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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 recorded 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).

 

Post-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: 12/16 vs. NYI

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Islanders
(11-13-6)
1 1 0 0 2 35
Sabres
(12-11-6)
0 1 1 1 3 37

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • With the win, the Sabres improved to 7-3-2 in their last 12 games, including a 6-2-1 record in their last nine home games.
  • Nine of the last 10 games between these teams in Buffalo (and 14 of the last 18 overall) have been decided by a single goal.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen recorded two points (1+1) tonight, including the game-winning goal. Ristolainen now has points in a career-best five straight games, totaling nine points (2+7) during that span.
    • Ristolainen, who finished the game tied for 12th in the league with 19 assists, has assisted on 31.1 percent of his teammates’ goals this season.
  • With his goal tonight, Matt Moulson now has seven points (6+1) in eight career games against the Islanders.
    • Moulson finished the game tied for second in the NHL with seven power-play goals this season.
  •  With his assist tonight, Kyle Okposo now has 12 points (4+8) in his last 11 games.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Islanders Berube O .919 2.97
Sabres Lehner W .943 1.98

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Islanders Berube 0-0-1 .921 2.71
Sabres Lehner 7-9-4 .920 2.45

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo

Sabres forward Matt Moulson

Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Islanders head coach Jack Capuano

Islanders forward Shane Prince

Islanders forward Ryan Strome

Islanders goaltender Jean-Francois Berube

Post-Game Report: 11/21 vs. CGY

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Flames
(8-12-1)
1 0 1 2 31
Sabres
(7-8-4)
0 3 1 4 32

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • With points in their last 13 home games against Calgary (11-0-2), the Sabres have broken their series-record for most consecutive home games against the Flames with a point.
    • The Sabres are now 17-3-2 in their last 22 home games against the Flames, with the last regulation home loss coming on March 15, 1996.
  • The home team has now won 18 of the last 20 games between these teams, dating back to the 1999-00 season. The Flames’ last win in Buffalo was on Dec. 14, 2013.
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Buffalo’s three goals in a span of 1:41 in the second period were the team’s quickest three goals since the Sabres scored three in 1:08 vs. BOS (4/3/1998).
    • The franchise record for fastest three goals is 39 seconds (Pat LaFontaine, Wayne Presley and Donald Audette, 3/22/1992 at Chicago)
  • The Sabres scored three power-play goals for the first time since Oct. 12, 2015 vs. Columbus.
  • Kyle Okposo’s power-play goal was Buffalo’s first 5-on-3 goal since Nikita Zadorov’s goal on Feb. 15, 2015 against Philadelphia.
    • With his a goal and an assist tonight, Okposo now has 10 points (2+8) in his last nine games against the Flames.
  • Matt Moulson’s goal ties him with Shea Weber for the NHL lead with six power-play goals this season.
  • Marcus Foligno’s goal gives him six points (4+2) in five game games against Calgary since the beginning of the 2014-15 season.
  • Taylor Fedun (two assists tonight) has an assist in all three of his NHL games this season and assists in four straight NHL games, going back to last season.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen’s assist on Okposo’s goal gives him six points (4+2) in his last four games against the Flames.
  • With his goal, Johan Larsson now has a point in each of his last three games against the Flames (2+1).
  • Evander Kane (assist tonight) now has eight points (3+6) in eight career games against Calgary.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Flames
Elliott L .875 4.11
Sabres Lehner W .935 2.01

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Flames
Elliott 3-9-0 .882 3.42
Sabres Lehner 5-7-2 .920 2.49

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Johan Larsson

Sabres forward Matt Moulson

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo

Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan

Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk

Flames forward Michael Frolik

Flames defenseman Mark Giordano

Post-Game Report: 11/11 vs. NJD

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Devils
(7-3-3)
0 0 1 1 2 43
Sabres
(5-5-4)
1 0 0 0 1 26

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • The Sabres dropped the first game of a home-and-home series with the Devils that continues tomorrow night in New Jersey.
    • Buffalo is now 90-45-24 all-time in the home portion of home-and-home series and 70-59-30 in the first game.
  • The road team has now won each of the last five games between the Sabres and Devils. Prior to that stretch, the home team had won eight in a row.
  • Eleven of the last 23 games between the Sabres and Devils have been settled in overtime or a shootout, including eight of the last 15.
  • Buffalo killed off all six New Jersey power plays, improving to 16-for-16 on the penalty kill at home this season.
  • With the overtime loss, Anders Nilsson is 4-1-1 in seven career appearances against the Devils, with a .953 save percentage and a 1.98 goals-against average.
    • New Jersey’s first goal brought Nilsson’s shutout streak to an end at 119:46. His career-best streak is 131:08 (12/2/2015 to 12/11/2015) and was also snapped by the Devils.
  • Through four appearances, Nilsson ranks eighth in save percentage (.942) and 11th in goals-against average (1.96) among NHL goaltenders with at least 120 minutes played this season.
  • With his goal, Matt Moulson tied Patrick Laine and Wayne Simmonds for the NHL lead with five power-play goals this season.
    • Ryan O’Reilly recorded an assist on the goal, marking his 200th career NHL assist.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
New Jersey
Kinkaid W .962 0.99
Buffalo Nilsson O .953 1.98

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
New Jersey
Kinkaid 2-0-1 .944 1.65
Buffalo Nilsson 1-1-2 .942 1.96

Post-Game Audio

Sabres forward Evander Kane

Sabres forward Matt Moulson

Sabres goaltender Anders Nilsson

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Devils defenseman Matt Greene

Devils defenseman Yohann Auvitu

Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid

Devils head coach John Hynes

Post-Game Report: 10/13 vs. MTL

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Canadiens
(1-0-0)
1 1 2 4 24
Sabres
(0-1-0)
0 0 1 1 31

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • With the loss, the Sabres fell to 24-18-4 all-time in season-openers, including a 3-1-2 in season-openers against the Canadiens.
    • Buffalo is 17-9-4 all-time when opening the season at home.
  • The road team has now won 12 of the last 17 matchups between Buffalo and Montreal.
  • With his goal tonight, Matt Moulson now has a point in each of his last three games (2+1) dating back to last season and four goals in his last seven regular-season contests.
  • Injury update: Evander Kane has been taken to the hospital for further evaluation and precautionary measures.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Montreal Montoya W .968 1.00
Buffalo Lehner L .833 4.14

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Montreal Montoya 1-0-0 .968 1.00
Buffalo Lehner 0-1-0 .833 4.14

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Matt Moulson

Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien

Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty

Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher

Canadiens forward Artturi Lehkonen

Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber

Canadiens goaltender Al Montoya