Last season, the Buffalo Sabres started the season on a tear. The team was 17-6-2 in the first 25 games, including a 10 game win streak. But after those 25 games, the team fell off the wagon and off the wayside. From the game after their last win of the 10-game win streak on November 29th to the end of the season the Sabres only won 16 more games. They finished the year 33-39-10 with 226 goals for and 271 goals against.
Now flash forward to today where the Sabres are 1st in the Atlantic Division.
Even with things going smoothly, fans fear the looming idea that history will repeat itself once more and the Sabres will hit a pitfall straight to the bottom. The Sabres have a record of 8-1-1 and 17 points in the standings. The team has picked up 38 goals and allowed 24 goals.
Captain Jack Eichel is leading his team with 14 points in 10 games, playing a big game in the team’s victory over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.
24-year-old Victor Olofsson has been playing big minutes for the team as well, putting up 6 goals and 3 assists in 10 games. All 6 of Olofsson’s goals have come on the power play. He only had 6 games of NHL experience before this season but he’s making a name for himself in the early stages of this season.
Consistency will be key for this team to remain relevant this season. They made some minor changed in the off-season but they have a good combination of players to carry them this season. But there is no telling if the Sabres will repeat history or if the young offense will drive a path of their own.
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