Game Preview: 1/14/20 vs. Vegas

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LAST GAME
Sunday, January 12
Buffalo 5 at Detroit 1
Goals: Rodrigues (2), Girgensons, Bogosian, Ristolainen
Goalie: Ullmark (21 saves/22 shots)
PP: 2/4; PK: 3/3; Shots: Buffalo 27 – Detroit 22

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 212)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 46 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 30 games
Tage Thompson (upper body, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 26 games
Jeff Skinner (upper body, Dec. 29; injured reserve) – 7 games
Victor Olofsson (lower body, Jan. 4; injured reserve) – 4 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/8: Placed F Victor Olofsson on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Saturday, Feb. 1: Columbus at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
GOLDEN KNIGHTS at SABRES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Golden Knights this season.
  • Last meeting: Vegas defeated Buffalo 4-1 in Las Vegas on Oct. 16, 2018
  • Next meeting: Friday, Feb. 28 in Las Vegas
  • This is the fifth game all-time between Buffalo and Vegas; Buffalo has a 1-1-2 series record.
  • The Sabres are 0-1-1 at home against the Golden Knights all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-10-3 all-time on January 14.
  • January 14, 1972: The Sabres acquire Jim Lorentz from the New York Rangers in exchange for a second-round pick in the 1972 draft.
  • January 14, 2003: Ryan Miller stops all 22 Minnesota shots to earn a 1-0 victory and his first career shutout.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Buffalo is 6-3-3 against the Pacific Division this season, including a 3-1-2 record against the division at KeyBank Center.
  • The Sabres have gone 4-for-11 (36.4%) on the power play in their last four games, tying for the second-best mark in the league during that stretch entering play Monday.
  • With a point tonight, Jack Eichel would become the fifth NHL player to record two separate point streaks of at least eight games this season, joining John Carlson, Leon Draisaitl, Nathan MacKinnon and David Pastrnak. (Mitchell Marner can also join this group tonight.)
  • The Sabres have three players who have registered at least a point per game against the Golden Knights: Jack Eichel (3 GP, 2+2), Marcus Johansson (1 GP, 0+2), Kyle Okposo (3 GP, 0+3).
  • Carter Hutton, who started both of Buffalo’s games against Vegas last season, is 2-1-0 against the Golden Knights in his career with a .939 save percentage and a 2.05 goals-against average.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel has recorded points in each of Buffalo’s last seven games (3+5). 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 has recorded five points (3+2) in the Sabres’ last five contests.
  • Rasmus Dahlin enters tonight’s game with points (0+5) in four straight games, tying as his longest streak of the season.
  • Zemgus Girgensons has scored in each of the Sabres’ last two games, including his seventh career shorthanded goal on Sunday at Detroit.
    • A point tonight would give Girgensons his longest point streak since he tied a personal best with points in three straight games from Dec. 23 to 29, 2017. A goal would mark the longest goal-scoring streak of his career.
  • Brandon Montour and Rasmus Ristolainen both recorded points (1+1) in each of Buffalo’s back-to-back games this past weekend.
  • Linus Ullmark is 3-1-0 since the beginning of January with a .920 save percentage and a 2.25 goals-against average.

HOME COOKING

  • The Sabres are 13-6-3 through their first 22 home games of the season. The team’s .659 points percentage at home ranked ninth in the NHL before Monday’s games. If they finished the season at this pace, it would rank as the Sabres’ 19th-best home record in franchise history.
  • The team is averaging 3.41 goals per game at home this season, which would mark Buffalo’s best home scoring rate since the 2006-07 season.
  • With 36 points (19+17) in 22 home games this season, Jack Eichel’s 1.64 points per game at home tied for second-best in the league entering play Monday. His plus-18 rating at home led the league.
  • Sam Reinhart (10+11) is also producing near a point-per-game rate through 22 home games this season. Reinhart has totaled 10 points (4+6) in his last eight games at KeyBank Center.
  • Marcus Johansson enters tonight’s game with five points (1+4) in his last four home games.
  • Jimmy Vesey has recorded eight points (4+4) and a plus-6 rating in his last 11 home games.
  • Conor Sheary has posted six points (4+2) in his last six home games.
  • Linus Ullmark has won seven of his last nine games at KeyBank Center, posting a .918 save percentage and a 2.57 goals-against average in those games.

JACK ATTACK

  • Entering play Monday, Jack Eichel’s 27 goals this season tied for third-most among all NHL players and his 59 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 29 games played since then, he has totaled 42 points (20+22), 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 45 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 46 team games currently has him on pace to finish the season with 49 goals and 106 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 72 Eichel is currently on pace for.
  • Despite missing eight games due to injury, Rasmus Dahlin is currently on pace to record 51 points this season, which would make him the Sabres’ first 50-point defenseman since Garry Galley (54) in 1995-96.
  • Sam Reinhart’s 15 goals in 46 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, ranking as 11th-most in the NHL before Monday’s games.
  • Entering play Monday, his six multi-goal games tied for second-most in the league and his nine multi-assist games tied for seventh-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 entering play Monday.
  • Eichel’s three games with at least four points this season tied for third-most in the league entering play Monday. 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 before 1/13 games)

  • Eichel: 20 EVG (2nd), 27 G (T-3rd), 40 EVP (T-4th), 5 GWG (T-7th), 59 PTS (8th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (T-7th)
  • Olofsson: 9 PPG (T-3rd)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (136), Girgensons (74), McCabe (62)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (61), Ristolainen (52), Jokiharju (38)
Shots: Eichel (157), 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: 3-3-0 (6), 19/22, 4/17, 12/15

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 … 8 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Kyle Okposo … 9 goals … 200 career goals
Points
Kyle Okposo … 4 points … 500 career points
Zach Bogosian … 6 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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