Sabres release 2018-2019 schedule

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Buffalo Sabres right wing Kyle Okposo (21) celebrates with Jack Eichel (15) and Ryan OReilly (90) after Okposo tied the game against the Nashville Predators during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. The Sabres won 5-4 in overtime. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

After announcing their home opener on Wednesday, a showdown with Atlantic Division rival Boston on Oct. 4 at KeyBank Center, the Sabres released their full schedule for the upcoming season.

Buffalo finished 31st in the league standings and expressed at the end of the season turning things around, similar to how Colorado bounced back going worst to playoff bound this year.

There is added optimism as well with the likely addition of Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, who the Sabres are expected to select No. 1 overall of the NHL Draft on Friday night.

The Sabres open the season with a four game homestand which includes showdowns with the Rangers, Golden Knights and Avalanche.

They play the rival Maple Leafs once in the first half of the season, Dec. 4 at home, but don’t face Toronto again until the end of February.

They square off against former winger Evander Kane, who resigned a seven year extension with San Jose, on Oct. 18 during a five game Western road trip.  They face Kane and the Sharks again on Nov. 27.

Buffalo will play the defending Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals twice in December in DC, before hosting them on Feb. 23.

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