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New year, new battles, new road to the Cup

by Amanda Nigh / Ottawa Senators
After starting their 2009-10 season with a pair of road dates, captain Daniel Alfredsson and the Senators play their home opener on Oct. 8 against top overall draft pick John Tavares and the New York Islanders (Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images).

The Ottawa Senators may open the 2009-10 season on the road, but nothing truly ignites the fire in Hockey Country as much as the official home-opener on a cool fall night in Ottawa. The Senators make their first appearance at Scotiabank Place on Thursday, Oct. 8, when they welcome John Tavares, the top pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, and the New York Islanders.
The Senators’ 2009-10 regular-season schedule will feature games against every team in the National Hockey League, a true test to determine who’s best.
East or West?
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.
Why wait?
The Senators play 24 games at Scotiabank Place in the first half of the season and only 17 home games in the second half. In the first four-game home stand, the Senators will host the Stanley Cup-champion Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday, Oct. 12.  November proves to be the Senators busiest month of the entire season, with nine of 12 games taking place at home. The ‘battle of Ontario’ will be resurrected at Scotiabank Place on Tuesday, Nov. 17 when the Toronto Maple Leafs visit the nation’s capital. Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals will complete the five-game home stand on Monday, Nov. 23.
The Senators will complete the calendar year when they host the New York Islanders, looking to light up the crease to bring in the New Year on Dec. 31 in Ottawa. On Jan. 30, the entire nation will be celebrating the game of hockey as CBC presents Hockey Day in Canada. The Ottawa Senators host the Montreal Canadiens in a matinee match-up to kick off the festivities.
Star watch
Jarome Iginla, Rick Nash, Jonathan Toews and Roberto Luongo. Just a few of the faces you will see take to the ice at Scotiabank Place when the Senators 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 play six regular-season games against each of its Northeast Division rivals and four games against its other Eastern Conference opponents over the course of the season. The 82-game 2009-10 schedule concludes when Ottawa welcomes division-rival Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, April 10, at Scotiabank Place, in a battle that promises to leave the Sens Army gearing up for only one thing - the Stanley Cup.
Full schedule
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.

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