Game Preview: 2/1/20 vs. Columbus

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 LAST GAME
Thursday, January 30
Montreal 3 at Buffalo 1
Goals: Eichel
Goalie: Hutton (27 saves/29 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 1/3; PK: 1/1; Shots: Montreal 30 – Buffalo 21

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 236)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 51 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 35 games
Tage Thompson (shoulder, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 31 games
Victor Olofsson (lower body, Jan. 4; injured reserve) – 9 games
Linus Ullmark (lower body, Jan. 30; injured reserve) – 1 game
Kyle Okposo (upper body, Feb. 1) – 0 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/26: Recalled D Lawrence Pilut from Rochester (AHL)
1/28: Activated F Jeff Skinner from IR
1/29: Recalled G Jonas Johansson from Rochester (AHL)
1/30: Placed G Linus Ullmark on IR
1/31: Recalled F Jean-Sebastien Dea from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Sunday, Feb. 9: Anaheim at Buffalo, 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 11: Detroit at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
BLUE JACKETS at SABRES

  • This is the second of three meetings between the Sabres and Blue Jackets this season.
  • Last meeting: Columbus defeated Buffalo 4-3 (OT) in Columbus on Oct. 7, 2019
  • Next meeting: Thursday, Feb. 13 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Blue Jackets; 4-5-1 at home.
  • This is the 34th game all-time between Buffalo and Columbus; Buffalo has a 12-17-4 series record.
  • The Sabres are 7-9-1 at home against the Blue Jackets all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 6-7-5 all-time on February 1.
  • February 1, 1976: Gilbert Perreault records two goals and five assists as the Sabres pick up a 9-5 road win against the California Seals. Danny Gare and the Seals’ Jim Moxey and Wayne Merrick all score goals within 18 seconds of each other in the third period.
  • February 1, 1981: Ric Seiling scores the 3,000th goal in franchise history and Don Edwards records his 13th shutout as a member of the Sabres as Buffalo defeats Winnipeg 4-0 at home.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 4-1-2 in afternoon games this season, including a 4-1-0 record at home.
  • Jack Eichel has been held without a point in just three of his last 32 games played. During that stretch, which began with a four-goal performance vs. Ottawa on Nov. 16, Buffalo’s captain has totaled 45 points (22+23) in 32 appearances, also missing one game due to injury.
    • Entering play Friday, Eichel trailed only Artemi Panarin (47) and Nathan MacKinnon (46) for the most points in the league during that timeframe.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 12 points (6+6) in the Sabres’ last 12 contests, including at least a point in eight of the last 10 (6+5).
  • Jack Eichel has totaled seven points (3+4) in six career home games against the Blue Jackets.
  • Jeff Skinner has recorded 14 points (7+7) in his last 14 meetings with Columbus, including four points (3+1) in four games since joining the Sabres.
  • Marcus Johansson has scored in each of his last two games against the Blue Jackets.
  • Colin Miller has recorded an assist in two consecutive games against Columbus entering today’s contest.

HOME COOKING

  • Today’s game is the third in 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 team is averaging 3.28 goals per game at home this season, which would mark Buffalo’s best home scoring rate since the 2007-08 season (3.39).
  • With 40 points (22+18) in 25 home games this season, Jack Eichel’s 1.60 points per game at home tied for third-most in the league entering play Friday. His plus-17 rating at home ranked second.
  • Sam Reinhart (12+13) is also producing at a point-per-game rate through 25 home games this season. Reinhart has totaled 14 points (6+8) in his last 11 games at KeyBank Center, including five multi-point outings.

30/30 CLUB

  • With his goal on Jan. 30 vs. Montreal, Jack Eichel became the first Sabres player to record 30 goals and 30 assists in a season since Jason Pominville (30+43) in 2011-12.
  • He became the 23rd different player in franchise history to accomplish this feat at least once. Gilbert Perreault reached the 30/30 mark a franchise-record 10 times in his 17-season career.
  • Eichel reached the 30/30 mark in 50 games played, matching Perreault’s personal best for fewest games needed to get to 30 goals and 30 assists (1974-75). Only four different Sabres have tallied 30 goals and 30 assists in a season in fewer than 50 games played:
    • Pat LaFontaine, 1991-92: 31 GP
    • Pat LaFontaine, 1992-93: 42 GP
    • Rick Martin, 1974-75: 47 GP
    • Alexander Mogilny, 1992-93: 47 GP
    • Rene Robert, 1972-73: 48 GP

TEEN TITAN

  • Rasmus Dahlin has totaled 73 points (12+61) through his first 125 NHL games, including 29 points (3+26) in 43 games this season.
  • With his assist on Jan.30 vs. Montreal, Dahlin passed Bobby Orr for fourth-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 before Friday’s game vs. Vegas.
  • Entering play Friday, Dahlin’s .58 points per game in his career ranked as the 18th-highest rate among active NHL defensemen with at least 10 career games played. His .67 points per game so far this season represent the best single-season scoring rate by a Sabres defenseman since Brian Campbell (.68) in 2007-08.

SETTING THE PACE

  • With his 29th goal in his 49th game of the season on Jan. 28 vs. Ottawa, Jack Eichel topped his previous best total set in the 2018-19 season (77 GP). He now has 30 goals in 50 games played this season.
  • Eichel’s output through 51 team games currently has him on pace to finish the season with 49 goals and 104 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 70 Eichel is currently on pace for.
  • Despite missing eight games due to injury, Rasmus Dahlin is currently on pace to record 50 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 (29) and points (68).

JACK ATTACK

  • Entering play Friday, Jack Eichel’s 30 goals this season tied for fourth-most among all NHL players and his 64 points ranked eighth 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. His four assists at this year’s event moved him past Rick Martin (7) for the most career All-Star Game points as a member of the Sabres (2+6).
  • He joins 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.
  • 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).
  • Eichel hasn’t been held without a point in three consecutive appearances since early November. In his 34 games played since then, he has totaled 47 points (23+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 Friday’s games. The Sabres are 12-3-2 (.765) in those games.
  • Entering play Friday, Eichel’s six multi-goal games tied for third-most in the league and his nine multi-assist games tied for 11th-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 Friday.
  • 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 1/31 games)

  • Eichel: 22 EVG (T-3rd), 6 GWG (T-3rd), 30 G (T-4th), 43 EVP (T-5th), 64 PTS (8th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (T-8th)
  • Olofsson: 9 PPG (T-8th)
  • Ristolainen: 153 hits (T-10th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (153), Girgensons (81), McCabe (66)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (65), Ristolainen (56), Jokiharju (46)
Shots: Eichel (169), Skinner (130), Reinhart (104)

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: 5-5-0 (10), 30/32, 7/29, 21/29
51-60: 0-1-0 (0), 1/3, 1/3, 1/1

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 … 4 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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