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2017-18 Season Recap

2017-18-Season Wrap-Up (PDF)

Top Team Notes:

  • The Sabres tied for sixth in the league with nine shorthanded goals in 2017-18, the team’s highest total since 2005-06 (10).
  • With consecutive wins in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver from Jan. 22 to 25, the Sabres swept a Western Canada road trip for the first time since March 1998.
  • Robin Lehner and Chad Johnson combined to keep the Sabres’ opponents scoreless for 199:19 during the team’s games from Jan. 22 to Jan. 30, marking the team’s longest shutout streak since the franchise-record 226:24 set from Jan. 16 to 25, 2003.
  • The Sabres finished the season with three 50-point players (Eichel/O’Reilly/Reinhart) for the first time since the 2011-12 season (Pominville/Vanek/Stafford).
  • Jack Eichel (21 years old) and Sam Reinhart (22 years old) became the first pair of 25-goal scorers under 23 years of age for the Sabres since Alexander Mogilny and Donald Audette each topped 25 as 22-year-olds in the 1991-92 season.

Top Player Notes:

Jack Eichel

  • Jack Eichel became the ninth unique player in franchise history to lead the team or tie for the team lead in goals, assists and points. He was the first to do so since 2012-13 (Thomas Vanek) and at 21 years of age, he was the youngest player to do so since Pierre Turgeon in 1989-90.
    • Four players have led (or tied to lead) the Sabres in all three categories twice in their careers: Gilbert Perreault (1976-77 and 1977-78), Pierre Turgeon (1988-89 and 1989-90), Miroslav Satan (2001-02 and 2002-03) and Thomas Vanek (2010-11 and 2012-13).
  • With his 25th goal of the season on March 29 vs. Detroit,  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.
  • Eichel became just the fourth player in franchise history to score 20 or more goals in each of his first three NHL seasons, joining Gilbert Perreault, Rick Martin and Thomas Vanek.
  • Eichel joined Gilbert Perreault, Rick Martin, Phil Housley and Christian Ruuttu as the only Sabres to record at least 50 points in each of their first three NHL seasons.
  • Eichel set a new career high with .96 points per game this season. It was the team’s highest points-per-game mark among players with at least 10 games played since Thomas Vanek logged 1.08 points per game in 38 games in 2012-13.
    • His .58 assist per game game ranked as the team’s best rate (min. 10 games) since Derek Roy had .71 assists per game in 35 games in 2010-11.
  • Eichel finished the season ranked ninth in the league with 1.09 points per game on the road (38 points in 35 games). It was the highest road scoring rate by a Sabre since Thomas Vanek recorded 23 points in 20 road games (1.15) in 2012-13 and the highest in a full season since Daniel Briere recorded 48 points in 39 road games (1.23) in 2006-07.
  • Of Eichel’s 64 points this season, 27 were goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes 6-on-5 situations). This topped his previous career-best total from his 81-game rookie season (24) by three in 14 fewer games.
  • Eichel’s five assists on March 31 at Nashville tied the Sabres’ franchise record for most assists in a game. Eichel joined Gilbert Perreault (3x), Pat LaFontaine (3x) and Dale Hawerchuk as the only players in Sabres history to accomplish this feat.
  • Despite missing 15 games with a high-ankle sprain, Eichel has topped his previous personal bests in goals (24), assists (33) and points (57) on the strength of improved production at even strength.

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

67

25

39

64

22

20

42

Robin Lehner

  • Robin Lehner logged a career-best three shutouts this season, bringing his career total to eight. Lehner’s six shutouts as a member of the Sabres rank him eighth in franchise history.

Ryan O’Reilly

  • Ryan O’Reilly led the league and set a career high with a faceoff win percentage of 60.0 percent. It was the best season by a Sabres center since the league began publishing faceoff percentage in 1997-98:
    • Ryan O’Reilly – 60.0% (2017-18)
    • Paul Gaustad – 59.8% (2010-11)
    • Chris Gratton – 58.9% (2002-03)
    • Chris Drury – 58.8% (2006-07)
    • Ryan O’Reilly – 58.0% (2016-17)
  • O’Reilly also led the NHL in faceoffs won, edging Rod Brind’Amour (1,268 in 2005-06) to set an NHL record for the most by any NHL player in a season. His 954 wins at even strength shattered the previous single-season record (Brind’Amour, 870 in 2001-02).
    • His 29 faceoff wins on Feb. 11 vs. Colorado set a single-game franchise record and tied as the sixth most wins by a player since the league began tracking faceoff stats in the 1997-98 season.
  • O’Reilly  became 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).

Jason Pominville

  • Pominville moved up the franchise’s all-time leaderboard to rank 12th in regular-season games played (660), eighth in assists (289) and 11th in points (490).

Sam Reinhart

  • Sam Reinhart totaled 37 points (18+19) in his last 38 games of the season. His has 20 goals in 43 games in 2018 tied him for 12th-most in the league from Jan. 1 onward.

Rasmus Ristolainen

  • At 26:29, Rasmus Ristolainen averaged the most ice time per game of his career, edging last year’s total by six seconds per game. It was the highest average ice time by a Sabres skater in a full season with the team since Alexei Zhitnik (26:33) in 2002-03.

Marco Scandella

  • Marco Scandella recorded 17 assists this season, topping his previous career high (16) set in the 2015-16 season. He finished one point shy of his career-best 23 points.

End-Of-Season Press Conferences
General Manager Jason Botterill
Head Coach Phil Housley

Locker Room Clean-Out Interviews
Victor Antipin
Zach Bogosian

Jack Eichel

Josh Gorges
Chad Johnson
Jake McCabe

Casey Mittelstadt
Kyle Okposo
Ryan O’Reilly

Jason Pominville
Sam Reinhart
Rasmus Ristolainen
Evan Rodrigues
Scott Wilson

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres ranked in the top 10)

  • Eichel: 3.67 S/GP (7th)
  • O’Reilly: 1,274 FOW (1st), 60.0% FO% (1st), 2,124 FO (1st), 15 PPG (T-3rd), 4 SHP (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:29 TOI/GP (4th)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS
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: 0-2-0 (0), 8/11, 3/8, 5/6

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)

Post-Game Report: 1/20 vs. Dallas

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
 Stars
(27-17-4)
2 4 1 7 32
Sabres
(11-26-9)
0 1 0 1 27

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • Sam Reinhart’s goal gives him three points (1+2) in his last two games.
  • Jack Eichel notched the primary assist on Reinhart’s goal, giving him 20 points (10+10) in his last 14 games.
    • Eichel now has 12 points (8+4) in his last seven home games and leads the Sabres with 20 points (11+9) in 21 total home games this season.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen, who recorded the other assist on the Reinhart goal, now has nine points (3+6) in his last nine games.

 

Today’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Stars
Lehtonen W .963 1.00
Sabres Lehner
Johnson
L
ND
.789
.769
8.14
5.91

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Stars Lehtonen 7-5-1 .901 2.54
Sabres Lehner
Johnson
9-18-6
1-8-3
.906
.878
2.42
3.84

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jason Pominville

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Sabres defenseman Josh Gorges

Stars head coach Ken Hitchcock

Stars forward Jamie Benn

Stars forward Mattias Janmark

Stars defenseman John Klingberg

SABRES RECALL REDMOND FROM ROCHESTER

BUFFALO, N.Y. (October 21, 2017) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has recalled defenseman Zach Redmond from the Rochester Americans (AHL).

Redmond (6’2”, 212 lbs., 7/26/1988) joins the Sabres for his first recall since being acquired on Oct. 4 from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Nicolas Deslauriers. In four games this season, he is tied for the Amerks’ team lead in points (3), assists (2) and plus/minus rating (plus-2).

Selected by the Atlanta Thrashers in the seventh round (184th overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft, Redmond has appeared in parts of five NHL seasons, totaling 38 points (9+29) and a plus-11 rating in 130 games with Montreal, the Colorado Avalanche and the Winnipeg Jets. The Traverse City, Michigan native has recorded 103 points (30+73) in 194 career regular-season AHL games, adding 19 points (4+15) in 35 AHL postseason contests.

