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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

Game Preview: 11/4/17 at DAL

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, November 2
Buffalo 5 at Arizona 4
Goals: Pouliot (2), Okposo, Griffith, Kane
Goalie: Lehner (25 saves/29 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 2/2; Shots: Buffalo 31 – Arizona 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 62)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Evan Rodrigues (hand, Oct. 5; injured reserve) – 13 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct.5; injured reserve) – 13 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body, Oct. 17; injured reserve) – 7 games
Josh Gorges (lower body, Oct. 20; injured reserve) – 6 games
Nathan Beaulieu (upper body, Oct. 21; injured reserve) – 5 games
Justin Bailey (lower body, Nov. 2) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/30: Assigned D Zach Redmond to Rochester (AHL)
10/31: Recalled D Taylor Fedun from Rochester (AHL)
11/1: Recalled F Nicholas Baptiste from Rochester (AHL); Activated D Justin Falk from IR; Placed D Nathan Beaulieu on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Nov. 7: Washington at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 10: Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 11: Buffalo at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 14: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 17: Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at STARS

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Stars this season.
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Jan. 20 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 3-7-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Stars; 2-8-0 on the road.
  • This is the 121st game all-time between Buffalo and Dallas; Buffalo has a 56-47-17 series record.
  • The Sabres are 23-32-6 on the road against the Stars all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 5-7-4 all-time on November 4.
  • November 4, 1999: Curtis Brown records three points (1+2), including an overtime goal, as the Sabres top the Blackhawks 5-4 at United Center.
  • November 4, 2009: Derek Roy goes 14-for-14 on faceoffs and tallies the game-winning goal in a 3-0 win at home against the Islanders.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is Buffalo’s first of the season against a Central Division opponent. The Sabres went 7-5-2 against the Central Division last season, including a 3-3-1 record in road games.
  • The Sabres are looking to end a five-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.

SHINING AGAINST THE STARS

  • Matt Moulson has 15 points (9+6) in 15 career games against the Stars.
  • Kyle Okposo has 10 points (6+4) in 10 career games against Dallas.
  • Benoit Pouliot has six points (2+4) in his last six games against the Stars.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel (4+9) and Evander Kane (7+6) both have 13 points in 13 games this season, including a point each in both of the last two games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 10 points (4+6) in his last eight games and had three assists on Thursday at Arizona.
  • Benoit Pouliot has five points (4+1) in his last five games, including a three-point performance (2+1) at Arizona on Thursday. It was his two-goal game since Oct. 26, 2016 vs. Washington and his first three-point game since he tallied four (0+4) on Feb. 11, 2016. The Sabres are 4-0-0 when Pouliot records a point so far this season.
  • Robin Lehner is 3-1-0 in his last four games and seeking four wins in five games for the first time since Feb. 11 to 18.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 11/3 games)

  • Kane: 3 SHG (1st), 66 S (1st)
  • O’Reilly: 198 FOW (1st), 324 FO (2nd), 61.1% FO% (4th), 3 PPG (T-7th)
  • Ristolainen: 27:09 TOI/GP (1st)

BUF-DAL CONNECTIONS
Justin Bailey:

  • Played with Radek Faksa for the Kitchener Rangers (OHL) from 2012-2014.

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.
  • Represented Canada with Marc Methot during the 2011 and 2012 World Championships.

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. Marc Methot was also on the team from 2012-2015, as was Ben Bishop from 2011-2013.
  • 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 and Marc Methot 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.
  • Justin Bailey (52nd overall) and Remi Elie (40th overall) were both taken in the second round of the 2013 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 (38), Kane (27), Pouliot (26)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (23), Scandella (19), Ristolainen (15)
Shots: Kane (66), Eichel (35), O’Reilly (34)

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: 1-2-0 (2), 8/12, 1/8, 6/7

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-1; 109-112 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron)
Oct. 21 at BOS: W, 5-4 (GWG-O’Reilly)

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Johan Larsson … 9 games … 200 career games played
Assists
Matt Moulson … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 10 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Sam Reinhart … 5 points … 100 career points
Marco Scandella … 8 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Game Preview: 1/26/17 at DAL

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, January 24
Buffalo 5 Nashville 4 (OT)
Goals: Eichel (2), Girgensons, Gionta, Okposo
Goalie: Lehner (35 saves/39 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 2/3; Shots: Nashville 39 – Buffalo 37

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 233)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed

Cody McCormick (blood clots, Oct. 13; injured reserve) – 47 games
Johan Larsson (wrist, Jan. 3; injured reserve) – 11 games
Josh Gorges (hip, Jan. 7; injured reserve) – 9 games
Jake McCabe (shoulder, Jan. 21) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/20:
Assigned G Linus Ullmark to Rochester (AHL)
1/24: Activated D Dmitry Kulikov from IR; Placed D Josh Gorges on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Jan. 31:
Buffalo at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 2: NY Rangers at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 4: Ottawa at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 6: Buffalo at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 7: San Jose at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at STARS

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Stars this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Dallas 4-1 in Buffalo on Jan. 16
  • The Sabres are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Stars; 3-7-0 on the road.
  • This is the 120th game all-time between Buffalo and Dallas; Buffalo has a 56-46-17 series record.
  • The Sabres are 23-31-6 on the road against the Stars all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-9-1 all-time on January 26.
  • January 26, 1983: The Sabres get goals from seven different players in a 7-3 win at home against the Montreal Canadiens.
  • January 26, 2016: Jack Eichel scores twice and Robin Lehner records 34 saves and his second career assist in his return to Ottawa as the Sabres top the Senators 3-2.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • With wins in their last three games, the Sabres are looking for their first four-game winning streak since Dec. 9 to 15, 2014.
  • After a win when these teams met 10 days ago in Buffalo, the Sabres are looking to win consecutive matchups with the Stars for the first time since they won five in a row from Oct. 13, 2003 to March 10, 2010. The team’s last win in Dallas came during that stretch, on Jan. 15, 2009.
  • The Sabres are 9-3-2 against the Western Conference this season, including points in each of their last seven games (6-0-1) against the West.
  • Buffalo is 5-2-1 against the Central Division in 2016-17. With a win tonight, the Sabres would have wins in four straight matchups against Central Division opponents for the first time since Oct. 10 to Dec. 27, 2009.

SHINING AGAINST THE STARS

  • Matt Moulson has 14 points (8+6) in 14 career games against the Stars.
  • Kyle Okposo has 10 points (6+4) in nine career games against Dallas.
  • Tyler Ennis has eight points (4+4) in seven games against the Stars since the beginning of the 2013-14 season.
  • Anders Nilsson is 1-1-0 in two career games against Dallas with a .957 save percentage and a 2.00 goals-against average.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Cody Franson enters tonight’s game on his first three-game point streak (1+3) since Oct. 2015. A point tonight would give him points in four straight for the first time since he had points in a career-best nine consecutive games in Nov. 2014.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 11 points (2+9) in 10 games since returning from an absence due to an appendectomy. He recorded two points in five of those 10 games.
  • Jack Eichel has 13 points (7+6) in his last 14 games, including three multi-point games in his last five.
  • After scoring in each of the Sabres’ last two games, Brian Gionta has at least a point in each of his last four road games, tallying five points (3+2) in those games.
  • Evander Kane has points (1+3) in three straight road games entering tonight’s contest.

SUDDEN LIFE

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with overtime wins in each of their last three games for just the second time in franchise history, after the team won in overtime on Nov. 5, 10 and 11, 2006. The team has never won four straight games in overtime or a shootout.
  • If tonight’s game goes to overtime, it will be the first time the Sabres have been tied after regulation in four straight games since the team went 2-0-2 (three shootouts) from March 10 to 17, 2012.
  • The Sabres have had four consecutive games decided by an overtime goal only once in franchise history, when the team went 1-0-3 in four games from March 11 to 17, 2004.

FAMILY AFFAIR
With Cal and Ryan O’Reilly on one bench and Jamie and Jordie Benn on the other, this will be the sixth game of the 2016-17 season featuring two sets of brothers facing off against each other. The Vancouver Canucks (Daniel and Henrik Sedin) and Calgary Flames (Dougie and Freddie Hamilton) are the other teams represented.

THE KANE EVENT
Evander Kane
has scored each of his 12 goals this season in his last 24 games, including a team-high 11 even-strength goals. In the period since scoring his first goal of the season on Dec. 3 vs. Boston, he is tied for 10th* among all NHL skaters in goals (12) and is ranked second* in even-strength goals (11).
*All rankings before Jan. 25 games

SOPHOMORE SURGE

In their second full NHL seasons, Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart have each improved on their points per game totals from 2015-16.

2015-16

2016-17

Jack Eichel

Sam Reinhart

Jack Eichel

Sam Reinhart

G/GP

.30 (25)

.29 (24)

.46 (38)

.21 (17)

A/GP

.40 (33)

.24 (20)

.35 (28)

.43 (35)

P/GP

.69 (57)

.53 (43)

.81 (66)

.64 (52)

SOG/GP

2.9 (238)

2.1 (172)

4.1 (337)

2.2 (180)

(82-game pace in parentheses)

ASSIST-OLAINEN

  • Rasmus Ristolainen entered play Wednesday tied for 32nd among all NHL skaters with 25 assists.
  • Ristolainen has recorded an assist on 22.7 percent of his teammates’ goals*. Only one Sabres defenseman has ever recorded an assist on more than 20 percent of his teammates’ goals: Phil Housley (22.6%) in 1989-90.
  • Ristolainen would need to fail to record an assist on each of his teammates’ next 16 goals to fall below 20 percent.

*Teammate goals are defined as total team goals minus the player’s goals and shootout-winners.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before Jan. 25 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 22.1% PP% (7th)
  • Eichel: 4.1 S/GP (1st), .46 G/GP (9th)
  • Foligno: 159 hits (5th)
  • Nilsson: .938 EV SV% (3rd), .925 SV% (8th)
  • O’Reilly: 21:40 TOI/GP (3rd, forwards), 57.6 FO% (6th)
  • Ristolainen: 16 PPA (T-3rd), 27:01 TOI (4th), 17 PPP (T-3rd, defensemen), 25 A (T-8th, defensemen)

BUF-DAL CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Lindy Ruff served as head coach of the Sabres for 14-plus seasons (1997-2013), compiling a record of 571-432-162 in 1,165 games. Ruff is the Sabres’ all-time franchise leader in wins, guiding the team to eight postseason appearances, including a trip to the 1999 Stanley Cup Final. He was awarded the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s top coach in 2006. Ruff also played for the Sabres from 1979-89, appearing in 608 games, recording 285 points (102+183) and serving as team captain for three seasons.
  • James Patrick spent seven seasons (2006-2013) as an assistant coach for the Sabres. He also spent six seasons with the Sabres as a player (1998-2004) and registered 74 points (23+51) in 345 games.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Teammates with Kari Lehtonen for the Atlanta Thrashers during the 2008-09 season.
  • Played with Johnny Oduya for the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets from 2009-2012.

Taylor Fedun:     

  • Played one game with Adam Cracknell for the Vancouver Canucks on January 15, 2016.
  • Played three games with Antti Niemi for the San Jose Sharks during the 2014-15 season.
  • Played four games with Ales Hemsky for the Edmonton Oilers during the 2013-14 season.

Marcus Foligno:

  • Played with Cody Eakin for Team Canada at the 2011 World Junior Championship that was held in Buffalo.

Cody Franson:

  • Teammates with Dan Hamhuis for the 2009-10 season with the Nashville Predators.

Brian Gionta:

  • He and Johnny Oduya both played for the New Jersey Devils from 2006-2009.

Evander Kane:

  • Teammates with Jason Spezza for Team Canada at the 2011 World Championship.
  • Played with Johnny Oduya for the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets from 2009-2012.

Dmitry Kulikov:

  • Played alongside Jiri Hudler for a portion of the 2015-16 season with the Florida Panthers.

Robin Lehner:

  • Played with Jason Spezza for the Ottawa Senators from 2010-2014. Ales Hemsky was also on the team for part of the 2013-14 season.
  • Represented Sweden alongside John Klingberg and Patrik Nemeth at the 2011 World Junior Championship.

Anders Nilsson:

  • Played alongside Lauri Korpikoski for a portion of the 2015-16 season with the Edmonton Oilers.
  • Represented Sweden alongside John Klingberg at the 2015 World Championship.

Cal O’Reilly:

  • Played the 2013-14 season for the Phoenix Coyotes along with Lauri Korpikoski.
  • Played parts of three seasons with Dan Hamhuis for the Nashville Predators from 2008-2011.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Teammates with Cody Eakin for Team Canada at the 2009 World U18 Championship.
  • Represented Team Canada at the 2013 World Championship with Dan Hamhuis.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Played alongside Cody Eakin during the 2010-11 season with the Kootenay Ice.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

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

2009 World Junior Championship:

  • Tyler Ennis, Evander Kane and Jamie Benn all won the gold medal with Team Canada at the 2009 World Junior Championship.

2012 World Championship:

  • Evander Kane, Ryan O’Reilly, Jamie Benn and Patrick Sharp all represented Team Canada at the 2012 World Championship.

2015 World Championship:

  • Tyler Ennis and Ryan O’Reilly were teammates with Cody Eakin, Dan Hamhuis, Tyler Seguin and Jason Spezza for Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Nicolas Deslauriers and Cody Eakin were both selected in the third round of the 2009 NHL Draft. Deslauriers was taken 84th overall by Los Angeles, and Eakin was selected one pick later at 85th overall by Washington.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits:
Foligno (159), Ristolainen (122), Carrier (92)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (103), McCabe (64), Gorges (62)
Shots: Kane (119), Okposo (119), O’Reilly (110)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10:
4-4-2 (10), 23/24, 8/35, 26/31
11-20: 3-4-3 (9), 15/26, 6/31, 28/36
21-30: 5-3-2 (12), 31/26, 8/30, 13/24
31-40: 4-4-2 (10), 27/31, 7/34, 21/28
41-50: 4-3-0 (8), 22/22, 4/19, 14/19

OVERTIME RESULTS (5-4; 107-109 all-time)
Oct. 18 at CGY: L, 4-3 (GWG-Monahan)
Nov. 11 vs. NJD: L, 2-1 (GWG-Greene)
Dec. 5 at WSH: L, 3-2 (GWG-Johansson)
Dec. 6 vs. EDM: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen)
Dec. 16 vs. NYI: W, 3-2 (GWG-Ristolainen)

Jan. 5 at CHI: L, 4-3 (GWG-Kane)
Jan. 20 vs. DET: W, 3-2 (GWG-Okposo)
Jan. 21 at MTL: W, 3-2 (GWG-Bogosian)
Jan. 24 at NSH: W, 5-4 (GWG-Eichel)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-5; 68-63 all-time)
Oct. 25 at PHI: L, 4-3 (GDG-Giroux)
Nov. 9 vs. OTT: L, 2-1 (GDG-Ryan)
Nov. 19 vs. PIT: W, 2-1 (GDG-C. O’Reilly)
Nov. 23 vs. DET: L, 2-1 (GDG-Vanek)
Dec. 17 at CAR: L, 2-1 (GDG-Stempniak)
Dec. 20 at FLA: L, 4-3 (GDG-Trocheck)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played

Nicolas Deslauriers … 8 games … 200 NHL games
Points
Cody Franson … 1 point … 200 NHL points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 7 points … 100 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES
Justin Falk … 200th NHL game … Jan. 20 vs. DET
Matt Moulson … 600th NHL game … Jan. 20 vs. DET
Kyle Okposo … 400th NHL point … Jan. 24 at NSH