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Post-Game Report: 1/8 vs. New Jersey

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Devils
(16-19-7)
1 0 0 1 21
Sabres
(23-14-6)
0 5 0 5 33

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • The five-goal second period was Buffalo’s most prolific period at home since the Sabres scored five goals in the third period to earn a 5-1 win vs. Carolina on Nov. 28, 2009.
  • The Sabres had 14 players record a point in the second period. It tied the Sabres’ franchise record for most players with a point in a single period. The other instances were on Nov. 2, 2006 vs. Tampa Bay and Oct. 21, 2009 at Florida.
  • With the win, Buffalo improved to 14-5-3 at KeyBank Center this season.
  • C.J. Smith and Lawrence Pilut each scored their first NHL goals tonight. The game was the sixth time in franchise history in which two Sabres have recorded their first NHL goals in the same contest.
    • The last such game was April 6, 2018, when Casey Mittelstadt and Alexander Nylander each scored their first career goals at Tampa Bay.
    • Including tonight, four of the six instances saw players score their first NHL goals in the same period.
  • Jeff Skinner’s goal tonight was his 29th of the season and 23rd at even strength, giving him sole possession of the NHL lead in even-strength tallies.
    • Skinner now has six points (4+2) in his last six games against New Jersey.
  • Jake McCabe’s goal was the first shorthanded point of his career and gives him a point in each of his last three games against the Devils (2+1).

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Devils Kinkaid L .848 5.01
Sabres Hutton W .952 1.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Devils Kinkaid 13-12-6 .898 3.07
Sabres Hutton 14-12-3 .918 2.57

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward C.J. Smith

Sabres forward Evan Rodrigues

Sabres defenseman Lawrence Pilut

Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton

Devils head coach John Hynes

Devils defenseman Andy Greene

Devils defenseman Ben Lovejoy

Game Preview: 1/8/19 vs. New Jersey

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, January 5
Buffalo 1 at Boston 2
Goals: Ristolainen
Goalie: Ullmark (39 saves/41 shots)
PP: 0/1; PK: 2/2; Shots: Boston 41 – Buffalo 32

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 166)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 42 games
Casey Nelson (upper body, Dec. 8; injured reserve) – 13 games
Zemgus Girgensons (upper body, Dec. 29; injured reserve) – 4 games
Jack Eichel (upper body, Jan. 3) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, Jan. 11: Buffalo at Carolina, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 12: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 14: Buffalo at Edmonton, 9 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 16: Buffalo at Calgary, 9:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 18: Buffalo at Vancouver, 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 Buffalo on Jan. 30, 2018
  • Next meeting: Sunday, Feb. 17 in New Jersey
  • The Sabres are 2-7-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Devils; 4-5-1 at home.
  • This is the 155th game all-time between Buffalo and New Jersey; Buffalo has a 75-53-26 series record.
  • The Sabres are 40-27-11 at home against the Devils all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-3-4 all-time on January 8.
  • January 8, 1988: Tom Barrasso stops 29 of 30 Hartford shots and Pierre Turgeon scores the game-winning goal as the Sabres top the Whalers 3-1 at the Aud.
  • January 8, 2000: Miroslav Satan scores on each of his three shots to earn his third hat trick as a member of the Sabres in a 7-4 win at Ottawa.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are seeking their first win at home against the Devils since April 1, 2014. The Devils have won six straight road games against the Sabres after snapping a four-game losing streak in Buffalo.
  • Jeff Skinner has recorded five points (3+2) in his last five meetings with New Jersey.
  • Jake McCabe enters tonight’s game with a point in each of his last two games against the Devils (1+1).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen posted three points (1+2) in three games against New Jersey last season.
  • Conor Sheary has recorded a point in five of his last six games against the Devils (2+3).
  • Sam Reinhart has already set career-high totals in assists (31) and multi-point games (13) this season. The Sabres are 17-5-4 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 28-4-6 (.816) in his career when he records at least two.

HOME COOKING
Buffalo enters tonight’s game with a 13-5-3 (.690) record at home. The team’s .690 points percentage at home ranked seventh in the NHL before Friday’s games. It would rank as the Sabres’ 10th-best home record ever and would be their best since the 1989-90 season (27-11-2, .700).

COMEBACK KIDS

  • The Sabres are 6-11-2 this season when trailing after two periods. Their six wins when trailing after 40 minutes ties for second-most in the league before Monday’s games and their .316 win percentage in those games ranked fourth.
  • Buffalo’s six wins when trailing after two have already surpassed last season’s total and leave the team three third-period comebacks shy of the franchise record of nine set in the 2005-06 season.

NOT TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT

  • The Sabres are 12-4-6 in one-goal games so far this season. Buffalo last won more than half of its one-goal games in a season in 2011-12 (21-9-11).
  • The team’s current .545 winning percentage in one-goal games would be the 16th-best mark in franchise history and would be the Sabres’ best record in one-goal games since 2006-07 (25-9-7, .610).

SCORING WHEN IT COUNTS

  • Jeff Skinner scored his seventh game-winning goal of the season on Thursday vs. Florida. Entering play Monday, his total tied for the most in the NHL this season. 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 also entered play Monday tied for second 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.

DAH-LEAN ON ME
Entering play Monday, Rasmus Dahlin led rookie defensemen and tied for third among all NHL rookies with 20 points (4+16) this season.

  • With his 20th point in his 37th game on Dec. 22 vs. Anaheim, he became the fourth-fastest 18-year-old defenseman in NHL history to reach the 20-point mark, trailing only Phil Housley (28 GP), Ray Bourque (30 GP) and Aaron Ekblad (34 GP).
  • Only nine defensemen in NHL history have recorded more points before their 19th birthdays than Dahlin’s
  • Dahlin’s totals put him on pace for 39 points this season. It would trail only Phil Housley (57 points in 1982-83) for most ever by a defenseman before his 19th birthday.

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 that ranks them each among the best even-strength players in the league this season:
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 40 15 34 49 11 25 36
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 80 30 68 98 22 50 72
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 42 28 13 41 22 9 31
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 55 25 80 43 18 61
               
Reinhart Career High (2017-18) 82 25 25 50 13 16 29
Reinhart 2018-19 42 9 32 40 8 22 30
Reinhart 2018-19 (Pace) 82 18 62 78 16 43 59

MAKING HISTORY

  • If the Sabres’ top scorers continue their current pace, the team would have three 75-point players for the first time since 1992-93 (Pat LaFontaine, Alexander Mogilny, Dale Hawerchuk).
  • At his current pace, Jack Eichel would finish the season with the third-most even-strength points ever recorded by a Sabre, trailing only Pat LaFontaine (83) and Mogilny (78) in 1992-93. He and Sam Reinhart would trail only LaFontaine’s franchise-record 52 even-strength assists that season. He would also become the first Sabre to record more than 95 points since the 1992-93 season (LaFontaine/Mogilny/Hawerchuk).
  • Jeff Skinner is currently on pace to score the third-most goals in Sabres history, trailing only Mogilny in 1992-93 (76) and Danny Gare in 1979-80 (56). His 43 even-strength goals would finish behind only Mogilny’s even-strength total from 1992-93 (49) and Rick Martin’s 44 in 1973-74 for third-most in team history.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 1/7 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 83.6% PK% (6th)
  • Eichel: 164 S (T-5th), 25 EVA (T-6th), 34 A (T-10th)
  • Ristolainen: 25:34 TOI/GP (5th), 127 hits (T-8th)
  • Skinner: 7 GWG (T-1st), 22 EVG (T-1st), 28 G (2nd), 3 OTG (T-2nd)

BUF-NJD CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Devils assistant coach Mike Grier spent parts of four seasons (2003-04, 2005-06, 2009-2011) playing for the Sabres, skating in 241 regular-season games and recording 70 points (23+47).
  • Devils F Drew Stafford spent nine seasons (2006-2015) playing for the Sabres, recording 322 points (145+177) in 563 regular-season games.

Former Devils:

  • Sabres Head Coach Phil Housley spent part of one season (1995-96) playing for the Devils, skating in 22 games a scoring 16 points (1+15).

Devils with Buffalo Connections:

  • Devils F Miles Wood was born in Buffalo. He is the son of former Sabre Randy Wood.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Played for Team USA with Devils F Drew Stafford at the 2009 IIHF World Championship.

Jason Botterill:

  • Was the assistant general manager in Pittsburgh when Devils General Manager Ray Shero was the Penguins’ general manager.
  • Was the director of hockey operations for the Penguins when Devils assistant coach Alain Nasreddine was playing in Pittsburgh.

Jack Eichel:

  • Won a bronze medal with Devils D Will Butcher and F Miles Wood while playing for Team USA at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship. Eichel and Butcher previously played together at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Chris Hajt:

  • Played with Devils assistant coach Mike Grier in Washington.

Matt Hunwick:

  • Played with Devils F Brian Boyle in Toronto.
  • Played for Team USA with Devils F Drew Stafford at both the 2004 and 2005 IIHF World Junior Championships, winning a gold medal in 2004. Devils G Cory Schneider was also on the 2005 American team with Hunwick and Stafford.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played for Team USA, which Devils Head Coach John Hynes coached, with Devils G Keith Kinkaid and F Miles Wood at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for the United States team that Devils Head Coach John Hynes coached at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Played for Team USA with Devils F Drew Stafford at the 2009 IIHF World Championship.
  • Played for Team USA with Devils D Andy Greene at the 2010 IIHF World Championship.
  • Played for Team USA with Devils F Kyle Palmieri at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.

Jason Pominville:

  • Played for Team USA with Devils F Drew Stafford at the 2008 IIHF World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Won a gold medal for Team Canada with Devils F Taylor Hall at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland with Devils D Andy Greene at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Marco Scandella:

  • Won a silver medal for Team Canada with Devils F Taylor Hall at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Conor Sheary:

  • Played with Devils D Ben Lovejoy in Pittsburgh.

Jeff Skinner:

  • Played for Team Canada with Devils F Travis Zajac at the 2011 IIHF World Championship.

Tage Thompson:

  • Won a gold medal for Team USA with Devils F Joey Anderson at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Won a bronze medal for Team USA with Devils D Will Butcher, G Keith Kinkaid and F Blake Coleman at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (127), Girgensons (62), McCabe/Okposo (53)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (70), Bogosian (70), McCabe (61)
Shots: Eichel (164), Skinner (132), Ristolainen (107)

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: 1-1-0 (2), 5/5, 0/4, 4/5

OVERTIME RESULTS (5-5; 118-126 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)

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
Johan Larsson … 6 games … 300 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 1 goal … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 5 assists … 300 career assists
Matt Hunwick … 8 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Jason Pominville … 3 points … 511 points with Sabres (T-8th in franchise history) 

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Post-Game Report: 1/30 vs. New Jersey

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
 Devils
(25-16-8)
0 2 1 3 28
Sabres
(14-27-9)
0 0 1 1 28

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • New Jersey’s first goal brought Robin Lehner’s shutout streak to an end at a career-best 145:15. His previous best streak was 126:59 (Feb. 16 to 21, 2016).
  • The goal also stopped the team’s shutout streak at 199:19. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the streak was Buffalo’s longest since the team’s franchise-record streak of 226:24 set from Jan. 16 to 25, 2003.
  • With his assist on Jake McCabe’s goal, Ryan O’Reilly now has nine points (4+5) in his last nine games.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Devils Kinkaid W .964 1.00
Sabres Lehner L .926 2.05

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Devils Kinkaid 8-4-2 .897 3.11
Sabres Lehner 11-19-6 .912 2.85

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe

Devils head coach John Hynes

Devils forward Taylor Hall

Devils defenseman Andy Greene

Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid

Game Preview: 1/30/18 vs. NJD

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, January 25
Buffalo 4 at Vancouver 0
Goals: Reinhart, Baptiste, Okposo, Larsson
Goalie: Lehner (30 saves/30 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 2/2; Shots: Vancouver 30 – Buffalo 26

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 181)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Jacob Josefson (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 6 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 6 games
Josh Gorges (illness, Jan. 22) – 3 games
Nathan Beaulieu (undisclosed, Jan. 23; injured reserve) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/26: Assigned D Matt Tennyson to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Feb. 1: Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 3: St. Louis at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 6: Anaheim at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 8: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 10: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
DEVILS at SABRES

  • This is the third and final meeting between the Sabres and Devils this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated New Jersey 4-3 (OT) in New Jersey on Dec. 29, 2017
  • The Sabres are 2-6-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Devils; 4-5-1 at home.
  • This is the 154th game all-time between Buffalo and New Jersey; Buffalo has a 75-52-26 series record.
  • The Sabres are 40-26-11 at home against the Devils all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-4-3 all-time on January 30.
  • January 30, 2007: Daniel Briere scores his second of two hat tricks as a member of the Sabres as the Sabres defeat the Bruins 7-1 in Buffalo.
  • January 30, 2008: Ryan Miller stops all 32 Florida shots and Thomas Vanek scores the lone Buffalo goal as the Sabres defeat the Panthers 1-0 in Florida.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Buffalo returns from the All-Star Break looking to continue a three-game winning streak that began with three wins in Western Canada last week.
  • A win tonight would give the Sabres their first four-game winning streak since December 2014. The team last had points in four straight games from Dec. 5 to 12, 2017 (2-0-2).
  • The Sabres are looking to post their second straight win against the Devils for the first time since they won consecutive meetings on Jan. 4 and April 1, 2014.
  • The Devils have won five straight road games against the Sabres after snapping a four-game losing streak in Buffalo. The Sabres’ last home win against the Devils came on April 1, 2014.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has three points (1+2) in two games against the Devils so far this season.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week for the week ending Jan. 28 after leading the NHL with five points (2+3) in three games last week and adding three points (1+2) in his first NHL All-Star Game on Sunday.
  • With a shutout in each of his starts last week, Robin Lehner earned NHL Third Star of the Week honors for the week ending Jan. 28
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 13 points (3+10) in his last 12 games, dating back to Dec. 29, despite getting a game misconduct after just 5:43 of ice time in one of those games. Ristolainen’s 13 points during that span rank third among NHL defensemen.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded 15 points (4+11) in his last 15 games, including four multi-point games in his last seven contests.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded eight points (4+4) in his last eight games.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled seven points (3+4) in his last five games.

THE “S” WORD

  • With Robin Lehner’s consecutive shutouts in the team’s last two games, the Sabres have posted shutouts in consecutive games for the first time since Ryan Miller logged two in a row on Feb. 29 and March 1, 2012.
  • Lehner has now played 119:26 without allowing a goal, leaving him 7:33 shy of his career-best 126:59, set from Feb. 16 to 21, 2016.
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Sabres’ current shutout streak of 173:30 is the team’s longest since the franchise-record 226:24 set from Jan. 16 to 25, 2003.

EVEN-KEELED

  • Sabres goaltenders Robin Lehner and Chad Johnson have combined to stop all 80 shots faced at even strength in Buffalo’s last three games.
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the team’s goaltenders have gone four straight games without allowing an even-strength goal only once in franchise history, when Jhonas Enroth and Michal Neuvirth combined to stop each of the 102 even-strength shots they faced from Nov. 18 to 28, 2014.

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 25 points (12+13) in his last 17 games, dating back to Dec. 15.
  • During that stretch, Eichel ranks in the top 10 in the league in goals (T-3rd, 12), points (T-1st, 25), even-strength goals (2nd, 10), even-strength points (T-6th, 16) and shots (T-1st, 77).
  • Eichel scored at least two goals in four of those 17 games and is tied for ninth in the league with four multi-goal games this season, just two off the league lead.

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 improved production at even strength (T-8th in NHL in ES goals, T-10th in ES points).
  • With his 17th even-strength goal in his 44th game of the season on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus, Eichel surpassed his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games). Through 49 games, Eichel now has 18 even-strength goals.
  • With his 35th even-strength point in his 48th game of the season on Jan. 24 at Edmonton, Eichel matched 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 49 20 29 49 18 17 35
2017-18 (Pace) 82 33 49 82 30 28 59

 

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

  • Of Jack Eichel’s 49 points so far this season, 23 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes 6-on-5 situations).
  • Through 49 games, Eichel’s 23 primary points (12+11) during 5-on-5 play have already surpassed his 61-game total from last season (11+10) and are just one shy of his total from his 81-game rookie season (12+12).

*All primary point stats via NaturalStatTrick.com

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings)

  • Eichel: 174 S (T-8th), 18 EVG (T-8th), 35 EVP (T-10th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 3 SHP (T-5th), 190 S (5th)
  • O’Reilly: 707 FOW (1st), 61.4% FO% (1st), 1,151 FO (2nd)
  • Ristolainen: 26:14 TOI/GP (4th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (109), McCabe (105), Kane (97)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (74), Scandella (73), Ristolainen (63)
Shots: Kane (190), Eichel (174), O’Reilly (128)

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: 3-4-3 (9), 24/33, 3/25, 23/28
41-50: 4-5-0 (8), 26/28, 9/29, 15/26

OVERTIME RESULTS (3-8; 111-119 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)
Jan. 22 at CGY: W, 2-1 (GWG-Eichel)

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 … 1 home win … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Benoit Pouliot … 3 games … 600 career games played
Jack Eichel … 9 games … 200 career games played
Assists
Jack Eichel … 6 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Zemgus Girgensons … 6 points … 100 career points
Ryan O’Reilly … 6 points … 400 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Game Preview: 1/1/18 vs. NYR

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Friday, December 29
Buffalo 4 at New Jersey 3 (OT)
Goals: Eichel (2), Josefson, Ristolainen
Goalie: Lehner (35 saves/38 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 1/2; Shots: New Jersey 38 – Buffalo 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 150)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Taylor Fedun (lower body, Nov. 17; injured reserve) – 21 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Jan. 4: Buffalo at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
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.

TODAY’S GAME
RANGERS at SABRES

  • This is the first of three meetings between the Sabres and Rangers this season.
  • Last meeting: New York defeated Buffalo 2-1 (OT) in Buffalo on Feb. 2
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Rangers; 2-6-2 at home
  • This is the 178th game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo has an 81-62-34 series record.
  • The Sabres are 48-28-14 at home against the Rangers all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 5-6-2 all-time on January 1.
  • January 1, 2008: The Sabres host the Pittsburgh Penguins at the inaugural Winter Classic at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York.
  • January 1, 2010: The Sabres erase a 3-0 second-period deficit to top the Atlanta Thrashers 4-3 in overtime, becoming the first team ever to win consecutive games after trailing by three or more goals.
  • January 1, 2011: Drew Stafford scores a hat trick and Jason Pominville ties a career high with four points (2+2) as the Sabres top the Boston Bruins 7-6 (SO) at home in the middle of the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 4-3-4 in their last 11 games, and haven’t gone two straight games without a point since that stretch began with a win on Dec. 5 at Colorado.
  • 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 entering play Sunday.
  • The Sabres are 3-0-1 in their last four games against the Rangers, the team’s longest point streak against New York since Buffalo went 2-0-3 in the meetings between Feb. 1, 2012 and March 12, 2013.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 11 points (7+4) in his last six games. Since beginning that stretch on Dec. 15, Eichel ranks in the top three in the league in several statistical categories (as of 12/31):
    • Goals (1st, 7)
    • Even-Strength Goals (1st, 6)
    • Even-Strength Points (1st, 10)
    • Primary Points (2nd, 9)
    • Shots (2nd, 29)
    • Points (T-3rd, 12)
  • Zemgus Girgensons enters today’s game with points in three straight games for the first time since Nov. 28 to Dec. 2, 2014, tying his best career streak. Girgensons now has points in each of his last four games away from KeyBank Center.
  • Robin Lehner is 4-2-3 with a .935 save percentage in his last nine 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 more than five games played in the month entering play Sunday.
  • Evander Kane has six points (1+5) in his last six games.
  • Kyle Okposo enters today’s game with six points (3+3) in his last 10 games, including a point in each of his last two. He hasn’t gone two games without recording a point since Dec. 2 and 5.

HOT AGAINST THE RANGERS

  • Kyle Okposo has 15 points (4+11) in his last 14 games against the Rangers.
  • Jack Eichel has seven points (3+4) in six career games against the Rangers.
  • Johan Larsson has a point in each of his last three meetings with the Rangers (2+1).

LET’S TAKE THIS OUTSIDE
The Sabres have eight players on their roster who have played in an outdoor regular-season NHL game before today. Benoit Pouliot will join former Sabre Thomas Vanek (Buffalo, Detroit, Minnesota, NY Islanders) as the only other player to appear in at least four outdoor games with four different teams. Pouliot is 3-1-0 in his first four outdoor games with three points (1+2) in those contests.

Sabres with NHL Outdoor Game Experience

Player Date Team Opponent Result G A P +/- PIM S TOI
Beaulieu Jan. 1, 2016 Montreal Boston 5-1 win 0 1 1 2 2 1 16:00
Josefson Jan. 26, 2014 New Jersey NY Rangers 7-3 loss 0 0 0 1 0 1 12:55
Nolan Jan. 25, 2014 Los Angeles Anaheim 3-0 loss 0 0 0 0 0 0 5:28
Okposo Jan. 29, 2014 NY Islanders NY Rangers 2-1 loss 0 0 0 -1 2 4 20:40
Pominville Feb. 21, 2016 Minnesota Chicago 6-1 win 1 2 3 2 0 3 14:45
Pominville Jan. 1, 2008 Buffalo Pittsburgh 2-1 loss (SO) 0 0 0 -1 0 4 20:51
Pominville (Totals – 2 GP) 1 2 3 1 0 7 17:48/GP
Pouliot Feb. 20, 2011 Montreal Calgary 4-0 loss 0 0 0 0 0 1 10:39
Pouliot Jan. 26, 2014 NY Rangers New Jersey 7-3 win 0 1 1 2 0 0 16:45
Pouliot Jan. 29, 2014 NY Rangers NY Islanders 2-1 win 1 0 1 0 0 3 10:59
Pouliot Oct. 23, 2016 Edmonton Winnipeg 3-0 win 0 1 1 1 0 1 16:47
Pouliot (Totals – 4 GP) 1 2 3 3 0 5 13:48/GP
Scandella Feb. 21, 2016 Minnesota Chicago 6-1 win 0 1 1 1 0 1 17:14
Wilson Feb. 25, 2017 Pittsburgh Philadelphia 4-2 win 0 1 1 1 0 2 9:00

HOME AWAY FROM HOME
The Sabres are playing a regular-season home game away from the team’s home arena for the seventh time in franchise history. Buffalo is 1-3-2 in the six previous games.

Sabres Regular-Season Home Games Away From Home Arena

Season Date Opponent Result City
1992-93 March 3, 1993 Vancouver 5-2 loss Hamilton, Ontario
1993-94 Nov. 3, 1993 Pittsburgh 6-2 loss Sacramento, California
2003-04 Nov. 12, 2003 New Jersey 2-2 tie Rochester, New York
2005-06 Oct. 26, 2005 Washington 3-2 loss Rochester, New York
2007-08 Jan. 1, 2008 Pittsburgh 2-1 loss (SO) Orchard Park, New York
2011-12 Oct. 7, 2011 Anaheim 4-1 win Helsinki, Finland

ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Today’s game is the fourth 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-7th in NHL in ES goals, 8th in ES points).
  • Eichel’s 14 even-strength goals through 38 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 38 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 38 15 20 35 14 15 29
2017-18 (Pace) 82 32 43 76 30 32 63

 

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 38 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 12/30 games)

Player Team Goals Primary Assists Primary Points
Nikita Kucherov TBL 18 6 24
Patrick Kane CHI 12 10 22
John Tavares NYI 12 10 22
Jack Eichel BUF 11 11 22
Nathan MacKinnon COL 9 12 21
Jakub Voracek PHI 6 15 21

*All primary point stats via NaturalStatTrick.com

ROCKING ROBIN

  • Robin Lehner is 4-2-3 with a .935 save percentage in his last nine games.
  • In those games, he has also stopped 234 of 246 shots faced during 5-on-5 play (.951), which includes three goals allowed with an opponent’s extra attacker on the ice.
  • Lehner is 2-1-3 with a .931 save percentage in his last six contests away from KeyBank Center.
  • Since joining the Sabres in 2015-16, Lehner has posted a .920 save percentage in 109 games, ranking him 10th among all goalies with at least 75 games played during that span entering play Sunday.

THE KANE EVENT
Since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, Evander Kane has scored 43 goals in 108 games. Entering play Sunday, those 43 goals tied for 24th in the league during the last two seasons and his 35 even-strength goals tied for 12th.

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

  • Eichel: 14 EVG (T-7th), 29 EVP (T-8th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 3 SHP (T-2nd), 158 S (4th)
  • O’Reilly: 562 FOW (1st), 62.0% FO% (1st), 907 FO (2nd)
  • Ristolainen: 26:48 TOI/GP (3rd)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: McCabe (87) Ristolainen (85), Kane (80)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (62), McCabe (58), Ristolainen (50)
Shots: Kane (158), Eichel (126), O’Reilly (91)

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: 3-3-3 (8), 20/24, 2/17, 19/23

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-7; 110-118 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)

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 … 5 games … 200 career games played
Jacob Josefson … 10 games … 300 career games played
Assists
Rasmus Ristolainen … 5 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Marco Scandella … 1 point … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Rasmus Ristolainen … 300th NHL game … Dec. 23 at CAR
Jake McCabe … 200th NHL game … Dec. 29 at NJD