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Game Preview: 12/14/17 at PHI

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, December 12
Ottawa 2 at Buffalo 3
Goals: Pouliot, Okposo, Kane
Goalie: Lehner (24 saves/26 shots)
PP: 1/2; PK: 3/3; Shots: Ottawa 26 – Buffalo 25

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 140)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Taylor Fedun (lower body, Nov. 17; injured reserve) – 14 games
Jacob Josefson (ankle, Nov. 28; injured reserve) – 7 games
Nathan Beaulieu (illness, Dec. 5) – 4 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Wednesday, Dec. 27: Buffalo at NY Islanders, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at FLYERS

  • This is the first of three meetings between the Sabres and Flyers this season.
  • Last meeting: Philadelphia defeated Buffalo 6-3 in Buffalo on March 7
  • Next meeting: Friday, Dec. 22 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Flyers; 3-6-1 on the road.
  • This is the 174th game all-time between Buffalo and Philadelphia; Buffalo has a 67-82-24 series record.
  • The Sabres are 25-49-14 on the road against the Flyers all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 12-6-4 all-time on December 14.
  • December 14, 2005: Martin Biron stopped 32 shots in a 4-3 win against the Dallas Stars, winning his 11th consecutive start. Biron would post wins in each of his next two starts, bringing his streak to 13 straight wins in games he started.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • With a 2-0-2 record in their last four games, the Sabres are looking to extend the team’s point streak to five games for the first time since Buffalo recorded points in nine straight games from March 10 to 27, 2012.
  • A win or overtime loss tonight would give the Sabres points in four straight road games for the first time since Nov. 29 to Dec. 20, 2016.
  • The Sabres have notched a power play goal in three straight games for the second time this season and will be looking to increase that streak to four games for the first time since March 2 to 7.

HOT AGAINST PHILADELPHIA

  • Ryan O’Reilly has 13 points (3+10) in 13 career games against the Flyers.
  • Evander Kane has recorded 18 points (7+11) in 19 career games against the Flyers, but is seeking his first point in Philadelphia since Feb. 23, 2013.
  • Jack Eichel has four points (3+1) in five career games against Philadelphia, three of which (2+1) came last time these teams met.
  • Johan Larsson has recorded three assists in his last three games against the Flyers.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has an assist in each of his last three game against Philadelphia. It’s his second career three-game assist streak against the Flyers.
  • Marco Scandella has totaled five points (3+2) in seven career games against the Flyers.

GOING STREAKING
Evander Kane enters tonight’s game with points in five consecutive games (2+3) for the first time since he had points in eight straight from Feb. 12 to 26, 2013. Entering play Wednesday, Kane’s streak tied as the fourth-longest active streak in the league.

LAST LINE OF DEFENSE

  • Robin Lehner has stopped 149 of 159 shots (.937) in his last four games.
  • In those games, he has also stopped 110 of 114 shots faced during 5-on-5 play (.965), which includes one goal allowed with an opponent’s extra attacker on the ice.
  • A win or overtime loss tonight would give Lehner (2-0-2) points in five 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 28:29 of ice time in his last five 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 ranked second in the league with an average of 27:07 of ice time per game this season entering play Wednesday. 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 42 goals in 101 games. Entering play Wednesday, those 42 goals tied for 20th in the league during that span and his 34 even-strength goals tied for 10th.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 12/13 games)

  • Eichel: 2 SHP (T-8th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-1st), 3 SHP (T-1st), 131 S (4th)
  • O’Reilly: 463 FOW (1st), 61.5% FO% (1st), 753 FO (2nd), 2 SHP (T-8th)
  • Ristolainen: 27:07 TOI/GP (2nd)

BUF-PHI CONNECTIONS
Victor Antipin:

  • Represented Russia alongside Ivan Provorov at the 2017 World Championship.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Played with Dale Weise for the Montreal Canadiens from 2013-2016.

Jack Eichel:

  • Teammates with Shayne Gostisbehere and Sean Couturier for Team North America at the 216 World Cup of Hockey.

Chad Johnson:

  • He and Brian Elliot served as the goaltending tandem for the Calgary Flames during the 2016-17 season.

Jake McCabe:

  • Represented the United States alongside Shayne Gostisbehere at the 2013 World Junior Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played with Andrew McDonald for the New York Islanders from 2008-2014.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Represented Canada alongside Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds at the 2013 World Championship.
  • Played with Sean Couturier and Claude Giroux for Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Claude Giroux for Team Canada at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
  • He and Travis Konecny were teammates at the 2017 World Championship for Team Canada.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with Radko Gudas for the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2012-13 season.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Played with Travis Konecny, Scott Laughton and Taylor Leier for Team Canada at the 2014 World Junior Championship

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland alongside Jori Lehtera at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

NHL Draft:

  • Kyle Okposo (7th overall) and Claude Giroux (22nd overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • The first round of the 2011 NHL Draft saw both Nathan Beaulieu (17th overall) and Sean Couturier (8th overall) go off the board.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Scott Laughton (20th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Travis Sanheim (17th overall) were first-round picks in the 2014 NHL Draft.
  • Jack Eichel (2nd overall), Ivan Provorov (7th overall) and Travis Konecny (24th overall) all both first-round picks in the 2015 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (68), McCabe (63), Kane (60)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (51), Scandella (48), Ristolainen (44)
Shots: Kane (131), Eichel (97), O’Reilly (78)

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: 1-0-0 (2), 3/2, 1/2, 3/3

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 … 3 home wins … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Sam Reinhart … 2 games … 200 career games played
Rasmus Ristolainen … 5 games … 300 career games played
Assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 6 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Marco Scandella … 4 points … 100 career points

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

Post-Game Report: 3/7 vs. PHI

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Flyers
(31-26-8)
1 3 2 6 30
Sabres
(27-28-12)
1 1 1 3 34

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • Jack Eichel posted three points (2+1), extending his career-best point streak to 11 games. He has 16 points (5+11) during that stretch.
    • His second point was the 100th of his career. At 20 years and 130 days, Eichel became the third-youngest player in Sabres history to reach this milestone, behind only Pierre Turgeon (19 years, 156 days) and Phil Housley (19 years, 276 days).
    • Eichel’s streak is the longest active streak in the NHL and one game shy of Mikael Granlund’s 12-game streak (Jan. 12 to Feb. 4) for the longest streak of the season.
  • Eichel finished the game with the league lead in points since Feb. 1 (24) and tied for seventh with 45 points (18+27) in 46 games since returning from injury on Nov. 29.
  • With his goal, Evander Kane tied Filip Forsberg for the second-most goals in the NHL since Dec. 1 (24).
    • As of the end of the game, Kane was tied for 22nd in the league in goals (24) despite not scoring his first until Dec. 3.
  • Ryan O’Reilly (assist) extended his point streak to five games (3+4).

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Flyers
Mason W .912 3.00
Sabres Lehner L .800 6.04

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Flyers Mason 19-17-7 .906 2.76
Sabres Lehner 18-19-8 .920 2.67

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Brian Gionta

Sabres defenseman Cody Franson

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol

Flyers forward Claude Giroux

Flyers forward Sean Couturier

Flyers forward Travis Konecny

Flyers forward Jordan Weal

Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas

Game Preview: 3/7/17 vs. PHI

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Sunday, March 5
Buffalo 3 at Pittsburgh 4
Goals: O’Reilly, Gionta, Eichel
Goalie: Nilsson (41 saves/45 shots)
PP: 1/5; PK: 3/4; Shots: Buffalo 49 – Pittsburgh 45

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 319)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 66 games
Johan Larsson (wrist, Jan. 3; injured reserve) – 30 games
William Carrier (knee, Feb.4; injured reserve) – 16 games
Kyle Okposo (ribs, March 4) – 2 games
Dmitry Kulikov (upper body, March 5) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/1:
Assigned G Linus Ullmark to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, March 10:
Buffalo at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 11: Columbus at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 14: Buffalo at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 16: Buffalo at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.
Friday, March 17: Buffalo at Anaheim, 10 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
FLYERS at SABRES

  • This is the third and final meeting between the Sabres and Flyers this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Philadelphia 4-1 in Buffalo on Jan. 10
  • The Sabres are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Flyers; 5-4-1 at home.
  • This is the 173rd game all-time between Buffalo and Philadelphia; Buffalo has a 67-81-24 series record.
  • The Sabres are 42-32-10 at home against the Flyers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-7-5 all-time on March 7.
  • March 7, 1989: The Sabres trade Lindy Ruff to the New York Rangers for a fifth-round draft choice in 1990 (Richard Smehlik).
  • March 7, 2002: Martin Biron turns aside 26 New York Islanders shots to earn the first of two shutouts on back-to-back nights, a feat he would complete with another 26-save performance the following night against Montreal.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • With a win tonight, the Sabres will have won the season series between the teams for the second consecutive year
  • A win would also give the Sabres wins in three consecutive home games against the Flyers for the first time since Oct. 17, 2006 to Dec. 21, 2007.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 12 points (3+9) in 12 career games against the Flyers.
  • Evander Kane has recorded 16 points (6+10) in 18 career games against Philadelphia.
  • Anders Nilsson is 3-0-1 in five career games against the Flyers with a .931 save percentage and 2.11 goals-against average.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel enters tonight’s game on a career-best 10-game point streak (3+10). It’s the longest active streak in the NHL and the longest by a Sabre since Tim Connolly tallied points in 16 straight from Dec. 23, 2009 to Jan. 25, 2010.
  • Evander Kane has 18 points (11+7) in his last 20 games, including nine goals in his last 13.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has a point in 11 of his last 16 games (1+10).
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded six points (3+3) during his current four-game point streak.

HOME COOKIN’

  • Ryan O’Reilly has 23 points (8+15) in his last 20 home games.
  • Sam Reinhart has 14 points (5+9) in his last 15 home games and hasn’t gone two home games without a point since Dec. 6 and 9.
  • Jack Eichel has 24 points (8+16) in 23 home games this season, including seven multi-point outings.
  • Evander Kane has six points (5+1) in his last six home games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has a point in 11 of his last 14 home games (1+10) and hasn’t gone two home games without a point since Dec. 29 and Jan. 7

JACK ATTACK

  • In the time since his Nov. 29 return from an injury that sidelined him for 21 games, Jack Eichel is tied for 10th among all NHL skaters with 42 points (16+26) and leads the league with 185 shots on goal.
  • Eichel is tied with Patrick Kane for most points since the beginning of February (21) and leads all NHL players with 17 assists during that timeframe.
  • Eichel has logged 27 points (8+19) in his last 24 games, including eight multi-point outings during that stretch. The Sabres are 11-1-0 this season (and 20-4-0 in his career) when he has at least two points.
  • Eichel’s .93 points per game this season rank him 14th among all players with at least 20 games played this season.

*All rankings before 3/6 games.

THE KANE EVENT

  • Evander Kane has scored each of his 23 goals this season in his last 42 games.
  • Kane is tied for sixth in the NHL with 22 even-strength goals despite not scoring his first until Dec. 3.
  • Since Dec. 1, Kane is ranked third among all NHL skaters in goals (23), leads the league in even-strength goals (22) and is ranked second in shots on goal (167).
  • Kane’s current pace of .407 even-strength goals per game is the highest by any Sabre with at least 15 games played since Alexander Mogilny’s franchise-best mark in 1992-93 (.636). Only eight different players in franchise history have finished at least one season with a better rate.

*All rankings before 3/6 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)

.36 (29)

.23 (19)

A/GP

.40 (33)

.24 (20)

.58 (47)

.41 (33)

P/GP

.69 (57)

.53 (43)

.93 (77)

.64 (53)

SOG/GP

2.9 (238)

2.1 (172)

4.1 (337)

2.4 (196)

(82-game pace in parentheses)

THEY’VE GOT THE POWER

  • The Sabres finished entered play Monday ranked second in the league with a 22.9% 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 seventh-best conversion rate in franchise history and the best since the team’s 23.6% mark in 1984-85. It would be the 44th-best season by any team since the league began publishing the stat in 1987-88.

ASSIST-OLAINEN
Rasmus Ristolainen
entered play Monday tied for 23rd among all NHL skaters with 35 assists this season.

  • Ristolainen has recorded an assist on 21.7 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 15 goals to fall below 20 percent.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 3/6 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 22.9% PP% (2nd)
  • Eichel: 4.1 S/GP (1st)
  • Foligno: 235 hits (3rd)
  • Kane: 22 EVG (T-6th), 3.6 S/GP (7th)
  • Lehner: .922 SV% (9th)
  • Nilsson: .930 EV SV% (10th)
  • Okposo: 22 PPP (T-9th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:43 TOI/GP (1st, forwards), 57.6 FO% (7th)
  • Ristolainen: 21 PPA (T-1st), 27:00 TOI (3rd), 142 BkS (8th), 22 PPP (T-9th), 35 A (T-6th, defensemen)

BUF-PHI Connections
Former Sabres:

  • Buffalo acquired Michal Neuvirth from the Washington Capitals on March 5, 2014 and the goalie went on to post a 6-19-3 record with a .921 save percentage and a 2.96 goals-against average in 29 games for the Sabres.

Jack Eichel:

  • Teammates with Shayne Gostisbehere and Sean Couturier for Team North America at the 216 World Cup of Hockey.

Tyler Ennis:

  • Played with Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux and Brayden Schenn for Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.

Marcus Foligno:

  • Played with Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier for Team Canada in the 2011 World Junior Championship, which took place in Buffalo.

Cody Franson:

  • Teammates with Nick Schultz for Team Canada at the 2002 World Junior Championship.

Evander Kane:

  • Teammates with Michael Del Zotto for Team Canada at the 2010 World Championship.

Robin Lehner:

  • Played with Nick Cousins for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) during the 2009-10 season.

Jake McCabe:

  • Represented the United States alongside Shayne Gostisbehere at the 2013 World Junior Championship.

Matt Moulson:

  • Played with Andrew McDonald for the New York Islanders from 2009-2013.

Anders Nilsson

  • Teammates with Andrew McDonald for the New York Islanders from 2011-2014.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Represented Canada alongside Matt Read and Wayne Simmonds at the 2013 World Championship.
  • Played with Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux and Brayden Schenn for Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Played with Travis Konecny for Team Canada at the 2014 World Junior Championship

NHL Draft:

  • Zach Bogosian (3rd overall), Tyler Ennis (26th overall) and Michael Del Zotto (20th) overall were all first-round selections in the 2008 NHL Draft.
  • Evander Kane (4th overall by Atlanta) and Brayden Schenn (5th overall by Los Angeles) were taken in consecutive picks during the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Jack Eichel (2nd overall) and Travis Konecny (24th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2015 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (235), Ristolainen (165), Gorges (115)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (142), McCabe (91), Gorges (84)
Shots: Kane (192), Eichel (185), Ristolainen (162)

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: 6-4-0 (12), 26/25, 6/25, 24/30
61-70: 1-4-1 (3), 19/22, 5/19, 15/17

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-6; 108-111 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)
Feb. 28 vs. NSH: L, 5-4 (GWG-Forsberg)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-6; 68-64 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)
March 4 vs. TBL: L, 2-1 (GDG-Point)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Dmitry Kulikov … 1 game … 500 NHL games
Kyle Okposo … 8 games … 600 NHL games
Brian Gionta … 10 games … 1,000 NHL games
Goals
Tyler Ennis … 4 goals … 100 NHL goals
Assists
Brian Gionta … 4 assists … 300 NHL assists
Points
Jack Eichel … 2 points … 100 NHL points
Evander Kane … 8 points … 300 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Post-Game Report: 1/10 vs. PHI

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Flyers
(21-16-6)
0 0 1 1 40
Sabres
(16-15-9)
0 3 1 4 27

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • Anders Nilsson made 39 saves in the win tonight, improving his record at home this season to 5-1-1 with a .947 save percentage and a 1.84 goals-against average.
    • Nilsson, who improved to 7-3-4 on the season with the win, now ranks fifth in the NHL with a .930 save percentage.
  • With three points tonight (1+2), Sam Reinhart tied the career-best mark he set a year ago today with a hat trick at Winnipeg on Jan. 10, 2016.
    • Reinhart now has 12 points (3+9) in his last 10 games, including points in four straight home games (1+5).
  • Ryan O’Reilly tallied two assist tonight and now has two points in each of his last three games since returning from injury.
    • O’Reilly has eight points (2+6) in his last seven home games and seven points (1+6) in his last six games overall.
  • Evander Kane’s goal gives him sole possession of the team lead with nine even-strength goals in 29 games this season.
  • With an empty net goal tonight, Marcus Foligno now has a point in four straight home games (3+1).

Today’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Flyers Mason L .885 3.17
Sabres Nilsson W .975 1.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Flyers Mason 14-14-6 .903 3.09
Sabres Nilsson 7-3-4 .930 2.37

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward William Carrier

Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Sabres goaltender Anders Nilsson

Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol

Flyers forward Claude Giroux

Flyers forward Brayden Schenn

Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere

Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald

Flyers goaltender Steve Mason

Game Preview: 1/10/17 vs. PHI

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, January 7
Winnipeg 3 at Buffalo 4
Goals: O’Reilly, Foligno, Girgensons, Gionta
Goalie: Lehner (32 saves/35 shots)
PP: 0/4; PK: 2/3; Shots: Buffalo 36 – Winnipeg 35

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 194)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 39 games
Tyler Ennis (groin, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 27 games
Dmitry Kulikov (lower back, Dec. 29; injured reserve) – 5 games
Johan Larsson (wrist, Jan. 3) – 3 games
William Carrier (illness, Jan. 5) – 2 games
Josh Gorges (hip, Jan. 7) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/5:
Activated F Ryan O’Reilly from IR; Placed D Dmitry Kulikov on IR (retroactive to 12/27)
1/10: Recalled G Linus Ullmark from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Johan Larsson on IR; Placed F Derek Grant on waivers

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Jan. 12:
Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 13: Buffalo at Carolina, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 16: Dallas at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 17: Buffalo at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 20: Detroit at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
FLYERS at SABRES

  • This is the second of three meetings between the Sabres and Flyers this season.
  • Last meeting: Philadelphia defeated Buffalo 4-3 (SO) in Philadelphia on Oct. 25, 2016
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, March 7 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Flyers; 4-5-1 at home.
  • This is the 172nd game all-time between Buffalo and Philadelphia; Buffalo has a 66-81-24 series record.
  • The Sabres are 41-32-10 at home against the Flyers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-7-2 all-time on January 10.
  • January 10, 1974: Rene Robert and Rick Martin each score in a 10-second span in the third period as the Sabres defeat the Rangers 7-2 at the Aud.
  • January 10, 1986: The Sabres get goals from seven different players, including two each from John Tucker and Dave Andreychuk, to earn the 600th win in franchise history (9-7 vs. Toronto).

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are looking to extend their point streak to four games after going 2-0-1 in their last three.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 10 points (3+7) in 11 career games against the Flyers.
  • Evander Kane has recorded 15 points (5+10) in 17 career games against Philadelphia.
  • Cody Franson has nine assists in 17 career games against the Flyers, including three in four games since the beginning of 2015-16.
  • Kyle Okposo has nine points (4+5) in 12 games against Philadelphia since the beginning of the 2013-14 season.
  • Brian Gionta has totaled eight points (2+6) in 12 games against the Flyers since the beginning of the 2012-13 season.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 17 points (3+14) his last 18 games.
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded nine points (2+7) in his last nine games.
  • Jack Eichel has tallied six points (3+3) in his last six games.
  • Kyle Okposo (3+2) and Ryan O’Reilly (1+4) have each recorded five points in their last five games.

HOT AT HOME

  • Matt Moulson has recorded seven points (1+6) in his last seven home games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has six points (2+4) in his last six home games.
  • Marcus Foligno (2+1) and Sam Reinhart (0+3) each enter tonight’s game with a point in each of their last three home games.
  • Anders Nilsson is 4-0-1 in his last five home games dating back to Oct. 29 vs. Florida, posting a .951 save percentage in those contests.

EICHEL’S 100th
If he dresses, tonight’s game will be the 100th game of Jack Eichel’s career.

  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Eichel’s totals through 99 games already rank him in the top 15 in franchise history among players through their first 100 career games in goals (32,12th), assists (38, 13th) and points (70, 15th).
  • Among all Sabres in franchise history with at least 100 games played for the team, Eichel’s current rates would rank him 22nd in goals per game (.32), 36th in assists per game (.38) and 27th in points per game (.71).

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) .44 (36) .21 (17)
A/GP .40 (33) .24 (20) .33 (27) .41 (34)
P/GP .69 (57) .53 (43) .78 (64) .62 (51)
SOG/GP 2.9 (238) 2.1 (172) 3.8 (312) 2.2 (180)

(82-game pace in parentheses)

ASSIST-OLAINEN
Rasmus Ristolainen
entered play Monday tied for 17th among all NHL skaters with 23 assists.

  • Ristolainen has recorded an assist on 27.4 percent of his teammates’ goals*. Entering play Monday, it was the seventh-highest such percentage in the league.
  • This would rank as the fourth-highest percentage in franchise history. 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 18 goals to fall behind Housley’s pace.

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

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before Jan. 9 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 21.9% PP% (8th), 51.1% FO% (10th)
  • Eichel: 3.8 S/GP (3rd)
  • Foligno: 118 hits (10th)
  • Moulson: 7 PPG (T-9th)
  • Nilsson: .940 EV SV% (5th), .926 SV% (9th)
  • Okposo: 15 PPP (T-8th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:33 TOI/GP (3rd, forwards), 57.2 FO% (9th)
  • Ristolainen: 14 PPA (3rd), 26:50 TOI (5th), 15 PPP (T-8th), 23 A (T-5th, defensemen), 26 PTS (T-5th, defensemen)

LAST LINE OF DEFENSE
Buffalo’s goaltenders entered play Monday with the sixth-best combined save percentage* (.922) in the league. They also had the sixth-best save percentage during 5-on-5 play (.932).

  • The Sabres last finished a season with a combined save percentage* above .920 in the 2009-10 season (.924, Ryan Miller/Patrick Lalime/Jhonas Enroth).
  • They have topped the team’s current mark only four times in franchise history: 1998-99 (.930, Dominik Hasek/Dwayne Roloson/Martin Biron), 1997-98 (.928, Hasek/Steve Shields), 1996-97 (.926, Hasek/Shields/Andrei Trefilov) and 2009-10 (.924, Miller/Lalime/Enroth).

*Combined save percentage excludes empty net goals

BUF-PHI CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Buffalo acquired Michal Neuvirth from the Washington Capitals on March 5, 2014 and the goalie went on to post a 6-19-3 record with a .921 save percentage and a 2.96 goals-against average in 29 games for the Sabres.

Jack Eichel:

  • Teammates with Shayne Gostisbehere and Sean Couturier for Team North America at the 216 World Cup of Hockey.

Marcus Foligno:

  • Played with Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier for Team Canada in the 2011 World Junior Championship, which took place in Buffalo.

Cody Franson:

  • Teammates with Nick Schultz for Team Canada at the 2002 World Junior Championship.

Evander Kane:

  • Teammates with Michael Del Zotto for Team Canada at the 2010 World Championship.

Robin Lehner:

  • Played with Nick Cousins for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) during the 2009-10 season.

Jake McCabe:

  • Represented the United States alongside Shayne Gostisbehere at the 2013 World Junior Championship.

Matt Moulson:

  • Played with Andrew McDonald for the New York Islanders from 2009-2013.

Anders Nilsson

  • Teammates with Andrew McDonald for the New York Islanders from 2011-2014.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played with Andrew McDonald for the New York Islanders from 2008-2014.
  • He and Michal Neuvirth were teammates for the New York Islanders during part of the 2014-15 season.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Represented Canada alongside Matt Read and Wayne Simmonds at the 2013 World Championship.
  • Played with Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux and Brayden Schenn for Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Played with Travis Konecny for Team Canada at the 2014 World Junior Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Zach Bogosian (3rd overall) and Michael Del Zotto (20th) overall were both first-round selections in the 2008 NHL Draft.
  • Evander Kane (4th overall by Atlanta) and Brayden Schenn (5th overall by Los Angeles) were taken in consecutive picks during the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Jack Eichel (2nd overall) and Travis Konecny (24th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2015 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (118), Ristolainen (109), Gorges (77)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (77), Gorges (62), McCabe (56)
Shots: Okposo (99), O’Reilly (89), Ristolainen (88)

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: 3-4-2 (8), 23/30, 6/32, 20/26

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-4; 104-109 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)

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

Jack Eichel … 1 game … 100 NHL games
Zach Bogosian … 3 games … 500 NHL games
Cody Franson … 5 games … 500 NHL games
Justin Falk … 6 games … 200 NHL games
Matt Moulson … 6 games … 600 NHL games
Points
Kyle Okposo … 4 points … 400 NHL points
Cody Franson … 5 points … 200 NHL points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 9 points … 100 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
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