It's a great time of year to be an NHL hockey fan in Saskatchewan.

While the province still doesn't have its own professional hockey team, Saskatoon and Regina are hosting three NHL pre-season games this month.

The Ottawa Senators beat the Calgary Flames 4-2 at Credit Union Centre on Monday night. 

With the NHL back in Saskatoon, it's once again sparking debate about whether the city could one day have its own team.

More than 6,000 fans attended the Senators-Flames game in Saskatoon, including Ken Klassen.

"We've got a big enough community to make it work," Klassen said.

Dwayne Stankowski also thinks it's time for Saskatoon to get an NHL team.

"Look how good they are with the Riders," Stankowski said. "Another professional team, I think it would do good."

Troy Fletcher was at Credit Union Centre wearing an Ottawa Senators jersey and hat. Fletcher said he's not sure the time is right.

"I would love it and I think it would be great, but I'm not sure if they're ready for it yet," Fletcher said. "But if they ever do it would be great. I'd be excited but I might have to switch allegiance though."

The Boston Bruins and Winnipeg Jest face off in Saskatoon on September 27.

People in Regina will get a chance to see the NHL on Tuesday night when the New York Islanders and Calgary Flames face off at the Brandt Centre.