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Game Preview: 12/27/18 at St. Louis

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, December 22
Anaheim 0 at Buffalo 3
Goals: Dahlin, Skinner, Sheary
Goalie: Ullmark (40 saves/40 shots)
PP: 1/4; PK: 3/3; Shots: Anaheim 40 – Buffalo 33

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 147)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 37 games
Casey Nelson (upper body, Dec. 8; injured reserve) – 8 games
Nathan Beaulieu (lower body, Dec. 16) – 4 games
Jason Pominville (undisclosed, Dec. 21; injured reserve) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
12/21: Activated D Jake McCabe and D Lawrence Pilut from IR; Placed F Jason Pominville on IR
12/22: Assigned D Brendan Guhle to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Dec. 29: Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 31: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 6 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 3: Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 5: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 8: New Jersey at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at BLUES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Blues this season.
  • Next meeting: Sunday, March 17, 2019 in Buffalo
  • Last meeting: St. Louis defeated Buffalo 1-0 in St. Louis on Feb. 3
  • The Sabres are 1-7-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Blues, 1-5-4 on the road.
  • This is the 119th game all-time between Buffalo and St. Louis; Buffalo has a 46-55-17 series record.
  • The Sabres are 15-32-11 on the road against the Blues all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 13-7-3 all-time on December 27.
  • December 27, 1991: Dave Andreychuk and Pat LaFontaine each score twice and Clint Malarchuk makes 38 saves in an 8-1 victory over the Boston Bruins at The Aud.
  • December 27, 2003: Jason Pominville makes his NHL debut in a 3-1 win at Washington.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are seeking their first victory in St. Louis since Dec. 27, 2009.
  • Jeff Skinner has totaled 12 points (9+3) in 12 career games against the Blues.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded 10 points (3+7) in 10 games against St. Louis since the beginning of the 2013-14 season.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen enters tonight’s game on his third three-game point streak of the season (1+2) and is looking to stretch the streak to four games for the first time since February 2018.
  • The Blues join the Panthers and Canadiens as one of three NHL teams (excluding the Sabres) that Jack Eichel has not yet recorded a goal against.

LEADING THE WAY

  • Since Jack Eichel, Jeff Skinner and Sam Reinhart began playing together on Nov. 13 vs. Tampa Bay, the Sabres have gone 12-5-3 and gotten a goal from at least one of the three in all but two of the team’s 20 games.
  • Each of the three has played at or near a point-per-game pace in the 20 games since they began playing together as a line:
    • Eichel: 29 points (10+19), plus-12 rating
    • Reinhart: 24 points (6+18), plus-11 rating
    • Skinner: 19 points (14+5), plus-10 rating

COMEBACK KIDS

  • The Sabres are 6-8-2 this season when trailing after two periods. Their six wins when trailing after 40 minutes ties for second-most in the league and their .375 win percentage in those games ranks second.
  • Buffalo’s six wins when trailing after two have already surpassed last season’s total and leave the team three third-period comebacks shy of the franchise record of nine set in the 2005-06 season.

NOT TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT

  • The Sabres are 11-3-5 in one-goal games so far this season. Buffalo last won more than half of its one-goal games in a season in 2011-12 (21-9-11).
  • The team’s current .579 winning percentage in one-goal games would be the 11th-best mark in franchise history and would be the Sabres’ best record in one-goal games since 2006-07 (25-9-7, .610).

WORKING OVERTIME

  • The Sabres are 8-5 in games that have been tied after regulation this season, including a 5-4 record in overtime and a 3-1 record in shootouts. Their five overtime wins have already matched their overtime win total from last season (5-10) and their three shootout wins are the team’s highest total since 2014-15 (8-5).
  • Jeff Skinner is tied for the league lead with three overtime goals this season. Skinner’s total through 35 games matches the Sabres’ single-season record shared by Daniel Briere (2006-07) and Derek Roy (2009-10) and ties him for 10th-most career overtime goals in franchise history.

SAM I AM

  • Sam Reinhart has recorded 33 points (8+25) in his last 29 games, including each of his career-high 12 multi-point games this season.
  • The Sabres are 16-4-3 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 27-4-6 (.811) in his career when he records at least two.

DAH-LEAN ON ME
Rasmus Dahlin leads rookie defensemen and ranks third among all NHL rookies with 20 points (4+16) this season.

  • With his 20th point in his 37th game, he was the fourth-fastest 18-year-old defenseman in NHL history to reach the 20-point mark, trailing only Phil Housley (28 GP), Ray Bourque (30 GP) and Aaron Ekblad (34 GP).
  • Only nine defensemen in NHL history have recorded more points before their 19th birthdays than Dahlin’s
  • Dahlin’s totals put him on pace for 44 points this season. It would tie as the fifth-most by a rookie defenseman since the 2005-06 season and would trail only Phil Housley (57 points in 1982-83) for most ever by a defenseman before his 19th birthday.

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel recorded his 18th multi-point game of the season on Saturday vs. Anaheim (0+2). He has now recorded two points in eight of his last 12 games.
  • Eichel’s 18 multi-point games tie him with Mikko Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon for the league lead and have already matched his single-season high.

DYNAMIC DUO
Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner are currently on pace to shatter their personal bests in points and make a mark in the Sabres’ record books on the strength of career-best production at even strength that ranks them among the best even-strength players in the league this season.

  • If he maintains his current pace, Eichel would finish the season with the second-most even-strength points ever recorded by a Sabre (80), trailing only Pat LaFontaine (83) in 1992-93, and would top LaFontaine’s franchise-record 52 even-strength assists that season. He would also become the first Sabre to record more than 95 points since the 1992-93 season (LaFontaine/Mogilny/Hawerchuk).
  • Skinner is currently on pace to log the second-highest goal total in Sabres history (58), trailing only Mogilny in 1992-93 (76). His 44 even-strength goals would finish behind only Mogilny’s even-strength total from 1992-93 (49) for most in team history.
Player/Season GP G A PTS ES G ES A ES P
Eichel Career High (2017-18) 67 25 39 64 22 20 42
Eichel 2018-19 37 14 34 48 11 25 36
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 82 31 75 106 24 55 80
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 37 26 12 38 20 8 28
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 58 27 84 44 18 62

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 47 PTS (T-4th), 21 W (T-7th), 83.6% PK% (5th)
  • Eichel: 158 S (2nd), 36 EVP (T-3rd), 25 EVA (T-4th), 34 A (T-5th), 48 P (T-7th)
  • Ristolainen: 25:42 TOI/GP (5th), 116 hits (5th)
  • Skinner: 3 OTG (T-1st), 6 GWG (2nd), 20 EVG (2nd), 26 G (2nd), plus-21 (6th)

BUF-STL CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Blues F Ryan O’Reilly played for the Sabres for three seasons (2015-2018), totaling 176 points (65+111) in 224 games and leading the team in points in the 2015-16 season.

Former Blues:

  • Sabres associate coach Davis Payne served as head coach of the Blues from 2009-2011, leading the team to a 67-55-15 record during his tenure.
  • Sabres G Carter Hutton spent two seasons with St. Louis (2016-2018), posting a 30-15-5 record and a .923 save percentage in 62 games with the team. He led all qualifying NHL goaltenders with a .931 save percentage and a 2.09 goals-against average in his final season with the Blues in 2017-18.
  • Sabres F Vladimir Sobotka played for the Blues from 2010 to 2018, recording 133 points (41+92) in 329 regular-season games with the team and adding 14 points (3+11) in 32 postseason contests.
  • Sabres F Tage Thompson was selected by St. Louis in the first round (26th overall) of the 2016 NHL Draft. He made his NHL debut with the Blues last season, tallying nine points (3+6) in 41 games as a rookie.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (116), Girgensons (60), Okposo (48)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (65), Bogosian (60), McCabe (51)
Shots: Eichel (158), Skinner (112), Ristolainen (97)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 6-4-0 (12), 26/28, 8/38, 22/30
11-20: 6-2-2 (14), 35/27, 4/28, 26/29
21-30: 5-3-2 (12), 31/32, 5/28, 23/29
31-40: 4-2-1 (9), 20/17, 5/24, 21/22

