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Game Preview: 3/2/21 at NY Rangers

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Sunday, February 28
Philadelphia 3 at Buffalo 0
Goals: N/A
Goalie: Johansson (35 saves/38 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 2/2; Shots: Philadelphia 38 – Buffalo 28

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 68)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zemgus Girgensons (hamstring, Jan. 14; injured reserve) – 20 games
William Borgen (forearm, Feb. 22; injured reserve) – 6 games
Jake McCabe (knee, Feb. 22; injured reserve) – 6 games
Linus Ullmark (lower body, Feb. 27; injured reserve) – 3 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/24: Reassigned G Dustin Tokarski to Rochester (AHL)
2/25: Reassigned G Dustin Tokarski from Rochester (AHL) to the taxi squad
2/27: Recalled G Jonas Johansson from the taxi squad; Reassigned F Rasmus Asplund to the taxi squad; Placed G Linus Ullmark on injured reserve
2/28: Recalled D Brandon Davidson from the taxi squad and F C.J. Smith from Rochester (AHL) to the taxi squad; Loaned D Jacob Bryson to the taxi squad; Reassigned D Casey Fitzgerald from the taxi squad to Rochester (AHL)
3/1: Reassigned D Brandon Davidson to the taxi squad
3/2: Recalled D Jacob Bryson from the taxi squad; Loaned F Casey Mittelstadt to the taxi squad

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, March 4: Buffalo at NY Islanders, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 6: Buffalo at NY Islanders, 1 p.m.
Sunday, March 7: Buffalo at NY Islanders, 12 p.m.
Tuesday, March 9: Buffalo at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 11: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES AT RANGERS

  • This is the third of eight meetings between the Sabres and Rangers this season.
  • Last meeting: New York defeated Buffalo 3-2 (OT) in Buffalo on Jan. 28.
  • Next meeting: Monday, March 22 in New York
  • The Sabres are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Rangers; 3-7-0 in New York.
  • This is the 188th game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo has an 84-67-36 seri­­­es record.
  • The Sabres are 34-38-20 at on the road against the Rangers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-6-3 all-time on March 2.
  • March 2, 1998: Alexei Zhitnik scores the game’s only goal and Dominik Hasek gets his second shutout in as many nights as the Sabres top the New York Rangers 1-0 at Madison Square Garden.
  • March 2, 2007: The Sabres score eight goals, including the first two of Mike Ryan’s career, to top the Montreal Canadiens 8-5 and improve to first place in the NHL.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • With a victory tonight, the Sabres would have wins in consecutive road games against the Rangers for the first time since April 2, 2016 and Jan. 3, 2017.
  • Eric Staal has totaled 12 points (5+7) in 10 games against the Rangers since the beginning of the 2016-17 season.
  • Carter Hutton is 5-2-0 in his career against New York with a .932 save percentage and a 2.16 goals-against average. Another win against the Rangers would tie his six wins against the San Jose Sharks as his highest win total against any team.

CONNECTIONS

  • Rangers forward Brendan Lemieux was drafted by the Sabres in the second round (31st overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft.
  • Sabres forward Dylan Cozens and Rangers forward Alexis Lafrenière won a gold medal for Team Canada together at the 2020 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres forward Jack Eichel, Rangers defenseman Adam Fox and Rangers Chris Kreider all played for Team USA at the 2019 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres forward Jack Eichel played for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup with Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba. The duo would later play for Team USA at the 2017 IIHF World Championship.

DRAWING ATTENTION

  • Entering play Monday, the Sabres ranked ninth in the NHL with a team faceoff percentage of 52.4 percent.
  • Buffalo’s top four faceoff takers (Jack Eichel, Eric Staal, Cody Eakin and Riley Sheahan) each had a faceoff percentage of at least 50 percent entering play Monday.
  • Entering play Monday, Sheahan ranked 6th among all players with at least 50 faceoffs taken this season with a win percentage of 60.3 percent (76-for-126).

POWER UP

  • Buffalo entered play Monday third in the NHL with a 31.2 percent conversion rate on the power play.
  • The Sabres have scored at least one power-play goal in 11 of their last 14 games, going 16-for-44 (36.4%) during that stretch.
  • Entering play Monday, the Sabres trailed only the Chicago Blackhawks (11) for the NHL lead with 10 different players with at least one goal on the power play.
  • Victor Olofsson entered play Monday tied for fourth in the league with six power-play goals and tied for fourth with 12 power-play points. His 19 career power-play tallies trailed only David Pastrnak (23), Leon Draisaitl (21) and Auston Matthews (20) for the most in the league since he made his NHL debut on March 28, 2019.

OUT OF THE BOX

  • Entering play Monday, the Sabres were the least-penalized team in the NHL with 5:06 of penalty time per game.
  • At plus-18 (64 drawn/46 taken), the Sabres also had the best penalty differential in the league.

STAAL-TIME LEADERS

  • Eric Staal scored his 439th career goal on Jan. 30 vs. New Jersey to pass Gary Roberts and improve to 68th on the NHL’s all-time goal-scoring list. His next goal will tie Rick Tocchet for 67th.
  • Among active players, Staal’s total of 439 career regular-season goals trails only Alex Ovechkin, Patrick Marleau, and Sidney Crosby.
  • With 1,029 career points, Staal is currently tied with Alex Kovalev for 80th-most points in NHL history and trails Alexander Mogilny by three points for 79th.

WE LIKE EICH

  • Jack Eichel’s goal on Jan. 28 vs. NY Rangers moved him past Jochen Hecht for sole possession of the 19th-most goals in franchise history (139). He currently trails Drew Stafford by six goals for 18th.
  • Eichel’s career per-game output ranks in the franchise’s top 15 in every major scoring category (min. 82 GP): .37 G/GP (T-15th), .57 A/GP (10th), .95 PTS/GP (11th)

RISTO IN THE RECORD BOOK

  • With his goal on Jan. 15 vs. Washington, Rasmus Ristolainen broke a tie with Bill Hajt for the 10th-most goals by a defenseman in Sabres history. He now trails Tyler Myers and Jim Schoenfeld by one goal for eighth-most.
  • Ristolainen’s first assist on Jan. 24 at Washington moved him past Jim Schoenfeld for the seventh-most career points recorded by a Sabres defenseman. He currently trails Bill Hajt by 11 points for sixth-most.
  • Ristolainen holds the franchise record for most overtime goals by a defenseman (4) and is tied for ninth all-time among the team’s blueliners with six game-winning goals.
  • Ristolainen’s career per-game output ranks him among the franchise’s top 15 defensemen in every major scoring category (min. 82 GP): .09 G/GP (T-11th), .37 A/GP (T-12th), .46 PTS/GP (11th)

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

  • Buffalo Sabres:2% PP% (3rd), 52.4% FOW% (9th)
  • Olofsson: 12 PPP (T-4th), 6 PPG (T-4th)
  • Reinhart: 5 PPG (T-6th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (46), Lazar (37), Miller (33)
Blocked Shots: Montour (22), Miller (20), Irwin (18)
Shots: Eichel (53), Hall (53), Dahlin (49)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 4-4-2 (10), 30/32, 12/39, 19/23
11-20: 2-6-1 (5), 14/25, 7/21, 16/21

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-2; 126-136 all-time)
Jan. 28 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Lafrenière, 2:47)
Feb. 25 vs. NJD: L, 4-3 (GWG-Zacha, 1;17)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (2-1; 79-72 all-time)
Jan. 22 at WSH: L, 4-3 (GDG-Carlson)
Jan. 24 at WSH: W, 4-3 (GDG-Eichel)
Jan. 30 vs. NJD: W, 4-3 (GDG-Eichel)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Goals
Rasmus Ristolainen … 1 goal … 45 career goals (T-8th in franchise history, defensemen)
Kyle Okposo … 4 goals … 200 career goals
Assists
Riley Sheahan … 1 assist … 100 career assists
Colin Miller … 10 assists … 100 career assists
Eric Staal … 10 assists … 600 career assists
Points
Brandon Montour … 6 points … 100 career points
Rasmus Dahlin … 8 points … 100 career points
Wins
Carter Hutton … 6 wins … 100 career wins

