Game Preview: 1/12/20 at Detroit

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LAST GAME
Saturday, January 11
Vancouver 6 at Buffalo 3
Goals: Montour, Reinhart, Girgensons
Goalie: Hutton (29 saves/34 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 1/3; PK: 2/2; Shots: Vancouver 35 – Buffalo 28

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 207)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 45 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 29 games
Tage Thompson (upper body, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 25 games
Jeff Skinner (upper body, Dec. 29; injured reserve) – 6 games
Victor Olofsson (lower body, Jan. 4; injured reserve) – 3 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/6: Assigned F Dalton Smith to Rochester (AHL)
1/7: Recalled D Lawrence Pilut from Rochester (AHL)
1/8: Placed F Victor Olofsson on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Jan. 14: Vegas at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 16: Buffalo at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 18: Buffalo at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 28: Ottawa at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 30: Montreal at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at RED WINGS

  • This is the second of four meetings between the Sabres and Red Wings this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Detroit 2-0 in Detroit on Oct. 25, 2019
  • Next meeting: Thursday, Feb. 6 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Red Wings; 7-2-1 on the road.
  • This is the 143rd game all-time between Buffalo and Detroit; Buffalo has a 64-59-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 26-39-8 on the road against the Red Wings all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-8-3 all-time on January 12.
  • January 12, 1978: Gilbert Perreault scores all three Sabres goals to collect his fourth hat trick of the season in a 6-3 loss at Cleveland.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 9-2-2 against the Red Wings since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, including a 6-1-0 record on the road and a 2-0 win in Detroit in the first meeting between the teams this season.
  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with wins in four 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 32 of 36 penalties (88.9%) against Detroit in the last 10 meetings between the clubs, dating back to March 20, 2017.

CLIPPING THE WINGS

  • Jack Eichel has 13 points (4+9) in 11 games against the Red Wings since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, including eight points (2+6) in six meetings in Detroit. He has recorded at least a point in each of the last six matchups between the teams (2+6).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has totaled 16 points (1+15) in 16 games against Detroit since the beginning of the 2015-16 season, including seven points (1+6) in his last five and 12 points (1+11) in eight road games during that span.
  • Sam Reinhart enters tonight’s game with points in three straight meetings with the Red Wings (2+2).
  • Rasmus Dahlin has totaled three points (1+2) in three career visits to Detroit.
  • Brandon Montour has recorded a point in each of his last two games against the Red Wings (1+1).
  • Linus Ullmark, who has started each of Buffalo’s last five games against the Red Wings, is 4-0-2 against Detroit in his career with a .938 save percentage.
  • In his two games against the Red Wings since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, Carter Hutton has stopped 60 of his 61 shots faced (.984) and won both contests.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel has recorded points in each of Buffalo’s last six games (3+4). His current stretch trails only his run of 18 consecutive games played with a point (Nov. 16 to Dec. 21) for his longest streak this season.
  • Sam Reinhart (3+3) and Marcus Johansson (1+5) have each totaled six points in the Sabres’ last six contests.
  • Rasmus Dahlin enters tonight’s game with points (0+4) in three straight games. His .68 points per game so far this season represent the best scoring rate by a Sabres defenseman since Brian Campbell (.68) in 2007-08.

BACK-TO-BACK
Today’s game wraps up Buffalo’s ninth of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began yesterday with a 6-3 loss vs. Vancouver. The Sabres are 3-5-1 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 3-4-1 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (0), three points (2), two points (4), one point (0) and zero points (2).

