BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — There's always next year.
On Saturday the Buffalo Sabres were officially eliminated from playoff contention with a 7-4 loss to the Montreal Canadiens.
It's funny how quickly things can change. In late November the Sabres sat atop the standings after rattling off 10 consecutive wins. As of Saturday evening, the Sabres have an underwhelming 31-34-9 record [71 points]. Only four teams in the Eastern Conference have fewer points than the Sabres.
Since their win streak ended the Sabres have one of the worst records in the NHL with just 13 wins and 36 losses [13-28-8].
2018-2019 becomes the eighth consecutive season the Sabres have missed the playoffs, with their last postseason appearance coming in 2010-2011 [lost in ECQ to Flyers].
The Sabres eight year playoff drought is the second longest in the NHL behind only the Carolina Hurricanes.
For those keeping track at home, the NHL Draft lottery takes place on April 9 in Toronto.