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Sabres fire head coach Phil Housley

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Buffalo Sabres fired head coach Phil Housley on Sunday. He spent the past two seasons as the Sabres head coach.

He is the second NHL head coach fired on Sunday. The Florida Panthers also fired head coach Bob Boughner.

Former Buffalo Sabres Head Coach Phil Housley watches the action from the bench during an NHL game against the Columbus Blue Jackets
Phil Housley watches the action from the bench during an NHL game against the Columbus Blue Jackets (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

At this time, the Sabres have yet to name a new head coach. However, a search is just beginning to find Housley’s replacement. 

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In his two seasons with the team, the Sabres went 58-84-22. They missed the playoffs both seasons.

This past season, the team went 33-39-10 through 82 games. They finished sixth in the Atlantic Division with 76 points.

During his first season in 2017-18, he guided the team to a 25-45-12 in 82 games. The team ended the season 8th in the Atlantic Division with 62 points.

The Sabres have not made the playoffs since the 2010-11 season. They were defeated in Game 7 by the Philadelphia Flyers in the Conference Quarterfinals.

The team has struggled has they have only had 35 wins since the 2012-13 season once. That came during the 2015-16 season when the team went 35-36-11 with 81 points.

During the 2018-19 season, the Sabres were 24th out of the 31 teams with 226 goals. They gave up 271 goals on the season. 

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Jack Eichel led the team under Housley with 82 points. He was the only player with 80 points. 

Sam Reinhart and Jeff Skinner were the only others, who scored more than 60 points on the season. Reinhart had 65 and Skinner had 63. 

During the 2017-18 Sabres season, the team had 199 goals, which was dead-last in the league. They gave up 280 goals, which was 29th out of the 31 teams. 

Eichel led the team with 64 points. Ryan O’Reilly was second with 61 points. Only Reinhart was the other player, who got scored 50 or more points when he had 50 points. 

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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