When do the NHL Playoffs Start?

The NHL Playoffs will be here before we know it, and the Sabres have to go on a run reminiscent of what we saw in March and April 2022 to have a chance.

Feb 6, 2024; Buffalo, New York, USA;  Buffalo Sabres right wing Tage Thompson (72) celebrates his
Feb 6, 2024; Buffalo, New York, USA; Buffalo Sabres right wing Tage Thompson (72) celebrates his / Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

The Sabres are in that precarious situation where they have dramatically fallen below expectations at this point in the 2023-24 season. But as one of the league’s youngest teams that still hasn’t completed its core, you can also chalk it up as a necessary step back before they catapult a few steps forward. 

But they are still hovering near 0.500, and it will only take a few good games (and wins) for Buffalo to at least remain relevant this season. Therefore, it’s still tough to count this team out of making the NHL Playoffs just yet, so let’s talk a little about the Blue and Gold and the postseason. 

When will the NHL Playoffs officially begin?

The Sabres have until mid-April to improve their place in the Eastern Conference and secure a wild card spot, as the NHL Playoffs begin shortly afterward on April 20th. 

How can the Sabres earn a spot in the NHL Playoffs?

When February 2022 ended a couple of seasons ago, the Sabres weren’t making any playoff run, but they were one of the most entertaining teams in the NHL in March and April that year. Fast-forward to 2024, and they need to rediscover that exciting play. Even if they are still roughly 0.500 by the end of February, a hot March and April will keep this team at least on the outside looking in. 

Recent history of the Sabres in the playoffs

Unfortunately, the Sabres don’t have any recent history in the playoffs, as they are inching closer to 13 seasons without contending for a Stanley Cup. One reason behind this was the sheer instability of the organization in the 2010s that constantly turned over the roster and coaches. The current incarnation of the Blue and Gold may not be a great hockey team, but they will give themselves the best possible chance to eventually play in April and May, even if it means waiting until 2025.