Thanks to the newly aligned National Hockey League, and the schedule process, the Buffalo Sabres don’t have to wait too long for what will be two very emotional hockey games to take place in Buffalo.
The first comes just seven games into the season. After starting out against the likes of Detroit, Ottawa, and the Pittsburgh Penguins, and a game against the Chicago Blackhawks, Jason Pominville makes his triumphant return to the Nickel city. This will be the first game back for Pominville since the population was sent to Minnesota.
Just before the end of the season, Buffalo Sabres fans will have to rip off another bandaid, as Lindy Ruffs Tie will return to First Niagara Center, behind the bench of the Dallas Stars as head coach.
Montreal and Toronto are the only Atlantic Division teams that do not play the Buffalo Sabres in the first month of the schedule, but the Sabres do get to try on the Columbus Blue Jackets in their first season in the Eastern Conference.
The Buffalo Sabres will also appear on national television four times in the month of October, as well as one NHL Network game. The four nationally televised games in October are the only 2013 games being taken off MSG programming. The Sabres don’t appear on an NBC game again until January.
Here is the complete look at the month of October.
|Wed Oct 2, 2013||Sabres||Red Wings||A||8:00 PM||NBCSN|
|Fri Oct 4, 2013||Senators||Sabres||H||7:00 PM|
|Sat Oct 5, 2013||Sabres||Penguins||A||7:00 PM|
|Tue Oct 8, 2013||Lightning||Sabres||H||7:30 PM||NBCSN|
|Thu Oct 10, 2013||Blue Jackets||Sabres||H||7:00 PM|
|Sat Oct 12, 2013||Sabres||Blackhawks||A||8:00 PM||NHLN-US|
|Mon Oct 14, 2013||Wild||Sabres||H||7:30 PM||NBCSN|
|Tue Oct 15, 2013||Sabres||Islanders||A||7:00 PM|
|Thu Oct 17, 2013||Canucks||Sabres||H||7:00 PM|
|Sat Oct 19, 2013||Avalanche||Sabres||H||7:00 PM|
|Wed Oct 23, 2013||Bruins||Sabres||H||8:00 PM||NBCSN|
|Fri Oct 25, 2013||Sabres||Panthers||A||7:30 PM|
|Sat Oct 26, 2013||Sabres||Lightning||A||7:00 PM|
|Mon Oct 28, 2013||Stars||Sabres||H||7:00 PM|
|Thu Oct 31, 2013||Sabres||Rangers||A||7:00 PM|