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Sabres announce 2016-17 regular season schedule

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Posted at 1:23 PM, Jun 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-21 13:25:51-04

The Buffalo Sabres 2016-17 regular season schedule is out.

The season opens on Thursday, October 13 when the Sabres host Montreal.  Then it's right to the West!

After one home game, the Sabres get their first western swing over with from October 16-20, then visit Philadelphia before returning home.

Here is the schedule:

 

 

Below is more from the Sabres' press release:

 

The Sabres open their season at home on Thursday, Oct. 13 against the Montreal Canadiens before embarking on the season’s first Western Conference road trip from Oct. 16 to 20 and then visiting Philadelphia on Oct. 25. Those four straight road games make up one of three four-game road trips for the Sabres in 2016-17, tying stretches in January and mid-March as the team’s longest road trips of the season. The team will play a season-high four straight home games twice, from Nov. 17 to 23 and Dec. 6 to 16.

Nearly half of Buffalo’s 41 home games will take place on either Thursday (11) or Saturday (9). The team will play six afternoon games at home this season:

  • Saturday, Oct. 29 vs. Florida, 1 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 3 vs. Boston, 1 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 7 vs. Winnipeg, 1 p.m.
  • Monday, Jan. 16 vs. Dallas, 1 p.m. (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
  • Saturday, Feb. 18 vs. St. Louis, 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 2 vs. NY Islanders, 3 p.m.

The Sabres will play home-and-home sets against three different opponents in 2016-17, with back-to-back dates scheduled with the New Jersey Devils (Nov. 11 and 12), and the Columbus Blue Jackets (March 10 and 11), and two games in three days against the Boston Bruins (Dec. 29 and 31).

The season will end with 10 straight games against Eastern Conference opponents. Seven of those 10 games will be against Atlantic Division rivals, including each of the last four.

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