While the league has yet to release the official schedule for the shortened 48 game season, details on who the Ottawa Senators will play against are beginning to emerge.
What we know for sure at this point is that the first game will come on Saturday, the 19th against the Winnipeg Jets. Following that afternoon affair, the Sens are expected to play their home opener on the Monday night when they welcome back Filip Kuba, maybe Alex Kovalev and the rest Florida Panthers.
I have been doing some digging in an attempt to determine what the rest of the schedule looks like but details are limited. The team’s second home game will come on Sunday the 27th when Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins come to town.
Apparently the Toronto Maple Leafs will be at Scotiabank Place three times this year. That means the Leafs are one of the divisional opponents that Ottawa will play five times. The Habs will be in town just twice.
What I do know is that the schedule is complete at this point. The league is simply waiting for the players to vote on the new CBA before releasing all the details. The NHLPA player vote is expected to wrap up on Saturday morning.
And on another note, there really does seem to be a lot of trade winds swirling around the Ottawa Senators right now. The Sens are deep at forward and in goal and could use that depth to shore up the back end. Safe to assume the buzz will increase once the CBA becomes official this weekend.
Would not be at all surprised to see Bryan Murray pull the trigger on something before the season opens on January 19th.