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The Sabres have acquired defenseman Robert Hagg, a first-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft (14th overall) and a second-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen.


  • Averaged 15:40 of ice time over 34 games in 2020-21, recording five points (2+3) and leading Philadelphia defensemen with 100 hits.
  • Played all 82 games for the Flyers in 2018-19 and established career highs in goals (5), assists (15) and points (20).
  • Ranks fourth among Flyers defensemen since 2018-19 with 38 points (10+28) in 165 contests.
  • Represented Sweden at three consecutive IIHF World Junior Championships (2013 to 2015) and captured a silver medal in both 2013 and 2014.

2019-20 Season Recap

Top Team Notes:

  • Buffalo’s 2.80 goals per game marked the team’s highest total since 2010-11 (2.93). The team’s 1.88 5-on-5 goals per game was also the highest since their 1.96 mark in 2010-11.
  • At 5-on-5, the Sabres ranked in the top 10 in the NHL in goals against (9th), shot attempts against (9th), scoring chances against (10th) and high-danger scoring chances against (10th).
  • The Sabres’ 20-11-4 record at home this season ranked 11th in the NHL and marked the team’s best home points percentage (.629) since the 2009-10 season (.683).
  • Buffalo went 7-2-2 in afternoon games during the 2019-20 season, including a 6-2-0 record at home and a 1-0-2 mark on the road.

Top Player Notes:
Rasmus Dahlin

  • Dahlin joined Phil Housley as the second defenseman in franchise history to record at least 30 assists in his first two NHL seasons.
  • Dahlin’s .678 points per game in 2019-20 represented the best single-season scoring rate by a Sabres defenseman since Brian Campbell (.683) in 2007-08.
  • Dahlin’s .596 points per game in his career so far rank as the 11th-highest career rate among active NHL defensemen with at least 100 career games played.
    • Only four Sabres defensemen with more than 10 career games with the team earned higher career scoring rates as Sabres: Phil Housley (.918), John Van Boxmeer (.731), Garry Galley (.626) and Doug Bodger (.599)
  • With 84 points (13+71) in his first 141 career games (all as a teenager), Dahlin finished his teen years trailing only Phil Housley (132) for the most points ever recorded by a teenage defenseman in the NHL.
    • Dahlin’s 71 career assists tie Dan Quinn’s total as a teenager for the 12th-most ever recorded by an NHL player before his 20th birthday

Jack Eichel

  • Jack Eichel became the fifth player to lead (or tie to lead) the Sabres in all three major scoring categories (goals, assists and points) twice in his career (2017-18 and 2019-20).
    • He joined Gilbert Perreault (1976-77 and 1977-78), Pierre Turgeon (1988-89 and 1989-90), Miroslav Satan (2001-02 and 2002-03) and Thomas Vanek (2010-11 and 2012-13).
  • Eichel set a new career high with 1.15 points per game this season. It marked the highest scoring rate by a Sabre since Daniel Briere (1.17) in 2006-07. His .53 goals per game was the highest rate by a Sabre since Thomas Vanek (.55) in 2008-09.
  • Eichel finished the season as one of three players in franchise history to score 20 or more goals in each of his first five NHL seasons (Rick Martin and Thomas Vanek) and one of five to record at least 50 points in each of his first five NHL seasons (Martin, Gilbert Perreault, Phil Housley and Christian Ruuttu).
  • Eichel finished the season ranked eighth in the league with 1.40 points per game at home (49 points in 35 games). It was the highest home scoring rate by a Sabre with at least five home games played since Pat LaFontaine recorded 19 points in 13 home games (1.46) in 1994-95.
  • With 36 goals and 42 assists in 2019-20, Eichel became the first Sabre to score at least 30 goals and record at least 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.
  • Eichel appeared in his third consecutive NHL All-Star Game in 2020, becoming the first Sabres player to do so since Alexander Mogilny (1992, 1993, 1994).
    • Only four Sabres have participated in more NHL All-Star Games (Rick Martin – 7, Gilbert Perreault – 6, Dominik Hasek – 5, Mike Ramsey – 4) and none have topped Eichel’s eight points in those games.
  • Eichel scored four goals vs. Ottawa on Nov. 16 to become the Sabres’ first four-goal scorer since Thomas Vanek (April 10, 2010 at Ottawa).
  • Eichel tied Gilbert Perreault for most consecutive appearances with a point by a Sabre (18), tallying 32 points (16+16) from Nov. 16 to Dec. 21.
  • Eichel became the first Sabre ever to score on a penalty shot in overtime with his game-winner on Jan. 2 vs. Edmonton.
    • The goal was his seventh career overtime goal, breaking the previous franchise record of six, shared by Derek Roy and Thomas Vanek. Eichel finished the season with eight career overtime goals.

Carter Hutton

  • Hutton logged a career-best shutout streak of 134:22 from Oct. 9 to 22.
  • Hutton stopped 25 shots to record his first shutout as a Sabre on Oct. 14 vs. Dallas and then set a franchise record with 47 saves in a shutout in his next appearance on Oct. 17 at Los Angeles. He joined Bob Sauve (1979-80) as the second Sabre to post two shutouts in his first five games of a season and earned NHL Third Star of the Week honors.

Dominik Kahun

  • Kahun scored on his first shot in his Sabres debut on Feb. 28 at Vegas. By scoring just 22 seconds into his Sabres career, he needed less ice time to score his first goal with the team than any other Sabre since 2009-10, when the NHL began tracking the statistic.

