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Game Preview: 2/25/17 at COL

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Sunday, February 19
Chicago 5 at Buffalo 1
Goals: Kane
Goalie: Lehner (32 saves/37 shots)
PP: 0/4; PK: 3/3; Shots: Chicago 37 – Buffalo 26

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 297)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 60 games
Johan Larsson (wrist, Jan. 3; injured reserve) – 24 games
William Carrier (knee, Feb.4; injured reserve) – 10 games
Zemgus Girgensons (middle body, Feb. 9) – 7 games
Sam Reinhart (illness, Feb. 18) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/19:
Assigned D Taylor Fedun to Rochester (AHL)
2/20: Assigned F Justin Bailey, F Nicholas Baptiste and F Evan Rodrigues to Rochester (AHL)
2/24: Recalled F Justin Bailey and F Evan Rodrigues from Rochester (AHL); Activated F Zemgus Girgensons from IR; Assigned F Derek Grant to Rochester

UPCOMING GAMES
Sunday, Feb. 26:
Buffalo at Arizona, 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 28: Nashville at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 2: Arizona at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 4: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 5: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 5 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES AT AVALANCHE

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Avalanche this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Colorado 2-0 in Buffalo on Feb. 16
  • The Sabres are 2-5-3 in their last 10 games vs. the Avalanche; 4-4-2 on the road.
  • This is the 141st game all-time between Buffalo and Colorado; Buffalo has a 61-55-24 series record.
  • The Sabres are 23-34-13 on the road against the Avalanche all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-7-3 all-time on February 25.
  • February 25, 1978: The Sabres and Cleveland Barons combine for 16 goals as the Sabres pick up a 13-3 road victory. Danny Gare tallied five points (3+2) and Andre Savard, Jerry Korab and Gary McAdam each scored two goals in the game.
  • February 25, 1998: Dominik Hasek makes 33 saves in his return from Olympic action and Geoff Sanderson scores just 1:22 into his Sabres debut as the Sabres battle to a 2-2 tie at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs, extending their unbeaten streak to 10 games (5-0-5).

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • This is the first game after a five-day break for the Sabres, who return from their bye week tonight.
  • The Sabres are looking to win their fourth game in their past five contests.
  • With a win tonight, the Sabres will have won three consecutive games against the Avalanche for the first time since March 24, 2003 to Dec. 4, 2005.
  • The Sabres last won a game in Colorado on Dec. 4, 2005, having gone 0-3-2 in the five games since then.
  • Robin Lehner has started all three games against the Avalanche since he joined the Sabres last season, stopping 90 of 93 total shots (.968).
  • Jack Eichel (1+2), Evander Kane (3+0) and Ryan O’Reilly (0+4) all have points in each of their last three games against the Avalanche.
  • Sam Reinhart has three points (2+1) in three career games against Colorado.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel has logged 18 points (5+13) in his last 18 games, including six multi-point outings. The Sabres are 10-0-0 this season (and 19-3-0 in his career) when he has at least two points.
  • Evander Kane has 15 points (9+6) in his last 14 games.
  • Sam Reinhart has six points (2+4) in his last six games, but missed the team’s last two games with an illness.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has a point in eight of his last 10 games (1+7). A point tonight would stretch his point streak to a career-high six games.
  • Robin Lehner has logged a .942 save percentage in 10 games during the month of February.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has nine points (4+5) in 11 games in February.

HOW THE WEST WAS WON

  • Tonight is the Sabres’ fourth game in a seven-game stretch against Western Conference teams. Buffalo is 2-1-0 in the first three games.
  • The Sabres are 12-7-2 in all games against the Western Conference this season and 12-6-3 in their last 21 games against the Central Division.

THEY’VE GOT THE POWER

  • The Sabres entered play Friday ranked third in the league with a 22.5% success rate on the power play.
  • Buffalo has not finished a season ranked in the top five in power play percentage since the 2005-06 season (third, 21.2%).
  • The team’s current power-play percentage would rank as the ninth-best conversion rate in franchise history and the best since the team’s 22.6% mark in 1993-94. It would be the 50th-best season by any team since the league began publishing the stat in 1987-88.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s 12th of a league-high 19 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night in Arizona. The Sabres are 6-3-2 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 4-6-1 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets this season is: four points (2), three points (2), two points (4), one point (1) and zero points (2).

THE KANE EVENT
Evander Kane
has scored each of his 21 goals this season in his last 36 games, including a team-high 20 even-strength goals. Since Dec. 1, he is ranked second among all NHL skaters in goals (21), leads the league in even-strength goals (20) and ranks fifth in shots on goal (140).

*All rankings before 2/24 games.

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

2015-16

2016-17

Jack Eichel

Sam Reinhart

Jack Eichel

Sam Reinhart

G/GP

.30 (25)

.29 (24)

.33 (27)

.22 (18)

A/GP

.40 (33)

.24 (20)

.51 (42)

.41 (34)

P/GP

.69 (57)

.53 (43)

.85 (69)

.64 (52)

SOG/GP

2.9 (238)

2.1 (172)

4.0 (330)

2.3 (185)

(82-game pace in parentheses)

ASSIST-OLAINEN
Rasmus Ristolainen
entered played Friday tied for 25th among all NHL skaters with 32 assists.

  • Ristolainen has recorded an assist on 22.5 percent of his teammates’ goals. 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 19 goals to fall below 20 percent.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 2/24 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 22.5% PP% (3rd)
  • Eichel: 4.0 S/GP (2nd)
  • Foligno: 209 hits (3rd)
  • Kane: 20 EVG (T-6th), 3.4 S/GP (10th)
  • Lehner: .925 SV% (7th), .933 EV SV% (8th)
  • Nilsson: .934 EV SV% (6th), .922 SV% (9th)
  • Okposo: 20 PPP (T-9th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:40 TOI/GP (1st, forwards), 57.9 FO% (6th)
  • Ristolainen: 19 PPA (T-1st), 26:58 TOI (4th), 20 PPP (T-9th), 32 A (6th, defensemen)

BUF-COL Connections
Former Sabres:

  • Buffalo selected Mikhail Grigorenko in the first round (12th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft and he had 14 points (6+8) in 68 games for the Sabres.

Former Avalanche:

  • Colorado selected Ryan O’Reilly in the second round (33rd overall) in the 2009 NHL Draft. He went on to play 427 games from 2009 to 2015 and had 246 points (90+156).

Dan Bylsma:

  • Coached Jarome Iginla for part of the 2012-13 season.

Tyler Ennis:

  • He and Jarome Iginla were both born in Edmonton, Alberta.

Justin Falk

  • Played with Rene Bourque for the Columbus Blue Jackets for part of the 2014-15 season.
  • Was a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets from 2014-2016 along with Cody Goloubef and Fedor Tyutin.

Cody Franson

  • Teammates with Joe Colborne for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2011-2013.

Brian Gionta:

  • Played alongside Rene Bourque for the Montreal Canadiens from 2011-2014.

Josh Gorges:

  • Teammates with Blake Comeau for the Kelowna Rockets (WHL) from 2001-2004.
  • Played with Rene Bourque for the Montreal Canadiens from 2011-2014.

Robin Lehner:

  • Was a member of the Ottawa Senators from 2010-2015 alongside Patrick Wiercioch.

Matt Moulson:

  • Teammates with Blake Comeau for the New York Islanders from 2009-2011.

Anders Nilsson:

  • Played for the New York Islanders during the 2011-12 season along with Blake Comeau.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for the New York Islanders alongside Blake Comeau from 2007-2011.

Evan Rodrigues:

  • Played at Boston University from 2011-2013 with Matt Nieto.

International Teammates:

  • 2009 World Junior Championship (Canada): Evander Kane, Tyler Ennis and Cody Goloubef.
  • 2010 World Championship (Canada): Evander Kane, Francois Beauchemin, Rene Bourque and Matt Duchene.
  • 2011 World Junior Championship (Canada): Marcus Foligno and Tyson Barrie.
  • 2011 World Championship (Canada): Evander Kane and Matt Duchene.
  • 2011 World Championship (Russia): Dmitry Kulikov and Fedor Tyutin.
  • 2013 World Championship (Canada): Ryan O’Reilly and Matt Duchene.
  • 2015 World Championship (Canada): Tyler Ennis, Ryan O’Reilly, Tyson Barrie, Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon.

