BUFFALO, N.Y.- The Buffalo Sabres will host the Columbus Blue Jackets in their season opener on Thursday, Oct. 9.

The team announced the news on its Twitter page Saturday.

The Sabres will also meet Buffalo native Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday, Oct. 11, in the 'Hawks home opener.

The 2014-2015 NHL regular season begins Wednesday, Oct. 8, and features the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings hosting the San Jose Sharks.

The entire schedule will be released Sunday, 4 p.m. ET.

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