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Game Preview: 3/9/19 at Colorado

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, March 7
Buffalo 4 at Chicago 5 (SO)
Goals: Sobotka, Montour, Bogosian, Okposo
Goalie: Hutton (41 saves/45 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 5/5; Shots: Chicago 45 – Buffalo 39

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 206)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Jake McCabe (upper body, March 4) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, March 12: Dallas at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 14: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 16: Buffalo at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 17: St. Louis at Buffalo, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, March 20: Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
SABRES at AVALANCHE

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Avalanche this season.
  • Last meeting: Colorado defeated Buffalo 6-1 in Buffalo on Oct. 11, 2018
  • The Sabres are 3-7-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Avalanche; 3-5-2 on the road.
  • This is the 145th game all-time between Buffalo and Colorado; Buffalo has a 62-58-24 series record.
  • The Sabres are 24-35-13 on the road against the Avalanche all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-6-2 all-time on March 9.
  • March 9, 1973: Tim Horton scores his first goal as a member of the Sabres in a 5-2 loss at Vancouver.
  • March 9, 1980: Mike Ramsey makes his NHL debut, Rick Martin scores four goals and Gilbert Perreault notches five assists in a 9-4 win over St. Louis.
  • March 9, 1988: Phil Housley scores two goals at Minnesota on his 24th birthday, including his 29th of the season, still the most in a season by any defenseman in Sabres history. (Housley’s career-high 31 goals in 1983-84 included seven scored while playing as a forward.)
  • March 9, 2006: Derek Roy scores his second career hat trick six days after scoring his first in an 8-5 win vs. Tampa Bay.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Today’s game is Buffalo’s ninth and final afternoon game of the season. The Sabres are 6-2-0 in the first eight.
  • With a Buffalo win today, the Sabres and Avalanche will have split the season series for the fourth consecutive season.
  • Conor Sheary has totaled seven points (3+4) in his last seven games, including a point in each of his last three road contests (1+2).
  • Scott Wilson enters today’s contest with assists in each of Buffalo’s last two games. A point today would give him the fifth three-game point streak of his career, tying his career high.
  • Tage Thompson is expected to appear in his 100th NHL game today.

HOT AGAINST COLORADO

  • Brandon Montour has totaled five points (2+3) in four career games against the Avalanche, tying as his highest total against any NHL team. His 1.25 points per game against Colorado rank as his highest per-game output against any opponent.
  • Jack Eichel has recorded six points (2+4) in six career meetings with Colorado, including four points (1+3) in three road games.
  • Carter Hutton is 5-2-0 in seven career appearances against the Avalanche, including wins in both of his two starts in Colorado.
  • Rasmus Dahlin recorded his first NHL point (assist) in the first meeting between these teams this season on Oct. 11, 2018 in Buffalo.
  • Casey Nelson scored his first NHL goal against the Avalanche on Feb. 11, 2018.

KILLING IT

  • Buffalo entered play Friday ranked fifth in the league with a penalty kill percentage of 83.0 percent this season.
  • The Sabres have allowed just three power-play goals in their last 12 games, going 22-for-25 on the penalty kill (88.0%) and scoring one shorthanded goal during that stretch.
  • During those 25 penalty kills, the Sabres allowed just 37 power-play shots. Buffalo’s goaltenders have a save percentage of .919 while shorthanded during that span.
  • Buffalo’s penalty kill percentage this season is the team’s best mark since the 2010-11 season (83.0%).

RISING IN THE RECORD BOOKS

  • With his goal on March 2 at Toronto, Jason Pominville tied Don Luce for 10th-most regular-season goals in Sabres history (216). He now trails Rene Robert by six goals for ninth-most all-time.
  • Pominville needs nine points to tie Luce for seventh-most in franchise history (526) and nine assists to tie him for seventh-most in that category (310). His 719 games played with the Sabres trail Luce by 47 for seventh-most all-time as well.

DYNAMIC DUO
Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner have both recorded a point on the same goal 31 times this season, making them the most productive Sabres duo since Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek combined on 39 goals in the 2011-12 season. At least one of the two has recorded a point on 99 of the team’s 190 goals this season (52.1%).

JACK ATTACK

  • Entering play Friday, Jack Eichel was tied for 14th in the league with 20 points (9+11) in 19 games since the All-Star Break. His nine goals during that span tied for 10th.
  • Eichel has totaled 72 points this season, setting a new career-high mark, also tying his previous high with 25 goals. He has joined Rick Martin and Thomas Vanek as the third player in franchise history to record at least 20 goals in each of his first four NHL seasons.
  • With 47 assists so far this season, Eichel is the first Sabres player to record at least 45 assists in a season since Tim Connolly recorded 48 in 2009-10. The last Sabre to record at least 50 assists was Jason Pominville (53) in 2007-08.
  • Eichel is currently on pace to record 42 even-strength assists this season. It would trail only LaFontaine’s franchise-record 52 in 1992-93.

DAH-LEAN ON ME

  • Entering play Friday, Rasmus Dahlin led rookie defensemen and ranked second among all NHL rookies in points (37) and assists (29).
  • With 37 points (8+29) through 67 games, Dahlin is scoring at a higher rate than he did in the Swedish Hockey League last season, when he totaled 20 points (7+13) in 41 games for Frölunda.
  • Dahlin trails only Phil Housley (57 points in 1982-83) and Bobby Orr (38 points in 1966-67) for the most points ever recorded by an NHL defenseman before his 19th birthday.
  • With seven multi-point games so far this season, Dahlin has recorded more multi-point games as an 18-year-old than all but two defensemen in NHL history: Housley (13) and Orr (8).
  • Dahlin’s three game-winning goals this season are already the most ever recorded by a Sabres rookie defenseman. His total also ties for ninth-most by any Sabres rookie and eighth-most in a season by any defenseman in franchise history.

SKINNER, SKINNER, CHICKEN DINNER

  • Jeff Skinner has scored 36 goals this season, becoming the fifth player ever to score at least 35 in his first season with the Sabres.
  • His next goal will match his previous career high of 37 set in the 2016-17 season and his 38th goal would tie Gilbert Perreault (1970-71) and Ray Sheppard (1987-88) for third-most ever scored by a first-year Sabre.
  • Skinner’s 28 even-strength goals are already the most ever recorded by player in his first year with the Sabres, breaking a record previously held by Danny Gare (26) since 1974-75.

LEADING THE WAY
Each of the Sabres’ top three scorers is currently on pace to shatter his previous personal best in points on the strength of career-best production at even strength:

Player/Season GP G A PTS ES G ES A ES P
Eichel Career High (2017-18) 67 25 39 64 22 20 42
Eichel 2018-19 64 25 47 72 17 34 51
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 79 31 58 89 21 42 63
               
Reinhart Career High (2017-18) 82 25 25 50 13 16 29
Reinhart 2018-19 67 18 40 58 16 28 44
Reinhart 2018-19 (Pace) 82 22 49 71 20 34 54
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 67 36 22 58 28 14 42
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 44 27 71 34 17 51

SCORING WHEN IT COUNTS

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

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 3/8 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 83.0% PK% (5th)
  • Eichel: 257 S (5th)
  • Ristolainen: 24:56 TOI/GP (8th)
  • Skinner: 7 GWG (T-3rd), 3 OTG (T-3rd), 28 EVG (5th), 36 G (T-6th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (204), Girgensons (114), McCabe (96)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (108), Bogosian (104), McCabe (95)
Shots: Eichel (257), Skinner (222), Ristolainen (159)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 6-4-0 (12), 26/28, 8/38, 22/30
11-20: 6-2-2 (14), 35/27, 4/28, 26/29
21-30: 5-3-2 (12), 31/32, 5/28, 23/29
31-40: 4-4-2 (10), 24/27, 7/31, 27/29
41-50: 4-6-0 (8), 30/34, 1/25, 14/20
51-60: 3-6-1 (7), 26/38, 7/30, 19/22
61-70: 2-5-0 (4), 23/29, 6/21, 13/16

OVERTIME RESULTS (7-6; 120-127 all-time)
Oct. 27 at CBJ: L, 5-4 (GWG-Panarin, 0:31)
Oct. 30 vs. CGY: L, 2-1 (GWG-Gaudreau, 2:40)
Nov. 8 at MTL: W, 6-5 (GWG-Ristolainen, 1:38)
Nov. 19 at PIT: W, 5-4 (GWG-Eichel, 0:45)
Nov. 23 vs. MTL: W, 3-2 (GWG-Skinner, 3:06)
Nov. 27 vs. SJS: W, 3-2 (GWG-Skinner, 1:41)
Nov. 30 at FLA: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barkov, 2:26)
Dec. 4 vs. TOR: L, 4-3 (GWG-Matthews, 4:57)
Dec. 11 vs. LAK: W, 4-3 (GWG-Skinner, 1:49)
Dec. 29 vs. BOS: L, 3-2 (GWG-Kuraly, 3:44)
Jan. 16 at CGY: W, 4-3 (GWG-Eichel, 1:10)
Feb. 8 vs. CAR: L, 6-5 (GWG-Teravainen, 3:25)
March 1 vs. PIT: W, 4-3 (GWG-Sheary, 4:11)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (5-2; 75-68 all-time)
Nov. 10 vs. VAN: W, 4-3 (GDG-Mittelstadt)
Nov. 16 at WPG: W, 2-1 (GDG-Sheary)
Nov. 24 at DET: W, 3-2 (GDG-Reinhart)
Dec. 15 at WSH: L, 4-3 (GDG-Ovechkin)
Feb. 5 vs. MIN: W, 5-4 (GDG-Reinhart)
Feb. 21 at TBL: L, 2-1 (GDG-Stamkos)
March 7 at CHI: L, 5-4 (GDG-Kane)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Tage Thompson … 1 game … 100 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 1 goal … 217 goals with Sabres (sole possession, 10th in franchise history)
Jack Eichel … 2 goals … 100 career goals
Jason Pominville … 9 goals … 300 career goals
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 1 assist … 300 career assists
Jeff Skinner … 3 assists … 200 career assists
Matt Hunwick … 7 assists … 100 career assists
Jason Pominville … 8 assists … 310 assists with Sabres (T-7th in franchise history)
Points
Sam Reinhart … 2 points … 200 career points 

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Post-Game Report: 10/11 vs. Colorado

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Avalanche
(3-1-0)
3 1 2 6 30
Sabres
(2-2-0)
0 1 0 1 31

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • The Sabres finished their four-game home stand to open the season with a 2-2-0 record. They will begin a five-game Pacific Division road trip on Saturday at Arizona.
  • Jason Pominville appeared in his 664th regular-season game with the Sabres, tying Mike Foligno and Ric Seiling for 10th on the franchise’s all-time list.
    • Pominville is now just 17 games from tying Rick Martin (681 games) for ninth in franchise history.
  • Nathan Beaulieu scored his first goal of the season.
  • Rasmus Dahlin recorded his first NHL point with an assist on Beaulieu’s goal.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Avalanche
Varlamov W .968 1.00
Sabres Hutton L .800 6.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Avalanche Varlamov 3-0-0 .955 1.33
Sabres Hutton 2-2-0 .912 3.07

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo

Sabres defenseman Nathan Beaulieu

Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar

Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon

Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen

Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov

Game Preview: 10/11/18 vs. Colorado

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Monday, October 8
Vegas 2 at Buffalo 4
Goals: Eichel (2), Scandella, Pominville
Goalie: Hutton (35 saves/37 shots)
PP: 1/2; PK: 2/2; Shots: Vegas 37 – Buffalo 17

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 17)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 3 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 3 games
Johan Larsson (lower body, Oct. 4) – 3 games
Sean Malone (knee, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 3 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 3 games
Vladimir Sobotka (upper body, Oct. 6) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/11:
Activated F Johan Larsson from IR; Placed D Zach Bogosian on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Oct. 13: Buffalo at Arizona, 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 16: Buffalo at Vegas, 10 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 18: Buffalo at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 20: Buffalo at Los Angeles, 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 21: Buffalo at Anaheim, 8 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
AVALANCHE at SABRES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Avalanche this season.
  • Next meeting: Saturday, March 9, 2019 in Colorado
  • Last meeting: Colorado defeated Buffalo 5-4 in Buffalo on Feb. 11
  • The Sabres are 3-7-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Avalanche; 3-5-2 at home.
  • This is the 144th game all-time between Buffalo and Colorado; Buffalo has a 62-57-24 series record.
  • The Sabres are 38-22-11 at home against the Avalanche all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-4-3 all-time on October 11.
  • October 11, 1979: Lindy Ruff scores in his first NHL game, a 6-3 win vs. Washington, becoming the first Sabres defenseman ever to score in his NHL debut.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is the final in a four-game home stand. The four games mark the longest home stretch to open a season in franchise history. After tonight, the team will head west to play five games against Pacific Division teams in nine days from Oct. 13 to 21.
  • Jack Eichel has recorded at least a point in each of his five career meetings with the Avalanche, totaling six points (2+4) in those games.
  • Carter Hutton is 5-1-0 in six career appearances against Colorado with a .925 save percentage, including a 3-0-0 record and .951 save percentage last season.
  • Casey Nelson scored his first NHL goal in his only previous meeting with the Avalanche on Feb. 11, when these teams last met.

MAKING HISTORY

  • If he dresses, tonight’s game will be Jason Pominville’s 664th regular-season game as a member of the Sabres, tying him with Mike Foligno and Ric Seiling for 10th-most games in franchise history.
  • After tonight, Pominville will be just 17 games behind Rick Martin (681) for ninth and 48 games behind Alexei Zhitnik (712) for eighth.
  • Pominville will be the first player to break into the franchise’s top 10 in games played since Zhitnik passed Foligno, Seiling and Martin to move into eighth during the 2003-04 season.
  • Pominville also ranks in or near the franchise’s regular-season top 10 in goals (12th, 202), assists (8th, 289) and points (11th, 491).

CAPTAIN JACK

  • After being named captain on Oct. 3, Jack Eichel became the 19th full-season captain in franchise history and the 28th player to wear the captain’s “C” for at least a one-month period for the Sabres.
  • At 21 years of age, Eichel is the youngest captain in Sabres history, passing Jim Schoenfeld, who served as the team’s captain as a 23-year-old in the 1975-76 season.

A FRESH FACE

  • On Thursday 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. MNS).
  • Dahlin skated 22:37 in his debut, trailing only Rasmus Ristolainen (24:12) for the night. It was the highest ice time recorded by a Sabres player making his NHL debut and the 21st-highest ice time by any NHL player in their first game since the league began tracking ice time in the 1997-98 season.

2018-19 ROSTER NOTES
Of the 23 players on Buffalo’s opening night roster:

  • Nine were originally drafted by the Sabres — six were first-round selections (Girgensons, 2012; Ristolainen, 2013; Reinhart, 2014; Eichel, 2015; Mittelstadt, 2017; Dahlin, 2018), two were second-round picks (Pominville, 2001; McCabe, 2012) and one was a sixth-round pick (Ullmark, 2012).
  • Nine were acquired in trades: Beaulieu, Berglund, Bogosian, Pominville, Scandella, Sheary, Skinner, Sobotka, Thompson
  • Five were signed as free agents: Hutton, Nelson, Okposo, Rodrigues, Tennyson
  • One was acquired via waivers: Elie
  • Fifteen played in Buffalo at some point last season: Beaulieu, Bogosian, Eichel, Girgensons, McCabe, Mittelstadt, Nelson, Okposo, Pominville, Reinhart, Ristolainen, Rodrigues, Scandella, Tennyson, Ullmark
  • Eight are new to the Sabres this season: Berglund, Dahlin, Elie, Hutton, Sheary, Skinner, Sobotka, Thompson
  • Four opened the season on an NHL roster for the first time in their careers: Dahlin, Elie, Mittelstadt, Ullmark

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

  • Buffalo Sabres: 37.5 PP% (6th), 2.33 GA/GP (T-8th), 83.3 PK% (T-9th)
  • Eichel: 3 G (T-8th)
  • Hutton: 100 SV (1st), 2 W (T-2nd)
  • Ristolainen: 25:36 TOI/GP (7th)
  • Sheary: 2 PPG (T-2nd)

BUF-COL CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres

  • Avalanche F J.T. Compher was drafted by the Sabres in the second round (35th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Avalanche assistant coach Nolan Pratt played for the Sabres for one season (2000-01) during his professional career. He skated in 46 games with the team and recorded three points (1+2).
  • Avalanche D Nikita Zadorov was selected by Buffalo in the first round (16th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft. He spent one season with the club (2014-15), playing in 60 games and recording 15 points (3+12).

Nathan Beaulieu

  • Played with Avalanche F Sven Andrighetto and D Mark Barberio in Montreal.

Patrik Berglund

  • Played with Avalanche D Ian Cole and D Erik Johnson in St. Louis.
  • Played for the Blues when Avalanche assistant coach Ray Bennett held the same role in St. Louis.

Jason Botterill

  • Was the assistant general manager in Pittsburgh when Avalanche D Ian Cole played for the Penguins.

Phil Housley

  • Was an assistant coach in Nashville when Avalanche F Gabriel Bourque, F Vladislav Kamenev and F Colin Wilson played for the Predators.

Carter Hutton

  • Played with Avalanche F Gabriel Bourque and F Colin Wilson in Nashville.
  • Played for the Blues when Avalanche assistant coach Ray Bennett held the same role in St. Louis.

Davis Payne

  • Played with Avalanche assistant general manager Craig Billington in Boston from 1995 to 1996.
  • Was the head coach in St. Louis when Avalanche D Ian Cole and D Erik Johnson played for the Blues. Avalanche assistant coach Ray Bennett was also on his coaching staff during his tenure with the team.

Conor Sheary

  • Played with Avalanche D Ian Cole in Pittsburgh.

Vladimir Sobotka

  • Played with Avalanche D Ian Cole and D Erik Johnson in St. Louis.
  • Played for the Blues when Avalanche assistant coach Ray Bennett held the same role in St. Louis.

Matt Tennyson

  • Played with Avalanche F Matt Nieto in San Jose.

Scott Wilson

  • Played with Avalanche D Ian Cole in Pittsburgh.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (8), Girgensons (7), McCabe (7)
Blocked Shots: Berglund (7), Ristolainen (4), Eichel/McCabe (3)
Shots: Eichel (12), Ristolainen (8), Scandella/Sheary (7)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 2-1-0 (4), 7/7, 3/8, 5/6

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-0; 113-121 all-time)
N/A

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Jason Pominville … 1 game … 664 games played with Sabres (T-10th in franchise history)
Patrik Berglund … 3 games … 700 career games played
Remi Elie … 8 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 9 goals … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Points
Jason Pominville … 3 points … 700 career points
Conor Sheary … 4 points … 100 career points
Jason Pominville … 6 points … 497 points with Sabres (T-10th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Post-Game Report: 2/11 vs. Colorado

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
 Avalanche
(30-21-4)
2 1 2 5 27
Sabres
(16-30-10)
1 1 2 4 32

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • With his shorthanded goal tonight, Benoit Pouliot has scored in consecutive contests. In his last 10 games against the Avalanche, Pouliot has 10 points (5+5), including at least a point in each of the last five (4+2).
  • Casey Nelson’s shorthanded marker tonight was the first goal of his NHL career.
    • Nelson became the second player in Sabres history to tally his first career goal while shorthanded, joining Kevin O’Shea (3/14/71 at Minnesota).
  • Buffalo scored two shorthanded goals in a game for the second time this season (last: Oct. 7 at NY Islanders). The Sabres are now tied for the league lead with nine shorthanded goals this season.
  • Ryan O’Reilly led all skaters with three points (1+2), including his 400th NHL point. It was O’Reilly’s 15th career game with at least three points and his third of the season.
    • O’Reilly now has 15 points (8+7) in his last 15 games.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Avalanche Bernier W .875 4.02
Sabres Lehner L .815 5.31

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Avalanche Bernier 17-10-2 .916 2.74
Sabres Lehner 12-21-7 .910 2.90

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly

Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen

Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar

Avalanche forward Tyson Jost

Avalanche forward Colin Wilson

Game Preview: 2/11/18 vs. Colorado

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, February 10
Buffalo 4 at Boston 2
Goals: Kane, Wilson, Pouliot, Ristolainen
Goalie: Johnson (25 saves/27 shots)
PP: 0/1; PK: 4/4; Shots: Buffalo 28 – Boston 27

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 193)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 12 games
Jake McCabe (thumb, Feb. 8) – 2 games
Zemgus Girgensons (illness, Feb. 10) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/11:
Recalled F Nicholas Baptiste from Rochester (AHL); Placed D Jack McCabe on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Feb. 13: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 15: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 17: Los Angeles at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 19: Washington at Buffalo, 3 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 22: Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
AVALANCHE at SABRES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Avalanche this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Colorado 4-2 in Colorado on Dec. 5, 2017
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Avalanche; 4-4-2 at home.
  • This is the 143rd game all-time between Buffalo and Colorado; Buffalo has a 62-56-24 series record.
  • The Sabres are 38-21-11 at home against the Avalanche all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-10-1 all-time on February 11.
  • February 11, 2006: Thomas Vanek scores on two of his seven shots as Sabres top the Florida Panthers 5-3 to improve to 7-0-1 in an eight-game span.
  • February 11, 2015: The Sabres acquire Evander Kane, Zach Bogosian and Jason Kasdorf from the Winnipeg Jets.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Jack Eichel left last night’s game with an injury in the first period.
  • Sabres goaltenders Robin Lehner and Chad Johnson have combined to stop 224 of the 236 shots (.949) they have faced at even strength in Buffalo’s last nine games.
  • The Sabres have won their last two home meetings with the Avalanche and are looking to stretch the streak to three for the first time since the Sabres topped the Nordiques/Avalanche in three straight visits from March 28, 1995 to Nov. 14, 1996.
  • With a point tonight, the Sabres will have won the season series against Colorado for the first time since they won the lone matchup in 2005-06. The Sabres last swept a multi-game season series against the Avalanche six attempts ago, with wins in both meetings during the 1999-00 season.

HOT AGAINST COLORADO

  • Robin Lehner has started all five games against the Avalanche since he joined the Sabres, stopping 150 of 159 shots faced in those games (.943).
  • Jack Eichel (2+4) and Ryan O’Reilly (0+6) both have six points in five career games against the Avalanche.
  • Benoit Pouliot has nine points (4+5) in his last nine games against Colorado, including at least a point in each of the last four (3+2).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has four points (1+3) and a plus-five rating in seven career games against the Avalanche.
  • Evander Kane has a goal in five of his last seven games against Colorado.

PLAYING WITH POWER

  • The Sabres have tallied at least one power-play goal in 10 of their last 14 games dating back to Jan. 7 at Philadelphia (and went 0-for-0 on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus), converting at a 32.5 percent clip during that span.
  • Buffalo’s power-play percentage during this stretch led the league after last night’s game, and the team’s 13 power-play goals tied for the league lead.
  • During that stretch, the Sabres’ top power-play unit (Eichel, Okposo, O’Reilly, Reinhart, Ristolainen) has combined for 12 goals and each member of the unit has at least six power-play points.
  • Ryan O’Reilly led the league after last night’s game with five power-play goals since Jan. 7. Jack Eichel’s nine power-play points (2+7) during that stretch tied for second.
  • O’Reilly has taken 74.1 percent of the team’s power-play faceoffs during that span, going 43-for-60 (71.7%).
  • O’Reilly’s nine power-play goals this season tied for fifth in the league after last night’s game.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 14 points (4+10) in his last 11 games.
  • Robin Lehner has stopped 175 of 185 shots (.946) in his last six games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 15 points (4+11) in his last 18 games, dating back to Dec. 29. Ristolainen’s 15 points during that span ranked tied for fourth among NHL defensemen after last night’s game.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded 13 points (3+10) in his last 13 games, including four multi-point games.

HOT AT HOME

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 20 points (12+8) in 18 home games dating back to Nov. 20 vs. CBJ.
  • Kyle Okposo has totaled 13 points (2+11) in his last 13 home games, including three multi-point home games in the month of January.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 11 points (5+6) in 10 home games dating back to the team’s game on Dec. 22 vs. Philadelphia.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled seven points (2+5) in his last six home games.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s 12th of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, after a 4-2 win last night at Boston. The Sabres are 5-7-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 3-6-2 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (1), three points (0), two points (5), one point (2) and zero points (3).

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 34 points (15+19) in 30 games since the beginning of December.
  • During that stretch, Eichel ranked in the top 10 in the league in goals (T-7th, 15), points (T-5th, 34), even-strength goals (T-4th, 12) and shots (3rd, 120) after last night’s game.
  • Eichel scored at least two goals in four of those 30 games and finished last night’s game tied for 13th 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 surpass his personal bests in goals (24), assists (33) and points (57) on the strength of improved production at even strength (T-10th in NHL in ES goals, T-10th in ES points after last night’s game).
  • Eichel’s 16 multi-point games this season through 55 games have already tied his career best set in 2016-17.
  • 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). Through 55 games, Eichel now has 19 even-strength goals.
  • With his 36th even-strength point in his 53rd game of the season on Feb. 7 vs. Anaheim, Eichel surpassed his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games). Through 55 games, he now has 38 even-strength points.

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

  • Of Jack Eichel’s 53 points so far this season, 24 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes 6-on-5 situations).
  • Through 55 games, Eichel’s 24 primary points (13+11) during 5-on-5 play have already surpassed his 61-game total from last season (11+10) and tied his career-best total from his 81-game rookie season (12+12).

*All primary point stats via NaturalStatTrick.com

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

  • Eichel: 201 S (6th), 38 EVP (T-10th), 19 EVG (T-10th)
  • Girgensons: 2 SHG (T-5th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 3 SHP (T-5th), 202 S (5th)
  • O’Reilly: 802 FOW (1st), 60.9% FO% (1st), 1,316 FO (2nd), 9 PPG (T-5th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:29 TOI/GP (3rd)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (135), McCabe (110), Kane (109)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (83), McCabe (79), Ristolainen (68)
Shots: Kane (202), Eichel (201), O’Reilly (141)

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: 2-2-1 (6), 13/14, 3/9, 17/21

OVERTIME RESULTS (3-9; 111-120 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)
Jan. 22 at CGY: W, 2-1 (GWG-Eichel)
Feb. 6 vs. ANA: L, 4-3 (GWG-Henrique)

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Jack Eichel … 3 games … 200 career games played
Assists
Jack Eichel … 4 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Ryan O’Reilly … 2 points … 400 career points
Zemgus Girgensons … 4 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Benoit Pouliot … 600th NHL game … Feb. 6 vs. ANA
Buffalo Sabres … 1,000th regular-season home win … Feb. 8 vs. NYI
Jacob Josefson … 300th NHL game … Feb. 10 at BOS