Buffalo Sabres 2014-2015 News and Updates
4/7/14 – After being diagnosed with concussions, goalie Nathan Lieuwen and defenseman Chad Ruhwedel will miss the final week of the season. There is good news however for fans with Buffalo Sabres tickets (min. $17) for Tuesday’s game against Detroit - forwards Marcus Foligno, Chris Stewart and Torrey Mitchell have a chance to return to play. Guaranteed to finish in last place, most are looking forward to the NHL draft where the Sabres are assured to be a top two selection. With the second pick locked, and a 25 percent change to win the first, will Buffalo trade their draft pick in 2014?
4/1/14 – The Sabres will lineup for the final time this season on April 13. Currently 12 points behind the Edmonton Oilers (29th place), Buffalo is ready to put the 2013-14 campaign behind them. Ted Nolan signed a three-year contract extension Monday. Coach will continue to rebuild; lining up more talent is on Nolan’s agenda, as is re-signing restricted free agents Tyler Ennis, Marcus Foligno, and Cory Conacher.
… moreThe future is bright with a talented 2015 class in which the Sabres will be fighting for a top pick.
3/27/14 – The injury-depleted Sabres lineup has one win in their past 10 games. Tonight’s game in Nashville will complete a five game road trip that included their only victory (vs. Edmonton). There are just four more games this season in Buffalo and two are coming up – 3/29 vs. Tampa Bay (avg. $96) and 4/1 vs. New Jersey (avg. $40). Cheer on recently called up duo defenseman Ramus Ristolainen and forward Johan Larsson at First Niagara Center before the team’s 2013-14 campaign comes to a close.
3/18/14 – In Thomas Vanek’s first game back at First Niagara Center since being traded to the New York Islanders in October, the Habs eliminated the Buffalo Sabres from playoff contention. The team’s former scoring leader was honored Sunday with a video tribute. Buffalo will take a five game road trip (first four games in The Great White North) before heading home. The Sabres have just four regular-season games remaining at First Niagara Center; the most affordable being against the New Jersey Devils (avg. $51) April 1 (and no, that is not an April Fool’s Day joke).
3/10/14 – Buffalo welcomed home a couple of kids Sunday: Blackhawk’s Patrick Kane who scored a highlight-reel goal for Chicago and Cory Conacher who made his Sabres debut and added an assist. Getting his first point in his first game with the club impressed head coach Ted Nolan. Watch as the former standout with Canisius College continues to progress with Buffalo Sabres. Tonight’s game against Nashville is the cheapest remaining regular-season game at First Niagara Center (avg. $36).
3/3/14 – The Sabres were part of the biggest NHL trade of-late as the St. Louis Blues acquired Ryan Miller and Steve Ott from Buffalo in exchange for Jaroslav Halak and Chris Stewart. It was an emotional game in San Jose Friday as the Sabres stunned the Sharks 4-2, completing their third straight win since the Olympic break. After a whirlwind weekend, the team will chase their fourth straight win tonight when they visit the Dallas Stars, the first of three straight road games. Buffalo returns home Mar 9 against the defending Stanley Cup Champions, Chicago Blackhawks. Buffalo Sabres tickets for the Sunday meeting range from $46-$213.
2/26/14 - Sorry Buffalo, but this team is propping up the standings from the bottom with only 15 wins and not even their greatest player ever, Gilbert Perreault could get them into the playoffs now. But the loyal Sabres fans will be hoping for a strong finish and have solace in the fact they have 6 of the top 60 picks in the draft. Another plus is the average price for Buffalo Sabres tickets for their remaining games is only $75 and to see the Chicago Blackhawks when they come to town on March 11 you can get in for under $60. Save some dough for awesome Buffalo wings!
2/21/14 – The Sabres (15-34-8) will return to the ice post-Olympics Feb 25 when Buffalo hosts the Carolina Hurricanes. Buffalo Sabres tickets for the team’s first game back are relatively cheap, costing fans anywhere from $26-$90 for a seat inside First Niagara Center. During the break, the Sabres released Linus Omark. The forward was acquired in a trade with Edmonton on Dec 19, giving up a conditional sixth-round draft pick. Omark’s stay in Buffalo was quick lived; the 27-year-old Swede had two assists in 13 games with the Sabres.
2/4/14 – Buffalo has dropped nine of their last eleven, including a disappointing 2-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers Monday. After missing four games with an upper body injury, forward Drew Stafford returned to the Sabres lineup, scoring a goal for Buffalo; but Stafford’s contribution wasn’t enough to take out Edmonton. Hard-hitter Tyler Myers left the game with about four and a half minutes left in the second period with a lower body injury and did not return. As Sabres turn their attention to the trade deadline, the roster looks forward to an Olympic break in which they can regroup. The Sabres are twenty plus points out of the second and final wild card spot and it would take a miracle to come within reach of a playoff berth.
Buffalo Sabres 2014-2015 Season
No major changes were made to the Buffalo Sabres roster this offseason. The only major change this 2013-2014 NHL season will come to their Division. All of the Buffalo Sabres rivals are opponents from the former Northeast Division. Last year every team in the Sabres Division finished at .500 or better and four of the five teams advanced to the NHL Playoffs. In 2013, the Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, and Tampa Bay Lightning join the former Northeast Division to become the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference.
Prior to the NHL realignment, the Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres were the only two American teams in the League. The Bruins and Sabres have had a rivalry running back to the 1970’s. Buffalo Sabres vs. Boston Bruins tickets at First Niagara Center this season average $208 (2/26), $192 (129), and $156 (10/23). Another rivalry that began back when the Sabres joined the league is Buffalo Sabres vs. Montreal Canadiens. Tickets to the matches on Buffalo ice average $210 (3/16) in the fourth most expensive game on the Sabres schedule and $168 (11/17). The Sabres newest rival, Ottawa Senators, will play in the home opener averaging $152 (10/4) and in mid-December for an average of $129 (12/10). Due to proximity, the Buffalo Sabres also have a rivalry with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Sabres vs. Leafs tickets average $208 (11/9), $204 (11/15), and $74 (9/21 preseason).
Buffalo Sabres tickets are up 14% since last year. Despite the price of Sabres tickets going up an average of $18 a ticket in 2013, they now rank sixteenth in the NHL (last year Buffalo was the 10th most expensive ticket in the league).