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by Rob Brodie / Ottawa Senators
Mike Fisher (12), Nick Foligno and the Senators open the home portion of their 2009-10 schedule on Oct. 8 against the New York Islanders. It'll be the first of 40 team broadcasts on Rogers Sportsnet (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images).

It's the same game but with a brand new name.

The Ottawa Senators today released their 40-game schedule of games that will air on Rogers Sportsnet during the 2009-10 season, starting with the team's home-opener against John Tavares and the New York Islanders on Oct. 8 at Scotiabank Place.

While Sportsnet has been a Senators broadcast partner since the network launched in 1998, you'll immediately notice something new about the package in 2009-10. Scotiabank has signed on as a new title sponsor for the broadcasts, which will be branded as Scotiabank Senators Hockey on Rogers Sportsnet.

"We're proud of our partnership with the Ottawa Senators, one that dates back to the launch of Sportsnet in 1998," said network president Doug Beeforth. "We're pleased to broadcast more Ottawa Senators games than any other broadcaster, giving Sens fans the 'Hockey That Matters' (to them)."

This season's schedule on Sportsnet East features games against all the other five Canadian teams and 10 matchups with Northeast Division rivals. Twenty-one of the telecasts will emanate from Scotiabank Place, with the majority of them on Tuesdays (15 games) and Thursdays (11).

For the first time, Sportsnet will air a pair of Saturday matinees: Jan. 23 at the Boston Bruins (1 p.m. start) and March 20 at the Dallas Stars (2 p.m.).

Senators president Cyril Leeder is pleased with the "strong lineup"  Sportsnet will present to Ottawa fans in its 11th season of broadcasting the team's games.

"In this challenging scheduling year, because of the Winter Olympics (in Vancouver in February 2010), we were still able to work with Sportsnet in offering our fans two games against Sidney Crosby and his Stanley Cup-winning Penguins, all five other Canadian teams, matinee games and broadcasts on every day of the week," he said.

Including the Sportsnet dates, the Senators' broadcast schedule for 2009-10 now sits at 62 games, including national games announced earlier by CBC, TSN, RDS and RIS. Yet to be announced is CBC Hockey Night in Canada's slate of regional games.

For the full Scotiabank Senators Hockey on Rogers Sportsnet schedule, click here.

Author: Rob Brodie

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