List of Buffalo Sabres seasons

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This is a list of seasons completed by the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League. This list documents the records and playoff results for all seasons the Sabres have completed in the NHL since their inception in 1970.

Stanley Cup Champions Conference Champions Division Champions League Leader

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes

NHL season Team season GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
1970–71 1970–71 78 24 39 15 63 217 291 1188 5th, Eastern Did not qualify
1971–72 1971–72 78 16 43 19 51 203 289 831 6th, Eastern Did not qualify
1972–73 1972–73 78 37 27 14 88 257 219 940 4th, Eastern Lost in Quarterfinals, 2–4 (Canadiens)
1973–74 1973–74 78 32 34 12 76 242 250 787 5th, Eastern Did not qualify
1974–75 1974–75 80 49 16 15 113 354 240 1229 1st, Adams Won in Quarterfinals, 4–1 (Blackhawks)
Won in Semifinals, 4–2 (Canadiens)
Lost in Finals, 2–4 (Flyers)
1975–76 1975–76 80 46 21 13 105 339 240 943 2nd, Adams Won in Preliminary Round, 2–1 (Blues)
Lost in Quarterfinals, 2–4 (Islanders)
1976–77 1976–77 80 48 24 8 104 301 220 848 2nd, Adams Won in Preliminary Round, 2–0 (North Stars)
Lost in Quarterfinals, 0–4 (Islanders)
1977–78 1977–78 80 44 19 17 105 288 215 800 2nd, Adams Won in Preliminary Round, 2–1 (Rangers)
Lost in Quarterfinals, 1–4 (Flyers)
1978–79 1978–79 80 36 28 16 88 280 263 1026 2nd, Adams Lost in Preliminary Round, 1–2 (Penguins)
1979–80 1979–80 80 47 17 16 110 318 201 967 1st, Adams Won in Preliminary Round, 3–1 (Canucks)
Won in Quarterfinals, 4–0 (Blackhawks)
Lost in Semifinals, 1–4 (Islanders)
1980–81 1980–81 80 39 20 21 99 327 250 1194 1st, Adams Won in Preliminary Round, 3–0 (Canucks)
Lost in Quarterfinals, 1–4 (North Stars)
1981–82 1981–82 80 39 26 15 93 307 273 1425 3rd, Adams Lost in Division Semifinals, 1–3 (Bruins)
1982–83 1982–83 80 38 29 13 89 318 285 1031 3rd, Adams Won in Division Semifinals, 3–0 (Canadiens)
Lost in Division Finals, 3–4 (Bruins)
1983–84 1983–84 80 48 25 7 103 315 257 1190 2nd, Adams Lost in Division Semifinals, 0–3 (Nordiques)
1984–85 1984–85 80 38 28 14 90 290 237 1221 3rd, Adams Lost in Division Semifinals, 2–3 (Nordiques)
1985–86 1985–86 80 37 37 6 80 296 291 1608 5th, Adams Did not qualify
1986–87 1986–87 80 28 44 8 64 280 308 1810 5th, Adams Did not qualify
1987–88 1987–88 80 37 32 11 85 283 305 2277 3rd, Adams Lost in Division Semifinals, 2–4 (Bruins)
1988–89 1988–89 80 38 35 7 83 291 299 2034 3rd, Adams Lost in Division Semifinals, 1–4 (Bruins)
1989–90 1989–90 80 45 27 8 98 286 248 1449 2nd, Adams Lost in Division Semifinals, 2–4 (Canadiens)
1990–91 1990–91 80 31 30 19 81 292 278 1733 3rd, Adams Lost in Division Semifinals, 2–4 (Canadiens)
1991–92 1991–92 80 31 37 12 74 289 299 2713 3rd, Adams Lost in Division Semifinals, 3–4 (Bruins)
1992–93 1992–93 84 38 36 10 86 335 297 1873 4th, Adams Won in Division Semifinals, 4–0 (Bruins)
Lost in Division Finals, 0–4 (Canadiens)
1993–94 1993–94 84 43 32 9 95 282 218 1760 4th, Northeast Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 3–4 (Devils)
1994–951 1994–95 48 22 19 7 51 130 119 1022 4th, Northeast Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 1–4 (Flyers)
1995–96 1995–96 82 33 42 7 73 247 262 2195 5th, Northeast Did not qualify
1996–97 1996–97 82 40 30 12 92 237 208 1840 1st, Northeast Won in Conference Quarterfinals, 4–3 (Senators)
Lost in Conference Semifinals, 1–4 (Flyers)
1997–98 1997–98 82 36 29 17 89 211 187 1768 3rd, Northeast Won in Conference Quarterfinals, 4–1 (Flyers)
Won in Conference Semifinals, 4–0 (Canadiens)
Lost in Conference Finals, 2–4 (Capitals)
1998–99 1998–99 82 37 28 17 91 207 175 1561 4th, Northeast Won in Conference Quarterfinals, 4–0 (Senators)
Won in Conference Semifinals, 4–2 (Bruins)
Won in Conference Finals, 4–1 (Maple Leafs)
Lost in Finals, 2–4 (Stars)
1999–2000 1999–2000 82 35 32 11 4 85 213 204 1173 3rd, Northeast Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 1–4 (Flyers)
2000–01 2000–01 82 46 30 5 1 98 218 184 1249 2nd, Northeast Won in Conference Quarterfinals, 4–2 (Flyers)
Lost in Conference Semifinals, 3–4 (Penguins)
2001–02 2001–02 82 35 35 11 1 82 213 200 1217 5th, Northeast Did not qualify
2002–03 2002–03 82 27 37 10 8 72 190 219 1276 5th, Northeast Did not qualify
2003–04 2003–04 82 37 34 7 4 85 220 221 1289 5th, Northeast Did not qualify
2004–05 2004–05 Season cancelled due to 2004–05 NHL lockout
2005–06 2005–06 82 52 24 6 110 281 239 1144 2nd, Northeast Won in Conference Quarterfinals, 4–2 (Flyers)
Won in Conference Semifinals, 4–1 (Senators)
Lost in Conference Finals, 3–4 (Hurricanes)
2006–07 2006–07 82 53 22 7 113 308 242 1177 1st, Northeast Won in Conference Quarterfinals, 4–1 (Islanders)
Won in Conference Semifinals, 4–2 (Rangers)
Lost in Conference Finals, 1–4 (Senators)
2007–08 2007–08 82 39 31 12 90 255 242 1040 4th, Northeast Did not qualify
2008–09 2008–09 82 41 32 9 91 250 234 1146 3rd, Northeast Did not qualify
2009–10 2009–10 82 45 27 10 100 235 207 908 1st, Northeast Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 2–4 (Bruins)
2010–11 2010–11 82 43 29 10 96 245 229 958 3rd, Northeast Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 3-4 (Flyers)
2011–12 2011–12 82 39 32 11 89 218 230 904 3rd, Northeast Did not qualify
2012-13 2012-13 48 21 21 6 48 125 143 630 5th, Northeast Did not qualify
2013-14 2013-14 82 21 51 10 52 157 248 903 8th, Atlantic Did not qualify
2014-15 2014-15 82 23 51 8 54 161 274 853 8th, Atlantic Did not qualify
Totals 3445 1614 1321 409 101 3738 11191 10399 56521 All-time Series Record: 21–29
1 Season was shortened due to the 1994–95 NHL lockout.
2 As of the 2005–06 NHL season, all games tied after regulation will be decided in a shootout; SOL (Shootout losses) will be recorded as OTL in the standings.

Note: Between 1974–75 and 1980–81, Conference championships were awarded to the team that finished first overall in their respective conference in the regular season.


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