Buffalo Sabres forward Jeff Skinner skating up the ice during a home game in the NHL.
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Jeff Skinner achieves crazy milestone by playing in his 1000th game

Published April 2, 2024 at 7:19 PM
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Tonight Jeff Skinner will play in his 1000th game in the NHL. Simultaneously he will join an elusive club belonging just to him. He will become the first player in NHL history to play 1000 games but not make the playoffs.

Tonight will be a huge night for Jeff Skinner and his impressive NHL career. Tonight he officially plays in his 1000th game in the league. While most times this accomplishment can only be looked at positively that is not the case for Jeff Skinner.

A negative light has been placed on Jeff Skinner's accomplishment for one wild fact. In his 1000 games played Jeff Skinner has never made the playoffs.

Tonight, Sabres forward Jeff Skinner will reach 1,000 career NHL games. The first player to play 1,000 games, without playing in the playoffs.
It's an unfortunate historical stat but 1,000 games is 1,000 games and should be celebrated.
Congratulations Jeff Skinner! #LetsGoBuffalo




He now becomes the only player in the history of the NHL to be in the 1000 games club without playing a playoff game. During his career, Jeff Skinner has played for the Carolina Hurricanes and Buffalo Sabres.

In his tenure with the Hurricanes, he was successful individually but Carolina as a team did not find success until he departed. Jeff Skinner was eventually traded to the Buffalo Sabres. Then of course he has been part of the Buffalo Sabres longest playoff drought in the NHL. Many people are now using this fact to downplay the accomplishments of Jeff Skinner's career.

Regardless of fans' thoughts Jeff Skinner will be playing in game number 1000 and get to celebrate that. We congratulate Jeff Skinner on this great accomplishment as the Buffalo Sabres take on the Washington Capitals.

Source: Blade of Steel - Jeff Skinner becomes first player in NHL history to achieve feat
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