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Buffalo Sabres 2024 Stanley Cup Odds

Buffalo Sabres 2024 Stanley Cup Odds

It has been a terrible time in the desert for Buffalo Sabres fans. Buffalo has not been in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2011, with only one winning season since 2013-14. It has been a sad era for a town that used to back the old Auditorium with sellout crowds and has boasted some of the biggest names in the history of the game. Last year, the Sabres were on the cusp of a playoff campaign, but in the first half of the 2023-24 season, Buffalo was underwater and not a serious playoff contender. Owner Terry Pegula bought the Sabres as a man who followed and revered them as a child. Pegula has had success as the NFL Buffalo Bills owner, so there is hope that he will eventually find the right combination.

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At the approach of the All-Star Break, the Buffalo Sabres are 21-23-4 straight up and 16-22-3 over/under the total. Also, Buffalo is 14th in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. Buffalo is nine points behind the Detroit Red Wings in the Eastern Conference wild card playoff race. Late on, Buffalo has covered four out of their last seven games. At the same time, the Sabres have gone over the total in one of its previous six matchups. Buffalo has NHL rankings of 25th for goals scored and 25th for power play efficiency. In comparison on defense, the Sabres have NHL rankings of 20th for goals against and 17th for penalty killing.

Buffalo Sabres Key Players

C Casey Mittlestadt led the Sabres in scoring through the first half of the season with 12 goals, 27 assists, and 39 points. Middlestadt has been a member of the Sabres since the 2017-18 season. In 277 career games, he has 48 goals, 91 assists, and 139 points.

D Rasmus Dahlin is the number one defenseman on the Sabres. He was the first overall pick at the 2018 NHL Draft. Dahlin has been with the big club since that draft day, having never spent a day in the minor leagues. In 335 career games, Dahlin has 46 goals, 187 assists, and 233 points. Dahlin was named to the All-Star Game for the third consecutive season this year.

LW Jeff Skinner is an NHL veteran who has played in the league since 2019 and remains an effective player and dangerous scoring threat. Skinner has 932 career games with 333 goals, 291 assists, and 624 points.

RW Alex Tuch previously played for the Minnesota Wild and Vegas Golden Knights. He has been with the Sabres since 2021-22 and is coming off a career year. In 2022-23, Tuch scored 36 goals, 43 assists and 79 points.

Buffalo Sabres Goaltenders

Number one goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen has been on the Sabres off and on since 2020-21. He has a career save percentage of .898 with a 3.47 goals against average and a record of 20-19-6 with no shutouts.

Devon Levi has also seen substantial action this season. This is his second NHL season. He has a career save percentage of .905 with a 2.94 goals against average.

Buffalo Sabres Head Coach

Head coach Don Granato took over coaching duties in the final 28 games of the 2020-21 season. His career record at Buffalo is 83-88-1. Granato was an assistant with the Sabres before being elevated to head coach in place of the fired Ralph Krueger.

Season-by-Season Record (Last 5)

2022–23 82 42 33 5th, Atlantic Did not qualify
2021–22 82 32 39 5th, Atlantic Did not qualify
2020–21 56 15 34 8th, East Did not qualify
2019–20 69 30 31 6th, Atlantic Did not qualify
2018–19 82 33 39 6th, Atlantic Did not qualify
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Buffalo Sabres History

Founded in 1970 as part of the NHL’s Great Expansion Era, the Sabres have never won the Stanley Cup. Their Glory years were in the mid to late 1970s, led by the famed “French Connection” line of Gilbert Perrault, Rene Robert, and Rick Martin. That team lost the 1975 Stanley Cup Final to the Philadelphia Flyers. That era saw sellout crowds, and that team remains the most iconic in franchise history. Perrault is considered the greatest Sabre ever. The French Connection has a retired banner that hangs in the rafters and a statue outside the KeyBank Center in its honor.

Goaltender Dominik Hasek backstopped the Sabres to the 1999 Stanley Cup Final, which they lost to the Dallas Stars.

Owner Terry Pegula bought the team in 2010 and was celebrated as the local boy that made good and would save the franchise from its losing ways. Pegula promised to spend whatever was necessary and that the entire purpose of the Sabres was to win the Stanley Cup championships. Instead, the Sabres have not made the playoffs since Pegula’s rookie season as owner. Although Pegula has not operated on the cheap, the harder he tries, the worse the team does.

The 2022-23 season marked the first one since 1970-71 that legendary fan-favorite Rick Jeanneret will not be on the air as a play-by-play announcer.

NHL Teams

Eastern Conference - Atlantic

Eastern Conference - Metropolitan

Western Conference - Central

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