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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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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." Dec 3 - 10:54 AM

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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.
Nov 27 - 8:09 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.
Nov 18 - 7:35 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.
Nov 17 - 9:32 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.
Oct 20 - 7:27 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.
Oct 13 - 6:18 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.
Jul 2 - 9:14 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.
Jun 24 - 11:14 AM

For those of you who are nostalgic Buffalo Sabres fans, June 11th has some special meaning.

It was the day the expansion franchise made Gilbert Perreault their first player. Perreault was selected first in the 1970 amateur entry draft and went on to be a Hall of Famer. So Sabre fans, happy Gilbert Perreault Day.
Jun 11 - 10:05 AM

The Sabres odds of getting a top three draft pick in June are considerably longer than they were last season.

Well that's what comes with a little succes. The Sabres have only a 19.2 percent chance of moving into one of the top three draft postions but have a 39.2 percent chance of staying right where they are in the eighth slot. In addition, the odds of the Sabres winning the lottery and getting the number one pick is only at six percent. The Sabres should be able to get a decent player in any event and with Jack Eichel, Ryan O'Reilly, Rasmus Ristolainen, Robin Lehner and Evander Kane, the future looks bright in Buffalo.
Apr 30 - 9:19 AM

Buffalo has claimed a 2016 third-round selection from Anaheim because the Ducks failed to win two playoff rounds while using Jamie McGinn in at least 50 percent of its games.

The conditional pick would have became a second rounder in 2017 if the conditions were met. The Sabres have 12 picks in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft on June 24-25 at First Niagara Center.
Apr 29 - 8:01 AM

The future looks bright for the Sabres after a successful season for the team's younger players.

Here is an interesting stat about Buffalo's scoring that should give the Sabre faithful hope that the team is moving in the right direction. Over 70 percent of the scoring points generated by the Sabres came from players under the age of 25 and almost 30 percent of the scoring points were produced by players under the age of 21. Looks like there is a succcessful youth movement going on in Buffalo.
Source: Sabres.com
Apr 23 - 7:50 AM

Buffalo has gone 2-for-23 on the power play in the last seven games.

"There is some frustration creeping in with the power play in both units," coach Dan Bylsma said. "Components you need to have in your power play to be successful aren't there. Our breakout, our entry and our recovery hasn't been very good." Buffalo ranks 11th on the power play this season with a 19.6 percent success rate and 35 markers.
Feb 19 - 7:50 AM

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma isn't a fan of losing.

The Sabres have progressed under Bylsma but they're still in the middle of of a full rebuild. "It’s difficult, there’s no question," said Bylsma. "We want to win every game going in. I know we’re in a development process with our team, how we play, how we want to play. The level which we want to play and compete is something we’re developing. I think it’s put us into being a competitive team, a team that should and does compete to win every night. It’s difficult when you don’t."
Jan 24 - 11:43 AM

With their 3-1 loss to Chicago Friday night, the Sabres have now gone six years without defeating the Blackhawks.

The losing streak extends all the way back to December 11, 2009. In fact the Sabres haven't won a game in Chicago for almost nine years or a few months before the Hawks even drafted Buffalo-native Patrick Kane with the first-overall pick of the 2007 entry draft. It just shows you the direction these two franchises have gone in the last decade.
Jan 9 - 9:24 AM

Depth Charts

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