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Post-Game Report: 3/12 vs. Dallas

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Stars
(36-28-5)
0 2 0 2 27
Sabres
(30-30-9)
0 0 0 0 35

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • With tonight’s loss, the Sabres have fallen to 19-11-4 at home this season.
  • The Stars have now won consecutive games in Buffalo for the first time since they won three straight from Feb. 7, 1992 to Feb. 13, 1994.
  • Ben Bishop became the first goaltender to shut the Sabres out twice in a season since Roberto Luongo and Marc-Andre Fleury did so in 2014-15.
  • Tage Thompson appeared in his 100th NHL game tonight.
  • Rasmus Dahlin led all Sabres with 24:50 of ice time.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Stars
Bishop W 1.000 0.00
Sabres Ullmark L .926 2.11

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Stars Bishop 23-14-2 .932 2.08
Sabres Ullmark 14-11-4 .907 3.10

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jeff Skinner

Sabres forward Alexander Nylander

Sabres forward Tage Thompson

Stars head coach Jim Montgomery

Stars forward Blake Comeau

Stars forward Roope Hintz

Stars goaltender Ben Bishop

Game Preview: 3/12/19 vs. Dallas

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, March 9
Buffalo 0 at Colorado 3
Goals: N/A
Goalie: Hutton (40 saves/42 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 0/1; PK: 2/3; Shots: Colorado 43 – Buffalo 18

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 207)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Jake McCabe (upper body, March 4) – 3 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/10: Recalled F Alexander Nylander from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Wednesday, March 20: Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 23: Montreal at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
STARS at SABRES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Stars this season.
  • Last meeting: Dallas defeated Buffalo 1-0 in Dallas on Jan. 30
  • The Sabres are 2-8-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Stars; 7-3-0 at home.
  • This is the 124th game all-time between Buffalo and Dallas; Buffalo has a 56-50-17 series record.
  • The Sabres are 33-16-11 at home against the Stars all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 13-9-2 all-time on March 12.
  • March 12, 2008: Mike Weber records his first NHL point with an assist at Pittsburgh.
  • March 12, 2016: Jack Eichel scores the latest regular-season goal in franchise history at 4:59 of overtime against the Carolina Hurricanes.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 10-4-1 (one tie) in their last 15 regular-season home games against the Stars dating back to the beginning of the 1995-96 season. The Stars are seeking consecutive wins in Buffalo for the first time since they won three straight from Feb. 7, 1992 to Feb. 13, 1994.
  • Conor Sheary has totaled six points (3+3) in his last six games.
  • Tage Thompson is expected to appear in his 100th NHL game tonight.
  • Alexander Nylander is expected to make his season debut tonight. He has set career-high totals in goals (12) and points (31) in 49 games with Rochester this season, also tying his career high with 19 assists. In his last six AHL games, Nylander has totaled seven points (4+3), including goals in each of the last four.

HOME COOKING

  • Buffalo enters tonight’s game with a 19-10-4 (.636) record at home. The team’s .636 points percentage at home ranked ninth in the NHL before Monday’s games.
  • Carter Hutton is 11-6-2 at home this season with a .924 save percentage and a 2.41 goals-against average.
  • Jeff Skinner (20+14 in 33 games) and Jack Eichel (14+20 in 31 games) tie to lead all Sabres with 34 points at home this season.
  • Skinner is the first player to score 20 goals at KeyBank Center since Derek Roy had 20 in 2007-08. Thomas Vanek (30 in 2006-07) was the last player to score more than 20 at home in a season for the Sabres.
  • Sam Reinhart (10+23) is also playing at a point-per-game pace at KeyBank Center this season.
  • Conor Sheary has totaled 10 points (3+7) in 13 home games in 2019.

KILLING IT

  • Buffalo entered play Monday ranked fifth in the league with a penalty kill percentage of 82.7 percent this season.
  • The Sabres have allowed just four power-play goals in their last 13 games, going 24-for-28 on the penalty kill (85.7%) and scoring one shorthanded goal during that stretch.
  • During those 28 penalty kills, the Sabres allowed just 44 power-play shots. Buffalo’s goaltenders have a save percentage of .909 while shorthanded during that span.
  • Buffalo’s penalty kill percentage this season is the team’s best mark since the 2010-11 season (83.0%).

RISING IN THE RECORD BOOKS

  • With his goal on March 2 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).

DAH-LEAN ON ME

  • Entering play Monday, Rasmus Dahlin led rookie defensemen and ranked second among all NHL rookies in points (37) and assists (29).
  • With 37 points (8+29) through 68 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 trails only Phil Housley (57 points in 1982-83) and Bobby Orr (38 points in 1966-67) for the most points 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: Housley (13) and 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.
  • 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 Thomas Vanek scored 43 in 2006-07. He would become just the 11th different player in Sabres history to score at least 40 in a season.

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack 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.

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 190 goals this season (52.1%).

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 65 25 47 72 17 34 51
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 77 30 56 85 20 40 60
               
Reinhart Career High (2017-18) 82 25 25 50 13 16 29
Reinhart 2018-19 68 18 40 58 16 28 44
Reinhart 2018-19 (Pace) 82 22 48 70 19 34 53
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 68 36 22 58 28 14 42
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 43 27 70 34 17 51

SCORING WHEN IT COUNTS

  • Jeff Skinner’s seven game-winning goals tied for fourth-most in the NHL this season entering play Monday. 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 3/11 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 82.7% PK% (5th)
  • Eichel: 259 S (5th)
  • Ristolainen: 24:55 TOI/GP (8th)
  • Skinner: 3 OTG (T-3rd), 7 GWG (T-4th), 28 EVG (5th), 36 G (T-8th)

BUF-DAL CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Stars assistant coach Stu Barnes played for the Sabres for parts of five seasons (1998 to 2003). He recorded 172 points (67+105) in 310 games played and captained the team for two seasons (2001 to 2003).
  • Stars D Taylor Fedun spent parts of two seasons (2016 to 2018) with the Sabres organization, scoring eight points (0+8) in 34 games.

Former Stars:

  • Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill was drafted by the Stars in the first round (20th overall) of the 1994 NHL Draft and played in 21 games for the club. He later re-joined the team as a scout for the organization for the 2006-07 season.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Played in Atlanta when Stars assistant coach Todd Nelson was on the Thrashers’ coaching staff.

Jason Botterill:

  • Was the Penguins’ assistant general manager when Stars F Blake Comeau was playing in Pittsburgh.

Matt Hunwick:

  • Played with Stars F Tyler Seguin in Boston.
  • Payed for the Rangers with Stars F Mats Zuccarello.
  • Played with Stars D Jamie Oleksiak in Pittsburgh.
  • Played with Stars D Roman Polak in Toronto.
  • Won a bronze medal for Team USA with Stars G Ben Bishop at the 2013 IIHF World Championship.

Johan Larsson:

  • Has played for Team Sweden with Stars D John Klingberg three times: at the 2011 and 2012 IIHF World Junior Championships and at the 2018 IIHF World Championship. The duo won gold medals together in both 2012 and 2018.

Brandon Montour:

  • Played with Stars F Andrew Cogliano in Anaheim.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for the Islanders with Stars F Blake Comeau.
  • Played for Team USA with Stars G Ben Bishop at the 2010 IIHF World Championship.

Davis Payne:

  • Was an assistant coach for the Kings when Stars G Ben Bishop was playing in Los Angeles.
  • Was the head coach of the Blues when Stars G Ben Bishop and D Roman Polak were playing in St. Louis.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Won a gold medal for Team Finland with Stars D Julius Honka at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Has played for Team Finland with Stars D Esa Lindell twice: at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship and at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. The pair won a goal medal together in 2014.

Marco Scandella:

  • Played with Stars G Anton Khudobin in Minnesota.

Conor Sheary:

  • Played with Stars D Jamie Oleksiak in Pittsburgh.

Jeff Skinner:

  • Played with Stars G Anton Khudobin in Carolina.
  • Played for Team Canada with Stars D Marc Methot at both the 2011 and 2012 IIHF World Championships.
  • Played for Team Canada with Stars F Jamie Benn at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.

Steve Smith:

  • Was an assistant coach for the Hurricanes when Stars G Anton Khudobin was playing in Carolina.
  • Was an assistant coach in Edmonton when Stars F Andrew Cogliano, F Tyler Pitlick and D Taylor Fedun were all playing for the Oilers.

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Played with Stars G Ben Bishop and D Roman Polak in St. Louis.
  • Represented the Czech Republic with Stars F Radek Faksa at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
  • Has played for the Czech Republic National Team with Stars D Roman Polak three times: at the 2006 IIHF World Junior Championship, at the 2014 IIHF World Championship and at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Scott Wilson:

  • Played with Stars F Blake Comeau in Pittsburgh.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (208), Girgensons (116), McCabe (96)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (110), Bogosian (108), McCabe (95)
Shots: Eichel (259), Skinner (222), Ristolainen (162)

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: 2-6-0 (4), 23/32, 6/22, 15/19

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 (5-2; 75-68 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)
March 7 at CHI: L, 5-4 (GDG-Kane)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Tage Thompson … 1 game … 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 … 8 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
Rasmus Ristolainen … 10 points … 200 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Game Preview: 1/30/19 at Dallas

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, January 29
Buffalo 5 at Columbus 4
Goals: Rodrigues, Reinhart, Thompson, Skinner, Sheary
Goalie: Hutton (33 saves/37 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 1/2; Shots: Columbus 37 – Buffalo 34

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 174)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Casey Nelson (upper body, Dec. 8; injured reserve) – 20 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, Feb. 1: Chicago at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
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.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at STARS

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Stars this season.
  • Last meeting: Dallas defeated Buffalo 7-1 in Buffalo on Jan. 20, 2018
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, March 12 in Dallas
  • The Sabres are 2-8-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Stars; 2-8-0 on the road.
  • This is the 123rd game all-time between Buffalo and Dallas; Buffalo has a 56-49-17 series record.
  • The Sabres are 23-33-6 on the road against the Stars all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-5-3 all-time on January 30.
  • January 30, 2007: Daniel Briere scores his second of two hat tricks as a member of the Sabres as the Sabres defeat the Bruins 7-1 in Buffalo.
  • January 30, 2008: Ryan Miller stops all 32 Florida shots and Thomas Vanek scores the lone Buffalo goal as the Sabres defeat the Panthers 1-0 in Florida.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s matchup is the Sabres’ fifth straight road game. After tonight, the team will return to Buffalo for a seven-game homestand that ties the stretch from Jan. 20 to Feb. 2, 1997 as the longest in franchise history.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen enters tonight’s game with points in four straight contests (0+4) for the second time this season. A point tonight would give him his first five-game point streak since January 2018.
  • The Sabres are looking to end a six-game road losing streak against the Stars, seeking their first win in Dallas since a 5-4 shootout win on Jan. 15, 2009.
    • The only player on tonight’s rosters who played in that game was Jason Pominville, who recorded two assists and the game-deciding shootout goal.
  • Nathan Beaulieu has totaled four points (1+3) in four career games against the Stars, including a career-high three points (1+2) on Jan. 4, 2017 in Dallas.

LIGHTING THE LAMP

  • Evan Rodrigues has scored in each of Buffalo’s last four games, marking the longest scoring streak of his career. He now has points in six of his last seven games (4+3), including points in five straight road games.
  • The streak ties him with Jeff Skinner (2x) and Sam Reinhart for the longest goal streak by a Sabre this season.
  • The last Sabre to record a goal in at least five consecutive contests was Thomas Vanek, who scored seven times during the first five games of the 2008-09 season (Oct. 10 to 18, 2008).

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s 10th of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 5-4 win last night at Columbus. The Sabres are 5-4-1 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 5-2-2 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 (1), two points (2), one point (2) and zero points (1).

DAH-LEAN ON ME

  • Rasmus Dahlin leads rookie defensemen and ranks second among all NHL rookies with 28 points this season. His 23 assists lead all NHL rookies in 2018-19.
  • With 28 points (5+23) through 49 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 47 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).

COMEBACK KIDS

  • The Sabres are 6-13-2 this season when trailing after two periods. Their six wins when trailing after 40 minutes tie for second-most in the league and their .286 win percentage in those games ties for fourth.
  • 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.

SCORING WHEN IT COUNTS

  • Jeff Skinner’s seven game-winning goals are tied for second-most in the NHL this season. 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 is 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 46 16 37 53 12 28 40
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 79 27 64 91 21 48 69
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 49 31 14 45 24 10 34
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 52 23 75 40 17 57
               
Reinhart Career High (2017-18) 82 25 25 50 13 16 29
Reinhart 2018-19 49 12 33 45 11 23 34
Reinhart 2018-19 (Pace) 82 20 55 75 18 38 57

MAKING HISTORY

  • If the Sabres’ top scorers continue their current pace, the team would have three 75-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 tied for the fourth-most even-strength points ever recorded by a Sabre, trailing only LaFontaine (83) and Mogilny (78) in 1992-93, and Gilbert Perreault in 1975-76 (70).
  • Eichel would trail only LaFontaine’s franchise-record 52 even-strength assists that season and would become the first Sabre to record at least 90 points since Daniel Briere in 2006-07 (95).
  • 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 40 even-strength goals would finish behind only Mogilny’s even-strength total from 1992-93 (49), Rick Martin’s 44 in 1973-74 and Danny Gare’s 41 in 1975-76 for fourth-most in team history.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 81.8% PK% (9th)
  • Eichel: 2 OTG (T-6th), 28 EVA (T-7th), 187 S (10th)
  • Ristolainen: 25:19 TOI/GP (7th)
  • Skinner: 31 G (2nd), 24 EVG (T-2nd), 7 GWG (T-2nd), 3 OTG (T-3rd)

BUF-DAL CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Stars assistant coach Stu Barnes played for the Sabres for parts of five seasons (1998-2003). He recorded 172 points (67+105) in 310 games played and captained the team for two seasons (2001-2003).
  • Stars D Taylor Fedun spent parts of two seasons (2016-2018) with the Sabres organization, scoring eight points (0+8) in 34 games.

Former Stars:

  • Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill was drafted by the Stars in the first round (20th overall) of the 1994 NHL Draft and played in 21 games for the club. He later re-joined the team as a scout for the organization for the 2006-07 season.
  • Sabres F Remi Elie was drafted by the Stars in the second round (40th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft. He played in 90 games for the team and scored 21 points (7+41).

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Played with Stars F Alexander Radulov in Montreal.
  • Won a bronze medal for Team Canada with Stars D Jamie Oleksiak at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Played in Atlanta when Stars assistant coach Todd Nelson was on the Thrashers’ coaching staff.

Jason Botterill:

  • Was the Penguins’ assistant general manager when Stars F Blake Comeau was playing in Pittsburgh.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played for Team USA with Stars D Connor Carrick at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Matt Hunwick:

  • Played with Stars F Tyler Seguin in Boston.
  • Played with Stars D Jamie Oleksiak in Pittsburgh.
  • Played with Stars D Connor Carrick and D Roman Polak in Toronto.
  • Won a bronze medal for Team USA with Stars G Ben Bishop at the 2013 IIHF World Championship.

Johan Larsson:

  • Has played for Team Sweden with Stars D John Klingberg three times: at the 2011 and 2012 IIHF World Junior Championships and at the 2018 IIHF World Championship. The duo won gold medals together in both 2012 and 2018.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for the Islanders with Stars F Blake Comeau.
  • Played for Team USA with Stars G Ben Bishop at the 2010 IIHF World Championship.

Davis Payne:

  • Was an assistant coach for the Kings when Stars G Ben Bishop was playing in Los Angeles.
  • Was the head coach of the Blues when Stars G Ben Bishop and D Roman Polak were playing in St. Louis.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Won a gold medal for Team Finland with Stars D Julius Honka at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Has played for Team Finland with Stars D Esa Lindell twice: at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship and at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. The pair won a goal medal together in 2014.

Marco Scandella:

  • Played with Stars G Anton Khudobin in Minnesota.

Conor Sheary:

  • Played with Stars D Jamie Oleksiak in Pittsburgh.

Jeff Skinner:

  • Played with Stars G Anton Khudobin in Carolina.
  • Played for Team Canada with Stars D Marc Methot at both the 2011 and 2012 IIHF World Championships.
  • Played for Team Canada with Stars F Jamie Benn at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.

Steve Smith:

  • Was an assistant coach for the Hurricanes when Stars G Anton Khudobin was playing in Carolina.
  • Was an assistant coach in Edmonton when Stars F Andrew Cogliano, F Tyler Pitlick and D Taylor Fedun were all playing for the Oilers.

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Played with Stars G Ben Bishop and D Roman Polak in St. Louis.
  • Represented the Czech Republic with Stars F Radek Faksa at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
  • Has played for the Czech Republic National Team with Stars D Roman Polak three times: at the 2006 IIHF World Junior Championship, at the 2014 IIHF World Championship and at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (149), Girgensons (77), McCabe (64)
Blocked Shots: Bogosian (78), Ristolainen (76), McCabe (73)
Shots: Eichel (187), Skinner (154), Ristolainen (120)

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: 4-5-0 (8), 30/33, 1/24, 13/19

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 … 2 games … 300 career games played
Zach Bogosian … 4 games … 600 career games played
Rasmus Ristolainen … 5 games … 400 career games played
Marco Scandella … 5 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
N/A

Post-Game Report: 1/20 vs. Dallas

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
 Stars
(27-17-4)
2 4 1 7 32
Sabres
(11-26-9)
0 1 0 1 27

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • Sam Reinhart’s goal gives him three points (1+2) in his last two games.
  • Jack Eichel notched the primary assist on Reinhart’s goal, giving him 20 points (10+10) in his last 14 games.
    • Eichel now has 12 points (8+4) in his last seven home games and leads the Sabres with 20 points (11+9) in 21 total home games this season.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen, who recorded the other assist on the Reinhart goal, now has nine points (3+6) in his last nine games.

 

Today’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Stars
Lehtonen W .963 1.00
Sabres Lehner
Johnson
L
ND
.789
.769
8.14
5.91

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Stars Lehtonen 7-5-1 .901 2.54
Sabres Lehner
Johnson
9-18-6
1-8-3
.906
.878
2.42
3.84

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jason Pominville

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Sabres defenseman Josh Gorges

Stars head coach Ken Hitchcock

Stars forward Jamie Benn

Stars forward Mattias Janmark

Stars defenseman John Klingberg

Game Preview: 1/20/18 vs. DAL

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, January 18
Buffalo 3 at NY Rangers 4
Goals: Okposo, Falk, Ristolainen
Goalie: Lehner (30 saves/34 shots)
PP: 2/4; PK: 2/2; Shots: Buffalo 37 – NY Rangers 34

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 165)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Victor Antipin (illness, Dec. 29) – 8 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 2 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 2 games
Nathan Beaulieu (illness, Jan. 18) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/17: Recalled D Casey Nelson from Rochester (AHL)
1/18: Activated D Victor Antipin from IR
1/19: Recalled F Nicholas Baptiste from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Zach Bogosian on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Monday, Jan. 22: Buffalo at Calgary, 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 23: Buffalo at Edmonton, 9 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 25: Buffalo at Vancouver, 10 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 30: New Jersey at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 1: Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
STARS at SABRES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Stars this season.
  • Last meeting: Dallas defeated Buffalo 5-1 in Dallas on Nov. 4
  • The Sabres are 3-7-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Stars; 7-2-1 at home.
  • This is the 122nd game all-time between Buffalo and Dallas; Buffalo has a 56-48-17 series record.
  • The Sabres are 33-15-11 at home against the Stars all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-9-1 all-time on January 20.
  • January 20, 1972: Don Luce scores the game’s only goal as Roger Crozier (29 saves) and Dunc Wilson (36 saves) combine to stop 65 of 66 shots in a 1-0 Sabres win vs. Vancouver.
  • January 20, 2013: Thomas Vanek records five points (2+3) and Steve Ott scores a goal in his Sabres debut in a 5-2 Sabres win vs. Philadelphia.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Jack Eichel enters today’s game with three straight multi-point games for the first time in his career (3+4).
  • Kyle Okposo has also recorded at least two points in each of his last three games (2+5) and is seeking his first career four-game multi-point game streak. Okposo has recorded 13 points (3+10) in his last 13 games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded five points (2+3) in his last four games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has eight points (3+5) in his last eight games, dating back to Dec. 29, despite getting a game misconduct after just 5:43 of ice time in one of those games. Ristolainen’s eight points during that span tied for third among NHL defensemen entering play Friday.

HOME SWEET HOME

  • Kyle Okposo enters today’s game with points in each of his last four home games, having totaled eight points (1+7) in those four games. Okposo has 16 points (4+12) in 20 total home games this season.
  • Ryan O’Reilly also has points in each of his last four home games (2+5) and now has 12 points (3+9) in 20 home games this season.
  • Jack Eichel has multi-point games in four of the team’s last six home games, totaling 11 points (8+3) in those six games. Eichel has recorded 19 points (11+8) in 20 home games this season.
  • Evander Kane is at a point-per-game pace at home dating back to Oct. 28 with 16 points (6+10) in 16 home games during that stretch. Kane is tied with Eichel for the team lead with 19 total points (8+11) in 20 home games this season.

*Home totals include the 2018 NHL Winter Classic at Citi Field in New York

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 19 points (10+9) in his last 13 games, dating back to Dec. 15.
  • Eichel ranked in the top 10 in the league in goals (4th, 10), points (6th, 19), even-strength goals (T-1st, 9), even-strength points (T-5th, 14) and shots (T-2nd, 60) during that stretch entering play Friday.
  • Eichel scored at least two goals in four of those 12 games and entered play Friday tied for fifth in the league with four multi-goal games this season, just two off the league lead.

I LIKE EICH

  • Jack Eichel is currently on pace to shatter his personal bests in goals (24), assists (33) and points (57) on the strength of improved production at even strength (T-7th in NHL in ES goals, T-12th in ES points entering play Friday).
  • With his 17th even-strength goal in his 44th game of the season on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus, Eichel surpassed his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games).
  • Eichel’s 33 even-strength points through 45 games match his total from last season (61 games) and are just two shy of his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games).

Jack Eichel’s Production by Season

Season GP G A PTS ES G ES A ES P
2015-16 81 24 32 56 16 19 35
2016-17 61 24 33 57 14 19 33
2017-18 45 18 25 43 17 16 33
2017-18 (Pace) 82 33 46 78 31 29 60

 

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

  • Of Jack Eichel’s 43 points so far this season, 23 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes 6-on-5 situations).
  • Through 45 games, Eichel’s 23 primary points (12+11) during 5-on-5 play have already surpassed his 61-game total from last season (11+10) and are just one shy of his total from his 81-game rookie season (12+12).

*All primary point stats via NaturalStatTrick.com

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 1/19 games)

  • Eichel: 17 EVG (T-7th), 157 S (T-9th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 3 SHP (T-4th), 183 S (5th)
  • O’Reilly: 658 FOW (1st), 61.2% FO% (1st), 1,076 FO (2nd)
  • Ristolainen: 26:11 TOI/GP (4th)

BUF-DAL CONNECTIONS

Chad Johnson:

  • Teammates with Martin Hanzal for the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2012-13 season.

Evander Kane:

  • Won a gold medal with Jamie Benn for Team Canada at the 2009 World Junior Championship. They were also teammates for Canada at the 2012 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Jason Spezza for Team Canada at the 2011 World Championship.

Johan Larsson:

  • Represented Sweden alongside John Klingberg at the 2011 World Junior Championship.

Robin Lehner:

  • Played with Jason Spezza for the Ottawa Senators from 2010-2014.
  • Represented Sweden alongside John Klingberg at the 2011 World Junior Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Represented the United States alongside Ben Bishop at the 2010 World Championship.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Teammates with Jamie Benn for Canada at the 2012 World Championship.
  • Represented Team Canada at the 2013 World Championship with Dan Hamhuis.
  • Teammates with Dan Hamhuis, Tyler Seguin and Jason Spezza for Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.

Jason Pominville:

  • Played with Martin Hanzal for the Minnesota Wild during part of the 2016-17 season.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with Tyler Seguin for the Boston Bruins during the 2011-12 season.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Teammates with Esa Lindell for Team Finland at the 2012 World U18 Championship and the 2016 World Championship.

Marco Scandella:

  • Played with Martin Hanzal for the Minnesota Wild during part of the 2016-17 season.

NHL Draft:

  • The first round of the 2005 NHL Draft saw both Benoit Pouliot (4th overall) and Martin Hanzal (17th overall) go off the board.
  • Johan Larsson (56th overall), Tyler Pitlick (31st overall) and Stephen Johns (60th overall) were all taken in the second round of the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) was selected one pick after Radek Faksa (13th overall) in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Jake McCabe (44th overall) and Devin Shore (61st overall) were both selected in the second round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Nicholas Baptiste (69th overall) and Mattias Janmark (79th overall) were both third-round picks in the 2013 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (103), McCabe (98), Kane (93)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (69), Scandella (68), Ristolainen (58)
Shots: Kane (183), Eichel (157), O’Reilly (114)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 3-5-2 (8), 26/36, 5/36, 29/35
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 20/35, 5/28, 23/27
21-30: 2-6-2 (6), 18/31, 2/32, 24/32
31-40: 3-3-4 (9), 22/27, 3/22, 21/26
41-50: 1-5-0 (2), 16/26, 4/18, 10/17

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-8; 110-119 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron)
Oct. 21 at BOS: W, 5-4 (GWG-O’Reilly)
Nov. 11 at MTL: L, 2-1 (GWG-Pacioretty)
Nov. 14 at PIT: L, 5-4 (GWG-Sheary)
Dec. 8 at CHI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Forsling)
Dec. 10 at STL: L, 3-2 (GWG-Tarasenko)
Dec. 15 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Slavin)
Dec. 27 at NYI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barzal)
Dec. 29 at NJD: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen)
Jan. 1 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Miller)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-1; 69-65 all-time)
Oct. 5 vs. MTL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Drouin)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Wins
Buffalo Sabres … 1 home win … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Benoit Pouliot … 6 games … 600 career games played
Assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 1 assist … 100 career assists
Jack Eichel … 10 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Zemgus Girgensons … 7 points … 100 career points
Ryan O’Reilly … 9 points … 400 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Robin Lehner … 200th NHL game … Jan. 18 at NY Rangers