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Game 42: Tampa Bay Lightning @ Ottawa Senators

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Tampa Bay Lightning
@ Ottawa Senators

Saturday, Jan 8, 2011, 7:00 PM EST
Scotiabank Place

Enemy: Raw Charge

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You may ask yourself, "How do I work this?" You may ask yourself, "Where is that goal-scoring winger?" You may tell yourself, "These are not my beautiful Senators!" You may tell yourself, "This is not my beautiful team!"

I can't help you with that.

But there's hockey tonight, and fresh off taking the defending champs to overtime -- before losing, of course -- the Sens are back home to take on their sister team, the Tampa Bay Lightning. Allow me to set the stage:

A tired Ottawa Senators team is returning home from an overtime loss against a Western Conference team they had to rally to steal a point from. Their opponent is young, fast, and rested -- and coming off a massive 8-1 drubbing from the Pittsburgh Penguins. Just last week we saw the same set of circumstances (except a different score in the opponent's loss) and the result was a compete dismantling at the hands of the Maple Leafs. Tampa Bay sits second in the Eastern Conference, so they might be just a bit better than Toronto was.

Say it with me: DUN DUN DUN!

Don't give up hope, though. There's a reason why the teams play the games.

Two to watch:

  • Steven Stamkos - Word on the street is that this guy might be good.
  • Robin Lehner - Meteorologists are saying there's 60% chance of shellacking tonight, so Lehner could get a chance to improve his numbers. Just kidding. He can't improve them. Maybe he'll comment on the officiating or something.

Two not to watch:

  • Alex Kovalev - He's been pretty bad lately. So you're just gonna get mad if you watch him. Don't say I didn't warn you.
  • Dominic Moore - The Bolts center is a Sergei Gonchar-topping minus 20 on the year. If he and the Ottawa defenseman get on the ice at the same time, it'll be like crossing the streams.

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