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by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres
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The Buffalo Sabres and the National Hockey League today announced the 2010-2011 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 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Times are still subject to change.

Buffalo will 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), four games against each non-divisional conference opponents (40 games), one game against each of the 15 non-conference opponents (15), and three additional “at large” games (Chicago, San Jose and Columbus).


Buffalo’s 2010-11 campaign will get underway on Friday, October 8 in Ottawa against the division rival Senators. The team will return to Buffalo immediately following that game to play their home opener on Saturday, October 9 against the New York Rangers.

The Sabres will play four of their first five games at home during the opening week of the season. Patrick Kane and the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks make their only trip of the season to HSBC Arena on Monday, October 11. The week’s schedule also includes visits from the New Jersey Devils (Wed., Oct. 13) and Montreal Canadiens (Fri., Oct. 15).

The Toronto Maple Leafs travel to HSBC Arena for the first time on Friday, November 26. That’s part of a Thanksgiving week that also features a home game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, November 24. Other highlights of Buffalo’s home schedule include: a New Year’s Day game (during the World Junior Championship) against the Boston Bruins at 5 p.m.; Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals on Sunday, February 20 at 3 p.m.; and the lone visit of the season from the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, February 26. The Sabres will also play four sets of back-to-back home games: November 19/20, February 25/26, March 19/20 and 25/26.

The Sabres will head west to Alberta for back-to-back games in Calgary (Mon., Dec. 27) and Edmonton (Tues., Dec. 28) during the Christmas break. That will be followed up by a three-game western jaunt in early January to Colorado (Tues., Jan. 4), San Jose (Thurs., Jan. 6) and Phoenix (Sat., Jan. 8). The team’s longest stretch of road games takes place in March when they will play seven games from Mar. 1-12.

March is the team’s busiest month of the season with 16 games in 31 days. The Sabres will also play 22 sets of back-to-back games this season.
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