NHL Draft:

  • Brian Gionta (82nd overall) and Francois Beauchemin (75th overall) were third-round picks in the 1998 NHL Draft.
  • Evander Kane (4th overall), Dmitry Kulikov (14th overall) and Matt Duchene (3rd overall) were all first-round selections in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Nicolas Deslauriers (82nd overall) and Tyson Barrie (64th overall) were both third-round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Mikhail Grigorenko (12th overall) were first-round picks in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall), Nathan MacKinnon (1st overall) and Nikita Zadorov (16th overall) were all first-round draft picks in the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Jack Eichel (2nd overall) and Mikko Rantanen (10th overall) were selected in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (209), Ristolainen (154), Gorges (99)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (136), McCabe (81), Gorges (78)
Shots: Kane (165), Eichel (157), Okposo (142)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10:
4-4-2 (10), 23/24, 8/35, 26/31
11-20: 3-4-3 (9), 15/26, 6/31, 28/36
21-30: 5-3-2 (12), 31/26, 8/30, 13/24
31-40: 4-4-2 (10), 27/31, 7/34, 21/28
41-50: 4-5-1 (9), 28/33, 6/27, 21/28
51-60: 6-4-0 (12), 26/25, 6/25, 24/30

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-5; 108-110 all-time)
Oct. 18 at CGY: L, 4-3 (GWG-Monahan)
Nov. 11 vs. NJD: L, 2-1 (GWG-Greene)
Dec. 5 at WSH: L, 3-2 (GWG-Johansson)
Dec. 6 vs. EDM: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen)
Dec. 16 vs. NYI: W, 3-2 (GWG-Ristolainen)

Jan. 5 at CHI: L, 4-3 (GWG-Kane)
Jan. 20 vs. DET: W, 3-2 (GWG-Okposo)
Jan. 21 at MTL: W, 3-2 (GWG-Bogosian)
Jan. 24 at NSH: W, 5-4 (GWG-Eichel)

Feb. 2 vs. NYR: L, 2-1 (GWG-Kreider)
Feb. 7 vs. SJS: W, 5-4 (GWG-Kane)

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Tyler Ennis … 3 games … 400 NHL games
Dmitry Kulikov … 6 games … 500 NHL games
Goals
Tyler Ennis … 4 goals … 100 NHL goals
Assists
Brian Gionta … 6 assists … 300 NHL assists

RECENT MILESTONES
Nicolas Deslauriers … 200th NHL game … Feb. 19 vs. CHI

 

Post-Game Report: 2/16 vs. COL

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Avalanche
(15-38-2)
0 0 0 0 23
Sabres
(25-23-10)
0 1 1 2 32

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • Evander Kane’s goal tonight gives him 12 points (7+5) in his last  12 games.
  • Kane, who leads all NHL players in even-strength goals since Dec. 1, finished the game tied for 11th in the league with 18 even-strength goals on the season.
  • Robin Lehner earned his second shutout of the season and the fifth of his career. His 23 saves were the fewest needed by a Sabres goaltender in a shutout since Ryan Miller stopped all 22 Florida Panthers shots on Oct. 20, 2011 in Florida.
    • Lehner finished tonight’s game ranked sixth in the NHL with a .926 save percentage this season.
  • With his power-play goal, Sam Reinhart now has six points (2+4) in his last six games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly, who recorded an assist on Reinhart’s goal, has tallied at least a point in all three of his career games against the Avalanche (0+4).
  • With his assist on Reinhart’s goal, Rasmus Ristolainen has points in a career-best five straight home games (1+4).
  • Injury update: Derek Grant left tonight’s game with a shoulder injury.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Avalanche
Pickard L .938 2.06
Sabres Lehner W 1.000 0.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Avalanche Pickard 9-18-1 .905 2.98
Sabres Lehner 16-16-6 .926 2.49

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Evander Kane

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar

Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog

Avalanche goaltender Calvin Pickard

Game Preview: 2/16/17 vs. COL

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, February 14
Buffalo 3 at Ottawa 2
Goals: O’Reilly, Moulson, Bailey
Goalie: Lehner (39 saves/41 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 2/2; Shots: Ottawa 41 – Buffalo 25

