The Buffalo Sabres have acquired forward Eric Staal from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for forward Marcus Johansson.
Ranks in the top 10 among active NHL players in career regular-season games played (7th), goals (6th) and points (8th).
Ranked third among Wild skaters in goals (19) and points (47) in 2019-20, tying for the team lead with 14 even-strength goals and earning his sixth career NHL All-Star Game selection.
One of six active NHL members of the Triple Gold Club, winning the 2006 Stanley Cup and gold medals with Canada at 2007 IIHF World Championship and 2010 Winter Olympics.
Helped lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a Stanley Cup championship with an NHL-best 28 points (9+19) in the 2006 NHL Playoffs.
Played in six NHL All-Star Games and was selected as the All-Star Game MVP in 2008.
Has represented Canada in four major international competitions, captaining the nation’s 2013 IIHF World Championship team. Won a gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics and at the 2007 IIHF World Championship.
Has served as a captain or alternate captain in 12 of his 16 NHL seasons, including seven seasons as captain of the Hurricanes.
Named to the NHL’s second All-Star Team in 2005-06 and the CHL’s First All-Star Team in 2002-03.
Played in the 2005 AHL All-Star Game, the 2004 NHL YoungStars Game and the 2003 CHL Top Prospects Game.
The Sabres improved to 11-2-3 against the Red Wings since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, including a 4-1-3 record at home.
After going 3-for-3 on the penalty kill tonight, Buffalo has now killed 41 of 46 penalties (89.1%) against Detroit in the 13 meetings between the clubs dating back to March 20, 2017.
With his assist tonight, Jack Eichel became the 14th player ever to record 70 points in consecutive seasons at least once as a member of the Sabres. The last player to do so was Derek Roy in 2007-08 (81) and 2008-09 (70).
Sam Reinhart’s two points tonight (1+1) give him 16 points (9+7) in 16 games since the beginning of January. The team is 9-2-1 this season (.792) and 40-7-8 (.800) in Reinhart’s career when he records at least two points.
With his assist on Marcus Johansson’s goal, Rasmus Dahlin recorded his 76th career point, tying Rick Hampton for the third-most points ever recorded by an NHL defenseman before his 20th birthday. He now trails only Phil Housley (132) and Ray Bourque (79) for most points ever recorded by a teenage defenseman.
Dahlin has totaled six points (1+5) in seven career games against Detroit.
Johansson recorded two points (1+1), marking his fourth multi-point game of the season.
Conor Sheary’s goal tonight gives him a point in each of his last three games against the Red Wings (1+2).
Curtis Lazar earned an assist on Sheary’s goal and now has three assists in three games against Detroit this season.
Jack Eichel established a new career high with his 29th goal in his 49th game of the season. His previous career high of 28 goals was recorded in 77 games last season.
In seven games against the Senators in the last two seasons, Eichel has recorded 13 points (6+7). He now has 24 points (10+14) in 16 career games against Ottawa, including at least a point in all but three of those games and 16 points (7+9) in nine home games.
With his goal, Sam Reinhart has now totaled 17 points (7+10) in his last 17 meetings with the Senators. Reinhart has 22 points (9+13) in the Sabres’ last 22 contests, including at least one point in eight of the last nine (6+5).
Linus Ullmark left the game with a lower-body injury in the third period.