Date: Saturday October 4, 2013
Puck Drop: 7:00pm
TV Channel: CBC, NHLN-US
The Toronto Maple Leafs take on the Ottawa Senators in the first instalment of the Battle of Ontario in the newly minted Atlantic Divsion on the first (real) Hockey Night In Canada of the 2013-2014 season.
The Senators, still reeling after Daniel Alfredsson decided he was done dealing with terrible person, cheap skate, and owner of the Ottawa Senators Eugene Melnyk (who also happens to be a part-time forensics specialist), did not open their season until last night against the Buffalo Sabres.
Newest Senator Bobby Ryan (who is much better than Dainel Alfredsson by the way) will get introduced to the Battle of Ontario for the first time. The game being in Toronto will give Bobby a chance to experience what playing the Leafs at home will be like with an abundance of blue in the crowd.
With many projecting the Senators to be among the top-3 in the Atlantic division, this game is of the measuring stick variety for the Leafs whom many of the same prognosticators see missing the playoffs. A 2-0 start if fine and dandy, but taking an early win from the Senators to start 3-0 might signal to some that this is an improved Leafs team that may not regress as much as some believe.
The Senators are tired after playing in Buffalo last night, and the Leafs are energized by the electricity in the air for their home opener. Craig Anderson is probably still awesome, so 3-1 Leafs who will start the season with 3 straight wins in home openers, before promptly crushing my dreams by losing about 5 in a row.