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NHL Network adds Sabres game, Spectrum finale

The NHL Network announced Friday that it will be showing several more preseason games -- including the Sabres' finale at Detroit Oct. 5 at 5 p.m.

Another game of interest you can see will be Saturday at 1, when Carolina visits Philadelphia in a special game being played at old Spectrum. As I wrote in July, the Sabres' house of horrors from the 70s is being torn down to make way for a hotel and entertainment complex and this will be the final time the former home of the Flyers will have two NHL teams on its ice (the Flyers and Phantoms, their AHL affiliate, will play there Oct. 7).

In this Philadelphia Daily News story, Flyers chairman Ed Snider admits it's going to be hard to see the building that's been "my baby" since its 1967 opening finally get torn down.

Meanwhile, the Rangers, Lightning, Penguins and Senators are all making their way to Europe to open their season. But first, they'll have exhibitions and the Rangers' games at SC Bern (Tuesday at Noon) and at Metallurg Magnitogorsk (Wednesday at 1:30) will be both shown as the team makes its way to Prague to open the season against the Lightning.

SC Bern (whose roster during the lockout year featured Daniel Briere, Henrik Tallinder, J.P. Dumont and Dany Heatley) is coached by 55-year-old ex-Sabres defenseman John Van Boxmeer. Lindy Ruff's former teammate returned behind the bench just last week after suffering a heart attack in July.

---Mike Harrington


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John Vogl

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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