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Game Preview: 3/20/17 at DET

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Friday, March 17
Buffalo 2 at Anaheim 1 (SO)
Goals: O’Reilly; GDG- Girgensons
Goalie: Nilsson (39 saves/40 shots)
PP: 0/1; PK: 0/0; Shots: Anaheim 40 – Buffalo 31

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 352)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 72 games
Johan Larsson (wrist, Jan. 3; injured reserve) – 36 games
William Carrier (knee, Feb.4; injured reserve) – 22 games
Kyle Okposo (ribs, March 4) – 8 games
Dmitry Kulikov (upper body, March 5) – 7 games
Justin Falk (calf, March 16) – 2 games
Cody Franson (undisclosed) – 0 games
Taylor Fedun (foot) – 0 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/16:
Recalled D Taylor Fedun from Rochester (AHL)
3/20: Recalled D Brady Austin and D Casey Nelson from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, March 21:
Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 25: Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, March 27: Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 28: Buffalo at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 2: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 3 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at RED WINGS

  • This is the fourth and final meeting between the Red Wings and Sabres this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Detroit 3-2 (OT) in Buffalo on Jan. 20
  • The Sabres are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Red Wings; 2-6-2 on the road
  • This is the 132nd game all-time between Buffalo and Detroit; Buffalo has a 57-57-18 series record.
  • The Sabres are 21-38-8 on the road against the Red Wings all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 12-9-1 all-time on March 20.
  • March 20, 1977: The Sabres get goals from five different players, including two from Gilbert Perreault, as they defeat the Washington Capitals 6-2 on the road.
  • March 20, 1996: The Sabres acquire Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre, a second-round pick (Cory Sarich) and a third-round pick (Maxim Afinogenov) from St. Louis in exchange for Yuri Khmylev and an eighth-round pick (Andrei Podkonicky).

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with consecutive wins against Detroit for the first time since March 6, 1994 and Nov. 1, 1995. With a win tonight, the Sabres would have three straight wins against the Red Wings for the first time since the team swept the three-game season series in 1988-89.
  • A win tonight would give the Sabres consecutive wins in Detroit for the first time since they won each of their first five games at Joe Louis Arena, from Feb. 16, 1980 to Dec. 12, 1981.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has eight assists in his last eight games against Detroit, including six in his last four at Joe Louis Arena.
  • Sam Reinhart has five points (4+1) in seven career games against the Red Wings, including a point in each of the last three games in Detroit (2+1).
  • Jack Eichel has six points (3+3) in seven career games against Detroit, including three two-point outputs.
  • Robin Lehner has a .946 save percentage and a 1.96 goals-against average in three games against the Red Wings since joining the Sabres.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 11 points (2+9) in 13 career road games against the Red Wings, including five (1+4) in his last five.
  • Evander Kane (4+0) and Brian Gionta (0+4) each have four points in four games at Joe Louis Arena since joining the Sabres.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel has not gone two games without a point since Jan. 31 and Feb. 2. In the 22 games since, Eichel has totaled 28 points (8+20).
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded nine points (4+5) in his last 10 games.
  • Jake McCabe has recorded seven (2+5) of his 18 points in his last 11 games, averaging 21:31 of ice time per game during that stretch.
  • Robin Lehner has stopped 95 of 101 shots (.941) in his last three appearances.

SO LONG, JOE

  • Tonight’s game will be the Sabres’ final visit to Joe Louis Arena.
  • Since Joe Louis Arena opened in December 1979, the Sabres and Red Wings have played 42 times in the building. The Sabres have a 13-23-6 record in those games.
  • Gilbert Perreault is the Sabres’ all-time leading scorer at Joe Louis Arena with 14 points (8+6) in 10 games. With a point tonight, Rasmus Ristolainen would tie Danny Gare and Pierre Turgeon for fifth on the franchise list with seven points.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s 16th of a league-high 19 sets of back-to-back games this season, which will continue tomorrow night vs. Pittsburgh. The Sabres are 6-6-3 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 6-8-1 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 (6), one point (2) and zero points (3).

JACK ATTACK

  • In the time since his Nov. 29 return from an injury that sidelined him for 21 games, Jack Eichel ranks ninth among all NHL skaters with 49 points (20+29) and leads the league with 204 shots on goal.
  • Eichel leads the league in assists (20) and is tied for the league-lead in points (28) since the beginning of February.
  • Eichel has logged 34 points (12+22) in his last 30 games, including 10 multi-point outings during that stretch. The Sabres are 12-2-0 this season (and 21-5-0 in his career) when he has at least two points.
  • Eichel’s .96 points per game rank him 11th among all players with at least 20 games played this season.

*All rankings before 3/19 games.

THE KANE EVENT

  • Evander Kane has scored each of his 25 goals this season in his last 48 games.
  • Kane is tied for 11th in the NHL with 22 even-strength goals despite not scoring his first until Dec. 3.
  • Since Dec. 1, Kane is tied for fourth among all NHL skaters in goals (25), leads the league in even-strength goals (22) and ranks second in shots on goal (191).
  • Kane’s current pace of .367 even-strength goals per game is the highest by any Sabre with at least 15 games played since Alexander Mogilny’s franchise-best mark in 1992-93 (.636).

*All rankings before 3/19 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)

.39 (32)

.23 (19)

A/GP

.40 (33)

.24 (20)

.57 (47)

.39 (32)

P/GP

.69 (57)

.53 (43)

.96 (79)

.61 (50)

SOG/GP

2.9 (238)

2.1 (172)

4.0 (328)

2.3 (190)

(82-game pace in parentheses)

THEY’VE GOT THE POWER

  • The Sabres rank second in the league with a 23.3% 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%) and the team has led the league only once (1991-92, 22.5%)
  • The team’s current power-play percentage would rank as the fifth-best conversion rate in franchise history and the best since the team’s 23.6% mark in 1984-85. It would be the 38th-best season by any team since the league began publishing the stat in 1987-88.

ASSIST-OLAINEN
Rasmus Ristolainen
is tied for 25th among all NHL skaters with 38 assists this season.

  • Ristolainen has recorded an assist on 22.0 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 18 goals to fall below 20 percent.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 3/19 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 23.3% PP% (2nd)
  • Eichel: 4.0 S/GP (1st)
  • Foligno: 254 hits (3rd)
  • Kane: 3.6 S/GP (8th)
  • Nilsson: .930 EV SV% (10th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:39 TOI/GP (1st, forwards), 57.6 FO% (6th)
  • Ristolainen: 23 PPA (T-1st), 27:01 TOI (4th), 154 BkS (7th), 24 PPP (T-8th), 38 A (6th, defensemen)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (254), Ristolainen (184), Gorges (129)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (154), McCabe (102), Gorges (96)
Shots: Kane (216), Eichel (204), Ristolainen (173)

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
61-70: 2-7-1 (5), 31/39, 9/30, 24/29
71-80: 1-1-0 (2), 2/3, 0/3, 2/2

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-6; 108-111 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)
Feb. 28 vs. NSH: L, 5-4 (GWG-Forsberg)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (2-6; 69-64 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)
March 4 vs. TBL: L, 2-1 (GDG-Point)
March 17 at ANA: W, 2-1 (GDG-Girgensons)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Dmitry Kulikov … 1 game … 500 NHL games
Brian Gionta … 4 games … 1,000 NHL games
Goals
Tyler Ennis … 4 goals … 100 NHL goals
Assists
Brian Gionta … 3 assists … 300 NHL assists
Points
Evander Kane … 4 points … 300 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Post-Game Report: 1/20 vs. DET

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Red Wings
(20-19-7)
1 0 1 0 2 34
Sabres
(18-18-9)
0 1 1 1 3 37

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • After the team’s win on Dec. 27 at Detroit, the Sabres now have wins in consecutive matchups with the Red Wings for the first time since March 6, 1994 and Nov. 1, 1995.
    • The Sabres have now earned two wins in a season against the Red Wings for the first time since they won both matchups in the 1989-90 season.
  • The  Sabres have wins in four straight home games for the first time since the team won six in a row at home from Nov. 28 to Dec. 15, 2014.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen logged 35:24 of ice time tonight, topping his previous career-high total of 30:22 (1/7/17 vs. Winnipeg) by 5:02.
    • Ristolainen’s 35:24 of ice time is the highest in the NHL since Erik Karlsson skated 36:34 for Ottawa on Dec. 20, 2015.
  • With his goal, Sam Reinhart now has a point in six straight home games (2+6), good for the longest home point streak of his career.
    • Reinhart also now has 14 points in his last 15 games (4+10), marking the best 15-game stretch of his career.
  • With two assists tonight, Jack Eichel now has 11 points (6+5) in 12 home games this season and six points (3+3) in his last five games against Detroit.
    • The Sabres have improved to 14-3-1 (.806) when Eichel tallies two or more points in a game.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen recorded his 25th assist of the season on Reinhart’s goal and now has eight assists in his last eight games against the Red Wings.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Red Wings
Mrazek O .919 2.80
Sabres Nilsson W .941 1.86

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Red Wings
Mrazek 10-11-5 .895 3.13
Sabres Nilsson 8-6-4 .925 2.52

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo

Sabres goaltender Anders Nilsson

Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill

Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg

Red Wings forward Darren Helm

Red Wings defenseman Danny Dekeyser

Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek

Game Preview: 1/20/17 vs. DET

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, January 17
Buffalo 3 at Toronto 4
Goals: Okposo, Kane, Carrier
Goalie: Lehner (13 saves/16 shots); Nilsson (15 saves/16 shots)
PP: 0/1; PK: 0/1; Shots: Toronto 32 – Buffalo 27

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 220)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 44 games
Dmitry Kulikov (lower back, Dec. 29; injured reserve) – 10 games
Johan Larsson (wrist, Jan. 3; injured reserve) – 8 games
Josh Gorges (hip, Jan. 7) – 6 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/14:
Assigned F Justin Bailey and G Linus Ullmark to Rochester (AHL)
1/16: Recalled F Cal O’Reilly from Rochester (AHL); Activated F Tyler Ennis from IR
1/19: Recalled G Linus Ullmark from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Jan. 21:
Buffalo at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 24: Buffalo at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 26: Buffalo at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 31: Buffalo at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 2: NY Rangers at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
RED WINGS at SABRES

  • This is third of four meetings between the Sabres and Red Wings this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Detroit 4-3 in Detroit on Dec. 27, 2016
  • Next meeting: Monday, March 20 in Detroit
  • The Sabres are 2-6-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Red Wings; 2-6-2 at home.
  • This is the 132nd game all-time between Buffalo and Detroit; Buffalo has a 56-57-18 series record.
  • The Sabres are 35-19-10 at home against the Red Wings all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-9-1 all-time on January 20.
  • January 20, 1971: Don Luce scores the game’s only goal as Roger Crozier (29 saves) and Dunc Wilson (36 saves) combine to stop 65 of 66 shots in a 1-0 Sabres win vs. Vancouver.
  • January 20, 2013: Thomas Vanek records five points (2+3) and Steve Ott scores a goal in his Sabres debut in a 5-2 Sabres win vs. Philadelphia.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • If they dress, Matt Moulson (600th game) and Justin Falk (200th game) will each reach a career milestone tonight.
  • A win tonight would give the Sabres wins in four straight home games since the team won six in a row at home from Nov. 28 to Dec. 15, 2014.
  • The Sabres have scored the first goal in each of their last five games. With the first goal tonight, they will have done so in six straight for the first time since they did so from Jan. 10 to Jan. 20, 2016.
  • Four of William Carrier’s six points this season have come in the last six games, including three of his four goals.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has seven assists in his last seven games against the Red Wings.
  • Tyler Ennis has four points (2+2) in four games against Detroit since the beginning of the 2014-15 season.
  • Brian Gionta has at least a point (1+3) in each of his last three games against the Red Wings.
  • Jack Eichel has four points (3+1) in his last four games against Detroit.

DOUBLING DOWN

  • After the team’s win on Dec. 27 at Detroit, the Sabres are looking for wins in consecutive matchups with the Red Wings for the first time since March 6, 1994 and Nov. 1, 1995.
  • A win would also give the Sabres two wins in a season against the Red Wings for the first time since they won both matchups in the 1989-90 season.
  • With at least a point tonight, the Sabres would have points in three straight matchups with the Red Wings for the first time since Oct. 13, 2009 to Feb. 26, 2011 (1-0-2).

THE KANE EVENT
Evander Kane
has scored each of his 12 goals this season in his last 21 games, including a team-high 11 even-strength goals. In the period since scoring his first goal of the season on Dec. 3 vs. Boston:

  • He has not gone three consecutive games without scoring a goal.
  • He is tied for sixth among all NHL skaters in goals (12).
  • He is tied for the league lead in even-strength goals (11).
  • He ranks 10th in the NHL in goals per 60 minutes (1.84).

All rankings before Jan. 19 games

HOT AT HOME

  • Ryan O’Reilly has eight points (2+6) in his last eight home games.
  • Sam Reinhart enters tonight’s game with points in five straight home games (1+6), the longest home point streak of his career.
  • Jack Eichel has nine points (6+3) in 11 home games this season, including three two-goal outings.
  • Anders Nilsson is 5-1-1 at home this season, with a .941 save percentage and a 1.84 goals-against average in those games.

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

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)

.43 (36)

.20 (17)

A/GP

.40 (33)

.24 (20)

.30 (25)

.43 (35)

P/GP

.69 (57)

.53 (43)

.74 (61)

.64 (52)

SOG/GP

2.9 (238)

2.1 (172)

4.1 (335)

2.1 (175)

(82-game pace in parentheses)

ASSIST-OLAINEN

  • Rasmus Ristolainen entered play Thursday tied for 29th among all NHL skaters with 24 assists.
  • Ristolainen has recorded an assist on 23.5 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 10 goals to fall behind Housley’s pace.

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

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before Jan. 19 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 22.1% PP% (8th)
  • Eichel: 4.1 S/GP (1st)
  • Foligno: 146 hits (6th)
  • Nilsson: .936 EV SV% (6th), .924 SV% (6th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:31 TOI/GP (4th, forwards), 57.0 FO% (10th)
  • Ristolainen: 15 PPA (4th), 26:42 TOI (5th), 16 PPP (T-3rd, defensemen), 24 A (7th, defensemen)

BUF-DET CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Thomas Vanek was a member of the Sabres for just over eight seasons from 2005-2013. Drafted by Buffalo in the first round (5th overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft, Vanek finished his career with the Sabres ranked 10th in franchise history in points (497), fifth in goals (254), 13th in assists (243), fourth in power-play goals (106) and fourth in game-winning goals (41).
  • Steve Ott played for Buffalo for parts of two seasons from 2012-2014. Appearing in a total of 107 games with the club, Ott registered 44 points (18+26).
  • Terry Murray played one season for the Red Wings, totaling seven assists and 10 penalty minutes in 23 games during the 1976-77 campaign.

Local Players:

  • Riley Sheahan was born in St. Catharines, Ontario.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played with Dylan Larkin in the United States NTDP from 2012-2014. They also represented the United States at the 2015 World Junior Championship and World Championship and played together for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Brian Gionta:

  • Played with Thomas Vanek for the Montreal Canadiens during the 2013-14 season.

Evander Kane:

  • Played with Steve Ott for Team Canada at the 2010 World Championship.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played with Justin Adbelkader and Danny DeKeyser for the United States at the 2014 World Championship.

Anders Nilsson:

  • Played with Jonathan Ericsson for Team Sweden at the 2010 World Championship.
  • Represented Sweden alongside Gustav Nyquist at the 2014 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Steve Ott for the St. Louis Blues for part of the 2015-16 season.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Represented the United States alongside Justin Abdelkader at the 2007 World Junior Championship.
  • Played with Frans Nielsen for the New York Islanders from 2007-2016. Thomas Vanek was also a part of the team during part of the 2013-14 season.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Teammates with Anthony Mantha for Team Canada at the 2014 World Junior Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Ryan O’Reilly (33rd overall), Robin Lehner (46th overall) and Tomas Tatar (60th overall) were all second-round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Anthony Mantha (20th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Dylan Larkin (15th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (146), Ristolainen (116), Carrier (88)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (96), McCabe (64), Gorges (62)
Shots: Okposo (107), Kane (102), O’Reilly (101)

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: 1-3-0 (2), 11/14, 2/10, 8/11

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

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

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Justin Falk … 1 game … 200 NHL games
Matt Moulson … 1 game … 600 NHL games
Nicolas Deslauriers … 9 games … 200 NHL games
Points
Kyle Okposo … 2 points … 400 NHL points
Cody Franson … 5 points … 200 NHL points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 8 points … 100 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
Cody Franson … 500th NHL game … Jan. 17 at TOR

Game Preview: 12/27/16 at DET

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Friday, December 23
Buffalo 1 at NY Islanders 5
Goals: Girgensons
Goalie: Nilsson (27 saves/32 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 1/2; Shots: NY Islanders 32 – Buffalo 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 164)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 33 games
Tyler Ennis (groin, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 21 games
Cody Franson (undisclosed, Dec. 22) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Dec. 29:
Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 31: Buffalo at Boston, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 3: Buffalo at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 5: Buffalo at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 7: Winnipeg at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES AT RED WINGS

  • This is second of four meetings between the Sabres and Red Wings this season.
  • Last meeting: Detroit defeated Buffalo 2-1 (OT) in Buffalo on Nov. 23
  • Next meeting: Friday, Jan/ 20 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 2-6-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Red Wings; 1-7-2 on the road.
  • This is the 131st game all-time between Buffalo and Detroit; Buffalo has a 55-57-18 series record.
  • The Sabres are 20-38-8 on the road against the Red Wings all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 12-7-2 all-time on December 27.
  • December 27, 2003: Jason Pominville makes his NHL debut in a 3-1 win at Washington.
  • December 27, 2014: Goals from Nicolas Deslauriers, Zemgus Girgensons and Chris Stewart erase a 3-0 third-period deficit as the Sabres earn a 4-3 home win against the Islanders in a shootout.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Brian Gionta has a point (1+1) in each of his last two games against the Red Wings.
  • Zemgus Girgensons has three points (2+1) in his last three games in Detroit.
  • In his last three trips to Detroit, Rasmus Ristolainen has totaled five assists.

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

  • Among coaches with at least 300 career wins, Bylsma would rank fourth with a 300-166-51 record (.630), trailing only Bruce Boudreau (.661), Scotty Bowman (.657) and Toe Blake (.634).
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Bylsma become the third-fastest coach in NHL history to reach the 300-win mark:
Coach Games 300th Win
Bruce Boudreau 496 Feb. 28, 2014 vs. St. Louis
Todd McLellan 515 Feb. 13, 2015 at Arizona
Dan Bylsma 517 Dec. 27, 2016 at Detroit*
Toe Blake 525 Jan. 3, 1963 vs. Boston
Mike Babcock 526 Dec. 17, 2009 vs. Tampa Bay

*With a win tonight

WHO’S HOT?

  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 15 points (3+12) in his last 15 games, including 14 points (3+11) his last 11.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has five points (2+3) in his last five road games.
  • Sam Reinhart has seven points (4+3) in his last seven road games and enters tonight’s game on a three-game point streak (1+4).

ASSIST-OLAINEN
Rasmus Ristolainen
is tied for 16th among all NHL skaters with 20 assists.

  • Ristolainen has recorded an assist on 30.3 percent of his teammates’ goals*. It is the third-highest such percentage in the league, trailing only Connor McDavid (40.0%) and Erik Karlsson (32.0%).
    • This would rank as the second-highest percentage in franchise history, behind only Pat LaFontaine (33.7%) in 1992-93.
  • Only one Sabres defenseman has ever recorded an assist on more than 20 percent of his teammates’ goals: Phil Housley (22.6%) in 1989-90.
    • Ristolainen would need to fail to record an assist on each of his teammates’ next 23 goals to fall behind this pace.

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

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 22.3% PP% (4th), 51.7% FO% (7th)
  • Foligno: 104 hits (9th)
  • Moulson: 7 PPG (T-4th)
  • Nilsson: .946 EV SV% (4th), .925 SV% (10th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:31 TOI/GP (3rd, forwards), 57.0 FO% (9th)
  • Ristolainen: 12 PPA (2nd), 13 PPP (T-9th), 20 A (T-4th, defensemen), 23 PTS (T-5th, defensemen)

LAST LINE OF DEFENSE

Buffalo’s goaltenders have the sixth-best combined save percentage* (.923) in the league. They also have the sixth-best save percentage during 5-on-5 play (.934).

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

*Combined save percentage excludes empty net goals

BUF-DET CONNECTIONS
Former Red Wings:

  • Thomas Vanek was a member of the Sabres for just over eight seasons from 2005-2013. Drafted by Buffalo in the first round (5th overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft, Vanek finished his career with the Sabres ranked 10th in franchise history in points (497), fifth in goals (254), 13th in assists (243), fourth in power-play goals (106) and fourth in game-winning goals (41).
  • Steve Ott played for Buffalo for parts of two seasons from 2012-2014. Appearing in a total of 107 games with the club, Ott registered 44 points (18+26).
  • Terry Murray played one season for the Red Wings, totaling seven assists and 10 penalty minutes in 23 games during the 1976-77 campaign.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played with Dylan Larkin in the United States NTDP from 2012-2014. They also represented the United States at the 2015 World Junior Championship and World Championship and played together for for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Brian Gionta:

  • Played with Thomas Vanek for the Montreal Canadiens during the 2013-14 season.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Thomas Vanek for the Montreal Canadiens during the 2013-14 season.

Evander Kane:

  • Played with Steve Ott for Team Canada at the 2010 World Championship.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played with Niklas Kronwall, Henrik Zetterberg and Jonathan Ericsson for Sweden at the 2012 World Championship.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played with Danny DeKeyser for the United States at the 2014 World Championship.

Anders Nilsson:

  • Played with Jonathan Ericsson for Team Sweden at the 2010 World Championship.
  • Represented Sweden alongside Gustav Nyquist at the 2014 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Steve Ott for the St. Louis Blues for part of the 2015-16 season.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played with Frans Nielsen for the New York Islanders from 2007-2016. Thomas Vanek was also a part of the team during part of the 2013-14 season.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Teammates with Anthony Mantha for Team Canada at the 2014 World Junior Championship.

Local Players:

  • Riley Sheahan was born in St. Catharines, Ontario.

NHL Draft:

  • Derek Grant (119th overall) and Gustav Nyquist (121st overall) were both fourth-round picks in the 2008 NHL Draft.
  • Ryan O’Reilly (33rd overall), Robin Lehner (46th overall) and Tomas Tatar (60th overall) were all second-round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Anthony Mantha (20th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Dylan Larkin (15th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (104), Ristolainen (90), Gorges (67)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (65), Gorges (53), McCabe (43)
Shots: O’Reilly (85), Okposo (81), Ristolainen (73)

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

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-3; 104-108 all-time)
Oct. 18 at CGY: L, 4-3 (GWG-Monahan)
Nov. 11 vs. NJD: L, 2-1 (GWG-Greene)
Dec. 5 at WSH: L, 3-2 (GWG-Johansson)
Dec. 6 vs. EDM: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen)
Dec. 16 vs. NYI: W, 3-2 (GWG-Ristolainen)

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Wins

Dan Bylsma … 1 win … 300 NHL wins
Games Played
Jack Eichel … 7 games … 100 NHL games
Cody Franson … 9 games … 500 NHL games
Points
Cody Franson … 6 points … 200 NHL points
Kyle Okposo … 9 points … 400 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
Marcus Foligno … 300th NHL game … Dec. 23 at NYI

Post-Game Report: 11/23 vs. DET

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Red Wings
(9-10-1)
0 1 0 0 1 2 24
Sabres
(7-8-5)
0 0 1 0 0 1 33

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • The Sabres and Red Wings entered the night separated by one point in the standings. With the overtime win, Detroit (9-10-1) tied Buffalo (7-8-5).
    • It was the first time the teams have met with the Sabres ranked above the Red Wings in the standings since March 13, 2010.
  • With 23 saves on 24 shots tonight, Robin Lehner improved his save percentage to .922 on the season.
    • Buffalo’s goaltenders have now combined to post a .930 save percentage this season, passing Montreal’s goaltenders (.928) for second-best in the league.
  • With his goal, Brian Gionta now has five points (4+1) in six home games against Detroit since joining the Sabres.
  • Ryan O’Reilly led all Sabres forwards with 22:48 of ice time in his return from an oblique injury that sidelined him for the last five games.
    • O’Reilly ranks second among all NHL forwards this season with an average ice time of 21:50.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Red Wings
Howard W .970 0.92
Sabres Lehner O .958 0.92

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Red Wings Howard 5-5-0 .943 1.76
Sabres Lehner 5-7-3 .922 2.38

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly

Sabres forward Brian Gionta

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill

Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist

Red Wings forward Thomas Vanek

Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard