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Game Preview: 1/25/18 at VAN

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, January 23
Buffalo 5 at Edmonton 0
Goals: O’Reilly (2), Reinhart, Girgensons, Eichel
Goalie: Lehner (33 saves/33 shots)
PP: 3/4; PK: 2/2; Shots: Buffalo 34 – Edmonton 33

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 177)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Jacob Josefson (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 5 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 5 games
Josh Gorges (illness, Jan. 22) –2 games
Nathan Beaulieu (undisclosed, Jan. 23; injured reserve) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/19: Recalled F Nicholas Baptiste from Rochester (AHL); Placed D Zach Bogosian on IR
1/23: Recalled D Matt Tennyson from Rochester (AHL); Placed D Nathan Beaulieu on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Jan. 30: New Jersey at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 1: Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 3: St. Louis at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 6: Anaheim at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 8: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at CANUCKS

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Canucks this season.
  • Last meeting: Vancouver defeated Buffalo 4-2 in Buffalo on Oct. 20
  • The Sabres are 3-7-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Canucks; 1-8-1 on the road.
  • This is the 120th game all-time between Buffalo and Vancouver; Buffalo has a 48-52-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 17-31-11 on the road against the Canucks all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 12-7-2 all-time on January 25.
  • January 25, 1977: Rick Martin scores two third-period goals – including the game-winner – to lead the Wales Conference All-Star Team to a 4-3 victory, earning MVP honors.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game concludes a three-game Pacific Division road trip for the Sabres, which began with a 2-1 overtime win on Monday at Calgary and a 5-0 win at Edmonton on Tuesday.
  • Chad Johnson is 1-1-1 in three career starts against the Canucks with a .950 save percentage and a 1.64 goals-against average
  • The home team has won 12 of the last 16 games between these teams, including five of the last seven.
  • The Sabres need a win tonight to avoid losing five straight matchups with the Canucks for the first time since the team lost six straight from March 10, 1991 to March 1, 1993.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel enters tonight’s game on a seven-game point streak, with 14 points (5+9) in those games.
    • Entering play Wednesday, Eichel’s streak was the fourth-longest active streak in the NHL, one behind a three-way tie for the longest (Jamie Benn, Sidney Crosby, Alexander Radulov).
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded eight points (4+4) in his last seven games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 12 points (3+9) in his last 11 games, dating back to Dec. 29, despite getting a game misconduct after just 5:43 of ice time in one of those games. Ristolainen’s 12 points during that span ranked third among NHL defensemen entering play Wednesday.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded 14 points (3+11) in his last 14 games, including four multi-point games in his last six contests.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled six points (2+4) in his last four games.

EVEN-KEELED

  • Sabres goaltenders Robin Lehner and Chad Johnson have combined to stop all 56 shots faced at even strength in Buffalo’s last two games, with each goalie stopping 28 even-strength shots in his respective start.
  • The Sabres’ goaltenders last played consecutive games without allowing an even-strength goal on Oct. 14 and 15, 2017 (excludes one empty-net goal against).
  • The team’s goaltenders have not gone three straight games without allowing an even-strength goal since Jhonas Enroth stopped each of the 82 even-strength shots he faced from Nov. 22 to 28, 2014.

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 25 points (12+13) in his last 16 games, dating back to Dec. 15.
  • Entering play Wednesday, Eichel ranked in the top 10 in the league in goals (T-1st, 12), points (T-1st, 25), even-strength goals (2nd, 10), even-strength points (T-6th, 16) and shots (1st, 75) during that stretch.
  • Eichel scored at least two goals in four of those 16 games and is tied for fifth in the league with four multi-goal games this season, just two off the league lead.

I LIKE EICH

  • Jack Eichel is currently on pace to shatter his personal bests in goals (24), assists (33) and points (57) on the strength of improved production at even strength (T-8th in NHL in ES goals, T-10th in ES points entering play Wednesday).
  • 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).
  • With his 35th even-strength goal in his 48th game of the season on Jan. 24 at Edmonton, Eichel matched his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games).

