In our first divisional feature, we looked at the playoff records of teams in the Atlantic Division going back to 2000. Now we are going to look at how the Buffalo Sabres have faired in the regular season against teams in their division.
Detroit Red Wings
Coming from the Western Conference, the Buffalo Sabres will have played the Detroit Red Wings the fewest times of any team in the division, so they have a smaller body of work to look at. Since the 1970 season when the Buffalo Sabres entered the league, the Sabres have faced off against the Detroit Red Wings 116 times in the regular season. The teams have never faced in the playoffs.
The Buffalo Sabres have a winning record against the Red Wings. The home team has a distinct advantage in this series. All time against the Detroit Red Wings the Sabres are 53-50-13. At home the Sabres are 34-15-8, while at Joe Louis Arena they are 19-35-5.
Twice the Buffalo Sabres have run the score up on the Red Wings, scoring 10 or more goals in 1993 the teams skated to a 10-7 decision, and in 1980 Buffalo stomped Detroit 10-1. Detroit has never put up double digits on the Sabres. Buffalo has been shutout six times, while only blanking the Red Wings twice.
The Detroit Red Wings have been featured in 5,942 regular season games. This year they will play in their 6,000 NHL game, on February 8th, 2014 against the Tampa Bay Lightning, in Tampa. (Detroit only plays one home game in February). Detroit is 2735-2300-815-92 all time.