Game Preview: 10/16/18 at Vegas

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, October 13
Buffalo 3 at Arizona 0
Goals: Dahlin, Sheary, Skinner
Goalie: Ullmark (36 saves/36 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 3/3; Shots: Arizona 36 – Buffalo 23

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 26)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct. 4) – 5 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 5 games
Sean Malone (knee, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 5 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 5 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/11: Activated F Johan Larsson from IR; Placed D Zach Bogosian on IR

10/16: Activated D Zach Bogosian from IR; Assigned D Matt Tennyson to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Oct. 18: Buffalo at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 20: Buffalo at Los Angeles, 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 21: Buffalo at Anaheim, 8 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 25: Montreal at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 27: Buffalo at Columbus, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at GOLDEN KNIGHTS

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Golden Knights this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Vegas 4-2 in Buffalo on Oct. 8
  • This is the fourth game all-time between Buffalo and Vegas; Buffalo has a 1-0-2 series record.
  • The Sabres are 0-0-1 on the road against the Golden Knights all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-9-3 all-time on October 16.
  • October 16, 1982: Phil Housley records his first career NHL goal in a 9-2 win at Washington.
  • October 16, 2009: Jason Pominville scores his 100th career NHL goal in a 6-3 win at home against the New York Islanders.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is the second game of a five-game Pacific Division road trip that continues on Thursday at San Jose.
  • If he dresses, tonight will be Patrik Berglund’s 700th NHL game. He would become the 37th Swedish player to reach that milestone.
  • The Sabres are 1-0-2 in their first three meetings with the Golden Knights. A win or overtime loss tonight would give them points in their first four games against an expansion franchise for the first time since the first four games against both teams that joined the league in 1992-93 (Ottawa and Tampa Bay).
  • After stopping 35 shots when these teams last met, Carter Hutton is 2-0-0 against Vegas with a .957 save percentage and a 1.50 goals-against average.
  • The Sabres have four players who have registered at least a point per game against the Golden Knights: Jack Eichel (2 GP, 2+2), Jason Pominville (3 GP, 1+2), Kyle Okposo (2 GP, 0+2), Evan Rodrigues (1 GP, 0+1).
  • With three power-play goals in the first five games of the season, Conor Sheary has already topped his previous career high of two (2016-17 and 2017-18).

BESTING THE WEST

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with a 6-0-1 record in their last seven road games against Pacific Division opponents, including wins in each of their last five and shutouts in each of their last three (Jan. 23 at Edmonton, Jan. 25 at Vancouver and Oct. 13 at Arizona).
  • With wins in each of their last five road games against the Western Conference, the Sabres are in the midst of their best Western Conference road stretch since Jan. 6 to Oct. 8, 2011 (5-0-0).
  • A win tonight would give Buffalo its first ever six-game winning streak against the Western/Campbell Conference. An overtime loss would give the Sabres their fifth road point streak of at least six games against the conference and the first since the team tied a franchise high with points in seven straight from Dec. 28, 2010 to Oct. 8, 2011 (6-0-1).

A FRESH FACE

  • On Oct. 4 vs. Boston, Rasmus Dahlin (18 years, 175 days) became the second-youngest player ever to appear in a game with the Sabres, behind only fellow No. 1 pick Pierre Turgeon (18 years, 41 days on Oct. 8, 1987 vs. Minnesota).
  • Dahlin skated 22:37 in his debut, marking the highest ice time recorded by a Sabres player making his NHL debut and the 21st-highest ice time by any NHL player in his first game since the league began tracking ice time in the 1997-98 season.
  • With his assist on Oct. 11 vs. Colorado, Dahlin became the second-youngest player (18 years, 175 days) in franchise history to record a point, behind only Turgeon (18 years, 44 days on Oct. 11, 1987 vs. Washington).
  • Dahlin scored his first NHL goal on Oct. 13 at Arizona, becoming the second-youngest player (18 years, 183 days) in franchise history to score, behind only Turgeon (Oct. 21, 1987 vs. Hartford).
    • He was the youngest defenseman in 23 years to score an NHL goal. His goal came exactly 34 years after Doug Bodger (18 years, 117 days) became the youngest defenseman in the expansion era (since 1967-68) to score his first NHL goal (Oct. 13, 1984).
    • With the goal, he also became the third-youngest defenseman in NHL history to record a game-winner, trailing only Craig Wolanin of the New Jersey Devils (12/9/85 at Minnesota) and Red Garrett of the New York Rangers (12/25/42 at Detroit).

CAPTAIN JACK

  • After being named captain on Oct. 3, Jack Eichel became the 19th full-season captain in franchise history and the 28th player to wear the captain’s “C” for at least a one-month period for the Sabres.
  • At 21 years of age, Eichel is the youngest captain in Sabres history, passing Jim Schoenfeld, who served as the team’s captain as a 23-year-old in the 1975-76 season.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 10/15 games)

  • Hutton: 124 SV (6th), 2 W (T-7th)
  • Ristolainen: 25:44 TOI/GP (7th)
  • Sheary: 3 PPG (T-3rd)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-1st), 1.000 SV% (T-1st), 0.00 GAA (T-1st)

BUF-VGK CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Golden Knights F William Carrier spent three seasons (2014-2017) with the Sabres organization. He played in 41 games and recorded eight points (3+5).
  • Golden Knights D Brayden McNabb was selected by Buffalo in the third round (66th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft. He spent parts of two seasons (2011-12, 2013-14) with the team, appearing in 37 games and notching eight points (1+7).

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Played with Golden Knights F Max Pacioretty in Montreal.

Patrik Berglund:

  • Played with Golden Knights D Brad Hunt, F Ryan Reaves and F Paul Stastny in St. Louis.

Jason Botterill:

  • Was the assistant general manager for the Penguins when Golden Knights assistant coach Ryan Craig, D Deryk Engelland and G Marc-Andre Fleury were playing in Pittsburgh.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played on Team North America during the 2016 World Cup of Hockey when Golden Knights Head Coach Gerard Gallant was an assistant coach for the team.

Chris Hajt:

  • Played for the Capitals when Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee held the same role in Washington.

Phil Housley:

  • Played in Washington when Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee was the vice president of hockey operations for the Capitals.
  • Was an assistant coach for the Predators when Golden Knights D Brad Hunt was playing in Nashville.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for the Islanders when Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee and Head Coach Gerard Gallant were a part of the front office in New York.

Davis Payne:

  • Was on the coaching staff in Los Angeles when Golden Knights D Brayden McNabb played for the Kings.
  • Was the head coach of the Blues when Golden Knights F Ryan Reaves played in St. Louis.

Jason Pominville:

  • Played with Golden Knights F Erik Haula and F Alex Tuch in Minnesota.

Conor Sheary:

  • Played with Golden Knights G Marc-Andre Fleury and F Ryan Reaves in Pittsburgh.

Steve Smith:

  • Played with Golden Knights assistant coach Ryan McGill for the Chicago Blackhawks from 1991-1992.
  • Was the assistant coach in Edmonton when Golden Knights D Brad Hunt was playing for the Oilers.

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Played with Golden Knights D Brad Hunt, F Ryan Reaves and F Paul Stastny in St. Louis.

Matt Tennyson:

  • Played with Golden Knights F Ryan Carpenter in San Jose.

Tage Thompson:

  • Played with Golden Knights F Paul Stastny in St. Louis.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (15), McCabe (10), Berglund/Girgensons/Thompson (9)
Blocked Shots: Berglund (9), McCabe/Nelson/Ristolainen/Scandella (6)
Shots: Eichel (21), Ristolainen/Skinner (12), Okposo/Sheary (11)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 3-2-0 (6), 11/13, 4/18, 10/13

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-0; 113-121 all-time)
N/A

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-0; 70-66 all-time)
N/A

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Patrik Berglund … 1 game … 700 career games played
Remi Elie … 8 games … 100 career games played
Jason Pominville … 8 games … 1,000 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 9 goals … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Points
Jason Pominville … 3 points … 700 career points
Conor Sheary … 3 points … 100 career points
Jason Pominville … 6 points … 497 points with Sabres (T-10th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
Rasmus Dahlin … 1st NHL point (assist) … Oct. 11 vs. COL
Jason Pominville … 664 games with Sabres (10th in franchise history) … Oct. 13 at ARI
Rasmus Dahlin 1st NHL goal … Oct. 13 at ARI

Game Preview: 10/13/18 at Arizona

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, October 11
Colorado 6 at Buffalo 1
Goals: Beaulieu
Goalie: Hutton (24 saves/30 shots)
PP: 0/7; PK: 2/4; Shots: Buffalo 31 – Colorado 30

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 22)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 4 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 4 games
Sean Malone (knee, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 4 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 4 games
Vladimir Sobotka (upper body, Oct. 6) – 3 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/11: Activated F Johan Larsson from IR; Placed D Zach Bogosian on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Oct. 16: Buffalo at Vegas, 10 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 18: Buffalo at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 20: Buffalo at Los Angeles, 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 21: Buffalo at Anaheim, 8 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 25: Montreal at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at COYOTES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Coyotes this season.
  • Next meeting: Thursday, Dec. 13 in Buffalo
  • Last meeting: Arizona defeated Buffalo 4-1 in Buffalo on March 21
  • The Sabres are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Coyotes; 8-2-0 on the road.
  • This is the 79th game all-time between Buffalo and Arizona/Winnipeg; Buffalo has a 46-23-9 series record.
  • The Sabres are 21-15-2 at home against the Coyotes/Jets all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-11-2 all-time on October 13.
  • October 13, 1976: Bob Sauve makes his first NHL start, a 4-3 loss to the NY Islanders.
  • October 13, 2014: The NHL announces that Buffalo has been chosen to host the 2016 NHL Draft.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is the first of a five-game Pacific Division road trip that continues on Tuesday at Vegas.
  • The Sabres are looking to avoid losing consecutive matchups with the Coyotes for the first time since they lost three in a row from Dec. 4, 2003 to Jan. 21, 2008. Buffalo is 12-3-1 against Arizona in the 16 games since then, outscoring the Coyotes 53-34 in those contests.
  • Buffalo is 12-3-1 in its last 16 games against Arizona, including a 7-2-1 record since the beginning of the 2013-14 season.
  • The Sabres are 9-2-0 on the road against the Coyotes since the beginning of the 2001-02 season and 10-5-0 in 15 road games against the Coyotes since they relocated from Winnipeg prior to the 1996-97 season

COYOTE KILLERS

  • Jack Eichel has totaled nine points (3+6) in six career games against Arizona, including five points (2+3) in three road games. It’s his second-best per-game output against any opponent, trailing only his four points in two career meetings with the Vegas Golden Knights.
    • Eichel has more than nine career points against just three NHL teams: NY Rangers, Ottawa and Toronto (11 points)
  • Kyle Okposo has 12 points (4+8) in 12 career games against the Coyotes, who are one of six teams Okposo has totaled at least a point per game against in his career (Arizona, Edmonton, Nashville, San Jose, Vancouver, Vegas).
  • Jeff Skinner has five points (2+3) in his last five games against the Coyotes.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has totaled four points (1+3) in four career visits to Arizona.
  • Jake McCabe enters tonight’s game with an assist in each of his last three games against the Coyotes.

MAKING HISTORY

  • If he dresses, tonight’s game will be Jason Pominville’s 665th regular-season game as a member of the Sabres, passing Mike Foligno and Ric Seiling for sole possession of 10th-most games in franchise history.
  • After tonight, Pominville will be just 16 games behind Rick Martin (681) for ninth and 47 games behind Alexei Zhitnik (712) for eighth.
  • Pominville is the first player to break into the franchise’s top 10 in games played since Zhitnik passed Foligno, Seiling and Martin to move into eighth during the 2003-04 season.
  • Pominville also ranks in or near the franchise’s regular-season top 10 in goals (12th, 202), assists (8th, 289) and points (11th, 491).

A FRESH FACE

  • On Oct. 4 vs. Boston, Rasmus Dahlin (18 years, 175 days) became the second-youngest player ever to appear in a game with the Sabres, behind only fellow No. 1 pick Pierre Turgeon (18 years, 41 days on Oct. 8, 1987 vs. Minnesota).
  • Dahlin skated 22:37 in his debut, trailing only Rasmus Ristolainen (24:12) for the night. It was the highest ice time recorded by a Sabres player making his NHL debut and the 21st-highest ice time by any NHL player in their first game since the league began tracking ice time in the 1997-98 season.
  • With his assist on Oct. 11 vs. Colorado, Dahlin became the second-youngest player (18 years, 175 days) in franchise history to record a point, behind only Turgeon (18 years, 44 days on Oct. 11, 1987 vs. Washington).

CAPTAIN JACK

  • After being named captain on Oct. 3, Jack Eichel became the 19th full-season captain in franchise history and the 28th player to wear the captain’s “C” for at least a one-month period for the Sabres.
  • At 21 years of age, Eichel is the youngest captain in Sabres history, passing Jim Schoenfeld, who served as the team’s captain as a 23-year-old in the 1975-76 season.

2018-19 ROSTER NOTES
Of the 23 players on Buffalo’s opening night roster:

  • Nine were originally drafted by the Sabres — six were first-round selections (Girgensons, 2012; Ristolainen, 2013; Reinhart, 2014; Eichel, 2015; Mittelstadt, 2017; Dahlin, 2018), two were second-round picks (Pominville, 2001; McCabe, 2012) and one was a sixth-round pick (Ullmark, 2012).
  • Nine were acquired in trades: Beaulieu, Berglund, Bogosian, Pominville, Scandella, Sheary, Skinner, Sobotka, Thompson
  • Five were signed as free agents: Hutton, Nelson, Okposo, Rodrigues, Tennyson
  • One was acquired via waivers: Elie
  • Fifteen played in Buffalo at some point last season: Beaulieu, Bogosian, Eichel, Girgensons, McCabe, Mittelstadt, Nelson, Okposo, Pominville, Reinhart, Ristolainen, Rodrigues, Scandella, Tennyson, Ullmark
  • Eight are new to the Sabres this season: Berglund, Dahlin, Elie, Hutton, Sheary, Skinner, Sobotka, Thompson
  • Four opened the season on an NHL roster for the first time in their careers: Dahlin, Elie, Mittelstadt, Ullmark

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 10/12 games)

  • Hutton: 124 SV (2nd), 2 W (T-4th)
  • Ristolainen: 25:59 TOI/GP (5th)
  • Sheary: 2 PPG (T-4th)

BUF-ARI CONNECTIONS
Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Played with Coyotes F Alex Galchenyuk in Montreal.

Jason Botterill:

  • Was the assistant general manager for the Penguins when Coyotes Assistant General Manager Steve Sullivan, F Josh Archibald and D Alex Goligoski were playing in Pittsburgh. Coyotes Head Coach Rick Tocchet was also an assistant coach for the team during this time.

Phil Housley:

  • Played with Coyotes Assistant General Manager Steve Sullivan in Chicago and New Jersey.
  • Played with Coyotes Assistant Coach John MacLean in New Jersey.
  • Played with Coyotes Goaltending Coach Corey Schwab in New Jersey and Toronto.
  • Played with Coyotes Head Coach Rick Tocchet in Washington.

Carter Hutton:

  • Played with Coyotes D Niklas Hjalmarsson in Chicago.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played with Coyotes G Darcy Kuemper in Minnesota.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for the Islanders with Coyotes F Michael Grabner.

Davis Payne:

  • Played with Coyotes Head Coach Rick Tocchet in Boston.
  • Was an assistant coach in Los Angeles when Coyotes F Brad Richardson was playing for the Kings.

Jason Pominville:

  • Played with Coyotes G Darcy Kuemper in Minnesota.

Marco Scandella:

  • Played with Coyotes G Darcy Kuemper in Minnesota.
  • Shares a birthday (Feb. 23, 1990) with Coyotes D Kevin Connauton.

Conor Sheary:

  • Played in Pittsburgh with Coyotes F Josh Archibald when Coyotes Head Coach Rick Tocchet was an assistant coach for the Penguins.

Jeff Skinner:

  • Played for the Hurricanes when Coyotes assistant coach John MacLean held the same role in Carolina.

Steve Smith:

  • Was a scout for the Blackhawks when Coyotes D Niklas Hjalmarsson was playing in Chicago.

Matt Tennyson:

  • Played with Coyotes D Jason Demers in San Jose.

Tage Thompson:

  • Was born in Phoenix, Arizona.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (11), Girgensons (8), Berglund/McCabe (7)
Blocked Shots: Berglund (8), Ristolainen (4), Eichel/McCabe/Sheary (3)
Shots: Eichel (17), Ristolainen (12), Reinhart/Scandella (9)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 2-2-0 (4), 8/13, 3/15, 7/10

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-0; 113-121 all-time)
N/A

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-0; 70-66 all-time)
N/A

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Jason Pominville … 1 game … 664 games played with Sabres (sole possession of 10th in franchise history)
Patrik Berglund … 2 games … 700 career games played
Remi Elie … 8 games … 100 career games played
Jason Pominville … 9 games … 1,000 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 9 goals … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Points
Jason Pominville … 3 points … 700 career points
Conor Sheary … 4 points … 100 career points
Jason Pominville … 6 points … 497 points with Sabres (T-10th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
Rasmus Dahlin … 1st NHL point (assist) … Oct. 11 vs. COL

Post-Game Report: 10/11 vs. Colorado

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Avalanche
(3-1-0)
3 1 2 6 30
Sabres
(2-2-0)
0 1 0 1 31

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • The Sabres finished their four-game home stand to open the season with a 2-2-0 record. They will begin a five-game Pacific Division road trip on Saturday at Arizona.
  • Jason Pominville appeared in his 664th regular-season game with the Sabres, tying Mike Foligno and Ric Seiling for 10th on the franchise’s all-time list.
    • Pominville is now just 17 games from tying Rick Martin (681 games) for ninth in franchise history.
  • Nathan Beaulieu scored his first goal of the season.
  • Rasmus Dahlin recorded his first NHL point with an assist on Beaulieu’s goal.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Avalanche
Varlamov W .968 1.00
Sabres Hutton L .800 6.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Avalanche Varlamov 3-0-0 .955 1.33
Sabres Hutton 2-2-0 .912 3.07

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo

Sabres defenseman Nathan Beaulieu

Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar

Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon

Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen

Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov

Game Preview: 10/11/18 vs. Colorado

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Monday, October 8
Vegas 2 at Buffalo 4
Goals: Eichel (2), Scandella, Pominville
Goalie: Hutton (35 saves/37 shots)
PP: 1/2; PK: 2/2; Shots: Vegas 37 – Buffalo 17

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 17)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 3 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 3 games
Johan Larsson (lower body, Oct. 4) – 3 games
Sean Malone (knee, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 3 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 3 games
Vladimir Sobotka (upper body, Oct. 6) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/11:
Activated F Johan Larsson from IR; Placed D Zach Bogosian on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Oct. 13: Buffalo at Arizona, 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 16: Buffalo at Vegas, 10 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 18: Buffalo at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 20: Buffalo at Los Angeles, 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 21: Buffalo at Anaheim, 8 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
AVALANCHE at SABRES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Avalanche this season.
  • Next meeting: Saturday, March 9, 2019 in Colorado
  • Last meeting: Colorado defeated Buffalo 5-4 in Buffalo on Feb. 11
  • The Sabres are 3-7-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Avalanche; 3-5-2 at home.
  • This is the 144th game all-time between Buffalo and Colorado; Buffalo has a 62-57-24 series record.
  • The Sabres are 38-22-11 at home against the Avalanche all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-4-3 all-time on October 11.
  • October 11, 1979: Lindy Ruff scores in his first NHL game, a 6-3 win vs. Washington, becoming the first Sabres defenseman ever to score in his NHL debut.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is the final in a four-game home stand. The four games mark the longest home stretch to open a season in franchise history. After tonight, the team will head west to play five games against Pacific Division teams in nine days from Oct. 13 to 21.
  • Jack Eichel has recorded at least a point in each of his five career meetings with the Avalanche, totaling six points (2+4) in those games.
  • Carter Hutton is 5-1-0 in six career appearances against Colorado with a .925 save percentage, including a 3-0-0 record and .951 save percentage last season.
  • Casey Nelson scored his first NHL goal in his only previous meeting with the Avalanche on Feb. 11, when these teams last met.

MAKING HISTORY

  • If he dresses, tonight’s game will be Jason Pominville’s 664th regular-season game as a member of the Sabres, tying him with Mike Foligno and Ric Seiling for 10th-most games in franchise history.
  • After tonight, Pominville will be just 17 games behind Rick Martin (681) for ninth and 48 games behind Alexei Zhitnik (712) for eighth.
  • Pominville will be the first player to break into the franchise’s top 10 in games played since Zhitnik passed Foligno, Seiling and Martin to move into eighth during the 2003-04 season.
  • Pominville also ranks in or near the franchise’s regular-season top 10 in goals (12th, 202), assists (8th, 289) and points (11th, 491).

CAPTAIN JACK

  • After being named captain on Oct. 3, Jack Eichel became the 19th full-season captain in franchise history and the 28th player to wear the captain’s “C” for at least a one-month period for the Sabres.
  • At 21 years of age, Eichel is the youngest captain in Sabres history, passing Jim Schoenfeld, who served as the team’s captain as a 23-year-old in the 1975-76 season.

A FRESH FACE

  • On Thursday vs. Boston, Rasmus Dahlin (18 years, 175 days) became the second-youngest player ever to appear in a game with the Sabres, behind only fellow No. 1 pick Pierre Turgeon (18 years, 41 days on Oct. 8, 1987 vs. MNS).
  • Dahlin skated 22:37 in his debut, trailing only Rasmus Ristolainen (24:12) for the night. It was the highest ice time recorded by a Sabres player making his NHL debut and the 21st-highest ice time by any NHL player in their first game since the league began tracking ice time in the 1997-98 season.

2018-19 ROSTER NOTES
Of the 23 players on Buffalo’s opening night roster:

  • Nine were originally drafted by the Sabres — six were first-round selections (Girgensons, 2012; Ristolainen, 2013; Reinhart, 2014; Eichel, 2015; Mittelstadt, 2017; Dahlin, 2018), two were second-round picks (Pominville, 2001; McCabe, 2012) and one was a sixth-round pick (Ullmark, 2012).
  • Nine were acquired in trades: Beaulieu, Berglund, Bogosian, Pominville, Scandella, Sheary, Skinner, Sobotka, Thompson
  • Five were signed as free agents: Hutton, Nelson, Okposo, Rodrigues, Tennyson
  • One was acquired via waivers: Elie
  • Fifteen played in Buffalo at some point last season: Beaulieu, Bogosian, Eichel, Girgensons, McCabe, Mittelstadt, Nelson, Okposo, Pominville, Reinhart, Ristolainen, Rodrigues, Scandella, Tennyson, Ullmark
  • Eight are new to the Sabres this season: Berglund, Dahlin, Elie, Hutton, Sheary, Skinner, Sobotka, Thompson
  • Four opened the season on an NHL roster for the first time in their careers: Dahlin, Elie, Mittelstadt, Ullmark

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

  • Buffalo Sabres: 37.5 PP% (6th), 2.33 GA/GP (T-8th), 83.3 PK% (T-9th)
  • Eichel: 3 G (T-8th)
  • Hutton: 100 SV (1st), 2 W (T-2nd)
  • Ristolainen: 25:36 TOI/GP (7th)
  • Sheary: 2 PPG (T-2nd)

BUF-COL CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres

  • Avalanche F J.T. Compher was drafted by the Sabres in the second round (35th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Avalanche assistant coach Nolan Pratt played for the Sabres for one season (2000-01) during his professional career. He skated in 46 games with the team and recorded three points (1+2).
  • Avalanche D Nikita Zadorov was selected by Buffalo in the first round (16th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft. He spent one season with the club (2014-15), playing in 60 games and recording 15 points (3+12).

Nathan Beaulieu

  • Played with Avalanche F Sven Andrighetto and D Mark Barberio in Montreal.

Patrik Berglund

  • Played with Avalanche D Ian Cole and D Erik Johnson in St. Louis.
  • Played for the Blues when Avalanche assistant coach Ray Bennett held the same role in St. Louis.

Jason Botterill

  • Was the assistant general manager in Pittsburgh when Avalanche D Ian Cole played for the Penguins.

Phil Housley

  • Was an assistant coach in Nashville when Avalanche F Gabriel Bourque, F Vladislav Kamenev and F Colin Wilson played for the Predators.

Carter Hutton

  • Played with Avalanche F Gabriel Bourque and F Colin Wilson in Nashville.
  • Played for the Blues when Avalanche assistant coach Ray Bennett held the same role in St. Louis.

Davis Payne

  • Played with Avalanche assistant general manager Craig Billington in Boston from 1995 to 1996.
  • Was the head coach in St. Louis when Avalanche D Ian Cole and D Erik Johnson played for the Blues. Avalanche assistant coach Ray Bennett was also on his coaching staff during his tenure with the team.

Conor Sheary

  • Played with Avalanche D Ian Cole in Pittsburgh.

Vladimir Sobotka

  • Played with Avalanche D Ian Cole and D Erik Johnson in St. Louis.
  • Played for the Blues when Avalanche assistant coach Ray Bennett held the same role in St. Louis.

Matt Tennyson

  • Played with Avalanche F Matt Nieto in San Jose.

Scott Wilson

  • Played with Avalanche D Ian Cole in Pittsburgh.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (8), Girgensons (7), McCabe (7)
Blocked Shots: Berglund (7), Ristolainen (4), Eichel/McCabe (3)
Shots: Eichel (12), Ristolainen (8), Scandella/Sheary (7)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 2-1-0 (4), 7/7, 3/8, 5/6

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-0; 113-121 all-time)
N/A

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-0; 70-66 all-time)
N/A

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Jason Pominville … 1 game … 664 games played with Sabres (T-10th in franchise history)
Patrik Berglund … 3 games … 700 career games played
Remi Elie … 8 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 9 goals … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Points
Jason Pominville … 3 points … 700 career points
Conor Sheary … 4 points … 100 career points
Jason Pominville … 6 points … 497 points with Sabres (T-10th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Post-Game Report: 10/8 vs. Vegas

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Golden Knights
(1-2-0)
0 1 1 2 37
Sabres
(2-1-0)
1 3 0 4 17

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • Today’s win improved the Sabres to 1-0-2 against the Golden Knights all-time.
  • Carter Hutton stopped 35 shots today to improve to 2-0-0 against Vegas with a .957 save percentage and a 1.50 goals-against average in those games.
  • With his goals today, Jack Eichel now has tallies in consecutive contests and four points (3+1) in three games this season.
    • Dating back to last season, Eichel has 14 points (6+8) in his last 10 games.
  • The game was Eichel’s 16th career multi-goal game. The Sabres are 12-3-1 in those games.
  • Sam Reinhart and Conor Sheary recorded the assists on Eichel’s second goal. Reinhart now has an assist in consecutive games and Sheary has three points (2+1) in his last two contests.
  • With his goal today, Jason Pominville now has three points (1+2) in three career games against Vegas.

 

Today’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Golden Knights
Fleury L .765 4.13
Sabres Hutton W .946 2.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Golden Knights Fleury 1-2-0 .841 3.93
Sabres Hutton 2-1-0 .943 2.06

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Jason Pominville

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Sabres defenseman Marco Scandella

Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton

Golden Knights forward Max Pacioretty

Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault

Golden knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury