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Post-Game Report: 12/31 vs. NY Islanders

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Islanders
(21-13-4)
0 1 2 3 33
Sabres
(21-13-6)
0 0 1 1 40

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • Tonight’s loss dropped the Sabres to 12-5-3 at home this season.
  • The Sabres are now 12-11-3 all-time in New Year’s Eve home games, including a 1-4-1 record against the Islanders.
  • Buffalo went 2-for-2 on the penalty kill tonight to improve to a league-best 33-for-36 (91.7%) in December.
  • Vladimir Sobotka appeared in his 500th NHL game tonight.
  • With tonight’s goal, Kyle Okposo now has points in three straight meetings with the Islanders (2+1).
  • Tage Thompson tied his career high with his second career five-shot night (last: Jan. 9, 2018 vs. Florida).

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Islanders Lehner W .975 1.00
Sabres Hutton L .938 2.04

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Islanders Lehner 9-6-3 .930 2.14
Sabres Hutton 13-12-3 .917 2.63

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo

Sabres forward Tage Thompson

Islanders head coach Barry Trotz

Islanders forward Brock Nelson

Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy

Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner

Game Preview: 12/31/18 vs. NY Islanders

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, December 29
Boston 3 at Buffalo 2 (OT)
Goals: Scandella, Larsson
Goalie: Hutton (39 saves/42 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 3/4; Shots: Boston 42 – Buffalo 28

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 155)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 39 games
Casey Nelson (upper body, Dec. 8; injured reserve) – 10 games
Zemgus Girgensons (upper body, Dec. 29; injured reserve) – 1 game
Linus Ullmark (illness, Dec. 29) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
12/29: Recalled G Scott Wedgewood from Rochester (AHL); Activated F Jason Pominville from IR; Placed F Zemgus Girgensons on IR
12/30: Assigned G Scott Wedgewood to Rochester (AHL)
12/31: Recalled F C.J. Smith from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Jan. 3: Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 5: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 8: New Jersey at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 11: Buffalo at Carolina, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 12: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
ISLANDERS at SABRES

  • This is the first of three meetings between the Sabres and Islanders this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated New York 4-3 in Buffalo on Feb. 8
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 12 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Islanders; 5-4-1 at home.
  • This is the 149th game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo has an 81-63-24 series record.
  • The Sabres are 45-27-12 at home against the Islanders all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 13-13-5 all-time on December 31.
  • December 31, 1987: The Sabres trade Paul Cyr and a 10th-round draft pick in 1988 (Eric Fenton) to the New York Rangers for Mike Donnelly and a fifth-round pick in 1988 (Alexander Mogilny).
  • December 31, 1993: Alexander Mogilny appears in his 300th NHL game and Dominik Hasek stops 39 of 40 shots as the Sabres defeat the Rangers 4-1 at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium.
  • December 31, 1997: Michael Peca scores two shorthanded goals in a 3-0 win over Ottawa. Peca still shares the franchise record for most shorthanded goals scored in one game by a single player with Alexei Zhitnik, Bob Sweeney and Don Luce.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 12-10-3 all-time in New Year’s Eve home games, including a 1-3-1 record against the Islanders (1982, 1989, 1995, 2002, 2015).
  • Ten of Buffalo’s last 12 home games against the Islanders have been decided by a single goal, including five overtime games.
  • These teams met three years ago on this date, with the Islanders earning a 2-1 victory in Buffalo. Only seven Sabres who dressed for that game (Bogosian, Eichel, Larsson, McCabe, Reinhart, Ristolainen, Ullmark) are currently on the team’s roster, though Kyle Okposo dressed for New York.
  • Buffalo entered play Sunday ranked sixth in the NHL with a penalty kill percentage of 83.5 percent this season and ranked first in the league since the beginning of December with a 91.2 percent success rate.
  • Jack Eichel’s 18 multi-point games this season tied him for second-most in the league entering play Sunday and have already matched his single-season high.
  • Vladimir Sobotka is expected to appear in his 500th NHL game tonight.

HOME COOKING
Buffalo enters tonight’s game with a 12-4-3 (.711) record at home. The team’s .711 points percentage at home ranked fourth in the NHL before Sunday’s games and puts the Sabres on pace for their eighth-best home record ever, and their best since the 1982-83 season (25-7-8, .725).

COMEBACK KIDS

  • The Sabres are 6-9-2 this season when trailing after two periods. Their six wins when trailing after 40 minutes ties for second-most in the league and their .353 win percentage in those games ranks second.
  • Buffalo’s six wins when trailing after two have already surpassed last season’s total and leave the team three third-period comebacks shy of the franchise record of nine set in the 2005-06 season.

NOT TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT

  • The Sabres are 11-3-6 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 .550 winning percentage in one-goal games would be the 16th-best mark in franchise history and would be the Sabres’ best record in one-goal games since 2006-07 (25-9-7, .610).

WORKING OVERTIME

  • The Sabres are 8-6 in games that have been tied after regulation this season, including a 5-5 record in overtime and a 3-1 record in shootouts. Their five overtime wins have already matched their overtime win total from last season (5-10) and their three shootout wins are the team’s highest total since 2014-15 (8-5).
  • Jeff Skinner entered play Sunday tied for the league lead with three overtime goals this season. Skinner’s total through 35 games matches the Sabres’ single-season record shared by Daniel Briere (2006-07) and Derek Roy (2009-10) and ties him for 10th-most career overtime goals in franchise history.

SAM I AM

  • Sam Reinhart has recorded 35 points (8+27) in his last 31 games, including each of his career-high 12 multi-point games this season. His 30 assists this season have already matched his previous career high.
  • The Sabres are 16-5-4 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 27-4-6 (.811) in his career when he records at least two.

DAH-LEAN ON ME
Entering play Sunday, Rasmus Dahlin led rookie defensemen and tied for third among all NHL rookies with 20 points (4+16) this season.

  • With his 20th point in his 37th game on Dec. 22 vs. Anaheim, he was the fourth-fastest 18-year-old defenseman in NHL history to reach the 20-point mark, trailing only Phil Housley (28 GP), Ray Bourque (30 GP) and Aaron Ekblad (34 GP).
  • Only nine defensemen in NHL history have recorded more points before their 19th birthdays than Dahlin’s
  • Dahlin’s totals put him on pace for 42 points this season. It would tie as the seventh-most by a rookie defenseman since the 2005-06 season and would trail only Phil Housley (57 points in 1982-83) for most ever by a defenseman before his 19th birthday.

LEADING THE WAY

  • Since Jack Eichel, Jeff Skinner and Sam Reinhart began playing together on Nov. 13 vs. Tampa Bay, the Sabres have gone 12-6-4 and gotten a goal from at least one of the three in all but three of the team’s 22 games.
  • Each of the three has played at or near a point-per-game pace in the 22 games since they began playing together as a line:
    • Eichel: 30 points (11+19), plus-10 rating
    • Reinhart: 26 points (6+20), plus-10 rating
    • Skinner: 20 points (14+6), plus-7 rating
  • All three are currently on pace to shatter their personal bests in points on the strength of career-best production at even strength that ranks them each among the best even-strength players in the league this season:
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 39 15 34 49 11 25 36
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 82 32 71 103 23 53 76
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 39 26 13 39 20 9 29
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 55 27 82 42 19 61
               
Reinhart Career High (2017-18) 82 25 25 50 13 16 29
Reinhart 2018-19 39 8 30 38 7 21 28
Reinhart 2018-19 (Pace) 82 17 63 80 15 44 59

MAKING HISTORY

  • If the Sabres’ top line continues its current pace, the team would have three 80-point players for the first time since 1992-93 (Pat LaFontaine, Alexander Mogilny, Dale Hawerchuk).
  • If he maintains his current pace, Jack Eichel would finish the season with the third-most even-strength points ever recorded by a Sabre, trailing only Pat LaFontaine (83) and 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).
  • Jeff Skinner is currently on pace for the third-most goals in Sabres history, trailing only Mogilny in 1992-93 (76) and Danny Gare in 1979-80 (56). His 42 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.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 12/30 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 5% PK% (6th), 48 PTS (T-7th), 21 W (T-9th)
  • Eichel: 164 S (2nd), 25 EVA (T-4th), 36 EVP (T-6th), 34 A (T-7th), 49 P (T-9th)
  • Reinhart: 21 EVA (T-10th)
  • Ristolainen: 120 hits (T-5th), 25:34 TOI/GP (6th)
  • Skinner: 3 OTG (T-1st), 26 G (2nd), 20 EVG (T-2nd), 6 GWG (T-2nd), plus-18 (T-9th)

BUF-NYI CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Islanders director of goaltending Mitch Korn served as the Sabres goaltending coach for eight seasons (1990-1998).
  • Islanders G Robin Lehner played for the Sabres for three seasons (2015-2018), finishing his tenure with the team with a 42-61-22 record, 2.77 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage.

Former Islanders:

  • Islanders F Kyle Okposo was selected by the Islanders in the first round (7th overall) of the 2006 NHL Draft. He spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Islanders (2007-2016), recording 369 points (139+230) in 529 games.

Jason Botterill:

  • Was the assistant general manager for the Penguins when Islanders G Thomas Greiss and F Tom Kuhnhackl were playing in Pittsburgh.

Chris Hajt:

  • Played with Islanders assistant coach John Gruden in Washington.

Phil Housley:

  • Played in New Jersey when Islanders General Manager Lou Lamoriello was the general manager of the Devils and Islanders assistant general manager Chris Lamoriello was a scout for the team.
  • Was an assistant coach in Nashville alongside Islanders associate coach Lane Lambert and director of goaltending Mitch Korn when Islanders Head Coach Barry Trotz was the head coach of the Predators.

Matt Hunwick:

  • Played with Islanders D Johnny Boychuk in Boston.
  • Played with Islanders F Tom Kuhnhackl in Pittsburgh.
  • Played with Islanders F Leo Komarov and F Matt Martin in Toronto. Islanders General Manager Lou Lamoriello was the general manager of the Maple Leafs during Hunwick’s tenure with the team.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played with Islanders F Cal Clutterbuck in Minnesota.
  • Played for Team Sweden with Islanders G Robin Lehner at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played for Team USA with Islanders F Brock Nelson at the 2014 and 2016 IIHF World Championships.

Davis Payne:

  • Played with Islanders assistant coach John Gruden in Boston.

Jason Pominville:

  • Played with Islanders F Cal Clutterbuck in Minnesota.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Play for Team Finland with Islanders F Valtteri Filppula at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Marco Scandella:

  • Played with Islanders F Cal Clutterbuck in Minnesota.

Conor Sheary:

  • Played with Islanders F Tom Kuhnhackl in Pittsburgh.

Jeff Skinner:

  • Played for Team Canada with Islanders F Cal Clutterbuck at the 2011 IIHF World Championship.

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Played with Islanders D Johnny Boychuk in Boston.

Tage Thompson:

  • Won a bronze medal with Islanders F Anders Lee while representing the United States at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.

Scott Wilson:

  • Played with Islanders G Thomas Greiss and F Tom Kuhnhackl in Pittsburgh.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (120), Girgensons (62), Okposo (50)
Blocked Shots: Bogosian (66), Ristolainen (65), McCabe (55)
Shots: Eichel (164), Skinner (118), Ristolainen (99)

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
31-40: 4-3-2 (10), 23/24, 6/29, 25/27

OVERTIME RESULTS (5-5; 118-126 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)
Dec. 11 vs. LAK: W, 4-3 (GWG-Skinner, 1:49)
Dec. 29 vs. BOS: L, 3-2 (GWG-Kuraly, 3:44)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (3-1; 73-67 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)
Dec. 15 at WSH: L, 4-3 (GDG-Ovechkin)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Vladimir Sobotka … 1 game … 500 career games played
Johan Larsson … 9 games … 300 career games played
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 5 assists … 300 career assists
Matt Hunwick … 8 assists … 100 career assists

RECENT MILESTONES
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Post-Game Report: 2/8 vs. NY Islanders

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
 Islanders
(26-23-6)
0 1 2 3 29
Sabres
(15-29-10)
2 1 1 4 22

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • With tonight’s victory, the Sabres became the 11th NHL franchise to record 1,000 regular-season home wins.
  • With a goal and an assist tonight, Jack Eichel now has five points (2+3) in three games against the Islanders this season.
  • Eichel finished the game tied for 18th in the league in goals (22) and tied for 17th in points (53) this season.
  • Eichel finished the night with 24 primary points (13+11) during 5-on-5 play this season, tying his career-best total set during his 81-game rookie season (12+12).
  • Sam Reinhart, who assisted on Buffalo’s first two goals and scored the game-winner, now has 13 points (4+9) in his last 10 games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly’s goal was his ninth power-play tally of the season, tying him for fifth-most in the NHL as of the end of tonight’s game. O’Reilly now has 12 points (7+5) in his last 13 games.
  • Kyle Okposo’s assist tonight gives him 13 points (3+10) in his last 12 games.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Islanders Halak L .818 4.10
Sabres Lehner W .897 3.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Islanders Halak 16-16-4 .908 3.23
Sabres Lehner 12-20-7 .913 2.84

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Sabres forward Evan Rodrigues

Islanders head coach Doug Weight

Islanders forward John Tavares

Islanders forward Anders Lee

Islanders forward Ross Johnston

Game Preview: 2/8/18 vs. NY Islanders

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, February 6
Anaheim 4 at Buffalo 3 (OT)
Goals: Girgensons, Eichel, O’Reilly
Goalie: Lehner (29 saves/33 shots)
PP: 1/2; PK: 2/3; Shots: Buffalo 33 – Anaheim 33

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 188)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 10 games
Jake McCabe (upper body, Feb. 8) – 0 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/3: Activated D Nathan Beaulieu from IR; Assigned F Nicholas Baptiste to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Feb. 10: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 11: Colorado at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 13: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 15: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 17: Los Angeles at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
ISLANDERS at SABRES

  • This is the third and final meeting between the Sabres and Islanders this season.
  • Last meeting: New York defeated Buffalo 3-2 (OT) in New York on Dec. 27, 2017
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Islanders; 4-5-1 at home.
  • This is the 168th game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo has an 80-63-24 series record.
  • The Sabres are 44-27-12 at home against the Islanders all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 12-4-4 all-time on February 8.
  • February 8, 1974: The Buffalo Sabres earn the 100th win in franchise history, beating the California Golden Seals 7-2 in California.
  • February 8, 1984: Gilbert Perreault scores his 450th career goal with 3:16 left in the third period to seal a 6-5 road win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
  • February 8, 2012: Ryan Miller stops 36 shots to earn his 25th career shutout in a 6-0 home win over the Boston Bruins.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is the final in a five-game home stand and the fourth of nine home games in February.
  • Sabres goaltenders Robin Lehner and Chad Johnson have combined to stop 180 of the 188 shots (.957) they have faced at even strength in Buffalo’s last seven games.
  • These teams met three years ago on this date, with the Islanders earning a 3-2 victory in Buffalo. Only three Sabres who played in that game (Girgensons, Gorges, Ristolainen) remain on the team’s roster, though Chad Johnson dressed for New York.
  • Evander Kane enters tonight’s game with six points (3+3) in his last five games against the Islanders, including at least a point in each of his last three.

PLAYING WITH POWER

  • The Sabres have tallied at least one power-play goal in nine of their last 12 games dating back to Jan. 7 at Philadelphia (and went 0-for-0 on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus), converting at a 32.4 percent clip during that span.
  • Buffalo’s power-play percentage during this stretch led the league entering play Wednesday, and the team’s 12 power-play goals tied for the league lead.
  • During that stretch, the Sabres’ top power-play unit (Eichel, Okposo, O’Reilly, Reinhart, Ristolainen) has combined for 11 goals and each member of the unit has at least five power-play points.
  • Ryan O’Reilly entered play Wednesday tied for the league lead with four power-play goals since Jan. 7. Jack Eichel’s nine power-play points (2+7) during that stretch tied for second.
  • O’Reilly has taken 72.2 percent of the team’s power-play faceoffs during that span, going 42-for-57 (73.7%).
  • O’Reilly’s eight power-play goals this season ranked 10th in the league entering play Wednesday.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Robin Lehner has stopped 149 of 156 shots (.955) in his last five games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 13 points (3+10) in his last 16 games, dating back to Dec. 29. Ristolainen’s 13 points during that span tied for fifth among NHL defensemen entering play Wednesday.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded 12 points (3+9) in his last 11 games, including four multi-point games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded 11 points (6+5) in his last 12 games.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 10 points (3+7) in his last nine games.

HOT AT HOME

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 18 points (11+7) in 17 home games dating back to Nov. 20 vs. CBJ.
  • Kyle Okposo has totaled 12 points (2+10) in his last 12 home games, including three multi-point home games in the month of January.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 10 points (4+6) in nine home games dating back to the team’s game on Dec. 22 vs. Philadelphia.

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 32 points (14+18) in 28 games since the beginning of December.
  • During that stretch, Eichel ranked in the top 10 in the league in goals (T-6th, 14), points (T-8th, 32), even-strength goals (T-4th, 11), power-play points (12, T-9th) and shots (T-3rd, 113) entering play Wednesday.
  • Eichel scored at least two goals in four of those 28 games and entered play Wednesday tied for 11th in the league with four multi-goal games this season, just two off the league lead.

I LIKE EICH

  • Jack Eichel is currently on pace to shatter his personal bests in goals (24), assists (33) and points (57) on the strength of improved production at even strength (T-8th in NHL in ES goals, T-15th in ES points entering play Wednesday).
  • Eichel’s 15 multi-point games this season are one shy of his career-best 16 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 53 games, Eichel now has 18 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).

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 53 21 30 51 18 18 36
2017-18 (Pace) 82 32 46 79 28 28 56

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

  • Of Jack Eichel’s 51 points so far this season, 23 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes 6-on-5 situations).
  • Through 53 games, Eichel’s 23 primary points (12+11) during 5-on-5 play have already surpassed his 61-game total from last season (11+10) and are just one shy of his total from his 81-game rookie season (12+12).

*All primary point stats via NaturalStatTrick.com

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings entering play Wednesday)

  • Eichel: 18 EVG (T-8th), 194 S (6th)
  • Girgensons: 2 SHG (T-5th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 3 SHP (T-5th), 197 S (5th)
  • O’Reilly: 777 FOW (1st), 61.7% FO% (1st), 1,260 FO (2nd), 8 PPG (T-10th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:27 TOI/GP (3rd)

BUF-NYI CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Jaroslav Halak was a member of the Sabres for six days during the 2013-14 season. He was acquired from the St. Louis Blues on Feb. 28 before being dealt to the Washington Capitals on March 5, and did not appear in a game during his brief stint in Buffalo.

Former Islanders:

  • Kyle Okposo was selected by New York in the first round (7th overall) of the 2006 NHL Draft. Okposo spent nine years in the Islanders organization and compiled 369 points (139+230) in 529 games.
  • Chad Johnson played for the Islanders during the 2014-15 season, appearing in 19 games and going 8-8-1 with a 3.08 goals-against average.

Davis Payne

  • Jaroslav Halak played in goal for the St. Louis Blues while Davis Payne was the head coach from 2010-2012.

Justin Falk:

  • Played for the Calgary Hitmen (WHL) during the 2004-05 season along with Andrew Ladd.
  • Was a member of the Minnesota Wild organization from 2009-2013 along with Cal Clutterbuck.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Jaroslav Halak for the Montreal Canadiens from 2006-2010.

Chad Johnson

  • Played with Dennis Seidenberg for the Boston Bruins during the 2013-14 season.

Evander Kane:

  • Played with Andrew Ladd for the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets from 2010-2015. The two also represented Canada at the 2011 and 2012 World Championships.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played with Thomas Greiss in the SHL for Brynäs IF during the 2010-11 season.
  • Played with Cal Clutterbuck for the Minnesota Wild during the 2012-13 season.

Jason Pominville:

  • Played with Cal Clutterbuck for the Minnesota Wild during the 2012-13 season.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Played with Cal Clutterbuck for the Minnesota Wild from 2007-2011.
  • Played with Dennis Seidenberg for the Boston Bruins during the 2011-12 season.
  • Played with Jaroslav Halak in Montreal during the 2009-10 season.
  • Teammates with Jordan Eberle in Edmonton from 2014-2017.

Marco Scandella:

  • Played with Cal Clutterbuck for the Minnesota Wild from 2010-2013.

NHL Draft:

  • Jacob Josefson (20th overall), Evander Kane (4th overall), John Tavares (1st overall) and Nick Leddy (16th overall) were all taken in the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Ryan Pulock (15th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft
  • Jack Eichel (2nd overall), Anthony Beauviller (28th overall) and Mathew Barzal (16th overall) were all selected in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (124), McCabe (110), Kane (102)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (79), Scandella (77), Ristolainen (65)
Shots: Kane (197), Eichel (194), O’Reilly (139)

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: 0-2-1 (1), 5/9, 2/6, 11/14

OVERTIME RESULTS (3-9; 111-120 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)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-1; 69-65 all-time)
Oct. 5 vs. MTL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Drouin)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Wins
Buffalo Sabres … 1 home win … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Jacob Josefson … 2 games … 300 career games played
Jack Eichel … 5 games … 200 career games played
Assists
Jack Eichel … 5 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Ryan O’Reilly … 3 points … 400 career points
Zemgus Girgensons … 4 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Benoit Pouliot … 600th NHL game … Feb. 7 vs. ANA

Game Preview: 12/27/17 at NYI

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, December 23
Buffalo 2 at Carolina 4
Goals: Beaulieu, Girgensons
Goalie: Johnson (34 saves/38 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 3/4; Shots: Carolina 38 – Buffalo 22

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 148)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Taylor Fedun (lower body, Nov. 17; injured reserve) – 19 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, Dec. 29: Buffalo at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 1: NY Rangers at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (at Citi Field in New York)
Thursday, Jan. 4: Buffalo at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 5: Buffalo at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 7: Buffalo at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at ISLANDERS

  • This is the second of three meetings between the Sabres and Islanders this season.
  • Last meeting: New York defeated Buffalo 6-3 in New York on Oct. 7
  • The Sabres are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Islanders; 5-5-0 on the road.
  • This is the 167th game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo has a 80-63-23 series record.
  • The Sabres are 36-36-11 on the road against the Islanders all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 13-7-2 all-time on December 27.
  • December 27, 1991: Dave Andreychuk and Pat LaFontaine each score twice and Clint Malarchuk makes 38 saves in an 8-1 victory over the Boston Bruins at The Aud.
  • December 27, 2003: Jason Pominville makes his NHL debut in a 3-1 win at Washington.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are seeking a win to avoid losing their fourth consecutive game to the Islanders for the first time since New York won seven in a row from Dec. 31, 2002 to Feb. 27, 2004.
  • Evander Kane has five points (3+2) in his last four games against the Islanders.
  • Robin Lehner has stopped 237 of 252 shots (.940) in his last seven games. In those games, he has also stopped 180 of 188 shots faced during 5-on-5 play (.957), which includes two goals allowed with an opponent’s extra attacker on the ice.
  • Jack Eichel has totaled 13 points (6+7) in his last 10 games.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Tonight’s game is the second of seven consecutive games away from KeyBank Center for the Sabres. This stretch is the fourth time the team has ever played away from home seven times in a row, the longest such stretch in franchise history, and the first time since January 2012. The team’s next game in Buffalo will take place on Jan. 9 vs. Winnipeg.

THE KANE EVENT
Since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, Evander Kane has scored 43 goals in 105 games. Those 43 goals tie for 22nd in the league during that span and his 35 even-strength goals ties for 12th.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings)

  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 3 SHP (T-2nd), 152 S (4th)
  • O’Reilly: 537 FOW (1st), 61.9% FO% (1st), 867 FO (2nd)
  • Ristolainen: 26:50 TOI/GP (3rd)

BUF-NYI CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Jaroslav Halak was a member of the Sabres for six days during the 2013-14 season. He was acquired from the St. Louis Blues on Feb. 28 before being dealt to the Washington Capitals on March 5, and did not appear in a game during his brief stint in Buffalo.

Former Islanders:

  • Kyle Okposo was selected by New York in the first round (7th overall) of the 2006 NHL Draft. Okposo spent nine years in the Islanders organization and compiled 369 points (139+230) in 529 games.
  • Chad Johnson played for the Islanders during the 2014-15 season, appearing in 19 games and going 8-8-1 with a 3.08 goals-against average.

Davis Payne

  • Jaroslav Halak played in goal for the St. Louis Blues while Davis Payne was the head coach from 2010-2012.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Teammates with Andrew Ladd for the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets from 2010-2015.

Justin Falk:

  • Played for the Calgary Hitmen (WHL) during the 2004-05 season along with Andrew Ladd.
  • Was a member of the Minnesota Wild organization from 2009-2013 along with Cal Clutterbuck.

 Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Jaroslav Halak for the Montreal Canadiens from 2006-2010.

 Chad Johnson

  • Played with Jonny Boychuck and Dennis Seidenberg for the Boston Bruins during the 2013-14 season.

 Evander Kane:

  • Played with Andrew Ladd for the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets from 2010-2015. The two also represented Canada at the 2011 and 2012 World Championships.

 Johan Larsson:

  • Played with Thomas Greiss in the SHL for Brynäs IF during the 2010-11 season.
  • Played with Cal Clutterbuck for the Minnesota Wild during the 2012-13 season.

 Robin Lehner

  • Played with Shane Prince in Ottawa from 2014-2016.

 Jason Pominville:

  • Played with Cal Clutterbuck for the Minnesota Wild during the 2012-13 season.

 Benoit Pouliot:

  • Played with Cal Clutterbuck for the Minnesota Wild from 2007-2011.
  • Played with Jonny Boychuck and Dennis Seidenberg for the Boston Bruins during the 2011-12 season.
  • Played with Jaroslav Halak in Montreal during the 2009-10 season.
  • Teammates with Jordan Eberle in Edmonton from 2014-2017.

 Marco Scandella:

  • Played with Cal Clutterbuck for the Minnesota Wild from 2010-2013.

 NHL Draft:

  • Zach Bogosian, Jordan Eberle and Josh Bailey were all first-round selections in the 2008 NHL Draft. Bogosian was third overall, Bailey was the ninth pick and Eberle went 22nd overall.
  • Jacob Josefson (20th overall), Evander Kane (4th overall), John Tavares (1st overall), Calvin de Haan (12th overall) and Nick Leddy (16th overall) were all taken in the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Ryan Pulock (15th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Joshua Ho-Sang (28th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.
  • Jack Eichel (2nd overall), Anthony Beauviller (28th overall) and Mathew Barzal (16th overall) were all selected in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: McCabe (79), Ristolainen (78), Kane (73)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (58), McCabe (54), Ristolainen (50)
Shots: Kane (152), Eichel (119), O’Reilly (88)

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: 2-3-1 (5), 14/18, 1/10, 16/19

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-6; 109-117 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)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-1; 69-65 all-time)
Oct. 5 vs. MTL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Drouin)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Wins
Buffalo Sabres … 2 home wins … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Jake McCabe … 2 games … 200 career games played
Robin Lehner … 7 games … 200 career games played
Assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 6 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Marco Scandella … 2 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Rasmus Ristolainen … 300th NHL game … Dec. 23 at CAR