Game Preview: 2/23/20 vs. Winnipeg

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LAST GAME
Saturday, February 22
Buffalo 5 at Pittsburgh 2
Goals: Eichel (2), Girgensons, Reinhart, Skinner
Goalie: Hutton (41 saves/43 shots)
PP: 2/3; PK: 2/2; Shots: Pittsburgh 43 – Buffalo 26

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 298)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 61 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 45 games
Tage Thompson (shoulder, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 41 games
Linus Ullmark (lower body, Jan. 30; injured reserve) – 11 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
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)
2/18: Assigned F Taylor Leier to Rochester (AHL)
2/21: Placed D Zach Bogosian on unconditional waivers; Assigned F Scott Wilson to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Tuesday, March 3: Buffalo at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
Thursday, March 5: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
JETS at SABRES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Jets this season.
  • Last meeting: Winnipeg defeated Buffalo 3-1 in Buffalo on Feb. 10, 2019
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, March 3 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Jets; 4-5-1 at home.
  • This is the 64th game all-time between Buffalo and Winnipeg; Buffalo has a 27-25-11 series record.
  • The Sabres are 17-11-4 at home against the Jets all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 14-6-0 all-time on February 23.
  • February 23, 2011: The Sabres defeat the Atlanta Thrashers 4-1 in the team’s first game under the ownership of the Pegulas, a day after Terry and Kim Pegula announced their purchase of the team. All three members of the French Connection surprise Terry on the ice in a pre-game ceremony.
  • February 23, 2019: Sam Reinhart records his third career hat trick as the Sabres top the Washington Capitals by a score of 5-2.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 6-2-2 in afternoon games this season, including a 5-2-0 record at home.
  • Henri Jokiharju is expected to appear in his 100th NHL game today.
  • Jack Eichel has recorded at least a point in each of Buffalo’s last seven games (4+7). It’s his third point streak of at least seven games this season.
  • Rasmus Dahlin enters today’s game on a career-best six-game point streak (1+6). He has recorded at least a point in 14 of his last 17 games (2+14) dating back to Jan. 4.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has tallied at least one assist in each of Buffalo’s last four games, totaling six assists and a plus-7 rating in those contests.
  • Kyle Okposo enters today’s game on a three-game point streak (2+1).

HOT AGAINST WINNIPEG

  • Carter Hutton has a .973 save percentage in his last five appearances against Winnipeg.
  • Marcus Johansson has recorded 19 points (3+16) in 19 games against the Jets since they moved to Winnipeg in 2011-12, including seven multi-point outings.
  • Jack Eichel has totaled seven points (4+3) in seven career games against the Jets.
  • Jeff Skinner has recorded six points (3+3) in six games against Winnipeg since the beginning of the 2016-17 season.
  • Colin Miller has totaled three points (1+2) in his last two meetings with the Jets.
  • Rasmus Dahlin recorded an assist in both of Buffalo’s games against the Jets as a rookie last season.

BACK-TO-BACK
Today’s game wraps up Buffalo’s 11th of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 5-2 win at Pittsburgh yesterday afternoon. The Sabres are 4-5-2 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 5-4-1 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (0), three points (3), two points (5), one point (0) and zero points (2).

RETURN OF THE ROOKIE

  • Victor Olofsson, who missed 15 games with a lower body injury from Jan. 4 to Feb. 11, has recorded five points (3+2) in four games since returning from injury.
  • After yesterday’s game, Olofsson ranked second among all NHL rookies with 19 goals this season. His .87 points per game led all rookies with more than one game played.
  • Olofsson’s 40 points in 46 games so far this season (.870 points per game) this season ranks as the fourth-best scoring rate all-time 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): .870 PTS/GP
    • Dave Andreychuk (1982-83): .860 PTS/GP

TEEN TITAN

  • Rasmus Dahlin has totaled 81 points (13+68) through his first 133 NHL games, including 37 points (4+33) in 51 games this season.
  • With his assist on Feb. 18 at Ottawa, Dahlin passed 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.
  • After yesterday’s game, Dahlin’s .61 points per game in his career ranked as the 12th-highest rate among active NHL defensemen with at least 10 career games played. His .73 points per game so far this season represent the best single-season scoring rate by a Sabres defenseman with more than one game 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 35 goals in 60 games played this season.
  • Eichel’s output through 61 team games currently has him on pace to finish the season with 47 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), 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 68 Eichel is currently on pace for.
  • Eichel needs three points to become just the ninth player in franchise history to record 80 points in back-to-back seasons at least once. He would join 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 (67).
  • Despite missing 10 games due to injury, Rasmus Dahlin is currently on pace to record 52 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 will supplant Eichel and Derek Plante as the seventh-most prolific rookie season in Sabres history. It would be 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 42 games played. During that stretch, which began with a four-goal performance vs. Ottawa on Nov. 16, Buffalo’s captain has totaled 58 points (27+31) in 42 appearances, also missing one game due to injury. Only Artemi Panarin (60) had more points during that stretch at the conclusion of yesterday’s game.
    • Following yesterday’s game, only three NHL players had recorded at least a point in more games this season than Eichel’s 46: Leon Draisaitl (50), Nathan MacKinnon (48) and Patrick Kane (48).
  • With an 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).
  • 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 20 multi-point games this season, ranking as the 11th-most in the NHL at the conclusion of yesterday’s game. The Sabres are 15-3-2 (.800) in those games.
  • After yesterday’s game, Eichel’s seven multi-goal games tied for fourth-most in the league and his 11 multi-assist games tied for ninth-most.
  • Sam Reinhart ranks second on the Sabres with 13 multi-point games this season. The team is 10-2-1 this season (.808) and 41-7-8 (.804) in his career when he records at least two points.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings after yesterday’s game)

  • Eichel: 3 OTG (T-2nd), 9 GWG (T-2nd), 35 G (T-4th), 24 EVG (T-6th), 77 PTS (T-6th), 26 PPP (T-6th), 50 EVP (T-8th), 10 PPG (T-10th)
  • Olofsson: 11 PPG (T-4th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (179), Girgensons (95), McCabe (80)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (80), Ristolainen (69), Jokiharju (55)
Shots: Eichel (203), Skinner (154), Reinhart (126)

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: 5-4-1 (11), 28/33, 5/23, 13/17
61-70: 1-0-0 (2), 5/2, 2/3, 2/2

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

RECENT MILESTONES
Jack Eichel … 200th NHL assist … Feb. 18 at OTT

 

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