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Post-Game Report: 3/10 vs. Vegas

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Golden Knights
(44-19-5)
0 0 1 0 1 2 34
Sabres
(22-35-12)
0 0 1 0 0 1 32

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • Today’s loss dropped the Sabres to 13-4-1 all-time in the first home game against teams that joined the league via expansion after 1970.
  • With his goal today, Justin Bailey, who had five points (4+1) in his last five games in Rochester (AHL) before being recalled, now has three goals in eight NHL games this season.
  • Ryan O’Reilly’s 27 faceoff wins today fell two shy of his franchise-record 29 on Feb. 11 vs. Colorado. He is now on pace to break the NHL single-season faceoff win record (faceoff stats have been recorded since 1997-98).
    • O’Reilly now has 10 games as a member of the Sabres with more than 21 wins, breaking the franchise single-game record previously shared by Curtis Brown and Michael Peca.
    • O’Reilly’s faceoff win percentage of 81.8 percent today tied the third-best percentage of his career.

 

Today’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Golden Knights
Fleury W .969 0.92
Sabres Lehner O .971 0.92

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Golden Knights
Fleury 24-9-3 .930 2.16
Sabres Lehner 14-24-9 .911 2.91

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Justin Bailey

Sabres forward Benoit Pouliot

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Golden Knights head coach Gerard Gallant

Golden Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland

Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury

Game Preview: 3/10/18 vs. Vegas

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, March 8
Buffalo 4 at Ottawa 3 (SO)
Goals: Scandella, Reinhart, Wilson; GDG-Josefson
Goalie: Lehner (37 saves/40 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 4/4; Shots: Ottawa 40 – Buffalo 34

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 240)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 25 games
Jake McCabe (shoulder, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 15 games
Jack Eichel (high-ankle sprain, Feb. 11; injured reserve) – 13 games
Evan Rodrigues (upper body, March 2) – 4 games
Kyle Criscuolo (upper body, March 7) – 2 games
Seth Griffith (upper body, March 8) – 1 game
Kyle Okposo (concussion, March 10) – 0 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/4: Recalled F Kyle Criscuolo and D Brendan Guhle from Rochester (AHL)
3/7: Recalled F Danny O’Regan from Rochester (AHL)
3/9: Recalled F Justin Bailey from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, March 15: Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
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.

TODAY’S GAME
GOLDEN KNIGHTS at SABRES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Golden Knights this season.
  • Last meeting: Vegas defeated Buffalo 5-4 (OT) in Las Vegas
  • This is the second game all-time between Buffalo and Vegas.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-10-4 all-time on March 10.
  • March 10, 1976: After entering the third period trailing 6-2, Craig Ramsay, Jim Lorentz and Rene Robert each score within a span of 1:13 before Gilbert Perreault scores twice to lift the Sabres to a 7-6 win at Pittsburgh.
  • March 10, 1980: The Sabres trade Jerry Korab to Los Angeles for a first-round draft choice in 1982 that would eventually be used to select Phil Housley.
  • March 10, 1998: Dominik Hasek appears in his 308th game with the Sabres, overtaking Don Edwards for the franchise’s record for most games played by a goaltender.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • After today’s game, the Sabres will have four days off before returning to action with a visit from the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 15.
  • The Sabres enter today’s game with a 13-4-0 record all-time in the first home game against teams that joined the league via expansion after 1970. The last such game was a 2-1 loss vs. Columbus on Jan. 23, 2001.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 25 points (10+15) in his last 24 games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 24 points (6+18) in his last 31 games dating back to Dec. 29. Ristolainen’s 24 points during that span tied for seventh among NHL defensemen entering play Friday.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded 13 points (3+10) in his last 13 games.
  • Jason Pominville has totaled six points (2+4) in his last six games.
  • Marco Scandella has scored four goals in his last 10 games.

HOT AT HOME

  • Ryan O’Reilly has 21 points (8+13) in 17 home games dating back to the team’s game on Dec. 22 vs. Philadelphia.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 13 points (5+8) in his last 13 home games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has tallied seven points (1+6) in his last eight home games.
  • Jason Pominville has recorded at least a point in each of his last three home games (1+3).

PLAYING WITH POWER

  • The Sabres have tallied at least one power-play goal in 16 of their last 27 games dating back to Jan. 7 at Philadelphia (and went 0-for-0 on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus), converting at a 25.0 percent clip during that span.
  • Buffalo’s 20 power-play goals during this stretch ranked second in the league entering play Friday.
  • Ryan O’Reilly tied for the league lead entering play Friday with seven power-play goals scored since Jan. 7. Kyle Okposo and Rasmus Ristolainen tied for fifth in the league with 12 power-play points during that stretch.
  • O’Reilly’s 11 power-play goals this season tied for eighth in the league entering play Friday.

DRAWING ATTENTION*

  • Ryan O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (1,048) and faceoff percentage (60.8%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 1,048 wins already rank as the most wins by a Sabre in a season.
  • O’Reilly’s 1,048 faceoff wins put him on pace to log 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 1,267
    • 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 tied for second 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 Friday, and his four shorthanded points tied for second.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 3/9 games)

  • Girgensons: 2 SHG (T-8th)
  • O’Reilly: 1,048 FOW (1st), 60.8% FO% (1st), 1,725 FO (1st), 4 SHP (T-2nd), 11 PPG (T-8th)
  • Pouliot: 2 SHG (T-8th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:31 TOI/GP (3rd)

BUF-VGK CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Brayden McNabb was selected by the Sabres in the third round (66th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft. He spent two seasons in Buffalo, suiting up for 37 games and tallying eight points (1+7) before being traded to the Kings on March 5, 2014.

Justin Falk:

  • Played with Erik Haula for the Minnesota Wild during the 2014-15 season.
  • Teammates with William Karlsson from 2014-2016 as members of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Marc-Andre Fleury for Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Seth Griffith:

  • Teammates with Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith for the Florida Panthers for part of the 2016-17 season. He and Smith were both teammates with the Boston Bruins for part of the 2014-15 season as well.

Chad Johnson:

  • Played with Deryk Engelland for the Calgary Flames during the 2016-17 season.

Jordan Nolan:

  • Teammates with Brayden McNabb for the Los Angeles Kings from 2014-2017.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Teammates with Cody Eakin and Brayden McNabb for Team Canada at the 2009 World U18 Championship and the 2015 World Championship.

Jason Pominville:

  • Played with Erik Haula for the Minnesota Wild from 2013-2017. Alex Tuch was also on the team during the 2016-17 campaign.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with Brad Hunt for the Edmonton Oilers from 2014-2016.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Played alongside Cody Eakin and Brayden McNabb during the 2010-11 season with the Kootenay Ice (WHL).

Rasmus Ristolainen

  • Represented Finland alongside Erik Haula at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Marco Scandella:

  • He and Clayton Stoner were teammates for the Minnesota Wild from 2010-2014.
  • Played with Erik Haula for the Minnesota Wild from 2013-2017. Alex Tuch was also on the team during the 2016-17 campaign.

NHL Draft:

  • Jordan Nolan (186th overall) and Erik Haula (182nd overall) were both seventh-round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Johan Larsson (56th overall) was taken one pick before Oscar Lindberg (57th overall) in the second round of the 2010 NHL Draft. Jon Merrill (38th overall) was also selected in the second round in 2010.
  • Seth Griffith (131st overall) and Colin Miller (151st overall) were both selected in the fifth round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Alex Tuch (18th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2014 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (174), Girgensons (122), McCabe (110)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (95), Ristolainen (92), McCabe (79)
Shots: Eichel (201), O’Reilly (180), Reinhart (149)

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: 5-3-0 (10), 21/24, 4/25, 16/20

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 (1-1; 70-65 all-time)
Oct. 5 vs. MTL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Drouin)
March 8 at OTT: W, 4-3 (GDG-Josefson)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Points
Zemgus Girgensons … 2 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Game Preview: 10/17/17 at VGK

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Sunday, October 15
Buffalo 3 at Anaheim 1
Goals: Bailey, Reinhart, Larsson
Goalie: Johnson (25 saves/26 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 4/4; Shots: Buffalo 31 – Anaheim 26

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 20)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Justin Falk (undisclosed, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 6 games
Evan Rodrigues (hand, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 6 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct.5; injured reserve) – 6 games
Kyle Okposo (illness, Oct. 14) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/15: Recalled F Justin Bailey from Rochester (AHL); placed D Zach Bogosian on injured reserve

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, Oct. 20: Vancouver at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
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.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at GOLDEN KNIGHTS

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Golden Knights this season.
  • Next meeting: Saturday, March 10 in Buffalo
  • This is the first game all-time between Buffalo and Vegas.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-14-1 all-time on October 17.
  • October 17, 1974: Lee Fogolin and Don Luce score goals four seconds apart in the third period as the Sabres defeat the California Golden Seals 6-1.
  • October 17, 1979: The Sabres top the Hartford Whalers 3-1 in the first ever meeting between the clubs.
  • October 17, 1990: Gilbert Perreault’s number 11 is raised to the rafters at Memorial Auditorium, making Perreault the first player in franchise history to have his number retired.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is Buffalo’s final in a four-game road trip against Pacific Division opponents. The Sabres are 1-2-0 in the first three.
  • After Sunday night’s 3-1 win at Anaheim, the Sabres are looking to win in consecutive visits to Pacific Division teams for the first time since the team won six straight from Jan. 6, 2011 to Nov. 5, 2013.
  • The last time the Sabres earned consecutive wins on a Pacific Division road trip was on Feb. 29 and March 1, 2012.

WELCOME TO FABULOUS LAS VEGAS
The Sabres are visiting the Golden Knights for the first-ever meeting between the teams.

  • The Sabres are 14-2-1 all-time in the first game against teams that joined the league via expansion after 1970. The last such game was a 2-1 loss vs. Columbus on Jan. 23, 2001.
  • Buffalo is 10-3-4 all-time in the team’s first road game against a new expansion team, including a 4-1-1 record in the six inaugural matchups that took place on the road.

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 10/16 games)

  • Kane: 2 SHG (1st), 34 S (3rd)
  • O’Reilly: 130 FO (3rd), 81 FOW (3rd), 62.3% FO% (7th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:40 TOI (1st)

BUF-VGK CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • William Carrier played in 41 games for the Sabres during the 2016-17 season and recorded eight points (5+3) before being selected by the Golden Knights in the 2017 Expansion Draft.
  • Brayden McNabb was selected by the Sabres in the third round (66th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft. He spent two seasons in Buffalo, suiting up for 37 games and tallying eight points (1+7) before being traded to the Kings on March 5, 2014.

Jack Eichel:

  • Represented the United States alongside Alex Tuch at the 2015 World Junior Championship.

Seth Griffith:

  • Teammates with Reilly Smith for the Florida Panthers for part of the 2016-17 season. He and Smith were both teammates with the Boston Bruins for part of the 2014-15 season as well.
  • Played with Brendan Leipsic for the Toronto Marlies (AHL) during the 2016-17 season.

Chad Johnson:

  • He and Griffin Reinhart were teammates for the New York Islanders during part of the 2014-15 season.
  • Played with Deryk Engelland for the Calgary Flames during the 2016-17 season.

Evander Kane:

  • Represented Canada alongside James Neal at the 2011 World Championship.

Jordan Nolan:

  • Teammates with Brayden McNabb for the Los Angeles Kings from 2014-2017.

Kyle Okposo:

  • He and Griffin Reinhart were teammates for the New York Islanders during part of the 2014-15 season.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Teammates with Cody Eakin and Brayden McNabb for Team Canada at the 2009 World U18 Championship and the 2015 World Championship.

Jason Pominville:

  • He and Clayton Stoner were teammates for the Minnesota Wild from 2013-14.
  • Teammates with Alex Tuch for the Minnesota Wild during the 2016-17 campaign.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with Brad Hunt for the Edmonton Oilers from 2014-2016. He and Griffin Reinhart were teammates in Edmonton during the 2016-17 season.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Griffin Reinhart is Sam’s brother.
  • Played alongside Cody Eakin and Brayden McNabb during the 2010-11 season with the Kootenay Ice (WHL).

Marco Scandella:

  • He and Clayton Stoner were teammates for the Minnesota Wild from 2010-2014.
  • Teammates with Alex Tuch for the Minnesota Wild during the 2016-17 campaign.

NHL Draft:

  • Johan Larsson (56th overall) was taken one pick before Oscar Lindberg (57th overall) in the second round of the 2010 NHL Draft. Jon Merrill (38th overall) was also selected in the second round in 2010.
  • The first round of the 2012 NHL Draft saw Zemgus Girgensons go off the board at 14th overall, 10 picks after Griffin Reinhart was taken with the 4th overall selection and 10 picks before Malcom Subban was taken with the 24th overall pick.
  • Seth Griffith (131st overall) and Colin Miller (151st overall) were both selected in the fifth round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Justin Bailey (52nd overall) and William Carrier (57th overall) were both taken in the second round of the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Alex Tuch (18th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2014 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (19), Kane (15), Girgensons/Larsson (11)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (13), Scandella (9), Gorges/Ristolainen (8)
Shots: Kane (34), Eichel/Ristolainen (15), O’Reilly (14)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 1-4-1 (3), 14/23, 2/22, 17/21

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-0; 108-11 all-time)
N/A

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 … 2 games … 600 career games played
Jordan Nolan … 4 games … 300 career games played
Assists
Jason Pominville … 1 assist … 275 assists with Buffalo (T-8th in franchise history, Hawerchuk)
Matt Moulson … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Points
Sam Reinhart … 9 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Evander Kane … 500th NHL game … Oct. 12 at SJS