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Sabres Notebook: Charting Eichel's streak

Even in an ugly loss, the points kept coming for Jack Eichel.

The Sabres center had two goals and an assist during Tuesday's 6-3 defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers to push his point streak to 11 games, the longest active run in the NHL. It's also the longest by a Buffalo player since Tim Connolly's 16-gamer during the 2009-10 season. He has five goals and 11 assists in the 11 games.

When Eichel returns to action Friday in Columbus, he will be trying to extend the streak to 12 gmes and tie the NHL high for the season set by Minnesota's Mikael Granlund from Jan. 12-Feb. 4.

Here's a current rundown of Eichel's numbers:

---In 46 games this season, he is nearly a point-a-game player with 45 points (18 goals, 27 assists). Among those who have played at least 20 games, Eichel is 13th in the NHL at 0.98 points per game.

---Eichel eclipsed the 100-point mark for his career with his second-period power-play goal against the Flyers. In 127 career games, he has 42 goals, 59 assists and 101 points.

---Tuesday's game was Eichel's fourth three-point output of the season. He had just one in his rookie season, and that was his career-high four-point night during his homecoming in Boston on Dec. 26, 2015.

---At 20 years and 130 days old, Eichel became the third-youngest player in Sabres history to reach 100 points. The only ones younger were Pierre Turgeon (19 years, 156 days) and Phil Housley (19 years, 276 days).

---Since Feb. 1, Eichel entered Wednesday leading the NHL in points (24) and assists (18). The only other players over 20 points in that span were Chicago's Patrick Kane (21), Dallas' Jamie Benn (21) and Chicago's Jonathan Toews (20). It should be noted, however, that Eichel has played 18 games in that span and only one player in the top 10 (Nashville's Filip Forsberg) has even played 16 games in that stretch.

---Eichel is the only player in the top 12 in scoring since Feb. 1 who is a minus player in that stretch, as he is minus-4. Toews is the leader at plus-12.

---Eichel is minus-8 for the season, after posting a minus-16 rating in his rookie year. He clearly ran afoul of coach Dan Bylsma after turning the puck over in the neutral zone while trying to go 1-on-3 during the first period, a play that led to the Flyers' first goal.

Player, Team    GP  G-A-Pts
Eichel      BUF      18    6-18-24
Kane        CHI      13     14-7-21
Benn        DAL     15     10-11-21
Toews      CHI      13     8-12-20
Forsberg NSH     16     12-7-19
Kucherov TBL     14     9-10-19
Backstrom WSH 15     8-11-19
Laine        WPG    14     9-9-18
Bergeron  BOS     13     5-13-18
Zetterberg DET   14     4-14-18

Sabres' deteriorating season crumbles further


The Flyers scored all six of their goals at even strength in Tuesday's game while the Sabres netted two of their three on the power play. That led to some ugly stat lines for several Buffalo players.

Eight Buffalo players were at least minus-2 in the game but defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen was a career-worst minus-5. Defense partner Jake McCabe and Marcus Foligno were both minus-3.

Ristolainen's minus-5 equaled the number Zach Bogosian put up in the Jan. 31 loss at Montreal. The Sabres don't list a record for the worst rating in a single game but the pair might share it now. The NHL record is minus-7, shared by Chicago's Doug Wilson in 1993 and equaled by former Sabre Chris Butler while playing for Calgary in 2012.

Ristolainen was on the ice for seven of the nine combined goals in the game. He is minus-10 for the season, still the best rating in his four-year career. He has four goals and a career-high 36 assists on the season, with his 22 power-play assists tops in the league.


The Sabres gave up six goals in a game for the first time this season and six even-strenght goals in a game for the first time since a 7-4 loss to Florida here on Feb. 9, 2016.

The Flyers entered Tuesday having scored just six even-strength goals in their six previous games combined. They had not scored six in a game since a 6-3 win over Carolina on Oct. 22.

The Philadelphia defense pair of Radko Gudas and Michael Del Zotto combined for a goal and four assists in the game and both were plus-5.


The Sabres loaned Rochester captain Cal O'Reilly to the Toronto Marlies on Wednesday. O'Reilly has nine goals and 33 assists in 47 games for Rochester, and the Sabres were reportedly close to dealing him at the trade deadline in a minor-league transaction.

By loaning him, O'Reilly remains Buffalo property. It's the same situation as Amerks center and South Buffalo native Tim Kennedy, who was loaned to Rochester earlier this season by the Carolina Hurricanes.

O'Reilly simply changed dressing rooms Wednesday night as the Marlies were in Rochester The Amerks entered Wednesday last in the AHL's North Division at 23-32-2 while Toronto was third at 30-24-5 and battling to stay in a playoff spot.

Greece native Matthew Lane has been recalled from Elmira to Rochester to take O'Reilly's spot. Lane, who had one assist in nine games for the Amerks earlier this season, had 11 goals and 13 assists for Elmira. He's a former Boston University teammate of Eichel and fellow Sabres center Evan Rodrigues.

Also on Wednesday, Cambria native Tom McCollum was loaned by Calgary to Charlotte. McCollum, a veteran of 227 AHL games who was a former No. 1 pick of the Detroit Red Wings, had played just one game in goal at Stockton this season and then played five games with Adirondack of the East Coast League, posting a 3-1 record with a 2.97 goals-against average.

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