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Saturday, January 20
Dallas 7 at Buffalo 1
Goalie: Lehner (15 saves/19 shots)/Johnson (10 saves/13 shots)
PP: 1/4; PK: 1/2; Shots: Dallas 32 – Buffalo 27
CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 169)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Victor Antipin (illness, Dec. 29) – 9 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 3 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 3 games
Nathan Beaulieu (illness, Jan. 18) – 2 games
TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/17: Recalled D Casey Nelson from Rochester (AHL)
1/18: Activated D Victor Antipin from IR
1/19: Recalled F Nicholas Baptiste from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Zach Bogosian on IR
Tuesday, Jan. 23: Buffalo at Edmonton, 9 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 25: Buffalo at Vancouver, 10 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 30: New Jersey at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 1: Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 3: St. Louis at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
SABRES at FLAMES
- This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Flames this season.
- Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Calgary 4-2 in Buffalo on Nov. 21, 2016
- Next meeting: Wednesday, March 7 in Buffalo
- The Sabres are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Flames; 1-8-1 on the road.
- This is the 106th game all-time between Buffalo and Calgary/Atlanta; Buffalo has a 51-36-18 series record.
- The Sabres are 18-23-12 on the road against the Flames all-time.
THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY
- The Sabres are 9-6-1 all-time on January 22.
- January 22, 1988: Phil Housley records his second career hat trick in a 7-3 win over New Jersey. Housley still holds the Sabres’ franchise record for most career hat tricks by defenseman (2).
- January 22, 1989: Lindy Ruff scores his 100th NHL goal in a 6-4 win at home against the Bruins.
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
- Tonight’s game kicks off a three-game Pacific Division road trip for the Sabres. It continues tomorrow night at Edmonton and wraps up on Thursday night in Vancouver.
- After going 2-0-1 in their last three meetings, a win or overtime loss tonight would give the Sabres points in four straight games against the Flames for the first time since they went 7-0-2 against Calgary from Feb. 18, 1997 to Nov. 23, 2001
- The home team has won 18 of the last 20 games between these teams, dating back to the 1999-00 season. The Sabres’ last win in Calgary was on Oct. 18, 2003.
- Ryan O’Reilly has 14 points (5+9) in his last 11 games against the Flames, including five multi-point efforts. He enters tonight’s game on a six-game point streak against Calgary, having tallied nine points (3+6) in those six games.
- Kyle Okposo has 10 points (2+8) in 10 career games against the Flames, including three two-point games in his last five meetings with Calgary.
- Evander Kane has eight points (3+5) in eight career games against Calgary.
- Jack Eichel enters tonight’s game on a five-game point streak, with nine points (3+6) in those games.
- Kyle Okposo has recorded 10 points (2+8) in his last 10 games.
- Ryan O’Reilly has recorded five points (2+3) in his last five games.
- Rasmus Ristolainen has nine points (3+6) in his last nine games, dating back to Dec. 29, despite getting a game misconduct after just 5:43 of ice time in one of those games. Ristolainen’s nine points during that span tied for third among NHL defensemen entering play Sunday.
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s 11th of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night at Edmonton. The Sabres are 3-7-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-6-2 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 (3).
- Jack Eichel has totaled 20 points (10+10) in his last 14 games, dating back to Dec. 15.
- Eichel ranked in the top 10 in the league in goals (T-4th, 10), points (6th, 20), even-strength goals (T-2nd, 9), even-strength points (T-5th, 14) and shots (T-2nd, 60) during that stretch entering play Sunday.
- Eichel scored at least two goals in four of those 14 games and entered play Sunday tied for fifth in the league with four multi-goal games this season, just two off the league lead.
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-8th in NHL in ES goals, T-16th in ES points entering play Sunday).
- With his 17th even-strength goal in his 44th game of the season on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus, Eichel surpassed his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games).
- Eichel’s 33 even-strength points through 46 games match his total from last season (61 games) and are just two shy of his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games).
Jack Eichel’s Production by Season
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SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN
- Of Jack Eichel’s 44 points so far this season, 23 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes 6-on-5 situations).
- Through 46 games, Eichel’s 23 primary points (12+11) during 5-on-5 play have already surpassed his 61-game total from last season (11+10) and are just one shy of his total from his 81-game rookie season (12+12).
*All primary point stats via NaturalStatTrick.com
SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 1/21 games)
- Eichel: 17 EVG (T-8th)
- Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 3 SHP (T-4th), 186 S (5th)
- O’Reilly: 671 FOW (1st), 61.4% FO% (1st), 1,093 FO (2nd)
- Ristolainen: 26:07 TOI/GP (5th)
- Phil Housley had two stints with the Calgary Flames from 1994-1996 and 1998-2001. He recorded 238 points (50+188) in 328 total games for the Flames during those five seasons.
- Goaltender Chad Johnson was a member of the Flames organization during the 2016-17 season. He appeared in 36 games and posted an 18-15-1 record with a .910 save percentage and a 2.59 goals-against average.
- Played with Johnny Gaudreau for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
- Teammates with Travis Hamonic for the New York Islanders during the 2014-15 season.
- Played with Mike Smith and Michael Stone for the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2012-13 season.
- He and Troy Brouwer are both from Vancouver, British Columbia.
- Teammates with Matt Giordano for Team Canada at the 2010 World Championship.
- Played with Curtis Lazar for the Ottawa Senators during the 2014-15 season.
- Represented the United States alongside Johnny Gaudreau at the 2013 World Junior Championship and again at the 2014 World Championship.
- Teammates with Travis Hamonic for the New York Islanders from 2010-2016.
- Teammates with Brian Elliot for the Colorado Avalanche during part of the 2010-11 season.
- Played with TJ Brodie for Team Canada at the 2013 World Championship.
- Represented Canada alongside Michael Stone at the 2016 World Championship.
- Represented Canada alongside Curtis Lazar at the 2014 and 2015 World Junior Championships.
- Represented Canada alongside Michael Stone at the 2016 World Championship.
- Marco Scandella (55th overall) was selected two picks after Travis Hamonic (53rd overall) in the second round of the 2008 NHL Draft.
- Nathan Beaulieu (17th overall) and Dougie Hamilton (9th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2011 NHL Draft. They were also teammates for Team Canada at the 2012 World Junior Championship.
- The first round of the 2012 NHL Draft saw both Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Mark Jankowski (21st overall) go off the board.
- Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Sean Monahan (6th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft.
- Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) was taken two picks before Sam Bennett (4th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.
SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (103), McCabe (100), Kane (94)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (70), Scandella (70), Ristolainen (60)
Shots: Kane (186), Eichel (160), O’Reilly (116)
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: 1-6-0 (2), 17/33, 5/22, 11/19
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)
Buffalo Sabres … 1 home win … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Benoit Pouliot … 5 games … 600 career games played
Jack Eichel … 9 assists … 100 career assists
Zemgus Girgensons … 7 points … 100 career points
Ryan O’Reilly … 9 points … 400 career points
Robin Lehner … 200th NHL game … Jan. 18 at NY Rangers
Rasmus Ristolainen … 100 NHL assists … Jan. 20 vs. Dallas