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Game Preview: 4/1/21 vs. NY Rangers

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Wednesday, March 31
Philadelphia 1 at Buffalo 6
Goals: Reinhart, Lazar, Fogarty, Mittelstadt, Montour (2)
Goalie: Ullmark (31 saves/32 shots)
PP: 0/0; PK: 3/3; Shots: Philadelphia 32 – Buffalo 27

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 161)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zemgus Girgensons (hamstring, Jan. 14; injured reserve) – 35 games
William Borgen (forearm, Feb. 22; injured reserve) – 21 games
Jake McCabe (knee, Feb. 22; injured reserve) – 21 games
Jack Eichel (upper body, March 9; injured reserve) – 12 games
Carter Hutton (lower body, March 24) – 5 games
Rasmus Asplund (upper body; March 25; injured reserve) – 4 games
Dylan Cozens (upper body) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/26: Acquired a third- and fifth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for center Eric Staal
3/27: Activated F Kyle Okposo and G Linus Ullmark from injured reserve; Recalled F Jean-Sebastien Dea from the taxi squad; Loaned F C.J. Smith and G Michael Houser to the taxi squad
3/28: Reassigned F Brett Murray and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen to the Rochester Americans (AHL)
3/29: Loaned F Jean-Sebastien Dea and F Steven Fogarty to the taxi squad
3/31: Recalled F Steven Fogarty from the taxi squad
4/1: Placed F Curtis Lazar on injured reserve; Activated F Rasmus Asplund off of injured reserve

 

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, April 3: NY Rangers at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 6: Buffalo at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 8: New Jersey at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, April 9: Washington at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 11: Buffalo at Philadelphia, 2 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME

RANGERS AT SABRES

  • This is the fifth of eight meetings between the Sabres and Rangers this season.
  • Last meeting: New York defeated Buffalo 5-3 in New York on March 22.
  • Next meeting: Saturday, April 3 in Buffalo.
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Rangers; 3-4-3 at home.
  • This is the 190th game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo has an 84-69-36 seri­­­es record.
  • The Sabres are 50-29-16 at home against the Rangers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 17-5-3 all-time on April 1.
  • April 1, 1973: The Sabres clinch their first ever playoff spot with a 3-1 win vs. St. Louis on the last day of the season.
  • April 1, 1984: Phil Housley picks up two assists to reach 77 points for the season in a 4-2 win at Toronto.
  • April 1, 1997: Rob Ray plays in his 500th NHL game, becoming the 17th player in franchise history to play 500 games as a member of the Sabres.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Buffalo has a 59.2 faceoff win percentage against the Rangers, its best percentage against any opponent this season.
  • Five Sabres players recorded multi-point games yesterday (Jacob Bryson, Steven Fogarty, Brandon Montour, Kyle Okposo, Rasmus Ristolainen). It was the first time five or more Sabres recorded multi-point outings in the same game since Dec. 10, 2019 vs. St. Louis (Jack Eichel, Zemgus Girgensons, Johan Larsson, Victor Olofsson, Sam Reinhart).
  • Brandon Montour’s two shorthanded goals in the third period came just 37 seconds apart, marking the fastest two shorthanded goals by a defenseman in NHL history, according to NHL Stats.
    • He is the 12th player in NHL history to score two shorthanded goals in 40 seconds or less. Montour is the first defenseman and second Sabre to accomplish this feat (Don Luce, Dec. 22, 1974).
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded five points (2+3) in his last five home games against the Rangers and has totaled four points (2+2) in four games against New York this season.
  • Victor Olofsson has tallied four assists in four meetings with the Rangers this season.
  • Riley Sheahan has gone 18-for-27 at the faceoff dot against the Rangers this season. His 66.7 win percentage is his highest against any opponent this year.
  • Buffalo has been perfect on the penalty kill in 18 of its 35 games this season.
  • Kyle Okposo’s two-assist game on March 31 extended his point streak to five games, totaling six points (2+4) during that span. The streak is Okposo’s longest since he also had points in five straight from Feb. 16 to Feb 26, 2020 (4+2).
  • Since being paired together during the game on March 25, Rasmus Dahlin and Henri Jokiharju have been on the ice together for 50:34 of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks second on the team among defensive pairs. During that time, Dahlin and Jokiharju lead the team’s defensive pairs (min. 5 minutes TOI) in corsi for (61.6%) and is second in expected goals for (62.4%) and high-danger chances for (70.0%).

BACK-TO-BACK

Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s 10th of 12 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 6-1 win last night against the Flyers. The Sabres are 3-7-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 1-8-0 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (0), three points (0), two points (3), one point (0) and zero points (6).

OUT OF THE BOX

  • Following Wednesday’s game, the Sabres were the least-penalized team in the NHL with 6:12 of penalty time per game. Buffalo has been assessed 217 total penalty minutes this season, 11 fewer than the closest teams, the Los Angeles Kings.
  • Buffalo has been assessed 99 penalties this season, the second-fewest in the league (Columbus Blue Jackets, 98).
  • Taylor Hall was tied for 13th in the NHL following Wednesday’s game with 14 penalties drawn this season. Hall’s penalty differential was tied for 16th in the league at plus-8.

RISTO IN THE RECORD BOOK

  • With his goal on March. 4 at the NY Islanders, Rasmus Ristolainen moved into a tie with Tyler Myers and Jim Schoenfeld for the eighth-most goals by a defenseman in Sabres history. He now trails Richard Smehlik by two goals for seventh-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 seven 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 (12th), .37 A/GP (15th), .45 PTS/GP (12th)

BUF-NYR CONNECTIONS

  • Sabres forward Dylan Cozens and Rangers forward Alexis Lafrenière won a gold medal for Team Canada together at the 2020 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres defenseman Henri Jokiharju and Rangers forward Kaapo Kakko played together on Finland’s national team at both the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship and at the 2019 IIHF World Championship. The duo won a gold medal at both tournaments.
  • Sabres forward Casey Mittelstadt and Rangers defensemen Adam Fox and Ryan Lindgren won a bronze medal together while representing the United States at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, which was held in Buffalo.
  • Sabres forward Kyle Okposo played for Team USA at the 2010 IIHF World Championship with Rangers forward Chris Krieder.
  • Sabres forward Tage Thompson won a gold medal for Team USA with Rangers defensemen Adam Fox and Ryan Lindgren at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Sabres forward Tage Thompson won a bronze medal for Team USA with Rangers forward Chris Krieder at the 2018 IIFH World Championship.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings following Wednesday’s game)

  • Montour: 2 SHG (T-2), 2 SHP (T-7); Okposo: 2 SHP (T-7)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (108), Miller (69), Lazar (64)
Blocked Shots: Montour (46), Irwin (38), Miller (35)
Shots: Hall (82), Olofsson (80), Reinhart (72)

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: 2-7-1 (5), 16/28, 7/23, 18/23
21-30: 0-9-1 (1), 18/45, 0/14, 18/26
31-40: 1-3-1 (3), 13/17, 1/12, 17/19

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-3; 126-137 all-time)
Jan. 28 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Lafrenière, 2:47)
Feb. 25 vs. NJD: L, 4-3 (GWG-Zacha, 1:17)
March 29 vs. PHI: L 4-3 (GWG-Provorov, 0:42)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (2-2; 79-73 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)
March 9 at PHI: L 5-4 (GDG-Couturier)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Victor Olofsson … 5 games played … 100 games played
Goals
Rasmus Ristolainen … 2 goals … 47 career goals (T-7th in franchise history, defensemen)
Kyle Okposo … 2 goals … 200 career goals
Assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 8 assists … 200 career assists
Colin Miller … 10 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Rasmus Dahlin … 4 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Steven Fogarty … first career point (assist) … March 27 at BOS
Steven Fogarty … first career NHL goal … March 31 vs. PHI

Game Preview: 3/22/21 at NY Rangers

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Thursday, March 18
Boston 4 at Buffalo 1
Goals: Okposo
Goalie: Hutton (33 saves/37 shots)
PP: 0/1; PK: 3/5; Shots: Boston 37 – Buffalo 24

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 113)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zemgus Girgensons (hamstring, Jan. 14; injured reserve) – 29 games
William Borgen (forearm, Feb. 22; injured reserve) – 15 games
Jake McCabe (knee, Feb. 22; injured reserve) – 15 games
Linus Ullmark (lower body, Feb. 27; injured reserve) – 12 games
Jack Eichel (upper body; March 9) – 6 games
Dylan Cozens (upper body; March 13) – 4 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/16: Recalled D Brandon Davidson and D Henri Jokiharju from the taxi squad; Loaned F Rasmus Asplund and D Jacob Bryson to the taxi squad
3/18: Recalled D Jacob Bryson from the taxi squad; Loaned D Brandon Davidson to the taxi squad
3/19: Signed G Michael Houser to a one-year contract worth $700,000
3/20: Acquired a sixth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for G Jonas Johansson
3/21: Reassigned F Steven Fogarty from the Rochester Americans (AHL) taxi squad; Loaned G Michael Houser to the taxi squad
3/22: Recalled F Rasmus Asplund and G Dustin Tokarski from the taxi squad

 

UPCOMING GAMES
Wednesday, March 24: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m.
Thursday, March 25: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.|
Saturday, March 27: Buffalo at Boston, 1 p.m.
Monday, March 29: Philadelphia at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 31: Philadelphia at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME

SABRES AT RANGERS

  • This is the fourth of eight meetings between the Sabres and Rangers this season.
  • Last meeting: New York defeated Buffalo 3-2 in New York on March 2.
  • Next meeting: Thursday, April 1 in Buffalo.
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Rangers; 3-7-0 on the road.
  • This is the 189th game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo has an 84-68-36 seri­­­es record.
  • The Sabres are 34-39-20 on the road against the Rangers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-5-1 all-time on March 22.
  • March 22, 1977: Bob Sauve records his first NHL win in a 6-3 victory over the Atlanta Flames.
  • March 22, 1992: Pat LaFontaine, Wayne Presley and Donald Audette score three times in a 39-second span, recording the fastest three goals in franchise history in a 6-2 win at Chicago.
  • March 22, 2016: Chad Johnson wins his 18th game of the season 3-2 over the Carolina Hurricanes, setting a career high for wins in a season. Johnson would finish the season with 22 wins, the most in his career.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are a perfect eight-for-eight on the penalty kill against the Rangers this season.
  • Buffalo has a 60.5 faceoff win percentage against the Rangers, its best percentage against any opponent this season.
  • Eric Staal has totaled 12 points (5+7) in 11 games against the Rangers since the beginning of the 2016-17 season.
  • Carter Hutton is 5-3-0 with a .925 save percentage and 2.27 goals-against average all-time against the Rangers. With a win tonight, Hutton would tie his career high with six wins against a single opponent (San Jose Sharks).
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled three points (2+1) in three games against the Rangers this season.
  • Victor Olofsson has tallied three assists in three meetings with New York this season.

GENERATING OPPORTUNITIES

  • According to Natural Stat Trick, the line of Curtis Lazar, Casey Mittelstadt and Jeff Skinner have combined for a 64.7 percent Corsi and 75.6 expected-goals percentage at 5-on-5 over the team’s last three games.
  • In 24:13 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time together during that span, the line is outshooting opponents 14-5 and have 17 scoring chances to their opponents’ six.
  • The group has seven high-danger scoring chances in their last three games at 5-on-5 and have not allowed a high-danger scoring chance against during that same span.

POWER UP

  • Entering play Sunday, Buffalo ranked seventh in the NHL with a 25.7 percent conversion rate on the power play.
  • Entering Sunday’s games, the Sabres tied the Colorado Avalanche and Nashville Predators, trailing only the Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning (11) for the NHL lead with 10 different players with at least one goal on the power play.
  • Victor Olofsson’s 19 career power-play tallies trail only David Pastrnak (26), Leon Draisaitl (25), and Auston Matthews (21) for the most in the league since he made his NHL debut on March 28, 2019.

OUT OF THE BOX

  • Entering Sunday’s games, the Sabres were the least-penalized team in the NHL with 5:53 of penalty time per game. Buffalo has been assessed 171 total penalty minutes this season, 23 fewer than the next closest team, the Los Angeles Kings.
  • Buffalo has been assessed 76 penalties this season. Entering play Sunday, it marked the fewest in the league and was 11 penalties fewer than the next closest teams, the Columbus Blue Jackets.
  • Taylor Hall is tied for sixth in the NHL with 14 penalties drawn this season. Hall’s penalty differential is tied for 15th in the league at plus-eight.

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 1,031 career points, Staal has recorded the 80th-most points in NHL history and trails Alexander Mogilny by one point for 79th.

RISTO IN THE RECORD BOOK

  • With his goal on March. 4 at the NY Islanders, Rasmus Ristolainen moved into a tie with Tyler Myers and Jim Schoenfeld for the eighth-most goals by a defenseman in Sabres history. He now trails Richard Smehlik by two goals for seventh-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 nine 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)

BUF-NYR 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 defenseman Henri Jokiharju and Rangers forward Kaapo Kakko played together on Finland’s national team at both the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship and at the 2019 IIHF World Championship. The duo won a gold medal at both tournaments.
  • Sabres forward Casey Mittelstadt and Rangers defensemen Adam Fox and Ryan Lindgren won a bronze medal together while representing the United States at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, which was held in Buffalo.
  • Sabres forward Kyle Okposo played for Team USA at the 2010 IIHF World Championship with Rangers forward Chris Krieder.
  • Sabres forward Tage Thompson won a gold medal for Team USA with Rangers defensemen Adam Fox and Ryan Lindgren at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Sabres forward Tage Thompson won a bronze medal for Team USA with Rangers forward Chris Krieder at the 2018 IIFH World Championship.

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

  • Buffalo Sabres:7% PP% (7th), 51.5% FOW% (9th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (86), Lazar (56), Miller (56)
Blocked Shots: Montour (37), Irwin (29), Dahlin (24)
Shots: Hall (72), Olofsson (65), Eichel (61)

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: 2-7-1 (5), 16/28, 7/23, 18/23
21-30: 0-9-0 (0), 15/40, 0/12, 17/23

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 (2-2; 79-73 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)
March 9 at PHI: L 5-4 (GDG-Couturier)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Goals
Rasmus Ristolainen … 2 goals … 47 career goals (T-7th in franchise history, defensemen)
Kyle Okposo … 3 goals … 200 career goals
Assists
Colin Miller … 10 assists … 100 career assists
Eric Staal … 8 assists … 600 career assists
Points
Brandon Montour … 2 points … 100 career points
Rasmus Dahlin … 5 points … 100 career points
Wins
Carter Hutton … 6 wins … 100 career wins

 RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Game Preview: 3/2/21 at NY Rangers

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

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

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

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