Buffalo entered January on a hot-streak, relatively speaking. The Sabres finished December with a win/loss record at the .500 mark for the month, and looked to do the same thing in January.
The Sabres entered January with a 11-25-4 record, and left with a 15-30-8 record. In 13 games, Buffalo’s 4-5-4 record would add 12 points to their minuscule total, bringing the season’s total to 38 points through January.
The month of January saw many different things for the Buffalo Sabres. Christian Ehrhoff and Tyler Ennis racked up assists for a suddenly offensive Sabres squad. Cody Hodgson returned from a hand injury, and led the team in goal scoring. Rookie Phil Varone made his NHL debut, racking up his first point in the game. Varone would then score his first NHL goal a few games later.
Buffalo scored 32 goals in the month, while allowing 38 goals. Heading into February, the Sabres -46 goal differential remains a league-worst.
After the month of January, the Sabres exited with a little head of steam but appeared to be headed in the same direction as before the month began. Buffalo’s 4-5-4 record (12 of 26 possible points) puts them at 15-30-8, which is 16th in the Eastern Conference and 30th in the National Hockey League.