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Dan Bylsma's team has 10 afternoon home games. ©2015, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald
Bill Hoppe     Olean Times Herald
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SUNRISE, Fla. – If slick center Jack Eichel joins the NHL next season, Buffalo fans will get a long look at the second overall pick October. The Sabres open the season with three straight home games for the first time in 40 years.

That’s just one highlight of the 2015-16 schedule the NHL released Thursday.

Six of the opening eight games are at the First Niagara Center, so Eichel, the phenom the Sabres will select tonight at the NHL Draft, could get …

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Dan Bylsma returns to Pittsburgh on Oct. 29. ©2015, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald
Bill Hoppe     Olean Times Herald
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Before I run to catch a cab to switch hotels, here are some highlights from the 2015-16 Buffalo Sabres schedule the NHL released this morning.

– The Sabres, and perhaps the Jack Eichel era, open Oct. 8 at home against the Ottawa Senators at the First Niagara Center. They open with a season-high three-game home stand, one of seven on the schedule. The Sabres also don’t have a road trip more than three games, something unusual.

– Eichel, …

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Jack Eichel could see a lot of preseason action if he turns pro. ©2015, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald
Bill Hoppe     Olean Times Herald
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BUFFALO – The seven-game 2015 preseason schedule the Sabres released this afternoon features three home games and, oddly enough, two road contests in Minnesota, including the Sept. 21 opener.

Assuming he turns pro, would the Sabres play Jack Eichel, the phenom they’ll draft second overall next week, against the Wild, or hold the center out until their Sept. 23 home game against the Ottawa Senators?

The complete schedule is below. The Sabres played six exhibition games last year.

Sept. 21                Buffalo …

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Patrick Kaleta practiced again Friday. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald
Bill Hoppe     Olean Times Herald
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BUFFALO – For days, Sabres winger Patrick Kaleta looked out a window in his Hamburg home and had one thought, “Man, when is this going to end?”

As foot after foot of snow from Winter Storm Knife piled up, Kaleta, like most Southtowns residents, got trapped. He spent three days shoveling and helping people.

“There was nothing I could do,” Kaleta said Friday following practice inside the First Niagara Center. “As my neighbors’ kids would say, I’m pretty grumpy.”

Finally, Kaleta made it …

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Patrick Kaleta was stuck at home for days. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald
Bill Hoppe     Olean Times Herald
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BUFFALO – For days, Sabres winger Patrick Kaleta looked out a window in his Hamburg home and had one thought, “Man, when is this going to end?”

As foot after foot of snow from Winter Storm Knife piled up, Kaleta, like most Southtowns residents, got trapped. He spent three days shoveling and helping people.

Finally, Kaleta made it to practice today. It wasn’t easy, however.

“I had to take the long way, but I was happy to get out there and practice, for …

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Snow has been falling around Buffalo for days. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald
Bill Hoppe     Olean Times Herald
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BUFFALO – With Winter Storm Knife still decimating much of the area surrounding Buffalo, the NHL announced this afternoon it has postponed Friday’s Sabres-New York Rangers game at the First Niagara Center.

The NHL used the phrase “continuing weather-related difficulties” in the press release.

A makeup date will be announced later.

After taking Wednesday off, the Sabres practiced again today. They operated like the game would be played as scheduled.

Update: According to Sabres spokesman Mike Gilbert, a decision on the game had to …

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Sam Reinhart will be one of training camp's most interesting storylines. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald
Bill Hoppe     Olean Times Herald
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BUFFALO – The season’s getting closer, Sabres fans.

The team announced today training camp will open next Thursday when veterans report for testing and physicals. The first on-ice sessions are a day later.

On-ice sessions at the First Niagara Center are open to the public.

The camp roster and the first week of the schedule are below.

2014-15 Training Camp Roster

Friday, Sept. 19
Session one: 11-11:45 a.m.
Session two: 1:15-2 p.m.
Session three: 3:30-4:15 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20
Session one: 10-11:15 a.m.
Session two: 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Session three: …

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Tyler Ennis' Sabres will play Toronto twice during the preseason. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald
Bill Hoppe     Olean Times Herald
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BUFFALO – Here’s the six-game 2014 Sabres preseason schedule. Tickets go on sale August 25 at 10 a.m.

Sept. 21                Buffalo @ Washington   5 p.m. Verizon Center
Sept. 23             Buffalo vs. Carolina        7 p.m. First Niagara Center
Sept. 26             Buffalo vs. Toronto         7 p.m. First Niagara Center
Sept. 28                Buffalo @ Toronto           7 p.m. Air Canada Centre
Oct. 1                  Buffalo vs. Washington 7 p.m. First Niagara Center
Oct. 3                    Buffalo @ Carolina           7 p.m. PNC Arena

In addition, the Sabres will host the USA Hockey All-American Prospects …

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Jhonas Enroth (1), Mike Weber (6), Tyler Myers (57) and the Sabres will face Washington on March 16 on NBC Sports Network. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald
Bill Hoppe     Olean Times Herald
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BUFFALO – NBC’s 2014-15 national television schedule includes 11 Sabres games.

From the schedule the NHL released today:

– Oct. 14 at Carolina, 7:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Network) *

– Nov. 11 at St. Louis, 8 p.m., (NBCSN)

– Nov. 18 vs. San Jose, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN) *

– Dec. 2 vs. Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN) *

– Dec. 9 vs. Los Angeles, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN) *

– Jan. 18 at Detroit, 8 p.m. (NBCSN) *

– Feb. 15 vs. Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

– Feb. 17 vs. …

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Drew Stafford and the Sabres play Oct. 11 in Chicago and host the Blackhawks on April 3. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald
Bill Hoppe     Olean Times Herald
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BUFFALO – The Sabres’ 2014-15 schedule will get busy in a hurry, with the Oct. 9 season opener against the Columbus Blue Jackets inside the First Niagara Center starting a stretch of 11 games in 22 days. They then play 14 games in November, their most active month.

Two home games against superstar Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins, a Dec. 9 visit from the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings and an April 3 contest against South Buffalo native Patrick …

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