After a rough start to the season, Zach recapped the last two games as well as looking ahead to the next week for the Buffalo Sabres.
After a few months of excitement, the Buffalo Sabres are 0-2-0 to start the 2023-2024 season. To kick off the campaign, the Sabres hosted the New York Rangers. The energy in the building was electric but as the game went along, it was the opposite story.
Buffalo lost 5-1 after a flat and frustrating effort. They looked to rebound as they went onto the road to take on the New York Islanders. The effort was better but the result was the same and the Sabres lost a tough one as they fell 3-2.
It’s frustrating they are 0-2-0 but it’s still very early to start making judgments about the team. Looking ahead to this week, the Sabres will look to get themselves back on track. On Tuesday, they will host the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Can the Buffalo Sabres get back on track in Week 2?
Buffalo went 2-1-1 against Tampa Bay last year and even though the Lightning will be without Andrei Vasilevsky to start the season, they are still a very good team. But if there’s a game for the Sabres to get their first victory of the season, it’s this one.
The Sabres will have a four game homestand and three of those games will be this week. Thursday night has the team welcoming in the Calgary Flames. Earlier on in the article, I said it was too early to make judgments but if the Sabres can get a victory against Tampa, I think they can get their second victory against the Flames.
For the final game of the week, they will see the New York Islanders once again on Saturday night. Last night was frustrating but the effort was there and the team fought their way back from a 2-0 deficit.
In order for the Sabres to be successful, they need to get out to better starts. In the two games they played last week, Buffalo found themselves in a hole both games. They were down 3-0 against the Rangers and 2-0 against the Islanders. They looked much better against the Islanders but getting off to a good start will be key for them if they hope to get back on track.