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|Colors:||Royal blue, gold & white|
|Hall of Famers:||Dave Andreychuk, Dick Duff, Grant Fuhr, Clarke Gillies, Doug Gilmore, Dominik Hasek, Dale Hawerchuk, Tim Horton, Phil Housley, Pat LaFontaine & Gilbert Perreault|
|Hall of Fame Builders:||Scotty Bowman, Punch Imlach, Seymour H. Knox III & Roger Neilson|
|Rivals:||Toronto Maple Leafs & Boston Bruins|
|Legends:||Tim Horton, Rick Martin, Gilbert Perreault, Rene Robert, Pat LaFontaine, Danny Gare & Dominik Hasek|
|Retired Numbers:||2, 7, 11, 14, 16, 18 & 39|
|Stanley Cup Titles:||0|
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Along with the Vancouver Canucks, the Buffalo Sabres joined the National Hockey League for the 1970-71 season. The Sabres introduction into the NHL coincided with the Buffalo Bills joining the NFL and the Buffalo Braves joining the NBA, taking Buffalo from zero national sports teams to three in just one year.
Prior to the season commencing, it was decided that either Buffalo or Vancouver would have the rights to the number one pick in the 1970 NHL Amateur draft, with one of the two team’s gaining access to junior phenomenon, Gilbert Perreault.
To determine who got the pick, the Sabres were given numbers 11-20 and the Canucks number 1-10 on a spinning ‘wheel of fortune’. At the conclusion of the spin, the pointer was at 11 meaning Buffalo had secured future Hall of Famer, Gilbert Perreault.
Buffalo finished their debut season with a 24-39-15 record that saw them miss out on a playoff spot. However, Perreault scored 38 goals in his rookie season, which at the time was an NHL rookie record, and was subsequently awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year.
Rick Martin was drafted prior to the team’s second season and broke Perreault’s rookie scoring record with 44 goals in his first year as a pro. Once Rene Robert was added through an in-season trade, a nucleus of talent was beginning to form in Buffalo, with the Perreault, Martin, Robert trio being commonly known as ‘The French Connection’.
The team would not make the playoffs until their third season in the league, however the Sabres won their first playoff series after a historic fifth season in the NHL. Buffalo boasted a 49-16-15 record in the 1974-75 season, winning their first division title and conference championship.
In their second postseason, the Sabres defeated the Blackhawks in five games and the Canadiens in six games to advance to their first ever Stanley Cup Finals. Buffalo forced the series to six games however the Flyers won the Stanley Cup, 4-2.
Despite the loss, the Sabres had just embarked on their first of 11 consecutive playoff appearances, including two division titles and one conference championship. However, Buffalo did not return to the Stanley Cup Finals in that time.
Following the end of The French Connection era, the Sabres made the playoffs in eight of the next 11 seasons between 1985-86 and 1995-96, however only registered one playoff series victory in that time (1992-93).
Things began to turn for Buffalo in the 1996-97 season as the Sabres posted a 40-30-12 record to capture their first division title in over 15 years. For their efforts that season Ted Nolan won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s top head coach, Dominik Hasek became the first goaltender to win both the Hart and Vezina Trophies since 1962 and Michael Peca took home the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL.
In the 1997 playoffs, the Sabres were knocked out in the Conference Semifinals, the following year they went one step further before being knocked out in the Conference Finals and the year after that Buffalo made their long awaited return to the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Sabres were 12-3 in the 1999 playoffs, set to make their first Stanley Cup Finals appearance since 1975, against the Dallas Stars. It took a triple overtime goal from Brett Hull (Stars) to finish the series in Game 6, with Buffalo once again failing to capture their first Stanley Cup title.
Following the NHL lockout in 2004-05, the Sabres produced back to back 50+ win seasons in 2005-06 (52) and 2006-07 (53), with their 113 points in 2006-07 securing them their first Presidents Trophy.
Both playoff campaigns saw them reach the Conference Finals, however in both postseasons, Buffalo failed to make it any further. Following their 2006-07 playoff run, Buffalo were competitive in the short term making two playoff appearances in 2010 and 2011. However the Sabres have since not made the playoffs for nine consecutive seasons, their longest postseason drought in franchise history.
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Coming into his third season as a head coach in the NHL, Ralph Krueger currently has a 49-53-16 win-loss-overtime loss record in charge of both the Edmonton Oilers and the Buffalo Sabres.
After his 13 year playing career in the WHL and the Bundesliga, Krueger began his coaching career with Füchse Duisburg in the Oberliga League in Germany. Following his stint in Germany, Krueger led VEU Feldkirch to five straight Austrian championships, which resulted in Feldkirch winning the European Ice Hockey League in 1998, a competition between the champions of various European leagues.
Krueger’s success in Europe saw him earn the opportunity to coach the Swiss national ice hockey team, whom he led to the 2002, 2006 and 2010 Olympic Games. During this time, Kreuger established his connection to the NHL, scouting talent for the Carolina Hurricanes.
Kreuger took an associate coaching position with the Edmonton Oilers in 2010 and was promoted to the head coaching role in 2012-13. In his 49 games in charge of the Oilers, Kreuger had a 19-22-7 record before he was relieved of his duties.
He returned to international duties in 2016, coaching team Europe in the 2016 Hockey World Cup, a tournament he had always been an advocate for. Before he was signed as the head coach of the Buffalo Sabres in 2019. In his one season with Buffalo, Kreuger has a 30-31-8 record.
Following his 36 goal, 42 assist and 78 point season in 2019-20, it’s no surprise that the Sabres key player for the 2020-21 season will be their captain, Jack Eichel. Eichel has averaged more than a point per game in each of the past two seasons making him one of the most dangerous offensive prospects in the league.
At such a young age, Eichel’s leadership is undeniable having already been named Buffalo’s captain, and there’s no reason why he can’t make an MVP run of his own this season, especially with the addition of Hall.
At just 24 year of age and now accompanied on offense by 2018 Hart trophy winner Taylor Hall, Eichel has the weight of the franchise on his shoulders, as he looks to lead Buffalo out of their nine year playoff drought.
Alongside Eichel, the recently signed 2018 Hart trophy winner Taylor Hall will be coming to Buffalo looking to ignite the Sabres offense. With a minus 22 goal differential last season, Hall and Eichel are the dynamic 1-2 punch that Buffalo has been looking for.
Since winning the league MVP with a 93 point 2017-18 season, Hall hasn’t been able to string together a long stretch of games, failing to take the ice more than 35 times in each of his last three seasons.
If Hall can remain healthy for Buffalo in 2020-21, he and Eichel’s offense should be capable of keeping Buffalo competitive this season, even in the strong East Division.
Following their 68 point, 30 win, 31 loss and 8 overtime loss 2019-20 season, the Buffalo Sabres finished 6th in the Atlantic Division and 13th in the Eastern Conference.
Ahead of the 2021 season, Buffalo have the second worst odds to win the East Division at +1600 and the 23rd longest odds to win the Stanley Cup, at +5500.
Even in the preseason, it is safe to say that the Sabres will not be winning the Stanley Cup and will likely not be competing for the East Division title against the likes of Boston (+250), Philadelphia (+450), Pittsburgh (+450) and Washington (+550).
However, Buffalo’s new look offense, headlined by captain Jack Eichel and 2018 Hart trophy winner Taylor Hall, could see the Sabres turn their offensive woes around and compete for the fourth and final playoff spot in the East.
Buffalo are currently +325 to make the playoffs and -455 to miss. Betting the Sabres to make the playoffs is obviously the better value pick here, however with the top four teams in each division making the playoffs in 2021, it will be tough for Buffalo to crack into the projected top four of Boston (+250), Philadelphia (+450), Pittsburgh (+450) and Washington (+550). Still, it can’t be ruled out.
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Where do the Buffalo Sabres play?
The Buffalo Sabres play their home games at the KeyBank Center.
Who owns the Buffalo Sabres?
The Buffalo Sabres are owned by Terry Pegula.
Have the Buffalo Sabres won the Stanley Cup?
The Buffalo Sabres have never won a Stanley Cup.
Who is the Buffalo Sabres general manager?
Kevyn Adams is the manager of the Buffalo Sabres.
Do the Buffalo Sabres play tonight?
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What is the Buffalo Sabres record?
The Buffalo Sabres had a 30-31-8 win-loss-overtime loss record for the 2019-20 NHL season.
Did the Buffalo Sabres win last night?
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How much are the Buffalo Sabres worth?
According to Forbes Magazine, the Buffalo Sabres are worth $385 million.
Who do the Buffalo Sabres play tonight?
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How to watch the Buffalo Sabres?
You can watch the Buffalo Sabres games on TV channels like Fox Sports East and the NHL Network such as NHL.TV.
Will the Buffalo Sabres make the playoffs this year?
While we do not yet know if the Buffalo Sabres will make the playoffs this year, the Buffalo Sabres finished 6th in the Atlantic Division last season, failing to earn a spot in the 2020 playoffs.
Will the Buffalo Sabres get the 1st pick in the MLB draft?
The Buffalo Sabres received the 8th pick in the 2020 NHL draft and selected Jack Quinn.
When do the Buffalo Sabres play?
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Where did the Buffalo Sabres finish the season?
The Buffalo Sabres finished the 2019-20 NHL season in 6th place in the Atlantic Division and 13th place in the Eastern Conference.
How many games did the Buffalo Sabres win?
The Buffalo Sabres won 30 games during the 2019-20 NHL season.
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