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Post-Game Report: 10/11 vs. Florida

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Panthers
(1-2-1)
0 0 2 0 0 2 43
Sabres
(4-0-1)
0 1 1 0 1 3 32

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • With tonight’s win, the Sabres are 4-0-1 through five games. It’s the first time Buffalo has started a season with points in five straight games since the team went 4-0-1 through its first five games of the 2009-10 season.
  • Buffalo has also begun the season with wins in each of the team’s first three home games for the first time since the 2008-09 season.
  • The Sabres went 4-for-4 on the penalty kill tonight. They have now killed each of their last six penalties.
  • Linus Ullmark, who earned the shootout win tonight, has the sixth-best career shootout save percentage (15-for-18, .833) of any NHL goaltender with at least 15 shots faced in shootouts.
  • With his goal tonight, Johan Larsson now has a point in each of his last two games against the Panthers.
  • Zemgus Girgensons notched two assists tonight to record the 19th two-point game of his career. He now has three assists in his last two games against Florida.
  • With primary assists on both of the team’s goals tonight, Kyle Okposo registered his first two-assist game since Nov. 19 at Pittsburgh.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Panthers Bobrovsky OTL .938 1.90
Sabres Ullmark W .953 1.85
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Panthers Bobrovsky 1-2-1 .882 3.87
Sabres Ullmark 1-0-1 .931 2.86

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger

Sabres forward Johan Larsson

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo

Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons

Sabres forward Casey Mittelstadt

Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark

Panthers head coach Joel Quenneville

Panthers forward Mike Hoffman

Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky

Game Preview: 10/11/19 vs. Florida

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Wednesday, October 9
Montreal 4 at Buffalo 5 (OT)
Goals: Eichel (2), Olofsson, Skinner, Johansson
Goalie: Hutton (23 saves/27 shots)
PP: 2/5; PK: 2/3; Shots: Buffalo 39 – Montreal 27

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 17)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (hip, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 4 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 4 games
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (hip; Oct. 3, injured reserve) – 4 games
Brandon Montour (hand, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 4 games
Conor Sheary (upper body, Oct. 9) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
Monday, Oct. 14: Dallas at Buffalo, 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 16: Buffalo at Anaheim, 10 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 17: Buffalo at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 19: Buffalo at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 22: San Jose at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
PANTHERS at SABRES

  • This is the first of four meetings between the Sabres and Panthers this season.
  • Last meeting: Florida defeated Buffalo 4-2 in Florida on Feb. 19.
  • Next meeting: Sunday, Nov. 24 in Florida
  • The Sabres are 2-7-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Panthers; 4-6-0 at home.
  • This is the 101st game all-time between Buffalo and Florida; Buffalo has a 49-42-9 series record.
  • The Sabres are 28-19-4 at home against the Panthers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-5-3 all-time on October 11.
  • October 11, 1979: Lindy Ruff scores in his first NHL game, a 6-3 win vs. Washington, becoming the first Sabres defenseman ever to score in his NHL debut.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 3-0-1 through four games. It’s the first time Buffalo has started a season with points in four straight games since the team went 4-0-1 through its first five games of the 2009-10 season.
  • Buffalo is looking to start the season with wins in each of the team’s first three home games for the first time since the 2008-09 season.
  • Through four games, the Sabres have already gotten points from 14 different players this season. Rasmus Dahlin (1+6), Victor Olofsson (4+1) and Sam Reinhart (2+3) have all tallied at least a point in each of the team’s first four contests.

HOT AGAINST FLORIDA

  • Sam Reinhart has 18 points (9+9) in 17 career games against the Panthers, including six multi-point games and points in each of the last seven meetings (4+6). His career output of 1.06 points per game against Florida is his best against any NHL team.
  • Jeff Skinner has recorded 11 points (8+3) in his last nine games against Florida, including points in all four of last season’s matchups (4+2).
  • Jack Eichel has tallied at least a point in each of his last four meetings with the Panthers, totaling five points (1+4) in those games.
  • Vladimir Sobotka has totaled eight points (1+7) in 10 matchups with Florida dating back to the beginning of the 2010-11 season, including a point in each of his last two (1+1).
  • Carter Hutton is 2-1-0 in four career appearances against the Panthers with a .933 save percentage and a 2.03 goals-against average.

VIC-O MODE

  • Victor Olofsson enters tonight’s game on a career-best four-game point streak after tallying five points (4+1) through Buffalo’s first four games.
  • With goals in each of Buffalo’s last three contests, Olofsson enters tonight’s game with a chance to become the first Sabres rookie to tally a goal in four straight games since Donald Audette scored in five straight as a rookie from Nov. 8 to 20, 1991.
  • All four of Olofsson’s goals this season have come on the power play, tying him for the league lead in power-play goals entering play Thursday. He also led all rookies in goals (4), points (5) and shots (13), and led rookie forwards in ice time per game (18:28).
  • Since he made his NHL debut on March 28, 2019 vs. Detroit, no NHL player has scored more power-play goals than Olofsson’s six in 10 games played. He has tied an NHL record by becoming the fourth player in NHL history to score each of his first four career goals with a man advantage, joining Craig Norwich, Sylvain Turgeon and Jeff Norton.

RAS, SHOOT, SCORE

  • Rasmus Dahlin entered play Thursday tied for first in the league with six assists and tied for third with seven points this season.
  • His seven points through Buffalo’s first four games are the most ever recorded by a teenage defenseman through his team’s first four contests to begin an NHL season.
  • Dahlin’s current four-game point streak leaves him one game shy of his career-best mark set from Jan. 8 to 16, 2019 (1+5), and he has now tallied at least a point in six straight games dating back to last season. With a point tonight, he would tie Drew Doughty (2009-10) and Larry Murphy (1980-81) for the longest season-opening point streaks ever recorded by a teenage defenseman (5 games).
  • He is also one game from tying his personal-best four-game assist streak, which he set in November last season before tying it in January and again in March.

PLAYING WITH POWER

  • The Sabres entered play Thursday with the second-ranked power play in the league, converting on a league-high eight of their 15 power plays this season (53.3%).
  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, Buffalo also ranked among the league’s leaders in shot generation with the man advantage, averaging 2.94 shots (2nd) and 4.41 shot attempts (2nd) per two minutes of power-play time.
  • With two power-play goals in each of their last three games, the Sabres have scored multiple power-play tallies in three straight games for the first time since March 4 to 7, 2009. With two or more power-play goals tonight, they would stretch that streak to four games for the first time since they went five games with multiple power-play goals from Feb. 21 to March 1, 1996.

LET’S GET DANGEROUS

  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, the Sabres ranked second in the league entering play Thursday with a high-danger scoring chance percentage of 67.39%, out-chancing their opponents 31-15 in high-danger situations at 5-on-5 through the team’s first four games.*
  • By this metric, Jeff Skinner leads all Sabres with six high-danger scoring chances during 5-on-5 play. Skinner tied for ninth in the league with 94 high-danger scoring chances last season.

*A complete definition of scoring chances can be found at http://naturalstattrick.com/glossary.php?teams.

WELCOME TO BUFFALO
The Sabres had five new players on their opening-night roster this season:

Player, Pos. How Acquired Pronunciation Notes
John Gilmour, D Free Agency GIHL-mohr Finished 2018-19 ranked second among AHL defensemen in goals (20) and points (54), earning AHL First-Team All-Star honors.
Marcus Johansson, LW Free Agency joh-HAN-suhn Totaled 30 points (13+17) in 58 games with New Jersey and Boston in 2018-19, adding 11 points (4+7) in 22 playoff games for the Bruins.
Henri Jokiharju, D Trade (CHI) yoh-kee-HAHR-yoo Recorded 12 assists in 38 NHL games as a rookie with Chicago in 2018-19.
Colin Miller, D Trade (VGK) MIH-luhr In two seasons with Vegas (2017-18 and 2018-19), led all Golden Knights defensemen in assists (57) and points (70).
Jimmy Vesey, LW Trade (NYR) VEE-see Has scored 43 of his 50 career goals at even strength and ranked third among Rangers skaters with 31 even-strength points in 2018-19.

2019-20 ROSTER NOTES
Of the 22 players on Buffalo’s roster:

  • Nine were originally drafted by the Sabres — six were first-round selections (Girgensons, 2012; Ristolainen, 2013; Reinhart, 2014; Eichel, 2015; Mittelstadt, 2017; Dahlin, 2018), one was a second-round pick (McCabe, 2012), one was a sixth-round pick (Ullmark, 2012) and one was a seventh-round pick (Olofsson, 2014).
  • Eight were acquired in trades: Jokiharju, Larsson, Miller, Scandella, Sheary, Skinner, Sobotka, Vesey
  • Five were signed as free agents: Gilmour, Hutton, Johansson, Okposo, Rodrigues
  • Seventeen played in Buffalo at some point last season: Dahlin, Eichel, Girgensons, Hutton, Larsson, McCabe, Mittelstadt, Okposo, Olofsson, Reinhart, Ristolainen, Rodrigues, Scandella, Sheary, Skinner, Sobotka, Ullmark
  • Five are new to the Sabres this season: Gilmour, Johansson, Jokiharju, Miller, Vesey

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

  • Buffalo Sabres: 18 GF (1st), 53.3% PP% (2nd), 7 PTS (2nd), 3 W (T-2nd)
  • Dahlin: 6 A (T-1st), 5 PPP (T-1st), 7 PTS (T-3rd)
  • Eichel: 5 PPP (T-1st), 79 FO (2nd), 7 PTS (T-3rd), 2 PPG (T-3rd), 41 FOW (T-3rd), 16 S (T-7th), 3 G (T-8th), 4 A (T-9th)
  • Johansson: 1 OTG (T-1st), 1 GWG (T-2nd)
  • McCabe: 11 BkS (T-1st)
  • Miller: plus-4 (T-8th)
  • Okposo: 1 GWG (T-2nd)
  • Olofsson: 4 PPG (T-1st), 4 PPP (T-3rd), 4 G (T-4th)
  • Ristolainen: 12 hits (T-10th)
  • Sheary: 1 GWG (T-2nd)
  • Skinner: 18 S (4th), 3 G (T-8th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (12), Sobotka (11), McCabe (8)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (11), Jokiharju (6), Ristolainen/Scandella (5)
Shots: Skinner (18), Eichel (16), Olofsson (13)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 3-0-1 (7), 18/11, 8/15, 9/13

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-1; 121-129 all-time)
Oct. 7 at CBJ: L, 4-3 (GWG-Texier, 2:08)
Oct. 9 vs. MTL: W, 5-4 (GWG-Johansson, 1:30)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-0; 75-69 all-time)
N/A

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Marcus Johansson … 8 games … 600 career games played
Carter Hutton … 9 games … 200 career games played
Assists
Jeff Skinner … 1 assist … 200 career assists
Points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 5 points … 200 career points
Jimmy Vesey … 10 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Game Preview: 2/19/19 at Florida

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Sunday, February 17
Buffalo 1 at New Jersey 4
Goals: Reinhart
Goalie: Hutton (20 saves/23 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 0/3; PK: 1/2; Shots: Buffalo 35 – New Jersey 24

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 191)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Casey Nelson (upper body, Dec. 8) – 28 games
Marco Scandella (upper body, Feb. 17; injured reserve) – 1 game
Kyle Okposo (concussion, Feb. 17) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/17: Recalled D Casey Nelson from his conditioning assignment in Rochester (AHL)
2/19: Activated D Casey Nelson from IR; Placed D Marco Scandella on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Feb. 21: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 23: Washington at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 25: Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 26: Buffalo at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Friday, March 1: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at PANTHERS

  • This is the fourth and final meeting between the Sabres and Panthers this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Florida 4-3 in Buffalo on Jan. 3.
  • The Sabres are 2-6-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Panthers; 1-7-1 on the road.
  • This is the 100th game all-time between Buffalo and Florida; Buffalo has a 49-41-9 series record.
  • The Sabres are 21-22-5 on the road against the Panthers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 13-10-2 all-time on February 19.
  • February 19, 1984: Dave Andreychuk records his 100th NHL point and Bill Hajt scores the 4,000th goal in franchise history in a 5-2 win vs. Hartford.
  • February 19, 1991: Christian Ruuttu scores the 6,000th goal in franchise history.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are seeking their first win at Florida since Nov. 12, 2015. A win tonight would give them wins in consecutive matchups with the Panthers for the first time since they won three straight in 2011.
  • Sam Reinhart has 17 points (9+8) in 16 career games against the Panthers, including six multi-point games and points in each of the last six meetings (4+5). His 1.06 points per game against Florida represent his best per-game output against any NHL team.
  • Jeff Skinner has recorded 10 points (8+2) in his last eight games against Florida.
  • Conor Sheary has totaled eight points (2+6) in seven games against the Panthers since the beginning of the 2016-17 season.
  • Carter Hutton is 2-1-0 in four career appearances against the Panthers with a .933 save percentage and a 2.03 goals-against average.
  • The Panthers join the Canadiens as one of two opponents Jack Eichel has yet to score a goal against. Eichel has recorded 13 points (3+10) in his last 12 games entering tonight’s contest.
  • Jeff Skinner has totaled eight points (5+3) in his last eight games.
  • Zemgus Girgensons is expected to appear in his 400th NHL game tonight.

DYNAMIC DUO

  • Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner have both recorded a point on the same goal 27 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 88 of the team’s 164 goals this season (53.7%).

SKINNER, SKINNER, CHICKEN DINNER

  • Jeff Skinner, who scored his 35th and 36th goals of the season on Friday vs. NY Rangers, is now the first Sabres player to score 35 or more goals since Thomas Vanek scored 40 during the 2008-09 season.
  • It was Skinner’s eighth multi-goal game of the season, tying his previous career high (2016-17). He is the first player to record at least eight multi-goal games in a season for Buffalo since Vanek recorded 10 in 2008-09.

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel recorded his 44th assist of the season on Sunday vs. New Jersey. He is the first Sabres player to record at least 44 assists in a season since Tim Connolly recorded 48 in 2009-10.
  • Entering play Monday, Eichel’s 43 assists tied for 12th-most in the league and his 32 even-strength assists ranked 10th.
  • Eichel is currently on pace for 46 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.

RISING IN THE RECORD BOOKS

  • Jason Pominville is expected to appear in his 713th regular-season game with the Sabres tonight, which would pass Alexei Zhitnik for sole possession of eighth-most regular-season games played by a Sabre.
  • With a goal on Feb. 7 vs. Carolina, Jason Pominville moved past Mike Foligno into eighth place in franchise history with his 512th point as a member of the Sabres. He currently trails Don Luce by 12 points for seventh-most.
  • Pominville is also just two goals from tying Luce for 10th-most goals in Sabres history and 10 assists behind Luce for seventh-most in franchise history.

DAH-LEAN ON ME

  • Entering play Monday, Rasmus Dahlin led rookie defensemen and ranked second among all NHL rookies with in both points (32) and assists (26).
  • With 32 points (6+26) through 58 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 45 points this season. It would trail only Phil Housley (57 points in 1982-83) for the most ever recorded by a defenseman before his 19th birthday.
  • With six multi-point games so far this season, Dahlin has recorded more multi-point games as an 18-year-old than all but two defensemen in NHL history: Phil Housley (13) and Bobby Orr (8).

SAM I AM
Sam Reinhart has already set career-high totals in points (51), assists (37) and multi-point games (15) this season. The Sabres are 20-10-5 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 29-4-7 (.813) 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 55 18 44 62 14 32 46
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 79 26 63 89 20 46 66
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 58 36 17 53 28 13 41
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 51 24 75 40 18 58
               
Reinhart Career High (2017-18) 82 25 25 50 13 16 29
Reinhart 2018-19 58 14 37 51 13 27 40
Reinhart 2018-19 (Pace) 82 20 52 72 18 38 57

MAKING HISTORY

  • At his current pace, Jack Eichel would finish the season with the fifth-most even-strength points ever recorded by a Sabre, trailing only Pat LaFontaine (83) and Alexander Mogilny (78) in 1992-93, and Gilbert Perreault in 1975-76 (70) and 1979-80 (68).
  • Eichel is one point off of the pace to become the first Sabres player to record at least 90 points since Daniel Briere (95) in 2006-07 and would trail only LaFontaine’s franchise-record 52 even-strength assists in 1992-93.
  • Jeff Skinner is on pace to log the seventh 50-goal season in Sabres history and the first since 1992-93 (Mogilny and LaFontaine). His 40 even-strength goals would be the fourth-most in team history behind only Mogilny’s even-strength total from 1992-93 (49), Rick Martin’s 44 in 1973-74 and Danny Gare’s 41 in 1975-76.

SCORING WHEN IT COUNTS

  • Jeff Skinner’s seven game-winning goals tied for second-most in the NHL this season entering play Monday. 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 2/18 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 81.7% PK% (10th)
  • Eichel: 2 OTG (T-8th), 215 S (10th), 32 EVA (10th)
  • Ristolainen: 25:00 TOI/GP (9th)
  • Skinner: 36 G (2nd), 28 EVG (2nd), 7 GWG (T-2nd), 3 OTG (T-3rd)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (170), Girgensons (93), McCabe (78)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (90), Bogosian (89), McCabe (78)
Shots: Eichel (215), Skinner (189), Ristolainen (145)

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: 3-4-1 (7), 23/32, 6/22, 12/15

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-6; 119-127 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)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (4-1; 74-67 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)
Feb. 5 vs. MIN: W, 5-4 (GDG-Reinhart)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Zemgus Girgensons … 1 game … 400 career games played
Jason Pominville … 1 game … 713 games with Sabres (sole possession, 8th in franchise history)
Tage Thompson … 9 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 2 goals … 213 goals with Sabres (T-10th in franchise history)
Jack Eichel … 9 goals … 100 career goals
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 3 assists … 300 career assists
Matt Hunwick … 8 assists … 100 career assists
Jeff Skinner … 8 assists … 200 career assists
Jason Pominville … 10 assists … 300 assists with Sabres (T-7th in franchise history)
Points
Sam Reinhart … 9 points … 200 career points 

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Post-Game Report: 1/3 vs. Florida

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Panthers
(17-6-6)
0 1 2 3 38
Sabres
(22-13-6)
2 0 2 4 33

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • With tonight’s win, the Sabres improved to 8-4-3 against the Atlantic Division this season, including a 5-2-2 record at home. The team also improved to 13-5-3 at home this season.
  • The Sabres are now 12-3-6 in one-goal games so far this season. Buffalo last won more than half of its one-goal games in a season in 2011-12 (21-9-11).
  • Jeff Skinner’s first goal of the night was his 27th goal of the season, moving him into sole possession of second place in the NHL in goals this season. His second goal was his seventh game-winner of the season, tying him for the NHL lead.
    • Skinner now has 10 points (8+2) in his last eight games against the Panthers.
  • Sam Reinhart recorded his third consecutive two-point game (1+1) against the Panthers. He now has points in each of the last six meetings between the clubs, totaling nine points (4+5) in those contests.
    • With 17 points (9+8) in 16 career games against Florida, Reinhart has more points per game against the Panthers than any other team.
    • Reinhart’s assist on Skinner’s first goal was his 31st of the 2018-19 season, establishing a new career high in his 41st game of the season.
    • Buffalo improved to 17-5-4 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 28-4-6 in his career when he records at least two.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Panthers Luongo L .879 4.18
Sabres Ullmark W .921 3.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Panthers Luongo 8-8-1 .896 3.24
Sabres Ullmark 9-1-3 .922 2.74

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Tage Thompson

Sabres forward Jeff Skinner

Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark

Panthers head coach Bob Boughner

Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov

Panthers forward Mike Hoffman

Game Preview: 1/3/19 vs. Florida

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Monday, December 31
NY Islanders 3 at Buffalo 1
Goals: Okposo
Goalie: Hutton (30 saves/32 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 1/2; PK: 2/2; Shots: Buffalo 40 – NY Islanders 33

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 158)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 40 games
Casey Nelson (upper body, Dec. 8; injured reserve) – 11 games
Zemgus Girgensons (upper body, Dec. 29; injured reserve) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
12/29: Recalled G Scott Wedgewood from Rochester (AHL); Activated F Jason Pominville from IR; Placed F Zemgus Girgensons on IR
12/30: Assigned G Scott Wedgewood to Rochester (AHL)
12/31: Recalled F C.J. Smith from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Jan. 5: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 8: New Jersey at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 11: Buffalo at Carolina, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 12: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 14: Buffalo at Edmonton, 9 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
PANTHERS at SABRES

  • This is the third of four meetings between the Sabres and Panthers this season.
  • Last meeting: Florida defeated Buffalo 5-2 in Buffalo on Dec. 18, 2018
  • Next meeting: Thursday, Feb. 19 in Florida
  • The Sabres are 2-6-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Panthers; 3-7-0 at home.
  • This is the 99th game all-time between Buffalo and Florida; Buffalo has a 48-41-9 series record.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-5-5 all-time on January 3.
  • January 3, 1974: Rick Martin opens the scoring and then scores twice more to earn his fifth career hat trick as the Sabres dispatch the Penguins 6-1.
  • January 3, 1993: Alexander Mogilny scores twice (and assists on Brad May’s overtime goal), stretching his goal streak to eight games to tie a franchise record.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 7-4-3 against the Atlantic Division this season, including a 4-2-2 record at home.
  • Buffalo entered play Wednesday ranked fifth in the NHL with a penalty kill percentage of 83.8 percent this season and ranked first during the month of December with a 91.7 percent success rate.
  • Jack Eichel’s 18 multi-point games this season tied him for second-most in the league entering play Wednesday and have already matched his single-season high.
  • With no wins in their last seven games against Florida, Buffalo needs a win tonight to avoid the team’s first-ever eight-game winless streak against the Panthers.
  • Sam Reinhart has 15 points (8+7) in 15 career games against the Panthers, including five multi-point games and points in each of the last five meetings (3+4). His point-per-game rate against Florida ties his output against Nashville (6+1 in 7 GP) for his best against any NHL team.
  • Jeff Skinner has recorded eight points (6+2) in his last seven games against Florida.
  • Carter Hutton is 2-1-0 in four career appearances against the Panthers with a .933 save percentage and a 2.03 goals-against average.

HOME COOKING
Buffalo enters tonight’s game with a 12-5-3 (.675) record at home. The team’s .675 points percentage at home is tied for ninth in the NHL before Wednesday’s games and would tie as the Sabres’ 11th-best home record ever, and  would be their best since the 1989-90 season (27-11-2, .700).

COMEBACK KIDS

  • The Sabres are 6-10-2 this season when trailing after two periods. Their six wins when trailing after 40 minutes ties for second-most in the league and their .333 win percentage in those games ranks 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.

NOT TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT

  • The Sabres are 11-3-6 in one-goal games so far this season. Buffalo last won more than half of its one-goal games in a season in 2011-12 (21-9-11).
  • The team’s current .550 winning percentage in one-goal games would be the 16th-best mark in franchise history and would be the Sabres’ best record in one-goal games since 2006-07 (25-9-7, .610).

WORKING OVERTIME

  • The Sabres are 8-6 in games that have been tied after regulation this season, including a 5-5 record in overtime and a 3-1 record in shootouts. Their five overtime wins have already matched their overtime win total from last season (5-10) and their three shootout wins are the team’s highest total since 2014-15 (8-5).
  • Jeff Skinner entered play Sunday tied for the league lead with three overtime goals this season. Skinner’s total through 35 games matches the Sabres’ single-season record shared by Daniel Briere (2006-07) and Derek Roy (2009-10) and ties him for 10th-most career overtime goals in franchise history.

SAM I AM

  • Sam Reinhart has recorded 35 points (8+27) in his last 32 games, including each of his career-high 12 multi-point games this season. His 30 assists this season have already matched his previous career high.
  • The Sabres are 16-5-4 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 27-4-6 (.811) in his career when he records at least two.

DAH-LEAN ON ME
Entering play Wednesday, Rasmus Dahlin led rookie defensemen and tied for third among all NHL rookies with 20 points (4+16) 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).
  • Only nine defensemen in NHL history have recorded more points before their 19th birthdays than Dahlin’s
  • Dahlin’s totals put him on pace for 41 points this season. It would rank as the eighth-most by a rookie defenseman since the 2005-06 season and would trail only Phil Housley (57 points in 1982-83) for most ever by a defenseman before his 19th birthday.

LEADING THE WAY

  • Since Jack Eichel, Jeff Skinner and Sam Reinhart began playing together on Nov. 13 vs. Tampa Bay, the Sabres have gone 12-7-4 and gotten a goal from at least one of the three in all but four of the team’s 23 games.
  • Each of the three has played at or near a point-per-game pace in the 23 games since they began playing together as a line:
    • Eichel: 30 points (11+19), plus-10 rating
    • Reinhart: 26 points (6+20), plus-9 rating
    • Skinner: 20 points (14+6), plus-5 rating
  • All three 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 40 15 34 49 11 25 36
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 82 31 70 100 23 51 74
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 40 26 13 39 20 9 29
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 53 27 80 41 18 59
               
Reinhart Career High (2017-18) 82 25 25 50 13 16 29
Reinhart 2018-19 40 8 31 38 7 21 28
Reinhart 2018-19 (Pace) 82 16 64 78 14 43 57

MAKING HISTORY

  • At his current pace, Jack Eichel would finish the season with the third-most even-strength points ever recorded by a Sabre, trailing only Pat LaFontaine (83) and Mogilny (78) in 1992-93, and would trail only LaFontaine’s franchise-record 52 even-strength assists that season. He would also become the first Sabre to record more than 95 points since the 1992-93 season (LaFontaine/Mogilny/Hawerchuk).
  • Jeff Skinner is currently on pace to tie for the third-most goals in Sabres history, trailing only Mogilny in 1992-93 (76) and Danny Gare in 1979-80 (56). His 41 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 most in team history.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 1/2 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 8% PK% (5th), 48 PTS (T-10th), 21 W (T-10th)
  • Eichel: 164 S (T-2nd), 25 EVA (T-5th), 34 A (T-7th), 36 EVP (T-8th)
  • Ristolainen: 125 hits (6th), 25:34 TOI/GP (6th)
  • Skinner: 3 OTG (T-1st), 26 G (T-2nd), 20 EVG (T-2nd), 6 GWG (T-2nd)

BUF-FLA CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Panthers Head Coach Bob Boughner played for the Sabres for three seasons (1995-1998), recording 13 points (2+11) in 177 games played.
  • Panthers D Mark Pysyk spent the first four years of his career (2012-2016) with the Sabres organization after being selected by Buffalo in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft. He recorded 26 points (5+21) in 125 games played with the team.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Won a bronze medal with Panthers F Jonathan Huberdeau and D Mark Pysyk while representing Canada at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Played with Panthers G Michael Hutchinson in Winnipeg.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played for Team North America with Panthers D Aaron Ekblad and F Vincent Trocheck at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Phil Housley:

  • Coached Panthers F Vincent Trocheck at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship. The duo won a gold medal together for the United States.

Matt Hunwick:

  • Played for the Rangers with Panthers D Keith Yandle.
  • Played with Panthers G James Reimer in Toronto.
  • Won a bronze medal for Team USA with Panthers F Nick Bjugstad at the 2017 IIHF World Championship.

Jake McCabe:

  • Won a gold medal for Team USA with Panthers F Vincent Trocheck at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Represented the United States with Panthers F Frank Vatrano at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for the Islanders with Panthers F Michael Haley.
  • Played with Panthers D Keith Yandle for Team USA at the 2010 IIHF World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Played for Team Canada with Panthers D Aaron Ekblad at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Won a gold medal with Panthers D Mike Matheson while representing Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Has represented Finland in international play with Panthers F Aleksander Barkov on three separate occasions: at the 2012 and 2013 IIHF World Junior Championships and at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Jeff Skinner:

  • Played for Team Canada with Panthers G James Reimer at the 2011 IIHF World Championship.
  • Won a silver medal with Panthers D Mike Matheson while representing Canada at the 2017 IIHF World Championship.

Steve Smith:

  • Was a scout for the Blackhawks when Panthers F Troy Brouwer was playing in Chicago.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (125), Girgensons (62), Okposo (50)
Blocked Shots: Bogosian (66), Ristolainen (66), McCabe (56)
Shots: Eichel (164), Skinner (122), Ristolainen (104)

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

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 … 8 games … 300 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 1 goal … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 5 assists … 300 career assists
Matt Hunwick … 8 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Jason Pominville … 3 points … 511 points with Sabres (T-8th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
Vladimir Sobotka … 500th NHL game … Dec. 31 vs. NYI