Thursday, Oct 29, 2009, 7:00 PM EDT
St. Pete Times Forum
TV: TSN; Radio: Team 1200
Enemy: Litter Box Cats
UPDATE: Jason Spezza will not play tonight due to an upper-body injury.
Everyone knows what happened the last time these two teams met: the Senators absolutely dominated the game, winning by a score of 7-1. Let's hope that doesn't lead the Senators to underestimate a Tampa Bay Lightning team looking for revenge (not to mention one that packs a far more talented line-up than its 3-3-3 record suggests). However, Ottawa seems to have Tampa Bay's number, winning the last 4 times the teams have met in the regular season (and only allowing a total of 3 goals in those games).
Players to watch: (stats courtesy of TSN)
Daniel Alfredsson is on an impressive five-game point streak, tallying 3 goals and 7 assists in that span.
Mike Fisher has 6 points in the last 4 games.
Chris Campoli is one point away from the 100th of his NHL career.
Jarkko Ruutu had a goal last game, bringing his total for the year up to 3. Ruutu hasn't breached the 7 goal mark in his past three seasons, and his career high is 10, back in 2005-06.
Filip Kuba had two points last night in his first game back from injury, and looks to continue producing.
Brian Elliott will be starting in net, as Pascal Leclaire is still struggling with the flu.
Brian Lee will make his first start of the regular season on the blue-line, filling in for the injured Anton Volchenkov.
Martin St. Louis has a point in every game this season (3G, 10A).
Victor Hedman leads all rookies in TOI per game by over 4 minutes (he averages 24:59). This means he will likely play about 24 minutes and 59 seconds more tonight than fellow Swede Erik Karlsson.
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