Game Preview: 11/30/19 at Toronto

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LAST GAME
Friday, November 29
Toronto 4 at Buffalo 6
Goals: Eichel (2), Skinner, Mittelstadt, Olofsson, Vesey
Goalie: Ullmark (25 saves/29 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 4/4; Shots: Buffalo 36 – Toronto 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 122)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 26 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 10 games
Kyle Okposo (concussion, Nov. 17; injured reserve) – 7 games
Tage Thompson (upper body, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 6 games
Evan Rodrigues (lower body, Nov. 25) – 3 games
Rasmus Dahlin (concussion, Nov. 27; injured reserve) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/24: Acquired D Matthew Spencer from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for D Devante Stephens; Assigned Spencer to Cincinnati (ECHL)
11/25: Recalled F Jean-Sebastien Dea from Rochester (AHL)
11/27: Activated F Marcus Johansson from IR; Placed D Rasmus Dahlin on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Monday, Dec. 2: New Jersey at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 5: Buffalo at Calgary, 9 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 7: Buffalo at Vancouver, 4 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 8: Buffalo at Edmonton, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 10: St. Louis at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
SABRES at MAPLE LEAFS

  • This is the second of four meetings between the Sabres and Maple Leafs this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Toronto 6-4 in Buffalo on Nov 29.
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Dec. 17 in Toronto
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Maple Leafs; 3-6-1 on the road.
  • This is the 216th game all-time between Buffalo and Toronto; Buffalo has a 116-73-26 series record.
  • The Sabres are 45-43-18 on the road against the Maple Leafs all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 6-8-4 all-time on November 30.
  • November 30, 1939: Ground is broken on Buffalo Memorial Auditorium.
  • November 30, 1980: The Sabres defeat the Colorado Rockies 4-1 at the Aud. Rookie Alan Haworth scores his first NHL goal for the Sabres, who extend their unbeaten streak to 10 consecutive home games, and Rene Robert scores the lone Rockies goal.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • If he dresses, tonight’s game would be the 300th NHL game of Jake McCabe’s NHL career.
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded 13 points (6+7) in 14 games against the Maple Leafs dating back to the beginning of the 2016-17 season.
  • Jeff Skinner has totaled seven points (3+4) in eight games against Toronto since the beginning of the 2017-18 season. All 10 of Skinner’s goals this season have come during 5-on-5 play.
  • Jimmy Vesey has posted five points (3+2) in his last six games against the Maple Leafs
  • Marco Scandella has recorded four assists in his last five games against the Maple Leafs.

EICHEL AND THE LEAFS

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 19 points (12+7) in 14 career games against Toronto, including eight (5+3) in seven road games.
  • His 1.36 points per game against the Maple Leafs rate as his second-best career output against any NHL team, trailing only his 1.64 points per game against the Ottawa Senators.
  • Eichel has scored more goals against the Maple Leafs (12) than against any other NHL opponent.
  • His .79 goals per game against Toronto represent his highest rate against any NHL team.

48 HOURS, 99 MILES, TWO GAMES

  • The Sabres and the Leafs will wrap up a home-and-home series tonight after Buffalo’s 6-4 win last night in Buffalo. It’s the first home-and-home series between the teams since Nov. 15 and 16, 2013.
  • Buffalo has not won the home portion of a home-and-home series with Toronto since the team’s last home-and-home sweep against the Maple Leafs on Oct. 30 and 31, 1998.
  • The Sabres are 11-1-2 (two ties) all-time in the home portion of their home-and-home series with the Maple Leafs and 2-10-1 in the road games.
  • Seven of the previous 13 home-and-home sets between the Sabres and Maple Leafs also took place on consecutive nights.
  • Buffalo’s points breakdown in those 13 previous home-and-home sets is: four points (2), three points (0), two points (9), one point (1) and zero points (1).

HOME-AND-HOME

  • The Sabres have played in 165 previous home-and-home series in franchise history, going 93-49-23 (.633) in the home games and 57-79-29 (.433) in the road games in previous series.
  • The team is 71-65-29 (.518) all-time in the first game of these previous series and 79-63-23 (.548) in the second.
  • Buffalo’s points breakdown in these previous series is as follows: four points (32), three points (24), two points (67), one point (17), zero points (25).
  • Buffalo previously swept San Jose in a home-and-home series on Oct. 19 and 22 and were swept by the Lightning on Nov. 8 and 9 in Stockholm Sweden. They will face the Boston Bruins in their next one on Dec. 27 and 30.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s seventh of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 6-4 win last night vs. Toronto. The Sabres are 2-4-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-4-0 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 (4), one point (0) and zero points (2).

GOING STREAKING

  • Jack Eichel enters today’s game on an eight-game point streak that began on Nov. 16. As of the conclusion of last night’s game, his 15 points (8+7) during the streak led the NHL during that timeframe.
  • Victor Olofsson has recorded points in 10 of his last 11 games (4+6). He enters today’s game on a career-best, six-game point streak (3+3).
  • Jimmy Vesey enters today’s game with points in each of Buffalo’s last four games, totaling five points (3+2) during that span. It is Vesey’s first career four-game point streak. His current three-game goal scoring streak matches his previous best stretch, set from Feb. 23 to 27, 2019.

SETTING THE PACE

  • With 16 goals in 26 games so far this season, Jack Eichel is on pace to shatter his previous best goal total (28), set in the 2018-19 season.
  • Eichel’s output through 26 games currently has him on pace to finish the season with 50 goals and 107 points, which would be the highest goal and point totals by a Sabre since Pat LaFontaine (53+95) and Alexander Mogilny (76+51) in 1992-93.
  • Sam Reinhart’s nine goals 26 games put him on pace for a career-high goal total (28).
  • Victor Olofsson’s goal and point totals currently have him on pace for the best offensive season by a Sabres rookie in decades. If he maintains his current pace, he would finish the season with the most goals (32) and most points by a Sabres rookie (63) since Ray Sheppard’s 65 points (38+27) in 1987-88.

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel has recorded nine multi-point games this season, tying for 10th-most in the as of the conclusion of last night’s game.
  • Following last night’s game, his four multi-goal games tied for second-most (one shy of the league lead) and his six multi-assist games tied for fourth-most (also one behind the league leaders).
  • Eichel has already recorded at least three points six times this season, matching his previous career-high total set in the 2016-17 season. Only Leon Draisaitl (8) and Connor McDavid (8) had more games with at least three points this season after last night’s game.
  • Eichel’s three games with at least four points this season tie for the league lead. Since he entered the league in 2015-16, only six players have totaled at least four points more times than Eichel’s eight: Nikita Kucherov (15), Patrick Kane (10), Connor McDavid (10), Johnny Gaudreau (9), Brad Marchand (9) and Steven Stamkos (9).

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

  • Eichel: 12 EVG (T-3rd), 523 FO (4th), 16 G (T-5th), 24 EVP (T-6th), 97 S (T-6th), 34 PTS (7th), 1 OTG (T-9th), 244 FOW (10th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (T-1st)
  • Johansson: 1 OTG (T-9th)
  • Olofsson: 6 PPG (T-6th)
  • Skinner: 10 EVG (T-9th)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-9th)

BUF-TOR CONNECTIONS

  • Sabres forward Rasmus Asplund played for Team Sweden with Maple Leafs forward William Nylander at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian played with Maple Leafs goaltender Michael Hutchinson in Winnipeg for two seasons (2013-14 to 2014-15).
  • Sabres forward Jack Eichel, Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews and Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly were all part of Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Eichel and Matthews previously played together for Team USA at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe represented the United States with Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres forward Curtis Lazar and Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Ceci were teammates in Ottawa for three seasons (2014-15 to 2016-17).
  • Sabres forward Curtis Lazar and Maple Leafs forward Nicholas Shore were both part of the Calgary Flames’ organization during the 2017-18 season.
  • Sabres forwards Curtis Lazar and Sam Reinhart played for Team Canada with Maple Leafs forwards Frederik Gauthier and Nic Petan at both the 2014 and 2015 IIHF World Junior Championships. They won a gold medal together in 2015.
  • Sabres forward Victor Olofsson and Maple Leafs forward William Nylander played for Team Sweden together at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Sabres forward Sam Reinhart and Maple Leafs defensemen Morgan Rielly and Cody Ceci won a gold medal for Team Canada together at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres forward Jeff Skinner and Maple Leafs forwards Jason Spezza and John Tavares represented Canada together at the 2011 IIHF World Championship. Skinner and Tavares played together again the following year at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres forward Jeff Skinner won a silver medal with Maple Leafs defenseman Tyson Barrie at the 2017 IIHF World Championship.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (81), McCabe (44), Girgensons (35)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (43), Ristolainen (36), Jokiharju/Scandella (24)
Shots: Eichel (97), Skinner (92), Olofsson (66)

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: 2-6-2 (6), 21/35, 2/26, 21/29
21-30: 2-3-1 (5), 18/21, 1/17, 18/23

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-3; 122-131 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)
Nov. 27 vs. CGY: L, 3-2 (GWG-Lindholm, 1:17)

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
Jake McCabe … 1 game … 300 career games played
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 4 goals … 100 career goals
Assists
Marco Scandella … 10 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Jimmy Vesey … 3 points … 100 career points
Jack Eichel … 7 points … 300 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Brandon Montour … 200th NHL game … Nov. 27 vs. CGY
Rasmus Asplund … 1st NHL point (assist) … Nov. 27 vs. CGY

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