The Buffalo Sabres have a chance for a few firsts tonight vs. Kraken

The Buffalo Sabres can finally win their first game ever against the Seattle Kraken, but it would be just one of a few firsts this year.
Jan 6, 2024; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Buffalo Sabres center Casey Mittelstadt (37) waits for
Jan 6, 2024; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Casey Mittelstadt (37) waits for / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Sabres could be embarking on a hot streak, and it couldn’t come at a better time as they face a Seattle Kraken team that they have never beaten. Not only has the Blue and Gold gone 0-4-0 when playing Seattle, they lost three of those four games by three or more goals.

Only last January, nearly a whole year ago, did Buffalo become remotely close, losing that game 4-3. However, it’s also important to note that the Sabres were down by two goals until the game’s final minute when they scored late, only for the final seconds to tick away shortly afterward.

While the Sabres may finally be getting hot, Seattle has been hot, having won six in a row and haven’t lost in regulation since December 12th. Such a run should inspire Buffalo, as the Blue and Gold have toiled through their own fair share of struggles. But ironically enough, given the Sabres track record vs. Seattle, it should also motivate them to get their first win over the NHL’s 32nd franchise. 

Buffalo Sabres can secure a few firsts if they beat Seattle tonight

Not only can the Sabres finally say they defeated all of the other 31 NHL franchises at least once with a win over the Kraken tonight, it would also be the first time since April 2023 that Buffalo strung together three wins in a row. Therefore, they have multiple incentives to win, and this is without mentioning the fact that tonight is also the start of a six-game homestand, so it’s imperative to kick it off correctly. 

It’s up to the Buffalo Sabres to prove they are getting hot at the right time of the season, and a win vs. a team that has dominated them for two years should erase many doubts as we approach mid-January. 


(Information provided by Hockey-Reference)