Game Preview: 2/18/20 at Ottawa

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LAST GAME
Sunday, February 16
Toronto 2 at Buffalo 5
Goals: Larsson, Sheary, Eichel, Okposo, Vesey
Goalie: Hutton (20 saves/22 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 1/1; Shots: Buffalo 36 – Toronto 22

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 289)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 59 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 43 games
Tage Thompson (shoulder, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 39 games
Linus Ullmark (lower body, Jan. 30; injured reserve) – 9 games
Michael Frolik (illness, Feb. 16) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
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
2/17: Signed F Taylor Leier to a one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000; Placed Leier on waivers; Recalled F Scott Wilson from Rochester (AHL); Assigned G Andrew Hammond to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Saturday, Feb. 29: Buffalo at Arizona, 8 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at SENATORS

  • This is the fourth and final meeting between the Sabres and Senators this season.
  • Last meeting: Ottawa defeated Buffalo 5-2 in Buffalo on Jan. 28.
  • The Sabres are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Senators; 5-3-2 on the road.
  • This is the 145th game all-time between Buffalo and Ottawa; Buffalo has a 70-54-20 series record.
  • The Sabres are 31-30-12 on the road against the Senators all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 6-4-4 all-time on February 18.
  • February 18, 1971: Ron Anderson and Phil Goyette both contribute three points in a 6-6 tie with Pittsburgh as the Sabres erase a 3-0 deficit following the first period.
  • February 18, 2017: Rasmus Ristolainen records his 100th NHL point in a 3-2 win vs. St. Louis, becoming the third-youngest Sabres defenseman ever to reach that milestone.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is the first in a seven-game stretch during which the Sabres will play six road games. The lone home game will take place on Feb. 23 vs. Winnipeg.
  • The Sabres have gone 11-5-3 in their last 19 games against the Senators.
  • Jack Eichel has recorded 24 points (10+14) in 16 career games against the Senators, including eight points (3+5) in seven road games. The 24 points represent his highest total against any NHL opponent and his 1.5 points per game against the Senators ties his scoring rate against the Vegas Golden Knights for his personal best.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 17 points (7+10) in his last 17 meetings with the Senators.
  • Colin Miller has recorded five points (1+4) in his last four games against Ottawa.
  • Zemgus Girgensons has posted a point in both of Buffalo’s last two meetings with the Senators (1+1).
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded 17 points (9+8) in 18 games since the beginning of January. His nine goals during that stretch tied for 15th-most in the league entering play Monday.

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 and then recorded an assist on Sunday vs. Toronto.
  • Entering play Monday, Olofsson ranked second among all NHL rookies with 18 goals this season. His .86 points per game led all rookies with at least three games played.
  • Olofsson’s 38 points in 44 games so far this season (.864 points per game) this season ranks as 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): .864 PTS/GP
    • 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 79 points (13+66) through his first 131 NHL games, including 35 points (4+31) in 49 games this season.
  • With his assist on Feb. 16 vs. Toronto, Dahlin tied Ray Bourque (79) for the second-most points recorded by an NHL defenseman before his 20th birthday. He now trails only Phil Housley (132) for the 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 79.
  • Entering play Monday, Dahlin’s .60 points per game in his career ranked as the 13th-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 33 goals in 58 games played this season.
  • Eichel’s output through 59 team games currently has him on pace to finish the season with 46 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.
  • 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 (67).
  • 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. If he maintains that pace, his output would supplant Eichel’s 2015-16 season as the seventh-most prolific rookie season in Sabres history and would be the best since Ray Sheppard’s 65 points in 1987-88. He is on pace for 27 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 40 games played. During that stretch, which began with a four-goal performance vs. Ottawa on Nov. 16, Buffalo’s captain has totaled 55 points (25+30) in 40 appearances, also missing one game due to injury. Only Artemi Panarin (57) had more points during that stretch entering play Monday.
    • Entering play Monday, only three NHL players had recorded at least a point in more games this season than Eichel’s 44: Leon Draisaitl (49), Patrick Kane (46) and Nathan MacKinnon (46).
  • 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, ranking as the 11th-most in the NHL before Monday’s games. The Sabres are 14-3-2 (.789) in those games.
  • Entering play Monday, Eichel’s six multi-goal games ranked sixth in the league and his 11 multi-assist games tied for eighth-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 (12), Connor McDavid (11) and David Pastrnak (10) had more games with at least three points this season entering play Monday.
  • 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 2/17 games)

  • Eichel: 3 OTG (T-2nd), 8 GWG (T-2nd), 24 EVG (T-3rd), 33 G (T-5th), 50 EVP (6th), 74 PTS (T-6th), 23 PPP (T-8th)
  • Olofsson: 10 PPG (T-9th)
  • Ristolainen: 176 hits (10th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (176), Girgensons (92), McCabe (75)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (78), Ristolainen (67), Jokiharju (54)
Shots: Eichel (198), Skinner (149), Reinhart (123)

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: 5-3-1 (11), 24/26, 4/19, 13/15

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 … 3 games … 100 career games played
Jimmy Vesey … 5 games … 300 career games played
Colin Miller … 7 games … 300 career games played
Evan Rodrigues … 9 games … 200 career games played
Kyle Okposo … 10 games … 800 career games played
Sam Reinhart … 10 games … 400 career games played
Goals
Kyle Okposo … 7 goals … 200 career goals
Assists
Jack Eichel … 1 assist … 200 career assists
Points
Johan Larsson … 6 points … 100 career points
Wins
Carter Hutton … 8 wins … 100 career wins

RECENT MILESTONES
Kyle Okposo … 500th NHL point … Feb. 16 vs. TOR

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