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Southeast-leading Lightning battle Senators

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Peter Pupello - Lightning Beat Reporter

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Southeast-leading Lightning battle Senators
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Ottawa Senators

Lightning (24-12-5, 53 Points) at Senators (16-19-6, 38 Points)

Last 10: Tampa Bay (7-2-1); Ottawa (3-3-4)

41 GP 41
24 W 16
12 L 19
5 OT 6
53 P 38
0.646 P% 0.463
2.95 G/G 2.24
3.12 GA/G 2.98
22.4 PP% 19.7
84.3 PK% 81.3
32.5 S/G 28.4
28.0 SA/G 30.7
50.6 FO% 51.0
Apr 8, 2010 OTT@TBL TBL, 4 - 3
Nov 5, 2009 TBL@OTT OTT, 3 - 2
Oct 29, 2009 OTT@TBL TBL, 5 - 2
Oct 15, 2009 TBL@OTT OTT, 7 - 1

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Game Info

Season Series: The two clubs meet tonight for the first of four meetings on the season. Tampa Bay had some success against Ottawa last season, gaining points in three of the four matchups, which included a pair of wins coming at the St. Pete Times Forum.

The Big Story: Not even a loss in the team’s last game could shift the Lightning out of the top spot in their division. Tampa Bay leads the Southeast standings with 53 points, one better than second-place Washington, and look to gain separation at the top by stretching a recent hot streak highlighted by five wins in their last seven games.

Team Scope:

LIGHTNING – Tampa Bay plays in the second-to-last contest of the team’s four-game road swing, and also the first game of the club’s final back-to-back set of the trip as well. Tampa Bay has split the first two games coming into tonight, collecting a hard-earned win in Washington Tuesday night before falling to Pittsburgh the following evening. The Lightning exhausted all of their energy in the 1-0 overtime win versus the Capitals and simply had none remaining the next night for an equally challenging game, as they fell 8-1 to the Penguins. Adam Hall scored the lone goal for Tampa Bay, but following the contest, Head Coach Guy Boucher quickly dismissed the loss with an understanding that his team had achieved an emotional win the previous night, therefore draining itself of all energy, but would be ready to continue its recent winning trend beginning tonight in Ottawa.

SENATORS – Ottawa hosts Tampa Bay for a brief one-game stint at home before hitting the road for three consecutive contests. Tonight is the second game in a back-to-back set for the Senators, who gathered a point last night versus Chicago after losing to the Blackhawks 3-2 in a shootout. Milan Michalek made sure his club got at least a point in its first game played since New Year’s Day, forcing overtime with a goal at 1:25 left in regulation after Patrick Kane put Chicago out to a lead with under eight minutes. The Senators come in tonight looking to halt a four-game losing streak.

Who’s Hot: Steven Stamkos has seven goals and 10 points in his last 10 games, while Martin St. Louis has 14 points in his last 10 contests as well. It has been Tampa Bay’s checking line, however, that has been producing most of the offense lately, as Nate Thompson and Dana Tyrell each have a goal and two assists in their last three games. Ottawa’s Daniel Alfredsson has two goals and two assists during a three-game point streak for the Senators.

Injury Report: LIGHTNING – Mike Smith (minor knee injury, out 1 week, placed on Injured Reserve) and Randy Jones (upper body, day-to-day). SENATORS – Pascal Leclaire (lower body, out indefinitely) and Jason Spezza (shoulder, out indefinitely).

Notable Quotable: “I've been in three-goalie rotations probably four or five times. It's rough for everybody because there are two nets (in practice) and everybody wants to get in and prepare. But at the same time, you do whatever you do to help the team win, whether it's getting out early to take extra shots or cheerleading on the bench or sitting in the stands doing stats. It's all about being part of the team.” – Lightning goaltender Dwayne Roloson, on handling a three-goaltender rotation

2010-2011 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 29 '11 OTT 2 at TBL 5 M. St. Louis
Mar 19 '11 TBL 2 at OTT 3 - OT J. Spezza
Mar 11 '11 OTT 2 at TBL 1 B. Butler
Jan 08 '11 TBL 2 at OTT 1 M. St. Louis
S. Stamkos42312657+1232136
M. St. Louis42183452+6825
R. Malone42102131-64281
T. Purcell4261824-6810
B. Clark4271017-9851
V. Lecavalier2671017-71031
S. Bergenheim417916-13411
N. Thompson426915-41702
S. Downie2631215-18320
D. Moore376814-192821
P. Kubina4221214-54002
V. Hedman4121214-34000
A. Hall426410-81901
D. Tyrell394610+0400
R. Jones371910-7600
M. Lundin42088-6200
S. Gagne24347-19421
M. Ritola21235-5901
M. Ohlund34044-33000
B. Jones9112+0200
J. Harju7112-3200
M. Smaby20000+11300
M. Vernace8000-2200
M. Roy4000-2200
M. Pouliot3000-2000
J. Wright1000-2000
D. Ellis2611-6-5716133.08.884
M. Smith1710-5-0484113.20.883
D. Roloson238-14-1597182.61.918
C. Desjardins22-0-02631.00.968
D. Alfredsson42131326-101471
E. Karlsson4081725-112233
J. Spezza3291120-41031
S. Gonchar4251419-182030
A. Kovalev4281018-101433
M. Fisher4211617-122731
C. Kelly428816-22702
M. Michalek388715-62900
N. Foligno425813-122232
P. Regin4011011-61000
R. Shannon394610-21200
C. Neil422810-210701
J. Winchester41358-52200
J. Ruutu40268+24801
C. Campoli42167-22800
F. Kuba25044-12400
Z. Smith15303-51800
M. Carkner37123+09000
C. Phillips42033-182200
D. Hale13112+3601
B. Lee12000-11100
B. Butler4000-3000
J. O'Brien2000-1000
B. Elliott3112-13-5848672.98.903
P. Leclaire144-7-1363912.83.908
M. Brodeur10-0-02142.73.857
R. Lehner20-0-00100.001.000