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Post-Game Report: 10/6 vs. NY Rangers

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Rangers
(0-2-0)
0 0 1 1 44
Sabres
(1-1-0)
1 1 1 3 29

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • Carter Hutton is now 4-0-0 in five career appearances against New York, with a .960 save percentage and a 1.35 goals-against average.
  • Jack Eichel skated a career-high 25:45 tonight, topping his previous high of 24:23 on Feb. 18, 2017 vs. St. Louis.
  • With his fifth and sixth career power-play goals, Conor Sheary recorded his eighth career multi-goal game. His teams are now 8-0-0 in those games.
    • It was his also his 20th multi-point game. His teams are 18-1-1 in those games.
  • Sheary’s six goals in 12 games against the Rangers are his highest total against any NHL opponent.
  • Jack Eichel (4+7 in 10 games) and Sam Reinhart (3+6 in nine games) maintained their career point-per-game paces against the Rangers.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Rangers Lundqvist L .929 2.08
Sabres Hutton W .977 1.01

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Rangers Lundqvist 0-2-0 .933 2.06
Sabres Hutton 1-1-0 .942 2.09

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Conor Sheary

Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton

Rangers head coach David Quinn

Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad

Rangers defenseman Marc Staal

Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist

Game Preview: 10/6/18 vs. NY Rangers

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, October 4
Boston 4 at Buffalo 0
Goals: N/A
Goalie: Hutton (22 saves/25 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 0/2; PK: 0/1; Shots: Buffalo 32 – Boston 26

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 5)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct. 4) – 1 game
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 1 game
Johan Larsson (lower body, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 1 game
Sean Malone (knee, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 1 game
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
9/29: Assigned D Lawrence Pilut to Rochester (AHL)
9/30: Assigned F Justin Bailey and F Nicholas Baptiste to Rochester (AHL)
10/1: Acquired D Jack Dougherty from Nashville in exchange for F Nicholas Baptiste; Assigned D Jack Dougherty, F Alexander Nylander, D Brendan Guhle and D Brandon Hickey to Rochester (AHL)
10/2: Claimed F Remi Elie off waivers from Dallas; Placed F Johan Larsson, F Sean Malone, F Scott Wilson and D Matt Hunwick on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Monday, Oct. 8: Vegas at Buffalo, 3 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 11: Colorado at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 13: Buffalo at Arizona, 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 16: Buffalo at Vegas, 10 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 18: Buffalo at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
RANGERS at SABRES

  • This is the first of three meetings between the Sabres and Rangers this season.
  • Next meeting: Sunday, Nov. 4 in New York
  • Last meeting: New York defeated Buffalo 4-3 in New York on March 24
  • The Sabres are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Rangers; 2-5-3 at home
  • This is the 181st game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo has an 81-64-35 series record.
  • The Sabres are 48-28-15 at home against the Rangers all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 3-4-0 all-time on October 6.
  • October 6, 1982: Dave Andreychuk and Paul Cyr each score their first NHL goals while making their NHL debuts vs. Quebec.
  • October 6, 1986: The Sabres acquire Clark Gillies from the New York Islanders and Wilf Paiement from the New York Rangers in the NHL Waiver Draft.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is the second of a four-game home stand. The four games mark the longest home stretch to open a season in franchise history. The previous longest was three games (1975-76 and 2015-16).
  • Carter Hutton is 3-0-0 in his career against New York, boasting a .953 save percentage and a 1.45 goals-against average in those games.
  • Kyle Okposo has totaled 20 points (5+15) in his last 17 games against the Rangers, including five points (1+4) in three games against New York last season.
  • Jack Eichel has nine points (3+6) in nine career games against the Rangers.
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded eight points (3+5) in eight career games against New York, including points (2+2) in all three meetings in 2017-18.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen tallied three points (2+1) in three games and Vladimir Sobotka had three assists in two games against the Rangers last season.

CAPTAIN JACK

  • After being named captain on Wednesday, Jack Eichel became the 19th full-season captain in franchise history and the 28th player to wear the captain’s “C” for at least a one-month period for the Sabres.
  • At 21 years of age, Eichel is the youngest captain in Sabres history, passing Jim Schoenfeld, who served as the team’s captain as a 23-year-old in the 1975-76 season.

WELCOME TO BUFFALO
The Sabres had eight new players on their opening-day roster this season:

Player, Pos. How Acquired Pronunciation Notes
Patrik Berglund, C Trade (STL) BUHRG-luhnd Went 55.1% on faceoffs in his 10th season with St. Louis in 2017-18.
Rasmus Dahlin, D Draft (1st Overall) dah-LEEN Named Swedish Junior Player of the Year (SHL) in 2017-18.
Remi Elie, LW Waivers (DAL) EH-lee Set NHL highs in every major category in 72 games in 2017-18.
Carter Hutton, G Free Agency HUH-tuhn Led NHL in SV% (.931) and GAA (2.09) with St. Louis in 2017-18.
Conor Sheary, LW Trade (PIT) SHAIR-ee Two-time Stanley Cup Champion (2016 and 2017) with Pittsburgh.
Jeff Skinner, LW Trade (CAR) SKIH-nuhr Ranks sixth in the NHL with 143 5-on-5 goals since entering the league in 2010-11.
Vladimir Sobotka, C Trade (STL) suh-BOHT-kuh Set career-high totals in GP (81), G (11) and GWG (4) in 2017-18.
Tage Thompson, C Trade (STL) TAHMP-suhn Made his NHL debut with St. Louis in 2017-18.

A NEW LOOK

  • Seven players made their Sabres regular-season debuts on Thursday vs. Boston: Patrik Berglund, Rasmus Dahlin, Carter Hutton, Conor Sheary, Jeff Skinner, Vladimir Sobotka and Tage Thompson
  • It marked the second-most new players the Sabres have ever dressed in a season-opener, trailing only the nine players who made their Sabres debuts on Oct. 10, 2015 vs. TBL (Carlo Colaiacovo, Jack Eichel, Cody Franson, Chad Johnson, Evander Kane, David Legwand, Robin Lehner, Jamie McGinn and Ryan O’Reilly).
  • Only 10 of the 20 Sabres players who dressed for the first game of the 2017-18 season appeared on the team’s 2018-19 opening day roster.
    • Only six players on this year’s opening day roster suited up for the team in the season-opener two years ago: Zach Bogosian, Zemgus Girgensons, Jake McCabe, Casey Nelson, Sam Reinhart, Rasmus Ristolainen

A FRESH FACE

  • On Thursday vs. Boston, Rasmus Dahlin (18 years, 175 days) became the second-youngest player ever to appear in a game with the Sabres, behind only fellow No. 1 pick Pierre Turgeon (18 years, 41 days on Oct. 8, 1987 vs. MNS).
  • Dahlin skated 22:37 in his debut, trailing only Rasmus Ristolainen (24:12) for the night. It was the highest ice time recorded by a Sabres player making his NHL debut and the 21st-highest ice time by any NHL player in their first game since the league began tracking ice time in the 1997-98 season.

2018 PRESEASON

  • Buffalo finished the preseason with a 3-4-0 record; 1-2-0 at home and 2-2-0 on the road.
  • Alex Nylander led all Sabres with five points (1+4) in five preseason games. Four other players also registered point-per-game totals: Jack Eichel (3 GP, 1+3), Sam Reinhart (3 GP, 1+3), Andrew Oglevie (3 GP, 2+1) and Sean Malone (1 GP, 0+1).
  • Jeff Skinner led the team with three goals in four preseason games.

2018-19 ROSTER NOTES
Of the 23 players on Buffalo’s opening night roster:

  • Nine were originally drafted by the Sabres — six were first-round selections (Girgensons, 2012; Ristolainen, 2013; Reinhart, 2014; Eichel, 2015; Mittelstadt, 2017; Dahlin, 2018), two were second-round picks (Pominville, 2001; McCabe, 2012) and one was a sixth-round pick (Ullmark, 2012).
  • Nine were acquired in trades: Beaulieu, Berglund, Bogosian, Pominville, Scandella, Sheary, Skinner, Sobotka, Thompson
  • Five were signed as free agents: Hutton, Nelson, Okposo, Rodrigues, Tennyson
  • One was acquired via waivers: Elie
  • Fifteen played in Buffalo at some point last season: Beaulieu, Bogosian, Eichel, Girgensons, McCabe, Mittelstadt, Nelson, Okposo, Pominville, Reinhart, Ristolainen, Rodrigues, Scandella, Tennyson, Ullmark
  • Eight are new to the Sabres this season: Berglund, Dahlin, Elie, Hutton, Sheary, Skinner, Sobotka, Thompson
  • Four opened the season on an NHL roster for the first time in their careers: Dahlin, Elie, Mittelstadt, Ullmark

BUF-NYR CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Rangers assistant coach Lindy Ruff is a former player and head coach for the Sabres. He spent 10 seasons (1979-89) in a Sabres sweater and was the team’s head coach from 1997 to 2013, earning two Jack Adams Award nominations (2006, 2007) and winning once (2006).
  • Rangers assistant general manager Jim Schoenfeld was drafted in the first round (5th overall) by the Sabres in the 1972 NHL Draft and would spend 11 seasons (1972-1982, 1984-1985) with the club. Schoenfeld, a former captain and a two-time NHL All-Star, was inducted into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame in 1996.
  • Rangers assistant coach Greg Brown was selected by the Sabres in the second round (26th overall) of the 1986 NHL Draft and played parts of two seasons (1990-91, 1992-93) with the club.

BU Connection:

  • Jack Eichel and Evan Rodrigues both played for Boston University when Rangers Head Coach David Quinn was the head coach of the Terriers, a team that won the 2015 Beanpot, made it to the Frozen Four and played in the National Championship game.

Patrik Berglund:

  • Played with Rangers D Kevin Shattenkirk in St. Louis from 2010 to 2017

Jason Botterill:

  • Played in Buffalo when Rangers Assistant Coach Lindy Ruff was the head coach of the Sabres
  • Was a scout for the Stars when Rangers Assistant Coach David Oliver was playing in Dallas

Phil Housley:

  • Played with Rangers General Manager Jim Schoenfeld and Assistant Coach Lindy Ruff in Buffalo
  • Played for the Sabres when Rangers General Manager Jim Schoenfeld was the head coach in Buffalo and again when he was the head coach in Washington
  • Was an assistant coach in Nashville when Rangers F Cody McLeod played for the Predators

Carter Hutton:

  • Played with Rangers D Kevin Shattenkirk in St. Louis from 2016 to 2017

Jake McCabe:

  • Played for the United States at the 2016 IIHF World Championship in Russia when Rangers Head Coach David Quinn was an assistant coach for the team

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for the United States at the 2012 IIHF World Championship in Finland and Sweden when Rangers Head Coach David Quinn was an assistant coach for the team.

Davis Payne:

  • Was the head coach of the Blues when Rangers D Kevin Shattenkirk was playing in St. Louis
  • Played for the Bruins when Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton was the director of scouting in Boston

Jeff Skinner:

  • Played for Team Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia when Rangers Assistant Coach Lindy Ruff was the head coach of the team.

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Played with Rangers D Adam McQuaid in Boston from 2009 to 2011
  • Played with Rangers D Kevin Shattenkirk in St. Louis from 2010 to 2017

Scott Wilson:

  • Played with Rangers D Brendan Smith at Detroit in 2017

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (5), McCabe (4), Berglund/Girgensons (3)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen/Skinner (2), Berglund/Eichel/McCabe/Nelson (1)
Shots: Scandella (5), Eichel (4), Pominville/Reinhart (3)

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

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-0; 113-121 all-time)
N/A

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-0; 70-66 all-time)
N/A

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Jason Pominville … 3 games … 664 games played with Sabres (T-10th in franchise history)
Patrik Berglund … 5 games … 700 career games played
Remi Elie … 10 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 10 goals … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Points
Jason Pominville … 4 points … 700 career points
Jason Pominville … 7 points … 497 points with Sabres (T-10th in franchise history)
Conor Sheary … 7 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Game Preview: 3/24/18 at NY Rangers

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Friday, March 23
Montreal 3 at Buffalo 0
Goals: N/A
Goalie: Ullmark (21 saves/22 shots); 2 ENG
PP: 0/2; PK: 2/2; Shots: Buffalo 35 – Montreal 24

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 278)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 31 games
Jake McCabe (shoulder, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 21 games
Kyle Criscuolo (upper body, March 7) – 8 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body. March 17) – 4 games
Chad Johnson (undisclosed, March 23) – 1 game
Nathan Beaulieu (upper body, March 23) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/18: Assigned F Justin Bailey to Rochester (AHL)
3/19: Recalled F Justin Bailey from Rochester (AHL)
3/22: Assigned F Seth Griffith to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Monday, March 26: Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 29: Detroit at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 31: Buffalo at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Monday, April 2: Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, April 4: Ottawa at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at RANGERS

  • This is the third and final meeting between the Sabres and Rangers this season.
  • Last meeting: New York defeated Buffalo 4-3 in New York on Jan. 18
  • The Sabres are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Rangers; 3-5-2 on the road
  • This is the 180th game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo has an 81-63-35 series record.
  • The Sabres are 33-35-20 on the road against the Rangers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 13-7-2 all-time on March 24.
  • March 24, 1976: The Sabres earn the 200th win in franchise history with a 7-3 win at home against the New York Rangers.
  • March 24, 1998: Dominik Hasek makes 29 saves to record the 100th shutout in franchise history in a 2-0 win at Calgary.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 2-1-2 in their last five games against the Rangers.
  • The Rangers are looking for a series sweep of the Sabres for the first time since the 2014-15 season.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 29 points (12+17) in his last 30 games.

ROAD WARRIORS

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with a 7-2-1 record in their last 10 road games. The Sabres have points in eight of 10 consecutive road games in the same season for the first time since the team went 7-2-1 from Feb. 29 to March 27, 2012.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has recorded 13 points (4+9) in his last 14 road games.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 10 points (4+6) in his last 10 road games.
  • Chad Johnson has stopped 78 of 82 shots faced in his last three road games (.951), earning wins in all three of those contests.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s 15th of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began last night with a 3-0 loss vs. Montreal. The Sabres are 5-10-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 5-7-2 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (1), three points (0), two points (8), one point (2) and zero points (3).

DRAWING ATTENTION*

  • Ryan O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (1,167) and faceoff percentage (61.0%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 1,167 wins already rank as the most wins by a Sabre in a season.
  • O’Reilly’s 1,167 faceoff wins through 73 games played already rank ninth 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 1,295
    • 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 59 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 59 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 59 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 59 22 32 54 19 19 38
2017-18 (Pace) 67 25 36 61 22 22 43

 

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 59 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 after last night’s game)

  • Eichel: 3.66 S/GP (7th)
  • O’Reilly: 1,167 FOW (1st), 61.0% FO% (1st), 1,914 FO (1st), 4 SHP (T-5th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:31 TOI/GP (4th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (191), Girgensons (130), Nolan (117)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (103), Ristolainen (103), McCabe (79)
Shots: Eichel (216), O’Reilly (199), Reinhart (168)

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: 1-3-0 (2), 6/14, 1/12, 5/7

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
Points
Zemgus Girgensons … 2 points … 100 career points
Jason Pominville … 10 points … 700 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Jack Eichel … 200th NHL games … March 21 vs. ARI

Game Preview: 1/18/18 at NYR

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, January 11
Columbus 1 at Buffalo 3
Goals: Pouliot, Okposo, Eichel
Goalie: Ullmark (44 saves/45 shots)
PP: 0/0; PK: 0/1; Shots: Columbus 45 – Buffalo 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 161)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Victor Antipin (illness, Dec. 29; injured reserve) – 7 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 1 game
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/12: Assigned D Brendan Guhle and G Linus Ullmark to Rochester (AHL)
1/17: Recalled D Casey Nelson from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Jan. 20: Dallas at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 22: Buffalo at Calgary, 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 23: Buffalo at Edmonton, 9 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 25: Buffalo at Vancouver, 10 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 30: New Jersey at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at RANGERS

  • This is the second of three meetings between the Sabres and Rangers this season.
  • Last meeting: New York defeated Buffalo 3-2 (OT) at Citi Field in New York on Jan. 1
  • The Sabres are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Rangers; 4-4-2 on the road
  • This is the 179th game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo has an 81-62-35 series record.
  • The Sabres are 33-34-20 on the road against the Rangers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 12-3-4 all-time on January 18.
  • Four different Sabres goaltenders (Don Edwards, Tom Barrasso, Dominik Hasek, Martin Biron) have earned a shutout on Jan. 18. It is one of only three dates on which the Sabres have recorded four shutouts; the others are Feb. 16 and Nov.19.
  • January 18, 1981: Don Edwards makes 30 saves to lead the Sabres to a 4-0 win vs. the New York Rangers.
  • January 18, 1984: Tom Barrasso makes 30 saves in his first NHL shutout as the Sabres top the Los Angeles Kings, 4-0.
  • January 18, 2008: Derek Roy records his third career hat trick and Drew Stafford records his first in a 10-1 win against the Atlanta Thrashers, marking the 12th game in franchise history to feature two Sabres hat tricks.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is the Sabres’ first after the team’s bye week. The team went into the bye with a 3-1 win vs. Columbus on Jan. 11.
  • With points in each of their last five games (3-0-2) against the Rangers, the Sabres are looking for points in six straight for the first time since they went 9-0-2 against New York from Jan. 30, 2004 to Dec. 1, 2006.
  • Kyle Okposo enters tonight with multi-point outings in each of his last two games. Okposo has recorded 10 points (2+8) in his last 10 games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly enters tonight’s game on a three-game point streak (2+3) and has nine points (3+6) in his last nine games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has seven points (2+5) in his last seven games, dating back to Dec. 29, despite getting a game misconduct after just 5:43 of ice time in one of those games. Ristolainen’s seven points during that span tied for fifth among NHL defensemen entering play Wednesday.

HOME SWEET HOME
Kyle Okposo enters tonight’s game with points in each of his last four home games (includes the 2018 NHL Winter Classic at Citi Field in New York), having totaled eight points (1+7) in those four games. Okposo has 16 points (4+12) in 20 total home games this season.

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 17 points (10+7) in his last 12 games, dating back to Dec. 15.
  • Eichel ranked in the top five in the league in goals (T-1st, 10), points (T-5th, 17), even-strength goals (1st, 9), even-strength points (T-3rd, 14) during that stretch entering play Wednesday.
  • Eichel scored at least two goals in four of those 12 games and entered play Wednesday tied for fifth 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-7th in NHL in ES goals, T-9th in ES points entering play Wednesday).
  • 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).
  • Eichel’s 33 even-strength points through 44 games match his total from last season (61 games) and are just two shy of 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 44 18 23 41 17 16 33
2017-18 (Pace) 82 34 43 76 32 30 62

 

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

  • Of Jack Eichel’s 41 points so far this season, 23 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes 6-on-5 situations).
  • Through 44 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).

2017-18 Primary Points Leaders at 5-on-5 (Before 1/17 games)

Player Team Goals Primary Assists Primary Points
Nikita Kucherov TBL 20 8 28
Nathan MacKinnon COL 12 15 27
Patrick Kane CHI 12 12 24
Jack Eichel

(six others tied)

BUF 12 11 23

*All primary point stats via NaturalStatTrick.com

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 1/17 games)

  • Eichel: 17 EVG (T-7th), 33 EVG (T-9th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 3 SHP (T-4th), 176 S (5th)
  • O’Reilly: 639 FOW (1st), 61.1% FO% (1st), 1,046 FO (2nd)
  • Ristolainen: 26:10 TOI/GP (4th)

BUF-NYR CONNECTIONS
Former Rangers:

  • Justin Falk spent part of the 2013-14 season with the Rangers, playing in 21 games for New York, where he compiled two points (0+2).
  • Chad Johnson played six games for the rangers from 2009 to 2011 and posted a 4-1-1 record with a 2.59 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage.
  • Benoit Pouliot played one season in New York and recorded a career-high 36 points (15+21) in 80 games for the Rangers.

Jack Eichel:

  • Represented the United States alongside Brady Skjei at the 2014 World Junior Championship.

Justin Falk:

  • Teammates with Michael Grabner for the Spokane Chiefs (WHL) from 2005-2007.

Josh Gorges:

  • Teammates with David Desharnais for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2014.

Chad Johnson:

  • He and Michael Grabner were both members of the New York Islanders during the 2014-15 season.

Evander Kane:

  • Played with Ondrej Pavelec for the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets from 2009-2015.
  • Played with Marc Staal at the 2010 World Championship for Team Canada.
  • Represented Canada at the 2011 World Championship along with Rick Nash.

Johan Larsson:

  • Teammates with Jesper Fast for Team Sweden at the 2011 World Junior Championship.

Robin Lehner:

  • Played alongside Mika Zibanejad for the Ottawa Senators from 2011-2015.
  • Teammates with Jesper Fast for Team Sweden at the 2011 World Junior Championship.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played with J.T. Miller and Jimmy Vesey at the 2013 World Junior Championship representing the United States. Miller was also a member of the 2009-10 United States NTDP squad along with McCabe.
  • Skated alongside Kevin Hayes at the 2014 World Championship representing the United States. The two were also members of the United States NTDP during the 2009-10 season.
  • Represented the United States with Brady Skjei at the 2016 World Championship.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Teammates with Paul Carey and Nick Holden for the Colorado Avalanche from 2013-2015.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played with Michael Grabner for the New York Islanders from 2010-2015.
  • Shares a hometown of St. Paul, Minnesota with Ryan McDonagh.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with David Desharnais for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2011.

2015 Hobey Baker Memorial Award:

  • Jack Eichel and Jimmy Vesey were both finalists for the 2015 Hobey Baker Memorial Award. Eichel won the award, while Vesey was a runner-up.

NHL Draft:

  • Benoit Pouliot (4th overall) and Marc Staal (12th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2005 NHL Draft.
  • Kyle Okposo (7th overall) and Michael Grabner (14th overall) were selected in the first round of the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • The fourth round of the 2007 NHL Draft saw both Justin Falk (110th overall) and Steven Kampfer (93rd overall) go off the board.
  • Evander Kane (4th overall) and Peter Holland (15th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) was selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft along with Brady Skjei (28th overall).

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (99), McCabe (97), Kane (90)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (66), Scandella (65), Ristolainen (58)
Shots: Kane (176), Eichel (151), O’Reilly (111)

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: 3-3-4 (9), 22/27, 3/22, 21/26
41-50: 1-4-0 (2), 13/22, 2/14, 8/15

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-8; 110-119 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)

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
Robin Lehner … 1 game … 200 career games played
Benoit Pouliot … 7 games … 600 career games played
Assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 1 assist … 100 career assists
Points
Zemgus Girgensons … 7 points … 100 career points
Ryan O’Reilly … 9 points … 400 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

 

Post-Game Report: 2/2 vs. NYR

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Rangers
(32-18-1)
0 1 0 1 2 44
Sabres
(20-20-10)
0 0 1 0 1 37

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • Robin Lehner made a season-high 42 saves in the loss, his highest total since he stopped 42 shots on Jan. 22, 2016 vs. Detroit.
  • With his goal, Cody Franson has now totaled six points (2+4) in his last six games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly assisted on the goal and now has 11 points (3+8) in his last 10 games at KeyBank Center.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen logged 32:47 of ice time tonight. It was the second-highest total of his career (highest: 35:24, Jan. 20, 2017 vs. Detroit).
  • Injury Update: Zach Bogosian left tonight’s game with a middle-body injury.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Rangers
Lundqvist W .973 0.94
Sabres Lehner O .955 1.88

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Rangers Lundqvist 22-13-1 .907 2.73
Sabres Lehner 12-13-6 .920 2.62

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Evander Kane

Sabres defenseman Cody Franson

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault

Rangers forward J.T. Miller

Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist