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1985–86 Buffalo Sabres · NHL
Division 5th Adams
Conference 8th Prince of Wales
1985–86 record 37-37-6
Goals for 296
Goals against 291
General Manager Scotty Bowman
Coach Scotty Bowman
Jim Schoenfeld
Captain Gilbert Perreault
Team Leaders
Goals Mike Foligno (41)
Assists Dave Andreychuk (51)
Points Dave Andreychuk (87)
Penalties in minutes Mike Foligno (168)
Wins Tom Barrasso (29)
Goals against average Jacques Cloutier (3.37)
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1984–85 1986–87

The 1985–86 Buffalo Sabres season was the Sabres' 16th season in the National Hockey League. The Sabres finished 5th in the Adams Division and did not qualify for the playoffs.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Adams Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Quebec Nordiques 80 43 31 6 330 289 92
Montreal Canadiens 80 40 33 7 330 280 87
Boston Bruins 80 37 31 12 311 288 86
Hartford Whalers 80 40 36 4 332 302 84
Buffalo Sabres 80 37 37 6 296 291 80

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
3 W October 14, 1985 6–1 Detroit Red Wings (1985–86) 2–1–0
4 W October 16, 1985 6–0 @ Montreal Canadiens (1985–86) 3–1–0
5 L October 18, 1985 1–4 Washington Capitals (1985–86) 3–2–0
6 T October 19, 1985 2–2 OT @ Washington Capitals (1985–86) 3–2–1
7 L October 23, 1985 4–5 Montreal Canadiens (1985–86) 3–3–1
8 W October 25, 1985 5–4 Vancouver Canucks (1985–86) 4–3–1
9 W October 27, 1985 3–2 Minnesota North Stars (1985–86) 5–3–1
10 L October 30, 1985 2–4 @ Calgary Flames (1985–86) 5–4–1
11 W November 1, 1985 2–0 @ Edmonton Oilers (1985–86) 6–4–1
12 L November 2, 1985 2–6 @ Vancouver Canucks (1985–86) 6–5–1
13 W November 6, 1985 7–3 Winnipeg Jets (1985–86) 7–5–1
14 W November 8, 1985 5–4 St. Louis Blues (1985–86) 8–5–1
15 W November 10, 1985 5–1 Calgary Flames (1985–86) 9–5–1
16 W November 13, 1985 6–4 Boston Bruins (1985–86) 10–5–1
17 L November 16, 1985 1–3 @ Quebec Nordiques (1985–86) 10–6–1
18 L November 17, 1985 3–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1985–86) 10–7–1
19 W November 19, 1985 2–0 @ Hartford Whalers (1985–86) 11–7–1
20 W November 22, 1985 7–5 Quebec Nordiques (1985–86) 12–7–1
21 L November 25, 1985 3–4 Minnesota North Stars (1985–86) 12–8–1
22 L November 27, 1985 1–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1985–86) 12–9–1
23 L November 29, 1985 2–5 Montreal Canadiens (1985–86) 12–10–1
24 L November 30, 1985 2–3 OT @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1985–86) 12–11–1
25 W December 4, 1985 6–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1985–86) 13–11–1
26 L December 6, 1985 1–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1985–86) 13–12–1
27 T December 8, 1985 3–3 OT @ Boston Bruins (1985–86) 13–12–2
28 L December 10, 1985 3–7 @ Quebec Nordiques (1985–86) 13–13–2
29 L December 13, 1985 4–6 Hartford Whalers (1985–86) 13–14–2
30 W December 15, 1985 6–2 Quebec Nordiques (1985–86) 14–14–2
31 L December 17, 1985 3–7 @ New York Islanders (1985–86) 14–15–2
32 W December 18, 1985 5–4 @ New York Rangers (1985–86) 15–15–2
33 L December 21, 1985 1–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1985–86) 15–16–2
34 W December 22, 1985 5–3 Boston Bruins (1985–86) 16–16–2
35 W December 26, 1985 6–1 New York Rangers (1985–86) 17–16–2
36 W December 29, 1985 4–3 New York Islanders (1985–86) 18–16–2
37 T December 31, 1985 6–6 OT Boston Bruins (1985–86) 18–16–3
38 T January 2, 1986 2–2 OT @ Detroit Red Wings (1985–86) 18–16–4
39 L January 4, 1986 0–4 @ Boston Bruins (1985–86) 18–17–4
40 L January 5, 1986 2–3 Los Angeles Kings (1985–86) 18–18–4
41 W January 10, 1986 9–7 Toronto Maple Leafs (1985–86) 19–18–4
42 T January 11, 1986 3–3 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1985–86) 19–18–5
43 L January 15, 1986 2–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1985–86) 19–19–5
44 W January 17, 1986 5–4 OT Montreal Canadiens (1985–86) 20–19–5
45 W January 19, 1986 6–3 @ New Jersey Devils (1985–86) 21–19–5
46 W January 22, 1986 6–3 Winnipeg Jets (1985–86) 22–19–5
47 L January 24, 1986 3–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1985–86) 22–20–5
48 L January 25, 1986 3–4 @ Quebec Nordiques (1985–86) 22–21–5
49 L January 27, 1986 1–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1985–86) 22–22–5
50 L January 29, 1986 3–5 @ Winnipeg Jets (1985–86) 22–23–5
51 W January 31, 1986 5–3 New York Rangers (1985–86) 23–23–5
52 W February 2, 1986 5–3 Quebec Nordiques (1985–86) 24–23–5
53 W February 6, 1986 8–6 @ Boston Bruins (1985–86) 25–23–5
54 W February 8, 1986 4–2 @ Hartford Whalers (1985–86) 26–23–5
55 W February 9, 1986 4–2 Edmonton Oilers (1985–86) 27–23–5
56 L February 12, 1986 0–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1985–86) 27–24–5
57 T February 14, 1986 3–3 OT @ Calgary Flames (1985–86) 27–24–6
58 L February 16, 1986 5–7 @ Edmonton Oilers (1985–86) 27–25–6
59 L February 19, 1986 4–6 Hartford Whalers (1985–86) 27–26–6
60 W February 21, 1986 5–1 New York Islanders (1985–86) 28–26–6
61 W February 23, 1986 4–1 Washington Capitals (1985–86) 29–26–6
62 L February 26, 1986 2–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1985–86) 29–27–6
63 L February 28, 1986 2–6 Quebec Nordiques (1985–86) 29–28–6
64 W March 1, 1986 8–4 @ Quebec Nordiques (1985–86) 30–28–6
65 W March 4, 1986 6–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1985–86) 31–28–6
66 L March 5, 1986 1–5 @ Hartford Whalers (1985–86) 31–29–6
67 L March 7, 1986 2–6 Hartford Whalers (1985–86) 31–30–6
68 W March 9, 1986 4–3 New Jersey Devils (1985–86) 32–30–6
69 L March 11, 1986 2–3 OT @ St. Louis Blues (1985–86) 32–31–6
70 W March 12, 1986 7–6 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1985–86) 33–31–6
71 L March 15, 1986 3–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1985–86) 33–32–6
72 W March 19, 1986 4–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1985–86) 34–32–6
73 L March 21, 1986 3–6 New Jersey Devils (1985–86) 34–33–6
74 W March 23, 1986 6–1 Los Angeles Kings (1985–86) 35–33–6
75 W March 27, 1986 1–0 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1985–86) 36–33–6
76 L March 29, 1986 1–2 @ Boston Bruins (1985–86) 36–34–6
77 L March 30, 1986 3–5 Boston Bruins (1985–86) 36–35–6
78 L April 1, 1986 3–5 @ Hartford Whalers (1985–86) 36–36–6
79 W April 4, 1986 4–2 Montreal Canadiens (1985–86) 37–36–6
80 L April 5, 1986 2–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1985–86) 37–37–6

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

  • The Sabres did not qualify for the post season.

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Skaters[edit | edit source]

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

Player GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Dave Andreychuk 80 36 51 87 61
Mike Foligno 79 41 39 80 168
John Tucker 75 31 34 65 39
Phil Housley 79 15 47 62 54
Gilbert Perreault 72 21 39 60 28
Lindy Ruff 54 20 12 32 158
Mike Ramsey 76 7 21 28 117
Steve Dykstra 64 4 21 25 108
Bill Hajt 58 1 16 17 25
Normand Lacombe 25 6 7 13 13

Goaltenders[edit | edit source]

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

Player GP TOI W L OT GA SO SV% GAA

Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

  • The Sabres did not win any awards this season.

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Trades[edit | edit source]

Free Agents[edit | edit source]

Player Former team Contract Terms
Player New team

Waivers[edit | edit source]

Player Former team Date claimed off waivers

Draft Picks[edit | edit source]

Buffalo's picks at the 1985 NHL Entry Draft.

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 14 Calle Johansson (D) Flag of Sweden Sweden Västra Frölunda HC (Sweden)
2 35 Benoit Hogue (LW) Flag of Canada Canada St. Jean Beavers (QMJHL)
3 56 Keith Gretzky (F) Flag of Canada Canada Windsor Spitfires (OHL)

Roster[edit | edit source]

1985-86 Buffalo Sabres Roster
Goaltenders





Defensemen

Wingers

Centers

Farm Teams[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]


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