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Game Preview: 10/21/18 at Anaheim

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, October 20
Buffalo 5 at Los Angeles 1
Goals: Skinner (3), Pominville, Bogosian
Goalie: Ullmark (19 saves/20 shots)
PP: 0/1; PK: 2/3; Shots: Buffalo 26 – Los Angeles 20

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 36)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 8 games
Sean Malone (knee, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 8 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 8 games
Nathan Beaulieu (undisclosed, Oct. 20) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/16: Activated D Zach Bogosian from IR; Assigned D Matt Tennyson to Rochester (AHL)
10/17: Signed F Matej Pekar to a three-year, entry-level contract

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Oct. 25: Montreal at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 27: Buffalo at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 30: Calgary at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 1: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 3: Ottawa at Buffalo, 2 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at KINGS

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Ducks this season.
  • Last meeting: Anaheim defeated Buffalo 4-3 (OT) in Buffalo on Feb. 6
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Dec. 22 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Ducks; 4-6-0 on the road
  • This is the 37th game all-time between Buffalo and Anaheim; Buffalo has an 18-14-4 series record.
  • The Sabres are 10-8-0 on the road against the Ducks all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-2-4 all-time on October 21.
  • October 21, 1988: Sabres acquire Larry Playfair from Los Angeles in exchange for Bob Logan and a ninth-round draft choice in 1989 (Jim Giacin).
  • October 21, 1989: Rob Ray scores a goal on his first NHL shot and adds an assist in a 4-2 win at Pittsburgh.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is the final game of a five-game Pacific Division road trip. Jeff Skinner leads all Sabres with six points (4+2) in the first four games of the trip.
  • Buffalo is in Anaheim for the second half of a Kings/Ducks back-to-back set for the third consecutive season. The Sabres won the Ducks game in each of the last two seasons.
  • With wins in their last two visits to Anaheim, the Sabres are looking for three consecutive road wins against the Ducks for the first time since the team won six straight visits to Anaheim from Jan. 7, 1998 to Oct. 24, 2003.

DUCK HUNTERS

  • Kyle Okposo has totaled 10 points (5+5) in 10 career games against Anaheim.
  • Jeff Skinner has recorded nine points (5+4) in his last seven games against the Ducks, including at least a point in each of the last five.
  • Patrik Berglund has six points in his last eight games against Anaheim, including goals in each of his last two.
  • Jack Eichel has five points (2+3) in six career games against the Ducks.
  • Sam Reinhart has four points (1+3) in his last four games against Anaheim.

CALIFORNIA LOVE
After yesterday’s win 5-1 win at Los Angeles, the Sabres have a chance to win their road games against both Los Angeles and Anaheim for the first time since 2011-12. A win or overtime loss tonight would give them points against both teams on the same trip for the first time since they swept their matchups on Oct. 23, 2003 at Los Angeles and Oct. 24, 2003 at Anaheim.

SHUTTING OUT THE DUCKS

  • The Sabres have shut out the Ducks seven times in the 36 all-time games between the clubs (Dominik Hasek-3, Martin Biron-2, Chad Johnson-1, Ryan Miller-1).
  • This amounts to one shutout for every 5.14 meetings, the Sabres’ highest shutout-to-games ratio against any NHL team. The next highest current ratio is 9.67 games per shutout (Columbus, three shutouts in 29 games).
  • The Sabres’ last shutout against the Ducks occurred six meetings ago (Dec. 17, 2015 in Buffalo).

ONE BUFFALO

  • The Sabres and the Buffalo Bills are playing on the same day for the first of three times this season after doing so twice last season. The other occurrences are Nov. 4 and Dec. 16.
  • The teams have played on the same date 217 times, with both teams winning their respective games on 48 of those days.
  • The Sabres are 116-67-34 when playing on a Bills game day and the Bills enter this game 92-123-2 on those dates.
  • The last time the Sabres and Bills both won on the same date was Oct. 16, 2016.

BACK-TO-BACK
Today’s game wraps up Buffalo’s first of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 5-1 win yesterday at Los Angeles. The Sabres finished last season 5-11-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 5-9-2 in the second game. Buffalo’s point breakdown in last season’s back-to-back sets was: four points (1), three points (0), two points (8), one point (2) and zero points (5).

A FRESH FACE

  • On Oct. 4 vs. Boston, Rasmus Dahlin (18 years, 175 days) became the second-youngest player ever to appear in a game with the Sabres, behind only fellow No. 1 pick Pierre Turgeon (18 years, 41 days on Oct. 8, 1987 vs. Minnesota).
  • Dahlin skated 22:37 in his debut, marking the highest ice time recorded by a Sabres player making his NHL debut and the 21st-highest ice time by any NHL player in his first game since the league began tracking ice time in the 1997-98 season.
  • With his assist on Oct. 11 vs. Colorado, Dahlin became the second-youngest player (18 years, 175 days) in franchise history to record a point, behind only Turgeon (18 years, 44 days on Oct. 11, 1987 vs. Washington).
  • Dahlin scored his first NHL goal on Oct. 13 at Arizona, becoming the second-youngest player (18 years, 183 days) in franchise history to score, behind only Turgeon (Oct. 21, 1987 vs. Hartford).
    • He was the youngest defenseman in 23 years to score an NHL goal. His goal came exactly 34 years after Doug Bodger (18 years, 117 days) became the youngest defenseman in the expansion era (since 1967-68) to score his first NHL goal (Oct. 13, 1984).
    • With the goal, he also became the third-youngest defenseman in NHL history to record a game-winner, trailing only Craig Wolanin of the New Jersey Devils (12/9/85 at Minnesota) and Red Garrett of the New York Rangers (12/25/42 at Detroit).

CAPTAIN JACK

  • After being named captain on Oct. 3, Jack Eichel became the 19th full-season captain in franchise history and the 28th player to wear the captain’s “C” for at least a one-month period for the Sabres.
  • At 21 years of age, Eichel is the youngest captain in Sabres history, passing Jim Schoenfeld, who served as the team’s captain as a 23-year-old in the 1975-76 season.

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

  • Eichel: 33 S (5th)
  • Hutton: 183 SV (5th)
  • Ristolainen: 25:29 TOI/GP (8th)
  • Sheary: 3 PPG (T-4th)
  • Skinner: plus-7 (T-6th)
  • Ullmark: .982 SV% (2nd), 0.50 GAA (2nd), 1 SO (T-2nd)

BUF-ANA CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Ducks G Ryan Miller was selected in the fifth round (138th overall) by the Sabres in the 1999 NHL Draft and spent the first 12 years of his career playing in the Sabres organization. His 540 games played and 284 wins are the most in franchise history and he ranks second in shutouts with 28. During his time in Buffalo, Miller was named an NHL All Star in 2007 and won the Vezina Trophy in 2010. Miller also played in Buffalo with Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill from 2002 to 2004.

Patrik Berglund:

  • Played with Ducks G Ryan Miller in St. Louis.
  • Played for Team Sweden with Ducks D Hampus Lindholm at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
  • Has played with Ducks F Jakob Silfverberg for Team Sweden on three separate occasions: the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, the 2014 Winter Olympic Games and the 2011 IIHF World Championship. The duo won a silver medal together at both the Olympics and World Championship.

Jason Botterill:

  • Played in Calgary when Ducks assistant coach Rich Preston was on the Flames’ coaching staff.
  • Was the assistant general manager in Pittsburgh when Ducks F Brian Gibbons played for the Penguins.

Rasmus Dahlin:

  • Played with Ducks F Isac Lundestrom for Team Sweden at the 2018 World Junior Championship in Buffalo. The duo won a silver medal together and Dahlin was named the tournament’s top defenseman.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played with Ducks G John Gibson for Team North America during the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Chris Hajt:

  • Played for the Capitals when Ducks Head Coach Randy Carlyle was an assistant coach in Washington.

Phil Housley:

  • Played with Ducks Head Coach Randy Carlyle in Winnipeg.
  • Played in Calgary when Ducks assistant coach Rich Preston was on the Flames coaching staff.

Johan Larsson:

  • Has won two gold medals for Team Sweden with Ducks F Rickard Rakell, the first at the 2012 World Junior Championship and the second at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.
  • Played for Team Sweden with Ducks F Jakob Silfverberg at the 2010 World Junior Championship, 2011 IIHF World Championship and 2012 World Championship.

Jake McCabe:

  • Won a gold medal with Ducks G John Gibson for Team USA at the 2013 World Junior Championship. Both players were named to the tournament’s All-Star Team and Gibson earned Most Valuable Player honors.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played with Ducks D Cam Fowler for Team USA at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.

Davis Payne:

  • Was an assistant coach in Los Angeles when Ducks D Luke Schenn was playing for the Kings.

Steve Smith:

  • Was on the coaching staff and later on the team’s roster in Calgary while Ducks assistant coach Rich Preston was one of the Flames’ assistant coaches.
  • Played in Chicago when Ducks General Manager Bob Murray was a part of the front office and assistant coach Rich Preston was on the Blackhawks coaching staff.
  • Was an assistant coach in Edmonton when Ducks F Andrew Cogliano was playing for the Oilers.

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Played with Ducks G Ryan Miller in St. Louis.
  • Represented the Czech Republic with Ducks D Andrej Sustr at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Tage Thompson:

  • Played for Team USA with Ducks F Troy Terry at the 2017 World Junior Championship in Canada. The duo won a gold medal together, with Terry scoring the medal-clinching goal in the shootout to defeat Team Canada.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (22), Girgensons (15), Berglund (14)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (14), Bogosian (13), McCabe (12)
Shots: Eichel (33), Skinner (20), Okposo (19)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 4-4-0 (8), 18/23, 4/30, 18/26

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-0; 113-121 all-time)
N/A

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-0; 70-66 all-time)
N/A

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Jason Pominville … 5 games … 1,000 career games played
Remi Elie … 7 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 8 goals … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Points
Conor Sheary … 3 points … 100 career points
Jason Pominville … 3 points … 497 points with Sabres (T-10th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
Patrik Berglund … 700th NHL game … Oct. 16 at VGK
Jason Pominville … 700th NHL point … Oct. 20 at LAK

Game Preview: 10/20/18 at Los Angeles

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, October 18
Buffalo 1 at San Jose 5
Goals: McCabe
Goalie: Hutton (34 saves/38 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 0/5; PK: 4/7; Shots: San Jose 39 – Buffalo 25

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 32)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 7 games
Sean Malone (knee, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 7 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 7 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/16: Activated D Zach Bogosian from IR; Assigned D Matt Tennyson to Rochester (AHL)
10/17: Signed F Matej Pekar to a three-year, entry-level contract

UPCOMING GAMES
Sunday, Oct. 21: Buffalo at Anaheim, 8 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 25: Montreal at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 27: Buffalo at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 30: Calgary at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 1: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
SABRES at KINGS

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Kings this season.
  • Last meeting: Los Angeles defeated Buffalo 4-2 in Buffalo on Feb. 17
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Dec. 11 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Kings; 2-7-1 on the road
  • This is the 124th game all-time between Buffalo and Los Angeles; Buffalo has a 59-45-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 24-28-10 on the road against the Kings all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-8-2 all-time on October 20.
  • October 20, 2011: Thomas Vanek scores twice, Jason Pominville records a goal and two assists, and Ryan Miller stops 22 shots as the Sabres blank the Florida Panthers 3-0 in Sunrise.
  • October 20, 2017: Kyle Okposo appears in his 600th NHL game, a 4-2 loss vs. Vancouver.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Today’s game is the fourth game of a five-game Pacific Division road trip that concludes tomorrow at Anaheim.
  • Buffalo is visiting Los Angeles before traveling to Anaheim for the second half of a back-to-back set for the third consecutive season. The Sabres lost the Kings game and won the Ducks game in each of the last two seasons.
  • The Sabres are seeking their first road win against the Kings since their 4-2 victory on Oct. 8, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. All five of the team’s trips to Los Angeles since that win have been two-goal losses.

HOT AGAINST LOS ANGELES

  • Jack Eichel has five points (3+2) in five career games against Los Angeles.
  • Patrik Berglund has recorded a point in each of his last three games against the Kings (1+2).
  • Kyle Okposo has totaled five assists in his last four games against Los Angeles.
  • Jason Pominville has recorded six points (1+5) in his last five games against the Kings.
  • Linus Ullmark stopped 20 of 21 shots (.952) in his only previous meeting with Los Angeles on Dec. 12, 2015 in Buffalo to earn the fifth win of his NHL career.

HOME-ICE ADVANTAGE

  • With the exception of the 2011 NHL Premiere* meeting between these teams, the home team has won 15 of the last 16 games between the Sabres and the Kings. During this span, the lone loss by a team in their home arena came in the last matchup between the teams, a 4-2 Kings win at KeyBank Center.
  • The last time the Sabres won in the Kings’ arena was a 5-1 victory on Oct. 23, 2003, when Buffalo snapped a six-game winless streak (0-5-1) in road games against the Kings that had dated back to March 13, 1996 (6-2 Sabres win).

*The Sabres topped the Kings 4-2 in a road game on Oct. 8, 2011, but the game was held in Berlin, Germany as part of the 2011 NHL Premiere series.

BACK-TO-BACK
Today’s game opens up Buffalo’s first of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night at Anaheim. The Sabres finished last season 5-11-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 5-9-2 in the second game. Buffalo’s point breakdown in last season’s back-to-back sets was: four points (1), three points (0), two points (8), one point (2) and zero points (5).

A FRESH FACE

  • On Oct. 4 vs. Boston, Rasmus Dahlin (18 years, 175 days) became the second-youngest player ever to appear in a game with the Sabres, behind only fellow No. 1 pick Pierre Turgeon (18 years, 41 days on Oct. 8, 1987 vs. Minnesota).
  • Dahlin skated 22:37 in his debut, marking the highest ice time recorded by a Sabres player making his NHL debut and the 21st-highest ice time by any NHL player in his first game since the league began tracking ice time in the 1997-98 season.
  • With his assist on Oct. 11 vs. Colorado, Dahlin became the second-youngest player (18 years, 175 days) in franchise history to record a point, behind only Turgeon (18 years, 44 days on Oct. 11, 1987 vs. Washington).
  • Dahlin scored his first NHL goal on Oct. 13 at Arizona, becoming the second-youngest player (18 years, 183 days) in franchise history to score, behind only Turgeon (Oct. 21, 1987 vs. Hartford).
    • He was the youngest defenseman in 23 years to score an NHL goal. His goal came exactly 34 years after Doug Bodger (18 years, 117 days) became the youngest defenseman in the expansion era (since 1967-68) to score his first NHL goal (Oct. 13, 1984).
    • With the goal, he also became the third-youngest defenseman in NHL history to record a game-winner, trailing only Craig Wolanin of the New Jersey Devils (12/9/85 at Minnesota) and Red Garrett of the New York Rangers (12/25/42 at Detroit).

CAPTAIN JACK

  • After being named captain on Oct. 3, Jack Eichel became the 19th full-season captain in franchise history and the 28th player to wear the captain’s “C” for at least a one-month period for the Sabres.
  • At 21 years of age, Eichel is the youngest captain in Sabres history, passing Jim Schoenfeld, who served as the team’s captain as a 23-year-old in the 1975-76 season.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 10/19 games)

  • Eichel: 28 S (T-10th)
  • Hutton: 183 SV (5th)
  • Ristolainen: 25:22 TOI/GP (8th), 22 hits (T-8th)
  • Sheary: 3 PPG (T-4th)
  • Ullmark: 1.000 SV% (T-1st), 0.00 GAA (T-1st), 1 SO (T-2nd)

BUF-LAK CONNECTIONS
Former Kings:

  • Sabres assistant coach Davis Panye was on the coaching staff in Los Angeles from 2012 to 2017. He won Stanley Cups with the club in 2012 and 2014.

Local Players:

  • Kings F Alex Iafallo is a native of Eden, New York. He grew up a fan of the Buffalo Sabres and played youth hockey for the Buffalo Regals. His sister, Julianna, is a forward for the Buffalo Beauts of the NWHL.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Played with Kings G Peter Budaj for the Montreal Canadiens.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Played with Kings F Ilya Kovalchuk for the Atlanta Thrashers.

Jason Botterill:

  • Played with Kings assistant coach Dave Lowry for the Calgary Flames.

Phil Housley:

  • Played with Kings goaltending coach Bill Ranford for the Washington Capitals.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for the New York Islanders with Kings F Nate Thompson.

Davis Payne:

  • Played with Kings goaltending coach Bill Ranford for the Boston Bruins.

Steve Smith:

  • Played with Kings assistant coach Dave Lowry for the Calgary Flames.
  • Played with Kings goaltending coach Bill Ranford for the Edmonton Oilers.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (22), Girgensons (15), Berglund/McCabe (13)
Blocked Shots: Bogosian/McCabe (12), Berglund/Ristolainen (10), Reinhart (9)
Shots: Eichel (28), Skinner (17), Okposo (17)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 3-4-0 (6), 13/22, 4/29, 16/23

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-0; 113-121 all-time)
N/A

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-0; 70-66 all-time)
N/A

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Jason Pominville … 6 games … 1,000 career games played
Remi Elie … 7 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 9 goals … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Points
Jason Pominville … 3 points … 700 career points
Conor Sheary … 3 points … 100 career points
Jason Pominville … 6 points … 497 points with Sabres (T-10th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
Patrik Berglund … 700th NHL game … Oct. 16 at VGK

Game Preview: 10/18/18 at San Jose

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, October 16
Buffalo 1 at Vegas 4
Goals: Sobotka
Goalie: Hutton (25 saves/28 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 0/6; PK: 2/3; Shots: Vegas 29 – Buffalo 27

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 29)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 6 games
Sean Malone (knee, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 6 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 6 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/16: Activated D Zach Bogosian from IR; Assigned D Matt Tennyson to Rochester (AHL)
10/17: Signed F Matej Pekar to a three-year, entry-level contract

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Oct. 20: Buffalo at Los Angeles, 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 21: Buffalo at Anaheim, 8 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 25: Montreal at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 27: Buffalo at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 30: Calgary at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at SHARKS

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Sharks this season.
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Nov. 7 in Buffalo
  • Last meeting: San Jose defeated Buffalo 3-2 in Buffalo on Oct. 28, 2017
  • The Sabres are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Sharks; 6-3-1 on the road
  • This is the 40th game all-time between Buffalo and San Jose; Buffalo has a 24-9-6 series record.
  • The Sabres are 7-7-5 on the road against the Sharks all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-5-4 all-time on October 18.
  • October 18, 1970: Gerry Meehan scores the first ever Sabres goal at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium at 5:48 of the second period against Pittsburgh.
  • October 18, 2003: Mika Noronen stops all 20 Flames shots to record his second career shutout in a 2-0 Sabres win at Calgary.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is the third game of a five-game Pacific Division road trip that continues on Saturday at Los Angeles.
  • After San Jose came away with a pair of 3-2 wins last October, the Sabres are looking to avoid losing four straight games to the Sharks after having gone 10-0-1 in the previous 11 matchups between the teams.
  • Carter Hutton is 4-1-1 in his career against the Sharks, with a .955 save percentage and a 1.32 goals-against average.
  • Kyle Okposo has 14 points (5+9) in 12 career games against San Jose.
  • Jack Eichel has six points (1+5) in six career games against the Sharks, including at least a point in each of his last four.
  • Vladimir Sobotka has eight points (3+5) in his last eight games against San Jose.
  • Jason Pominville has points (3+2) in each of his last four games against San Jose.
  • Conor Sheary has three points (1+2) in three career games against the Sharks.

A FRESH FACE

  • On Oct. 4 vs. Boston, Rasmus Dahlin (18 years, 175 days) became the second-youngest player ever to appear in a game with the Sabres, behind only fellow No. 1 pick Pierre Turgeon (18 years, 41 days on Oct. 8, 1987 vs. Minnesota).
  • Dahlin skated 22:37 in his debut, marking the highest ice time recorded by a Sabres player making his NHL debut and the 21st-highest ice time by any NHL player in his first game since the league began tracking ice time in the 1997-98 season.
  • With his assist on Oct. 11 vs. Colorado, Dahlin became the second-youngest player (18 years, 175 days) in franchise history to record a point, behind only Turgeon (18 years, 44 days on Oct. 11, 1987 vs. Washington).
  • Dahlin scored his first NHL goal on Oct. 13 at Arizona, becoming the second-youngest player (18 years, 183 days) in franchise history to score, behind only Turgeon (Oct. 21, 1987 vs. Hartford).
    • He was the youngest defenseman in 23 years to score an NHL goal. His goal came exactly 34 years after Doug Bodger (18 years, 117 days) became the youngest defenseman in the expansion era (since 1967-68) to score his first NHL goal (Oct. 13, 1984).
    • With the goal, he also became the third-youngest defenseman in NHL history to record a game-winner, trailing only Craig Wolanin of the New Jersey Devils (12/9/85 at Minnesota) and Red Garrett of the New York Rangers (12/25/42 at Detroit).

CAPTAIN JACK

  • After being named captain on Oct. 3, Jack Eichel became the 19th full-season captain in franchise history and the 28th player to wear the captain’s “C” for at least a one-month period for the Sabres.
  • At 21 years of age, Eichel is the youngest captain in Sabres history, passing Jim Schoenfeld, who served as the team’s captain as a 23-year-old in the 1975-76 season.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 10/17 games)

  • Hutton: 149 SV (7th)
  • Ristolainen: 25:31 TOI/GP (7th)
  • Sheary: 3 PPG (T-4th)
  • Ullmark: 1.000 SV% (T-1st), 0.00 GAA (T-1st), 1 SO (T-2nd)

BUF-SJS CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Sharks assistant coach Dave Barr was on the coaching staff in Buffalo during the 2015-16 season.
  • Sharks F Evander Kane played for the Sabres for parts of four seasons (2014-2018). He played in 196 games for the club, recording 118 points (68+50).

Zach Bogosian:

  • Played with Sharks F and former Sabre Evander Kane in Atlanta and Winnipeg.
  • Played with Sharks goaltending coach Johan Hedberg in Atlanta.

Jack Eichel:

  • Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer was an assistant coach for Team North America when Eichel played for the team during the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Davis Payne:

  • Was an assistant coach for the Kings when Sharks G Martin Jones was playing in Los Angeles.

Marco Scandella:

  • Played with Sharks D Brent Burns in Minnesota. Sharks assistant coach Dave Barr was on the Wild’s coaching staff when Scandella was on the team.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (17), Berglund/Girgensons (13), McCabe (12)
Blocked Shots: Berglund (10), Ristolainen/Scandella (8), McCabe/Reinhart (7)
Shots: Eichel (24), Skinner (16), Okposo (14)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 3-3-0 (6), 12/17, 4/24, 12/16

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-0; 113-121 all-time)
N/A

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-0; 70-66 all-time)
N/A

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Jason Pominville … 7 games … 1,000 career games played
Remi Elie … 8 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 9 goals … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Points
Jason Pominville … 3 points … 700 career points
Conor Sheary … 3 points … 100 career points
Jason Pominville … 6 points … 497 points with Sabres (T-10th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
Jason Pominville … 664 games with Sabres (10th in franchise history) … Oct. 13 at ARI
Rasmus Dahlin …  1st NHL goal … Oct. 13 at ARI
Patrik Berglund … 700th NHL game … Oct. 16 at VGK

Game Preview: 10/16/18 at Vegas

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, October 13
Buffalo 3 at Arizona 0
Goals: Dahlin, Sheary, Skinner
Goalie: Ullmark (36 saves/36 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 3/3; Shots: Arizona 36 – Buffalo 23

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 26)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct. 4) – 5 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 5 games
Sean Malone (knee, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 5 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 5 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/11: Activated F Johan Larsson from IR; Placed D Zach Bogosian on IR

10/16: Activated D Zach Bogosian from IR; Assigned D Matt Tennyson to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Oct. 18: Buffalo at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 20: Buffalo at Los Angeles, 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 21: Buffalo at Anaheim, 8 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 25: Montreal at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 27: Buffalo at Columbus, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at GOLDEN KNIGHTS

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Golden Knights this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Vegas 4-2 in Buffalo on Oct. 8
  • This is the fourth game all-time between Buffalo and Vegas; Buffalo has a 1-0-2 series record.
  • The Sabres are 0-0-1 on the road against the Golden Knights all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-9-3 all-time on October 16.
  • October 16, 1982: Phil Housley records his first career NHL goal in a 9-2 win at Washington.
  • October 16, 2009: Jason Pominville scores his 100th career NHL goal in a 6-3 win at home against the New York Islanders.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is the second game of a five-game Pacific Division road trip that continues on Thursday at San Jose.
  • If he dresses, tonight will be Patrik Berglund’s 700th NHL game. He would become the 37th Swedish player to reach that milestone.
  • The Sabres are 1-0-2 in their first three meetings with the Golden Knights. A win or overtime loss tonight would give them points in their first four games against an expansion franchise for the first time since the first four games against both teams that joined the league in 1992-93 (Ottawa and Tampa Bay).
  • After stopping 35 shots when these teams last met, Carter Hutton is 2-0-0 against Vegas with a .957 save percentage and a 1.50 goals-against average.
  • The Sabres have four players who have registered at least a point per game against the Golden Knights: Jack Eichel (2 GP, 2+2), Jason Pominville (3 GP, 1+2), Kyle Okposo (2 GP, 0+2), Evan Rodrigues (1 GP, 0+1).
  • With three power-play goals in the first five games of the season, Conor Sheary has already topped his previous career high of two (2016-17 and 2017-18).

BESTING THE WEST

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with a 6-0-1 record in their last seven road games against Pacific Division opponents, including wins in each of their last five and shutouts in each of their last three (Jan. 23 at Edmonton, Jan. 25 at Vancouver and Oct. 13 at Arizona).
  • With wins in each of their last five road games against the Western Conference, the Sabres are in the midst of their best Western Conference road stretch since Jan. 6 to Oct. 8, 2011 (5-0-0).
  • A win tonight would give Buffalo its first ever six-game winning streak against the Western/Campbell Conference. An overtime loss would give the Sabres their fifth road point streak of at least six games against the conference and the first since the team tied a franchise high with points in seven straight from Dec. 28, 2010 to Oct. 8, 2011 (6-0-1).

A FRESH FACE

  • On Oct. 4 vs. Boston, Rasmus Dahlin (18 years, 175 days) became the second-youngest player ever to appear in a game with the Sabres, behind only fellow No. 1 pick Pierre Turgeon (18 years, 41 days on Oct. 8, 1987 vs. Minnesota).
  • Dahlin skated 22:37 in his debut, marking the highest ice time recorded by a Sabres player making his NHL debut and the 21st-highest ice time by any NHL player in his first game since the league began tracking ice time in the 1997-98 season.
  • With his assist on Oct. 11 vs. Colorado, Dahlin became the second-youngest player (18 years, 175 days) in franchise history to record a point, behind only Turgeon (18 years, 44 days on Oct. 11, 1987 vs. Washington).
  • Dahlin scored his first NHL goal on Oct. 13 at Arizona, becoming the second-youngest player (18 years, 183 days) in franchise history to score, behind only Turgeon (Oct. 21, 1987 vs. Hartford).
    • He was the youngest defenseman in 23 years to score an NHL goal. His goal came exactly 34 years after Doug Bodger (18 years, 117 days) became the youngest defenseman in the expansion era (since 1967-68) to score his first NHL goal (Oct. 13, 1984).
    • With the goal, he also became the third-youngest defenseman in NHL history to record a game-winner, trailing only Craig Wolanin of the New Jersey Devils (12/9/85 at Minnesota) and Red Garrett of the New York Rangers (12/25/42 at Detroit).

CAPTAIN JACK

  • After being named captain on Oct. 3, Jack Eichel became the 19th full-season captain in franchise history and the 28th player to wear the captain’s “C” for at least a one-month period for the Sabres.
  • At 21 years of age, Eichel is the youngest captain in Sabres history, passing Jim Schoenfeld, who served as the team’s captain as a 23-year-old in the 1975-76 season.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 10/15 games)

  • Hutton: 124 SV (6th), 2 W (T-7th)
  • Ristolainen: 25:44 TOI/GP (7th)
  • Sheary: 3 PPG (T-3rd)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-1st), 1.000 SV% (T-1st), 0.00 GAA (T-1st)

BUF-VGK CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Golden Knights F William Carrier spent three seasons (2014-2017) with the Sabres organization. He played in 41 games and recorded eight points (3+5).
  • Golden Knights D Brayden McNabb was selected by Buffalo in the third round (66th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft. He spent parts of two seasons (2011-12, 2013-14) with the team, appearing in 37 games and notching eight points (1+7).

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Played with Golden Knights F Max Pacioretty in Montreal.

Patrik Berglund:

  • Played with Golden Knights D Brad Hunt, F Ryan Reaves and F Paul Stastny in St. Louis.

Jason Botterill:

  • Was the assistant general manager for the Penguins when Golden Knights assistant coach Ryan Craig, D Deryk Engelland and G Marc-Andre Fleury were playing in Pittsburgh.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played on Team North America during the 2016 World Cup of Hockey when Golden Knights Head Coach Gerard Gallant was an assistant coach for the team.

Chris Hajt:

  • Played for the Capitals when Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee held the same role in Washington.

Phil Housley:

  • Played in Washington when Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee was the vice president of hockey operations for the Capitals.
  • Was an assistant coach for the Predators when Golden Knights D Brad Hunt was playing in Nashville.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for the Islanders when Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee and Head Coach Gerard Gallant were a part of the front office in New York.

Davis Payne:

  • Was on the coaching staff in Los Angeles when Golden Knights D Brayden McNabb played for the Kings.
  • Was the head coach of the Blues when Golden Knights F Ryan Reaves played in St. Louis.

Jason Pominville:

  • Played with Golden Knights F Erik Haula and F Alex Tuch in Minnesota.

Conor Sheary:

  • Played with Golden Knights G Marc-Andre Fleury and F Ryan Reaves in Pittsburgh.

Steve Smith:

  • Played with Golden Knights assistant coach Ryan McGill for the Chicago Blackhawks from 1991-1992.
  • Was the assistant coach in Edmonton when Golden Knights D Brad Hunt was playing for the Oilers.

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Played with Golden Knights D Brad Hunt, F Ryan Reaves and F Paul Stastny in St. Louis.

Matt Tennyson:

  • Played with Golden Knights F Ryan Carpenter in San Jose.

Tage Thompson:

  • Played with Golden Knights F Paul Stastny in St. Louis.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (15), McCabe (10), Berglund/Girgensons/Thompson (9)
Blocked Shots: Berglund (9), McCabe/Nelson/Ristolainen/Scandella (6)
Shots: Eichel (21), Ristolainen/Skinner (12), Okposo/Sheary (11)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 3-2-0 (6), 11/13, 4/18, 10/13

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-0; 113-121 all-time)
N/A

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-0; 70-66 all-time)
N/A

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Patrik Berglund … 1 game … 700 career games played
Remi Elie … 8 games … 100 career games played
Jason Pominville … 8 games … 1,000 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 9 goals … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Points
Jason Pominville … 3 points … 700 career points
Conor Sheary … 3 points … 100 career points
Jason Pominville … 6 points … 497 points with Sabres (T-10th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
Rasmus Dahlin … 1st NHL point (assist) … Oct. 11 vs. COL
Jason Pominville … 664 games with Sabres (10th in franchise history) … Oct. 13 at ARI
Rasmus Dahlin 1st NHL goal … Oct. 13 at ARI

Game Preview: 10/13/18 at Arizona

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, October 11
Colorado 6 at Buffalo 1
Goals: Beaulieu
Goalie: Hutton (24 saves/30 shots)
PP: 0/7; PK: 2/4; Shots: Buffalo 31 – Colorado 30

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 22)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 4 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 4 games
Sean Malone (knee, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 4 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 4 games
Vladimir Sobotka (upper body, Oct. 6) – 3 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/11: Activated F Johan Larsson from IR; Placed D Zach Bogosian on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Oct. 16: Buffalo at Vegas, 10 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 18: Buffalo at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 20: Buffalo at Los Angeles, 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 21: Buffalo at Anaheim, 8 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 25: Montreal at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at COYOTES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Coyotes this season.
  • Next meeting: Thursday, Dec. 13 in Buffalo
  • Last meeting: Arizona defeated Buffalo 4-1 in Buffalo on March 21
  • The Sabres are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Coyotes; 8-2-0 on the road.
  • This is the 79th game all-time between Buffalo and Arizona/Winnipeg; Buffalo has a 46-23-9 series record.
  • The Sabres are 21-15-2 at home against the Coyotes/Jets all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-11-2 all-time on October 13.
  • October 13, 1976: Bob Sauve makes his first NHL start, a 4-3 loss to the NY Islanders.
  • October 13, 2014: The NHL announces that Buffalo has been chosen to host the 2016 NHL Draft.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is the first of a five-game Pacific Division road trip that continues on Tuesday at Vegas.
  • The Sabres are looking to avoid losing consecutive matchups with the Coyotes for the first time since they lost three in a row from Dec. 4, 2003 to Jan. 21, 2008. Buffalo is 12-3-1 against Arizona in the 16 games since then, outscoring the Coyotes 53-34 in those contests.
  • Buffalo is 12-3-1 in its last 16 games against Arizona, including a 7-2-1 record since the beginning of the 2013-14 season.
  • The Sabres are 9-2-0 on the road against the Coyotes since the beginning of the 2001-02 season and 10-5-0 in 15 road games against the Coyotes since they relocated from Winnipeg prior to the 1996-97 season

COYOTE KILLERS

  • Jack Eichel has totaled nine points (3+6) in six career games against Arizona, including five points (2+3) in three road games. It’s his second-best per-game output against any opponent, trailing only his four points in two career meetings with the Vegas Golden Knights.
    • Eichel has more than nine career points against just three NHL teams: NY Rangers, Ottawa and Toronto (11 points)
  • Kyle Okposo has 12 points (4+8) in 12 career games against the Coyotes, who are one of six teams Okposo has totaled at least a point per game against in his career (Arizona, Edmonton, Nashville, San Jose, Vancouver, Vegas).
  • Jeff Skinner has five points (2+3) in his last five games against the Coyotes.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has totaled four points (1+3) in four career visits to Arizona.
  • Jake McCabe enters tonight’s game with an assist in each of his last three games against the Coyotes.

MAKING HISTORY

  • If he dresses, tonight’s game will be Jason Pominville’s 665th regular-season game as a member of the Sabres, passing Mike Foligno and Ric Seiling for sole possession of 10th-most games in franchise history.
  • After tonight, Pominville will be just 16 games behind Rick Martin (681) for ninth and 47 games behind Alexei Zhitnik (712) for eighth.
  • Pominville is the first player to break into the franchise’s top 10 in games played since Zhitnik passed Foligno, Seiling and Martin to move into eighth during the 2003-04 season.
  • Pominville also ranks in or near the franchise’s regular-season top 10 in goals (12th, 202), assists (8th, 289) and points (11th, 491).

A FRESH FACE

  • On Oct. 4 vs. Boston, Rasmus Dahlin (18 years, 175 days) became the second-youngest player ever to appear in a game with the Sabres, behind only fellow No. 1 pick Pierre Turgeon (18 years, 41 days on Oct. 8, 1987 vs. Minnesota).
  • Dahlin skated 22:37 in his debut, trailing only Rasmus Ristolainen (24:12) for the night. It was the highest ice time recorded by a Sabres player making his NHL debut and the 21st-highest ice time by any NHL player in their first game since the league began tracking ice time in the 1997-98 season.
  • With his assist on Oct. 11 vs. Colorado, Dahlin became the second-youngest player (18 years, 175 days) in franchise history to record a point, behind only Turgeon (18 years, 44 days on Oct. 11, 1987 vs. Washington).

CAPTAIN JACK

  • After being named captain on Oct. 3, Jack Eichel became the 19th full-season captain in franchise history and the 28th player to wear the captain’s “C” for at least a one-month period for the Sabres.
  • At 21 years of age, Eichel is the youngest captain in Sabres history, passing Jim Schoenfeld, who served as the team’s captain as a 23-year-old in the 1975-76 season.

2018-19 ROSTER NOTES
Of the 23 players on Buffalo’s opening night roster:

  • Nine were originally drafted by the Sabres — six were first-round selections (Girgensons, 2012; Ristolainen, 2013; Reinhart, 2014; Eichel, 2015; Mittelstadt, 2017; Dahlin, 2018), two were second-round picks (Pominville, 2001; McCabe, 2012) and one was a sixth-round pick (Ullmark, 2012).
  • Nine were acquired in trades: Beaulieu, Berglund, Bogosian, Pominville, Scandella, Sheary, Skinner, Sobotka, Thompson
  • Five were signed as free agents: Hutton, Nelson, Okposo, Rodrigues, Tennyson
  • One was acquired via waivers: Elie
  • Fifteen played in Buffalo at some point last season: Beaulieu, Bogosian, Eichel, Girgensons, McCabe, Mittelstadt, Nelson, Okposo, Pominville, Reinhart, Ristolainen, Rodrigues, Scandella, Tennyson, Ullmark
  • Eight are new to the Sabres this season: Berglund, Dahlin, Elie, Hutton, Sheary, Skinner, Sobotka, Thompson
  • Four opened the season on an NHL roster for the first time in their careers: Dahlin, Elie, Mittelstadt, Ullmark

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 10/12 games)

  • Hutton: 124 SV (2nd), 2 W (T-4th)
  • Ristolainen: 25:59 TOI/GP (5th)
  • Sheary: 2 PPG (T-4th)

BUF-ARI CONNECTIONS
Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Played with Coyotes F Alex Galchenyuk in Montreal.

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.

Phil Housley:

  • Played with Coyotes Assistant General Manager Steve Sullivan in Chicago and New Jersey.
  • Played with Coyotes Assistant Coach John MacLean in New Jersey.
  • Played with Coyotes Goaltending Coach Corey Schwab in New Jersey and Toronto.
  • Played with Coyotes Head Coach Rick Tocchet in Washington.

Carter Hutton:

  • Played with Coyotes D Niklas Hjalmarsson in Chicago.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played with Coyotes G Darcy Kuemper in Minnesota.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for the Islanders with Coyotes F Michael Grabner.

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.

Marco Scandella:

  • Played with Coyotes G Darcy Kuemper in Minnesota.
  • Shares a birthday (Feb. 23, 1990) with Coyotes D Kevin Connauton.

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.

Steve Smith:

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

Matt Tennyson:

  • Played with Coyotes D Jason Demers in San Jose.

Tage Thompson:

  • Was born in Phoenix, Arizona.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (11), Girgensons (8), Berglund/McCabe (7)
Blocked Shots: Berglund (8), Ristolainen (4), Eichel/McCabe/Sheary (3)
Shots: Eichel (17), Ristolainen (12), Reinhart/Scandella (9)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 2-2-0 (4), 8/13, 3/15, 7/10

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-0; 113-121 all-time)
N/A

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-0; 70-66 all-time)
N/A

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Jason Pominville … 1 game … 664 games played with Sabres (sole possession of 10th in franchise history)
Patrik Berglund … 2 games … 700 career games played
Remi Elie … 8 games … 100 career games played
Jason Pominville … 9 games … 1,000 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 9 goals … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Points
Jason Pominville … 3 points … 700 career points
Conor Sheary … 4 points … 100 career points
Jason Pominville … 6 points … 497 points with Sabres (T-10th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
Rasmus Dahlin … 1st NHL point (assist) … Oct. 11 vs. COL