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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

Game Preview: 12/12/17 vs. OTT

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Sunday, December 10
Buffalo 2 at St. Louis 3 (OT)
Goals: Rodrigues (2)
Goalie: Lehner (42 saves/45 shots)
PP: 1/4; PK: 3/3; Shots: St. Louis 45 – Buffalo 24

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 137)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Taylor Fedun (lower body, Nov. 17; injured reserve) – 13 games
Jacob Josefson (ankle, Nov. 28; injured reserve) – 6 games
Nathan Beaulieu (illness, Dec. 5) – 3 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Dec. 14: Buffalo at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 15: Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 19: Boston at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 22: Philadelphia at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 23: Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SENATORS at SABRES

  • This is the first of four meetings between the Sabres and Senators this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Ottawa 3-2 in Ottawa on Feb. 14
  • Next meeting: Thursday, Feb. 14, 2018 in Ottawa
  • The Sabres are 6-2-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Senators; 5-3-2 at home
  • This is the 134th game all-time between Buffalo and Ottawa; Buffalo has a 65-49-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 35-22-8 at home against the Senators all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-8-4 all-time on December 12.
  • December 12, 2000: J-P Dumont records his first hat trick as a member of the Sabres and Dominik Hasek stops all 22 Bruins shots in a 3-0 win at Boston.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with points in eight straight meetings with the Senators (6-0-2) for the first time in the all-time series.
  • With a win tonight, the Sabres will 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.
  • Buffalo and Ottawa have had 17 of their last 23 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 4-0-2 in eight career appearances against his former club with a .959 save percentage and a 1.30 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 14 points (6+8) in 14 career games against Ottawa, including six points (4+2) in his last five.
  • Jack Eichel has totaled 10 points (4+6) in seven career games against the Senators, including at least a point in each of the seven. He has more goals, assists and points against Ottawa than against any other opponent.
  • Kyle Okposo has 13 points (4+9) in 15 games against Ottawa since the beginning of the 2012-13 season, including at least a point in each of the last three (2+2).
  • Sam Reinhart has posted seven points (4+3) in his last six games against the Senators, including at least a point in each of the last three (2+2).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has six assists in his last six games against Ottawa, including at least an assist in each of his last three (0+4).

LAST LINE OF DEFENSE
Robin Lehner has stopped 125 of 133 shots (.940) in his last three games, including 90 of 92 shots faced during 5-on-5 play (.978). A win or overtime loss tonight would give Lehner (1-0-2) points in four straight appearances for the first time since he went 8-0-2 in his 10 starts from March 24 to Oct. 28, 2014.

MUNCHING MINUTES
Rasmus Ristolainen has averaged 29:59 of ice time in his last four games, topping the 30-minute mark on Dec. 5 at Colorado (30:42) and Dec. 8 at Chicago (31:44).

  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ristolainen became the first Sabres player to top 30 minutes in consecutive games since Dmitri Kalinin did so on March 15 and 17, 2004.
  • He now leads the league with an average of 27:20 of ice time per game this season. The Sabres are 6-1-3 in Ristolainen’s career when the defenseman skates more than 30 minutes.

THE KANE EVENT
Since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, Evander Kane has scored 41 goals in 100 games. Entering play Monday, those 41 goals tied for 21st in the league during that span and his 34 even-strength goals tied for ninth.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 12/11 games)

  • Eichel: 2 SHP (T-6th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-1st), 3 SHP (T-1st), 130 S (3rd)
  • O’Reilly: 452 FOW (1st), 61.2% FO% (1st), 738 FO (2nd), 2 SHP (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 27:20 TOI/GP (1st)

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.

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.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Played with Johnny Oduya for the Atlanta Thrasers (2009-2011) and the Winnipeg Jets (2011-12).

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.
  • Played with Gabriel Dumont for the Montreral Canadiens from 2011-2014.

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.

Jake McCabe:

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

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.
  • 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. 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:

  • Benoit Pouliot (4th overall) was taken two picks after Bobby Ryan (2nd overall) in the first round of the 2005 NHL Draft.
  • Kyle Okposo (7th overall) was taken one pick after Derick Brassard (6th overall) in the first round of the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Zach Bogosian (3rd overall) and Erik Karlsson (15th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2008 NHL Draft.
  • Evander Kane (4th 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.
  • The second round of the 2013 NHL Draft saw both Hudson Fasching (118th overall) and Ben Harpur (108th overall) go off the board.
  • 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 (65), McCabe (59), Kane (59)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (50), Scandella (45), Ristolainen (44)
Shots: Kane (130), Eichel (96), O’Reilly (76)

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

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-5; 109-116 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)

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Wins
Buffalo Sabres … 4 home wins … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Sam Reinhart … 3 games … 200 career games played
Rasmus Ristolainen … 6 games … 300 career games played
Assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 8 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Marco Scandella … 5 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Ryan O’Reilly … 600th NHL game … Dec. 10 at STL

Game Preview: 2/14/17 at OTT

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Sunday, February 12
Vancouver 4 at Buffalo 2
Goals: Ennis, Okposo
Goalie: Lehner (27 saves/31 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 5/6; Shots: Vancouver 31 – Buffalo 28

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 274)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 56 games
Johan Larsson (wrist, Jan. 3; injured reserve) – 20 games
William Carrier (knee, Feb.4; injured reserve) – 6 games
Zach Bogosian (ribs, Feb. 4; injured reserve) – 6 games
Zemgus Girgensons (middle body, Feb. 9) – 3 games
Cody Franson (foot, Feb. 11) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/9:
Recalled F Derek Grant and F Evan Rodrigues from Rochester (AHL); Placed F William Carrier and D Zach Bogosian on IR
2/10: Assigned F Evan Rodrigues to Rochester (AHL)
2/11: Recalled F Evan Rodrigues from Rochester (AHL)
2/14: Activated D Zach Bogosian from IR; Placed F Zemgus Girgensons on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Feb. 16:
Colorado at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 18: St. Louis at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 19: Chicago at Buffalo, 6 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 25: Buffalo at Colorado, 10 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 26: Buffalo at Arizona, 8:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at SENATORS

  • This is the fifth and final meeting between the Sabres and Senators this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Ottawa 4-0 in Buffalo on Feb. 4
  • The Sabres are 5-3-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Senators; 3-6-1 on the road
  • This is the 133rd game all-time between Buffalo and Ottawa; Buffalo has a 64-49-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 29-27-11 on the road against the Senators all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-4-4 all-time on February 14.
  • February 14, 1995: The Sabres acquire Charlie Huddy, Robb Stauber, Alexei Zhitnik and a fifth-round draft choice in 1995 (Marian Menhart) from Los Angeles in exchange for Philippe Boucher, Grant Fuhr and Denis Tsygurov.
  • February 14, 2004: J-P Dumont scores the 9,000th goal in franchise history in a 6-4 win at Toronto.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 4-1-0 in their last five games against the Atlantic Division.
  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with points in seven straight meetings with the Senators (5-0-2) for the first time since the team went 6-0-1 against Ottawa from Dec. 4, 2010 to Dec. 13, 2011. A point tonight would give them points in eight straight for the first time in the all-time series.
  • With a win tonight, the Sabres will have won three straight games against the Senators for the first time since they won six in a row from Dec. 4, 2010 to Nov. 11, 2011.
  • A win tonight would also give the Sabres wins in three consecutive visits to Ottawa – and points in five straight – for the first time since they won five straight from April 10, 2010 to Nov. 5, 2011.
  • Buffalo and Ottawa have had 16 of their last 22 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.
  • Evander Kane has not gone more than a single road game without recording a point since recording an assist on Nov. 29 at Ottawa. During that span, Kane has totaled 17 points (11+6) in 18 road games.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Kyle Okposo has points in 10 of his last 14 games, including each of his last six (3+3). With a point tonight, he would have points in seven straight for the first time since he tied his career-best mark of eight games from Dec. 17, 2013 to Jan. 2, 2014.
  • Jack Eichel has logged 14 points (5+9) in his last 14 games, including six multi-point outings. The Sabres are 10-0-0 this season (and 19-3-0 in his career) when he has at least two points.
  • Evander Kane has 11 points (6+5) in his last 11 games.
  • Sam Reinhart has four points (1+3) in his last four games.

HOT AGAINST OTTAWA

  • Robin Lehner is 3-0-2 in seven career appearances against his former club with a .961 save percentage and a 1.18 goals-against average. Anders Nilsson is 2-1-0 with a .927 save percentage in three career games against the Senators.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 13 points (5+8) in 13 career games against Ottawa.
  • Jack Eichel has totaled nine points (4+5) in six career games against the Senators, including at least a point in each of the six. He has more goals, assists and points against Ottawa than against any other opponent.
  • Kyle Okposo has 12 points (4+8) in 14 games against Ottawa since the beginning of the 2012-13 season.
  • Sam Reinhart has posted six points (4+2) in his last five games against the Senators.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has five assists in his last five games against Ottawa.

