by Amy Moritz
The Buffalo Sabres will open the 2014-15 season at First Niagara Center on Thursday, Oct. 9 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The NHL released the complete list of home openers this afternoon with the full schedule set to be released at 4 p.m. Sunday.
The Sabres will be the opponent for the Blackhawks when they open in Chicago on Saturday, Oct. 11.
The season opens on Oct. 8 with a slate of four games. The Los Angeles Kings begin the defense of the Stanley Cup that night, hosting the San Jose Sharks.
Also playing on the league's opening night: Philadelphia at Boston, Montreal at Toronto and Vancouver at Calgary.
Also of note, the rebranded Arizona Coyotes will play their first game since changing their name from Phoenix, on Oct. 9 hosting Winnipeg. The franchise name officially changes on Friday, June 27 at the NHL Draft.