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Sabres release 2016-17 schedule with emphasis on Thursday, Saturday

Sabres season-ticket holders should keep their Thursdays and Saturdays free. They’ll be busy attending games.

Buffalo and the other 29 NHL teams released their 2016-17 schedule Tuesday, and the Sabres’ home calendar is heavy on two days. Buffalo will play 11 home games on Thursday nights and nine on Saturdays. Those 20 games account for nearly half of the 41-game home schedule.

Four of the Saturday contests in First Niagara Center will be held at 1 p.m. In all, the Sabres will host six afternoon games. They will play once at 3 p.m. on a Sunday and host a Monday matinee at 1 p.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The Sabres open the schedule at home against Montreal on Oct. 13, then head out for four straight road games. They’ll visit Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and Philadelphia. It’s one of three four-game road trips for the Sabres, with the others coming in January and March.

Buffalo will have two four-game homestands, one each in November and December. Missing from the schedule is the traditional New Year's Eve home game. Instead, Buffalo will play a 1 p.m. game in Boston on Dec. 31.

The season will end with 10 straight games against Eastern Conference opponents. The home finale will be April 5 against Montreal. The Sabres will close the regular-season April 9 in Tampa Bay.

2016-17 Buffalo Sabres schedule

1 Thu. Oct. 13 MONTREAL 7 p.m.
2 Sun. Oct. 16 at Edmonton 7 p.m.
3 Tue. Oct. 18 at Calgary 9 p.m.
4 Thu. Oct. 20 at Vancouver 10 p.m.
5 Tue. Oct. 25 at Philadelphia 7 p.m.
6 Thu. Oct. 27 MINNESOTA 7 p.m.
7 Sat. Oct. 29 FLORIDA 1 p.m.
8 Sun. Oct. 30 at Winnipeg 3 p.m.
9 Tue. Nov. 1 at Minnesota 8 p.m.
10 Thu. Nov. 3 TORONTO 7 p.m.
11 Sat. Nov. 5 at Ottawa 7 p.m.
12 Mon. Nov. 7 at Boston 7 p.m.
13 Wed. Nov. 9 OTTAWA 7:30 p.m.
14 Fri. Nov. 11 NEW JERSEY 7 p.m.
15 Sat. Nov. 12 at New Jersey 7 p.m.
16 Tue. Nov. 15 at St. Louis 8 p.m.
17 Thu. Nov. 17 TAMPA BAY 7 p.m.
18 Sat. Nov. 19 PITTSBURGH 7 p.m.
19 Mon. Nov. 21 CALGARY 7 p.m.
20 Wed. Nov. 23 DETROIT 7 p.m.
21 Fri. Nov. 25 at Washington 5 p.m.
22 Tue. Nov. 29 at Ottawa 7:30 p.m.
23 Thu. Dec. 1 NY RANGERS 7 p.m.
24 Sat. Dec. 3 BOSTON 1 p.m.
25 Mon. Dec. 5 at Washington 7 p.m.
26 Tue. Dec. 6 EDMONTON 7 p.m.
27 Fri. Dec.  9 WASHINGTON 7 p.m.
28 Tue. Dec. 13 LOS ANGELES 7 p.m.
29 Fri. Dec. 16 NY ISLANDERS 7 p.m.
30 Sat. Dec. 17 at Carolina 7 p.m.
31 Tue. Dec. 20 at Florida 7:30 p.m.
32 Thu. Dec. 22 CAROLINA 7 p.m.
33 Fri. Dec. 23 at NY Islanders 7 p.m.
34 Tue. Dec. 27 at Detroit 7:30 p.m.
35 Thu. Dec. 29 BOSTON 7 p.m.
36 Sat. Dec. 31 at Boston 1 p.m.
37 Tue. Jan. 3 at NY Rangers 7 p.m.
38 Thu. Jan. 5 at Chicago 8:30 p.m.
39 Sat. Jan. 7 WINNIPEG 1 p.m.
40 Tue. Jan. 10 PHILADELPHIA 7 p.m.
41 Thu. Jan. 12 at Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m.
42 Fri. Jan. 13 at Carolina 7:30 p.m.
43 Mon. Jan. 16 DALLAS 1 p.m.
44 Tue. Jan. 17 at Toronto 7:30 p.m.
45 Fri. Jan. 20 DETROIT 7 p.m.
46 Sat. Jan. 21 at Montreal 7 p.m.
47 Tue. Jan. 24 at Nashville 8 p.m.
48 Thu. Jan. 26 at Dallas 8:30 p.m.
49 Tue. Jan. 31 at Montreal 7:30 p.m.
50 Thu. Feb. 2 NY RANGERS 7 p.m.
51 Sat. Feb. 2 4 OTTAWA 7 p.m.
52 Mon. Feb. 2 6 at New Jersey 7 p.m.
53 Tue. Feb. 2 7 SAN JOSE 7 p.m.
54 Thu. Feb. 2 9 ANAHEIM 7 p.m.
55 Sat. Feb. 2 11 at Toronto 7 p.m.
56 Sun. Feb. 2 12 VANCOUVER 7:30 p.m.
57 Tue. Feb. 2 14 at Ottawa 7:30 p.m.
58 Thu. Feb. 2 16 COLORADO 7 p.m.
59 Sat. Feb. 2 18 ST. LOUIS 1 p.m.
60 Sun. Feb. 2 19 CHICAGO 6 p.m.
61 Sat. Feb. 2 25 at Colorado 10 p.m.
62 Sun. Feb. 2 26 at Arizona 8:30 p.m.
63 Tue. Feb. 2 28 NASHVILLE 7 p.m.
64 Thu. March 2 ARIZONA 7 p.m.
65 Sat. March 4 TAMPA BAY 7 p.m.
66 Sun. March 5 at Pittsburgh 5 p.m.
67 Tue. March 7 PHILADELPHIA 7 p.m.
68 Fri. March 10 at Columbus 7 p.m.
69 Sat. March 11 COLUMBUS 7 p.m.
70 Tue. March 14 at San Jose 10:30 p.m.
71 Thu. March 16 at Los Angeles 10:30 p.m.
72 Fri. March 17 at Anaheim 10 p.m.
73 Mon. March 20 at Detroit 7:30 p.m.
74 Tue. March 21 PITTSBURGH 7 p.m.
75 Sat. March 25 TORONTO 7 p.m.
76 Mon. March 27 FLORIDA 7 p.m.
77 Tue. March 28 at Columbus 7 p.m.
78 Sun. April 2 NY ISLANDERS 3 p.m.
79 Mon. April 3 TORONTO 7 p.m.
80 Wed. April 5 MONTREAL 7:30 p.m.
81 Sat. April 8 at Florida 7 p.m.
82 Sun. April 9 at Tampa Bay 5 p.m.

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