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 280)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 57 games
Johan Larsson (wrist, Jan. 3; injured reserve) – 21 games
William Carrier (knee, Feb.4; injured reserve) – 7 games
Zemgus Girgensons (middle body, Feb. 9; injured reserve) – 4 games
Cody Franson (foot, Feb. 11) – 3 games
Evander Kane (illness, Feb. 14) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/10:
Assigned F Evan Rodrigues to Rochester (AHL)
2/11: Recalled F Evan Rodrigues from Rochester (AHL)
2/12: Activated D Zach Bogosian from IR; Placed F Zemgus Girgensons on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Feb. 18:
St. Louis at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 19: Chicago at Buffalo, 6 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 25: Buffalo at Colorado, 10 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 26: Buffalo at Arizona, 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 28: Nashville at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
AVALANCHE AT SABRES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Avalanche and Sabres
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Colorado 4-1 in Buffalo on Feb. 14, 2016
  • The Sabres are 1-5-4 in their last 10 games vs. the Avalanche; 3-5-2 at home.
  • This is the 140th game all-time between Buffalo and Colorado; Buffalo has a 60-55-24 series record.
  • The Sabres are 37-21-11 at home against the Avalanche all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 12-4-4 all-time on February 16.
  • February 16, 2004: Miroslav Satan scores a career-high four goals, including his 250th NHL goal and 500th NHL point, leading the Sabres to a 7-2 victory vs. Atlanta.
  • February 16, 2012: Thomas Vanek scores his 225th NHL goal in a 7-2 loss at Philadelphia, passing Miroslav Satan for seventh-most goals in team history.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • With a win tonight, the Sabres will have won back-to-back games against the Avalanche for the first time since they won three straight from Mar. 24, 2003 to Dec. 4, 2005. The team last won consecutive home games against Colorado as part of a three-game streak from March 28, 1995 to Nov. 14, 1996.
  • Robin Lehner started both games against the Avalanche for the Sabres last season, stopping 67 of 70 total shots (.957).
  • Jack Eichel (1+1), Evander Kane (2+0) and Ryan O’Reilly (0+3) each had points in both games against the Avalanche last season.
  • Tyler Ennis has four assists in his last four games against Colorado.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Kyle Okposo has points in 11 of his last 15 games, including each of his last seven (3+4). With a point tonight, he would tie his career-best mark of eight games, originally set from March 7 to 21, 2009 and matched from Dec. 17, 2013 to Jan. 2, 2014.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 18 points (5+13) in his last 20 games.
  • Jack Eichel has logged 15 points (5+10) in his last 15 games, including six multi-point outings. The Sabres are 10-0-0 this season (and 19-3-0 in his career) when he has at least two points.
  • Evander Kane has 11 points (6+5) in his last 11 games.
  • Sam Reinhart has five points (1+4) in his last five games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has a point in five of his last seven games (1+4).

HOME COOKIN’

  • Ryan O’Reilly has 16 points (5+11) in his last 14 home games.
  • Sam Reinhart has 12 points (4+8) in his last 13 home games.
  • Jack Eichel has 16 points (7+9) in 17 home games this season, including six multi-point outings.
  • Kyle Okposo (3+1) and Rasmus Ristolainen (1+3) each enter tonight’s game on four-game home point streaks.

HOW THE WEST WAS WON

  • Tonight is the Sabres’ fourth game in a stretch of eight straight home games against the Western Conference.
  • Buffalo is 12-3-3 in its last 18 home games against Western Conference opponents and 10-6-2 in all games against the West this season.
  • The Sabres are 10-5-3 in their last 18 games against the Central Division, including a 4-1-2 record in home games. A win tonight would give Buffalo wins in three straight home games against Central Division opponents for the first time since January 1997.

THEY’VE GOT THE POWER

  • The Sabres entered play Wednesday ranked second in the league with a 23.1% success rate on the power play, trailing only Toronto (23.5%).
  • Buffalo has not finished a season ranked in the top five in power play percentage since the 2005-06 season (third, 21.2%).
  • The team’s current power-play percentage would rank as the sixth-best conversion rate in franchise history and the best since the team’s 23.6% mark in 1984-85. It would be the 39th-best season by any team since the league began publishing the stat in 1987-88.

