Game Preview: 1/16/20 at Dallas

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LAST GAME
Tuesday, January 14
Vegas 2 at Buffalo 4
Goals: Okposo, Reinhart, Eichel, Lazar
Goalie: Ullmark (24 saves/26 shots)
PP: 2/3; PK: 2/3; Shots: Buffalo 26 – Vegas 26

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 217)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 47 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 31 games
Tage Thompson (upper body, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 27 games
Jeff Skinner (upper body, Dec. 29; injured reserve) – 8 games
Victor Olofsson (lower body, Jan. 4; injured reserve) – 5 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Tuesday, Feb. 4: Colorado at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at STARS

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Stars this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Dallas 4-0 in Buffalo on Oct. 14, 2019
  • The Sabres are 2-8-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Stars; 2-8-0 on the road.
  • This is the 126th game all-time between Buffalo and Dallas; Buffalo has a 57-51-17 series record.
  • The Sabres are 23-34-6 on the road against the Stars all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 13-3-5 all-time on January 16.
  • January 16, 1970: George “Punch” Imlach is named general manager and coach of the Sabres.
  • January 16, 2017: Jake McCabe earns his first career game-winning goal by scoring the first power-play goal of his career in a 4-1 win at home against the Dallas Stars.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are seeking their first win in Dallas since Jan. 15, 2009. With a win tonight, Buffalo would have multiple wins in a season against the Stars for the first time since they won five straight matchups to sweep the 1984-85 and 1985-86 season series.
  • The Sabres have gone 6-for-14 (42.9%) on the power play in their last five games, converting at the third-best rate in the league during that stretch entering play Wednesday.
  • With a point tonight, Jack Eichel would join David Pastrnak as the only other NHL player to record two separate point streaks of at least nine games this season.
  • Sam Reinhart tied his career high with three points (1+2) in the Sabres’ last game on Tuesday vs. Vegas. The team is now 8-2-1 this season (.773) and 39-7-8 (.796) in his career when he records at least two points.
  • Carter Hutton, who shut out the Stars in the first meeting between these teams this season, is 4-3-2 against Dallas in his career with a .923 save percentage and a 2.27 goals-against average.
  • Linus Ullmark has yet to register a win against Dallas through three career meetings but has a .939 save percentage and a 1.72 goals-against average in those games.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel has recorded points in each of Buffalo’s last eight games (4+6), tying Mitchell Marner for the longest active streak in the NHL. 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 totaled 19 points (7+12) in the Sabres’ last 19 contests.
  • Rasmus Dahlin has recorded five assists in his last five games. His .67 points per game so far this season represent the best scoring rate by a Sabres defenseman since Brian Campbell (.68) in 2007-08.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen enters tonight’s game on a three-game point streak (1+2).
  • Linus Ullmark is 4-1-0 since the beginning of January with a .923 save percentage and a 2.20 goals-against average.

JACK ATTACK

  • Entering play Wednesday, Jack Eichel’s 28 goals this season tied for third-most among all NHL players and his 61 points tied for seventh 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 60th point of the season on Jan. 14 vs. Vegas, Eichel became the first Sabre to reach 60 points in 46 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 30 games played since then, he has totaled 44 points (21+23), 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 28 goals in 46 games so far this season, Jack Eichel has already tied his previous best total set in the 2018-19 season (77 GP).
  • Eichel’s output through 47 team games currently has him on pace to finish the season with 49 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 72 Eichel is currently on pace for.
  • Sam Reinhart’s 16 goals in 47 games put him on pace for a career-high goal total (28).

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 17 multi-point games this season, ranking as 8th-most in the NHL before Wednesday’s games. The Sabres are 12-3-2 (.765) in those games.
  • Entering play Wednesday, his six multi-goal games tied for third-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 (11), Leon Draisaitl (9), Artemi Panarin (8) and David Pastrnak (8) had more games with at least three points this season entering play Wednesday.
  • Eichel’s three games with at least four points this season tied for third-most in the league entering play Wednesday. 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), Artemi Panarin (10), Johnny Gaudreau (9), Nathan MacKinnon (9), Brad Marchand (9), Alex Ovechkin (9) and Steven Stamkos (9).

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 1/15 games)

  • Eichel: 21 EVG (2nd), 28 G (T-3rd), 6 GWG (T-3rd), 41 EVP (T-5th), 61 PTS (T-7th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (T-7th)
  • Olofsson: 9 PPG (T-6th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (140), Girgensons (74), McCabe (64)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (61), Ristolainen (54), Jokiharju (41)
Shots: Eichel (160), 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: 4-3-0 (8), 23/24, 6/20, 14/18

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 … 7 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Kyle Okposo … 8 goals … 200 career goals
Assists
Jack Eichel … 9 assists … 200 career assists
Points
Kyle Okposo … 3 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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