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Game Preview: 4/9/17 at TBL

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, April 8
Buffalo 0 at Florida 3
Goals: N/A
Goalie: Lehner (34 saves/37 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 3/4; Shots: Florida 37 – Buffalo 30

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 400)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 81 games
Johan Larsson (wrist, Jan. 3; injured reserve) – 45 games
Taylor Fedun (foot, March 20) – 9 games
Kyle Okposo (illness, March 28) – 5 games
Anders Nilsson (undisclosed, April 5) – 2 games
Marcus Foligno (knee, April 8) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
4/3:
Recalled F Alexander Nylander from Rochester (AHL)
4/5: Recalled G Linus Ullmark from Rochester (AHL)
4/6: Assigned G Linus Ullmark to Rochester (AHL)
4/7: Recalled G Linus Ullmark from Rochester (AHL); Assigned D Brendan Guhle to Rochester (AHL) from Prince George (WHL)
4/8: Signed F Sean Malone to a two-year, entry-level contract

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at LIGHTNING

  • This is the fourth and final meeting between the Sabres and Lightning this season.
  • Last meeting: Tampa Bay defeated Buffalo 2-1 in Buffalo on March 4
  • The Sabres are 1-8-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Lightning; 3-7-0 on the road.
  • This is the 94th game all-time between Buffalo and Tampa Bay; Buffalo has a 52-34-7 series record.
  • The Sabres are 28-16-3 on the road against the Lightning all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 5-2-1 all-time on April 9 (regular season only).
  • April 9, 1980: Bob Sauve records the first playoff shutout in franchise history with a 6-0 win vs. Vancouver.
  • April 9, 1988: John Tucker sets a franchise playoff record with four goals in a 6-2 win vs. Boston.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 23-15-7 all-time in the final game of the regular season, including a 6-3-2 record since 2005-06.
  • After going 4-9-3 in their first 16 games against Atlantic Division opponents this season, the Sabres are 9-3-1 in their last 13.
  • Buffalo is 56-for-65 (86.2%) on the penalty kill in its last 25 games.
  • The Sabres need a win tonight to avoid being swept in the season series against the Lightning for the first time ever.

TOPPING TAMPA

  • The Sabres’ 28-16-3 (.628) record in Tampa Bay is the team’s best all-time road record against any Eastern Conference opponent. The team’s next best road record against an Eastern conference opponent is its 41-26-11 (.596) mark at Washington.
  • Buffalo’s all-time record of 52-33-8 (.602) against Tampa Bay is the team’s third-best record against any Eastern Conference opponent, trailing only their 87-48-20 (.626) mark against Washington and their 113-67-26 (.612) record against Toronto.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s 19th of a league-high 19 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 3-0 loss last night at Florida. The Sabres are 8-8-3 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 6-11-1 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 (8), one point (2) and zero points (4).

LOCAL KID MAKES GOOD

  • West Seneca native Sean Malone made his NHL debut last night at Florida. Malone become the seventh player born in the Buffalo area to appear in a regular-season game for the Sabres, joining Cole Schneider, Justin Bailey, Marcus Foligno, Patrick Kaleta, Tim Kennedy and Scott Thomas.
  • Aside from these seven, 10 other Sabres players in franchise history have been born in New York State:
    • Peter Ciavaglia (Albany); Jerry D’Amigo (Binghamton); Zach Bogosian and Mike Hurlbut (Massena); Tracey Pratt (New York City); Rory Fitzpatrick, Brian Gionta and Derek Whitmore (Rochester); Tim Connolly (Syracuse); Connor Knapp (York)

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 57 points (24+33) and leads the league with 245 shots on goal.
  • Eichel has logged 42 points (16+26) in his last 39 games, including 12 multi-point outings during that stretch. The Sabres are 14-2-0 this season (and 22-5-1 in his career) when he has at least two points.
  • Eichel’s .95 points per game rank him 10th among all players with at least 20 games played this season.
  • If Eichel records four points tonight, he will be the eighth player in franchise history to record a point per game in one of his first two full NHL seasons, joining Rick Martin (1971-72), Rene Robert (1972-73), Dave Andreychuk (1983-84), Phil Housley (1983-84), Pierre Turgeon (1988-89), Alexander Mogilny (1990-91) and Thomas Vanek (2006-07).

