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Game Preview: 2/19/19 at Florida

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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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
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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

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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

 

Post-Game Report: 12/18 vs. Florida

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Panthers
(13-13-6)
0 1 4 5 36
Sabres
(20-10-5)
1 1 0 2 32

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • With two points (1+1) tonight, Jeff Skinner has extended his point streak to seven games (5+4). In his last seven games against the Panthers, Skinner has eight points (6+2).
  • Skinner’s goal was his 25th of the campaign in the team’s 35th game of the season. According to the NHL, Alexander Mogilny (34th team game in 1992-93) is the only player in Sabres history to score 25 before the team’s 35th game of the season.
    • Before Skinner tonight, three other Sabres had scored their 25th goal in the team’s 35th game of the season: Rick Martin (1973-74), Gilbert Perreault (1977-78) and Thomas Vanek (2008-09).
  • Sam Reinhart’s assists tonight extended his point streak to 11 games (5+13). It’s the second-longest active streak in the NHL this season and the Sabres’ longest since Jack Eichel’s 11-game streak from Feb. 14 to March 7, 2017.
  • Jack Eichel’s assist extended his point streak to seven games (9+5).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen’s goal gave him 11 points (2+9) in his last 11 home games.
  • Alexander Barkov’s power-play goal ended the Sabres’ penalty killing streak at 20 consecutive kills. It was the team’s best such streak since they killed 23 in a row from Jan. 10 to 25, 2016.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Panthers Luongo W .938 2.01
Sabres Hutton L .886 4.06

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Panthers Luongo 7-5-1 .906 2.95
Sabres Hutton 13-9-2 .917 2.61

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jeff Skinner

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen

Panthers head coach Bob Boughner

Panthers forward Evgenii Dadonov

Panthers forward Frank Vatrano

Game Preview: 12/18/18 vs. Florida

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Sunday, December 16
Buffalo 4 at Boston 2
Goals: Skinner (2), Eichel (2)
Goalie: Ullmark (35 saves/37 shots)
PP: 0/1; PK: 2/2; Shots: Boston 37 – Buffalo 27

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 134)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 34 games
Jake McCabe (upper body, Nov. 29; injured reserve) – 8 games
Casey Nelson (upper body, Dec. 8; injured reserve) – 5 games
Lawrence Pilut (lower body, Dec. 15; injured reserve) – 2 games
Nathan Beaulieu (lower body, Dec. 16) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
12/12: Assigned D Matt Hunwick to Rochester (AHL) on a conditioning loan
12/15: Recalled D Matt Hunwick from his conditioning loan in Rochester (AHL); Activated D Marco Scandella from IR
12/16: Recalled D Brendan Guhle from Rochester (AHL); Placed D Lawrence Pilut on IR
12/17: Assigned D Matt Tennyson to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, Dec. 21: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 22: Anaheim at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 27: Buffalo at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 29: Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 31: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 6 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
PANTHERS at SABRES

  • This is the second of four meetings between the Sabres and Panthers this season.
  • Last meeting: Florida defeated Buffalo 3-2 (OT) in Florida on Nov. 30
  • Next meeting: Thursday, Jan. 3 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 2-6-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Panthers; 3-7-0 at home.
  • This is the 98th game all-time between Buffalo and Florida; Buffalo has a 48-40-9 series record.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-2-3 all-time on December 18.
  • December 18, 1975: Rick Martin scores two goals in the first minute and completes his hat trick in the third period in a 5-2 home win for the Sabres over the Minnesota North Stars.
  • December 18, 1985: Dave Andreychuk, Mike Ramsey and Don Lever all score in the third period to spark a 5-4 come-from-behind Sabres victory over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 7-3-2 against the Atlantic Division this season.
  • With losses in their last six games against Florida, Buffalo needs a win tonight to avoid the team’s first-ever seven-game winless streak against the Panthers.
  • Jack Eichel enters tonight’s contest on a six-game point streak (9+4). He was named the NHL’s Third Star for the week ending Dec. 16 with nine points (5+4) in four games.
  • Jeff Skinner has points in six straight games (4+3) for the first time since he tallied points in seven in a row from March 16 to 27, 2017.

TAMING THE CATS

  • Carter Hutton is 2-0-0 in three career appearances against the Panthers with a .957 save percentage and a 1.22 goals-against average.
  • Sam Reinhart has 13 points (8+5) in 14 career games against the Panthers, including points in each of the last four meetings (3+2). His .93 points per game against Florida trail only his rate against Nashville (6+1 in 7 GP) for his best against any NHL team.
  • Conor Sheary has totaled seven points (2+5) in seven career matchups with Florida.
  • Vladimir Sobotka has tallied six assists in his last seven meetings with the Panthers.
  • Jeff Skinner has recorded six points (5+1) in his last six games against Florida.

 KILLING IT

  • The Sabres have killed off their opponents’ last 18 power plays dating back to Dec. 3 at Nashville. It’s the Sabres’ best penalty-killing stretch since the team killed 19 consecutive penalties from Feb. 12 to 28, 2017.
    • The team last killed 20 or more consecutive penalties when they killed 23 straight from Jan. 10 to 25, 2016.
  • Buffalo is a perfect 17-for-17 on the penalty kill in the team’s last six games dating back to Dec. 4 vs. Toronto. If they do not allow a power-play goal tonight, it will be the first time the team has gone seven games without surrendering a power-play goal since Oct. 24 to Nov. 7, 2015.
    • During this six-game stretch, the Sabres’ goaltenders have turned aside 25 shots on the power play and the team has killed off 26:18 of power-play time.
  • On the season, the Sabres have killed 83 of the team’s 100 shorthanded situations (83.0%), ranking them fifth in the league entering play Monday.

 COMEBACK KIDS

  • The Sabres are 6-7-2 this season when trailing after two periods. Entering play Monday, their six wins when trailing after 40 minutes tied for second-most in the league and their .400 win percentage in those games ranked second.
  • 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 11-2-5 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 .611 winning percentage in one-goal games would be the seventh-best mark in franchise history and would be the Sabres’ best record in one-goal games since 1989-90 (18-6-3, .667).

WORKING OVERTIME

  • The Sabres are 8-5 in games that have been tied after regulation this season, including a 5-4 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 Monday tied for the league lead with three overtime goals this season. Skinner’s total through 34 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 enters tonight’s game on a career-best 10-game point streak (5+11), topping his previous career high of five games set from Dec. 20 to 29, 2017. It was the third-longest active streak in the NHL entering play Monday, trailing only Mikko Rantanen and Alex Ovechkin (14 games each), and the longest by a Sabre since the 2016-17 season.
  • Reinhart has recorded 29 points (8+21) in his last 27 games, including 10 multi-point games during that stretch. With 10 multi-point games through 34 games played this season, he has matched his career-high 10 in a season.
  • The Sabres are 15-3-3 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 26-3-6 (.829) in his career when he records at least two.

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel recorded his 17th multi-point game of the season on Sunday at Boston (2+2). He has now recorded two points in seven of his last nine games.
  • Entering play Monday, Eichel’s 17 multi-point games tied for the league lead this season. Through 34 games, he is one shy of his career-high 18 in a season.

 DYNAMIC DUO
Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner are currently on pace to shatter their personal bests in points and make a mark in the Sabres’ record books on the strength of career-best production at even strength that ranks them among the best even-strength players in the league this season.

  • If he maintains his current pace, Eichel would finish the season with the second-most even-strength points ever recorded by a Sabre (82), trailing only Pat LaFontaine (83) in 1992-93, and would top 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).
  • Skinner is currently on pace to log the second-highest goal total in Sabres history (58), trailing only Mogilny in 1992-93 (76). His 43 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.
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 34 14 31 45 11 23 34
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 82 34 75 109 27 55 82
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 34 24 11 35 18 7 25
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 58 27 84 43 17 60

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 12/17 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 45 PTS (T-4th), 83.0% PK% (5th), 20 W (T-6th)
  • Eichel: 148 S (1st), 34 EVP (T-2nd), 23 EVA (3rd), 31 A (T-5th), 45 P (T-6th)
  • Hutton: 13 W (T-7th)
  • Ristolainen: 25:52 TOI/GP (4th), 109 hits (5th)
  • Skinner: 6 GWG (T-1st), 3 OTG (T-1st), plus-21 (T-1st), 18 EVG (2nd), 24 G (2nd), 6 PPG (T-9th)

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.

 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 (109), Girgensons (54), Okposo (44)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (63), Bogosian (58), McCabe (44)
Shots: Eichel (148), Skinner (102), Ristolainen (86)

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: 3-0-1 (7), 14/10, 4/13, 12/12

OVERTIME RESULTS (5-4; 118-125 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)

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
Remi Elie … 2 games … 100 career games played
Vladimir Sobotka … 6 games … 500 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 1 goal … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Assists
Sam Reinhart … 1 assist … 100 career 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
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