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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

Game Preview: 11/10/17 vs. FLA

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, November 7
Washington 1 at Buffalo 3
Goals: Kane (2), Pouliot
Goalie: Lehner (24 saves/25 shots)
PP: 0/4; PK: 1/1; Shots: Buffalo 32 – Washington 25

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 76)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Evan Rodrigues (hand, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 15 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct.5; injured reserve) – 15 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body, Oct. 17; injured reserve) – 9 games
Josh Gorges (lower body, Oct. 20; injured reserve) – 8 games
Nathan Beaulieu (upper body, Oct. 21; injured reserve) – 7 games
Justin Bailey (lower body, Nov. 2; injured reserve) – 3 games
Rasmus Ristolainen (upper body, Nov. 4) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/7: Recalled D Zach Redmond from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Justin Bailey on IR
11/9: Assigned D Zach Redmond to Rochester (AHL)
11/10: Activated D Nathan Beaulieu from IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Nov. 11: Buffalo at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 14: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 17: Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 18: Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 20: Columbus at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
PANTHERS at SABRES

  • This is the first of four meetings between the Sabres and Panthers this season.
  • Last meeting: Florida defeated Buffalo 3-0 in Florida on April 8
  • Next meeting: Thursday, Feb. 1 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Panthers; 3-6-1 at home.
  • This is the 93rd game all-time between Buffalo and Florida; Buffalo has a 48-36-8 series record.
  • The Sabres are 27-16-4 at home against the Panthers all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 13-3-2 all-time on November 10.
  • November 10, 1976: Gerry Desjardins stops 38 shots in a 5-0 win vs. St. Louis, setting a then-franchise record for most saves in a shutout. The record would not be matched for more than 21 years, until Dominik Hasek tied it on Dec. 5, 1997 vs. Tampa Bay and then topped it with 42 saves two weeks later vs. Montreal on Dec. 19, 1997. Chad Johnson currently holds the record, with 44 on Dec. 17, 2015 vs. Anaheim.
  • November 10, 1997: Jason Dawe records a natural hat trick in a 4-4 tie vs. Edmonton.
  • November 10, 2010: Lindy Ruff coaches his 1,000th NHL game, becoming the 18th NHL head coach to reach that milestone.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 2-0-1 against Atlantic division opponents so far this season.
  • After winning both meetings at KeyBank Center last season, the Sabres have a chance to earn wins in three straight visits from the Panthers for the first time since Feb. 10, 2008 to March 25, 2009.
  • The Panthers are one of five NHL teams (excluding the Sabres) that Jack Eichel has not yet recorded a goal against.
  • Robin Lehner is 2-1-1 in five appearances at home this season with a .956 save percentage and a 1.37 goals-against average.

TAMING THE CATS

  • Jason Pominville has totaled 38 points (15+23) in 38 career games against Florida, making them one of three NHL teams he’s recorded at least a point per game against in his career. Vegas (two points in one game) and Tampa Bay (39 points in 37 games) are the others.
    • Pominville currently has points in three straight games against the Panthers, including two-point games in both meetings last season.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 15 points (6+9) in his last 14 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 seven games against the Panthers.
  • Nathan Beaulieu has four assists in his last four games against Florida.
  • Taylor Fedun scored his first career goal against Florida in his only previous meeting with the team.

DIVISIONAL DOMINANCE
With seven divisional games remaining, the Sabres are 11-6-2 (.632) against the Atlantic Division in 2017, including a 6-1-2 (.778) record in home games. The overall record currently ranks as Buffalo’s 15th-best divisional record in a calendar year and the home record ranks ninth. Both records are the team’s best divisional marks since 2012.

BEN-WOW POULIOT
Benoit Pouliot enters tonight’s game with five goals in his last seven games.

  • The Sabres are 4-0-0 when he scores and 5-0-0 when he records a point this season.
  • Three of his five goals have been game-winning goals and three have been lasting-lead goals*.
    • His three lasting-lead goals* tied him for third-most in the league entering play Thursday, trailing only Evgeni Malkin and Jaden Schwartz (four each). His three game-winning goals tied him for sixth.

*Lasting-Lead Goal: A goal scored during a tied game that gives the scorer’s team a lead that it never relinquishes.

QUICK START FOR KANE
Evander Kane enters tonight’s game with nine goals in his first 15 games played this season. With a goal tonight, Kane would be off to the quickest start to career, topping his mark of 10 goals in his first 22 games in 2011-12.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Evander Kane (9+6) has 15 points in 15 games this season, including a point in both of the last two games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 11 points (5+6) in his last 10 games.
  • Benoit Pouliot has five goals and six points in his last seven games.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens Buffalo’s fourth of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night at Montreal. The Sabres are 1-2-0 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 previous back-to-back sets is: four points (0), three points (0), two points (3), one point (0) and zero points (0).

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 11/9 games)

  • Eichel: 2 SHP (T-3rd)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (1st), 3 SHP (T-1st), 73 S (2nd), 9 G (T-6th)
  • O’Reilly: 223 FOW (1st), 371 FO (2nd), 60.1% FO% (4th)
  • Pouliot: 3 GWG (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 27:09 TOI/GP (1st)

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.

Justin Bailey:

  • Played with Jared McCann for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) during part of the 2014-15 season.

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.

Taylor Fedun:

  • Played with Michael Haley and Antti Niemi for the San Jose Sharks during the 2014-15 season.
  • Teammates with Jared McCann and Radim Vrbata for part of the 2015-16 season with the Vancouver Canucks.

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.

Evander Kane:

  • Represented Canada alongside James Reimer at the 2011 World Championship.

Jake McCabe:

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

Matt Moulson:

  • Teammates with Michael Haley for the New York Islanders from 2009-2012.

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.

Matt Tennyson:

  • Played with Michael Haley and Antti Niemi 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.
  • The first round of the 2012 NHL Draft saw both Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Mike Matheson (23rd overall) go off the board.
  • 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 (38), Kane (31), Pouliot (28)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (25), Scandella (22), Ristolainen (15)
Shots: Kane (73), Eichel (46), O’Reilly (41)

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: 2-3-0 (4), 12/18, 1/16, 7/9

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)
Wins
Buffalo Sabres … 5 wins … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Johan Larsson … 7 games … 200 career games played
Assists
Matt Moulson … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 10 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Sam Reinhart … 5 points … 100 career points
Marco Scandella … 8 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Game Preview: 4/8/17 at FLA

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Wednesday, April 5
Montreal 1 at Buffalo 2
Goals: Ristolainen, Ennis
Goalie: Lehner (31 saves/32 shots)
PP: 0/0; PK: 1/1; Shots: Montreal 32 – Buffalo 30

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 394)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 80 games
Johan Larsson (wrist, Jan. 3; injured reserve) – 44 games
Taylor Fedun (foot, March 20) – 8 games
Kyle Okposo (illness, March 28) – 4 games
Anders Nilsson (undisclosed, April 5) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
4/3:
Recalled F Alexander Nylander from Rochester (AHL)
4/5: Recalled G Linus Ullmark from Rochester (AHL)
4/6: Assigned G Linus Ullmark to Rochester (AHL)
4/7: Recalled G Linus Ullmark from Rochester (AHL); Assigned D Brendan Guhle to Rochester (AHL) from Prince George (WHL)
4/8: Signed F Sean Malone to a two-year, entry-level contract

REMAINING GAMES
Sunday, April 9:
Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 5 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at PANTHERS

  • This is the fourth and final meeting between the Sabres and Panthers this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Florida 4-2 in Buffalo on March 27
  • The Sabres are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Panthers; 3-4-3 on the road.
  • This is the 92nd game all-time between Buffalo and Florida; Buffalo has a 48-35-8 series record.
  • The Sabres are 21-19-4 on the road against the Panthers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 5-6-1 all-time on April 8 (regular season only).
  • April 8, 1973: The Sabres earn the first playoff victory in franchise history, topping Montreal 5-1.
  • April 8, 1977: Jim Lorentz scores the first hat trick in Sabres playoff history (and Gilbert Perreault records an assist on all three Lorentz goals) in a 7-1 win over Minnesota.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • After going 4-9-3 in their first 16 games against Atlantic Division opponents this season, the Sabres are 9-2-1 in their last 12.
  • The Sabres are 53-for-61 (86.9%) on the penalty kill in their last 24 games.
  • A win tonight would give the Sabres consecutive wins against the Panthers for the first time since they won three in a row from Feb. 10 to Oct. 29, 2011. Buffalo hasn’t won three games against Florida in a season since 2009-10.
  • The Panthers are one of only six NHL teams (excluding the Sabres) that Jack Eichel has not yet recorded a goal against.

TAMING THE CATS

  • Ryan O’Reilly has 15 points (6+9) in his last 13 games against the Panthers, including points in 11 of those contests and four two-point games.
  • Evander Kane has 16 points (11+5) in his last 16 games against Florida.
  • Sam Reinhart has eight points (5+3) in his last six games against the Panthers.
  • Jack Eichel has four assists in his last four games against Florida.
  • Brian Gionta has a point in each of his last three games against the Panthers (1+2).

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s 19th of a league-high 19 sets of back-to-back games this season, which will conclude tomorrow night at Tampa Bay. The Sabres are 8-7-3 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 6-11-1 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 (8), one point (2) and zero points (4).

JACK ATTACK

  • In the time since his Nov. 29 return from an injury that sidelined him for 21 games, Jack Eichel is tied for seventh among all NHL skaters with 57 points (24+33) and leads the league with 241 shots on goal.
  • Eichel has logged 42 points (16+26) in his last 38 games, including 12 multi-point outings during that stretch. The Sabres are 14-2-0 this season (and 22-5-1 in his career) when he has at least two points.
  • Eichel’s .97 points per game rank him ninth among all players with at least 20 games played this season.
  • If Eichel finishes the season at a point-per-game pace or better, he will be the eighth player in franchise history to do so in one of his first two full NHL seasons, joining Rick Martin (1971-72), Rene Robert (1972-73), Dave Andreychuk (1983-84), Phil Housley (1983-84), Pierre Turgeon (1988-89), Alexander Mogilny (1990-91) and Thomas Vanek (2006-07).

*All rankings before 4/7 games.

THE KANE EVENT

  • Evander Kane has scored each of his 27 goals this season in his last 56 games.
  • Kane is tied for 15th in the NHL with 24 even-strength goals despite not scoring his first until Dec. 3.
  • Since Dec. 1, Kane ranks eighth among all NHL skaters in goals (27) and leads the league in even-strength goals (24).

*All rankings before 4/7 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)

.41 (33)

.22 (18)

A/GP

.40 (33)

.24 (20)

.56 (46)

.39 (32)

P/GP

.69 (57)

.53 (43)

.97 (79)

.61 (50)

SOG/GP

2.9 (238)

2.1 (172)

4.1 (335)

2.3 (186)

(82-game pace in parentheses)

THEY’VE GOT THE POWER

  • The Sabres ranked first in the league with a 24.8% success rate on the power play entering play Tuesday.
  • 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 third-best conversion rate in franchise history and the best since the team’s 25.4% mark in 1975-76. It would be the 13th-best season by any team since the league began publishing the stat in 1987-88.

ASSIST-OLAINEN
Rasmus Ristolainen
entered play Friday tied for 32nd among all NHL skaters with 39 assists this season.

  • Ristolainen has recorded an assist on 20.4 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 five goals to fall below 20 percent.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 4/7 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 24.8% PP% (1st)
  • Eichel: 4.1 S/GP (1st)
  • Foligno: 279 hits (5th)
  • Kane: 3.8 S/GP (5th)
  • Nilsson: .933 EV SV% (6th), .923 SV% (10th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:33 TOI/GP (1st, forwards), 57.9 FO% (5th)
  • Ristolainen: 24 PPA (4th), 26:34 TOI/GP (5th), 39 A (7th, defensemen)

BUF-FLA Connections
Former Sabres:

  • 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:

  • Dmitry Kulikov played seven seasons in Florida before coming to Buffalo in a trade on June 25, 2016. Drafted in the first round (14th overall) by Florida in 2009, Kulikov was the second-ranked defenseman in goals (28), assists (110) and points (138) in 460 games for the Panthers from 2009 to 2016.

Jack Eichel:

  • Was named to Team North America for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey along with Aaron Ekblad and Vincent Trochek.

Tyler Ennis:

  • Played at the 2015 World Championship with Aaron Ekblad on Team Canada.
  • Shares a birthplace of Edmonton, Alberta with Alex Petrovic.

Cody Franson:

  • Played with James Reimer for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2010-15.

Evander Kane:

  • Represented Canada alongside James Reimer at the 2011 World Championship.

Jake McCabe:

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

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.
  • Played alongside Michael Matheson when Team Canada participated in the 2016 World Championships.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey with Aleksander Barkov and Jussi Jokinen. He and Aleksander Barkov were also teammates at the 2012 World Junior Championship.

Zemgus Girgensons:

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

NHL Draft:

  • Nicolas Deslauriers (84th overall) and Reilly Smith (69th overall) were both taken in the third round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • 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.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (279), Ristolainen (192), Gorges (140)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (158), McCabe (113), Gorges (107)
Shots: Kane (256), Eichel (241), O’Reilly (185)

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: 5-5-0 (10), 21/23, 7/18, 21/24

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-6; 108-111 all-time)
Oct. 18 at CGY: L, 4-3 (GWG-Monahan, 2:26)
Nov. 11 vs. NJD: L, 2-1 (GWG-Greene, 0:29)
Dec. 5 at WSH: L, 3-2 (GWG-Johansson, 2:38)
Dec. 6 vs. EDM: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen, 0:57)
Dec. 16 vs. NYI: W, 3-2 (GWG-Ristolainen, 0:42)

Jan. 5 at CHI: L, 4-3 (GWG-Kane, 0:56)
Jan. 20 vs. DET: W, 3-2 (GWG-Okposo, 4:34)
Jan. 21 at MTL: W, 3-2 (GWG-Bogosian, 1:48)
Jan. 24 at NSH: W, 5-4 (GWG-Eichel, 2:35)

Feb. 2 vs. NYR: L, 2-1 (GWG-Kreider, 3:56)
Feb. 7 vs. SJS: W, 5-4 (GWG-Kane, 1:05)
Feb. 28 vs. NSH: L, 5-4 (GWG-Forsberg, 2:45)

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)
Goals

Tyler Ennis … 3 goals … 100 NHL goals
Assists
Brian Gionta … 2 assists … 300 NHL assists
Points
Evander Kane … 1 point … 300 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
C.J. Smith … 1st NHL game … April 2 vs. NYI
C.J. Smith … 1st NHL point (assist) … April 2 vs. NYI
Alexander Nylander … 1st NHL game … April 3 vs. TOR