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Buffalo Sabres

NHL 14: Buffalo Sabres Guide

Written By: JCol32

 Buffalo Sabres

Founded: 1970

Championships: 0

 

History:

After being founded in 1970, a ‘name-the-team’ contest was held resulting in the choice of “Sabres”.  Although the franchise has never hoisted the Stanley Cup, they have won the conference championship three times, most recently during the 1998-99 season.

 

Overview:

The Buffalo Sabres enter the 2013/14 season with many question marks. Trade rumors have circled involving their top players Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek. After a very active 2011 offseason where they loaded their money into the likes of Christian Erhoff and Ville Leino, more was expected of the team that has failed to make the playoffs for the second straight year. Expect Ryan Miller to have a great season as he tries to earn himself the starting job this february in Sochi for Team USA.  Veterans Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville return to lead the offense for Buffalo along with youngsters Tyler Ennis and Cody Hodgson. Former Calder winner Tyler Myers will look for a return of form from three years ago. Myers could be the key to a successful season in Buffalo. Jhonas Enroth is a solid backup for Buffalo who could easily step in if Miller were to be moved.

 

How to Play as the Sabres:

With a very strong 1st line for Buffalo, look to use them often. Tyler Myers will be a strong defender at the back and there will be no worries in net as Ryan Miller will hold down the fort. Look to get the puck to Jason Pominville or sniper Thomas Vanek. If you can work the puck around and when somebody is open, fire it! Buffalo has a very solid powerplay so look to draw penalties. Cody Hodgson has a great shot so look for him in the slot.

 

Fun Fact:

During the third game of the 1975 Stanley Cup playoffs, legendarily known as the“Fog Game” because portions of the game were played in heavy fog due to a lack of air conditioning, Buffalo Sabres center Jim Lorentz became the only player to kill an animal during an NHL game when he spotted a bat flying across the rink, swung at it with his stick, and killed it.

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