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List of NHL season openers

By Mike Harrington

From culling around various media sources, here is the list of NHL openers I have compiled for Jan. 19.

This remains preliminary, of course, until the league makes it official either late Friday night or early Saturday. The Sabres and Edmonton Oilers appear to be the two teams off on opening day. 

The Sabres are expected to open Jan. 20 against Philadelphia in a noon or 12:30 start at First Niagara Center. Why not have a rabid hockey market with a built-in audience playing on the first day?

Only thing I can think of is NBC wants a strong hockey market to give it some ratings in an early game before the NFL conference championships and Buffalo fits that bill. Bummer for downtown bars and restaurants, however, that would have had a New Year's Eve-type atmosphere for a night game on the 19th.

Jan. 19 schedule

Toronto at Montreal
New York Rangers at Boston
Ottawa at Winnipeg
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia
Washington at Tampa Bay
New Jersey at New York Islanders
Carolina at Florida
Idle -- Buffalo

Chicago at Los Angeles
Anaheim at Vancouver
Detroit at St. Louis
Colorado at Minnesota
Columbus at Nashville
San Jose at Calgary
Phoenix at Dallas
Idle -- Edmonton 

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Mike Harrington

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Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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