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Game Preview: 1/8/16 at CHI

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, January 5
Florida 5 at Buffalo 1
Goals: O’Reilly
Goalie: Ullmark (22 saves/26 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 1/5; PK: 1/1; Shots: Buffalo 32 – Florida 27

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 183)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clot, Oct. 8; injured reserve) – 40 games
Tyler Ennis (upper body, Dec. 31; injured reserve) – 3 games
Nicolas Deslauriers (lower body, Jan. 5; injured reserve) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/4:
Recalled F Tim Schaller from Rochester (AHL)
1/5: Placed F Nicolas Deslauriers and F Tyler Ennis on IR
1/6: Activated G Robin Lehner from IR; Assigned Lehner to Rochester for a conditioning stint (AHL)
1/7: Activated D Mark Pysyk from IR; Assigned Pysyk to Rochester for a conditioning stint (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Sunday, Jan. 10:
Buffalo at Winnipeg, 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 12: Buffalo at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 15: Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 16: Washington at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 18: Buffalo at Arizona, 9 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at BLACKHAWKS

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Blackhawks this season.
  • Last meeting: Chicago defeated Buffalo, 3-2 (SO), in Buffalo on Dec. 19
  • The Sabres are 1-8-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Blackhawks; 4-6-0 on the road
  • This is the 117th game all-time between Buffalo and Chicago; Buffalo has a 53-49-14 series record.
  • The Sabres are 19-32-6 on the road against the Blackhawks all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-2-4 all-time on January 8.
  • January 8, 1988: Tom Barrasso stops 29 of 30 Hartford shots and Pierre Turgeon scores the game-winning goal as the Sabres top the Whalers, 3-1, at the Aud.
  • January 8, 2000: Miroslav Satan scores on each of his three shots to earn his third hat trick as a member of the Sabres in a 7-4 win at Ottawa.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are seeking their first win against the Blackhawks since Dec. 11, 2009 and are in the midst of their first eight-game winless streak against Chicago since the team went 0-8-1 in the first nine meetings between the clubs from Oct. 25, 1970 to Dec. 15, 1971.
  • Buffalo is looking for its first win in Chicago since Jan. 10, 2007; the five-game losing streak in Chicago is the longest such streak in franchise history.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 16 points (5+11) in his last 17 games against Chicago, including nine (4+5) in his last nine.
  • Evander Kane ranked seventh in the league entering Thursday night’s games with 3.7 shots per game.
  • Entering play Thursday, Ryan O’Reilly (21:56) led all NHL forwards in average ice time per game and Evander Kane (20:55) ranked fifth.

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel enters tonight’s game with 12 points (4+8) in his last eight games, including six (2+4) during his current four-game point streak, which is his longest streak of the season.
  • Eichel entered play Thursday ranked in the top five among NHL rookies in goals (3rd, 13), assists (T-3rd, 13), points (4th, 26), shots (1st, 131) and time on ice per game (3rd, 19:00).
  • Eichel recorded a season-high four points (2+2) on Dec. 26 at Boston, becoming the first rookie to tally four points in a game for the Sabres since Tyler Myers (1+3) on March 10, 2010 vs. Dallas. He was the second-youngest player ever to post a four-point game for the Sabres (Phil Housley, 18 years, Oct. 17, 1982 vs. Edmonton).

THE O’REILLY FACTOR

  • Ryan O’Reilly has 17 points (9+8) in his last 17 games, a stretch that included an eight-game point streak from Nov. 28 to Dec. 14. The point streak tied the longest streak of O’Reilly’s
  • O’Reilly (58.2%) ranked fifth in the league in faceoff percentage entering Thursday’s games. O’Reilly also led the league with 998 faceoffs taken, accounting for 41.8% of Buffalo’s total faceoffs.
  • O’Reilly will become the 31st player in Sabres history to appear in the NHL All-Star Game when he plays in this year’s installment on Jan. 31 in Nashville.

FINNISHING TOUCH

  • Entering Thursday’s games, Rasmus Ristolainen ranked in the top 15 among NHL defensemen in goals (T-11th, 7), assists (T-10th, 19), points (T-11th, 26), shots (9th, 103), time on ice per game (13th, 24:48) and multi-point games (T-8th, 6).
  • Ristolainen is the first Sabres defenseman to record five or more multi-point games in a season since Christian Ehrhoff had six in 2011-12. Jordan Leopold (2010-11) was the last Sabres defenseman to record seven multi-point games.
  • His four power-play goals are the most by a Sabres defenseman since 2010-11 (Jordan Leopold, 5).
  • With 26 points (7+19) in 40 games, Ristolainen is on pace for 53 points this season. If he reaches the 50-point mark, Ristolainen would be the first Sabres defenseman with 50 points in a season since Garry Galley (1995-96) and the youngest to reach that mark since Phil Housley.

JOHNNY ON THE SPOT
Chad Johnson
has appeared in 15 games since the beginning of November, logging a 7-5-2 record with a .930 save percentage and a 2.10 goals-against average during that stretch. Johnson stopped a career-high 44 shots on Dec. 17 vs. Anaheim to earn his fourth career shutout, setting the Sabres’ franchise record for most saves in a regular-season shutout.

YOUNG GUNS

  • If they maintain their current pace, Jack Eichel (13+13) and Sam Reinhart (9+7) would be the first pair of Sabres rookies to surpass the 30-point mark since Thomas Vanek (48) and Jason Pominville (30) did so in 2005-06.
  • Eichel (13) and Reinhart (9) are also nearly on pace to become the second pair of rookies in Sabres history to each record 20 goals in the same season. The first pair was Danny Gare (31) and Peter McNab (22) in 1974-75.
    • If Eichel maintains his current pace, he will become the ninth Sabres rookie to record more than 50 points in a season. He would be the first since Derek Plante (1993-94) and the second-youngest to do so, trailing Phil Housley (1982-83).

THEY’VE GOT THE POWER
After going 4-for-14 in their last two games, the Sabres are 26-for-129 (20.2%) on the power play this season, ranked ninth in the league entering play Thursday. Buffalo last finished a season above 20 percent on the power play in 2008-09 (21.0%).

OUTSHOOTING OPPONENTS
The Sabres have outshot their opponents in 21 of their first 40 games this season, posting a 6-14-1 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 17 of the team’s 40 games this season, going 6-9-2 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-CHI CONNECTIONS
Former Blackhawks:

  • Andrew Allen served as the developmental goaltending coach in the Blackhawks’ organization from 2012-2015.

Local Players:

  • Patrick Kane was born and raised in Buffalo.

Dan Bylsma:

  • Coached Rob Scuderi for the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2013-14 season.

Cody Franson:

  • Represented Canada alongside Jonathan Toews at the 2007 World Junior Championship.

Brian Gionta:

  • Played with Rob Scuderi at Boston College from 1997-2001.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Duncan Keith during the 2002-03 season for the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets.
  • Represented Canada alongside Brent Seabrook at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Chad Johnson:

  • Teammates with Artem Anisimov and Michal Rozsival for the New York Rangers from 2009-2011.

Evander Kane:

  • Played with Duncan Keith for Team Canada at the 2012 World Championship.

Johan Larsson:

  • Represented Sweden alongside Niklas Hjalmarsson at the 2012 World Championship.

Jamie McGinn:

  • Played with Andrew Desjardins for the San Jose Sharks from 2010-2012. Brandon Mashinter was also a part of the team during the 2010-11 campaign.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Played with Duncan Keith for Team Canada at the 2012 World Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Played with Teuvo Teravainen for Team Finland at the 2013 and 2014 World Junior Championships.

Mike Weber:

  • Played with Brian Bickell for the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires during the 2005-06 season.

NHL Draft:

  • Jamie McGinn (36th overall), Mike Weber (57th overall) and Artem Anisimov (54th overall) were all first-round picks in the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Teuvo Teravainen (18th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Deslauriers (102), McGinn (89), Kane (78)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (93), Ristolainen (63), McCabe (48)
Shots: Eichel (131), Kane (112), Ristolainen (103)

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

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-1; 100-102 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)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-3; 66-54 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)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

David Legwand … 6 games … 1,100 career games played
Assists
Zach Bogosian … 2 assists … 100 career assists
Josh Gorges … 5 assists … 100 career assists

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Post-Game Report: 12/19 vs. CHI

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Blackhawks
(19-11-4)
1 0 1 0 1 3 28
Sabres
(14-16-4)
0 1 1 0 0 2 27

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • With the loss, the Sabres have now lost their last five home games against the Blackhawks and their last nine total games against the Blackhawks.
  • Jamie McGinn appeared in his 400th NHL game tonight.
  • With a goal tonight, Ryan O’Reilly has 13 points (5+8) in his last 13 games.
    • O’Reilly has 16 points (6+10) in his last 16 games against the Blackhawks, including nine (5+4) in his last nine.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen’s penalty tonight snapped a career-best 43-game penalty-free  stretch. Ristolainen entered the game as the only NHL player averaging at least 20 minutes with zero penalty minutes.
  • In his 13 games since the beginning of November, Chad Johnson is 6-3-2 with a .942 save percentage and a 1.71 goals-against average.

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Byslma

Sabres forward Tyler Ennis

Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Sabres defenseman Cody Franson

Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville

Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane

Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford

Game Preview: 12/19/15 vs. CHI

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, December 17
Anaheim 0 at Buffalo 3
Goals: Kane, McCabe, McGinn
Goalie: Johnson (44 saves/44 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 3/3; Shots: Anaheim 44 – Buffalo 22

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 156)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clot, Oct. 8; injured reserve) – 33 games
Robin Lehner (high ankle sprain, Oct. 10; injured reserve) – 32 games
Mark Pysyk (bone bruise, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 15 games
Tyler Ennis (upper body, Nov. 25; injured reserve) – 12 games
Marcus Foligno (upper body, Dec. 15) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
12/18: Assigned F Cal O’Reilly to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Dec. 26:
Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 28: Washington at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 30: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 31: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 6 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 2: Detroit at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
BLACKHAWKS at SABRES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Blackhawks this season.
  • Last meeting: Chicago defeated Buffalo, 4-3, in Buffalo on April 3
  • Next meeting: Friday, Jan. 8 in Chicago
  • The Sabres are 2-8-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Blackhawks; 5-4-1 at home
  • This is the 116th game all-time between Buffalo and Chicago; Buffalo has a 53-49-13 series record.
  • The Sabres are 34-17-7 at home against the Blackhawks all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 12-7-4 all-time on December 19.
  • December 19, 1987: Lindy Ruff appears in his 500th NHL game, a 2-1 Sabres win at Montreal.
  • December 19, 1993: Dave Hannan plays his 100th game as a member of the Sabres, recording two assists in a 3-3 tie vs. Tampa Bay.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Today’s game is the fourth of 11 afternoon games for the Sabres this season; the next will be on Saturday, Jan. 2 against Detroit at 1 p.m. at First Niagara Center.
  • The Sabres will look to avoid losing four straight home games (and eight straight total games) against the Blackhawks for the first time in franchise history. Buffalo’s last win against Chicago came on Dec. 11, 2009 in Buffalo.
  • Tyler Ennis has three points (1+2) in his last three games against the Blackhawks.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 15 points (5+10) in his last 16 games against Chicago, including eight (4+4) in his last eight.
  • The Sabres are 8-for-32 (25%) on the power play in their last 10 games and 24-for-28 (85.7%) on the penalty kill in their last 13 games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 19 points (6+13) in his last 20 games. He is the first Sabres defenseman with at least 19 points in a 20-game stretch since Garry Galley (19, Feb. 21, 1996 to April 3, 1996).
  • Entering play Friday, Ryan O’Reilly (21:50) led all NHL forwards in average ice time per game and Evander Kane (21:06) ranked third.

JOHNNY ON THE SPOT
Chad Johnson
has appeared in 12 games since the beginning of November, logging a 6-3-1 record with a .943 save percentage and a 1.70 goals-against average during that stretch. Johnson stopped a career-high 44 shots on Thursday vs. Anaheim to earn his fourth career shutout, setting the Sabres’ franchise record for most saves in a regular-season shutout.

THE O’REILLY FACTOR

  • Ryan O’Reilly has 12 points (4+8) in his last 12 games, a stretch that included an eight-game point streak from Nov. 28 to Dec. 14. The point streak tied the longest streak of O’Reilly’s career and is also tied for the fifth-longest streak in the league this season.
  • Entering play Friday, O’Reilly (59.0%) ranked third in the league in faceoff percentage. O’Reilly also ranked first in the league with 813 faceoffs taken, accounting for 41.2% of Buffalo’s total faceoffs.

FINNISHING TOUCH

  • Entering play Friday, Rasmus Ristolainen ranked in the top 10 among NHL defensemen in goals (T-6th, 7), assists (T-6th, 17), points (T-5th, 24), shots (T-6th, 84) and multi-point games (T-5th, 6).
  • Ristolainen is the first Sabres defenseman to record five or more multi-point games in a season since Christian Ehrhoff had six in 2011-12. Jordan Leopold (2010-11) was the last Sabres defenseman to record seven multi-point games.
  • His four power-play goals are the most by a Sabres defenseman since 2010-11 (Jordan Leopold, 5).
  • With 24 points (7+17) in 33 games, Ristolainen is on pace for 60 points this season
    • If he reaches the 50-point mark, Ristolainen would be the first Sabres defenseman with 50 points in a season since Garry Galley (1995-96) and the youngest to reach that mark since Phil Housley.
    • If he reaches the 60-point mark, he would be the first Sabres defenseman to do so since Phil Housley recorded 81 in the 1989-90 season.

YOUNG GUNS

  • With a combined 17 goals through Buffalo’s first 33 games, Jack Eichel (9) and Sam Reinhart (8) are currently on pace to become the second pair of rookies in Sabres history to each record 20 goals in the same season. The other pair was Danny Gare (31) and Peter McNab (22) in 1974-75.
  • If they maintain their current pace, Eichel (9+6) and Reinhart (8+6) would also be the first pair of Sabres rookies to surpass the 30-point mark since Thomas Vanek (48) and Jason Pominville (30) did so in 2005-06.

STAYING OUT OF TROUBLE

  • Of the 516 NHL players who have played at least 20 games this season, only eight have zero penalty minutes. Rasmus Ristolainen is one of those eight players.
  • Ristolainen is on the longest penalty-free streak (43 games) of his career.
  • Ristolainen averages 24:34 of ice time per game. He the only NHL player with an average above 20 minutes per game and zero penalty minutes this season.
  • Ristolainen is one of just three NHL defensemen (Matt Tennyson, Nate Guenin) with at least 20 games played and no penalty minutes.

(Stats as of 12/18)

THEY’VE GOT THE POWER
The Sabres are 22-for-103 (21.4%) on the power play this season, ranked fifth in the league entering play Friday. Buffalo last finished a season above 20 percent on the power play in 2008-09 (21.0%).

OUTSHOOTING OPPONENTS
The Sabres have outshot their opponents in 17 of their first 33 games this season, posting a 6-10-1 record in those games. Last season, the team finished the season 5-5-0 in 10 total games when outshooting their opponent.

POSSESSION PROGRESSION
The Sabres have led their opponent in even-strength shot attempts (corsi) in 15 of the team’s 33 games this season, going 6-8-1 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-CHI CONNECTIONS
Former Blackhawks:

  • Andrew Allen served as the developmental goaltending coach in the Blackhawks’ organization from 2012-2015.

Local Players:

  • Patrick Kane was born and raised in Buffalo.

Dan Bylsma:

  • Coached Rob Scuderi for the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2013-14 season.

Tyler Ennis:

  • He and Ryan Garbutt were both born in Edmonton, Alberta.

Cody Franson:

  • Represented Canada alongside Jonathan Toews at the 2007 World Junior Championship.

Brian Gionta:

  • Played with Rob Scuderi at Boston College from 1997-2001.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Duncan Keith during the 2002-03 season for the Kelowna Rockets (WHL).
  • Represented Canada alongside Brent Seabrook at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Chad Johnson:

  • Teammates with Artem Anisimov and Michal Rozsival for the New York Rangers from 2009-2011.
  • Played with David Rundblad for the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2012-13 season.

Evander Kane:

  • Played with Duncan Keith for Team Canada at the 2012 World Championship.

Johan Larsson:

  • Represented Sweden alongside Niklas Hjalmarsson and Marcus Kruger at the 2012 World Championship.

Jamie McGinn:

  • Played with Andrew Desjardins for the San Jose Sharks from 2010-2012. Brandon Mashinter was also a part of the team during the 2010-11 campaign.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Played with Duncan Keith for Team Canada at the 2012 World Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Played with Teuvo Teravainen for Team Finland at the 2013 and 2014 World Junior Championships.

Mike Weber:

  • Played with Brian Bickell for the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires during the 2005-06 season.

NHL Draft:

  • Jamie McGinn (36th overall), Mike Weber (57th overall) and Artem Anisimov (54th overall) were all first-round picks in the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Evander Kane (4th overall) and David Rundblad (17th overall) were first-round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Teuvo Teravainen (18th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Deslauriers (88), McGinn (75), Foligno (66)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (84), Ristolainen (53), McCabe (38)
Shots: Eichel (102), Ristolainen (84), O’Reilly (82)

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: 2-1-0 (4), 5/3, 0/9, 6/6

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-1; 100-102 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. DET: W, 2-1 (GWG-O’Reilly, 3:19)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-2; 66-53 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)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Jamie McGinn … 1 game … 400 career games played
Johan Larsson … 2 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Tyler Ennis … 8 goals … 100 career goals
Assists
Zach Bogosian … 3 assists … 100 career assists
Josh Gorges … 5 assists … 100 career assists

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Post-Game Report: 4/3 vs. CHI

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Blackhawks
(48-24-6)
2 0 2 4 36
Sabres
(22-48-8)
0 1 2 3 38

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • The Sabres have scored at least three goals in six consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 14 to 25, 2014. They have also outshot their opponents in four straight games for the first time since Nov. 2 to 8, 2011.
  • After going 1-for-3 on the power play tonight, the Sabres are now 9-for-33 (27.3%) in their last 10 games, including a 6-for-20 (30%) mark in their last six.
  • Marcus Foligno scored twice tonight, recording his first two-goal night since Oct. 14 vs. CAR.
  • With a career-high three points (0+3) tonight, Rasmus Ristolainen now has at least a point in each of his last four games played, totaling seven points (3+4) during that span.
  • After tonight’s goal, Johan Larsson has 11 points (4+7) in his last 13 games, averaging 20:12 of ice time per game during that stretch.
  • With an assist tonight, Brian Gionta now has 12 points (4+8) in his last 10 games, marking his most prolific 10-game stretch since Dec. 2008.

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Ted Nolan

Sabres forward Marcus Foligno

Sabres forward Tyler Ennis

Sabres forward Brian Gionta

Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen

Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville

Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews

Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith

 

Game Preview: 4/3/15 vs. CHI

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Wednesday, April 1
Toronto 3 at Buffalo 4
Goals: Dalpe, Hodgson, Moulson, Ellis
Goalie: Lindback (24 saves/27 shots)
PP: 1/5; PK: 4/4; Shots: Buffalo 31 – Toronto 27

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 326)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (lower body, Jan. 13; injured reserve) – 34 games
Josh Gorges (lower body, Feb. 15; injured reserve) – 22 games
Evander Kane (shoulder, Feb. 15; injured reserve) – 22 games
Zemgus Girgensons (lower body, Feb. 26; injured reserve) – 16 games
Chad Johnson (lower body, March 6) – 13 games
Jerry D’Amigo (upper body, March 23) – 5 games
Matt Hackett (undisclosed, March 30) – 2 games
Rasmus Ristolainen (flu, April 1) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/30:
Recalled G Andrey Makarov from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, April 4:
Buffalo at NY Islanders, 7 p.m.
Monday, April 6: Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, April 10: Buffalo at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 11: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
BLACKHAWKS at SABRES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Blackhawks this season.
  • Last meeting: Chicago defeated Buffalo, 6-2, in Chicago on Oct. 11
  • The Sabres are 3-7-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Blackhawks; 5-4-1 at home
  • This is the 115th game all-time between Buffalo and Chicago; Buffalo has a 53-48-13 series record.
  • The Sabres are 34-16-7 at home against the Blackhawks all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-9-2 all-time on April 3.
  • April 3, 1982: Gilbert Perreault records his 1,000th NHL point in a 5-4 win vs. Montreal. Perreault, who finished his Sabres career with 1,326 points, remains the only player to record 1,000 points for the club.
  • April 3, 2008: Ryan Miller appears in his 76th game of the season, the most ever by a Buffalo goaltender.
  • April 3, 2013: The Sabres acquire Johan Larsson, Matt Hackett, a 2013 first-round draft selection (Nikita Zadorov) and a 2014 second-round selection (Vaclav Karabacek) from Minnesota in exchange for Jason Pominville and a 2014 fourth-round selection.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres will look to avoid losing three straight home games (and seven straight total games) against the Blackhawks for the first time in franchise history. Buffalo’s last win against Chicago came on Dec. 11, 2009 in Buffalo.
  • Zac Dalpe scored his first goal as a member of the Sabres on Wednesday vs. TOR and enters tonight’s game on a career-best three-game point streak (1+2).
  • Nicolas Deslauriers ranked eighth in the league with 247 hits entering Thursday night’s games.

GETTING OFFENSIVE
The Sabres enter tonight’s game having scored at least three goals in five consecutive games for the first time since they did so in six straight from Jan. 14 to 25, 2014. They have also outshot their opponents in three straight games for the first time since Dec. 12 to 17, 2013. The team last outshot its opponents four times in a row from Nov. 2 to 8, 2011.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s 18th of 19 sets of back-to-back games this season, which will conclude tomorrow night at NYI. The Sabres are 4-12-1 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 4-12-1 in the second game. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (1), three points (1), two points (5), one point (1) and zero points (9).

POINTS IN BUNCHES
Brian Gionta
has recorded 11 points (4+7) in his last nine games. It is his most prolific nine-game stretch since Dec. 2008. Gionta has produced four two-point games in his last five games played; a multi-point game tonight would give him five multi-point games in a six-game span for the second time in his career (last: April 8 to 18, 2006).

CONSISTENT PRODUCTION
Matt Moulson
has not gone consecutive games without recording a point since Feb. 15 and 17. Since then, he has posted 17 points (5+12) in 20 games. Moulson has not gone consecutive home games without recording a point since Jan. 13 and 15. Since then, he has posted 12 points (3+9) in 14 home games.

BIGGER ROLE FOR LARSSON
Since assuming a larger role at the beginning of March, Johan Larsson has seen a marked improvement in several statistical categories (percentage stats include 5-on-5 play only):

Johan Larsson, 2014-15 season

Month GP G A P SOG TOI/GP +/- CF%/SAT% FF%/USAT%
Nov. – Feb. 20 1 2 3 16 9:47 -1 37.9% 38.4%
March – Present 14 3 7 10 25 19:20 +4 45.9% 46.8%

LIGHTS-OUT LINDBACK
In the 12 games since he was acquired from the Dallas Stars on Feb. 11, Anders Lindback has recorded a .923 save percentage and a 2.65 goals-against average, stopping at least 30 shots in seven of his 11 starts.

BUF-CHI CONNECTIONS
Local Players:

  • Patrick Kane was born and raised in Buffalo.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Played with Johnny Oduya for the Atlanta Thrashers from 2009-2011 and for the Winnipeg Jets during the 2011-12 season.

Brian Gionta:

  • Played with Johnny Oduya for the New Jersey Devils from 2006-2009.

Cody Hodgson:

  • He and Kyle Baun were both born in Toronto, Ontario.

Johan Larsson:

  • Represented Team Sweden alongside Marcus Kruger at the 2012 World Championship.

Andrej Meszaros:

  • Represented Slovakia alongside Marian Hossa at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 Olympics, as well as the 2004 and 2006 World Hockey Championships.
  • Played with Antoine Vermette for the Ottawa Senators from 2005-2008.
  • Played with Kimmo Timonen for the Philadelphia Flyers from 2010-2014. Kris Versteeg and Dan Carcillo were also on the team during the 2010-11 season.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Played with Teuvo Teravainen for Team Finland at the 2013 and 2014 World Junior Championships.

Tyson Strachan:

  • Played with Kris Versteeg for the Florida Panthers from 2011-2013.

Mike Weber:       

  • Played with Brian Bickell for the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires during the 2005-06 season.
  • He and Brandon Saad both hail from Pittsburgh, Pa.

NHL Draft:

  • Brian Gionta (82nd overall) and Brad Richards (64th overall) were both chosen in the third round of the 1998 NHL Draft.
  • Mikhail Grigorenko (12th overall) and Teuvo Teravainen were both selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Deslauriers (247), Foligno (178), Weber (172)
Blocked Shots: Weber (168), Gorges (148), Ristolainen (124)
Shots: Ennis (173), Moulson (151), Gionta (143)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10:
2-8-0 (2), 11/33, 0/32, 33/39
11-20: 3-5-2 (8), 23/36, 4/27, 28/39
21-30: 7-3-0 (14), 22/22, 2/25, 20/25
31-40: 2-7-1 (5), 21/44, 4/27, 19/31
41-50: 0-10-0 (0), 17/43, 6/29, 26/37
51-60: 3-5-2 (8), 16/23, 3/27, 26/32
61-70: 3-5-2 (8), 24/33, 3/22, 21/30
71-80: 2-4-1 (5), 18/23, 6/25, 15/17

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-3; 98-101 all-time)
October 30 vs. Boston: L, 3-2 (GDG-Marchand, 1:20)
December 13 vs. Florida: W, 4-3 (GDG-Zadorov, 0:29)
December 21 at Boston: L, 4-3 (Eriksson, 2:14)
March 26 vs. Arizona: L 4-3 (Gagner, 0:56)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (8-5; 65-51 all-time)
October 14 at Carolina: W, 4-3 (GDG-Girgensons)
November 2 vs. Detroit: W, 3-2 (GDG-Girgensons)

November 5 vs. Montreal: L, 2-1 (GDG-Parenteau)
November 29 at Montreal: W, 4-3 (GDG-Flynn)
December 2 vs. Tampa Bay: W, 2-1 (GDG-Hodgson)
December 15 vs. Ottawa: W, 5-2 (GDG-Moulson)
December 27 vs. NY Islanders: W, 4-3 (GDG-Ennis)

February 17 at New Jersey: L, 2-1 (GDG-Gomez)
February 19 at Philadelphia: W, 3-2 (GDG-Flynn)
February 22 vs. Nashville: L, 2-1 (GDG-Forsberg)
March 11 at Toronto: L, 4-3 (GDG-Bozak)
March 16 vs. Washington: L, 4-3 (GDG-Kuznetsov)
March 17 at Boston: W, 2-1 (GDG-Ennis)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Assists

Zach Bogosian … 9 assists … 100 career assists

RECENT MILESTONES
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