The Buffalo Sabres have been one of the more consistent franchises in the NHL since their arrival in 1970. The Sabres have made the postseason 29 times over the 40+ years in franchise history. Buffalo has not gone more than three consecutive years without qualifying for the playoffs, highlighted with their two conference championships. The Sabres have also won the division six times including the Presidents’ Trophy in the 2006-2007 season. During the 1970s, the Sabres were led by “The French Connection” that consisted of forwards Gilbert Perreault, Rick Martin and René Robert. The trio made multiple All-Star games, hold many Sabres statistical records, and led the franchise to their first Stanley Cup appearance. The Sabres have retired all three of their sweater numbers and erected a statue in their honor. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Buffalo Sabres hockey tickets.
2015 Sabres Season Preview
2013 was a year to forget for Buffalo Sabres fans. The Sabres finished the season with a record of 21-51 and had the lowest win total and points total in the NHL. It was the 3rd year in a row that Buffalo did not qualify for the playoffs and the 5th time in 7 years.
But there is major reason for Buffalo Sabres fans to be optimistic coming into 2014, because the team made some major moves in the offseason. Sabres GM Tim Murray brought in Brian Gionta, Andre Benoit, and Josh Gorges to try and change the culture around the team quickly. They will team with Cody Hodgson and try to win with a star by committee approach. There is little doubt that the Sabres will be vastly improved upon their bleak season in 2013 and many of the players are not convinced that the team can’t sneak into one of the Eastern Conferences wide open wild card playoff spots. Either way it will be fun to watch what looks to be an entirely different Buffalo Sabres Hockey team for 2014.
Check out our Buffalo Sabres Season Preview History page for previews of previous Sabres seasons.
Buffalo Sabres Hockey at First Niagara Center Address: 1 Seymour H Knox III Plaza, Buffalo, New York, 14203
The Buffalo Sabres play all their home games at the First Niagara Center, located in Buffalo, New York. It is common occurrence to hear over 19,000 screaming fans cheering on the Sabres. The First Niagara Center is also home to the Buffalo Bandits of the National Lacrosse League and the state-of-the-art facility hosts many entertainment acts throughout the year. The Buffalo Sabres home bench is on the First Niagara Center rink side in front of sections 104 & 105. First Niagara Center parking is covered in our Sabres event guide.
Sabres vs. Maple Leafs
Connected by the Queen Elizabeth Way freeway, these two cities are divided by only 89 miles. They have both played in the Northeast Division since 1998, and Maple Leaf fans love to cross the border to try and get under the Sabres fans skin. There’s no doubt the Leafs have had the upper hand thus far, but upstate New Yorkers know it’s just a matter of time before the tides turn once again.
Sabres vs. Senators
Over the last 10 years the rivalry between the Sabres and Senators has grown into a full-blown grudge match, peaking with a huge brawl in 2007 that included a goalkeeper fight and a shouting match between coaches. Sabres fans will gleefully remind you they won that game 6-5. Buffalo has won three of the four playoff series the two teams have engaged in.
Buffalo Sabres in the Stanley Cup, Eastern Conference Championship, and NHL Playoffs
After years of minor league hockey Buffalo was finally gifted an NHL team of their own in the form of the Buffalo Sabres in 1970. Despite failing to grasp a Stanley Cup the Sabres have been quite successful in winning two Eastern Conference Championships as well as appearing in 29 postseasons.
Buffalo Sabres Event Guide
What time do gates open prior to a Sabres game?
First Niagara Center has a soft opening to Sabres games 2 hours before the puck drops. The soft opening allows you to enter the arena, and gives you access to the concessions on the 1st floor. 1 hour before the game starts you will be allowed into the seating area.
Where are good places to eat before a Sabres game?
There are some great sports bars within a few blocks of First Niagara Center. Pearl Street Brewery is only about a half a mile from the arena, has a great atmosphere, and an even better menu. If you would rather not walk that far, try Benchwarmers Sports Bar & Grill, its only about a block to the arena and is usually full of Sabres fans. If you are looking for Pizza, try Gino & Joes. Gina & Joes serves large NY style pizza slices and has some of the best crust around. Other good places are Lagerhaus 95, Milo’s, and Pan American Grill & Brewery.
Where is the best place to park at First Niagara Center?
There are 3 large parking lots located on the west side of First Niagara Center on the south side of Perry Street. All 3 lots are within 350 yards to the arena and usually fill up quickly. We recommend getting to the game early to ensure yourself a spot, and be prepared to spend at least $15.
Does my child need a ticket to go to a Sabres game?
Children 3 years old and under can be allowed into a Sabres game without a ticket. Before heading into the game you will have to visit the Account Services Office to try and obtain a child admittance pass. This pass will be issued subject to the size of the child and at the discretion of the staff. We recommend calling ahead of time and arriving to the arena early if you are bringing a child without a ticket.