Game Preview: 2/16/20 vs. Toronto

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LAST GAME
Thursday, February 13
Columbus 3 at Buffalo 4 (OT)
Goals: Olofsson (2), Eichel, Rodrigues
Goalie: Hutton (28 saves/31 shots)
PP: 1/1; PK: 1/1; Shots: Columbus 31 – Buffalo 27

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 284)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 58 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 42 games
Tage Thompson (shoulder, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 38 games
Linus Ullmark (lower body, Jan. 30; injured reserve) – 8 games
Marcus Johansson (upper body, Feb. 13) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/10: Assigned G Andrew Hammond to Rochester (AHL)
2/13: Assigned F Scott Wilson to Rochester (AHL); Activated F Kyle Okposo and F Victor Olofsson from IR
2/14: Placed D Zach Bogosian on waivers; Assigned D Lawrence Pilut to Rochester (AHL)
2/15: Recalled D John Gilmour and G Andrew Hammond from Rochester (AHL); Assigned D Zach Bogosian to Rochester

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Feb. 18: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 22: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 23: Winnipeg at Buffalo, 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 26: Buffalo at Colorado, 8 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 28: Buffalo at Vegas, 10 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
MAPLE LEAFS at SABRES

  • This is the fourth and final meeting between the Sabres and Maple Leafs this season.
  • Last meeting: Toronto defeated Buffalo 5-3 in Toronto on Dec. 17, 2019.
  • The Sabres are 2-6-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Maple Leafs; 5-4-1 at home.
  • This is the 218th game all-time between Buffalo and Toronto; Buffalo has a 116-73-28 series record.
  • The Sabres are 71-29-9 at home against the Maple Leafs all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 13-4-4 all-time on February 16.
  • February 16, 2004: Miroslav Satan scores a career-high four goals, including his 250th NHL goal and 500th NHL point, leading the Sabres to a 7-2 victory vs. Atlanta.
  • February 16, 2012: Thomas Vanek scores his 225th NHL goal in a 7-2 loss at Philadelphia, passing Miroslav Satan for seventh-most goals in team history. Vanek would finish his time with the Sabres ranked fifth in team history with 254 career regular-season goals.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Today’s game is the final in a 20-day stretch during which the Sabres played nine of 10 games at home. The lone road game during that span was a 3-2 win on Feb. 7 at NY Rangers. After today, the team will play six of its next seven games on the road.
  • The Sabres are 20-5-2 in their last 27 home games against the Maple Leafs.
  • Jack Eichel has recorded seven multi-point games in his last 12 games against the Maple Leafs.
  • Rasmus Dahlin has totaled five points (1+4) in five career meetings with Toronto, including two points (1+1) in his sole matchup with the Maple Leafs this season on Dec. 17.
  • Victor Olofsson has three points (1+2) in three games against the Maple Leafs this season.
  • Carter Hutton is 3-1-1 with a .925 save percentage in six career games against Toronto.
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded 17 points (9+8) in 17 games since the beginning of January. His nine goals during that stretch tied for 10th-most in the league entering play Saturday.

EICHEL AND THE LEAFS

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 22 points (13+9) in 16 career games against Toronto, including 11 points (7+4) in seven home games.
  • His 1.4 points per game against the Maple Leafs is his third-best career output against any NHL team, trailing only his 1.5 points per game against the Ottawa Senators and Vegas Golden Knights.
  • Eichel has scored more goals against the Maple Leafs (13) than against any other NHL opponent.
  • His .81 goals per game against Toronto also represents his highest rate against any NHL team. Among active NHL players with at least five career games against the Maple Leafs, only Alex Ovechkin (.82) has scored at a higher rate against Toronto.

RETURN OF THE ROOKIE

  • Victor Olofsson, who missed 15 games with a lower body injury from Jan. 4 to Feb. 11, scored twice in his return to the lineup on Thursday vs. Columbus. The overtime winner was his first career overtime goal and his fourth game-winning goal of the season.
  • Entering play Saturday, Olofsson ranked second among all NHL rookies with 18 goals this season.
  • Olofsson’s 37 points in 43 games so far this season match Dave Andreychuk’s total from his 43-game rookie season with the Sabres in 1982-83. Olofsson’s current .860 points per game this season ties Andreychuk for the fourth-best scoring rate among Sabres rookies with at least 15 games played:
    • Rick Martin (1971-72): 1.014 PTS/GP
    • Gilbert Perreault (1970-71): .923 PTS/GP
    • Ray Sheppard (1987-88): .878 PTS/GP
    • Victor Olofsson (2019-20)/Dave Andreychuk (1982-83): .860 PTS/GP
    • Phil Housley (1982-83): .857 PTS/GP
    • Christian Ruuttu (1986-87): .855 PTS/GP

TEEN TITAN

  • Rasmus Dahlin has totaled 78 points (13+65) through his first 130 NHL games, including 34 points (4+30) in 48 games this season.
  • With his assist on Feb. 13 vs. Columbus, Dahlin surpassed Rick Hampton (76) for third-most points recorded by an NHL defenseman before his 20th birthday. He now trails only Phil Housley (132) and Ray Bourque (79) 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 78.
  • Entering play Saturday, Dahlin’s .60 points per game in his career ranked as the 14th-highest rate among active NHL defensemen with at least 10 career games played. His .71 points per game so far this season represent the best single-season scoring rate by a Sabres defenseman with at least 15 games played since Phil Housley (1.01) in 1989-90.

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 32 goals in 57 games played this season.
  • Eichel’s output through 58 team games currently has him on pace to finish the season with 45 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 71 Eichel is currently on pace for.
  • 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 (30) and points (68).
  • Despite missing 10 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.
  • Victor Olofsson, who has missed 15 games due to injury this season, is on pace for 58 points, which would rank as the seventh-most prolific rookie season in Sabres history and the best since Ray Sheppard’s 65 points in 1987-88. He is on pace for 28 goals, which would rank him sixth among all rookies in franchise history.

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel has been held without a point in just four of his last 39 games played. During that stretch, which began with a four-goal performance vs. Ottawa on Nov. 16, Buffalo’s captain has totaled 54 points (24+30) in 39 appearances, also missing one game due to injury. Only Artemi Panarin (56) had more points during that stretch entering play Saturday.
    • Entering play Saturday, only three NHL players had recorded at least a point in more games this season than Eichel’s 43: Leon Draisaitl (47), Nathan MacKinnon (46) and Patrick Kane (44).
  • With his assist on Feb. 11 vs. Detroit, Eichel became 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 recorded his 70th point of the season in his 56th game on Feb. 11 vs. Detroit, tying for the 10th-fastest season to 70 points in Sabres history. Only six different players in franchise history have reached the 70-point mark quicker: Gilbert Perreault (3x), Pat Lafontaine (2x), Rick Martin, Alexander Mogilny, Rene Robert, Pierre Turgeon.
  • With his 40th assist on Feb. 13 vs. Columbus, Eichel became the first Sabres player to record 30 goals and 40 assists in a season since Jason Pominville (30+43) in 2011-12. He became the 16th different player in franchise history to accomplish this feat at least once.

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 19 multi-point games this season, tying as the 10th-most in the NHL before Saturday’s games. The Sabres are 14-3-2 (.789) in those games.
  • Entering play Saturday, Eichel’s six multi-goal games tied for fifth-most in the league and his 11 multi-assist games tied for seventh-most.
  • Eichel has recorded at least three points eight times this season, topping his previous career-high total (6) set in the 2016-17 season. Only Leon Draisaitl (11), Connor McDavid (11) and David Pastrnak (10) had more games with at least three points this season entering play Saturday.
  • Sam Reinhart ranks second on the Sabres with 12 multi-point games this season. The team is 9-2-1 this season (.792) and 40-7-8 (.800) in his career when he records at least two points.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 2/15 games)

  • Eichel: 3 OTG (T-2nd), 24 EVG (3rd), 7 GWG (T-3rd), 32 G (T-4th), 50 EVP (T-4th), 73 PTS (6th), 22 PPP (T-10th)
  • Olofsson: 10 PPG (T-9th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (171), Girgensons (92), McCabe (75)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (75), Ristolainen (66), Jokiharju (53)
Shots: Eichel (193), Skinner (149), Reinhart (122)

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: 4-3-1 (9), 19/24, 3/16, 12/14

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-6; 126-134 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)
Feb. 13 vs. CBJ: W, 4-3 (Olofsson, 2:44)

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 … 4 games … 100 career games played
Jimmy Vesey … 6 games … 300 career games played
Colin Miller … 8 games … 300 career games played
Evan Rodrigues … 10 games … 200 career games played
Goals
Kyle Okposo … 8 goals … 200 career goals
Assists
Jack Eichel … 1 assist … 200 career assists
Points
Kyle Okposo … 1 point … 500 career points
Johan Larsson … 8 points … 100 career points
Wins
Carter Hutton … 9 wins … 100 career wins 

RECENT MILESTONES
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