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Game Preview: 3/28/19 vs. Detroit

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LAST GAME
Tuesday, March 26
Buffalo 0 at Ottawa 4
Goals: N/A
Goalie: Hutton (27 saves/31 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 3/4; Shots: Buffalo 35 – Ottawa 31

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 223)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Jake McCabe (upper body, March 4) – 11 games
Matt Hunwick (upper body, March 23) – 3 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, March 25) – 2 games
Rasmus Ristolainen (illness, March 26) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/24: Recalled D Lawrence Pilut from Rochester (AHL)
3/26: Signed D Casey Fitzgerald to a two-year, entry-level contract with an AAV of $925,000; Recalled D William Borgen from Rochester (AHL)
3/27: Recalled F Victor Olofsson from Rochester (AHL)
3/28: Assigned F Tage Thompson to Rochester (AHL)

REMAINING GAMES
Saturday, March 30: Buffalo at NY Islanders, 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 31: Columbus at Buffalo, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, April 2: Nashville at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 4: Ottawa at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 6: Buffalo at Detroit, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
RED WINGS at SABRES

  • This is the third of four meetings between the Sabres and Red Wings this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Detroit 3-1 in Buffalo on Feb. 9
  • Next meeting: Saturday, April 6 in Detroit
  • The Sabres are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Red Wings; 4-5-1 at home.
  • This is the 140th game all-time between Buffalo and Detroit; Buffalo has a 62-59-18 series record.
  • The Sabres are 38-20-10 at home against the Red Wings all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-10-4 all-time on March 28.
  • March 28, 1982: Fred T. Hunt and Tim Horton are both posthumously inducted into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame. The pair became the fourth and fifth members, joining Roger Crozier, Frank Christie and Punch Imlach.
  • March 28, 1999: Alexei Zhitnik scores the 8,000th goal in franchise history in a 4-3 overtime win at home against Pittsburgh.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 7-2-1 against the Red Wings since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, including a 3-1-1 record at home and a 2-0-0 record so far this season.
  • The Sabres have killed 25 of 27 penalties (92.6%) against Detroit in their last seven meetings, dating back to March 20, 2017.
  • Jack Eichel has eight points (3+5) in eight games against Detroit since the beginning of the 2016-17 season. In his career, he has tallied six points (3+3) in six games against the Red Wings on home ice.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has totaled 14 points (1+13) in 14 games against Detroit since the beginning of the 2015-16 season, including points in each of the last four (1+4).
  • Linus Ullmark, who started both of Buffalo’s previous games against the Red Wings this season, is 2-0-1 against Detroit in his career with a .938 save percentage and a 2.21 goals-against average.
  • In his last two games against the Red Wings, Carter Hutton has stopped 60 of his 61 shots faced and won both contests.
  • Rasmus Dahlin has recorded an assist in each of his first two career meetings with the Red Wings.

A FRESH START

  • Through his first 14 games with the Sabres, Brandon Montour has recorded seven points (2+5), tying Jack Eichel (5+2) and Conor Sheary (4+3) for most points during that stretch. Six of his seven points as a Sabre (2+4) have come at even strength.
  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, Montour’s CF%, FF% and SCF% during 5-on-5 play through 14 games with the Sabres top his full-season rates in each of those categories from both of his first two NHL seasons, as well as his rates through 62 games with Anaheim this season.
  • In these 14 games, Montour has also seen a drastic uptick in scoring rates in goals (.47), assists (.71) and points (1.18) per 60 minutes played at 5-on-5 compared to his rates from the last two seasons.

DAH-LEAN ON ME

  • Entering play Wednesday, Rasmus Dahlin led rookie defensemen and ranked third among all NHL rookies in points (41). His 33 assists ranked second among all rookies.
  • With 41 points (8+33) through 76 games, Dahlin is already guaranteed to finish the season with more points per game than he had in the Swedish Hockey League last season, when he totaled 20 points (7+13) in 41 games for Frölunda.
  • With his assist on March 20 vs. Toronto, Dahlin passed Bobby Orr (38 points in 1966-67) for the second-most points ever recorded by an NHL defenseman before his 19th birthday, trailing only Phil Housley (57 points in 1982-83).
  • With seven multi-point games so far this season, Dahlin has recorded more multi-point games as an 18-year-old than all but two defensemen in NHL history: Housley (13) and Orr (8).
  • Dahlin’s three game-winning goals this season are the most ever recorded by a Sabres rookie defenseman. His total also ties for ninth-most by any Sabres rookie and eighth-most in a season by any defenseman in franchise history.

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel has set new career-high marks in goals (26), assists (49) and points (75) this season. He is the first Sabres player to record at least 75 points in a season since Derek Roy (81) and Jason Pominville (80) both did so in 2007-08.
  • Eichel is the first Sabres player to record at least 45 assists in a season since Tim Connolly recorded 48 in 2009-10. The last Sabre to record at least 50 assists was Pominville (53) in 2007-08.
  • He has also joined Rick Martin and Thomas Vanek as the third player in franchise history to record at least 20 goals in each of his first four NHL seasons.

SKINNER, SKINNER, CHICKEN DINNER

  • Jeff Skinner has scored 37 goals this season, becoming the fifth player ever to score at least 35 in his first season with the Sabres and tying his previous single-season high set in 2016-17.
  • With his next goal, he will tie Gilbert Perreault (1970-71) and Ray Sheppard (1987-88) for third-most ever scored by a first-year Sabre.
  • Skinner’s 29 even-strength goals are already the most ever recorded by player in his first year with the Sabres, breaking a record previously held by Danny Gare (26) since 1974-75.
  • Skinner is on pace to become the first Sabres player to score at least 40 goals since Thomas Vanek (40) in 2008-09 and would have the highest total since Thomas Vanek scored 43 in 2006-07. He would become just the 11th different player in Sabres history to score at least 40 in a season.

LEADING THE WAY
Each of the Sabres’ top three scorers is currently on pace to top his previous personal best in points this season:

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 71 26 49 75 18 34 52
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 77 28 53 81 20 37 56
               
Reinhart Career High (2017-18) 82 25 25 50 13 16 29
Reinhart 2018-19 76 20 41 61 18 29 47
Reinhart 2018-19 (Pace) 82 22 44 66 19 31 51
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 76 37 22 59 29 14 43
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 40 24 64 31 15 46

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 3/27 games)

  • Eichel: 281 S (6th)
  • Ristolainen: 24:42 TOI/GP (9th)
  • Skinner: 3 OTG (T-3rd), 29 EVG (T-5th), 7 GWG (T-6th)

BUF-DET CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Red Wings assistant coach Dan Bylsma served as the head coach of the Sabres for two seasons (2015 to 2017).
  • Red Wings assistant coach Doug Houda spent parts of six seasons (1994 to 1996, 1999 to 2003) with the Sabres organization. He played in 68 games with the club and recorded seven points (2+5). He was a teammate of Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill during his second stint with the team. Houda also spent two seasons (2004 to 2006) as an assistant coach for the Rochester Americans.
  • Red Wings video coach Adam Nightingale held the same role for the Sabres for one season (2016-17).
  • Red Wings F Thomas Vanek spent the first nine years of his career (2005 to 2014) playing for the Sabres. In 598 games in the club, Vanek had 497 points (254+243), which currently ranks 11th on the Sabres franchise all-time scoring list.

Former Red Wings:

  • Sabres F Scott Wilson appeared in 17 games for the Red Wings during the 2017-18 season.

Jason Botterill:

  • Was a scout for the Stars when Red Wings D Trevor Daley was playing in Dallas. Botterill was also the assistant general manager in Pittsburgh when Daley was playing for the Penguins.
  • Was the assistant general manager in Pittsburgh when Red Wings assistant coach Dan Bylsma was the head coach of the Penguins.

Matt Hunwick:

  • Played with Red Wings G Jonathan Bernier in Toronto.
  • Played for the Bruins when Red Wings assistant coach Doug Houda held the same role in Boston.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for the Islanders with Red Wings F Frans Nielsen and F Thomas Vanek.

Davis Payne:

  • Was an assistant coach for the Kings when Red Wings G Jonathan Bernier was playing in Los Angeles.

Jason Pominville:

  • Played with Red Wings F Thomas Vanek in Minnesota.

Marco Scandella:

  • Played with Red Wings F Thomas Vanek in Minnesota.

Conor Sheary:

  • Played with Red Wings D Trevor Daley in Pittsburgh.

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Played for the Bruins when Red Wings assistant coach Doug Houda held the same role in Boston.

Scott Wilson:

  • Played with Red Wings D Trevor Daley in Pittsburgh.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (219), Girgensons (132), Larsson (103)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (119), Bogosian (116), McCabe (95)
Shots: Eichel (281), Skinner (252), Ristolainen (177)

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: 4-4-2 (10), 24/27, 7/31, 27/29
41-50: 4-6-0 (8), 30/34, 1/25, 14/20
51-60: 3-6-1 (7), 26/38, 7/30, 19/22
61-70: 2-8-0 (4), 23/39, 6/27, 18/26
71-80: 1-5-0 (2), 13/25. 2/15, 11/15

OVERTIME RESULTS (7-6; 120-127 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)
Dec. 29 vs. BOS: L, 3-2 (GWG-Kuraly, 3:44)
Jan. 16 at CGY: W, 4-3 (GWG-Eichel, 1:10)
Feb. 8 vs. CAR: L, 6-5 (GWG-Teravainen, 3:25)
March 1 vs. PIT: W, 4-3 (GWG-Sheary, 4:11)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (6-2; 76-68 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)
Dec. 15 at WSH: L, 4-3 (GDG-Ovechkin)
Feb. 5 vs. MIN: W, 5-4 (GDG-Reinhart)
Feb. 21 at TBL: L, 2-1 (GDG-Stamkos)
March 7 at CHI: L, 5-4 (GDG-Kane)
March 17 vs. STL: W, 4-3 (GDG-Reinhart)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Goals
Jason Pominville … 1 goal … 217 goals with Sabres (sole possession, 10th in franchise history)
Jack Eichel … 1 goal … 100 career goals
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 1 assist … 300 career assists
Jeff Skinner … 3 assists … 200 career assists 

RECENT MILESTONES
Sam Reinhart … 200th NHL point … March 23 at MTL

Game Preview: 3/26/19 at Ottawa

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LAST GAME
Monday, March 25
Buffalo 1 at New Jersey 3
Goals: Reinhart
Goalie: Ullmark (18 saves/20 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 0/3; PK: 1/3; Shots: Buffalo 46 – New Jersey 21

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 219)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Jake McCabe (upper body, March 4) – 10 games
Matt Hunwick (upper body, March 23) – 2 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, March 25) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/24: Recalled D Lawrence Pilut from Rochester (AHL)
3/26: Recalled D William Borgen from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, March 28: Detroit at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 30: Buffalo at NY Islanders, 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 31: Columbus at Buffalo, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, April 2: Nashville at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 4: Ottawa at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at SENATORS

  • This is the third of four meetings between the Sabres and Senators this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Ottawa 9-2 in Buffalo on Nov. 3, 2018
  • Next meeting: Thursday, April 4 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 6-2-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Senators; 5-3-2 on the road.
  • This is the 140th game all-time between Buffalo and Ottawa; Buffalo has a 68-51-20 series record.
  • The Sabres are 31-28-12 on the road against the Senators all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-10-2 all-time on March 26.
  • March 26, 1971: Phil Goyette and Gerry Meehan score goals 18 seconds apart in the third period as the Sabres defeat the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 at the Aud.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 9-3-3 against the Senators since the beginning of the 2015-16 season, including a 5-1-2 record in eight visits to Ottawa during that span.
  • Jack Eichel has recorded 16 points (4+12) in 11 career games against the Senators, including at least a point in all but one of those games. His 1.45 points per game against the Senators represent his highest per-game output against any NHL team.
  • Eichel has tallied a point in each of his road games in Ottawa, totaling eight points (3+5) in five career visits.
  • Sam Reinhart has posted 12 points (5+7) in his last 12 games against the Senators.
  • Casey Mittelstadt has recorded three points (1+2) in three career games against Ottawa.
  • Jason Pominville and Jeff Skinner have both totaled four points (3+1) in two meetings with the Senators so far this season. Skinner has also recorded a point in each of his last three visits to Ottawa (2+1)
  • Rasmus Ristolainen and Marco Scandella have each recorded an assist in both of Buffalo’s previous meetings with Ottawa this season. Ristolainen now has 10 assists in his last 12 games against the Senators.
  • Scott Wilson has recorded a point in each of his last three games against the Senators (2+1), including a goal in both of his visits to Ottawa last season.
  • Rasmus Dahlin (0+4) enters tonight’s game on a four-game point streak. With a point tonight, he would tie his career-best streak set from Jan. 8 to 16 (1+5).

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s 15th of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 3-1 loss last night at New Jersey. The Sabres are 7-7-1 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 6-6-2 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 (1), two points (6), one point (2) and zero points (2).

A FRESH START

  • Through his first 13 games with the Sabres, Brandon Montour has recorded seven points (2+5), tying Jack Eichel (5+2) and Conor Sheary (4+3) for most points during that stretch. Six of his seven points as a Sabre (2+4) have come at even strength.
  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, Montour’s CF%, FF% and SCF% during 5-on-5 play through 13 games with the Sabres top his full-season rates in each of those categories from both of his first two NHL seasons, as well as his rates through 62 games with Anaheim this season.
  • In these 13 games, Montour has also seen a drastic uptick in scoring rates in goals (.51), assists (.76) and points (1.27) per 60 minutes played at 5-on-5 compared to his rates from the last two seasons.

DAH-LEAN ON ME

  • After last night’s game, Rasmus Dahlin led rookie defensemen and ranked third among all NHL rookies in points (41). His 33 assists ranked second among all rookies.
  • With 41 points (8+33) through 75 games, Dahlin is already guaranteed to finish the season with more points per game than he had in the Swedish Hockey League last season, when he totaled 20 points (7+13) in 41 games for Frölunda.
  • With his assist on March 20 vs. Toronto, Dahlin passed Bobby Orr (38 points in 1966-67) for the second-most points ever recorded by an NHL defenseman before his 19th birthday, trailing only Phil Housley (57 points in 1982-83).
  • With seven multi-point games so far this season, Dahlin has recorded more multi-point games as an 18-year-old than all but two defensemen in NHL history: Housley (13) and Orr (8).
  • Dahlin’s three game-winning goals this season are the most ever recorded by a Sabres rookie defenseman. His total also ties for ninth-most by any Sabres rookie and eighth-most in a season by any defenseman in franchise history.

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 26 goals and 75 points this season, setting new career-high marks in both categories. He is the first Sabres player to record at least 75 points in a season since Derek Roy (81) and Jason Pominville (80) both did so in 2007-08.
  • With 49 assists so far this season, Eichel is the first Sabres player to record at least 45 assists in a season since Tim Connolly recorded 48 in 2009-10. The last Sabre to record at least 50 assists was Pominville (53) in 2007-08.
  • He has also joined Rick Martin and Thomas Vanek as the third player in franchise history to record at least 20 goals in each of his first four NHL seasons.

30 FOR 30

  • With his goal on Saturday at Montreal, Jack Eichel has now scored against each of Buffalo’s 30 opponents.
  • By doing so, Eichel became the second-youngest player (22 years, 146 days) ever to score against 30 different NHL teams, trailing only Aleksander Barkov, who did so at 22 years, 139 days with his goal against the Vegas Golden Knights on Jan. 19, 2018.
  • Artemi Panarin (247 games) is the only player who has scored against 30 NHL opponents in fewer games than Eichel’s

SKINNER, SKINNER, CHICKEN DINNER

  • Jeff Skinner has scored 37 goals this season, becoming the fifth player ever to score at least 35 in his first season with the Sabres and tying his previous single-season high set in 2016-17.
  • With his next goal, he will tie Gilbert Perreault (1970-71) and Ray Sheppard (1987-88) for third-most ever scored by a first-year Sabre.
  • Skinner’s 29 even-strength goals are already the most ever recorded by player in his first year with the Sabres, breaking a record previously held by Danny Gare (26) since 1974-75.
  • Skinner is on pace to become the first Sabres player to score at least 40 goals since Thomas Vanek (40) in 2008-09 and would have the highest total since Thomas Vanek scored 43 in 2006-07. He would become just the 11th different player in Sabres history to score at least 40 in a season.

RISING IN THE RECORD BOOKS

  • With his goal on March 2 at Toronto, Jason Pominville tied Don Luce for 10th-most regular-season goals in Sabres history (216). He now trails Rene Robert by six goals for ninth-most all-time.
  • Pominville needs eight points to tie Luce for seventh-most in franchise history (526) and eight assists to tie him for seventh-most in that category (310).

LEADING THE WAY
Each of the Sabres’ top three scorers is currently on pace to top his previous personal best in points on the strength of career-best production at even strength:

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 70 26 49 75 18 34 52
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 77 29 54 83 20 37 57
               
Reinhart Career High (2017-18) 82 25 25 50 13 16 29
Reinhart 2018-19 75 20 41 61 18 29 47
Reinhart 2018-19 (Pace) 82 22 45 67 20 32 51
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 75 37 22 59 29 14 43
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 40 24 65 32 15 47

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

  • Eichel: 278 S (6th)
  • Ristolainen: 24:42 TOI/GP (9th)
  • Skinner: 3 OTG (T-3rd), 29 EVG (T-5th), 7 GWG (T-6th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (219), Girgensons (129), Larsson (99)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (119), Bogosian (116), McCabe (95)
Shots: Eichel (278), Skinner (248), Ristolainen (177)

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: 4-4-2 (10), 24/27, 7/31, 27/29
41-50: 4-6-0 (8), 30/34, 1/25, 14/20
51-60: 3-6-1 (7), 26/38, 7/30, 19/22
61-70: 2-8-0 (4), 23/39, 6/27, 18/26
71-80: 1-4-0 (2), 13/21. 2/13, 8/11

OVERTIME RESULTS (7-6; 120-127 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)
Dec. 29 vs. BOS: L, 3-2 (GWG-Kuraly, 3:44)
Jan. 16 at CGY: W, 4-3 (GWG-Eichel, 1:10)
Feb. 8 vs. CAR: L, 6-5 (GWG-Teravainen, 3:25)
March 1 vs. PIT: W, 4-3 (GWG-Sheary, 4:11)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (6-2; 76-68 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)
Dec. 15 at WSH: L, 4-3 (GDG-Ovechkin)
Feb. 5 vs. MIN: W, 5-4 (GDG-Reinhart)
Feb. 21 at TBL: L, 2-1 (GDG-Stamkos)
March 7 at CHI: L, 5-4 (GDG-Kane)
March 17 vs. STL: W, 4-3 (GDG-Reinhart)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Goals
Jason Pominville … 1 goal … 217 goals with Sabres (sole possession, 10th in franchise history)
Jack Eichel … 1 goal … 100 career goals
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 1 assist … 300 career assists
Jeff Skinner … 3 assists … 200 career assists
Points
Jason Pominville … 8 points … 526 assists with Sabres (T-7th in franchise history)
Rasmus Ristolainen … 10 points … 200 career points 

RECENT MILESTONES
Sam Reinhart … 200th NHL point … March 23 at MTL

Game Preview: 3/25/19 at New Jersey

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Saturday, March 23
Buffalo 4 at Montreal 7
Goals: Reinhart, Nylander, Scandella, Eichel
Goalie: Hutton (37 saves/43 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 1/4; PK: 1/2; Shots: Montreal 44 – Buffalo 27

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 216)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Jake McCabe (upper body, March 4) – 9 games
Matt Hunwick (upper body, March 23) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/24: Recalled D Lawrence Pilut from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, March 26: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 28: Detroit at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 30: Buffalo at NY Islanders, 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 31: Columbus at Buffalo, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, April 2: Nashville at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at DEVILS

  • This is the third and final meeting between the Sabres and Devils this season.
  • Last meeting: New Jersey defeated Buffalo 4-1 in New Jersey on Feb. 17
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Devils; 3-4-3 on the road.
  • This is the 157th game all-time between Buffalo and New Jersey; Buffalo has a 76-54-26 series record.
  • The Sabres are 35-27-15 on the road against the Devils all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-8-3 all-time on March 25.
  • March 25, 1992: Donald Audette scores twice in 14 seconds as the Sabres improve to 30-16-2 against the Maple Leafs at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium. The team would finish with a 32-16-3 record against Toronto at the Aud.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • With a win tonight, the Sabres would clinch their first season-series win over the Devils (2-1-0) since Buffalo went 2-0-1 against New Jersey in 2013-14.
  • Jack Eichel has totaled five points (3+2) in four career visits to New Jersey.
  • Jeff Skinner has recorded six points (4+2) in his last seven meetings with New Jersey, including three points (1+2) in his last three.
  • Brandon Montour has recorded three points (2+1) in his last three games against the Devils.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has totaled four points (1+3) in his last five games against New Jersey.
  • Conor Sheary has recorded a point in six of his last eight games against the Devils (2+4).
  • Zach Bogosian has tallied an assist in both of Buffalo’s previous matchups with New Jersey this season.
  • Alexander Nylander (2+2) and Rasmus Dahlin (0+3) each enter tonight’s game on three-game point streaks.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens Buffalo’s 15th of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night at Ottawa. The Sabres are 7-6-1 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 6-6-2 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 (1), two points (6), one point (2) and zero points (2).

A FRESH START

  • Through his first 12 games with the Sabres, Brandon Montour has recorded seven points (2+5), tying Jack Eichel (5+2) and Conor Sheary (4+3) for most points during that stretch. Six of his seven points as a Sabre (2+4) have come at even strength.
  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, Montour’s CF%, FF% and SCF% during 5-on-5 play through 12 games with the Sabres top his full-season rates in each of those categories from both of his first two NHL seasons, as well as his rates through 62 games with Anaheim this season.
  • In these 12 games, Montour has also seen a drastic uptick in scoring rates in goals (.56), assists (.83) and points (1.39) per 60 minutes played at 5-on-5 compared to his rates from the last two seasons.

DAH-LEAN ON ME

  • Entering play Sunday, Rasmus Dahlin led rookie defensemen and ranked third among all NHL rookies in points (40). His 32 assists ranked second among all rookies.
  • With 40 points (8+32) through 74 games, Dahlin is scoring at a higher rate than he did in the Swedish Hockey League last season, when he totaled 20 points (7+13) in 41 games for Frölunda.
  • With his assist on March 20 vs. Toronto, Dahlin passed Bobby Orr (38 points in 1966-67) for the second-most points ever recorded by an NHL defenseman before his 19th birthday, trailing only Phil Housley (57 points in 1982-83).
  • With seven multi-point games so far this season, Dahlin has recorded more multi-point games as an 18-year-old than all but two defensemen in NHL history: Housley (13) and Orr (8).
  • Dahlin’s three game-winning goals this season are the most ever recorded by a Sabres rookie defenseman. His total also ties for ninth-most by any Sabres rookie and eighth-most in a season by any defenseman in franchise history.

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 26 goals and 75 points this season, setting new career-high marks in both categories. He is the first Sabres player to record at least 75 points in a season since Derek Roy (81) and Jason Pominville (80) both did so in 2007-08.
  • With 49 assists so far this season, Eichel is the first Sabres player to record at least 45 assists in a season since Tim Connolly recorded 48 in 2009-10. The last Sabre to record at least 50 assists was Pominville (53) in 2007-08.
  • He has also joined Rick Martin and Thomas Vanek as the third player in franchise history to record at least 20 goals in each of his first four NHL seasons.

30 FOR 30

  • With his goal on Saturday at Montreal, Jack Eichel has now scored against each of Buffalo’s 30 opponents.
  • By doing so, Eichel became the second-youngest player (22 years, 146 days) ever to score against 30 different NHL teams, trailing only Aleksander Barkov, who did so at 22 years, 139 days with his goal against the Vegas Golden Knights on Jan. 19, 2018.
  • Artemi Panarin (247 games) is the only player who has scored against 30 NHL opponents in fewer games than Eichel’s

SKINNER, SKINNER, CHICKEN DINNER

  • Jeff Skinner has scored 37 goals this season, becoming the fifth player ever to score at least 35 in his first season with the Sabres and tying his previous single-season high set in 2016-17.
  • With his next goal, he will tie Gilbert Perreault (1970-71) and Ray Sheppard (1987-88) for third-most ever scored by a first-year Sabre.
  • Skinner’s 29 even-strength goals are already the most ever recorded by player in his first year with the Sabres, breaking a record previously held by Danny Gare (26) since 1974-75.
  • Skinner is on pace to become the first Sabres player to score at least 40 goals since Thomas Vanek (40) in 2008-09 and would have the highest total since Thomas Vanek scored 43 in 2006-07. He would become just the 11th different player in Sabres history to score at least 40 in a season.

RISING IN THE RECORD BOOKS

  • With his goal on March 2 at Toronto, Jason Pominville tied Don Luce for 10th-most regular-season goals in Sabres history (216). He now trails Rene Robert by six goals for ninth-most all-time.
  • Pominville needs eight points to tie Luce for seventh-most in franchise history (526) and eight assists to tie him for seventh-most in that category (310).

LEADING THE WAY
Each of the Sabres’ top three scorers is currently on pace to top his previous personal best in points on the strength of career-best production at even strength:

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 69 26 49 75 18 34 52
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 77 29 55 84 20 38 58
               
Reinhart Career High (2017-18) 82 25 25 50 13 16 29
Reinhart 2018-19 74 19 41 60 17 29 46
Reinhart 2018-19 (Pace) 82 21 45 66 19 32 51
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 74 37 22 59 29 14 43
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 41 24 65 32 16 48

SCORING WHEN IT COUNTS

  • Jeff Skinner’s seven game-winning goals tied for sixth-most in the NHL this season entering play Sunday. He is the first Sabres player with at least seven game-winners in a season since Derek Roy (9) in 2008-09 and is four shy of matching the single-season franchise record of 11 shared by Danny Gare (1979-80) and Alexander Mogilny (1992-93).
  • Skinner was also tied for third in the league with three overtime goals this season. Skinner’s total 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.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 3/24 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 81.4% PK% (10th)
  • Eichel: 274 S (6th)
  • Ristolainen: 24:46 TOI/GP (9th)
  • Skinner: 3 OTG (T-3rd), 29 EVG (T-5th), 7 GWG (T-6th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (218), Girgensons (129), Larsson (97)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (119), Bogosian (116), McCabe (95)
Shots: Eichel (274), Skinner (242), Ristolainen (175)

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: 4-4-2 (10), 24/27, 7/31, 27/29
41-50: 4-6-0 (8), 30/34, 1/25, 14/20
51-60: 3-6-1 (7), 26/38, 7/30, 19/22
61-70: 2-8-0 (4), 23/39, 6/27, 18/26
71-80: 1-3-0 (2), 12/18. 2/10, 7/8

OVERTIME RESULTS (7-6; 120-127 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)
Dec. 29 vs. BOS: L, 3-2 (GWG-Kuraly, 3:44)
Jan. 16 at CGY: W, 4-3 (GWG-Eichel, 1:10)
Feb. 8 vs. CAR: L, 6-5 (GWG-Teravainen, 3:25)
March 1 vs. PIT: W, 4-3 (GWG-Sheary, 4:11)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (6-2; 76-68 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)
Dec. 15 at WSH: L, 4-3 (GDG-Ovechkin)
Feb. 5 vs. MIN: W, 5-4 (GDG-Reinhart)
Feb. 21 at TBL: L, 2-1 (GDG-Stamkos)
March 7 at CHI: L, 5-4 (GDG-Kane)
March 17 vs. STL: W, 4-3 (GDG-Reinhart)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Goals
Jason Pominville … 1 goal … 217 goals with Sabres (sole possession, 10th in franchise history)
Jack Eichel … 1 goal … 100 career goals
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 1 assist … 300 career assists
Jeff Skinner … 3 assists … 200 career assists
Points
Jason Pominville … 8 points … 526 assists with Sabres (T-7th in franchise history)
Rasmus Ristolainen … 10 points … 200 career points 

RECENT MILESTONES
Sam Reinhart … 200th NHL point … March 23 at MTL

Game Preview: 3/23/19 at Montreal

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Wednesday, March 20
Toronto 4 at Buffalo 2
Goals: Mittelstadt, Nylander
Goalie: Hutton (42 saves/45 shots)
PP: 1/2; PK: 3/3; Shots: Toronto 46 – Buffalo 24

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 214)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Jake McCabe (upper body, March 4) – 8 games
Matt Hunwick (upper body, March 23) – 0 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
Monday, March 25: Buffalo at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 26: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 28: Detroit at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 30: Buffalo at NY Islanders, 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 31: Columbus at Buffalo, 6 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at CANADIENS

  • This is the fourth and final meeting between the Sabres and Canadiens this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Montreal 3-2 (OT) in Buffalo on Nov. 23. 2018
  • The Sabres are 5-3-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Canadiens; 5-4-1 on the road.
  • This is the 283rd game all-time between Buffalo and Montreal; Buffalo has a 129-112-41 series record.
  • The Sabres are 55-72-14 on the road against the Canadiens all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-7-4 all-time on March 23.
  • March 23, 1975: Rene Robert has a four-point night (2+2) as the Sabres defeat the California Golden Seals 9-4 at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium.
  • March 23, 1983: The Sabres get two goals and two assists from Gilles Hamel in an 8-3 home win over the Hartford Whalers.
  • March 23, 1999: The Sabres acquire Rhett Warrener and a 1999 fifth-round draft choice (Ryan Miller) from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Mike Wilson.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Carter Hutton has appeared in seven career games against Montreal, posting a 4-0-2 record with a .935 save percentage and a 1.69 goals-against average.
  • Conor Sheary has recorded a point in each of his last four games against the Canadiens (2+2).
  • Casey Mittelstadt has posted a point in each of his first three career meetings with Montreal (1+2).
  • Jeff Skinner has recorded 19 points (13+6) in 18 games against Montreal since the beginning of the 2013-14 season, including points in each of his last three visits to Montreal (4+1).
  • Jason Pominville (2+1) and Sam Reinhart (1+2) have each totaled three points in three games against the Canadiens this season.
  • Jack Eichel has recorded two assists in each of his last two games against Montreal.

SEASON SERIES

  • The Sabres have won all three of their previous matchups with the Canadiens this season and are seeking their first four-game winning streak against Montreal since they won six straight from Jan. 18, 2011 to Jan. 31, 2012.
  • Each of Buffalo’s wins against Montreal this season came after trailing in the third period, including two overtime wins.
  • A win tonight would give the Sabres their second-ever season sweep against the Canadiens, and their first since 1983-84 (8-0-0).
  • Buffalo also went undefeated against Montreal in the 1974-75 (4-0-1), 1994-95 (2-0-2) and 1996-97 (3-0-2) season series.

MAKE IT 30

  • If he scores a goal tonight, Jack Eichel will have scored against each of Buffalo’s 30 opponents.
  • By doing so, Eichel would become the second-youngest player (22 years, 146 days) ever to score against 30 different NHL teams, trailing only Aleksander Barkov, who did so at 22 years, 139 days with his goal against the Vegas Golden Knights on Jan. 19, 2018.
  • Artemi Panarin (247 games) is the only player who has scored against 30 NHL opponents in fewer games than Eichel’s 278 if he scores tonight.

A FRESH START

  • Through his first 11 games with the Sabres, Brandon Montour has recorded six points (2+4), trailing only Conor Sheary (4+3) for most points during that stretch. Five of his six points as a Sabre (2+3) have come at even strength.
  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, Montour’s CF%, FF% and SCF% during 5-on-5 play through 11 games with the Sabres top his full-season rates in each of those categories from both of his first two NHL seasons, as well as his rates through 62 games with Anaheim this season.
  • In these 11 games, Montour has also seen a drastic uptick in scoring rates in goals (.60), assists (.30) and points (1.21) per 60 minutes played at 5-on-5 compared to his rates from the last two seasons.

DAH-LEAN ON ME

  • Entering play Friday, Rasmus Dahlin led rookie defensemen and ranked third among all NHL rookies in points (39). His 31 assists ranked second among all rookies.
  • With 39 points (8+31) through 73 games, Dahlin is scoring at a higher rate than he did in the Swedish Hockey League last season, when he totaled 20 points (7+13) in 41 games for Frölunda.
  • With his assist on Wednesday vs. Toronto, Dahlin passed Bobby Orr (38 points in 1966-67) for the second-most points ever recorded by an NHL defenseman before his 19th birthday, trailing only Phil Housley (57 points in 1982-83).
  • With seven multi-point games so far this season, Dahlin has recorded more multi-point games as an 18-year-old than all but two defensemen in NHL history: Housley (13) and Orr (8).
  • Dahlin’s three game-winning goals this season are the most ever recorded by a Sabres rookie defenseman. His total also ties for ninth-most by any Sabres rookie and eighth-most in a season by any defenseman in franchise history.

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 73 points this season, setting a new career-high mark and also tying his previous high with 25 goals. He has joined Rick Martin and Thomas Vanek as the third player in franchise history to record at least 20 goals in each of his first four NHL seasons.
  • With 48 assists so far this season, Eichel is the first Sabres player to record at least 45 assists in a season since Tim Connolly recorded 48 in 2009-10. The last Sabre to record at least 50 assists was Jason Pominville (53) in 2007-08.

SKINNER, SKINNER, CHICKEN DINNER

  • Jeff Skinner has scored 37 goals this season, becoming the fifth player ever to score at least 35 in his first season with the Sabres and tying his previous single-season high set in 2016-17.
  • With his next goal, he will tie Gilbert Perreault (1970-71) and Ray Sheppard (1987-88) for third-most ever scored by a first-year Sabre.
  • Skinner’s 29 even-strength goals are already the most ever recorded by player in his first year with the Sabres, breaking a record previously held by Danny Gare (26) since 1974-75.
  • Skinner is on pace to become the first Sabres player to score at least 40 goals since Thomas Vanek (40) in 2008-09 and would have the highest total since Thomas Vanek scored 43 in 2006-07. He would become just the 11th different player in Sabres history to score at least 40 in a season.

RISING IN THE RECORD BOOKS

  • With his goal on March 2 at Toronto, Jason Pominville tied Don Luce for 10th-most regular-season goals in Sabres history (216). He now trails Rene Robert by six goals for ninth-most all-time.
  • Pominville needs eight points to tie Luce for seventh-most in franchise history (526) and eight assists to tie him for seventh-most in that category (310).

LEADING THE WAY
Each of the Sabres’ top three scorers is currently on pace to top his previous personal best in points on the strength of career-best production at even strength:

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 68 25 48 73 17 34 51
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 77 28 54 83 19 39 58
               
Reinhart Career High (2017-18) 82 25 25 50 13 16 29
Reinhart 2018-19 73 18 41 59 16 29 45
Reinhart 2018-19 (Pace) 82 20 46 66 18 33 51
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 73 37 22 59 29 14 43
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 42 25 66 33 16 48

SCORING WHEN IT COUNTS

  • Jeff Skinner’s seven game-winning goals tied for sixth-most in the NHL this season entering play Tuesday. He is the first Sabres player with at least seven game-winners in a season since Derek Roy (9) in 2008-09 and is four shy of matching the single-season franchise record of 11 shared by Danny Gare (1979-80) and Alexander Mogilny (1992-93).
  • Skinner was also tied for third in the league with three overtime goals this season. Skinner’s total 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.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 3/22 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 81.8% PK% (7th)
  • Eichel: 271 S (5th)
  • Ristolainen: 24:49 TOI/GP (9th)
  • Skinner: 3 OTG (T-3rd), 29 EVG (T-5th), 7 GWG (T-6th), 37 G (T-9th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (218), Girgensons (125), Larsson (97)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (117), Bogosian (115), McCabe (95)
Shots: Eichel (271), Skinner (237), Ristolainen (172)

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: 4-4-2 (10), 24/27, 7/31, 27/29
41-50: 4-6-0 (8), 30/34, 1/25, 14/20
51-60: 3-6-1 (7), 26/38, 7/30, 19/22
61-70: 2-8-0 (4), 23/39, 6/27, 18/26
71-80: 1-2-0 (2), 8/11. 1/6, 6/6

OVERTIME RESULTS (7-6; 120-127 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)
Dec. 29 vs. BOS: L, 3-2 (GWG-Kuraly, 3:44)
Jan. 16 at CGY: W, 4-3 (GWG-Eichel, 1:10)
Feb. 8 vs. CAR: L, 6-5 (GWG-Teravainen, 3:25)
March 1 vs. PIT: W, 4-3 (GWG-Sheary, 4:11)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (6-2; 76-68 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)
Dec. 15 at WSH: L, 4-3 (GDG-Ovechkin)
Feb. 5 vs. MIN: W, 5-4 (GDG-Reinhart)
Feb. 21 at TBL: L, 2-1 (GDG-Stamkos)
March 7 at CHI: L, 5-4 (GDG-Kane)
March 17 vs. STL: W, 4-3 (GDG-Reinhart)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Goals
Jason Pominville … 1 goal … 217 goals with Sabres (sole possession, 10th in franchise history)
Jack Eichel … 2 goals … 100 career goals
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 1 assist … 300 career assists
Jeff Skinner … 3 assists … 200 career assists
Matt Hunwick … 6 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Sam Reinhart … 1 point … 200 career points
Jason Pominville … 8 points … 526 assists with Sabres (T-7th in franchise history)
Rasmus Ristolainen … 10 points … 200 career points 

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Game Preview: 3/20/19 vs. Toronto

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Sunday, March 17
St. Louis 3 at Buffalo 4 (SO)
Goals: Larsson, Rodrigues, Sheary; GDG-Reinhart
Goalie: Hutton (30 saves/33 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 2/2; Shots: Buffalo 34 – St. Louis 33

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 213)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Jake McCabe (upper body, March 4) – 7 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, March 23: Montreal at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, March 25: New Jersey at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 26: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 28: Detroit at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 30: Buffalo at NY Islanders, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
MAPLE LEAFS at SABRES

  • This is the fourth and final meeting between the Sabres and Maple Leafs this season.
  • Last meeting: Toronto defeated Buffalo 5-2 in Toronto on March 2.
  • The Sabres are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Maple Leafs; 6-3-1 at home.
  • This is the 214th game all-time between Buffalo and Toronto; Buffalo has a 115-72-26 series record.
  • The Sabres are 70-29-8 at home against the Maple Leafs all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 13-9-1 all-time on March 20.
  • March 20, 1971: Dave and Ken Dryden become the first brothers ever to face off in goal against each other in an NHL game. When Ken replaced the injured Rogie Vachon in the second period, Sabres Head Coach Punch Imlach put Dave in net to face his brother.
  • March 20, 1977: The Sabres get goals from five different players, including two from Gilbert Perreault, as they defeat the Washington Capitals 6-2 on the road.
  • March 20, 1996: The Sabres acquire Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre, a second-round pick (Cory Sarich) and a third-round pick (Maxim Afinogenov) from St. Louis in exchange for Yuri Khmylev and an eighth-round pick (Andrei Podkonicky).

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Jason Pominville enters tonight’s game on a six-game point streak against the Maple Leafs (4+3). He has more career points against Toronto (57) than any other opponent, and his .89 points-per-game mark through 64 career games against the Maple Leafs ranks behind only his career rates against the Tampa Bay Lightning (.96) and the Los Angeles Kings (.91).
  • Jack Eichel has totaled 15 points (10+5) in 12 career games against Toronto, including seven (5+2) in five home games.
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded 15 points (6+9) in his last 15 games against the Maple Leafs, including at least a point in eight of the last 10 meetings.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has recorded seven assists in his last seven games against Toronto.

HOME COOKING

  • The home team has won 28 of the last 37 games between the Sabres and the Maple Leafs.
  • The Sabres are 19-4-2 in their last 25 home games against the Maple Leafs. Toronto has not won three straight games in Buffalo since the Maple Leafs won each of their first six visits to Buffalo.
  • Carter Hutton is 12-7-2 at home this season with a .919 save percentage.
  • Jeff Skinner (20+14 in 36 games) and Jack Eichel (14+20 in 32 games) tie to lead all Sabres with 34 points at home this season.
  • Skinner is the first player to score 20 goals at KeyBank Center since Derek Roy had 20 in 2007-08. Thomas Vanek (30 in 2006-07) was the last player to score more than 20 at home in a season for the Sabres.

A FRESH START

  • Through his first 10 games with the Sabres, Brandon Montour has recorded six points (2+4), trailing only Conor Sheary (4+3) for most points during that stretch. Five of his six points as a Sabre (2+3) have come at even strength.
  • Montour’s 10 games with the Sabres have represented his best 10-game stretch of the season judging by shot metrics at 5-on-5. According to NaturalStatTrick.com, his CF%, FF% and SCF% during 5-on-5 play through 10 games with the Sabres mark his best 10-game stretch of the season in each category. His rates so far with the Sabres also top his full-season rates in each of those categories from both of his first two NHL seasons.
  • In these 10 games, Montour has also seen a drastic uptick in scoring rates in goals (.65), assists (.65) and points (1.31) per 60 minutes played at 5-on-5 compared to his rates from the last two seasons.

THREE’S COMPANY

  • Since Alexander Nylander’s recall on March 10, he has played on a line with Evan Rodrigues and Conor Sheary for 30 minutes of play.
  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, Buffalo has outshot opponents 30-8 with the trio on the ice and logged 50 of the 67 total shot attempts (74.63 CF%) taken with them on the ice.
  • The Sabres have also accounted for 25 of the 30 total scoring chances (83.33 SCF%) by either team while they are on the ice together.
  • Sunday’s win vs. St. Louis featured goals from both Rodrigues and Sheary, as well as two primary assists from Nylander.

DYNAMIC DUO
Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner have both recorded a point on the same goal 31 times this season, making them the most productive Sabres duo since Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek combined on 39 goals in the 2011-12 season. At least one of the two has recorded a point on 100 of the team’s 194 goals this season (51.5%).

DAH-LEAN ON ME

  • Entering play Tuesday, Rasmus Dahlin led rookie defensemen and ranked third among all NHL rookies in points (38). His 30 assists ranked second among all rookies.
  • With 38 points (8+30) through 72 games, Dahlin is scoring at a higher rate than he did in the Swedish Hockey League last season, when he totaled 20 points (7+13) in 41 games for Frölunda.
  • Dahlin is tied with Bobby Orr (38 points in 1966-67) for the second-most points ever recorded by an NHL defenseman before his 19th birthday, trailing only Phil Housley (57 points in 1982-83).
  • With seven multi-point games so far this season, Dahlin has recorded more multi-point games as an 18-year-old than all but two defensemen in NHL history: Housley (13) and Orr (8).
  • Dahlin’s three game-winning goals this season are the most ever recorded by a Sabres rookie defenseman. His total also ties for ninth-most by any Sabres rookie and eighth-most in a season by any defenseman in franchise history.

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 72 points this season, setting a new career-high mark, also tying his previous high with 25 goals. He has joined Rick Martin and Thomas Vanek as the third player in franchise history to record at least 20 goals in each of his first four NHL seasons.
  • With 47 assists so far this season, Eichel is the first Sabres player to record at least 45 assists in a season since Tim Connolly recorded 48 in 2009-10. The last Sabre to record at least 50 assists was Jason Pominville (53) in 2007-08.

SKINNER, SKINNER, CHICKEN DINNER

  • Jeff Skinner has scored 37 goals this season, becoming the fifth player ever to score at least 35 in his first season with the Sabres and tying his previous single-season high set in 2016-17.
  • With his next goal, he will tie Gilbert Perreault (1970-71) and Ray Sheppard (1987-88) for third-most ever scored by a first-year Sabre.
  • Skinner’s 29 even-strength goals are already the most ever recorded by player in his first year with the Sabres, breaking a record previously held by Danny Gare (26) since 1974-75.
  • Skinner is on pace to become the first Sabres player to score at least 40 goals since Thomas Vanek (40) in 2008-09 and would have the highest total since Thomas Vanek scored 43 in 2006-07. He would become just the 11th different player in Sabres history to score at least 40 in a season.

RISING IN THE RECORD BOOKS

  • With his goal on March 2 at Toronto, Jason Pominville tied Don Luce for 10th-most regular-season goals in Sabres history (216). He now trails Rene Robert by six goals for ninth-most all-time.
  • Pominville needs eight points to tie Luce for seventh-most in franchise history (526) and eight assists to tie him for seventh-most in that category (310).

LEADING THE WAY
Each of the Sabres’ top three scorers is currently on pace to shatter his previous personal best in points on the strength of career-best production at even strength:

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 67 25 47 72 17 34 51
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 77 29 54 83 20 39 59
               
Reinhart Career High (2017-18) 82 25 25 50 13 16 29
Reinhart 2018-19 72 18 41 59 16 29 45
Reinhart 2018-19 (Pace) 82 21 47 67 18 33 51
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 72 37 22 59 29 14 43
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 42 25 67 33 16 49

SCORING WHEN IT COUNTS

  • Jeff Skinner’s seven game-winning goals tied for sixth-most in the NHL this season entering play Tuesday. He is the first Sabres player with at least seven game-winners in a season since Derek Roy (9) in 2008-09 and is four shy of matching the single-season franchise record of 11 shared by Danny Gare (1979-80) and Alexander Mogilny (1992-93).
  • Skinner was also tied for third in the league with three overtime goals this season. Skinner’s total 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.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 3/19 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 81.5% PK% (9th)
  • Eichel: 268 S (5th)
  • Ristolainen: 24:51 TOI/GP (9th)
  • Skinner: 3 OTG (T-3rd), 29 EVG (5th), 7 GWG (T-6th), 37 G (T-8th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (217), Girgensons (121), McCabe (96)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (115), Bogosian (113), McCabe (95)
Shots: Eichel (268), Skinner (236), Ristolainen (172)

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: 4-4-2 (10), 24/27, 7/31, 27/29
41-50: 4-6-0 (8), 30/34, 1/25, 14/20
51-60: 3-6-1 (7), 26/38, 7/30, 19/22
61-70: 2-8-0 (4), 23/39, 6/27, 18/26
71-80: 1-1-0 (2), 6/7. 0/4, 3/3

OVERTIME RESULTS (7-6; 120-127 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)
Dec. 29 vs. BOS: L, 3-2 (GWG-Kuraly, 3:44)
Jan. 16 at CGY: W, 4-3 (GWG-Eichel, 1:10)
Feb. 8 vs. CAR: L, 6-5 (GWG-Teravainen, 3:25)
March 1 vs. PIT: W, 4-3 (GWG-Sheary, 4:11)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (6-2; 76-68 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)
Dec. 15 at WSH: L, 4-3 (GDG-Ovechkin)
Feb. 5 vs. MIN: W, 5-4 (GDG-Reinhart)
Feb. 21 at TBL: L, 2-1 (GDG-Stamkos)
March 7 at CHI: L, 5-4 (GDG-Kane)
March 17 vs. STL: W, 4-3 (GDG-Reinhart)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Goals
Jason Pominville … 1 goal … 217 goals with Sabres (sole possession, 10th in franchise history)
Jack Eichel … 2 goals … 100 career goals
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 1 assist … 300 career assists
Jeff Skinner … 3 assists … 200 career assists
Matt Hunwick … 6 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Sam Reinhart … 1 point … 200 career points
Jason Pominville … 8 points … 526 assists with Sabres (T-7th in franchise history)
Rasmus Ristolainen … 10 points … 200 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
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