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Post-Game Report: 1/9 vs. Winnipeg

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Jets
(26-11-7)
2 3 2 7 37
Sabres
(10-24-9)
1 1 2 4 34

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • Jacob Josefson left tonight’s game with a lower-body injury.
  • With two goals and an assist tonight, Jack Eichel has recorded 15 points (9+6) in his last 11 games.
  • Eichel‘s goals were his 15th and 16th even-strength goals of the season, surpassing his total from last season (15 in 61 games) and tying his career-high mark from his rookie season (16 in 81 games).
  • Eichel is now one point shy of his career high with 23 primary points (goals plus primary assists, excluding empty-netters) during 5-on-5 play this season (12+11).
  • With his first three-point night since Dec. 13, 2016, Kyle Okposo now has 10 points (3+7) in his last eight games against the Jets. He has nine multi-point outings in 26 career games against Winnipeg/Atlanta.
  • Ryan O’Reilly’s sixth multi-point game of the season (1+2) gives him six points (2+4) in his last four games against Winnipeg and eight points (3+5) in his last eight games overall.
  • With his goal tonight, Jason Pominville now has 17 points (5+12) in his last 17 games against the Jets, including seven (3+4) in his last three.
  • Marco Scandella’s assist tonight gives him five points (2+3) in his last five games against Winnipeg and six points (1+5) in his last nine games overall.
  • With his assist tonight, Rasmus Ristolainen now has seven points (2+5) in his last six games.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Jets Mason W .882 4.00
Sabres Lehner
Johnson
ND
L
.824
.842
8.52
4.82

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Jets Mason 3-6-1 .899 3.47
Sabres Lehner
Johnson
9-16-6
1-8-3
.910
.881
2.94
3.76

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly

Sabres defenseman Brendan Guhle

Jets head coach Paul Maurice

Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers

Jets forward Blake Wheeler

Jets goaltender Steve Mason

Game Preview: 1/9/18 vs. WPG

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Sunday, January 7
Buffalo 1 at Philadelphia 4
Goals: O’Reilly
Goalie: Lehner (25 saves/27 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 2/3; Shots: Buffalo 31 – Philadelphia 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 157)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Victor Antipin (illness, Dec. 29; injured reserve) – 5 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/5: Activated D Taylor Fedun from IR; Assigned Fedun to Rochester (AHL)
1/8: Recalled D Brendan Guhle and G Linus Ullmark from Rochester (AHL); Placed D Victor Antipin on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Jan. 11: Columbus at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 18: Buffalo at NY Rangers, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 20: Dallas at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 22: Buffalo at Calgary, 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 23: Buffalo at Edmonton, 9 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
JETS at SABRES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Jets this season.
  • Last meeting: Winnipeg defeated Buffalo 4-3 in Winnipeg on Jan. 5
  • The Sabres are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Jets; 6-3-1 at home.
  • This is the 61st game all-time between Buffalo and Winnipeg/Atlanta; Buffalo has a 26-23-11 series record.
  • The Sabres are 17-9-4 at home against the Jets/Thrashers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-8-4 all-time on January 9.
  • January 9, 1977: Andre Savard scores three times in a span of 6:25 in the first period to earn the fourth natural hat trick in franchise history and help the Sabres down the Cleveland Barons 7-4 at the Aud.
  • January 9, 2007: Danny Briere, Brian Campbell and Ryan Miller are announced as starters for the 2007 NHL All-Star Game.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are back at KeyBank Center for the first time since Dec. 22 after playing seven consecutive games away from Buffalo.
  • The Jets are seeking their first win in Buffalo since Nov. 26, 2014 after suffering one-goal losses in each of their last two visits to KeyBank Center.
  • Jack Eichel has totaled 12 points (7+5) in his last 10 games. Since beginning that stretch on Dec. 15, Eichel ranked in the top five in the league in goals (T-4th, 7), even-strength goals (T-3rd, 6) and even-strength points (T-9th, 10) entering play Monday.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has six points (2+4) in his last five games despite getting a game misconduct after just 5:43 of ice time on Thursday at Minnesota.
  • Jason Pominville has three assists in his last three games.

HOT AGAINST WINNIPEG

  • Jason Pominville has 16 points (4+12) in his last 16 games against Winnipeg, including six points (2+4) in his last two.
  • Kyle Okposo has 12 points (5+7) in his last 13 games against the Jets. In 25 career games against Winnipeg/Atlanta, Okposo has eight multi-point outings.
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded six points (4+2) in five career games against the Jets, including his first career hat trick on Jan. 10 in Winnipeg.
  • Scott Wilson and Marco Scandella each have four points (2+2) in their last four games against the Jets.
  • Robin Lehner is 3-0-0 against the Jets in his career, with a .949 save percentage and a 1.67 goals-against average.

GUHLE RETURNS
Brendan Guhle (GOO-lee) was recalled by the Sabres yesterday, joining the team for the first time this season after appearing in his first three NHL games with the team in December 2016. Buffalo’s second-round pick (51st overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft, Guhle has 20 points (7+13) and a team-high 91 shots through 35 AHL games with the Rochester Americans in his first full professional season, ranking second in points among rookie AHL defensemen.

PROTECT THIS HOUSE
Entering play Monday, Robin Lehner’s stats in home games ranked him third in the league in save percentage (.935) and goals-against average (2.01) among regular goaltenders (min. 10 games played at home).

I LIKE EICH

  • Jack Eichel is currently on pace to surpass his personal bests in goals (24), assists (33) and points (57) on the strength of improved production at even strength (T-12th in NHL in ES goals, T-16th in ES points).
  • Eichel’s 14 even-strength goals through 42 games match his total from last season (61 games) and are just two shy of his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games).
  • Eichel’s 29 even-strength points through 42 games are four shy of his total from last season (61 games) and are just six shy of 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 42 15 21 36 14 15 29
2017-18 (Pace) 82 29 41 70 27 29 57

 

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

  • Of Jack Eichel’s 36 points so far this season, 22 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes empty-net goals).
  • Through 42 games, Eichel’s 22 primary points (11+11) during 5-on-5 play have already surpassed his 61-game total from last season (11+10) and are just two shy of his total from his 81-game rookie season (12+12).

2017-18 Primary Points Leaders at 5-on-5 (Before 1/8 games)

Player Team Goals Primary Assists Primary Points
Nikita Kucherov TBL 20 7 27
Nathan MacKinnon COL 10 15 25
Patrick Kane CHI 12 11 23
John Tavares NYI 12 10 22
Jack Eichel BUF 11 11 22
Jakub Voracek PHI 6 16 22

*All primary point stats via NaturalStatTrick.com

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 1/8 games)

  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 3 SHP (T-3rd), 170 S (5th)
  • O’Reilly: 605 FOW (1st), 60.9% FO% (1st), 994 FO (2nd)
  • Ristolainen: 26:05 TOI/GP (5th)

BUF-WPG CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Joel Armia was taken in the first round (16th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft and played in one game for the Sabres during the 2014-15 season.
  • Dmitry Kulikov spent the 2016-17 season as a member of the Sabres, posting five points (2+3) and 26 penalty minutes in 47 games.
  • Buffalo drafted Tyler Myers in the first round (12th overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft. Myers went on to win the Calder Trophy after the 2009-10 season, and finished his Sabres career with 151 points (45+106) in 365 games over six seasons.

Former Jets:

  • Zach Bogosian was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the first round (3rd overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft. In seven seasons with Atlanta/Winnipeg, the defenseman had 127 points (40+84) in 393 games.
  • The Thrashers selected Evander Kane with the fourth overall selection in the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft. He went on to score 222 points (109+113) in 361 games for the Thrashers/Jets.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played with Andrew Copp for the United States at the 2014 World Junior Championship.
  • Teammates with Connor Hellebuyck and Jacob Trouba for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Evander Kane:

  • Played with Tyler Myers for Team Canada at the 2009 World Junior Championship and the 2010 World Championship.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played with Jacob Trouba for the United States at the 2013 World Junior Championship and the 2014 World Championship. Andrew Copp was also on the 2014 squad.
  • Represented the United States alongside Kyle Conner at the 2016 World Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Teammates with Blake Wheeler for the University of Minnesota (NCAA) from 2006-2008.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Teammates with Matt Hendricks for the Colorado Avalanche during the 2009-10 season.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with Matt Hendricks for the Edmonton Oilers from 2014-2017.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland alongside Joel Armia at the 2011 World U-18 Championship and the 2012 and 2013 World Junior Championships.
  • Played with Patrick Laine for Team Finland at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Represented Canada alongside Josh Morrissey at the 2014 World Junior Championship.
  • Won a gold medal for Team Canada with Mark Scheifele at the 2016 World Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Kyle Okposo (7th overall) and Bryan Little (12th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Zach Bogosian and Tyler Myers were both taken in the first round of the 2008 NHL Draft. Bogosian was taken 3rd overall and Myers was taken 12th overall.
  • Evander Kane (4th overall), Jacob Josefson (20th overall) and Dmitry Kulikov (14th overall) were all first-round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • The first round of the 2011 NHL Draft saw both Nathan Beaulieu (17th overall) and Joel Armia (16th overall) all go off the board.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Jacob Trouba (9th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • The first round of the 2013 NHL Draft saw Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall), Josh Morrissey (13th overall) and Marko Dano (27th overall) all go off the board.
  • Hudson Fasching (118th overall) and Andrew Copp (104th overall) were both taken in the fourth round of the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Nikolaj Ehlers (9th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2014 NHL Draft.
  • The first round of the 2015 NHL Draft saw Jack Eichel (2nd overall), Kyle Connor (17th overall) and Jack Roslovic (25th overall) all go off the board.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (95), McCabe (92), Kane (87)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (65), McCabe (62), Ristolainen (54)
Shots: Kane (170), Eichel (143), O’Reilly (102)

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: 0-3-0 (0), 6/14, 1/11, 6/10

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-8; 110-119 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)

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 … 2 home wins … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Robin Lehner … 2 games … 200 career games played
Jacob Josefson … 6 games … 300 career games played
Assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 2 assists … 100 career assists

RECENT MILESTONES
Marco Scandella … 100th NHL point … Jan. 4 at Minnesota

Game Preview: 1/5/18 at WPG

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, January 4
Buffalo 2 at Minnesota 6
Goals: Reinhart, Kane
Goalie: Lehner (11 saves/17 shots); Johnson (10 saves/10 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 2/3; Shots: Buffalo 31 – Minnesota 27

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 155)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Victor Antipin (illness, Dec. 29) – 3 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/5:
Activated D Taylor Fedun from IR; assigned Fedun to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Sunday, Jan. 7: Buffalo at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 9: Winnipeg at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 11: Columbus at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 18: Buffalo at NY Rangers, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 20: Dallas at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME

SABRES at JETS

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Jets this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Winnipeg 4-3 in Buffalo on Jan. 7, 2017
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 9 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Jets; 3-6-1 on the road.
  • This is the 60th game all-time between Buffalo and Winnipeg/Atlanta; Buffalo has a 26-22-11 series record.
  • The Sabres are 9-13-7 on the road against the Jets/Thrashers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-5-3 all-time on January 5.
  • January 5, 1996: The Sabres retire Tim Horton’s No. 2 jersey before a 3-1 home win against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 4-4-5 in their last 13 games, and haven’t gone two straight games without a point since that stretch began with a win on Dec. 5 at Colorado.
  • Buffalo is looking to extend its all-time series-best four-game winning streak against the Jets.
  • A win tonight would give the Sabres three straight road wins against the Jets/Thrashers franchise for the first time ever. The Sabres last won three or more consecutive games in Winnipeg when they won four in a row from March 20, 1989 to March 13, 1991 against the previous incarnation of the Jets that is now located in Arizona.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 11 points (7+4) in his last eight games. Since beginning that stretch on Dec. 15, Eichel ranked in the top three in the league in goals (T-1st, 7), even-strength goals (T-1st, 6) and even-strength points (T-2nd, 10) as the end of last night’s game.
  • Kyle Okposo enters tonight’s game with five points (1+4) in his last six games. He hasn’t gone two games without recording a point since Dec. 2 and 5.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has five points (1+4) in his last five games.
  • Sam Reinhart has goals in consecutive games for the third time this season and is seeking his first three-game goal streak since Feb. 4 to 9, 2016.

HOT AGAINST WINNIPEG

  • Jason Pominville has 14 points (4+10) in his last 15 games against Winnipeg, including four points (2+2) in his last meeting on Feb. 7, 2016.
  • Kyle Okposo has 12 points (5+7) in his last 12 games against the Jets. In 24 career games against Winnipeg/Atlanta, Okposo has eight multi-point outings.
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded six points (4+2) in four career games against the Jets, including his first career hat trick on Jan. 10 in Winnipeg.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has four points (1+3) in four games against Winnipeg since joining the Sabres.
  • Scott Wilson (1+2), Marco Scandella (1+2) and Nathan Beaulieu (0+3) each have three points in their last three games against the Jets.
  • Chad Johnson is 2-1-2 in his career against Winnipeg with a .944 save percentage and a 1.56 goals-against average.
  • Robin Lehner is 3-0-0 against the Jets in his career, with a .949 save percentage and a 1.67 goals-against average.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Tonight’s game is the sixth of seven consecutive games away from KeyBank Center for the Sabres. This stretch is the fourth time the team has ever played away from home seven times in a row, the longest such stretch in franchise history, and the first time since January 2012. The team’s next game in Buffalo will take place on Jan. 9 vs. Winnipeg.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s 10th of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began last night with a 6-2 loss at Minnesota. The Sabres are 3-7-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-5-2 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 (5), one point (2) and zero points (2).

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-10th in NHL in ES goals, T-11th in ES points).
  • Eichel’s 14 even-strength goals through 40 games match his total from last season (61 games) and are just two shy of his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games).
  • Eichel’s 29 even-strength points through 40 games are four shy of his total from last season (61 games) and are just six shy of 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 40 15 20 35 14 15 29
2017-18 (Pace) 82 31 41 72 29 31 59

 

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

  • Of Jack Eichel’s 35 points so far this season, 22 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes empty-net goals).
  • Through 40 games, Eichel’s 22 primary points (11+11) during 5-on-5 play have already surpassed his 61-game total from last season (11+10) and are just two shy of his total from his 81-game rookie season (12+12).

2017-18 Primary Points Leaders at 5-on-5 (After last night’s game)

Player Team Goals Primary Assists Primary Points
Nikita Kucherov TBL 20 6 26
Nathan MacKinnon COL 10 13 23
Patrick Kane CHI 12 10 22
John Tavares NYI 12 10 22
Jack Eichel BUF 11 11 22

*All primary point stats via NaturalStatTrick.com

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

  • Eichel: 14 EVG (T-10th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 3 SHP (T-2nd), 165 S (4th)
  • O’Reilly: 582 FOW (1st), 61.3% FO% (1st), 950 FO (2nd)
  • Ristolainen: 26:06 TOI/GP (5th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: McCabe (91) Ristolainen (86), Kane (84)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (65), McCabe (61), Ristolainen (53)
Shots: Kane (165), Eichel (135), O’Reilly (96)

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: 0-1-0 (0), 2/6, 0/3, 2/3

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-8; 110-119 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)

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 … 2 home wins … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Robin Lehner … 3 games … 200 career games played
Jacob Josefson … 8 games … 300 career games played
Assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 4 assists … 100 career assists

RECENT MILESTONES
Marco Scandella … 100th NHL point … Jan. 4 at Minnesota

Post-Game Report: 1/7 vs. WPG

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Jets
(19-20-3)
1 2 0 3 35
Sabres
(15-15-9)
1 0 3 4 36

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • Buffalo has now won four straight games against Winnipeg/Atlanta for the first time since the Sabres defeated the Thrashers in four straight from Feb. 16, 2004 to Jan. 31, 2006.
  • The Sabres have improved to 7-3-2 against the Western Conference this season, including points in each of their last four games (4-0-1) and wins in each of their last four home games against the West.
  • Brian Gionta, who has now scored in each of Buffalo’s two games against Winnipeg this season,  is now tied for the team lead with eight even-strength goals this season.
  • With a goal and an assist, Ryan O’Reilly now has 13 points (4+9) in his last 14 games, including four (1+3) in two games since returning to the lineup following an appendectomy that sidelined him for four games.
  • Sam Reinhart recorded the lone assist on O’Reilly’s goal, improving his output to nine points (2+7) in his last nine games.
    • Reinhart now has six points (4+2) in four career games against Winnipeg.
  • With his goal, Marcus Foligno now has a goal in consecutive games and has a point in each of his last three home games (2+1).
  • Zemgus Girgensons’ goal gives him a point in each of his last three games against the Jets (1+2).
    • Matt Moulson’s assist on the goal gives him seven points (1+6) in his last seven home games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen logged a career-high 30:22 of ice time today.

Today’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Jets Hellebuyck L .889 4.10
Sabres Lehner W .914 3.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Jets Hellebuyck 15-13-1 .910 2.75
Sabres Lehner 9-12-5 .921 2.53

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Marcus Foligno

Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Jets head coach Paul Maurice

Jets forward Mark Scheifele

Jets forward Drew Stafford

Jets forward Blake Wheeler

Game Preview: 1/7/17 vs. WPG

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, January 5
Buffalo 3 at Chicago 4 (OT)
Goals: Foligno, Okposo, Eichel
Goalie: Nilsson (39 saves/43 shots)
PP: 2/3; PK: 2/2; Shots: Chicago 43 – Buffalo 20

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 188)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 38 games
Tyler Ennis (groin, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 26 games
Dmitry Kulikov (lower back, Dec. 29; injured reserve) – 4 games
Johan Larsson (wrist, Jan. 3) – 2 games
William Carrier (illness, Jan. 5) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/3:
Recalled F Taylor Fedun from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Ryan O’Reilly on IR (retroactive to 12/25)
1/5: Activated F Ryan O’Reilly from IR; Placed D Dmitry Kulikov on IR (retroactive to 12/27)

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Jan. 10:
Philadelphia at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 12: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 13: Buffalo at Carolina, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 16: Dallas at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 17: Buffalo at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
JETS at SABRES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Jets this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Winnipeg 3-1 in Winnipeg on Oct. 30, 2016
  • The Sabres are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Jets; 6-3-1 at home.
  • This is the 59th game all-time between Buffalo and Winnipeg/Atlanta; Buffalo has a 25-22-11 series record.
  • The Sabres are 16-9-4 at home against the Jets/Thrashers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-5-6 all-time on January 7.
  • January 7, 1971: Phil Goyette picks up five points (1+4) in a 7-4 win against the Detroit Red Wings at the Aud.
  • January 7, 1989: The Sabres earn the 700th win in franchise history, a 6-1 victory at Toronto.
  • January 7, 2012: Jason Pominville appears in his 500th NHL game and Cody McCormick plays his 300th NHL game as the Sabres fall 2-1 to the Jets in overtime.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Today’s game is the fifth of eight afternoon games (3 p.m. ET or earlier) for the Sabres this season. The team is 2-2-0 in the first four and was 6-3-2 in 11 afternoon games last season.
  • The Sabres are 6-3-2 against the Western Conference this season, including points in each of their last four games (3-0-1) and wins in each of their last three home games against the West.
  • Buffalo has won its last three games against Winnipeg and will look to stretch that streak to four for the first time since the Sabres defeated the Thrashers in four straight from Feb. 16, 2004 to Jan. 31, 2006.
  • Kyle Okposo has 12 points (5+7) in his last 11 games against the Jets. In 23 career games against Winnipeg/Atlanta, Okposo has eight multi-point games, including each of his last three.
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded five points (4+1) in three career games against the Jets, including his first career hat trick on Jan. 10 in Winnipeg.
  • Robin Lehner has stopped 62 of 64 shots (.969) to go 2-0-0 in his two career appearances against Winnipeg. Anders Nilsson stopped 36 of 38 shots to earn a win in his only previous meeting with the Jets, on March 4, 2014.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 17 points (3+14) his last 17 games.
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded eight points (2+6) in his last eight games.
  • Jack Eichel enters tonight’s game on a five-game point streak, having tallied six points (3+3) in those games. The streak is tied for the longest of his career (excluding the seven-game streak that spanned the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons).
  • Kyle Okposo is currently on a four-game point streak (3+2).

HOT AT HOME

  • Rasmus Ristolainen has compiled 10 points (2+8) in his last 10 home games.
  • Matt Moulson has recorded six points (1+5) in his last six home games.
  • Anders Nilsson is 4-0-1 in his last five home games dating back to Oct. 29 vs. Florida, posting a .951 save percentage in those contests.

ASSIST-OLAINEN
Rasmus Ristolainen
entered play Friday tied for 14th among all NHL skaters with 23 assists.

  • Ristolainen has recorded an assist on 28.8 percent of his teammates’ goals*. Entering play Friday, it was the fifth-highest such percentage in the league, trailing only Connor McDavid (32.0%), Erik Karlsson (30.9%), Tyler Seguin (29.1%) and Patrick Kane (28.9%).
    • This would rank as the second-highest percentage in franchise history, behind only Pat LaFontaine (33.7%) in 1992-93.
  • 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 22 goals to fall behind Housley’s pace.

*Teammate goals are defined as total team goals minus the player’s goals and shootout-winners.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before Jan. 6 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 22.6% PP% (5th), 51.2% FO% (9th)
  • Foligno: 116 hits (10th)
  • Moulson: 7 PPG (T-7th)
  • Nilsson: .940 EV SV% (4th), .926 SV% (8th)
  • Okposo: 15 PPP (T-7th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:28 TOI/GP (4th, forwards), 57.1 FO% (10th)
  • Ristolainen: 14 PPA (3rd), 26:45 TOI (5th), 15 PPP (T-7th), 23 A (T-4th, defensemen), 26 PTS (5th, defensemen)

LAST LINE OF DEFENSE
Buffalo’s goaltenders entered play Friday with the sixth-best combined save percentage* (.922) in the league. They also had the sixth-best save percentage during 5-on-5 play (.932).

  • The Sabres last finished a season with a combined save percentage* above .920 in the 2009-10 season (.924, Ryan Miller/Patrick Lalime/Jhonas Enroth).
  • They have topped the team’s current mark only four times in franchise history: 1998-99 (.930, Dominik Hasek/Dwayne Roloson/Martin Biron), 1997-98 (.928, Hasek/Steve Shields), 1996-97 (.926, Hasek/Shields/Andrei Trefilov) and 2009-10 (.924, Miller/Lalime/Enroth).

*Combined save percentage excludes empty net goals

BUF-WPG CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Joel Armia was taken in the first round (16th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft and played in one game for the Sabres during the 2014-15 season.
  • Drew Stafford was Buffalo’s first-round selection (13th overall) in the 2004 NHL Draft and he went on to play in parts of nine seasons for the Sabres. He had 322 points (145+177) in 563 games during his Sabres career.
  • The Sabres selected Chris Thorburn in the second round (50th overall) of the 2001 NHL Draft. He played two career games with the Sabres, totaling one assist and seven penalty minutes.

Former Jets:

  • Zach Bogosian was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the first round (3rd overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft. In seven seasons with Atlanta/Winnipeg, the defenseman had 127 points (40+84) in 393 games.
  • The Thrashers selected Evander Kane with the fourth overall selection in the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft. He went on to score 222 points (109+113) in 361 games for the Thrashers/Jets.

Nicolas Deslauriers:

  • Deslauriers (1991) and Paul Postma (1989) were both born on February 22.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played with Andrew Copp for the United States at the 2014 World Junior Championship.
  • Teammates with Connor Hellebuyck, Mark Scheifele and Jacob Trouba for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Marcus Foligno:

  • Teammates with Ben Chiarot for the Sudbury Wolves (OHL) from 2009-2011.

Cody Franson:

  • Played with Bryan Little for Team Canada at the 2007 World Junior Championship.

Zemgus Girgensons:

  • He and Mathieu Perreault share the same birth date. Perreault was born on Jan. 5, 1988 and Girgensons was born on Jan. 5, 1994.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played with Jacob Trouba for the United States at the 2013 World Junior Championship and the 2014 World Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Teammates with Blake Wheeler for the University of Minnesota (NCAA) from 2006-2008.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Won a gold medal for Team Canada with Mark Scheifele at the 2016 World Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland alongside Joel Armia at the 2011 World U-18 Championship and the 2012 and 2013 World Junior Championships.
  • Played with Patrick Laine for Team Finland at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Represented Canada alongside Josh Morrissey at the 2014 World Junior Championship.
  • Won a gold medal for Team Canada with Mark Scheifele at the 2016 World Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Marcus Foligno (104th overall) and Ben Chiarot (120th overall) were both fourth-round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft. They were also teammates for the Sudbury Wolves (OHL) from 2009-2011.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Jacob Trouba (9th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Nikolaj Ehlers (9th overall) were both first-round picks oin the 2014 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (116), Ristolainen (106), Gorges (77)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (73), Gorges (62), McCabe (50)
Shots: Okposo (97), O’Reilly (86), Ristolainen (84)

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: 2-4-2 (6), 19/27, 6/28, 18/23

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-4; 104-109 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)

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

Jack Eichel … 2 games … 100 NHL games
Zach Bogosian … 4 games … 500 NHL games
Cody Franson … 6 games … 500 NHL games
Justin Falk … 7 games … 200 NHL games
Matt Moulson … 7 games … 600 NHL games
Points
Kyle Okposo … 4 points … 400 NHL points
Cody Franson … 6 points … 200 NHL points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 9 points … 100 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
Justin Bailey … 1st NHL point (goal) … Jan. 3 at NYR