While we prepare for the major portion of the off season, this weekends draft and impending free agency, we should not forget that the season is no all that far away, thanks to a very late Stanley Cup final this year. Add that to another one of the reasons that game sevens are so awesome, the more they are – the longer the season is, and the shorter the off season! While players not like that so much, its a great way to be a fan!
This years preseason schedule is a little on the condensed side, due to the fact that the Sabres will complete the preseason and start the regular season in Europe.
Monday September 19th – vs. Carolina
Wednesday September 21st – @ Montreal
Friday September 23rd – @ Maple Leafs
Saturday September 24th – vs. Maple Leafs
Sunday September 25th – @ Blue Jackets
Friday September 30th – @ Capitals
Tuesday October 4th – @ Adler Mannheim
The Sabres conclude the regular season in the hometown of Jochen Hecht as part of the Compuware NHL Premiere Challenge. To start the regular season, the Buffalo Sabres will play Western Conference opponents on European soil.
Next season marks a record fifth consecutive season the NHL will be playing regular-season games in Europe as part of 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere™ and NHL Face-Off™. NHL teams will play a total of four games in three different European capital cities – Berlin, Stockholm and Helsinki. On Friday, Oct. 7, the Sabres will play the Anaheim Ducks at Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland, and the New York Rangers will play the Los Angeles Kings at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. The next day, Saturday, Oct. 8, the Sabres and Kings will play each other at the O2 World Arena in Berlin, Germany, and the Rangers face off against the Ducks in Stockholm.