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Game Preview: 1/16/19 at Calgary

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Monday, January 14
Buffalo 2 at Edmonton 7
Goals: Mittelstadt, Rodrigues
Goalie: Hutton (7 saves/12 shots) / Ullmark (11 saves/13 shots)
PP: 0/4; PK: 0/1; Shots: Buffalo 43 – Edmonton 25

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 171)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Casey Nelson (upper body, Dec. 8; injured reserve) – 17 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/11: Activated F Jack Eichel from IR; Assigned F C.J. Smith to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, Jan. 18: Buffalo at Vancouver, 10 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 29: Buffalo at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 30: Buffalo at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 1: Chicago at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 5: Minnesota at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at FLAMES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Flames this season.
  • Last meeting: Calgary defeated Buffalo 2-1 (OT) in Buffalo on Oct. 30, 2018
  • The Sabres are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Flames; 2-7-1 on the road.
  • This is the 109th game all-time between Buffalo and Calgary/Atlanta; Buffalo has a 52-37-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 19-23-12 on the road against the Flames all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 12-3-5 all-time on January 16.
  • January 16, 1970: George “Punch” Imlach is named general manager and coach of the Sabres.
  • January 16, 2016: Zach Bogosian records his 99th and 100th career assists in Buffalo’s 4-1 win vs. Washington.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is the second game in a three-game road trip through Western Canada for the Sabres. Buffalo is 9-3-1 against the Pacific Division this season.
  • The Sabres and Flames have split their season series in each of the last four seasons. Buffalo needs a win tonight to avoid the first series sweep by either team since Calgary won both matchups in the 2013-14 season.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has totaled seven points (4+3) in seven games against the Flames since the beginning of the 2015-16 season, including five points (3+2) in three road games.
  • Jeff Skinner has posted nine points (3+6) in his last eight matchups with the Flames, including five points (2+3) in his last three visits to Calgary.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded eight points (2+6) in his last nine games against the Flames.
  • Jack Eichel has scored in each of his last three meetings with Calgary.
  • Rasmus Dahlin enters tonight’s game on a four-game point streak (0+5), tying his previous career-best streak set in November. During his current streak, Dahlin has a plus-2 rating, and has averaged 22:14 of ice time and 3.75 shots per game.
  • Sam Reinhart has already set career-high totals in assists (32) and multi-point games (13) this season. The Sabres are 17-7-4 this season when he records at least one point and 28-4-6 (.816) in his career when he records at least two.

HEY NOW, YOU’RE AN ALL-STAR

  • Jeff Skinner led all Atlantic Division candidates in fan votes during the NHL’s “Last Men In” vote to earn a spot on the Atlantic Division All-Star Team. He will make his second All-Star Game appearance and first since his Calder Trophy-winning season in 2010.
  • Skinner will join Jack Eichel, also making his second career All-Star Game appearance, as the first pair of Sabres to appear in an All-Star Game together since the team had three representatives (Daniel Briere, Brian Campbell and Ryan Miller) in 2007.

30 FOR 53

  • Jeff Skinner’s goal on Friday at Carolina gave him 30 goals for the fourth time in his career. He became the first Sabres player to score 30 goals in a season since Jason Pominville did so in 2011-12.
  • Skinner’s 44 games needed to reach the 30-goal mark tied him with Rick Martin in 1971-72 as the sixth-fastest Sabre to score 30. He trailed only Alexander Mogilny (30 GP in 1992-93), Pat LaFontaine (31 GP in 1991-92 and 42 GP in 1992-93), Gilbert Perreault (40 GP in 1977-78) and Rick Martin (41 GP in 1973-74).

COMEBACK KIDS

  • The Sabres are 6-13-2 this season when trailing after two periods. Their six wins when trailing after 40 minutes tied for second-most in the league entering play Tuesday and their .286 win percentage in those games tied for fourth.
  • Buffalo’s six wins when trailing after two have already surpassed last season’s total and leave the team three third-period comebacks shy of the franchise record of nine set in the 2005-06 season.

SCORING WHEN IT COUNTS

  • Entering play Tuesday, Jeff Skinner’s seven game-winning goals tied for the most in the NHL this season. He is the first Sabres player with at least seven game-winners in a season since Derek Roy (9) in 2008-09 and is four shy of matching the single-season franchise record of 11 shared by Danny Gare (1979-80) and Alexander Mogilny (1992-93).
  • Skinner also entered play Tuesday tied for third in the league with three overtime goals this season. Skinner’s total matches the Sabres’ single-season record shared by Daniel Briere (2006-07) and Derek Roy (2009-10) and ties him for 10th-most career overtime goals in franchise history.

DAH-LEAN ON ME
Entering play Tuesday, Rasmus Dahlin led rookie defensemen and ranked third among all NHL rookies with 25 points (4+21) this season.

  • With his 20th point in his 37th game on Dec. 22 vs. Anaheim, he became the fourth-fastest 18-year-old defenseman in NHL history to reach the 20-point mark, trailing only Phil Housley (28 GP), Ray Bourque (30 GP) and Aaron Ekblad (34 GP).
  • With his 21st assist on Monday at Edmonton, Dahlin passed Ray Bourque for sixth-most assists by an 18-year-old defenseman in NHL history.
  • Dahlin’s totals put him on pace for 45 points this season. It would trail only Phil Housley (57 points in 1982-83) for the most ever recorded by a defenseman before his 19th birthday.

LEADING THE WAY

  • All three of the Sabres’ top three scorers are currently on pace to shatter their personal bests in points on the strength of career-best production at even strength that ranks them each among the best even-strength players in the league this season:
Player/Season GP G A PTS ES G ES A ES P
Eichel Career High (2017-18) 67 25 39 64 22 20 42
Eichel 2018-19 43 15 34 49 11 25 36
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 79 28 62 90 20 46 66
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 46 30 14 44 23 10 33
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 53 25 78 41 18 59
               
Reinhart Career High (2017-18) 82 25 25 50 13 16 29
Reinhart 2018-19 46 10 32 42 9 22 31
Reinhart 2018-19 (Pace) 82 18 57 75 16 39 55

MAKING HISTORY

  • If the Sabres’ top scorers continue their current pace, the team would have three 75-point players for the first time since 1992-93 (Pat LaFontaine, Alexander Mogilny, Dale Hawerchuk).
  • At his current pace, Jack Eichel would finish the season with the fifth-most even-strength points ever recorded by a Sabre, trailing only LaFontaine (83) and Mogilny (78) in 1992-93, and Gilbert Perreault in 1975-76 (70) and 1979-80 (68).
  • Eichel would trail only LaFontaine’s franchise-record 52 even-strength assists that season and would become the first Sabre to record at least 90 points since Daniel Briere in 2006-07 (95).
  • Jeff Skinner is currently on pace to tie for the third-most goals in Sabres history, trailing only Mogilny in 1992-93 (76) and Danny Gare in 1979-80 (56). His 41 even-strength goals would finish behind only Mogilny’s even-strength total from 1992-93 (49) and Rick Martin’s 44 in 1973-74 to tie for third-most in team history.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 1/15 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 83.1% PK% (6th)
  • Eichel: 176 S (6th)
  • Ristolainen: 25:23 TOI/GP (7th), 142 hits (10th)
  • Skinner: 7 GWG (T-1st), 30 G (2nd), 23 EVG (T-2nd), 3 OTG (T-3rd)

BUF-CGY CONNECTIONS
Former Flames:

  • Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill played for the Flames for parts of two seasons (1999-00, 2001-02), appearing in six games and scoring one goal.
  • Sabres Head Coach Phil Housley spent five seasons with the Flames (1994-96, 1998-01), playing in 328 games and scoring 238 points (50+188). Housley served as an alternate captain for the Flames during the 1995-96 season and represented the team at the 2000 NHL All-Star Game. Housley played with Flames assistant general manager Craig Conroy while in Calgary.
  • Sabres assistant coach Steve Smith spent one season (1997-98) as an assistant coach for the Flames before joining their roster for the next three seasons (1998-2001), serving as the team’s captain during the 1999-00 season. In 102 games, Smith scored one goal and added 20 assists. Flames assistant general manager Craig Conroy played for the Flames when Smith was coaching/playing for the team.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Played with Flames F Michael Frolik and F Anthony Peluso in Winnipeg.

Jason Botterill:

  • Was a scout for the Stars when Flames G Mike Smith was playing in Dallas.
  • Was the assistant general manager in Pittsburgh when Flames F James Neal was playing for the Penguins.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey with Flames F Johnny Gaudreau.
  • Won a bronze medal while representing the United States with Flames D Noah Hanifin at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Phil Housley:

  • Played with Flames assistant coach Martin Gelinas in Edmonton.
  • Was an assistant coach in Nashville when Flames F James Neal was playing for the Predators.

Matt Hunwick:

  • Played in Boston when Flames associate coach Geoff Ward was an assistant coach for the Bruins.

Carter Hutton:

  • Played with Flames F James Neal in Nashville.

Jake McCabe:

  • Won a gold medal for Team USA with Flames F Johnny Gaudreau at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship. Both McCabe and Gaudreau were named to the tournament’s All-Star team. The duo played together again at the 2014 IIHF World Championship.
  • Played for Team USA with Flames D Noah Hanifin at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for the Islanders with Flames D Travis Hamonic.

Jeff Skinner

  • Played with Flames D Noah Hanifin, F Elias Lindholm and F Derek Ryan in Carolina.
  • Played in Carolina when Flames Head Coach Bill Peters held the same position for the Hurricanes.
  • Played for Team Canada with Flames F James Neal at the 2011 IIHF World Championship.
  • Represented Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Championship with Flames D TJ Brodie and G Mike Smith.

Steve Smith:

  • Was an assistant coach for the Hurricanes when Flames Head Coach Bill Peters held the same role in Carolina. Flames D Noah Hanifin, F Elias Lindholm and F Derek Ryan were all on the ‘Canes roster during Smith’s tenure with the team.

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Played in Boston when Flames associate coach Geoff Ward was an assistant coach for the Bruins.
  • Has played with Flames F Michael Frolik for the Czech Republic National Team on three separate occasions: the 2006 IIHF World Junior Championship, the 2007 IIHF World Junior Championship and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Tage Thompson:

  • Won a bronze medal for Team USA with Flames F Johnny Gaudreau at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (142), Girgensons (68), McCabe/Okposo (59)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (74), Bogosian (74), McCabe (65)
Shots: Eichel (176), Skinner (148), Ristolainen (112)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 6-4-0 (12), 26/28, 8/38, 22/30
11-20: 6-2-2 (14), 35/27, 4/28, 26/29
21-30: 5-3-2 (12), 31/32, 5/28, 23/29
31-40: 4-4-2 (10), 24/27, 7/31, 27/29
41-50: 2-4-0 (4), 18/22, 1/17, 10/13

OVERTIME RESULTS (5-5; 118-126 all-time)
Oct. 27 at CBJ: L, 5-4 (GWG-Panarin, 0:31)
Oct. 30 vs. CGY: L, 2-1 (GWG-Gaudreau, 2:40)
Nov. 8 at MTL: W, 6-5 (GWG-Ristolainen, 1:38)
Nov. 19 at PIT: W, 5-4 (GWG-Eichel, 0:45)
Nov. 23 vs. MTL: W, 3-2 (GWG-Skinner, 3:06)
Nov. 27 vs. SJS: W, 3-2 (GWG-Skinner, 1:41)
Nov. 30 at FLA: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barkov, 2:26)
Dec. 4 vs. TOR: L, 4-3 (GWG-Matthews, 4:57)
Dec. 11 vs. LAK: W, 4-3 (GWG-Skinner, 1:49)
Dec. 29 vs. BOS: L, 3-2 (GWG-Kuraly, 3:44)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (3-1; 73-67 all-time)
Nov. 10 vs. VAN: W, 4-3 (GDG-Mittelstadt)
Nov. 16 at WPG: W, 2-1 (GDG-Sheary)
Nov. 24 at DET: W, 3-2 (GDG-Reinhart)
Dec. 15 at WSH: L, 4-3 (GDG-Ovechkin)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Johan Larsson … 2 games … 300 career games played
Sam Reinhart … 5 games … 300 career games played
Zach Bogosian … 7 games … 600 career games played
Rasmus Ristolainen … 8 games … 400 career games played
Marco Scandella … 8 games … 500 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 1 goal … 212 goals with Sabres (sole possession, 11th in franchise history)
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 4 assists … 300 career assists
Matt Hunwick … 8 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Jason Pominville … 1 point … 511 points with Sabres (T-8th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Post-Game Report: 10/30 vs. Calgary

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Flames
(7-5-1)
0 0 1 1 2 38
Sabres
(6-4-2)
1 0 0 0 1 29

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • Tonight’s overtime loss extended the Sabres’ point streak to five games (3-0-2) for the first time since the team had points in nine straight games (7-0-2) from March 10 to 27, 2012.
  • The Sabres finished October with a 6-4-2 record (.583). It was the team’s best opening month since the 2011-12 season (6-4-0) and the team’s best full month since March 2016 (7-4-4).
  • With his goal, Jack Eichel has scored in three straight matchups with the Flames and has recorded 12 points (4+8) in his last 11 games overall.
  • Jason Pominville’s assist on Eichel’s goal was his 500th point as a member of the Sabres. Pominville is now tied with Danny Gare for the ninth-most points in franchise history.
    • Pominville’s assist also extended his point streak to five games (4+5), marking his first five-game point streak since Feb. 4 to 12, 2017.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Flames Rittich W .966 0.98
Sabres Hutton O .947 1.91

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Flames Rittich 3-1-0 .939 2.08
Sabres Hutton 4-4-1 .910 2.94

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Jason Pominville

Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton

Flames head coach Bill Peters

Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau

Flames defenseman Mark Giordano

Flames goaltender David Rittich

Game Preview: 10/30/18 vs. Calgary

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, October 27
Buffalo 4 at Columbus 5 (OT)
Goals: Okposo, Skinner, Pominville, Mittelstadt
Goalie: Ullmark (32 saves/37 shots)
PP: 1/5; PK: 3/3; Shots: Buffalo 38 – Columbus 37

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 46)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 11 games
Sean Malone (knee, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 11 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 11 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Nov. 1: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 3: Ottawa at Buffalo, 2 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 4: Buffalo at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 8: Buffalo at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 10: Vancouver at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
FLAMES at SABRES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Flames this season.
  • Last meeting: Calgary defeated Buffalo 5-1 in Buffalo on March 7
  • Next meeting: Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 in Calgary
  • The Sabres are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Flames; 8-1-1 at home.
  • This is the 108th game all-time between Buffalo and Calgary/Atlanta; Buffalo has a 52-37-18 series record.
  • The Sabres are 33-14-6 at home against the Flames all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-8-5 all-time on October 30.
  • October 30, 1971: Rookie forward Rick Martin picks up his first career hat trick, including two goals in a span of 1:23, as the Canucks and Sabres play to a 4-4 tie in Vancouver.
  • October 30, 1977: Ric Seiling scores his first Sabres goal in a 4-0 win at Montreal.
  • October 30, 2015: Linus Ullmark earns his first NHL win against the Philadelphia Flyers, becoming the youngest goalie (22 years, 92 days) to earn a win for the Sabres since Mika Noronen (21 years, 111 days) did so on Oct. 5, 2000 vs. Chicago.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres have scored at least four goals in each of their last four games. If they score four tonight, it would be the first time the team has done so in five straight games in the same season since Feb. 20 to March 2, 2007.
  • With a 3-0-1 record in their last four games, the Sabres are seeking their first five-game point streak since they had points in nine straight (7-0-2) from March 10 to 27, 2012.
  • The Flames are seeking consecutive wins in Buffalo for the first time since Jan. 27 and Dec. 8, 1991. Since those games, the Sabres are 13-2-2 at home against the Flames. The home team has won 18 of the last 22 games between these teams dating back to the 1999-00 season.
  • A point tonight would give the Sabres their best points percentage in a month with at least five games since March 2016. With a win, it would be the team’s best such month since April 2013.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has totaled seven points (4+3) in six games against Calgary since the beginning of the 2015-16 season.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded eight points (2+6) in his last eight games against the Flames.
  • Jack Eichel has scored in each of his last two meetings with the Flames.

WHAT’S THE SKINNY?

  • Jeff Skinner has 12 points (6+6) in his last seven games and is currently on a five-game point streak. The streak ranks as his longest since his career-best seven-game streak from March 16 to 27, 2017.
    • Skinner entered play Monday tied for third in the league with 10 points (5+5) in the 12 days since the beginning of his current streak.
  • All of Skinner’s goals have come at even strength this season, and his six even-strength tallies tied him for sixth in the NHL entering play Monday.
  • In 12 career games against the Flames, Skinner has recorded 11 points (4+7), including nine points (3+6) in his last seven.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Kyle Okposo has points in each of his last three games (3+1) and is seeking his first four-game point streak since Nov. 10 to 17, 2017. He also enters the game on his first three-game goal streak since January 2014 and is looking to extend it to four games for the first time since his career-best five-game streak from March 24 to 31, 2012.
  • Jason Pominville enters tonight’s game on a four-game point streak, during which he has totaled eight points (4+4) and averaged 17:17 of ice time per game. A point tonight would give him points in five straight contests for the first time since Feb. 4 to 12, 2017.
  • Jake McCabe has recorded seven points (1+6) in his last six games.
  • Jack Eichel has recorded 11 points (3+8) in his last 10 games.

A FRESH FACE

  • On Oct. 4 vs. Boston, 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).
  • Dahlin skated 22:37 in his debut, marking the highest ice time recorded by a Sabres player making his NHL debut and the 21st-highest ice time by any NHL player in his first game since the league began tracking ice time in the 1997-98 season.
  • With his assist on Oct. 11 vs. Colorado, Dahlin became the second-youngest player (18 years, 175 days) in franchise history to record a point, behind only Turgeon (18 years, 44 days on Oct. 11, 1987 vs. Washington).
  • Dahlin scored his first NHL goal on Oct. 13 at Arizona, becoming the second-youngest player (18 years, 183 days) in franchise history to score, behind only Turgeon (Oct. 21, 1987 vs. Hartford).
    • He was the youngest defenseman in 23 years to score an NHL goal. His goal came exactly 34 years after Doug Bodger (18 years, 117 days) became the youngest defenseman in the expansion era (since 1967-68) to score his first NHL goal (Oct. 13, 1984).
    • With the goal, he also became the third-youngest defenseman in NHL history to record a game-winner, trailing only Craig Wolanin of the New Jersey Devils (12/9/85 at Minnesota) and Red Garrett of the New York Rangers (12/25/42 at Detroit).

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 10/29 games)

  • Bogosian: 2.8 BkS/GP (6th)
  • Eichel: 45 S (T-8th)
  • Hutton: 228 SV (T-10th)
  • Ristolainen: 25:13 TOI/GP (9th)
  • Sheary: 3 PPG (T-7th)
  • Skinner: plus-9 (T-6th), 6 EVG (T-8th)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-3rd), 2.00 GAA (9th)

BUF-CGY CONNECTIONS
Former Flames:

  • Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill played for the Flames for parts of two seasons (1999-00, 2001-02), appearing in six games and scoring one goal.
  • Sabres Head Coach Phil Housley spent five seasons with the Flames (1994-96, 1998-01), playing in 328 games and scoring 238 points (50+188). Housley served as an alternate captain for the Flames during the 1995-96 season and represented the team at the 2000 NHL All-Star Game. Housley played with Flames assistant general manager Craig Conroy while in Calgary.
  • Sabres assistant coach Steve Smith spent one season (1997-98) as an assistant coach for the Flames before joining their roster for the next three seasons (1998-2001), serving as the team’s captain during the 1999-00 season. In 102 games, Smith scored one goal and added 20 assists. Flames assistant general manager Craig Conroy played for the Flames when Smith was coaching/playing for the team.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Played with Flames F Michael Frolik and F Anthony Peluso in Winnipeg.

Jason Botterill:

  • Was a scout for the Stars when Flames G Mike Smith was playing in Dallas.
  • Was the assistant general manager in Pittsburgh when Flames F James Neal was playing for the Penguins.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey with Flames F Johnny Gaudreau.
  • Won a bronze medal while representing the United States with Flames D Noah Hanifin at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Phil Housley:

  • Played with Flames assistant coach Martin Gelinas in Edmonton.
  • Was an assistant coach in Nashville when Flames F James Neal was playing for the Predators.

Carter Hutton:

  • Played with Flames F James Neal in Nashville.

Jake McCabe:

  • Won a gold medal for Team USA with Flames F Johnny Gaudreau at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship. Both McCabe and Gaudreau were named to the tournament’s All-Star team. The duo played together again at the 2014 IIHF World Championship.
  • Played for Team USA with Flames D Noah Hanifin at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for the Islanders with Flames D Travis Hamonic.

Jeff Skinner

  • Played with Flames D Noah Hanifin, F Elias Lindholm and F Derek Ryan in Carolina.
  • Played in Carolina when Flames Head Coach Bill Peters held the same position for the Hurricanes.
  • Played for Team Canada with Flames F James Neal at the 2011 IIHF World Championship.
  • Represented Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Championship with Flames D TJ Brodie and G Mike Smith.

Steve Smith:

  • Was an assistant coach for the Hurricanes when Flames Head Coach Bill Peters held the same role in Carolina. Flames D Noah Hanifin, F Elias Lindholm and F Derek Ryan were all on the ‘Canes roster during Smith’s tenure with the team.

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Played in Boston when Flames associate coach Geoff Ward was an assistant coach for the Bruins.
  • Has played with Flames F Michael Frolik for the Czech Republic National Team on three separate occasions: the 2006 IIHF World Junior Championship, the 2007 IIHF World Junior Championship and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Tage Thompson:

  • Won a bronze medal for Team USA with Flames F Johnny Gaudreau at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (31), McCabe (18), Girgensons (17)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (18), Bogosian (17), Ristolainen (17)
Shots: Eichel (45), Skinner (31), Okposo (27)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 6-4-0 (12), 26/28, 8/38, 22/30
11-20: 0-0-1 (1), 4/5, 1/5, 3/3

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-1; 113-122 all-time)
Oct. 27 at CBJ: L, 5-4 (GWG-Panarin, 0:31)

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Jason Pominville … 2 games … 1,000 career games played
Conor Sheary … 5 games … 200 career games played
Remi Elie … 7 games … 100 career games played
Nathan Beaulieu … 9 games … 300 career games played
Evan Rodrigues … 10 games … 100 career games played
Jeff Skinner … 10 games … 600 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 5 goals … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Points
Jason Pominville … 1 point … 500 points with Sabres (T-9th in franchise history)
Conor Sheary … 2 points … 100 career points
Jeff Skinner … 9 points … 400 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Jason Pominville … 498th point with Sabres (10th in franchise history) … Oct. 27 at CBJ

Post-Game Report: 3/7 vs. Calgary

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Flames
(33-25-10)
2 3 0 5 41
Sabres
(21-35-11)
0 0 1 1 26

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • The Flames earned their first win in Buffalo since Dec. 14, 2013.
  • Calgary’s regulation win broke the Sabres’ 13-game point streak (11-0-2) in home games against the Flames. It was Calgary’s first regulation win in Buffalo since March 15, 1996.
  • With his assist tonight, Jason Pominville now has seven points (2+5) in his last seven games.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Flames
Rittich W .962 1.00
Sabres Johnson
Lehner
L
ND
.818
.947
9.22
1.77

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Flames Rittich 7-5-3 .904 2.96
Sabres Johnson
Lehner
7-11-3
13-24-8
.896
.910
3.28
2.96

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly

Sabres defenseman Casey Nelson

Sabres goaltender Chad Johnson

Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan

Flames forward Mark Jankowski

Flames defenseman Dougie Hamilton

Flames goaltender David Rittich

Game Preview: 3/7/18 vs. Calgary

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Monday, March 5
Toronto 3 at Buffalo 5
Goals: Reinhart, Pominville, Girgensons, O’Reilly, Larsson
Goalie: Johnson (38 saves/41 shots)
PP: 1/2; PK: 0/2; Shots: Toronto 41 – Buffalo 24

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 229)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 23 games
Jake McCabe (shoulder, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 13 games
Jack Eichel (high-ankle sprain, Feb. 11; injured reserve) – 11 games
Evan Rodrigues (upper body, March 2) – 2 games
Kyle Criscuolo (upper body, March 7) – 0 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/4: Recalled F Kyle Criscuolo and D Brendan Guhle from Rochester (AHL)
3/7: Recalled F Danny O’Regan from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, March 8: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 10: Vegas at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Thursday, March 15: Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 17: Chicago at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Monday, March 19: Nashville at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
FLAMES at SABRES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Flames this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Calgary 2-1 (OT) in Calgary on Jan. 22
  • The Sabres are 5-3-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Flames; 9-0-1 at home.
  • This is the 107th game all-time between Buffalo and Calgary/Atlanta; Buffalo has a 52-36-18 series record.
  • The Sabres are 33-13-6 at home against the Flames all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-8-5 all-time on March 7.
  • March 7, 2002: Martin Biron turns aside 26 New York Islanders shots to earn the first of two shutouts on back-to-back nights, a feat he would complete with another 26-save performance the following night against Montreal.
  • March 7, 2016: Jack Eichel becomes the youngest Sabre ever to reach the 20-goal mark (19 years, 131 days) with his goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • After going 3-0-1 in their last four meetings, the Sabres have points in four straight games against the Flames for the first time since they went 7-0-2 against Calgary from Feb. 18, 1997 to Nov. 23, 2001.
  • The home team has won 18 of the last 21 games between these teams, dating back to the 1999-00 season. The Flames’ last win in Buffalo was on Dec. 14, 2013.
  • With points in their last 13 home games against Calgary (11-0-2), the Sabres have broken their series-record for most consecutive home games against the Flames with a point, originally set from March 11, 1979 to Nov. 10, 1985 (11-0-1).
  • The Sabres are 17-3-2 in their last 22 home games against the Flames, with the last regulation home loss coming on March 15, 1996.

TORCHING THE FLAMES

  • Ryan O’Reilly has 14 points (4+10) in his last 11 games against the Flames, including five multi-point efforts. He enters tonight’s game on a six-game point streak against Calgary, having tallied nine points (2+7) in those six games.
  • Kyle Okposo has 10 points (2+8) in 11 career games against the Flames, including three two-point games in his last six meetings with Calgary.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has recorded at least a point in each of his last five meetings with the Flames, totaling seven points (4+3) in those five games.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 23 points (9+14) in his last 22 games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 24 points (6+18) in his last 29 games dating back to Dec. 29, including six points (1+5) in his last six games. Ristolainen’s 24 points during that span ranked sixth among NHL defensemen entering play Tuesday.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded 12 points (3+9) in his last 11 games. His four-game point streak (1+4) is tied as his longest streak of the season.
  • Chad Johnson is 6-2-0 in his last nine appearances with a .933 save percentage and a 2.05 goals-against average in those contests.

HOT AT HOME

  • Ryan O’Reilly has 21 points (8+13) in 16 home games dating back to the team’s game on Dec. 22 vs. Philadelphia.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded 16 points (3+13) in his last 16 home games.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 13 points (5+8) in his last 12 home games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has tallied seven points (1+6) in his last seven home games.

PLAYING WITH POWER

  • The Sabres have tallied at least one power-play goal in 16 of their last 25 games dating back to Jan. 7 at Philadelphia (and went 0-for-0 on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus), converting at a 27.0 percent clip during that span.
  • Buffalo’s 20 power-play goals during this stretch led the league lead entering play Tuesday.
  • Ryan O’Reilly tied for the league lead entering play Tuesday with seven power-play goals scored since Jan. 7. Kyle Okposo and Rasmus Ristolainen tied for third in the league with 12 power-play points during that stretch.
  • O’Reilly’s 11 power-play goals this season tied for sixth in the league before Tuesday’s games.

DRAWING ATTENTION*

  • Ryan O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (1,007) and faceoff percentage (60.7%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 1,007 wins already rank as the third-most wins by a Sabre in a season (behind his last two seasons) 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 1,255
    • 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.

DANGEROUS KILLERS

  • Buffalo entered play Sunday tied for the league lead with nine shorthanded goals this season, the team’s highest total since the 2007-08 season (9).
  • Ryan O’Reilly’s four shorthanded assists tied for the league lead entering play Tuesday, and his four shorthanded points tied for second.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 3/6 games)

  • Girgensons: 2 SHG (T-6th)
  • O’Reilly: 1,007 FOW (1st), 60.7% FO% (1st), 1,660 FO (1st), 4 SHP (T-2nd), 11 PPG (T-6th)
  • Pouliot: 2 SHG (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:30 TOI/GP (3rd)

BUF-CGY CONNECTIONS
Former Flames:

  • Phil Housley had two stints with the Calgary Flames from 1994-1996 and 1998-2001. He recorded 238 points (50+188) in 328 total games for the Flames during those five seasons.
  • Goaltender Chad Johnson was a member of the Flames organization during the 2016-17 season. He appeared in 36 games and posted an 18-15-1 record with a .910 save percentage and a 2.59 goals-against average.

Chad Johnson:

  • Teammates with Travis Hamonic for the New York Islanders during the 2014-15 season.
  • Played with Michael Stone for the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2012-13 season.

Jacob Josefson:

  • Represented Sweden alongside Mikael Backlund at the 2009 World Junior Championship.

Robin Lehner:

  • Played with Curtis Lazar for the Ottawa Senators during the 2014-15 season.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Teammates with Travis Hamonic for the New York Islanders from 2010-2016.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Played with TJ Brodie for Team Canada at the 2013 World Championship.
  • Represented Canada alongside Michael Stone at the 2016 World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Represented Canada alongside Curtis Lazar at the 2014 and 2015 World Junior Championships.
  • Represented Canada alongside Michael Stone at the 2016 World Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Kyle Okposo (7th overall) was taken three picks before Michael Frolik (10th overall) in the first round of the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Marco Scandella (55th overall) was selected two picks after Travis Hamonic (53rd overall) in the second round of the 2008 NHL Draft.
  • Nathan Beaulieu (17th overall) and Dougie Hamilton (9th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2011 NHL Draft. They were also teammates for Team Canada at the 2012 World Junior Championship.
  • The first round of the 2012 NHL Draft saw both Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Mark Jankowski (21st overall) go off the board.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Sean Monahan (6th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) was taken two picks before Sam Bennett (4th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (168), Girgensons (115), McCabe (110)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (94), Ristolainen (91), McCabe (79)
Shots: Eichel (201), O’Reilly (177), Reinhart (143)

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: 4-2-0 (8), 16/16, 4/19, 10/14

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

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Points
Zemgus Girgensons … 2 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
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