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LIGHTNING (39-24-8) vs. SENATORS (28-29-13)
SUN; AM 970 WFLA
Last 10: Ottawa 2-6-2; Tampa Bay 5-2-3
Monday's meeting at the Tampa Bay Times Forum is the fifth and final contest between the two clubs this season. Tampa Bay has taken three of four games already this year, including a 5-4 victory in their most recent visit to Canadian Tire Centre four days ago.
Eight out of the Lightning's final 10 games come at the Times Forum, which could be a good thing for the Bolts, who look to gain ground on the three teams that are less than six points behind them in the standings.
LIGHTNING – While the Bolts were swept by the Pens after an overtime loss Saturday, the team walked away from their lastest road swing by collecting five out of six points for what head coach Jon Cooper called a "good trip."
One thing Tampa Bay will need to clean up moving forward though is the amount of penalties they take in a game. The Lightning took six penalties throughout Saturday's tilt and it cost them, as Pittsburgh scored three power-play goals.
Over the weekend the Lightning also signed free agent forward Cody Kunyk out of the University of Alaska-Fairbanks to a one year, two-way NHL contract. He will report to the team Monday.
SENATORS – The Senators were expected to be one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference this season, however, they have not lived up to expectations. Ottawa is slowly becoming less and less of a factor in the postseason race going 2-7-2 over their last 11 games.
After Monday the Senators head to Sunrise, Florida to face the Panthers before opening up a crucial five-game homestand. Ottawa's fate will lie however on other teams' performances that are also vying for a Wild Card spot.
Valtteri Filppula recorded a new career-high for goals with his 24th of the season Saturday, while extending his point streak to eight games (four goals, eight assists), which is also a career-best. Ondrej Palat scored the game-tying goal versus the Penguins with 1:22 remaining and now has 12 points in his last eight, including four multi-point games.
Erik Karlsson recorded two points against the Lightning in their last meeting and has eight points (two goals, six assists) over his past six games. Karlsson leads NHL defenseman for points (65) with the next closest blueliner having 55.
3/20 – Signed free agent forward Cody Kunyk to a one year, two-way contract
Lightning – D Brian Lee (knee, out); Penguins – G Craig Anderson (shoulder, out), F Bobby Ryan (day-to-day)
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