BUFFALO, NY (WKBW.com/Sabres Release) – The Buffalo Sabres and the National Hockey League today announced the team’s 2011-2012 regular season schedule. The variable pricing designations, as well as box office pricing for individual games will be released at a later date. All Friday night home games will start at 7:30 p.m. All other home games will begin at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Times are still subject to change.
Buffalo will play their 82-game schedule with the same breakdown of opponents as last season. Each team will play their divisional opponents six times (24 games), four games against each non-divisional conference opponents (40 games), one game against each of the 15 non-conference opponents (15), and three additional “at large” games (Detroit, Anaheim and Columbus).
More than half of Buffalo’s home schedule will take place on weekends, with 12 Friday home games and eight on Saturdays. The Sabres will also play once on a Sunday – a 12:30 p.m. home date with the Pittsburgh Penguins on February 19.
The Sabres will start the regular season with a pair of games in Europe as part of the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere™ and NHL Face-Off™. Buffalo will open the season on Friday, October 7, when they “host” Anaheim at the Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland. The next day, Saturday, October 8, the Sabres and Los Angeles Kings will play each other at the O2 World Arena in Berlin, Germany. Buffalo will be designated as the away team for this game.
Following a five-day break, the Sabres will play their North American home opener at HSBC Arena against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday, October 14. Buffalo hits the road immediately following that game, and will face Pittsburgh on Saturday, October 15 at the Consol Energy Center.
The Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins come to HSBC Arena for the first time on Wednesday, November 23, part of a Thanksgiving holiday that also features a home game against the Washington Capitals on Saturday, November 26. Other highlights of Buffalo’s home schedule include: a New Year’s Eve game against the Ottawa Senators at 7 p.m.; the first visit from the new Winnipeg franchise on Monday, November 21; and the lone visit of the season from the Detroit Red Wings on Friday, December 2.
The Sabres will also play two sets of back-to-back Friday/Saturday home games: December 9 vs. Florida/December 10 vs. NY Rangers; and February 10 vs. Dallas/February 11 vs. Tampa Bay.
Buffalo’s longest stretch of road games takes place in late January when they will play seven straight from January 14-31. The trip starts against the NY Islanders (Jan. 14), before continuing on to Detroit (Jan. 16), Chicago (Jan. 18), Winnipeg (Jan. 19), St. Louis (Jan. 21) and New Jersey (Jan. 24). The game in Winnipeg will be Buffalo’s first since January 10, 1996. The trip finishes up following All-Star Weekend with a game in Montreal (Jan. 31). This year’s All-Star Game festivities take place in Ottawa from Jan. 28-29.
The Sabres will also go west for four games starting with back-to-back tilts in Anaheim (Feb. 29) and San Jose (Mar. 1). They then head up to Canada for games in Vancouver (Mar. 3) and Winnipeg (Mar. 5).
March is the team’s busiest month of the season with 16 games in 31 days. The Sabres will play 21 sets of back-to-back games this season, with 16 taking place on Fridays and Saturdays. However, the Sabres will only play three back-to-back sets in the final five weeks of the season. Buffalo’s busiest night of the week is Saturday, with the team playing on 24 of a possible 25 throughout the season.
Buffalo Sabres 2011-2012 Regular Season Schedule
Friday October 7 ANAHEIM (Helsinki, Finland) 1:00 p.m.
Saturday October 8 @ Los Angeles (Berlin,Germany) 2:00 p.m.
Friday October 14 CAROLINA 7:30 p.m.
Saturday October 15 @ Pittsburgh 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday October 18 @ Montreal 7:30 p.m.
Thursday October 20 @ Florida 7:30 p.m.
Saturday October 22 @ Tampa Bay 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday October 25 TAMPA BAY 7:00 p.m.
Saturday October 29 FLORIDA 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday November 2 PHILADELPHIA 7:30 p.m
Friday November 4 CALGARY 7:30 p.m.
Saturday November 5 @ Ottawa 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday November 8 COLUMBUS 7:00 p.m.
Friday November 11 OTTAWA 7:30 p.m.
Saturday November 12 @ Boston 7:00 p.m.
Monday November 14 @ Montreal 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday November 16 NEW JERSEY 7:30 p.m.
Friday November 18 @ Carolina 7:00 p.m.
Saturday November 19 PHOENIX 7:00 p.m.
Monday November 21 WINNIPEG 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday November 23 BOSTON 7:00 p.m.
Friday November 25 @ Columbus 7:00 p.m.
Saturday November 26 WASHINGTON 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday November 29 NY ISLANDERS 7:00 p.m.
Friday December 2 DETROIT 7:30 p.m.
Saturday December 3 @ Nashville 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday December 7 PHILADELPHIA 7:30 p.m.
Friday December 9 FLORIDA 7:30 p.m.
Saturday December 10 NY RANGERS 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday December 13 OTTAWA 7:00 p.m.
Friday December 16 TORONTO 7:30 p.m.
Saturday December 17 @ Pittsburgh 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday December 20 @ Ottawa 7:30 p.m.
Thursday December 22 @ Toronto 7:00 p.m.
Monday December 26 WASHINGTON 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday December 28 @ New Jersey 7:00 p.m.
Friday December 30 @ Washington 7:00 p.m.
Saturday December 31 OTTAWA 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday January 3 EDMONTON 7:00 p.m.
Friday January 6 @ Carolina 7:00 p.m.
Saturday January 7 WINNIPEG 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday January 10 @ Toronto 7:00 p.m.
Friday January 13 TORONTO 7:30 p.m.
Saturday January 14 @ NY Islanders 7:00 p.m.
Monday January 16 @ Detroit 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday January 18 @ Chicago 7:30 p.m.
Thursday January 19 @ Winnipeg 8:30 p.m.
Saturday January 21 @ St. Louis 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday January 24 @ New Jersey 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday January 31 @ Montreal 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday February 1 NY RANGERS 7:00 p.m.
Saturday February 4 @ NY Islanders 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday February 8 BOSTON 7:30 p.m.
Friday February 10 DALLAS 7:30 p.m.
Saturday February 11 TAMPA BAY 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday February 14 NEW JERSEY 7:00 p.m.
Thursday February 16 @ Philadelphia 7:00 p.m.
Friday February 17 MONTREAL 7:30 p.m.
Sunday February 19 PITTSBURGH 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday February 21 NY ISLANDERS 7:00 p.m.
Friday February 24 BOSTON 7:30 p.m.
Saturday February 25 @ NY RANGERS 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday February 29 @ Anaheim 10:00 p.m.
Thursday March 1 @ San Jose 10:30 p.m.
Saturday March 3 @ Vancouver 10:00 p.m.
Monday March 5 @ Winnipeg 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday March 7 CAROLINA 7:30 p.m.
Thursday March 8 @ Boston 7:00 p.m.
Saturday March 10 @ Ottawa 7:00 p.m.
Monday March 12 MONTREAL 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday March 14 COLORADO 7:30 p.m.
Saturday March 17 @ Florida 7:30 p.m.
Monday March 19 @ Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday March 21 MONTREAL 7:00 p.m.
Friday March 23 @ NY Rangers 7:00 p.m.
Saturday March 24 MINNESOTA 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday March 27 @ Washington 7:00 p.m.
Friday March 30 PITTSBURGH 7:30 p.m.
Saturday March 31 @ Toronto 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday April 3 TORONTO 7:00 p.m.
Thursday April 5 @ Philadelphia 7:00 p.m.
Saturday April 7 @Boston 12:30 p.m.