Game Preview: 10/28/19 vs. Arizona

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LAST GAME
Friday, October 25
Buffalo 2 at Detroit 0
Goals: McCabe, Reinhart
Goalie: Ullmark (41 saves/41 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 3/3; Shots: Detroit 41 – Buffalo 25

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 51)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (hip, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 12 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 12 games
Brandon Montour (hand, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 12 games
Marco Scandella (lower body, Oct. 25) – 1 game
Jimmy Vesey (upper body, Oct. 25) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/25: Recalled D William Borgen from Rochester (AHL)
10/26: Assigned D William Borgen from Rochester (AHL)
10/27: Recalled D William Borgen from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Thursday, Nov. 14: Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
COYOTES at SABRES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Coyotes this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Arizona 3-1 in Buffalo on Dec. 13, 2018.
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Feb. 29 in Arizona
  • The Sabres are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Coyotes; 6-2-2 at home.
  • This is the 81st game all-time between Buffalo and Arizona; Buffalo has a 48-23-9 series record.
  • The Sabres are 26-8-7 on the road against the Coyotes all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-6-6 all-time on October 28.
  • October 28, 1981: Ric Seiling scores his 100th NHL goal in a 6-2 win vs. the St. Louis Blues.
  • October 28, 1992: Alexander Mogilny scores twice as the Sabres and Maple Leafs battle to a 4-4 tie.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres have scored the first goal in nine of their 12 games so far this season, going 8-1-0 in those contests. Only the Washington Capitals (6-1-2) had scored first in as many games as Buffalo entering play Sunday.
  • Buffalo is 14-3-1 in its last 18 games against Arizona, including a 9-2-1 record since the beginning of the 2013-14 season.
  • The Sabres have the No. 4 power play in the league, converting on a league-high 13 of their 45 power plays this season (28.9%).
  • Entering play Sunday, the Sabres joined the Washington Capitals as one of just two teams with four players with at least five goals each this season (Eichel – 6, Olofsson – 6, Skinner – 6, Reinhart – 5).

 COYOTE KILLERS

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 11 points (3+8) in eight career games against Arizona, including five points (1+4) in four home games. It’s his second-best per-game output against any opponent, trailing only his 19 points in 13 career meetings with the Ottawa Senators.
  • Jeff Skinner has totaled eight points (4+4) in his last seven games against the Coyotes, including points in each of the last three (4+2).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has totaled eight points (2+6) in 10 career meetings with Arizona. It’s his second-best per-game output against any opponent, trailing only his 14 points in 11 career meetings with the Edmonton Oilers.
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded five points (1+4) in his last five games against the Coyotes.
  • Evan Rodrigues and Conor Sheary both have points in each of their last three games against Arizona, totaling a goal and two assists each.
  • Linus Ullmark has allowed just one goal in two career appearances against the Coyotes, stopping 48 of 49 shots (.980) in those games to post a 0.66 goals-against average.

 23 AND “C”
Today is Jack Eichel’s 23rd birthday. Only two players in Sabres franchise history have recorded more points than Eichel before turning 23 years old. Just three players have scored more goals for the team before their 23rd birthdays.

Most Points Before 23rd Birthday

Player Seasons GP G A PTS
Phil Housley 1982-83 to 1986-87 369 98 229 327
Pierre Turgeon 1987-88 to 1991-92 322 122 201 323
Jack Eichel 2015-16 to 2019-20 298 107 168 275

 

Most Goals Before 23rd Birthday

Player Seasons GP G
Rick Martin 1971-72 to 1973-74 226 133
Pierre Turgeon 1987-88 to 1991-92 322 122
Dave Andreychuk 1982-83 to 1985-86 265 119
Jack Eichel 2015-16 to 2019-20 298 107

 

A STRONG START

  • The Sabres are 9-2-1 entering their final game of October. They have already recorded the franchise’s second-highest point total in the opening month of a season. With a win tonight, they would tie the franchise record, matching the team’s 21-point output in October 2006 (10-0-1).
  • Buffalo’s plus-12 goal differential so far this season currently ranks as their fifth-best in a season-opening month and the best since October 2006.
  • Carter Hutton (2) and Linus Ullmark (1) have combined for three shutouts through Buffalo’s first 12 games. It is the first time in franchise history that the Sabres have posted three shutouts in the first month of the season.
  • Regardless of tonight’s result, the Sabres’ points percentage after the opening month will rank in the franchise’s top five starts to the season. With a win, it would rank third all-time.

Best Points Percentage Through First Month of Season

Season GP Record PTS PTS%
2006-07 11 10-0-1 21 .954
1975-76 10 8-1-1 17 .850
1972-73 10 6-0-4 16 .800
2019-20 12 9-2-1 19 .792*
2009-10 11 8-2-1 17 .773

*With one game remaining in month

HOME SWEET HOME

  • At 5-0-0 through their first five home games, the Sabres are the only team in the NHL that has yet to lose a game at home in 2019-20.
  • With a 5-0-0 start to their home schedule for the first time since 1984-85, the Sabres are looking to tie a franchise record set in the 1975-76 season by opening the season with six consecutive wins at home.
  • Entering play Sunday, the Sabres’ per-game rates ranked them among the league’s leaders at home in goals (4th, 4.4 GF/GP), goals against (6th, 2.2 GA/GP) and goal differential (2nd, plus-2.2 GD/GP).

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 Sunday. He also led all rookies in goals (6), tied to lead all rookies in points (10), and led rookie forwards in ice time per game (17:26).
  • Entering play Sunday, no NHL player had scored more power-play goals than Olofsson’s eight in 18 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 before 10/27 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 9 W (1st), 19 PTS (T-1st), 28.9% PP% (4th)
  • Dahlin: 7 PPA (T-1st), 7 PPP (T-5th)
  • Eichel: 1 OTG (T-1st), 8 PPP (T-3rd), 230 FO (4th), 16 PTS (5th), 5 PPA (T-6th), 10 A (T-7th), 3 PPG (T-8th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (T-1st), 6 W (T-2nd)
  • Johansson: 1 OTG (T-1st)
  • McCabe: 32 BkS (T-1st)
  • Olofsson: 6 PPG (T-1st), 8 PPP (T-3rd)
  • Scandella: plus-8 (T-9th)
  • Skinner: 49 S (3rd)
  • Ullmark: .932 SV% (4th), 1 SO (T-4th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (37), McCabe (28), Sobotka (25)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (32), Ristolainen (18), Jokiharju (14)
Shots: Skinner (49), Eichel (41), Reinhart (26)

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: 1-1-0 (2), 4/6, 1/6, 7/7

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
Jack Eichel … 2 games … 300 career games played
Carter Hutton … 5 games … 200 career games played
Casey Mittelstadt … 5 games … 100 career games played
Rasmus Dahlin … 6 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
Marcus Johansson … 600th NHL game played … Oct. 25 at DET

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