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by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres
Craig Rivet (Photo: Bill Wippert)
The National Hockey League today announced the national television schedules for the 2009-10 season. The Buffalo Sabres have been scheduled for seven national appearances in the U.S. on VERSUS, and six Canadian games on TSN.

Buffalo’s seven games on VERSUS are second only to the eight appearances by Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and the New York Rangers.

Buffalo’s game at Carolina on Sunday, March 21 is listed as part of NBC’s flexible scheduling for regular season games (NY Rangers at Boston is the other game). NBC will confirm the game 13 days prior to the scheduled date.

The Sabres are also part of two regional Saturday games on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada: October 3 vs. Montreal; April 3 at Montreal.

Following are Buffalo’s seven games that will be televised by VERSUS:

*Tuesday, October 13 vs. Detroit, 7 p.m.
Monday, November 30 @ Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, December 7 vs. New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Monday, December 14 @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, December 21 @ Toronto, 7 p.m.
*Monday, February 1 @ Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
*Monday, March 29 @ Boston, 7 p.m.
(*denotes VERSUS exclusive Game of the Week)

The Sabres will also make six national TV appearances in Canada on TSN:
Tuesday, October 13 vs. Detroit, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, November 11 vs. Edmonton, 7 p.m.
Friday, December 18 vs. Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 24 vs. Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 26 vs. Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 1 @ Toronto, 7 p.m.
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