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Sabres Ready For New Season
October 03, 2018
The Buffalo Sabres are ready to kick off the 2018-19 season and at this point the roster seems all but set.

Lines at Practise this morning:

Little centering Perreault and Tarasenko Zibanejad centering Nyquist and Hornquist Pageau centering Panik and Hudon Schaller centering Watson and Granlund

Tory Krug & David Savard Justin Schultz & Sami Vatanen Will Butcher & Ron Hainsey

Brandon Montour and Neil Pionk also took turns with Hainsey

Matt Murray backed up by Bryan Elliott

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After being bounced from the playoffs early once again the Sabres faithful has stayed the course with the team that has repeatedly over the past couple seasons moved aging stars for younger talent and futures. The Sabres are committed to putting a winning product on the ice but having a careful eye on the future and building a sustainable winner. Previous moves have seen long time Sabres Mark Giordano, Henrik Zetterberg, Nik Kronwall, Trevor Daley, Tyler Bozak and Mike Camelleri amongst others find new homes only to be replaced by younger players - Mika Zibanejad, Brandon Montour, Sami Vatanen, Justin Schultz, J-G Pageau, Richard Panik and Gustav Nyquist along with many picks and prospects to fill out the Sabres future cupboard.

This off season was no different. The Sabres had very little in the bank and were not going to be a player in free agency after the early playoff exit but not to worry the Sabres were in a great position through previous moves acquiring players with term left on their contracts they did not lose 1 significant player from last seasons team other then 4th line center Jay Beagle and back-up goalie Carter Hutton who left for a starting job elsewhere along with that every RFA was resigned. So this offseason was about growth within the franchise and as such some younger players and their contract extensions pushed out some vets to make room on the roster and under the cap. Jason Spezza, Cody Eakin and David Schlemko were moved out for cash and picks. Then the Sabres added Uber talented offensive dman Will Butcher with an early pick in the draft and look for him to help on the PP and fill out the 3rd pairing to start the year. The Sabres then addressed the two holes in the line-up drafting Tim Schaller with a late pick to center the 4th line and trading a pick to acquire a strong back-up for Matt Murray in Brian Elliott who they hope will not only push for more ice time to try get back to being a number 1 goalie but will push Matt Murray to be better as well.

All being said all seems ready for another winning season in Buffalo and hopefully a deeper playoff run. The only question mark that remains seems to be on defence with 8 proven guys for 6 spots. The group they have is already very fast, mobile and offensive but could be more so by allowing a couple of youngsters more significant ice time. Rumours are that Justin Schultz and/or Ron Hainsey could possibly be available to clear spots for youngsters Montour and Pionk. Word out of Buffalo is they would like to acquire a scoring winger or good futures to move one of these guys but nothing is imminent at this time and it looks like only one of Butcher, Montour and Pionk will make the opening night roster and the other two will start the year in the minors unless a deal or two comes around.

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Team Leaders - Playoffs
Category Player Stat
Assists Sami Vatanen 65
Blocked Shots David Savard 112
Sami Vatanen 112
Goals Vladimir Tarasenko 56
Hits Patric Hornqvist 233
Penalty Minutes David Savard 108
PlusMinus Jason Spezza 40
Points Vladimir Tarasenko 109
PP Goals Vladimir Tarasenko 15
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No Playoff Games Scheduled
Team Averages - Playoffs
Category Stat
Power Play % 0.0%
Penalty Killing % 0.0%
Goals For Avg 0.00
Goals Against Avg 0.00
Shots For Per Avg 0.0
Shots Against Avg 0.0
Penalty Minutes Avg 0.0

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Regular Season Record
Record Type Record
Overall 53-23-4
Home 23-11-3
Away 26-12-1
Regular Season Standings
Team GP W L OTL SOL PTS
1. CAR 82 57 21 2 2 118
2. NYI 82 53 20 6 3 115
3. BOS 82 52 21 5 4 113
4. BUF 82 53 23 4 2 112
5. MTL 82 53 24 3 2 111