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Game Preview: 3/7/20 at Philadelphia

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Thursday, March 5
Pittsburgh 4 at Buffalo 2
Goals: McCabe, Johansson
Goalie: Johansson (28 saves/32 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 2/3; Shots: Pittsburgh 32 – Buffalo 30

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 323)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 67 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 51 games
Tage Thompson (shoulder, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 47 games
Linus Ullmark (lower body, Jan. 30) – 17 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/6: Activated G Linus Ullmark from IR; Assigned G Jonas Johansson to Rochester (AHL)
3/7: Recalled D John Gilmour from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Monday, March 9: Washington at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 12: Buffalo at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Friday, March 13: Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 15: Carolina at Buffalo, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, March 17: Buffalo at Carolina, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at FLYERS

  • This is the second of three meetings between the Sabres and Flyers this season.
  • Last meeting: Philadelphia defeated Buffalo 6-1 in Philadelphia on Dec. 19, 2019.
  • Next meeting: Saturday, April 4 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Flyers; 2-7-1 on the road.
  • This is the 181st game all-time between Buffalo and Philadelphia; Buffalo has a 69-87-24 series record.
  • The Sabres are 25-53-14 on the road against the Flyers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-9-6 all-time on March 7.
  • March 7, 2002: Martin Biron turns aside 26 New York Islanders shots to earn the first of two shutouts on back-to-back nights, a feat he would complete with another 26-save performance the following night against Montreal.
  • March 7, 2016: Jack Eichel becomes the youngest Sabre ever to reach the 20-goal mark (19 years, 131 days) with his goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 7-5-3 against the Metropolitan Division this season.
  • Jack Eichel has totaled 11 points (8+3) in his 11 career games against Philadelphia, including at least a point in each of the last five meetings (5+2).
  • Jeff Skinner has eight points (4+4) in his last eight visits to Philadelphia.
  • Rasmus Dahlin has a point in each of his last two games against the Flyers, tallying an assist in both games.
  • Dominik Kahun tied his career high with three points (1+2) in his last meeting with the Flyers on Oct. 29, 2019.
  • If he dresses tonight, Colin Miller will appear in his 300th NHL game.

TEEN TITAN

  • Rasmus Dahlin has totaled 82 points (13+69) through his first 139 NHL games, including 38 points (4+34) in 57 games this season.
  • With his assist on Feb. 18 at Ottawa, Dahlin passed Ray Bourque (79) for the second-most points recorded by an NHL defenseman before his 20th birthday. He now trails only Phil Housley (132) for the most points ever recorded by a teenage defenseman.
  • Dahlin’s .59 points per game in his career rank as the 15th-highest rate among active NHL defensemen with at least 10 career games played. His .67 points per game so far this season represent the best single-season scoring rate by a Sabres defenseman since Brian Campbell (.68) in 2007-08.

SETTING THE PACE

  • Jack Eichel is currently on pace to finish the season with 43 goals and 94 points, which would be the highest goal and point totals by a Sabre since Thomas Vanek (43 goals) and Daniel Briere (95 points) in 2006-07.
  • Sam Reinhart scored his 20th goal of the season in his 55th game on Feb. 7 at NY Rangers, surpassing the 2015-16 season as his previous quickest season to 20 goals (69 games). Reinhart is currently on pace to set a new career high in goals (27).
  • Victor Olofsson, who has missed 15 games due to injury this season, is on pace to score 24 goals. If he maintains his current pace, his output will tie Eichel (2015-16) for seventh-most among all rookies in franchise history.

JACK ATTACK

  • With an assist on Feb. 11 vs. Detroit, Jack Eichel became the 14th player ever to record 70 points in consecutive seasons at least once as a member of the Sabres.
    • He needs three points to become just the ninth player in franchise history to record 80 points in back-to-back seasons at least once. He would join Danny Gare, Dale Hawerchuk, Pat LaFontaine, Rick Martin, Alexander Mogilny, Gilbert Perreault, Rene Robert and Pierre Turgeon.
  • With his 40th assist on Feb. 13 vs. Columbus, Eichel became the first Sabres player to record 30 goals and 40 assists in a season since Jason Pominville (30+43) in 2011-12. He became the 16th different player in franchise history to accomplish this feat at least once.

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 20 multi-point games this season, ranking as the 13th-most in the NHL entering play Friday. The Sabres are 15-3-2 (.800) in those games.
  • Eichel’s seven multi-goal games tied for fifth-most in the league and his 11 multi-assist games tied for 11th-most.
  • Sam Reinhart ranks second on the Sabres with 13 multi-point games this season. The team is 10-2-1 this season (.808) and 41-7-8 (.804) in his career when he records at least two points.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 3/6 games)

  • Eichel: 3 OTG (T-2nd), 9 GWG (T-3rd), 35 G (T-7th), 77 PTS (T-10th), 24 EVG (T-10th), 26 PPP (T-10th)
  • Olofsson: 11 PPG (T-8th)
  • Ristolainen: 198 hits (9th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (198), Girgensons (107), McCabe (85)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (87), Ristolainen (81), Jokiharju (58)
Shots: Eichel (220), Skinner (174), Reinhart (137)

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, 23/32a
31-40: 4-5-1 (9), 24/32, 4/23, 23/30
41-50: 5-5-0 (10), 30/32, 7/29, 21/29
51-60: 5-4-1 (11), 28/33, 5/23, 13/17
61-70: 2-5-0 (4), 16/22, 2/16, 10/14

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-6; 126-134 all-time)
Oct. 7 at CBJ: L, 4-3 (Texier, 2:08)
Oct. 9 vs. MTL: W, 5-4 (Johansson, 1:30)
Oct. 22 vs. SJS: W, 4-3 (Eichel, 3:13)
Nov. 14 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (Hamilton, 2:28)
Nov. 27 vs. CGY: L, 3-2 (Lindholm, 1:17)
Nov. 30 at TOR: L, 2-1 (Tavares, 1:45)
Dec. 7 at VAN: L, 6-5 (Miller, 3:21)
Dec. 8 at EDM: W, 3-2 (Miller, 1:13)
Dec. 14 at NYI: L, 3-2 (Beauvillier, 3:04)
Jan. 2 vs. EDM: W, 3-2 (Eichel, 1:09)
Feb. 1 vs. CBJ: W, 2-1 (Eichel, 0:36)
Feb. 13 vs. CBJ: W, 4-3 (Olofsson, 2:44)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-2; 76-71 all-time)
Oct. 11 vs. FLA: W, 3-2 (GDG-Eichel)
Oct. 28 vs. ARI: L, 3-2 (GDG-Schmaltz)
Feb. 6 vs. DET: L, 4-3 (GDG-Larkin)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Colin Miller … 1 game … 300 career games played
Kyle Okposo … 2 games … 800 career games played
Sam Reinhart … 2 games … 400 career games played
Linus Ullmark … 4 games … 100 career games played
Johan Larsson … 9 games … 400 career games played
Rasmus Ristolainen … 9 games … 500 career games played
Goals
Kyle Okposo … 4 goals … 200 career goals
Points
Wayne Simmonds … 1 point … 500 career points
Johan Larsson … 3 points … 100 career points
Brandon Montour … 9 points … 100 career points
Wins
Carter Hutton … 7 wins … 100 career wins 

RECENT MILESTONES
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Game Preview: 12/19/19 at Philadelphia

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Tuesday, December 17
Buffalo 3 at Toronto 5
Goals: Dahlin, Eichel, Okposo
Goalie: Ullmark (28 saves/32 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 1/2; PK: 1/1; Shots: Toronto 33 – Buffalo 30

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 160)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 35 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 19 games
Tage Thompson (upper body, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 15 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
12/15: Assigned F Casey Mittelstadt to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Sunday, Dec. 29: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 31: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at FLYERS

  • This is the first of three meetings between the Sabres and Flyers this season.
  • Last meeting: Philadelphia defeated Buffalo 5-2 in Philadelphia on Feb. 26.
  • Next meeting: Saturday, March 7 in Philadelphia
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Flyers; 2-7-1 on the road.
  • This is the 180th game all-time between Buffalo and Philadelphia; Buffalo has a 69-86-24 series record.
  • The Sabres are 25-52-14 on the road against the Flyers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 12-8-5 all-time on December 19.
  • December 19, 1987: Lindy Ruff appears in his 500th NHL game, a 2-1 Sabres win at Montreal.
  • December 19, 1993: Dave Hannan plays his 100th game as a member of the Sabres, recording two assists in a 3-3 tie vs. Tampa Bay.
  • December 19, 2005: Ryan Miller stops 33 of 34 Philadelphia shots (plus three of four in the shootout) and Maxim Afinogenov scores the shootout winner as the Sabres top the Flyers 2-1 in Philadelphia.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Carter Hutton is 4-1-0 in his career against Philadelphia, posting a .917 save percentage in those games.
  • Jack Eichel has totaled 11 points (8+3) in his 11 career games against Philadelphia, including at least a point in each of the last five meetings (5+2).
  • Jeff Skinner enters tonight’s game on a four-game point streak against the Flyers (1+3) and has 11 points (6+5) in his last 11 visits to Philadelphia.
  • Sam Reinhart and Evan Rodrigues both recorded one goal and two assists in three games against the Flyers last season.
  • Conor Sheary has recorded four points (3+1) in his last three visits to Philadelphia.

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 Wednesday, his 15 points since the beginning of December led all NHL players and his eight goals during that span tied for second-most in the league.
  • Eichel, who has recorded two points in each of Buffalo’s last four games, is the first player to do so for the Sabres since Andrej Sekera recorded five straight multi-point games from Feb. 26 to March 6, 2011.
  • Victor Olofsson entered play Wednesday tied for second in the NHL during the month of December with 12 points and tied for third with eight assists.
  • Olofsson has now recorded 22 points (8+14) in his last 20 games, including two-point performances in five of the team’s last eight games. He has failed to record a point in just three of those 20 games and entered play Wednesday leading all NHL rookies in goals (14) and points (30) this season.
  • Rasmus Dahlin has recorded at least a point (1+3) in each of his three games since returning from an eight-game injury absence and now has six points (1+5) in his last six games played, dating back to Nov. 21.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled eight points (3+5) in Buffalo’s last seven games, including three multi-point games during that stretch.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has eight points (1+7) in the Sabres’ last 10 games, dating back to Nov. 29 vs. Toronto. His plus-11 mark in those games ties as the third-best plus/minus rating in the NHL during that span.
  • Linus Ullmark has posted a 6-2-2 record in his last 10 appearances.

JACK ATTACK

  • After scoring in each of Buffalo’s last four games, Jack Eichel is currently on the longest goal streak of his career. He entered play Wednesday ranked second in the league with 24 goals this season.
  • With two points (1+1) on Tuesday night at Toronto, 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.
  • Eichel enters tonight’s game on a career-best 17-game point streak that began on Nov. 16. The streak is the longest recorded by an NHL player this season.
  • Entering play Wednesday, his 16 goals, 31 points and plus-17 rating during the streak all led the NHL during that timeframe. His 15 assists were one shy of the league lead during that stretch.
  • The streak is tied for the second-longest in franchise history and is the longest by a Sabre since Dave Andreychuk tallied points in 17 consecutive games from Oct. 18 to Nov. 14, 1992.

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
Jack Eichel 17 Nov. 16, 2019 Active 16 15 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

5-ON-5 GOALS

  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, the Sabres entered play Wednesday with three players among the league’s leaders in 5-on-5 goals: Jack Eichel (13, T-5th), Jeff Skinner (11, T-12th), Sam Reinhart 10, T-17th).
  • Only 23 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 21.

SETTING THE PACE

  • With 24 goals in 35 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 35 games currently has him on pace to finish the season with 56 goals and 117 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 80 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 (33) 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 35 games put him on pace for a career-high goal total (28).

EVEN-STRENGTH IMPROVEMENT
The Sabres have seen positive trends at even strength in the team’s 18 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 18 Games 52.86 49.18 50.02 48.59

During the 18-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: 10 times
  • shot attempts: 12 times
  • scoring chances: 10 times

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 15 multi-point games this season, tying for third-most in the NHL before Wednesday’s games.
  • Entering play Wednesday, his six multi-goal games led 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 Wednesday.
  • Eichel’s three games with at least four points this season tied for the league lead entering play Wednesday. 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 12/18 games)

  • Eichel: 18 EVG (1st), 24 G (2nd), 34 EVP (T-2nd), 50 PTS (5th), 16 PPP (T-6th), 128 S (T-7th), 4 GWG (T-8th), 26 A (T-8th), 6 PPG (T-9th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (T-3rd)
  • Olofsson: 8 PPG (T-3rd)
  • Ristolainen: 103 hits (9th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (103), Girgensons (54), McCabe (53)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (55), Ristolainen (42), Jokiharju (30)
Shots: Eichel (128), Skinner (119), Olofsson (90)

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: 3-1-1 (7), 17/15, 3/11, 10/11

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 … 4 games … 700 career games played
Conor Sheary … 9 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
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Game Preview: 2/26/19 at Philadelphia

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Monday, February 25
Buffalo 3 at Toronto 5
Goals: Eichel (2), Reinhart
Goalie: Hutton (9 saves/12 shots) / Ullmark (19 saves/21 shots)
PP: 2/5; PK: 1/1; Shots: Buffalo 34 – Toronto 33

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 200)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Casey Mittelstadt (illness, Feb. 23) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/22: Recalled F Danny O’Regan and Scott Wilson from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Kyle Okposo on IR; Assigned D Lawrence Pilut to Rochester
2/23: Assigned F CJ Smith to Rochester (AHL)
2/24: Acquired D Brandon Montour from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for D Brendan Guhle and a first-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft; Signed G Adam Wilcox to a one-year, two-way contract with an AAV of $650,000; Placed Wilcox on waivers
2/25: Activated F Kyle Okposo and D Marco Scandella from IR; Acquired a sixth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for D Nathan Beaulieu; Assigned F Danny O’Regan and G Adam Wilcox to Rochester (AHL)
2/26: Recalled F Danny O’Regan from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, March 1: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 2: Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Monday, March 4: Edmonton at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 7: Buffalo at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 9: Buffalo at Colorado, 3 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at FLYERS

  • This is the third and final meeting between the Sabres and Flyers this season.
  • Last meeting: Philadelphia defeated Buffalo 6-2 in Buffalo on Dec. 8
  • The Sabres are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Flyers; 2-7-1 on the road.
  • This is the 179th game all-time between Buffalo and Philadelphia; Buffalo has a 69-85-24 series record.
  • The Sabres are 25-51-14 on the road against the Flyers all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-9-6 all-time on February 26.
  • February 26, 1987: Wilf Paiement records the 99th hat trick in Sabres history in a 4-3 win against the visiting St. Louis Blues.
  • February 26, 1995: Dominik Hasek plays his 100th game as a member of the Sabres against the New York Rangers.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Carter Hutton is 4-0-0 in his career against Philadelphia, posting a .921 save percentage and a 1.96 goals-against average in those games.
  • Linus Ullmark recorded his first career win against the Flyers on Oct. 30, 2015 in Buffalo after stopping 27 of 28 Philadelphia shots.
  • Jack Eichel has totaled 10 points (7+3) in his 10 career games against Philadelphia, including at least a point in each of the last four meetings (4+2).
  • Jeff Skinner enters tonight’s game on a three-game point streak against the Flyers (1+2) and has 10 points (6+4) in his last 10 visits to Philadelphia.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has recorded a point in nine of his 15 career meetings with the Flyers (0+9), including an assist in each of the last three.
  • Sam Reinhart has points in each of his last two games against the Flyers (1+2).
  • Conor Sheary has scored three goals in his last two visits to Philadelphia.

WELCOME TO BUFFALO

  • Brandon Montour, acquired by the Sabres from the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday, is expected to make his Sabres debut tonight. He will become the first player in franchise history to wear No. 62.
  • Selected by Anaheim in the second round (55th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft, Montour made his NHL debut in 2016-17, posting six points (2+4) in 27 games as a rookie with the Ducks.
  • Since becoming a full-time NHL player in 2017-18, he has led all Anaheim defensemen with 57 points (14+43) in 142 games, including 25 points (5+20) through 62 games in 2018-19 at the time of the trade.

BACK-TO-BACK
Today’s game wraps up Buffalo’s 12th of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began last night with a 5-3 loss at Toronto. The Sabres are 6-5-1 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 5-4-2 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in their previous back-to-back sets is: four points (3), three points (1), two points (4), one point (2) and zero points (1).

KILLING IT
Buffalo finished last night’s game ranked fifth in the league with a penalty kill percentage of 82.8 percent this season. The team’s 88.0 percent success rate since the beginning of February ranked third in the league. The Sabres have allowed just one power-play goal in their last eight games, going 12-for-13 on the penalty kill (92.3%) during that stretch.

DYNAMIC DUO

  • Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner have both recorded a point on the same goal 29 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 95 of the team’s 175 goals this season (54.3%).
  • Eichel has posted 19 points (6+13) in his last 16 games and Skinner has totaled 11 points (5+6) in his last 12 games.

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel enters tonight’s game on a five-game point streak (3+4).
  • Eichel has totaled 68 points this season, setting a new career-high mark. With 21 goals so far this season, 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.
  • With 47 assists so far this season, Eichel is the first Sabres player to record at least 45 assists in a season since Tim Connolly recorded 48 in 2009-10. The last Sabre to record at least 50 assists was Jason Pominville (53) in 2007-08.
  • 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. Pat Lafontaine (52 in 1992-93) is the only player in franchise history to record at least 45 in a season.

DAH-LEAN ON ME

  • After last night’s game, Rasmus Dahlin led rookie defensemen and ranked second among all NHL rookies with 36 points this season. His 28 assists tied for the rookie lead.
  • With 36 points (8+28) through 62 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 48 points this season. He would trail only Phil Housley (57 points in 1982-83) for the most ever recorded by an NHL defenseman before his 19th birthday.
  • 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: Phil Housley (13) and Bobby Orr (8).
  • Dahlin’s three game-winning goals this season are already 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.

SKINNER, SKINNER, CHICKEN DINNER

  • Jeff Skinner has scored 36 goals this season, becoming the fifth player ever to score at least 35 in his first season with the Sabres.
  • His next goal will match his previous career high of 37 set in the 2016-17 season and his 38th goal would tie Gilbert Perreault (1970-71) and Ray Sheppard (1987-88) for third-most ever scored by a first-year Sabre.
  • Skinner’s 28 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.

SAM I AM

  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 12 points (6+6) in his last 11 games.
  • Reinhart has already set career-high totals in points (57), assists (39) and multi-point games (17) this season.
  • The Sabres are 21-12-5 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 30-5-7 (.798) 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 59 21 47 68 15 34 49
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 79 28 63 91 20 46 66
               
Reinhart Career High (2017-18) 82 25 25 50 13 16 29
Reinhart 2018-19 62 18 39 57 16 27 43
Reinhart 2018-19 (Pace) 82 24 52 75 21 36 57
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 62 36 20 56 28 14 42
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 48 26 74 37 19 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 trail only LaFontaine’s franchise-record 52 even-strength assists in 1992-93.
  • Jeff Skinner is two goals off the pace to log the seventh 50-goal season in Sabres history and the first since 1992-93 (Mogilny and LaFontaine). His 38 even-strength goals would be the fifth-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 and 39 in 1979-80.

SCORING WHEN IT COUNTS

  • Jeff Skinner’s seven game-winning goals tied for third-most in the NHL this season after last night’s game. 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.

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

  • Buffalo Sabres: 82.8% PK% (5th)
  • Eichel: 34 EVA (T-8th), 234 S (8th), 2 OTG (T-9th)
  • Ristolainen: 25:00 TOI/GP (9th)
  • Skinner: 36 G (T-3rd), 7 GWG (T-3rd), 3 OTG (T-3rd), 28 EVG (4th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (188), Girgensons (104), McCabe (92)
Blocked Shots: Bogosian (98), Ristolainen (96), McCabe (90)
Shots: Eichel (234), Skinner (202), Ristolainen (152)

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: 1-1-0 (2), 8/7, 3/9, 3/3

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 (4-2; 74-68 all-time)
Nov. 10 vs. VAN: W, 4-3 (GDG-Mittelstadt)
Nov. 16 at WPG: W, 2-1 (GDG-Sheary)
Nov. 24 at DET: W, 3-2 (GDG-Reinhart)
Dec. 15 at WSH: L, 4-3 (GDG-Ovechkin)
Feb. 5 vs. MIN: W, 5-4 (GDG-Reinhart)
Feb. 21 at TBL: L, 2-1 (GDG-Stamkos)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Tage Thompson … 5 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 1 goal … 216 goals with Sabres (T-10th in franchise history)
Jack Eichel … 6 goals … 100 career goals
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 3 assists … 300 career assists
Jeff Skinner … 5 assists … 200 career assists
Matt Hunwick … 7 assists … 100 career assists
Jason Pominville … 9 assists … 310 assists with Sabres (T-7th in franchise history)
Points
Sam Reinhart … 3 points … 200 career points 

RECENT MILESTONES
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Post-Game Report: 12/8 vs. Philadelphia

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Flyers
(12-12-3)
1 1 4 6 41
Sabres
(17-9-4)
2 0 0 2 30

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • With today’s loss, the Sabres fell to 9-3-2 at home this season and 12-1-3 when scoring first this season.
  • Jack Eichel’s two goals today give him a two-point effort in four of his last five games. He ranks third in the NHL with 14 multi-point games this season, one game behind Mikko Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon for the league lead.
  • With the primary assist on Eichel’s first goal, Sam Reinhart has pushed his point streak to a career-high six games (5+4). Reinhart now has 22 points (8+14) in his last 22 games.
  • Jeff Skinner’s assist on Eichel‘s first goal gives him at least a point in each of his last eight home games (8+3).
  • With his assist on Eichel’s second goal, Lawrence Pilut recorded his first career NHL point.

 

Today’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Flyers
Stolarz W .933 2.00
Sabres Ullmark L .854 6.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Flyers
Stolarz 2-1-1 .907 2.94
Sabres Ullmark 5-1-3 .913 3.04

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres defenseman Lawrence Pilut

Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark

Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol

Flyers forward Claude Giroux

Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk

Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov

Flyers goaltender Anthony Stolarz

Game Preview: 12/8/18 vs. Philadelphia

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Tuesday, December 4
Toronto 4 at Buffalo 3 (OT)
Goals: Eichel (2), Reinhart
Goalie: Ullmark (26 saves/30 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 2/2; Shots: Buffalo 41 – Toronto 30

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 107)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 29 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 29 games
Marco Scandella (upper body, Nov. 27; injured reserve) – 5 games
Jake McCabe (upper body, Nov. 29; injured reserve) – 3 games
Jason Pominville (upper body, Dec. 3) – 2 games
Casey Nelson (upper body, Dec. 8; injured reserve) – 0 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
12/4: Activated F Conor Sheary from IR; Placed D Jake McCabe on IR
12/5: Assigned D Matt Tennyson to Rochester (AHL)
12/7: Recalled D Matt Tennyson and G Scott Wedgewood from Rochester (AHL); Placed D Casey Nelson on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Dec. 11: Los Angeles at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 13: Arizona at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 15: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 16: Buffalo at Boston, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 18: Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
FLYERS at SABRES

  • This is the second of three meetings between the Sabres and Flyers this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Philadelphia 5-2 in Buffalo on Nov. 21
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 26 in Philadelphia
  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Flyers; 6-4-0 at home
  • This is the 178th game all-time between Buffalo and Philadelphia; Buffalo has a 69-84-24 series record.
  • The Sabres are 44-33-10 at home against the Flyers all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-5-5 all-time on December 8.
  • December 8, 1974: Gary Bromley needs to make just 14 saves to earn a 5-0 shutout victory against the Minnesota North Stars.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Today’s game is Buffalo’s fifth afternoon game of the season. The Sabres are 4-0-0 in the first four.
  • Kyle Okposo is expected to appear in his 700th NHL game this afternoon.
  • Linus Ullmark recorded his first career win against the Flyers on Oct. 30, 2015 in Buffalo after stopping 27 of 28 Philadelphia shots.
  • Jack Eichel has eight points (5+3) in his last eight games against Philadelphia, including seven (5+2) in five home games.
  • Conor Sheary has recorded four points (3+1) in his last four games against the Flyers.
  • Jack Eichel recorded his 13th multi-point game of the season with two goals on Tuesday vs. Toronto. Entering play Friday, Eichel’s 13 multi-point games tied for third-most in the league this season. He is now five shy of his career-high 18 in a season.

HOME COOKING

  • Buffalo enters today’s game with a 9-2-2 (.769) record at home this season. The team’s .769 points percentage at home ranks first in the NHL and puts the Sabres on pace for their fourth-best home record ever, and the best since the 1979-80 season (27-5-8, .775).
  • The Sabres have gone 7-0-2 in their last nine home games, marking its first nine-game home point streak since Feb. 17 to March 24, 2012 (7-0-2). A point today would give the Sabres points in 10 consecutive home games for the first time since Dec. 13, 2011 to Feb. 10, 2012 (6-0-4).

SCORING EARLY IS GREAT…

  • The Sabres are 12-0-3 when scoring first so far this season. They join the Maple Leafs as one of two teams who have earned at least a point in every game in which they’ve opened the scoring in 2018-19.
  • Buffalo is 10-0-2 when leading after the first period. Entering play Friday, they were one of four teams who have earned at least a point in every game in which they’ve led after 20 minutes in 2018-19.

…BUT SCORING LATE IS NICE TOO

  • The Sabres are 5-7-2 this season when trailing after two periods. Their five wins when trailing after 40 minutes ranked as the second-most in the league entering play Friday.
  • Buffalo’s five wins when trailing after two have already matched last season’s total and leave the team four third-period comebacks shy of the franchise record of nine set in the 2005-06 season.

NOT TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT

  • Thirteen of Buffalo’s last 14 games have been decided by a single goal, including each of the last seven. The Sabres have never had 14 games in a 15-game span decided by one goal (or tied) and have only had eight straight one-goal games (or ties) once in franchise history: March 15 to April 3, 1999 (3-3-2).
  • The Sabres are 10-2-4 in one-goal games so far this season. Buffalo last won more than half of its one-goal games in a season in 2011-12 (21-9-11).
  • The team’s current .625 winning percentage in one-goal games would be the sixth-best mark in franchise history and would be the Sabres’ best record in one-goal games since 1989-90 (18-6-3, .667).

SAM I AM

  • Sam Reinhart enters today’s game on a five-game point streak (5+3), matching his career high set from Dec. 20 to 29, 2017. The streak includes goals in each of his last four games, marking the longest goal streak of his career.
  • Reinhart has recorded 18 points (7+11) in his last 16 games, including seven two-point games during that stretch.
  • The Sabres are 12-2-2 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 25-3-5 (.833) in his career when he records at least two.

DYNAMIC DUO
Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner are currently on pace to shatter their personal bests in points and make a mark in the Sabres’ record books on the strength of career-best production at even strength that ranks them among the best even-strength players in the league this season.

  • If he maintains his current pace, Eichel would finish the season with the third-most even-strength points ever recorded by a Sabre (74), trailing only Pat LaFontaine (83) and Alexander Mogilny (78) in 1992-93, and would top LaFontaine’s franchise-record 52 even-strength assists that season. He would also become the first Sabre to record more than 95 points since the 1992-93 season (LaFontaine/Mogilny/Hawerchuk).
  • Skinner is currently on pace for the second-highest goal total (57) in Sabres history, trailing only Mogilny in 1992-93 (76). His 42 even-strength goals would finish behind only Mogilny’s even-strength total from that season (49) and Rick Martin’s 44 in 1973-74 for most in team history.
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 29 7 27 34 6 20 26
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 82 20 76 96 17 57 74
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 29 20 9 29 15 6 21
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 57 25 82 42 17 59

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 12/7 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 17 W (T-5th), 37 PTS (T-5th)
  • Eichel: 123 S (1st), 20 EVA (T-3rd), 27 A (5th), 26 EVP (T-5th), 34 P (T-9th)
  • Hutton: 12 W (T-3rd), 587 SV (9th)
  • Ristolainen: 91 hits (5th), 25:33 TOI/GP (8th)
  • Skinner: 15 EVG (1st), 2 OTG (T-2nd), plus-19 (3rd), 20 G (T-4th), 3 GWG (T-6th)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-10th)

BUF-PHI CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Flyers G Michal Neuvirth spent parts of two seasons (2013-2015) with the Sabres. In 29 games played, Neuvirth had a 6-19-3 record, posting a .921 save percentage and a 2.96 goals-against average.
  • Flyers F Phil Varone played for the Sabres for parts of three seasons from 2013-2016, totaling nine points (5+4) in 42 games with the team.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Played with Flyers F Dale Weise in Montreal.

Patrik Berglund:

  • Played with Flyers F Jori Lehtera in St. Louis.

Jason Botterill:

  • Played with Flyers assistant coach Gord Murphy in Atlanta.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played for Team North America with Flyers F Sean Couturier at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Phil Housley:

  • Played with Flyers assistant coach Ian Laperriere in St. Louis.
  • Coached Flyers D Shayne Gostisbehere to a gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for the Islanders with Flyers D Andrew MacDonald and G Michal Neuvirth.
  • Played for Team USA with Flyers F James van Riemsdyk at the 2007 and 2008 IIHF World Junior Championships. The duo won a bronze medal together in 2007.

Davis Payne:

  • Was an assistant coach in Los Angeles when Flyers goaltending coach Kim Dillabaugh was the goaltending development coach.

Jason Pominville:

  • Played with Flyers D Christian Folin in Minnesota.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland with Flyers F Jori Lehtera at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Jeff Skinner:

  • Won a silver medal for Team Canada with Flyers F Sean Couturier, F Claude Giroux and F Wayne Simmonds at the 2017 IIHF World Championship. Skinner, Giroux and Simmonds previously played together at the 2013 IIHF World Championship.

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Played with Flyers F Jori Lehtera in St. Louis.
  • Has represented the Czech Republic with Flyers F Jakub Voracek on three separate occasions: at the 2007 IIHF World Junior Championship, at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey and 2017 IIHF World Championship.
  • Played with Flyers G Michal Neuvirth for the Czech Republic at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
  • Played for the Czech Republic National Team with Flyers D Radko Gudas at the 2017 IIHF World Championship.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (91), Girgensons (48), McCabe (42)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (49), Bogosian (45), McCabe (44)
Shots: Eichel (123), Skinner (88), Ristolainen (69)

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: 5-2-2 (12), 29/26, 5/27, 20/26

OVERTIME RESULTS (4-4; 117-125 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)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (3-0; 73-66 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)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Kyle Okposo … 1 game … 700 career games played
Remi Elie … 2 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 1 goal … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 5 assists … 300 career assists
Points
Jason Pominville … 3 points … 511 points with Sabres (T-8th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A