Senators to kick off pre-season schedule before heading to Europe

NEW YORK – The Ottawa Senators will host the New York Rangers to open the NHL pre-season on Saturday, Sept. 20, the league announced Monday with the release of its exhibition schedule.

The Senators will also play a pre-season game in Sweden on Oct. 2 when they face Frolunda in Gothenburg, the hometown of their captain Daniel Alfredsson.

The Senators will remain in Sweden to open the regular season with a pair of games Oct. 4 and 5 against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Stockholm.

The people of Roberval, Que., winners of the Canada-wide Kraft Hockeyville contest, will celebrate the grand prize when the Montreal Canadiens and Buffalo Sabres play a pre-season game in their community Sept. 23.

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Other non-NHL Canadian markets that will host exhibition games include Halifax (Boston vs. Montreal, Sept. 22 and Boston vs. Detroit, Sept. 25); London, Ont. (N.Y. Islanders vs. Philadelphia, Sept. 25); Moncton, N.B. (Boston vs. N.Y. Islanders, Sept. 23); Summerside, P.E.I. (Florida vs. N.Y. Islanders, Sept. 27); and Winnipeg (Calgary vs. Phoenix, Sept. 24).