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Game Preview: 3/3/20 at Winnipeg

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, February 29
Buffalo 2 at Arizona 5
Goals: Johansson, Skinner
Goalie: Johansson (26 saves/30 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 0/2; PK: 2/2; Shots: Arizona 31 – Buffalo 27

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 315)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 65 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 49 games
Tage Thompson (shoulder, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 45 games
Linus Ullmark (lower body, Jan. 30; injured reserve) – 15 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/27: Recalled D Lawrence Pilut from Rochester (AHL); Assigned D John Gilmour to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, March 5: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 7: Philadelphia at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, March 9: Washington at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 12: Buffalo at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Friday, March 13: Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at JETS

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Jets this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Winnipeg 2-1 in Buffalo on Feb. 23.
  • The Sabres are 6-4-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Jets; 3-6-1 on the road.
  • This is the 65th game all-time between Buffalo and Winnipeg; Buffalo has a 28-25-11 series record.
  • The Sabres are 10-14-7 on the road against the Jets all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-8-8 all-time on March 3.
  • March 3, 1977: The Sabres get multi-point efforts from six different players — led by Bill Hajt’s three points (1+2) — and goals from seven different players in the team’s 7-2 win vs. Los Angeles.
  • March 3, 2006: Derek Roy records his first NHL hat trick in a 6-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Buffalo.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • If he dresses tonight, Colin Miller would appear in his 300th NHL game tonight. Miller has totaled three points (1+2) in his last three meetings with the Jets.
  • Carter Hutton has a .973 save percentage in his last five appearances against Winnipeg.
  • Marcus Johansson has recorded 19 points (3+16) in 20 games against the Jets since they moved to Winnipeg in 2011-12, including seven multi-point outings.
  • Kyle Okposo has posted 17 points (7+10) in his last 17 matchups with Winnipeg, logging seven multi-point games against the Jets during that stretch.
  • Jack Eichel has totaled five points (3+2) in his last four games against the Jets.
  • Jeff Skinner has recorded six points (3+3) in seven games against Winnipeg since the beginning of the 2016-17 season.

CABER’S ON THE WARPATH

  • Jake McCabe enters tonight’s game with points in each of Buffalo’s last three games, tying as the longest point streak of his career. He has previously tallied points in three straight games three times, most recently in October 2018.
  • During his point streak, McCabe has also led all Sabres in shots for percentage (69.39%), corsi for percentage (57.95%), and expected goals percentage (63.60%) during 5-on-5 play. (via NaturalStatTrick.com)
  • With career-best full-season rates in these categories this season, he ranks at or near the top among active Sabres defensemen in each metric: 51.58 SF% (1st), 50.42 CF% (2nd), 50.16 xGF% (1st).

THE NEW GUYS

  • The Sabres acquired forwards Dominik Kahun and Wayne Simmonds in trades before the trade deadline on Feb. 24.
  • With a goal on his first shot as a member of the Sabres on Friday at Vegas, Kahun became the 57th player ever to score in his Sabres debut. He followed that up with an assist the next night at Arizona.
    • Kahun joined Jack Eichel, Zemgus Girgensons, Curtis Lazar and Kyle Okposo as the fifth active Sabre to score in his debut. Girgensons, Lazar and Okposo also scored with their first shots as Sabres, and Eichel scored on his second.
  • By scoring just 22 seconds into his Sabres career, Kahun needed the least amount of ice time to score his first goal as a Sabre of any player since 2009-10, when the NHL began tracking the statistic. He topped Okposo’s 51 seconds on Oct. 16, 2016 at Edmonton.
  • Through his first three games with the Sabres, Simmonds has totaled 11 hits, trailing only Rasmus Ristolainen (15) for most on the team in those games. He tallied his first point as a member of the Sabres with an assist on Saturday at Arizona.

THE LOG LINE

  • The line of Zemgus Girgensons, Johan Larsson and Kyle Okposo has scored five goals in Buffalo’s last six games.
  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, the line has outscored opponents 5-1, outshot them 35-30 and out-attempted them 59-54 when on the ice together in those six games despite having an offensive zone start percentage of just 32.4 percent.
  • Okposo has recorded six points (4+2) in Buffalo’s last seven games.
  • Girgensons enters tonight’s contest with four points (2+2) in the Sabres’ last five games.
    • Girgensons’ 19 points through 65 games are his highest total since his career-best 30 points in 2014-15. He needs three more goals to tie his career high of 15 set in 2014-15.
  • With an assist on Wednesday at Colorado, Larsson tied his previous career high of 17 points in his 56th game of the season. All 17 points have come at even-strength, topping his previous career high of 15 in 2017-18.
    • Larsson is now four goals and two assists from tying his career highs in those categories.

TEEN TITAN

  • Rasmus Dahlin has totaled 81 points (13+68) through his first 137 NHL games, including 37 points (4+33) in 55 games this season.
  • With his assist on Feb. 18 at Ottawa, Dahlin passed Ray Bourque (79) for the second-most points recorded by an NHL defenseman before his 20th birthday. He now trails only Phil Housley (132) for the most points ever recorded by a teenage defenseman.
  • Dahlin’s .59 points per game in his career rank as the 15th-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

  • Jack Eichel is currently on pace to finish the season with 44 goals and 97 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.
  • Sam Reinhart scored his 20th goal of the season in his 55th game on Feb. 7 at NY Rangers, surpassing the 2015-16 season as his previous quickest season to 20 goals (69 games). Reinhart is currently on pace to set a new career high in goals (28).

JACK ATTACK

  • With an assist on Feb. 11 vs. Detroit, Jack Eichel became the 14th player ever to record 70 points in consecutive seasons at least once as a member of the Sabres.
    • He needs three points to become just the ninth player in franchise history to record 80 points in back-to-back seasons at least once. He would join Danny Gare, Dale Hawerchuk, Pat LaFontaine, Rick Martin, Alexander Mogilny, Gilbert Perreault, Rene Robert and Pierre Turgeon.
  • With his 40th assist on Feb. 13 vs. Columbus, Eichel became the first Sabres player to record 30 goals and 40 assists in a season since Jason Pominville (30+43) in 2011-12. He became the 16th different player in franchise history to accomplish this feat at least once.

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 20 multi-point games this season, tying as the 11th-most in the NHL entering play Monday. The Sabres are 15-3-2 (.800) in those games.
  • Eichel’s seven multi-goal games tied for fifth-most in the league and his 11 multi-assist games tied for 11th-most.
  • Sam Reinhart ranks second on the Sabres with 13 multi-point games this season. The team is 10-2-1 this season (.808) and 41-7-8 (.804) in his career when he records at least two points.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 3/2 games)

  • Eichel: 3 OTG (T-2nd), 9 GWG (T-3rd), 35 G (6th), 26 PPP (T-7th), 24 EVG (T-8th), 77 PTS (T-9th), 50 EVP (T-10th)
  • Olofsson: 11 PPG (T-7th)
  • Ristolainen: 194 hits (9th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (194), Girgensons (104), McCabe/Miller (84)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (86), Ristolainen (80), Jokiharju (58)
Shots: Eichel (217), Skinner (168), Reinhart (132)

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, 23/32a
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: 5-4-1 (11), 28/33, 5/23, 13/17
61-70: 2-3-0 (4), 13/15, 2/11, 6/8

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-6; 126-134 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)
Feb. 13 vs. CBJ: W, 4-3 (Olofsson, 2:44)

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
Colin Miller … 1 game … 300 career games played
Kyle Okposo … 4 games … 800 career games played
Sam Reinhart … 4 games … 400 career games played
Goals
Kyle Okposo … 4 goals … 200 career goals
Points
Wayne Simmonds … 1 point … 500 career points
Johan Larsson … 4 points … 100 career points
Wins
Carter Hutton … 7 wins … 100 career wins 

RECENT MILESTONES
Jimmy Vesey … 300th NHL game … Feb. 28 at VGK

Game Preview: 2/29/20 at Arizona

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Friday, February 28
Buffalo 2 at Vegas 4
Goals: Kahun, Skinner
Goalie: Hutton (24 saves/27 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 0/1; PK: 0/0; Shots: Buffalo 34 – Vegas 28

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 311)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 64 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 48 games
Tage Thompson (shoulder, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 44 games
Linus Ullmark (lower body, Jan. 30; injured reserve) – 14 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/24: Acquired F Wayne Simmonds from New Jersey in exchange for a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft; Acquired F Dominik Kahun from Pittsburgh in exchange for F Evan Rodrigues and F Conor Sheary
2/27: Recalled D Lawrence Pilut from Rochester (AHL); Assigned D John Gilmour to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, March 3: Buffalo at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
Thursday, March 5: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 7: Philadelphia at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, March 9: Washington at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 12: Buffalo at Montreal, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at COYOTES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Coyotes this season.
  • Last meeting: Arizona defeated Buffalo 3-2 (SO) in Buffalo on Oct. 28, 2019.
  • The Sabres are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Coyotes; 8-2-0 on the road.
  • This is the 82nd game all-time between Buffalo and Arizona; Buffalo has a 48-23-10 series record.
  • The Sabres are 22-15-2 on the road against the Coyotes all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 3-3-0 all-time on February 29.
  • February 29, 2012: The Sabres and Ducks combine for 106 penalty minutes and Ryan Miller stops 43 shots to earn a shutout in Buffalo’s 2-0 win in Anaheim. Miller’s 43 saves set a franchise record for most saves in a shutout that now belongs to Carter Hutton (47 saves, Oct. 17, 2019 at Los Angeles).

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 14-3-2 in their 19 games against the Coyotes since the beginning of the 2008-09 season. The team is 10-2-0 in its last 12 visits to Arizona, dating back to Jan. 19, 2002.
  • Brandon Montour has recorded five points (2+3) in the Sabres’ last five games.
  • Jack Eichel has totaled 12 points (4+8) in nine career games against Arizona, including at least a point in each of his four road games (2+4).
  • Jeff Skinner has totaled 10 points (5+5) in his last eight games against the Coyotes, including points in each of the last four (5+3).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has totaled eight points (2+6) in 11 career meetings with Arizona. It’s his third-best per-game output against any opponent, trailing only his 1.1 points per game against the Edmonton Oilers and his .79 points per game against the Vancouver Canucks.
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded six points (1+5) in his last six games against the Coyotes, including assists in all three meetings since the beginning of last season.
  • Marcus Johansson has tallied four assists in his last four games against Arizona.

BACK-TO-BACK
Today’s game wraps up Buffalo’s 12th of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 4-2 loss last night at Vegas. The Sabres are 4-6-2 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 6-4-1 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (1), three points (3), two points (5), one point (0) and zero points (2).

THE NEW GUYS

  • The Sabres acquired forwards Dominik Kahun and Wayne Simmonds in trades before the trade deadline on Feb. 24.
  • With a goal on his first shot as a member of the Sabres last night at Vegas, Dominik Kahun became the 57th player ever to score in his Sabres debut.
    • Kahun joined Jack Eichel, Zemgus Girgensons, Curtis Lazar and Kyle Okposo as the fifth active Sabre to score in his debut. Girgensons, Lazar and Okposo also scored with their first shots as Sabres, and Eichel scored on his second.
  • Through his first two games with the Sabres, Simmonds has totaled nine hits, trailing only Rasmus Ristolainen (10) for most on the team in those games.

THE LOG LINE

  • The line of Zemgus Girgensons, Johan Larsson and Kyle Okposo has scored five goals in Buffalo’s last five games.
  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, the line has outscored opponents 5-1, outshot them 33-28 and out-attempted them 52-50 when on the ice together in those five games despite having an offensive zone start percentage of just 30.3 percent.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded six points (4+2) in Buffalo’s last six games.
  • Zemgus Girgensons enters tonight’s contest with four points (2+2) in the Sabres’ last four games.
    • Girgensons’ 19 points through 64 games are his highest total since his career-best 30 points in 2014-15. He needs three more goals to tie his career high of 15 set in 2014-15.
  • With an assist on Wednesday at Colorado, Johan Larsson tied his previous career high of 17 points in his 56th game of the season. All 17 points have come at even-strength, topping his previous career high of 15 in 2017-18.
    • Larsson is now four goals and two assists from tying his career highs in those categories.

TEEN TITAN

  • Rasmus Dahlin has totaled 81 points (13+68) through his first 136 NHL games, including 37 points (4+33) in 54 games this season.
  • With his assist on Feb. 18 at Ottawa, Dahlin passed Ray Bourque (79) for the second-most points recorded by an NHL defenseman before his 20th birthday. He now trails only Phil Housley (132) for the most points ever recorded by a teenage defenseman.
  • Dahlin’s .60 points per game in his career rank as the 14th-highest rate among active NHL defensemen with at least 10 career games played. His .685 points per game so far this season represent the best single-season scoring rate by a Sabres defenseman with more than one game played since Garry Galley (.692) in 1995-96.

SETTING THE PACE

  • Jack Eichel is currently on pace to finish the season with 45 goals and 99 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.
  • Sam Reinhart scored his 20th goal of the season in his 55th game on Feb. 7 at NY Rangers, surpassing the 2015-16 season as his previous quickest season to 20 goals (69 games). Reinhart is currently on pace to set a new career high in goals (28).
  • Despite missing 10 games due to injury, Rasmus Dahlin is currently on pace to record 49 points this season, giving him a chance to become the Sabres’ first 50-point defenseman since Garry Galley (54) in 1995-96.
  • Victor Olofsson, who has missed 15 games due to injury this season, is on pace to score 26 goals. If he maintains his current pace, his output will supplant Thomas Vanek (25) for sixth-most among all rookies in franchise history. It would be the most goals scored by a Sabres rookie since Donald Audette scored 31 in 1991-92.

JACK ATTACK

  • With an assist on Feb. 11 vs. Detroit, Jack Eichel became the 14th player ever to record 70 points in consecutive seasons at least once as a member of the Sabres.
    • He needs three points to become just the ninth player in franchise history to record 80 points in back-to-back seasons at least once. He would join Danny Gare, Dale Hawerchuk, Pat LaFontaine, Rick Martin, Alexander Mogilny, Gilbert Perreault, Rene Robert and Pierre Turgeon.
  • With his 40th assist on Feb. 13 vs. Columbus, Eichel became the first Sabres player to record 30 goals and 40 assists in a season since Jason Pominville (30+43) in 2011-12. He became the 16th different player in franchise history to accomplish this feat at least once.

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 20 multi-point games this season, ranking as the 11th-most in the NHL. The Sabres are 15-3-2 (.800) in those games.
  • Eichel’s seven multi-goal games tie for fifth-most in the league and his 11 multi-assist games tie for 11th-most.
  • Sam Reinhart ranks second on the Sabres with 13 multi-point games this season. The team is 10-2-1 this season (.808) and 41-7-8 (.804) in his career when he records at least two points.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings)

  • Eichel: 3 OTG (T-2nd), 9 GWG (T-2nd), 35 G (6th), 26 PPP (T-7th), 24 EVG (T-8th), 77 PTS (T-9th), 50 EVP (10th)
  • Olofsson: 11 PPG (T-5th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (189), Girgensons (103), McCabe (82)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (84), Ristolainen (79), Jokiharju (57)
Shots: Eichel (216), Skinner (165), Reinhart (131)

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, 23/32a
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: 5-4-1 (11), 28/33, 5/23, 13/17
61-70: 2-2-0 (4), 11/10, 2/9, 4/6

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-6; 126-134 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)
Feb. 13 vs. CBJ: W, 4-3 (Olofsson, 2:44)

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
Colin Miller … 2 games … 300 career games played
Kyle Okposo … 5 games … 800 career games played
Sam Reinhart … 5 games … 400 career games played
Goals
Kyle Okposo … 4 goals … 200 career goals
Points
Wayne Simmonds … 2 points … 500 career points
Johan Larsson … 4 points … 100 career points
Wins
Carter Hutton … 7 wins … 100 career wins

RECENT MILESTONES
Henri Jokiharju … 100th NHL game … Feb. 23 vs. WPG
Jonas Johansson … 1st NHL win … Feb. 23 vs. WPG
Jimmy Vesey … 300th NHL game … Feb. 28 at VGK

Post-Game Report: 10/28 vs. Arizona

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Coyotes
(7-3-1)
0 2 0 0 1 3 26
Sabres
(9-2-2)
2 0 0 0 0 2 44

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • With tonight’s shootout loss, the Sabres have finished the month of October with a 9-2-2 record. Their 20 points in the month fell one shy of tying the franchise record for the opening month of a season (21, October 2006).
  • Buffalo’s points percentage of .769 in October ranks as the fifth-best season-opening month in franchise history.
  • The Sabres fell to 5-0-1 at home this season, becoming the final team to lose a game on home ice in 2019-20. Their five consecutive home wins to open the season left them one win shy of tying the franchise-best mark of six set in 1975-76.
  • With their goals tonight, Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner share the team lead and are tied for seventh in the NHL with seven goals each this season.
  • Eichel’s goal moved him into a tie for the NHL lead with nine power-play points this season (4+5).
  • Skinner is now tied for second in the league with seven even-strength goals.
  • Skinner’s two-point night (1+1) gives him 10 points (5+5) in his last eight games against Arizona.
  • Sam Reinhart picked up an assist on Eichel’s goal and now has four points (2+2) in his last four games.
  • Marcus Johansson earned the primary assist on Skinner’s goal, giving him four assists in his last four games against the Coyotes.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision GA SA
Coyotes Kuemper W 2 26
Sabres Hutton OTL 2 44
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Coyotes Kuemper 5-3-0 .933 1.87
Sabres Hutton 6-1-1 .926 2.21

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Casey Mittelstadt

Sabres forward Jeff Skinner

Coyotes head coach Rick Tocchet

Coyotes forward Conor Garland

Coyotes goaltender Darcy Kuemper

Game Preview: 10/28/19 vs. Arizona

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Friday, October 25
Buffalo 2 at Detroit 0
Goals: McCabe, Reinhart
Goalie: Ullmark (41 saves/41 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 3/3; Shots: Detroit 41 – Buffalo 25

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 51)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (hip, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 12 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 12 games
Brandon Montour (hand, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 12 games
Marco Scandella (lower body, Oct. 25) – 1 game
Jimmy Vesey (upper body, Oct. 25) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/25: Recalled D William Borgen from Rochester (AHL)
10/26: Assigned D William Borgen from Rochester (AHL)
10/27: Recalled D William Borgen from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, Nov. 1: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 2: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 8: Tampa Bay at Buffalo (Stockholm, Sweden), 2 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 9: Buffalo at Tampa Bay (Stockholm, Sweden), 1 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 14: Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
COYOTES at SABRES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Coyotes this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Arizona 3-1 in Buffalo on Dec. 13, 2018.
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Feb. 29 in Arizona
  • The Sabres are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Coyotes; 6-2-2 at home.
  • This is the 81st game all-time between Buffalo and Arizona; Buffalo has a 48-23-9 series record.
  • The Sabres are 26-8-7 on the road against the Coyotes all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-6-6 all-time on October 28.
  • October 28, 1981: Ric Seiling scores his 100th NHL goal in a 6-2 win vs. the St. Louis Blues.
  • October 28, 1992: Alexander Mogilny scores twice as the Sabres and Maple Leafs battle to a 4-4 tie.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres have scored the first goal in nine of their 12 games so far this season, going 8-1-0 in those contests. Only the Washington Capitals (6-1-2) had scored first in as many games as Buffalo entering play Sunday.
  • Buffalo is 14-3-1 in its last 18 games against Arizona, including a 9-2-1 record since the beginning of the 2013-14 season.
  • The Sabres have the No. 4 power play in the league, converting on a league-high 13 of their 45 power plays this season (28.9%).
  • Entering play Sunday, the Sabres joined the Washington Capitals as one of just two teams with four players with at least five goals each this season (Eichel – 6, Olofsson – 6, Skinner – 6, Reinhart – 5).

 COYOTE KILLERS

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 11 points (3+8) in eight career games against Arizona, including five points (1+4) in four home games. It’s his second-best per-game output against any opponent, trailing only his 19 points in 13 career meetings with the Ottawa Senators.
  • Jeff Skinner has totaled eight points (4+4) in his last seven games against the Coyotes, including points in each of the last three (4+2).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has totaled eight points (2+6) in 10 career meetings with Arizona. It’s his second-best per-game output against any opponent, trailing only his 14 points in 11 career meetings with the Edmonton Oilers.
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded five points (1+4) in his last five games against the Coyotes.
  • Evan Rodrigues and Conor Sheary both have points in each of their last three games against Arizona, totaling a goal and two assists each.
  • Linus Ullmark has allowed just one goal in two career appearances against the Coyotes, stopping 48 of 49 shots (.980) in those games to post a 0.66 goals-against average.

 23 AND “C”
Today is Jack Eichel’s 23rd birthday. Only two players in Sabres franchise history have recorded more points than Eichel before turning 23 years old. Just three players have scored more goals for the team before their 23rd birthdays.

Most Points Before 23rd Birthday

Player Seasons GP G A PTS
Phil Housley 1982-83 to 1986-87 369 98 229 327
Pierre Turgeon 1987-88 to 1991-92 322 122 201 323
Jack Eichel 2015-16 to 2019-20 298 107 168 275

 

Most Goals Before 23rd Birthday

Player Seasons GP G
Rick Martin 1971-72 to 1973-74 226 133
Pierre Turgeon 1987-88 to 1991-92 322 122
Dave Andreychuk 1982-83 to 1985-86 265 119
Jack Eichel 2015-16 to 2019-20 298 107

 

A STRONG START

  • The Sabres are 9-2-1 entering their final game of October. They have already recorded the franchise’s second-highest point total in the opening month of a season. With a win tonight, they would tie the franchise record, matching the team’s 21-point output in October 2006 (10-0-1).
  • Buffalo’s plus-12 goal differential so far this season currently ranks as their fifth-best in a season-opening month and the best since October 2006.
  • Carter Hutton (2) and Linus Ullmark (1) have combined for three shutouts through Buffalo’s first 12 games. It is the first time in franchise history that the Sabres have posted three shutouts in the first month of the season.
  • Regardless of tonight’s result, the Sabres’ points percentage after the opening month will rank in the franchise’s top five starts to the season. With a win, it would rank third all-time.

Best Points Percentage Through First Month of Season

Season GP Record PTS PTS%
2006-07 11 10-0-1 21 .954
1975-76 10 8-1-1 17 .850
1972-73 10 6-0-4 16 .800
2019-20 12 9-2-1 19 .792*
2009-10 11 8-2-1 17 .773

*With one game remaining in month

HOME SWEET HOME

  • At 5-0-0 through their first five home games, the Sabres are the only team in the NHL that has yet to lose a game at home in 2019-20.
  • With a 5-0-0 start to their home schedule for the first time since 1984-85, the Sabres are looking to tie a franchise record set in the 1975-76 season by opening the season with six consecutive wins at home.
  • Entering play Sunday, the Sabres’ per-game rates ranked them among the league’s leaders at home in goals (4th, 4.4 GF/GP), goals against (6th, 2.2 GA/GP) and goal differential (2nd, plus-2.2 GD/GP).

VIC-O MODE

  • All six of Victor Olofsson’s goals this season have come on the power play, tying James Neal for most in the league entering play Sunday. He also led all rookies in goals (6), tied to lead all rookies in points (10), and led rookie forwards in ice time per game (17:26).
  • Entering play Sunday, no NHL player had scored more power-play goals than Olofsson’s eight in 18 games played since he made his NHL debut on March 28, 2019 vs. Detroit. He has set an NHL record by becoming the first player in NHL history to score each of his first seven-plus career goals with a man advantage.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 10/27 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 9 W (1st), 19 PTS (T-1st), 28.9% PP% (4th)
  • Dahlin: 7 PPA (T-1st), 7 PPP (T-5th)
  • Eichel: 1 OTG (T-1st), 8 PPP (T-3rd), 230 FO (4th), 16 PTS (5th), 5 PPA (T-6th), 10 A (T-7th), 3 PPG (T-8th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (T-1st), 6 W (T-2nd)
  • Johansson: 1 OTG (T-1st)
  • McCabe: 32 BkS (T-1st)
  • Olofsson: 6 PPG (T-1st), 8 PPP (T-3rd)
  • Scandella: plus-8 (T-9th)
  • Skinner: 49 S (3rd)
  • Ullmark: .932 SV% (4th), 1 SO (T-4th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (37), McCabe (28), Sobotka (25)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (32), Ristolainen (18), Jokiharju (14)
Shots: Skinner (49), Eichel (41), Reinhart (26)

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: 1-1-0 (2), 4/6, 1/6, 7/7

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

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Jack Eichel … 2 games … 300 career games played
Carter Hutton … 5 games … 200 career games played
Casey Mittelstadt … 5 games … 100 career games played
Rasmus Dahlin … 6 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 9 goals … 100 career goals
Points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 1 point … 200 career points
Jimmy Vesey … 8 points … 100 career points
Kyle Okposo … 8 points … 500 career points 

RECENT MILESTONES
Jack Eichel … 6th career overtime goal (T-1st in franchise history) … Oct. 22 vs. SJS
Marcus Johansson … 600th NHL game played … Oct. 25 at DET

Post-Game Report: 12/13 vs. Arizona

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Coyotes
(13-15-2)
1 0 0 1 26
Sabres
(19-9-4)
2 0 1 3 33

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • Tonight’s win improved the Sabres to 11-3-2 (.750) at home and 8-2-1 against the Pacific Division this season. They are now 14-3-1 in their last 18 games against the Coyotes, including a 9-2-1 record since the beginning of the 2013-14 season.
    • The team’s .750 points percentage at home puts the Sabres on pace for their fifth-best home record ever, and the best since the 1979-80 season (27-5-8, .775).
  • Carter Hutton stopped 25 of 26 shots (.962) to earn his sixth consecutive win at home. On the season, he’s 9-2-1 at home with a .928 save percentage and a 2.31 goals-against average.
  • With his 22nd goal of the season, Jeff Skinner extended his point streak to four games (2+2). Jack Eichel’s assist on the goal also extended his point streak to four games (5+2).
    • Skinner has now totaled eight points (4+4) in his last seven games against the Coyotes.
  • Sam Reinhart’s assist on Skinner’s goal extended his career-best point streak to eight games (5+6). It is the Sabres’ longest streak of the season and the third-longest active streak in the NHL.
    • Reinhart now has 24 points (8+16) in his last 24 games.
  • With their points tonight, Evan Rodrigues and Conor Sheary each have a goal and two assists in their last three games against the Coyotes.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Coyotes Kuemper L .909 3.15
Sabres Hutton W .962 1.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Coyotes Kuemper 4-7-2 .909 2.85
Sabres Hutton 13-8-1 .919 2.53

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Evan Rodrigues

Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton

Coyotes head coach Rick Tocchet

Coyotes forward Christian Fischer

Coyotes defenseman Alex Goligoski

Coyotes defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson