Game Preview: 10/19/19 at San Jose

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, October 17
Buffalo 3 at Los Angeles 0
Goals: Mittelstadt (2), Sheary
Goalie: Hutton (47 saves/47 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 3/3; Shots: Los Angeles 47 – Buffalo 24

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 36)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (hip, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 8 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 8 games
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (hip; Oct. 3, injured reserve) – 8 games
Brandon Montour (hand, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 8 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/13: Recalled F Curtis Lazar from Rochester (AHL)
10/18: Assigned F Curtis Lazar to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Oct. 22: San Jose at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 24: Buffalo at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 25: Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 28: Arizona at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 1: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at SHARKS

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Sharks this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated San Jose 3-2 (OT) in Buffalo on Nov. 27, 2018.
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 22 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Sharks; 6-4-0 on the road.
  • This is the 42nd game all-time between Buffalo and San Jose; Buffalo has a 25-10-6 series record.
  • The Sabres are 7-8-5 on the road against the Sharks all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 5-8-3 all-time on October 19.
  • October 19, 1984: Mike Foligno completes his third career hat trick with the game-winning goal at 12:33 of the third period to dispatch the Quebec Nordiques 5-4 at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres have scored the first goal in seven of their eight games so far this season, going 6-1-0 in those games. Entering play Friday, no other team had scored first in more than six games.
  • Despite dressing only 19 different skaters through eight games, the Sabres have already gotten points from 18 skaters and had 11 different players score at least one goal.
  • Jack Eichel (4+6), Rasmus Dahlin (1+8), Victor Olofsson (6+2), and Conor Sheary (3+1) have all tallied at least a point per game so far this season.
  • The Sabres entered play Friday with the No. 3 power play in the league, converting on a league-high 11 of their 31 power plays this season (35.5%).

SHARK HUNTERS

  • Carter Hutton is 5-2-1 in his career against the Sharks with a .945 save percentage and a 1.74 goals-against average.
  • Kyle Okposo has 15 points (5+10) in 14 career games against San Jose.
  • Jack Eichel has six points (1+5) in his last six games against the Sharks.
  • Rasmus Dahlin (0+2) and Jeff Skinner (1+1) each recorded a point in both games against San Jose last season.
  • Colin Miller has recorded five points (1+4) in his last six games against the Sharks.

HOME-AND-HOME

  • Tonight’s game is the first in a home-and-home series between the Sabres and Sharks that concludes Tuesday night in Buffalo. It is the first home-and-home series ever to be played between the teams.
  • This series is the Sabres’ first home-and-home set against a Western Conference opponent since November 1996 (Toronto). It’s just their third ever contested against a team located in the Pacific time zone, joining their series against California in February 1971 and Vancouver in March 1996.
  • The Sabres have played in 163 previous home-and-home series in franchise history, going 92-48-23 (.635) in the home games and 56-78-29 (.433) in the road games in previous series.
  • The team is 70-64-29 (.518) all-time in the first game of these previous series and 78-62-23 (.549) in the second.
  • Buffalo’s points breakdown in these previous series is as follows: four points (31), three points (24), two points (67), one point (17), zero points (24).
  • Buffalo’s last home-and-home series sweep came in the 2014-15 season, as the Sabres beat the Canadiens on Nov. 28 and 29, 2014.

THA CARTER V

  • Carter Hutton has won each of his five games this season and now has wins in six straight appearances dating back to last season.
  • He entered play Friday leading all NHL goaltenders with at least two games played in every major statistical category and also led the league with a .966 save percentage at even strength.
  • Hutton earned his first shutout as a member of the Sabres on Monday vs. Dallas and followed that up by setting a Sabres franchise record with 47 saves in a shutout on Thursday at Los Angeles, joining Bob Sauve (1979-80) as the second Sabres goaltender to post two shutouts in his first five games of a season.
  • He enters tonight’s game having played his last 128:36 without allowing a goal and needs to play just 2:16 without allowing a goal in his next appearance to surpass his longest career shutout streak (130:51, Feb. 16 to March 3, 2017).

VIC-O MODE

  • All six of Victor Olofsson’s goals this season have come on the power play, tying James Neal for most in the league entering play Friday. He also led all rookies in goals (6), points (8) and shots (19), and led rookie forwards in ice time per game (17:56).
  • Since he made his NHL debut on March 28, 2019 vs. Detroit, no NHL player has scored more power-play goals than Olofsson’s eight in 14 games played. He has set an NHL record by becoming the first player in NHL history to score each of his first seven-plus career goals with a man advantage.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 10/18 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 13 PTS (1st), 6 W (T-1st), 35.5% PP% (3rd)
  • Dahlin: 6 PPP (T-2nd), 8 A (T-6th)
  • Eichel: 6 PPP (T-2nd), 2 PPG (T-7th), 10 PTS (T-10th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (1st), 1.39 GAA (1st), .953 SV% (1st), 5 W (T-1st)
  • Johansson: 1 OTG (T-1st)
  • McCabe: 24 BkS (1st)
  • Miller: plus-6 (T-6th)
  • Olofsson: 6 PPG (T-1st), 6 PPP (T-2nd), 6 G (T-4th)
  • Skinner: 35 S (2nd)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Sobotka (19), McCabe (19), Ristolainen (15)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (24), Scandella (11), Eichel/Jokiharju/Ristolainen (8)
Shots: Skinner (35), Eichel (27), Ristolainen (21)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 6-1-1 (13), 30/18, 11/31, 19/24

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-1; 121-129 all-time)
Oct. 7 at CBJ: L, 4-3 (GWG-Texier, 2:08)
Oct. 9 vs. MTL: W, 5-4 (GWG-Johansson, 1:30)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-0; 76-69 all-time)
Oct. 11 vs. FLA: W, 3-2 (GDG-Eichel)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Marcus Johansson … 4 games … 600 career games played
Jack Eichel … 6 games … 300 career games played
Carter Hutton … 7 games … 200 career games played
Casey Mittelstadt … 9 games … 100 career games played
Rasmus Dahlin … 10 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 10 goals … 100 career goals
Points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 3 points … 200 career points
Jimmy Vesey … 9 points … 100 career points
Kyle Okposo … 10 points … 500 career points 

RECENT MILESTONES
Jeff Skinner … 200th NHL assist … Oct. 17 at ANA

Game Preview: 10/17/19 at Los Angeles

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Wednesday, October 16
Buffalo 2 at Anaheim 5
Goals: Eichel, Olofsson
Goalie: Ullmark (26 saves/30 shots)
PP: 1/7; PK: 3/4; Shots: Buffalo 33 – Anaheim 31

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 32)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (hip, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 7 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 7 games
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (hip; Oct. 3, injured reserve) – 7 games
Brandon Montour (hand, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 7 games
Conor Sheary (upper body, Oct. 9) – 4 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/13: Recalled F Curtis Lazar from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Oct. 19: Buffalo at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 22: San Jose at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 24: Buffalo at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 25: Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 28: Arizona at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at KINGS

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Kings this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Los Angeles 4-3 (OT) in Buffalo on Dec. 11, 2018.
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Dec. 21 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Kings; 3-6-1 on the road.
  • This is the 126th game all-time between Buffalo and Los Angeles; Buffalo has a 61-45-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 25-28-10 on the road against the Kings all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-14-2 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 No. 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

  • Through seven games, the Sabres have already gotten points from 17 different players and had 10 different players score at least one goal.
  • Jack Eichel (4+6), Victor Olofsson (6+2), Rasmus Dahlin (1+7) and Sam Reinhart (3+4) have all tallied at least a point per game so far this season.
  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with the No. 2 power play in the league, converting on a league-high 10 of their 28 power plays this season (35.7%).
  • With a win tonight, the Sabres would have three straight wins against the Kings for the first time since Oct. 23, 2003 to Jan. 14, 2006 and wins in consecutive visits to Los Angeles for the first time since March 12, 1994 and March 13, 1996.

HOT AGAINST LOS ANGELES

  • Linus Ullmark has won all three of his career meetings with Los Angeles, logging a .929 save percentage in those games.
  • Jack Eichel has 10 points (4+6) in five games against the Kings since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, including multi-point outings in each of his last three.
  • Jeff Skinner has totaled 12 points (11+1) in 14 career games against Los Angeles, including nine (8+1) in his last nine and six goals in his last three.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (1+1), Johan Larsson (1+1) and Evan Rodrigues (0+2) each tallied a point in both meetings with the Kings last season. Marco Scandella also enters tonight’s game with points in his last two games against the Kings (1+1).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has three points (1+2) in his last three games against Los Angeles.

TRE’ WHITE GOALIE ACADEMY ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

  • Carter Hutton enters tonight’s game ranked in the top 10 in every major statistical category.
  • He earned his first shutout as a member of the Sabres in his last game on Monday vs. Dallas and enters tonight’s game having played his last 68:36 without allowing a goal.
  • Hutton has won each of his four games this season, tying for the league lead in wins, and now has wins in five straight appearances dating back to last season.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s first of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 5-2 loss last night at Anaheim. The Sabres were 7-8-1 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 6-8-2 in the second game last season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in last season’s back-to-back sets was: four points (3), three points (1), two points (6), one point (2) and zero points (4).

VIC-O MODE

  • All six of Victor Olofsson’s goals this season have come on the power play, tying James Neal for most in the league. He also leads all rookies in goals (6) and points (8), and leads rookie forwards in ice time per game (18:10).
  • Since he made his NHL debut on March 28, 2019 vs. Detroit, no NHL player has scored more power-play goals than Olofsson’s eight in 13 games played. He has set an NHL record by becoming the first player in NHL history to score each of his first seven-plus career goals with a man advantage.

LET’S GET DANGEROUS

  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, the Sabres rank fifth in the league with a high-danger scoring chance percentage of 56.98%, at 5-on-5 through the team’s first seven games.*
  • By this metric, Jeff Skinner leads all Sabres (and is tied for second in the NHL) with 10 high-danger scoring chances during 5-on-5 play. Skinner tied for ninth in the league with 94 high-danger scoring chances last season.
  • Buffalo also ranks in the top three in the league in both total scoring chances against (2nd-fewest) and high-danger chances against (3rd-fewest) per 60 minutes played at 5-on-5.

*A complete definition of scoring chances can be found at http://naturalstattrick.com/glossary.php?teams.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 35.7% PP% (2nd), 11 PTS (T-3rd), 5 W (T-3rd)
  • Dahlin: 6 PPP (T-2nd), 7 A (T-9th)
  • Eichel: 6 PPP (T-2nd), 2 PPG (T-6th), 10 PTS (T-7th)
  • Hutton: 4 W (T-1st), 1 SO (T-1st), 1.74 GAA (5th), .931 SV% (8th)
  • Johansson: 1 OTG (T-1st)
  • McCabe: 20 BkS (2nd)
  • Olofsson: 6 PPG (T-1st), 6 PPP (T-2nd), 6 G (T-3rd)
  • Skinner: 35 S (1st)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Sobotka (17), McCabe (15), Ristolainen (14)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (20), Scandella (9), Ristolainen (8)
Shots: Skinner (35), Eichel (26), Ristolainen (19)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 5-1-1 (11), 27/18, 10/28, 16/21

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-1; 121-129 all-time)
Oct. 7 at CBJ: L, 4-3 (GWG-Texier, 2:08)
Oct. 9 vs. MTL: W, 5-4 (GWG-Johansson, 1:30)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-0; 76-69 all-time)
Oct. 11 vs. FLA: W, 3-2 (GDG-Eichel)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Marcus Johansson … 5 games … 600 career games played
Jack Eichel … 7 games … 300 career games played
Carter Hutton … 8 games … 200 career games played
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 10 goals … 100 career goals
Points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 4 points … 200 career points
Kyle Okposo … 10 points … 500 career points
Jimmy Vesey … 10 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Jeff Skinner … 200th NHL assist … Oct. 17 at ANA

Game Preview: 10/16/19 at Anaheim

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Monday, October 14
Dallas 0 at Buffalo 4
Goals: Olofsson, Reinhart, Skinner, Johansson
Goalie: Hutton (25 saves/25 shots)
PP: 1/2; PK: 2/2; Shots: Dallas 25 – Buffalo 22

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 27)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (hip, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 6 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 6 games
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (hip; Oct. 3, injured reserve) – 6 games
Brandon Montour (hand, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 6 games
Conor Sheary (upper body, Oct. 9) – 3 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/13: Recalled F Curtis Lazar from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Oct. 17: Buffalo at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 19: Buffalo at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 22: San Jose at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 24: Buffalo at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 25: Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at DUCKS

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Ducks this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Anaheim 3-0 in Buffalo on Dec. 22, 2018.
  • Next meeting: Sunday, Feb. 9 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Ducks; 4-6-0 on the road.
  • This is the 39th game all-time between Buffalo and Anaheim; Buffalo has a 20-14-4 series record.
  • The Sabres are 11-8-0 on the road against the Ducks all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-10-3 all-time on October 16.
  • October 16, 1982: Phil Housley records his first NHL goal in a 9-2 win at Washington.
  • October 16, 2009: Tyler Myers scores his first NHL goal and Jason Pominville scores his 100th NHL goal in a 6-3 win at home against the New York Islanders.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 5-0-1 through six games. It’s the first time Buffalo has started a season with points in six straight games since the team went 6-0-2 through its first eight games of the 2008-09 season.
  • Buffalo is looking to start the season with points in each of the team’s first three road games for the first time since they began the 2011-12 season with wins in each of their first four road games.
  • Through six games, the Sabres have already gotten points from 17 different players and had 10 different players score at least one goal.
  • Jack Eichel (3+6), Rasmus Dahlin (1+7), Victor Olofsson (5+2) and Sam Reinhart (3+3) have all tallied at least a point per game so far this season.
  • The Ducks have averaged just 2.37 goals per game in their 38 all-time meetings against the Sabres, marking Buffalo’s lowest per-game average against any opponent.
  • The Sabres have earned points in each of their last five games against the Ducks dating back to March 17, 2017 (4-0-1), including wins in both meetings last season. They have won their last three games in Anaheim, with the last loss coming on Feb. 24, 2016.

DUCK HUNTERS

  • Kyle Okposo has totaled 12 points (6+6) in 12 career games against Anaheim, including eight points (5+3) in six road games.
  • Jeff Skinner has recorded at least a point in each of his last seven games against the Ducks (6+4), including seven points (4+3) in four road games.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled nine points (1+8) in his last eight games against Anaheim, including points in each of his last four (1+6).
  • Jack Eichel has eight points (2+6) in eight career games against the Ducks and enters tonight’s game on a three-game point streak against Anaheim (1+4).
  • Marcus Johansson has scored in each of his last four contests against the Ducks, totaling six points (4+2) in those games. In his career, he’s totaled six points (3+3) in six games in Anaheim.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen recorded a point in both of Buffalo’s games against Anaheim last season (1+1).
  • Jimmy Vesey has an assist in four of his six career meetings with the Ducks, including both of his games against Anaheim last season.
  • Linus Ullmark stopped 40 Anaheim shots to earn his second NHL shutout in his only game against the Ducks on Dec. 22, 2018.

SHUTTING OUT THE DUCKS

  • The Sabres have shut out the Ducks eight times in the 38 games all-time between the clubs (Dominik Hasek-3, Martin Biron-2, Chad Johnson-1, Ryan Miller-1, Linus Ullmark-1).
  • This amounts to one shutout for every 4.75 meetings, the Sabres’ highest shutout-to-games ratio against any current NHL team. The next highest ratio is 11 games per shutout (Columbus, three shutouts in 33 games).
  • The Sabres’ last shutout against the Ducks occurred in the last matchup between the teams (Dec. 22, 2018 in Buffalo). Buffalo has never recorded shutouts in consecutive meetings with Anaheim.

CALIFORNIA LOVE
In October 2018, the Sabres swept a back-to-back set featuring visits to Los Angeles and Anaheim. It was the fourth time since Anaheim joined the league in 1993-94 that the Sabres won road games against both Los Angeles and Anaheim in a season.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s first of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night at Los Angeles. The Sabres were 7-8-1 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 6-8-2 in the second game last season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in last season’s back-to-back sets was: four points (3), three points (1), two points (6), one point (2) and zero points (4).

VIC-O MODE

  • All five of Victor Olofsson’s goals this season have come on the power play, good for second in the league in power-play goals entering play Tuesday. He also led all rookies in goals (5), points (7) and shots (15), and led rookie forwards in ice time per game (18:11).
  • Since he made his NHL debut on March 28, 2019 vs. Detroit, no NHL player has scored more power-play goals than Olofsson’s seven in 12 games played. He has set an NHL record by becoming the first player in NHL history to score each of his first seven career goals with a man advantage.

PLAYING WITH POWER

  • The Sabres entered play Tuesday with the No. 1 power play in the league, converting on a league-high nine of their 21 power plays this season (42.9%).
  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, Buffalo also ranked among the league’s leaders in shot generation with the man advantage, averaging 2.29 shots (5th) and 3.70 shot attempts (8th) per two minutes of power-play time.

LET’S GET DANGEROUS

  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, the Sabres ranked second in the league entering play Tuesday with a high-danger scoring chance percentage of 61.90%, out-chancing their opponents 39-24 in high-danger situations at 5-on-5 through the team’s first six games.*
  • By this metric, Jeff Skinner leads all Sabres (and was tied for fourth in the NHL entering play Tuesday) with eight high-danger scoring chances during 5-on-5 play. Skinner tied for ninth in the league with 94 high-danger scoring chances last season.

*A complete definition of scoring chances can be found at http://naturalstattrick.com/glossary.php?teams.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 10/15 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 11 PTS (1st), 42.9% PP% (1st), 5 W (T-1st), 24 GF (T-2nd)
  • Dahlin: 6 PPP (T-2nd), 7 A (T-5th),
  • Eichel: 6 PPP (T-2nd), 2 PPG (T-4th), 9 PTS (T-8th), 6 A (T-10th)
  • Hutton: 4 W (T-1st), 1 SO (T-1st), 1.74 GAA (7th)
  • Johansson: 1 OTG (T-1st), 1 GWG (T-8th)
  • McCabe: 16 BkS (T-3rd)
  • Okposo: 1 GWG (T-8th)
  • Olofsson: 5 PPG (2nd), 5 PPP (5th), 5 G (T-5th), 1 GWG (T-8th)
  • Sheary: 1 GWG (T-8th)
  • Skinner: 26 S (4th), 4 G (T-10th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Sobotka (16), Ristolainen (14), McCabe (11)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (16), Ristolainen (7), Scandella (7)
Shots: Skinner (26), Eichel (22), Ristolainen (18)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 5-0-1 (11), 25/13, 9/21, 13/17

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-1; 121-129 all-time)
Oct. 7 at CBJ: L, 4-3 (GWG-Texier, 2:08)
Oct. 9 vs. MTL: W, 5-4 (GWG-Johansson, 1:30)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-0; 76-69 all-time)
Oct. 11 vs. FLA: W, 3-2 (GDG-Eichel)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Marcus Johansson … 6 games … 600 career games played
Jack Eichel … 8 games … 300 career games played
Carter Hutton … 8 games … 200 career games played
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 10 goals … 100 career goals
Assists
Jeff Skinner … 1 assist … 200 career assists
Points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 4 points … 200 career points
Kyle Okposo … 10 points … 500 career points
Jimmy Vesey … 10 points … 100 career points 

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Post-Game Report: 10/14 vs. Dallas

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Stars
(1-5-1)
0 0 0 0 25
Sabres
(5-0-1)
0 2 2 4 22

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • Today’s win gives the Sabres wins in each of their first four home games of the season for the first time since 2006-07.
  • The Sabres have gone 5-0-1 through six games this season, earning 11 of 12 possible points. It’s the team’s best record through six games since they posted an identical 5-0-1 record through their first six games of the 2008-09 season.
  • Buffalo’s 4-0 win marked the largest winning margin the Sabres have recorded against the Stars franchise since a 6-2 win on March 9, 1988 at Minnesota.
    • It also marked the Sabres’ fourth-ever shutout against the Stars franchise and the first since a 5-0 win on Dec. 8, 1974 at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium.
  • Carter Hutton’s shutout was the 12th of his career and his first as a member of the Sabres. He has now earned shutouts against 10 different NHL teams.
  • Hutton has now earned a win in five straight appearances dating back to last season.
  • With his fifth power-play goal of the season, Victor Olofsson became the first player in NHL history to score each of his first seven career goals with the man advantage.
  • Since he made his NHL debut on March 28, 2019 vs. Detroit, no NHL player has scored more power-play goals than Olofsson’s seven in 12 games played.
  • With their goals today, Jeff Skinner (4+1) and Marcus Johansson (3+2) each have five points in their last five games.
  • Henri Jokiharju earned an assist on Skinner’s goal to record his first point as a Buffalo Sabre.

 

Today’s Goaltenders

Todays’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Stars Bishop L .818 4.00
Sabres Hutton W 1.000 0.00
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Stars Bishop 1-3-1 .895 2.78
Sabres Hutton 4-0-0 .931 1.74

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger

Sabres forward Jeff Skinner

Sabres forward Victor Olofsson

Sabres forward Marcus Johansson

Sabres defenseman Marco Scandella

Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton

Stars head coach Jim Montgomery

Stars forward Alexander Radulov

Stars forward Jamie Benn

Stars forward Andrew Cogliano

Ralph Krueger Interview – Howard & Jeremy (10/14/19)

October 14, 2019

Ralph Krueger

Howard and Jeremy (9 a.m.)

https://wgr550.radio.com/media/audio-channel/10-14-sabres-head-coach-ralph-krueger-howard-and-jeremy (13:58)

Howard Simon: Ralph, it’s Howard and Jeremy. Good morning, welcome to the show.

Ralph Krueger: Yes, good morning. Happy Columbus Day to Buffalo and to your listeners.

HS: So listen, I saw you guys had a day off on Saturday. I saw a little clip yesterday, apparently you said you spent the day shopping and going to a movie. What movie did we see on Saturday on our day off?

RK: I went to go see Judy with Reese Witherspoon. Quite amazing, the acting performance and also the storyline on really the tragedy around Judy Garland’s life. My wife and I enjoyed it. It should be an Academy Award.

Jeremy White: Did you get popcorn?

RK: [laughs] We didn’t originally and then sitting watching the pre-show, my wife goes, ‘Ah, come on.’ So we had some popcorn, yeah.

HS: So, your hockey team has at least a point in each of its first five games. In general, at this point, how do you think they’re playing right now?

RK: The character has been outstanding. It’s a big ask what we’ve been through in training camp on the tactical side and the principles and values that we’re driving for as a team are definitely based on you needing to work hard and to work for your teammates and we’re seeing a lot of that. We’re pleased, but we’re keeping the picture small. We had a goal this year to try and improve every single day and I take it one day at a time and this is what we continue to do, but from a coaching perspective we’re extremely pleased with the way the group is attempting to perform. We still have a lot of growth in us, which is also very exciting.

HS: When it comes to learning every day, Ralph, you probably have a list of things you’d like the team to get better at, a number of different things. How do go about, do you have a point of emphasis or two this week at one practice and then a different one another, how do you go about going down a checklist of a multitude of items to get better at and not throw too much at them at one time?

RK: Well, usually more on the non-gamedays, so yesterday would have been a day of learning and teaching. Maybe the last one before that was six days before where we really looked deep at some things that we’re doing. Gamedays we like to leave the minds free, concentrate on what we need to do, introduce the opposition in different aspects, but it’s more on the non-gamedays. As an example, on a trip like this to California where we are going to be packing bags and moving around in three games in four days, we’ll keep it simple and trust their instincts as they grow and develop. It’s very important to manage the energy in the National Hockey League season with the pace that we’re on and we’re trying to do our best with that as coaches.

HS: Last couple games your team has not been able to hold onto two-goal leads in the third period. Do you feel that the team was sitting back too much? Do you think there is a certain, I don’t want to say lack of killer instinct, but do you think they needed to attack more with the lead in the third period?

RK: No, not at all. We’re definitely continuing to play on our toes. There’s no mandate to sit back ever. In this league, there is no lead that’s safe. The strength of the opposition’s forwards and the way the D are involved, you’re seeing this on a nightly basis in the NHL, which makes it quite exciting. Now, we definitely aren’t happy with giving up two-goal leads and we’re going to get better with that and manage it in a more responsible way. Of course we were pleased the team dug out the two points in the end, but not pleased with giving up leads. But the mandate to stay on our toes and play forward and to attack is definitely there and the players did try to do that. We had chances in both of those games to extend the lead where we missed, we came up against some very good goaltending, as others are doing with us. That’s the nature of the beast right now. Everybody’s really playing a very attractive style, it’s an open league, lots of goals being scored, I think it’s what the fans want, and if we can end up on the two-point side of that more often as we have, we have to remain humble and happy.

JW: It seems like you’re kind of leaning toward experience and older players later in games in those two spots. Whether it’s Victor Olofsson off of a line late in the third periods or Rasmus Dahlin on Friday was a big story after the game, lot of people asking, wondering about Dahlin being on the bench for eight minutes-plus in that third period.

RK: There’s absolutely nothing against those players in those situations. It’s a compliment to other players we have and to the depth of the team. We’ve got different roles within our lineup, players that are going to carry the penalty kill or going to work in closing games out for us. If we need goals, others will carry the ball and that’s what a team is made of is different strengths and different roles and different characters. The focus on what isn’t often leaves out the conversation of what is. And what is we have a very strong, we have a lot of depth in our lineup and we have a lot of players that are specialized in different skill sets. As much as goal-scoring is a skill set, killing penalties, blocking shots, finishing hits — those are important skill sets in a good team and I think it’s also an education of our fan base and of the public to understand that that will change the ice time depending on the score. Rasmus is learning and growing every day. He is very coachable player, we love what he’s doing on and off the ice. There’s nothing but excitement about his future here.

JW: Ralph, it would be interesting to hear your feeling, as you mentioned, shot blocking, shot blocking is one thing in that the last however many years in the NHL, people kind of given a thumbs up and also a thumbs down. If you’re blocking shots, it’s good to block a shot, but if you’re blocking a lot of shots it means you’re on the ice when the other team has the puck and is shooting it. With regard to that, the give and take of what that actually means, the ability to block a shot is important, but late in a game, would you not want your defense to not be blocking so many because you’d be carrying play in the other end?

RK: Well there’s no question that once the goalie’s out of the other team, you’re killing a penalty, because you’re playing 5-on-6 as an example. There it’s really important to be able to understand the patience that’s needed. For instance, in the last game, we just tried too hard. The guys battled like crazy and it was a little bit chaotic and there was a couple of broken plays and broken sticks and so on. But you need to stay in the lanes whenever you are killing penalties or you’re shorthanded. It’s really important to have that courage and especially up high, getting into the lanes. Everything coming from up high, nowadays it has a danger to it, it creates second chances in front of the net, it creates chaos that we’re trying to avoid in our end. You know, I think all through the league that’s definitely a skill set. We do attack more in our end than some teams sag right down back and rely completely on the shot blocking, where as we do expand and attack when we can. It depends on the situation, really.

JW: I’ve noticed much of the attacking on the kill this year as compared to previous years for the Sabres. With regard to Rasmus Dahlin, last year, his rookie year, he impresses a lot of people, this year — year two — maybe, myself included, we kind of expected him to just take off. When it comes to player development with him, are you very much keenly aware of the idea that he’s so young, that you’re still building a lot of what it is that he’s going to become?

RK: Look at Rasmus Dahlin at 19 and Henri Jokiharju at 20, the potential within both of those is so exciting. With Rasmus, players of that skill set are playing with the puck all the time when they’re young. They’re so strong and so powerful, it’s learning the complete game is what’s happened to every great defenseman in the National Hockey League as they mature. Again, I can only say that we are so thrilled with the foundation of what he is and who he is as a person and it takes time. It’s easier to come into the league as a high-end offensively skilled forward because the responsibility without the puck isn’t as large as it is when you play defense, especially in a league that plays with six defensemen all the time. You know, very rarely, Tampa plays with seven once in a while. Defensemen need to be all encompassing, they need to play with the puck, without the puck. It’s, again, something that we just need to be patient before a player with that skill set is complete. It just takes time and everything is on the right track for sure.

HS: With Rasmus and I guess with Jokiharju as well, Ralph, when you have that type of young player with those offensive skills, what is the message you give them? How do you balance the line between I want you to be creative, I want you to be aggressive, but you don’t necessarily want to go 1-on-3 in the neutral zone, turn the puck over, you want to be smart too — how do you get that message across to those young guys? You don’t want to stifle their creativity, but you know, they have to be smart too.

RK: Those are just team rules. That doesn’t apply to one player, that applies to our most experienced player or our youngest player. We just have a lot of team concepts and principles that we’re trying to turn into habits. It’s going to take time. We’re working hard at it, and the players are really, really all-in here. We’re having pleasure working with the group and whether it’s Rasmus or whether it’s Sobotka, it doesn’t matter. Everybody’s trying to get in line with what gives us a chance to be the best team we can be on a daily basis and what gives us a chance to win every night and being responsible with the puck is definitely one of the — the puck management is one of the most important things in a league where every team has so many lethal players. You need to understand where the risks are worth taking and where not.

HS: One last thing I want to ask you, Ralph, about Casey Mittelstadt, got a nice shootout goal the other day. What are you seeing from him so far? Again, I know it’s really early, but you’ve talked about the stress on centers in your system with your principles. He’s still going through that growth process in the NHL, what’s your evaluation that you’re seeing so far from Casey?

RK: Well, Casey is also a player who’s evolving his game. We have a fundamental skill set in him that’s unique and it’s really exciting. He’s got so much potential and, again, an excellent character, very hardworking and just developing everyday. Every day there’s something new and something good going on with Casey Mittelstadt and the coaches are all doing their bit to help him to develop and to help him grow. He’s somebody we can be really excited about. You know, the way he hadn’t played for a while in the last game and stepped into the overtime and created more chances, actually, than anybody else and then quite coolly sunk the third penalty shot goal for the win is just a sign of the top-end of Casey and just like a player that we just spoken about, like Rasmus, there’s a game away from the puck, there’s a pressure coming from the top lines of the other team that pushes you back into your own end that you have to learn to deal with and have to learn to manage and it’s that side of the puck that’s why we have coaches, why we have jobs, I guess, the skill on the offense is more difficult to teach than the game away from the puck. We’re so pleased that he has that foundation and what makes the exciting future he has.

HS: Well thanks again for the time, Ralph, appreciate you coming on a little bit earlier this week with the trip coming up. Good luck against the Dallas Stars, good luck out west and we’ll talk to you next week.

RK: Thanks, and I wish everyone a wonderful Columbus Day.