The friendly neighbourhood rivalry gets off to a quick start this coming season with a home and home series kicking off the festivities. These two games will set the tone for the early part of the season. The defending Stanley Cup Finalists will look to get their season off to a good start after meekly bowing out in the Finals. Who is starting in goal could be a question as Emery still has his arbitration hearing and teams are rumoured to be waiting to see how Ottawa deals with an award.
Meanwhile, the Leafs did well last year to move the rivalry from the "Rape and Pillage of Lower Ontario" to the "Mild Beating of a Lost Puppy". Of interest in that first piece is that Five-O proved to be the blue and white's answer to Duff's prognostication with the spot on guess of 5 sens wins versus 3 for the good guys. If you follow the pattern (1-7, 3-5) the Leafs are due to win the regular season BoO for the first time since Brad Marsh was patrolling their blueline. They will want a good showing in the first two games (split between Raycroft and Toskala no doubt) especially from Bell, Blake, and Toskala as the team tries to return to the playoffs.
Here is the list of eight meetings between the two combatants:
Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007 - senators @ Maple Leafs
Thursday, October 4th, 2007 - Maple Leafs @ senators
Tuesday, November 6th, 2007 - Maple Leafs @ senators
Saturday, November 17th, 2007 - senators @ Maple Leafs
Saturday, February 2nd, 2008 - senators @ Maple Leafs
Monday, February 25th, 2008 - Maple Leafs @ senators
Saturday, March 22nd, 2008 - Maple Leafs @ senators
Thursday, April 3rd, 2008 - senators @ Maple Leafs
Looks like someone in the scheduling office listened to the complaints about spreading the games between division rivals out. Here are the complete schedules: Good and evil.