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Ottawa - December 27, 2011

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

Think you spent the holidays running around preparing for company? Imagine how the Senators feel. After hosting the Panthers in their final home game before the Christmas break, the team hit the road for Carolina while Scotiabank Place staffers were hard at work sprucing up the arena back in Kanata. SBP is getting a facelift in time for the 2012 All-Star Game with the addition of a brand new HD scoreboard with six times more viewing area than the previous one. As Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels often says, “The show doesn’t go on because it’s ready; it goes on because it’s 11:30 on Saturday night.” The same is true for the Sens, who will debut their yet-to-be-completed scoreboard on Tuesday when the Habs hit the ice, although the finishing touches won’t actually be put on the 2,170 square foot monster until the All-Star Game festivities kick off at the end of January.

We here at find it interesting that a team called the “Ottawa Senators” only kind of plays in Ottawa. Sure, technically since the city amalgamated its 23 wards, Kanata is part of the Greater Ottawa Area, but based on the cost of the cab ride from downtown to Scotiabank Place, we’re going to go ahead and assume Kanata still isn’t considered “The Heart of the City” by many locals…

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