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Ralph Krueger Interview – Howard and Jeremy (3/5/20)

March 5, 2020


Ralph Krueger

Howard and Jeremy (8 a.m.)

https://wgr550.radio.com/media/audio-channel/03-05-sabres-head-coach-ralph-krueger-with-howard-and-jeremy (12:55)


Howard Simon: Ralph, it’s Howard and Jeremy. Good morning, welcome to the show, sir.

Ralph Krueger: Good morning, Howard and Jeremy, and good morning Buffalo.


HS: Ralph, tough road trip, 0-4, a big blow obviously. What was your message or maybe what is your message to the team as you gather and get ready for tonight’s game against Pittsburgh after the difficult trip?

RK: I definitely agree with you. It was disappointing to come back from that road trip — and from the investment of energy there and the way the guys played in phases — with zero points. But we’ve got Pittsburgh here today. As a game day, number one, it’s always an event here at the KeyBank Center, it’s always wonderful to have a home game, but especially when you’re playing [the] Pittsburgh Penguins. It’s a special day. It’s a good one for us to throw our energy into. We’re not in a happy place right now, but we are in a place where we’re continuing to try to confirm our game. It’s a challenge where we need to make the picture really small here, concentrate on the game and a good performance here for our home crowd.


HS: The Eichel line is pointless now in five games. Is there anything in particular that you’re seeing that you could kind of, maybe pinpoint an issue as to why they have not been able to produce any points?

RK: It’s mathematics sometimes. When we look at the two games that were critical at the beginning of the trip in Colorado and against Las Vegas, the line had, combined, 15 shots on net and no goals, which mathematically made no sense. It’s just keeping that kind of persistence of looking for shots, continuing to look for opportunity, and the mathematics should pay off for them. They’re of course frustrated. Our power play was frustrated, as you well know we went 0-for- on the trip and it’s something that is our offensive motor and they’re a major part of that. They play the major minutes on the power play. So we, of course, have been having conversations about solutions, getting more simplicity, maybe, in the attack, [looking] for more net presence and all the habits that lead to goals. It’s hard work when things aren’t going in the easy way, and that’s what we need to do is work hard to get those opportunities here in [March]. 


HS: You broke up [Jack] Eichel and [Sam] Reinhart the other night in Winnipeg; was that a in-game try and get a spark thing or is that something you would continue tonight with different line combinations?

RK: You know what guys, it’s something that in a game we have been doing off and on during the season, whether it’s that change or somebody on the left side and [Victor] Olofsson would go on another line. It’s just when a team is down zero-three, making sure we never quit, we never give up and we try to fight our way back in. Sometimes line changes work, and it seemed to give a little bit of boost of energy. That duo especially, Reinhart and Eichel, is one that’s been so strong for us all season long. We’re not going to give up on it that quickly. But going through the games as we move on, we might look for some different combinations and other looks. If we need offense, some changes fresh up the guys sometimes and bring some new energy. So we’ll see how that goes tonight. Beginning, we’ll be leaving our lines alone. 


HS: Ralph, there’s some speculation that Jack is playing through some kind of an injury. I don’t know if that does or does not tie into his five-game point drought at this point. Any talk about — if he’s playing through some kind of hurts and where the season’s gone, where the standings are — of shutting Jack down?

RK: It’s certainly not an injury that has any risk [by] putting him in the lineup, or we would be dealing with it differently. We have multiple players with aches and pains at this time of year, that’s the way hockey is. It’s not an injury that we find is jeopardizing his game that much, but it’s there. He’s showing captain leadership by fighting through it. Our medical team is working hard with him, and we hope in the next few days that it continues to get better, which it is actually doing even though he’s playing. But again, he’s not the only one; I have to say there are some ice bags in the room, but that’s the nature of the game and we need to learn to fight through that as a group and we are right now.


HS: The fact that he’s been taking faceoffs again, is that the indication that he’s getting better?

RK: Yeah, for sure guys. We wouldn’t be having him in the draws if it was a risk. It’s always the question you ask, “Can it get a lot worse if a player plays?” We avoid those situations wherever possible and that isn’t the case, so right now we’ve got a healthy lineup and we need to show that power in the game today against Pittsburgh.


HS: You were talking about the power play, and it had a difficult road trip, but I want to ask you about penalty killing because it’s had its struggles this season. As the coaches break down that — I mean it could be as simple as you can talk to us about the goaltender who has to make the save — but as the coaches break down what you see on tape from the penalty-killing unit, are there any particular issues that you could bring up or discuss in terms of trying to explain why that’s been a problem area?

RK: What’s been strange, guys, is at home we’ve been mid-table in our PK and it’s on the road that we’re at the very bottom. It’s a strange phenomenon; I’ve never seen it quite like that because generally our team and our structure and the way we perform, the principles, we apply the same at home as on the road. Our power play’s running pretty well equal road and home, so it’s a strange one. All you can do in those situations is work hard on the fundamentals. That’s the only thing we know how to do as a coaching staff, to continue to drive those in. We have made some personnel changes. You will have seen that [Kyle] Okposo was doing some penalty killing on the road here the last few games. We really liked what we saw in him; his game’s been such a team game right through the season here and his work without the puck’s been strong. Using different personnel is something we are doing also on defense, even seeing Rasmus Dahlin get some penalty-kill minutes. He actually hit 26 minutes the other night just on pure performance. There’s all kinds of different approaches. There’s no clean, easy fix in this league, it is so competitive, and it is so strong and especially the power plays of every team have a lot of skill in them. We just need to continue to work hard on the areas we’re not happy with, and it’s certainly one. Keep the PK going the way it is at home. It’s been really strong at home lately and it needs to be strong tonight for sure to give us a chance. Pittsburgh has one of the best in the league.


HS: Since we last talked to you you’ve added a couple of players. Want to ask you so far about [Wayne] Simmonds and [Dominik] Kahun. With Wayne Simmonds, what have you seen so far from him? What do you think he brings to your team?

RK: Well both of them bring personality that is unique. Wayne Simmonds for sure has a reputation of being a tough player who brings automatic respect because he is a very good teammate and an excellent human being. He’s brought another strong voice into our room. He is a player who really is there for his teammates all the time, pushing guys in the right direction, but also with an experience that people will listen to him. And the game he brings, he looks for the net front, he looks for the blue paint, he looks for the confrontation that is needed there. It’s a great example for us. Dominik Kahun is a play that I know from his European past. He’s, at 23, already won multiple championships over there, has been to World Championships, won a silver medal at the Olympics. Now he’s learning how to play the NHL game. That is something. He’s in his second season, he’s definitely got the skill, he’s got the smarts. He was a centerman his whole life before, so he understands the game without the puck. He’s been a spark plug kind of player for us here and we look forward to seeing him grow into our group. The important thing is when we add a player, he brings something fresh, something different, something new, another tool that is exciting. And both of them do that. It’s been a good move for the organization, and we look forward to seeing him grow here.


HS: Ralph, I’m curious, when players join an organization this late in the season, and maybe it’s different because one guy is a veteran and one guy is a younger player, how do you get them acclimated to your system, your philosophy, where they’re supposed to be on the ice? When they didn’t go through training camp, they weren’t here for most of the season, how do you get them up to speed and is it easier with a guy like Simmonds than Kahun because he’s been around the league so long?

RK: They’re both very smart players. Donnie Granato will take the forwards if they come in, Steve Smith will take the D and of course Mike Bales working with goalies. They will do the technical specific coaching through video. We don’t overload them. We stay close to new players; we make sure they understand. I’ll work with the general 5-on-5 structure, the way they need to fit in to our team game with and without the puck. There are just nuances and little tweaks. The NHL as a whole has a lot of copy-paste going on. There are general concepts that are similar in all the teams, and it’s just the way we put the package together is unique, certain nuances within that. They’ve done really well at stepping in, and it’s not ever going to be perfect as the game of hockey’s never a perfect game, but their hunger to try and get those things right has been big. Their game intelligence, their hockey IQs have been high. It is always a tough process for a player at this time of year, but both of them have done a really good job of stepping in and doing their best to execute within our team game, which is what we need to do to be the best version of the Buffalo Sabres that we can be.


HS: Ralph, final thing for you this morning, what is update on Linus Ullmark?

RK: He’s back in the group, he’s looking at NHL shots here. We’re hoping to bring him in as a backup not today, but within the next couple of games. It’s a process that you need to just take one day at a time. He’s only been (back) with us a couple of days now and it’s just good to have him back. As always, our rehab team sends players back to us in game-ready shape. Hoping to have him back in the lineup here in the next few games. He’ll be a good addition back into our group.


HS: I know that the trip wasn’t going well, but you did get a chance to go back to Winnipeg. Did you get caught up with some people? What’d you do when you were back in Winnipeg?

RK: Thanks for asking. It is my hometown. I had 12 family members of different types, in-laws and so on, at the game in Winnipeg, so that was a special event. My 89-year-old mother-in-law was at her first Winnipeg Jets game ever and very proud of being there. Those are the human sides of the game that are a beautiful thing to be a part of. We would’ve preferred to have had the win. It was good to be back in Winnipeg. I’m at home in Buffalo right now. It’s a great place to be at home. I know our fans are not pleased with the road trip, and they shouldn’t be. We all can’t be, but they should be pleased with the effort the players gave and the fight that’s in this group right now. We’re hoping to reward our fans with a real good fight here tonight against Pittsburgh.


HS: Well, Ralph, thanks for the time on the show, as always. We appreciate you coming on with us. Good luck tonight and we’ll look forward to talking to you again next week.

RK: Thank you Jeremy and Howard for the good conversation. Thank you to the support we’re feeling every day from the Sabres community and we will work hard to earn that support in a positive way. So thanks guys.

Post-Game Report: 2/23 vs. Winnipeg

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
1 0 0 1 26
1 0 1 2 25

Game Summary

Event Summary


Top Notes

  • Today’s win joined Buffalo’s 5-2 win at Pittsburgh yesterday afternoon to give the Sabres their first back-to-back sweep of the season.
  • The Sabres are now 7-2-2 in afternoon games this season, including a 6-2-0 record at home.
  • Jonas Johansson stopped 25 of 26 shots today (.962) to earn his first NHL win in his third career start.
  • With two goals today, Kyle Okposo logged his 16th career multi-goal game and his first since March 31, 2018 at Nashville.
  • Okposo now has points in four straight games (4+1), marking his longest point streak since he tallied points in four straight games from Nov. 10 to 17, 2017.
  • Zemgus Girgensons recorded two assists today to give him three points (1+2) in two games this weekend.
  • Brandon Montour posted an assist today. He now has four points (2+2) and a plus-8 rating in his last five games.
  • Henri Jokiharju appeared in his 100th NHL game today.


Today’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision GA SA
Jets Hellebuyck L 2 25
Sabres Johansson W 1 26
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Jets Hellebuyck 26-20-5 .918 2.72
Sabres Johansson 1-1-1 .910 2.28


Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo

Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons

Sabres defneseman Jake McCabe

Sabres goaltender Jonas Johansson

Jets head coach Paul Maurice

Jets forward Cody Eakin

Jets forward Blake Wheeler

Jets forward Jansen Harkins

Ralph Krueger Interview – Howard and Jeremy (2/20/20)

February 20, 2020


Ralph Krueger

Howard and Jeremy (8:30 a.m.)

https://wgr550.radio.com/media/audio-channel/02-20-sabres-head-coach-ralph-krueger (15:48)


Howard Simon: Ralph, it’s Howard and Jeremy. Good morning. How are you doing today?

Ralph Krueger: Good morning, good morning. Back at ‘er. We’re good, we’re good here, thank you.


HS: We had Marty Biron on, on the last segment, Ralph. We had a long conversation about Jeff Skinner. So let me start from there. We talked about his drought and line combinations last week, so I guess one thing we’re curious about now, in terms of Jeff’s effort, is it still there or do you believe his game has dropped? He’s having some issues; maybe the weight of the drought is now affecting him in his on-ice performance?

RK: That seems to be a topic that you like to discuss. There are always different levels of solutions that go on here. When a player is looking for his best game, you go through video, you go through the psychology of it, you go through multiple levels of teaching and coaching. We’re doing this with multiple players at the same time; that’s what coaching staffs do and that’s what we do. We try to improve as a team every day. Some of the buttons we try to push, we speak about, and some of them we keep internal. There’s no question that everybody’s working hard at trying to find the right solution. It always has to happen in combination with what’s best for the team. The scoring chances are there. When his shooting percentage is down, it’s four percent from a career average, you try to work on why is that? What are the better ways to do it? For us, it’s just continued hard work at solutions. That’s what we do as a team, whether PP’s not working, whether we’re taking goals on the rush, or whether and individual player’s not producing to the numbers he’d like to, you try to work with them on pathways that they can get there. That’s what we’re doing with Jeff.


HS: I know you talk a lot with — not just Jeff, but any player on your roster — about how they play away from the puck and how that is a very important thing you look for as a coach. In particular with Jeff in this instance, how is he doing? I know you said you break down video with everybody. What is he doing in terms of play away from the puck and how would that affect maybe an overall performance in your eyes?

RK: Well I have never, and I will not discuss individual tactic in the public. That’s not something I do on any other player, so I’m not going to do it around Jeff. Of course, when a player is not producing, nobody’s happy. The player’s not happy, we’re not happy, and we’re trying to find the solutions and we work hard at it. There are internal things and analyses that, in respect of what we do here to try to make the whole as powerful as possible, we need to keep inside. We keep it inside. I enjoy every day that I coach the Buffalo Sabres. It’s always a challenge. I enjoy the individual challenges. I enjoy the team challenge, as the whole staff here does. A lot of the work we do stays internal, and on this one it stays right there.


HS: Sixty games into your first season, in terms of the overall performance of your team, are they playing the game the way you want them to play? Are you seeing it more consistently? I guess I’m asking you how much work still needs to be done to get to where you’d like them to be.

RK: I think everybody know we’ve won four of our last five games, or had points in five of the last six games, so we definitely have had streaky moments, through the season, of success. And we’ve had moments where we would like to have had more points and needed to get more to be in the position that we’d like to be in right now, which we’re not. We’re not happy with where we’re at right now and we’re fighting to keep contact. We’ve got opportunity here, if we can get points in five of the next six again to edge closer to where we want to be. But overall, we’re pleased with the group’s engagement in attempting to learn the game that we need to play on a consistent basis. Are these habits 100 percent ingrained already? No. Are they working hard to have these habits part of our normal execution? Yes. Again, we have gone through a good phase here. We’ve got some bodies back now. We’re really, really not pleased with what happened in Ottawa the other night. We have a chance to react now against Pittsburgh on Saturday. We do and that’s what we’re going to work towards, to get another good phase going, another good streak going here because we’re going to need a few of those in the next few games. But overall, we love the work of the players. We love the engagement of the players. And the understanding of the kind of game we need to play, I think, is quite clear and it’s just the mental strength and the ability to do it on a daily basis in the National Hockey League takes time. We feel much more good than bad right now.


Jeremy White: Ralph, going back to the previous conversation a little bit, not specifically about Jeff Skinner, but about your top two lines and your efforts to find goal scoring. One of things we talked about with Marty there was that when it comes to your scoring forwards, you do have three pretty good scoring forwards on one line in [Sam] Reinhart, [Jack] Eichel and [Victor] Olofsson. Jeff is a little bit odd man out with that. With regard to Sam Reinhart, Jason Botterill has said on this station before, he believes Reinhart can drive his own line. Have you and Jason talked about that? About the idea of maybe Reinhart gets a chance to do that, because if you’re looking for scoring from two lines, I think most would say anybody can be productive with Jack Eichel, for the most part, maybe not anybody, but Reinhart’s an important part of that. Have you thought about Reinhart getting a look at trying to drive things the way that Jack drives a line?


RK: First of all, definitely not anybody can be productive anywhere in the National Hockey League. You need synergies. The Eichel-Reinhart-Olofsson line is one of the elite five lines, for me, in the National Hockey League. We’ve got an unbelievable asset there with Victor Olofsson back scoring three goals in his first two games back off of a one-month injury. He has synergy there. Sam having a career season, Jack having a career season, there’s no question that you do not take something that powerful and throw it away. It’s something that we can build a future on. These players are 24 and younger and that’s exciting for us. What we need is we need secondary scoring like the elite teams in the NHL have that ability. We need to find a way to create some power in behind that line and that’s what we’re working on. There’s definitely arguments to look at different formations when we’re not in a playoff position, which everybody out there is reaching for and wants us to be, but we also have to see the powerful nature of that line and their 20-plus minutes on the ice together and what that gives us. We have enough skill in our other forwards to get something going and we’re working on that as hard as we can right now.


HS: I know you think we’re going to belabor the Skinner point, and we brought it with you last week, but the power of the line…

RK: Now why would I think that?

HS: [Laughs] Because we brought this up last week.

JW: I was off last week.

HS: You mention the power that you have, right. Because I asked you last week about maybe moving Reinhart, you basically said the same thing, “Why would I want to break it up?” But now I’m going to factor in the third guy: With Olofsson, Ralph, Skinner with Eichel was a powerful thing. Jeff Skinner had his highest season in goals, I know you weren’t here, but he had a career high in goals. So that was a powerful combination.

RK: And you were happy with the team’s results last year?

HS: Well I’m not happy with the team’s results this year. You’re probably not making the playoffs, Ralph. No offense. You have a guy that’s making a lot of money to score goals and is having a career-worst year, would Olofsson as good? Is he talented enough to say, “Okay, let me flip it. Olfosson’s okay away from Eichel. He can succeed. It’s not a matter of ‘he’s only scoring because he’s with Eichel, he would be talented enough if I moved him away'”?

RK: We can philosophically discuss this. We spend four hours every morning before even before even the players arrive at the rink here as coaches looking at footage and analyzing everything in and out. We don’t have time to discuss all of those experiences with everybody. Somewhere there needs to be a trust in what we see and how we’re doing out best here to try to maximize what we can do as a group. Again, I want to refer to the run of late and the energy that we have. The Ottawa game definitely dampened the spirit in the surroundings, but we need to take courage from what we did against Toronto here at home and games of that nature and how the game that we want to play on a consistent basis showed up there to neutralize one of the best offensive teams in the league. We can discuss — there’d be hundreds of different decisions that we make here that we can try to tear apart in detail, and the way we put our lines together is certainly one of them. It’s difficult to explain all those details and I can only say we are trying to maximize the potential of this group. We are not there as yet. We will continue to work on that.


JW: One thing in terms of maximizing results, Ralph, I think something that’s gone very well I think: Early in the year, Rasmus Dahlin had a little bit of a — maybe a sophomore hiccup. I think fans observing him wondered, “Is Dahlin struggling?” There was a little bit of time and then he kind of figured it out. I would say he’s playing pretty well, he’s pretty darn good. He’s been great. For you, you look at a player, you’re only getting your hands on any player so far with this organization for 60 games. You talk a lot about habits, and positive habits. With Dahlin, is that an example you would say where you tried to instill some habits in him and it took a little bit of time but then, boom, it clicked and you’re seeing the positive results of that?

RK: Rasmus has been a pleasure all season long. We see the brilliance of his offensive ability, but for us as coaches, we’re so excited how he’s embraced what he needs to do defensively and how hard he works at creating pressure on the opposition without the puck and how proud he is of his one-on-one battles and he wants to win those. Steve Smith has done an unbelievable job of coaching him in individual sessions and while he was injured, spending a lot of time with him going over video and footage. He is, as a 19-year-old, simply an amazing player. His future, he’s still far from his potential. When he fills out physically and we get some more pounds on him as he just naturally will grow and he gets that strength, the sky’s the limit on him. We can all see what he does to the power play and how he’s able to manage the puck up top there at his age; where is that going to end? His shot will become harder, his physical play will become more aggressive and his offense will just continue to find opportunity for the players that he’s on the ice with. We’re extremely excited about how Rasmus is developing here.


JW: The other big story, the trade deadline is approaching. You talked about synergy and how important it is. For you and Jason Botterill, the synergy that the two of you have, do you ask for things at the deadline? Like, “Hey, I’d like a this or a that”? Do you guys talk every single day, especially in these days approaching where roster decisions are probably, I would think, some roster decisions are going to come; maybe big, maybe small.

RK: That always looms in the air in the National Hockey League since the beginning of the season. Of course we’re discussing everything daily. That process is very interesting; it’s a lot of fun. We are always looking at potential options that can make us a stronger team. Yes, we feel that in the air but in the coaching room here, I have to tell you, we are fighting to still make something special out of this season. We haven’t given up on anything that we’re doing here. Our picture remains small in the coaching room and with the players, but with Jason, of course, I drift into the bigger picture on a regular basis. We will continue to try to improve the roster if we can and to build the group that can get us to where we want to go in the future. But it’s kind of a mix in the coaching world; you have to leave that hat outside the room when you walk in with the players. When you leave that space you get into those discussions. We’ll see what the week brings. It will be an interesting week, I think, throughout the league. But for us specifically, we’d like to get stronger.


HS: Hey, Ralph, last thing on the trade deadline, since this is our first deadline with you as the coach of the Sabres: Stuff is out there on social media, I don’t know how many players go on Twitter, stay off Twitter this time of year. Names get mentioned in the rumor mill. How do you handle that as a coach? Do you talk to a particular player or players if you hear names in the rumor mill to make sure they’re staying focused?

RK: No, I think the most important thing is to have them feel our focus on execution, learning, growing like we’ve been trying to do here daily. We don’t discuss those situations. The NHL players are aware that that’s always in the air. Players that don’t have the no-trade, no-move clauses realize that that could happen to them at any point in time. You basically try to concentrate on the task on hand, which today is going to be a good practice and some learning out of the Ottawa game. Tomorrow, the preparation for Pittsburgh and the 1:00 start on Saturday. We do not see those as anything other than part of the normal life of a National Hockey League player. But it’s not really discussed, and we try to keep that noise out of our locker room.


HS: Thanks as always for your time. Thanks for answering our questions and we’ll talk to you again next week. Good luck this weekend against Pittsburgh and Winnipeg.

RK: Thank you to the fans for the last three home games. Those three wins were outstanding and [I] really, really enjoyed the energy in the building. We’ll bring some good energy back from Pittsburgh for a good game against Winnipeg, my hometown, where I was born actually, on Sunday. So it’ll be a fun one.

Post-Game Report: 2/16 vs. Toronto

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Maple Leafs
0 1 1 2 22
0 2 3 5 36

Game Summary

Event Summary


Top Notes

  • With tonight’s win, the Sabres improved to 21-5-2 in their last 28 home games against the Maple Leafs.
  • The Sabres scored three unanswered goals in a span of 1:31 to seal tonight’s win. The last time Buffalo scored three goals in 1:31 or less was April 3, 1998 in a 5-4 win vs. Boston. Brian Holzinger, Matthew Barnaby and Vaclav Varada all scored within a span of 1:08.
  • With tonight’s goal, Jack Eichel (.824 G/GP vs. Toronto) surpassed Alex Ovechkin (.820) to become the active leader in goals per game against the Maple Leafs (min. 5 GP).
  • Eichel’s goal-scoring rate against the Maple Leafs currently ranks sixth among all players with at least 10 games played against Toronto in the expansion era:
    • Blaine Stoughton: .94
    • Mario Lemieux: .94
    • Wayne Gretzky: .87
    • Cam Neely: .84
    • Ulf Nilsson: .83
    • Jack Eichel: .82
  • Kyle Okposo’s goal tonight marked the 500th point of his NHL career.
  • Okposo has a goal in each of his two games against Toronto this season. He leads all Sabres with 24 career points against the Maple Leafs (8+16).
  • With his 79th career point tonight, Rasmus Dahlin has tied Ray Bourque 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 now has 14 points (2+12) in his last 15 games, including at least a point in each of his last four games (1+4).
  • With his goal, Johan Larsson finished the game with six goals and 15 points through 52 games this season, matching his goal total and surpassing his point total from his 73-game season in 2018-19. He is now four goals and two points from tying his career-best marks.
  • Colin Miller recorded two primary assists to earn his 21st career multi-point game.


Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision GA SA
Maple Leafs Andersen L 5 36
Sabres Hutton W 2 22
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Maple Leafs Andersen 24-11-6 .908 2.93
Sabres Hutton 11-9-4 .897 3.12


Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Jimmy Vesey

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo

Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe

Maple Leafs forward Jason Spezza

Maple Leafs forward John Tavares

Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman

Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen

Post-Game Report: 2/13 vs. Columbus

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Blue Jackets
1 1 1 0 3 31
0 1 2 1 4 27

Game Summary

Event Summary


Top Notes

  • With tonight’s win, the Sabres have won their season series against the Blue Jackets for the first time since 2015-16. All three games in the series were won in overtime by the home team.
  • Victor Olofsson scored twice tonight in his first game back after missing 15 games due to injury, including his first career overtime goal. He finished the game with sole possession of second place among NHL rookies with 18 goals this season.
  • Rasmus Dahlin recorded an assist on both of Olofsson’s goals and now has at least one assist in all three games against Columbus this season.
    • In six career games against the Blue Jackets, Dahlin has collected six assists.
  • With his first assist, Dahlin passed Rick Hampton (76) for third-most points recorded by an NHL defenseman before his 20th birthday. He now trails only Phil Housley (132) and Ray Bourque (79) for most points ever recorded by a teenage defenseman.
  • Dahlin’s second assist of the game was his 30th of the season. He joins Phil Housley as the second defenseman in franchise history to record at least 30 assists in his first two NHL seasons.
  • Jack Eichel (1+2) recorded his 19th multi-point game of the season. The Sabres are 14-3-2 in those games. Eichel has recorded at least three points eight times this season, topping his previous career-high total (6) set in the 2016-17 season.
  • Eichel’s first assist was his 40th of the season. He became the first Sabres player to record 30 goals and 40 assists in a season since Jason Pominville (30+43) in 2011-12.
  • Evan Rodrigues scored and now has four points (3+1) in four games against Columbus in the last two seasons.
  • Carter Hutton recorded his sixth career assist on Buffalo’s third goal. It was the first assist by a Sabres goaltender since Hutton tallied an assist on Feb. 23, 2019 vs. Washington.


Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision GA SA
Blue Jackets
Kivlenieks O 4 27
Sabres Hutton W 3 31
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Blue Jackets Kivlenieks 1-0-2 .916 2.30
Sabres Hutton 10-9-4 .896 3.17


Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger

Sabres forward Victor Olofsson

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Evan Rodrigues

Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella

Blue Jackets forward Nathan Gerbe

Blue Jackets forward Liam Foudy

Blue Jackets defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov