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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

Game Preview: 12/21/18 at Washington

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, December 18
Florida 5 at Buffalo 2
Goals: Skinner, Ristolainen
Goalie: Hutton (31 saves/35 shots); 1 ENG
PP: 0/3; PK: 2/3; Shots: Florida 36 – Buffalo 32

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 139)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 35 games
Jake McCabe (upper body, Nov. 29; injured reserve) – 9 games
Casey Nelson (upper body, Dec. 8; injured reserve) – 6 games
Lawrence Pilut (lower body, Dec. 15; injured reserve) – 3 games
Nathan Beaulieu (lower body, Dec. 16) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
12/15: Recalled D Matt Hunwick from his conditioning loan in Rochester (AHL); Activated D Marco Scandella from IR
12/16: Recalled D Brendan Guhle from Rochester (AHL); Placed D Lawrence Pilut on IR
12/17: Assigned D Matt Tennyson to Rochester (AHL)
12/19: Placed F Patrik Berglund on unconditional waivers with intent to terminate his contract

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Dec. 22: Anaheim at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 27: Buffalo at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 29: Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 31: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 6 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 3: Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at CAPITALS

  • This is the second of three meetings between the Sabres and Capitals this season.
  • Last meeting: Washington defeated Buffalo 4-3 (SO) in Washington on Dec. 15
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 2-6-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Capitals; 2-6-2 on the road.
  • This is the 160th game all-time between Buffalo and Washington; Buffalo has an 88-50-21 series record.
  • The Sabres are 41-27-12 on the road against the Capitals all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 13-5-3 all-time on December 21.
  • December 21, 1975: Rick Martin scores four goals and Fred Stanfield scores three as the Sabres defeat Washington by a score of 14-2, the largest winning margin in franchise history. The Sabres roster combined for 40 points in the game, the most in team history.
  • December 21, 1991: Alexander Mogilny sets the franchise record for fastest goal from the start of a game, beating Toronto goaltender Jeff Reese just five seconds after the opening faceoff.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Jack Eichel enters tonight’s contest on his first seven-game point streak (9+5) since January 2018. With a point tonight, he’d have his longest streak since he tallied in a career-best 11 straight games from Feb. 14 to March 7, 2017.
  • Jeff Skinner has points in seven straight games (5+4) for the first time since March 16 to 27, 2017. A point tonight would give him his first career eight-game point streak.
  • The Sabres are winless in their last six visits to Washington (0-4-2). Their last road win against the Capitals came on Nov. 22, 2014.
  • Rasmus Dahlin recorded a career-high three points (1+2) on Saturday, when these teams last met.
  • Sam Reinhart has points in each of his last three games against the Capitals (1+3).
  • Jeff Skinner has 17 points (8+9) in 20 career visits to Washington.

LEADING THE WAY

  • Since Jack Eichel, Jeff Skinner and Sam Reinhart began playing together on Nov. 13 vs. Tampa Bay, the Sabres have gone 11-4-3 and gotten a goal from at least one of the three in all but one of the team’s 18 games.
  • Each of the three has played at a point-per-game pace or better in the 18 games since they began playing together as a line:
    • Eichel: 27 points (10 +17), plus-12 rating
    • Reinhart: 22 points (6+16), plus-10 rating
    • Skinner: 18 points (13+5), plus-10 rating

COMEBACK KIDS

  • The Sabres are 6-7-2 this season when trailing after two periods. Entering play Thursday, their six wins when trailing after 40 minutes tied for second-most in the league and their .400 win percentage in those games ranked second.
  • 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.

NOT TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT

  • The Sabres are 11-2-5 in one-goal games so far this season. Buffalo last won more than half of its one-goal games in a season in 2011-12 (21-9-11).
  • The team’s current .611 winning percentage in one-goal games would be the seventh-best mark in franchise history and would be the Sabres’ best record in one-goal games since 1989-90 (18-6-3, .667).

WORKING OVERTIME

  • The Sabres are 8-5 in games that have been tied after regulation this season, including a 5-4 record in overtime and a 3-1 record in shootouts. Their five overtime wins have already matched their overtime win total from last season (5-10) and their three shootout wins are the team’s highest total since 2014-15 (8-5).
  • Jeff Skinner entered play Thursday tied for the league lead with three overtime goals this season. Skinner’s total through 35 games 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.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s eighth of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night vs. Anaheim. The Sabres are 4-2-1 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 4-1-2 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in their previous back-to-back sets is: four points (3), three points (1), two points (1), one point (2) and zero points (0).

SAM I AM

  • Sam Reinhart enters tonight’s game on a career-best 11-game point streak (5+13), topping his previous career high of five games set from Dec. 20 to 29, 2017. It is the longest active streak in the NHL and the longest by a Sabre since the 2016-17 season. With a point tonight, he would own the longest streak by a Sabre since Tim Connolly recorded points in 16 straight from Dec. 23, 2009 to Jan. 25, 2010.
  • Reinhart has recorded 31 points (8+23) in his last 28 games, including each of his career-high 11 multi-point games this season.
  • The Sabres are 15-4-3 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 26-4-6 (.806) in his career when he records at least two.

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel recorded his 17th multi-point game of the season on Sunday at Boston (2+2). He has now recorded two points in seven of his last 10 games.
  • Entering play Thursday, Eichel’s 17 multi-point games ranked third in the league lead this season, one behind co-leaders Mikko Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon. Through 35 games, he is one shy of his career-high 18 in a season.

DYNAMIC DUO
Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner are currently on pace to shatter their personal bests in points and make a mark in the Sabres’ record books on the strength of career-best production at even strength that ranks them among the best even-strength players in the league this season.

  • If he maintains his current pace, Eichel would finish the season with the second-most even-strength points ever recorded by a Sabre (82), trailing only Pat LaFontaine (83) in 1992-93, and would top LaFontaine’s franchise-record 52 even-strength assists that season. He would also become the first Sabre to record more than 95 points since the 1992-93 season (LaFontaine/Mogilny/Hawerchuk).
  • Skinner is currently on pace to log the second-highest goal total in Sabres history (59), trailing only Mogilny in 1992-93 (76). His 45 even-strength goals would finish behind only Mogilny’s even-strength total from 1992-93 (49) for most in team history.
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 35 14 32 46 11 24 35
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 82 33 75 108 26 56 82
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 35 25 12 37 19 8 27
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 59 28 87 45 19 63

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 12/20 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 45 PTS (6th), 20 W (T-6th), 82.5% PK% (9th)
  • Eichel: 152 S (2nd), 24 EVA (T-2nd), 35 EVP (3rd), 46 P (T-5th), 32 A (6th)
  • Hutton: 13 W (T-9th)
  • Ristolainen: 25:49 TOI/GP (5th), 111 hits (5th)
  • Skinner: 3 OTG (T-1st), plus-21 (T-1st), 6 GWG (2nd), 19 EVG (2nd), 25 G (2nd)

BUF-WSH CONNECTIONS
Former Capitals:

  • Sabres assistant coach Chris Hajt played five games for the Capitals during the 2003-04 season.
  • Sabres Head Coach Phil Housley spent two seasons playing for the Capitals (1996-1998), recording 71 points (17+54) in 141 games played.

Former Sabres:

  • Capitals assistant coach Scott Arniel played for the Sabres for four seasons (1986-1990) and was a teammate of Sabres Head Coach Phil Housley. He later rejoined the organization as an assistant coach from 2002 to 2006.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Played with Capitals F Lars Eller and F Devante Smith-Pelly in Montreal.
  • Won a bronze medal for Team Canada with Capitals F Devante Smith-Pelly at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Played for Team USA with Capitals D Matt Niskanen and F T.J. Oshie at the 2009 IIHF World Championship.

Jason Botterill:

  • Was the assistant general manager in Pittsburgh when Capitals D Matt Niskanen played for the Penguins.

Phil Housley:

  • Played with Capitals assistant coach Scott Arniel in Buffalo and again in Winnipeg.

Carter Hutton:

  • Played with Capitals F Dmitrij Jaskin in St. Louis.

Matt Hunwick:

  • Played for the Rangers when Capitals assistant coach Scott Arniel was an associate coach in New York.
  • Won a bronze medal with Capitals F T.J. Oshie while representing the United States at the 2013 IIHF World Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for Team USA with Capitals F T.J. Oshie at the 2009 and 2010 IIHF World Championships.
  • Was a teammate of Capitals D Matt Niskanen at the 2009 IIHF World Championship.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played for Team Sweden with Capitals F Nicklas Backstrom at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.

Davis Payne:

  • Was an assistant coach in Los Angeles when Capitals F Nic Dowd was playing for the Kings.
  • Was the Blues’ head coach when Capitals F Lars Eller and F T.J. Oshie were playing in St. Louis.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Won a gold medal for Team Canada with Capitals D Madison Bowey at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Played with Capitals G Pheonix Copley, F Dmitrij Jaskin and F T.J. Oshie in St. Louis.
  • Has represented the Czech Republic with Capitals D Michal Kempny twice; at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey and at the 2017 IIHF World Championship.

Tage Thompson:

  • Played with Capitals G Pheonix Copley and F Dmitrij Jaskin in St. Louis.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (111), Girgensons (57), Okposo (44)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (63), Bogosian (60), McCabe (44)
Shots: Eichel (152), Skinner (107), Ristolainen (90)

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: 3-1-1 (7), 16/15, 4/16, 14/15

OVERTIME RESULTS (5-4; 118-125 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)

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
Remi Elie … 2 games … 100 career games played
Vladimir Sobotka … 5 games … 500 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 1 goal … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 5 assists … 300 career assists
Matt Hunwick … 8 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Jason Pominville … 3 points … 511 points with Sabres (T-8th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
Sam Reinhart … 100th NHL assist … Dec. 18 vs. FLA

Game Preview: 12/15/18 at Washington

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, December 13
Arizona 1 at Buffalo 3
Goals: Mittelstadt, Skinner, Rodrigues
Goalie: Hutton (25 saves/26 shots)
PP: 0/1; PK: 2/2; Shots: Buffalo 33 – Arizona 26

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 125)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 32 games
Scott Wilson (ankle, Oct. 4; injured reserve) – 32 games
Marco Scandella (upper body, Nov. 27; injured reserve) – 8 games
Jake McCabe (upper body, Nov. 29; injured reserve) – 6 games
Casey Nelson (upper body, Dec. 8; injured reserve) – 3 games
Patrik Berglund (illness, Dec. 11) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
12/12: Assigned D Matt Hunwick to Rochester (AHL) on a conditioning loan
12/15: Recalled D Matt Hunwick from his conditioning loan in Rochester (AHL); Activated D Marco Scandella from IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Sunday, Dec. 16: Buffalo at Boston, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 18: Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 21: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 22: Anaheim at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 27: Buffalo at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at CAPITALS

  • This is the first of three meetings between the Sabres and Capitals this season.
  • Last meeting: Washington defeated Buffalo 5-1 in Washington on Feb. 24
  • Next meeting: Friday, Dec. 21 in Washington
  • The Sabres are 2-6-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Capitals; 3-6-1 on the road.
  • This is the 159th game all-time between Buffalo and Washington; Buffalo has an 88-50-20 series record.
  • The Sabres are 41-27-11 on the road against the Capitals all-time.

THIS DAY IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-8-3 all-time on December 15.
  • December 15, 1977: Gilbert Perreault scores a goal in each period to help the Sabres beat the St. Louis Blues 7-4. It was Perreault’s first of a career-high four hat tricks during the 1977-78 season.
  • December 15, 2010: Buffalo gets two third-period goals from Drew Stafford to seal a 3-2 home win over the Boston Bruins, marking the 1,500th win in franchise history.
  • December 15, 2017: Sam Reinhart appears in his 200th NHL game, Jack Eichel records his first career hat trick and Jake McCabe posts a career-best three points (1+2) in a 5-4 overtime loss vs. Carolina.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • With a goal and an assist in his last two games, Evan Rodrigues is seeking his first three-game point streak since finishing the 2018-19 season with points in three straight.
  • Jack Eichel enters tonight’s contest on a four-game point streak (5+2). The Capitals join the Blues, Canadiens and Panthers as one of four NHL teams that Eichel has yet to score a goal against.
  • Sam Reinhart has a goal and an assist in his last two games against Washington.

COMEBACK KIDS

  • The Sabres are 6-7-2 this season when trailing after two periods. Entering play Friday, their six wins when trailing after 40 minutes tied for second-most in the league and their .400 win percentage in those games ranked second.
  • 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.

NOT TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT

  • The Sabres are 11-2-4 in one-goal games so far this season. Buffalo last won more than half of its one-goal games in a season in 2011-12 (21-9-11).
  • The team’s current .647 winning percentage in one-goal games ties the fifth-best mark in franchise history and would be the Sabres’ best record in one-goal games since 1989-90 (18-6-3, .667).

WORKING OVERTIME

  • The Sabres are 8-4 in games that have been tied after regulation this season, including a 5-4 record in overtime and a 3-0 record in shootouts. Their five overtime wins have already matched their overtime win total from last season (5-10) and their three shootout wins are the team’s highest total since 2014-15 (8-5).
  • Jeff Skinner entered play Friday tied for the league lead with three overtime goals this season. Skinner’s total through 32 games 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.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s seventh of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night at Boston. The Sabres are 4-2-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 3-1-2 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in their previous back-to-back sets is: four points (3), three points (0), two points (1), one point (2) and zero points (0).

SAM I AM

  • Sam Reinhart enters tonight’s game on a career-best eight-game point streak (5+6), topping his previous career high of five games set from Dec. 20 to 29, 2017. It’s the third-longest active streak in the NHL, trailing only Mikko Rantanen and Alex Ovechkin (12 games each) and the longest by a Sabre this season.
  • Reinhart has recorded 24 points (8+16) in his last 24 games, including eight two-point games during that stretch. With eight multi-point games through 32 games played this season, he is two shy of his career-high 10 in a season.
  • The Sabres are 14-3-2 this season when Reinhart records at least one point and 25-3-5 (.833) in his career when he records at least two.

POINTS IN BUNCHES

  • Jack Eichel recorded his 15th multi-point game of the season on Tuesday vs. Los Angeles (1+1). He has now recorded two points in five of his last seven games.
  • Entering play Friday, Eichel’s 15 multi-point games ranked third in the league this season, one behind co-leaders Mikko Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon. Through 32 games, he is three shy of his career-high 18 in a season.

DYNAMIC DUO
Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner are currently on pace to shatter their personal bests in points and make a mark in the Sabres’ record books on the strength of career-best production at even strength that ranks them among the best even-strength players in the league this season.

  • If he maintains his current pace, Eichel would finish the season with the third-most even-strength points ever recorded by a Sabre (74), trailing only Pat LaFontaine (83) and Alexander Mogilny (78) in 1992-93, and would top LaFontaine’s franchise-record 52 even-strength assists that season. He would also become the first Sabre to record more than 95 points since the 1992-93 season (LaFontaine/Mogilny/Hawerchuk).
  • Skinner is currently on pace to tie the second-highest goal total in Sabres history (56), trailing only Mogilny in 1992-93 (76). His 41 even-strength goals would finish behind only Mogilny’s even-strength total from 1992-93 (49) and Rick Martin’s 44 in 1973-74 for most in team history.
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 32 10 29 39 8 21 29
Eichel 2018-19 (Pace) 82 26 74 100 21 54 74
               
Skinner Career High (2016-17) 79 37 26 63 30 18 48
Skinner 2018-19 32 22 10 32 16 7 23
Skinner 2018-19 (Pace) 82 56 26 82 41 18 59

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 12/14 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 42 PTS (T-4th), 19 W (6th)
  • Eichel: 139 S (1st), 21 EVA (T-3rd), 29 A (T-5th), 29 EVP (T-4th), 39 P (T-10th)
  • Hutton: 13 W (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 25:45 TOI/GP (4th), 101 hits (5th)
  • Skinner: 5 GWG (T-1st), 3 OTG (T-1st), 16 EVG (2nd), 22 G (T-2nd), plus-19 (T-2nd), 6 PPG (T-6th)

BUF-WSH CONNECTIONS
Former Capitals:

  • Sabres assistant coach Chris Hajt played five games for the Capitals during the 2003-04 season.
  • Sabres Head Coach Phil Housley spent two seasons playing for the Capitals (1996-1998), recording 71 points (17+54) in 141 games played.

Former Sabres:

  • Capitals assistant coach Scott Arniel played for the Sabres for four seasons (1986-1990) and was a teammate of Sabres Head Coach Phil Housley. He later rejoined the organization as an assistant coach from 2002 to 2006.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Played with Capitals F Lars Eller and F Devante Smith-Pelly in Montreal.
  • Won a bronze medal for Team Canada with Capitals F Devante Smith-Pelly at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Patrik Berglund:

  • Played with Capitals G Pheonix Copley, F Lars Eller, F T.J. Oshie and F Dmitrij Jaskin in St. Louis.
  • Won a silver medal with Capitals F Nicklas Backstrom while representing Sweden at the 2014 Winter Olympics. The two played together again at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Zach Bogosian:

  • Played for Team USA with Capitals D Matt Niskanen and F T.J. Oshie at the 2009 IIHF World Championship.

Jason Botterill:

  • Was the assistant general manager in Pittsburgh when Capitals D Matt Niskanen and D Brooks Orpik were playing for the Penguins.

Phil Housley:

  • Played with Capitals assistant coach Scott Arniel in Buffalo and again in Winnipeg.

Carter Hutton:

  • Played with Capitals F Dmitrij Jaskin in St. Louis.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played for Team USA with Capitals F T.J. Oshie at the 2009 and 2010 IIHF World Championships.
  • Was a teammate of Capitals D Matt Niskanen at the 2009 IIHF World Championship.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played for Team Sweden with Capitals F Nicklas Backstrom at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.

Davis Payne:

  • Was an assistant coach in Los Angeles when Capitals F Nic Dowd was playing for the Kings.
  • Was the Blues’ head coach when Capitals F Lars Eller and F T.J. Oshie were playing in St. Louis.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Won a gold medal for Team Canada with Capitals D Madison Bowey at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Vladimir Sobotka:

  • Played with Capitals G Pheonix Copley, F Dmitrij Jaskin and F T.J. Oshie in St. Louis.
  • Has represented the Czech Republic with Capitals D Michal Kempny twice; at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey and at the 2017 IIHF World Championship.

Tage Thompson:

  • Played with Capitals G Pheonix Copley and F Dmitrij Jaskin in St. Louis.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (101), Girgensons (52), McCabe (42)
Blocked Shots: Ristolainen (58), Bogosian (51), McCabe (44)
Shots: Eichel (139), Skinner (97), Ristolainen (80)

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: 2-0-0 (4), 7/4, 2/9, 6/6

OVERTIME RESULTS (5-4; 118-125 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)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (3-0; 73-66 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)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Remi Elie … 2 games … 100 career games played
Vladimir Sobotka … 8 games … 500 career games played
Goals
Jason Pominville … 1 goal … 211 goals with Sabres (T-11th in franchise history)
Assists
Kyle Okposo … 5 assists … 300 career assists
Sam Reinhart … 6 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Jason Pominville … 3 points … 511 points with Sabres (T-8th in franchise history)

RECENT MILESTONES
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Game Preview: 2/24/18 at Washington

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, February 22
Buffalo 3 at Detroit 2 (OT)
Goals: Ristolainen, Kane, Scandella
Goalie: Lehner (35 saves/37 shots)
PP: 1/3; PK: 2/3; Shots: Detroit 37 – Buffalo 30

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 212)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 18 games
Jake McCabe (shoulder, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 8 games
Jack Eichel (high-ankle sprain, Feb. 11; injured reserve) – 6 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/19: Recalled G Linus Ullmark from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Jack Eichel on IR; Assigned Ullmark to Rochester

UPCOMING GAMES
Sunday, Feb. 25: Boston at Buffalo, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 28: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Friday, March 2: Buffalo at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, March 5: Toronto at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 7: Calgary at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at CAPITALS

  • This is the third and final meeting between the Sabres and Capitals this season.
  • Last meeting: Washington defeated Buffalo 3-2 in Buffalo on Feb. 19
  • The Sabres are 2-6-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Capitals; 3-6-1 on the road.
  • This is the 158th game all-time between Buffalo and Washington; Buffalo has an 88-49-20 series record.
  • The Sabres are 41-26-11 on the road against the Capitals all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-8-3 all-time on February 24.
  • February 24, 1972: Steve Atkinson scores nine seconds after the opening faceoff as the Sabres defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-3 in Buffalo.
  • February 24, 1993: Alexander Mogilny scores four goals for the second time in six games and adds an assist as the Sabres defeat the Detroit Red Wings 10-7 at the Aud.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are looking for their first win in Washington since Nov. 22, 2014.
  • Kyle Okposo has seven points (4+3) in his last seven games against the Capitals.
  • Jason Pominville has seven points (3+4) in his last eight games against Washington.
  • Benoit Pouliot has five points (4+1) in his last six games against the Capitals.
  • Evander Kane has six career two-point games against Washington and three goals in two matchups this season.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded 19 points (9+10) in his last 20 games.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 18 points (6+17) in his last 17 games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 20 points (6+14) in his last 24 games dating back to Dec. 29. Ristolainen’s 20 points during that span tied for sixth among NHL defensemen entering play Friday.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded 17 points (4+13) in his last 19 games.
  • Evan Rodrigues has totaled six points (2+4) in his last eight games.
  • Evander Kane has five points (4+1) in his last six games, including three goals in the last two.
  • Marco Scandella has scored twice in Buffalo’s last three games.

ROAD WARRIORS

  • Buffalo enters tonight’s game with points in six straight road games (5-0-1) in the same season for the first time since the team went 6-0-1 in a seven-game span on the road from Feb. 8 to March 6, 2011.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has recorded 12 points (4+8) in his last 11 road games.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled eight points (2+6) in his last seven road games.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded six points (2+4) in his last seven road games.
  • Scott Wilson enters tonight’s game with six points (3+3) in his last six road games.
  • Johan Larsson has four points (1+3) in his last four road games.
  • Robin Lehner is 3-0-1 in his last four road games with two shutouts, a .963 save percentage and a 1.22 goals-against average.
  • Chad Johnson has stopped 57 of 60 shots faced in his last two road games (.950), earning wins in both of those contests.

PLAYING WITH POWER

  • The Sabres have tallied at least one power-play goal in 13 of their last 20 games dating back to Jan. 7 at Philadelphia (and went 0-for-0 on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus), converting at a 29.3 percent clip during that span.
  • Buffalo’s power-play percentage during this stretch led the league entering play Friday, and the team’s 17 power-play goals tied for the league lead.
  • During this stretch, the Sabres have five players with at least seven power-play points.
  • Ryan O’Reilly led the league entering play Friday with seven power-play goals scored since Jan. 7. Kyle Okposo and Rasmus Ristolainen tied for second in the league with 10 power-play points during that stretch.
  • O’Reilly has taken 74.3 percent of the team’s power-play faceoffs during that span, going 57-for-84 (67.9%).
  • O’Reilly’s 11 power-play goals this season tied for fourth in the league entering play Friday.

DANGEROUS KILLERS

  • The Sabres scored two shorthanded goals on Feb. 11 vs. Colorado, marking the second time this season the team has scored two shorthanded goals in a game (last: Oct. 7 at NY Islanders).
  • Buffalo entered play Friday tied for the league lead with nine shorthanded goals this season, the team’s highest total since the 2007-08 season (9).
  • Entering play Friday, the Sabres were the only team with three players who have scored at least two shorthanded goals this season (Kane – 3, Girgensons – 2, Pouliot – 2).
  • Ryan O’Reilly’s four shorthanded assists led the league entering Friday’s games, and his four shorthanded points tied for second.

DRAWING ATTENTION*

  • Ryan O’Reilly went 29-for-39 (74.4%) on the draw on Feb. 11 vs. Colorado. The 29 wins set a new career-high mark for O’Reilly, topping his previous high of 26 (Feb. 8 vs. St. Louis). He currently holds the nine highest single-game totals in franchise history.
  • O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (923) and faceoff percentage (60.7%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 923 wins already rank as the fourth-most wins by a Sabre in a season and are on pace to become the second-most by any NHL player in a season:
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2005-06 – 1,268
    • Ryan O’Reilly *pace* (BUF), 2017-18 1,246
    • Adam Oates (WSH), 1999-00 – 1,235
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2001-02 – 1,218
    • Joe Sakic (COL), 2000-01 – 1,214
  • At his current pace, O’Reilly would become just the third player ever to win at least 1,000 faceoffs in a season while maintaining a faceoff percentage of at least 59 percent, joining Rod Brind’Amour (five times) and Patrice Bergeron (two times).

*The NHL began keeping faceoff stats in the 1997-98 season.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 2/23 games)

  • Girgensons: 2 SHG (T-6th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 227 S (5th), 3 SHP (T-6th)
  • O’Reilly: 923 FOW (1st), 60.7% FO% (1st), 1,521 FO (1st), 4 SHP (T-2nd), 11 PPG (T-4th)
  • Pouliot: 2 SHG (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:32 TOI/GP (3rd)

BUF-WSH CONNECTIONS
Former Capitals:

  • Phil Housley played for Washington from 1996 to 1998, posting 71 points (17+54) in 141 games played.
  • Chris Hajt played five games for the Capitals during the 2003-04 season.

Local Players:

  • Brooks Orpik grew up in Amherst, New York and attended Nichols High School.

Victor Antipin:

  • Represented Russia alongside Evgeny Kuznetsov at the 2012 World Junior Championship and the 2016 World Championship.
  • Teammates with Alex Ovechkin for Team Russia at the 2015 and 2016 World Championships.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Represented Canada alongside Brett Connolly and Devante Smith-Pelly at the 2012 World Junior Championship.
  • Played with Lars Eller for the Montreal Canadiens from 2012-2016. Devante Smith-Pelly was also on the team from 2014-2016.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played with Nicklas Backstrom for Team Sweden at the 2012 World Championship.

Jacob Josefson

  • He and Devante Smith-Pelly were teammates for the New Jersey Devils from 2016-2017.

Robin Lehner:

  • Teammates with Alex Chiasson for the Ottawa Senators during the 2014-15 season.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Represented the United States alongside Taylor Chorney at the 2007 World Junior Championship and the 2010 World Championship.
  • Played with T.J. Oshie for the United States at the 2009 and 2010 World Championships. Matt Niskanen was also a part of the team in 2009.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Teammates with Brett Connolly for Canada at the 2009 World U18 Championship.

Jason Pominville:

  • Played with Matt Niskanen and T.J. Oshie for the United States at the 2009 World Championship.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Played with Brett Connolly for the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2012-13 season.

NHL Draft:

  • Benoit Pouliot (4th overall), Alex Ovechkin (1st overall), T.J. Oshie (24th overall) and Matt Niskanen (28th overall) were all first-round picks in the 2005 NHL Draft.
  • Kyle Okposo (7th overall) was selected three picks after Nicklas Backstrom (4th overall) in the first round of the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Ryan O’Reilly (33rd overall), Robin Lehner (46th overall), Alex Chiasson (38th overall) and Dimitry Orlov (55th overall) were second-round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • The 2010 NHL Draft saw both Johan Larsson (56th overall) and Devante Smith-Pelly (42nd overall) go off the board in the second round.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Tom Wilson (16th overall) were both chosen in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen, (8th overall) and Andre Burakovsky (23rd overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Jakub Vrana (13th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2014 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (151), Kane (120), McCabe (110)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (90), Ristolainen (82), McCabe (79)
Shots: Kane (227), Eichel (201), O’Reilly (165)

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: 3-4-3 (9), 24/33, 3/25, 23/28
41-50: 4-6-0 (8), 27/31, 10/33, 15/26
51-60: 3-6-1 (7), 28/32, 6/24, 32/38
61-70: 1-0-0 (2), 3/2, 1/3, 2/3

OVERTIME RESULTS (4-10; 112-121 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)
Feb. 6 vs. ANA: L, 4-3 (GWG-Henrique)
Feb. 15 at OTT: L, 3-2 (GWG-Hoffman)
Feb. 22 at DET: W, 3-2 (GWG-Scandella)

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Points
Zemgus Girgensons … 3 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
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