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Post-Game Report: 12/22 vs. Anaheim

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Ducks
(19-14-5)
0 0 0 0 40
Sabres
(21-11-5)
1 0 2 3 33

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • With tonight’s win, the Sabres improved to 9-2-1 against the Pacific Division this season, including a 6-0-1 record at home, and earned their first season sweep of the Ducks since the 2011-12 season.
  • Buffalo is now 12-4-2 (.722) at home this season. The .722 points percentage puts the Sabres on pace for their eighth-best home record in franchise history and the best since the 1982-83 season (25-7-8, .725).
  • Linus Ullmark made 40 saves to record his second career shutout and second of the season. He became the first Sabres goaltender to record a 40-plus save shutout since Chad Johnson (44 saves) on Dec. 17, 2015 vs. Anaheim.
    • Ullmark finished the game ranked 10th in the NHL among qualifying goaltenders (min. 12 GP) with a .922 save percentage.
  • The Sabres have now shut out the Ducks eight times in the 38 all-time games between the clubs (Dominik Hasek-3, Martin Biron-2, Chad Johnson-1, Ryan Miller-1, Linus Ullmark-1). This amounts to one shutout for every 4.75 meetings, the Sabres’ highest shutout-to-games ratio against any NHL team. The next highest current ratio is 10 games per shutout (Columbus, three shutouts in 30 games).
  • Rasmus Dahlin’s goal tonight was his 20th point of the season (4+16). His 20 points in 37 games are already the 10th-most ever recorded by an NHL defenseman before his 19th birthday.
    • According to NHL PR, only three 18-year-old defensemen in NHL history have reached the 20-point mark faster than Dahlin’s 37 games: Phil Housley (28 GP), Ray Bourque (30 GP) and Aaron Ekblad (34 GP).
    • Phil Housley holds the record with 57 points (17+40) before turning 19 in 1982-83 with the Sabres.
  • With two assists tonight, Jack Eichel has tied his career high with 18 multi-point games this season. He is now tied with Mikko Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon for the league lead.
  • Sam Reinhart also recorded two assists and now has a career-best 12 on the season. The Sabres are now 16-4-3 this season when he records a point and 27-4-6 in his career when he records at least two.
  • With his assist on Dahlin’s goal, Rasmus Ristolainen now has points in three straight games (1+2) and 12 points (2+10) in his last 12 home games.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Ducks Gibson L .938 2.01
Sabres Ullmark W 1.000 0.00
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Ducks Gibson 15-11-4 .926 2.52
Sabres Ullmark 8-1-3 .922 2.71

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jeff Skinner

Sabres forward Conor Sheary

Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin

Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark

Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle

Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf

Ducks defenseman Josh Manson

Game Preview: 12/22/18 vs. Anaheim

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Friday, December 21
Buffalo 1 at Washington 2
Goals: Larsson
Goalie: Hutton (22 saves/24 shots)
PP: 0/4; PK: 4/4; Shots: Buffalo 37 – Washington 24

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 143)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 36 games
Casey Nelson (upper body, Dec. 8; injured reserve) – 7 games
Nathan Beaulieu (lower body, Dec. 16) – 3 games
Jason Pominville (undisclosed, Dec. 21; injured reserve) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
12/16: Recalled D Brendan Guhle from Rochester (AHL); Placed D Lawrence Pilut on IR
12/17: Assigned D Matt Tennyson to Rochester (AHL)
12/19: Placed F Patrik Berglund on unconditional waivers with intent to terminate his contract
12/21: Activated D Jake McCabe and D Lawrence Pilut from IR; Placed F Jason Pominville on IR
12/22: Assigned D Brendan Guhle to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Dec. 27: Buffalo at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 29: Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 31: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 6 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 3: Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 5: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
DUCKS at SABRES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Ducks this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Anaheim 4-2 in Anaheim on Oct. 21
  • The Sabres are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Ducks; 5-4-1 at home.
  • This is the 38th game all-time between Buffalo and Anaheim; Buffalo has an 19-14-4 series record.
  • The Sabres are 8-6-4 at home against the Ducks all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-11-3 all-time on December 22.
  • December 22, 1974: Don Luce scores two shorthanded goals and an even strength goal in a span of 3:49 in a 4-0 win at Washington. Luce also picked up an assist on the other Buffalo goal.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The road team has won the last five games between these teams. The Sabres last home victory over the Ducks was a 3-0 win on Dec. 17, 2015.
  • If he dresses tonight, Remi Elie will appear in his 100th NHL game.
  • Kyle Okposo has totaled 12 points (6+6) in 11 career games against Anaheim, including at least a point in each of the last four.
  • Jeff Skinner has recorded 10 points (6+4) in his last eight games against the Ducks, including at least a point in each of the last six.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled seven points (1+6) in his last seven games against Anaheim.
  • Jack Eichel has six points (2+4) in seven career games against the Ducks.
  • Zemgus Girgensons has tallied a point in each of his last two meetings with Anaheim (1+1).

SHUTTING OUT THE DUCKS

  • The Sabres have shut out the Ducks seven times in the 37 all-time games between the clubs (Dominik Hasek-3, Martin Biron-2, Chad Johnson-1, Ryan Miller-1).
  • This amounts to one shutout for every 5.29 meetings, the Sabres’ highest shutout-to-games ratio against any NHL team. The next highest current ratio is 10 games per shutout (Columbus, three shutouts in 30 games).
  • The Sabres’ last shutout against the Ducks occurred seven meetings ago (Dec. 17, 2015 in Buffalo).

LEADING THE WAY

  • Since Jack Eichel, Jeff Skinner and Sam Reinhart began playing together on Nov. 13 vs. Tampa Bay, the Sabres have gone 11-5-3 and gotten a goal from at least one of the three in all but two of the team’s 19 games.
  • Each of the three has played at or near a point-per-game pace in the 19 games since they began playing together as a line:
    • Eichel: 27 points (10 +17), plus-11 rating
    • Reinhart: 22 points (6+16), plus-9 rating
    • Skinner: 18 points (13+5), plus-9 rating

COMEBACK KIDS

  • The Sabres are 6-8-2 this season when trailing after two periods. After last night’s game, their six wins when trailing after 40 minutes tied for second-most in the league and their .375 win percentage in those games ranked second.
  • Buffalo’s six wins when trailing after two have already surpassed last season’s total and leave the team three third-period comebacks shy of the franchise record of nine set in the 2005-06 season.

NOT TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT

  • The Sabres are 11-3-5 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 .579 winning percentage in one-goal games would be the 11th-best mark in franchise history and would be the Sabres’ best record in one-goal games since 2006-07 (25-9-7, .610).

WORKING OVERTIME

  • The Sabres are 8-5 in games that have been tied after regulation this season, including a 5-4 record in overtime and a 3-1 record in shootouts. Their five overtime wins have already matched their overtime win total from last season (5-10) and their three shootout wins are the team’s highest total since 2014-15 (8-5).
  • Jeff Skinner finished last night’s game tied for the league lead with three overtime goals this season. Skinner’s total through 35 games matches the Sabres’ single-season record shared by Daniel Briere (2006-07) and Derek Roy (2009-10) and ties him for 10th-most career overtime goals in franchise history.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s eighth of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, after a 2-1 loss last night at Washington. The Sabres are 4-3-1 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 4-1-2 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in their previous back-to-back sets is: four points (3), three points (1), two points (1), one point (2) and zero points (0).

SAM I AM

  • Sam Reinhart has recorded 31 points (8+23) in his last 29 games, including each of his career-high 11 multi-point games this season.
  • The Sabres are 15-4-3 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 26-4-6 (.806) in his career when he records at least two.

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel recorded his 17th multi-point game of the season on Sunday at Boston (2+2). He has now recorded two points in seven of his last 11 games.
  • After last night’s game, Eichel’s 17 multi-point games ranked third in the league lead this season, one behind co-leaders Mikko Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon. Through 36 games, he is one shy of his career-high 18 in a season.

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 second-most even-strength points ever recorded by a Sabre (80), trailing only Pat LaFontaine (83) in 1992-93, and would top LaFontaine’s franchise-record 52 even-strength assists that season. He would also become the first Sabre to record more than 95 points since the 1992-93 season (LaFontaine/Mogilny/Hawerchuk).
  • Skinner is currently on pace to log the second-highest goal total in Sabres history (57), trailing only Mogilny in 1992-93 (76). His 43 even-strength goals would finish behind only Mogilny’s even-strength total from 1992-93 (49) and Rick Martin’s 44 in 1973-74 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 36 14 32 46 11 24 35
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 82 32 73 105 25 55 80
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 36 25 12 37 19 8 27
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 57 27 84 43 18 62

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

  • Buffalo Sabres: 45 PTS (T-6th), 20 W (7th), 83.2% PK% (7th)
  • Eichel: 154 S (1st), 35 EVP (3rd), 24 EVA (T-3rd), 32 A (6th), 46 P (9th)
  • Ristolainen: 25:47 TOI/GP (5th), 112 hits (5th)
  • Skinner: 3 OTG (T-1st), 6 GWG (2nd), 19 EVG (2nd), 25 G (2nd), plus-20 (T-5th)

BUF-ANA CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Ducks G Chad Johnson spent parts of two seasons (2015-16, 2017-18) playing for the Sabres. In 81 games with the club, Johnson earned a 32-32 record with a .907 save percentage and 2.85 goals-against average.

Jason Botterill:

  • Played in Calgary when Ducks assistant coach Rich Preston was on the Flames coaching staff.
  • Was the assistant general manager in Pittsburgh when Ducks F Brian Gibbons and F Carter Rowney played for the Penguins.

Rasmus Dahlin:

  • Played with Ducks F Isac Lundestrom for Team Sweden at the 2018 World Junior Championship in Buffalo. The duo won a silver medal together and Dahlin was named the tournament’s top defenseman.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played with Ducks G John Gibson for Team North America during the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Chris Hajt:

  • Played for the Capitals when Ducks Head Coach Randy Carlyle was an assistant coach in Washington.

Phil Housley:

  • Played with Ducks Head Coach Randy Carlyle in Winnipeg.
  • Played in Calgary when Ducks assistant coach Rich Preston was on the Flames coaching staff.

Matt Hunwick:

  • Played with Ducks F Carter Rowney in Pittsburgh.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played for Team Sweden with Ducks F Jakob Silfverberg at the 2010 World Junior Championship, 2011 IIHF World Championship and 2012 World Championship.

Jake McCabe:

  • Won a gold medal with Ducks G John Gibson for Team USA at the 2013 World Junior Championship. Both players were named to the tournament’s All-Star team and Gibson earned Most Valuable Player honors.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for the Islanders when Ducks goaltending coach Sudarshan Maharaj held the same role in New York.

Davis Payne:

  • Was an assistant coach in Los Angeles when Ducks D Luke Schenn was playing for the Kings.

Conor Sheary:

  • Played with Ducks F Carter Rowney in Pittsburgh.

Jeff Skinner:

  • Won a silver medal for Team Canada with Ducks G Chad Johnson at the 2017 IIHF World Championship.

Steve Smith:

  • Was on the coaching staff and later on the team’s roster in Calgary while Ducks assistant coach Rich Preston was one of the Flames assistant coaches.
  • Played in Chicago when Ducks General Manager Bob Murray was a part of the front office and assistant coach Rich Preston was on the Blackhawks coaching staff.
  • Was an assistant coach in Edmonton when Ducks F Andrew Cogliano was playing for the Oilers.

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Represented the Czech Republic with Ducks D Andrej Sustr at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Tage Thompson:

  • Played for Team USA with Ducks F Troy Terry at the 2017 World Junior Championships in Canada. The duo won a gold medal together, with Terry scoring the medal-clinching goal in the shootout to defeat Team Canada.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (112), Girgensons (57), Okposo (45)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (64), Bogosian (60), McCabe (46)
Shots: Eichel (154), Skinner (109), Ristolainen (96)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 6-4-0 (12), 26/28, 8/38, 22/30
11-20: 6-2-2 (14), 35/27, 4/28, 26/29
21-30: 5-3-2 (12), 31/32, 5/28, 23/29
31-40: 3-2-1 (7), 17/17, 4/20, 18/19

OVERTIME RESULTS (5-4; 118-125 all-time)
Oct. 27 at CBJ: L, 5-4 (GWG-Panarin, 0:31)
Oct. 30 vs. CGY: L, 2-1 (GWG-Gaudreau, 2:40)
Nov. 8 at MTL: W, 6-5 (GWG-Ristolainen, 1:38)
Nov. 19 at PIT: W, 5-4 (GWG-Eichel, 0:45)
Nov. 23 vs. MTL: W, 3-2 (GWG-Skinner, 3:06)
Nov. 27 vs. SJS: W, 3-2 (GWG-Skinner, 1:41)
Nov. 30 at FLA: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barkov, 2:26)
Dec. 4 vs. TOR: L, 4-3 (GWG-Matthews, 4:57)
Dec. 11 vs. LAK: W, 4-3 (GWG-Skinner, 1:49)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (3-1; 73-67 all-time)
Nov. 10 vs. VAN: W, 4-3 (GDG-Mittelstadt)
Nov. 16 at WPG: W, 2-1 (GDG-Sheary)
Nov. 24 at DET: W, 3-2 (GDG-Reinhart)
Dec. 15 at WSH: L, 4-3 (GDG-Ovechkin)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Remi Elie … 1 game … 100 career games played
Vladimir Sobotka … 4 games … 500 career games played
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 5 assists … 300 career assists
Matt Hunwick … 8 assists … 100 career assists 

RECENT MILESTONES
Sam Reinhart … 100th NHL assist … Dec. 18 vs. FLA

Game Preview: 10/21/18 at Anaheim

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, October 20
Buffalo 5 at Los Angeles 1
Goals: Skinner (3), Pominville, Bogosian
Goalie: Ullmark (19 saves/20 shots)
PP: 0/1; PK: 2/3; Shots: Buffalo 26 – Los Angeles 20

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 36)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 8 games
Sean Malone (knee, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 8 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 8 games
Nathan Beaulieu (undisclosed, Oct. 20) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/16: Activated D Zach Bogosian from IR; Assigned D Matt Tennyson to Rochester (AHL)
10/17: Signed F Matej Pekar to a three-year, entry-level contract

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Oct. 25: Montreal at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 27: Buffalo at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 30: Calgary at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 1: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 3: Ottawa at Buffalo, 2 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at KINGS

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Ducks this season.
  • Last meeting: Anaheim defeated Buffalo 4-3 (OT) in Buffalo on Feb. 6
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Dec. 22 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Ducks; 4-6-0 on the road
  • This is the 37th game all-time between Buffalo and Anaheim; Buffalo has an 18-14-4 series record.
  • The Sabres are 10-8-0 on the road against the Ducks all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-2-4 all-time on October 21.
  • October 21, 1988: Sabres acquire Larry Playfair from Los Angeles in exchange for Bob Logan and a ninth-round draft choice in 1989 (Jim Giacin).
  • October 21, 1989: Rob Ray scores a goal on his first NHL shot and adds an assist in a 4-2 win at Pittsburgh.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is the final game of a five-game Pacific Division road trip. Jeff Skinner leads all Sabres with six points (4+2) in the first four games of the trip.
  • Buffalo is in Anaheim for the second half of a Kings/Ducks back-to-back set for the third consecutive season. The Sabres won the Ducks game in each of the last two seasons.
  • With wins in their last two visits to Anaheim, the Sabres are looking for three consecutive road wins against the Ducks for the first time since the team won six straight visits to Anaheim from Jan. 7, 1998 to Oct. 24, 2003.

DUCK HUNTERS

  • Kyle Okposo has totaled 10 points (5+5) in 10 career games against Anaheim.
  • Jeff Skinner has recorded nine points (5+4) in his last seven games against the Ducks, including at least a point in each of the last five.
  • Patrik Berglund has six points in his last eight games against Anaheim, including goals in each of his last two.
  • Jack Eichel has five points (2+3) in six career games against the Ducks.
  • Sam Reinhart has four points (1+3) in his last four games against Anaheim.

CALIFORNIA LOVE
After yesterday’s win 5-1 win at Los Angeles, the Sabres have a chance to win their road games against both Los Angeles and Anaheim for the first time since 2011-12. A win or overtime loss tonight would give them points against both teams on the same trip for the first time since they swept their matchups on Oct. 23, 2003 at Los Angeles and Oct. 24, 2003 at Anaheim.

SHUTTING OUT THE DUCKS

  • The Sabres have shut out the Ducks seven times in the 36 all-time games between the clubs (Dominik Hasek-3, Martin Biron-2, Chad Johnson-1, Ryan Miller-1).
  • This amounts to one shutout for every 5.14 meetings, the Sabres’ highest shutout-to-games ratio against any NHL team. The next highest current ratio is 9.67 games per shutout (Columbus, three shutouts in 29 games).
  • The Sabres’ last shutout against the Ducks occurred six meetings ago (Dec. 17, 2015 in Buffalo).

ONE BUFFALO

  • The Sabres and the Buffalo Bills are playing on the same day for the first of three times this season after doing so twice last season. The other occurrences are Nov. 4 and Dec. 16.
  • The teams have played on the same date 217 times, with both teams winning their respective games on 48 of those days.
  • The Sabres are 116-67-34 when playing on a Bills game day and the Bills enter this game 92-123-2 on those dates.
  • The last time the Sabres and Bills both won on the same date was Oct. 16, 2016.

BACK-TO-BACK
Today’s game wraps up Buffalo’s first of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 5-1 win yesterday at Los Angeles. The Sabres finished last season 5-11-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 5-9-2 in the second game. Buffalo’s point breakdown in last season’s back-to-back sets was: four points (1), three points (0), two points (8), one point (2) and zero points (5).

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 after yesterday’s game)

  • Eichel: 33 S (5th)
  • Hutton: 183 SV (5th)
  • Ristolainen: 25:29 TOI/GP (8th)
  • Sheary: 3 PPG (T-4th)
  • Skinner: plus-7 (T-6th)
  • Ullmark: .982 SV% (2nd), 0.50 GAA (2nd), 1 SO (T-2nd)

BUF-ANA CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Ducks G Ryan Miller was selected in the fifth round (138th overall) by the Sabres in the 1999 NHL Draft and spent the first 12 years of his career playing in the Sabres organization. His 540 games played and 284 wins are the most in franchise history and he ranks second in shutouts with 28. During his time in Buffalo, Miller was named an NHL All Star in 2007 and won the Vezina Trophy in 2010. Miller also played in Buffalo with Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill from 2002 to 2004.

Patrik Berglund:

  • Played with Ducks G Ryan Miller in St. Louis.
  • Played for Team Sweden with Ducks D Hampus Lindholm at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
  • Has played with Ducks F Jakob Silfverberg for Team Sweden on three separate occasions: the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, the 2014 Winter Olympic Games and the 2011 IIHF World Championship. The duo won a silver medal together at both the Olympics and World Championship.

Jason Botterill:

  • Played in Calgary when Ducks assistant coach Rich Preston was on the Flames’ coaching staff.
  • Was the assistant general manager in Pittsburgh when Ducks F Brian Gibbons played for the Penguins.

Rasmus Dahlin:

  • Played with Ducks F Isac Lundestrom for Team Sweden at the 2018 World Junior Championship in Buffalo. The duo won a silver medal together and Dahlin was named the tournament’s top defenseman.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played with Ducks G John Gibson for Team North America during the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Chris Hajt:

  • Played for the Capitals when Ducks Head Coach Randy Carlyle was an assistant coach in Washington.

Phil Housley:

  • Played with Ducks Head Coach Randy Carlyle in Winnipeg.
  • Played in Calgary when Ducks assistant coach Rich Preston was on the Flames coaching staff.

Johan Larsson:

  • Has won two gold medals for Team Sweden with Ducks F Rickard Rakell, the first at the 2012 World Junior Championship and the second at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.
  • Played for Team Sweden with Ducks F Jakob Silfverberg at the 2010 World Junior Championship, 2011 IIHF World Championship and 2012 World Championship.

Jake McCabe:

  • Won a gold medal with Ducks G John Gibson for Team USA at the 2013 World Junior Championship. Both players were named to the tournament’s All-Star Team and Gibson earned Most Valuable Player honors.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played with Ducks D Cam Fowler for Team USA at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.

Davis Payne:

  • Was an assistant coach in Los Angeles when Ducks D Luke Schenn was playing for the Kings.

Steve Smith:

  • Was on the coaching staff and later on the team’s roster in Calgary while Ducks assistant coach Rich Preston was one of the Flames’ assistant coaches.
  • Played in Chicago when Ducks General Manager Bob Murray was a part of the front office and assistant coach Rich Preston was on the Blackhawks coaching staff.
  • Was an assistant coach in Edmonton when Ducks F Andrew Cogliano was playing for the Oilers.

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Played with Ducks G Ryan Miller in St. Louis.
  • Represented the Czech Republic with Ducks D Andrej Sustr at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Tage Thompson:

  • Played for Team USA with Ducks F Troy Terry at the 2017 World Junior Championship in Canada. The duo won a gold medal together, with Terry scoring the medal-clinching goal in the shootout to defeat Team Canada.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (22), Girgensons (15), Berglund (14)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (14), Bogosian (13), McCabe (12)
Shots: Eichel (33), Skinner (20), Okposo (19)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 4-4-0 (8), 18/23, 4/30, 18/26

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 … 5 games … 1,000 career games played
Remi Elie … 7 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 8 goals … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Points
Conor Sheary … 3 points … 100 career points
Jason Pominville … 3 points … 497 points with Sabres (T-10th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
Patrik Berglund … 700th NHL game … Oct. 16 at VGK
Jason Pominville … 700th NHL point … Oct. 20 at LAK

Post-Game Report: 2/6 vs. Anaheim

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
 Ducks
(26-19-10)
0 2 1 1 4 33
Sabres
(14-29-10)
1 1 1 0 3 33

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • With his goal tonight, Zemgus Girgensons now has two shorthanded goals in his last three games His two shorthanded tallies tie for fifth-most in the NHL this season.
    • As a team, the Sabres’ seven shorthanded goals this season tie them for third in the league.
  • Casey Nelson registered the lone assist on the Girgensons goal, earning his first point of the season and the first shorthanded point of his career.
  • Jack Eichel’s second-period goal was his 50th point of the season. Eichel joins Gilbert Perreault, Rick Martin, Phil Housley and Christian Ruuttu as the only Sabres to record at least 50 points in each of their first three NHL seasons.
    • Eichel has now recorded 17 points (11+6) in his last 17 home games, dating back to Nov. 20 vs. Columbus.
  • Sam Reinhart’s assists tonight give him 10 points (3+7) in his last nine games.
  • Kyle Okposo, who assisted on the Eichel goal, now has 12 points (3+9) in his last 11 games and 10 points (5+5) in 10 career games against Anaheim.
  • Ryan O’Reilly’s goal gives him points in four straight meetings with Anaheim (2+2).

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Ducks Miller W .909 2.92
Sabres Lehner O .879 4.07

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Ducks Miller 7-4-5 .915 2.69
Sabres Lehner 11-20-7 .913 2.83

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly

Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons

Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle

Ducks goaltender Ryan Miller

Game Preview: 2/6/18 vs. Anaheim

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Saturday, February 3
St. Louis 1 at Buffalo 0
Goals: N/A
Goalie: Lehner (32 saves/33 shots)
PP: 0/4; PK: 1/1; Shots: St. Louis 33 – Buffalo 27

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 187)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 9 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/1: Activated F Jacob Josefson from IR
2/3: Activated D Nathan Beaulieu from IR; Assigned F Nicholas Baptiste to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Feb. 8: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 10: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 11: Colorado at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 13: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 15: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
DUCKS at SABRES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Ducks this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Anaheim 3-1 in Anaheim on Oct. 15, 2017
  • The Sabres are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Ducks; 6-4-0 at home
  • This is the 36th game all-time between Buffalo and Anaheim; Buffalo has an 18-14-3 series record.
  • The Sabres are 8-6-3 at home against the Ducks all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-9-4 all-time on February 6.
  • February 6, 1972: Jim Lorentz and Rick Martin each score a pair of goals as the Sabres defeat the Boston Bruins 8-2 at the Aud. Lorentz would finish the game with four points.
  • February 6, 1986: Dave Andreychuk scores a franchise-record five goals and adds one assist in an 8-6 win at Boston.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is the fourth in a five-game home stand and the third of nine home games in February.
  • Sabres goaltenders Robin Lehner and Chad Johnson have combined to stop 156 of the 161 shots (.969) they have faced at even strength in Buffalo’s last six games.
  • The Sabres have won five straight games against Pacific Division opponents. A win tonight would stretch that streak to six games for the first time since the team won seven in a row from Nov. 19, 2010 to Oct. 8, 2011.
  • A win tonight would give the Sabres three consecutive wins against the Ducks for the first time since Buffalo won three in a row from Dec. 21, 2010 to Feb. 29, 2012.
  • With a point in each of his last three matchups with the Ducks (1+2), Ryan O’Reilly has totaled 15 points (7+8) in 22 career meetings.
  • Kyle Okposo has totaled nine points (5+4) in nine career games against Anaheim.
  • Nathan Beaulieu has recorded an assist in each of his last two meetings with the Ducks.

SHUTTING OUT THE DUCKS

  • The Sabres have shut out the Ducks seven times in the 35 all-time games between the clubs (Dominik Hasek-3, Martin Biron-2, Chad Johnson-1, Ryan Miller-1).
  • This amounts to one shutout for every five meetings, the Sabres’ highest shutout-to-games ratio against any NHL team. The next highest current ratio is 9.67 games per shutout (Columbus, three shutouts in 29 games).
  • The Sabres’ last shutout against the Ducks occurred five meetings ago (Dec. 17, 2015 in Buffalo).

WHO’S HOT?

  • Robin Lehner has stopped 120 of 123 shots (.976) in his last four games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 13 points (3+10) in his last 15 games, dating back to Dec. 29. Ristolainen’s 13 points during that span ranked fourth among NHL defensemen entering play Monday.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded 11 points (3+8) in his last 10 games, including four multi-point games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded 10 points (5+5) in his last 11 games.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled eight points (3+5) in his last eight games.

HOT AT HOME

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 16 points (10+6) in 16 home games dating back to Nov. 20 vs. CBJ.
  • Kyle Okposo has totaled 11 points (2+9) in his last 11 home games, including three multi-point home games in the month of January.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has nine points (3+6) in eight home games dating back to the team’s game on Dec. 22 vs. Philadelphia.

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 30 points (13+17) in 27 games since the beginning of December.
  • During that stretch, Eichel ranked in the top 10 in the league in goals (T-8th, 13), points (T-10th, 30), even-strength goals (T-3rd, 11) and shots (T-3rd, 107) entering play Monday.
  • Eichel scored at least two goals in four of those 27 games and entered play Monday tied for 11th in the league with four multi-goal games this season, just two off the league lead.

I LIKE EICH

  • Jack Eichel is currently on pace to shatter his personal bests in goals (24), assists (33) and points (57) on the strength of improved production at even strength (T-8th in NHL in ES goals, T-18th in ES points entering play Friday).
  • With his 17th even-strength goal in his 44th game of the season on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus, Eichel surpassed his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games). Through 52 games, Eichel now has 18 even-strength goals.
  • With his 35th even-strength point in his 48th game of the season on Jan. 24 at Edmonton, Eichel matched his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games).

Jack Eichel’s Production by Season

Season GP G A PTS ES G ES A ES P
2015-16 81 24 32 56 16 19 35
2016-17 61 24 33 57 14 19 33
2017-18 52 20 29 49 18 17 35
2017-18 (Pace) 82 32 46 77 28 27 55

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

  • Of Jack Eichel’s 49 points so far this season, 23 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes 6-on-5 situations).
  • Through 52 games, Eichel’s 23 primary points (12+11) during 5-on-5 play have already surpassed his 61-game total from last season (11+10) and are just one shy of his total from his 81-game rookie season (12+12).

*All primary point stats via NaturalStatTrick.com

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings entering play Monday)

  • Eichel: 18 EVG (T-8th), 188 S (8th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 3 SHP (T-5th), 194 S (5th)
  • O’Reilly: 757 FOW (1st), 61.7% FO% (1st), 1,227 FO (2nd)
  • Ristolainen: 26:18 TOI/GP (4th)

BUF-ANA CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Derek Grant played in 40 games for the Sabres during the 2016-17 season and recorded three assists.
  • Ryan Miller spent parts of 11 seasons as a member of the Sabres from 2002-2014. Drafted by Buffalo in the fifth round of the 1999 NHL Draft (138th overall), Miller compiled a record of 284-186-56 over a total of 540 games, earning franchise-record totals in games played and wins.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played with John Gibson for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Justin Falk:

  • Played with Ryan Getzlaf for the Calgary Hitmen (WHL) during the 2004-05 season.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Ryan Getzlaf for Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Chad Johnson:

  • Played with Antoine Vermette for the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2012-13 season.

Jacob Josefson

  • Represented Sweden alongside Jakob Silfverberg at the 2010 World Junior Championship.

Evander Kane:

  • Played with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry on Team Canada at the 2012 World Championship. Kane and Perry were also on the 2010 World Championship squad,
  • He and Antoine Vermette were teammates for Team Canada at the 2011 World Championship.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played with Jakob Silfverberg for Team Sweden at the 2012 World Championship.

Robin Lehner:

  • He and Derek Grant were teammates for the Ottawa Senators from 2012-2014 and for the Binghamton Senators (AHL) from 2010-2013. Jakob Silfverberg was also on the team during the 2012-13 season.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played with John Gibson for the United States at the 2013 World Junior Championship and the 2014 World Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played with Cam Fowler and John Gibson for Team USA at the 2012 World Championship.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Played with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry on Team Canada at the 2012 World Championship. They were also teammates for Canada at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Perry and O’Reilly also represented Canada at the 2016 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Reto Berra for the Colorado Avalanche from 2013-2015.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Played with Nick Ritchie for Team Canada at the 2015 World Junior Championship.
  • Teammates with Corey Perry for Team Canada at the 2016 World Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Benoit Pouliot (4th overall) and Andrew Cogliano (25th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2005 NHL Draft. They were also both on the 2006 Canadian World Junior team that took home the gold medal.
  • Ryan O’Reilly (33rd overall), Robin Lehner (46th overall) and Jakob Silfverberg (39th overall) were second-round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Nathan Beaulieu (17th overall) and Rickard Rakell (30th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Hampus Lindholm (6th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Nick Ritchie (10th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (119), McCabe (109), Kane (101)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (76), Scandella (74), Ristolainen (64)
Shots: Kane (194), Eichel (188), O’Reilly (135)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 3-5-2 (8), 26/36, 5/36, 29/35
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 20/35, 5/28, 23/27
21-30: 2-6-2 (6), 18/31, 2/32, 24/32
31-40: 3-4-3 (9), 24/33, 3/25, 23/28
41-50: 4-6-0 (8), 27/31, 10/33, 15/26
51-60: 0-2-0 (0), 2/5, 1/4, 9/11

OVERTIME RESULTS (3-8; 111-119 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron)
Oct. 21 at BOS: W, 5-4 (GWG-O’Reilly)
Nov. 11 at MTL: L, 2-1 (GWG-Pacioretty)
Nov. 14 at PIT: L, 5-4 (GWG-Sheary)
Dec. 8 at CHI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Forsling)
Dec. 10 at STL: L, 3-2 (GWG-Tarasenko)
Dec. 15 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Slavin)
Dec. 27 at NYI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barzal)
Dec. 29 at NJD: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen)
Jan. 1 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Miller)
Jan. 22 at CGY: W, 2-1 (GWG-Eichel)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-1; 69-65 all-time)
Oct. 5 vs. MTL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Drouin)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Wins
Buffalo Sabres … 1 home win … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Benoit Pouliot … 1 game … 600 career games played
Jacob Josefson … 3 games … 300 career games played
Jack Eichel … 6 games … 200 career games played
Assists
Jack Eichel … 6 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Ryan O’Reilly … 4 points … 400 career points
Zemgus Girgensons … 5 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A