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    Buffalo Sabres Franchise Information

    Have a read on below at some quick stats and facts on the Buffalo Sabres to get you started: 

    Stadium:KeyBank Center 
    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

    Buffalo Sabres History

    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 ten consecutive seasons, their longest postseason drought in franchise history.

    The 2020-21 season was no kinder to the Sabres, in fact, it made the previous season look like a success. The Buffalo side finished the year dead last in the NHL overall, sporting a miserable point percentage of .330. The season will likely be remembered for their impressive 18 game losing streak, which tied an all time NHL record set by the Penguins.

    The 2021-22 campaign was a horrible one for the Sabres. As they finished the year with a record of 32-39-11. They missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs and once again found themselves towards the bottom of the NHL standings. As they finished in 5th place in the weak Atlantic Division.

    Expert 2022-23 Picks & Preview on Buffalo Sabres

    If you are a fan of the Buffalo Sabres, then you know that the only thing that matters right now is how they are expected to perform in the 2022-23 season. Do the Buffalo Sabres have the star power to make it all the way to the playoffs and win the Stanley Cup in 2023?

    Have a read on below at SportsTips expert picks & preview on the Buffalo Sabres:

    Preview on the Buffalo Sabres’ Head Coach: Don Granato 

    Don Granato is the head coach of the Buffalo Sabres, his career overall record in the National Hockey League regular season is 41-55-15. He has led the team to zero Stanley Cup playoff appearances during his time at the helm of the franchise. In fact during his tenure as the head coach of the Buffalo Sabres the last one and a half seasons, he has yet to post a winning record, after finishing his first full season with a record of 32-39-11 in 2021-22. 

    This head coaching job is his first head coaching job in the National Hockey League. He has spent the last two decades coaching at various stops along the way in the AHL, USHL, ECL, and the NCAA, as well as a stint as a head coach within the United States Men’s Developmental National Team program. 

    Preview on the Buffalo Sabres’ Key Player: Rasmus Dahlin

    Rasmus Dahlin is the top player on this rebuilding Buffalo Sabres roster and he is coming into this season with four years of experience in the National Hockey League. He is a young 22 year old Defenceman, who has shown the ability to pass with the best of them after setting a career high in Assists last season with 40. Last year he also set a career high in goals scored with 13, as well as a career high in Penalty Minutes, as he gained real competitive minutes for the first time in his young National Hockey League career. 

    At the Hockey World Championships in 2022 he recorded a total of seven points in eight games played, as he led the Swedish National Team to a sixth place finish. He has yet to record any official stats in the Stanley Cup playoffs as he will look to guide the Sabres to their first playoff appearance in decades this season. 

    Preview on the Buffalo Sabres’ Next Best: Jeff Skinner

    Jeff Skinner is the second best player on this team’s roster and he is sure to make a huge impact during the 2022-23 National Hockey League season as well. Last season he put up some impressive numbers as he found the net 33 over the course of last year’s 82 game National Hockey League season. He also had no problem passing off the puck and setting up his teammates to find the net as well, as he added 30 assists to his total. 

    Overall, he ended up finishing the 2021-22 National Hockey League season with 63 total points. If he can repeat or improve upon his production from last season then his team could find themselves being a lot more competitive during this brand new season. He will be entering his thirteenth season in the National Hockey League and his fifth as a member of the Buffalo Sabres.

    Buffalo Sabres Betting & Odds Preview 2022-23

    The Buffalo Sabres’ campaign during the 2021-22 National Hockey League season went about as you would’ve expected. They finished the year with a record of 32-39-11 and in fifth place of the Atlantic Division.

    There is a lot of optimism surrounding the franchise heading into the 2022-23 National Hockey League season. If they want to improve or keep up their current level of play they will certainly need a ton of production from their stars over the course of the 2022-23 National Hockey League season. The most important thing in any season is how a team starts out of the gate, and then how they look when the all-star break approaches. 

    In the National Hockey League, a lot can change over a single off-season. It will be interesting to see how their offseason moves translate onto the ice over the course of the 2022-23 National Hockey League season. 

    They are set to play a full 82-game schedule for only the second time in the last four seasons thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on their odds to win some hardware headed into the season it is clear how the oddsmakers in Las Vegas feel about them heading into the year. 

    Their odds to bring home the Atlantic Division championship this season currently sit at +6600 heading into the 2022-23 National Hockey League season, which puts them in 7th in the Atlantic Division out of eight teams. 

    While their odds to win the Eastern Conference currently sit at +4000 heading into the 2022-23 National Hockey League season, which puts them in 14th in the Eastern Conference out of 16 teams. 

    Their overall odds to bring home the Stanley Cup trophy are currently sitting at +10000 heading into the 2022-23 National Hockey League season, as they rank 25th out of all 32 teams in the National Hockey League.

    Buffalo Sabres FAQs

    Still got some burning questions about the Buffalo Sabres? Well, we have answered some of the most common questions people have, hopefully, you will find the answer you are looking for below! 

    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?

    Are you wondering if the Buffalo Sabres are playing tonight? Well, SportsTips has all the details you need about upcoming Buffalo Sabres games! Make sure you check this page at the top for all the details you are looking for.

    What is the Buffalo Sabres record?

    The Buffalo Sabres had a 32-39-11 win-loss-overtime loss record for the 2021-22 NHL season. 

    Did the Buffalo Sabres win last night?

    Fans of the Buffalo Sabres are all wanting to know if they won the game last night. You can find more information in relation to the team’s recent form in games on the page at the top.

    How much are the Buffalo Sabres worth?

    According to Forbes Magazine, the Buffalo Sabres are worth $500 million. 

    Who do the Buffalo Sabres play tonight?

    Like a lot of things in the NHL, things change pretty quickly. So, if you are looking for more information about who the Buffalo Sabres play tonight, you have come to the right place. We have all this information for you in detail, you can find these details for upcoming games at the top of the page.

    How to watch the Buffalo Sabres?

    You can watch the Buffalo Sabres games on TV channels like Fox Sports West 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, they did not make the playoffs in 2021-22.

    Will the Buffalo Sabres get the 1st pick in the NHL draft?

    The Buffalo Sabres do not have the number one overall pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.

    When do the Buffalo Sabres play?

    Buffalo Sabres fans are always looking for more information about when their team plays the next game. For all the information you have been craving and more, be sure to check the top of this page. Here at SportsTips, we list all the information you need like the time of the puck drop, location of the game and the all important NHL odds.

    Where did the Buffalo Sabres finish the season?

    The Buffalo Sabres finished the 2021-22 NHL season in 5th place in the Atlantic Division.

    How many games did the Buffalo Sabres win?

    The Buffalo Sabres won 32 games during the 2021-22 NHL season.