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Game Preview: 12/14/19 at NY Islanders

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, December 12
Nashville 3 at Buffalo 4
Goals: Eichel (2), Vesey, Olofsson
Goalie: Ullmark (36 saves/39 shots)
PP: 0/1; PK: 2/2; Shots: Nashville 39 – Buffalo 32

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 154)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 33 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 17 games
Tage Thompson (upper body, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 13 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
12/12: Activated D Rasmus Dahlin from IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Dec. 17: Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 19: Buffalo at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 21: Los Angeles at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 23: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 27: Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
SABRES at ISLANDERS

  • This is the second of three meetings between the Sabres and Islanders this season.
  • Last meeting: New York defeated Buffalo 1-0 in Buffalo on Nov. 2
  • Next meeting: Thursday, March 26 in New York
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Islanders; 4-5-1 on the road.
  • This is the 173rd game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo has an 82-66-24 series record.
  • The Sabres are 36-37-12 on the road against the Islanders all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 12-7-4 all-time on December 14.
  • December 14, 1982: Tony McKegney scores twice and adds an assist to lead the Sabres to a 5-3 win over the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.
  • December 14, 2005: Martin Biron stopped 32 shots in a 4-3 win against the Dallas Stars, winning his 11th consecutive start. Biron would post wins in each of his next two starts, bringing his streak to 13 straight starts.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • A win today would give the Sabres wins in a season-best four straight games.
  • After scoring a pair of goals in both of Buffalo’s last two games, Jack Eichel entered play Friday with the second-most goals in the league this season (22).
  • Victor Olofsson has recorded 19 points (7+12) in his last 18 games, including two-point performances in four of the team’s last six games. He has failed to record a point in just three of those 18 games and entered play Friday leading all NHL rookies in goals (13) and points (29) this season.
  • Jimmy Vesey is currently on a three-game point streak (1+2).
  • Buffalo’s penalty kill is 12-for-13 (92.3%) in the team’s last eight games against the Islanders.

HOT AGAINST THE ISLANDERS

  • Jack Eichel has totaled eight points (2+6) in his seven meetings with the Islanders since the beginning of the 2017-18 season, including points (1+3) in all three road games.
  • Colin Miller has recorded four points (1+3) in four meetings games against the Islanders since the beginning of the 2017-18 season.
  • Victor Olofsson scored his first NHL goal in his only previous road game against the Islanders on March 30, 2019.
  • Linus Ullmark is 3-1-0 in four career games against the Islanders with a .938 save percentage and a 1.75 goals-against average.

DECEMBER TO REMEMBER
In Buffalo’s six games since the beginning of December (all stats before Friday’s games):

  • The Sabres are 4-1-1 and have the second-best goal differential (plus-9) in the NHL.
  • Jack Eichel leads all NHL players with 11 points and is tied for the league lead with six goals. His plus-9 rating ranks third in the league.
  • Victor Olofsson’s six assists and nine points both tie for second-most in the league.
  • Johan Larsson is tied for second in the league in assists (6), tied for third in points (8) and tied for fourth in plus/minus (plus-8).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen’s plus-10 rating is tied for the NHL lead and his five assists tie for fifth-most among all NHL players.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled seven points (3+4), including three two-point performances, to tie for 10th-most in the league.
  • Linus Ullmark is 4-1-0 with a .930 save percentage in five appearances, tying for the most wins in the NHL.

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel enters today’s game on a career-best 15-game point streak that began on Nov. 16.
  • Entering play Friday, his 14 goals, 27 points and plus-18 rating during the streak all led the NHL during that timeframe. His 13 assists were one shy of league lead during that stretch.
  • Eichel’s streak ties Patrick Kane’s 15-game streak from Nov. 2 to 30 as the longest streak in the league this season.
  • The streak is the sixth-longest in franchise history and the longest by a Sabre since Tim Connolly tallied points in 16 consecutive games from Dec. 23, 2009 to Jan. 25, 2010.

Longest Point Streaks in Sabres History

Player Games Start Date End Date Goals Assists Points
Gilbert Perreault 18 Oct. 24, 1971 Dec. 4, 1971 10 21 31
Dave Andreychuk 17 Dec. 31, 1991 Feb. 4, 1992 11 25 36
Dave Andreychuk 17 Oct. 18, 1992 Nov. 14, 1992 17 14 31
Rick Martin 16 Oct. 27, 1974 Nov. 28, 1974 13 15 28
Tim Connolly 16 Dec. 23, 2009 Jan. 25, 2010 7 18 25
Jack Eichel 15 Nov. 16, 2019 Active 14 13 27

5-ON-5 GOALS

  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, the Sabres entered play Friday with three players among the league’s leaders in 5-on-5 goals: Jack Eichel (12, T-5th), Jeff Skinner (11, T-9th), Sam Reinhart 10, T-14th).
  • Only 19 NHL players had at least 10 goals during 5-on-5 play entering play Wednesday. Buffalo joined the Edmonton Oilers (Draisaitl, Kassian, McDavid) as one of two teams with three players among those 18.

EVEN-STRENGTH IMPROVEMENT
The Sabres have seen positive trends at even strength in the team’s 16 games since returning from Stockholm, Sweden. 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 16 Games 57.97 50.26 50.97 50.00

During the 16-game stretch that began on Nov. 14 vs. Carolina, the team has tied or led its opponent at 5-on-5 in…

  • goals: 12 times
  • shots: nine times
  • shot attempts: 10 times
  • scoring chances: 10 times

SETTING THE PACE

  • With 22 goals in 33 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 33 games currently has him on pace to finish the season with 55 goals and 114 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.
  • LaFontaine (83 in 1992-93) is the only Sabre ever to have recorded more even-strength points in a season than the 82 Eichel is currently on pace for.
  • 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 (32) since Ray Sheppard’s 38 in 1987-88 and the most points by a Sabres rookie (72) since Rick Martin’s franchise-record 74 in 1971-72. Gilbert Perreault (72 in 1970-71) is the only other player in franchise history to finish his rookie season with a point total as high as Olofsson’s current pace.
  • Sam Reinhart’s 12 goals in 33 games put him on pace for a career-high goal total (30).

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 13 multi-point games this season, tying for eighth-most in the NHL before Friday’s games.
  • Entering play Friday, his six multi-goal games led the league and his eight multi-assist games tied for second-most, trailing only Connor McDavid (9).
  • Eichel has already recorded at least three points seven times this season, topping his previous career-high total (6) set in the 2016-17 season. Only Connor McDavid (9) and Leon Draisaitl (8) had more games with at least three points this season entering play Friday.
  • Eichel’s three games with at least four points this season tied for the league lead entering play Friday. 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 12/13 games)

  • Eichel: 17 EVG (1st), 22 G (2nd), 33 EVP (T-2nd), 46 PTS (T-5th), 4 GWG (T-7th), 16 EVA (T-7th), 24 A (T-8th), plus-15 (T-8th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (T-3rd)
  • Olofsson: 7 PPG (T-5th)
  • Ristolainen: 102 hits (T-7th)
  • Skinner: 118 S (8th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (102), McCabe (50), Girgensons (49)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (53), Ristolainen (40), Jokiharju/Scandella (28)/
Shots: Skinner (118), Eichel (116), Olofsson (81)

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: 3-4-3 (8), 34/34, 4/33, 23/32
31-40: 3-0-0 (6), 12/7, 0/6, 6/7

OVERTIME RESULTS (3-5; 123-133 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)
Dec. 7 at VAN: L, 6-5 (GWG-Miller, 3:21)
Dec. 8 at EDM: W, 3-2 (GWG-Miller, 1:13)

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)
Games Played
Jeff Skinner … 6 games … 700 career games played
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 1 goal … 100 career goals
Kyle Okposo … 10 goals … 200 career goals
Assists
Marco Scandella … 9 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Kyle Okposo … 6 points … 500 career points
Zach Bogosian … 8 points … 200 career points 

RECENT MILESTONES
Jimmy Vesey … 100th NHL point … Dec. 12 vs. NSH

Post-Game Report: 11/2 vs. NY Islanders

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Islanders
(10-3-0)
1 0 0 1 21
Sabres
(9-4-2)
0 0 0 0 27

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • With tonight’s loss, the Sabres have lost consecutive games in regulation for the first time this season.
  • The loss was Buffalo’s first regulation home loss this season, leaving Boston and Vancouver as the only teams not to lose a home game in regulation in 2019-20.
  • The Sabres were shut out for the first time since March 31 vs. Columbus.
  • Tonight’s game was the 50th 1-0 regular-season game in Sabres history. Buffalo is now 27-23 in those games, including two previous losses at home against the Islanders: Feb. 4 , 1990 and Dec. 31, 2002 (OT).
  • Carter Hutton made 20 saves on 21 shots, improving his save percentage to .928 while falling to 6-2-1 on the season.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision GA SA
Islanders
Varlamov W 0 27
Sabres Hutton L 1 21
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Islanders Varlamov 5-2-0 .929 2.14
Sabres Hutton 6-2-1 .928 2.09

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Marcus Johansson

Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton

Islanders head coach Barry Trotz

Islanders forward Derick Brassard

Islanders forward Cole Bardreau

Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov

Game Preview: 11/2/19 vs. NY Islanders

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Friday, November 1
Buffalo 1 at Washington 6
Goals: Jokiharju
Goalie: Ullmark (28 saves/34 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 1/1; Shots: Washington 34 – Buffalo 30

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 61)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (hip, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 14 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 14 games
Brandon Montour (hand, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 14 games
Marco Scandella (lower body, Oct. 25) – 3 games
Jimmy Vesey (upper body, Oct. 25) – 3 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/27: Recalled D William Borgen from Rochester (AHL)
10/29: Assigned D William Borgen from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, Nov. 8: Tampa Bay at Buffalo (Stockholm, Sweden), 2 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 9: Buffalo at Tampa Bay (Stockholm, Sweden), 1 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 14: Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 16: Ottawa at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 17: Buffalo at Chicago, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
ISLANDERS at SABRES

  • This is the first of three meetings between the Sabres and Islanders this season.
  • Last meeting: New York defeated Buffalo 5-1 in New York on March 30.
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Dec. 14 in New York
  • The Sabres are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Islanders; 5-4-1 at home.
  • This is the 172nd game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo has an 82-65-24 series record.
  • The Sabres are 46-28-12 at home against the Islanders all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-7-3 all-time on November 2.
  • November 2, 1984: Brent Peterson (1+3), Gilbert Perreault (1+2), Ric Seiling (1+2) and Phil Housley (0+3) all post three or more points in Buffalo’s 8-1 over Hartford at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium.
  • November 2, 1996: Dominik Hasek makes 32 saves and Patrick Roy stops all 20 Buffalo shots as the Sabres and Avalanche duel to the fifth scoreless tie in Sabres history.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres have scored the first goal in 10 of their 14 games so far this season, going 8-1-1 in those contests. The Washington Capitals are the only other NHL team that has scored first in 10 games this season.
  • The Sabres had the No. 3 power play in the league at the conclusion of last night’s game, converting on a league-high 14 of their 49 power plays this season (28.6%).
  • Buffalo’s penalty kill is 11-for-12 (91.7%) in the team’s last seven games against the Islanders.
  • Victor Olofsson was named the NHL Rookie of the Month for October after totaling 10 points (6+4) in 13 games.
  • After tonight’s game, the Sabres are off until Friday, when they play the first of two games in a back-to-back series against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Stockholm, Sweden as part of the 2019 NHL Global Series.

HOT AGAINST THE ISLANDERS

  • Jack Eichel has totaled eight points (2+6) in his six meetings with the Islanders since the beginning of the 2017-18 season, including four points (1+3) in three home games.
  • Colin Miller has recorded at least a point in each of his three games against the Islanders in the last two seasons, totaling four points (1+3) in those contests.
  • Kyle Okposo has tallied a point in each of his four home games against his former club since joining the Sabres (1+3).
  • Linus Ullmark is 3-1-0 in four career games against the Islanders with a .938 save percentage and a 1.75 goals-against average.

EICHEL’S FIRST 300
Jack Eichel played in his 300th NHL game last night at Washington. With 108 goals, 168 assists and 276 points through his first 300 career games…

  • Eichel has recorded the sixth-most points as a Sabre in his first 300 NHL games.
    • Leaders: Alexander Mogilny (354), Rick Martin (341), Gilbert Perreault (300), Pierre Turgeon (297) and Dave Andreychuk (292)
  • He has scored the 11th-most goals by a Sabre in his first 300 NHL games.
    • Leaders: Rick Martin (194), Alexander Mogilny (176), Danny Gare (146), Thomas Vanek (136), Dave Andreychuk (129), Donald Audette (127), Gilbert Perreault (119), Pierre Turgeon (116), John Tucker (111) and Rene Robert (110)
  • Only five Sabres have scored more even-strength goals though 300 NHL games than Eichel’s
    • Leaders: Rick Martin (131), Alexander Mogilny (117), Danny Gare (116), Rene Robert (100) and Dave Andreychuk (86).
    • Donald Audette, Gilbert Perreault and John Tucker each had 75 thorough 300 games.
  • Eichel has the sixth-most assists by a Sabre through 300 NHL games.
    • Leaders: Phil Housley (193), Gilbert Perreault (181), Pierre Turgeon (181), Christian Ruuttu (179) and Alexander Mogilny (178)
  • Only five players have recorded more multi-point games with the Sabres through their first 300 NHL games than Eichel’s 78: Alexander Mogilny (101), Rick Martin (96), Pierre Turgeon (87), Gilbert Perreault (82) and Rene Robert (79).

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s third of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began last night with a 6-1 loss at Washington. The Sabres are 0-3-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-0-0 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 (2), one point (0) and zero points (0).

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

  • Buffalo Sabres: 9 W (T-2nd), 20 PTS (T-2nd), 28.6% PP% (3rd)
  • Dahlin: 7 PPA (T-3rd), 7 PPP (T-10th)
  • Eichel: 1 OTG (T-1st), 9 PPP (3rd), 267 FO (T-3rd), 4 PPG (T-6th), 17 PTS (T-8th), 127 FOW (T-9th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (T-1st), 6 W (T-5th),.926 SV% (7th), 2.21 GAA (8th)
  • Johansson: 1 OTG (T-1st)
  • McCabe: 35 BkS (T-1st)
  • Olofsson: 6 PPG (T-3rd), 8 PPP (T-4th)
  • Skinner: 55 S (4th)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-5th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (42), McCabe (29), Sobotka (26)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (35), Ristolainen (21), Jokiharju (16)
Shots: Skinner (55), Eichel (47), Reinhart (30)

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: 1-2-1 (3), 7/15, 2/10, 9/10

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-1; 122-129 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)

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)
Games Played
Casey Mittelstadt … 3 games … 100 career games played
Carter Hutton … 4 games … 200 career games played
Rasmus Dahlin … 4 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 9 goals … 100 career goals
Points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 1 point … 200 career points
Jimmy Vesey … 8 points … 100 career points
Kyle Okposo … 8 points … 500 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Jack Eichel … 300th NHL game … Nov. 1 at WSH

Game Preview: 3/30/19 at NY Islanders

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, March 28
Detroit 5 at Buffalo 4 (OT)
Goals: Okposo, Scandella, Mittelstadt, Eichel
Goalie: Ullmark (29 saves/34 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 2/3; Shots: Buffalo 39 – Detroit 34

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 228)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Jake McCabe (upper body, March 4) – 12 games
Matt Hunwick (upper body, March 23) – 4 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, March 25) – 3 games
Rasmus Ristolainen (illness, March 26) – 2 games
Evan Rodrigues (upper body, March 28) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/24: Recalled D Lawrence Pilut from Rochester (AHL)
3/26: Signed D Casey Fitzgerald to a two-year, entry-level contract with an AAV of $925,000; Recalled D William Borgen from Rochester (AHL)
3/27: Recalled F Victor Olofsson from Rochester (AHL)
3/28: Recalled D Matt Tennyson from Rochester (AHL); Assigned F Tage Thompson to Rochester (AHL)

REMAINING GAMES
Sunday, March 31: Columbus at Buffalo, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, April 2: Nashville at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 4: Ottawa at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 6: Buffalo at Detroit, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at ISLANDERS

  • This is the third and final meeting between the Sabres and Islanders this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated New York 3-1 in Buffalo on Feb. 12
  • The Sabres are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Islanders; 5-4-1 on the road.
  • This is the 171st game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo has an 82-64-24 series record.
  • The Sabres are 36-36-12 on the road against the Islanders all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-11-5 all-time on March 30.
  • March 30, 2007: Chris Drury records three points (2+1), including his career-best 37th goal of the season, as the Sabres top the New York Islanders 6-4 in Buffalo.
  • March 30, 2011: Jhonas Enroth makes 23 saves to record his first career shutout in a 1-0 victory over the New York Rangers at home.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • With a win tonight, the Sabres will have won the season series against the Islanders for the first time since the 2015-16 season (2-1-0).
  • Kyle Okposo has tallied a point in each of his last four games against his former club (2+2).
  • Jack Eichel has totaled seven points (2+5) in his five meetings with the Islanders since the beginning of last season, including three points (1+2) in two games in New York.
  • Casey Mittelstadt recorded an assist in his only previous matchup with the Islanders.
  • Linus Ullmark is 3-1-0 in four career games against the Islanders with a .938 save percentage and a 1.75 goals-against average.
  • Buffalo’s penalty kill is 10-for-11 (90.9 percent) in the team’s last six games against the Islanders.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens Buffalo’s final of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night vs. Columbus. The Sabres are 7-7-1 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 6-7-2 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 (3).

A FRESH START

  • Through his first 15 games with the Sabres, Brandon Montour has recorded eight points (2+6), tying Jack Eichel (6+2) for most points during that stretch. Six of his eight 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 15 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 15 games, Montour has also seen a drastic uptick in scoring rates in goals (.44), assists (.65) and points (1.09) per 60 minutes played at 5-on-5 compared to his rates from the last two seasons.

DAH-LEAN ON ME

  • Entering play Friday, Rasmus Dahlin led rookie defensemen and ranked third among all NHL rookies in points (41). His 33 assists ranked second among all rookies.
  • With 41 points (8+33) through 77 games, Dahlin is already guaranteed to finish the season with more points per game than he had 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 set new career-high marks in goals (27), assists (49) and points (76) this season. 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.
  • 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.

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 has a chance to become the first Sabres player to score at least 40 goals since Thomas Vanek (40) in 2008-09. He would become just the 11th different player in Sabres history to score at least 40 in a season.

LEADING THE WAY
Each of the Sabres’ top three scorers is currently on pace to top his previous personal best in points 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 72 27 49 76 19 34 53
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 77 29 52 81 20 36 57
               
Reinhart Career High (2017-18) 82 25 25 50 13 16 29
Reinhart 2018-19 77 20 42 62 18 30 48
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 77 37 23 60 29 15 44
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 39 24 64 31 16 47

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 3/29 games)

  • Eichel: 284 S (7th)
  • Ristolainen: 24:42 TOI/GP (9th)
  • Skinner: 3 OTG (T-3rd), 29 EVG (T-6th), 7 GWG (T-7th)

BUF-NYI CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Islanders director of goaltending Mitch Korn served as the Sabres goaltending coach for eight seasons (1990 to 1998).
  • Islanders G Robin Lehner played for the Sabres for three seasons (2015 to 2018), finishing his tenure with the team with a 42-61-22 record, 2.77 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage.

Former Islanders:

  • Islanders F Kyle Okposo was selected by the Islanders in the first round (7th overall) of the 2006 NHL Draft. He spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Islanders (2007 to 2016), recording 369 points (139+230) in 529 games.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Played with Islanders F Andrew Ladd in Atlanta and Winnipeg.

Jason Botterill:

  • Was the assistant general manager for the Penguins when Islanders G Thomas Greiss and F Tom Kuhnhackl were playing in Pittsburgh.

Chris Hajt:

  • Played with Islanders assistant coach John Gruden in Washington.

Phil Housley:

  • Played in New Jersey when Islanders General Manager Lou Lamoriello was the general manager of the Devils and Islanders assistant general manager Chris Lamoriello was a scout for the team.
  • Was an assistant coach in Nashville alongside Islanders associate coach Lane Lambert and director of goaltending Mitch Korn when Islanders Head Coach Barry Trotz was the head coach of the Predators.

Matt Hunwick:

  • Played with Islanders D Johnny Boychuk in Boston.
  • Played with Islanders F Tom Kuhnhackl in Pittsburgh.
  • Played with Islanders F Leo Komarov and F Matt Martin in Toronto. Islanders General Manager Lou Lamoriello was the general manager of the Maple Leafs during Hunwick’s tenure with the team.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played with Islanders F Cal Clutterbuck in Minnesota.
  • Played for Team Sweden with Islanders G Robin Lehner at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played for Team USA with Islanders F Brock Nelson at the 2014 and 2016 IIHF World Championships.

Davis Payne:

  • Played with Islanders assistant coach John Gruden in Boston.

Jason Pominville:

  • Played with Islanders F Cal Clutterbuck in Minnesota.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Played for Team Finland with Islanders F Valtteri Filppula at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Marco Scandella:

  • Played with Islanders F Cal Clutterbuck in Minnesota.

Conor Sheary:

  • Played with Islanders F Tom Kuhnhackl in Pittsburgh.

Jeff Skinner:

  • Played for Team Canada with Islanders F Cal Clutterbuck at the 2011 IIHF World Championship.
  • Represented Canada with Islanders F Jordan Eberle and F Andrew Ladd at the 2011, 2012 and 2013 IIHF World Championships.

Steve Smith:

  • Was a scout for the Blackhawks when Islanders F Andrew Ladd was playing in Chicago.
  • Was an assistant coach for the Oilers when Islanders F Jordan Eberle was playing in Edmonton.

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Played with Islanders D Johnny Boychuk in Boston.

Scott Wilson:

  • Played with Islanders G Thomas Greiss and F Tom Kuhnhackl in Pittsburgh.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (219), Girgensons (136), Larsson (106)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (119), Bogosian (116), McCabe (95)
Shots: Eichel (284), Skinner (256), Ristolainen (177)

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: 1-5-1 (3), 17/30. 3/18, 13/18

OVERTIME RESULTS (7-7; 120-128 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)
March 28 vs. DET: L, 5-4 (GWG-Bertuzzi, 2:18)

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)
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 1 assist … 300 career assists
Jeff Skinner … 2 assists … 200 career assists

RECENT MILESTONES
William Borgen … 1st NHL game … March 26 at OTT
Victor Olofsson … 1st NHL game … March 28 vs. DET
Victor Olofsson … 1st NHL point (assist) … March 28 vs. DET
Jack Eichel … 100th NHL goal … March 28 vs. DET

Post-Game Report: 2/12 vs. NY Islanders

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Islanders
(33-17-6)
1 0 0 1 25
Sabres
(28-21-7)
1 1 2 3 22

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • With his 34th goal of the season, Jeff Skinner has broken a three-way tie for second-most goals in the NHL this season, trailing only Alex Ovechkin (38).
  • Skinner now has six points (3+3) in six games during the Sabres’ current homestand.
  • Jason Pominville scored his 24th game-winning goal as a member of the Sabres, tying Tim Connolly for 16th-most in franchise history. He now trails Phil Housley and Jim Lorentz by one for 14th-most.
  • Jack Eichel recorded two assists tonight. He now has eight points (2+6) during his current six-game point streak and 12 points (3+9) in his last 10 contests.
  • Eichel now has 21 multi-point games this season, the highest total by a Sabre since Thomas Vanek (21) in 2010-11.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Islanders
Lehner L .864 3.10
Sabres Ullmark W .960 1.01

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Islanders Lehner 17-9-4 .929 2.08
Sabres Ullmark 13-5-4 .913 2.89

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jason Pominville

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark

Islanders head coach Barry Trotz

Islanders forward Anders Lee

Islanders forward Matt Martin

Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock