Game Preview: 11/17/19 at Chicago

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LAST GAME
Saturday, November 16
Ottawa 2 at Buffalo 4
Goals: Eichel (4)
Goalie: Ullmark (21 saves/23 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 2/3; Shots: Buffalo 32 – Ottawa 23

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 80)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (hip, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 19 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 19 games
Vladimir Sobotka (lower body, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 3 games
Marcus Johansson (upper body, Nov. 14; injured reserve) – 2 games
Johan Larsson (upper body, Nov. 16) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/11: Assigned D Lawrence Pilut to Rochester (AHL)
11/13: Recalled F Curtis Lazar from Rochester (AHL)
11/14: Activated D Marco Scandella from IR; Placed F Vladimir Sobotka on IR
11/15: Recalled F Rasmus Asplund from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Marcus Johansson on IR
11/17: Recalled F Tage Thompson from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Nov. 19: Minnesota at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 21: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 24: Buffalo at Florida, 5 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 25: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 27: Calgary at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at BLACKHAWKS

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Blackhawks this season.
  • Last meeting: Chicago defeated Buffalo 5-4 (SO) in Chicago on March 7
  • Next meeting: Saturday, March 21 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 1-5-4 in their last 10 games vs. the Blackhawks; 1-6-3 on the road.
  • This is the 124th game all-time between Buffalo and Chicago; Buffalo has a 54-52-17 series record.
  • The Sabres are 19-33-9 on the road against the Blackhawks all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-13-1 all-time on November 17.
  • November 17, 1979: John Gould scores twice and Don Edwards stops 35 shots as the Sabres top the Minnesota North Stars 4-2.
  • November 17, 2005: Taylor Pyatt scores a hat trick in Buffalo’s 8-5 home win over Washington.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Sam Reinhart has nine points (4+5) in his last eight games, including four multi-point outings.
  • Victor Olofsson enters tonight’s game on a four-game point streak (1+3), tying his career-best streak set in the first four games of this season.
  • Jack Eichel has seven multi-point games this season, tying for 11th-most in the league as of the conclusion of last night’s game. His three multi-goal games tied for fifth-most in the NHL this season.

HOT AGAINST CHICAGO

  • Jeff Skinner has totaled eight points (2+6) in his last eight meetings with Chicago.
  • Jack Eichel has recorded a point in six of eight career matchups with the Blackhawks (2+4).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has recorded seven assists in his last nine games against the Blackhawks.
  • Kyle Okposo has eight points (5+3) in eight career road games in Chicago, including a goal in each of his last three visits to United Center. He has registered five points (4+1) in his five total meetings with the Blackhawks since joining the Sabres in 2016-17.
  • Brandon Montour has posted four points (2+2) in his last four games against the Blackhawks.
  • Evan Rodrigues has recorded three assists in his two career visits to Chicago.
  • Conor Sheary recorded an assist in both of the Sabres’ matchups with the Blackhawks last season.

FOUR SCORES AND NINE YEARS AGO

  • With a career-high four goals last night vs. Ottawa, Jack Eichel became the Sabres’ first four-goal scorer since Thomas Vanek (April 10, 2010 at Ottawa).
  • Eichel’s third goal marked his second career hat trick (last: Dec. 15, 2017 vs. Carolina) and the first hat trick by a Sabres player since Sam Reinhart’s on Feb. 23, 2019 vs. Washington.
  • Last night was the 13th time a Sabre has scored at least four goals in a regular-season game. Eichel is the seventh different player to score four in a game for the team, joining Rick Martin (4x), Dave Andreychuk (3x), Alexander Mogilny (2x), Lindy Ruff, Miroslav Satan and Thomas Vanek. John Tucker scored four goals for the Sabres in a playoff game on April 9, 1988 vs. Boston.
  • Buffalo’s franchise record for most goals in a regular-season game is five (Dave Andreychuk, Feb. 6, 1986 vs. Boston).

WELCOME TO BUFFALO

  • Rasmus Asplund made his NHL debut last night vs. Ottawa, logging 12:13 of ice time and going 5-for-9 on faceoffs. He became the seventh player (of Buffalo’s 23 skaters to dress this season) to make his Sabres debut in 2019-20.
  • Curtis Lazar appeared in his first game as a member of the Sabres on Thursday vs. Carolina, scoring a goal on his first shot of the game.
  • Lazar became the 56th player ever to score in his Sabres debut and the first since Kyle Okposo did so on Oct. 16, 2016 at Edmonton. Jack Eichel and Zemgus Girgensons are the only other current Sabres who have scored in their debuts.

WHAT’S THE SKINNY?
All eight of Jeff Skinner’s goals this season have come at even strength, tying for eighth-most in the NHL after last night’s game. According to NaturalStatTrick.com, his eight goals at 5-on-5 tied for fourth-most in the league, trailing only Leon Draisaitl (12), Brad Marchand (11) and Auston Matthews (9).

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s fifth of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, after last night’s 4-2 win vs. Ottawa. The Sabres are 1-4-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-2-0 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 (2), one point (0) and zero points (2).

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings after last night’s game)

  • Eichel: 1 OTG (T-6th), 12 G (T-7th), 8 EVG (T-8th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (T-1st)
  • Johansson: 1 OTG (T-6th)
  • Olofsson: 6 PPG (T-5th)
  • Ristolainen: 68 hits (T-5th)
  • Skinner: 8 EVG (T-8th), 71 S (T-9th)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-7th)

BUF-CHI CONNECTIONS

  • Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton spent two seasons in Chicago’s organization. He made his NHL debut with one game for the Blackhawks in 2013.
  • Sabres defenseman Henri Jokiharju spent his first NHL season with the Blackhawks, tallying 12 assists in 38 games. He was drafted by Chicago with the 29th pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.
  • Blackhawks goaltender Robin Lehner played in Buffalo for three seasons, from 2015 to 2018. In 133 games with the Sabres, Lehner posted a 42-61-22 record with a 2.77 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage.
  • Blackhawks forward Alex Nylander spent three seasons with the Sabres organization (2016 to 2019) after being selected by the team with the eighth pick of the 2016 NHL Draft. He appeared in 19 games for Buffalo, scoring three goals and adding three assists.
  • Sabres forward Jack Eichel and Blackhawks forwards Alex DeBrincat and Patrick Kane all played for Team USA at the 2019 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres forward Jack Eichel and Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad played for Team North America together at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
  • Sabres forward Johan Larsson and Blackhawks goaltender Robin Lehner played together for Team Sweden at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Sabres forward Curtis Lazar, Blackhawks goaltender Robin Lehner and Blackhawks forward Zack Smith all previously played for the Ottawa Senators. Lazar played with Lehner in Ottawa for one season (2014-15) and was a teammate of Smith’s for three seasons (2014 to 2017).
  • Sabres defenseman Colin Miller and Blackhawks forward Ryan Carpenter were both members of the Golden Knights’ inaugural team. The two played together in Vegas for two seasons from 2017 to 2019.
  • Sabres forward Kyle Okposo and Blackhawks forward Calvin de Haan both previously played for the New York Islanders. They were teammates from 2011 to 2016.
  • Sabres forward Sam Reinhart and defenseman Brandon Montour played for Team Canada with Blackhawks forward Dylan Strome at the 2019 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen and Blackhawks defenseman Olli Maatta have played for Finland’s national team together three times: at the 2012 and 2013 IIHF World Junior Championships and at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
  • Sabres forward Conor Sheary and Blackhawks defenseman Olli Maatta played together in Pittsburgh from 2015 to 2018. They won two Stanley Cups with the Penguins together in 2016 and 2017.
  • Sabres forward Jeff Skinner and Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith played for Team Canada together at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (68), Miller (31), McCabe (31)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (38), Ristolainen (30), Jokiharju (17)
Shots: Skinner (71), Eichel (66), Olofsson (45)

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: 2-5-2 (6), 20/31, 2/22, 17/24

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-2; 122-130 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)
Nov. 14 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Hamilton, 2:28)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-1; 76-70 all-time)
Oct. 11 vs. FLA: W, 3-2 (GDG-Eichel)
Oct. 28 vs. ARI: L, 3-2 (GDG-Schmaltz)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Carter Hutton … 1 game … 200 career games played
Brandon Montour … 6 games … 200 career games played
Jake McCabe … 7 games … 300 career games played
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 5 goals … 100 career goals
Points
Jimmy Vesey … 8 points … 100 career points
Kyle Okposo … 8 points … 500 career points 

RECENT MILESTONES
Rasmus Dahlin … 100th NHL game … Nov. 14 vs. CAR
Rasmus Asplund … 1st NHL game … Nov. 16 vs. OTT

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