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1997–98 Buffalo Sabres · NHL
Division 3rd Northeast
Conference 6th Eastern
1997–98 record 36–29–17
Home record 20–13–8
Road record 16–16–9
Goals for 211
Goals against 187
Coach Lindy Ruff
Captain Vacant (Oct/Nov)
Michael Peca (Nov-Apr)
Arena Marine Midland Arena
Team leaders


OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Northeast Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Pittsburgh Penguins 82 40 24 18 228 188 98
Boston Bruins 82 39 30 13 221 194 91
Buffalo Sabres 82 36 29 17 211 187 89
Montreal Canadiens 82 37 32 13 235 208 87
Ottawa Senators 82 34 33 15 193 200 83
Carolina Hurricanes 82 33 41 8 200 219 74

Game logEdit

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1WOctober 1, 19973–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1997–98) 1–0–0
2LOctober 3, 19972–6 @ Washington Capitals (1997–98) 1–1–0
3TOctober 5, 19971–1 OT @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1997–98) 1–1–1
4LOctober 7, 19972–4 Dallas Stars (1997–98) 1–2–1
5WOctober 9, 19975–2 Washington Capitals (1997–98) 2–2–1
6LOctober 11, 19972–3 @ New Jersey Devils (1997–98) 2–3–1
7TOctober 15, 19973–3 OT @ Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98) 2–3–2
8LOctober 17, 19971–5 Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 2–4–2
9LOctober 19, 19972–5 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1997–98) 2–5–2
10WOctober 22, 19974–1 Calgary Flames (1997–98) 3–5–2
11LOctober 26, 19971–6 @ Phoenix Coyotes (1997–98) 3–6–2
12LOctober 28, 19972–3 @ Colorado Avalanche (1997–98) 3–7–2
13WOctober 31, 19973–2 OT @ Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98) 4–7–2
14WNovember 1, 19974–3 OT @ Florida Panthers (1997–98) 5–7–2
15LNovember 6, 19972–4 Florida Panthers (1997–98) 5–8–2
16TNovember 8, 19972–2 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 5–8–3
17TNovember 10, 19974–4 OT Edmonton Oilers (1997–98) 5–8–4
18LNovember 13, 19972–3 Washington Capitals (1997–98) 5–9–4
19LNovember 15, 19972–3 New Jersey Devils (1997–98) 5–10–4
20WNovember 20, 19975–0 @ Boston Bruins (1997–98) 6–10–4
21WNovember 22, 19976–1 New York Islanders (1997–98) 7–10–4
22LNovember 24, 19971–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 7–11–4
23LNovember 26, 19971–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98) 7–12–4
24TNovember 28, 19973–3 OT New York Rangers (1997–98) 7–12–5
25TDecember 1, 19971–1 OT @ Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98) 7–12–6
26WDecember 3, 19974–0 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1997–98) 8–12–6
27WDecember 5, 19974–0 Tampa Bay Lightning (1997–98) 9–12–6
28LDecember 6, 19970–3 @ Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 9–13–6
29LDecember 11, 19971–2 @ Boston Bruins (1997–98) 9–14–6
30WDecember 12, 19973–2 OT Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98) 10–14–6
31LDecember 15, 19974–8 @ Dallas Stars (1997–98) 10–15–6
32LDecember 17, 19970–4 @ New York Islanders (1997–98) 10–16–6
33WDecember 19, 19971–0 Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 11–16–6
34WDecember 21, 19972–0 @ New York Rangers (1997–98) 12–16–6
35LDecember 23, 19971–3 Detroit Red Wings (1997–98) 12–17–6
36WDecember 26, 19973–0 New York Rangers (1997–98) 13–17–6
37LDecember 27, 19971–4 @ Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98) 13–18–6
38LDecember 29, 19971–3 New Jersey Devils (1997–98) 13–19–6
39WDecember 31, 19973–0 Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 14–19–6
40TJanuary 2, 19982–2 OT Colorado Avalanche (1997–98) 14–19–7
41WJanuary 7, 19983–2 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1997–98) 15–19–7
42TJanuary 8, 19982–2 OT @ Los Angeles Kings (1997–98) 15–19–8
43LJanuary 10, 19982–5 @ San Jose Sharks (1997–98) 15–20–8
44WJanuary 14, 19984–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1997–98) 16–20–8
45WJanuary 15, 19986–2 Vancouver Canucks (1997–98) 17–20–8
46LJanuary 20, 19980–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98) 17–21–8
47WJanuary 21, 19982–1 Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98) 18–21–8
48WJanuary 23, 19984–1 Tampa Bay Lightning (1997–98) 19–21–8
49TJanuary 27, 19983–3 OT St. Louis Blues (1997–98) 19–21–9
50TJanuary 30, 19983–3 OT Phoenix Coyotes (1997–98) 19–21–10
51WFebruary 1, 19985–2 @ Florida Panthers (1997–98) 20–21–10
52WFebruary 2, 19987–3 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1997–98) 21–21–10
53TFebruary 4, 19982–2 OT Boston Bruins (1997–98) 21–21–11
54TFebruary 6, 19982–2 OT Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 21–21–12
55WFebruary 7, 19984–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 22–21–12
56TFebruary 25, 19982–2 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (1997–98) 22–21–13
57TFebruary 26, 19981–1 OT @ Boston Bruins (1997–98) 22–21–14
58WMarch 1, 19983–0 @ Washington Capitals (1997–98) 23–21–14
59WMarch 2, 19981–0 @ New York Rangers (1997–98) 24–21–14
60LMarch 6, 19982–4 New York Islanders (1997–98) 24–22–14
61WMarch 7, 19982–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 25–22–14
62TMarch 10, 19982–2 OT @ New York Islanders (1997–98) 25–22–15
63WMarch 12, 19983–1 San Jose Sharks (1997–98) 26–22–15
64LMarch 14, 19981–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 26–23–15
65WMarch 15, 19983–0 Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 27–23–15
66LMarch 17, 19983–5 Chicago Blackhawks (1997–98) 27–24–15
67WMarch 19, 19986–1 Florida Panthers (1997–98) 28–24–15
68LMarch 21, 19981–2 Boston Bruins (1997–98) 28–25–15
69WMarch 24, 19982–0 @ Calgary Flames (1997–98) 29–25–15
70WMarch 26, 19985–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1997–98) 30–25–15
71WMarch 27, 19981–0 @ Edmonton Oilers (1997–98) 31–25–15
72LMarch 29, 19982–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1997–98) 31–26–15
73WApril 1, 19984–0 Los Angeles Kings (1997–98) 32–26–15
74WApril 3, 19985–4 Boston Bruins (1997–98) 33–26–15
75LApril 5, 19980–1 Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 33–27–15
76WApril 8, 19983–1 Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98) 34–27–15
77WApril 10, 19982–1 Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 35–27–15
78TApril 11, 19984–4 OT @ Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 35–27–16
79WApril 13, 19982–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98) 36–27–16
80LApril 15, 19984–5 OT @ New Jersey Devils (1997–98) 36–28–16
81TApril 18, 19983–3 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 36–28–17
82LApril 19, 19981–2 Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 36–29–17

PlayoffsEdit

Eastern Conference Quarter-finalsEdit

Buffalo vs. Philadelphia
Date Away Home
April 22 Buffalo 3 2 Philadelphia
April 24 Buffalo 2 3 Philadelphia
April 27 Philadelphia 1 6 Buffalo
April 29 Philadelphia 1 4 Buffalo
May 1 Buffalo 3 2 Philadelphia OT
Buffalo wins series 4–1

Eastern Conference Semi-FinalsEdit

Montreal vs. Buffalo
Date Away Home
May 8 Montreal 2 3 Buffalo OT
May 10 Montreal 3 6 Buffalo
May 12 Buffalo 5 4 Montreal 2OT
May 14 Buffalo 3 1 Montreal
Buffalo wins series 4–0

Eastern Conference FinalsEdit

Eastern Conference
Buffalo vs. Washington
Date Away Home
May 23 Buffalo 2 0 Washington
May 25 Buffalo 2 3 Washington OT
May 28 Washington 4 3 Buffalo OT
May 30 Washington 2 0 Buffalo
June 2 Buffalo 2 1 Washington
June 4 Washington 3 2 Buffalo OT
Washington wins series 4–2
and Prince of Wales Trophy

Player statsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Satan, MiroslavMiroslav Satan LW 79 22 24 46 342904
Zhitnik, AlexeiAlexei Zhitnik D 78 15 30 45 10219233
Audette, DonaldDonald Audette RW 75 24 20 44 59101005
Peca, MichaelMichael Peca C 61 18 22 40 5712651
Dawe, JasonJason Dawe RW 68 19 17 36 3610413
Holzinger, BrianBrian Holzinger C 69 14 21 35 36-2421
Woolley, JasonJason Woolley D 71 9 26 35 358302
Plante, DerekDerek Plante C 72 13 21 34 268501
Grosek, MichalMichal Grosek LW 67 10 20 30 609201
Barnaby, MatthewMatthew Barnaby RW 72 5 20 25 2898002
Brown, CurtisCurtis Brown C/LW 63 12 12 24 3411112
Ward, DixonDixon Ward RW 71 10 13 23 429023
Shannon, DarrylDarryl Shannon D 76 3 19 22 5626101
Smehlik, RichardRichard Smehlik D 72 3 17 20 6211010
McKee, JayJay McKee D 56 1 13 14 42-1000
Primeau, WayneWayne Primeau C 69 6 6 12 879201
Varada, VaclavVaclav Varada RW 27 5 6 11 150001
May, BradBrad May LW 36 4 7 11 1132000
Burridge, RandyRandy Burridge LW 30 4 6 10 00101
Sanderson, GeoffGeoff Sanderson LW 26 4 5 9 206002
Wilson, MikeMike Wilson D 66 4 4 8 4813001
Ray, RobRob Ray RW 63 2 4 6 2342101
Rasmussen, ErikErik Rasmussen LW/C 21 2 3 5 142000
Boughner, BobBob Boughner D 69 1 3 4 1655000
Kruse, PaulPaul Kruse LW 12 1 1 2 491000
Hasek, DominikDominik Hasek G 72 0 2 2 120000
Hurlbut, MikeMike Hurlbut D 3 0 0 0 2-1000
Ndur, RumunRumun Ndur D 1 0 0 0 2-1000
Nichol, ScottScott Nichol C 3 0 0 0 40000
Shields, SteveSteve Shields G 16 0 0 0 170000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Hasek, DominikDominik Hasek 4220 72 33 23 13 147 2.09 1321492002.932
Shields, SteveSteve Shields 785 16 3 6 4 37 2.83 0408371.909
Team: 5005 82 36 29 17 184 2.21 1325572373.928

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Barnaby, MatthewMatthew Barnaby RW 15 7 6 13 226301
Audette, DonaldDonald Audette RW 15 5 8 13 10-4302
Holzinger, BrianBrian Holzinger C 15 4 7 11 18-2110
Ward, DixonDixon Ward RW 15 3 8 11 68000
Woolley, JasonJason Woolley D 15 2 9 11 128101
Grosek, MichalMichal Grosek LW 15 6 4 10 285203
Satan, MiroslavMiroslav Satan LW 14 5 4 9 4-9401
Varada, VaclavVaclav Varada RW 15 3 4 7 183000
Shannon, DarrylDarryl Shannon D 15 2 4 6 80010
Peca, MichaelMichael Peca C 13 3 2 5 84001
Sanderson, GeoffGeoff Sanderson LW 14 3 1 4 40101
Primeau, WayneWayne Primeau C 14 1 3 4 6-1000
Boughner, BobBob Boughner D 14 0 4 4 159000
Brown, CurtisCurtis Brown C/LW 13 1 2 3 106100
Plante, DerekDerek Plante C 11 0 3 3 101000
Zhitnik, AlexeiAlexei Zhitnik D 15 0 3 3 361000
Smehlik, RichardRichard Smehlik D 15 0 2 2 63000
Kruse, PaulPaul Kruse LW 1 1 0 1 41000
Wilson, MikeMike Wilson D 15 0 1 1 13-4000
Hasek, DominikDominik Hasek G 15 0 0 0 40000
McKee, JayJay McKee D 1 0 0 0 0-1000
Ray, RobRob Ray RW 10 0 0 0 24-2000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Hasek, DominikDominik Hasek 948 15 10 5 32 2.03 1514482.938
Team: 948 15 10 5 32 2.03 1514482.938

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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 recordsEdit

NHL All-Star Game

  • Dominik Hasek, World Team

TransactionsEdit

Draft picksEdit

Round # Player Nationality College/junior/club team
1 21 Mika Noronen (G) Flag of Finland Finland Tappara (SM-liiga)

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1997-98 Buffalo Sabres Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-12.
  2. National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p. 237, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5

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