The Buffalo Sabres pulled off a mind-boggling milestone in their win over the Sharks

It is no longer arguable to claim the Buffalo Sabres are the strangest team in the NHL following their big win over the San Jose Sharks this afternoon.
Jan 13, 2024; Buffalo, New York, USA;  Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (1) during a
Jan 13, 2024; Buffalo, New York, USA; Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (1) during a / Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

We already knew the Buffalo Sabres were a strange hockey team this season, but they have to be the only team in recent memory to have pulled off the following: Scoring nine goals on an opponent after giving up nine goals in the previous contest, and now, posting a shutout win one game after getting shutout in the same season.

Okay, let’s be fair for a minute - they were playing against Thatcher Demko in their loss on Saturday to the Vancouver Canucks. And in case you didn’t know, Demko has four shutout wins this season, and the Canucks are fourth overall in goals allowed with just 110 on the year. Today, Buffalo played the San Jose Sharks, who have scored just 88 goals in 2023-24, good for just two per game. 

But who cares? The Sabres didn’t expect to give up nine to the Columbus Blue Jackets, then turn around and score nine on the Toronto Maple Leafs of all teams. That said, you take these mind-boggling statistics any which way they come, and it shows us once again just how curious the Blue and Gold are.

Buffalo Sabres once again show they are a curious team in 2023-24 in win

Now that the Sabres snagged their second shutout win of the season and are 4-2-0 in 2024, they must build on this momentum and play a similar game vs. the Chicago Blackhawks. San Jose gave the Blue and Gold all they could handle for a good period and a half, proving once again that there are no easy victories in the NHL - or at least easy victories on most nights. 

Overall, the Buffalo Sabres have yet another shutout win to celebrate, but tomorrow, they need to get back to work and get ready for Chicago. The win puts them at 19-21-4 (42 points) on the season, but given how well the top wild card contenders have been playing lately, they got a long way to, but they can inch closer if they snag another pair of wins this week.


(Statistics provided by Hockey-Reference)