Game Preview: 1/7/18 at PHI

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LAST GAME
Friday, January 5
Buffalo 3 at Winnipeg 4
Goals: Scandella, Larsson, Wilson
Goalie: Johnson (25 saves/29 shots)
PP: 0/5; PK: 2/4; Shots: Buffalo 29 – Winnipeg 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 156)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Victor Antipin (illness, Dec. 29) – 4 games

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

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Monday, Jan. 22: Buffalo at Calgary, 9 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME

SABRES at FLYERS

  • This is the third and final meeting between the Sabres and Flyers this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Philadelphia 4-2 in Buffalo on Dec. 22
  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Flyers; 2-7-1 on the road.
  • This is the 176th game all-time between Buffalo and Philadelphia; Buffalo has a 68-83-24 series record.
  • The Sabres are 25-50-14 on the road against the Flyers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-5-6 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 as the Sabres fall 2-1 to the Jets in overtime.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 11 points (7+4) in his last nine games. Since beginning that stretch on Dec. 15, Eichel ranked in the top five in the league in goals (T-1st, 7), even-strength goals (T-1st, 6) and even-strength points (T-5th, 10) entering play Saturday.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has five points (2+3) in his last four 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 two games.
  • Marco Scandella has recorded a point in each of his last two games (1+1) and is seeking his first three-game point streak since March 2017.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Today’s game is the final 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.

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-13th in ES points).
  • Eichel’s 14 even-strength goals through 41 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 41 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 41 15 20 35 14 15 29
2017-18 (Pace) 82 30 40 70 28 30 58

 

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 41 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 1/6 games)

Player Team Goals Primary Assists Primary Points
Nikita Kucherov TBL 19 6 25
Nathan MacKinnon COL 10 14 24
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 1/6 games)

  • Eichel: 14 EVG (T-10th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 3 SHP (T-2nd), 168 S (4th)
  • O’Reilly: 595 FOW (1st), 61.0% FO% (1st), 976 FO (2nd)
  • Ristolainen: 26:06 TOI/GP (5th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: McCabe (91) Ristolainen (91), Kane (86)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (65), McCabe (62), Ristolainen (53)
Shots: Kane (168), Eichel (138), O’Reilly (100)

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: 0-2-0 (0), 5/10, 0/8, 4/7

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 … 7 games … 300 career games played
Assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 3 assists … 100 career assists

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

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