Ottawa opened their new Arena, hosting the Wanderers on January 11, 1908, overloading capacity with 7,100 attending. Ottawa defeated the Wanderers 12–2. Ottawa and Wanderers were tied for first going into their rematch on February 29, when the Ottawa manager J. P. Dickson resigned in a dispute over which train to take to Montreal. At the time, two trains were available for the trip, and the two would race, with betting taking place on the winner. In the game, the two defence stars Art Ross and Taylor would lead end-to-end rushes, and the game would be tied until Taylor was injured and Bruce Stuart and Walter Smaill would score for the Wanderers to win 4–2.
Marty Walsh would have the biggest game of the season, scoring seven goals in a game, and six in another. Tom Phillips would score five twice.
On March 14, Ottawa played the Winnipeg Maple Leafs in a friendly match at the Arena. The Maple Leafs won the game 7–4. Future Senator Fred Lake played for Winnipeg, scoring two goals. Former and future Senator Hamby Shore also played for Winnipeg, scoring one goal.