When the Habs hit the road to visit a Canadian city, it's never hard to spot a plethora of bleu-blanc-rouge jerseys in the crowd. Just a two-and-a-half hour jaunt from Montreal, Ottawa has always been an ideal road city for Canadiens fans looking to root for the visitors. Friday night will mark the team's first visit to the nation's capital this year as the Sens continue ringing in their 20th anniversary in style.
Six decades after seeing the Sens leave the league in 1934, Ottawa finally saw the NHL return to the city in 1992. The expansion Senators hit the ice at the Civic Centre for the very first time on October 8 that season, posting a rare 5-2 win in the inaugural game against none other than the Canadiens. There's no time like the present to settle the score...
Inaugurated in 1996, the Palladium-turned-Corel Centre-turned-Scotiabank Place ice has been proudly sporting the franchise's spiffy 20th Anniversary logo since the start of the season. In a few weeks, that logo will be replaced by another celebratory decal as the Senators get set to host the NHL All-Star Game this January.
Known for welcoming visitors to town with open arms, there's no road arena Habs fans would rather invade than Scotiabank Place when the Canadiens come to town. Located inside SBP, Bert's restaurant is the next-best spot to catch the game in the city. If the thought of braving the November chill isn't appealing, might we suggest Bert's Barbados? Sens owner Eugene Melnyk's sister establishment in the Caribbean broadcasts every Sens game live - we can think of worse things in life than watching hockey while sipping mai-tais by the beach!