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Game Preview: 3/2/19 at Toronto

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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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

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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

Game Preview: 12/4/18 vs. Toronto

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

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LAST GAME
Monday, December 3
Buffalo 1 at Nashville 2
Goals: Reinhart
Goalie: Hutton (23 saves/25 shots)
PP: 0/4; PK: 1/2; Shots: Nashville 25 – Buffalo 22

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 102)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 28 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 28 games
Marco Scandella (upper body, Nov. 27; injured reserve) – 4 games
Conor Sheary (upper body, Nov. 27) – 4 games
Jake McCabe (upper body, Nov. 29; injured reserve) – 2 games
Jason Pominville (upper body, Dec. 3) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/30: Activated F Patrik Berglund from IR; Recalled D Matt Tennyson from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Conor Sheary and D Marco Scandella on IR
12/4: Activated F Conor Sheary from IR; Placed D Jake McCabe on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Dec. 8: Philadelphia at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 11: Los Angeles at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 13: Arizona at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 15: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 16: Buffalo at Boston, 5 p.m.

TONIGHT’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 5-2 in Toronto on April 2
  • Next meeting: Monday, Feb. 25 in Toronto
  • The Sabres are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Maple Leafs; 7-3-0 at home.
  • This is the 211th game all-time between Buffalo and Toronto; Buffalo has a 115-69-26 series record.
  • The Sabres are 70-28-8 at home against the Maple Leafs all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-8-3 all-time on December 4.
  • December 4, 1975: Jerry Korab scores six seconds into the third period in a 6-6 tie against the New York Rangers at the Aud.
  • December 4, 1977: Andre Savard scores the 2,000th goal in franchise history in a 6-1 win vs. Detroit.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game marks the first time these teams have met with both teams occupying a playoff position since Jan. 21, 2013. It’s the first time it’s happened after the first week of the season since Dec. 16, 2011.
  • The home team has won 26 of the last 34 games between the Sabres and the Maple Leafs.
  • Jack Eichel recorded his 12th multi-point game of the season with two assists on Friday at Florida. After last night’s game, Eichel’s 12 multi-point games tied for fourth-most in the league this season. He is just six shy of his career-high 18 in a season.

HOT AGAINST TORONTO

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 11 points (6+5) in nine career games against Toronto, including five (3+2) in four home games.
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded nine points (4+5) in his last nine games against the Maple Leafs.
  • Carter Hutton is 3-0-0 against the Maple Leafs in his career with a .930 save percentage and a 1.99 goals-against average.
  • Kyle Okposo has six points (1+5) in his last six games against Toronto.
  • Jason Pominville has totaled five points (3+2) in his last four meetings with the Maple Leafs.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen recorded four assists in four games against Toronto last season.
  • Jeff Skinner has recorded at least a point in each of his last three matchups with the Maple Leafs (1+3).
  • Johan Larsson has recorded 10 points (4+6) in 11 career games against Toronto, including six points (3+3) in his last six.

HOME COOKING

  • Buffalo enters tonight’s game with a 9-2-1 (.792) record at home this season. The team’s .792 points percentage at home ranks No. 1 in the NHL and puts the Sabres on pace for their second-best home record ever, trailing only the 1972-73 season (30-6-3, .808).
  • The Sabres are on their first six-game home winning streak since Nov. 28 to Dec. 15, 2014. A win tonight would extend the streak to seven for the first time since Oct. 22 to Nov. 24, 1999. The franchise record for consecutive wins at home is 12 (1972-73 and 1989-90).
  • The team has gone 7-0-1 in its last eight home games, marking its first eight-game home point streak since Dec. 10, 2013 to Jan. 9, 2014 (6-0-2). A point tonight would give the Sabres points in nine consecutive home games for the first time since Feb. 17 to March 24, 2012 (7-0-2).

A NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER

  • Buffalo’s 11-3-1 (.767) record in November gave the team its best points percentage in a month since April 2011 (4-0-1, .900). It was the Sabres’ best full month since October 2009 (8-2-1, .773).
  • The team’s 17-7-3 (.685) record through November’s games marks the team’s best record through two months since the 2006-07 season (19-3-2, .833).
  • Jeff Skinner scored 15 goals in 15 games during November to join Rick Martin in 1972-73 as just the second player ever to score 20 goals for the Sabres before December.
  • Rasmus Dahlin was selected as the NHL Rookie of the Month for November after totaling 10 points (1+9) and a plus-9 rating in 15 games, averaging 19:54 of ice time per game during the month.
  • Carter Hutton was 8-3-0 with a .923 save percentage in 11 appearances in November, including a career-best eight-game winning streak from Nov. 8 to 27.

SCORING EARLY IS GREAT…

  • The Sabres are 12-0-3 when scoring first so far this season. They join the Maple Leafs as one of two teams who have earned at least a point in every game in which they’ve opened the scoring in 2018-19.
  • Buffalo is 10-0-2 when leading after the first period. After last night’s game, they were one of four teams who have earned at least a point in every game in which they’ve led after 20 minutes in 2018-19.

…BUT SCORING LATE IS NICE TOO

  • The Sabres are 5-7-1 when trailing after two periods. Their five wins when trailing after 40 minutes ranked as the second-most in the league after last night’s game.
  • Buffalo’s five wins when trailing after two have already matched last season’s total and leave the team four third-period comebacks shy of the franchise record of nine set in the 2005-06 season.

NOT TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT
The Sabres are 10-2-3 in one-goal games so far this season. Buffalo last won more than half of its one-goal games in a season in 2011-12 (21-9-11). The team’s current .667 winning percentage in one-goal games would tie as the third-best mark in franchise history and would be the Sabres’ best record in one-goal games since 1989-90 (18-6-3).

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s sixth of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 2-1 loss last night at Nashville. The Sabres are 4-2-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 3-1-1 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in their previous back-to-back sets is: four points (3), three points (0), two points (1), one point (1) and zero points (0).

SAM I AM

  • Sam Reinhart enters tonight’s game on a four-game point streak (4+2). With goals in his last three games, he has tied his career-best three-game goal streak set from Feb. 4 to 9, 2016.
  • Reinhart has recorded 16 points (6+10) in his last 15 games, including six two-point games during that stretch.
  • The Sabres are 12-2-1 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 25-3-4 (.844) in his career when he records at least two.

DYNAMIC DUO
Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner are currently on pace to shatter their personal bests in points and make a mark in the Sabres’ record books on the strength of career-best production at even strength that ranks them among the best even-strength players in the league this season.

  • If he maintains his current pace, Eichel would finish the season tied for the third-most even-strength points ever recorded by a Sabre (70), trailing only Pat LaFontaine (83) and Alexander Mogilny (78) in 1992-93, and would top LaFontaine’s franchise-record 52 even-strength assists that season. He would also become the first Sabre to record more than 90 points since Daniel Briere (95) in 2006-07.
  • Skinner is currently on pace for the second-highest goal total (59) in Sabres history, trailing only Mogilny in 1992-93 (76). His 44 even-strength goals would finish behind only Mogilny’s even-strength total from that season (49) for most in team history.
Player/Season GP G A PTS ES G ES A ES P
Eichel Career High (2017-18) 67 25 39 64 22 20 42
Eichel 2018-19 28 5 27 32 4 20 24
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 82 15 79 94 12 59 70
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 28 20 8 28 15 5 20
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 59 23 82 44 15 59

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

  • Buffalo Sabres: 17 W (4th), 37 PTS (T-4th)
  • Eichel: 115 S (3rd), 20 EVA (3rd), 27 A (5th), 24 EVP (T-6th), 32 P (T-10th)
  • Hutton: 12 W (3rd), 589 SV (6th)
  • Ristolainen: 88 hits (5th), 25:30 TOI/GP (8th)
  • Skinner: 15 EVG (1st), 2 OTG (T-1st), 20 G (T-2nd), plus-16 (T-4th), 3 GWG (T-6th), 5 PPG (T-9th)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-9th), .927 SV% (10th)

BUF-TOR CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Maple Leafs F Tyler Ennis spent the first eight years of his career with the Sabres after being drafted by the team in the first round (26th overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft. He recorded 236 points (97+139) in 419 games played and was an alternate captain during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.

Former Maple Leafs:

  • Sabres Head Coach Phil Housley played in one regular-season game and three playoff games for the Maple Leafs during the 2002-03 season.

Sabres with Toronto connections:

  • Sabres F Evan Rodrigues is a native of Toronto and played for the Toronto Marlboros and Georgetown Raiders before attending Boston University.
  • Sabres F Jeff Skinner is from Toronto and played for the Toronto Nationals prior to joining the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Played with Maple Leafs D Ron Hainsey for the Jets organization, both when the team was located in Atlanta and later in Winnipeg. Bogosian and Hainsey also played for Team USA together at the 2009 IIHF World Championship.

Jason Botterill:

  • Was the assistant general manager in Pittsburgh when Maple Leafs D Ron Hainsey was playing for the Penguins.

Jack Eichel:

  • Won a bronze medal for Team USA with Maple Leafs F Auston Matthews at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship. They played together again for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
  • Played for Team North America with Maple Leafs D Morgan Rielly at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Phil Housley:

  • Played for the Blues with Maple Leafs President Brendan Shanahan.
  • Coached Maple Leafs G Garret Sparks at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship. The duo won a gold medal together for the United States.

Jake McCabe:

  • Won a gold medal for the United States with Maple Leafs G Garret Sparks at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Played for Team USA with Maple Leafs D Jake Gardiner at the 2014 IIHF World Championship.
  • Represented the United States with Maple Leafs F Auston Matthews at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for the Islanders with Maple Leafs F John Tavares.
  • Played for Team USA with Maple Leafs D Ron Hainsey at the 2009 IIHF World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Won a gold medal for Team Canada with Maple Leafs D Morgan Rielly at the 2016 IIHF World Cup of Hockey.

Jeff Skinner:

  • Played with Maple Leafs D Ron Hainsey in Carolina.
  • Played for Team Canada with Maple Leafs F John Tavares at the 2011 and 2012 IIHF World Championships.
  • Won a silver medal with Maple Leafs F Mitchell Marner while representing Canada at the 2017 IIHF World Championship.

Steve Smith:

  • Was an assistant coach in Carolina when Maple Leafs D Ron Hainsey was playing for the Hurricanes.
  • Was an assistant coach in Edmonton when Maple Leafs D Martin Marincin was playing for the Oilers.

Linus Ullmark:

  • Won a bronze medal for Team Sweden with Maple Leafs F Andreas Johnsson at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (88), Girgensons (45), McCabe (42)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (46), McCabe (44), Bogosian (41)
Shots: Eichel (115), Skinner (84), Ristolainen (66)

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: 5-2-1 (11), 26/22, 5/25, 18/24

OVERTIME RESULTS (4-3; 117-124 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)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (3-0; 73-66 all-time)
Nov. 10 vs. VAN: W, 4-3 (GDG-Mittelstadt)
Nov. 16 at WPG: W, 2-1 (GDG-Sheary)
Nov. 24 at DET: W, 3-2 (GDG-Reinhart)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Remi Elie … 2 games … 100 career games played
Kyle Okposo … 2 games … 700 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 1 goal … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 5 assists … 300 career assists
Points
Jason Pominville … 3 points … 511 points with Sabres (T-8th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
Nathan Beaulieu … 300th NHL game … Nov. 29 at TBL
Evan Rodrigues … 100th NHL game … Nov. 29 at TBL
Lawrence Pilut … 1st NHL game … Nov. 30 at FLA

Game Preview: 4/2/18 at Toronto

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, March 31
Buffalo 7 at Nashville 4
Goals: Reinhart (3), Okposo (2), Pominville, O’Reilly
Goalie: Johnson (32 saves/36 shots)
PP: 4/9; PK: 3/4; Shots: Nashville 36 – Buffalo 36

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 299)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 35 games
Jake McCabe (shoulder, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 25 games
Jacob Josefson (lower body. March 17) – 8 games
Linus Ullmark (upper body, March 26) – 3 games
Robin Lehner (lower body, March 31) – 1 game
Victor Antipin (concussion, April 2) – 0 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAY
S
3/27: Assigned F Justin Bailey to Rochester (AHL)
3/30: Recalled G Adam Wilcox from Rochester (AHL)
3/31: Assigned F Kyle Criscuolo to Rochester (AHL)
4/2: Recalled D Matt Tennyson from Rochester (AHL)

REMAINING GAMES
Wednesday, April 4: Ottawa at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 6: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 7: Buffalo at Florida, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at MAPLE LEAFS

  • This is the fourth and final meeting between the Sabres and Maple Leafs this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Toronto 3-2 in Toronto on March 26
  • The Sabres are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Maple Leafs; 3-4-3 on the road.
  • This is the 210th game all-time between Buffalo and Toronto; Buffalo has a 115-68-26 series record.
  • The Sabres are 45-40-18 on the road against the Maple Leafs all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-6-3 all-time on April 2.
  • April 2, 2011: Thomas Vanek records his 200th NHL goal in a 5-4 overtime loss at Washington.
  • April 2, 2013: Ryan Miller plays his 492nd game in the NHL, breaking Dominik Hasek’s franchise record for most games played by a goaltender.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with an 8-4-1 record in their last 13 games against Atlantic Division opponents and an 11-10-3 record against the division this season.
  • The home team has won 25 of the last 33 games between the Sabres and the Maple Leafs. However, with wins in their last two visits, the Sabres are seeking wins in three consecutive visits to Toronto for the first time since the team won eight in a row from Feb. 21, 2008 to Dec. 21, 2009.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 34 points (16+18) in his last 34 games dating back to Jan. 18.
  • With his second career hat trick on Saturday at Nashville, Reinhart has 18 goals in 40 games so far in 2018, tying him for 16th-most in the league since Jan. 1.

SABRES-LEAFS

  • Chad Johnson has a 7-1-1 career record against Toronto with a .934 save percentage and a 2.10 goals-against average.
  • Jack Eichel has recorded 11 points (6+5) in eight career games against Toronto, including six points (3+3) in four road games. His six goals and 11 points against the Maple Leafs each tie as his highest marks against any NHL team.
  • Johan Larsson has recorded 10 points (4+6) in 10 career games against the Maple Leafs.
  • Kyle Okposo has points in each of his last five games against Toronto, having totaled six points (1+5) in those games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has five points (3+2) in his last five games against the Maple Leafs.
  • Sam Reinhart has posted eight points (3+5) in eight games against Toronto since the beginning of last season.
  • Jason Pominville has faced off with the Maple Leafs 53 times as a member of the Sabres, totaling 52 points (20+32) in those matchups.

ROAD WARRIORS

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with a 9-3-1 record in their last 13 road games.
  • After tying a franchise record with five assists at Nashville on Saturday, Jack Eichel has 36 points (11+25) in 32 road games this season. Eichel’s 13 points per game on the road this season rank as the seventh-best rate among all NHL skaters.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 17 points (10+7) in his last 17 road games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has recorded 16 points (4+12) in his last 18 road games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has seven points (1+6) in his last six road games.
  • Kyle Okposo enters tonight’s game on a three-game road point streak, with four points (2+2) in those games.
  • Chad Johnson has stopped 149 of 159 shots faced in his last four road games (.937), earning wins in all four of those contests.

DRAWING ATTENTION*

  • Ryan O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (1,212) and faceoff percentage (60.3%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 1,212 wins already rank as the most wins by a Sabre in a season.
  • O’Reilly’s 1,212 faceoff wins through 77 games played already rank sixth in NHL history and put him on pace to log the most by any NHL player in a season:
    • Ryan O’Reilly *pace* (BUF), 2017-18 1,275
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2005-06 – 1,268
    • Adam Oates (WSH), 1999-00 – 1,235
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2001-02 – 1,218
    • Joe Sakic (COL), 2000-01 – 1,214
  • At his current pace, O’Reilly would become just the third player ever to win at least 1,000 faceoffs in a season while maintaining a faceoff percentage of at least 59 percent, joining Rod Brind’Amour (five times) and Patrice Bergeron (two times).

*The NHL began keeping faceoff stats in the 1997-98 season.

I LIKE EICH

  • Despite missing 15 games with a high-ankle sprain, Jack Eichel has topped his previous personal bests in goals (24), assists (33) and points (57) on the strength of improved production at even strength.
  • With his 17th multi-point game in his 61st game of the season, Eichel surpassed his career-best total of 16 set in 2016-17. Through 63 games, Eichel now has 18 multi-point games.
  • With his 17th even-strength goal in his 44th game of the season on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus, Eichel surpassed his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games). Through 63 games, Eichel now has 22 even-strength goals.
  • With his 36th even-strength point in his 53rd game of the season on Feb. 7 vs. Anaheim, Eichel surpassed his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games). Through 63 games, he now has 42 even-strength points.

 

Jack Eichel’s Production by Season

Season GP G A PTS ES G ES A ES P
2015-16 81 24 32 56 16 19 35
2016-17 61 24 33 57 14 19 33
2017-18 63 25 37 62 22 20 42
2017-18 (Pace) 67 27 39 66 23 21 45

 

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

  • Of Jack Eichel’s 62 points so far this season, 27 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes 6-on-5 situations).
  • Through 63 games played, Eichel’s 27 primary points (16+11) during 5-on-5 play have surpassed both his 61-game total from last season (11+10) and his career-best total from his 81-game rookie season (12+12).

*All primary point stats via NaturalStatTrick.com

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 4/1 games)

  • Eichel: 3.71 S/GP (7th)
  • O’Reilly: 1,212 FOW (1st), 60.3% FO% (1st), 2,009 FO (1st), 14 PPG (T-5th), 4 SHP (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:33 TOI/GP (4th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (198), Girgensons (132), Nolan (122)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (107), Scandella (106), McCabe (79)
Shots: Eichel (234), O’Reilly (212), Reinhart (177)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 3-5-2 (8), 26/36, 5/36, 29/35
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 20/35, 5/28, 23/27
21-30: 2-6-2 (6), 18/31, 2/32, 24/32
31-40: 3-4-3 (9), 24/33, 3/25, 23/28
41-50: 4-6-0 (8), 27/31, 10/33, 15/26
51-60: 3-6-1 (7), 28/32, 6/24, 32/38
61-70: 5-4-1 (11), 24/31, 6/32, 20/25
71-80: 3-5-0 (6), 20/31, 7/28, 14/20

OVERTIME RESULTS (5-10; 113-121 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron, 3:52)
Oct. 21 at BOS: W, 5-4 (GWG-O’Reilly, 2:59)
Nov. 11 at MTL: L, 2-1 (GWG-Pacioretty, 3:08)
Nov. 14 at PIT: L, 5-4 (GWG-Sheary, 0:16)
Dec. 8 at CHI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Forsling, 4:55)
Dec. 10 at STL: L, 3-2 (GWG-Tarasenko, 4:24)
Dec. 15 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Slavin,2:15)
Dec. 27 at NYI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barzal, 1:08)
Dec. 29 at NJD: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen, 2:37)
Jan. 1 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Miller, 2:43)
Jan. 22 at CGY: W, 2-1 (GWG-Eichel, 1:30)
Feb. 6 vs. ANA: L, 4-3 (GWG-Henrique, 1:36)
Feb. 15 at OTT: L, 3-2 (GWG-Hoffman,1:13)
Feb. 22 at DET: W, 3-2 (GWG-Scandella, 4:59)
Feb. 28 at TBL: W, 2-1 (GWG-Pominville, 1:26)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-2; 70-66 all-time)
Oct. 5 vs. MTL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Drouin)
March 8 at OTT: W, 4-3 (GDG-Josefson)
March 10 vs. VGK: L, 2-1 (GDG-Haula)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
N/A

RECENT MILESTONES
Casey Mittelstadt … 1st NHL game … March 29 vs. Detroit
Casey Mittelstadt … 1st NHL point (assist) … March 29 vs. Detroit
Jack Eichel … 100th NHL assist … March 31 at Nashville