Game Preview: 2/26/19 at Philadelphia

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LAST GAME
Monday, February 25
Buffalo 3 at Toronto 5
Goals: Eichel (2), Reinhart
Goalie: Hutton (9 saves/12 shots) / Ullmark (19 saves/21 shots)
PP: 2/5; PK: 1/1; Shots: Buffalo 34 – Toronto 33

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 200)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Casey Mittelstadt (illness, Feb. 23) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/22: Recalled F Danny O’Regan and Scott Wilson from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Kyle Okposo on IR; Assigned D Lawrence Pilut to Rochester
2/23: Assigned F CJ Smith to Rochester (AHL)
2/24: Acquired D Brandon Montour from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for D Brendan Guhle and a first-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft; Signed G Adam Wilcox to a one-year, two-way contract with an AAV of $650,000; Placed Wilcox on waivers
2/25: Activated F Kyle Okposo and D Marco Scandella from IR; Acquired a sixth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for D Nathan Beaulieu; Assigned F Danny O’Regan and G Adam Wilcox to Rochester (AHL)
2/26: Recalled F Danny O’Regan from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, March 1: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 2: Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Monday, March 4: Edmonton at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 7: Buffalo at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 9: Buffalo at Colorado, 3 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at FLYERS

  • This is the third and final meeting between the Sabres and Flyers this season.
  • Last meeting: Philadelphia defeated Buffalo 6-2 in Buffalo on Dec. 8
  • The Sabres are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Flyers; 2-7-1 on the road.
  • This is the 179th game all-time between Buffalo and Philadelphia; Buffalo has a 69-85-24 series record.
  • The Sabres are 25-51-14 on the road against the Flyers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-9-6 all-time on February 26.
  • February 26, 1987: Wilf Paiement records the 99th hat trick in Sabres history in a 4-3 win against the visiting St. Louis Blues.
  • February 26, 1995: Dominik Hasek plays his 100th game as a member of the Sabres against the New York Rangers.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Carter Hutton is 4-0-0 in his career against Philadelphia, posting a .921 save percentage and a 1.96 goals-against average in those games.
  • 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 totaled 10 points (7+3) in his 10 career games against Philadelphia, including at least a point in each of the last four meetings (4+2).
  • Jeff Skinner enters tonight’s game on a three-game point streak against the Flyers (1+2) and has 10 points (6+4) in his last 10 visits to Philadelphia.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has recorded a point in nine of his 15 career meetings with the Flyers (0+9), including an assist in each of the last three.
  • Sam Reinhart has points in each of his last two games against the Flyers (1+2).
  • Conor Sheary has scored three goals in his last two visits to Philadelphia.

WELCOME TO BUFFALO

  • Brandon Montour, acquired by the Sabres from the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday, is expected to make his Sabres debut tonight. He will become the first player in franchise history to wear No. 62.
  • Selected by Anaheim in the second round (55th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft, Montour made his NHL debut in 2016-17, posting six points (2+4) in 27 games as a rookie with the Ducks.
  • Since becoming a full-time NHL player in 2017-18, he has led all Anaheim defensemen with 57 points (14+43) in 142 games, including 25 points (5+20) through 62 games in 2018-19 at the time of the trade.

BACK-TO-BACK
Today’s game wraps up Buffalo’s 12th of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began last night with a 5-3 loss at Toronto. The Sabres are 6-5-1 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 5-4-2 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in their previous back-to-back sets is: four points (3), three points (1), two points (4), one point (2) and zero points (1).

KILLING IT
Buffalo finished last night’s game ranked fifth in the league with a penalty kill percentage of 82.8 percent this season. The team’s 88.0 percent success rate since the beginning of February ranked third in the league. The Sabres have allowed just one power-play goal in their last eight games, going 12-for-13 on the penalty kill (92.3%) during that stretch.

DYNAMIC DUO

  • Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner have both recorded a point on the same goal 29 times this season, making them the most productive Sabres duo since Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek combined on 39 goals in the 2011-12 season.
  • At least one of the two has recorded a point on 95 of the team’s 175 goals this season (54.3%).
  • Eichel has posted 19 points (6+13) in his last 16 games and Skinner has totaled 11 points (5+6) in his last 12 games.

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel enters tonight’s game on a five-game point streak (3+4).
  • Eichel has totaled 68 points this season, setting a new career-high mark. With 21 goals so far this season, he has joined Rick Martin and Thomas Vanek as the third player in franchise history to record at least 20 goals in each of his first four NHL seasons.
  • With 47 assists so far this season, Eichel is the first Sabres player to record at least 45 assists in a season since Tim Connolly recorded 48 in 2009-10. The last Sabre to record at least 50 assists was Jason Pominville (53) in 2007-08.
  • Eichel is currently on pace for 46 even-strength assists this season. Only five different players have recorded at least 45 even-strength assists since the 2005-06 season: Henrik Sedin (3x), Joe Thornton (3x), Connor McDavid (2x), Evgeni Malkin and Michael Nylander. Pat Lafontaine (52 in 1992-93) is the only player in franchise history to record at least 45 in a season.

DAH-LEAN ON ME

  • After last night’s game, Rasmus Dahlin led rookie defensemen and ranked second among all NHL rookies with 36 points this season. His 28 assists tied for the rookie lead.
  • With 36 points (8+28) through 62 games, Dahlin is scoring at a higher rate than he did in the Swedish Hockey League last season, when he totaled 20 points (7+13) in 41 games for Frölunda.
  • Dahlin’s current point total puts him on pace for 48 points this season. He would trail only Phil Housley (57 points in 1982-83) for the most ever recorded by an NHL defenseman before his 19th birthday.
  • With seven multi-point games so far this season, Dahlin has recorded more multi-point games as an 18-year-old than all but two defensemen in NHL history: Phil Housley (13) and Bobby Orr (8).
  • Dahlin’s three game-winning goals this season are already the most ever recorded by a Sabres rookie defenseman. His total also ties for ninth-most by any Sabres rookie and eighth-most in a season by any defenseman in franchise history.

SKINNER, SKINNER, CHICKEN DINNER

  • Jeff Skinner has scored 36 goals this season, becoming the fifth player ever to score at least 35 in his first season with the Sabres.
  • His next goal will match his previous career high of 37 set in the 2016-17 season and his 38th goal would tie Gilbert Perreault (1970-71) and Ray Sheppard (1987-88) for third-most ever scored by a first-year Sabre.
  • Skinner’s 28 even-strength goals are already the most ever recorded by player in his first year with the Sabres, breaking a record previously held by Danny Gare (26) since 1974-75.

SAM I AM

  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 12 points (6+6) in his last 11 games.
  • Reinhart has already set career-high totals in points (57), assists (39) and multi-point games (17) this season.
  • The Sabres are 21-12-5 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 30-5-7 (.798) in his career when he records at least two.

LEADING THE WAY
All three of the Sabres’ top three scorers are currently on pace to shatter their previous personal bests in points on the strength of career-best production at even strength:

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 59 21 47 68 15 34 49
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 79 28 63 91 20 46 66
               
Reinhart Career High (2017-18) 82 25 25 50 13 16 29
Reinhart 2018-19 62 18 39 57 16 27 43
Reinhart 2018-19 (Pace) 82 24 52 75 21 36 57
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 62 36 20 56 28 14 42
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 48 26 74 37 19 56

MAKING HISTORY

  • At his current pace, Jack Eichel would finish the season with the fifth-most even-strength points ever recorded by a Sabre, trailing only Pat LaFontaine (83) and Alexander Mogilny (78) in 1992-93, and Gilbert Perreault in 1975-76 (70) and 1979-80 (68).
  • Eichel is on pace to become the first Sabres player to record at least 90 points since Daniel Briere (95) in 2006-07 and would trail only LaFontaine’s franchise-record 52 even-strength assists in 1992-93.
  • Jeff Skinner is two goals off the pace to log the seventh 50-goal season in Sabres history and the first since 1992-93 (Mogilny and LaFontaine). His 38 even-strength goals would be the fifth-most in team history behind only Mogilny’s even-strength total from 1992-93 (49), Rick Martin’s 44 in 1973-74, and Danny Gare’s 41 in 1975-76 and 39 in 1979-80.

SCORING WHEN IT COUNTS

  • Jeff Skinner’s seven game-winning goals tied for third-most in the NHL this season after last night’s game. He is the first Sabres player with at least seven game-winners in a season since Derek Roy (9) in 2008-09 and is four shy of matching the single-season franchise record of 11 shared by Danny Gare (1979-80) and Alexander Mogilny (1992-93).
  • Skinner was also tied for third in the league with three overtime goals this season. Skinner’s total matches the Sabres’ single-season record shared by Daniel Briere (2006-07) and Derek Roy (2009-10) and ties him for 10th-most career overtime goals in franchise history.

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

  • Buffalo Sabres: 82.8% PK% (5th)
  • Eichel: 34 EVA (T-8th), 234 S (8th), 2 OTG (T-9th)
  • Ristolainen: 25:00 TOI/GP (9th)
  • Skinner: 36 G (T-3rd), 7 GWG (T-3rd), 3 OTG (T-3rd), 28 EVG (4th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (188), Girgensons (104), McCabe (92)
Blocked Shots: Bogosian (98), Ristolainen (96), McCabe (90)
Shots: Eichel (234), Skinner (202), Ristolainen (152)

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: 5-3-2 (12), 31/32, 5/28, 23/29
31-40: 4-4-2 (10), 24/27, 7/31, 27/29
41-50: 4-6-0 (8), 30/34, 1/25, 14/20
51-60: 3-6-1 (7), 26/38, 7/30, 19/22
61-70: 1-1-0 (2), 8/7, 3/9, 3/3

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-6; 119-127 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)
Dec. 11 vs. LAK: W, 4-3 (GWG-Skinner, 1:49)
Dec. 29 vs. BOS: L, 3-2 (GWG-Kuraly, 3:44)
Jan. 16 at CGY: W, 4-3 (GWG-Eichel, 1:10)
Feb. 8 vs. CAR: L, 6-5 (GWG-Teravainen, 3:25)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (4-2; 74-68 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)
Dec. 15 at WSH: L, 4-3 (GDG-Ovechkin)
Feb. 5 vs. MIN: W, 5-4 (GDG-Reinhart)
Feb. 21 at TBL: L, 2-1 (GDG-Stamkos)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Tage Thompson … 5 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 1 goal … 216 goals with Sabres (T-10th in franchise history)
Jack Eichel … 6 goals … 100 career goals
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 3 assists … 300 career assists
Jeff Skinner … 5 assists … 200 career assists
Matt Hunwick … 7 assists … 100 career assists
Jason Pominville … 9 assists … 310 assists with Sabres (T-7th in franchise history)
Points
Sam Reinhart … 3 points … 200 career points 

RECENT MILESTONES
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