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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
N/A

Game Preview: 1/14/19 at Edmonton

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, January 12
Tampa Bay 5 at Buffalo 3
Goals: Reinhart, Thompson, Scandella
Goalie: Ullmark (25 saves/30 shots)
PP: 0/4; PK: 0/1; Shots: Buffalo 33 – Tampa Bay 30

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 170)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Casey Nelson (upper body, Dec. 8; injured reserve) – 16 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/8: Activated F Zemgus Girgensons from IR; Placed F Jack Eichel on IR; Placed F Scott Wilson on waivers
1/9: Assigned F Scott Wilson to Rochester (AHL)
1/11: Activated F Jack Eichel from IR; Assigned F C.J. Smith to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Wednesday, Jan. 16: Buffalo at Calgary, 9:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 18: Buffalo at Vancouver, 10 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 29: Buffalo at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 30: Buffalo at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 1: Chicago at Buffalo, 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: Buffalo defeated Edmonton 5-0 in Edmonton on Jan. 23, 2018
  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Oilers; 6-3-1 on the road.
  • This is the 76th game all-time between Buffalo and Edmonton; Buffalo has a 26-38-11 series record.
  • The Sabres are 11-23-3 on the road against the Oilers all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-9-3 all-time on January 14.
  • January 14, 1972: The Sabres acquire Jim Lorentz from the New York Rangers in exchange for a second-round pick in the 1972 draft.
  • January 14, 2003: Ryan Miller stops all 22 Minnesota shots to earn a 1-0 victory and his first career shutout.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • After losing all four games against the Oilers in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons, the Sabres have swept the four games between the teams in the last two seasons.
  • With a win tonight, the Sabres will have defeated the Oilers in five straight meetings for the first time since Buffalo won each of the six matchups between the teams from Jan. 16, 2006 to Jan. 3, 2012.
  • Sam Reinhart has already set career-high totals in assists (32) and multi-point games (13) this season. The Sabres are 17-7-4 this season when he records at least one point and 28-4-6 (.816) in his career when he records at least two.

GO WEST

  • Tonight’s game is the beginning of a three-game road trip through Western Canada for the Sabres.
  • Buffalo is 9-2-1 against the Pacific Division this season, including wins in each of their last five games against the division.
  • A win tonight would give the Sabres six straight wins against Pacific Division opponents in the same season for the first time since 1997-98.

STRIKING OIL

  • Kyle Okposo has tallied 14 points (7+7) in 12 career games against Edmonton, including multi-point efforts in four of his last six matchups. It’s his best per-game output against any NHL team.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 12 points (2+10) in nine career games against the Oilers, including multi-point outings in each of his last four meetings with Edmonton. It’s his best per-game output against any NHL team.
  • Jack Eichel has totaled seven points (3+4) in five career games against Edmonton, including five (2+3) in two road games.
  • Sam Reinhart has five points (1+4) in six career games against the Oilers, including four (1+3) in three road games.
  • Vladimir Sobotka has totaled eight points (3+5) in his eight meetings with Edmonton since the beginning of the 2012-13 season.
  • Tage Thompson scored his first career goal in his only previous meeting with the Oilers on Dec. 21, 2017.

HEY NOW, YOU’RE AN ALL-STAR

  • Jeff Skinner led all Atlantic Division candidates in fan votes during the NHL’s “Last Men In” vote to earn a spot on the Atlantic Division All-Star Team. He will make his second All-Star Game appearance and first since his Calder Trophy-winning season in 2010.
  • Skinner will join Jack Eichel, also making his second career All-Star Game appearance, as the first pair of Sabres to appear in an All-Star Game together since the team had three representatives (Daniel Briere, Brian Campbell and Ryan Miller) in 2007.

30 FOR 53

  • Jeff Skinner’s goal on Friday at Carolina gave him 30 goals for the fourth time in his career. He became the first Sabres player to score 30 goals in a season since Jason Pominville did so in 2011-12.
  • Skinner’s 44 games needed to reach the 30-goal mark tied him with Rick Martin in 1971-72 as the sixth-fastest Sabre to score 30. He trailed only Alexander Mogilny (30 GP in 1992-93), Pat LaFontaine (31 GP in 1991-92 and 42 GP in 1992-93), Gilbert Perreault (40 GP in 1977-78) and Rick Martin (41 GP in 1973-74).

COMEBACK KIDS

  • The Sabres are 6-12-2 this season when trailing after two periods. Their six wins when trailing after 40 minutes tied for second-most in the league entering play Sunday and their .300 win percentage in those games ranked fourth.
  • Buffalo’s six wins when trailing after two have already surpassed last season’s total and leave the team three third-period comebacks shy of the franchise record of nine set in the 2005-06 season.

SCORING WHEN IT COUNTS

  • Entering play Sunday, Jeff Skinner’s seven game-winning goals tied for the most in the NHL this season. He is the first Sabres player with at least seven game-winners in a season since Derek Roy (9) in 2008-09 and is four shy of matching the single-season franchise record of 11 shared by Danny Gare (1979-80) and Alexander Mogilny (1992-93).
  • Skinner also entered play Sunday 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.

DAH-LEAN ON ME
Entering play Sunday, Rasmus Dahlin led rookie defensemen and ranked third among all NHL rookies with 24 points (4+20) this season.

  • With his 20th point in his 37th game on Dec. 22 vs. Anaheim, he became the fourth-fastest 18-year-old defenseman in NHL history to reach the 20-point mark, trailing only Phil Housley (28 GP), Ray Bourque (30 GP) and Aaron Ekblad (34 GP).
  • With his 20th assist on Saturday vs. Tampa Bay, Dahlin tied Ray Bourque for sixth-most assists by an 18-year-old defenseman in NHL history.
  • Dahlin’s totals put him on pace for 44 points this season. It would trail only Phil Housley (57 points in 1982-83) for the most ever recorded by a defenseman before his 19th birthday.

LEADING THE WAY

  • All three of the Sabres’ top three scorers are currently on pace to shatter their personal bests in points on the strength of career-best production at even strength that ranks them each among the best even-strength players in the league 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 42 15 34 49 11 25 36
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 79 28 64 92 21 47 68
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 45 30 14 44 23 10 33
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 55 26 80 42 18 60
               
Reinhart Career High (2017-18) 82 25 25 50 13 16 29
Reinhart 2018-19 45 10 32 42 9 22 31
Reinhart 2018-19 (Pace) 82 18 58 77 16 40 56

MAKING HISTORY

  • If the Sabres’ top scorers continue their current pace, the team would have three 75-point players for the first time since 1992-93 (Pat LaFontaine, Alexander Mogilny, Dale Hawerchuk).
  • At his current pace, Jack Eichel would finish the season with the fourth-most even-strength points ever recorded by a Sabre, trailing only LaFontaine (83) and Mogilny (78) in 1992-93, and Gilbert Perreault in 1975-76 (70). He would trail only LaFontaine’s franchise-record 52 even-strength assists that season and would become the first Sabre to record more than 90 points since Daniel Briere in 2006-07 (95).
  • Jeff Skinner is currently on pace for the third-most goals in Sabres history, trailing only Mogilny in 1992-93 (76) and Danny Gare in 1979-80 (56) for. His 42 even-strength goals would finish behind only Mogilny’s even-strength total from 1992-93 (49) and Rick Martin’s 44 in 1973-74 for third-most in team history.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 1/13 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 83.7% PK% (6th)
  • Eichel: 173 S (T-6th), 25 EVA (T-10th)
  • Ristolainen: 25:26 TOI/GP (6th), 139 hits (T-9th)
  • Skinner: 7 GWG (T-1st), 30 G (2nd), 23 EVG (T-2nd), 3 OTG (T-3rd)

BUF-EDM CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Oilers F Zack Kassian was selected by the Sabres in the first round (13th overall) in the 2009 NHL Draft. He spent one season with the team (2011-12), playing in 27 games and scoring seven points (3+4).
  • Oilers D Andrej Sekera was selected by the Sabers in the third round (71st overall) in the 2004 NHL Draft. Sekera played for the Sabres for seven seasons (2006-2013), skating in 339 games and recording 92 points (17+75).

Former Oilers:

  • Sabres assistant coach Steve Smith played for the Oilers for seven years (1984-1991), skating in 385 games and scoring 218 points (46+172). Smith won three Stanley Cups with the organization (1987, 1988, 1990) and later re-joined the team as an assistant coach for four seasons (2010-2014).

Jason Botterill:

  • Played in Dallas when Oilers Head Coach Ken Hitchcock was the head coach of the Stars.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played with Oilers F Connor McDavid and F Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for Team North America under Oilers General Manager Peter Chiarelli at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Remi Elie:

  • Played in Dallas when Oilers Head Coach Ken Hitchcock was the head coach of the Stars.

Phil Housley:

  • Played with Oilers assistant coach Trent Yawney in Calgary.

Matt Hunwick:

  • Played with Oilers F Milan Lucic in Boston. Oilers General Manager Peter Chiarelli was the Bruins’ general manager during Hunwick’s tenure with the team.
  • Played for the Rangers with Oilers G Cam Talbot.

Carter Hutton:

  • Played with Oilers F Kyle Brodziak and F Ty Rattie in St. Louis. Oilers Head Coach Ken Hitchcock was the head coach of the Blues during Hutton’s tenure with the team.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played with Oilers F Kyle Brodziak in Minnesota.
  • Represented Sweden with Oliers D Adam Larsson at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship. The two played together again at the 2018 IIHF World Championship, where they won a gold medal.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for the Islanders with Oilers G Mikko Koskinen.

Davis Payne:

  • Was an assistant coach in Los Angeles when Oilers D Kevin Gravel, F Milan Lucic and D Andrej Sekera were playing for the Kings.

Jason Pominville:

  • Played with Oilers F Kyle Brodziak in Minnesota.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Played for Team Canada with Oilers F Connor McDavid at the 2014 and 2015 IIHF World Junior Championships. The duo won a gold medal together in 2015, with both Reinhart and McDavid being named to the tournament’s All-Star Team. The pair won a second gold medal together while representing Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.
  • Won a gold medal for Team Canada with Oilers D Darnell Nurse at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Won a gold medal for Team Canada with Oilers G Cam Talbot at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland with Oilers G Mikko Koskinen at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Marco Scandella:

  • Played with Oilers F Kyle Brodziak in Minnesota.

Jeff Skinner:

  • Played with Oilers F Ty Rattie and D Andrej Sekera in Carolina.

Steve Smith:

  • Was an assistant coach in Carolina when Oilers F Ty Rattie and D Andrej Sekera were playing for the Hurricanes.
  • Was the head coach of the Blues when Oilers D Kriss Russell was playing in St. Louis.

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Played with Oilers F Milan Lucic in Boston. Oilers General Manager Peter Chiarelli was the Bruins’ general manager during Sobotka’s tenure with the team.
  • Played with Oilers F Kyle Brodziak, F Ty Rattie and D Kris Russell in St. Louis. Oilers Head Coach Ken Hitchcock was the head coach of the Blues during Sobotka’s tenure with the team.

Tage Thompson:

  • Played with Oilers F Kyle Brodziak in St. Louis.
  • Won a gold medal for Team USA with Oilers D Caleb Jones at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (139), Girgensons (66), Okposo (58)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (73), Bogosian (73), McCabe (65)
Shots: Eichel (173), Skinner (141), Ristolainen (110)

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: 2-3-0 (4), 16/15, 1/13, 10/12

OVERTIME RESULTS (5-5; 118-126 all-time)
Oct. 27 at CBJ: L, 5-4 (GWG-Panarin, 0:31)
Oct. 30 vs. CGY: L, 2-1 (GWG-Gaudreau, 2:40)
Nov. 8 at MTL: W, 6-5 (GWG-Ristolainen, 1:38)
Nov. 19 at PIT: W, 5-4 (GWG-Eichel, 0:45)
Nov. 23 vs. MTL: W, 3-2 (GWG-Skinner, 3:06)
Nov. 27 vs. SJS: W, 3-2 (GWG-Skinner, 1:41)
Nov. 30 at FLA: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barkov, 2:26)
Dec. 4 vs. TOR: L, 4-3 (GWG-Matthews, 4:57)
Dec. 11 vs. LAK: W, 4-3 (GWG-Skinner, 1:49)
Dec. 29 vs. BOS: L, 3-2 (GWG-Kuraly, 3:44)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (3-1; 73-67 all-time)
Nov. 10 vs. VAN: W, 4-3 (GDG-Mittelstadt)
Nov. 16 at WPG: W, 2-1 (GDG-Sheary)
Nov. 24 at DET: W, 3-2 (GDG-Reinhart)
Dec. 15 at WSH: L, 4-3 (GDG-Ovechkin)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Johan Larsson … 3 games … 300 career games played
Sam Reinhart … 6 games … 300 career games played
Zach Bogosian … 8 games … 600 career games played
Rasmus Ristolainen … 9 games … 400 career games played
Marco Scandella … 9 games … 500 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 1 goal … 212 goals with Sabres (sole possession, 11th in franchise history)
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 4 assists … 300 career assists
Matt Hunwick … 8 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Jason Pominville … 1 point … 511 points with Sabres (T-8th in franchise history) 

RECENT MILESTONES
C.J. Smith … 1st NHL goal … Jan. 8 vs. NJD
Lawrence Pilut … 1st NHL goal … Jan. 8 vs. NJD

Game Preview: 1/23/18 at EDM

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Monday, January 22
Buffalo 2 at Calgary 1 (OT)
Goals: Wilson, Eichel
Goalie: Johnson (32 saves/33 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 2/3; Shots: Buffalo 33 – Calgary 33

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 173)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Victor Antipin (illness, Dec. 29) – 10 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 4 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 4 games
Josh Gorges (illness, Jan. 22) –1 game
Nathan Beaulieu (undisclosed, Jan. 23; injured reserve) – 0 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/17: Recalled D Casey Nelson from Rochester (AHL)
1/18: Activated D Victor Antipin from IR
1/19: Recalled F Nicholas Baptiste from Rochester (AHL); Placed D Zach Bogosian on IR
1/23: Recalled D Matt Tennyson from Rochester (AHL); Placed D Nathan Beaulieu on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Jan. 25: Buffalo at Vancouver, 10 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 30: New Jersey at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 1: Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 3: St. Louis at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 6: Anaheim at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at OILERS

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Oilers this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Edmonton 3-1 in Buffalo on Nov. 24
  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Oilers; 5-4-1 on the road.
  • This is the 75th game all-time between Buffalo and Edmonton; Buffalo has a 25-38-11 series record.
  • The Sabres are 10-23-3 on the road against the Oilers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-8-3 all-time on January 23.
  • January 23, 1984: The Sabres wrap up a franchise-record 10-game winning streak on the way to an 11-0-2 January with a 5-3 win at Boston.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game continues a three-game Pacific Division road trip for the Sabres, which began with a 2-1 overtime win last night at Calgary. It wraps up on Thursday night in Vancouver.
  • Buffalo is 10-4-1 with a plus-19 goal differential (51-32) in their last 15 games against Edmonton.
  • With a win tonight, the Sabres will have defeated the Oilers in four straight meetings for the first time since Buffalo won each of the six matchups between the teams from Jan. 16, 2006 to Jan. 3, 2012.

STRIKING OIL

  • Kyle Okposo has tallied 12 points (7+5) in 11 career games against Edmonton.
  • Robin Lehner is 3-1-1 in five career games against the Oilers with a .940 save percentage and a 1.78 goals-against average.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 23 points (9+14) in his last 21 games against the Oilers, including seven (3+4) in four games since joining the Sabres.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 10 points (2+8) in eight career games against the Oilers, including multi-point outings in each of his last three meetings with Edmonton.
  • Evander Kane has recorded two points in each of his last two meetings with the Oilers.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel enters tonight’s game on a six-game point streak, with 10 points (4+6) in those games.
    • Eichel’s streak ties as the fifth-longest active streak in the NHL, one behind a four-way tie for the longest (Jamie Benn, Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Huberdeau, Alexander Radulov).
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded six points (2+4) in his six games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 10 points (3+7) in his last 10 games, dating back to Dec. 29, despite getting a game misconduct after just 5:43 of ice time in one of those games. Ristolainen’s 10 points during that span rank third among NHL defensemen.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded seven points (2+5) in his last five games.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s 11th of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 2-1 overtime win at Calgary. The Sabres are 4-7-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-6-2 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 (5), one point (2) and zero points (3).

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 21 points (11+10) in his last 15 games, dating back to Dec. 15.
  • Eichel ranks in the top 10 in the league in goals (T-3rd, 11), points (T-4th, 21), even-strength goals (T-1st, 10), even-strength points (T-7th, 15) and shots (2nd, 70) during that stretch.
  • Eichel scored at least two goals in four of those 15 games and is tied for fifth in the league with four multi-goal games this season, just two off the league lead.

I LIKE EICH

  • Jack Eichel is currently on pace to shatter his personal bests in goals (24), assists (33) and points (57) on the strength of improved production at even strength (8th in NHL in ES goals, T-9th in ES points).
  • With his 17th even-strength goal in his 44th game of the season on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus, Eichel surpassed his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games).
  • Eichel’s 34th even-strength point in his 47th game of the season on Jan. 23 at Calgary surpassed his total from last season (61 games). He is now just one shy of his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games).

Jack Eichel’s Production by Season

Season GP G A PTS ES G ES A ES P
2015-16 81 24 32 56 16 19 35
2016-17 61 24 33 57 14 19 33
2017-18 47 19 26 45 18 16 34
2017-18 (Pace) 82 33 45 79 31 28 59

 

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

  • Of Jack Eichel’s 45 points so far this season, 23 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes 6-on-5 situations).
  • Through 47 games, Eichel’s 23 primary points (12+11) during 5-on-5 play have already surpassed his 61-game total from last season (11+10) and are just one shy of his total from his 81-game rookie season (12+12).

*All primary point stats via NaturalStatTrick.com

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings)

  • Eichel: 167 S (8th), 18 EVG (8th), 34 EVP (T-9th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 3 SHP (T-5th), 187 S (5th)
  • O’Reilly: 684 FOW (1st), 61.5% FO% (1st), 1,113 FO (2nd)
  • Ristolainen: 26:17 TOI/GP (4th)

BUF-EDM CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Buffalo drafted Andrej Sekera in third round (71st overall) of the 2004 NHL Draft and he went on to play seven seasons in blue and gold. The defenseman had 92 points (17+75) and a plus-6 rating in 339 games for the Sabres.
  • Drafted by the Sabres in the first round (13th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft, Zack Kassian played in 27 games for the Sabres during the 2011-12 season. He had seven points (3+4) in 27 games.

Former Oilers:

  • Benoit Pouliot was an Oiler for three seasons from 2014-2017. He posted 84 points (41+43) in 180 games during his time in Edmonton.

Justin Falk:

  • He and Cam Talbot were both members of the New York Rangers during the 2013-14 season.

Josh Gorges:

  • Teammates with Michael Cammalleri for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2012.

Chad Johnson:

  • Played with Milan Lucic for the Boston Bruins during the 2013-14 season.
  • Teammates with Ryan Strome for the New York Islanders during the 2014-15 season.

Evander Kane:

  • He and Milan Lucic were both born in Vancouver, British Columbia. They were also teammates for the Vancouver Giants (WHL) during the 2006-07 season.

Jordan Nolan:

  • Teammates with Milan Lucic for the Los Angeles Kings during the 2015-16 season.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Teammates with Ryan Strome for the New York Islanders from 2013-2016.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with Michael Cammalleri for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2011.
  • Played with Milan Lucic for the Boston Bruins during the 2011-12 season.
  • He and Cam Talbot were both members of the New York Rangers during the 2013-14 season.

International Teammates:

  • 2010 World Championship (Canada): Evander Kane and Kris Russell.
  • 2014 World Junior Championship (Canada): Sam Reinhart and Connor McDavid.
  • 2015 World Junior Championship (Canada): Sam Reinhart, Connor McDavid and Darnell Nurse.
  • 2016 World Championship (Canada): Ryan O’Reilly, Sam Reinhart, Connor McDavid and Cam Talbot.
  • 2016 World Cup (North America): Jack Eichel and Connor McDavid.

NHL Draft:

  • Jason Pominville (55th overall) and Michael Cammalleri (49th overall) were both selected in the second round of the 2001 NHL Draft.
  • Evander Kane (4th overall by Atlanta) and Zack Kassian (13th overall by Buffalo) were both selected in the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) was taken one pick after Darnell Nurse (7th overall) in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) was taken one pick before Leon Draisaitl (3rd overall) in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.
  • Jack Eichel (2nd overall) and Connor McDavid (1st overall) were the top two picks in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (106), McCabe (102), Kane (94)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (72), Scandella (72), Ristolainen (61)
Shots: Kane (187), Eichel (167), O’Reilly (119)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 3-5-2 (8), 26/36, 5/36, 29/35
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 20/35, 5/28, 23/27
21-30: 2-6-2 (6), 18/31, 2/32, 24/32
31-40: 3-3-4 (9), 22/27, 3/22, 21/26
41-50: 2-6-0 (4), 19/34, 5/25, 13/22

OVERTIME RESULTS (3-8; 111-119 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron)
Oct. 21 at BOS: W, 5-4 (GWG-O’Reilly)
Nov. 11 at MTL: L, 2-1 (GWG-Pacioretty)
Nov. 14 at PIT: L, 5-4 (GWG-Sheary)
Dec. 8 at CHI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Forsling)
Dec. 10 at STL: L, 3-2 (GWG-Tarasenko)
Dec. 15 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Slavin)
Dec. 27 at NYI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barzal)
Dec. 29 at NJD: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen)
Jan. 1 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Miller)
Jan. 22 at CGY: W, 2-1 (GWG-Eichel)

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Wins
Buffalo Sabres … 1 home win … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Benoit Pouliot … 4 games … 600 career games played
Assists
Jack Eichel … 9 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Zemgus Girgensons … 7 points … 100 career points
Ryan O’Reilly … 8 points … 400 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Robin Lehner … 200th NHL game … Jan. 18 at NY Rangers
Rasmus Ristolainen … 100 NHL assists … Jan. 20 vs. Dallas

Post-Game Report: 11/24 vs. Edmonton

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Oilers
(8-13-2)
0 0 1 1 30
Sabres
(6-13-4)
0 1 2 3 31

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • With tonight’s win, the Sabres have defeated the Oilers in three straight meetings for the first time since Buffalo won each of the six matchups between the teams from Jan. 16, 2006 to Jan. 3, 2012.
  • The Sabres are now 10-4-1 with a plus-19 goal differential (51-32) in their last 15 games against the Oilers.
  • Jacob Josefson’s goal tonight was his first as a member of the Sabres. He now has a point in consecutive games (1+1) after missing 15 games due to a lower-body injury.
  • Kyle Okposo, who scored an empty-net goal and earned an assist on Josefson’s goal, now has 12 points (7+5) in 11 career games against the Oilers.
  • Jack Eichel’s goal gave him goals in consecutive games and extended his point streak to three games (2+1).
  • Evander Kane recorded assist on Buffalo’s last two goals, extending his point streak to four games (2+3) for the second time this month.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen also assisted Buffalo’s second and third goals, giving him 10 points (2+8) in eight career games against Edmonton.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Oilers Brossoit L .933 2.07
Sabres Lehner W .967 1.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Oilers Brossoit 0-3-1 .881 3.31
Sabres Lehner 5-9-2 .907 2.94

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres Head Coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo

Sabres forward Jacob Josefson

Oilers head coach Todd McLellan

Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

Oilers forward Mark Letestu

Oilers goaltender Laurent Brossoit