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

THE KANE EVENT

  • Evander Kane has scored each of his 27 goals this season in his last 57 games.
  • Kane is tied for 15th in the NHL with 24 even-strength goals despite not scoring his first until Dec. 3.
  • Since Dec. 1, Kane ranks ninth among all NHL skaters in goals (27) and leads the league in even-strength goals (24).

*All rankings as of the end 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)

.22 (18)

A/GP

.40 (33)

.24 (20)

.55 (45)

.38 (32)

P/GP

.69 (57)

.53 (43)

.95 (78)

.60 (49)

SOG/GP

2.9 (238)

2.1 (172)

4.1 (335)

2.3 (186)

(82-game pace in parentheses)

THEY’VE GOT THE POWER

  • The Sabres rank first in the league with a 24.6% 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 third-best conversion rate in franchise history and the best since the team’s 25.4% mark in 1975-76. It would be the 13th-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 34th among all NHL skaters with 39 assists this season.

  • Ristolainen has recorded an assist on 20.4 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 five goals to fall below 20 percent.

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

  • Buffalo Sabres: 24.6% PP% (1st)
  • Eichel: 4.1 S/GP (1st)
  • Foligno: 279 hits (5th)
  • Kane: 3.7 S/GP (5th)
  • Nilsson: .933 EV SV% (6th), .923 SV% (10th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:31 TOI/GP (1st, forwards), 57.9 FO% (5th)
  • Ristolainen: 24 PPA (4th), 26:31 TOI/GP (5th), 39 A (T-7th, defensemen)

BUF-TBL Connections
Josh Gorges:

  • Represented Canada alongside Braydon Coburn at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Dmitry Kulikov:

  • Teammates with Jason Garrison for the Florida Panthers from 2009-2012.

Anders Nilsson:

  • Represented Sweden with Victor Hedman at the 2010 World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Represented Canada alongside Jonathan Drouin at the 2014 World Junior Championship.
  • Brayden Point was a member of Team Canada along with Reinhart at the 2015 World Junior Championship.

World Championship:

  • Jake McCabe played with Tyler Johnson for the United States at the 2014 World Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Andrei Vasilevskiy (19th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Jonathan Drouin (3rd overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (279), Ristolainen (193), Gorges (142)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (158), McCabe (114), Gorges (107)
Shots: Kane (258), Eichel (245), O’Reilly (188)

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: 5-5-0 (10), 21/23, 7/18, 21/24
81-82: 0-1-0 (0), 0/3, 0/2, 3/4

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-6; 108-111 all-time)
Oct. 18 at CGY: L, 4-3 (GWG-Monahan, 2:26)
Nov. 11 vs. NJD: L, 2-1 (GWG-Greene, 0:29)
Dec. 5 at WSH: L, 3-2 (GWG-Johansson, 2:38)
Dec. 6 vs. EDM: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen, 0:57)
Dec. 16 vs. NYI: W, 3-2 (GWG-Ristolainen, 0:42)

Jan. 5 at CHI: L, 4-3 (GWG-Kane, 0:56)
Jan. 20 vs. DET: W, 3-2 (GWG-Okposo, 4:34)
Jan. 21 at MTL: W, 3-2 (GWG-Bogosian, 1:48)
Jan. 24 at NSH: W, 5-4 (GWG-Eichel, 2:35)

Feb. 2 vs. NYR: L, 2-1 (GWG-Kreider, 3:56)
Feb. 7 vs. SJS: W, 5-4 (GWG-Kane, 1:05)
Feb. 28 vs. NSH: L, 5-4 (GWG-Forsberg, 2:45)

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)
Goals

Tyler Ennis … 3 goals … 100 NHL goals
Assists
Brian Gionta … 2 assists … 300 NHL assists
Points
Evander Kane … 1 point … 300 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
Alexander Nylander … 1st NHL game … April 3 vs. TOR
Sean Malone … 1st NHL game … April 8 at FLA

Post-Game Report: 3/4 vs. TBL

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Lightning
(30-26-8)
0 1 0 0 1 2 32
Sabres
(27-26-12)
1 0 0 0 0 1 32

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • Jack Eichel’s assist on Buffalo’s goal extends his point streak to a career-best nine games (2+10).
    • Eichel’s point streak is 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.
  • With his power-play goal in the first period, Ryan O’Reilly has points in 13 of his last 15 games at KeyBank Center, including five points (2+3) in his last three games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen earned the primary assist on O’Reilly’s goal, tying him for the league lead with 21 power-play assists this season.
  • Injury Update: Dmitry Kulikov left tonight’s game with an upper-body injury.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Lightning
Vasilevskiy W .969 0.92
Sabres Lehner O .969 0.92

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Lightning Vasilevskiy 14-13-5 .913 2.69
Sabres Lehner 18-18-8 .922 2.59

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Lightning head coach Jon Cooper

Lightning forward Tyler Johnson

Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov

Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison

Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman

Game Preview: 3/4/17 vs. TBL

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, March 2
Arizona 3 at Buffalo 6
Goals: Foligno (2), O’Reilly, Eichel, Kane, Reinhart
Goalie: Lehner (19 saves/22 shots)
PP: 2/4; PK: 2/2; Shots: Buffalo 41 – Arizona 22

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 310)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 64 games
Johan Larsson (wrist, Jan. 3; injured reserve) – 28 games
William Carrier (knee, Feb.4; injured reserve) – 14 games
Kyle Okposo (ribs) – 0 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/26:
Recalled G Linus Ullmark from Rochester (AHL)
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
Sunday, March 5:
Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 5 p.m.
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.

TONIGHT’S GAME
LIGHTNING at SABRES

  • This is the third of four meetings between the Sabres and Lightning this season.
  • Last meeting: Tampa Bay defeated Buffalo 4-2 in Tampa on Jan. 12
  • Next meeting: Sunday, April 9 in Tampa
  • The Sabres are 1-9-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Lightning; 2-6-2 at home.
  • This is the 93rd game all-time between Buffalo and Tampa Bay; Buffalo has a 52-33-7 series record.
  • The Sabres are 24-17-4 at home against the Lightning all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-8-2 all-time on March 4.
  • March 4, 1972: The Sabres acquire Rene Robert in a trade that completes the French Connection.
  • March 4, 1983: Mal Davis tallies four points and 15 Buffalo players make the score sheet in a 10-2 win vs. Pittsburgh.
  • March 4, 2009: Thomas Vanek plays in his 300th career NHL game, a 5-1 win vs. Montreal.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Buffalo’s all-time record of 52-33-7 (.603) against Tampa Bay is the team’s third-best record against any Eastern Conference opponent, trailing only their 87-48-20 (.626) mark against Washington and their 112-66-26 (.613) record against Toronto.
  • The Lightning will be looking to win their fifth consecutive game in Buffalo for the first time in franchise history. The Sabres’ last home win against the Lightning was a 2-1 shootout victory on Dec. 2, 2014.
  • Jack Eichel has four points (2+2) in his last three games against the Lightning.
  • Cody Franson has three points (2+1) in his last three games against the Lightning.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel enters tonight’s game on a career-best eight-game point streak (2+9).
  • Evander Kane has 17 points (11+6) in his last 18 games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has a point in 10 of his last 14 games (1+9).
  • Jake McCabe has at least a point in each of his last three games (1+3) and enters tonight seeking his first career four-game point streak.

HOME COOKIN’

  • Ryan O’Reilly has 22 points (7+15) in his last 19 home games.
  • Sam Reinhart has 14 points (5+9) in his last 14 home games and hasn’t gone two home games without a point since Dec. 6 and 9.
  • Jack Eichel has 23 points (8+15) in 22 home games this season, including seven multi-point outings.
  • Evander Kane has eight points (7+1) in his last eight home games.

JACK ATTACK

  • In the time since his Nov. 29 return from an injury that sidelined him for 21 games, Jack Eichel ranks 12th among all NHL skaters with 40 points (15+25) and leads the league with 173 shots on goal.
  • Entering play Friday, Eichel was tied with Patrick Kane for most points since the beginning of February (19) and led all NHL players with 16 assists during that timeframe.
  • Eichel has logged 25 points (7+18) in his last 22 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 entering play Friday.

THE KANE EVENT

  • Evander Kane has scored each of his 23 goals this season in his last 40 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 (153).
  • Kane’s current pace of .423 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 four different players (Mogilny, Rick Martin, Danny Gare and Gilbert Perreault) in franchise history have finished at least one season with a better rate.

*All rankings before 3/3 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)

.35 (29)

.24 (20)

A/GP

.40 (33)

.24 (20)

.58 (48)

.40 (33)

P/GP

.69 (57)

.53 (43)

.93 (76)

.65 (53)

SOG/GP

2.9 (238)

2.1 (172)

4.0 (330)

2.4 (194)

(82-game pace in parentheses)

THEY’VE GOT THE POWER

  • The Sabres entered play Friday ranked third in the league with a 22.8% success rate on the power play.
  • Buffalo has not finished a season ranked in the top five in power play percentage since the 2005-06 season (third, 21.2%).
  • The team’s current power-play percentage would rank as the seventh-best conversion rate in franchise history and the best since the team’s 23.6% mark in 1984-85. It would be the 44th-best season by any team since the league began publishing the stat in 1987-88.

ASSIST-OLAINEN
Rasmus Ristolainen
enters play Friday tied for 23rd among all NHL skaters with 34 assists this season.

  • Ristolainen has recorded an assist on 21.7 percent of his teammates’ goals. Only one Sabres defenseman has ever recorded an assist on more than 20 percent of his teammates’ goals: Phil Housley (22.6%) in 1989-90.
  • Ristolainen would need to fail to record an assist on each of his teammates’ next 14 goals to fall below 20 percent.

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

  • Buffalo Sabres: 22.8% PP% (3rd)
  • Eichel: 4.0 S/GP (1st)
  • Foligno: 222 hits (3rd)
  • Kane: 22 EVG (T-5th), 3.4 S/GP (10th)
  • Lehner: .921 SV% (9th)
  • Nilsson: .931 EV SV% (10th)
  • Okposo: 22 PPP (T-8th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:37 TOI/GP (1st, forwards), 57.7 FO% (6th)
  • Ristolainen: 20 PPA (T-2nd), 26:52 TOI (4th), 21 PPP (T-10th), 33 A (6th, defensemen)

BUF-TBL Connections
Josh Gorges:

  • Represented Canada alongside Braydon Coburn at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Dmitry Kulikov:

  • Teammates with Jason Garrison for the Florida Panthers from 2009-2012.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played with Tyler Johnson for the United States at the 2014 World Championship

Anders Nilsson:

  • Represented Sweden with Victor Hedman at the 2010 World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Represented Canada alongside Jonathan Drouin at the 2014 World Junior Championship.
  • Brayden Point was a member of Team Canada along with Reinhart at the 2015 World Junior Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Andrei Vasilevskiy (19th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Jonathan Drouin (3rd overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (222), Ristolainen (159), Gorges (109)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (141), McCabe (85), Gorges (83)
Shots: Kane (178), Eichel (173), Ristolainen (156)

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: 1-3-0 (2), 15/16, 3/11, 10/11

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 (1-5; 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

Dmitry Kulikov … 2 games … 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 … 4 points … 100 NHL points
Evander Kane … 9 points … 300 NHL points

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

Game Preview: 1/12/17 at TBL

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, January 10
Philadelphia 1 at Buffalo 4
Goals: Reinhart, Carrier, Kane, Foligno
Goalie: Nilsson (39 saves/40 shots)
PP: 1/2; PK: 1/2; Shots: Philadelphia 40 – Buffalo 27

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 200)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 40 games
Tyler Ennis (groin, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 28 games
Dmitry Kulikov (lower back, Dec. 29; injured reserve) – 6 games
Johan Larsson (wrist, Jan. 3; injured reserve) – 4 games
Josh Gorges (hip, Jan. 7) – 2 games
Robin Lehner (illness, Jan. 10) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/10:
Recalled G Linus Ullmark from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Johan Larsson on IR; Placed F Derek Grant on waivers
1/11: F Derek Grant claimed off waivers by Nashville

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, Jan. 13:
Buffalo at Carolina, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 16: Dallas at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 17: Buffalo at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 20: Detroit at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 21: Buffalo at Montreal, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at LIGHTNING

  • This is the second of four meetings between the Sabres and Lightning this season.
  • Last meeting: Tampa Bay defeated Buffalo 4-1 in Buffalo on Nov. 17, 2016
  • Next meeting: Saturday, March 4 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 2-8-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Lightning; 4-6-0 on the road
  • This is the 92nd game all-time between Buffalo and Tampa Bay; Buffalo has a 52-32-7 series record.
  • The Sabres are 28-15-3 on the road against the Lightning all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-6-3 all-time on January 12.
  • January 12, 1978: Gilbert Perreault scores all three Sabres goals to collect his fourth hat trick of the season in a 6-3 loss at Cleveland.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are looking for their first five-game point streak since March 2012 after going 3-0-1 in their last four games.
  • If they score three goals tonight, the Sabres will have scored at least three goals in five consecutive games for the first time since they did so in six straight from March 23 to April 3, 2015.
  • Jack Eichel has three points (2+1) in his last two games against the Lightning.
  • Taylor Fedun has a point in each of his two career games against Tampa Bay.
  • Cody Franson has three points (2+1) in his last two games against the Lightning.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 18 points (3+15) his last 19 games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded 15 points (4+11) in his last 15 games, including two-point games in each of his three games since returning from a four-game absence following an appendectomy.
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded 12 points (3+9) in his last 10 games.
  • Marcus Foligno has a goal in each of his last three games and six total points (4+2) in his last nine.
  • Jack Eichel has tallied six points (3+3) in his last seven games.

ROAD WARRIORS

  • Ryan O’Reilly has 15 points (6+9) in 15 road games this season, including seven points (2+5) in his last six.
  • Kyle Okposo has 16 points (8+8) in 20 road games this season, including points in each of his last three (2+2).
  • Jack Eichel has seven points (4+3) in nine road games this season, including points in each of his last four (3+2).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 14 points (1+13) in 20 road games this season, including eight (1+7) in his last nine.
  • Sam Reinhart has six points (2+4) in his last six road games.

TOPPING TAMPA

  • The Sabres’ 28-15-3 (.641) record in Tampa Bay is the team’s best all-time road record against any Eastern Conference opponent. The team’s next best road record against an Eastern conference opponent is its 42-25-10 (.610) mark at Washington.
  • Buffalo’s all-time record of 52-32-7 (.610) against Tampa Bay is the team’s third-best record against any Eastern Conference opponent, trailing only their 87-48-20 (.626) mark against Washington and their 111-65-26 (.614) record against Toronto.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s sixth of a league-high 19 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night at Carolina. The Sabres are 2-1-2 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-2-1 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets this season is: four points (1), three points (2), two points (0), one point (1) and zero points (1).

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)

.42 (35)

.23 (18)

A/GP

.40 (33)

.24 (20)

.32 (26)

.45 (37)

P/GP

.69 (57)

.53 (43)

.74 (60)

.68 (55)

SOG/GP

2.9 (238)

2.1 (172)

3.7 (306)

2.2 (182)

(82-game pace in parentheses)

ASSIST-OLAINEN
Rasmus Ristolainen
entered play Wednesday tied for 15th among all NHL skaters with 24 assists.

  • Ristolainen has recorded an assist on 27.3 percent of his teammates’ goals*. Entering play Wednesday, it was the seventh-highest such percentage in the league.
  • This would rank as the fourth-highest percentage in franchise history. Only one Sabres defenseman has ever recorded an assist on more than 20 percent of his teammates’ goals: Phil Housley (22.6%) in 1989-90.
    • Ristolainen would need to fail to record an assist on each of his teammates’ next 19 goals to fall behind Housley’s pace.

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

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before Jan. 11 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 22.3% PP% (7th), 50.7% FO% (10th)
  • Eichel: 3.7 S/GP (4th)
  • Foligno: 119 hits (10th)
  • Moulson: 7 PPG (T-9th)
  • Nilsson: .945 EV SV% (2nd), .930 SV% (5th)
  • Okposo: 15 PPP (T-10th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:35 TOI/GP (3rd, forwards), 56.8 FO% (9th)
  • Ristolainen: 15 PPA (T-2nd), 26:52 TOI (5th), 16 PPP (T-6th), 24 A (5th, defensemen), 27 PTS (5th, defensemen)

LAST LINE OF DEFENSE
Buffalo’s goaltenders entered play Wednesday with the fifth-best combined save percentage* (.924) in the league. They also had the fifth-best save percentage during 5-on-5 play (.934).

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

*Combined save percentage excludes empty net goals

BUF-TBL CONNECTIONS
Local Players:

  • Ryan Callahan was born in Rochester, New York and played for the Buffalo Lightning (OPJHL) during the 2001-02 season.

Josh Gorges:

  • Represented Canada alongside Braydon Coburn at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Matt Moulson:

  • He and Brian Boyle were both members of the Los Angeles Kings from 2007-2009.

Anders Nilsson:

  • Represented Sweden with Victor Hedman at the 2010 World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Represented Canada alongside Jonathan Drouin at the 2014 World Junior Championship.

World Championships:

  • Kyle Okposo and J.T. Brown represented the United States at the 2012 World Championship.
  • Jake McCabe played with Tyler Johnson for the United States at the 2014 World Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Andrei Vasilevskiy (19th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Jonathan Drouin (3rd overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (119), Ristolainen (111), Carrier (79)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (80), Gorges (62), McCabe (60)
Shots: Okposo (101), O’Reilly (90), Reinhart/Ristolainen (89)

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

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-4; 104-109 all-time)
Oct. 18 at CGY: L, 4-3 (GWG-Monahan)
Nov. 11 vs. NJD: L, 2-1 (GWG-Greene)
Dec. 5 at WSH: L, 3-2 (GWG-Johansson)
Dec. 6 vs. EDM: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen)
Dec. 16 vs. NYI: W, 3-2 (GWG-Ristolainen)

Jan. 5 at CHI: L, 4-3 (GWG-Kane)

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Zach Bogosian … 2 games … 500 NHL games
Cody Franson … 4 games … 500 NHL games
Justin Falk … 5 games … 200 NHL games
Matt Moulson … 5 games … 600 NHL games
Points
Kyle Okposo … 4 points … 400 NHL points
Cody Franson … 5 points … 200 NHL points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 8 points … 100 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
Jack Eichel … 100th NHL game … Jan. 10 vs. PHI

Post-Game Report: 11/17 vs. TBL

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Lightning
(11-6-1)
1 2 1 4 38
Sabres
(5-8-4)
0 1 0 1 33

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • With the loss, the Sabres have lost three straight games in regulation for the first time since Jan. 20 to 25. The team is now on its first six-game winless streak since Dec. 28, 2015 to Jan. 8, 2016.
  • The Lightning have now won four consecutive games in Buffalo for the first time since March 19, 1995 to Oct. 15, 1996. The Sabres’ last home win against the Lightning was a 2-1 shootout victory on Dec. 2, 2014.
  • Dan Bylsma coached his 500th regular-season NHL game as a tonight. Bylsma became the 66th coach (18th active) to reach this milestone.
    • Among NHL coaches with at least 500 games coached, only Bruce Boudraeu, Scotty Bowman and Toe Blake have a better career record than Bylsma’s 292-161-47 mark.
  • Cody Franson’s power-play goal marked his first goal since Jan. 16, 2016 vs. WSH.
    • Franson now has three points (2+1) in his last two games against the Lightning.
  • Taylor Fedun recorded his first assist as a Sabre on Franson’s goal and now has two points (1+1) in two career games against Tampa Bay.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Lightning
Bishop W .970 1.00
Sabres Lehner L .895 4.01

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Lightning
Bishop 7-5-0 .909 2.77
Sabres Lehner 4-7-2 .919 2.53

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo

Sabres forward Evander Kane

Sabres defenseman Cody Franson

Lightning head coach Jon Cooper

Lightning forward Valtteri Filppula

Lightning forward Alex Killorn

Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop