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Game Preview: 2/15/21 vs. NY Islanders

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Sunday, January 31
New Jersey 5 at Buffalo 3
Goals: Lazar, Dahlin, Ristolainen
Goalie: Hutton (32 saves/36 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 2/4; PK: 3/3; Shots: New Jersey 37 – Buffalo 33

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 21)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zemgus Girgensons (hamstring, Jan. 14; injured reserve) – 10 games
Dylan Cozens (COVID protocol, Feb. 15) – 0 games
Curtis Lazar (COVID protocol, Feb. 15) – 0 games
Jake McCabe (COVID protocol, Feb. 15) – 0 games
Casey Mittelstadt (COVID protocol, Feb. 15) – 0 games
Brandon Montour (COVID protocol, Feb. 15) – 0 games
Rasmus Ristolainen (COVID protocol, Feb. 15) – 0 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/9: Reassigned F Jean-Sebastien Dea from the taxi squad to Rochester (AHL)
2/10: Reassigned G Dustin Tokarski from Rochester (AHL) to the taxi squad; Reassigned F C.J. Smith from the taxi squad to Rochester (AHL)
2/11: Reassigned F C.J. Smith from Rochester (AHL) to the taxi squad; Reassigned G Dustin Tokarski from the taxi squad to Rochester (AHL)
2/12: Reassigned G Dustin Tokarski from Rochester (AHL) to the taxi squad; Reassigned F C.J. Smith from the taxi squad to Rochester (AHL)
2/13: Reassigned F Steven Fogarty, F C.J. Smith and D Jacob Bryson from Rochester (AHL) to the taxi squad; Reassigned G Dustin Tokarski from the taxi squad to Rochester (AHL)
2/15: Recalled F Steven Fogarty, D William Borgen and D Brandon Davidson from the taxi squad; Reassigned F Rasmus Asplund and F Andrew Oglevie from Rochester (AHL) to the taxi squad

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Feb. 16: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 18: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 20: Buffalo at New Jersey, 12:30 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 22: Buffalo at NY Islanders, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 23: Buffalo at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
ISLANDERS at SABRES

  • This is the first of eight meetings between the Sabres and Islanders this season.
  • Last meeting: New York defeated Buffalo 3-2 (OT) in New York on Dec. 14, 2019.
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 16 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 2-6-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Islanders; 4-5-1 at home.
  • This is the 174th game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo has an 82-66-25 series record.
  • The Sabres are 46-29-12 at home against the Islanders all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-6-3 all-time on February 15.
  • February 15, 1984: Dave Andreychuk leads the Sabres with three points (0+3) in a 7-4 win against the Boston Bruins. Andreychuk recorded at least three points 70 times during his Sabres career and trails only Gilbert Perreault (111) for most games with at least three points as a member of the Sabres.
  • February 15, 2011: Jhonas Enroth becomes the first goaltender in NHL history to earn his first three career wins via the shootout with a 3-2 shootout win at Montreal.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Buffalo’s penalty kill is 15-for-16 (93.8%) in the team’s last nine games against the Islanders.
  • Victor Olofsson enters today’s game on a six-game point streak (2+5) that ties as the longest of his career.
  • The Sabres’ special teams are plus-8 this season, with 12 goals for and four goals against. Entering play Sunday, they were tied with the Boston Bruins for the second-best differential in the league, trailing only the Colorado Avalanche (plus-11).
  • Rasmus Dahlin’s 3.2 shots on goal per game ranked fifth among all NHL defensemen entering play Sunday.

OH MY GOD, WE’RE BACK AGAIN
The Sabres return to action tonight after a 14-day break since their last game, a 5-3 loss on Jan. 31 vs. New Jersey. The break is the fifth-longest in-season break in Sabres history and the team’s longest ever layoff that is not a result of an Olympic Break.

Longest Breaks Between Sabres Games (excludes first game of season)
Date Opponent Days Off Result Reason
2/25/2014 vs. Carolina 18 3-2 win Olympic Break
2/25/1998 vs. Toronto 17 2-2 tie Olympic Break
3/1/2006 vs. Atlanta 16 4-2 loss Olympic Break
3/2/2010 at Pittsburgh 16 3-2 loss Olympic Break
2/15/2021 vs. NY Islanders 14 TBD COVID-19
2/26/2002 at Atlanta 13 2-1 loss Olympic Break
4/12/1992 vs. Montreal 11 3-1 win 1992 NHLPA Strike
1/29/2019 at Columbus 10 5-4 win Bye Week/All-Star Break
2/14/1979 vs. NY Islanders 9 2-1 win All-Star Break (1979 Challenge Cup)
2/4/2011 at Pittsburgh 9 3-2 loss All-Star Break
1/28/2020 vs. Ottawa 9 5-2 loss Bye Week/All-Star Break
1/27/2015 at Calgary 8 4-1 loss All-Star Break
2/3/2016 at Montreal 7 4-2 win All-Star Break

HOT AGAINST NEW YORK

  • Taylor Hall has recorded 18 points (9+9) in 18 career games against the Islanders, including 10 (4+6) in 10 home games.
  • Jack Eichel has totaled 10 points (3+7) in his eight meetings with the Islanders since the beginning of the 2017-18 season.
  • Colin Miller has recorded four points (1+3) in four games against the Islanders since the beginning of the 2017-18 season.
  • Linus Ullmark is 3-1-1 in five career games against the Islanders with a .928 save percentage and a 1.98 goals-against average.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens Buffalo’s fourth of 12 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night vs. NY Islanders. The Sabres are 2-1-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 0-3-0 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 (1).

DRAWING ATTENTION

  • Entering play Sunday, the Sabres ranked second in the NHL with a team faceoff percentage of 55.9 percent.
  • The Sabres joined the Anaheim Ducks (Ryan Getzlaf, Derek Grant, Sam Steel, Adam Henrique) as the only teams whose top four faceoff takers (Jack Eichel, Eric Staal, Cody Eakin and Riley Sheahan) all had a faceoff percentage of at least 50 percent entering play Sunday. All four Sabres are currently on pace for career-high faceoff percentages.
  • Eichel ranked fifth in in the NHL in faceoffs taken (21.3) and faceoffs won (11.6) per game before Sunday’s games.
  • Before Sunday’s games, Sheahan ranked second among all players with at least 30 faceoffs taken this season with a win percentage of 65.2 percent (45-for-69).

POWER UP

  • Buffalo entered play Sunday with the sixth-ranked power play in the league. The team has scored on 12 of its 39 power play opportunities this season for a 30.8 percent conversion rate.
  • The Sabres have scored at least one power-play goal in each of their last five games, going 9-for-22 (40.9%) in those contests.
  • Entering play Sunday, the Sabres led the NHL with nine different players with at least one goal on the power play. Their 10 players with at least one power-play point this season tied for seventh-most in the league.
  • Victor Olofsson leads the team with three power-play goals and entered play Sunday tied for 10th in the league with eight power-play points this season. His 16 career power-play tallies trailed only David Pastrnak (22) and Leon Draisaitl (20) for the most in the league since he made his NHL debut on March 28, 2019.

KILLING IT

  • Entering play Sunday, the Sabres were the least-penalized team in the NHL with 5:30 of penalty time per game. At plus-16 (42 drawn/26 taken), the Sabres also had the best penalty differential in the league.
  • The Sabres have killed 13 of their last 14 penalties to improve to 82.6 percent on the penalty kill this season, ranking 10th in the NHL entering play Sunday.
  • Through 10 games, Buffalo has allowed just four power-play goals against. Entering play Sunday, the team ranked third in the NHL with .40 power-play goals against per game.
  • In the Sabres’ last game on Jan. 31 vs. New Jersey, the penalty kill went 3-for-3 and did not surrender a single shot on goal in 5:09 of shorthanded time.

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 2/14)
SF% CF% SCF% HDCF% xGF%
2019-20 48.13 (23rd) 49.13 (19th) 48.73 (20th) 48.19 (25th) 47.56 (25th)
2020-21 49.68 (17th) 50.86 (11th) 51.33 (12th) 54.78 (7th) 51.11 (16th)

Through 10 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

BRICK WALL

  • Linus Ullmark stopped all three shooters in Buffalo’s last shootout on Jan. 30 vs. New Jersey 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).
  • Entering play Sunday, 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 on Jan. 30 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.

WE LIKE EICH

  • Jack Eichel’s 11 points (2+9) through 10 games tie as his second-best start to a season, trailing only his 14 points (6+8) in the first 10 games of the 2019-20 season.
  • Eichel’s goal on Jan. 28 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)

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 one goal 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 11 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)

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 2/14 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 55.9% FOW% (2nd), 32.2 S/GP (2nd), 30.8% PP% (6th), 82.6 PK% (10th)
  • Olofsson: 8 PPP (T-10th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (35), Lazar (25), Miller (18)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (13), Ristolainen (13), Montour (12)
Shots: Eichel (39), Dahlin (32), Olofsson (30)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK] 1-10: 4-4-2 (10), 30/32, 12/39, 19/23

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 … 4 games … 600 career games played
Curtis Lazar … 6 games … 300 career games played
Goals
Rasmus Ristolainen … 1 goal … 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
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Game Preview: 2/2/21 at NY Islanders

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Sunday, January 31
New Jersey 5 at Buffalo 3
Goals: Lazar, Dahlin, Ristolainen
Goalie: Hutton (32 saves/36 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 2/4; PK: 3/3; Shots: New Jersey 37 – Buffalo 33

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 21)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zemgus Girgensons (hamstring, Jan. 14; injured reserve) – 10 games
Sam Reinhart (upper body, Jan. 30) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/31: Recalled F Casey Mittelstadt from the taxi squad
2/1: Reassigned F Jean-Sebastien Dea and F C.J. Smith to the taxi squad; Reassigned F Jack Quinn to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Saturday, Feb. 13: Washington at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at ISLANDERS

  • This is the first of eight meetings between the Sabres and Islanders this season.
  • Last meeting: New York defeated Buffalo 3-2 (OT) in New York on Dec. 14, 2019.
  • Next meeting: Thursday, Feb. 4 in New York
  • The Sabres are 2-6-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Islanders; 3-5-2 on the road.
  • This is the 174th game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo has an 82-66-25 series record.
  • The Sabres are 36-37-13 on the road against the Islanders all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-7-3 all-time on February 2.
  • February 2, 1975: Buffalo records 58 shots on goal and Jerry Korab and Peter McNab each score two goals in the Sabres’ 8-1 victory over the Kansas City Scouts.
  • February 2, 1998: The Sabres defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-3, led by Brian Holzinger’s career-high four points (1+3) and a 35-save performance from Steve Shields.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Buffalo’s penalty kill is 15-for-16 (93.8%) in the team’s last nine games against the Islanders.
  • Victor Olofsson enters today’s game on a six-game point streak (2+5) that ties as the longest of his career.
  • The Sabres’ special teams are plus-8 this season, with 12 goals for and four goals against. Entering play Monday, they tied the Boston Bruins for the second-best differential in the league, trailing only the Colorado Avalanche (plus-12).
  • Before Monday night’s games, only Edmonton’s Ethan Bear and Darnell Nurse (9 GF) had been on the ice for more 5-on-5 goals as a pair than Jake McCabe and Rasmus Ristolainen’s eight goals.
  • Rasmus Dahlin’s 32 shots on goal led all NHL defensemen and tied for 12th-most overall entering play Monday.

HOT AGAINST NEW YORK

  • Taylor Hall has recorded 18 points (9+9) in 18 career games against the Islanders, including eight (5+3) in eight road games.
  • Jack Eichel has totaled 10 points (3+7) in his eight meetings with the Islanders since the beginning of the 2017-18 season, including points in all four road games (2+4).
  • 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 has scored a goal in both of his previous road games against the Islanders.
  • Linus Ullmark is 3-1-1 in five career games against the Islanders with a .928 save percentage and a 1.98 goals-against average.

DRAWING ATTENTION

  • Entering play Monday, the Sabres ranked second in the NHL with a team faceoff percentage of 55.9 percent.
  • The Sabres were the only team whose top four faceoff takers (Jack Eichel, Eric Staal, Cody Eakin and Riley Sheahan) all had a faceoff percentage of at least 50 percent entering play Monday. All four players are currently on pace for career-high faceoff percentages.
  • Eichel tied for second in the NHL in faceoffs taken (213) and ranked third in faceoffs won (116) before Monday’s games.
  • Before Monday’s games, Sheahan ranked third among all players with at least 30 faceoffs taken this season with a win percentage of 65.2 percent (45-for-69).

POWER UP

  • Buffalo entered play Monday with the seventh-ranked power play in the league. The team has scored on 12 of its 39 power play opportunities this season for a 30.8 percent conversion rate.
  • The Sabres have scored at least one power-play goal in each of their last five games, going 9-for-22 (40.9%) in those contests.
  • Entering play Monday, the Sabres led the NHL with nine different players with at least one goal on the power play. Their 10 players with at least one power-play point this season tied for fourth-most in the league.
  • Victor Olofsson leads the team and entered play Monday tied for sixth in the league with three power-play goals this season. His team-high eight power-play points trailed only Connor McDavid (10) and Leon Draisaitl (9). His 16 career power-play tallies trailed only Draisaitl and David Pastrnak (20 each) for the most in the league since he made his NHL debut on March 28, 2019.

KILLING IT

  • Entering play Monday, the Sabres were the least-penalized team in the NHL with 5:30 of penalty time per game. At plus-16 (42 drawn/26 taken), the Sabres also had the best penalty differential in the league.
  • The Sabres have killed 13 of their last 14 penalties to improve to 82.6 percent on the penalty kill this season, ranking 10th in the NHL entering play Monday.
  • Through 10 games, Buffalo has allowed just four power-play goals against. Entering play Monday, the team ranked fifth in the NHL with .40 power-play goals against per game.
  • In the Sabres’ last game on Sunday vs. New Jersey, the penalty kill went 3-for-3 and did not surrender a single shot on goal in 5:09 of shorthanded time.

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 2/1)
SF% CF% SCF% HDCF% xGF%
2019-20 48.13 (23rd) 49.13 (19th) 48.73 (20th) 48.19 (25th) 47.56 (25th)
2020-21 49.68 (20th) 50.86 (15th) 51.33 (15th) 54.78 (8th) 51.11 (14th)

Through 10 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

BRICK WALL

  • Linus Ullmark stopped all three New Jersey shooters on Saturday 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).
  • Entering play Monday, 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 on Saturday 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 one goal 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 11 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

  • Entering play Monday, Jack Eichel ranked in the NHL’s top 10 in both assists (9, T-7th) and points (11, T-8th).
  • His 11 points (2+9) through 10 games tie as his second-best start to a season, trailing only his 14 points (6+8) in the first 10 games of the 2019-20 season.
  • 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 2/1 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 55.9% FOW% (2nd), 30.8% PP% (7th), 32.2 S/GP (7th), 82.6 PK% (10th)
  • Eichel: 116 FOW (3rd), 39 S (T-5th), 7 PPP (T-5th), 9 A (T-7th), 11 PTS (T-8th)
  • Olofsson: 8 PPP (T-3rd), 3 PPG (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 35 hits (6th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (35), Lazar (25), Miller (18)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (13), Ristolainen (13), Montour (12)
Shots: Eichel (39), Dahlin (32), Olofsson (30)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK] 1-10: 4-4-2 (10), 30/32, 12/39, 19/23

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 … 4 games … 600 career games played
Curtis Lazar … 6 games … 300 career games played
Goals
Rasmus Ristolainen … 1 goal … 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
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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