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Game Preview: 1/31/21 vs. New Jersey

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, January 30
New Jersey 3 at Buffalo 4 (SO)
Goals: Staal, Rieder, Olofsson; GDG-Eichel
Goalie: Ullmark (31 saves/34 shots)
PP: 1/5; PK: 4/5; Shots: New Jersey 34 – Buffalo 31

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 19)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zemgus Girgensons (hamstring, Jan. 14; injured reserve) – 9 games
Sam Reinhart (upper body, Jan. 30) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/25: Loaned G Jonas Johansson to the taxi squad; Reassigned F Rasmus Asplund and G Dustin Tokarski from the taxi squad to Rochester (AHL)
1/26: Recalled F Dylan Cozens from the taxi squad; Loaned F Casey Mittelstadt to the taxi squad
1/31: Recalled F Casey Mittelstadt from the taxi squad

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Feb. 2: Buffalo at NY Islanders, 6 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 4: Buffalo at NY Islanders, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 6: Buffalo at Boston, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 8: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 11: Washington at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
DEVILS at SABRES

  • This is the second of eight meetings between the Sabres and Devils this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated New Jersey 4-3 (SO) in Buffalo on Jan. 30
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Feb. 20 in New Jersey
  • The Sabres are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Devils; 4-5-1 at home.
  • This is the 161st game all-time between Buffalo and New Jersey; Buffalo has a 79-55-26 series record.
  • The Sabres are 44-27-11 at home against the Devils all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 14-7-1 all-time on January 31.
  • January 31, 1974: Rick Martin scores the first penalty shot goal in team history against Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Bernie Parent in a 4-3 road loss.
  • January 31, 1989: Mike Foligno scores his fifth hat trick as a Sabre and Pierre Turgeon records four assists, including his 100th NHL point, in a 5-3 win at Hartford.
  • January 31, 2013: Thomas Vanek ties his career high with his second five-point game (3+2) in a 12-day span, leading the Sabres to a 7-4 win at Boston.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The home team has won the last six meetings between these teams. Since the Devils’ last win at KeyBank Center on Jan. 30, 2018, the Sabres have won four straight games at home against New Jersey, outscoring them 23-7 in those contests.
  • The Sabres enter today’s game with wins in three consecutive matchups with the Devils for the first time since Oct. 23, 2010 to March 26, 2011. A victory today would extend the streak to four wins for the first time since Buffalo won six straight matchups from Feb. 21, 2000 to Feb. 22, 2001.
  • Before Saturday night’s games, only Edmonton’s Ethan Bear and Darnell Nurse (8 GF) have been on the ice for more 5-on-5 goals as a pair than Jake McCabe and Rasmus Ristolainen’s seven goals.

HOT AGAINST NEW JERSEY

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 12 points (6+6) in his 12 career games against the Devils.
  • Rasmus Dahlin has totaled six assists in five career games against New Jersey.
  • Taylor Hall has posted nine points (3+6) in eight career games against the Devils.
  • Jeff Skinner has totaled seven points (3+4) in his last seven matchups with New Jersey.
  • Victor Olofsson has recorded five points (4+1) in three career games against the Devils.
  • Sam Reinhart has scored four goals and recorded 14 shots in his last four games against New Jersey, scoring at least a goal in three of those contests.

GOOD DAY FOR A MATINEE

  • Today’s game is the third of 11 afternoon games for the Sabres this season. They are 2-0-0 in the first two.
  • Buffalo went 7-2-2 in afternoon games during the 2019-20 season, including a 6-2-0 record at home and a 1-0-2 mark on the road.

BACK-TO-BACK
Today’s game wraps up Buffalo’s third of eight sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 4-3 shootout win yesterday vs. New Jersey. The Sabres are 2-1-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 0-2-0 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (0), three points (0), two points (1), one point (0) and zero points (1).

EVEN-STRENGTH IMPROVEMENT
The Sabres have seen a positive trend at even strength through the team’s first nine games of the season. So far, Buffalo’s 5-on-5 numbers have improved on the team’s per-60 rates from last season in several meaningful categories, including shot differential, shot attempt differential, scoring chance differential, high-danger scoring chance differential and expected goal differential.

Buffalo Sabres at 5-on-5 (via NaturalStatTrick.com as of 1/30)
SF% CF% SCF% HDCF% xGF%
2019-20 48.13 (23rd) 49.13 (19th) 48.73 (20th) 48.19 (25th) 47.56 (25th)
2020-21 50.98 (15th) 51.80 (14th) 53.56 (11th) 60.48 (4th) 54.79 (7th)

Through nine games this season, the team has led its opponent at 5-on-5 in…

  • shots: four times
  • shot attempts: six times
  • scoring chances: seven times
  • high-danger scoring chances: eight times
  • expected goals: eight times

POWER UP

  • Buffalo finished yesterday’s game with the ninth-ranked power play in the league. The team has scored on 10 of its 35 power play opportunities this season for a 28.6 percent conversion rate.
  • Following yesterday’s game, the Sabres tied for the league lead with seven different players with at least one goal on the power play.
  • Victor Olofsson leads the team and is tied for fourth in the league with three power-play goals this season. At the conclusion of yesterday’s game, his 16 career power-play tallies trailed only Leon Draisaitl and David Pastrnak (20 each) for the most in the league since he made his NHL debut on March 28, 2019.
  • The Sabres have 10 players with at least one power-play point this season, tying for third-most in the league after yesterday’s game.

OUT OF THE BOX

  • At the conclusion of yesterday’s game, the Sabres were the least-penalized team in the NHL at 5:26 of penalty time per game.
  • At plus-15 (38 drawn/23 taken), the Sabres had the best penalty differential in the league following yesterday’s game.

BRICK WALL

  • Linus Ullmark stopped all three New Jersey shooters yesterday to improve to 2-1 with nine saves on 10 attempts this season.
  • Ullmark is 6-3 in shootouts in his career with 30 saves on 35 career shots faced (.857). His six career shootout wins rank him third in franchise history behind Ryan Miller (49) and Jhonas Enroth (10).
  • Following yesterday’s game, Ullmark’s shootout save percentage of .857 ranked second all-time among NHL goaltenders with at least 20 shots faced and first among active NHL goalies.

STAAL-TIME LEADERS

  • Eric Staal scored his 439th career goal yesterday vs. New Jersey to pass Gary Roberts and improve to 68th on the NHL’s all-time goal-scoring list. His next goal will tie Rick Tocchet for 67th.
  • Among active players, Staal’s total of 439 career regular-season goals trails only Alex Ovechkin, Patrick Marleau, and Sidney Crosby.
  • The goal was Staal’s 1,026th career point, breaking a tie with Patrik Elias for 82nd-most in NHL history. He is two points behind Brian Leetch for 81st.

RISTO IN THE RECORD BOOK

  • With his goal on Jan. 15 vs. Washington, Rasmus Ristolainen broke a tie with Bill Hajt for the 10th-most goals by a defenseman in Sabres history. He now trails Tyler Myers and Jim Schoenfeld by two goals for eighth-most.
  • Ristolainen’s first assist on Jan. 24 at Washington moved him past Jim Schoenfeld for the seventh-most career points recorded by a Sabres defenseman. He currently trails Bill Hajt by 13 points for sixth-most.
  • Ristolainen holds the franchise record for most overtime goals by a defenseman (4) and is tied for ninth all-time among the team’s blueliners with six game-winning goals.
  • Ristolainen’s career per-game output ranks him among the franchise’s top 15 defensemen in every major scoring category (min. 82 GP): .09 G/GP (14th), .37 A/GP (12th), .46 PTS/GP (11th)

WE LIKE EICH

  • With his shootout-winning goal yesterday vs. New Jersey, Jack Eichel joined Jake Guentzel as one of two players to score two shootout goals this season. He became the first NHL player to score two game-deciding goals in 2020-21.
  • Eichel’s goal on Thursday vs. NY Rangers moved him past Jochen Hecht for sole possession of the 19th-most goals in franchise history (139). He now trails Drew Stafford by six goals for 18th.
  • Eichel’s career per-game output ranks in the franchise’s top 15 in every major scoring category (min. 82 GP): .38 G/GP (14th), .57 A/GP (10th), .95 PTS/GP (11th)

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

  • Buffalo Sabres: 55.7% FOW% (3rd), 28.6% PP% (9th), 32.1 S/GP (9th)
  • Eichel: 32 S (T-5th), 7 A (T-10th), 5 PPP (T-10th)
  • Hall: 8 A (T-6th), 5 PPP (T-10th)
  • Olofsson: 6 PPP (T-3rd), 3 PPG (T-4th)
  • Ristolainen: 31 hits (T-7th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (31), Lazar (24), Miller (18)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (12), Ristolainen (12), Montour (10)
Shots: Eichel (32), Dahlin (28), Olofsson (28)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 4-3-2 (10), 27/27, 10/35, 16/20

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-1; 126-135 all-time)
Jan. 28 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GDG-Lafrenière)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (2-1; 79-72 all-time)
Jan. 22 at.WSH: L, 4-3 (GDG-Carlson)
Jan. 24 at WSH: W, 4-3 (GDG-Eichel)
Jan. 30 vs. NJD: W, 4-3 (GDG-Eichel)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Cody Eakin … 5 games … 600 career games played
Curtis Lazar … 7 games … 300 career games played
Goals
Rasmus Ristolainen … 2 goals … 45 career goals (T-8th in franchise history, defensemen)
Kyle Okposo … 4 goals … 200 career goals
Assists
Riley Sheahan … 1 assist … 100 career assists
Points
Brandon Montour … 7 points … 100 career points
Wins
Carter Hutton … 6 wins … 100 career wins

RECENT MILESTONES
Rasmus Ristolainen … 500th NHL game … Jan. 26 vs. NYR

Postgame Report: 1/30 vs. New Jersey

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Devils
(3-3-2)
0 1 2 0 0 3 34
Sabres
(4-3-2)
0 1 2 0 1 4 31

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • The Sabres have had four out of five games go to overtime for the first time since Nov. 23 to 30, 2018.
  • The home team has now won the last six meetings between these teams. Since the Devils’ last win at KeyBank Center on Jan. 30, 2018, the Sabres have won four straight games at home against New Jersey, outscoring them 23-7 in those contests.
  • The Sabres have wins in three consecutive matchups with the Devils for the first time since Oct. 23, 2010 to March 26, 2011.
  • Linus Ullmark stopped all three New Jersey shooters in the shootout and is now 2-1 with nine saves on 10 attempts this season.
    • Ullmark’s career sootout save percentage of .857 ranks second all-time among NHL goaltenders with at least 20 shots faced and first among active goalies.
  • Eric Staal scored for the third time in five games. His 439th career goal puts him ahead of Gary Roberts (438) and moves him to 68th on the NHL’s all-time list. His next goal will tie Rick Tocchet for 67th.
  • The goal was Staal’s 1,026th career point, breaking a tie with Patrik Elias for 82nd-most in NHL history. He is two points behind Brian Leetch for 81st.
  • Victor Olofsson scored his team-leading fourth goal of the season.
    • He is now tied for fourth in the league with three power-play goals this season. His 16 career power-play tallies trail only Leon Draisaitl and David Pastrnak (20 each) for the most in the NHL since he made his debut on March 28, 2019.
    • Olofsson has totaled five points (4+1) in three career meetings with the Devils.
  • Jack Eichel joined Jake Guentzel as one of two players to score two shootout goals this season. He is the first NHL player to score two game-deciding goals in 2020-21.
  • With two assists today, Taylor Hall now has nine points (3+6) in eight career games against the Devils.
  • Cody Eakin recorded his first point as a member of the Sabres with his assist on Tobias Rieder’s goal.
  • Rasmus Dahlin assisted on Olofsson’s goal and now has six assists in five career games against New Jersey.

 

Today’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision GA SA
Devils Wedgewood O 3 31
Sabres Ullmark W 3 34
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Devils Wedgewood 1-3-1 .901 2.80
Sabres Ullmark 3-1-2 .914 2.56

 

Game Preview: 1/30/21 vs. New Jersey

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, January 28
NY Rangers 3 at Buffalo 2 (OT)
Goals: Eichel, Reinhart
Goalie: Ullmark (36 saves/39 shots)
PP: 1/4; PK: 3/3; Shots: NY Rangers 39 – Buffalo 25

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 17)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zemgus Girgensons (hamstring, Jan. 14; injured reserve) – 8 games
Henri Jokiharju (undisclosed, Jan. 26) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/24: Recalled F Casey Mittelstadt from the taxi squad; Activated F Kyle Okposo from IR; Loaned F Dylan Cozens to the taxi squad
1/25: Loaned G Jonas Johansson to the taxi squad; Reassigned F Rasmus Asplund and G Dustin Tokarski from the taxi squad to Rochester (AHL)
1/26: Recalled F Dylan Cozens from the taxi squad; Loaned F Casey Mittelstadt to the taxi squad

UPCOMING GAMES
Sunday, Jan. 31: New Jersey at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 2: Buffalo at NY Islanders, 6 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 4: Buffalo at NY Islanders, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 6: Buffalo at Boston, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 8: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
DEVILS at SABRES

  • This is the first of eight meetings between the Sabres and Devils this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated New Jersey 7-1 in Buffalo on Dec. 2, 2019
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Jan. 31 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Devils; 4-5-1 at home.
  • This is the 160th game all-time between Buffalo and New Jersey; Buffalo has a 78-55-26 series record.
  • The Sabres are 43-27-11 at home against the Devils all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-7-3 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

  • The Sabres won both meetings with the Devils last season. They scored seven goals in each game, both of which took place in Buffalo.
  • The home team has won the last five meetings between these teams. Since the Devils’ last win at KeyBank Center on Jan. 30, 2018, the Sabres have won three straight games at home against New Jersey, outscoring them 19-4 in those contests.
  • A victory today would give the Sabres wins in three consecutive matchups with the Devils for the first time since Oct. 23, 2010 to March 26, 2011.
  • Entering play Friday, only Edmonton’s Ethan Bear and Darnell Nurse (8 GF) have been on the ice for more 5-on-5 goals as a pair than Jake McCabe and Rasmus Ristolainen’s seven goals.

HOT AGAINST NEW JERSEY

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 12 points (6+6) in his 11 career games against the Devils, including three points (1+2) in each of his last two meetings.
  • Rasmus Dahlin has totaled five assists in four career games against New Jersey.
  • Taylor Hall has posted seven points (3+4) in seven career games against the Devils.
  • Jeff Skinner has totaled 10 points (6+4) in his last 10 matchups with New Jersey, including two points (1+1) in both meetings last season.
  • Victor Olofsson has tallied two points in both of his career meetings with the Devils, totaling four points (3+1) in those games.
  • Sam Reinhart has scored four goals and recorded 14 shots in his last four games against New Jersey, scoring at least a goal in three of those contests.
  • Jake McCabe has points in five of his last six games against the Devils (2+3), including a point in four straight matchups in Buffalo dating back to Jan. 30, 2018.

GOOD DAY FOR A MATINEE

  • Today’s game is the second of 11 afternoon games for the Sabres this season. They won the first one on Jan. 14 at Washington.
  • Buffalo went 7-2-2 in afternoon games during the 2019-20 season, including a 6-2-0 record at home and a 1-0-2 mark on the road.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens Buffalo’s third of eight sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow afternoon vs. New Jersey. The Sabres are 1-1-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 0-2-0 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (0), three points (0), two points (1), one point (0) and zero points (1).

EVEN-STRENGTH IMPROVEMENT
The Sabres have seen a positive trend at even strength through the team’s first eight games of the season. So far, Buffalo’s 5-on-5 numbers have improved on the team’s per-60 rates from last season in several meaningful categories, including shot differential, shot attempt differential, scoring chance differential, high-danger scoring chance differential and expected goal differential.

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

SF% CF% SCF% HDCF% xGF%
2019-20 48.13 (23rd) 49.13 (19th) 48.73 (20th) 48.19 (25th) 47.56 (25th)
2020-21 51.22 (12th) 52.08 (13th) 53.76 (10th) 61.11 (4th) 55.39 (6th)

Through eight games this season, the team has led its opponent at 5-on-5 in…

  • shots: four times
  • shot attempts: six times
  • scoring chances: six times
  • high-danger scoring chances: seven times
  • expected goals: seven times

POWER UP

  • Buffalo enters play Friday with the ninth-ranked power play in the league. The team has scored on nine of its 30 power play opportunities this season for a 30.0 percent conversion rate.
  • Entering play Friday, the Sabres tied for the league lead with seven different players with at least one goal on the power play, led by Victor Olofsson and Sam Reinhart (two power-play goals each).
  • The Sabres have 10 players with at least one power-play point this season, tying for third-most in the league before Friday’s games.

OUT OF THE BOX

  • Entering play Friday, the Sabres have been the least-penalized team in the NHL at 4:52 of penalty time per game.
  • At plus-15 (33 drawn/18 taken), the Sabres have the best penalty differential in the league entering Friday games.

BRICK WALL

  • Linus Ullmark stopped all three Washington shooters on Jan. 24 to improve to 5-3 in shootouts in his career with 27 saves on 32 career shots faced (.844). His five career shootout wins rank him third in franchise history behind Ryan Miller (49) and Jhonas Enroth (10).
  • Entering play Friday, Ullmark’s shootout save percentage of .844 ranks fourth all-time among NHL goaltenders with at least 20 shots faced. Tampa Bay’s Andrei Vasilevskiy (.852) is the only qualifying active goaltender with a better career save percentage in the shootout.

RISTO IN THE RECORD BOOK

  • With his goal on Jan. 15 vs. Washington, Rasmus Ristolainen broke a tie with Bill Hajt for the 10th-most goals by a defenseman in Sabres history. He now trails Tyler Myers and Jim Schoenfeld by two goals for eighth-most.
  • Ristolainen’s first assist on Jan. 24 at Washington moved him past Jim Schoenfeld for the seventh-most career points recorded by a Sabres defenseman. He currently trails Bill Hajt by 13 points for sixth-most.
  • Ristolainen holds the franchise record for most overtime goals by a defenseman (4) and is tied for ninth all-time among the team’s blueliners with six game-winning goals.
  • Ristolainen’s career per-game output ranks him among the franchise’s top 15 defensemen in every major scoring category (min. 82 GP): .09 G/GP (14th), .38 A/GP (12th), .46 PTS/GP (11th)

WE LIKE EICH

  • With seven assists through his first eight games of the season, Jack Eichel entered play Friday tied for ninth in the NHL in assists.
  • Eichel’s goal on Thursday vs. NY Rangers moved him past Jochen Hecht for sole possession of the 19th-most goals in franchise history (139). He now trails Drew Stafford by six goals for 18th.
  • Eichel’s career per-game output ranks in the franchise’s top 15 in every major scoring category (min. 82 GP): .38 G/GP (14th), .57 A/GP (10th), .96 PTS/GP (11th)

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 1/29 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres:0% FOW% (3rd), 30.0% PP% (9th), 32.3 S/GP (9th)
  • Eichel: 7 A (T-9th), 5 PPP (T-9th)
  • Ristolainen: 29 hits (9th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (29), Lazar (18), Miller (14)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (11), Ristolainen (10), Montour (9)
Shots: Eichel (29), Dahlin (25), Hall (25)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 3-3-2 (8), 23/24, 9/30, 12/15

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-1; 126-135 all-time)
Jan. 28 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GDG-Lafrenière)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-1; 78-72 all-time)
Jan. 22 at.WSH: L, 4-3 (GDG-Carlson)
Jan. 24 at WSH: W, 4-3 (GDG-Eichel)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Cody Eakin … 6 games … 600 career games played
Curtis Lazar … 8 games … 300 career games played
Goals
Rasmus Ristolainen … 2 goals … 45 career goals (T-8th in franchise history, defensemen)
Kyle Okposo … 4 goals … 200 career goals
Assists
Riley Sheahan … 1 assist … 100 career assists
Points
Brandon Montour … 8 points … 100 career points
Wins
Carter Hutton … 6 wins … 100 career wins

RECENT MILESTONES
Linus Ullmark … 100th NHL game … Jan. 24 at WSH
Rasmus Ristolainen … 229 NHL points (sole possession, 7th in franchise history, defensemen) … Jan. 24 at WSH
Rasmus Ristolainen … 500th NHL game … Jan. 26 vs. NYR

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