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Post-Game Report: 1/14 vs. Vegas

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Golden Knights
(24-19-6)
0 1 1 2 25
Sabres
(21-19-7)
0 2 2 4 26

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • The Sabres improved to 7-3-3 against the Pacific Division this season, including a 4-1-2 record against the division at KeyBank Center.
  • Buffalo has now gone 6-for-14 (42.9%) on the power play in the team’s last five games.
  • With his 15th win of the season, Linus Ullmark tied his career high set in 37 appearances last season. Ullmark is 4-1-0 since the beginning of January with a .923 save percentage and a 2.20 goals-against average.
  • Sam Reinhart tied his career high with three points (1+2) in his 11th multi-point game of the season. It was his 10th career three-point game and his first since he scored a hat trick on Feb. 23, 2019 vs. Washington.

    • Reinhart has now produced above a point-per-game pace at home this season (11+13).
  • Jack Eichel recorded two points (1+1) to extend his point streak to eight games (4+6).
    • He has joined John Carlson, Leon Draisaitl, Nathan MacKinnon, Mitchell Marner and David Pastrnak as the sixth player to record two streaks of at least eight games this season.
  • With his first point of the night, Eichel became the first Sabres player to reach the 60-point mark in 46 games or fewer since 1992-93, when Alexander Mogilny (33 GP) and Pat LaFontaine (34 GP) both did so.
  • Eichel’s second point was his 28th goal of the season. Through 46 games played, he has now tied his career-high goal total set last season in 77 games.
  • With his power-play goal, Kyle Okposo now has four points (1+3) in his last three games against Vegas.
  • Conor Sheary’s assist tonight gives him seven points (4+3) in his last seven games at KeyBank Center.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision GA SA
Golden Knights
Fleury L 3 25
Sabres Ullmark W 2 26
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Golden Knights Fleury 18-11-3 .906 2.85
Sabres Ullmark 15-12-3 .911 2.78

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Golden Knights head coach Gerard Gallant

Golden Knights forward Max Pacioretty

Golden Knights forward Mark Stone

Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury

Game Preview: 1/14/20 vs. Vegas

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Sunday, January 12
Buffalo 5 at Detroit 1
Goals: Rodrigues (2), Girgensons, Bogosian, Ristolainen
Goalie: Ullmark (21 saves/22 shots)
PP: 2/4; PK: 3/3; Shots: Buffalo 27 – Detroit 22

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 212)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 46 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 30 games
Tage Thompson (upper body, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 26 games
Jeff Skinner (upper body, Dec. 29; injured reserve) – 7 games
Victor Olofsson (lower body, Jan. 4; injured reserve) – 4 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
1/8: Placed F Victor Olofsson on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
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.
Thursday, Jan. 30: Montreal at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 1: Columbus at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
GOLDEN KNIGHTS at SABRES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Golden Knights this season.
  • Last meeting: Vegas defeated Buffalo 4-1 in Las Vegas on Oct. 16, 2018
  • Next meeting: Friday, Feb. 28 in Las Vegas
  • This is the fifth game all-time between Buffalo and Vegas; Buffalo has a 1-1-2 series record.
  • The Sabres are 0-1-1 at home against the Golden Knights all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-10-3 all-time on January 14.
  • January 14, 1972: The Sabres acquire Jim Lorentz from the New York Rangers in exchange for a second-round pick in the 1972 draft.
  • January 14, 2003: Ryan Miller stops all 22 Minnesota shots to earn a 1-0 victory and his first career shutout.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Buffalo is 6-3-3 against the Pacific Division this season, including a 3-1-2 record against the division at KeyBank Center.
  • The Sabres have gone 4-for-11 (36.4%) on the power play in their last four games, tying for the second-best mark in the league during that stretch entering play Monday.
  • With a point tonight, Jack Eichel would become the fifth NHL player to record two separate point streaks of at least eight games this season, joining John Carlson, Leon Draisaitl, Nathan MacKinnon and David Pastrnak. (Mitchell Marner can also join this group tonight.)
  • The Sabres have three players who have registered at least a point per game against the Golden Knights: Jack Eichel (3 GP, 2+2), Marcus Johansson (1 GP, 0+2), Kyle Okposo (3 GP, 0+3).
  • Carter Hutton, who started both of Buffalo’s games against Vegas last season, is 2-1-0 against the Golden Knights in his career with a .939 save percentage and a 2.05 goals-against average.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Jack Eichel has recorded points in each of Buffalo’s last seven games (3+5). 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.
  • Sam Reinhart has recorded five points (3+2) in the Sabres’ last five contests.
  • Rasmus Dahlin enters tonight’s game with points (0+5) in four straight games, tying as his longest streak of the season.
  • Zemgus Girgensons has scored in each of the Sabres’ last two games, including his seventh career shorthanded goal on Sunday at Detroit.
    • A point tonight would give Girgensons his longest point streak since he tied a personal best with points in three straight games from Dec. 23 to 29, 2017. A goal would mark the longest goal-scoring streak of his career.
  • Brandon Montour and Rasmus Ristolainen both recorded points (1+1) in each of Buffalo’s back-to-back games this past weekend.
  • Linus Ullmark is 3-1-0 since the beginning of January with a .920 save percentage and a 2.25 goals-against average.

HOME COOKING

  • The Sabres are 13-6-3 through their first 22 home games of the season. The team’s .659 points percentage at home ranked ninth in the NHL before Monday’s games. If they finished the season at this pace, it would rank as the Sabres’ 19th-best home record in franchise history.
  • The team is averaging 3.41 goals per game at home this season, which would mark Buffalo’s best home scoring rate since the 2006-07 season.
  • With 36 points (19+17) in 22 home games this season, Jack Eichel’s 1.64 points per game at home tied for second-best in the league entering play Monday. His plus-18 rating at home led the league.
  • Sam Reinhart (10+11) is also producing near a point-per-game rate through 22 home games this season. Reinhart has totaled 10 points (4+6) in his last eight games at KeyBank Center.
  • Marcus Johansson enters tonight’s game with five points (1+4) in his last four home games.
  • Jimmy Vesey has recorded eight points (4+4) and a plus-6 rating in his last 11 home games.
  • Conor Sheary has posted six points (4+2) in his last six 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.

JACK ATTACK

  • Entering play Monday, Jack Eichel’s 27 goals this season tied for third-most among all NHL players and his 59 points ranked 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 29 games played since then, he has totaled 42 points (20+22), 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 45 games so far this season, Jack Eichel is one goal from tying his previous best total set in the 2018-19 season (77 GP).
  • Eichel’s output through 46 team games currently has him on pace to finish the season with 49 goals and 106 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 72 Eichel is currently on pace for.
  • Despite missing eight games due to injury, Rasmus Dahlin is currently on pace to record 51 points this season, which would make him the Sabres’ first 50-point defenseman since Garry Galley (54) in 1995-96.
  • Sam Reinhart’s 15 goals in 46 games put him on pace for a career-high goal total (27).

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 16 multi-point games this season, ranking as 11th-most in the NHL before Monday’s games.
  • Entering play Monday, his six multi-goal games tied for second-most in the league and his nine multi-assist games tied for seventh-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), Leon Draisaitl (8) and David Pastrnak (8) had more games with at least three points this season entering play Monday.
  • Eichel’s three games with at least four points this season tied for third-most in the league entering play Monday. 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 (9), Brad Marchand (9), Alex Ovechkin (9), Artemi Panarin (9) and Steven Stamkos (9).

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 1/13 games)

  • Eichel: 20 EVG (2nd), 27 G (T-3rd), 40 EVP (T-4th), 5 GWG (T-7th), 59 PTS (8th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (T-7th)
  • Olofsson: 9 PPG (T-3rd)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (136), Girgensons (74), McCabe (62)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (61), Ristolainen (52), Jokiharju (38)
Shots: Eichel (157), 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: 3-3-0 (6), 19/22, 4/17, 12/15

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
Linus Ullmark … 8 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Kyle Okposo … 9 goals … 200 career goals
Points
Kyle Okposo … 4 points … 500 career points
Zach Bogosian … 6 points … 200 career points
Johan Larsson … 9 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Conor Sheary … 300th NHL game … Jan. 11 vs. VAN

Game Preview: 10/16/18 at Vegas

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, October 13
Buffalo 3 at Arizona 0
Goals: Dahlin, Sheary, Skinner
Goalie: Ullmark (36 saves/36 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 3/3; Shots: Arizona 36 – Buffalo 23

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 26)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct. 4) – 5 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 5 games
Sean Malone (knee, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 5 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 5 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/11: Activated F Johan Larsson from IR; Placed D Zach Bogosian on IR

10/16: Activated D Zach Bogosian from IR; Assigned D Matt Tennyson to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Oct. 18: Buffalo at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 20: Buffalo at Los Angeles, 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 21: Buffalo at Anaheim, 8 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 25: Montreal at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 27: Buffalo at Columbus, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at GOLDEN KNIGHTS

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Golden Knights this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Vegas 4-2 in Buffalo on Oct. 8
  • This is the fourth game all-time between Buffalo and Vegas; Buffalo has a 1-0-2 series record.
  • The Sabres are 0-0-1 on the road against the Golden Knights all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-9-3 all-time on October 16.
  • October 16, 1982: Phil Housley records his first career NHL goal in a 9-2 win at Washington.
  • October 16, 2009: Jason Pominville scores his 100th career NHL goal in a 6-3 win at home against the New York Islanders.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Tonight’s game is the second game of a five-game Pacific Division road trip that continues on Thursday at San Jose.
  • If he dresses, tonight will be Patrik Berglund’s 700th NHL game. He would become the 37th Swedish player to reach that milestone.
  • The Sabres are 1-0-2 in their first three meetings with the Golden Knights. A win or overtime loss tonight would give them points in their first four games against an expansion franchise for the first time since the first four games against both teams that joined the league in 1992-93 (Ottawa and Tampa Bay).
  • After stopping 35 shots when these teams last met, Carter Hutton is 2-0-0 against Vegas with a .957 save percentage and a 1.50 goals-against average.
  • The Sabres have four players who have registered at least a point per game against the Golden Knights: Jack Eichel (2 GP, 2+2), Jason Pominville (3 GP, 1+2), Kyle Okposo (2 GP, 0+2), Evan Rodrigues (1 GP, 0+1).
  • With three power-play goals in the first five games of the season, Conor Sheary has already topped his previous career high of two (2016-17 and 2017-18).

BESTING THE WEST

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with a 6-0-1 record in their last seven road games against Pacific Division opponents, including wins in each of their last five and shutouts in each of their last three (Jan. 23 at Edmonton, Jan. 25 at Vancouver and Oct. 13 at Arizona).
  • With wins in each of their last five road games against the Western Conference, the Sabres are in the midst of their best Western Conference road stretch since Jan. 6 to Oct. 8, 2011 (5-0-0).
  • A win tonight would give Buffalo its first ever six-game winning streak against the Western/Campbell Conference. An overtime loss would give the Sabres their fifth road point streak of at least six games against the conference and the first since the team tied a franchise high with points in seven straight from Dec. 28, 2010 to Oct. 8, 2011 (6-0-1).

A FRESH FACE

  • On Oct. 4 vs. Boston, Rasmus Dahlin (18 years, 175 days) became the second-youngest player ever to appear in a game with the Sabres, behind only fellow No. 1 pick Pierre Turgeon (18 years, 41 days on Oct. 8, 1987 vs. Minnesota).
  • Dahlin skated 22:37 in his debut, marking the highest ice time recorded by a Sabres player making his NHL debut and the 21st-highest ice time by any NHL player in his first game since the league began tracking ice time in the 1997-98 season.
  • With his assist on Oct. 11 vs. Colorado, Dahlin became the second-youngest player (18 years, 175 days) in franchise history to record a point, behind only Turgeon (18 years, 44 days on Oct. 11, 1987 vs. Washington).
  • Dahlin scored his first NHL goal on Oct. 13 at Arizona, becoming the second-youngest player (18 years, 183 days) in franchise history to score, behind only Turgeon (Oct. 21, 1987 vs. Hartford).
    • He was the youngest defenseman in 23 years to score an NHL goal. His goal came exactly 34 years after Doug Bodger (18 years, 117 days) became the youngest defenseman in the expansion era (since 1967-68) to score his first NHL goal (Oct. 13, 1984).
    • With the goal, he also became the third-youngest defenseman in NHL history to record a game-winner, trailing only Craig Wolanin of the New Jersey Devils (12/9/85 at Minnesota) and Red Garrett of the New York Rangers (12/25/42 at Detroit).

CAPTAIN JACK

  • After being named captain on Oct. 3, Jack Eichel became the 19th full-season captain in franchise history and the 28th player to wear the captain’s “C” for at least a one-month period for the Sabres.
  • At 21 years of age, Eichel is the youngest captain in Sabres history, passing Jim Schoenfeld, who served as the team’s captain as a 23-year-old in the 1975-76 season.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 10/15 games)

  • Hutton: 124 SV (6th), 2 W (T-7th)
  • Ristolainen: 25:44 TOI/GP (7th)
  • Sheary: 3 PPG (T-3rd)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-1st), 1.000 SV% (T-1st), 0.00 GAA (T-1st)

BUF-VGK CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Golden Knights F William Carrier spent three seasons (2014-2017) with the Sabres organization. He played in 41 games and recorded eight points (3+5).
  • Golden Knights D Brayden McNabb was selected by Buffalo in the third round (66th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft. He spent parts of two seasons (2011-12, 2013-14) with the team, appearing in 37 games and notching eight points (1+7).

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Played with Golden Knights F Max Pacioretty in Montreal.

Patrik Berglund:

  • Played with Golden Knights D Brad Hunt, F Ryan Reaves and F Paul Stastny in St. Louis.

Jason Botterill:

  • Was the assistant general manager for the Penguins when Golden Knights assistant coach Ryan Craig, D Deryk Engelland and G Marc-Andre Fleury were playing in Pittsburgh.

Jack Eichel:

  • Played on Team North America during the 2016 World Cup of Hockey when Golden Knights Head Coach Gerard Gallant was an assistant coach for the team.

Chris Hajt:

  • Played for the Capitals when Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee held the same role in Washington.

Phil Housley:

  • Played in Washington when Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee was the vice president of hockey operations for the Capitals.
  • Was an assistant coach for the Predators when Golden Knights D Brad Hunt was playing in Nashville.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for the Islanders when Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee and Head Coach Gerard Gallant were a part of the front office in New York.

Davis Payne:

  • Was on the coaching staff in Los Angeles when Golden Knights D Brayden McNabb played for the Kings.
  • Was the head coach of the Blues when Golden Knights F Ryan Reaves played in St. Louis.

Jason Pominville:

  • Played with Golden Knights F Erik Haula and F Alex Tuch in Minnesota.

Conor Sheary:

  • Played with Golden Knights G Marc-Andre Fleury and F Ryan Reaves in Pittsburgh.

Steve Smith:

  • Played with Golden Knights assistant coach Ryan McGill for the Chicago Blackhawks from 1991-1992.
  • Was the assistant coach in Edmonton when Golden Knights D Brad Hunt was playing for the Oilers.

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Played with Golden Knights D Brad Hunt, F Ryan Reaves and F Paul Stastny in St. Louis.

Matt Tennyson:

  • Played with Golden Knights F Ryan Carpenter in San Jose.

Tage Thompson:

  • Played with Golden Knights F Paul Stastny in St. Louis.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (15), McCabe (10), Berglund/Girgensons/Thompson (9)
Blocked Shots: Berglund (9), McCabe/Nelson/Ristolainen/Scandella (6)
Shots: Eichel (21), Ristolainen/Skinner (12), Okposo/Sheary (11)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 3-2-0 (6), 11/13, 4/18, 10/13

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-0; 113-121 all-time)
N/A

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Patrik Berglund … 1 game … 700 career games played
Remi Elie … 8 games … 100 career games played
Jason Pominville … 8 games … 1,000 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 9 goals … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Points
Jason Pominville … 3 points … 700 career points
Conor Sheary … 3 points … 100 career points
Jason Pominville … 6 points … 497 points with Sabres (T-10th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
Rasmus Dahlin … 1st NHL point (assist) … Oct. 11 vs. COL
Jason Pominville … 664 games with Sabres (10th in franchise history) … Oct. 13 at ARI
Rasmus Dahlin 1st NHL goal … Oct. 13 at ARI

Post-Game Report: 10/8 vs. Vegas

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Golden Knights
(1-2-0)
0 1 1 2 37
Sabres
(2-1-0)
1 3 0 4 17

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • Today’s win improved the Sabres to 1-0-2 against the Golden Knights all-time.
  • Carter Hutton stopped 35 shots today to improve to 2-0-0 against Vegas with a .957 save percentage and a 1.50 goals-against average in those games.
  • With his goals today, Jack Eichel now has tallies in consecutive contests and four points (3+1) in three games this season.
    • Dating back to last season, Eichel has 14 points (6+8) in his last 10 games.
  • The game was Eichel’s 16th career multi-goal game. The Sabres are 12-3-1 in those games.
  • Sam Reinhart and Conor Sheary recorded the assists on Eichel’s second goal. Reinhart now has an assist in consecutive games and Sheary has three points (2+1) in his last two contests.
  • With his goal today, Jason Pominville now has three points (1+2) in three career games against Vegas.

 

Today’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Golden Knights
Fleury L .765 4.13
Sabres Hutton W .946 2.00

 

Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Golden Knights Fleury 1-2-0 .841 3.93
Sabres Hutton 2-1-0 .943 2.06

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Jason Pominville

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Sabres defenseman Marco Scandella

Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton

Golden Knights forward Max Pacioretty

Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault

Golden knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury

Game Preview: 10/8/18 vs. Vegas

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, October 6
NY Rangers 1 at Buffalo 3
Goals: Sheary (2), Eichel
Goalie: Hutton (43 saves/44 shots)
PP: 2/4; PK: 3/3; Shots: NY Rangers 44 – Buffalo 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 11)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Oct. 4) – 2 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 2 games
Johan Larsson (lower body, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 2 games
Sean Malone (knee, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 2 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 2 games
Vladimir Sobotka (upper body, Oct. 6) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/2: Claimed F Remi Elie off waivers from Dallas; Placed F Johan Larsson, F Sean Malone, F Scott Wilson and D Matt Hunwick on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Oct. 11: Colorado at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 13: Buffalo at Arizona, 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 16: Buffalo at Vegas, 10 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 18: Buffalo at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 20: Buffalo at Los Angeles, 3:30 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
GOLDEN KNIGHTS at SABRES

  • This is the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Golden Knights this season.
  • Next meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 16 in Vegas
  • Last meeting: Vegas defeated Buffalo 2-1 (OT) in Buffalo on March 10
  • This is the fourth game all-time between Buffalo and Vegas; Buffalo has a 0-0-2 series record.
  • The Sabres are 0-0-1 at home against the Golden Knights all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 4-6-3 all-time on October 8.
  • October 8, 1972: Tim Horton makes his Sabres debut in a 5-3 win at home against the Atlanta Flames.
  • October 8, 1992: Dominik Hasek makes his first Sabres appearance, starting in the team’s season-opener at home, a 5-4 loss to the Quebec Nordiques.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Today’s game is the third of a four-game home stand. The four games mark the longest home stretch to open a season in franchise history. The previous longest was three games (1975-76 and 2015-16).
  • Buffalo went 0-0-2 against Vegas in their inaugural season in 2017-18 and will look to extend that point streak to three games with a win today.
  • The Sabres have three players who registered at least a point per game against the Golden Knights in 2017-18: Jack Eichel (1 GP, 0+2), Jason Pominville (2 GP, 0+2), Jeff Skinner (2 GP, 0+2)
  • Carter Hutton stopped 32 of 33 shots (.970 SV%) to earn the win in his only meeting with the Golden Knights last season.
  • After his eighth career two-goal game on Saturday night vs. NY Rangers, Conor Sheary now has five goals in his last seven games dating back to last season.

LAST TIME OUT

  • The Sabres earned their first win of the season with a 3-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday night at KeyBank Center.
  • Carter Hutton led the way for the Sabres with 43 saves, marking the second most saves of his career, trailing only his 48-save shutout on Dec. 16, 2017 vs. Winnipeg.
  • Conor Sheary scored his first two goals as a member of the Sabres, tallying twice on the power play. His teams are now 8-0-0 in his career when he scores two goals and 18-1-1 when he records at least two points.
  • Jack Eichel recorded two points (1+1) and skated a career-high 25:45, topping his previous high of 24:23 on Feb. 18, 2017 vs. St. Louis.

CAPTAIN JACK

  • After being named captain on Wednesday, Jack Eichel became the 19th full-season captain in franchise history and the 28th player to wear the captain’s “C” for at least a one-month period for the Sabres.
  • At 21 years of age, Eichel is the youngest captain in Sabres history, passing Jim Schoenfeld, who served as the team’s captain as a 23-year-old in the 1975-76 season.

WELCOME TO BUFFALO
The Sabres had eight new players on their opening-day roster this season:

Player, Pos. How Acquired Pronunciation Notes
Patrik Berglund, C Trade (STL) BUHRG-luhnd Went 55.1% on faceoffs in his 10th season with St. Louis in 2017-18.
Rasmus Dahlin, D Draft (1st Overall) dah-LEEN Named Swedish Junior Player of the Year (SHL) in 2017-18.
Remi Elie, LW Waivers (DAL) EH-lee Set NHL highs in every major category in 72 games in 2017-18.
Carter Hutton, G Free Agency HUH-tuhn Led NHL in SV% (.931) and GAA (2.09) with St. Louis in 2017-18.
Conor Sheary, LW Trade (PIT) SHAIR-ee Two-time Stanley Cup Champion (2016 and 2017) with Pittsburgh.
Jeff Skinner, LW Trade (CAR) SKIH-nuhr Ranks sixth in the NHL with 143 5-on-5 goals since entering the league in 2010-11.
Vladimir Sobotka, C Trade (STL) suh-BOHT-kuh Set career-high totals in GP (81), G (11) and GWG (4) in 2017-18.
Tage Thompson, C Trade (STL) TAHMP-suhn Made his NHL debut with St. Louis in 2017-18.

A NEW LOOK

  • Seven players made their Sabres regular-season debuts on Thursday vs. Boston: Patrik Berglund, Rasmus Dahlin, Carter Hutton, Conor Sheary, Jeff Skinner, Vladimir Sobotka and Tage Thompson
  • It marked the second-most new players the Sabres have ever dressed in a season-opener, trailing only the nine players who made their Sabres debuts on Oct. 10, 2015 vs. TBL (Carlo Colaiacovo, Jack Eichel, Cody Franson, Chad Johnson, Evander Kane, David Legwand, Robin Lehner, Jamie McGinn and Ryan O’Reilly).
  • With his Sabres debut on Saturday vs. NY Rangers, Remi Elie became the eighth new player to dress for the Sabres this season.
  • Only 10 of the 20 Sabres players who dressed for the first game of the 2017-18 season appeared on the team’s 2018-19 opening day roster.
    • Only six players on this year’s opening day roster suited up for the team in the season-opener two years ago: Zach Bogosian, Zemgus Girgensons, Jake McCabe, Casey Nelson, Sam Reinhart, Rasmus Ristolainen

A FRESH FACE

  • On Thursday vs. Boston, Rasmus Dahlin (18 years, 175 days) became the second-youngest player ever to appear in a game with the Sabres, behind only fellow No. 1 pick Pierre Turgeon (18 years, 41 days on Oct. 8, 1987 vs. MNS).
  • Dahlin skated 22:37 in his debut, trailing only Rasmus Ristolainen (24:12) for the night. It was the highest ice time recorded by a Sabres player making his NHL debut and the 21st-highest ice time by any NHL player in their first game since the league began tracking ice time in the 1997-98 season.

2018-19 ROSTER NOTES
Of the 23 players on Buffalo’s opening night roster:

  • Nine were originally drafted by the Sabres — six were first-round selections (Girgensons, 2012; Ristolainen, 2013; Reinhart, 2014; Eichel, 2015; Mittelstadt, 2017; Dahlin, 2018), two were second-round picks (Pominville, 2001; McCabe, 2012) and one was a sixth-round pick (Ullmark, 2012).
  • Nine were acquired in trades: Beaulieu, Berglund, Bogosian, Pominville, Scandella, Sheary, Skinner, Sobotka, Thompson
  • Five were signed as free agents: Hutton, Nelson, Okposo, Rodrigues, Tennyson
  • One was acquired via waivers: Elie
  • Fifteen played in Buffalo at some point last season: Beaulieu, Bogosian, Eichel, Girgensons, McCabe, Mittelstadt, Nelson, Okposo, Pominville, Reinhart, Ristolainen, Rodrigues, Scandella, Tennyson, Ullmark
  • Eight are new to the Sabres this season: Berglund, Dahlin, Elie, Hutton, Sheary, Skinner, Sobotka, Thompson
  • Four opened the season on an NHL roster for the first time in their careers: Dahlin, Elie, Mittelstadt, Ullmark

BUF-VGK CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Golden Knights F William Carrier was spent three seasons (2014-2017) with the Sabres organization. He played in 41 games and recorded eight points (3+5).
  • Golden Knights D Brayden McNabb was selected by Buffalo in the third round (66th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft. He spent parts of two seasons (2011-12, 2013-14) with the team, appearing in 37 games and notching eight points (1+7).

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Played with Golden Knights F Max Pacioretty in Montreal

Patrik Berglund:

  • Played with Golden Knights D Brad Hunt, F Ryan Reaves and F Paul Stastny in St. Louis

Jason Botterill:

  • Was the assistant general manager for the Penguins when Golden Knights assistant coach Ryan Craig, D Deryk Engelland and G Marc-Andre Fleury were playing in Pittsburgh

Jack Eichel:

  • Played on Team North America during the 2016 World Cup of Hockey when Golden Knights Head Coach Gerard Gallant was an assistant coach for the team

Chris Hajt:

  • Played for the Capitals when Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee held the same role in Washington

Phil Housley:

  • Played in Washington when Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee was the vice president of hockey operations for the Capitals
  • Was an assistant coach for the Predators when Golden Knights D Brad Hunt was playing in Nashville

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for the Islanders when Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee and Head Coach Gerard Gallant were a part of the front office in New York

Davis Payne:

  • Was on the coaching staff in Los Angeles when Golden Knights D Brayden McNabb played for the Kings
  • Was the head coach of the Blues when Golden Knights F Ryan Reaves played in St. Louis

Jason Pominville:

  • Played with Golden Knights F Erik Haula and F Alex Tuch in Minnesota

Conor Sheary:

  • Played with Golden Knights G Marc-Andre Fleury and F Ryan Reaves in Pittsburgh

Steve Smith:

  • Played with Golden Knights assistant coach Ryan McGill for the Chicago Blackhawks from 1991-1992
  • Was the assistant coach in Edmonton when Golden Knights D Brad Hunt was playing for the Oilers

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Played with Golden Knights D Brad Hunt, F Ryan Reaves and F Paul Stastny in St. Louis

Matt Tennyson:

  • Played with Golden Knights F Ryan Carpenter in San Jose

Tage Thompson:

  • Played with Golden Knights F Paul Stastny in St. Louis

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (7), McCabe (6), Berglund/Girgensons (5)
Blocked Shots: Berglund (6), Eichel (3), Nelson/McCabe/Ristolainen/Skinner (2)
Shots: Eichel (8), Ristolainen/Scandella/Skinner (6)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 1-1-0 (2), 3/5, 2/6, 3/4

OVERTIME RESULTS (0-0; 113-121 all-time)
N/A

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Jason Pominville … 2 games … 664 games played with Sabres (T-10th in franchise history)
Patrik Berglund … 4 games … 700 career games played
Remi Elie … 9 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 10 goals … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Points
Jason Pominville … 4 points … 700 career points
Conor Sheary … 5 points … 100 career points
Jason Pominville … 7 points … 497 points with Sabres (T-10th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
Rasmus Dahlin … 1st NHL Game … Oct. 4 vs. BOS