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Game Preview: 11/24/18 at Detroit

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Friday, November 23
Montreal 2 at Buffalo 3 (OT)
Goals: Skinner (2), Mittelstadt
Goalie: Hutton (31 saves/33 shots)
PP: 1/4; PK: 1/2; Shots: Buffalo 40 – Montreal 33

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 78)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 23 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 23 games
Patrik Berglund (upper body, Oct. 21; injured reserve) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/21: Recalled D Lawrence Pilut from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Patrik Berglund on IR
11/23: Assigned D Lawrence Pilut to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Nov. 27: San Jose at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 29: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 30: Buffalo at Florida, 7 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 3: Buffalo at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 4: Toronto at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at RED WINGS

  • This is the first of four meetings between the Sabres and Red Wings this season.
  • Last meeting: Detroit defeated Buffalo 6-3 in Buffalo on March 29
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Feb. 9 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Red Wings; 4-5-1 on the road
  • This is the 138th game all-time between Buffalo and Detroit; Buffalo has a 60-59-18 series record.
  • The Sabres are 23-39-8 at home against the Red Wings all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-9-3 all-time on November 24.
  • November 24, 1974: Bill Hajt scores his first NHL goal and the Sabres and Canadiens combine for 154 penalty minutes as the Buffalo defeats Montreal 6-4 at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium.
  • November 24, 1986: Gilbert Perreault announces his retirement from the NHL and Lindy Ruff is selected to serve as the sixth captain in franchise history.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Buffalo is seeking its first five-game road winning streak in the same season since the team won its first 10 road games of the 2006-07 season. Since then, the Sabres have twice won at least five consecutive road games spanning two seasons: 2009 (7-0-0) and 2011 (6-0-0).
  • The Sabres are 9-1-0 in their last 10 games. It is the first time the team has won nine games in a 10-game stretch in a single season since the team’s 10-game winning streak to begin the 2006-07 season.
  • Jeff Skinner’s 10 goals in 12 road games trailed only John Tavares (11) for most in the league after last night’s game. With 17 goals through Buffalo’s first 23 games, Skinner finished last night’s game tied with David Pastrnak for most in the NHL this season, becoming the first Sabre to finish a day with the league lead since Thomas Vanek on Feb. 17, 2013.
  • Entering tonight’s game, the Sabres have wins in four straight games against the Atlantic Division for the first time since Nov. 15 to Dec. 2, 2014. They are seeking their first five-game winning streak against divisional opponents since they won seven in a row against Northeast Division opponents from Dec. 15, 2010 to Feb. 15, 2011.
  • Buffalo is 20-for-22 on the penalty kill in the team’s last 10 games dating back to Nov. 3 vs. Ottawa.

GOING STREAKING

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game on their first eight-game winning streak since the team won its first 10 games of the 2006-07 season.
  • With a win or overtime loss tonight, the Sabres would have points in nine straight games for the first time since March 10 to 27, 2012 (7-0-2).

SABRES-RED WINGS

  • Since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, Buffalo is 5-2-1 against Detroit, including a 3-1-0 record on the road.
  • Jack Eichel has six points (3+3) in six games against Detroit since the beginning of the 2016-17 season.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has totaled 12 points (1+11) in 12 games against Detroit since the beginning of the 2015-16 season.
  • In his last two games against the Red Wings, Carter Hutton has stopped 60 of his 61 shots faced and won both contests.
  • Jason Pominville and Sam Reinhart both have an assist in each of their last two games against the Red Wings.

SCORING EARLY IS GREAT…

  • The Sabres are 10-0-2 when scoring first so far this season. After last night’s game, they were one of four teams who have earned at least a point in every game in which they’ve opened the scoring in 2018-19.
    • Their current win percentage when scoring first (.833) is the team’s best since the 1998-99 season (37-28-17, .846).
  • Buffalo is 9-0-2 when leading after the first period. After last night’s game, they were one of five teams who have earned at least a point in every game in which they’ve led after 20 minutes in 2018-19.
    • Their current win percentage when leading after one (.818) is the team’s best since the 2006-07 season (53-22-7, .893).

…BUT SCORING LATE IS NICE TOO

  • The Sabres are 5-6-1 when trailing after two periods. Their five wins when trailing after 40 minutes ranked as the second-most in the league after last night’s game.
  • Buffalo’s current win percentage when trailing after two periods is .417. The franchise record for best win percentage when trailing after two periods is currently the team’s .286 mark (7-19-0) from the 1983-84 season.

NOT TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT
The Sabres are 8-0-2 in one-goal games so far this season. Buffalo last won more than half of its one-goal games in a season in 2011-12 (21-9-11). The team’s current .800 winning percentage in one-goal games would top the franchise record of .714 (10-4-0) set in the 1977-78 season.

MR. CARTER

  • Carter Hutton is 7-0-0 with a .934 save percentage and a 1.98 goals-against average in his last seven games.
  • The seven-game winning streak tops his previous high, a five-game streak from March 21, 2014 at Calgary to April 13, 2014 at Minnesota. It’s the longest winning streak by a Sabres goaltender since Ryan Miller’s eight-game streak from Oct. 8 to 30, 2009.
  • After last night’s game, Hutton’s 11 wins trailed only Frederik Andersen (12 wins) for most in the NHL.

WINNING WAYS
Sam Reinhart has recorded 11 points (2+9) in his last 10 games, including four two-point games during that stretch. The Sabres are 12-0-0 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 25-2-3 (.883) in his career when he records at least two.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s fourth of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 3-2 overtime win yesterday against Montreal. The Sabres are 4-0-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-1-0 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in their previous back-to-back sets is: four points (2), three points (0), two points (1), one point (0) and zero points (0).

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

  • Buffalo Sabres: 30 PTS (2nd), 15 W (T-2nd), 81.5 PK% (9th)
  • Eichel: 92 S (3rd), 21 A (4th), 20 EVP (T-4th), 1 OTG (T-9th)
  • Hutton: 11 W (2nd), 496 SV (6th)
  • Ristolainen: 76 hits (4th), 25:20 TOI/GP (9th), 1 OTG (T-9th)
  • Skinner: 13 EVG (1st), 17 G (T-1st), plus-14 (2nd)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-7th)

BUF-DET CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Red Wings assistant coach Dan Bylsma served as the head coach of the Sabres for two seasons (2015-2017).
  • Red Wings assistant coach Doug Houda spent parts of six seasons (1994-1996, 1999-2003) with the Sabres organization. He played in 68 games with the club and recorded seven points (2+5). He was a teammate of Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill during his second stint with the team. Houda also spent two seasons (2004-2006) as an assistant coach for the Rochester Americans.
  • Red Wings video coach Adam Nightingale held the same role for the Sabres for one season (2016-17).
  • Red Wings F Thomas Vanek spent the first nine years of his career (2005-2014) playing for the Sabres. In 598 games in the club, Vanek had 497 points (254+243), which currently ranks 10th on the Sabres franchise all-time scoring list.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Played with Red Wings F Jacob de la Rosa and F Thomas Vanek in Montreal.

Jason Botterill:

  • Was a scout for the Stars when Red Wings D Trevor Daley was playing in Dallas. The two later reunited in Pittsburgh where Botterill was the assistant general manager when Daley was playing for the Penguins.
  • Was the assistant general manager in Pittsburgh when Red Wings assistant coach Dan Bylsma was the head coach of the Penguins.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for the Islanders with Red Wings F Frans Nielsen and F Thomas Vanek.

Davis Payne:

  • Was an assistant coach for the Kings when Red Wings G Jonathan Bernier was playing in Los Angeles.

Jason Pominville:

  • Played with Red Wings F Thomas Vanek in Minnesota.

Marco Scandella:

  • Played with Red Wings F Thomas Vanek in Minnesota.

Conor Sheary:

  • Played with Red Wings D Trevor Daley in Pittsburgh.

Jeff Skinner:

  • Played with Red Wings F Martin Frk in Carolina.

Steve Smith:

  • Was an assistant coach in Carolina when Red Wings F Martin Frk played for the Hurricanes.

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Played for the Bruins when Red Wings assistant coach Doug Houda held the same role in Boston.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (76), McCabe (40), Girgensons (36)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (41), Ristolainen (36), Bogosian (31)
Shots: Eichel (92), Skinner (77), Pominville/Ristolainen (53)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA,
PP, PK]
1-10: 6-4-0 (12), 26/28, 8/38, 22/30
11-20: 6-2-2 (14), 35/27, 4/28, 26/29
21-30: 3-0-0 (6), 13/8, 2/10, 5/6

OVERTIME RESULTS (3-2; 116-123 all-time)
Oct. 27 at CBJ: L, 5-4 (GWG-Panarin, 0:31)
Oct. 30 vs. CGY: L, 2-1 (GWG-Gaudreau, 2:40)
Nov. 8 at MTL: W, 6-5 (GWG-Ristolainen, 1:38)
Nov. 19 at PIT: W, 5-4 (GWG-Eichel, 0:45)
Nov. 23 vs. MTL: W, 3-2 (GWG-Skinner, 3:06)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (2-0; 72-66 all-time)
Nov. 10 vs. VAN: W, 4-3 (GDG-Mittelstadt)
Nov. 16 at WPG: W, 2-1 (GDG-Sheary)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Nathan Beaulieu … 2 games … 300 career games played
Evan Rodrigues … 3 games … 100 career games played
Remi Elie … 6 games … 100 career games played
Kyle Okposo … 7 games … 700 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 1 goal … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 6 assists … 300 career assists
Points
Jason Pominville … 3 points … 511 points with Sabres (T-8th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
Jeff Skinner … 600th NHL game … Nov. 19 at PIT
Jack Eichel … 200th NHL point … Nov. 19 at PIT
Jason Pominville … 682nd game played with Sabres (9th in franchise history) … Nov. 21 vs. PHI

Post-Game Report: 3/29 vs. Detroit

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Red Wings
(29-38-11)
1 2 3 6 32
Sabres
(24-41-12)
2 0 1 3 32

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • With his goal tonight, Jack Eichel has now established a new career high in goals (25) and tied his career high in points (57).
  • Eichel has three goals in his last two games and six points (3+3) in his last six games against the Red Wings.
  • Ryan O’Reilly’s goal tonight gives him 24 points (10+14) in his last 24 home games.
  • Casey Mittlestadt, making his NHL debut tonight, recorded his first career point with an assist on Evan Rodrigues’ goal.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Red Wings
Howard W .906 3.01
Sabres Lehner
Johnson
ND
L
.850
.750
4.50
9.13

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Red Wings Howard 21-27-8 .909 2.87
Sabres Lehner
Johnson
14-26-9
9-13-3
.908
.897
3.01
3.32

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly

Sabres forward Casey Mittelstadt

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill

Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin

Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg

Game Preview: 3/29/18 vs. Detroit

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Monday, March 26
Buffalo 3 at Toronto 2
Goals: Eichel (2), Nelson
Goalie: Johnson (39 saves/41 shots)
PP: 0/0; PK: 0/1; Shots: Toronto 41 – Buffalo 27

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 289)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 33 games
Jake McCabe (shoulder, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 23 games
Kyle Criscuolo (upper body, March 7) – 10 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body. March 17) – 6 games
Linus Ullmark (upper body, March 26) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/25: Signed D Will Borgen to a three-year, entry-level contract
3/26: Signed F Casey Mittelstadt to a three-year, entry-level contract
3/27: Assigned F Justin Bailey to Rochester (AHL)

REMAINING GAMES
Saturday, March 31: Buffalo at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Monday, April 2: Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, April 4: Ottawa at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 6: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 7: Buffalo at Florida, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
RED WINGS at SABRES

  • This is the fourth and final meeting between the Sabres and Red Wings this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Detroit 3-2 (OT) in Detroit on Feb. 22
  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Red Wings; 3-6-1 at home
  • This is the 137th game all-time between Buffalo and Detroit; Buffalo has a 60-58-18 series record.
  • The Sabres are 37-19-10 at home against the Red Wings all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 6-6-3 all-time on March 29.
  • March 29, 2004: Martin Biron stops 23 shots to record his 17th career shutout and 100th NHL victory, a 6-0 win vs. Columbus.
  • March 29, 2016: Ryan O’Reilly records his 300th NHL point with a shorthanded goal as part of a two-point night (1+1) in a 5-4 shootout loss at Pittsburgh.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with an 8-3-1 record in their last 12 games against Atlantic Division opponents and an 11-9-3 record against the division this season.
  • Since joining the Sabres, Robin Lehner has appeared in 50 games against Atlantic Division opponents, logging a .926 save percentage and a 2.46 goals-against average in those games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 23 points (9+14) in 23 home games dating back to the team’s game on Dec. 22 vs. Philadelphia.

SABRES-RED WINGS

  • Since the beginning of last season, Buffalo is 5-1-1 against Detroit, including a 2-0-1 record at home.
  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with 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.
  • Buffalo also has 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.
  • Since joining the Sabres in 2015-16, Robin Lehner is 4-2-1 against the Red Wings with a .952 save percentage and a 1.68 goals-against average.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has totaled 11 points (1+10) in 11 games against Detroit since the beginning of the 2015-16 season.

DRAWING ATTENTION*

  • Ryan O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (1,181) and faceoff percentage (60.6%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 1,181 wins already rank as the most wins by a Sabre in a season.
  • O’Reilly’s 1,181 faceoff wins through 75 games played already rank sixth in NHL history and put him on pace to log the most by any NHL player in a season:
    • Ryan O’Reilly *pace* (BUF), 2017-18 1,275
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2005-06 – 1,268
    • Adam Oates (WSH), 1999-00 – 1,235
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2001-02 – 1,218
    • Joe Sakic (COL), 2000-01 – 1,214
  • At his current pace, O’Reilly would become just the third player ever to win at least 1,000 faceoffs in a season while maintaining a faceoff percentage of at least 59 percent, joining Rod Brind’Amour (five times) and Patrice Bergeron (two times).

*The NHL began keeping faceoff stats in the 1997-98 season.

I LIKE EICH

  • Despite missing 15 games with a high-ankle sprain, Jack Eichel is currently on pace to top his personal bests in goals (24), assists (33) and points (57) on the strength of improved production at even strength.
  • With his 17th multi-point game in his 61st game of the season, Eichel surpassed his career-best total of 16 set in 2016-17.
  • With his 17th even-strength goal in his 44th game of the season on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus, Eichel surpassed his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games). Through 61 games, Eichel now has 21 even-strength goals.
  • With his 36th even-strength point in his 53rd game of the season on Feb. 7 vs. Anaheim, Eichel surpassed his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games). Through 61 games, he now has 40 even-strength points.

Jack Eichel’s Production by Season

Season GP G A PTS ES G ES A ES P
2015-16 81 24 32 56 16 19 35
2016-17 61 24 33 57 14 19 33
2017-18 61 24 32 56 21 19 40
2017-18 (Pace) 67 26 35 62 23 21 44

 

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

  • Of Jack Eichel’s 56 points so far this season, 26 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes 6-on-5 situations).
  • Through 61 games played, Eichel’s 26 primary points (15+11) during 5-on-5 play have surpassed both his 61-game total from last season (11+10) and his career-best total from his 81-game rookie season (12+12).

*All primary point stats via NaturalStatTrick.com

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 3/28 games)

  • Eichel: 3.67 S/GP (7th)
  • O’Reilly: 1,181 FOW (1st), 60.6% FO% (1st), 1,949 FO (1st), 4 SHP (T-5th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:30 TOI/GP (4th)

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.

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:

  • 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 (195), Girgensons (131), Nolan (121)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (106), Ristolainen (105), McCabe (79)
Shots: Eichel (224), O’Reilly (205), Reinhart (172)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 3-5-2 (8), 26/36, 5/36, 29/35
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 20/35, 5/28, 23/27
21-30: 2-6-2 (6), 18/31, 2/32, 24/32
31-40: 3-4-3 (9), 24/33, 3/25, 23/28
41-50: 4-6-0 (8), 27/31, 10/33, 15/26
51-60: 3-6-1 (7), 28/32, 6/24, 32/38
61-70: 5-4-1 (11), 24/31, 6/32, 20/25
71-80: 2-4-0 (4), 10/21, 2/15, 6/11

OVERTIME RESULTS (5-10; 113-121 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron, 3:52)
Oct. 21 at BOS: W, 5-4 (GWG-O’Reilly, 2:59)
Nov. 11 at MTL: L, 2-1 (GWG-Pacioretty, 3:08)
Nov. 14 at PIT: L, 5-4 (GWG-Sheary, 0:16)
Dec. 8 at CHI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Forsling, 4:55)
Dec. 10 at STL: L, 3-2 (GWG-Tarasenko, 4:24)
Dec. 15 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Slavin,2:15)
Dec. 27 at NYI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barzal, 1:08)
Dec. 29 at NJD: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen, 2:37)
Jan. 1 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Miller, 2:43)
Jan. 22 at CGY: W, 2-1 (GWG-Eichel, 1:30)
Feb. 6 vs. ANA: L, 4-3 (GWG-Henrique, 1:36)
Feb. 15 at OTT: L, 3-2 (GWG-Hoffman,1:13)
Feb. 22 at DET: W, 3-2 (GWG-Scandella, 4:59)
Feb. 28 at TBL: W, 2-1 (GWG-Pominville, 1:26)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-2; 70-66 all-time)
Oct. 5 vs. MTL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Drouin)
March 8 at OTT: W, 4-3 (GDG-Josefson)
March 10 vs. VGK: L, 2-1 (GDG-Haula)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Assists
Jack Eichel … 3 assists … 100 career assists

RECENT MILESTONES
Zemgus Girgensons … 100th NHL point … March 26 at Toronto

Game Preview: 2/22/18 at Detroit

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Monday, February 19
Washington 3 at Buffalo 2
Goals: Okposo, Kane
Goalie: Johnson (27 saves/29 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 0/3; PK: 1/1; Shots: Buffalo 34 – Washington 30

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 209)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 17 games
Jake McCabe (shoulder, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 7 games
Jack Eichel (high-ankle sprain, Feb. 11; injured reserve) – 5 games
Robin Lehner (lower body, Feb. 19) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/19: Recalled G Linus Ullmark from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Jack Eichel on IR; Assigned Ullmark to Rochester

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Feb. 24: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 25: Boston at Buffalo, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 28: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Friday, March 2: Buffalo at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, March 5: Toronto at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at RED WINGS

  • This is the third of four meetings between the Sabres and Red Wings this season.
  • Last meeting: Detroit defeated Buffalo 3-1 in Detroit on Nov. 17
  • Next meeting: Thursday, March 29 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Red Wings; 3-6-1 on the road
  • This is the 136th game all-time between Buffalo and Detroit; Buffalo has a 59-58-18 series record.
  • The Sabres are 22-39-8 on the road against the Red Wings all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 5-4-2 all-time on February 22.
  • February 22, 2007: Patrick Kaleta records his first career point (an assist) in his NHL debut vs. Ottawa. The Sabres would win the game 6-5 in a shootout after the teams combined to record 136 penalty minutes.
  • February 22, 2011: Terry Pegula announces his purchase of the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres would finish the season by going 16-4-4 in the 24 games after the purchase to make the playoffs.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Since joining the Sabres, Robin Lehner is 3-2-1 against the Red Wings with a .953 save percentage and a 1.65 goals-against average.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has four points (2+2) in his last four games against Detroit.
  • Victor Antipin has recorded an assist in both of the Sabres’ previous meetings with the Red Wings this season, including his first career point on Oct. 24 in Buffalo.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded 19 points (9+10) in his last 19 games.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 17 points (6+11) in his last 16 games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 18 points (5+13) in his last 23 games dating back to Dec. 29. Ristolainen’s 18 points during that span tied for eighth among NHL defensemen entering play Wednesday.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded 17 points (4+13) in his last 18 games.
  • Evan Rodrigues has totaled six points (2+4) in his last seven games.
  • Scott Wilson has posted five points (3+2) in his last six games.

ROAD WARRIORS

  • Buffalo enters tonight’s game with points in five straight road games (4-0-1) in the same season for the first time since the team went 4-0-1 in a five-game span in March 2012.
    • A win or overtime loss tonight would give the Sabres points in six straight road games for the first time since the team went 6-0-1 in a seven-game span on the road from Feb. 8 to March 6, 2011.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has recorded 10 points (3+7) in his last 10 road games.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled seven points (2+5) in his last six road games.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded six points (2+4) in his last six road games.
  • Scott Wilson enters tonight’s game with at least a point in each of his last five road games, totaling six points (3+3) in those games.
  • Evan Rodrigues (1+2) has a point in three consecutive road games entering tonight’s contest.
  • Robin Lehner is 2-0-1 in his last three road games, with two shutouts, a .970 save percentage and a 1.00 goals-against average.
  • Chad Johnson has stopped 57 of 60 shots faced in his last two road games (.950), earning wins in both of those contests.

PLAYING WITH POWER

  • The Sabres have tallied at least one power-play goal in 12 of their last 19 games dating back to Jan. 7 at Philadelphia (and went 0-for-0 on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus), converting at a 29.1 percent clip during that span.
  • Buffalo’s power-play percentage during this stretch tied Florida to lead the league entering play Wednesday, as did the team’s 16 power-play goals.
  • During this stretch, the Sabres have five players with at least seven power-play points.
  • Ryan O’Reilly led the league entering play Wednesday with seven power-play goals scored since Jan. 7. Kyle Okposo tied for second in the league with 10 power-play points during that stretch.
  • O’Reilly has taken 74.1 percent of the team’s power-play faceoffs during that span, going 54-for-80 (67.5%).
  • O’Reilly’s 11 power-play goals this season ranked fourth in the league entering play Wednesday.

DANGEROUS KILLERS

  • The Sabres scored two shorthanded goals on Feb. 11 vs. Colorado, marking the second time this season the team has scored two shorthanded goals in a game (last: Oct. 7 at NY Islanders).
  • Buffalo entered play Wednesday tied for the league lead with nine shorthanded goals this season, the team’s highest total since the 2007-08 season (9).
  • Entering play Wednesday, the Sabres were the only team with three players who have scored at least two shorthanded goals this season (Kane – 3, Girgensons – 2, Pouliot – 2).
  • Ryan O’Reilly’s four shorthanded assists led the league entering Wednesday’s games, and his four shorthanded points tied for second.

DRAWING ATTENTION*

  • Ryan O’Reilly went 29-for-39 (74.4%) on the draw on Feb. 11 vs. Colorado. The 29 wins set a new career-high mark for O’Reilly, topping his previous high of 26 (Feb. 8 vs. St. Louis). He currently holds the nine highest single-game totals in franchise history.
  • O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (904) and faceoff percentage (60.7%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 904 wins already rank as the sixth-most wins by a Sabre in a season and are on pace to become the second-most by any NHL player in a season:
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2005-06 – 1,268
    • Ryan O’Reilly *pace* (BUF), 2017-18 1,241
    • Adam Oates (WSH), 1999-00 – 1,235
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2001-02 – 1,218
    • Joe Sakic (COL), 2000-01 – 1,214
  • At his current pace, O’Reilly would become just the third player ever to win at least 1,000 faceoffs in a season while maintaining a faceoff percentage of at least 59 percent, joining Rod Brind’Amour (five times) and Patrice Bergeron (two times).

*The NHL began keeping faceoff stats in the 1997-98 season.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 2/21 games)

  • Girgensons: 2 SHG (T-6th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 224 S (5th), 3 SHP (T-6th)
  • O’Reilly: 904 FOW (1st), 60.7% FO% (1st), 1,489 FO (1st), 4 SHP (T-2nd), 11 PPG (4th)
  • Pouliot: 2 SHG (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:30 TOI/GP (3rd)

BUF-DET CONNECTIONS
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.

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.
  • 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 (148), McCabe (118), Kane (110)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (86), McCabe (79), Ristolainen (78)
Shots: Kane (224), Eichel (201), O’Reilly (161)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 3-5-2 (8), 26/36, 5/36, 29/35
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 20/35, 5/28, 23/27
21-30: 2-6-2 (6), 18/31, 2/32, 24/32
31-40: 3-4-3 (9), 24/33, 3/25, 23/28
41-50: 4-6-0 (8), 27/31, 10/33, 15/26
51-60: 3-6-1 (7), 28/32, 6/24, 32/38

OVERTIME RESULTS (3-10; 111-121 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron)
Oct. 21 at BOS: W, 5-4 (GWG-O’Reilly)
Nov. 11 at MTL: L, 2-1 (GWG-Pacioretty)
Nov. 14 at PIT: L, 5-4 (GWG-Sheary)
Dec. 8 at CHI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Forsling)
Dec. 10 at STL: L, 3-2 (GWG-Tarasenko)
Dec. 15 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Slavin)
Dec. 27 at NYI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barzal)
Dec. 29 at NJD: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen)
Jan. 1 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Miller)
Jan. 22 at CGY: W, 2-1 (GWG-Eichel)
Feb. 6 vs. ANA: L, 4-3 (GWG-Henrique)
Feb. 15 at OTT: L, 3-2 (GWG-Hoffman)

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Points
Zemgus Girgensons … 3 points … 100 career points

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Game Preview: 11/17/17 at DET

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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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
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