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Game Preview: 12/29/19 at Boston

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Friday, December 27
Boston 3 at Buffalo 0
Goals: N/A
Goalie: Ullmark (22 saves/24 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 0/2; PK: 3/4; Shots: Buffalo 26 – Boston 25

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 178)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 39 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 23 games
Tage Thompson (upper body, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 19 games
Johan Larsson (lower body, Dec. 21) – 3 games
Marco Scandella (illness, Dec. 27) – 1 game
Jeff Skinner (upper body, Dec. 29) – 0 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
12/24: Assigned F Curtis Lazar to Rochester (AHL)
12/27: Recalled F Curtis Lazar from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Dec. 31: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 2: Edmonton at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 4: Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 9: Buffalo at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 11: Vancouver at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at BRUINS

  • This is the third of four meetings between the Sabres and Bruins this season.
  • Last meeting: Boston defeated Buffalo 3-0 in Buffalo on Dec. 27
  • Next meeting: Friday, March 13 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Bruins; 5-4-1 on the road.
  • This is the 296th game all-time between Buffalo and Boston; Buffalo has a 125-125-45 series record.
  • The Sabres are 51-74-21 on the road against the Bruins all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-11-5 all-time on December 29.
  • December 29, 1983: Real Cloutier scores three times in a span of 5:21 in the second period to kick-start the Sabres’ offense in an 8-5 win vs. Quebec.
  • December 29, 2017: Jake McCabe records an assist in his 200th NHL game, a 4-3 overtime win at New Jersey.
  • December 29, 2018: Carter Hutton makes 39 saves and Marco Scandella records two points (1+1), but the Sabres fall to the Bruins 3-2 in overtime.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The road team has won seven of the last 10 games between these teams.
  • Jack Eichel has recorded 11 points (5+6) in seven career road games against the Bruins.
  • Rasmus Dahlin has totaled three assists in three career visits to Boston.
  • Marcus Johansson has posted eight points (4+4) in his last nine road games in Boston, including a point in each of his last four games at TD Garden as a member of the visiting team (2+2). The current streak began on Jan. 5, 2016, when he scored a goal against the Bruins as a member of the Washington Capitals.
  • Sam Reinhart has tallied five assists in his five road games against the Bruins since the beginning of the 2017-18 season.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has scored in three of his last four visits to TD Garden, including each of his last two.
  • Victor Olofsson has recorded 24 points (10+14) in his last 24 games, including two-point performances in five of the team’s last 12 games. He has failed to record a point in just five of those 24 games and leads all NHL rookies in goals (16) and points (34) this season.

HOME-AND-HOME

  • Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s fourth of five home-and-home sets this season after a 3-0 Bruins win on Friday in Buffalo.
  • The Sabres have played in 166 previous home-and-home series in franchise history, going 94-49-23 (.636) in the home games and 57-79-30 (.434) in the road games in previous series.
  • The team is 72-65-29 (.521) all-time in the first game of these previous series and 79-63-24 (.548) in the second.
  • Buffalo’s points breakdown in these previous series is as follows: four points (32), three points (25), two points (67), one point (17), zero points (25).
  • This season, the Sabres have swept San Jose in a home-and-home series on Oct. 19 and 22 and were swept by the Lightning on Nov. 8 and 9 in Stockholm, Sweden. They earned three points on Dec. 29 and 30 against Toronto. They will face the Carolina Hurricanes in their final home-and-home of the season on March 15 and 17.

JACK ATTACK

  • Entering play Saturday, Jack Eichel’s 16 points since the beginning of December tied for third-most among all NHL players and his eight goals during that span tied for fifth-most in the league.
  • With his 50th point of the season on Dec. 17 at Toronto, Eichel became the first Sabre to reach 50 points in 35 or fewer games since 1992-93 (Pat LaFontaine and Alexander Mogilny). He joins Rick 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 hasn’t been held without a point in three consecutive appearances since early November. In his 22 games played since then, he has totaled 34 points (17+17), including a stretch of 18 straight games (Nov. 16 to Dec. 21) that tied Gilbert Perreault (Oct. 24 to Dec. 4, 1971) for the most consecutive games played with a point in franchise history.
  • The streak was the NHL’s fifth-longest personal point streak in the last decade, trailing only Taylor Hall (26 in 2017-18), Patrick Kane (26 in 2015-16), Sidney Crosby (25 in 2010-11) and Patrick Kane (20 in 2018-19).

5-ON-5 GOALS

  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, the Sabres entered play Saturday with three players among the league’s leaders in 5-on-5 goals: Jack Eichel (13, T-5th), Jeff Skinner (11, T-16th), Sam Reinhart (10, T-26th).
  • Only 38 NHL players had at least 10 goals during 5-on-5 play entering play Saturday. Buffalo joined the Edmonton Oilers (Draisaitl, Kassian, McDavid) as one of two teams with three players among those 38.

SETTING THE PACE

  • With 24 goals in 38 games so far this season, Jack Eichel is on pace to shatter his previous best goal total (28), set in the 2018-19 season.
  • Eichel’s output through 39 team games currently has him on pace to finish the season with 51 goals and 109 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) and Mogilny (78 in 1992-93) are the only Sabres ever to have recorded more even-strength points in a season than the 75 Eichel is currently on pace for.
  • Victor Olofsson’s goal and point totals currently have him on pace for the best offensive season by a Sabres rookie in decades. If he maintains his current pace, he would finish the season with the most goals by a Sabres rookie (34) since Ray Sheppard’s 38 in 1987-88 and the third-most points ever recorded by a Sabres rookie (71), trailing only Rick Martin (74 in 1971-72) and Gilbert Perreault (72 on 1970-71).
  • Sam Reinhart’s 12 goals in 39 games put him on pace to tie his career-high goal total (25) from 2017-18.

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 15 multi-point games this season, tying for sixth-most in the NHL entering play Saturday.
  • Prior to Saturday’s games, his six multi-goal games tied to lead the league and his eight multi-assist games tied for third-most.
  • Eichel has already 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 (9) and Leon Draisaitl (8) had more games with at least three points this season entering play Saturday.
  • Eichel’s three games with at least four points this season tied for the league lead before Saturday’s games. Since he entered the league in 2015-16, only seven players had totaled at least four points more times than Eichel’s eight: Nikita Kucherov (15), Patrick Kane (11), Connor McDavid (10), Johnny Gaudreau (9), Brad Marchand (9), Alex Ovechkin (9) and Steven Stamkos (9).

ONE BUFFALO

  • The Sabres and the Buffalo Bills are playing on the same day for the fifth time this season after doing so three times last season.
  • The teams have previously played on the same date 224 times, with both teams winning their respective games on 50 of those days.
  • The Sabres are 121-69-34 when playing on a Bills game day and the Bills enter this game 95-127-2 on those dates.
  • The last time the Sabres and Bills both won on the same date was Nov. 24, 2019.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 12/28 games)

  • Eichel: 18 EVG (T-1st), 24 G (T-2nd), 35 EVP (T-3rd), 51 PTS (6th), 4 GWG (T-8th), 27 A (T-10th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (T-5th)
  • Olofsson: 9 PPG (T-3rd)
  • Ristolainen: 116 hits (T-8th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (116), Girgensons (58), McCabe (58)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (59), Ristolainen (46), Jokiharju/Scandella (34)
Shots: Eichel (139), Skinner (128), Olofsson (97)

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: 4-4-1 (9), 22/29, 4/20, 19/24

OVERTIME RESULTS (3-6; 123-134 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)
Nov. 14 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Hamilton, 2:28)
Nov. 27 vs. CGY: L, 3-2 (GWG-Lindholm, 1:17)
Nov. 30 at TOR: L, 2-1 (GWG-Tavares, 1:45)
Dec. 7 at VAN: L, 6-5 (GWG-Miller, 3:21)
Dec. 8 at EDM: W, 3-2 (GWG-Miller, 1:13)
Dec. 14 at NYI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Beauvillier, 3:04)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-1; 76-70 all-time)
Oct. 11 vs. FLA: W, 3-2 (GDG-Eichel)
Oct. 28 vs. ARI: L, 3-2 (GDG-Schmaltz)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Conor Sheary … 6 games … 300 career games played
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 1 goal … 100 career goals
Kyle Okposo … 9 goals … 200 career goals
Assists
Marco Scandella … 9 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Kyle Okposo … 5 points … 500 career points
Zach Bogosian … 8 points … 200 career points 

RECENT MILESTONES
Jeff Skinner … 700th NHL game … 12/27 vs. BOS

Post-Game Report: 12/27 vs. Boston

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Bruins
(23-7-9)
1 1 1 3 25
Sabres
(17-15-7)
0 0 0 0 26

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • The Sabres were shut out for just the second time of the 2019-20 season, joining a 1-0 loss to the New York Islanders on Nov. 2.
  • Buffalo’s first loss at home since Nov. 27 vs. Calgary snapped a five-game winning streak in games played at KeyBank Center and dropped the team to 11-4-3 in home games this season.
    • The streak tied the Sabres’ run from Oct. 5 to 22 as the team’s longest home winning streak of the season.
  • With Boston’s win tonight, the road team has now won seven of the 10 games between these teams in the last two seasons.
  • The Sabres are now 94-50-23 all-time in the home portion of a home-and-home series.
  • Jeff Skinner appeared in his 700th NHL game tonight.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision GA SA
Bruins Halak W 0 26
Sabres Ullmark L 2 24
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Bruins Halak 9-3-4 .928 2.23
Sabres Ullmark 11-9-3 .914 2.79

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Jimmy Vesey

Sabres forward Marcus Johansson

Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark

Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy

Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron

Bruins forward David Pastrnak

Bruins goaltender Jaroslav Halak

Game Preview: 12/27/19 vs. Boston

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Monday, December 23
Buffalo 1 at Ottawa 3
Goals: Girgensons
Goalie: Ullmark (27 saves/29 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 2/2; Shots: Buffalo 44 – Ottawa 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 173)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 38 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 22 games
Tage Thompson (upper body, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 18 games
Johan Larsson (lower body, Dec. 21) – 2 games
Kyle Okposo (illness, Dec. 23) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
12/24: Assigned F Curtis Lazar to Rochester (AHL)
12/27: Recalled F Curtis Lazar from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Sunday, Dec. 29: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 31: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 2: Edmonton at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 4: Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 9: Buffalo at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
BRUINS at SABRES

  • This is the second of four meetings between the Sabres and Bruins this season.
  • Last meeting: Boston defeated Buffalo 3-2 in Boston on Nov. 21
  • Next meeting: Sunday, Dec. 29 in Boston
  • The Sabres are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Bruins; 1-6-3 at home.
  • This is the 295th game all-time between Buffalo and Boston; Buffalo has a 125-124-45 series record.
  • The Sabres are 74-50-24 at home against the Bruins all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 13-8-3 all-time on December 27.
  • December 27, 1991: Dave Andreychuk and Pat LaFontaine each score twice, and Clint Malarchuk makes 38 saves, in an 8-1 victory over the Boston Bruins at The Aud.
  • December 27, 2003: Jason Pominville makes his NHL debut in a 3-1 win at Washington.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Jeff Skinner is expected to appear in his 700th NHL game tonight.
  • The road team has won six of the nine games between these teams in the last two seasons.
  • Jack Eichel has recorded five points (2+3) in his last three games against Boston.
  • Linus Ullmark has stopped 98 of 105 shots (.933) in his three career games against the Bruins.
  • Victor Olofsson has recorded 24 points (10+14) in his last 23 games, including two-point performances in five of the team’s last 11 games. He has failed to record a point in just four of those 23 games and leads all NHL rookies in goals (16) and points (34) this season.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 10 points (3+7) in Buffalo’s last 10 games, including four multi-point games during that stretch.
  • Linus Ullmark has posted a 7-3-2 record in his last 12 appearances.

HOME COOKING

  • The Sabres have won each of their last five home games and are seeking their first six-game home winning streak of the season. They have outscored their opponents 25-12 at home during the five-game streak.
  • Buffalo’s plus-19 goal differential at home is tied for third-best in the NHL.
  • The Sabres are 11-3-3 (.735) through their first 17 home games of the season, putting the team on pace for its sixth-best home record in a season and its best since 1979-80.
  • Linus Ullmark has won each of his last five games at KeyBank Center, posting a .929 save percentage and a 2.40 goals-against average in those games.
  • Jack Eichel’s 31 points (17+14) in 17 home games this season tie for third-most home points in the league. He has recorded at least a point in each of Buffalo’s last eight home games, totaling 17 points (11+6) and a plus-10 rating at KeyBank Center during that stretch.
  • Victor Olofsson has at least a point in each of Buffalo’s 10 home games dating back to Nov. 8 vs. Tampa Bay, totaling 12 points (5+7) and a plus-12 rating in those games.
  • Sam Reinhart has tallied two points in each of the Sabres’ last three home games, totaling one goal and five assists during that span.
  • Johan Larsson has recorded seven points (2+5) and a plus-7 rating in his last six home games.
  • Jimmy Vesey has totaled six points (3+3) and a plus-6 rating in the Sabres’ last six home games, including a point in each of the last three.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has posted four points (1+3) and a plus-10 rating in his last five games at KeyBank Center.
  • Brandon Montour has recorded an assist in four of his last five home games, posting a plus-5 rating in those games.
  • Henri Jokiharju has three points (1+2) and a plus-5 rating in Buffalo’s four home games since the beginning of December.

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel’s 16 points since the beginning of December rank him third among all NHL players and his eight goals during that span are tied for second-most in the league.
  • With his 50th point of the season on Dec. 17 at Toronto, Eichel became the first Sabre to reach 50 points in 35 or fewer games since 1992-93 (Pat LaFontaine and Alexander Mogilny). He joins Rick 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 hasn’t been held without a point in consecutive appearances since early November. In his 21 games played since then, he has totaled 34 points (17+17), including a stretch of 18 straight games (Nov. 16 to Dec. 21) that tied Gilbert Perreault (Oct. 24 to Dec. 4, 1971) for the most consecutive games played with a point in franchise history.
  • The streak was the NHL’s fifth-longest personal point streak in the last decade, trailing only Taylor Hall (26 in 2017-18), Patrick Kane (26 in 2015-16), Sidney Crosby (25 in 2010-11) and Patrick Kane (20 in 2018-19).

HOME-AND-HOME

  • The Sabres have played in 166 previous home-and-home series in franchise history, going 94-49-23 (.636) in the home games and 57-79-30 (.434) in the road games in previous series.
  • The team is 72-65-29 (.521) all-time in the first game of these previous series and 79-63-24 (.548) in the second.
  • Buffalo’s points breakdown in these previous series is as follows: four points (32), three points (25), two points (67), one point (17), zero points (25).
  • This season, the Sabres have swept San Jose in a home-and-home series on Oct. 19 and 22 and were swept by the Lightning on Nov. 8 and 9 in Stockholm, Sweden. They earned three points on Dec. 29 and 30 against Toronto. They will face the Carolina Hurricanes in their final home-and-home of the season on March 15 and 17.

5-ON-5 GOALS

  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, the Sabres have three players among the league’s leaders in 5-on-5 goals: Jack Eichel (13, T-5th), Jeff Skinner (11, T-14th), Sam Reinhart (10, T-24th).
  • Only 36 NHL players had at least 10 goals during 5-on-5 play entering play Sunday. Buffalo joined the Edmonton Oilers (Draisaitl, Kassian, McDavid) as one of two teams with three players among those 36.

SETTING THE PACE

  • With 24 goals in 37 games so far this season, Jack Eichel is on pace to shatter his previous best goal total (28), set in the 2018-19 season.
  • Eichel’s output through 38 team games currently has him on pace to finish the season with 53 goals and 112 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) and Mogilny (78 in 1992-93) are the only Sabres ever to have recorded more even-strength points in a season than the 77 Eichel is currently on pace for.
  • Victor Olofsson’s goal and point totals currently have him on pace for the best offensive season by a Sabres rookie in decades. If he maintains his current pace, he would finish the season with the most goals by a Sabres rookie (35) since Ray Sheppard’s 38 in 1987-88 and the second-most points ever recorded by a Sabres rookie (73), trailing only Rick Martin’s franchise-record 74 in 1971-72.
  • Sam Reinhart’s 12 goals in 38 games put him on pace for a career-high goal total (26).

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 15 multi-point games this season, tying for sixth-most in the NHL.
  • His six multi-goal games tie to lead the league and his eight multi-assist games tie for third-most.
  • Eichel has already 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 (9) and Leon Draisaitl (8) have more games with at least three points this season.
  • Eichel’s three games with at least four points this season tie for the league lead. Since he entered the league in 2015-16, only seven players have totaled at least four points more times than Eichel’s eight: Nikita Kucherov (15), Patrick Kane (11), Connor McDavid (10), Johnny Gaudreau (9), Brad Marchand (9), Alex Ovechkin (9) and Steven Stamkos (9).

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings)

  • Eichel: 18 EVG (T-1st), 35 EVP (T-2nd), 24 G (T-2nd), 51 PTS (6th), 4 GWG (T-8th), 27 A (T-9th), 16 PPP (T-10th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (T-4th)
  • Olofsson: 9 PPG (T-3rd)
  • Ristolainen: 113 hits (T-9th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (113), McCabe (58), Girgensons (57)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (58), Ristolainen (46), Scandella (34)
Shots: Eichel (134), Skinner (127), Olofsson (96)

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: 4-3-1 (9), 22/26, 4/18, 16/20

OVERTIME RESULTS (3-6; 123-134 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)
Nov. 14 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Hamilton, 2:28)
Nov. 27 vs. CGY: L, 3-2 (GWG-Lindholm, 1:17)
Nov. 30 at TOR: L, 2-1 (GWG-Tavares, 1:45)
Dec. 7 at VAN: L, 6-5 (GWG-Miller, 3:21)
Dec. 8 at EDM: W, 3-2 (GWG-Miller, 1:13)
Dec. 14 at NYI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Beauvillier, 3:04)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-1; 76-70 all-time)
Oct. 11 vs. FLA: W, 3-2 (GDG-Eichel)
Oct. 28 vs. ARI: L, 3-2 (GDG-Schmaltz)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Jeff Skinner … 1 game … 700 career games played
Conor Sheary … 7 games … 300 career games played
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 1 goal … 100 career goals
Kyle Okposo … 9 goals … 200 career goals
Assists
Marco Scandella … 9 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Kyle Okposo … 5 points … 500 career points
Zach Bogosian … 8 points … 200 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Game Preview: 11/21/19 at Boston

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, November 19
Minnesota 4 at Buffalo 1
Goals: Montour
Goalie: Ullmark (22 saves/25 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 6/7; Shots: Buffalo 31 – Minnesota 26

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 93)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (hip, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 21 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 21 games
Vladimir Sobotka (lower body, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 5 games
Marcus Johansson (upper body, Nov. 14; injured reserve) – 4 games
Johan Larsson (upper body, Nov. 16) – 3 games
Kyle Okposo (concussion, Nov. 17; injured reserve) – 2 games
Tage Thompson (upper body, Nov. 19) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/15: Recalled F Rasmus Asplund from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Marcus Johansson on IR
11/17: Recalled F Tage Thompson from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Kyle Okposo on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Sunday, Nov. 24: Buffalo at Florida, 5 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 25: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 27: Calgary at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 29: Toronto at Buffalo, 4 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 30: Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at BRUINS

  • This is the first of four meetings between the Sabres and Bruins this season.
  • Last meeting: Boston defeated Buffalo 2-1 in Boston on Jan. 5
  • Next meeting: Friday, Dec. 27 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Bruins; 5-3-2 on the road.
  • This is the 294th game all-time between Buffalo and Boston; Buffalo has a 125-123-45 series record.
  • The Sabres are 51-73-21 on the road against the Bruins all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-12-1 all-time on November 21.
  • November 21, 1981: Jim Schoenfeld and Yvon Lambert each score two goals and Don Edwards makes 28 saves in a 7-1 Sabres victory at Los Angeles.
  • November 21, 2003: Mika Noronen stops 35 Carolina shots to earn his third career shutout in a 5-0 win against the Hurricanes.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The road team has won six of the eight games between these teams in the last two seasons.
  • Sam Reinhart has nine points (4+5) in his last 10 games, including four multi-point outings.
  • Jack Eichel has seven multi-point games this season, tying for 13th-most in the league entering play Wednesday. His three multi-goal games left him one shy of the league lead.
  • All eight of Jeff Skinner’s goals this season have come during 5-on-5 play. According to NaturalStatTrick.com, he is tied for eighth-most in the league entering play Wednesday.

HOT AGAINST BOSTON

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 10 points (5+5) in six career visits to Boston, including four-point games on Dec. 26, 2015 and Dec. 16, 2018.
  • Sam Reinhart has posted seven assists in eight games against the Bruins in the last two seasons, including five assists in four road games during that span.
  • Boston hasn’t held Reinhart without a point in consecutive games since the 2015-16 season; he has recorded at least a point in nine of his last 14 games against the Bruins.
  • Linus Ullmark has stopped 74 of 78 shots (.949) in his two career games against the Bruins.

A STRONG START

  • With 13 goals in 21 games so far this season, Jack Eichel is already nearly halfway to his previous best goal total (28), set in the 2018-19 season.
  • Eichel’s output through 21 games currently has him on pace to finish the season with 51 goals and 98 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’s 17 points (8+9) through 21 games put him on pace for career-high totals in both goals (31) and points (66).

GOALIES OF THE WEEK
On Tuesday, the Sabres had two goaltending prospects earned Goaltender of the Week honors from their respective leagues:

  • Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen was named ECHL Goaltender of the Week after posting shutouts in his third and fourth career ECHL games. Through five appearances with the Cincinnati Cyclones, the Espoo, Finland native entered play Wednesday ranked second among league goaltenders with a 1.79 goals-against average.
  • Erik Portillo earned the USHL Goaltender of the Week nod after turning aside 43 of 45 shots (.956) in a pair of wins for the Dubuque Fighting Saints last week. In his first 10 games in North America, Portillo has posted an 8-1-1 record and entered play Wednesday ranked second in the league with a 2.17 goals-against average.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 11/20 games)

  • Eichel: 418 FO (6th), 13 G (T-6th), 9 EVG (T-8th), 1 OTG (T-8th), 76 S (T-10th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (T-1st)
  • Johansson: 1 OTG (T-8th)
  • Olofsson: 6 PPG (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 74 hits (5th)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-8th)

BUF-BOS CONNECTIONS

  • Sabres defenseman Colin Miller played two seasons (2015 to 2017) for the Bruins after being traded to the team on June 26, 2015. In 103 games with Boston, Miller totaled nine goals and 20 assists.
  • Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin and Bruins forward Par Lindholm played for Team Sweden together at the 2018 Winter Olypmics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
  • Sabres forward Jack Eichel played with Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk for Team USA at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Sabres forward Jack Eichel won a bronze medal with Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo while representing the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Sabres forward Jack Eichel, Bruins forward Anders Bjork and Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy all played for Team USA together at the 2017 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres defenseman Henri Jokiharju and Bruins defenseman Urho Vaakanainen played for Team Finland together at both the 2018 and 2019 IIHF World Junior Championships, winning gold in 2019.
  • Sabres forward Johan Larsson and Bruins forward Joakim Nordstrom won a gold medal together while representing Sweden at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe and forward Jimmy Vesey won a gold medal with Bruins forward Sean Kuraly while playing for Team USA at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Sabres defenseman Brandon Montour and Bruins forward Chris Wagner both previously played for the Ducks. They were teammates in Anaheim for two seasons (2016 to 2018).
  • Sabres forward Sam Reinhart won a gold medal for Team Canada with Bruins forward Brad Marchand at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen and Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask represented Finland together at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
  • Sabres defenseman Marco Scandella and Bruins forward Charlie Coyle played for the Wild together from 2012 to 2017. Scandella also played in Minnesota with Bruins defenseman Steven Kampfer during the 2011-12 season.
  • Sabres forward Jeff Skinner and Bruins forward Joakim Nordstrom played in Carolina together for three seasons from 2015 to 2018.
  • Sabres forward Jimmy Vesey and defenseman John Gilmour played for the Rangers with Bruins defenseman Steven Kampfer.
  • Sabres forward Jimmy Vesey and Bruins forward Charlie Coyle won a bronze medal for Team USA together at the 2015 IIHF World Championship.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (74), McCabe (37), Miller (31)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (39), Ristolainen (32), Jokiharju (19)
Shots: Eichel (76), Skinner (75), Olofsson (50)

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: 0-1-0 (0), 1/4, 0/3, 6/7

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-2; 122-130 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)
Nov. 14 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Hamilton, 2:28)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-1; 76-70 all-time)
Oct. 11 vs. FLA: W, 3-2 (GDG-Eichel)
Oct. 28 vs. ARI: L, 3-2 (GDG-Schmaltz)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Brandon Montour … 4 games … 200 career games played
Jake McCabe … 5 games … 300 career games played
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 5 goals … 100 career goals
Points
Jimmy Vesey … 8 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Rasmus Asplund … 1st NHL game … Nov. 16 vs. OTT
Carter Hutton … 200th NHL game … Nov. 17 at CHI

Game Preview: 1/5/19 at Boston

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LAST GAME
Thursday, January 3
Florida 3 at Buffalo 4
Goals: Skinner (2), Thompson, Reinhart
Goalie: Ullmark (35 saves/38 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 2/3; Shots: Florida 38 – Buffalo 33

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 162)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 41 games
Casey Nelson (upper body, Dec. 8; injured reserve) – 12 games
Zemgus Girgensons (upper body, Dec. 29; injured reserve) – 3 games
Jack Eichel (upper body, Jan. 3) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
12/30: Assigned G Scott Wedgewood to Rochester (AHL)
12/31: Recalled F C.J. Smith from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Jan. 8: New Jersey at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 11: Buffalo at Carolina, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 12: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 14: Buffalo at Edmonton, 9 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 16: Buffalo at Calgary, 9:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at BRUINS

  • This is the fourth and final meeting between the Sabres and Bruins this season.
  • Last meeting: Boston defeated Buffalo 3-2 (OT) in Buffalo on Dec. 29, 2018
  • The Sabres are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Bruins; 5-3-2 on the road.
  • This is the 293rd game all-time between Buffalo and Boston; Buffalo has a 125-122-45 series record.
  • The Sabres are 51-72-21 on the road against the Bruins all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-6-3 all-time on January 5.
  • January 5, 1996: The Sabres retire Tim Horton’s No. 2 jersey before a 3-1 home win against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 8-4-3 against the Atlantic Division this season.
  • The road team has won six of the seven games between these teams since the beginning of last season.
  • Sam Reinhart has posted seven assists in seven games against the Bruins since the beginning of last season
  • Linus Ullmark stopped 35 of 37 shots (.946) to post a win in his only previous meeting with Boston when these teams met on Dec. 16.
  • Sam Reinhart has already set career-high totals in assists (31) and multi-point games (13) this season. The Sabres are 17-5-4 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 28-4-6 (.816) in his career when he records at least two.

HALFWAY MARK

  • Buffalo is 22-13-6 at the halfway point this season. It’s the first time the Sabres have been above a .500 points percentage after their 41st game since the 2009-10 season (26-11-4).
  • Buffalo’s 22 wins through 41 games tie as the team’s 10th-highest total through 41 in franchise history. Their 50 points rank 15th in team history at the 41-game mark.
  • The Sabres have improved in every major team category from this point last season, including record, goal differential, shot differential, power play and penalty kill.

COMEBACK KIDS

  • The Sabres are 6-10-2 this season when trailing after two periods. Their six wins when trailing after 40 minutes ties for second-most in the league before Friday’s games and their .333 win percentage in those games tied for third
  • 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 12-3-6 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 .571 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).

SCORING WHEN IT COUNTS

  • Jeff Skinner scored his seventh game-winning goal of the season on Thursday vs. Florida. Entering play Friday, his total tied for the most in the NHL this season. He is the first Sabres player with at least seven game-winners in a season since Derek Roy in 2008-09 and is four shy of matching the single-season franchise record shared by Danny Gare (1979-80) and Alexander Mogilny (1992-93).
  • Skinner also entered play Friday tied for the league lead with three overtime goals this season. Skinner’s total 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.

DAH-LEAN ON ME
Entering play Friday, Rasmus Dahlin led rookie defensemen and tied for third among all NHL rookies with 20 points (4+16) this season.

  • With his 20th point in his 37th game on Dec. 22 vs. Anaheim, he became the fourth-fastest 18-year-old defenseman in NHL history to reach the 20-point mark, trailing only Phil Housley (28 GP), Ray Bourque (30 GP) and Aaron Ekblad (34 GP).
  • Only nine defensemen in NHL history have recorded more points before their 19th birthdays than Dahlin’s
  • Dahlin’s totals put him on pace for 40 points this season. It would tie as the eighth-most by a rookie defenseman since the 2005-06 season and would trail only Phil Housley (57 points in 1982-83) for most ever by a defenseman before his 19th birthday.

LEADING THE WAY

  • All three of the Sabres’ top three scorers are currently on pace to shatter their personal bests in points on the strength of career-best production at even strength that ranks them each among the best even-strength players in the league this season:
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 40 15 34 49 11 25 36
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 80 30 68 98 22 50 72
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 41 28 13 41 22 9 31
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 56 26 82 44 18 62
               
Reinhart Career High (2017-18) 82 25 25 50 13 16 29
Reinhart 2018-19 41 9 32 40 8 22 30
Reinhart 2018-19 (Pace) 82 18 64 80 16 44 60

MAKING HISTORY

  • If the Sabres’ top scorers continue their current pace, the team would have three 80-point players for the first time since 1992-93 (Pat LaFontaine, Alexander Mogilny, Dale Hawerchuk).
  • At his current pace, Jack Eichel would finish the season with the third-most even-strength points ever recorded by a Sabre, trailing only Pat LaFontaine (83) and Mogilny (78) in 1992-93. He and Sam Reinhart would trail only 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).
  • Jeff Skinner is currently on pace to tie Danny Gare (1979-80) for the second-most goals in Sabres history, trailing only Mogilny in 1992-93 (76). His 44 even-strength goals would finish behind only Mogilny’s even-strength total from 1992-93 (49), tying Rick Martin’s 44 in 1973-74 for second-most in team history.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 1/4 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 83.3% PK% (7th), 50 PTS (8th), 22 W (T-10th)
  • Eichel: 164 S (3rd), 25 EVA (T-5th), 34 A (T-10th)
  • Ristolainen: 25:38 TOI/GP (5th), 126 hits (8th)
  • Skinner: 3 OTG (T-1st), 7 GWG (T-1st), 20 EVG (T-1st), 28 G (2nd)

BUF-BOS CONNECTIONS
Former Bruins:

  • Sabres D Matt Hunwick was selected by Boston in the seventh round (224th overall) of the 2004 NHL Draft. In four seasons with the Bruins (2007-2011), Hunwick skated in 164 games and recorded 56 points (13+43).
  • Sabres assistant coach Davis Payne spent parts of two seasons (1995-1997) playing for the Bruins. He skated in 22 games and notched one assist.
  • Sabres F Vladimir Sobotka was selected by Boston in the fourth round (106th overall) of the 2005 NHL Draft. He spent three seasons (2007-2010) with the club, appearing in 134 games and recording 22 points (6+16).

Former Sabres:

  • Bruins goaltending coach Bob Essensa spent the 2001-02 season with the Sabres. In nine games, he had an .850 save percentage and a 2.91 goals-against average.
  • Bruins assistant coach Joe Sacco held the same position for the Sabres during the 2013-14 season.
  • Jaroslav Halak was a member of the Sabres for six days during the 2013-14 season. He was acquired from the St. Louis Blues on Feb. 28 before being dealt to the Washington Capitals on March 5 and did not appear in a game during his brief stint in Buffalo.

Sabres with Massachusetts Connections:

  • Sabres F Jack Eichel is a native of North Chelmsford, Massachusetts, and played college hockey at Boston University. In one year with the Terriers (2014-15), Eichel led all NCAA Division I skaters with 71 points (26+45) in 40 games and became the second freshman ever to win the Hobey Baker Award.
  • Sabres G Carter Hutton played four seasons (2006-2010) of college hockey at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. Hutton finished his collegiate career as the school’s all-time leader in goals-against average (2.33), save percentage (.913) and shutouts (10). He earned a spot on the 2010 Hockey East Second All-Star Team and was named the team’s most valuable player.
  • Sabres F Evan Rodrigues played collegiate hockey at Boston University, posting 121 points (42+79) in 146 games with the Terriers. In 2015 he ranked second in the nation in assists (40) and points (61) and was named to the Hockey East Second All-Star Team.
  • Sabres F Conor Sheary hails from Winchester, Massachusetts. He played college hockey at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (2010-2014) and captained the team his senior year. He finished his collegiate career ranked seventh in UMass-Amherst history is assists (66), seventh in points (104) and 15th in goals (38).

Zach Bogosian:

  • Played for Team USA with Bruins F David Backes at the 2009 IIHF World Championship.

Jason Botterill:

  • Played with Bruins assistant coach Joe Sacco in Atlanta.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played for Team USA with Bruins D Matt Grzelcyk at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Won a bronze medal for Team USA with Bruins D Brandon Carlo at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Chris Hajt:

  • Played in Washington when Bruins assistant coach Joe Sacco was the head coach of the Capitals.

Phil Housley:

  • Played with Bruins assistant coaches Kevin Dean and Jay Pandolfo in New Jersey.
  • Played with Bruins goaltending coach Bob Essensa in Winnipeg.

Matt Hunwick:

  • Played in Colorado when Bruins assistant coach Joe Sacco was the head coach of the Avalanche.

Carter Hutton:

  • Played with Bruins F Joakim Nordstrom in Chicago.

Johan Larsson:

  • Won a gold medal for Team Sweden with Bruins F Joakim Nordstrom at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for the Islanders with Bruins G Jaroslav Halak and assistant coach Jay Pandolfo.
  • Played for Team USA with Bruins F David Backes at the 2009 IIHF World Championship.

Davis Payne:

  • Played in Boston with Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney.
  • Was the head coach of the St. Louis Blues when Bruins F David Backes and G Jaroslav Halak were playing for the team.

Jason Pominville:

  • Played for Team USA with Bruins F David Backes at the 2008 IIHF World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Won a gold medal for Team Canada with Bruins F Brad Marchand at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Played for Team Finland with Bruins G Tuukka Rask at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Jeff Skinner:

  • Played with Bruins F Joakim Nordstrom in Carolina.

Steve Smith:

  • Was an assistant coach in Carolina when Bruins F Joakim Nordstrom was playing for the Hurricanes.

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Played with Bruins F David Backes and G Jaroslav Halak in St. Louis.
  • Represented the Czech Republic with Bruins F David Krejci at the 2006 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Played for the Czech Republic National Team with Bruins F David Pastrnak at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey and again at the 2017 IIHF World Championship.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (126), Girgensons (62), McCabe (52)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (69), Bogosian (67), McCabe (59)
Shots: Eichel (164), Skinner (126), Ristolainen (105)

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: 4-4-2 (10), 24/27, 7/31, 27/29
41-50: 1-0-0 (2), 4/3, 0/3, 2/3

OVERTIME RESULTS (5-5; 118-126 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)
Dec. 29 vs. BOS: L, 3-2 (GWG-Kuraly, 3:44)

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
Johan Larsson … 7 games … 300 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
Matt Hunwick … 8 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Jason Pominville … 3 points … 511 points with Sabres (T-8th in franchise history) 

RECENT MILESTONES
Vladimir Sobotka … 500th NHL game … Dec. 31 vs. NYI