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2019-20 Season Recap

Top Team Notes:

  • Buffalo’s 2.80 goals per game marked the team’s highest total since 2010-11 (2.93). The team’s 1.88 5-on-5 goals per game was also the highest since their 1.96 mark in 2010-11.
  • At 5-on-5, the Sabres ranked in the top 10 in the NHL in goals against (9th), shot attempts against (9th), scoring chances against (10th) and high-danger scoring chances against (10th).
  • The Sabres’ 20-11-4 record at home this season ranked 11th in the NHL and marked the team’s best home points percentage (.629) since the 2009-10 season (.683).
  • Buffalo went 7-2-2 in afternoon games during the 2019-20 season, including a 6-2-0 record at home and a 1-0-2 mark on the road.

Top Player Notes:
Rasmus Dahlin

  • Dahlin joined Phil Housley as the second defenseman in franchise history to record at least 30 assists in his first two NHL seasons.
  • Dahlin’s .678 points per game in 2019-20 represented the best single-season scoring rate by a Sabres defenseman since Brian Campbell (.683) in 2007-08.
  • Dahlin’s .596 points per game in his career so far rank as the 11th-highest career rate among active NHL defensemen with at least 100 career games played.
    • Only four Sabres defensemen with more than 10 career games with the team earned higher career scoring rates as Sabres: Phil Housley (.918), John Van Boxmeer (.731), Garry Galley (.626) and Doug Bodger (.599)
  • With 84 points (13+71) in his first 141 career games (all as a teenager), Dahlin finished his teen years trailing only Phil Housley (132) for the most points ever recorded by a teenage defenseman in the NHL.
    • Dahlin’s 71 career assists tie Dan Quinn’s total as a teenager for the 12th-most ever recorded by an NHL player before his 20th birthday

Jack Eichel

  • Jack Eichel became the fifth player to lead (or tie to lead) the Sabres in all three major scoring categories (goals, assists and points) twice in his career (2017-18 and 2019-20).
    • He joined Gilbert Perreault (1976-77 and 1977-78), Pierre Turgeon (1988-89 and 1989-90), Miroslav Satan (2001-02 and 2002-03) and Thomas Vanek (2010-11 and 2012-13).
  • Eichel set a new career high with 1.15 points per game this season. It marked the highest scoring rate by a Sabre since Daniel Briere (1.17) in 2006-07. His .53 goals per game was the highest rate by a Sabre since Thomas Vanek (.55) in 2008-09.
  • Eichel finished the season as one of three players in franchise history to score 20 or more goals in each of his first five NHL seasons (Rick Martin and Thomas Vanek) and one of five to record at least 50 points in each of his first five NHL seasons (Martin, Gilbert Perreault, Phil Housley and Christian Ruuttu).
  • Eichel finished the season ranked eighth in the league with 1.40 points per game at home (49 points in 35 games). It was the highest home scoring rate by a Sabre with at least five home games played since Pat LaFontaine recorded 19 points in 13 home games (1.46) in 1994-95.
  • With 36 goals and 42 assists in 2019-20, Eichel became the first Sabre to score at least 30 goals and record at least 40 assists in a season since Jason Pominville (30+43) in 2011-12. He became the 16th different player in franchise history to accomplish this feat at least once.
  • Eichel appeared in his third consecutive NHL All-Star Game in 2020, becoming the first Sabres player to do so since Alexander Mogilny (1992, 1993, 1994).
    • Only four Sabres have participated in more NHL All-Star Games (Rick Martin – 7, Gilbert Perreault – 6, Dominik Hasek – 5, Mike Ramsey – 4) and none have topped Eichel’s eight points in those games.
  • Eichel scored four goals vs. Ottawa on Nov. 16 to become the Sabres’ first four-goal scorer since Thomas Vanek (April 10, 2010 at Ottawa).
  • Eichel tied Gilbert Perreault for most consecutive appearances with a point by a Sabre (18), tallying 32 points (16+16) from Nov. 16 to Dec. 21.
  • Eichel became the first Sabre ever to score on a penalty shot in overtime with his game-winner on Jan. 2 vs. Edmonton.
    • The goal was his seventh career overtime goal, breaking the previous franchise record of six, shared by Derek Roy and Thomas Vanek. Eichel finished the season with eight career overtime goals.

Carter Hutton

  • Hutton logged a career-best shutout streak of 134:22 from Oct. 9 to 22.
  • Hutton stopped 25 shots to record his first shutout as a Sabre on Oct. 14 vs. Dallas and then set a franchise record with 47 saves in a shutout in his next appearance on Oct. 17 at Los Angeles. He joined Bob Sauve (1979-80) as the second Sabre to post two shutouts in his first five games of a season and earned NHL Third Star of the Week honors.

Dominik Kahun

  • Kahun scored on his first shot in his Sabres debut on Feb. 28 at Vegas. By scoring just 22 seconds into his Sabres career, he needed less ice time to score his first goal with the team than any other Sabre since 2009-10, when the NHL began tracking the statistic.

Victor Olofsson

  • Olofsson earned NHL Rookie of the Month honors in October and December.
  • Olofsson recorded .78 points per game in 2019-20, marking the highest scoring rate by a Sabres rookie with at least 15 games played since Ray Sheppard (.88) in 1987-88.
    • Olofsson’s .37 goals per game marked the highest rate by a Sabres rookie with at least 15 games since Donald Audette (.49) in 1991-92.
  • Olofsson became the first player in NHL history to score his first seven career goals on the power play, before eventually scoring his first career even-strength goal in his home country as part of the 2019 NHL Global Series in Stockholm, Sweden.
  • With two different six-game point streaks, Olofsson became the second Sabres rookie (joining John Tucker in 1984-85) ever to record two in a season.

Sam Reinhart

  • Reinhart reached the 20-goal mark in his 55th game of the season; it was 14 games quicker than his previous best season (2015-16).
  • Reinhart recorded 13 multi-point games in 2019-20, ranking second on the team behind Jack Eichel.
    • The Sabres were 10-2-1 this season (.808) and are now 41-7-8 (.804) in Reinhart’s career when he records at least two points.

Linus Ullmark

  • Ullmark finished the 2019-20 season with an .840 career save percentage in shootouts, ranking third among active NHL goaltenders (min. 2 shootouts) and first in Sabres history.
    • Ullmark’s four wins through six career shootouts trail only Ryan Miller (49) and Jhonas Enroth (10) for most in franchise history.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings)

  • Eichel: 3 OTG (T-2nd), 9 GWG (T-3rd), 36 G (8th), 27 PPP (T-8th), 78 PTS (T-10th)
  • Ristolainen: 203 hits (8th)

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: 5-5-0 (10), 30/32, 7/29, 21/29
51-60: 5-4-1 (11), 28/33, 5/23, 13/17
61-69: 3-6-0 (6), 20/27, 3/23, 14/18

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-6; 126-134 all-time)
Oct. 7 at CBJ: L, 4-3 (Texier, 2:08)
Oct. 9 vs. MTL: W, 5-4 (Johansson, 1:30)
Oct. 22 vs. SJS: W, 4-3 (Eichel, 3:13)
Nov. 14 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (Hamilton, 2:28)
Nov. 27 vs. CGY: L, 3-2 (Lindholm, 1:17)
Nov. 30 at TOR: L, 2-1 (Tavares, 1:45)
Dec. 7 at VAN: L, 6-5 (Miller, 3:21)
Dec. 8 at EDM: W, 3-2 (Miller, 1:13)
Dec. 14 at NYI: L, 3-2 (Beauvillier, 3:04)
Jan. 2 vs. EDM: W, 3-2 (Eichel, 1:09)
Feb. 1 vs. CBJ: W, 2-1 (Eichel, 0:36)
Feb. 13 vs. CBJ: W, 4-3 (Olofsson, 2:44)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (2-2; 77-71 all-time)
Oct. 11 vs. FLA: W, 3-2 (GDG-Eichel)
Oct. 28 vs. ARI: L, 3-2 (GDG-Schmaltz)
Feb. 6 vs. DET: L, 4-3 (GDG-Larkin)
March 9 vs. WSH: W, 3-2 (GDG-Kahun)

Post-Game Report: 2/13 vs. Columbus

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Blue Jackets
(30-17-11)
1 1 1 0 3 31
Sabres
(26-24-8)
0 1 2 1 4 27

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • With tonight’s win, the Sabres have won their season series against the Blue Jackets for the first time since 2015-16. All three games in the series were won in overtime by the home team.
  • Victor Olofsson scored twice tonight in his first game back after missing 15 games due to injury, including his first career overtime goal. He finished the game with sole possession of second place among NHL rookies with 18 goals this season.
  • Rasmus Dahlin recorded an assist on both of Olofsson’s goals and now has at least one assist in all three games against Columbus this season.
    • In six career games against the Blue Jackets, Dahlin has collected six assists.
  • With his first assist, Dahlin passed Rick Hampton (76) for third-most points recorded by an NHL defenseman before his 20th birthday. He now trails only Phil Housley (132) and Ray Bourque (79) for most points ever recorded by a teenage defenseman.
  • Dahlin’s second assist of the game was his 30th of the season. He joins Phil Housley as the second defenseman in franchise history to record at least 30 assists in his first two NHL seasons.
  • Jack Eichel (1+2) recorded his 19th multi-point game of the season. The Sabres are 14-3-2 in those games. Eichel has recorded at least three points eight times this season, topping his previous career-high total (6) set in the 2016-17 season.
  • Eichel’s first assist was his 40th of the season. He became the first Sabres player to record 30 goals and 40 assists in a season since Jason Pominville (30+43) in 2011-12.
  • Evan Rodrigues scored and now has four points (3+1) in four games against Columbus in the last two seasons.
  • Carter Hutton recorded his sixth career assist on Buffalo’s third goal. It was the first assist by a Sabres goaltender since Hutton tallied an assist on Feb. 23, 2019 vs. Washington.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision GA SA
Blue Jackets
Kivlenieks O 4 27
Sabres Hutton W 3 31
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Blue Jackets Kivlenieks 1-0-2 .916 2.30
Sabres Hutton 10-9-4 .896 3.17

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger

Sabres forward Victor Olofsson

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Evan Rodrigues

Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella

Blue Jackets forward Nathan Gerbe

Blue Jackets forward Liam Foudy

Blue Jackets defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov

VICTOR OLOFSSON INJURY UPDATE


Sabres forward Victor Olofsson will be out five to six weeks with a lower-body injury.

Post-Game Report: 12/12 vs. Nashville

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Predators
(14-11-5)
2 1 0 3 39
Sabres
(16-11-6)
1 2 1 4 32

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • With the win, the Sabres improved to 10-3-3 at home this season.
  • Linus Ullmark earned the win to improve to 6-1-1 with a .923 save percentage in his last eight appearances.
  • Jack Eichel scored two goals tonight and now ranks second in the NHL with 22 goals this season. His six multi-goal games in 2019-20 lead the league.
  • Eichel extended his point streak to 15 games (14+13), tying Patrick Kane for the longest point streak in the NHL this season. He now has the sixth-longest streak in Sabres history.
  • Eichel now has 11 points (5+6) in nine career games against Nashville.
  • With Buffalo’s first goal of the night, Jimmy Vesey extended his point streak to three games (1+2). Vesey now has eight points (4+4) in the Sabres’ last 11 games.
  • Vesey’s goal was the 100th point of his NHL career.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen’s assist on Vesey’s goal gives him seven points (1+6) in his last eight games.
  • Victor Olofsson’s goal tonight gives him 19 points (7+12) in his last 18 games. He now leads all NHL rookies with 29 points this season (13+16).
  • Sam Reinhart’s two-assist performance tonight gives him seven points (3+4) in his last five games and nine points (6+3) in nine career games against the Predators.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision GA SA
Predators Saros L 4 32
Sabres Ullmark W 3 39
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Predators Saros 4-7-2 .894 3.04
Sabres Ullmark 10-6-2 .916 2.84

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Victor Olofsson

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Sabres forward Jimmy Vesey

Predators head coach Peter Laviolette

Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis

Post-Game Report: 11/29 vs. Toronto

Final Score

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

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

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

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

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

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger

Sabres forward Casey Mittelstadt

Sabres forward Victor Olofsson

Sabres forward Jimmy Vesey

Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe

Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews

Maple Leafs forward John Tavares

Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly

Maple Leafs goaltender Michael Hutchinson