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Game Preview: 1/18/19 at Vancouver

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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
N/A

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

Game Preview: 11/10/18 vs. Vancouver

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, November 8
Buffalo 6 at Montreal 5 (OT)
Goals: Sobotka (2), Skinner (2), Sheary, Ristolainen
Goalie: Ullmark (27 saves/32 shots)/Hutton (5 saves/5 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 5/5; Shots: Montreal 37 – Buffalo 31

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 61)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 16 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 16 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/6: Activated F Sean Malone from IR; assigned Malone to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Nov. 13: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 16: Buffalo at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 17: Buffalo at Minnesota, 6 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 19: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 21: Philadelphia at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
CANUCKS at SABRES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Canucks this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Vancouver 4-0 in Vancouver on Jan. 25
  • Next meeting: Friday, Jan. 18 in Vancouver
  • The Sabres are 3-7-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Canucks; 6-4-0 at home
  • This is the 121st game all-time between Buffalo and Vancouver; Buffalo has a 49-52-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 31-21-8 at home against the Canucks all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 13-4-2 all-time on November 10.
  • November 10, 1976: Gerry Desjardins stops 38 shots in a 5-0 win vs. St. Louis, setting a then-franchise record for most saves in a shutout. The record would not be matched for more than 21 years, until Dominik Hasek tied it on Dec. 5, 1997 vs. Tampa Bay and then topped it with 42 saves two weeks later vs. Montreal on Dec. 19, 1997. Chad Johnson currently holds the record, with 44 on Dec. 17, 2015 vs. Anaheim.
  • November 10, 1997: Jason Dawe records a natural hat trick in a 4-4 tie vs. Edmonton.
  • November 10, 2010: Lindy Ruff coaches his 1,000th NHL game, a 5-4 shootout win at New Jersey, becoming the 18th NHL head coach to reach that milestone.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 4-2-1 against the Pacific Division so far in 2018-19.
  • Buffalo has won each of the team’s first three afternoon games this season.
  • Jack Eichel entered play Friday tied for the league lead with seven multi-point games this season, 11 shy of his career-high 18 in a season. Jeff Skinner tied for eighth with six, 10 shy of his career-high 16.
  • Kyle Okposo has totaled 11 points (2+9) in 11 career games against Vancouver, including at least a point in each of the last three.
  • Patrik Berglund has four points (3+1) in his last three games against the Canucks.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen enters today’s game with an assist in each of his last three meetings with the Canucks. Marco Scandella has an assist in each of the last two matchups and Evan Rodrigues has tallied an assist in both of his career games against Vancouver.

WHAT’S THE SKINNY?
After scoring his 10th and 11th goals of the season on Thursday at Montreal, Jeff Skinner moved into the top five in the NHL in goals this season. With his 10th goal in the team’s 16th game of the season, he reached the 10-goal mark quicker than any Sabres player since Thomas Vanek (10 games) in 2012-13. Only five players in franchise history have scored more goals through 16 games than Skinner’s current total: Rick Martin (2x), Gilbert Perreault (2x), Thomas Vanek (2x), Dave Andreychuk, Danny Gare.

SHEARY ON TOP
Conor Sheary, who appeared in his 200th NHL game on Thursday at Montreal, has scored a goal in each of the Sabres’ last three games, marking the longest goal streak of his career. With a point today, Sheary would match his longest career point streak (most recent: Jan. 16 to 22, 2017).

WINNING WAYS
Sam Reinhart has recorded four assists in his last three games, including two in Buffalo’s 6-5 win at Montreal on Thursday. The Sabres are now 7-0-0 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 23-2-3 (.875) in his career when he records at least two.

THREE’S COMPANY
Entering play Friday, Buffalo’s top line of Jeff Skinner, Jason Pominville and Jack Eichel each ranked in the top three in the NHL in points since the trio began playing together as a line on Oct. 20 at Los Angeles. In those nine games, Skinner has recorded 15 points (10+5) and Pominville (7+7) and Eichel (1+13) have totaled 14 points each.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 11/9 games)

  • Eichel: 15 A (4th), 15 EVP (T-5th), 61 S (7th), 19 PTS (T-9th)
  • Pominville: 7 EVG (T-9th)
  • Ristolainen: 1 OTG (T-4th), 25:15 TOI/GP (8th), 46 hits (9th), 2 GWG (T-9th)
  • Skinner: plus-11 (T-3rd), 9 EVG (4th), 11 G (T-5th)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-5th)

BUF-TBL 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 recorded 28 points (10+18) in 41 games and 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.

Patrik Berglund:

  • Has represented Sweden in international play with Canucks F Loui Eriksson on four separate occasions: at the 2009 IIHF World Championship, at the 2011 IIHF World Championship, at the 2014 Winter Olympics and at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. They’ve medaled three of the four times they’ve played together, winning a bronze medal in 2009 and a silver in 2011 and 2014. Canucks G Jacob Markstrom was also a member of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey team.

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 played for the Penguins.

Rasmus Dahlin:

  • Represented Sweden with Canucks F Elias Pettersson at both the 2017 and 2018 IIHF World Junior Championships, winning a silver medal in 2018.

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:

  • Was an assistant coach in Nashville when Canucks D Michael Del Zotto was playing for the Predators.
  • Played with Canucks Head Coach Travis Green in Toronto.
  • Played with Canucks assistant coach Nolan Baumgartner in Washington.

Carter Hutton:

  • Played with Canucks D Michael Del Zotto in Nashville.

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 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 (46), Girgensons (24), McCabe (22)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (28), McCabe (27), Bogosian (24)
Shots: Eichel (61), Skinner (53), Pominville (43)

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: 2-2-2 (6), 24/20, 3/21, 18/20

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-2; 114-123 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)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-0; 70-66 all-time)
N/A

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Jeff Skinner … 5 games … 600 career games played
Remi Elie … 6 games … 100 career games played
Nathan Beaulieu … 7 games … 300 career games played
Evan Rodrigues … 7 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 2 goals … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Points
Jeff Skinner … 3 points … 400 career points
Jack Eichel … 4 points … 200 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Conor Sheary … 200th NHL game … Nov. 8 at MTL

Game Preview: 1/25/18 at VAN

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, January 23
Buffalo 5 at Edmonton 0
Goals: O’Reilly (2), Reinhart, Girgensons, Eichel
Goalie: Lehner (33 saves/33 shots)
PP: 3/4; PK: 2/2; Shots: Buffalo 34 – Edmonton 33

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 177)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Jacob Josefson (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 5 games
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 5 games
Josh Gorges (illness, Jan. 22) –2 games
Nathan Beaulieu (undisclosed, Jan. 23; injured reserve) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/19: Recalled F Nicholas Baptiste from Rochester (AHL); Placed D Zach Bogosian on IR
1/23: Recalled D Matt Tennyson from Rochester (AHL); Placed D Nathan Beaulieu on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Jan. 30: New Jersey at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 1: Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 3: St. Louis at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 6: Anaheim at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 8: NY Islanders 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: Vancouver defeated Buffalo 4-2 in Buffalo on Oct. 20
  • The Sabres are 3-7-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Canucks; 1-8-1 on the road.
  • This is the 120th game all-time between Buffalo and Vancouver; Buffalo has a 48-52-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 17-31-11 on the road against the Canucks all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 12-7-2 all-time on January 25.
  • January 25, 1977: Rick Martin scores two third-period goals – including the game-winner – to lead the Wales Conference All-Star Team to a 4-3 victory, earning MVP honors.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game concludes a three-game Pacific Division road trip for the Sabres, which began with a 2-1 overtime win on Monday at Calgary and a 5-0 win at Edmonton on Tuesday.
  • Chad Johnson is 1-1-1 in three career starts against the Canucks with a .950 save percentage and a 1.64 goals-against average
  • The home team has won 12 of the last 16 games between these teams, including five of the last seven.
  • The Sabres need a win tonight to avoid losing five straight matchups with the Canucks for the first time since the team lost six straight from March 10, 1991 to March 1, 1993.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel enters tonight’s game on a seven-game point streak, with 14 points (5+9) in those games.
    • Entering play Wednesday, Eichel’s streak was the fourth-longest active streak in the NHL, one behind a three-way tie for the longest (Jamie Benn, Sidney Crosby, Alexander Radulov).
  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded eight points (4+4) in his last seven games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 12 points (3+9) in his last 11 games, dating back to Dec. 29, despite getting a game misconduct after just 5:43 of ice time in one of those games. Ristolainen’s 12 points during that span ranked third among NHL defensemen entering play Wednesday.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded 14 points (3+11) in his last 14 games, including four multi-point games in his last six contests.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled six points (2+4) in his last four games.

EVEN-KEELED

  • Sabres goaltenders Robin Lehner and Chad Johnson have combined to stop all 56 shots faced at even strength in Buffalo’s last two games, with each goalie stopping 28 even-strength shots in his respective start.
  • The Sabres’ goaltenders last played consecutive games without allowing an even-strength goal on Oct. 14 and 15, 2017 (excludes one empty-net goal against).
  • The team’s goaltenders have not gone three straight games without allowing an even-strength goal since Jhonas Enroth stopped each of the 82 even-strength shots he faced from Nov. 22 to 28, 2014.

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 25 points (12+13) in his last 16 games, dating back to Dec. 15.
  • Entering play Wednesday, Eichel ranked in the top 10 in the league in goals (T-1st, 12), points (T-1st, 25), even-strength goals (2nd, 10), even-strength points (T-6th, 16) and shots (1st, 75) during that stretch.
  • Eichel scored at least two goals in four of those 16 games and is tied for fifth in the league with four multi-goal games this season, just two off the league lead.

I LIKE EICH

  • Jack Eichel is currently on pace to shatter his personal bests in goals (24), assists (33) and points (57) on the strength of improved production at even strength (T-8th in NHL in ES goals, T-10th in ES points entering play Wednesday).
  • 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).
  • With his 35th even-strength goal in his 48th game of the season on Jan. 24 at Edmonton, Eichel matched his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games).

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 48 20 29 49 18 17 35
2017-18 (Pace) 82 34 50 84 31 29 60

 

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

  • Of Jack Eichel’s 49 points so far this season, 23 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes 6-on-5 situations).
  • Through 48 games, Eichel’s 23 primary points (12+11) during 5-on-5 play have already surpassed his 61-game total from last season (11+10) and are just one shy of his total from his 81-game rookie season (12+12).

*All primary point stats via NaturalStatTrick.com

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 1/24 games)

  • Eichel: 172 S (8th), 18 EVG (T-8th), 34 EVP (T-10th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 3 SHP (T-5th), 188 S (5th)
  • O’Reilly: 696 FOW (1st), 61.4% FO% (1st), 1,134 FO (2nd)
  • Ristolainen: 26:14 TOI/GP (4th)

BUF-VAN CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Though he never played for Buffalo, Alex Biega was drafted by the Sabres in the fifth round (147th overall) of the 2006 NHL Draft. He posted 66 points (13+53) and a plus-24 rating in 198 games for the Portland Pirates and Rochester Americans (AHL) while he was a part of the Sabres’ organization.
  • Anders Nilsson spent the 2016-17 season with the Sabres, posting a 10-10-4 record with a 2.67 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage that ranked 10th in the NHL.
  • Thomas Vanek was a member of the Sabres for just over eight seasons from 2005-2013. Drafted by Buffalo in the first round (5th overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft, Vanek finished his career with the Sabres ranked 10th in franchise history in points (497), fifth in goals (254), 13th in assists (243), fourth in power-play goals (106) and fourth in game-winning goals (41).

Justin Falk:

  • Played with Michael Del Zotto for the New York Rangers during the 2013-14 season.
  • Teammates with Michael Chaput for the Columbus Blue Jackets from 2014-2016.

Zemgus Girgensons:

  • Played with Alex Biega for the Rochester Americans during the 2012-13 season.

Josh Gorges:

  • Played with Thomas Vanek for the Montreal Canadiens during the 2013-14 season.

Chad Johnson:

  • He and Michael Del Zotto were teammates for the New York Rangers from 2009-2011.

Evander Kane:

  • Represented Canada alongside Michael Del Zotto at the 2010 World Championship.

