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1979–80 Buffalo Sabres season

 

1979–80 Buffalo Sabres season

The 1979–80 Buffalo Sabres season was the Sabres' tenth season season of operation for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on May 22, 1970.[1] The team was awarded the Prince of Wales Trophy for finishing with the best regular season record in the Prince of Wales Conference.

Offseason

NHL Draft

Round Pick Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
1 11. Mike Ramsey (D)  United States U.S. National Team

Regular season

Season standings

Adams Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
Buffalo Sabres 80 47 17 16 318 201 110
Boston Bruins 80 46 21 13 310 234 105
Minnesota North Stars 80 36 28 16 311 253 88
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 35 40 5 304 327 75
Quebec Nordiques 80 25 44 11 248 313 61
[2]Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Game log

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 11, 1979 6–3 Washington Capitals (1979–80) 1–0–0
2 W October 13, 1979 5–2 @ New York Islanders (1979–80) 2–0–0
3 L October 14, 1979 4–5 Minnesota North Stars (1979–80) 2–1–0
4 W October 17, 1979 3–1 Hartford Whalers (1979–80) 3–1–0
5 L October 20, 1979 2–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1979–80) 3–2–0
6 T October 21, 1979 3–3 Vancouver Canucks (1979–80) 3–2–1
7 W October 24, 1979 7–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1979–80) 4–2–1
8 L October 25, 1979 0–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1979–80) 4–3–1
9 W October 27, 1979 3–0 @ Quebec Nordiques (1979–80) 5–3–1
10 W October 28, 1979 4–2 Colorado Rockies (1979–80) 6–3–1
11 T October 31, 1979 0–0 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1979–80) 6–3–2
12 W November 3, 1979 4–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1979–80) 7–3–2
13 L November 4, 1979 1–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1979–80) 7–4–2
14 T November 8, 1979 3–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1979–80) 7–4–3
15 W November 10, 1979 5–3 @ Washington Capitals (1979–80) 8–4–3
16 L November 11, 1979 3–5 Colorado Rockies (1979–80) 8–5–3
17 W November 15, 1979 5–1 Atlanta Flames (1979–80) 9–5–3
18 W November 17, 1979 4–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1979–80) 10–5–3
19 W November 18, 1979 9–7 Edmonton Oilers (1979–80) 11–5–3
20 L November 21, 1979 3–5 @ Hartford Whalers (1979–80) 11–6–3
21 W November 24, 1979 6–1 @ Washington Capitals (1979–80) 12–6–3
22 W November 25, 1979 6–2 Minnesota North Stars (1979–80) 13–6–3
23 W November 27, 1979 5–2 @ Boston Bruins (1979–80) 14–6–3
24 W November 29, 1979 2–1 New York Rangers (1979–80) 15–6–3
25 W December 2, 1979 2–0 Washington Capitals (1979–80) 16–6–3
26 W December 5, 1979 6–1 Atlanta Flames (1979–80) 17–6–3
27 W December 7, 1979 5–3 @ Colorado Rockies (1979–80) 18–6–3
28 W December 10, 1979 4–0 Detroit Red Wings (1979–80) 19–6–3
29 W December 13, 1979 5–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1979–80) 20–6–3
30 L December 15, 1979 2–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1979–80) 20–7–3
31 L December 16, 1979 1–5 Boston Bruins (1979–80) 20–8–3
32 W December 19, 1979 3–2 @ Winnipeg Jets (1979–80) 21–8–3
33 W December 20, 1979 5–3 Los Angeles Kings (1979–80) 22–8–3
34 W December 22, 1979 4–2 @ Hartford Whalers (1979–80) 23–8–3
35 L December 23, 1979 1–3 Quebec Nordiques (1979–80) 23–9–3
36 W December 27, 1979 5–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1979–80) 24–9–3
37 L December 29, 1979 3–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1979–80) 24–10–3
38 W December 31, 1979 6–2 Winnipeg Jets (1979–80) 25–10–3
39 W January 5, 1980 5–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1979–80) 26–10–3
40 L January 6, 1980 2–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1979–80) 26–11–3
41 W January 9, 1980 3–2 New York Islanders (1979–80) 27–11–3
42 W January 11, 1980 4–3 @ Colorado Rockies (1979–80) 28–11–3
43 L January 13, 1980 5–6 @ Edmonton Oilers (1979–80) 28–12–3
44 W January 16, 1980 4–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1979–80) 29–12–3
45 T January 18, 1980 2–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1979–80) 29–12–4
46 T January 20, 1980 4–4 Edmonton Oilers (1979–80) 29–12–5
47 T January 21, 1980 3–3 @ Atlanta Flames (1979–80) 29–12–6
48 L January 24, 1980 3–4 @ Boston Bruins (1979–80) 29–13–6
49 W January 26, 1980 7–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1979–80) 30–13–6
50 W January 27, 1980 9–1 Los Angeles Kings (1979–80) 31–13–6
51 W January 31, 1980 6–2 New York Rangers (1979–80) 32–13–6
52 L February 2, 1980 2–3 @ New York Islanders (1979–80) 32–14–6
53 W February 3, 1980 3–0 Vancouver Canucks (1979–80) 33–14–6
54 W February 7, 1980 9–0 Pittsburgh Penguins (1979–80) 34–14–6
55 L February 9, 1980 2–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1979–80) 34–15–6
56 W February 11, 1980 4–2 St. Louis Blues (1979–80) 35–15–6
57 T February 14, 1980 3–3 Boston Bruins (1979–80) 35–15–7
58 W February 16, 1980 4–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1979–80) 36–15–7
59 T February 17, 1980 2–2 Montreal Canadiens (1979–80) 36–15–8
60 W February 19, 1980 3–1 @ Quebec Nordiques (1979–80) 37–15–8
61 W February 20, 1980 4–3 Winnipeg Jets (1979–80) 38–15–8
62 L February 24, 1980 1–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1979–80) 38–16–8
63 T February 27, 1980 1–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1979–80) 38–16–9
64 W February 29, 1980 4–2 @ Edmonton Oilers (1979–80) 39–16–9
65 T March 2, 1980 2–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1979–80) 39–16–10
66 L March 5, 1980 2–4 @ New York Rangers (1979–80) 39–17–10
67 W March 6, 1980 4–3 Hartford Whalers (1979–80) 40–17–10
68 W March 9, 1980 9–4 St. Louis Blues (1979–80) 41–17–10
69 T March 12, 1980 3–3 @ Winnipeg Jets (1979–80) 41–17–11
70 T March 15, 1980 2–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1979–80) 41–17–12
71 T March 19, 1980 3–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1979–80) 41–17–13
72 W March 22, 1980 5–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1979–80) 42–17–13
73 T March 23, 1980 1–1 New York Islanders (1979–80) 42–17–14
74 T March 25, 1980 3–3 @ New York Rangers (1979–80) 42–17–15
75 W March 27, 1980 10–1 Detroit Red Wings (1979–80) 43–17–15
76 T March 30, 1980 1–1 Montreal Canadiens (1979–80) 43–17–16
77 W April 1, 1980 5–2 @ Atlanta Flames (1979–80) 44–17–16
78 W April 3, 1980 8–3 Quebec Nordiques (1979–80) 45–17–16
79 W April 5, 1980 9–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1979–80) 46–17–16
80 W April 6, 1980 7–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1979–80) 47–17–16

Player stats

Forwards

Note: GP = Games played; G= Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player GP G A Pts PIM

Defencemen

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player GP G A Pts PIM

Goaltending

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average

Player GP W L T SO GAA

Playoffs

  • First Round
    • No. 2 seed Buffalo over No. 15 seed Vancouver (3 games to 1)
  • Second Round
    • No. 2 seed Buffalo over No. 7 seed Chicago (4 games to 0)
  • Third Round
    • No. 5 seed New York Islanders over No. 2 seed Buffalo (4 games to 2)

Awards and records

References

  • Sabres on Hockey Database
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