1995–96 Buffalo Sabres season

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1995–96 Buffalo Sabres
Division 5th Northeast
1995–96 record 33–42–7
Home record 19–17–5
Road record 14–25–2
Goals for 247
Goals against 262
Team information
General Manager John Muckler
Coach Ted Nolan
Captain Pat LaFontaine
Arena Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
Team leaders
Goals Pat LaFontaine (40)
Assists Pat LaFontaine (51)
Points Pat LaFontaine (91)
Penalties in minutes Matthew Barnaby (335)
Wins Dominik Hasek (22)
Goals against average Dominik Hasek (2.83)

The 1995–96 Buffalo Sabres season was the Sabres' 26th season in the National Hockey League. The Sabres missed the playoffs for the first time since 1987. This was the team's final season at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium which is the home arena since 1970 until they move their new arena in 1996 at Marine Midland Arena now the Keybank Center

Offseason[edit]

NHL Draft[edit]

Regular season[edit]

The Sabres had the most power-play opportunities during the regular season, with 477.[1]

Season standings[edit]

Northeast Division
No. GP W L T GF GA PTS
1 Pittsburgh Penguins 82 49 29 4 362 284 102
2 Boston Bruins 82 40 31 11 282 269 91
3 Montreal Canadiens 82 40 32 10 265 248 90
4 Hartford Whalers 82 34 39 9 237 259 77
5 Buffalo Sabres 82 33 42 7 247 262 72
6 Ottawa Senators 82 18 59 5 191 291 41
Eastern Conference[2]
R Div GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 Philadelphia Flyers ATL 82 45 24 13 282 208 103
2 Pittsburgh Penguins NE 82 49 29 4 362 284 102
3 New York Rangers ATL 82 41 27 14 272 237 96
4 Florida Panthers ATL 82 41 31 10 254 234 92
5 Boston Bruins NE 82 40 31 11 282 269 91
6 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 40 32 10 265 248 90
7 Washington Capitals ATL 82 39 32 11 234 204 89
8 Tampa Bay Lightning ATL 82 38 32 12 238 248 88
9 New Jersey Devils ATL 82 37 33 12 215 202 86
10 Hartford Whalers NE 82 34 39 9 237 259 77
11 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 33 42 7 247 262 73
12 New York Islanders ATL 82 22 50 10 229 315 54
13 Ottawa Senators NE 82 18 59 5 191 291 41

Divisions: ATL – Atlantic, NE – Northeast

bold – Qualified for playoffs


Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 7, 1995 3–1 @ Ottawa Senators (1995–96) 1–0–0
2 L October 9, 1995 3–5 @ Boston Bruins (1995–96) 1–1–0
3 L October 13, 1995 1–4 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1995–96) 1–2–0
4 L October 15, 1995 3–4 New Jersey Devils (1995–96) 1–3–0
5 W October 18, 1995 4–1 Edmonton Oilers (1995–96) 2–3–0
6 L October 20, 1995 1–3 New York Rangers (1995–96) 2–4–0
7 W October 22, 1995 5–2 St. Louis Blues (1995–96) 3–4–0
8 L October 24, 1995 0–3 @ Dallas Stars (1995–96) 3–5–0
9 L October 27, 1995 4–5 @ Colorado Avalanche (1995–96) 3–6–0
10 L October 29, 1995 3–6 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1995–96) 3–7–0
11 W November 1, 1995 2–1 Detroit Red Wings (1995–96) 4–7–0
12 T November 3, 1995 3–3 OT Pittsburgh Penguins (1995–96) 4–7–1
13 L November 5, 1995 3–4 Winnipeg Jets (1995–96) 4–8–1
14 W November 8, 1995 7–2 San Jose Sharks (1995–96) 5–8–1
15 L November 11, 1995 1–4 @ Florida Panthers (1995–96) 5–9–1
16 W November 12, 1995 6–4 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1995–96) 6–9–1
17 W November 15, 1995 2–1 Dallas Stars (1995–96) 7–9–1
18 W November 18, 1995 5–4 @ New Jersey Devils (1995–96) 8–9–1
19 W November 19, 1995 6–0 Ottawa Senators (1995–96) 9–9–1
20 T November 24, 1995 1–1 OT New York Islanders (1995–96) 9–9–2
21 L November 25, 1995 3–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1995–96) 9–10–2
22 W November 27, 1995 2–0 @ St. Louis Blues (1995–96) 10–10–2
23 L November 29, 1995 3–5 @ New York Rangers (1995–96) 10–11–2
24 W December 1, 1995 2–1 Hartford Whalers (1995–96) 11–11–2
25 L December 2, 1995 4–6 @ Boston Bruins (1995–96) 11–12–2
26 L December 7, 1995 3–7 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1995–96) 11–13–2
27 T December 8, 1995 2–2 OT Washington Capitals (1995–96) 11–13–3
28 L December 11, 1995 1–6 Tampa Bay Lightning (1995–96) 11–14–3
29 W December 13, 1995 4–3 Colorado Avalanche (1995–96) 12–14–3
30 W December 15, 1995 5–4 New York Rangers (1995–96) 13–14–3
31 W December 16, 1995 3–2 @ New Jersey Devils (1995–96) 14–14–3
32 W December 20, 1995 2–1 Montreal Canadiens (1995–96) 15–14–3
33 L December 22, 1995 2–3 OT Boston Bruins (1995–96) 15–15–3
34 W December 23, 1995 4–2 @ Ottawa Senators (1995–96) 16–15–3
35 L December 26, 1995 3–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1995–96) 16–16–3
36 L December 27, 1995 3–4 Ottawa Senators (1995–96) 16–17–3
37 L December 29, 1995 2–5 Chicago Blackhawks (1995–96) 16–18–3
38 L December 31, 1995 2–5 New York Islanders (1995–96) 16–19–3
39 W January 5, 1996 3–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1995–96) 17–19–3
40 W January 6, 1996 7–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1995–96) 18–19–3
41 L January 10, 1996 1–4 @ Winnipeg Jets (1995–96) 18–20–3
42 L January 12, 1996 1–3 @ Calgary Flames (1995–96) 18–21–3
43 L January 13, 1996 4–5 OT @ Edmonton Oilers (1995–96) 18–22–3
44 L January 17, 1996 0–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1995–96) 18–23–3
45 W January 24, 1996 4–2 Hartford Whalers (1995–96) 19–23–3
46 L January 26, 1996 0–1 @ Washington Capitals (1995–96) 19–24–3
47 L January 27, 1996 3–6 @ Florida Panthers (1995–96) 19–25–3
48 L January 30, 1996 4–5 OT @ New York Islanders (1995–96) 19–26–3
49 W January 31, 1996 6–1 Florida Panthers (1995–96) 20–26–3
50 L February 3, 1996 2–4 @ Boston Bruins (1995–96) 20–27–3
51 L February 4, 1996 2–5 Tampa Bay Lightning (1995–96) 20–28–3
52 W February 7, 1996 2–1 OT Boston Bruins (1995–96) 21–28–3
53 W February 8, 1996 2–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1995–96) 22–28–3
54 T February 10, 1996 2–2 OT @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1995–96) 22–28–4
55 T February 14, 1996 2–2 OT Los Angeles Kings (1995–96) 22–28–5
56 T February 16, 1996 2–2 OT New Jersey Devils (1995–96) 22–28–6
57 L February 17, 1996 1–2 OT @ Hartford Whalers (1995–96) 22–29–6
58 W February 21, 1996 6–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1995–96) 23–29–6
59 W February 23, 1996 7–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1995–96) 24–29–6
60 W February 25, 1996 6–1 Florida Panthers (1995–96) 25–29–6
61 W February 28, 1996 3–2 OT @ Ottawa Senators (1995–96) 26–29–6
62 T March 1, 1996 3–3 OT @ New York Rangers (1995–96) 26–29–7
63 L March 3, 1996 0–3 Vancouver Canucks (1995–96) 26–30–7
64 L March 6, 1996 2–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1995–96) 26–31–7
65 L March 8, 1996 2–3 OT @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1995–96) 26–32–7
66 L March 10, 1996 4–6 @ San Jose Sharks (1995–96) 26–33–7
67 W March 13, 1996 6–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1995–96) 27–33–7
68 L March 15, 1996 1–3 Calgary Flames (1995–96) 27–34–7
69 L March 16, 1996 1–2 @ Hartford Whalers (1995–96) 27–35–7
70 L March 18, 1996 2–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1995–96) 27–36–7
71 L March 22, 1996 1–4 Montreal Canadiens (1995–96) 27–37–7
72 W March 23, 1996 7–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1995–96) 28–37–7
73 L March 27, 1996 2–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1995–96) 28–38–7
74 L March 29, 1996 5–6 OT Philadelphia Flyers (1995–96) 28–39–7
75 L March 31, 1996 5–6 Boston Bruins (1995–96) 28–40–7
76 W April 1, 1996 6–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1995–96) 29–40–7
77 L April 3, 1996 1–5 Washington Capitals (1995–96) 29–41–7
78 W April 5, 1996 4–3 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1995–96) 30–41–7
79 L April 6, 1996 0–3 @ New York Islanders (1995–96) 30–42–7
80 W April 10, 1996 5–2 Ottawa Senators (1995–96) 31–42–7
81 W April 13, 1996 3–2 @ Washington Capitals (1995–96) 32–42–7
82 W April 14, 1996 4–1 Hartford Whalers (1995–96) 33–42–7

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
LaFontaine, PatPat LaFontaine C 76 40 51 91 36 -8 15 3 7
Burridge, RandyRandy Burridge LW 74 25 33 58 30 0 6 0 3
Plante, DerekDerek Plante C 76 23 33 56 28 -4 4 0 5
Galley, GarryGarry Galley D 78 10 44 54 81 -2 7 1 2
Dawe, JasonJason Dawe RW 67 25 25 50 33 -8 8 1 0
May, BradBrad May LW 79 15 29 44 295 6 3 0 4
Zhitnik, AlexeiAlexei Zhitnik D 80 6 30 36 58 -25 5 0 0
Barnaby, MatthewMatthew Barnaby RW 73 15 16 31 335 -2 0 0 0
Peca, MichaelMichael Peca C 68 11 20 31 67 -1 4 3 1
Khmylev, YuriYuri Khmylev LW 66 8 20 28 40 -12 5 1 1
Audette, DonaldDonald Audette RW 23 12 13 25 18 0 8 0 1
Holzinger, BrianBrian Holzinger C 58 10 10 20 37 -21 5 0 1
Astley, MarkMark Astley D 60 2 18 20 80 -12 0 0 0
Hannan, DaveDave Hannan C 57 6 10 16 30 2 1 1 2
Hughes, BrentBrent Hughes LW 76 5 10 15 148 -9 0 0 0
Wilson, MikeMike Wilson D 58 4 8 12 41 13 1 0 1
Grosek, MichalMichal Grosek LW 22 6 4 10 31 0 2 0 1
Huddy, CharlieCharlie Huddy D 52 5 5 10 59 -5 2 0 1
Jackson, DaneDane Jackson RW 22 5 4 9 41 3 0 0 1
Ray, RobRob Ray RW 71 3 6 9 287 -8 0 0 0
Shannon, DarrylDarryl Shannon D 26 2 6 8 20 10 0 0 0
Conn, RobRob Conn W 28 2 5 7 18 -9 0 0 0
Bodger, DougDoug Bodger D 16 0 5 5 18 -6 0 0 0
Pearson, ScottScott Pearson LW 27 4 0 4 67 -4 0 0 1
Ward, DixonDixon Ward RW 8 2 2 4 6 1 0 0 1
Houda, DougDoug Houda D 38 1 3 4 52 3 0 0 0
Muni, CraigCraig Muni D 47 0 4 4 69 -12 0 0 0
Boughner, BobBob Boughner D 31 0 1 1 104 3 0 0 0
Hasek, DominikDominik Hasek G 59 0 1 1 6 0 0 0 0
McKee, JayJay McKee D 1 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0
Biron, MartinMartin Biron G 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Blue, JohnJohn Blue G 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brown, CurtisCurtis Brown C/LW 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jennings, GrantGrant Jennings D 6 0 0 0 28 1 0 0 0
Moore, BarrieBarrie Moore LW 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nichol, ScottScott Nichol C 2 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0
Primeau, WayneWayne Primeau C 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Shields, SteveSteve Shields G 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Trefilov, AndreiAndrei Trefilov G 22 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
Varada, VaclavVaclav Varada RW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Hasek, DominikDominik Hasek 3417 59 22 30 6 161 2.83 2 2011 1850 .920
Trefilov, AndreiAndrei Trefilov 1094 22 8 8 1 64 3.51 0 660 596 .903
Blue, JohnJohn Blue 255 5 2 2 0 15 3.53 0 137 122 .891
Shields, SteveSteve Shields 75 2 1 0 0 4 3.20 0 32 28 .875
Biron, MartinMartin Biron 119 3 0 2 0 10 5.04 0 64 54 .844
Team: 4960 82 33 42 7 254 3.07 2 2904 2650 .913

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Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = plus/minus; PIM = Penalty minutes; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
      MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Awards and records[edit]

NHL All-Star Game

Transactions[edit]

Farm teams[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_1996.html
  2. ^ "1995–1996 Conference Standings". National Hockey League. Retrieved July 3, 2014. 
  3. ^ "1995-96 Buffalo Sabres Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-12.