Johan Larsson:

  • Represented Sweden alongside Loui Eriksson at the 2012 World Championship.
  • Played with Alex Biega for the Rochester Americans from 2012-13.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played with Anders Nilsson for the New York Islanders during the 2011-12 and 2013-14 seasons. Thomas Vanek was also on the team during part of the 2013-14 season.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Played for Team Canada alongside Erik Gudbranson at the 2009 World U18 Championship.
  • Represented Canada alongside Ben Hutton and Christopher Tanev at the 2016 World Championship.

Jason Pominville:

  • Teammates with Thomas Vanek for the Minnesota Wild from 2014-2016.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Played with Derek Dorsett and Michael Del Zotto for the New York Rangers during the 2013-14 season.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Reinhart was born in West Vancouver.
  • Represented Canada alongside Bo Horvat and Derrick Pouliot at the 2014 World Junior Championship.
  • Played for Team Canada alongside Jake Virtanen at the 2015 World Junior Championship.
  • Represented Canada alongside Ben Hutton and Christopher Tanev at the 2016 World Championship.

Rasmus Ristolainen:

  • Represented Finland alongside Markus Granlund at the 2013 World Junior Championship.

Marco Scandella:

  • Teammates with Thomas Vanek for the Minnesota Wild from 2014-2016.

NHL Draft:

  • Chad Johnson (125th overall) and Alex Biega (147th overall) were fifth-round picks in the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Marco Scandella (55th overall) and Jacob Markstrom (31st overall) were both second-round picks in the 2008 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall), Derrick Pouliot (8th overall) and Brendan Gaunce (26th overall) were both first-round selections in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (8th overall) and Bo Horvat (9th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Jake Virtanen (6th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.
  • The first round of the 2015 NHL Draft saw both Jack Eichel (2nd overall) and Brock Boeser (23rd overall) go off the board.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (108), McCabe (104), Kane (96)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (74), Scandella (72), Ristolainen (62)
Shots: Kane (188), Eichel (172), O’Reilly (123)

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: 3-3-4 (9), 22/27, 3/22, 21/26
41-50: 3-6-0 (6), 24/34, 8/29, 15/24

OVERTIME RESULTS (3-8; 111-119 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron)
Oct. 21 at BOS: W, 5-4 (GWG-O’Reilly)
Nov. 11 at MTL: L, 2-1 (GWG-Pacioretty)
Nov. 14 at PIT: L, 5-4 (GWG-Sheary)
Dec. 8 at CHI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Forsling)
Dec. 10 at STL: L, 3-2 (GWG-Tarasenko)
Dec. 15 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Slavin)
Dec. 27 at NYI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barzal)
Dec. 29 at NJD: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen)
Jan. 1 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Miller)
Jan. 22 at CGY: W, 2-1 (GWG-Eichel)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-1; 69-65 all-time)
Oct. 5 vs. MTL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Drouin)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Wins
Buffalo Sabres … 1 home win … 1,000 regular-season home wins
Games Played
Benoit Pouliot … 4 games … 600 career games played
Jack Eichel … 10 games … 200 career games played
Assists
Jack Eichel … 6 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Zemgus Girgensons … 6 points … 100 career points
Ryan O’Reilly … 6 points … 400 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Rasmus Ristolainen … 100 NHL assists … Jan. 20 vs. Dallas

Post-Game Report: 10/20 vs. Vancouver

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Canucks
(3-3-1)
1 2 1 4 41
Sabres
(1-5-2)
2 0 0 2 22

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • Justin Bailey’s second goal of the season was the fourth of his career and his first to be scored in his hometown of Buffalo.
  • With an assist tonight, Ryan O’Reilly now has four points (2+2) in his last three games, including at least a point in all three games.
  • Kyle Okposo appeared in his 600th NHL game tonight. His assist on Buffalo’s first goal, gave him 10 points (1+9) in 10 career games against the Canucks.

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Canucks Markstrom W .909 2.00
Sabres Johnson L .925 3.07

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Canucks Markstrom 2-2-1 .902 2.73
Sabres Johnson 1-2-1 .881 3.84

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Justin Bailey

Sabres defenseman Kyle Okposo

Sabres goaltender Chad Johnson

Canucks head coach Travis Green

Canucks forward Derek Dorsett

Canucks forward Jake Virtanen