The Buffalo Sabres found themselves behind the eight ball right away Thursday night with some unfortunate injury news before the puck even dropped on their game against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Captain Jack Eichel was announced as a scratch after warmups due to an upper-body injury, ending his NHL-leading point streak at 17 games. He ended up one game short of tying Gilbert Perreault’s franchise-record 18-game point streak that was set back in 1971-72.
Eichel recorded 16 goals and 31 points during the streak, which began on Nov. 16.
The Flyers then scored three goals in the first period and three in the second on their way to a 6-1 victory at Wells Fargo Center.
The Sabres also lost forwards Johan Larsson and Evan Rodrigues to injury over the course of the game.
Victor Olofsson scored on the power play with 8:25 remaining in regulation to end Carter Hart’s shutout bid.
Carter Hutton made 23 saves. The Sabres were outshot 29-17.
We fall to the Flyers. pic.twitter.com/Ns8yo55Yjj
— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) December 20, 2019