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Post-Game Report: 11/3 vs. Ottawa

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Senators
(5-6-2)
0 1 1 2 29
Sabres
(7-5-2)
3 4 2 9 41

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • The Sabres scored nine goals in a game for the first time since Jan 27, 2009 at Edmonton (10-2 win).
    • The last time Buffalo scored nine goals in a home game was Jan. 18, 2008 vs. Atlanta (10-1 win).
  • Jason Pominville’s three-point game (2+1) today has extended his point streak to seven games, which is tied for the eighth-longest active streak in the NHL. During his streak, Pominville has 13 points (7+6).
    • The streak is Pominville’s longest streak since he posted points in seven straight from March 9 to 20, 2014.
    • Since the streak began on Oct. 20, Pominville is tied with linemate Jeff Skinner (8+5) for the NHL lead in points. Eichel (1+11) ranks third in the league during that span.
  • In his 10 games since Oct. 13, Skinner is tied for second in the NHL in goals (9) and points (16). This marks the best 10-game stretch of his career.
  • Skinner’s nine goals so far this season tie him with Miroslav Satan in 1997-98 for the fourth-most goals in a Sabres player’s first 14 games with the team.
    • The three players who have scored more goals through their first 14 career games with the franchise: Rick Vaive in 1988-89 (12), Richard Martin in 1971-72 (10) and Wilf Paiement in 1986-87 (10)
  • Conor Sheary (0+2) recorded his 100th career point with his second assist of the game.
  • With his two assists today, Sam Reinhart has five points (1+4) in his last four games against the Senators.
  • Linus Ullmark made 27 saves to improve to 3-0-1 on the season with a .934 save percentage and a 2.00 goals-against average.

 

Today’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Senators Anderson
McKenna
L
ND
.700
.806
12.49
7.90
Sabres Ullmark W .931 2.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Senators Anderson
McKenna
5-4-2
0-0-0
.909
.806
3.54
7.90
Sabres Ullmark 3-0-1 .934 2.00

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jason Pominville

Sabres forward Jeff Skinner

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark

Senators head coach Guy Boucher

Senators forward Mark Stone

Senators forward Magnus Paajarvi

Senators defenseman Cody Ceci

Game Preview: 11/3/18 vs. Ottawa

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, November 1
Buffalo 2 at Ottawa 4
Goals: Pominville, Skinner
Goalie: Hutton (28 saves/31 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 1/4; PK: 3/5; Shots: Buffalo 48 – Ottawa 32

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 53)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 13 games
Sean Malone (knee, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 13 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 13 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
Sunday, Nov. 4: Buffalo at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 8: Buffalo at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 10: Vancouver at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 13: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 16: Buffalo at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
SENATORS at SABRES

  • This is the second of four meetings between the Sabres and Senators this season.
  • Last meeting: Ottawa defeated Buffalo 4-2 in Ottawa on Nov. 1
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, March 26 in Ottawa
  • The Sabres are 6-2-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Senators; 5-4-1 at home
  • This is the 139th game all-time between Buffalo and Ottawa; Buffalo has a 67-51-20 series record.
  • The Sabres are 36-23-8 at home against the Senators all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-7-2 all-time on November 3.
  • November 3, 1990: Benoit Hogue scores twice and Daren Puppa stops 30 of 31 shots as the Sabres top the Bruins 4-1.
  • November 3, 2008: Ryan Miller makes 24 saves to record his second consecutive shutout and the ninth of his career in a 2-0 win at New Jersey.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 3-1-1 in their last five home games and are looking to extend their home point streak to three games today.
  • The Sabres have gone 8-2-3 in their last 13 games against the Senators and have a 9-4-4 record in their last 17 meetings in Buffalo.
  • Jake McCabe has recorded seven points (1+6) in his last seven games.
  • Jack Eichel has recorded 13 points (4+9) in 10 career games against the Senators. Eichel enters today’s game with 14 points (4+10) in his last 12 games overall.
  • Evan Rodrigues has tallied a point in each of his last two games against Ottawa (1+1).

WHAT’S THE SKINNY?

  • Jeff Skinner has 13 points (7+6) in his last nine games and entered play Friday tied for sixth in the league with a plus-10 rating.
  • Skinner’s torrid nine-game stretch began on Oct. 13 at Arizona. Entering play Friday, he tied for fifth in the league with seven goals and tied for sixth in the league with 13 points (7+6) during that span.
  • All but one of Skinner’s goals have come at even strength this season, and his six even-strength tallies tied him for 10th in the NHL entering play Friday.

WELCOME TO POMINVILLE

  • Jason Pominville enters today’s game on a six-game point streak, during which he has totaled 10 points (5+5) and averaged 17:19 of ice time per game. It’s his first six-game point streak since Jan. 19 to 31, 2017 (2+6).
  • Entering play Friday, the streak tied as the 10th-longest active point streak in the NHL.
  • A point today would give him points in seven straight contests for the first time since March 9 to 20, 2014, when he posted eight points in seven games (4+4).

BACK-TO-BACK
Today’s game opens Buffalo’s second of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night at NY Rangers. The Sabres are 1-0-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 1-0-0 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in their previous back-to-back sets is: four points (1), three points (0), two points (0), one point (0) and zero points (0).

HOME-AND-HOME

  • Tonight’s game is the second in a home-and-home series between the Sabres and Senators that began with a 4-2 Senators win on Thursday in Ottawa.
  • The Sabres and Senators have previously played seven home-and-home series, with the Sabres going 5-2-0 in the home games and 2-3-2 (one tie) in the road games. Buffalo’s points breakdown in these previous series is as follows: four points (1), three points (1), two points (4), one point (1), zero points (0).
  • The Sabres have played in 162 previous home-and-home series in franchise history, going 91-48-23 (.633) in the home games and 56-77-29 (.435) in the road games in previous series. The team is 70-63-29 (.522) all-time in the first game of these series and 77-62-23 (.546) in the second. Buffalo’s points breakdown in these previous series is as follows: four points (31), three points (24), two points (66), one point (16), zero points (25).

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 11/2 games)

  • Bogosian:2.5 BkS/GP (10th)
  • Eichel: 54 S (T-7th)
  • Hutton: 292 SV (8th)
  • Ristolainen: 25:21 TOI/GP (8th), 37 hits (9th)
  • Skinner: plus-10 (T-6th), 6 EVG (T-10th)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-3rd), 2.00 GAA (8th)

BUF-OTT CONNECTIONS
Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Played with Senators G Mike Condon in Montreal. Senators goaltending coach Pierre Groulx was also on the Canadiens’ coaching staff during Beaulieu’s time with the team.

Patrik Berglund:

  • Played with Senators F Magnus Paajarvi in St. Louis. The duo also won a silver medal together while representing Sweden at the 2011 IIHF World Championship.

Jason Botterill:

  • Was the assistant general manager in Pittsburgh when Senators G Mike Condon played for the Penguins.

Phil Housley:

  • Played with Senators G Craig Anderson in Chicago.

Carter Hutton:

  • Played with Senators F Magnus Paajarvi in St. Louis.

Johan Larsson:

  • Won a gold medal with Senators F Magnus Paajarvi while representing Sweden at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played for Team USA with Senators G Mike Condon and D Chris Wideman at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for Team USA with Senators F Bobby Ryan at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.

Jason Pominville:

  • Represented the United States with Senators G Craig Anderson at the 2008 IIHF World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Won a gold medal while representing Canada with Senators D Cody Ceci, F Matt Duchene and F Mark Stone at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

Conor Sheary:

  • Played with Senators G Mike Condon in Pittsburgh.

Jeff Skinner:

  • Played with Senators F Matt Duchene for Team Canada at the IIHF World Championships in 2011, 2013 and 2017. They won a silver medal together in 2017.

Steve Smith:

  • Was an assistant coach in Edmonton when Senators F Magnus Paajarvi was playing for the Oilers.

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Played with Senators F Magnus Paajarvi in St. Louis.

Tage Thompson:

  • Played with Senators F Magnus Paajarvi in St. Louis.
  • Won a gold medal for Team USA with Senators F Colin White at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship. The duo also played together the following year at the 2018 IIHF World Championship, winning a bronze medal.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (37), Girgensons (19), McCabe (19)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (23), McCabe (22), Bogosian (20)
Shots: Eichel (54), Skinner (40), Pominville (32)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 6-4-0 (12), 26/28, 8/38, 22/30
11-20: 0-1-2 (2), 8/10, 2/11, 11/13

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-2; 113-123 all-time)
Oct. 27 at CBJ: L, 5-4 (GWG-Panarin, 0:31)
Oct. 30 vs. CGY: L, 2-1 (GWG-Gaudreau, 2:40)

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Conor Sheary … 3 games … 200 career games played
Remi Elie … 6 games … 100 career games played
Nathan Beaulieu … 8 games … 300 career games played
Jeff Skinner … 8 games … 600 career games played
Evan Rodrigues … 10 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 4 goals … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Points
Conor Sheary … 2 points … 100 career points
Jeff Skinner … 8 points … 400 career points
Jack Eichel … 9 points … 200 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Jason Pominville … 501st point with Sabres (9th in franchise history) … Nov. 1 at OTT
Jason Pominville … 1,000th NHL game … Nov. 1 at OTT

Game Preview: 11/1/18 at Ottawa

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, October 30
Calgary 2 at Buffalo 1 (OT)
Goals: Eichel
Goalie: Hutton (36 saves/38 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 5/5; Shots: Calgary 38 – Buffalo 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 50)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 12 games
Sean Malone (knee, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 12 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 12 games
Jake McCabe (upper body, Oct. 30) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Nov. 3: Ottawa at Buffalo, 2 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 4: Buffalo at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 8: Buffalo at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 10: Vancouver at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 13: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at SENATORS

  • This is the first of four meetings between the Sabres and Senators this season.
  • Last meeting: Ottawa defeated Buffalo 4-2 in Buffalo on April 4
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Nov. 3 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 7-1-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Senators; 5-3-2 on the road
  • This is the 138th game all-time between Buffalo and Ottawa; Buffalo has a 67-50-20 series record.
  • The Sabres are 31-27-12 on the road against the Senators all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-5-3 all-time on November 1.
  • November 1, 1981: Bob Sauve stops 37 shots and Tony McKegney scores twice in a 6-2 victory over the Flyers at the Aud.
  • November 1, 2008: Ryan Miller earns his eighth NHL shutout and Thomas Vanek scores twice as the Sabres defeat the Capitals 4-0 at home.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are on their first five-game point streak (3-0-2) since they had points in nine straight games (7-0-2) from March 10 to 27, 2012.
  • With a 6-4-2 (.583) record in October, the Sabres posted their best opening month since the 2011-12 season (6-4-0) and their best month with at least five games since March 2016.
  • The Sabres have gone 8-1-3 in their last 12 games against the Senators, with the lone regulation loss coming in the last meeting between the teams.
  • Entering tonight’s game, the Sabres have recorded at least a point in seven straight visits to Ottawa (5-0-2), including every game since the beginning of the 2015-16 season. It is Buffalo’s longest road point streak in the all-time series between the teams.
  • If he dresses, tonight will be Jason Pominville’s 1,000th NHL game.

HOT AGAINST OTTAWA

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 11 points (4+7) in nine career games against the Senators.
  • Sam Reinhart has posted 10 points (5+5) in his last 10 games against Ottawa.
  • Kyle Okposo has totaled seven points (4+3) in his last seven meetings with the Senators.
  • Evan Rodrigues has tallied a point in each of his last two games against Ottawa (1+1).

ROAD WARRIORS

  • Buffalo has posted a 2-0-1 record in its last three road games. A point tonight would give the Sabres their first four-game road point streak since they went 5-0-1 on the road from Jan. 22 to Feb. 22, 2018.
  • The Sabres have scored at least four goals in each of their last three road games. If they score four tonight, it would be the first time the team has done so in four straight road games since Nov. 2 to 13, 2006.

KILLING IT
The Sabres have killed off each of their last 12 penalties and enter tonight’s game with four straight games without allowing a power-play goal.

  • During this streak, the Sabres’ goaltenders have turned aside 20 shots on the power play and the team has killed off 23:54 of power-play time.
  • It’s the Sabres’ best penalty-killing stretch since the team killed 17 consecutive penalties from Dec. 8 to 22, 2017.

HOME-AND-HOME

  • Tonight’s game is the first in a home-and-home series between the Sabres and Senators that concludes Saturday afternoon in Buffalo.
  • The Sabres and Penguins have previously played seven home-and-home series, with the Sabres going 5-2-0 in the home games and 2-3-2 (one tie) in the road games. Buffalo’s points breakdown in these previous series is as follows: four points (1), three points (1), two points (4), one point (1), zero points (0).
  • The Sabres have played in 162 previous home-and-home series in franchise history, going 91-48-23 (.633) in the home games and 56-77-29 (.435) in the road games in previous series. The team is 70-63-29 (.522) all-time in the first game of these series and 77-62-23 (.546) in the second. Buffalo’s points breakdown in these previous series is as follows: four points (31), three points (24), two points (66), one point (16), zero points (25).
  • Buffalo’s last home-and-home series sweep came in the 2014-15 season, as the Sabres beat the Canadiens on Nov. 28 and 29, 2014.

WELCOME TO POMINVILLE
Jason Pominville is expected to appear in his 1,000th NHL game tonight. He is expected to become the…

  • 328th NHL player to play in 1,000 games.
  • 21st active NHL player to play in 1,000 games.
  • 11th player to appear in his 1,000th game as a member of the Sabres.

Pominville’s Career Breakdown
Games played for Buffalo – 672 (2003-04 to 2012-13, 2017-18 to Present)
Games played for Minnesota – 327 (2012-13 to 2016-17)
1st NHL Game – Dec. 27, 2003 at Washington
500th NHL Game – Jan. 7, 2012 vs. Winnipeg

Facts from the day of Pominville’s first NHL game (Dec. 27, 2003)
No. 1 Song: “Hey Ya!” by Outkast
No. 1 Album: “Soulful” by Ruben Studdard
No. 1 Movie: “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”

Other players to appear in their 1,000th NHL game as a member of the Sabres

Player Date Opponent
Dick Duff March 7, 1971 vs. Toronto
Gilbert Perreault Jan. 29, 1984 vs. Pittsburgh
Craig Ramsay Oct. 28, 1984 vs Calgary
Don Lever Jan. 27, 1986 at Montreal
Phil Russell March 12, 1986 at Chicago
Dale Hawerchuk Feb. 4, 1995 at Florida
Charlie Huddy March 8, 1996 at Anaheim
James Patrick Dec. 4, 1999 vs. NY Rangers
Mike Grier Nov. 3, 2010 vs. Boston
Brian Gionta March 27, 2017 vs. Florida

WHAT’S THE SKINNY?

  • Jeff Skinner has 12 points (6+6) in his last eight games and entered play Wednesday ranked sixth in the league with a plus-10 rating.
    • Skinner also entered play Wednesday tied for fifth in the league with 10 points (5+5) in the last two weeks.
  • All of Skinner’s goals have come at even strength this season, and his six even-strength tallies tied him for ninth in the NHL entering play Wednesday.
  • Skinner has recorded a point in each of his last two visits two Ottawa (1+1).

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jason Pominville enters tonight’s game on a five-game point streak, during which he has totaled nine points (4+5) and averaged 17:11 of ice time per game. A point tonight would give him points in six straight contests for the first time since Jan. 19 to 31, 2017.
  • Jake McCabe has recorded seven points (1+6) in his last six games.
  • Jack Eichel has recorded 12 points (4+8) in his last 11 games.
  • Kyle Okposo has totaled four points (3+1) in his last four games, including three (2+1) in his last two road games.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 10/31 games)

  • Bogosian: 2.6 BkS/GP (8th)
  • Eichel: 47 S (8th)
  • Hutton: 264 SV (8th)
  • Ristolainen: 25:16 TOI/GP (8th), 34 hits (T-10th)
  • Sheary: 3 PPG (T-7th)
  • Skinner: plus-10 (6th), 6 EVG (T-9th)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-3rd), 2.00 GAA (8th), .935 SV% (9th)

BUF-OTT CONNECTIONS
Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Played with Senators G Mike Condon in Montreal. Senators goaltending coach Pierre Groulx was also on the Canadiens’ coaching staff during Beaulieu’s time with the team.

Patrik Berglund:

  • Played with Senators F Magnus Paajarvi in St. Louis. The duo also won a silver medal together while representing Sweden at the 2011 IIHF World Championship.

Jason Botterill:

  • Was the assistant general manager in Pittsburgh when Senators G Mike Condon played for the Penguins.

Phil Housley:

  • Played with Senators G Craig Anderson in Chicago.

Carter Hutton:

  • Played with Senators F Magnus Paajarvi in St. Louis.

Johan Larsson:

  • Won a gold medal with Senators F Magnus Paajarvi while representing Sweden at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played for Team USA with Senators G Mike Condon and D Chris Wideman at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for Team USA with Senators F Bobby Ryan at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.

Jason Pominville:

  • Represented the United States with Senators G Craig Anderson at the 2008 IIHF World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Won a gold medal while representing Canada with Senators D Cody Ceci, F Matt Duchene and F Mark Stone at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

Conor Sheary:

  • Played with Senators G Mike Condon in Pittsburgh.

Jeff Skinner:

  • Played with Senators F Matt Duchene for Team Canada at the IIHF World Championships in 2011, 2013 and 2017. They won a silver medal together in 2017.

Steve Smith:

  • Was an assistant coach in Edmonton when Senators F Magnus Paajarvi was playing for the Oilers.

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Played with Senators F Magnus Paajarvi in St. Louis.

Tage Thompson:

  • Played with Senators F Magnus Paajarvi in St. Louis.
  • Won a gold medal for Team USA with Senators F Colin White at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship. The duo also played together the following year at the 2018 IIHF World Championship, winning a bronze medal.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (34), Girgensons (18), McCabe (18)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (21), Bogosian (18), McCabe (18)
Shots: Eichel (47), Skinner (34), Okposo (28)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 6-4-0 (12), 26/28, 8/38, 22/30
11-20: 0-0-2 (2), 6/6, 1/7, 8/8

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-2; 113-123 all-time)
Oct. 27 at CBJ: L, 5-4 (GWG-Panarin, 0:31)
Oct. 30 vs. CGY: L, 2-1 (GWG-Gaudreau, 2:40)

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Jason Pominville … 1 game … 1,000 career games played
Conor Sheary … 4 games … 200 career games played
Remi Elie … 7 games … 100 career games played
Nathan Beaulieu … 8 games … 300 career games played
Evan Rodrigues … 9 games … 100 career games played
Jeff Skinner … 9 games … 600 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 5 goals … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Points
Jason Pominville … 1 point … 501 points with Sabres (sole possession, 9th in franchise history)
Conor Sheary … 2 points … 100 career points
Jeff Skinner … 9 points … 400 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Jason Pominville … 498th point with Sabres (10th in franchise history) … Oct. 27 at CBJ
Jason Pominville … 500th point with Sabres (T-9th in franchise history) … Oct. 30 vs. CGY

 

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)
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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