The undefeated Buffalo Sabres are in first place. They’ve won three consecutive games to start a season for the first time in 13 years.
What do you get when you forbid your franchise player from getting the surgery he wants, fail to trade him, and then strip him of his captaincy? First place, apparently!
The 2021-22 Buffalo Sabres are one of the hottest teams in the league, winning all three of their first games of the season. The Sabres have a plus-eight goal differential, defeating the Montreal Canadiens 5-1, the Arizona Coyotes 2-1, and the Vancouver Canucks 5-2.
This comes after the Sabres had a dreadful 2020-21 campaign, where they tied the NHL record for the longest losing streak in NHL history after an 18 game stretch between February 23 and March 31. Buffalo finished dead last in the league with 37 points from 56 games.
The Sabres’ start is confounding.