OVERTIME RESULTS (5-4; 118-125 all-time)
Oct. 27 at CBJ: L, 5-4 (GWG-Panarin, 0:31)
Oct. 30 vs. CGY: L, 2-1 (GWG-Gaudreau, 2:40)
Nov. 8 at MTL: W, 6-5 (GWG-Ristolainen, 1:38)
Nov. 19 at PIT: W, 5-4 (GWG-Eichel, 0:45)
Nov. 23 vs. MTL: W, 3-2 (GWG-Skinner, 3:06)
Nov. 27 vs. SJS: W, 3-2 (GWG-Skinner, 1:41)
Nov. 30 at FLA: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barkov, 2:26)
Dec. 4 vs. TOR: L, 4-3 (GWG-Matthews, 4:57)
Dec. 11 vs. LAK: W, 4-3 (GWG-Skinner, 1:49)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (3-1; 73-67 all-time)
Nov. 10 vs. VAN: W, 4-3 (GDG-Mittelstadt)
Nov. 16 at WPG: W, 2-1 (GDG-Sheary)
Nov. 24 at DET: W, 3-2 (GDG-Reinhart)
Dec. 15 at WSH: L, 4-3 (GDG-Ovechkin)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Vladimir Sobotka … 3 games … 500 career games played
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 5 assists … 300 career assists
Matt Hunwick … 8 assists … 100 career assists

RECENT MILESTONES
Remi Elie … 100th NHL game … Dec. 22 vs. ANA

Post-Game Report: 2/3 vs. St. Louis

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
 Blues
(32-19-3)
0 0 1 1 33
Sabres
(14-29-9)
0 0 0 0 27

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • Robin Lehner stopped 32 of 33 shots tonight (.970), improving to 120-for-123 (.976) in his last four games.
  • Tonight’s game was the 48th regular-season 1-0 game in Sabres history. The Sabres are 27-21 in these games.
    • The last was a 1-0 win vs. Detroit on Oct. 24, 2017. Robin Lehner earned the victory and Benoit Pouliot scored the lone goal.
  •  The team’s last 1-0 loss before tonight came on Feb. 24, 2016 at Anaheim.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Blues Hutton W 1.000 0.00
Sabres Lehner L .970 1.03

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Blues Hutton 14-4-1 .947 1.61
Sabres Lehner 11-20-6 .914 2.80

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Blues head coach Mike Yeo

Blues forward Alexander Steen

Blues defenseman Carl Gunnarsson

Blues goaltender Carter Hutton

Game Preview: 2/3/18 vs. St. Louis

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, February 1
Florida 4 at Buffalo 2
Goals: O’Reilly, Girgensons
Goalie: Johnson (28 saves/32 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 5/7; Shots: Buffalo 32 – Florida 32

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 186)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 8 games
Nathan Beaulieu (undisclosed, Jan. 23) – 4 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/1: Activated F Jacob Josefson from IR
2/3: Activated D Nathan Beaulieu from IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Feb. 6: Anaheim at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 8: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 10: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 11: Colorado at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 13: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
BLUES at SABRES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Blues this season.
  • Last meeting: St. Louis defeated Buffalo 3-2 (OT) in St. Louis on Dec. 10, 2017
  • The Sabres are 1-7-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Blues, 2-8-0 at home.
  • This is the 118th game all-time between Buffalo and St. Louis; Buffalo has a 46-54-17 series record.
  • The Sabres are 31-22-6 at home against the Blues all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-12-2 all-time on February 3.
  • February 3, 1985: Gilles Hamel scores twice, including a shorthanded goal, as the Sabres top the Flames 6-1 at home.
  • February 3, 1993: The Sabres trade Dave Andreychuk, Daren Puppa, and the team’s first-round draft choice in 1993 (Kenny Jonsson) to Toronto in exchange for Grant Fuhr and the Maple Leafs’ fifth-round pick (Kevin Popp) in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is the third in a five-game home stand and the second of nine home games in February.
  • With a win tonight, the Sabres would have wins in four straight matchups with Western Conference opponents for the first time since Feb. 10 to March 3, 2012.
  • Sabres goaltenders Robin Lehner and Chad Johnson have combined to stop 127 of the 131 shots (.969) they have faced at even strength in Buffalo’s last five games.
  • The Blues are one of five NHL teams (excluding the Sabres) that Jack Eichel has not yet recorded a goal against.
  • With a win tonight, the Sabres would have wins in consecutive home games against the Blues for the first time since Dec. 31, 1991 and Jan. 3, 1993.
  • A regulation victory tonight would give the Sabres the edge in the season series with the Blues for the first time since Buffalo won the lone meeting in 2009-10.

WHO’S HOT?

  • With a shutout in each of his starts last week, Robin Lehner earned NHL Third Star of the Week honors for the week ending Jan. 28. With his 25-save performance on Tuesday vs. New Jersey, he has stopped 88 of 90 shots (.978) in his last three games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 13 points (3+10) in his last 14 games, dating back to Dec. 29, despite getting a game misconduct after just 5:43 of ice time in one of those games. Ristolainen’s 13 points during that span tied for third among NHL defensemen entering play Friday.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded 15 points (4+11) in his last 15 games, including four multi-point games in his last nine contests.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded 10 points (5+5) in his last 10 games.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled eight points (3+5) in his last seven games.

HOT AT HOME

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 16 points (10+6) in 15 home games dating back to Nov. 20 vs. CBJ.
  • Kyle Okposo has totaled 14 points (3+11) in his last 14 home games, including three multi-point home games in the month of January.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 10 points (3+7) in 10 home games dating back to the team’s game on Dec. 12 vs. Ottawa.

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 30 points (13+17) in 26 games since the beginning of December.
  • During that stretch, Eichel ranked in the top 10 in the league in goals (T-6th, 13), points (T-6th, 30), even-strength goals (T-2nd, 11), even-strength points (T-10th, 19) and shots (T-5th, 100) entering play Friday.
  • Eichel scored at least two goals in four of those 26 games and entered play Friday tied for ninth in the league with four multi-goal games this season, just two off the league lead.

I LIKE EICH

  • Jack Eichel is currently on pace to shatter his personal bests in goals (24), assists (33) and points (57) on the strength of improved production at even strength (T-8th in NHL in ES goals, T-13th in ES points entering play Friday).
  • With his 17th even-strength goal in his 44th game of the season on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus, Eichel surpassed his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games). Through 51 games, Eichel now has 18 even-strength goals.
  • With his 35th even-strength point in his 48th game of the season on Jan. 24 at Edmonton, Eichel matched his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games).

Jack Eichel’s Production by Season

Season GP G A PTS ES G ES A ES P
2015-16 81 24 32 56 16 19 35
2016-17 61 24 33 57 14 19 33
2017-18 51 20 29 49 18 17 35
2017-18 (Pace) 82 32 47 79 29 27 56

 

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

  • Of Jack Eichel’s 49 points so far this season, 23 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes 6-on-5 situations).
  • Through 51 games, Eichel’s 23 primary points (12+11) during 5-on-5 play have already surpassed his 61-game total from last season (11+10) and are just one shy of his total from his 81-game rookie season (12+12).

*All primary point stats via NaturalStatTrick.com

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

  • Eichel: 18 EVG (T-8th), 181 S (T-8th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 3 SHP (T-5th), 193 S (5th)
  • O’Reilly: 731 FOW (1st), 61.3% FO% (1st), 1,193 FO (2nd)
  • Ristolainen: 26:17 TOI/GP (4th)

BUF-STL CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • The Sabres selected Chris Thorburn in the second round (50th overall) of the 2001 NHL Draft. He played two career games with the Sabres, totaling one assist and seven penalty minutes.

Former Blues:

  • Phil Housley played for the Blues during the 1993-94 season, posting 22 points (7+15) in 26 games.
  • Davis Payne spent parts of three seasons as St. Louis’ head coach, guiding the team to a 67-55-15 overall record from 2009-2011.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Represented Canada alongside Jaden Schwartz at the 2012 World Junior Championship.

Justin Falk:

  • Teammates with Kyle Brodziak for the Minnesota Wild from 2009-2015.

Evander Kane:

  • Played with Chris Thorburn for the Atlanta Thrashers from 2009-2011 and For the Winnipeg Jets from 2011-2015.
  • Represented Canada with Alex Pietrangelo at the 2011 World Championship.
  • Skated alongside Jay Bouwmeester as members of Team Canada at the 2012 World Championship.

Johan Larsson:

  • Was a member of the Minnesota Wild during the 2012-13 season along with Kyle Brodziak.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Teammates with Paul Stastny for the Colorado Avalanche from 2009-2014.
  • Represented Canada at the 2012 World Championship with Jay Bouwmeester.
  • Played with Colton Parayko and Brayden Schenn for Team Canada at the 2017 World Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Represented the United States at the 2012 World Championship with Paul Stastny.

Jason Pominville:

  • Teammates with Kyle Brodziak for the Minnesota Wild from 2012-2015.

Marco Scandella:

  • Represented Canada alongside Brayden Schenn at the 2010 World Junior Championship.
  • Teammates with Kyle Brodziak for the Minnesota Wild from 2010-2015.

NHL Draft:

  • Kyle Okposo (7th overall) and Patrik Berglund (25th overall) were both first-round selections of the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • The second round of the 2008 NHL Draft saw both Marco Scandella (58th overall) and Jake Allen (34th overall) go off the board. They were also teammates for Team Canada at the 2010 World Junior Championship.
  • Evander Kane (4th overall), Jacob Josefson (20th overall) and Brayden Schenn (5th overall) were all selected in the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (115), McCabe (109), Kane (101)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (76), Scandella (74), Ristolainen (64)
Shots: Kane (193), Eichel (181), O’Reilly (134)

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: 3-4-3 (9), 24/33, 3/25, 23/28
41-50: 4-6-0 (8), 27/31, 10/33, 15/26
51-60: 0-1-0 (0), 2/4, 1/3, 5/7

OVERTIME RESULTS (3-8; 111-119 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)
Dec. 15 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Slavin)
Dec. 27 at NYI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barzal)
Dec. 29 at NJD: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen)
Jan. 1 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Miller)
Jan. 22 at CGY: W, 2-1 (GWG-Eichel)

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 … 1 home win … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Benoit Pouliot … 2 games … 600 career games played
Jacob Josefson … 4 games … 300 career games played
Jack Eichel … 7 games … 200 career games played
Assists
Jack Eichel … 6 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Ryan O’Reilly … 4 points … 400 career points
Zemgus Girgensons … 5 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Game Preview: 12/10/17 at STL

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Friday, December 8
Buffalo 2 at Chicago 3 (OT)
Goals: Pominville, Okposo
Goalie: Lehner (48 saves/51 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 3/4; Shots: Chicago 51 – Buffalo 28

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 134)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Taylor Fedun (lower body, Nov. 17; injured reserve) – 12 games
Jacob Josefson (ankle, Nov. 28; injured reserve) – 5 games
Nathan Beaulieu (illness, Dec. 5) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
12/4: Acquired F Scott Wilson from Detroit in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft; Recalled F Evan Rodrigues from Rochester (AHL); Assigned F Kyle Criscuolo to Rochester; Placed F Matt Moulson on waivers
12/5: Assigned F Matt Moulson to Ontario (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Dec. 12: Ottawa at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 14: Buffalo at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 15: Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 19: Boston at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 22: Philadelphia at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at BLUES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Blues this season.
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 in Buffalo
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated St. Louis 3-2 in Buffalo on Feb. 18
  • The Sabres are 1-8-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Blues, 1-6-3 on the road.
  • This is the 117th game all-time between Buffalo and St. Louis; Buffalo has a 46-54-16 series record.
  • The Sabres are 15-32-10 on the road against the Blues all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-8-1 all-time on December 10.
  • December 10, 1983: Phil Housley records his 100th NHL point in a 4-2 win at Boston. Housley remains the only defenseman ever to record 100 points for the Sabres before his 20th birthday.
  • December 10, 1989: Dave Andreychuk records his 500th NHL point in a 4-3 win vs. Washington. Andreychuk, who ranks second in Sabres history with 804 points, is one of just nine Sabres player to record 500 points with the team.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is Buffalo’s final in a three-game Western Conference trip that began with a 4-2 win at Colorado on Tuesday and a 3-2 overtime loss at Chicago on Friday.
  • The Sabres are 7-7-3 in road games (and 6-6-3 at home) against Central Division teams since the beginning of the 2015-16 season. A win or overtime loss tonight would give the Sabres points in three straight visits to Central Division opponents for the first time since the team went 4-0-1 in their five Central Division road games from Dec. 3, 2003 to Jan. 10, 2007.
  • Robin Lehner made 48 saves in Buffalo’s overtime loss at Chicago on Friday, including all 35 shots he faced during 5-on-5 play. Lehner has not allowed a 5-on-5 goal in either of first two games of this road trip.
  • If he dresses, tonight will be Ryan O’Reilly’s 600th NHL game.

STINGING THE BLUES

  • Robin Lehner is 4-2-0 in his career against St. Louis with a .925 save percentage.
  • Kyle Okposo has 10 points (3+7) in his last nine games against the Blues, including five points (2+3) in his last four visits to St. Louis.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has six points (4+2) in his last four road games against the Blues, dating back to the beginning of the 2013-14 season.

MUNCHING MINUTES
Rasmus Ristolainen logged 31:44 of ice time on Friday at Chicago, topping the 30-minute mark for the second straight game and the 10th time in his career.

  • 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. No Sabre has ever logged more than 30 minutes of ice time in three straight games.
  • He now leads the league with an average of 27:14 of ice time per game this season. The Sabres are 6-1-3 in Ristolainen’s career when the defenseman skates more than 30 minutes.

ONE BUFFALO

  • The Sabres and the Buffalo Bills are playing on the same day for the second of two times this season after doing so three times last season. The other occurrence was Nov. 2.
  • The teams have played on the same date 216 times, with both teams winning their respective games on 48 of those days.
  • The Sabres are 116-67-33 when playing on a Bills game day and the Bills enter this game 91-123-2 on those dates.
  • The last time the Sabres and Bills both won on the same date was Oct. 16, 2016.

NICE TO SEE YOU AGAIN
On Monday, the Sabres recalled Evan Rodrigues from the Rochester Americans and acquired Scott Wilson in a trade with the Detroit Red Wings. The pair, who played together as teenagers for the OJHL’s Georgetown Raiders in 2009-10 and 2010-11, have skated as linemates in each of the Sabres’ last two games. Both players recorded their first point of the season with assist each on Kyle Okposo’s second-period goal on Friday at Chicago.

THE KANE EVENT
Since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, Evander Kane has scored 41 goals in 99 games. Entering play Saturday, those 41 goals tied for 20th in the league during that span and his 34 even-strength goals tied for ninth.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 12/9 games)

  • Eichel: 2 SHP (T-6th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-1st), 3 SHP (T-1st), 129 S (2nd)
  • O’Reilly: 436 FOW (1st), 61.2% FO% (1st), 712 FO (2nd), 2 SHP (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 27:14 TOI/GP (1st)

BUF-STL CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • The Sabres selected Chris Thorburn in the second round (50th overall) of the 2001 NHL Draft. He played two career games with the Sabres, totaling one assist and seven penalty minutes.

Former Blues:

  • Phil Housley played for the Blues during the 1993-94 season, posting 22 points (7+15) in 26 games.
  • Davis Payne spent parts of three seasons as St. Louis’ head coach, guiding the team to a 67-55-15 overall record from 2009-2011.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Played with Chris Thorburn for the Atlanta Thrashers from 2008-2011 and For the Winnipeg Jets from 2011-2015.

Justin Falk:

  • Teammates with Kyle Brodziak for the Minnesota Wild from 2009-2015.

Evander Kane:

  • Played with Chris Thorburn for the Atlanta Thrashers from 2009-2011 and For the Winnipeg Jets from 2011-2015.
  • Represented Canada with Alex Pietrangelo at the 2011 World Championship.
  • Skated alongside Jay Bouwmeester as members of Team Canada at the 2012 World Championship.

Johan Larsson:

  • Was a member of the Minnesota Wild during the 2012-13 season along with Kyle Brodziak.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Teammates with Paul Stastny for the Colorado Avalanche from 2009-2014.
  • Represented Canada at the 2012 World Championship with Jay Bouwmeester.
  • Played with Colton Parayko and Brayden Schenn for Team Canada at the 2017 World Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Represented the United States at the 2012 World Championship with Paul Stastny.

Jason Pominville:

  • Teammates with Kyle Brodziak for the Minnesota Wild from 2012-2015.

Marco Scandella:

  • Represented Canada alongside Brayden Schenn at the 2010 World Junior Championship.
  • Teammates with Kyle Brodziak for the Minnesota Wild from 2010-2015.

NHL Draft:

  • Kyle Okposo (7th overall) and Patrik Berglund (25th overall) were both first-round selections of the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Zach Bogosian (3rd overall) and Alex Pietrangelo (4th overall) were selected one pick apart in the first round of the 2008 NHL Draft.
  • The second round of the 2008 NHL Draft saw both Marco Scandella (58th overall) and Jake Allen (34th overall) go off the board. They were also teammates for Team Canada at the 2010 World Junior Championship.
  • Evander Kane (4th overall), Brayden Schenn (5th overall) and Magnus Paajarvi (10th overall) were all selected in the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: McCabe (57), Ristolainen (57), Kane (56)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (49), Scandella (44), Ristolainen (37)
Shots: Kane (129), Eichel (95), O’Reilly (73)

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: 2-6-1 (5), 16/28, 1/28, 21/29

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-4; 109-115 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)

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Wins
Buffalo Sabres … 4 home wins … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Ryan O’Reilly … 1 games … 600 career games played
Sam Reinhart … 4 games … 200 career games played
Rasmus Ristolainen … 7 games … 300 career games played
Assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 8 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Marco Scandella … 6 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Post-Game Report: 2/18 vs. STL

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Blues
(31-23-5)
1 0 1 2 39
Sabres
(26-23-10)
1 2 0 3 28

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • Today’s game was the seventh of eight afternoon games (3 p.m. ET or earlier) for the Sabres this season. The team is 5-2-0 in the first seven and was 6-3-2 in 11 afternoon games last season.
  • With the win, the Sabres have improved to 8-2-1 at home in 2017.
  • Evander Kane recorded two points (1+1) today, giving him 14 points (8+6) in his last 13 games.
    • Kane’s goal tied him for sixth in the NHL with 19 even-strength goals this season.
    • With 20 goals in 47 games this season, Kane has already matched his total from 2015-16 (65 GP).
  • Nicholas Baptiste recorded his first career multi-point game (1+1), including his first NHL assist.
  • Ryan O’Reilly’s power-play goal gave him seven points (3+4) in his last seven games, including a point in each of his last four.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen recorded his 100th NHL point with an assist on O’Reilly’s goal, becoming the third-youngest Sabres defenseman ever to reach that milestone.
  • With his assist, Jack Eichel has 17 points (5+12) in his last 17 games. He also has 18 points (7+11) in 19 home contests this season.
  • Robin Lehner stopped 37 of 39 shots and now has a .935 save percentage in 2017 (15 games).
    • As of the end of the game, his .926 save percentage ranked fourth in the NHL on the season.
  • Injury Update: Sam Reinhart missed this afternoon’s game due to an illness.

Today’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Blues
Allen L .893 3.08
Sabres Lehner W .949 2.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Blues Allen 22-15-3 .902 2.69
Sabres Lehner 17-16-6 .926 2.47

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly

Sabres forward Evander Kane

Sabres forward Nicholas Baptiste

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Blues head coach Mike Yeo

Blues forward Kyle Brodziak

Blues defenseman Joel Edmundson

Blues defenseman Colton Parayko