Game Preview: 1/19/21 at Philadelphia


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Monday, January 18
Buffalo 6 at Philadelphia 1
Goals: Lazar (2), Reinhart (2), Jokiharju, Olofsson
Goalie: Hutton (21 saves/22 shots)
PP: 2/4; PK: 1/1; Shots: Buffalo 37 – Philadelphia 22

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 6)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zemgus Girgensons (hamstring, Jan. 14; injured reserve) – 3 games
Kyle Okposo (lower body; injured reserve, Jan. 14) – 3 games

1/13: Assigned F Rasmus Asplund, F Casey Mittelstadt, D William Borgen, D Brandon Davidson and G Jonas Johansson to the taxi squad
1/14: Assigned F Jack Quinn to the taxi squad
1/18: Recalled G Jonas Johansson from the taxi squad
1/19: Recalled F Rasmus Asplund from the taxi squad; Placed F Kyle Okposo on IR

Friday, Jan. 22: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 24: Buffalo at Washington, 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 26: NY Rangers at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 28: NY Rangers at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 30: New Jersey at Buffalo, 1 p.m.


  • This is the second of eight meetings between the Sabres and Flyers this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Philadelphia 6-1 in Philadelphia on Jan. 18
  • Next meeting: Friday, Feb. 26 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 3-7-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Flyers; 3-6-1 on the road.
  • This is the 183nd game all-time between Buffalo and Philadelphia; Buffalo has a 70-88-24 series record.
  • The Sabres are 26-54-14 on the road against the Flyers all-time.


  • The Sabres are 9-8-3 all-time on January 19.
  • January 19, 1978: Led by a trio of two-goal performances (Don Luce, Rick Martin, Craig Ramsay), the Sabres defeat the Cleveland Barons 9-2.
  • January 19, 2001: Dominik Hasek records his 50th shutout as a member of the Sabres, blanking the Florida Panthers 1-0.


  • With a win tonight, the Sabres would have wins in consecutive meetings with the Flyers for the first time since they won three in a row from Feb. 19 to Oct. 30, 2015.
  • The road team has won just 60 of the 182 regular-season matchups between the Sabres and Flyers, including just two of the last nine. A win tonight would mark the first consecutive road wins in the series since the Sabres won consecutive games in Philadelphia on Feb. 19 and Oct. 27, 2015.

Buffalo’s 6-1 win last night tied the Sabres’ second-best goal differential in their 182 regular-season matchups with the Flyers. It also tied their greatest winning margin in a road game in Philadelphia.

Buffalo’s Biggest Wins Against Philadelphia
Date Score Location
Oct. 17, 2006 9-1 Buffalo
Nov. 10, 1982 7-2 Buffalo
Nov. 13, 1993 7-2 Philadelphia
Feb. 23, 1996 7-2 Buffalo
Jan. 18, 2021 6-1 Philadelphia


  • Taylor Hall has totaled 27 points (10+17) in 21 career games against Philadelphia, tallying at least a point in all but three of those games. His 1.29 points per game against the Flyers represent his highest scoring rate against any team.
  • Eric Staal has been a point-per-game player against the Flyers in his 27 meetings with the team dating back to Nov. 14, 2011 (10+17), including two-point outputs in three of his last five matchups. He has also produced a point-per-game clip in his last 12 games in Philadelphia (4+8).
  • Jack Eichel has recorded 14 points (8+6) in his 13 career games against Philadelphia.
  • Victor Olofsson has posted a point in each of his first three career meetings with the Flyers (2+1).
  • Riley Sheahan has recorded six assists in his six visits to Philadelphia dating back to the beginning of the 2015-16 season, including at least a point in five of those games.


  • Taylor Hall has recorded six points (1+5) in his first three games with the Sabres after signing as a free agent in the offseason.
  • With three assists last night, Hall became the 20th player to begin his Sabres career with a three-game point streak. With a point tonight, he would become the 10th player ever to begin his Sabres career with a point streak of at least four games. The last player to do so was Steve Heinze in 2000-01.
  • Hall also became the fourth player to record at least six points through his first three regular-season games with Buffalo, joining Bob Sweeney (3+5 in 3 GP), Steve Heinze (4+2 in 3 GP) and Doug Gilmour (2+4 in 3 GP).


  • With his goal on Friday vs. Washington, Rasmus Ristolainen ascended the Sabres’ record books in two categories:
    • His 43rd career goal broke a tie with Bill Hajt for the 10th-most goals by a defenseman in Sabres history. He now trails Tyler Myers and Jim Schoenfeld by two goals for eighth-most.
    • He tied Jim Schoenfeld for the seventh-most career points recorded by a Sabres defenseman (228). He now trails Bill Hajt by 16 points for sixth-most.
  • Ristolainen already held the franchise record for most overtime goals by a defenseman (4) and is tied for ninth all-time among the team’s blueliners with six game-winning goals.
  • Ristolainen’s career per-game output ranks him among the franchise’s top 15 defensemen in every major scoring category (min. 82 GP): .09 G/GP (13th), .37 A/GP (12th), .46 PTS/GP (11th)


  • With his three-assist performance at Philadelphia last night, Jack Eichel joined Thomas Vanek (2+6 in 2012-13) as just the second Sabres player ever to register six assists through the team’s first three games of a season.
  • Eichel is one goal from tying Jochen Hecht for the 19th-most goals in franchise history (138).
  • Eichel’s career per-game output ranks in the franchise’s top 15 in every major scoring category (min. 82 GP): .38 G/GP (14th), .58 A/GP (10th), .96 PTS/GP (10th)


  • Rasmus Dahlin’s career points-per-game rate (.58) currently ranks as the 18th-highest rate among active NHL defensemen with more than 10 career games played and as the fifth-best such rate in Sabres history.
  • Only six defensemen in Sabres history have had at least one season as prolific as Dahlin’s .68 points per game in his second NHL season in 2019-20: Phil Housley (8x), John Van Boxmeer (2x), Garry Galley (2x), Doug Bodger, Brian Campbell and Jerry Korab
  • The 20-year-old leads all Sabres with 21:56 of ice time per game in 2020-21.

Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s second of eight sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 6-1 win last night at Philadelphia. The Sabres are 1-1-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 0-1-0 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (0), three points (0), two points (0), one point (0) and zero points (1).

The Sabres had seven new players on their opening-night roster this season:

Player, Pos. How Acquired Pronunciation Notes
Dylan Cozens, C Draft (2019) KUH-zihns Buffalo’s first-round pick (7th overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft recently earned a silver medal and was named to the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship all-star team after leading all players with eight goals in the tournament.
Cody Eakin, C Free Agency EE-kihn His 10 career shorthanded goals tie for 20th-most in the NHL since he entered the league in 2011-12.
Taylor Hall, LW Free Agency HAWL Won the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s MVP in 2017-18; his 1.05 points per game in the last three seasons ranks 17th in the NHL.
Matt Irwin, D Free Agency UHR-wihn Has a career shot attempts percentage (SAT%) of 51.3 percent and has never finished a full NHL season below 50.1 percent.
Tobias Rieder, LW Free Agency REE-duhr His three shorthanded goals in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs tied an NHL postseason record; he was the seventh player ever to score three in a single postseason.
Riley Sheahan, C Free Agency SHAY-uhn His 5.42 goals against per 60 minutes on the penalty kill in 2019-20 ranked 15th-best among the top 100 NHL forwards in shorthanded ice time.
Eric Staal, C Trade (MIN) STAWL Enters the 2020-21 season ranked in the top 10 among active NHL players in career regular-season games played (7th), goals (6th) and points (8th).

Of the 23 players on Buffalo’s roster:

  • Nine were originally drafted by the Sabres — five were first-round selections (Ristolainen, 2013; Reinhart, 2014; Eichel, 2015; Dahlin, 2018; Cozens, 2019), one was a second-round pick (McCabe, 2012), one was a third-round pick (Johansson, 2014), one was a sixth-round pick (Ullmark, 2012) and one was a seventh-round pick (Olofsson, 2014).
  • Six were acquired in trades: Jokiharju, Miller, Montour, Skinner, Staal, Thompson
  • Eight were signed as free agents: Eakin, Hall, Hutton, Irwin, Lazar, Okposo, Rieder, Sheahan
  • Sixteen played in Buffalo at some point last season: Dahlin, Eichel, Hutton, Jokiharju, Johansson, Lazar, McCabe, Miller, Montour, Okposo, Olofsson, Reinhart, Ristolainen, Skinner, Thompson, Ullmark
  • Eight are new to the Sabres this season: Cozens, Eakin, Hall, Irwin, Rieder, Sheahan, Staal

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

  • Eichel: 6 A (1st), 6 PTS (T-1st), 3 PPP (T-2nd), 3 EVP (T-7th)
  • Hall: 5 A (T-2nd), 6 PTS (T-1st), 3 PPP (T-2nd), 1 PPG (T-6th)
  • Olofsson: 1 PPG (T-6th), 2 PPP (T-7th)
  • Reinhart: 1 GWG (T-2nd), 1 PPG (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 15 hits (2nd)

Hits: Ristolainen (15), Miller (7), Lazar (6)
Blocked Shots: Jokiharju (4), Montour (4), Eichel/McCabe/Thompson (3)
Shots: Reinhart (10), Dahlin/Olofsson/Montour/Skinner (9)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK] 1-10: 1-2-0 (2), 11/9, 3/12, 2/3

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-0; 126-134 all-time)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-0; 77-71 all-time)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Linus Ullmark … 2 games … 100 career games played
Rasmus Ristolainen … 4 games … 500 career games played
Rasmus Ristolainen … 2 goals … 45 career goals (T-8th in franchise history, defensemen)
Kyle Okposo … 4 goals … 200 career goals
Rasmus Ristolainen … 1 point … 229 career points (sole possession, 7th in franchise history, defensemen)
Brandon Montour … 8 points … 100 career points
Carter Hutton … 6 wins … 100 career wins

Dylan Cozens … 1st NHL game … Jan. 14 vs. WSH
Dylan Cozens … 1st NHL point (assist) … Jan. 14 vs. WSH
Rasmus Ristolainen … 43rd NHL goal (10th in franchise history, defensemen) … Jan. 15 vs. WSH
Rasmus Ristolainen … 228th NHL point (T-7th in franchise history, defensemen) … Jan. 15 vs. WSH

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