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Sabres to play five games on national television

The Sabres are scheduled to play five times on national television, according to the NHL's national television schedule released to USA TODAY Sports.

The five games are all on NBCSN and equal the number of national TV games the Sabres played last season and two less than they were scheduled for during the 2017-18 season.

The first of the nationally televised games will be against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Nov. 8 in Sweden. The Sabres will play two games in Stockholm as part of the NHL Global Series.

On Dec. 10, the Sabres host the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues for a 7:30 p.m. game at KeyBank Center. A week later, NBCSN will air the Sabres game at the Toronto Maple Leafs.

A Feb. 6 home game against the Detroit Red Wings (7 p.m.) and a Feb. 26 game at the Colorado Avalanche (8 p.m.) round out the national television appearances, though more can be added.

  • Friday, Nov. 8: vs. Tampa Bay, 2 p.m. (Stockholm, Sweden)
  • Tuesday, Dec. 10: vs. St. Louis, 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 17: at Toronto, 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 6: vs. Detroit, 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 26: at Colorado, 8 p.m.

The full national TV schedule has 109 games, with more likely added. The season opens with a "Wednesday Night Hockey" doubleheader, the Blues vs. the Washington Capitals at 8 p.m. followed by the Vegas Golden Knights at the San Jose Sharks at 10:30 p.m.

Overall, the Avalanche lead the league with 12 national TV appearances. The league also has bumped the Dallas Stars from one appearance to six, including the Winter Classic against Nashville, and the New Jersey Devils from one to four.

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