The Buffalo Sabres and the National Hockey League today announced the 2009-2010 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 PM. All other home games will begin at 7:00 PM, unless otherwise noted.
Buffalo will continue to 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 in total), four games against each non-divisional conference opponent (40 games in total), one game against each of the 15 non-conference opponents and three “at large” games.
Due to the 2010 Olympics, the NHL will take a break from their regular season slate starting February 15 and will return to action on March 1.
The 2009-10 campaign will begin when the Montreal Canadiens visit HSBC Arena on Saturday, October 3. The Sabres will travel to the Music City to begin the road portion of their schedule on Saturday, October 10 when the team heads to Nashville to battle the Predators.
The Sabres will face off against their border rivals from Toronto for the first time on Friday, October 30, when the Maple Leafs head to Buffalo. The Sabres will play host to Atlanta on New Year’s Day at HSBC Arena for a 7:30 p.m. faceoff against the Thrashers.
The team will pack their suitcases in January and head out for a seven-game,12-day road trip, their longest continual trip since the 2005-06 season. The Sabres will start their cross-country trip in Atlanta (Thursday, January 14) and complete their seven-game swing in Western Canada against Vancouver (Monday, January 25).
This season’s schedule will also feature many other intriguing matchups. The Sabres will battle Sidney Crosby and the defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins four times, with the Pens visiting Buffalo twice; Saturday, December 19 and Tuesday, December 29. South Buffalo native Patrick Kane will return home with his Chicago Blackhawks on Friday, December 11. The NHL’s reining Most Valuable Player Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals will visit HSBC Arena twice on December 9 and March 3.