JACK ATTACK

  • At the conclusion of yesterday’s game, Jack Eichel’s 27 goals this season ranked third among all NHL players and his 58 points ranked eighth in the league.
  • Eichel has been selected to represent the Sabres at NHL All-Star Weekend on Jan. 24 and 25 in St. Louis. With his third consecutive All-Star nod, Eichel becomes the seventh player in franchise history to represent the team in at least three NHL All-Star Games, joining Rick Martin (7), Gilbert Perreault (6), Dominik Hasek (5), Mike Ramsey (4), Phil Housley (3) and Alexander Mogilny (3).
  • With his 50th point of the season on Dec. 17 at Toronto, Eichel became the first Sabre to reach 50 points in 35 or fewer games since 1992-93 (Pat LaFontaine and Alexander Mogilny). He joins Rick Martin as the only other player in franchise history to record at least 20 goals and 50 points in each of his first five NHL seasons.
  • Eichel hasn’t been held without a point in three consecutive appearances since early November. In his 28 games played since then, he has totaled 41 points (20+21), including a stretch of 18 straight games (Nov. 16 to Dec. 21) that tied Gilbert Perreault (Oct. 24 to Dec. 4, 1971) for the most consecutive games played with a point in franchise history.
  • The streak was the NHL’s fifth-longest personal point streak in the last decade, trailing only Taylor Hall (26 in 2017-18), Patrick Kane (26 in 2015-16), Sidney Crosby (25 in 2010-11) and Patrick Kane (20 in 2018-19).

SETTING THE PACE

  • With 27 goals in 44 games so far this season, Jack Eichel is one goal from tying his previous best total set in the 2018-19 season (77 GP).
  • Eichel’s output through 45 team 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.
  • LaFontaine (83 in 1992-93) and Mogilny (78 in 1992-93) are the only Sabres ever to have recorded more even-strength points in a season than the 74 Eichel is currently on pace for.
  • Sam Reinhart’s 15 goals in 45 games put him on pace for a career-high goal total (27).

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 16 multi-point games this season, tying for 10th-most in the NHL after yesterday’s game.
  • Following yesterday’s game, his six multi-goal games tied for second-most in the league and his nine multi-assist games tied for sixth-most.
  • Eichel has already recorded at least three points seven times this season, topping his previous career-high total (6) set in the 2016-17 season. Only Connor McDavid (10), Leon Draisaitl (8) and David Pastrnak (8) had more games with at least three points this season after yesterday’s game.
  • Eichel’s three games with at least four points this season tied for third-most in the league after yesterday’s game. Since he entered the league in 2015-16, only nine players had totaled at least four points more times than Eichel’s eight: Nikita Kucherov (15), Patrick Kane (12), Connor McDavid (11), Johnny Gaudreau (9), Nathan MacKinnon (9), Brad Marchand (9), Alex Ovechkin (9), Artemi Panarin (9) and Steven Stamkos (9).

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

  • Eichel: 20 EVG (2nd), 27 G (T-3rd), 40 EVP (T-3rd), 5 GWG (T-6th), 58 PTS (8th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (T-6th)
  • Olofsson: 9 PPG (T-3rd)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (134), Girgensons (72), McCabe (61)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (61), Ristolainen (51), Jokiharju (37)
Shots: Eichel (153), Skinner (128), Olofsson (99)

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: 3-4-3 (8), 34/34, 4/33, 23/32
31-40: 4-5-1 (9), 24/32, 4/23, 23/30
41-50: 2-3-0 (4), 14/21, 2/13, 9/12

OVERTIME RESULTS (4-6; 124-134 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)
Nov. 30 at TOR: L, 2-1 (GWG-Tavares, 1:45)
Dec. 7 at VAN: L, 6-5 (GWG-Miller, 3:21)
Dec. 8 at EDM: W, 3-2 (GWG-Miller, 1:13)
Dec. 14 at NYI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Beauvillier, 3:04)
Jan. 2 vs. EDM: W, 3-2 (GWG-Eichel, 1:09)

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
Linus Ullmark … 9 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Kyle Okposo … 9 goals … 200 career goals
Points
Kyle Okposo … 4 points … 500 career points
Zach Bogosian … 7 points … 200 career points
Johan Larsson … 9 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Conor Sheary … 300th NHL game … Jan. 11 vs. VAN

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