RECENT MILESTONES
Curtis Lazar … 300th NHL game … Feb. 27 vs. PHI

Postgame Report: 1/28 vs. NY Rangers

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Rangers
(2-4-1)
1 1 0 1 3 39
Sabres
(3-3-2)
1 0 1 0 2 25

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • The Sabres extended their point streak to four games (2-0-2). Three games during the streak have gone to overtime.
  • Linus Ullmark made 10 saves while shorthanded tonight to help the Sabres go 3-for-3 on the penalty kill. Ullmark stopped 17 shots on the power play in the series to help the Sabres kill off all six of the Rangers’ power plays.
  • Sam Reinhart (1+1) earned his second multi-point game of the season. The Sabres are now 42-7-9 in his his career when he records at least two points.
  • With his 139th career goal tonight, Jack Eichel passed Jochen Hecht for sole possession of the 19th spot on the Sabres’ all-time goal-scoring list. He now trails Drew Stafford by six goals for 18th.
  • Eichel finished the game tied for 11th in the league with nine points (2+7) in eight games.
  • Victor Olofsson recorded an assist on Reinhart’s goal to extend his point streak to a team-best four games (1+3).

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision GA SA
Rangers Shesterkin W 2 25
Sabres Ullmark O 3 39
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Rangers Shesterkin 1-2-1 .894 2.73
Sabres Ullmark 2-1-2 .915 2.51

 

Game Preview: 1/28/21 vs. NY Rangers

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Tuesday, January 26
NY Rangers 2 at Buffalo 3
Goals: Cozens, Rieder, Eichel
Goalie: Ullmark (28 saves/30 shots)
PP: 2/4; PK: 3/3; Shots: NY Rangers 30 – Buffalo 24

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 15)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zemgus Girgensons (hamstring, Jan. 14; injured reserve) – 7 games
Henri Jokiharju (undisclosed, Jan. 26) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/24: Recalled F Casey Mittelstadt from the taxi squad; Activated F Kyle Okposo from IR; Loaned F Dylan Cozens to the taxi squad
1/25: Loaned G Jonas Johansson to the taxi squad; Reassigned F Rasmus Asplund and G Dustin Tokarski from the taxi squad to Rochester (AHL)
1/26: Recalled F Dylan Cozens from the taxi squad; Loaned F Casey Mittelstadt to the taxi squad

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Jan. 30: New Jersey at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 31: New Jersey at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 2: Buffalo at NY Islanders, 6 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 4: Buffalo at NY Islanders, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 6: Buffalo at Boston, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
RANGERS at SABRES

  • This is the second of eight meetings between the Sabres and Rangers this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated New York 3-2 in Buffalo on Jan. 26.
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, March 2 in New York
  • The Sabres are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Rangers; 3-5-2 at home.
  • This is the 187th game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo has an 84-67-35 series record.
  • The Sabres are 50-29-15 at home against the Rangers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 3-7-5 all-time on January 28.
  • January 28, 1983: The Sabres get goals from six different players (Andre Savard, Ric Seiling, Mike Foligno, Larry Playfair, Phil Housley and Gilles Hamel) as they defeat the Blackhawks 6-2 at the Aud.
  • January 28, 2000: Martin Biron turns aside 21 shots and James Patrick scores the game-winner as the Sabres earn a 1-0 victory vs. Ottawa.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tuesday’s win improved the Sabres’ home record against New York to 50-29-15 all-time. The Rangers became the fifth opponent that the Sabres have earned at least 50 home wins against.
  • With a victory tonight, the Sabres would have wins in three consecutive matchups with the Rangers for the first time since April 2, 2016 to Jan. 3, 2017. They would also have wins in consecutive home games against the Rangers for the first time since Jan. 9 and Feb. 21, 2009.
  • Kyle Okposo has scored at a point-per-game pace in his last 15 games against the Rangers (3+12) dating back to Dec. 2, 2015.
  • Eric Staal has totaled 12 points (5+7) in his nine games against the Rangers since the beginning of the 2016-17 season.
  • Carter Hutton is 5-2-0 in his career against New York with a .932 save percentage and a 2.16 goals-against average. Another win against the Rangers would tie his six wins against the San Jose Sharks as his highest win total against any team.

TRUST THE PROCESS

  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, the Sabres rank near the top of the league at 5-on-5 in several underlying statistical categories that are typically predictive of success:
    • Corsi percentage: 53.4% (8th)
    • High-danger chance percentage: 64.3% (3rd)
    • Expected goals percentage: 57.4% (4th)
  • Through their first seven games, the Sabres have led their opponents at 5-on-5 in each of these categories in every game except when they were out-attempted 51-49 by the Flyers in Buffalo’s 6-1 win on Jan. 18.

POWER UP

  • Buffalo enters play Wednesday with the eighth-ranked power play in the league. The team has scored on eight of its 26 power play opportunities this season for a 30.8 percent conversion rate.
  • By going 3-for-5 on the power play on Sunday at Washington and 2-for-4 on Tuesday vs. NY Rangers, the Sabres scored five power-play goals in a two-game span for the first time since Oct. 5 and 7, 2019.
  • Entering play Wednesday, the Sabres have had a league-high seven different players score at least one goal on the power play, led by Victor Olofsson’s two power-play tallies.
  • Jack Eichel enters play Wednesday tied for second in the league with a team-leading five power-play points (1+4).
  • The Sabres have 10 players with at least one power-play point this season, tying for second-most in the league before Wednesday’s games.

OUT OF THE BOX

  • Entering play Wednesday, the Sabres have been the least-penalized team in the NHL at 4:25 of penalty time per game.
  • At plus-14 (28 drawn/14 taken), the Sabres have the top penalty differential in the league entering Wednesday’s games.

DOMINANT DEFENSE

  • Entering play Wednesday, Jake McCabe (8th, 59.5%) and Rasmus Ristolainen (26th, 57.1%) rank among the league’s top 30 defensemen in corsi percentage (min. 30 minutes played).
  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, McCabe and Ristolainen have the 11th-best possession numbers among NHL pairs who have played at least 30 minutes together this season. They have a CF% of 58.0 percent when skating together during 5-on-5 play despite an offensive zone start rate (38.6%) that ranks as the 21st-toughest among the 106 qualifying pairs.
  • Entering play Wednesday, only Edmonton’s Ethan Bear and Darnell Nurse (8 GF) have been on the ice for more even strength goals as a pair than McCabe and Ristolainen’s seven goals.

BRICK WALL

  • Linus Ullmark stopped all three Washington shooters on Sunday to improve to 5-3 in shootouts in his career with 27 saves on 32 career shots faced (.844). His five career shootout wins rank him third in franchise history behind Ryan Miller (49) and Jhonas Enroth (10).
  • Ullmark’s shootout save percentage of .844 ranks fourth all-time among NHL goaltenders with at least 20 shots faced. Tampa Bay’s Andrei Vasilevskiy (.852) is the only qualifying active goaltender with a better career save percentage in the shootout.

RISTO IN THE RECORD BOOK

  • With his goal on Jan. 15 vs. Washington, Rasmus Ristolainen broke a tie with Bill Hajt for the 10th-most goals by a defenseman in Sabres history. He now trails Tyler Myers and Jim Schoenfeld by two goals for eighth-most.
  • Ristolainen’s first assist on Jan. 24 at Washington moved him past Jim Schoenfeld for the seventh-most career points recorded by a Sabres defenseman. He currently trails Bill Hajt by 13 points for sixth-most.
  • Ristolainen holds the franchise record for most overtime goals by a defenseman (4) and is tied for ninth all-time among the team’s blueliners with six game-winning goals.
  • Ristolainen’s career per-game output ranks him among the franchise’s top 15 defensemen in every major scoring category (min. 82 GP): .09 G/GP (13th), .38 A/GP (12th), .46 PTS/GP (11th)

WE LIKE EICH

  • With seven assists through his first seven games of the season, Jack Eichel entered play Wednesday tied for fourth in the NHL in assists.
  • Eichel’s goal on Tuesday vs. NY Rangers tied him with Jochen Hecht for the 19th-most goals in franchise history (138). He now trails Drew Stafford by seven goals for 18th.
  • Eichel’s career per-game output ranks in the franchise’s top 15 in every major scoring category (min. 82 GP): .38 G/GP (14th), .57 A/GP (10th), .96 PTS/GP (11th)

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 1/27 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres:3 S/GP (3rd), 55.3% FOW% (4th), 53.4% CF% (8th), 30.8% PP% (8th), 27.7 SA/GP (10th)
  • Eichel: 5 PPP (T-2nd), 7 A (T-4th), 1 GWG (T-9th)
  • Olofsson: 2 PPG (T-7th)
  • Reinhart: 1 GWG (T-9th)
  • Ristolainen: 26 hits (T-7th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (26), Lazar (15), Miller (13)
Blocked Shots: Montour (9), Ristolainen (8), Jokiharju (7)
Shots: Eichel (26), Dahlin (23), Hall (22)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 3-3-1 (7), 21/21, 8/26, 9/12

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-0; 126-134 all-time)
N/A

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-1; 78-72 all-time)
Jan. 22 at.WSH: L, 4-3 (GDG-Carlson)
Jan. 24 at WSH: W, 4-3 (GDG-Eichel)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Cody Eakin … 7 games … 600 career games played
Curtis Lazar … 9 games … 300 career games played
Goals
Rasmus Ristolainen … 2 goals … 45 career goals (T-8th in franchise history, defensemen)
Kyle Okposo … 4 goals … 200 career goals
Assists
Riley Sheahan … 1 assist … 100 career assists
Points
Brandon Montour … 8 points … 100 career points
Wins
Carter Hutton … 6 wins … 100 career wins 

RECENT MILESTONES
Dylan Cozens … 1st NHL goal … Jan. 22 at WSH
Linus Ullmark … 100th NHL game … Jan. 24 at WSH
Rasmus Ristolainen … 229 NHL points (sole possession, 7th in franchise history, defensemen) … Jan. 24 at WSH
Rasmus Ristolainen … 500th NHL game … Jan. 26 vs. NYR

Postgame Report: 1/26 vs. NY Rangers

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Rangers
(1-4-1)
2 0 0 2 30
Sabres
(3-3-1)
1 2 0 3 24

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • With tonight’s victory, the Sabres have wins in consecutive matchups with the Rangers for the first time since they won three in a row from April 2, 2016 to Jan. 3, 2017.
  • The Sabres went 2-for-4 on the power play after going 3-for-5 in the team’s last game on Sunday at Washington. They have now scored five power-play goals in a two-game span for the first time since Oct. 5 and 7, 2019.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen appeared in his 500th NHL game tonight, becoming the 31st player to appear in 500 games for the Sabres. He is the first to do so since Drew Stafford played his 500th game with the team on March 11, 2014 vs. Nashville.
  • Dylan Cozens scored his first career power-play goal in the first period. He now has goals in consecutive appearances.
  • Eric Staal recorded an assist on Buffalo’s first goal to extend his point streak to three games (2+1). Staal now has 12 points (5+7) in his nine games against the Rangers since the beginning of the 2016-17 season.
  • Matt Irwin recorded an assist in his Sabres debut.
  • With tonight’s power-play goal, Jack Eichel has tied Jochen Hecht for the 19th-most goals in franchise history (138). He now trails Drew Stafford by seven goals for 18th. His 41 power-play goals rank 18th in franchise history.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision GA SA
Rangers Georgiev L 3 24
Sabres Ullmark W 2 30
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Rangers Georgiev 1-2-0 .896 2.66
Sabres Ullmark 2-1-1 .912 2.42

 

Game Preview: 1/26/21 vs. NY Rangers

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Sunday, January 24
Buffalo 4 at Washington 3 (SO)
Goals: Miller, Olofsson, Staal
Goalie: Ullmark (28 saves/31 shots)
PP: 3/5; PK: 1/3; Shots: Buffalo 48 – Washington 31

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 13)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zemgus Girgensons (hamstring, Jan. 14; injured reserve) – 6 games
Carter Hutton (upper body, Jan. 22) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/21: Reassigned G Dustin Tokarski from Rochester (AHL) to the taxi squad; Loaned F Rasmus Asplund to the taxi squad
1/24: Recalled F Casey Mittelstadt from the taxi squad; Activated F Kyle Okposo from IR; Loaned F Dylan Cozens to the taxi squad
1/25: Loaned G Jonas Johansson to the taxi squad; Reassigned F Rasmus Asplund and G Dustin Tokarski from the taxi squad to Rochester (AHL)
1/26: Recalled F Dylan Cozens from the taxi squad; Loaned F Casey Mittelstadt to the taxi squad

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Jan. 28: NY Rangers at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 30: New Jersey at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 31: New Jersey at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 2: Buffalo at NY Islanders, 6 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 4: Buffalo at NY Islanders, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
RANGERS at SABRES

  • This is the first of eight meetings between the Sabres and Rangers this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated New York 3-2 in New York on Feb. 7, 2020.
  • Next meeting: Thursday, Jan. 28 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Rangers; 2-6-2 at home.
  • This is the 186th game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo has an 83-67-35 series record.
  • The Sabres are 49-29-15 at home against the Rangers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-10-1 all-time on January 26.
  • January 26, 1983: The Sabres get a goal from seven different players in a 7-3 win at home against the Montreal Canadiens.
  • January 26, 2006: Seven different Sabres score, led by Thomas Vanek’s two-goal night, in Buffalo’s 8-4 win at Toronto.
  • January 26, 2016: Jack Eichel scores twice and Robin Lehner records 34 saves and his second career assist in his return to Ottawa as the Sabres top the Senators 3-2.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • With a victory tonight, the Sabres would have wins in consecutive matchups with the Rangers for the first time since they won three in a row from April 2, 2016 to Jan. 3, 2017.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen is expected to play in his 500th NHL game tonight. He will become the 31st player to appear in 500 games for the Sabres and the first to do so since Drew Stafford played his 500th game with the team on March 11, 2014 vs. Nashville.
  • Kyle Okposo has scored at a point-per-game pace in his last 21 games against the Rangers (5+16) dating back to Dec. 20, 2013.
  • Eric Staal has totaled 11 points (5+6) in his eight games against the Rangers since the beginning of the 2016-17 season.
  • Taylor Hall has recorded 12 points (6+6) in 12 games against the Rangers dating back to the beginning of the 2015-16 season, including two four-point games during that span.
  • Colin Miller has five assists in his last six games against the Rangers.

LAST TIME OUT

  • The Sabres defeated the Washington Capitals 4-3 in a shootout at Capital One Arena to improve to 2-1-1 on the road in 2020-21.
  • Linus Ullmark became the 15th goaltender to appear in at least 100 regular-season games for the Sabres, and tied Robin Lehner for the 12th-most wins in franchise history (42). With his next win, he’ll tie Dave Dryden for 11th-most.
    • Ullmark stopped all three Washington shooters in the shootout. He is now 5-3 in his career in shootouts with an .844 save percentage (27-for-32) that ranks fifth all-time among NHL goaltenders with at least 10 career shots faced.
  • Eric Staal scored for the second consecutive game and is now seeking his first three-game goal-scoring streak since Dec. 12 to 15, 2019.
  • Victor Olofsson scored his 15th career power-play goal. Entering play Monday, his 15 goals with the man-advantage tie for fifth-most in the NHL since he made his debut on March 28, 2019.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen recorded two assists for his 36th career multi-point game. The Sabres are 25-5-6 in those games.
  • Jack Eichel notched his second career game-deciding goal in the shootout.

TRUST THE PROCESS

  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, the Sabres rank near the top of the league at 5-on-5 in several underlying statistical categories that are typically predictive of success:
    • Corsi percentage: 53.7% (6th)
    • High-danger chance percentage: 64.2% (3rd)
    • Expected goals percentage: 57.7% (2nd)
  • Through their first six games, the Sabres have led their opponents at 5-on-5 in each of these categories in every game except when they were out-attempted 51-49 by the Flyers in Buffalo’s 6-1 win on Jan. 18.

