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Post-Game Report: 10/22 vs. San Jose

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Sharks
(3-5-1)
2 0 1 0 3 28
Sabres
(8-1-1)
0 2 1 1 4 29

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • With tonight’s win, the Sabres have improved to 8-1-1, matching their second-best record through 10 games in franchise history (1975-76 and 2009-10). The team’s best ever start was a 10-0-0 record to begin the 2006-07 season.
  • The Sabres earned their first home-and-home series sweep since they beat the Canadiens on Nov. 28 and 29, 2014.
  • The team’s 5-0-0 record through five home games ties Buffalo’s second-best start at home, matching the 1972-73 and 1984-85 seasons. The team’s record for most consecutive home wins to begin a season is six, set in the 1975-76 season.
  • With his sixth career overtime goal tonight, Jack Eichel tied Derek Roy and Thomas Vanek for the most in Sabres franchise history.
  • Eichel’s four-point output (2+2) gave him his seventh career outing with at least four points, tying Christian Ruuttu for 11th-most in franchise history. He’s now one away from tying Danny Gare and Miroslav Satan for ninth-most.
  • San Jose’s first goal of the night snapped Carter Hutton’s shutout streak at a career-best 134:22, surpassing his previous best of 130:51 (Feb. 16 to March 3, 2017).
  • Rasmus Dahlin recorded his 10th point of the season (1+9) with an assist tonight, making him the seventh unique Sabres defenseman to record at least 10 points in the team’s first 10 games of a season. He is the first to do so since Brian Campbell (1+10) in 2007-08.
  • Victor Olofsson recorded his ninth point of the season with an assist tonight. Rick Martin (1971-72), Phil Housley (1982-83) and Hannu Virta (1982-83) were the only rookies in Sabres history to tally more through the team’s first 10 games of a season.
  • With his goal tonight, Jeff Skinner now has a point in each of his four games against the Sharks since joining the Sabres (3+1).
  • Henri Jokiharju registered an assist on Skinner’s goal. He now has four assists in his last five games, including three assists in his last two contests.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision GA SA
Sharks Jones O 4 29
Sabres Hutton W 3 28
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Sharks Jones 2-4-1 .894 3.46
Sabres Hutton 6-0-0 .943 1.65

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger

Sabres forward Jeff Skinner

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer

Sharks forward Patrick Marleau

Sharks forward Logan Couture

Sabres defenseman Erik Karlsson

Game Preview: 10/22/19 vs. San Jose

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, October 19
Buffalo 4 at San Jose 3
Goals: Johansson, Mittelstadt, Skinner, Girgensons
Goalie: Ullmark (29 saves/32 shots)
PP: 0/4; PK: 2/4; Shots: Buffalo 35 – San Jose 32

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 40)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (hip, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 9 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 9 games
Brandon Montour (hand, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 9 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/18: Assigned F Curtis Lazar to Rochester (AHL)
10/20: Assigned G Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Oct. 24: Buffalo at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 25: Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 28: Arizona at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 1: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 2: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SHARKS at SABRES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Sharks this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated San Jose 4-3 in San Jose on Oct. 19
  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Sharks; 7-2-1 at home.
  • This is the 43rd game all-time between Buffalo and San Jose; Buffalo has a 26-10-6 series record.
  • The Sabres are 18-2-1 at home against the Sharks all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-8-0 all-time on October 22.
  • October 22, 1972: Gilbert Perreault records six points (2+4) and Rick Martin scores four goals, including three in the third period, as the Sabres defeat the Atlanta Flames 7-2 at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium.
  • October 22, 2011: Brad Boyes plays in his 500th NHL game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres have scored the first goal in eight of their nine games so far this season, going 7-1-0 in those contests. Entering play Monday, no other team had scored first in more than seven games.
  • Despite dressing only 19 different skaters through nine games, the Sabres have already gotten points from 18 skaters and had 12 different players score at least one goal. The team had 17 different players record a point and seven separate goal scorers during last week’s three-game West Coast trip.
  • The Sabres entered play Monday with the No. 4 power play in the league, converting on a league-high 11 of their 35 power plays this season (31.4%).

SHARK HUNTERS

  • Carter Hutton is 5-2-1 in his career against the Sharks with a .945 save percentage and a 1.74 goals-against average.
  • Kyle Okposo has 16 points (5+11) in 15 career games against San Jose.
  • Jeff Skinner has recorded a point in each of his three games against the Sharks since joining the Sabres (2+1).
  • Marcus Johansson has totaled three points (1+2) in his last two meetings with San Jose.

HOME-AND-HOME

  • Tonight’s game is the second in a home-and-home series between the Sabres and Sharks that began with a 4-3 Sabres win on Saturday night in San Jose. It is the first home-and-home series ever to be played between the teams.
  • This series is the Sabres’ first home-and-home set against a Western Conference opponent since November 1996 (Toronto). It’s just their third ever contested against a team located in the Pacific time zone, joining their series against California in February 1971 and Vancouver in March 1996.
  • The Sabres have played in 163 previous home-and-home series in franchise history, going 92-48-23 (.635) in the home games and 56-78-29 (.433) in the road games in previous series.
  • The team enters tonight’s game 71-64-29 (.521) all-time in the first game of these previous series and 78-62-23 (.549) in the second.
  • Buffalo’s points breakdown in the previous series is as follows: four points (31), three points (24), two points (67), one point (17), zero points (24).
  • Buffalo’s last home-and-home series sweep came in the 2014-15 season, as the Sabres beat the Canadiens on Nov. 28 and 29, 2014.

HOME SWEET HOME

  • With a 4-0-0 start to their home schedule, the Sabres are looking to open the season with at least five consecutive wins at home for the first time since 1984-85, when they won their first five.
  • A 5-0-0 record through five home games would tie the Sabres’ second-best start at home, matching the 1972-73 and 1984-85 seasons. The team’s record for most consecutive home wins to begin a season is six, set in the 1975-76 season.
  • The Sabres are one of just four teams who have not yet lost a game at home, joining the Colorado Avalanche (4-0-0), Edmonton Oilers (4-0-0) and Vancouver Canucks (3-0-0).
  • Entering play Monday, the Sabres’ per-game rates ranked them among the league’s leaders at home in goals (2nd, 4.5 GF/GP), goals against (6th, 2 GA/GP) and goal differential (2nd, plus-2.5 GD/GP).

A STRONG START
Regardless of tonight’s result, the Sabres’ record through the team’s first 10 games of the season will rank within the top five starts in franchise history:

Rank Season Record Points
1st 2006-07 10-0-0 20 pts.
T-2nd 1975-76

2009-10

8-1-1

8-1-1

17 pts.
4th 1972-73 6-0-4 16 pts.
T-5th 1977-78

2019-20

7-2-1

7-1-1*

15 pts.

*Through nine games

THA CARTER V

  • Carter Hutton has won each of his five games this season and now has wins in six straight appearances dating back to last season.
  • He entered play Monday leading all NHL goaltenders with at least two full games played in save percentage (.953), goals-against average (1.39) and even-strength save percentage (.966). He also led all goaltenders in shutouts (2) and tied for second in wins (5).
  • Hutton earned his first shutout as a member of the Sabres on Oct. 14 vs. Dallas and followed that up by setting a Sabres franchise record with 47 saves in a shutout on Oct. 17 at Los Angeles, joining Bob Sauve (1979-80) as the second Sabres goaltender to post two shutouts in his first five games of a season. The shutouts earned him NHL Third Star of the Week honors.
  • He enters tonight’s game having played his last 128:36 without allowing a goal and needs to play just 2:16 without allowing a goal in his next appearance to surpass his longest career shutout streak (130:51, Feb. 16 to March 3, 2017).

VIC-O MODE

  • All six of Victor Olofsson’s goals this season have come on the power play, tying James Neal for most in the league entering play Monday. He also led all rookies in goals (6) and points (8), and led rookie forwards in ice time per game (17:37).
  • Since he made his NHL debut on March 28, 2019 vs. Detroit, Olofsson has ranked among the league leaders in goals (8), tying for sixth-most in the NHL during that stretch.
  • No NHL player has scored more power-play goals than Olofsson’s eight in 15 games played in the time since he made his NHL debut. He has set an NHL record by becoming the first player in NHL history to score each of his first seven-plus career goals with a man advantage.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 10/21 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 15 PTS (T-1st), 7 W (T-1st), 31.4% PP% (4th), 3.67 GF/GP (T-4th)
  • Dahlin: 6 PPP (T-3rd), 8 A (T-7th)
  • Eichel: 6 PPP (T-3rd)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (1st), 1.39 GAA (1st), .953 SV% (1st), 5 W (T-2nd)
  • Johansson: 1 OTG (T-1st), plus-6 (T-10th)
  • McCabe: 27 BkS (1st)
  • Miller: plus-6 (T-10th)
  • Olofsson: 6 PPG (T-1st), 6 PPP (T-3rd), 6 G (T-6th)
  • Skinner: 44 S (2nd)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (22), McCabe (20), Sobotka (19)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (27), Scandella (13), Ristolainen (13)
Shots: Skinner (44), Eichel (29), Ristolainen (22)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 7-1-1 (15), 34/21, 11/35, 21/28

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-1; 121-129 all-time)
Oct. 7 at CBJ: L, 4-3 (GWG-Texier, 2:08)
Oct. 9 vs. MTL: W, 5-4 (GWG-Johansson, 1:30)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-0; 76-69 all-time)
Oct. 11 vs. FLA: W, 3-2 (GDG-Eichel)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Marcus Johansson … 3 games … 600 career games played
Jack Eichel … 5 games … 300 career games played
Carter Hutton … 7 games … 200 career games played
Casey Mittelstadt … 8 games … 100 career games played
Rasmus Dahlin … 9 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 10 goals … 100 career goals
Points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 3 points … 200 career points
Jimmy Vesey … 8 points … 100 career points
Kyle Okposo … 9 points … 500 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Jeff Skinner … 200th NHL assist … Oct. 17 at ANA

Game Preview: 10/19/19 at San Jose

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, October 17
Buffalo 3 at Los Angeles 0
Goals: Mittelstadt (2), Sheary
Goalie: Hutton (47 saves/47 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 3/3; Shots: Los Angeles 47 – Buffalo 24

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 36)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (hip, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 8 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 8 games
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (hip; Oct. 3, injured reserve) – 8 games
Brandon Montour (hand, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 8 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/13: Recalled F Curtis Lazar from Rochester (AHL)
10/18: Assigned F Curtis Lazar to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Oct. 22: San Jose at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 24: Buffalo at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 25: Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 28: Arizona at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 1: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at SHARKS

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Sharks this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated San Jose 3-2 (OT) in Buffalo on Nov. 27, 2018.
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 22 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Sharks; 6-4-0 on the road.
  • This is the 42nd game all-time between Buffalo and San Jose; Buffalo has a 25-10-6 series record.
  • The Sabres are 7-8-5 on the road against the Sharks all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 5-8-3 all-time on October 19.
  • October 19, 1984: Mike Foligno completes his third career hat trick with the game-winning goal at 12:33 of the third period to dispatch the Quebec Nordiques 5-4 at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres have scored the first goal in seven of their eight games so far this season, going 6-1-0 in those games. Entering play Friday, no other team had scored first in more than six games.
  • Despite dressing only 19 different skaters through eight games, the Sabres have already gotten points from 18 skaters and had 11 different players score at least one goal.
  • Jack Eichel (4+6), Rasmus Dahlin (1+8), Victor Olofsson (6+2), and Conor Sheary (3+1) have all tallied at least a point per game so far this season.
  • The Sabres entered play Friday with the No. 3 power play in the league, converting on a league-high 11 of their 31 power plays this season (35.5%).

SHARK HUNTERS

  • Carter Hutton is 5-2-1 in his career against the Sharks with a .945 save percentage and a 1.74 goals-against average.
  • Kyle Okposo has 15 points (5+10) in 14 career games against San Jose.
  • Jack Eichel has six points (1+5) in his last six games against the Sharks.
  • Rasmus Dahlin (0+2) and Jeff Skinner (1+1) each recorded a point in both games against San Jose last season.
  • Colin Miller has recorded five points (1+4) in his last six games against the Sharks.

HOME-AND-HOME

  • Tonight’s game is the first in a home-and-home series between the Sabres and Sharks that concludes Tuesday night in Buffalo. It is the first home-and-home series ever to be played between the teams.
  • This series is the Sabres’ first home-and-home set against a Western Conference opponent since November 1996 (Toronto). It’s just their third ever contested against a team located in the Pacific time zone, joining their series against California in February 1971 and Vancouver in March 1996.
  • The Sabres have played in 163 previous home-and-home series in franchise history, going 92-48-23 (.635) in the home games and 56-78-29 (.433) in the road games in previous series.
  • The team is 70-64-29 (.518) all-time in the first game of these previous series and 78-62-23 (.549) in the second.
  • Buffalo’s points breakdown in these previous series is as follows: four points (31), three points (24), two points (67), one point (17), zero points (24).
  • Buffalo’s last home-and-home series sweep came in the 2014-15 season, as the Sabres beat the Canadiens on Nov. 28 and 29, 2014.

THA CARTER V

  • Carter Hutton has won each of his five games this season and now has wins in six straight appearances dating back to last season.
  • He entered play Friday leading all NHL goaltenders with at least two games played in every major statistical category and also led the league with a .966 save percentage at even strength.
  • Hutton earned his first shutout as a member of the Sabres on Monday vs. Dallas and followed that up by setting a Sabres franchise record with 47 saves in a shutout on Thursday at Los Angeles, joining Bob Sauve (1979-80) as the second Sabres goaltender to post two shutouts in his first five games of a season.
  • He enters tonight’s game having played his last 128:36 without allowing a goal and needs to play just 2:16 without allowing a goal in his next appearance to surpass his longest career shutout streak (130:51, Feb. 16 to March 3, 2017).

VIC-O MODE

  • All six of Victor Olofsson’s goals this season have come on the power play, tying James Neal for most in the league entering play Friday. He also led all rookies in goals (6), points (8) and shots (19), and led rookie forwards in ice time per game (17:56).
  • Since he made his NHL debut on March 28, 2019 vs. Detroit, no NHL player has scored more power-play goals than Olofsson’s eight in 14 games played. He has set an NHL record by becoming the first player in NHL history to score each of his first seven-plus career goals with a man advantage.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 10/18 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 13 PTS (1st), 6 W (T-1st), 35.5% PP% (3rd)
  • Dahlin: 6 PPP (T-2nd), 8 A (T-6th)
  • Eichel: 6 PPP (T-2nd), 2 PPG (T-7th), 10 PTS (T-10th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (1st), 1.39 GAA (1st), .953 SV% (1st), 5 W (T-1st)
  • Johansson: 1 OTG (T-1st)
  • McCabe: 24 BkS (1st)
  • Miller: plus-6 (T-6th)
  • Olofsson: 6 PPG (T-1st), 6 PPP (T-2nd), 6 G (T-4th)
  • Skinner: 35 S (2nd)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Sobotka (19), McCabe (19), Ristolainen (15)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (24), Scandella (11), Eichel/Jokiharju/Ristolainen (8)
Shots: Skinner (35), Eichel (27), Ristolainen (21)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 6-1-1 (13), 30/18, 11/31, 19/24

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-1; 121-129 all-time)
Oct. 7 at CBJ: L, 4-3 (GWG-Texier, 2:08)
Oct. 9 vs. MTL: W, 5-4 (GWG-Johansson, 1:30)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-0; 76-69 all-time)
Oct. 11 vs. FLA: W, 3-2 (GDG-Eichel)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Marcus Johansson … 4 games … 600 career games played
Jack Eichel … 6 games … 300 career games played
Carter Hutton … 7 games … 200 career games played
Casey Mittelstadt … 9 games … 100 career games played
Rasmus Dahlin … 10 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 10 goals … 100 career goals
Points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 3 points … 200 career points
Jimmy Vesey … 9 points … 100 career points
Kyle Okposo … 10 points … 500 career points 

RECENT MILESTONES
Jeff Skinner … 200th NHL assist … Oct. 17 at ANA

Post-Game Report: 11/27 vs. San Jose

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Sharks
(12-8-5)
0 0 2 0 2 38
Sabres
(17-6-2)
0 1 1 1 3 31

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • With their 10th win in a row, the Sabres have matched their franchise record for consecutive wins in a season. The record was originally set in January 1984 and tied in October 2006.
    • In addition to the three official 10-game winning streaks, the Sabres have twice won at least 10 consecutive regular-season games during streaks that spanned two seasons: 15 games (April 8 to Oct. 26, 2006) and 11 games (April 1 to Oct. 26, 1975).
  • The Sabres now have points in 10 straight games for the first time since they recorded points in 11 straight from Dec. 26 to Jan. 18, 2010 (8-0-3).
  • Buffalo has won six straight home games for the first time since Nov. 28 to Dec. 15, 2014.
  • The Sabres are now 10-0-2 in one-goal games so far this season. Buffalo last won more than half of its one-goal games in a season in 2011-12 (21-9-11). The team’s current .833 winning percentage in one-goal games would top the franchise record of .714 (10-4-0) set in the 1977-78 season.
  • Jeff Skinner’s 19th goal of the season tied him for the league lead. He is on pace for 65 goals this season, which would be the second-highest goal total in Sabres history, trailing only Alexander Mogilny (76) in 1992-93.
  • With his goal tonight, Rasmus Ristolainen now has five points (1+4) in his last five games.
  • Tage Thompson, who registered an assist on Ristolainen’s goal, now has four points (3+1) in his last five games.
  • Kyle Okposo recorded the secondary assist on Ristolainen’s goal and now has 15 points (5+10) in 14 career games against San Jose.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Sharks Jones O .933 1.95
Sabres Hutton W .947 1.95

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Sharks Jones 9-5-3 .894 2.94
Sabres Hutton 12-6-1 .920 2.50

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jeff Skinner

Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen

Sabres defenseman Nathan Beaulieu

Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer

Sharks forward Evander Kane

Sharks forward Joe Pavelski

Sharks defenseman Brent Burns

Sharks goaltender Martin Jones

Game Preview: 11/27/18 vs. San Jose

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, November 24
Buffalo 3 at Detroit 2 (SO)
Goals: Skinner, Thompson; GDG-Reinhart
Goalie: Ullmark (35 saves/37 shots)
PP: 2/4; PK: 4/4; Shots: Detroit 37 – Buffalo 35

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 81)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 24 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 24 games
Patrik Berglund (upper body, Oct. 21; injured reserve) – 3 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/21: Recalled D Lawrence Pilut from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Patrik Berglund on IR
11/23: Assigned D Lawrence Pilut to Rochester (AHL)
11/27: Recalled D Lawrence Pilut from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Nov. 29: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 30: Buffalo at Florida, 7 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 3: Buffalo at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 4: Toronto at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 8: Philadelphia at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME

SHARKS at SABRES

  • This is the second and final meeting between the Sabres and Sharks this season.
  • Last meeting: San Jose defeated Buffalo 5-1 in San Jose on Oct. 18
  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Sharks; 7-2-1 at home
  • This is the 41st game all-time between Buffalo and San Jose; Buffalo has a 24-10-6 series record.
  • The Sabres are 17-2-1 at home against the Sharks all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-6-5 all-time on November 27.
  • November 27, 1971: Craig Ramsay appears in his first NHL game, a 5-2 loss at Vancouver. Ramsay would go on to play 1,070 games during the course of his NHL career, all with the Sabres, trailing only Gilbert Perreault (1,191) for most in franchise history.
  • November 27, 2005: Jason Pominville scores his first career NHL goal on Olaf Kolzig in a 3-2 win at Washington.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Buffalo is 24-for-26 (92.3%) on the penalty kill in the team’s last 11 games dating back to Nov. 3 vs. Ottawa.
  • The Sabres are looking to avoid losing five straight games to the Sharks after having gone 10-0-1 in the previous 11 matchups between the teams.
  • Carter Hutton is 4-2-1 in his career against the Sharks with a .945 save percentage and a 1.71 goals-against average.
  • Kyle Okposo has 14 points (5+9) in 13 career games against San Jose.
  • Jack Eichel has six points (1+5) in his last five games against the Sharks.
  • Jeff Skinner has nine points (3+6) in his last nine games against San Jose.
  • Jason Pominville has five points (3+2) in his last five games against San Jose.

GOING STREAKING

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game on their first nine-game winning streak since the team won its first 10 games of the 2006-07 season. A win tonight would match the franchise record, set in January 1984 and tied during that October 2006 stretch.
  • In addition to the two official 10-game winning streaks, the Sabres have twice won at least 10 consecutive regular-season games during streaks that spanned two seasons: 15 games (April 8 to Oct. 26, 2006) and 11 games (April 1 to Oct. 26, 1975).
  • With a win or overtime loss tonight, the Sabres would have points in 10 straight games for the first time since they recorded points in 11 straight from Dec. 26 to Jan. 18, 2010 (8-0-3).

HOME COOKING

  • Buffalo enters tonight’s game with an 8-2-1 (.773) record at home this season, putting the team on pace for its best home record since the 1979-80 season (27-5-8, .775). Their record ties as the second-best home record in the NHL behind only Boston (8-2-0) entering play Monday.
  • The Sabres have won each of their last five home games. It’s their first five-game home winning streak since they won six in a row from Nov. 28 to Dec. 15, 2014.
  • The team has gone 6-0-1 in its last seven home games. A point tonight would give the Sabres points in eight consecutive home games for the first time since Dec. 10, 2013 to Jan. 9, 2014 (6-0-2).

SCORING EARLY IS GREAT…

  • The Sabres are 11-0-2 when scoring first so far this season. Entering play Monday, they were one of four teams who have earned at least a point in every game in which they’ve opened the scoring in 2018-19.
  • Buffalo is 10-0-2 when leading after the first period. Entering play Monday, they were one of five teams who have earned at least a point in every game in which they’ve led after 20 minutes in 2018-19.

…BUT SCORING LATE IS NICE TOO

  • The Sabres are 5-6-1 when trailing after two periods. Their five wins when trailing after 40 minutes ranked as the second-most in the league entering play Monday.
  • Buffalo’s five wins when trailing after two have already matched last season’s total and leave the team four third-period comebacks shy of the franchise record of nine set in the 2005-06 season.

NOT TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT

The Sabres are 9-0-2 in one-goal games so far this season. Buffalo last won more than half of its one-goal games in a season in 2011-12 (21-9-11). The team’s current .818 winning percentage in one-goal games would top the franchise record of .714 (10-4-0) set in the 1977-78 season.

Mr. CARTER

  • Carter Hutton is 7-0-0 with a .934 save percentage and a 1.98 goals-against average in his last seven games.
  • The seven-game winning streak tops his previous high, a five-game streak from March 21, 2014 at Calgary to April 13, 2014 at Minnesota. It’s the longest winning streak by a Sabres goaltender since Ryan Miller’s eight-game streak from Oct. 8 to 30, 2009.
  • Entering play Monday, Hutton’s 11 wins trailed only Frederik Andersen and Marc-Andre Fleury (12 wins each) for most in the NHL.

DYNAMIC DUO

  • Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner are currently on pace to shatter their personal bests in points and make a mark in the Sabres’ record books on the strength of career-best production at even strength that ranks them among the best even-strength players in the league this season.
  • If he maintains his current pace, Eichel would finish the season with the third-most even-strength points ever recorded by a Sabre (72), trailing only Pat LaFontaine (83) and Alexander Mogilny (78) in 1992-93. He would become the first Sabre to record more than 95 points since LaFontaine (148) and Mogilny (127) that same season.
  • Skinner is currently on pace for the second-highest goal total (62) in Sabres history, trailing only Mogilny in 1992-93 (76). His 44 even-strength goals would finish behind only Mogilny’s even-strength total from that season (49) for most in team history.
Player/Season GP G A PTS ES G ES A ES P
Eichel Career High (2017-18) 67 25 39 64 22 20 42
Eichel 2018-19 24 5 23 28 4 17 21
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 82 17 79 96 14 58 72
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 24 18 8 26 13 5 18
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 62 27 89 44 17 61

WINNING WAYS

Sam Reinhart has recorded 10 points (2+8) in his last 11 games, including four two-point games during that stretch. The Sabres are 11-0-0 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 25-2-3 (.883) in his career when he records at least two.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 11/26 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 34 PTS (3rd), 16 W (T-3rd), 82.6 PK% (5th)
  • Eichel: 99 S (T-2nd), 23 A (T-3rd), 21 EVP (T-4th), 1 OTG (T-9th), 28 P (T-9th)
  • Hutton: 11 W (3rd), 496 SV (7th)
  • Ristolainen: 79 hits (5th), 25:25 TOI/GP (8th), 1 OTG (T-9th)
  • Skinner: 13 EVG (1st), 18 G (2nd), plus-13 (T-7th), 5 PPG (T-7th)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-8th)

BUF-SJS CONNECTIONS

Former Sabres:

  • Sharks assistant coach Dave Barr was on the coaching staff in Buffalo during the 2015-16 season.
  • Sharks F Evander Kane played for the Sabres for parts of four seasons (2014-2018). He played in 196 games for the club, recording 118 points (68+50).

Zach Bogosian:

  • Played with Sharks F and former Sabre Evander Kane in Atlanta and Winnipeg.
  • Played with Sharks goaltending coach Johan Hedberg in Atlanta.

Jack Eichel:

  • Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer was an assistant coach for Team North America when Eichel played for the team during the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Davis Payne:

  • Was an assistant coach for the Kings when Sharks G Martin Jones was playing in Los Angeles.

Marco Scandella:

  • Played with Sharks D Brent Burns in Minnesota. Sharks assistant coach Dave Barr was on the Wild’s coaching staff when Scandella was on the team.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (79), McCabe (41), Girgensons (36)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (42), Ristolainen (36), Bogosian (32)
Shots: Eichel (99), Skinner (80), Ristolainen (56)

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: 4-0-0 (8), 16/10, 4/14, 9/10

OVERTIME RESULTS (3-2; 116-123 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)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (3-0; 73-66 all-time)
Nov. 10 vs. VAN: W, 4-3 (GDG-Mittelstadt)
Nov. 16 at WPG: W, 2-1 (GDG-Sheary)
Nov. 24 at DET: W, 3-2 (GDG-Reinhart)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Nathan Beaulieu … 2 games … 300 career games played
Evan Rodrigues … 2 games … 100 career games played
Remi Elie … 5 games … 100 career games played
Kyle Okposo … 6 games … 700 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 1 goal … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 6 assists … 300 career assists
Points
Jason Pominville … 3 points … 511 points with Sabres (T-8th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
Jason Pominville … 682nd game played with Sabres (9th in franchise history) … Nov. 21 vs. PHI