Game Preview: 3/3/20 at Winnipeg

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LAST GAME
Saturday, February 29
Buffalo 2 at Arizona 5
Goals: Johansson, Skinner
Goalie: Johansson (26 saves/30 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 0/2; PK: 2/2; Shots: Arizona 31 – Buffalo 27

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 315)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 65 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 49 games
Tage Thompson (shoulder, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 45 games
Linus Ullmark (lower body, Jan. 30; injured reserve) – 15 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/27: Recalled D Lawrence Pilut from Rochester (AHL); Assigned D John Gilmour to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, March 5: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 7: Philadelphia at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, March 9: Washington at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 12: Buffalo at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Friday, March 13: Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at JETS

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Jets this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Winnipeg 2-1 in Buffalo on Feb. 23.
  • The Sabres are 6-4-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Jets; 3-6-1 on the road.
  • This is the 65th game all-time between Buffalo and Winnipeg; Buffalo has a 28-25-11 series record.
  • The Sabres are 10-14-7 on the road against the Jets all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-8-8 all-time on March 3.
  • March 3, 1977: The Sabres get multi-point efforts from six different players — led by Bill Hajt’s three points (1+2) — and goals from seven different players in the team’s 7-2 win vs. Los Angeles.
  • March 3, 2006: Derek Roy records his first NHL hat trick in a 6-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Buffalo.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • If he dresses tonight, Colin Miller would appear in his 300th NHL game tonight. Miller has totaled three points (1+2) in his last three meetings with the Jets.
  • Carter Hutton has a .973 save percentage in his last five appearances against Winnipeg.
  • Marcus Johansson has recorded 19 points (3+16) in 20 games against the Jets since they moved to Winnipeg in 2011-12, including seven multi-point outings.
  • Kyle Okposo has posted 17 points (7+10) in his last 17 matchups with Winnipeg, logging seven multi-point games against the Jets during that stretch.
  • Jack Eichel has totaled five points (3+2) in his last four games against the Jets.
  • Jeff Skinner has recorded six points (3+3) in seven games against Winnipeg since the beginning of the 2016-17 season.

CABER’S ON THE WARPATH

  • Jake McCabe enters tonight’s game with points in each of Buffalo’s last three games, tying as the longest point streak of his career. He has previously tallied points in three straight games three times, most recently in October 2018.
  • During his point streak, McCabe has also led all Sabres in shots for percentage (69.39%), corsi for percentage (57.95%), and expected goals percentage (63.60%) during 5-on-5 play. (via NaturalStatTrick.com)
  • With career-best full-season rates in these categories this season, he ranks at or near the top among active Sabres defensemen in each metric: 51.58 SF% (1st), 50.42 CF% (2nd), 50.16 xGF% (1st).

THE NEW GUYS

  • The Sabres acquired forwards Dominik Kahun and Wayne Simmonds in trades before the trade deadline on Feb. 24.
  • With a goal on his first shot as a member of the Sabres on Friday at Vegas, Kahun became the 57th player ever to score in his Sabres debut. He followed that up with an assist the next night at Arizona.
    • Kahun joined Jack Eichel, Zemgus Girgensons, Curtis Lazar and Kyle Okposo as the fifth active Sabre to score in his debut. Girgensons, Lazar and Okposo also scored with their first shots as Sabres, and Eichel scored on his second.
  • By scoring just 22 seconds into his Sabres career, Kahun needed the least amount of ice time to score his first goal as a Sabre of any player since 2009-10, when the NHL began tracking the statistic. He topped Okposo’s 51 seconds on Oct. 16, 2016 at Edmonton.
  • Through his first three games with the Sabres, Simmonds has totaled 11 hits, trailing only Rasmus Ristolainen (15) for most on the team in those games. He tallied his first point as a member of the Sabres with an assist on Saturday at Arizona.

THE LOG LINE

  • The line of Zemgus Girgensons, Johan Larsson and Kyle Okposo has scored five goals in Buffalo’s last six games.
  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, the line has outscored opponents 5-1, outshot them 35-30 and out-attempted them 59-54 when on the ice together in those six games despite having an offensive zone start percentage of just 32.4 percent.
  • Okposo has recorded six points (4+2) in Buffalo’s last seven games.
  • Girgensons enters tonight’s contest with four points (2+2) in the Sabres’ last five games.
    • Girgensons’ 19 points through 65 games are his highest total since his career-best 30 points in 2014-15. He needs three more goals to tie his career high of 15 set in 2014-15.
  • With an assist on Wednesday at Colorado, Larsson tied his previous career high of 17 points in his 56th game of the season. All 17 points have come at even-strength, topping his previous career high of 15 in 2017-18.
    • Larsson is now four goals and two assists from tying his career highs in those categories.

TEEN TITAN

  • Rasmus Dahlin has totaled 81 points (13+68) through his first 137 NHL games, including 37 points (4+33) in 55 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.
  • Dahlin’s .59 points per game in his career rank as the 15th-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

  • Jack Eichel is currently on pace to finish the season with 44 goals and 97 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.
  • 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 a new career high in goals (28).

JACK ATTACK

  • With an assist on Feb. 11 vs. Detroit, Jack Eichel became the 14th player ever to record 70 points in consecutive seasons at least once as a member of the Sabres.
    • He 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.
  • 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, tying as the 11th-most in the NHL entering play Monday. The Sabres are 15-3-2 (.800) in those games.
  • Eichel’s seven multi-goal games tied for fifth-most in the league and his 11 multi-assist games tied for 11th-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 before 3/2 games)

  • Eichel: 3 OTG (T-2nd), 9 GWG (T-3rd), 35 G (6th), 26 PPP (T-7th), 24 EVG (T-8th), 77 PTS (T-9th), 50 EVP (T-10th)
  • Olofsson: 11 PPG (T-7th)
  • Ristolainen: 194 hits (9th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (194), Girgensons (104), McCabe/Miller (84)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (86), Ristolainen (80), Jokiharju (58)
Shots: Eichel (217), Skinner (168), Reinhart (132)

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, 23/32a
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: 2-3-0 (4), 13/15, 2/11, 6/8

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
Colin Miller … 1 game … 300 career games played
Kyle Okposo … 4 games … 800 career games played
Sam Reinhart … 4 games … 400 career games played
Goals
Kyle Okposo … 4 goals … 200 career goals
Points
Wayne Simmonds … 1 point … 500 career points
Johan Larsson … 4 points … 100 career points
Wins
Carter Hutton … 7 wins … 100 career wins 

RECENT MILESTONES
Jimmy Vesey … 300th NHL game … Feb. 28 at VGK

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