2014–15 Buffalo Sabres season

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2014–15 Buffalo Sabres
Division 8th Atlantic
Conference 16th Eastern
2014–15 record 19–39–5
Home record 12–18–3
Road record 7–21–2
Goals for 123
Goals against 212
Team information
General Manager Tim Murray
Coach Ted Nolan
Captain Brian Gionta
Alternate captains Josh Gorges
Matt Moulson
Arena First Niagara Center
Average attendance 18,422[1]
(31 games)
Team leaders
Goals Tyler Ennis (15)
Assists Tyler Ennis (18)
Points Tyler Ennis (33)
Penalties in minutes Nicolas Deslauriers (64)
Plus/minus (+): Zac Dalpe (0)
Joel Armia (0)
Mark Pysyk (0)
Zach Bogosian (0)
(−): Chris Stewart (-30 −30)
Wins Jhonas Enroth (13)
Goals against average Michal Neuvirth (3.09)
<2013–14

The 2014–15 Buffalo Sabres season is the 45th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on May 22, 1970.[2]

Off-season[edit]

Summer sessions[edit]

The Sabres held their annual Summer Development Camp for the team's prospects and young players from July 14–18, 2014.[3] The highlight of the camp was the annual Blue-White Game, held on July 15, which drew a crowd of over 8,000 spectators to the First Niagara Center.[4]

The Sabres also sent a team to the Traverse City Prospects Tournament in September.[5]

Training camp[edit]

The Sabres played in six pre-season exhibition games before the start of the 2014–15 regular season.[6]

Regular Season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Divisional standings[edit]

Atlantic Division[7]
GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 Montreal Canadiens 62 41 16 5 35 171 135 87
2 Tampa Bay Lightning 64 38 20 6 36 210 171 82
3 Detroit Red Wings 61 35 15 11 32 180 159 81
4 Boston Bruins 62 31 22 9 29 165 161 71
5 Florida Panthers 63 28 22 13 22 154 178 69
6 Ottawa Senators 60 27 23 10 24 171 163 62
7 Toronto Maple Leafs 63 25 33 5 22 170 193 55
8 Buffalo Sabres 63 19 39 5 12 123 212 43

After games of March 1, 2015.

Conference standings[edit]

Top 3 (Atlantic Division)[8]
R GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 Montreal Canadiens 62 41 16 5 35 171 135 87
2 Tampa Bay Lightning 64 38 20 6 36 210 171 82
3 Detroit Red Wings 61 35 15 11 32 180 159 81
Top 3 (Metropolitan Division)[8]
R GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 New York Islanders 64 41 21 2 34 205 179 84
2 New York Rangers 61 38 17 6 35 192 152 82
3 Pittsburgh Penguins 62 36 17 9 33 181 155 81
Eastern Conference Wild Card[8]
R (Top 2 qualify for playoffs) Div GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 Washington Capitals ME 64 34 20 10 31 188 159 78
2 Boston Bruins AT 62 31 22 9 29 165 161 71
3 Florida Panthers AT 63 28 22 13 22 154 178 69
4 Philadelphia Flyers ME 63 27 25 11 24 168 183 65
5 Ottawa Senators AT 60 27 23 10 24 171 163 62
6 New Jersey Devils ME 63 26 27 10 22 141 164 62
7 Columbus Blue Jackets ME 62 26 32 4 22 160 196 56
8 Carolina Hurricanes ME 61 24 30 7 20 142 162 55
9 Toronto Maple Leafs AT 63 25 33 5 22 170 193 55
10 Buffalo Sabres AT 63 19 39 5 12 123 212 43

Divisions: AT – Atlantic, ME – Metropolitan
After games of March 1, 2015.

Suspensions/fines[edit]

Player Explanation Length Salary Date issued
Michal Neuvirth Diving/Embellishment during NHL Game No. 886 in Nashville on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at 2:23 of the second period. $2,000.00 February 25, 2015[9]

Schedule and results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

2014–15 Game Log
Record: 19–39–5 (Home: 12–18–3 ; Road: 7–21–2)
March: 0–0–0 (Home: 0–0–0 ; Road: 0–0–0)
# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts Recap
64 March 3 Buffalo Tampa Bay
65 March 6 Buffalo Ottawa
66 March 7 Buffalo Washington
67 March 11 Buffalo Toronto
68 March 14 NY Rangers Buffalo
69 March 16 Washington Buffalo
70 March 17 Buffalo Boston
71 March 20 New Jersey Buffalo
72 March 21 Buffalo Nashville
73 March 23 Buffalo Dallas
74 March 26 Arizona Buffalo
75 March 28 Buffalo Colorado
76 March 30 Buffalo Arizona

Legend:       Win (2 points)       Loss (0 points)       Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

Player stats[edit]

As of March 1, 2015

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular Season[11]
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Enroth, JhonasJhonas Enroth 37 35 2204 13 21 2 120 3.27 1237 0.903 1 0 0 0
Neuvirth, MichalMichal Neuvirth 27 27 1544 6 17 3 77 2.99 941 0.918 0 0 0 0
Hackett, MattMatt Hackett 1 1 59 0 1 0 4 4.07 37 0.892 0 0 0 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Sabres. Stats reflect time with the Sabres only.
Denotes player was traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with the Sabres only.
Bold/italics denotes franchise record.

Roster[edit]

Updated March 2, 2015.[12]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
61 Canada Benoit, AndreAndre Benoit D L 31 2014 St. Albert, Ontario
47 United States Bogosian, ZachZach Bogosian D R 24 2015 Massena, New York
20 Canada Dalpe, ZacZac Dalpe C R 25 2014 Paris, Ontario
44 Canada Deslauriers, NicolasNicolas Deslauriers LW L 24 2014 LaSalle, Quebec
37 Canada Ellis, MattMatt Ellis C L 33 2008 Welland, Ontario
63 Canada Ennis, TylerTyler Ennis C/LW L 25 2008 Edmonton, Alberta
82 Canada Foligno, MarcusMarcus Foligno LW L 23 2009 Buffalo, New York
12 United States Gionta, BrianBrian Gionta (C) RW R 36 2014 Rochester, New York
28 Latvia Girgensons, ZemgusZemgus Girgensons Injured Reserve C L 21 2012 Riga, Latvia
4 Canada Gorges, JoshJosh Gorges (AInjured Reserve D L 30 2014 Kelowna, British Columbia
19 Canada Hodgson, CodyCody Hodgson C R 25 2012 Toronto, Ontario
-- Canada Johnson, ChadChad Johnson G L 28 2015 Calgary, Alberta
36 United States Kaleta, PatrickPatrick Kaleta Injured Reserve RW R 28 2004 Buffalo, New York
9 Canada Kane, EvanderEvander Kane Injured Reserve LW L 23 2015 Vancouver, British Columbia
22 Sweden Larsson, JohanJohan Larsson LW L 22 2013 Lau, Sweden
35 Sweden Lindback, AndersAnders Lindback G L 26 2015 Gävle, Sweden
8 Canada McCormick, CodyCody McCormick Injured Reserve C/RW R 31 2014 London, Ontario
41 Slovakia Meszaros, AndrejAndrej Meszaros D L 29 2014 Považská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia
26 Canada Moulson, MattMatt Moulson (A) LW L 31 2014 North York, Ontario
55 Finland Ristolainen, RasmusRasmus Ristolainen D R 20 2013 Turku, Finland
24 Canada Strachan, TysonTyson Strachan D R 30 2014 Melfort, Saskatchewan
84 Canada Varone, PhilPhil Varone C L 24 2011 Vaughan, Ontario
6 United States Weber, MikeMike Weber D L 27 2006 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
51 Russia Zadorov, NikitaNikita Zadorov D L 19 2013 Moscow, Russia


Notable achievements[edit]

Awards[edit]

Milestones[edit]


Transactions[edit]

The Sabres have been involved in the following transactions during the 2014–15 season:

Trades[edit]

June 28, 2014 To Washington Capitals
2nd-round pick in 2014
To Buffalo Sabres
2nd-round pick in 2014
3rd-round pick in 2014
[15]
July 1, 2014 To Montreal Canadiens
MIN's 2nd-round pick in 2016
To Buffalo Sabres
Josh Gorges
[16]
July 9, 2014 To Winnipeg Jets
Conditional 7th-round pick in 2015
To Buffalo Sabres
Jordan Samuels-Thomas
[17]
December 16, 2014 To Columbus Blue Jackets
Luke Adam
To Buffalo Sabres
Jerry D'Amigo
[18]
February 11, 2015 To Winnipeg Jets
Tyler Myers
Drew Stafford
Brendan Lemieux
Joel Armia
1st-round pick in 2015
To Buffalo Sabres
Evander Kane
Zach Bogosian
Jason Kasdorf
[19]
February 11, 2015 To Dallas Stars
Jhonas Enroth
To Buffalo Sabres
Anders Lindback
conditional 3rd-round pick in 2016
[20]
March 2, 2015 To Montreal Canadiens
Brian Flynn
To Buffalo Sabres
5th-round pick in 2016
[21]
March 2, 2015 To New York Islanders
Michal Neuvirth
To Buffalo Sabres
Chad Johnson
3th-round pick in 2016
[22]
March 2, 2015 To Montreal Canadiens
Torrey Mitchell
To Buffalo Sabres
Jack Nevins
7th-round pick in 2016
[23]
March 2, 2015 To Minnesota Wild
Chris Stewart
To Buffalo Sabres
2nd-round pick in 2017
[24]

Draft picks[edit]

The 2014 NHL Entry Draft was held on June 27–28, 2014 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Buffalo finished with the league's worst record, but on April 15, 2014, the Florida Panthers won the draft lottery to jump ahead of the Sabres and secure the first overall pick.[52]

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 2 Sam Reinhart C  Canada Kootenay Ice (WHL)
2 31 Brendan Lemieux LW  Canada Barrie Colts (OHL)
2 44[a] Eric Cornel C  Canada Peterborough Petes (OHL)
2 49[b] Vaclav Karabacek RW  Czech Republic Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL)
3 61 Jonas Johansson G  Sweden Brynas IF (J20 SuperElit)
3 74 Brycen Martin D  Canada Swift Current Broncos (WHL)
5 121 Maxwell Willman C  United States Williston Northampton Wildcats (NEPSAC)
6 151 Christopher Brown C  United States Cranbrook Kingswood
7 181 Victor Olofsson RW  Sweden MODO Hockey (SHL)
Draft notes
  • a Winnipeg's second-round pick will go to Buffalo as the result of a trade on March 5, 2014 that sent Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick to Minnesota, in exchange for Torrey Mitchell, a second-round pick in 2016 and this pick.[53]
  • b Minnesota's second-round pick will go to Buffalo as the result of trade on April 3, 2013 that sent Jason Pominville and a fourth-round pick in 2014 to Minnesota, in exchange for Matt Hackett, Johan Larsson, a first-round pick in 2013 and this pick.[54]
  • Buffalo's fourth-round pick will go to the Edmonton Oilers as the result of a trade on March 4, 2014 that sent Ilya Bryzgalov to Minnesota, in exchange for this pick.[55]
  • Buffalo's sixth-round pick will not go to the Edmonton Oilers as the result of a trade on December 19, 2013 that sent Linus Omark to Buffalo in exchange for this pick (being conditional at the time of the trade).[56] Omark did not play enough games for the Sabres, so the pick was never traded.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ National Hockey League (2010). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book/2011. Triumph Books. p. 27. ISBN 978-1-60078-422-4. 
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  10. ^ This figure encompasses ticket sales. Due to a severe lake-effect snowstorm cutting off all traffic south of Buffalo from the arena, actual seated attendance for the November 18 game was estimated at 6,200.
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  25. ^ MESZAROS JOINS THE SABRES
  26. ^ McCORMICK RETURNS TO BUFFALO
  27. ^ GIONTA SIGNS THREE-YEAR CONTRACT
  28. ^ MOULSON SIGNS MULTI-YEAR DEAL
  29. ^ SABRES SIGN DEFENSEMAN TYSON STRACHAN
  30. ^ Sabres sign forward Dalpe to one-year contract
  31. ^ SABRES SIGN BENOIT TO 1-YEAR DEAL
  32. ^ SABRES SIGN DUPUY TO ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACT
  33. ^ Former Sabre Alexander Sulzer signs 5-year deal in native Germany. Olean Times Herald. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  34. ^ Penguins Sign Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff
  35. ^ Wings add forward, Michigan native Porter
  36. ^ Conacher Agrees To Terms
  37. ^ Sharks Sign Forward John Scott
  38. ^ D’Agostini signs one-year deal with Swiss club
  39. ^ Wednesday's sports transactions (2014-08-06)
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  44. ^ SABRES SIGN REINHART
  45. ^ SABRES SIGN SAMUELS-THOMAS TO ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACT
  46. ^ SABRES SIGN RUHWEDEL TO 2-YEAR CONTRACT
  47. ^ SABRES SIGN ENNIS TO MULTI-YEAR CONTRACT
  48. ^ SABRES RE-SIGN ADAM
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  54. ^ "Jason Pominville traded to Wild by Sabres". National Hockey League. Retrieved May 17, 2014. 
  55. ^ "Wild add veteran goalie Bryzgalov from Oilers". National Hockey League. May 17, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  56. ^ "Sabres get Linus Omark from Oilers for draft pick". National Hockey League. December 19, 2013. Retrieved June 26, 2014.