Game Preview: 10/14/19 vs. Dallas

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LAST GAME
Friday, October 11
Florida 2 at Buffalo 3 (SO)
Goals: Larsson, Scandella; GDG-Eichel
Goalie: Ullmark (41 saves/43 shots)
PP: 0/4; PK: 2/2; Shots: Florida 43 – Buffalo 32

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 22)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (hip, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 5 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 5 games
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (hip; Oct. 3, injured reserve) – 5 games
Brandon Montour (hand, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 5 games
Conor Sheary (upper body, Oct. 9) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/13: Recalled F Curtis Lazar from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Wednesday, Oct. 16: Buffalo at Anaheim, 10 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 17: Buffalo at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 19: Buffalo at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 22: San Jose at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 24: Buffalo at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
STARS at SABRES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Stars this season.
  • Last meeting: Dallas defeated Buffalo 2-0 in Buffalo on March 12.
  • Next meeting: Thursday, Jan. 16 in Dallas
  • The Sabres are 2-8-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Stars; 6-4-0 at home.
  • This is the 125th game all-time between Buffalo and Dallas; Buffalo has a 56-51-17 series record.
  • The Sabres are 33-17-11 at home against the Stars all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-10-1 all-time on October 14.
  • October 14, 1971: Mike Robitaille scores his first goal as a member of the Sabres.
  • October 14, 2006: Chris Drury records his first and only hat trick in a Sabres uniform in a 7-4 win over the New York Rangers.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 4-0-1 through five games. It’s the first time Buffalo has started a season with points in five straight games since the team went 6-0-2 through its first eight games of the 2008-09 season.
  • Buffalo is looking to start the season with wins in each of the team’s first four home games for the first time since the 2006-07 season.
  • Through four games, the Sabres have already gotten points from 15 different players this season. Jack Eichel (3+4), Rasmus Dahlin (1+6), Victor Olofsson (4+1) and Sam Reinhart (2+3) have all tallied five or more points through the team’s first five contests.
  • Linus Ullmark has allowed two or fewer goals in each of his three career games against the Stars, making 77 saves on 82 shots (.939 save percentage) in those contests.

VIC-O MODE

  • All four of Victor Olofsson’s goals this season have come on the power play, good for second in the league in power-play goals entering play Sunday. He also led all rookies in goals (4) and shots (14), tied for first in points (5), and led rookie forwards in ice time per game (18:11).
  • Since he made his NHL debut on March 28, 2019 vs. Detroit, no NHL player has scored more power-play goals than Olofsson’s six in 11 games played. He has tied an NHL record by becoming the fourth player in NHL history to score each of his first six career goals with a man advantage, joining Craig Norwich, Sylvain Turgeon and Jeff Norton.

PLAYING WITH POWER

  • The Sabres entered play Sunday with the No. 1 power play in the league, converting on a league-high eight of their 19 power plays this season (42.1%).
  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, Buffalo also ranked among the league’s leaders in shot generation with the man advantage, averaging 2.50 shots (3rd) and 4.00 shot attempts (4th) per two minutes of power-play time.

LET’S GET DANGEROUS

  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, the Sabres ranked second in the league entering play Sunday with a high-danger scoring chance percentage of 63.79%, out-chancing their opponents 37-21 in high-danger situations at 5-on-5 through the team’s first four games.*
  • By this metric, Jeff Skinner leads all Sabres with seven high-danger scoring chances during 5-on-5 play. Skinner tied for ninth in the league with 94 high-danger scoring chances last season.

*A complete definition of scoring chances can be found at http://naturalstattrick.com/glossary.php?teams.

WELCOME TO BUFFALO
The Sabres have six new players on their roster this season:

Player, Pos. How Acquired Pronunciation Notes
John Gilmour, D Free Agency GIHL-mohr Finished 2018-19 ranked second among AHL defensemen in goals (20) and points (54), earning AHL First-Team All-Star honors.
Marcus Johansson, LW Free Agency joh-HAN-suhn Totaled 30 points (13+17) in 58 games with New Jersey and Boston in 2018-19, adding 11 points (4+7) in 22 playoff games for the Bruins.
Henri Jokiharju, D Trade (CHI) yoh-kee-HAHR-yoo Recorded 12 assists in 38 NHL games as a rookie with Chicago in 2018-19.
Curtis Lazar, C Free Agency luh-ZAHR Posted career highs in goals (20), assists (21) and points (41) in 57 AHL games with the Stockton Heat in 2018-19.
Colin Miller, D Trade (VGK) MIH-luhr In two seasons with Vegas (2017-18 and 2018-19), led all Golden Knights defensemen in assists (57) and points (70).
Jimmy Vesey, LW Trade (NYR) VEE-see Has scored 43 of his 50 career goals at even strength and ranked third among Rangers skaters with 31 even-strength points in 2018-19.

2019-20 ROSTER NOTES
Of the 23 players on Buffalo’s roster:

  • Nine were originally drafted by the Sabres — six were first-round selections (Girgensons, 2012; Ristolainen, 2013; Reinhart, 2014; Eichel, 2015; Mittelstadt, 2017; Dahlin, 2018), one was a second-round pick (McCabe, 2012), one was a sixth-round pick (Ullmark, 2012) and one was a seventh-round pick (Olofsson, 2014).
  • Eight were acquired in trades: Jokiharju, Larsson, Miller, Scandella, Sheary, Skinner, Sobotka, Vesey
  • Six were signed as free agents: Gilmour, Hutton, Johansson, Lazar, Okposo, Rodrigues
  • Seventeen played in Buffalo at some point last season: Dahlin, Eichel, Girgensons, Hutton, Larsson, McCabe, Mittelstadt, Okposo, Olofsson, Reinhart, Ristolainen, Rodrigues, Scandella, Sheary, Skinner, Sobotka, Ullmark
  • Six are new to the Sabres this season: Gilmour, Johansson, Jokiharju, Lazar, Miller, Vesey

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 10/13 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 20 GF (T-6th), 42.1% PP% (1st), 9 PTS (3rd), 4 W (T-3rd)
  • Dahlin: 6 A (T-8th), 5 PPP (T-2nd)
  • Eichel: 5 PPP (T-2nd), 2 PPG (T-3rd), 53 FOW (10th), 22 S (T-9th)
  • Johansson: 1 OTG (T-1st), 1 GWG (T-7th)
  • McCabe: 13 BkS (T-6th)
  • Okposo: 1 GWG (T-7th)
  • Olofsson: 4 PPG (2nd), 4 PPP (T-5th), 4 G (T-6th)
  • Sheary: 1 GWG (T-7th)
  • Skinner: 22 S (T-9th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Sobotka (14), Ristolainen (12), McCabe (9)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (13), Jokiharju (6), Ristolainen (6)
Shots: Skinner/Eichel (22), Ristolainen (16)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 4-0-1 (9), 20/13, 8/19, 11/15

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-1; 121-129 all-time)
Oct. 7 at CBJ: L, 4-3 (GWG-Texier, 2:08)
Oct. 9 vs. MTL: W, 5-4 (GWG-Johansson, 1:30)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-0; 76-69 all-time)
Oct. 11 vs. FLA: W, 3-2 (GDG-Eichel)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Marcus Johansson … 7 games … 600 career games played
Jack Eichel … 9 games … 300 career games played
Carter Hutton … 9 games … 200 career games played
Assists
Jeff Skinner … 1 assist … 200 career assists
Points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 5 points … 200 career points
Kyle Okposo … 10 points … 500 career points
Jimmy Vesey … 10 points … 100 career points 

RECENT MILESTONES
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