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Game Preview: 11/17/19 at Chicago

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, November 16
Ottawa 2 at Buffalo 4
Goals: Eichel (4)
Goalie: Ullmark (21 saves/23 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 2/3; Shots: Buffalo 32 – Ottawa 23

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 80)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (hip, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 19 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 19 games
Vladimir Sobotka (lower body, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 3 games
Marcus Johansson (upper body, Nov. 14; injured reserve) – 2 games
Johan Larsson (upper body, Nov. 16) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/11: Assigned D Lawrence Pilut to Rochester (AHL)
11/13: Recalled F Curtis Lazar from Rochester (AHL)
11/14: Activated D Marco Scandella from IR; Placed F Vladimir Sobotka on IR
11/15: Recalled F Rasmus Asplund from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Marcus Johansson on IR
11/17: Recalled F Tage Thompson from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Nov. 19: Minnesota at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 21: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.
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.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at BLACKHAWKS

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Blackhawks this season.
  • Last meeting: Chicago defeated Buffalo 5-4 (SO) in Chicago on March 7
  • Next meeting: Saturday, March 21 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 1-5-4 in their last 10 games vs. the Blackhawks; 1-6-3 on the road.
  • This is the 124th game all-time between Buffalo and Chicago; Buffalo has a 54-52-17 series record.
  • The Sabres are 19-33-9 on the road against the Blackhawks all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-13-1 all-time on November 17.
  • November 17, 1979: John Gould scores twice and Don Edwards stops 35 shots as the Sabres top the Minnesota North Stars 4-2.
  • November 17, 2005: Taylor Pyatt scores a hat trick in Buffalo’s 8-5 home win over Washington.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Sam Reinhart has nine points (4+5) in his last eight games, including four multi-point outings.
  • Victor Olofsson enters tonight’s game on a four-game point streak (1+3), tying his career-best streak set in the first four games of this season.
  • Jack Eichel has seven multi-point games this season, tying for 11th-most in the league as of the conclusion of last night’s game. His three multi-goal games tied for fifth-most in the NHL this season.

HOT AGAINST CHICAGO

  • Jeff Skinner has totaled eight points (2+6) in his last eight meetings with Chicago.
  • Jack Eichel has recorded a point in six of eight career matchups with the Blackhawks (2+4).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has recorded seven assists in his last nine games against the Blackhawks.
  • Kyle Okposo has eight points (5+3) in eight career road games in Chicago, including a goal in each of his last three visits to United Center. He has registered five points (4+1) in his five total meetings with the Blackhawks since joining the Sabres in 2016-17.
  • Brandon Montour has posted four points (2+2) in his last four games against the Blackhawks.
  • Evan Rodrigues has recorded three assists in his two career visits to Chicago.
  • Conor Sheary recorded an assist in both of the Sabres’ matchups with the Blackhawks last season.

FOUR SCORES AND NINE YEARS AGO

  • With a career-high four goals last night vs. Ottawa, Jack Eichel became the Sabres’ first four-goal scorer since Thomas Vanek (April 10, 2010 at Ottawa).
  • Eichel’s third goal marked his second career hat trick (last: Dec. 15, 2017 vs. Carolina) and the first hat trick by a Sabres player since Sam Reinhart’s on Feb. 23, 2019 vs. Washington.
  • Last night was the 13th time a Sabre has scored at least four goals in a regular-season game. Eichel is the seventh different player to score four in a game for the team, joining Rick Martin (4x), Dave Andreychuk (3x), Alexander Mogilny (2x), Lindy Ruff, Miroslav Satan and Thomas Vanek. John Tucker scored four goals for the Sabres in a playoff game on April 9, 1988 vs. Boston.
  • Buffalo’s franchise record for most goals in a regular-season game is five (Dave Andreychuk, Feb. 6, 1986 vs. Boston).

WELCOME TO BUFFALO

  • Rasmus Asplund made his NHL debut last night vs. Ottawa, logging 12:13 of ice time and going 5-for-9 on faceoffs. He became the seventh player (of Buffalo’s 23 skaters to dress this season) to make his Sabres debut in 2019-20.
  • Curtis Lazar appeared in his first game as a member of the Sabres on Thursday vs. Carolina, scoring a goal on his first shot of the game.
  • Lazar became the 56th player ever to score in his Sabres debut and the first since Kyle Okposo did so on Oct. 16, 2016 at Edmonton. Jack Eichel and Zemgus Girgensons are the only other current Sabres who have scored in their debuts.

WHAT’S THE SKINNY?
All eight of Jeff Skinner’s goals this season have come at even strength, tying for eighth-most in the NHL after last night’s game. According to NaturalStatTrick.com, his eight goals at 5-on-5 tied for fourth-most in the league, trailing only Leon Draisaitl (12), Brad Marchand (11) and Auston Matthews (9).

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s fifth of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, after last night’s 4-2 win vs. Ottawa. The Sabres are 1-4-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-2-0 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (0), three points (0), two points (2), one point (0) and zero points (2).

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

  • Eichel: 1 OTG (T-6th), 12 G (T-7th), 8 EVG (T-8th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (T-1st)
  • Johansson: 1 OTG (T-6th)
  • Olofsson: 6 PPG (T-5th)
  • Ristolainen: 68 hits (T-5th)
  • Skinner: 8 EVG (T-8th), 71 S (T-9th)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-7th)

BUF-CHI CONNECTIONS

  • Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton spent two seasons in Chicago’s organization. He made his NHL debut with one game for the Blackhawks in 2013.
  • Sabres defenseman Henri Jokiharju spent his first NHL season with the Blackhawks, tallying 12 assists in 38 games. He was drafted by Chicago with the 29th pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.
  • Blackhawks goaltender Robin Lehner played in Buffalo for three seasons, from 2015 to 2018. In 133 games with the Sabres, Lehner posted a 42-61-22 record with a 2.77 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage.
  • Blackhawks forward Alex Nylander spent three seasons with the Sabres organization (2016 to 2019) after being selected by the team with the eighth pick of the 2016 NHL Draft. He appeared in 19 games for Buffalo, scoring three goals and adding three assists.
  • Sabres forward Jack Eichel and Blackhawks forwards Alex DeBrincat and Patrick Kane all played for Team USA at the 2019 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres forward Jack Eichel and Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad played for Team North America together at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
  • Sabres forward Johan Larsson and Blackhawks goaltender Robin Lehner played together for Team Sweden at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Sabres forward Curtis Lazar, Blackhawks goaltender Robin Lehner and Blackhawks forward Zack Smith all previously played for the Ottawa Senators. Lazar played with Lehner in Ottawa for one season (2014-15) and was a teammate of Smith’s for three seasons (2014 to 2017).
  • Sabres defenseman Colin Miller and Blackhawks forward Ryan Carpenter were both members of the Golden Knights’ inaugural team. The two played together in Vegas for two seasons from 2017 to 2019.
  • Sabres forward Kyle Okposo and Blackhawks forward Calvin de Haan both previously played for the New York Islanders. They were teammates from 2011 to 2016.
  • Sabres forward Sam Reinhart and defenseman Brandon Montour played for Team Canada with Blackhawks forward Dylan Strome at the 2019 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen and Blackhawks defenseman Olli Maatta have played for Finland’s national team together three times: at the 2012 and 2013 IIHF World Junior Championships and at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
  • Sabres forward Conor Sheary and Blackhawks defenseman Olli Maatta played together in Pittsburgh from 2015 to 2018. They won two Stanley Cups with the Penguins together in 2016 and 2017.
  • Sabres forward Jeff Skinner and Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith played for Team Canada together at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (68), Miller (31), McCabe (31)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (38), Ristolainen (30), Jokiharju (17)
Shots: Skinner (71), Eichel (66), Olofsson (45)

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: 2-5-2 (6), 20/31, 2/22, 17/24

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
Carter Hutton … 1 game … 200 career games played
Brandon Montour … 6 games … 200 career games played
Jake McCabe … 7 games … 300 career games played
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 5 goals … 100 career goals
Points
Jimmy Vesey … 8 points … 100 career points
Kyle Okposo … 8 points … 500 career points 

RECENT MILESTONES
Rasmus Dahlin … 100th NHL game … Nov. 14 vs. CAR
Rasmus Asplund … 1st NHL game … Nov. 16 vs. OTT

Game Preview: 3/7/19 at Chicago

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Monday, March 4
Edmonton 4 at Buffalo 3
Goals: Eichel (2), Mittelstadt
Goalie: Ullmark (16 saves/20 shots) / Hutton (7 saves/7shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 1/1; Shots: Buffalo 38 – Toronto 27

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 205)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Vladimir Sobotka (upper body, March 1) – 3 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, March 4) – 1 game
Jake McCabe (upper body, March 4) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, March 9: Buffalo at Colorado, 3 p.m.
Tuesday, March 12: Dallas at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 14: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 16: Buffalo at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 17: St. Louis at Buffalo, 5 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at BLACKHAWKS

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Blackhawks this season.
  • Last meeting: Chicago defeated Buffalo 7-3 in Buffalo on Feb. 1
  • The Sabres are 1-6-3 in their last 10 games vs. the Blackhawks; 2-6-2 on the road.
  • This is the 123rd game all-time between Buffalo and Chicago; Buffalo has a 54-52-16 series record.
  • The Sabres are 19-33-8 on the road against the Blackhawks all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-9-5 all-time on March 7.
  • March 7, 2002: Martin Biron turns aside 26 New York Islanders shots to earn the first of two shutouts on back-to-back nights, a feat he would complete with another 26-save performance the following night against Montreal.
  • March 7, 2016: Jack Eichel becomes the youngest Sabre ever to reach the 20-goal mark (19 years, 131 days) with his goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres have scored a power-play goal in three straight meetings with the Blackhawks entering tonight.
  • Buffalo needs a win tonight to split the season series with Chicago for the second straight season.
  • The Sabres are seeking their first win in Chicago since Jan. 10, 2007.
  • Jason Pominville has totaled 10 points (5+5) in his last 10 games against the Blackhawks. He has nine points (7+2) in 12 career visits to Chicago.
  • Jeff Skinner has totaled eight points (2+6) in his last seven meetings with Chicago, including three points (0+3) in three road games.
  • Jack Eichel has recorded a point in six of seven career matchups with the Blackhawks, including each of the last five (2+3).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has recorded seven assists in his last eight games against the Blackhawks.
  • Kyle Okposo has seven points (4+3) in seven career road games in Chicago and four points (3+1) in his four total meetings with the Blackhawks since the beginning of 2016-17.

RISING IN THE RECORD BOOKS

  • With his goal on Saturday at Toronto, Jason Pominville tied Don Luce for 10th-most regular-season goals in Sabres history (216). He now trails Rene Robert by six goals for ninth-most all-time.
  • Pominville needs nine points to tie Luce for seventh-most in franchise history (526) and nine assists to tie him for seventh-most in that category (310). His 719 games played with the Sabres trail Luce by 47 for seventh-most all-time as well.

DYNAMIC DUO
Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner have both recorded a point on the same goal 31 times this season, making them the most productive Sabres duo since Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek combined on 39 goals in the 2011-12 season. At least one of the two has recorded a point on 99 of the team’s 186 goals this season (53.2%).

JACK ATTACK

  • Entering play Wednesday, Jack Eichel was tied for 11th in the league with 20 points (9+11) in 18 games since the All-Star Break. His nine goals during that span tied for eighth.
  • Eichel has totaled 72 points this season, setting a new career-high mark, also tying his previous high with 25 goals. He has joined Rick Martin and Thomas Vanek as the third player in franchise history to record at least 20 goals in each of his first four NHL seasons.
  • With 47 assists so far this season, Eichel is the first Sabres player to record at least 45 assists in a season since Tim Connolly recorded 48 in 2009-10. The last Sabre to record at least 50 assists was Jason Pominville (53) in 2007-08.

DAH-LEAN ON ME

  • Entering play Wednesday, Rasmus Dahlin led rookie defensemen and ranked second among all NHL rookies in points (37) and assists (29).
  • With 37 points (8+29) through 66 games, Dahlin is scoring at a higher rate than he did in the Swedish Hockey League last season, when he totaled 20 points (7+13) in 41 games for Frölunda.
  • Dahlin’s current point total puts him on pace for 46 points this season. He would trail only Phil Housley (57 points in 1982-83) for the most ever recorded by an NHL defenseman before his 19th birthday.
  • With seven multi-point games so far this season, Dahlin has recorded more multi-point games as an 18-year-old than all but two defensemen in NHL history: Phil Housley (13) and Bobby Orr (8).
  • Dahlin’s three game-winning goals this season are already the most ever recorded by a Sabres rookie defenseman. His total also ties for ninth-most by any Sabres rookie and eighth-most in a season by any defenseman in franchise history.

SKINNER, SKINNER, CHICKEN DINNER

  • Jeff Skinner has scored 36 goals this season, becoming the fifth player ever to score at least 35 in his first season with the Sabres.
  • His next goal will match his previous career high of 37 set in the 2016-17 season and his 38th goal would tie Gilbert Perreault (1970-71) and Ray Sheppard (1987-88) for third-most ever scored by a first-year Sabre.
  • Skinner’s 28 even-strength goals are already the most ever recorded by player in his first year with the Sabres, breaking a record previously held by Danny Gare (26) since 1974-75.

LEADING THE WAY

Each of the Sabres’ top three scorers is currently on pace to shatter his previous personal best in points on the strength of career-best production at even strength:

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 63 25 47 72 17 34 51
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 79 31 59 90 21 43 64
               
Reinhart Career High (2017-18) 82 25 25 50 13 16 29
Reinhart 2018-19 66 18 40 58 16 28 44
Reinhart 2018-19 (Pace) 82 22 50 72 20 35 55
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 66 36 22 58 28 14 42
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 45 27 72 35 17 52

MAKING HISTORY

  • At his current pace, Jack Eichel would finish the season tied for the seventh-most even-strength points ever recorded by a Sabre, trailing only Pat LaFontaine (83) and Alexander Mogilny (78) in 1992-93, Gilbert Perreault in 1975-76 (70), 1979-80 (68) and 1977-78 (65), and Daniel Briere in 2006-07 (65).
  • Eichel is on pace to become the first Sabres player to record at least 90 points since Daniel Briere (95) in 2006-07. At his current pace, he would trail only LaFontaine’s franchise-record 52 even-strength assists in 1992-93.
  • Jeff Skinner is on pace to become the first Sabres player to score at least 40 goals since Thomas Vanek (40) in 2008-09 and would have the highest total since Alexander Mogilny scored 76 in 1992-93. He would become just the 11th different player in Sabres history to score at least 40 in a season.

SCORING WHEN IT COUNTS

  • Jeff Skinner’s seven game-winning goals tied for third-most in the NHL this season entering play Wednesday. He is the first Sabres player with at least seven game-winners in a season since Derek Roy (9) in 2008-09 and is four shy of matching the single-season franchise record of 11 shared by Danny Gare (1979-80) and Alexander Mogilny (1992-93).
  • Skinner was also tied for third in the league 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.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 3/6 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 82.5% PK% (5th)
  • Eichel: 252 S (5th), 34 EVA (T-10th)
  • Ristolainen: 24:54 TOI/GP (8th)
  • Skinner: 7 GWG (T-3rd), 3 OTG (T-3rd), 28 EVG (5th), 36 G (T-6th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (203), Girgensons (114), McCabe (96)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (104), Bogosian (103), McCabe (95)
Shots: Eichel (252), Skinner (220), Ristolainen (159)

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: 4-6-0 (8), 30/34, 1/25, 14/20
51-60: 3-6-1 (7), 26/38, 7/30, 19/22
61-70: 2-4-0 (4), 19/24, 6/19, 8/11

OVERTIME RESULTS (7-6; 120-127 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)
Jan. 16 at CGY: W, 4-3 (GWG-Eichel, 1:10)
Feb. 8 vs. CAR: L, 6-5 (GWG-Teravainen, 3:25)
March 1 vs. PIT: W, 4-3 (GWG-Sheary, 4:11)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (4-2; 74-68 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)
Feb. 5 vs. MIN: W, 5-4 (GDG-Reinhart)
Feb. 21 at TBL: L, 2-1 (GDG-Stamkos)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Tage Thompson … 2 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 1 goal … 217 goals with Sabres (sole possession, 10th in franchise history)
Jack Eichel … 2 goals … 100 career goals
Jason Pominville … 9 goals … 300 career goals
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 1 assist … 300 career assists
Jeff Skinner … 3 assists … 200 career assists
Matt Hunwick … 7 assists … 100 career assists
Jason Pominville … 8 assists … 310 assists with Sabres (T-7th in franchise history)
Points
Sam Reinhart … 2 points … 200 career points 

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Post-Game Report: 2/1 vs. Chicago

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Blackhawks
(19-24-9)
1 3 3 7 30
Sabres
(25-20-6)
0 1 2 3 43

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • Sam Reinhart appeared in his 300th NHL game tonight.
  • Jason Pominville scored a goal tonight and is now tied with Mike Foligno for eighth in franchise history with 511 points. The goal also moved him past Alexander Mogilny for sole possession of 11th in Sabres history with 212 goals.
    • Pominville now has 10 points (5+5) in his last 10 games against Chicago.
  • Jack Eichel’s goal tonight gives him points in five straight matchups with the Blackhawks (2+3).
  • With his goal tonight, Kyle Okposo now has four points (3+1) in his last four games against Chicago.
  • Conor Sheary’s assist on the Okposo goal gives him points in four straight home games (0+4).

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Blackhawks Ward W .930 3.00
Sabres Hutton
Ullmark
L
ND
.818
.714
6.00
6.20

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Blackhawks Ward 9-8-4 .890 3.83
Sabres Hutton
Ullmark
15-15-3
10-5-3
.909
.914
2.86
2.89

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Casey Mittelstadt

Sabres forward Jason Pominville

Blackhawks head coach Jeremy Colliton

Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane

Blackhawks forward Drake Caggiula

Blackhawks defenseman Connor Murphy

Game Preview: 2/1/19 vs. Chicago

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Wednesday, January 31
Buffalo 0 at Dallas 1
Goals: N/A
Goalie: Ullmark (26 saves/27 shots)
PP: 0/1; PK: 1/1; Shots: Buffalo 30 – Dallas 27

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 175)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Casey Nelson (upper body, Dec. 8; injured reserve) – 21 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Feb. 5: Minnesota at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 7: Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 9: Detroit at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 10: Winnipeg at Buffalo, 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 12: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
BLACKHAWKS at SABRES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Blackhawks this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Chicago 5-3 in Buffalo on March 17, 2018
  • Next meeting: Thursday, March 7 in Chicago
  • The Sabres are 1-6-3 in their last 10 games vs. the Blackhawks; 2-6-2 at home.
  • This is the 122nd game all-time between Buffalo and Chicago; Buffalo has a 54-51-16 series record.
  • The Sabres are 35-18-8 at home against the Blackhawks all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 6-6-5 all-time on February 1.
  • February 1, 1976: Gilbert Perreault records two goals and five assists as the Sabres pick up a 9-5 road win against the California Seals. Danny Gare and the Seals’ Jim Moxey and Wayne Merrick all score goals within 18 seconds of each other in the third period.
  • February 1, 1981: Ric Seiling scores the 3,000th goal in franchise history and Don Edwards records his 13th shutout as a member of the Sabres, as Buffalo defeats Winnipeg 4-0 at home.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are back in Buffalo for their first game at KeyBank Center since Jan. 12. Tonight’s matchup kicks off a seven-game homestand that ties the stretch from Jan. 20 to Feb. 2, 1997 as the longest in franchise history.
  • After picking up a 5-3 win when these teams last met on March 17, 2018, the Sabres are seeking wins in consecutive meetings with the Blackhawks for the first time since they won three in a row from Dec. 3, 2003 to Dec. 15, 2007.
  • Jason Pominville has totaled nine points (4+5) in his last nine games against Chicago.
  • Jeff Skinner has totaled six points (2+4) in his last six meetings with the Blackhawks.
  • Jack Eichel has recorded a point in five of six career matchups with the Blackhawks, including each of the last four (1+3).
  • Remi Elie recorded a point in each of his four games against Chicago (1+3) in 2017-18.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has recorded six assists in his last seven games against the Blackhawks.
  • Sam Reinhart is expected to appear in his 300th NHL game tonight.

HOME COOKING
Buffalo enters tonight’s game with a 14-6-3 (.674) record at home. The team’s .647 points percentage at home ranked seventh in the NHL entering play Thursday. It would rank as the Sabres’ 15th-best home record ever and would be their best since the 2009-10 season (25-10-5, .683)

HOT AT HOME

  • Carter Hutton is 10-4-2 at home this season with a .926 save percentage and a 2.36 goals-against average. He has allowed more than two goals just once in his last nine home games, posting a .920 save percentage or better in each of the eight other home games during that stretch.
  • Jeff Skinner (15+9) and Sam Reinhart (6+18) each have 24 points in 23 home games this season. Reinhart has yet to play two consecutive home games without recording a point in 2018-19.
  • All five of Lawrence Pilut’s points this season (1+4) have come in his eight games at KeyBank Center.
  • Tage Thompson (2+1), Conor Sheary (0+3) and Vladimir Sobotka (0+3) have all recorded a point in each of Buffalo’s last three home games.
  • Rasmus Dahlin has points in each of his last two home games (0+2).

DAH-LEAN ON ME

  • Entering play Thursday, Rasmus Dahlin led rookie defensemen and ranked second among all NHL rookies with 28 points this season. His 23 assists led all NHL rookies in 2018-19.
  • With 28 points (5+23) through 50 games, Dahlin is scoring at a higher rate than he did in the Swedish Hockey League last season, when he totaled 20 points (7+13) in 41 games for Frölunda.
  • Dahlin’s current point total puts him on pace for 46 points this season. It would trail only Phil Housley (57 points in 1982-83) for the most ever recorded by a defenseman before his 19th birthday.
  • With six multi-point games so far this season, Dahlin has recorded more multi-point games as an 18-year-old than all but two defensemen in NHL history: Phil Housley (13) and Bobby Orr (8).

SCORING WHEN IT COUNTS

  • Jeff Skinner’s seven game-winning goals tied for second-most in the NHL this season entering play Thursday. He is the first Sabres player with at least seven game-winners in a season since Derek Roy (9) in 2008-09 and is four shy of matching the single-season franchise record of 11 shared by Danny Gare (1979-80) and Alexander Mogilny (1992-93).
  • Skinner was also tied for third in the league 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.

SAM I AM

  • Sam Reinhart has already set career-high totals in assists (33) and multi-point games (13) this season. His 45 points leave him just five shy of his career high 50 from the 2017-18 season.
  • The Sabres are 19-8-4 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 28-4-6 (.816) in his career when he records at least two.

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:
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 47 16 37 53 12 28 40
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 79 27 62 89 20 47 67
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 50 31 14 45 24 10 34
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 51 23 74 39 16 56
               
Reinhart Career High (2017-18) 82 25 25 50 13 16 29
Reinhart 2018-19 50 12 33 45 11 23 34
Reinhart 2018-19 (Pace) 82 20 54 74 18 38 56

MAKING HISTORY

  • At his current pace, Jack Eichel would finish the season with the fifth-most even-strength points ever recorded by a Sabre, trailing only Pat LaFontaine (83) and Alexander Mogilny (78) in 1992-93, and Gilbert Perreault in 1975-76 (70) and 1979-80 (68).
  • Eichel would also trail only LaFontaine’s franchise-record 52 even-strength assists in 1992-93.
  • Jeff Skinner is currently on pace to become the seventh 50-goal scorer in Sabres history and the first since 1992-93 (Mogilny and LaFontaine). His 38 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 and 39 in 1979-80 for fifth-most in team history.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 1/31 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 81.9% PK% (9th)
  • Eichel: 2 OTG (T-6th), 28 EVA (T-8th), 189 S (T-10th)
  • Ristolainen: 25:14 TOI/GP (7th)
  • Skinner: 31 G (2nd), 24 EVG (T-2nd), 7 GWG (T-2nd), 3 OTG (T-3rd)

BUF-CHI CONNECTIONS
Former Blackhawks:

  • Sabres Head Coach Phil Housley played for the Blackhawks for two seasons (2001-2003), recording 68 points (21+47) in 137 games played.
  • Sabres assistant coach Steve Smith played for the Blackhawks for six seasons (1991-1997), scoring 136 points (25+11) in 317 games. He was a teammate of current Blackhawks goaltending coach Jimmy Waite while playing in Chicago.

Blackhawks with Western New York Connections:

  • Blackhawks General Manager Stan Bowman attended Canisius High School and is the son of former Sabres Head Coach and General Manager Scotty Bowman.
  • Blackhawks F Patrick Kane was born in Buffalo.
  • Blackhawks assistant coach Barry Smith held the same role for the Sabres from 1985 to 1989. He was on the team’s coaching staff when Sabres Head Coach Phil Housley was playing in Buffalo.

Jason Botterill:

  • Was the assistant general manager for the Penguins when Blackhawks F Chris Kunitz was playing in Pittsburgh.

Jack Eichel:

  • Was coached by Blackhawks assistant coach Don Granato when he played for the United States National Development Program.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for the Islanders with Blackhawks Head Coach Jeremy Colliton.

Conor Sheary:

  • Played with Blackhawks F Chris Kunitz in Pittsburgh.

Jeff Skinner:

  • Played with Blackhawks F Marcus Kruger and G Cam Ward in Carolina.

Steve Smith:

  • Was an assistant coach for the Hurricanes with Blackhawks F Marcus Kruger and G Cam Ward were playing in Carolina.
  • Played with Blackhawks assistant general manager Norm Maciver in Edmonton.

Tage Thompson:

  • Was coached by Blackhawks assistant coach Don Granato when he played for the United States National Development Program.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (151), Girgensons (82) McCabe (67)
Blocked Shots: Bogosian (79), Ristolainen (77), McCabe (74)
Shots: Eichel (189), Skinner (157), Ristolainen (123)

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: 4-6-0 (8), 30/34, 1/25, 14/20

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-5; 119-126 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)
Jan. 16 at CGY: W, 4-3 (GWG-Eichel, 1:10)

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
Sam Reinhart … 1 game … 300 career games played
Zach Bogosian … 3 games … 600 career games played
Rasmus Ristolainen … 4 games … 400 career games played
Marco Scandella … 4 games … 500 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 1 goal … 212 goals with Sabres (sole possession, 11th in franchise history)
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 4 assists … 300 career assists
Matt Hunwick … 8 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Jason Pominville … 1 point … 511 points with Sabres (T-8th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
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Post-Game Report: 3/17 vs. Chicago

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Blackhawks
(30-34-8)
0 2 1 3 37
Sabres
(23-36-12)
1 1 3 5 32

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • Today’s win was the Sabres’ first against the Blackhawks since Dec. 11, 2009, snapping a 0-9-3 slide against Chicago.
  • Nicholas Baptiste (two goals) earned his first career game-winning goal and his first career multi-goal performance.
  • With his 145th career point today (assist), Rasmus Ristolainen tied Dmitri Kalinin for 14th-most by a Sabres defenseman. He’s now six shy of tying Tyler Myers for 13th.
    • Ristolainen now has six assists in his last seven games against the Blackhawks.
  • With his goal today, Ryan O’Reilly has now reached the 20-goal mark in each of his three seasons with the Sabres.
    • The goal, his 12th power-play tally of the season, moved him into a tie for ninth in the league in power-play goals.
  • Sam Reinhart’s fourth three-point performance (1+2) of the season gives him 29 points (12+17) in his last 27 games.
  • Jack Eichel, who earned an assist on Ryan O’Reilly’s goal in his first game back from a high-ankle sprain that sidelined him for 15 games, now has 35 points (15+20) in his last 31 games played.

 

Today’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Blackhawks
Berube L .871 4.10
Sabres Johnson W .919 3.01

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Blackhawks
Berube 2-4-0 .900 3.55
Sabres Johnson 8-11-3 .897 3.27

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly

Sabres forward Nicholas Baptiste

Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville

Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews

Blackhawks forward Jordan Oesterle