Any guesses what all the headlines will be discussing when the Dallas Stars and Buffalo Sabres face off this coming NHL season? I’ll give you a hint: it rhymes with “Bindy Tuff.” There will surely be a lot to talk about when the teams, who haven’t played each other since February 2012, meet (twice!) in the 2013-2014 NHL season.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that – obviously – the big story behind any Dallas/Buffalo meeting this upcoming season (and likely a few seasons) will be the return of long-time Buffalo Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff to face his former team. It will certainly be interesting… but then again, so will a few other aspects of the meetings.
Take, for example, Buffalo Sabres center Steve Ott facing his former team for the first time. Ott had an assist and a team-high 10 hits in the last meeting between Dallas and Buffalo – of course, he was on the Stars side that time. October 28 will mark the first time Ott faces his former team, while March 3 will mark his return to the city of Dallas.
Ott left the Stars via trade with 566 regular season games, 85 goals, 135 assists and 1170 penalty minutes under his belt – all accrued during his time with the Stars, a team he was a part of since being drafted in 2000.
The Buffalo Sabres won the last meeting between the teams, a 3-2 shootout victory on February 10, 2012. Thomas Vanek and Derek Roy scored for Buffalo, with assists from Pominville, Ehrhoff, Stafford and Myers. Goals for Dallas came from Ryder and Vincour.
Through free agency, the Stars have acquired Chris Mueller and Dan Ellis while losing Richard Bachman & Eric Nystrom. But that isn’t where they made their splash this offseason; no – that was through trades.
In one of the biggest trades of the summer, the Dallas Stars sent forwards Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser and defenseman Joseph Morrow to the Boston Bruins in exchange for Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley and Ryan Button. The Stars also acquired Shawn Horcoff from Edmonton in exchange for Philip Larsen and a 2016 pick.
While it’s yet to be determined how well Seguin, Peverley and Horcoff will fit in on their new team, it will certainly be interesting to see them in the Western Conference.
Players to Watch:
- DALLAS: Jamie Benn has four points (1-3) in three career NHL games against the Buffalo Sabres. Alex Goligoski has 10 points in 12 career games versus Buffalo; former Bruins player Tyler Seguin has 12 points in 15 games against the Sabres. Ray Whitney has 29 points (14-15) in 38 career NHL games versus Buffalo.
- BUFFALO: Christian Ehrhoff leads the Sabres with 16 career points (3g, 13a) in 37 games against Dallas. Defenseman Tyler Myers has one goals and four assists in three career games versus the Stars, while Drew Stafford has five assists in four games. Thomas Vanek has five career points against Dallas.
Meetings This Season:
- October 28 @ BUF
- March 3 @ DAL