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Game Preview: 11/27/18 vs. San Jose

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Saturday, November 24
Buffalo 3 at Detroit 2 (SO)
Goals: Skinner, Thompson; GDG-Reinhart
Goalie: Ullmark (35 saves/37 shots)
PP: 2/4; PK: 4/4; Shots: Detroit 37 – Buffalo 35

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 81)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 24 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 24 games
Patrik Berglund (upper body, Oct. 21; injured reserve) – 3 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/21: Recalled D Lawrence Pilut from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Patrik Berglund on IR
11/23: Assigned D Lawrence Pilut to Rochester (AHL)
11/27: Recalled D Lawrence Pilut from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Nov. 29: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 30: Buffalo at Florida, 7 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 3: Buffalo at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 4: Toronto at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 8: Philadelphia at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME

SHARKS at SABRES

  • This is the second and final meeting between the Sabres and Sharks this season.
  • Last meeting: San Jose defeated Buffalo 5-1 in San Jose on Oct. 18
  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Sharks; 7-2-1 at home
  • This is the 41st game all-time between Buffalo and San Jose; Buffalo has a 24-10-6 series record.
  • The Sabres are 17-2-1 at home against the Sharks all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-6-5 all-time on November 27.
  • November 27, 1971: Craig Ramsay appears in his first NHL game, a 5-2 loss at Vancouver. Ramsay would go on to play 1,070 games during the course of his NHL career, all with the Sabres, trailing only Gilbert Perreault (1,191) for most in franchise history.
  • November 27, 2005: Jason Pominville scores his first career NHL goal on Olaf Kolzig in a 3-2 win at Washington.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Buffalo is 24-for-26 (92.3%) on the penalty kill in the team’s last 11 games dating back to Nov. 3 vs. Ottawa.
  • The Sabres are looking to avoid losing five straight games to the Sharks after having gone 10-0-1 in the previous 11 matchups between the teams.
  • Carter Hutton is 4-2-1 in his career against the Sharks with a .945 save percentage and a 1.71 goals-against average.
  • Kyle Okposo has 14 points (5+9) in 13 career games against San Jose.
  • Jack Eichel has six points (1+5) in his last five games against the Sharks.
  • Jeff Skinner has nine points (3+6) in his last nine games against San Jose.
  • Jason Pominville has five points (3+2) in his last five games against San Jose.

GOING STREAKING

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

HOME COOKING

  • Buffalo enters tonight’s game with an 8-2-1 (.773) record at home this season, putting the team on pace for its best home record since the 1979-80 season (27-5-8, .775). Their record ties as the second-best home record in the NHL behind only Boston (8-2-0) entering play Monday.
  • The Sabres have won each of their last five home games. It’s their first five-game home winning streak since they won six in a row from Nov. 28 to Dec. 15, 2014.
  • The team has gone 6-0-1 in its last seven home games. A point tonight would give the Sabres points in eight consecutive home games for the first time since Dec. 10, 2013 to Jan. 9, 2014 (6-0-2).

SCORING EARLY IS GREAT…

  • The Sabres are 11-0-2 when scoring first so far this season. Entering play Monday, they were one of four teams who have earned at least a point in every game in which they’ve opened the scoring in 2018-19.
  • Buffalo is 10-0-2 when leading after the first period. Entering play Monday, they were one of five teams who have earned at least a point in every game in which they’ve led after 20 minutes in 2018-19.

…BUT SCORING LATE IS NICE TOO

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

NOT TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT

The Sabres are 9-0-2 in one-goal games so far this season. Buffalo last won more than half of its one-goal games in a season in 2011-12 (21-9-11). The team’s current .818 winning percentage in one-goal games would top the franchise record of .714 (10-4-0) set in the 1977-78 season.

Mr. CARTER

  • Carter Hutton is 7-0-0 with a .934 save percentage and a 1.98 goals-against average in his last seven games.
  • The seven-game winning streak tops his previous high, a five-game streak from March 21, 2014 at Calgary to April 13, 2014 at Minnesota. It’s the longest winning streak by a Sabres goaltender since Ryan Miller’s eight-game streak from Oct. 8 to 30, 2009.
  • Entering play Monday, Hutton’s 11 wins trailed only Frederik Andersen and Marc-Andre Fleury (12 wins each) for most in the NHL.

DYNAMIC DUO

  • Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner are currently on pace to shatter their personal bests in points and make a mark in the Sabres’ record books on the strength of career-best production at even strength that ranks them among the best even-strength players in the league this season.
  • If he maintains his current pace, Eichel would finish the season with the third-most even-strength points ever recorded by a Sabre (72), trailing only Pat LaFontaine (83) and Alexander Mogilny (78) in 1992-93. He would become the first Sabre to record more than 95 points since LaFontaine (148) and Mogilny (127) that same season.
  • Skinner is currently on pace for the second-highest goal total (62) in Sabres history, trailing only Mogilny in 1992-93 (76). His 44 even-strength goals would finish behind only Mogilny’s even-strength total from that season (49) for most in team history.
Player/Season GP G A PTS ES G ES A ES P
Eichel Career High (2017-18) 67 25 39 64 22 20 42
Eichel 2018-19 24 5 23 28 4 17 21
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 82 17 79 96 14 58 72
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 24 18 8 26 13 5 18
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 62 27 89 44 17 61

WINNING WAYS

Sam Reinhart has recorded 10 points (2+8) in his last 11 games, including four two-point games during that stretch. The Sabres are 11-0-0 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 25-2-3 (.883) in his career when he records at least two.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 11/26 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 34 PTS (3rd), 16 W (T-3rd), 82.6 PK% (5th)
  • Eichel: 99 S (T-2nd), 23 A (T-3rd), 21 EVP (T-4th), 1 OTG (T-9th), 28 P (T-9th)
  • Hutton: 11 W (3rd), 496 SV (7th)
  • Ristolainen: 79 hits (5th), 25:25 TOI/GP (8th), 1 OTG (T-9th)
  • Skinner: 13 EVG (1st), 18 G (2nd), plus-13 (T-7th), 5 PPG (T-7th)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-8th)

BUF-SJS CONNECTIONS

Former Sabres:

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

Zach Bogosian:

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

Jack Eichel:

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

Davis Payne:

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

Marco Scandella:

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

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (79), McCabe (41), Girgensons (36)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (42), Ristolainen (36), Bogosian (32)
Shots: Eichel (99), Skinner (80), Ristolainen (56)

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: 4-0-0 (8), 16/10, 4/14, 9/10

OVERTIME RESULTS (3-2; 116-123 all-time)
Oct. 27 at CBJ: L, 5-4 (GWG-Panarin, 0:31)
Oct. 30 vs. CGY: L, 2-1 (GWG-Gaudreau, 2:40)
Nov. 8 at MTL: W, 6-5 (GWG-Ristolainen, 1:38)
Nov. 19 at PIT: W, 5-4 (GWG-Eichel, 0:45)
Nov. 23 vs. MTL: W, 3-2 (GWG-Skinner, 3:06)

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Nathan Beaulieu … 2 games … 300 career games played
Evan Rodrigues … 2 games … 100 career games played
Remi Elie … 5 games … 100 career games played
Kyle Okposo … 6 games … 700 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 1 goal … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 6 assists … 300 career assists
Points
Jason Pominville … 3 points … 511 points with Sabres (T-8th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
Jason Pominville … 682nd game played with Sabres (9th in franchise history) … Nov. 21 vs. PHI

Game Preview: 11/24/18 at Detroit

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Friday, November 23
Montreal 2 at Buffalo 3 (OT)
Goals: Skinner (2), Mittelstadt
Goalie: Hutton (31 saves/33 shots)
PP: 1/4; PK: 1/2; Shots: Buffalo 40 – Montreal 33

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 78)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 23 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 23 games
Patrik Berglund (upper body, Oct. 21; injured reserve) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/21: Recalled D Lawrence Pilut from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Patrik Berglund on IR
11/23: Assigned D Lawrence Pilut to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Nov. 27: San Jose at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 29: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 30: Buffalo at Florida, 7 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 3: Buffalo at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 4: Toronto at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at RED WINGS

  • This is the first of four meetings between the Sabres and Red Wings this season.
  • Last meeting: Detroit defeated Buffalo 6-3 in Buffalo on March 29
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Feb. 9 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Red Wings; 4-5-1 on the road
  • This is the 138th game all-time between Buffalo and Detroit; Buffalo has a 60-59-18 series record.
  • The Sabres are 23-39-8 at home against the Red Wings all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-9-3 all-time on November 24.
  • November 24, 1974: Bill Hajt scores his first NHL goal and the Sabres and Canadiens combine for 154 penalty minutes as the Buffalo defeats Montreal 6-4 at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium.
  • November 24, 1986: Gilbert Perreault announces his retirement from the NHL and Lindy Ruff is selected to serve as the sixth captain in franchise history.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Buffalo is seeking its first five-game road winning streak in the same season since the team won its first 10 road games of the 2006-07 season. Since then, the Sabres have twice won at least five consecutive road games spanning two seasons: 2009 (7-0-0) and 2011 (6-0-0).
  • The Sabres are 9-1-0 in their last 10 games. It is the first time the team has won nine games in a 10-game stretch in a single season since the team’s 10-game winning streak to begin the 2006-07 season.
  • Jeff Skinner’s 10 goals in 12 road games trailed only John Tavares (11) for most in the league after last night’s game. With 17 goals through Buffalo’s first 23 games, Skinner finished last night’s game tied with David Pastrnak for most in the NHL this season, becoming the first Sabre to finish a day with the league lead since Thomas Vanek on Feb. 17, 2013.
  • Entering tonight’s game, the Sabres have wins in four straight games against the Atlantic Division for the first time since Nov. 15 to Dec. 2, 2014. They are seeking their first five-game winning streak against divisional opponents since they won seven in a row against Northeast Division opponents from Dec. 15, 2010 to Feb. 15, 2011.
  • Buffalo is 20-for-22 on the penalty kill in the team’s last 10 games dating back to Nov. 3 vs. Ottawa.

GOING STREAKING

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game on their first eight-game winning streak since the team won its first 10 games of the 2006-07 season.
  • With a win or overtime loss tonight, the Sabres would have points in nine straight games for the first time since March 10 to 27, 2012 (7-0-2).

SABRES-RED WINGS

  • Since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, Buffalo is 5-2-1 against Detroit, including a 3-1-0 record on the road.
  • Jack Eichel has six points (3+3) in six games against Detroit since the beginning of the 2016-17 season.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has totaled 12 points (1+11) in 12 games against Detroit since the beginning of the 2015-16 season.
  • In his last two games against the Red Wings, Carter Hutton has stopped 60 of his 61 shots faced and won both contests.
  • Jason Pominville and Sam Reinhart both have an assist in each of their last two games against the Red Wings.

SCORING EARLY IS GREAT…

  • The Sabres are 10-0-2 when scoring first so far this season. After last night’s game, they were one of four teams who have earned at least a point in every game in which they’ve opened the scoring in 2018-19.
    • Their current win percentage when scoring first (.833) is the team’s best since the 1998-99 season (37-28-17, .846).
  • Buffalo is 9-0-2 when leading after the first period. After last night’s game, they were one of five teams who have earned at least a point in every game in which they’ve led after 20 minutes in 2018-19.
    • Their current win percentage when leading after one (.818) is the team’s best since the 2006-07 season (53-22-7, .893).

…BUT SCORING LATE IS NICE TOO

  • The Sabres are 5-6-1 when trailing after two periods. Their five wins when trailing after 40 minutes ranked as the second-most in the league after last night’s game.
  • Buffalo’s current win percentage when trailing after two periods is .417. The franchise record for best win percentage when trailing after two periods is currently the team’s .286 mark (7-19-0) from the 1983-84 season.

NOT TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT
The Sabres are 8-0-2 in one-goal games so far this season. Buffalo last won more than half of its one-goal games in a season in 2011-12 (21-9-11). The team’s current .800 winning percentage in one-goal games would top the franchise record of .714 (10-4-0) set in the 1977-78 season.

MR. CARTER

  • Carter Hutton is 7-0-0 with a .934 save percentage and a 1.98 goals-against average in his last seven games.
  • The seven-game winning streak tops his previous high, a five-game streak from March 21, 2014 at Calgary to April 13, 2014 at Minnesota. It’s the longest winning streak by a Sabres goaltender since Ryan Miller’s eight-game streak from Oct. 8 to 30, 2009.
  • After last night’s game, Hutton’s 11 wins trailed only Frederik Andersen (12 wins) for most in the NHL.

WINNING WAYS
Sam Reinhart has recorded 11 points (2+9) in his last 10 games, including four two-point games during that stretch. The Sabres are 12-0-0 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 25-2-3 (.883) in his career when he records at least two.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s fourth of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 3-2 overtime win yesterday against Montreal. The Sabres are 4-0-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-1-0 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in their previous back-to-back sets is: four points (2), three points (0), two points (1), one point (0) and zero points (0).

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

  • Buffalo Sabres: 30 PTS (2nd), 15 W (T-2nd), 81.5 PK% (9th)
  • Eichel: 92 S (3rd), 21 A (4th), 20 EVP (T-4th), 1 OTG (T-9th)
  • Hutton: 11 W (2nd), 496 SV (6th)
  • Ristolainen: 76 hits (4th), 25:20 TOI/GP (9th), 1 OTG (T-9th)
  • Skinner: 13 EVG (1st), 17 G (T-1st), plus-14 (2nd)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-7th)

BUF-DET CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Red Wings assistant coach Dan Bylsma served as the head coach of the Sabres for two seasons (2015-2017).
  • Red Wings assistant coach Doug Houda spent parts of six seasons (1994-1996, 1999-2003) 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 (2004-2006) 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 (2005-2014) playing for the Sabres. In 598 games in the club, Vanek had 497 points (254+243), which currently ranks 10th on the Sabres franchise all-time scoring list.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Played with Red Wings F Jacob de la Rosa and F Thomas Vanek in Montreal.

Jason Botterill:

  • Was a scout for the Stars when Red Wings D Trevor Daley was playing in Dallas. The two later reunited in Pittsburgh where Botterill was the assistant general manager 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.

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.

Jeff Skinner:

  • Played with Red Wings F Martin Frk in Carolina.

Steve Smith:

  • Was an assistant coach in Carolina when Red Wings F Martin Frk played for the Hurricanes.

Vladimir Sobotka:

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

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (76), McCabe (40), Girgensons (36)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (41), Ristolainen (36), Bogosian (31)
Shots: Eichel (92), Skinner (77), Pominville/Ristolainen (53)

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: 3-0-0 (6), 13/8, 2/10, 5/6

OVERTIME RESULTS (3-2; 116-123 all-time)
Oct. 27 at CBJ: L, 5-4 (GWG-Panarin, 0:31)
Oct. 30 vs. CGY: L, 2-1 (GWG-Gaudreau, 2:40)
Nov. 8 at MTL: W, 6-5 (GWG-Ristolainen, 1:38)
Nov. 19 at PIT: W, 5-4 (GWG-Eichel, 0:45)
Nov. 23 vs. MTL: W, 3-2 (GWG-Skinner, 3:06)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (2-0; 72-66 all-time)
Nov. 10 vs. VAN: W, 4-3 (GDG-Mittelstadt)
Nov. 16 at WPG: W, 2-1 (GDG-Sheary)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Nathan Beaulieu … 2 games … 300 career games played
Evan Rodrigues … 3 games … 100 career games played
Remi Elie … 6 games … 100 career games played
Kyle Okposo … 7 games … 700 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 1 goal … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 6 assists … 300 career assists
Points
Jason Pominville … 3 points … 511 points with Sabres (T-8th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
Jeff Skinner … 600th NHL game … Nov. 19 at PIT
Jack Eichel … 200th NHL point … Nov. 19 at PIT
Jason Pominville … 682nd game played with Sabres (9th in franchise history) … Nov. 21 vs. PHI

Game Preview: 11/23/18 vs. Montreal

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Wednesday, November 21
Philadelphia 2 at Buffalo 5
Goals: Skinner, Thompson, Rodrigues, Larsson, Reinhart
Goalie: Hutton (23 saves/25 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 1/1; Shots: Philadelphia 25 – Buffalo 21

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 75)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 22 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 22 games
Patrik Berglund (upper body, Oct. 21; injured reserve) – 1 game
Marco Scandella (lower body, Oct. 21) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/21: Recalled D Lawrence Pilut from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Patrik Berglund on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Nov. 24: Buffalo at Detroit, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 27: San Jose at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 29: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 30: Buffalo at Florida, 7 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 3: Buffalo at Nashville, 8 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
CANADIENS AT SABRES

  • This is the third of four meetings between the Sabres and Canadiens this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Montreal 6-5 (OT) in Montreal on Nov. 8
  • Next meeting: Saturday, March 23 in Montreal
  • The Sabres are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Canadiens; 4-3-3 at home
  • This is the 282nd game all-time between Buffalo and Montreal; Buffalo has a 128-112-41 series record.
  • The Sabres are 73-40-27 at home against the Canadiens all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-7-2 all-time on November 23.
  • November 23, 1978: Larry Playfair makes his NHL debut in a 5-2 loss at Boston.
  • November 23, 2011: T.J. Brennan scores in his NHL debut versus Boston, becoming the first Sabres defenseman to score in his first NHL game since Lindy Ruff.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 8-2-0 in their last 10 games. It’s Buffalo’s best 10-game stretch since the team posted a 7-1-2 record from March 10 to 30, 2012 and the first time the team has won eight games in a 10-game stretch since the last 10 games of the 2010-11 season.
  • Entering tonight’s game, the Sabres are 3-0-0 in their last three games against the Atlantic Division. They are seeking their first four-game winning streak against divisional opponents since Nov. 15 to Dec. 2, 2014.
  • The Sabres have won both of their previous matchups with the Canadiens this season and are seeking their first three-game winning streak against Montreal since the Nov. 28, 2014 to Feb. 3, 2015.
  • Carter Hutton has appeared in six career games against Montreal, posting a 3-0-2 record with a .934 save percentage and a 1.64 goals-against average.
  • Conor Sheary has recorded a point in each of his last three games against the Canadiens (2+1).
  • Jeff Skinner has recorded 17 points (11+6) in 17 games against Montreal since the beginning of the 2013-14 season. Jason Pominville has totaled 12 points (9+3) in 13 games against the Canadiens during the same span.

GOING STREAKING

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game on their first seven-game winning since the team won its first 10 games of the 2006-07 season.
  • With a win or overtime loss tonight, the Sabres would have points in eight straight games for the first time since they had points in nine in a row (7-0-2) from March 10 to 27, 2012.

HOME COOKING

  • Buffalo enters tonight’s game with a 7-2-1 (.750) record at home this season, putting the team on pace for its best home record since the 1979-80 season (27-5-8, .775). That record ties as the third-best home record in the NHL.
  • With 15 points through 10 home games, the team has its best 10-game start to the home schedule since they began the 2009-10 season with an identical 7-2-1 record in their first 10 home games.
  • The Sabres have won each of their last four home games. It’s their first four-game home winning streak since Jan. 7 to 20, 2017. A win tonight would mark their first five-game home winning streak since they won seven in a row from Nov. 28 to Dec. 15, 2014.
  • The team has gone 5-0-1 in its last six home games. A point tonight would give the Sabres points in seven consecutive home games for the first time since Jan. 7 to Feb. 7, 2017 (6-0-1).

SCORING EARLY IS GREAT…

  • The Sabres are 9-0-2 when scoring first so far this season. They are one of four teams who have earned at least a point in every game in which they’ve opened the scoring in 2018-19.
    • Their current win percentage when scoring first (.818) is the team’s best since the 1998-99 season (37-28-17, .846).
  • Buffalo is 8-0-2 when leading after the first period. They are one of five teams who have earned at least a point in every game in which they’ve led after 20 minutes in 2018-19.
    • Their current win percentage when leading after one (.800) is the team’s best since the 2006-07 season (53-22-7, .893).

…BUT SCORING LATE IS NICE TOO

  • The Sabres are 5-6-1 when trailing after two periods. Their five wins when trailing after 40 minutes rank as the second-most in the league.
  • Buffalo’s current win percentage when trailing after two periods is .417. The franchise record for best win percentage when trailing after two periods is currently the team’s .286 mark (7-19-0) from the 1983-84 season.

NOT TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT
The Sabres are 7-0-2 in one-goal games so far this season. The team last won more than half of its one-goal games in a season in 2011-12 (21-9-11). The team’s current .777 winning percentage in one-goal games would top the franchise record of .714 (10-4-0) set in the 1977-78 season.

MR. CARTER

  • Carter Hutton is 6-0-0 with a .933 save percentage and a 1.99 goals-against average in his last six games.
  • The six-game winning streak tops his previous high, a five-game streak from March 21, 2014 at Calgary to April 13, 2014 at Minnesota. It’s the longest winning streak by a Sabres goaltender since Ryan Miller’s eight-game streak from Oct. 8 to 30, 2009.
  • Hutton’s 10 wins trail only Frederik Andersen (12 wins) for most in the NHL.

KILLING IT

  • Buffalo is 19-for-20 on the penalty kill in the team’s last nine games dating back to Nov. 3 vs. Ottawa. During this nine-game stretch, the Sabres’ goaltenders have turned aside 25 shots on the power play and the team has killed off 32:38 of power-play time.
    • This stretch has improved the team to 34-for-37 (91.9%) in their last 14 games dating back to Oct. 21 at Anaheim, the third-best mark in the NHL during that span.
  • On the season, the Sabres have killed off 52 of the team’s 63 shorthanded situations (82.5%), ranking them fifth in the league.

WHAT’S THE SKINNY?

  • With 15 goals through Buffalo’s first 22 games, Jeff Skinner trails only David Pastrnak (17 goals) for most in the NHL this season.
  • Skinner has reached the 15-goal mark quicker than in any other season of his career, topping his previous record of 29 games in 2013-14.
  • With his 10th goal in the team’s 16th game of the season on Nov. 8 at Montreal, Skinner reached the 10-goal mark quicker than any Sabres player since Thomas Vanek (10 games) in 2012-13.

WINNING WAYS
Sam Reinhart has recorded 10 points (2+8) in his last nine games, including four two-point games during that stretch. The Sabres are 11-0-0 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 25-2-3 (.883) in his career when he records at least two.

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

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 30 PTS (T-3rd), 14 W (4th), 82.5 PK% (5th)
  • Eichel: 89 S (4th), 20 EVP (T-4th), 20 A (T-4th), 1 OTG (T-9th)
  • Hutton: 10 W (T-2nd), 465 SV (7th)
  • Ristolainen: 75 hits (3rd), 25:15 TOI/GP (9th), 1 OTG (T-9th)
  • Skinner: 12 EVG (1st), 15 G (T-2nd), plus-13 (T-2nd)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-7th)

BUF-MTL CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Canadiens F Joel Armia was drafted by the Sabres in the first round (16th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft and skated in one game for the team.
  • Canadiens F Paul Byron spent one season (2010-2011) with the Sabres after being drafted by Buffalo in the sixth round (179th overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft. He played in eight games and recorded two points (1+1).
  • Canadiens F Nicolas Deslauriers spent four seasons with the Sabres organization (2013-2017), playing in 211 games and recording 30 points (12+18). He was the only player to skate in all 82 games during the 2014-15 season and led the team with 206 hits in 2015-16.

Former Canadiens:

  • Sabres D Nathan Beaulieu was selected by Montreal in the first round (17th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft. He spent five seasons with the club (2012-2017), skating in 225 games and recording 60 points (7+53).

Local Players:

  • Sabres F Jason Pominville is a native of Repentigny, Quebec, and played junior hockey with the Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL).
  • Sabres D Marco Scandella grew up in Montreal. He played three seasons of junior hockey playing for the Val-d’Or Foreurs (QMJHL).

 Jason Botterill:

  • Played with Canadiens associate coach Kirk Muller in Dallas.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played for Team North America with Canadiens F Jonathan Drouin at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

 Remi Elie:

  • Played with Montreal D Jordie Benn in Dallas.

 Phil Housley:

  • Was an assistant coach in Nashville when Canadiens D Shea Weber was playing for the Predators.

 Carter Hutton:

  • Played with Canadiens G Antti Niemi and F Andrew Shaw in Chicago. Canadiens goaltending coach Stephane Waite was also on the Blackhawks coaching staff during Hutton’s tenure with the team.
  • Played with Canadiens D Shea Weber in Nashville.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played for Team USA at the IIHF 2013 World Junior Championship with Canadiens D Mike Reilly. McCabe captained the team and the duo won a gold medal together.
  • Represented the United States with Canadiens D Jeff Petry at the 2014 IIHF World Championship.

 Kyle Okposo:

  • Represented the United States with Canadiens D Jeff Petry at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.

 Jason Pominville:

  • Played with Canadiens D Mike Reilly in Minnesota.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Played with Canadiens F Jonathan Drouin for Team Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Won a gold medal with Canadiens F Max Domi for Team Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship. Both Domi and Reinhart were named to the tournament’s All-Star Team. The duo also won a gold medal together while representing Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

 Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland with Canadiens F Artturi Lehkonen at both the 2013 and 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships, winning gold in 2014. Canadiens F Joel Armia was also on Finland’s 2013 roster.

 Marco Scandella:

  • Played with Canadiens D Mike Reilly in Minnesota.

Conor Sheary:

  • Played with Canadiens G Antti Niemi in Pittsburgh.

Jeff Skinner:

  • Played in Carolina when Canadiens associate coach Kirk Muller was the head coach of the Hurricanes.

 Steve Smith:

  • Was a scout for the Blackhawks when Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin was in the front office and goaltending coach Stephane Waite held the same role in Chicago. Canadiens G Antti Niemi also played for the Blackhawks during Smith’s time with the team.
  • Was an assistant coach for the Oilers when Canadiens D Jeff Petry was playing in Edmonton.

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Played in Boston when Canadiens Head Coach Claude Julien was the head coach of the Bruins.
  • Played for the Blues when Canadiens associate coach Kirk Muller was an assistant coach in St. Louis.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (75), McCabe (39), Girgensons (35)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (38), Ristolainen (34), Bogosian (30)
Shots: Eichel (89), Skinner (71), Pominville (50)

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: 2-0-0 (4), 10/6, 1/6, 4/4

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-2; 115-123 all-time)
Oct. 27 at CBJ: L, 5-4 (GWG-Panarin, 0:31)
Oct. 30 vs. CGY: L, 2-1 (GWG-Gaudreau, 2:40)
Nov. 8 at MTL: W, 6-5 (GWG-Ristolainen, 1:38)
Nov. 19 at PIT: W, 5-4 (GWG-Eichel, 0:45)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (2-0; 72-66 all-time)
Nov. 10 vs. VAN: W, 4-3 (GDG-Mittelstadt)
Nov. 16 at WPG: W, 2-1 (GDG-Sheary)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Nathan Beaulieu … 3 games … 300 career games played
Evan Rodrigues … 4 games … 100 career games played
Remi Elie … 6 games … 100 career games played
Kyle Okposo … 8 games … 700 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 1 goal … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 6 assists … 300 career assists
Points
Jason Pominville … 3 points … 511 points with Sabres (T-8th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
Jeff Skinner … 600th NHL game … Nov. 19 at PIT
Jack Eichel … 200th NHL point … Nov. 19 at PIT
Jason Pominville … 682nd game played with Sabres (9th in franchise history) … Nov. 21 vs. PHI

Game Preview: 11/21/18 vs. Philadelphia

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Monday, November 19
Buffalo 5 at Pittsburgh 4 (OT)
Goals: Thompson, Bogosian, Nelson, Mittelstadt, Eichel
Goalie: Hutton (36 saves/40 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 3/3; Shots: Buffalo 40 – Pittsburgh 40

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 71)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 21 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 21 games
Patrik Berglund (upper body, Nov. 21; injured reserve) – 0 games
Marco Scandella (lower body, Nov. 21) – 0 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/21:
Recalled D Lawrence Pilut; Placed F Patrik Berglund on IR
UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, Nov. 23: Montreal at Buffalo, 4 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 24: Buffalo at Detroit, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 27: San Jose at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 29: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 30: Buffalo at Florida, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
FLYERS AT SABRES

  • This is the first of three meetings between the Sabres and Flyers this season.
  • Last meeting: Philadelphia defeated Buffalo 4-1 in Philadelphia on Jan. 7
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Dec. 8 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Flyers; 5-4-1 at home
  • This is the 177th game all-time between Buffalo and Philadelphia; Buffalo has a 68-84-24 series record.
  • The Sabres are 43-33-10 at home against the Flyers all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-13-1 all-time on November 21.
  • November 21, 1981: Jim Schoenfeld and Yvon Lambert each score two goals and Don Edwards makes 28 saves in a 7-1 Sabres victory at Los Angeles.
  • November 21, 2003: Mika Noronen stops 35 Carolina shots to earn his third career shutout in a 5-0 win against the Hurricanes.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games. It’s Buffalo’s best 10-game stretch since the team posted a 7-1-2 record from March 10 to 30, 2012.
  • Jack Eichel has recorded two points in each of his last two games and entered play Tuesday tied for the league lead with nine multi-point games this season. Eichel’s nine multi-point games through 21 games leave him just nine shy of his career-high 18 in a season.
  • Carter Hutton is 3-0-0 in his career against the Flyers with a .921 save percentage and a 1.95 goals-against average.
  • Jack Eichel has seven points (5+2) in his last seven games against Philadelphia, including six (5+1) in four home games.
  • Conor Sheary has recorded at least a point in each of his last three games against the Flyers, totaling four points (3+1) in those games.
  • Linus Ullmark recorded his first career win against the Flyers on Oct. 30, 2015 in Buffalo after stopping 27 of 28 Philadelphia shots.

GOING STREAKING

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game on their first six-game winning streak in a single season since Dec. 27, 2009 to Jan. 8, 2010. It is the longest streak in the NHL this season.
  • A win today would give Buffalo its first seven-game winning streak since the team won its first 10 games of the 2006-07 season.
  • With a win or overtime loss tonight, the Sabres would have points in seven straight games for the first time since they had points in nine straight games (7-0-2) from March 10 to 27, 2012.

HOME COOKING

  • Buffalo enters tonight’s game with a 6-2-1 (.722) record at home this season, putting the team on pace for its best home record since the 1982-83 season (25-7-8, .725). Entering play Tuesday, that record ranked as the fifth-best home record in the NHL.
  • With 13 points through eight home games, the team has already clinched its best 10-game start to the home schedule since they began the 2009-10 season with a 7-2-1 record in their first 10 home games.
  • The Sabres have gone 4-0-1 their last five home games. A point tonight would give the Sabres points in six consecutive home games for the first time since they earned points in seven straight from Jan. 7 to Feb. 7, 2017 (6-0-1).

SCORING EARLY IS GREAT…

  • The Sabres are 8-0-2 when scoring first so far this season. Entering play Tuesday, they were one of four teams who have earned at least a point in every game in which they’ve opened the scoring in 2018-19.
    • Their current win percentage when scoring first (.800) is the team’s best since the 2005-06 season (36-5-4, .800).
  • Buffalo is 7-0-2 when leading after the first period. Entering play Tuesday, they were one of five teams who have earned at least a point in every game in which they’ve led after 20 minutes in 2018-19.
    • Their current win percentage when leading after one (.778) is the team’s best since the 2009-10 season (21-4-2, .778).

…BUT SCORING LATE IS NICE TOO

  • The Sabres are 5-6-1 when trailing after two periods. Their five wins when trailing after 40 minutes ranked as the second-most in the league entering play Tuesday.
  • Buffalo’s current win percentage when trailing after two periods is .417. The franchise record for best win percentage when trailing after two periods is currently the team’s .286 mark (7-19-0) from the 1983-84 season.

NOT TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT
The Sabres are 7-0-2 in one-goal games so far this season. The team last won more than half of its one-goal games in a season in 2011-12 (21-9-11). The team’s current .777 winning percentage in one-goal games would top the franchise record of .714 (10-4-0) set in the 1977-78 season.

THA CARTER V
Carter Hutton is 5-0-0 with a .936 save percentage and a 1.99 goals-against average in his last five games. The five-game winning streak ties his longest career winning streak, matching his five-game streak from March 21, 2014 at Calgary to April 13, 2014 at Minnesota.

KILLING IT

  • Buffalo is 18-for-19 on the penalty kill in the team’s last eight games dating back to Nov. 3 vs. Ottawa. During this eight-game stretch, the Sabres’ goaltenders have turned aside 23 shots on the power play and the team has killed off 30:38 of power-play time.
    • This stretch has improved the team to 33-for-36 (91.7%) in their last 13 games dating back to Oct. 21 at Anaheim, the third-best mark in the NHL during that span before Tuesday’s games.
  • On the season, the Sabres have killed off 51 of the team’s 62 shorthanded situations (82.3%), ranking them sixth in the league entering play Tuesday.

WHAT’S THE SKINNY?

  • With 14 goals through Buffalo’s first 21 games, Jeff Skinner entered play Tuesday trailing only David Pastrnak (17 goals) and Alex Ovechkin (15 goals) for most in the NHL this season.
  • With his 10th goal in the team’s 16th game of the season on Nov. 8 at Montreal, Skinner reached the 10-goal mark quicker than any Sabres player since Thomas Vanek (10 games) in 2012-13.

WINNING WAYS
Sam Reinhart has recorded eight points (1+7) in his last eight games, including three two-point games during that stretch. The Sabres are 10-0-0 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 24-2-3 (.879) in his career when he records at least two.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 11/20 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 13 W (4th), 28 PTS (4th), 82.3 PK% (6th), 681 S (9th)
  • Eichel: 86 S (4th), 19 EVP (T-4th), 19 A (T-5th), 1 OTG (T-8th)
  • Hutton: 9 W (T-2nd), 442 SV (7th)
  • Ristolainen: 72 hits (3rd), 1 OTG (T-8th), 25:21 TOI/GP (9th)
  • Skinner: 11 EVG (T-1st), 14 G (T-3rd), plus-12 (T-3rd)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-7th)

BUF-PHI CONNECTIONS
Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Played with Flyers F Dale Weise in Montreal.

Patrik Berglund:

  • Played with Flyers G Brian Elliott and F Jori Lehtera in St. Louis.

Jason Botterill:

  • Played with Flyers assistant coach Gord Murphy in Atlanta.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played for Team North America with Flyers F Sean Couturier at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Phil Housley:

  • Played with Flyers assistant coach Ian Laperriere in St. Louis.
  • Coached Flyers D Shayne Gostisbehere to a gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Carter Hutton:

  • Played with Flyers G Brian Elliott in St. Louis.

Jake McCabe:

  • Won a gold medal for the United States with Flyers D Shayne Gostisbehere at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for the Islanders with Flyers D Andrew MacDonald.
  • Played for Team USA with Flyers F James van Riemsdyk at the 2007 and 2008 IIHF World Junior Championships. The duo won a bronze medal together in 2007.

Davis Payne:

  • Was an assistant coach in Los Angeles when Flyers General Manager Ron Hextall was the Kings’ assistant general manager and Flyers goaltending coach Kim Dillabaugh was the goaltending development coach.
  • Was the Blues’ head coach when Flyers G Brian Elliott was playing in St. Louis.

Jason Pominville:

  • Played with Flyers D Christian Folin in Minnesota.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Won a gold medal for Canada with Flyers G Calvin Pickard at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland with Flyers F Jori Lehtera at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Marco Scandella:

  • Played with Flyers D Christian Folin in Minnesota.

Jeff Skinner:

  • Won a silver medal for Team Canada with Flyers F Sean Couturier, F Claude Giroux, G Calvin Pickard and F Wayne Simmonds at the 2017 IIHF World Championship. Skinner, Giroux and Simmonds previously played together at the 2013 IIHF World Championship.

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Played with Flyers G Brian Elliott and F Jori Lehtera in St. Louis.
  • Has represented the Czech Republic with Flyers F Jakub Voracek on three separate occasions: at the 2007 IIHF World Junior Championship, at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey and 2017 IIHF World Championship.
  • Played for the Czech Republic National Team with Flyers D Radko Gudas at the 2017 IIHF World Championship.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (72), McCabe (34), Girgensons (31)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (36), Ristolainen (34), Bogosian (29)
Shots: Eichel (86), Skinner (69), Okposo/Pominville (49)

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: 1-0-0 (2), 5/4, 0/3, 3/3

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-2; 115-123 all-time)
Oct. 27 at CBJ: L, 5-4 (GWG-Panarin, 0:31)
Oct. 30 vs. CGY: L, 2-1 (GWG-Gaudreau, 2:40)
Nov. 8 at MTL: W, 6-5 (GWG-Ristolainen, 1:38)
Nov. 19 at PIT: W, 5-4 (GWG-Eichel, 0:45)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (2-0; 72-66 all-time)
Nov. 10 vs. VAN: W, 4-3 (GDG-Mittelstadt)
Nov. 16 at WPG: W, 2-1 (GDG-Sheary)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Jason Pominville … 1 game … 682 games played with Sabres (sole possession, 9th in franchise history)
Nathan Beaulieu … 4 games … 300 career games played
Evan Rodrigues … 5 games … 100 career games played
Remi Elie … 6 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 1 goal … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 7 assists … 300 career assists
Points
Jason Pominville … 4 points … 511 points with Sabres (T-8th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
Jeff Skinner … 400th NHL point … Nov. 16 at WPG
Jeff Skinner … 600th NHL game … Nov. 19 at PIT
Jason Pominville … 681st game with Sabres (T-9th in franchise history) … Nov. 19 at PIT
Jack Eichel … 200th NHL point … Nov. 19 at PIT

Game Preview: 11/19/18 at Pittsburgh

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, November 17
Buffalo 3 at Minnesota 2
Goals: McCabe, Dahlin, Pominville
Goalie: Ullmark (37 saves/39 shots)
PP: 0/1; PK: 2/3; Shots: Minnesota 39 – Buffalo 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 69)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 20 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 20 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
Wednesday, Nov. 21: Philadelphia at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 23: Montreal at Buffalo, 4 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 24: Buffalo at Detroit, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 27: San Jose at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 29: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at PENGUINS

  • This is the first of three meetings between the Sabres and Penguins this season.
  • Last meeting: Pittsburgh defeated Buffalo 5-1 in Pittsburgh on Dec. 2, 2017
  • Next meeting: Friday, March 1, 2019 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 1-7-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Penguins; 2-6-2 on the road
  • This is the 189th game all-time between Buffalo and Pittsburgh; Buffalo has a 65-80-43 series record.
  • The Sabres are 24-50-21 on the road against the Penguins all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-9-4 all-time on November 19.
  • November 19, 1993: Dale Hawerchuk records three points (1+2) against his former team, including his 300th point as a member of the Sabres, in a 6-0 win vs. Winnipeg.
  • November 19, 1999: Martin Biron records his first NHL shutout with 18 saves in a 4-0 win vs. Atlanta.
  • November 19, 2002: Ryan Miller makes his first NHL start, recording 21 saves in a 4-3 overtime loss at New Jersey.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Jeff Skinner’s 10 goals in 10 road games this season tied for the league lead entering play Sunday.
  • Jason Pominville is expected to appear in his 681st game with the Sabres tonight. If he does, he would tie Rick Martin for the ninth-most games played in franchise history.
  • Jeff Skinner is expected to play in his 600th NHL game tonight.

HOT AGAINST PITTSBURGH

  • Carter Hutton has stopped 74 of 75 shots (.987) in four career appearances against the Penguins – all of which have taken place in Pittsburgh – including shutouts in each of his two starts against the team.
  • Kyle Okposo has more goals (14) and points (32) against the Penguins than any other opponent.
  • Sam Reinhart has five points (2+3) in his last five games against the Penguins.
  • Jack Eichel has recorded at least a point in each of his three visits to Pittsburgh in the last two seasons, totaling four points (2+2) in those games.

GOING STREAKING

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game on their first five-game winning streak since March 19 to 27, 2012, marking the longest active streak in the NHL.
  • A win today would give the team its first six-game winning streak in a single season since Dec. 27, 2009 to Jan. 8, 2010.
  • With a win or overtime loss tonight, the Sabres would have points in six straight games for the first time since they had points in nine straight games (7-0-2) from March 10 to 27, 2012.

TWO YEARS LATER…
The Sabres and Penguins faced off on this date two years ago. Of the 46 players on the teams’ rosters on that date, only seven Sabres and 10 Penguins remain on their respective teams’ rosters today. Here are some other comparisons of the matchups:

Date Nov. 19, 2016 Nov. 19, 2018
Team Buffalo Sabres Pittsburgh Penguins Buffalo Sabres Pittsburgh Penguins
Record 5-8-4 (14 pts) 11-4-2 (24 pts) 12-6-2 (26 pts) 7-8-3 (17 pts)
Top Scorers Kyle Okposo (10 pts)

Ryan O’Reilly (9 pts)

Matt Moulson (8 pts)

Phil Kessel (16 pts)

Sidney Crosby (15 pts)

Evgeni Malkin (15 pts)

Jack Eichel (22 pts)

Jeff Skinner (21 pts)

Jason Pominville (17 pts)

Evgeni Malkin (25 pts)

Phil Kessel (23 pts)

Sidney Crosby (19 pts))

Last 10 3-5-2 7-2-1 6-2-2 2-7-1

THE FIRST TWENTY
The Sabres enter tonight’s game with a 12-6-2 record through their first 20 games this season. Their 26 points through 20 games ties the 2009-10 season as the team’s second-best 20-game start in the overtime point era. Buffalo has previously posted 26 or more points through 20 games seven times in franchise history and has made the playoffs on each of those occasions.

SCORING EARLY IS GREAT…

  • The Sabres are 8-0-2 when scoring first so far this season. Entering play Sunday, they were one of four teams who have earned at least a point in every game in which they’ve opened the scoring in 2018-19.
    • Their current win percentage when scoring first (.800) is the team’s best since the 2005-06 season (36-5-4, .800).
  • Buffalo is 7-0-2 when leading after the first period. Entering play Sunday, they were one of six teams who have earned at least a point in every game in which they’ve led after 20 minutes in 2018-19.
    • Their current win percentage when leading after one (.778) is the team’s best since the 2009-10 season (21-4-2, .778).

…BUT SCORING LATE IS NICE TOO

  • The Sabres are 4-6-1 when trailing after two periods. Their four wins when trailing after 40 minutes tied for second-most in the league entering play Sunday.
  • Buffalo’s current win percentage when trailing after two periods is .363. The franchise record for best win percentage when trailing after two periods is currently the team’s .286 mark (7-19-0) from the 1983-84 season.
  • After capping off their comeback with a game-winning goal with 1:05 remaining in the third period on Saturday at Minnesota, the Sabres became the only team to score two game-winners within the last two minutes of a game so far this season.

NOT TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT
The Sabres are 6-0-2 in one-goal games so far this season. The team last won more than half of its one-goal games in a season in 2011-12 (21-9-11). The team’s current .750 winning percentage in one-goal games would top the franchise record of .714 (10-4-0) set in the 1977-78 season.

THA CARTER IV
Carter Hutton is 4-0-0 with a .950 save percentage and a 1.42 goals-against average in his last four games. With a win in his next appearance, Hutton would tie his longest career winning streak, matching his five-game streak from March 21, 2014 at Calgary to April 13, 2014 at Minnesota.

KILLING IT

  • Buffalo is 15-for-16 on the penalty kill in the team’s last seven games dating back to Nov. 3 vs. Ottawa. During this seven-game stretch, the Sabres’ goaltenders have turned aside 15 shots on the power play and the team has killed off 25:07 of power-play time.
    • This stretch has improved the team to 30-for-33 (90.9%) in their last 12 games dating back to Oct. 21 at Anaheim, the third-best mark in the NHL during that span before Sunday’s games.
  • On the season, the Sabres have killed off 48 of the team’s 57 shorthanded situations (81.3%), tying them for ninth in the league entering play Sunday.

WHAT’S THE SKINNY?

  • With 14 goals through Buffalo’s first 20 games, Jeff Skinner entered play Sunday trailing only David Pastrnak (17 goals) for most in the NHL this season.
  • With his 10th goal in the team’s 16th game of the season on Nov. 8 at Montreal, Skinner reached the 10-goal mark quicker than any Sabres player since Thomas Vanek (10 games) in 2012-13.
  • Only four players in franchise history have scored more goals through 20 team games than Skinner’s current total: Dave Andreychuk (17 in 1992-93), Rick Martin (16 in 1972-73 and 15 in 1973-74), Danny Gare (15 in 1975-76) and Thomas Vanek (15 in 2008-09).

WINNING WAYS
Sam Reinhart has recorded seven points (1+6) in his last seven games, including three two-point games during that stretch. The Sabres are 9-0-0 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 24-2-3 (.879) in his career when he records at least two.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 11/18 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 12 W (T-4th), 26 PTS (T-4th), 81.3 PK% (T-9th)
  • Eichel: 80 S (T-5th), 18 A (T-5th), 17 EVP (T-5th)
  • Hutton: 8 W (T-6th), 406 SV (10th)
  • Ristolainen: 66 hits (T-4th), 1 OTG (T-8th), 25:16 TOI/GP (9th)
  • Skinner: plus-13 (T-1st), 11 EVG (T-1st), 14 G (T-2nd)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-7th)

BUF-PIT CONNECTIONS
Former Penguins:

  • Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill spent 10 seasons (2007-2017) with the Penguins, first joining the team as their Director of Hockey Operations before being promoted to assistant general manager and eventually associate general manager. Botterill played an integral role in building the rosters of three Stanley Cup-winning teams, and served as the general manager of the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins from 2009-10 to 2016-17, guiding the team to two division titles and eight consecutive playoff appearances.
  • Sabres F Conor Sheary spent parts of five seasons (2013-2018) with the Penguins organization, recording 93 points (48+45) in 184 games. He was a member of two Stanley Cup-winning teams (2016, 2017), scoring the overtime winner in Game 2 of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final against the San Jose Sharks.

Former Sabres:

  • Penguins F Derek Grant spent played one season (2016-17) with the Sabres organization, playing in 40 games and notching three assists.
  • Penguins D Chad Ruhwedel spent parts of four seasons (2012-2016) with the Sabres organization, recording two assists in 33 games played.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Played with Penguins assistant coach Sergei Gonchar in Montreal.
  • Won a bronze medal with Penguins D Jamie Oleksiak and F Tanner Pearson for Team Canada at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Patrik Berglund:

  • Played for Team Sweden with Penguins F Patric Hornqvist at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Played for Team USA with Penguins D Jack Johnson at the 2009 IIHF World Championship.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played for Team North America with Penguins G Matt Murray at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Chris Hajt:

  • Played with Penguins assistant coach Sergei Gonchar in Washington.

Phil Housley:

  • Played with Penguins Head Coach Mike Sullivan in Calgary.
  • Was an assistant coach in Nashville when Penguins F Matt Cullen, F Derek Grant and F Patric Hornqvist were playing for the Predators.
  • Played with Penguins assistant general manager Bill Guerin in New Jersey.
  • Played with Penguins assistant coach Sergei Gonchar in Washington.

Carter Hutton:

  • Played with Penguins F Matt Cullen and F Patric Hornqvist in Nashville.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played with Penguins F Matt Cullen in Minnesota.
  • Represented Sweden with Penguins F Patric Hornqvist at both the 2012 and 2018 IIHF World Championships, winning a gold medal in 2018.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for the Islanders with Penguins assistant general manager Bill Guerin.
  • Has played for Team USA with Penguins D Jack Johnson four times: at the 2007 IIHF World Junior Championship and at the 2009, 2010 and 2012 IIHF World Championships. The duo won a bronze medal together in 2007.

Davis Payne:

  • Was an assistant coach in Los Angeles when Penguins F Tanner Pearson was playing for the Kings.

Jason Pominville:

  • Played with Penguins F Matt Cullen in Minnesota.
  • Represented the United States with Penguins F Phil Kessel at the 2008 IIHF World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Won a gold medal for Team Canada with Penguins F Derick Brassard at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship with Penguins D Olli Maatta and D Juuso Riikola. Ristolainen and Maatta played together again at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Marco Scandella:

  • Played with Penguins F Matt Cullen in Minnesota.

Jeff Skinner:

  • Played for the Hurricanes when Penguins General Manager Jim Rutherford and assistant general manager Jason Karmanos held the same roles in Carolina.
  • Played for Team Canada with Penguins D Justin Schultz at the 2013 IIHF World Championship.

Steve Smith:

  • Was an assistant coach in Edmonton when Penguins D Justin Schultz was playing for the Oilers.

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Played with Penguins F Phil Kessel and assistant coach Mark Recchi in Boston.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (66), McCabe (32), Girgensons (28)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (35), Ristolainen (34), Bogosian (29)
Shots: Eichel (80), Skinner (66), Okposo/Pominville (47)

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

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-2; 114-123 all-time)
Oct. 27 at CBJ: L, 5-4 (GWG-Panarin, 0:31)
Oct. 30 vs. CGY: L, 2-1 (GWG-Gaudreau, 2:40)
Nov. 8 at MTL: W, 6-5 (GWG-Ristolainen, 1:38)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (2-0; 72-66 all-time)
Nov. 10 vs. VAN: W, 4-3 (GDG-Mittelstadt)
Nov. 16 at WPG: W, 2-1 (GDG-Sheary)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Jason Pominville … 1 game … 681 games played with Sabres (T-9th in franchise history)
Jeff Skinner … 1 game … 600 career games played
Nathan Beaulieu … 4 games … 300 career games played
Evan Rodrigues … 5 games … 100 career games played
Remi Elie … 6 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 1 goal … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 9 assists … 300 career assists
Points
Jack Eichel … 1 point … 200 career points
Jason Pominville … 4 points … 511 points with Sabres (T-8th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
Jeff Skinner … 400th NHL point … Nov. 16 at WPG