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Game Preview: 3/15/18 vs. Toronto

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, March 10
Vegas 2 at Buffalo 1 (SO)
Goals: Bailey
Goalie: Lehner (33 saves/34 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 2/2; Shots: Vegas 34 – Buffalo 32

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 247)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 26 games
Jake McCabe (shoulder, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 16 games
Jack Eichel (high-ankle sprain, Feb. 11; injured reserve) – 14 games
Evan Rodrigues (upper body, March 2) – 5 games
Kyle Criscuolo (upper body, March 7) – 3 games
Seth Griffith (upper body, March 8) – 2 games
Kyle Okposo (concussion, March 10) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/9: Recalled F Justin Bailey from Rochester (AHL)
3/11: Assigned F Justin Bailey and F Danny O’Regan to Rochester (AHL)
3/13: Recalled G Linus Ullmark from Rochester (AHL)
3/14: Recalled F Justin Bailey from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, March 17: Chicago at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Monday, March 19: Nashville at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 21: Arizona at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, March 23: Montreal at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 24: Buffalo at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
MAPLE LEAFS at SABRES

  • This is the second of four meetings between the Sabres and Maple Leafs this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Toronto 5-3 in Buffalo on March 5
  • Next meeting: Monday, March 26 in Toronto
  • The Sabres are 6-4-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Maple Leafs; 8-2-0 at home.
  • This is the 208th game all-time between Buffalo and Toronto; Buffalo has a 114-67-26 series record.
  • The Sabres are 70-27-8 at home against the Maple Leafs all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-9-4 all-time on March 15.
  • March 15, 1997: The Sabres get goals from six different players (including two from Brian Holzinger) to pick up the 1,000th victory in franchise history, a 7-5 win at Philadelphia.
  • March 15, 2008: In a 6-2 win at Toronto, Ales Kotalik scores his 100th goal as a Sabre and Jason Pominville tallies three points (1+2) to break his previous season high of 68 on the way to a career-best 80 points.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with a 7-1-1 record in their last seven games against Atlantic Division opponents and a 10-7-3 record against the division this season.
  • Since joining the Sabres, Robin Lehner has appeared in 49 games against Atlantic Division opponents, logging a .927 save percentage and a 2.43 goals-against average in those games. At home, he’s posted a .930 save percentage and a 2.18 goals-average against the Atlantic Division.

SABRES-LEAFS

  • Johan Larsson has recorded nine points (4+5) in eight career games against the Maple Leafs.
  • Sam Reinhart has posted nine points (2+7) in his last nine games against Toronto, including at least a point in each of the last four (2+4).
  • Since the beginning of the 2011-12 season, Benoit Pouliot has totaled 17 points (6+11) in 16 games against Toronto, including four multi-point games.
  • Jason Pominville has faced off with the Maple Leafs 51 times as a member of the Sabres, totaling 50 points (19+31) in those matchups.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has five points (3+2) in his last three games against the Maple Leafs.
  • Chad Johnson has a 6-1-1 career record against Toronto with a .931 save percentage and a 2.11 goals-against average.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 25 points (10+15) in his last 25 games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 24 points (6+18) in his last 32 games dating back to Dec. 29. Ristolainen’s 24 points during that span tied for 10th among NHL defensemen entering play Wednesday.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded 13 points (3+10) in his last 14 games.
  • Robin Lehner has logged a .946 save percentage in his last three games.

HOME COOKIN’

  • The home team has won 25 of the last 31 games between the Sabres and the Maple Leafs.
  • The Sabres are 19-3-1 in their last 23 home games against the Maple Leafs.
  • Each team won on the road in the series last season, marking the first time the Sabres and Maple Leafs won in each other’s arenas in the same season since 2012-13.
  • The Maple Leafs haven’t won consecutive games in Buffalo since March 21 and Dec. 12, 2008.

HOT AT HOME

  • Ryan O’Reilly has 21 points (8+13) in 18 home games dating back to the team’s game on Dec. 22 vs. Philadelphia.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 12 points (4+8) in his last 12 home games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has tallied seven points (1+6) in his last nine home games.
  • Jason Pominville has recorded four points (1+3) in his last four home games.

DRAWING ATTENTION*

  • Ryan O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (1,075) and faceoff percentage (61.1%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 1,075 wins already rank as the most wins by a Sabre in a season.
  • O’Reilly’s 1,075 faceoff wins through 68 games played already rank 21st in NHL history and put him on pace to log the most by any NHL player in a season:
    • Ryan O’Reilly *pace* (BUF), 2017-18 1,281
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2005-06 – 1,268
    • 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

  • Buffalo entered play Wednesday tied for third in the league 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 Wednesday, and his four shorthanded points tied for third.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 3/14 games)

  • Girgensons: 2 SHG (T-9th)
  • O’Reilly: 1,075 FOW (1st), 61.1% FO% (1st), 1,758 FO (1st), 4 SHP (T-3rd), 11 PPG (T-9th)
  • Pouliot: 2 SHG (T-9th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:34 TOI/GP (3rd)

BUF-TOR CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Dominic Moore recorded four points (1+3) in 18 games for the Sabres during the 2008-09 season.

Former Maple Leafs:

  • Seth Griffith played three games for the Maple Leafs in the 2016-2017 season.

Nicholas Baptiste:

  • Played alongside Josh Leivo with the Sudbury Wolves (OHL) from 2010-2013.
  • Teammates with Travis Dermott for the Erie Otters during the 2014-15 season.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Played alongside Tomas Plekanec for the Montreal Canadiens from 2012-2017

Josh Gorges:

  • Played alongside Patrick Marleau for the San Jose Sharks from 2005-2007.

Chad Johnson:

  • Played with Matt Martin for the New York Islanders during the 2014-15 season.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Represented Canada with Morgan Rielly at the 2016 World Championship.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Played alongside Tomas Plekanec for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2011

Sam Reinhart:

  • Represented Canada alongside Morgan Rielly at the 2016 World Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • He and Leo Komarov both represented Finland at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Linus Ullmark:

  • Played alongside William Nylander for MODO of the Swedish Hockey League from 2013-2015.

NHL Draft:

  • Jacob Josefson (20th Overall) and Nazem Kadri (7th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • The first round of the 2012 NHL Draft saw both Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Morgan Rielly (5th overall) go off the board.
  • Linus Ullmark (163rd overall) and Connor Brown (156th overall) were both sixth-round selections in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and William Nylander (8th overall) were each taken in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (174), Girgensons (123), McCabe (110)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (97), Ristolainen (94), McCabe (79)
Shots: Eichel (201), O’Reilly (184), Reinhart (150)

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: 5-3-1 (11), 22/26, 4/27, 18/22

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)
Points
Zemgus Girgensons … 2 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Post-Game Report: 3/5 vs. Toronto

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
 Maple Leafs
(39-22-7)
1 1 1 3 41
Sabres
(21-34-11)
2 2 1 5 24

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • The Sabres are now 19-3-1 in their last 23 home games against the Maple Leafs and 70-27-8 at home against Toronto all-time.
  • Tonight’s win improved the Sabres to 6-1-1 in their last eight games against Atlantic Division opponents.
  • Chad Johnson made 38 saves on 41 shots faced tonight, improving to 6-2-0 in his last nine appearances with a .933 save percentage and a 2.05 goals-against average in those contests.
  • With a power-play goal and an assist tonight, Sam Reinhart now has 23 points (9+14) in his last 22 games. He also now has 13 points (5+8) in his last 13 home games.
  • With two points (1+1), Jason Pominville now has 50 points (19+31) in 51 games against the Maple Leafs as a member of the Sabres.
  • With two assists, Rasmus Ristolainen now has six points (1+5) in his last six games.
  • Johan Larsson’s two-point night (1+1) gives him nine points (4+5) in eight career games against Toronto, including five points (3+2) in the last three meetings.
  • Ryan O’Reilly logged two points (1+1) tonight and now has 12 points (3+9) in his last 11 games and 21 points (8+13) in his last 16 home games. His four-game point streak (1+4) is tied as his longest streak of the season.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Maple Leafs
Andersen L .792 5.21
Sabres Johnson W .927 3.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Maple Leafs Andersen 32-18-5 .919 2.78
Sabres Johnson 7-10-3 .898 3.17

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Johan Larsson

Sabres forward Jason Pominville

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Sabres goaltender Chad Johnson

Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock

Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri

Maple Leafs forward Leo Komarov

Maple Leafs forward Matt Martin

Game Preview: 3/5/18 vs. Toronto

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Friday, March 2
Buffalo 1 at Florida 4
Goals: Reinhart
Goalie: Lehner (26 saves/30 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 3/3; Shots: Florida 30 – Buffalo 25

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 225)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 22 games
Jake McCabe (shoulder, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 12 games
Jack Eichel (high-ankle sprain, Feb. 11; injured reserve) – 10 games
Evan Rodrigues (upper body, March 2) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/27: Recalled F Seth Griffith from Rochester (AHL)
3/4: Recalled F Kyle Criscuolo and D Brendan Guhle from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Thursday, March 15: Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 17: Chicago at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
MAPLE LEAFS at SABRES

  • This is the first of four meetings between the Sabres and Maple Leafs this season.
  • Last meeting: Toronto defeated Buffalo 4-2 in Buffalo on April 3, 2017
  • Next meeting: Thursday, March 15 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 6-4-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Maple Leafs; 8-2-0 at home.
  • This is the 207th game all-time between Buffalo and Toronto; Buffalo has a 113-67-26 series record.
  • The Sabres are 69-27-8 at home against the Maple Leafs all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-11-2 all-time on March 5.
  • March 5, 2010: Thomas Vanek records his 300th career NHL point, a goal vs. Philadelphia.
  • March 5, 2017: Jack Eichel scores a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins, becoming the second player in NHL history to record a point against 29 different opponents in his first two seasons in the league.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with a 5-1-1 record in their last seven games against Atlantic Division opponents and an 8-7-3 record against the division this season.
  • Johan Larsson has recorded seven points (3+4) in seven career games against the Maple Leafs.
  • Sam Reinhart has posted five points (1+4) in his last five games against Toronto, including at least a point in each of the last three (1+3).
  • Kyle Okposo has points in each of his last three games against Toronto (1+3).
  • Since the beginning of the 2011-12 season, Benoit Pouliot has totaled 17 points (6+11) in 15 games against Toronto, including four multi-point games.
  • Jason Pominville has faced off with the Maple Leafs 50 times as a member of the Sabres, totaling 48 points (18+30) in those matchups.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has three points (2+1) in his last two games against the Maple Leafs.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 21 points (8+13) in his last 21 games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 22 points (6+16) in his last 28 games dating back to Dec. 29. Ristolainen’s 22 points during that span tied for eighth among NHL defensemen entering play Sunday.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded 10 points (2+8) in his last 10 games.
  • Chad Johnson is 4-1-0 with a .939 save percentage in his last six appearances.

HOME COOKIN’

  • The home team has won 24 of the last 30 games between the Sabres and the Maple Leafs.
  • The Sabres are 18-3-1 in their last 22 home games against the Maple Leafs.
  • Each team won on the road in the series last season, marking the first time the Sabres and Maple Leafs won in each other’s arenas in the same season since 2012-13.
  • The Maple Leafs haven’t won consecutive games in Buffalo since March 21 and Dec. 12, 2008, but would do so with a win tonight.

HOT AT HOME

  • Ryan O’Reilly has 19 points (7+12) in 15 home games dating back to the team’s game on Dec. 22 vs. Philadelphia.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded 15 points (3+12) in his last 15 home games.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 11 points (4+7) in his last 11 home games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has tallied five points (1+4) in his last six home games.
  • Victor Antipin has three assists in his last three home games.

PLAYING WITH POWER

  • The Sabres have tallied at least one power-play goal in 15 of their last 24 games dating back to Jan. 7 at Philadelphia (and went 0-for-0 on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus), converting at a 26.4 percent clip during that span.
  • Buffalo’s 19 power-play goals during this stretch tied for the league lead entering play Sunday.
  • Ryan O’Reilly led the league entering play Sunday with seven power-play goals scored since Jan. 7. O’Reilly, Kyle Okposo and Rasmus Ristolainen all tied for sixth 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 Sunday’s games.

DRAWING ATTENTION*

  • Ryan O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (990) and faceoff percentage (60.7%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 990 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 1,253
    • 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 Sunday 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 Sunday, and his four shorthanded points tied for second.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 3/4 games)

  • Girgensons: 2 SHG (T-6th)
  • O’Reilly: 990 FOW (1st), 60.7% FO% (1st), 1,630 FO (1st), 4 SHP (T-2nd), 11 PPG (T-5th)
  • Pouliot: 2 SHG (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:30 TOI/GP (3rd)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (164), McCabe (110), Girgensons (108)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (91), Ristolainen (86), McCabe (79)
Shots: Eichel (201), O’Reilly (175), Reinhart (140)

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: 3-2-0 (6), 11/13, 3/17, 10/12

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 (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: 4/3 vs. Toronto

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Maple Leafs
(39-24-15)
3 0 1 4 45
Sabres
(32-35-12)
0 1 1 2 22

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • Tonight’s loss dropped the Sabres to 6-11-1 in the second game of a back-to-back series this season.
  • With tonight’s win, the Maple Leafs have won two games in Buffalo in a season for the first time since 2007-08.
    • The Sabres are now 18-3-1 in their last 22 home games against the Maple Leafs.
  • Ryan O’Reilly’s goal was his sixth career shorthanded goal and his first since March 29, 2016 at Pittsburgh.
    • O’Reilly now has three points (2+1) in his last two games against Toronto and 29 points (11+18) in his last 27 home games.
    • With his 20th tally of the season, O’Reilly has recorded back-to-back 20-goal campaigns for the first time in his career.
  • Jack Eichel’s goal gives him nine points (4+5) in seven career games against the Maple Leafs and 35 points (14+21) in 31 home games this season
    • The goal was Eichel’s 24th of the season in his 58th game and matched his total from his 81-game rookie season.
  • With his assist on Eichel’s goal, Sam Reinhart has totaled five points (1+4) in five games against Toronto this season.
  • Anders Nilsson’s 39-save relief performance propelled him to eighth in the league with a .923 save percentage this season.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Maple Leafs
Andersen W .909 2.00
Sabres Lehner
Nilsson
L
ND
.400
.975
34.95
1.11

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Maple Leafs Andersen 33-15-14 .919 2.65
Sabres Lehner
Nilsson
22-25-8
10-10-4
.920
.923
2.70
2.67

 

Game Preview: 4/3/17 vs. TOR

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Sunday, April 2
NY Islanders 2 at Buffalo 4
Goals: Kane, Girgensons
Goalie: Lehner (22 saves/26 shots)
PP: 0/4; PK: 1/1; Shots: Buffalo 37 – NY Islanders 26

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 385)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 78 games
Johan Larsson (wrist, Jan. 3; injured reserve) – 42 games
Taylor Fedun (foot, March 20) – 6 games
Kyle Okposo (illness, March 28) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/30:
Signed F C.J. Smith to a two-year, entry-level contract; Assigned D Brady Austin to Rochester (AHL)
4/3: Recalled F Alexander Nylander from Rochester (AHL)

REMAINING GAMES
Wednesday, April 5:
Montreal at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 8: Buffalo at Florida, 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 9: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 5 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
MAPLE LEAFS at SABRES

  • This is the fifth and final meeting between the Sabres and Maple Leafs this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Toronto 5-2 in Buffalo on March 25
  • The Sabres are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Maple Leafs; 8-1-1 at home.
  • This is the 206th game all-time between Buffalo and Toronto; Buffalo has a 113-66-26 series record.
  • The Sabres are 69-26-8 at home against the Maple Leafs all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-10-2 all-time on April 3.
  • April 3, 1982: Gilbert Perreault records his 1,000th NHL point in a 5-4 win vs. Montreal. Perreault, who finished his Sabres career with 1,326 points, remains the only player to record 1,000 points for the club.
  • April 3, 2006: The Sabres clinch a playoff spot with a 3-2 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.
  • April 3, 2008: Ryan Miller appears in his 76th game of the season, the most ever by a Buffalo goaltender.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 50-for-57 (87.7%) on the penalty kill in their last 22 games.
  • Evander Kane has nine points (7+2) in his last nine games against Toronto.
  • Jack Eichel has eight points (3+5) in six career games against the Maple Leafs.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled four points (1+3) in four games against Toronto this season.
  • Tyler Ennis has 19 points (8+11) in 20 games against Toronto since the beginning of the 2011-12 season.

HOME SWEET HOME

  • The home team has won 24 of the last 29 games between the Sabres and the Maple Leafs.
  • The Sabres are 18-2-1 in their last 21 home games against the Maple Leafs. Toronto’s win in Buffalo on Nov. 3, 2016 snapped a seven-game winning streak for the Sabres that lasted 1,373 days.
  • Each team has won a road game the series this season, marking the first time the Sabres and Maple Leafs have won in each other’s arenas in the same season since 2012-13.
  • The Maple Leafs haven’t won consecutive games in Buffalo since March 21 and Dec. 12, 2008.

HOME COOKIN’

  • Ryan O’Reilly has 28 points (10+18) in his last 26 home games.
  • Jack Eichel has 34 points (13+21) in 30 home games this season, including 11 multi-point outings.
  • Evander Kane (9+3) has 12 points in his last 12 home games.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s 18th of a league-high 19 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began yesterday against the Islanders. The Sabres are 8-7-3 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 6-10-1 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 (3).

JACK ATTACK

  • In the time since his Nov. 29 return from an injury that sidelined him for 21 games, Jack Eichel is ranked seventh among all NHL skaters with 55 points (23+32) and leads the league with 232 shots on goal.
  • Eichel has logged 40 points (15+25) in his last 36 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 .96 points per game rank him ninth among all players with at least 20 games played this season.
  • If Eichel finishes the season at a point-per-game pace or better, he will be the eighth player in franchise history to do so 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 conclusion of yesterday’s game.

THE KANE EVENT

  • Evander Kane has scored each of his 27 goals this season in his last 54 games.
  • Kane is tied for 13th in the NHL with 24 even-strength goals despite not scoring his first until Dec. 3.
  • Since Dec. 1, Kane is tied for sixth among all NHL skaters in goals (27) and leads the league in even-strength goals (24).

*All rankings as of the conclusion of yesterday’s game.

SOPHOMORE SURGE

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

2015-16

2016-17

Jack Eichel

Sam Reinhart

Jack Eichel

Sam Reinhart

G/GP

.30 (25)

.29 (24)

.40 (33)

.23 (19)

A/GP

.40 (33)

.24 (20)

.56 (46)

.39 (32)

P/GP

.69 (57)

.53 (43)

.96 (79)

.61 (50)

SOG/GP

2.9 (238)

2.1 (172)

4.1 (335)

2.3 (188)

(82-game pace in parentheses)

THEY’VE GOT THE POWER

  • The Sabres rank first in the league with a 24.9% success rate on the power play.
  • Buffalo has not finished a season ranked in the top five in power-play percentage since the 2005-06 season (third, 21.2%) 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 yesterday’s game tied for 31st among all NHL skaters with 39 assists this season.

  • Ristolainen has recorded an assist on 20.7 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 five goals to fall below 20 percent.

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

  • Buffalo Sabres: 24.9% PP% (1st)
  • Eichel: 4.1 S/GP (1st)
  • Foligno: 272 hits (5th)
  • Kane: 3.8 S/GP (5th)
  • Lehner: .921 SV% (10th)
  • Moulson: 11 PPG (T-9th)
  • Nilsson: .929 EV SV% (10th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:36 TOI/GP (1st, forwards), 57.9 FO% (5th)
  • Ristolainen: 24 PPA (4th), 26:42 TOI/GP (5th), 39 A (7th, defensemen)

BUF-TOR Connections
Former Maple Leafs:

  • Cody Franson was acquired by the Maple Leafs on July 3, 2011 when he was traded from the Nashville Predators. Franson spent four seasons with the Maple Leafs, racking up 115 points (20+95) in 236 games.

Jack Eichel:

  • Represented team North America alongside Auston Matthews at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. The two also played together for the United States National Team Development Program in 2013-14.
  • Played for the United States alongside Connor Carrick at the 2014 World Junior Championship. The two also played together for the United States National TeamDevelopment Program from 2010-2012.
  • Teammates with Jake Gardiner for Team USA at the 2015 World Championship.

Hudson Fasching:

  • Represented the United States alongside Auston Matthews at the 2016 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Connor Carrick for Team USA at the 2014 World Junior Championship and for the United States National Team Development Program in 2011-12.

Evander Kane

  • Shares a hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia with Morgan Rielly.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played alongside Connor Carrick for the United States National Team Development Program in 2010-11.
  • Represented the United States alongside Jake Gardiner at the 2014 World Championship.

Matt Moulson:

  • Played alongside Matt Martin for the New York Islanders from 2009-2013.

Anders Nilsson:

  • Played alongside Matt Martin for the New York Islanders from 2011-12 and then again in 2013-14.

Alexander Nylander:

  • Is the brother of William Nylander. The two represented Sweden at the 2016 World Junior Championship.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Played alongside Matt Hunwick for the Colorado Avalanche from 2010-2014.
  • Represented Canada with Morgan Rielly at the 2016 World Championship.

Kyle Okposo

  • Played alongside Matt Martin for the New York Islanders from 2009-2016.
  • Represented the United States with James van Riemsdyk at the 2007 and 2008 World Junior Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Represented Canada with Morgan Rielly at the 2016 World Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland alongside Leo Komarov at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

NHL Draft

  • Zach Bogosian (3rd overall), Jake Gardiner (17th overall) and Tyler Ennis (26th overall) were all first-round selections in the 2008 NHL Draft.
  • Evander Kane (4th overall), Nazem Kadri (7th overall) and Dmitry Kulikov (14th overall) were all first-round selections in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Morgan Rielly (5th overall) and Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and William Nylander (8th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2014 NHL Draft.
  • Jack Eichel (2nd overall) and Mitchell Marner (4th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2015 NHL Draft.
  • Auston Matthews (1st overall) and Alexander Nylander (8th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2016 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (272), Ristolainen (189), Gorges (138)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (156), McCabe (111), Gorges (105)
Shots: Kane (248), Eichel (233), O’Reilly (183)

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: 4-4-0 (8), 17/18, 7/17, 18/20

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

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

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

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (2-6; 69-64 all-time)
Oct. 25 at PHI: L, 4-3 (GDG-Giroux)
Nov. 9 vs. OTT: L, 2-1 (GDG-Ryan)
Nov. 19 vs. PIT: W, 2-1 (GDG-C. O’Reilly)
Nov. 23 vs. DET: L, 2-1 (GDG-Vanek)
Dec. 17 at CAR: L, 2-1 (GDG-Stempniak)
Dec. 20 at FLA: L, 4-3 (GDG-Trocheck)
March 4 vs. TBL: L, 2-1 (GDG-Point)
March 17 at ANA: W, 2-1 (GDG-Girgensons)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Goals

Tyler Ennis … 4 goals … 100 NHL goals
Assists
Brian Gionta … 3 assists … 300 NHL assists
Points
Evander Kane … 2 points … 300 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
C.J. Smith … 1st NHL game … April 2 vs. NYI
C.J. Smith … 1st NHL point (assist) … April 2 vs. NYI