The week ahead: Mar 18 to 24

Three games on the schedule, with nary a back-to-back in sight.

Game 30 - Senators at Islanders

It's the movable object against the stoppable force! Ottawa doesn't have the best record on the road this year, and the Islanders have almost the exact same record at home. Their 10th place G/G drops to 22nd at home, and their 29th place 3.25 GA/G becomes 29th and 3.4 GA/G. A good opportunity for the suddenly able to score Sens.

John Tavares is the ever-present danger, and remains a legitimate threat to Stamkos for the Rocket Richard Trophy. Matt Moulson and Brad Boyes are also putting up respectable numbers, but the production drops off after them.

Game 31 - Bruins at Senators

Bruins are back in town again this week. Not much has changed with Boston since their visit last Monday, despite a 2-2-0 record since then.

David Krejci has joined Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin in the top ranks of the team for points. Those 4 players have a combined 14 points in 4 games since they were last in Ottawa.

Game 32 - Lightning at Senators

Anyone else sick of the afternoon games? Good news then! It's another one...

It's been awhile since we've seen the Lighting - the last time was game 4. Their early goal scoring rate has slowed considerably, but it's still an impressive 3.29 G/G. Steven Stamkos still leads the Rocket Richard race, and has notched a respectable 18 assists. Martin St Louis may be 37, but is putting up his best numbers ever and has more assists than anyone in the league not named "Crosby". Alfie may be ageless, but St Louis is producing like he's gotten younger.

Anders Lindback has been less than spectacular overall with a .902 SV% and a 2.93 GAA, but hasn't allowed more than 2 goals since February 24th. Mathieu Garon has been a little better on the season with a .915 and 2.65.

This is the start of a back-to-back for Tampa - they're in Winnipeg the following night.

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