Finally, after weeks and weeks of excitement, I have arrived in beautiful and sunny California, mainly the city of Los Angeles, host ot this year’s NHL Entry Draft. I must say, Southwest Airlines was great and the service at both DIA and LAX were great. Clearly, this will be one of the best and msot exciting draft of all time, and take it from me, who has gone to every Draft since Vancouver ’06.
As I was on the airplane, the Ottawa Senators and the NHL finally released the regular season schedule for 2010-2011, which is still a few months away. As the famous Green Day song says…Wake Me Up, when September Ends. You get the same feeling, although the World Cup has been great so far in supplying my need of sports.
Here is the schedule for the Ottawa Senators upcoming season. At first look, it seems as if we have a pretty easy schedule. Unlike previous years, the longest road trip is 4 games out in the Northwest. The season will start at home against the Buffalo Sabres on a Friday, a first. The day after, Ottawa heads ot the ACC for the first Battle of Ontario game of the season, in hopes of Matt Carkenr beating the living shit out of Colton Orr. The Capitals and Hurricanes come after in what should be a good start to the season.
Here are some key dates other than the home opener:
October 18th- Senators vs. Penguins
Rematch of the first round. Should be a gutsy affair, and a possible Gonchar looking, if Ottawa stays fort and signs him.
October 26th- Senators vs. Coyotes
First Western Team in Ottawa for the season, and who knows. This could be a Battle of Canada match (wink,wink, knock on wood).
December 2nd- Senators vs. Sharks
Everyone knows what this is about. Mr. Douche comes to town. Let’s hope that’s sold-out as we speak. SPARTA!!!!!
December 31st- Senators vs. Blue Jackets
Pascal Leclaire’s homecoming, unless he’s injured by then.
January 7th- Senators vs. Blackhawks
Sens head to the United Center to face the Stanley Cup Champs. Should be a goodie.
February 12th- Senators vs. Oilers
Hockey Day in Canada should be a blast. Love seeing these two face each other, for some weird reason.
As we get closer to the season, there will be even more key games to be noted, as free agents leave and come. Let’s hope that doesn’t include Jason Spezza.