The Buffalo Sabres and the NHL have announced the 2019-20 regular season schedule for the team’s 50th season. The Sabres open their season on the road on Thursday, Oct. 3 against the Pittsburgh Penguins before returning to KeyBank Center for the home opener on Saturday, Oct. 5 against the New Jersey Devils.
The team will have five days off in the second week of November as they embark on a trip to Stockholm, Sweden for a back-to-back series against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Nov. 8 and 9 for the 2019 NHL Global Series. The games will both be played during the afternoon in the Eastern time zone.
The longest home stand of the season will take place from Jan. 28 to Feb. 6, when the Sabres will play five consecutive home games. The team will play eight afternoon games at KeyBank Center this season, including four of their nine Saturday home games:
- Monday, Oct. 14 vs. Dallas, 3 p.m. (Columbus Day)
- Saturday, Dec. 21 vs. Los Angeles, 1 p.m.
- Saturday, Jan. 11 vs. Vancouver, 1 p.m.
- Saturday, Feb. 1 vs. Columbus, 1 p.m.
- Sunday, Feb. 9 vs. Anaheim, 3 p.m.
- Sunday, Feb. 23 vs. Winnipeg, 3 p.m.
- Saturday, March 21 vs. Chicago, 2 p.m.
- Sunday, March 22 vs. NY Rangers, 3 p.m.
The Sabres will play 14 back-to-back sets and get a nine-day layoff in January, when the team’s bye week runs into the NHL All-Star Break. Buffalo will conclude the season with 14 of its last 16 games against Eastern Conference opponents.
Plans to celebrate the team’s 50th season have already begun to be announced. In the months leading up to the beginning of the season, Sabres.com/50 and Sabres social media will have more information as plans continue to be unveiled.