The Buffalo Sabres struggled at home last season, but in 2023-24, the more experienced Blue and Gold won’t struggle anywhere near as much.
The Buffalo Sabres won just 17 games at home last season, and it gave them a losing record at KeyBank Center. On the flip side, the Blue and Gold were dominant on the road, winning 25 games in what was their best road outing in over a decade and a half.
This season, with the team expected to take the next step and make the playoffs, fans will also look for them to improve that meager 17-20-4 record at home. And going bold in today’s 75 In 75, they will reach 24 wins at KeyBank Center, with a pair of overtime losses that will allow them to finish at 50 points for the year – a record of 24-15-2.
Buffalo Sabres snag 24 wins and 50 total points at home in 2023-24
We know opening night will be an emotional affair, as it’s all but a done deal that the Sabres will be honoring Rick Jeanneret. Buffalo tends to win such games, so when the puck drops on October 12th vs. the New York Rangers, it’s highly likely the Sabres come away with the W, starting the season off with a bang.
For a team that is one year more experienced with their best players another year older, the Blue and Gold should feel the pressure they put themselves under last season alleviate, which will translate into more wins on their home ice. Then there is the fact they will be an overall better team, and that will also give them a few more wins at home than what they saw last season.
At the same time, it would be tough to see the Buffalo Sabres dominate the way they did on the road this past season. But once again, for a team expected to earn a playoff trip, expect at least a 0.500 win-loss record when they aren’t on home ice, with a few overtime losses giving them some one-point outings as well.