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06-22-2012, 12:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Jame View Post
blame BTG/Quinn for requesting back to backs to make more money

PITTSBURGH - The Sabres already have their first victory of the 2012-13 season.

Buffalo achieved its goal of playing fewer back-to-back games with Thursday's release of next season's schedule. The Sabres, who have led the NHL in back-to-backs since 2005-06, will have just 11 such sets next year. It will be the fewest ever for the club, which has averaged 20 back-to-backs per season throughout its existence.
"Terry Pegula tasked us with getting the best possible schedule for our players regardless of whether it meant sacrificing prime home weekend dates," Buffalo Sabres President Ted Black said. "As such, our schedule-making requests and decisions this year were driven by a 'Hockey First' philosophy that sought to reduce back-to-back situations and maximize the amount of recovery time between games."
The Sabres' healthy season-ticket base and run of sellout crowds have made the move away from Fridays possible. The team stacked up Friday dates to try to attract fans, especially following the 2003 bankruptcy, but with the building nearly full before individual tickets even go on sale, the team can afford to host games during the week and not experience a significant drop in attendance.

We believe that the earlier 7 p.m. start time will make the travel schedule easier for our players and will make it easier for our younger fans to follow the team on school nights,” Black said.

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