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Post-Game Report: 3/20 vs. Toronto

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Maple Leafs
(44-25-5)
0 2 2 4 46
Sabres
(31-33-9)
1 0 1 2 24

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • Rasmus Dahlin, who recorded the primary assist on Casey Mittelstadt’s goal, now has 39 points (8+31) on the season, passing Bobby Orr for second-most points by an 18-year-old defenseman in NHL history. He trails only Phil Housley (57 points in 1982-83).
  • With the secondary assist on the Mittelstadt goal, Jack Eichel has now totaled 16 points (10+6) in 13 games against the Maple Leafs, including eight (5+3) in six home games.
  • With his first goal of the season, Alexander Nylander has now recorded points (1+2) in consecutive games for the first time in his NHL career.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Maple Leafs
Sparks W .917 2.00
Sabres Hutton L .933 3.05

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Maple Leafs Sparks 8-7-1 .903 3.16
Sabres Hutton 17-21-5 .911 2.88

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Casey Mittelstadt

Sabres forward Alexander Nylander

Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton

Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock

Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews

Maple Leafs forward John Tavares

Maple Leafs forward Mitchell Marner

Maple Leafs goaltender Garret Sparks

Game Preview: 3/20/19 vs. Toronto

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Sunday, March 17
St. Louis 3 at Buffalo 4 (SO)
Goals: Larsson, Rodrigues, Sheary; GDG-Reinhart
Goalie: Hutton (30 saves/33 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 2/2; Shots: Buffalo 34 – St. Louis 33

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 213)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Jake McCabe (upper body, March 4) – 7 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
N/A

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Saturday, March 30: Buffalo at NY Islanders, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
MAPLE LEAFS at SABRES

  • This is the fourth and final meeting between the Sabres and Maple Leafs this season.
  • Last meeting: Toronto defeated Buffalo 5-2 in Toronto on March 2.
  • The Sabres are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Maple Leafs; 6-3-1 at home.
  • This is the 214th game all-time between Buffalo and Toronto; Buffalo has a 115-72-26 series record.
  • The Sabres are 70-29-8 at home against the Maple Leafs all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 13-9-1 all-time on March 20.
  • March 20, 1971: Dave and Ken Dryden become the first brothers ever to face off in goal against each other in an NHL game. When Ken replaced the injured Rogie Vachon in the second period, Sabres Head Coach Punch Imlach put Dave in net to face his brother.
  • March 20, 1977: The Sabres get goals from five different players, including two from Gilbert Perreault, as they defeat the Washington Capitals 6-2 on the road.
  • March 20, 1996: The Sabres acquire Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre, a second-round pick (Cory Sarich) and a third-round pick (Maxim Afinogenov) from St. Louis in exchange for Yuri Khmylev and an eighth-round pick (Andrei Podkonicky).

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Jason Pominville enters tonight’s game on a six-game point streak against the Maple Leafs (4+3). He has more career points against Toronto (57) than any other opponent, and his .89 points-per-game mark through 64 career games against the Maple Leafs ranks behind only his career rates against the Tampa Bay Lightning (.96) and the Los Angeles Kings (.91).
  • Jack Eichel has totaled 15 points (10+5) in 12 career games against Toronto, including seven (5+2) in five home games.
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded 15 points (6+9) in his last 15 games against the Maple Leafs, including at least a point in eight of the last 10 meetings.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has recorded seven assists in his last seven games against Toronto.

HOME COOKING

  • The home team has won 28 of the last 37 games between the Sabres and the Maple Leafs.
  • The Sabres are 19-4-2 in their last 25 home games against the Maple Leafs. Toronto has not won three straight games in Buffalo since the Maple Leafs won each of their first six visits to Buffalo.
  • Carter Hutton is 12-7-2 at home this season with a .919 save percentage.
  • Jeff Skinner (20+14 in 36 games) and Jack Eichel (14+20 in 32 games) tie to lead all Sabres with 34 points at home this season.
  • Skinner is the first player to score 20 goals at KeyBank Center since Derek Roy had 20 in 2007-08. Thomas Vanek (30 in 2006-07) was the last player to score more than 20 at home in a season for the Sabres.

A FRESH START

  • Through his first 10 games with the Sabres, Brandon Montour has recorded six points (2+4), trailing only Conor Sheary (4+3) for most points during that stretch. Five of his six points as a Sabre (2+3) have come at even strength.
  • Montour’s 10 games with the Sabres have represented his best 10-game stretch of the season judging by shot metrics at 5-on-5. According to NaturalStatTrick.com, his CF%, FF% and SCF% during 5-on-5 play through 10 games with the Sabres mark his best 10-game stretch of the season in each category. His rates so far with the Sabres also top his full-season rates in each of those categories from both of his first two NHL seasons.
  • In these 10 games, Montour has also seen a drastic uptick in scoring rates in goals (.65), assists (.65) and points (1.31) per 60 minutes played at 5-on-5 compared to his rates from the last two seasons.

THREE’S COMPANY

  • Since Alexander Nylander’s recall on March 10, he has played on a line with Evan Rodrigues and Conor Sheary for 30 minutes of play.
  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, Buffalo has outshot opponents 30-8 with the trio on the ice and logged 50 of the 67 total shot attempts (74.63 CF%) taken with them on the ice.
  • The Sabres have also accounted for 25 of the 30 total scoring chances (83.33 SCF%) by either team while they are on the ice together.
  • Sunday’s win vs. St. Louis featured goals from both Rodrigues and Sheary, as well as two primary assists from Nylander.

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 194 goals this season (51.5%).

DAH-LEAN ON ME

  • Entering play Tuesday, Rasmus Dahlin led rookie defensemen and ranked third among all NHL rookies in points (38). His 30 assists ranked second among all rookies.
  • With 38 points (8+30) through 72 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 is tied with Bobby Orr (38 points in 1966-67) for the second-most points ever recorded by an NHL defenseman before his 19th birthday, trailing only Phil Housley (57 points in 1982-83).
  • 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 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 eight points to tie Luce for seventh-most in franchise history (526) and eight 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 67 25 47 72 17 34 51
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 77 29 54 83 20 39 59
               
Reinhart Career High (2017-18) 82 25 25 50 13 16 29
Reinhart 2018-19 72 18 41 59 16 29 45
Reinhart 2018-19 (Pace) 82 21 47 67 18 33 51
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 72 37 22 59 29 14 43
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 42 25 67 33 16 49

SCORING WHEN IT COUNTS

  • Jeff Skinner’s seven game-winning goals tied for sixth-most in the NHL this season entering play Tuesday. 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 3/19 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 81.5% PK% (9th)
  • Eichel: 268 S (5th)
  • Ristolainen: 24:51 TOI/GP (9th)
  • Skinner: 3 OTG (T-3rd), 29 EVG (5th), 7 GWG (T-6th), 37 G (T-8th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (217), Girgensons (121), McCabe (96)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (115), Bogosian (113), McCabe (95)
Shots: Eichel (268), Skinner (236), 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: 1-1-0 (2), 6/7. 0/4, 3/3

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 (6-2; 76-68 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)
March 17 vs. STL: W, 4-3 (GDG-Reinhart)

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
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 1 assist … 300 career assists
Jeff Skinner … 3 assists … 200 career assists
Matt Hunwick … 6 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Sam Reinhart … 1 point … 200 career points
Jason Pominville … 8 points … 526 assists with Sabres (T-7th in franchise history)
Rasmus Ristolainen … 10 points … 200 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Game Preview: 3/2/19 at Toronto

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Friday, March 1
Pittsburgh 3 at Buffalo 4 (OT)
Goals: Sheary (2), Eichel, Montour
Goalie: Ullmark (41 saves/44 shots)
PP: 1/2; PK: 1/3; Shots: Pittsburgh 44 – Buffalo 30

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 201)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Marco Scandella (lower body, March 1) – 1 game
Vladimir Sobotka (upper body, March 1) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/24: Acquired D Brandon Montour from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for D Brendan Guhle and a first-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft; Signed G Adam Wilcox to a one-year, two-way contract with an AAV of $650,000; Placed Wilcox on waivers
2/25: Activated F Kyle Okposo and D Marco Scandella from IR; Acquired a sixth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for D Nathan Beaulieu; Assigned F Danny O’Regan and G Adam Wilcox to Rochester (AHL)
2/26: Recalled F Danny O’Regan from Rochester (AHL)
2/27: Assigned F Danny O’Regan to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Monday, March 4: Edmonton at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 7: Buffalo at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 9: Buffalo at Colorado, 3 p.m.
Tuesday, March 12: Dallas at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 14: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at MAPLE LEAFS

  • This is the third of four meetings between the Sabres and Maple Leafs this season.
  • Last meeting: Toronto defeated Buffalo 5-3 in Toronto on Feb. 25
  • Next meeting: Wednesday, March 20 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Maple Leafs; 3-5-2 on the road.
  • This is the 213th game all-time between Buffalo and Toronto; Buffalo has a 115-71-26 series record.
  • The Sabres are 45-42-18 on the road against the Maple Leafs all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-5-3 all-time on March 2.
  • March 2, 1998: Alexei Zhitnik scores the game’s only goal and Dominik Hasek gets his second shutout in as many nights as the Sabres top the New York Rangers 1-0 at Madison Square Garden.
  • March 2, 2007: The Sabres score eight goals, including the first two of Mike Ryan’s career, to top the Montreal Canadiens 8-5 and improve to first place in the NHL.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 15 points (10+5) in 11 career games against Toronto, including eight (5+3) in six road games.
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded 15 points (6+9) in his last 14 games against the Maple Leafs, including at least a point in eight of the last nine meetings.
  • Jason Pominville (4+2) and Jeff Skinner (1+5) each enter tonight’s game on five-game point streaks against the Maple Leafs.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has recorded seven assists in his last six games against Toronto.
  • Conor Sheary has recorded five points (2+3) in his last four games.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s 13th of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began last night with a 4-3 overtime win vs. Pittsburgh. The Sabres are 7-5-1 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 5-5-2 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 (4), one point (2) and zero points (2).

DYNAMIC DUO

  • Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner have both recorded a point on the same goal 30 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 97 of the team’s 181 goals this season (53.6%).
  • Eichel has posted 21 points (8+13) in his last 18 games and Skinner has totaled 12 points (5+7) in his last 14 games.

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel enters tonight’s game on a seven-game point streak (5+4) that ties as his longest streak of the season.
  • Eichel has totaled 70 points this season, setting a new career-high mark. With 23 goals so far this season, 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.
  • Eichel is currently on pace for 44 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

  • After last night’s game, Rasmus Dahlin led rookie defensemen and ranked second among all NHL rookies in points (37) and assists (29).
  • With 37 points (8+29) through 64 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 47 points this season. He would trail only Phil Housley (57 points in 1982-83) for the most 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: Phil Housley (13) and Bobby 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.

SKINNER, SKINNER, CHICKEN DINNER

  • Jeff Skinner has scored 36 goals this season, becoming the fifth player ever to score at least 35 in his first season with the Sabres.
  • His next goal will match his previous career high of 37 set in the 2016-17 season and his 38th goal would tie Gilbert Perreault (1970-71) and Ray Sheppard (1987-88) for third-most ever scored by a first-year Sabre.
  • Skinner’s 28 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.

SAM I AM

  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 13 points (6+7) in his last 13 games.
  • Reinhart has already set career-high totals in points (58), assists (40) and multi-point games (17) this season.
  • The Sabres are 22-12-5 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 30-5-7 (.798) 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 61 23 47 70 16 34 50
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 79 30 61 91 21 44 65
               
Reinhart Career High (2017-18) 82 25 25 50 13 16 29
Reinhart 2018-19 64 18 40 58 16 28 44
Reinhart 2018-19 (Pace) 82 23 51 74 21 36 56
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 64 36 21 57 28 14 42
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 46 27 73 36 18 54

MAKING HISTORY

  • At his current pace, Jack Eichel would finish the season tied for 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 on 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.
  • At his current pace, Jeff Skinner would 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 Alexander Mogilny scored 76 in 1992-93. He would become just the 11th different player in Sabres history to score at least 40 in a season.

SCORING WHEN IT COUNTS

  • Jeff Skinner’s seven game-winning goals tied for third-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: 82.1% PK% (5th)
  • Eichel: 244 S (5th), 34 EVA (T-8th), 2 OTG (T-10th)
  • Ristolainen: 24:57 TOI/GP (8th)
  • Skinner: 7 GWG (T-3rd), 3 OTG (T-3rd), 28 EVG (4th), 36 G (T-4th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (194), Girgensons (109), McCabe (95)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (101), Bogosian (100), McCabe (95)
Shots: Eichel (244), Skinner (212), Ristolainen (154)

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: 2-2-0 (4), 14/15, 5/14, 5/8

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 (4-2; 74-68 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)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Tage Thompson … 4 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 1 goal … 216 goals with Sabres (T-10th in franchise history)
Jack Eichel … 4 goals … 100 career goals
Jason Pominville … 9 goals … 300 career goals
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 2 assists … 300 career assists
Jeff Skinner … 4 assists … 200 career assists
Matt Hunwick … 7 assists … 100 career assists
Jason Pominville … 9 assists … 310 assists with Sabres (T-7th in franchise history)
Points
Sam Reinhart … 2 points … 200 career points 

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Game Preview: 2/25/19 at Toronto

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, February 23
Washington 2 at Buffalo 5
Goals: Reinhart (3), Pominville, Dahlin
Goalie: Hutton (31 saves/33 shots)
PP: 1/4; PK: 2/2; Shots: Buffalo 38 – Washington 33

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 199)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Marco Scandella (upper body, Feb. 17; injured reserve) – 4 games
Kyle Okposo (concussion, Feb. 17; injured reserve) – 4 games
Casey Mittelstadt (illness, Feb. 23) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/19: Activated D Casey Nelson from IR; Placed D Marco Scandella on IR
2/22: Recalled F Danny O’Regan and Scott Wilson from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Kyle Okposo on IR; Assigned D Lawrence Pilut to Rochester
2/23: Assigned F CJ Smith to Rochester (AHL)
2/24: Acquired D Brandon Montour from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for D Brendan Guhle and a first-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft; Signed G Adam Wilcox to a one-year, two-way contract with an AAV of $650,000; Placed Wilcox on waivers

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Monday, March 4: Edmonton at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 7: Buffalo at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at MAPLE LEAFS

  • This is the second of four meetings between the Sabres and Maple Leafs this season.
  • Last meeting: Toronto defeated Buffalo 4-3 (OT) in Buffalo on Dec. 4, 2018
  • Next meeting: Saturday, March 2 in Toronto
  • The Sabres are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Maple Leafs; 3-4-3 on the road.
  • This is the 212th game all-time between Buffalo and Toronto; Buffalo has a 115-70-26 series record.
  • The Sabres are 45-41-18 on the road against the Maple Leafs all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 12-8-3 all-time on February 25.
  • February 25, 1978: The Sabres and Cleveland Barons combine for 16 goals as the Sabres pick up a 13-3 road victory. Danny Gare tallies five points (3+2) and Andre Savard, Jerry Korab and Gary McAdam each score two goals in the game.
  • February 25, 1998: Dominik Hasek makes 33 saves in his return from Olympic action and Geoff Sanderson scores just 1:22 into his Sabres debut as the Sabres battle to a 2-2 tie at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 13 points (8+5) in 10 career games against Toronto, including six (3+3) in five road games.
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded 13 points (5+8) in his last 13 games against the Maple Leafs, including at least a point in seven of the last eight meetings.
  • Carter Hutton is 3-0-0 against Toronto in his career with a .930 save percentage and a 1.99 goals-against average.
  • Jason Pominville (3+2) and Jeff Skinner (1+4) each enter tonight’s game on four-game point streaks against the Maple Leafs.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has recorded six assists in his last five games against Toronto.

BACK-TO-BACK
Today’s game opens up Buffalo’s 12th of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night at Philadelphia. The Sabres are 6-4-1 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 5-4-2 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 (4), one point (2) and zero points (1).

KILLING IT
Buffalo entered play Sunday ranked fifth in the league with a penalty kill percentage of 82.7 percent this season. The team’s 87.5 percent success rate since the beginning of February tied for third in the league. The Sabres have allowed just one power-play goal in their last seven games, going 11-for-12 on the penalty kill (91.7%) during that stretch.

DYNAMIC DUO

  • Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner have both recorded a point on the same goal 29 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 92 of the team’s 172 goals this season (53.5%).
  • Eichel has posted 17 points (4+13) in his last 15 games and Skinner has totaled 10 points (5+5) in his last 11 games.

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 66 points this season, setting a new career high mark. His 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 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.
  • Eichel is currently on pace for 46 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 Sunday, Rasmus Dahlin led rookie defensemen and ranked second among all NHL rookies in points (34) and assists (26).
  • With 34 points (8+26) through 61 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 46 points this season. He would trail only Phil Housley (57 points in 1982-83) for the most ever recorded by an NHL defenseman before his 19th birthday.
  • 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.

SKINNER, SKINNER, CHICKEN DINNER

  • Jeff Skinner has scored 36 goals this season, becoming the fifth player ever to score at least 35 in his first season with the Sabres.
  • His next goal will match his previous career high of 37 set in the 2016-17 season and his 38th goal would tie Gilbert Perreault (1970-71) and Ray Sheppard (1987-88) for third-most ever scored by a first-year Sabre.
  • Skinner’s 28 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.

SAM I AM
Sam Reinhart has already set career-high totals in points (55), assists (38) and multi-point games (16) this season. The Sabres are 21-11-5 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 30-4-7 (.817) 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 58 19 47 66 14 34 48
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 79 26 64 90 19 46 65
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 61 36 19 55 28 14 42
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 48 26 74 38 19 56
               
Reinhart Career High (2017-18) 82 25 25 50 13 16 29
Reinhart 2018-19 61 17 38 55 16 27 43
Reinhart 2018-19 (Pace) 82 23 51 74 22 36 58

MAKING HISTORY

  • At his current pace, Jack Eichel would finish the season tied for 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 on 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 two goals off the pace to log the seventh 50-goal season in Sabres history and the first since 1992-93 (Mogilny and LaFontaine). His 38 even-strength goals would be the fifth-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 and 39 in 1979-80.

SCORING WHEN IT COUNTS

  • Jeff Skinner’s seven game-winning goals tied for third-most in the NHL this season entering play Sunday. 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 2/24 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 82.7% PK% (5th)
  • Eichel: 34 EVA (T-8th), 230 S (9th), 2 OTG (T-9th)
  • Ristolainen: 24:58 TOI/GP (9th)
  • Skinner: 36 G (T-3rd), 28 EVG (T-3rd), 7 GWG (T-3rd), 3 OTG (T-3rd)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (183), Girgensons (103), McCabe (88)
Blocked Shots: Bogosian (95), Ristolainen (92), McCabe (88)
Shots: Eichel (230), Skinner (198), Ristolainen (150)

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: 1-0-0 (2), 5/2, 1/4, 2/2

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 (4-2; 74-68 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)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Tage Thompson … 6 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 1 goal … 216 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 … 6 assists … 200 career assists
Matt Hunwick … 7 assists … 100 career assists
Jason Pominville … 10 assists … 310 assists with Sabres (T-7th in franchise history)
Points
Sam Reinhart … 5 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: 12/4 vs. Toronto

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Maple Leafs
(20-8-0)
0 2 1 1 4 30
Sabres
(17-8-4)
0 1 2 0 3 41

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • With the overtime loss, the Sabres extended their home point streak to nine games (7-0-2), marking the team’s first nine-game home point streak since Feb. 17 to March 24, 2012 (7-0-2).
  • Tonight’s loss dropped the Sabres to 12-2-4 in one-goal games this season.
  • With a goal and an assist tonight, Sam Reinhart extended his point streak to five games (5+3). He now has goals in a career-best four straight games.
    • In his last 16 games, Reinhart has 18 points (7+11), including seven two-point efforts.
  • Jack Eichel’s two-goal night gave him 11 points (7+4) in his last six games against the Maple Leafs.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen, who recorded two assists tonight, now has six assists in five games against Toronto since the beginning of the 2017-18 season.
  • Rasmus Dahlin led both teams with 29:15 of ice time tonight, topping his previous career-high total (25:51) by 3:24.
  • Jeff Skinner’s assist extended his point streak against the Maple Leafs to four games (1+4).

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Maple Leafs
Andersen W .927 2.77
Sabres Ullmark O .897 2.73

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Maple Leafs
Andersen 16-7-0 .931 2.32
Sabres Ullmark 5-0-3 .924 2.59

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark

Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock

Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews

Maple Leafs forward John Tavares

Maple Leafs forward Patrick Marleau

Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen