The Buffalo Sabres are preparing for their 19th game to be played on March 18th and they have a 6-8-4 combined franchise record. Tonight will be the 99th time they play the Calgary Flames.
In 1997, trades were still on the docket in mid March, and in this year, the Buffalo Sabres gave up Craig Millar and Barrie Moore. Names don’t ring a bell? Well that’s because Millar never suited up for the Buffalo Sabres, and only had a combined 114 across five seasons, scoring a whopping 8 goals.
Barrie Moore had less of a career in the NHL to speak of, appearing in only 39 games and scoring two goals over the course of his career with the Buffalo Sabres, Edmonton Oilers, and Washington Capitals.
While the Edmonton Oilers were the recipients of this fine grade hockey talent, they gave up Miroslav Satan. I would definitely consider that a win, as Satan led the Buffalo Sabres in scoring on six different occasions. Satan also won a Stanley Cup as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
In 2003 we are going to talk about two names that Buffalo Sabres fans have no problems recognizing, and that is Scotty Bowman and Lindy Ruff. On this date in 2003 Lindy Ruff won his 211th game as head coach of the Buffalo Sabres – surpassing Scotty Bowman as the Buffalo Sabres coach with the most wins behind the bench. Ruff would leave Buffalo with 571 wins as head coach of the Sabres – a record that will likely stand for a long time as most wins by a head coach of the Sabres.
Buffalo will skate into Calgary looking for their first win since October 18, 2003 and are looking to avoid their first four game losing streak to the Flames franchise – a streak that goes all the way back to when the Flames were in Atlanta.
Both the Sabres and Flames are in the top three NHL franchises based on players used this year. The Buffalo Sabres can add to that number by putting Matt Hackett in a blue and gold sweater for a game on this road trip.