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The Tampa Bay Lightning take their two game win streak and head north of the border to face the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place tonight.
The Lightning (2-1-2) will be looking for their first win on the road after completing a three-game home stand that saw them post a shootout loss against New Jersey followed by wins over Carolina and Florida. In a 3-2 victory over the Panthers on Monday night, the line of Steven Stamkos, Martin St. Louis and Ryan Malone each recorded a goal. Through five games, the Lightning have connected for fifteen goals, 11 of which have been attributed to Malone, Stamkos or St. Louis.
“As the season goes on, we’ll need some production from the other lines,” Lightning Head Coach Rick Tocchet said. “But I think the key is that we’re playing good defense, the special teams have been coming through for us, and we’ve gotten timely goals.”
The power play has been especially effective for Tampa Bay, having converted opportunities at least once in every game to date this season for a 22.2% success rate.
Ottawa, by contrast, enters tonight’s contest with the least effective power play in the NHL, cashing in on only one goal in 15 extra man opportunities.
The Senators (3-2-0) are currently in second place in the Northwest Division, trailing Buffalo by just one point in the standings. Tonight’s game will conclude a four-game home stand for Ottawa. On Monday, they dropped a 4-1 decision to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Forwards Daniel Alfredsson and Mike Fisher lead the Senators with two goals and four points apiece. Off-season acquisition Alexei Kovalev has one goal and one assist so far this season.
Goaltender Mike Smith is expected to return to the crease for the Lightning tonight after sitting out the previous two contests. Despite playing well in his previous two contests, both shootout losses, he enters the game looking for his first win of the season.
Following tonight’s game, the Lightning will move on to Pittsburgh to face off with the current Stanley Cup Champion Penguins on Saturday night. Afterward they will return to Tampa for a four-game stretch at the St. Pete Times Forum.
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