Game Preview: 11/4/18 at NY Rangers

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LAST GAME
Saturday, November 3
Ottawa 2 at Buffalo 9
Goals: Skinner (2), Pominville (2), Okposo, Girgensons, Sheary, Berglund, Mittelstadt
Goalie: Ullmark (27 saves/29 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 1/1; Shots: Buffalo 41 – Ottawa 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 56)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 14 games
Sean Malone (knee, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 14 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 14 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Nov. 8: Buffalo at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 10: Vancouver at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 13: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 16: Buffalo at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 17: Buffalo at Minnesota, 6 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at RANGERS

  • This is the second of three meetings between the Sabres and Rangers this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated New York 3-1 in New York on Oct. 6
  • Next meeting: Friday, Feb. 15 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Rangers; 3-6-1 on the road
  • This is the 182nd game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo has an 82-64-35 series record.
  • The Sabres are 33-36-20 on the road against the Rangers all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 5-8-4 all-time on November 4.
  • November 4, 1999: Curtis Brown records three points (1+2), including an overtime goal, as the Sabres top the Blackhawks 5-4 at United Center.
  • November 4, 2009: Derek Roy goes 14-for-14 on faceoffs and tallies the game-winning goal in a 3-0 win at home against the Islanders.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Jack Eichel enters tonight’s game on a four-game point streak (1+7). Eichel also has points in each of his last four road games, totaling eight assists in those games.
  • Carter Hutton is 4-0-0 in his career against New York, boasting a .960 save percentage and a 1.35 goals-against average in those games.
  • Kyle Okposo has totaled 20 points (5+15) in his last 18 games against the Rangers, including five points (1+4) in four games against New York since the beginning of last season.
  • Jack Eichel has 11 points (4+7) in 10 career games against the Rangers.
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded nine points (3+6) in nine career games against New York, including points (2+3) in each of the last four meetings.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen tallied four points (2+2) in four games and Vladimir Sobotka had three assists in two games against the Rangers last season.

THREE’S COMPANY
Following yesterday’s 9-2 win vs. Ottawa, Buffalo’s top line of Jeff Skinner, Jason Pominville and Jack Eichel ranked as the top three scorers in the NHL since the trio began playing together as a line on Oct. 20 at Los Angeles. In those seven games, Skinner (8+5) and Pominville (7+6) have totaled 13 points each, and Eichel has recorded 12 points (1+11).

WELCOME TO POMINVILLE

  • Jason Pominville enters tonight’s game on a seven-game point streak, during which he has totaled 13 points (7+6) and averaged 16:48 of ice time per game. It’s his first seven-game point streak since March 9 to 20, 2014 (4+4).
  • After yesterday’s game, the streak tied as the eighth-longest active point streak in the NHL.
  • A point tonight would give him points in eight straight contests for the first time since March 17 to April 3, 2009, when he posted 13 points (3+10) in eight games.

WHAT’S THE SKINNY?

  • Jeff Skinner has 16 points (9+7) in his last 10 games. It ranks as the best 10-game stretch in his career.
  • All but two of Skinner’s goals have come at even strength this season. He finished yesterday’s game tied for first in the league with a plus-10 rating, tied for sixth with six even-strength goals and tied for eighth with nine total goals.

BACK-TO-BACK
Today’s game wraps Buffalo’s second of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began yesterday with a 9-2 win vs. Ottawa. The Sabres are 2-0-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 1-0-0 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in their previous back-to-back sets is: four points (1), three points (0), two points (0), one point (0) and zero points (0).

ONE BUFFALO

  • The Sabres and the Buffalo Bills are playing on the same day for the second of three times this season after doing so twice last season. The other occurrences are Oct. 21 and Dec. 16.
  • The teams have played on the same date 218 times, with both teams winning their respective games on 48 of those days.
  • The Sabres are 117-67-34 when playing on a Bills game day and the Bills enter this game 92-124-2 on those dates.
  • The last time the Sabres and Bills both won on the same date was Oct. 16, 2016.

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

  • Eichel: 13 A (T-3rd), 13 EVP (T-5th), 57 S (T-5th), 17 PTS (T-8th)
  • Hutton: 292 SV (8th)
  • Pominville: 7 EVG (T-6th), 12 EVP (T-8th)
  • Ristolainen: 38 hits (T-7th), 25:10 TOI/GP (8th)
  • Skinner: plus-12 (T-1st), 7 EVG (T-6th), 9 G (T-8th)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-3rd), 2.00 GAA (7th)

BUF-NYR CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Rangers assistant coach Lindy Ruff is a former player and head coach for the Sabres. He spent 10 seasons (1979-89) in a Sabres sweater and was the team’s head coach from 1997 to 2013, earning two Jack Adams Award nominations (2006, 2007) and winning once (2006).
  • Rangers assistant general manager Jim Schoenfeld was drafted in the first round (5th overall) by the Sabres in the 1972 NHL Draft and would spend 11 seasons (1972-1982, 1984-1985) with the club. Schoenfeld, a former captain and a two-time NHL All Star, was inducted into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame in 1996.
  • Rangers assistant coach Greg Brown was selected by the Sabres in the second round (26th overall) of the 1986 NHL Draft and played parts of two seasons (1990-91, 1992-93) with the club.

Patrik Berglund:

  • Played with Rangers D Kevin Shattenkirk in St. Louis.
  • Has represented Sweden with Rangers G Henrik Lundqvist on two occasions: at the 2014 Olympic Games, where Sweden won a silver medal, and at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Jason Botterill:

  • Played in Buffalo when Rangers Assistant Coach Lindy Ruff was the head coach of the Sabres.
  • Was a scout for the Stars when Rangers assistant coach David Oliver was playing in Dallas.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played for Boston University when Rangers Head Coach David Quinn was the head coach of the Terriers, a team that won the 2015 Beanpot, made it to the Frozen Four and played in the National Championship game.
  • Played for Team USA with Rangers D Brady Skjei at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Won a bronze medal for the United States with Rangers D Tony DeAngelo at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Remi Elie:

  • Played in Dallas when Rangers assistant coach Lindy Ruff was the head coach of the Stars.

Phil Housley:

  • Played with Rangers General Manager Jim Schoenfeld and assistant coach Lindy Ruff in Buffalo.
  • Played for the Sabers when Rangers General Manager Jim Schoenfeld was the head coach in Buffalo and again when he was the head coach in Washington.
  • Was an assistant coach in Nashville when Rangers F Cody McLeod played for the Predators.
  • Coached Rangers F Jimmy Vesey at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, where the United States won a gold medal.

Carter Hutton:

  • Played with Rangers D Kevin Shattenkirk in St. Louis.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played for Team Sweden with Rangers F Jesper Fast at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Won a gold medal with Rangers F Mike Zibanejad at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship. The duo won a second gold medal together at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.

Jake McCabe:

  • Won a gold medal for the United States with Rangers F Jimmy Vesey at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Played for Team USA with Rangers F Kevin Hayes at the 2014 IIHF World Championship and with D Brady Skjei at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

Davis Payne:

  • Was the head coach of the Blues when Rangers D Kevin Shattenkirk was playing in St. Louis.
  • Played for the Bruins when Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton was the director of scouting in Boston.

Evan Rodrigues:

  • Played for Boston University when Rangers Head Coach David Quinn was the head coach of the Terriers, a team that won the 2015 Beanpot, made it to the Frozen Four and played in the National Championship game.

Jeff Skinner:

  • Played for Team Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Championship when Rangers assistant coach Lindy Ruff was the head coach of the team.

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Played with Rangers D Adam McQuaid in Boston.
  • Played with Rangers D Kevin Shattenkirk in St. Louis.

Tage Thompson:

  • Won a bronze medal with Rangers D Neal Pionk while representing the United States at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (38), Girgensons (22), McCabe (20)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (26), McCabe (23), Bogosian (21)
Shots: Eichel (57), Skinner (45), Pominville (38)

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: 1-1-2 (4), 17/12, 3/14, 12/14

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-2; 113-123 all-time)
Oct. 27 at CBJ: L, 5-4 (GWG-Panarin, 0:31)
Oct. 30 vs. CGY: L, 2-1 (GWG-Gaudreau, 2:40)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-0; 70-66 all-time)
N/A

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Conor Sheary … 2 games … 200 career games played
Remi Elie … 6 games … 100 career games played
Jeff Skinner … 7 games … 600 career games played
Nathan Beaulieu … 8 games … 300 career games played
Evan Rodrigues … 9 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 2 goals … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Points
Jeff Skinner … 5 points … 400 career points
Jack Eichel … 6 points … 200 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Jason Pominville … 501st point with Sabres (9th in franchise history) … Nov. 1 at OTT
Jason Pominville … 1,000th NHL game … Nov. 1 at OTT
Conor Sheary … 100th NHL point … Nov. 3 vs. OTT

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