With today’s loss, the Sabres have fallen to 5-2-0 in seven afternoon games this season.
Buffalo and Winnipeg have now split a season series for the first time since the 2013-14 season.
With today’s goal, Jack Eichel has set a new career high in even strength points with 43 (14+29). His previous high of 42 was set in 67 games during the 2017-18 season.
Eichel’s goal was the 12,000th goal in Sabres history.
Eichel now has five points (3+2) in his last three games against the Jets.
With his assist today, Rasmus Dahlin has tied Elias Pettersson for the rookie lead with 25 assists this season.
Dahlin’s assist was his 31st point of the season, tying him with Jim Benning and Doug Bodger for third-most ever recorded by an NHL defenseman before his 19th birthday. Only Phil Housley (57) and Bobby Orr (38) tallied more as 18-year-old defensemen.
Jeff Skinner, who also assisted on Buffalo’s goal, now has five points (2+3) in five games during this home stand and six points (3+3) in six games against Winnipeg since the beginning of the 2016-17 season.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (December 15, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has recalled defenseman Matt Hunwick from his conditioning loan with the Rochester Americans (AHL).
Hunwick (5’11”, 194 lbs., 5/21/1985) has missed the first 32 games of the NHL season due to injury. He returns to the team after making his season debut during a conditioning loan with the Americans, during which he recorded an assist and a plus-2 rating.
The Warren, Michigan native has appeared in 521 regular-season NHL games during 11 seasons spent with the Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Colorado Avalanche and Boston Bruins. He was acquired by the Sabres from the Penguins in June 2018.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (June 27, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has acquired forward Conor Sheary and defenseman Matt Hunwick from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.
“Conor has proven himself to be a reliable forward with an ability to come through in big games, whose playoff experience speaks for itself,” General Manager Jason Botterill said. “Conor and Matt will bring a winning pedigree to our team, and we expect them both to complement our group very well.”
Sheary (5’8”, 175 lbs., 7/8/1992) joins the Sabres after winning two Stanley Cups in his first three NHL seasons, scoring the overtime winner in Game 2 of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final against the San Jose Sharks and totaling 19 points (6+13) in 57 career postseason contests.
The Winchester, Massachusetts native played in a career-high 79 games with the Penguins in 2017-18, following up a career-best 53 points (23+30) in 61 games during the 2016-17 season. In his three seasons with Pittsburgh, Sheary totaled 93 points (48+45) in 184 regular-season games.
A native of Warren, Michigan, Hunwick (5’11”, 200 lbs., 5/21/1985) recorded 10 points (4+6) and 21 penalty minutes in 42 games last season for Pittsburgh. During the course of his 11-year NHL career, Hunwick has compiled 117 points (25+92) and 203 penalty minutes in 521 games and added seven assists in 26 career playoff contests.
The defenseman was selected by the Boston Bruins in the seventh round (224th overall) of the 2004 NHL Draft and has represented the United States in two major international competitions, earning a gold medal at the 2004 IIHF World Junior Championship and a bronze medal at the 2013 IIHF World Championship.