Game Preview: 10/19/19 at San Jose

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LAST GAME
Thursday, October 17
Buffalo 3 at Los Angeles 0
Goals: Mittelstadt (2), Sheary
Goalie: Hutton (47 saves/47 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 3/3; Shots: Los Angeles 47 – Buffalo 24

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 36)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (hip, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 8 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 8 games
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (hip; Oct. 3, injured reserve) – 8 games
Brandon Montour (hand, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 8 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/13: Recalled F Curtis Lazar from Rochester (AHL)
10/18: Assigned F Curtis Lazar to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Friday, Nov. 1: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at SHARKS

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Sharks this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated San Jose 3-2 (OT) in Buffalo on Nov. 27, 2018.
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 22 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Sharks; 6-4-0 on the road.
  • This is the 42nd game all-time between Buffalo and San Jose; Buffalo has a 25-10-6 series record.
  • The Sabres are 7-8-5 on the road against the Sharks all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 5-8-3 all-time on October 19.
  • October 19, 1984: Mike Foligno completes his third career hat trick with the game-winning goal at 12:33 of the third period to dispatch the Quebec Nordiques 5-4 at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres have scored the first goal in seven of their eight games so far this season, going 6-1-0 in those games. Entering play Friday, no other team had scored first in more than six games.
  • Despite dressing only 19 different skaters through eight games, the Sabres have already gotten points from 18 skaters and had 11 different players score at least one goal.
  • Jack Eichel (4+6), Rasmus Dahlin (1+8), Victor Olofsson (6+2), and Conor Sheary (3+1) have all tallied at least a point per game so far this season.
  • The Sabres entered play Friday with the No. 3 power play in the league, converting on a league-high 11 of their 31 power plays this season (35.5%).

SHARK HUNTERS

  • Carter Hutton is 5-2-1 in his career against the Sharks with a .945 save percentage and a 1.74 goals-against average.
  • Kyle Okposo has 15 points (5+10) in 14 career games against San Jose.
  • Jack Eichel has six points (1+5) in his last six games against the Sharks.
  • Rasmus Dahlin (0+2) and Jeff Skinner (1+1) each recorded a point in both games against San Jose last season.
  • Colin Miller has recorded five points (1+4) in his last six games against the Sharks.

HOME-AND-HOME

  • Tonight’s game is the first in a home-and-home series between the Sabres and Sharks that concludes Tuesday night in Buffalo. It is the first home-and-home series ever to be played between the teams.
  • This series is the Sabres’ first home-and-home set against a Western Conference opponent since November 1996 (Toronto). It’s just their third ever contested against a team located in the Pacific time zone, joining their series against California in February 1971 and Vancouver in March 1996.
  • The Sabres have played in 163 previous home-and-home series in franchise history, going 92-48-23 (.635) in the home games and 56-78-29 (.433) in the road games in previous series.
  • The team is 70-64-29 (.518) all-time in the first game of these previous series and 78-62-23 (.549) in the second.
  • Buffalo’s points breakdown in these previous series is as follows: four points (31), three points (24), two points (67), one point (17), zero points (24).
  • Buffalo’s last home-and-home series sweep came in the 2014-15 season, as the Sabres beat the Canadiens on Nov. 28 and 29, 2014.

THA CARTER V

  • Carter Hutton has won each of his five games this season and now has wins in six straight appearances dating back to last season.
  • He entered play Friday leading all NHL goaltenders with at least two games played in every major statistical category and also led the league with a .966 save percentage at even strength.
  • Hutton earned his first shutout as a member of the Sabres on Monday vs. Dallas and followed that up by setting a Sabres franchise record with 47 saves in a shutout on Thursday at Los Angeles, joining Bob Sauve (1979-80) as the second Sabres goaltender to post two shutouts in his first five games of a season.
  • He enters tonight’s game having played his last 128:36 without allowing a goal and needs to play just 2:16 without allowing a goal in his next appearance to surpass his longest career shutout streak (130:51, Feb. 16 to March 3, 2017).

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 entering play Friday. He also led all rookies in goals (6), points (8) and shots (19), and led rookie forwards in ice time per game (17:56).
  • 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 14 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.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 10/18 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 13 PTS (1st), 6 W (T-1st), 35.5% PP% (3rd)
  • Dahlin: 6 PPP (T-2nd), 8 A (T-6th)
  • Eichel: 6 PPP (T-2nd), 2 PPG (T-7th), 10 PTS (T-10th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (1st), 1.39 GAA (1st), .953 SV% (1st), 5 W (T-1st)
  • Johansson: 1 OTG (T-1st)
  • McCabe: 24 BkS (1st)
  • Miller: plus-6 (T-6th)
  • Olofsson: 6 PPG (T-1st), 6 PPP (T-2nd), 6 G (T-4th)
  • Skinner: 35 S (2nd)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Sobotka (19), McCabe (19), Ristolainen (15)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (24), Scandella (11), Eichel/Jokiharju/Ristolainen (8)
Shots: Skinner (35), Eichel (27), Ristolainen (21)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 6-1-1 (13), 30/18, 11/31, 19/24

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 … 4 games … 600 career games played
Jack Eichel … 6 games … 300 career games played
Carter Hutton … 7 games … 200 career games played
Casey Mittelstadt … 9 games … 100 career games played
Rasmus Dahlin … 10 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 10 goals … 100 career goals
Points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 3 points … 200 career points
Jimmy Vesey … 9 points … 100 career points
Kyle Okposo … 10 points … 500 career points 

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

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