OTTAWA - This Saturday the Stanley Cup-champion Carolina Hurricanes head to Ottawa to kick off the Senators' November home-game schedule, which is quickly shaping up to be a month of sellouts. With only five home games in November and a burgeoning season-ticket base, fewer than 5,900 Senators tickets are available for the month.
Only 400 tickets remain for the Carolina matchup on Saturday, Nov. 4, while fewer than 250 tickets are available for the Montreal Canadiens' first visit to Ottawa on Monday, Nov. 13. The league-leading Buffalo Sabres are not only attracting attention in the standings, but also at the box office as fewer than 750 tickets are left for the much-anticipated game on Saturday, Nov. 18. One of the Western Conference's newest elite team visits Ottawa on Monday, Nov. 20, when the Minnesota Wild face the Senators - fewer than 2,500 tickets remain. This is also a SportChek Fan Night when all tickets are 40 per cent off. Former Senators head coach Jacques Martin and his Panthers close out the month on Thursday, Nov. 30, with a McDonald's Family Game, featuring tickets starting at $21.37 (plus taxes). There are 2,000 tickets still available.
As the club looks to soon surpass its 11,321 season-ticket benchmark set during the 2000-01 season, the Senators opened the 2006-07 campaign with six home regular-season games in October that drew 112,915 fans to Scotiabank Place. This included four sellouts at a capacity 19,153 and an average of 18,819 per meeting.
On-sale for January games: The Senators' 10 home games in January will go on sale Saturday, Nov. 25, at 10 a.m. The club is expecting a brisk on-sale, much like it had had for the first 17 regular-season games, when more than 13,000 tickets were sold in one day on Sept. 16.
The first four games in January feature three afternoon games: Atlanta on Jan. 1* at 3 p.m., Buffalo on Jan. 3* at 7:30 p.m., New Jersey on Jan. 6* at 3 p.m. and Philadelphia on Jan. 7 at 3 p.m.
The Boston Bruins visit Jan. 9* at 7:30 p.m. and Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. CBC's Hockey Day in Canada comes to Ottawa on Saturday, Jan. 13, when the Senators welcome the Canadiens at 2 p.m. Last season's top NHL rookie, Alexandre Ovechkin, and the Washington Capitals come to Scotiabank Place on Jan. 16* and 30 for 7:30 p.m. games, and the Vancouver Canucks round out the schedule on Thursday, Jan. 18.
* The games on Jan. 1 and 6 are also Kids Games, with 40 per cent off all ticket prices for kids. There are three SportChek Fan Nights, with 40 per cent off all tickets, on Jan. 3, 9 and 16.
The on-sale date for the final 14 regular-season home games is Saturday, Jan. 13.