Game Preview: 2/7/20 at NY Rangers

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LAST GAME
Thursday, February 6
Detroit 4 at Buffalo 3 (SO)
Goals: Vesey, Wilson, Rodrigues
Goalie: Johansson (18 saves/21 shots)
PP: 0/4; PK: 3/4; Shots: Buffalo 32 – Detroit 21

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 260)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 54 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 38 games
Tage Thompson (shoulder, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 34 games
Victor Olofsson (lower body, Jan. 4; injured reserve) – 12 games
Linus Ullmark (lower body, Jan. 30; injured reserve) – 4 games
Kyle Okposo (upper body, Feb. 1; injured reserve) – 3 games
Rasmus Dahlin (upper body, Feb. 4) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
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
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.
Tuesday, Feb. 18: Ottawa at Buffalo, 8 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at RANGERS

  • This is the second of three meetings between the Sabres and Rangers this season.
  • Last meeting: New York defeated Buffalo 6-2 in New York on Oct. 24, 2019.
  • Next meeting: Sunday, March 22 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Rangers; 2-8-0 on the road.
  • This is the 185th game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo has an 82-67-35 series record.
  • The Sabres are 33-38-20 on the road against the Rangers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 12-7-2 all-time on February 7.
  • February 7, 1980: Danny Gare scores his eighth career hat trick and Don Edwards stops 25 shots to earn his 11th career shutout in a 9-0 win vs. Pittsburgh.
  • February 7, 1995: Donald Audette plays in his 200th NHL game, a 2-1 win vs. Washington.
  • February 7, 2013: Tyler Ennis records his 100th NHL point with an assist in a 5-4 shootout win vs. Montreal.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is the lone road game in a 20-day stretch from Jan. 28 to Feb. 16 during which the Sabres play nine of 10 games at home.
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded five points (1+4) in five games at Madison Square Garden dating back to the beginning of the 2016-17 season.
  • Michael Frolik and Marcus Johansson have each totaled three points (1+2) in their last three games against the Rangers.
  • Conor Sheary has scored three goals in four meetings with the Rangers since joining the Sabres prior to the 2018-19 season.
  • Colin Miller has recorded three assists in three road games against the Rangers since the beginning of the 2017-18 season.
  • Carter Hutton is 4-2-0 in his career against New York with a .928 save percentage and a 2.19 goals-against average.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 13 points (7+6) in the Sabres’ last 13 contests.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s 10th of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 4-3 shootout loss last night vs. Detroit. The Sabres are 3-5-2 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).

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.
  • After last night’s game, Dahlin’s .59 points per game in his career ranked as the 16th-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 53 games played this season.
  • Eichel’s output through 54 team games currently has him on pace to finish the season with 47 goals and 101 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), Mogilny (78 in 1992-93) and Gilbert Perreault (70 in 1975-76) are the only Sabres ever to have recorded more even-strength points in a season than the 69 Eichel is currently on pace for.
  • Despite missing 10 games due to injury, Rasmus Dahlin is currently on pace to record 49 points this season. With a point tonight, he would be on pace to become the Sabres’ first 50-point defenseman since Garry Galley (54) in 1995-96.
  • Sam Reinhart has scored 19 goals through his first 54 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 (67).

JACK ATTACK

  • After last night’s game, Jack Eichel’s 31 goals this season ranked fourth among all NHL players and his 66 points tied for eighth in the league.
  • Eichel has been held without a point in just four 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.
  • 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 at the conclusion of last night’s game. The Sabres are 12-3-2 (.765) in those games.
  • Following last night’s game, 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 at the conclusion of last night’s game.
  • 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 after last night’s game)

  • Eichel: 3 OTG (T-2nd), 23 EVG (3rd), 7 GWG (3rd), 31 G (4th), 45 EVP (T-5th), 66 PTS (T-8th), 20 PPP (T-10th)
  • Olofsson: 9 PPG (T-11th)
  • Ristolainen: 162 hits (11th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (162), Girgensons (87), McCabe (72)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (70), Ristolainen (61), Jokiharju (49)
Shots: Eichel (178), Skinner (141), Reinhart (111)

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: 1-2-1 (3), 7/14, 1/9, 6/7

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 (1-2; 76-71 all-time)
Oct. 11 vs. FLA: W, 3-2 (GDG-Eichel)
Oct. 28 vs. ARI: L, 3-2 (GDG-Schmaltz)
Feb. 6 vs. DET: L, 4-3 (GDG-Larkin)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Henri Jokiharju … 8 games … 100 career games played
Jimmy Vesey … 10 games … 300 career games played
Scott Wilson … 10 games … 200 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
Jonas Johansson … 1st NHL game … Feb. 4 vs. COL

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