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Bulletin: Senators announce 2009-10 schedule

by Staff Writer / Ottawa Senators
OTTAWA – The National Hockey League and Ottawa Senators today announced the 2009-10 schedule, which will see the club open its 17th season on the road against the Rangers in New York City on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. The Senators’ home-opener will feature No. 1 pick John Tavares and the New York Islanders, who visit Scotiabank Place on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. The 82-game 2009-10 calendar concludes when Ottawa welcomes division-rival Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, April 10, at Scotiabank Place.


The Senators’ 2009-10 regular-season schedule again will feature games against every NHL team. In addition to home games against division rivals such as the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs, this year’s schedule continues to feature non-conference home-and-home series against the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and the Vancouver Canucks.

Ottawa will play six regular-season games against each of its Northeast Division rivals and four games against its other Eastern Conference opponents.

From the Western Conference, the Senators will host each of the Northwest Division teams (Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, Edmonton Oilers, Minnesota Wild, Vancouver Canucks) and the Central Division (Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues), with the exception of the Detroit Red Wings. Ottawa will visit Detroit and the Pacific Division teams (Anaheim Ducks, Dallas Stars, Los Angeles Kings, Phoenix Coyotes and San Jose Sharks).

The regular-season Scotiabank Place schedule again presents 25 games from Thursday to Sunday as follows: Thursday (11), Saturday (13) and Sunday (1). The early weekday games feature four on Mondays, 10 on Tuesdays and two on Wednesdays. Ottawa does not have any Friday home dates this season.

The home games on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays will be played at 7:30 p.m. Three of the 11 games on Thursdays will start at 7 p.m., while the Saturday games will be at 7 p.m. with the exception of two at 2 p.m. The lone Sunday date will be a 3 p.m. matinee faceoff.

The Senators play 24 games at Scotiabank Place in the first half of the season and 17 home games in the second half. November is the Senators’ busiest month at home with nine of 12 games being played at Scotiabank Place. The Senators play 12 games in October, 12 in November, 17 in December, 15 in January, seven in February, another 14 in March and five in April to round out the 82-game schedule.

Other schedule highlights for 2009-10 include:
- The Senators first host the Stanley Cup-champion Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday, Oct. 12.
- The Senators will play back-to-back games 11 times, including two consecutive days at Scotiabank Place: Wednesday, Dec. 30, vs. the Colorado Avalanche and Thursday, Dec. 31, vs. the New York Islanders.
- The Senators welcome the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 2 p.m. on CBC’s Hockey Day in Canada.
- The Senators will play 19 games (seven at home) after the Olympic break.. The break for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics runs from Monday, Feb. 15, to Monday, March 1.
- The Senators have two four-day breaks during the season – one in October and the second in November.
- The Senators have two five-game homestands, from Nov. 14 to 23 and Dec. 28 to Jan. 5.
- The Senators’ two longest road trips are from Nov. 28 to Dec. 6 (nine days) and Jan. 10-18 (eight days).

Senators season tickets (full- and half-season and Flex 40) and mini plans (Flex 30, 20 and 10-game set seat plans) are on sale now. There will again be three individual-game on-sales: games in October and November will be available starting Sept. 12, December and January games will be on sale starting Nov. 14 and the February to April games will go on sale Jan. 9. The pricing for single-game tickets will be announced in August.

The Senators’ 2009-10 regular-season schedule, including key on-sale dates, will be available for fans to download to their Outlook or any other electronic calendar. To download the schedule and for more information on the Senators, visit www.ottawasenators.com.

2009-10 Ottawa Senators regular-season schedule (all times Eastern)
Saturday, Oct. 3, at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 6, at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 8, vs. N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 10, vs. Atlanta, 7 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 12, vs. Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 15, vs. Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 17, at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 22, vs. Nashville, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 24, vs. Boston, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 28, at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 29, at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 31, vs. Atlanta, 2 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 5, vs. Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 7, vs. New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 10, vs. Edmonton, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 12, at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 14, vs. N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 17, vs. Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 19, vs. Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 21, vs. Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 23, vs. Washington, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 25, at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 26, vs. Columbus, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 28, at Boston, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 1, at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 3, at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 5, at Phoenix, 10 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 6, at Anaheim, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 8, vs. Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 10, at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 12, vs. Carolina, 7 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 14, at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 16, vs. Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 18, at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 19, vs. Minnesota, 7 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 21, vs. Boston, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 23, at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 26, at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 28, vs. Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 30, vs. Colorado, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 31, vs. N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 3, vs. Philadelphia, 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 5, vs. Boston, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 7, at Washington, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 9, vs. Florida, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 10, at Carolina, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 12, at Atlanta, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 14, at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 16, at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 18, at Boston, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 19, vs. Chicago, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 21, vs. St. Louis, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 23, at Boston, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 26, vs. New Jersey, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 28, at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 30, vs. Montreal, 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 3, at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 4, vs. Vancouver, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 6, at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 9, vs. Calgary, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 11, vs. Washington, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 13, at Detroit, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 14, at N.Y. Islanders, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, March 2, vs. N.Y. Rangers, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 4, at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 6, vs. Toronto, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 9, at Edmonton, 9 p.m.
Thursday, March 11, at Calgary, 9 p.m.
Saturday, March 13, at Vancouver, 10 p.m.
Tuesday, March 16, vs. Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 18, at Atlanta, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 20, at Dallas, 2 p.m.
Monday, March 22, at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 23, vs. Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 26, at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 27, vs. Florida, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 30, at Washington, 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 1, vs. Carolina, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 3, at N.Y. Islanders, 2 p.m.
Tuesday, April 6, at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 8, at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 10, vs. Buffalo, 7 p.m.

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