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Post-Game Report: 2/9 vs. Anaheim

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Ducks
(23-26-7)
3 0 0 3 28
Sabres
(24-24-8)
1 1 0 2 33

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • With today’s loss, the Sabres fell to 5-2-2 in afternoon games this season, including a 5-2-0 record at home.
  • Jack Eichel led both teams with a career-high 28:22 of ice time, topping his previous high (26:14 on April 2, 2019 vs. Nashville) by more than two minutes.
    • It was the highest ice time by a Sabres forward since Miroslav Satan logged 28:40 on Nov. 15, 2002 vs. Toronto.
    • Eichel’s 24:48 of even-strength ice time today was the most recorded by a Sabres forward since the NHL began tracking ice time in 1997-98, topping Dixon Ward’s 23:40 on Jan. 20, 1998 at Philadelphia.
  •  Jimmy Vesey (25:52) and Sam Reinhart (25:34) also set career highs in ice time.
  • Johan Larsson scored Buffalo’s first goal today. Of his 13 points this season, nine (4+5) have come at home.
  • With his goal, Rasmus Dahlin has 10 points (2+8) in his last 12 games, including six points (1+5) in seven home games.
  • Eichel recorded the primary assist on Dahlin’s goal, extending his point streak against Anaheim to five games (2+5) and giving him 10 points (3+7) in 10 career games against the Ducks.
  • Vesey assisted on Dahlin’s goal and now has points in each of the Sabres’ last three games (2+2).
  • Colin Miller recorded a season-high nine shot attempts, including five shots on goal. His previous high was seven attempts (3x).
  • Jonas Johansson stopped Troy Terry on a penalty shot in the first period.

 

Today’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision GA SA
Ducks
Miller W 2 33
Sabres Johansson L 3 28
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Ducks Miller 7-5-3 .910 2.93
Sabres Johansson 0-1-1 .889 2.78

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger

Sabres forward Jeff Skinner

Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin

Sabres goaltender Jonas Johansson

Ducks head coach Dallas Eakins

Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf

Ducks defenseman Michael Del Zotto

Ducks goaltender Ryan Miller

Game Preview: 2/9/20 vs. Anaheim

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Friday, February 7
Buffalo 3 at NY Rangers 2
Goals: Girgensons, Reinhart, Vesey
Goalie: Hutton (37 saves/39 shots)
PP: 0/1; PK: 1/2; Shots: NY Rangers 39 – Buffalo 28

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 266)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 55 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 39 games
Tage Thompson (shoulder, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 35 games
Victor Olofsson (lower body, Jan. 4; injured reserve) – 13 games
Linus Ullmark (lower body, Jan. 30; injured reserve) – 5 games
Kyle Okposo (upper body, Feb. 1; injured reserve) – 4 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/4: Recalled F Rasmus Asplund from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Kyle Okposo on IR
2/5: Recalled F Scott Wilson from Rochester (AHL); Assigned F Jean Sebastien Dea to Rochester (AHL)
2/8: Assigned F Rasmus Asplund and D Lawrence Pilut to Rochester (AHL)
2/9: Recalled D Lawrence Pilut and G Andrew Hammond from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Feb. 11: Detroit at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 13: Columbus at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 16: Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 18: Ottawa at Buffalo, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 22: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
DUCKS at SABRES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Ducks this season.
  • Last meeting: Anaheim defeated Buffalo 5-2 in Anaheim on Oct. 16, 2019.
  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Ducks; 5-4-1 at home.
  • This is the 40th game all-time between Buffalo and Anaheim; Buffalo has a 20-15-4 series record.
  • The Sabres are 9-6-4 at home against the Ducks all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-6-4 all-time on February 9.
  • February 9, 1984: Gilbert Perreault records his 700th NHL assist in an 8-5 win vs. New Jersey.
  • February 9, 2019: Rasmus Ristolainen appears in his 400th NHL game and Linus Ullmark makes 28 saves, finishing the game with the best save percentage through 50 career games among any goaltender to play those first 50 NHL games with the Sabres, in a 3-1 win vs. Detroit.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Today’s game is the seventh in a 20-day stretch during which the Sabres play nine of 10 games at home. The lone road game during that span took place on Friday at NY Rangers.
  • The Sabres are 5-1-2 in afternoon games this season, including a 5-1-0 record at home.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 14 points (8+6) in the Sabres’ last 14 contests.
  • The Ducks have averaged just 2.44 goals per game in their 39 all-time meetings against the Sabres, marking Buffalo’s fewest goals against per game against any opponent.

DUCK HUNTERS

  • Jeff Skinner has recorded at least a point in each of his last eight games against the Ducks (6+5).
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 10 points (1+9) in his last nine games against Anaheim, including points in each of his last five (1+7).
  • Jack Eichel has nine points (3+6) in nine career games against the Ducks and enters today’s game on a four-game point streak against Anaheim (2+4).
  • Marcus Johansson has posted six points (4+2) in his last five games against Anaheim.

SHUTTING OUT THE DUCKS

  • The Sabres have shut out the Ducks eight times in the 39 games all-time 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 4.875 meetings, the Sabres’ highest shutout-to-games ratio against any current NHL team. The next highest ratio is 11.33 games per shutout (Columbus, three shutouts in 34 games).
  • The Sabres’ last shutout against the Ducks occurred in the Ducks’ last visit to Buffalo on Dec. 22, 2018.

TEEN TITAN

  • Rasmus Dahlin has totaled 74 points (12+62) through his first 127 NHL games, including 30 points (3+27) in 45 games this season.
  • With his assist on Jan. 30 vs. Montreal, Dahlin passed Bobby Orr (72) for fourth-most points recorded by an NHL defenseman before his 20th birthday. He now trails only Phil Housley (132), Ray Bourque (79) and Rick Hampton (76) for most points ever recorded by a teenage defenseman.
  • Aaron Ekblad’s 61 points (22+39) in 129 games as a teenager led active NHL defensemen for most points before turning 20 until Dahlin recorded his 62nd point with an assist in his 108th NHL game on Dec. 14 at NY Islanders. Andrei Svechnikov is the only active teenager in the NHL with more career points than Dahlin’s 72.
  • Entering play Saturday, Dahlin’s .58 points per game in his career ranked as the 18th-highest rate among active NHL defensemen with at least 10 career games played. His .67 points per game so far this season represent the best single-season scoring rate by a Sabres defenseman since Brian Campbell (.68) in 2007-08.

SETTING THE PACE

  • With his 29th goal in his 49th game of the season on Jan. 28 vs. Ottawa, Jack Eichel topped his previous best total set in the 2018-19 season (77 GP). He now has 31 goals in 54 games played this season.
  • Eichel’s output through 55 team games currently has him on pace to finish the season with 46 goals and 102 points, which would be the highest goal and point totals by a Sabre since Pat LaFontaine (53+95) and Alexander Mogilny (76+51) in 1992-93.
  • LaFontaine (83 in 1992-93), Mogilny (78 in 1992-93) are the only Sabres ever to have recorded more even-strength points in a season than the 71 Eichel is currently on pace for.
  • Sam Reinhart has scored 20 goals through his first 55 games this season, surpassing the 2015-16 season as his previous quickest season to 20 goals (69 games). Reinhart is currently on pace to set career-high totals in both goals (30) and points (67).

JACK ATTACK

  • Entering play Saturday, Jack Eichel’s 31 goals this season ranked fourth among all NHL players and his 68 points tied for seventh in the league.
  • Eichel has been held without a point in just four of his last 35 games played. During that stretch, which began with a four-goal performance vs. Ottawa on Nov. 16, Buffalo’s captain has totaled 49 points (23+26) in 35 appearances, also missing one game due to injury.
  • Eichel represented the Sabres at NHL All-Star Weekend on Jan. 24 and 25 in St. Louis. With his third consecutive All-Star nod, Eichel became the seventh player in franchise history to represent the team in at least three NHL All-Star Games. His four assists at this year’s event moved him past Rick Martin (7) for the most career All-Star Game points as a member of the Sabres (2+6).
  • He joins Martin as the only other player in franchise history to record at least 20 goals and 50 points in each of his first five NHL seasons.
  • Eichel’s 60th point of the season on Jan. 14 vs. Vegas made him the first Sabre to reach 60 points in 46 or fewer games since 1992-93 (Pat LaFontaine and Alexander Mogilny).
  • With his 30th goal on Jan. 30 vs. Montreal, Jack Eichel became the first Sabres player to record 30 goals and 30 assists in a season since Jason Pominville (30+43) in 2011-12. He became the 23rd different player in franchise history to accomplish this feat at least once and tied Gilbert Perreault’s 1974-75 season as the sixth-fewest games needed to reach the 30/30 mark (50).

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 18 multi-point games this season, tying as the 10th-most in the NHL before Saturday’s games. The Sabres are 13-3-2 (.778) in those games.
  • Entering play Saturday, Eichel’s six multi-goal games tied for fourth-most in the league and his 10 multi-assist games tied for ninth-most.
  • Eichel has recorded at least three points seven times this season, topping his previous career-high total (6) set in the 2016-17 season. Only Connor McDavid (11), Leon Draisaitl (10), David Pastrnak (9) and Artemi Panarin (8) had more games with at least three points this season entering play Saturday.
  • Sam Reinhart ranks second on the Sabres with 11 multi-point games this season. The team is 8-2-1 this season (.773) and 39-7-8 (.796) in his career when he records at least two points.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 2/8 games)

  • Eichel: 3 OTG (T-2nd), 23 EVG (3rd), 7 GWG (3rd), 31 G (4th), 47 EVP (T-4th), 68 PTS (T-7th)
  • Ristolainen: 166 hits (10th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (166), Girgensons (91), McCabe (73)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (72), Ristolainen (62), Jokiharju (50)
Shots: Eichel (179), Skinner (143), Reinhart (115)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 8-1-1 (17), 38/24, 12/39, 23/30
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 21/35, 2/26, 21/29
21-30: 3-4-3 (8), 34/34, 4/33, 23/32
31-40: 4-5-1 (9), 24/32, 4/23, 23/30
41-50: 5-5-0 (10), 30/32, 7/29, 21/29
51-60: 2-2-1 (5), 10/16, 1/10, 7/9

OVERTIME RESULTS (5-6; 125-134 all-time)
Oct. 7 at CBJ: L, 4-3 (Texier, 2:08)
Oct. 9 vs. MTL: W, 5-4 (Johansson, 1:30)
Oct. 22 vs. SJS: W, 4-3 (Eichel, 3:13)
Nov. 14 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (Hamilton, 2:28)
Nov. 27 vs. CGY: L, 3-2 (Lindholm, 1:17)
Nov. 30 at TOR: L, 2-1 (Tavares, 1:45)
Dec. 7 at VAN: L, 6-5 (Miller, 3:21)
Dec. 8 at EDM: W, 3-2 (Miller, 1:13)
Dec. 14 at NYI: L, 3-2 (Beauvillier, 3:04)
Jan. 2 vs. EDM: W, 3-2 (Eichel, 1:09)
Feb. 1 vs. CBJ: W, 2-1 (Eichel, 0:36)

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Henri Jokiharju … 7 games … 100 career games played
Jimmy Vesey … 9 games … 300 career games played
Scott Wilson … 9 games … 200 career games played
Assists
Jack Eichel … 5 assists … 200 career assists
Points
Zach Bogosian … 6 points … 200 career points
Johan Larsson … 9 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Jonas Johansson … 1st NHL game … Feb. 4 vs. COL

Game Preview: 10/16/19 at Anaheim

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Monday, October 14
Dallas 0 at Buffalo 4
Goals: Olofsson, Reinhart, Skinner, Johansson
Goalie: Hutton (25 saves/25 shots)
PP: 1/2; PK: 2/2; Shots: Dallas 25 – Buffalo 22

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 27)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (hip, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 6 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 6 games
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (hip; Oct. 3, injured reserve) – 6 games
Brandon Montour (hand, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 6 games
Conor Sheary (upper body, Oct. 9) – 3 games

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

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Oct. 17: Buffalo at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.
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.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at DUCKS

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Ducks this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Anaheim 3-0 in Buffalo on Dec. 22, 2018.
  • Next meeting: Sunday, Feb. 9 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Ducks; 4-6-0 on the road.
  • This is the 39th game all-time between Buffalo and Anaheim; Buffalo has a 20-14-4 series record.
  • The Sabres are 11-8-0 on the road against the Ducks all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-10-3 all-time on October 16.
  • October 16, 1982: Phil Housley records his first NHL goal in a 9-2 win at Washington.
  • October 16, 2009: Tyler Myers scores his first NHL goal and Jason Pominville scores his 100th NHL goal in a 6-3 win at home against the New York Islanders.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 5-0-1 through six games. It’s the first time Buffalo has started a season with points in six straight games since the team went 6-0-2 through its first eight games of the 2008-09 season.
  • Buffalo is looking to start the season with points in each of the team’s first three road games for the first time since they began the 2011-12 season with wins in each of their first four road games.
  • Through six games, the Sabres have already gotten points from 17 different players and had 10 different players score at least one goal.
  • Jack Eichel (3+6), Rasmus Dahlin (1+7), Victor Olofsson (5+2) and Sam Reinhart (3+3) have all tallied at least a point per game so far this season.
  • The Ducks have averaged just 2.37 goals per game in their 38 all-time meetings against the Sabres, marking Buffalo’s lowest per-game average against any opponent.
  • The Sabres have earned points in each of their last five games against the Ducks dating back to March 17, 2017 (4-0-1), including wins in both meetings last season. They have won their last three games in Anaheim, with the last loss coming on Feb. 24, 2016.

DUCK HUNTERS

  • Kyle Okposo has totaled 12 points (6+6) in 12 career games against Anaheim, including eight points (5+3) in six road games.
  • Jeff Skinner has recorded at least a point in each of his last seven games against the Ducks (6+4), including seven points (4+3) in four road games.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled nine points (1+8) in his last eight games against Anaheim, including points in each of his last four (1+6).
  • Jack Eichel has eight points (2+6) in eight career games against the Ducks and enters tonight’s game on a three-game point streak against Anaheim (1+4).
  • Marcus Johansson has scored in each of his last four contests against the Ducks, totaling six points (4+2) in those games. In his career, he’s totaled six points (3+3) in six games in Anaheim.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen recorded a point in both of Buffalo’s games against Anaheim last season (1+1).
  • Jimmy Vesey has an assist in four of his six career meetings with the Ducks, including both of his games against Anaheim last season.
  • Linus Ullmark stopped 40 Anaheim shots to earn his second NHL shutout in his only game against the Ducks on Dec. 22, 2018.

SHUTTING OUT THE DUCKS

  • The Sabres have shut out the Ducks eight times in the 38 games all-time 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 current NHL team. The next highest ratio is 11 games per shutout (Columbus, three shutouts in 33 games).
  • The Sabres’ last shutout against the Ducks occurred in the last matchup between the teams (Dec. 22, 2018 in Buffalo). Buffalo has never recorded shutouts in consecutive meetings with Anaheim.

CALIFORNIA LOVE
In October 2018, the Sabres swept a back-to-back set featuring visits to Los Angeles and Anaheim. It was the fourth time since Anaheim joined the league in 1993-94 that the Sabres won road games against both Los Angeles and Anaheim in a season.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s first of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night at Los Angeles. 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 five of Victor Olofsson’s goals this season have come on the power play, good for second in the league in power-play goals entering play Tuesday. He also led all rookies in goals (5), points (7) and shots (15), and led rookie forwards in ice time per game (18:11).
  • Since he made his NHL debut on March 28, 2019 vs. Detroit, no NHL player has scored more power-play goals than Olofsson’s seven in 12 games played. He has set an NHL record by becoming the first player in NHL history to score each of his first seven career goals with a man advantage.

PLAYING WITH POWER

  • The Sabres entered play Tuesday with the No. 1 power play in the league, converting on a league-high nine of their 21 power plays this season (42.9%).
  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, Buffalo also ranked among the league’s leaders in shot generation with the man advantage, averaging 2.29 shots (5th) and 3.70 shot attempts (8th) per two minutes of power-play time.

LET’S GET DANGEROUS

  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, the Sabres ranked second in the league entering play Tuesday with a high-danger scoring chance percentage of 61.90%, out-chancing their opponents 39-24 in high-danger situations at 5-on-5 through the team’s first six games.*
  • By this metric, Jeff Skinner leads all Sabres (and was tied for fourth in the NHL entering play Tuesday) with eight high-danger scoring chances during 5-on-5 play. Skinner tied for ninth in the league with 94 high-danger scoring chances last season.

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

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

  • Buffalo Sabres: 11 PTS (1st), 42.9% PP% (1st), 5 W (T-1st), 24 GF (T-2nd)
  • Dahlin: 6 PPP (T-2nd), 7 A (T-5th),
  • Eichel: 6 PPP (T-2nd), 2 PPG (T-4th), 9 PTS (T-8th), 6 A (T-10th)
  • Hutton: 4 W (T-1st), 1 SO (T-1st), 1.74 GAA (7th)
  • Johansson: 1 OTG (T-1st), 1 GWG (T-8th)
  • McCabe: 16 BkS (T-3rd)
  • Okposo: 1 GWG (T-8th)
  • Olofsson: 5 PPG (2nd), 5 PPP (5th), 5 G (T-5th), 1 GWG (T-8th)
  • Sheary: 1 GWG (T-8th)
  • Skinner: 26 S (4th), 4 G (T-10th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Sobotka (16), Ristolainen (14), McCabe (11)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (16), Ristolainen (7), Scandella (7)
Shots: Skinner (26), Eichel (22), Ristolainen (18)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 5-0-1 (11), 25/13, 9/21, 13/17

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 … 6 games … 600 career games played
Jack Eichel … 8 games … 300 career games played
Carter Hutton … 8 games … 200 career games played
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 10 goals … 100 career goals
Assists
Jeff Skinner … 1 assist … 200 career assists
Points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 4 points … 200 career points
Kyle Okposo … 10 points … 500 career points
Jimmy Vesey … 10 points … 100 career points 

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

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