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Post-Game Report: 12/11 vs. Los Angeles

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Kings
(11-19-2)
1 2 0 0 3 29
Sabres
(18-9-4)
1 0 2 1 4 47

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • Tonight’s win improved the Sabres’ record to 6-7-2 when trailing after two periods this season. Their .400 winning percentage in these games ranks second in the league and their six wins tie for the league lead.
  • Jack Eichel’s goal extended his goal streak to three games (5+1), his longest goal streak since March 3 to 7, 2016.
  • Jeff Skinner’s game-winner was his third overtime goal of the season and the fifth of his career. His three overtime goals tie Dylan Larkin for the league lead this season.
  • Skinner now has six goals in his last three games against the Kings.
  • With their goals tonight, Zemgus Girgensons and Johan Larsson each have a goal and an assist against Los Angeles this season.
  • Sam Reinhart, who assisted on Eichel’s goal, extended his career-best point streak to seven games (5+5).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen’s assists tonight give him 11 points (1+10) in his last 11 games.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Kings Petersen O .915 3.90
Sabres Ullmark W .897 2.92

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Kings
Petersen 4-4-1 .927 2.57
Sabres Ullmark 6-1-3 .912 3.03

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jeff Skinner

Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons

Kings head coach Willie Desjardins

Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin

Kings goaltender Calvin Petersen

Game Preview: 12/11/18 vs. Los Angeles

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, December 8
Philadelphia 6 at Buffalo 2
Goals: Eichel (2)
Goalie: Ullmark (35 saves/41 shots)
PP: 0/1; PK: 3/3; Shots: Philadelphia 41 – Buffalo 30

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 113)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 30 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 30 games
Marco Scandella (upper body, Nov. 27; injured reserve) – 6 games
Jake McCabe (upper body, Nov. 29; injured reserve) – 4 games
Casey Nelson (upper body, Dec. 8; injured reserve) – 1 game
Carter Hutton (upper body, Dec. 8) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
12/5: Assigned D Matt Tennyson to Rochester (AHL)
12/7: Recalled D Matt Tennyson and G Scott Wedgewood from Rochester (AHL); Placed D Casey Nelson on IR
12/11: Assigned G Scott Wedgewood to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Dec. 13: Arizona at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 15: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 16: Buffalo at Boston, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 18: Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 21: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
KINGS at SABRES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Kings this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Los Angeles 5-1 in Los Angeles on Oct. 20
  • The Sabres are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Kings; 8-2-0 at home.
  • This is the 125th game all-time between Buffalo and Los Angeles; Buffalo has a 60-45-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 35-17-9 at home against the Kings all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-8-1 all-time on December 11.
  • December 11, 1992: The Sabres get goals from seven different players in a 9-3 rout of the Hartford Whalers.
  • December 11, 1993: Dominik Hasek records his third of five shutouts in a 12-game span, blanking the Hartford Whalers with a 25-save performance.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • With a 17-9-4 record through 30 games this season, the Sabres have posted the team’s 12th best record through 30 games in franchise history and the best since they started the 2008-09 season 19-9-2. The Sabres have made the playoffs in each of the 15 previous seasons in which the team has recorded more than 33 points through the first 30 games.
  • Jack Eichel recorded his 14th multi-point game of the season with two goals on Saturday vs. Philadelphia. Entering play Monday, Eichel’s 14 multi-point games ranked third in the league this season, one behind co-leaders Mikko Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon. He is now four shy of his career-high 18 in a season.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has totaled nine points (1+8) in his last 10 games, marking his most productive 10-game stretch since January 2018.
  • With a win tonight, the Sabres would earn their first season sweep of the Kings since the teams began playing a two-game series every season in 2013-14. The last season in which Buffalo defeated Los Angeles twice was 1993-94.

HOME-ICE ADVANTAGE

  • With the exception of the 2011 NHL Premiere meeting between these teams in Berlin, the home team has won 15 of the last 17 games between the Sabres and the Kings. During this span, the lone losses by teams in their home arenas came in the last two matchups between the teams.
  • The Kings are seeking consecutive wins in Buffalo for the first time since Feb. 9, 1992 and March 15, 1993. Since then, the Sabres are 14-2-1 (one tie) in their last 17 home games against Los Angeles. During this stretch, the Sabres have outscored the Kings 69-29 on home ice.

KING SLAYERS

  • Linus Ullmark has stopped 39 of 41 shots (.951) in his two career meetings with Los Angeles, earning wins on both occasions.
  • Jack Eichel has eight points (3+5) in four games against the Kings since the beginning of the 2016-17 season.
  • Jeff Skinner has totaled 11 points (10+1) in 13 career games against Los Angeles, including eight (7+1) in his last eight and five goals in his last two.
  • Jason Pominville has recorded nine points (2+7) in his last six games against the Kings.
  • Kyle Okposo has totaled five assists in his last five games against Los Angeles.

HOME COOKING
The Sabres have gone 7-1-2 in their last 10 home games. Buffalo enters today’s game with a 9-3-2 (.714) record at home this season. The team’s .714 points percentage at home tied for sixth in the NHL entering play Monday and puts the Sabres on pace for their eighth-best home record ever, and the best since the 1982-83 season (25-7-8, .725).

COMEBACK KIDS

  • The Sabres are 5-7-2 this season when trailing after two periods. Their five wins when trailing after 40 minutes ranked as the second-most in the league entering play Monday.
  • Buffalo’s five wins when trailing after two have already matched last season’s total and leave the team four third-period comebacks shy of the franchise record of nine set in the 2005-06 season.

NOT TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT

  • The Sabres are 10-2-4 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 .625 winning percentage in one-goal games would be the sixth-best mark in franchise history and would be the Sabres’ best record in one-goal games since 1989-90 (18-6-3, .667).

SAM I AM

  • Sam Reinhart enters tonight’s game on a career-best, six-game point streak (5+4), topping his previous career high of five games set from Dec. 20 to 29, 2017.
  • Reinhart has recorded 22 points (8+14) in his last 22 games, including eight two-point games during that stretch. With eight multi-point games through 30 games played this season, he is two shy of his career-high 10 in a season.
  • The Sabres are 12-3-2 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 25-3-5 (.833) in his career when he records at least two.

DYNAMIC DUO
Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner are currently on pace to shatter their personal bests in points and make a mark in the Sabres’ record books on the strength of career-best production at even strength that ranks them among the best even-strength players in the league this season.

  • If he maintains his current pace, Eichel would finish the season with the third-most even-strength points ever recorded by a Sabre (77), trailing only Pat LaFontaine (83) and Alexander Mogilny (78) in 1992-93, and would top LaFontaine’s franchise-record 52 even-strength assists that season. He would also become the first Sabre to record more than 95 points since the 1992-93 season (LaFontaine/Mogilny/Hawerchuk).
  • Skinner is currently on pace for the third-highest goal total (55) in Sabres history, trailing only Mogilny in 1992-93 (76) and Danny Gare in 1979-80 (56). His 41 even-strength goals would finish behind only Mogilny’s even-strength total from 1992-93 (49) and Rick Martin’s 44 in 1973-74 for most in team history.
Player/Season GP G A PTS ES G ES A ES P
Eichel Career High (2017-18) 67 25 39 64 22 20 42
Eichel 2018-19 30 9 27 36 8 20 28
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 82 25 74 98 22 55 77
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 30 20 10 30 15 7 22
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 55 27 82 41 19 60

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 12/10 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 17 W (T-6th), 37 PTS (T-6th)
  • Eichel: 128 S (1st), 20 EVA (T-3rd), 28 EVP (T-4th), 27 A (5th), 36 P (T-9th)
  • Hutton: 12 W (T-5th)
  • Ristolainen: 94 hits (5th), 25:31 TOI/GP (8th)
  • Skinner: 15 EVG (T-1st), 2 OTG (T-2nd), plus-19 (T-2nd), 20 G (T-4th), 3 GWG (T-9th)

BUF-LAK CONNECTIONS
Former Kings:

  • Sabres assistant coach Davis Payne was on the coaching staff in Los Angeles from 2012 to 2017. He won two Stanley Cups (2012, 2014) with the club.

Kings with Western New York ties:

  • Kings F Alex Iafallo is a native of Eden, New York. He grew up a fan of the Buffalo Sabres and played youth hockey for the Buffalo Regals. His sister, Julianna, is a forward for the Buffalo Beauts of the NWHL.

Jason Botterill:

  • Played with Kings assistant coach Dave Lowry in Calgary.

Phil Housley:

  • Played with Kings goaltending coach Bill Ranford in Washington.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for the Islanders with Kings F Nate Thompson.

Davis Payne:

  • Played with Kings goaltending coach Bill Ranford in Boston.

Steve Smith:

  • Played with Kings assistant coach Dave Lowry in Calgary.
  • Played with Kings goaltending coach Bill Ranford in Edmonton.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (94), Girgensons (48), McCabe (42)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (52), Bogosian (46), McCabe (44)
Shots: Eichel (128), Skinner (88), Ristolainen (70)

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: 5-3-2 (12), 31/32, 5/28, 23/29

OVERTIME RESULTS (4-4; 117-125 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)
Nov. 27 vs. SJS: W, 3-2 (GWG-Skinner, 1:41)
Nov. 30 at FLA: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barkov, 2:26)
Dec. 4 vs. TOR: L, 4-3 (GWG-Matthews, 4:57)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (3-0; 73-66 all-time)
Nov. 10 vs. VAN: W, 4-3 (GDG-Mittelstadt)
Nov. 16 at WPG: W, 2-1 (GDG-Sheary)
Nov. 24 at DET: W, 3-2 (GDG-Reinhart)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Remi Elie … 2 games … 100 career games played
Vladimir Sobotka … 10 games … 500 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 1 goal … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 5 assists … 300 career assists
Sam Reinhart … 8 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Jason Pominville … 3 points … 511 points with Sabres (T-8th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
Kyle Okposo … 700th NHL game … Dec. 8 vs. PHI
Lawrence Pilut … 1st NHL point (assist) … Dec. 8 vs. PHI

Game Preview: 10/20/18 at Los Angeles

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, October 18
Buffalo 1 at San Jose 5
Goals: McCabe
Goalie: Hutton (34 saves/38 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 0/5; PK: 4/7; Shots: San Jose 39 – Buffalo 25

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 32)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 7 games
Sean Malone (knee, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 7 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 7 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/16: Activated D Zach Bogosian from IR; Assigned D Matt Tennyson to Rochester (AHL)
10/17: Signed F Matej Pekar to a three-year, entry-level contract

UPCOMING GAMES
Sunday, Oct. 21: Buffalo at Anaheim, 8 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 25: Montreal at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 27: Buffalo at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 30: Calgary at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 1: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
SABRES at KINGS

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Kings this season.
  • Last meeting: Los Angeles defeated Buffalo 4-2 in Buffalo on Feb. 17
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Dec. 11 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Kings; 2-7-1 on the road
  • This is the 124th game all-time between Buffalo and Los Angeles; Buffalo has a 59-45-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 24-28-10 on the road against the Kings all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-8-2 all-time on October 20.
  • October 20, 2011: Thomas Vanek scores twice, Jason Pominville records a goal and two assists, and Ryan Miller stops 22 shots as the Sabres blank the Florida Panthers 3-0 in Sunrise.
  • October 20, 2017: Kyle Okposo appears in his 600th NHL game, a 4-2 loss vs. Vancouver.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Today’s game is the fourth game of a five-game Pacific Division road trip that concludes tomorrow at Anaheim.
  • Buffalo is visiting Los Angeles before traveling to Anaheim for the second half of a back-to-back set for the third consecutive season. The Sabres lost the Kings game and won the Ducks game in each of the last two seasons.
  • The Sabres are seeking their first road win against the Kings since their 4-2 victory on Oct. 8, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. All five of the team’s trips to Los Angeles since that win have been two-goal losses.

HOT AGAINST LOS ANGELES

  • Jack Eichel has five points (3+2) in five career games against Los Angeles.
  • Patrik Berglund has recorded a point in each of his last three games against the Kings (1+2).
  • Kyle Okposo has totaled five assists in his last four games against Los Angeles.
  • Jason Pominville has recorded six points (1+5) in his last five games against the Kings.
  • Linus Ullmark stopped 20 of 21 shots (.952) in his only previous meeting with Los Angeles on Dec. 12, 2015 in Buffalo to earn the fifth win of his NHL career.

HOME-ICE ADVANTAGE

  • With the exception of the 2011 NHL Premiere* meeting between these teams, the home team has won 15 of the last 16 games between the Sabres and the Kings. During this span, the lone loss by a team in their home arena came in the last matchup between the teams, a 4-2 Kings win at KeyBank Center.
  • The last time the Sabres won in the Kings’ arena was a 5-1 victory on Oct. 23, 2003, when Buffalo snapped a six-game winless streak (0-5-1) in road games against the Kings that had dated back to March 13, 1996 (6-2 Sabres win).

*The Sabres topped the Kings 4-2 in a road game on Oct. 8, 2011, but the game was held in Berlin, Germany as part of the 2011 NHL Premiere series.

BACK-TO-BACK
Today’s game opens up Buffalo’s first of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night at Anaheim. The Sabres finished last season 5-11-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 5-9-2 in the second game. Buffalo’s point breakdown in last season’s back-to-back sets was: four points (1), three points (0), two points (8), one point (2) and zero points (5).

A FRESH FACE

  • On Oct. 4 vs. Boston, Rasmus Dahlin (18 years, 175 days) became the second-youngest player ever to appear in a game with the Sabres, behind only fellow No. 1 pick Pierre Turgeon (18 years, 41 days on Oct. 8, 1987 vs. Minnesota).
  • Dahlin skated 22:37 in his debut, marking the highest ice time recorded by a Sabres player making his NHL debut and the 21st-highest ice time by any NHL player in his first game since the league began tracking ice time in the 1997-98 season.
  • With his assist on Oct. 11 vs. Colorado, Dahlin became the second-youngest player (18 years, 175 days) in franchise history to record a point, behind only Turgeon (18 years, 44 days on Oct. 11, 1987 vs. Washington).
  • Dahlin scored his first NHL goal on Oct. 13 at Arizona, becoming the second-youngest player (18 years, 183 days) in franchise history to score, behind only Turgeon (Oct. 21, 1987 vs. Hartford).
    • He was the youngest defenseman in 23 years to score an NHL goal. His goal came exactly 34 years after Doug Bodger (18 years, 117 days) became the youngest defenseman in the expansion era (since 1967-68) to score his first NHL goal (Oct. 13, 1984).
    • With the goal, he also became the third-youngest defenseman in NHL history to record a game-winner, trailing only Craig Wolanin of the New Jersey Devils (12/9/85 at Minnesota) and Red Garrett of the New York Rangers (12/25/42 at Detroit).

CAPTAIN JACK

  • After being named captain on Oct. 3, Jack Eichel became the 19th full-season captain in franchise history and the 28th player to wear the captain’s “C” for at least a one-month period for the Sabres.
  • At 21 years of age, Eichel is the youngest captain in Sabres history, passing Jim Schoenfeld, who served as the team’s captain as a 23-year-old in the 1975-76 season.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 10/19 games)

  • Eichel: 28 S (T-10th)
  • Hutton: 183 SV (5th)
  • Ristolainen: 25:22 TOI/GP (8th), 22 hits (T-8th)
  • Sheary: 3 PPG (T-4th)
  • Ullmark: 1.000 SV% (T-1st), 0.00 GAA (T-1st), 1 SO (T-2nd)

BUF-LAK CONNECTIONS
Former Kings:

  • Sabres assistant coach Davis Panye was on the coaching staff in Los Angeles from 2012 to 2017. He won Stanley Cups with the club in 2012 and 2014.

Local Players:

  • Kings F Alex Iafallo is a native of Eden, New York. He grew up a fan of the Buffalo Sabres and played youth hockey for the Buffalo Regals. His sister, Julianna, is a forward for the Buffalo Beauts of the NWHL.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Played with Kings G Peter Budaj for the Montreal Canadiens.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Played with Kings F Ilya Kovalchuk for the Atlanta Thrashers.

Jason Botterill:

  • Played with Kings assistant coach Dave Lowry for the Calgary Flames.

Phil Housley:

  • Played with Kings goaltending coach Bill Ranford for the Washington Capitals.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for the New York Islanders with Kings F Nate Thompson.

Davis Payne:

  • Played with Kings goaltending coach Bill Ranford for the Boston Bruins.

Steve Smith:

  • Played with Kings assistant coach Dave Lowry for the Calgary Flames.
  • Played with Kings goaltending coach Bill Ranford for the Edmonton Oilers.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (22), Girgensons (15), Berglund/McCabe (13)
Blocked Shots: Bogosian/McCabe (12), Berglund/Ristolainen (10), Reinhart (9)
Shots: Eichel (28), Skinner (17), Okposo (17)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 3-4-0 (6), 13/22, 4/29, 16/23

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-0; 113-121 all-time)
N/A

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-0; 70-66 all-time)
N/A

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Jason Pominville … 6 games … 1,000 career games played
Remi Elie … 7 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 9 goals … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Points
Jason Pominville … 3 points … 700 career points
Conor Sheary … 3 points … 100 career points
Jason Pominville … 6 points … 497 points with Sabres (T-10th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
Patrik Berglund … 700th NHL game … Oct. 16 at VGK

Post-Game Report: 2/17 vs. Los Angeles

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
 Kings
(31-22-5)
1 3 0 4 36
Sabres
(17-31-11)
0 0 2 2 35

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • Today’s loss snapped the Sabres’ eight-game home winning streak against the Kings.
  • It was the Kings’ first win in Buffalo since Feb. 21, 2003. They became the first team to win a road game in this series since the Sabres’ victory on Oct. 23, 2003 in Los Angeles.
  • The Sabres are now 14-2-1 in their last 17 home games against the Kings.
  • With his goal, Rasmus Ristolainen now has points in four straight home games (1+3) and 18 points (5+13) in his last 22 games overall.

 

Today’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Kings Quick W .943 2.00
Sabres Lehner
Johnson
L
ND
.867
1.000
6.04
0.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Kings Quick 22-21-2 .920 2.51
Sabres Lehner
Johnson
12-22-8
4-9-3
.910
.888
2.95
3.48

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jason Pominville

Sabres forward Johan Larsson

Sabres defenseman Marco Scandella

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Kings head coach John Stevens

Kings forward Alex Iafallo

Kings forward Anze Kopitar

Kings forward Michael Amadio

Game Preview: 2/17/18 vs. Los Angeles

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, February 15
Buffalo 2 at Ottawa 3 (OT)
Goals: Wilson, Rodrigues
Goalie: Lehner (33 saves/36 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 4/4; Shots: Ottawa 36 – Buffalo 25

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 202)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 15 games
Jake McCabe (thumb, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 5 games
Jack Eichel (high-ankle sprain, Feb. 11) – 3 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/11: Recalled F Nicholas Baptiste from Rochester (AHL); Placed D Jake McCabe on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Monday, Feb. 19: Washington at Buffalo, 3 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 22: Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
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.

TODAY’S GAME
KINGS at SABRES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Kings this season.
  • Last meeting: Los Angeles defeated Buffalo 4-2 in Los Angeles on Oct. 14, 2017
  • The Sabres are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Kings; 9-1-0 at home
  • This is the 123rd game all-time between Buffalo and Los Angeles; Buffalo has a 59-44-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 35-16-9 at home against the Kings all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-9-6 all-time on February 17.
  • February 17, 1982: Gilbert Perreault scores his 383rd career goal (a game-winner) to lift the Sabres a 3-2 victory at Chicago. While he would go on to score 512 goals with the Sabres, Perreault only needed the first 383 to set the franchise record; Rick Martin ranks second in franchise history with 382 goals with the team.
  • February 17, 2001: The Sabres chase Martin Brodeur with four goals on 18 shots on the way to a 5-1 victory.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres have scored at least four goals in three consecutive home games for the first time since January 2017. With four goals today, the team would stretch that streak to four straight home games for the first time since the first four home games of the 2007-08 season.
  • Buffalo and Los Angeles have split the season series in each of the last four seasons and would do so again with a Sabres win today.
  • The Sabres are 61-23-17 (.688) all-time in home games against the Pacific Division
  • Kyle Okposo has five assists in his last three games against the Kings.
  • Jason Pominville is on a four-game point streak against Los Angeles, totaling six points (1+5) in those games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has nine points (5+4) in his last nine games against the Kings.
  • Chad Johnson is 2-0-0 in three career appearances against the Kings with a .942 save percentage.

HOME-ICE ADVANTAGE

  • With the exception of the 2011 NHL Premiere* meeting between these teams, the home team has won the last 15 games between the Sabres and the Kings.
  • The last time one of these teams won in the other team’s arena was a 5-1 Sabres victory on Oct. 23, 2003, when the Sabres snapped a six-game winless streak (0-5-1) in road games against the Kings that dated back to March 13, 1996 (6-2 Sabres win).

*The Sabres topped the Kings 4-2 in a road game on Oct. 8, 2011, but the game was held in Berlin, Germany as part of the 2011 NHL Premiere series.

KING SLAYERS

  • The Sabres are 14-1-1 (one tie) in their last 16 home games against the Kings, dating back to a 2-0 Sabres win on Dec. 17, 1993. During this stretch, the Sabres have outscored the Kings 67-25 on home ice.
  • The Kings have not won a game in Buffalo since their 4-1 win at HSBC Arena on Feb. 21, 2003.
  • The Sabres are 8-0-0 at home against Los Angeles since the last Kings win in Buffalo, outscoring the visitors by a combined 39-12 margin in those contests. With a win tonight, the Sabres would extend the longest home-winning streak against the Kings in franchise history.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded 18 points (9+9) in his last 17 games.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 16 points (6+10) in his last 14 games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 17 points (4+13) in his last 21 games dating back to Dec. 29. Ristolainen’s 17 points during that span tied for fourth among NHL defensemen entering play Friday.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded 16 points (3+13) in his last 16 games, including four multi-point games.
  • Casey Nelson, who scored his first NHL goal on Sunday vs. Colorado, has points in five of his last six games (1+4).
  • Evan Rodrigues has tallied five points (2+3) in his last five games.
  • Scott Wilson has four points (3+1) in his last four games.

HOT AT HOME

  • Kyle Okposo has totaled 14 points (2+12) in his last 14 home games, including three multi-point home games in the month of January.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 14 points (6+8) in 11 home games dating back to the team’s game on Dec. 22 vs. Philadelphia.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled nine points (4+5) in his last seven home games.
  • Casey Nelson has recorded a point in each of his last four home games (1+3).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has tallied an assist in each of his last three home games.

PLAYING WITH POWER

  • The Sabres have tallied at least one power-play goal in 12 of their last 17 games dating back to Jan. 7 at Philadelphia (and went 0-for-0 on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus), converting at a 32.0 percent clip during that span.
  • Buffalo’s power-play percentage during this stretch led the league entering play Friday, as did the team’s 16 power-play goals.
  • During that stretch, the Sabres have five players with at least seven power-play points.
  • Ryan O’Reilly led the league entering play Friday with seven power-play goals scored since Jan. 7. Kyle Okposo tied for the league lead with 10 power-play points during that stretch.
  • O’Reilly has taken 74.7 percent of the team’s power-play faceoffs during that span, going 51-for-74 (68.9%).
  • O’Reilly’s 11 power-play goals this season ranked fourth in the league entering play Friday.

DANGEROUS KILLERS

  • The Sabres scored two shorthanded goals on Sunday 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 Friday tied for the league lead with nine shorthanded goals this season, the team’s highest total since the 2007-08 season (9).
  • Entering play Friday, 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 Friday’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 Sunday 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 now holds the nine highest single-game totals in franchise history.
  • O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (867) and faceoff percentage (61.0%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 867 wins already rank as the sixth-most wins by a Sabre in a season and are on pace to become the third-most by any NHL player in a season:
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2005-06 – 1,268
    • Adam Oates (WSH), 1999-00 – 1,235
    • Ryan O’Reilly *pace* (BUF), 2017-18 1,232
    • 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 2/16 games)

  • Girgensons: 2 SHG (T-6th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 210 S (5th), 3 SHP (T-6th)
  • O’Reilly: 867 FOW (1st), 61.0% FO% (1st), 1,422 FO (1st), 4 SHP (T-2nd), 11 PPG (4th)
  • Pouliot: 2 SHG (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:31 TOI/GP (3rd)

BUF-LAK CONNECTIONS
Former Kings: 

  • Jordan Nolan was selected by the Kings in the seventh round (186th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft. He went on to win two Stanley Cups and record 42 points (20+22) in 292 games for Los Angeles.

Local Products:

  • Alex Iafallo was born in Eden, New York.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Represented Canada alongside Tanner Pearson at the 2012 World Junior Championship.

Justin Falk:

  • Played with Darcy Kuemper and Christian Folin for the Minnesota Wild during the 2014-15 season.

Robin Lehner:

  • Played alongside Jake Muzzin for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) during the 2009-10 season.

Jordan Nolan:

  • Played alongside Jake Muzzin for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) during the 2009-10 season.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Teammates with Kyle Clifford for Team Canada at the 2009 World U18 Championship.
  • Played with Jake Muzzin and Tyler Toffoli for Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played alongside Trevor Lewis at the 2007 World Junior Championship for the United States.
  • Represented the United States at the 2009 World Championship alongside Dustin Brown.

Jason Pominville:

  • Represented the United States alongside Dustin Brown at the 2008 World Championship.
  • Played with Darcy Kuemper for the Minnesota Wild from 2012-2017. Christian Folin was also on the team from 2013-2017.

Marco Scandella:

  • Played with Darcy Kuemper for the Minnesota Wild from 2012-2017. Christian Folin was also on the team from 2013-2017.

NHL Draft:

  • Benoit Pouliot (4th overall) and Anze Kopitar (11th overall) were first-round picks in the 2005 NHL Draft.
  • Justin Falk (110th overall) and Alec Martinez (95th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2007 NHL Draft.
  • Ryan O’Reilly (33rd overall), Robin Lehner (46th overall) and Kyle Clifford (35th overall) were all selected in the second round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Johan Larsson (56th overall) and Tyler Toffoli (47th overall) were both second-round picks in the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Tanner Pearson (30th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Adrian Kempe (29th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2014 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (142), McCabe (113), Kane (110)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (85), McCabe (79), Ristolainen (76)
Shots: Kane (210), Eichel (201), O’Reilly (155)

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: 3-4-1 (7), 24/25, 6/19, 29/35

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

RECENT MILESTONES
Ryan O’Reilly … 400th NHL point … Feb. 11 vs. Colorado
Casey Nelson … 1st NHL goal … Feb. 11 vs. Colorado