BUFFALO, N.Y. --- The Buffalo Sabres and the National Hockey League today announced the 2007-2008 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 7:00 p.m., unless otherwise designated.
The Sabres’ 38th season of operation will begin with a home and home series with New York Islanders in a rematch of their 2007 NHL Stanley Cup First Round series. The Sabres will play their first game in Buffalo on Friday, October 5 at HSBC Arena. The two teams will then travel to Long Island to play at the Nassau Coliseum on October 6.
The Sabres will face off against their border rival the Toronto Maple Leafs for the first time of the season on Monday, October 15 at HSBC Arena. The Sabres will play all of their Northeast Division foes (Boston, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto) a total of eight times each (four home and four road).
The schedule will feature many intriguing matchups, include visits from key NHL players. Former Sabres’ Daniel Briere and Chris Drury will each make two stops in Western New York this season. Briere and his Philadelphia Flyers will return to HSBC Arena for the first time on December 21, while Drury and the New York Rangers will return on February 23. 2007 NHL Most Valuable Player Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins will make two stops in Buffalo, with the first on January 1 and the second on February 17.
The Atlanta Thrashers and Philips Arena will host the events of All-Star Weekend Jan. 26-27. NHL All-Star Saturday, including the NHL YoungStars Game and the Dodge/NHL SuperSkills will be followed on Sunday, Jan. 27, by the 56th NHL All-Star Game.
The Buffalo Sabres are coming off of the most productive regular season in franchise history. The team captured the 2006-2007 President’s Trophy, awarded to the club finishing the regular season with the best record in the NHL. The team also clinched their first division title since 1996-97 and entered the postseason as the top seed in the Eastern Conference, the first time since the 1979-80 season. The club also set a franchise record for wins with 53 last season, the 12th 40+ win season in franchise history. The team’s 113 points also matched the franchise record set by the 1974-75 team.