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Dan Bylsma | Center

Team: Buffalo Sabres
Age / DOB:  (46) / 9/19/1970
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 215
Drafted: 1989 / Rd. 6 (109) / CAR
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Although Maple Leaf fans descend in great numbers to Buffalo for games against the Sabres, they usually go home disappointed.
That was true again Saturday night as the Sabres defeated the Leafs 5-2. That makes Buffalo's home record against Toronto 18-2-1 in their last 21 games. That is quite impressive. Mar 26 - 9:50 AM

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With the NHL season winding down the Sabres may need to play exceptionally well over their last 10 games to ensure head coach Dan Bylsma keeps his job.

After a 54-point season in 2014-15, Bylsma, if with an influx of talent, guided the Sabres to an 81-point campaign in 2015-16. The Sabres are going to need to collect 11 points in their last 10 games (mostly against playoff contending clubs) in order to match last season's total. There is some talk out of Buffalo that if the Sabres fall short, Bylsma, who has three years left on a 5-year contract, could be fired. We don't if that is justified but one thing is certain--the Sabres have been a disappointment in 2016-17.
Mar 19 - 8:34 AM

The Buffalo Sabres are far more likely to be sellers at the trade deadline after the weekend they had.

The Sabres dropped a pair of games against the backup goaltenders of two of the NHL's worst teams in Arizona and Colorado. They were already a long shot to make the playoffs, but at this point Buffalo is seven points shy of a playoff spot despite having played in one more game than the second Wild Card seed Toronto Maple Leafs. With 20 games left, the Sabres would need to finish the season on fire to make up that gap and given their recent showing, it seems unlikely that GM Tim Murray would bet on that scenario.
Feb 27 - 8:43 AM

Buffalo is starting to develop a reputation as a team that can battle back.

The Sabres have erased two-goal or third-period deficits six times in 17 games since Dec. 1. Buffalo has four wins this season when trailing after two periods. Only four teams in the league have more. Now, they just need to work on getting better starts.
Jan 9 - 10:05 AM

The Buffalo Sabres simply don't generate enough offense to win hockey games.

The Sabres have scored one goal or been shutout in 17 of their 34 games this season. That's quite an unbelievable lack of scoring that has led to their 13-15-8 record in the Atlantic Division. If the Sabres are to turn this season around, they are going to have to find a way to create more offensive opportunities and capitalize on them.
Jan 1 - 9:00 AM

Dan Bylsma registered the 300th win of his NHL career Tuesday night in a 4-3 victory over Detroit.

He is the 47th coach in NHL history to record 300 regular-season wins and he is the third-fastest to reach that mark after it took him just 517 games. "It's a milestone trying to win hockey games in this league," said Bylsma. "Three hundred is a nice one to have but it's also just in the pile of games we need to win. We need to keep winning. It's nice to get it. I've had a couple nice wins here in Detroit. Add this one as memorable."
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 10:07:00 AM

Buffalo has attempted just 1,372 shots for at even strength this season.

That puts them ahead of only Colorado (1,292), Detroit (1,307) and New Jersey (1,336). It's believed that this is a product of coach Dan Bylsma's system because in his final two seasons with Pittsburgh the team ranked 22nd in shot attempts. After Byslma's departure, the Penguins have been in the top 10 and currently sit second overall in five-on-five attempts for this season.
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 10:20:00 AM

The Buffalo Sabres penalty kill has allowed the opposition to score at least one power play goal in six of their last eight games.

The Sabres will face the Bruins on Saturday. The last time these two teams played, Boston managed to score three power play goals in a 4-0 win over Buffalo last month. "Recently we've tailed off and not come up with the big kill," coach Dan Bylsma said. "You can really almost pinpoint it directly to our lack of clears."
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 10:54:00 AM

Buffalo's offense has been anemic in the month of November.

The Sabres have scored only 19 goals in 13 games this month, which is rather pathetic. Many players are responsible for this, including Ryan O'Reilly, who has scored only one goal in the team's last 12 games. . "It’s frustrating," said O’Reilly. "It’s scoring goals again is the problem, and that’s my job. I’m not doing it right now." The Sabres don't play again until Tuesday when they face off against the Senators. Perhaps the turn around will start then.
Sun, Nov 27, 2016 08:09:00 AM

Buffalo has the worst offense in the league at 1.82 goals for per game.

The Sabres have generated eight goals in seven games at home this season and the team has scored one goal or less nine times through 17 contests.
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 07:35:00 AM

Buffalo bench boss Dan Bylsma will coach in his 500th NHL game Thursday night.

He will become the 66th coach in NHL history to hit 500. "I saw the milestone in the game notes but didn't know it was coming until I read it," Bylsma said Wednesday. He owns a record of 292-160-47, including a mark of 40-43-15 with Buffalo.
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 09:32:00 AM

Buffalo has killed off all nine power plays from the opposition after three games this season.

Minnesota's penalty killers are 11 for 11 and Florida is 7 for 7. Those are the only clubs that haven't allowed a power-play against so far this campaign. The Sabres also have a decent power play of their own, scoring four times on 16 opportunities.
Thu, Oct 20, 2016 07:27:00 AM

The Buffalo Sabres have inked general manager Tim Murray to a contract extension.

Murray has served as the Sabres GM since 2014. Buffalo has endured some rough seasons over his tenure, but they were in the name of a rebuild. At this point, the Sabres looks like a promising team that's led by promising youngsters like Sam Reinhart, Jack Eichel, and Rasmus Ristolainen as well as some high-end veterans like Ryan O'Reilly and Kyle Okposo. The Sabres still aren't a great team, but they do seem to be heading in the right direction.
Thu, Oct 13, 2016 06:18:00 PM

Don't be surprised if the Sabres sign a backup goalie Saturday.

They thought they had one signed in Jeff Zatkoff, but he decided to take the Kings' offer to be the understudy for Jonathan Quick. Other netminders with experience still available on the free agent market are Ben Scrivens and Jhonas Enroth. As it stands now, Linus Ullmark will likely be starter Robin Lehner's backup. Stay tuned.
Sat, Jul 2, 2016 09:14:00 AM

Bob Woods has joined the Buffalo Sabres' coaching staff as an assistant.

Woods most recently served as the coach and general manager of the WHL's Saskatoon Blades. Before that he was an assistant coach with the Washington Capitals and then the Anaheim Ducks.
Fri, Jun 24, 2016 11:14:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Ryan O'Reilly
2Jack Eichel
3Zemgus Girgensons
4Johan Larsson
LW1Evander Kane
2Tyler Ennis
3Marcus Foligno
4Nicolas Deslauriers
5William Carrier
6Cody McCormick
RW1Kyle Okposo
2Sam Reinhart
3Matt Moulson
4Brian Gionta
5Nicholas Baptiste
6Evan Rodrigues
D1Rasmus Ristolainen
2Zach Bogosian
3Dmitry Kulikov
4Jake McCabe
5Josh Gorges
6Cody Franson
7Justin Falk
8Brady Austin
9Taylor Fedun
G1Robin Lehner
2Anders Nilsson