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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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Sidney Crosby and the Penguins visit twice, Nov. 8 and the April 11 season finale. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald
Bill Hoppe     Olean Times Herald
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BUFFALO – 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 Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks are among the highlights of the 82-game 2014-15 Sabres schedule released today.

The Sabres open at home Oct. 9 against the Columbus Blue Jackets, starting a busy stretch of 11 games in 22 days.

They play a season-high 14 games in November …

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Tyler Myers and the Sabres will open the season Oct. 9. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald
Bill Hoppe     Olean Times Herald
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The Buffalo Sabres will open the 2014-15 NHL season Oct. 9 at home against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the league announced today.

The NHL released the home openers for all 30 teams today. The full schedule will be released Sunday at 4 p.m.

The Sabres will also play Oct. 11 in Chicago against the Blackhawks.

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Thomas Vanek and the Sabres will have 70 games aired on MSG next season. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald
Bill Hoppe     Olean Times Herald
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BUFFALO – MSG will televise 70 Sabres games in 2013-14, while NBC or NBC Sports Network will broadcast the other 12, the team announced today.

Ten games will air on NBC Sports Network. The other two will air on NBC or NBC Sports Network as part of the flex schedule.

The scheduled NBC games:

Oct. 2 at Detroit, 8:00 (NBCSN)
Oct. 8 vs. Tampa Bay, 7:30 (NBCSN)
Oct. 14 vs. Minnesota, 7:30 (NBCSN)
Oct. 23 vs. Boston, 8:00 (NBCSN)
Jan. 14 vs. Philadelphia, 7:30 (NBCSN)
Jan. 27 at …

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Lindy Ruff's Dallas Stars visit the Sabres on Oct. 28. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald
Bill Hoppe     Olean Times Herald
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BUFFALO – Sabres fans won’t have to wait long to see some familiar faces back at the First Niagara Center in different colors next season.

An Oct. 14 game against former Sabres captain Jason Pominville and the Minnesota Wild and an Oct. 28 contest versus ex-coach Lindy Ruff and the Dallas Stars are among the highlights of the 82-game schedule the NHL released Friday.

The Sabres open their 43rd season Oct. 2 in Detroit on NBC Sports Network against the Red Wings, …

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Former captain Jason Pominville and the Minnesota Wild visit the Sabres on Oct. 14. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald
Bill Hoppe     Olean Times Herald
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BUFFALO – Sabres fans won’t have to wait long to see some familiar faces back at the First Niagara Center for the first time next season.

An Oct. 14 game against former Sabres captain Jason Pominville and the Minnesota Wild and an Oct. 28 contest versus ex-coach Lindy Ruff and the Dallas Stars are among the highlights of the 82-game slate the NHL released this afternoon.

The Sabres open their 43rd season Oct. 2 in Detroit on NBC Sports Network against the …

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Nathan Gerbe played 188 games for the Sabres. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald
Bill Hoppe     Olean Times Herald
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BUFFALO – Nathan Gerbe’s Sabres career is over.

The team placed the diminutive winger on waivers Wednesday for the purpose of buying him out, his agent, Jordan Neumann, told the Times Herald.

When asked if Gerbe had any warning, Neumann replied, “Absolutely none.” The Sabres still hadn’t contacted Neumann as of early Wednesday afternoon. Neumann said he understands the business, however.

Sabres general manager Darcy Regier told the media at least three times recently, including Sunday and Tuesday, he had no plans for …

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Fans will have more opportunities to see Cody Hodgson and Jordan Leopold up close. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald
Bill Hoppe     Olean Times Herald
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BUFFALO – Beginning with Friday’s game against Boston, fans can purchase last-minute tickets to Sabres contests at the First Niagara Center through the new “Sabres Standby” program, the team announced today.

Fans can sign up to be part of a queue of potential ticket-buyers at sabres.com/standby starting at 7 p.m. tonight and be eligible to purchase from a limited quantity of tickets.

The NHL’s new collective bargaining agreement requires each team to reserve an increased number of tickets for players, referees and …

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Drew Stafford and the Sabres open the season next Sunday at home against the Philadelphia Flyers. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald
Bill Hoppe     Olean Times Herald
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BUFFALO – Get ready for a hectic pace, Sabres fans.

The team’s lockout-shortened 48-game, conference-only 2012-13 schedule will be completed in only 97 days.

The slate, which starts with an afternoon tilt next Sunday against the Philadelphia Flyers inside the First Niagara Center, features some odd quirks and new twists.

With 10 of their final 14 games at home, including the April 26 season finale against the New York Islanders, the Sabres could have a huge advantage over other teams.

Other interesting schedule notes:

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