2021 Sabres join the club

The expression “historically bad” has actually ended up being a routine part of sports parlance and gets utilized far frequently, however the 2021 Buffalo Sabres fit that description to a tee. Buffalo lost its 18th successive video game on Monday, blowing a 3-0 cause the Philadelphia Flyers prior to falling 4-3 in overtime. 

We have actually covered the Sabres’ descent to all-time low quite thoroughly, and it’s been rather a flight. The Buffalo News deliberately ranked the Sabres 32nd in a 31-team league, Eric Staal might hardly conceal how relieved he was to be traded to the Montreal Canadiens, Jeff Skinner has actually been inexplicably benched for parts of the season, head coach Ralph Krueger was fired 12 video games into the present losing streak, a month after he was put on the COVID-19 list. Jack Eichel, the group’s finest gamer, underwhelmed when he was healthy and is out forever due to injury, leading possibility Dylan Cozens left Monday’s video game due to injury and might sign up with Eichel for a prolonged stay, while Taylor Hall is on the trade block, looking absolutely nothing like the gamer who caught the Hart Prize in 2017-18. 

Did we miss out on anything? 

As the self-appointed geek amongst my Yahoo Sports NHL pals, it’s time to do an examination into where the 2021 Sabres rank amongst the worst groups in NHL history. For the functions of this workout, intentionality matters – it’s far even worse to slip to the bottom when it’s unforeseen, instead of being a growth group, or a group that is actively tanking. We’re likewise cutting off any pre-Original 6 period groups. Sorry for the all the fans who can still keep in mind the 1943-44 New york city Rangers.

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 29: Rasmus Dahlin #26, Casey Mittelstadt #37, Taylor Hall #4 and Riley Sheahan #15 of the Buffalo Sabres react to the overtime loss after an NHL game against the Philadelphia Flyers on March 29, 2021 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. Flyers won in overtime, 4-3. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

The 2021 Buffalo Sabres are amongst the worst groups in NHL history, amidst an 18-game losing streak. (Costs Wippert/NHLI by means of Getty Images)

2019-20 Detroit Red Wings

OK, so we do not need to dig that deep to discover a modern for the Sabres. In 2015’s Red Wings stumbled out of eviction to a 4-8-1 record in October 2019 and as soon as the brand-new year started – like everybody, in a sense – things rapidly went even more downhill. 

Detroit went a month and 2 days without a win in policy (Jan. 7-Feb. 9) then followed up by losing 10 of its next 11 video games. It is undoubtedly way too little a sample size to leap to conclusions, however Detroit seemed lastly turning a corner, going 2-2 in March prior to the COVID-19 pandemic ended the Red Wings’ season.

The Red Wings ended up with a .275 points portion, the 38th-worst mark in league history and honestly, that might make this group look much better than they were, which was an unlucky clothing that was the NHL’s worst group from start-to-finish. Detroit ended up dead last in objectives for (145), objectives versus (267) and their awful minus-122 differential stick out by itself. This was all by style, nevertheless. 

We’re not taking chance ats basic manager/vice president Steve Yzerman’s acumen, as he constructed the majority of the facilities for the present Tampa Bay Lightning, a best hockey group aside from their horrible objective tune. Yzerman understood all too well what he was entering when he accepted the Red Wings job, and 2020 was a prepared restoring year for the group. 

Are the Sabres even worse? Yes, albeit not by much. Detroit ended up with a .275 points portion, whereas Buffalo is at .250 and falling. Buffalo jobs to have a minus-106 objective differential theorized over 71 video games, which isn’t as bad as Detroit’s record in 2015. However thinking about the Sabres misguided themselves into believing they were a couple of quality forwards far from a playoff area and got a previous Hart Prize winner in the offseason, they never ever saw this coming, whereas the Red Wings understood what they remained in for. That counts for a lot, and therefore, the Sabres are worse.

2016-17 Colorado Avalanche

Thinking about this year’s Avalanche are the NHL’s most fun team, are a leading Stanley Cup contender and have proven to be the best shot-creation team in the league by some distance, it’s easy to forget that it wasn’t always roses and sunshine for this group. 

Jared Bednar is considered one of the league’s best coaches but his first year with the Avalanche was rough as the club finished 22-56-4 with a minus-112 goal differential – the next-worse team finished with a minus-63 goal differential, for comparison. Nathan MacKinnon led the team with 53 points before finally breaking out with the first of three consecutive 90-point plus seasons the following year. Colorado’s 166 goals are tied for the 23rd-fewest in NHL history among teams that played a minimum 70 games. The final year of the Avalanche’s rebuild, it was a tough season for all involved while the young core of MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog, all under 25 at the time, underwent some growing pains. This was Jarome Iginla’s final season, too, and we’ll choose to forget he was ever part of this group.

Are the Sabres worse? They sure are. Colorado’s star forward trio weren’t the problem and showed signs of development all season, and the club had scheduled the 2017 campaign as the final pillar of the rebuild. After trading a disgruntled Matt Duchene in exchange for a package that featured star defenseman Sam Girard, the franchise’s trajectory immediately changed. Suffice to say this year’s Sabres are nowhere close to that.

2013-14 Buffalo Sabres 

We’re not here to pick on the Sabres necessarily, but history doesn’t lie. The 2013-14 Sabres finished with a hideous minus-91 goal differential, and their 150 goals ranks as the fifth fewest ever among qualifying teams. Cody Hodgson led the team with 44 points, Tyler Ennis finished second with 43, and the rest of the roster’s output is frankly depressing. 

What’s worse is that the team benefited from quality starting goaltending. Ryan Miller posted a .923 save percentage and a 13.6 goals saved above average (GSAA), but he was mercifully shipped to the St. Louis Blues at the trade deadline. We’re sure that current members of the Sabres are hoping for the same fate. This was a hapless ship, largely devoid of talent. 

Are (this year’s) Sabres worse? Yes. Intention matters and the 2013-14 Sabres debuted four teenagers in their lineup, with no real aspirations of contending for a playoff area. Not only that but Buffalo’s 2014 ghastly differential projects to be better than this year’s group. If the 2014 group squared off against the 2021 group, they wouldn’t necessarily be the favorite, but considering how badly each of the 2021’s group’s key pillars (Eichel, Skinner, Hall and Rasmus Dahlin) have underperformed, this year’s team probably loses. 

1992-93 Ottawa Senators

O, Canada. When the nation’s capital finally received a new franchise, bearing the same name as the now-defunct club that won 11 Stanley Cups, they arrived with a 10-70-4 record, with their .143 points percentage tied for third-worst in NHL history. Norm Maciver, a relatively unassuming defenseman, led the team with 63 points, as the rest of his teammates failed to find the net. This team simply didn’t have any talent while expansion pick and future pillar of the franchise, Alexei Yashin, elected to stay with Dynamo Moscow for one more year. Good call. 

Are the Sabres worse? Well, no. But the Senators knew they’d be terrible and prepared for Alexandre Daigle mania. For those of you who forgot, Daigle was considered well worth the wait. Some even believed the Senators were intentionally losing games in order to secure the uber-prospect, who posted 137 points during his final major junior season. As it turns out, Daigle was a spectacular bust, and though it took five seasons to make the playoffs, the 1993 Senators flat-out sucked. 

1992-93 San Jose Sharks

See above. It’s more complex than that, obviously, but the Sharks shared the same fate as the Senators, taking a step back during their second professional season. San Jose finished with a 11-71-2 record, tying Ottawa with an identical 24 points and .143 points percentage while allowing 414 goals, the third-worst mark in NHL history. The Sharks also posted a 17-game losing streak during this season. Talk about a sophomore slump. 

Are the Sabres worse? No, but c’mon, you should be better than a second-year team in any event. 

1974-75 Washington Capitals

The 1974-75 Washington Capitals are widely considered the worst team in NHL history and for good reason. Washington’s 446 goals allowed is the worst mark in league history and like Usain Bolt’s 9.58 or Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak – not like them at all, quite the opposite in fact – this dubious record may never ever be topped. The Capitals finished with a 8-67-5 mark, a .131 win percentage, a mere 181 goals scored, and a minus-265 goal differential. That’s right, minus-265! Granted, this was Washington’s inaugural season but there is a certain level of futility that is inexcusable. 

Are the Sabres even worse? No, however the reality that they are even drawing contrasts to this historic monstrosity suffices of an insult. 

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.