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Post-Game Report: 12/31 vs. Tampa Bay

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Lightning
(21-13-4)
0 3 3 6 27
Sabres
(17-17-7)
1 3 0 4 28

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • The Sabres fell to 14-1-0 this season when leading after two periods.
  • With a goal and two assists tonight, Conor Sheary tied his career high by recording his fifth career three-point game. His last three-point effort came on March 1, 2019 vs. Pittsburgh (2+1).
  • Jack Eichel’s goal tonight was the first shorthanded marker of his career. In his last seven games against Tampa Bay, Eichel has recorded seven points (2+5).
  • Eichel has now totaled 32 points (18+14) in 19 home games this season.
  • Dalton Smith logged a plus-1 rating in his NHL debut.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision GA SA
Lightning Vasilevskiy W 4 28
Sabres Ullmark L 5 26
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Lightning Vasilevskiy 17-9-2 .906 2.89
Sabres Ullmark 11-11-3 .909 2.90

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Marcus Johansson

Sabres forward Conor Sheary

Lightning head coach Jon Cooper

Lightning forward Alex Killorn

Lightning forward Ondrej Palat

Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman

Game Preview: 12/31/19 vs. Tampa Bay

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Sunday, December 29
Buffalo 2 at Boston 3
Goals: Ristolainen, Lazar
Goalie: Ullmark (19 saves/22 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 4/6; Shots: Buffalo 26 – Boston 22

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 183)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 40 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 24 games
Tage Thompson (upper body, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 20 games
Marco Scandella (illness, Dec. 27) – 2 games
Jeff Skinner (upper body, Dec. 29; injured reserve) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
12/27: Recalled F Curtis Lazar from Rochester (AHL)
12/30: Signed F Dalton Smith to a one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000; Placed F Jeff Skinner on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Jan. 2: Edmonton at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 4: Florida at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 9: Buffalo at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 11: Vancouver at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 12: Buffalo at Detroit, 5 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
LIGHTNING at SABRES

  • This is the fourth and final meeting between the Sabres and Lightning this season.
  • Last meeting: Tampa Bay defeated Buffalo 5-2 in Tampa on Nov. 25
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Lightning; 2-7-1 at home.
  • This is the 106th game all-time between Buffalo and Tampa Bay; Buffalo has a 55-41-9 series record.
  • The Sabres are 26-20-5 at home against the Lightning all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 13-14-5 all-time on December 31.
  • December 31, 1987: The Sabres trade Paul Cyr and a 10th-round draft pick in 1988 (Eric Fenton) to the New York Rangers for Mike Donnelly and a fifth-round pick in 1988 (Alexander Mogilny).
  • December 31, 1993: Alexander Mogilny appears in his 300th NHL game and Dominik Hasek stops 39 of 40 shots as the Sabres defeat the Rangers 4-1 at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium.
  • December 31, 1997: Michael Peca scores two shorthanded goals in a 3-0 win over Ottawa. Peca still shares the franchise record for most shorthanded goals scored in one game by a single player with Don Luce, Bob Sweeney, Alexei Zhitnik and Evander Kane.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 12-11-3 all-time in New Year’s Eve home games, including a 5-1 loss against the Lightning on Dec. 31, 2014.
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded 11 points (9+2) in his last 10 games against the Lightning, including at least one goal in five of the last six meetings.
  • Jack Eichel has totaled six points (1+5) in his last six meetings with the Lightning, including three points (1+2) in three games so far this season.
  • Victor Olofsson has tallied a point in each of his first three career matchups with Tampa Bay this season (1+2).
  • Olofsson has recorded 20 points (9+11) in his last 20 games. He has failed to record a point in just five of those 20 games and leads all NHL rookies in goals (16) and points (34) this season.
  • If he dresses, tonight’s game will be the first of Dalton Smith’s NHL career.

HOME COOKING

  • The Sabres are 11-4-3 (.694) through their first 18 home games of the season, putting the team on pace for its 12th-best home record in a season and its best since 2006-07.
  • Linus Ullmark has won five of his last six games at KeyBank Center, posting a .928 save percentage and a 2.35 goals-against average in those games.
  • With 31 points (17+14) in 18 home games this season, Jack Eichel’s 1.72 points per game at home ranked second in the league entering play Monday. His plus-21 rating at home led the league, with Colorado’s Ryan Graves ranking second at plus-15.
  • Victor Olofsson is also playing at a point-per-game pace at home this season, totaling 18 points (9+9) in 18 home games.
  • Sam Reinhart is just one point off of a point-per-game pace at home in 2019-20, having recorded 17 points (7+10) in 18 home games, including two-point outings in three of the team’s last four games at KeyBank Center.
  • Johan Larsson has recorded seven points (2+5) and a plus-7 rating in his last six home games.

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel has been selected to represent the Sabres at NHL All-Star Weekend on Jan. 24 and 25 in St. Louis. With his third consecutive All-Star nod, Eichel becomes the seventh player in franchise history to represent the team in at least three NHL All-Star Games, joining Rick Martin (7), Gilbert Perreault (6), Dominik Hasek (5), Mike Ramsey (4), Phil Housley (3) and Alexander Mogilny (3).
  • Entering play Monday, Eichel’s 24 goals tied for third-most among all NHL players and his 52 points were the seventh-most in the league.
  • With his 50th point of the season on Dec. 17 at Toronto, Eichel became the first Sabre to reach 50 points in 35 or fewer games since 1992-93 (Pat LaFontaine and Alexander Mogilny). He joins Rick Martin as the only other player in franchise history to record at least 20 goals and 50 points in each of his first five NHL seasons.
  • Eichel hasn’t been held without a point in three consecutive appearances since early November. In his 23 games played since then, he has totaled 35 points (17+18), including a stretch of 18 straight games (Nov. 16 to Dec. 21) that tied Gilbert Perreault (Oct. 24 to Dec. 4, 1971) for the most consecutive games played with a point in franchise history.
  • The streak was the NHL’s fifth-longest personal point streak in the last decade, trailing only Taylor Hall (26 in 2017-18), Patrick Kane (26 in 2015-16), Sidney Crosby (25 in 2010-11) and Patrick Kane (20 in 2018-19).

SETTING THE PACE

  • With 24 goals in 39 games so far this season, Jack Eichel is on pace to shatter his previous best goal total (28), set in the 2018-19 season.
  • Eichel’s output through 40 team games currently has him on pace to finish the season with 50 goals and 108 points, which would be the highest goal and point totals by a Sabre since Pat LaFontaine (53+95) and Alexander Mogilny (76+51) in 1992-93.
  • LaFontaine (83 in 1992-93) and Mogilny (78 in 1992-93) are the only Sabres ever to have recorded more even-strength points in a season than the 75 Eichel is currently on pace for.
  • Victor Olofsson’s goal and point totals currently have him on pace for the best offensive season by a Sabres rookie in decades. If he maintains his current pace, he would finish the season with the most goals by a Sabres rookie (33) since Ray Sheppard’s 38 in 1987-88 and the third-most points ever recorded by a Sabres rookie (70), trailing only Rick Martin (74 in 1971-72) and Gilbert Perreault (72 on 1970-71).
  • Rasmus Dahlin, who has missed eight games due to injury this season, is currently on pace to record 49 points this season, which would be the highest total by a Sabres defenseman since Garry Galley’s 54 in 1995-96.
  • Sam Reinhart’s 12 goals in 40 games put him on pace to tie his career-high goal total (25) from 2017-18.

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 15 multi-point games this season, tying for ninth-most in the NHL entering play Monday.
  • Prior to Monday’s games, his six multi-goal games ranked second in the league and his eight multi-assist games tied for fifth-most.
  • Eichel has already recorded at least three points seven times this season, topping his previous career-high total (6) set in the 2016-17 season. Only Connor McDavid (9) and Leon Draisaitl (8) had more games with at least three points this season entering play Monday.
  • Eichel’s three games with at least four points this season tied for the league lead before Monday’s games. Since he entered the league in 2015-16, only seven players had totaled at least four points more times than Eichel’s eight: Nikita Kucherov (15), Patrick Kane (11), Connor McDavid (10), Johnny Gaudreau (9), Brad Marchand (9), Alex Ovechkin (9) and Steven Stamkos (9).

