Game Preview: 10/16/19 at Anaheim

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LAST GAME
Monday, October 14
Dallas 0 at Buffalo 4
Goals: Olofsson, Reinhart, Skinner, Johansson
Goalie: Hutton (25 saves/25 shots)
PP: 1/2; PK: 2/2; Shots: Dallas 25 – Buffalo 22

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 27)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (hip, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 6 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 6 games
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (hip; Oct. 3, injured reserve) – 6 games
Brandon Montour (hand, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 6 games
Conor Sheary (upper body, Oct. 9) – 3 games

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

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Friday, Oct. 25: Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at DUCKS

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Ducks this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Anaheim 3-0 in Buffalo on Dec. 22, 2018.
  • Next meeting: Sunday, Feb. 9 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Ducks; 4-6-0 on the road.
  • This is the 39th game all-time between Buffalo and Anaheim; Buffalo has a 20-14-4 series record.
  • The Sabres are 11-8-0 on the road against the Ducks all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-10-3 all-time on October 16.
  • October 16, 1982: Phil Housley records his first NHL goal in a 9-2 win at Washington.
  • October 16, 2009: Tyler Myers scores his first NHL goal and Jason Pominville scores his 100th NHL goal in a 6-3 win at home against the New York Islanders.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 5-0-1 through six games. It’s the first time Buffalo has started a season with points in six 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 points in each of the team’s first three road games for the first time since they began the 2011-12 season with wins in each of their first four road games.
  • Through six games, the Sabres have already gotten points from 17 different players and had 10 different players score at least one goal.
  • Jack Eichel (3+6), Rasmus Dahlin (1+7), Victor Olofsson (5+2) and Sam Reinhart (3+3) have all tallied at least a point per game so far this season.
  • The Ducks have averaged just 2.37 goals per game in their 38 all-time meetings against the Sabres, marking Buffalo’s lowest per-game average against any opponent.
  • The Sabres have earned points in each of their last five games against the Ducks dating back to March 17, 2017 (4-0-1), including wins in both meetings last season. They have won their last three games in Anaheim, with the last loss coming on Feb. 24, 2016.

DUCK HUNTERS

  • Kyle Okposo has totaled 12 points (6+6) in 12 career games against Anaheim, including eight points (5+3) in six road games.
  • Jeff Skinner has recorded at least a point in each of his last seven games against the Ducks (6+4), including seven points (4+3) in four road games.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled nine points (1+8) in his last eight games against Anaheim, including points in each of his last four (1+6).
  • Jack Eichel has eight points (2+6) in eight career games against the Ducks and enters tonight’s game on a three-game point streak against Anaheim (1+4).
  • Marcus Johansson has scored in each of his last four contests against the Ducks, totaling six points (4+2) in those games. In his career, he’s totaled six points (3+3) in six games in Anaheim.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen recorded a point in both of Buffalo’s games against Anaheim last season (1+1).
  • Jimmy Vesey has an assist in four of his six career meetings with the Ducks, including both of his games against Anaheim last season.
  • Linus Ullmark stopped 40 Anaheim shots to earn his second NHL shutout in his only game against the Ducks on Dec. 22, 2018.

SHUTTING OUT THE DUCKS

  • The Sabres have shut out the Ducks eight times in the 38 games all-time between the clubs (Dominik Hasek-3, Martin Biron-2, Chad Johnson-1, Ryan Miller-1, Linus Ullmark-1).
  • This amounts to one shutout for every 4.75 meetings, the Sabres’ highest shutout-to-games ratio against any current NHL team. The next highest ratio is 11 games per shutout (Columbus, three shutouts in 33 games).
  • The Sabres’ last shutout against the Ducks occurred in the last matchup between the teams (Dec. 22, 2018 in Buffalo). Buffalo has never recorded shutouts in consecutive meetings with Anaheim.

CALIFORNIA LOVE
In October 2018, the Sabres swept a back-to-back set featuring visits to Los Angeles and Anaheim. It was the fourth time since Anaheim joined the league in 1993-94 that the Sabres won road games against both Los Angeles and Anaheim in a season.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s first of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night at Los Angeles. The Sabres were 7-8-1 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 6-8-2 in the second game last season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in last season’s back-to-back sets was: four points (3), three points (1), two points (6), one point (2) and zero points (4).

VIC-O MODE

  • All five 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 Tuesday. He also led all rookies in goals (5), points (7) and shots (15), 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 seven in 12 games played. He has set an NHL record by becoming the first player in NHL history to score each of his first seven career goals with a man advantage.

PLAYING WITH POWER

  • The Sabres entered play Tuesday with the No. 1 power play in the league, converting on a league-high nine of their 21 power plays this season (42.9%).
  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, Buffalo also ranked among the league’s leaders in shot generation with the man advantage, averaging 2.29 shots (5th) and 3.70 shot attempts (8th) per two minutes of power-play time.

LET’S GET DANGEROUS

  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, the Sabres ranked second in the league entering play Tuesday with a high-danger scoring chance percentage of 61.90%, out-chancing their opponents 39-24 in high-danger situations at 5-on-5 through the team’s first six games.*
  • By this metric, Jeff Skinner leads all Sabres (and was tied for fourth in the NHL entering play Tuesday) with eight 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.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 10/15 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 11 PTS (1st), 42.9% PP% (1st), 5 W (T-1st), 24 GF (T-2nd)
  • Dahlin: 6 PPP (T-2nd), 7 A (T-5th),
  • Eichel: 6 PPP (T-2nd), 2 PPG (T-4th), 9 PTS (T-8th), 6 A (T-10th)
  • Hutton: 4 W (T-1st), 1 SO (T-1st), 1.74 GAA (7th)
  • Johansson: 1 OTG (T-1st), 1 GWG (T-8th)
  • McCabe: 16 BkS (T-3rd)
  • Okposo: 1 GWG (T-8th)
  • Olofsson: 5 PPG (2nd), 5 PPP (5th), 5 G (T-5th), 1 GWG (T-8th)
  • Sheary: 1 GWG (T-8th)
  • Skinner: 26 S (4th), 4 G (T-10th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Sobotka (16), Ristolainen (14), McCabe (11)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (16), Ristolainen (7), Scandella (7)
Shots: Skinner (26), Eichel (22), Ristolainen (18)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 5-0-1 (11), 25/13, 9/21, 13/17

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 … 6 games … 600 career games played
Jack Eichel … 8 games … 300 career games played
Carter Hutton … 8 games … 200 career games played
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 10 goals … 100 career goals
Assists
Jeff Skinner … 1 assist … 200 career assists
Points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 4 points … 200 career points
Kyle Okposo … 10 points … 500 career points
Jimmy Vesey … 10 points … 100 career points 

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