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Post-Game Report: 12/29 vs. Boston

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Bruins
(21-14-4)
1 0 1 1 3 42
Sabres
(21-12-6)
1 1 0 0 2 28

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • Tonight’s loss dropped the Sabres to 12-4-3 at home this season and 11-3-6 in one-goal games.
  • Buffalo also fell to 8-6 in games that have been tied after regulation this season, including a 5-5 record in overtime.
  • With his assist on Marco Scandella’s goal, Sam Reinhart has matched his career high with his 30th assist of the season.
  • Johan Larsson’s goal tonight was his second career shorthanded tally and his first since Jan. 25, 2018 at Vancouver.
  • Scandella’s 10th career two-point night (1+1) tied his career high. His last was on Dec. 22, 2017 vs. Philadelphia (0+2).

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Bruins Rask W .929 1.88
Sabres Hutton O .929 2.83
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Bruins Rask 9-8-2 .912 2.67
Sabres Hutton 13-11-3 .916 2.65

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Johan Larsson

Sabres forward Evan Rodrigues

Sabres defenseman Marco Scandella

Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy

Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron

Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk

Bruins forward Sean Kuraly

Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask

 

Game Preview: 12/29/18 vs. Boston

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, December 27
Buffalo 1 at St. Louis 4
Goals: Eichel
Goalie: Hutton (28 saves/32 shots)
PP: 1/2; PK: 1/1; Shots: St. Louis 32 – Buffalo 31

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 151)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 38 games
Casey Nelson (upper body, Dec. 8; injured reserve) – 9 games
Nathan Beaulieu (upper body, Dec. 16) – 5 games
Jason Pominville (undisclosed, Dec. 21; injured reserve) – 3 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
12/29:
Recalled G Scott Wedgewood from Rochester (AHL); Activated F Jason Pominville from IR; Placed F Zemgus Girgensons on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Monday, Dec. 31: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 6 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 3: Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 5: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 8: New Jersey at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 11: Buffalo at Carolina, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
BRUINS at SABRES

  • This is the third of four meetings between the Sabres and Bruins this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Boston 4-2 in Boston on Dec. 16
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Jan. 5 in Boston
  • The Sabres are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Bruins; 2-6-2 at home.
  • This is the 292nd game all-time between Buffalo and Boston; Buffalo has a 125-122-44 series record.
  • The Sabres are 74-50-23 at home against the Bruins all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-11-4 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.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 7-4-2 against the Atlantic Division this season, including a 4-2-1 record at home.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen enters tonight’s game on a season-best, four-game point streak (1+3) and is looking to stretch the streak to five games for the first time since January 2018.
  • 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.
  • Rasmus Dahlin has two assists in two meetings with the Bruins this season.
  • Jack Eichel has totaled 11 points (5+6) in 12 career games against Boston, including two of his five career games with four or more points.
  • Sam Reinhart has posted six assists in six games against the Bruins since the beginning of last season.

HOME COOKING
Buffalo enters tonight’s game with a 12-4-2 (.722) record at home. The team’s .722 points percentage at home ties for third in the NHL and puts the Sabres on pace for their eighth-best home record ever, and their best since the 1982-83 season (25-7-8, .725).

KILLING IT

  • The Sabres’ penalty kill has gone 27-for-28 (96.4%) in the team’s last 10 games. It’s the first time the team has allowed one power-play goal or fewer in a 10-game stretch since the team went 22-for-23 (95.7%) from 25 to March 14, 2012. The team’s 96.4 percent success rate on the penalty kill during this span is Buffalo’s best in a 10-game stretch since Oct. 15 to Nov. 5, 2011 (31-for-32, 96.9%).
  • During this 10-game stretch, the Sabres’ goaltenders have turned aside 34 shots on the power play (.971 save percentage) and the team has killed off 48:07 of power-play time.
  • Buffalo entered play Friday ranked fifth in the NHL with a penalty kill percentage of 83.8 percent this season and ranked first in the league since the beginning of December with a 93.3 percent success rate.

COMEBACK KIDS

  • The Sabres are 6-9-2 this season when trailing after two periods. Their six wins when trailing after 40 minutes ties for second-most in the league and their .353 win percentage in those games ranks second.
  • Buffalo’s six wins when trailing after two have already surpassed last season’s total and leave the team three third-period comebacks shy of the franchise record of nine set in the 2005-06 season.

NOT TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT

  • The Sabres are 11-3-5 in one-goal games so far this season. Buffalo last won more than half of its one-goal games in a season in 2011-12 (21-9-11).
  • The team’s current .579 winning percentage in one-goal games would be the 11th-best mark in franchise history and would be the Sabres’ best record in one-goal games since 2006-07 (25-9-7, .610).

WORKING OVERTIME

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

SAM I AM

  • Sam Reinhart has recorded 34 points (8+26) in his last 30 games, including each of his career-high 12 multi-point games this season.
  • The Sabres are 16-5-3 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 27-4-6 (.811) in his career when he records at least two.

DAH-LEAN ON ME
Entering play Friday, Rasmus Dahlin led rookie defensemen and ranked 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 was 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 43 points this season. It would tie as the sixth-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.

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel recorded his 18th multi-point game of the season on Saturday vs. Anaheim (0+2). He has now recorded two points in eight of his last 13 games.
  • Eichel’s 18 multi-point games tied him with Nikita Kucherov, Mikko Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon for the league lead entering play Friday and have already matched his single-season high.

LEADING THE WAY

  • Since Jack Eichel, Jeff Skinner and Sam Reinhart began playing together on Nov. 13 vs. Tampa Bay, the Sabres have gone 12-6-3 and gotten a goal from at least one of the three in all but two of the team’s 21 games.
  • Each of the three has played at or near a point-per-game pace in the 21 games since they began playing together as a line:
    • Eichel: 30 points (11+19), plus-11 rating
    • Reinhart: 25 points (6+19), plus-10 rating
    • Skinner: 19 points (14+5), plus-8 rating
  • All three 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 38 15 34 49 11 25 36
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 82 32 73 106 24 54 78
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 38 26 12 38 20 8 28
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 56 26 82 43 17 60
               
Reinhart Career High (2017-18) 82 25 25 50 13 16 29
Reinhart 2018-19 38 8 29 37 7 20 27
Reinhart 2018-19 (Pace) 82 17 63 80 15 43 58

MAKING HISTORY

  • If he maintains his current pace, Jack Eichel would finish the season tied with Alexander Mogilny (78 in 1992-93) for the second-most even-strength points ever recorded by a Sabre, trailing only Pat LaFontaine (83) in 1992-93, and would top LaFontaine’s franchise-record 52 even-strength assists that season. He would also become the first Sabre to record more than 95 points since the 1992-93 season (LaFontaine/Mogilny/Hawerchuk).
  • Jeff Skinner is currently on pace to tie Danny Gare for the second-highest goal total in Sabres history (56 in 1979-80), trailing only Mogilny in 1992-93 (76). His 43 even-strength goals would finish behind only Mogilny’s even-strength total from 1992-93 (49) and Rick Martin’s 44 in 1973-74 for most in team history.

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

  • Buffalo Sabres: 8% PK% (5th), 47 PTS (T-6th), 21 W (T-8th)
  • Eichel: 163 S (2nd), 36 EVP (T-4th), 25 EVA (T-4th), 34 A (7th), 49 P (T-7th)
  • Reinhart: 20 EVA (T-10th)
  • Ristolainen: 25:35 TOI/GP (5th), 118 hits (5th)
  • Skinner: 3 OTG (T-1st), 20 EVG (2nd), 26 G (2nd), 6 GWG (T-2nd), plus-19 (T-8th)

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.
  • 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.
  • Bruins assistant coach Joe Sacco held the same position for the Sabres during the 2013-14 season.

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.

Tage Thompson:

  • Won a gold medal for Team USA with Bruins D Charlie McAvoy at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship. The duo won a bronze medal together the following year at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (118), Girgensons (62), Okposo (50)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (65), Bogosian (63), McCabe (52)
Shots: Eichel (163), Skinner (114), Ristolainen (98)

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: 4-3-1 (9), 21/21, 6/26, 22/23

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

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Vladimir Sobotka … 2 games … 500 career games played
Johan Larsson … 10 games … 300 career games played
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 5 assists … 300 career assists
Matt Hunwick … 8 assists … 100 career assists 

RECENT MILESTONES
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Game Preview: 12/16/18 at Boston

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, December 15
Buffalo 3 at Washington 4 (SO)
Goals: Eichel (2), Dahlin
Goalie: Hutton (35 saves/38 shots)
PP: 2/3; PK: 4/4; Shots: Washington 38 – Buffalo 28

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 129)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 33 games
Jake McCabe (upper body, Nov. 29; injured reserve) – 7 games
Casey Nelson (upper body, Dec. 8; injured reserve) – 4 games
Lawrence Pilut (lower body, Dec. 15; injured reserve) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
12/12: Assigned D Matt Hunwick to Rochester (AHL) on a conditioning loan
12/15: Recalled D Matt Hunwick from his conditioning loan in Rochester (AHL); Activated D Marco Scandella from IR
12/16: Recalled D Brendan Guhle from Rochester (AHL); Placed D Lawrence Pilut on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Thursday, Dec. 27: Buffalo at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 29: Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at BRUINS

  • This is the second of four meetings between the Sabres and Bruins this season.
  • Last meeting: Boston defeated Buffalo 4-1 in Buffalo on Oct. 4
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Dec. 29 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Bruins; 4-4-2 at home.
  • This is the 291st game all-time between Buffalo and Boston; Buffalo has a 124-122-44 series record.
  • The Sabres are 50-72-21 on the road against the Bruins all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-11-1 all-time on December 16.
  • December 16, 1976: Rick Martin scores three times in the second period to record his 18th hat trick as a member of the Sabres in a 7-2 Buffalo win against the New York Rangers.
  • December 16, 2011: Drew Stafford scores his 100th NHL goal in a 5-4 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • With wins in their last two visits to Boston, the Sabres are looking to win three straight road games against the Bruins for the first time since the 2005-06 season.
  • The Sabres are 6-3-2 against the Atlantic Division this season.
  • Jack Eichel enters tonight’s contest on a five-game point streak (7+2).
  • Jeff Skinner has points in five straight games (2+3) for the third time this season. He will look to extend his point streak to six games for the first time since he tallied points in seven straight from March 16 to 27, 2017.
  • Kyle Okposo has 25 points (7+18) in 32 career games against Boston, including 16 points (6+10) in the last 17 matchups.

COMEBACK KIDS

  • The Sabres are 6-7-2 this season when trailing after two periods. After last night’s game, their six wins when trailing after 40 minutes tied for second-most in the league and their .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 11-2-5 in one-goal games so far this season. Buffalo last won more than half of its one-goal games in a season in 2011-12 (21-9-11).
  • The team’s current .611 winning percentage in one-goal games would be the seventh-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 8-5 in games that have been tied after regulation this season, including a 5-4 record in overtime and a 3-1 record in shootouts. Their five overtime wins have already matched their overtime win total from last season (5-10) and their three shootout wins are the team’s highest total since 2014-15 (8-5).
  • Jeff Skinner finished last night’s game tied for the league lead with three overtime goals this season. Skinner’s total through 33 games matches the Sabres’ single-season record shared by Daniel Briere (2006-07) and Derek Roy (2009-10) and ties him for 10th-most career overtime goals in franchise history.

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

ONE BUFFALO

  • The Sabres and the Buffalo Bills are playing on the same day for the third of three times this season after doing so twice last season. The other occurrences were Oct. 21 and Nov. 4.
  • The teams have played on the same date 219 times, with both teams winning their respective games on 48 of those days.
  • The Sabres are 117-68-34 when playing on a Bills game day and the Bills enter this game 92-125-2 on those dates.
  • The last time the Sabres and Bills both won on the same date was Oct. 16, 2016.

SAM I AM

  • Sam Reinhart enters tonight’s game on a career-best nine-game point streak (5+8), 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 (14 games each), and the longest by a Sabre since the 2016-17 season.
  • Reinhart has recorded 26 points (8+18) in his last 26 games, including nine two-point games during that stretch. With nine multi-point games through 33 games played this season, he is one shy of his career-high 10 in a season.
  • The Sabres are 14-3-3 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 25-3-6 (.824) in his career when he records at least two.

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel recorded his 16th multi-point game of the season last night at Washington (2+0). He has now recorded two points in six of his last eight games.
  • After last night’s game, Eichel’s 16 multi-point games tied for second in the league this season, one behind leader Nathan MacKinnon. Through 33 games, he is two 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 (75), trailing only Pat LaFontaine (83) and Alexander Mogilny (78) in 1992-93, and would match LaFontaine’s franchise-record 52 even-strength assists that season. He would also become the first Sabre to record more than 95 points since the 1992-93 season (LaFontaine/Mogilny/Hawerchuk).
  • Skinner is currently on pace to log the third-highest goal total in Sabres history (55), trailing only Mogilny in 1992-93 (76) and Danny Gare (56) in 1979-80. 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 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 33 12 29 41 9 21 30
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 82 30 72 102 22 52 75
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 33 22 11 33 16 7 23
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 55 27 82 40 17 57

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

  • Buffalo Sabres: 43 PTS (T-5th), 19 W (7th)
  • Eichel: 142 S (1st), 21 EVA (T-3rd), 30 EVP (T-6th), 29 A (T-7th)
  • Hutton: 13 W (T-7th)
  • Ristolainen: 25:56 TOI/GP (3rd), 104 hits (5th)
  • Skinner: 5 GWG (T-1st), 3 OTG (T-1st), 16 EVG (T-2nd), 22 G (3rd), plus-19 (T-4th), 6 PPG (T-7th)

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 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).
  • Sabres associate coach Davis Payne spent parts of two seasons (1995-1997) playing for the Bruins. He skated in 22 games and notched one assist.

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.

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.

Matt Tennyson:

  • Played with Bruins F Joakim Nordstrom in Carolina.

Tage Thompson:

  • Won a gold medal for Team USA with Bruins D Charlie McAvoy at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship. The duo won a bronze medal together the following year at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (104), Girgensons (52), Okposo (43)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (60), Bogosian (56), McCabe (44)
Shots: Eichel (142), Skinner (100), Ristolainen (84)

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: 2-0-1 (5), 10/8, 4/12, 10/10

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

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Remi Elie … 2 games … 100 career games played
Vladimir Sobotka … 7 games … 500 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 1 goal … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Assists
Sam Reinhart … 4 assists … 100 career assists
Kyle Okposo … 5 assists … 300 career assists
Points
Jason Pominville … 3 points … 511 points with Sabres (T-8th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Post-Game Report: 10/4 vs. Boston

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Bruins
(1-1-0)
2 1 1 4 26
Sabres
(0-1-0)
0 0 0 0 32

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • With the loss, the Sabres fell to 24-19-5 all-time in season-openers and 17-10-5 when opening at home.
  • Jack Eichel made his debut as the Sabres’ captain. At 21 years of age, Eichel became 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.
  • 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).
  • Seven players made their Sabres regular-season debuts tonight: Patrik Berglund, Rasmus Dahlin, Carter Hutton, Conor Sheary, Jeff Skinner, Vladimir Sobotka and Tage Thompson
    • It marked the second-most new players the Sabres have ever dressed in a season-opener, trailing only the nine players who made their Sabres debuts on Oct. 10, 2015 vs. Tampa Bay (Carlo Colaiacovo, Jack Eichel, Cody Franson, Chad Johnson, Evander Kane, David Legwand, Robin Lehner, Jamie McGinn and Ryan O’Reilly).

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Bruins Halak W 1.000 0.00
Sabres Hutton L .880 3.26

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Bruins Halak 1-0-0 .960 1.30
Sabres Hutton 0-1-0 .880 3.26

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo

Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton

Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy

Bruins forward Anders Bjork

Bruins forward Brad Marchand

Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara

Bruins goaltender Jaroslav Halak

Game Preview: 10/4/18 vs. Boston

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
N/A

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 0)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 0 games
Johan Larsson (lower body, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 0 games
Sean Malone (knee, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 0 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 0 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
9/29: Assigned D Lawrence Pilut to Rochester (AHL)
9/30: Assigned F Justin Bailey and F Nicholas Baptiste to Rochester (AHL)
10/1: Acquired D Jack Dougherty from Nashville in exchange for F Nicholas Baptiste; Assigned D Jack Dougherty, F Alexander Nylander, D Brendan Guhle and D Brandon Hickey to Rochester (AHL)
10/2: Claimed F Remi Elie off waivers from Dallas; Placed F Johan Larsson, F Sean Malone, F Scott Wilson and D Matt Hunwick on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Oct. 6: NY Rangers at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 8: Vegas at Buffalo, 3 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 11: Colorado at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 13: Buffalo at Arizona, 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 16: Buffalo at Vegas, 10 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
BRUINS at SABRES

  • This is the first of four meetings between the Sabres and Bruins this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Boston 4-1 in Buffalo on Feb. 25
  • Next meeting: Sunday, Dec. 16 in Boston
  • The Sabres are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Bruins; 3-5-2 at home.
  • This is the 290th game all-time between Buffalo and Boston; Buffalo has a 124-121-44 series record.
  • The Sabres are 74-49-23 at home against the Bruins all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 1-4-1 all-time on October 4.
  • October 4, 1991: Brad May scores his first NHL goal on his first NHL shot in his debut, a 5-4 loss vs. Pittsburgh.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Buffalo opens the season tonight with the first game of a four-game home stand. The four games mark the longest home stretch to open a season in franchise history. The previous longest was three games (1975-76 and 2015-16).
  • The Sabres have won both of their last two games against the Bruins; a win tonight would give them wins in three straight meetings for the first time since they won four in a row from Dec. 15, 2010 to March 10, 2011.
  • The Sabres are also seeking wins in consecutive visits from the Bruins for the first time since Dec. 19, 2013 and Feb. 26, 2014.
  • Kyle Okposo has 25 points (7+18) in 31 career games against Boston, including 16 points (6+10) in the last 16 matchups.
  • Evan Rodrigues posted three points (1+2) in his first three career games against the Bruins last season.
  • Vladimir Sobotka enters the season ranked sixth among all qualifying active NHL players with a career faceoff percentage of 56.0 percent.

OPENING NIGHT

  • Tonight marks the 48th season-opener in franchise history.
  • The Sabres are 24-18-5 all-time in season-openers; 17-9-5 when opening at home.
  • Buffalo is 21-19-7 all-time in home-openers.
  • The Sabres have previously opened their season against the Bruins twice, including a 5-3 win at Boston on Oct. 7, 1993 and a 9-5 win at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium on Oct. 10, 1974. The team’s nine goals in the 1974 game marked the Sabres’ best output in a season-opener.

CAPTAIN JACK

  • After being named captain yesterday, Jack Eichel becomes 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 becomes 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.

WELCOME TO BUFFALO
The Sabres have eight new players on their opening-day roster this season:

Player, Pos. How Acquired Pronunciation Notes
Patrik Berglund, C Trade (STL) BUHRG-luhnd Went 55.1% on faceoffs in his 10th season with St. Louis in 2017-18.
Rasmus Dahlin, D Draft (1st Overall) dah-LEEN Named Swedish Junior Player of the Year (SHL) in 2017-18.
Remi Elie, LW Waivers (DAL) EH-lee Set NHL highs in every major category in 72 games in 2017-18.
Carter Hutton, G Free Agency HUH-tuhn Led NHL in SV% (.931) and GAA (2.09) with St. Louis in 2017-18.
Conor Sheary, LW Trade (PIT) SHAIR-ee Two-time Stanley Cup Champion (2016 and 2017) with Pittsburgh.
Jeff Skinner, LW Trade (CAR) SKIH-nuhr Ranks sixth in the NHL with 143 5-on-5 goals since entering the league in 2010-11.
Vladimir Sobotka, C Trade (STL) suh-BOHT-kuh Set career-high totals in GP (81), G (11) and GWG (4) in 2017-18.
Tage Thompson, C Trade (STL) TAHMP-suhn Made his NHL debut with St. Louis in 2017-18.

A NEW LOOK

  • As many as eight players could make their Sabres regular-season debuts tonight: Patrik Berglund, Rasmus Dahlin, Remi Elie, Carter Hutton, Conor Sheary, Jeff Skinner, Vladimir Sobotka and Tage Thompson
    • If at least seven of these players dress tonight, it will mark the second-most new players the Sabres have ever dressed in a season-opener, trailing only the nine players who made their Sabres debuts on Oct. 10, 2015 vs. TBL (Carlo Colaiacovo, Jack Eichel, Cody Franson, Chad Johnson, Evander Kane, David Legwand, Robin Lehner, Jamie McGinn and Ryan O’Reilly). The Sabres saw a 27-point improvement in the standings that season.
  • Only 10 of the 20 Sabres players who dressed for the first game of the 2017-18 season appear on the team’s 2018-19 opening day roster.
    • Only six players on this year’s opening day roster suited up for the team in the season-opener two years ago: Zach Bogosian, Zemgus Girgensons, Jake McCabe, Casey Nelson, Sam Reinhart, Rasmus Ristolainen

GOOD FIRST IMPRESSIONS
The Sabres have had a newly acquired player score in five of their last seven season-openers: Jason Pominville (Oct. 5, 2017 vs. MTL), Jack Eichel (Oct. 8, 2015 vs. OTT), Zemgus Girgensons (Oct. 2, 2013 at DET), Steve Ott (Jan. 20, 2013 vs. PHI) and Ville Leino (Oct. 7, 2011 vs. ANA). Each player scored on his first shot, except for Eichel, who scored on his second shot.

A FRESH FACE

  • If he dresses for tonight’s game, Rasmus Dahlin (18 years, 175 days) will become 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. MNS).
  • Dahlin would become the fourth-youngest defenseman in the past 20 years to make his NHL debut, behind Zach Bogosian (Oct. 10, 2008; 18 years, 82 days), Mikhail Sergachev (Oct. 13, 2016; 18 years, 110 days) and Jonathan Girard (Oct. 18, 1998; 18 years, 144 days).

2018 PRESEASON

  • Buffalo finished the preseason with a 3-4-0 record; 1-2-0 at home and 2-2-0 on the road.
  • Alex Nylander led all Sabres with five points (1+4) in five preseason games. Four other players also registered point-per-game totals: Jack Eichel (3 GP, 1+3), Sam Reinhart (3 GP, 1+3), Andrew Oglevie (3 GP, 2+1) and Sean Malone (1 GP, 0+1).
  • Jeff Skinner led the team with three goals in four preseason games.

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 are opening the season on an NHL roster for the first time in their careers: Dahlin, Elie, Mittelstadt, Ullmark

BUF-BOS CONNECTIONS
Patrick Berglund:

  • Played with Bruins F David Backes and G Jaroslav Halak in St. Louis

Jason Botterill:

  • Played with Bruins assistant coach Joe Sacco in Atlanta

Jack Eichel:

  • Eichel is a native of North Chlemsford, 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.

Chris Hajt:

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

Phil Housley:

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

Carter Hutton:

  • Played with F Joakim Nordstrom in Chicago in 2013.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played with Bruins G Jaroslav Halak for the Islanders from 2014 to 2016
  • Played with Bruins assistant coach Jay Pandolfo for the Islanders

Davis Payne

  • He spent parts of two seasons (1995-1997) playing for the Bruins. He skated in 22 games and notched one assist.
  • Played in Boston with Bruins General Manager Down Sweeney
  • Was the head coach of the St. Louis Blues when Bruins F David Backes and G Jaroslav Halak were playing for the team

Conor Sheary:

  • Sheary originally 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).

Jeff Skinner:

  • Skinner played with Bruins F Joakim Nordstrom in Carolina from 2015 to 2018.

Steve Smith

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

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • 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).
  • Played with Bruins F David Backes and G Jaroslav Halak in St. Louis

Matt Tennyson:

  • Played with Bruins F Joakim Nordstrom in Carolina from 2016 to 2017.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: N/A
Blocked Shots: N/A
Shots: N/A

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

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 … 4 games … 664 games played with Sabres (T-10th in franchise history)
Patrik Berglund … 6 games … 700 career games played
Remi Elie … 10 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 10 goals … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Points
Jason Pominville … 4 points … 700 career points
Jason Pominville … 7 points … 497 points with Sabres (T-10th in franchise history)
Conor Sheary … 7 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A