Buffalo Sabres News – 2013 Sabres Updates
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).