2014–15 Buffalo Sabres season

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2014–15 Buffalo Sabres
Division 8th Atlantic
Conference 12th Eastern
2014–15 record 13–16–2
Home record 9–7–2
Road record 4–9–0
Goals for 60
Goals against 95
Team information
General Manager Tim Murray
Coach Ted Nolan
Captain Brian Gionta
Alternate captains Josh Gorges
Matt Moulson
Arena First Niagara Center
Average attendance 18,260[1]
(13 games)
Team leaders
Goals Zemgus Girgensons (9)
Assists Tyler Ennis (14)
Points Tyler Ennis (22)
Penalties in minutes Tyler Myers (35)
Plus/minus (+): Zemgus Girgensons (5)
(−): Andre Benoit (-13 −13)
Wins Jhonas Enroth (10)
Goals against average Michal Neuvirth (2.87)
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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 will also send a team to the Traverse City Prospects Tournament in September.[5]

Training camp[edit]

The Sabres will play in six preseason 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 35 22 11 2 18 95 84 46
2 Tampa Bay Lightning 36 21 11 4 20 117 96 46
3 Detroit Red Wings 35 18 8 9 17 100 87 45
4 Toronto Maple Leafs 35 20 12 3 18 118 102 43
5 Boston Bruins 35 18 14 3 16 91 91 39
6 Florida Panthers 32 15 9 8 10 73 82 38
7 Ottawa Senators 34 14 14 6 11 90 94 34
8 Buffalo Sabres 35 13 19 3 8 69 115 29

After games of December 23, 2014.

Conference standings[edit]

Top 3 (Atlantic Division)[8]
R GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 Montreal Canadiens 35 22 11 2 18 95 84 46
2 Tampa Bay Lightning 36 21 11 4 20 117 96 46
3 Detroit Red Wings 35 18 8 9 17 100 87 45
Top 3 (Metropolitan Division)[8]
R GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 Pittsburgh Penguins 34 22 7 5 20 108 80 49
2 New York Islanders 34 23 11 0 17 105 94 46
3 New York Rangers 32 18 10 4 16 97 83 40
Wild Card teams[8]
R (Top 2 qualify for playoffs) Div GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 Toronto Maple Leafs AT 35 20 12 3 18 118 102 43
2 Washington Capitals ME 34 17 11 6 16 99 90 40
3 Boston Bruins AT 35 18 14 3 16 91 91 39
4 Florida Panthers AT 32 15 9 8 10 73 82 38
5 Philadelphia Flyers ME 34 14 14 6 14 97 101 34
6 Ottawa Senators AT 34 14 14 6 11 90 94 34
7 Columbus Blue Jackets ME 33 14 16 3 10 80 107 31
8 New Jersey Devils ME 36 12 17 7 10 78 104 31
9 Buffalo Sabres AT 35 13 19 3 8 69 115 29
10 Carolina Hurricanes ME 34 10 20 4 9 70 93 24

Divisions: AT – Atlantic, ME – Metropolitan
After games of December 22, 2014.

Schedule and results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

2014–15 Game Log
December: 5–4–1 (Home: 5–1–0 ; Road: 0–3–1)
# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts Recap
25 December 2 Tampa Bay 1–2 Buffalo SO Enroth 17,772 9–14–2 20 Recap
26 December 4 Buffalo 0–5 Tampa Bay Enroth 17,767 9–15–2 20 Recap
27 December 6 Buffalo 2–3 Florida Neuvirth 8,597 9–16–2 20 Recap
28 December 9 Los Angeles 0–1 Buffalo Enroth 18,438 10–16–2 22 Recap
29 December 11 Calgary 3–4 Buffalo Enroth 18,208 11–16–2 24 Recap
30 December 13 Florida 3–4 Buffalo OT Enroth 18,450 12–16–2 26 Recap
31 December 15 Ottawa 4–5 Buffalo SO Enroth 14,578 13–16–2 28 Recap
32 December 16 Buffalo 1–5 Winnipeg Neuvirth 15,016 13–17–2 28 Recap
33 December 20 Colorado 5–1 Buffalo Enroth 18,831 13–18–2 28 Recap
34 December 21 Buffalo 3–4 Boston OT Enroth 17,565 13–18–3 29 Recap
35 December 23 Buffalo Detroit
36 December 27 NY Islanders Buffalo
37 December 29 Buffalo Ottawa
38 December 31 Tampa Bay Buffalo

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

Player stats[edit]

As of November 29, 2014

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular Season[10]
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Enroth, JhonasJhonas Enroth 15 14 888 5 9 1 46 3.11 535 0.914 0 0 0 0
Neuvirth, MichalMichal Neuvirth 10 10 568 3 5 1 27 2.85 339 0.920 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 December 24, 2014.[11]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
61 Canada Benoit, AndréAndré Benoit D L 30 2014 St. Albert, Ontario
44 Canada Deslauriers, NicolasNicolas Deslauriers LW L 23 2014 LaSalle, Quebec
63 Canada Ennis, TylerTyler Ennis C/LW L 25 2008 Edmonton, Alberta
1 Sweden Enroth, JhonasJhonas Enroth G L 26 2006 Stockholm, Sweden
65 United States Flynn, BrianBrian Flynn RW R 26 2012 Lynnfield, Massachusetts
82 Canada Foligno, MarcusMarcus Foligno LW L 23 2009 Buffalo, New York
12 United States Gionta, BrianBrian Gionta (C) RW R 35 2014 Rochester, New York
28 Latvia Girgensons, ZemgusZemgus Girgensons C L 20 2012 Riga, Latvia
4 Canada Gorges, JoshJosh Gorges (A) D L 30 2014 Kelowna, British Columbia
31 Canada Hackett, MattMatt Hackett Injured Reserve G L 24 2013 London, Ontario
19 Canada Hodgson, CodyCody Hodgson C R 24 2012 Toronto, Ontario
36 United States Kaleta, PatrickPatrick Kaleta RW R 28 2004 Buffalo, New York
22 Sweden Larsson, JohanJohan Larsson LW L 22 2013 Lau, 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
17 Canada Mitchell, TorreyTorrey Mitchell Injured Reserve C/RW R 29 2014 Greenfield Park, Quebec
26 Canada Moulson, MattMatt Moulson (A) LW L 31 2014 North York, Ontario
57 Canada Myers, TylerTyler Myers Injured Reserve D R 24 2008 Katy, Texas
34 Czech Republic Neuvirth, MichalMichal Neuvirth G L 26 2014 Ústí nad Labem, Czechoslovakia
55 Finland Ristolainen, RasmusRasmus Ristolainen D R 20 2013 Turku, Finland
24 Canada Strachan, TysonTyson Strachan D R 30 2014 Melfort, Saskatchewan
21 United States Stafford, DrewDrew Stafford RW R 29 2004 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
80 Canada Stewart, ChrisChris Stewart RW R 27 2014 Toronto, Ontario
6 United States Weber, MikeMike Weber Injured Reserve 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
[13]
July 1, 2014 To Montreal Canadiens
MIN's 2nd-round pick in 2016
To Buffalo Sabres
Josh Gorges
[14]
July 9, 2014 To Winnipeg Jets
Conditional 7th-round pick in 2015
To Buffalo Sabres
Jordan Samuels-Thomas
[15]
December 16, 2014 To Columbus Blue Jackets
Luke Adam
To Buffalo Sabres
Jerry D'Amigo
[16]

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.[44]

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.[45]
  • 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.[46]
  • 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.[47]
  • 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).[48] Omark did not play enough games for the Sabres, so the pick was never traded.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014–2015 NHL Attendance – National Hockey League – ESPN". ESPN. 
  2. ^ National Hockey League (2010). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book/2011. Triumph Books. p. 27. ISBN 978-1-60078-422-4. 
  3. ^ http://sabres.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=722300
  4. ^ http://www.wgrz.com/story/sports/nhl/sabres/2014/07/15/sabres-white-beats-blue-5-1-in-scrimmage/12713649/
  5. ^ http://sabrenoise.com/2014/06/23/buffalo-sabres-prospects-participate-traverse-city-tournament/
  6. ^ http://espn.go.com/nhl/team/schedule/_/name/buf/buffalo-sabres
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  8. ^ a b c "2014–2015 Wild Card Standings". National Hockey League. 
  9. ^ 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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  11. ^ "Buffalo Sabres – Team". Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
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  14. ^ "SABRES ACQUIRE GORGES – Buffalo Sabres – News". Buffalo Sabres. July 1, 2014. 
  15. ^ "SABRES ACQUIRE SAMUELS-THOMAS – Buffalo Sabres – News". Buffalo Sabres. July 10, 2014. 
  16. ^ "SABRES ACQUIRE D'AMIGO FROM BLUE JACKETS FOR ADAM – Buffalo Sabres – News". Buffalo Sabres. December 16, 2014. 
  17. ^ MESZAROS JOINS THE SABRES
  18. ^ McCORMICK RETURNS TO BUFFALO
  19. ^ GIONTA SIGNS THREE-YEAR CONTRACT
  20. ^ MOULSON SIGNS MULTI-YEAR DEAL
  21. ^ SABRES SIGN DEFENSEMAN TYSON STRACHAN
  22. ^ Sabres sign forward Dalpe to one-year contract
  23. ^ SABRES SIGN BENOIT TO 1-YEAR DEAL
  24. ^ SABRES SIGN DUPUY TO ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACT
  25. ^ Former Sabre Alexander Sulzer signs 5-year deal in native Germany. Olean Times Herald. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  26. ^ Penguins Sign Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff
  27. ^ Wings add forward, Michigan native Porter
  28. ^ Conacher Agrees To Terms
  29. ^ Sharks Sign Forward John Scott
  30. ^ D’Agostini signs one-year deal with Swiss club
  31. ^ Wednesday's sports transactions (2014-08-06)
  32. ^ http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=722919
  33. ^ http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=724490
  34. ^ FOLIGNO INKED TO NEW DEAL
  35. ^ Hoppe, Bill (July 5, 2014). Report: Sabres re-sign goalie Matt Hackett. Olean Times Herald. Retrieved July 8, 2014.
  36. ^ SABRES SIGN REINHART
  37. ^ SABRES SIGN SAMUELS-THOMAS TO ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACT
  38. ^ SABRES SIGN RUHWEDEL TO 2-YEAR CONTRACT
  39. ^ SABRES SIGN ENNIS TO MULTI-YEAR CONTRACT
  40. ^ SABRES RE-SIGN ADAM
  41. ^ Hamilton, Paul. The Sabres ink a local second-round pick. WGR. Retrieved November 2, 2014.
  42. ^ Hoppe, Bill (November 19, 2014). Brian Gionta's first goals lead Sabres past Sharks. Olean Times Herald. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
  43. ^ a b c d SABRES ADD FOUR TO NOLAN'S COACHING STAFF
  44. ^ http://sports.nationalpost.com/2014/04/15/florida-panthers-win-nhl-draft-lottery-as-buffalo-sabres-drop-to-no-2/
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  46. ^ "Jason Pominville traded to Wild by Sabres". National Hockey League. Retrieved May 17, 2014. 
  47. ^ "Wild add veteran goalie Bryzgalov from Oilers". National Hockey League. May 17, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  48. ^ "Sabres get Linus Omark from Oilers for draft pick". National Hockey League. December 19, 2013. Retrieved June 26, 2014.