Victor Olofsson

  • Olofsson earned NHL Rookie of the Month honors in October and December.
  • Olofsson recorded .78 points per game in 2019-20, marking the highest scoring rate by a Sabres rookie with at least 15 games played since Ray Sheppard (.88) in 1987-88.
    • Olofsson’s .37 goals per game marked the highest rate by a Sabres rookie with at least 15 games since Donald Audette (.49) in 1991-92.
  • Olofsson became the first player in NHL history to score his first seven career goals on the power play, before eventually scoring his first career even-strength goal in his home country as part of the 2019 NHL Global Series in Stockholm, Sweden.
  • With two different six-game point streaks, Olofsson became the second Sabres rookie (joining John Tucker in 1984-85) ever to record two in a season.

Sam Reinhart

  • Reinhart reached the 20-goal mark in his 55th game of the season; it was 14 games quicker than his previous best season (2015-16).
  • Reinhart recorded 13 multi-point games in 2019-20, ranking second on the team behind Jack Eichel.
    • The Sabres were 10-2-1 this season (.808) and are now 41-7-8 (.804) in Reinhart’s career when he records at least two points.

Linus Ullmark

  • Ullmark finished the 2019-20 season with an .840 career save percentage in shootouts, ranking third among active NHL goaltenders (min. 2 shootouts) and first in Sabres history.
    • Ullmark’s four wins through six career shootouts trail only Ryan Miller (49) and Jhonas Enroth (10) for most in franchise history.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings)

  • Eichel: 3 OTG (T-2nd), 9 GWG (T-3rd), 36 G (8th), 27 PPP (T-8th), 78 PTS (T-10th)
  • Ristolainen: 203 hits (8th)

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
61-69: 3-6-0 (6), 20/27, 3/23, 14/18

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 (2-2; 77-71 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)
March 9 vs. WSH: W, 3-2 (GDG-Kahun)

Post-Game Report: 2/4 vs. Colorado

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
2 4 0 6 27
1 0 0 1 24

Game Summary

Event Summary


Top Notes

  • With his goal tonight, Sam Reinhart has now totaled 14 points (7+7) in the Sabres’ last 14 contests, including at least a point in 10 of the last 12.
  • Reinhart is producing at a point-per-game rate through 27 home games this season (13+14). He has now totaled 16 points (7+9) in his last 13 games at KeyBank Center, including five multi-point outings.
  • Jake McCabe assisted on Reinhart’s goal and now has three points (1+2) in his last three games against the Avalanche.
  • Jack Eichel’s assist gives him points in each of the Sabres’ last four games (3+1). He now has 42 points (23+19) in 27 home games this season.
  • Jonas Johansson made 13 saves in relief tonight, logging a .929 save percentage in his NHL debut.


Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision GA SA
Grubauer W 1 24
Sabres Hutton
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Avalanche Grubauer 15-11-4 .909 2.84
Sabres Hutton


Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Sabres forward Conor Sheary

Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen

Sabres goaltender Jonas Johansson

Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar

Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri

Avalanche forward Andre Burakovsky

Post-Game Report: 12/21 vs. Los Angeles

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
0 1 1 2 27
0 2 1 3 28

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • The Sabres improved to 11-3-3 in home games this season, putting the team on pace for its sixth-best home record and best since 1979-80.
  • With the win, Linus Ullmark improved to 4-0-0 against the Kings in his career with a .928 save percentage and a 1.71 goals-against average.
  • With his goal today, Rasmus Ristolainen now has five points (2+3) in his last five games against Los Angeles.
  • Ristolainen has totaled nine points (2+7) in the Sabres’ last 12 games dating back to Nov. 29 vs. Toronto.
  • Victor Olofsson’s empty net goal gave him 24 points (10+14) in his last 22 games. He has failed to record a point in just three of those 22 games.
  • With his assist on Buffalo’s third goal, Jack Eichel has now recorded points in 18 consecutive games played, tying Gilbert Perreault (Oct. 24 to Dec. 4, 1971) for the most in franchise history. It’s the fifth-longest personal point streak in the last decade, trailing only Taylor Hall (26 in 2017-18), Patrick Kane (26 in 2015-16), Sidney Crosby (25 in 2010-11) and Patrick Kane (20 in 2018-19).
  • With his two assists today, Sam Reinhart now has 10 points (3+7) in the Sabres’ last nine games.
  • Marco Scandella’s goal today gave him three points (2+1) in his last four games against the Kings.
  • Jeff Skinner, who recorded the primary assist on Ristolainen’s goal, now has seven points (6+1) in his last five meetings with the Kings.
  • Jimmy Vesey also assisted on the Ristolainen goal, giving him an assist in each of his two games against Los Angeles this season.

Today’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision GA SA
Kings Quick L 2 27
Sabres Ullmark W 2 27
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Kings Quick 10-13-2 .895 3.01
Sabres Ullmark 11-7-3 .913 2.86

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres defenseman Marco Scandella

Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen

Kings head coach Todd McLellan

Kings defenseman Kale Clague

Kings defenseman Drew Doughty

2018-19 Locker Room Clean-Out Audio

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Casey Mittelstadt

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo

Sabres forward Jason Pominville

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Sabres forward Jeff Skinner

Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian

Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin

Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen

Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton