Buffalo Sabres continue to stagnate in the Week 14 Atlantic Division Power Rankings

While the Buffalo Sabres have played better hockey in 2024, they still remain well behind the top five teams in the Atlantic Division.

Jan 11, 2024; Buffalo, New York, USA;  Buffalo Sabres right wing Tage Thompson (72) celebrates his
Jan 11, 2024; Buffalo, New York, USA; Buffalo Sabres right wing Tage Thompson (72) celebrates his / Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
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The Buffalo Sabres may finally have found their groove in 2024, but it doesn’t mean their 0.750 points percentage so far in this calendar year will help them in the latest version of the Atlantic Division Power Rankings. Buffalo may be winning games, but the top five teams in the Atlantic are also accumulating points, even the Boston Bruins, who have lost three straight recently. 

Therefore, for the first edition of the Atlantic Power Rankings in the 2024 calendar year, don’t expect the Sabres to have climbed. But if they can finally generate consistency, then perhaps the Blue and Gold will leapfrog a few teams in front of them and end up in the top half. 

However, for the time being, that’s nothing more than wishful thinking on the optimist’s part. So where did the Sabres land exactly in the Week 14 rankings?  You won’t need to read too far into this one to find out. 

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Jan 11, 2024; Buffalo, New York, USA; Ottawa Senators defenseman Jakob Chychrun (6) knocks the puck / Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres stuck in the bottom half of Atlantic Power Rankings

8 - Ottawa Senators

For a while, the Ottawa Senators were in eighth place by default given the number of games in hand they had that accounted for their low points total. But that’s no longer the case, as the Sens are on pace for just 62 points this season, making them arguably the NHL’s most disappointing group. 

7 - Montreal Canadiens

The Montreal Canadiens have been rather feisty throughout the first half of 2023-24, but they have lost six of their last eight, and the reality check may finally have fallen upon them. Things won’t get any easier when they face the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday, and that could send the Habs into a downward spiral. 

6 - Buffalo Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres could finally be ready to turn the corner after a disappointing first half, having gone 3-1-0 since 2024 started. But the Blue and Gold have yet to find consistency, having failed to put together winning streaks of more than two games through 42 contests.