Five Buffalo Sabres Games the Squeamish Should Avoid!

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Apr. 14, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Radko Gudas (75) checks Buffalo Sabres defenseman Adam Pardy (27) during the first period at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Sabres fans, I have promised to be as optimistic and hopeful as I possibly can during the upcoming 2013-2014 season.  Sure, Buffalo will be entering year one of its new rebuilding phase, and it’s easy to assume the team is going to stink and wind up duking it out for the “worst Team in the NHL” tag, but I have promised not to take that approach.  Some teams rebuild quickly – one need look no further than the Ottawa Senators for proof – so for at least the first couple months of the new season, I will use all of my willpower to remain a “glass half full” kind of guy.

(Get ready for the but – because there’s always a but.)

But . . .

. . . even a “glass half full” fan can spot a few train wrecks coming if they really study the schedule.  The Buffalo Sabres will be the youngest team in the NHL next year, and even if the rebuild occurs faster than anyone can predict, a young team is going to experience growing pains.  Since I have already highlighted seven games that I am really looking forward to attending, allow me to try to establish a detour of sorts by identifying games that you may want to avoid* next season.  Rubberneckers, ignore as you will!

*Before you flame me for not being a true fan, understand I will almost certainly watch every single game that I can next year.   Identifying potential slip-ups for such a young team doesn’t mean I want them to lose!

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  • PaulR

    The first two I agree with (you could probably add San Jose and LA to the list) but NJ, Winnipeg and Nashville???

    Did you forget that the Sabres are playing the Red Wings 4 times this season – Alfredsson, Datsyk and Zetterberg don’t scare you? How about Pittsburgh? Boston? Those teams will dismantle the Sabres. Even one of the Toronto games late in the season at First Niagara will be ugly because it will be a sea of Maple Leafs’ jerseys.

    • Richard Spalding

      Hey Paul! I wasn’t just looking at the team; I was looking at the schedule, too, as well as the match-ups. I’m not just worried about whether the team loses, but how ugly a game it could be – hence, New Jersey, whose strong forecheck can make it seem like the Sabres will never clear the puck out of their own end.. Are there other games I could have selected? Sure – with a team this young, I could probably do a list of 10, 15 or more! As for Pittsburgh, Boston, etc. – the Sabres tend to rise to the occasion against some of those teams. Could be different this year, but I didn’t want this list to become a “Hey, the Sabres can’t hang with ANY team this year!” kind of deal. That’s why schedule was such a big factor in my decision-making process. Last – I’m excited about the Detroit games, so even if the Sabres get crushed, I wouldn’t recommend avoiding those games!