Will the Senators be out of the playoff picture by November?

That’s the impression you get from the folks over at NBC’s ProHockeyTalk, who are taking a look at the schedules of all 30 NHL teams. The Senators will benefit nice stretch of five of six games played at home in mid-October, which they may need to take advantage of if they’re to survive November and early December.


That’s the impression you get from the folks over at NBC’s ProHockeyTalk, who are taking a look at the schedules of all 30 NHL teams. The Senators will benefit nice stretch of five of six games played at home in mid-October, which they may need to take advantage of if they’re to survive November and early December.

They’ll play nine of 10 on the road between Nov. 11 and Dec. 3, including a jet lag-heavy West Coast swing.

This is a good and bad situation for the team, depending on how you look at it. It should be good for the bottom line, since early-season tickets are notoriously hard to sell. But if the team craps out early, will people be willing to buy tickets to watch a team that is already edging out of the playoff picture when Christmas rolls around?

Interesting side note: PHT has calculated the total travel mileage for each team, putting Ottawa at sixth-lowest in the NHL at 33,915. Ah, the joys of playing in the Eastern Conference.

What do you think? Can the Senators survive a brutal early stretch?

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