Apr 13, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres goalie Connor Knapp (49) makes a save during the second period against the New York Islanders at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres Home Opener Set For Oct. 9

The Buffalo Sabres have announced the date of their season’s home opener through the team website ahead of the schedule 4PM announcement of the full NHL schedule. A mere nine days after the Stanley Cup was hoisted far from Buffalo, the Sabres will learn their schedule for the 2014-15 regular season. For now, we know the date of the team’s first home game.

The Sabres will play their first home game of the 2014-15 regular season against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday, Oct. 9 at First Niagara Center.”

The Sabres will face a new Eastern Conference foe in the Columbus Blue Jackets at home to start their 41-game slate of games at the First Niagara Center. Buffalo went 13-21-7 at home last season while the Blue Jackets went 21-17-3 on the road.

The Sabres will look to avoid the disastrous start that set the tone for a franchise-worst 2013-14 season while Blue Jackets will aim to build on a tough first round playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Blue Jackets earned the first two playoff wins in franchise history and will likely expect to top that in 2015.

Ted Nolan and the newly built Buffalo roster will travel to Chicago after the home opener to play the Blackhawks in their home opener on October 11th.

The complete NHL schedule will be released on Sunday at 4PM. We will break down key dates and matchups at that time. In the meantime, start making travel plans, folks. The NHL is already back on the calendar.

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