Game Preview: 10/22/19 vs. San Jose

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LAST GAME
Saturday, October 19
Buffalo 4 at San Jose 3
Goals: Johansson, Mittelstadt, Skinner, Girgensons
Goalie: Ullmark (29 saves/32 shots)
PP: 0/4; PK: 2/4; Shots: Buffalo 35 – San Jose 32

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 40)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (hip, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 9 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 9 games
Brandon Montour (hand, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 9 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/18: Assigned F Curtis Lazar to Rochester (AHL)
10/20: Assigned G Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Saturday, Nov. 2: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SHARKS at SABRES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Sharks this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated San Jose 4-3 in San Jose on Oct. 19
  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Sharks; 7-2-1 at home.
  • This is the 43rd game all-time between Buffalo and San Jose; Buffalo has a 26-10-6 series record.
  • The Sabres are 18-2-1 at home against the Sharks all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-8-0 all-time on October 22.
  • October 22, 1972: Gilbert Perreault records six points (2+4) and Rick Martin scores four goals, including three in the third period, as the Sabres defeat the Atlanta Flames 7-2 at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium.
  • October 22, 2011: Brad Boyes plays in his 500th NHL game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres have scored the first goal in eight of their nine games so far this season, going 7-1-0 in those contests. Entering play Monday, no other team had scored first in more than seven games.
  • Despite dressing only 19 different skaters through nine games, the Sabres have already gotten points from 18 skaters and had 12 different players score at least one goal. The team had 17 different players record a point and seven separate goal scorers during last week’s three-game West Coast trip.
  • The Sabres entered play Monday with the No. 4 power play in the league, converting on a league-high 11 of their 35 power plays this season (31.4%).

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 16 points (5+11) in 15 career games against San Jose.
  • Jeff Skinner has recorded a point in each of his three games against the Sharks since joining the Sabres (2+1).
  • Marcus Johansson has totaled three points (1+2) in his last two meetings with San Jose.

HOME-AND-HOME

  • Tonight’s game is the second in a home-and-home series between the Sabres and Sharks that began with a 4-3 Sabres win on Saturday night in San Jose. 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 enters tonight’s game 71-64-29 (.521) all-time in the first game of these previous series and 78-62-23 (.549) in the second.
  • Buffalo’s points breakdown in the 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.

HOME SWEET HOME

  • With a 4-0-0 start to their home schedule, the Sabres are looking to open the season with at least five consecutive wins at home for the first time since 1984-85, when they won their first five.
  • A 5-0-0 record through five home games would tie the Sabres’ second-best start at home, matching the 1972-73 and 1984-85 seasons. The team’s record for most consecutive home wins to begin a season is six, set in the 1975-76 season.
  • The Sabres are one of just four teams who have not yet lost a game at home, joining the Colorado Avalanche (4-0-0), Edmonton Oilers (4-0-0) and Vancouver Canucks (3-0-0).
  • Entering play Monday, the Sabres’ per-game rates ranked them among the league’s leaders at home in goals (2nd, 4.5 GF/GP), goals against (6th, 2 GA/GP) and goal differential (2nd, plus-2.5 GD/GP).

A STRONG START
Regardless of tonight’s result, the Sabres’ record through the team’s first 10 games of the season will rank within the top five starts in franchise history:

Rank Season Record Points
1st 2006-07 10-0-0 20 pts.
T-2nd 1975-76

2009-10

8-1-1

8-1-1

17 pts.
4th 1972-73 6-0-4 16 pts.
T-5th 1977-78

2019-20

7-2-1

7-1-1*

15 pts.

*Through nine games

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 Monday leading all NHL goaltenders with at least two full games played in save percentage (.953), goals-against average (1.39) and even-strength save percentage (.966). He also led all goaltenders in shutouts (2) and tied for second in wins (5).
  • Hutton earned his first shutout as a member of the Sabres on Oct. 14 vs. Dallas and followed that up by setting a Sabres franchise record with 47 saves in a shutout on Oct. 17 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. The shutouts earned him NHL Third Star of the Week honors.
  • 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 Monday. He also led all rookies in goals (6) and points (8), and led rookie forwards in ice time per game (17:37).
  • Since he made his NHL debut on March 28, 2019 vs. Detroit, Olofsson has ranked among the league leaders in goals (8), tying for sixth-most in the NHL during that stretch.
  • No NHL player has scored more power-play goals than Olofsson’s eight in 15 games played in the time since he made his NHL debut. 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 10/21 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 15 PTS (T-1st), 7 W (T-1st), 31.4% PP% (4th), 3.67 GF/GP (T-4th)
  • Dahlin: 6 PPP (T-3rd), 8 A (T-7th)
  • Eichel: 6 PPP (T-3rd)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (1st), 1.39 GAA (1st), .953 SV% (1st), 5 W (T-2nd)
  • Johansson: 1 OTG (T-1st), plus-6 (T-10th)
  • McCabe: 27 BkS (1st)
  • Miller: plus-6 (T-10th)
  • Olofsson: 6 PPG (T-1st), 6 PPP (T-3rd), 6 G (T-6th)
  • Skinner: 44 S (2nd)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (22), McCabe (20), Sobotka (19)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (27), Scandella (13), Ristolainen (13)
Shots: Skinner (44), Eichel (29), Ristolainen (22)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 7-1-1 (15), 34/21, 11/35, 21/28

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 … 3 games … 600 career games played
Jack Eichel … 5 games … 300 career games played
Carter Hutton … 7 games … 200 career games played
Casey Mittelstadt … 8 games … 100 career games played
Rasmus Dahlin … 9 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 10 goals … 100 career goals
Points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 3 points … 200 career points
Jimmy Vesey … 8 points … 100 career points
Kyle Okposo … 9 points … 500 career points

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

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