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Game Preview: 11/14/17 at PIT

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, November 11
Buffalo 1 at Montreal 2 (OT)
Goals: O’Reilly
Goalie: Johnson (27 saves/29 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 0/1; Shots: Buffalo 35 – Montreal 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 90)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Evan Rodrigues (hand, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 17 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct.5; injured reserve) – 17 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body, Oct. 17; injured reserve) – 11 games
Rasmus Ristolainen (upper body, Nov. 4; injured reserve) – 4 games
Matt Tennyson (foot, Nov. 7) – 3 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/9: Assigned D Zach Redmond to Rochester (AHL)
11/10: Activated D Nathan Beaulieu from IR
11/11: Activated D Josh Gorges from IR; Placed D Rasmus Ristolainen on IR
11/13: Activated F Justin Bailey from IR; assigned Bailey to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, Nov. 17: Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 18: Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 20: Columbus at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 22: Minnesota at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 24: Edmonton at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at PENGUINS

  • This is the first of three meetings between the Sabres and Penguins this season.
  • Next meeting: Friday, Dec. 1 in Buffalo
  • Last meeting: Pittsburgh defeated Buffalo 3-1 in Buffalo on March 21
  • The Sabres are 1-8-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Penguins; 3-6-1 on the road.
  • This is the 186th game all-time between Buffalo and Pittsburgh; Buffalo has a 65-78-42 series record.
  • The Sabres are 24-49-20 on the road against the Penguins all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-3-6 all-time on November 14.
  • November 14, 2009: Tyler Ennis scores in his NHL debut and the Sabres top the Flyers 3-2 in Philadelphia.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are seeking their first win in Pittsburgh since winning in both visits during the 2012-13 season.
  • Jason Pominville has tallied at least one point in each of his last seven road games against the Penguins, totaling eight points (2+6) in those games.
  • Evander Kane has nine points (3+6) in nine career visits to Pittsburgh, including seven points (2+5) in the last three.
  • Matt Moulson has a point in each of his three road games against Pittsburgh since the beginning of the 2015-16 season, totaling two goals and an assist.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has tallied seven points (3+4) in his last seven games against the Penguins.
  • Kyle Okposo has more goals (14) and points (31) against the Penguins than any other opponent.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 12 points (6+6) in his last 12 games. He’s also totaled 15 points (6+9) in his last 15 road games dating back to last season, including 11 points (5+6) in 10 road games this season.

THE KANE EVENT

  • Evander Kane enters tonight’s game with nine goals in his first 17 games played this season. With a goal tonight, Kane would be off to the quickest start to career, topping his mark of 10 goals in his first 22 games in 2011-12.
  • Kane’s nine goals this season tied him for 11th in the NHL entering play Monday.
  • Since scoring his first goal of the 2016-17 season on Dec. 3, 2016, Kane has scored 37 goals in 75 games. Entering play Monday, those 37 goals tied for fifth-most in the league during that span and his 30 even-strength goals ranked second.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 11/13 games)

  • Eichel: 2 SHP (T-3rd)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (1st), 3 SHP (T-1st), 82 S (2nd)
  • O’Reilly: 247 FOW (1st), 415 FO (2nd), 59.5% FO% (7th)
  • Pouliot: 3 GWG (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 27:09 TOI/GP (2nd)

BUF-PIT CONNECTIONS

Former Sabres:

  • Chad Ruhwedel spent four seasons with the Sabres and posted two assists in 33 games from 2012-2016.

Former Penguins:

  • Matt Moulson was drafted by the Penguins in the ninth round (263rd overall) of 2003 NHL Draft but never suited up for Pittsburgh.

Victor Antipin:

  • Represented Russia alongside Evgeni Malkin at the 2015 World Championship.

Nicholas Baptiste:

  • Played with Frank Corrado for the Sudbury Wolves (OHL) during the 2011-12 season.

Jack Eichel:

  • Teammates with Matthew Murray for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Justin Falk:

  • Played with Carl Hagelin for the New York Rangers during the 2013-14 season.

