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Post-Game Report: 2/11 vs. Detroit

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Red Wings
(14-40-4)
1 1 0 2 29
Sabres
(25-24-8)
1 1 1 3 25

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • The Sabres improved to 11-2-3 against the Red Wings since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, including a 4-1-3 record at home.
  • After going 3-for-3 on the penalty kill tonight, Buffalo has now killed 41 of 46 penalties (89.1%) against Detroit in the 13 meetings between the clubs dating back to March 20, 2017.
  • With his assist tonight, Jack Eichel became the 14th player ever to record 70 points in consecutive seasons at least once as a member of the Sabres. The last player to do so was Derek Roy in 2007-08 (81) and 2008-09 (70).
  • Sam Reinhart’s two points tonight (1+1) give him 16 points (9+7) in 16 games since the beginning of January. The team is 9-2-1 this season (.792) and 40-7-8 (.800) in Reinhart’s career when he records at least two points.
  • With his assist on Marcus Johansson’s goal, Rasmus Dahlin recorded his 76th career point, tying Rick Hampton for the third-most points ever recorded by an NHL defenseman before his 20th birthday. He now trails only Phil Housley (132) and Ray Bourque (79) for most points ever recorded by a teenage defenseman.
  • Dahlin has totaled six points (1+5) in seven career games against Detroit.
  • Johansson recorded two points (1+1), marking his fourth multi-point game of the season.
  • Conor Sheary’s goal tonight gives him a point in each of his last three games against the Red Wings (1+2).
  • Curtis Lazar earned an assist on Sheary’s goal and now has three assists in three games against Detroit this season.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision GA SA
Red Wings Bernier L 3 25
Sabres Hutton W 2 29
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Red Wings
Bernier 12-15-2 .910 2.83
Sabres Hutton 9-9-4 .896 3.18

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Sabres forward Marcus Johansson

Sabres forward Conor Sheary

Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton

Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill

Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha

Red Wings forward Darren Helm

Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin

Game Preview: 2/11/20 vs. Detroit

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Sunday, February 9
Anaheim 3 at Buffalo 2
Goals: Larsson, Dahlin
Goalie: Johansson (25 saves/28 shots)
PP: 1/2; PK: 1/1; Shots: Buffalo 33 – Anaheim 28

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 273)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 56 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 40 games
Tage Thompson (shoulder, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 36 games
Victor Olofsson (lower body, Jan. 4; injured reserve) – 14 games
Linus Ullmark (lower body, Jan. 30; injured reserve) – 6 games
Kyle Okposo (upper body, Feb. 1; injured reserve) – 5 games
Marcus Johansson (illness, Feb. 9) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/5: Recalled F Scott Wilson from Rochester (AHL); Assigned F Jean-Sebastien Dea to Rochester (AHL)
2/8: Assigned F Rasmus Asplund and D Lawrence Pilut to Rochester (AHL)
2/9: Recalled D Lawrence Pilut and G Andrew Hammond from Rochester (AHL)
2/10: Assigned G Andrew Hammond to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Feb. 13: Columbus at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 16: Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 18: Ottawa at Buffalo, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 22: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 23: Winnipeg at Buffalo, 3 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
RED WINGS at SABRES

  • This is the fourth and final meeting between the Sabres and Red Wings this season.
  • Last meeting: Detroit defeated Buffalo 4-3 (SO) in Buffalo on Feb. 6.
  • The Sabres are 6-2-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Red Wings; 3-4-3 at home.
  • This is the 145th game all-time between Buffalo and Detroit; Buffalo has a 65-59-20 series record.
  • The Sabres are 38-20-12 at home against the Red Wings all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-11-1 all-time on February 11.
  • February 11, 2006: Thomas Vanek scores on two of his seven shots as Sabres top the Florida Panthers 5-3.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Today’s game is the eighth in a 20-day stretch during which the Sabres play nine of 10 games at home. The lone road game during that span was a 3-2 win on Friday at NY Rangers.
  • The road team has won seven of the last eight meetings between the Sabres and Red Wings, including each of the last five.
  • The Sabres are 10-2-3 against the Red Wings since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, including a 3-1-3 record at home.
  • Buffalo has killed 38 of 43 penalties (88.4%) against Detroit in the 12 meetings between the clubs dating back to March 20, 2017.
  • Jimmy Vesey enters tonight’s game on a three-game point streak (2+2). He would tie the best streak of his career (Nov. 24 to 29, 2019) with a point tonight.

CLIPPING THE WINGS

  • Jack Eichel has 14 points (4+10) in 13 games against the Red Wings since the beginning of the 2016-17 season.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has totaled 18 points (2+16) in 18 games against Detroit since the beginning of the 2015-16 season. His 18 career points against the Red Wings lead all Sabres.
  • Evan Rodrigues has scored three goals in three games against the Red Wings this season.
  • Rasmus Dahlin has totaled five points (1+4) in six career games against Detroit.
  • Conor Sheary has tallied a point in four of his last six meetings with the Red Wings (2+2), including an assist in each of the last two.
  • In his two games against the Red Wings since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, Carter Hutton has stopped 60 of his 61 shots faced (.984) and won both contests.

PUTTING IN TIME

  • In Buffalo’s last game on Sunday vs. Anaheim, Jack Eichel led both teams with a career-high 28:22 of ice time, topping his previous high (26:14 on April 2, 2019 vs. Nashville) by more than two minutes.
    • It was the highest ice time by a Sabres forward since Miroslav Satan logged 28:40 on Nov. 15, 2002 vs. Toronto.
    • Eichel’s 24:48 of even-strength ice time in the game was the most recorded by a Sabres forward since the NHL began tracking ice time in 1997-98, topping Dixon Ward’s previous record of 23:40 on Jan. 20, 1998 at Philadelphia.
    • Entering play Monday, Eichel ranked second among all NHL forwards with an average ice time of 22:08 per game this season, trailing only Leon Draisaitl (22:26). Among the 22 forwards who averaged at least 20 minutes of ice time per game entering play Monday, Eichel’s plus-15 rating trailed only Artemi Panarin (plus-24) and Bryan Rust (plus-17).
  • Jimmy Vesey (25:52) and Sam Reinhart (25:34) also set career highs in ice time on Sunday. Vesey’s 25:52 topped his previous high of 23:51 set on Dec. 2, 2018 vs. Winnipeg. Reinhart’s 25:34 surpassed the career-high mark he had set just three days prior on Feb. 6 vs. Detroit (25:25).

TEEN TITAN

  • Rasmus Dahlin has totaled 75 points (13+62) through his first 128 NHL games, including 31 points (4+27) in 46 games this season.
  • With his assist on Jan. 30 vs. Montreal, Dahlin passed Bobby Orr (72) for fourth-most points recorded by an NHL defenseman before his 20th birthday. He now trails only Phil Housley (132), Ray Bourque (79) and Rick Hampton (76) for most points ever recorded by a teenage defenseman.
  • Aaron Ekblad’s 61 points (22+39) in 129 games as a teenager led active NHL defensemen for most points before turning 20 until Dahlin recorded his 62nd point with an assist in his 108th NHL game on Dec. 14 at NY Islanders. Andrei Svechnikov is the only active teenager in the NHL with more career points than Dahlin’s 75.
  • Entering play Monday, Dahlin’s .59 points per game in his career ranked as the 17th-highest rate among active NHL defensemen with at least 10 career games played. His .67 points per game so far this season represent the best single-season scoring rate by a Sabres defenseman since Brian Campbell (.68) in 2007-08.

SETTING THE PACE

  • With his 29th goal in his 49th game of the season on Jan. 28 vs. Ottawa, Jack Eichel topped his previous best total set in the 2018-19 season (77 GP). He now has 31 goals in 55 games played this season.
  • Eichel’s output through 56 team games currently has him on pace to finish the season with 46 goals and 102 points, which would be the highest goal and point totals by a Sabre since Pat LaFontaine (53+95) and Alexander Mogilny (76+51) in 1992-93.
  • LaFontaine (83 in 1992-93), Mogilny (78 in 1992-93) and Gilbert Perreault (70 in 1975-76) are the only Sabres ever to have recorded more even-strength points in a season than the 69 Eichel is currently on pace for.
  • Eichel’s next point will make him the 14th player ever to record 70 points in consecutive seasons at least once as a member of the Sabres. The last player to do so was Derek Roy in 2007-08 (81) and 2008-09 (70).
    • Eichel is on pace to become just the ninth player in franchise history to record 80 points in back-to-back seasons at least once, joining Danny Gare, Dale Hawerchuk, Pat LaFontaine, Rick Martin, Alexander Mogilny, Gilbert Perreault, Rene Robert and Pierre Turgeon.
  • Sam Reinhart scored his 20th goal of the season in his 55th game on Feb. 7 at NY Rangers, surpassing the 2015-16 season as his previous quickest season to 20 goals (69 games). Reinhart is currently on pace to set career-high totals in both goals (29) and points (66).

JACK ATTACK

  • Entering play Monday, Jack Eichel’s 31 goals this season tied for fifth-most among all NHL players and his 69 points tied for sixth in the league.
  • Eichel has been held without a point in just four of his last 37 games played. During that stretch, which began with a four-goal performance vs. Ottawa on Nov. 16, Buffalo’s captain has totaled 50 points (23+27) in 37 appearances, also missing one game due to injury.
  • Eichel represented the Sabres at NHL All-Star Weekend on Jan. 24 and 25 in St. Louis. With his third consecutive All-Star nod, Eichel became the seventh player in franchise history to represent the team in at least three NHL All-Star Games. His four assists at this year’s event moved him past Rick Martin (7) for the most career All-Star Game points as a member of the Sabres (2+6).
  • He joins Martin as the only other player in franchise history to record at least 20 goals and 50 points in each of his first five NHL seasons.
  • Eichel’s 60th point of the season on Jan. 14 vs. Vegas made him the first Sabre to reach 60 points in 46 or fewer games since 1992-93 (Pat LaFontaine and Alexander Mogilny).
  • With his 30th goal on Jan. 30 vs. Montreal, Jack Eichel became the first Sabres player to record 30 goals and 30 assists in a season since Jason Pominville (30+43) in 2011-12. He became the 23rd different player in franchise history to accomplish this feat at least once and tied Gilbert Perreault’s 1974-75 season as the sixth-fewest games needed to reach the 30/30 mark (50).

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 18 multi-point games this season, tying as the 10th-most in the NHL before Monday’s games. The Sabres are 13-3-2 (.778) in those games.
  • Entering play Monday, Eichel’s six multi-goal games tied for fourth-most in the league and his 10 multi-assist games tied for ninth-most.
  • Eichel has recorded at least three points seven times this season, topping his previous career-high total (6) set in the 2016-17 season. Only Connor McDavid (11), Leon Draisaitl (10), David Pastrnak (9) and Artemi Panarin (8) had more games with at least three points this season entering play Monday.
  • Sam Reinhart ranks second on the Sabres with 11 multi-point games this season. The team is 8-2-1 this season (.773) and 39-7-8 (.796) in his career when he records at least two points.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 2/10 games)

  • Eichel: 3 OTG (T-2nd), 23 EVG (3rd), 7 GWG (3rd), 31 G (T-5th), 47 EVP (T-5th), 69 PTS (T-6th), 21 PPP (T-9th)
  • Ristolainen: 168 hits (9th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (168), Girgensons (91), McCabe (73)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (74), Ristolainen (62), Jokiharju (50)
Shots: Eichel (183), Skinner (145), Reinhart (117)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 8-1-1 (17), 38/24, 12/39, 23/30
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 21/35, 2/26, 21/29
21-30: 3-4-3 (8), 34/34, 4/33, 23/32
31-40: 4-5-1 (9), 24/32, 4/23, 23/30
41-50: 5-5-0 (10), 30/32, 7/29, 21/29
51-60: 2-3-1 (5), 12/19, 2/12, 8/10

OVERTIME RESULTS (5-6; 125-134 all-time)
Oct. 7 at CBJ: L, 4-3 (Texier, 2:08)
Oct. 9 vs. MTL: W, 5-4 (Johansson, 1:30)
Oct. 22 vs. SJS: W, 4-3 (Eichel, 3:13)
Nov. 14 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (Hamilton, 2:28)
Nov. 27 vs. CGY: L, 3-2 (Lindholm, 1:17)
Nov. 30 at TOR: L, 2-1 (Tavares, 1:45)
Dec. 7 at VAN: L, 6-5 (Miller, 3:21)
Dec. 8 at EDM: W, 3-2 (Miller, 1:13)
Dec. 14 at NYI: L, 3-2 (Beauvillier, 3:04)
Jan. 2 vs. EDM: W, 3-2 (Eichel, 1:09)
Feb. 1 vs. CBJ: W, 2-1 (Eichel, 0:36)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-2; 76-71 all-time)
Oct. 11 vs. FLA: W, 3-2 (GDG-Eichel)
Oct. 28 vs. ARI: L, 3-2 (GDG-Schmaltz)
Feb. 6 vs. DET: L, 4-3 (GDG-Larkin)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Henri Jokiharju … 6 games … 100 career games played
Jimmy Vesey … 8 games … 300 career games played
Scott Wilson … 8 games … 200 career games played
Colin Miller … 10 games … 300 career games played
Assists
Jack Eichel … 4 assists … 200 career assists
Points
Zach Bogosian … 6 points … 200 career points
Johan Larsson … 8 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
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Post-Game Report: 2/6 vs. Detroit

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Red Wings
(13-38-4)
2 0 1 0 1 4 21
Sabres
(23-23-8)
0 0 3 0 0 3 32

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • After tonight’s game, the road team has won seven of the last eight meetings between the Sabres and Red Wings, including each of the last five.
  • With his goal tonight, Evan Rodrigues has now scored three goals in three games against the Red Wings this season.
  • Scott Wilson, who was recalled from the Rochester Americans yesterday, scored his first goal of the season in his third NHL game of 2019-20.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen, who recorded an assist tonight, has now totaled 18 points (2+16) in 18 games against Detroit since the beginning of the 2015-16 season.
  • Brandon Montour recorded an assist tonight to extend his point streak against the Red Wings to four games (1+3).
  • Jonas Johansson made his first career NHL start tonight after making his debut in relief on Tuesday vs. Colorado.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision GA SA
Red Wings
Bernier W 3 32
Sabres Johansson O 3 21
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Red Wings Bernier 11-14-2 .908 2.89
Sabres Johansson 0-0-1 .886 2.58

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Sabres forward Evan Rodrigues

Sabres goaltender Jonas Johansson

Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill

Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin

Red Wings defenseman Gustav Lindstrom

Red Wings goaltender Jonathan Bernier

Game Preview: 2/6/20 vs. Detroit

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, February 4
Colorado 6 at Buffalo 1
Goals: Reinhart
Goalie: Hutton (8 saves/13 shots) / Johansson (13 saves/14 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 0/0; Shots: Colorado 27 – Buffalo 24

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 253)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 53 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 37 games
Tage Thompson (shoulder, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 33 games
Victor Olofsson (lower body, Jan. 4; injured reserve) – 11 games
Linus Ullmark (lower body, Jan. 30; injured reserve) – 3 games
Kyle Okposo (upper body, Feb. 1; injured reserve) – 2 games
Rasmus Dahlin (upper body, Feb. 4) – 1 game
Johan Larsson (lower body, Feb. 4) – 1 game
Curtis Lazar (illness, Feb. 4) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/31: Recalled F Jean-Sebastien Dea from Rochester (AHL)
2/4: Recalled F Rasmus Asplund from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Kyle Okposo on IR
2/5: Recalled F Scott Wilson from Rochester (AHL); Assigned F Jean-Sebastien Dea to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, Feb. 7: Buffalo at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 9: Anaheim at Buffalo, 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 11: Detroit at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 13: Columbus at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 16: Toronto at Buffalo, 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 5-1 in Detroit on Jan. 12.
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 11 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Red Wings; 4-4-2 at home.
  • This is the 144th game all-time between Buffalo and Detroit; Buffalo has a 65-59-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 38-20-11 at home against the Red Wings all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-9-5 all-time on February 6.
  • February 6, 1972: Jim Lorentz and Rick Martin each score a pair of goals as the Sabres defeat the Boston Bruins 8-2 at home. Lorentz would finish the game with four points.
  • February 6, 1981: The Sabres get multi-goal games from Andre Savard (3), Danny Gare (2) and J-F Sauve (2) as they defeat the Detroit Red Wings 7-3 at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium.
  • February 6, 1986: Dave Andreychuk scores a franchise-record five goals and adds one assist in an 8-6 win at Boston.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 10-2-2 against the Red Wings since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, including a 3-1-2 record at home.
  • Buffalo has killed 35 of 39 penalties (89.7%) against Detroit in the 11 meetings between the clubs dating back to March 20, 2017.
  • Since the beginning of January, the Sabres have gone 8-for-30 on the power play. Their conversion rate of 26.7 percent during that stretch tied as the eighth-best rate in the league in 2020 entering play Wednesday.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 14 points (7+7) in the Sabres’ last 14 contests, including at least a point (7+6) in 10 of the last 12.

CLIPPING THE WINGS

  • Jack Eichel has 14 points (4+10) in 12 games against the Red Wings since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, including five points (2+3) in five meetings in Buffalo. He has recorded at least a point in each of the last seven matchups between the teams (2+7).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has totaled 17 points (2+15) in 17 games against Detroit since the beginning of the 2015-16 season.
  • Sam Reinhart enters tonight’s game with four points (2+2) in his last four meetings with the Red Wings.
  • Rasmus Dahlin has totaled five points (1+4) in six career games against Detroit.
  • Brandon Montour has recorded a point in each of his last three games against the Red Wings (1+2).
  • In his two games against the Red Wings since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, Carter Hutton has stopped 60 of his 61 shots faced (.984) and won both contests.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens Buffalo’s 10 of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night at NY Rangers. The Sabres are 3-5-1 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 4-4-1 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (0), three points (2), two points (5), one point (0) and zero points (2).

HOME COOKING

  • Tonight’s game is the fifth in a 20-day stretch during which the Sabres will play nine of 10 games at home. The lone road game during that span will take place tomorrow night at NY Rangers.
  • The team is averaging 3.15 goals per game at home this season, which would mark Buffalo’s best home scoring rate since the 2007-08 season (3.39).
  • With 42 points (23+19) in 27 home games this season, Jack Eichel’s 1.56 points per game at home ranked fifth in the league entering play Wednesday. His plus-18 rating at home ranked second.
  • Sam Reinhart (13+14) is also producing at a point-per-game rate through 27 home games this season. Reinhart has totaled 16 points (7+9) in his last 13 games at KeyBank Center, including five multi-point outings.

TEEN TITAN

  • Rasmus Dahlin has totaled 74 points (12+62) through his first 126 NHL games, including 30 points (3+27) in 44 games this season.
  • With his assist on Jan. 30 vs. Montreal, Dahlin passed Bobby Orr (72) for fourth-most points recorded by an NHL defenseman before his 20th birthday. He now trails only Phil Housley (132), Ray Bourque (79) and Rick Hampton (76) for most points ever recorded by a teenage defenseman.
  • Aaron Ekblad’s 61 points (22+39) in 129 games as a teenager led active NHL defensemen for most points before turning 20 until Dahlin recorded his 62nd point with an assist in his 108th NHL game on Dec. 14 at NY Islanders. Andrei Svechnikov is the only active teenager in the NHL with more career points than Dahlin’s 72. He has 84 points (40+44) in 135 career games.
  • Entering play Wednesday, Dahlin’s .59 points per game in his career ranked as the 18th-highest rate among active NHL defensemen with at least 10 career games played. His .681 points per game so far this season represent the best single-season scoring rate by a Sabres defenseman since Brian Campbell (.683) in 2007-08.

SETTING THE PACE

  • With his 29th goal in his 49th game of the season on Jan. 28 vs. Ottawa, Jack Eichel topped his previous best total set in the 2018-19 season (77 GP). He now has 31 goals in 52 games played this season.
  • Eichel’s output through 53 team games currently has him on pace to finish the season with 48 goals and 103 points, which would be the highest goal and point totals by a Sabre since Pat LaFontaine (53+95) and Alexander Mogilny (76+51) in 1992-93.
  • LaFontaine (83 in 1992-93) and Mogilny (78 in 1992-93) are the only Sabres ever to have recorded more even-strength points in a season than the 70 Eichel is currently on pace for.
  • Despite missing nine games due to injury, Rasmus Dahlin is currently on pace to record 50 points this season, which would make him the Sabres’ first 50-point defenseman since Garry Galley (54) in 1995-96.
  • Sam Reinhart has scored 19 goals through his first 53 games this season. He reached the 20-goal mark in 69 games in his quickest season to 20 (2015-16). Reinhart is currently on pace to set career-high totals in both goals (29) and points (68).

JACK ATTACK

  • Entering play Monday, Jack Eichel’s 31 goals this season ranked fourth among all NHL players and his 66 points tied for seventh in the league.
  • Eichel has been held without a point in just three of his last 34 games played. During that stretch, which began with a four-goal performance vs. Ottawa on Nov. 16, Buffalo’s captain has totaled 47 points (23+24) in 34 appearances, also missing one game due to injury.
    • Entering play Wednesday, Eichel trailed only Artemi Panarin (50) for the most points in the league during that timeframe.
  • Eichel represented the Sabres at NHL All-Star Weekend on Jan. 24 and 25 in St. Louis. With his third consecutive All-Star nod, Eichel became the seventh player in franchise history to represent the team in at least three NHL All-Star Games. His four assists at this year’s event moved him past Rick Martin (7) for the most career All-Star Game points as a member of the Sabres (2+6).
  • He joins Martin as the only other player in franchise history to record at least 20 goals and 50 points in each of his first five NHL seasons.
  • Eichel’s 60th point of the season on Jan. 14 vs. Vegas made him the first Sabre to reach 60 points in 46 or fewer games since 1992-93 (Pat LaFontaine and Alexander Mogilny).
  • With his 30th goal on Jan. 30 vs. Montreal, Jack Eichel became the first Sabres player to record 30 goals and 30 assists in a season since Jason Pominville (30+43) in 2011-12. He became the 23rd different player in franchise history to accomplish this feat at least once and tied Gilbert Perreault’s 1974-75 season as the sixth-fewest games needed to reach the 30/30 mark (50).

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 17 multi-point games this season, ranking as the 12th-most in the NHL before Wednesday’s games. The Sabres are 12-3-2 (.765) in those games.
  • Entering play Wednesday, Eichel’s six multi-goal games tied for fourth-most in the league and his nine multi-assist games tied for 11th-most.
  • Eichel has recorded at least three points seven times this season, topping his previous career-high total (6) set in the 2016-17 season. Only Connor McDavid (11), Leon Draisaitl (10), David Pastrnak (9) and Artemi Panarin (8) had more games with at least three points this season entering play Wednesday.
  • Sam Reinhart ranks second on the Sabres with 11 multi-point games this season. The team is 8-2-1 this season (.773) and 39-7-8 (.796) in his career when he records at least two points.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 2/5 games)

  • Eichel: 3 OTG (T-2nd), 23 EVG (3rd), 7 GWG (3rd), 31 G (4th), 45 EVP (T-5th), 66 PTS (T-7th), 20 PPP (T-10th)
  • Olofsson: 9 PPG (T-9th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (158), Girgensons (85), McCabe (70)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (69), Ristolainen (60), Jokiharju (49)
Shots: Eichel (174), Skinner (136), Reinhart (110)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 8-1-1 (17), 38/24, 12/39, 23/30
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 21/35, 2/26, 21/29
21-30: 3-4-3 (8), 34/34, 4/33, 23/32
31-40: 4-5-1 (9), 24/32, 4/23, 23/30
41-50: 5-5-0 (10), 30/32, 7/29, 21/29
51-60: 1-2-0 (2), 4/10, 1/5, 3/3

OVERTIME RESULTS (5-6; 125-134 all-time)
Oct. 7 at CBJ: L, 4-3 (Texier, 2:08)
Oct. 9 vs. MTL: W, 5-4 (Johansson, 1:30)
Oct. 22 vs. SJS: W, 4-3 (Eichel, 3:13)
Nov. 14 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (Hamilton, 2:28)
Nov. 27 vs. CGY: L, 3-2 (Lindholm, 1:17)
Nov. 30 at TOR: L, 2-1 (Tavares, 1:45)
Dec. 7 at VAN: L, 6-5 (Miller, 3:21)
Dec. 8 at EDM: W, 3-2 (Miller, 1:13)
Dec. 14 at NYI: L, 3-2 (Beauvillier, 3:04)
Jan. 2 vs. EDM: W, 3-2 (Eichel, 1:09)
Feb. 1 vs. CBJ: W, 2-1 (Eichel, 0:36)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-1; 76-70 all-time)
Oct. 11 vs. FLA: W, 3-2 (GDG-Eichel)
Oct. 28 vs. ARI: L, 3-2 (GDG-Schmaltz)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Henri Jokiharju … 9 games … 100 career games played
Assists
Jack Eichel … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Points
Zach Bogosian … 6 points … 200 career points
Johan Larsson … 9 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
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Game Preview: 1/12/20 at Detroit

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LAST GAME
Saturday, January 11
Vancouver 6 at Buffalo 3
Goals: Montour, Reinhart, Girgensons
Goalie: Hutton (29 saves/34 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 1/3; PK: 2/2; Shots: Vancouver 35 – Buffalo 28

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 207)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 45 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 29 games
Tage Thompson (upper body, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 25 games
Jeff Skinner (upper body, Dec. 29; injured reserve) – 6 games
Victor Olofsson (lower body, Jan. 4; injured reserve) – 3 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/6: Assigned F Dalton Smith to Rochester (AHL)
1/7: Recalled D Lawrence Pilut from Rochester (AHL)
1/8: Placed F Victor Olofsson on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Jan. 14: Vegas at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 16: Buffalo at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 18: Buffalo at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 28: Ottawa at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 30: Montreal at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at RED WINGS

  • This is the second of four meetings between the Sabres and Red Wings this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Detroit 2-0 in Detroit on Oct. 25, 2019
  • Next meeting: Thursday, Feb. 6 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Red Wings; 7-2-1 on the road.
  • This is the 143rd game all-time between Buffalo and Detroit; Buffalo has a 64-59-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 26-39-8 on the road against the Red Wings all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-8-3 all-time on January 12.
  • January 12, 1978: Gilbert Perreault scores all three Sabres goals to collect his fourth hat trick of the season in a 6-3 loss at Cleveland.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 9-2-2 against the Red Wings since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, including a 6-1-0 record on the road and a 2-0 win in Detroit in the first meeting between the teams this season.
  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with wins in four 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 32 of 36 penalties (88.9%) against Detroit in the last 10 meetings between the clubs, dating back to March 20, 2017.

CLIPPING THE WINGS

  • Jack Eichel has 13 points (4+9) in 11 games against the Red Wings since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, including eight points (2+6) in six meetings in Detroit. He has recorded at least a point in each of the last six matchups between the teams (2+6).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has totaled 16 points (1+15) in 16 games against Detroit since the beginning of the 2015-16 season, including seven points (1+6) in his last five and 12 points (1+11) in eight road games during that span.
  • Sam Reinhart enters tonight’s game with points in three straight meetings with the Red Wings (2+2).
  • Rasmus Dahlin has totaled three points (1+2) in three career visits to Detroit.
  • Brandon Montour has recorded a point in each of his last two games against the Red Wings (1+1).
  • Linus Ullmark, who has started each of Buffalo’s last five games against the Red Wings, is 4-0-2 against Detroit in his career with a .938 save percentage.
  • In his two games against the Red Wings since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, Carter Hutton has stopped 60 of his 61 shots faced (.984) and won both contests.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel has recorded points in each of Buffalo’s last six games (3+4). His current stretch trails only his run of 18 consecutive games played with a point (Nov. 16 to Dec. 21) for his longest streak this season.
  • Sam Reinhart (3+3) and Marcus Johansson (1+5) have each totaled six points in the Sabres’ last six contests.
  • Rasmus Dahlin enters tonight’s game with points (0+4) in three straight games. His .68 points per game so far this season represent the best scoring rate by a Sabres defenseman since Brian Campbell (.68) in 2007-08.

BACK-TO-BACK
Today’s game wraps up Buffalo’s ninth of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began yesterday with a 6-3 loss vs. Vancouver. The Sabres are 3-5-1 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 3-4-1 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (0), three points (2), two points (4), one point (0) and zero points (2).

JACK ATTACK

  • At the conclusion of yesterday’s game, Jack Eichel’s 27 goals this season ranked third among all NHL players and his 58 points ranked eighth in the league.
  • Eichel has been selected to represent the Sabres at NHL All-Star Weekend on Jan. 24 and 25 in St. Louis. With his third consecutive All-Star nod, Eichel becomes the seventh player in franchise history to represent the team in at least three NHL All-Star Games, joining Rick Martin (7), Gilbert Perreault (6), Dominik Hasek (5), Mike Ramsey (4), Phil Housley (3) and Alexander Mogilny (3).
  • With his 50th point of the season on Dec. 17 at Toronto, Eichel became the first Sabre to reach 50 points in 35 or fewer games since 1992-93 (Pat LaFontaine and Alexander Mogilny). He joins Rick Martin as the only other player in franchise history to record at least 20 goals and 50 points in each of his first five NHL seasons.
  • Eichel hasn’t been held without a point in three consecutive appearances since early November. In his 28 games played since then, he has totaled 41 points (20+21), including a stretch of 18 straight games (Nov. 16 to Dec. 21) that tied Gilbert Perreault (Oct. 24 to Dec. 4, 1971) for the most consecutive games played with a point in franchise history.
  • The streak was the NHL’s fifth-longest personal point streak in the last decade, trailing only Taylor Hall (26 in 2017-18), Patrick Kane (26 in 2015-16), Sidney Crosby (25 in 2010-11) and Patrick Kane (20 in 2018-19).

SETTING THE PACE

  • With 27 goals in 44 games so far this season, Jack Eichel is one goal from tying his previous best total set in the 2018-19 season (77 GP).
  • Eichel’s output through 45 team games currently has him on pace to finish the season with 50 goals and 107 points, which would be the highest goal and point totals by a Sabre since Pat LaFontaine (53+95) and Alexander Mogilny (76+51) in 1992-93.
  • LaFontaine (83 in 1992-93) and Mogilny (78 in 1992-93) are the only Sabres ever to have recorded more even-strength points in a season than the 74 Eichel is currently on pace for.
  • Sam Reinhart’s 15 goals in 45 games put him on pace for a career-high goal total (27).

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 16 multi-point games this season, tying for 10th-most in the NHL after yesterday’s game.
  • Following yesterday’s game, his six multi-goal games tied for second-most in the league and his nine multi-assist games tied for sixth-most.
  • Eichel has already recorded at least three points seven times this season, topping his previous career-high total (6) set in the 2016-17 season. Only Connor McDavid (10), Leon Draisaitl (8) and David Pastrnak (8) had more games with at least three points this season after yesterday’s game.
  • Eichel’s three games with at least four points this season tied for third-most in the league after yesterday’s game. Since he entered the league in 2015-16, only nine players had totaled at least four points more times than Eichel’s eight: Nikita Kucherov (15), Patrick Kane (12), Connor McDavid (11), Johnny Gaudreau (9), Nathan MacKinnon (9), Brad Marchand (9), Alex Ovechkin (9), Artemi Panarin (9) and Steven Stamkos (9).

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

  • Eichel: 20 EVG (2nd), 27 G (T-3rd), 40 EVP (T-3rd), 5 GWG (T-6th), 58 PTS (8th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (T-6th)
  • Olofsson: 9 PPG (T-3rd)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (134), Girgensons (72), McCabe (61)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (61), Ristolainen (51), Jokiharju (37)
Shots: Eichel (153), Skinner (128), Olofsson (99)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 8-1-1 (17), 38/24, 12/39, 23/30
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 21/35, 2/26, 21/29
21-30: 3-4-3 (8), 34/34, 4/33, 23/32
31-40: 4-5-1 (9), 24/32, 4/23, 23/30
41-50: 2-3-0 (4), 14/21, 2/13, 9/12

OVERTIME RESULTS (4-6; 124-134 all-time)
Oct. 7 at CBJ: L, 4-3 (GWG-Texier, 2:08)
Oct. 9 vs. MTL: W, 5-4 (GWG-Johansson, 1:30)
Oct. 22 vs. SJS: W, 4-3 (GWG-Eichel, 3:13)
Nov. 14 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Hamilton, 2:28)
Nov. 27 vs. CGY: L, 3-2 (GWG-Lindholm, 1:17)
Nov. 30 at TOR: L, 2-1 (GWG-Tavares, 1:45)
Dec. 7 at VAN: L, 6-5 (GWG-Miller, 3:21)
Dec. 8 at EDM: W, 3-2 (GWG-Miller, 1:13)
Dec. 14 at NYI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Beauvillier, 3:04)
Jan. 2 vs. EDM: W, 3-2 (GWG-Eichel, 1:09)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-1; 76-70 all-time)
Oct. 11 vs. FLA: W, 3-2 (GDG-Eichel)
Oct. 28 vs. ARI: L, 3-2 (GDG-Schmaltz)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Linus Ullmark … 9 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Kyle Okposo … 9 goals … 200 career goals
Points
Kyle Okposo … 4 points … 500 career points
Zach Bogosian … 7 points … 200 career points
Johan Larsson … 9 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Conor Sheary … 300th NHL game … Jan. 11 vs. VAN