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Game Preview: 4/6/18 at Tampa Bay

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Wednesday, April 4
Ottawa 4 at Buffalo 2
Goals: O’Reilly, Okposo
Goalie: Johnson (28 saves/31 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 1/1; Shots: Buffalo 34 – Ottawa 32

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 314)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 37 games
Jake McCabe (shoulder, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 27 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body. March 17) – 10 games
Linus Ullmark (upper body, March 26) – 5 games
Robin Lehner (lower body, March 31) – 3 games
Victor Antipin (concussion, April 2) – 2 games
Zemgus Girgensons (face, April 4) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/31: Assigned F Kyle Criscuolo to Rochester (AHL)
4/2: Recalled D Matt Tennyson from Rochester (AHL)
4/3: Recalled F Alexander Nylander and F Kevin Porter from Rochester (AHL)

REMAINING GAMES
Saturday, April 7: Buffalo at Florida, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at LIGHTNING

  • This is the fourth and final meeting between the Sabres and Lightning this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Tampa Bay 2-1 in Tampa on Feb. 28
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Lightning; 3-7-0 on the road.
  • This is the 98th game all-time between Buffalo and Tampa Bay; Buffalo has a 54-35-8 series record.
  • The Sabres are 29-17-3 on the road against the Lightning all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-5-2 all-time on April 6.
  • April 6, 1980: Danny Gare scores twice in a 7-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Aud to finish the regular season with 56 goals.
  • April 6, 1995: Craig Muni appears in his 100th game as a member of the Sabres, a 1-1 tie at Boston.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • With wins in each of the last two meetings between these teams, the Sabres enter tonight’s game with consecutive wins against the Lightning for the first time since March 19, 2012 and Feb. 26, 2013. A win tonight would stretch that streak to three games for the first time since Buffalo won four in a row from Oct. 4, 2009 to March 27, 2010
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 36 points (17+19) in his last 36 games dating back to Jan. 18. Reinhart has 19 goals in 41 games so far in 2018, tying him for 13th-most in the league since Jan. 1 entering play Thursday.

TOPPING TAMPA

  • The Sabres’ 29-17-3 (.622) 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 41-27-11 (.589) mark at Washington.
  • Buffalo’s all-time record of 54-35-8 (.598) against Tampa Bay is the team’s third-best record against any Eastern Conference opponent, trailing only their 88-50-20 (.620) mark against Washington and their 115-69-26 (.610) record against Toronto.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel has recorded eight points (3+5) in his last five games and has played at a point-per-game pace dating back to mid-November, with 48 points (21+27) in his last 48 games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has posted seven points (3+4) in his last six games, including each of his last four.
  • Sam Reinhart enters tonight’s game on a four-game point streak, with six points (4+2) in those games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has tallied five assists in his last four games.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s final of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night at Florida. The Sabres are 5-10-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 5-8-2 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (1), three points (0), two points (8), one point (2) and zero points (4).

ROAD WARRIORS

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with a 9-4-1 record in their last 14 road games.
  • Jack Eichel has 36 points (11+25) in 33 road games this season. Eichel’s 1.09 points per game on the road this season rank as the ninth-best rate in the NHL.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 18 points (11+7) in his last 18 road games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has recorded 17 points (4+13) in his last 19 road games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has eight points (1+7) in his last seven road games.
  • Kyle Okposo has four points (2+2) his last four road games.
  • Jason Pominville has recorded a point in each of his last three road games (2+1).

QUARTER CENTURY KIDS

  • With his 25th goal of the season on March 29 vs. Detroit, Jack Eichel became the first Sabre aged 21 or younger to reach the 25-goal mark since Pierre Turgeon did so in the 1990-91 season.
  • Sam Reinhart (22 years old) is one goal shy of the 25-goal mark. If he scores another goal this season, the Sabres would have two 25-goal scorers under 23 years of age for the first time since Alexander Mogilny and Donald Audette each topped 25 as 22-year-olds in the 1991-92 season.

DRAWING ATTENTION*

  • Ryan O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (1,239) and faceoff percentage (60.1%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 1,239 wins through 79 games played rank second in NHL history and put him on pace to edge Rod Brind’Amour (1,268 in 2005-06) for the most by any NHL player in a season.
  • At his current pace, O’Reilly would become just the third player ever to win at least 1,000 faceoffs in a season while maintaining a faceoff percentage of at least 59 percent, joining Brind’Amour (five times) and Patrice Bergeron (two times).

*The NHL began keeping faceoff stats in the 1997-98 season.

I LIKE EICH

  • Despite missing 15 games with a high-ankle sprain, Jack Eichel has topped his previous personal bests in goals (24), assists (33) and points (57) on the strength of improved production at even strength.
  • With his 17th multi-point game in his 61st game of the season, Eichel surpassed his career-best total of 16 set in 2016-17. Through 65 games, Eichel now has 18 multi-point games.
  • 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 65 games, Eichel now has 22 even-strength goals.
  • With his 36th even-strength point in his 53rd game of the season on Feb. 7 vs. Anaheim, Eichel surpassed his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games). Through 65 games, he now has 42 even-strength points.

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 65 25 37 62 22 20 42

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

  • Of Jack Eichel’s 62 points so far this season, 27 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes 6-on-5 situations).
  • Through 65 games played, Eichel’s 27 primary points (16+11) during 5-on-5 play have surpassed his career-best total from his 81-game rookie season (12+12).

*All primary point stats via NaturalStatTrick.com

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 4/5 games)

  • Eichel: 3.66 S/GP (7th)
  • O’Reilly: 1,239 FOW (1st), 60.1% FO% (1st), 2,061 FO (1st), 14 PPG (T-5th), 4 SHP (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:31 TOI/GP (4th)

BUF-TBL CONNECTIONS

Former Sabres:

  • Cory Conacher was a member of the Sabres for part of the 2013-14 season, when he posted six points (3+3) in 19 games for Buffalo.

Local Players:

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

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Teammates with Peter Budaj in Montreal from 2012-2014.

Justin Falk:

  • Teammates with Ryan Callahan, Anton Stralman and Dan Girardi for the New York Rangers in 2013-14.
  • Played with Tyler Johnson for the Spokane Chiefs (WHL) during the 2007-08 season.

Josh Gorges:

  • Represented Canada alongside Braydon Coburn at the 2004 World Junior Championship.
  • Played with Peter Budaj for the Montreal Canadiens from 2011-2014.

Chad Johnson:

  • Played with Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh on the New York Rangers from 2009-2011.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played at the 2012 World Championship for Team Sweden alongside Victor Hedman.
  • Was born on July 25, 1992, two years to the day before Andrei Vasilevskiy.

Jordan Nolan:

  • Teammates with Peter Budaj for the Los Angeles Kings from 2015-2017.

Alex Nylander:

  • He and Brayden Point were both born in Calgary, Alberta.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Shares a hometown of St. Paul, Minnesota with Ryan McDonagh.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • He was born on Feb. 7, 1991, exactly one year after Steven Stamkos.
  • Was teammates with Peter Budaj on the Colorado Avalanche from 2009-2011.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, J.T. Miller and Anton Stralman for the New York Rangers in 2013-14.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Brayden Point was a member of Team Canada along with Reinhart at the 2015 World Junior Championship.

Matt Tennyson:

  • Played with Yanni Gourde in the AHL on the Worcester Sharks from 2011-14.

Scott Wilson:

  • Teammates with Chris Kunitz for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2014-2017.

World Championships:

  • Ryan O’Reilly represented Canada alongside Steven Stamkos in 2013, and again in 2016 World Cup.
  • Chad Johnson, Ryan O’Reilly, Brayden Point and Alex Killorn all played for Team Canada at the World Championship in 2017.
  • Victor Antipin, Andrei Vasilevskiy and Nikita Kucherov played together on the Russian team at the World Junior Championship in 2012.
  • Victor Antipin, Andrei Vasilevskiy and Nikita Kucherov were teammates for Russia at the 2017 World Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Jason Pominville (55th overall) and Peter Budaj (63rd overall) were both selected in the second round of the 2001 NHL Draft.
  • Jacob Josefson (20th overall) and Victor Hedman (2nd overall) were both first round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Nathan Beaulieu (17th overall) and J.T. Miller (15th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall), Slater Koekkoek (10th overall) and Andrei Vasilevskiy (19th overall) were all first-round picks in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Alex Nylander (8th overall) was taken one pick before Mikhail Sergachev (9th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (202), Girgensons (134), Nolan (122)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (111), Ristolainen (108), McCabe (79)
Shots: Eichel (238), O’Reilly (224), Reinhart (183)

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: 3-6-1 (7), 28/32, 6/24, 32/38
61-70: 5-4-1 (11), 24/31, 6/32, 20/25
71-80: 3-7-0 (6), 24/40, 9/36, 16/24

OVERTIME RESULTS (5-10; 113-121 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron, 3:52)
Oct. 21 at BOS: W, 5-4 (GWG-O’Reilly, 2:59)
Nov. 11 at MTL: L, 2-1 (GWG-Pacioretty, 3:08)
Nov. 14 at PIT: L, 5-4 (GWG-Sheary, 0:16)
Dec. 8 at CHI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Forsling, 4:55)
Dec. 10 at STL: L, 3-2 (GWG-Tarasenko, 4:24)
Dec. 15 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Slavin,2:15)
Dec. 27 at NYI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barzal, 1:08)
Dec. 29 at NJD: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen, 2:37)
Jan. 1 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Miller, 2:43)
Jan. 22 at CGY: W, 2-1 (GWG-Eichel, 1:30)
Feb. 6 vs. ANA: L, 4-3 (GWG-Henrique, 1:36)
Feb. 15 at OTT: L, 3-2 (GWG-Hoffman,1:13)
Feb. 22 at DET: W, 3-2 (GWG-Scandella, 4:59)
Feb. 28 at TBL: W, 2-1 (GWG-Pominville, 1:26)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-2; 70-66 all-time)
Oct. 5 vs. MTL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Drouin)
March 8 at OTT: W, 4-3 (GDG-Josefson)
March 10 vs. VGK: L, 2-1 (GDG-Haula)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
N/A

RECENT MILESTONES
Jack Eichel … 100th NHL assist … March 31 at Nashville

Game Preview: 2/28/18 at Tampa Bay

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Sunday, February 25
Boston 1 at Buffalo 4
Goals: Pouliot, Okposo, Rodrigues, Scandella
Goalie: Johnson (34 saves/35 shots)
PP: 1/5; PK: 4/4; Shots: Boston 35 – Buffalo 24

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 218)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 20 games
Jake McCabe (shoulder, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 10 games
Jack Eichel (high-ankle sprain, Feb. 11; injured reserve) – 8 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/26: Acquired F Daniel O’Regan, a conditional first-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for F Evander Kane; Assigned O’Regan to Rochester (AHL)
2/27: Recalled F Seth Griffith from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, March 2: Buffalo at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, March 5: Toronto at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 7: Calgary at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 8: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 10: Vegas at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at LIGHTNING

  • This is the third of four meetings between the Sabres and Lightning this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Tampa Bay 5-3 in Buffalo on Feb. 13
  • Next meeting: Friday, April 6 in Tampa
  • The Sabres are 2-7-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Lightning; 2-8-0 on the road.
  • This is the 97th game all-time between Buffalo and Tampa Bay; Buffalo has a 53-35-8 series record.
  • The Sabres are 28-17-3 on the road against the Lightning all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-5-3 all-time on February 28.
  • February 28, 1971: Steve Atkinson scores three goals against the Minnesota North Stars in a 5-2 win at the Aud. Atkinson, Ron Anderson and Gilbert Perreault all scored in a span of 1:15 in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and clinch the win.
  • February 28, 2000: The Sabres chase Trevor Kidd with four goals on 19 shots, including two from Stu Barnes, on the way to a 5-2 victory at Florida.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with a 4-0-1 record in their last five games against Atlantic Division opponents and a 7-6-3 record against the division this season.
  • With a win the last time these teams met, the Sabres are looking for consecutive wins against the Lightning for the first time since March 19, 2012 and Feb. 26, 2013.

TOPPING TAMPA

  • The Sabres’ 28-17-3 (.615) 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 41-27-11 (.589) mark at Washington.
  • Buffalo’s all-time record of 53-35-8 (.594) against Tampa Bay is the team’s third-best record against any Eastern Conference opponent, trailing only their 88-50-20 (.620) mark against Washington and their 113-67-26 (.612) record against Toronto.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 20 points (7+13) in his last 19 games and enters tonight’s game on a four-game point streak, his longest streak since he tallied points in a career-best five straight games in December 2016.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 21 points (6+15) in his last 26 games dating back to Dec. 29. Ristolainen’s 21 points during that span ranked eighth among NHL defensemen entering play Tuesday.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded eight points (2+6) in his last eight games.
  • Marco Scandella has scored three goals in his last five games.

ROAD WARRIORS

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with a 5-1-1 record in their last seven road games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has recorded 12 points (4+8) in his last 12 road games.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled nine points (3+6) in his last eight road games.
  • Chad Johnson has stopped 57 of 60 shots faced in his last two road games (.950), earning wins in both of those contests.

PLAYING WITH POWER

  • The Sabres have tallied at least one power-play goal in 14 of their last 22 games dating back to Jan. 7 at Philadelphia (and went 0-for-0 on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus), converting at a 27.7 percent clip during that span.
  • Buffalo’s 18 power-play goals during this stretch led the league entering play Tuesday.
  • During this stretch, the Sabres have five players with at least seven power-play points.
  • Ryan O’Reilly led the league entering play Tuesday with seven power-play goals scored since Jan. 7. Kyle Okposo tied for third in the league with 11 power-play points during that stretch.
  • O’Reilly’s 11 power-play goals this season tied for fifth in the league before Tuesday’s games.

DRAWING ATTENTION*

  • Ryan O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (962) and faceoff percentage (60.8%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 962 wins already rank as the third-most wins by a Sabre in a season (behind his last two seasons) and are on pace to become the second-most by any NHL player in a season:
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2005-06 – 1,268
    • Ryan O’Reilly *pace* (BUF), 2017-18 1,257
    • Adam Oates (WSH), 1999-00 – 1,235
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2001-02 – 1,218
    • Joe Sakic (COL), 2000-01 – 1,214
  • At his current pace, O’Reilly would become just the third player ever to win at least 1,000 faceoffs in a season while maintaining a faceoff percentage of at least 59 percent, joining Rod Brind’Amour (five times) and Patrice Bergeron (two times).

*The NHL began keeping faceoff stats in the 1997-98 season.

DANGEROUS KILLERS

  • The Sabres scored two shorthanded goals on Feb. 11 vs. Colorado, marking the second time this season the team has scored two shorthanded goals in a game (last: Oct. 7 at NY Islanders).
  • Buffalo entered play Tuesday tied for the league lead with nine shorthanded goals this season, the team’s highest total since the 2007-08 season (9).
  • Ryan O’Reilly’s four shorthanded assists tied for the league lead entering play Tuesday, and his four shorthanded points tied for second.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 2/27 games)

  • Girgensons: 2 SHG (T-6th)
  • O’Reilly: 962 FOW (1st), 60.8% FO% (1st), 1,582 FO (1st), 4 SHP (T-2nd), 11 PPG (T-5th)
  • Pouliot: 2 SHG (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:31 TOI/GP (3rd)

BUF-TBL CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Cory Conacher was a member of the Sabres for part of the 2013-14 season, when he posted six points (3+3) in 19 games for Buffalo.

Local Players:

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

Justin Falk:

  • Teammates with Ryan Callahan, Anton Stralman and Dan Girardi for the New York Rangers in 2013-14.
  • Played with Tyler Johnson for the Spokane Chiefs (WHL) during the 2007-08 season.

Josh Gorges:

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

Chad Johnson:

  • Played with Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh on the New York Rangers from 2009-2011.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played at the 2012 World Championship for Team Sweden alongside Victor Hedman.
  • Was born on July 25, 1992, two years to the day before Andrei Vasilevskiy.

Robin Lehner:

  • Played with Cory Conacher for the Ottawa Senators from 2012-2014.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Shares a hometown of St. Paul, Minnesota with Ryan McDonagh.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • He was born on Feb. 7, 1991, exactly one year after Steven Stamkos.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, J.T. Miller and Anton Stralman for the New York Rangers in 2013-14.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Brayden Point was a member of Team Canada along with Reinhart at the 2015 World Junior Championship.

Scott Wilson:

  • Teammates with Chris Kunitz for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2014-2017.

World Championships:

  • Ryan O’Reilly represented Canada alongside Steven Stamkos in 2013, and again in 2016 World Cup.
  • Chad Johnson, Ryan O’Reilly, Brayden Point and Alex Killorn all played for Team Canada at the World Championship in 2017.
  • Victor Antipin, Andrei Vasilevskiy and Nikita Kucherov played together on the Russian team at the World Junior Championship in 2012.
  • Victor Antipin, Andrei Vasilevskiy and Nikita Kucherov were teammates for Russia at the 2017 World Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Jacob Josefson (20th overall) and Victor Hedman (2nd overall) were both first round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Nathan Beaulieu (17th overall) and J.T. Miller (15th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall), Slater Koekkoek (10th overall) and Andrei Vasilevskiy (19th overall) were all first-round picks in the 2012 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (160), McCabe (110), Girgensons (105)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (91), Ristolainen (84), McCabe (79)
Shots: Eichel (201), O’Reilly (170), Ristolainen (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: 3-6-1 (7), 28/32, 6/24, 32/38
61-70: 2-1-0 (4), 8/8, 2/10, 6/8

OVERTIME RESULTS (4-10; 112-121 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)
Feb. 6 vs. ANA: L, 4-3 (GWG-Henrique)
Feb. 15 at OTT: L, 3-2 (GWG-Hoffman)
Feb. 22 at DET: W, 3-2 (GWG-Scandella)

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Points
Zemgus Girgensons … 3 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Post-Game Report: 2/13 vs. Tampa Bay

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
 Lightning
(38-16-3)
1 1 1 3 29
Sabres
(17-30-10)
1 2 2 5 33

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • With two goals tonight, Sam Reinhart now has 16 points (6+10) in his last 13 games, including nine points (4+5) in his last eight home games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly tallied three points (1+2) for the second consecutive game and the fourth time this season. O’Reilly now has 18 points (9+9) in his last 16 games and 17 points (7+10) in his last 12 home games.
  • Kyle Okposo, who assisted on O’Reilly’s goal, now has 15 points (2+13) in his last 15 games.
  • Scott Wilson’s fourth goal of the season gives him six points (3+3) in his last 10 games, including three points (2+1) in his last three.
  • Casey Nelson, who earned the primary assist on Wilson’s goal, now has four points (1+3) in his last five games.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Lightning Domingue L .875 4.10
Sabres Johnson W .897 3.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Lightning Domingue 2-8-0 .877 3.90
Sabres Johnson 4-9-3 .886 3.54

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Scott Wilson

Sabres forward Nicholas Baptiste

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly

Lightning head coach Jon Cooper

Lightning forward Ryan Callahan

Lightning forward Yanni Gourde

Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi

Game Preview: 2/13/18 vs. Tampa Bay

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Sunday, February 11
Colorado 5 at Buffalo 4
Goals: Pouliot, Nelson, O’Reilly, Kane
Goalie: Lehner (22 saves/27 shots)
PP: 1/5; PK: 4/5; Shots: Buffalo 32 – Colorado 27

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 196)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 13 games
Jake McCabe (thumb, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 3 games
Jack Eichel (high-ankle sprain, Feb. 11) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/11: Recalled F Nicholas Baptiste from Rochester (AHL); Placed D Jake McCabe on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Feb. 15: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 17: Los Angeles at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 19: Washington at Buffalo, 3 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 22: Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 24: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
LIGHTNING at SABRES

  • This is the second of four meetings between the Sabres and Lightning this season.
  • Last meeting: Tampa Bay defeated Buffalo 2-0 in Buffalo on Nov. 28, 2017
  • Next meeting: Wednesday, Feb. 28 in Tampa
  • The Sabres are 1-8-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Lightning; 2-5-3 at home.
  • This is the 96th game all-time between Buffalo and Tampa Bay; Buffalo has a 52-35-8 series record.
  • The Sabres are 24-18-5 at home against the Lightning all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-5-5 all-time on February 13.
  • February 13, 2004: The Sabres score seven unanswered goals in an 18-minute span and get points from 12 players to top the Los Angeles Kings 8-3 in Buffalo.
  • February 13, 2011: Drew Stafford scores three goals for his league-high fourth hat trick of the 2010-11 season.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 14 points (4+10) in his last 12 games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen, who enters tonight on a three-game point streak, has 16 points (4+12) in his last 19 games, dating back to Dec. 29. Ristolainen’s 16 points during that span tied for fourth among NHL defensemen entering play Monday.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded 14 points (3+11) in his last 14 games, including four multi-point games.
  • Casey Nelson, who scored his first NHL goal on Sunday vs. Colorado, has points in three of his last four games.
  • Evander Kane and Benoit Pouliot each have goals in the Sabres’ last two games.

PLAYING WITH POWER

  • The Sabres have tallied at least one power-play goal in 11 of their last 15 games dating back to Jan. 7 at Philadelphia (and went 0-for-0 on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus), converting at a 31.1 percent clip during that span.
  • Buffalo’s power-play percentage during this stretch led the league entering play Monday, as did the team’s 14 power-play goals.
  • During that stretch, the Sabres have five players with at least six power-play points.
  • Ryan O’Reilly led the league entering play Monday with six power-play goals scored since Jan. 7. Kyle Okposo (nine power-play points each) tied for second in power-play points during that stretch.
  • O’Reilly has taken 74.4 percent of the team’s power-play faceoffs during that span, going 48-for-67 (71.6%).
  • O’Reilly’s 10 power-play goals this season tied for fourth in the league entering play Monday.

DANGEROUS KILLERS

  • The Sabres scored two shorthanded goals on Sunday vs. Colorado, marking the second time this season the team has scored two shorthanded goals in a game (last: Oct. 7 at NY Islanders).
  • Buffalo entered play Monday tied for the league lead with nine shorthanded goals this season, the team’s highest total since the 2007-08 season (9).
  • Entering play Monday, the Sabres were the only team with three players who have scored at least two shorthanded goals this season (Kane – 3, Girgensons – 2, Pouliot – 2).
  • Ryan O’Reilly’s four shorthanded assists led the league before Monday’s games, and his four shorthanded points tied for second.

HOT AT HOME

  • Kyle Okposo has totaled 14 points (2+12) in his last 14 home games, including three multi-point home games in the month of January.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 14 points (6+8) in 11 home games dating back to the team’s game on Dec. 22 vs. Philadelphia, tallying at least one point in all but two games.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled seven points (2+5) in his last seven home games.

DRAWING ATTENTION*

  • Ryan O’Reilly went 29-for-39 (74.4%) on the draw on Sunday vs. Colorado. The 29 wins set a new career-high mark for O’Reilly, topping his previous high of 26 (Feb. 8 vs. St. Louis). He now holds the eight highest single-game totals in franchise history.
  • Since the NHL began keeping faceoff stats in 1997-98, only five players have won more than 29 faceoffs in a regular-season game:
    • Travis Green (NYI), 11/8/97 – 33
    • Doug Weight (EDM), 11/5/97 – 32
    • Patrice Bergeron (BOS), 2/24/15 – 31
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2/5/02 – 30
    • Sergei Fedorov (DET), 10/25/00 – 30
  • O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (831) and faceoff percentage (61.3%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 831 wins already rank as the sixth-most wins by a Sabre in a season and are on pace to become the third-most by any NHL player in a season:
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2005-06 – 1,268
    • Adam Oates (WSH), 1999-00 – 1,235
    • Ryan O’Reilly pace (BUF), 2017-18 1,224
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2001-02 – 1,218
    • Joe Sakic (COL), 2000-01 – 1,214
  • At his current pace, O’Reilly would become just the third player ever to win at least 1,000 faceoffs in a season while maintaining a faceoff percentage of at least 59 percent, joining Rod Brind-Amour (five times) and Patrice Bergeron (two times).

*The NHL began keeping faceoff stats in the 1997-98 season.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 2/12 games)

  • Girgensons: 2 SHG (T-5th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 205 S (5th), 3 SHP (T-6th)
  • O’Reilly: 831 FOW (1st), 61.3% FO% (1st), 1,355 FO (2nd), 4 SHP (T-2nd), 10 PPG (T-4th)
  • Pouliot: 2 SHG (T-5th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:26 TOI/GP (3rd)

BUF-TBL CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Cory Conacher was a member of the Sabres for part of the 2013-14 season, when he posted six points (3+3) in 19 games for Buffalo.

Local Players:

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

Justin Falk

  • Teammates with Ryan Callahan, Anton Stralman and Dan Girardi for the New York Rangers in 2013-14.
  • Played with Tyler Johnson for the Spokane Chiefs (WHL) during the 2007-08 season.

Josh Gorges:

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

Chad Johnson

  • Played with Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi on the New York Rangers from 2009-2011.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played at the 2012 World Championship for Team Sweden alongside Victor Hedman.
  • Was born on July 25, 1992, two years to the day before Andrei Vasilevskiy.

Robin Lehner:

  • Played with Cory Conacher for the Ottawa Senators from 2012-2014.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • He was born on Feb. 7, 1991, exactly one year after Steven Stamkos.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with Ryan Callahan, Anton Stralman and Dan Girardi for the New York Rangers in 2013-14.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Brayden Point was a member of Team Canada along with Reinhart at the 2015 World Junior Championship.

Scott Wilson:

  • Teammates with Chris Kunitz for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2014-2017.

World Championships:

  • Multiple Sabres have played with Steven Stamkos for Team Canada at World Championships. Evander Kane played with Stamkos in 2010 and Ryan O’Reilly represented Canada alongside Stamkos in 2013, and again in 2016 World Cup.
  • Chad Johnson, Ryan O’Reilly, Brayden Point and Alex Killorn all played for Team Canada at the World Championship in 2017.
  • Victor Antipin, Andrei Vasilevskiy and Nikita Kucherov played together on the Russian team at the World Junior Championship in 2012.
  • Victor Antipin, Vladislav Namestnikov, Andrei Vasilevskiy and Nikita Kucherov were teammates for Russia at the 2017 World Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Jacob Josefson (20th overall), Evander Kane (4th overall) and Victor Hedman (2nd overall) were all first-round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Nathan Beaulieu (17th overall) and Vladislav Namestnikov (27th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall), Slater Koekkoek (10th overall) and Andrei Vasilevskiy (19th overall) were all first-round picks in the 2012 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (137), McCabe (110), Kane (109)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (83), McCabe (79), Ristolainen (68)
Shots: Kane (205), Eichel (201), O’Reilly (146)

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: 2-3-1 (5), 17/19, 4/14, 21/26

OVERTIME RESULTS (3-9; 111-120 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)
Feb. 6 vs. ANA: L, 4-3 (GWG-Henrique)

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Points
Zemgus Girgensons … 4 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Buffalo Sabres … 1,000th regular-season home win … Feb. 8 vs. NY Islanders
Jacob Josefson … 300th NHL game … Feb. 10 at Boston
Ryan O’Reilly … 400th NHL point … Feb. 11 vs. Colorado
Casey Nelson … 1st NHL goal … Feb. 11 vs. Colorado

Post-Game Report: 11/28 vs. Tampa Bay

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Lightning
(17-5-2)
1 1 0 2 26
Sabres
(6-15-4)
0 0 0 0 34

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • The Sabres outshot their opponent for the fifth straight game tonight, but fell to 5-6-3 when outshooting opponents this season.
  • With tonight’s loss, the Sabres have been shut out in consecutive games for the first time since Oct. 17 and 18, 2014.
  • Ryan O’Reilly led all Sabres with 26:00 of ice time tonight. It was his fifth career game with at least 26 minutes and his highest total since his career-high 26:56 on Oct. 17 at Vegas.
  • With seven shots tonight, Evander Kane has tied Alexander Ovechkin for the league lead with 117 shots on the season.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Lightning Vasilevskiy W .930 2.30
Sabres Lehner L .905 2.96

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Lightning Vasilevskiy 16-3-1 .933 2.19
Sabres Lehner 5-11-2 .906 2.92

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Evander Kane

Sabres defenseman Marco Scandella

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Lightning head coach Jon Cooper

Lightning forward Mikhail Sergachev

Lightning forward Tyler Johnson

Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman