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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

Game Preview: 12/13/18 vs. Arizona

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, December 11
Los Angeles 3 at Buffalo 4 (OT)
Goals: Girgensons, Eichel, Larsson, Skinner
Goalie: Ullmark (26 saves/29 shots)
PP: 2/8; PK: 4/4; Shots: Buffalo 47 – Los Angeles 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 119)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 31 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 31 games
Marco Scandella (upper body, Nov. 27; injured reserve) – 7 games
Jake McCabe (upper body, Nov. 29; injured reserve) – 5 games
Casey Nelson (upper body, Dec. 8; injured reserve) – 2 games
Patrik Berglund (illness, Dec. 11) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
12/7: Recalled D Matt Tennyson and G Scott Wedgewood from Rochester (AHL); Placed D Casey Nelson on IR
12/12: Assigned D Matt Hunwick to Rochester (AHL) on a conditioning loan

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Dec. 15: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 16: Buffalo at Boston, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 18: Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 21: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 22: Anaheim at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
COYOTES at SABRES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Coyotes this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Arizona 3-0 in Arizona on Oct. 13
  • The Sabres are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Coyotes; 5-3-2 at home.
  • This is the 80th game all-time between Buffalo and Arizona/Winnipeg; Buffalo has a 47-23-9 series record.
  • The Sabres are 25-8-7 at home against the Coyotes/Jets all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-10-3 all-time on December 13.
  • December 13, 1972: The Sabres defeat the Boston Bruins 7-3 in a game which featured 154 penalty minutes, including 76 by the Sabres alone. Among the penalties was the infamous fight that featured Sabres defenseman Jim Schoenfeld crashing through the zamboni doors with Bruins forward Wayne Cashman.
  • December 13, 2008: Thomas Vanek scores the 10,000th goal in franchise history in a 4-2 win at New Jersey.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Jack Eichel enters tonight’s contest with five goals in his last three games, marking his longest goal streak since March 3 to 7, 2016.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has totaled 11 points (1+10) in his last 11 games.
  • The Sabres are 7-2-1 against the Pacific Division this season, including a 4-0-1 record at home.
  • Buffalo is 13-3-1 in its last 17 games against Arizona, including an 8-2-1 record since the beginning of the 2013-14 season.

COYOTE KILLERS

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 10 points (3+7) in seven career games against Arizona, including four points (1+3) in three home games. It’s his second-best per-game output against any opponent, trailing only his 16 points in 11 career meetings with the Ottawa Senators.
    • Eichel has more than 10 career points against four NHL teams: Ottawa (16), Toronto (13), Columbus (11) and NY Rangers (11).
  • Kyle Okposo (1+6) and Jeff Skinner (3+4) each have seven points in their last six games against the Coyotes.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has totaled eight points (2+6) in nine career meetings with Arizona. It’s his second-best per-game output against any opponent, trailing only his 12 points in nine career meetings with the Edmonton Oilers.
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded four points (1+3) in his last four games against the Coyotes.
  • Evan Rodrigues and Conor Sheary each have points (1+2) in three of four career games against Arizona.
  • Rasmus Dahlin scored his first career goal when these teams last met.
  • 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.

HOME COOKING
Buffalo enters tonight’s game with a 10-3-2 (.733) record at home this season. The team’s .733 points percentage at home tied for fifth in the NHL entering play Wednesday and puts the Sabres on pace for their sixth-best home record ever, and the best since the 1979-80 season (27-5-8, .775).

COMEBACK KIDS

  • The Sabres are 6-7-2 this season when trailing after two periods. Entering play Wednesday, their six wins when trailing after 40 minutes tied for most in the league and their .400 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 11-2-4 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 .647 winning percentage in one-goal games tie the fifth-best mark in franchise history and would be the Sabres’ best record in one-goal games since 1989-90 (18-6-3, .667).

WORKING OVERTIME

  • The Sabres are 8-4 in games that have been tied after regulation this season, including a 5-4 record in overtime and a 3-0 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 entered play Wednesday tied for the league lead with three overtime goals this season. Skinner’s total through 31 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.

SAM I AM

  • Sam Reinhart enters tonight’s game on a career-best seven-game point streak (5+5), topping his previous career high of five games set from Dec. 20 to 29, 2017. It’s the third-longest active streak in the NHL, trailing only Mikko Rantanen and Alex Ovechkin (12 games each) and ties as the longest by a Sabre this season.
  • Reinhart has recorded 23 points (8+15) in his last 23 games, including eight two-point games during that stretch. With eight multi-point games through 31 games played this season, he is two shy of his career-high 10 in a season.
  • The Sabres are 13-3-2 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 25-3-5 (.833) in his career when he records at least two.

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel recorded his 15th multi-point game of the season on Tuesday vs. Los Angeles (1+1). He has now recorded two points in five of his last six games.
  • Entering play Wednesday, Eichel’s 15 multi-point games ranked third in the league this season, one behind co-leaders Mikko Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon. Through 31 games, he is three 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 third-most even-strength points ever recorded by a Sabre (74), trailing only Pat LaFontaine (83) and Alexander Mogilny (78) 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 tie the second-highest goal total in Sabres history (56), trailing only Mogilny in 1992-93 (76). His 40 even-strength goals would finish behind only Mogilny’s even-strength total from 1992-93 (49), Rick Martin’s 44 in 1973-74 and Danny Gare’s 41 in 1975-76 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 31 10 28 38 8 20 28
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 82 26 74 101 21 53 74
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 31 21 10 31 15 7 22
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 56 26 82 40 19 58

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

  • Buffalo Sabres: 40 PTS (T-4th), 18 W (T-6th)
  • Eichel: 138 S (1st), 20 EVA (T-4th), 28 A (T-5th), 28 EVP (T-6th), 38 P (T-9th)
  • Hutton: 12 W (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 25:42 TOI/GP (4th), 97 hits (6th)
  • Skinner: 15 EVG (T-2nd), 3 OTG (T-1st), 21 G (T-2nd), 4 GWG (T-4th), plus-18 (6th), 6 PPG (T-6th)

BUF-ARI CONNECTIONS
Former Coyotes:

  • Sabres Head Coach Phil Housley spent three seasons (1990-1993) with the Coyotes franchise while they were located in Winnipeg. He recorded 259 points (64+195) in 232 games and still ranks in the top 10 in franchise history in goals (8th), assists (7th) and points (8th) by a defenseman.

Sabres with Arizona Connections:

  • Sabres F Tage Thompson was born in Glendale, Arizona, while his dad was playing for the Phoenix Roadrunners of the IHL.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Played with Coyotes F Alex Galchenyuk in Montreal.

Patrik Berglund:

  • Won a silver medal for Sweden with Coyotes F Mario Kempe at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Has represented Sweden in international play with Coyotes D Oliver Ekman-Larsson three times: at the 2011 IIHF World Championship, at the 2014 Winter Olympics and at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. The pair won a silver medal together in 2011 and 2014. Coyotes D Niklas Hjalmarsson was also a member of the 2014 and 2016 teams.

Jason Botterill:

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

Jack Eichel:

  • Represented the United States with Coyotes F Vinnie Hinostroza at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Won a bronze medal for Team USA with Coyotes F Nick Schmaltz at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Phil Housley:

  • Played with Coyotes Assistant General Manager Steve Sullivan in Chicago and New Jersey.
  • Played with Coyotes Head Coach Rick Tocchet in Washington.
  • Played with Coyotes Assistant Coach John MacLean in New Jersey.
  • Played with Coyotes Goaltending Coach Corey Schwab in New Jersey and Toronto.
  • Coached Coyotes F Alex Galchenyuk at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship. The duo won a gold medal together for the United States.

Carter Hutton:

  • Played with Coyotes D Niklas Hjalmarsson in Chicago.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played with Coyotes G Darcy Kuemper in Minnesota.
  • Represented Sweden with Coyotes D Niklas Hjalmarsson at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.
  • Won a gold medal for Team Sweden with Coyotes D Oliver Ekman-Larsson at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for the Islanders with Coyotes F Michael Grabner.
  • Played for Team USA with Coyotes D Alex Goligoski at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.

Davis Payne:

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

Jason Pominville:

  • Played with Coyotes G Darcy Kuemper in Minnesota.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Won a gold medal for Team Canada with Coyotes F Lawson Crouse at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Won a gold medal with Coyotes G Calvin Pickard while representing Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

Conor Sheary:

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

Jeff Skinner:

  • Played for the Hurricanes when Coyotes Assistant Coach John MacLean held the same role in Carolina.
  • Won a silver medal for Team Canada with Coyotes G Calvin Pickard at the 2017 IIHF World Championship.

Steve Smith:

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

Tage Thompson:

  • Won a gold medal with Coyotes F Clayton Keller for Team USA at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (97), Girgensons (51), McCabe (42)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (53), Bogosian (47), McCabe (44)
Shots: Eichel (138), Skinner (91), Ristolainen (76)

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: 1-0-0 (2), 4/3, 2/8, 4/4

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 (3-0; 73-66 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)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Remi Elie … 2 games … 100 career games played
Vladimir Sobotka … 9 games … 500 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 1 goal … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 5 assists … 300 career assists
Sam Reinhart … 7 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Jason Pominville … 3 points … 511 points with Sabres (T-8th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
Kyle Okposo … 700th NHL game … Dec. 8 vs. PHI
Lawrence Pilut … 1st NHL point (assist) … Dec. 8 vs. PHI

Game Preview: 10/13/18 at Arizona

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

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

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

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

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

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at COYOTES

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

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

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

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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

COYOTE KILLERS

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

MAKING HISTORY

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

A FRESH FACE

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

CAPTAIN JACK

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

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

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

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

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

BUF-ARI CONNECTIONS
Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Played with Coyotes F Alex Galchenyuk in Montreal.

Jason Botterill:

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

Phil Housley:

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

Carter Hutton:

  • Played with Coyotes D Niklas Hjalmarsson in Chicago.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played with Coyotes G Darcy Kuemper in Minnesota.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for the Islanders with Coyotes F Michael Grabner.

Davis Payne:

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

Jason Pominville:

  • Played with Coyotes G Darcy Kuemper in Minnesota.

Marco Scandella:

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

Conor Sheary:

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

Jeff Skinner:

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

Steve Smith:

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

Matt Tennyson:

  • Played with Coyotes D Jason Demers in San Jose.

Tage Thompson:

  • Was born in Phoenix, Arizona.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Post-Game Report: 3/21 vs. Arizona

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Coyotes
(25-37-11)
2 0 2 4 29
Sabres
(23-38-12)
1 0 0 1 30

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • With his goal tonight, Jordan Nolan now has four goals in his last five games against the Coyotes. His five career goals against the Coyotes is his highest total against any NHL team.
  • With his assist tonight, Evan Rodrigues now has six points (2+4) in his last six games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly went 27-for-39 (69.2%) on faceoffs tonight. His 27 wins moved him past Patrice Bergeron (2015-16), Mark Messier (1997-98) and Mats Sundin (1997-98 and 1998-99) and into 11th place on the all-time single-season list with 1,150 faceoff wins this season.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Coyotes Raanta W .967 1.00
Sabres Johnson
Ullmark
L
ND
.867
.923
4.60
1.96

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Coyotes Raanta 17-16-6 .926 2.37
Sabres Johnson
Ullmark
8-12-3
1-1-0
.896
.933
3.30
2.40

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jordan Nolan

Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly

Sabres defenseman Brendan Guhle

Coyotes head coach Rick Tocchet

Coyotes forward Dylan Strome

Coyotes forward Clayton Keller

Game Preview: 3/21/18 vs. Arizona

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Monday, March 19
Nashville 4 at Buffalo 0
Goals: N/A
Goalie: Ullmark (28 saves/32 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 0/0; Shots: Buffalo 35 – Nashville 32

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 266)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 29 games
Jake McCabe (shoulder, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 19 games
Kyle Criscuolo (upper body, March 7) – 6 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body. March 17) – 2 games
Robin Lehner (undisclosed, March 17) – 2 games
Zemgus Girgensons (undisclosed, March 20) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/17: Activated F Jack Eichel from IR
3/18: Assigned F Justin Bailey to Rochester (AHL)
3/19: Recalled F Justin Bailey from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, March 23: Montreal at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 24: Buffalo at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.
Monday, March 26: Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 29: Detroit at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 31: Buffalo at Nashville, 8 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
COYOTES at SABRES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Coyotes this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Arizona 5-4 in Arizona on Nov. 2, 2017
  • The Sabres are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Coyotes; 5-3-2 at home.
  • This is the 78th game all-time between Buffalo and Arizona/Winnipeg; Buffalo has a 46-22-9 series record.
  • The Sabres are 25-7-7 at home against the Coyotes/Jets all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 13-10-0 all-time on March 21.
  • March 21, 1971: Eddie Shack picks up his second hat trick in as many months as the Sabres defeat the Bruins by a score of 7-5 in Boston. Shack scored two of the goals only 2:22 apart and all three were scored in a span of 15:58.
  • March 21, 1976: The Sabres hold the Kansas City Scouts to eight total shots, including zero in the third period, in a 3-1 win.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • If he dresses, tonight will be Jack Eichel’s 200th NHL game.
  • Buffalo is 12-2-1 in its last 15 games against Arizona, including a 7-1-1 record since the beginning of the 2013-14 season.
  • The Sabres have points in four straight home games against the Coyotes (3-0-1) and are seeking their first five-game point streak against the franchise since the team won a series-best eight straight home games against the Jets from Feb. 28, 1988 to Nov. 19, 1993.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 29 points (12+17) in his last 28 games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 26 points (6+20) in his last 35 games dating back to Dec. 29. Ristolainen’s 26 points during that span tied for eighth among NHL defensemen entering play Tuesday.

COYOTE KILLERS

  • Jack Eichel has totaled nine points (3+6) in five career games against Arizona, including at least a point in each game. It’s his second-best per-game output against any opponent, trailing only his two points in one career meeting with the Vegas Golden Knights.
    • Eichel has more than nine career points against just one NHL team: Ottawa (11 points in eight games).
  • Kyle Okposo has 12 points (4+8) in 11 career games against the Coyotes, who are one of five teams Okposo has totaled at least a point per game against in his career (Anaheim, Arizona, Edmonton, San Jose, Vancouver).
    • With two points tonight, Okposo’s per-game output against the Coyotes would tie his current best against any opponent (14 points in 12 games against both Edmonton and San Jose).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has seven points (2+5) in seven career matchups with Arizona. The Coyotes are one of two NHL teams that Ristolainen has tallied at least a point per game against in his career, joining Edmonton (12 points in nine games).
  • Chad Johnson is 5-2-0 in seven career games against Arizona with a .924 save percentage and a 1.95 goals-against average. The five wins trail only his seven against Carolina and his six against Toronto for his highest total against any opponent.

HOT AGAINST ARIZONA

  • Jason Pominville has 12 points (1+11) in his last 12 games against the Coyotes.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 19 points (7+12) in his last 18 games against the Coyotes, including three points in each of the last two meetings.
  • Benoit Pouliot has totaled 10 points (3+7) in his last 10 games against the Coyotes.
  • Sam Reinhart has three points (1+2) in his last two games against Arizona.

HOT AT HOME

  • Ryan O’Reilly has 23 points (9+14) in 21 home games dating back to the team’s game on Dec. 22 vs. Philadelphia.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 17 points (7+10) in his last 17 home games.
  • Evan Rodrigues has posted eight points (2+6) in his last nine home games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has tallied nine points (1+8) in his last 12 home games.

DRAWING ATTENTION*

  • Ryan O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (1,123) and faceoff percentage (60.8%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 1,123 wins already rank as the most wins by a Sabre in a season.
  • O’Reilly’s 1,123 faceoff wins through 71 games played already rank 15th in NHL history and put him on pace to log the most by any NHL player in a season:
    • Ryan O’Reilly *pace* (BUF), 2017-18 1,281
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2005-06 – 1,268
    • Adam Oates (WSH), 1999-00 – 1,235
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2001-02 – 1,218
    • Joe Sakic (COL), 2000-01 – 1,214
  • At his current pace, O’Reilly would become just the third player ever to win at least 1,000 faceoffs in a season while maintaining a faceoff percentage of at least 59 percent, joining Rod Brind’Amour (five times) and Patrice Bergeron (two times).

*The NHL began keeping faceoff stats in the 1997-98 season.

I LIKE EICH

  • Despite missing 15 games with a high-ankle sprain, Jack Eichel is currently on pace to top his personal bests in goals (24), assists (33) and points (57) on the strength of improved production at even strength.
  • Eichel’s 16 multi-point games this season through 57 games played have already tied his career best set in 2016-17.
  • 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 57 games, Eichel now has 19 even-strength goals.
  • With his 36th even-strength point in his 53rd game of the season on Feb. 7 vs. Anaheim, Eichel surpassed his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games). Through 57 games, he now has 38 even-strength points.

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 57 22 32 54 19 19 38
2017-18 (Pace) 67 26 38 63 22 22 45

 

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

  • Of Jack Eichel’s 54 points so far this season, 24 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes 6-on-5 situations).
  • Through 57 games played, Eichel’s 24 primary points (13+11) during 5-on-5 play have already surpassed his 61-game total from last season (11+10) and tied his career-best total from his 81-game rookie season (12+12).

*All primary point stats via NaturalStatTrick.com

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 3/20 games)

  • Eichel: 3.70 S/GP (7th)
  • Girgensons: 2 SHG (T-9th)
  • O’Reilly: 1,123 FOW (1st), 61.0% FO% (1st), 1,846 FO (1st), 4 SHP (T-4th)
  • Pouliot: 2 SHG (T-9th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:31 TOI/GP (4th)

BUF-ARI CONNECTIONS
Former Coyotes:

  • Chad Johnson played four games for Arizona during the 2012-13 season, posting a 2-0-2 record with a .954 save percentage and a 1.21 goals-against average.

Justin Falk:

  • Played with Derek Stepan for the New York Rangers during the 2013-14 season.
  • Teammates with Kevin Connauton for the Columbus Blue Jackets from 2014-2016.

Seth Griffith:

  • Teammates with Max Domi for the London Knights (OHL) from 2011-2013.
  • Played with Zac Rinaldo for the Boston Bruins during part of the 2015-16 season. He and Zac were also teammates for the London Knights (OHL) during the 2009-10 campaign.
  • He and Jason Demers were teammates for the Florida Panthers during the 2016-17 season.

Chad Johnson:

  • Played with Derek Stepan for the New York Rangers during the 2010-11 season.

Robin Lehner:

  • Played with Nick Cousins for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) during the 2009-10 season.

Jordan Nolan:

  • Played with Nick Cousins for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) during the 2009-10 season.
  • He and Brad Richardson were teammates for the Los Angeles Kings from 2011-2013.
  • Teammates with Luke Schenn for the Los Angeles Kings during part of the 2015-16 season.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Represented the United States alongside Alex Goligoski at the 2012 World Championship.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • He and Luke Schenn played for Team Canada at the 2012 and 2013 World Championships.
  • Teammates with Max Domi for Team Canada at the 2016 World Championship.
  • Played with Jason Demers for Team Canada at the 2017 World Championship.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Played with Derek Stepan for the New York Rangers during the 2013-14 season.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Played with Max Domi for Team Canada at the 2015 World Junior Championship where Canada won the gold medal and Reinhart and Domi were named to the tournament All-Star team.
  • Teammates with Max Domi for Team Canada at the 2016 World Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Marco Scandella (55th overall) was taken four picks after Derek Stepan (51st overall) in the second round of the 2008 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Max Domi (12th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) was taken ten picks before Brendan Perlini (12th overall) in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.
  • Brendan Guhle (51st overall) and Christian Fischer (32nd overall) were both second-round picks in the 2015 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (185), Girgensons (125), McCabe/Nolan (110)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (102), Ristolainen (100), McCabe (79)
Shots: Eichel (211), O’Reilly (194), Reinhart (159)

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: 3-6-1 (7), 28/32, 6/24, 32/38
61-70: 5-4-1 (11), 24/31, 6/32, 20/25
71-80: 1-1-0 (2), 5/7, 1/6, 2/2

OVERTIME RESULTS (5-10; 113-121 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron, 3:52)
Oct. 21 at BOS: W, 5-4 (GWG-O’Reilly, 2:59)
Nov. 11 at MTL: L, 2-1 (GWG-Pacioretty, 3:08)
Nov. 14 at PIT: L, 5-4 (GWG-Sheary, 0:16)
Dec. 8 at CHI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Forsling, 4:55)
Dec. 10 at STL: L, 3-2 (GWG-Tarasenko, 4:24)
Dec. 15 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Slavin,2:15)
Dec. 27 at NYI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barzal, 1:08)
Dec. 29 at NJD: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen, 2:37)
Jan. 1 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Miller, 2:43)
Jan. 22 at CGY: W, 2-1 (GWG-Eichel, 1:30)
Feb. 6 vs. ANA: L, 4-3 (GWG-Henrique, 1:36)
Feb. 15 at OTT: L, 3-2 (GWG-Hoffman,1:13)
Feb. 22 at DET: W, 3-2 (GWG-Scandella, 4:59)
Feb. 28 at TBL: W, 2-1 (GWG-Pominville, 1:26)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-2; 70-66 all-time)
Oct. 5 vs. MTL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Drouin)
March 8 at OTT: W, 4-3 (GDG-Josefson)
March 10 vs. VGK: L, 2-1 (GDG-Haula)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Game Played
Jack Eichel … 1 game … 200 career games played
Assists
Jack Eichel … 3 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Zemgus Girgensons … 2 points … 100 career points
Jason Pominville … 10 points … 700 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A