Senators resume action for second game in 26 days

It’s an Ottawa Senators game day.

Yes, you read that right. For the second time in 26 days, the Senators are back in action tonight on the road against the Calgary Flames.

The Senators have not played since a 6-0 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on January 1. Their previous game before that was a December 18 overtime loss against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Ten of the team’s last 11 games have been postponed due to COVID-19 outbreaks and capacity restrictions in Canadian arenas.

“The boys are definitely tired of practicing,” head coach DJ Smith said on Wednesday. “You have to play games.”

The senators have not played a home game since Dec. 11. They play against the Buffalo Sabers on Saturday in Edmonton and Tuesday in an empty Canadian Tire Center.

All but two of the team’s players, striker Brady Tkachuk and defender Artem Zub, have been on COVID-19 protocol at some point.

The senators played just 29 games this season. Some other teams have played as many as 39.

Puck drop tonight is at 9pm EST. You can watch the game on TSN 5 and listen on TSN 1200.

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