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SABRES RECALL MATT HUNWICK

BUFFALO, N.Y. (December 15, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has recalled defenseman Matt Hunwick from his conditioning loan with the Rochester Americans (AHL).

Hunwick (5’11”, 194 lbs., 5/21/1985) has missed the first 32 games of the NHL season due to injury. He returns to the team after making his season debut during a conditioning loan with the Americans, during which he recorded an assist and a plus-2 rating.

The Warren, Michigan native has appeared in 521 regular-season NHL games during 11 seasons spent with the Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Colorado Avalanche and Boston Bruins. He was acquired by the Sabres from the Penguins in June 2018.

STATEMENT REGARDING PATRIK BERGLUND

BUFFALO, N.Y. (December 15, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced that forward Patrik Berglund has been suspended indefinitely by the organization due to failure to report to the team. There will be no further information or comment at this time.

Game Preview: 12/15/18 at Washington

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, December 13
Arizona 1 at Buffalo 3
Goals: Mittelstadt, Skinner, Rodrigues
Goalie: Hutton (25 saves/26 shots)
PP: 0/1; PK: 2/2; Shots: Buffalo 33 – Arizona 26

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 125)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 32 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 32 games
Marco Scandella (upper body, Nov. 27; injured reserve) – 8 games
Jake McCabe (upper body, Nov. 29; injured reserve) – 6 games
Casey Nelson (upper body, Dec. 8; injured reserve) – 3 games
Patrik Berglund (illness, Dec. 11) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
12/12: Assigned D Matt Hunwick to Rochester (AHL) on a conditioning loan
12/15: Recalled D Matt Hunwick from his conditioning loan in Rochester (AHL); Activated D Marco Scandella from IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Sunday, Dec. 16: Buffalo at Boston, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 18: Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 21: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 22: Anaheim at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 27: Buffalo at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at CAPITALS

  • This is the first of three meetings between the Sabres and Capitals this season.
  • Last meeting: Washington defeated Buffalo 5-1 in Washington on Feb. 24
  • Next meeting: Friday, Dec. 21 in Washington
  • The Sabres are 2-6-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Capitals; 3-6-1 on the road.
  • This is the 159th game all-time between Buffalo and Washington; Buffalo has an 88-50-20 series record.
  • The Sabres are 41-27-11 on the road against the Capitals all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-8-3 all-time on December 15.
  • December 15, 1977: Gilbert Perreault scores a goal in each period to help the Sabres beat the St. Louis Blues 7-4. It was Perreault’s first of a career-high four hat tricks during the 1977-78 season.
  • December 15, 2010: Buffalo gets two third-period goals from Drew Stafford to seal a 3-2 home win over the Boston Bruins, marking the 1,500th win in franchise history.
  • December 15, 2017: Sam Reinhart appears in his 200th NHL game, Jack Eichel records his first career hat trick and Jake McCabe posts a career-best three points (1+2) in a 5-4 overtime loss vs. Carolina.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • With a goal and an assist in his last two games, Evan Rodrigues is seeking his first three-game point streak since finishing the 2018-19 season with points in three straight.
  • Jack Eichel enters tonight’s contest on a four-game point streak (5+2). The Capitals join the Blues, Canadiens and Panthers as one of four NHL teams that Eichel has yet to score a goal against.
  • Sam Reinhart has a goal and an assist in his last two games against Washington.

COMEBACK KIDS

  • The Sabres are 6-7-2 this season when trailing after two periods. Entering play Friday, their six wins when trailing after 40 minutes tied for second-most in the league and their .400 win percentage in those games ranked second.
  • Buffalo’s six wins when trailing after two have already surpassed last season’s total and leave the team three third-period comebacks shy of the franchise record of nine set in the 2005-06 season.

NOT TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT

  • The Sabres are 11-2-4 in one-goal games so far this season. Buffalo last won more than half of its one-goal games in a season in 2011-12 (21-9-11).
  • The team’s current .647 winning percentage in one-goal games ties the fifth-best mark in franchise history and would be the Sabres’ best record in one-goal games since 1989-90 (18-6-3, .667).

WORKING OVERTIME

  • The Sabres are 8-4 in games that have been tied after regulation this season, including a 5-4 record in overtime and a 3-0 record in shootouts. Their five overtime wins have already matched their overtime win total from last season (5-10) and their three shootout wins are the team’s highest total since 2014-15 (8-5).
  • Jeff Skinner entered play Friday tied for the league lead with three overtime goals this season. Skinner’s total through 32 games matches the Sabres’ single-season record shared by Daniel Briere (2006-07) and Derek Roy (2009-10) and ties him for 10th-most career overtime goals in franchise history.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s seventh of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night at Boston. The Sabres are 4-2-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 3-1-2 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in their previous back-to-back sets is: four points (3), three points (0), two points (1), one point (2) and zero points (0).

SAM I AM

  • Sam Reinhart enters tonight’s game on a career-best eight-game point streak (5+6), topping his previous career high of five games set from Dec. 20 to 29, 2017. It’s the third-longest active streak in the NHL, trailing only Mikko Rantanen and Alex Ovechkin (12 games each) and the longest by a Sabre this season.
  • Reinhart has recorded 24 points (8+16) in his last 24 games, including eight two-point games during that stretch. With eight multi-point games through 32 games played this season, he is two shy of his career-high 10 in a season.
  • The Sabres are 14-3-2 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 25-3-5 (.833) in his career when he records at least two.

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel recorded his 15th multi-point game of the season on Tuesday vs. Los Angeles (1+1). He has now recorded two points in five of his last seven games.
  • Entering play Friday, Eichel’s 15 multi-point games ranked third in the league this season, one behind co-leaders Mikko Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon. Through 32 games, he is three shy of his career-high 18 in a season.

DYNAMIC DUO
Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner are currently on pace to shatter their personal bests in points and make a mark in the Sabres’ record books on the strength of career-best production at even strength that ranks them among the best even-strength players in the league this season.

  • If he maintains his current pace, Eichel would finish the season with the third-most even-strength points ever recorded by a Sabre (74), trailing only Pat LaFontaine (83) and Alexander Mogilny (78) in 1992-93, and would top LaFontaine’s franchise-record 52 even-strength assists that season. He would also become the first Sabre to record more than 95 points since the 1992-93 season (LaFontaine/Mogilny/Hawerchuk).
  • Skinner is currently on pace to tie the second-highest goal total in Sabres history (56), trailing only Mogilny in 1992-93 (76). His 41 even-strength goals would finish behind only Mogilny’s even-strength total from 1992-93 (49) and Rick Martin’s 44 in 1973-74 for most in team history.
Player/Season GP G A PTS ES G ES A ES P
Eichel Career High (2017-18) 67 25 39 64 22 20 42
Eichel 2018-19 32 10 29 39 8 21 29
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 82 26 74 100 21 54 74
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 32 22 10 32 16 7 23
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 56 26 82 41 18 59

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 12/14 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 42 PTS (T-4th), 19 W (6th)
  • Eichel: 139 S (1st), 21 EVA (T-3rd), 29 A (T-5th), 29 EVP (T-4th), 39 P (T-10th)
  • Hutton: 13 W (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 25:45 TOI/GP (4th), 101 hits (5th)
  • Skinner: 5 GWG (T-1st), 3 OTG (T-1st), 16 EVG (2nd), 22 G (T-2nd), plus-19 (T-2nd), 6 PPG (T-6th)

BUF-WSH CONNECTIONS
Former Capitals:

  • Sabres assistant coach Chris Hajt played five games for the Capitals during the 2003-04 season.
  • Sabres Head Coach Phil Housley spent two seasons playing for the Capitals (1996-1998), recording 71 points (17+54) in 141 games played.

Former Sabres:

  • Capitals assistant coach Scott Arniel played for the Sabres for four seasons (1986-1990) and was a teammate of Sabres Head Coach Phil Housley. He later rejoined the organization as an assistant coach from 2002 to 2006.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Played with Capitals F Lars Eller and F Devante Smith-Pelly in Montreal.
  • Won a bronze medal for Team Canada with Capitals F Devante Smith-Pelly at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Patrik Berglund:

  • Played with Capitals G Pheonix Copley, F Lars Eller, F T.J. Oshie and F Dmitrij Jaskin in St. Louis.
  • Won a silver medal with Capitals F Nicklas Backstrom while representing Sweden at the 2014 Winter Olympics. The two played together again at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Played for Team USA with Capitals D Matt Niskanen and F T.J. Oshie at the 2009 IIHF World Championship.

Jason Botterill:

  • Was the assistant general manager in Pittsburgh when Capitals D Matt Niskanen and D Brooks Orpik were playing for the Penguins.

Phil Housley:

  • Played with Capitals assistant coach Scott Arniel in Buffalo and again in Winnipeg.

Carter Hutton:

  • Played with Capitals F Dmitrij Jaskin in St. Louis.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for Team USA with Capitals F T.J. Oshie at the 2009 and 2010 IIHF World Championships.
  • Was a teammate of Capitals D Matt Niskanen at the 2009 IIHF World Championship.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played for Team Sweden with Capitals F Nicklas Backstrom at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.

Davis Payne:

  • Was an assistant coach in Los Angeles when Capitals F Nic Dowd was playing for the Kings.
  • Was the Blues’ head coach when Capitals F Lars Eller and F T.J. Oshie were playing in St. Louis.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Won a gold medal for Team Canada with Capitals D Madison Bowey at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Played with Capitals G Pheonix Copley, F Dmitrij Jaskin and F T.J. Oshie in St. Louis.
  • Has represented the Czech Republic with Capitals D Michal Kempny twice; at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey and at the 2017 IIHF World Championship.

Tage Thompson:

  • Played with Capitals G Pheonix Copley and F Dmitrij Jaskin in St. Louis.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (101), Girgensons (52), McCabe (42)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (58), Bogosian (51), McCabe (44)
Shots: Eichel (139), Skinner (97), Ristolainen (80)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 6-4-0 (12), 26/28, 8/38, 22/30
11-20: 6-2-2 (14), 35/27, 4/28, 26/29
21-30: 5-3-2 (12), 31/32, 5/28, 23/29
31-40: 2-0-0 (4), 7/4, 2/9, 6/6

OVERTIME RESULTS (5-4; 118-125 all-time)
Oct. 27 at CBJ: L, 5-4 (GWG-Panarin, 0:31)
Oct. 30 vs. CGY: L, 2-1 (GWG-Gaudreau, 2:40)
Nov. 8 at MTL: W, 6-5 (GWG-Ristolainen, 1:38)
Nov. 19 at PIT: W, 5-4 (GWG-Eichel, 0:45)
Nov. 23 vs. MTL: W, 3-2 (GWG-Skinner, 3:06)
Nov. 27 vs. SJS: W, 3-2 (GWG-Skinner, 1:41)
Nov. 30 at FLA: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barkov, 2:26)
Dec. 4 vs. TOR: L, 4-3 (GWG-Matthews, 4:57)
Dec. 11 vs. LAK: W, 4-3 (GWG-Skinner, 1:49)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (3-0; 73-66 all-time)
Nov. 10 vs. VAN: W, 4-3 (GDG-Mittelstadt)
Nov. 16 at WPG: W, 2-1 (GDG-Sheary)
Nov. 24 at DET: W, 3-2 (GDG-Reinhart)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Remi Elie … 2 games … 100 career games played
Vladimir Sobotka … 8 games … 500 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 1 goal … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 5 assists … 300 career assists
Sam Reinhart … 6 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Jason Pominville … 3 points … 511 points with Sabres (T-8th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Post-Game Report: 12/13 vs. Arizona

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Coyotes
(13-15-2)
1 0 0 1 26
Sabres
(19-9-4)
2 0 1 3 33

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • Tonight’s win improved the Sabres to 11-3-2 (.750) at home and 8-2-1 against the Pacific Division this season. They are now 14-3-1 in their last 18 games against the Coyotes, including a 9-2-1 record since the beginning of the 2013-14 season.
    • The team’s .750 points percentage at home puts the Sabres on pace for their fifth-best home record ever, and the best since the 1979-80 season (27-5-8, .775).
  • Carter Hutton stopped 25 of 26 shots (.962) to earn his sixth consecutive win at home. On the season, he’s 9-2-1 at home with a .928 save percentage and a 2.31 goals-against average.
  • With his 22nd goal of the season, Jeff Skinner extended his point streak to four games (2+2). Jack Eichel’s assist on the goal also extended his point streak to four games (5+2).
    • Skinner has now totaled eight points (4+4) in his last seven games against the Coyotes.
  • Sam Reinhart’s assist on Skinner’s goal extended his career-best point streak to eight games (5+6). It is the Sabres’ longest streak of the season and the third-longest active streak in the NHL.
    • Reinhart now has 24 points (8+16) in his last 24 games.
  • With their points tonight, Evan Rodrigues and Conor Sheary each have a goal and two assists in their last three games against the Coyotes.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Coyotes Kuemper L .909 3.15
Sabres Hutton W .962 1.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Coyotes Kuemper 4-7-2 .909 2.85
Sabres Hutton 13-8-1 .919 2.53

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Evan Rodrigues

Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton

Coyotes head coach Rick Tocchet

Coyotes forward Christian Fischer

Coyotes defenseman Alex Goligoski

Coyotes defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson

Game Preview: 12/13/18 vs. Arizona

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, December 11
Los Angeles 3 at Buffalo 4 (OT)
Goals: Girgensons, Eichel, Larsson, Skinner
Goalie: Ullmark (26 saves/29 shots)
PP: 2/8; PK: 4/4; Shots: Buffalo 47 – Los Angeles 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 119)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 31 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 31 games
Marco Scandella (upper body, Nov. 27; injured reserve) – 7 games
Jake McCabe (upper body, Nov. 29; injured reserve) – 5 games
Casey Nelson (upper body, Dec. 8; injured reserve) – 2 games
Patrik Berglund (illness, Dec. 11) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
12/7: Recalled D Matt Tennyson and G Scott Wedgewood from Rochester (AHL); Placed D Casey Nelson on IR
12/12: Assigned D Matt Hunwick to Rochester (AHL) on a conditioning loan

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Dec. 15: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 16: Buffalo at Boston, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 18: Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 21: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 22: Anaheim at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
COYOTES at SABRES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Coyotes this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Arizona 3-0 in Arizona on Oct. 13
  • The Sabres are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Coyotes; 5-3-2 at home.
  • This is the 80th game all-time between Buffalo and Arizona/Winnipeg; Buffalo has a 47-23-9 series record.
  • The Sabres are 25-8-7 at home against the Coyotes/Jets all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-10-3 all-time on December 13.
  • December 13, 1972: The Sabres defeat the Boston Bruins 7-3 in a game which featured 154 penalty minutes, including 76 by the Sabres alone. Among the penalties was the infamous fight that featured Sabres defenseman Jim Schoenfeld crashing through the zamboni doors with Bruins forward Wayne Cashman.
  • December 13, 2008: Thomas Vanek scores the 10,000th goal in franchise history in a 4-2 win at New Jersey.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Jack Eichel enters tonight’s contest with five goals in his last three games, marking his longest goal streak since March 3 to 7, 2016.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has totaled 11 points (1+10) in his last 11 games.
  • The Sabres are 7-2-1 against the Pacific Division this season, including a 4-0-1 record at home.
  • Buffalo is 13-3-1 in its last 17 games against Arizona, including an 8-2-1 record since the beginning of the 2013-14 season.

COYOTE KILLERS

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 10 points (3+7) in seven career games against Arizona, including four points (1+3) in three home games. It’s his second-best per-game output against any opponent, trailing only his 16 points in 11 career meetings with the Ottawa Senators.
    • Eichel has more than 10 career points against four NHL teams: Ottawa (16), Toronto (13), Columbus (11) and NY Rangers (11).
  • Kyle Okposo (1+6) and Jeff Skinner (3+4) each have seven points in their last six games against the Coyotes.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has totaled eight points (2+6) in nine career meetings with Arizona. It’s his second-best per-game output against any opponent, trailing only his 12 points in nine career meetings with the Edmonton Oilers.
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded four points (1+3) in his last four games against the Coyotes.
  • Evan Rodrigues and Conor Sheary each have points (1+2) in three of four career games against Arizona.
  • Rasmus Dahlin scored his first career goal when these teams last met.
  • Linus Ullmark has allowed just one goal in two career appearances against the Coyotes, stopping 48 of 49 shots (.980) in those games to post a 0.66 goals-against average.

HOME COOKING
Buffalo enters tonight’s game with a 10-3-2 (.733) record at home this season. The team’s .733 points percentage at home tied for fifth in the NHL entering play Wednesday and puts the Sabres on pace for their sixth-best home record ever, and the best since the 1979-80 season (27-5-8, .775).

COMEBACK KIDS

  • The Sabres are 6-7-2 this season when trailing after two periods. Entering play Wednesday, their six wins when trailing after 40 minutes tied for most in the league and their .400 win percentage in those games ranked second.
  • Buffalo’s six wins when trailing after two have already surpassed last season’s total and leave the team three third-period comebacks shy of the franchise record of nine set in the 2005-06 season.

NOT TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT

  • The Sabres are 11-2-4 in one-goal games so far this season. Buffalo last won more than half of its one-goal games in a season in 2011-12 (21-9-11).
  • The team’s current .647 winning percentage in one-goal games tie the fifth-best mark in franchise history and would be the Sabres’ best record in one-goal games since 1989-90 (18-6-3, .667).

WORKING OVERTIME

  • The Sabres are 8-4 in games that have been tied after regulation this season, including a 5-4 record in overtime and a 3-0 record in shootouts. Their five overtime wins have already matched their overtime win total from last season (5-10) and their three shootout wins are the team’s highest total since 2014-15 (8-5).
  • Jeff Skinner entered play Wednesday tied for the league lead with three overtime goals this season. Skinner’s total through 31 games matches the Sabres’ single-season record shared by Daniel Briere (2006-07) and Derek Roy (2009-10) and ties him for 10th-most career overtime goals in franchise history.

SAM I AM

  • Sam Reinhart enters tonight’s game on a career-best seven-game point streak (5+5), topping his previous career high of five games set from Dec. 20 to 29, 2017. It’s the third-longest active streak in the NHL, trailing only Mikko Rantanen and Alex Ovechkin (12 games each) and ties as the longest by a Sabre this season.
  • Reinhart has recorded 23 points (8+15) in his last 23 games, including eight two-point games during that stretch. With eight multi-point games through 31 games played this season, he is two shy of his career-high 10 in a season.
  • The Sabres are 13-3-2 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 25-3-5 (.833) in his career when he records at least two.

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel recorded his 15th multi-point game of the season on Tuesday vs. Los Angeles (1+1). He has now recorded two points in five of his last six games.
  • Entering play Wednesday, Eichel’s 15 multi-point games ranked third in the league this season, one behind co-leaders Mikko Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon. Through 31 games, he is three shy of his career-high 18 in a season.

DYNAMIC DUO
Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner are currently on pace to shatter their personal bests in points and make a mark in the Sabres’ record books on the strength of career-best production at even strength that ranks them among the best even-strength players in the league this season.

  • If he maintains his current pace, Eichel would finish the season with the third-most even-strength points ever recorded by a Sabre (74), trailing only Pat LaFontaine (83) and Alexander Mogilny (78) in 1992-93, and would top LaFontaine’s franchise-record 52 even-strength assists that season. He would also become the first Sabre to record more than 95 points since the 1992-93 season (LaFontaine/Mogilny/Hawerchuk).
  • Skinner is currently on pace to tie the second-highest goal total in Sabres history (56), trailing only Mogilny in 1992-93 (76). His 40 even-strength goals would finish behind only Mogilny’s even-strength total from 1992-93 (49), Rick Martin’s 44 in 1973-74 and Danny Gare’s 41 in 1975-76 for most in team history.
Player/Season GP G A PTS ES G ES A ES P
Eichel Career High (2017-18) 67 25 39 64 22 20 42
Eichel 2018-19 31 10 28 38 8 20 28
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 82 26 74 101 21 53 74
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 31 21 10 31 15 7 22
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 56 26 82 40 19 58

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 12/12 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 40 PTS (T-4th), 18 W (T-6th)
  • Eichel: 138 S (1st), 20 EVA (T-4th), 28 A (T-5th), 28 EVP (T-6th), 38 P (T-9th)
  • Hutton: 12 W (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 25:42 TOI/GP (4th), 97 hits (6th)
  • Skinner: 15 EVG (T-2nd), 3 OTG (T-1st), 21 G (T-2nd), 4 GWG (T-4th), plus-18 (6th), 6 PPG (T-6th)

BUF-ARI CONNECTIONS
Former Coyotes:

  • Sabres Head Coach Phil Housley spent three seasons (1990-1993) with the Coyotes franchise while they were located in Winnipeg. He recorded 259 points (64+195) in 232 games and still ranks in the top 10 in franchise history in goals (8th), assists (7th) and points (8th) by a defenseman.

Sabres with Arizona Connections:

  • Sabres F Tage Thompson was born in Glendale, Arizona, while his dad was playing for the Phoenix Roadrunners of the IHL.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Played with Coyotes F Alex Galchenyuk in Montreal.

Patrik Berglund:

  • Won a silver medal for Sweden with Coyotes F Mario Kempe at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Has represented Sweden in international play with Coyotes D Oliver Ekman-Larsson three times: at the 2011 IIHF World Championship, at the 2014 Winter Olympics and at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. The pair won a silver medal together in 2011 and 2014. Coyotes D Niklas Hjalmarsson was also a member of the 2014 and 2016 teams.

Jason Botterill:

  • Was the assistant general manager for the Penguins when Coyotes Assistant General Manager Steve Sullivan, F Josh Archibald and D Alex Goligoski were playing in Pittsburgh. Coyotes Head Coach Rick Tocchet was also an assistant coach for the team during this time.

Jack Eichel:

  • Represented the United States with Coyotes F Vinnie Hinostroza at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Won a bronze medal for Team USA with Coyotes F Nick Schmaltz at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Phil Housley:

  • Played with Coyotes Assistant General Manager Steve Sullivan in Chicago and New Jersey.
  • Played with Coyotes Head Coach Rick Tocchet in Washington.
  • Played with Coyotes Assistant Coach John MacLean in New Jersey.
  • Played with Coyotes Goaltending Coach Corey Schwab in New Jersey and Toronto.
  • Coached Coyotes F Alex Galchenyuk at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship. The duo won a gold medal together for the United States.

Carter Hutton:

  • Played with Coyotes D Niklas Hjalmarsson in Chicago.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played with Coyotes G Darcy Kuemper in Minnesota.
  • Represented Sweden with Coyotes D Niklas Hjalmarsson at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.
  • Won a gold medal for Team Sweden with Coyotes D Oliver Ekman-Larsson at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for the Islanders with Coyotes F Michael Grabner.
  • Played for Team USA with Coyotes D Alex Goligoski at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.

Davis Payne:

  • Played with Coyotes Head Coach Rick Tocchet in Boston.
  • Was an assistant coach in Los Angeles when Coyotes F Brad Richardson was playing for the Kings.

Jason Pominville:

  • Played with Coyotes G Darcy Kuemper in Minnesota.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Won a gold medal for Team Canada with Coyotes F Lawson Crouse at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Won a gold medal with Coyotes G Calvin Pickard while representing Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

Conor Sheary:

  • Played in Pittsburgh with Coyotes F Josh Archibald when Coyotes Head Coach Rick Tocchet was an assistant coach for the Penguins.

Jeff Skinner:

  • Played for the Hurricanes when Coyotes Assistant Coach John MacLean held the same role in Carolina.
  • Won a silver medal for Team Canada with Coyotes G Calvin Pickard at the 2017 IIHF World Championship.

Steve Smith:

  • Was a scout for the Blackhawks when Coyotes D Niklas Hjalmarsson was playing in Chicago.

Tage Thompson:

  • Won a gold medal with Coyotes F Clayton Keller for Team USA at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (97), Girgensons (51), McCabe (42)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (53), Bogosian (47), McCabe (44)
Shots: Eichel (138), Skinner (91), Ristolainen (76)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 6-4-0 (12), 26/28, 8/38, 22/30
11-20: 6-2-2 (14), 35/27, 4/28, 26/29
21-30: 5-3-2 (12), 31/32, 5/28, 23/29
31-40: 1-0-0 (2), 4/3, 2/8, 4/4

OVERTIME RESULTS (5-4; 118-125 all-time)
Oct. 27 at CBJ: L, 5-4 (GWG-Panarin, 0:31)
Oct. 30 vs. CGY: L, 2-1 (GWG-Gaudreau, 2:40)
Nov. 8 at MTL: W, 6-5 (GWG-Ristolainen, 1:38)
Nov. 19 at PIT: W, 5-4 (GWG-Eichel, 0:45)
Nov. 23 vs. MTL: W, 3-2 (GWG-Skinner, 3:06)
Nov. 27 vs. SJS: W, 3-2 (GWG-Skinner, 1:41)
Nov. 30 at FLA: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barkov, 2:26)
Dec. 4 vs. TOR: L, 4-3 (GWG-Matthews, 4:57)
Dec. 11 vs. LAK: W, 4-3 (GWG-Skinner, 1:49)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (3-0; 73-66 all-time)
Nov. 10 vs. VAN: W, 4-3 (GDG-Mittelstadt)
Nov. 16 at WPG: W, 2-1 (GDG-Sheary)
Nov. 24 at DET: W, 3-2 (GDG-Reinhart)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Remi Elie … 2 games … 100 career games played
Vladimir Sobotka … 9 games … 500 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 1 goal … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 5 assists … 300 career assists
Sam Reinhart … 7 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Jason Pominville … 3 points … 511 points with Sabres (T-8th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
Kyle Okposo … 700th NHL game … Dec. 8 vs. PHI
Lawrence Pilut … 1st NHL point (assist) … Dec. 8 vs. PHI