The Buffalo Sabres have yet to defeat the newest NHL franchise, the Seattle Kraken, getting swept for the second year in a row.
Coming into the season, the Seattle Kraken were entering their second season in the NHL. Just two years into their history, they made the Stanley Cup Playoffs and won their first ever postseason series. How did the Buffalo Sabres fare against the Kraken? Spoiler alert, not well.
The first of two meetings took place in Seattle as Buffalo was playing their final game on the Western Canada road trip. This game was just awful for the Sabres. About two minutes into the opening period, the Kraken took a 1-0 lead then made it 2-0 shortly after.
It was 3-0 in the second period before Dylan Cozens stopped the bleeding to make it 3-1. It wouldn’t matter however as Seattle scored two more goals enroute to a 5-1 victory. You would have to fast forward to January for the final meeting of the year.
Kraken swept the Buffalo Sabres in 2022-23
Buffalo scored first thanks to Alex Tuch before the Kraken tied the game up on the power play with less than two minutes remaining in the first. Rasmus Dahlin gave the Sabres their lead back on a power play of their own but once again, Seattle evened the score.
Before the halfway point on the third period, Buffalo saw themselves trailing 4-2. Despite having chances, the Sabres could not force themselves back in the game. Tuch scored his second of the game with 22 seconds to go but it was too little too late and the Sabres lost once again to the Kraken.
For some odd reason, Buffalo can’t solve the newest NHL team and are 0-4 against the Kraken. Seattle is a very good team which is frustrating since the Sabres have the longest playoff drought in the NHL and the Kraken made it only two years into their existence. With that being said, I think the Sabres will take the next step this season and I also believe they will beat the Kraken at least once this year.
(Historical statistics provided by Hockey-Reference)