In a corresponding move, the Sabres have placed defenseman Josh Gorges on injured reserve.

2016-17 Season Recap

Top Team Notes:

  • Buffalo’s power play finished the season at a league-best 24.5 percent success rate, marking the second time in franchise history that the Sabres have led the league in power-play percentage (1991-92 – 22.5%). It ranks as the third-best conversion rate in franchise history and the 15th-best by any team since the league began publishing the stat in 1987-88.
  • The Sabres got at least 10 wins from two different goaltenders (Lehner – 23, Nilsson – 10) for the first time since the 2006-07 season (Miller – 40, Biron – 12) and had two goaltenders with at least five games played log a save percentage of .920 or better for the first time in franchise history (Nilsson – .923, Lehner – .920).
  • Buffalo’s goaltenders combined to post a .921 save percentage this season, marking the fourth-best team rate in the league this season and the fifth-best in franchise history:

    Team

    Goaltenders

    SV%

    CBJ

    Bobrovsky, Korpisalo, McElhinney, Forsberg

    .925

    WSH

    Holtby, Grubauer

    .925

    MTL

    Price, Montoya, Lindgren

    .921

    BUF

    Lehner, Nilsson, Ullmark

    .921

    Season

    Goaltenders

    SV%

    1998-99

    Hasek, Roloson, Biron

    .930

    1997-98

    Hasek, Shields

    .928

    1996-97

    Hasek, Shields, Trefilov

    .926

    2009-10

    Miller, Lalime, Enroth

    .924

    2016-17

    Lehner, Nilsson, Ullmark

    .921

Top Player Notes:

Jack Eichel

  • At 20 years of age, Jack Eichel became just the fifth player in franchise history to lead the team (or tie for the team lead) in points before his 21st birthday:
    • 1970-71: Gilbert Perreault
    • 1971-72: Rick Martin
    • 1988-89: Pierre Turgeon
    • 1989-90: Pierre Turgeon
  • Jack Eichel’s .93 points per game this season ranked him 11th among NHL skaters with at least 20 games played and were the most by a Sabre under the age of 21 since Pierre Turgeon (1.33) in 1989-90.
  • From Feb. 14 to March 7, Jack Eichel recorded a career-best 11-game point streak (5+11) that tied as the fourth-longest streak in the NHL in 2016-17 and was the longest by a Sabre since Tim Connolly tallied points in 16 straight from Dec. 23, 2009 to Jan. 25, 2010.
    • The streak included a nine-game assist streak from Feb. 14 to March 4 that stands as the longest assist streak in the league this season.
  • The Sabres were 14-2-0 this season (22-5-1 in his career) when Jack Eichel recorded at least two points.

Brian Gionta

  • Brian Gionta appeared in his 1,000th NHL game on March 27 vs. Florida, becoming the 312th NHL player (23rd active player) to play in 1,000 games. He was also the 43rd American player to reach the milestone and the 10th player to do so as a member of the Sabres.
    • With his goal in the game, Gionta became the third Sabres player to score in his 1,000th NHL game, joining Gilbert Perreault (1/29/1984 vs. Pittsburgh) and Phil Russell (3/12/1986 at Chicago).

Evander Kane

  • With 25 even-strength goals in 70 games this season, Evander Kane finished the season ranked ninth in the league with .36 even-strength goals per game. It was the best rate by any Sabre since Jason Pominville scored 30 even-strength goals in 82 games (.37) in the 2006-07 season.

Matt Moulson

  • Matt Moulson finished the season tied for 11th in the league with 11 power-play goals. It was his highest total since the 2011-12 season and the most by a Sabre since Thomas Vanek and Drew Stafford each recorded 11 in 2010-11.

Ryan O’Reilly

  • Ryan O’Reilly ranked fifth in the league and set a career high with a faceoff win percentage of 58.0 percent. It was the fourth-best season by a Sabres center since the league began publishing faceoff percentage in 1997-98:
    • Paul Gaustad – 59.8% (2010-11)
    • Chris Gratton – 58.9% (2002-03)
    • Chris Drury – 58.8% (2006-07)
    • Ryan O’Reilly – 58.0% (2016-17)
  • Ryan O’Reilly (21:27) led all NHL forwards in average ice time per game for the second consecutive season.

Rasmus Ristolainen

  • At 26:23, Rasmus Ristolainen averaged the most ice time by a Sabres skater in a full season with the team since Alexei Zhitnik (26:33) in 2002-03.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen’s 24 power-play assists tied for fourth-most in the league this season and tied for 21st-most in a season in franchise history.  It was the highest total by a Sabres defenseman since Garry Galley logged 28 on the 1995-96 season.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen recorded an assist on 20.2 percent of his teammates’ goals this season, joining Phil Housley (22.6% in 1989-90) as just the second Sabres defenseman ever to record an assist on more than 20 percent of his teammates’ goals in a season.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen’s 39 assists tied him for seventh among all NHL defensemen this season and were the 19th-most by a defenseman in franchise history. Only one other Sabres defenseman in the last 20 years has matched this mark (Brian Campbell, 42 assists in 2006-07).

 

End-Of-Season Press Conferences

General Manager Tim Murray

Head Coach Dan Bylsma

 

Locker Room Clean-Out Interviews
Brian Gionta

Rasmus Ristolainen

Robin Lehner

Ryan O’Reilly

Sam Reinhart

Jake McCabe

Evander Kane

Johan Larsson

Cody Franson

Tyler Ennis

Anders Nilsson

Marcus Foligno

Zemgus Girgensons

Zach Bogosian

Evan Rodrigues

Matt Moulson

William Carrier

Josh Gorges

Jack Eichel

 

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres ranked in the top 10)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 24.5% PP% (1st)
  • Eichel: 4.1 S/GP (1st)
  • Foligno: 279 hits (5th)
  • Kane: 3.7 S/GP (5th)
  • Nilsson: .933 EV SV% (6th), .923 SV% (10th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:27 TOI/GP (1st, forwards), 58.0 FO% (5th)
  • Ristolainen: 24 PPA (T-4th), 26:28 TOI/GP (5th), 39 A (T-7th, defensemen)

 

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
81-82: 0-2-0 (0), 2/7, 0/3, 6/7

 

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)

Post-Game Report: 3/27 vs. Florida

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Panthers
(33-31-11)
0 2 0 2 32
Sabres
(32-32-12)
2 2 0 4 32

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • The Sabres are now 8-1-1 in their last nine games against Atlantic Division opponents, including a 4-0-1 record at KeyBank Center. It is the team’s best 10-game stretch against divisional opponents since the 2010-11 season.
  • Brian Gionta appeared in his 1,000th NHL game tonight, becoming the 312th NHL player (23rd active player) to play in 1,000 games. He is also the 43rd American player to reach the milestone and the 10th player to do so as a member of the Sabres.
    • With his goal, Gionta became the third Sabres player to score in his 1,000th NHL game, joining Gilbert Perreault (1/29/1984 vs. Pittsburgh) and Phil Russell (3/12/1986 at Chicago).
  • With his goal, Ryan O’Reilly now has 15 points (6+9) in his last 13 games against the Panthers.
    • Dating back to Nov. 11, O’Reilly now has 29 points (10+19) in his last 29 games at KeyBank Center.
  • Jack Eichel’s two-assist night gives him 34points (11+23) in 26 games since his last two-game stretch without a point, from Jan. 31 and Feb. 2.
    • Eichel now has 32 assists in 55 games this season, tying last year’s total in 26 fewer games.
  • Zach Bogosian now has five career goals against Florida, his highest total against any NHL team.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Panthers
Reimer
Berra
L
ND
.818
1.000
6.83
0.00
Sabres Lehner W .938 2.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Panthers
Reimer
Berra
16-15-5
0-1-0
.917
.907
2.58
2.24
Sabres Lehner 22-23-8 .922 2.63

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Brian Gionta

Sabres forward Marcus Foligno

Sabres defenseman Josh Gorges

Panthers head coach Tom Rowe

Panthers forward Reilly Smith

Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau

Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle