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Game Preview: 10/30/18 vs. Calgary

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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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
N/A

Game Preview: 1/22/18 at CGY

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, January 20
Dallas 7 at Buffalo 1
Goals: Reinhart
Goalie: Lehner (15 saves/19 shots)/Johnson (10 saves/13 shots)
PP: 1/4; PK: 1/2; Shots: Dallas 32 – Buffalo 27

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 169)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Victor Antipin (illness, Dec. 29) – 9 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 3 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 3 games
Nathan Beaulieu (illness, Jan. 18) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/17: Recalled D Casey Nelson from Rochester (AHL)
1/18: Activated D Victor Antipin from IR
1/19: Recalled F Nicholas Baptiste from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Zach Bogosian on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Jan. 23: Buffalo at Edmonton, 9 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 25: Buffalo at Vancouver, 10 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 30: New Jersey at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 1: Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 3: St. Louis at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at FLAMES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Flames this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Calgary 4-2 in Buffalo on Nov. 21, 2016
  • Next meeting: Wednesday, March 7 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Flames; 1-8-1 on the road.
  • This is the 106th game all-time between Buffalo and Calgary/Atlanta; Buffalo has a 51-36-18 series record.
  • The Sabres are 18-23-12 on the road against the Flames all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-6-1 all-time on January 22.
  • January 22, 1988: Phil Housley records his second career hat trick in a 7-3 win over New Jersey. Housley still holds the Sabres’ franchise record for most career hat tricks by defenseman (2).  
  • January 22, 1989: Lindy Ruff scores his 100th NHL goal in a 6-4 win at home against the Bruins.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game kicks off a three-game Pacific Division road trip for the Sabres. It continues tomorrow night at Edmonton and wraps up on Thursday night in Vancouver.
  • After going 2-0-1 in their last three meetings, a win or overtime loss tonight would give the Sabres 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 20 games between these teams, dating back to the 1999-00 season. The Sabres’ last win in Calgary was on Oct. 18, 2003.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 14 points (5+9) 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 (3+6) in those six games.
  • Kyle Okposo has 10 points (2+8) in 10 career games against the Flames, including three two-point games in his last five meetings with Calgary.
  • Evander Kane has eight points (3+5) in eight career games against Calgary.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel enters tonight’s game on a five-game point streak, with nine points (3+6) in those games.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded 10 points (2+8) in his last 10 games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded five points (2+3) in his last five games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has nine points (3+6) in his last nine games, dating back to Dec. 29, despite getting a game misconduct after just 5:43 of ice time in one of those games. Ristolainen’s nine points during that span tied for third among NHL defensemen entering play Sunday.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s 11th of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night at Edmonton. The Sabres are 3-7-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-6-2 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (0), three points (0), two points (5), one point (2) and zero points (3).

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 20 points (10+10) in his last 14 games, dating back to Dec. 15.
  • Eichel ranked in the top 10 in the league in goals (T-4th, 10), points (6th, 20), even-strength goals (T-2nd, 9), even-strength points (T-5th, 14) and shots (T-2nd, 60) during that stretch entering play Sunday.
  • Eichel scored at least two goals in four of those 14 games and entered play Sunday tied for fifth 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-8th in NHL in ES goals, T-16th in ES points entering play Sunday).
  • 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).
  • Eichel’s 33 even-strength points through 46 games match his total from last season (61 games) and are just two shy of his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games).

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 46 18 26 44 17 16 33
2017-18 (Pace) 82 32 46 78 30 29 59

 

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

  • Of Jack Eichel’s 44 points so far this season, 23 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes 6-on-5 situations).
  • Through 46 games, Eichel’s 23 primary points (12+11) during 5-on-5 play have already surpassed his 61-game total from last season (11+10) and are just one shy of his total from his 81-game rookie season (12+12).

*All primary point stats via NaturalStatTrick.com

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 1/21 games)

  • Eichel: 17 EVG (T-8th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 3 SHP (T-4th), 186 S (5th)
  • O’Reilly: 671 FOW (1st), 61.4% FO% (1st), 1,093 FO (2nd)
  • Ristolainen: 26:07 TOI/GP (5th)

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.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played with Johnny Gaudreau for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Chad Johnson:

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

Evander Kane:

  • He and Troy Brouwer are both from Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Teammates with Matt Giordano for Team Canada at the 2010 World Championship.

Robin Lehner:

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

Jake McCabe:

  • Represented the United States alongside Johnny Gaudreau at the 2013 World Junior Championship and again at the 2014 World Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

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

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Teammates with Brian Elliot for the Colorado Avalanche during part of the 2010-11 season.
  • 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:

  • 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 (103), McCabe (100), Kane (94)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (70), Scandella (70), Ristolainen (60)
Shots: Kane (186), Eichel (160), O’Reilly (116)

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: 3-3-4 (9), 22/27, 3/22, 21/26
41-50: 1-6-0 (2), 17/33, 5/22, 11/19

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-8; 110-119 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)

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Wins
Buffalo Sabres … 1 home win … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Benoit Pouliot … 5 games … 600 career games played
Assists
Jack Eichel … 9 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Zemgus Girgensons … 7 points … 100 career points
Ryan O’Reilly … 9 points … 400 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Robin Lehner … 200th NHL game … Jan. 18 at NY Rangers
Rasmus Ristolainen … 100 NHL assists … Jan. 20 vs. Dallas

Post-Game Report: 11/21 vs. CGY

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Flames
(8-12-1)
1 0 1 2 31
Sabres
(7-8-4)
0 3 1 4 32

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • 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.
    • The Sabres are now 17-3-2 in their last 22 home games against the Flames, with the last regulation home loss coming on March 15, 1996.
  • The home team has now won 18 of the last 20 games between these teams, dating back to the 1999-00 season. The Flames’ last win in Buffalo was on Dec. 14, 2013.
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Buffalo’s three goals in a span of 1:41 in the second period were the team’s quickest three goals since the Sabres scored three in 1:08 vs. BOS (4/3/1998).
    • The franchise record for fastest three goals is 39 seconds (Pat LaFontaine, Wayne Presley and Donald Audette, 3/22/1992 at Chicago)
  • The Sabres scored three power-play goals for the first time since Oct. 12, 2015 vs. Columbus.
  • Kyle Okposo’s power-play goal was Buffalo’s first 5-on-3 goal since Nikita Zadorov’s goal on Feb. 15, 2015 against Philadelphia.
    • With his a goal and an assist tonight, Okposo now has 10 points (2+8) in his last nine games against the Flames.
  • Matt Moulson’s goal ties him with Shea Weber for the NHL lead with six power-play goals this season.
  • Marcus Foligno’s goal gives him six points (4+2) in five game games against Calgary since the beginning of the 2014-15 season.
  • Taylor Fedun (two assists tonight) has an assist in all three of his NHL games this season and assists in four straight NHL games, going back to last season.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen’s assist on Okposo’s goal gives him six points (4+2) in his last four games against the Flames.
  • With his goal, Johan Larsson now has a point in each of his last three games against the Flames (2+1).
  • Evander Kane (assist tonight) now has eight points (3+6) in eight career games against Calgary.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Flames
Elliott L .875 4.11
Sabres Lehner W .935 2.01

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Flames
Elliott 3-9-0 .882 3.42
Sabres Lehner 5-7-2 .920 2.49

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Johan Larsson

Sabres forward Matt Moulson

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo

Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan

Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk

Flames forward Michael Frolik

Flames defenseman Mark Giordano