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2016-17 Season Recap

Top Team Notes:

  • Buffalo’s power play finished the season at a league-best 24.5 percent success rate, marking the second time in franchise history that the Sabres have led the league in power-play percentage (1991-92 – 22.5%). It ranks as the third-best conversion rate in franchise history and the 15th-best by any team since the league began publishing the stat in 1987-88.
  • The Sabres got at least 10 wins from two different goaltenders (Lehner – 23, Nilsson – 10) for the first time since the 2006-07 season (Miller – 40, Biron – 12) and had two goaltenders with at least five games played log a save percentage of .920 or better for the first time in franchise history (Nilsson – .923, Lehner – .920).
  • Buffalo’s goaltenders combined to post a .921 save percentage this season, marking the fourth-best team rate in the league this season and the fifth-best in franchise history:

    Team

    Goaltenders

    SV%

    CBJ

    Bobrovsky, Korpisalo, McElhinney, Forsberg

    .925

    WSH

    Holtby, Grubauer

    .925

    MTL

    Price, Montoya, Lindgren

    .921

    BUF

    Lehner, Nilsson, Ullmark

    .921

    Season

    Goaltenders

    SV%

    1998-99

    Hasek, Roloson, Biron

    .930

    1997-98

    Hasek, Shields

    .928

    1996-97

    Hasek, Shields, Trefilov

    .926

    2009-10

    Miller, Lalime, Enroth

    .924

    2016-17

    Lehner, Nilsson, Ullmark

    .921

Top Player Notes:

Jack Eichel

  • At 20 years of age, Jack Eichel became just the fifth player in franchise history to lead the team (or tie for the team lead) in points before his 21st birthday:
    • 1970-71: Gilbert Perreault
    • 1971-72: Rick Martin
    • 1988-89: Pierre Turgeon
    • 1989-90: Pierre Turgeon
  • Jack Eichel’s .93 points per game this season ranked him 11th among NHL skaters with at least 20 games played and were the most by a Sabre under the age of 21 since Pierre Turgeon (1.33) in 1989-90.
  • From Feb. 14 to March 7, Jack Eichel recorded a career-best 11-game point streak (5+11) that tied as the fourth-longest streak in the NHL in 2016-17 and was the longest by a Sabre since Tim Connolly tallied points in 16 straight from Dec. 23, 2009 to Jan. 25, 2010.
    • The streak included a nine-game assist streak from Feb. 14 to March 4 that stands as the longest assist streak in the league this season.
  • The Sabres were 14-2-0 this season (22-5-1 in his career) when Jack Eichel recorded at least two points.

Brian Gionta

  • Brian Gionta appeared in his 1,000th NHL game on March 27 vs. Florida, becoming the 312th NHL player (23rd active player) to play in 1,000 games. He was also the 43rd American player to reach the milestone and the 10th player to do so as a member of the Sabres.
    • With his goal in the game, Gionta became the third Sabres player to score in his 1,000th NHL game, joining Gilbert Perreault (1/29/1984 vs. Pittsburgh) and Phil Russell (3/12/1986 at Chicago).

Evander Kane

  • With 25 even-strength goals in 70 games this season, Evander Kane finished the season ranked ninth in the league with .36 even-strength goals per game. It was the best rate by any Sabre since Jason Pominville scored 30 even-strength goals in 82 games (.37) in the 2006-07 season.

Matt Moulson

  • Matt Moulson finished the season tied for 11th in the league with 11 power-play goals. It was his highest total since the 2011-12 season and the most by a Sabre since Thomas Vanek and Drew Stafford each recorded 11 in 2010-11.

Ryan O’Reilly

  • Ryan O’Reilly ranked fifth in the league and set a career high with a faceoff win percentage of 58.0 percent. It was the fourth-best season by a Sabres center since the league began publishing faceoff percentage in 1997-98:
    • Paul Gaustad – 59.8% (2010-11)
    • Chris Gratton – 58.9% (2002-03)
    • Chris Drury – 58.8% (2006-07)
    • Ryan O’Reilly – 58.0% (2016-17)
  • Ryan O’Reilly (21:27) led all NHL forwards in average ice time per game for the second consecutive season.

Rasmus Ristolainen

  • At 26:23, Rasmus Ristolainen averaged the most ice time by a Sabres skater in a full season with the team since Alexei Zhitnik (26:33) in 2002-03.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen’s 24 power-play assists tied for fourth-most in the league this season and tied for 21st-most in a season in franchise history.  It was the highest total by a Sabres defenseman since Garry Galley logged 28 on the 1995-96 season.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen recorded an assist on 20.2 percent of his teammates’ goals this season, joining Phil Housley (22.6% in 1989-90) as just the second Sabres defenseman ever to recorded an assist on more than 20 percent of his teammates’ goals in a season.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen’s 39 assists tied him for seventh among all NHL defensemen this season and were the 19th-most by a defenseman in franchise history. Only one other Sabres defenseman in the last 20 years has matched this mark (Brian Campbell, 42 assists in 2006-07).

 

Post-Season Press Conferences

General Manager Tim Murray

Head Coach Dan Bylsma

 

Locker Room Clean-Out Interviews
Brian Gionta

Rasmus Ristolainen

Robin Lehner

Ryan O’Reilly

Sam Reinhart

Jake McCabe

Evander Kane

Johan Larsson

Cody Franson

Tyler Ennis

Anders Nilsson

Marcus Foligno

Zemgus Girgensons

Zach Bogosian

Evan Rodrigues

Matt Moulson

William Carrier

Josh Gorges

Jack Eichel

 

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres ranked in the top 10)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 24.5% PP% (1st)
  • Eichel: 4.1 S/GP (1st)
  • Foligno: 279 hits (5th)
  • Kane: 3.7 S/GP (5th)
  • Nilsson: .933 EV SV% (6th), .923 SV% (10th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:27 TOI/GP (1st, forwards), 58.0 FO% (5th)
  • Ristolainen: 24 PPA (T-4th), 26:28 TOI/GP (5th), 39 A (T-7th, defensemen)

 

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: 5-5-0 (10), 21/23, 7/18, 21/24
81-82: 0-2-0 (0), 2/7, 0/3, 6/7

 

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-6; 108-111 all-time)
Oct. 18 at CGY: L, 4-3 (GWG-Monahan, 2:26)
Nov. 11 vs. NJD: L, 2-1 (GWG-Greene, 0:29)
Dec. 5 at WSH: L, 3-2 (GWG-Johansson, 2:38)
Dec. 6 vs. EDM: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen, 0:57)
Dec. 16 vs. NYI: W, 3-2 (GWG-Ristolainen, 0:42)

Jan. 5 at CHI: L, 4-3 (GWG-Kane, 0:56)
Jan. 20 vs. DET: W, 3-2 (GWG-Okposo, 4:34)
Jan. 21 at MTL: W, 3-2 (GWG-Bogosian, 1:48)
Jan. 24 at NSH: W, 5-4 (GWG-Eichel, 2:35)

Feb. 2 vs. NYR: L, 2-1 (GWG-Kreider, 3:56)
Feb. 7 vs. SJS: W, 5-4 (GWG-Kane, 1:05)
Feb. 28 vs. NSH: L, 5-4 (GWG-Forsberg, 2:45)

 

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)

Post-Game Report: 1/10 vs. PHI

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Flyers
(21-16-6)
0 0 1 1 40
Sabres
(16-15-9)
0 3 1 4 27

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • Anders Nilsson made 39 saves in the win tonight, improving his record at home this season to 5-1-1 with a .947 save percentage and a 1.84 goals-against average.
    • Nilsson, who improved to 7-3-4 on the season with the win, now ranks fifth in the NHL with a .930 save percentage.
  • With three points tonight (1+2), Sam Reinhart tied the career-best mark he set a year ago today with a hat trick at Winnipeg on Jan. 10, 2016.
    • Reinhart now has 12 points (3+9) in his last 10 games, including points in four straight home games (1+5).
  • Ryan O’Reilly tallied two assist tonight and now has two points in each of his last three games since returning from injury.
    • O’Reilly has eight points (2+6) in his last seven home games and seven points (1+6) in his last six games overall.
  • Evander Kane’s goal gives him sole possession of the team lead with nine even-strength goals in 29 games this season.
  • With an empty net goal tonight, Marcus Foligno now has a point in four straight home games (3+1).

Today’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Flyers Mason L .885 3.17
Sabres Nilsson W .975 1.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Flyers Mason 14-14-6 .903 3.09
Sabres Nilsson 7-3-4 .930 2.37

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward William Carrier

Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Sabres goaltender Anders Nilsson

Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol

Flyers forward Claude Giroux

Flyers forward Brayden Schenn

Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere

Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald

Flyers goaltender Steve Mason

SABRES RECALL FORWARD CARRIER

BUFFALO, N.Y. (November 27, 2016) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has recalled forward William Carrier from the Rochester Americans (AHL).

Carrier (6’2”, 212 lbs., 12/20/1994) re-joins the team after being assigned to the Amerks for the team’s Saturday night game against the Albany Devils, in which he recorded an assist.

The LaSalle, Quebec native, who now has five points (3+2) in eight AHL games this season, has appeared in 11 games for the Sabres in his first NHL season, tallying one goal and 17 shots.

SABRES ASSIGN THREE TO ROCHESTER

BUFFALO, N.Y. (November 26, 2016) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has assigned forwards William Carrier, Cal O’Reilly and Cole Schneider to the Rochester Americans (AHL).

Post-Game Report: 11/19 vs. PIT

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Penguins
(11-4-3)
0 0 1 0 0 1 47
Sabres
(6-8-4)
1 0 0 0 1 2 33

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • Tonight’s Sabres win broke a nine-game losing streak against Pittsburgh. Buffalo’s last win against the Penguins took place on April 23, 2013.
  • The Sabres improved to 4-0-2 when leading after the first period and 5-1-4 when scoring first this season.
  • With 46 saves tonight, Anders Nilsson has improved to 2-1-2 with a .951 save percentage and a 1.74 goals-against average on the season.
    • As of the end of the game, Nilsson’s .951 save percentage ranked him third in the NHL among goaltenders with at least 120 minutes played, behind only Andrei Vasilevskiy (.953) and Devan Dubnyk (.952).
    • The 46 saves were two shy of his career-high mark (48, 10/13/15 at Dallas).
    • In his last three games, Nilsson is 2-0-1 with a .976 save percentage and a 0.97 goals-against average.
  • William Carrier’s goal was the first goal and point of his NHL career.
  • Taylor Fedun, who assisted on Carrier’s goal, now has an assist in each of his last three NHL games, dating back to Jan. 15, 2016.
  • With tonight’s shootout-winner, Cal O’Reilly has improved to 6-for-13 (46.2%) in his NHL career, including three game-deciding goals.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Penguins
Fleury O .970 0.92
Sabres Nilsson W .979 0.92

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Penguins
Fleury 6-3-3 .908 3.11
Sabres Nilsson 2-1-2 .951 1.74

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Evander Kane

Sabres forward Cal O’Reilly

Sabres forward William Carrier

Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan

Penguins forward Sidney Crosby

Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury