The Buffalo Sabres could make history tonight – at least for one of their players. If he appears in the lineup, Marcus Foligno will be playing in his
100th NHL game. Congrats Marcus Foligno. Not only is it 100 career NHL games – it is 100 games in blue and gold.
We turn to January 7th as we look back on the 43 years this team has played on this day. This will be the 20th game played on January 7 – and to date the Buffalo Sabres are 8-5-6 all time.
The first ever game on on January 7th came in 1971 when Phil Goyette scored a goal and added four assists as the Sabres struck for a 7-4 win against the Detroit Red Wings in front of a home crowd at Memorial Auditorium.
Fast forward 18 years and this time the Toronto Maple Leafs were the opponent, and the goal differential was higher. Jacques Cloutier made 21 saves on 22 shots, Rick Vaive scored two goals and added an assist as the Maple Leafs fall 6-1. This was the 700th win in franchise history.
Tonight’s game will snap a streak of sorts as well. The Buffalo Sabres are looking for the first win against the Carolina Hurricanes in quite some times. The last three games against the Hurricanes have ended in losses for the Sabres. The last time the Sabres lost four straight the team was the Hartford Whalers and the games spanned from October of 1988 to January of 1989.
The Sabres also head into tonight winners of five straight at home, and the Carolina Hurricanes are winners of four straight. A streak will come to end when the game is over.