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Game Preview: 10/12/17 at SJS

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Monday, October 9
New Jersey 6 at Buffalo 2
Goals: Kane (2)
Goalie: Johnson (16 saves/22 shots)/Lehner (9 saves/9 shots)
PP: 1/4; PK: 4/4; Shots: New Jersey 31 – Buffalo 25

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 9)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Justin Falk (undisclosed, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 3 games
Evan Rodrigues (hand, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 3 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct.5) – 3 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Oct. 14: Buffalo at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 15: Buffalo at Anaheim, 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 17: Buffalo at Vegas, 10 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 20: Vancouver at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 21: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at SHARKS

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Sharks this season.
  • Last meeting: San Jose defeated Buffalo 4-1 in San Jose on March 14
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Oct. 28 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Sharks; 6-3-1 on the road
  • This is the 38th game all-time between Buffalo and San Jose; Buffalo has a 24-7-6 series record.
  • The Sabres are 7-6-5 on the road against the Sharks all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-8-3 all-time on October 12.
  • October 12, 1971: Rick Martin scores his first NHL goal in a 4-1 loss at St. Louis.
  • October 12, 1989: Mike Foligno appears in his 500th Sabres game. Foligno would finish his Sabres career with 664 games played, tying Ric Seiling for 10th-most in franchise history.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • If he dresses, tonight will be Evander Kane’s 500th NHL game.
  • Kyle Okposo has 13 points (5+8) in 10 career games against San Jose.
  • Seth Griffith scored his first career goal in his only previous meeting with the Sharks as a member of the Boston Bruins on Oct. 21, 2014.
  • Chad Johnson is 3-1-1 against the Sharks in his career with a .925 save percentage and a 2.18 goals-against average.

TWO-GOAL TRIO

  • The Sabres have had a multi-goal scorer in each of their first three games of the season, marking the first time the team has had a player score at least two goals in three straight games since Nov. 28 to Dec. 4, 2015.
  • With a multi-goal game tonight, the team will have a multi-goal scorer in four straight games for the first time since March 12 to 19, 2013.
  • Evander Kane has scored two goals in each of the Sabres’ last two games. With a multi-goal game tonight, he would become the first player to log three consecutive multi-goal games for the Sabres since Ales Kotalik did so from Jan. 4 to 10, 2003.

A NEW LOOK
Buffalo had a franchise-record 10 players in the opening night lineup who weren’t on the team’s roster in 2016-17. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it’s the most new players an NHL team has had in its opening night lineup since the 2011-12 Florida Panthers (11).

ARE YOU EXPERIENCED?
The 23 players on the Sabres’ opening-day roster had combined to play 7,866 NHL games before last Thursday’s opener vs. Montreal, 1,044 more than last year’s 23-man opening-day roster had between them. The average Sabres skater entering the 2017-18 season had played 45 more NHL games than his counterpart from last season.

Sabres’ Opening-Day NHL Experience

Season Total NHL GP Average GP/Player
2017-18 7,866 342
2016-17 6,822 297
2015-16 5,914 257
2014-15 5,858 255
2013-14 5,516 240

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 10/11 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 2 SHG (T-1st), 100.0% PK (T-1st)
  • Kane: 2 SHG (1st), 26 S (1st), 4 G, (T-5th), 6 PTS (T-6th)

2017-18 ROSTER NOTES
Of the 23 players on Buffalo’s opening night roster:

  • Six were originally drafted by the Sabres — four were first-round Buffalo selections (Girgensons, 2012; Ristolainen, 2013; Reinhart, 2014; Eichel, 2015) and two were second-round picks (Pominville, 2001; McCabe, 2012).
  • Nine were acquired in trades: Beaulieu, Bogosian, Gorges, Kane, Larsson, Lehner, O’Reilly, Pominville, Scandella
  • Eight were signed as free agents: Antipin, Griffith, Johnson, Josefson, Moulson, Okposo, Pouliot, Tennyson
  • One was claimed off waivers: Nolan
  • 13 played in Buffalo at some point last season: Bogosian, Eichel, Girgensons, Gorges, Kane, Larsson, Lehner, McCabe, Moulson, Okposo, O’Reilly, Reinhart, Ristolainen
  • 10 are new to the Sabres this season: Antipin, Beaulieu, Griffith, Johnson, Josefson, Nolan, Pominville, Pouliot, Scandella, Tennyson

BUF-SJS CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Dave Barr spent the 2015-16 season as an assistant coach for the Sabres.

Former Sharks:

  • Josh Gorges played for the Sharks from 2005-2007, tallying 10 points (1+9) in 96 games played.
  • Matt Tennyson was a member of the Sharks’ organization from 2011-2016. He registered 14 points (3+11) in 60 games for San Jose and 38 points (12+26) in 109 games for the Sharks’ AHL affiliate.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played for the USNTDP’s USHL squad alongside Kevin Lebanc during the 2012-13 season.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Brent Burns for Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Seth Griffith:

  • He and Chris Tierney were teammates from 2010-2013 for the London Knights (OHL).

Chad Johnson:

  • Played with Brent Burns for Team Canada at the 2010 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Mikkel Boedker for the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2012-13 season.

Evander Kane:

  • He and Martin Jones were both born in Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Played with Brent Burns for Team Canada at the 2010 and 2011 World Championships. Marc-Edouard Vlasic was also on the 2012 squad.

Matt Moulson:

  • He and Joel Ward were both born in North York, Ontario.
  • Teammates with Michael Haley for the New York Islanders from 2009-2012.

Jordan Nolan

  • Played with Martin Jones for the Los Angeles Kings from 2013-2015.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Teammates with Michael Haley for the New York Islanders from 2009-2012.
  • He and Joe Pavelski represented the United States at the 2009 World Championship.
  • Played with Justin Braun for the United States at the 2012 World Championship

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Represented Canada alongside Marc-Edouard Vlasic at the 2012 World Championship.
  • He and Brenden Dillon played together for Team Canada at the 2013 World Championship.
  • Played with Brent Burns and Martin Jones for Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Brent Burns, Logan Couture and Joe Thornton for Canada at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with Brent Burns for the Minnesota Wild from 2006-2010. Joel Ward was also on the team during the 2006-07 season.

Sam Reinhart:

  • He and Martin Jones were both born in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Played with Joonas Donskoi for Team Finland at the 2012 World Junior Championship and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Marco Scandella:

  • Played with Martin Jones on the 2010 Canadian World Junior Championship team that won the silver medal.
  • Teammates with Brent Burns on the Minnesota Wild for one season in 2010-11

Matt Tennyson:

  • Justin Braun and Tennyson are both from Minneapolis, Minnesota.

NHL Draft:

  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Tomas Hertl (17th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Jake McCabe (44th overall) and Chris Tierney were both selected in the second round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Jack Eichel (2nd overall) and Timo Meier (9th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Kane (8), Pouliot (8), Ristolainen (8), Scandella (8)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (6), Antipin (4), Josefson (4)
Shots: Kane (26), Girgensons (9), Beaulieu (8)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 0-2-1 (1), 7/15, 2/13, 11/11

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-0; 108-11 all-time)
N/A

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Evander Kane … 1 game … 500 career games played
Kyle Okposo … 3 games … 600 career games played
Jordan Nolan … 7 games … 300 career games played
Assists
Jason Pominville … 3 assists … T-8th in franchise history (Hawerchuk)
Matt Moulson … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Points
Sam Reinhart … 10 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Game Preview: 3/14/17 at SJS

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, March 11
Columbus 3 at Buffalo 5
Goals: McCabe, Moulson, Reinhart, Kane, Eichel
Goalie: Nilsson (9 saves/12 shots); Lehner (24 saves/24 shots)
PP: 2/5; PK: 3/3; Shots: Columbus 36 – Buffalo 31

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 334)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 69 games
Johan Larsson (wrist, Jan. 3; injured reserve) – 33 games
William Carrier (knee, Feb.4; injured reserve) – 19 games
Kyle Okposo (ribs, March 4) – 5 games
Dmitry Kulikov (upper body, March 5) – 4 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/8:
Assigned F Cal O’Reilly to Toronto (AHL)
3/13: Recalled F Hudson Fasching from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, March 16:
Buffalo at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.
Friday, March 17: Buffalo at Anaheim, 10 p.m.
Monday, March 20: Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 21: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 25: Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at SHARKS

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Sharks this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated San Jose 5-4 (OT) in Buffalo on Feb. 7
  • The Sabres are 9-0-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Sharks; 6-2-2 on the road
  • This is the 37th game all-time between Buffalo and San Jose; Buffalo has a 24-6-6 series record.
  • The Sabres are 7-5-5 on the road against the Sharks all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-9-2 all-time on March 14.
  • March 14, 1971: Ron Anderson scores 55 seconds after the opening faceoff in a 5-0 win at Minnesota.
  • March 14, 2008: Buffalo and Carolina combine for 129 penalty minutes and play just 34:43 at even strength as the Sabres top the Hurricanes 7-1, getting multi-point nights from seven different players.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is Buffalo’s first in a three-game road trip against Pacific Division opponents. The Sabres are 6-4-1 against the Pacific Division this season, the team’s best record against any division.
  • The Sabres are currently on a franchise-best 11-game point streak (10-0-1) against the Sharks, dating back to a 3-1 win in Buffalo on Feb. 13, 2010. The previous record was five games (3-0-2), set from March 12, 1998 to Dec. 23, 2000.
  • Buffalo has won each of its five games in San Jose since the Sharks’ last regulation win against the Sabres on Jan. 23, 2010.
  • Brian Gionta has six points (2+4) in his last four games against the Sharks.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has totaled 11 points (4+7) in his last 12 games against San Jose.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel has not gone two games without a point since Jan. 31 and Feb. 2. In the 19 games since, Eichel has totaled 26 points (7+19).
  • Evander Kane has 22 points (13+9) in his last 23 games, including 11 goals in his last 16.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has a point in 14 of his last 19 games (2+13).
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded eight points (3+7) in his last seven games.

JACK ATTACK

  • In the time since his Nov. 29 return from an injury that sidelined him for 21 games, Jack Eichel ranks eighth among all NHL skaters with 47 points (19+28) and leads the league with 194 shots on goal.
  • Eichel leads the league in points (26) and assists (19) since the beginning of February.
  • Eichel has logged 32 points (11+21) in his last 27 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 .98 points per game rank him 12th among all players with at least 20 games played this season.

*All rankings before 3/13 games.

THE KANE EVENT

  • Evander Kane has scored each of his 25 goals this season in his last 45 games.
  • Kane is tied for ninth in the NHL with 22 even-strength goals despite not scoring his first until Dec. 3.
  • Since Dec. 1, Kane is tied for second among all NHL skaters in goals (25), leads the league in even-strength goals (22) and ranks second in shots on goal (181).
  • Kane’s current pace of .386 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).

*All rankings before 3/13 games.

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

2015-16

2016-17

Jack Eichel

Sam Reinhart

Jack Eichel

Sam Reinhart

G/GP

.30 (25)

.29 (24)

.40 (32)

.24 (20)

A/GP

.40 (33)

.24 (20)

.58 (48)

.40 (33)

P/GP

.69 (57)

.53 (43)

.98 (80)

.64 (53)

SOG/GP

2.9 (238)

2.1 (172)

4.0 (331)

2.4 (195)

(82-game pace in parentheses)

THEY’VE GOT THE POWER

  • The Sabres entered play Monday ranked first in the league with a 23.7% 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 23rd-best season by any team since the league began publishing the stat in 1987-88.

ASSIST-OLAINEN
Rasmus Ristolainen
entered play Monday tied for 20th among all NHL skaters with 38 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 20 goals to fall below 20 percent.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 3/13 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 23.7% PP% (1st)
  • Eichel: 4.0 S/GP (1st)
  • Foligno: 245 hits (3rd)
  • Kane: 22 EVG (T-9th), 3.6 S/GP (7th)
  • Lehner:.921 SV% (10th)
  • Okposo: 22 PPP (T-10th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:41 TOI/GP (1st, forwards), 57.8 FO% (6th)
  • Ristolainen: 23 PPA (T-1st), 27:00 TOI (4th), 149 BkS (T-7th), 24 PPP (T-8th), 38 A (T-5th, defensemen), 43 PTS (10th, defensemen)

BUF-SJS Connections
Former Sabres:

  • Bob Boughner spent more time with the Sabres than with any other team during his 10-year NHL career. In 177 games for Buffalo, the former defenseman had 13 points (2+11) and 494 penalty minutes.

Former Sharks:

  • Josh Gorges played for the Sharks from 2005-2007, tallying 10 points (1+9) in 96 games played.

Dan Bylsma:

  • Coached Paul Martin for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2010-2014.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Represented the United States alongside Joe Pavelski at the 2009 World Championship.

Nicolas Deslauriers:

  • Teammates with Martin Jones for the Manchester Monarchs (AHL) from 2011-2014.

