Team Page | Roster | Stats
Regular Season Record: 45-27-10, 100 pts
Head-to-Head Record: 2-4
Last Stanley Cup Win: Never
Last Stanley Cup Final Appearance: 1999
Last Postseason Appearance: 2007
Players with Stanley Cup Rings: None
A reason to cheer for the Sabres: There are few cities in all of North America as cursed as Buffalo in terms of professional sports. Instead of being remembered as one of the top NFL teams of the ‘90s, the Bills are instead remembered as the team that lost four straight Super Bowls. Similarly, the memories of Sabres’ fans remain haunted by Brett Hull’s foot in the crease goal to clinch the Stanley Cup in 1999. A title would mean an awful lot to a city that loves their Sabres. As well, after losing out at the Olympics, goaltender Ryan Miller deserves to be rewarded for his stellar play this season.
What They Bring To The Table: In a word: goaltending. There is no better netminder on the planet right now then Ryan Miller. He has been absolutely spectacular this season for both Buffalo and for USA Hockey at the Olympics and may be rewarded with his first ever Vezina Trophy. Teams have the ability to ride a hot goaltender all the way to glory in the playoffs, and if Miller is on his game, the Sabres will be extremely hard to beat. In addition Buffalo brings a balanced attack with all four lines chipping in offensively. A largely unheralded defensive unit received huge contributions this season for towering rookie Tyler Myers, who is the likely front runner for the Calder Trophy. They are among the league leaders in penalty killing and are coming in on a high after capturing the sixth division title in franchise history. In a wide open Eastern Conference, they are as good a bet to emerge as anyone.