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Five highlights of the Sens’ 2019-20 schedule

The 2019-20 Belleville Senators schedule is here and with it comes a lot to break down as the Sens get set for 76 regular season contests.

A couple of new opponents, a balanced home-schedule and the franchise’s longest road trip are just some of the highlights for 2019-20 as we take a deeper dive into Belleville’s 2019-20 regular season schedule.

New opponents

For the first time ever, Belleville will face the Milwaukee Admirals and Rockford IceHogs as the Sens dip into the Central Division for two new marquee match-ups.

The Admirals, AHL affiliate of the Nashville Predators, will make their lone visit to Belleville on Nov. 16 while the IceHogs come to CAA Arena on Dec. 13. The Sens head to the two new cities on Jan. 20 and Jan. 21 for a back-to-back.

Milwaukee has previously produced NHLers such as Pekka Rinne, Ryan Ellis, Dan Hamhuis, Colton Sissons, Roman Josi and Kevin Fiala while Ryan Hartman, Jimmy Hayes, Vinny Hinostroza, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Nick Leddy are graduates from Rockford.

The Senators will also face the Springfield Thunderbirds once again. The two teams met during the Sens’ inaugural season but didn’t square off last year. Springfield doesn’t come to CAA Arena until April 1.

Key nights

The Senators will be the focus on a few special nights during 2019-20 and it again all starts on Boxing Day as for the third straight year the Sens will battle the Toronto Marlies at Scotiabank Arena, the home of the Toronto Maple Leafs, in hockey’s only game of the day.

Belleville will end 2019 in style as for the first time the team will play on New Year’s Eve as the Laval Rocket will visit CAA Arena for an all-Canadian match-up to end the year.

And once more the Senators will drop the puck on Family Day as the Syracuse Crunch visit Belleville for an afternoon of AHL hockey and fun.

Balanced home schedule

A crucial element to any successful season is a good home record and the Senators will fancy their chances at that again in 2019-20 as they’ve been handed a very balanced schedule at CAA Arena as they look build off of its 22-12-1-3 record last season.

Of the 38 home games, the Sens will only have to battle a 3-in-4 once all year long.

Furthermore, 36 of the Sens’ 38 home games take place on either a Wednesday, Friday or Saturday night with 14 of those contests taking place on Saturdays. Ten games will be played on Wednesdays with 12 on Fridays. All of those contests will see a 7pm puck drop.

Longest road trip

Pack your bags, boys.

The Belleville Senators will embark on its longest ever road-trip in mid-January for a 16-day, eight-game roadie.

It starts Jan.9 as the team heads to Rochester for a game the following night before battling the Utica Comets Jan. 11. The team will then fly to Winnipeg to face the Manitoba Moose Jan. 13 and Jan. 15 before heading back to the United States and into Michigan for a contest with Grand Rapids on Jan. 18.

Belleville then marches into Rockford on Jan. 20 for an afternoon contest before playing Milwaukee the following night. The Senators conclude the trip in Utica on Jan. 24 before returning home the following night to battle the Comets in the return leg of a back-to-back.

All in all, the Senators will travel more than 6,500kms over the 16 days while taking a combination of planes and buses to get from city to city.

Divisional match-ups

The AHL schedule remains heavily weighted towards divisional play and 2019-20 will see 54 of the Sens’ 76 games come against North Division opponents.

Belleville will once again square off with Toronto and Laval 12 times, six each at home, as the Canadian match-ups continue to reign supreme.

After six contests last year, the Senators will now face Utica eight times this coming season. Bellville will again face Binghamton and Syracuse six times while also facing Rochester six times, an increase from last year’s four contests.

After playing Cleveland eight times in 2018-19, that number has been slashed in half for 2019-20.

2019-20 Season Ticket and Flex Packages are available by clicking here, calling 613-967-8067 or by emailing seasontickets@bellevillesens.com.

To view the complete 2019-20 schedule, click here.

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