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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 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.
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 2021 season. Do the Buffalo Sabres have the star power to make it all the way to the playoffs and win the Stanley Cup in 2022?
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After compiling a record of 9 Wins 16 Losses and 3 Overtime Losses since taking over as interim coach the end of the 2020-2021 season he looks to improve, but it won’t be easy as he takes over a Sabres squad that is less than impressive and that’s putting it in the nicest way possible. A former player and longtime coach, Granato brings 28 years experience as a coach but none in the NHL, after stints in the United States Hockey League, East Coast Hockey League, American Hockey League, NCAA and the United States Developmental National Team program he is finally getting his shot as a leading man in the National Hockey League.
Now under normal circumstances this would be Jack Eichel but all signs point to him not suiting up for the Buffalo Sabres this season, while that would be a huge blow, they still have Skinner around to soften it a bit. The 29 year old Left Wing/Centre was originally drafted by Carolina Hurricanes in 2010. This will be his third season with the Sabres, following an impressive first year he has regressed over the last two. A proven Goalscorer during his stint with Carolina, he is looking to find his form again. With that form comes the potential to carry the Sabres from league worst back to the playoffs.
The young 21 year old Swedish Defender has quickly made a name for himself in only three short years. He may not be a scoring threat but he loves to stack up Assists namely Power Play ones. After quickly compiling 89 Assists in just 197 games he looks to have a very bright future in the National Hockey League. Only time will tell if Dahlin is ready to turn into a leading man but a good campaign in 2021-2022 will help his case.
Following their 37 point, 15 win, 34 loss, 7 overtime loss 2020-21 season, the Sabres finished at the bottom of the East Division and the bottom of the NHL overall. Not only was it the worst season in the history of the franchise, but the 2020-21 Sabres’ outfit will go down as one of the worst in the NHL.
The Sabres started the season as the second last favourite to win the East Division, and had the 23rd longest odds to win the Stanley Cup at +5500. The expectations on the Sabres weren’t high, but they managed to regress from the previous year.
There was really no silver lining to the season. They traded Taylor Hall to the Bruins, only for him to start performing almost immediately on arrival, something he didn’t do in his time in Buffalo. Throughout the whole campaign the Sabres only strung together consecutive wins on three occasions, and never won more than 2 successive games.
The situation in Buffalo is bleak to say the least, general manager Kevyn Adams has a huge mountain of work to be done in this offseason. Expect a tonne of trades to go down in the next month.
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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 37 point, 15 win, 34 loss, 7 overtime loss record in the 2020-21 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, after they finished 8th in the East Division last season, it is safe to say their chances are very slim.
Will the Buffalo Sabres get the 1st pick in the NHL draft?
The order of the draft will be finalised at the end of the 2020-21 season, however, the Sabres are confirmed to have the 1st pick of round 1.
When do the Buffalo Sabres play?
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Where did the Buffalo Sabres finish the season?
The Buffalo Sabres finished the 2020-21 NHL season in 8th place in the East Division and last place in the NHL overall.
How many games did the Buffalo Sabres win?
The Buffalo Sabres won 15 games during the 2020-21 NHL season.
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