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 12/30 games)

  • Eichel: 18 EVG (2nd), 24 G (T-3rd), 36 EVP (T-3rd), 52 PTS (7th), 4 GWG (T-9th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (T-5th)
  • Olofsson: 9 PPG (T-3rd)
  • Ristolainen: 119 hits (T-9th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (119), Girgensons (61), McCabe (59)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (59), Ristolainen (47), Jokiharju (36)
Shots: Eichel (139), Skinner (128), Olofsson (97)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 8-1-1 (17), 38/24, 12/39, 23/30
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 21/35, 2/26, 21/29
21-30: 3-4-3 (8), 34/34, 4/33, 23/32
31-40: 4-5-1 (9), 24/32, 4/23, 23/30

OVERTIME RESULTS (3-6; 123-134 all-time)
Oct. 7 at CBJ: L, 4-3 (GWG-Texier, 2:08)
Oct. 9 vs. MTL: W, 5-4 (GWG-Johansson, 1:30)
Oct. 22 vs. SJS: W, 4-3 (GWG-Eichel, 3:13)
Nov. 14 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Hamilton, 2:28)
Nov. 27 vs. CGY: L, 3-2 (GWG-Lindholm, 1:17)
Nov. 30 at TOR: L, 2-1 (GWG-Tavares, 1:45)
Dec. 7 at VAN: L, 6-5 (GWG-Miller, 3:21)
Dec. 8 at EDM: W, 3-2 (GWG-Miller, 1:13)
Dec. 14 at NYI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Beauvillier, 3:04)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-1; 76-70 all-time)
Oct. 11 vs. FLA: W, 3-2 (GDG-Eichel)
Oct. 28 vs. ARI: L, 3-2 (GDG-Schmaltz)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Conor Sheary … 5 games … 300 career games played
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 1 goal … 100 career goals
Kyle Okposo … 9 goals … 200 career goals
Assists
Marco Scandella … 9 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Kyle Okposo … 5 points … 500 career points
Zach Bogosian … 8 points … 200 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Jeff Skinner … 700th NHL game … 12/27 vs. BOS

Game Preview: 11/25/19 at Tampa Bay

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Sunday, November 24
Buffalo 5 at Florida 2
Goals: Girgensons (2), Skinner, Eichel, Olofsson
Goalie: Ullmark (43 saves/45 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 3/4; Shots: Florida 45 – Buffalo 26

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 104)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 23 games
Vladimir Sobotka (lower body, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 7 games
Marcus Johansson (upper body, Nov. 14; injured reserve) – 6 games
Kyle Okposo (concussion, Nov. 17; injured reserve) – 4 games
Tage Thompson (upper body, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 3 games
Evan Rodrigues (lower body, Nov. 25) – 0 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/21: Activated D Zach Bogosian from IR; Placed F Tage Thompson on IR
11/22: Placed D John Gilmour on waivers
11/23: Assigned D John Gilmour to Rochester (AHL)
11/24: Acquired D Matthew Spencer from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for D Devante Stephens; Assigned Spencer to Cincinnati (ECHL)
11/15: Recalled F Jean-Sebastien Dea from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Wednesday, Nov. 27: Calgary at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 29: Toronto at Buffalo, 4 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 30: Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 2: New Jersey at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 5: Buffalo at Calgary, 9 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at LIGHTNING

  • This is the third of four meetings between the Sabres and Lightning this season.
  • Last meeting: Tampa Bay defeated Buffalo 5-3 in Stockholm, Sweden on Nov. 9.
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Dec. 31 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Lightning; 2-7-1 on the road.
  • This is the 105th game all-time between Buffalo and Tampa Bay; Buffalo has a 55-40-9 series record.
  • The Sabres are 29-20-4 on the road against the Lightning all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-11-2 all-time on November 25.
  • November 25, 1970: The Sabres acquire Eddie Shack and Dick Duff from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Mike McMahon.
  • November 25, 2000: Vladimir Tsyplakov scores 10 seconds after the opening faceoff in a 5-3 Sabres win at Montreal.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • With a win tonight, the Sabres would sweep a Florida road trip for the first time since earning wins against Tampa Bay and Florida on Nov. 10 and 12, 2015. It would be their first time doing so on consecutive nights since Jan. 29 and 30, 2008.
  • All nine of Jeff Skinner’s goals this season have come during 5-on-5 play. According to NaturalStatTrick.com, he finished last night’s game tied for sixth-most in the league.
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded 10 points (8+2) in his last nine games against the Lightning, including four two-point outings.
  • Zach Bogosian, who recorded an assist and 22:03 of ice time in his season debut last night at Florida, has an assist in each of his last three visits to Tampa.
  • Victor Olofsson tallied a point in each of his first two career matchups with Tampa Bay in Stockholm, Sweden (1+1) as part of the 2019 NHL Global Series.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has assists in six of his last nine meetings with the Lightning, including both of this season’s previous matchups.

SETTING THE PACE

  • With 14 goals in 23 games so far this season, Jack Eichel is already halfway to his previous best goal total (28), set in the 2018-19 season.
  • Eichel’s output through 23 games currently has him on pace to finish the season with 50 goals and 103 points, which would be the highest goal and point totals by a Sabre since Pat LaFontaine (53+95) and Alexander Mogilny (76+51) in 1992-93.
  • Sam Reinhart’s eight goals through 23 games put him on pace for a career-high total (29).
  • Victor Olofsson’s goal and point totals currently have him on pace for the best offensive season by a Sabres rookie in decades. If he maintains his current pace, he would finish the season with the most goals by a Sabres rookie (29) since Donald Audette’s 31 in 1991-92 and the most points by a Sabres rookie (61) since Ray Sheppard’s 65 in 1987-88.

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel has recorded eight multi-point games this season, tying for 12th-most in the league.
  • At the conclusion of last night’s game, his three multi-goal games tied for fifth-most (two shy of the league lead) and his six multi-assist games tied for fourth-most (one behind the league leaders).
  • Eichel has already recorded at least three points five times this season, matching his previous career-high total set in the 2016-17 season. Only Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid have more games with at least three points this season.
  • As of the conclusion of last night’s game, Eichel’s three games with at least four points this season tied Connor McDavid for the league lead. Since he entered the league in 2015-16, only six players have totaled at least four points more times than Eichel’s eight: Nikita Kucherov (15), Patrick Kane (10), Connor McDavid (10), Johnny Gaudreau (9), Brad Marchand (9), Steven Stamkos (9)

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s sixth of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 5-2 win last night at Florida. The Sabres are 2-4-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-3-0 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (0), three points (0), two points (3), one point (0) and zero points (2).

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

  • Eichel: 463 FO (4th), 10 EVG (T-6th), 14 G (T-7th), 1 OTG (T-9th), 29 PTS (T-10th), 19 EVP (T-10th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (T-1st)
  • Johansson: 1 OTG (T-9th)
  • Olofsson: 6 PPG (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 77 hits (T-6th)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-8th)

BUF-TBL CONNECTIONS

  • Lightning forward Cory Conacher played for the Sabres for one season (2013-14), posting six points (3+3) in 19 games.
  • Sabres defenseman Henri Jokiharju played for the Blackhawks with Lightning defenseman Jan Rutta during the 2018-19 season.
  • Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton played in St. Louis with Lightning defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk for part of the 2016-17 season.
  • Sabres forward Johan Larsson played for Team Sweden with Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe and Lightning forward Tyler Johnson played for Team USA together at the 2014 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe played with Lightning forward Pat Maroon for Team USA at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres defenseman Brandon Montour and Lightning defenseman Luke Schenn played together in Anaheim for part of the 2018-19 season.
  • Sabres defenseman Brandon Montour and forward Sam Reinhart played for Team Canada together with Lightning forward Mathieu Joseph at the 2019 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres forwards Sam Reinhart and Curtis Lazar won a gold medal for Team Canada with Lightning forwards Anthony Cirelli and Brayden Point at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Sabres forward Jeff Skinner played for Team Canada with Lightning defenseman Luke Schenn at the IIHF World Championship three times: in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Lightning forward Steven Stamkos was also on the 2013 squad.
  • Sabres forward Jeff Skinner and Lightning forwards Alex Killorn and Brayden Point played for Team Canada together at the 2017 IIHF World Championship. The trio won a silver medal together.
  • Sabres forward Jimmy Vesey played for the Rangers with Lightning defensemen Ryan McDonagh and Kevin Shattenkirk.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (77), McCabe (43), Girgensons (32)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (41), Ristolainen (35), Jokiharju (22)
Shots: Skinner (82), Eichel (80), Olofsson (57)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 8-1-1 (17), 38/24, 12/39, 23/30
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 21/35, 2/26, 21/29
21-30: 1-2-0 (2), 8/9, 1/9, 9/13

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-2; 122-130 all-time)
Oct. 7 at CBJ: L, 4-3 (GWG-Texier, 2:08)
Oct. 9 vs. MTL: W, 5-4 (GWG-Johansson, 1:30)
Oct. 22 vs. SJS: W, 4-3 (GWG-Eichel, 3:13)
Nov. 14 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Hamilton, 2:28)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-1; 76-70 all-time)
Oct. 11 vs. FLA: W, 3-2 (GDG-Eichel)
Oct. 28 vs. ARI: L, 3-2 (GDG-Schmaltz)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Brandon Montour … 2 games … 200 career games played
Jake McCabe … 3 games … 300 career games played
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 5 goals … 100 career goals
Points
Jimmy Vesey … 7 points … 100 career points 

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Game Preview: 11/9/19 at Tampa Bay

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Friday, November 8
Tampa Bay 3 at Buffalo 2
Goals: Reinhart (2)
Goalie: Ullmark (31 saves/34 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 3/4; Shots: Tampa Bay 34 – Buffalo 22

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 67)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (hip, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 16 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 16 games
Marco Scandella (lower body, Oct. 25; injured reserve) – 5 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/3: Recalled D Lawrence Pilut from Rochester (AHL); Placed D Marco Scandella on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Nov. 14: Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 16: Ottawa at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 17: Buffalo at Chicago, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 19: Minnesota at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 21: Buffalo at Boston, 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: Tampa Bay defeated Buffalo 3-2 in Stockholm on Nov. 8.
  • Next meeting: Monday, Nov. 25 in Tampa
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Lightning; 2-7-1 on the road.
  • This is the 104th game all-time between Buffalo and Tampa Bay; Buffalo has a 55-39-9 series record.
  • The Sabres are 29-19-4 on the road against the Lightning all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 6-8-4 all-time on November 9.
  • November 9, 2005: Thomas Vanek scores twice, including his first career NHL goal, and adds an assist in a 5-3 home loss against the Carolina Hurricanes.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Casey Mittelstadt is expected to appear in his 100th NHL game tonight.
  • Sam Reinhart has five points (3+2) in his last five games. He has recorded eight points (7+1) in his last eight games against the Lightning, including three two-goal outings.

THINK GLOBALLY

  • Tonight’s game is the final of three NHL games to be contested in Europe this season as part of the 2019 NHL Global Series, following the season-opening matchup between the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers in Prague, Czech Republic.
  • This marks the third straight year (and the eighth season overall) that the NHL has contested regular-season games in Europe. It is the second time the Sabres have been part of those games, as the team defeated the Anaheim Ducks in Helsinki, Finland and the Los Angeles Kings in Berlin, Germany as part of the 2011 NHL Premiere.
  • The Sabres and Lightning become the eighth and ninth teams to play at least four regular-season games in Europe tonight. With a win, Buffalo would join Ottawa (3-0-1) and Anaheim (3-3-0) as the only teams with three wins in those games.

DOUBLE CENTURY

  • Rasmus Ristolainen recorded his 200th NHL point with an assist in yesterday’s game against the Lightning.
  • He became the ninth defenseman in franchise history to record at least 200 points for the Sabres.
  • Ristolainen’s 36 career goals rank him 13th among all Sabres defensemen in franchise history, trailing Jocelyn Guevremont by two for the 12th spot. His 164 assists leave him two shy of John Van Boxmeer for eighth-most.

HOME-AND-HOME

  • While today’s game is being contested at a neutral-site venue, it represents the second game in a home-and-home series between the Sabres and the Lightning.
  • It is the third home-and-home series ever to be played between the teams. Buffalo previously went 0-2-0 in a series against Tampa Bay on Oct. 22 and 25, 2011 and 1-1-0 on Dec. 2 and 4, 2014.
  • The Sabres have played in 164 previous home-and-home series in franchise history, going 93-48-23 (.637) in the home games and 57-78-29 (.436) in the road games in previous series.
  • The team is 71-64-29 (.521) all-time in the first game of these previous series and 79-62-23 (.552) in the second.
  • Buffalo’s points breakdown in these previous series is as follows: four points (32), three points (24), two points (67), one point (17), zero points (24).
  • Buffalo swept San Jose in their last home-and-home series on Oct. 19 and 22. They will face the Toronto Maple Leafs in their next one on Nov. 29 and 30.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s fourth of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 3-2 loss last night vs. Tampa Bay. The Sabres are 0-4-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-1-0 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (0), three points (0), two points (2), one point (0) and zero points (1).

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

  • Buffalo Sabres: 25.9% PP% (3rd)
  • Dahlin: 7 PPA (T-5th)
  • Eichel: 1 OTG (T-5th), 9 PPP (6th), 4 PPG (T-8th), 301 FO (9th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (T-1st), 2.09 GAA (5th), .928 SV% (7th)
  • Johansson: 1 OTG (T-5th)
  • McCabe: 36 BkS (T-10th)
  • Olofsson: 6 PPG (4th), 8 PPP (T-9th)
  • Ristolainen: 54 hits (7th)
  • Skinner: 58 S (9th)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-6th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (54), McCabe (30), Miller (30)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (36), Ristolainen (25), Jokiharju (17)
Shots: Skinner (58), Eichel (53), Reinhart (38)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 8-1-1 (17), 38/24, 12/39, 23/30
11-20: 1-4-1 (3), 9/19, 2/15, 13/15

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-1; 122-129 all-time)
Oct. 7 at CBJ: L, 4-3 (GWG-Texier, 2:08)
Oct. 9 vs. MTL: W, 5-4 (GWG-Johansson, 1:30)
Oct. 22 vs. SJS: W, 4-3 (GWG-Eichel, 3:13)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-1; 76-70 all-time)
Oct. 11 vs. FLA: W, 3-2 (GDG-Eichel)
Oct. 28 vs. ARI: L, 3-2 (GDG-Schmaltz)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Casey Mittelstadt … 1 game … 100 career games played
Rasmus Dahlin … 2 games … 100 career games played
Carter Hutton … 3 games … 200 career games played
Brandon Montour … 9 games … 200 career games played
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 7 goals … 100 career goals
Points
Jimmy Vesey … 8 points … 100 career points
Kyle Okposo … 8 points … 500 career points 

RECENT MILESTONES
Rasmus Ristolainen … 200th NHL point … Nov. 8 vs. TBL

Game Preview: 11/8/19 vs. Tampa Bay

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, November 2
NY Islanders 1 at Buffalo 0
Goals: N/A
Goalie: Hutton (20 saves/21 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 1/1; Shots: Buffalo 27 – NY Islanders 21

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 64)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (hip, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 15 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 15 games
Marco Scandella (lower body, Oct. 25; injured reserve) – 4 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/2: Activated D Brandon Montour from IR
11/3: Recalled D Lawrence Pilut from Rochester (AHL); Placed D Marco Scandella on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Nov. 9: Buffalo at Tampa Bay (Stockholm, Sweden), 1 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 14: Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 16: Ottawa at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 17: Buffalo at Chicago, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 19: Minnesota at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
LIGHTNING at SABRES

  • This is the first of four meetings between the Sabres and Lightning this season.
  • Last meeting: Tampa Bay defeated Buffalo 2-1 (SO) in Tampa Bay on Feb. 21.
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Nov. 9 in Stockholm, Sweden
  • The Sabres are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Lightning; 3-6-1 at home.
  • This is the 103rd game all-time between Buffalo and Tampa Bay; Buffalo has an 55-38-9 series record.
  • The Sabres are 26-19-5 at home against the Lightning all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-5-4 all-time on November 8.
  • November 8, 1980: Danny Gare scores twice in a 10-second span in a 3-3 tie at Washington.
  • November 8, 2001: The Sabres get goals from seven different scorers and Martin Biron makes 16 saves as Buffalo shuts out the Atlanta Thrashers by a score of 8-0 at home.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 20-17-4 all-time in the first game after a break of at least five days (excludes season-openers).
  • Buffalo had the No. 3 power play in the league before Thursday’s games, converting on 14 of the team’s 52 power plays this season (26.9%). Only the Boston Bruins (16) had scored more goals with the man advantage this season.
  • The Sabres have scored the first goal in 10 of their 15 games so far this season, going 8-1-1 in those contests. Only Boston (11) had scored first in more games entering play Thursday.
  • Sam Reinhart recorded four points (3+1) in four games against the Lightning last season.
  • Jimmy Vesey totaled three points (1+2) in three meetings with Tampa Bay in 2018-19.
  • Rasmus Dahlin has recorded a point in each of his last two games against the Lightning (1+1).

THINK GLOBALLY

  • Tonight’s game is the second of three NHL games to be contested in Europe this season as part of the 2019 NHL Global Series, following the season-opening matchup between the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers in Prague, Czech Republic.
  • The final game of the series will take place between the Sabres and Lightning tomorrow at Ericsson Globe.
  • This marks the third straight year (and the eighth season overall) that the NHL has contested regular-season games in Europe. This is the second time the Sabres have been part of those games, as the team defeated the Anaheim Ducks in Helsinki, Finland and the Los Angeles Kings in Berlin, Germany as part of the 2011 NHL Premiere.

HOME AWAY FROM HOME
The Sabres are playing a regular-season home game away from the team’s home arena for the eighth time in franchise history. Buffalo is 1-3-3 in the seven previous games, with the win coming against the Anaheim Ducks in Helsinki, Finland as part of the 2011 NHL Premiere.

Sabres Regular-Season Home Games Away From Home Arena

Season Date Opponent Result City
1992-93 March 3, 1993 Vancouver 5-2 loss Hamilton, Ontario
1993-94 Nov. 3, 1993 Pittsburgh 6-2 loss Sacramento, California
2003-04 Nov. 12, 2003 New Jersey 2-2 tie Rochester, New York
2005-06 Oct. 26, 2005 Washington 3-2 loss Rochester, New York
2007-08 Jan. 1, 2008 Pittsburgh 2-1 loss (SO) Orchard Park, New York
2011-12 Oct. 7, 2011 Anaheim 4-1 win Helsinki, Finland
2017-18 Jan. 1, 2018 NY Rangers 3-2 loss (OT) Queens, New York

 DIVISIONAL SUCCESS

  • Entering today’s game, the Sabres have wins in five straight games against Atlantic Division opponents dating back to last season, including a 3-0-0 record so far in 2019-20.
  • A win today would give Buffalo wins in six consecutive divisional matchups for the first time since the team won seven in a row against Northeast Division opponents from Dec. 15, 2010 to Feb. 15, 2011.

HOME-AND-HOME

  • While today’s game is being contested at a neutral-site venue, it represents the first game in a home-and-home series between the Sabres and the Lightning. It concludes with tomorrow’s rematch at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden.
  • It is the third home-and-home series ever to be played between the teams. Buffalo previously went 0-2-0 in a series against Tampa Bay on Oct. 22 and 25, 2011 and 1-1-0 on Dec. 2 and 4, 2014.
  • The Sabres have played in 164 previous home-and-home series in franchise history, going 93-48-23 (.637) in the home games and 57-78-29 (.436) in the road games in previous series.
  • The team is 71-64-29 (.521) all-time in the first game of these previous series and 79-62-23 (.552) in the second.
  • Buffalo’s points breakdown in these previous series is as follows: four points (32), three points (24), two points (67), one point (17), zero points (24).
  • Buffalo swept San Jose in their last home-and-home series on Oct. 19 and 22. They will face the Toronto Maple Leafs in their next one on Nov. 29 and 30.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens Buffalo’s fourth of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow at Tampa Bay. The Sabres are 0-3-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-1-0 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (0), three points (0), two points (2), one point (0) and zero points (1).

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 11/7 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 26.9% PP% (3rd)
  • Dahlin: 7 PPA (T-3rd)
  • Eichel: 9 PPP (T-4th), 1 OTG (T-5th), 4 PPG (T-6th), 282 FO (10th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (T-1st), 2.09 GAA (6th), .928 SV% (8th)
  • Johansson: 1 OTG (T-5th)
  • McCabe: 36 BkS (T-9th)
  • Olofsson: 6 PPG (T-3rd), 8 PPP (T-8th)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-6th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (45), McCabe (29), Miller (28)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (36), Ristolainen (22), Jokiharju (17)
Shots: Skinner (55), Eichel (52), Reinhart (31)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 8-1-1 (17), 38/24, 12/39, 23/30
11-20: 1-3-1 (3), 7/16, 2/13, 10/11

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-1; 122-129 all-time)
Oct. 7 at CBJ: L, 4-3 (GWG-Texier, 2:08)
Oct. 9 vs. MTL: W, 5-4 (GWG-Johansson, 1:30)
Oct. 22 vs. SJS: W, 4-3 (GWG-Eichel, 3:13)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-1; 76-70 all-time)
Oct. 11 vs. FLA: W, 3-2 (GDG-Eichel)
Oct. 28 vs. ARI: L, 3-2 (GDG-Schmaltz)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Casey Mittelstadt … 2 games … 100 career games played
Carter Hutton … 3 games … 200 career games played
Rasmus Dahlin … 3 games … 100 career games played
Brandon Montour … 10 games … 200 career games played
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 9 goals … 100 career goals
Points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 1 point … 200 career points
Jimmy Vesey … 8 points … 100 career points
Kyle Okposo … 8 points … 500 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A