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Post-Game Report: 4/4 vs. Ottawa

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Senators
(28-41-11)
2 1 1 4 32
Sabres
(25-43-12)
1 1 0 2 34

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • With his goal, Ryan O’Reilly has extended his point streak to four games, totaling six points (3+3) during that span.
  • Scott Wilson’s assist on O’Reilly’s goal gives him three points (2+1) in his last three games against Ottawa.
  • Sam Reinhart’s assist tonight extended his point streak to four games (4+2) and gives him 36 points (17+19) in his last 36 games dating back to Jan. 18.
  • With his goal tonight, Kyle Okposo now has seven points (4+3) in his last seven games against the Senators.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Senators
Anderson W .941 2.00
Sabres Johnson L .903 3.07

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Senators Anderson 23-24-6 .899 3.31
Sabres Johnson 10-15-3 .895 3.40

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo

Sabres forward Jason Pominville

Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly

Senators head coach Guy Boucher

Senators forward Mark Borowiecki

Senators forward Ryan Dzingel

Senators forward Filip Chlapik

Senators goaltender Craig Anderson

Game Preview: 4/4/18 vs. Ottawa

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Monday, April 2
Buffalo 2 at Toronto 5
Goals: Reinhart, Pominville
Goalie: Johnson (31 saves/36 shots)
PP: 2/5; PK: 1/3; Shots: Toronto 36 – Buffalo 34

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 307)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 36 games
Jake McCabe (shoulder, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 26 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body. March 17) – 9 games
Linus Ullmark (upper body, March 26) – 4 games
Robin Lehner (lower body, March 31) – 2 games
Victor Antipin (concussion, April 2) – 1 game
Nathan Beaulieu (illness, April 2) – 1 game
Brendan Guhle (upper body, April 2) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/30: Recalled G Adam Wilcox from Rochester (AHL)
3/31: Assigned F Kyle Criscuolo to Rochester (AHL)
4/2: Recalled D Matt Tennyson from Rochester (AHL)
4/3: Recalled F Alexander Nylander and F Kevin Porter from Rochester (AHL)

REMAINING GAMES
Friday, April 6: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 7: Buffalo at Florida, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SENATORS at SABRES

  • This is the fourth and final meeting between the Sabres and Senators this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Ottawa 4-3 (SO) in Ottawa on March 8
  • The Sabres are 7-0-3 in their last 10 games vs. the Senators; 6-3-1 at home
  • This is the 137th game all-time between Buffalo and Ottawa; Buffalo has a 67-49-20 series record.
  • The Sabres are 36-22-8 at home against the Senators all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 5-10-2 all-time on April 4.
  • April 4, 1973: The Sabres appear in the first playoff game in franchise history, a 2-1 loss at Montreal.
  • April 4, 1981: The Sabres chase Red Wings goaltender Larry Lozinski with three goals on eight shots in the first period on the way to a 5-4 win in Detroit that featured two-goal performances by Tony McKegney and Andre Savard.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with an 8-5-1 record in their last 14 games against Atlantic Division opponents and an 11-11-3 record against the division this season.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 24 points (10+14) in 24 home games dating back to the team’s game on Dec. 22 vs. Philadelphia.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 35 points (17+18) in his last 35 games dating back to Jan. 18. Reinhart has 19 goals in 41 games so far in 2018, tying him for 12th-most in the league since Jan. 1 entering play Tuesday.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel has recorded eight points (3+5) in his last four games and has now played at a point-per-game pace dating back to mid-November, with 48 points (21+27) in his last 47 games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has posted six points (2+4) in his last five games.
  • Jason Pominville enters tonight’s game on a four-game point streak (2+2), his longest streak of the season, and has scored a goal in each of his last two games.
  • Sam Reinhart enters tonight’s game on a three-game point streak, with five points (4+1) in those games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen is currently on a three-game assist streak, totaling five assists in his last three games.

I’M SENS-ING A PATTERN

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with points in 11 straight meetings with the Senators (8-0-3) for the first time in the all-time series.
  • Buffalo and Ottawa have had 20 of their last 26 games decided by a single goal. Nine of those games were decided in overtime or a shootout, including each of the last two.
  • The Sabres are 9-6 all-time in shootouts against the Senators. Their 15 shootouts against Ottawa make up the team’s highest total against any opponent.
  • The Sabres are 9-3-4 in their last 16 home games against the Senators, including points in each of their last four (3-0-1).

HOT AGAINST OTTAWA

  • Chad Johnson is 2-2-0 with a .943 save percentage and a 1.59 goals-against average in four career games against the Senators.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 16 points (6+10) in 17 career games against Ottawa, including eight points (4+4) in his last eight.
  • Kyle Okposo has 15 points (5+10) in 18 games against the Senators since the beginning of the 2012-13 season, including six points (3+3) in the last six.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled nine points (5+4) in his last nine games against the Senators.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has eight assists in his last nine games against Ottawa.
  • Scott Wilson has scored in each of his last two games against the Senators.

QUARTER CENTURY KIDS

  • With his 25th goal of the season on March 29 vs. Detroit, Jack Eichel became the first Sabre aged 21 or younger to reach the 25-goal mark since Pierre Turgeon did so in the 1990-91 season.
  • Sam Reinhart (22 years old) is one goal shy of the 25-goal mark. If he scores another goal this season, the Sabres would have two 25-goal scorers under 23 years of age for the first time since Alexander Mogilny and Donald Audette topped 25 as 22-year-olds in the 1991-92 season.

DRAWING ATTENTION*

  • Ryan O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (1,223) and faceoff percentage (60.1%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 1,223 wins through 78 games played already rank third 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 1,270
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2005-06 – 1,268
    • Adam Oates (WSH), 1999-00 – 1,235
  • 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 has topped his previous personal bests in goals (24), assists (33) and points (57) on the strength of improved production at even strength.
  • With his 17th multi-point game in his 61st game of the season, Eichel surpassed his career-best total of 16 set in 2016-17. Through 64 games, Eichel now has 18 multi-point games.
  • 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 64 games, Eichel now has 22 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 64 games, he now has 42 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 64 25 37 62 22 20 42
2017-18 (Pace) 67 26 39 65 23 21 44

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

  • Of Jack Eichel’s 62 points so far this season, 27 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes 6-on-5 situations).
  • Through 64 games played, Eichel’s 27 primary points (16+11) during 5-on-5 play have surpassed 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 before 4/3 games)

  • Eichel: 3.70 S/GP (7th)
  • O’Reilly: 1,223 FOW (1st), 60.1% FO% (1st), 2,035 FO (1st), 14 PPG (T-5th), 4 SHP (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:32 TOI/GP (4th)

BUF-OTT CONNECTIONS
Former Senators:

  • Goaltender Robin Lehner was a second-round selection (46th overall) of the Senators in the 2009 NHL Draft. He appeared in 86 games over the course of his time with Ottawa and compiled a 30-36-13 record with a .914 save percentage and a 2.88 goals-against average.

Nick Baptiste:

  • He was born in Ottawa and played for the Ottawa Senators Minor Midget AAA team (OEMMHL) from 2009-2011.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Teammates with Mike Hoffman for the Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) during the 2009-10 season.
  • He and Mike Condon played together for the Montreal Canadiens during the 2015-16 season.

Josh Gorges:

  • Teammates with Tom Pyatt for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2011.

Johan Larsson:

  • Was a member of Team Sweden during the 2012 World Championship along with Erik Karlsson.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Played for the Colorado Avalanche with Matt Duchene from 2009-2015. Craig Anderson was also on the team from 2009-2011.
  • Teammates with Matt Duchene for Team Canada at the 2013, 2015 and 2016 World Championships.
  • Played with Alexandre Burrows for Canada at the 2012 World Championship.
  • Represented Canada alongside Cody Ceci at the 2016 World Championship.
  • He and Matt Duchene represented Canada together at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Represented the United States alongside Bobby Ryan at the 2012 World Championship.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with Tom Pyatt for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2011 and again for the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2012-13 season. Pouliot and Pyatt also represented Canada together at the 2006 World Junior Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Helped represent Canada at the 2016 World Championship Cody Ceci and Matt Duchene.

NHL Draft:

  • Benoit Pouliot (4th overall) was taken two picks after Bobby Ryan (2nd overall) in the first round of the 2005 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons and Cody Ceci were back-to-back selections in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft. Girgensons was selected 14th overall while Ceci went 15th overall.
  • Jack Eichel (2nd overall) and Thomas Chabot (18th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2015 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (201), Girgensons (134), Nolan (122)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (110), Ristolainen (108), McCabe (79)
Shots: Eichel (237), O’Reilly (219), Reinhart (180)

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: 3-6-0 (6), 22/36, 9/33, 15/23

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)
N/A

RECENT MILESTONES
Casey Mittelstadt … 1st NHL game … March 29 vs. Detroit
Casey Mittelstadt … 1st NHL point (assist) … March 29 vs. Detroit
Jack Eichel … 100th NHL assist … March 31 at Nashville

Game Preview: 3/8/18 at Ottawa

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Wednesday, March 7
Calgary 5 at Buffalo 1
Goals: Nelson
Goalie: Johnson (18 saves/22 shots)/Lehner (18 saves/19 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 2/2; Shots: Calgary 41 – Buffalo 26

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 234)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 24 games
Jake McCabe (shoulder, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 14 games
Jack Eichel (high-ankle sprain, Feb. 11; injured reserve) – 12 games
Evan Rodrigues (upper body, March 2) – 3 games
Kyle Criscuolo (upper body, March 7) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/4: Recalled F Kyle Criscuolo and D Brendan Guhle from Rochester (AHL)
3/7: Recalled F Danny O’Regan from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, March 10: Vegas at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Thursday, March 15: Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 17: Chicago at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Monday, March 19: Nashville at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 21: Arizona at Buffalo. 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at SENATORS

  • This is the third of four meetings between the Sabres and Senators this season.
  • Last meeting: Ottawa defeated Buffalo 3-2 (OT) in Ottawa on Feb. 15
  • Next meeting: Wednesday, April 4 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 7-0-3 in their last 10 games vs. the Senators; 4-4-2 on the road
  • This is the 136th game all-time between Buffalo and Ottawa; Buffalo has a 66-49-20 series record.
  • The Sabres are 30-27-12 on the road against the Senators all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-9-5 all-time on March 8.
  • March 8, 1972: Rene Robert makes his Buffalo Sabres debut in a 6-3 loss at California.
  • March 8, 1991: Dale Hawerchuk scores in a 5-3 loss to Chicago, becoming the 31st NHL player to reach the 1,000-point mark.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with a 6-1-1 record in their last eight games against Atlantic Division opponents and an 9-7-3 record against the division this season.
  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with points in 10 straight meetings with the Senators (7-0-3) for the first time in the all-time series.
  • Buffalo won all three road games against Ottawa last season. The Sabres are now on a six-game point streak in visits to Ottawa (4-0-2) that spans the last two seasons and are looking to stretch that streak to seven games for the first time in the all-time series.
  • Buffalo and Ottawa have had 19 of their last 25 games decided by a single goal, including 3-2 margins in each of the last three games. Eight of those games were decided in overtime or a shootout.
  • The Sabres are 8-6 all-time in shootouts against the Senators. Their 14 shootouts against Ottawa make up the team’s highest total against any opponent.

HOT AGAINST OTTAWA

  • Robin Lehner is 5-0-3 in 10 career appearances against his former club with a .950 save percentage and a 1.57 goals-against average. Chad Johnson is 2-2-0 with a .943 save percentage and a 1.59 goals-against average in four career games against the Senators.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 15 points (6+9) in 16 career games against Ottawa, including seven points (4+3) in his last seven.
  • Kyle Okposo has 15 points (5+10) in 17 games against Ottawa since the beginning of the 2012-13 season, including at least a point in each of the last five (3+3).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has eight assists in his last eight games against Ottawa.
  • Johan Larsson has totaled three points (1+2) in his last three games against the Senators.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 23 points (9+14) in his last 23 games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 24 points (6+18) in his last 30 games dating back to Dec. 29. Ristolainen’s 24 points during that span ranked tied-seventh among NHL defensemen after last night’s game.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded 12 points (3+9) in his last 12 games.
  • Jason Pominville has totaled seven points (2+5) in his last seven games.

ROAD WARRIORS

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with a 6-2-1 record in their last nine road games. A win or overtime loss tonight would give the Sabres 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 14th of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, after a 5-1 loss last night vs. Calgary. The Sabres are 5-9-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 4-7-2 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 (7), one point (2) and zero points (3).

PLAYING WITH POWER

  • The Sabres have tallied at least one power-play goal in 16 of their last 26 games dating back to Jan. 7 at Philadelphia (and went 0-for-0 on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus), converting at a 26.0 percent clip during that span.
  • Buffalo’s 20 power-play goals during this stretch tied for the league lead after last night’s game.
  • Ryan O’Reilly tied for the league lead after last night’s game with seven power-play goals scored since Jan. 7. Kyle Okposo and Rasmus Ristolainen tied for third in the league with 12 power-play points during that stretch.
  • O’Reilly’s 11 power-play goals this season tied for eighth in the league after last night’s game.

DRAWING ATTENTION*

  • Ryan O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (1,027) and faceoff percentage (60.9%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 1,027 wins already rank as the second-most wins by a Sabre in a season, just 12 wins from matching his 2016-17 total, a franchise-record 1,039 in 72 games.
  • O’Reilly’s 1,027 faceoff wins put him on pace to log the second-most by any NHL player in a season:
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2005-06 – 1,268
    • Ryan O’Reilly *pace* (BUF), 2017-18 1,260
    • 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.

DANGEROUS KILLERS

  • Buffalo finished last night’s game tied for the league lead with nine shorthanded goals this season, the team’s highest total since the 2007-08 season (9).
  • Ryan O’Reilly’s four shorthanded assists tied for the league lead after last night’s game, and his four shorthanded points tied for second.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before after last night’s game)

  • Girgensons: 2 SHG (T-6th)
  • O’Reilly: 1,027 FOW (1st), 60.9% FO% (1st), 1,687 FO (1st), 4 SHP (T-2nd), 11 PPG (T-8th)
  • Pouliot: 2 SHG (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:26 TOI/GP (4th)

BUF-OTT CONNECTIONS
Former Senators:

  • Goaltender Robin Lehner was a second-round selection (46th overall) of the Senators in the 2009 NHL Draft. He appeared in 86 games over the course of his time with Ottawa and compiled a 30-36-13 record with a .914 save percentage and a 2.88 goals-against average.

Nick Baptiste:

  • He was born in Ottawa and played for the Ottawa Senators Minor Midget AAA team (OEMMHL) from 2009-2011.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Teammates with Mike Hoffman for the Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) during the 2009-10 season.
  • Represented Canada alongside Mark Stone at the 2012 World Junior Championship.
  • He and Mike Condon played together for the Montreal Canadiens during the 2015-16 season.

Josh Gorges:

  • Teammates with Tom Pyatt for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2011.

Jacob Josefson:

  • Represented Sweden alongside Erik Karlsson at the 2009 World Junior Championship.

Johan Larsson:

  • Was a member of Team Sweden during the 2012 World Championship along with Erik Karlsson.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Played for the Colorado Avalanche with Matt Duchene from 2009-2015. Craig Anderson was also on the team from 2009-2011.
  • Teammates with Matt Duchene for Team Canada at the 2013, 2015 and 2016 World Championships.
  • Played with Alexandre Burrows for Canada at the 2012 World Championship.
  • Represented Canada alongside Cody Ceci at the 2016 World Championship.
  • He and Matt Duchene represented Canada together at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with Tom Pyatt for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2011 and again for the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2012-13 season.
  • Pouliot and Pyatt also represented Canada together at the 2006 World Junior Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Helped represent Canada at the 2016 World Championship with Cody Ceci and Matt Duchene.

NHL Draft:

  • Benoit Pouliot (4th overall) was taken two picks after Bobby Ryan (2nd overall) in the first round of the 2005 NHL Draft.
  • Jacob Josefson (20th overall) and Matt Duchene (3rd overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons and Cody Ceci were back-to-back selections in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft. Girgensons was selected 14th overall while Ceci went 15th overall.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (172), Girgensons (118), McCabe (110)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (95), Ristolainen (92), McCabe (79)
Shots: Eichel (201), O’Reilly (178), Reinhart (145)

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: 4-3-0 (8), 17/21, 4/22, 12/16

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Points
Zemgus Girgensons … 2 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Game Preview: 2/15/18 at Ottawa

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, February 13
Tampa Bay 3 at Buffalo 5
Goals: Reinhart (2), Baptiste, Wilson, O’Reilly
Goalie: Johnson (26 saves/29 shots)
PP: 2/3; PK: 4/5; Shots: Buffalo 33 – Tampa Bay 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 199)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 14 games
Jake McCabe (thumb, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 4 games
Jack Eichel (high-ankle sprain, Feb. 11) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/11: Recalled F Nicholas Baptiste from Rochester (AHL); Placed D Jake McCabe on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Feb. 17: Los Angeles at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 19: Washington at Buffalo, 3 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 22: Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 24: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 25: Boston at Buffalo, 5 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at SENATORS

  • This is the second of four meetings between the Sabres and Senators this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Ottawa 3-2 in Buffalo on Dec. 12, 2017
  • Next meeting: Thursday, March 8, 2018 in Ottawa
  • The Sabres are 7-1-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Senators; 4-5-1 on the road
  • This is the 135th game all-time between Buffalo and Ottawa; Buffalo has a 66-49-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 30-27-11 on the road against the Senators all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-5-2 all-time on February 15.
  • February 15, 1996: The Sabres acquire Darryl Shannon and Michal Grosek from Winnipeg in exchange for Craig Muni and a 1996 first-round draft pick (Daniel Briere) acquired by the team in a three-team trade in November 1995 involving San Jose and Philadelphia.
  • February 15, 2011: Jhonas Enroth becomes the first goaltender in NHL history to earn his first three career wins via the shootout.
  • February 15, 2015: Zach Bogosian makes his Sabres debut against the Philadelphia Flyers.

I’M SENS-ING A PATTERN

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with points in nine straight meetings with the Senators (7-0-2) for the first time in the all-time series, including the team’s first four-game winning streak against Ottawa since they won in six straight meetings from Dec. 4, 2010 to Nov. 11, 2011.
  • Buffalo won all three road games against Ottawa last season. The Sabres are now on a five-game point streak in visits to Ottawa (4-0-1) that spans the last two seasons and are looking to stretch that streak to six games for the first time in the all-time series.
  • Buffalo and Ottawa have had 18 of their last 24 games decided by a single goal. Seven of those games were decided in overtime or a shootout.
  • The Sabres are 8-6 all-time in shootouts against the Senators. Their 14 shootouts against Ottawa make up the team’s highest total against any opponent.

HOT AGAINST OTTAWA

  • Robin Lehner is 5-0-2 in nine career appearances against his former club with a .955 save percentage and a 1.39 goals-against average. Chad Johnson is 2-2-0 with a .943 save percentage and a 1.59 goals-against average in four career games against the Senators.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 15 points (6+9) in 15 career games against Ottawa, including seven points (4+3) in his last six.
  • Kyle Okposo has 14 points (5+9) in 16 games against Ottawa since the beginning of the 2012-13 season, including at least a point in each of the last four (3+2).
  • Sam Reinhart has posted seven points (4+3) in his last seven games against the Senators.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has eight assists in his last seven games against Ottawa, including at least an assist in each of his last four (0+6).

SCORING IN BUNCHES

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game having scored at least four goals in each of their last four games for the first time since Nov. 27 to Dec. 4, 2015.
    • With four goals tonight, the team would have four or more goals in five consecutive games in a season for the first time since they did it from Feb. 20 to March 2, 2007.
  • The Sabres have also scored at least four goals in three consecutive road games for the first time since March 2012.
    • With four goals tonight, the team would stretch that streak to four straight road games for the first time since Nov. 2006.

ROAD WARRIORS

  • Buffalo enters tonight’s game with wins in each of the team’s last four road games dating back to Jan. 22. The Sabres have won four straight road games in a season for the first time since the first four road games of the 2011-12 season.
    • A win tonight would give the Sabres five straight road wins for the first time since the team won its 10 road games in 2006-07.
    • With an overtime loss tonight, the Sabres would have points in five straight road games for the first time since the team went 4-0-1 in a five-game span in March 2012.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has recorded 10 points (3+7) in his last nine road games, including at least a point in each of his last seven.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled eight points (3+5) in eight road games since the beginning of January, including at least a point in each of his last three.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded five points (2+3) in his last five road games.
  • Scott Wilson enters tonight’s game with at least a point in his last four road games, totaling five points (2+3) in those games.
  • Benoit Pouliot (1+1) and Evan Rodrigues (0+2) each have a point in consecutive road games entering tonight’s contest.
  • Robin Lehner earned a shutout in each of his last two road games, stopping all 63 shots faced in those games.
  • Chad Johnson has stopped 57 of 60 shots faced in his last two road games (.950), earning wins in both of those contests.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Ryan O’Reilly enters tonight’s game with back-to-back three-point games. O’Reilly has been playing at a point-per-game clip in his last 22 games, totaling 10 goals and 12 assists since Dec. 22 vs. Philadelphia.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 16 points (6+10) in his last 13 games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen, who enters tonight on a four-game point streak, has 17 points (4+13) in his last 20 games dating back to Dec. 29. Ristolainen’s 17 points during that span tied for fourth among NHL defensemen entering play Wednesday.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded 15 points (3+12) in his last 15 games, including four multi-point games.
  • Casey Nelson, who scored his first NHL goal on Sunday vs. Colorado, has points in four of his last five games (1+3).
  • Evan Rodrigues has tallied four points (1+3) in his last four games.

PLAYING WITH POWER

  • The Sabres have tallied at least one power-play goal in 12 of their last 16 games dating back to Jan. 7 at Philadelphia (and went 0-for-0 on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus), converting at a 33.3 percent clip during that span.
  • Buffalo’s power-play percentage during this stretch led the league entering play Wednesday, as did the team’s 16 power-play goals.
  • During that stretch, the Sabres have five players with at least seven power-play points.
  • Ryan O’Reilly led the league entering play Wednesday with seven power-play goals scored since Jan. 7. Kyle Okposo tied for the league lead 10 nine power-play points during that stretch.
  • O’Reilly has taken 75.8 percent of the team’s power-play faceoffs during that span, going 50-for-72 (69.4%).
  • O’Reilly’s 11 power-play goals this season ranked fourth in the league entering play Wednesday.

DANGEROUS KILLERS

  • The Sabres scored two shorthanded goals on Sunday vs. Colorado, marking the second time this season the team has scored two shorthanded goals in a game (last: Oct. 7 at NY Islanders).
  • Buffalo entered play Wednesday tied for the league lead with nine shorthanded goals this season, the team’s highest total since the 2007-08 season (9).
  • Entering play Wednesday, the Sabres were the only team with three players who have scored at least two shorthanded goals this season (Kane – 3, Girgensons – 2, Pouliot – 2).
  • Ryan O’Reilly’s four shorthanded assists led the league entering Wednesday’s games, and his four shorthanded points tied for second.

DRAWING ATTENTION*

  • Ryan O’Reilly went 29-for-39 (74.4%) on the draw on Sunday vs. Colorado. The 29 wins set a new career-high mark for O’Reilly, topping his previous high of 26 (Feb. 8 vs. St. Louis).
  • He followed that 29-win performance up by going 25-for-42 (59.5%) on Tuesday vs. Tampa Bay and now holds the nine highest single-game totals in franchise history.
  • Since the NHL began keeping faceoff stats in 1997-98, only five players have won more than 29 faceoffs in a regular-season game:
    • Travis Green (NYI), 11/8/97 – 33
    • Doug Weight (EDM), 11/5/97 – 32
    • Patrice Bergeron (BOS), 2/24/15 – 31
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2/5/02 – 30
    • Sergei Fedorov (DET), 10/25/00 – 30
  • O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (856) and faceoff percentage (61.3%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 856 wins already rank as the sixth-most wins by a Sabre in a season and are on pace to become the second-most by any NHL player in a season:
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2005-06 – 1,268
    • Ryan O’Reilly *pace* (BUF), 2017-18 1,238
    • 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.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 2/14 games)

  • Girgensons: 2 SHG (T-6th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 206 S (5th), 3 SHP (T-6th)
  • O’Reilly: 856 FOW (1st), 61.3% FO% (1st), 1,397 FO (1st), 4 SHP (T-2nd), 11 PPG (4th)
  • Pouliot: 2 SHG (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:28 TOI/GP (3rd)

BUF-OTT CONNECTIONS
Former Senators:

  • Goaltender Robin Lehner was a second-round selection (46th overall) of the Senators in the 2009 NHL Draft. He appeared in 86 games over the course of his time with Ottawa and compiled a 30-36-13 record with a .914 save percentage and a 2.88 goals-against average.

Nicholas Baptiste:

  • He was born in Ottawa and played for the Ottawa Senators Minor Midget AAA team (OEMMHL) from 2009-2011.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Teammates with Mike Hoffman for the Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) during the 2009-10 season.
  • Represented Canada alongside Mark Stone at the 2012 World Junior Championship.
  • Played with Gabriel Dumont for the Montreral Canadiens from 2012-2015.
  • He and Mike Condon played together for the Montreal Canadiens during the 2015-16 season.

Hudson Fasching:

  • Played with Mike Condon for the United States at the 2016 World Championship.

Josh Gorges:

  • Was a member of Team Canada with Dion Phaneuf at the 2004 World Junior Championship.
  • Teammates with Tom Pyatt for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2011.

Jacob Josefson:

  • Represented Sweden alongside Erik Karlsson at the 2009 World Junior Championship.

Evander Kane:

  • Played with Johnny Oduya for the Atlanta Thrasers (2009-2011) and the Winnipeg Jets (2011-12).
  • Teammates with Christopher DiDomenico for Canada at the 2009 World Junior Championship.
  • Represented Canada with Dion Phaneuf during the 2011 and 2012 World Championships. Matt Duchene was on the club in 2011 and Alexandre Burrows was on the team in 2012.

Johan Larsson:

  • Was a member of Team Sweden during the 2012 World Championship along with Erik Karlsson.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Played for the Colorado Avalanche with Matt Duchene from 2009-2015. Craig Anderson was also on the team from 2009-2011.
  • Teammates with Matt Duchene for Team Canada at the 2013, 2015 and 2016 World Championships.
  • Played with Alexandre Burrows and Dion Phaneuf for Canada at the 2012 World Championship.
  • Represented Canada alongside Derick Brassard and Cody Ceci at the 2016 World Championship.
  • He and Matt Duchene represented Canada together at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played with Nate Thompson for the New York Islanders from 2008-2010.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with Tom Pyatt for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2011 and again for the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2012-13 season. Nate Thompson was also a member of the Lightning during the 2012-13 campaign.
  • Pouliot and Pyatt also represented Canada together at the 2006 World Junior Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Helped represent Canada at the 2016 World Championship with Derick Brassard, Cody Ceci and Matt Duchene.

NHL Draft:

  • Kyle Okposo (7th overall) was taken one pick after Derick Brassard (6th overall) in the first round of the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Evander Kane (4th overall), Jacob Josefson (20th overall) and Matt Duchene (3rd overall) were all selected in the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons and Cody Ceci were back-to-back selections in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft. Girgensons was selected 14th overall while Ceci went 15th overall.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (138), McCabe (111), Kane (110)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (83), McCabe (79), Ristolainen (71)
Shots: Kane (206), Eichel (201), O’Reilly (152)

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: 3-3-1 (7), 22/22, 6/17, 25/31

OVERTIME RESULTS (3-9; 111-120 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron)
Oct. 21 at BOS: W, 5-4 (GWG-O’Reilly)
Nov. 11 at MTL: L, 2-1 (GWG-Pacioretty)
Nov. 14 at PIT: L, 5-4 (GWG-Sheary)
Dec. 8 at CHI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Forsling)
Dec. 10 at STL: L, 3-2 (GWG-Tarasenko)
Dec. 15 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Slavin)
Dec. 27 at NYI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barzal)
Dec. 29 at NJD: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen)
Jan. 1 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Miller)
Jan. 22 at CGY: W, 2-1 (GWG-Eichel)
Feb. 6 vs. ANA: L, 4-3 (GWG-Henrique)

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Points
Zemgus Girgensons … 3 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Jacob Josefson … 300th NHL game … Feb. 10 at Boston
Ryan O’Reilly … 400th NHL point … Feb. 11 vs. Colorado
Casey Nelson … 1st NHL goal … Feb. 11 vs. Colorado

Post-Game Report: 12/12 vs. Ottawa

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Senators
(9-13-7)
0 0 2 2 26
Sabres
(8-17-6)
0 3 0 3 25

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • With tonight’s win, the Sabres have won four straight games against the Senators for the first time since they won six in a row from Dec. 4, 2010 to Nov. 11, 2011.
  • The Sabres now have points in nine straight meetings with the Senators (7-0-2) for the first time in the all-time series.
  • With his goal tonight, Evander Kane extended his point streak to five games (2+3) for the first time since he had points in eight straight games from Feb. 12 to 26, 2013.
  • Benoit Pouliot scored his eighth goal of the season. The Sabres are now 6-0-1 this season when Pouliot scores and 7-0-1 when he records a point.
    • Pouliot leads all Sabres in lasting-lead goals this season, scoring four go-ahead goals that have given the Sabres leads that they never relinquished.
  • Jack Eichel’s assist on Kane’s goal gives him 11 points (4+7) in eight career games against the Senators, including at least a point in each game. Eichel’s goal, assist and point totals against Ottawa tie or top his totals against every other NHL team.
  • Robin Lehner is now 5-0-2 in nine career appearances against his former club with a .955 save percentage and a 1.39 goals-against average.
  • Kyle Okposo’s goal gave him 14 points (5+9) in 16 games against Ottawa since the beginning of the 2012-13 season, including at least a point in each of his last four games against the Senators (3+2).
  • Ryan O’Reilly, who recorded the primary assist on Okposo’s goal, now has 15 points (6+9) in 15 career games against the Senators. In his last six games against Ottawa, O’Reilly has seven points (4+3).
  • With two assists tonight, Rasmus Ristolainen now has eight assists in his last seven games against the Senators.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Senators Condon L .880 3.10
Sabres Lehner W .923 2.01

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Senators Condon 2-3-4 .900 3.27
Sabres Lehner 7-12-4 .911 2.87

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo

Sabres forward Benoit Pouliot

Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen

Senators head coach Guy Boucher

Senators forward Derick Brassard

Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson

Senators goaltender Mike Condon