2018-19 Buffalo Sabres Season
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2018%E2%80%9319 Buffalo Sabres Season

2018-19 Buffalo Sabres
Division6th Atlantic
Conference13th Eastern
2018-19 record33-39-10
Home record21-15-5
Road record12-24-5
Goals for226
Goals against271
Team information
General ManagerJason Botterill
CoachPhil Housley
CaptainJack Eichel
Alternate captainsZach Bogosian
Kyle Okposo
ArenaKeyBank Center
Minor league affiliate(s)Rochester Americans (AHL)
Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL)
Team leaders
GoalsJeff Skinner (40)
AssistsJack Eichel (54)
PointsJack Eichel (82)
Penalty minutesZach Bogosian (52)
Plus/minus4 tied (+1)
WinsCarter Hutton (18)
Goals against averageCarter Hutton (3.00)

The 2018-19 Buffalo Sabres season was the 49th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on May 22, 1970.[1] After experiencing a ten-game winning streak in November that put them atop the NHL standings, the Sabres regressed sharply the rest of the season and were officially eliminated from playoff contention on March 23, 2019, after suffering a 7-4 loss to the Montreal Canadiens,[2] joining the 2016-17 Philadelphia Flyers as the only teams in NHL history to win 10 consecutive games and be eliminated from playoff contention.[] With the Carolina Hurricanes clinching a playoff berth in the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs, the Sabres became the team with the longest active postseason appearance drought in the NHL at eight consecutive seasons,[3] about 1.5 years after their football counterparts, the Buffalo Bills, ended what was the longest active postseason appearance drought in the NFL at 17 consecutive seasons.[4][5] On April 7, 2019, the Sabres fired Phil Housley,[6] who became the fifth head coach to be fired since the Pegulas bought the team from Tom Golisano in February 2011.[7][8]

Standings

Divisional standings

Atlantic Division
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 p – Tampa Bay Lightning 82 62 16 4 56 325 222 +103 128
2 x – Boston Bruins 82 49 24 9 47 259 215 +44 107
3 x – Toronto Maple Leafs 82 46 28 8 46 286 251 +35 100
4 Montreal Canadiens 82 44 30 8 41 249 236 +13 96
5 Florida Panthers 82 36 32 14 33 267 280 −13 86
6 Buffalo Sabres 82 33 39 10 28 226 271 −45 76
7 Detroit Red Wings 82 32 40 10 29 227 277 −50 74
8 Ottawa Senators 82 29 47 6 29 242 302 −60 64
Source: National Hockey League
p – Clinched Presidents' Trophy; x – Clinched playoff spot.

Conference standings

Top 3 (Metropolitan Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – Washington Capitals 82 48 26 8 44 278 249 +29 104
2 x – New York Islanders 82 48 27 7 43 228 196 +32 103
3 x – Pittsburgh Penguins 82 44 26 12 42 273 241 +32 100
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.
Top 3 (Atlantic Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 p – Tampa Bay Lightning 82 62 16 4 56 325 222 +103 128
2 x – Boston Bruins 82 49 24 9 47 259 215 +44 107
3 x – Toronto Maple Leafs 82 46 28 8 46 286 251 +35 100
Source: National Hockey League
p – Clinched Presidents' Trophy; x – Clinched playoff spot.
Eastern Conference Wild Card
Pos Div Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 ME x – Carolina Hurricanes 82 46 29 7 44 245 223 +22 99
2 ME x – Columbus Blue Jackets 82 47 31 4 45 258 232 +26 98
3 AT Montreal Canadiens 82 44 30 8 41 249 236 +13 96
4 AT Florida Panthers 82 36 32 14 33 267 280 −13 86
5 ME Philadelphia Flyers 82 37 37 8 34 244 281 −37 82
6 ME New York Rangers 82 32 36 14 26 227 272 −45 78
7 AT Buffalo Sabres 82 33 39 10 28 226 271 −45 76
8 AT Detroit Red Wings 82 32 40 10 29 227 277 −50 74
9 ME New Jersey Devils 82 31 41 10 28 222 275 −53 72
10 AT Ottawa Senators 82 29 47 6 29 242 302 −60 64
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot.

Schedule and results

Preseason

The preseason schedule was published on June 15, 2018.[9]

Regular season

The regular season schedule was released on June 21, 2018.[10]

Player statistics

As of April 6, 2019[11]

Skaters

Regular season
Player GP G A Pts +/- PIM
Jack Eichel 77 28 54 82 -11 26
Sam Reinhart 82 22 43 65 -10 16
Jeff Skinner 82 40 23 63 0 36
Rasmus Dahlin 82 9 35 44 -13 34
Rasmus Ristolainen 78 5 38 43 -41 38
Conor Sheary 78 14 20 34 -18 12
Jason Pominville 73 16 15 31 -4 4
Kyle Okposo 78 14 15 29 -9 41
Evan Rodrigues 74 9 20 29 -7 25
Casey Mittelstadt 77 12 13 25 -19 10
Zach Bogosian 65 3 16 19 -5 52
Zemgus Girgensons 72 5 13 18 -11 17
Johan Larsson 73 6 8 14 -8 37
Jake McCabe 59 4 10 14 -4 35
Marco Scandella 63 6 7 13 -13 26
Vladimir Sobotka 69 5 8 13 -20 26
Tage Thompson 65 7 5 12 -22 20
Brandon Montour+ 20 3 7 10 -4 16
Nathan Beaulieu? 30 3 4 7 +1 32
Lawrence Pilut 33 1 5 6 -8 20
Casey Nelson 38 1 5 6 +1 13
Victor Olofsson 6 2 2 4 +1 2
Alexander Nylander 12 2 2 4 -4 4
Patrik Berglund 23 2 2 4 -5 6
Scott Wilson 15 0 3 3 -8 4
C. J. Smith 11 2 0 2 0 0
Matt Hunwick 14 0 2 2 -7 4
Remi Elie 16 0 1 1 -3 2
Danny O'Regan 1 0 0 0 0 0
Brendan Guhle? 2 0 0 0 +1 2
William Borgen 4 0 0 0 -5 0
Matt Tennyson 4 0 0 0 -4 0

Goaltenders

Regular season
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Carter Hutton 50 48 2,839 18 25 5 142 3.00 1541 .908 0 0 1 2
Linus Ullmark 37 34 2,102 15 14 5 109 3.11 1146 .905 2 0 1 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.

Transactions

The Sabres have been involved in the following transactions during the 2018-19 season.

Trades

Date Details Ref
June 23, 2018 (2018-06-23) To Toronto Maple Leafs
6th-round pick in 2018
To Buffalo Sabres
6th-round pick in 2019
[12]
June 27, 2018 (2018-06-27) To Pittsburgh Penguins
Conditional 4th-round pick in 2019
To Buffalo Sabres
Conor Sheary
Matt Hunwick
[13]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) To St. Louis Blues
Ryan O'Reilly
To Buffalo Sabres
Patrik Berglund
Vladimir Sobotka
Tage Thompson
1st-round pick in 2019
2nd-round pick in 2021
[14]
August 2, 2018 (2018-08-02) To Carolina Hurricanes
Cliff Pu
2nd-round pick in 2019
3rd-round pick in 2020
6th-round pick in 2020
To Buffalo Sabres
Jeff Skinner
[15]
October 1, 2018 (2018-10-01) To Nashville Predators
Nicholas Baptiste
To Buffalo Sabres
Jack Dougherty
[16]
November 10, 2018 (2018-11-10) To Dallas Stars
Taylor Fedun
To Buffalo Sabres
Conditional 7th-round pick in 2020
[17]
January 17, 2019 (2019-01-17) To Philadelphia Flyers
Justin Bailey
To Buffalo Sabres
Taylor Leier
[18]
February 24, 2019 (2019-02-24) To Anaheim Ducks
Brendan Guhle
Conditional 1st-round pick in 2019
To Buffalo Sabres
Brandon Montour
[19]
February 25, 2019 (2019-02-25) To Winnipeg Jets
Nathan Beaulieu
To Buffalo Sabres
6th-round pick in 2019
[20]

Free agents

Date Player Team Contract term Ref
June 26, 2018 (2018-06-26) Adam Wilcox to Rochester Americans (AHL) 1-year [21]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Seth Griffith to Winnipeg Jets 1-year [22]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Carter Hutton from St. Louis Blues 3-year [23]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Chad Johnson to St. Louis Blues 1-year [24]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Scott Wedgewood from Los Angeles Kings 1-year [25]
July 2, 2018 (2018-07-02) Viktor Antipin to Metallurg Magnitogorsk (KHL) 3-year [26]
July 2, 2018 (2018-07-02) Mike Sislo to New York Islanders 1-year [27]
July 5, 2018 (2018-07-05) Jordan Nolan to St. Louis Blues 1-year [28]
February 24, 2019 (2019-02-24) Adam Wilcox from Rochester Americans (AHL) 1-year [29]
May 8, 2019 (2019-05-08) Arttu Ruotsalainen from Ilves (Liiga) 3-year [30]

Waivers

Date Player Team Ref
October 2, 2018 (2018-10-02) Remi Elie from Dallas Stars [31]

Signings

Date Player Contract term Ref
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Brandon Hickey 2-year [35]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Scott Wilson 2-year [36]
July 9, 2018 (2018-07-09) Rasmus Dahlin 3-year [37]
July 12, 2018 (2018-07-12) Sean Malone 1-year [38]
July 15, 2018 (2018-07-15) Justin Bailey 1-year [39]
July 15, 2018 (2018-07-15) Nicholas Baptiste 1-year [40]
July 15, 2018 (2018-07-15) Danny O'Regan 1-year [40]
July 16, 2018 (2018-07-16) C. J. Smith 1-year [41]
September 19, 2018 (2018-09-19) Sam Reinhart 2-year [42]
October 17, 2018 (2018-10-17) Matej Pekar 3-year [43]
March 26, 2019 (2019-03-26) Casey Fitzgerald 2-year [44]
April 15, 2019 (2019-04-15) Jacob Bryson 3-year [45]
June 7, 2019 (2019-06-07) Jeff Skinner 8-year [46]

Draft picks

Below are the Buffalo Sabres' selections at the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, which was held on June 22 and 23, 2018, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 1 Rasmus Dahlin D Sweden Sweden Frolunda HC (SHL)
2 32 Mattias Samuelsson D  United States U.S. NTDP (USHL)
4 94 Matej Pekar C  Czech Republic Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)
4 1171 Linus Lindstrand Cronholm D  Sweden Malmo Redhawks J20 (SuperElit)
5 125 Miska Kukkonen D  Finland Ilves U20 (Nuorten SM-liiga)
7 187 William Worge Kreu D  Sweden Linkopings HC J20 (SuperElit)

Notes:

  1. The Minnesota Wild's fourth-round pick went to the Buffalo Sabres as the result of a trade on June 30, 2017 that sent Tyler Ennis, Marcus Foligno and a third-round pick to Minnesota in exchange for Jason Pominville, Marco Scandella and this pick.[47]

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