Ralph Krueger

Barring a miracle, the Buffalo Sabres will miss the playoffs for their ninth consecutive season. Tuesday's ugly 6-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche was their third home loss in four games. Frustrated fans have reached a breaking point and are expressing anger, or perhaps worse, apathy. With two months left in the season, where does it all go from here? How much blame should be placed on the team's owners, general manager and head coach? And is some new blood needed in the front office?

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's better play as of late, including a 7-1 drubbing of the New Jersey Devils on Monday. Head coach Ralph Krueger says he likes how the unconventional 11 forward/7 defenseman lineup has worked for the team. Goal-scorer Jeff Skinner continues to find success no matter whom he's paired with. And Linus Ullmark has been the team's best option in goal. Will he emerge as the Sabres' #1 netminder over the course of the season?

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe takes stock of the team's successful first month, 13 games in which they have far exceeded expectations under new head coach Ralph Krueger. Is this a team fans can believe in and will those fans start to fill KeyBank Center if that success continues? Is their condensed schedule, ahead of next week's trip to Sweden, catching up to them? And what did former coach Phil Housley, who was back in town Monday with the Arizona Coyotes, have to say about his time in Buffalo?

The Buffalo Sabres start the 2019-20 season with a road game in Pittsburgh Thursday night. The Sabres have failed to make the postseason for the last eight seasons and beat reporter and WBFO analyst Bill Hoppe doesn't think that will change this year. On the season premiere of Behind The Bench, WBFO's weekly check-in on the team, Bill talks about new head coach Ralph Krueger, some of the team's new faces, expectations for rookie forward Victor Olofsson, and the ongoing saga surrounding seemingly-disgruntled defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen.

Thomas O'Neil-White

Ralph Krueger was formally introduced as the new head coach of the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center Wednesday.

The Buffalo Sabres surprised many on Wednesday by naming Ralph Krueger their new head coach. Krueger takes over for Phil Housley, who was fired in April after two years on the job. Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe shares his thoughts on a special edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench.

Buffalo Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres have gone outside of the box in the selection of their new head coach, hiring Ralph Krueger as the 19th head coach in franchise history.