It’s been tough sledding for the Buffalo Sabres in recent years, with the blue and gold seeming to finish in the league cellars pretty much every year. It’s hard to remember a time when the Sabres were an intimidating force, and even harder to remember when they were actual contenders that were one Brett Hull foot away from a possible Stanley Cup.
Saying that, things are starting to look up for the franchise and its long-tormented fan base.
Two extremely promising youngsters in Jack Eichel and Rasmus Dahlin have sparked excitement in northern New York, and the acquisition of the underrated Carter Hutton seems to be paying off so far. In fact, one particular stat points out that there is nowhere you can go from rock bottom other than up.
And rock bottom is where that franchise has been for a long, long time. In fact, their current 2-1 record after beating the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday is the best position they’ve been in since 2013.
458 games, 2,038 days after the Sabres opened the season 2-1, they are once again sitting at 2-1. Not necessarily the stat you like to see as a Sabres fan, but at least it may signify a new beginning. And it genuinely does seem like a shift has started to take place in Buffalo.
(H/T Buffalo Hockey Beat)