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Game Preview: 12/23/19 at Ottawa

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, December 21
Los Angeles 2 at Buffalo 3
Goals: Ristolainen, Scandella, Olofsson
Goalie: Ullmark (25 saves/27 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 2/2; Shots: Buffalo 28 – Los Angeles 27

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 168)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 37 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 21 games
Tage Thompson (upper body, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 17 games
Johan Larsson (lower body, Dec. 21) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
12/20: Recalled F Curtis Lazar from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, Dec. 27: Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 29: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 31: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 2: Edmonton at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday. Jan. 4: Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at SENATORS

  • This is the second of four meetings between the Sabres and Senators this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Ottawa 4-2 in Buffalo on Nov. 16
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 28 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Senators; 5-3-2 on the road.
  • This is the 143rd game all-time between Buffalo and Ottawa; Buffalo has a 70-52-20 series record.
  • The Sabres are 31-29-12 on the road against the Senators all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 17-11-4 all-time on December 23.
  • December 23, 1989: Phil Housley records five points (1+4) in a 6-5 win over the Quebec Nordiques, earning his share of the Sabres’ record for most points in one game by a defenseman.
  • December 23, 2013: The Sabres top the Coyotes 2-1 in overtime despite dressing only 16 skaters and losing Drew Stafford to a game misconduct in the second period.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres have gone 11-3-3 in their last 17 games against the Senators.
  • The home team has won each of the five meetings between these teams since the beginning of last season.
  • Jack Eichel has recorded 23 points (9+14) in 14 career games against the Senators, including at least a point in all but two of those games and eight points (3+6) in six road games. His 23 points and 1.64 points per game against the Senators represent his best outputs against any NHL opponent.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 16 points (6+10) in 17 career meetings with the Senators, including two-point games in three of the last four matchups.
  • Colin Miller has recorded at least a point in each of his last three games against Ottawa, totaling five points (1+4) in those games.
  • Jeff Skinner has totaled five points (3+2) in five meetings with the Senators since the beginning of last season.
  • Victor Olofsson has recorded points in both of his previous games against Ottawa, totaling three points (1+2), eight shots and a plus-4 rating in those contests.
  • Linus Ullmark has earned a win in both of his career matchups with the Senators, logging a .923 save percentage and a 2.00 goals-against average in those games.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel has been selected as the NHL’s Third Star of the Week for each of the last two weeks. Entering play Sunday, his 16 points since the beginning of December tied to lead all NHL players and his eight goals during that span tied for second-most in the league.
  • Victor Olofsson has recorded points in each of Buffalo’s last six games (4+4). He has joined John Tucker (1984-85) as just the second Sabres rookie to record two different six-game point streaks in a season
  • Olofsson has now recorded 24 points (10+14) in his last 22 games, including two-point performances in five of the team’s last 10 games. He has failed to record a point in just three of those 22 games and entered play Saturday leading all NHL rookies in goals (16) and points (34) this season.
  • Rasmus Dahlin has recorded five points (1+4) in five games since returning from an eight-game injury absence.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 10 points (3+7) in Buffalo’s last nine games, including four multi-point games during that stretch.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has nine points (2+7) in the Sabres’ last 12 games dating back to Nov. 29 vs. Toronto. His plus-11 mark in those games was the fourth-best plus/minus rating in the NHL during that span before Sunday’s games.
  • Linus Ullmark has posted a 7-2-2 record in his last 11 appearances.

JACK ATTACK

  • With two points (1+1) on Tuesday night at Toronto, Jack Eichel became the first Buffalo player to reach 50 points in 35 or fewer games since 1992-93 (Pat LaFontaine and Alexander Mogilny). He joins Rick Martin as the only other player in franchise history to record at least 20 goals and 50 points in each of his first five NHL seasons.
  • Since scoring four goals on Nov. 16 vs. Ottawa, Eichel has recorded a point in a career-best 18 straight games played. He has tied Gilbert Perreault (Oct. 24 to Dec. 4, 1971) for the most consecutive games played with a point in franchise history. It’s the NHL’s fifth-longest personal point streak in the last decade, trailing only Taylor Hall (26 in 2017-18), Patrick Kane (26 in 2015-16), Sidney Crosby (25 in 2010-11) and Patrick Kane (20 in 2018-19).
  • Entering play Sunday, Eichel’s 16 goals, 32 points and plus-19 rating since the run started all led the NHL during that timeframe. His 16 assists were three shy of the league lead during that stretch.

5-ON-5 GOALS

  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, the Sabres entered play Sunday with three players among the league’s leaders in 5-on-5 goals: Jack Eichel (13, T-5th), Jeff Skinner (11, T-13th), Sam Reinhart (10, T-21st).
  • Only 32 NHL players had at least 10 goals during 5-on-5 play entering play Sunday. Buffalo joined the Edmonton Oilers (Draisaitl, Kassian, McDavid) as one of two teams with three players among those 32.

SETTING THE PACE

  • With 24 goals in 36 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 37 team games currently has him on pace to finish the season with 54 goals and 115 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 79 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 (35) since Ray Sheppard’s 38 in 1987-88 and the most points ever recorded by a Sabres rookie (75), topping Rick Martin’s franchise-record 74 in 1971-72.
  • Sam Reinhart’s 12 goals in 37 games put him on pace for a career-high goal total (27).

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 15 multi-point games this season, tying for third-most in the NHL before Sunday’s games.
  • Entering play Sunday, his six multi-goal games tied to lead the league and his eight multi-assist games tied for second-most, trailing only Connor McDavid (10).
  • 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 Sunday.
  • Eichel’s three games with at least four points this season tied for the league lead entering play Sunday. Since he entered the league in 2015-16, only seven players have totaled at least four points more times than Eichel’s eight: Nikita Kucherov (15), Patrick Kane (11), Connor McDavid (10), Johnny Gaudreau (9), Brad Marchand (9), Alex Ovechkin (9) and Steven Stamkos (9).

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 12/22 games)

  • Eichel: 18 EVG (1st), 35 EVP (T-1st), 24 G (2nd), 51 PTS (T-4th), 16 PPP (T-8th), 4 GWG (T-8th), 27 A (9th), plus-16 (T-10th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (T-4th)
  • Olofsson: 9 PPG (T-3rd)
  • Ristolainen: 112 hits (9th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (112), Girgensons (56), McCabe (56)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (57), Ristolainen (44), Jokiharju (33)
Shots: Eichel (130), Skinner (122), Olofsson (92)

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: 4-2-1 (9), 21/23, 4/16, 14/18

OVERTIME RESULTS (3-6; 123-134 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)
Dec. 14 at NYI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Beauvillier, 3:04)

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 … 2 games … 700 career games played
Conor Sheary … 8 games … 300 career games played
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 1 goal … 100 career goals
Kyle Okposo … 9 goals … 200 career goals
Assists
Marco Scandella … 9 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Kyle Okposo … 5 points … 500 career points
Zach Bogosian … 8 points … 200 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Post-Game Report: 11/16 vs. Ottawa

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Senators
(8-11-1)
0 1 1 2 23
Sabres
(10-6-3)
0 2 2 4 32

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • With a career-high four goals tonight, Jack Eichel became the Sabres’ first four-goal scorer since Thomas Vanek (April 10, 2010 at Ottawa).
    • Tonight was the 13th time a Sabre has scored at least four goals in a game.
    • Eichel is the seventh different player to score four in a game for the team, joining Rick Martin (4x), Dave Andreychuk (3x), Alexander Mogilny (2x), Lindy Ruff, Miroslav Satan and Thomas Vanek.
  • Eichel’s third goal marked his second career hat trick (last: 12/15/17 vs. Carolina) and the first hat trick by a Sabres player since Sam Reinhart’s on Feb. 23, 2019 vs. Washington.
  • Eichel recorded his seventh career multi-point game against Ottawa, including four in his last five games against the Senators.
    • He now has seven multi-point games this season, tying for 11th-most in the league at the conclusion of tonight’s game. His three multi-goal games tie for fifth-most in the NHL this season.
  • Eichel now has 23 points (9+14) in 15 career games against Ottawa. His 23points and 1.53 points per game against the Senators represent his best outputs against any NHL opponent.
  • Sam Reinhart assisted on Eichel’s first two goals and now has nine points (4+5) in his last eight games.
  • Reinhart has now recorded 16 points (6+10) in his last 15 games against the Senators, including 10 points (3+7) in eight home games.
  • Victor Olofsson recorded the primary assist on Eichel’s second goal to extend his point streak to four games (1+3). The streak matches his career high, which was set in the first four games of this season.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision GA SA
Senators
Anderson L 3 31
Sabres Ullmark W 2 23
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Senators Anderson 3-7-0 .894 3.31
Sabres Ullmark 4-3-1 .915 2.98

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Rasmus Asplund

Sabres forward Jeff Skinner

Senators head coach D.J. Smith

Senators forward Tyler Ennis

Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki

Senators goaltender Craig Anderson

Game Preview: 11/16/19 vs. Ottawa

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, November 14
Carolina 5 at Buffalo 4 (OT)
Goals: Skinner, Lazar, Jokiharju, Larsson
Goalie: Hutton (24 saves/29 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 1/3; Shots: Buffalo 33 – Carolina 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 75)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (hip, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 18 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 18 games
Vladimir Sobotka (lower body, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 2 games
Marcus Johansson (upper body, Nov. 14; injured reserve) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/11: Assigned D Lawrence Pilut to Rochester (AHL)
11/13: Recalled F Curtis Lazar from Rochester (AHL)
11/14: Activated D Marco Scandella from IR; Placed F Vladimir Sobotka on IR
11/15: Recalled F Rasmus Asplund from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Marcus Johansson on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Sunday, Nov. 17: Buffalo at Chicago, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 19: Minnesota at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 21: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 24: Buffalo at Florida, 5 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 25: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SENATORS at SABRES

  • This is the first of four meetings between the Sabres and Senators this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Ottawa 5-2 in Buffalo on April 4
  • Next meeting: Monday, Dec. 23 in Ottawa
  • The Sabres are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Senators; 6-3-1 at home.
  • This is the 142nd game all-time between Buffalo and Ottawa; Buffalo has a 69-52-20 series record.
  • The Sabres are 38-23-8 at home against the Senators all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-9-1 all-time on November 16.
  • November 16, 1974: Rick Martin scores the 1,000th goal in franchise history in a 7-5 loss at Boston.
  • November 16, 1983: Phil Housley and Sean McKenna lead the way with a goal and two assists each as the Sabres rally back from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Jets 6-5 in overtime in Winnipeg.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 5-1-2 at KeyBank Center this season.
  • Sam Reinhart has seven points (4+3) in his last seven games, including three multi-point outings. Reinhart has posted 14 points (6+8) in his last 14 games against the Senators, including eight points (3+5) in seven home games.
  • Jack Eichel has recorded 19 points (5+14) in 13 career games against the Senators, including at least a point in all but two of those games and 11 points (2+9) in seven home games. His 19 points and 1.46 points per game against the Senators represent his best outputs against any NHL opponent.
  • Colin Miller has recorded at least a point in each of his last three games against Ottawa, totaling five points (1+4) in those games.
  • Jeff Skinner totaled four points (3+1) in four meetings with the Senators last season.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has recorded an assist in each of his last three meetings with Ottawa and has 11 assists in his last 14 games against the Senators.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded 12 points (8+4) in his last 14 games against Ottawa, including a goal in each of the Senators’ last five visits to Buffalo.
  • The Sabres have gone 10-3-3 in their last 16 games against the Senators and have an 11-4-4 record in the teams’ last 19 meetings in Buffalo.

WELCOME TO BUFFALO

  • Rasmus Asplund, who earned his first career recall on Friday, has a chance to make his NHL debut tonight. He would become the seventh player (of Buffalo’s 23 skaters to dress this season) to make his Sabres debut in 2019-20.
  • Curtis Lazar appeared in his first game as a member of the Sabres on Thursday vs. Carolina, scoring a goal on his first shot of the game.
  • Lazar became the 56th player ever to score in his Sabres debut and the first since Kyle Okposo did so on Oct. 16, 2016 at Edmonton. Jack Eichel and Zemgus Girgensons are the only other current Sabres who have scored in their debuts.

WHAT’S THE SKINNY?
All eight of Jeff Skinner’s goals this season have come at even strength, tying for eighth-most in the NHL entering play Friday. According to NaturalStatTrick.com, his eight goals at 5-on-5 tied for third-most in the league, trailing only Leon Draisaitl (11) and Brad Marchand (9).

CENTURY MARK

  • Rasmus Dahlin appeared in his 100th NHL game on Thursday vs. Carolina.
  • Dahlin, who leads all Sabres defensemen with 12 points and is tied for the team lead with 11 assists this season, has totaled 56 career points (10+46) through his first 100 NHL games.
  • Among defensemen throughout franchise history to debut with the Sabres, only Phil Housley (30+64) matched or surpassed Dahlin’s total through the first 100 regular-season games of his career.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens Buffalo’s fifth of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night at Chicago. The Sabres are 0-4-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-2-0 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (0), three points (0), two points (2), one point (0) and zero points (2).

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 11/15 games)

  • Eichel: 1 OTG (T-6th), 4 PPG (T-9th), 9 PPP (T-10th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (T-1st)
  • Johansson: 1 OTG (T-6th)
  • Olofsson: 6 PPG (5th)
  • Ristolainen: 66 hits (5th)
  • Skinner: 8 EVG (T-8th), 68 S (T-9th)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-6th)

BUF-OTT CONNECTIONS

  • Sabres forward Curtis Lazar played for the Senators for three seasons (2014-2017) after being selected by the team in the first round (17th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft. Lazar totaled 36 points (12+24) in 176 games with the club.
  • Senators forward Tyler Ennis spent the first eight seasons of his career (2009-2017) with the Sabres after Buffalo drafted him with the 26th pick in the 2008 NHL Draft. Ennis played a total of 419 games with the Sabres, scoring 97 goals and adding 139 assists.
  • Senators goaltender Anders Nilsson spent the 2016-17 season with the Sabres. He posted a 10-10-4 record with a 2.67 goals-against average and .923 save percentage.
  • Sabres forward Jimmy Vesey and defenseman John Gilmour played for the Rangers with Senators forward Vladislav Namestnikov.
  • Sabres forward Johan Larsson and Senators goaltender Anders Nilsson played for Team Sweden together at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship. The duo later won a gold medal together at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres forward Casey Mittelstadt and Senators forward Brady Tkachuk won a bronze medal together while representing the United States at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo.
  • Sabres forward Kyle Okposo and Senators goaltender Anders Nilsson played together for the New York Islanders in 2011-12 and 2013-14.
  • Sabres forward Conor Sheary and Senators defenseman Ron Hainsey both played for the Penguins during the 2016-17 season. The duo won a Stanley Cup together in Pittsburgh in 2017.
  • Sabres forward Jeff Skinner played for the Hurricanes with Senators defenseman Ron Hainsey from 2013 to 2017.
  • Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark and Senators goaltender Anders Nilsson goaltender were both on Sweden’s roster at the 2014 IIHF World Championship.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (66), Miller (31), McCabe (30)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (38), Ristolainen (29), Jokiharju (17)
Shots: Skinner (68), Eichel (61), Olofsson/Reinhart (42)

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: 1-5-2 (4), 16/29, 2/20, 15/21

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-2; 122-130 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)

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
Carter Hutton … 1 game … 200 career games played
Brandon Montour … 7 games … 200 career games played
Jake McCabe … 8 games … 300 career games played
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 5 goals … 100 career goals
Points
Jimmy Vesey … 8 points … 100 career points
Kyle Okposo … 8 points … 500 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Rasmus Dahlin … 100th NHL game … Nov. 14 vs. CAR

 

Post-Game Report: 4/4 vs. Ottawa

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Senators
(29-46-6)
2 0 0 2 23
Sabres
(32-39-10)
1 2 2 5 40

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • The Sabres finished the season with 21 wins at home, marking their highest total since the 2011-12 season.
  • With his 217th goal as a Sabre, Jason Pominville passed Don Luce for sole possession of 10th-most goals in franchise history.
  • With three points (1+2) tonight, Jack Eichel became the first Sabre to record 80 points in a season since Derek Roy (81) and Pominville (80) both did so in 2007-08.
  • Eichel recorded seven points (1+6) in four games against Ottawa this season.
    • Eichel now has 19 points (5+14) in 13 career games against the Senators. It’s his best per-game output against any opponent.
  • Victor Olofsson (1+1) recorded his first career multi-point NHL game.
  • Sam Reinhart’s two-point night (1+1) gives him seven points (2+5) in his last six games against Ottawa.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Senators
Daccord L .875 5.00
Sabres Hutton W .913 2.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Senators Daccord 0-1-0 .875 5.00
Sabres Hutton 18-25-5 .908 3.00

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jason Pominville

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Victor Olofsson

Senators head coach Marc Crawford

Senators forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau

Senators forward Brady Tkachuk

Senators goaltender Joey Daccord

Game Preview: 4/4/19 vs. Ottawa

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, April 2
Nashville 3 at Buffalo 2
Goals: Okposo, Skinner
Goalie: Hutton (32 saves/35 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 1/1; Shots: Nashville 35 – Buffalo 28

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 243)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (upper body, March 23) – 7 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, March 25) – 6 games
Vladimir Sobotka (upper body, March 30) – 3 games
Marco Scandella (lower body, March 31) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
4/3: Assigned D William Borgen to Rochester (AHL)

REMAINING GAMES
Saturday, April 6: Buffalo at Detroit, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SENATORS at SABRES

  • This is the fourth and final meeting between the Sabres and Senators this season.
  • Last meeting: Ottawa defeated Buffalo 4-0 in Ottawa on March 26
  • The Sabres are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Senators; 6-3-1 at home.
  • This is the 141st game all-time between Buffalo and Ottawa; Buffalo has a 68-52-20 series record.
  • The Sabres are 37-23-8 at home against the Senators all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 5-11-2 all-time on April 4.
  • April 4, 1973: The Sabres appear in the first playoff game in franchise history, a 2-1 loss at Montreal.
  • April 4, 1981: The Sabres chase Red Wings goaltender Larry Lozinski with three goals on eight shots in the first period on the way to a 5-4 win in Detroit that featured two-goal performances by Tony McKegney and Andre Savard.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres have gone 9-3-3 in their last 15 games against the Senators and have a 10-4-4 record in their last 18 meetings in Buffalo.
  • Jack Eichel has recorded 16 points (4+12) in 12 career games against the Senators, including at least a point in all but two of those games and eight points (1+7) in six home games. His 1.33 points per game against the Senators represent his highest per-game output against any Eastern Conference opponent.
  • Sam Reinhart has posted 12 points (5+7) in his last 13 games against the Senators.
  • Jason Pominville and Jeff Skinner have both totaled four points (3+1) in three meetings with the Senators so far this season.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has recorded an assist in both of his first two meetings with Ottawa this season and has 10 assists in his last 12 games against the Senators.
  • Scott Wilson has recorded a point in each of his last three games against the Senators (2+1).
  • Casey Mittelstadt has recorded three points (1+2) in two career home games against Ottawa.

ASSISTOLAINEN

  • With his assist on Tuesday vs. Nashville, Rasmus Ristolainen (5+35) has turned in his fourth consecutive season featuring at least 40 points.
  • He has become just the third defenseman in Sabres history to record 40 points in at least four consecutive seasons, joining Phil Housley and Jerry Korab.
  • Now in his sixth season with the Sabres, Ristolainen ranks ninth all-time among Sabres defensemen in both assists (155) and points (191).
  • Ristolainen’s 26 even-strength points this season (4+22) surpassed his previous single-season high of 20 set in the 2015-16 season.

SHOOTERS SHOOT
Entering play Wednesday, Jack Eichel ranked fifth in the NHL with a career-high 298 shots on goal this season. With two more shots this season, Eichel will record the seventh 300-shot season in Sabres history and the first since Alexander Mogilny (360) and Pat LaFontaine (306) in 1992-93.

WELCOME TO THE NHL

  • Victor Olofsson, who made his NHL debut on March 28 vs. Detroit, has recorded two points (1+1) in four NHL games.
  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, Olofsson ranks among Buffalo’s leaders in shots (T-2nd, 13), shot attempts (T-2nd, 25) and scoring chances (2nd, 11) in his four games with the team.
  • He also leads the team at 5-on-5 during those games in corsi for percentage (57.66%), shots for percentage (60.32%) and scoring chances for percentage (63.64%).
  • In his first season in North America, Olofsson has recorded a team-high 60 points (27+33) in 64 AHL games with the Rochester Americans, also leading all Rochester skaters in assists and tying for the team lead in goals. He led all SHL players with 27 goals in 2017-18.

A FRESH START

  • Through his first 18 games with the Sabres, Brandon Montour has recorded nine points (2+7), tying Jack Eichel (6+3) for most points during that stretch. Seven of his nine points as a Sabre (2+5) have come at even strength.
  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, Montour’s CF%, FF% and SCF% during 5-on-5 play through 18 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 18 games, Montour has also seen a drastic uptick in scoring rates in goals (.36), assists (.72) and points (1.07) per 60 minutes played at 5-on-5 compared to his rates from the last two seasons.

DAH-LEAN ON ME

  • Entering play Wednesday, Rasmus Dahlin led rookie defensemen and ranked fourth among all NHL rookies in points (41). His 33 assists ranked second among all rookies.
  • With 41 points (8+33) through 80 games, Dahlin will 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 (50) and points (77) 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 also the first Sabres player to record at least 50 assists since Jason Pominville (53) in 2007-08.
  • He has 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 a career-high 38 goals this season, becoming the fifth player ever to score at least 35 in his first season with the Sabres.
  • He has tied Gilbert Perreault (1970-71) and Ray Sheppard (1987-88) for third-most ever scored by a first-year Sabre, trailing only Pat LaFontaine (46 in 1991-92) and Rick Martin (44 in 1971-72).
  • Skinner’s 30 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 needs two goals 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
Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart have both shattered their previous career high point totals on the strength of improved 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 75 27 50 77 19 34 53
               
Reinhart Career High (2017-18) 82 25 25 50 13 16 29
Reinhart 2018-19 80 20 42 62 18 30 48

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 4/3 games)

  • Eichel: 298 S (5th)
  • Ristolainen: 24:42 TOI/GP (9th)
  • Skinner: 3 OTG (T-3rd), 30 EVG (T-6th), 7 GWG (T-9th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (225), Girgensons (139), Larsson (107)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (121), Bogosian (116), McCabe (95)
Shots: Eichel (298), Skinner (262), 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: 1-8-1 (3), 20/42, 4/24, 17/22

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 (5-3; 75-69 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
Victor Olofsson … 1st NHL goal … March 30 at NYI