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Game Preview: 12/17/19 at Toronto

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, December 14
Buffalo 2 at NY Islanders 3 (OT)
Goals: Olofsson, Eichel
Goalie: Ullmark (23 saves/26 shots)
PP: 2/3; PK: 3/3; Shots: Buffalo 35 – NY Islanders 26

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 157)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 34 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 18 games
Tage Thompson (upper body, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 14 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
12/12: Activated D Rasmus Dahlin from IR
12/15: Assigned F Casey Mittelstadt to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Dec. 19: Buffalo at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 21: Los Angeles at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 23: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 27: Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 29: Buffalo at Boston, 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 2-1 (OT) in Toronto on Nov 30.
  • Next meeting: Sunday, Feb. 16 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Maple Leafs; 3-5-2 on the road.
  • This is the 217th game all-time between Buffalo and Toronto; Buffalo has a 116-72-28 series record.
  • The Sabres are 45-43-19 on the road against the Maple Leafs all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 9-9-2 all-time on December 17.
  • December 17, 1978: Danny Gare scores seven seconds after the opening faceoff in a 6-3 win vs. Vancouver.
  • December 17, 1983: Adam Creighton gets his first NHL point in his NHL debut, assisting on the game-winning goal in a 4-1 win at Hartford.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Buffalo enters the game with a point in each of the team’s last five games (3-0-2). A win or overtime loss tonight would give the Sabres their second six-game point streak of the season after going 5-0-1 in the first six games of 2019-20.
  • After scoring at least a goal in each of Buffalo’s last three games, Jack Eichel entered play Monday with the second-most goals in the league this season (23). Eichel has been selected as the NHL’s Third Star of the week for each of the last two weeks.ac
  • Victor Olofsson has recorded 20 points (8+12) in his last 19 games, including two-point performances in four of the team’s last seven games. He has failed to record a point in just three of those 19 games and entered play Monday leading all NHL rookies in goals (14) and points (30) this season.

EICHEL AND THE LEAFS

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 20 points (12+8) in 15 career games against Toronto, including nine (5+4) in eight road games.
  • His 1.33 points per game against the Maple Leafs ties as his second-best career output against any NHL team, trailing only his 1.64 points per game against the Ottawa Senators.
  • Eichel has scored more goals against the Maple Leafs (12) than against any other NHL opponent.
  • His .80 goals per game against Toronto represent his highest rate against any NHL team.

DECEMBER TO REMEMBER
In Buffalo’s seven games since the beginning of December (all stats before Monday’s games):

  • The Sabres are 4-1-2 and are tied for the third-best goal differential (plus-8) in the NHL.
  • Jack Eichel leads all NHL players with 13 points and is tied for second in the league lead with seven goals. His plus-8 rating ranks fourth in the league.
  • Victor Olofsson is tied for sixth in the NHL with six assists and tied for third with 10 points
  • Johan Larsson is tied for sixth in the league in assists (6) and tied for fifth in plus/minus (plus-7).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen’s plus-9 rating ranks third in the NHL and his six assists tie for sixth-most among all NHL players.
  • Linus Ullmark is 4-1-1 with a .924 save percentage in six appearances, tying for the most wins in the NHL.

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel enters today’s game on a career-best 16-game point streak that began on Nov. 16. The streak is the longest recorded by an NHL player this season.
  • Entering play Monday, his 15 goals, 29 points and plus-19 rating during the streak all led the NHL during that timeframe. His 13 assists were one shy of the league lead during that stretch.
  • The streak is tied for the fourth-longest in franchise history and is the longest by a Sabre since Tim Connolly tallied points in 16 consecutive games from Dec. 23, 2009 to Jan. 25, 2010.

Longest Point Streaks in Sabres History

Player Games Start Date End Date Goals Assists Points
Gilbert Perreault 18 Oct. 24, 1971 Dec. 4, 1971 10 21 31
Dave Andreychuk 17 Dec. 31, 1991 Feb. 4, 1992 11 25 36
Dave Andreychuk 17 Oct. 18, 1992 Nov. 14, 1992 17 14 31
Jack Eichel 16 Nov. 16, 2019 Active 15 14 29
Rick Martin 16 Oct. 27, 1974 Nov. 28, 1974 13 15 28
Tim Connolly 16 Dec. 23, 2009 Jan. 25, 2010 7 18 25

5-ON-5 GOALS

  • According to NaturalStatTrick.com, the Sabres entered play Monday with three players among the league’s leaders in 5-on-5 goals: Jack Eichel (12, T-5th), Jeff Skinner (11, T-10th), Sam Reinhart 10, T-17th).
  • Only 21 NHL players had at least 10 goals during 5-on-5 play entering play Monday. Buffalo joined the Edmonton Oilers (Draisaitl, Kassian, McDavid) as one of two teams with three players among those 21.

EVEN-STRENGTH IMPROVEMENT
The Sabres have seen positive trends at even strength in the team’s 17 games since returning from Stockholm, Sweden. In that span, Buffalo’s 5-on-5 numbers have improved on the team’s per-60 rates from its first 17 games in every meaningful category, including goals for and against, shots for and against, shot attempts for and against, and scoring chances for and against.

Buffalo Sabres at 5-on-5 (via NaturalStatTrick.com)

GF% SF% CF% SCF%
First 17 Games 50.79 48.21 48.61 47.72
Last 17 Games 53.73 49.21 50.00 48.80

During the 17-game stretch that began on Nov. 14 vs. Carolina, the team has tied or led its opponent at 5-on-5 in…

  • goals: 12 times
  • shots: 10 times
  • shot attempts: 11 times
  • scoring chances: 10 times

SETTING THE PACE

  • With 23 goals in 34 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 34 games currently has him on pace to finish the season with 55 goals and 116 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) is the only Sabre ever to have recorded more even-strength points in a season than the 80 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 (34) since Ray Sheppard’s 38 in 1987-88 and the most points by a Sabres rookie (72) since Rick Martin’s franchise-record 74 in 1971-72. Gilbert Perreault (72 in 1970-71) is the only other player in franchise history to finish his rookie season with a point total as high as Olofsson’s current pace.
  • Sam Reinhart’s 12 goals in 34 games put him on pace for a career-high goal total (29).

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 14 multi-point games this season, tying for sixth-most in the NHL before Monday’s games.
  • Entering play Monday, his six multi-goal games led the league and his eight multi-assist games tied for second-most, trailing only Connor McDavid (9).
  • 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 entering play Monday. Since he entered the league in 2015-16, only seven 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), Alex Ovechkin (9) and Steven Stamkos (9).

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 12/16 games)

  • Eichel: 17 EVG (1st), 23 G (2nd), 33 EVP (T-3rd), 48 PTS (T-5th), 15 PPP (T-7th), 4 GWG (T-8th), 25 A (9th), 123 S (9th), 6 PPG (T-9th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (T-3rd)
  • Olofsson: 8 PPG (T-3rd)
  • Ristolainen: 103 hits (T-9th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (103), Girgensons (51), McCabe (51)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (54), Ristolainen (40), Jokiharju (30)
Shots: Eichel (123), Skinner (118), Olofsson (85)

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: 3-0-1 (7), 14/10, 2/9, 9/10

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
Jeff Skinner … 5 games … 700 career games played
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 1 goal … 100 career goals
Kyle Okposo … 10 goals … 200 career goals
Assists
Marco Scandella … 9 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Kyle Okposo … 6 points … 500 career points
Zach Bogosian … 8 points … 200 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Jimmy Vesey … 100th NHL point … Dec. 12 vs. NSH

 

Game Preview: 11/30/19 at Toronto

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Friday, November 29
Toronto 4 at Buffalo 6
Goals: Eichel (2), Skinner, Mittelstadt, Olofsson, Vesey
Goalie: Ullmark (25 saves/29 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 4/4; Shots: Buffalo 36 – Toronto 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 122)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 26 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 10 games
Kyle Okposo (concussion, Nov. 17; injured reserve) – 7 games
Tage Thompson (upper body, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 6 games
Evan Rodrigues (lower body, Nov. 25) – 3 games
Rasmus Dahlin (concussion, Nov. 27; injured reserve) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/24: Acquired D Matthew Spencer from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for D Devante Stephens; Assigned Spencer to Cincinnati (ECHL)
11/25: Recalled F Jean-Sebastien Dea from Rochester (AHL)
11/27: Activated F Marcus Johansson from IR; Placed D Rasmus Dahlin on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Monday, Dec. 2: New Jersey at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 5: Buffalo at Calgary, 9 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 7: Buffalo at Vancouver, 4 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 8: Buffalo at Edmonton, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 10: St. Louis at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
SABRES at MAPLE LEAFS

  • This is the second of four meetings between the Sabres and Maple Leafs this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Toronto 6-4 in Buffalo on Nov 29.
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Dec. 17 in Toronto
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Maple Leafs; 3-6-1 on the road.
  • This is the 216th game all-time between Buffalo and Toronto; Buffalo has a 116-73-26 series record.
  • The Sabres are 45-43-18 on the road against the Maple Leafs all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 6-8-4 all-time on November 30.
  • November 30, 1939: Ground is broken on Buffalo Memorial Auditorium.
  • November 30, 1980: The Sabres defeat the Colorado Rockies 4-1 at the Aud. Rookie Alan Haworth scores his first NHL goal for the Sabres, who extend their unbeaten streak to 10 consecutive home games, and Rene Robert scores the lone Rockies goal.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • If he dresses, tonight’s game would be the 300th NHL game of Jake McCabe’s NHL career.
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded 13 points (6+7) in 14 games against the Maple Leafs dating back to the beginning of the 2016-17 season.
  • Jeff Skinner has totaled seven points (3+4) in eight games against Toronto since the beginning of the 2017-18 season. All 10 of Skinner’s goals this season have come during 5-on-5 play.
  • Jimmy Vesey has posted five points (3+2) in his last six games against the Maple Leafs
  • Marco Scandella has recorded four assists in his last five games against the Maple Leafs.

EICHEL AND THE LEAFS

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 19 points (12+7) in 14 career games against Toronto, including eight (5+3) in seven road games.
  • His 1.36 points per game against the Maple Leafs rate as his second-best career output against any NHL team, trailing only his 1.64 points per game against the Ottawa Senators.
  • Eichel has scored more goals against the Maple Leafs (12) than against any other NHL opponent.
  • His .79 goals per game against Toronto represent his highest rate against any NHL team.

48 HOURS, 99 MILES, TWO GAMES

  • The Sabres and the Leafs will wrap up a home-and-home series tonight after Buffalo’s 6-4 win last night in Buffalo. It’s the first home-and-home series between the teams since Nov. 15 and 16, 2013.
  • Buffalo has not won the home portion of a home-and-home series with Toronto since the team’s last home-and-home sweep against the Maple Leafs on Oct. 30 and 31, 1998.
  • The Sabres are 11-1-2 (two ties) all-time in the home portion of their home-and-home series with the Maple Leafs and 2-10-1 in the road games.
  • Seven of the previous 13 home-and-home sets between the Sabres and Maple Leafs also took place on consecutive nights.
  • Buffalo’s points breakdown in those 13 previous home-and-home sets is: four points (2), three points (0), two points (9), one point (1) and zero points (1).

HOME-AND-HOME

  • The Sabres have played in 165 previous home-and-home series in franchise history, going 93-49-23 (.633) in the home games and 57-79-29 (.433) in the road games in previous series.
  • The team is 71-65-29 (.518) all-time in the first game of these previous series and 79-63-23 (.548) 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 (25).
  • Buffalo previously swept San Jose in a home-and-home series on Oct. 19 and 22 and were swept by the Lightning on Nov. 8 and 9 in Stockholm Sweden. They will face the Boston Bruins in their next one on Dec. 27 and 30.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s seventh of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 6-4 win last night vs. Toronto. The Sabres are 2-4-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-4-0 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 (4), one point (0) and zero points (2).

GOING STREAKING

  • Jack Eichel enters today’s game on an eight-game point streak that began on Nov. 16. As of the conclusion of last night’s game, his 15 points (8+7) during the streak led the NHL during that timeframe.
  • Victor Olofsson has recorded points in 10 of his last 11 games (4+6). He enters today’s game on a career-best, six-game point streak (3+3).
  • Jimmy Vesey enters today’s game with points in each of Buffalo’s last four games, totaling five points (3+2) during that span. It is Vesey’s first career four-game point streak. His current three-game goal scoring streak matches his previous best stretch, set from Feb. 23 to 27, 2019.

SETTING THE PACE

  • With 16 goals in 26 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 26 games currently has him on pace to finish the season with 50 goals and 107 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 nine goals 26 games put him on pace for a career-high goal total (28).
  • 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 (32) and most points by a Sabres rookie (63) since Ray Sheppard’s 65 points (38+27) in 1987-88.

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel has recorded nine multi-point games this season, tying for 10th-most in the as of the conclusion of last night’s game.
  • Following last night’s game, his four multi-goal games tied for second-most (one shy of the league lead) and his six multi-assist games tied for fourth-most (also one behind the league leaders).
  • Eichel has already recorded at least three points six times this season, matching his previous career-high total set in the 2016-17 season. Only Leon Draisaitl (8) and Connor McDavid (8) had more games with at least three points this season after last night’s game.
  • Eichel’s three games with at least four points this season tie 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) and Steven Stamkos (9).

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

  • Eichel: 12 EVG (T-3rd), 523 FO (4th), 16 G (T-5th), 24 EVP (T-6th), 97 S (T-6th), 34 PTS (7th), 1 OTG (T-9th), 244 FOW (10th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (T-1st)
  • Johansson: 1 OTG (T-9th)
  • Olofsson: 6 PPG (T-6th)
  • Skinner: 10 EVG (T-9th)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-9th)

BUF-TOR CONNECTIONS

  • Sabres forward Rasmus Asplund played for Team Sweden with Maple Leafs forward William Nylander at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian played with Maple Leafs goaltender Michael Hutchinson in Winnipeg for two seasons (2013-14 to 2014-15).
  • Sabres forward Jack Eichel, Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews and Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly were all part of Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Eichel and Matthews previously played together for Team USA at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe represented the United States with Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres forward Curtis Lazar and Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Ceci were teammates in Ottawa for three seasons (2014-15 to 2016-17).
  • Sabres forward Curtis Lazar and Maple Leafs forward Nicholas Shore were both part of the Calgary Flames’ organization during the 2017-18 season.
  • Sabres forwards Curtis Lazar and Sam Reinhart played for Team Canada with Maple Leafs forwards Frederik Gauthier and Nic Petan at both the 2014 and 2015 IIHF World Junior Championships. They won a gold medal together in 2015.
  • Sabres forward Victor Olofsson and Maple Leafs forward William Nylander played for Team Sweden together at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Sabres forward Sam Reinhart and Maple Leafs defensemen Morgan Rielly and Cody Ceci won a gold medal for Team Canada together at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres forward Jeff Skinner and Maple Leafs forwards Jason Spezza and John Tavares represented Canada together at the 2011 IIHF World Championship. Skinner and Tavares played together again the following year at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres forward Jeff Skinner won a silver medal with Maple Leafs defenseman Tyson Barrie at the 2017 IIHF World Championship.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (81), McCabe (44), Girgensons (35)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (43), Ristolainen (36), Jokiharju/Scandella (24)
Shots: Eichel (97), Skinner (92), Olofsson (66)

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: 2-3-1 (5), 18/21, 1/17, 18/23

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-3; 122-131 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)

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
Jake McCabe … 1 game … 300 career games played
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 4 goals … 100 career goals
Assists
Marco Scandella … 10 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Jimmy Vesey … 3 points … 100 career points
Jack Eichel … 7 points … 300 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Brandon Montour … 200th NHL game … Nov. 27 vs. CGY
Rasmus Asplund … 1st NHL point (assist) … Nov. 27 vs. CGY

Post-Game Report: 11/29 vs. Toronto

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Maple Leafs
(12-11-4)
1 1 2 4 29
Sabres
(12-10-4)
0 4 2 6 36

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • Buffalo has not lost the home portion of a home-and-home series with Toronto since the first such series (a 4-2 loss on Dec. 20, 1970).
  • The Sabres are now 11-1-2 (two ties) all-time in the home portion of their 14 home-and-home series with the Maple Leafs.
  • Buffalo’s four goals and plus-3 goal differential in the second period both marked season-highs for the team in a single period.
  • Jack Eichel recorded three points (2+1) today to extend his point streak to eight games (8+7).
  • Eichel now has 12 goals in 14 career games against the Maple Leafs. It’s his highest goal total and his best per-game goal output (.86) against any NHL opponent.
  • Jimmy Vesey’s two-point effort extended his point streak to a career-high four games (3+2). He now has goals in three straight.
  • With Buffalo’s fourth goal of the game, Victor Olofsson extended his career-best point streak to six games (3+3).
  • Olofsson has now recorded points in 10 of his last 11 games (4+6), including a point in each of his last six home games (2+4).
  • Marco Scandella recorded two assists, good for his first two-point effort since Dec. 29, 2018 vs. Boston.
  • With his goal today, Jeff Skinner has scored each of his 10 goals this season at 5-on-5.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision GA SA
Maple Leafs
Hutchinson L 5 35
Sabres Ullmark W 4 29
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Maple Leafs Hutchinson 0-5-1 .876 4.55
Sabres Ullmark 6-5-2 .911 3.00

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger

Sabres forward Casey Mittelstadt

Sabres forward Victor Olofsson

Sabres forward Jimmy Vesey

Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe

Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews

Maple Leafs forward John Tavares

Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly

Maple Leafs goaltender Michael Hutchinson

Game Preview: 11/29/19 vs. Toronto

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Wednesday, November 27
Calgary 3 at Buffalo 2 (OT)
Goals: Vesey, Olofsson
Goalie: Ullmark (26 saves/29 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 2/2; Shots: Buffalo 36 – Calgary 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 116)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 25 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 9 games
Kyle Okposo (concussion, Nov. 17; injured reserve) – 6 games
Tage Thompson (upper body, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 5 games
Evan Rodrigues (lower body, Nov. 25) – 2 games
Rasmus Dahlin (concussion, Nov. 27; injured reserve) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
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)
11/25: Recalled F Jean-Sebastien Dea from Rochester (AHL)
11/27: Activated F Marcus Johansson from IR; Placed D Rasmus Dahlin on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Saturday, Dec. 7: Buffalo at Vancouver, 4 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 8: Buffalo at Edmonton, 8 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
MAPLE LEAFS at SABRES

  • This is the first of four meetings between the Sabres and Maple Leafs this season.
  • Last meeting: Toronto defeated Buffalo 4-2 in Buffalo on March 20.
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Nov. 30 in Toronto
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Maple Leafs; 5-4-1 at home.
  • This is the 215th game all-time between Buffalo and Toronto; Buffalo has a 115-73-26 series record.
  • The Sabres are 70-30-8 at home against the Maple Leafs all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 13-12-0 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.
  • November 29, 2013: Christian Ehrhoff scores the overtime winner as the Sabres top the Maple Leafs 3-2 at KeyBank Center on the day after Thanksgiving.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 19-5-2 in their last 26 home games against the Maple Leafs. Toronto has not won four straight games in Buffalo since the Maple Leafs won each of their first six visits to Buffalo.
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded 13 points (6+7) in 13 games against the Maple Leafs dating back to the beginning of the 2016-17 season.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has recorded five assists in his last four home games against Toronto.
  • Henri Jokiharju recorded a career-high three assists in his only previous meeting with the Maple Leafs on Oct. 7, 2018.
  • Jeff Skinner has totaled six points (2+4) in seven games against Toronto in the last two seasons.
  • All nine of Skinner’s goals this season have come during 5-on-5 play. According to NaturalStatTrick.com, he entered play Thursday tied for seventh-most in the league.

EICHEL AND THE LEAFS

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 16 points (10+6) in 13 career games against Toronto, including eight (5+3) in six home games.
  • His 1.23 points per game against the Maple Leafs rate as his second-best career output against any Eastern Conference team, trailing only his 1.64 points per game against the Ottawa Senators.
  • Eichel has scored more goals against the Maple Leafs (10) than against any other NHL opponent.
  • His .77 goals per game against Toronto represent his highest rate against any NHL team.

48 HOURS, 99 MILES, TWO GAMES

  • The Sabres and the Leafs will face off today before heading to Toronto for the second half of a home-and-home series tomorrow night. It’s the first home-and-home series between the teams since Nov. 15 and 16, 2013.
  • Buffalo has not lost the home portion of a home-and-home series with Toronto since the first such series (a 4-2 loss on Dec. 20, 1970).
  • The Sabres are 10-1-2 (two ties) all-time in the home portion of their 13 previous home-and-home series with the Maple Leafs and 2-10-1 in the road games.
  • Seven of the previous 13 home-and-home sets between the Sabres and Maple Leafs took place on consecutive nights.
  • Buffalo’s points breakdown in those 13 home-and-home sets is: four points (2), three points (0), two points (9), one point (1) and zero points (1).

HOME-AND-HOME

  • The Sabres have played in 165 previous home-and-home series in franchise history, going 93-49-23 (.633) in the home games and 57-79-29 (.433) in the road games in previous series.
  • The team is 71-65-29 (.518) all-time in the first game of these previous series and 79-63-23 (.548) 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 (25).
  • Buffalo previously swept San Jose in a home-and-home series on Oct. 19 and 22 and were swept by the Lightning on Nov. 8 and 09 in Stockholm Sweden. They will face the Boston Bruins in their next one on Dec. 27 and 30.

GOING STREAKING

  • Jack Eichel enters today’s game on a seven-game point streak that began on Nov. 16. Entering play Thursday, his 12 points (6+6) during the streak tied Evgeni Malkin to lead the NHL during that timeframe.
  • Victor Olofsson has recorded points in nine of his last 10 games (3+6), including a point in each of his last five home games (1+4). He enters today’s game on a career-best, five-game point streak (2+3).
  • Jimmy Vesey (2+1) and Sam Reinhart (1+2) each enter today’s game with points in Buffalo’s last three games. It is Vesey’s sixth career three-game point streak. With a point today, he’d have points in four straight games for the first time in his career.

SETTING THE PACE

  • With 14 goals in 25 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 25 games currently has him on pace to finish the season with 46 goals and 102 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 nine goals and 20 points through 25 games put him on pace for a career-high totals in both categories (30 goals, 66 points).
  • 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 (30) since Donald Audette’s 31 in 1991-92 and the most points by a Sabres rookie (62) since Ray Sheppard’s 65 in 1987-88.

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel has recorded eight multi-point games this season, tying for 13th-most in the league before Thursday’s game.
  • Entering play Thursday, his three multi-goal games tied for sixth-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 (8), Connor McDavid (8) and David Pastrnak (6) had more games with at least three points this season entering play Thursday.
  • Entering play Thursday, 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) and Steven Stamkos (9).

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

  • Eichel: 501 FO (4th), 14 G (T-8th), 31 PTS (T-8th), 10 EVG (T-8th), 1 OTG (T-9th), 21 EVP (T-10th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (T-1st)
  • Johansson: 1 OTG (T-9th)
  • Olofsson: 6 PPG (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 80 hits (T-8th)
  • Skinner: 90 S (T-9th)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-8th)

BUF-TOR CONNECTIONS

  • Sabres forward Rasmus Asplund played for Team Sweden with Maple Leafs forward William Nylander at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian played with Maple Leafs goaltender Michael Hutchinson in Winnipeg for two seasons (2013-14 to 2014-15).
  • Sabres forward Jack Eichel, Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews and Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly were all part of Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Eichel and Matthews previously played together for Team USA at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe represented the United States with Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres forward Curtis Lazar and Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Ceci were teammates in Ottawa for three seasons (2014-15 to 2016-17).
  • Sabres forward Curtis Lazar and Maple Leafs forward Nicholas Shore were both part of the Calgary Flames’ organization during the 2017-18 season.
  • Sabres forwards Curtis Lazar and Sam Reinhart played for Team Canada with Maple Leafs forwards Frederik Gauthier and Nic Petan at both the 2014 and 2015 IIHF World Junior Championships. They won a gold medal together in 2015.
  • Sabres forward Victor Olofsson and Maple Leafs forward William Nylander played for Team Sweden together at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Sabres forward Sam Reinhart and Maple Leafs defensemen Morgan Rielly and Cody Ceci won a gold medal for Team Canada together at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres forward Jeff Skinner and Maple Leafs forwards Jason Spezza and John Tavares represented Canada together at the 2011 IIHF World Championship. Skinner and Tavares played together again the following year at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres forward Jeff Skinner won a silver medal with Maple Leafs defenseman Tyson Barrie at the 2017 IIHF World Championship.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (80), McCabe (43), Girgensons (35)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (42), Ristolainen (35), Jokiharju (24)
Shots: Skinner (90), Eichel (89), Olofsson (61)

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: 1-3-1 (3), 12/17, 1/15, 14/19

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-3; 122-131 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)

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
Jake McCabe … 2 games … 300 career games played
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 4 goals … 100 career goals
Points
Jimmy Vesey … 5 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Brandon Montour … 200th NHL game … Nov. 27 vs. CGY
Rasmus Asplund … 1st NHL point (assist) … Nov. 27 vs. CGY

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