Post-Game Report: 12/8 vs. Philadelphia

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Flyers
(12-12-3)
1 1 4 6 41
Sabres
(17-9-4)
2 0 0 2 30

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • With today’s loss, the Sabres fell to 9-3-2 at home this season and 12-1-3 when scoring first this season.
  • Jack Eichel’s two goals today give him a two-point effort in four of his last five games. He ranks third in the NHL with 14 multi-point games this season, one game behind Mikko Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon for the league lead.
  • With the primary assist on Eichel’s first goal, Sam Reinhart has pushed his point streak to a career-high six games (5+4). Reinhart now has 22 points (8+14) in his last 22 games.
  • Jeff Skinner’s assist on Eichel‘s first goal gives him at least a point in each of his last eight home games (8+3).
  • With his assist on Eichel’s second goal, Lawrence Pilut recorded his first career NHL point.

 

Today’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Flyers
Stolarz W .933 2.00
Sabres Ullmark L .854 6.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Flyers
Stolarz 2-1-1 .907 2.94
Sabres Ullmark 5-1-3 .913 3.04

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres defenseman Lawrence Pilut

Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark

Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol

Flyers forward Claude Giroux

Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk

Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov

Flyers goaltender Anthony Stolarz

Game Preview: 12/8/18 vs. Philadelphia

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, December 4
Toronto 4 at Buffalo 3 (OT)
Goals: Eichel (2), Reinhart
Goalie: Ullmark (26 saves/30 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 2/2; Shots: Buffalo 41 – Toronto 30

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 107)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 29 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 29 games
Marco Scandella (upper body, Nov. 27; injured reserve) – 5 games
Jake McCabe (upper body, Nov. 29; injured reserve) – 3 games
Jason Pominville (upper body, Dec. 3) – 2 games
Casey Nelson (upper body, Dec. 8; injured reserve) – 0 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
12/4: Activated F Conor Sheary from IR; Placed D Jake McCabe on IR
12/5: Assigned D Matt Tennyson to Rochester (AHL)
12/7: Recalled D Matt Tennyson and G Scott Wedgewood from Rochester (AHL); Placed D Casey Nelson on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Dec. 11: Los Angeles at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 13: Arizona at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 15: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 16: Buffalo at Boston, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 18: Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
FLYERS at SABRES

  • This is the second of three meetings between the Sabres and Flyers this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Philadelphia 5-2 in Buffalo on Nov. 21
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 26 in Philadelphia
  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Flyers; 6-4-0 at home
  • This is the 178th game all-time between Buffalo and Philadelphia; Buffalo has a 69-84-24 series record.
  • The Sabres are 44-33-10 at home against the Flyers all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-5-5 all-time on December 8.
  • December 8, 1974: Gary Bromley needs to make just 14 saves to earn a 5-0 shutout victory against the Minnesota North Stars.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Today’s game is Buffalo’s fifth afternoon game of the season. The Sabres are 4-0-0 in the first four.
  • Kyle Okposo is expected to appear in his 700th NHL game this afternoon.
  • Linus Ullmark recorded his first career win against the Flyers on Oct. 30, 2015 in Buffalo after stopping 27 of 28 Philadelphia shots.
  • Jack Eichel has eight points (5+3) in his last eight games against Philadelphia, including seven (5+2) in five home games.
  • Conor Sheary has recorded four points (3+1) in his last four games against the Flyers.
  • Jack Eichel recorded his 13th multi-point game of the season with two goals on Tuesday vs. Toronto. Entering play Friday, Eichel’s 13 multi-point games tied for third-most in the league this season. He is now five shy of his career-high 18 in a season.

HOME COOKING

  • Buffalo enters today’s game with a 9-2-2 (.769) record at home this season. The team’s .769 points percentage at home ranks first in the NHL and puts the Sabres on pace for their fourth-best home record ever, and the best since the 1979-80 season (27-5-8, .775).
  • The Sabres have gone 7-0-2 in their last nine home games, marking its first nine-game home point streak since Feb. 17 to March 24, 2012 (7-0-2). A point today would give the Sabres points in 10 consecutive home games for the first time since Dec. 13, 2011 to Feb. 10, 2012 (6-0-4).

SCORING EARLY IS GREAT…

  • The Sabres are 12-0-3 when scoring first so far this season. They join the Maple Leafs as one of two teams who have earned at least a point in every game in which they’ve opened the scoring in 2018-19.
  • Buffalo is 10-0-2 when leading after the first period. Entering play Friday, they were one of four teams who have earned at least a point in every game in which they’ve led after 20 minutes in 2018-19.

…BUT SCORING LATE IS NICE TOO

  • The Sabres are 5-7-2 this season when trailing after two periods. Their five wins when trailing after 40 minutes ranked as the second-most in the league entering play Friday.
  • Buffalo’s five wins when trailing after two have already matched last season’s total and leave the team four third-period comebacks shy of the franchise record of nine set in the 2005-06 season.

NOT TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT

  • Thirteen of Buffalo’s last 14 games have been decided by a single goal, including each of the last seven. The Sabres have never had 14 games in a 15-game span decided by one goal (or tied) and have only had eight straight one-goal games (or ties) once in franchise history: March 15 to April 3, 1999 (3-3-2).
  • The Sabres are 10-2-4 in one-goal games so far this season. Buffalo last won more than half of its one-goal games in a season in 2011-12 (21-9-11).
  • The team’s current .625 winning percentage in one-goal games would be the sixth-best mark in franchise history and would be the Sabres’ best record in one-goal games since 1989-90 (18-6-3, .667).

SAM I AM

  • Sam Reinhart enters today’s game on a five-game point streak (5+3), matching his career high set from Dec. 20 to 29, 2017. The streak includes goals in each of his last four games, marking the longest goal streak of his career.
  • Reinhart has recorded 18 points (7+11) in his last 16 games, including seven two-point games during that stretch.
  • The Sabres are 12-2-2 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 25-3-5 (.833) in his career when he records at least two.

DYNAMIC DUO
Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner are currently on pace to shatter their personal bests in points and make a mark in the Sabres’ record books on the strength of career-best production at even strength that ranks them among the best even-strength players in the league this season.

  • If he maintains his current pace, Eichel would finish the season with the third-most even-strength points ever recorded by a Sabre (74), trailing only Pat LaFontaine (83) and Alexander Mogilny (78) in 1992-93, and would top LaFontaine’s franchise-record 52 even-strength assists that season. He would also become the first Sabre to record more than 95 points since the 1992-93 season (LaFontaine/Mogilny/Hawerchuk).
  • Skinner is currently on pace for the second-highest goal total (57) in Sabres history, trailing only Mogilny in 1992-93 (76). His 42 even-strength goals would finish behind only Mogilny’s even-strength total from that season (49) and Rick Martin’s 44 in 1973-74 for most in team history.
Player/Season GP G A PTS ES G ES A ES P
Eichel Career High (2017-18) 67 25 39 64 22 20 42
Eichel 2018-19 29 7 27 34 6 20 26
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 82 20 76 96 17 57 74
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 29 20 9 29 15 6 21
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 57 25 82 42 17 59

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 12/7 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 17 W (T-5th), 37 PTS (T-5th)
  • Eichel: 123 S (1st), 20 EVA (T-3rd), 27 A (5th), 26 EVP (T-5th), 34 P (T-9th)
  • Hutton: 12 W (T-3rd), 587 SV (9th)
  • Ristolainen: 91 hits (5th), 25:33 TOI/GP (8th)
  • Skinner: 15 EVG (1st), 2 OTG (T-2nd), plus-19 (3rd), 20 G (T-4th), 3 GWG (T-6th)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-10th)

BUF-PHI CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Flyers G Michal Neuvirth spent parts of two seasons (2013-2015) with the Sabres. In 29 games played, Neuvirth had a 6-19-3 record, posting a .921 save percentage and a 2.96 goals-against average.
  • Flyers F Phil Varone played for the Sabres for parts of three seasons from 2013-2016, totaling nine points (5+4) in 42 games with the team.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Played with Flyers F Dale Weise in Montreal.

Patrik Berglund:

  • Played with Flyers F Jori Lehtera in St. Louis.

Jason Botterill:

  • Played with Flyers assistant coach Gord Murphy in Atlanta.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played for Team North America with Flyers F Sean Couturier at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Phil Housley:

  • Played with Flyers assistant coach Ian Laperriere in St. Louis.
  • Coached Flyers D Shayne Gostisbehere to a gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for the Islanders with Flyers D Andrew MacDonald and G Michal Neuvirth.
  • Played for Team USA with Flyers F James van Riemsdyk at the 2007 and 2008 IIHF World Junior Championships. The duo won a bronze medal together in 2007.

Davis Payne:

  • Was an assistant coach in Los Angeles when Flyers goaltending coach Kim Dillabaugh was the goaltending development coach.

Jason Pominville:

  • Played with Flyers D Christian Folin in Minnesota.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland with Flyers F Jori Lehtera at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Jeff Skinner:

  • Won a silver medal for Team Canada with Flyers F Sean Couturier, F Claude Giroux and F Wayne Simmonds at the 2017 IIHF World Championship. Skinner, Giroux and Simmonds previously played together at the 2013 IIHF World Championship.

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Played with Flyers F Jori Lehtera in St. Louis.
  • Has represented the Czech Republic with Flyers F Jakub Voracek on three separate occasions: at the 2007 IIHF World Junior Championship, at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey and 2017 IIHF World Championship.
  • Played with Flyers G Michal Neuvirth for the Czech Republic at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
  • Played for the Czech Republic National Team with Flyers D Radko Gudas at the 2017 IIHF World Championship.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (91), Girgensons (48), McCabe (42)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (49), Bogosian (45), McCabe (44)
Shots: Eichel (123), Skinner (88), Ristolainen (69)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 6-4-0 (12), 26/28, 8/38, 22/30
11-20: 6-2-2 (14), 35/27, 4/28, 26/29
21-30: 5-2-2 (12), 29/26, 5/27, 20/26

OVERTIME RESULTS (4-4; 117-125 all-time)
Oct. 27 at CBJ: L, 5-4 (GWG-Panarin, 0:31)
Oct. 30 vs. CGY: L, 2-1 (GWG-Gaudreau, 2:40)
Nov. 8 at MTL: W, 6-5 (GWG-Ristolainen, 1:38)
Nov. 19 at PIT: W, 5-4 (GWG-Eichel, 0:45)
Nov. 23 vs. MTL: W, 3-2 (GWG-Skinner, 3:06)
Nov. 27 vs. SJS: W, 3-2 (GWG-Skinner, 1:41)
Nov. 30 at FLA: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barkov, 2:26)
Dec. 4 vs. TOR: L, 4-3 (GWG-Matthews, 4:57)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (3-0; 73-66 all-time)
Nov. 10 vs. VAN: W, 4-3 (GDG-Mittelstadt)
Nov. 16 at WPG: W, 2-1 (GDG-Sheary)
Nov. 24 at DET: W, 3-2 (GDG-Reinhart)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Kyle Okposo … 1 game … 700 career games played
Remi Elie … 2 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 1 goal … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 5 assists … 300 career assists
Points
Jason Pominville … 3 points … 511 points with Sabres (T-8th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

SABRES RECALL TENNYSON, WEDGEWOOD

BUFFALO, N.Y. (December 7, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has recalled defenseman Matt Tennyson and goaltender Scott Wedgewood from the Rochester Americans (AHL).

Tennyson (6’2”, 205 lbs., 4/23/1990) joins the Sabres for the third time this season but has yet to appear in any NHL games. The Minneapolis, Minnesota native has recorded three points (1+2) in eight games with the Americans this season. In his career, Tennyson has totaled 20 points (3+17) in 120 NHL games with Buffalo, the Carolina Hurricanes and the San Jose Sharks.

In his first season with the organization, Wedgewood (6’2”, 195 lbs., 8/14/1992) is 8-4-1 in 14 AHL games with a 2.91 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage. In 24 career NHL games with the Arizona Coyotes and New Jersey Devils, the Brampton, Ontario native has compiled a 7-10-5 record with a .903 save percentage.

SABRES ASSIGN TENNYSON TO ROCHESTER

BUFFALO, N.Y. (December 5, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has assigned defenseman Matt Tennyson to the Rochester Americans (AHL).

Post-Game Report: 12/4 vs. Toronto

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Maple Leafs
(20-8-0)
0 2 1 1 4 30
Sabres
(17-8-4)
0 1 2 0 3 41

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • With the overtime loss, the Sabres extended their home point streak to nine games (7-0-2), marking the team’s first nine-game home point streak since Feb. 17 to March 24, 2012 (7-0-2).
  • Tonight’s loss dropped the Sabres to 12-2-4 in one-goal games this season.
  • With a goal and an assist tonight, Sam Reinhart extended his point streak to five games (5+3). He now has goals in a career-best four straight games.
    • In his last 16 games, Reinhart has 18 points (7+11), including seven two-point efforts.
  • Jack Eichel’s two-goal night gave him 11 points (7+4) in his last six games against the Maple Leafs.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen, who recorded two assists tonight, now has six assists in five games against Toronto since the beginning of the 2017-18 season.
  • Rasmus Dahlin led both teams with 29:15 of ice time tonight, topping his previous career-high total (25:51) by 3:24.
  • Jeff Skinner’s assist extended his point streak against the Maple Leafs to four games (1+4).

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Maple Leafs
Andersen W .927 2.77
Sabres Ullmark O .897 2.73

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Maple Leafs
Andersen 16-7-0 .931 2.32
Sabres Ullmark 5-0-3 .924 2.59

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark

Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock

Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews

Maple Leafs forward John Tavares

Maple Leafs forward Patrick Marleau

Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen