I know, I know. It's only the third game of the season and the Senators first at Scotiabank Place but tonight's game against the Islanders marks the beginning of a key early season stretch for a team that expects to challenge for a playoff spot this season.
The visit from John Tavares and the New York Islanders begins an early season home stand where the Senators will play six of their next seven at The Bank.
If the Senators can win four or five of their next seven they would set themselves up for a very solid month and get their season off on the right foot. If they falter during this early season home stand, they could find themselves playing catch up right out of the gate.
People have talked about giving this team some time to gel and that's fine. With so many newcomers in the line up this season the Senators will need some time to develop on ice chemistry.
With that said, Ottawa needs to pick up some wins here on home ice if they want to stay competitive in what will most certainly be a tight Eastern Conference.
A win tonight against the Islanders would be the right way to kick off an important stretch in the Senators schedule.