Sabres to play Canadiens in home opener

Buffalo Sabres goalie Robin Lehner (40) makes a glove save during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP modified) — In their home opener, October 5, the Buffalo Sabres are going to take on the Montreal Canadiens.

NHL teams announced their home openers Wednesday with the full 2017-18 schedule set to be released Thursday.

The back-to-back Stanley Cup-champion Pittsburgh Penguins will raise another banner Oct. 4 against St. Louis. The Penguins visit the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 5 in a matchup of the only teams to win the Cup three times in the salary-cap era.

The Western Conference-champion Nashville Predators open the season Oct. 5 at Boston.

The Detroit Red Wings host Minnesota on Oct. 5 in the first NHL regular-season game at the new Little Caesars Arena.

Here is the full list of openers:

  • Anaheim Ducks: Thursday, Oct. 5 vs. Arizona
  • Arizona Coyotes: Saturday, Oct. 7 vs. Vegas
  • Boston Bruins: Thursday, Oct. 5 vs. Nashville
  • Buffalo Sabres: Thursday, Oct. 5 vs. Montreal
  • Calgary Flames: Saturday, Oct. 7 vs. Winnipeg
  • Carolina Hurricanes: Saturday, Oct. 7 vs. Minnesota
  • Chicago Blackhawks: Thursday, Oct. 5 vs. Pittsburgh
  • Colorado Avalanche: Wednesday, Oct. 11 vs. Boston
  • Columbus Blue Jackets: Friday, Oct. 6 vs. NY Islanders
  • Dallas Stars: Friday, Oct. 6 vs. Vegas
  • Detroit Red Wings: Thursday, Oct. 5 vs. Minnesota
  • Edmonton Oilers: Wednesday, Oct. 4 vs. Calgary
  • Florida Panthers: Saturday, Oct. 7 vs. Tampa Bay
  • Los Angeles Kings: Thursday, Oct. 5 vs. Philadelphia
  • Minnesota Wild: Saturday, Oct. 14 vs. Columbus
  • Montreal Canadiens: Tuesday, Oct. 10 vs. Chicago
  • Nashville Predators: Tuesday, Oct. 10 vs. Philadelphia
  • New Jersey Devils: Saturday, Oct. 7 vs. Colorado
  • New York Islanders: Saturday, Oct. 7 vs. Buffalo
  • New York Rangers: Thursday, Oct. 5 vs. Colorado
  • Ottawa Senators: Thursday, Oct. 5 vs. Washington
  • Philadelphia Flyers: Saturday, Oct. 14 vs. Washington
  • Pittsburgh Penguins: Wednesday, Oct. 4 vs. St. Louis
  • San Jose Sharks: Wednesday, Oct. 4 vs. Philadelphia
  • St. Louis Blues: Saturday, Oct. 7 vs. Dallas
  • Tampa Bay Lightning: Friday, Oct. 6 vs Florida
  • Toronto Maple Leafs: Saturday, Oct. 7 vs. NY Rangers
  • Vancouver Canucks: Saturday, Oct. 7 vs. Edmonton
  • Vegas Golden Knights: Tuesday, Oct. 10 vs. Arizona
  • Washington Capitals: Saturday, Oct. 7 vs Montreal
  • Winnipeg Jets: Wednesday, Oct. 4 vs. Toronto provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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