Game Preview: 2/6/20 vs. Detroit

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Tuesday, February 4
Colorado 6 at Buffalo 1
Goals: Reinhart
Goalie: Hutton (8 saves/13 shots) / Johansson (13 saves/14 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 0/0; Shots: Colorado 27 – Buffalo 24

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 253)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 53 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 37 games
Tage Thompson (shoulder, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 33 games
Victor Olofsson (lower body, Jan. 4; injured reserve) – 11 games
Linus Ullmark (lower body, Jan. 30; injured reserve) – 3 games
Kyle Okposo (upper body, Feb. 1; injured reserve) – 2 games
Rasmus Dahlin (upper body, Feb. 4) – 1 game
Johan Larsson (lower body, Feb. 4) – 1 game
Curtis Lazar (illness, Feb. 4) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/31: Recalled F Jean-Sebastien Dea from Rochester (AHL)
2/4: Recalled F Rasmus Asplund from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Kyle Okposo on IR
2/5: Recalled F Scott Wilson from Rochester (AHL); Assigned F Jean-Sebastien Dea to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Thursday, Feb. 13: Columbus at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 16: Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
RED WINGS at SABRES

  • This is the third of four meetings between the Sabres and Red Wings this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Detroit 5-1 in Detroit on Jan. 12.
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 11 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Red Wings; 4-4-2 at home.
  • This is the 144th game all-time between Buffalo and Detroit; Buffalo has a 65-59-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 38-20-11 at home against the Red Wings all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-9-5 all-time on February 6.
  • February 6, 1972: Jim Lorentz and Rick Martin each score a pair of goals as the Sabres defeat the Boston Bruins 8-2 at home. Lorentz would finish the game with four points.
  • February 6, 1981: The Sabres get multi-goal games from Andre Savard (3), Danny Gare (2) and J-F Sauve (2) as they defeat the Detroit Red Wings 7-3 at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium.
  • February 6, 1986: Dave Andreychuk scores a franchise-record five goals and adds one assist in an 8-6 win at Boston.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 10-2-2 against the Red Wings since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, including a 3-1-2 record at home.
  • Buffalo has killed 35 of 39 penalties (89.7%) against Detroit in the 11 meetings between the clubs dating back to March 20, 2017.
  • Since the beginning of January, the Sabres have gone 8-for-30 on the power play. Their conversion rate of 26.7 percent during that stretch tied as the eighth-best rate in the league in 2020 entering play Wednesday.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 14 points (7+7) in the Sabres’ last 14 contests, including at least a point (7+6) in 10 of the last 12.

CLIPPING THE WINGS

  • Jack Eichel has 14 points (4+10) in 12 games against the Red Wings since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, including five points (2+3) in five meetings in Buffalo. He has recorded at least a point in each of the last seven matchups between the teams (2+7).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has totaled 17 points (2+15) in 17 games against Detroit since the beginning of the 2015-16 season.
  • Sam Reinhart enters tonight’s game with four points (2+2) in his last four meetings with the Red Wings.
  • Rasmus Dahlin has totaled five points (1+4) in six career games against Detroit.
  • Brandon Montour has recorded a point in each of his last three games against the Red Wings (1+2).
  • 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.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens Buffalo’s 10 of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night at NY Rangers. The Sabres are 3-5-1 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 4-4-1 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 (5), one point (0) and zero points (2).

HOME COOKING

  • Tonight’s game is the fifth 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 tomorrow night at NY Rangers.
  • The team is averaging 3.15 goals per game at home this season, which would mark Buffalo’s best home scoring rate since the 2007-08 season (3.39).
  • With 42 points (23+19) in 27 home games this season, Jack Eichel’s 1.56 points per game at home ranked fifth in the league entering play Wednesday. His plus-18 rating at home ranked second.
  • Sam Reinhart (13+14) is also producing at a point-per-game rate through 27 home games this season. Reinhart has totaled 16 points (7+9) in his last 13 games at KeyBank Center, including five multi-point outings.

TEEN TITAN

  • Rasmus Dahlin has totaled 74 points (12+62) through his first 126 NHL games, including 30 points (3+27) in 44 games this season.
  • With his assist on Jan. 30 vs. Montreal, Dahlin passed Bobby Orr (72) 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 84 points (40+44) in 135 career games.
  • Entering play Wednesday, 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 .681 points per game so far this season represent the best single-season scoring rate by a Sabres defenseman since Brian Campbell (.683) 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 31 goals in 52 games played this season.
  • Eichel’s output through 53 team games currently has him on pace to finish the season with 48 goals and 103 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 nine 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 has scored 19 goals through his first 53 games this season. He reached the 20-goal mark in 69 games in his quickest season to 20 (2015-16). Reinhart is currently on pace to set career-high totals in both goals (29) and points (68).

JACK ATTACK

  • Entering play Monday, Jack Eichel’s 31 goals this season ranked fourth among all NHL players and his 66 points tied for seventh in the league.
  • Eichel has been held without a point in just three of his last 34 games played. During that stretch, which began with a four-goal performance vs. Ottawa on Nov. 16, Buffalo’s captain has totaled 47 points (23+24) in 34 appearances, also missing one game due to injury.
    • Entering play Wednesday, Eichel trailed only Artemi Panarin (50) for the most points in the league during that timeframe.
  • 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.
  • Eichel’s 60th point of the season on Jan. 14 vs. Vegas made him the first Sabre to reach 60 points in 46 or fewer games since 1992-93 (Pat LaFontaine and Alexander Mogilny).
  • With his 30th 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 and tied Gilbert Perreault’s 1974-75 season as the sixth-fewest games needed to reach the 30/30 mark (50).

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 17 multi-point games this season, ranking as the 12th-most in the NHL before Wednesday’s games. The Sabres are 12-3-2 (.765) in those games.
  • Entering play Wednesday, Eichel’s six multi-goal games tied for fourth-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 (10), David Pastrnak (9) and Artemi Panarin (8) had more games with at least three points this season entering play Wednesday.
  • 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 2/5 games)

  • Eichel: 3 OTG (T-2nd), 23 EVG (3rd), 7 GWG (3rd), 31 G (4th), 45 EVP (T-5th), 66 PTS (T-7th), 20 PPP (T-10th)
  • Olofsson: 9 PPG (T-9th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (158), Girgensons (85), McCabe (70)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (69), Ristolainen (60), Jokiharju (49)
Shots: Eichel (174), Skinner (136), Reinhart (110)

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: 1-2-0 (2), 4/10, 1/5, 3/3

OVERTIME RESULTS (5-6; 125-134 all-time)
Oct. 7 at CBJ: L, 4-3 (Texier, 2:08)
Oct. 9 vs. MTL: W, 5-4 (Johansson, 1:30)
Oct. 22 vs. SJS: W, 4-3 (Eichel, 3:13)
Nov. 14 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (Hamilton, 2:28)
Nov. 27 vs. CGY: L, 3-2 (Lindholm, 1:17)
Nov. 30 at TOR: L, 2-1 (Tavares, 1:45)
Dec. 7 at VAN: L, 6-5 (Miller, 3:21)
Dec. 8 at EDM: W, 3-2 (Miller, 1:13)
Dec. 14 at NYI: L, 3-2 (Beauvillier, 3:04)
Jan. 2 vs. EDM: W, 3-2 (Eichel, 1:09)
Feb. 1 vs. CBJ: W, 2-1 (Eichel, 0:36)

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
Henri Jokiharju … 9 games … 100 career games played
Assists
Jack Eichel … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Points
Zach Bogosian … 6 points … 200 career points
Johan Larsson … 9 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
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