The Buffalo Sabres have made historical past.
With a win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday, the Washington Capitals moved 23 factors away from Buffalo within the standings, finally eliminating them from playoff rivalry. The Sabres have now missed the playoffs in 11 consecutive seasons, which is a brand new NHL document.
Coming into the season, the Sabres have been tied for the longest-ever NHL playoff drought at 10 years with the Edmonton Oilers and Florida Panthers.
Setting this document comes as no shock for the Sabres, because the staff completed useless final within the NHL standings final season and traded away Sam Reinhart, Rasmus Ristolianen and Jack Eichel to sign the start of yet one more rebuild. That mentioned, the Sabres have been higher this 12 months than they have been final 12 months, as their factors share has jumped from .330 to .444.
The final time the Sabres made the playoffs was the 2010-11 season and so they misplaced in Game 7 of the primary spherical to the Philadelphia Flyers. Their head coach was Lindy Ruff, their captain was Craig Rivet, Thomas Vanek led the staff in scoring with 73 factors and so they went 3-0-1 towards the Atlanta Thrashers.
While that is the document for futility within the NHL, the Sabres are nowhere close to setting a postseason drought document in all of North American main sports activities. MLB’s Seattle Mariners haven’t reached the playoffs since 2001 and the Washington Commanders and Arizona Cardinals of the NFL had matching 25-year playoff droughts between the Forties and Seventies.