FLA Florida Panthers 3
Florida Panthers Panthers Overall (17-22)
ATS (17-22)
O/U (22-14-3)
January 03 2019
- FS-FL
BUF Buffalo Sabres 4
Buffalo Sabres Sabres Overall (22-19)
ATS (26-15)
O/U (19-20-2)
Final
Money Line Total: 6 Puck Line ATS
123
2451 Florida Panthers -120 Under -110 (-1.5) +210 OVER: 7
012
2452 Buffalo Sabres EVEN Over -110 (+1.5) -250 Cover: 2.5
202
Final
Money Line Total: 6 Puck Line ATS
2451 FLA -120 Under: -110 (-1.5) +210 OVER: 7
2452 BUF EVEN Over: -110 (+1.5) -250 Cover: 2.5
Line Movement
Money Line
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Money Line
1/3/2019
4:36 PM
FLA
-120
BUF
EVEN
1/3/2019
4:18 PM
BUF
-105
FLA
-115
1/3/2019
12:00 PM
FLA
-110
BUF
-110
1/3/2019
9:54 AM
BUF
-110
FLA
-110
1/3/2019
9:45 AM
FLA
-105
BUF
-115
Puck Line
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Puck Line
1/3/2019
4:36 PM
FLA(-1.5)
+210
BUF
-250
1/3/2019
4:18 PM
BUF(+1.5)
-250
FLA
+210
1/3/2019
12:00 PM
FLA(-1.5)
+210
BUF
-250
1/3/2019
9:54 AM
BUF(-1.5)
+230
FLA
-270
1/3/2019
9:45 AM
FLA(+1.5)
-270
BUF
+230
Total
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Total
1/3/2019
4:36 PM
6
-110
6
-110
1/3/2019
4:18 PM
6
-110
6
-110
1/3/2019
12:00 PM
6
-110
6
-110
1/3/2019
9:54 AM
6
-110
6
-110
1/3/2019
9:45 AM
6
-110
6
-110
Recap

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jack Eichel's absence didn't prevent Buffalo's top line from carrying the load again.

Jeff Skinner scored twice, including his team-leading 28th goal, and Sam Reinhart had a goal and an assist for the Sabres in a 4-3 win over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.

"It's great to see that Skinner scores. At this point in the season, that's the way it's going to go to win a one-goal game," Buffalo coach Phil Housley said. "We've lost some one-goal games in the past and it's going to be tight. It's going to be a great test for us."

Buffalo snapped an 0-2-1 skid while overcoming the loss of Eichel, who missed his first game since sustaining an upper-body injury in a 3-1 loss to the New York Islanders on Monday. Without disclosing the nature of the injury, Housley listed Eichel as day to day while also saying the captain will not play in Buffalo's next game at Boston on Saturday.

Eichel's absence placed even more pressure on a team that's spent much of this season relying on its top line, which entered the night having accounted for 49 of Buffalo's 115 goals.

Skinner and Reinhart delivered in a game the Sabres never trailed. They beat Florida for the first time since March 27, 2017, to snap an 0-6-1 skid against the Panthers.

Buffalo also improved to 5-7-4 since its 10-game winning streak, which equaled a franchise record.

"I don't think we're sort of a fragile group," Skinner said, referring to the Sabres' slump. "I think we did a good job of responding like that as a team."

Tage Thompson also scored for Buffalo, and Linus Ullmark stopped 35 shots to win his fourth consecutive start.

Alexander Barkov had a goal and an assist for the Panthers, who lost for just the third time in nine games. Mike Hoffman and Frank Vatrano also scored.

Roberto Luongo gave up two goals on the first four shots he faced and finished with 29 saves.

A slow start cost the Panthers three days after they overcame a 3-0 first-period deficit in a 4-3 shootout win at Detroit.

"The difference was they came out stronger than us in the first period," Hoffman said. "It's not easy to point a finger at exactly what it is. Obviously, we've got to take a little more responsibility in this room."

Skinner opened the scoring 4:42 into the game. And he sealed the win by putting Buffalo up 4-2 with 3:46 left, just less than three minutes after Hoffman scored a power-play goal.

Skinner scored by collecting a loose puck in his own zone, driving up the left wing and snapping a shot that sneaked in under Luongo's right arm.

With Buffalo up 2-1, Reinhart also provided a lift for the Sabres by deflecting in Lawrence Pilut's shot 1:20 into the third period.

The game featured several shifts in momentum, with each team scoring disputed goals.

Vatrano cut Buffalo's lead to 2-1 by scoring on a 2-on-1 break in which he was allowed to break free out of his own zone only after Florida's Keith Yandle knocked over Buffalo's Rasmus Dahlin, who was two steps away from playing the puck.

Housley said officials informed him they considered Yandle's hit to be incidental contact.

The Panthers were unhappy with Reinhart's goal, arguing he deflected it in with a high stick.

"I didn't really know. You can't see a lot on the monitors on the bench," Florida coach Bob Boughner said. "We were relying on the league to review it, so I guess they obviously must have."

Buffalo had a goal disallowed 42 seconds later, when officials ruled Sabres forward Kyle Okposo interfered with Luongo before Marco Scandella snapped in a shot from inside the blue line.

NOTES: Reinhart set a career best with his 31st assist of the season on Skinner's first goal. ... Evan Rodrigues took Eichel's spot in centering Buffalo's first line. ... Florida D Chris Wideman was scratched after practicing with the team Wednesday for the first time since being acquired by the Panthers in a trade with Edmonton on Sunday.

UP NEXT

Panthers: Host Columbus on Saturday.

Sabres: At Boston on Saturday.

___

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Matchup
Panthers Overall
W/L 17-22
ATS 17-22
Goals For 3.3
Goals Against 3.5
Total 22-14-3
Panthers Away
W/L 9-12
ATS 11-10
Goals For 3.1
Goals Against 3.9
Total 13-7-1
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
Avg. Points For
Avg. Points Against
ATS
Over/Under
Sabres Overall
W/L 22-19
ATS 26-15
Goals For 2.9
Goals Against 2.9
Total 19-20-2
Sabres Home
W/L 13-8
ATS 11-10
Goals For 3.0
Goals Against 2.8
Total 11-10
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
Avg. Points For
Avg. Points Against
ATS
Over/Under
Game Summary
1st Period
BUF 15:18 GOAL scored by Jeff Skinner assisted by Sam ReinhartFLA 0 BUF 1
BUF 12:45 GOAL scored by Tage Thompson assisted by Vladimir Sobotka and Conor ShearyFLA 0 BUF 2
BUF 7:18 Penalty to Rasmus Dahlin 2 minutes for Interference (Drawn by Mike Hoffman)
2nd Period
BUF 10:36 Penalty to Tage Thompson 2 minutes for Tripping (Drawn by Bogdan Kiselevich)
FLA 6:18 GOAL scored by Frank Vatrano assisted by Colton SceviourFLA 1 BUF 2
FLA 4:01 Penalty to Mike Hoffman 2 minutes for Hooking (Drawn by Vladimir Sobotka)
3rd Period
BUF 18:40 GOAL scored by Sam Reinhart assisted by Lawrence Pilut and Zach BogosianFLA 1 BUF 3
FLA 14:09 Penalty to Mark Pysyk 2 minutes for Tripping (Drawn by Tage Thompson)
FLA 13:34 Penalty to Aaron Ekblad 2 minutes for Slashing (Drawn by Jeff Skinner)
BUF 9:27 Penalty to Kyle Okposo 2 minutes for Slashing (Drawn by MacKenzie Weegar)
FLA 7:45 Power play - GOAL scored by Mike Hoffman assisted by Aleksander Barkov Jr. and Jonathan HuberdeauFLA 2 BUF 3
BUF 3:46 GOAL scored by Jeff SkinnerFLA 2 BUF 4
FLA 1:29 GOAL scored by Aleksander Barkov Jr. assisted by Keith Yandle and Aaron EkbladFLA 3 BUF 4
Box Score
Panthers
Forwards G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Frank Vatrano (C) 101400:0014:41
Jayce Hawryluk (C) 000000:0010:20
Jonathan Huberdeau (LW) 011700:0022:17
Troy Brouwer (RW) 000010:008:49
Jared McCann (C) 000010:008:05
Denis Malgin (C) 000100:0011:50
Evgenii Dadonov (LW) 000200:0020:44
Colton Sceviour (RW) 011200:0013:04
Mike Hoffman (LW) 101402:0020:55
Aleksander Barkov (C) 112300:0024:44
Henrik Borgstrom (LW) 000100:0014:37
Juho Lammikko (RW) 000210:0010:58

Defensemen G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Aaron Ekblad (D) 011302:0023:31
Keith Yandle (D) 011500:0025:13
Mark Pysyk (D) 000132:0018:45
Michael Matheson (D) 000220:0021:25
MacKenzie Weegar (D) 000100:0015:05
Bogdan Kiselevich (D) 000010:0011:35

Goalies SAVES/SHOTS GA SAVE PCT
Roberto Luongo (G) 29/334.879LOSS
James Reimer (G) 0/00.000
Sabres
Forwards G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Jason Pominville (RW) 000100:007:59
Kyle Okposo (RW) 000112:0014:14
Vladimir Sobotka (LW) 011220:0020:27
Conor Sheary (LW) 011300:0015:07
Sam Reinhart (RW) 112210:0018:15
Jeff Skinner (LW) 202400:0017:25
C.J. Smith (LW) 000100:0013:20
Remi Elie (LW) 000000:008:01
Tage Thompson (RW) 101512:0015:26
Evan Rodrigues (LW) 000100:0017:21
Johan Larsson (C) 000000:0019:21
Casey Mittelstadt (C) 000100:008:48

Defensemen G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Marco Scandella (D) 000240:0016:00
Lawrence Pilut (D) 011220:0014:13
Jake McCabe (D) 000330:0024:01
Rasmus Ristolainen (D) 000130:0028:20
Zach Bogosian (D) 011310:0020:17
Rasmus Dahlin (D) 000102:0015:43

Goalies SAVES/SHOTS GA SAVE PCT
Carter Hutton (G) 0/00.000
Linus Ullmark (G) 35/383.921WIN
Officials
Linesmen Devin Berg
Linesmen Travis Gawryletz
Referee Pierre Lambert
Referee Dan O'Rourke