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Post-Game Report: 12/2 vs. New Jersey

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Devils
(9-13-4)
0 1 0 1 45
Sabres
(13-10-5)
5 2 0 7 32

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • With five goals in the first period tonight, the Sabres recorded their highest single-period goal total since they scored five in the second period on Jan. 8, 2019 vs. New Jersey.
  • The Sabres have scored at least six goals in consecutive home games for the fourth time in the last 10 years.
    • The others: Feb. 5 and Feb. 13, 2011; March 27 and March 31, 2010; Oct. 13 and Oct. 16, 2009
  • Linus Ullmark tied a career high with 44 saves tonight, improving to 9-3-3 in his career (4-0-1 this season) when facing at least 40 shots.
  • With two goals in the first period, Conor Sheary posted his 11th career multi-goal game and his second of the season.
  • Jack Eichel’s first-period goal tonight extended his point streak to 10 games (9+10). He now owns the eighth-longest streak in the NHL this season and trails only Patrick Kane for the longest active streak.
  • Johan Larsson recorded three assists in the first period, marking his second career three-point night (last: March 11, 2015 at Toronto). Jack Eichel (0+4, 3/31/18) is the only player in franchise history ever to have recorded more assists in a single period.
  • With Buffalo’s fifth goal of the game, Rasmus Asplund tallied his first career NHL goal.
  • With two points (1+1) tonight, Victor Olofsson now has at least a point in 11 of his his 13 games dating back to Nov. 8. During that span, all five of his goals and 10 of his 12 points have come at even strength.
  • Henri Jokiharju’s goal tonight was the third of his career and his first to come on the power play.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen recorded the primary assist on Eichel’s goal and now has a point in each of his last three games (1+3).

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision GA SA
Devils
Domingue
Blackwood
L
ND
5
2
15
17
Sabres Ullmark W 1 45
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Devils Domingue
Blackwood
1-2-0
8-7-3
.870
.898
3.45
3.12
Sabres Ullmark 7-5-2 .917 2.86

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger

Sabres forward Rasmus Asplund

Sabres forward Johan Larsson

Sabres forward Conor Sheary

Devils head coach John Hynes

Devils forward Taylor Hall

Devils defenseman Andy Greene

Game Preview: 12/2/19 vs. New Jersey

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, November 30
Buffalo 1 at Toronto 2 (OT)
Goals: Ristolainen
Goalie: Hutton (41 saves/43 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 0/1; Shots: Toronto 43 – Buffalo 30

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 128)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 27 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 11 games
Kyle Okposo (concussion, Nov. 17; injured reserve) – 8 games
Tage Thompson (upper body, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 7 games
Evan Rodrigues (lower body, Nov. 25) – 4 games
Rasmus Dahlin (concussion, Nov. 27; injured reserve) – 3 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/25: Recalled F Jean-Sebastien Dea from Rochester (AHL)
11/27: Activated F Marcus Johansson from IR; Placed D Rasmus Dahlin on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Dec. 5: Buffalo at Calgary, 9 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 7: Buffalo at Vancouver, 4 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 8: Buffalo at Edmonton, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 10: St. Louis at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 12: Nashville at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
DEVILS at SABRES

  • This is the second of three meetings between the Sabres and Devils this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated New Jersey 7-2 in Buffalo on Oct. 5
  • Next meeting: Thursday, April 2 in New Jersey
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Devils; 4-5-1 at home.
  • This is the 159th game all-time between Buffalo and New Jersey; Buffalo has a 77-55-26 series record.
  • The Sabres are 42-27-11 at home against the Devils all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-11-1 all-time on December 2.
  • December 2, 1969: The NHL announces its decision to expand to Buffalo and Vancouver in the 1970-71 season.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • After winning the first meeting between the teams this season by a score of 7-2 on Oct. 5 in Buffalo, the Sabres are looking to clinch the season series against the Devils for the first time since 2013-14.
  • A win would also give the Sabres wins in three straight home games against the Devils for the first time since they topped New Jersey in all four of their visits to Buffalo in 2012-13 and 2013-14.
  • Victor Olofsson has recorded points in 10 of his last 12 games (4+6).
  • All 10 of Skinner’s goals this season have come during 5-on-5 play. According to NaturalStatTrick.com, he entered play Sunday tied for seventh-most in the league.

HOT AGAINST NEW JERSEY

  • Sam Reinhart has scored four goals and recorded 13 shots in his last three games against the Devils, tallying at least a goal in each contest.
  • Jake McCabe has points in four of his last five games against New Jersey (2+2), including a point in three straight home games.
  • Zach Bogosian recorded an assist in both of his meetings with the Devils last season.
  • Jack Eichel has posted eight points (5+3) in his last eight games against New Jersey, including three points (1+2) when these teams last met.
  • Jeff Skinner has totaled five points (2+3) in his last five matchups with the Devils.

EVEN-STRENGTH IMPROVEMENT
The Sabres have seen positive trends at even strength in the team’s last 10 games. In that span, Buffalo’s 5-on-5 numbers have improved on the team’s per-60 rates from its first 17 games in every meaningful category, including goals for and against, shots for and against, shot attempts for and against, and scoring chances for and against.

Buffalo Sabres at 5-on-5 (via NaturalStatTrick.com)

GF% SF% CF% SCF%
First 17 Games 50.79 48.21 48.61 47.72
Last 10 Games 56.41 52.02 52.64 51.24

During the 10-game stretch that began on Nov. 14 vs. Carolina, the team has tied or led its opponent in…

  • 5-on-5 goals: seven times
  • 5-on-5 shots: eight times
  • 5-on-5 shot attempts: seven times
  • 5-on-5 scoring chances: seven times

GOING STREAKING

  • Jack Eichel enters today’s game on a nine-game point streak that began on Nov. 16. Entering play Sunday, his eight goals and 16 points during the streak both tied for the NHL lead during that timeframe.
  • Eichel has recorded at least one assist in each of the last seven games. The longest assist streak of his career is nine games, set from Feb. 14 to March 4, 2017.

SETTING THE PACE

  • With 16 goals in 27 games so far this season, Jack Eichel is on pace to shatter his previous best goal total (28), set in the 2018-19 season.
  • Eichel’s output through 27 games currently has him on pace to finish the season with 49 goals and 106 points, which would be the highest goal and point totals by a Sabre since Pat LaFontaine (53+95) and Alexander Mogilny (76+51) in 1992-93.
  • Sam Reinhart’s nine goals in 27 games put him on pace for a career-high goal total (27).
  • Victor Olofsson’s goal and point totals currently have him on pace for the best offensive season by a Sabres rookie in decades. If he maintains his current pace, he would finish the season with the most goals by a Sabres rookie (30) since Donald Audette’s 31 in 1991-92 and the most points by a Sabres rookie (61) since Ray Sheppard’s 65 in 1987-88.

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel has recorded nine multi-point games this season, tying for 10th-most in the NHL before Sunday’s games.
  • Entering play Sunday, his four multi-goal games tied for third-most (one shy of the league lead) and his six multi-assist games tied for fifth-most (also one behind the league leaders).
  • Eichel has already recorded at least three points six times this season, matching his previous career-high total set in the 2016-17 season. Only Leon Draisaitl (8) and Connor McDavid (8) had more games with at least three points this season entering play Sunday.
  • Eichel’s three games with at least four points this season tied for the league lead entering play Sunday. Since he entered the league in 2015-16, only seven players have totaled at least four points more times than Eichel’s eight: Nikita Kucherov (15), Patrick Kane (10), Connor McDavid (10), Johnny Gaudreau (9), Brad Marchand (9), Alex Ovechkin (9) and Steven Stamkos (9).

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 12/1 games)

  • Eichel: 12 EVG (T-3rd), 547 FO (4th), 25 EVP (T-5th), 16 G (T-6th), 99 S (6th), 35 PTS (7th), 257 FOW (9th), 1 OTG (T-10th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (T-1st)
  • Johansson: 1 OTG (T-10th)
  • Olofsson: 6 PPG (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 85 hits (T-9th)
  • Skinner: 95 S (T-10th)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-9th)

BUF-NJD CONNECTIONS

  • Sabres forward Marcus Johansson played for the Devils for two seasons (2017-19 to 2018-19). In 77 games with New Jersey, Johansson scored 17 goals and added 24 assists.
  • Devils defenseman Matt Tennyson spent two seasons (2017-18 to 2018-19) with the Sabres organization, appearing in 19 games for Buffalo.
  • Devils forward Miles Wood was born in Buffalo. He is the son of former Sabre Randy Wood.
  • Sabres forward Jack Eichel played for Team USA with Devils defenseman Will Butcher at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship. The duo won a bronze medal together the following year with Devils forwards Miles Wood and John Hayden at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Sabres forward Jack Eichel played for Team USA at the 2019 IIHF World Championship with Devils forward Jack Hughes.
  • Sabres defenseman Henri Jokiharju and Devils forward John Hayden played for the Blackhawks together for one season (2018-19).
  • Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe played for Team USA with Devils forward Miles Wood at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres defenseman Brandon Montour and Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen played in Anaheim together for parts of two seasons (2016-17 to 2017-18).
  • Sabres defenseman Brandon Montour and forward Sam Reinhart played for Team Canada with Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood and defenseman Damon Severson at the 2019 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres forward Sam Reinhart and Devils forward Taylor Hall won a gold medal together for Team Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen and Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen played for Team Finland together at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
  • Sabres defenseman Marco Scandella won a silver medal for Team Canada with Devils forward Taylor Hall at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Sabres forward Jeff Skinner represented Canada with Devils forward Travis Zajac at the 2011 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres forward Jeff Skinner and Devils defenseman Matt Tennyson were teammates in Carolina for one season (2016-17).
  • Sabres forward Jeff Skinner played with Devils forwards Taylor Hall and Wayne Simmonds, and defenseman P.K. Subban for Team Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Championship. Skinner and Simmonds later won a silver medal together at the 2017 IIHF World Championship.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (85), McCabe (44), Girgensons (38)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (45), Ristolainen (36), Jokiharju/Scandella (25)
Shots: Eichel (99), Skinner (95), Olofsson (68)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 8-1-1 (17), 38/24, 12/39, 23/30
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 21/35, 2/26, 21/29
21-30: 2-3-2 (6), 19/23, 1/19, 18/24

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-4; 122-132 all-time)
Oct. 7 at CBJ: L, 4-3 (GWG-Texier, 2:08)
Oct. 9 vs. MTL: W, 5-4 (GWG-Johansson, 1:30)
Oct. 22 vs. SJS: W, 4-3 (GWG-Eichel, 3:13)
Nov. 14 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Hamilton, 2:28)
Nov. 27 vs. CGY: L, 3-2 (GWG-Lindholm, 1:17)
Nov. 30 at TOR: L, 2-1 (GWG-Tavares, 1:45)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-1; 76-70 all-time)
Oct. 11 vs. FLA: W, 3-2 (GDG-Eichel)
Oct. 28 vs. ARI: L, 3-2 (GDG-Schmaltz)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 4 goals … 100 career goals
Assists
Marco Scandella … 10 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Jimmy Vesey … 3 points … 100 career points
Jack Eichel … 6 points … 300 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Brandon Montour … 200th NHL game … Nov. 27 vs. CGY
Rasmus Asplund … 1st NHL point (assist) … Nov. 27 vs. CGY
Jake McCabe … 300th NHL game … Nov. 30 at TOR

Post-Game Report: 10/5 vs. New Jersey

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Devils
(0-1-1)
0 1 1 2 20
Sabres
(2-0-0)
2 3 2 7 36

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • The Sabres’ seven goals tonight are the second-most they’ve scored in a home opener, trailing only their 9-5 victory over the Boston Bruins on Oct. 10, 1974.
  • With a win tonight, Ralph Krueger became the fourth Sabres head coach to earn wins in his first two games as the team’s head coach, joining Marcel Pronovost (Oct. 13-15, 1977), Scotty Bowman (Oct. 11-13, 1979) and Jim Roberts (Dec. 9-12, 1981).
  • Victor Olofsson scored two power-play goals against the Devils, marking the first multi-goal game of his career and giving him points in each of the Sabres’ first two games (2+1).
  • The Sabres’ three power-play goals are the most they’ve scored in a single game since March 31, 2018 at Nashville, in a 7-4 victory where they tallied four goals with an extra attacker.
  • With two points each tonight, Rasmus Dahlin (1+2) and Sam Reinhart (2+1) have both recorded three points in the team’s first two games of the season.
  • Marcus Johansson recorded the primary assist on Jeff Skinner’s second-period goal, marking his first point as a Sabre.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Devils
Blackwood L .806 7.00
Sabres Hutton W .900 2.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Devils Blackwood 0-1-0 .800 6.59
Sabres Hutton 2-0-0 .939 1.50

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Sabres forward Victor Olofsson

Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe

Devils head coach John Hynes

Devils forward Kyle Palmieri

Devils forward Travis Zajac

Devils defenseman Andy Greene

Game Preview: 10/5/19 vs. New Jersey

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, October 3
Buffalo 3 at Pittsburgh 1
Goals: Sheary (2), Dahlin
Goalie: Hutton (28 saves/29 shots)
PP: 1/2; PK: 4/5; Shots: Buffalo 41 – Pittsburgh 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 4)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (hip, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 1 game
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 1 game
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (hip; Oct. 3, injured reserve) – 1 game
Brandon Montour (hand, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
9/29: Assigned D William Borgen to Rochester (AHL)
9/30: Placed F Remi Elie, F Curtis Lazar, F Scott Wilson and D Casey Nelson on waivers; Assigned F Rasmus Asplund, F Tage Thompson and D Lawrence Pilut to Rochester (AHL)
10/1: Recalled F Jean-Sebastien Dea, F Curtis Lazar and D Lawrence Pilut from Rochester (AHL); Assigned F Remi Elie, F Curtis Lazar, F Victor Olofsson, F Scott Wilson, D Henri Jokiharju and D Casey Nelson Rochester; Placed D Zach Bogosian, D Matt Hunwick, D Brandon Montour and G Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen on IR
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
Monday, Oct. 7: Buffalo at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 9: Montreal at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
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.

TONIGHT’S GAME
DEVILS at SABRES

  • This is the first of three meetings between the Sabres and Devils this season.
  • Last meeting: New Jersey defeated Buffalo 3-1 in New Jersey on March 25
  • Next meeting: Monday, Dec. 2 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Devils; 4-5-1 at home.
  • This is the 158th game all-time between Buffalo and New Jersey; Buffalo has a 76-55-26 series record.
  • The Sabres are 41-27-11 at home against the Devils all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 4-3-2 all-time on October 5.
  • October 5, 2000: J-P Dumont scores in his first game as a Sabre, a 4-2 win vs. Chicago.
  • October 5, 2005: Thomas Vanek records his first NHL point with an assist in his NHL debut, a 6-4 win vs. NY Islanders.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres won their first game of the season on Thursday night, earning a 3-1 victory at Pittsburgh. It was the team’s first season-opening win since Buffalo began the season with two wins in the 2012-13 season.
  • Sam Reinhart has scored a goal and recorded five shots in each of his last two games against the Devils.
  • Jake McCabe has points in three of his last four games against New Jersey (2+1).
  • Henri Jokiharju recorded an assist in his only previous meeting with the Devils.

HOMECOMING

  • Tonight’s game marks the 49th home-opener in franchise history.
  • The Sabres are 21-20-7 all-time in their first home game of the season. Buffalo is looking for its first win in a home-opener since the team’s 5-2 win vs. Philadelphia on Jan. 20, 2013.
  • The Sabres have previously opened their home schedule against the Devils once in franchise history, a 2-1 win on Jan. 25, 1995 featuring Sabres goals by Donald Audette and Wayne Presley and a 29-save performance by Dominik Hasek.

STARTING OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT

  • With a win tonight, Ralph Krueger would become the fourth Sabres head coach to earn wins in his first two games as the team’s head coach, joining Marcel Pronovost (Oct. 13-15, 1977), Scotty Bowman (Oct. 11-13, 1979) and Jim Roberts (Dec. 9-12, 1981).
  • No Sabres head coach has won each of his first three games with the team, but Bowman won the first three games of his final stint as the team’s head coach from Jan. 17 to 22, 1986.

CAPTAINS NIGHT
To celebrate the beginning of the team’s Golden Season, the Sabres are welcoming back 15 former captains from throughout franchise history to take part in a pre-game ceremony. The team’s original captain, Floyd Smith, will drop the puck for a ceremonial faceoff. A full list of captains attending the game is as follows:

  • Floyd Smith (1970-71)
  • Gerry Meehan (1971-72 to Oct. 1974)
  • Don Luce (Jan. 1976)
  • Danny Gare (1977-78 to 1980-81)
  • Gilbert Perreault (1981-82 to Nov. 1986)
  • Mike Foligno (Feb. 1989 to Dec. 1990)
  • Michael Peca (1997-98 to 1999-2000)
  • Donald Audette (April 1998)
  • Stu Barnes (2001-02 to March 2003)
  • Jochen Hecht (Oct. 2007, Feb. 2008)
  • Toni Lydman (Nov. 2007)
  • Brian Campbell (Dec. 2007)
  • Craig Rivet (2008-09 to Feb. 2011)
  • Jason Pominville (March to April 2008, 2011-12 to April 2013)
  • Brian Gionta (2014-15 to 2016-17)

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 opening night 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

2019 PRESEASON

  • Buffalo finished the preseason with a 4-2-0 record; 3-0-0 at home and 1-2-0 on the road.
  • Jack Eichel led all Sabres with six points (1+5) in three preseason games. Three other players also registered point-per-game totals: Sam Reinhart (3 GP, 2+2), Conor Sheary (2 GP, 1+2) and Victor Olofsson (3 GP, 3+0).
  • Olofsson led the team with three goals in three preseason games.
  • Linus Ullmark led Sabres goaltenders with a .936 save percentage in three appearances.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Sobotka (6), Ristolainen (5), Reinhart (4)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (4), Scandella (3), Jokiharju/Miller/Ristolainen (3)
Shots: Ristolainen (5), Skinner (5), Eichel (4)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 1-0-0 (2), 3/1, 1/2, 4/5

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-0; 120-128 all-time)
N/A

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Assists
Jeff Skinner … 2 assists … 200 career assists
Points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 6 points … 200 career points
Jimmy Vesey … 10 points … 100 career points 

RECENT MILESTONES
Colin Miller … 100th NHL points … Oct. 3 at PIT

Game Preview: 3/25/19 at New Jersey

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, March 23
Buffalo 4 at Montreal 7
Goals: Reinhart, Nylander, Scandella, Eichel
Goalie: Hutton (37 saves/43 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 1/4; PK: 1/2; Shots: Montreal 44 – Buffalo 27

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 216)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Jake McCabe (upper body, March 4) – 9 games
Matt Hunwick (upper body, March 23) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/24: Recalled D Lawrence Pilut from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Tuesday, April 2: Nashville at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at DEVILS

  • This is the third and final meeting between the Sabres and Devils this season.
  • Last meeting: New Jersey defeated Buffalo 4-1 in New Jersey on Feb. 17
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Devils; 3-4-3 on the road.
  • This is the 157th game all-time between Buffalo and New Jersey; Buffalo has a 76-54-26 series record.
  • The Sabres are 35-27-15 on the road against the Devils all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-8-3 all-time on March 25.
  • March 25, 1992: Donald Audette scores twice in 14 seconds as the Sabres improve to 30-16-2 against the Maple Leafs at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium. The team would finish with a 32-16-3 record against Toronto at the Aud.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • With a win tonight, the Sabres would clinch their first season-series win over the Devils (2-1-0) since Buffalo went 2-0-1 against New Jersey in 2013-14.
  • Jack Eichel has totaled five points (3+2) in four career visits to New Jersey.
  • Jeff Skinner has recorded six points (4+2) in his last seven meetings with New Jersey, including three points (1+2) in his last three.
  • Brandon Montour has recorded three points (2+1) in his last three games against the Devils.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has totaled four points (1+3) in his last five games against New Jersey.
  • Conor Sheary has recorded a point in six of his last eight games against the Devils (2+4).
  • Zach Bogosian has tallied an assist in both of Buffalo’s previous matchups with New Jersey this season.
  • Alexander Nylander (2+2) and Rasmus Dahlin (0+3) each enter tonight’s game on three-game point streaks.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens Buffalo’s 15th of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night at Ottawa. The Sabres are 7-6-1 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 6-6-2 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in their previous back-to-back sets is: four points (3), three points (1), two points (6), one point (2) and zero points (2).

A FRESH START

  • Through his first 12 games with the Sabres, Brandon Montour has recorded seven points (2+5), tying Jack Eichel (5+2) and Conor Sheary (4+3) for most points during that stretch. Six of his seven points as a Sabre (2+4) have come at even strength.
  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, Montour’s CF%, FF% and SCF% during 5-on-5 play through 12 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 12 games, Montour has also seen a drastic uptick in scoring rates in goals (.56), assists (.83) and points (1.39) per 60 minutes played at 5-on-5 compared to his rates from the last two seasons.

DAH-LEAN ON ME

  • Entering play Sunday, Rasmus Dahlin led rookie defensemen and ranked third among all NHL rookies in points (40). His 32 assists ranked second among all rookies.
  • With 40 points (8+32) through 74 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 March 20 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 26 goals and 75 points this season, setting new career-high marks in both categories. He is the first Sabres player to record at least 75 points in a season since Derek Roy (81) and Jason Pominville (80) both did so in 2007-08.
  • With 49 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 Pominville (53) in 2007-08.
  • He has also 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.

30 FOR 30

  • With his goal on Saturday at Montreal, Jack Eichel has now scored against each of Buffalo’s 30 opponents.
  • By doing so, Eichel became 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

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 69 26 49 75 18 34 52
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 77 29 55 84 20 38 58
               
Reinhart Career High (2017-18) 82 25 25 50 13 16 29
Reinhart 2018-19 74 19 41 60 17 29 46
Reinhart 2018-19 (Pace) 82 21 45 66 19 32 51
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 74 37 22 59 29 14 43
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 41 24 65 32 16 48

SCORING WHEN IT COUNTS

  • Jeff Skinner’s seven game-winning goals tied for sixth-most in the NHL this season entering play Sunday. 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 3/24 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 81.4% PK% (10th)
  • Eichel: 274 S (6th)
  • Ristolainen: 24:46 TOI/GP (9th)
  • Skinner: 3 OTG (T-3rd), 29 EVG (T-5th), 7 GWG (T-6th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (218), Girgensons (129), Larsson (97)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (119), Bogosian (116), McCabe (95)
Shots: Eichel (274), Skinner (242), Ristolainen (175)

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: 1-3-0 (2), 12/18. 2/10, 7/8

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 … 1 goal … 100 career goals
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 1 assist … 300 career assists
Jeff Skinner … 3 assists … 200 career assists
Points
Jason Pominville … 8 points … 526 assists with Sabres (T-7th in franchise history)
Rasmus Ristolainen … 10 points … 200 career points 

RECENT MILESTONES
Sam Reinhart … 200th NHL point … March 23 at MTL