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2014-15 schedule will have busy start for Sabres

By Mike Harrington

The Buffalo Sabres will have a busy start to the 2014-15 season, according to the National Hockey League schedule released this afternoon.

As revealed by the league on Saturday, the Sabres open the season at home against Columbus on Thursday, Oct. 9. Their next game is Oct. 11 in Chicago, which will be the Blackhawks' home opener in United Center.

The Sabres then have 11 games over a 22-day stretch in October, and a four-game road trip from Oct. 22-28 that takes them to Anaheim, Los Angeles and San Jose before finishing in Toronto.

The busiest month of the season then follows, as Buffalo has 14 games in November -- including four back-to-back sets. 

From the start of the season through Nov. 5, 11 of the Sabres' first 14 games are against teams who were in the playoffs last season.

There are 13 games apiece in December, February and March, 12 in January, 11 in October and six in April. The variable ticket pricing designations for individual games will be released at a later date.

The Sabres' longest homestand of the season is a five-gamer from Feb. 7-15. There are five-game road trips in both January and March.

The Sabres will have 25 of their 41 home games on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays or holidays, up from 16 last season. Among other highlights:

---The Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings make their visit to Buffalo on Dec. 9.

---South Buffalo native Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks come to town on April 3.

---The Toronto Maple Leafs come to Buffalo twice, on Nov. 15 and April 1.

---The season and home finale is April 11 against Pittsburgh.

---There will be a Columbus Day home matinee, Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. against Anaheim.

---The team will host Tampa Bay on New Year's Eve at 6 p.m.

The Sabres will play each Atlantic Division opponent at least four times each and the other teams within the Eastern conference three times each. They will play each team in the Western conference once at home and once on the road.

The Atlantic Division teams the Sabres will meet five times next season are Florida (three home) and Tampa Bay (three away).

The Sabres played five games last year against Boston and Toronto, with three visits made by the Bruins to Buffalo and three trips by the Sabres to Toronto's Air Canada Centre.

The full schedule:

October
9, Columbus, 7
11, at Chicago, 8:30
13, Anaheim, 3
14, at Carolina, 7
17, Florida, 7
18, Boston, 7
22, at Anaheim, 10:30
23, at Los Angeles, 10:30
25, at San Jose, 4
28, at Toronto, 7:30
30, Boston, 7

November
1, at Pittsburgh, 7
2, Detroit, 5
5, Montreal, 7:30
7, Edmonton, 7
8, Pittsburgh, 7
11, at St. Louis, 8
13, at Minnesota, 8
15, Toronto, 7
18, San Jose, 7
21, New York Rangers, 7
22, at Washington, 7
26, Winnipeg, 7
28, Montreal, 7
29, at Montreal, 7


December
2, Tampa Bay, 7
4, at Tampa Bay, 7:30
6, at Florida, 7
9, Los Angeles, 7
11, Calgary, 7
13, Florida, 7
16, at Winnipeg, 8
20, Colorado, 7
21, at Boston, 7
23, at Detroit, 7:30
27, New York Islanders, 7
29, at Ottawa, 7:30
31, Tampa Bay, 6

January
2, Florida, 7
3, at New York Rangers, 7
6. at New Jersey, 7
8, at Carolina, 7
9, at Tampa Bay, 7:30
13, Detroit, 7
15, Minnesota, 7
17, Philadelphia, 7
18, at Detroit, 7:30
27, at Calgary, 9
29, at Edmonton, 9:30
30, at Vancouver, 10

February
3, at Montreal, 7:30
5, St. Louis, 7
7, Dallas, 7
8, New York Islanders, 5
10, Ottawa, 7
15, Philadelphia, 7:30
17, at New Jersey, 7
19, at Philadelphia, 7
20, Ottawa, 7
22, Nashville, 6
24, at Columbus, 7
26, Vancouver, 7
28, at Florida, 3

March
3, at Tampa Bay, 7:30
6, at Ottawa, 7:30
7, at Washington, 7
11, at Toronto, 7
14, New York Rangers, 7
16, Washington, 7
17, at Boston, 7
20, New Jersey, 7
21, at Nashville, 8
23, at Dallas, 8:30
26, Arizona, 7
28, at Colorado, 9
30, at Arizona, 10

April
1, Toronto, 7:30
3, Chicago, 7
4, at New York Islanders, 7
6, Carolina, 7
10, at Columbus, 7
11, Pittsburgh, 7

 

 

 

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

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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Amy Moritz

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