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Post-Game Report: 12/22 vs. CAR

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Hurricanes
(14-11-7)
2 0 1 3 34
Sabres
(12-12-8)
0 1 0 1 23

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • With the loss, the Sabres failed to record a point against the Hurricanes for the first time since Jan. 8, 2015, ending a 4-0-1 run against Carolina.
  • The Hurricanes snapped a four-game losing streak in Buffalo, getting their first road win against the Sabres since Jan. 23, 2014.
  • With his goal tonight, Johan Larsson now has a point in each of his last three home games (2+1).
  • Marcus Foligno’s assist on Larsson’s goal has extended his point streak against the Hurricanes to four games (1+3).
  • Robin Lehner posted a .939 save percentage tonight, topping the .920 mark for the third consecutive game.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Hurricanes Ward W .957 1.00
Sabres Lehner L .939 2.04

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Hurricanes Ward 11-8-6 .917 2.25
Sabres Lehner 7-10-5 .921 2.45

Post-Game Audio

Hurricanes head coach Bill Peters

Hurricanes forward Eric Staal

Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk

Hurricanes defenseman Ron Hainsey

Game Preview: 12/22/16 vs. CAR

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, December 20
Buffalo 3 at Florida 4 (SO)
Goals: Reinhart, Kane, Ristolainen
Goalie: Lehner (36 saves/39 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 3/4; Shots: Florida 39 – Buffalo 36

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 158)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 31 games
Tyler Ennis (groin, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 19 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
12/17:
Activated D Taylor Fedun from IR; Assigned Fedun to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, Dec. 23:
Buffalo at NY Islanders, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 27: Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 29: Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 31: Buffalo at Boston, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 3: Buffalo at NY Rangers, 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 2-1 (SO) in Carolina on Dec. 17
  • Next meeting: Friday, Jan. 13 in Carolina
  • The Sabres are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Hurricanes; 6-4-0 at home.
  • This is the 197th game all-time between Buffalo and Carolina/Hartford; Buffalo has a 102-69-25 series record.
  • The Sabres are 58-31-8 at home against the Hurricanes/Whalers all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 6-10-3 all-time on December 22.
  • December 22, 1974: Don Luce scores two shorthanded goals and an even strength goal in 3:49 in a 4-0 win at Washington. Luce also picked up an assist on the other Buffalo goal.
  • December 22, 1977: Rene Robert scores the 2,000th goal in franchise history in a 4-2 win at Chicago.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with a 7-3-4 record (.643) in their last 14 games.
  • Buffalo was ranked fourth in the NHL in power play percentage (23.2%), ninth in team faceoff percentage (51.5%) and 10th in goals against per game (2.52) before Wednesday’s games.
  • The Sabres are 4-0-1 in their last five games against the Hurricanes and are looking to extend their point streak to six games for the first time since the team went 5-0-1 against the Whalers from Oct. 23, 1994 to April 4, 1995.
  • Buffalo has won each of its last four home games against Carolina. A win tonight would extend that streak to five regular-season games for the first time since Oct. 20, 2006 to Jan. 17, 2009.
  • Brian Gionta has seven points (3+4) in his last seven games against Carolina.
  • Matt Moulson has 19 points (6+13) in his last 18 games against the Hurricanes.
  • Evander Kane has four points (2+2) in his last four games against Carolina.
  • Marcus Foligno has a point in each of his last three games against the Hurricanes (1+2).

MR. 300
With a win tonight, Dan Bylsma would become the 47th head coach in NHL history to record 300 regular-season wins.

  • Among coaches with at least 300 career wins, Bylsma would rank fourth with a 300-164-51 record (.632), trailing only Bruce Boudreau (.660), Scotty Bowman (.657) and Toe Blake (.634).
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Bylsma would tie Todd McLellan as the second-fastest coach in NHL history to reach the 300-win mark:
Coach Games 300th Win
Bruce Boudreau 496 Feb. 28, 2014 vs. St. Louis
Dan Bylsma 515 Dec. 22, 2016 vs. Carolina*
Todd McLellan 515 Feb. 13, 2015 at Arizona
Toe Blake 525 Jan. 3, 1963 vs. Boston
Mike Babcock 526 Dec. 17, 2009 vs. Tampa Bay

*With a win tonight

WHO’S HOT?

  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 15 points (3+12) in his last 13 games, including 14 points (3+101 his last nine.
  • Kyle Okposo has 12 points (4+8) in his last 13 games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has nine points (3+6) in his last 10 games.
  • Evander Kane has nine points (6+3) in his last 10 games.

ASSIST-OLAINEN
Rasmus Ristolainen
entered play Wednesday tied for 12th among all NHL skaters with 20 assists.

  • Ristolainen has recorded an assist on 31.3 percent of his teammates’ goals*. Entering play Wednesday, it was the third-highest such percentage in the league, trailing only Connor McDavid (33.3%) and Erik Karlsson (32.9%).
    • This would rank as the second-highest percentage in franchise history, behind only Pat LaFontaine (33.7%) in 1992-93.
  • Only one Sabres defenseman has ever recorded an assist on more than 20 percent of his teammates’ goals: Phil Housley (22.6%) in 1989-90.
    • Ristolainen would need to fail to record an assist on each of his teammates’ next 25 goals to fall behind this pace.

*Teammate goals are defined as total team goals minus the player’s goals and shootout-winners.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s fifth of a league-high 19 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow at NY Islanders. The Sabres are 2-0-2 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 this season is: four points (1), three points (2), two points (0), one point (1) and zero points (0).

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before Dec. 21 games)

  • Eichel: .50 G/GP (5th)
  • Foligno: 96 hits (10th)
  • Moulson: 7 PPG (T-4th)
  • Nilsson: .956 EV SV% (2nd), .933 SV% (5th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:42 TOI/GP (2nd, forwards), 57.0 FO% (9th)
  • Ristolainen: 12 PPA (T-1st), 26:41 TOI/GP (5th), 13 PPP (T-6th), 20 A (T-3rd, defensemen), 23 PTS (T-4th, defensemen)

LAST LINE OF DEFENSE
Buffalo’s goaltenders had the sixth-best combined save percentage* (.925) in the league entering play Wednesday. They also had the sixth-best save percentage during 5-on-5 play (.937).

  • 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) and have topped the team’s current mark only three times in franchise history: 1998-99 (.930, Dominik Hasek/Dwayne Roloson/Martin Biron), 1997-98 (.928, Hasek/Steve Shields) and 1996-97 (.926, Hasek/Shields/Andrei Trefilov)

*Combined save percentage excludes empty net goals

BUF-CAR CONNECTIONS
Local Ties:

  • Lee Stempniak was born in West Seneca, New York. He played for the Buffalo Lightning of the 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.

Johan Larsson:

  • Skated alongside Viktor Stalberg for Sweden at the 2012 World Championship.

Anders Nilsson:

  • Represented Sweden alongside Elias Lindholm and 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.
  • 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.
  • Elias Lindholm (5th overall) and Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2013 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 (96), Ristolainen (84), Gorges (63)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (59), Gorges (50), McCabe (39)
Shots: O’Reilly (81), Okposo (78), Ristolainen (72)

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: 0-0-1 (1), 3/4, 1/3, 3/4

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-3; 104-108 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)

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)
Wins

Dan Bylsma … 1 win … 300 NHL wins
Games Played
Marcus Foligno … 2 games … 300 NHL games
Jack Eichel … 9 games … 100 NHL games
Cody Franson … 10 games … 500 NHL games
Points
Cody Franson … 6 points … 200 NHL points
Kyle Okposo … 9 points … 400 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

 

Game Preview: 12/17/16 at CAR

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Friday, December 16
NY Islanders 2 at Buffalo 3 (OT)
Goals: Larsson, Moulson, Ristolainen
Goalie: Lehner (33 saves/35 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 0/1; Shots: Buffalo 37 – NY Islanders 35

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 154)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 29 games
Zach Bogosian (MCL sprain, Nov. 3) – 20 games
Tyler Ennis (groin, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 17 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
12/13:
Placed D Taylor Fedun on IR (retroactive to 12/3)
12/17: Activated D Taylor Fedun from IR; Assigned Fedun to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Dec. 20:
Buffalo at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 22: Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 23: Buffalo at NY Islanders, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 27: Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 29: Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at HURRICANES

  • This is the first of three meetings between the Sabres and Hurricanes this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Carolina 3-2 in Carolina on March 22
  • Next meeting: Thursday, Dec. 22 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 6-4-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Hurricanes; 4-5-1 on the road.
  • This is the 196th game all-time between Buffalo and Carolina/Hartford; Buffalo has a 102-69-24 series record.
  • The Sabres are 44-38-16 on the road against the Hurricanes/Whalers all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-9-1 all-time on December 17.
  • December 17, 1978: Danny Gare scores seven seconds after the opening faceoff in a 6-3 win vs. Vancouver.
  • December 17, 1983: Adam Creighton gets his first NHL point in his NHL debut, assisting on the game-winning goal in a 4-1 win at Hartford.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with a 7-3-2 record in their last 12 games.
  • Buffalo was ranked third in the NHL in power play percentage (22.9%), sixth in team faceoff percentage (51.9%) and 10th in goals against per game (2.55) after last night’s game.
  • The Sabres are looking to extend their winning streak against the Hurricanes to five games for the first time since April 18 to Dec. 28, 2006.
  • Brian Gionta enters tonight’s game on a six-game point streak against the Hurricanes dating back to Feb. 8, 2014, and has seven points (3+4) in those games.
  • Matt Moulson has 19 points (6+13) in his last 17 games against the Hurricanes.
  • Kyle Okposo has tallied 12 points (5+7) in 12 career visits to Carolina.
  • Jack Eichel had three goals in three games against the Hurricanes last season, including two of his seven career game-winning goals.
  • Evander Kane had three points (1+2) in three games against Carolina last season.
  • Johan Larsson has three points (2+1) in three career games against the Hurricanes.

MR. 300
With a win tonight, Dan Bylsma would become the 47th head coach in NHL history to record 300 regular-season wins. Among coaches with at least 300 career wins, Bylsma would rank fourth with a 300-164-49 record (.633), trailing only Bruce Boudreau (.659), Scotty Bowman (.657) and Toe Blake (.634).

WHO’S HOT?

  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 13 points (2+11) in his last 11 games, including 12 (2+10) his last seven. He is currently on a career-best five-game point streak that has included two overtime goals.
  • Kyle Okposo has 12 points (4+8) in his last 11 games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has eight points (3+5) in his last eight games.
  • Jack Eichel has 14 points (6+8) in his last 13 games dating back to last season, including eight points (5+3) in eight games in 2016-17.
  • Evander Kane has seven points (4+3) in his last eight games.

ASSIST-OLAINEN
Rasmus Ristolainen
finished last night’s game tied for 12th among all NHL skaters with 19 assists.

  • Ristolainen has recorded an assist on 31.1 percent of his teammates’ goals*. After last night’s game, it was the fourth-highest such percentage in the league, trailing only Erik Karlsson (35.0%), Connor McDavid (33.8%) and Vladimir Tarasenko (31.4%).
    • This would rank as the second-highest percentage in franchise history, behind only Pat LaFontaine (33.7%) in 1992-93.
  • Only one Sabres defenseman has ever recorded an assist on more than 20 percent of his teammates’ goals: Phil Housley (22.6%) in 1989-90.
    • Ristolainen would need to fail to record an assist on each of the Sabres’ next 25 goals to fall behind this pace.

*Teammate goals are defined as total team goals minus the player’s goals and shootout-winners.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s fourth of a league-high 19 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began last night with a 3-2 overtime win vs. NY Islanders. The Sabres are 2-0-2 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-1-0 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 (1), two points (0), one point (1) and zero points (0).

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

  • Eichel: .63 G/GP (3rd), 1.00 PTS/GP (T-9th)
  • Foligno: 92 hits (T-7th)
  • Moulson: 7 PPG (T-2nd)
  • Okposo: 12 PPP (T-10th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:47 TOI/GP (1st, forwards), 59.0 FO% (6th)
  • Ristolainen: 11 PPA (T-2nd), 26:39 TOI/GP (5th), 12 PPP (T-10th), 19 A (T-3rd, defensemen)

RETURN OF THE JACK

  • Jack Eichel returned to the Sabres‘ lineup on Nov. 29 at Ottawa after missing the team’s first 21 games with a high-ankle sprain. In his first eight games of the season, Eichel has recorded eight points (5+3).
  • The Sabres have a 5-2-1 record this season with Eichel in the lineup and have improved to 28-14-4 (.652) in Eichel’s career when he records a point and 11-3-1 (.767) when he has at least two.

LAST LINE OF DEFENSE

  • Buffalo’s goaltenders had the seventh-best combined save percentage* (.924) in the league after last night’s game. They also had the sixth-best save percentage during 5-on-5 play (.937).
  • 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) and 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), 2009-10 (.924, Miller/Lalime/Enroth)

*Combined save percentage excludes empty net goals

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (92), Ristolainen (82), Gorges (60)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (56), Gorges (47), McCabe (39)
Shots: O’Reilly (79), Okposo (76), Ristolainen (70)

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: 5-3-1 (11), 30/24, 8/30, 12/23

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-3; 104-108 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)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-3; 68-61 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)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Wins

Dan Bylsma … 1 win … 300 NHL wins
Games Played
Marcus Foligno … 4 games … 300 NHL games
Points
Cody Franson … 7 points … 200 NHL points
Kyle Okposo … 9 points … 400 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Game Preview: 3/22/16 at CAR

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, March 19
Buffalo 1 at Toronto 4
Goals: Gionta
Goalie: Johnson (27 saves/31 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 1/1; Shots: Toronto 31 – Buffalo 21

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 314)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clot, Oct. 8; injured reserve) – 73 games
Tyler Ennis (upper body, Dec. 31; injured reserve) – 36 games
Cody Franson (neck, Feb. 21) – 14 games
Jason Kasdorf (lower body, March 16) – 3 games
Robin Lehner (ankle, March 18) – 2 games
Jack Eichel (illness, March 19) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/16:
Activated F Ryan O’Reilly from IR; Assigned F Daniel Catenacci to Rochester (AHL)
3/18: Recalled D Chad Ruhwedel and G Nathan Lieuwen from Rochester (AHL)
3/19: Recalled F Daniel Catenacci from Rochester (AHL); Assigned D Chad Ruhwedel to Rochester (AHL)
3/20: Assigned F Daniel Catenacci to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, March 26:
Winnipeg at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Monday, March 28: Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 29: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 31: Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 2: Buffalo at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at HURRICANES

  • This is the third and final meeting between the Sabres and Hurricanes this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Carolina, 3-2 (OT), in Buffalo on March 12
  • The Sabres are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Hurricanes; 4-5-1 on the road.
  • This is the 195th game all-time between Buffalo and Carolina/Hartford; Buffalo has a 101-69-24 series record.
  • The Sabres are 43-38-16 on the road against the Hurricanes/Whalers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-5-1 all-time on March 22.
  • March 22, 1977: Bob Sauve records his first NHL win in a 6-3 victory over the Atlanta Flames.
  • March 22, 1992: Pat LaFontaine, Wayne Presley and Donald Audette score three times in a 39-second span, recording the fastest three goals in franchise history in a 6-2 win at Chicago.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are looking for their fourth consecutive win against the Hurricanes for the first time since the team won five straight games against Carolina from April 18 to Dec. 28, 2006.
  • Brian Gionta enters tonight’s game on a five-game point streak against the Hurricanes, with six points (3+3) in those games.
  • Matt Moulson has 19 points (6+13) in his last 16 games against Carolina.
  • Jack Eichel has three goals in two games against the Hurricanes this season, including two of his four career game-winning goals.
  • Chad Johnson is 6-1-0 in seven career games against Carolina with a .930 save percentage and a 2.12 goals-against average.
  • Evander Kane ranks third in the league with 4.2 shots per game.

JACK ATTACK

  • With his goal on March 7 at Toronto, Jack Eichel (19 years, 131 days) became the youngest 20-goal scorer in Sabres history, besting Pierre Turgeon (19 years, 140 days on Jan. 15, 1989) by nine days.
  • Eichel leads the Sabres with 22 goals this season, the highest total by a Sabres player since 2011-12 (Jason Pominville, 30) and the highest by a Sabres rookie since 2005-06 (Thomas Vanek, 25). If he finishes the season with the team lead, Eichel will be the first Sabres rookie to lead the team in goals since Ray Sheppard did so in the 1987-88 season.
  • Entering play Monday, Eichel was ranked in the top five among NHL rookies in goals (2nd, 22), assists (3rd, 27), points (2nd, 49) and shots (1st, 218).
  • With one more point this season, Eichel would become the ninth Sabres rookie to record 50 points in a season. He would be the first since Derek Plante (1993-94) and the second-youngest to do so, trailing only Phil Housley (1982-83).

YOUNG GUNS

  • Jack Eichel (49 points) and Sam Reinhart (36) are the first pair of Sabres rookies to reach the 35-point mark since Ray Sheppard (65), Pierre Turgeon (42) and Calle Johansson (42) all did so in 1987-88.
  • Eichel (22 goals) and Reinhart (20) are the third pair of rookies in Sabres history to each record 20 goals in the same season, joining Danny Gare (31) and Peter McNab (22) in 1974-75 and Gilbert Perreault (38) and Steve Atkinson (20) in 1970-71.

LOGGING BIG MINUTES

  • Rasmus Ristolainen is ranked 12th in the NHL with an average ice time of 25:15 per game. Only Alexei Zhitnik (four times) has averaged more minutes per game in a full season with the Sabres.
  • Ryan O’Reilly (21:48) leads all NHL forwards in average ice time per game and Evander Kane (21:12) ranks second. The pair currently own the two highest average career ice times by Sabres forwards. Michael Peca (20:18) is the only other forward with an average over 20 minutes.
  • With an average ice time of 23:37 per game in his 77 games played since joining the Sabres last season, Zach Bogosian owns the third-highest average ice time ever recorded by a Sabres player, trailing only Alexei Zhitnik (531 GP, 25:32) and Christian Ehrhoff (192 GP, 23:55).
  • Jack Eichel’s average ice time of 19:08 is the ninth-highest ever recorded by a rookie forward and the highest ever by Sabres rookie forward, topping the next highest (Cody Hodgson- 20 GP, 17:16) by more than a minute. Sam Reinhart (16:46 this season) is the only other Sabres rookie forward to top 16 minutes per game.

Note: The NHL began tracking ice time in the 1997-98 season.

OUTSHOOTING OPPONENTS
The Sabres have outshot their opponents in 31 of 73 games this season, posting an 9-18-4 record in those games. Last season, the team finished the season 5-5-0 in 10 total games when outshooting their opponents.

POSSESSION PROGRESSION
The Sabres have led their opponent in even-strength shot attempts (corsi) in 26 of the team’s 73 games this season, going 10-12-4 in those games. Buffalo only led their opponents in even-strength shot attempts eight times throughout the entire 2014-15 season, going 3-5-0 in those eight games. (Data courtesy of war-on-ice.com)

BUF-CAR CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres: 

  • Nathan Gerbe was a member of the Sabres for five seasons from 2008-2013. He was selected by Buffalo in the fifth round (142nd overall) of the 2005 NHL Draft and tallied 72 points (29+43) in 188 games with the club.

Dan Bylsma:

  • Coached Jordan Staal for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2009-2012.

Zach Bogosian:

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

Carlo Colaiacovo

  • He and Jeff Skinner were both born in Toronto, Ontario and they also both played together for Team Canada at the 2011 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Jay McClement for the St. Louis Blues from 2008-2011.  They also represented Canada together at the 2002 and 2003 World Junior Championships.

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.

Chad Johnson:

  • He and Cam Ward were both born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Evander Kane:

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

Ryan O’Reilly:     

  • Played with Jay McClement (2010-2012) and Brad Malone (2011-2014) for the Colorado Avalanche.
  • 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.

NHL Draft:           

  • Mark Pysyk (23rd overall) and Jeff Skinner (7th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Johan Larsson (56th overall) and Justin Faulk (37th overall) were both second-round picks in the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Elias Lindholm (5th overall) and Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2013 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:
Deslauriers (175), Kane (166), Foligno (158)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (146), Ristolainen (121), McCabe (99)
Shots: Kane (260), Eichel (218), Ristolainen (184)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10:
3-7-0 (6), 23/32, 9/35, 19/27
11-20: 5-3-2 (12), 21/21, 5/27, 23/29
21-30: 4-5-1 (9), 29/28, 8/29, 20/23
31-40: 3-6-1 (7), 20/27, 4/35, 17/21
41-50: 5-5-0 (10), 22/26, 6/25, 26/28
51-60: 4-3-3 (11), 29/30, 6/34, 30/33
61-70: 4-4-2 (10), 23/24, 3/30, 17/24
71-80: 1-1-1 (3), 7/7, 2/9, 10/11

OVERTIME RESULTS (4-3; 101-105 all-time)
Oct. 27 at PHI: W, 4-3 (GWG-Girgensons, 2:29)

Nov. 14 vs. SJS: L, 2-1 (GWG-Marleau, 2:59)
Dec. 12 vs. LAK: W, 2-1 (GWG-O’Reilly, 3:19)
Feb. 6 at BOS: L, 2-1 (GWG-Marchand, 2:32)
March 1 vs. EDM: L, 2-1 (GWG-McDavid, 3:48)
March 12 vs. CAR: W, 3-2 (GWG-Eichel, 4:59)
March 16 vs. MTL: L, 3-2 (GWG-Byron, 3:15)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (2-6; 67-57 all-time)
Oct. 21 vs. TOR: W, 2-1 (GDG-Moulson)

Nov. 19 at STL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Steen)
Dec. 1 at DET: L, 5-4 (GDG-Richards)
Dec. 19 vs. CHI: L, 3-2 (GDG-Kane)
Feb. 4 vs. BOS: L, 3-2 (GDG-Spooner)
Feb. 16 at OTT: L, 2-1 (GDG-Ryan)
March 5 vs. MIN: L, 3-2 (GDG-Pominville)
March 7 at TOR: W, 4-3 (GDG-Reinhart)

UPCOMING MILESTONES (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Chad Johnson … 6 games … 100 career games played
Zemgus Girgensons … 7 games … 200 career games played
Goals
Johan Larsson … 1 goal … 7 goals (career high)
Mark Pysyk … 2 goals … 3 goals (career high)
Assists
Mark Pysyk … 1 assist … 7 assists (career high)
Josh Gorges … 2 assists … 100 career assists
Marcus Foligno … 3 assists … 14 assists (career high)
Ryan O’Reilly … 5 assists … 39 assists (career high)
Points
Mark Pysyk … 1 point … 8 points (career high)
Ryan O’Reilly … 3 points … 300 career points
Wins
Chad Johnson … 1 win … 18 wins (career high)

RECENT MILESTONES
Marcus Foligno … 21 points (career high) … March 19 at TOR

Post-Game Report: 3/12 vs. CAR

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Hurricanes
(31-26-12)
0 1 1 0 2 30
Sabres
(28-33-9)
0 1 1 1 3 24

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • With the win, the Sabres have won three consecutive games against the Hurricanes for the first time since the team won five straight against Carolina from April 18 to Dec. 28, 2006.
    • The Sabres now have wins in four straight home games against the Hurricanes for the first time since they won five in a row from Oct. 20, 2006 to Jan. 17, 2009.
  • Jack Eichel scored his 21st and 22nd goals of the season, moving him into a four-way tie (Peter McNab, Christian Ruuttu, John Tucker) for the seventh-most goals by a Sabres rookie. He trails Thomas Vanek (25) by three goals for sixth-most.
    • Eichel has now scored four four game-winning-goals, tying Thomas Vanek, Derek Roy and Ric Seiling for the fifth-most ever by a Sabres rookie .
  • Chad Johnson improved to 6-1-0 in seven career games against the Hurricanes with a .930 save percentage and a 2.12 goals-against average.
    • Johnson has now won four straight starts for the first time since he won six straight from March 9 to 29, 2014 as a member of the Boston Bruins.
  • With today’s goal , Marcus Foligno now has eight points (5+3) in his last eight home games.
    • Brian Gionta assisted on the goal and now has six points (1+5) in his last six home games.
  • Gionta is now on a three-game point streak (1+2) and has six points (3+3) in his last six games against Carolina.
  • With two assists today, Evander Kane now has seven points (2+5) in his last six home games.

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Evander Kane

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Marcus Foligno

Hurricanes head coach Bill Peters

Hurricanes defenseman Brett Pesce