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Post-Game Report: 3/9 vs. Washington

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Capitals
(41-20-8)
0 0 2 0 0 2 35
Sabres
(30-31-8)
1 1 0 0 1 3 26

Game Summary

Event Summary

 

Top Notes

  • Linus Ullmark stopped six of seven Capitals shootout attempts to improve to 4-2 in his career in the shootout. His .840 save percentage in shootouts ranks third among active NHL goaltenders (min. 2 shootouts) and currently ranks first in Sabres history.
    • His four shootout wins trail only Ryan Miller (49) and Jhonas Enroth (10) for most in franchise history.
  • With his goal tonight, Victor Olofsson became the 16th Sabres rookie to record 20 goals in a season and the first since Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart did so during the 2015-16 season.
  • With his power-play goal tonight, Eichel now has six points (3+3) in his last six games against the Capitals.
  • Dominik Kahun’s game-deciding goal was his first career NHL shootout goal. He is now 1-for-2 in the shootout in his career.
  • With his 35th and 36th assists in his 59th game of the season, Rasmus Dahlin surpassed his output from his 82-game rookie campaign (35).
  • Dahlin’s second assist of the game gave him seven points (2+5) in five career games against the Capitals. His seven points and 1.4 points per game against Washington represent his highest career outputs against any NHL team.
  • Dahlin also scored on his first career shootout attempt. It was the fifth shootout goal ever scored by a Sabres defenseman and the first since Rasmus Ristolainen’s goal on March 17, 2017 at Anaheim.
    • Ristolainen’s goal at Anaheim was the last of 10 previous shootout attempts by Sabres defensemen before tonight.
  • Marcus Johansson earned the primary assist on Olofsson’s goal and now has six points (2+4) in his last six games against the Capitals.
  • Kyle Okposo (800th NHL game) and Sam Reinhart (400th NHL games) both reached milestone games played totals tonight.

 

Tonight’s Goaltenders

Tonight’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision GA SA
Capitals Holtby O 2 26
Sabres Ullmark W 2 35
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Capitals Holtby 25-14-6 .897 3.11
Sabres Ullmark 17-14-3 .915 2.69

 

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Jeff Skinner

Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark

Capitals head coach Todd Reirden

Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin

Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov

Capitals forward Braden Holtby

Game Preview: 3/9/20 vs. Washington

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, March 7
Buffalo 1 at Philadelphia 3
Goals: Kahun
Goalie: Hutton (21 saves/24 shots)
PP: 0/4; PK: 3/3; Shots: Buffalo 39 – Philadelphia 24

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 327)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 68 games
Vladimir Sobotka (knee, Nov. 9; injured reserve) – 52 games
Tage Thompson (shoulder, Nov. 19; injured reserve) – 48 games
Lawrence Pilut (illness, March 7) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
3/6: Activated G Linus Ullmark from IR; Assigned G Jonas Johansson to Rochester (AHL)
3/7: Recalled D John Gilmour from Rochester (AHL)
3/8: Assigned D John Gilmour to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, March 12: Buffalo at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Friday, March 13: Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 15: Carolina at Buffalo, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, March 17: Buffalo at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 19: Buffalo at Florida, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
CAPITALS at SABRES

  • This is the second of three meetings between the Sabres and Capitals this season.
  • Last meeting: Washington defeated Buffalo 6-1 in Washington on Nov. 1, 2019.
  • Next meeting: Monday, March 30 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 2-6-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Capitals; 4-3-3 at home.
  • This is the 163rd game all-time between Buffalo and Washington; Buffalo has an 89-52-21 series record.
  • The Sabres are 48-23-9 at home against the Capitals all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-7-2 all-time on March 9.
  • March 9, 1973: Tim Horton scores his first goal as a member of the Sabres in a 5-2 loss at Vancouver.
  • March 9, 1980: Mike Ramsey makes his NHL debut, Rick Martin scores four goals and Gilbert Perreault notches five assists in a 9-4 win over St. Louis.
  • March 9, 1988: Phil Housley scores two goals at Minnesota on his 24th birthday, including his 29th of the season, still the most in a season by any defenseman in Sabres history. (Housley’s career-high 31 goals in 1983-84 included seven scored while playing as a forward.)
  • March 9, 2006: Derek Roy scores his second career hat trick six days after scoring his first in an 8-5 win vs. Tampa Bay.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Kyle Okposo (800th NHL game) and Sam Reinhart (400th NHL games) are both expected to reach milestone games played totals tonight.
  • With a win tonight, the Sabres would have consecutive home wins against the Capitals for the first time since 2011-12.
  • Jimmy Vesey has totaled six points (3+3) in his last six games against the Capitals.
  • Marcus Johansson has recorded five points (2+3) in his last five games against Washington.
  • Rasmus Dahlin has recorded five points (2+3) in four career meetings with the Capitals.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled seven points (4+3) in his last six games against Washington.
  • Jack Eichel has posted five points (2+3) in five games against the Capitals since the beginning of the 2017-18 season.
  • Henri Jokiharju scored his first NHL goal when these teams last met on Nov. 1, 2019 in Washington.

TEEN TITAN

  • Rasmus Dahlin has totaled 82 points (13+69) through his first 140 NHL games, including 38 points (4+34) in 58 games this season.
  • With his assist on Feb. 18 at Ottawa, Dahlin passed Ray Bourque (79) for the second-most points recorded by an NHL defenseman before his 20th birthday. He now trails only Phil Housley (132) for the most points ever recorded by a teenage defenseman.
  • Dahlin’s .59 points per game in his career rank as the 17th-highest rate among active NHL defensemen with at least 10 career games played. His .66 points per game so far this season represent the best single-season scoring rate by a Sabres defenseman since Brian Campbell (.68) in 2007-08.

SETTING THE PACE

  • Jack Eichel is currently on pace to finish the season with 42 goals and 93 points, which would be the highest goal and point totals by aa Sabre since Thomas Vanek (43 goals) and Daniel Briere (95 points) in 2006-07.
  • Sam Reinhart scored his 20th goal of the season in his 55th game on Feb. 7 at NY Rangers, surpassing the 2015-16 season as his previous quickest season to 20 goals (69 games). Reinhart is currently on pace to set a new career high in goals (27).
  • Victor Olofsson, who has missed 15 games due to injury this season, is on pace to score 24 goals. If he maintains his current pace, his output will tie Eichel (2015-16) for seventh-most among all rookies in franchise history.

JACK ATTACK

  • With an assist on Feb. 11 vs. Detroit, Jack Eichel became the 14th player ever to record 70 points in consecutive seasons at least once as a member of the Sabres.
    • He needs three points to become just the ninth player in franchise history to record 80 points in back-to-back seasons at least once. He would join Danny Gare, Dale Hawerchuk, Pat LaFontaine, Rick Martin, Alexander Mogilny, Gilbert Perreault, Rene Robert and Pierre Turgeon.
  • With his 40th assist on Feb. 13 vs. Columbus, Eichel became the first Sabres player to record 30 goals and 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.

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 20 multi-point games this season, ranking as the 13th-most in the NHL entering play Sunday. The Sabres are 15-3-2 (.800) in those games.
  • Eichel’s seven multi-goal games tied for fifth-most in the league and his 11 multi-assist games tied for 11th-most.
  • Sam Reinhart ranks second on the Sabres with 13 multi-point games this season. The team is 10-2-1 this season (.808) and 41-7-8 (.804) in his career when he records at least two points.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 3/8 games)

  • Eichel: 3 OTG (T-2nd), 9 GWG (T-3rd), 35 G (8th), 24 EVG (T-10th), 26 PPP (T-10th)
  • Olofsson: 11 PPG (T-8th)
  • Ristolainen: 200 hits (8th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (200), Girgensons (109), McCabe (89)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (89), Ristolainen (81), Jokiharju (60)
Shots: Eichel (223), Skinner (180), Reinhart (143)

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, 23/32a
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
61-70: 2-6-0 (4), 17/25, 2/20, 13/17

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 (1-2; 76-71 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)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Kyle Okposo … 1 game … 800 career games played
Sam Reinhart … 1 game … 400 career games played
Linus Ullmark … 4 games … 100 career games played
Johan Larsson … 8 games … 400 career games played
Rasmus Ristolainen … 8 games … 500 career games played
Goals
Kyle Okposo … 4 goals … 200 career goals
Points
Wayne Simmonds … 1 point … 500 career points
Johan Larsson … 3 points … 100 career points
Brandon Montour … 9 points … 100 career points
Wins
Carter Hutton … 7 wins … 100 career wins

RECENT MILESTONES
Colin Miller … 300th NHL game … March 7 at PHI

 

Game Preview: 11/1/19 at Washington

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Monday, October 28
Arizona 3 at Buffalo 2 (SO)
Goals: Eichel, Skinner
Goalie: Hutton (42 saves/44 shots)
PP: 1/2; PK: 1/2; Shots: Arizona 44 – Buffalo 26

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 56)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (hip, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 13 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 13 games
Brandon Montour (hand, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 13 games
Marco Scandella (lower body, Oct. 25) – 2 games
Jimmy Vesey (upper body, Oct. 25) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/26: Assigned D William Borgen from Rochester (AHL)
10/27: Recalled D William Borgen from Rochester (AHL)
10/29: Assigned D William Borgen from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Nov. 2: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 8: Tampa Bay at Buffalo (Stockholm, Sweden), 2 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 9: Buffalo at Tampa Bay (Stockholm, Sweden), 1 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 14: Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 16: Ottawa at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at CAPITALS

  • This is the first of three meetings between the Sabres and Capitals this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Washington 5-2 in Buffalo on Feb. 23
  • Next meeting: Monday, March 9 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 3-5-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Capitals; 2-6-2 on the road.
  • This is the 162nd game all-time between Buffalo and Washington; Buffalo has an 89-51-21 series record.
  • The Sabres are 41-28-12 on the road against the Capitals all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-6-3 all-time on November 1.
  • November 1, 1981: Bob Sauve stops 37 shots and Tony McKegney scores twice in a 6-2 victory over the Flyers at the Aud.
  • November 1, 2008: Ryan Miller earns his eighth NHL shutout and Thomas Vanek scores twice as the Sabres defeat the Capitals 5-0 at home.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres have scored the first goal in 10 of their 13 games so far this season, going 8-1-1 in those contests. Entering play Thursday, no other NHL team had scored first in 10 games this season.
  • The Sabres have the No. 2 power play in the league, converting on a league-high 14 of their 47 power plays this season (29.8%).
  • Jimmy Vesey has totaled six points (3+3) in his last six games against the Capitals, including points in each of his last three visits to Washington (2+2).
  • Marcus Johansson has recorded at least a point in each of his last four games against the Capitals (2+3).
  • Rasmus Dahlin recorded four points (2+2) in three meetings with Washington as a rookie last season.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled seven points (4+3) in his last five games against the Capitals.
  • Jack Eichel has posted four points (2+2) in four career visits to Washington.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen enters tonight’s game with an assist in each of his last three games against the Capitals.
  • Buffalo was perfect on the penalty kill in their three matchups with the Capitals last season, killing all 10 Washington power plays in those contests.

EICHEL’S FIRST 300
Jack Eichel is expected to play in his 300th NHL game tonight. With 108 goals, 168 assists and 276 points through his first 299 career games…

  • Eichel has already recorded the sixth-most points as a Sabre in his first 300 NHL games.
    • Leaders: Alexander Mogilny (354), Rick Martin (341), Gilbert Perreault (300), Pierre Turgeon (297) and Dave Andreychuk (292)
  • He has scored the 11th-most goals by a Sabre in his first 300 NHL games.
    • Leaders: Rick Martin (194), Alexander Mogilny (176), Danny Gare (146), Thomas Vanek (136), Dave Andreychuk (129), Donald Audette (127), Gilbert Perreault (119), Pierre Turgeon (116), John Tucker (111) and Rene Robert (110)
  • Only five Sabres have scored more even-strength goals though 300 NHL games than Eichel’s current total of 75.
    • Leaders: Rick Martin (131), Alexander Mogilny (117), Danny Gare (116), Rene Robert (100) and Dave Andreychuk (86).
    • Donald Audette, Gilbert Perreault and John Tucker each had 75 thorough 300 games.
  • Eichel has the sixth-most assists by a Sabre through 300 NHL games.
    • Leaders: Phil Housley (193), Gilbert Perreault (181), Pierre Turgeon (181), Christian Ruuttu (179) and Alexander Mogilny (178)
  • Only five players have recorded more multi-point games with the Sabres through their first 300 NHL games than Eichel’s 78 through 299: Alexander Mogilny (101), Rick Martin (96), Pierre Turgeon (87), Gilbert Perreault (82) and Rene Robert (79).

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s third of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night vs. NY Islanders. The Sabres are 0-2-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-0-0 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (0), three points (0), two points (2), one point (0) and zero points (0).

A STRONG START

  • The Sabres finished October with a 9-2-2 record. It marked the franchise’s second-highest point total in the opening month of a season, trailing only the team’s 21-point output in October 2006 (10-0-1).
  • Buffalo’s plus-11 goal differential in October tied as their fifth-best in a season-opening month and was the best since October 2006 (plus-25).
  • Carter Hutton (2) and Linus Ullmark (1) combined for three shutouts through Buffalo’s 13 games in October. It is the first time in franchise history that the Sabres have posted three shutouts in the first month of the season.
  • The Sabres’ points percentage of .769 after the opening month ranked October 2019 in the franchise’s top five starts to a season.

Best Points Percentage Through First Month of Season

Season GP Record PTS PTS%
2006-07 11 10-0-1 21 .954
1975-76 10 8-1-1 17 .850
1972-73 10 6-0-4 16 .800
2009-10 11 8-2-1 17 .773
2019-20 13 9-2-2 20 .769

VIC-O MODE

  • All six of Victor Olofsson’s goals this season have come on the power play, tying for third-most in the league entering play Thursday. He also led all rookies in goals (6), tied to lead all rookies in points (10), and led rookie forwards in ice time per game (17:27).
  • Entering play Sunday, only James Neal had scored more power-play goals than Olofsson’s eight in 19 games played since he made his NHL debut on March 28, 2019 vs. Detroit. He has set an NHL record by becoming the first player in NHL history to score each of his first seven-plus career goals with a man advantage.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 10/31 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 9 W (T-1st), 29.8% PP% (2nd), 20 PTS (T-2nd)
  • Dahlin: 7 PPA (T-3rd), 7 PPP (T-7th)
  • Eichel: 1 OTG (T-1st), 9 PPP (3rd), 250 FO (6th), 4 PPG (T-6th), 17 PTS (T-8th), 7 G (T-9th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (T-1st), 6 W (T-4th), 2.21 GAA (8th), .926 SV% (10th)
  • Johansson: 1 OTG (T-1st)
  • McCabe: 34 BkS (T-1st)
  • Olofsson: 6 PPG (T-3rd), 8 PPP (T-4th)
  • Skinner: 52 S (T-5th), 7 G (T-9th)
  • Ullmark: .932 SV% (6th), 1 SO (T-4th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (40), McCabe (28), Miller/Sobotka (25)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (34), Ristolainen (19), Jokiharju (15)
Shots: Skinner (52), Eichel (43), Reinhart (29)

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: 1-1-1 (3), 6/9, 2/8, 8/9

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-1; 122-129 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)

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
Jack Eichel … 1 game … 300 career games played
Carter Hutton … 4 games … 200 career games played
Casey Mittelstadt … 4 games … 100 career games played
Rasmus Dahlin … 5 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 9 goals … 100 career goals
Points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 1 point … 200 career points
Jimmy Vesey … 8 points … 100 career points
Kyle Okposo … 8 points … 500 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Post-Game Report: 2/23 vs. Washington

Final Score

1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final SOG
Capitals
(34-21-7)
0 1 1 2 33
Sabres
(29-24-8)
2 1 2 5 38

Game Summary

Event Summary

Top Notes

  • Today’s win improved the Sabres to 6-2-0 in afternoon games this season.
  • With his third career hat trick, Sam Reinhart recorded his seventh career multi-goal game. He now has a career-high 16 multi-point games this season.
    • It was the Sabres’ first hat trick since Oct. 20, 2018 at Los Angeles (Jeff Skinner) and the first at KeyBank Center since Dec. 15, 2017 vs. Carolina (Jack Eichel)
    • The Sabres are now 21-11-5 this season when Reinhart records a point and 30-4-7 in his career when he records at least two.
  • Reinhart now has six points (4+2) in his last five games and 32 points (10+22) in 31 home games this season.
    • He also has seven points (4+3) in his last five games against Washington, including three goals and two assists in three games against them this season.
  • Jack Eichel established a new career high in points with his first assist today. He finished the game with two assists, giving him a career-best 66 points (19+47) through 58 games played this season.
  • Rasmus Dahlin’s goal today gives him four points (2+2) in three career games against the Capitals.
  • Matt Hunwick’s assist on Reinhart’s second goal was his first point as a member of the Sabres.
  • Carter Hutton recorded his fourth career assist on Reinhart’s empty-net goal. It was Hutton’s first assist since Jan. 7, 2017 vs. Dallas.

Today’s Goaltenders

Today’s Stats
Team Goaltender Decision SV% GAA
Capitals
Holtby L .892 4.09
Sabres Hutton W .939 2.00
Updated Season Stats
Team Goaltender Record SV% GAA
Capitals Holtby 21-16-4 .908 3.04
Sabres Hutton 16-17-4 .912 2.76

Post-Game Audio

Sabres head coach Phil Housley

Sabres forward Jack Eichel

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart

Sabres forward Jeff Skinner

Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton

Capitals head coach Todd Reirden

Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky

Capitals forward Lars Eller

Capitals forward Carl Hagelin

Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby

Game Preview: 2/23/19 vs. Washington

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, February 21
Buffalo 1 at Tampa Bay 2 (SO)
Goals: Dahlin
Goalie: Hutton (39 saves/40 shots)
PP: 0/4; PK: 3/3; Shots: Tampa Bay 40 – Buffalo 30

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 196)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Marco Scandella (upper body, Feb. 17; injured reserve) – 3 games
Kyle Okposo (concussion, Feb. 17; injured reserve) – 3 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/17: Recalled D Casey Nelson from his conditioning assignment in Rochester (AHL)
2/19: Activated D Casey Nelson from IR; Placed D Marco Scandella on IR
2/22: Recalled F Danny O’Regan and Scott Wilson from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Kyle Okposo on IR; Assigned D Lawrence Pilut to Rochester

UPCOMING GAMES
Monday, Feb. 25: Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 26: Buffalo at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Friday, March 1: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 2: Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Monday, March 4: Edmonton at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
CAPITALS at SABRES

  • This is the third and final meeting between the Sabres and Capitals this season.
  • Last meeting: Washington defeated Buffalo 2-1 in Washington on Dec. 21, 2018
  • The Sabres are 2-6-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Capitals; 4-3-3 at home.
  • This is the 161st game all-time between Buffalo and Washington; Buffalo has an 88-51-21 series record.
  • The Sabres are 47-23-9 at home against the Capitals all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 13-6-0 all-time on February 23.
  • February 23, 1986: Tom Barrasso stops 34 Washington shots as the Sabres beat the Capitals 4-1 in Buffalo.
  • February 23, 2011: The Sabres defeat the Atlanta Thrashers 4-1 in the team’s first game under the ownership of the Pegulas, a day after Terry and Kim Pegula announced their purchase of the team. All three members of the French Connection surprise Terry on the ice in a pre-game ceremony.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Today’s game is Buffalo’s eighth afternoon game of the season. The Sabres are 5-2-0 in the first seven.
  • The Sabres are perfect on the penalty kill in their two previous matchups with the Capitals this season, killing all eight Washington power plays in those contests.
  • Rasmus Dahlin recorded a career-high three points (1+2) during the season’s first meeting between these teams on Dec. 15.
  • Sam Reinhart has four points (1+3) in his last four games against the Capitals.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has recorded an assist in both previous matchups with Washington this season.

HOME COOKING

  • Buffalo enters today’s game with a 17-9-4 (.633) record at home. The team’s .633 points percentage at home ranked 10th in the NHL before Friday’s games.
  • Carter Hutton is 10-6-2 at home this season with a .922 save percentage and a 2.48 goals-against average.
  • Jeff Skinner leads all Sabres with 32 points (20+12) in 30 home games this season. He’s the first player to score 20 goals at KeyBank Center since Derek Roy had 20 in 2007-08. Thomas Vanek (30 in 2006-07) was the last player to score more than 20 at home in a season for the Sabres.
  • With 29 points (11+18) in 28 home games, Jack Eichel is also playing above a point-per-game pace at KeyBank Center this season.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 26 points (6+20) in 24 home games since the beginning of November, posting nine multi-point home games during that stretch.

DYNAMIC DUO

  • Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner have both recorded a point on the same goal 28 times this season, making them the most productive Sabres duo since Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek combined on 39 goals in the 2011-12 season.
  • At least one of the two has recorded a point on 90 of the team’s 167 goals this season (53.9%).
  • Eichel has posted 15 points (4+11) in his last 14 games and Skinner has totaled nine points (5+4) in his last 10 games.

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel’s next point will be his 65th of the season, setting a new career high mark. His next goal will make him the third player in franchise history to record 20 goals in each of his first four NHL seasons, joining Rick Martin and Thomas Vanek.
  • With 45 assists so far this season, Eichel is the first Sabres player to record at least 45 assists in a season since Tim Connolly recorded 48 in 2009-10.
  • Eichel is currently on pace for 46 even-strength assists this season. Only five different players have recorded at least 45 even-strength assists since the 2005-06 season: Henrik Sedin (3x), Joe Thornton (3x), Connor McDavid (2x), Evgeni Malkin and Michael Nylander. Pat Lafontaine (52 in 1992-93) is the only player in franchise history to record at least 45 in a season.

DAH-LEAN ON ME

  • Entering play Friday, Rasmus Dahlin led rookie defensemen and ranked second among all NHL rookies in points (33) and assists (26).
  • With 33 points (7+26) through 60 games, Dahlin is scoring at a higher rate than he did in the Swedish Hockey League last season, when he totaled 20 points (7+13) in 41 games for Frölunda.
  • Dahlin’s current point total puts him on pace for 45 points this season. He would trail only Phil Housley (57 points in 1982-83) for the most ever recorded by a defenseman before his 19th birthday.
  • With six multi-point games so far this season, Dahlin has recorded more multi-point games as an 18-year-old than all but two defensemen in NHL history: Phil Housley (13) and Bobby Orr (8).
  • Dahlin’s 33 points rank him fifth in franchise history among rookie defensemen and his seven goals tie for fourth.

SKINNER, SKINNER, CHICKEN DINNER

  • Jeff Skinner has scored 36 goals this season, becoming the fifth player ever to score at least 35 in his first season with the Sabres.
  • His next goal will match his previous career high of 37 set in the 2016-17 season and his 38th goal would tie Gilbert Perreault (1970-71) and Ray Sheppard (1987-88) for third-most ever scored by a first-year Sabre.
  • Skinner’s 28 even-strength goals are already the most ever recorded by player in his first year with the Sabres, breaking a record previously held by Danny Gare (26) since 1974-75.

SAM I AM
Sam Reinhart has already set career-high totals in points (52), assists (38) and multi-point games (15) this season. The Sabres are 20-11-5 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 29-4-7 (.813) in his career when he records at least two.

LEADING THE WAY
All three of the Sabres’ top three scorers are currently on pace to shatter their previous personal bests in points on the strength of career-best production at even strength:

Player/Season GP G A PTS ES G ES A ES P
Eichel Career High (2017-18) 67 25 39 64 22 20 42
Eichel 2018-19 57 19 45 64 14 33 47
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 79 26 62 89 19 46 65
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 60 36 18 54 28 13 41
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 49 25 74 38 18 56
               
Reinhart Career High (2017-18) 82 25 25 50 13 16 29
Reinhart 2018-19 60 14 38 52 13 27 40
Reinhart 2018-19 (Pace) 82 19 52 71 18 37 55

MAKING HISTORY

  • At his current pace, Jack Eichel would finish the season tied for the fifth-most even-strength points ever recorded by a Sabre, trailing only Pat LaFontaine (83) and Alexander Mogilny (78) in 1992-93, and Gilbert Perreault in 1975-76 (70) and 1979-80 (68).
  • Eichel is one point off of the pace to become the first Sabres player to record at least 90 points since Daniel Briere (95) in 2006-07 and would trail only LaFontaine’s franchise-record 52 even-strength assists in 1992-93.
  • Jeff Skinner is one goal off the pace to log the seventh 50-goal season in Sabres history and the first since 1992-93 (Mogilny and LaFontaine). His 38 even-strength goals would be the fifth-most in team history behind only Mogilny’s even-strength total from 1992-93 (49), Rick Martin’s 44 in 1973-74, and Danny Gare’s 41 in 1975-76 and 39 in 1979-80.

SCORING WHEN IT COUNTS

  • Jeff Skinner’s seven game-winning goals tied for third-most in the NHL this season entering play Friday. He is the first Sabres player with at least seven game-winners in a season since Derek Roy (9) in 2008-09 and is four shy of matching the single-season franchise record of 11 shared by Danny Gare (1979-80) and Alexander Mogilny (1992-93).
  • Skinner was also tied for third in the league with three overtime goals this season. Skinner’s total matches the Sabres’ single-season record shared by Daniel Briere (2006-07) and Derek Roy (2009-10) and ties him for 10th-most career overtime goals in franchise history.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 2/22 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 82.5% PK% (6th)
  • Eichel: 2 OTG (T-9th), 226 S (T-9th), 33 EVA (T-9th)
  • Ristolainen: 24:58 TOI/GP (10th)
  • Skinner: 36 G (T-3rd), 28 EVG (T-3rd), 7 GWG (T-3rd), 3 OTG (T-3rd)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (180), Girgensons (100), McCabe (87)
Blocked Shots: Bogosian (95), Ristolainen (91), McCabe (86)
Shots: Eichel (226), Skinner (196), Ristolainen (148)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 6-4-0 (12), 26/28, 8/38, 22/30
11-20: 6-2-2 (14), 35/27, 4/28, 26/29
21-30: 5-3-2 (12), 31/32, 5/28, 23/29
31-40: 4-4-2 (10), 24/27, 7/31, 27/29
41-50: 4-6-0 (8), 30/34, 1/25, 14/20
51-60: 3-6-1 (7), 26/38, 7/30, 19/22

OVERTIME RESULTS (6-6; 119-127 all-time)
Oct. 27 at CBJ: L, 5-4 (GWG-Panarin, 0:31)
Oct. 30 vs. CGY: L, 2-1 (GWG-Gaudreau, 2:40)
Nov. 8 at MTL: W, 6-5 (GWG-Ristolainen, 1:38)
Nov. 19 at PIT: W, 5-4 (GWG-Eichel, 0:45)
Nov. 23 vs. MTL: W, 3-2 (GWG-Skinner, 3:06)
Nov. 27 vs. SJS: W, 3-2 (GWG-Skinner, 1:41)
Nov. 30 at FLA: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barkov, 2:26)
Dec. 4 vs. TOR: L, 4-3 (GWG-Matthews, 4:57)
Dec. 11 vs. LAK: W, 4-3 (GWG-Skinner, 1:49)
Dec. 29 vs. BOS: L, 3-2 (GWG-Kuraly, 3:44)
Jan. 16 at CGY: W, 4-3 (GWG-Eichel, 1:10)
Feb. 8 vs. CAR: L, 6-5 (GWG-Teravainen, 3:25)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (4-2; 74-68 all-time)
Nov. 10 vs. VAN: W, 4-3 (GDG-Mittelstadt)
Nov. 16 at WPG: W, 2-1 (GDG-Sheary)
Nov. 24 at DET: W, 3-2 (GDG-Reinhart)
Dec. 15 at WSH: L, 4-3 (GDG-Ovechkin)
Feb. 5 vs. MIN: W, 5-4 (GDG-Reinhart)
Feb. 21 at TBL: L, 2-1 (GDG-Stamkos)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Tage Thompson … 7 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 2 goals … 216 goals with Sabres (T-10th in franchise history)
Jack Eichel … 8 goals … 100 career goals
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 3 assists … 300 career assists
Jeff Skinner … 7 assists … 200 career assists
Matt Hunwick … 8 assists … 100 career assists
Jason Pominville … 10 assists … 310 assists with Sabres (T-7th in franchise history)
Points
Sam Reinhart … 8 points … 200 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Zemgus Girgensons … 400th NHL game … Feb. 19 at FLA
Jason Pominville … 713th game with Sabres (sole possession, 8th in franchise history) … Feb. 19 at FLA