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1980–81 Buffalo Sabres · NHL
Adams Division Champions
Division 1st Adams
1980–81 record 39–20–21
General Manager Scotty Bowman
Coach Roger Neilson
Captain Danny Gare
Team Leaders
Goals Danny Gare (46)
Assists John Van Boxmeer (51)
Points Danny Gare (85)
Penalties in minutes Larry Playfair (169)
Wins Don Edwards (23)
Goals against average Don Edwards (2.96)
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1979–80 1981–82

The 1980–81 Buffalo Sabres season was the Sabres' 11th season in the National Hockey League. The Sabres finished 1st in the Adams Division and lost in the Quarter-finals to the Minnesota North Stars 4 games to 1.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Adams Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Buffalo Sabres 80 39 20 21 327 250 99
Boston Bruins 80 37 30 13 316 272 87
Minnesota North Stars 80 35 28 17 291 263 87
Quebec Nordiques 80 30 32 18 314 318 78
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 28 37 15 322 367 71

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.


Game Log[edit | edit source]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 9, 1980 3–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1980–81) 0–1–0
2 T October 12, 1980 3–3 Hartford Whalers (1980–81) 0–1–1
3 W October 15, 1980 2–0 Edmonton Oilers (1980–81) 1–1–1
4 W October 18, 1980 4–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1980–81) 2–1–1
5 L October 19, 1980 2–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1980–81) 2–2–1
6 W October 22, 1980 7–4 Winnipeg Jets (1980–81) 3–2–1
7 W October 25, 1980 5–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1980–81) 4–2–1
8 W October 26, 1980 5–2 New York Islanders (1980–81) 5–2–1
9 T October 29, 1980 1–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1980–81) 5–2–2
10 W November 1, 1980 4–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1980–81) 6–2–2
11 W November 2, 1980 4–3 Vancouver Canucks (1980–81) 7–2–2
12 W November 5, 1980 5–3 Colorado Rockies (1980–81) 8–2–2
13 T November 8, 1980 3–3 @ Washington Capitals (1980–81) 8–2–3
14 T November 9, 1980 3–3 Washington Capitals (1980–81) 8–2–4
15 T November 12, 1980 4–4 Detroit Red Wings (1980–81) 8–2–5
16 L November 15, 1980 1–4 @ New York Islanders (1980–81) 8–3–5
17 W November 16, 1980 8–1 Quebec Nordiques (1980–81) 9–3–5
18 L November 19, 1980 2–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1980–81) 9–4–5
19 W November 21, 1980 4–2 @ Winnipeg Jets (1980–81) 10–4–5
20 L November 23, 1980 3–6 @ Edmonton Oilers (1980–81) 10–5–5
21 L November 25, 1980 3–5 @ St. Louis Blues (1980–81) 10–6–5
22 W November 27, 1980 6–3 Calgary Flames (1980–81) 11–6–5
23 W November 29, 1980 5–2 @ Hartford Whalers (1980–81) 12–6–5
24 W November 30, 1980 4–1 Colorado Rockies (1980–81) 13–6–5
25 L December 3, 1980 5–6 Montreal Canadiens (1980–81) 13–7–5
26 T December 6, 1980 3–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1980–81) 13–7–6
27 W December 7, 1980 10–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1980–81) 14–7–6
28 T December 9, 1980 4–4 @ Colorado Rockies (1980–81) 14–7–7
29 L December 11, 1980 4–8 @ Calgary Flames (1980–81) 14–8–7
30 W December 13, 1980 5–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1980–81) 15–8–7
31 T December 14, 1980 2–2 Vancouver Canucks (1980–81) 15–8–8
32 W December 20, 1980 7–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1980–81) 16–8–8
33 T December 21, 1980 3–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1980–81) 16–8–9
34 W December 26, 1980 3–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1980–81) 17–8–9
35 W December 28, 1980 5–2 Boston Bruins (1980–81) 18–8–9
36 L December 31, 1980 2–5 Los Angeles Kings (1980–81) 18–9–9
37 T January 3, 1981 3–3 @ Quebec Nordiques (1980–81) 18–9–10
38 T January 4, 1981 2–2 Minnesota North Stars (1980–81) 18–9–11
39 W January 7, 1981 5–1 Quebec Nordiques (1980–81) 19–9–11
40 T January 9, 1981 3–3 @ New York Rangers (1980–81) 19–9–12
41 T January 11, 1981 4–4 Los Angeles Kings (1980–81) 19–9–13
42 T January 14, 1981 1–1 Minnesota North Stars (1980–81) 19–9–14
43 T January 16, 1981 5–5 Edmonton Oilers (1980–81) 19–9–15
44 W January 18, 1981 4–0 New York Rangers (1980–81) 20–9–15
45 L January 19, 1981 1–5 @ Boston Bruins (1980–81) 20–10–15
46 W January 21, 1981 6–5 @ Quebec Nordiques (1980–81) 21–10–15
47 W January 24, 1981 7–4 @ Washington Capitals (1980–81) 22–10–15
48 W January 26, 1981 5–3 @ New York Islanders (1980–81) 23–10–15
49 T January 28, 1981 4–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1980–81) 23–10–16
50 W January 31, 1981 5–3 @ Hartford Whalers (1980–81) 24–10–16
51 W February 1, 1981 4–0 Winnipeg Jets (1980–81) 25–10–16
52 W February 5, 1981 4–0 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1980–81) 26–10–16
53 W February 6, 1981 7–3 Detroit Red Wings (1980–81) 27–10–16
54 T February 8, 1981 3–3 St. Louis Blues (1980–81) 27–10–17
55 W February 12, 1981 6–3 Washington Capitals (1980–81) 28–10–17
56 T February 14, 1981 4–4 @ Calgary Flames (1980–81) 28–10–18
57 T February 15, 1981 2–2 @ Edmonton Oilers (1980–81) 28–10–19
58 L February 19, 1981 2–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1980–81) 28–11–19
59 W February 21, 1981 6–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1980–81) 29–11–19
60 L February 22, 1981 2–4 Montreal Canadiens (1980–81) 29–12–19
61 L February 25, 1981 3–6 @ New York Rangers (1980–81) 29–13–19
62 W February 27, 1981 6–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1980–81) 30–13–19
63 L March 1, 1981 4–6 @ Boston Bruins (1980–81) 30–14–19
64 W March 4, 1981 4–0 Calgary Flames (1980–81) 31–14–19
65 L March 6, 1981 3–5 Hartford Whalers (1980–81) 31–15–19
66 W March 8, 1981 8–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1980–81) 32–15–19
67 L March 11, 1981 1–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1980–81) 32–16–19
68 W March 13, 1981 5–2 @ Winnipeg Jets (1980–81) 33–16–19
69 L March 14, 1981 1–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1980–81) 33–17–19
70 W March 17, 1981 3–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1980–81) 34–17–19
71 W March 19, 1981 14–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1980–81) 35–17–19
72 W March 21, 1981 6–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1980–81) 36–17–19
73 L March 22, 1981 5–6 St. Louis Blues (1980–81) 36–18–19
74 W March 25, 1981 4–2 New York Rangers (1980–81) 37–18–19
75 W March 27, 1981 5–3 @ Colorado Rockies (1980–81) 38–18–19
76 L March 28, 1981 4–7 @ St. Louis Blues (1980–81) 38–19–19
77 T March 30, 1981 2–2 Boston Bruins (1980–81) 38–19–20
78 T April 2, 1981 2–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1980–81) 38–19–21
79 W April 4, 1981 5–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1980–81) 39–19–21
80 L April 5, 1981 3–7 New York Islanders (1980–81) 39–20–21

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Buffalo Sabres 3, Vancouver Canucks 0[edit | edit source]

Minnesota North Stars 4, Buffalo Sabres 1[edit | edit source]

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

  • The Sabres did not win any awards this season.

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Draft Picks[edit | edit source]

Farm Teams[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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