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Post-Game Report: 1/2 vs. Edmonton

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Oilers
(21-17-5)
2 0 0 0 2 27
Sabres
(18-17-7)
1 0 1 1 3 26

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • With tonight’s win, the Sabres have swept the season series with the Oilers for the third time in four seasons. Edmonton won both matchups in the 2018-19 season. The teams haven’t split a series since 2013-14, the first season that they resumed facing off twice a year.
  • Buffalo improved to 6-2-3 against the Pacific Division in 2019-20, including a 3-0-2 mark at home. The Sabres are 12-5-3 in all home games this season.
  • Jack Eichel’s overtime goal was the seventh of his career, breaking a tie with Derek Roy and Thomas Vanek for the most in franchise history.
  • Eichel improved to 1-for-2 in his career in penalty shots. His only other attempt was on Dec. 8, 2017 at Chicago against Corey Crawford. It was Buffalo’s only previous penalty shot in overtime in franchise history.
  • Eichel has totaled 11 points (6+5) in nine career games against Edmonton.
  • With his goal tonight, Sam Reinhart recorded the 100th goal of his NHL career. He now has seven points (2+5) in his last six home games.
  • Curtis Lazar’s goal tonight tied his career high with a three-game point streak (2+1). His only other career three-game streak was from March 26 to 29, 2015 (2+1).
  • Marcus Johansson picked up the only assist on Lazar’s goal and now has a point in each of his last three games (1+3).
  • Victor Olofsson, who was named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for the month of December, recorded an assist on Reinhart’s goal. He now has 15 points (6+9) in his last 15 games dating back to the beginning of December.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision GA SA
Oilers Smith O 3 26
Sabres Ullmark W 2 27
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Oilers Smith 7-9-3 .892 3.11
Sabres Ullmark 12-11-3 .910 2.86

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Sabres forward Curtis Lazar

Oilers head coach Dave Tippett

Oilers forward Connor McDavid

Oilers forward Riley Sheahan

Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

Game Preview: 1/2/20 vs. Edmonton

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, December 31
Tampa Bay 6 at Buffalo 4
Goals: Sheary, Johansson, Vesey, Eichel
Goalie: Ullmark (21 saves/26 shots)
PP: 0/4; PK: 3/5; Shots: Buffalo 27 – Tampa Bay 27

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 187)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 41 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 25 games
Tage Thompson (upper body, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 21 games
Jeff Skinner (upper body, Dec. 29; injured reserve) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
12/27: Recalled F Curtis Lazar from Rochester (AHL)
12/30: Signed F Dalton Smith to a one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000; Placed F Jeff Skinner on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Jan. 4: Florida at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 9: Buffalo at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 11: Vancouver at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 12: Buffalo at Detroit, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 14: Vegas at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
OILERS at SABRES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Oilers this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Edmonton 3-2 (OT) in Edmonton on Dec. 8, 2019
  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Oilers; 5-4-1 at home.
  • This is the 79th game all-time between Buffalo and Edmonton; Buffalo has a 27-40-11 series record.
  • The Sabres are 15-16-8 at home against the Oilers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 6-6-5 all-time on January 2.
  • January 2, 1993: Alexander Mogilny scores his third hat trick in an 11-day span in a 7-2 win at Ottawa. Mogilny would finish the season with seven hat tricks, tying Rick Martin’s franchise record set in 1975-76.
  • January 2, 1999: Miroslav Satan extends his goal streak to eight games with a game-winning tally in a 7-1 win at home against Calgary.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • With a win tonight, the Sabres would sweep the season series with the Oilers for the third time in four seasons. Edmonton won both matchups in the 2018-19 season. The teams haven’t split a series since 2013-14, the first season that they resumed facing off twice a year.
  • Kyle Okposo has tallied 15 points (8+7) in 15 career games against Edmonton. The Oilers are one of four NHL teams (San Jose, Vancouver, Vegas) that he has recorded exactly a point per game against, his highest per-game rate against any team.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 14 points (2+12) in 12 career games against the Oilers, including at least a point in six of his seven meetings with Edmonton since the beginning of the 2016-17 season. It’s his highest point total and best career per-game output against any NHL opponent.
  • Jack Eichel has totaled 10 points (5+5) in eight career games against Edmonton.
  • Victor Olofsson recorded 14 points (6+8) in 14 games in December. He leads all NHL rookies in goals (16) and points (34) this season.
  • Rasmus Dahlin’s .64 points per game so far this season represent the best scoring rate by a Sabres defenseman since Brian Campbell (.68) in 2007-08.

PACIFIC DIVISION

  • Buffalo enters tonight’s game with a 5-2-3 record against the Pacific Division in 2019-20, including a 2-0-2 mark at home.
  • Since the beginning of last season, Edmonton is the only Pacific Division team to win a game in Buffalo in regulation.
  • The Sabres are 8-1-3 at home against the division during that span, including a 4-3 record in games that were tied after regulation.

HOME COOKING

  • The Sabres are 11-5-3 through their first 19 home games of the season. The team has yet to go three straight home games without recording a point in 2019-20.
  • With 32 points (18+14) in 19 home games this season, Jack Eichel’s 1.68 points per game at home rank second in the league. His plus-19 rating at home leads the league, with Colorado’s Ryan Graves ranking second at plus-15.
  • Victor Olofsson (9+9) and Sam Reinhart (7+10) are also producing near a point-per-game rate through 19 home games this season.
  • Johan Larsson has recorded seven points (2+5) and a plus-7 rating in his last seven home games.
  • Linus Ullmark has won five of his last six games at KeyBank Center, posting a .914 save percentage and a 2.74 goals-against average in those games.

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack 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).
  • Eichel’s 24 goals tie for third-most among all NHL players and his 52 points tie for seventh-most in the league.
  • 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 24 games played since then, he has totaled 36 points (18+18), 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 25 goals in 40 games so far this season, Jack Eichel is on pace to shatter his previous best goal total (28), set in the 2018-19 season.
  • Eichel’s output through 41 team games currently has him on pace to finish the season with 51 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 73 Eichel is currently on pace for.
  • Victor Olofsson’s goal and point totals currently have him on pace for the best offensive season by a Sabres rookie in decades. If he maintains his current pace, he would finish the season with the most goals by a Sabres rookie (32) since Ray Sheppard’s 38 in 1987-88 and the third-most points ever recorded by a Sabres rookie (68), trailing only Rick Martin (74 in 1971-72) and Gilbert Perreault (72 on 1970-71).

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 15 multi-point games this season, tying for 10th-most in the NHL.
  • His six multi-goal games rank second in the league and his eight multi-assist games tie for fifth-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 (9) and Leon Draisaitl (8) have more games with at least three points this season.
  • Eichel’s three games with at least four points this season tie for the league lead. Since he entered the league in 2015-16, only eight players had totaled at least four points more times than Eichel’s eight: Nikita Kucherov (15), Patrick Kane (12), Connor McDavid (10), Johnny Gaudreau (9), Brad Marchand (9), Alex Ovechkin (9), Artemi Panarin (9) and Steven Stamkos (9).

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

  • Eichel: 18 EVG (2nd), 25 G (3rd), 36 EVP (T-4th), 53 PTS (T-7th), 4 GWG (T-10th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (T-5th)
  • Olofsson: 9 PPG (T-3rd)
  • Ristolainen: 127 hits (8th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (127), Girgensons (61), McCabe (60)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (60), Ristolainen (47), Jokiharju (37)
Shots: Eichel (141), Skinner (128), Olofsson (98)

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: 0-1-0 (0), 4/6, 0/4, 3/5

OVERTIME RESULTS (3-6; 123-134 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)

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
Conor Sheary … 4 games … 300 career games played
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 1 goal … 100 career goals
Kyle Okposo … 9 goals … 200 career goals
Assists
Marco Scandella … 8 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Kyle Okposo … 5 points … 500 career points
Zach Bogosian … 8 points … 200 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Jeff Skinner … 700th NHL game … 12/27 vs. BOS
Dalton Smith … 1st NHL game … 12/31 vs. TBL

Game Preview: 12/8/19 at Edmonton

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, December 7
Buffalo 5 at Vancouver 6 (OT)
Goals: Okposo, Ristolainen, Olofsson, Girgensons, Johansson
Goalie: Hutton (24 saves/30 shots)
PP: 1/4; PK: 1/2; Shots: Vancouver 30 – Buffalo 28

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 143)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 30 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 14 games
Tage Thompson (upper body, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 10 games
Rasmus Dahlin (concussion, Nov. 27; injured reserve) – 6 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
12/3: Assigned F Curtis Lazar to Rochester (AHL)
12/4: Assigned F Jean-Sebastien Dea to Rochester (AHL)
12/7: Activated F Kyle Okposo from IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Sunday, Dec. 8: Buffalo at Edmonton, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 10: St. Louis at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 12: Nashville at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 14: Buffalo at NY Islanders, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 17: Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at OILERS

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Oilers this season.
  • Last meeting: Edmonton defeated Buffalo 7-2 in Edmonton on Jan. 14
  • Next meeting: Thursday, Jan. 2 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Oilers; 6-4-0 on the road.
  • This is the 78th game all-time between Buffalo and Edmonton; Buffalo has a 26-40-11 series record.
  • The Sabres are 11-24-3 on the road against the Oilers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-6-5 all-time on December 8.
  • December 8, 1974: Gary Bromley needs to make just 14 saves to earn a 5-0 shutout victory against the Minnesota North Stars.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is the third in a three-game road trip through Western Canada for the Sabres. Buffalo is 13-7-4 against the Pacific Division since the beginning of last season, including a 3-2-3 record in 2019-20.
  • The Sabres are 26-40-11 all-time against the Oilers but are 11-6-1 against Edmonton since 2005-06 and 4-2-0 against them in the last three seasons.
  • All 11 of Jeff Skinner’s goals this season have come during 5-on-5 play. According to NaturalStatTrick.com, he entered play Saturday night tied for sixth-most in the league.

STRIKING OIL

  • Kyle Okposo has tallied 14 points (7+7) in 14 career games against Edmonton. The Oilers are one of four NHL teams (San Jose, Vancouver, Vegas) that he has recorded exactly a point per game against, his highest per-game rate against any team.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 14 points (2+12) in 11 career games against the Oilers, including at least a point in each of his last six meetings. It’s his best career per-game output against any NHL opponent.
  • Jack Eichel has totaled nine points (5+4) in seven career games against Edmonton.
  • Casey Mittelstadt scored in both meetings between the Sabres and Oilers last season.

VIC-O MODE

  • Victor Olofsson leads all NHL rookies with 12 goals this season and ranks second among rookies with 28 points.
  • He has recorded 16 points (6+10) in his last 15 games, including two-point outings in each of the team’s last three contests.
  • Olofsson is the first Sabres rookie to record three straight multi-point games since Tyler Ennis did so from Jan. 15 to 20, 2011.
  • The last Sabres rookie to record at least four consecutive multi-point games was Ales Kotalik, who did it in four straight games from Jan. 3 to 10, 2003.

GOING STREAKING

  • Jack Eichel enters today’s game on a career-best 12-game point streak that began on Nov. 16. As of the conclusion of yesterday’s game, his 10 goals and 22 points during the streak led the NHL during that timeframe.
  • Eichel’s streak is the longest active point streak in the NHL and the longest by a Sabre since Tim Connolly tallied points in 16 straight from Dec. 23, 2009 to Jan. 25, 2010.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen enters the game with points in five straight contests (1+5). It is his first five-game streak since Jan. 18 to 25, 2018 (1+5). With a point tonight, he would tie his career-best six straight games with a point from Feb. 12 to 25, 2017 (0+6).

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

EVEN-STRENGTH IMPROVEMENT
The Sabres have seen positive trends at even strength in the team’s 13 games since returning from Stockholm, Sweden. In that span, Buffalo’s 5-on-5 numbers have improved on the team’s per-60 rates from its first 17 games in every meaningful category, including goals for and against, shots for and against, shot attempts for and against, and scoring chances for and against.

Buffalo Sabres at 5-on-5 (via NaturalStatTrick.com)

GF% SF% CF% SCF%
First 17 Games 50.79 48.21 48.61 47.72
Last 13 Games 57.41 50.64 50.64 49.42

During the 13-game stretch that began on Nov. 14 vs. Carolina, the team has tied or led its opponent at 5-on-5 in…

  • goals: nine times
  • shots: eight times
  • shot attempts: eight times
  • scoring chances: eight times

SETTING THE PACE

  • With 18 goals in 30 games so far this season, Jack Eichel is on pace to shatter his previous best goal total (28), set in the 2018-19 season.
  • Eichel’s output through 30 games currently has him on pace to finish the season with 49 goals and 112 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) and Mogilny (78) in 1992-93 are the only two Sabres ever to have recorded more even-strength points in a season than the 77 Eichel is currently on pace for.
  • Victor Olofsson’s goal and point totals currently have him on pace for the best offensive season by a Sabres rookie in decades. If he maintains his current pace, he would finish the season with the most goals by a Sabres rookie (33) since Ray Sheppard’s 38 in 1987-88 and the most points by a Sabres rookie (71) since Rick Martin’s franchise-record 74 in 1971-72. Gilbert Perreault (72 in 1970-71) is the only other player in franchise history to finish his rookie season with a point total higher than Olofsson’s current pace.
  • Sam Reinhart’s 11 goals in 30 games put him on pace for a career-high goal total (30).

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 11 multi-point games this season, tying for eighth-most in the NHL at the conclusion of yesterday’s game.
  • After yesterday’s game, his four multi-goal games tied for fourth-most (one shy of the league lead) and his eight multi-assist games tied for the league lead.
  • 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 Leon Draisaitl (8) and Connor McDavid (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 the league lead after yesterday’s game. Since he entered the league in 2015-16, only seven players have totaled at least four points more times than Eichel’s eight: Nikita Kucherov (15), Patrick Kane (10), Connor McDavid (10), Johnny Gaudreau (9), Brad Marchand (9), Alex Ovechkin (9) and Steven Stamkos (9).

ONE BUFFALO

  • The Sabres and the Buffalo Bills are playing on the same day for the third of five times this season after doing so three times last season.
  • The teams have played on the same date 222 times, with both teams winning their respective games on 50 of those days.
  • The Sabres are 119-69-34 when playing on a Bills game day and the Bills enter this game 95-125-2 on those dates.
  • The last time the Sabres and Bills both won on the same date was Nov. 24, 2019.

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

  • Eichel: 18 G (T-5th), 13 EVG (T-4th), 28 EVP (6th), 23 A (T-6th), 41 PTS (7th), 110 S (9th), 13 PPP (T-9th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (T-2nd)
  • Olofsson: 7 PPG (T-5th)
  • Ristolainen: 92 hits (10th)
  • Skinner: 114 S (5th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (92), McCabe (46), Girgensons (42)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (50), Ristolainen (39), Jokiharju (27)
Shots: Skinner (114), Eichel (110), Olofsson (75)

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

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-5; 122-133 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)

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)
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 2 goals … 100 career goals
Assists
Marco Scandella … 10 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Jimmy Vesey … 3 points … 100 career points
Zach Bogosian … 9 points … 200 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Rasmus Asplund … 1st NHL goal … Dec. 2 vs. NJD
Jack Eichel … 300th NHL point … Dec. 7 at VAN

Post-Game Report: 3/4 vs. Edmonton

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Oilers
(29-30-7)
1 3 0 4 27
Sabres
(30-28-8)
3 0 0 3 38

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • With two goals tonight, Jack Eichel now has 13 points (5+8) in his last 10 home games and nine points (5+4) in seven career games against Edmonton.
  • Eichel’s second goal was his 25th of the season, matching his previous career high.
  • With an assist on Eichel’s first goal, Rasmus Ristolainen now has 14 points (2+12) in 11 career games against the Oilers, including points each of his last six (1+11). It’s his best per-game output against any NHL team.
  • With his goal tonight, Casey Mittelstadt now has a goal in both of the team’s games against the Oilers this season.
  • Zach  Bogosian missed tonight’s game and is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Oilers
Koskinen W .921 3.00
Sabres Ullmark
Hutton
L
ND
.800
1.000
6.00
0.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Oilers Koskinen 19-15-4 .911 2.77
Sabres Ullmark
Hutton
14-10-4
16-18-4
.907
.911
3.13
2.82

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Casey Mittelstadt

Sabres forward Jason Pominville

Oilers head coach Ken Hitchcock

Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl

Oilers forward Kyle Brodziak

Game Preview: 3/4/19 vs. Edmonton

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, March 2
Buffalo 2 at Toronto 5
Goals: Pominville, Sheary
Goalie: Ullmark (27 saves/31 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 0/2; PK: 2/2; Shots: Buffalo 37 – Toronto 32

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 202)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Vladimir Sobotka (upper body, March 1) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/26: Recalled F Danny O’Regan from Rochester (AHL)
2/27: Assigned F Danny O’Regan to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, March 7: Buffalo at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 9: Buffalo at Colorado, 3 p.m.
Tuesday, March 12: Dallas at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 14: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 16: Buffalo at Carolina, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
OILERS at SABRES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Oilers this season.
  • Last meeting: Edmonton defeated Buffalo 7-2 in Edmonton on Jan. 14
  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Oilers; 5-4-1 at home.
  • This is the 77th game all-time between Buffalo and Edmonton; Buffalo has a 26-39-11 series record.
  • The Sabres are 15-15-8 at home against the Oilers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-8-3 all-time on March 4.
  • March 4, 1972: The Sabres acquire Rene Robert in a trade that completes the French Connection.
  • March 4, 1983: Mal Davis tallies four points and 15 Buffalo players appear on the score sheet in a 10-2 win vs. Pittsburgh.
  • March 4, 2009: Thomas Vanek plays in his 300th career NHL game, a 5-1 win vs. Montreal.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Entering tonight’s game, the Sabres are 10-4-1 against the Pacific Division this season, including a 6-0-1 record at home. They have not lost a home game to the Oilers in regulation since Nov. 7, 2014.
  • The Sabres are 26-39-11 all-time against the Oilers but are 11-5-1 against Edmonton since 2005-06 and 4-1-0 against them since the beginning of 2016-17.
  • With a Buffalo win tonight, the Sabres and Oilers will have split a season series for the first time since 2013-14. Each team has swept two of the four season series since then.
  • Conor Sheary enters tonight’s game seeking the second three-game goal scoring streak of his career (last: Nov. 3 to 8, 2018). Sheary has recorded six points (3+3) in his last five games and has totaled four points (3+1) in six career games against Edmonton.

STRIKING OIL

  • Kyle Okposo has tallied 14 points (7+7) in 13 career games against Edmonton, including multi-point efforts in four of his last seven matchups. It’s his best per-game output against any NHL team.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 13 points (2+11) in 10 career games against the Oilers, including multi-point outings in four of his last five meetings with Edmonton. It’s his best per-game output against any NHL team.
  • Jack Eichel has totaled seven points (3+4) in six career games against Edmonton.
  • Vladimir Sobotka has totaled nine points (3+6) in his nine meetings with the Oilers since the beginning of the 2012-13 season.
  • Rasmus Dahlin recorded an assist and led both teams with 12 shot attempts (including six shots on goal and a career-high 11 attempts at even strength) when these teams last met.

HOME COOKING

  • Buffalo enters tonight’s game with a 19-9-4 (.656) record at home. The team’s .656 points percentage at home tied for sixth in the NHL before Sunday’s games.
  • Carter Hutton is 11-6-2 at home this season with a .923 save percentage and a 2.45 goals-against average.
  • Jeff Skinner (20+13) and Sam Reinhart (10+23) tie to lead all Sabres with 33 points in 32 home games this season.
  • Skinner is the first player to score 20 goals at KeyBank Center since Derek Roy had 20 in 2007-08. Thomas Vanek (30 in 2006-07) was the last player to score more than 20 at home in a season for the Sabres.
  • Jack Eichel (12+20 in 30 home games) is also playing above a point-per-game pace at KeyBank Center this season.
  • Conor Sheary has totaled 10 points (3+7) in 12 home games in 2019.

RISING IN THE RECORD BOOKS

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

DYNAMIC DUO
Jack Eichel
and Jeff Skinner have both recorded a point on the same goal 30 times this season, making them the most productive Sabres duo since Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek combined on 39 goals in the 2011-12 season. At least one of the two has recorded a point on 97 of the team’s 183 goals this season (53.0%).

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 70 points this season, setting a new career-high mark. With 23 goals so far this season, he has joined Rick Martin and Thomas Vanek as the third player in franchise history to record at least 20 goals in each of his first four NHL seasons.
  • With 47 assists so far this season, Eichel is the first Sabres player to record at least 45 assists in a season since Tim Connolly recorded 48 in 2009-10. The last Sabre to record at least 50 assists was Jason Pominville (53) in 2007-08.
  • Eichel is currently on pace for 43 even-strength assists this season. Only five different players have recorded at least 45 even-strength assists since the 2005-06 season: Henrik Sedin (3x), Joe Thornton (3x), Connor McDavid (2x), Evgeni Malkin and Michael Nylander. Pat Lafontaine (52 in 1992-93) is the only player in franchise history to record at least 45 in a season.

DAH-LEAN ON ME

  • Entering play Sunday, Rasmus Dahlin led rookie defensemen and ranked second among all NHL rookies in points (37) and assists (29).
  • With 37 points (8+29) through 65 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. He would trail only Phil Housley (57 points in 1982-83) for the most ever recorded by an NHL defenseman before his 19th birthday.
  • With seven multi-point games so far this season, Dahlin has recorded more multi-point games as an 18-year-old than all but two defensemen in NHL history: Phil Housley (13) and Bobby Orr (8).
  • Dahlin’s three game-winning goals this season are already the most ever recorded by a Sabres rookie defenseman. His total also ties for ninth-most by any Sabres rookie and eighth-most in a season by any defenseman in franchise history.

SKINNER, SKINNER, CHICKEN DINNER

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

SAM I AM

  • Sam Reinhart has totaled eight points (5+3) in his last eight games.
  • Reinhart has already set career-high totals in points (58), assists (40) and multi-point games (17) this season.
  • The Sabres are 22-12-5 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 30-5-7 (.798) 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 previous 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 62 23 47 70 16 34 50
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 79 29 60 89 20 43 64
               
Reinhart Career High (2017-18) 82 25 25 50 13 16 29
Reinhart 2018-19 65 18 40 58 16 28 44
Reinhart 2018-19 (Pace) 82 23 50 73 20 35 56
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 65 36 21 57 28 14 42
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 45 26 72 35 18 53

MAKING HISTORY

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

SCORING WHEN IT COUNTS

  • Jeff Skinner’s seven game-winning goals tied for third-most in the NHL this season entering play Sunday. He is the first Sabres player with at least seven game-winners in a season since Derek Roy (9) in 2008-09 and is four shy of matching the single-season franchise record of 11 shared by Danny Gare (1979-80) and Alexander Mogilny (1992-93).
  • Skinner was also tied for third in the league with three overtime goals this season. Skinner’s total matches the Sabres’ single-season record shared by Daniel Briere (2006-07) and Derek Roy (2009-10) and ties him for 10th-most career overtime goals in franchise history.

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

  • Buffalo Sabres: 82.3% PK% (5th)
  • Eichel: 247 S (T-5th), 34 EVA (10th)
  • Ristolainen: 24:56 TOI/GP (8th)
  • Skinner: 7 GWG (T-3rd), 3 OTG (T-3rd), 28 EVG (4th), 36 G (T-5th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (200), Girgensons (113), McCabe (96)
Blocked Shots: Bogosian (103), Ristolainen (102), McCabe (95)
Shots: Eichel (247), Skinner (219), Ristolainen (156)

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: 2-3-0 (4), 16/20, 5/16, 7/10

OVERTIME RESULTS (7-6; 120-127 all-time)
Oct. 27 at CBJ: L, 5-4 (GWG-Panarin, 0:31)
Oct. 30 vs. CGY: L, 2-1 (GWG-Gaudreau, 2:40)
Nov. 8 at MTL: W, 6-5 (GWG-Ristolainen, 1:38)
Nov. 19 at PIT: W, 5-4 (GWG-Eichel, 0:45)
Nov. 23 vs. MTL: W, 3-2 (GWG-Skinner, 3:06)
Nov. 27 vs. SJS: W, 3-2 (GWG-Skinner, 1:41)
Nov. 30 at FLA: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barkov, 2:26)
Dec. 4 vs. TOR: L, 4-3 (GWG-Matthews, 4:57)
Dec. 11 vs. LAK: W, 4-3 (GWG-Skinner, 1:49)
Dec. 29 vs. BOS: L, 3-2 (GWG-Kuraly, 3:44)
Jan. 16 at CGY: W, 4-3 (GWG-Eichel, 1:10)
Feb. 8 vs. CAR: L, 6-5 (GWG-Teravainen, 3:25)
March 1 vs. PIT: W, 4-3 (GWG-Sheary, 4:11)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (4-2; 74-68 all-time)
Nov. 10 vs. VAN: W, 4-3 (GDG-Mittelstadt)
Nov. 16 at WPG: W, 2-1 (GDG-Sheary)
Nov. 24 at DET: W, 3-2 (GDG-Reinhart)
Dec. 15 at WSH: L, 4-3 (GDG-Ovechkin)
Feb. 5 vs. MIN: W, 5-4 (GDG-Reinhart)
Feb. 21 at TBL: L, 2-1 (GDG-Stamkos)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Tage Thompson … 3 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 1 goal … 217 goals with Sabres (sole possession, 10th in franchise history)
Jack Eichel … 4 goals … 100 career goals
Jason Pominville … 9 goals … 300 career goals
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 1 assist … 300 career assists
Jeff Skinner … 4 assists … 200 career assists
Matt Hunwick … 7 assists … 100 career assists
Jason Pominville … 9 assists … 310 assists with Sabres (T-7th in franchise history)
Points
Sam Reinhart … 2 points … 200 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
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