Game Preview: 1/28/20 vs. Ottawa

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LAST GAME
Saturday, January 18
Buffalo 1 at Nashville 2
Goals: Reinhart
Goalie: Ullmark (35 saves/37 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 2/3; Shots: Nashville 37 – Buffalo 31

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 227)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 49 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 33 games
Tage Thompson (shoulder, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 29 games
Jeff Skinner (upper body, Dec. 29) – 10 games
Victor Olofsson (lower body, Jan. 4; injured reserve) – 7 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/26: Recalled D Lawrence Pilut from Rochester (AHL)
1/28: Activated F Jeff Skinner from IR

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Thursday, Feb. 6: Detroit at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 7: Buffalo at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SENATORS at SABRES

  • This is the third of four meetings between the Sabres and Senators this season.
  • Last meeting: Ottawa defeated Buffalo 3-1 in Ottawa on Dec. 23, 2019.
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 18 in Ottawa
  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Senators; 6-3-1 at home.
  • This is the 144th game all-time between Buffalo and Ottawa; Buffalo has a 70-53-20 series record.
  • The Sabres are 39-23-8 at home against the Senators all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 3-6-5 all-time on January 28.
  • January 28, 1983: The Sabres get goals from six different players (Andre Savard, Ric Seiling, Mike Foligno, Larry Playfair, Phil Housley and Gilles Hamel) as they defeat the Blackhawks 6-2 at the Aud.
  • January 28, 2000: Martin Biron turns aside 21 shots and James Patrick scores the game-winner as the Sabres earn a 1-0 victory vs. Ottawa.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres have gone 11-4-3 in their last 18 games against the Senators and have a 12-4-4 record in the teams’ last 20 meetings in Buffalo.
    • With a win today, the Sabres would have wins in four straight home games against the Senators for the first time since they beat Ottawa in seven straight home games from Feb. 3, 2000 to March 19, 2002.
  • The home team has won each of the six meetings between these teams since the beginning of last season.
  • Jack Eichel has recorded 23 points (9+14) in 15 career games against the Senators, including at least a point in all but three of those games and 15 points (6+9) in eight home games. His 23 points and 1.53 points per game against the Senators represent his best outputs against any NHL opponent.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 16 points (6+10) in his last 16 meetings with the Senators, including two-point games in the last three meetings at KeyBank Center.
  • Colin Miller has recorded at least a point in each of his last three games against Ottawa, totaling five points (1+4) in those games.
  • Michael Frolik has three assists in three meetings with the Senators since the beginning of last season.
  • Rasmus Dahlin has recorded an assist in each of his three career home matchups with Ottawa.
  • Linus Ullmark is 2-1-0 in three career appearances against the Senators, logging a .926 save percentage and a 2.02 goals-against average in those games.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel has been held without a point in just three of his last 30 games played. During that stretch, which began with a four-goal performance vs. Ottawa on Nov. 16, Buffalo’s captain has totaled 43 points (20+23) in 30 appearances, also missing one game due to injury.
    • Entering play Monday, Eichel trailed only Artemi Panarin (47) and Nathan MacKinnon (46) for the most points in the league during that timeframe.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 21 points (8+13) in the Sabres’ last 21 contests, including at least a point in seven of the last eight (5+5).
  • Rasmus Dahlin has recorded seven points (1+6) in his last seven games.
  • Curtis Lazar has four points (1+3) in Buffalo’s last four games.
  • Linus Ullmark is 5-2-0 since the beginning of January with a .932 save percentage and a 2.00 goals-against average. He has allowed just one even-strength goal in each of Buffalo’s last four games, stopping 94 of 98 shots (.959) at even strength in those contests.

HOME COOKING

  • Tonight’s game kicks off a 20-day stretch during which the Sabres will play nine of 10 games at home. The lone road game during that span will take place on Feb. 7 at NY Rangers.
  • The Sabres are 14-6-3 through their first 23 home games of the season. The team’s .674 points percentage at home ranked seventh in the NHL before Monday’s games. If they finished the season at this pace, it would rank as the Sabres’ 15th-best home record in franchise history.
  • The team is averaging 3.43 goals per game at home this season, which would mark Buffalo’s best home scoring rate since the 2006-07 season (3.93).
  • With 38 points (20+18) in 23 home games this season, Jack Eichel’s 1.65 points per game at home tied for second-best in the league entering play Monday. His plus-20 rating at home led the league.
  • Sam Reinhart (11+13) is also producing at over a point-per-game rate through 23 home games this season. Reinhart has totaled 13 points (5+8) in his last nine games at KeyBank Center, including five multi-point outings.
  • Conor Sheary has posted seven points (4+3) in his last seven home games.
  • Marcus Johansson enters tonight’s game with five points (1+4) in his last five home games.
  • Linus Ullmark has won eight of his last 10 games at KeyBank Center, posting a .919 save percentage and a 2.52 goals-against average in those games.

SPECIAL OPS

  • Since the beginning of January, the Sabres have gone 6-for-21 (28.6%) on the power play. Their conversion rate ranked as the seventh-best rate in the league during the new year entering play Monday.
  • Through eight games in January, Buffalo has killed 17 of the team’s 20 shorthanded situations (85.0%), ranking as the seventh-best penalty kill percentage in the NHL in the new year before Monday’s games.
    • With two shorthanded goals during that span, they joined the Montreal Canadiens as one of just two teams with a league-best minus-1 goal differential while shorthanded in 2020.
    • Entering play Monday, Jake McCabe ranked fifth in the league among penalty killers during this stretch (min. 10 shorthanded minutes) in fewest shots against per two minutes of ice time (.840) and ranked eighth in fewest scoring chances allowed per two minutes (.672). (Data via NaturalStatTrick.com)

TEEN TITAN

  • Rasmus Dahlin has totaled 72 points (12+60) through his first 123 NHL games, including 28 points (3+25) in 41 games this season.
  • With his assist on Jan.18 at Dallas, Dahlin tied Bobby Orr for most points recorded by an NHL defenseman before his 20th birthday. He now trails only Phil Housley (132), Ray Bourque (79) and Rick Hampton (76) for most points ever recorded by a teenage defenseman.
  • Aaron Ekblad’s 61 points (22+39) in 129 games as a teenager led active NHL defensemen for most points before turning 20 until Dahlin recorded his 62nd point with an assist in his 108th NHL game on Dec. 14 at NY Islanders.
  • Andrei Svechnikov is the only active teenager in the NHL with more career points than Dahlin’s 72. He has 82 points (39+43) in 132 career games.
  • Entering play Monday, Dahlin’s .59 points per game in his career ranked as the 18th-highest rate among active NHL defensemen with at least 10 career games played. His .68 points per game so far this season represent the best single-season scoring rate by a Sabres defenseman with more than one game played since Garry Galley (.69) in 1995-96.

SETTING THE PACE

  • With his 28th goal in his 46th game of the season on Jan. 14 vs. Vegas, Jack Eichel tied his previous best total set in the 2018-19 season (77 GP).
  • Eichel’s output through 49 team games currently has him on pace to finish the season with 47 goals and 105 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 71 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 is currently on pace to set career-high totals in goals (28) and points (69).

JACK ATTACK

  • Entering play Monday, Jack Eichel’s 28 goals this season ranked him fifth among all NHL players and his 62 points tied for ninth in the league.
  • Eichel represented the Sabres at NHL All-Star Weekend on Jan. 24 and 25 in St. Louis. With his third consecutive All-Star nod, Eichel became 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). His four assists at this year’s event moved him past Martin for the most career All-Star Game points as a member of the Sabres (2+6).
  • 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 32 games played since then, he has totaled 45 points (21+24), including a stretch of 18 straight appearances (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.

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 17 multi-point games this season, tying for the 10th-most in the NHL before Monday’s games. The Sabres are 12-3-2 (.765) in those games.
  • Entering play Monday, Eichel’s six multi-goal games tied for third-most in the league and his nine multi-assist games tied for eighth-most.
  • Eichel has 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 Monday.
  • Sam Reinhart ranks second on the Sabres with 11 multi-point games this season. The team is 8-2-1 this season (.773) and 39-7-8 (.796) in his career when he records at least two points.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 1/27 games)

  • Eichel: 21 EVG (T-3rd), 6 GWG (T-3rd), 28 G (5th), 42 EVP (T-7th), 62 PTS (9th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (T-8th)
  • Olofsson: 9 PPG (T-8th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (145), Girgensons (77), McCabe (65)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (62), Ristolainen (56), Jokiharju (45)
Shots: Eichel (163), 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: 5-4-0 (10), 28/27, 6/25, 20/25

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 … 5 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Kyle Okposo … 8 goals … 200 career goals
Assists
Jack Eichel … 8 assists … 200 career assists
Points
Kyle Okposo … 1 point … 500 career points
Zach Bogosian … 6 points … 200 career points
Johan Larsson … 9 points … 100 career points 

RECENT MILESTONES
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