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Game Preview: 3/25/19 at New Jersey

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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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

Game Preview: 2/17/19 at New Jersey

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Friday, February 15
NY Rangers 6 at Buffalo 2
Goals: Skinner (2)
Goalie: Ullmark (23 saves/28 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 1/3; PK: 0/0; Shots: Buffalo 33 – NY Rangers 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 188)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Casey Nelson (upper body, Dec. 8; injured reserve) – 27 games
Casey Mittelstadt (lower body, Feb. 12) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Feb. 19: Buffalo at Florida, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 21: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 23: Washington at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 25: Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 26: Buffalo at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at DEVILS

  • This is the second of three meetings between the Sabres and Devils this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated New Jersey 5-1 in Buffalo on Jan. 8
  • Next meeting: Monday, March 25 in New Jersey
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Devils; 3-4-3 on the road.
  • This is the 156th game all-time between Buffalo and New Jersey; Buffalo has a 76-53-26 series record.
  • The Sabres are 35-26-15 on the road against the Devils all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-10-6 all-time on February 17.
  • February 17, 1982: Gilbert Perreault scores his 383rd career goal (a game-winner) to lift the Sabres a 3-2 victory at Chicago. While he would go on to score 512 goals with the Sabres, Perreault only needed the first 383 to set the franchise record; Rick Martin ranks second in franchise history with 382 goals with the team.
  • February 17, 2001: The Sabres chase Martin Brodeur with four goals on 18 shots on the way to a 5-1 victory vs. New Jersey.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s matchup is the Sabres’ first road game of February following a seven-game homestand that tied as the longest in franchise history. Jeff Skinner (5+3) and Jack Eichel (2+6) each recorded eight points during the homestand.
  • Jeff Skinner has recorded six points (4+2) in his last six meetings with New Jersey.
  • Jake McCabe enters tonight’s game with a point in each of his last three games against the Devils (2+1).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has totaled four points (1+3) in his last four games against New Jersey.
  • Conor Sheary has recorded a point in six of his last seven games against the Devils (2+4).
  • Tage Thompson has tallied a point in both of his first two career meetings with New Jersey, including his first career assist on Jan. 2, 2018.

DYNAMIC DUO

  • Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner have both recorded a point on the same goal 27 times this season, making them the most productive Sabres duo since Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek combined on 39 goals in the 2011-12 season.
  • At least one of the two has recorded a point on 87 of the team’s 163 goals this season (53.4%).

SKINNER, SKINNER, CHICKEN DINNER

  • Jeff Skinner, who scored his 35th and 36th goals of the season on Friday vs. NY Rangers, is now the first Sabres player to score 35 or more goals since Thomas Vanek scored 40 during the 2008-09 season.
  • It was Skinner’s eighth multi-goal game of the season, tying his previous career high (2016-17). He is the first player to record at least eight multi-goal games in a season for Buffalo since Vanek recorded 10 in 2008-09.

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel recorded his 42nd and 43rd assists of the season on Tuesday vs. NY Islanders. He is the first Sabres player to record at least 40 assists in a season since Jason Pominville (43) in the 2011-12 season.
  • Entering play Saturday, Eichel’s 43 assists tied for 12th-most in the league and his 31 even-strength assists ranked 10th.
  • Eichel is currently on pace for 45 even-strength assists this season. Only five different players have recorded at least 45 even-strength assists since the 2005-06 season: Henrik Sedin (3x), Joe Thornton (3x), Connor McDavid (2x), Evgeni Malkin and Michael Nylander.

RISING IN THE RECORD BOOKS

  • With a goal on Feb. 7 vs. Carolina, Jason Pominville moved past Mike Foligno into eighth place in franchise history with his 512th points as a member of the Sabres. He currently trails Don Luce by 12 points for seventh-most.
  • Pominville is also just two goals from tying Luce for 10th-most goals in Sabres history, 10 assists behind Luce for seventh-most in franchise history and one game played from tying Alexei Zhitnik for eighth-most regular-season games played by a Sabre.

DAH-LEAN ON ME

  • Entering play Saturday, Rasmus Dahlin led rookie defensemen and ranked second among all NHL rookies with 32 points this season. His 26 assists ranked second among all NHL rookies.
  • With 32 points (6+26) through 57 games, Dahlin is scoring at a higher rate than he did in the Swedish Hockey League last season, when he totaled 20 points (7+13) in 41 games for Frölunda.
  • Dahlin’s current point total puts him on pace for 46 points this season. It would trail only Phil Housley (57 points in 1982-83) for the most ever recorded by a defenseman before his 19th birthday.
  • With six multi-point games so far this season, Dahlin has recorded more multi-point games as an 18-year-old than all but two defensemen in NHL history: Phil Housley (13) and Bobby Orr (8).

SAM I AM

  • Sam Reinhart has already set career-high totals in assists (36) and multi-point games (15) this season. His 50 points have tied his career-high total from the 2017-18 season.
  • The Sabres are 20-9-5 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 29-4-7 (.813) in his career when he records at least two.

LEADING THE WAY

  • All three of the Sabres’ top three scorers are currently on pace to shatter their previous personal bests in points on the strength of career-best production at even strength:
Player/Season GP G A PTS ES G ES A ES P
Eichel Career High (2017-18) 67 25 39 64 22 20 42
Eichel 2018-19 54 18 43 61 14 31 45
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 79 26 63 89 20 45 66
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 57 36 17 53 28 13 41
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 52 24 76 40 19 59
               
Reinhart Career High (2017-18) 82 25 25 50 13 16 29
Reinhart 2018-19 57 13 37 50 12 27 39
Reinhart 2018-19 (Pace) 82 19 53 72 17 39 56

MAKING HISTORY

  • At his current pace, Jack Eichel would finish the season with the fifth-most even-strength points ever recorded by a Sabre, trailing only Pat LaFontaine (83) and Alexander Mogilny (78) in 1992-93, and Gilbert Perreault in 1975-76 (70) and 1979-80 (68).
  • Eichel is one point off of the pace to become the first Sabres player to record at least 90 points since Daniel Briere (95) in 2006-07 and would trail only LaFontaine’s franchise-record 52 even-strength assists in 1992-93.
  • Jeff Skinner is on pace to log the seventh 50-goal season in Sabres history and the first since 1992-93 (Mogilny and LaFontaine). His 40 even-strength goals would be the fourth-most in team history behind only Mogilny’s even-strength total from 1992-93 (49), Rick Martin’s 44 in 1973-74 and Danny Gare’s 41 in 1975-76.

SCORING WHEN IT COUNTS

  • Jeff Skinner’s seven game-winning goals tied for second-most in the NHL this season entering play Saturday. 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 2/15 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 82.1% PK% (T-8th)
  • Eichel: 2 OTG (T-8th), 211 S (10th), 31 EVA (10th)
  • Ristolainen: 25:06 TOI/GP (8th)
  • Skinner: 28 EVG (T-1st), 36 G (2nd), 7 GWG (T-2nd), 3 OTG (T-3rd)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (166), Girgensons (91), McCabe (77)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (89), Bogosian (87), McCabe (78)
Shots: Eichel (211), Skinner (187), Ristolainen (139)

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: 3-3-1 (7), 22/28, 6/19, 11/13

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-6; 119-127 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)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (4-1; 74-67 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)
Feb. 5 vs. MIN: W, 5-4 (GDG-Reinhart)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Jason Pominville … 1 game … 712 games with Sabres (T-8th in franchise history)
Zemgus Girgensons … 2 games … 400 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 2 goals … 213 goals with Sabres (T-10th in franchise history)
Jack Eichel … 9 goals … 100 career goals
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 3 assists … 300 career assists
Matt Hunwick … 8 assists … 100 career assists
Jeff Skinner … 8 assists … 200 career assists
Jason Pominville … 10 assists … 300 assists with Sabres (T-7th in franchise history) 

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

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
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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