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Injury ends Eichel’s 17-game point streak

Jack Eichel of Buffalo Sabres

(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Jack Eichel’s 17-game point streak ended Thursday when the Sabres captain missed the game against the Philadelphia Flyers with an upper-body injury.

Eichel had 31 points (16 goals, 15 assists) during the longest point streak of the 2019-20 NHL season to date. Unfortunately, due to the injury, the 23-year-old will fall one game short of Gilbert Perreault’s franchise record of 18-games set in 1971.

“He’s playing against top lines of other teams all the time, trying to shut them down and win those games within the game and that means a lot to him right now,” Sabres coach Ralph Krueger told “His offense is breeding out of that and it’s coming without the same pressure as in the past because he feels good about a strong defensive game.”

Entering Thursday, Connor McDavid led the NHL in scoring with 59 points and Eichel sits in fifth with 50 points. The former Boston University standout is not the front-runner for the Hart Trophy at this point, but he has catapulted himself into the conversation.