What a magical night it use to be when it comes to Buffalo Sabres hockey. Remember the tux and pucks era at the old Aud? This was the night you put on your finest
clothes to go to a hockey game. It was the one time of year that black tie met black and blue. It was a chance to show off the glitz and glam and get you through the night.
Tonight however, the Buffalo Sabres will take on the Winnipeg Jets away from the friendly confines of First Niagara Center. The Buffalo Sabres are 13-9-5 all time on New Year’s Eve. That is 27 games played before the festivities and First Night Buffalo every really got rolling. The fact that the Buffalo Sabres are on the road is a historic event.
The last time the Sabres played outside of Buffalo on the 31st of December was back in 1977, when they tied the New York Rangers. They also played in Detroit (1973), Chicago (1972), and Pittsburgh (1971).
Buffalo will also be looking for their first win in Winnpeg since February 10, 1993.
With 27 games to fill your historical calendar and archives – there is plenty of classic Blue and Gold to rely upon. New Years Eve ushered in the start of the Alexander Mogilny era in Buffalo. In 1987 the Sabres traded Payl Cyr and a 10th round draft pick (Eric Fenton) to the New York Rangers for a guy names Mike Donnelly and a fifth round draft pick in 1988. The risky draft pick turned out to be one of the most prolific goal scorers in Sabres history – Alexander Mogilny.
Six years later it was New Years Eve in which Mogilny appeared in his 300th game. Dominik Hasek stopped 39 of 40 shots that night as the Sbares beat New York 4-1.