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Game Preview: 4/11/21 at Philedelphia

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Friday, April 9
Washington 4 at Buffalo 3
Goals: Jokiharju, Mittelstadt, Thompson
Goalie: Tokarski (29 saves/ 33 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 1/1; Shots: Washington 33 – Buffalo 33

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 195)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zemgus Girgensons (hamstring, Jan. 14; injured reserve) – 40 games
William Borgen (forearm, Feb. 22; injured reserve) – 26 games
Jake McCabe (knee, Feb. 22; injured reserve) – 26 games
Jack Eichel (upper body, March 9; injured reserve) – 17 games
Carter Hutton (lower body, March 24) – 10 games
Dylan Cozens (upper body, March 31) – 6 games
Curtis Lazar (upper body, April 1; injured reserve) – 5 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
4/5: Reassigned F Arttu Ruotsalainen from the Rochester Americans (AHL) to the taxi squad; Reassigned F Jean-Sebastien Dea to Rochester
4/6: Signed Linus Weissbach to a two-year, entry-level contract
4/7: Reassigned F C.J. Smith and D Brandon Davidson to the Rochester Americans (AHL)
4/8: Reassigned F C.J. Smith and D Brandon Davidson from the Rochester Americans (AHL) to the taxi squad
4/9: Claimed F Drake Caggiula off waivers; Recalled F Arttu Ruotsalainen from the taxi squad; Reassigned F Steven Fogarty to the taxi squad
4/10: Acquired a third-round pick from the Florida Panthers in exchange for D Brandon Montour; Reassigned F Jean-Sebastien Dea to the taxi squad; Loaned F Steven Fogarty to the Rochester Americans (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, April 13: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 15: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 17: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 3 p.m.
Sunday, April 18: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 3 p.m.
Tuesday, April 20: Boston at Buffalo, 6:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at FLYERS

  • This is the eighth and final meeting between the Sabres and Flyers this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Philadelphia 6-1 in Buffalo on March 31
  • The Sabres are 2-6-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Flyers; 1-7-2 on the road.
  • This is the 189th game all-time between Buffalo and Philadelphia; Buffalo has a 71-91-26 series record.
  • The Sabres are 26-55-15 on the road against the Flyers all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 1-4-1 all-time on April 11 (regular season).
  • April 11, 2001: Dominik Hasek makes 31 saves on 32 shots as the Sabres open the playoffs with a 2-1 win at Philadelphia.
  • April 11, 2009: Thomas Vanek scores twice, reaching the 40-goal mark for the second time in his career, as the Sabres close the 2008-09 season with a 6-1 win at home against Boston.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW.

  • The team that has scored first has won six of the seven games so far between the Sabres and Flyers this season.
  • Buffalo is 16-for-17 on the penalty kill and has added two shorthanded goals for a plus-1 shorthanded goal differential against the Flyers this season. The team’s 94.1 penalty-kill percentage is its best rate against any opponent this season.
  • Of the Sabres’ 28 individual multi-point performances this season, 11 have come against the Flyers.
  • Sam Reinhart’s ten road goals this season are tied for fifth in the NHL.
  • Kyle Okposo has nine points (2+7) in his last ten outings.
  • Rasmus Dahlin (0.09, 13th) and Rasmus Ristolainen (0.09, 14th) both rank in the top 15 in goals-per-game in franchise history among defensemen who have played in at least 82 games.
  • Following Thursday’s game, the Sabres were the least-penalized team in the NHL with 6:10 of penalty time per game. Buffalo has been assessed 247 total penalty minutes this season, 15 fewer than the closest team, the New Jersey Devils.

THREE’S COMPANY

  • In the team’s last three games, the line of Rasmus Asplund, Casey Mittelstadt and Tage Tompson has skated together more than any other forward line at 5-on-5 (29:43). During that time, they have outshot their opponents 17-12, outscored opponents 2-0 and have a 60.6 expected-goals percentage at 5-on-5.
  • All three players have scored during the three-game stretch – Asplund on April 6, Mittelstadt on April 6 and 9, and Thompson on April 8 and 9.
  • Mittelstadt enters tomorrow’s game having recorded six points (4+2) in his last six games, the best six-game stretch of his career.
  • With a point tomorrow, Thompson would extend his point streak to a career-best four games. If Thompson were to score in tomorrow’s contest, it would mark the first time in his career that he would have goals in three consecutive games.

HOT AGAINST THE FLYERS

  • Sam Reinhart has five goals in seven games against Philadelphia this season.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen leads the Sabres with 126 hits this season. His 36 hits against the Flyers is his highest total against a single opponent. Ristolainen set the teams single-game high with eight hits on Jan. 18 at Philadelphia.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded four assists in five contests against Philadelphia this season.
  • Linus Ullmark is 1-0-1 with .926 save percentage and 2.49 goals against average against Philadelphia this season.

BULLYING THE BULLIES
Buffalo’s 6-1 win March 31 tied the Sabres’ second-best goal differential in their 188 regular-season matchups with the Flyers. It was the second time this season the Sabres defeated the Flyers 6-1. The only other time Buffalo scored six or more goals against Philadelphia at least twice in the same season was Oct. 17, 2006 and Feb. 20, 2007.

Buffalo’s Biggest Wins Against Philadelphia
Date Score Location
Oct. 17, 2006 9-1 Buffalo
Nov. 10, 1982 7-2 Buffalo
Nov. 13, 1993 7-2 Philadelphia
Feb. 23, 1996 7-2 Buffalo
Jan. 18, 2021 6-1 Philadelphia
March 31, 2021 6-1 Buffalo

KEEPIN’ IT 100

  • Rasmus Dahlin’s assist April 8 marked his 100th career NHL point.
  • Dahlin (180 games played) is the second-fastest Sabres defenseman to reach the milestone after making his NHL debut with the team. He is second only to Phil Housley, who recorded his 100th point in his 106th game.
  • Dahlin, who turns 21 on April 13, is now the youngest Swedish defenseman in NHL history and the second-youngest Sabres blueliner to reach 100 career points, trailing only Housley (19 years, 273 days).
  • With the assist, Dahlin is now the first defenseman and third player from the 2018 NHL Draft to record 100 career points (Andrei Svechnikov, Brady Tkachuk).
  • Dahlin’s career per-game output ranks him among the franchise’s top 15 defensemen in every major scoring category (min. 82 GP): .09 G/GP (13th), .47 A/GP (5th), .56 PTS/GP (5th).
  • Dahlin’s power-play production positions him among the top 20 defensemen in franchise history with eight goals (T-16th), 40 assists (14th) and 48 points (15th).

ROAD TO 100 GAMES

  • Victor Olofsson played his 100th career NHL game on April 9.
  • Among players who have debuted with the Sabres, Olofsson’s 19 career power-play goals ties Gilbert Perreault and trails only Rick Martin (23) for the most power-play goals by a Sabre in a player’s first 100 NHL games.
  • Since his NHL debut on March 28, 2019, Olofsson is third on the Sabres in goals (33) and points (69) He leads the team with 19 power-play goals and ranks second with 31 power-play points.
  • Olofsson’s 19 power-play goals ties him for fifth in the NHL since his debut.
  • His 0.69 points per game ranks sixth among players selected in the 2014 NHL Draft.

BRICK WALL

  • Among goaltenders who have played at least 10 games this season, Ullmark ranks sixth in the NHL with a .935 5-on-5 save percentage.*
  • Ullmark ranks ninth in the NHL at goals saved above average at 5-on-5 (7.35).*
  • His .862 save percentage when facing high-danger chances at 5-on-5 ranks seventh in the league (min. 10 GP).*

*Stats courtesy of NaturalStatTrick.com

RISTO IN THE RECORD BOOK

  • With his goal on April 6 at New Jersey, Rasmus Ristolainen took sole possession of the eighth-most goals by a defenseman in Sabres history. He now trails Richard Smehlik by one goal for seventh-most.
  • Ristolainen’s first assist on Jan. 24 at Washington moved him past Jim Schoenfeld for the seventh-most career points recorded by a Sabres defenseman. He currently trails Bill Hajt by four points for sixth-most.
  • Ristolainen holds the franchise record for most overtime goals by a defenseman (4) and is tied for ninth all-time among the team’s blueliners with six game-winning goals.
  • Ristolainen’s career per-game output ranks him among the franchise’s top 15 defensemen in every major scoring category (min. 82 GP): .09 G/GP (14th), .37 A/GP (14th), .46 PTS/GP (11th)

BUF-PHI CONNECTIONS

  • Sabres forward Cody Eakin won a gold medal with Claude Giroux while representing Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres forward Jeff Skinner played for Team Canada with Flyers forward Claude Giroux at the 2013 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres forward Sam Reinhart won a gold medal for Team Canada with Flyers assistant coach Mike Yeo, who was one of the team’s assistant coaches, at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres forward Sam Reinhart and Flyers forward Scott Laughton played for Team Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Sabres forward Victor Olofsson played for Team Sweden at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship with Flyers forward Oskar Lindblom and Flyers defenseman Robert Hagg.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings entering play Saturday)

  • Okposo: 2 SHP (T-9th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (126), Miller (76), Lazar (64)
Blocked Shots: Miller (39), Ristolainen (39), Irwin (38)
Shots: Olofsson (91), Hall (88), Reinhart (79)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 4-4-2 (10), 30/32, 12/39, 19/23
11-20: 2-7-1 (5), 16/28, 7/23, 18/23
21-30: 0-9-1 (1), 18/45, 0/14, 18/26
31-40: 3-5-2 (8), 28/35, 3/23, 28/34

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-4; 126-138 all-time)
Jan. 28 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Lafrenière, 2:47)
Feb. 25 vs. NJD: L, 4-3 (GWG-Zacha, 1:17)
March 29 vs. PHI: L 4-3 (GWG-Provorov, 0:42)
April 1 vs. NYR: L 3-2 (GWG Zibanejad, 4:32)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (3-2; 80-73 all-time)
Jan. 22 at WSH: L, 4-3 (GDG-Carlson)
Jan. 24 at WSH: W, 4-3 (GDG-Eichel)
Jan. 30 vs. NJD: W, 4-3 (GDG-Eichel)
March 9 at PHI: L 5-4 (GDG-Couturier)
April 3 vs. NYR: W 3-2 (GDG-Thompson)

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

Goals
Rasmus Ristolainen … 1 goal … 47 career goals (T-7th in franchise history, defensemen)
Kyle Okposo … 2 goals … 200 career goals

Assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 6 assists … 200 career assists
Colin Miller … 8 assists … 100 career assists

Points
N/A

RECENT MILESTONES
Rasmus Dahlin … 100 career points … April 8 vs. NJD
Arttu Ruotsalainen … 1st NHL game … April 9 vs. WSH
Victor Olofsson … 100 games played … April 9 vs. WSH

Postgame Report: 4/9 vs. Washington

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Capitals
(26-11-4)
2 1 1 4 33
Sabres
(9-25-6)
1 1 1 3 33

Game Summary
Event Summary

Top Notes

  • Rasmus Dahlin extended his point streak to four games (1+4) with an assist on Henri Jokiharju’s first-period goal.
    • Dahlin’s four-game assist streak matches his longest this season (Last: Feb. 20 at New Jersey to Feb. 25 vs. New Jersey).
  • With his goal tonight, Casey Mittelstadt now has six points (4+2) in his last six games, marking the best six-game stretch of his career.
  • Tage Thompson’s goal tonight extended his point streak to three games (2+1).
    • Tonight also marked the second time in his career and first since Nov. 19 and 21, 2018 that Thompson scored a goal in consecutive games.
  • Cody Eakin went a perfect 8-for-8 at the faceoff dot, marking the first time in his career that he was perfect at the faceoff dot in a game in which he’s taken at least six faceoffs.
    • Tonight was the second time this season that a Sabres player was perfect at the faceoff dot while taking at least eight faceoffs. The other was Mittelstadt, who also went 8-for-8 against Pittsburgh on March 11.
  • With two assists tonight, Rasmus Ristolainen now has nine points (1+8) in his last 11 games against the Capitals dating back to the 2018-19 season.
  • Buffalo went 35-for-58 at the faceoff dot for a 60.3 win percentage. Tonight’s game was the sixth game this season and second against the Capitals in which the Sabres have won at least 60 percent of their faceoffs.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision GA SA
Capitals Vanecek W 3 33
Sabres Tokarski L 4 33
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Capitals Vanecek 16-7-3 .911 2.66
Sabres Tokarski 0-4-0 .899 3.86

 

Game Preview: 4/9/21 vs. Washington

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, April 8
New Jersey 6 at Buffalo 3
Goals: Olofsson, Thompson, Skinner
Goalie: Ullmark (32 saves/37 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 1/3; PK: 2/4; Shots: New Jersey 38 – Buffalo 27

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 188)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zemgus Girgensons (hamstring, Jan. 14; injured reserve) – 39 games
William Borgen (forearm, Feb. 22; injured reserve) – 25 games
Jake McCabe (knee, Feb. 22; injured reserve) – 25 games
Jack Eichel (upper body, March 9; injured reserve) – 16 games
Carter Hutton (lower body, March 24) – 9 games
Dylan Cozens (upper body, March 31) – 5 games
Curtis Lazar (upper body, April 1; injured reserve) – 5 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
4/3: Reassigned F C.J. Smith and D Brandon Davidson from the Rochester Americans (AHL) to the taxi squad
4/5: Reassigned F Arttu Ruotsalainen from the Rochester Americans (AHL) to the taxi squad; Reassigned F Jean-Sebastien Dea to Rochester
4/6: Signed Linus Weissbach to a two-year, entry-level contract
4/7: Reassigned F C.J. Smith and D Brandon Davidson to the Rochester Americans (AHL)
4/8: Reassigned F C.J. Smith and D Brandon Davidson from the Rochester Americans (AHL) to the taxi squad
4/9: Claimed F Drake Caggiuls off waivers
4/9: Recalled F Arttu Ruotsalainen from the taxi squad; Reassigned F Steven Fogarty to the taxi squad

UPCOMING GAMES
Sunday, April 11: Buffalo at Philadelphia, 2 p.m.
Tuesday, April 13: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 15: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 17: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 3 p.m.
Sunday, April 18: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 3 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
CAPITALS at SABRES

  • This is the seventh of eight meetings between the Sabres and Capitals this season.
  • Last meeting: Washington defeated Buffalo 6-0 in Buffalo on March 15
  • Next meeting: Thursday, April 15 in Washington
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Capitals; 4-6-0 at home.
  • This is the 170th game all-time between Buffalo and Washington; Buffalo has a 91-56-22 series record.
  • The Sabres are 49-26-9 at home against the Capitals all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 5-3-1 all-time on April 9.
  • April 9, 1980: Bob Sauve records the first playoff shutout in franchise history with a 6-0 win vs. Vancouver.
  • April 9, 1988: John Tucker sets a franchise playoff record with four goals in a 6-2 win vs. Boston.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Buffalo has a plus-10 penalty differential (21 drawn/11 taken) against the Capitals this season.
  • Victor Olofsson has recorded five points (3+2) against the Capitals this season.
  • Dustin Tokarski is 1-0-1 with a .935 save percentage and 1.86 goals against average in his career against the Capitals.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has seven points (1+6) in his last ten games against the Capitals dating back to the 2018-19 season.
  • Brandon Montour (0.12, 7th), Rasmus Dahlin (0.09, 13th) and Rasmus Ristolainen (0.09, 14th) all rank in the top 15 in goals-per-game in franchise history among defensemen who have played in at least 82 games.
  • Kyle Okposo has nine points (2+7) in his last nine outings.
  • Casey Mittelstadt has totaled five points (3+2) and a plus-three rating in his last five games.
  • Brandon Montour has five points (4+1) and 17 shots in his last six contests.
  • Following Thursday’s game, the Sabres were the least-penalized team in the NHL with 6:16 of penalty time per game. Buffalo has been assessed 245 total penalty minutes this season, nine fewer than the closest team, the New Jersey Devils.

SEASON SERIES
Tonight’s game is the seventh of eight meetings between the Sabres and Capitals this season. The Sabres are 1-4-1 through the first six. Washington has won five of the first six games despite the Sabres having the edge in underlying 5-on-5 metrics:

 

5-on-5 Shot Attempts 5-on-5

Expected Goals

5-on-5 High-Danger Scoring Chances
Date BUF WSH BUF WSH BUF WSH
Jan. 14 35 33 1.27 0.94 7 3
Jan. 15 36 34 1.42 0.87 7 4
Jan. 22 49 42 1.80 1.52 9 6
Jan. 24 50 39 1.75 1.28 9 6
Feb. 18 40 42 1.75 1.54 8 5
March 15 48 43 1.89 1.66 11 5
Total 258 233 9.88 7.81 51 29
Percentage 52.5% 47.5% 55.9% 44.1% 63.8% 36.2%

(All data courtesy of NaturalStatTrick.com)

KEEPIN’ IT 100

  • Rasmus Dahlin’s assist last night marked his 100th career NHL point.
  • Dahlin (180 games played) is the second-fastest Sabres defenseman to reach the milestone after making his NHL debut with the team. He is second only to Phil Housley, who recorded his 100th point in his 106th game.
  • Dahlin, who turns 21 on April 13, is now the youngest Swedish defenseman in NHL history and the second-youngest Sabres blueliner to reach 100 career points, trailing only Housley (19 years, 273 days).
  • With the assist, Dahlin is now the first defenseman and third player from the 2018 NHL Draft to record 100 career points (Andrei Svechnikov, Brady Tkachuk).
  • Dahlin’s career per-game output ranks him among the franchise’s top 15 defensemen in every major scoring category (min. 82 GP): .09 G/GP (13th), .47 A/GP (5th), .56 PTS/GP (5th).
  • Dahlin’s power-play production positions him among the top 20 defensemen in franchise history with eight goals (T-16th), 40 assists (14th) and 48 points (15th).

ROAD TO 100 GAMES

  • If he dresses, tonight will be Victor Olofsson’s 100th career NHL game.
  • Among players who have debuted with the Sabres, Olofsson’s 19 career power-play goals ties Gilbert Perreault and trails only Rick Martin (23) for the most power-play goals by a Sabre in a player’s first 100 NHL games.
  • Since his NHL debut on March 28, 2019, Olofsson is third on the Sabres in goals (33) and points (69) He leads the team with 19 power-play goals and ranks second with 31 power-play points.
  • Olofsson’s 19 power-play goals ties him for fifth in the NHL since his debut.
  • His 0.70 points per game ranks sixth among players selected in the 2014 NHL Draft.

BRICK WALL

  • Among goaltenders who have played at least 10 games this season, Ullmark ranks seventh in the NHL with a .935 5-on-5 save percentage.*
  • Ullmark ranks ninth in the NHL at goals saved above average at 5-on-5 (7.25).*
  • His .862 save percentage when facing high-danger chances at 5-on-5 ranks seventh in the league (min. 10 GP).*

*Stats courtesy of NaturalStatTrick.com

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s 11th of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 6-3 loss last night against New Jersey. The Sabres are 3-8-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 1-8-1 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (0), three points (1), two points (3), one point (0) and zero points (6).

RISTO IN THE RECORD BOOK

  • With his goal on April 6 at New Jersey, Rasmus Ristolainen took sole possession of the eighth-most goals by a defenseman in Sabres history. He now trails Richard Smehlik by one goal for seventh-most.
  • Ristolainen’s first assist on Jan. 24 at Washington moved him past Jim Schoenfeld for the seventh-most career points recorded by a Sabres defenseman. He currently trails Bill Hajt by six points for sixth-most.
  • Ristolainen holds the franchise record for most overtime goals by a defenseman (4) and is tied for ninth all-time among the team’s blueliners with six game-winning goals.
  • Ristolainen’s career per-game output ranks him among the franchise’s top 15 defensemen in every major scoring category (min. 82 GP): .09 G/GP (12th), .37 A/GP (15th), .45 PTS/GP (11th)

BUF-WSH CONNECTIONS

  • Capitals assistant coach Scott Arniel played for the Sabres for four seasons (1986-87 to 1989-90), recording 138 points (64+74) in 295 games. He would later serve as an assistant coach for the team for three seasons (2002-03 to 2003-04 and 2005-06).
  • Capitals forward Conor Sheary played parts of two seasons (2018-19 to 2019-20) with the Sabres, totaling 53 points (23+30) in 133 games with the team.
  • Sabres forward Cody Eakin was drafted by Washington in the third round (85th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft. He played one season (2011-12) for the Capitals, recording eight points (4+4) in 30 games.
  • Sabres General Manager Kevyn Adams became the second player in league history born in D.C. to play in the NHL.
  • Sabres General Manager Kevyn Adams won the 2006 Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes when Capitals Head Coach Peter Laviolette was the head coach of the team. Capitals assistant coach Kevin McCarthy was also on Laviolette’s staff during this time.
  • Sabres forwards Taylor Hall and Jeff Skinner played for Canada’s national team at the 2013 IIHF World Championship with Capitals defensemen Brenden Dillon and Justin Schultz.
  • Sabres defensemen Matt Irwin and Colin Miller both played with Capitals defenseman Zdeno Chara in Boston, Irwin in 2015-16 and Miller from 2015-16 to 2016-17.
  • Sabres forward Kyle Okposo and Capitals forward J. Oshie have played for Team USA together twice – at the 2009 and 2010 IIFH World Championships.
  • Sabres forward Tage Thompson won a bronze medal for Team USA with Capitals defenseman Nick Jensen at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings following Thursday’s game)

  • Montour: 2 SHG (T-3rd), 2 SHP (T-8th); Okposo: 2 SHP (T-8th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (120), Miller (74), Lazar (64)
Blocked Shots: Montour (50), Miller (39), Irwin (38)
Shots: Olofsson (89), Hall (88), Reinhart (76)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 4-4-2 (10), 30/32, 12/39, 19/23
11-20: 2-7-1 (5), 16/28, 7/23, 18/23
21-30: 0-9-1 (1), 18/45, 0/14, 18/26
31-40: 3-4-2 (8), 25/31, 3/20, 27/33

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-4; 126-138 all-time)
Jan. 28 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Lafrenière, 2:47)
Feb. 25 vs. NJD: L, 4-3 (GWG-Zacha, 1:17)
March 29 vs. PHI: L 4-3 (GWG-Provorov, 0:42)
April 1 vs. NYR: L 3-2 (GWG Zibanejad, 4:32)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (3-2; 80-73 all-time)
Jan. 22 at WSH: L, 4-3 (GDG-Carlson)
Jan. 24 at WSH: W, 4-3 (GDG-Eichel)
Jan. 30 vs. NJD: W, 4-3 (GDG-Eichel)
March 9 at PHI: L 5-4 (GDG-Couturier)
April 3 vs. NYR: W 3-2 (GDG-Thompson)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Victor Olofsson … 1 game played … 100 games played

Goals
Rasmus Ristolainen … 1 goal … 47 career goals (T-7th in franchise history, defensemen)
Kyle Okposo … 2 goals … 200 career goals

Assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 8 assists … 200 career assists
Colin Miller … 8 assists … 100 career assists 

RECENT MILESTONES
Rasmus Dahlin … 100 career points … April 8 vs. NJD

Postgame Report: 3/15 vs. Washington

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Capitals
(18-9-1)
1 3 2 6 30
Sabres
(6-17-4)
0 0 0 0 23

Game Summary
Event Summary

Top Notes

  • The Sabres went a perfect 2-for-2 on the penalty kill tonight, marking the 14th time this season they did not allow a goal while playing shorthanded.
    • Matt Irwin and Rasmus Ristolainen tied for the team lead with 2:30 of shorthanded ice time each.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen led the team with 21:42 of ice time. In the 20 games he has played this season, Ristolainen has led the team in time on ice in 12 of them.
  • Rasmus Asplund logged 14:17 of ice time, setting a new season high. It was his highest total since he recorded 15:44 of ice time on Jan. 4, 2020 vs. FLA.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision GA SA
Capitals Vanecek W 0 23
Sabres Hutton L 6 30
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Capitals Vanecek 12-5-3 .908 2.74
Sabres Hutton 1-9-1 .884 3.43

 

Game Preview: 3/15/21 vs. Washington

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, March 13
Pittsburgh 3 at Buffalo 0
Goals: N/A
Goalie: Hutton (31 saves/32 shots); 2 ENGs
PP: 0/2; PK: 1/2; Shots: Pittsburgh 34 – Buffalo 24

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 95)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zemgus Girgensons (hamstring, Jan. 14; injured reserve) – 26 games
William Borgen (forearm, Feb. 22; injured reserve) – 12 games
Jake McCabe (knee, Feb. 22; injured reserve) – 12 games
Linus Ullmark (lower body, Feb. 27; injured reserve) – 9 games
Jack Eichel (upper body; March 9) – 3 games
Dylan Cozens (upper body; March 13) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/9: Recalled D Henri Jokiharju from the taxi squad; Loaned D Brandon Davidson to the taxi squad
3/13: Recalled D Brandon Davidson from the taxi squad; Loaned D Henri Jokiharju to the taxi squad
3/15: Recalled F Rasmus Asplund from the taxi squad; Loaned D Brandon Davidson to the taxi squad

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, March 16: Buffalo at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 18: Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 20: Boston at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Monday, March 22: Buffalo at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 24: Buffalo at Pittsburgh. 8 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at CAPITALS

  • This is the sixth of eight meetings between the Sabres and Capitals this season.
  • Last meeting: Washington defeated Buffalo 3-1 in Washington on Feb. 18
  • Next meeting: Friday, April 9 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Capitals; 4-5-1 at home.
  • This is the 169th game all-time between Buffalo and Washington; Buffalo has a 91-55-22 series record.
  • The Sabres are 49-25-9 at home against the Capitals all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-10-4 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

  • Buffalo has a plus-11 penalty differential (20 drawn/nine taken) against the Capitals this season, its highest against any opponent.
  • The Sabres have drawn at least one more penalty than they have taken in each of their five games against the Capitals this season. Washington is the only team Buffalo has played and not had at least one negative penalty differential game this season.
  • Buffalo has scored a power-play goal in each of its last two games against the Capitals, including a season-high three on Jan. 24.
  • The Sabres’ five power-play goals against Washington is their second-highest total against any team this season. (New Jersey, 7)
  • Victor Olofsson has recorded six points (4+2) in his last six games against Washington, including a power-play goal in each of the last two.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has seven points (1+6) in his last nine games against the Capitals dating back to the 2018-19 season.

SEASON SERIES
Tonight’s game is the sixth of eight meetings between the Sabres and Capitals this season. The Sabres are 1-3-1 through the first five. Washington has won four of the first five games despite the Sabres having the edge in underlying 5-on-5 metrics:

5-on-5 Shot Attempts 5-on-5

Expected Goals

5-on-5 High-Danger Scoring Chances
Date BUF WSH BUF WSH BUF WSH
Jan. 14 35 33 1.27 0.94 7 3
Jan. 15 36 34 1.42 0.87 7 4
Jan. 22 49 42 1.80 1.52 9 6
Jan. 24 50 39 1.75 1.28 9 6
Feb. 18 40 42 1.75 1.54 8 5
Total 210 190 7.99 6.15 40 24
Percentage 52.5% 47.5% 56.5% 43.5% 62.5% 37.5%

(All data courtesy of NaturalStatTrick.com)

REINO RUNNIN’ WILD

  • Despite the shortened season, Sam Reinhart is on pace to finish the season with 25 goals, which would tie his career high and mark his fourth consecutive 20-goal season.
  • Reinhart is on pace to score his 20th goal of the season in his 44th game played, which would be 11 games quicker than his previous best season (55 games in 2019-20).
  • Reinhart is scoring at a .46 goals-per-game pace, which ties for 20th in the NHL (min. 5 GP) and tops his career-best pace of .32 in 2019-20.
  • His 11 goals lead the team and he ranks second on the Sabres with five power-play goals, trailing only Victor Olofsson’s

POWER UP

  • Entering play Sunday, Buffalo ranked fifth in the NHL with a 27.1 percent conversion rate on the power play.
  • Entering play Sunday, the Sabres tied the Nashville Predators and trailed only the Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning (11) for the NHL lead with 10 different players with at least one goal on the power play.
  • Victor Olofsson tied for seventh in the league with six power-play goals before Sunday’s games. His 19 career power-play tallies trail only Leon Draisaitl (25), David Pastrnak (24), and Auston Matthews (21) for the most in the league since he made his NHL debut on March 28, 2019.

OUT OF THE BOX

  • Entering play Sunday, the Sabres were the least-penalized team in the NHL with 5:43 of penalty time per game.
  • At plus-11 (76 drawn/65 taken), the Sabres are tied for fifth in the league in penalty differential this season.
  • Buffalo has been assessed 65 penalties this season. Entering play Sunday, it marked the fewest in the league and was 12 penalties fewer than the next closest team, the New York Islanders.

STAAL-TIME LEADERS

  • Eric Staal scored his 439th career goal on Jan. 30 vs. New Jersey to pass Gary Roberts and improve to 68th on the NHL’s all-time goal-scoring list. His next goal will tie Rick Tocchet for 67th.
  • Among active players, Staal’s total of 439 career regular-season goals trails only Alex Ovechkin, Patrick Marleau, and Sidney Crosby.
  • With 1,031 career points, Staal has recorded the 80th-most points in NHL history and trails Alexander Mogilny by one point for 79th.

RISTO IN THE RECORD BOOK

  • With his goal on March. 4 at the NY Islanders, Rasmus Ristolainen moved into a tie with Tyler Myers and Jim Schoenfeld for the eighth-most goals by a defenseman in Sabres history. He now trails Richard Smehlik by two goals for seventh-most.
  • Ristolainen’s first assist on Jan. 24 at Washington moved him past Jim Schoenfeld for the seventh-most career points recorded by a Sabres defenseman. He currently trails Bill Hajt by nine points for sixth-most.
  • Ristolainen holds the franchise record for most overtime goals by a defenseman (4) and is tied for ninth all-time among the team’s blueliners with six game-winning goals.
  • Ristolainen’s career per-game output ranks him among the franchise’s top 15 defensemen in every major scoring category (min. 82 GP): .09 G/GP (T-11th), .37 A/GP (T-12th), .46 PTS/GP (11th)

BUF-WSH CONNECTIONS

  • Capitals assistant coach Scott Arniel played for the Sabres for four seasons (1986-87 to 1989-90), recording 138 points (64+74) in 295 games. He would later serve as an assistant coach for the team for three seasons (2002-03 to 2003-04 and 2005-06).
  • Capitals forward Conor Sheary played parts of two seasons (2018-19 to 2019-20) with the Sabres, totaling 53 points (23+30) in 133 games with the team.
  • Sabres forward Cody Eakin was drafted by Washington in the third round (85th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft. He played one season (2011-12) for the Capitals, recording eight points (4+4) in 30 games.
  • Sabres General Manager Kevyn Adams became the second player in league history born in D.C. to play in the NHL.
  • Sabres General Manager Kevyn Adams and forward Eric Staal won the 2006 Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes when Capitals Head Coach Peter Laviolette was the head coach of the team. Laviolette would go on to coach Staal for four more seasons (2005-06 to 2008-09). Capitals assistant coach Kevin McCarthy was also on Laviolette’s staff during this time.
  • Sabres forwards Taylor Hall, Jeff Skinner and Eric Staal all played for Canada’s national team at the 2013 IIHF World Championship with Capitals defensemen Brenden Dillon and Justin Schultz. Staal served as the team’s captain.
  • Sabres defensemen Matt Irwin and Colin Miller both played with Capitals defenseman Zdeno Chara in Boston, Irwin in 2015-16 and Miller from 2015-16 to 2016-17.
  • Sabres forward Kyle Okposo and Capitals forward J. Oshie have played for Team USA together twice – at the 2009 and 2010 IIFH World Championships.
  • Sabres forward Tage Thompson won a bronze medal for Team USA with Capitals defenseman Nick Jensen at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings entering play Sunday)

  • Buffalo Sabres:1% PP% (5th), 51.8% FOW% (10th)
  • Olofsson: 6 PPG (T-7th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (77), Lazar (51), Miller (50)
Blocked Shots: Montour (35), Irwin (24), Dahlin/Miller (22)
Shots: Hall (67), Eichel (61), Olofsson (58)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 4-4-2 (10), 30/32, 12/39, 19/23
11-20: 2-7-1 (5), 16/28, 7/23, 18/23
21-30: 0-6-0 (0), 12/27, 0/8, 10/12

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-2; 126-136 all-time)
Jan. 28 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Lafrenière, 2:47)
Feb. 25 vs. NJD: L, 4-3 (GWG-Zacha, 1;17)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (2-2; 79-73 all-time)
Jan. 22 at WSH: L, 4-3 (GDG-Carlson)
Jan. 24 at WSH: W, 4-3 (GDG-Eichel)
Jan. 30 vs. NJD: W, 4-3 (GDG-Eichel)
March 9 at PHI: L 5-4 (GDG-Couturier)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Goals
Rasmus Ristolainen … 2 goals … 47 career goals (T-7th in franchise history, defensemen)
Kyle Okposo … 4 goals … 200 career goals

Assists
Colin Miller … 10 assists … 100 career assists
Eric Staal … 8 assists … 600 career assists

Points
Brandon Montour … 4 points … 100 career points
Rasmus Dahlin … 5 points … 100 career points

Wins
Carter Hutton … 6 wins … 100 career wins

RECENT MILESTONES
Riley Sheahan … 100 career assists … March 11 vs. Pittsburgh