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Game Preview: 10/25/19 at Detroit

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, October 24
Buffalo 2 at NY Rangers 6
Goals: Scandella, Sobotka
Goalie: Hutton (18 saves/24 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 4/4; Shots: Buffalo 33 – NY Rangers 24

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 46)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (hip, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 11 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 11 games
Brandon Montour (hand, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 11 games
Marco Scandella (lower body, Oct. 25) – 0 games
Jimmy Vesey (upper body, Oct. 25) – 0 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/20: Assigned G Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen to Rochester (AHL)
10/25: Recalled D William Borgen from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Monday, Oct. 28: Arizona at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 1: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 2: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 8: Tampa Bay at Buffalo (Stockholm, Sweden), 2 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 9: Buffalo at Tampa Bay (Stockholm, Sweden), 1 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at RED WINGS

  • This is the first of four meetings between the Sabres and Red Wings this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Detroit 7-1 in Detroit on April 6.
  • Next meeting: Sunday, Jan. 12 in Detroit
  • The Sabres are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Red Wings; 6-3-1 on the road.
  • This is the 142nd game all-time between Buffalo and Detroit; Buffalo has a 63-59-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 25-39-8 on the road against the Red Wings all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-11-3 all-time on October 25.
  • October 25, 1991: The Sabres acquire Pat LaFontaine, Randy Wood and Randy Hillier from the Islanders in exchange for Pierre Turgeon, Uwe Krupp, Dave McLlwain and Benoit Hogue.
  • October 25, 1991: The Sabres get 31 saves from Clint Malarchuk as they top the Sharks 3-1 in the first-ever game between the teams, earning the 800th win in franchise history.
  • October 25, 2013: Rasmus Ristolainen records his first NHL point with a goal in a 3-1 victory at Florida.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 8-2-2 against the Red Wings since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, including a 5-1-0 record on the road and a 3-0-1 record last season.
  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with wins in three consecutive visits to Detroit for just the second time in franchise history, joining Buffalo’s five-game road winning streak against the Red Wings from Oct. 25, 1979 to Dec. 12, 1981.
  • Buffalo has killed 29 of 33 penalties (87.9%) against Detroit in the last nine meetings between the clubs, dating back to March 20, 2017.
  • The Sabres have scored the first goal in eight of their 11 games so far this season, going 7-1-0 in those contests. Only the Washington Capitals had scored first in as many games as Buffalo.
  • The Sabres have the No. 4 power play in the league, converting on a league-high 12 of their 42 power plays this season (28.6%).
  • Marcus Johansson is expected to appear in his 600th NHL game tonight.

HOT AGAINST DETROIT

  • Jack Eichel has 11 points (4+7) in 10 games against the Red Wings since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, including six points (2+4) in five meetings in Detroit. He has recorded at least a point in each of the last five matchups between the teams.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has totaled 16 points (1+15) in 15 games against Detroit since the beginning of the 2015-16 season, including points in each of his last five (1+6) and at least a point in all eight road games during that span (1+11).
  • Rasmus Dahlin (1+3) and Jeff Skinner (3+1) each tallied four points in four games against the Red Wings last season.
  • Kyle Okposo has a point in each of Buffalo’s last three games against Detroit (2+1).
  • Zemgus Girgensons and Sam Reinhart both enter tonight’s game with points in two straight meetings with the Red Wings (1+1).
  • Linus Ullmark, who started all four of Buffalo’s games against the Red Wings last season, is 3-0-2 against Detroit in his career with a .924 save percentage.
  • In his two games against the Red Wings since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, Carter Hutton stopped 60 of his 61 shots faced (.984) and won both contests.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s second of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 6-2 loss last night at NY Rangers. The Sabres are 0-2-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 1-0-0 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 (1), one point (0) and zero points (0).

VIC-O MODE

  • All six of Victor Olofsson’s goals this season have come on the power play, tying James Neal for most in the league. He also leads all rookies in goals (6) and points (9), and led rookie forwards in ice time per game (17:37).
  • No NHL player has scored more power-play goals than Olofsson’s eight in 17 games played since he made his NHL debut on March 28, 2019 vs. Detroit. He has set an NHL record by becoming the first player in NHL history to score each of his first seven-plus career goals with a man advantage.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 17 PTS (T-1st), 8 W (T-1st), 28.6% PP% (4th), 3.55 GF/GP (4th)
  • Dahlin: 7 PPP (T-3rd), 9 A (T-6th)
  • Eichel: 1 OTG (T-1st), 218 FO (2nd), 7 PPP (T-3rd), 14 PTS (T-5th), 106 FOW (T-5th), 3 PPG (T-7th), 39 S (10th), 6 G (T-10th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (1st), 6 W (T-2nd)
  • Johansson: 1 OTG (T-1st)
  • McCabe: 30 BkS (T-1st)
  • Olofsson: 6 PPG (T-1st), 7 PPP (T-3rd), 6 G (T-10th)
  • Scandella: plus-8 (T-5th)
  • Skinner: 49 S (2nd), 6 G (T-10th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (32), McCabe (26), Sobotka (23)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (30), Ristolainen (15), Jokiharju/Scandella (13)
Shots: Skinner (49), Eichel (39), Ristolainen (25)

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: 0-1-0 (0), 2/6, 0/3, 4/4

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-1; 122-129 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)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-0; 76-69 all-time)
Oct. 11 vs. FLA: W, 3-2 (GDG-Eichel)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Marcus Johansson … 1 game … 600 career games played
Jack Eichel … 3 games … 300 career games played
Carter Hutton … 5 games … 200 career games played
Casey Mittelstadt … 6 games … 100 career games played
Rasmus Dahlin … 7 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 9 goals … 100 career goals
Points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 1 point … 200 career points
Jimmy Vesey … 8 points … 100 career points
Kyle Okposo … 8 points … 500 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Jack Eichel … 6th career overtime goal (T-1st in franchise history) … Oct. 22 vs. SJS

Game Preview: 4/6/19 at Detroit

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, April 4
Ottawa 2 at Buffalo 5
Goals: Olofsson, Okposo, Reinhart, Eichel, Pominville
Goalie: Hutton (21 saves/23 shots)
PP: 2/3; PK: 4/4; Shots: Buffalo 40 – Ottawa 23

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 248)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (upper body, March 23) – 8 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, March 25) – 7 games
Vladimir Sobotka (upper body, March 30) – 4 games
Marco Scandella (lower body, March 31) – 3 games
Alexander Nylander (lower body, April 4) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
4/3: Assigned D William Borgen to Rochester (AHL)

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at RED WINGS

  • This is the fourth and final meeting between the Sabres and Red Wings this season.
  • Last meeting: Detroit defeated Buffalo 5-4 (OT) in Buffalo on March 28
  • The Sabres are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Red Wings; 5-4-1 on the road.
  • This is the 141st game all-time between Buffalo and Detroit; Buffalo has a 62-59-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 24-39-8 on the road against the Red Wings all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-6-2 all-time on April 6.
  • April 6, 1980: Danny Gare scores twice in a 7-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Aud to finish the regular season with 56 goals.
  • April 6, 1995: Craig Muni appears in his 100th game as a member of the Sabres, a 1-1 tie at Boston.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 7-2-2 against the Red Wings since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, including a 4-1-0 record on the road and a 2-0-1 record so far this season.
  • With a win tonight, the Sabres would have wins in at least three consecutive visits to Detroit for just the second time in franchise history, joining Buffalo’s five-game road winning streak against the Red Wings from Oct. 25, 1979 to Dec. 12, 1981. The Sabres also went undefeated in three straight visits from Jan. 2, 1986 to Dec. 23, 1987 (1-0-2).
  • The Sabres have killed 27 of 30 penalties (90.0%) against Detroit in their last eight meetings, dating back to March 20, 2017.
  • With 80 points (28+52) through 76 games, Jack Eichel is guaranteed to post the Sabres’ best points-per-game rate in an 82-game season since Daniel Briere (1.17) and Maxim Afinogenov (1.09) in 2006-07.
  • With his 217th career regular-season goal as a Sabre on Thursday vs. Ottawa, Jason Pominville passed Don Luce for sole possession of 10th-most goals in franchise history.
  • The Sabres are 23-17-7 all-time in the final game of the regular season.

HOT AGAINST DETROIT

  • Jack Eichel has nine points (4+5) in nine games against the Red Wings since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, including four points (2+2) in four meetings in Detroit.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has totaled 14 points (1+13) in 14 games against Detroit since the beginning of the 2015-16 season, including points in each of his last four (1+4).
  • Casey Mittelstadt has totaled four points (2+2) in four career games against the Red Wings, including three (2+1) in three meetings this season.
  • Kyle Okposo has scored in each of Buffalo’s last two games against Detroit.
  • Linus Ullmark, who started all three of Buffalo’s previous games against the Red Wings this season, is 2-0-2 against Detroit in his career with a .918 save percentage.
  • In his last two games against the Red Wings, Carter Hutton has stopped 60 of his 61 shots faced and won both contests.
  • Victor Olofsson made his NHL debut when these teams last met on March 28 in Buffalo, recording his first career point with an assist.

ASSISTOLAINEN

  • Rasmus Ristolainen, who has recorded an assist in each of Buffalo’s last two games, has turned in his fourth consecutive season featuring at least 40 points (5+36).
  • He has become just the third defenseman in Sabres history to record 40 points in at least four consecutive seasons, joining Phil Housley and Jerry Korab.
  • Now in his sixth season with the Sabres, Ristolainen ranks ninth all-time among Sabres defensemen in both assists (156) and points (192).
  • Ristolainen’s 26 even-strength points this season (4+22) have surpassed his previous single-season high of 20 set in the 2015-16 season.

SHOOTERS SHOOT
Entering play Friday, Jack Eichel ranked fifth in the NHL with a career-high 301 shots on goal this season. His total marks the seventh 300-shot season in Sabres history and the first since Alexander Mogilny (360) and Pat LaFontaine (306) in 1992-93.

WELCOME TO THE NHL

  • Victor Olofsson, who made his NHL debut on March 28 vs. Detroit, has recorded four points (2+2) in his first five NHL games.
  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, Olofsson ranks among Buffalo’s leaders in shots (2nd, 18), shot attempts (1st, 34) and scoring chances (2nd, 15) in his five games with the team.
  • He also leads the team at 5-on-5 during those games in corsi for percentage (62.33%), shots for percentage (65.00%) and scoring chances for percentage (66.67%).
  • In his first season in North America, Olofsson has recorded a team-high 60 points (27+33) in 64 AHL games with the Rochester Americans entering play Friday, also leading all Rochester skaters in assists and tying for the team lead in goals. He led all SHL players with 27 goals in 2017-18.

A FRESH START

  • Through his first 19 games with the Sabres, Brandon Montour has recorded nine points (2+7), trailing only Jack Eichel (7+5) for most points during that stretch. Seven of his nine points as a Sabre (2+5) have come at even strength.
  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, Montour’s CF%, FF% and SCF% during 5-on-5 play through 19 games with the Sabres top his full-season rates in each of those categories from both of his first two NHL seasons, as well as his rates through 62 games with Anaheim this season.
  • In these 19 games, Montour has also seen a drastic uptick in scoring rates in goals (.34), assists (.68) and points (1.02) per 60 minutes played at 5-on-5 compared to his rates from the last two seasons.

DAH-LEAN ON ME

  • Entering play Friday, Rasmus Dahlin led rookie defensemen and tied for fourth among all NHL rookies in points (42). His 34 assists ranked second among all rookies.
  • With 42 points (8+34) through 81 games, Dahlin will finish the season with more points per game than he had in the Swedish Hockey League last season, when he totaled 20 points (7+13) in 41 games for Frölunda.
  • With his assist on March 20 vs. Toronto, Dahlin passed Bobby Orr (38 points in 1966-67) for the second-most points ever recorded by an NHL defenseman before his 19th birthday. He now trails only Phil Housley (57 points in 1982-83).
  • With seven multi-point games 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 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.

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel has set new career-high marks in goals (28), assists (52) and points (80) this season. He is the first Sabres player to record at least 80 points in a season since Derek Roy (81) and Jason Pominville (80) both did so in 2007-08.
  • Eichel is also the first Sabres player to record at least 50 assists since Jason Pominville (53) in 2007-08 and the first to post at least 55 even-strength points since Daniel Briere (65) and Thomas Vanek (62) in 2006-07.
  • He has joined Vanek and Rick Martin as the third player in franchise history to record at least 20 goals in each of his first four NHL seasons.

SKINNER, SKINNER, CHICKEN DINNER

  • Jeff Skinner has scored a career-high 38 goals this season, becoming the fifth player ever to score at least 35 in his first season with the Sabres.
  • He has tied Gilbert Perreault (1970-71) and Ray Sheppard (1987-88) for third-most ever scored by a first-year Sabre, trailing only Pat LaFontaine (46 in 1991-92) and Rick Martin (44 in 1971-72).
  • Skinner’s 30 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 needs two goals to become the first Sabres player to score at least 40 goals since Thomas Vanek (40) in 2008-09. He would become just the 11th different player in Sabres history to score at least 40 in a season.

LEADING THE WAY
Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart have both shattered their previous career high point totals on the strength of improved 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 76 28 52 80 20 35 55
               
Reinhart Career High (2017-18) 82 25 25 50 13 16 29
Reinhart 2018-19 81 21 43 64 19 30 49

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 4/5 games)

  • Eichel: 301 S (5th)
  • Ristolainen: 24:41 TOI/GP (9th)
  • Skinner: 3 OTG (T-3rd), 30 EVG (T-6th), 7 GWG (T-9th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (232), Girgensons (142), Larsson (109)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (121), Bogosian (116), McCabe (98)
Shots: Eichel (301), Skinner (263), Ristolainen (180)

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: 2-8-0 (4), 23/39, 6/27, 18/26
71-80: 1-8-1 (3), 20/42, 4/24, 17/22
81-82: 1-0-0 (2), 5/2, 2/3, 4/4

OVERTIME RESULTS (7-7; 120-128 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)
March 28 vs. DET: L, 5-4 (GWG-Bertuzzi, 2:18)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (5-3; 75-69 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)
March 17 vs. STL: W, 4-3 (GDG-Reinhart)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 1 assist … 300 career assists
Jeff Skinner … 2 assists … 200 career assists 

RECENT MILESTONES
Jason Pominville … 217th goal with Sabres (sole possession, 10th in franchise history) … April 4 vs. OTT

Post-Game Report: 3/28 vs. Detroit

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Red Wings
(29-38-10)
1 1 2 1 5 34
Sabres
(31-36-10)
0 2 2 0 4 39

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • Victor Olofsson, who made his NHL debut tonight, has become the 500th player ever to play for the Sabres in the regular season or playoffs.
  • Olofsson recorded his first career point with an assist on Jack Eichel’s third-period goal.
  • Eichel’s goal was the 100th of his NHL career. He now has nine points (4+5) in nine games against Detroit since the beginning of the 2016-17 season. In his career, he has tallied seven points (4+3) in seven games against the Red Wings on home ice.
  • With a goal and an assist tonight, Casey Mittelstadt has four points (2+2) in his last four games and four points (3+1) in four career games against the Red Wings.
  • With his tally tonight, Kyle Okposo now has a goal in each of his last two games against Detroit.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Red Wings
Howard W .897 3.86
Sabres Ullmark O .853 4.82

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Red Wings
Howard 21-20-5 .908 3.04
Sabres Ullmark 14-13-5 .904 3.15

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Casey Mittelstadt

Sabres forward Victor Olofsson

Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill

Red wings forward Dylan Larkin

Red wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi

Game Preview: 3/28/19 vs. Detroit

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, March 26
Buffalo 0 at Ottawa 4
Goals: N/A
Goalie: Hutton (27 saves/31 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 3/4; Shots: Buffalo 35 – Ottawa 31

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 223)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Jake McCabe (upper body, March 4) – 11 games
Matt Hunwick (upper body, March 23) – 3 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, March 25) – 2 games
Rasmus Ristolainen (illness, March 26) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/24: Recalled D Lawrence Pilut from Rochester (AHL)
3/26: Signed D Casey Fitzgerald to a two-year, entry-level contract with an AAV of $925,000; Recalled D William Borgen from Rochester (AHL)
3/27: Recalled F Victor Olofsson from Rochester (AHL)
3/28: Assigned F Tage Thompson to Rochester (AHL)

REMAINING GAMES
Saturday, March 30: Buffalo at NY Islanders, 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 31: Columbus at Buffalo, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, April 2: Nashville at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 4: Ottawa at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 6: Buffalo at Detroit, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
RED WINGS at SABRES

  • This is the third of four meetings between the Sabres and Red Wings this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Detroit 3-1 in Buffalo on Feb. 9
  • Next meeting: Saturday, April 6 in Detroit
  • The Sabres are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Red Wings; 4-5-1 at home.
  • This is the 140th game all-time between Buffalo and Detroit; Buffalo has a 62-59-18 series record.
  • The Sabres are 38-20-10 at home against the Red Wings all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-10-4 all-time on March 28.
  • March 28, 1982: Fred T. Hunt and Tim Horton are both posthumously inducted into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame. The pair became the fourth and fifth members, joining Roger Crozier, Frank Christie and Punch Imlach.
  • March 28, 1999: Alexei Zhitnik scores the 8,000th goal in franchise history in a 4-3 overtime win at home against Pittsburgh.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 7-2-1 against the Red Wings since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, including a 3-1-1 record at home and a 2-0-0 record so far this season.
  • The Sabres have killed 25 of 27 penalties (92.6%) against Detroit in their last seven meetings, dating back to March 20, 2017.
  • Jack Eichel has eight points (3+5) in eight games against Detroit since the beginning of the 2016-17 season. In his career, he has tallied six points (3+3) in six games against the Red Wings on home ice.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has totaled 14 points (1+13) in 14 games against Detroit since the beginning of the 2015-16 season, including points in each of the last four (1+4).
  • Linus Ullmark, who started both of Buffalo’s previous games against the Red Wings this season, is 2-0-1 against Detroit in his career with a .938 save percentage and a 2.21 goals-against average.
  • In his last two games against the Red Wings, Carter Hutton has stopped 60 of his 61 shots faced and won both contests.
  • Rasmus Dahlin has recorded an assist in each of his first two career meetings with the Red Wings.

A FRESH START

  • Through his first 14 games with the Sabres, Brandon Montour has recorded seven points (2+5), tying Jack Eichel (5+2) and Conor Sheary (4+3) for most points during that stretch. Six of his seven points as a Sabre (2+4) have come at even strength.
  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, Montour’s CF%, FF% and SCF% during 5-on-5 play through 14 games with the Sabres top his full-season rates in each of those categories from both of his first two NHL seasons, as well as his rates through 62 games with Anaheim this season.
  • In these 14 games, Montour has also seen a drastic uptick in scoring rates in goals (.47), assists (.71) and points (1.18) per 60 minutes played at 5-on-5 compared to his rates from the last two seasons.

DAH-LEAN ON ME

  • Entering play Wednesday, Rasmus Dahlin led rookie defensemen and ranked third among all NHL rookies in points (41). His 33 assists ranked second among all rookies.
  • With 41 points (8+33) through 76 games, Dahlin is already guaranteed to finish the season with more points per game than he had in the Swedish Hockey League last season, when he totaled 20 points (7+13) in 41 games for Frölunda.
  • With his assist on March 20 vs. Toronto, Dahlin passed Bobby Orr (38 points in 1966-67) for the second-most points ever recorded by an NHL defenseman before his 19th birthday, trailing only Phil Housley (57 points in 1982-83).
  • 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 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.

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel has set new career-high marks in goals (26), assists (49) and points (75) this season. He is the first Sabres player to record at least 75 points in a season since Derek Roy (81) and Jason Pominville (80) both did so in 2007-08.
  • 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 Pominville (53) in 2007-08.
  • He has also 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.

SKINNER, SKINNER, CHICKEN DINNER

  • Jeff Skinner has scored 37 goals this season, becoming the fifth player ever to score at least 35 in his first season with the Sabres and tying his previous single-season high set in 2016-17.
  • With his next goal, he will tie Gilbert Perreault (1970-71) and Ray Sheppard (1987-88) for third-most ever scored by a first-year Sabre.
  • Skinner’s 29 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.

LEADING THE WAY
Each of the Sabres’ top three scorers is currently on pace to top his previous personal best in points this season:

Player/Season GP G A PTS ES G ES A ES P
Eichel Career High (2017-18) 67 25 39 64 22 20 42
Eichel 2018-19 71 26 49 75 18 34 52
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 77 28 53 81 20 37 56
               
Reinhart Career High (2017-18) 82 25 25 50 13 16 29
Reinhart 2018-19 76 20 41 61 18 29 47
Reinhart 2018-19 (Pace) 82 22 44 66 19 31 51
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 76 37 22 59 29 14 43
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 40 24 64 31 15 46

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 3/27 games)

  • Eichel: 281 S (6th)
  • Ristolainen: 24:42 TOI/GP (9th)
  • Skinner: 3 OTG (T-3rd), 29 EVG (T-5th), 7 GWG (T-6th)

BUF-DET CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Red Wings assistant coach Dan Bylsma served as the head coach of the Sabres for two seasons (2015 to 2017).
  • Red Wings assistant coach Doug Houda spent parts of six seasons (1994 to 1996, 1999 to 2003) with the Sabres organization. He played in 68 games with the club and recorded seven points (2+5). He was a teammate of Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill during his second stint with the team. Houda also spent two seasons (2004 to 2006) as an assistant coach for the Rochester Americans.
  • Red Wings video coach Adam Nightingale held the same role for the Sabres for one season (2016-17).
  • Red Wings F Thomas Vanek spent the first nine years of his career (2005 to 2014) playing for the Sabres. In 598 games in the club, Vanek had 497 points (254+243), which currently ranks 11th on the Sabres franchise all-time scoring list.

Former Red Wings:

  • Sabres F Scott Wilson appeared in 17 games for the Red Wings during the 2017-18 season.

Jason Botterill:

  • Was a scout for the Stars when Red Wings D Trevor Daley was playing in Dallas. Botterill was also the assistant general manager in Pittsburgh when Daley was playing for the Penguins.
  • Was the assistant general manager in Pittsburgh when Red Wings assistant coach Dan Bylsma was the head coach of the Penguins.

Matt Hunwick:

  • Played with Red Wings G Jonathan Bernier in Toronto.
  • Played for the Bruins when Red Wings assistant coach Doug Houda held the same role in Boston.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for the Islanders with Red Wings F Frans Nielsen and F Thomas Vanek.

Davis Payne:

  • Was an assistant coach for the Kings when Red Wings G Jonathan Bernier was playing in Los Angeles.

Jason Pominville:

  • Played with Red Wings F Thomas Vanek in Minnesota.

Marco Scandella:

  • Played with Red Wings F Thomas Vanek in Minnesota.

Conor Sheary:

  • Played with Red Wings D Trevor Daley in Pittsburgh.

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Played for the Bruins when Red Wings assistant coach Doug Houda held the same role in Boston.

Scott Wilson:

  • Played with Red Wings D Trevor Daley in Pittsburgh.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (219), Girgensons (132), Larsson (103)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (119), Bogosian (116), McCabe (95)
Shots: Eichel (281), Skinner (252), Ristolainen (177)

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: 2-8-0 (4), 23/39, 6/27, 18/26
71-80: 1-5-0 (2), 13/25. 2/15, 11/15

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 (6-2; 76-68 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)
March 17 vs. STL: W, 4-3 (GDG-Reinhart)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Goals
Jason Pominville … 1 goal … 217 goals with Sabres (sole possession, 10th in franchise history)
Jack Eichel … 1 goal … 100 career goals
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 1 assist … 300 career assists
Jeff Skinner … 3 assists … 200 career assists 

RECENT MILESTONES
Sam Reinhart … 200th NHL point … March 23 at MTL

Post-Game Report: 2/9 vs. Detroit

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Red Wings
(21-27-7)
0 1 0 1 29
Sabres
(27-20-7)
0 3 0 3 21

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • Today’s win improved the Sabres to 5-1-0 in afternoon games this season. Their next one is at 3 p.m. tomorrow vs. Winnipeg.
  • After making 28 saves on 29 shots in today’s win, Linus Ullmark is 21-18-6 with a .914 save percentage through 50 career appearances.
    • Ullmark’s .914 mark through 50 games is the best by any goaltender who played his first 50 games with the Sabres.
  • With his goal today, Conor Sheary now has a point in six of his last seven home games (1+5) and eight of his last 10 games overall (2+6).
  • Casey Mittelstadt’s goal today has extended his point streak to a career-high four games (1+3).
  • With his assist on Kyle Okposo’s goal, Rasmus Ristolainen now has nine assists in his last nine games.
  • Evan Rodrigues also assisted on Buffalo’s third goal, extending his point streak to three games (2+1). He now has 10 points (6+4) in his last 12 games.

 

Today’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Red Wings
Howard L .857 3.13
Sabres Ullmark W .966 1.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Red Wings
Howard 15-15-5 .913 2.78
Sabres Ullmark 12-5-4 .911 2.97

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Casey Mittelstadt

Sabres forward Tage Thompson

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo

Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark

Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill

Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin

Red Wings forward Frans Nielsen

Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall

Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard