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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

Game Preview: 10/7/17 at NYI

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, October 5
Montreal 3 at Buffalo 2 (SO)
Goals: Pominville (2)
Goalie: Lehner (43 saves/45 shots)
PP: 1/5; PK: 4/4; Shots: Buffalo 45 – Montreal 40

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 3)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Justin Falk (undisclosed, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 1 game
Evan Rodrigues (hand, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 1 game
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct.5) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/3: Placed F Evan Rodrigues and D Justin Falk on IR; Signed F Jack Eichel to an eight-year contract extension with an AAV of $10 million
10/4: Acquired D Zach Redmond from Montreal in exchange for F Nicolas Deslauriers; assigned Redmond to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Monday, Oct. 9: New Jersey at Buffalo, 3 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 12: Buffalo at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 14: Buffalo at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 15: Buffalo at Anaheim, 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 17: Buffalo at Vegas, 10 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at ISLANDERS

  • This is first of three meetings between the Sabres and Islanders this season.
  • Last meeting: New York defeated Buffalo 4-2 in Buffalo on April 2
  • Next meeting: Wednesday, Dec. 27 in New York
  • The Sabres are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Islanders; 6-4-0 on the road.
  • This is the 166th game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo has an 80-62-23 series record.
  • The Sabres are 36-35-11 on the road against the Islanders all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-2-1 all-time on October 7.
  • October 7, 2011: Thomas Vanek (2+1) and Jason Pominville (1+2) each record three points as the Sabres top the Ducks 4-1 at Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Buffalo had a franchise-record 10 players in the opening night lineup who weren’t on the team’s roster in 2016-17. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it’s the most new players an NHL team has had in its opening night lineup since the 2011-12 Florida Panthers (11).
  • Fourteen of the last 20 games between these teams have been decided by a single goal.
  • Zemgus Girgensons has scored in each of his last two games against the Islanders.
  • Matt Moulson has eight points (6+2) in 10 career games against the Islanders.
  • Robin Lehner is 3-2-2 with a .918 save percentage in seven career games against the Islanders.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

  • Tonight marks the 47th road-opener in Buffalo Sabres franchise history.
  • Buffalo is 19-26-1 all-time in road-openers.
  • The Sabres have previously opened their road schedule against the Islanders three times in franchise history: Oct. 13, 1979 (5-2 win), Oct. 6, 2007 (3-2 loss) and Oct. 13, 2008 (7-1 win)

ARE YOU EXPERIENCED?
The 23 players on the Sabres’ opening-day roster had combined to play 7,866 NHL games before Thursday’s opener vs. Montreal, 1,044 more than last year’s 23-man opening-day roster had between them. The average Sabres skater entering the 2017-18 season has played 45 more NHL games than his counterpart from last season.

Sabres’ Opening-Day NHL Experience

Season

Total NHL GP

Average GP/Player

2017-18

7,866

342

2016-17

6,822

297

2015-16

5,914

257

2014-15

5,858

255

2013-14

5,516

240

 

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 10/6 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 100.0% PK (T-1st), 45 S/GP (T-1st), 20.0% PP (T-9th)
  • Kane: 11 S (1st)
  • Lehner: .950 SV% (6th)
  • Pominville: 2 G (T-5th), 1 PPG (T-3rd)
  • Ristolainen: 26:58 TOI/GP (6th)

2017 PRESEASON

  • Buffalo finished the preseason with a 1-4-1 record; 1-2-1 at home and 0-2-0 on the road.
  • Jack Eichel led all Sabres with four points (1+3) in four preseason games.
  • Linus Ullmark ranked in the top 10 in the preseason in both save percentage (4th, .956) and goals-against average (6th, 1.48) in 81 minutes of play.

2017-18 ROSTER NOTES
Of the 23 players on Buffalo’s opening night roster:

  • Six were originally drafted by the Sabres — four were first-round Buffalo selections (Girgensons, 2012; Ristolainen, 2013; Reinhart, 2014; Eichel, 2015) and two were second-round picks (Pominville, 2001; McCabe, 2012).
  • Nine were acquired in trades: BeaulieuBogosianGorgesKaneLarssonLehnerO’ReillyPominvilleScandella
  • Eight were signed as free agents: AntipinGriffithJohnsonJosefsonMoulsonOkposoPouliotTennyson
  • One was claimed off waivers: Nolan
  • 13 played in Buffalo at some point last season: BogosianEichelGirgensonsGorgesKaneLarssonLehnerMcCabeMoulsonOkposoO’ReillyReinhartRistolainen
  • 10 are new to the Sabres this season: AntipinBeaulieuGriffithJohnsonJosefsonNolanPominvillePouliotScandellaTennyson

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:

  • Matt Moulson played for the Islanders from 2009-2013, registering 223 points (118+105) in 223 games.
  • 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, he appeared in 19 games going 8-8-1 with a 3.08 goals-against average.

Local Players:

  • Shane Prince was born in Rochester, New York.

Phil Housley:

  • Played against Dennis Seidenberg (Germany) in the quarterfinals at the 2002 Winter Olympics. USA won 5-0 and Housley had an assist in the game.

Davis Payne

  • Coached Jaroslav Halak with the St. Louis Blues from 2010-2012.

Zach Bogosian:

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

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Jaroslav Halak for the Montreal Canadiens from 2006-2010.
  • Played with Thomas Greiss for the Worcester Sharks in 2006-07 season

Seth Griffith

  • Played with Dennis Seidenberg in Boston from 2014-2016.

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.

Chad Johnson

  • Played with Jonny Boychuck and Dennis Seidenberg in Boston for the 2013-14 season.
  • Represented Canada alongside Calvin De Haan at the 2017 World Championship.

Robin Lehner

  • Played with Shane Prince in Ottawa from 2014-2016 and for the Binghamton Senators in 2012-13.

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 2007-11 and for the Houston Aeros from 2007-09.
  • Teammates with Jordan Eberle in Edmonton from 2014-2017.
  • Played with Jonny Boychuck and Dennis Seidenberg in Boston for the 2011-12 season.
  • Played with Jaroslav Halak in Montreal during the 2009-10 season.

Marco Scandella:

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

Matt Tennyson

  • Was on the San Jose Sharks with Thomas Greiss during the 2012-13 season.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (5), Scandella (4), Kane/Pouliot (2)
Blocked Shots: Beaulieu (3), Josefson (3), McCabe (3)
Shots: Kane (11), Girgensons (6), Beaulieu/Ristolainen (4)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 0-0-1 (1), 2/3, 1/5, 4/4

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-0; 108-11 all-time)
N/A

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Evander Kane … 3 games … 500 career games played
Kyle Okposo … 5 games … 600 career games played
Jordan Nolan … 7 games … 300 career games played
Assists
Jason Pominville … 4 assists … T-8th in franchise history (Hawerchuk)
Matt Moulson … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Points
Sam Reinhart … 10 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Post-Game Report: 4/2 vs. NY Islanders

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Islanders
(37-29-12)
1 1 2 4 26
Sabres
(32-34-12)
0 1 1 2 37

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • The Sabres killed off their only penalty today, improving to 50-for-57 (87.7%) on the penalty kill in their last 22 games.
  • C.J. Smith made his NHL debut today, recording his first NHL point with an assist on Evander Kane’s first-period goal.
  • Kane’s 27th goal of the season gave him 12 points (9+3) in his last 12 games at KeyBank Center.
  • With his goal, Zemgus Girgensons now has a goal in each of his last two games against the Islanders.
  • With no points today, Jack Eichel has gone two games without a point for just the first time since Jan. 31 and Feb. 2. Eichel has totaled 34 points (11+23) in the 28 games since Feb. 2.

Today’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Islanders
Halak W .946 2.00
Sabres Lehner L .846 4.11

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Islanders Halak 9-9-5 .909 3.03
Sabres Lehner 22-24-8 .921 2.65

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward C.J. Smith

Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Islanders head coach Doug Weight

Islanders forward Anders Lee

Islanders forward Joshua Ho-Sang

Islanders forward Connor Jones

Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck