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Game Preview: 10/24/19 at NY Rangers

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LAST GAME
Tuesday, October 22
San Jose 3 at Buffalo 4 (OT)
Goals: Eichel (2), Reinhart, Skinner
Goalie: Hutton (25 saves/28 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 1/4; Shots: Buffalo 29 – San Jose 28

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 43)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (hip, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 10 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 10 games
Brandon Montour (hand, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 10 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/18: Assigned F Curtis Lazar to Rochester (AHL)
10/20: Assigned G Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, Oct. 25: Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 28: Arizona at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 1: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 2: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 8: Tampa Bay at Buffalo (Stockholm, Sweden), 2 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at RANGERS

  • This is the first of three meetings between the Sabres and Rangers this season.
  • Last meeting: New York defeated Buffalo 6-2 in Buffalo on Feb. 15.
  • Next meeting: Friday, Feb. 7 in New York
  • The Sabres are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Rangers; 2-7-1 on the road.
  • This is the 184th game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo has a 82-66-35 series record.
  • The Sabres are 33-37-20 on the road against the Rangers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-8-0 all-time on October 24.
  • October 24, 1979: The Sabres get points from 11 different players, including three-point efforts from Gilbert Perreault, Jim Schoenfeld and John Van Boxmeer, as they defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 7-3 at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres have scored the first goal in eight of their 10 games so far this season, going 7-1-0 in those contests. Entering play Wednesday, only the Washington Capitals had scored first in as many games as Buffalo.
  • The Sabres entered play Wednesday with the No. 4 power play in the league, converting on a league-high 12 of their 39 power plays this season (30.8%).
  • Rasmus Dahlin has recorded 10 points (1+9) through Buffalo’s first 10 games. He has become seventh unique Sabres defenseman to record at least 10 points in the team’s first 10 games of a season and the first to do so since Brian Campbell (1+10) in 2007-08.

HOT AGAINST NEW YORK

  • Sam Reinhart has recorded nine points (2+7) in nine games against New York dating back to the beginning of the 2016-17 season.
  • Kyle Okposo has totaled 20 points (5+15) in his last 20 games against the Rangers.
  • Conor Sheary scored three goals in three meetings with New York last season.
  • Colin Miller has recorded four assists in his last four games against the Rangers.
  • Carter Hutton is 4-1-0 in his career against New York, boasting a .953 save percentage and a 1.48 goals-against average in those games.

A STRONG START
With an 8-1-1 record through the first 10 games of the season, the Sabres have matched their second-best record through 10 games in franchise history, joining the 1975-76 and 2009-10 seasons. The team’s best ever start was a 10-0-0 record to begin the 2006-07 season.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s second of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night at Detroit. The Sabres are 0-1-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 1-0-0 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 (1), one point (0) and zero points (0).

HUTTS GOING ON

  • Carter Hutton has won each of his six games this season and now has wins in seven straight appearances dating back to last season.
  • He entered play Wednesday ranked in the top three in the NHL in save percentage (.943), goals-against average (1.65), shutouts (2) and wins (6).
  • Hutton earned his first shutout as a member of the Sabres on Oct. 14 vs. Dallas and followed that up by setting a Sabres franchise record with 47 saves in a shutout on Oct. 17 at Los Angeles, joining Bob Sauve (1979-80) as the second Sabres goaltender to post two shutouts in his first five games of a season. The shutouts earned him NHL Third Star of the Week honors and helped him set a personal-best shutout streak of 134:22.
  • Hutton’s six-game win streak to start the season has matched Martin Biron (2006-07) and Roger Crozier (1975-76) for the third-best start in franchise history. With a win in his next decision, he’d match Crozier’s 1974-75 start for second-best. The franchise record for most consecutive wins to begin a season was set by Ryan Miller (8) in 2006-07.

VIC-O MODE

  • All six of Victor Olofsson’s goals this season have come on the power play, tying James Neal for most in the league entering play Wednesday. He also led all rookies in goals (6) and points (9), and led rookie forwards in ice time per game (17:40).
  • Olofsson has recorded nine points (6+3) through 10 games this season. Only three players in franchise history have totaled more points through the team’s first 10 games of a season as rookies: Rick Martin (1971-72), Phil Housley (1982-83) and Hannu Virta (1982-83).
  • Entering play Wednesday, no NHL player had scored more power-play goals than Olofsson’s eight in 16 games played since he made his NHL debut on March 28, 2019 vs. Detroit. He has set an NHL record by becoming the first player in NHL history to score each of his first seven-plus career goals with a man advantage.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 10/23 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 17 PTS (1st), 8 W (1st), 30.8% PP% (4th), 3.70 GF/GP (4th)
  • Dahlin: 7 PPP (T-3rd), 9 A (T-5th)
  • Eichel: 1 OTG (T-1st), 7 PPP (T-3rd), 200 FO (5th), 14 PTS (T-5th), 3 PPG (T-5th), 96 FOW (8th), 6 G (T-9th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (1st), 6 W (2nd), 1.65 GAA (2nd), .943 SV% (3rd)
  • Johansson: 1 OTG (T-1st)
  • McCabe: 29 BkS (T-1st)
  • Olofsson: 6 PPG (T-1st), 7 PPP (T-3rd), 6 G (T-9th)
  • Scandella: plus-7 (T-8th)
  • Skinner: 49 S (2nd), 6 G (T-9th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (26), McCabe (22), Sobotka (20)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (29), Ristolainen (14), Scandella (13)
Shots: Skinner (49), Eichel (35), Ristolainen (24)

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

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 (1-0; 76-69 all-time)
Oct. 11 vs. FLA: W, 3-2 (GDG-Eichel)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Marcus Johansson … 2 games … 600 career games played
Jack Eichel … 4 games … 300 career games played
Carter Hutton … 6 games … 200 career games played
Casey Mittelstadt … 7 games … 100 career games played
Rasmus Dahlin … 8 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 … 9 points … 500 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Jack Eichel … 6th career overtime goal (T-1st in franchise history) … Oct. 22 vs. SJS

Post-Game Report: 2/15 vs. NY Rangers

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Rangers
(25-24-8)
2 1 3 6 29
Sabres
(28-22-7)
0 2 0 2 33

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • Jeff Skinner, who scored his 35th and 36th goals of the season tonight, is the first Sabres player with 35 or more goals since Thomas Vanek scored 40 during the 2008-09 season.
    • Skinner is the fifth player in to score at least 35 goals in his first season with the Sabres, joining Gilbert Perreault (38), Rick Martin (1971-72), Ray Sheppard (1987-88) and Pat LaFontaine (1991-92).
  • The game was Skinner’s eighth multi-goal game of the season, tying his previous career high (2016-17). He becomes the first Sabres player to record at least eight multi-goal games in a season since Vanek recorded 10 in 2008-09.
  • With his 19th and 20th goals at KeyBank Center this season, Skinner became the first player to score 20 goals at home for the Sabres since Derek Roy’s 20 in the 2007-08 season.
  • Skinner totaled eight points (5+3) during the team’s seven-game homestand that ended tonight.
  • Sam Reinhart, who recorded an assist tonight, has tied his career high with 50 points this season (13+37).
  • Reinhart now has six points (2+4) in six games against the Rangers since the beginning of last season.
  • Jason Pominville recorded his 300th assist as a member of the Sabres, the eighth-highest total in franchise history. He trails Don Luce by 10 for seventh-most.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Rangers
Georgiev W .939 2.03
Sabres Ullmark L .821 5.27

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Rangers Georgiev 9-9-0 .907 3.05
Sabres Ullmark 13-6-4 .910 2.98

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Jeff Skinner

Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian

Rangers head coach David Quinn

Rangers forward Vladislav Namestnikov

Rangers forward Mike Zibanejad

Rangers defenseman Marc Staal

Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev

Game Preview: 2/15/19 vs. NY Rangers

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LAST GAME
Tuesday, February 12
NY Islanders 1 at Buffalo 3
Goals: Skinner, Pominville, Larsson
Goalie: Ullmark (24 saves/25 shots)
PP: 0/1; PK: 0/0; Shots: NY Islanders 25 – Buffalo 22

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 186)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Casey Nelson (upper body, Dec. 8; injured reserve) – 26 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Feb. 10) – 2 games
Casey Mittelstadt (lower body, Feb. 12) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
Sunday, Feb. 17: Buffalo at New Jersey, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 19: Buffalo at Florida, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 21: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 23: Washington at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 25: Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
RANGERS at SABRES

  • This is the third and final meeting between the Sabres and Rangers this season.
  • Last meeting: New York defeated Buffalo 3-1 in New York on Nov. 4, 2018
  • The Sabres are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Rangers; 3-5-2 at home.
  • This is the 183rd game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo has an 82-65-35 series record.
  • The Sabres are 49-28-15 at home against the Rangers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-5-3 all-time on February 15.
  • 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.
  • February 15, 2015: Zach Bogosian makes his Sabres debut against the Philadelphia Flyers.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s matchup is the final game of a seven-game homestand that ties the stretch from Jan. 20 to Feb. 2, 1997 as the longest in franchise history.
  • With at least a point in each of the six games during the homestand (2+6), Jack Eichel is looking to extend his point streak to seven games for the second time this season.
  • Eichel has recorded 11 points (4+7) in 11 career games against the New York, making the Rangers one of 15 NHL teams he has tallied at least a point per game against.
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded eight points (2+6) in eight games against New York dating back to the beginning of the 2016-17 season.
  • Kyle Okposo has totaled 20 points (5+15) in 20 games against the Rangers since the beginning of the 2013-14 season.
  • Conor Sheary has recorded five points (4+1) in his last five games against the Rangers, including goals in both of the previous meetings this season (3+0).
  • Carter Hutton is 4-1-0 in his career against New York, boasting a .953 save percentage and a 1.48 goals-against average in those games.

HOME COOKING

  • Buffalo enters tonight’s game with a 17-8-4 (.655) record at home. The team’s .655 points percentage at home ranked eighth in the NHL before Thursday’s games.
  • Carter Hutton is 10-6-2 at home this season with a .922 save percentage and a 2.48 goals-against average.
  • Jeff Skinner leads all Sabres with 30 points (18+12) in 29 home games this season.
  • With 29 points (11+18) in 27 home games, Jack Eichel is also playing above a point-per-game pace at KeyBank Center this season.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 25 points (6+19) in 23 home games since the beginning of November, posting nine multi-point home games during that stretch.

DYNAMIC DUO

  • Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner have both recorded a point on the same goal 27 times this season, making them the most productive Sabres duo since Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek combined on 39 goals in the 2011-12 season.
  • At least one of the two has recorded a point on 85 of the team’s 161 goals this season (52.8%).

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel recorded his 42nd and 43rd assists of the season on Tuesday vs. NY Islanders. He is the first Sabres player to record at least 40 assists in a season since Jason Pominville (43) in the 2011-12 season.
  • Entering play Thursday, Eichel’s 43 assists tied for 12th-most in the league and his 31 even-strength assists ranked 10th.
  • Eichel is currently on pace for 46 even-strength assists this season. Only five different players have recorded at least 45 even-strength assists since the 2005-06 season: Henrik Sedin (3x), Joe Thornton (3x), Connor McDavid (2x), Evgeni Malkin and Michael Nylander.

RISING IN THE RECORD BOOKS

  • With a goal on Feb. 7 vs. Carolina, Jason Pominville moved past Mike Foligno into eighth place in franchise history with his 512th points as a member of the Sabres. He currently trails Don Luce by 13 points for seventh-most.
  • Pominville is also just two goals from tying Luce for 10th-most goals in Sabres history, 11 assists behind Luce for seventh-most in franchise history and three games played from tying Alexei Zhitnik for eighth-most regular-season games played by a Sabre.

DAH-LEAN ON ME

  • Entering play Thursday, Rasmus Dahlin led rookie defensemen and ranked second among all NHL rookies with 31 points this season. His 25 assists ranked second among all NHL rookies.
  • With 31 points (6+25) through 56 games, Dahlin is scoring at a higher rate than he did in the Swedish Hockey League last season, when he totaled 20 points (7+13) in 41 games for Frölunda.
  • Dahlin’s current point total puts him on pace for 45 points this season. It would trail only Phil Housley (57 points in 1982-83) for the most ever recorded by a defenseman before his 19th birthday.
  • With six multi-point games so far this season, Dahlin has recorded more multi-point games as an 18-year-old than all but two defensemen in NHL history: Phil Housley (13) and Bobby Orr (8).

SCORING WHEN IT COUNTS

  • Jeff Skinner’s seven game-winning goals tied for second-most in the NHL this season entering play Thursday. He is the first Sabres player with at least seven game-winners in a season since Derek Roy (9) in 2008-09 and is four shy of matching the single-season franchise record of 11 shared by Danny Gare (1979-80) and Alexander Mogilny (1992-93).
  • Skinner was also tied for third in the league with three overtime goals this season. Skinner’s total matches the Sabres’ single-season record shared by Daniel Briere (2006-07) and Derek Roy (2009-10) and ties him for 10th-most career overtime goals in franchise history.

SAM I AM

  • Sam Reinhart has already set career-high totals in assists (36) and multi-point games (15) this season. His 49 points leave him just one shy of his career high 50 from the 2017-18 season.
  • The Sabres are 20-8-5 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 29-4-7 (.813) in his career when he records at least two.

LEADING THE WAY

  • All three of the Sabres’ top three scorers are currently on pace to shatter their previous personal bests in points on the strength of career-best production at even strength:
Player/Season GP G A PTS ES G ES A ES P
Eichel Career High (2017-18) 67 25 39 64 22 20 42
Eichel 2018-19 53 18 43 61 14 31 45
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 79 27 64 91 21 46 67
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 56 34 17 51 27 13 40
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 50 25 75 40 19 59
               
Reinhart Career High (2017-18) 82 25 25 50 13 16 29
Reinhart 2018-19 56 13 36 49 12 26 38
Reinhart 2018-19 (Pace) 82 19 53 72 18 38 56

MAKING HISTORY

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

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

  • Buffalo Sabres: 82.1% PK% (9th)
  • Eichel: 2 OTG (T-7th), 208 S (10th), 31 EVA (10th)
  • Ristolainen: 25:09 TOI/GP (7th)
  • Skinner: 27 EVG (T-1st), 34 G (2nd), 7 GWG (T-2nd), 3 OTG (T-3rd)

BUF-NYR CONNECTIONS
Former Rangers:

  • Sabres D Matt Hunwick spent the 2014-15 season with the Rangers. He recorded 11 points (2+9) in 55 regular-season games with the club, in addition to skating in six playoff games.

Former Sabres:

  • Rangers assistant coach Lindy Ruff is a former player and head coach for the Sabres. He spent 10 seasons (1979-89) in a Sabres sweater and was the team’s head coach from 1997 to 2013, earning two Jack Adams Award nominations (2006, 2007) and winning once (2006).
  • Rangers assistant general manager Jim Schoenfeld was drafted in the first round (5th overall) by the Sabres in the 1972 NHL Draft and spent 11 seasons (1972-1982, 1984-1985) with the club. Schoenfeld, a former captain and a two-time NHL All Star, was inducted into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame in 1996.
  • Rangers assistant coach Greg Brown was selected by the Sabres in the second round (26th overall) of the 1986 NHL Draft and played parts of two seasons (1990-91, 1992-93) with the club.

Jason Botterill:

  • Played in Buffalo when Rangers assistant coach Lindy Ruff was the head coach of the Sabres.
  • Was a scout for the Stars when Rangers assistant coach David Oliver was playing in Dallas.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played for Boston University when Rangers Head Coach David Quinn was the head coach of the Terriers, a team that won the 2015 Beanpot and played in the National Championship game.
  • Played for Team USA with Rangers D Brady Skjei at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Won a bronze medal for the United States with Rangers D Tony DeAngelo at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Phil Housley:

  • Played with Rangers General Manager Jim Schoenfeld and assistant coach Lindy Ruff in Buffalo.
  • Played for the Sabres when Rangers General Manager Jim Schoenfeld was the head coach in Buffalo and again when he was the head coach in Washington.
  • Coached Rangers F Jimmy Vesey at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, where the United States won a gold medal.

Matt Hunwick:

  • Played with Rangers D Adam McQuaid in Boston.
  • Played with Rangers D Kevin Shattenkirk in Colorado.

Carter Hutton:

  • Played with Rangers D Kevin Shattenkirk in St. Louis.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played for Team Sweden with Rangers F Jesper Fast at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Won a gold medal with Rangers F Mike Zibanejad at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship. The duo won a second gold medal together at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.

Jake McCabe:

  • Won a gold medal for the United States with Rangers F Jimmy Vesey at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Played for Team USA with Rangers F Kevin Hayes at the 2014 IIHF World Championship and with D Brady Skjei at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

Davis Payne:

  • Was the head coach of the Blues when Rangers D Kevin Shattenkirk was playing in St. Louis.
  • Played for the Bruins when Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton was the director of scouting in Boston.

Evan Rodrigues:

  • Played for Boston University when Rangers Head Coach David Quinn was the head coach of the Terriers, a team that won the 2015 Beanpot and played in the National Championship game.

Jeff Skinner:

  • Played for Team Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Championship when Rangers assistant coach Lindy Ruff was the head coach of the team.

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Played with Rangers D Adam McQuaid in Boston.
  • Played with Rangers D Kevin Shattenkirk in St. Louis.

Tage Thompson:

  • Won a bronze medal with Rangers D Neal Pionk while representing the United States at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (162), Girgensons (91), McCabe (76)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (89), Bogosian (85), McCabe (77)
Shots: Eichel (208), Skinner (184), Ristolainen (137)

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: 3-2-1 (7), 20/22, 5/16, 11/13

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-6; 119-127 all-time)
Oct. 27 at CBJ: L, 5-4 (GWG-Panarin, 0:31)
Oct. 30 vs. CGY: L, 2-1 (GWG-Gaudreau, 2:40)
Nov. 8 at MTL: W, 6-5 (GWG-Ristolainen, 1:38)
Nov. 19 at PIT: W, 5-4 (GWG-Eichel, 0:45)
Nov. 23 vs. MTL: W, 3-2 (GWG-Skinner, 3:06)
Nov. 27 vs. SJS: W, 3-2 (GWG-Skinner, 1:41)
Nov. 30 at FLA: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barkov, 2:26)
Dec. 4 vs. TOR: L, 4-3 (GWG-Matthews, 4:57)
Dec. 11 vs. LAK: W, 4-3 (GWG-Skinner, 1:49)
Dec. 29 vs. BOS: L, 3-2 (GWG-Kuraly, 3:44)
Jan. 16 at CGY: W, 4-3 (GWG-Eichel, 1:10)
Feb. 8 vs. CAR: L, 6-5 (GWG-Teravainen, 3:25)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (4-1; 74-67 all-time)
Nov. 10 vs. VAN: W, 4-3 (GDG-Mittelstadt)
Nov. 16 at WPG: W, 2-1 (GDG-Sheary)
Nov. 24 at DET: W, 3-2 (GDG-Reinhart)
Dec. 15 at WSH: L, 4-3 (GDG-Ovechkin)
Feb. 5 vs. MIN: W, 5-4 (GDG-Reinhart)

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

RECENT MILESTONES
Rasmus Ristolainen … 400th NHL game … Feb. 9 vs. DET
Marco Scandella … 500th NHL game … Feb. 9 vs. DET

Game Preview: 11/4/18 at NY Rangers

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, November 3
Ottawa 2 at Buffalo 9
Goals: Skinner (2), Pominville (2), Okposo, Girgensons, Sheary, Berglund, Mittelstadt
Goalie: Ullmark (27 saves/29 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 1/1; Shots: Buffalo 41 – Ottawa 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 56)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 14 games
Sean Malone (knee, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 14 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 14 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Nov. 8: Buffalo at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 10: Vancouver at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 13: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 16: Buffalo at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 17: Buffalo at Minnesota, 6 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at RANGERS

  • This is the second of three meetings between the Sabres and Rangers this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated New York 3-1 in New York on Oct. 6
  • Next meeting: Friday, Feb. 15 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Rangers; 3-6-1 on the road
  • This is the 182nd game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo has an 82-64-35 series record.
  • The Sabres are 33-36-20 on the road against the Rangers all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 5-8-4 all-time on November 4.
  • November 4, 1999: Curtis Brown records three points (1+2), including an overtime goal, as the Sabres top the Blackhawks 5-4 at United Center.
  • November 4, 2009: Derek Roy goes 14-for-14 on faceoffs and tallies the game-winning goal in a 3-0 win at home against the Islanders.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Jack Eichel enters tonight’s game on a four-game point streak (1+7). Eichel also has points in each of his last four road games, totaling eight assists in those games.
  • Carter Hutton is 4-0-0 in his career against New York, boasting a .960 save percentage and a 1.35 goals-against average in those games.
  • Kyle Okposo has totaled 20 points (5+15) in his last 18 games against the Rangers, including five points (1+4) in four games against New York since the beginning of last season.
  • Jack Eichel has 11 points (4+7) in 10 career games against the Rangers.
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded nine points (3+6) in nine career games against New York, including points (2+3) in each of the last four meetings.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen tallied four points (2+2) in four games and Vladimir Sobotka had three assists in two games against the Rangers last season.

THREE’S COMPANY
Following yesterday’s 9-2 win vs. Ottawa, Buffalo’s top line of Jeff Skinner, Jason Pominville and Jack Eichel ranked as the top three scorers in the NHL since the trio began playing together as a line on Oct. 20 at Los Angeles. In those seven games, Skinner (8+5) and Pominville (7+6) have totaled 13 points each, and Eichel has recorded 12 points (1+11).

WELCOME TO POMINVILLE

  • Jason Pominville enters tonight’s game on a seven-game point streak, during which he has totaled 13 points (7+6) and averaged 16:48 of ice time per game. It’s his first seven-game point streak since March 9 to 20, 2014 (4+4).
  • After yesterday’s game, the streak tied as the eighth-longest active point streak in the NHL.
  • A point tonight would give him points in eight straight contests for the first time since March 17 to April 3, 2009, when he posted 13 points (3+10) in eight games.

WHAT’S THE SKINNY?

  • Jeff Skinner has 16 points (9+7) in his last 10 games. It ranks as the best 10-game stretch in his career.
  • All but two of Skinner’s goals have come at even strength this season. He finished yesterday’s game tied for first in the league with a plus-10 rating, tied for sixth with six even-strength goals and tied for eighth with nine total goals.

BACK-TO-BACK
Today’s game wraps Buffalo’s second of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began yesterday with a 9-2 win vs. Ottawa. The Sabres are 2-0-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 1-0-0 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in their previous back-to-back sets is: four points (1), three points (0), two points (0), one point (0) and zero points (0).

ONE BUFFALO

  • The Sabres and the Buffalo Bills are playing on the same day for the second of three times this season after doing so twice last season. The other occurrences are Oct. 21 and Dec. 16.
  • The teams have played on the same date 218 times, with both teams winning their respective games on 48 of those days.
  • The Sabres are 117-67-34 when playing on a Bills game day and the Bills enter this game 92-124-2 on those dates.
  • The last time the Sabres and Bills both won on the same date was Oct. 16, 2016.

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

  • Eichel: 13 A (T-3rd), 13 EVP (T-5th), 57 S (T-5th), 17 PTS (T-8th)
  • Hutton: 292 SV (8th)
  • Pominville: 7 EVG (T-6th), 12 EVP (T-8th)
  • Ristolainen: 38 hits (T-7th), 25:10 TOI/GP (8th)
  • Skinner: plus-12 (T-1st), 7 EVG (T-6th), 9 G (T-8th)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-3rd), 2.00 GAA (7th)

BUF-NYR CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Rangers assistant coach Lindy Ruff is a former player and head coach for the Sabres. He spent 10 seasons (1979-89) in a Sabres sweater and was the team’s head coach from 1997 to 2013, earning two Jack Adams Award nominations (2006, 2007) and winning once (2006).
  • Rangers assistant general manager Jim Schoenfeld was drafted in the first round (5th overall) by the Sabres in the 1972 NHL Draft and would spend 11 seasons (1972-1982, 1984-1985) with the club. Schoenfeld, a former captain and a two-time NHL All Star, was inducted into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame in 1996.
  • Rangers assistant coach Greg Brown was selected by the Sabres in the second round (26th overall) of the 1986 NHL Draft and played parts of two seasons (1990-91, 1992-93) with the club.

Patrik Berglund:

  • Played with Rangers D Kevin Shattenkirk in St. Louis.
  • Has represented Sweden with Rangers G Henrik Lundqvist on two occasions: at the 2014 Olympic Games, where Sweden won a silver medal, and at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Jason Botterill:

  • Played in Buffalo when Rangers Assistant Coach Lindy Ruff was the head coach of the Sabres.
  • Was a scout for the Stars when Rangers assistant coach David Oliver was playing in Dallas.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played for Boston University when Rangers Head Coach David Quinn was the head coach of the Terriers, a team that won the 2015 Beanpot, made it to the Frozen Four and played in the National Championship game.
  • Played for Team USA with Rangers D Brady Skjei at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Won a bronze medal for the United States with Rangers D Tony DeAngelo at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Remi Elie:

  • Played in Dallas when Rangers assistant coach Lindy Ruff was the head coach of the Stars.

Phil Housley:

  • Played with Rangers General Manager Jim Schoenfeld and assistant coach Lindy Ruff in Buffalo.
  • Played for the Sabers when Rangers General Manager Jim Schoenfeld was the head coach in Buffalo and again when he was the head coach in Washington.
  • Was an assistant coach in Nashville when Rangers F Cody McLeod played for the Predators.
  • Coached Rangers F Jimmy Vesey at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, where the United States won a gold medal.

Carter Hutton:

  • Played with Rangers D Kevin Shattenkirk in St. Louis.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played for Team Sweden with Rangers F Jesper Fast at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Won a gold medal with Rangers F Mike Zibanejad at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship. The duo won a second gold medal together at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.

Jake McCabe:

  • Won a gold medal for the United States with Rangers F Jimmy Vesey at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Played for Team USA with Rangers F Kevin Hayes at the 2014 IIHF World Championship and with D Brady Skjei at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

Davis Payne:

  • Was the head coach of the Blues when Rangers D Kevin Shattenkirk was playing in St. Louis.
  • Played for the Bruins when Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton was the director of scouting in Boston.

Evan Rodrigues:

  • Played for Boston University when Rangers Head Coach David Quinn was the head coach of the Terriers, a team that won the 2015 Beanpot, made it to the Frozen Four and played in the National Championship game.

Jeff Skinner:

  • Played for Team Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Championship when Rangers assistant coach Lindy Ruff was the head coach of the team.

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Played with Rangers D Adam McQuaid in Boston.
  • Played with Rangers D Kevin Shattenkirk in St. Louis.

Tage Thompson:

  • Won a bronze medal with Rangers D Neal Pionk while representing the United States at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (38), Girgensons (22), McCabe (20)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (26), McCabe (23), Bogosian (21)
Shots: Eichel (57), Skinner (45), Pominville (38)

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: 1-1-2 (4), 17/12, 3/14, 12/14

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-2; 113-123 all-time)
Oct. 27 at CBJ: L, 5-4 (GWG-Panarin, 0:31)
Oct. 30 vs. CGY: L, 2-1 (GWG-Gaudreau, 2:40)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-0; 70-66 all-time)
N/A

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Conor Sheary … 2 games … 200 career games played
Remi Elie … 6 games … 100 career games played
Jeff Skinner … 7 games … 600 career games played
Nathan Beaulieu … 8 games … 300 career games played
Evan Rodrigues … 9 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 2 goals … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Points
Jeff Skinner … 5 points … 400 career points
Jack Eichel … 6 points … 200 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Jason Pominville … 501st point with Sabres (9th in franchise history) … Nov. 1 at OTT
Jason Pominville … 1,000th NHL game … Nov. 1 at OTT
Conor Sheary … 100th NHL point … Nov. 3 vs. OTT

Post-Game Report: 10/6 vs. NY Rangers

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Rangers
(0-2-0)
0 0 1 1 44
Sabres
(1-1-0)
1 1 1 3 29

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • Carter Hutton is now 4-0-0 in five career appearances against New York, with a .960 save percentage and a 1.35 goals-against average.
  • Jack Eichel skated a career-high 25:45 tonight, topping his previous high of 24:23 on Feb. 18, 2017 vs. St. Louis.
  • With his fifth and sixth career power-play goals, Conor Sheary recorded his eighth career multi-goal game. His teams are now 8-0-0 in those games.
    • It was his also his 20th multi-point game. His teams are 18-1-1 in those games.
  • Sheary’s six goals in 12 games against the Rangers are his highest total against any NHL opponent.
  • Jack Eichel (4+7 in 10 games) and Sam Reinhart (3+6 in nine games) maintained their career point-per-game paces against the Rangers.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Rangers Lundqvist L .929 2.08
Sabres Hutton W .977 1.01

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Rangers Lundqvist 0-2-0 .933 2.06
Sabres Hutton 1-1-0 .942 2.09

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Conor Sheary

Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton

Rangers head coach David Quinn

Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad

Rangers defenseman Marc Staal

Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist