The Buffalo Sabres have 15 games for the fan base to look forward to in 2023-24. Which ones are the most highly anticipated matchups?
The Buffalo Sabres find themselves on national television 15 times for 2023-24, and there are a lot of highly-anticipated matchups fans can look forward to. But which games should be the most anticipated ones on the schedule?
Below, I’ve picked my five favorites that you will want to mark on the calendar in red. Three of the games you’ll find are intra-divisional matchups, and two are against a pair of foes in the Western Conference.
So which matchups should you be excited for the most? Keep reading.
5 most highly anticipated nationally-televised matchups for the Buffalo Sabres
1 – October 17th vs. Tampa Bay
The Blue and Gold open their national TV schedule on October 17th vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning. Last season, the Sabres got the best of Tampa twice, and this year, one team’s arrow is pointing north while the other may experience some turbulence. But as I’ve said before: That doesn’t mean the Lightning will be any less formidable.
In 2022-23, the Sabres, who struggled as a physical team last season were involved in several hard-hitting contests with Tampa. That trend will continue on the 17th, and remain so throughout the season, so expect some heated matchups.
2 – December 5th vs. Detroit
The Adamsplan clashes with the Yzerplan once again on December 5th. Last year, the Sabres beat their Atlantic Division adversary handedly in both occasions at KeyBank Center, and you know Steve Yzerman’s Detroit Red Wings want to get the best of Adams’ Sabres and prove his plan is every bit as effective.
Of course, the Sabres are looking to disprove Yzerman’s theory for the second straight season. Expect an intense one on December 5th, and hopefully, the Sabres keep taking it to Detroit.