OUT OF THE BOX

  • Entering play Monday, the Sabres have been the least-penalized team in the NHL at 4:10 penalty minutes per game.
  • The Sabres (plus-13) and the Rangers (plus-9) have the top two penalty differentials in the league entering Monday’s games.

DOMINANT DEFENSE

  • Entering play Monday, Jake McCabe (9th, 60.1%) and Rasmus Ristolainen (26th, 57.4%) rank among the league’s top 30 defensemen in corsi percentage (min. 30 minutes played).
  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, McCabe and Ristolainen have the 10th-best possession numbers among NHL pairs who have played at least 30 minutes together this season. They have a CF% of 58.6 percent when skating together during 5-on-5 play despite an offensive zone start rate (35.2%) that ranks as the 15th-toughest among the 96 qualifying pairs.
  • Entering play Monday, only Edmonton’s Ethan Bear and Darnell Nurse (8 GF) have been on the ice for more even strength goals as a pair than McCabe and Ristolainen’s seven goals.

RISTO’S RECORDS

  • With his goal on Jan. 15 vs. Washington, Rasmus Ristolainen broke a tie with Bill Hajt for the 10th-most goals by a defenseman in Sabres history. He now trails Tyler Myers and Jim Schoenfeld by two goals for eighth-most.
  • Ristolainen’s first assist on Jan. 24 at Washington moved him past Jim Schoenfeld for the seventh-most career points recorded by a Sabres defenseman. He now trails Bill Hajt by 14 points for sixth-most.
  • Ristolainen holds the franchise record for most overtime goals by a defenseman (4) and is tied for ninth all-time among the team’s blueliners with six game-winning goals.
  • Ristolainen’s career per-game output ranks him among the franchise’s top 15 defensemen in every major scoring category (min. 82 GP): .09 G/GP (13th), .37 A/GP (12th), .46 PTS/GP (11th)

WE LIKE EICH

  • With seven assists through his first six games of the season, Jack Eichel entered play Monday ranked second in the NHL in assists.
  • Eichel is one goal from tying Jochen Hecht for the 19th-most goals in franchise history (138).
  • Eichel’s career per-game output ranks in the franchise’s top 15 in every major scoring category (min. 82 GP): .38 G/GP (14th), .58 A/GP (10th), .96 PTS/GP (11th)

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 1/25 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres:7% CF% (6th)
  • Eichel: 7 A (2nd), 23 S (T-10th)
  • Reinhart: 1 GWG (T-7th)
  • Ristolainen: 25 hits (T-6th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (25), Lazar (12), Miller (11)
Blocked Shots: Montour (9), Jokiharju (7), Eichel/McCabe/Rieder/Ristolainen (5)
Shots: Eichel (23), Dahlin (19), Hall (19)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 2-3-1 (5), 18/19, 6/22, 6/9

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-0; 126-134 all-time)
N/A

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-1; 78-72 all-time)
Jan. 22 at.WSH: L, 4-3 (GDG-Carlson)
Jan. 24 at WSH: W, 4-3 (GDG-Eichel)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Rasmus Ristolainen … 1 game … 500 career games played
Cody Eakin … 8 games … 600 career games played
Curtis Lazar … 10 games … 300 career games played
Goals
Rasmus Ristolainen … 2 goals … 45 career goals (T-8th in franchise history, defensemen)
Kyle Okposo … 4 goals … 200 career goals
Assists
Riley Sheahan … 1 assist … 100 career assists
Points
Brandon Montour … 8 points … 100 career points
Wins
Carter Hutton … 6 wins … 100 career wins 

RECENT MILESTONES
Dylan Cozens … 1st NHL goal … Jan. 22 at WSH
Linus Ullmark … 100th NHL game … Jan. 24 at WSH
Rasmus Ristolainen … 229 NHL points (sole possession, 7th in franchise history, defensemen) … Jan. 24 at WSH