THEY’VE GOT THE POWER

  • The Sabres have gone 4-for-11 on the power play in their last four games and entered play Monday ranked first in the league with a 23.4% success rate on the power play.
  • Buffalo has not finished a season ranked in the top five in power play percentage since the 2005-06 season (third, 21.2%).
  • The team’s current power-play percentage would rank as the sixth-best conversion rate in franchise history and the best since the team’s 23.6% mark in 1984-85. It would be the 33rd-best season by any team since the league began publishing the stat in 1987-88.

THE KANE EVENT
Evander Kane
has scored each of his 18 goals this season in his last 33 games, including a team-high 17 even-strength goals. In the period since scoring his first goal of the season on Dec. 3 vs. Boston, he is tied for fourth among all NHL skaters in goals (18), leads the league lead in even-strength goals (17) and ranks third in shots on goal (126).

*All rankings before 2/13 games

SOPHOMORE SURGE
In their second full NHL seasons, Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart have each improved on their points per game totals from 2015-16.

2015-16

2016-17

Jack Eichel

Sam Reinhart

Jack Eichel

Sam Reinhart

G/GP

.30 (25)

.29 (24)

.37 (30)

.21 (18)

A/GP

.40 (33)

.24 (20)

.46 (37)

.41 (34)

P/GP

.69 (57)

.53 (43)

.83 (68)

.63 (51)

SOG/GP

2.9 (238)

2.1 (172)

4.0 (328)

2.3 (185)

(82-game pace in parentheses)

ASSIST-OLAINEN
Rasmus Ristolainen
entered play Monday tied for 31st among all NHL skaters with 28 assists.

  • Ristolainen has recorded an assist on 21.1 percent of his teammates’ goals. Only one Sabres defenseman has ever recorded an assist on more than 20 percent of his teammates’ goals: Phil Housley (22.6%) in 1989-90.
  • Ristolainen would need to fail to record an assist on each of his teammates’ next eight goals to fall below 20 percent.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 2/13 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 23.4% PP% (1st), 50.5% FO% (10th)
  • Eichel: 4.0 S/GP (1st)
  • Foligno: 195 hits (3rd)
  • Kane: 3.4 S/GP (10th)
  • Lehner: .923 SV% (7th), .932EV SV% (10th)
  • Moulson: 9 PPG (T-10th)
  • Nilsson: .934 EV SV% (6th), .922 SV% (10th)
  • Okposo: 19 PPP (T-8th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:40 TOI/GP (1st, forwards), 57.8 FO% (6th)
  • Ristolainen: 17 PPA (T-3rd), 27:08 TOI (4th), 18 PPP (T-1st, defensemen), 28 A (T-8th, defensemen)

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.
  • Derek Grant was a fourth-round selection (119th overall) of the Ottawa Senators in the 2008 NHL Draft. During his time with the organization he appeared in 25 games and recorded two points (0+2).

Nicolas Deslauriers:

  • Played for the Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL with Jean-Gabriel Pageau during the 2010-11 season.

Cody Franson:

  • Skated alongside Tom Pyatt for Team Canada during the 2007 World Junior Championship.
  • Was a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs with Dion Phaneuf from 2011-2015.

Brian Gionta:

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

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.

Evander Kane:

  • Represented Canada with Marc Methot and Dion Phaneuf during the 2011 and 2012 World Championships.

Dmitry Kulikov:

  • Teammates with Mike Hoffman for the Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL) during the 2007-08 season.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played with Chris Wideman for the United States at the 2016 World Championship.

Anders Nilsson:

  • Represented Sweden alongside Erik Karlsson at the 2010 World Championship.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Represented Canada alongside Derick Brassard and Cody Ceci at the 2016 World Championship.
  • Was a member of Team Canada with Marc Methot at the 2012 World Championship.
  • Played for the Colorado Avalanche with Craig Anderson from 2009-2011.

Kyle Okposo:

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

Sam Reinhart:

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

NHL Draft:

  • Kyle Okposo (7th overall) was taken one pick after Derick Brassard (6th overall) in the first round of the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Zach Bogosian (3rd overall), Erik Karlsson (15th overall) and Tyler Ennis (26th overall) were all first-round selections in the 2008 NHL Draft.
  • Marcus Foligno (104th overall) was a fourth-round selection in the 2009 NHL Draft along with Chris Wideman (100th overall).
  • 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:
Foligno (195), Ristolainen (144), Carrier (96)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (128), McCabe (76), Gorges (72)
Shots: Kane (155), Eichel (140), Okposo (138)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10:
4-4-2 (10), 23/24, 8/35, 26/31
11-20: 3-4-3 (9), 15/26, 6/31, 28/36
21-30: 5-3-2 (12), 31/26, 8/30, 13/24
31-40: 4-4-2 (10), 27/31, 7/34, 21/28
41-50: 4-5-1 (9), 28/33, 6/27, 21/28
51-60: 3-3-0 (6), 17/16, 4/10, 16/22

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-5; 108-110 all-time)
Oct. 18 at CGY: L, 4-3 (GWG-Monahan)
Nov. 11 vs. NJD: L, 2-1 (GWG-Greene)
Dec. 5 at WSH: L, 3-2 (GWG-Johansson)
Dec. 6 vs. EDM: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen)
Dec. 16 vs. NYI: W, 3-2 (GWG-Ristolainen)

Jan. 5 at CHI: L, 4-3 (GWG-Kane)
Jan. 20 vs. DET: W, 3-2 (GWG-Okposo)
Jan. 21 at MTL: W, 3-2 (GWG-Bogosian)
Jan. 24 at NSH: W, 5-4 (GWG-Eichel)

Feb. 2 vs. NYR: L, 2-1 (GWG-Kreider)
Feb. 7 vs. SJS: W, 5-4 (GWG-Kane)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-5; 68-63 all-time)
Oct. 25 at PHI: L, 4-3 (GDG-Giroux)
Nov. 9 vs. OTT: L, 2-1 (GDG-Ryan)
Nov. 19 vs. PIT: W, 2-1 (GDG-C. O’Reilly)
Nov. 23 vs. DET: L, 2-1 (GDG-Vanek)
Dec. 17 at CAR: L, 2-1 (GDG-Stempniak)
Dec. 20 at FLA: L, 4-3 (GDG-Trocheck)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Nicolas Deslauriers … 3 games … 200 NHL games
Tyler Ennis … 7 games … 400 NHL games
Dmitry Kulikov … 10 games … 500 NHL games
Goals
Tyler Ennis … 4 goals … 100 NHL goals
Points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 3 points … 100 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
Justin Bailey … 1st NHL assist … Feb. 9 vs. ANA

Post-Game Report: 2/4 vs. OTT

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Senators
(27-17-6)
0 0 0 0 37
Sabres
(21-20-10)
1 1 2 4 26

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • With tonight’s win, the Sabres have improved to 5-0-1 in their last six home games, marking the team’s first six-game home point streak since they won six in a row from Nov. 28 to Dec. 15, 2014.
  • The Sabres now have points in seven straight meetings with the Senators (5-0-2) for the first time since Buffalo went 6-0-1 against Ottawa from Dec. 4, 2010 to Dec. 13, 2011.
  • Robin Lehner stopped all 37 Ottawa shots to earn his fourth career shutout (last: Feb. 19, 2016 at Columbus).
    • Lehner is now 3-0-2 in seven career appearances against his former club, with a .961 save percentage and a 1.18 goals-against average.
  • With his goal tonight, Kyle Okposo now has four points (3+1) in four games against Ottawa this season and 12 points (4+8) in 14 games against them since the beginning of the 2012-13 season.
  • Ryan O’Reilly (goal tonight) now has 13 points (3+10) in 14 games since returning from injury and 12 points (4+8) in his last 11 home games.
    • O’Reilly also has 13 points (5+8) in 13 career games against the Senators, including four (3+1) in three games this season.
  • With his goal, Sam Reinhart now has six points (4+2) in his last five games against the Senators and 10 points (4+6) in his last 10 home games.
  • Jack Eichel (two assists) now has five multi-point games and 13 total points (6+7) in 14 home games this season.
    • The Sabres improved to 16-3-1 (.825) in Eichel’s career when he records at least two points, including an 8-0-0 record this year.
  •  Eichel also has a point in all six of his career games against Ottawa, totaling eight points (4+4) in those six games.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Senators
Condon
Hammond
L
ND
.840
1.000
4.80
0.00
Sabres Lehner W 1.000 0.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Senators Condon
Hammond
15-9-5
0-1-0
.912
.857
2.55
3.30
Sabres Lehner 13-13-6 .923 2.54

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Senators head coach Guy Boucher

Senators forward Zack Smith

Senators forward Mike Hoffman

Senators defenseman Cody Ceci

Senators goaltender Mike Condon

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GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Thursday, February 2
NY Rangers 2 at Buffalo 1 (OT)
Goals: Franson
Goalie: Lehner (42 saves/44 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 2/3; Shots: NY Rangers 44 – Buffalo 37

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 245)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 50 games
Johan Larsson (wrist, Jan. 3; injured reserve) – 14 games
Josh Gorges (hip, Jan. 7; injured reserve) – 12 games
Jake McCabe (shoulder, Jan. 21) – 5 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
Monday, Feb. 6:
Buffalo at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 7: San Jose at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 9: Anaheim at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 11: Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 12: Vancouver at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SENATORS at SABRES

  • This is the fourth of five meetings between the Sabres and Senators this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Ottawa 5-4 in Ottawa on Nov. 29, 2016
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 14 in Ottawa
  • The Sabres are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Senators; 4-3-3 at home
  • This is the 132nd game all-time between Buffalo and Ottawa; Buffalo has a 63-49-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 34-22-8 at home against the Senators all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 12-7-3 all-time on February 4.
  • February 4, 1971: Eddie Shack records the second hat trick in franchise history in a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings.
  • February 4, 1998: The Sabres acquire Geoff Sanderson from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Brad May and a third-round draft pick in the 1999 NHL Draft.
  • February 4, 2012: Ryan Miller passes Dominik Hasek for the most wins in franchise history with his 235th career win at NY Islanders.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres have gone 4-0-1 in their last five home games. With a win or overtime loss tonight, the team would have points in six straight home games for the first time since the team won six in a row from Nov. 28 to Dec. 15, 2014.
  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with points in six straight meetings with the Senators (4-0-2) for the first time since Buffalo went 6-0-1 against Ottawa from Dec. 4, 2010 to Dec. 13, 2011.
  • Buffalo and Ottawa have had 16 of their last 21 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.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Evander Kane has 10 points (5+5) in his last 11 games. Kane hasn’t gone three games without recording a point since mid-November.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 12 points (2+10) in 13 games since returning from an absence due to an appendectomy.
  • Cody Franson has six points (2+4) in his last six games.
  • Brian Gionta has six points (3+3) in his last seven games.

HOT AGAINST OTTAWA

  • Robin Lehner is 2-0-2 in six career appearances against his former club with a .951 save percentage and a 1.42 goals-against average. Anders Nilsson is 2-1-0 with a .927 save percentage in three career games against the Senators.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 12 points (4+8) in 12 career games against Ottawa.
  • Jack Eichel has totaled seven points (4+3) in five career games against the Senators, including at least a point in each of the five.
  • Kyle Okposo has 11 points (3+8) in 13 games against Ottawa since the beginning of the 2012-13 season.
  • Sam Reinhart has posted five points (3+2) in his last four games against the Senators.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has four assists in his last four games against Ottawa.

HOME COOKIN’

  • Ryan O’Reilly has 11 points (2+9) in his last 10 home games.
  • Sam Reinhart has nine points (3+6) in his last nine home games.
  • Jack Eichel has 11 points (6+5) in 13 home games this season, including four multi-point outings.
  • Anders Nilsson is 6-1-1 at home this season, with a .946 save percentage and a 1.84 goals-against average in those games, and has won each of his last five home games.

THE KANE EVENT
Evander Kane
has scored each of his 14 goals this season in his last 27 games, including a team-high 13 even-strength goals. In the period since scoring his first goal of the season on Dec. 3 vs. Boston, he is ranked eighth among all NHL skaters in goals (14), tied for the league lead in even-strength goals (13) and ranks fifth in shots on goal (103).
*All rankings before Feb. 3 games

SOPHOMORE SURGE

In their second full NHL seasons, Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart have each improved on their points per game totals from 2015-16.

2015-16

2016-17

Jack Eichel

Sam Reinhart

Jack Eichel

Sam Reinhart

G/GP

.30 (25)

.29 (24)

.41 (34)

.20 (16)

A/GP

.40 (33)

.24 (20)

.31 (25)

.40 (33)

P/GP

.69 (57)

.53 (43)

.72 (59)

.60 (49)

SOG/GP

2.9 (238)

2.1 (172)

4.1 (339)

2.2 (179)

(82-game pace in parentheses)

ASSIST-OLAINEN
Rasmus Ristolainen
entered play Friday tied for 39th among all NHL skaters with 25 assists.

  • Ristolainen has recorded an assist on 21.4 percent of his teammates’ goals*. Only one Sabres defenseman has ever recorded an assist on more than 20 percent of his teammates’ goals: Phil Housley (22.6%) in 1989-90.
  • Ristolainen would need to fail to record an assist on each of his teammates’ next nine goals to fall below 20 percent.

*Teammate goals are defined as total team goals minus the player’s goals and shootout-winners.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 2/3 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 22.3% PP% (6th)
  • Eichel: 4.1 S/GP (1st)
  • Foligno: 174 hits (T-3rd)
  • Nilsson: .935 EV SV% (6th), .923 SV% (8th)
  • R. O’Reilly: 21:41 TOI/GP (3rd, forwards), 57.7 FO% (7th)
  • Ristolainen: 16 PPA (T-3rd), 27:10 TOI (3rd), 17 PPP (T-4th, defensemen), 25 A (T-9th, defensemen)

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.

Nicolas Deslauriers:

  • Played for the Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL with Jean-Gabriel Pageau during the 2010-11 season.

Cody Franson:

  • Skated alongside Tom Pyatt for Team Canada during the 2007 World Junior Championship.
  • Was a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs with Dion Phaneuf from 2011-2015.

Brian Gionta:

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

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.

Evander Kane:

  • Represented Canada with Marc Methot and Dion Phaneuf during the 2011 and 2012 World Championships.

Dmitry Kulikov:

  • Teammates with Mike Hoffman for the Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL) during the 2007-08 season.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played with Chris Wideman for the United States at the 2016 World Championship.

Anders Nilsson:

  • Represented Sweden alongside Erik Karlsson at the 2010 World Championship.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Represented Canada alongside Derick Brassard and Cody Ceci at the 2016 World Championship.
  • Was a member of Team Canada with Marc Methot at the 2012 World Championship.
  • Played for the Colorado Avalanche with Craig Anderson from 2009-2011.

Kyle Okposo:

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

Sam Reinhart:

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

NHL Draft:

  • Kyle Okposo (7th overall) was taken one pick after Derick Brassard (6th overall) in the first round of the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Zach Bogosian (3rd overall), Erik Karlsson (15th overall) and Tyler Ennis (26th overall) were all first-round selections in the 2008 NHL Draft.
  • Marcus Foligno (104th overall) was a fourth-round selection in the 2009 NHL Draft along with Chris Wideman (100th overall).
  • 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:
Foligno (174), Ristolainen (132), Carrier (96)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (111), McCabe (64), Gorges (62)
Shots: Kane (132), Okposo (126), Eichel (120)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10:
4-4-2 (10), 23/24, 8/35, 26/31
11-20: 3-4-3 (9), 15/26, 6/31, 28/36
21-30: 5-3-2 (12), 31/26, 8/30, 13/24
31-40: 4-4-2 (10), 27/31, 7/34, 21/28
41-50: 4-5-1 (9), 28/33, 6/27, 21/28

OVERTIME RESULTS (5-5; 107-110 all-time)
Oct. 18 at CGY: L, 4-3 (GWG-Monahan)
Nov. 11 vs. NJD: L, 2-1 (GWG-Greene)
Dec. 5 at WSH: L, 3-2 (GWG-Johansson)
Dec. 6 vs. EDM: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen)
Dec. 16 vs. NYI: W, 3-2 (GWG-Ristolainen)

Jan. 5 at CHI: L, 4-3 (GWG-Kane)
Jan. 20 vs. DET: W, 3-2 (GWG-Okposo)
Jan. 21 at MTL: W, 3-2 (GWG-Bogosian)
Jan. 24 at NSH: W, 5-4 (GWG-Eichel)

Feb. 2 vs. NYR: L, 2-1 (GWG-Kreider)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-5; 68-63 all-time)
Oct. 25 at PHI: L, 4-3 (GDG-Giroux)
Nov. 9 vs. OTT: L, 2-1 (GDG-Ryan)
Nov. 19 vs. PIT: W, 2-1 (GDG-C. O’Reilly)
Nov. 23 vs. DET: L, 2-1 (GDG-Vanek)
Dec. 17 at CAR: L, 2-1 (GDG-Stempniak)
Dec. 20 at FLA: L, 4-3 (GDG-Trocheck)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Nicolas Deslauriers … 7 games … 200 NHL games
Points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 7 points … 100 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
Cody Franson … 200th NHL point … Jan. 31 at MTL