5 Things to Know: Sabres vs. Panthers

BY: DAVID KOLB

BUFFALO SABRES (31-32-12) vs. FLORIDA PANTHERS (33-30-11)
Coverage begins at 6:30 PM on MSG-B

Captain Brian Gionta skates in his 1000th career games as the Sabres host the Panthers.

1 WHERE THEY STAND

BUFFALO, NY - OCTOBER 29: Josh Gorges #4 and Brian Gionta #12 of the Buffalo Sabres skate against the Florida Panthers during an NHL game at the KeyBank Center on October 29, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

  • The Sabres are 4-6-0 in their last 10 games
  • Buffalo is 18-13-6 on home ice in 2016-17

2 WHO'S HOT

  • Sabres’ center, Jack Eichel scored two goals and picked up an assist in Saturday’s 5–2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs
  • The 2015 second overall pick now has nine goals and seven assists for 16 points in only 12 games in March.
  • Eichel is looking to obtain “point-per-game” status, in the final two weeks of the season, as he currently has 53 points in 54 games in his sophomore NHL season

3 SAY WHAT?

“This is our building and we obviously want to play well here. I think there was a little bit of extra emotion in our game, extra intensity. And it’s good to see. … A good 60-minute effort. A lot of guys played well. It’s good to see some guys back healthy contributing. Another game Monday vs. Florida.”

 — Sabres’ center, Jack Eichel reflecting on the Sabres impressive win over the Maple Leafs Saturday, and looks forward to hosting the Florida Panthers tonight

4 DID YOU KNOW?

Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel skates during warmups before the start of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

The Panthers are one of only six NHL teams (excluding the Sabres) that Jack Eichel has not yet recorded a goal against.

5 MUST-SEE VIDEO

Watch Sabres coach, Dan Bylsma talk about the Sabres’ dominant win over their divisional rivals Saturday on home ice.