Taylor Fedun:

  • Played with Justin Schultz for the Edmonton Oilers during the 2013-14 season.

Josh Gorges:

  • He and Justin Schultz are both from Kelowna, British Columbia.
  • Played with Sidney Crosby for Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Seth Griffith:

  • Played with Greg McKegg for the Florida Panthers during part of the 2016-17 season. They were also teammates during part of the 2011-12 season for the London Knights (OHL).
  • He and Olli Maatta were teammates for the London Knights (OHL) from 2011-2013.
  • Teammates with Frank Corrado for the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2016-17 season.

Johan Larsson:

  • Represented Sweden alongside Patric Hornqvist at the 2012 World Championship.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played with Justin Schultz for the University of Wisconsin (WCHA) during the 2011-12 season.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Represented the United States alongside Ian Cole at the 2008 World Junior Championship.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Played with Greg McKegg for the Erie Otters (OHL) during the 2008-09 season.
  • Teammates with Justin Schultz for Team Canada at the 2013 World Championship.
  • Represented Canada alongside Sidney Crosby at the 2015 World Championship and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Jason Pominville:

  • Represented the United States alongside Phil Kessel at the 2008 World Championship.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Represented Canada alongside Kris Letang at the 2006 World Junior Championship.
  • Played with Carl Hagelin for the New York Rangers during the 2013-14 season.

NHL Draft:

  • Benoit Pouliot (4th overall) was taken three picks after Sidney Crosby (1st overall) in the first round of the 2005 NHL Draft.
  • Kyle Okposo (7th overall by the New York Islanders) and Phil Kessel (5th overall by Boston) were both first-round selections in the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Marco Scandella (55th overall) and Justin Schultz (43rd overall) were both selected in the second round of the 2008 NHL Draft.
  • Ryan O’Reilly (33rd overall by Colorado), Robin Lehner (46th overall by Ottawa) and Brian Dumoulin (51st overall by Carolina) were all second-round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Olli Maata (22nd overall) were both first-round picks in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Nicholas Baptiste (69th overall) was taken eight picks before Jake Guentzel (77th overall) in the third round of the 2013 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (38), Kane (37), Pouliot (31)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (28), McCabe (27), Ristolainen (15)
Shots: Kane (82), Eichel (52), O’Reilly (43)

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: 2-4-1 (5), 14/24, 3/21, 10/13

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-2; 109-113 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)

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 … 5 home wins … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Johan Larsson … 5 games … 200 career games played
Zemgus Girgensons … 9 games … 300 career games played
Marco Scandella … 10 games … 400 career games played
Assists
Matt Moulson … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 10 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Sam Reinhart … 5 points … 100 career points
Marco Scandella … 8 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Post-Game Report: 3/21 vs. Pittsburgh

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Penguins
(46-17-9)
1 0 2 3 34
Sabres
(30-32-12)
0 0 1 1 30

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Note

  • Zach Bogosian led all skaters with a career-high 33:29 of ice time tonight, topping his previous mark of 32:23, set on Feb. 19, 2015 at Philadelphia.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Penguins
Murray W .967 1.00
Sabres Lehner L .912 3.03

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Penguins Murray 28-9-3 .924 2.38
Sabres Lehner 20-23-8 .921 2.65

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Sabres defenseman Josh Gorges

Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan

Penguins forward Conor Sheary

Penguins forward Nick Bonino

Penguins goaltender Matthew Murray

Game Preview: 3/21/17 vs. PIT

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Monday, March 20
Buffalo 2 at Detroit 1
Goals: Eichel, Moulson
Goalie: Lehner (34 saves/35 shots)
PP: 2/2; PK: 4/4; Shots: Detroit 35 – Buffalo 30

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 360)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 73 games
Johan Larsson (wrist, Jan. 3; injured reserve) – 37 games
William Carrier (knee, Feb.4; injured reserve) – 23 games
Kyle Okposo (ribs, March 4) – 9 games
Dmitry Kulikov (upper body, March 5) – 8 games
Justin Falk (calf, March 16) – 3 gamesCody Franson (undisclosed) – 1 game
Taylor Fedun (foot) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/16:
Recalled D Taylor Fedun from Rochester (AHL)
3/20: Recalled D Brady Austin and D Casey Nelson from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, March 25:
Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, March 27: Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 28: Buffalo at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 2: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 3 p.m.
Monday, April 3: Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
PENGUINS at SABRES

  • This is the third and final meeting between the Sabres and Penguins this season.
  • Last meeting: Pittsburgh defeated Buffalo 4-3 in Pittsburgh on March 5
  • The Sabres are 1-8-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Penguins; 2-8-0 at home
  • This is the 185th game all-time between Buffalo and Pittsburgh; Buffalo has a 65-77-42 series record.
  • The Sabres are 41-28-22 at home against the Penguins all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 13-9-0 all-time on March 21.
  • March 21, 1971: Eddie Shack picks up his second hat trick in as many months as the Sabres defeat the Bruins by a score of 7-5 in Boston. Shack scored two of the goals only 2:22 apart and all three were scored in a span of 15:58.
  • March 21, 1976: The Sabres hold the Kansas City Scouts to eight total shots, including zero in the third period, in a 3-1 win.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • With a win tonight, the Sabres will have won the season series against the Penguins for the first time since going 2-1-0 against Pittsburgh in 2012-13.
  • A win would also give the Sabres wins in consecutive home matchups with the Penguins for the first time since Buffalo won four in a row from March 26, 2004 to Nov. 17, 2006.
  • Evander Kane has totaled 16 points (5+11) in 16 games against Pittsburgh since the beginning of the 2010-11 season.
  • Zach Bogosian has seven points (3+4) in his seven games against the Penguins since the beginning of the 2013-14 season.
  • Matt Moulson has four points (2+2) in five games against the Penguins in the last two seasons.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has points in each of his last four games against Pittsburgh, having tallied six points (2+4) in those games.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel has not gone two games without a point since Jan. 31 and Feb. 2. In the 23 games since, Eichel has totaled 29 points (9+20).
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded 10 points (4+6) in his last 11 games.
  • Jake McCabe has recorded eight (2+6) of his 19 points in his last 12 games, averaging 21:24 of ice time per game during that stretch.
  • Robin Lehner has stopped 129 of 136 shots (.949) in his last four appearances.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s 16th of a league-high 19 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 2-1 win last night at Detroit. The Sabres are 7-6-3 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 6-8-1 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets this season is: four points (2), three points (2), two points (6), one point (2) and zero points (3).

HOME COOKIN’

  • Ryan O’Reilly has 25 points (8+17) in his last 22 home games.
  • Jack Eichel has 29 points (11+18) in 25 home games this season, including nine multi-point outings.
  • Evander Kane has 10 points (7+3) in his last eight home games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has a point in 13 of his last 16 home games (1+13) 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 eighth among all NHL skaters with 50 points (21+29) and leads the league with 207 shots on goal.
  • Eichel is tied for the league lead in assists (20) and ranks second in points (29) since the beginning of February.
  • Eichel has logged 35 points (13+22) in his last 31 games, including 10 multi-point outings during that stretch. The Sabres are 12-2-0 this season (and 21-5-0 in his career) when he has at least two points.
  • Eichel’s .96 points per game rank him 11th among all players with at least 20 games played this season.

*All rankings as of the conclusion of last night’s game.

THE KANE EVENT

  • Evander Kane has scored each of his 25 goals this season in his last 49 games.
  • Kane is tied for 11th in the NHL with 22 even-strength goals despite not scoring his first until Dec. 3.
  • Since Dec. 1, Kane is tied for fourth among all NHL skaters in goals (25), leads the league in even-strength goals (22) and ranks second in shots on goal (194).

*All rankings as of the conclusion of last night’s game.

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)

.40 (33)

.23 (18)

A/GP

.40 (33)

.24 (20)

.56 (46)

.38 (31)

P/GP

.69 (57)

.53 (43)

.96 (79)

.61 (50)

SOG/GP

2.9 (238)

2.1 (172)

4.0 (326)

2.3 (191)

(82-game pace in parentheses)

THEY’VE GOT THE POWER

  • The Sabres rank first in the league with a 24.0% 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%) and the team has led the league only once (1991-92, 22.5%)
  • The team’s current power-play percentage would rank as the fourth-best conversion rate in franchise history and the best since the team’s 24.4% mark in 1979-80. It would be the 20th-best season by any team since the league began publishing the stat in 1987-88.

ASSIST-OLAINEN
Rasmus Ristolainen
finished last night’s game tied for 21st among all NHL skaters with 39 assists this season.

  • Ristolainen has recorded an assist on 22.3 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 21 goals to fall below 20 percent.

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

  • Buffalo Sabres: 24.0% PP% (1st)
  • Eichel: 4.0 S/GP (1st)
  • Foligno: 261 hits (2nd)
  • Kane: 3.6 S/GP (8th)
  • Lehner: .922 SV% (8th)
  • Moulson: 11 PPG (T-7th)
  • Nilsson: .930 EV SV% (10th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:40 TOI/GP (1st, forwards), 57.6 FO% (6th)
  • Ristolainen: 24 PPA (1st), 27:02 TOI (4th), 156 BkS (7th), 25 PPP (8th), 39 A (6th, defensemen)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (261), Ristolainen (185), Gorges (131)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (156), McCabe (103), Gorges (99)
Shots: Kane (219), Eichel (207), Ristolainen (176)

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: 2-7-1 (5), 31/39, 9/30, 24/29
71-80: 2-1-0 (4), 4/4, 2/5, 6/6

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 (2-6; 69-64 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)
March 17 at ANA: W, 2-1 (GDG-Girgensons)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Dmitry Kulikov … 1 game … 500 NHL games
Brian Gionta … 3 games … 1,000 NHL games
Goals
Tyler Ennis … 4 goals … 100 NHL goals
Assists
Brian Gionta … 3 assists … 300 NHL assists
Points
Evander Kane … 4 points … 300 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
Brady Austin … 1st NHL game … 3/20 at DET

Game Preview: 3/5/17 at PIT

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, March 4
Tampa Bay 2 at Buffalo 1 (SO)
Goals: O’Reilly
Goalie: Lehner (31 saves/32 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 2/2; Shots: Buffalo 32 – Tampa Bay 32

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 314)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 65 games
Johan Larsson (wrist, Jan. 3; injured reserve) – 29 games
William Carrier (knee, Feb.4; injured reserve) – 15 games
Kyle Okposo (ribs, March 4) – 1 game
Dmitry Kulikov (upper body) – 0 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/28:
Acquired D Mat Bodie from NY Rangers in exchange for F Daniel Catenacci
3/1:
Assigned G Linus Ullmark to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, March 7:
Philadelphia at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
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.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at PENGUINS

  • This is the second of three meetings between the Sabres and Penguins this season.
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, March 21 in Pittsburgh
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Pittsburgh 2-1 (SO) in Buffalo on Nov. 19, 2016
  • The Sabres are 1-8-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Penguins; 3-6-1 on the road.
  • This is the 184th game all-time between Buffalo and Pittsburgh; Buffalo has a 65-76-42 series record.
  • The Sabres are 24-48-20 on the road against the Penguins all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-10-2 all-time on March 5.
  • March 5, 2010: Thomas Vanek records his 300th career NHL point, a goal vs. Philadelphia.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • After their 2-1 shootout victory when these teams last met, the Sabres are looking to win consecutive games against the Penguins for the first time since their last two road wins in Pittsburgh on April 2 and 23, 2013.
  • The Penguins are the only NHL team Jack Eichel hasn’t recorded a point against and one of eight he hasn’t scored a goal against.
  • Zach Bogosian has seven points (3+4) in his six games against the Penguins since the beginning of the 2013-14 season, including multi-point games in both meetings last season.
  • Evander Kane has eight points (3+5)) in eight career visits to Pittsburgh, including three-point nights in each of his last two.
  • Kyle Okposo has more goals (14) and points (31) against the Penguins than any other opponent.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has points in each of his last three games against Pittsburgh, having tallied five points (1+4) in those games.
  • Anders Nilsson is 2-2-1 in his career against the Penguins with a .932 save percentage.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel enters tonight’s game on a career-best nine-game point streak (2+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 17 points (11+6) in his last 19 games, including nine goals in his last 12.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has a point in 11 of his last 15 games (1+10).
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded five points (2+3) in his last three games.

JACK ATTACK

  • In the time since his Nov. 29 return from an injury that sidelined him for 21 games, Jack Eichel ranks 14th among all NHL skaters with 41 points (15+26) and leads the league with 175 shots on goal.
  • After last night’s game, Eichel was tied with Jamie Benn for most points since the beginning of February (20) and led all NHL players with 17 assists during that timeframe.
  • Eichel has logged 26 points (7+19) in his last 23 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 ranked him 14th among all players with at least 20 games played this season as of the end of last night’s game.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s 13th of a league-high 19 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began last night with a 2-1 shootout loss vs. Tampa Bay. The Sabres are 6-4-3 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 4-7-1 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets this season is: four points (2), three points (2), two points (4), one point (1) and zero points (3).

THE KANE EVENT

  • Evander Kane has scored each of his 23 goals this season in his last 41 games.
  • Kane is tied for fifth 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 fourth in shots on goal (156).
  • Kane’s current pace of .415 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 six different players (Mogilny, Rick Martin, Danny Gare, Gilbert Perreault, Rick Vaive and Mike Foligno) in franchise history have finished at least one season with a better rate.

*All rankings as of the conclusion of last night’s game.

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)

.34 (28)

.24 (20)

A/GP

.40 (33)

.24 (20)

.59 (48)

.40 (33)

P/GP

.69 (57)

.53 (43)

.93 (76)

.63 (52)

SOG/GP

2.9 (238)

2.1 (172)

4.0 (326)

2.4 (195)

(82-game pace in parentheses)

THEY’VE GOT THE POWER

  • The Sabres finished last night’s game ranked first 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 sixth-best conversion rate in franchise history and the best since the team’s 23.6% mark in 1984-85. It would be the 41st-best season by any team since the league began publishing the stat in 1987-88.

ASSIST-OLAINEN
Rasmus Ristolainen
finished last night’s game tied for 22nd among all NHL skaters with 35 assists this season.

  • Ristolainen has recorded an assist on 22.2 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 18 goals to fall below 20 percent.

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

  • Buffalo Sabres: 22.9% PP% (1st)
  • Eichel: 4.0 S/GP (1st)
  • Foligno: 229 hits (3rd)
  • Kane: 22 EVG (T-5th), 3.4 S/GP (10th)
  • Lehner: .922 SV% (9th)
  • Nilsson: .931 EV SV% (10th)
  • Okposo: 22 PPP (T-9th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:39 TOI/GP (1st, forwards), 57.8 FO% (10th)
  • Ristolainen: 21 PPA (T-1st), 26:57 TOI (3rd), 22 PPP (T-9th), 35 A (T-6th, defensemen)

BUF-PIT Connections
Former Penguins:

  • Dan Bylsma became the Penguins’ head coach during the 2008-09 season and led the team to an 18-3-0 record to close the regular season and eventually won the Stanley Cup. Overall, he posted a 252-117-32 record in Pittsburgh in 401 games coached from 2008-09 to 2013-14. He also won the Jack Adams award while with the Penguins after the 2010-11 season.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played with Nick Bonino for the United States at the 2015 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Matthew Murray for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Tyler Ennis:

  • Represented Canada alongside Sidney Crosby at the 2015 World Championship.

Cody Franson:

  • Played alongside Patric Hornqvist for the Nashville Predators from 2009-2011 and again at the end of the 2014-15 season. Matt Cullen was also on the team during the 2014-15 season.
  • Teammates with Phil Kessel for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2011-2015.

Josh Gorges:

  • He and Justin Schultz are both from Kelowna, British Columbia.
  • Played with Sidney Crosby and Marc-Andre Fleury for Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played with Justin Schultz for the University of Wisconsin (WCHA) during the 2011-12 season.

Matt Moulson:

  • He was drafted by the Penguins in the ninth round (263rd overall) of 2003 NHL Draft but never suited up for Pittsburgh.

Anders Nilsson:

  • Played with Justin Schultz for the Edmonton Oilers during the 2015-16 season.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Teammates with Justin Schultz for Team Canada at the 2013 World Championship.
  • Represented Canada alongside Sidney Crosby at the 2015 World Championship and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Teammates with Derrick Pouliot at the 2014 World Junior Championship for Team Canada.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland alongside Olli Maata at the 2012 and 2013 World Junior Championships, as well as the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

NHL Draft:

  • Cody Franson (79th overall) and Kris Letang (62nd overall) were both taken in the third round of the 2005 NHL Draft. They also both played for Team Canada at the 2007 World Junior Championship.
  • Kyle Okposo (7th overall by the New York Islanders) and Phil Kessel (5th overall by Boston) were both first-round selections in the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Ryan O’Reilly (33rd overall by Colorado), Robin Lehner (46th overall by Ottawa) and Brian Dumoulin (51st overall by Carolina) were all second-round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Olli Maata (22nd overall) were both first-round picks in the 2012 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (229), Ristolainen (163), Gorges (112)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (142), McCabe (87), Gorges (83)
Shots: Kane (181), Eichel (175), Ristolainen (157)

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: 1-3-1 (3), 16/18, 4/14, 12/13

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
Goals
Tyler Ennis … 4 goals … 100 NHL goals
Assists
Brian Gionta … 5 assists … 300 NHL assists
Points
Jack Eichel … 3 points … 100 NHL points
Evander Kane … 9 points … 300 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
Tyler Ennis … 400th NHL game … Feb. 28 vs. NSH

Post-Game Report: 11/19 vs. PIT

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Penguins
(11-4-3)
0 0 1 0 0 1 47
Sabres
(6-8-4)
1 0 0 0 1 2 33

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • Tonight’s Sabres win broke a nine-game losing streak against Pittsburgh. Buffalo’s last win against the Penguins took place on April 23, 2013.
  • The Sabres improved to 4-0-2 when leading after the first period and 5-1-4 when scoring first this season.
  • With 46 saves tonight, Anders Nilsson has improved to 2-1-2 with a .951 save percentage and a 1.74 goals-against average on the season.
    • As of the end of the game, Nilsson’s .951 save percentage ranked him third in the NHL among goaltenders with at least 120 minutes played, behind only Andrei Vasilevskiy (.953) and Devan Dubnyk (.952).
    • The 46 saves were two shy of his career-high mark (48, 10/13/15 at Dallas).
    • In his last three games, Nilsson is 2-0-1 with a .976 save percentage and a 0.97 goals-against average.
  • William Carrier’s goal was the first goal and point of his NHL career.
  • Taylor Fedun, who assisted on Carrier’s goal, now has an assist in each of his last three NHL games, dating back to Jan. 15, 2016.
  • With tonight’s shootout-winner, Cal O’Reilly has improved to 6-for-13 (46.2%) in his NHL career, including three game-deciding goals.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Penguins
Fleury O .970 0.92
Sabres Nilsson W .979 0.92

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Penguins
Fleury 6-3-3 .908 3.11
Sabres Nilsson 2-1-2 .951 1.74

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Evander Kane

Sabres forward Cal O’Reilly

Sabres forward William Carrier

Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan

Penguins forward Sidney Crosby

Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury