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Post-Game Report: 1/4 vs. Florida

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Panthers
(21-15-5)
0 0 2 2 34
Sabres
(19-17-7)
1 2 0 3 18

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • With wins in all three meetings this season, the Sabres have won three consecutive matchups with the Panthers for the first time since they won three straight from Feb. 10 to Oct. 20, 2011.
  • Sam Reinhart, who recorded two points today (1+1), now has nine points (3+6) in his last seven home games and 14 points (5+9) in his last 15 games overall.
  • In 20 career games against the Panthers, Reinhart has recorded 21 points (10+11), including 20 points (9+11) in the last 16 meetings. It’s his highest point total against any NHL team.
  • With two assists today, Marcus Johansson extended his point streak to four games (1+5). It’s his first four-game point streak since Jan. 19 to Feb. 2, 2019 (2+3).
  • Conor Sheary’s goal today gives him six points (4+2) in his last five home games. He now has a point (1+1) in each of his two games against the Panthers this season.
  • With an assist today, Jack Eichel has posted 11 points (2+9) in his last 11 matchups with the Panthers.
  • Go Bills.

 

Today’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision GA SA
Panthers Bobrovsky
Driedger
L
ND
3
0
7
11
Sabres Ullmark W 2 34
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Panthers Bobrovsky
Driedger
15-12-4
3-1-0
.895
.938
3.33
2.00
Sabres Ullmark 13-11-3 .911 2.83

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Sabres forward Marcus Johansson

Sabres forward Conor Sheary

Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark

Panthers head coach Joel Quenneville

Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov

Panthers defenseman Mike Matheson

Game Preview: 1/4/20 vs. Florida

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, January 2
Edmonton 2 at Buffalo 3 (OT)
Goals: Lazar, Reinhart, Eichel
Goalie: Ullmark (25 saves/27 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 1/1; Shots: Edmonton 27 – Buffalo 26

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 191)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 42 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 26 games
Tage Thompson (upper body, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 22 games
Jeff Skinner (upper body, Dec. 29; injured reserve) – 3 games
Victor Olofsson (lower body, Jan. 4) – 0 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
12/30: Signed F Dalton Smith to a one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000; Placed F Jeff Skinner on IR
1/2: Placed F Dalton Smith on waivers; Acquired a fourth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for D Marco Scandella; Acquired F Michael Frolik from the Calgary Flames in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft
1/3: Recalled F Scott Wilson from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Thursday, Jan. 16: Buffalo at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
PANTHERS at SABRES

  • This is the third of four meetings between the Sabres and Panthers this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Florida 5-2 in Florida on Nov. 24, 2019
  • Next meeting: Thursday, March 19 in Florida
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Panthers; 4-6-0 at home.
  • This is the 103rd game all-time between Buffalo and Florida; Buffalo has a 51-42-9 series record.
  • The Sabres are 29-19-4 at home against the Panthers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 6-8-3 all-time on January 4.
  • January 4, 1976: The Sabres defeat the Soviet Wings 12-6 in an international exhibition game at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, handing the Soviets the worst loss ever by a USSR squad in international play. The Sabres were one of only two teams from the NHL to defeat the Wings on their tour.
  • January 4, 1984: Real Cloutier scores his second hat trick in six days and Gilbert Perreault registers five assists as the Sabres roll to a 9-4 win at Winnipeg.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • With wins in their first two meetings of the season, the Sabres have multiple victories against the Panthers in a season for the first time since 2016-17. A win today would give Buffalo wins in three consecutive matchups with Florida for the first time since they won three straight from Feb. 10 to Oct. 20, 2011.
  • Sam Reinhart has 19 points (9+10) in 19 career games against the Panthers, including six multi-point games. It’s his highest point total against any NHL team and ties his rate against Nashville (6+3 in 9 GP) for his best career per-game output against any opponent.
  • Jack Eichel has posted 10 points (2+8) in his last 10 matchups with the Panthers, including the game-winner in the last game between the teams and the shootout winner in their first meeting of the season.
  • Zemgus Girgensons has recorded at least a point in each of his last three games against Florida, totaling five points (2+3) in those contests.
  • Johan Larsson (1+2) has also contributed a point in each of the Sabres’ last three games against the Panthers.
  • Conor Sheary has totaled nine points (2+7) in nine 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.
  • Linus Ullmark has posted a 4-2-1 record in seven career games against Florida with a .927 save percentage and a 2.81 goals-against average.
  • Rasmus Dahlin’s .62 points per game so far this season represent the best scoring rate by a Sabres defenseman since Brian Campbell (.68) in 2007-08.

HOME COOKING

  • The Sabres are 12-5-3 through their first 20 home games of the season. The team has totaled 27 points through its first 20 home games for the second consecutive season.
  • The team’s .675 points percentage at home ranked 10th in the NHL before Friday’s games. If they finished the season at this pace, it would tie as the Sabres’ 11th-best home record ever and would be their best since the 1989-90 season (27-11-2, .700).
  • With 33 points (19+14) in 20 home games this season, Jack Eichel’s 1.65 points per game at home tied for second in the league entering play Friday. His plus-19 rating at home led the league, with Colorado’s Ryan Graves ranking second at plus-15.
  • Sam Reinhart (8+10) is also producing near a point-per-game rate through 20 home games this season. Reinhart has totaled seven points (2+5) in his last six games at KeyBank Center.
  • Johan Larsson has recorded six points (1+5) and a plus-7 rating in his last six home games.
  • Conor Sheary has posted five points (3+2) and a plus-4 rating in his last four home games.
  • Linus Ullmark has won six of his last eight games at KeyBank Center, posting a .915 save percentage and a 2.64 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).
  • Entering play Friday, Eichel’s 25 goals ranked third among all NHL players and his 54 points ranked him eighth 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 25 games played since then, he has totaled 37 points (19+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 26 goals in 41 games so far this season, Jack Eichel is two goals from tying his previous best total set in the 2018-19 season.
  • Eichel’s output through 42 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.
  • Sam Reinhart’s 13 goals in 42 games put him on pace to tie his career-high goal total (25) from 2017-18.

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 15 multi-point games this season, tying for 11th-most in the NHL.
  • Entering play Friday, his six multi-goal games ranked second in the league and his eight multi-assist games tied for sixth-most.
  • Eichel has already recorded at least three points seven times this season, topping his previous career-high total (6) set in the 2016-17 season. Only Connor McDavid (9) and Leon Draisaitl (8) had more games with at least three points this season entering play Friday.
  • Eichel’s three games with at least four points this season tied for second-most in the league before Friday’s games. Since he entered the league in 2015-16, only nine players had totaled at least four points more times than Eichel’s eight: Nikita Kucherov (15), Patrick Kane (12), Connor McDavid (10), Johnny Gaudreau (9), Nathan MacKinnon (0), Brad Marchand (9), Alex Ovechkin (9), Artemi Panarin (9) and Steven Stamkos (9).

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 1/3 games)

  • Eichel: 19 EVG (2nd), 26 G (3rd), 37 EVP (T-4th), 5 GWG (T-6th), 54 PTS (8th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (T-5th)
  • Olofsson: 9 PPG (T-3rd)
  • Ristolainen: 132 hits (7th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (132), Girgensons (63), McCabe (60)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (60), Ristolainen (48), Jokiharju (37)
Shots: Eichel (142), Skinner (128), Olofsson (99)

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

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

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Conor Sheary … 3 games … 300 career games played
Goals
Kyle Okposo … 9 goals … 200 career goals
Points
Kyle Okposo … 5 points … 500 career points
Zach Bogosian … 7 points … 200 career points
Johan Larsson … 9 points … 100 career points 

RECENT MILESTONES
Dalton Smith … 1st NHL game … 12/31 vs. TBL
Sam Reinhart … 100th NHL goal … 1/2 vs. EDM

Game Preview: 11/24/19 at Florida

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, November 21
Buffalo 2 at Boston 3
Goals: Ristolainen, Montour
Goalie: Ullmark (24 saves/27 shots)
PP: 1/4; PK: 0/2; Shots: Buffalo 38 – Boston 27

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 99)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (hip, Oct. 3) – 22 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 22 games
Vladimir Sobotka (lower body, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 6 games
Marcus Johansson (upper body, Nov. 14; injured reserve) – 5 games
Kyle Okposo (concussion, Nov. 17; injured reserve) – 3 games
Tage Thompson (upper body, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/21: Activated D Zach Bogosian from IR; Placed F Tage Thompson on IR
11/22: Placed D John Gilmour on waivers
11/23: Assigned D John Gilmour to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Monday, Nov. 25: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 27: Calgary at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 29: Toronto at Buffalo, 4 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 30: Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 2: New Jersey at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at PANTHERS

  • This is the second of four meetings between the Sabres and Panthers this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Florida 3-2 in Buffalo on Oct. 11
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Jan. 4 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 2-7-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Panthers; 1-7-2 on the road.
  • This is the 102nd game all-time between Buffalo and Florida; Buffalo has a 50-42-9 series record.
  • The Sabres are 21-23-5 on the road against the Panthers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-9-3 all-time on November 24.a
  • November 24, 1974: Bill Hajt scores his first NHL goal, and the Sabres and Canadiens combine for 154 penalty minutes, as Buffalo defeats Montreal 6-4 at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium.
  • November 24, 1986: Gilbert Perreault announces his retirement from the NHL and Lindy Ruff is selected to serve as the sixth captain in franchise history.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • A win tonight would give Buffalo multiple victories against Florida in a season for the first time since 2016-17. The Sabres would have wins in consecutive meetings between the teams for the first time since they won three straight from Feb. 10 to Oct. 20, 2011.
  • Jack Eichel has seven multi-point games this season, tying for 14th-most in the league entering play Saturday night. His three multi-goal games tied for fifth-most, leaving him two shy of the league lead.
  • All eight of Jeff Skinner’s goals this season have come during 5-on-5 play. According to NaturalStatTrick.com, he is tied for ninth-most in the league entering play Saturday night.

HOT AGAINST FLORIDA

  • Sam Reinhart has 18 points (9+9) in 18 career games against the Panthers, including six multi-point games. His career point-per-game output against Florida is his best rate against any NHL team and his nine goals tie his output against Tampa Bay as his highest total against any opponent.
  • Jeff Skinner has recorded 11 points (8+3) in his last 10 games against Florida.
  • Conor Sheary has totaled eight points (2+6) in eight games against the Panthers since the beginning of the 2016-17 season.
  • Jack Eichel has posted five points (1+4) in his last five meetings with the Panthers, including the shootout winner in the last game between the teams.
  • Zemgus Girgensons has tallied three assists in his last two games against Florida. Johan Larsson (1+1) has also contributed a point in both of the Sabres’ last two games against the Panthers.
  • 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.

A STRONG START

  • With 13 goals in 22 games so far this season, Jack Eichel is already nearly halfway to his previous best goal total (28), set in the 2018-19 season.
  • Eichel’s output through 22 games currently has him on pace to finish the season with 48 goals and 97 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.
  • Sam Reinhart’s eight goals through 22 games put him on pace for a career-high total (30).

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

ONE BUFFALO

  • The Sabres and the Buffalo Bills are playing on the same day for the second of five times this season after doing so three times last season.
  • The teams have played on the same date 221 times, with both teams winning their respective games on 49 of those days.
  • The Sabres are 118-69-34 when playing on a Bills game day and the Bills enter this game 94-125-2 on those dates.
  • The last time the Sabres and Bills both won on the same date was Dec. 16, 2018.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 11/23 games)

  • Eichel: 444 FO (5th), 13 G (T-7th), 1 OTG (T-8th), 9 EVG (T-10th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (T-1st)
  • Johansson: 1 OTG (T-8th)
  • Olofsson: 6 PPG (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 75 hits (T-5th)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-8th)

BUF-FLA CONNECTIONS

  • Panthers defenseman Mark Pysyk was the Sabres’ first-round selection (23rd overall) in the 2010 NHL draft. He played four seasons (2012-13 to 2015-16) in Buffalo, totaling 26 points (5+21) in 125 games.
  • Sabres forward Jack Eichel, Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad and Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck all played for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
  • Sabres forward Jack Eichel and Panthers forward Frank Vatrano were teammates on the United States National Team at the 2019 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres forward Curtis Lazar played with Panthers forward Mike Hoffman for three seasons (2014-15 to 2016-17) in Ottawa.
  • Sabres forwards Curtis Lazar and Sam Reinhart played for Team Canada with Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe, forward Jimmy Vesey and Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck all won a gold medal together while representing the United States at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship. McCabe and Trocheck later played together at the 2014 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe played with Panthers forward Frank Vatrano for Team USA at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres forward Sam Reinhart won a gold medal for Team Canada with Panthers defensemen Mark Pysyk and Mike Matheson at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres forward Jeff Skinner and Panthers defensemen Mark Pysyk and Mike Matheson all played for Team Canada at the 2017 IIHF World Championship. The trio won a silver medal together.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (75), McCabe (39), Miller (31)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (40), Ristolainen (33), Jokiharju (21)
Shots: Skinner (80), Eichel (78), Olofsson (54)

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: 0-2-0 (0), 3/7, 1/7, 6/9

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-2; 122-130 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)

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
Brandon Montour … 3 games … 200 career games played
Jake McCabe … 4 games … 300 career games played
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 5 goals … 100 career goals
Points
Jimmy Vesey … 8 points … 100 career points 

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

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