The Sabres are supposed to open the season Oct. 13 against Pittsburgh in First Niagara Center, although the chances of that seem to be shrinking by the day. But we know there definitely will be hockey that weekend, as the Rochester Americans have just announced their schedule and their opener will be Oct. 12 in Blue Cross Arena against Syracuse.
Buffalo-area folks needing a hockey fix have a great chance to get one up the Thruway as the Amerks' 38-game home slate includes 21 Fridays, three Saturdays and three Sundays.
Games played Tuesday through Saturday will all start at 7:05 p.m., while games played on Sundays and Mondays will see times of 1:05, 3:05 or 5:05.
Rochester is in the North Division along with Hamilton, Lake Erie, Toronto and Abbotsford and will play 36 games in its division. The Amerks will also play against Syracuse 10 times (five home, five road), Binghamton eight times (four home, four road), Adirondack four times (two home, two road), Albany four times (two home, two road), and twice each (one home, one road) versus Grand Rapids, Hershey, Houston, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Texas and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
A highlight of the road schedule is a Feb. 22 game against Hamilton at the Bell Centre in Montreal, home of the Bulldogs' parent, the Canadiens.
Click here for the full schedule in pdf form.
Amerks season tickets and packages are available on Amerks.com or by calling 1-855-GO-AMERKS.