Sabres announce 2011 preseason schedule

The countdown is now on: 90 days until the Buffalo Sabres hit the ice to begin the 2011-12 season.

This morning the organization announced their preseason schedule, a move that comes weeks before it has in the past.

The Sabres will begin their preseason slate at home on Monday, September 19 when the Carolina Hurricanes visit HSBC Arena. The Sabres will then travel to Montreal to play the Canadiens on Wednesday, September 21. The team will participate in a home and home series with the Toronto Maple Leafs starting at the Air Canada Centre on Friday, September 23 and then at HSBC Arena on Saturday, September 24. After a game on the road in Columbus the following day (Sunday, September 25), the team will travel to Washington on Friday, September 30 to face the Capitals.

The Buffalo Sabres will also play an exhibition game against Adler Mannheim at SAP Arena in Mannheim, Germany, on Tuesday, Oct. 4, as part of the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere Challenge to complete the 2011 preseason schedule.

As expected, you have your home-and-home with Toronto, with one of them likely being a blowout win for the Sabres. You have your Wednesday night TSN game against Montreal, which will probably be on NHL Network as well.

Full credit to the Sabres for doing this earlier this year. Last year, the preseason schedule was announced by the team on July 8. Fans in recent years have been able to piece together the entire slate based on other teams beating them to the punch. Not so much this year. Good to see.

Here is the complete schedule:

Date       Time (ET) Location
Sep 19 Hurricanes @ Sabres 7:00 HSBC Arena
Sep 21 Sabres @ Canadiens 7:30 Bell Centre
Sep 23 Sabres @ Maple Leafs 7:00 Air Canada Centre
Sep 24 Maple Leafs @ Sabres 7:00 HSBC Arena
Sep 25 Sabres @ Blue Jackets 5:00 Nationwide Arena
Sep 30 Sabres @ Capitals 7:00 Verizon Center
Oct 4 Sabres @ Adler Mannheim (DEL) TBA SAP Arena, Mannheim

Posted on June 21, 2011, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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