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Game Preview: 12/3/18 at Nashville

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Friday, November 30
Buffalo 2 at Florida 3 (OT)
Goals: Skinner, Reinhart
Goalie: Ullmark (40 saves/43 shots)
PP: 1/4; PK: 2/4; Shots: Florida 43 – Buffalo 24

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 96)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 27 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 27 games
Marco Scandella (upper body, Nov. 27; injured reserve) – 3 games
Conor Sheary (upper body, Nov. 27; injured reserve) – 3 games
Jake McCabe (lower body, Nov. 29) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/27: Recalled D Lawrence Pilut from Rochester (AHL)
11/30: Activated F Patrik Berglund from IR; Recalled D Matt Tennyson from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Conor Sheary and D Marco Scandella on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Dec. 4: Toronto at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 8: Philadelphia at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 11: Los Angeles at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 13: Arizona at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 15: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at PREDATORS

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Predators this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Nashville 7-4 in Nashville on March 31
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, April 2 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Predators; 6-4-0 on the road.
  • This is the 26th game all-time between Buffalo and Nashville; Buffalo has a 10-11-4 series record.
  • The Sabres are 9-4-0 on the road against the Predators all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-5-3 all-time on December 3.
  • December 3, 1974: Rick Martin records his second of a franchise-record four four-goal games as the Sabres top the Washington Capitals 5-3.
  • December 3, 1981: Mike Foligno makes his Sabres debut in a 6-3 loss at Boston.
  • December 3, 1989: Mike Foligno plays in his 600th game as a Sabre in a 4-3 win vs. St. Louis.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The road team has won each of the six meetings between these clubs in the last three seasons. The last home win in the series was a 3-0 Predators win in Nashville on March 21, 2015.
  • Jeff Skinner’s 12 goals in 15 road games trailed only Patrik Laine (15) for most in the league entering play Sunday. With 20 goals through Buffalo’s first 27 games, Skinner entered play Sunday behind only Laine (21) most in the NHL this season.
  • Jack Eichel recorded his 12th multi-point game of the season with two assists on Friday at Florida. Through 27 games, Eichel’s 12 multi-point games tie for fourth-most in the league this season and leave him six shy of his career high 18.

A NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER

  • Buffalo’s 11-3-1 (.767) record in November gave the team its best points percentage in a month since April 2011 (4-0-1, .900). It was the Sabres’ best full month since Oct. 2009 (8-2-1, .773).
  • The team’s 17-7-3 (.685) record through November’s games marks the team’s best record through two months since the 2006-07 season (19-3-2, .833).
  • Jeff Skinner scored 15 goals in 15 games during November to join Rick Martin in 1972-73 as just the second player ever to score 20 goals for the Sabres before December.
  • Rasmus Dahlin was selected as the NHL Rookie of the Month for November after totaling 10 points (1+9) and a plus-9 rating in 15 games, averaging 19:54 of ice time per game during the month.
  • Carter Hutton was 8-3-0 with a .923 save percentage in 11 appearances in November, including a career-best eight-game winning streak from Nov. 8 to 27.

HOT AGAINST NASHVILLE

  • Jack Eichel has totaled nine points (3+6) in six career games against the Predators, including a franchise record-tying five assists in the last meeting between these clubs.
  • Jeff Skinner has posted 16 points (8+8) in 13 career meetings with the Predators.
  • Kyle Okposo has 11 points (6+5) in 11 career games against Nashville, including five (3+2) in five road games.
  • Sam Reinhart has six points (5+1) in six career games against the Predators, including a hat trick in the last matchup.
  • Jake McCabe has points in each of his last two matchups with the Predators (1+2).
  • Zemgus Girgensons has recorded three points (1+2) in his last three games against Nashville.
  • Zach Bogosian has assists in three of his last four games against the Predators, including each of the last two.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen tallied three assists in the last meeting between these clubs.

SCORING EARLY IS GREAT…

  • The Sabres are 12-0-3 when scoring first so far this season. Entering play Sunday, they were one of two teams who have earned at least a point in every game in which they’ve opened the scoring in 2018-19.
  • Buffalo is 10-0-2 when leading after the first period. Entering play Sunday, they were one of four teams who have earned at least a point in every game in which they’ve led after 20 minutes in 2018-19.

…BUT SCORING LATE IS NICE TOO

  • The Sabres are 5-6-1 when trailing after two periods. Their five wins when trailing after 40 minutes ranked as the second-most in the league entering play Sunday.
  • Buffalo’s five wins when trailing after two have already matched last season’s total and leave the team four third-period comebacks shy of the franchise record of nine set in the 2005-06 season.

NOT TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT
The Sabres are 10-1-3 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 .714 winning percentage in one-goal games would match the franchise record of .714 (10-4-0) set in the 1977-78 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 (73), 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 for the second-highest goal total (61) in Sabres history, trailing only Mogilny in 1992-93 (76). His 46 even-strength goals would finish behind only Mogilny’s even-strength total from that season (49) 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 27 5 27 32 4 20 24
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 82 15 82 97 12 61 73
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 27 20 8 28 15 5 20
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 61 24 85 46 15 61

WINNING WAYS
Sam Reinhart has recorded 15 points (5+10) in his last 14 games, including six two-point games during that stretch. The Sabres are 12-1-1 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 25-3-4 (.844) in his career when he records at least two.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s sixth of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night vs. Toronto. The Sabres are 4-1-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 3-1-1 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 (1) and zero points (0).

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 12/2 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 36 PTS (T-3rd), 17 W (4th)
  • Eichel: 109 S (3rd), 20 EVA (3rd), 27 A (T-4th), 24 EVP (5th), 32 P (T-9th)
  • Hutton: 12 W (3rd), 564 SV (9th)
  • Ristolainen: 86 hits (5th), 25:27 TOI/GP (8th)
  • Skinner: 15 EVG (1st), 2 OTG (T-1st), 20 G (2nd), 3 GWG (T-5th), plus-15 (T-5th), 5 PPG (T-9th)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-9th), .927 SV% (10th)

BUF-NSH CONNECTIONS
Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Played with Predators D P.K. Subban and D Yannick Weber in Montreal.

Patrik Berglund:

  • Represented Sweden with Predators F Mattias Ekholm and F Filip Forsberg at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Jason Botterill:

  • Was the assistant general manager for the Penguins when Predators F Nick Bonino was playing in Pittsburgh.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played with Predators F Ryan Hartman for Team USA at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Remi Elie:

  • Played with Predators D Dan Hamhuis in Dallas.

Phil Housley:

  • Coached Predators F Ryan Hartman at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship. The duo won a gold medal together for the United States.

Johan Larsson:

  • Won a gold medal for Team Sweden with Predators F Filip Forsberg at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship. The duo won a second gold medal together at the 2018 IIHF World Championship, a team that Predators F Viktor Arvidsson and D Mattias Ekholm were also on.

Jake McCabe:

  • Won a gold medal with Predators F Ryan Hartman while representing the United States at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Played for Team USA with Predators F Craig Smith at the 2014 IIHF World Championship. Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette was the head coach of the team.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for Team USA with Predators F Craig Smith at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Won a gold medal with Predators D Ryan Ellis while representing Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Played for the Finnish National Team with Predators G Jusse Saros at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship. Ristolainen scored the overtime, gold-medal-clinching goal.
  • Represented Finland with Predators G Pekka Rinne at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Jeff Skinner:

  • Played for Team Canada with Predators D P.K. Subban at the 2013 IIHF World Championship.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (86), Girgensons (43), McCabe (42)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (44), Ristolainen (41), Bogosian (40)
Shots: Eichel (109), Skinner (83), Ristolainen (64)

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: 5-1-1 (11), 25/20, 5/21, 17/22

OVERTIME RESULTS (4-3; 117-124 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)

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 … 3 games … 100 career games played
Kyle Okposo … 3 games … 700 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
Points
Jason Pominville … 3 points … 511 points with Sabres (T-8th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
Nathan Beaulieu … 300th NHL game … Nov. 29 at TBL
Evan Rodrigues … 100th NHL game … Nov. 29 at TBL

SABRES RECALL TENNYSON FROM ROCHESTER

BUFFALO, N.Y. (November 30, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has recalled defenseman Matt Tennyson from the Rochester Americans (AHL).

Tennyson (6’2”, 205 lbs., 4/23/1990) returns to the Sabres after beginning the season with the team but has yet to appear in any NHL games this season. The Minneapolis, Minnesota native has recorded one assist in seven games with the Americans this season.

Tennyson appeared in 15 games with the Sabres in his first season with the team in 2017-18. In his career, he has totaled 20 points (3+17) in 120 NHL games with Buffalo, the Carolina Hurricanes and the San Jose Sharks.

In a corresponding move, the Sabres have placed defenseman Marco Scandella on injured reserve.

Game Preview: 11/29/18 at Florida

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, November 29
Buffalo 4 at Tampa Bay 5
Goals: Reinhart (2), Girgensons, Thompson
Goalie: Hutton (32 saves/37 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 4/5; Shots: Tampa Bay 37 – Buffalo 22

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 91)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 26 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 26 games
Patrik Berglund (upper body, Nov. 21) – 5 games
Marco Scandella (upper body, Nov. 27; injured reserve) – 2 games
Conor Sheary (upper body, Nov. 27; injured reserve) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/27: Recalled D Lawrence Pilut from Rochester (AHL)
11/30: Activated F Patrik Berglund from IR; Recalled D Matt Tennyson from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Conor Sheary and D Marco Scandella on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Monday, Dec. 3: Buffalo at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 4: Toronto at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 8: Philadelphia at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 11: Los Angeles at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 13: Arizona at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at PANTHERS

  • This is the first of four meetings between the Sabres and Panthers this season.
  • Last meeting: Florida defeated Buffalo 4-3 in Florida on April 7
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Dec. 18 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 2-7-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Panthers; 2-7-1 on the road.
  • This is the 97th game all-time between Buffalo and Florida; Buffalo has a 48-40-8 series record.
  • The Sabres are 21-22-4 on the road against the Panthers all-time

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 6-8-3 all-time on November 30.
  • November 30, 1939: Ground is broken on Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
  • November 30, 1980: The Sabres defeat the Colorado Rockies 4-1 at the Aud. Rookie Alan Haworth scores his first NHL goal for the Sabres, who extend their unbeaten streak to 10 consecutive home games, and Rene Robert scores the lone Rockies goal.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Jeff Skinner’s 11 goals in 14 road games trailed only Patrik Laine (15) for most in the league after last night’s game. With 19 goals through Buffalo’s first 26 games, Skinner finished last night’s game behind only Laine (21) most in the NHL this season.
  • Rasmus Dahlin has totaled nine points (1+8) with a plus-8 rating in his last 10 games, averaging 21:37 of ice time per game during that stretch.
  • Jack Eichel recorded his 11th multi-point game of the season with two assists last night at Tampa Bay. Though 26 games, Eichel’s 11 multi-point games tie for fourth-most in the league this season and leave him seven shy of his career high 18.
  • Tage Thompson enters tonight’s game on a career-best three-game point streak (2+1).
  • With losses in their last five games against Florida, Buffalo needs a win tonight to avoid the team’s first-ever six-game winless streak against the Panthers. The Sabres are seeking their first road win against the Panthers since Nov. 12, 2015.

TAMING THE CATS

  • Carter Hutton is 2-0-0 in three career appearances against the Panthers with a .957 save percentage and a 1.22 goals-against average.
  • Jason Pominville has totaled 39 points (16+23) in 42 career games against Florida, including 10 points (5+5) in his last 11 meetings.
  • Sam Reinhart has 11 points (7+4) in his last 11 games against the Panthers, including a point in each of the last three meetings.
  • Conor Sheary has totaled seven points (2+5) in his last five matchups with Florida.
  • Vladimir Sobotka has tallied six assists in his last six meetings with the Panthers.
  • Jeff Skinner has recorded five points (4+1) in his last five games against Florida.

SCORING EARLY IS GREAT…

  • The Sabres are 12-0-2 when scoring first so far this season. After last night’s game, they were one of three teams who have earned at least a point in every game in which they’ve opened the scoring in 2018-19.
  • Buffalo is 10-0-2 when leading after the first period. After last night’s game, they were one of five teams who have earned at least a point in every game in which they’ve led after 20 minutes in 2018-19.

…BUT SCORING LATE IS NICE TOO

  • The Sabres are 5-6-1 when trailing after two periods. Their five wins when trailing after 40 minutes ranked as the second-most in the league after last night’s game.
  • Buffalo’s five wins when trailing after two have already matched last season’s total and leave the team four third-period comebacks shy of the franchise record of nine set in the 2005-06 season.

NOT TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT
The Sabres are 10-1-2 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 .769 winning percentage in one-goal games would top the franchise record of .714 (10-4-0) set in the 1977-78 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 (73), trailing only Pat LaFontaine (83) and Alexander Mogilny (78) in 1992-93. He would become the first Sabre to record more than 90 points since Daniel Briere (95) in 2006-07.
  • Skinner is currently on pace for the second-highest goal total (60) in Sabres history, trailing only Mogilny in 1992-93 (76). His 44 even-strength goals would finish behind only Mogilny’s even-strength total from that season (49) 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 26 5 25 30 4 19 23
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 82 16 79 95 13 60 73
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 26 19 8 27 14 5 19
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 60 25 85 44 16 60

WINNING WAYS
Sam Reinhart has recorded 13 points (4+9) in his last 13 games, including five two-point games during that stretch. The Sabres are 12-1-0 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 25-3-3 (.855) in his career when he records at least two.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s fifth of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 5-4 loss at Tampa Bay. The Sabres are 4-1-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 3-1-0 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 (0) and zero points (0).

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

  • Buffalo Sabres: 36 PTS (T-2nd), 17 W (T-3rd), 81.8 PK% (9th)
  • Eichel: 105 S (3rd), 25 A (T-4th), 23 EVP (T-5th), 30 P (T-9th)
  • Hutton: 12 W (3rd), 564 SV (5th)
  • Ristolainen: 85 hits (5th), 25:24 TOI/GP (8th)
  • Skinner: 14 EVG (T-1st), 2 OTG (T-1st), 19 G (T-2nd), 3 GWG (T-4th), plus-14 (T-6th), 5 PPG (T-8th)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-9th)

BUF-FLA CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Panthers Head Coach Bob Boughner played for the Sabres for three seasons (1995-1998), recording 13 points (2+11) in 177 games played.
  • Panthers D Mark Pysyk spent the first four years of his career (2012-2016) with the Sabres organization after being selected by Buffalo in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft. He recorded 26 points (5+21) in 125 games played with the team.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Won a bronze medal with Panthers F Jonathan Huberdeau and D Mark Pysyk while representing Canada at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Played with Panthers G Michael Hutchinson in Winnipeg

Jack Eichel:

  • Played for Team North America with Panthers D Aaron Ekblad and F Vincent Trocheck at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Phil Housley:

  • Coached Panthers F Vincent Trocheck at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship. The duo won a gold medal together for the United States.

 Jake McCabe:

  • Won a gold medal for Team USA with Panthers F Vincent Trocheck at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Represented the United States with Panthers F Frank Vatrano at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for the Islanders with Panthers F Michael Haley.
  • Played with Panthers D Keith Yandle for Team USA at the 2010 IIHF World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Played for Team Canada with Panthers D Aaron Ekblad at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Won a gold medal with Panthers D Mike Matheson while representing Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Has represented Finland in international play with Panthers F Aleksander Barkov on three separate occasions: at the 2012 and 2013 IIHF World Junior Championships and at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Jeff Skinner:

  • Played for Team Canada with Panthers G James Reimer at the 2011 IIHF World Championship.
  • Won a silver medal with Panthers D Mike Matheson while representing Canada at the 2017 IIHF World Championship.

Steve Smith:

  • Was a scout for the Blackhawks when Panthers F Troy Brouwer was playing in Chicago.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (85), McCabe (42), Girgensons (39)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (44), Ristolainen (39), Bogosian (37)
Shots: Eichel (105), Skinner (82), Ristolainen (61)

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: 5-1-0 (10), 23/17, 4/17, 15/18

OVERTIME RESULTS (4-2; 117-123 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)

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 … 3 games … 100 career games played
Kyle Okposo … 4 games … 700 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
Points
Jason Pominville … 3 points … 511 points with Sabres (T-8th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
Nathan Beaulieu … 300th NHL game … Nov. 29 at TBL
Evan Rodrigues … 100th NHL game … Nov. 29 at TBL

Game Preview: 11/29/18 at Tampa Bay

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, November 27
San Jose 2 at Buffalo 3 (OT)
Goals: Ristolainen, Beaulieu, Skinner
Goalie: Hutton (36 saves/38 shots)
PP: 0/1; PK: 2/3; Shots: San Jose 38 – Buffalo 31

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 86)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 25 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 25 games
Patrik Berglund (upper body, Nov. 21; injured reserve) – 4 games
Conor Sheary (upper body, Nov. 27) – 1 game
Marco Scandella (undisclosed, Nov. 27) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/23: Assigned D Lawrence Pilut to Rochester (AHL)
11/27: Recalled D Lawrence Pilut from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, Nov. 30: Buffalo at Florida, 7 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 3: Buffalo at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 4: Toronto at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 8: Philadelphia at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 11: Los Angeles at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at LIGHTNING

  • This is the second of four meetings between the Sabres and Lightning this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Tampa Bay 2-1 in Buffalo on Nov. 13
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Jan. 12 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Lightning; 3-7-0 on the road
  • This is the 100th game all-time between Buffalo and Tampa Bay; Buffalo has a 55-36-8 series record.
  • The Sabres are 29-18-3 on the road against the Lightning all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 13-11-0 all-time on November 29.
  • November 29, 1981: Lindy Ruff records his first-career hat trick in a 5-2 win at home against the Islanders.
  • November 29, 1993: Dominik Hasek picks up his first shutout as a member of the Sabres, stopping all 24 Toronto shots in a 3-0 win at Maple Leaf Gardens.
  • November 29, 1998: A two-goal night from Michael Peca leads the Sabres to a 6-3 victory over the Lightning in Tampa.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Two Sabres have a chance to appear in milestone games tonight: Nathan Beaulieu (300th game) and Evan Rodrigues (100th game).
  • Buffalo is seeking its first six-game road winning streak in the same season since the team won its first 10 road games of the 2006-07 season. Since then, the Sabres have twice won at least six consecutive road games spanning two seasons: 2009 (7-0-0) and 2011 (6-0-0).
  • Entering tonight’s game, the Sabres have wins in five straight games against divisional opponents for the first time since they won seven in a row against Northeast Division opponents from Dec. 15, 2010 to Feb. 15, 2011.
  • Jeff Skinner’s 11 goals in 13 road games trailed only Patrik Laine (15) for most in the league before Wednesday’s games. With 19 goals through Buffalo’s first 25 games, Skinner entered play Wednesday tied with Laine and David Pastrnak for most in the NHL this season.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded a point in each of his last three games against the Lightning (2+1).

GOING STREAKING

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game on their first 10-game winning streak since the team won its first 10 games of the 2006-07 season. With a win tonight, they would top the franchise record for most consecutive wins, set in January 1984 and tied during that October 2006 stretch.
  • In addition to the three official 10-game winning streaks, the Sabres have twice won at least 10 consecutive regular-season games during streaks that spanned two seasons: 15 games (April 8 to Oct. 26, 2006) and 11 games (April 1 to Oct. 26, 1975).
  • With a win or overtime loss tonight, the Sabres would have points in 11 straight games for the first time since Dec. 26 to Jan. 18, 2010 (8-0-3).

SCORING EARLY IS GREAT…

  • The Sabres are 12-0-2 when scoring first so far this season. Entering play Wednesday, they were one of three teams who have earned at least a point in every game in which they’ve opened the scoring in 2018-19.
  • Buffalo is 10-0-2 when leading after the first period. Entering play Wednesday, they were one of five teams who have earned at least a point in every game in which they’ve led after 20 minutes in 2018-19.

…BUT SCORING LATE IS NICE TOO

  • The Sabres are 5-6-1 when trailing after two periods. Their five wins when trailing after 40 minutes ranked as the second-most in the league entering play Wednesday.
  • Buffalo’s five wins when trailing after two have already matched last season’s total and leave the team four third-period comebacks shy of the franchise record of nine set in the 2005-06 season.

NOT TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT
The Sabres are 10-0-2 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 .833 winning percentage in one-goal games would top the franchise record of .714 (10-4-0) set in the 1977-78 season.

MR. CARTER

  • Carter Hutton is 8-0-0 with a .936 save percentage and a 1.97 goals-against average in his last eight games.
  • The eight-game winning streak tops his previous high, a five-game streak from March 21, 2014 at Calgary to April 13, 2014 at Minnesota. It’s the longest winning streak by a Sabres goaltender since Ryan Miller’s eight-game streak from Oct. 8 to 30, 2009.
  • Entering play Wednesday, Hutton’s 12 wins trailed only Frederik Andersen and Marc-Andre Fleury (13 wins each) for most in the NHL.

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 fourth-most even-strength points ever recorded by a Sabre (69), trailing only Pat LaFontaine (83) and Alexander Mogilny (78) in 1992-93, and Gilbert Perreault in 1975-76 (70). He would become the first Sabre to record more than 90 points since Daniel Briere (95) in 2006-07.
  • Skinner is currently on pace for the second-highest goal total (62) in Sabres history, trailing only Mogilny in 1992-93 (76). His 46 even-strength goals would finish behind only Mogilny’s even-strength total from that season (49) 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 25 5 23 28 4 17 21
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 82 16 75 92 13 56 69
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 25 19 8 27 14 5 19
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 62 26 89 46 16 62

WINNING WAYS
Sam Reinhart has recorded 11 points (2+9) in his last 12 games, including four two-point games during that stretch. The Sabres are 12-0-0 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 25-2-3 (.883) in his career when he records at least two.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s fifth of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night at Florida. The Sabres are 4-0-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 3-1-0 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 (0) and zero points (0).

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 11/28 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 36 PTS (1st), 17 W (T-1st), 81.9 PK% (8th)
  • Eichel: 103 S (T-3rd), 23 A (5th), 21 EVP (T-7th)
  • Hutton: 12 W (3rd), 532 SV (6th)
  • Ristolainen: 82 hits (5th), 25:16 TOI/GP (10th)
  • Skinner: 14 EVG (1st), 19 G (T-1st), 2 OTG (T-1st), plus-15 (T-4th), 3 GWG (T-4th), 5 PPG (T-7th)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-9th)

BUF-TBL CONNECTIONS
Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Played with Lightning assistant coach Jeff Halpern and D Mikhail Sergachev in Montreal.

Patrik Berglund:

  • Won a silver medal with Lightning D Victor Hedman at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship. The duo played together again at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
  • Has represented Sweden in international play with Lightning D Anton Stralman twice: at the 2009 IIHF World Championship, where they won a bronze medal, and at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Jason Botterill:

  • Played with Lightning assistant general manager Pat Verbeek in Dallas.
  • Was a scout for the Stars when Lightning assistant coach Jeff Halpern played in Dallas.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played for Team North America with Lightning F J.T. Miller at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Chris Hajt:

  • Played with Lightning assistant coach Jeff Halpern in Washington.

Phil Housley:

  • Coached Lightning F J.T. Miller at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, winning a gold medal together for the United States.

Johan Larsson:

  • Represented Sweden with Lightning D Victor Hedman at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played for Team USA with Lightning F Tyler Johnson at the 2014 IIHF World Championship.
  • Won a gold medal with Lightning F J.T. Miller at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Jason Pominville:

  • Played for Team USA with Lightning assistant coach Jeff Halpern at the 2008 IIHF World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Won a gold medal for Canada with Lightning F Brayden Point at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Played under Lightning Head Coach Jon Cooper for Team Canada at the 2017 IIHF World Championship, winning a bronze medal.

Marco Scandella:

  • Played in Minnesota when Lightning assistant coach Todd Richards was the head coach of the Wild.

Jeff Skinner:

  • Played for Team Canada with Lightning F Steven Stamkos at the 2013 IIHF World Championship.
  • Won a silver medal for Canada with Lightning F Brayden Point at the 2017 IIHF World Championship.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (82), McCabe (42), Girgensons (37)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (43), Bogosian (36), Ristolainen (36)
Shots: Eichel (103), Skinner (81), Ristolainen (60)

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: 5-0-0 (10), 19/12, 4/15, 11/13

OVERTIME RESULTS (4-2; 117-123 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)

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
Nathan Beaulieu … 1 game … 300 career games played
Evan Rodrigues … 1 game … 100 career games played
Remi Elie … 4 games … 100 career games played
Kyle Okposo … 5 games … 700 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
Points
Jason Pominville … 3 points … 511 points with Sabres (T-8th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Post-Game Report: 11/27 vs. San Jose

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Sharks
(12-8-5)
0 0 2 0 2 38
Sabres
(17-6-2)
0 1 1 1 3 31

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • With their 10th win in a row, the Sabres have matched their franchise record for consecutive wins in a season. The record was originally set in January 1984 and tied in October 2006.
    • In addition to the three official 10-game winning streaks, the Sabres have twice won at least 10 consecutive regular-season games during streaks that spanned two seasons: 15 games (April 8 to Oct. 26, 2006) and 11 games (April 1 to Oct. 26, 1975).
  • The Sabres now have points in 10 straight games for the first time since they recorded points in 11 straight from Dec. 26 to Jan. 18, 2010 (8-0-3).
  • Buffalo has won six straight home games for the first time since Nov. 28 to Dec. 15, 2014.
  • The Sabres are now 10-0-2 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 .833 winning percentage in one-goal games would top the franchise record of .714 (10-4-0) set in the 1977-78 season.
  • Jeff Skinner’s 19th goal of the season tied him for the league lead. He is on pace for 65 goals this season, which would be the second-highest goal total in Sabres history, trailing only Alexander Mogilny (76) in 1992-93.
  • With his goal tonight, Rasmus Ristolainen now has five points (1+4) in his last five games.
  • Tage Thompson, who registered an assist on Ristolainen’s goal, now has four points (3+1) in his last five games.
  • Kyle Okposo recorded the secondary assist on Ristolainen’s goal and now has 15 points (5+10) in 14 career games against San Jose.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Sharks Jones O .933 1.95
Sabres Hutton W .947 1.95

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Sharks Jones 9-5-3 .894 2.94
Sabres Hutton 12-6-1 .920 2.50

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jeff Skinner

Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen

Sabres defenseman Nathan Beaulieu

Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer

Sharks forward Evander Kane

Sharks forward Joe Pavelski

Sharks defenseman Brent Burns

Sharks goaltender Martin Jones