THE KANE EVENT
Evander Kane
has scored each of his 18 goals this season in his last 33 games, including a team-high 17 even-strength goals. In the period since scoring his first goal of the season on Dec. 3 vs. Boston, he is tied for fourth among all NHL skaters in goals (18), leads the league in even-strength goals (17) and ranks fourth in shots on goal (126).

*All rankings before 2/15 games

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

2015-16

2016-17

Jack Eichel

Sam Reinhart

Jack Eichel

Sam Reinhart

G/GP

.30 (25)

.29 (24)

.36 (30)

.21 (17)

A/GP

.40 (33)

.24 (20)

.47 (39)

.42 (35)

P/GP

.69 (57)

.53 (43)

.83 (68)

.63 (52)

SOG/GP

2.9 (238)

2.1 (172)

3.9 (323)

2.2 (183)

(82-game pace in parentheses)

ASSIST-OLAINEN
Rasmus Ristolainen
entered play Wednesday tied for 31st among all NHL skaters with 29 assists.

  • Ristolainen has recorded an assist on 21.3 percent of his teammates’ goals. 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 10 goals to fall below 20 percent.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 2/15 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 23.1% PP% (2nd)
  • Eichel: 3.9 S/GP (2nd)
  • Foligno: 198 hits (3rd)
  • Lehner: .924 SV% (7th), .933 EV SV% (8th)
  • Nilsson: .934 EV SV% (6th), .922 SV% (8th)
  • Okposo: 19 PPP (T-9th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:40 TOI/GP (1st, forwards), 57.8 FO% (6th)
  • Ristolainen: 17 PPA (T-3rd), 27:07 TOI (4th), 18 PPP (T-1st, defensemen), 29 A (8th, defensemen)

BUF-COL Connections
Former Sabres:

  • Buffalo selected Mikhail Grigorenko in the first round (12th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft and he had 14 points (6+8) in 68 games for the Sabres.
  • Nikita Zadorov had 16 points (4+12) in 67 games for the Sabres after they selected him in the first round (16th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.

Former Avalanche:

  • Colorado selected Ryan O’Reilly in the second round (33rd overall) in the 2009 NHL Draft. He went on to play 427 games from 2009 to 2015 and had 246 points (90+156).

Dan Bylsma:

  • Coached Jarome Iginla for part of the 2012-13 season.

Tyler Ennis:

  • He and Jarome Iginla were both born in Edmonton, Alberta.

Justin Falk

  • Played with Rene Bourque for the Columbus Blue Jackets for part of the 2014-15 season.
  • Was a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets from 2014-2016 along with Cody Goloubef and Fedor Tyutin.

Cody Franson

  • Teammates with Joe Colborne for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2011-2013.

Brian Gionta:

  • Played alongside Rene Bourque for the Montreal Canadiens from 2011-2014.

Derek Grant

  • Played for the Calgary Flames during the 2015-16 season along with Joe Colborne.
  • Teammates with Patrick Wiercioch for the Ottawa Senators from 2012-2014.

Josh Gorges:

  • Teammates with Blake Comeau for the Kelowna Rockets (WHL) from 2001-2004.
  • Played with Rene Bourque for the Montreal Canadiens from 2011-2014.

Robin Lehner:

  • Was a member of the Ottawa Senators from 2010-2015 alongside Patrick Wiercioch.

Matt Moulson:

  • Teammates with Blake Comeau for the New York Islanders from 2009-2011.

Anders Nilsson:

  • Played for the New York Islanders during the 2011-12 season along with Blake Comeau.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for the New York Islanders alongside Blake Comeau from 2007-2012.

Evan Rodrigues:

  • Played at Boston University from 2011-2013 with Matt Nieto.

International Teammates:

  • 2009 World Junior Championship (Canada): Evander Kane, Tyler Ennis and Cody Goloubef.
  • 2010 World Championship (Canada): Evander Kane, Francois Beauchemin, Rene Bourque and Matt Duchene.
  • 2011 World Junior Championship (Canada): Marcus Foligno and Tyson Barrie.
  • 2011 World Championship (Canada): Evander Kane and Matt Duchene.
  • 2011 World Championship (Russia): Dmitry Kulikov and Fedor Tyutin.
  • 2013 World Championship (Canada): Ryan O’Reilly and Matt Duchene.
  • 2015 World Championship (Canada): Tyler Ennis, Ryan O’Reilly, Tyson Barrie, Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon.

NHL Draft:

  • Brian Gionta (82nd overall) and Francois Beauchemin (75th overall) were third-round picks in the 1998 NHL Draft.
  • Evander Kane (4th overall), Dmitry Kulikov (14th overall) and Matt Duchene (3rd overall) were all first-round selections in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Nicolas Deslauriers (82nd overall) and Tyson Barrie (64th overall) were both third-round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Mikhail Grigorenko (12th overall) were first-round picks in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall), Nathan MacKinnon (1st overall) and Nikita Zadorov (16th overall) were all first-round draft picks in the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Jack Eichel (2nd overall) and Mikko Rantanen (10th overall) were selected in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (198), Ristolainen (146), Carrier (96)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (130), McCabe (80), Gorges (75)
Shots: Kane (155), Eichel (142), Okposo (138)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10:
4-4-2 (10), 23/24, 8/35, 26/31
11-20: 3-4-3 (9), 15/26, 6/31, 28/36
21-30: 5-3-2 (12), 31/26, 8/30, 13/24
31-40: 4-4-2 (10), 27/31, 7/34, 21/28
41-50: 4-5-1 (9), 28/33, 6/27, 21/28
51-60: 4-3-0 (8), 20/18, 4/12, 18/24

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-5; 108-110 all-time)
Oct. 18 at CGY: L, 4-3 (GWG-Monahan)
Nov. 11 vs. NJD: L, 2-1 (GWG-Greene)
Dec. 5 at WSH: L, 3-2 (GWG-Johansson)
Dec. 6 vs. EDM: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen)
Dec. 16 vs. NYI: W, 3-2 (GWG-Ristolainen)

Jan. 5 at CHI: L, 4-3 (GWG-Kane)
Jan. 20 vs. DET: W, 3-2 (GWG-Okposo)
Jan. 21 at MTL: W, 3-2 (GWG-Bogosian)
Jan. 24 at NSH: W, 5-4 (GWG-Eichel)

Feb. 2 vs. NYR: L, 2-1 (GWG-Kreider)
Feb. 7 vs. SJS: W, 5-4 (GWG-Kane)

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Nicolas Deslauriers … 2 games … 200 NHL games
Tyler Ennis … 6 games … 400 NHL games
Dmitry Kulikov … 9 games … 500 NHL games
Goals
Tyler Ennis … 4 goals … 100 NHL goals
Points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 2 points … 100 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Post-Game Report: 2/14 vs. COL

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Avalanche
(27-26-4)
0 1 0 1 35
Sabres
(23-28-6)
3 0 1 4 21

 

Top Notes

  • Today’s game was the seventh of 11 afternoon games for the Sabres this season; the next will be on Sunday, Feb. 21 vs. Pittsburgh.
  • Today’s win was Buffalo’s first against Colorado since Dec. 4, 2005, a 6-4 win in Colorado. Their last home win against the Avalanche was a 3-2 overtime win on March 24, 2003.
  • With his goal, Evander Kane now has seven points (6+1) in his last six home games, including five goals in the last four home games.
    • Kane now has eight goals in his last 13 games overall.
  • Sam Reinhart’s two-point day (1+1) improved him to six points (5+1) in his last six games.
  • With two assists today, Ryan O’Reilly now has nine assists in his last seven games.
  • Marcus Foligno scored an empty net goal for Buffalo and now has five points (4+1) in seven career games against the Avalanche.

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy

Avalanche forward Mikhail Grigorenko

Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson

Game Preview: 2/14/16 vs. COL

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Friday, February 12
Montreal 4 at Buffalo 6
Goals: Foligno (2), Kane (2), Legwand, Gorges
Goalie: Johnson (26 saves/30 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 1/3; Shots: Montreal 30 – Buffalo 22

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 245)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clot, Oct. 8; injured reserve) – 56 games
Tyler Ennis (upper body, Dec. 31; injured reserve) – 19 games
Zemgus Girgensons (lower body, Feb. 9; injured reserve) – 3 games
Johan Larsson (lower body, Feb. 9) – 3 games
Daniel Catenacci (upper body, Feb. 12; injured reserve) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/10:
Recalled F Justin Bailey from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Zemgus Girgensons on IR
2/12: Recalled F Philip Varone from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Daniel Catenacci on IR
2/13: Assigned F Philip Varone to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Feb. 16:
Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 19: Buffalo at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 21: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 24: Buffalo at Anaheim, 10:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 26: Buffalo at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
AVALANCHE at SABRES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Avalanche this season.
  • Last meeting: Colorado defeated Buffalo, 2-1, in Colorado
  • The Sabres are 0-6-4 in their last 10 games vs. the Avalanche; 2-5-3 at home.
  • This is the 139th game all-time between Buffalo and Colorado; Buffalo has a 59-55-24 series record.
  • The Sabres are 36-21-11 at home against the Avalanche all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-4-4 all-time on February 14.
  • February 14, 1995: The Sabres acquire Charlie Huddy, Robb Stauber, Alexei Zhitnik and a fifth-round draft choice in 1995 (Marian Menhart) from Los Angeles in exchange for Philippe Boucher, Grant Fuhr and Denis Tsygurov.
  • February 14, 2004: J-P Dumont scores 9,000th goal in franchise history in a 6-4 win at Toronto.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Today’s game is the seventh of 11 afternoon games for the Sabres this season; the next will be on Sunday, Feb. 21 vs. Pittsburgh.
  • David Legwand has eight points (2+6) in his last eight games against the Avalanche.
  • Marcus Foligno has four points (3+1) in six career games against the Avalanche.
  • Entering play Saturday, Evander Kane ranked third in the league with 4.2 shots per game. With only two games played, Justin Bailey (4.5 shots per game) does not qualify for the leaderboard.
  • Ryan O’Reilly (57.0%) ranked eighth in the league in faceoff percentage before Saturday’s games. O’Reilly leads the league with 1,419 faceoffs taken, accounting for 42.4% of Buffalo’s total faceoffs.

IT’S BEEN AWHILE

  • The Sabres are looking for their first win against the Avalanche since Dec. 4, 2005, a 6-4 win in Colorado. Their last home win against the Avalanche was a 3-2 overtime win on March 24, 2003.
  • At over 10 years, the Sabres’ drought against the Avalanche is their longest against any opponent.
  • While the Avalanche have won the last 10 matchups with the Sabres, four were decided in either overtime (once) or a shootout (three times).
  • The Sabres need a win tonight to avoid losing three straight home games in regulation against Colorado/Quebec for the first time in franchise history.

LOGGING BIG MINUTES

  • Rasmus Ristolainen was ranked 11th in the NHL before Saturday’s games with an average ice time of 25:17 per game. Only Alexei Zhitnik (four times) has averaged more minutes per game in a full season with the Sabres.
  • Entering Saturday’s games, Ryan O’Reilly (21:53) led all NHL forwards in average ice time per game and Evander Kane (20:59) ranked third. 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 23:40 per game in his 60 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).

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

YOUNG GUNS

  • Jack Eichel has 23 points (7+16) in his last 24 games, a stretch which included a career-best, four-game point streak (2+4) from Dec. 30 to Jan. 5.
  • Eichel entered play Saturday ranked in the top five among NHL rookies in goals (T-3rd, 16), assists (3rd, 21), points (3rd, 37) and shots (1st, 167).
  • If they maintain their current pace, Eichel (16+21) and Sam Reinhart (16+9) 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 (16) and Reinhart (16) are also 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.
  • With 37 points (16+21) in 56 games, Eichel is on pace for 54 points this season. If he reaches the 50-point mark, 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 only Phil Housley (1982-83).

FINNISHING TOUCH

  • Before Saturday’s games, Rasmus Ristolainen ranked in the top 15 among NHL defensemen in goals (T-15th, 8), assists (T-12th, 25), shots (11th, 133), time on ice per game (11th, 25:17) and multi-point games (T-13th, 7).
  • Ristolainen is the first Sabres defenseman to record seven multi-point games in a season since Jordan Leopold in 2010-11. Jaroslav Spacek (10 multi-point games in 2008-09) was the last Sabres defenseman to record more than seven.
  • His four power-play goals are the most by a Sabres defenseman since 2010-11 (Jordan Leopold, 5).
  • With 33 points (8+25) in 56 games, Ristolainen is on pace for 48 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.

OUTSHOOTING OPPONENTS
The Sabres have outshot their opponents in 24 of 56 games this season, posting a 7-16-1 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 23 of the team’s 56 games this season, going 9-11-3 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-COL CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Buffalo selected Mikhail Grigorenko in the first round (12th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft and he had 14 points (6+8) in 68 games for the Sabres.

Former Avalanche:

  • Dave Barr served as an assistant coach for the Colorado Avalanche from 2008 to 2009.
  • Jamie McGinn played for the Avalanche from 2012 to 2015 and tallied 79 points (42+37) in 162 games.
  • Colorado selected Ryan O’Reilly in the second round (33rd overall) in the 2009 NHL Draft. He went on to play 427 games from 2009 to 2015 and had 283 points (90+156).

Dan Bylsma:

  • Coached Jarome Iginla for part of the 2012-13 season.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Played with Zach Redmond for the Winnipeg Jets from 2012-2014.

Carlo Colaiacovo:

  • Played with Erik Johnson for the St. Louis Blues from 2008-2011.

Marcus Foligno:

  • Played with Tyson Barrie for Team Canada at the 2011 World Junior Championship that was held in Buffalo.

Josh Gorges:

  • Teammates with Blake Comeau for the Kelowna Rockets (WHL) from 2001-2004.
  • Played with Alex Tanguay for the Montreal Canadiens during the 2008-09 season.

Chad Johnson:

  • Played with Matt Duchene for Team Canada at the 2010 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Jarome Iginla and Carl Soderberg for the Boston Bruins during the 2013-14 season.

Evander Kane:

  • Played with Zach Redmond for the Winnipeg Jets from 2012-2014.

Johan Larsson:

  • Represented Team Sweden alongside Gabriel Landeskog at the 2012 World Championship.

Matt Moulson:

  • Teammates with Blake Comeau for the New York Islanders from 2009-2011.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Represented Canada alongside Chris Bigras at the 2014 World Junior Championship.

International Teammates:

  • 2010 World Championship (Canada): Chad Johnson, Evander Kane, Francois Beauchemin and Matt Duchene
  • 2011 World Championship (Canada): Carlo Colaiacovo, Evander Kane and Matt Duchene.
  • 2013 World Championship (Canada): Ryan O’Reilly and Matt Duchene.
  • 2015 World Championship (Canada): Ryan O’Reilly, Tyson Barrie, Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon

NHL Draft:

  • David Legwand (2nd overall) and Alex Tanguay (12th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 1998 NHL Draft.
  • Brian Gionta (82nd overall) and Francois Beauchemin (75th overall) were third-round picks in the 1998 NHL Draft.
  • Chad Johnson (125th overall) and Andrew Bodnarchuk (128th overall) were both fifth-round picks in the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Evander Kane (4th overall) was taken one pick after Matt Duchene (3rd overall) in the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Nicolas Deslauriers (82nd overall) and Tyson Barrie (64th overall) were both third-round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Johan Larsson (56th overall) and Calvin Pickard (49th overall) were both second-round picks in the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Mikhail Grigorenko (12th overall) were first-round picks in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Nathan MacKinnon (1st overall) were both first-round draft picks in the 2013 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Kane (124), Deslauriers (120), Foligno (115)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (113), Ristolainen (88), McCabe (63)
Shots: Kane (194), Eichel (167), Ristolainen (133)

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: 2-2-2 (6), 17/23, 3/21, 12/15

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-2; 100-103 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)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-4; 66-55 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)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Mark Pysyk … 1 game … 100 career games played
Brian Gionta … 2 games … 900 career games played
Robin Lehner … 5 games … 100 career games played
Assists
Josh Gorges … 3 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Ryan O’Reilly … 7 points … 300 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Daniel Catenacci … 1st NHL game … Feb. 6 at BOS
Justin Bailey … 1st NHL game … Feb. 11 at PHI