The NHL released the 82 game schedule for the Ottawa Senators today.
Here are a few key dates to circle on your calendar for the coming season if you are a Sens fan.
Sat. Oct. 3rd at NY Rangers – Opening night
Tues. Oct. 6th at Toronto – Could be the beginning of a new Battle of Ontario rivalry with Brian Burke putting his handprints on the Leafs.
Thurs. Oct. 8th vs. NY Islanders – regular season home opener for the Sens against John Tavares and the Isles. This could also be Dany Heatley's first home game in a Sens uniform if he isn't dealt before the start of the regular season.
Oct. 12th and Nov. 19th the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins come to town.
Sat. Oct. 17th at Montreal – Alexei Kovalev's first game back in Montreal.
Tues. Nov. 10th vs Edmonton – Could this be Dany Heatley's return to Ottawa? I doubt it, but it is fun to speculate.
Thurs. Nov. 26th vs Columbus – The return of former Senator Antoine Vermette and Pascal LeClaire faces his former team in the Blue Jackets.
Tues. Dec. 8th – Former Sens head coach Jacques Martin returns to Ottawa while Kovalev faces his former team on homeice for the first time.
Sun. Jan. 3rd vs Philaldelphia – The return of former Senator Ray Emery, although the Sens face the Flyers in Philly on Nov.12th and Dec. 10th.
Sat. April 10th vs Buffalo – Last game of the regular season.
Northeast Division Rival Toronto visits Ottawa on Nov. 17th, March 6th and March 16th.
Northeast Division Rival Montreal visits Ottawa on Dec. 8th, Dec. 28th and Jan. 30th.
Other key dates and road trips for the regular season:
Ottawa plays 16 of the first 23 games at home. Ouch!! They need to take advantage of this homestand.
Home afternoon games for the Sens include Oct. 31st vs. Atlanta at 2pm, Jan. 3rd vs. Philly at 3pm, Jan. 30th vs. Montreal at 2pm.
Road afternoon games are Jan. 18th and 23rd at Boston, both 1pm starts, Mar. 20th in Dallas at 2pm and April 3rd at 2pm against the NYI.
Ottawa has two 4 game homestands and two 5 game homestands.
The Sens have three road trips consisting of 3 games and two road trips that are 5 games long. The 5 game roadies take place Nov. 28th to Dec. 6th and Jan.10th-18th.
Nov. 28 – Dec. 6th – 5 game roadie includes stops in Boston, SJ, LA, Phoenix and Anaheim.
Feb. 4th Vancouver comes to town, while Calgary visits Ottawa on Feb. 9th.
March 9th-13th – Sens visit Western Canada for their 3 game road trip.
Back tomorrow with my Sens development camp blog. I can always be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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