Senators Not So Reccesion Proof...

Devin RodgerContributor INovember 21, 2009

OTTAWA, ON - NOVEMBER 10:  During the Ottawa Senators 'Minor Hockey Week' minor hockey players lineup on the blueline along with NHL players such as Jarkko Ruutu #73 and Chris Campoli #14 during the National Anthem before a game against the Edmonton Oilers at Scotiabank Place on November 10, 2009 in Ottawa, Canada.  (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)
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The Senators have finally gotten back to their old form after a very disappointing year to end last.

They are 10-6-3 in their first 19 games of the season, which rank them 7th in the Eastern Conference and 3rd in the Northeast Division. Even with all that it stills seems like something is missing...attendance!

The Senators are putting up terrible attendance numbers this year compared to other Canadian teams. What's shocking is the lowest two games have come against the Stanley Cup Champion, and more becoming good rivalry, Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Pens have visited the Scotiabank Place twice this year, Oct. 8 which brought 17,014 fans, and 17,039 Thursday night. More shocking even, when the Leafs came to town. 17,406 attended the battle of Ontario round 2.

If you look deeper into this you will find that a pricing structure is in place for games against these two great rivals. Okay so it's more money to see better teams play each other, understandable, but what's more telling is that people aren't willing to pay the extra cash to see these games.

This makes me think about the reccsion. Are Canadian hockey teams reccesion proof as some my have thought? It's safe to say the Leafs are, who currently sit at the bottom of the NHL standings, but are keeping the league going because of the money they make.

The Sens sold out against Boston Oct. 24 when they fit 20,154 in the 19,153 seat Scotiabank Place.

There are definitly some teams that do and have struggled to put fans in the stands, but when the Ottawa Senators are having trouble putting fans in their, is there a problem? Is hockey-mad Canada still willing to pay anything to watch a game?