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Game Preview: 10/3/19 at Pittsburgh

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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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

Game Preview: 3/14/19 vs. Pittsburgh

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Tuesday, March 12
Dallas 2 at Buffalo 0
Goals: N/A
Goalie: Ullmark (25 saves/27 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 2/3; Shots: Buffalo 35 – Dallas 27

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 208)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Jake McCabe (upper body, March 4) – 4 games
TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/10: Recalled F Alexander Nylander from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, March 16: Buffalo at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 17: St. Louis at Buffalo, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, March 20: Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 23: Montreal at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, March 25: New Jersey at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
PENGUINS at SABRES

  • This is the final of three meetings between the Sabres and Penguins this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Pittsburgh 4-3 (OT) in Buffalo on March 1
  • The Sabres are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Penguins; 2-8-0 at home.
  • This is the 191st game all-time between Buffalo and Pittsburgh; Buffalo has a 67-80-43 series record.
  • The Sabres are 42-30-22 at home against the Penguins all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-10-2 all-time on March 14.
  • March 14, 1971: Ron Anderson scores the game-winning goal 55 seconds after the opening faceoff in a 5-0 win at Minnesota.
  • March 14, 1976: The Sabres get three-point nights from five different players, including hat tricks from Jim Lorentz and Gilbert Perreault, in an 8-2 win at Minnesota.
  • March 14, 2008: Buffalo and Carolina combine for 129 penalty minutes and play just 34:43 at even strength as the Sabres top the Hurricanes 7-1, getting multi-point nights from seven different players.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • With a win tonight, Buffalo would have a season sweep and three straight wins against Pittsburgh for the first time since the team earned wins in five consecutive meetings from Oct. 10, 2005 to Nov. 17, 2006.
  • The Sabres have already clinched the season series against the Penguins, marking the first time they’ve bested the Penguins in a season since 2012-13.
  • Five of the last nine games between these teams have gone to overtime, including both of the matchups this season. Buffalo has won three of those five games. The Sabres and Penguins haven’t been tied after regulation in three straight games since they tied seven games in a row from Nov. 13, 1977 to Dec. 9, 1978.
  • Carter Hutton has appeared in seven games in the last three weeks, recording a .928 save percentage in those games. He has posted a .923 save percentage at even strength and a .958 save percentage while shorthanded during that stretch.

HOT AGAINST PITTSBURGH

  • Carter Hutton is 3-0-0 with two shutouts in his five career games against Pittsburgh, posting a .956 save percentage and a 1.36 goals-against average in those contests.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled seven points (2+5) in his last seven games against the Penguins. He skated a career-high 24:45 when these teams met on March 1.
  • Casey Nelson has recorded three points (1+2) in three career games against Pittsburgh.
  • Conor Sheary has totaled four points (2+2) in his first two games against his former team this season.
  • Kyle Okposo has three assists in two games against the Penguins in 2018-19.

HOME COOKING

  • Carter Hutton is 11-6-2 at home this season with a .924 save percentage and a 2.41 goals-against average.
  • Jeff Skinner (20+14 in 34 games) and Jack Eichel (14+20 in 31 games) tie to lead all Sabres with 34 points at home this season.
  • Skinner is the first player to score 20 goals at KeyBank Center since Derek Roy had 20 in 2007-08. Thomas Vanek (30 in 2006-07) was the last player to score more than 20 at home in a season for the Sabres.

KILLING IT

  • Buffalo entered play Wednesday ranked fifth in the league with a penalty kill percentage of 82.4 percent this season.
  • The Sabres have allowed just four power-play goals in their last 11 games, going 25-for-29 on the penalty kill (86.2%) and scoring one shorthanded goal during that stretch.
  • During those 29 penalty kills, the Sabres allowed just 47 power-play shots. Buffalo’s goaltenders have a save percentage of .915 while shorthanded during that span, led by Carter Hutton’s 23 saves on 24 shots (.958) in seven appearances.
  • Buffalo’s penalty kill percentage this season is the team’s best mark since the 2010-11 season (83.0%).

DAH-LEAN ON ME

  • Entering play Wednesday, Rasmus Dahlin led rookie defensemen and tied for second among all NHL rookies in points (37). His 29 assists ranked second among all rookies.
  • With 37 points (8+29) through 69 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 trails only Phil Housley (57 points in 1982-83) and Bobby Orr (38 points in 1966-67) for the most points 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: Housley (13) and 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.
  • Skinner is on pace to become the first Sabres player to score at least 40 goals since Thomas Vanek (40) in 2008-09 and would have the highest total since Thomas Vanek scored 43 in 2006-07. He would become just the 11th different player in Sabres history to score at least 40 in a season.

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 72 points this season, setting a new career-high mark, also tying his previous high with 25 goals. 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.

RISING IN THE RECORD BOOKS

  • With his goal on March 2 at Toronto, Jason Pominville tied Don Luce for 10th-most regular-season goals in Sabres history (216). He now trails Rene Robert by six goals for ninth-most all-time.
  • Pominville needs nine points to tie Luce for seventh-most in franchise history (526) and nine assists to tie him for seventh-most in that category (310).

DYNAMIC DUO
Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner have both recorded a point on the same goal 31 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 99 of the team’s 190 goals this season (52.1%).

LEADING THE WAY
Each of the Sabres’ top three scorers is currently on pace to shatter his previous personal best 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 65 25 47 72 17 34 51
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 77 30 56 85 20 40 60
               
Reinhart Career High (2017-18) 82 25 25 50 13 16 29
Reinhart 2018-19 69 18 40 58 16 28 44
Reinhart 2018-19 (Pace) 82 21 48 69 19 33 52
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 69 36 22 58 28 14 42
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 43 26 69 33 17 50

SCORING WHEN IT COUNTS

  • Jeff Skinner’s seven game-winning goals tied for fifth-most in the NHL this season entering play Wednesday. 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 before 3/13 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 82.4% PK% (6th)
  • Eichel: 259 S (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 24:53 TOI/GP (9th)
  • Skinner: 3 OTG (T-3rd), 28 EVG (5th), 7 GWG (T-5th), 36 G (9th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (210), Girgensons (116), McCabe (96)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (110), Bogosian (108), McCabe (95)
Shots: Eichel (259), Skinner (224), Ristolainen (168)

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: 2-7-0 (4), 23/34, 6/25, 17/22

OVERTIME RESULTS (7-6; 120-127 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)
March 1 vs. PIT: W, 4-3 (GWG-Sheary, 4:11)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (5-2; 75-68 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)
March 7 at CHI: L, 5-4 (GDG-Kane)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Goals
Jason Pominville … 1 goal … 217 goals with Sabres (sole possession, 10th in franchise history)
Jack Eichel … 2 goals … 100 career goals
Jason Pominville … 8 goals … 300 career goals
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 1 assist … 300 career assists
Jeff Skinner … 3 assists … 200 career assists
Matt Hunwick … 7 assists … 100 career assists
Jason Pominville … 8 assists … 310 assists with Sabres (T-7th in franchise history)
Points
Sam Reinhart … 2 points … 200 career points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 10 points … 200 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Tage Thompson … 100th NHL game … March 12 vs. DAL

Post-Game Report: 3/1 vs. Pittsburgh

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Penguins
(33-22-9)
1 2 0 0 3 44
Sabres
(30-26-8)
2 0 1 1 4 30

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • With his first three-point game (2+1) since 2016-17, Conor Sheary tied his career single-game high. He now has four points (2+2) in his first two games against his former club and five points (2+3) in his last four games overall.
  • With his goal tonight, Jack Eichel tied his season high with at least a point in seven straight games (5+4).
    • The goal made him the first Sabres player with at least 70 points (23+47) since Jason Pominville recorded 73 points in 2011-12.
  • Sam Reinhart assisted on Eichel’s goal and now has 13 points (6+7) in his last 13 games.
  • Eichel (4+3) and Reinhart (2+5) have each recorded seven points in their last seven games against the Penguins.
  • Kyle Okposo recorded the primary assist on Sheary’s first goal and now has three assists in two games against the Penguins this season.
  • Brandon Montour (1+1) recorded his first two points as a member of the Sabres.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Penguins
Murray O .867 3.76
Sabres Ullmark W .932 2.80
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Penguins Murray 19-10-3 .911 2.96
Sabres Ullmark 14-8-4 .910 3.03

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Conor Sheary

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres defenseman Brandon Montour

Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan

Penguins forward Sidney Crosby

Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin

Penguins defenseman Marcus Pettersson

Penguins goaltender Matt Murray

Game Preview: 3/1/19 vs. Pittsburgh

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Tuesday, February 26
Buffalo 2 at Philadelphia 5
Goals: Eichel, Mittelstadt
Goalie: Hutton (40 saves/44 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 1/3; PK: 1/2; Shots: Toronto 45 – Buffalo 36

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 199)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
N/A

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
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)
2/27: Assigned F Danny O’Regan to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Tuesday, March 12: Dallas at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
PENGUINS AT SABRES

  • This is the second of three meetings between the Sabres and Penguins this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Pittsburgh 5-4 (OT) in Pittsburgh on Nov. 19
  • Next meeting: Thursday, March 14, 2019 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 2-6-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Penguins; 2-8-0 at home.
  • This is the 190th game all-time between Buffalo and Pittsburgh; Buffalo has a 66-80-43 series record.
  • The Sabres are 41-30-22 at home against the Penguins all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-10-6 all-time on March 1.
  • March 1, 1986: Led by three-point outings from Dave Andreychuk and Phil Housley, the Sabres defeat the Quebec Nordiques 8-4 in a game that featured 177 penalty minutes between the teams.
  • March 1, 2012: Ryan Miller stops 39 shots to record his fifth of a career-high six shutouts in the 2011-12 season with a 1-0 win at San Jose.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Carter Hutton is 3-0-0 with two shutouts in his five career games against Pittsburgh, posting a .956 save percentage and a 1.36 goals-against average in those contests.
  • Zach Bogosian has totaled seven points (4+3) in seven games against Pittsburgh since the beginning of the 2015-16 season.
  • Jack Eichel (3+3) and Sam Reinhart (2+4) have each totaled six points in their last six games against the Penguins. Eichel scored the game-winning goal in overtime in their last meeting on Nov. 19, 2018 in Pittsburgh.
  • Matt Hunwick totaled three assists in his last three games against the Penguins before joining the team last season.
  • Casey Nelson has recorded three points (1+2) in three career games against the Penguins.

HOME COOKING

  • Buffalo enters tonight’s game with an 18-9-4 (.645) record at home. The team’s .645 points percentage at home ranked ninth in the NHL before Thursday’s games.
  • Carter Hutton is 11-6-2 at home this season with a .923 save percentage and a 2.45 goals-against average.
  • Jeff Skinner leads all Sabres with 33 points (20+13) in 31 home games this season. He’s the first player to score 20 goals at KeyBank Center since Derek Roy had 20 in 2007-08. Thomas Vanek (30 in 2006-07) was the last player to score more than 20 at home in a season for the Sabres.
  • Jack Eichel (11+20 in 29 home games) and Sam Reinhart (10+22 in 31 games) are also playing above a point-per-game pace at KeyBank Center this season.
  • Rasmus Dahlin (1+2) and Jason Pominville (2+1) both enter tonight’s game with points in each of their last three home games.

KILLING IT
Entering play Thursday, Buffalo ranked fifth in the league with a penalty kill percentage of 83.0 percent this season. The team’s 88.9 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 nine games, going 14-for-15 on the penalty kill (93.3%) during that stretch.

DYNAMIC DUO

  • Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner have both recorded a point on the same goal 30 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 96 of the team’s 177 goals this season (54.2%).
  • Eichel has posted 20 points (7+13) in his last 17 games and Skinner has totaled 12 points (5+7) in his last 13 games.

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel enters tonight’s game on a six-game point streak (4+4). With a point tonight, he would tie his longest streak of the season.
  • Eichel has totaled 69 points this season, setting a new career-high mark. With 22 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 45 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

  • Entering play Thursday, Rasmus Dahlin led rookie defensemen and ranked second among all NHL rookies in points (37) and assists (29).
  • With 37 points (8+29) through 63 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 12 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 60 22 47 69 15 34 49
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 79 29 62 91 20 45 65
               
Reinhart Career High (2017-18) 82 25 25 50 13 16 29
Reinhart 2018-19 63 18 39 57 16 27 43
Reinhart 2018-19 (Pace) 82 23 51 74 21 35 56
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 63 36 21 57 28 14 42
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 47 27 74 36 18 55

MAKING HISTORY

  • At his current pace, Jack Eichel would finish the season tied for 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.

SCORING WHEN IT COUNTS

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

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 2/28 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 83.0% PK% (5th)
  • Eichel: 240 S (7th), 34 EVA (T-8th), 2 OTG (T-9th)
  • Ristolainen: 24:56 TOI/GP (8th)
  • Skinner: 7 GWG (T-3rd), 3 OTG (T-3rd), 28 EVG (4th), 36 G (T-4th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (190), Girgensons (106), McCabe (94)
Blocked Shots: Bogosian (99), Ristolainen (98), McCabe (91)
Shots: Eichel (240), Skinner (206), Ristolainen (153)

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: 1-2-0 (2), 10/12, 4/12, 4/5

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 … 5 goals … 100 career goals
Jason Pominville … 9 goals … 300 career goals
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 3 assists … 300 career assists
Jeff Skinner … 4 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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