Game Preview: 2/11/20 vs. Detroit

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LAST GAME
Sunday, February 9
Anaheim 3 at Buffalo 2
Goals: Larsson, Dahlin
Goalie: Johansson (25 saves/28 shots)
PP: 1/2; PK: 1/1; Shots: Buffalo 33 – Anaheim 28

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 273)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 56 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 40 games
Tage Thompson (shoulder, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 36 games
Victor Olofsson (lower body, Jan. 4; injured reserve) – 14 games
Linus Ullmark (lower body, Jan. 30; injured reserve) – 6 games
Kyle Okposo (upper body, Feb. 1; injured reserve) – 5 games
Marcus Johansson (illness, Feb. 9) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/5: Recalled F Scott Wilson from Rochester (AHL); Assigned F Jean-Sebastien Dea to Rochester (AHL)
2/8: Assigned F Rasmus Asplund and D Lawrence Pilut to Rochester (AHL)
2/9: Recalled D Lawrence Pilut and G Andrew Hammond from Rochester (AHL)
2/10: Assigned G Andrew Hammond to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Saturday, Feb. 22: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 23: Winnipeg at Buffalo, 3 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
RED WINGS at SABRES

  • This is the fourth and final meeting between the Sabres and Red Wings this season.
  • Last meeting: Detroit defeated Buffalo 4-3 (SO) in Buffalo on Feb. 6.
  • The Sabres are 6-2-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Red Wings; 3-4-3 at home.
  • This is the 145th game all-time between Buffalo and Detroit; Buffalo has a 65-59-20 series record.
  • The Sabres are 38-20-12 at home against the Red Wings all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-11-1 all-time on February 11.
  • February 11, 2006: Thomas Vanek scores on two of his seven shots as Sabres top the Florida Panthers 5-3.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Today’s game is the eighth in a 20-day stretch during which the Sabres play nine of 10 games at home. The lone road game during that span was a 3-2 win on Friday at NY Rangers.
  • The road team has won seven of the last eight meetings between the Sabres and Red Wings, including each of the last five.
  • The Sabres are 10-2-3 against the Red Wings since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, including a 3-1-3 record at home.
  • Buffalo has killed 38 of 43 penalties (88.4%) against Detroit in the 12 meetings between the clubs dating back to March 20, 2017.
  • Jimmy Vesey enters tonight’s game on a three-game point streak (2+2). He would tie the best streak of his career (Nov. 24 to 29, 2019) with a point tonight.

CLIPPING THE WINGS

  • Jack Eichel has 14 points (4+10) in 13 games against the Red Wings since the beginning of the 2016-17 season.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has totaled 18 points (2+16) in 18 games against Detroit since the beginning of the 2015-16 season. His 18 career points against the Red Wings lead all Sabres.
  • Evan Rodrigues has scored three goals in three games against the Red Wings this season.
  • Rasmus Dahlin has totaled five points (1+4) in six career games against Detroit.
  • Conor Sheary has tallied a point in four of his last six meetings with the Red Wings (2+2), including an assist in each of the last two.
  • 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.

PUTTING IN TIME

  • In Buffalo’s last game on Sunday vs. Anaheim, Jack Eichel led both teams with a career-high 28:22 of ice time, topping his previous high (26:14 on April 2, 2019 vs. Nashville) by more than two minutes.
    • It was the highest ice time by a Sabres forward since Miroslav Satan logged 28:40 on Nov. 15, 2002 vs. Toronto.
    • Eichel’s 24:48 of even-strength ice time in the game was the most recorded by a Sabres forward since the NHL began tracking ice time in 1997-98, topping Dixon Ward’s previous record of 23:40 on Jan. 20, 1998 at Philadelphia.
    • Entering play Monday, Eichel ranked second among all NHL forwards with an average ice time of 22:08 per game this season, trailing only Leon Draisaitl (22:26). Among the 22 forwards who averaged at least 20 minutes of ice time per game entering play Monday, Eichel’s plus-15 rating trailed only Artemi Panarin (plus-24) and Bryan Rust (plus-17).
  • Jimmy Vesey (25:52) and Sam Reinhart (25:34) also set career highs in ice time on Sunday. Vesey’s 25:52 topped his previous high of 23:51 set on Dec. 2, 2018 vs. Winnipeg. Reinhart’s 25:34 surpassed the career-high mark he had set just three days prior on Feb. 6 vs. Detroit (25:25).

TEEN TITAN

  • Rasmus Dahlin has totaled 75 points (13+62) through his first 128 NHL games, including 31 points (4+27) in 46 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 75.
  • Entering play Monday, Dahlin’s .59 points per game in his career ranked as the 17th-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 31 goals in 55 games played this season.
  • Eichel’s output through 56 team games currently has him on pace to finish the season with 46 goals and 102 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.
  • Eichel’s next point will make him the 14th player ever to record 70 points in consecutive seasons at least once as a member of the Sabres. The last player to do so was Derek Roy in 2007-08 (81) and 2008-09 (70).
    • Eichel is on pace to become just the ninth player in franchise history to record 80 points in back-to-back seasons at least once, joining Danny Gare, Dale Hawerchuk, Pat LaFontaine, Rick Martin, Alexander Mogilny, Gilbert Perreault, Rene Robert and Pierre Turgeon.
  • Sam Reinhart scored his 20th goal of the season in his 55th game on Feb. 7 at NY Rangers, surpassing the 2015-16 season as his previous quickest season to 20 goals (69 games). Reinhart is currently on pace to set career-high totals in both goals (29) and points (66).

JACK ATTACK

  • Entering play Monday, Jack Eichel’s 31 goals this season tied for fifth-most among all NHL players and his 69 points tied for sixth in the league.
  • Eichel has been held without a point in just four of his last 37 games played. During that stretch, which began with a four-goal performance vs. Ottawa on Nov. 16, Buffalo’s captain has totaled 50 points (23+27) in 37 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 18 multi-point games this season, tying as the 10th-most in the NHL before Monday’s games. The Sabres are 13-3-2 (.778) in those games.
  • Entering play Monday, Eichel’s six multi-goal games tied for fourth-most in the league and his 10 multi-assist games tied for ninth-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 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 2/10 games)

  • Eichel: 3 OTG (T-2nd), 23 EVG (3rd), 7 GWG (3rd), 31 G (T-5th), 47 EVP (T-5th), 69 PTS (T-6th), 21 PPP (T-9th)
  • Ristolainen: 168 hits (9th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (168), Girgensons (91), McCabe (73)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (74), Ristolainen (62), Jokiharju (50)
Shots: Eichel (183), Skinner (145), Reinhart (117)

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: 2-3-1 (5), 12/19, 2/12, 8/10

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 … 6 games … 100 career games played
Jimmy Vesey … 8 games … 300 career games played
Scott Wilson … 8 games … 200 career games played
Colin Miller … 10 games … 300 career games played
Assists
Jack Eichel … 4 assists … 200 career assists
Points
Zach Bogosian … 6 points … 200 career points
Johan Larsson … 8 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
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