The Buffalo Sabres are a professional NHL hockey franchise based out of Buffalo, New York. The team was founded in 1970, along with the Vancouver Canucks, as an expansion franchise. They compete in the Atlantic Division of the NHL's Eastern Conference, and call Buffalo's HSBC Arena their home.
The Sabres' team colors are blue, gold, silver, and white. Led by All-Star goalie Ryan Miller, the Sabres are poised to push for a Stanley Cup playoff berth.
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Arena: HSBC Arena (capacity 18,690)
Former Home Arena: Buffalo Memorial Auditorium a/k/a "The Aud" (1970-1996)
Uniform colours: Black, red, silver and white
Alternate Uniform: Red with black stripes on the forearm. The crest consists of two silver Sabres crossed over a black circle. The shoulders feature a small version of the Buffalo head logo. The word "BUFFALO" is within a black stripe across the bottom rim of the jersey.
Logo design: A buffalo's head
Stanley Cup championships: none
Rivals: Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers
In the 2005-2006 season, the Sabres raced to a hot start and stayed near the top of the standings all season long. On April 3, they clinched their first Eastern Conference playoff spot since the 2000-2001 season. On April 15, they set a new team record for wins in a season with their 50th. The team finished the regular season with 52 wins, a new franchise record. This tied the Ottawa Senators and the Carolina Hurricanes for the most wins in the Eastern Conference; the Sabres ranked 4th overall as they dropped their division to the Senators. The Sabres also finshed with 25 road wins, another franchise record.
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