Sens up PPVs to seven

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:44 AM ET

The good news is 66 Senators games will be available through local or national broadcast this NHL season, according to the broadcast schedule released yesterday by the club.

The bad news -- in some fans' minds, judging by last year's reaction -- is the club has increased the number of pay-per-view games from five to seven this season.

That brings the total to 73 of the club's 82 games available on some platform.

Not including eight Saturday and Wednesday games that are the property of national broadcasters and as yet are not scheduled for broadcast, that leaves only one other game left unselected for regional or pay-per-view broadcast, said Senators vice-president of broadcast Jim Steel.

That game is a 10:30 p.m start in Los Angeles against the Kings March 6.

A complaint from fans last year was three of the five PPV games were in March, delivering a pretty big hit to that month's cable bill for fans opting to buy all three.

The Senators have listened to that complaint, spreading the games evenly over the schedule.

The seven PPV games this year are: Pittsburgh Penguins at Ottawa, Nov. 22; Senators at Dallas Stars, Dec. 7; Senators at Buffalo Sabres, Jan. 4; Senators at New York Islanders, Jan. 29; Senators at Philadelphia Flyers, Feb. 28; Boston Bruins at Senators, March 11 and Senators at Toronto Maple Leafs, April 3.

HIGH DEF A PRIORITY

Senators president Roy Mlakar said making the games available in high definition is a priority, but there is no timetable.

In addition to the seven PPV games, there will be 20 games on Sportsnet Ontario and Sportsnet East (Quebec and Atlantic Canada), 20 games on the A-Channel (15 of those simulcast on Sportsnet East), 10 games on CBC's national Hockey Night in Canada and another 10 on HNIC's regional coverage and six on TSN.


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