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Game Preview: 12/3/18 at Nashville

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Friday, November 30
Buffalo 2 at Florida 3 (OT)
Goals: Skinner, Reinhart
Goalie: Ullmark (40 saves/43 shots)
PP: 1/4; PK: 2/4; Shots: Florida 43 – Buffalo 24

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 96)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 27 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 27 games
Marco Scandella (upper body, Nov. 27; injured reserve) – 3 games
Conor Sheary (upper body, Nov. 27; injured reserve) – 3 games
Jake McCabe (lower body, Nov. 29) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/27: Recalled D Lawrence Pilut from Rochester (AHL)
11/30: Activated F Patrik Berglund from IR; Recalled D Matt Tennyson from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Conor Sheary and D Marco Scandella on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Dec. 4: Toronto at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 8: Philadelphia at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 11: Los Angeles at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 13: Arizona at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 15: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at PREDATORS

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Predators this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Nashville 7-4 in Nashville on March 31
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, April 2 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Predators; 6-4-0 on the road.
  • This is the 26th game all-time between Buffalo and Nashville; Buffalo has a 10-11-4 series record.
  • The Sabres are 9-4-0 on the road against the Predators all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-5-3 all-time on December 3.
  • December 3, 1974: Rick Martin records his second of a franchise-record four four-goal games as the Sabres top the Washington Capitals 5-3.
  • December 3, 1981: Mike Foligno makes his Sabres debut in a 6-3 loss at Boston.
  • December 3, 1989: Mike Foligno plays in his 600th game as a Sabre in a 4-3 win vs. St. Louis.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The road team has won each of the six meetings between these clubs in the last three seasons. The last home win in the series was a 3-0 Predators win in Nashville on March 21, 2015.
  • Jeff Skinner’s 12 goals in 15 road games trailed only Patrik Laine (15) for most in the league entering play Sunday. With 20 goals through Buffalo’s first 27 games, Skinner entered play Sunday behind only Laine (21) most in the NHL this season.
  • Jack Eichel recorded his 12th multi-point game of the season with two assists on Friday at Florida. Through 27 games, Eichel’s 12 multi-point games tie for fourth-most in the league this season and leave him six shy of his career high 18.

A NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER

  • Buffalo’s 11-3-1 (.767) record in November gave the team its best points percentage in a month since April 2011 (4-0-1, .900). It was the Sabres’ best full month since Oct. 2009 (8-2-1, .773).
  • The team’s 17-7-3 (.685) record through November’s games marks the team’s best record through two months since the 2006-07 season (19-3-2, .833).
  • Jeff Skinner scored 15 goals in 15 games during November to join Rick Martin in 1972-73 as just the second player ever to score 20 goals for the Sabres before December.
  • Rasmus Dahlin was selected as the NHL Rookie of the Month for November after totaling 10 points (1+9) and a plus-9 rating in 15 games, averaging 19:54 of ice time per game during the month.
  • Carter Hutton was 8-3-0 with a .923 save percentage in 11 appearances in November, including a career-best eight-game winning streak from Nov. 8 to 27.

HOT AGAINST NASHVILLE

  • Jack Eichel has totaled nine points (3+6) in six career games against the Predators, including a franchise record-tying five assists in the last meeting between these clubs.
  • Jeff Skinner has posted 16 points (8+8) in 13 career meetings with the Predators.
  • Kyle Okposo has 11 points (6+5) in 11 career games against Nashville, including five (3+2) in five road games.
  • Sam Reinhart has six points (5+1) in six career games against the Predators, including a hat trick in the last matchup.
  • Jake McCabe has points in each of his last two matchups with the Predators (1+2).
  • Zemgus Girgensons has recorded three points (1+2) in his last three games against Nashville.
  • Zach Bogosian has assists in three of his last four games against the Predators, including each of the last two.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen tallied three assists in the last meeting between these clubs.

SCORING EARLY IS GREAT…

  • The Sabres are 12-0-3 when scoring first so far this season. Entering play Sunday, they were one of two teams who have earned at least a point in every game in which they’ve opened the scoring in 2018-19.
  • Buffalo is 10-0-2 when leading after the first period. Entering play Sunday, they were one of four teams who have earned at least a point in every game in which they’ve led after 20 minutes in 2018-19.

…BUT SCORING LATE IS NICE TOO

  • The Sabres are 5-6-1 when trailing after two periods. Their five wins when trailing after 40 minutes ranked as the second-most in the league entering play Sunday.
  • 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 10-1-3 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 .714 winning percentage in one-goal games would match the franchise record of .714 (10-4-0) set in the 1977-78 season.

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 (73), 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 second-highest goal total (61) in Sabres history, trailing only Mogilny in 1992-93 (76). His 46 even-strength goals would finish behind only Mogilny’s even-strength total from that season (49) 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 27 5 27 32 4 20 24
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 82 15 82 97 12 61 73
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 27 20 8 28 15 5 20
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 61 24 85 46 15 61

WINNING WAYS
Sam Reinhart has recorded 15 points (5+10) in his last 14 games, including six two-point games during that stretch. The Sabres are 12-1-1 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 25-3-4 (.844) in his career when he records at least two.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s sixth of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night vs. Toronto. The Sabres are 4-1-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 3-1-1 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in their previous back-to-back sets is: four points (3), three points (0), two points (1), one point (1) and zero points (0).

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 12/2 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 36 PTS (T-3rd), 17 W (4th)
  • Eichel: 109 S (3rd), 20 EVA (3rd), 27 A (T-4th), 24 EVP (5th), 32 P (T-9th)
  • Hutton: 12 W (3rd), 564 SV (9th)
  • Ristolainen: 86 hits (5th), 25:27 TOI/GP (8th)
  • Skinner: 15 EVG (1st), 2 OTG (T-1st), 20 G (2nd), 3 GWG (T-5th), plus-15 (T-5th), 5 PPG (T-9th)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-9th), .927 SV% (10th)

BUF-NSH CONNECTIONS
Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Played with Predators D P.K. Subban and D Yannick Weber in Montreal.

Patrik Berglund:

  • Represented Sweden with Predators F Mattias Ekholm and F Filip Forsberg at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Jason Botterill:

  • Was the assistant general manager for the Penguins when Predators F Nick Bonino was playing in Pittsburgh.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played with Predators F Ryan Hartman for Team USA at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Remi Elie:

  • Played with Predators D Dan Hamhuis in Dallas.

Phil Housley:

  • Coached Predators F Ryan Hartman at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship. The duo won a gold medal together for the United States.

Johan Larsson:

  • Won a gold medal for Team Sweden with Predators F Filip Forsberg at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship. The duo won a second gold medal together at the 2018 IIHF World Championship, a team that Predators F Viktor Arvidsson and D Mattias Ekholm were also on.

Jake McCabe:

  • Won a gold medal with Predators F Ryan Hartman while representing the United States at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Played for Team USA with Predators F Craig Smith at the 2014 IIHF World Championship. Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette was the head coach of the team.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for Team USA with Predators F Craig Smith at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Won a gold medal with Predators D Ryan Ellis while representing Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Played for the Finnish National Team with Predators G Jusse Saros at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship. Ristolainen scored the overtime, gold-medal-clinching goal.
  • Represented Finland with Predators G Pekka Rinne at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Jeff Skinner:

  • Played for Team Canada with Predators D P.K. Subban at the 2013 IIHF World Championship.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (86), Girgensons (43), McCabe (42)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (44), Ristolainen (41), Bogosian (40)
Shots: Eichel (109), Skinner (83), Ristolainen (64)

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: 5-1-1 (11), 25/20, 5/21, 17/22

OVERTIME RESULTS (4-3; 117-124 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)

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 … 3 games … 100 career games played
Kyle Okposo … 3 games … 700 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
Points
Jason Pominville … 3 points … 511 points with Sabres (T-8th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
Nathan Beaulieu … 300th NHL game … Nov. 29 at TBL
Evan Rodrigues … 100th NHL game … Nov. 29 at TBL

Game Preview: 3/31/18 at Nashville

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, March 29
Detroit 6 at Buffalo 3
Goals: Eichel, O’Reilly, Rodrigues
Goalie: Lehner (17 saves/20 shots) / Johnson (9 saves/12 shots)
PP: 1/4; PK: 5/5; Shots: Detroit 32 – Buffalo 32

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 294)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 34 games
Jake McCabe (shoulder, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 24 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body. March 17) – 7 games
Linus Ullmark (upper body, March 26) – 2 games
Robin Lehner (lower body, March 31) – 0 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/25: Signed D Will Borgen to a three-year, entry-level contract
3/26: Signed F Casey Mittelstadt to a three-year, entry-level contract
3/27: Assigned F Justin Bailey to Rochester (AHL)
3/30: Recalled G Adam Wilcox from Rochester (AHL)
3/31: Assigned F Kyle Criscuolo to Rochester (AHL)

REMAINING GAMES
Monday, April 2: Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, April 4: Ottawa at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 6: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 7: Buffalo at Florida, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at PREDATORS

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Predators this season.
  • Last meeting: Nashville defeated Buffalo 4-0 in Buffalo on March 19
  • The Sabres are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Predators; 6-4-0 on the road.
  • This is the 25th game all-time between Buffalo and Nashville; Buffalo has a 9-11-4 series record.
  • The Sabres are 8-4-0 on the road against the Predators all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-10-0 all-time on March 31.
  • March 31, 1971: Eddie Shack records his second hat trick in 10 days as the Sabres defeat the Penguins 6-4 in Pittsburgh.
  • March 31, 1992: The Sabres and Minnesota North Stars combine for 360 penalty minutes, including 188 to the Sabres and 172 to the North Stars. All three totals (for, against and combined) still stand as Sabres franchise records.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The road team has won each of the five meetings between these clubs in the last two seasons.
  • The Sabres have an 8-4-0 record all-time in Nashville. With wins in their last two visits, the Sabres haven’t lost in Nashville since March 21, 2015 and are looking to tie their series-best, three-game road winning streak against the Predators.

DRAWING ATTENTION*

  • Ryan O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (1,201) and faceoff percentage (60.7%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 1,201 wins already rank as the most wins by a Sabre in a season.
  • O’Reilly’s 1,201 faceoff wins through 76 games played already rank sixth in NHL history and put him on pace to log the most by any NHL player in a season:
    • Ryan O’Reilly *pace* (BUF), 2017-18 1,280
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2005-06 – 1,268
    • Adam Oates (WSH), 1999-00 – 1,235
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2001-02 – 1,218
    • Joe Sakic (COL), 2000-01 – 1,214
  • At his current pace, O’Reilly would become just the third player ever to win at least 1,000 faceoffs in a season while maintaining a faceoff percentage of at least 59 percent, joining Rod Brind’Amour (five times) and Patrice Bergeron (two times).

*The NHL began keeping faceoff stats in the 1997-98 season.

I LIKE EICH

  • Despite missing 15 games with a high-ankle sprain, Jack Eichel has either topped or is on pace to top his personal bests in goals (24), assists (33) and points (57) on the strength of improved production at even strength.
  • With his 17th multi-point game in his 61st game of the season, Eichel surpassed his career-best total of 16 set in 2016-17.
  • 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 62 games, Eichel now has 22 even-strength goals.
  • With his 36th even-strength point in his 53rd game of the season on Feb. 7 vs. Anaheim, Eichel surpassed his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games). Through 62 games, he now has 41 even-strength points.

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 62 25 32 57 22 19 41
2017-18 (Pace) 67 27 35 62 24 21 44

 

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

  • Of Jack Eichel’s 57 points so far this season, 27 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes 6-on-5 situations).
  • Through 62 games played, Eichel’s 27 primary points (16+11) during 5-on-5 play have surpassed both his 61-game total from last season (11+10) and his career-best total from his 81-game rookie season (12+12).

*All primary point stats via NaturalStatTrick.com

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 3/30 games)

  • Eichel: 3.69 S/GP (7th)
  • O’Reilly: 1,201 FOW (1st), 60.7% FO% (1st), 1,980 FO (1st), 4 SHP (T-5th), 13 PPG (T-9th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:31 TOI/GP (4th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (197), Girgensons (131), Nolan (122)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (106), Scandella (106), McCabe (79)
Shots: Eichel (229), O’Reilly (207), Ristolainen (173)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 3-5-2 (8), 26/36, 5/36, 29/35
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 20/35, 5/28, 23/27
21-30: 2-6-2 (6), 18/31, 2/32, 24/32
31-40: 3-4-3 (9), 24/33, 3/25, 23/28
41-50: 4-6-0 (8), 27/31, 10/33, 15/26
51-60: 3-6-1 (7), 28/32, 6/24, 32/38
61-70: 5-4-1 (11), 24/31, 6/32, 20/25
71-80: 2-5-0 (4), 13/27, 3/19, 11/16

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)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Assists
Jack Eichel … 3 assists … 100 career assists

RECENT MILESTONES
Zemgus Girgensons … 100th NHL point … March 26 at Toronto
Casey Mittelstadt … 1st NHL game … March 29 vs. Detroit
Casey Mittelstadt … 1st NHL point (assist) … March 29 vs. Detroit

Post-Game Report: 3/19 vs. Nashville

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Predators
(48-14-10)
0 2 2 4 32
Sabres
(23-37-12)
0 0 0 0 35

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • Tonight’s loss snapped Buffalo’s three-game point streak (2-0-1) against Nashville.
  • The road team has now won each of the last five meetings between these clubs.
  • The Sabres suffered their sixth shutout loss of the season, and just their third ever against the Predators. The last time Nashville shut out Buffalo was a 3-0 victory on March 21, 2015 in Nashville.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Predators Rinne W 1.000 0.00
Sabres Ullmark L .875 4.03

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Predators Rinne 40-9-4 .931 2.21
Sabres Ullmark 1-1-0 .935 2.51

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark

Predators head coach Peter Laviolette

Predators forward Ryan Johansen

Predators defenseman P.K. Subban

Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne

Game Preview: 3/19/18 vs. Nashville

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, March 17
Chicago 3 at Buffalo 5
Goals: Baptiste (2), Pouliot, O’Reilly, Reinhart
Goalie: Johnson (34 saves/37 shots)
PP: 1/4; PK: 2/2; Shots: Chicago 37 – Buffalo 32

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 259)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 28 games
Jake McCabe (shoulder, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 18 games
Kyle Criscuolo (upper body, March 7) – 5 games
Kyle Okposo (concussion, March 10) – 3 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body. March 17) – 1 game
Casey Nelson (lower body, Mach 17) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/13: Recalled G Linus Ullmark from Rochester (AHL)
3/14: Recalled F Justin Bailey from Rochester (AHL)
3/17: Activated F Jack Eichel from IR
3/18: Assigned F Justin Bailey to Rochester (AHL)
3/19: Recalled F Justin Bailey from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Wednesday, March 21: Arizona at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, March 23: Montreal at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 24: Buffalo at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.
Monday, March 26: Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 29: Detroit at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
PREDATORS at SABRES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Predators this season.
  • Last meeting: Nashville defeated Buffalo 5-4 (OT) in Buffalo on Feb. 28, 2017
  • Next meeting: Saturday, March 31 in Nashville
  • The Sabres are 3-4-3 in their last 10 games vs. the Predators; 1-5-4 at home.
  • This is the 24th game all-time between Buffalo and Nashville; Buffalo has a 9-10-4 series record.
  • The Sabres are 1-6-4 at home against the Predators all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 12-3-2 all-time on March 19.
  • March 19, 1981: The Sabres tie the franchise record with 14 goals in a win vs. Toronto (14-4). The team’s nine goals in the second period set an NHL record that still stands today.
  • March 19, 1992: Dave Andreychuk tallies four power play goals, the most in a single game in franchise history, in an 8-2 win at Los Angeles.
  • March 19, 1998: Alexei Zhitnik scores two shorthanded goals in a 6-1 win over the Florida Panthers at home. Zhitnik shares the franchise record for most shorthanded goals scored in one game by a single player with Don Luce, Bob Sweeney, Michael Peca and Evander Kane.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with points in three straight games against the Predators (2-0-1) for the first time in the all-time series.
  • The road team has won each of the four meetings between these clubs in the last two seasons.
  • Jack Eichel has four points (3+1) in four career games against the Predators.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has totaled seven points (2+5) in his last seven games against Nashville.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 29 points (12+17) in his last 27 games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 26 points (6+20) in his last 34 games dating back to Dec. 29. Ristolainen’s 26 points during that span tie for seventh among NHL defensemen.

HOT AT HOME

  • Ryan O’Reilly has 23 points (9+14) in 20 home games dating back to the team’s game on Dec. 22 vs. Philadelphia.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 17 points (7+10) in his last 16 home games.
  • Evan Rodrigues has posted eight points (2+6) in his last eight home games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has tallied nine points (1+8) in his last 11 home games.

DRAWING ATTENTION*

  • Ryan O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (1,111) and faceoff percentage (61.0%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 1,111 wins already rank as the most wins by a Sabre in a season.
  • O’Reilly’s 1,111 faceoff wins through 70 games played already rank 16th in NHL history and put him on pace to log the most by any NHL player in a season:
    • Ryan O’Reilly *pace* (BUF), 2017-18 1,286
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2005-06 – 1,268
    • Adam Oates (WSH), 1999-00 – 1,235
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2001-02 – 1,218
    • Joe Sakic (COL), 2000-01 – 1,214
  • At his current pace, O’Reilly would become just the third player ever to win at least 1,000 faceoffs in a season while maintaining a faceoff percentage of at least 59 percent, joining Rod Brind’Amour (five times) and Patrice Bergeron (two times).

*The NHL began keeping faceoff stats in the 1997-98 season.

I LIKE EICH

  • Despite missing 15 games with a high-ankle sprain, Jack Eichel is currently on pace to top his personal bests in goals (24), assists (33) and points (57) on the strength of improved production at even strength.
  • Eichel’s 16 multi-point games this season through 56 games played have already tied his career best set in 2016-17.
  • 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 56 games, Eichel now has 19 even-strength goals.
  • With his 36th even-strength point in his 53rd game of the season on Feb. 7 vs. Anaheim, Eichel surpassed his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games). Through 56 games, he now has 38 even-strength points.

 

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 56 22 32 54 19 19 38
2017-18 (Pace) 67 26 38 65 23 23 45

 

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

  • Of Jack Eichel’s 54 points so far this season, 24 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes 6-on-5 situations).
  • Through 56 games played, Eichel’s 24 primary points (13+11) during 5-on-5 play have already surpassed his 61-game total from last season (11+10) and tied his career-best total from his 81-game rookie season (12+12).

*All primary point stats via NaturalStatTrick.com

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 3/18 games)

  • Eichel: 3.68 S/GP (7th)
  • Girgensons: 2 SHG (T-9th)
  • O’Reilly: 1,111 FOW (1st), 61.0% FO% (1st), 1,820 FO (1st), 4 SHP (T-4th)
  • Pouliot: 2 SHG (T-9th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:33 TOI/GP (4th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (180), Girgensons (125), McCabe (110)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (101), Ristolainen (96), McCabe (79)
Shots: Eichel (206), O’Reilly (193), Reinhart (156)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 3-5-2 (8), 26/36, 5/36, 29/35
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 20/35, 5/28, 23/27
21-30: 2-6-2 (6), 18/31, 2/32, 24/32
31-40: 3-4-3 (9), 24/33, 3/25, 23/28
41-50: 4-6-0 (8), 27/31, 10/33, 15/26
51-60: 3-6-1 (7), 28/32, 6/24, 32/38
61-70: 5-4-1 (11), 24/31, 6/32, 20/25
71-80: 1-0-0 (2), 5/3, 1/4, 2/2

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)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Game Played
Jack Eichel … 2 games … 200 career games played
Assists
Jack Eichel … 3 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Zemgus Girgensons … 2 points … 100 career points
Jason Pominville … 10 points … 700 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Post-Game Report: 2/28 vs. NSH

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Predators
(32-22-9)
1 1 2 1 5 41
Sabres
(26-26-11)
2 1 1 0 4 32

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • With his goal, Evander Kane now ranks sixth in the NHL with 21 even-strength goals this season despite not scoring his first until Dec. 3.
    • Kane’s current pace of .412 even-strength goals per game is the highest by any Sabre with at least 15 games played since Alexander Mogilny’s franchise-best mark in 1992-93 (.636).
  • With his 13th goal of the season, Brian Gionta has surpassed his total from last year through 16 fewer games played.
  • Jack Eichel (assist) now has 16 points (2+14) in February, tying Patrick Kane for second in the NHL during that span.
  • With his first career multi-point game (1+1), Jake McCabe has matched his career-best point total from last season (14) in 19 fewer games.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Predators
Rinne W .875 3.82
Sabres Lehner O .878 4.78

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Predators Rinne 25-15-6 .914 2.55
Sabres Lehner 17-18-7 .922 2.63

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Brian Gionta

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo

Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe

Predators head coach Peter Laviolette

Predators forward Filip Forsberg

Predators defenseman P.K. Subban