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2007–08 Buffalo Sabres · NHL
Division 4th Northeast
Conference 10th Eastern
2007–08 record 39–31–12
Home record 20–15–6
Road record 19–16–6
Goals for 255
Goals against 242
General Manager Darcy Regier
Coach Lindy Ruff
Captain Rotating
Jochen Hecht (Oct, Feb)
Toni Lydman (Nov)
Brian Campbell (Dec)
Jaroslav Spacek (Jan)
Jason Pominville (Mar-Apr)
Alternate captains Rotating
Toni Lydman (Oct)
Henrik Tallinder (Oct)
Brian Campbell (Nov, Feb)
Jochen Hecht (Nov-Jan)
Jaroslav Spacek (Dec, Mar-Apr)
Jason Pominville (Jan)
Adam Mair (Feb)
Tim Connolly (Feb)
Derek Roy (Mar-Apr)
Arena HSBC Arena
Average attendance 18,668 (99.9%)
[1]
Team leaders
Goals Thomas Vanek (36)
Assists Jason Pominville (53)
Points Derek Roy (81)
Penalties in minutes Andrew Peters (100)
Wins Ryan Miller (36)
Goals against average Ryan Miller (2.64)

The 2007–08 Buffalo Sabres season began on October 5, 2007. It was the Buffalo Sabres' 37th season in the National Hockey League.

Prior to the season, the Sabres lost their co-captains of the previous two seasons, Danny Briere and Chris Drury. Briere and Drury were signed as free agents on July 1 by the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers, respectively.[2][3] Dainius Zubrus was also lost to free agency, as he was signed by the New Jersey Devils on July 3.[4] Thomas Vanek, who led the team in goals the previous season with 43, was a restricted free agent and was almost lost as well: the Edmonton Oilers signed him to a 7-year, $50 million offer sheet on July 6; however, the Sabres matched the offer.[5]

Jocelyn Thibault was signed to the Sabres' roster on July 5 to serve as a veteran backup to the team's starting goaltender, Ryan Miller.[6] Thibault replaces Ty Conklin, who had served as Miller's backup for the last month of the 2006–07 season and during the playoffs. Conklin was signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 18.[7]

After losing both Briere and Drury in the offseason, the Sabres' captaincy was vacated. Prior to the season, the team announced that it would rotate captaincy throughout the season, just as it did during the 2003–04 season. Jochen Hecht was named the October captain under this system.[8] Toni Lydman was named captain for November,[9] Brian Campbell was named captain for December,[10] and Jaroslav Spacek was named captain for January[11] before the captaincy was cycled back to Hecht in February.[12] Jason Pominville was named the team's captain in March, and he finished the season in the role.

Longtime Sabres' color commentator Jim Lorentz retired just prior to the season.[13] He was replaced in the broadcast booth by longtime Hockey Night in Canada broadcaster Harry Neale.[14]

The Sabres' January 1 home game against the Pittsburgh Penguins was played outdoors at Ralph Wilson Stadium, home of the National Football League's Buffalo Bills. The NHL called the event the AMP Energy NHL Winter Classic.[15] In addition to selling tickets at Ralph Wilson Stadium, the Sabres also sold tickets to HSBC Arena for the game, which was broadcast for fans on the arena's video scoreboard.[16]

Brian Campbell was the Sabres' lone representative in the 2008 NHL All-Star Game, as he was named to the team as a reserve defenceman. It was his second consecutive All-Star Game appearance.[17] Campbell was then traded to the San Jose Sharks on February 26 in exchange for Steve Bernier and a first-round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.[18]


Regular seasonEdit

Divisional standingsEdit

Northeast Division
No. CR GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
11 z-Montreal Canadiens 82 47 25 10 262 222 104
27 Ottawa Senators 82 43 31 8 261 247 94
38 Boston Bruins 82 41 29 12 212 222 94
410 Buffalo Sabres 82 39 31 12 255 242 90
512 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 36 35 11 231 260 83

Conference standingsEdit

Eastern Conference
GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
z-Montreal Canadiens * 82 47 25 10 262 222 104
y-Pittsburgh Penguins * 82 47 27 8 247 216 102
y-Washington Capitals * 82 43 31 8 242 231 94
New Jersey Devils 82 46 29 7 206 197 99
New York Rangers 82 42 27 13 213 199 97
Philadelphia Flyers 82 42 29 11 248 233 95
Ottawa Senators 82 43 31 8 261 247 94
Boston Bruins 82 41 29 12 212 222 94
Carolina Hurricanes 82 43 33 6 252 249 92
Buffalo Sabres 82 39 31 12 255 242 90
Florida Panthers 82 38 35 9 216 226 85
Toronto Maple Leafs 82 36 35 11 231 260 83
New York Islanders 82 35 38 9 194 243 79
Atlanta Thrashers 82 34 40 8 216 272 76
Tampa Bay Lightning 82 31 42 9 223 267 71
bold - clinched playoff spot, y - clinched division title, z - clinched best conference record, * - division leader

For complete standings, see 2007–08 NHL season.

Game logEdit

OctoberEdit

Record: 5–5–0; Home: 3–2–0; Road: 2–3–0

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
1October 5NY Islanders 6 – 4 Buffalo Miller 18,690 0–1–0 0
2October 6Buffalo 2 – 3 NY Islanders Miller 16,234 0–2–0 0
3October 11Atlanta 0 – 6 Buffalo Miller 18,690 1–2–0 2
4October 13Washington 3 – 7 Buffalo Miller 18,690 2–2–0 4
5October 15Toronto 4 – 5 Buffalo OT Thibault 18,217 3–2–0 6
6October 19Columbus 3 – 0 Buffalo Miller 18,690 3–3–0 6
7October 20Buffalo 2 – 4 Montreal Miller 21,273 3–4–0 6
8October 24Buffalo 2 – 6 Carolina Miller 16,058 3–5–0 6
9October 26Buffalo 4 – 2 Florida Miller 15,842 4–5–0 8
10October 27Buffalo 4 – 3 Tampa Bay OT Miller 19,804 5–5–0 10

NovemberEdit

Record: 6–6–1; Home: 4–3–0; Road: 2–3–1

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
11November 1Buffalo 3 – 4 Boston OT Miller 13,479 5–5–1 11
12November 2Florida 4 – 2 Buffalo Thibault 18,690 5–6–1 11
13November 5Buffalo 0 – 2 Montreal Miller 21,273 5–7–1 11
14November 7Boston 1 – 2 Buffalo OT Miller 18,690 6–7–1 13
15November 9Toronto 3 – 0 Buffalo Miller 18,690 6–8–1 13
16November 10Buffalo 1 – 2 Boston Miller 17,565 6–9–1 13
17November 15Buffalo 2 – 3 Ottawa Miller 19,279 6–10–1 13
18November 16Montreal 1 – 4 Buffalo Miller 18,690 7–10–1 15
19November 21Ottawa 2 – 4 Buffalo Miller 18,690 8–10–1 17
20November 23Montreal 2 – 4 Buffalo Miller 18,690 9–10–1 19
21November 24Buffalo 3 – 0 Montreal Thibault 21,273 10–10–1 21
22November 26Buffalo 3 – 1 Washington Miller 11,204 11–10–1 23
23November 28St. Louis 4 – 3 Buffalo Miller 18,690 11–11–1 23

DecemberEdit

On December 22, the Sabres won their first shootout victory of the season on the road in Philadelphia against the Philadelphia Flyers. Thomas Vanek scored with 7.2 seconds left in the third period, beating former Sabres goalie Martin Biron from the right circle to force overtime, and Ales Kotalik of the Sabres scored the only shootout goal to provide the Sabres with a win, adding to their total with 6 victories in a row.[19]

Record: 8–5–1; Home: 4–2–0; Road: 4–3–1

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
24December 1Carolina 1 – 8 Buffalo Miller 18,690 12–11–1 25
25December 5Buffalo 1 – 4 Anaheim Miller 17,174 12–12–1 25
26December 6Buffalo 2 – 8 Los Angeles Thibault 15,980 12–13–1 25
27December 8Buffalo 7 – 1 San Jose Miller 17,496 13–13–1 27
28December 10Boston 4 – 1 Buffalo Miller 18,302 13–14–1 27
29December 12NY Islanders 3 – 5 Buffalo Miller 18,690 14–14–1 29
30December 14Buffalo 5 – 3 Washington Miller 17,035 15–14–1 31
31December 15Chicago 1 – 3 Buffalo Miller 18,690 16–14–1 33
32December 19Buffalo 2 – 1 NY Islanders Miller 10,806 17–14–1 35
33December 21Philadelphia 2 – 3 Buffalo Miller 18,690 18–14–1 37
34December 22Buffalo 6 – 5 Philadelphia SO Miller 19,606 19–14–1 39
35December 26Ottawa 5 – 3 Buffalo Miller 18,690 19–15–1 39
36December 28Buffalo 1 – 2 New Jersey SO Miller 17,625 19–15–2 40
37December 29Buffalo 0 – 2 Pittsburgh Miller 17,132 19–16–2 40

JanuaryEdit

Record: 4–5–4; Home: 1–1–2; Road: 3–4–2

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
38January 1Pittsburgh 2 – 1 Buffalo* SO Miller 71,217 19–16–3 41
39January 4Ottawa 5 – 3 Buffalo Thibault 18,690 19–17–3 41
40January 6Buffalo 2 – 5 Atlanta Miller 15,213 19–18–3 41
41January 8Buffalo 1 – 2 New Jersey SO Miller 14,030 19–18–4 42
42January 10Buffalo 2 – 3Ottawa SO Thibault 19,843 19–18–5 43
43January 12New Jersey 3 – 2 Buffalo SO Miller 18,690 19–18–6 44
44January 16Buffalo 1 – 2 NY Rangers Miller 18,200 19–19–6 44
45January 18Atlanta 1 – 10 Buffalo Miller 18,690 20–19–6 46
46January 19Buffalo 2 – 4 Toronto Miller 19,436 20–20–6 46
47January 21Buffalo 2 – 6 Phoenix Thibault 16,981 20–21–6 46
48January 24Buffalo 2 – 1 Dallas Miller 18,532 21–21–6 48
49January 29Buffalo 4 – 2 Tampa Bay Miller 18,920 22–21–6 50
50January 30Buffalo 1 – 0 Florida Miller 14,024 23–21–6 52

*Played at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York.

FebruaryEdit

Record: 8–4–3; Home: 5–3–2; Road: 3–1–1

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
51February 1Buffalo 4 – 5 Atlanta SO Thibault 17,064 23–21–7 53
52February 5Buffalo 4 – 2 Boston Miller 13,427 24–21–7 55
53February 6New Jersey 2 – 3 Buffalo SO Miller 18,690 25–21–7 57
54February 8Boston 3 – 2 Buffalo SO Miller 18,690 25–21–8 58
55February 10Florida 3 – 5 Buffalo Miller 18,690 26–21–8 60
56February 12Buffalo 5 – 1 Ottawa Miller 19,564 27–21–8 62
57February 13Toronto 0 – 1 Buffalo Miller 18,690 28–21–8 64
58February 16Buffalo 1 – 5 NY Rangers Miller 18,200 28–22–8 64
59February 17Pittsburgh 4 – 1 Buffalo Miller 18,690 28–23–8 64
60February 20Tampa Bay 3 – 4 Buffalo OT Miller 18,690 29–23–8 66
61February 21Buffalo 5 – 1 Toronto Miller 19,467 30–23–8 68
62February 23NY Rangers 4 – 3 Buffalo Miller 18,690 30–24–8 68
63February 25Philadelphia 4 – 3 Buffalo SO Miller 18,690 30–24–9 69
64February 27Nashville 4 – 8 Buffalo Miller 18,690 31–24–9 71
62February 29Montreal 6 – 2 Buffalo Miller 18,690 31–25–9 71

MarchEdit

Record: 6–5–3; Home: 3–4–2; Road: 3–1–1

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
66March 2Detroit 4 – 2 Buffalo Miller 18,690 31–26–971
67March 4Buffalo 5 – 2 Philadelphia Miller 19,516 32–26–973
68March 5Washington 3 – 1 Buffalo Miller 18,690 32–27–9 73
69March 8Buffalo 3 – 4 Carolina OT Miller 18,808 32–27–10 74
70March 10NY Rangers 3 – 2 Buffalo SO Miller 18,690 32–27–11 75
71March 12Buffalo 3 – 7 Pittsburgh Miller 17,132 32–28–11 75
72March 14Carolina 1 – 7 Buffalo Miller 18,690 33–28–11 77
73March 15Buffalo 6 – 2 Toronto Miller 19,462 34–28–11 79
74March 19Tampa Bay 4 – 7 Buffalo Miller 18,690 35–28–11 81
75March 21Toronto 4 – 1 Buffalo Miller 18,690 35–29–11 81
76March 25Ottawa 6 – 3 Buffalo Miller 18,690 35–30–11 81
77March 27Buffalo 4 – 3 Ottawa SO Miller 19,883 36–30–11 83
78March 28Montreal 4 – 3 Buffalo OT Miller 18,690 36–30–12 84
79March 30Boston1 – 2BuffaloOTMiller18,690 37–30–1286

AprilEdit

Record: 2–1–0; Home: 0–0–0; Road: 2–1–0

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
80April 1Buffalo 4 – 3 Toronto SO Miller 19,288 38–30–12 88
81April 3Buffalo 1 – 3 Montreal Miller 21,273 38–31–12 90
82April 5Buffalo 3 – 0 Boston Thibault 17,565 39–31–12 90

PlayoffsEdit

After winning the Presidents' Trophy in the 2006–07 NHL season, the Sabres failed to qualify for the playoffs.

Player statsEdit

SkatersEdit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/minus; PIM = Penalty minutes

    Regular season  
Player # GP G A Pts +/- PIM
Derek Roy 9 78 32 49 81 +13 46
Jason Pominville 29 82 27 53 80 +16 20
Thomas Vanek 26 82 36 28 64 -5 64
Jochen Hecht 55 75 22 27 49 +1 38
Brian Campbell* 51 63 5 38 43 -1 12
Ales Kotalik 12 79 23 20 43 -5 58
Tim Connolly 19 48 7 33 40 +4 8
Drew Stafford 21 64 16 22 38 +3 51
Paul Gaustad 28 82 10 26 36 -4 85
Daniel Paille 20 77 19 16 35 +9 14
Jaroslav Spacek 6 60 9 23 32 +7 42
Maxim Afinogenov 61 56 10 18 28 -16 42
Toni Lydman 5 82 4 22 26 +1 74
Henrik Tallinder 10 71 1 17 18 +5 48
Adam Mair 22 72 5 12 17 -2 66
Clarke MacArthur 41 37 8 7 15 +3 20
Steve Bernier* 56 17 3 6 9 +1 2
Nathan Paetsch 38 59 2 7 9 +3 27
Andrej Sekera 44 37 2 6 8 +5 16
Michael Ryan 37 46 4 4 8 -4 30
Dmitri Kalinin 45 46 1 7 8 -7 32
Nolan Pratt 4 55 1 6 7 +1 30
Patrick Kaleta 36 40 3 2 5 +1 41
Mike Weber 34 16 0 3 3 +12 14
Andrew Peters 76 44 1 1 2 -4 100
Ryan Miller 30 76 0 1 1 N/A 6
Teppo Numminen 27 1 0 0 0 E 0
Marc-Andre Gragnani 17 2 0 0 0 -2 4
Michael Funk 3 4 0 0 0 -3 0
Jocelyn Thibault 35 12 0 0 0 N/A 0

*Stats reflect games played with Buffalo only.

  • Note: Goaltenders are not assessed plus/minus ratings.

GoaltendersEdit

Note: GP = Games played; TOI = Time on ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

    Regular Season  
Player # GP TOI W L OTL GA SO SV% GAA
Ryan Miller 30 76 4474 36 27 10 197 3 .906 2.64
Jocelyn Thibault 35 12 507 3 4 2 28 2 .869 3.31

Awards and recordsEdit

RecordsEdit

MilestonesEdit

Regular season
Player Milestone Date achieved
Jason Pominville 100th NHL point October 13, 2007
Derek Roy 200th NHL game October 19, 2007
Mike Weber 1st NHL game[20] October 26, 2007
Jochen Hecht 300th NHL point[21] October 26, 2007
Andrej Sekera 1st NHL assist
1st NHL point[22]
October 26, 2007
Tim Connolly 400th NHL game October 27, 2007
Andrej Sekera 1st NHL goal[23] November 28, 2007
Maxim Afinogenov 500th NHL game[24] December 26, 2007
Thomas Vanek 200th NHL Game December 29, 2007
Drew Stafford 1st NHL hat trick[25] January 18, 2008
Patrick Kaleta 1st NHL goal[26] February 10, 2008
Ryan Miller 100th NHL win[27] February 10, 2008
Thomas Vanek 1st NHL hat trick[28] February 12, 2008
Marc-Andre Gragnani 1st NHL game February 23, 2008
Mike Weber 1st NHL assist
1st NHL point[29]
March 12, 2008
Thomas Vanek 100th NHL Goal March 21, 2008
Ryan Miller 200th NHL Game March 25, 2008
Coach Milestone Date achieved
Lindy Ruff 800th NHL game February 23, 2008

TransactionsEdit

The Sabres have been involved in the following transactions during the 2007–08 season.

TradesEdit

June 23, 2007
To Calgary Flames
116th overall pick in 2007 (Keith Aulie)
To Buffalo Sabres
139th overall pick in 2007 (Bradley Eidsness)
147th overall pick in 2007 (Jean-Simon Allard)
February 26, 2008
To San Jose Sharks
Brian Campbell
Seventh-round pick in 2008
To Buffalo Sabres
Steve Bernier
First-round pick in 2008

Free agentsEdit

Player Former team Contract terms
Jocelyn Thibault Pittsburgh Penguins 1 year, $760,000
Nolan Pratt Tampa Bay Lightning 1 year, $550,000[30]
Player New team
Danny Briere Philadelphia Flyers
Chris Drury New York Rangers
Dainius Zubrus New Jersey Devils
Ty Conklin Pittsburgh Penguins

Draft picksEdit

Buffalo's picks at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft in Columbus, Ohio.[31]

Round # Player Position Nationality College/junior/club team (league)
2 31 T.J. Brennan Defenseman Flag of the United States United States St. John's Fog Devils (QMJHL)
2 59 Drew Schiestel Defenseman Flag of Canada.svg Canada Mississauga Ice Dogs (OHL)
3 89 Corey Tropp Forward Flag of the United States United States Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL)
5 139 Bradley Eidsness Goalie Flag of Canada.svg Canada Okotoks Oilers (AJHL)
5 147 Jean-Simon Allard Center Flag of Canada.svg Canada St. John's Fog Devils (QMJHL)
6 179 Paul Byron Center Flag of Canada.svg Canada Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL)
7 187 Nick Eno Goalie Flag of the United States United States Green Mountain Glades (EJHL)
7 209 Drew MacKenzie Defenseman Flag of the United States United States The Taft School (USHS)

Farm teamsEdit

Rochester AmericansEdit

The Rochester Americans remain Buffalo's top affiliate in the American Hockey League in 2007–08. It is expected to be the last year of the two teams' long affiliation and the teams are expected to part ways at the end of the season.

RosterEdit

2007–08 Buffalo Sabres Roster
Goaltenders


Defensemen

Wingers

Centers

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Average attendance figure only accounts for games at HSBC Arena. It does not include the 71,217 in attendance at Ralph Wilson Stadium for the AMP Energy NHL Winter Classic on January 1.
  2. Briere signs 8-year $52 million deal with Flyers
  3. Rangers sign free-agent centers Gomez and Drury
  4. Devils sign free agent Zubrus
  5. Sabres retain Vanek by matching Oilers' $50 million offer
  6. Sabres shore up goaltending, sign Thibault; re-sign forwards Peters, Ryan
  7. Pittsburgh Penguins sign goaltender Ty Conklin to one-year contract
  8. Sabres to rotate captaincy this season
  9. Toni Lydman named captain for November
  10. Campbell Named Sabres' Captain for November
  11. Spacek is Captain January
  12. Max Re-Injures Groin; Hecht Captain For February
  13. Jim Lorentz announces his retirement
  14. Harry Neale joins Sabres broadcast team
  15. 2008 Winter Classic
  16. Sabres to Host Winter Classic House Party
  17. Campbell named to NHL All-Star Team
  18. Sharks acquire Campbell from Sabres
  19. NHL.com - Recap: Sabres 6, Flyers 5, SO
  20. Notebook: Weber solid in first game
  21. Recap: Buffalo @ Florida - 10/26/2007
  22. Buffalo Sabres - Team: Andrej Sekera Official Player Page
  23. Recap: St. Louis @ Buffalo - 11/28/2007
  24. Senators pour it on in 2nd period to end Sabres' win streak
  25. Stafford, Roy hat tricks helps Sabres stop 10–game skid
  26. Buffalo Sabres Notebook - 02/10/2008
  27. Sabres' Roy scores twice as Panthers fall for second time in six games
  28. Vanek nets first career hat trick in Sabres' rout
  29. Crosby sits; offense thrives
  30. Buffalo Sabres and free agent D Nolan Pratt agree to terms on contract
  31. 2007 NHL Entry Draft Results nhl.com
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