Tyler Ennis:

  • Teammates with David Sclemko for the Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL) from 2005-2007.
  • Played with Brent Burns and Martin Jones for Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.

Justin Falk:

  • Played with Brent Burns for the Minnesota Wild from 2009-2012.

Cody Franson:

  • Played with Joel Ward for the Nashville Predators from 2009-2011.

Brian Gionta:

  • Teammates with Paul Martin for the New Jersey Devils from 2003-2009.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Brent Burns for Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Evander Kane:

  • Played with Brent Burns for Team Canada at the 2010 and 2011 World Championships.
  • Represented Canada alongside Marc-Edouard Vlasic at the 2012 World Championship.

Matt Moulson:

  • He and Joel Ward were both born in North York, Ontario.
  • Teammates with Michael Haley for the New York Islanders from 2009-2012.

Anders Nilsson:

  • Teammates with Michael Haley for the New York Islanders during the 2011-12 season.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Represented Canada alongside Marc-Edouard Vlasic at the 2012 World Championship.
  • He and Brenden Dillon played together for Team Canada at the 2013 World Championship.
  • Played with Brent Burns for Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Brent Burns, Logan Couture and Joe Thornton for Canada at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Sam Reinhart:

  • He and Martin Jones were both born in North Vancouver, British Columbia.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Played with Joonas Donskoi for Team Finland at the 2012 World Junior Championship and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

NHL Entry Draft:

  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Tomas Hertl (17th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2012 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (245), Ristolainen (174), Gorges (121)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (149), McCabe (96), Gorges (89)
Shots: Kane (206), Eichel (194), Ristolainen (168)

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: 2-6-1 (5), 30/35, 9/29, 22/26

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
Brian Gionta … 7 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
N/A

Post-Game Report: 2/7 vs. SJS

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Sharks
(33-17-4)
2 1 1 0 4 40
Sabres
(22-21-10)
1 0 3 1 5 36

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • The Sabres erased a three-goal deficit to win tonight, marking the first time the team has done so since Dec. 27, 2014 vs. NY Islanders (4-3, SO).
    • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, tonight’s comeback was the latest the Sabres have overcome a deficit of three or more goals since Nov. 2, 2006 at Boston, when the team scored at 11:11 of the third period to begin a comeback that culminated in a 5-4 shootout win.
  • The Sabres have gone 6-0-1 in their last seven home games, marking Buffalo’s first seven-game home point streak since the team went 6-0-2 in eight home games from Dec. 10, 2013 to Jan. 9, 2014.
  • Buffalo is 12-1-3 in its last 16 home games against Western Conference opponents and 10-4-2 in all games against the West this season.
  • The Sabres are now 59-19-16 (.713) all-time in home games against the Pacific Division, including a 13-0-3 record in the last 16 games. No Pacific Division team has won a game in regulation in Buffalo since the Edmonton Oilers topped the Sabres 3-2 on Nov. 7, 2014.
  • Buffalo has extended its point streak against San Jose to a franchise-best 11 games (10-0-1) with the  win, dating back to a 3-1 win in Buffalo on Feb. 13, 2010. The previous record was five games (3-0-2), set from March 12, 1998 to Dec. 23, 2000.
  • The Sabres are now 17-1-1 all-time at home against the Sharks.
  • With two goals tonight, Evander Kane has 14 even-strength goals since his first of the season (Dec. 3), leading all NHL players.
  • Jack Eichel (two assists) now has 15 points (6+9) in 15 home games this season, including 12 points (4+8) in his last 12 home contests.
  • Eichel now has four two-point nights in his last five home games.
    • The Sabres improved to 19-3-0 in Eichel’s career when he has at least two points.
  • With an assist on Buffalo’s first goal, Tyler Ennis improved his point streak to four games (1+3).
  • Ryan O’Reilly had two points (1+1) tonight, extending his home point streak to four games (3+3). In his last 12 games at home, O’Reilly has 14 points (5+9).
  • Sam Reinhart (assist tonight) now has 11 points (4+7) in his last 11 home games.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Sharks
Jones O .861 4.91
Sabres Nilsson W .900 3.93

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Sharks Jones 27-15-4 .917 2.25
Sabres Nilsson 9-7-4 .922 2.67

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Evander Kane

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo

Sabres goaltender Anders Nilsson

Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer

Sharks forward Melker Karlsson

Sharks forward Marcus Sorensen

Sharks forward Joe Pavelski

Game Preview: 2/7/17 vs. SJS

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Monday, February 6
Buffalo 1 at New Jersey 2
Goals: Ennis
Goalie: Lehner (37 saves/39 shots)
PP: 0/1; PK: 2/4; Shots: New Jersey 39 – Buffalo 23

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 253)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 52 games
Johan Larsson (wrist, Jan. 3; injured reserve) – 16 games
William Carrier (knee, Feb.4) – 2 games
Zach Bogosian (ribs, Feb. 4) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/4:
Activated D Josh Gorges; Recalled F Justin Bailey from Rochester (AHL); Assigned F Cal O’Reilly to Rochester
2/6: Signed D Justin Falk to a one-year contract extension worth $650,000; Claimed F Derek Grant off waivers from Nashville; Assigned Grant to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Feb. 9:
Anaheim at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 11: Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 12: Vancouver at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 14: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 16: Colorado at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SHARKS at SABRES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Sharks this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated San Jose 3-1 in San Jose on Feb. 26, 2016
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, March 14 in San Jose
  • The Sabres are 9-0-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Sharks; 8-1-1 at home
  • This is the 36th game all-time between Buffalo and San Jose; Buffalo has a 23-6-6 series record.
  • The Sabres are 16-1-1 at home against the Sharks all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-7-1 all-time on February 7.
  • February 7, 1980: Danny Gare scores his eighth career hat trick and Don Edwards stops 25 shots to earn his 11th career shutout in a 9-0 win vs. Pittsburgh.
  • February 7, 1995: Donald Audette plays in his 200th NHL game, a 2-1 win vs. Washington.
  • February 7, 2013: Tyler Ennis records his 100th NHL point (assist), in a 5-4 shootout win vs. Montreal.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres have gone 5-0-1 in their last six home games, marking the team’s first six-game home point streak since Nov. 28 to Dec. 15, 2014 (6-0-0). With a win or overtime loss tonight, Buffalo would stretch that streak to seven games for the first time since the team went 6-0-2 in eight home games from Dec. 10, 2013 to Jan. 9, 2014.
  • The Sharks have only won two games in Buffalo in the franchise’s history (Dec. 2, 2005 and Nov. 14, 2015). The Sabres are 16-1-1 all-time in Buffalo against the Sharks.
  • The Sabres are currently on a franchise-best 10-game point streak (9-0-1) against the Sharks, dating back to a 3-1 win in Buffalo on Feb. 13, 2010. The previous record was five games (3-0-2), set from March 12, 1998 to Dec. 23, 2000.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Robin Lehner is 5-2-1 with a .930 save percentage so far in 2017.
  • Tyler Ennis enters tonight’s game on a three-game point streak (1+2).
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 13 points (3+10) in 15 games since returning from an absence due to an appendectomy.
  • Jack Eichel has logged four two-point games in his last 10 outings.

HOME COOKIN’

  • Ryan O’Reilly has 12 points (3+9) in his last 11 home games.
  • Sam Reinhart has 10 points (4+6) in his last 10 home games.
  • Jack Eichel has 13 points (6+7) in 14 home games this season, including five multi-point outings.
  • Anders Nilsson is 6-1-1 at home this season, with a .946 save percentage and a 1.84 goals-against average in those games, and has won each of his last five home games.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game warps up Buffalo’s ninth of a league-high 19 sets of back-to-back games this season, after a 2-1 loss at New Jersey last night. The Sabres are 4-3-2 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 3-4-1 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 (1), one point (1) and zero points (2).

THE KANE EVENT
Evander Kane
has scored each of his 14 goals this season in his last 29 games, including a team-high 13 even-strength goals. In the period since scoring his first goal of the season on Dec. 3 vs. Boston, he is tied for eighth among all NHL skaters in goals (14), tied for second in even-strength goals (13) and ranks fourth in shots on goal (112).

*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)

.39 (32)

.21 (17)

A/GP

.40 (33)

.24 (20)

.35 (29)

.38 (32)

P/GP

.69 (57)

.53 (43)

.74 (61)

.60 (49)

SOG/GP

2.9 (238)

2.1 (172)

4.1 (333)

2.2 (180)

(82-game pace in parentheses)

ASSIST-OLAINEN
Rasmus Ristolainen
finished last night’s game tied for 41st among all NHL skaters with 26 assists.

  • Ristolainen has recorded an assist on 21.3 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 nine goals to fall below 20 percent.

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

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

  • Buffalo Sabres: 22.1% PP% (5th)
  • Eichel: 4.1 S/GP (1st)
  • Foligno: 180 hits (3rd)
  • Lehner: .923 SV% (7th), .932 EV SV% (9th)
  • Nilsson: .935 EV SV% (5th), .923 SV% (8th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:38 TOI/GP (4th, forwards), 57.6 FO% (7th)
  • Ristolainen: 16 PPA (T-3rd), 27:05 TOI (4th), 17 PPP (T-4th, defensemen), 26 A (9th, defensemen)

BUF-SJS CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Bob Boughner spent more time with the Sabres than with any other team during his 10-year NHL career. In 177 games for Buffalo, the former defenseman had 13 points (2+11) and 494 penalty minutes.

Former Sharks:

  • Josh Gorges played for the Sharks from 2005-2007, tallying 10 points (1+9) in 96 games played.
  • Taylor Fedun recorded four assists in seven games for the Sharks during the 2014-15 season.

Dan Bylsma:

  • Coached Paul Martin for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2010-2014.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Represented the United States alongside Joe Pavelski at the 2009 World Championship.

Nicolas Deslauriers:

  • Teammates with Martin Jones for the Manchester Monarchs (AHL) from 2011-2014.

Tyler Ennis:

  • Teammates with David Sclemko for the Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL) from 2005-2007.
  • Played with Brent Burns and Martin Jones for Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.

Justin Falk:

  • Played with Brent Burns for the Minnesota Wild from 2009-2012.

Cody Franson:

  • Played with Joel Ward for the Nashville Predators from 2009-2011.

Brian Gionta:

  • Teammates with Paul Martin for the New Jersey Devils from 2003-2009.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Brent Burns for Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Evander Kane:

  • Played with Brent Burns for Team Canada at the 2010 and 2011 World Championships.
  • Represented Canada alongside Marc-Edouard Vlasic at the 2012 World Championship.

Matt Moulson:

  • He and Joel Ward were both born in North York, Ontario.
  • Teammates with Michael Haley for the New York Islanders from 2009-2012.

Anders Nilsson:

  • Teammates with Michael Haley for the New York Islanders during the 2011-12 season.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Teammates with Michael Haley for the New York Islanders from 2009-2012.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Represented Canada alongside Marc-Edouard Vlasic at the 2012 World Championship.
  • He and Brenden Dillon played together for Team Canada at the 2013 World Championship.
  • Played with Brent Burns for Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Brent Burns, Logan Couture and Joe Thornton for Canada at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Sam Reinhart:

  • He and Martin Jones were both born in North Vancouver, British Columbia.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Played with Joonas Donskoi for Team Finland at the 2012 World Junior Championship and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

NHL Entry Draft:

  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Tomas Hertl (17th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2012 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (180), Ristolainen (137), Carrier (96)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (120), McCabe (67), Gorges (65)
Shots: Kane (141), Okposo (128), Eichel (126)

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: 1-1-0 (2), 5/2, 0/1, 4/6

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

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

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

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Nicolas Deslauriers … 5 games … 200 NHL games
Points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 6 points … 100 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
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Game Preview: 2/26/16 at SJS

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Wednesday, February 24
Buffalo 0 at Anaheim 1
Goals: N/A
Goalie: Lehner (28 saves/29 shots)
PP: 0/4; PK: 2/3; Shots: Anaheim 29 – Buffalo 26

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 262)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clot, Oct. 8; injured reserve) – 61 games
Tyler Ennis (upper body, Dec. 31; injured reserve) – 24 games
Cody Franson (neck, Feb. 21) – 2 games
Ryan O’Reilly (lower body, Feb. 21; injured reserve) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/21:
Recalled F Justin Bailey from Rochester (AHL)
2/22: Recalled F Cal O’Reilly from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Ryan O’Reilly on IR
2/23: Acquired a third-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft from the Washington Capitals in exchange for D Mike Weber

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Feb. 27:
Buffalo at Los Angeles, 11 p.m.
Tuesday, March 1: Edmonton at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 3: Calgary at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 5: Minnesota at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Monday, March 7: Buffalo at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at SHARKS

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Sharks this season.
  • Last meeting: San Jose defeated Buffalo, 2-1 (OT), in Buffalo on Nov. 14
  • The Sabres are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Sharks; 5-2-3 on the road
  • This is the 35th game all-time between Buffalo and San Jose; Buffalo has a 22-6-6 series record.
  • The Sabres are 6-5-5 on the road against the Sharks all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-8-6 all-time on February 26.
  • February 26, 1987: Wilf Paiement records the 99th hat trick in Sabres history in a 4-3 win against the visiting St. Louis Blues.
  • February 26, 1995: Dominik Hasek plays his 100th game as a member of the Sabres against the New York Rangers.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres have gone 59-for-65 (90.8%) on the penalty kill in their last 22 games, including a 20-for-21 run in the team’s last five games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has an assist in each of his last two games against San Jose.
  • Evander Kane ranked third in the league entering play Thursday with 4.2 shots per game.
  • Robin Lehner’s .930 save percentage through 14 games played is the fourth-best in the league among goalies with at least five games played.
  • In his last five games, Lehner is 2-2-1 with a .956 save percentage and a 1.39 goals-against average, making it the best five-game stretch of his career by both metrics.

SHARK KILLERS

  • The Sabres are currently on a franchise-best nine-game point streak (8-0-1) against the Sharks, dating back to a 3-1 win in Buffalo on Feb. 13, 2010. The previous record was five games (3-0-2), set from March 12, 1998 to Dec. 23, 2000.
  • Buffalo has won each of its last four games in San Jose, dating back to a 3-0 win on Jan. 6, 2011.

GOING BACK TO CALI
Tonight’s game is Buffalo’s second in a three-game road trip against Pacific Division opponents, following the team’s 1-0 loss at Anaheim on Wednesday. The Sabres are 5-4-1 against the Pacific Division this season, the team’s best record against any division. The Sabres are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games against the Western Conference, including a 3-1-0 record in their last four games against the Pacific Division.

FINISHING STRONG AFTER THE BREAK
Buffalo is 558-428-194 (.555) all-time in games after the All-Star break. This includes a record of 107-75-32 (.575) in those games since the lockout. The Sabres are 4-4-3 (.500) since the All-Star break so far this season.

Note: These totals do not include games after breaks for the Olympic Games.

LOGGING BIG MINUTES

  • Rasmus Ristolainen was ranked 10th in the NHL before Thursday’s games with an average ice time of 25:22 per game. Only Alexei Zhitnik (four times) has averaged more minutes per game in a full season with the Sabres.
  • Entering Thursday’s games, Ryan O’Reilly (21:51) led all NHL forwards in average ice time per game and Evander Kane (20:59) ranked second. The pair currently own the two highest average career ice times by Sabres forwards. Michael Peca (20:18) is the only other forward with an average over 20 minutes.
  • With an average ice time of 23:32 per game in his 65 games played since joining the Sabres last season, Zach Bogosian owns the third-highest average ice time ever recorded by a Sabres player, trailing only Alexei Zhitnik (531 GP, 25:32) and Christian Ehrhoff (192 GP, 23:55).
  • Jack Eichel’s average ice time of 18:47 is the highest ever recorded by a Sabres rookie forward, topping the next highest (Cody Hodgson- 20 GP, 17:16) by more than a minute. Sam Reinhart (16:29 this season) is the only other Sabres rookie forward to top 16 minutes per game.

Note: The NHL began tracking ice time in the 1997-98 season.

YOUNG GUNS

  • Sam Reinhart leads all Sabres with 18 goals this season and Jack Eichel is tied for second with 17. If either player finishes the season with the team lead, he will be the first Sabres rookie to lead the team in goals since Ray Sheppard did so in the 1987-88 season.
  • Eichel entered play Thursday ranked in the top five among NHL rookies in goals (T-4th, 17), assists (T-2nd, 24), points (T-2nd, 41) and shots (1st, 175).
  • If they maintain their current pace, Eichel (17+24) and Sam Reinhart (18+9) would be the first pair of Sabres rookies to surpass the 30-point mark since Thomas Vanek (48) and Jason Pominville (30) did so in 2005-06. The Sabres haven’t had two or more rookies reach 35 points in the same season since Ray Sheppard (65), Pierre Turgeon (42) and Calle Johansson (42) each did so in 1987-88.
  • Reinhart (18) and Eichel (17) are also on pace to become the third pair of rookies in Sabres history to each record 20 goals in the same season. The last pair was Danny Gare (31) and Peter McNab (22) in 1974-75.
  • With 41 points (17+24) in 61 games, Eichel is on pace for 55 points this season. If he reaches the 50-point mark, he will become the ninth Sabres rookie to record more than 50 points in a season. He would be the first since Derek Plante (1993-94) and the second-youngest to do so, trailing only Phil Housley (1982-83).

OUTSHOOTING OPPONENTS
The Sabres have outshot their opponents in 25 of 61 games this season, posting a 7-16-2 record in those games. Last season, the team finished the season 5-5-0 in 10 total games when outshooting their opponents.

POSSESSION PROGRESSION
The Sabres have led their opponent in even-strength shot attempts (corsi) in 23 of the team’s 61 games this season, going 9-11-3 in those games. Buffalo only led their opponents in even-strength shot attempts eight times throughout the entire 2014-15 season, going 3-5-0 in those eight games. (Data courtesy of war-on-ice.com)

BUF-SJS CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Bob Boughner spent more time with the Sabres than with any other team during his 10-year NHL career. In 177 games for Buffalo, the former defenseman had 13 points (2+11) and 494 penalty minutes.
  • Dainius Zubrus played 19 games for the Sabres during the 2006-07 season, totaling eight points (4+4) and 12 penalty minutes.

Former Sharks:

  • Josh Gorges played for the Sharks from 2005-2007, tallying 10 points (1+9) in 96 games played.
  • Jamie McGinn spent parts of four seasons with San Jose from 2008-2012. He posted 49 points and 99 penalty minutes in 204 games for the Sharks.

Dan Bylsma:

  • Coached Paul Martin for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2010-2014.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Represented the United States alongside Joe Pavelski at the 2009 World Championship.

Carlo Colaiacovo:

  • Played with Brent Burns for Team Canada at the 2011 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Roman Polak for the St. Louis Blues from 2008-2012 and again during the 2013-14 season.

Cody Franson:

  • Played with Mike Brown for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2011-2013.
  • Played with Nick Spaling for the Nashville Predators from 2009-2011.

Brian Gionta:

  • Teammates with Paul Martin for the New Jersey Devils from 2003-2009.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Brent Burns for Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Chad Johnson:

  • Played with Brent Burns for Team Canada at the 2010 World Championship.

David Legwand:

  • Played with Nick Spaling for the Nashville Predators from 2009-2013.

Matt Moulson:

  • He and Joel Ward were both born in North York, Ontario.

Sam Reinhart:

  • He and Martin Jones were both born in North Vancouver, British Columbia.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Played with Joonas Donskoi for Team Finland at the 2012 World Junior Championship.

NHL Entry Draft:

  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Tomas Hertl (17th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2012 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Kane (134), Deslauriers (133), Foligno (123)
Blocked Shots: Gorges (119), Ristolainen (107), McCabe (78)
Shots: Kane (209), Eichel (175), Ristolainen (145)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10:
3-7-0 (6), 23/32, 9/35, 19/27
11-20: 5-3-2 (12), 21/21, 5/27, 23/29
21-30: 4-5-1 (9), 29/28, 8/29, 20/23
31-40: 3-6-1 (7), 20/27, 4/35, 17/21
41-50: 5-5-0 (10), 22/26, 6/25, 26/28
51-60: 4-3-3 (11), 29/30, 6/34, 30/33
61-70: 0-1-0 (0), 0/1, 0/4, 2/3

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-2; 100-103 all-time)
Oct. 27 at PHI: W, 4-3 (GWG-Girgensons, 2:29)

Nov. 14 vs. SJS: L, 2-1 (GWG-Marleau, 2:59)
Dec. 12 vs. LAK: W, 2-1 (GWG-O’Reilly, 3:19)
Feb. 6 at BOS: L, 2-1 (GWG-Marchand, 2:32)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-5; 66-56 all-time)
Oct. 21 vs. TOR: W, 2-1 (GDG-Moulson)

Nov. 19 at STL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Steen)
Dec. 1 at DET: L, 5-4 (GDG-Richards)
Dec. 19 vs. CHI: L, 3-2 (GDG-Kane)
Feb. 4 vs. BOS: L, 3-2 (GDG-Spooner)
Feb. 16 at OTT: L, 2-1 (GDG-Ryan)

UPCOMING MILESTONES (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Assists

Josh Gorges … 2 assists … 100 career assists

RECENT MILESTONES
Robin Lehner … 100th NHL game … Feb. 24 at ANA