The Buffalo Sabres have a great division do they not? Boston, Toronto, Montreal – an today’s feature opponent the Ottawa Senators.
The Ottawa Senators are an interesting opponent for the Buffalo Sabres because its typically not the better team that dominates the season series.
This year the season series is again six games, with the teams playing two games in each December, January, an February. The December games are both home games for the Buffalo Sabres – and in January, both games are in Ottawa.
The teams finish the season series with a home an home – at First Niagara Center on February 10th, and February 12th at the Scotiabank Place. If you like extra time and shootouts, the Buffalo Sabres vs Ottawa Senators games from 2011-2012 were the games for year. While the teams traded offense for two games, a Buffalo 5-1 win and an Ottawa 4-1 win, most of the games ended in a shootout. Last seasons series ended in a 3 win tie. Ottawa did beat Buffalo out by a three point margin for the last spot in the playoffs, so a clean win by the Buffalo Sabres in two of those affairs could have meant the difference between watching playoff hockey and playing playoff hockey.
Off course the argument could have gone the other way as well, a clean win from the Senators could have made the divide worse than just the three points the Buffalo Sabres missed the playoffs by.
Buffalo Sabres fans will have to deal with number 11 once again this season, as Daniel Alfredsson will return to play his 17th season with the Ottawa Senators, after considering opting out of the last year of his contract with the team. Some guys just can’t say no to the game they have live, loved, and played for so long. Drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the sixth round of the 1994 NHL Entry draft – Alfredsson was overlooked by many. He is one of the few modern day players that can say they were good – and remain on the same team for so many years. The current edition of the Ottawa Senators is only two years older in NHL years than its star player.