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Post-Game Report: 3/17 vs. St. Louis

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Blues
(37-27-8)
1 1 1 0 0 3 33
Sabres
(31-32-9)
2 1 0 0 1 4 34

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • With the win, the Sabres improved to 20-12-4 at KeyBank Center this season.
  • Sam Reinhart scored his third shootout winner of the season, tying Ryan Johansen and Kevin Shattenkirk for most in the NHL in 2018-19. He is one shy of the Sabres’ single-season record set by Ales Kotalik in 2006-07.
    • His four career game-deciding goals tie Maxim Afinogenov, Daniel Briere and Zemgus Girgensons for sixth-most in Sabres history.
  • The Sabres also got goals from Johan Larsson, Evan Rodrigues and Conor Sheary in regulation.
  • Brandon Montour’s 24th assist of the 2018-19 season set a new career high in his 72nd game. He now sits one point shy of tying his career-high total of 32 points, set in 80 games last season.
  • Alexander Nylander recorded two primary assists for his first career two-point game.
  • With an assist tonight, Rasmus Dahlin now has 38 points (8+30) on the season. It ties him with Bobby Orr for second-most points by an 18-year-old defenseman in NHL history, trailing only Phil Housley (57 points in 1982-83).

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Blues Allen O .912 2.77
Sabres Hutton W .909 2.77

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Blues Allen 18-17-7 .904 2.85
Sabres Hutton 17-20-5 .910 2.88

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Conor Sheary

Sabres forward Evan Rodrigues

Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton

Blues head coach Craig Berube

Blues forward Ryan O’Reilly

Blues forward Brayden Schenn

Blues forward Pat Maroon

Game Preview: 3/17/19 vs. St. Louis

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, March 16
Buffalo 2 at Carolina 4
Goals: Skinner, Girgensons
Goalie: Ullmark (25 saves/29 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 1/1; Shots: Buffalo 37 – Carolina 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 212)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Jake McCabe (upper body, March 4) – 6 games
Marco Scandella (upper body, March 16) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Tuesday, March 26: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 28: Detroit at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
BLUES at SABRES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Blues this season.
  • Last meeting: St. Louis defeated Buffalo 4-1-0 in St. Louis on Dec. 27, 2018
  • The Sabres are 1-7-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Blues, 2-8-0 at home.
  • This is the 120th game all-time between Buffalo and St. Louis; Buffalo has a 46-56-17 series record.
  • The Sabres are 31-23-6 at home against the Blues all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-10-3 all-time on March 17.
  • March 17, 1997: Donald Audette scores twice and Rob Ray fights Jeff Odgers to become the 30th player in NHL history to record 2,000 penalty minutes in his career during a 5-1 win at home against Boston.
  • March 17, 2001: Martin Biron makes 42 saves and Chris Gratton scores the game-winning goal in a 3-2 win at Washington.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres have won their last three games on St. Patrick’s Day.
  • Jeff Skinner has totaled 12 points (9+3) in his last 11 games against the Blues.
  • Linus Ullmark has stopped 51 of 55 shots (.927) in his two career meetings with St. Louis.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s 14th of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 4-2 loss last night at Carolina. The Sabres are 7-6-1 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 5-6-2 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in their previous back-to-back sets is: four points (3), three points (1), two points (5), one point (2) and zero points (2).

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 100 of the team’s 191 goals this season (52.4%).

DAH-LEAN ON ME

  • After last night’s game, Rasmus Dahlin led rookie defensemen and ranked third among all NHL rookies in points (37). His 29 assists ranked second among all rookies.
  • With 37 points (8+29) through 71 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.

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.

SKINNER, SKINNER, CHICKEN DINNER

  • Jeff Skinner has scored 37 goals this season, becoming the fifth player ever to score at least 35 in his first season with the Sabres and tying his previous single-season high set in 2016-17.
  • With his next goal, he will tie Gilbert Perreault (1970-71) and Ray Sheppard (1987-88) for third-most ever scored by a first-year Sabre.
  • Skinner’s 29 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.

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).

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 66 25 47 72 17 34 51
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 77 29 55 84 20 40 60
               
Reinhart Career High (2017-18) 82 25 25 50 13 16 29
Reinhart 2018-19 71 18 41 59 16 29 45
Reinhart 2018-19 (Pace) 82 21 47 68 18 33 52
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 71 37 22 59 29 14 43
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 42 26 68 33 16 49

SCORING WHEN IT COUNTS

  • Jeff Skinner’s seven game-winning goals tied for fifth-most in the NHL this season after last night’s game. 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 after last night’s game)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 81.2% PK% (10th)
  • Eichel: 265 S (5th)
  • Ristolainen: 24:53 TOI/GP (9th)
  • Skinner: 3 OTG (T-3rd), 29 EVG (5th), 7 GWG (T-5th), 37 G (T-8th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (215), Girgensons (119), McCabe (96)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (115), Bogosian (110), McCabe (95)
Shots: Eichel (265), Skinner (232), Ristolainen (172)

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: 2-8-0 (4), 23/39, 6/27, 18/26
71-80: 0-1-0 (0), 2/4. 0/2, 1/1

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 … 6 assists … 100 career assists
Jason Pominville … 8 assists … 310 assists with Sabres (T-7th in franchise history)
Points
Sam Reinhart … 1 point … 200 career points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 10 points … 200 career points

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

Game Preview: 12/27/18 at St. Louis

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, December 22
Anaheim 0 at Buffalo 3
Goals: Dahlin, Skinner, Sheary
Goalie: Ullmark (40 saves/40 shots)
PP: 1/4; PK: 3/3; Shots: Anaheim 40 – Buffalo 33

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 147)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 37 games
Casey Nelson (upper body, Dec. 8; injured reserve) – 8 games
Nathan Beaulieu (lower body, Dec. 16) – 4 games
Jason Pominville (undisclosed, Dec. 21; injured reserve) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
12/21: Activated D Jake McCabe and D Lawrence Pilut from IR; Placed F Jason Pominville on IR
12/22: Assigned D Brendan Guhle to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Dec. 29: Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 31: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 6 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 3: Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 5: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 8: New Jersey at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at BLUES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Blues this season.
  • Next meeting: Sunday, March 17, 2019 in Buffalo
  • Last meeting: St. Louis defeated Buffalo 1-0 in St. Louis on Feb. 3
  • The Sabres are 1-7-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Blues, 1-5-4 on the road.
  • This is the 119th game all-time between Buffalo and St. Louis; Buffalo has a 46-55-17 series record.
  • The Sabres are 15-32-11 on the road against the Blues all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 13-7-3 all-time on December 27.
  • December 27, 1991: Dave Andreychuk and Pat LaFontaine each score twice and Clint Malarchuk makes 38 saves in an 8-1 victory over the Boston Bruins at The Aud.
  • December 27, 2003: Jason Pominville makes his NHL debut in a 3-1 win at Washington.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are seeking their first victory in St. Louis since Dec. 27, 2009.
  • Jeff Skinner has totaled 12 points (9+3) in 12 career games against the Blues.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded 10 points (3+7) in 10 games against St. Louis since the beginning of the 2013-14 season.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen enters tonight’s game on his third three-game point streak of the season (1+2) and is looking to stretch the streak to four games for the first time since February 2018.
  • The Blues join the Panthers and Canadiens as one of three NHL teams (excluding the Sabres) that Jack Eichel has not yet recorded a goal against.

LEADING THE WAY

  • Since Jack Eichel, Jeff Skinner and Sam Reinhart began playing together on Nov. 13 vs. Tampa Bay, the Sabres have gone 12-5-3 and gotten a goal from at least one of the three in all but two of the team’s 20 games.
  • Each of the three has played at or near a point-per-game pace in the 20 games since they began playing together as a line:
    • Eichel: 29 points (10+19), plus-12 rating
    • Reinhart: 24 points (6+18), plus-11 rating
    • Skinner: 19 points (14+5), plus-10 rating

COMEBACK KIDS

  • The Sabres are 6-8-2 this season when trailing after two periods. Their six wins when trailing after 40 minutes ties for second-most in the league and their .375 win percentage in those games ranks second.
  • Buffalo’s six wins when trailing after two have already surpassed last season’s total and leave the team three third-period comebacks shy of the franchise record of nine set in the 2005-06 season.

NOT TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT

  • The Sabres are 11-3-5 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 .579 winning percentage in one-goal games would be the 11th-best mark in franchise history and would be the Sabres’ best record in one-goal games since 2006-07 (25-9-7, .610).

WORKING OVERTIME

  • The Sabres are 8-5 in games that have been tied after regulation this season, including a 5-4 record in overtime and a 3-1 record in shootouts. Their five overtime wins have already matched their overtime win total from last season (5-10) and their three shootout wins are the team’s highest total since 2014-15 (8-5).
  • Jeff Skinner is tied for the league lead with three overtime goals this season. Skinner’s total through 35 games 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.

SAM I AM

  • Sam Reinhart has recorded 33 points (8+25) in his last 29 games, including each of his career-high 12 multi-point games this season.
  • The Sabres are 16-4-3 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 27-4-6 (.811) in his career when he records at least two.

DAH-LEAN ON ME
Rasmus Dahlin leads rookie defensemen and ranks third among all NHL rookies with 20 points (4+16) this season.

  • With his 20th point in his 37th game, he was the fourth-fastest 18-year-old defenseman in NHL history to reach the 20-point mark, trailing only Phil Housley (28 GP), Ray Bourque (30 GP) and Aaron Ekblad (34 GP).
  • Only nine defensemen in NHL history have recorded more points before their 19th birthdays than Dahlin’s
  • Dahlin’s totals put him on pace for 44 points this season. It would tie as the fifth-most by a rookie defenseman since the 2005-06 season and would trail only Phil Housley (57 points in 1982-83) for most ever by a defenseman before his 19th birthday.

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel recorded his 18th multi-point game of the season on Saturday vs. Anaheim (0+2). He has now recorded two points in eight of his last 12 games.
  • Eichel’s 18 multi-point games tie him with Mikko Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon for the league lead and have already matched his single-season high.

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 second-most even-strength points ever recorded by a Sabre (80), trailing only Pat LaFontaine (83) in 1992-93, and would top LaFontaine’s franchise-record 52 even-strength assists that season. He would also become the first Sabre to record more than 95 points since the 1992-93 season (LaFontaine/Mogilny/Hawerchuk).
  • Skinner is currently on pace to log the second-highest goal total in Sabres history (58), trailing only Mogilny in 1992-93 (76). His 44 even-strength goals would finish behind only Mogilny’s even-strength total from 1992-93 (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 37 14 34 48 11 25 36
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 82 31 75 106 24 55 80
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 37 26 12 38 20 8 28
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 58 27 84 44 18 62

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 47 PTS (T-4th), 21 W (T-7th), 83.6% PK% (5th)
  • Eichel: 158 S (2nd), 36 EVP (T-3rd), 25 EVA (T-4th), 34 A (T-5th), 48 P (T-7th)
  • Ristolainen: 25:42 TOI/GP (5th), 116 hits (5th)
  • Skinner: 3 OTG (T-1st), 6 GWG (2nd), 20 EVG (2nd), 26 G (2nd), plus-21 (6th)

BUF-STL CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Blues F Ryan O’Reilly played for the Sabres for three seasons (2015-2018), totaling 176 points (65+111) in 224 games and leading the team in points in the 2015-16 season.

Former Blues:

  • Sabres associate coach Davis Payne served as head coach of the Blues from 2009-2011, leading the team to a 67-55-15 record during his tenure.
  • Sabres G Carter Hutton spent two seasons with St. Louis (2016-2018), posting a 30-15-5 record and a .923 save percentage in 62 games with the team. He led all qualifying NHL goaltenders with a .931 save percentage and a 2.09 goals-against average in his final season with the Blues in 2017-18.
  • Sabres F Vladimir Sobotka played for the Blues from 2010 to 2018, recording 133 points (41+92) in 329 regular-season games with the team and adding 14 points (3+11) in 32 postseason contests.
  • Sabres F Tage Thompson was selected by St. Louis in the first round (26th overall) of the 2016 NHL Draft. He made his NHL debut with the Blues last season, tallying nine points (3+6) in 41 games as a rookie.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (116), Girgensons (60), Okposo (48)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (65), Bogosian (60), McCabe (51)
Shots: Eichel (158), Skinner (112), Ristolainen (97)

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: 4-2-1 (9), 20/17, 5/24, 21/22

OVERTIME RESULTS (5-4; 118-125 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)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (3-1; 73-67 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)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Vladimir Sobotka … 3 games … 500 career games played
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 5 assists … 300 career assists
Matt Hunwick … 8 assists … 100 career assists

RECENT MILESTONES
Remi Elie … 100th NHL game … Dec. 22 vs. ANA

Post-Game Report: 2/3 vs. St. Louis

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
 Blues
(32-19-3)
0 0 1 1 33
Sabres
(14-29-9)
0 0 0 0 27

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • Robin Lehner stopped 32 of 33 shots tonight (.970), improving to 120-for-123 (.976) in his last four games.
  • Tonight’s game was the 48th regular-season 1-0 game in Sabres history. The Sabres are 27-21 in these games.
    • The last was a 1-0 win vs. Detroit on Oct. 24, 2017. Robin Lehner earned the victory and Benoit Pouliot scored the lone goal.
  •  The team’s last 1-0 loss before tonight came on Feb. 24, 2016 at Anaheim.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Blues Hutton W 1.000 0.00
Sabres Lehner L .970 1.03

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Blues Hutton 14-4-1 .947 1.61
Sabres Lehner 11-20-6 .914 2.80

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner

Blues head coach Mike Yeo

Blues forward Alexander Steen

Blues defenseman Carl Gunnarsson

Blues goaltender Carter Hutton

Game Preview: 2/3/18 vs. St. Louis

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, February 1
Florida 4 at Buffalo 2
Goals: O’Reilly, Girgensons
Goalie: Johnson (28 saves/32 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 5/7; Shots: Buffalo 32 – Florida 32

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 186)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 8 games
Nathan Beaulieu (undisclosed, Jan. 23) – 4 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/1: Activated F Jacob Josefson from IR
2/3: Activated D Nathan Beaulieu from IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Feb. 6: Anaheim at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 8: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 10: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 11: Colorado at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 13: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
BLUES at SABRES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Blues this season.
  • Last meeting: St. Louis defeated Buffalo 3-2 (OT) in St. Louis on Dec. 10, 2017
  • The Sabres are 1-7-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Blues, 2-8-0 at home.
  • This is the 118th game all-time between Buffalo and St. Louis; Buffalo has a 46-54-17 series record.
  • The Sabres are 31-22-6 at home against the Blues all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-12-2 all-time on February 3.
  • February 3, 1985: Gilles Hamel scores twice, including a shorthanded goal, as the Sabres top the Flames 6-1 at home.
  • February 3, 1993: The Sabres trade Dave Andreychuk, Daren Puppa, and the team’s first-round draft choice in 1993 (Kenny Jonsson) to Toronto in exchange for Grant Fuhr and the Maple Leafs’ fifth-round pick (Kevin Popp) in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is the third in a five-game home stand and the second of nine home games in February.
  • With a win tonight, the Sabres would have wins in four straight matchups with Western Conference opponents for the first time since Feb. 10 to March 3, 2012.
  • Sabres goaltenders Robin Lehner and Chad Johnson have combined to stop 127 of the 131 shots (.969) they have faced at even strength in Buffalo’s last five games.
  • The Blues are one of five NHL teams (excluding the Sabres) that Jack Eichel has not yet recorded a goal against.
  • With a win tonight, the Sabres would have wins in consecutive home games against the Blues for the first time since Dec. 31, 1991 and Jan. 3, 1993.
  • A regulation victory tonight would give the Sabres the edge in the season series with the Blues for the first time since Buffalo won the lone meeting in 2009-10.

WHO’S HOT?

  • With a shutout in each of his starts last week, Robin Lehner earned NHL Third Star of the Week honors for the week ending Jan. 28. With his 25-save performance on Tuesday vs. New Jersey, he has stopped 88 of 90 shots (.978) in his last three games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 13 points (3+10) in his last 14 games, dating back to Dec. 29, despite getting a game misconduct after just 5:43 of ice time in one of those games. Ristolainen’s 13 points during that span tied for third among NHL defensemen entering play Friday.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded 15 points (4+11) in his last 15 games, including four multi-point games in his last nine contests.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded 10 points (5+5) in his last 10 games.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled eight points (3+5) in his last seven games.

HOT AT HOME

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 16 points (10+6) in 15 home games dating back to Nov. 20 vs. CBJ.
  • Kyle Okposo has totaled 14 points (3+11) in his last 14 home games, including three multi-point home games in the month of January.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 10 points (3+7) in 10 home games dating back to the team’s game on Dec. 12 vs. Ottawa.

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 30 points (13+17) in 26 games since the beginning of December.
  • During that stretch, Eichel ranked in the top 10 in the league in goals (T-6th, 13), points (T-6th, 30), even-strength goals (T-2nd, 11), even-strength points (T-10th, 19) and shots (T-5th, 100) entering play Friday.
  • Eichel scored at least two goals in four of those 26 games and entered play Friday tied for ninth in the league with four multi-goal games this season, just two off the league lead.

I LIKE EICH

  • Jack Eichel is currently on pace to shatter his personal bests in goals (24), assists (33) and points (57) on the strength of improved production at even strength (T-8th in NHL in ES goals, T-13th in ES points entering play Friday).
  • With his 17th even-strength goal in his 44th game of the season on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus, Eichel surpassed his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games). Through 51 games, Eichel now has 18 even-strength goals.
  • With his 35th even-strength point in his 48th game of the season on Jan. 24 at Edmonton, Eichel matched his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games).

Jack Eichel’s Production by Season

Season GP G A PTS ES G ES A ES P
2015-16 81 24 32 56 16 19 35
2016-17 61 24 33 57 14 19 33
2017-18 51 20 29 49 18 17 35
2017-18 (Pace) 82 32 47 79 29 27 56

 

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

  • Of Jack Eichel’s 49 points so far this season, 23 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes 6-on-5 situations).
  • Through 51 games, Eichel’s 23 primary points (12+11) during 5-on-5 play have already surpassed his 61-game total from last season (11+10) and are just one shy of his total from his 81-game rookie season (12+12).

*All primary point stats via NaturalStatTrick.com

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings entering play Friday)

  • Eichel: 18 EVG (T-8th), 181 S (T-8th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 3 SHP (T-5th), 193 S (5th)
  • O’Reilly: 731 FOW (1st), 61.3% FO% (1st), 1,193 FO (2nd)
  • Ristolainen: 26:17 TOI/GP (4th)

BUF-STL CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • The Sabres selected Chris Thorburn in the second round (50th overall) of the 2001 NHL Draft. He played two career games with the Sabres, totaling one assist and seven penalty minutes.

Former Blues:

  • Phil Housley played for the Blues during the 1993-94 season, posting 22 points (7+15) in 26 games.
  • Davis Payne spent parts of three seasons as St. Louis’ head coach, guiding the team to a 67-55-15 overall record from 2009-2011.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Represented Canada alongside Jaden Schwartz at the 2012 World Junior Championship.

Justin Falk:

  • Teammates with Kyle Brodziak for the Minnesota Wild from 2009-2015.

Evander Kane:

  • Played with Chris Thorburn for the Atlanta Thrashers from 2009-2011 and For the Winnipeg Jets from 2011-2015.
  • Represented Canada with Alex Pietrangelo at the 2011 World Championship.
  • Skated alongside Jay Bouwmeester as members of Team Canada at the 2012 World Championship.

Johan Larsson:

  • Was a member of the Minnesota Wild during the 2012-13 season along with Kyle Brodziak.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Teammates with Paul Stastny for the Colorado Avalanche from 2009-2014.
  • Represented Canada at the 2012 World Championship with Jay Bouwmeester.
  • Played with Colton Parayko and Brayden Schenn for Team Canada at the 2017 World Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Represented the United States at the 2012 World Championship with Paul Stastny.

Jason Pominville:

  • Teammates with Kyle Brodziak for the Minnesota Wild from 2012-2015.

Marco Scandella:

  • Represented Canada alongside Brayden Schenn at the 2010 World Junior Championship.
  • Teammates with Kyle Brodziak for the Minnesota Wild from 2010-2015.

NHL Draft:

  • Kyle Okposo (7th overall) and Patrik Berglund (25th overall) were both first-round selections of the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • The second round of the 2008 NHL Draft saw both Marco Scandella (58th overall) and Jake Allen (34th overall) go off the board. They were also teammates for Team Canada at the 2010 World Junior Championship.
  • Evander Kane (4th overall), Jacob Josefson (20th overall) and Brayden Schenn (5th overall) were all selected in the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (115), McCabe (109), Kane (101)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (76), Scandella (74), Ristolainen (64)
Shots: Kane (193), Eichel (181), O’Reilly (134)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 3-5-2 (8), 26/36, 5/36, 29/35
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 20/35, 5/28, 23/27
21-30: 2-6-2 (6), 18/31, 2/32, 24/32
31-40: 3-4-3 (9), 24/33, 3/25, 23/28
41-50: 4-6-0 (8), 27/31, 10/33, 15/26
51-60: 0-1-0 (0), 2/4, 1/3, 5/7

OVERTIME RESULTS (3-8; 111-119 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron)
Oct. 21 at BOS: W, 5-4 (GWG-O’Reilly)
Nov. 11 at MTL: L, 2-1 (GWG-Pacioretty)
Nov. 14 at PIT: L, 5-4 (GWG-Sheary)
Dec. 8 at CHI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Forsling)
Dec. 10 at STL: L, 3-2 (GWG-Tarasenko)
Dec. 15 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Slavin)
Dec. 27 at NYI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barzal)
Dec. 29 at NJD: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen)
Jan. 1 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Miller)
Jan. 22 at CGY: W, 2-1 (GWG-Eichel)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-1; 69-65 all-time)
Oct. 5 vs. MTL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Drouin)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Wins
Buffalo Sabres … 1 home win … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Benoit Pouliot … 2 games … 600 career games played
Jacob Josefson … 4 games … 300 career games played
Jack Eichel … 7 games … 200 career games played
Assists
Jack Eichel … 6 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Ryan O’Reilly … 4 points … 400 career points
Zemgus Girgensons … 5 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
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