The Sabres will turn the page on a new season starting Oct. 8 when the Ottawa Senators come to town to open the 2015-16 campaign.
Mark that on your calendars and make note of these other interesting dates on the schedule:
- Buffalo has 10 day games scheduled this year, the first of which will be played Saturday, Oct. 10 against the Eastern Conference Champions, the Tampa Bay Lighting, at 3 p.m.
- That matinee will be followed up by another afternoon match against Columbus on Monday, Oct. 12. Buffalo will play 10 afternoon games at First Niagara Center.
- Speaking of champions, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and the Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks roll into town on Dec. 19.
- Need some weekend activities? Buffalo plays 22 of its 41 home games this season on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays.
- Dan Bylsma will coach against his old squad, the Pittsburgh Penguins, for the first time when Buffalo goes to Pittsburgh on Oct. 29. That game is sandwiched between two dates against the Flyers.
- Ring in 2016 in style as Buffalo is slated to play the Islanders at home on New Year’s Eve. Note the earlier start time of 6 p.m.
- Evander Kane and Zach Bogosian will see their old team, the Winnipeg Jets, for the first time on Sunday, Jan. 10 when Buffalo travels to Manitoba. It’s also Buffalo’s only afternoon game on the road (a 2 p.m. local start).
- No long road trips this season as the team won’t be away from Buffalo for longer than three games. At the same time, the Sabres don’t have any homestands longer than three games.
- The regular season closes with Buffalo’s second trip to Barclays center to take on the Islanders on Saturday, April 9. They’ll make their first trip to Brooklyn on Nov. 1.
- The regular season also ends with back-to-back games. Buffalo will play host to Columbus on Friday, April 8. The Sabres have 15 sets of back-to-back games this year.