres tally at least a point as Buffalo scores a playoff franchise-record nine goals to defeat the Bruins 9-3.
  • April 29, 1997: Derek Plante nets the game-tying goal in the third period and the game-winner 5:24 into overtime as the Sabres defeat Ottawa in game seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
  • April 29, 1998: Dominik Hasek turns away 44 shots and Miroslav Satan scores the game-winner in Buffalo’s 4-1 home win against Philadelphia.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Buffalo has not allowed a power-play goal in five consecutive games against the Bruins. The Sabres have killed 15 straight Boston power plays dating back to the third period of their game on March 18.
  • Buffalo is a perfect 6-for-6 on the penalty kill in Boston this season.
  • The Sabres’ 88.9 penalty-kill percentage against the Bruins is tied for its best percentageagainst an opponent this season.
  • Dylan Cozens has seven assists in 10 games dating back to April 11, which ranks second among rookies during that span.
  • Casey Mittelstadt enters tonight’s game riding a three-game point streak (1+2). He has totaled 13 points (8+5) in his last 16 games dating back to March 31. His eight goals are second on the team in that span, trailing only Sam Reinhart (10).
  • Henri Jokiharju has two points (0+2) in two trips to TD Garden this season.
  • Entering play Monday, the Sabres were the least-penalized team in the NHL with 6:19 of penalty time per game. Buffalo’s 316 total penalty minutes are the fewest in the NHL.

TEAM LEADERS AGAINST THE BRUINS

  • Sam Reinhart leads all Sabres in goals (4) and points (4) in six games against Boston this season.
    • Three of Reinhart’s goals have come on the power play. His three power-play goals and three power-play points both lead the team.
    • Reinhart has recorded a team-high 17 shots against the Bruins this season.
    • Among players who have taken at least five faceoffs against Boston, Reinhart leads the team with a 53.7 win percentage.
  • Dylan Cozens’ three assists and three even-strength points in five contests against Boston both lead the team.
  • Rasmus Dahlin is tied for the lead in even-strength goals (2) and leads the team in average ice time (23:05) against the Bruins this season.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has a team-high 21 hits and 12 blocked shots in six contests against Boston this season.
  • Jeff Skinner’s nine takeaways lead all players in the season series. The next closest players have five takeaways each (Victor Olofsson and Craig Smith).

SAM I AM

  • Sam Reinhart has recorded 14 points (9+5) in 15 games during the month of April. Reinhart leads the team in both goals and points this month.
    • Reinhart is tied for sixth in the NHL with nine goals during the month of April.
  • Reinhart enters today’s game with 10 points (8+2) in his last eight games, including at least a point in each of his last three (5+1).
  • Reinhart has 22 goals in 48 games this season, three shy of tying his career high, which he set in 82 games during the 2017-18 season. It’s the fastest he has reached the 20-goal mark in his career. He is one of 15 players in franchise history to have at least five 20-goal seasons with the Sabres.
  • His 14 road goals this season are tied for most in the NHL and he is tied for third in the league with 10 power-play goals.
  • Reinhart is one of four players in the league this season to score double digit even-strength and power-play goals (Kyle Connor, Leon Draisaitl, Auston Matthews).
  • Outside of a stretch from March 11 to 18, Reinhart has not gone more than two consecutive games without a point this season.

ALL DAHLED UP

  • Rasmus Dahlin has recorded 11 points (3+8) in his last 14 contests dating back to April 3. Dahlin ranks in the top 10 among all NHL defensemen in goals (T-4th), assists (T-9th), and points (T-5th) during that stretch.
  • Dahlin’s eight even-strength points (3+5) since April 3 are tied for seventh in the league among defensemen.
  • Dahlin’s goal on April 23 was the 18th of his NHL career, which trails only Andrei Svechnikov (57), Joel Farabee (23) and Jesperi Kotkaniemi (22) for the most among players born in the 2000s, according to NHL Stats.
  • He currently ranks among the franchise’s top 15 defensemen in every major scoring category (min. 82 GP): .09 G/GP (12th), .47 A/GP (5th) and .56 PTS/GP (5th).

RISTO IN THE RECORD BOOK

  • With his goal on April 6 at New Jersey, Rasmus Ristolainen took sole possession of the eighth-most goals by a defenseman in Sabres history. He now trails Richard Smehlik by one goal for seventh-most.
  • Ristolainen’s first assist on Jan. 24 at Washington moved him past Jim Schoenfeld for the seventh-most career points recorded by a Sabres defenseman. He currently trails Bill Hajt by three points for sixth-most.
  • Ristolainen holds the franchise record for most overtime goals by a defenseman (4) and is tied for ninth all-time among the team’s blueliners with six game-winning goals.
  • Ristolainen’s career per-game output ranks him among the franchise’s top 15 defensemen in every major scoring category (min. 82 GP): .09 G/GP (14th), .36 A/GP (15th), .45 PTS/GP (13th)

BUF-BOS CONNECTIONS

  • Sabres defenseman Colin Miller played the first two seasons of his NHL career 2015-16 to 2016-17) with the Bruins, totaling 29 points (9+20) in 103 games.
  • Sabres forward Sam Reinhart won a gold medal with Bruins forward Brad Marchand while the duo played for Team Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres forward Sam Reinhart won a gold medal with Bruins forward Nick Ritchie while playing for Team Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Sabres forward Casey Mittelstadt and Bruins forward Trent Frederic won a bronze medal together while playing for Team USA at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Sabres forward Tobias Rieder and Bruins defenseman John Moore were teammates in Arizona for part of the 2014-15 season.
  • Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen and Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask played for Finland’s national team at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
  • Sabres forward Tage Thompson won a gold medal with Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy while playing for Team USA at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship. The duo would play for Team USA together again at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league-leaders entering play Wednesday)

  • Reinhart: 22 G (10); 10 PPG (T-3)
  • Ristolainen: 170 Hits (4th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (170), Miller (86), Dahlin (69)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (56), Miller (50), Irwin (43)
Shots: Olofsson (116), Reinhart (111), Skinner (102)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 4-4-2 (10), 30/32, 12/39, 19/23
11-20: 2-7-1 (5), 16/28, 7/23, 18/23
21-30: 0-9-1 (1), 18/45, 0/14, 18/26
31-40: 3-5-2 (8), 28/35, 3/23, 28/34
41-50: 4-5-1 (9), 29/32, 6/33, 17/22

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-4; 126-138 all-time)
Jan. 28 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Lafrenière, 2:47)
Feb. 25 vs. NJD: L, 4-3 (GWG-Zacha, 1:17)
March 29 vs. PHI: L 4-3 (GWG-Provorov, 0:42)
April 1 vs. NYR: L 3-2 (GWG Zibanejad, 4:32)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (3-3; 80-74 all-time)
Jan. 22 at WSH: L, 4-3 (GDG-Carlson)
Jan. 24 at WSH: W, 4-3 (GDG-Eichel)
Jan. 30 vs. NJD: W, 4-3 (GDG-Eichel)
March 9 at PHI: L 5-4 (GDG-Couturier)
April 3 vs. NYR: W 3-2 (GDG-Thompson)
April 13 at BOS: L 3-2 (GDG-Coyle)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Rasmus Dahlin … 9 games … 200 career games
Goals
Rasmus Ristolainen … 1 goal … 47 career goals (T-7th in franchise history, defensemen)
Assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 5 assists … 200 career assists
Colin Miller … 7 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Sam Reinhart … 9 points … 300 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Mattias Samuelsson … First NHL point (assist)… April 23 vs BOS
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen … First NHL win … April 23 vs BOS

Postgame Report: 4/23 vs. Boston

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Boston
(27-13-6)
1 0 3 4 40
Sabres
(13-28-7)
1 2 3 6 34

Game Summary
Event Summary

Top Notes

  • Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen earned his first win in his first career start with 36 saves.
    • He becomes the first Sabre to win his first career start since Mika Noronen did so on Oct. 5, 2000, a 4-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.
  • Sam Reinhart scored his fourth-career hat trick to reach to 20-goal mark for the fourth consecutive season.
    • It’s his first hat trick since Feb. 23, 2019 vs. Washington and the first Sabres hat trick since Jack Eichel scored four goals at home against Ottawa on Nov. 16, 2019.
    • Reinhart’s five multi-goal games this season trail only Toronto’s Auston Matthews (8) for the league-lead, according to NHL stats.
  • Mattias Samuelsson recorded two assists in the Sabres’ win, marking both his first point and the first multi-point game of his NHL career.
  • Rasmus Dahlin recorded his third multi-point game of the season (1+1) and has now totaled 10 points (3+7) in his last 12 games dating back to April 3.
    • Dahlin ranks in the top 10 among all NHL defensemen  in goals (T-2nd), assists (T-7th) and points (T-2nd) during that span.
    • Dahlin’s seven even-strength points since April 3 are tied for fourth among defensemen.
  • With his second-period goal, Casey Mittelstadt now has 11 points (8+3) in his last 13 games dating back to March 31. His eight goals during that span are tied for the fourth in the league.
  • With the primary assist on Arttu Ruotsalainen’s goal, Dylan Cozens how has seven assists in his last eight games dating back to April 11. His eight assists during that span are tied for the second-most in the NHL.
  • Buffalo has not allowed a power-play goal in five consecutive games against the Bruins. The Sabres have killed 15 straight Boston power plays dating back to the third period of their game on March 18.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision GA SA
Bruins
Rask
Halak
ND
L
4
1
28
5
Sabres Luukkonen W 4 40
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Bruins Rask
Halak
11-4-2
9-6-3
.913
.909
2.36
2.45
Sabres Luukkonen 1-0-0 .900 4.03

 

Game Preview: 4/23/21 vs. Boston

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, April 22
Boston 5 at Buffalo 1
Goals: Ruotsalainen
Goalie: Tokarski (33 saves/38 shots)
PP: 0/5; PK: 2/2; Shots: Boston 38 – Buffalo 30

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 241)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zemgus Girgensons (hamstring, Jan. 14; injured reserve) – 47 games
Jake McCabe (knee, Feb. 22; injured reserve) – 33 games
Jack Eichel (neck, March 9; injured reserve) – 24 games
Carter Hutton (lower body, March 24) – 17 games
Linus Ullmark (lower body, April 15) – 5 games
Kyle Okposo (cheek, April 17) – 4 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
4/17: Recalled F Steven Fogarty from the Rochester Americans (AHL); Reassigned G Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen from Rochester to the taxi squad
4/18: Recalled D Mattias Samuelsson from the Rochester Americans (AHL); Reassigned F Steven Fogarty to the taxi squad; Reassigned F C.J. Smith to Rochester
4/20: Signed Lukas Rousek to a two-year, entry-level contract; Recalled G Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen from the taxi squad; Reassigned G Michael Houser to the taxi squad
4/22: Activated D William Borgen from IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Sunday, April 25: Buffalo at NY Rangers, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, April 27: Buffalo at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 29: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 1: Buffalo at Boston, 1 p.m.
Monday, May 3: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
BRUINS at SABRES

  • This is the sixth of eight meetings between the Sabres and Bruins this season.
  • Last meeting: Boston defeated Buffalo 5-2 in Buffalo April 22.
  • Next meeting: Thursday, April 29 in Boston
  • The Sabres are 0-8-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Bruins; 1-8-1 at home.
  • This is the 302nd game all-time between Buffalo and Boston; Buffalo has a 125-130-46 series record.
  • The Sabres are 74-54-24 at home against the Bruins all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 2-0-0 all-time on April 23 (regular season).
  • April 23, 1995: Donald Audette (2+0), Pat LaFontaine (1+1) and Doug Bodger (0+3) all record multi-point outings in the Sabres’ 4-2 win against Philadelphia.
  • April 23, 1999: Miroslav Satan scores the game-tying goal in the third period before notching the game-winner in double overtime as Buffalo outlasts Ottawa 3-2 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
  • April 23, 2010: Ryan Miller turns away 34 of 35 shots to help the Sabres force Game 6 with a 4-1 win against the Bruins in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
  • April 23, 2013: Thomas Vanek records three points (2+1) and reaches the 20-goal mark for the eighth consecutive season, despite a shortened NHL season, as the Sabres defeat the Penguins 4-2.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW.

  • With their matchup on Tuesday, Boston became the first opponent the Sabres played in the regular season 300 times in franchise history. Buffalo’s 125 wins against Boston are the team’s second-highest total against any opponent (Montreal, 130).
  • The Sabres will meet the Bruins five times in seven games during a 12-day span from April 22 to May 1.
  • Following Thursday’s game, the Sabres were tied with Detroit and Pittsburgh for the NHL lead with 25 different goal-scorers this season.
  • Buffalo has not allowed a power-play goal in four consecutive games against the Bruins. The Sabres have killed 14 straight Boston power-plays dating back to the third period of their game on March 18.
  • Dustin Tokarski was named the NHL’s first star of the week for the week ending April 18.
    • Tokarski made a league-best 128 saves on 137 shots during the week, compiling a 2.27 goals-against average and .934 save percentage.
    • Tokarski ranks fourth in the NHL with 273 saves during the month of April.
  • Dylan Cozens has six assists in his last seven games. His six assists since April 11 leads all rookies and ties for sixth among all NHL skaters during that time span.
  • Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen is expected to make his NHL debut tonight. If he does, the Sabres will join the Ottawa Senators as the only NHL teams to have five goaltenders play for them this season.
  • Anders Bjork has recorded four points (1+3) in six games as a Sabre, including two assists in three games against his former team, the Boston Bruins.
  • Casey Mittelstadt has totaled ten points (7+3) in his last 13 games and leads all Sabres in both goals and points during that stretch.
  • Rasmus Dahlin has recorded eight points (2+6) in his last 11 contests dating back to April 3.
    • Following Thursday’s game, Dahlin’s six even-strength points and eight total points since April 3 tied him for seventh and sixth, respectively, among all NHL defensemen during that stretch.
  • Sam Reinhart has five points (4+1) in his last seven games. Reinhart is on pace to reach the 20-goal mark for the fourth consecutive season despite the shortened schedule.
  • Following Thursday’s game, the Sabres were the least-penalized team in the NHL with 6:16 of penalty time per game. Buffalo has been assessed 295 total penalty minutes this season, nine fewer than the closest team, the Chicago Blackhawks.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s 13th of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began last night with a 5-1 loss against the Bruins. The Sabres are 3-10-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-9-1 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (0), three points (1), two points (4), one point (0) and zero points (7).

300 CLUB

  • Boston is the first opponent the Sabres have played 300 regular season games against in franchise history.
  • 397 skaters and 38 goaltenders have suited up for at least one contest against the Bruins.
  • The Sabres all-time leading goal scorer against the Bruins is Dave Andreychuk, who netted 39 goals in 79 games. His 18 power-play goals lead the team and 34 power-play points is tied with Gilbert Perreault for first.
  • Gilbert Perreault paces the team in career games (99), assists (64), and points (100) against the Bruins.
  • Nine Sabres players average a point per game or better against the Bruins (min. 10 GP)
    • Pat LaFontaine – 1.30, Daniel Briere – 26, Rene Robert – 1.20, Thomas Vanek – 1.14, Eddie Shack – 1.09, Richard Martin – 1.06, Alexander Mogilny – 1.03, Gilbert Perreault – 1.01 and Danny Gare – 1.00.
  • Ryan Miller started 42 career games for the Sabres against the Bruins and went 26-9-7. His 26 wins and 42 games played against the Bruins are first among Sabres goaltenders.
  • Among Sabres goalies to play in at least five games against Boston, Dominik Hasek leads with a .933 save percentage, a 2.02 goals-against average and three shutouts.

THREE IN A ROW

  • Today’s matchup is the third game of three straight against the Bruins. This series marks the second time the Sabres will play a team three straight times in the same regular season in franchise history.
  • The previous set of three straight games was on the road against the New York Islanders in March.
  • Buffalo has previously played the same opponent in three straight regular-season games on four occasions by wrapping up one season and beginning the next against the same team: Montreal (1987-88 and 1988-89), Quebec (1981-82 and 1982-83; 1991-92 and 1992-93) and Washington (2019-20 and 2020-21).
  • The Sabres have previously played the same team three times in a 10-day period just 15 times in franchise history. Before doing so against New Jersey in February, Buffalo had never played the same team three times in a seven-day span.

RISTO IN THE RECORD BOOK

  • With his goal on April 6 at New Jersey, Rasmus Ristolainen took sole possession of the eighth-most goals by a defenseman in Sabres history. He now trails Richard Smehlik by one goal for seventh-most.
  • Ristolainen’s first assist on Jan. 24 at Washington moved him past Jim Schoenfeld for the seventh-most career points recorded by a Sabres defenseman. He currently trails Bill Hajt by three points for sixth-most.
  • Ristolainen holds the franchise record for most overtime goals by a defenseman (4) and is tied for ninth all-time among the team’s blueliners with six game-winning goals.
  • Ristolainen’s career per-game output ranks him among the franchise’s top 15 defensemen in every major scoring category (min. 82 GP): .09 G/GP (14th), .37 A/GP (15th), .45 PTS/GP (12th) 

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league following Thursday’s game)

  • Ristolainen: 159 Hits (4th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (159), Miller (86), Dahlin (64)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (55), Miller (50), Irwin (43)
Shots: Olofsson (108), Reinhart (98), Dahlin (95)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 4-4-2 (10), 30/32, 12/39, 19/23
11-20: 2-7-1 (5), 16/28, 7/23, 18/23
21-30: 0-9-1 (1), 18/45, 0/14, 18/26
31-40: 3-5-2 (8), 28/35, 3/23, 28/34
41-50: 3-3-1 (7), 19/19, 2/24, 13/15

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-4; 126-138 all-time)
Jan. 28 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Lafrenière, 2:47)
Feb. 25 vs. NJD: L, 4-3 (GWG-Zacha, 1:17)
March 29 vs. PHI: L 4-3 (GWG-Provorov, 0:42)
April 1 vs. NYR: L 3-2 (GWG Zibanejad, 4:32)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (3-3; 80-74 all-time)
Jan. 22 at WSH: L, 4-3 (GDG-Carlson)
Jan. 24 at WSH: W, 4-3 (GDG-Eichel)
Jan. 30 vs. NJD: W, 4-3 (GDG-Eichel)
March 9 at PHI: L 5-4 (GDG-Couturier)
April 3 vs. NYR: W 3-2 (GDG-Thompson)
April 13 at BOS: L 3-2 (GDG-Coyle)

 

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
N/A

Goals
Rasmus Ristolainen … 1 goal … 47 career goals (T-7th in franchise history, defensemen)

Assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 5 assists … 200 career assists
Colin Miller … 8 assists … 100 career assists

Points
N/A

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Mattias Samuelsson … First NHL game … April 18 vs PIT