The Ottawa Senators take on the Tampa Bay Lightning this evening, attempting to complete a sweep of Florida state after their win over the Panthers yesterday. The Lightning are an ugly 1-3-1 in their last five games, while the Sens are 6-3 in their last nine. Still, Tampa's fighting with the Washington Capitals for first in the Southeast Division--which will probably be their best chance at home-ice in the first round of the playoffs--so every game is important for them right now.
Some players I'll be watching today:
- Curtis McElhinney: Gets his first start in a Senators jersey, and it comes against the team that had him for about four days, or something, before sending him away. How will he do?
- Erik Karlsson: Two goals last game, extending his lead in Senators scoring to three points.
- Steven Stamkos: Predict how many goals Stammer will score tonight.
- Vincent Lecavalier: Has had a killer 2011 calendar year, scoring 21 of his 37 points this season in the new year.