CBC Sports announced Tuesday that it has bulked up its Hockey Night in Canada schedule for the upcoming NHL season by adding 18 games.

The additions to the schedule include 10 Montreal Canadiens match-ups and eight Ottawa Senators contests, bringing the grand total to 87 games for the 2008-09 regular season broadcast package.

"The addition of these games to an already strong broadcast schedule allows us to cater to a wider spectrum of hockey fans," said Scott Moore, executive director of CBC Sports.

"Montreal and Ottawa are vibrant hockey markets and this reinforces our commitment to bringing viewers the most comprehensive coverage of Canadian NHL teams available."

With the additions, the Habs will be featured 25 times on Hockey Night in Canada. Ottawa will play 21 times.

Hockey Night in Canada will kick off its broadcast schedule on Oct. 4 as the NHL season season begins at noon ET on Oct. 4 when the Tampa Bay Lightning face off against the New York Rangers in Prague. The game will be followed by a battle between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators in Stockholm at 2:30 p.m. ET.

On Thursday Oct. 9, Hockey Night in Canada will be in Detroit when the Stanley Cup banner is unfurled at Joe Louis Arena as the Red Wings host the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7 p.m. ET. The doubleheader continues at 10:30 p.m. ET when the Calgary Flames take on the Canucks in Vancouver.

The traditional Saturday night broadcast with host Ron McLean kicks off on Oct. 11 when the Montreal Canadiens visit the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Flames and Canucks follow in Calgary.