Evan Rodrigues tries to pry the puck from Washington goalie Philipp Grubauer last season. The Capitals visit Buffalo once next season. ©2018, Hickling Images

2018-19 Sabres schedule features early home stand, long January break

DALLAS – A season-opening four-game home stand, a 10-day January break and a Feb. 23 visit from superstar Alex Ovechkin and the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals are among the highlights of the 2018-19 Buffalo Sabres schedule the NHL released Thursday.

The Sabres open Oct. 4 against the Boston Bruins and stay at KeyBank Center until Oct. 11. Then they begin a season-long five-game road trip Oct. 13 in Arizona, also visiting Vegas, San Jose, ... Read the full article

Casey Mittelstadt should receive plenty of exhibition action. ©2018, Hickling Images

Sabres announce 2018 preseason schedule

Here it is, the Buffalo Sabres’ 2018 preseason schedule the team released today. The seven-game slate includes two home contests.

Sept. 17 Buffalo at Columbus, Nationwide Arena

Sept. 18 Pittsburgh at Buffalo, KeyBank Center

Sept. 21 Buffalo at Toronto, Scotiabank Arena

Sept. 22 Toronto at Buffalo, KeyBank Center

Sept. 25 Columbus at Buffalo, Clinton Arena (Clinton, New York)

Sept. 26 Buffalo at Pittsburgh, PPG Paints Arena

Sept. 28 Buffalo at New York Islanders, General Motors ... Read the full article

Phil Housley's Sabres get on the ice Sept. 15. ©2017, Hickling Images, Olean Times Herald

Sabres to open training camp Sept. 14

BUFFALO – The Sabres will open their main training camp Sept. 14, when veterans report for physicals and testing, then hold their first on-ice sessions a day later, the team announced today.

Like last year, the Sabres will begin camp in HarborCenter. Sessions are open to the public. A full camp roster and schedule will be announced later. The Sabres begin their preseason schedule Sept. 18 at KeyBank Center against the Carolina Hurricanes.... Read the full article

Sam Reinhart and the Sabres play on NBC New Year's Day. ©2017, Hickling Images, Olean Times Herald

Sabres to appear on national TV seven times in 2017-18

The Buffalo Sabres will make seven appearances on national television in 2017-18, the NHL announced today.

The schedule:

Tuesday, Oct. 24 vs. Detroit, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

Wednesday, Oct. 25 at Columbus, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

Tuesday, Nov. 7 vs. Washington, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)

Tuesday, Dec. 19 vs Boston, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

Sunday, Jan. 1 vs. New York Rangers, 1 p.m. (2018 Winter Classic on NBC)

Thursday, Jan. 18 at New York Rangers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

Monday, ... Read the full article

Sam Reinhart plays against the Penguins on March 21. ©2017, Hickling Images, Olean Times Herald

2017-18 Sabres schedule features early date with Golden Knights

CHICAGO – Two games against the expansion Vegas Golden Knights and a home-and-home series with the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins in early December are among the highlights of the 82-game 2017-18 Buffalo Sabres schedule the NHL released Thursday.

Some other notable dates, stretches and nuggets:

– The Sabres play the Golden Knights first the first time Oct. 17 in Vegas, the close of a four-game road trip that includes dates with the San Jose ... Read the full article

Robin Lehner and the Sabres will play Pittsburgh twice in the preseason. ©2017, Hickling Images, Olean Times Herald

Sabres announce 2017 preseason schedule

BUFFALO – Below is the six-game preseason schedule the Sabres announced this morning. The highlights include three home games at KeyBank Center, another trip to Penn State and two tilts against the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

Two games against the Penguins might be Jason Botterill’s doing. The new general manager was hired away from Pittsburgh last month.

Sept. 18           Carolina at Buffalo                 7 p.m.              KeyBank Center

Sept. 19           Pittsburgh at Buffalo              7 p.m.              Pegula ... Read the full article

Sam Reinhart (23) will be one of the Sabres to watch closely throughout camp following a breakout season. ©2016, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres to open training camp Sept. 23 at HarborCenter

BUFFALO – The Sabres will open training camp Sept. 23 in a different venue than past years, the team announced this afternoon.

HarborCenter, the Sabres’ two-rink practice facility they recently used for development camp, will host the early sessions of training camp to start the 2016-17 season. The sessions are free and open to the public. Practices will move to the First Niagara Center once the exhibition schedule starts.

Sabres veterans will report for physicals ... Read the full article

John Muse was a star at Boston College. ©2016, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres sign defenseman Erik Burgdoerfer to 1-year deal; Amerks ink goalie John Muse

BUFFALO – The Sabres added defense depth for the AHL today, signing Erik Burgdoerfer to a one-year, two-way contract.

He will most likely start next season with the Rochester Americans.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Burgdoerfer, 27, spent last season with the AHL Hershey Bears, compiling six goals, 20 points and 59 penalty minutes in 74 games.

Burgdoerfer mostly played in the ECHL for four seasons before moving up to the AHL in 2014-15. The East Setauket ... Read the full article

Zemgus Girgensons and the Sabres open the preseason schedule Sept. 26 against Minnesota. ©2016, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres announce 2016 preseason schedule

BUFFALO – Five of the Sabres’ seven preseason games this year are away from the First Niagara Center, including four neutral-site contests, the team announced this morning.

The Sabres start the exhibition slate Sept. 26 against the Minnesota Wild at Penn State University, the first pro game at the arena funded by a $102 million donation by Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula.

The game was moved from Rochester because the Sabres believe the Blue ... Read the full article

Auston Matthews should visit Buffalo with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Nov. 3. ©2016, Margaret Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres’ 2016-17 schedule features long trips; Dan Bylsma close to making hires

BUFFALO – After the Sabres open their season Oct. 13 at home against the Montreal Canadiens, they start a four-game road trip – longer than any swing they had last season – three days later against Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers.

That’s just one notable stretch of the 82-game 2016-17 schedule the NHL released Tuesday.

The Sabres, who went 19-17-5 on the road last season, better get comfortable playing away from the First Niagara ... Read the full article