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Post-Game Report: 2/5 vs. Minnesota

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Wild
(26-22-5)
0 3 1 0 0 4 45
Sabres
(26-20-6)
1 2 1 0 1 5 39

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • Rasmus Dahlin scored his seventh goal of the season, tying Aaron Ekblad for the fifth-most points by an 18-year-old defenseman in NHL history (29).
  • Evan Rodrigues tied his career high with his seventh goal of the season. He now has eight points (5+3) in his last 10 games.
  • With his goal tonight, C.J. Smith now has a goal in each of his last two NHL games.
  • Sam Reinhart recorded two points (1+1) tonight. The Sabres are now 20-8-4 this season when he records a point and 29-4-6 in his career when he records at least two.
    • Reinhart now has 26 points (7+19) in 25 home games this season.
  • Jake McCabe earned the primary assist on Reinhart’s goal to extend his point streak against Minnesota to four games (1+4).
  • Jack Eichel’s two-assist night gives him seven points (2+5) in his last six games and seven points (2+5) in six career games against the Wild.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Wild Dubnyk O .897 3.74
Sabres Ullmark W .911 3.69

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Wild Dubnyk 20-17-4 .913 2.59
Sabres Ullmark 11-5-3 .914 2.93

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Evan Rodrigues

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin

Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark

Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau

Wild forward Zach Parise

Wild forward Luke Kunin

Wild forward Charlie Coyle

Wild defenseman  Jared Spurgeon

Game Preview: 2/5/19 vs. Minnesota

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Friday, February 1
Chicago 7 at Buffalo 3
Goals: Eichel, Pominville, Okposo
Goalie: Hutton (18 saves/22 shots) / Ullmark (5 saves/7 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 1/3; PK: 2/2; Shots: Buffalo 43 – Chicago 30

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 177)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Casey Nelson (upper body, Dec. 8; injured reserve) – 22 games
Johan Larsson (upper body, Feb. 1) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/2: Placed F Remi Elie on waivers
2/3: Assigned F Remi Elie to Rochester (AHL)
2/4: Recalled F C.J. Smith from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Feb. 7: Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 9: Detroit at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 10: Winnipeg at Buffalo, 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 12: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 15: NY Rangers at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
WILD at SABRES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Wild this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Minnesota 3-2 in Minnesota on Nov. 17, 2018
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Wild; 1-8-1 at home.
  • This is the 24th game all-time between Buffalo and Minnesota; Buffalo has a 10-12-1 series record.
  • The Sabres are 2-8-1 at home against the Wild all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 6-7-3 all-time on February 5.
  • February 5, 1981: Don Edwards makes 31 saves in his 14th and final shutout as a member of the Sabres as Buffalo defeats Philadelphia 4-0.
  • February 5, 1983: Bob Sauve and Dan Bouchard make 22 saves each as the Sabres and Nordiques battle to the third of 11 scoreless ties in franchise history.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s matchup is the second game of a seven-game homestand that ties the stretch from Jan. 20 to Feb. 2, 1997 as the longest in franchise history.
  • With a win tonight, the Sabres will have swept a multi-game season series against the Wild for the first time in the history of the matchup.
  • Jason Pominville has recorded seven points (2+5) in his last six games against the Wild, including four points (1+3) in three matchups since he re-joined the Sabres last season.
  • Jeff Skinner has totaled five points (2+3) in five games against Minnesota since the beginning of the 2016-17 season.
  • Jack Eichel has five points (2+3) in five career games against the Wild.
  • Jake McCabe enters tonight’s game with points in three straight games against Minnesota (1+3).
  • Linus Ullmark has stopped 65 of 69 shots (.942) to earn a 2-0-0 record in two career games against the Wild.

HOME COOKING

  • Buffalo enters tonight’s game with a 14-7-3 (.646) record at home. The team’s .646 points percentage at home ranked ninth in the NHL entering play Monday.
  • Carter Hutton is 10-5-2 at home this season with a .922 save percentage and a 2.50 goals-against average.
  • Jeff Skinner leads all Sabres with 26 points (15+11) in 24 home games this season
  • Sam Reinhart has 24 points (6+18) in 24 home games this season and has yet to play two consecutive home games without recording a point in 2018-19.
  • Jack Eichel is also playing at a point-per-game pace at KeyBank Center this season, totaling 22 points (10+12) in 22 home games.
  • Conor Sheary has recorded a point in each of Buffalo’s last four home games (0+4).
  • All five of Lawrence Pilut’s points this season (1+4) have come in his nine games at KeyBank Center.

DAH-LEAN ON ME

  • Entering play Monday, Rasmus Dahlin led rookie defensemen and ranked second among all NHL rookies with 28 points this season. His 23 assists tied for the rookie lead.
  • With 28 points (5+23) through 51 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).

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.

SAM I AM

  • Sam Reinhart has already set career-high totals in assists (33) and multi-point games (13) this season. His 45 points leave him just five shy of his career high 50 from the 2017-18 season.
  • The Sabres are 19-8-4 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 28-4-6 (.816) 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 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 48 17 37 54 13 28 41
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 79 28 61 89 21 46 67
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 51 31 16 47 24 12 36
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 50 26 76 39 19 58
               
Reinhart Career High (2017-18) 82 25 25 50 13 16 29
Reinhart 2018-19 51 12 33 45 11 23 34
Reinhart 2018-19 (Pace) 82 19 53 72 18 37 55

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 would also trail only LaFontaine’s franchise-record 52 even-strength assists in 1992-93.
  • Jeff Skinner is currently on pace to become the seventh 50-goal scorer in Sabres history and the first since 1992-93 (Mogilny and LaFontaine). His 39 even-strength goals would finish 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 for fourth-most in team history.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 2/4 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 82.1% PK% (8th)
  • Eichel: 2 OTG (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 25:14 TOI/GP (7th)
  • Skinner: 31 G (T-2nd), 24 EVG (T-2nd), 7 GWG (T-2nd), 3 OTG (T-3rd)

BUF-MIN CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Wild F Marcus Foligno is a native of Buffalo and spent six years (2011-2017) with the Sabres organization, recording 116 points (49+67) in 347 games played with the club. He is the son of former Sabre Mike Foligno.
  • Wild assistant general manager Tom Kurvers (1986-87) spent one season playing for the Sabres, scoring 23 points (6+17) in 55 games. Sabres Head Coach Phil Housley was a teammate of his in Buffalo.
  • Wild assistant coach Bob Woods spent one season (2016-17) as an assistant coach for the Sabres.

Former Wild:

  • Sabres F Johan Larsson played one game with the Wild after being drafted by the club in the second round (56th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Sabres F Jason Pominville spent parts of five seasons (2012-2017) with the Wild in between his two tenures with the Sabres. He recorded 206 points (76+130) in 327 regular season games and added 23 points (9+14) in 36 playoff games.
  • Sabres D Marco Scandella spent parts of seven seasons (2010-2017) with the Wild organization after being drafted by the club in the second round (55th overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft. Scandella scored 89 points (27+62) in 373 regular-season games with the Wild and added nine points (6+3) in 39 playoff games.

Sabres with Minnesota connections:

  • Sabres Head Coach Phil Housley is a native of St. Paul, Minnesota. He played two seasons of high school hockey at South St. Paul High prior to turning pro.
  • Sabres F Casey Mittelstadt is a native of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and played high school hockey at Eden Prairie High. Before turning pro, Mittelstadt played one season of college hockey at the University of Minnesota. He put up 30 points (11+19) in 34 games and earned Big Ten All-Freshman honors.
  • Sabres F Kyle Okposo in a native of St. Paul, Minnesota. He played one year at Shattuck St. Mary’s before attending the University of Minnesota. In 58 games with the Gophers, Okposo recorded 51 points (26+25) and was named to the WCHA’s All-Rookie Team and earned Second All-Star Team honors.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Played with Wild D Greg Pateryn in Montreal.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Played with Wild F Eric Fehr in Winnipeg.
  • Played for Team USA with Wild D Ryan Suter at the 2009 IIHF World Championship.

Jason Botterill:

  • Played in Atlanta when Wild goaltending coach Bob Mason was a goaltending consultant for the Thrashers.
  • Was the assistant general manager of the Penguins when Wild F Eric Fehr was playing in Pittsburgh.

Phil Housley:

  • Played with Wild assistant coach Dean Evason in Calgary.
  • Played with Wild General Manager Paul Fenton in Winnipeg and again for Team USA at the 1989 IIHF World Championship. The duo later reunited in Nashville, where Fenton was the assistant general manager and Housley was on the Predators’ coaching staff.
  • Was an assistant coach in Nashville when Wild D Anthony Bitetto, G Devan Dubnyk, F Eric Fehr and D Brad Hunt were playing for the Predators.
  • Played for Team USA with Wild assistant general manager Tom Kurvers at the 1989 IIHF World Championship.
  • Represented the United States in international play with Wild assistant coach Darby Hendrickson at the 2000 and 2001 IIHF World Championships.

Matt Hunwick:

  • Played with Wild F Eric Fehr in Toronto.
  • Won a gold medal with Wild F Zach Parise and D Ryan Suter for Team USA at the 2004 World Junior Championship. Hunwick and Suter played together again at the same tournament the following year.

Carter Hutton:

  • Played with Wild D Anthony Bitetto, G Devan Dubnyk and F Matt Hendricks in Nashville. Wild General Manager Paul Fenton was the Predators’ assistant general manager during Hutton’s tenure with the team.
  • Played with Wild D Brad Hunt in St. Louis.

Johan Larsson:

  • Won a gold medal with Wild D Jonas Brodin while representing Sweden at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship. The duo reunited later that year while playing for Sweden at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.

Jake McCabe:

  • Represented the United States with Wild D Ryan Suter at the 2014 IIHF World Championship.
  • Played for Team USA with Wild F Matt Hendricks at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

Kyle Okposo

  • Represented the United States with Wild F Zach Parise and D Ryan Suter at the 2010 IIHF World Championship. Okposo and Suter also played together at the 2009 tournament.
  • Played for Team USA with Wild F J.T. Brown at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.

Jason Pominville:

  • Represented the United States with Wild F Zach Parise at the 2008 IIHF World Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland with Wild F Mikael Granlund at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Played with Wild F Mikko Koivu for Team Finland at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Conor Sheary:

  • Played with Wild F Eric Fehr in Pittsburgh.

Jeff Skinner:

  • Played with Wild G Devan Dubnyk for Team Canada at both the 2011, 2012 and 2013 IIHF World Championships.
  • Played with Wild F Victor Rask and F Eric Staal in Carolina. Skinner and Staal also played for Team Canada together at the 2013 IIHF World Championship.

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Played with Wild D Brad Hunt in St. Louis.

Steve Smith:

  • Was an assistant coach in Carolina when Wild F Victor Rask and F Eric Staal played for the Hurricanes.
  • Was an assistant coach for the Oilers when Wild G Devan Dubnyk, F Eric Fehr, and D Brad Hunt were playing in Edmonton.

Tage Thompson:

  • Won a gold medal for Team USA with Wild F Jordan Greenway at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (154), Girgensons (82), McCabe (68)
Blocked Shots: Bogosian (79), Ristolainen (78), McCabe (76)
Shots: Eichel (191), Skinner (167), Ristolainen (126)

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

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-5; 119-126 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)
Jan. 16 at CGY: W, 4-3 (GWG-Eichel, 1:10)

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
Zach Bogosian … 2 games … 600 career games played
Rasmus Ristolainen … 3 games … 400 career games played
Marco Scandella … 3 games … 500 career games played
Jason Pominville … 7 games … 712 games with Sabres (T-8th in franchise history)
Zemgus Girgensons … 8 games … 400 career games played
Goals
Jack Eichel … 10 goals … 100 career goals
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 4 assists … 300 career assists
Matt Hunwick … 8 assists … 100 career assists
Jeff Skinner … 9 assists … 200 career assists
Points
Jason Pominville … 1 point … 512 points with Sabres (sole possession, 8th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
Sam Reinhart … 300th NHL game … Feb. 1 vs. CHI
Jason Pominville … 212th goal with Sabres (sole possession, 11th in franchise history) … Feb. 1 vs. CHI

Game Preview: 11/17/18 at Minnesota

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Friday, November 16
Buffalo 2 at Winnipeg 1 (SO)
Goals: Skinner
Goalie: Hutton (25 saves/26 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 1/1; Shots: Buffalo 32 – Winnipeg 26

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 67)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 19 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 19 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
Monday, Nov. 19: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 21: Philadelphia at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 23: Montreal at Buffalo, 4 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 24: Buffalo at Detroit, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 27: San Jose at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at WILD

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Wild this season.
  • Last meeting: Minnesota defeated Buffalo 6-2 in Minnesota on Jan. 4
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 2-7-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Wild; 6-4-0 on the road
  • This is the 23rd game all-time between Buffalo and Minnesota; Buffalo has a 9-12-1 series record.
  • The Sabres are 7-4-0 on the road against the Wild all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-13-1 all-time on November 17.
  • November 17, 1979: John Gould scores twice and Don Edwards stops 35 shots as the Sabres top the Minnesota North Stars 4-2.
  • November 17, 2005: Taylor Pyatt scores a hat trick in Buffalo’s 8-5 home win over Washington.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game on a four-game winning streak, marking the longest active streak in the NHL. A win today would give the team its first five-game winning streak since March 19 to 27, 2012.
  • Jeff Skinner’s 10 goals in 10 road games this season tied for the league lead after last night’s game.
  • Jason Pominville has recorded five points (1+4) in his last five games against the Wild, including an assist in both matchups since he re-joined the Sabres last season.
  • Jeff Skinner has totaled five points (2+3) in four games against Minnesota since the beginning of the 2016-17 season.
  • Jack Eichel has three points (2+1) in his last three games against the Wild.
  • Sam Reinhart (2+1) and Jake McCabe (0+2) each recorded a point in both of Buffalo’s meetings with Minnesota last season.
  • Linus Ullmark stopped 28 of 30 shots to earn a win in his only previous game against the Wild on Jan. 12, 2016.

THE FIRST TWENTY
Tonight’s game is the Sabres’ 20th of the season. The team enters the game with an 11-6-2 record (24 points) through 19 games and currently ranks third in the Atlantic Division. The 24 points already tie the team’s 2011-12 start for the third-best total through 20 games since the 2005-06 season.

  • With a win tonight, the Sabres would have 26 points through 20 games for the first time since the 2009-10 season. Buffalo has previously posted 26 or more points through 20 games seven times in franchise history and has made the playoffs on each of those occasions.
  • With an overtime loss tonight, the Sabres would have 25 or more points through 20 games for the 13th time in franchise history. Buffalo has made the playoffs in 11 of the 12 previous occurrences.
  • With a regulation loss tonight, the Sabres would have 24 or more points through 20 games for the 15th time in franchise history. Buffalo has made the playoffs in 12 of the 14 previous occurrences.

KILLING IT

  • The Sabres have killed off their opponents’ last 14 power plays dating back to Nov. 1 at Ottawa. It’s the Sabres’ best penalty-killing stretch since the team killed 17 consecutive penalties from Dec. 8 to 22, 2017.
  • Buffalo is a perfect 13-for-13 on the penalty kill in the team’s last six games dating back to Nov. 3 vs. Ottawa. During this six-game stretch, the Sabres’ goaltenders have turned aside 15 shots on the power play and the team has killed off 22:03 of power-play time. This perfect stretch has improved the team to 28-for-30 (93.3%) in their last 11 games dating back to Oct. 21 at Anaheim. Since Oct. 21, Buffalo ranks second in the NHL in penalty kill percentage, trailing only San Jose (96.5%) for the best mark during that span.
  • On the season, the Sabres have killed 46 of the team’s 56 shorthanded situations (82.1%), ranking them eighth in the league as of the conclusion of last night’s game.

THA CARTER IV
Carter Hutton is 4-0-0 with a .950 save percentage and a 1.42 goals-against average in his last four games. With a win in his next appearance, Hutton would tie his longest career winning streak, matching his five-game streak from March 21, 2014 at Calgary to April 13, 2014 at Minnesota.

WHAT’S THE SKINNY?

  • With 14 goals through Buffalo’s first 19 games, Jeff Skinner finished last night’s game trailing only David Pastrnak (17 goals) for most in the NHL this season.
  • Skinner enters tonight’s game on a four-game goal streak, marking his longest goal-scoring streak since his career-best six-game streak from March 18 to 27, 2017.
  • With his 10th goal in the team’s 16th game of the season on Nov. 8 at Montreal, Skinner reached the 10-goal mark quicker than any Sabres player since Thomas Vanek (10 games) in 2012-13.
  • Only four players in franchise history have scored more goals through 19 team games than Skinner’s current total: Dave Andreychuk (17 in 1992-93), Rick Martin (16 in 1972-73 and 15 in 1973-74), Danny Gare (15 in 1975-76) and Thomas Vanek (15 in 2008-09).

WINNING WAYS
Sam Reinhart has recorded seven points (1+6) in his last six games, including three two-point games during that stretch. The Sabres are 9-0-0 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 24-2-3 (.879) in his career when he records at least two.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s third of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 2-1 shootout win at Winnipeg. The Sabres are 3-0-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 1-1-0 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in their previous back-to-back sets is: four points (1), three points (0), two points (1), one point (0) and zero points (0).

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings after last night’s game)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 11 W (T-5th), 24 PTS (T-5th), 82.1 PK% (8th)
  • Eichel: 75 S (7th), 16 A (T-8th)
  • Hutton: 8 W (T-5th), 406 SV (10th)
  • Ristolainen: 1 OTG (T-5th), 60 hits (T-5th), 25:28 TOI/GP (7th)
  • Skinner: plus-12 (T-1st), 11 EVG (T-1st), 14 G (2nd)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-7th)

BUF-MIN CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Wild F Marcus Foligno is a native of Buffalo and spent six years (2011-2017) with the Sabres organization, recording 116 points (49+67) in 347 games played with the club. He is the son of former Saber Mike Foligno.
  • Wild assistant general manager Tom Kurvers (1986-87) spent one season playing for the Sabres, scoring 23 points (6+17) in 55 games. Sabres Head Coach Phil Housley was a teammate of his in Buffalo.
  • Wild assistant coach Bob Woods spent one season (2016-17) as an assistant coach for the Sabres.

Former Wild:

  • Sabres F Johan Larsson played one gamed with the Wild after being drafted by the club in the second round (56th overall) in the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Sabres F Jason Pominville spent parts of five seasons (2012-2017) with the Wild in between his two tenures with the Sabres. He recorded 206 points (76+130) in 327 regular season games and added 23 points (9+14) in 36 playoff games. Pominville still ranks in the top 10 in Wild franchise history assists (10th) and playoff points (3rd).
  • Sabres D Marco Scandella spent parts of seven seasons (2010-2017) with the Wild organization after being drafted by the club in the second round (55th overall) in the 2008 NHL Draft. Scandella scored 89 points (27+62) in 373 regular-season games with the Wild and added nine points (6+3) in 39 playoff games. He ranks fifth in franchise history with two overtime goals.

Sabres with Minnesota connections:

  • Sabres Head Coach Phil Housley is a native of St. Paul, Minnesota. He played two seasons of high school hockey at South St. Paul High prior to turning pro.
  • Sabres F Casey Mittelstadt is a native of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and played high school hockey at Eden Prairie High. Before turning pro, Mittelstadt played one season of college hockey at the University of Minnesota. He put up 30 points (11+19) in 34 games and earned Big Ten All-Freshman honors.
  • Sabres F Kyle Okposo in a native of St. Paul, Minnesota. He played one year at Shattuck St. Mary’s before attending the University of Minnesota. In 58 games with the Gophers, Okposo recorded 51 points (26+25) and was named to the WCHA’s All-Rookie Team and earned Second All-Star Team honors.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Played with Wild D Greg Pateryn in Montreal.

Patrik Berglund:

  • Played with Wild D Nate Prosser in St. Louis.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Played with Wild F Eric Fehr in Winnipeg.
  • Played for Team USA with Wild D Ryan Suter at the 2009 IIHF World Championship.

Jason Botterill:

  • Played in Atlanta when Wild goaltending coach Bob Mason was a goaltending consultant for the Thrashers.
  • Was the assistant general manager of the Penguins when Wild F Eric Fehr was playing in Pittsburgh.

Remi Elie:

  • Played with Wild D Greg Pateryn in Dallas.

Phil Housley:

  • Played with Wild assistant coach Dean Evason in Calgary.
  • Played with Wild General Manager Paul Fenton in Winnipeg and again for Team USA at the 1989 IIHF World Championship. The duo later reunited in Nashville where Fenton was the assistant general manager and Housley was on the Predators’ coaching staff.
  • Was an assistant coach in Nashville when Wild G Devan Dubnyk and F Eric Fehr were playing for the Predators.
  • Played for Team USA with Wild assistant general manager Tom Kurvers at the 1989 IIHF World Championship.
  • Represented the Unites States in international play with Wild assistant coach Darby Hendrickson at the 2000 and 2001 IIHF World Championships.

Carter Hutton:

  • Played with Wild G Devan Dubnyk and F Matt Hendricks in Nashville. Wild General Manager Paul Fenton was the Predators’ assistant general manager during Hutton’s tenure with the team.
  • Played with Wild D Nate Prosser in St. Louis.

Johan Larsson:

  • Won a gold medal with Wild D Jonas Brodin while representing Sweden at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship. The duo reunited later that year while playing for Sweden at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.

Jake McCabe:

  • Represented the United States with Wild D Ryan Suter at the 2014 IIHF World Championship.
  • Played for Team USA with Wild F Matt Hendricks at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

Kyle Okposo

  • Played for the Islanders with Wild F Nino Niederreiter.
  • Represented the United States with Wild F Zach Parise and D Ryan Suter at the 2010 IIHF World Championship. Okposo and Suter also played together at the 2009 tournament.
  • Played for Team USA with Wild F J.T. Brown at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.

Jason Pominville:

  • Represented the United States with Wild F Zach Parise at the 2008 IIHF World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Has played for Team Canada with Wild D Matt Dumba twice – at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship and at the 2016 IIHF World Championship, where they won a gold medal together.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland with Wild F Mikael Granlund at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Played with Wild F Mikko Koivu for Team Finland at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Conor Sheary:

  • Played with Wild F Eric Fehr in Pittsburgh.

Jeff Skinner:

  • Played with Wild G Devan Dubnyk for Team Canada at both the 2011, 2012 and 2013 IIHF World Championships.
  • Played with Wild F Eric Staal in Carolina. The duo also played for Team Canada together at the 2013 IIHF World Championship.

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Played with Wild D Nate Prosser in St. Louis.

Steve Smith:

  • Was an assistant coach in Carolina when Wild F Eric Staal played for the Hurricanes.
  • Was an assistant coach for the Oilers when Wild G Devan Dubnyk and F Eric Fehr were playing in Edmonton.

Tage Thompson:

  • Played with Wild D Nate Prosser in St. Louis.
  • Won a gold medal for Team USA with Wild F Jordan Greenway at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (60), McCabe (30), Girgensons (27)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (34), Ristolainen (32), Bogosian (29)
Shots: Eichel (75), Skinner (66), Okposo (47)

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: 5-2-2 (12), 32/25, 4/27, 24/26

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-2; 114-123 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)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (2-0; 72-66 all-time)
Nov. 10 vs. VAN: W, 4-3 (GDG-Mittelstadt)
Nov. 16 at WPG: W, 2-1 (GDG-Sheary)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Jason Pominville … 2 games … 681 games played with Sabres (T-9th in franchise history)
Jeff Skinner … 2 games … 600 career games played
Nathan Beaulieu … 4 games … 300 career games played
Evan Rodrigues … 5 games … 100 career games played
Remi Elie … 6 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 2 goals … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 10 assists … 300 career assists
Points
Jack Eichel … 3 points … 200 career points
Jason Pominville … 6 points … 511 points with Sabres (T-8th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
Jeff Skinner … 400th NHL point … Nov. 16 at WPG

Game Preview: 1/4/18 at MIN

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Sunday, January 1
NY Rangers 3 at Buffalo 2 (OT)
Goals: Reinhart, Ristolainen
Goalie: Lehner (39 saves/42 shots)
PP: 1/5; PK: 2/3; Shots: NY Rangers 42 – Buffalo 33

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 151)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Taylor Fedun (lower body, Nov. 17; injured reserve) – 22 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, Jan. 5: Buffalo at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 7: Buffalo at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 9: Winnipeg at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 11: Columbus at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 18: Buffalo at NY Rangers, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at WILD

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Wild this season.
  • Last meeting: Minnesota defeated Buffalo 5-4 in Buffalo on Nov. 22
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Wild; 7-3-0 on the road
  • This is the 22nd game all-time between Buffalo and Minnesota; Buffalo has a 9-11-1 series record.
  • The Sabres are 7-3-0 on the road against the Wild all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 6-7-3 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

  • The road team has won 16 of the 21 games all-time between the Sabres and Wild, including each of the last six. The Sabres’ last loss in Minnesota came on Nov. 13, 2014.
  • The Sabres are 4-3-5 (.542) in their last 12 games, and haven’t gone two straight games without a point since that stretch began with a win on Dec. 5 at Colorado.
  • Evander Kane has five points (1+4) in five games against the Wild since the beginning of the 2014-15 season.
  • Robin Lehner is 2-1-1 with a .952 save percentage in four career games against Minnesota.
  • December tied as the second-most productive month of Jack Eichel’s career (8+8), trailing only his 18-point output (9+9) in March 2017. His totals tied him for second among all NHL players in goals and sixth in points among all NHL players in December.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 11 points (7+4) in his last seven games. Since beginning that stretch on Dec. 15, Eichel ranks in the top three in the league in goals (T-1st, 7), even-strength goals (T-1st, 6) and even-strength points (T-2nd, 10) as of Jan. 3.
  • Robin Lehner is 4-2-4 with a .934 save percentage in his last 10 games and has only one game below .920 during that stretch. Lehner’s .928 save percentage in December ranked fifth among all NHL goaltenders with at least 10 games played in the month.
  • Kyle Okposo enters tonight’s game with five points (1+4) in his last five games, including at least a point in each of his last three (1+3). He hasn’t gone two games without recording a point since Dec. 2 and 5.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has four points (1+3) in his last four games.
  • With a goal and an assist in each of his last two games, Rasmus Ristolainen has recorded consecutive multi-point games for the second time in his career (last: Dec. 13 and 16, 2016). With a multi-point game tonight, he would become the first Sabres defenseman to log three straight multi-point games since Andrej Sekera posted six in a row from Feb. 26 to March 6, 2011.

WORKING OVERTIME

  • The Sabres have had each of their last three games decided in overtime.
  • If tonight’s game goes to overtime, it will be the first time the Sabres have been tied after regulation in four straight games since the team went 2-0-2 (three shootouts) from March 10 to 17, 2012
  • The Sabres have had four consecutive games decided by an overtime goal only once in franchise history, when the team went 1-0-3 in four games from March 11 to 17, 2004.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Tonight’s game is the fifth of seven consecutive games away from KeyBank Center for the Sabres. This stretch is the fourth time the team has ever played away from home seven times in a row, the longest such stretch in franchise history, and the first time since January 2012. The team’s next game in Buffalo will take place on Jan. 9 vs. Winnipeg.

I LIKE EICH

  • Jack Eichel is currently on pace to shatter his personal bests in goals (24), assists (33) and points (57) on the strength of top-10 production at even strength (T-9th in NHL in ES goals, T-10th in ES points).
  • Eichel’s 14 even-strength goals through 39 games match his total from last season (61 games) and are just two shy of his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games).
  • Eichel’s 29 even-strength points through 39 games are four shy of his total from last season (61 games) and are just six shy of his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games).

Jack Eichel’s Production by Season

Season GP G A PTS ES G ES A ES P
2015-16 81 24 32 56 16 19 35
2016-17 61 24 33 57 14 19 33
2017-18 39 15 20 35 14 15 29
2017-18 (Pace) 82 32 42 74 29 32 61

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

  • Of Jack Eichel’s 35 points so far this season, 22 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes empty-net goals).
  • Through 39 games, Eichel’s 22 primary points (11+11) during 5-on-5 play have already surpassed his 61-game total from last season (11+10) and are just two shy of his total from his 81-game rookie season (12+12).

2017-18 Primary Points Leaders at 5-on-5 (Through 1/2 games)

Player Team Goals Primary Assists Primary Points
Nikita Kucherov TBL 19 6 25
Nathan MacKinnon COL 10 13 23
Patrick Kane CHI 12 10 22
John Tavares NYI 12 10 22
Jack Eichel BUF 11 11 22

*All primary point stats via NaturalStatTrick.com

ROCKING ROBIN

  • Robin Lehner is 4-2-4 with a .934 save percentage in his last nine games.
  • In those games, he has also stopped 264 of 278 shots faced during 5-on-5 play (.950), which includes three goals allowed with an opponent’s extra attack er on the ice.
  • Lehner is 2-1-4 with a .931 save percentage in his last seven contests away from KeyBank Center.
  • Since joining the Sabres in 2015-16, Lehner has posted a .920 save percentage in 110 games, ranking him ninth among all goalies with at least 75 games played during that span entering play Wednesday.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings entering play Wednesday)

  • Eichel: 14 EVG (T-9th), 29 EVP (T-10th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 3 SHP (T-2nd), 162 S (4th)
  • O’Reilly: 576 FOW (1st), 61.5% FO% (1st), 937 FO (2nd)
  • Ristolainen: 26:47 TOI/GP (3rd)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: McCabe (87) Ristolainen (86), Kane (84)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (64), McCabe (60), Ristolainen (53)
Shots: Kane (162), Eichel (130), O’Reilly (95)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 3-5-2 (8), 26/36, 5/36, 29/35
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 20/35, 5/28, 23/27
21-30: 2-6-2 (6), 18/31, 2/32, 24/32
31-40: 3-3-4 (9), 22/27, 3/22, 21/26

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-8; 110-119 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron)
Oct. 21 at BOS: W, 5-4 (GWG-O’Reilly)
Nov. 11 at MTL: L, 2-1 (GWG-Pacioretty)
Nov. 14 at PIT: L, 5-4 (GWG-Sheary)
Dec. 8 at CHI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Forsling)
Dec. 10 at STL: L, 3-2 (GWG-Tarasenko)
Dec. 15 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Slavin)
Dec. 27 at NYI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barzal)
Dec. 29 at NJD: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen)
Jan. 1 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Miller)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-1; 69-65 all-time)
Oct. 5 vs. MTL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Drouin)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Wins
Buffalo Sabres … 2 home wins … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Robin Lehner … 4 games … 200 career games played
Jacob Josefson … 9 games … 300 career games played
Assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 4 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Marco Scandella … 1 point … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Jake McCabe … 200th NHL game … Dec. 29 at NJD

Post-Game Report: 11/22 vs. Minnesota

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Wild
(10-8-3)
3 2 0 5 32
Sabres
(5-13-4)
1 2 1 4 34

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • Jordan Nolan scored the first two goals of his Sabres career.
    • With his second goal of the night, Nolan matched his career high. His only previous two-goal game occurred on Dec. 1, 2016.
  • With his goal, Sam Reinhart now has five points (3+2) in his last five games.
    • The goal was also Reinhart’s 100th career NHL point (55+45).
  • Jack Eichel’s goal gave him three points (2+1) in three career games against Minnesota.
  • With assists on Eichel’s goal, Evander Kane has five points (1+4) in his last five games against the Wild and Jason Pominville now has four points (1+3) in his last four games against Minnesota.
  • Victor Antipin skated a career-high 21:40 tonight, topping his previous high (19:28 on Nov. 4 at Dallas) by more than two minutes.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Wild Dubnyk W .882 4.00
Sabres Johnson
Lehner

L
.769
.895
9.00
3.09

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Wild Dubnyk 9-6-2 .918 2.58
Sabres Johnson
Lehner
1-4-2
4-9-2
.885
.902
3.59
3.08

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly

Sabres forward Jason Pominville

Sabres forward Jordan Nolan

Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau

Wild forward Mikael Granlund

Wild forward Nino Niederreiter

Wild forward Tyler Ennis