Sabres Opening Night Preview

  • Tyler Race
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Finally the NHL season is upon us. In fact, the action begins tonight. However, the Sabres take the ice tomorrow night, as the team travels to Detroit to take on the Red Wings at the Joe Louis Arena. That said, here is what to look at during Wednesday nights game.

The Sabres have announced this year that the team will have two captains. Wearing the ‘C’ their jerseys this year will be both Steve Ott and Thomas Vanek. The two will replace Jason Pominville, who was traded to the Minnesota Wild.

(Photo from the Sabres twitter page)

(Photo from the Sabres twitter page)


This is not the first time, however, that the Sabres have had two team captains. During the 2005 to 2007 seasons, the team was lead by  Daniel Briere and the now retired, Chris Drury, in which they managed to reach the Eastern Conference finals during the 2005-06 and the 2006-07 seasons.

That said, and going off history, perhaps the Sabres can experience that success they had in previous years now that they once again have two captains on their squad. Since then, the Sabres have failed to qualify for the playoffs during three of the last five seasons. The last time the team reached the playoffs was the 2010-2011 season, where they lost in the conference quarterfinals to the Flyers.

It should be interesting to see how the season begins for the rebuilding Sabres. Since 1994, the Red Wings are 11-0-1 against the Sabres at the Joe Louis Arena.

After Wednesday nights game against the Red Wings, the Sabres back to Buffalo on Friday night, October 4, as they host the Ottawa Senators at the First Niagra Center.

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