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Game Preview: 2/21/19 at Tampa Bay

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Tuesday, February 19
Buffalo 2 at Florida 4
Goals: Eichel, Sobotka
Goalie: Ullmark (37 saves/41 shots)
PP: 1/4; PK: 4/4; Shots: Florida 41 – Buffalo 34

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 194)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Marco Scandella (upper body, Feb. 17; injured reserve) – 2 games
Kyle Okposo (concussion, Feb. 17) – 2 games
Matt Hunwick (lower body, Feb. 19) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/17: Recalled D Casey Nelson from his conditioning assignment in Rochester (AHL)
2/19: Activated D Casey Nelson from IR; Placed D Marco Scandella on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Feb. 23: Washington at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 25: Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 26: Buffalo at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Friday, March 1: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 2: Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at LIGHTNING

  • This is the fourth and final meeting between the Sabres and Lightning this season.
  • Last meeting: Tampa Bay defeated Buffalo 5-3 in Buffalo on Jan. 12
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Lightning; 2-8-0 on the road.
  • This is the 102nd game all-time between Buffalo and Tampa Bay; Buffalo has a 55-38-8 series record.
  • The Sabres are 29-19-3 on the road against the Lightning all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 12-9-3 all-time on February 21.
  • February 21, 2008: Thomas Vanek scores his 100th career goal vs. Toronto.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • With a win tonight, the Sabres would split the season series with the Lightning for the second consecutive season.
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded six points (5+1) in his last six games against the Lightning, including points in each of the three meetings this season (3+1).
  • Reinhart has totaled 18 points (7+11) in his last 18 road games and enters tonight’s game on a three-game point streak (1+2).
  • Tage Thompson has scored in both of the last two games between these teams.
  • Jack Eichel has totaled six points (1+5) in six career visits to Amalie Arena.
  • Casey Mittelstadt has a point in both of his career road games against Tampa Bay (1+1), including his first NHL goal on April 6, 2018.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has recorded an assist each of his last three road games against the Lightning.

DYNAMIC DUO

  • Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner have both recorded a point on the same goal 28 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 89 of the team’s 166 goals this season (53.6%).
  • Eichel has posted 14 points (4+10) in his last 13 games and Skinner has totaled nine points (5+4) in his last nine games.

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel’s next goal will make him the third player in franchise history to record 20 goals in each of his first four NHL seasons, joining Rick Martin and Thomas Vanek.
  • With 44 assists so far this season, Eichel is the first Sabres player to record at least 44 assists in a season since Tim Connolly recorded 48 in 2009-10.
  • Eichel is currently on pace for 45 even-strength assists this season. Only five different players have recorded at least 45 even-strength assists since the 2005-06 season: Henrik Sedin (3x), Joe Thornton (3x), Connor McDavid (2x), Evgeni Malkin and Michael Nylander. Pat Lafontaine (52 in 1992-93) is the only player in franchise history to record at least 45 in a season.

DAH-LEAN ON ME

  • Entering play Wednesday, Rasmus Dahlin led rookie defensemen and tied for second among all NHL rookies with 32 points. He also ranked second among all rookies with 26 assists.
  • With 32 points (6+26) through 59 games, Dahlin is scoring at a higher rate than he did in the Swedish Hockey League last season, when he totaled 20 points (7+13) in 41 games for Frölunda.
  • Dahlin’s current point total puts him on pace for 44 points this season. He would trail only Phil Housley (57 points in 1982-83) for the most ever recorded by a defenseman before his 19th birthday.
  • With six multi-point games so far this season, Dahlin has recorded more multi-point games as an 18-year-old than all but two defensemen in NHL history: Phil Housley (13) and Bobby Orr (8).

SAM I AM
Sam Reinhart has already set career-high totals in points (52), assists (38) and multi-point games (15) this season. The Sabres are 20-11-5 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 29-4-7 (.813) in his career when he records at least two.

LEADING THE WAY

  • All three of the Sabres’ top three scorers are currently on pace to shatter their previous personal bests in points on the strength of career-best production at even strength:
Player/Season GP G A PTS ES G ES A ES P
Eichel Career High (2017-18) 67 25 39 64 22 20 42
Eichel 2018-19 56 19 44 63 14 32 46
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 79 27 62 89 20 45 65
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 59 36 18 54 28 13 41
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 50 25 75 39 18 57
               
Reinhart Career High (2017-18) 82 25 25 50 13 16 29
Reinhart 2018-19 59 14 38 52 13 27 40
Reinhart 2018-19 (Pace) 82 19 53 72 18 38 56

MAKING HISTORY

  • At his current pace, Jack Eichel would finish the season with the fifth-most even-strength points ever recorded by a Sabre, trailing only Pat LaFontaine (83) and Alexander Mogilny (78) in 1992-93, and Gilbert Perreault in 1975-76 (70) and 1979-80 (68).
  • Eichel is one point off of the pace to become the first Sabres player to record at least 90 points since Daniel Briere (95) in 2006-07 and would trail only LaFontaine’s franchise-record 52 even-strength assists in 1992-93.
  • Jeff Skinner is on pace to log the seventh 50-goal season in Sabres history and the first since 1992-93 (Mogilny and LaFontaine). His 39 even-strength goals would tie for the fourth-most in team history behind only Mogilny’s even-strength total from 1992-93 (49), Rick Martin’s 44 in 1973-74 and Danny Gare’s 41 in 1975-76.

SCORING WHEN IT COUNTS

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

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 2/20 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 82.2% PK% (7th)
  • Eichel: 2 OTG (T-8th), 219 S (10th), 32 EVA (10th)
  • Ristolainen: 24:56 TOI/GP (10th)
  • Skinner: 28 EVG (2nd), 36 G (T-2nd), 7 GWG (T-2nd), 3 OTG (T-3rd)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (176), Girgensons (96), McCabe (83)
Blocked Shots: Bogosian (91), Ristolainen (90), McCabe (83)
Shots: Eichel (219), Skinner (191), Ristolainen (147)

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: 3-5-1 (7), 25/36, 7/26, 16/19

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-6; 119-127 all-time)
Oct. 27 at CBJ: L, 5-4 (GWG-Panarin, 0:31)
Oct. 30 vs. CGY: L, 2-1 (GWG-Gaudreau, 2:40)
Nov. 8 at MTL: W, 6-5 (GWG-Ristolainen, 1:38)
Nov. 19 at PIT: W, 5-4 (GWG-Eichel, 0:45)
Nov. 23 vs. MTL: W, 3-2 (GWG-Skinner, 3:06)
Nov. 27 vs. SJS: W, 3-2 (GWG-Skinner, 1:41)
Nov. 30 at FLA: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barkov, 2:26)
Dec. 4 vs. TOR: L, 4-3 (GWG-Matthews, 4:57)
Dec. 11 vs. LAK: W, 4-3 (GWG-Skinner, 1:49)
Dec. 29 vs. BOS: L, 3-2 (GWG-Kuraly, 3:44)
Jan. 16 at CGY: W, 4-3 (GWG-Eichel, 1:10)
Feb. 8 vs. CAR: L, 6-5 (GWG-Teravainen, 3:25)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (4-1; 74-67 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)
Feb. 5 vs. MIN: W, 5-4 (GDG-Reinhart)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Tage Thompson … 8 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 2 goals … 213 goals with Sabres (T-10th in franchise history)
Jack Eichel … 8 goals … 100 career goals
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 3 assists … 300 career assists
Jeff Skinner … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Matt Hunwick … 8 assists … 100 career assists
Jason Pominville … 10 assists … 310 assists with Sabres (T-7th in franchise history)
Points
Sam Reinhart … 8 points … 200 career points 

RECENT MILESTONES
Zemgus Girgensons … 400th NHL game … Feb. 19 at FLA
Jason Pominville … 713th game with Sabres (sole possession, 8th in franchise history) … Feb. 19 at FLA

Post-Game Report: 1/12 vs. Tampa Bay

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Lightning
(35-8-2)
1 1 3 5 30
Sabres
(23-16-6)
2 0 1 3 33

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • With his goal tonight, Sam Reinhart now has six points (5+1) in his last six games against the Lightning.
  • Rasmus Dahlin’s assist on Reinhart’s goal gives him four assists in his last three games.
    • Dahlin became the seventh defenseman in NHL history to reach 20 assists before his 19th birthday.
  • Tage Thompson scored Buffalo’s second goal and now has points in three straight home games (2+1) and goals in consecutive meetings with Tampa Bay.
  • With his goal tonight, Marco Scandella has recorded a point in consecutive games and four points (2+2) in his last seven contests.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Lightning Domingue W .909 3.00
Sabres Ullmark L .833 5.09

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Lightning Domingue 16-4-0 .905 2.99
Sabres Ullmark 9-3-3 .919 2.84

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Sabres defenseman Marco Scandella

Lightning head coach Jon Cooper

Lightning forward Steven Stamkos

Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev

Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman

Game Preview: 1/12/19 vs. Tampa Bay

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Friday, January 11
Buffalo 3 at Carolina 4
Goals: Skinner, Pominville, Okposo
Goalie: Hutton (26 saves/30 shots)
PP: 1/4; PK: 2/2; Shots: Buffalo 33 – Carolina 30

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 169)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Casey Nelson (upper body, Dec. 8; injured reserve) – 15 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/8: Activated F Zemgus Girgensons from IR; Placed F Jack Eichel on IR; Placed F Scott Wilson on waivers
1/9: Assigned F Scott Wilson to Rochester (AHL)
1/11: Activated F Jack Eichel from IR; Assigned F C.J. Smith to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Monday, Jan. 14: Buffalo at Edmonton, 9 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 16: Buffalo at Calgary, 9:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 18: Buffalo at Vancouver, 10 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 29: Buffalo at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 30: Buffalo at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
LIGHTNING at SABRES

  • This is the third of four meetings between the Sabres and Lightning this season.
  • Last meeting: Tampa Bay defeated Buffalo 5-4 in Tampa Bay on Nov. 29, 2018
  • Next meeting: Thursday, Feb. 21 at Tampa Bay
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Lightning; 3-5-2 at home.
  • This is the 101st game all-time between Buffalo and Tampa Bay; Buffalo has a 55-37-8 series record.
  • The Sabres are 26-18-5 at home against the Lightning all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-7-3 all-time on January 12.
  • January 12, 1978: Gilbert Perreault scores all three Sabres goals to collect his fourth hat trick of the season in a 6-3 loss at Cleveland.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 5-2-2 at home against the Atlantic Division this season.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has recorded an assist in four of his last five games against Tampa Bay.
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded five points (4+1) in his last five games against the Lightning.
  • Reinhart has already set career-high totals in assists (32) and multi-point games (13) this season. The Sabres are 17-6-4 this season when he records at least one point and 28-4-6 (.816) in his career when he records at least two.
  • With his 211th goal as a member of the Sabres last night at Carolina, Jason Pominville has tied Alexander Mogilny for 11th-most in franchise history. He now trails 10th-place Don Luce by five goals.

HEY NOW, YOU’RE AN ALL-STAR

  • Jeff Skinner led all Atlantic Division candidates in fan votes during the NHL’s “Last Men In” vote to earn a spot on the Atlantic Division All-Star Team. He will make his second All-Star Game appearance and first since his Calder Trophy-winning season in 2010.
  • Skinner will join Jack Eichel, also making his second career All-Star Game appearance, as the first pair of Sabres to appear in an All-Star Game together since the team had three representatives (Daniel Briere, Brian Campbell and Ryan Miller) in 2007.

30 FOR 53

  • Jeff Skinner’s goal last night gave him 30 goals for the fourth time in his career. He became the first Sabres player to score 30 goals in a season since Jason Pominville did so in 2011-12.
  • Skinner’s 44 games needed to reach the 30-goal mark tied him with Rick Martin in 1971-72 as the sixth-fastest Sabre to score 30. He trailed only Alexander Mogilny (30 GP in 1992-93), Pat LaFontaine (31 GP in 1991-92 and 42 GP in 1992-93), Gilbert Perreault (40 GP in 1977-78) and Rick Martin (41 GP in 1973-74).

HOME COOKING
Buffalo enters tonight’s game with a 14-5-3 (.705) record at home. The team’s .705 points percentage at home ranked seventh in the NHL after last night’s game. It would rank as the Sabres’ eighth-best home record ever and would be their best since the 1982-83 season (25-7-8, .725).

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s ninth of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 4-3 loss last night at Carolina. The Sabres are 4-4-1 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 5-1-2 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 (2), one point (2) and zero points (0).

COMEBACK KIDS

  • The Sabres are 6-12-2 this season when trailing after two periods. Their six wins when trailing after 40 minutes tied for second-most in the league after last night’s game and their .300 win percentage in those games ranked fourth.
  • 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.

SCORING WHEN IT COUNTS

  • After last night’s game, Jeff Skinner’s seven game-winning goals tied for the most in the NHL this season. 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 also finished last night’s game tied for second 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.

DAH-LEAN ON ME
After last night’s game, Rasmus Dahlin led rookie defensemen and ranked third among all NHL rookies with 23 points (4+19) this season.

  • With his 20th point in his 37th game on Dec. 22 vs. Anaheim, he became 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 eight defensemen in NHL history have recorded more points before their 19th birthdays than Dahlin’s
  • Dahlin’s totals put him on pace for 43 points this season. It would trail only Phil Housley (57 points in 1982-83) for most ever by a defenseman before his 19th birthday.

LEADING THE WAY

  • All three of the Sabres’ top three scorers are currently on pace to shatter their personal bests in points on the strength of career-best production at even strength that ranks them each among the best even-strength players in the league this season:
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 41 15 34 49 11 25 36
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 79 29 66 95 21 48 69
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 44 30 13 43 23 9 32
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 56 24 80 43 17 60
               
Reinhart Career High (2017-18) 82 25 25 50 13 16 29
Reinhart 2018-19 44 9 32 41 8 22 30
Reinhart 2018-19 (Pace) 82 17 60 76 15 41 56

MAKING HISTORY

  • If the Sabres’ top scorers continue their current pace, the team would have three 75-point players for the first time since 1992-93 (Pat LaFontaine, Alexander Mogilny, Dale Hawerchuk).
  • At his current pace, Jack Eichel would finish the season with the fourth-most even-strength points ever recorded by a Sabre, trailing only LaFontaine (83) and Mogilny (78) in 1992-93, and Gilbert Perreault in 1975-76 (70). He would trail only LaFontaine’s franchise-record 52 even-strength assists that season and would become the first Sabre to record more than 90 points since Daniel Briere in 2006-07 (95).
  • Jeff Skinner is currently on pace to tie Danny Gare in 1979-80 (56) for the second-most goals in Sabres history, trailing only Mogilny in 1992-93 (76). His 43 even-strength goals would finish behind only Mogilny’s even-strength total from 1992-93 (49) and Rick Martin’s 44 in 1973-74 for third-most in team history.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings after last night’s game)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 84.4% PK% (3rd)
  • Eichel: 165 S (T-10th), 25 EVA (T-9th)
  • Ristolainen: 25:29 TOI/GP (5th), 135 hits (10th)
  • Skinner: 7 GWG (T-1st), 30 G (2nd), 23 EVG (T-2nd), 3 OTG (T-2nd)
  • Ullmark: .924 SV% (4th)

BUF-TBL CONNECTIONS
Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Played with Lightning assistant coach Jeff Halpern and D Mikhail Sergachev in Montreal.

Jason Botterill:

  • Played with Lightning assistant general manager Pat Verbeek in Dallas.
  • Was a scout for the Stars when Lightning assistant coach Jeff Halpern played in Dallas.
  • Was the assistant general manager in Pittsburgh when Lightning D Cameron Gaunce was playing for the Penguins.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played for Team North America with Lightning F T. Miller at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Chris Hajt:

  • Played with Lightning assistant coach Jeff Halpern in Washington.

Phil Housley:

  • Coached Lightning F J.T. Miller at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, winning a gold medal together for the United States.

Matt Hunwick:

  • Played for the Rangers with Lightning D Dan Girardi, D Ryan McDonagh and F J.T. Miller.
  • Played for Team USA with Lightning D Ryan Callahan at the 2005 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Johan Larsson:

  • Represented Sweden with Lightning D Victor Hedman at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played for Team USA with Lightning F Tyler Johnson at the 2014 IIHF World Championship.
  • Won a gold medal with Lightning F J.T. Miller at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Jason Pominville:

  • Played for Team USA with Lightning assistant coach Jeff Halpern at the 2008 IIHF World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Won a gold medal for Canada with Lightning F Brayden Point at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Played under Lightning Head Coach Jon Cooper for Team Canada at the 2017 IIHF World Championship, winning a bronze medal.

Marco Scandella:

  • Played in Minnesota when Lightning assistant coach Todd Richards was the head coach of the Wild.

Conor Sheary:

  • Played with Lightning D Cameron Gaunce in Pittsburgh.

Jeff Skinner:

  • Played for Team Canada with Lightning F Steven Stamkos at the 2013 IIHF World Championship.
  • Won a silver medal for Canada with Lightning F Brayden Point at the 2017 IIHF World Championship.

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Represented the Czech Republic at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey with Lightning F Ondrej Palat.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (135), Girgensons (63), Okposo (58)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (73), Bogosian (72), McCabe (65)
Shots: Eichel (165), Skinner (139), Ristolainen (109)

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: 2-2-0 (4), 13/10, 1/9, 10/11

OVERTIME RESULTS (5-5; 118-126 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)

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
Johan Larsson … 4 games … 300 career games played
Sam Reinhart … 7 games … 300 career games played
Zach Bogosian … 9 games … 600 career games played
Rasmus Ristolainen … 10 games … 400 career games played
Marco Scandella … 10 games … 500 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 1 goal … 212 goals with Sabres (sole possession, 11th in franchise history)
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 4 assists … 300 career assists
Matt Hunwick … 8 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Jason Pominville … 2 points … 511 points with Sabres (T-8th in franchise history) 

RECENT MILESTONES
C.J. Smith … 1st NHL goal … Jan. 8 vs. NJD
Lawrence Pilut … 1st NHL goal … Jan. 8 vs. NJD

Game Preview: 11/29/18 at Tampa Bay

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, November 27
San Jose 2 at Buffalo 3 (OT)
Goals: Ristolainen, Beaulieu, Skinner
Goalie: Hutton (36 saves/38 shots)
PP: 0/1; PK: 2/3; Shots: San Jose 38 – Buffalo 31

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 86)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 25 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 25 games
Patrik Berglund (upper body, Nov. 21; injured reserve) – 4 games
Conor Sheary (upper body, Nov. 27) – 1 game
Marco Scandella (undisclosed, Nov. 27) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/23: Assigned D Lawrence Pilut to Rochester (AHL)
11/27: Recalled D Lawrence Pilut from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Tuesday, Dec. 11: Los Angeles at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at LIGHTNING

  • This is the second of four meetings between the Sabres and Lightning this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Tampa Bay 2-1 in Buffalo on Nov. 13
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Jan. 12 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Lightning; 3-7-0 on the road
  • This is the 100th game all-time between Buffalo and Tampa Bay; Buffalo has a 55-36-8 series record.
  • The Sabres are 29-18-3 on the road against the Lightning all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 13-11-0 all-time on November 29.
  • November 29, 1981: Lindy Ruff records his first-career hat trick in a 5-2 win at home against the Islanders.
  • November 29, 1993: Dominik Hasek picks up his first shutout as a member of the Sabres, stopping all 24 Toronto shots in a 3-0 win at Maple Leaf Gardens.
  • November 29, 1998: A two-goal night from Michael Peca leads the Sabres to a 6-3 victory over the Lightning in Tampa.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Two Sabres have a chance to appear in milestone games tonight: Nathan Beaulieu (300th game) and Evan Rodrigues (100th game).
  • Buffalo is seeking its first six-game road winning streak in the same season since the team won its first 10 road games of the 2006-07 season. Since then, the Sabres have twice won at least six consecutive road games spanning two seasons: 2009 (7-0-0) and 2011 (6-0-0).
  • Entering tonight’s game, the Sabres have wins in five straight games against divisional opponents for the first time since they won seven in a row against Northeast Division opponents from Dec. 15, 2010 to Feb. 15, 2011.
  • Jeff Skinner’s 11 goals in 13 road games trailed only Patrik Laine (15) for most in the league before Wednesday’s games. With 19 goals through Buffalo’s first 25 games, Skinner entered play Wednesday tied with Laine and David Pastrnak for most in the NHL this season.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded a point in each of his last three games against the Lightning (2+1).

GOING STREAKING

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game on their first 10-game winning streak since the team won its first 10 games of the 2006-07 season. With a win tonight, they would top the franchise record for most consecutive wins, set in January 1984 and tied during that October 2006 stretch.
  • 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).
  • With a win or overtime loss tonight, the Sabres would have points in 11 straight games for the first time since Dec. 26 to Jan. 18, 2010 (8-0-3).

SCORING EARLY IS GREAT…

  • The Sabres are 12-0-2 when scoring first so far this season. Entering play Wednesday, they were one of three 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 Wednesday, 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 Wednesday.
  • 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 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.

MR. CARTER

  • Carter Hutton is 8-0-0 with a .936 save percentage and a 1.97 goals-against average in his last eight games.
  • The eight-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 Wednesday, Hutton’s 12 wins trailed only Frederik Andersen and Marc-Andre Fleury (13 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 fourth-most even-strength points ever recorded by a Sabre (69), trailing only Pat LaFontaine (83) and Alexander Mogilny (78) in 1992-93, and Gilbert Perreault in 1975-76 (70). He would become the first Sabre to record more than 90 points since Daniel Briere (95) in 2006-07.
  • Skinner is currently on pace for the second-highest goal total (62) in Sabres history, trailing only Mogilny in 1992-93 (76). His 46 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 25 5 23 28 4 17 21
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 82 16 75 92 13 56 69
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 25 19 8 27 14 5 19
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 62 26 89 46 16 62

WINNING WAYS
Sam Reinhart has recorded 11 points (2+9) in his last 12 games, including four two-point games during that stretch. The Sabres are 12-0-0 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 25-2-3 (.883) in his career when he records at least two.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s fifth of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night at Florida. The Sabres are 4-0-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 3-1-0 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 (0), two points (1), one point (0) and zero points (0).

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 11/28 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 36 PTS (1st), 17 W (T-1st), 81.9 PK% (8th)
  • Eichel: 103 S (T-3rd), 23 A (5th), 21 EVP (T-7th)
  • Hutton: 12 W (3rd), 532 SV (6th)
  • Ristolainen: 82 hits (5th), 25:16 TOI/GP (10th)
  • Skinner: 14 EVG (1st), 19 G (T-1st), 2 OTG (T-1st), plus-15 (T-4th), 3 GWG (T-4th), 5 PPG (T-7th)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-9th)

BUF-TBL CONNECTIONS
Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Played with Lightning assistant coach Jeff Halpern and D Mikhail Sergachev in Montreal.

Patrik Berglund:

  • Won a silver medal with Lightning D Victor Hedman at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship. The duo played together again at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
  • Has represented Sweden in international play with Lightning D Anton Stralman twice: at the 2009 IIHF World Championship, where they won a bronze medal, and at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Jason Botterill:

  • Played with Lightning assistant general manager Pat Verbeek in Dallas.
  • Was a scout for the Stars when Lightning assistant coach Jeff Halpern played in Dallas.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played for Team North America with Lightning F J.T. Miller at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Chris Hajt:

  • Played with Lightning assistant coach Jeff Halpern in Washington.

Phil Housley:

  • Coached Lightning F J.T. Miller at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, winning a gold medal together for the United States.

Johan Larsson:

  • Represented Sweden with Lightning D Victor Hedman at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played for Team USA with Lightning F Tyler Johnson at the 2014 IIHF World Championship.
  • Won a gold medal with Lightning F J.T. Miller at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Jason Pominville:

  • Played for Team USA with Lightning assistant coach Jeff Halpern at the 2008 IIHF World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Won a gold medal for Canada with Lightning F Brayden Point at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Played under Lightning Head Coach Jon Cooper for Team Canada at the 2017 IIHF World Championship, winning a bronze medal.

Marco Scandella:

  • Played in Minnesota when Lightning assistant coach Todd Richards was the head coach of the Wild.

Jeff Skinner:

  • Played for Team Canada with Lightning F Steven Stamkos at the 2013 IIHF World Championship.
  • Won a silver medal for Canada with Lightning F Brayden Point at the 2017 IIHF World Championship.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (82), McCabe (42), Girgensons (37)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (43), Bogosian (36), Ristolainen (36)
Shots: Eichel (103), Skinner (81), Ristolainen (60)

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: 5-0-0 (10), 19/12, 4/15, 11/13

OVERTIME RESULTS (4-2; 117-123 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)
Nov. 27 vs. SJS: W, 3-2 (GWG-Skinner, 1:41)

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 … 1 game … 300 career games played
Evan Rodrigues … 1 game … 100 career games played
Remi Elie … 4 games … 100 career games played
Kyle Okposo … 5 games … 700 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 1 goal … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 5 assists … 300 career assists
Points
Jason Pominville … 3 points … 511 points with Sabres (T-8th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Post-Game Report: 11/13 vs. Tampa Bay

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Lightning
(12-5-1)
0 1 0 1 31
Sabres
(10-6-2)
1 1 0 2 19

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • The Sabres are now 4-0-1 in their last five home games. It is the first time the team has posted points in five consecutive home games since they earned points in seven straight from Jan. 7 to Feb. 7, 2017 (6-0-1).
  • After scoring tonight, Jeff Skinner (13 goals) finished the game with sole possession of second place in the NHL.
    • Skinner also finished the game tied with Patrick Kane for the league lead with his 11 even-strength goals.
  • Sam Reinhart recorded an assist on Skinner’s goal and now has seven points (1+6) in his last five games.
    • The Sabres are now 9-0-0 this season when Reinhart records a point.
  • With his goal tonight, Kyle Okposo now has three points (2+1) in his last three games against the Lightning.
  • Conor Sheary’s assist on Okposo’s goal gives him five points (3+2) in his last five games.
  • Nathan Beaulieu recorded two assists to earn his sixth career multi-point game and first since March 30, 2017 vs. Florida (0+2).

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Lightning Domingue L .895 2.05
Sabres Hutton W .967 1.00
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Lightning Domingue 3-2-0 .887 3.43
Sabres Hutton 7-6-1 .916 2.65

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jeff Skinner

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo

Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton

Lightning head coach Jon Cooper

Lightning forward Steven Stamkos

Lightning forward Anthony Cirelli

Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak