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Post-Game Report: 10/9 vs. Montreal

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Canadiens
(1-0-2)
2 0 2 0 4 27
Sabres
(3-0-1)
1 2 1 1 5 39

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • With tonight’s win, the Sabres have won their first two home games for the first time since the 2008-09 season.
  • With his goal tonight, Victor Olofsson has now scored in each of Buffalo’s last three games, tying James Neal for the NHL lead with four power-play goals this season.
  • Each of Olofsson’s six career goals have come on the man advantage. He has tied an NHL record by becoming the fourth player in NHL history to score each of his first six goals on the power play, joining Craig Norwich, Sylvain Turgeon and Jeff Norton.
  • With two power-play goals tonight, the Sabres have scored multiple power-play tallies in three straight games for the first time since March 4 to 7, 2009.
  • With two assists tonight, Rasmus Dahlin now has points in each of the Sabres’ first four games. His seven points (1+6) are currently tied for third-most in the league.
  • Dahlin’s four-game point streak is the third-longest streak by a teenage defensemen to open a season in NHL history. He now sits one game shy of tying his career-high five-game point streak, a feat he achieved last season from Jan. 8 to Jan. 16, recording six points (1+5) during that span.
  • Jack Eichel recorded his first four-point game of the season with two goals and two assists. It is the sixth game of his career with at least four points and his first since Dec. 16, 2018 at Boston.
  • Jeff Skinner’s goal tonight gives him at least a point in three straight games (3+1).

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Canadiens
Kinkaid L .872 4.93
Sabres Hutton W .852 3.92
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Canadiens Kinkaid 0-0-1 .872 4.93
Sabres Hutton 3-0-0 .908 2.32

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger

Sabres forward Marcus Johansson

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton

Canadiens head coach Claude Julien

Canadiens forward Joel Armia

Canadiens forward Nate Thompson

Canadiens defenseman Ben Chiarot

Canadiens goaltender Keith Kinkaid

Game Preview: 10/9/19 vs. Montreal

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Monday, October 7
Buffalo 3 at Columbus 4 (OT)
Goals: Johansson, Skinner, Olofsson
Goalie: Ullmark (40 saves/44 shots)
PP: 2/4; PK: 1/3; Shots: Columbus 44 – Buffalo 18

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 12)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (hip, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 3 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 3 games
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (hip; Oct. 3, injured reserve) – 3 games
Brandon Montour (hand, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 3 games
Conor Sheary (upper body) – 0 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/3: Recalled F Victor Olofsson and D Henri Jokiharju from Rochester (AHL); Assigned F Jean-Sebastien Dea, F Curtis Lazar and D Lawrence Pilut to Rochester

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, Oct. 11: Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
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.

TONIGHT’S GAME
CANADIENS at SABRES

  • This is the first of four meetings between the Sabres and Canadiens this season.
  • Last meeting: Montreal defeated Buffalo 7-4 in Montreal on March 23.
  • Next meeting: Thursday, Jan. 30 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Canadiens; 5-3-2 at home.
  • This is the 284th game all-time between Buffalo and Montreal; Buffalo has a 129-113-41 series record.
  • The Sabres are 74-40-27 at home against the Canadiens all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 4-11-2 all-time on October 9.
  • October 9, 1995: Michael Peca scores his first goal as a member of the Sabres in a 5-3 loss at Boston.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 2-0-1 through three games. It’s the first time Buffalo has started a season with points in three 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 both of the team’s first two home games for the first time since the 2008-09 season, when they won the first three.
  • Through three games, the Sabres have already gotten points from 14 different players this season. Rasmus Dahlin (1+4), Victor Olofsson (3+1) and Sam Reinhart (2+2) have all tallied at least a point in each of the team’s first three contests.
  • The Sabres went 7-4-3 at home against the Atlantic Division last season, including wins against the Canadiens on Oct. 25 and Nov. 23. A win tonight would give the Sabres wins in three straight visits from the Canadiens for the first time since March 12, 2012 to Feb. 7, 2013.

HOT AGAINST MONTREAL

  • Casey Mittelstadt has posted a point in each of his first four career meetings with Montreal (1+3).
  • Jeff Skinner has recorded 19 points (13+6) in 19 games against Montreal since the beginning of the 2013-14 season, including seven points (4+3) in four games against the Canadiens last season.
  • Marcus Johansson (0+4) and Sam Reinhart (2+2) have each totaled four points in their last four games against the Canadiens.
  • Jack Eichel has recorded two points in each of his last three games against Montreal (1+5).
  • Jake McCabe (0+3) and Jimmy Vesey (1+2) each recorded three points in three games against the Canadiens last season.
  • Colin Miller enters tonight’s game with an assist in both of his last two games against Montreal.
  • Rasmus Dahlin recorded an assist in three of four meetings with the Canadiens as a rookie last season.

SLICK VIC

  • Victor Olofsson enters tonight’s game on a career-best three-game point streak after tallying four points (3+1) through Buffalo’s first three games. He skated a career-high 20:54 on Monday at Columbus and scored a goal with 1:14 remaining in regulation to send the game to overtime.
  • All three of Olofsson’s goals this season have come on the power play, giving him sole possession of the league lead in power-play goals entering play Tuesday. He also led all rookies in goals (3), points (4) and shots (9), and led rookie forwards in ice time per game (19:04).
  • Since he made his NHL debut on March 28, 2019 vs. Detroit, no NHL player has scored more power-play goals than Olofsson’s five in nine games played.

PLAYING WITH POWER

  • The Sabres entered play Tuesday with the top-ranked power play in the league, converting on six of their 10 power plays through the first two games of the season (60.0%).
  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, Buffalo also ranked among the league’s leaders in shot generation with the man advantage, averaging 2.59 shots (3rd) and 4.18 shot attempts (5th) per two minutes of power play time.

LET’S GET DANGEROUS

  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, the Sabres ranked second in the league entering play Tuesday with a high-danger scoring chance percentage of 70.59%, out-chancing their opponents 24-10 in high-danger situations at 5-on-5 through the team’s first three games.*
  • By this metric, Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner tie to lead all Sabres with three 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 10/8 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 60.0% PP% (T-1st), 13 GF (2nd), 2 W (T-2nd), 5 PTS (T-2nd)
  • Dahlin: 3 PPP (T-1st), 5 PTS (T-3rd), 4 A (T-3rd), plus-4 (T-4th)
  • Eichel: 3 PPP (T-1st), 58 FO (T-4th), 29 FOW (T-4th)
  • McCabe: 10 BkS (T-1st)
  • Miller: plus-4 (T-4th), 2 PPP (T-8th)
  • Okposo: 1 GWG (T-1st), 73.47 SAT% (8th)
  • Olofsson: 3 PPG (1st), 3 PPP (T-1st), 3 G (T-5th)
  • Sheary: 1 GWG (T-1st), 2 PPP (T-8th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (9), Sobotka (9), McCabe (6)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (10), Ristolainen (5), Five Players (3)
Shots: Skinner (12), Ristolainen (10), Olofsson (9)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 2-0-1 (5), 13/7, 6/10, 7/10

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-1; 120-129 all-time)
Oct. 7 at CBJ: L, 4-3 (GWG-Texier, 2:08)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-0; 75-69 all-time)
N/A

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Marcus Johansson … 9 games … 600 career games played
Carter Hutton … 10 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
Colin Miller … 100th NHL point … Oct. 3 at PIT

Game Preview: 3/23/19 at Montreal

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Wednesday, March 20
Toronto 4 at Buffalo 2
Goals: Mittelstadt, Nylander
Goalie: Hutton (42 saves/45 shots)
PP: 1/2; PK: 3/3; Shots: Toronto 46 – Buffalo 24

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 214)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Jake McCabe (upper body, March 4) – 8 games
Matt Hunwick (upper body, March 23) – 0 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
Monday, March 25: Buffalo at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 26: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 28: Detroit at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 30: Buffalo at NY Islanders, 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 31: Columbus at Buffalo, 6 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at CANADIENS

  • This is the fourth and final meeting between the Sabres and Canadiens this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Montreal 3-2 (OT) in Buffalo on Nov. 23. 2018
  • The Sabres are 5-3-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Canadiens; 5-4-1 on the road.
  • This is the 283rd game all-time between Buffalo and Montreal; Buffalo has a 129-112-41 series record.
  • The Sabres are 55-72-14 on the road against the Canadiens all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-7-4 all-time on March 23.
  • March 23, 1975: Rene Robert has a four-point night (2+2) as the Sabres defeat the California Golden Seals 9-4 at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium.
  • March 23, 1983: The Sabres get two goals and two assists from Gilles Hamel in an 8-3 home win over the Hartford Whalers.
  • March 23, 1999: The Sabres acquire Rhett Warrener and a 1999 fifth-round draft choice (Ryan Miller) from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Mike Wilson.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Carter Hutton has appeared in seven career games against Montreal, posting a 4-0-2 record with a .935 save percentage and a 1.69 goals-against average.
  • Conor Sheary has recorded a point in each of his last four games against the Canadiens (2+2).
  • Casey Mittelstadt has posted a point in each of his first three career meetings with Montreal (1+2).
  • Jeff Skinner has recorded 19 points (13+6) in 18 games against Montreal since the beginning of the 2013-14 season, including points in each of his last three visits to Montreal (4+1).
  • Jason Pominville (2+1) and Sam Reinhart (1+2) have each totaled three points in three games against the Canadiens this season.
  • Jack Eichel has recorded two assists in each of his last two games against Montreal.

SEASON SERIES

  • The Sabres have won all three of their previous matchups with the Canadiens this season and are seeking their first four-game winning streak against Montreal since they won six straight from Jan. 18, 2011 to Jan. 31, 2012.
  • Each of Buffalo’s wins against Montreal this season came after trailing in the third period, including two overtime wins.
  • A win tonight would give the Sabres their second-ever season sweep against the Canadiens, and their first since 1983-84 (8-0-0).
  • Buffalo also went undefeated against Montreal in the 1974-75 (4-0-1), 1994-95 (2-0-2) and 1996-97 (3-0-2) season series.

MAKE IT 30

  • If he scores a goal tonight, Jack Eichel will have scored against each of Buffalo’s 30 opponents.
  • By doing so, Eichel would become the second-youngest player (22 years, 146 days) ever to score against 30 different NHL teams, trailing only Aleksander Barkov, who did so at 22 years, 139 days with his goal against the Vegas Golden Knights on Jan. 19, 2018.
  • Artemi Panarin (247 games) is the only player who has scored against 30 NHL opponents in fewer games than Eichel’s 278 if he scores tonight.

A FRESH START

  • Through his first 11 games with the Sabres, Brandon Montour has recorded six points (2+4), trailing only Conor Sheary (4+3) for most points during that stretch. Five of his six points as a Sabre (2+3) have come at even strength.
  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, Montour’s CF%, FF% and SCF% during 5-on-5 play through 11 games with the Sabres top his full-season rates in each of those categories from both of his first two NHL seasons, as well as his rates through 62 games with Anaheim this season.
  • In these 11 games, Montour has also seen a drastic uptick in scoring rates in goals (.60), assists (.30) and points (1.21) per 60 minutes played at 5-on-5 compared to his rates from the last two seasons.

DAH-LEAN ON ME

  • Entering play Friday, Rasmus Dahlin led rookie defensemen and ranked third among all NHL rookies in points (39). His 31 assists ranked second among all rookies.
  • With 39 points (8+31) through 73 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.
  • With his assist on Wednesday vs. Toronto, Dahlin passed Bobby Orr (38 points in 1966-67) for the second-most points ever recorded by an NHL defenseman before his 19th birthday, trailing only Phil Housley (57 points in 1982-83).
  • With seven 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: Housley (13) and Orr (8).
  • Dahlin’s three game-winning goals this season are the most ever recorded by a Sabres rookie defenseman. His total also ties for ninth-most by any Sabres rookie and eighth-most in a season by any defenseman in franchise history.

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 73 points this season, setting a new career-high mark and also tying his previous high with 25 goals. He has joined Rick Martin and Thomas Vanek as the third player in franchise history to record at least 20 goals in each of his first four NHL seasons.
  • With 48 assists so far this season, Eichel is the first Sabres player to record at least 45 assists in a season since Tim Connolly recorded 48 in 2009-10. The last Sabre to record at least 50 assists was Jason Pominville (53) in 2007-08.

SKINNER, SKINNER, CHICKEN DINNER

  • Jeff Skinner has scored 37 goals this season, becoming the fifth player ever to score at least 35 in his first season with the Sabres and tying his previous single-season high set in 2016-17.
  • With his next goal, he will tie Gilbert Perreault (1970-71) and Ray Sheppard (1987-88) for third-most ever scored by a first-year Sabre.
  • Skinner’s 29 even-strength goals are already the most ever recorded by player in his first year with the Sabres, breaking a record previously held by Danny Gare (26) since 1974-75.
  • Skinner is on pace to become the first Sabres player to score at least 40 goals since Thomas Vanek (40) in 2008-09 and would have the highest total since Thomas Vanek scored 43 in 2006-07. He would become just the 11th different player in Sabres history to score at least 40 in a season.

RISING IN THE RECORD BOOKS

  • With his goal on March 2 at Toronto, Jason Pominville tied Don Luce for 10th-most regular-season goals in Sabres history (216). He now trails Rene Robert by six goals for ninth-most all-time.
  • Pominville needs eight points to tie Luce for seventh-most in franchise history (526) and eight assists to tie him for seventh-most in that category (310).

LEADING THE WAY
Each of the Sabres’ top three scorers is currently on pace to top his previous personal best 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 68 25 48 73 17 34 51
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 77 28 54 83 19 39 58
               
Reinhart Career High (2017-18) 82 25 25 50 13 16 29
Reinhart 2018-19 73 18 41 59 16 29 45
Reinhart 2018-19 (Pace) 82 20 46 66 18 33 51
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 73 37 22 59 29 14 43
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 42 25 66 33 16 48

SCORING WHEN IT COUNTS

  • Jeff Skinner’s seven game-winning goals tied for sixth-most in the NHL this season entering play Tuesday. 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 3/22 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 81.8% PK% (7th)
  • Eichel: 271 S (5th)
  • Ristolainen: 24:49 TOI/GP (9th)
  • Skinner: 3 OTG (T-3rd), 29 EVG (T-5th), 7 GWG (T-6th), 37 G (T-9th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (218), Girgensons (125), Larsson (97)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (117), Bogosian (115), McCabe (95)
Shots: Eichel (271), Skinner (237), Ristolainen (172)

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: 3-6-1 (7), 26/38, 7/30, 19/22
61-70: 2-8-0 (4), 23/39, 6/27, 18/26
71-80: 1-2-0 (2), 8/11. 1/6, 6/6

OVERTIME RESULTS (7-6; 120-127 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)
March 1 vs. PIT: W, 4-3 (GWG-Sheary, 4:11)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (6-2; 76-68 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)
Feb. 21 at TBL: L, 2-1 (GDG-Stamkos)
March 7 at CHI: L, 5-4 (GDG-Kane)
March 17 vs. STL: W, 4-3 (GDG-Reinhart)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Goals
Jason Pominville … 1 goal … 217 goals with Sabres (sole possession, 10th in franchise history)
Jack Eichel … 2 goals … 100 career goals
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 1 assist … 300 career assists
Jeff Skinner … 3 assists … 200 career assists
Matt Hunwick … 6 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Sam Reinhart … 1 point … 200 career points
Jason Pominville … 8 points … 526 assists with Sabres (T-7th in franchise history)
Rasmus Ristolainen … 10 points … 200 career points 

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Post-Game Report: 11/23 vs. Montreal

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Canadiens
(11-7-5)
0 1 1 0 2 33
Sabres
(15-6-2)
1 0 1 1 3 40

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • The Sabres are now on their first eight-game winning streak since the team won its first 10 games of the 2006-07 season. Their 9-1-0 record in their last 10 games is also their best 10-game stretch in a season since the beginning of the 2006-07 season.
  • Buffalo now has points in eight straight games for the first time since they had points in nine in a row (7-0-2) from March 10 to 27, 2012.
  • The Sabres are now on their first five-game home winning streak since they won seven in a row from Nov. 28 to Dec. 15, 2014. The team’s 8-2-1 record at home this season puts them on pace for its best home record since the 1979-80 season (27-5-8).
  • The win gives the Sabres their first four-game winning streak against divisional opponents since Nov. 15 to Dec. 2, 2014.
  • The Sabres have won all three of their matchups with the Canadiens this season and are now on their first three-game winning streak against Montreal since the Nov. 28, 2014 to Feb. 3, 2015.
  • Jeff Skinner scored his 16th and 17th goals of the season and finished the game tied with David Pastrnak for the league lead this season.
  • With his goal today, Casey Mittelstadt now has a point in each of his three games against the Canadiens this season (1+2).
  • Conor Sheary’s assist on Mittelstadt’s goal has extended his point streak against Montreal to four games (2+2).

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Canadiens Niemi O .925 2.85
Sabres Hutton W .939 1.90
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Canadiens Niemi 4-2-1 .893 3.61
Sabres Hutton 11-6-1 .919 2.53

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jeff Skinner

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian

Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton

Canadiens head coach Claude Julien

Canadiens forward Andrew Shaw

Canadiens defenseman Brett Kulak

Canadiens defenseman Jordie Benn

Game Preview: 11/23/18 vs. Montreal

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Wednesday, November 21
Philadelphia 2 at Buffalo 5
Goals: Skinner, Thompson, Rodrigues, Larsson, Reinhart
Goalie: Hutton (23 saves/25 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 1/1; Shots: Philadelphia 25 – Buffalo 21

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 75)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 22 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 22 games
Patrik Berglund (upper body, Oct. 21; injured reserve) – 1 game
Marco Scandella (lower body, Oct. 21) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/21: Recalled D Lawrence Pilut from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Patrik Berglund on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Nov. 24: Buffalo at Detroit, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 27: San Jose at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 29: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 30: Buffalo at Florida, 7 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 3: Buffalo at Nashville, 8 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
CANADIENS AT SABRES

  • This is the third of four meetings between the Sabres and Canadiens this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Montreal 6-5 (OT) in Montreal on Nov. 8
  • Next meeting: Saturday, March 23 in Montreal
  • The Sabres are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Canadiens; 4-3-3 at home
  • This is the 282nd game all-time between Buffalo and Montreal; Buffalo has a 128-112-41 series record.
  • The Sabres are 73-40-27 at home against the Canadiens all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-7-2 all-time on November 23.
  • November 23, 1978: Larry Playfair makes his NHL debut in a 5-2 loss at Boston.
  • November 23, 2011: T.J. Brennan scores in his NHL debut versus Boston, becoming the first Sabres defenseman to score in his first NHL game since Lindy Ruff.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 8-2-0 in their last 10 games. It’s Buffalo’s best 10-game stretch since the team posted a 7-1-2 record from March 10 to 30, 2012 and the first time the team has won eight games in a 10-game stretch since the last 10 games of the 2010-11 season.
  • Entering tonight’s game, the Sabres are 3-0-0 in their last three games against the Atlantic Division. They are seeking their first four-game winning streak against divisional opponents since Nov. 15 to Dec. 2, 2014.
  • The Sabres have won both of their previous matchups with the Canadiens this season and are seeking their first three-game winning streak against Montreal since the Nov. 28, 2014 to Feb. 3, 2015.
  • Carter Hutton has appeared in six career games against Montreal, posting a 3-0-2 record with a .934 save percentage and a 1.64 goals-against average.
  • Conor Sheary has recorded a point in each of his last three games against the Canadiens (2+1).
  • Jeff Skinner has recorded 17 points (11+6) in 17 games against Montreal since the beginning of the 2013-14 season. Jason Pominville has totaled 12 points (9+3) in 13 games against the Canadiens during the same span.

GOING STREAKING

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game on their first seven-game winning since the team won its first 10 games of the 2006-07 season.
  • With a win or overtime loss tonight, the Sabres would have points in eight straight games for the first time since they had points in nine in a row (7-0-2) from March 10 to 27, 2012.

HOME COOKING

  • Buffalo enters tonight’s game with a 7-2-1 (.750) record at home this season, putting the team on pace for its best home record since the 1979-80 season (27-5-8, .775). That record ties as the third-best home record in the NHL.
  • With 15 points through 10 home games, the team has its best 10-game start to the home schedule since they began the 2009-10 season with an identical 7-2-1 record in their first 10 home games.
  • The Sabres have won each of their last four home games. It’s their first four-game home winning streak since Jan. 7 to 20, 2017. A win tonight would mark their first five-game home winning streak since they won seven in a row from Nov. 28 to Dec. 15, 2014.
  • The team has gone 5-0-1 in its last six home games. A point tonight would give the Sabres points in seven consecutive home games for the first time since Jan. 7 to Feb. 7, 2017 (6-0-1).

SCORING EARLY IS GREAT…

  • The Sabres are 9-0-2 when scoring first so far this season. They are one of four teams who have earned at least a point in every game in which they’ve opened the scoring in 2018-19.
    • Their current win percentage when scoring first (.818) is the team’s best since the 1998-99 season (37-28-17, .846).
  • Buffalo is 8-0-2 when leading after the first period. They are one of five teams who have earned at least a point in every game in which they’ve led after 20 minutes in 2018-19.
    • Their current win percentage when leading after one (.800) is the team’s best since the 2006-07 season (53-22-7, .893).

…BUT SCORING LATE IS NICE TOO

  • The Sabres are 5-6-1 when trailing after two periods. Their five wins when trailing after 40 minutes rank as the second-most in the league.
  • Buffalo’s current win percentage when trailing after two periods is .417. The franchise record for best win percentage when trailing after two periods is currently the team’s .286 mark (7-19-0) from the 1983-84 season.

NOT TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT
The Sabres are 7-0-2 in one-goal games so far this season. The team last won more than half of its one-goal games in a season in 2011-12 (21-9-11). The team’s current .777 winning percentage in one-goal games would top the franchise record of .714 (10-4-0) set in the 1977-78 season.

MR. CARTER

  • Carter Hutton is 6-0-0 with a .933 save percentage and a 1.99 goals-against average in his last six games.
  • The six-game winning streak tops his previous high, a five-game streak from March 21, 2014 at Calgary to April 13, 2014 at Minnesota. It’s the longest winning streak by a Sabres goaltender since Ryan Miller’s eight-game streak from Oct. 8 to 30, 2009.
  • Hutton’s 10 wins trail only Frederik Andersen (12 wins) for most in the NHL.

KILLING IT

  • Buffalo is 19-for-20 on the penalty kill in the team’s last nine games dating back to Nov. 3 vs. Ottawa. During this nine-game stretch, the Sabres’ goaltenders have turned aside 25 shots on the power play and the team has killed off 32:38 of power-play time.
    • This stretch has improved the team to 34-for-37 (91.9%) in their last 14 games dating back to Oct. 21 at Anaheim, the third-best mark in the NHL during that span.
  • On the season, the Sabres have killed off 52 of the team’s 63 shorthanded situations (82.5%), ranking them fifth in the league.

WHAT’S THE SKINNY?

  • With 15 goals through Buffalo’s first 22 games, Jeff Skinner trails only David Pastrnak (17 goals) for most in the NHL this season.
  • Skinner has reached the 15-goal mark quicker than in any other season of his career, topping his previous record of 29 games in 2013-14.
  • 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.

WINNING WAYS
Sam Reinhart has recorded 10 points (2+8) in his last nine games, including four two-point games during that stretch. The Sabres are 11-0-0 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 25-2-3 (.883) in his career when he records at least two.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens Buffalo’s fourth of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which concludes tomorrow night at Detroit. The Sabres are 3-0-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-1-0 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in their previous back-to-back sets is: four points (2), three points (0), two points (1), one point (0) and zero points (0).

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 30 PTS (T-3rd), 14 W (4th), 82.5 PK% (5th)
  • Eichel: 89 S (4th), 20 EVP (T-4th), 20 A (T-4th), 1 OTG (T-9th)
  • Hutton: 10 W (T-2nd), 465 SV (7th)
  • Ristolainen: 75 hits (3rd), 25:15 TOI/GP (9th), 1 OTG (T-9th)
  • Skinner: 12 EVG (1st), 15 G (T-2nd), plus-13 (T-2nd)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-7th)

BUF-MTL CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Canadiens F Joel Armia was drafted by the Sabres in the first round (16th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft and skated in one game for the team.
  • Canadiens F Paul Byron spent one season (2010-2011) with the Sabres after being drafted by Buffalo in the sixth round (179th overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft. He played in eight games and recorded two points (1+1).
  • Canadiens F Nicolas Deslauriers spent four seasons with the Sabres organization (2013-2017), playing in 211 games and recording 30 points (12+18). He was the only player to skate in all 82 games during the 2014-15 season and led the team with 206 hits in 2015-16.

Former Canadiens:

  • Sabres D Nathan Beaulieu was selected by Montreal in the first round (17th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft. He spent five seasons with the club (2012-2017), skating in 225 games and recording 60 points (7+53).

Local Players:

  • Sabres F Jason Pominville is a native of Repentigny, Quebec, and played junior hockey with the Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL).
  • Sabres D Marco Scandella grew up in Montreal. He played three seasons of junior hockey playing for the Val-d’Or Foreurs (QMJHL).

 Jason Botterill:

  • Played with Canadiens associate coach Kirk Muller in Dallas.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played for Team North America with Canadiens F Jonathan Drouin at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

 Remi Elie:

  • Played with Montreal D Jordie Benn in Dallas.

 Phil Housley:

  • Was an assistant coach in Nashville when Canadiens D Shea Weber was playing for the Predators.

 Carter Hutton:

  • Played with Canadiens G Antti Niemi and F Andrew Shaw in Chicago. Canadiens goaltending coach Stephane Waite was also on the Blackhawks coaching staff during Hutton’s tenure with the team.
  • Played with Canadiens D Shea Weber in Nashville.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played for Team USA at the IIHF 2013 World Junior Championship with Canadiens D Mike Reilly. McCabe captained the team and the duo won a gold medal together.
  • Represented the United States with Canadiens D Jeff Petry at the 2014 IIHF World Championship.

 Kyle Okposo:

  • Represented the United States with Canadiens D Jeff Petry at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.

 Jason Pominville:

  • Played with Canadiens D Mike Reilly in Minnesota.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Played with Canadiens F Jonathan Drouin for Team Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Won a gold medal with Canadiens F Max Domi for Team Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship. Both Domi and Reinhart were named to the tournament’s All-Star Team. The duo also won a gold medal together while representing Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

 Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland with Canadiens F Artturi Lehkonen at both the 2013 and 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships, winning gold in 2014. Canadiens F Joel Armia was also on Finland’s 2013 roster.

 Marco Scandella:

  • Played with Canadiens D Mike Reilly in Minnesota.

Conor Sheary:

  • Played with Canadiens G Antti Niemi in Pittsburgh.

Jeff Skinner:

  • Played in Carolina when Canadiens associate coach Kirk Muller was the head coach of the Hurricanes.

 Steve Smith:

  • Was a scout for the Blackhawks when Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin was in the front office and goaltending coach Stephane Waite held the same role in Chicago. Canadiens G Antti Niemi also played for the Blackhawks during Smith’s time with the team.
  • Was an assistant coach for the Oilers when Canadiens D Jeff Petry was playing in Edmonton.

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Played in Boston when Canadiens Head Coach Claude Julien was the head coach of the Bruins.
  • Played for the Blues when Canadiens associate coach Kirk Muller was an assistant coach in St. Louis.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (75), McCabe (39), Girgensons (35)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (38), Ristolainen (34), Bogosian (30)
Shots: Eichel (89), Skinner (71), Pominville (50)

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: 2-0-0 (4), 10/6, 1/6, 4/4

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-2; 115-123 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)
Nov. 19 at PIT: W, 5-4 (GWG-Eichel, 0:45)

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
Nathan Beaulieu … 3 games … 300 career games played
Evan Rodrigues … 4 games … 100 career games played
Remi Elie … 6 games … 100 career games played
Kyle Okposo … 8 games … 700 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 1 goal … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 6 assists … 300 career assists
Points
Jason Pominville … 3 points … 511 points with Sabres (T-8th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
Jeff Skinner … 600th NHL game … Nov. 19 at PIT
Jack Eichel … 200th NHL point … Nov. 19 at PIT
Jason Pominville … 682nd game played with Sabres (9th in franchise history) … Nov. 21 vs. PHI