Game Preview: 10/25/19 at Detroit

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LAST GAME
Thursday, October 24
Buffalo 2 at NY Rangers 6
Goals: Scandella, Sobotka
Goalie: Hutton (18 saves/24 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 4/4; Shots: Buffalo 33 – NY Rangers 24

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 46)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (hip, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 11 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 11 games
Brandon Montour (hand, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 11 games
Marco Scandella (lower body, Oct. 25) – 0 games
Jimmy Vesey (upper body, Oct. 25) – 0 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/20: Assigned G Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen to Rochester (AHL)
10/25: Recalled D William Borgen from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Friday, Nov. 8: Tampa Bay at Buffalo (Stockholm, Sweden), 2 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 9: Buffalo at Tampa Bay (Stockholm, Sweden), 1 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at RED WINGS

  • This is the first of four meetings between the Sabres and Red Wings this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Detroit 7-1 in Detroit on April 6.
  • Next meeting: Sunday, Jan. 12 in Detroit
  • The Sabres are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Red Wings; 6-3-1 on the road.
  • This is the 142nd game all-time between Buffalo and Detroit; Buffalo has a 63-59-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 25-39-8 on the road against the Red Wings all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-11-3 all-time on October 25.
  • October 25, 1991: The Sabres acquire Pat LaFontaine, Randy Wood and Randy Hillier from the Islanders in exchange for Pierre Turgeon, Uwe Krupp, Dave McLlwain and Benoit Hogue.
  • October 25, 1991: The Sabres get 31 saves from Clint Malarchuk as they top the Sharks 3-1 in the first-ever game between the teams, earning the 800th win in franchise history.
  • October 25, 2013: Rasmus Ristolainen records his first NHL point with a goal in a 3-1 victory at Florida.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 8-2-2 against the Red Wings since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, including a 5-1-0 record on the road and a 3-0-1 record last season.
  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with wins in three consecutive visits to Detroit for just the second time in franchise history, joining Buffalo’s five-game road winning streak against the Red Wings from Oct. 25, 1979 to Dec. 12, 1981.
  • Buffalo has killed 29 of 33 penalties (87.9%) against Detroit in the last nine meetings between the clubs, dating back to March 20, 2017.
  • The Sabres have scored the first goal in eight of their 11 games so far this season, going 7-1-0 in those contests. Only the Washington Capitals had scored first in as many games as Buffalo.
  • The Sabres have the No. 4 power play in the league, converting on a league-high 12 of their 42 power plays this season (28.6%).
  • Marcus Johansson is expected to appear in his 600th NHL game tonight.

HOT AGAINST DETROIT

  • Jack Eichel has 11 points (4+7) in 10 games against the Red Wings since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, including six points (2+4) in five meetings in Detroit. He has recorded at least a point in each of the last five matchups between the teams.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has totaled 16 points (1+15) in 15 games against Detroit since the beginning of the 2015-16 season, including points in each of his last five (1+6) and at least a point in all eight road games during that span (1+11).
  • Rasmus Dahlin (1+3) and Jeff Skinner (3+1) each tallied four points in four games against the Red Wings last season.
  • Kyle Okposo has a point in each of Buffalo’s last three games against Detroit (2+1).
  • Zemgus Girgensons and Sam Reinhart both enter tonight’s game with points in two straight meetings with the Red Wings (1+1).
  • Linus Ullmark, who started all four of Buffalo’s games against the Red Wings last season, is 3-0-2 against Detroit in his career with a .924 save percentage.
  • In his two games against the Red Wings since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, Carter Hutton stopped 60 of his 61 shots faced (.984) and won both contests.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s second of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 6-2 loss last night at NY Rangers. The Sabres are 0-2-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 1-0-0 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (0), three points (0), two points (1), one point (0) and zero points (0).

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 (9), and led rookie forwards in ice time per game (17:37).
  • No NHL player has scored more power-play goals than Olofsson’s eight in 17 games played since he made his NHL debut on March 28, 2019 vs. Detroit. 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)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 17 PTS (T-1st), 8 W (T-1st), 28.6% PP% (4th), 3.55 GF/GP (4th)
  • Dahlin: 7 PPP (T-3rd), 9 A (T-6th)
  • Eichel: 1 OTG (T-1st), 218 FO (2nd), 7 PPP (T-3rd), 14 PTS (T-5th), 106 FOW (T-5th), 3 PPG (T-7th), 39 S (10th), 6 G (T-10th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (1st), 6 W (T-2nd)
  • Johansson: 1 OTG (T-1st)
  • McCabe: 30 BkS (T-1st)
  • Olofsson: 6 PPG (T-1st), 7 PPP (T-3rd), 6 G (T-10th)
  • Scandella: plus-8 (T-5th)
  • Skinner: 49 S (2nd), 6 G (T-10th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (32), McCabe (26), Sobotka (23)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (30), Ristolainen (15), Jokiharju/Scandella (13)
Shots: Skinner (49), Eichel (39), Ristolainen (25)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 8-1-1 (17), 38/24, 12/39, 23/30
11-20: 0-1-0 (0), 2/6, 0/3, 4/4

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-1; 122-129 all-time)
Oct. 7 at CBJ: L, 4-3 (GWG-Texier, 2:08)
Oct. 9 vs. MTL: W, 5-4 (GWG-Johansson, 1:30)
Oct. 22 vs. SJS: W, 4-3 (GWG-Eichel, 3:13)

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 … 1 game … 600 career games played
Jack Eichel … 3 games … 300 career games played
Carter Hutton … 5 games … 200 career games played
Casey Mittelstadt … 6 games … 100 career games played
Rasmus Dahlin … 7 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 9 goals … 100 career goals
Points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 1 point … 200 career points
Jimmy Vesey … 8 points … 100 career points
Kyle Okposo … 8 points … 500 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Jack Eichel … 6th career overtime goal (T-1st in franchise history) … Oct. 22 vs. SJS

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