Facts and Figures: Sabres Are No. 1 in NHL – NHL.com

The Buffalo Sabres, who haven’t made the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2011, woke up Sunday in first place in the NHL standings after defeating the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in a shootout at Little Caesars Arena for their ninth straight win.

At 16-6-2 after 24 games, the Sabres have 34 points, one more than the Nashville Predators and Tampa Bay Lightning (each 16-6-1). It’s the first time the Sabres have been atop the NHL standings after October since 2006-07, when they finished 53-22-7 and won the Presidents’ Trophy with 113 points.

Buffalo’s nine-game winning streak is one shy of the longest in Sabres history, last achieved when they started the 2006-07 season by going 10-0-0. It’s also one shy of the longest winning streak in the NHL last season; the Predators, Colorado Avalanche and Columbus Blue Jackets each won 10 in a row.

During their run, the Sabres have defeated five teams who reached the 2018 playoffs. They’ve won eight one-goal games, including three in overtime and three in shootouts.

Video: [email protected]: Reinhart roofs backhander to seal SO win

Big night for goal-scorers

Patrik Laine of the Winnipeg Jets scored five goals in an 8-4 road win against the St. Louis Blues, but he wasn’t the only goal-scorer to have a big night as the NHL’s list of players who’ve scored at least 10 goals this season reached 48.

Video: [email protected]: Laine’s five-goal game makes Jets history

Buffalo’s Jeff Skinner scored the opening goal in the Sabres’ shootout win at Detroit, giving him 18 goals in 24 games. The forward is the sixth different player in Sabres history to have at least 18 goals in Buffalo’s first 24 games of a season. The others: Richard Martin (20 in 1972-73; 18 in 1971-72), Dave Andreychuk (19 in 1992-93), Pat

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