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Post-Game Report: 1/11 vs. Vancouver

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Canucks
(24-17-4)
1 1 4 6 35
Sabres
(19-19-7)
1 1 1 3 28

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • Sam Reinhart’s goal today gives him a tally in each of his last five contests against the Canucks. He has seven points (5+2) in those games and six points (3+3) in his last six games overall.
  • Rasmus Dahlin, who earned two primary assists today, now has at least one assist in each of his last three games (0+4). He also has four assists in three career games against the Canucks, marking his highest points-per-game rate against any NHL opponent.
  • Jack Eichel collected two assists to extend his point streak to six games (3+4).
  • With his goal today, Zemgus Girgensons now has a point in three straight games against the Canucks (2+1).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen recorded an assist on the Girgensons goal to give him nine assists in his last seven games against Vancouver, including at least one assist in each of those contests.

 

Today’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision GA SA
Canucks Markstrom W 3 28
Sabres Hutton L 5 34
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Canucks Markstrom 16-12-3 .914 2.81
Sabres Hutton 6-7-4 .892 3.34

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Sabres defenseman Brandon Montour

Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton

Canucks head coach Travis Green

Canucks forward Brock Boeser

Canucks forward Bo Horvat

Canucks defenseman Christopher Tanev

Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom

Game Preview: 1/11/20 vs. Vancouver

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, January 9
Buffalo 1 at St. Louis 5
Goals: Eichel
Goalie: Ullmark (26 saves/30 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 0/1; PK: 0/1; Shots: St. Louis 31 – Buffalo 19

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 202)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 44 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 28 games
Tage Thompson (upper body, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 24 games
Jeff Skinner (upper body, Dec. 29; injured reserve) – 5 games
Victor Olofsson (lower body, Jan. 4; injured reserve) – 2 games
Jake McCabe (upper body, Jan. 9) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/6: Assigned F Dalton Smith to Rochester (AHL)
1/7: Recalled D Lawrence Pilut from Rochester (AHL)
1/8: Placed F Victor Olofsson on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Sunday, Jan. 12: Buffalo at Detroit, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 14: Vegas at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 16: Buffalo at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 18: Buffalo at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 28: Ottawa at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
CANUCKS at SABRES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Canucks this season.
  • Last meeting: Vancouver defeated Buffalo 6-5 (OT) in Vancouver on Dec. 7, 2019
  • The Sabres are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Canucks; 6-4-0 at home.
  • This is the 124th game all-time between Buffalo and Vancouver; Buffalo has a 50-53-20 series record.
  • The Sabres are 32-21-8 at home against the Canucks all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-7-4 all-time on January 11.
  • January 11, 1976: Gerry Desjardins earns his second shutout of the season with 28 saves in a 6-0 win over Pittsburgh.
  • January 11, 1994: Randy Wood scores his first career penalty-shot goal in a 5-2 win at Chicago.
  • January 11, 2019: Jason Pominville scores his 211th goal as a member of the Sabres, tying Alexander Mogilny for 11th-most in franchise history. Pominville would finish the season with 217 goals as a Sabre, ranking him 10th all-time.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Conor Sheary is expected to appear in his 300th NHL game today.
  • Kyle Okposo has totaled 14 points (4+10) in his last 12 games against Vancouver, including a point in each of the last six meetings (4+2). His career point-per-game output through 14 games against the Canucks ties his mark against the San Jose Sharks (5+11 in 16 GP) and the Vegas Golden Knights (0+3 in 3 GP) as his best against any NHL team.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen enters today’s game with 10 points in his last nine games against the Canucks (2+8), including at least a point in each of his last six (0+8).
  • Sam Reinhart has scored in each of his last four games against Vancouver, totaling six points (4+2) in those matchups.
  • Marcus Johansson (3+1) and Johan Larsson (1+3) have each recorded four points in their last four games against the Canucks.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel has recorded points in each of Buffalo’s last five games (3+2). His current stretch trails only his run of 18 consecutive games played with a point (Nov. 16 to Dec. 21) for his longest streak this season.
  • Marcus Johansson has totaled six points (1+5) in his last five games.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled five points (2+3) in the Sabres’ last five contests.
  • Conor Sheary has recorded four points (2+2) in Buffalo’s last four games.
  • Rasmus Dahlin enters today’s game with points in two straight games. His .64 points per game so far this season represent the best scoring rate by a Sabres defenseman since Brian Campbell (.68) in 2007-08.

HOME COOKING

  • The Sabres are 13-5-3 through their first 21 home games of the season. The team’s .690 points percentage at home ranked ninth in the NHL before Friday’s games. If they finished the season at this pace, it would rank as the Sabres’ 12th-best home record in franchise history.
  • With 34 points (19+15) in 21 home games this season, Jack Eichel’s 1.62 points per game at ranked fourth in the league entering play Friday. His plus-19 rating at home led the league.
  • Sam Reinhart (9+11) is also producing near a point-per-game rate through 21 home games this season. Reinhart has totaled nine points (3+6) in his last seven games at KeyBank Center.
  • Marcus Johansson enters today’s game with at least a point in each of his last three home games, totaling five points (1+4) in those contests.
  • Jimmy Vesey has recorded eight points (4+4) and a plus-7 rating in his last 10 home games.
  • Conor Sheary has posted six points (4+2) and a plus-4 rating in his last five home games.
  • Linus Ullmark has won seven of his last nine games at KeyBank Center, posting a .918 save percentage and a 2.57 goals-against average in those games.

BACK-TO-BACK
Today’s game opens Buffalo’s ninth of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night at Detroit. The Sabres are 3-4-1 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 3-4-1 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (0), three points (2), two points (4), one point (0) and zero points (2).

WELCOME TO BUFFALO

  • Michael Frolik is expected to make his home debut for the Sabres today. He logged two shots in 16:44 of ice time his first game with the Sabres on Thursday at St. Louis.
  • The Sabres acquired Frolik on Jan. 2 from the Calgary Flames in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.
  • The 12-year NHL veteran has scored at least 15 goals in five of the last six seasons, including at least 10 goals at even strength in each of those five seasons.
  • Frolik has totaled 19 points (7+12) in 47 career NHL playoff contests, appearing in the postseason six times. He played in all 23 playoff games for the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013, culminating in his first Stanley Cup championship.
  • He has represented the Czech Republic in major international tournaments nine times in his career. Most recently, he served as an alternate captain and recorded 14 points (7+7) in 10 games at the 2019 IIHF World Championship.

JACK ATTACK

  • Entering play Friday, Jack Eichel’s 27 goals this season ranked third among all NHL players and his 56 points tied for eighth in the league.
  • Eichel has been selected to represent the Sabres at NHL All-Star Weekend on Jan. 24 and 25 in St. Louis. With his third consecutive All-Star nod, Eichel becomes the seventh player in franchise history to represent the team in at least three NHL All-Star Games, joining Rick Martin (7), Gilbert Perreault (6), Dominik Hasek (5), Mike Ramsey (4), Phil Housley (3) and Alexander Mogilny (3).
  • With his 50th point of the season on Dec. 17 at Toronto, Eichel became the first Sabre to reach 50 points in 35 or fewer games since 1992-93 (Pat LaFontaine and Alexander Mogilny). He joins Rick Martin as the only other player in franchise history to record at least 20 goals and 50 points in each of his first five NHL seasons.
  • Eichel hasn’t been held without a point in three consecutive appearances since early November. In his 27 games played since then, he has totaled 39 points (20+19), including a stretch of 18 straight games (Nov. 16 to Dec. 21) that tied Gilbert Perreault (Oct. 24 to Dec. 4, 1971) for the most consecutive games played with a point in franchise history.
  • The streak was the NHL’s fifth-longest personal point streak in the last decade, trailing only Taylor Hall (26 in 2017-18), Patrick Kane (26 in 2015-16), Sidney Crosby (25 in 2010-11) and Patrick Kane (20 in 2018-19).

SETTING THE PACE

  • With 27 goals in 43 games so far this season, Jack Eichel is one goal from tying his previous best total set in the 2018-19 season.
  • Eichel’s output through 44 team games currently has him on pace to finish the season with 51 goals and 105 points, which would be the highest goal and point totals by a Sabre since Pat LaFontaine (53+95) and Alexander Mogilny (76+51) in 1992-93.
  • LaFontaine (83 in 1992-93) and Mogilny (78 in 1992-93) are the only Sabres ever to have recorded more even-strength points in a season than the 73 Eichel is currently on pace for.
  • Sam Reinhart’s 14 goals in 44 games put him on pace for a career-high goal total (26).

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 15 multi-point games this season, ranking as the 11th-most in the NHL before Friday’s games.
  • Entering play Friday, his six multi-goal games tied for second-most in the league and his eight multi-assist games tied for eighth-most.
  • Eichel has already recorded at least three points seven times this season, topping his previous career-high total (6) set in the 2016-17 season. Only Connor McDavid (10) and Leon Draisaitl (8) had more games with at least three points this season entering play Friday.
  • Eichel’s three games with at least four points this season tied for third-most in the league before Wednesday’s games. Since he entered the league in 2015-16, only nine players had totaled at least four points more times than Eichel’s eight: Nikita Kucherov (15), Patrick Kane (12), Connor McDavid (11), Johnny Gaudreau (9), Nathan MacKinnon (0), Brad Marchand (9), Alex Ovechkin (9), Artemi Panarin (9) and Steven Stamkos (9).

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 1/10 games)

  • Eichel: 20 EVG (2nd), 27 G (3rd), 39 EVP (T-5th), 5 GWG (T-6th), 56 PTS (T-8th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (T-5th)
  • Olofsson: 9 PPG (T-3rd)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (133), Girgensons (69), McCabe (60)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (61), Ristolainen (51), Jokiharju (37)
Shots: Eichel (150), Skinner (128), Olofsson (99)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 8-1-1 (17), 38/24, 12/39, 23/30
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 21/35, 2/26, 21/29
21-30: 3-4-3 (8), 34/34, 4/33, 23/32
31-40: 4-5-1 (9), 24/32, 4/23, 23/30
41-50: 2-2-0 (4), 11/15, 1/10, 7/10

OVERTIME RESULTS (4-6; 124-134 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)
Jan. 2 vs. EDM: W, 3-2 (GWG-Eichel, 1:09)

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Conor Sheary … 1 game … 300 career games played
Linus Ullmark … 9 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Kyle Okposo … 9 goals … 200 career goals
Points
Kyle Okposo … 5 points … 500 career points
Zach Bogosian … 7 points … 200 career points
Johan Larsson … 9 points … 100 career points 

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Game Preview: 12/7/19 at Vancouver

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, December 5
Buffalo 3 at Calgary 4
Goals: Reinhart, McCabe, Eichel
Goalie: Ullmark (25 saves/29 shots)
PP: 1/8; PK: 1/2; Shots: Calgary 29 – Buffalo 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 139)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 29 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 13 games
Kyle Okposo (concussion, Nov. 17; injured reserve) – 10 games
Tage Thompson (upper body, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 9 games
Rasmus Dahlin (concussion, Nov. 27; injured reserve) – 5 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
12/3: Assigned F Curtis Lazar to Rochester (AHL)
12/4: Assigned F Jean-Sebastien Dea to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Sunday, Dec. 8: Buffalo at Edmonton, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 10: St. Louis at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 12: Nashville at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 14: Buffalo at NY Islanders, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 17: Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
SABRES at CANUCKS

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Canucks this season.
  • Last meeting: Vancouver defeated Buffalo 4-3 in Vancouver on Jan. 18
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Jan. 11 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Canucks; 2-8-0 on the road.
  • This is the 123rd game all-time between Buffalo and Vancouver; Buffalo has a 50-53-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 18-32-11 on the road against the Canucks all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 5-12-4 all-time on December 7.
  • December 7, 1980: Eleven different Sabres record multi-point games, led by Rick Dudley’s second career hat trick, as the Sabres defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 10-1 at home.
  • December 7, 2002: The Sabres record the 1,200th win in franchise history on a game-winning goal from Adam Mair, topping the Washington Capitals 4-3 at home.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Today’s game is the second in a three-game road trip through Western Canada for the Sabres. Buffalo is 13-7-3 against the Pacific Division since the beginning of last season, including a 3-2-2 record in 2019-20.
  • Victor Olofsson has recorded 14 points (5+9) in his last 14 games, including two-point outings in the team’s last two contests.
  • All 11 of Jeff Skinner’s goals this season have come during 5-on-5 play. According to NaturalStatTrick.com, he entered play Friday tied for fifth-most in the league.

HOT AGAINST VANCOUVER

  • Rasmus Ristolainen enters today’s game with eight points in his last eight games against the Canucks (2+6), including at least a point in each of his last five (0+6).
  • Jeff Skinner has recorded five points (3+2) in his last five games against Vancouver.
  • Sam Reinhart has scored in each of his last three games against the Canucks, totaling four points (3+1) in those matchups.
  • Marcus Johansson has totaled six points (4+2) in six career visits to Vancouver.
  • Evan Rodrigues has recorded a point in three of his four career games against the Canucks (1+2), including both of his road games (1+1).
  • Carter Hutton is 2-1-0 in four career appearances against the Canucks with a .943 save percentage and a 1.80 goals-against average.

BACK-TO-BACK
Today’s game opens Buffalo’s eighth of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night at Edmonton. The Sabres are 3-4-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-4-1 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (0), three points (1), two points (4), one point (0) and zero points (2).

GOING STREAKING

  • Jack Eichel enters today’s game on an 11-game point streak that began on Nov. 16, tying as the longest streak of his career. Entering play Friday, his 10 goals and 20 points during the league’s longest active streak led the NHL during that timeframe.
  • With a point today, Eichel would have his first career 12-game point streak. It would be the longest point streak recorded by a Sabre since Tim Connolly tallied points in 16 straight from Dec. 23, 2009 to Jan. 25, 2010.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (1+3) and Brandon Montour (0+4) each enter the game with points in four straight contests. Montour has already tied his longest career point streak, set from Nov. 18 to 25, 2018 (1+5). With a point today, Ristolainen would have his first five-game streak since Jan. 18 to 25, 2018 (1+5) and would be one game shy of his career-best six straight games with a point.

EVEN-STRENGTH IMPROVEMENT
The Sabres have seen positive trends at even strength in the team’s 12 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 12 Games 60.42 51.13 50.70 49.06

During the 12-game stretch that began on Nov. 14 vs. Carolina, the team has tied or led its opponent at 5-on-5 in…

  • goals: nine times
  • shots: eight times
  • shot attempts: seven times
  • scoring chances: seven times

SETTING THE PACE

  • With 18 goals in 29 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 29 games currently has him on pace to finish the season with 51 goals and 110 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) and Mogilny (78) in 1992-93 are the only two Sabres ever to have recorded more even-strength points in a season than the 76 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 (31) since Ray Sheppard’s 38 in 1987-88 and the most points by a Sabres rookie (68) 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 higher than Olofsson’s current pace.
  • Sam Reinhart’s 10 goals in 29 games put him on pace for a career-high goal total (28).

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 10 multi-point games this season, tying for 10th-most in the NHL before Friday’s games.
  • Entering play Friday, his four multi-goal games tied for fourth-most (one shy of the league lead) and his seven multi-assist games tied for third-most (also one behind the league leaders).
  • 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 Leon Draisaitl (8) and Connor McDavid (8) had more games with at least three points this season entering play Friday.
  • Eichel’s three games with at least four points this season tied for the league lead entering play Friday. 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 12/6 games)

  • Eichel: 18 G (T-4th), 13 EVG (T-4th), 27 EVP (T-6th), 39 PTS (7th), 109 S (T-7th), 21 A (T-8th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (T-2nd)
  • Olofsson: 6 PPG (T-7th)
  • Ristolainen: 91 hits (10th)
  • Skinner: 109 S (T-7th), 11 EVG (T-10th)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-10th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (91), McCabe (46), Girgensons (40)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (48), Ristolainen (38), Jokiharju (27)
Shots: Eichel (109), Skinner (109), Olofsson (70)

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: 3-4-2 (8), 29/28, 3/29, 22/30

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-4; 122-132 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)

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)
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 3 goals … 100 career goals
Assists
Marco Scandella … 10 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Jack Eichel … 2 points … 300 career points
Jimmy Vesey … 3 points … 100 career points
Zach Bogosian … 9 points … 200 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Rasmus Asplund … 1st NHL goal … Dec. 2 vs. NJD

Game Preview: 1/18/19 at Vancouver

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Wednesday, January 16
Buffalo 4 at Calgary 3 (OT)
Goals: Rodrigues, Dahlin, McCabe, Eichel
Goalie: Ullmark (30 saves/33 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 1/3; Shots: Calgary 33 – Buffalo 23

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 172)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Casey Nelson (upper body, Dec. 8; injured reserve) – 18 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/18: Acquired F Taylor Leier from Philadelphia in exchange for F Justin Bailey; Assigned Leier to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Jan. 29: Buffalo at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 30: Buffalo at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 1: Chicago at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 5: Minnesota at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 7: Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at CANUCKS

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Canucks this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Vancouver 4-3 (SO) in Buffalo on Nov. 10, 2018
  • The Sabres are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Canucks; 2-7-1 on the road.
  • This is the 122nd game all-time between Buffalo and Vancouver; Buffalo has a 50-52-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 18-31-11 on the road against the Canucks all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 12-4-4 all-time on January 18.
  • Four different Sabres goaltenders (Don Edwards, Tom Barrasso, Dominik Hasek, Martin Biron) have earned a shutout on Jan. 18. It is one of only three dates on which the Sabres have recorded four shutouts; the others are Feb. 16 and Nov. 19.
  • January 18, 1984: Tom Barrasso makes 30 saves in his first NHL shutout as the Sabres top the Los Angeles Kings 4-0.
  • January 18, 2008: Derek Roy records his third career hat trick and Drew Stafford records his first in a 10-1 win against the Atlanta Thrashers, marking the 12th game in franchise history to feature two Sabres hat tricks.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is the final game in a three-game road trip through Western Canada for the Sabres. Buffalo is 10-3-1 against the Pacific Division this season.
  • With a win tonight, the Sabres will have swept the Canucks in a season series for the first time since the teams resumed facing off twice a season in 2013-14. Buffalo’s last two-win series against Vancouver came in 1997-98.
  • Johan Larsson is expected to appear in his 300th NHL game tonight.
  • Evan Rodrigues has scored in each of Buffalo’s last two games and is seeking his first career three-game goal streak.
  • Sam Reinhart has already set career-high totals in assists (33) and multi-point games (13) this season. The Sabres are 18-7-4 this season when he records at least one point and 28-4-6 (.816) in his career when he records at least two.

HOT AGAINST VANCOUVER

  • Kyle Okposo has totaled 12 points (2+10) in 12 career games against Vancouver, including a point in each of the last four (2+2).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen enters tonight’s game with seven points in his last seven games against the Canucks (2+5), including at least a point in each of his last four (0+5).
  • Jeff Skinner has recorded five points (3+2) in his last four games against Vancouver.
  • Rasmus Dahlin recorded his first career multi-point game with two assists when these teams last met.
  • Carter Hutton is 2-1-0 in four career appearances against the Canucks with a .943 save percentage and a 1.80 goals-against average.

DAH-LEAN ON ME
Entering play Thursday, Rasmus Dahlin led rookie defensemen and tied for second among all NHL rookies with 26 points (5+21) this season.

  • Rasmus Dahlin enters tonight’s game on a career-best, five-game point streak (1+5). He joins Bobby Orr (2x), Phil Housley and Aaron Ekblad as the only defensemen ever to record five-game point streaks before their 19th birthdays. A point tonight would make him the first 18-year-old defenseman to tally a point in six straight games.
  • During his five-game streak, Dahlin has a plus-4 rating, and has averaged 22:10 of ice time and 3.2 shots per game, also boasting a 52.94 percent shot attempt percentage (CF%) during 5-on-5 play.
  • With 26 points (5+21) through 47 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.
  • Dahlin’s current point total puts him on pace for 45 points this season. It would trail only Phil Housley (57 points in 1982-83) for the most ever recorded by a defenseman before his 19th birthday.

NIFTY FIFTY
With his first point on Wednesday at Calgary, Jack Eichel became just the fifth player in franchise history to record at least 50 points in each of his first four NHL seasons, joining Phil Housley, Rick Martin, Gilbert Perreault and Christian Ruuttu.

HEY NOW, YOU’RE AN ALL-STAR

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

COMEBACK KIDS

  • The Sabres are 6-13-2 this season when trailing after two periods. Their six wins when trailing after 40 minutes tied for second-most in the league entering play Thursday and their .286 win percentage in those games tied for fourth.
  • Buffalo’s six wins when trailing after two have already surpassed last season’s total and leave the team three third-period comebacks shy of the franchise record of nine set in the 2005-06 season.

SCORING WHEN IT COUNTS

  • Entering play Thursday, Jeff Skinner’s seven game-winning goals tied for the most in the NHL this season. He is the first Sabres player with at least seven game-winners in a season since Derek Roy (9) in 2008-09 and is four shy of matching the single-season franchise record of 11 shared by Danny Gare (1979-80) and Alexander Mogilny (1992-93).
  • Skinner also entered play Thursday 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.

LEADING THE WAY

  • All three of the Sabres’ top three scorers are currently on pace to shatter their personal bests in points on the strength of career-best production at even strength that ranks them each among the best even-strength players in the league this season:
Player/Season GP G A PTS ES G ES A ES P
Eichel Career High (2017-18) 67 25 39 64 22 20 42
Eichel 2018-19 44 16 35 51 12 26 38
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 79 29 63 92 22 47 68
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 47 30 14 44 23 10 33
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 52 24 77 40 17 58
               
Reinhart Career High (2017-18) 82 25 25 50 13 16 29
Reinhart 2018-19 47 10 33 43 9 23 32
Reinhart 2018-19 (Pace) 82 17 58 75 16 40 56

MAKING HISTORY

  • If the Sabres’ top scorers continue their current pace, the team would have three 75-point players for the first time since 1992-93 (Pat LaFontaine, Alexander Mogilny, Dale Hawerchuk).
  • At his current pace, Jack Eichel would finish the season tied for the fifth-most even-strength points ever recorded by a Sabre, trailing only LaFontaine (83) and Mogilny (78) in 1992-93, and Gilbert Perreault in 1975-76 (70).
  • Eichel would trail only LaFontaine’s franchise-record 52 even-strength assists that season and would become the first Sabre to record at least 90 points since Daniel Briere in 2006-07 (95).
  • Jeff Skinner is currently on pace to tie for the fourth-most goals in Sabres history, trailing only Mogilny in 1992-93 (76), Danny Gare in 1979-80 (56) and LaFontaine in 1992-93 (53). His 40 even-strength goals would finish 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 to rank fourth in team history.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 1/17 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 82.1% PK% (9th)
  • Eichel: 179 S (6th), 2 GWG (T-6th), 26 EVA (T-9th)
  • Ristolainen: 25:20 TOI/GP (7th)
  • Skinner: 7 GWG (T-1st), 30 G (2nd), 23 EVG (T-2nd), 3 OTG (T-3rd)

BUF-VAN CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Canucks General Manager Jim Benning spent 12 seasons (1994-2006) as a member of the Sabres’ front office staff. He spent his first four seasons with the organization as a scout before being promoted to director of amateur scouting. The Sabres drafted F Jason Pominville during Benning’s tenure with the team.
  • Canucks F Tim Schaller spent three seasons (2013-2016) with the Sabres organization. He skated in 35 games and recorded five points (2+3).

Sabres with Vancouver connections:

  • Sabres F Sam Reinhart is a native of West Vancouver, British Columbia and played minor hockey at the Hollyburn Country Club and for the Vancouver Northwest Giants. His father is former Canuck Paul Reinhart.

Canucks with Western New York Connections:

  • Canucks D Christopher Tanev (2009-2010) played one season of college hockey at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He was named Atlantic Hockey Conference’s Rookie of the Year and earned All-Rookie Team and Third All-Star Team honors.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Played with Canucks assistant coach Manny Malhotra in Montreal.

Jason Botterill:

  • Played for the Sabres when Canucks General Manager Jim Benning was the team’s director of amateur scouting.
  • Was a scout for the Stars when Canucks assistant coach Nolan Baumgartner and F Loui Eriksson were playing in Dallas.
  • Was the assistant general manager in Pittsburgh when Canucks D Derrick Pouliot and F Brandon Sutter were playing for the Penguins.

Jack Eichel:

  • Won a bronze medal for Team USA with Canucks G Thatcher Demko and F Tyler Motte at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Remi Elie:

  • Played with Canucks F Antoine Roussel in Dallas.

Phil Housley:

  • Played with Canucks Head Coach Travis Green in Toronto.
  • Played with Canucks assistant coach Nolan Baumgartner in Washington.

Matt Hunwick:

  • Played in Boston when Canucks General Manager Jim Benning and assistant general manager John Weisbrod were a part of the Bruins’ front office staff.
  • Played with Canucks F Josh Leivo in Toronto.

Johan Larsson:

  • Represented Sweden with Canucks F Loui Eriksson at the 2012 World Championship.

Jake McCabe:

  • Played with Canucks G Thatcher Demko and F Tyler Motte for Team USA at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Played for Team Canada with Canucks F Bo Horvat at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Won a gold medal with Canucks D Ben Hutton and D Christopher Tanev while representing Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland with Canucks F Markus Granlund at the 2012 and 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Conor Sheary:

  • Played with Canucks D Derrick Pouliot in Pittsburgh.

Jeff Skinner:

  • Played with Canucks assistant coach Manny Malhotra and F Brandon Sutter in Carolina.

Steve Smith:

  • Played for the Blackhawks when Canucks assistant coach Newell Brown was on the coaching staff in Chicago.
  • Was an assistant coach in Edmonton when Canucks G Richard Bachman was playing for the Oilers.

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Played in Boston when Canucks General Manager Jim Benning and assistant general manager John Weisbrod were a part of the Bruins’ front office staff.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (144), Girgensons (70), McCabe (60)
Blocked Shots: Bogosian (77), Ristolainen (75), McCabe (65)
Shots: Eichel (179), Skinner (150), Ristolainen (113)

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: 3-4-0 (6), 22/25, 1/20, 11/16

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-5; 119-126 all-time)
Oct. 27 at CBJ: L, 5-4 (GWG-Panarin, 0:31)
Oct. 30 vs. CGY: L, 2-1 (GWG-Gaudreau, 2:40)
Nov. 8 at MTL: W, 6-5 (GWG-Ristolainen, 1:38)
Nov. 19 at PIT: W, 5-4 (GWG-Eichel, 0:45)
Nov. 23 vs. MTL: W, 3-2 (GWG-Skinner, 3:06)
Nov. 27 vs. SJS: W, 3-2 (GWG-Skinner, 1:41)
Nov. 30 at FLA: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barkov, 2:26)
Dec. 4 vs. TOR: L, 4-3 (GWG-Matthews, 4:57)
Dec. 11 vs. LAK: W, 4-3 (GWG-Skinner, 1:49)
Dec. 29 vs. BOS: L, 3-2 (GWG-Kuraly, 3:44)
Jan. 16 at CGY: W, 4-3 (GWG-Eichel, 1:10)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (3-1; 73-67 all-time)
Nov. 10 vs. VAN: W, 4-3 (GDG-Mittelstadt)
Nov. 16 at WPG: W, 2-1 (GDG-Sheary)
Nov. 24 at DET: W, 3-2 (GDG-Reinhart)
Dec. 15 at WSH: L, 4-3 (GDG-Ovechkin)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Johan Larsson … 1 game … 300 career games played
Sam Reinhart … 4 games … 300 career games played
Zach Bogosian … 6 games … 600 career games played
Rasmus Ristolainen … 7 games … 400 career games played
Marco Scandella … 7 games … 500 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 1 goal … 212 goals with Sabres (sole possession, 11th in franchise history)
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 4 assists … 300 career assists
Matt Hunwick … 8 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Jason Pominville … 1 point … 511 points with Sabres (T-8th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
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Post-Game Report: 11/10 vs. Vancouver

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Canucks
(10-6-2)
0 2 1 0 0 3 39
Sabres
(9-6-2)
1 0 2 0 1 4 37

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • With the win, the Sabres improved to 6-0-2 when leading after the first period and 2-6-2 when trailing after two.
  • Buffalo is now 5-2-1 against the Pacific Division this season and 4-0-0 in afternoon games.
  • The win came in the Sabres’ first shootout of the season. The team is now 71-66 all-time in shootouts.
  • Carter Hutton stopped two of three shots in the shootout to improve his career shootout record to 9-5. His nine wins tie for seventh-most among active NHL goaltenders.
  • Sam Reinhart recorded two points (1+1) today. The Sabres are now 8-0-0 this season when he records a point and 24-2-3 (.879) in his career when he tallies at least two.
  • Rasmus Dahlin (0+2) recorded his first career multi-point game.
  • With his assist on Nathan Beaulieu’s goal, Kyle Okposo now has 12 points (2+10) in his last 10 games against the Canucks, including at least a point in each of his last four.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen recorded two assists today and now has at least a point in each of his last four meetings with the Canucks.

 

Today’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Canucks Markstrom O .919 2.77
Sabres Hutton W .923 2.80

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Canucks Markstrom 7-3-2 .898 3.24
Sabres Hutton 6-6-1 .912 2.78

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Sabres forward Jeff Skinner

Sabres forward Casey Mittelstadt

Sabres defenseman Nathan Beaulieu

Canucks head coach Travis Green

Canucks forward Bo Horvat

Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson