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Game Preview: 2/29/20 at Arizona

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Friday, February 28
Buffalo 2 at Vegas 4
Goals: Kahun, Skinner
Goalie: Hutton (24 saves/27 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 0/1; PK: 0/0; Shots: Buffalo 34 – Vegas 28

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 311)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 64 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 48 games
Tage Thompson (shoulder, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 44 games
Linus Ullmark (lower body, Jan. 30; injured reserve) – 14 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/24: Acquired F Wayne Simmonds from New Jersey in exchange for a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft; Acquired F Dominik Kahun from Pittsburgh in exchange for F Evan Rodrigues and F Conor Sheary
2/27: Recalled D Lawrence Pilut from Rochester (AHL); Assigned D John Gilmour to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, March 3: Buffalo at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
Thursday, March 5: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 7: Philadelphia at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, March 9: Washington at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 12: Buffalo at Montreal, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at COYOTES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Coyotes this season.
  • Last meeting: Arizona defeated Buffalo 3-2 (SO) in Buffalo on Oct. 28, 2019.
  • The Sabres are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Coyotes; 8-2-0 on the road.
  • This is the 82nd game all-time between Buffalo and Arizona; Buffalo has a 48-23-10 series record.
  • The Sabres are 22-15-2 on the road against the Coyotes all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 3-3-0 all-time on February 29.
  • February 29, 2012: The Sabres and Ducks combine for 106 penalty minutes and Ryan Miller stops 43 shots to earn a shutout in Buffalo’s 2-0 win in Anaheim. Miller’s 43 saves set a franchise record for most saves in a shutout that now belongs to Carter Hutton (47 saves, Oct. 17, 2019 at Los Angeles).

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 14-3-2 in their 19 games against the Coyotes since the beginning of the 2008-09 season. The team is 10-2-0 in its last 12 visits to Arizona, dating back to Jan. 19, 2002.
  • Brandon Montour has recorded five points (2+3) in the Sabres’ last five games.
  • Jack Eichel has totaled 12 points (4+8) in nine career games against Arizona, including at least a point in each of his four road games (2+4).
  • Jeff Skinner has totaled 10 points (5+5) in his last eight games against the Coyotes, including points in each of the last four (5+3).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has totaled eight points (2+6) in 11 career meetings with Arizona. It’s his third-best per-game output against any opponent, trailing only his 1.1 points per game against the Edmonton Oilers and his .79 points per game against the Vancouver Canucks.
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded six points (1+5) in his last six games against the Coyotes, including assists in all three meetings since the beginning of last season.
  • Marcus Johansson has tallied four assists in his last four games against Arizona.

BACK-TO-BACK
Today’s game wraps up Buffalo’s 12th of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 4-2 loss last night at Vegas. The Sabres are 4-6-2 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 6-4-1 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (1), three points (3), two points (5), one point (0) and zero points (2).

THE NEW GUYS

  • The Sabres acquired forwards Dominik Kahun and Wayne Simmonds in trades before the trade deadline on Feb. 24.
  • With a goal on his first shot as a member of the Sabres last night at Vegas, Dominik Kahun became the 57th player ever to score in his Sabres debut.
    • Kahun joined Jack Eichel, Zemgus Girgensons, Curtis Lazar and Kyle Okposo as the fifth active Sabre to score in his debut. Girgensons, Lazar and Okposo also scored with their first shots as Sabres, and Eichel scored on his second.
  • Through his first two games with the Sabres, Simmonds has totaled nine hits, trailing only Rasmus Ristolainen (10) for most on the team in those games.

THE LOG LINE

  • The line of Zemgus Girgensons, Johan Larsson and Kyle Okposo has scored five goals in Buffalo’s last five games.
  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, the line has outscored opponents 5-1, outshot them 33-28 and out-attempted them 52-50 when on the ice together in those five games despite having an offensive zone start percentage of just 30.3 percent.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded six points (4+2) in Buffalo’s last six games.
  • Zemgus Girgensons enters tonight’s contest with four points (2+2) in the Sabres’ last four games.
    • Girgensons’ 19 points through 64 games are his highest total since his career-best 30 points in 2014-15. He needs three more goals to tie his career high of 15 set in 2014-15.
  • With an assist on Wednesday at Colorado, Johan Larsson tied his previous career high of 17 points in his 56th game of the season. All 17 points have come at even-strength, topping his previous career high of 15 in 2017-18.
    • Larsson is now four goals and two assists from tying his career highs in those categories.

TEEN TITAN

  • Rasmus Dahlin has totaled 81 points (13+68) through his first 136 NHL games, including 37 points (4+33) in 54 games this season.
  • With his assist on Feb. 18 at Ottawa, Dahlin passed Ray Bourque (79) for the second-most points recorded by an NHL defenseman before his 20th birthday. He now trails only Phil Housley (132) for the most points ever recorded by a teenage defenseman.
  • Dahlin’s .60 points per game in his career rank as the 14th-highest rate among active NHL defensemen with at least 10 career games played. His .685 points per game so far this season represent the best single-season scoring rate by a Sabres defenseman with more than one game played since Garry Galley (.692) in 1995-96.

SETTING THE PACE

  • Jack Eichel is currently on pace to finish the season with 45 goals and 99 points, which would be the highest goal and point totals by a Sabre since Pat LaFontaine (53+95) and Alexander Mogilny (76+51) in 1992-93.
  • Sam Reinhart scored his 20th goal of the season in his 55th game on Feb. 7 at NY Rangers, surpassing the 2015-16 season as his previous quickest season to 20 goals (69 games). Reinhart is currently on pace to set a new career high in goals (28).
  • Despite missing 10 games due to injury, Rasmus Dahlin is currently on pace to record 49 points this season, giving him a chance to become the Sabres’ first 50-point defenseman since Garry Galley (54) in 1995-96.
  • Victor Olofsson, who has missed 15 games due to injury this season, is on pace to score 26 goals. If he maintains his current pace, his output will supplant Thomas Vanek (25) for sixth-most among all rookies in franchise history. It would be the most goals scored by a Sabres rookie since Donald Audette scored 31 in 1991-92.

JACK ATTACK

  • With an assist on Feb. 11 vs. Detroit, Jack Eichel became the 14th player ever to record 70 points in consecutive seasons at least once as a member of the Sabres.
    • He needs three points to become just the ninth player in franchise history to record 80 points in back-to-back seasons at least once. He would join Danny Gare, Dale Hawerchuk, Pat LaFontaine, Rick Martin, Alexander Mogilny, Gilbert Perreault, Rene Robert and Pierre Turgeon.
  • With his 40th assist on Feb. 13 vs. Columbus, Eichel became the first Sabres player to record 30 goals and 40 assists in a season since Jason Pominville (30+43) in 2011-12. He became the 16th different player in franchise history to accomplish this feat at least once.

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 20 multi-point games this season, ranking as the 11th-most in the NHL. The Sabres are 15-3-2 (.800) in those games.
  • Eichel’s seven multi-goal games tie for fifth-most in the league and his 11 multi-assist games tie for 11th-most.
  • Sam Reinhart ranks second on the Sabres with 13 multi-point games this season. The team is 10-2-1 this season (.808) and 41-7-8 (.804) in his career when he records at least two points.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings)

  • Eichel: 3 OTG (T-2nd), 9 GWG (T-2nd), 35 G (6th), 26 PPP (T-7th), 24 EVG (T-8th), 77 PTS (T-9th), 50 EVP (10th)
  • Olofsson: 11 PPG (T-5th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (189), Girgensons (103), McCabe (82)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (84), Ristolainen (79), Jokiharju (57)
Shots: Eichel (216), Skinner (165), Reinhart (131)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 8-1-1 (17), 38/24, 12/39, 23/30
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 21/35, 2/26, 21/29
21-30: 3-4-3 (8), 34/34, 4/33, 23/32a
31-40: 4-5-1 (9), 24/32, 4/23, 23/30
41-50: 5-5-0 (10), 30/32, 7/29, 21/29
51-60: 5-4-1 (11), 28/33, 5/23, 13/17
61-70: 2-2-0 (4), 11/10, 2/9, 4/6

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-6; 126-134 all-time)
Oct. 7 at CBJ: L, 4-3 (Texier, 2:08)
Oct. 9 vs. MTL: W, 5-4 (Johansson, 1:30)
Oct. 22 vs. SJS: W, 4-3 (Eichel, 3:13)
Nov. 14 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (Hamilton, 2:28)
Nov. 27 vs. CGY: L, 3-2 (Lindholm, 1:17)
Nov. 30 at TOR: L, 2-1 (Tavares, 1:45)
Dec. 7 at VAN: L, 6-5 (Miller, 3:21)
Dec. 8 at EDM: W, 3-2 (Miller, 1:13)
Dec. 14 at NYI: L, 3-2 (Beauvillier, 3:04)
Jan. 2 vs. EDM: W, 3-2 (Eichel, 1:09)
Feb. 1 vs. CBJ: W, 2-1 (Eichel, 0:36)
Feb. 13 vs. CBJ: W, 4-3 (Olofsson, 2:44)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-2; 76-71 all-time)
Oct. 11 vs. FLA: W, 3-2 (GDG-Eichel)
Oct. 28 vs. ARI: L, 3-2 (GDG-Schmaltz)
Feb. 6 vs. DET: L, 4-3 (GDG-Larkin)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Colin Miller … 2 games … 300 career games played
Kyle Okposo … 5 games … 800 career games played
Sam Reinhart … 5 games … 400 career games played
Goals
Kyle Okposo … 4 goals … 200 career goals
Points
Wayne Simmonds … 2 points … 500 career points
Johan Larsson … 4 points … 100 career points
Wins
Carter Hutton … 7 wins … 100 career wins

RECENT MILESTONES
Henri Jokiharju … 100th NHL game … Feb. 23 vs. WPG
Jonas Johansson … 1st NHL win … Feb. 23 vs. WPG
Jimmy Vesey … 300th NHL game … Feb. 28 at VGK

Game Preview: 2/28/20 at Vegas

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Wednesday, February 26
Buffalo 2 at Colorado 3
Goals: Girgensons, Lazar
Goalie: Hutton (31 saves/34 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 1/3; Shots: Colorado 34 – Buffalo 33

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 307)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 63 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 47 games
Tage Thompson (shoulder, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 43 games
Linus Ullmark (lower body, Jan. 30; injured reserve) – 13 games
Dominik Kahun (lower body, Feb. 26) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/24: Acquired F Wayne Simmonds from New Jersey in exchange for a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft; Acquired F Dominik Kahun from Pittsburgh in exchange for F Evan Rodrigues and F Conor Sheary
2/27: Recalled D Lawrence Pilut from Rochester (AHL); Assigned D John Gilmour to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Feb. 29: Buffalo at Arizona, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, March 3: Buffalo at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
Thursday, March 5: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 7: Philadelphia at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, March 9: Washington at Buffalo, 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 Jan. 14
  • This is the sixth game all-time between Buffalo and Vegas; Buffalo has a 2-1-2 series record.
  • The Sabres are 1-0-1 on the road against the Golden Knights all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-5-3 all-time on February 28.
  • February 28, 1971: Steve Atkinson scores three goals against the Minnesota North Stars in a 5-2 win at the Aud. Atkinson, Ron Anderson and Gilbert Perreault all score in a span of 1:15 in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and earn the win.
  • February 28, 2000: The Sabres score four goals on their first 19 shots, including two from Stu Barnes, on the way to a 5-2 victory at Florida.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Buffalo is 7-4-3 against the Pacific Division this season, including a 3-2-1 record in road games.
  • If he dresses tonight, Jimmy Vesey will play his 300th NHL game.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has recorded six assists and a plus-8 rating in Buffalo’s last six games.

HOT AGAINST VEGAS

  • Jack Eichel has recorded three two-point games in four career meetings with the Golden Knights, totaling three goals and three assists in those matchups.
  • Sam Reinhart has posted five points (2+3) in five career games against Vegas.
  • Kyle Okposo has totaled four points (1+3) in four career games against the Golden Knights, including at least a point in each of his last three.
  • Marcus Johansson has tallied two assists in two career games against Vegas.
  • Dominik Kahun has totaled three points (1+2) in his last three games against the Golden Knights.
  • Curtis Lazar has recorded a point in both of his last two meetings with Vegas (1+1), including an empty-net goal in the last meeting between these teams on Jan. 14.
  • Carter Hutton is 2-1-0 against the Golden Knights in his career with a .939 save percentage and a 2.05 goals-against average.

BACK-TO-BACK
Today’s game opens up Buffalo’s 12th of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night at Arizona. The Sabres are 4-5-2 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 6-4-1 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (1), three points (3), two points (5), one point (0) and zero points (2).

THE LOG LINE

  • The line of Zemgus Girgensons, Johan Larsson and Kyle Okposo has scored at least one goal in each of Buffalo’s last four games.
  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, the line has outscored opponents 5-1, outshot them 26-20 and out-attempted them 40-38 when on the ice together in those four games despite having an offensive zone start percentage of just 32.1 percent.
  • After tallying an assist on Wednesday at Colorado, Kyle Okposo has recorded points in five consecutive games (4+2) for the first time since he tallied points in seven straight from Feb. 4 to 14, 2017.
  • Zemgus Girgensons, who scored on Wednesday at Colorado, enters tonight’s contest on his first three-game point streak (2+2) since Dec. 2017. With a point tonight, he would have points in four straight games for the first time in his career.
    • Girgensons’ 19 points through 63 games are his highest total since his career-best 30 points in 2014-15. He needs three more goals to tie his career high of 15 set in 2014-15.
  • With an assist on Wednesday at Colorado, Johan Larsson tied his previous career high of 17 points in his 56th game of the season. All 17 points have come at even-strength, topping his previous career high of 15 in 2017-18.
    • Larsson is now four goals and two assists from tying his career highs in those categories.

TEEN TITAN

  • Rasmus Dahlin has totaled 81 points (13+68) through his first 135 NHL games, including 37 points (4+33) in 53 games this season.
  • With his assist on Feb. 18 at Ottawa, Dahlin passed Ray Bourque (79) for the second-most points recorded by an NHL defenseman before his 20th birthday. He now trails only Phil Housley (132) for the most points ever recorded by a teenage defenseman.
  • Entering play Thursday, Dahlin’s .60 points per game in his career ranked as the 13th-highest rate among active NHL defensemen with at least 10 career games played. His .70 points per game so far this season represent the best single-season scoring rate by a Sabres defenseman with more at least 15 games played since Phil Housley (1.01) in 1989-90.

SETTING THE PACE

  • Jack Eichel is currently on pace to finish the season with 46 goals and 101 points, which would be the highest goal and point totals by a Sabre since Pat LaFontaine (53+95) and Alexander Mogilny (76+51) in 1992-93.
  • LaFontaine (83 in 1992-93), Mogilny (78 in 1992-93) and Gilbert Perreault (70 in 1975-76 and 67 in 1979-80) are the only Sabres ever to have recorded more even-strength points in a season than the 65 Eichel is currently on pace for.
  • Sam Reinhart scored his 20th goal of the season in his 55th game on Feb. 7 at NY Rangers, surpassing the 2015-16 season as his previous quickest season to 20 goals (69 games). Reinhart is currently on pace to set a new career high in goals (29) and to tie his career high in points (65).
  • Despite missing 10 games due to injury, Rasmus Dahlin is currently on pace to record 50 points this season, which would make him the Sabres’ first 50-point defenseman since Garry Galley (54) in 1995-96.
  • Victor Olofsson, who has missed 15 games due to injury this season, is on pace for 56 points. If he maintains his current pace, his output will tie Eichel and Derek Plante as the seventh-most prolific rookie season in Sabres history. He is on pace for 27 goals, which would rank him sixth among all rookies in franchise history.

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel has been held without a point in just six of his last 44 games played. During that stretch, which began with a four-goal performance vs. Ottawa on Nov. 16, Buffalo’s captain has totaled 58 points (27+31) in 44 appearances, also missing one game due to injury. Only Artemi Panarin (64), Nikita Kucherov (59) and Nathan MacKinnon (59) had more points during that stretch entering play Thursday.
  • With an assist on Feb. 11 vs. Detroit, Eichel became the 14th player ever to record 70 points in consecutive seasons at least once as a member of the Sabres. He needs three points to become just the ninth player in franchise history to record 80 points in back-to-back seasons at least once. He would join Danny Gare, Dale Hawerchuk, Pat LaFontaine, Rick Martin, Alexander Mogilny, Gilbert Perreault, Rene Robert and Pierre Turgeon.
  • With his 40th assist on Feb. 13 vs. Columbus, Eichel became the first Sabres player to record 30 goals and 40 assists in a season since Jason Pominville (30+43) in 2011-12. He became the 16th different player in franchise history to accomplish this feat at least once.

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 20 multi-point games this season, ranking as the 11th-most in the NHL before Tuesday’s games. The Sabres are 15-3-2 (.800) in those games.
  • Entering play Thursday, Eichel’s seven multi-goal games tied for fifth-most in the league and his 11 multi-assist games tied for 11th-most.
  • Sam Reinhart ranks second on the Sabres with 13 multi-point games this season. The team is 10-2-1 this season (.808) and 41-7-8 (.804) in his career when he records at least two points.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 2/27 games)

  • Eichel: 3 OTG (T-2nd), 9 GWG (T-2nd), 35 G (6th), 26 PPP (7th), 24 EVG (T-7th), 77 PTS (T-8th), 50 EVP (T-8th)
  • Olofsson: 11 PPG (T-5th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (186), Girgensons (99), McCabe (82)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (82), Ristolainen (78), Jokiharju (57)
Shots: Eichel (212), Skinner (157), Reinhart (130)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 8-1-1 (17), 38/24, 12/39, 23/30
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 21/35, 2/26, 21/29
21-30: 3-4-3 (8), 34/34, 4/33, 23/32
31-40: 4-5-1 (9), 24/32, 4/23, 23/30
41-50: 5-5-0 (10), 30/32, 7/29, 21/29
51-60: 5-4-1 (11), 28/33, 5/23, 13/17
61-70: 2-1-0 (4), 9/6, 2/8, 4/6

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-6; 126-134 all-time)
Oct. 7 at CBJ: L, 4-3 (Texier, 2:08)
Oct. 9 vs. MTL: W, 5-4 (Johansson, 1:30)
Oct. 22 vs. SJS: W, 4-3 (Eichel, 3:13)
Nov. 14 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (Hamilton, 2:28)
Nov. 27 vs. CGY: L, 3-2 (Lindholm, 1:17)
Nov. 30 at TOR: L, 2-1 (Tavares, 1:45)
Dec. 7 at VAN: L, 6-5 (Miller, 3:21)
Dec. 8 at EDM: W, 3-2 (Miller, 1:13)
Dec. 14 at NYI: L, 3-2 (Beauvillier, 3:04)
Jan. 2 vs. EDM: W, 3-2 (Eichel, 1:09)
Feb. 1 vs. CBJ: W, 2-1 (Eichel, 0:36)
Feb. 13 vs. CBJ: W, 4-3 (Olofsson, 2:44)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-2; 76-71 all-time)
Oct. 11 vs. FLA: W, 3-2 (GDG-Eichel)
Oct. 28 vs. ARI: L, 3-2 (GDG-Schmaltz)
Feb. 6 vs. DET: L, 4-3 (GDG-Larkin)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)Games Played
Jimmy Vesey … 1 game … 300 career games played
Colin Miller … 3 games … 300 career games played
Kyle Okposo … 6 games … 800 career games played
Sam Reinhart … 6 games … 400 career games played
Goals
Kyle Okposo … 4 goals … 200 career goals
Points
Wayne Simmonds … 2 points … 500 career points
Johan Larsson … 4 points … 100 career points
Wins
Carter Hutton … 7 wins … 100 career wins

 RECENT MILESTONES
Henri Jokiharju … 100th NHL game … Feb. 23 vs. WPG
Jonas Johansson … 1st NHL win … Feb. 23 vs. WPG

 

Game Preview: 2/26/20 at Colorado

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Sunday, February 23
Winnipeg 1 at Buffalo 2
Goals: Okposo (2)
Goalie: Johansson (25 saves/26 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 1/1; Shots: Winnipeg 26 – Buffalo 25

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 302)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 62 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 46 games
Tage Thompson (shoulder, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 42 games
Linus Ullmark (lower body, Jan. 30; injured reserve) – 12 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/21: Placed D Zach Bogosian on unconditional waivers; Assigned F Scott Wilson to Rochester (AHL)
2/24: Acquired F Wayne Simmonds from New Jersey in exchange for a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft; Acquired F Dominik Kahun from Pittsburgh in exchange for F Evan Rodrigues and F Conor Sheary

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, Feb. 28: Buffalo at Vegas, 10 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 29: Buffalo at Arizona, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, March 3: Buffalo at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
Thursday, March 5: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 7: Philadelphia at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at AVALANCHE

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Avalanche this season.
  • Last meeting: Colorado defeated Buffalo 6-1 in Buffalo on Feb. 4.
  • The Sabres are 3-7-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Avalanche; 3-5-2 on the road.
  • This is the 147th game all-time between Buffalo and Colorado; Buffalo has a 62-60-24 series record.
  • The Sabres are 24-36-13 on the road against the Avalanche all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-10-6 all-time on February 26.
  • February 26, 1987: Wilf Paiement records the 99th hat trick in Sabres history in a 4-3 win against the visiting St. Louis Blues.
  • February 26, 1995: Dominik Hasek plays his 100th game as a member of the Sabres against the New York Rangers.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Jake McCabe has totaled three points (1+2) in three games against the Avalanche since the beginning of the 2017-18 season.
  • Michael Frolik has recorded eight points (2+6) in his last nine visits to Colorado.
  • Jack Eichel has totaled four points (1+3) in four career road games against the Avalanche.
  • Dominik Kahun tied his career high with three points (0+3) in his last meeting with the Avalanche on Jan. 10 in Colorado.
  • Kyle Okposo enters today’s game on his first four-game point streak (4+1) since November 2017. With a point tonight, he would have points in at least five consecutive games for the first time since he tallied points in seven straight from Feb. 4 to 14, 2017.
  • Rasmus Dahlin has posted at least a point in 14 of his last 18 games (2+14) dating back to Jan. 4.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has recorded six assists and a plus-8 rating in Buffalo’s last five games.

RETURN OF THE ROOKIE

  • Victor Olofsson, who missed 15 games with a lower body injury from Jan. 4 to Feb. 11, has recorded five points (3+2) in five games since returning from injury.
  • Entering play Tuesday, Olofsson ranked second among all NHL rookies with 19 goals this season. His .85 points per game led all rookies with more than one game played.
  • Olofsson’s 40 points in 47 games so far this season (.85 points per game) this season ranks as the seventh-best scoring rate all-time among Sabres rookies with at least 15 games played:
    • Rick Martin (1971-72): 1.01
    • Gilbert Perreault (1970-71): .92
    • Ray Sheppard (1987-88): .88
    • Dave Andreychuk (1982-83): .86
    • Phil Housley (1982-83): .86
    • Christian Ruuttu (1986-87): .86
    • Victor Olofsson (2019-20): .85

TEEN TITAN

  • Rasmus Dahlin has totaled 81 points (13+68) through his first 134 NHL games, including 37 points (4+33) in 52 games this season.
  • With his assist on Feb. 18 at Ottawa, Dahlin passed Ray Bourque (79) for the second-most points recorded by an NHL defenseman before his 20th birthday. He now trails only Phil Housley (132) for the most points ever recorded by a teenage defenseman.
  • Entering play Tuesday, Dahlin’s .60 points per game in his career ranked as the 12th-highest rate among active NHL defensemen with at least 10 career games played. His .71 points per game so far this season represent the best single-season scoring rate by a Sabres defenseman with more at least 15 games played since Phil Housley (1.01) in 1989-90.

SETTING THE PACE

  • Jack Eichel is currently on pace to finish the season with 46 goals and 102 points, which would be the highest goal and point totals by a Sabre since Pat LaFontaine (53+95) and Alexander Mogilny (76+51) in 1992-93.
  • LaFontaine (83 in 1992-93), Mogilny (78 in 1992-93) and Gilbert Perreault (70 in 1975-76 and 67 in 1979-80) are the only Sabres ever to have recorded more even-strength points in a season than the 66 Eichel is currently on pace for.
  • Sam Reinhart scored his 20th goal of the season in his 55th game on Feb. 7 at NY Rangers, surpassing the 2015-16 season as his previous quickest season to 20 goals (69 games). Reinhart is currently on pace to set career-high totals in both goals (29) and points (66).
  • Despite missing 10 games due to injury, Rasmus Dahlin is currently on pace to record 51 points this season, which would make him the Sabres’ first 50-point defenseman since Garry Galley (54) in 1995-96.
  • Victor Olofsson, who has missed 15 games due to injury this season, is on pace for 57 points. If he maintains his current pace, his output will supplant Eichel and Derek Plante as the seventh-most prolific rookie season in Sabres history. It would be the best since Ray Sheppard’s 65 points in 1987-88. He is on pace for 27 goals, which would rank him sixth among all rookies in franchise history.

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel has been held without a point in just five of his last 43 games played. During that stretch, which began with a four-goal performance vs. Ottawa on Nov. 16, Buffalo’s captain has totaled 58 points (27+31) in 43 appearances, also missing one game due to injury. Only Artemi Panarin (62) had more points during that stretch entering play Tuesday.
  • With an assist on Feb. 11 vs. Detroit, Eichel became the 14th player ever to record 70 points in consecutive seasons at least once as a member of the Sabres. He needs three points to become just the ninth player in franchise history to record 80 points in back-to-back seasons at least once. He would join Danny Gare, Dale Hawerchuk, Pat LaFontaine, Rick Martin, Alexander Mogilny, Gilbert Perreault, Rene Robert and Pierre Turgeon.
  • With his 40th assist on Feb. 13 vs. Columbus, Eichel became the first Sabres player to record 30 goals and 40 assists in a season since Jason Pominville (30+43) in 2011-12. He became the 16th different player in franchise history to accomplish this feat at least once.

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 20 multi-point games this season, ranking as the 11th-most in the NHL before Tuesday’s games. The Sabres are 15-3-2 (.800) in those games.
  • Entering play Tuesday, Eichel’s seven multi-goal games tied for fifth-most in the league and his 11 multi-assist games tied for 10-most.
  • Sam Reinhart ranks second on the Sabres with 13 multi-point games this season. The team is 10-2-1 this season (.808) and 41-7-8 (.804) in his career when he records at least two points.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 2/25 games)

  • Eichel: 3 OTG (T-2nd), 9 GWG (T-2nd), 35 G (T-5th), 24 EVG (T-6th), 26 PPP (T-6th), 77 PTS (T-7th), 50 EVP (T-8th)
  • Olofsson: 11 PPG (T-5th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (179), Girgensons (99), McCabe (81)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (81), Ristolainen (70), Jokiharju (56)
Shots: Eichel (206), Skinner (156), Reinhart (127)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 8-1-1 (17), 38/24, 12/39, 23/30
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 21/35, 2/26, 21/29
21-30: 3-4-3 (8), 34/34, 4/33, 23/32
31-40: 4-5-1 (9), 24/32, 4/23, 23/30
41-50: 5-5-0 (10), 30/32, 7/29, 21/29
51-60: 5-4-1 (11), 28/33, 5/23, 13/17
61-70: 2-0-0 (4), 7/3, 2/6, 3/3

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-6; 126-134 all-time)
Oct. 7 at CBJ: L, 4-3 (Texier, 2:08)
Oct. 9 vs. MTL: W, 5-4 (Johansson, 1:30)
Oct. 22 vs. SJS: W, 4-3 (Eichel, 3:13)
Nov. 14 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (Hamilton, 2:28)
Nov. 27 vs. CGY: L, 3-2 (Lindholm, 1:17)
Nov. 30 at TOR: L, 2-1 (Tavares, 1:45)
Dec. 7 at VAN: L, 6-5 (Miller, 3:21)
Dec. 8 at EDM: W, 3-2 (Miller, 1:13)
Dec. 14 at NYI: L, 3-2 (Beauvillier, 3:04)
Jan. 2 vs. EDM: W, 3-2 (Eichel, 1:09)
Feb. 1 vs. CBJ: W, 2-1 (Eichel, 0:36)
Feb. 13 vs. CBJ: W, 4-3 (Olofsson, 2:44)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-2; 76-71 all-time)
Oct. 11 vs. FLA: W, 3-2 (GDG-Eichel)
Oct. 28 vs. ARI: L, 3-2 (GDG-Schmaltz)
Feb. 6 vs. DET: L, 4-3 (GDG-Larkin)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Jimmy Vesey … 2 games … 300 career games played
Colin Miller … 4 games … 300 career games played
Kyle Okposo … 7 games … 800 career games played
Sam Reinhart … 7 games … 400 career games played
Goals
Kyle Okposo … 4 goals … 200 career goals
Points
Wayne Simmonds … 2 points … 500 career points
Johan Larsson … 5 points … 100 career points
Wins
Carter Hutton … 7 wins … 100 career wins

RECENT MILESTONES
Henri Jokiharju … 100th NHL game … Feb. 23 vs. WPG
Jonas Johansson … 1st NHL win … Feb. 23 vs. WPG

Game Preview: 2/23/20 vs. Winnipeg

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, February 22
Buffalo 5 at Pittsburgh 2
Goals: Eichel (2), Girgensons, Reinhart, Skinner
Goalie: Hutton (41 saves/43 shots)
PP: 2/3; PK: 2/2; Shots: Pittsburgh 43 – Buffalo 26

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 298)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 61 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 45 games
Tage Thompson (shoulder, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 41 games
Linus Ullmark (lower body, Jan. 30; injured reserve) – 11 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/17: Signed F Taylor Leier to a one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000; Placed Leier on waivers; Recalled F Scott Wilson from Rochester (AHL); Assigned G Andrew Hammond to Rochester (AHL)
2/18: Assigned F Taylor Leier to Rochester (AHL)
2/21: Placed D Zach Bogosian on unconditional waivers; Assigned F Scott Wilson to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Wednesday, Feb. 26: Buffalo at Colorado, 8 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 28: Buffalo at Vegas, 10 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 29: Buffalo at Arizona, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, March 3: Buffalo at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
Thursday, March 5: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
JETS at SABRES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Jets this season.
  • Last meeting: Winnipeg defeated Buffalo 3-1 in Buffalo on Feb. 10, 2019
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, March 3 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Jets; 4-5-1 at home.
  • This is the 64th game all-time between Buffalo and Winnipeg; Buffalo has a 27-25-11 series record.
  • The Sabres are 17-11-4 at home against the Jets all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 14-6-0 all-time on February 23.
  • February 23, 2011: The Sabres defeat the Atlanta Thrashers 4-1 in the team’s first game under the ownership of the Pegulas, a day after Terry and Kim Pegula announced their purchase of the team. All three members of the French Connection surprise Terry on the ice in a pre-game ceremony.
  • February 23, 2019: Sam Reinhart records his third career hat trick as the Sabres top the Washington Capitals by a score of 5-2.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 6-2-2 in afternoon games this season, including a 5-2-0 record at home.
  • Henri Jokiharju is expected to appear in his 100th NHL game today.
  • Jack Eichel has recorded at least a point in each of Buffalo’s last seven games (4+7). It’s his third point streak of at least seven games this season.
  • Rasmus Dahlin enters today’s game on a career-best six-game point streak (1+6). He has recorded at least a point in 14 of his last 17 games (2+14) dating back to Jan. 4.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has tallied at least one assist in each of Buffalo’s last four games, totaling six assists and a plus-7 rating in those contests.
  • Kyle Okposo enters today’s game on a three-game point streak (2+1).

HOT AGAINST WINNIPEG

  • Carter Hutton has a .973 save percentage in his last five appearances against Winnipeg.
  • Marcus Johansson has recorded 19 points (3+16) in 19 games against the Jets since they moved to Winnipeg in 2011-12, including seven multi-point outings.
  • Jack Eichel has totaled seven points (4+3) in seven career games against the Jets.
  • Jeff Skinner has recorded six points (3+3) in six games against Winnipeg since the beginning of the 2016-17 season.
  • Colin Miller has totaled three points (1+2) in his last two meetings with the Jets.
  • Rasmus Dahlin recorded an assist in both of Buffalo’s games against the Jets as a rookie last season.

BACK-TO-BACK
Today’s game wraps up Buffalo’s 11th of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 5-2 win at Pittsburgh yesterday afternoon. The Sabres are 4-5-2 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 5-4-1 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (0), three points (3), two points (5), one point (0) and zero points (2).

RETURN OF THE ROOKIE

  • Victor Olofsson, who missed 15 games with a lower body injury from Jan. 4 to Feb. 11, has recorded five points (3+2) in four games since returning from injury.
  • After yesterday’s game, Olofsson ranked second among all NHL rookies with 19 goals this season. His .87 points per game led all rookies with more than one game played.
  • Olofsson’s 40 points in 46 games so far this season (.870 points per game) this season ranks as the fourth-best scoring rate all-time among Sabres rookies with at least 15 games played:
    • Rick Martin (1971-72): 1.014 PTS/GP
    • Gilbert Perreault (1970-71): .923 PTS/GP
    • Ray Sheppard (1987-88): .878 PTS/GP
    • Victor Olofsson (2019-20): .870 PTS/GP
    • Dave Andreychuk (1982-83): .860 PTS/GP

TEEN TITAN

  • Rasmus Dahlin has totaled 81 points (13+68) through his first 133 NHL games, including 37 points (4+33) in 51 games this season.
  • With his assist on Feb. 18 at Ottawa, Dahlin passed Ray Bourque (79) for the second-most points recorded by an NHL defenseman before his 20th birthday. He now trails only Phil Housley (132) for the most points ever recorded by a teenage defenseman.
  • After yesterday’s game, Dahlin’s .61 points per game in his career ranked as the 12th-highest rate among active NHL defensemen with at least 10 career games played. His .73 points per game so far this season represent the best single-season scoring rate by a Sabres defenseman with more than one game played since Phil Housley (1.01) in 1989-90.

SETTING THE PACE

  • With his 29th goal in his 49th game of the season on Jan. 28 vs. Ottawa, Jack Eichel topped his previous best total set in the 2018-19 season (77 GP). He now has 35 goals in 60 games played this season.
  • Eichel’s output through 61 team games currently has him on pace to finish the season with 47 goals and 104 points, which would be the highest goal and point totals by a Sabre since Pat LaFontaine (53+95) and Alexander Mogilny (76+51) in 1992-93.
  • LaFontaine (83 in 1992-93), Mogilny (78 in 1992-93) and Gilbert Perreault (70 in 1975-76) are the only Sabres ever to have recorded more even-strength points in a season than the 68 Eichel is currently on pace for.
  • Eichel needs three points to become just the ninth player in franchise history to record 80 points in back-to-back seasons at least once. He would join Danny Gare, Dale Hawerchuk, Pat LaFontaine, Rick Martin, Alexander Mogilny, Gilbert Perreault, Rene Robert and Pierre Turgeon.
  • Sam Reinhart scored his 20th goal of the season in his 55th game on Feb. 7 at NY Rangers, surpassing the 2015-16 season as his previous quickest season to 20 goals (69 games). Reinhart is currently on pace to set career-high totals in both goals (30) and points (67).
  • Despite missing 10 games due to injury, Rasmus Dahlin is currently on pace to record 52 points this season, which would make him the Sabres’ first 50-point defenseman since Garry Galley (54) in 1995-96.
  • Victor Olofsson, who has missed 15 games due to injury this season, is on pace for 58 points. If he maintains that pace, his output will supplant Eichel and Derek Plante as the seventh-most prolific rookie season in Sabres history. It would be the best since Ray Sheppard’s 65 points in 1987-88. He is on pace for 28 goals, which would rank him sixth among all rookies in franchise history.

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel has been held without a point in just four of his last 42 games played. During that stretch, which began with a four-goal performance vs. Ottawa on Nov. 16, Buffalo’s captain has totaled 58 points (27+31) in 42 appearances, also missing one game due to injury. Only Artemi Panarin (60) had more points during that stretch at the conclusion of yesterday’s game.
    • Following yesterday’s game, only three NHL players had recorded at least a point in more games this season than Eichel’s 46: Leon Draisaitl (50), Nathan MacKinnon (48) and Patrick Kane (48).
  • With an assist on Feb. 11 vs. Detroit, Eichel became the 14th player ever to record 70 points in consecutive seasons at least once as a member of the Sabres. The last player to do so was Derek Roy in 2007-08 (81) and 2008-09 (70).
  • With his 40th assist on Feb. 13 vs. Columbus, Eichel became the first Sabres player to record 30 goals and 40 assists in a season since Jason Pominville (30+43) in 2011-12. He became the 16th different player in franchise history to accomplish this feat at least once.

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 20 multi-point games this season, ranking as the 11th-most in the NHL at the conclusion of yesterday’s game. The Sabres are 15-3-2 (.800) in those games.
  • After yesterday’s game, Eichel’s seven multi-goal games tied for fourth-most in the league and his 11 multi-assist games tied for ninth-most.
  • Sam Reinhart ranks second on the Sabres with 13 multi-point games this season. The team is 10-2-1 this season (.808) and 41-7-8 (.804) in his career when he records at least two points.

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

  • Eichel: 3 OTG (T-2nd), 9 GWG (T-2nd), 35 G (T-4th), 24 EVG (T-6th), 77 PTS (T-6th), 26 PPP (T-6th), 50 EVP (T-8th), 10 PPG (T-10th)
  • Olofsson: 11 PPG (T-4th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (179), Girgensons (95), McCabe (80)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (80), Ristolainen (69), Jokiharju (55)
Shots: Eichel (203), Skinner (154), Reinhart (126)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 8-1-1 (17), 38/24, 12/39, 23/30
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 21/35, 2/26, 21/29
21-30: 3-4-3 (8), 34/34, 4/33, 23/32
31-40: 4-5-1 (9), 24/32, 4/23, 23/30
41-50: 5-5-0 (10), 30/32, 7/29, 21/29
51-60: 5-4-1 (11), 28/33, 5/23, 13/17
61-70: 1-0-0 (2), 5/2, 2/3, 2/2

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-6; 126-134 all-time)
Oct. 7 at CBJ: L, 4-3 (Texier, 2:08)
Oct. 9 vs. MTL: W, 5-4 (Johansson, 1:30)
Oct. 22 vs. SJS: W, 4-3 (Eichel, 3:13)
Nov. 14 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (Hamilton, 2:28)
Nov. 27 vs. CGY: L, 3-2 (Lindholm, 1:17)
Nov. 30 at TOR: L, 2-1 (Tavares, 1:45)
Dec. 7 at VAN: L, 6-5 (Miller, 3:21)
Dec. 8 at EDM: W, 3-2 (Miller, 1:13)
Dec. 14 at NYI: L, 3-2 (Beauvillier, 3:04)
Jan. 2 vs. EDM: W, 3-2 (Eichel, 1:09)
Feb. 1 vs. CBJ: W, 2-1 (Eichel, 0:36)
Feb. 13 vs. CBJ: W, 4-3 (Olofsson, 2:44)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-2; 76-71 all-time)
Oct. 11 vs. FLA: W, 3-2 (GDG-Eichel)
Oct. 28 vs. ARI: L, 3-2 (GDG-Schmaltz)
Feb. 6 vs. DET: L, 4-3 (GDG-Larkin)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Henri Jokiharju … 1 game … 100 career games played
Jimmy Vesey … 3 games … 300 career games played
Colin Miller … 5 games … 300 career games played
Kyle Okposo … 8 games … 800 career games played
Sam Reinhart … 8 games … 400 career games played
Evan Rodrigues … 8 games … 200 career games played
Goals
Kyle Okposo … 6 goals … 200 career goals
Points
Johan Larsson … 5 points … 100 career points
Wins
Carter Hutton … 7 wins … 100 career wins

RECENT MILESTONES
Jack Eichel … 200th NHL assist … Feb. 18 at OTT

 

Game Preview: 2/22/20 at Pittsburgh

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, February 18
Buffalo 4 at Ottawa 7
Goals: Montour (2), Okposo, Olofsson
Goalie: Hutton (33 saves/39 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 1/4; PK: 0/2; Shots: Ottawa 40 – Buffalo 27

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 294)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 60 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 44 games
Tage Thompson (shoulder, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 40 games
Linus Ullmark (lower body, Jan. 30; injured reserve) – 10 games
Michael Frolik (illness, Feb. 16) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/17: Signed F Taylor Leier to a one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000; Placed Leier on waivers; Recalled F Scott Wilson from Rochester (AHL); Assigned G Andrew Hammond to Rochester (AHL)
2/18: Assigned F Taylor Leier to Rochester (AHL)
2/21: Placed D Zach Bogosian on unconditional waivers; Assigned F Scott Wilsonto Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Sunday, Feb. 23: Winnipeg at Buffalo, 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 26: Buffalo at Colorado, 8 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 28: Buffalo at Vegas, 10 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 29: Buffalo at Arizona, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, March 3: Buffalo at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
SABRES at PENGUINS

  • This is the second of three meetings between the Sabres and Penguins this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Pittsburgh 3-1 in Pittsburgh on Oct. 3, 2019.
  • Next meeting: Thursday, March 5 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Penguins; 2-6-2 on the road.
  • This is the 193rd game all-time between Buffalo and Pittsburgh; Buffalo has a 68-81-43 series record.
  • The Sabres are 26-50-21 on the road against the Penguins all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 6-4-2 all-time on February 22.
  • February 22, 2007: Patrick Kaleta records his first career point (an assist) in his NHL debut vs. Ottawa. The Sabres would win the game 6-5 in a shootout after the teams combined to record 136 penalty minutes.
  • February 22, 2011: Terry Pegula announces his purchase of the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres would finish the season by going 16-4-4 in the 24 games after the purchase to make the playoffs.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 5-2-2 in afternoon games this season.
  • The Sabres have earned wins in both of their visits to Pittsburgh since the beginning of last season, marking their first consecutive road wins against the Penguins since 2012-13. With a win this afternoon, they would have wins in three straight visits for the first time since they won four in a row from Jan. 5, 1980 to Feb. 21, 1981.
  • Rasmus Dahlin enters today’s game with a point in each of his last five games (1+5) and is seeking his first career six-game point streak.
    • Dahlin has recorded at least a point in 13 of his last 16 games (2+13) dating back to Jan. 4.
  • Victor Olofsson has recorded at least a point in each of his last four games played, including five points (3+2) in three games since returning from an injury that sidelined him for 15 games.
  • Kyle Okposo has scored a goal in both of Buffalo’s last two games and is seeking his first three-game goal streak of the season.

HOT AGAINST PITTSBURGH

  • Jack Eichel has totaled six points (3+3) in six games against the Penguins since the beginning of the 2017-18 season, including five points (2+3) in four road games.
  • Carter Hutton is 4-0-0 with two shutouts in six career visits to Pittsburgh. In his seven total appearances against the Penguins, he has posted a .936 save percentage and a 1.94 goals-against average.
  • Conor Sheary has totaled six points (4+2) in his first four games against his former team.
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded six points (1+5) in five road games against the Penguins since the beginning of the 2016-17 season.
  • Colin Miller has posted three assists in his last two meetings with Pittsburgh, including his 100th NHL point (an assist) in the 2019-20 season-opener.
  • Marcus Johansson has recorded three points (1+2) in his last three games against the Penguins

BACK-TO-BACK
Today’s game opens Buffalo’s 11th of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow afternoon vs. Winnipeg. The Sabres are 3-5-2 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 5-4-1 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (0), three points (3), two points (5), one point (0) and zero points (2).

RETURN OF THE ROOKIE

  • Victor Olofsson, who missed 15 games with a lower body injury from Jan. 4 to Feb. 11, has recorded five points (3+2) in three games since returning from injury.
  • Entering play Friday, Olofsson ranked second among all NHL rookies with 19 goals this season. His .89 points per game led all rookies with more than one game played.
  • Olofsson’s 40 points in 45 games so far this season (.889 points per game) this season ranks as the third-best scoring rate all-time among Sabres rookies with at least 15 games played:
    • Rick Martin (1971-72): 1.014 PTS/GP
    • Gilbert Perreault (1970-71): .923 PTS/GP
    • Victor Olofsson (2019-20): .889 PTS/GP
    • Ray Sheppard (1987-88): .878 PTS/GP
    • Dave Andreychuk (1982-83): .860 PTS/GP

TEEN TITAN

  • Rasmus Dahlin has totaled 80 points (13+67) through his first 132 NHL games, including 36 points (4+32) in 50 games this season.
  • With his assist on Feb. 18 at Ottawa, Dahlin passed Ray Bourque (79) for the second-most points recorded by an NHL defenseman before his 20th birthday. He now trails only Phil Housley (132) for the most points ever recorded by a teenage defenseman.
  • Aaron Ekblad’s 61 points (22+39) in 129 games as a teenager led active NHL defensemen for most points before turning 20 until Dahlin recorded his 62nd point with an assist in his 108th NHL game on Dec. 14 at NY Islanders. Andrei Svechnikov is the only active teenager in the NHL with more career points than Dahlin’s 80.
  • Entering play Friday, Dahlin’s .61 points per game in his career ranked as the 12th-highest rate among active NHL defensemen with at least 10 career games played. His .72 points per game so far this season represent the best single-season scoring rate by a Sabres defenseman with more than one game played since Phil Housley (1.01) in 1989-90.

SETTING THE PACE

  • With his 29th goal in his 49th game of the season on Jan. 28 vs. Ottawa, Jack Eichel topped his previous best total set in the 2018-19 season (77 GP). He now has 33 goals in 59 games played this season.
  • Eichel’s output through 60 team games currently has him on pace to finish the season with 45 goals and 103 points, which would be the highest goal and point totals by a Sabre since Pat LaFontaine (53+95) and Alexander Mogilny (76+51) in 1992-93.
  • LaFontaine (83 in 1992-93), Mogilny (78 in 1992-93) and Gilbert Perreault (70 in 1975-76) are the only Sabres ever to have recorded more even-strength points in a season than the 69 Eichel is currently on pace for.
  • Eichel needs five points to become just the ninth player in franchise history to record 80 points in back-to-back seasons at least once. He would join Danny Gare, Dale Hawerchuk, Pat LaFontaine, Rick Martin, Alexander Mogilny, Gilbert Perreault, Rene Robert and Pierre Turgeon.
  • Sam Reinhart scored his 20th goal of the season in his 55th game on Feb. 7 at NY Rangers, surpassing the 2015-16 season as his previous quickest season to 20 goals (69 games). Reinhart is currently on pace to set career-high totals in both goals (29) and points (66).
  • Despite missing 10 games due to injury, Rasmus Dahlin is currently on pace to record 52 points this season, which would make him the Sabres’ first 50-point defenseman since Garry Galley (54) in 1995-96.
  • Victor Olofsson, who has missed 15 games due to injury this season, is on pace for 60 points. If he maintains that pace, his output will supplant Eichel’s 2015-16 season as the seventh-most prolific rookie season in Sabres history and would be the best since Ray Sheppard’s 65 points in 1987-88. He is on pace for 27 goals, which would rank him sixth among all rookies in franchise history.

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel has been held without a point in just four of his last 41 games played. During that stretch, which began with a four-goal performance vs. Ottawa on Nov. 16, Buffalo’s captain has totaled 56 points (25+31) in 41 appearances, also missing one game due to injury. Only Nathan MacKinnon (58), Artemi Panarin (58) and Nikita Kucherov (57) had more points during that stretch entering play Friday.
    • Entering play Friday, only three NHL players had recorded at least a point in more games this season than Eichel’s 45: Leon Draisaitl (49), Nathan MacKinnon (48) and Patrick Kane (47).
  • With his assist on Feb. 11 vs. Detroit, Eichel became the 14th player ever to record 70 points in consecutive seasons at least once as a member of the Sabres. The last player to do so was Derek Roy in 2007-08 (81) and 2008-09 (70).
  • Eichel recorded his 70th point of the season in his 56th game on Feb. 11 vs. Detroit, tying for the 10th-fastest season to 70 points in Sabres history. Only six different players in franchise history have reached the 70-point mark quicker: Gilbert Perreault (3x), Pat Lafontaine (2x), Rick Martin, Alexander Mogilny, Rene Robert, Pierre Turgeon.
  • With his 40th assist on Feb. 13 vs. Columbus, Eichel became the first Sabres player to record 30 goals and 40 assists in a season since Jason Pominville (30+43) in 2011-12. He became the 16th different player in franchise history to accomplish this feat at least once.

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 19 multi-point games this season, tying as the 11th-most in the NHL before Friday’s games. The Sabres are 14-3-2 (.789) in those games.
  • Entering play Friday, Eichel’s six multi-goal games ranked sixth in the league and his 11 multi-assist games tied for ninth-most.
  • Eichel has recorded at least three points eight times this season, topping his previous career-high total (6) set in the 2016-17 season. Only Leon Draisaitl (12), Connor McDavid (11) and David Pastrnak (10) had more games with at least three points this season entering play Friday.
  • Sam Reinhart ranks second on the Sabres with 12 multi-point games this season. The team is 9-2-1 this season (.792) and 40-7-8 (.800) in his career when he records at least two points.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 2/21 games)

  • Eichel: 3 OTG (T-2nd), 8 GWG (T-2nd), 24 EVG (T-6th), 33 G (T-6th), 50 EVP (T-6th), 75 PTS (T-7th), 24 PPP (T-7th)
  • Olofsson: 11 PPG (T-4th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (176), Girgensons (93), McCabe (76)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (79), Ristolainen (68), Jokiharju (55)
Shots: Eichel (201), Skinner (151), Reinhart (124)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 8-1-1 (17), 38/24, 12/39, 23/30
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 21/35, 2/26, 21/29
21-30: 3-4-3 (8), 34/34, 4/33, 23/32
31-40: 4-5-1 (9), 24/32, 4/23, 23/30
41-50: 5-5-0 (10), 30/32, 7/29, 21/29
51-60: 5-4-1 (11), 28/33, 5/23, 13/17

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-6; 126-134 all-time)
Oct. 7 at CBJ: L, 4-3 (Texier, 2:08)
Oct. 9 vs. MTL: W, 5-4 (Johansson, 1:30)
Oct. 22 vs. SJS: W, 4-3 (Eichel, 3:13)
Nov. 14 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (Hamilton, 2:28)
Nov. 27 vs. CGY: L, 3-2 (Lindholm, 1:17)
Nov. 30 at TOR: L, 2-1 (Tavares, 1:45)
Dec. 7 at VAN: L, 6-5 (Miller, 3:21)
Dec. 8 at EDM: W, 3-2 (Miller, 1:13)
Dec. 14 at NYI: L, 3-2 (Beauvillier, 3:04)
Jan. 2 vs. EDM: W, 3-2 (Eichel, 1:09)
Feb. 1 vs. CBJ: W, 2-1 (Eichel, 0:36)
Feb. 13 vs. CBJ: W, 4-3 (Olofsson, 2:44)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-2; 76-71 all-time)
Oct. 11 vs. FLA: W, 3-2 (GDG-Eichel)
Oct. 28 vs. ARI: L, 3-2 (GDG-Schmaltz)
Feb. 6 vs. DET: L, 4-3 (GDG-Larkin)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Henri Jokiharju … 2 games … 100 career games played
Jimmy Vesey … 4 games … 300 career games played
Colin Miller … 6 games … 300 career games played
Evan Rodrigues … 8 games … 200 career games played
Kyle Okposo … 9 games … 800 career games played
Sam Reinhart … 9 games … 400 career games played
Goals
Kyle Okposo … 6 goals … 200 career goals
Points
Johan Larsson … 5 points … 100 career points
Wins
Carter Hutton … 8 wins … 100 career wins

RECENT MILESTONES
Kyle Okposo … 500th NHL point … Feb. 16 vs. TOR
Jack Eichel … 200th NHL assist … Feb. 18 at OTT