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Postgame Report: 3/31 vs. Philadelphia

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Flyers
(17-14-4)
0 1 0 0 1 32
Sabres
(7-23-5)
2 2 2 0 6 27

Game Summary
Event Summary

Top Notes

  • Tonight marked the first career NHL win for Interim Head Coach Don Granato.
  • Brandon Montour’s two shorthanded goals in the third period came just 37 seconds apart, marking the fastest two shorthanded goals by a defenseman in NHL history, according to NHL Stats.
    • He is the 12th player in NHL history to score two shorthanded goals in 40 seconds or less. Montour is the first defenseman and second Sabre to accomplish this feat (Don Luce, Dec. 22, 1974).
    • Montour is just the second defenseman in Sabres history to score two shorthanded goals in the same game. The other was Alexei Zhitnik on March 19, 1998 vs. Florida.
  • Steven Fogarty’s  goal tonight was the first of his NHL career.
    • Fogarty (1+1) and Jacob Bryson (0+2) both recorded the first multi-point games of their careers.
    • Fogarty, who recorded his first career NHL point in Boston on March 27, now has three points (1+2) in his last two games played.
  • Sam Reinhart opened the scoring this evening with his fifth goal against the Flyers this season. His five goals against Philadelphia are his most against any opponent this year.
  • Curtis Lazar’s fifth goal of the season tied his 2019-20 total in five fewer games played (33).
    • Lazar now sits one goal shy of tying his career high of six, which he set during the 2014-15 season and matched the following year.
    • According to NHL Stats, Lazar’s eight career points (3+5) against the Flyers are his most against any opponent.
  • With an assist on Reinhart’s goal, Kyle Okposo now has a point in each of his last five games, totaling six points (2+4) during that span.
    • It is his longest point streak since he also had points in five straight from Feb. 16 to Feb 26, 2020 (4+2).
  • Five Sabres players recorded multi-point games tonight (Bryson, Fogarty, Montour, Okposo, Ristolainen). It was the first time five or more Sabres recorded multi-point outings in the same game since Dec. 10, 2019 vs. STL (Eichel, Girgensons, Larsson, Olofsson, Reinhart).

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision GA SA
Flyers
Elliott
Lyon
L
ND
4
1
16
10
Sabres Ullmark W 1 32
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Flyers Elliott
Lyon
9-5-1
0-0-0
.888
.900
2.99
2.49
Sabres Ullmark 6-5-3 .920 2.49

 

Game Preview: 3/31/21 vs. Philadelphia

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Monday, March 29
Philadelphia 4 at Buffalo 3 (OT)
Goals: Jokiharju, Eakin, Montour
Goalie: Ullmark (32 saves/36 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 2/2; Shots: Philadelphia 36 – Buffalo 32

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 153)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zemgus Girgensons (hamstring, Jan. 14; injured reserve) – 34 games
William Borgen (forearm, Feb. 22; injured reserve) – 20 games
Jake McCabe (knee, Feb. 22; injured reserve) – 20 games
Jack Eichel (upper body, March 9; injured reserve) – 11 games
Carter Hutton (lower body, March 24) – 4 games
Rasmus Asplund (upper body; March 25) – 3 games
Jacob Bryson (upper body; March 29) – 1 game
Dylan Cozens (upper body) – 0 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/25: Recalled F Steven Fogarty and F C.J. Smith from the taxi squad; Reassigned F Jean-Sebastien Dea and F Brett Murray from the Rochester Americans (AHL) to the taxi squad; Placed F Rasmus Asplund and F Tobias Rieder on injured reserve
3/26: Acquired a third- and fifth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for center Eric Staal
3/27: Activated F Kyle Okposo and G Linus Ullmark from injured reserve; Recalled F Jean-Sebastien Dea from the taxi squad; Loaned F C.J. Smith and G Michael Houser to the taxi squad
3/28: Reassigned F Brett Murray and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen to the Rochester Americans (AHL)
3/29: Loaned F Jean-Sebastien Dea and F Steven Fogarty to the taxi squad
3/31: Recalled F Steven Fogarty from the taxi squad

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, April 1: NY Rangers at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 3: NY Rangers at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 6: Buffalo at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 8: New Jersey at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, April 9: Washington at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
FLYERS at SABRES

  • This is the seventh of eight meetings between the Sabres and Flyers this season.
  • Last meeting: Philadelphia defeated Buffalo 4-3 (OT) in Buffalo on March 29
  • Next meeting: Sunday, April 11 in Philadelphia
  • The Sabres are 1-7-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Flyers; 4-5-1 at home.
  • This is the 188th game all-time between Buffalo and Philadelphia; Buffalo has a 70-91-26 series record.
  • The Sabres are 44-36-11 at home against the Flyers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 12-11-0 all-time on March 31.
  • March 31, 1971: Eddie Shack records his second hat trick in 10 days as the Sabres defeat the Penguins 6-4 in Pittsburgh.
  • March 31, 1992: The Sabres and Minnesota North Stars combine for 360 penalty minutes, including 188 to the Sabres and 172 to the North Stars. All three totals (for, against and combined) still stand as Sabres franchise records.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The team that has scored first has won five of the six games so far between the Sabres and Flyers this season.
  • Buffalo is 13-for-14 on the penalty kill against the Flyers this season, including a perfect 7-for-7 at home. The team’s 92.9 penalty-kill percentage is its best rate against any opponent this season.
  • Buffalo has been perfect on the penalty kill in 17 of its 34 games this season.
  • Kyle Okposo’s assist on March 29 extended his point streak to four games, totaling four points (2+2) during that span. The streak is Okposo’s longest since he had points in five consecutive games from Feb. 16 to Feb 26, 2020, recording six points (4+2) during that stretch.
  • Since being paired together during the game on March 25, Rasmus Dahlin and Henri Jokiharju have been on the ice together for 36:27 of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks second on the team among defensive pairs. During that time, Dahlin and Jokiharju lead the team’s defensive pairs (min. 5 minutes TOI) in corsi for (65.7%), expected goals for (73.8%) and high-danger chances for (81.3%).
  • Matt Irwin ranks seventh in the NHL with 7.25 blocked shots per 60 minutes (Min. 5 GP) this season. Irwin has led or tied for the team lead in blocked shots in 11 of the 17 games he has played this season, including each of his last five games played.
  • Sam Reinhart’s ten road goals this season ties him with Montreal’s Tyler Toffoli and Colorado’s Mikko Rantanen for the most among all players.

HOT AGAINST THE FLYERS

  • Taylor Hall has 30 points (10+20) in 26 career contests against the Flyers. He has recorded six assists in six meetings with Philadelphia this season.
  • Sam Reinhart has four goals in six games against Philadelphia this season.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen leads the Sabres with 102 hits this season. His 30 hits against the Flyers is his highest total against a single opponent.
  • Brandon Montour’s 14 blocked shots against the Flyers are his most against an opponent this season. Both of Montour’s two goals this season have been scored against Philadelphia.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens Buffalo’s 10th of 12 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night vs. the NY Rangers. The Sabres are 2-7-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 1-8-0 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (0), three points (0), two points (3), one point (0) and zero points (6).

OUT OF THE BOX

  • Entering play Tuesday, the Sabres were the least-penalized team in the NHL with 6:12 of penalty time per game. Buffalo has been assessed 211 total penalty minutes this season, 17 fewer than the closest teams, the New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings.
  • Buffalo has been assessed a league-low 96 penalties this season.
  • Taylor Hall was tied for 11th in the NHL entering play Tuesday with 14 penalties drawn this season. Hall’s penalty differential was good for 16th in the league at plus-8.

RISTO IN THE RECORD BOOK

  • With his goal on March. 4 at the NY Islanders, Rasmus Ristolainen moved into a tie with Tyler Myers and Jim Schoenfeld for the eighth-most goals by a defenseman in Sabres history. He now trails Richard Smehlik by two goals for seventh-most.
  • Ristolainen’s first assist on Jan. 24 at Washington moved him past Jim Schoenfeld for the seventh-most career points recorded by a Sabres defenseman. He currently trails Bill Hajt by nine points for sixth-most.
  • Ristolainen holds the franchise record for most overtime goals by a defenseman (4) and is tied for ninth all-time among the team’s blueliners with six game-winning goals.
  • Ristolainen’s career per-game output ranks him among the franchise’s top 15 defensemen in every major scoring category (min. 82 GP): .09 G/GP (12th), .37 A/GP (15th), .45 PTS/GP (12th)

BUF-PHI CONNECTIONS

  • Sabres forward Cody Eakin won a silver medal for Team Canada with Flyers forward Sean Couturier at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship. The duo would reunite, along with Sabres forward Taylor Hall, at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, winning a gold medal.
  • Sabres forwards Taylor Hall and Cody Eakin won a gold medal with Claude Giroux while representing Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres forwards Taylor Hall and Jeff Skinner played for Team Canada with Flyers forward Claude Giroux at the 2013 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres forwards Taylor Hall and Sam Reinhart won a gold medal for Team Canada with Flyers assistant coach Mike Yeo, who was one of the team’s assistant coaches, at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres forwards Curtis Lazar and Sam Reinhart and Flyers forward Scott Laughton all played for Team Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Sabres forward Curtis Lazar and Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott both played for the Calgary Flames during the 2016-17 season.
  • Sabres forward Victor Olofsson played for Team Sweden at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship with Flyers forward Oskar Lindblom and Flyers defenseman Robert Hagg.
  • Sabres forward Sam Reinhart and defenseman Brandon Montour both played for Team Canada with Flyers forward Sean Couturier, Flyers defenseman Philippe Myers and Flyers goaltender Carter Hart at the 2019 IIHF World Championship, taking home a silver medal. Flyers Head Coach Alain Vigneault was the Canada’s head coach during the tournament.

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

  • Okposo: 1 SHG (T-9th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (102), Miller (68), Lazar (64)
Blocked Shots: Montour (45), Irwin (38), Miller (35)
Shots: Hall (81), Olofsson (78), Reinhart (69)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 4-4-2 (10), 30/32, 12/39, 19/23
11-20: 2-7-1 (5), 16/28, 7/23, 18/23
21-30: 0-9-1 (1), 18/45, 0/14, 18/26
31-40: 0-3-1 (1), 7/16, 1/12, 14/16

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

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (2-2; 79-73 all-time)
Jan. 22 at WSH: L, 4-3 (GDG-Carlson)
Jan. 24 at WSH: W, 4-3 (GDG-Eichel)
Jan. 30 vs. NJD: W, 4-3 (GDG-Eichel)
March 9 at PHI: L 5-4 (GDG-Couturier)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Victor Olofsson … 6 games played … 100 games played

Goals
Rasmus Ristolainen … 2 goals … 47 career goals (T-7th in franchise history, defensemen)
Kyle Okposo … 2 goals … 200 career goals

Assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 10 assists … 200 career assists
Colin Miller … 10 assists … 100 career assists

Points
Rasmus Dahlin … 4 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Steven Fogarty … 1st career point (assist) … March 27 at BOS

Postgame Report: 3/29 vs. Philadelphia

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Flyers
(17-13-4)
0 0 3 1 4 36
Sabres
(6-23-5)
1 2 0 0 3 32

Game Summary
Event Summary

Top Notes

  • With his first-period goal, Henri Jokiharju now has recorded a point in his last two games (1+1). It’s the first time he has had points in consecutive games since Dec. 10 and 12, 2019 (0+2).
  • Kyle Okposo’s assist on Jokiharju’s goal extended his point streak to four games, totaling four points (2+2) during that span.
    • The streak is Okposo’s longest since he had points in five consecutive games from Feb. 16 to Feb 26, 2020, recording six points (4+2) during that stretch.
  • Brandon Montour’s second-period goal marked his second of the season. Both of Montour’s goals this year have been against the Flyers.
  • Matt Irwin led the team with six blocked shots, tying his single-game career high. It marks the third time in his career that he’s had six blocked shots in a game and first since March 4, 2020 at Colorado.
    • Irwin has led or tied for the team lead in blocked shots in 11 of the 17 games he has played this season.
  • Buffalo went a perfect 2-for-2 on the penalty kill tonight. It’s the 17th game this season where the Sabres have been perfect on the penalty kill.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision GA SA
Flyers Elliott W 3 32
Sabres Ullmark O 4 36
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Flyers Elliott 9-4-1 .893 2.84
Sabres Ullmark 5-5-3 .916 2.60

 

Game Preview: 3/29/21 vs. Philadelphia

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, March 27
Buffalo 2 at Boston 3
Goals: Reinhart, Okposo
Goalie: Ullmark (33 saves/36 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 5/5; Shots: Boston 36 – Buffalo 27

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 146)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zemgus Girgensons (hamstring, Jan. 14; injured reserve) – 33 games
William Borgen (forearm, Feb. 22; injured reserve) – 19 games
Jake McCabe (knee, Feb. 22; injured reserve) – 19 games
Jack Eichel (upper body, March 9; injured reserve) – 10 games
Carter Hutton (lower body, March 24) – 3 games
Tobias Rieder (upper body, March 24; injured reserve) – 3 games
Tage Thompson (illness March 24) – 3 games
Rasmus Asplund (upper body; March 25) – 2 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/23: Reassigned G Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen from the Rochester Americans (AHL) to the taxi squad
3/24: Recalled G Michael Houser from the taxi squad; Placed F Kyle Okposo on injured reserve
3/25: Recalled F Steven Fogarty and F C.J. Smith from the taxi squad; Reassigned F Jean-Sebastien Dea and F Brett Murray from the Rochester Americans (AHL) to the taxi squad; Placed F Rasmus Asplund and F Tobias Rieder on injured reserve
3/26: Acquired a third- and fifth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for center Eric Staal
3/27: Activated F Kyle Okposo and G Linus Ullmark from injured reserve; Recalled F Jean-Sebastien Dea from the taxi squad; Loaned F C.J. Smith and G Michael Houser to the taxi squad
3/28: Reassigned F Brett Murray and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen to the Rochester Americans (AHL).

UPCOMING GAMES
Wednesday, March 31: Philadelphia at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 1: NY Rangers at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 3: NY Rangers at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 6: Buffalo at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 8: New Jersey at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
FLYERS at SABRES

  • This is the sixth of eight meetings between the Sabres and Flyers this season.
  • Last meeting: Philadelphia defeated Buffalo 5-4 (SO) in Philadelphia on March 9
  • Next meeting: Wednesday, March 31 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 2-7-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Flyers; 4-6-0 at home.
  • This is the 187th game all-time between Buffalo and Philadelphia; Buffalo has a 70-91-25 series record.
  • The Sabres are 44-36-10 at home against the Flyers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 6-7-3 all-time on March 29.
  • March 29, 2004: Martin Biron stops 23 shots to record his 17th career shutout and 100th NHL victory, a 6-0 win vs. Columbus.
  • March 29, 2016: Ryan O’Reilly records his 300th NHL point with a shorthanded goal as part of a two-point night (1+1) in a 5-4 shootout loss at Pittsburgh.
  • March 29, 2018: Casey Mittelstadt plays his first NHL game and records his first NHL point, an assist, in a 6-3 loss to Detroit.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The team that has scored first has won all five of the games so far between the Sabres and Flyers this season.
  • Buffalo is 11-for-12 on the penalty kill against the Flyers this season, including a perfect 5-for-5 at home. The team’s 91.7 penalty kill percentage is its best rate against any opponent this season.
  • Taylor Hall has 29 points (10+19) in 25 career contests against the Flyers. He has recorded five assists in five meetings with Philadelphia this season.
  • Sam Reinhart has four goals in five games against Philadelphia this season.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen leads the Sabres with 98 hits this season. His 26 hits against the Flyers is his highest total against a single opponent.
  • Brandon Montour’s 12 blocked shots against the Flyers are his most against an opponent this season. 

OUT OF THE BOX

  • Entering play Sunday, the Sabres were the least-penalized team in the NHL with 6:16 of penalty time per game. Buffalo has been assessed 207 total penalty minutes this season, 13 fewer than the closest team, the New Jersey Devils.
  • Buffalo has been assessed a league-low 94 penalties this season.
  • Taylor Hall was tied for ninth in the NHL entering play Sunday with 14 penalties drawn this season. Hall’s penalty differential was good for 14th in the league at plus-8.

RISTO IN THE RECORD BOOK

  • With his goal on March. 4 at the NY Islanders, Rasmus Ristolainen moved into a tie with Tyler Myers and Jim Schoenfeld for the eighth-most goals by a defenseman in Sabres history. He now trails Richard Smehlik by two goals for seventh-most.
  • Ristolainen’s first assist on Jan. 24 at Washington moved him past Jim Schoenfeld for the seventh-most career points recorded by a Sabres defenseman. He currently trails Bill Hajt by nine points for sixth-most.
  • Ristolainen holds the franchise record for most overtime goals by a defenseman (4) and is tied for ninth all-time among the team’s blueliners with six game-winning goals.
  • Ristolainen’s career per-game output ranks him among the franchise’s top 15 defensemen in every major scoring category (min. 82 GP): .09 G/GP (12th), .37 A/GP (15th), .45 PTS/GP (12th)

BUF-PHI CONNECTIONS

  • Sabres forward Cody Eakin won a silver medal for Team Canada with Flyers forward Sean Couturier at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship. The duo would reunite, along with Sabres forward Taylor Hall, at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, winning a gold medal.
  • Sabres forwards Taylor Hall and Cody Eakin won a gold medal with Claude Giroux while representing Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres forwards Taylor Hall and Jeff Skinner played for Team Canada with Flyers forward Claude Giroux at the 2013 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres forwards Taylor Hall and Sam Reinhart won a gold medal for Team Canada with Flyers assistant coach Mike Yeo, who was one of the team’s assistant coaches, at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres forwards Curtis Lazar and Sam Reinhart and Flyers forward Scott Laughton all played for Team Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Sabres forward Curtis Lazar and Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott both played for the Calgary Flames during the 2016-17 season.
  • Sabres forward Victor Olofsson played for Team Sweden at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship with Flyers forward Oskar Lindblom.
  • Sabres forward Sam Reinhart and defenseman Brandon Montour both played for Team Canada with Flyers forward Sean Couturier, Flyers defenseman Philippe Myers and Flyers goaltender Carter Hart at the 2019 IIHF World Championship, taking home a silver medal. Flyers Head Coach Alain Vigneault was the Canada’s head coach during the tournament.

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

  • Okposo: 1 SHG (T-9th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (98), Miller (67), Lazar (64)
Blocked Shots: Montour (43), Irwin (32), Miller (31)
Shots: Hall (79), Olofsson (72), Dahlin (68)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 4-4-2 (10), 30/32, 12/39, 19/23
11-20: 2-7-1 (5), 16/28, 7/23, 18/23
21-30: 0-9-1 (1), 18/45, 0/14, 18/26
31-40: 0-3-0 (0), 4/12, 1/10, 12/14

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-2; 126-136 all-time)
Jan. 28 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Lafrenière, 2:47)
Feb. 25 vs. NJD: L, 4-3 (GWG-Zacha, 1;17)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (2-2; 79-73 all-time)
Jan. 22 at WSH: L, 4-3 (GDG-Carlson)
Jan. 24 at WSH: W, 4-3 (GDG-Eichel)
Jan. 30 vs. NJD: W, 4-3 (GDG-Eichel)
March 9 at PHI: L 5-4 (GDG-Couturier)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Goals
Rasmus Ristolainen … 2 goals … 47 career goals (T-7th in franchise history, defensemen)
Kyle Okposo … 2 goals … 200 career goals

Assists
Colin Miller … 10 assists … 100 career assists

Points
Rasmus Dahlin … 4 points … 100 career points 

RECENT MILESTONES
Steven Fogarty … 1st career point (assist) … March 27 at BOS
Brandon Montour … 100 career points … March 24 at PIT

Game Preview: 3/9/21 at Philadelphia

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Sunday, March 7
Buffalo 2 at NY Islanders 5
Goals: Skinner, Miller
Goalie: Johansson (25 saves/29 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 0/1; PK: 2/2; Shots: NY Islanders 30 – Buffalo 26

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 79)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zemgus Girgensons (hamstring, Jan. 14; injured reserve) – 23 games
William Borgen (forearm, Feb. 22; injured reserve) – 9 games
Jake McCabe (knee, Feb. 22; injured reserve) – 9 games
Linus Ullmark (lower body, Feb. 27; injured reserve) – 6 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/2: Recalled D Jacob Bryson from the taxi squad; Loaned F Casey Mittelstadt to the taxi squad
3/7: Recalled D Brandon Davidson and F Casey Mittelstadt from the taxi squad; Loaned D Henri Jokiharju to the taxi squad
3/9: Recalled D Henri Jokiharju from the taxi squad; Loaned D Brandon Davidson to the taxi squad

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, March 11: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 13: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, March 15: Washington at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 16: Buffalo at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 18: Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
SABRES at FLYERS

  • This is the fifth of eight meetings between the Sabres and Flyers this season.
  • Last meeting: Philadelphia defeated Buffalo 3-0 in Buffalo on Feb. 28
  • Next meeting: Monday, March 29 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 2-8-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Flyers; 2-7-1 on the road.
  • This is the 186th game all-time between Buffalo and Philadelphia; Buffalo has a 70-91-24 series record.
  • The Sabres are 26-55-14 on the road against the Flyers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-7-2 all-time on March 9.
  • March 9, 1973: Tim Horton scores his first goal as a member of the Sabres in a 5-2 loss at Vancouver.
  • March 9, 1980: Mike Ramsey makes his NHL debut, Rick Martin scores four goals and Gilbert Perreault notches five assists in a 9-4 win over St. Louis.
  • March 9, 1986: Gilbert Perreault scores the 500th goal of his NHL career, at the time becoming just the 12th player in NHL history to reach that mark.
  • March 9, 1988: Phil Housley scores two goals at Minnesota on his 24th birthday, including his 29th of the season, still the most in a season by any defenseman in Sabres history. (Housley’s career-high 31 goals in 1983-84 included seven scored while playing as a forward.)
  • March 9, 2006: Derek Roy scores his second career hat trick six days after scoring his first in an 8-5 win vs. Tampa Bay.
  • March 9, 2020: Kyle Okposo (800) and Sam Reinhart (400) reach career milestones in games played in the Sabres’ 3-2 shootout win over Washington.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres have killed off 13 consecutive penalties and have not surrendered a power-play goal in six straight games. If the team remains perfect on the penalty kill today, it will be the first time the team has gone at least seven games without surrendering a power-play goal since Feb. 25 to March 12, 2012 (nine games).
    • Against the Flyers, the Sabres have killed off 12 consecutive penalties and have not allowed a power-play goal against in five straight meetings.
  • The team that has scored first has won all four of the games so far between the Sabres and Flyers this season.
  • Taylor Hall has 27 points (10+17) in 24 career contests against the Flyers, including seven points (2+5) in his last seven trips to Philadelphia.
  • Jack Eichel has 13 points (7+6) in his last 11 games against Philadelphia, including four multi-point efforts.
  • Eric Staal has 12 points (4+8) in 13 road meetings with the Flyers dating back to Feb. 2, 2013, including three multi-point games.
  • Riley Sheahan has six assists in his last seven games in Philadelphia, including four in his last four.

POWER UP

  • Entering play Monday, Buffalo ranked third in the NHL with a 29.7 percent conversion rate on the power play.
  • Entering play Monday, the Sabres were tied with the Carolina Hurricanes and trailed only the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning (11) for the NHL lead with 10 different players with at least one goal on the power play.
  • Victor Olofsson tied for fifth in the league with six power-play goals and tied for sixth with 12 power-play points before Monday’s games. His 19 career power-play tallies trail only David Pastrnak (23), Leon Draisaitl (21) and Auston Matthews (20) for the most in the league since he made his NHL debut on March 28, 2019.

OUT OF THE BOX

  • Entering play Monday, the Sabres were the least-penalized team in the NHL with 5:07 of penalty time per game.
  • At plus-14 (69 drawn/55 taken), the Sabres are second in the league (Colorado Avalanche, plus-16) in penalty differential this season.
  • Buffalo has been assessed 55 penalties this season. Entering play Monday, it marked the fewest in the league and was 13 penalties fewer than the next closest teams, the New Jersey Devils and the Vegas Golden Knights.

STAAL-TIME LEADERS

  • Eric Staal scored his 439th career goal on Jan. 30 vs. New Jersey to pass Gary Roberts and improve to 68th on the NHL’s all-time goal-scoring list. His next goal will tie Rick Tocchet for 67th.
  • Among active players, Staal’s total of 439 career regular-season goals trails only Alex Ovechkin, Patrick Marleau, and Sidney Crosby.
  • With 1,029 career points, Staal is currently tied with Alex Kovalev for 80th-most points in NHL history and trails Alexander Mogilny by three points for 79th.

WE LIKE EICH

  • Jack Eichel’s goal on Jan. 28 vs. NY Rangers moved him past Jochen Hecht for sole possession of the 19th-most goals in franchise history (139). He currently trails Drew Stafford by six goals for 18th.
  • Eichel’s career per-game output ranks in the franchise’s top 15 in every major scoring category (min. 82 GP): .37 G/GP (T-15th), .58 A/GP (10th), .95 PTS/GP (11th)

RISTO IN THE RECORD BOOK

  • With his goal on March. 4 at the NY Islanders, Rasmus Ristolainen moved into a tie with Tyler Myers and Jim Schoenfeld for the eighth-most goals by a defenseman in Sabres history. He now trails Richard Smehlik by two goals for seventh-most.
  • Ristolainen’s first assist on Jan. 24 at Washington moved him past Jim Schoenfeld for the seventh-most career points recorded by a Sabres defenseman. He currently trails Bill Hajt by nine points for sixth-most.
  • Ristolainen holds the franchise record for most overtime goals by a defenseman (4) and is tied for ninth all-time among the team’s blueliners with six game-winning goals.
  • Ristolainen’s career per-game output ranks him among the franchise’s top 15 defensemen in every major scoring category (min. 82 GP): .09 G/GP (12th), .37 A/GP (12th), .46 PTS/GP (11th)

BUF-PHI CONNECTIONS

  • Sabres forward Cody Eakin won a silver medal for Team Canada with Flyers forward Sean Couturier at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship. The duo would reunite, along with Sabres forward Taylor Hall, at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, winning a gold medal.
  • Sabres forward Jack Eichel, Flyers forward Sean Couturier and Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere played for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
  • Sabres forward Jack Eichel and Flyers forward Kevin Hayes, both Boston natives, played for Team USA together at the 2017 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres forward Jack Eichel and Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk both played for Team USA at the 2019 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres forwards Taylor Hall and Cody Eakin won a gold medal with Claude Giroux while representing Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Championship.
  • A trio of Sabres forwards – Taylor Hall, Jeff Skinner and Eric Staal – played for Team Canada with Flyers forward Claude Giroux at the 2013 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres forwards Taylor Hall and Sam Reinhart won a gold medal for Team Canada with Flyers assistant coach Mike Yeo, who was one of the team’s assistant coaches, at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres forwards Curtis Lazar and Sam Reinhart and Flyers forward Scott Laughton all played for Team Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Sabres forward Curtis Lazar and Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott both played for the Calgary Flames during the 2016-17 season.
  • Sabres forward Victor Olofsson played for Team Sweden at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship with Flyers forward Oskar Lindblom and Flyers defenseman Robert Hagg.
  • Sabres forward Sam Reinhart and defenseman Brandon Montour both played for Team Canada with Flyers forward Sean Couturier, Flyers defenseman Philippe Myers and Flyers goaltender Carter Hart at the 2019 IIHF World Championship, taking home a silver medal. Flyers Head Coach Alain Vigneault was the Canada’s head coach during the tournament.

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

  • Buffalo Sabres:7% PP% (3rd), 82.4 % PK% (9th), 51.9% FOW% (10th)
  • Olofsson: 12 PPP (T-6th), 6 PPG (T-5th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (61), Miller (46), Lazar (45)
Blocked Shots: Montour (26), Miller (22), Irwin (19)
Shots: Eichel (61), Hall (60), Dahlin/Olofsson (51)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 4-4-2 (10), 30/32, 12/39, 19/23
11-20: 2-7-1 (5), 16/28, 7/23, 18/23
21-30: 0-3-0 (0), 6/15, 0/2, 5/5

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-2; 126-136 all-time)
Jan. 28 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Lafrenière, 2:47)
Feb. 25 vs. NJD: L, 4-3 (GWG-Zacha, 1;17)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (2-1; 79-72 all-time)
Jan. 22 at WSH: L, 4-3 (GDG-Carlson)
Jan. 24 at WSH: W, 4-3 (GDG-Eichel)
Jan. 30 vs. NJD: W, 4-3 (GDG-Eichel)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Goals
Rasmus Ristolainen … 2 goals … 47 career goals (T-7th in franchise history, defensemen)
Kyle Okposo … 4 goals … 200 career goals
Assists
Riley Sheahan … 1 assist … 100 career assists
Colin Miller … 10 assists … 100 career assists
Eric Staal … 10 assists … 600 career assists
Points
Brandon Montour … 5 points … 100 career points
Rasmus Dahlin … 6 points … 100 career points
Wins
Carter Hutton … 6 wins … 100 career wins

RECENT MILESTONES

Jacob Bryson … First career NHL goal … March 6 at NY Islanders
Rasmus Ristolainen … 45 career goals (T-8th in franchise history, defensemen) … March 4 at NY Islanders