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Post-Game Report: 12/15 vs. Carolina

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Hurricanes
(13-11-3)
0 1 3 1 5 34
Sabres
(8-18-7)
0 1 3 0 4 41

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • Jack Eichel’s four-point game (3+1) tied his career high and marked the second time in his career he’s recorded four points in a game (last: Dec. 16, 2015 at Boston). His third goal came on his 11th shot of the game, setting a new career high.
    • Eichel now has nine points (4+5) in his last seven games.
  • Eichel’s first career hat trick marked the first by a Sabre since Sam Reinhart on Jan. 10, 2016 at Winnipeg and the first and the Sabres’ first hat trick in Buffalo since Thomas Vanek on April 5, 2011 vs. Tampa Bay.
  • Jake McCabe recorded a career-best three points (1+2) tonight. It was McCabe’s fourth career multi-point game and his third of the season.
  • Evander Kane tied his career high with three assists, earning his third three-point night of the season.
  • Kane now has 21 points (8+13) in his last 21 games against the Hurricanes and eight points (2+6) in his last seven games overall.
  • The Sabres had three players with at least three points in the same game for the first time since Jan. 31, 2013 vs. Boston (Cody Hodgson, Jason Pominville, Thomas Vanek).

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Hurricanes Ward W .902 3.86
Sabres Johnson O .853 4.82

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Hurricanes Ward 6-2-1 .906 3.06
Sabres Johnson 1-5-3 .880 3.76

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres Jake McCabe, Evander Kane and Jack Eichel

Hurricanes head coach Bill Peters

Hurricanes forward Jordan Staal

Hurricanes forward Derek Ryan

Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin

Game Preview: 12/15/17 vs. CAR

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, December 14
Buffalo 1 at Philadelphia 2
Goals: O’Reilly
Goalie: Lehner (25 saves/27 shots)
PP: 0/1; PK: 2/2; Shots: Philadelphia 27 – Buffalo 20

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 143)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Taylor Fedun (lower body, Nov. 17; injured reserve) – 15 games
Jacob Josefson (ankle, Nov. 28; injured reserve) – 8 games
Nathan Beaulieu (illness, Dec. 5) – 5 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Dec. 19: Boston at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 22: Philadelphia at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 23: Buffalo at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 27: Buffalo at NY Islanders, 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 29: Buffalo at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
HURRICANES at SABRES

  • This is the second of three meetings between the Sabres and Hurricanes this season.
  • Last meeting: Carolina defeated Buffalo 3-1 in Buffalo on Nov. 18
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Dec. 23 in Carolina
  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Hurricanes; 5-5-0 at home.
  • This is the 200th game all-time between Buffalo and Carolina/Hartford; Buffalo has a 102-72-25 series record.
  • The Sabres are 58-33-8 at home against the Hurricanes/Whalers all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-8-2 all-time on December 15.
  • December 15, 1977: Gilbert Perreault scores a goal in each period to help the Sabres beat the St. Louis Blues 7-4. It was Perreault’s first of a career-high four hat tricks during the 1977-78 season.
  • December 15, 2010: Buffalo gets two third-period goals from Drew Stafford to seal a 3-2 home win over the Boston Bruins, marking the 1,500th win in franchise history.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • If he dresses, tonight will be Sam Reinhart’s 200th NHL game.
  • Jason Pominville has 14 points (6+8) in his last 14 games against Carolina.
  • Chad Johnson is 7-2-0 in his career against the Hurricanes with a .931 save percentage and a 2.10 goals-against average.

 LAST LINE OF DEFENSE

  • Following last night’s game, Robin Lehner’s home numbers rank him in the top five in the league in save percentage (3rd, .931) and goals-against average (2nd, 2.01) among regular goaltenders (min. 300 minutes played at home).
  • Lehner has stopped 174 of 186 shots (.935) in his last five games.
  • In those games, he has also stopped 129 of 135 shots faced during 5-on-5 play (.956), which includes one goal allowed with an opponent’s extra attacker on the ice.

 MUNCHING MINUTES
Rasmus Ristolainen has averaged 27:35 of ice time in his last six games, topping the 30-minute mark on Dec. 5 at Colorado (30:42) and Dec. 8 at Chicago (31:44).

  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ristolainen became the first Sabres player to top 30 minutes in consecutive games since Dmitri Kalinin did so on March 15 and 17, 2004.
  • He ranked second in the league with an average of 26:56 of ice time per game this season after last night’s game. The Sabres are 6-1-3 in Ristolainen’s career when the defenseman skates more than 30 minutes.

THE KANE EVENT
Since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, Evander Kane has scored 42 goals in 102 games. After last night’s game, those 42 goals tied for 20th in the league during that span and his 34 even-strength goals tied for 11th.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s eighth of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began last night with a 2-1 loss at Philadelphia. The Sabres are 2-6-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-4-1 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (0), three points (0), two points (4), one point (1) and zero points (2).

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

  • Eichel: 2 SHP (T-9th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-1st), 3 SHP (T-1st), 134 S (T-3rd)
  • O’Reilly: 477 FOW (1st), 61.2% FO% (1st), 780 FO (1st), 2 SHP (T-9th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:56 TOI/GP (2nd)

BUF-CAR CONNECTIONS
Jack Eichel:

  • Played with Jaccob Slavin for the United States at the 2014 World Junior Championship.
  • Represented the United States alongside Justin Faulk at the 2015 World Championship.

Evander Kane:

  • Played with Jeff Skinner for Team Canada at the 2011 and 2012 World Championships. Cam Ward was also on the 2012 squad.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played with Marcus Kruger for Team Sweden at the 2012 World Championship.

Jake McCabe:

  • He and Noah Hanifin were teammates for the United States at the 2016 World Championship.

Matt Moulson:

  • Played with Justin Williams for the Los Angeles Kings during part of the 2008-09 season.

Jordan Nolan:

  • Played with Justin Williams for the Los Angeles Kings from 2011-2015.

Ryan O’Reilly:     

  • Played with Jeff Skinner for Team Canada at the 2012 and 2013 World Championships. Cam Ward was also on the team in 2012 and Jordan Staal was on the 2013 squad.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played with Lee Stempniak for the United States at the 2009 World Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Played with Teuvo Teravainen for Finland at the 2013 and 2014 World Junior Championships. The two were also teammates on the 2012 Finland World U18 Championship squad.
  • Represented Finland alongside Sebastian Aho at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

NHL Draft:

  • Kyle Okposo (7th overall) and Jordan Staal (2nd overall) were both first-round selections in the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Johan Larsson (56th overall) and Justin Faulk (37th overall) were both second-round picks in the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Teuvo Teravainen (18th overall) were selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • The second round of the 2012 NHL Draft saw Jake McCabe (44th overall), Phillip Di Giuseppe (38th overall) and Brock McGinn (47th overall) go off the board.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Elias Lindholm (5th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) was taken five picks before Haydn Fleury (7th overall) in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.
  • Jack Eichel (2nd overall) and Noah Hanifin (5th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2015 NHL Draft. They also played together for the United States during the 2015 World Junior Championship.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (72), McCabe (64), Kane (63)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (51), Scandella (48), Ristolainen (44)
Shots: Kane (134), Eichel (97), O’Reilly (82)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 3-5-2 (8), 26/36, 5/36, 29/35
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 20/35, 5/28, 23/27
21-30: 2-6-2 (6), 18/31, 2/32, 24/32
31-40: 1-1-0 (2), 4/4, 1/3, 5/5

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-5; 109-116 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)

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Wins
Buffalo Sabres … 3 home wins … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Sam Reinhart … 1 game … 200 career games played
Rasmus Ristolainen … 4 games … 300 career games played
Assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 6 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Marco Scandella … 4 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Ryan O’Reilly … 600th NHL game … Dec. 10 at STL

Post-Game Report: 11/18 vs. Carolina

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Hurricanes
(8-6-4)
0 1 2 3 33
Sabres
(5-11-4)
0 0 1 1 25

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • The loss drops the Sabres to 2-2-1 in the second game of a back-to-back set this season.
  • With tonight’s goal, Evander Kane now has six points (4+2) in his last six games.
    • Kane’s 11th goal of the season tied him for sixth-most in the league at the conclusion of tonight’s game.
  • Ryan O’Reilly’s assist on the goal gives him 14 points (7+7) in his last 15 games.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Hurricanes Darling W .960 1.00
Sabres Johnson L .938 2.04

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Hurricanes Darling 6-4-4 .909 2.46
Sabres Johnson 1-4-2 .892 3.36

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Evander Kane

Sabres defenseman Justin Falk

Sabres goaltender Chad Johnson

Hurricanes head coach Bill Peters

Hurricanes forward Justin Williams

Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho

Hurricanes goaltender Scott Darling

Game Preview: 11/18/17 vs. CAR

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Friday, November 17
Buffalo 1 at Detroit 3
Goal: O’Reilly
Goalie: Lehner (30 saves/33 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 5/5; Shots: Detroit 33 – Buffalo 20

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 100)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct.5; injured reserve) – 19 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body, Oct. 17; injured reserve) – 13 games
Rasmus Ristolainen (upper body, Nov. 4; injured reserve) – 6 games
Matt Tennyson (foot, Nov. 7; injured reserve) – 5 games
Taylor Fedun (lower body, Nov. 17; injured reserve) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/13: Activated F Justin Bailey from IR; assigned Bailey to Rochester (AHL)
11/16: Recalled F Kyle Criscuolo and D Casey Nelson from Rochester (AHL); Placed D Taylor Fedun and D Matt Tennyson on IR; Assigned F Nicholas Baptiste to Rochester (AHL)
11/17: Activated F Evan Rodrigues from IR; Assigned Rodrigues to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Monday, Nov. 20: Columbus at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 22: Minnesota at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 24: Edmonton at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 25: Buffalo at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 28: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
HURRICANES at SABRES

  • This is the first of three meetings between the Sabres and Hurricanes this season.
  • Last meeting: Carolina defeated Buffalo 5-2 in Buffalo on Jan. 13
  • Next meeting: Friday, Dec. 15 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Hurricanes; 5-5-1 at home.
  • This is the 199th game all-time between Buffalo and Carolina/Hartford; Buffalo has a 102-71-25 series record.
  • The Sabres are 58-32-8 at home against the Hurricanes/Whalers all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-10-0 all-time on November 17.
  • November 18, 1970: The Sabres get 44 saves from Rogier Crozier as they defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-2 in the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
  • November 18, 1979: Larry Playfair scores his first NHL goal in a 9-7 Sabres win vs. Edmonton.
  • November 18, 2011: Jhonas Enroth records a 34-save shutout and Jason Pominville scores the game’s lone goal as the Sabres defeat the Carolina Hurricanes by a score of 1-0.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Robin Lehner is 2-2-1 in six appearances at home this season with a .952 save percentage and a 1.49 goals-against average.
  • Chad Johnson is 7-1-0 in his career against the Hurricanes with a .930 save percentage and a 2.11 goals-against average.
  • Jason Pominville has 14 points (6+8) in his last 13 games against Carolina.
  • Johan Larsson has totaled four points (3+1) in five career games against the Hurricanes.

 BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s fifth of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began last night with a 3-1 loss at Detroit. The Sabres are 1-4-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-1-1 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (0), three points (0), two points (3), one point (1) and zero points (0).

 THE KANE EVENT

  • Evander Kane has scored 10 goals in his first 19 games played this season, tying him for ninth in the league. It is Kane’s quickest start of his career, topping his mark of 10 goals in his first 22 games in 2011-12.
  • Since scoring his first goal of the 2016-17 season on Dec. 3, 2016, Kane has scored 38 goals in his last 76 games. Entering play Wednesday, those 38 goals tied for fourth-most in the league during that span and his 31 even-strength goals ranked second only to Auston Matthews (32).

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

  • Eichel: 2 SHP (T-3rd)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (1st), 3 SHP (T-1st), 89 S (3rd), 10 G (T-9th)
  • O’Reilly: 276 FOW (1st), 460 FO (2nd), 60.0% FO% (5th), 5 PPG (T-3rd)
  • Pouliot: 3 GWG (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 27:09 TOI/GP (2nd)

BUF-CAR CONNECTIONS
Local Ties:

  • Lee Stempniak was born in West Seneca, New York and played for the Buffalo Lightning (Ontario Junior Hockey League) during the 2000-01 season.

 Jack Eichel:

  • Played with Jaccob Slavin for the United States at the 2014 World Junior Championship.
  • Represented the United States alongside Justin Faulk at the 2015 World Championship.

 Evander Kane:

  • Played with Jeff Skinner for Team Canada at the 2011 and 2012 World Championships. Cam Ward was also on the 2012 squad.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played with Marcus Kruger for Team Sweden at the 2012 World Championship.

 Jake McCabe:

  • He and Noah Hanifin were teammates for the United States at the 2016 World Championship.

 Matt Moulson:

  • Played with Justin Williams for the Los Angeles Kings during part of the 2008-09 season.

 Jordan Nolan:

  • Played with Justin Williams for the Los Angeles Kings from 2011-2015.

 Ryan O’Reilly:     

  • Played with Jeff Skinner for Team Canada at the 2012 and 2013 World Championships. Cam Ward was also on the team in 2012 and Jordan Staal was on the 2013 squad.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played with Lee Stempniak for the United States at the 2009 World Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Kyle Okposo (7th overall) and Jordan Staal (2nd overall) were both first-round selections in the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Johan Larsson (56th overall) and Justin Faulk (37th overall) were both second-round picks in the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Teuvo Teravainen (18th overall) were selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • The second round of the 2012 NHL Draft saw Jake McCabe (44th overall), Phillip Di Giuseppe (38th overall) and Brock McGinn (47th overall) go off the board.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) was taken five picks before Haydn Fleury (7th overall) in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.
  • Jack Eichel (2nd overall) and Noah Hanifin (5th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2015 NHL Draft. They also played together for the United States during the 2015 World Junior Championship.

 SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Kane (42), Ristolainen (38), Pouliot (34)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (29), Scandella (29), Falk (18)
Shots: Kane (89), Eichel (58), O’Reilly (46)

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: 2-5-2 (6), 19/32, 5/26, 19/23

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-3; 109-114 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)

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 … 5 home wins … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Johan Larsson … 3 games … 200 career games played
Zemgus Girgensons … 7 games … 300 career games played
Marco Scandella … 8 games … 400 career games played
Assists
Matt Moulson … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 8 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Sam Reinhart … 2 points … 100 career points
Marco Scandella … 6 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Kyle Criscuolo … 1st NHL game … Nov. 17 at DET

Game Preview: 1/13/17 at CAR

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, January 12
Buffalo 2 at Tampa Bay 4
Goals: Moulson, Kane
Goalie: Nilsson (25 saves/28 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 0/4; PK: 3/5; Shots: Tampa Bay 29 – Buffalo 26

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 202)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 41 games
Tyler Ennis (groin, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 29 games
Dmitry Kulikov (lower back, Dec. 29; injured reserve) – 7 games
Johan Larsson (wrist, Jan. 3; injured reserve) – 5 games
Josh Gorges (hip, Jan. 7) – 3 games
Robin Lehner (illness, Jan. 10) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/10:
Recalled G Linus Ullmark from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Johan Larsson on IR; Placed F Derek Grant on waivers
1/11: F Derek Grant claimed off waivers by Nashville

UPCOMING GAMES
Monday, Jan. 16:
Dallas at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 17: Buffalo at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 20: Detroit at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 21: Buffalo at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 24: Buffalo at Nashville, 8 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at HURRICANES

  • This is the third and final meeting between the Sabres and Hurricanes this season.
  • Last meeting: Carolina defeated Buffalo 3-1 in Buffalo on Dec. 22, 2016
  • The Sabres are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Hurricanes; 4-5-1 on the road.
  • This is the 198th game all-time between Buffalo and Carolina/Hartford; Buffalo has a 102-70-25 series record.
  • The Sabres are 44-38-17 on the road against the Hurricanes/Whalers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-10-1 all-time on January 13.
  • January 13, 1974: Gilbert Perreault scores his 100th NHL goal and Dave Dryden records his fifth and final shutout as a member of the Sabres in a 1-0 victory against the St. Louis Blues at the Aud.
  • January 13, 2000: Martin Biron stops 39 shots and Byron Defoe turns aside 23 as the Sabres and Bruins duel to a 0-0 tie.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • If he dresses, tonight will be Zach Bogosian’s 500th NHL game.
  • Evander Kane has 21 points (9+12) in 24 career games against the Hurricanes.
  • Matt Moulson has 19 points (6+13) in his last 19 games against Carolina.
  • Marcus Foligno has a point in each of his last four games against the Hurricanes (1+3).
  • Kyle Okposo has tallied 12 points (5+7) in 13 career visits to Carolina.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 18 points (3+15) his last 20 games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded 15 points (4+11) in his last 16 games, including six points (1+5) in four games since returning from a four-game absence following an appendectomy.
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded 12 points (3+9) in his last 11 games.
  • Jack Eichel has tallied seven points (3+4) in his last eight games.
  • Zemgus Girgensons has three points (1+2) in his last two games.
  • Evander Kane enters tonight’s game on a two-game goal streak.

ROAD WARRIORS

  • Ryan O’Reilly has 15 points (6+9) in 16 road games this season, including seven points (2+5) in his last seven.
  • Kyle Okposo has 16 points (8+8) in 21 road games this season, including four points in his last four (2+2).
  • Jack Eichel has eight points (4+4) in 10 road games this season, including points in each of his last five (3+3).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 14 points (1+13) in 21 road games this season, including eight (1+7) in his last 10.
  • Sam Reinhart has six points (2+4) in his last seven road games.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s sixth of a league-high 19 sets of back-to-back games this season after the team’s 4-2 loss last night at Tampa Bay. The Sabres are 2-2-2 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-2-1 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets this season is: four points (1), three points (2), two points (0), one point (1) and zero points (1).

SOPHOMORE SURGE
In their second full NHL seasons, Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart have each improved on their points per game totals from 2015-16.

2015-16

2016-17

Jack Eichel

Sam Reinhart

Jack Eichel

Sam Reinhart

G/GP

.30 (25)

.29 (24)

.40 (33)

.22 (18)

A/GP

.40 (33)

.24 (20)

.35 (29)

.44 (36)

P/GP

.69 (57)

.53 (43)

.75 (62)

.66 (54)

SOG/GP

2.9 (238)

2.1 (172)

3.7 (303)

2.2 (178)

(82-game pace in parentheses)

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

  • Buffalo Sabres: 21.6% PP% (10th), 50.6% FO% (10th)
  • Eichel: 3.7 S/GP (4th)
  • Foligno: 128 hits (T-9th)
  • Nilsson: .942 EV SV% (5th), .928 SV% (7th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:37 TOI/GP (3rd, forwards), 56.9 FO% (8th)
  • Ristolainen: 15 PPA (T-2nd), 26:53 TOI (5th), 16 PPP (T-8th), 24 A (5th, defensemen), 27 PTS (6th, defensemen)

LAST LINE OF DEFENSE
Buffalo’s goaltenders ended last night’s game with the fifth-best combined save percentage* (.923) in the league. They also had the sixth-best save percentage during 5-on-5 play (.933).

  • The Sabres last finished a season with a combined save percentage* above .920 in the 2009-10 season (.924, Ryan Miller/Patrick Lalime/Jhonas Enroth).
  • They have topped the team’s current mark only four times in franchise history: 1998-99 (.930, Dominik Hasek/Dwayne Roloson/Martin Biron), 1997-98 (.928, Hasek/Steve Shields), 1996-97 (.926, Hasek/Shields/Andrei Trefilov) and 2009-10 (.924, Miller/Lalime/Enroth).

*Combined save percentage excludes empty net goals

BUF-CAR CONNECTIONS
Local Ties:

  • Lee Stempniak was born in West Seneca, New York and played for the Buffalo Lightning (Ontario Junior Hockey League) during the 2000-01 season.

Dan Bylsma:

  • Coached Jordan Staal for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2009-2012.
  • Coached Lee Stempniak for the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2013-14 season.

Zach Bogosian:  

  • Represented the United States alongside Ron Hainsey and Lee Stempniak at the 2009 World Championship. Bogosian and Hainsey also played together from 2008-2011 for the Atlanta Thrashers and from 2011-2013 for the Winnipeg Jets.

Nicolas Deslauriers:

  • Shares a birthday with Andrej Nestrasil. Both players were born on Feb. 22, 1991. The two were also drafted in the third round of the 2009 NHL Draft. Nestrasil went 75th overall, and Deslauriers was taken 84th overall.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played with Jaccob Slavin for the United States at the 2014 World Junior Championship.
  • Represented the United States alongside Justin Faulk at the 2015 World Championship.

Cody Franson:

  • Teammates with Jay McClement for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2012-2014.

Evander Kane:

  • Played with Ron Hainsey from 2009-2011 for the Atlanta Thrashers and from 2011-2013 for the Winnipeg Jets.
  • Played with Jeff Skinner for Team Canada at the 2011 and 2012 World Championships. Cam Ward was also on the 2012 squad.

Anders Nilsson:

  • Represented Sweden alongside Victor Rask at the 2015 World Championship.

Ryan O’Reilly:    

  • Played with Jay McClement for the Colorado Avalanche from 2010-2012.
  • Played with Jeff Skinner for Team Canada at the 2012 and 2013 World Championships. Cam Ward was also on the team in 2012 and Jordan Staal was on the 2013 squad.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played with Lee Stempniak and Ron Hainesy for the United States at the 2009 World Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Played with Teuvo Teravainen for Finland at the 2013 and 2014 World Junior Championships. The two were also teammates on the 2012 Finland World U18 Championship squad.

NHL Draft:          

  • Kyle Okposo (7th overall) and Jordan Staal (2nd overall) were both first-round selections in the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Teuvo Teravainen (18th overall) were selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Jack Eichel (2nd overall) and Noah Hanifin (5th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2015 NHL Draft. They also played together for the United States during the 2015 World Junior Championship.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (128), Ristolainen (112), Carrier (80)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (85), Gorges (62), McCabe (62)
Shots: Okposo (102), Kane (93), O’Reilly (93)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10:
4-4-2 (10), 23/24, 8/35, 26/31
11-20: 3-4-3 (9), 15/26, 6/31, 28/36
21-30: 5-3-2 (12), 31/26, 8/30, 13/24
31-40: 4-4-2 (10), 27/31, 7/34, 21/28
41-50: 0-1-0 (0), 2/4, 0/4, 3/5

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-4; 104-109 all-time)
Oct. 18 at CGY: L, 4-3 (GWG-Monahan)
Nov. 11 vs. NJD: L, 2-1 (GWG-Greene)
Dec. 5 at WSH: L, 3-2 (GWG-Johansson)
Dec. 6 vs. EDM: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen)
Dec. 16 vs. NYI: W, 3-2 (GWG-Ristolainen)

Jan. 5 at CHI: L, 4-3 (GWG-Kane)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-5; 68-63 all-time)
Oct. 25 at PHI: L, 4-3 (GDG-Giroux)
Nov. 9 vs. OTT: L, 2-1 (GDG-Ryan)
Nov. 19 vs. PIT: W, 2-1 (GDG-C. O’Reilly)
Nov. 23 vs. DET: L, 2-1 (GDG-Vanek)
Dec. 17 at CAR: L, 2-1 (GDG-Stempniak)
Dec. 20 at FLA: L, 4-3 (GDG-Trocheck)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Zach Bogosian … 1 game … 500 NHL games
Cody Franson … 3 games … 500 NHL games
Justin Falk … 4 games … 200 NHL games
Matt Moulson … 4 games … 600 NHL games
Points
Kyle Okposo … 4 points … 400 NHL points
Cody Franson … 5 points … 200 NHL points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 8 points … 100 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
Jack Eichel … 100th NHL game … Jan. 10 vs. PHI