Atlantic Division Power Rankings: Where the Buffalo Sabres stand heading into Week 12 of 2023-24

The Buffalo Sabres could finally be turning the corner, but does that mean they rank highly in the Atlantic Division Power Rankings?

Dec 21, 2023; Buffalo, New York, USA;  The Buffalo Sabres celebrate a win over the Toronto Maple
Dec 21, 2023; Buffalo, New York, USA; The Buffalo Sabres celebrate a win over the Toronto Maple / Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
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The Buffalo Sabres still haven’t found their consistency in terms of winning games, though over the past two contests, they have earned three points and scored 12 goals, so that’s a start. And better yet, such a performance is reflected in the power rankings below, even if the Blue and Gold are still closer to the bottom rung than to the top. 

Much more consistency could change that in time, so if the Sabres string together a few back-to-back wins early in the unofficial second half of their season, then maybe a top-four spot is realistic in the future. But until then, Buffalo will continue to reside in the group still struggling to gain traction.

We don’t need to name the teams that are in that group, as it’s common knowledge across the NHL. So where did the Sabres ultimately end up heading into Week 12 of the 2023-24 season?

Dec 23, 2023; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; The Ottawa Senators celebrate their win in overtime against the
Dec 23, 2023; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; The Ottawa Senators celebrate their win in overtime against the / Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres rise slightly in the Week 12 Atlantic Power Rankings

8 - Ottawa Senators

While the rest of the Atlantic still have quite a few more games in hand than the Ottawa Senators, the Sens are still lacking in overall points percentage. Until they get back on track, they will likely stick around the No. 8 spot in the division. 

7 - Detroit Red Wings

It seems like ever since the Detroit Red Wings signed Patrick Kane, they haven’t been the same team. Kane has played surprisingly well considering the known history regarding hip resurfacing, but the Red Wings are just 2-7-1 in their last 10 games.

6 - Buffalo Sabres

The previous two games have indicated what the real Buffalo Sabres look like and since returning to their previous style, they are 1-0-1. If this trend continues, the Blue and Gold, at the absolute least, will be one entertaining hockey team.