The Buffalo Sabres have announced the team’s 2016 preseason schedule. The team will play seven games, including two home games at First Niagara Center. Ticket information and pricing will be announced at a later date.
The Sabres will play four neutral-site contests, including a game at Pegula Ice Arena at Pennsylvania State University on Monday, Sept. 26 that will kick off the team’s preseason schedule.
The Sabres and Wild will become the first two professional teams to face off at Pegula Ice Arena since the arena’s opening on Oct. 11, 2013 as home of Penn State’s NCAA Division I men’s and women’s ice hockey teams. The 5,782-seat arena, which was funded as part of a $102 million donation by Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula, was planned in 2010 with the amenities required to host professional exhibition games.
The game at Pegula Ice Arena will mark the first time the Sabres have played a preseason game in a non-NHL arena since a 2011 exhibition game against Adler Mannheim (DEL) at SAP Arena in Mannheim, Germany. It will be the team’s first game against an NHL opponent in a non-NHL arena since the Sabres played against the Ottawa Senators in a Kraft HockeyvilleTM preseason matchup at J.L. Grightmire Arena in Dundas, Ontario on Sept. 28, 2010.
Following is the complete 2016 Buffalo Sabres preseason schedule (all times EST):
Sept. 26, Buffalo vs. Minnesota, 7 p.m., Pegula Ice Arena (Penn State University)
Sept. 27, Buffalo vs. Ottawa, 7 p.m., First Niagara Center
Sept. 29, Buffalo at Toronto, 7:30 p.m., Meridian Centre (St. Catharines, Ontario)
Sept. 30, Buffalo vs. Toronto, 7 p.m., First Niagara Center
Oct. 4, Buffalo vs. Carolina, 7 p.m., Lakeview Arena (Marquette, Michigan)
Oct. 5, Buffalo at Carolina, 7 p.m., Essar Center (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario)
Oct. 7, Buffalo at Ottawa, 7 p.m., Canadian Tire Centre