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Buffalo Sabres 2016-17 schedule released, host Habs on Oct 13th to open season

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Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

The National Hockey League announced the full schedule for the 2016-17 season today. After providing everyone a teaser yesterday with the dates and opponents for each team’s home openers, the complete season listing was released this afternoon.

For Buffalo, the team will start off the highly anticipated 2016-17 season at their newly-named Key Bank Center against division rivals Montreal Canadiens on October 13th. The last two games of the season are on a Florida road trip, ending with the Lightning on April 9th.

At first glance, this looks like a reasonably well-balanced schedule for the Sabres, with two four-game home stands. The first is in the week leading up Thanksgiving, and then in early December. After opening at home the team flies to Canada's West Coast for three consecutive games before going to the Flyers. The American West Coast trip is in mid-March, followed by a game in Detroit.

The games against the Toronto Maple Leafs are always charged affairs, and after this year’s NHL Draft, will only get even more hotly contested. The Sabres take on the Leafs at home on November 3rd for the first time, aand then again towards the end of the season on March 25th and April 3rd.

The Sabres go to Toronto on January 17th and February 11th.The Sabres play home-and-home sets against three different opponents, back-to-back dates with the Devils (Nov. 11 and 12), the Blue Jackets (March 10 and 11), and the Bruins (Dec. 29 and 31).

It's a tough stretch to end the season, with 10 straight Conference games, including seven against Atlantic Division opponents.

Here’s the schedule from the Sabres website.

October
DATE VISITOR HOME TIME (ET)
THU OCT 13, 2016 CANADIENS SABRES 7:00 PM
SUN OCT 16, 2016 SABRES OILERS 7:00 PM
TUE OCT 18, 2016 SABRES FLAMES 9:00 PM
THU OCT 20, 2016 SABRES CANUCKS 10:00 PM
TUE OCT 25, 2016 SABRES FLYERS 7:00 PM
THU OCT 27, 2016 WILD SABRES 7:00 PM
SAT OCT 29, 2016 PANTHERS SABRES 1:00 PM
SUN OCT 30, 2016 SABRES JETS 3:00 PM
November
DATE VISITOR HOME TIME (ET)
TUE NOV 1, 2016 SABRES WILD 8:00 PM
THU NOV 3, 2016 MAPLE LEAFS SABRES 7:00 PM
SAT NOV 5, 2016 SABRES SENATORS 7:00 PM
MON NOV 7, 2016 SABRES BRUINS 7:00 PM
WED NOV 9, 2016 SENATORS SABRES 7:30 PM
FRI NOV 11, 2016 DEVILS SABRES 7:00 PM
SAT NOV 12, 2016 SABRES DEVILS 7:00 PM
TUE NOV 15, 2016 SABRES BLUES 8:00 PM
THU NOV 17, 2016 LIGHTNING SABRES 7:00 PM
SAT NOV 19, 2016 PENGUINS SABRES 7:00 PM
MON NOV 21, 2016 FLAMES SABRES 7:00 PM
WED NOV 23, 2016 RED WINGS SABRES 7:00 PM
FRI NOV 25, 2016 SABRES CAPITALS 5:00 PM
TUE NOV 29, 2016 SABRES SENATORS 7:30 PM
December
DATE VISITOR HOME TIME (ET)
THU DEC 1, 2016 RANGERS SABRES 7:00 PM
SAT DEC 3, 2016 BRUINS SABRES 1:00 PM
MON DEC 5, 2016 SABRES CAPITALS 7:00 PM
TUE DEC 6, 2016 OILERS SABRES 7:00 PM
FRI DEC 9, 2016 CAPITALS SABRES 7:00 PM
TUE DEC 13, 2016 KINGS SABRES 7:00 PM
FRI DEC 16, 2016 ISLANDERS SABRES 7:00 PM
SAT DEC 17, 2016 SABRES HURRICANES 7:00 PM
TUE DEC 20, 2016 SABRES PANTHERS 7:30 PM
THU DEC 22, 2016 HURRICANES SABRES 7:00 PM
FRI DEC 23, 2016 SABRES ISLANDERS 7:00 PM
TUE DEC 27, 2016 SABRES RED WINGS 7:30 PM
THU DEC 29, 2016 BRUINS SABRES 7:00 PM
SAT DEC 31, 2016 SABRES BRUINS 1:00 PM
January
DATE VISITOR HOME TIME (ET)
TUE JAN 3, 2017 SABRES RANGERS 7:00 PM
THU JAN 5, 2017 SABRES BLACKHAWKS 8:30 PM
SAT JAN 7, 2017 JETS SABRES 1:00 PM
TUE JAN 10, 2017 FLYERS SABRES 7:00 PM
THU JAN 12, 2017 SABRES LIGHTNING 7:30 PM
FRI JAN 13, 2017 SABRES HURRICANES 7:30 PM
MON JAN 16, 2017 STARS SABRES 1:00 PM
TUE JAN 17, 2017 SABRES MAPLE LEAFS 7:30 PM
FRI JAN 20, 2017 RED WINGS SABRES 7:00 PM
SAT JAN 21, 2017 SABRES CANADIENS 7:00 PM
TUE JAN 24, 2017 SABRES PREDATORS 8:00 PM
THU JAN 26, 2017 SABRES STARS 8:30 PM
TUE JAN 31, 2017 SABRES CANADIENS 7:30 PM
February
DATE VISITOR HOME TIME (ET)
THU FEB 2, 2017 RANGERS SABRES 7:00 PM
SAT FEB 4, 2017 SENATORS SABRES 7:00 PM
MON FEB 6, 2017 SABRES DEVILS 7:00 PM
TUE FEB 7, 2017 SHARKS SABRES 7:00 PM
THU FEB 9, 2017 DUCKS SABRES 7:00 PM
SAT FEB 11, 2017 SABRES MAPLE LEAFS 7:00 PM
SUN FEB 12, 2017 CANUCKS SABRES 7:30 PM
TUE FEB 14, 2017 SABRES SENATORS 7:30 PM
THU FEB 16, 2017 AVALANCHE SABRES 7:00 PM
SAT FEB 18, 2017 BLUES SABRES 1:00 PM
SUN FEB 19, 2017 BLACKHAWKS SABRES 6:00 PM
SAT FEB 25, 2017 SABRES AVALANCHE 10:00 PM
SUN FEB 26, 2017 SABRES COYOTES 8:30 PM
TUE FEB 28, 2017 PREDATORS SABRES 7:00 PM
March
DATE VISITOR HOME TIME (ET)
THU MAR 2, 2017 COYOTES SABRES 7:00 PM
SAT MAR 4, 2017 LIGHTNING SABRES 7:00 PM
SUN MAR 5, 2017 SABRES PENGUINS 5:00 PM
TUE MAR 7, 2017 FLYERS SABRES 7:00 PM
FRI MAR 10, 2017 SABRES BLUE JACKETS 7:00 PM
SAT MAR 11, 2017 BLUE JACKETS SABRES 7:00 PM
TUE MAR 14, 2017 SABRES SHARKS 10:30 PM
THU MAR 16, 2017 SABRES KINGS 10:30 PM
FRI MAR 17, 2017 SABRES DUCKS 10:00 PM
MON MAR 20, 2017 SABRES RED WINGS 7:30 PM
TUE MAR 21, 2017 PENGUINS SABRES 7:00 PM
SAT MAR 25, 2017 MAPLE LEAFS SABRES 7:00 PM
MON MAR 27, 2017 PANTHERS SABRES 7:00 PM
TUE MAR 28, 2017 SABRES BLUE JACKETS 7:00 PM
April
DATE VISITOR HOME TIME (ET)
SUN APR 2, 2017 ISLANDERS SABRES 3:00 PM
MON APR 3, 2017 MAPLE LEAFS SABRES 7:00 PM
WED APR 5, 2017 CANADIENS SABRES 7:30 PM
SAT APR 8, 2017 SABRES PANTHERS 7:00 PM
SUN APR 9, 2017 SABRES LIGHTNING 5:00 PM

What jumps out at you from this schedule announcement?