Longest winning streaks in Sabres history

The Sabres may have yet to win a Stanley Cup, but it doesn’t mean they haven’t enjoyed some milestone winning streaks in the past.
Buffalo Sabres v Washington Capitals
Buffalo Sabres v Washington Capitals / Rob Carr/GettyImages

The Buffalo Sabres have won 10 straight in a season on three different occasions, and they factor in as the three longest winning streaks in team history. Often, when a team notches 10 wins in a row, it’s a sign that they will enjoy at least a playoff appearance, if not more. But that wasn’t the case for the most recent example of a 10-game winning streak involving the Blue and Gold. 

On November 8th, 2019, the Sabres defeated the Montreal Canadiens 6-5, and it catapulted their final 10-game streak to date that lasted until November 27th in what was a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks. While Buffalo sat at 17-6-2 following the run, their success was short-lived, and the Sabres finished the year 33-39-10 in one of the biggest single-season collapses in the 21st century. 

The Sabres other two 10-game winning streaks were much kinder to fans

While the 2018-19 Sabres disappointed an already irritated fan base, the 2006-07 team had other ideas when they won 10 straight from October 4th to October 26th, 2006. Just months after their shocking run to the 2006 Eastern Conference Championship, the Sabres parlayed that into one of the greatest early-season runs in modern NHL history, getting revenge on the Carolina Hurricanes in a 3-2 win to open the season. 

Buffalo wouldn’t lose that year until they played the Atlanta Thrashers on October 28th in a 5-4 shootout loss. The Sabres suffered their first regulation loss on November 4th, 2006, to the Toronto Maple Leafs, but the 2006-07 team didn’t collapse like the 2018-19 incarnation, as they made yet another run to the Eastern Conference Finals. 

The Sabres also won 10 straight between January 4th and January 23rd, 1984, kicking off the new year with a 9-4 win over the Winnipeg Jets. They won their 10th straight just under three weeks later in a 5-3 victory against the Boston Bruins before the Washington Capitals refused to allow the Sabres to get the best of them on January 25th in a game that ended in a 2-2 tie. 

Buffalo wouldn’t lose again until February 2nd, however, as they also tied the Detroit Red Wings on January 27th, and defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins on the 29th. Like the 2006-07 team, these Sabres parlayed their streak into a playoff berth following a 103-point season.


(Statistics and data provided by Hockey-Reference)