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Game Preview: 4/7/18 at Florida

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Friday, April 6
Buffalo 5 at Tampa Bay 7
Goals: Mittelstadt, Nylander, Pominville, Nolan, Okposo
Goalie: Johnson (27 saves/33 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 2/5; PK: 3/3; Shots: Tampa Bay 34 – Buffalo 32

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 321)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 38 games
Jake McCabe (shoulder, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 28 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body. March 17) – 11 games
Linus Ullmark (upper body, March 26) – 6 games
Robin Lehner (lower body, March 31) – 4 games
Victor Antipin (concussion, April 2) – 3 games
Zemgus Girgensons (face, April 4) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
4/2: Recalled D Matt Tennyson from Rochester (AHL)
4/3: Recalled F Alexander Nylander and F Kevin Porter from Rochester (AHL)

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at PANTHERS

  • This is the fourth and final meeting between the Sabres and Panthers this season.
  • Last meeting: Florida defeated Buffalo 4-1 in Florida on March 2
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Panthers; 2-6-2 on the road.
  • This is the 96th game all-time between Buffalo and Florida; Buffalo has a 48-39-8 series record.
  • The Sabres are 21-21-4 on the road against the Panthers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 4-4-2 all-time (regular season) on April 7.
  • April 7, 1974: Rick Martin becomes first Sabre to score at least 50 goals in a season with a hat trick that pushed his total to 52 in the final game of the season, a 5-2 win vs. St. Louis.
  • April 7, 2007: The Sabres clinch the first Presidents’ Trophy in franchise history with a 2-0 win at Washington, breaking the record set one year prior with their 53rd win.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 23-16-7 all-time in the final game of the regular season, including a 6-4-2 record since 2005-06.
  • With losses in their last four games against Florida, the Sabres need a win tonight to avoid matching the team’s longest winless streak against the Panthers (0-4-1 from Jan. 9 to Dec. 6, 2014). The Sabres have never lost five straight matchups with the Panthers in regulation.
  • The Sabres are seeking their first road win against the Panthers since Nov. 12, 2015.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 36 points (17+19) in his last 37 games dating back to Jan. 18. Reinhart has 19 goals in 42 games so far in 2018, tying him for 13th-most in the league since Jan. 1 after last night’s game.

TAMING THE CATS

  • Jason Pominville has totaled 38 points (15+23) in 41 career games against Florida, including nine points (4+5) in his last 10 meetings.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 17 points (7+10) in his last 17 games against the Panthers, including points in 13 of those contests and four two-point games.
  • Sam Reinhart has 10 points (6+4) in his last 10 games against the Panthers.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel has recorded nine points (3+6) in his last six games and has played at a point-per-game pace dating back to mid-November, with 49 points (21+28) in his last 49 games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has posted eight points (3+5) in his last seven games, including each of his last five.
  • Sam Reinhart (4+2) and Rasmus Ristolainen (0+6) each have six points in their last five games.
  • Kyle Okposo has scored four goals in his last four games.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s final of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 7-5 loss last night at Tampa Bay. The Sabres are 5-11-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 5-8-2 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (1), three points (0), two points (8), one point (2) and zero points (4).

ROAD WARRIORS

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with a 9-5-1 record in their last 15 road games.
  • Jack Eichel has 37 points (11+26) in 34 road games this season. Eichel’s 1.09 points per game on the road this season ranked as the ninth-best rate in the NHL after last night’s game.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 17 points (10+7) in his last 16 road games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has recorded 18 points (4+14) in his last 20 road games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has nine points (1+8) in his last eight road games.
  • Kyle Okposo has five points (3+2) his last five road games.
  • Jason Pominville has recorded a point in each of his last four road games (3+1).

QUARTER CENTURY KIDS

  • With his 25th goal of the season on March 29 vs. Detroit, Jack Eichel became the first Sabre aged 21 or younger to reach the 25-goal mark since Pierre Turgeon did so in the 1990-91 season.
  • Sam Reinhart (22 years old) is one goal shy of the 25-goal mark. If he scores another goal this season, the Sabres would have two 25-goal scorers under 23 years of age for the first time since Alexander Mogilny and Donald Audette each topped 25 as 22-year-olds in the 1991-92 season.

