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Post-Game Report: 3/5 vs. Pittsburgh

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Penguins
(39-21-6)
2 1 1 4 32
Sabres
(29-30-8)
1 0 1 2 30

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • With tonight’s loss, the Sabres have gone 2-1-0 against the Penguins for the second consecutive season.
  • Jake McCabe’s goal tonight was his second career shorthanded tally and first since Jan. 8, 2019 vs. New Jersey.
  • With his goal tonight, Marcus Johansson now has five points (2+3) in his last five games against the Penguins.
  • With the primary assist on Johansson’s goal, Dominik Kahun has recorded three points (1+2) in his four games as a Sabre since being acquired from Pittsburgh on Feb. 24.
  • Rasmus Dahlin earned an assist on the Johansson goal to give him a point in each of the team’s three games against Pittsburgh this season (1+2).

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision GA SA
Penguins Murray W 2 30
Sabres Johansson L 4 32
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Penguins Murray 19-10-5 .900 2.83
Sabres Johansson 1-3-1 .894 2.94

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger

Sabres forward Marcus Johansson

Sabres forward Dominik Kahun

Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe

Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan

Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist

Penguins forward Nick Bjugstad

Penguins goaltender Matt Murray

Game Preview: 3/5/20 vs. Pittsburgh

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, March 3
Buffalo 1 at Winnipeg 3
Goals: Ristolainen
Goalie: Hutton (32 saves/35 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 2/3; Shots: Winnipeg 35 – Buffalo 26

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 319)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 66 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 50 games
Tage Thompson (shoulder, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 46 games
Linus Ullmark (lower body, Jan. 30; injured reserve) – 16 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, March 7: Buffalo at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
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.

TONIGHT’S GAME
PENGUINS at SABRES

  • This is the third and final meeting between the Sabres and Penguins this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Pittsburgh 5-2 in Pittsburgh on Feb. 22.
  • The Sabres are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Penguins; 2-8-0 at home.
  • This is the 194th game all-time between Buffalo and Pittsburgh; Buffalo has a 69-81-43 series record.
  • The Sabres are 42-31-22 at home against the Penguins all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-11-2 all-time on March 5.
  • March 5, 2010: Thomas Vanek records his 300th career NHL point with a goal vs. Philadelphia.
  • March 5, 2017: Jack Eichel scores a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins, becoming the second player in NHL history to record a point against 29 different opponents in his first two seasons in the league.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 4-1-0 against the Penguins since the beginning of last season.
  • With a win tonight, Buffalo would have three straight wins against Pittsburgh for the first time since the team won five consecutive meetings from Oct. 10, 2005 to Nov. 17, 2006.
    • It would be the Sabres’ first season series sweep against the Penguins since the 2005-06 season.
  • The Sabres are 7-4-3 against the Metropolitan Division this season with wins in each of their last four games against the division. Buffalo has gone 4-1-1 at home against Metropolitan Division opponents this season.
  • If he dresses tonight, Colin Miller will appear in his 300th NHL game.

HOT AGAINST PITTSBURGH

  • Jack Eichel has totaled nine points (6+3) in nine games against the Penguins since the beginning of the 2016-17 season.
  • Carter Hutton is 5-1-0 with two shutouts and a .940 save percentage in his eight career appearances against Pittsburgh.
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded 10 points (3+7) in his last 10 games against the Penguins.
  • Marcus Johansson has recorded four points (1+3) in his last four games against the Penguins
  • Colin Miller has posted three assists in his last three meetings with Pittsburgh.
  • Rasmus Dahlin has a point in both of this season’s matchups with the Penguins (1+1).

THE LOG LINE

  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, the line of Zemgus Girgensons, Johan Larsson and Kyle Okposo has outscored opponents 6-1, outshot them 44-34 and out-attempted them 70-60 when on the ice together in Buffalo’s last seven games games despite having an offensive zone start percentage of just 35.0 percent.
  • Girgensons’ 19 points through 66 games are his highest total since his career-best 30 points in 2014-15. He needs three more goals to tie his career high of 15 set in 2014-15.
  • With an assist on Tuesday at Winnipeg, Larsson surpassed his previous career high with his 18th point in his 59th game of the season. All 18 points have come at even-strength, topping his previous career high of 15 in 2017-18.
  • Larsson is now four goals and one assist from tying his career highs in those categories.
  • Okposo has recorded seven points (4+3) in Buffalo’s last eight games.

TEEN TITAN

  • Rasmus Dahlin has totaled 81 points (13+68) through his first 138 NHL games, including 37 points (4+33) in 56 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 17th-highest rate among active NHL defensemen with at least 10 career games played. His .66 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 44 goals and 96 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.
  • 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 25 goals. If he maintains his current pace, his output will tie Thomas Vanek (25) for sixth-most among all rookies in franchise history. It would be the most goals scored by a Sabres rookie since Donald Audette scored 31 in 1991-92.

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, tying as the 11th-most in the NHL entering play Wednesday. 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 3/4 games)

  • Eichel: 3 OTG (T-2nd), 9 GWG (T-3rd), 35 G (T-6th), 26 PPP (T-7th), 77 PTS (T-10th), 24 EVG (T-10th)
  • Olofsson: 11 PPG (T-8th)
  • Ristolainen: 195 hits (9th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (195), Girgensons (106), McCabe (85)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (86), Ristolainen (81), Jokiharju (58)
Shots: Eichel (217), Skinner (169), Reinhart (135)

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: 2-4-0 (4), 14/18, 2/13, 8/11

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 … 3 games … 800 career games played
Sam Reinhart … 3 games … 400 career games played
Rasmus Ristolainen … 10 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
Wins
Carter Hutton … 7 wins … 100 career wins

RECENT MILESTONES
Jimmy Vesey … 300th NHL game … Feb. 28 at VGK

Game Preview: 2/22/20 at Pittsburgh

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, February 18
Buffalo 4 at Ottawa 7
Goals: Montour (2), Okposo, Olofsson
Goalie: Hutton (33 saves/39 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 1/4; PK: 0/2; Shots: Ottawa 40 – Buffalo 27

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 294)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 60 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 44 games
Tage Thompson (shoulder, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 40 games
Linus Ullmark (lower body, Jan. 30; injured reserve) – 10 games
Michael Frolik (illness, Feb. 16) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/17: Signed F Taylor Leier to a one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000; Placed Leier on waivers; Recalled F Scott Wilson from Rochester (AHL); Assigned G Andrew Hammond to Rochester (AHL)
2/18: Assigned F Taylor Leier to Rochester (AHL)
2/21: Placed D Zach Bogosian on unconditional waivers; Assigned F Scott Wilsonto Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Sunday, Feb. 23: Winnipeg at Buffalo, 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 26: Buffalo at Colorado, 8 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 28: Buffalo at Vegas, 10 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 29: Buffalo at Arizona, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, March 3: Buffalo at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
SABRES at PENGUINS

  • This is the second of three meetings between the Sabres and Penguins this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Pittsburgh 3-1 in Pittsburgh on Oct. 3, 2019.
  • Next meeting: Thursday, March 5 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Penguins; 2-6-2 on the road.
  • This is the 193rd game all-time between Buffalo and Pittsburgh; Buffalo has a 68-81-43 series record.
  • The Sabres are 26-50-21 on the road against the Penguins all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 6-4-2 all-time on February 22.
  • February 22, 2007: Patrick Kaleta records his first career point (an assist) in his NHL debut vs. Ottawa. The Sabres would win the game 6-5 in a shootout after the teams combined to record 136 penalty minutes.
  • February 22, 2011: Terry Pegula announces his purchase of the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres would finish the season by going 16-4-4 in the 24 games after the purchase to make the playoffs.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 5-2-2 in afternoon games this season.
  • The Sabres have earned wins in both of their visits to Pittsburgh since the beginning of last season, marking their first consecutive road wins against the Penguins since 2012-13. With a win this afternoon, they would have wins in three straight visits for the first time since they won four in a row from Jan. 5, 1980 to Feb. 21, 1981.
  • Rasmus Dahlin enters today’s game with a point in each of his last five games (1+5) and is seeking his first career six-game point streak.
    • Dahlin has recorded at least a point in 13 of his last 16 games (2+13) dating back to Jan. 4.
  • Victor Olofsson has recorded at least a point in each of his last four games played, including five points (3+2) in three games since returning from an injury that sidelined him for 15 games.
  • Kyle Okposo has scored a goal in both of Buffalo’s last two games and is seeking his first three-game goal streak of the season.

HOT AGAINST PITTSBURGH

  • Jack Eichel has totaled six points (3+3) in six games against the Penguins since the beginning of the 2017-18 season, including five points (2+3) in four road games.
  • Carter Hutton is 4-0-0 with two shutouts in six career visits to Pittsburgh. In his seven total appearances against the Penguins, he has posted a .936 save percentage and a 1.94 goals-against average.
  • Conor Sheary has totaled six points (4+2) in his first four games against his former team.
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded six points (1+5) in five road games against the Penguins since the beginning of the 2016-17 season.
  • Colin Miller has posted three assists in his last two meetings with Pittsburgh, including his 100th NHL point (an assist) in the 2019-20 season-opener.
  • Marcus Johansson has recorded three points (1+2) in his last three games against the Penguins

BACK-TO-BACK
Today’s game opens Buffalo’s 11th of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow afternoon vs. Winnipeg. The Sabres are 3-5-2 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 5-4-1 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (0), three points (3), two points (5), one point (0) and zero points (2).

RETURN OF THE ROOKIE

  • Victor Olofsson, who missed 15 games with a lower body injury from Jan. 4 to Feb. 11, has recorded five points (3+2) in three games since returning from injury.
  • Entering play Friday, Olofsson ranked second among all NHL rookies with 19 goals this season. His .89 points per game led all rookies with more than one game played.
  • Olofsson’s 40 points in 45 games so far this season (.889 points per game) this season ranks as the third-best scoring rate all-time among Sabres rookies with at least 15 games played:
    • Rick Martin (1971-72): 1.014 PTS/GP
    • Gilbert Perreault (1970-71): .923 PTS/GP
    • Victor Olofsson (2019-20): .889 PTS/GP
    • Ray Sheppard (1987-88): .878 PTS/GP
    • Dave Andreychuk (1982-83): .860 PTS/GP

TEEN TITAN

  • Rasmus Dahlin has totaled 80 points (13+67) through his first 132 NHL games, including 36 points (4+32) in 50 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.
  • Aaron Ekblad’s 61 points (22+39) in 129 games as a teenager led active NHL defensemen for most points before turning 20 until Dahlin recorded his 62nd point with an assist in his 108th NHL game on Dec. 14 at NY Islanders. Andrei Svechnikov is the only active teenager in the NHL with more career points than Dahlin’s 80.
  • Entering play Friday, Dahlin’s .61 points per game in his career ranked as the 12th-highest rate among active NHL defensemen with at least 10 career games played. His .72 points per game so far this season represent the best single-season scoring rate by a Sabres defenseman with more than one game played since Phil Housley (1.01) in 1989-90.

SETTING THE PACE

  • With his 29th goal in his 49th game of the season on Jan. 28 vs. Ottawa, Jack Eichel topped his previous best total set in the 2018-19 season (77 GP). He now has 33 goals in 59 games played this season.
  • Eichel’s output through 60 team games currently has him on pace to finish the season with 45 goals and 103 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), Mogilny (78 in 1992-93) and Gilbert Perreault (70 in 1975-76) are the only Sabres ever to have recorded more even-strength points in a season than the 69 Eichel is currently on pace for.
  • Eichel needs five 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.
  • 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 career-high totals in both goals (29) and points (66).
  • Despite missing 10 games due to injury, Rasmus Dahlin is currently on pace to record 52 points this season, which would make him the Sabres’ first 50-point defenseman since Garry Galley (54) in 1995-96.
  • Victor Olofsson, who has missed 15 games due to injury this season, is on pace for 60 points. If he maintains that pace, his output will supplant Eichel’s 2015-16 season as the seventh-most prolific rookie season in Sabres history and would be the best since Ray Sheppard’s 65 points in 1987-88. He is on pace for 27 goals, which would rank him sixth among all rookies in franchise history.

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel has been held without a point in just four of his last 41 games played. During that stretch, which began with a four-goal performance vs. Ottawa on Nov. 16, Buffalo’s captain has totaled 56 points (25+31) in 41 appearances, also missing one game due to injury. Only Nathan MacKinnon (58), Artemi Panarin (58) and Nikita Kucherov (57) had more points during that stretch entering play Friday.
    • Entering play Friday, only three NHL players had recorded at least a point in more games this season than Eichel’s 45: Leon Draisaitl (49), Nathan MacKinnon (48) and Patrick Kane (47).
  • With his assist on Feb. 11 vs. Detroit, Eichel became the 14th player ever to record 70 points in consecutive seasons at least once as a member of the Sabres. The last player to do so was Derek Roy in 2007-08 (81) and 2008-09 (70).
  • Eichel recorded his 70th point of the season in his 56th game on Feb. 11 vs. Detroit, tying for the 10th-fastest season to 70 points in Sabres history. Only six different players in franchise history have reached the 70-point mark quicker: Gilbert Perreault (3x), Pat Lafontaine (2x), Rick Martin, Alexander Mogilny, Rene Robert, 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 19 multi-point games this season, tying as the 11th-most in the NHL before Friday’s games. The Sabres are 14-3-2 (.789) in those games.
  • Entering play Friday, Eichel’s six multi-goal games ranked sixth in the league and his 11 multi-assist games tied for ninth-most.
  • Eichel has recorded at least three points eight times this season, topping his previous career-high total (6) set in the 2016-17 season. Only Leon Draisaitl (12), Connor McDavid (11) and David Pastrnak (10) had more games with at least three points this season entering play Friday.
  • Sam Reinhart ranks second on the Sabres with 12 multi-point games this season. The team is 9-2-1 this season (.792) and 40-7-8 (.800) in his career when he records at least two points.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 2/21 games)

  • Eichel: 3 OTG (T-2nd), 8 GWG (T-2nd), 24 EVG (T-6th), 33 G (T-6th), 50 EVP (T-6th), 75 PTS (T-7th), 24 PPP (T-7th)
  • Olofsson: 11 PPG (T-4th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (176), Girgensons (93), McCabe (76)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (79), Ristolainen (68), Jokiharju (55)
Shots: Eichel (201), Skinner (151), Reinhart (124)

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: 4-5-1 (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

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
Henri Jokiharju … 2 games … 100 career games played
Jimmy Vesey … 4 games … 300 career games played
Colin Miller … 6 games … 300 career games played
Evan Rodrigues … 8 games … 200 career games played
Kyle Okposo … 9 games … 800 career games played
Sam Reinhart … 9 games … 400 career games played
Goals
Kyle Okposo … 6 goals … 200 career goals
Points
Johan Larsson … 5 points … 100 career points
Wins
Carter Hutton … 8 wins … 100 career wins

RECENT MILESTONES
Kyle Okposo … 500th NHL point … Feb. 16 vs. TOR
Jack Eichel … 200th NHL assist … Feb. 18 at OTT

Game Preview: 10/3/19 at Pittsburgh

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
N/A

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 0)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (hip, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 0 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 0 games
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (hip; Oct. 3, injured reserve) – 0 games
Brandon Montour (hand, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 0 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
9/29: Assigned D William Borgen to Rochester (AHL)
9/30: Placed F Remi Elie, F Curtis Lazar, F Scott Wilson and D Casey Nelson on waivers; Assigned F Rasmus Asplund, F Tage Thompson and D Lawrence Pilut to Rochester (AHL)
10/1: Recalled F Jean-Sebastien Dea, F Curtis Lazar and D Lawrence Pilut from Rochester (AHL); Assigned F Remi Elie, F Curtis Lazar, F Victor Olofsson, F Scott Wilson, D Henri Jokiharju and D Casey Nelson Rochester; Placed D Zach Bogosian, D Matt Hunwick, D Brandon Montour and G Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen on IR
10/3: Recalled F Victor Olofsson and D Henri Jokiharju from Rochester (AHL); Assigned F Jean-Sebastien Dea, F Curtis Lazar and D Lawrence Pilut to Rochester

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Oct. 5: New Jersey at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 7: Buffalo at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 9: Montreal at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 11: Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 14: Dallas at Buffalo, 3 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at PENGUINS

  • This is the first of three meetings between the Sabres and Penguins this season.
  • Last meeting: Pittsburgh defeated Buffalo 5-0 in Buffalo on March 14
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Feb. 22 in Pittsburgh
  • The Sabres are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Penguins; 2-6-2 on the road.
  • This is the 192nd game all-time between Buffalo and Pittsburgh; Buffalo has a 67-81-43 series record.
  • The Sabres are 25-50-21 on the road against the Penguins all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 0-1-1 all-time on October 3.
  • October 3, 1997: Erik Rasmussen scores his first NHL goal in his second career game, a 6-2 Sabres loss at Washington.
  • October 3, 2009: Tim Connolly scores Buffalo’s goal in a 2-1 overtime loss vs. Montreal, marking his first of a career-high 65 points in the 2009-10 season.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres and Penguins meet today for the third time in 18 days after the teams faced off twice during the preseason. After tonight, the teams won’t see each other again until the Sabres travel to Pittsburgh on Saturday, Feb. 22.
  • The Sabres’ last season-opener in Pittsburgh was the team’s first game ever played, a 2-1 win on Oct. 10, 1970 with goals scored by Jim Watson and Gilbert Perreault. Wally Boyer scored the lone Penguins goal in the game.
  • Buffalo’s last game in Pittsburgh was a 5-4 overtime win on Nov. 19, 2018, when the Sabres snapped an eight-game winless streak in road games against the Penguins. A win tonight would give them wins in consecutive visits to Pittsburgh for the first time since 2012-13.
  • The Sabres went 2-1-0 against the Penguins in 2018-19 with both wins coming in overtime, marking the first time they’ve bested Pittsburgh in a season series since they went 2-1-0 against the Penguins in 2012-13.
  • Five of the last 10 games between these teams have gone to overtime, with Buffalo winning three of those five games.

HOT AGAINST PITTSBURGH

  • Jack Eichel has totaled seven points (4+3) in his last seven games against the Penguins, including points in each of his last four visits to Pittsburgh (3+3).
  • Carter Hutton is 3-0-0 with two shutouts in five career visits to Pittsburgh, posting a .956 save percentage and a 1.36 goals-against average in those contests.
  • Marcus Johansson has recorded nine points (3+6) in his last nine games against the Penguins, including an assist in each of his last four visits to Pittsburgh.
  • Conor Sheary has totaled four points (2+2) in his first three games against his former team.
  • Kyle Okposo has posted 18 points (8+10) in 20 games against the Penguins since the beginning of the 2013-14 season, including nine points (1+8) in 10 road games.
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded five points (1+4) in four road games against the Penguins since the beginning of the 2016-17 season.

OPENING NIGHT

  • Tonight’s game marks the 49th season-opener in franchise history.
  • The Sabres are 24-19-5 all-time in season-openers; 7-9-0 when opening on the road.
  • Buffalo is 20-27-1 all-time in their first road game of the season. This is the team’s first season-opener on the road since Oct. 2, 2013 at Detroit (2-1 loss).
  • The Sabres have previously opened their season against the Penguins three times, including 2-1 Sabres wins in the team’s first two season-openers on Oct. 10, 1970 in Pittsburgh and Oct. 10, 1971 in Buffalo. The third was a 5-4 Sabres loss on Oct. 4, 1991 in Buffalo.

WELCOME TO BUFFALO
The Sabres have five new players on their opening-day roster this season:

Player, Pos. How Acquired Pronunciation Notes
John Gilmour, D Free Agency GIHL-mohr Finished 2018-19 ranked second among AHL defensemen in goals (20) and points (54), earning AHL First-Team All-Star honors.
Marcus Johansson, LW Free Agency joh-HAN-suhn Totaled 30 points (13+17) in 58 games with New Jersey and Boston in 2018-19, adding 11 points (4+7) in 22 playoff games for the Bruins.
Henri Jokiharju, D Trade (CHI) yoh-kee-HAHR-yoo Recorded 12 assists in 38 NHL games as a rookie with Chicago in 2018-19.
Colin Miller, D Trade (VGK) MIH-luhr In two seasons with Vegas (2017-18 and 2018-19), led all Golden Knights defensemen in assists (57) and points (70).
Jimmy Vesey, LW Trade (NYR) VEE-see Has scored 43 of his 50 career goals at even strength and ranked third among Rangers skaters with 31 even-strength points in 2018-19.

GOOD FIRST IMPRESSIONS
The Sabres have had a newly acquired player score in five of their last eight season-openers: Jason Pominville (Oct. 5, 2017 vs. MTL), Jack Eichel (Oct. 8, 2015 vs. OTT), Zemgus Girgensons (Oct. 2, 2013 at DET), Steve Ott (Jan. 20, 2013 vs. PHI) and Ville Leino (Oct. 7, 2011 vs. ANA). Each player scored on his first shot, except for Eichel, who scored on his second shot.

2019 PRESEASON

  • Buffalo finished the preseason with a 4-2-0 record; 3-0-0 at home and 1-2-0 on the road.
  • Jack Eichel led all Sabres with six points (1+5) in three preseason games. Three other players also registered point-per-game totals: Sam Reinhart (3 GP, 2+2), Conor Sheary (2 GP, 1+2) and Victor Olofsson (3 GP, 3+0).
  • Olofsson led the team with three goals in three preseason games.
  • Linus Ullmark led Sabres goaltenders with a .936 save percentage in three appearances.

2019-20 ROSTER NOTES
Of the 22 players on Buffalo’s opening night roster:

  • Nine were originally drafted by the Sabres — six were first-round selections (Girgensons, 2012; Ristolainen, 2013; Reinhart, 2014; Eichel, 2015; Mittelstadt, 2017; Dahlin, 2018), one was a second-round pick (McCabe, 2012), one was a sixth-round pick (Ullmark, 2012) and one was a seventh-round pick (Olofsson, 2014).
  • Eight were acquired in trades: Jokiharju, Larsson, Miller, Scandella, Sheary, Skinner, Sobotka, Vesey
  • Five were signed as free agents: Gilmour, Hutton, Johansson, Okposo, Rodrigues
  • Seventeen played in Buffalo at some point last season: Dahlin, Eichel, Girgensons, Hutton, Larsson, McCabe, Mittelstadt, Okposo, Olofsson, Reinhart, Ristolainen, Rodrigues, Scandella, Sheary, Skinner, Sobotka, Ullmark
  • Five are new to the Sabres this season: Gilmour, Johansson, Jokiharju, Miller, Vesey

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: N/A
Blocked Shots: N/A
Shots: N/A

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 0-0-0 (0), 0/0, 0/0, 0/0

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-0; 120-128 all-time)
N/A

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-0; 75-69 all-time)
N/A

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Assists
Jeff Skinner … 2 assists … 200 career assists
Points
Colin Miller … 1 point … 100 career points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 6 points … 200 career points
Jimmy Vesey … 10 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Post-Game Report: 3/14 vs. Pittsburgh

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Penguins
(39-23-9)
0 3 2 5 28
Sabres
(30-31-9)
0 0 0 0 26

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Penguins DeSmith W 1.000 0.00
Sabres Hutton L .821 5.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Penguins DeSmith 15-11-5 .916 2.77
Sabres Hutton 16-20-5 .910 2.88

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Conor Sheary

Sabres forward Jason Pominville

Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan

Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist

Penguins forward Jake Guentzel

Penguins goaltender Casey DeSmith