Jack Eichel’s Production by Season

Season GP G A PTS ES G ES A ES P
2015-16 81 24 32 56 16 19 35
2016-17 61 24 33 57 14 19 33
2017-18 48 20 29 49 18 17 35
2017-18 (Pace) 82 34 50 84 31 29 60

 

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

  • Of Jack Eichel’s 49 points so far this season, 23 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes 6-on-5 situations).
  • Through 48 games, Eichel’s 23 primary points (12+11) during 5-on-5 play have already surpassed his 61-game total from last season (11+10) and are just one shy of his total from his 81-game rookie season (12+12).

*All primary point stats via NaturalStatTrick.com

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 1/24 games)

  • Eichel: 172 S (8th), 18 EVG (T-8th), 34 EVP (T-10th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 3 SHP (T-5th), 188 S (5th)
  • O’Reilly: 696 FOW (1st), 61.4% FO% (1st), 1,134 FO (2nd)
  • Ristolainen: 26:14 TOI/GP (4th)

BUF-VAN CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Though he never played for Buffalo, Alex Biega was drafted by the Sabres in the fifth round (147th overall) of the 2006 NHL Draft. He posted 66 points (13+53) and a plus-24 rating in 198 games for the Portland Pirates and Rochester Americans (AHL) while he was a part of the Sabres’ organization.
  • Anders Nilsson spent the 2016-17 season with the Sabres, posting a 10-10-4 record with a 2.67 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage that ranked 10th in the NHL.
  • Thomas Vanek was a member of the Sabres for just over eight seasons from 2005-2013. Drafted by Buffalo in the first round (5th overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft, Vanek finished his career with the Sabres ranked 10th in franchise history in points (497), fifth in goals (254), 13th in assists (243), fourth in power-play goals (106) and fourth in game-winning goals (41).

Justin Falk:

  • Played with Michael Del Zotto for the New York Rangers during the 2013-14 season.
  • Teammates with Michael Chaput for the Columbus Blue Jackets from 2014-2016.

Zemgus Girgensons:

  • Played with Alex Biega for the Rochester Americans during the 2012-13 season.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Thomas Vanek for the Montreal Canadiens during the 2013-14 season.

Chad Johnson:

  • He and Michael Del Zotto were teammates for the New York Rangers from 2009-2011.

Evander Kane:

  • Represented Canada alongside Michael Del Zotto at the 2010 World Championship.

Johan Larsson:

  • Represented Sweden alongside Loui Eriksson at the 2012 World Championship.
  • Played with Alex Biega for the Rochester Americans from 2012-13.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played with Anders Nilsson for the New York Islanders during the 2011-12 and 2013-14 seasons. Thomas Vanek was also on the team during part of the 2013-14 season.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Played for Team Canada alongside Erik Gudbranson at the 2009 World U18 Championship.
  • Represented Canada alongside Ben Hutton and Christopher Tanev at the 2016 World Championship.

Jason Pominville:

  • Teammates with Thomas Vanek for the Minnesota Wild from 2014-2016.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Played with Derek Dorsett and Michael Del Zotto for the New York Rangers during the 2013-14 season.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Reinhart was born in West Vancouver.
  • Represented Canada alongside Bo Horvat and Derrick Pouliot at the 2014 World Junior Championship.
  • Played for Team Canada alongside Jake Virtanen at the 2015 World Junior Championship.
  • Represented Canada alongside Ben Hutton and Christopher Tanev at the 2016 World Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland alongside Markus Granlund at the 2013 World Junior Championship.

Marco Scandella:

  • Teammates with Thomas Vanek for the Minnesota Wild from 2014-2016.

NHL Draft:

  • Chad Johnson (125th overall) and Alex Biega (147th overall) were fifth-round picks in the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Marco Scandella (55th overall) and Jacob Markstrom (31st overall) were both second-round picks in the 2008 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall), Derrick Pouliot (8th overall) and Brendan Gaunce (26th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Bo Horvat (9th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Jake Virtanen (6th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.
  • The first round of the 2015 NHL Draft saw both Jack Eichel (2nd overall) and Brock Boeser (23rd overall) go off the board.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (108), McCabe (104), Kane (96)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (74), Scandella (72), Ristolainen (62)
Shots: Kane (188), Eichel (172), O’Reilly (123)

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: 3-3-4 (9), 22/27, 3/22, 21/26
41-50: 3-6-0 (6), 24/34, 8/29, 15/24

OVERTIME RESULTS (3-8; 111-119 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron)
Oct. 21 at BOS: W, 5-4 (GWG-O’Reilly)
Nov. 11 at MTL: L, 2-1 (GWG-Pacioretty)
Nov. 14 at PIT: L, 5-4 (GWG-Sheary)
Dec. 8 at CHI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Forsling)
Dec. 10 at STL: L, 3-2 (GWG-Tarasenko)
Dec. 15 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Slavin)
Dec. 27 at NYI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barzal)
Dec. 29 at NJD: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen)
Jan. 1 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Miller)
Jan. 22 at CGY: W, 2-1 (GWG-Eichel)

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Wins
Buffalo Sabres … 1 home win … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Benoit Pouliot … 4 games … 600 career games played
Jack Eichel … 10 games … 200 career games played
Assists
Jack Eichel … 6 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Zemgus Girgensons … 6 points … 100 career points
Ryan O’Reilly … 6 points … 400 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Rasmus Ristolainen … 100 NHL assists … Jan. 20 vs. Dallas

Post-Game Report: 10/20 vs. Vancouver

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Canucks
(3-3-1)
1 2 1 4 41
Sabres
(1-5-2)
2 0 0 2 22

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • Justin Bailey’s second goal of the season was the fourth of his career and his first to be scored in his hometown of Buffalo.
  • With an assist tonight, Ryan O’Reilly now has four points (2+2) in his last three games, including at least a point in all three games.
  • Kyle Okposo appeared in his 600th NHL game tonight. His assist on Buffalo’s first goal, gave him 10 points (1+9) in 10 career games against the Canucks.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Canucks Markstrom W .909 2.00
Sabres Johnson L .925 3.07

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Canucks Markstrom 2-2-1 .902 2.73
Sabres Johnson 1-2-1 .881 3.84

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Justin Bailey

Sabres defenseman Kyle Okposo

Sabres goaltender Chad Johnson

Canucks head coach Travis Green

Canucks forward Derek Dorsett

Canucks forward Jake Virtanen

Game Preview: 10/20/17 vs. VAN

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, October 17
Buffalo 4 at Vegas 5 (OT)
Goals: O’Reilly (2), Reinhart, Kane
Goalie: Johnson (26 saves/31 shots)
PP: 3/5; PK: 4/5; Shots: Buffalo 34 – Vegas 31

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 24)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Justin Falk (undisclosed, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 7 games
Evan Rodrigues (hand, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 7 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct.5; injured reserve) – 7 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body, Oct. 17; injured reserve) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/15: Recalled F Justin Bailey from Rochester (AHL); placed D Zach Bogosian on IR
10/20: Recalled D Taylor Fedun from Rochester (AHL); placed F Jacob Josefson on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Oct. 21: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 24: Detroit at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 25: Buffalo at Columbus, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 28: San Jose at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 2: Buffalo at Arizona, 10 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
CANUCKS AT SABRES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Canucks this season.
  • Last meeting: Vancouver defeated Buffalo 4-2 in Buffalo on Feb. 12
  • Next meeting: Thursday, Jan. 25 in Vancouver
  • The Sabres are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Canucks; 7-3-0 at home.
  • This is the 119th game all-time between Buffalo and Vancouver; Buffalo has a 48-51-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 31-20-8 at home against the Canucks all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-7-2 all-time on October 20.
  • October 20, 1976: Gilbert Perreault scores twice and Gerry Desjardins stops all 29 Vancouver shots as the Sabres shut out the Canucks by a score of 4-0.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • If he dresses, tonight will be Kyle Okposo’s 600th NHL game. Okposo has nine points (1+8) in nine career games against the Canucks.
  • Chad Johnson is 1-0-1 in two career starts against the Canucks (both last season) with a .940 save percentage and a 0.96 goals-against average
  • The home team has won 12 of the last 15 games between these teams, including five of the last six.
  • The Canucks have only won twice in their seven visits Buffalo since 2003 and are looking for consecutive wins in Buffalo for the first time since March 3 and Dec. 4, 1996.
  • The Sabres need a win tonight to avoid losing four straight matchups with the Canucks for the first time since the team lost six straight from March 10, 1991 to March 1, 1993.

HISTORIC HELPERS
With two assists on Tuesday at Vegas, Jason Pominville passed Dale Hawerchuk for eighth on the franchise’s all-time assists leaderboard with 276 career assists as a member of the Sabres. Pominville trails Don Luce by 34 assists for seventh on the list.

TERRIFIC TRIO

  • Jack Eichel has recorded a point on six goals with each of his linemates, Evander Kane and Jason Pominville, through seven games this season. Entering play Thursday, Eichel/Kane and Eichel/Pominville both tied as the fifth-most prolific scoring combinations in the NHL.
  • With at least nine points each, every member of the trio has recorded a point on at least half of the team’s goals and all three entered play Thursday ranked in the top 20 in the league in scoring.
  • With four multi-point games each, Eichel and Pominville entered Thursday’s games tied for second in the league. Kane (3) was tied for seventh-most.

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

A NEW LOOK
Buffalo had a franchise-record 10 players in the opening night lineup who weren’t on the team’s roster in 2016-17: Antipin, Beaulieu, Griffith, Johnson, Josefson, Nolan, Pominville, Pouliot, Scandella and Tennyson. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the most new players an NHL team has had in its opening night lineup since the 2011-12 Florida Panthers (11).

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 10/19 games)

  • Eichel: 7 EVP (T-6th), 7 A (T-8th)
  • Kane: 2 SHG (1st), 39 S (T-1st), 5 G (T-6th), 10 PTS (T-6th)
  • O’Reilly: 162 FO (2nd), 102 FOW (1st), 2 PPG (T-6th), 63.0% FO% (7th)
  • Pominville: 7 EVP (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:58 TOI (1st)

BUF-VAN CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Though he never played for Buffalo, Alex Biega was drafted by the Sabres in the fifth round (147th overall) of the 2006 NHL Draft. He posted 66 points (13+53) and a plus-24 rating in 198 games for the Portland Pirates and Rochester Americans (AHL) while he was a part of the Sabres’ organization.
  • Anders Nilsson spent the 2016-17 season with the Sabres, posting a 10-10-4 record with a 2.67 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage that ranked 10th in the NHL.
  • Thomas Vanek was a member of the Sabres for just over eight seasons from 2005-2013. Drafted by Buffalo in the first round (5th overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft, Vanek finished his career with the Sabres ranked 10th in franchise history in points (497), fifth in goals (254), 13th in assists (243), fourth in power-play goals (106) and fourth in game-winning goals (41).

Victor Antipin:

  • Represented Russia alongside Alexander Burmistrov at the 2016 World Championship.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Thomas Vanek for the Montreal Canadiens during the 2013-14 season.

Seth Griffith:

  • Teammates with Thomas Vanek for the Florida Panthers during part of the 2016-17 season.

Chad Johnson:

  • He and Michael Del Zotto were teammates for the New York Rangers from 2009-2011.

Evander Kane:

  • Played with Alexander Burmistrov for the Atlanta Thrashers (2010-11) and the Winnipeg Jets (2011-2013).
  • Represented Canada alongside Michael Del Zotto at the 2010 World Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played with Anders Nilsson for the New York Islanders during the 2011-12 and 2013-14 seasons. Thomas Vanek was also on the team during part of the 2013-14 season.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Played for Team Canada alongside Erik Gudbranson at the 2009 World U18 Championship.
  • Represented Canada alongside Ben Hutton and Christopher Tanev at the 2016 World Championship.

Jason Pominville:

  • Teammates with Thomas Vanek for the Minnesota Wild from 2014-2016.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Played with Derek Dorsett and Michael Del Zotto for the New York Rangers during the 2013-14 season.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Reinhart was born in West Vancouver.
  • Represented Canada alongside Bo Horvat and Derrick Pouliot at the 2014 World Junior Championship.
  • Played for Team Canada alongside Jake Virtanen at the 2015 World Junior Championship.
  • Represented Canada alongside Ben Hutton and Christopher Tanev at the 2016 World Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland alongside Markus Granlund at the 2013 World Junior Championship.

Marco Scandella:

  • Teammates with Thomas Vanek for the Minnesota Wild from 2014-2016.

NHL Draft:

  • Chad Johnson (125th overall) and Alex Biega (147th overall) were fifth-round picks in the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Marco Scandella (55th overall) and Jacob Markstrom (31st overall) were both second-round picks in the 2008 NHL Draft.
  • Nathan Beaulieu (17th overall) and Sven Baertschi (13th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall), Derrick Pouliot (8th overall) and Brendan Gaunce (26th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • The fifth round of the 2012 NHL Draft saw Seth Griffith (131st overall) and Ben Hutton (147th overall) go off the board.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Bo Horvat (9th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Jake Virtanen (6th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.
  • The first round of the 2015 NHL Draft saw both Jack Eichel (2nd overall) and Brock Boeser (23rd overall) go off the board.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (22), Kane (16), Beaulieu/Girgensons/Larsson/Pouliot (11)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (13), Scandella (10), Ristolainen (10)
Shots: Kane (39), Eichel (19), O’Reilly (19)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 1-4-2 (4), 18/28, 5/27, 21/26

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-1; 108-112 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron)

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Kyle Okposo … 1 game … 600 career games played
Jordan Nolan … 3 games … 300 career games played
Assists
Matt Moulson … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Points
Sam Reinhart … 8 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Jason Pominville … 276th assist with Buffalo (8th in franchise history) … Oct 17 at VGK

Post-Game Report: 2/12 vs. VAN

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Canucks
(25-25-6)
2 2 0 4 31
Sabres
(23-23-10)
2 0 0 2 28

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • The Canucks have earned their first win in Buffalo since their 3-0 win on Oct. 17, 2013.
    • The home team has now lost just three of the last 15 games between these teams.
  • With his goal, Tyler Ennis now has a point in five of his last seven home games and has a point in six of his eight career games against the Canucks (4+2).
  • With his goal tonight, Kyle Okposo now has points in six straight games (3+3) for the first time since Nov. 12 to 25, 2015.
    • Since the beginning of the 2013-14 season, Okposo has tallied nine points (1+8) in seven games against the Canucks.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen logged 30:00 of ice time tonight, reaching the 30-minute mark for the sixth time in his career and the fourth time in a game decided in regulation.
  • Ryan O’Reilly (assist) has 16 points (5+11) in his last 14 home games.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Canucks
Markstrom W .929 2.00
Sabres Lehner L .871 4.15

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Canucks Markstrom 10-10-3 .914 2.56
Sabres Lehner 14-16-6 .923 2.57

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Tyler Ennis

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins

Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows

Canucks forward Michael Chaput

Game Preview: 2/12/17 vs. VAN

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, February 11
Buffalo 3 at Toronto 1
Goals: Kane (2), Reinhart
Goalie: Lehner (43 saves/44 shots)
PP: 1/1; PK: 2/3; Shots: Toronto 44 – Buffalo 23

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 268)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 55 games
Johan Larsson (wrist, Jan. 3; injured reserve) – 19 games
William Carrier (knee, Feb.4; injured reserve) – 5 games
Zach Bogosian (ribs, Feb. 4; injured reserve) – 5 games
Zemgus Girgensons (middle body, Feb. 9) – 2 games
Cody Franson (foot, Feb. 11) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/6:
Signed D Justin Falk to a one-year contract extension worth $650,000; Claimed F Derek Grant off waivers from Nashville; Assigned Grant to Rochester (AHL)
2/9: Recalled F Derek Grant and F Evan Rodrigues from Rochester (AHL); Placed F William Carrier and D Zach Bogosian on IR
2/10: Assigned F Evan Rodrigues to Rochester (AHL)
2/11: Recalled F Evan Rodrigues from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Feb. 14:
Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 16: Colorado at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 18: St. Louis at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 19: Chicago at Buffalo, 6 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 25: Buffalo at Colorado, 10 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
CANUCKS at SABRES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Canucks this season.
  • Last meeting: Vancouver defeated Buffalo 2-1 in Vancouver on Oct. 20, 2016
  • The Sabres are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Canucks; 7-3-0 at home.
  • This is the 118th game all-time between Buffalo and Vancouver; Buffalo has a 48-50-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 31-19-8 at home against the Canucks all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 5-8-6 all-time on February 12.
  • February 12, 1983: Craig Ramsay (broken foot) sees his consecutive games played streak end at 776 games, missing his first game in nearly 10 years.
  • February 12, 2008: Thomas Vanek scores his first career hat trick, leading the Sabres to a 5-1 win at Ottawa.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The home team has won 12 of the last 14 games between these teams, including each of the last six. The Canucks have only won once in their six visits Buffalo since 2003, posting a 3-0 win on Oct. 17, 2013.
  • Tyler Ennis has recorded a point in five of his seven career games against the Canucks (3+2).
  • Brian Gionta has five points (2+3) in his last four games against Vancouver.
  • Since the beginning of the 2013-14 season, Kyle Okposo has tallied eight assists in six games against the Canucks.
  • In his only previous meeting with the Canucks on Oct. 18, 2015, Anders Nilsson stopped 33 of 34 shots (.971) to earn a win in Vancouver.

HOW THE WEST WAS WON

  • Tonight is the Sabres’ third game in a stretch of eight straight home games against the Western Conference.
  • Buffalo is 12-2-3 in its last 17 home games against Western Conference opponents and 10-5-2 in all games against the West this season.
  • The Sabres are 59-20-16 (.705) all-time in home games against the Pacific Division, including a 13-1-3 record in the last 17 games.
  • The Sabres, who lost at home to the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night, will look to avoid losing two straight home games to Pacific Division opponents for the first time since Oct. 13 and Nov. 7, 2014.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Robin Lehner is 6-3-1 with a .933 save percentage so far in 2017.
  • Kyle Okposo has points in nine of his last 13 games, including each of his last five (2+3). With a point tonight, he have points in six straight for the first time since Nov. 12 to 25, 2015.
  • Jack Eichel has logged 14 points (5+9) in his last 13 games, including six multi-point outings. The Sabres are 10-0-0 this season (and 19-3-0 in his career) when he has at least two points.
  • Evander Kane has 11 points (6+5) in his last 10 games.
  • Sam Reinhart enters tonight’s game on a three-game point streak and has totaled four points (1+3) in those games.

 

HOME COOKIN’

  • Ryan O’Reilly has 15 points (5+10) in his last 13 home games.
  • Sam Reinhart has 12 points (4+8) in his last 12 home games.
  • Jack Eichel has 16 points (7+9) in 16 home games this season, including six multi-point outings.

THEY’VE GOT THE POWER

  • The Sabres have gone 4-for-6 on the power play in their last three games and finished last night’s game ranked first in the league with a 23.8% 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 fourth-best conversion rate in franchise history and the best since the team’s 24.4% mark in 1979-80. It would be the 22nd-best season by any team since the league began publishing the stat in 1987-88.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s 10th of a league-high 19 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 3-1 win last night in Toronto. The Sabres are 5-3-2 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 4-4-1 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets this season is: four points (2), three points (2), two points (2), one point (1) and zero points (2).

THE KANE EVENT
Evander Kane
has scored each of his 18 goals this season in his last 32 games, including a team-high 17 even-strength goals. In the period since scoring his first goal of the season on Dec. 3 vs. Boston, he is tied for fourth among all NHL skaters in goals (18), leads the league lead in even-strength goals (17) and ranks third in shots on goal (124).

*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)

.38 (31)

.22 (18)

A/GP

.40 (33)

.24 (20)

.47 (39)

.42 (34)
P/GP

.69 (57)

.53 (43)

.85 (70)

.64 (52)
SOG/GP

2.9 (238)

2.1 (172)

4.0 (330)

2.2 (179)

(82-game pace in parentheses)

ASSIST-OLAINEN
Rasmus Ristolainen
finished last night’s game tied for 41st among all NHL skaters with 27 assists.

  • Ristolainen has recorded an assist on 21.1 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 six goals to fall below 20 percent.

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

  • Buffalo Sabres: 33.8% PP% (1st)
  • Eichel: 4.0 S/GP (1st)
  • Foligno: 187 hits (3rd)
  • Kane: 3.5 S/GP (9th)
  • Lehner: .925 SV% (7th), .934 EV SV% (6th)
  • Moulson: 9 PPG (T-9th)
  • Nilsson: .934 EV SV% (7th), .922 SV% (10th)
  • Okposo: 19 PPP (T-7th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:38 TOI/GP (1st, forwards), 57.6 FO% (7th)
  • Ristolainen: 17 PPA (T-3rd), 27:05 TOI (4th), 18 PPP (T-1st, defensemen)

BUF-VAN CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Ryan Miller spent parts of 11 seasons as a member of the Sabres from 2002-2014. Drafted by Buffalo in the fifth round of the 1999 NHL Draft (138th overall), Miller compiled a record of 284-186-56 over a total of 540 games, earning franchise-record totals in games played and wins.
  • Though he never played for Buffalo, Alex Biega was drafted by the Sabres in the fifth round (147th overall) of the 2006 NHL Draft. He posted 66 points (13+53) and a plus-24 rating in 198 games for the Portland Pirates and Rochester Americans (AHL) while he was a part of the Sabres’ organization.

Dan Bylsma:

  • Coached Brandon Sutter for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2012-2014.

Marcus Foligno:

  • Played with Alex Biega for the Rochester Americans from 2011-2013.

Derek Grant:

  • Played with Markus Granlund for the Calgary Flames in 2015-16.

Zemgus Girgensons:

  • Played with Alex Biega for the Rochester Americans during the 2012-13 season.

Evander Kane:

  • Represented Canada alongside Alexandre Burrows at the 2012 World Championship.

Dmitry Kulikov:

  • Played with Jacob Markstrom for the Florida Panthers from 2010-14. Jack Skille was also a member of the team from 2010-2013.

Anders Nilsson

  • Represented Sweden alongside Jacob Markstrom at the 2010 World Junior Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for the United States alongside Jack Skille at the 2007 World Junior Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland alongside Markus Granlund at the 2012 World Junior Championship.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Represented Canada alongside Alexandre Burrows at the 2012 World Championship.
  • Played for Team Canada alongside Erik Gudbranson at the 2009 World U18 Championship.
  • Represented Canada alongside Ben Hutton and Christopher Tanev at the 2016 World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Reinhart was born in West Vancouver.
  • Represented Canada alongside Bo Horvat at the 2014 World Junior Championship.
  • Represented Canada alongside Ben Hutton and Christopher Tanev at the 2016 World Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Zach Bogosian, Tyler Ennis and Luca Sbisa were all selected in the first round of the 2008 NHL Draft. Bogosian went third overall to Atlanta, Sbisa was selected by Philadelphia 19th overall and Ennis was chosen 26th overall.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Bo Horvat (9th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2013 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (187), Ristolainen (142), Carrier (96)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (128), McCabe (75), Gorges (70)
Shots: Kane (153), Eichel (137), Okposo (135)

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: 3-2-0 (6), 15/12, 4/7, 11/16

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-5; 108-110 all-time)
Oct. 18 at CGY: L, 4-3 (GWG-Monahan)
Nov. 11 vs. NJD: L, 2-1 (GWG-Greene)
Dec. 5 at WSH: L, 3-2 (GWG-Johansson)
Dec. 6 vs. EDM: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen)
Dec. 16 vs. NYI: W, 3-2 (GWG-Ristolainen)

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

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

Nicolas Deslauriers … 3 games … 200 NHL games
Tyler Ennis … 8 games … 400 NHL games
Goals
Tyler Ennis … 5 goals … 100 NHL goals
Points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 4 points … 100 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
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