Game Preview: 10/17/19 at Los Angeles

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LAST GAME
Wednesday, October 16
Buffalo 2 at Anaheim 5
Goals: Eichel, Olofsson
Goalie: Ullmark (26 saves/30 shots)
PP: 1/7; PK: 3/4; Shots: Buffalo 33 – Anaheim 31

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 32)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (hip, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 7 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 7 games
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (hip; Oct. 3, injured reserve) – 7 games
Brandon Montour (hand, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 7 games
Conor Sheary (upper body, Oct. 9) – 4 games

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

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Monday, Oct. 28: Arizona at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at KINGS

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Kings this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Los Angeles 4-3 (OT) in Buffalo on Dec. 11, 2018.
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Dec. 21 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Kings; 3-6-1 on the road.
  • This is the 126th game all-time between Buffalo and Los Angeles; Buffalo has a 61-45-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 25-28-10 on the road against the Kings all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-14-2 all-time on October 17.
  • October 17, 1974: Lee Fogolin and Don Luce score goals four seconds apart in the third period as the Sabres defeat the California Golden Seals 6-1.
  • October 17, 1979: The Sabres top the Hartford Whalers 3-1 in the first ever meeting between the clubs.
  • October 17, 1990: Gilbert Perreault’s No. 11 is raised to the rafters at Memorial Auditorium, making Perreault the first player in franchise history to have his number retired.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Through seven games, the Sabres have already gotten points from 17 different players and had 10 different players score at least one goal.
  • Jack Eichel (4+6), Victor Olofsson (6+2), Rasmus Dahlin (1+7) and Sam Reinhart (3+4) have all tallied at least a point per game so far this season.
  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with the No. 2 power play in the league, converting on a league-high 10 of their 28 power plays this season (35.7%).
  • With a win tonight, the Sabres would have three straight wins against the Kings for the first time since Oct. 23, 2003 to Jan. 14, 2006 and wins in consecutive visits to Los Angeles for the first time since March 12, 1994 and March 13, 1996.

HOT AGAINST LOS ANGELES

  • Linus Ullmark has won all three of his career meetings with Los Angeles, logging a .929 save percentage in those games.
  • Jack Eichel has 10 points (4+6) in five games against the Kings since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, including multi-point outings in each of his last three.
  • Jeff Skinner has totaled 12 points (11+1) in 14 career games against Los Angeles, including nine (8+1) in his last nine and six goals in his last three.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (1+1), Johan Larsson (1+1) and Evan Rodrigues (0+2) each tallied a point in both meetings with the Kings last season. Marco Scandella also enters tonight’s game with points in his last two games against the Kings (1+1).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has three points (1+2) in his last three games against Los Angeles.

TRE’ WHITE GOALIE ACADEMY ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

  • Carter Hutton enters tonight’s game ranked in the top 10 in every major statistical category.
  • He earned his first shutout as a member of the Sabres in his last game on Monday vs. Dallas and enters tonight’s game having played his last 68:36 without allowing a goal.
  • Hutton has won each of his four games this season, tying for the league lead in wins, and now has wins in five straight appearances dating back to last season.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s first of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 5-2 loss last night at Anaheim. 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 six of Victor Olofsson’s goals this season have come on the power play, tying James Neal for most in the league. He also leads all rookies in goals (6) and points (8), and leads rookie forwards in ice time per game (18:10).
  • Since he made his NHL debut on March 28, 2019 vs. Detroit, no NHL player has scored more power-play goals than Olofsson’s eight in 13 games played. He has set an NHL record by becoming the first player in NHL history to score each of his first seven-plus career goals with a man advantage.

LET’S GET DANGEROUS

  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, the Sabres rank fifth in the league with a high-danger scoring chance percentage of 56.98%, at 5-on-5 through the team’s first seven games.*
  • By this metric, Jeff Skinner leads all Sabres (and is tied for second in the NHL) with 10 high-danger scoring chances during 5-on-5 play. Skinner tied for ninth in the league with 94 high-danger scoring chances last season.
  • Buffalo also ranks in the top three in the league in both total scoring chances against (2nd-fewest) and high-danger chances against (3rd-fewest) per 60 minutes played at 5-on-5.

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

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 35.7% PP% (2nd), 11 PTS (T-3rd), 5 W (T-3rd)
  • Dahlin: 6 PPP (T-2nd), 7 A (T-9th)
  • Eichel: 6 PPP (T-2nd), 2 PPG (T-6th), 10 PTS (T-7th)
  • Hutton: 4 W (T-1st), 1 SO (T-1st), 1.74 GAA (5th), .931 SV% (8th)
  • Johansson: 1 OTG (T-1st)
  • McCabe: 20 BkS (2nd)
  • Olofsson: 6 PPG (T-1st), 6 PPP (T-2nd), 6 G (T-3rd)
  • Skinner: 35 S (1st)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Sobotka (17), McCabe (15), Ristolainen (14)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (20), Scandella (9), Ristolainen (8)
Shots: Skinner (35), Eichel (26), Ristolainen (19)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 5-1-1 (11), 27/18, 10/28, 16/21

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 … 5 games … 600 career games played
Jack Eichel … 7 games … 300 career games played
Carter Hutton … 8 games … 200 career games played
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 10 goals … 100 career goals
Points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 4 points … 200 career points
Kyle Okposo … 10 points … 500 career points
Jimmy Vesey … 10 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Jeff Skinner … 200th NHL assist … Oct. 17 at ANA

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