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Game Preview: 11/17/17 at DET

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, November 14
Buffalo 4 at Pittsburgh 5 (OT)
Goals: Kane, Reinhart, Eichel, Pouliot
Goalie: Lehner (40 saves/45 shots)
PP: 2/3; PK: 4/5; Shots: Pittsburgh 45 – Buffalo 32

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 95)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Evan Rodrigues (hand, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 18 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct.5; injured reserve) – 18 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body, Oct. 17; injured reserve) – 12 games
Rasmus Ristolainen (upper body, Nov. 4; injured reserve) – 5 games
Matt Tennyson (foot, Nov. 7; injured reserve) – 4 games
Taylor Fedun (lower body, Nov. 17; injured reserve) – 0 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/11: Activated D Josh Gorges from IR; Placed D Rasmus Ristolainen on IR
11/13: Activated F Justin Bailey from IR; assigned Bailey to Rochester (AHL)
11/16: Recalled F Kyle Criscuolo and D Casey Nelson from Rochester (AHL); Placed D Taylor Fedun and D Matt Tennyson on IR; Assigned F Nicholas Baptiste to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Nov. 18: Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 20: Columbus at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 22: Minnesota at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 24: Edmonton at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 25: Buffalo at Montreal, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at RED WINGS

  • This is the second of four meetings between the Sabres and Red Wings this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Detroit 1-0 in Buffalo on Oct. 24
  • Next meeting: Thursday, Feb. 22 in Detroit
  • The Sabres are 5-3-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Red Wings; 3-6-1 on the road
  • This is the 135th game all-time between Buffalo and Detroit; Buffalo has a 59-57-18 series record.
  • The Sabres are 22-38-8 on the road against the Red Wings all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-12-1 all-time on November 17.
  • November 17, 1979: John Gould scores twice and Don Edwards stops 35 shots as the Sabres top the North Stars 4-2.
  • November 17, 2005: Taylor Pyatt scores a hat trick in Buffalo’s 8-5 home win over Washington.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 2-1-2 against Atlantic Division opponents so far this season.
  • Evander Kane has a point in each of his last four games (3+2). A point tonight would give him his first five-game point streak since his career-best eight game streak from Feb. 12 to 26, 2013.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has totaled 11 points (5+6) in 11 road games this season.
  • Since joining the Sabres, Robin Lehner is 3-1-1 against the Red Wings with a .961 save percentage and a 1.38 goals-against average.
  • Jack Eichel has seven points (4+3) in his last seven games against Detroit.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has three points (1+2) in his last three games against the Red Wings.
  • Victor Antipin recorded his first career point (assist) when these teams last met.

SHOWDOWN IN MOTOWN

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with four consecutive wins against Detroit for the first time since Buffalo won five in a row from Feb. 6, 1981 to Jan. 6, 1982.
  • With a 4-0-1 record in their last five meetings with the Red Wings, the Sabres are on their first five-game point streak against Detroit since the team went 3-0-2 in their games against the Red Wings from Jan. 2, 1986 to Dec. 23, 1987.
    • A win or overtime loss tonight would give the Sabres points in six straight games against the Red Wings for the first time since Buffalo went 9-0-1 in 10 matchups with Detroit from Dec. 10, 1979 to Jan. 6, 1982.
  • Buffalo enters tonight with wins in consecutive visits to Detroit for the first time since the team won five straight in Detroit from Feb. 16, 1980 to Dec. 12, 1981.
    • An overtime loss tonight would give the Sabres points in three straight visits to Detroit for the first time since they went 1-0-2 from Jan. 2, 1986 to Dec. 23, 1987.

DIVISIONAL DOMINANCE
With five divisional games remaining before the new year, the Sabres are 11-7-3 (.595) against the Atlantic Division in 2017. The record currently ranks as Buffalo’s 18th-best divisional record in a calendar year and the team’s best divisional mark since 2012.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s fifth of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night vs. Carolina. The Sabres are 1-3-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-1-1 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (0), three points (0), two points (3), one point (1) and zero points (0).

THE KANE EVENT

  • Evander Kane has scored 10 goals in his first 18 games played this season, tying him for sixth in the league entering play Thursday. It is Kane’s quickest start of his career, topping his mark of 10 goals in his first 22 games in 2011-12.
  • Since scoring his first goal of the 2016-17 season on Dec. 3, 2016, Kane has scored 38 goals in his last 76 games. Entering play Wednesday, those 38 goals tied for fourth-most in the league during that span and his 31 even-strength goals ranked second only to Auston Matthews (32).

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 11/16 games)

  • Eichel: 2 SHP (T-3rd)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (1st), 3 SHP (T-1st), 87 S (3rd), 10 G (T-6th)
  • O’Reilly: 260 FOW (1st), 440 FO (2nd), 59.1% FO% (6th), 4 PPG (T-8th)
  • Pouliot: 3 GWG (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 27:09 TOI/GP (2nd)

BUF-DET CONNECTIONS
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.

Chad Johnson:

  • Teammates with Frans Nielsen for the New York Islanders during the 2014-15 season.

Johan Larsson:

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

Jake McCabe:

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

Matt Moulson:

  • Played with Frans Nielsen for the New York Islanders from 2009-2013.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Represented the United States alongside Justin Abdelkader at the 2007 World Junior Championship.
  • Teammates with Jimmy Howard for the United States at the 2012 World Championship.
  • Played with Frans Nielsen for the New York Islanders from 2007-2016.

Jason Pominville:

  • Represented the United States alongside David Booth at the 2008 World Championship.

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.
  • Jake McCabe (44th overall) was taken five picks before Martin Frk (49th overall) in the second round of the 2012 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: Kane (41), Ristolainen (38), Pouliot (33)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (28), Scandella (28), Falk (18)
Shots: Kane (87), Eichel (57), O’Reilly (44)

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: 2-4-2 (6), 18/29, 5/24, 14/18

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-3; 109-114 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)

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Wins
Buffalo Sabres … 5 home wins … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Johan Larsson … 4 games … 200 career games played
Zemgus Girgensons … 8 games … 300 career games played
Marco Scandella … 9 games … 400 career games played
Assists
Matt Moulson … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 8 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Sam Reinhart … 2 points … 100 career points
Marco Scandella … 7 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Post-Game Report: 10/24 vs. Detroit

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Red Wings
(4-5-1)
0 0 0 0 32
Sabres
(3-5-2)
0 1 0 1 32

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • Tonight’s win gives the Sabres their first four-game winning streak against the Red Wings since the team won five in a row from Feb. 6, 1981 to Jan. 6, 1982.
  • The Sabres have earned wins in consecutive home games against Detroit for the first time since the team won three straight from Dec. 28, 1988 to Dec. 26, 1989.
  • Tonight’s game was the 47th regular-season Sabres game to end with a 1-0 score line and the first ever to come against the Red Wings.
    • It was Buffalo’s first 1-0 win since Dec. 9, 2014 vs. Los Angeles. The Sabres now have a 27-20 record in 1-0 games.
  • With his fourth shutout as a member of the Sabres (sixth of his career), Robin Lehner tied Gary Bromley and Jhonas Enroth for 11th-most in franchise history.

    • Lehner has now played 91:35 without allowing a goal. If he plays 35:24 without allowing a goal tomorrow night at Columbus, he will match his career-best 126:59, set from March 30 to April 13, 2014.
  • Victor Antipin earned his first NHL point with an assist on Benoit Pouliot’s second-period goal.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Red Wings
Howard L .969 1.04
Sabres Lehner W 1.000 0.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Red Wings Howard 3-3-0 .924 2.54
Sabres Lehner 2-3-1 .913 2.73

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Benoit Pouliot

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill

Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader

Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg

Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard

Game Preview: 10/24/17 vs. DET

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, October 21
Buffalo 5 at Boston 4 (OT)
Goals: Pominville, Eichel, Pouliot, Kane, O’Reilly
Goalie: Lehner (27 saves/31 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 2/3; Shots: Buffalo 42 – Boston 31

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 37)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Justin Falk (undisclosed, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 9 games
Evan Rodrigues (hand, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 9 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct.5; injured reserve) – 9 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body, Oct. 17; injured reserve) – 3 games
Josh Gorges (lower body, Oct. 20; injured reserve) – 2 games
Zemgus Girgensons (lower body, Oct. 20) – 2 games
Nathan Beaulieu (upper body, Oct. 21) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/20: Recalled D Taylor Fedun from Rochester (AHL); placed F Jacob Josefson on IR
10/21: Recalled D Zach Redmond from Rochester (AHL); placed D Josh Gorges on IR
10/23: Signed F Cliff Pu to a three-year, entry-level contract

UPCOMING GAMES
Wednesday, Oct. 25: Buffalo at Columbus, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 28: San Jose at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 2: Buffalo at Arizona, 10 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 4: Buffalo at Dallas, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 7: Washington at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
RED WINGS at SABRES

  • This is the first of four meetings between the Sabres and Red Wings this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Detroit 2-1 in Detroit on March 20
  • Next meeting: Friday, Nov. 17 in Detroit
  • The Sabres are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Red Wings; 2-6-2 at home
  • This is the 134th game all-time between Buffalo and Detroit; Buffalo has a 58-57-18 series record.
  • The Sabres are 36-19-10 at home against the Red Wings all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-8-0 all-time on October 24.
  • October 21, 1982: Sean McKenna records his first NHL goal in a 6-2 win vs. St. Louis.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • If he dresses, tonight will be Jordan Nolan’s 300th NHL game.
  • Robin Lehner has a 2-1-1 record, a .952 save percentage and a 1.72 goals-against average in four games against the Red Wings since joining the Sabres.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has nine assists in nine games against the Red Wings since the beginning of the 2015-16 season.
  • Jack Eichel has seven points (4+3) in his last six games against Detroit.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has four points (1+3) in his last four games against the Red Wings.
  • Matt Tennyson recorded an assist in both of his two previous meetings with the Red Wings.

WINNING WAYS

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with three consecutive wins against Detroit for the first time since Buffalo swept the three-game season series in 1988-89.
    • A win tonight would give the Sabres their first four-game winning streak against the Red Wings since the team won five in a row from Feb. 6, 1981 to Jan. 6, 1982.
  • With a 3-0-1 record in their last four meetings against the Red Wings, the Sabres are seeking their first five-game point streak against Detroit since the team went 3-0-2 in their meetings with the Red Wings from Jan. 2, 1986 to Dec. 23, 1987.
  • A win tonight would give Buffalo wins in consecutive home games against Detroit for the first time since the team won three straight from Dec. 28, 1988 to Dec. 26, 1989.
    • A win overtime loss would give the Sabres points in three straight home games against the Red Wings for the first time since they went 4-0-1 at home against Detroit from Dec. 28, 1988 to Jan. 16, 1991.

TERRIFIC TRIO

  • Jack Eichel has recorded a point on six goals with each of Evander Kane and Jason Pominville through nine games this season. Entering play Monday, Eichel/Kane and Eichel/Pominville both tied as the eighth-most prolific scoring combinations in the NHL.
  • With 11 points each, Eichel, Kane and Pominville all entered play Monday tied for seventh in the league in scoring.
  • Pominville entered play Monday ranked third in the league with five multi-point games. Eichel (four, T-4th) and Kane (three, T-14th) also ranked in the top 15.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens Buffalo’s third of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night at Columbus. The Sabres are 0-2-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-0-0 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (0), three points (0), two points (2), one point (0) and zero points (0).

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 10/23 games)

  • Eichel: 9 EVP (T-6th), 11 PTS (T-7th)
  • Kane: 2 SHG (1st), 47 S (2nd), 6 G (T-4th), 11 PTS (T-7th)
  • O’Reilly: 134 FOW (1st), 216 FO (1st), 62.0% FO% (3rd), 2 PPG (T-6th)
  • Pominville: 9 EVP (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 27:27 TOI (1st)

BUF-DET CONNECTIONS
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.

Chad Johnson:

  • Teammates with Frans Nielsen for the New York Islanders during the 2014-15 season.

Johan Larsson:

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

Jake McCabe:

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

Matt Moulson:

  • Played with Frans Nielsen for the New York Islanders from 2009-2013.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Represented the United States alongside Justin Abdelkader at the 2007 World Junior Championship.
  • Teammates with Jimmy Howard for the United States at the 2012 World Championship.
  • Played with Frans Nielsen for the New York Islanders from 2007-2016.

Jason Pominville:

  • Represented the United States alongside David Booth at the 2008 World Championship.

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.
  • Jake McCabe (44th overall) was taken five picks before Martin Frk (49th overall) in the second round of the 2012 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: Ristolainen (30), Kane (21), Pouliot (17)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (17), Ristolainen (13), Scandella (12)
Shots: Kane (47), O’Reilly (25), Eichel (24)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 2-5-2 (6), 25/36, 5/32, 27/33

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-1; 109-112 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron)
Oct. 21 at BOS: W, 5-4 (GWG-O’Reilly)

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Jordan Nolan … 1 game … 300 career games played
Assists
Matt Moulson … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Points
Sam Reinhart … 7 points … 100 career points
Marco Scandella … 9 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Kyle Okposo … 600th NHL game … Oct. 20 vs. VAN

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