Sens just the ticket

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:57 AM ET

The Senators were anticipating their smallest crowd in about two years last night and there was a considerable number of open seats in the corners of the 300 level.

Part of it might be the excitement that was there at this time last year after the lockout ended is gone, part of it might be the slow start by the club.

But there is encouraging news in the area of season tickets.

Senators president Roy Mlakar said the club will likely set a new mark for season tickets this season.

Mlakar is projecting season ticket packages to hit the 11,400 mark when all is said and done.

The Senators currently have more than 11,200 season ticket equivalents. The record is 11,231.

NO MOVES: With Senators D Joe Corvo making his regular-season debut last night, the Senators now have 22 relatively healthy players around, but coach Bryan Murray said yesterday the team is not planning on making any roster moves at this point.

WADE HITS 700: Senators D Wade Redden played his 700th game last night. He ranks behind only captain Daniel Alfredsson in games played for the Senators.

HE'S SORRY: Montreal Canadiens W Aaron Downey called Senators W Chris Neil to apologize for sucker punching him in Saturday night's game in Montreal. Caught in a scrum, Downey explained he was just swinging away and caught Neil with a punch.

Downey and Neil live only about 20 minutes apart near Flesherton in the off-season.


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