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Game Preview: 10/25/19 at Detroit

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Thursday, October 24
Buffalo 2 at NY Rangers 6
Goals: Scandella, Sobotka
Goalie: Hutton (18 saves/24 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 4/4; Shots: Buffalo 33 – NY Rangers 24

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 46)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (hip, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 11 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 11 games
Brandon Montour (hand, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 11 games
Marco Scandella (lower body, Oct. 25) – 0 games
Jimmy Vesey (upper body, Oct. 25) – 0 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/20: Assigned G Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen to Rochester (AHL)
10/25: Recalled D William Borgen from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Monday, Oct. 28: Arizona at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 1: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 2: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 8: Tampa Bay at Buffalo (Stockholm, Sweden), 2 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 9: Buffalo at Tampa Bay (Stockholm, Sweden), 1 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: Buffalo defeated Detroit 7-1 in Detroit on April 6.
  • Next meeting: Sunday, Jan. 12 in Detroit
  • The Sabres are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Red Wings; 6-3-1 on the road.
  • This is the 142nd game all-time between Buffalo and Detroit; Buffalo has a 63-59-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 25-39-8 on the road against the Red Wings all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-11-3 all-time on October 25.
  • October 25, 1991: The Sabres acquire Pat LaFontaine, Randy Wood and Randy Hillier from the Islanders in exchange for Pierre Turgeon, Uwe Krupp, Dave McLlwain and Benoit Hogue.
  • October 25, 1991: The Sabres get 31 saves from Clint Malarchuk as they top the Sharks 3-1 in the first-ever game between the teams, earning the 800th win in franchise history.
  • October 25, 2013: Rasmus Ristolainen records his first NHL point with a goal in a 3-1 victory at Florida.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 8-2-2 against the Red Wings since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, including a 5-1-0 record on the road and a 3-0-1 record last season.
  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with wins in three consecutive visits to Detroit for just the second time in franchise history, joining Buffalo’s five-game road winning streak against the Red Wings from Oct. 25, 1979 to Dec. 12, 1981.
  • Buffalo has killed 29 of 33 penalties (87.9%) against Detroit in the last nine meetings between the clubs, dating back to March 20, 2017.
  • The Sabres have scored the first goal in eight of their 11 games so far this season, going 7-1-0 in those contests. Only the Washington Capitals had scored first in as many games as Buffalo.
  • The Sabres have the No. 4 power play in the league, converting on a league-high 12 of their 42 power plays this season (28.6%).
  • Marcus Johansson is expected to appear in his 600th NHL game tonight.

HOT AGAINST DETROIT

  • Jack Eichel has 11 points (4+7) in 10 games against the Red Wings since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, including six points (2+4) in five meetings in Detroit. He has recorded at least a point in each of the last five matchups between the teams.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has totaled 16 points (1+15) in 15 games against Detroit since the beginning of the 2015-16 season, including points in each of his last five (1+6) and at least a point in all eight road games during that span (1+11).
  • Rasmus Dahlin (1+3) and Jeff Skinner (3+1) each tallied four points in four games against the Red Wings last season.
  • Kyle Okposo has a point in each of Buffalo’s last three games against Detroit (2+1).
  • Zemgus Girgensons and Sam Reinhart both enter tonight’s game with points in two straight meetings with the Red Wings (1+1).
  • Linus Ullmark, who started all four of Buffalo’s games against the Red Wings last season, is 3-0-2 against Detroit in his career with a .924 save percentage.
  • In his two games against the Red Wings since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, Carter Hutton stopped 60 of his 61 shots faced (.984) and won both contests.

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

VIC-O MODE

  • All six of Victor Olofsson’s goals this season have come on the power play, tying James Neal for most in the league. He also leads all rookies in goals (6) and points (9), and led rookie forwards in ice time per game (17:37).
  • No NHL player has scored more power-play goals than Olofsson’s eight in 17 games played since he made his NHL debut on March 28, 2019 vs. Detroit. He has set an NHL record by becoming the first player in NHL history to score each of his first seven-plus career goals with a man advantage.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 17 PTS (T-1st), 8 W (T-1st), 28.6% PP% (4th), 3.55 GF/GP (4th)
  • Dahlin: 7 PPP (T-3rd), 9 A (T-6th)
  • Eichel: 1 OTG (T-1st), 218 FO (2nd), 7 PPP (T-3rd), 14 PTS (T-5th), 106 FOW (T-5th), 3 PPG (T-7th), 39 S (10th), 6 G (T-10th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (1st), 6 W (T-2nd)
  • Johansson: 1 OTG (T-1st)
  • McCabe: 30 BkS (T-1st)
  • Olofsson: 6 PPG (T-1st), 7 PPP (T-3rd), 6 G (T-10th)
  • Scandella: plus-8 (T-5th)
  • Skinner: 49 S (2nd), 6 G (T-10th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (32), McCabe (26), Sobotka (23)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (30), Ristolainen (15), Jokiharju/Scandella (13)
Shots: Skinner (49), Eichel (39), Ristolainen (25)

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: 0-1-0 (0), 2/6, 0/3, 4/4

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-1; 122-129 all-time)
Oct. 7 at CBJ: L, 4-3 (GWG-Texier, 2:08)
Oct. 9 vs. MTL: W, 5-4 (GWG-Johansson, 1:30)
Oct. 22 vs. SJS: W, 4-3 (GWG-Eichel, 3:13)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-0; 76-69 all-time)
Oct. 11 vs. FLA: W, 3-2 (GDG-Eichel)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Marcus Johansson … 1 game … 600 career games played
Jack Eichel … 3 games … 300 career games played
Carter Hutton … 5 games … 200 career games played
Casey Mittelstadt … 6 games … 100 career games played
Rasmus Dahlin … 7 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 9 goals … 100 career goals
Points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 1 point … 200 career points
Jimmy Vesey … 8 points … 100 career points
Kyle Okposo … 8 points … 500 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Jack Eichel … 6th career overtime goal (T-1st in franchise history) … Oct. 22 vs. SJS

Game Preview: 10/24/19 at NY Rangers

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, October 22
San Jose 3 at Buffalo 4 (OT)
Goals: Eichel (2), Reinhart, Skinner
Goalie: Hutton (25 saves/28 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 1/4; Shots: Buffalo 29 – San Jose 28

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 43)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (hip, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 10 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 10 games
Brandon Montour (hand, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 10 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/18: Assigned F Curtis Lazar to Rochester (AHL)
10/20: Assigned G Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, Oct. 25: Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 28: Arizona at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 1: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 2: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 8: Tampa Bay at Buffalo (Stockholm, Sweden), 2 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at RANGERS

  • This is the first of three meetings between the Sabres and Rangers this season.
  • Last meeting: New York defeated Buffalo 6-2 in Buffalo on Feb. 15.
  • Next meeting: Friday, Feb. 7 in New York
  • The Sabres are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Rangers; 2-7-1 on the road.
  • This is the 184th game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo has a 82-66-35 series record.
  • The Sabres are 33-37-20 on the road against the Rangers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-8-0 all-time on October 24.
  • October 24, 1979: The Sabres get points from 11 different players, including three-point efforts from Gilbert Perreault, Jim Schoenfeld and John Van Boxmeer, as they defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 7-3 at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres have scored the first goal in eight of their 10 games so far this season, going 7-1-0 in those contests. Entering play Wednesday, only the Washington Capitals had scored first in as many games as Buffalo.
  • The Sabres entered play Wednesday with the No. 4 power play in the league, converting on a league-high 12 of their 39 power plays this season (30.8%).
  • Rasmus Dahlin has recorded 10 points (1+9) through Buffalo’s first 10 games. He has become seventh unique Sabres defenseman to record at least 10 points in the team’s first 10 games of a season and the first to do so since Brian Campbell (1+10) in 2007-08.

HOT AGAINST NEW YORK

  • Sam Reinhart has recorded nine points (2+7) in nine games against New York dating back to the beginning of the 2016-17 season.
  • Kyle Okposo has totaled 20 points (5+15) in his last 20 games against the Rangers.
  • Conor Sheary scored three goals in three meetings with New York last season.
  • Colin Miller has recorded four assists in his last four games against the Rangers.
  • Carter Hutton is 4-1-0 in his career against New York, boasting a .953 save percentage and a 1.48 goals-against average in those games.

A STRONG START
With an 8-1-1 record through the first 10 games of the season, the Sabres have matched their second-best record through 10 games in franchise history, joining the 1975-76 and 2009-10 seasons. The team’s best ever start was a 10-0-0 record to begin the 2006-07 season.

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

HUTTS GOING ON

  • Carter Hutton has won each of his six games this season and now has wins in seven straight appearances dating back to last season.
  • He entered play Wednesday ranked in the top three in the NHL in save percentage (.943), goals-against average (1.65), shutouts (2) and wins (6).
  • Hutton earned his first shutout as a member of the Sabres on Oct. 14 vs. Dallas and followed that up by setting a Sabres franchise record with 47 saves in a shutout on Oct. 17 at Los Angeles, joining Bob Sauve (1979-80) as the second Sabres goaltender to post two shutouts in his first five games of a season. The shutouts earned him NHL Third Star of the Week honors and helped him set a personal-best shutout streak of 134:22.
  • Hutton’s six-game win streak to start the season has matched Martin Biron (2006-07) and Roger Crozier (1975-76) for the third-best start in franchise history. With a win in his next decision, he’d match Crozier’s 1974-75 start for second-best. The franchise record for most consecutive wins to begin a season was set by Ryan Miller (8) in 2006-07.

VIC-O MODE

  • All six of Victor Olofsson’s goals this season have come on the power play, tying James Neal for most in the league entering play Wednesday. He also led all rookies in goals (6) and points (9), and led rookie forwards in ice time per game (17:40).
  • Olofsson has recorded nine points (6+3) through 10 games this season. Only three players in franchise history have totaled more points through the team’s first 10 games of a season as rookies: Rick Martin (1971-72), Phil Housley (1982-83) and Hannu Virta (1982-83).
  • Entering play Wednesday, no NHL player had scored more power-play goals than Olofsson’s eight in 16 games played since he made his NHL debut on March 28, 2019 vs. Detroit. He has set an NHL record by becoming the first player in NHL history to score each of his first seven-plus career goals with a man advantage.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 10/23 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 17 PTS (1st), 8 W (1st), 30.8% PP% (4th), 3.70 GF/GP (4th)
  • Dahlin: 7 PPP (T-3rd), 9 A (T-5th)
  • Eichel: 1 OTG (T-1st), 7 PPP (T-3rd), 200 FO (5th), 14 PTS (T-5th), 3 PPG (T-5th), 96 FOW (8th), 6 G (T-9th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (1st), 6 W (2nd), 1.65 GAA (2nd), .943 SV% (3rd)
  • Johansson: 1 OTG (T-1st)
  • McCabe: 29 BkS (T-1st)
  • Olofsson: 6 PPG (T-1st), 7 PPP (T-3rd), 6 G (T-9th)
  • Scandella: plus-7 (T-8th)
  • Skinner: 49 S (2nd), 6 G (T-9th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (26), McCabe (22), Sobotka (20)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (29), Ristolainen (14), Scandella (13)
Shots: Skinner (49), Eichel (35), Ristolainen (24)

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

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-1; 122-129 all-time)
Oct. 7 at CBJ: L, 4-3 (GWG-Texier, 2:08)
Oct. 9 vs. MTL: W, 5-4 (GWG-Johansson, 1:30)
Oct. 22 vs. SJS: W, 4-3 (GWG-Eichel, 3:13)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-0; 76-69 all-time)
Oct. 11 vs. FLA: W, 3-2 (GDG-Eichel)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Marcus Johansson … 2 games … 600 career games played
Jack Eichel … 4 games … 300 career games played
Carter Hutton … 6 games … 200 career games played
Casey Mittelstadt … 7 games … 100 career games played
Rasmus Dahlin … 8 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 9 goals … 100 career goals
Points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 1 point … 200 career points
Jimmy Vesey … 8 points … 100 career points
Kyle Okposo … 9 points … 500 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Jack Eichel … 6th career overtime goal (T-1st in franchise history) … Oct. 22 vs. SJS

Game Preview: 10/22/19 vs. San Jose

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, October 19
Buffalo 4 at San Jose 3
Goals: Johansson, Mittelstadt, Skinner, Girgensons
Goalie: Ullmark (29 saves/32 shots)
PP: 0/4; PK: 2/4; Shots: Buffalo 35 – San Jose 32

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 40)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (hip, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 9 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 9 games
Brandon Montour (hand, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 9 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/18: Assigned F Curtis Lazar to Rochester (AHL)
10/20: Assigned G Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Oct. 24: Buffalo at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 25: Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 28: Arizona at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 1: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 2: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SHARKS at SABRES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Sharks this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated San Jose 4-3 in San Jose on Oct. 19
  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Sharks; 7-2-1 at home.
  • This is the 43rd game all-time between Buffalo and San Jose; Buffalo has a 26-10-6 series record.
  • The Sabres are 18-2-1 at home against the Sharks all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-8-0 all-time on October 22.
  • October 22, 1972: Gilbert Perreault records six points (2+4) and Rick Martin scores four goals, including three in the third period, as the Sabres defeat the Atlanta Flames 7-2 at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium.
  • October 22, 2011: Brad Boyes plays in his 500th NHL game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres have scored the first goal in eight of their nine games so far this season, going 7-1-0 in those contests. Entering play Monday, no other team had scored first in more than seven games.
  • Despite dressing only 19 different skaters through nine games, the Sabres have already gotten points from 18 skaters and had 12 different players score at least one goal. The team had 17 different players record a point and seven separate goal scorers during last week’s three-game West Coast trip.
  • The Sabres entered play Monday with the No. 4 power play in the league, converting on a league-high 11 of their 35 power plays this season (31.4%).

SHARK HUNTERS

  • Carter Hutton is 5-2-1 in his career against the Sharks with a .945 save percentage and a 1.74 goals-against average.
  • Kyle Okposo has 16 points (5+11) in 15 career games against San Jose.
  • Jeff Skinner has recorded a point in each of his three games against the Sharks since joining the Sabres (2+1).
  • Marcus Johansson has totaled three points (1+2) in his last two meetings with San Jose.

HOME-AND-HOME

  • Tonight’s game is the second in a home-and-home series between the Sabres and Sharks that began with a 4-3 Sabres win on Saturday night in San Jose. It is the first home-and-home series ever to be played between the teams.
  • This series is the Sabres’ first home-and-home set against a Western Conference opponent since November 1996 (Toronto). It’s just their third ever contested against a team located in the Pacific time zone, joining their series against California in February 1971 and Vancouver in March 1996.
  • The Sabres have played in 163 previous home-and-home series in franchise history, going 92-48-23 (.635) in the home games and 56-78-29 (.433) in the road games in previous series.
  • The team enters tonight’s game 71-64-29 (.521) all-time in the first game of these previous series and 78-62-23 (.549) in the second.
  • Buffalo’s points breakdown in the previous series is as follows: four points (31), three points (24), two points (67), one point (17), zero points (24).
  • Buffalo’s last home-and-home series sweep came in the 2014-15 season, as the Sabres beat the Canadiens on Nov. 28 and 29, 2014.

HOME SWEET HOME

  • With a 4-0-0 start to their home schedule, the Sabres are looking to open the season with at least five consecutive wins at home for the first time since 1984-85, when they won their first five.
  • A 5-0-0 record through five home games would tie the Sabres’ second-best start at home, matching the 1972-73 and 1984-85 seasons. The team’s record for most consecutive home wins to begin a season is six, set in the 1975-76 season.
  • The Sabres are one of just four teams who have not yet lost a game at home, joining the Colorado Avalanche (4-0-0), Edmonton Oilers (4-0-0) and Vancouver Canucks (3-0-0).
  • Entering play Monday, the Sabres’ per-game rates ranked them among the league’s leaders at home in goals (2nd, 4.5 GF/GP), goals against (6th, 2 GA/GP) and goal differential (2nd, plus-2.5 GD/GP).

A STRONG START
Regardless of tonight’s result, the Sabres’ record through the team’s first 10 games of the season will rank within the top five starts in franchise history:

Rank Season Record Points
1st 2006-07 10-0-0 20 pts.
T-2nd 1975-76

2009-10

8-1-1

8-1-1

17 pts.
4th 1972-73 6-0-4 16 pts.
T-5th 1977-78

2019-20

7-2-1

7-1-1*

15 pts.

*Through nine games

THA CARTER V

  • Carter Hutton has won each of his five games this season and now has wins in six straight appearances dating back to last season.
  • He entered play Monday leading all NHL goaltenders with at least two full games played in save percentage (.953), goals-against average (1.39) and even-strength save percentage (.966). He also led all goaltenders in shutouts (2) and tied for second in wins (5).
  • Hutton earned his first shutout as a member of the Sabres on Oct. 14 vs. Dallas and followed that up by setting a Sabres franchise record with 47 saves in a shutout on Oct. 17 at Los Angeles, joining Bob Sauve (1979-80) as the second Sabres goaltender to post two shutouts in his first five games of a season. The shutouts earned him NHL Third Star of the Week honors.
  • He enters tonight’s game having played his last 128:36 without allowing a goal and needs to play just 2:16 without allowing a goal in his next appearance to surpass his longest career shutout streak (130:51, Feb. 16 to March 3, 2017).

VIC-O MODE

  • All six of Victor Olofsson’s goals this season have come on the power play, tying James Neal for most in the league entering play Monday. He also led all rookies in goals (6) and points (8), and led rookie forwards in ice time per game (17:37).
  • Since he made his NHL debut on March 28, 2019 vs. Detroit, Olofsson has ranked among the league leaders in goals (8), tying for sixth-most in the NHL during that stretch.
  • No NHL player has scored more power-play goals than Olofsson’s eight in 15 games played in the time since he made his NHL debut. He has set an NHL record by becoming the first player in NHL history to score each of his first seven-plus career goals with a man advantage.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 10/21 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 15 PTS (T-1st), 7 W (T-1st), 31.4% PP% (4th), 3.67 GF/GP (T-4th)
  • Dahlin: 6 PPP (T-3rd), 8 A (T-7th)
  • Eichel: 6 PPP (T-3rd)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (1st), 1.39 GAA (1st), .953 SV% (1st), 5 W (T-2nd)
  • Johansson: 1 OTG (T-1st), plus-6 (T-10th)
  • McCabe: 27 BkS (1st)
  • Miller: plus-6 (T-10th)
  • Olofsson: 6 PPG (T-1st), 6 PPP (T-3rd), 6 G (T-6th)
  • Skinner: 44 S (2nd)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (22), McCabe (20), Sobotka (19)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (27), Scandella (13), Ristolainen (13)
Shots: Skinner (44), Eichel (29), Ristolainen (22)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 7-1-1 (15), 34/21, 11/35, 21/28

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-1; 121-129 all-time)
Oct. 7 at CBJ: L, 4-3 (GWG-Texier, 2:08)
Oct. 9 vs. MTL: W, 5-4 (GWG-Johansson, 1:30)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-0; 76-69 all-time)
Oct. 11 vs. FLA: W, 3-2 (GDG-Eichel)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Marcus Johansson … 3 games … 600 career games played
Jack Eichel … 5 games … 300 career games played
Carter Hutton … 7 games … 200 career games played
Casey Mittelstadt … 8 games … 100 career games played
Rasmus Dahlin … 9 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 10 goals … 100 career goals
Points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 3 points … 200 career points
Jimmy Vesey … 8 points … 100 career points
Kyle Okposo … 9 points … 500 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Jeff Skinner … 200th NHL assist … Oct. 17 at ANA

Game Preview: 10/19/19 at San Jose

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, October 17
Buffalo 3 at Los Angeles 0
Goals: Mittelstadt (2), Sheary
Goalie: Hutton (47 saves/47 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 3/3; Shots: Los Angeles 47 – Buffalo 24

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 36)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (hip, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 8 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 8 games
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (hip; Oct. 3, injured reserve) – 8 games
Brandon Montour (hand, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 8 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/13: Recalled F Curtis Lazar from Rochester (AHL)
10/18: Assigned F Curtis Lazar to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Oct. 22: San Jose at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 24: Buffalo at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 25: Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 28: Arizona at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 1: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at SHARKS

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Sharks this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated San Jose 3-2 (OT) in Buffalo on Nov. 27, 2018.
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 22 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Sharks; 6-4-0 on the road.
  • This is the 42nd game all-time between Buffalo and San Jose; Buffalo has a 25-10-6 series record.
  • The Sabres are 7-8-5 on the road against the Sharks all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 5-8-3 all-time on October 19.
  • October 19, 1984: Mike Foligno completes his third career hat trick with the game-winning goal at 12:33 of the third period to dispatch the Quebec Nordiques 5-4 at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres have scored the first goal in seven of their eight games so far this season, going 6-1-0 in those games. Entering play Friday, no other team had scored first in more than six games.
  • Despite dressing only 19 different skaters through eight games, the Sabres have already gotten points from 18 skaters and had 11 different players score at least one goal.
  • Jack Eichel (4+6), Rasmus Dahlin (1+8), Victor Olofsson (6+2), and Conor Sheary (3+1) have all tallied at least a point per game so far this season.
  • The Sabres entered play Friday with the No. 3 power play in the league, converting on a league-high 11 of their 31 power plays this season (35.5%).

SHARK HUNTERS

  • Carter Hutton is 5-2-1 in his career against the Sharks with a .945 save percentage and a 1.74 goals-against average.
  • Kyle Okposo has 15 points (5+10) in 14 career games against San Jose.
  • Jack Eichel has six points (1+5) in his last six games against the Sharks.
  • Rasmus Dahlin (0+2) and Jeff Skinner (1+1) each recorded a point in both games against San Jose last season.
  • Colin Miller has recorded five points (1+4) in his last six games against the Sharks.

HOME-AND-HOME

  • Tonight’s game is the first in a home-and-home series between the Sabres and Sharks that concludes Tuesday night in Buffalo. It is the first home-and-home series ever to be played between the teams.
  • This series is the Sabres’ first home-and-home set against a Western Conference opponent since November 1996 (Toronto). It’s just their third ever contested against a team located in the Pacific time zone, joining their series against California in February 1971 and Vancouver in March 1996.
  • The Sabres have played in 163 previous home-and-home series in franchise history, going 92-48-23 (.635) in the home games and 56-78-29 (.433) in the road games in previous series.
  • The team is 70-64-29 (.518) all-time in the first game of these previous series and 78-62-23 (.549) in the second.
  • Buffalo’s points breakdown in these previous series is as follows: four points (31), three points (24), two points (67), one point (17), zero points (24).
  • Buffalo’s last home-and-home series sweep came in the 2014-15 season, as the Sabres beat the Canadiens on Nov. 28 and 29, 2014.

THA CARTER V

  • Carter Hutton has won each of his five games this season and now has wins in six straight appearances dating back to last season.
  • He entered play Friday leading all NHL goaltenders with at least two games played in every major statistical category and also led the league with a .966 save percentage at even strength.
  • Hutton earned his first shutout as a member of the Sabres on Monday vs. Dallas and followed that up by setting a Sabres franchise record with 47 saves in a shutout on Thursday at Los Angeles, joining Bob Sauve (1979-80) as the second Sabres goaltender to post two shutouts in his first five games of a season.
  • He enters tonight’s game having played his last 128:36 without allowing a goal and needs to play just 2:16 without allowing a goal in his next appearance to surpass his longest career shutout streak (130:51, Feb. 16 to March 3, 2017).

VIC-O MODE

  • All six of Victor Olofsson’s goals this season have come on the power play, tying James Neal for most in the league entering play Friday. He also led all rookies in goals (6), points (8) and shots (19), and led rookie forwards in ice time per game (17:56).
  • Since he made his NHL debut on March 28, 2019 vs. Detroit, no NHL player has scored more power-play goals than Olofsson’s eight in 14 games played. He has set an NHL record by becoming the first player in NHL history to score each of his first seven-plus career goals with a man advantage.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 10/18 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 13 PTS (1st), 6 W (T-1st), 35.5% PP% (3rd)
  • Dahlin: 6 PPP (T-2nd), 8 A (T-6th)
  • Eichel: 6 PPP (T-2nd), 2 PPG (T-7th), 10 PTS (T-10th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (1st), 1.39 GAA (1st), .953 SV% (1st), 5 W (T-1st)
  • Johansson: 1 OTG (T-1st)
  • McCabe: 24 BkS (1st)
  • Miller: plus-6 (T-6th)
  • Olofsson: 6 PPG (T-1st), 6 PPP (T-2nd), 6 G (T-4th)
  • Skinner: 35 S (2nd)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Sobotka (19), McCabe (19), Ristolainen (15)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (24), Scandella (11), Eichel/Jokiharju/Ristolainen (8)
Shots: Skinner (35), Eichel (27), Ristolainen (21)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 6-1-1 (13), 30/18, 11/31, 19/24

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-1; 121-129 all-time)
Oct. 7 at CBJ: L, 4-3 (GWG-Texier, 2:08)
Oct. 9 vs. MTL: W, 5-4 (GWG-Johansson, 1:30)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-0; 76-69 all-time)
Oct. 11 vs. FLA: W, 3-2 (GDG-Eichel)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Marcus Johansson … 4 games … 600 career games played
Jack Eichel … 6 games … 300 career games played
Carter Hutton … 7 games … 200 career games played
Casey Mittelstadt … 9 games … 100 career games played
Rasmus Dahlin … 10 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 10 goals … 100 career goals
Points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 3 points … 200 career points
Jimmy Vesey … 9 points … 100 career points
Kyle Okposo … 10 points … 500 career points 

RECENT MILESTONES
Jeff Skinner … 200th NHL assist … Oct. 17 at ANA

Game Preview: 10/17/19 at Los Angeles

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Wednesday, October 16
Buffalo 2 at Anaheim 5
Goals: Eichel, Olofsson
Goalie: Ullmark (26 saves/30 shots)
PP: 1/7; PK: 3/4; Shots: Buffalo 33 – Anaheim 31

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 32)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (hip, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 7 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 7 games
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (hip; Oct. 3, injured reserve) – 7 games
Brandon Montour (hand, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 7 games
Conor Sheary (upper body, Oct. 9) – 4 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/13: Recalled F Curtis Lazar from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Oct. 19: Buffalo at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 22: San Jose at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 24: Buffalo at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 25: Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 28: Arizona at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at KINGS

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Kings this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Los Angeles 4-3 (OT) in Buffalo on Dec. 11, 2018.
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Dec. 21 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Kings; 3-6-1 on the road.
  • This is the 126th game all-time between Buffalo and Los Angeles; Buffalo has a 61-45-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 25-28-10 on the road against the Kings all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-14-2 all-time on October 17.
  • October 17, 1974: Lee Fogolin and Don Luce score goals four seconds apart in the third period as the Sabres defeat the California Golden Seals 6-1.
  • October 17, 1979: The Sabres top the Hartford Whalers 3-1 in the first ever meeting between the clubs.
  • October 17, 1990: Gilbert Perreault’s No. 11 is raised to the rafters at Memorial Auditorium, making Perreault the first player in franchise history to have his number retired.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Through seven games, the Sabres have already gotten points from 17 different players and had 10 different players score at least one goal.
  • Jack Eichel (4+6), Victor Olofsson (6+2), Rasmus Dahlin (1+7) and Sam Reinhart (3+4) have all tallied at least a point per game so far this season.
  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with the No. 2 power play in the league, converting on a league-high 10 of their 28 power plays this season (35.7%).
  • With a win tonight, the Sabres would have three straight wins against the Kings for the first time since Oct. 23, 2003 to Jan. 14, 2006 and wins in consecutive visits to Los Angeles for the first time since March 12, 1994 and March 13, 1996.

HOT AGAINST LOS ANGELES

  • Linus Ullmark has won all three of his career meetings with Los Angeles, logging a .929 save percentage in those games.
  • Jack Eichel has 10 points (4+6) in five games against the Kings since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, including multi-point outings in each of his last three.
  • Jeff Skinner has totaled 12 points (11+1) in 14 career games against Los Angeles, including nine (8+1) in his last nine and six goals in his last three.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (1+1), Johan Larsson (1+1) and Evan Rodrigues (0+2) each tallied a point in both meetings with the Kings last season. Marco Scandella also enters tonight’s game with points in his last two games against the Kings (1+1).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has three points (1+2) in his last three games against Los Angeles.

TRE’ WHITE GOALIE ACADEMY ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

  • Carter Hutton enters tonight’s game ranked in the top 10 in every major statistical category.
  • He earned his first shutout as a member of the Sabres in his last game on Monday vs. Dallas and enters tonight’s game having played his last 68:36 without allowing a goal.
  • Hutton has won each of his four games this season, tying for the league lead in wins, and now has wins in five straight appearances dating back to last season.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s first of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 5-2 loss last night at Anaheim. The Sabres were 7-8-1 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 6-8-2 in the second game last season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in last season’s back-to-back sets was: four points (3), three points (1), two points (6), one point (2) and zero points (4).

VIC-O MODE

  • All six of Victor Olofsson’s goals this season have come on the power play, tying James Neal for most in the league. He also leads all rookies in goals (6) and points (8), and leads rookie forwards in ice time per game (18:10).
  • Since he made his NHL debut on March 28, 2019 vs. Detroit, no NHL player has scored more power-play goals than Olofsson’s eight in 13 games played. He has set an NHL record by becoming the first player in NHL history to score each of his first seven-plus career goals with a man advantage.

LET’S GET DANGEROUS

  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, the Sabres rank fifth in the league with a high-danger scoring chance percentage of 56.98%, at 5-on-5 through the team’s first seven games.*
  • By this metric, Jeff Skinner leads all Sabres (and is tied for second in the NHL) with 10 high-danger scoring chances during 5-on-5 play. Skinner tied for ninth in the league with 94 high-danger scoring chances last season.
  • Buffalo also ranks in the top three in the league in both total scoring chances against (2nd-fewest) and high-danger chances against (3rd-fewest) per 60 minutes played at 5-on-5.

*A complete definition of scoring chances can be found at http://naturalstattrick.com/glossary.php?teams.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 35.7% PP% (2nd), 11 PTS (T-3rd), 5 W (T-3rd)
  • Dahlin: 6 PPP (T-2nd), 7 A (T-9th)
  • Eichel: 6 PPP (T-2nd), 2 PPG (T-6th), 10 PTS (T-7th)
  • Hutton: 4 W (T-1st), 1 SO (T-1st), 1.74 GAA (5th), .931 SV% (8th)
  • Johansson: 1 OTG (T-1st)
  • McCabe: 20 BkS (2nd)
  • Olofsson: 6 PPG (T-1st), 6 PPP (T-2nd), 6 G (T-3rd)
  • Skinner: 35 S (1st)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Sobotka (17), McCabe (15), Ristolainen (14)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (20), Scandella (9), Ristolainen (8)
Shots: Skinner (35), Eichel (26), Ristolainen (19)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 5-1-1 (11), 27/18, 10/28, 16/21

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-1; 121-129 all-time)
Oct. 7 at CBJ: L, 4-3 (GWG-Texier, 2:08)
Oct. 9 vs. MTL: W, 5-4 (GWG-Johansson, 1:30)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-0; 76-69 all-time)
Oct. 11 vs. FLA: W, 3-2 (GDG-Eichel)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Marcus Johansson … 5 games … 600 career games played
Jack Eichel … 7 games … 300 career games played
Carter Hutton … 8 games … 200 career games played
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 10 goals … 100 career goals
Points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 4 points … 200 career points
Kyle Okposo … 10 points … 500 career points
Jimmy Vesey … 10 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Jeff Skinner … 200th NHL assist … Oct. 17 at ANA