The Sabres will play six preseason games this year. ©2021, Micheline Veluvolu

Sabres release 2021 preseason schedule

The Sabres will play six preseason games, including three contests at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, prior to the 2021-22 NHL regular season, the team announced this afternoon.

The COVID-19 pandemic prevented NHL teams from playing any exhibition games prior to last season’s truncated 56-game schedule.

The Sabres will play every preseason game in an NHL arena for the first time since 2015.

The schedule:

Sept. 28: Buffalo at Columbus, 7 p.m., Nationwide Arena

Sept. 30: Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m., Little Caesars Arena

Oct. 1: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7 p.m., KeyBank Center

Oct. 4: Columbus at Buffalo, 7 p.m., KeyBank Center

Oct. 5: Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m., PPG Paints Arena

Oct. 9: Detroit at Buffalo, 3 p.m., KeyBank Center

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