DRAWING ATTENTION*

  • Ryan O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (1,255) and faceoff percentage (60.0%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 1,255 wins through 80 games played rank second in NHL history; he needs 14 wins tonight to edge Rod Brind’Amour (1,268 in 2005-06) for the most by any NHL player in a season.
  • O’Reilly will 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 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 has topped his previous 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. Through 66 games, Eichel now has 18 multi-point games.
  • 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).
  • 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).

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 66 25 38 63 22 20 42

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

  • Of Jack Eichel’s 63 points so far this season, 27 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes 6-on-5 situations).
  • Through 66 games played, Eichel’s 27 primary points (16+11) during 5-on-5 play have surpassed his career-best total from his 81-game rookie season (12+12).

*All primary point stats via NaturalStatTrick.com

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

  • Eichel: 3.67 S/GP (7th)
  • O’Reilly: 1,255 FOW (1st), 60.0% FO% (1st), 2,091 FO (1st), 14 PPG (T-5th), 4 SHP (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:31 TOI/GP (4th)

BUF-FLA CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Jamie McGinn recorded 27 points (14+13) in 63 games for the Sabres during the 2015-16 season.
  • Mark Pysyk was taken by the Sabres in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft. In 125 games over four seasons, Pysyk recorded 26 points (5+21).

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Represented Canada alongside Mark Pysyk at the 2012 World Junior Championship.

Jack Eichel:

  • Represented the United States alongside Ian McCoshen at the 2014 and 2015 World Junior Championships.
  • Was named to Team North America for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey along with Aaron Ekblad and Vincent Trochek.

Chad Johnson:

  • Johnson, and Radim Vrbata and Keith Yandle were teammates for the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2012-13 season.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Represented the United States alongside Keith Yandle at the 2010 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Michael Haley for the New York Islanders from 2009-2012.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • He and Aaron Ekblad share a birth date. O’Reilly was born on Feb. 7, 1991, and Ekblad was born on Feb. 7, 1996. The two also played together for Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Jamie McGinn for the Colorado Avalanche from 2011-2015.
  • Played alongside Michael Matheson for Team Canada at the 2016 World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Played alongside Michael Matheson for Team Canada at the 2016 World Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland alongside Aleksander Barkov at the 2012 World U18 Championship and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Matt Tennyson:

  • Played with Michael Haley for the San Jose Sharks from 2014-2016. James Reimer was also on the team for part of the 2015-16 campaign.

NHL Draft:

  • Justin Falk (110th overall) was taken two picks before Colton Sceviour (112th overall) in the fourth round of the 2007 NHL Draft.
  • Johan Larsson (56th overall by Minnesota), Alex Petrovic (36th overall) and Connor Brickley (50th overall) were all drafted in the second round of the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Nathan Beaulieu (17th overall) and Jonathan Huberdeau (3rd overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft. They were also teammates for the Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) from 2009-2012 and for Team Canada at the 2012 World Junior Championship.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Alexander Barkov (2nd overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Aaron Ekblad (1st overall) were the top two picks in the 2014 NHL Draft. Jared McCann (24th overall) was also taken in the first round in 2014.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (206), Girgensons (134), Nolan (123)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (113), Ristolainen (109), McCabe (79)
Shots: Eichel (242), O’Reilly (226), Reinhart (184)

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: 3-7-0 (6), 24/40, 9/36, 16/24
81-82: 0-1-0 (0), 5/7, 2/5, 3/3

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)

RECENT MILESTONES
Casey Mittelstadt … 1st NHL goal … April 6 at Tampa Bay
Alexander Nylander … 1st NHL goal … April 6 at Tampa Bay

Game Preview: 3/2/18 at Florida

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Wednesday, February 28
Buffalo 2 at Tampa Bay 1 (OT)
Goals: Rodrigues, Pominville
Goalie: Johnson (21 saves/22 shots)
PP: 1/4; PK: 1/1; Shots: Buffalo 34 – Tampa Bay 22

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 221)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 21 games
Jake McCabe (shoulder, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 11 games
Jack Eichel (high-ankle sprain, Feb. 11; injured reserve) – 9 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/26: Acquired F Daniel O’Regan, a conditional first-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for F Evander Kane; Assigned O’Regan to Rochester (AHL)
2/27: Recalled F Seth Griffith from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Monday, March 5: Toronto at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 7: Calgary at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 8: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 10: Vegas at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Thursday, March 15: Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at PANTHERS

  • This is the third of four meetings between the Sabres and Panthers this season.
  • Last meeting: Florida defeated Buffalo 4-2 in Buffalo on Feb. 1
  • Next meeting: Saturday, April 7 in Florida
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Panthers; 3-5-2 on the road.
  • This is the 95th game all-time between Buffalo and Florida; Buffalo has a 48-38-8 series record.
  • The Sabres are 21-20-4 on the road against the Panthers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-4-3 all-time on March 2.
  • March 2, 1998: Alexei Zhitnik scores the game’s only goal and Dominik Hasek gets his second shutout in as many nights as the Sabres top the New York Rangers 1-0 at Madison Square Garden.
  • March 2, 2007: The Sabres score eight goals, including the first two of Mike Ryan’s career, to top the Montreal Canadiens 8-5 and improve to first place in the NHL.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with a 5-0-1 record in their last six games against Atlantic Division opponents and an 8-6-3 record against the division this season.
  • The Sabres are seeking their first road win against the Panthers since Nov. 12, 2015.

TAMING THE CATS

  • Jason Pominville has totaled 38 points (15+23) in 40 career games against Florida, including nine points (4+5) in his last nine meetings.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 16 points (7+9) in his last 16 games against the Panthers, including points in 12 of those contests and four two-point games.
  • Sam Reinhart has nine points (5+4) in his last nine games against the Panthers.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 20 points (7+13) in his last 20 games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 22 points (6+16) in his last 27 games dating back to Dec. 29. Ristolainen’s 22 points during that span tied for fourth among NHL defensemen entering play Thursday.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded nine points (2+7) in his last nine games.
  • Evan Rodrigues has posted nine points (4+5) in his last 11 games
  • Chad Johnson is 4-1-0 with a .939 save percentage in his last six appearances.

ROAD WARRIORS

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with a 6-1-1 record in their last eight road games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has recorded 13 points (4+9) in his last 13 road games.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled nine points (3+6) in his last nine road games.
  • Chad Johnson has stopped 78 of 82 shots faced in his last three road games (.951), earning wins in all three of those contests.

PLAYING WITH POWER

  • The Sabres have tallied at least one power-play goal in 15 of their last 23 games dating back to Jan. 7 at Philadelphia (and went 0-for-0 on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus), converting at a 27.5 percent clip during that span.
  • Buffalo’s 19 power-play goals during this stretch led the league entering play Thursday.
  • Ryan O’Reilly led the league entering play Thursday with seven power-play goals scored since Jan. 7. O’Reilly, Kyle Okposo and Rasmus Ristolainen all tied for fourth in the league with 11 power-play points during that stretch.
  • O’Reilly’s 11 power-play goals this season tied for fifth in the league before Thursday’s games.

DRAWING ATTENTION*

  • Ryan O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (971) and faceoff percentage (60.5%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 971 wins already rank as the third-most wins by a Sabre in a season (behind his last two seasons) 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 1,248
    • 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.

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 Thursday tied for the league lead with nine shorthanded goals this season, the team’s highest total since the 2007-08 season (9).
  • Ryan O’Reilly’s four shorthanded assists tied for the league lead entering play Thursday, and his four shorthanded points tied for second.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 3/1 games)

  • Girgensons: 2 SHG (T-6th)
  • O’Reilly: 971 FOW (1st), 60.5% FO% (1st), 1,604 FO (1st), 4 SHP (T-2nd), 11 PPG (T-5th)
  • Pouliot: 2 SHG (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:33 TOI/GP (3rd)

BUF-FLA CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Jamie McGinn recorded 27 points (14+13) in 63 games for the Sabres during the 2015-16 season.
  • Mark Pysyk was taken by the Sabres in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft. In 125 games over four seasons, Pysyk recorded 26 points (5+21).

Former Panthers:

  • Seth Griffith recorded five assists in 21 games for Florida during the 2016-17 season.

Victor Antipin:

  • Teammates with Evgenii Dadonov for Team Russia at the 2015 and 2016 World Championships.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Represented Canada alongside Mark Pysyk at the 2012 World Junior Championship.

Zemgus Girgensons:

  • Spent the 2011-12 season playing with Michael Matheson for the Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL).

Chad Johnson:

  • Johnson, Radim Vrbata and Keith Yandle were teammates for the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2012-13 season.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Represented the United States alongside Keith Yandle at the 2010 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Michael Haley for the New York Islanders from 2009-2012.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • He and Aaron Ekblad share a birth date. O’Reilly was born on Feb. 7, 1991, and Ekblad was born on Feb. 7, 1996. The two also played together for Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Jamie McGinn for the Colorado Avalanche from 2011-2015.
  • Played alongside Michael Matheson for Team Canada at the 2016 World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Played alongside Michael Matheson for Team Canada at the 2016 World Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland alongside Aleksander Barkov at the 2012 World U18 Championship and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

NHL Draft:

  • Justin Falk (110th overall) was taken two picks before Colton Sceviour (112th overall) in the fourth round of the 2007 NHL Draft.
  • Johan Larsson (56th overall by Minnesota), Alex Petrovic (36th overall) and Connor Brickley (50th overall) were all drafted in the second round of the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Nathan Beaulieu (17th overall) and Jonathan Huberdeau (3rd overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft. They were also teammates for the Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) from 2009-2012 and for Team Canada at the 2012 World Junior Championship.
  • The first round of the 2012 NHL Draft saw both Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Mike Matheson (23rd overall) go off the board.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Alexander Barkov (2nd overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Aaron Ekblad (1st overall) were the top two picks in the 2014 NHL Draft. Jared McCann (24th overall) was also taken in the first round in 2014.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (161), McCabe (110), Girgensons (107)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (91), Ristolainen (86), McCabe (79)
Shots: Eichel (201), O’Reilly (172), Reinhart/Ristolainen (136)

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: 3-1-0 (6), 10/9, 3/14, 7/9

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 (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

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Post-Game Report: 2/1 vs. Florida

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
 Panthers
(21-22-6)
3 0 1 4 32
Sabres
(14-28-9)
1 1 0 2 32

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • The Sabres went 1-for-3 on the power play tonight. Since Jan. 1, the Sabres have 12 goals on 44 power-play opportunities (27.3%).
  • Ryan O’Reilly’s goal gives him 16 points (10+6) in his last 16 games against the Panthers. Overall, he now has 10 points (5+5) in his last 10 games.
    • O’Reilly has totaled 10 points (3+7) in his last 10 home games, dating back to Dec. 12 vs. Ottawa.
  • With his assist on O’Reilly’s goal, Sam Reinhart now has eight points (3+5) in his last seven games.
  • Kyle Okposo, who also assisted on O’Reilly’s goal, now has 15 points (4+11) in his last 15 games and 14 points (3+11) in his last 14 home games.
  • Zemgus Girgensons scored his fifth career shorthanded goal.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Panthers Sateri W .938 2.00
Sabres Johnson L .875 4.02

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Panthers Sateri 2-3-0 .905 3.42
Sabres Johnson 2-9-3 .884 3.67

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo

Sabres forward Evander Kane

Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons

Sabres forward Johan Larsson

Panthers head coach Bob Boughner

Panthers forward Colton Sceviour

Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle

Panthers goaltender Harri Sateri

Game Preview: 2/1/18 vs. FLA

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, January 30
New Jersey 3 at Buffalo 1
Goals: McCabe
Goalie: Lehner (25 saves/27 shots) – 1 ENG
PP: 1/4; PK: 0/0; Shots: New Jersey 28 – Buffalo 28

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 184)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Jacob Josefson (lower body, Jan. 11) – 7 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 7 games
Nathan Beaulieu (undisclosed, Jan. 23; injured reserve) – 3 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/26: Assigned D Matt Tennyson to Rochester (AHL)
2/1: Activated F Jacob Josefson from IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Feb. 3: St. Louis at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 6: Anaheim at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 8: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 10: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 11: Colorado at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
PANTHERS at SABRES

  • This is the second of four meetings between the Sabres and Panthers this season.
  • Last meeting: Florida defeated Buffalo 4-1 in Buffalo on Nov. 10, 2017
  • Next meeting: Friday, March 2 in Florida
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Panthers; 3-6-1 at home.
  • This is the 94th game all-time between Buffalo and Florida; Buffalo has a 48-37-8 series record.
  • The Sabres are 27-17-4 at home against the Panthers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 6-5-5 all-time on February 1.
  • February 1, 1976: Gilbert Perreault records two goals and five assists as the Sabres pick up a 9-5 road win against the California Seals. Danny Gare and the Seals’ Jim Moxey and Wayne Merrick all score goals within 18 seconds of each other in the third period.
  • February 1, 1981: Ric Seiling scores the 3,000th goal in franchise history and Don Edwards records his 13th shutout as a member of the Sabres as Buffalo defeats Winnipeg 4-0 at home.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is the second in a five-game home stand and the first of nine home games in February.
  • Sabres goaltenders Robin Lehner and Chad Johnson have combined to stop 105 of the 107 shots (.981) they have faced at even strength in Buffalo’s last four games.
  • The Panthers are one of five NHL teams (excluding the Sabres) that Jack Eichel has not yet recorded a goal against.

TAMING THE CATS

  • Jason Pominville has totaled 38 points (15+23) in 39 career games against Florida, including nine points (4+5) in his last eight meetings.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 15 points (6+9) in his last 15 games against the Panthers, including points in 11 of those contests and four two-point games.
  • Sam Reinhart has eight points (5+3) in his last eight games against the Panthers.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week for the week ending Jan. 28 after leading the NHL with five points (2+3) in three games last week and adding three points (1+2) in his first NHL All-Star Game on Sunday. Eichel has 30 points (13+17) in 25 games since the beginning of December.
  • With a shutout in each of his starts last week, Robin Lehner earned NHL Third Star of the Week honors for the week ending Jan. 28. With his 25-save performance on Tuesday vs. New Jersey, he has stopped 88 of 90 shots (.978) in his last three games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 13 points (3+10) in his last 13 games, dating back to Dec. 29, despite getting a game misconduct after just 5:43 of ice time in one of those games. Ristolainen’s 13 points during that span ranked third among NHL defensemen entering play Wednesday.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded 14 points (4+10) in his last 14 games, including four multi-point games in his last eight contests.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded nine points (4+5) in his last nine games.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled seven points (3+4) in his last six games.

HOT AT HOME

  • Jack Eichel is at a point-per-game pace at home dating back to Oct. 28 vs. San Jose, with 18 points (10+8) in 18 home games during that stretch.
  • Kyle Okposo has totaled 13 points (3+10) in his last 13 home games, including three multi-point home games in the month of January.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has nine points (2+7) in nine home games dating back to the team’s game on Dec. 12 vs. Ottawa.

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 25 points (12+13) in his last 18 games, dating back to Dec. 15.
  • During that stretch, Eichel ranked in the top 10 in the league in goals (T-3rd, 12), points (T-3rd, 25), even-strength goals (T-2nd, 10), even-strength points (T-8th, 16) aand shots (T-1st, 80) entering play Wednesday.
  • Eichel scored at least two goals in four of those 18 games and entered play Wednesday tied for ninth in the league with four multi-goal games this season, just two off the league lead.

I LIKE EICH

  • Jack Eichel is currently on pace to shatter his personal bests in goals (24), assists (33) and points (57) on the strength of improved production at even strength (T-8th in NHL in ES goals, T-10th in ES points entering play Wednesday).
  • 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 50 games, Eichel now has 18 even-strength goals.
  • With his 35th even-strength point in his 48th game of the season on Jan. 24 at Edmonton, Eichel matched his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games).

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 50 20 29 49 18 17 35
2017-18 (Pace) 82 33 48 80 30 28 57

 

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

  • Of Jack Eichel’s 49 points so far this season, 23 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes 6-on-5 situations).
  • Through 50 games, Eichel’s 23 primary points (12+11) during 5-on-5 play have already surpassed his 61-game total from last season (11+10) and are just one shy of his total from his 81-game rookie season (12+12).

*All primary point stats via NaturalStatTrick.com

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings entering play Wednesday)

  • Eichel: 18 EVG (T-8th), 177 S (9th), 35 EVP (T-10th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 3 SHP (T-5th), 190 S (5th)
  • O’Reilly: 718 FOW (1st), 61.6% FO% (1st), 1,165 FO (2nd)
  • Ristolainen: 26:15 TOI/GP (4th)

BUF-FLA CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Jamie McGinn recorded 27 points (14+13) in 63 games for the Sabres during the 2015-16 season.
  • Mark Pysyk was taken by the Sabres in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft. In 125 games over four seasons, Pysyk recorded 26 points (5+21).

Victor Antipin:

  • Teammates with Evgenii Dadonov for Team Russia at the 2015 and 2016 World Championships.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Represented Canada alongside Mark Pysyk at the 2012 World Junior Championship.

Jack Eichel:

  • Represented the United States alongside Ian McCoshen at the 2014 and 2015 World Junior Championships.
  • Was named to Team North America for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey along with Aaron Ekblad and Vincent Trochek.

Zemgus Girgensons:

  • Spent the 2011-12 season playing with Michael Matheson for the Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL).

Chad Johnson:

  • Johnson, and Radim Vrbata and Keith Yandle were teammates for the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2012-13 season.

Jake McCabe:

  • Represented the United States alongside Vincent Trochek at the 2013 World Junior Championship and the 2014 World Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Represented the United States alongside Keith Yandle at the 2010 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Michael Haley for the New York Islanders from 2009-2012.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • He and Aaron Ekblad share a birth date. O’Reilly was born on Feb. 7, 1991, and Ekblad was born on Feb. 7, 1996. The two also played together for Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Jamie McGinn for the Colorado Avalanche from 2011-2015.
  • Played alongside Michael Matheson for Team Canada at the 2016 World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Played alongside Michael Matheson for Team Canada at the 2016 World Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland alongside Aleksander Barkov at the 2012 World U18 Championship and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Matt Tennyson:

  • Played with Michael Haley for the San Jose Sharks from 2014-2016.

NHL Draft:

  • Justin Falk (110th overall) was taken two picks before Colton Sceviour (112th overall) in the fourth round of the 2007 NHL Draft.
  • Johan Larsson (56th overall by Minnesota), Alex Petrovic (36th overall) and Connor Brickley (50th overall) were all drafted in the second round of the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Nathan Beaulieu (17th overall) and Jonathan Huberdeau (3rd overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft. They were also teammates for the Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) from 2009-2012 and for Team Canada at the 2012 World Junior Championship.
  • The first round of the 2012 NHL Draft saw both Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Mike Matheson (23rd overall) go off the board.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Alexander Barkov (2nd overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Justin Bailey (52nd overall) and Ian McCoshen (31st overall) were both second-round picks in the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Aaron Ekblad (1st overall) were the top two picks in the 2014 NHL Draft. Jared McCann (24th overall) was also taken in the first round in 2014.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (112), McCabe (106), Kane (99)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (75), Scandella (74), Ristolainen (64)
Shots: Kane (190), Eichel (177), O’Reilly (132)

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

OVERTIME RESULTS (3-8; 111-119 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)

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 … 1 home win … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Benoit Pouliot … 2 games … 600 career games played
Jack Eichel … 8 games … 200 career games played
Assists
Jack Eichel … 6 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Ryan O’Reilly … 5 points … 400 career points
Zemgus Girgensons … 6 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Post-Game Report: 11/10 vs. Florida

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Panthers
(5-8-2)
0 1 3 4 31
Sabres
(5-9-2)
1 0 0 1 25

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • The loss dropped the Sabres to 1-3-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets. The team is 2-1-0 in the second game so far this season.
  • With his goal, Kyle Okposo has four points (2+2) in his last five games.
  • Evander Kane’s assist kept him at a point-per-game pace for the season, improving his total to 16 points (9+7) in 16 games.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Panthers Luongo W .960 1.00
Sabres Lehner L .931 2.04

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Panthers Luongo 2-3-1 .917 3.15
Sabres Lehner 4-6-1 .905 2.90

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Panthers head coach Bob Boughner

Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov

Panthers forward Dryden Hunt

Panthers defenseman Ian McCoshen

Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo