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Game 27 Preview + Open Thread: Ottawa Senators @ Tampa Bay Lightning

Can they sens the lightning again?

Tampa Bay Lightning v Ottawa Senators Photo by André Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images

The Ottawa Senators are rolling into Tampa Bay tonight with more confidence than they’ve had all season.

The Lightning are good. I don’t need to tell you that. The Sens will definitely have their work cut out for them tonight, but we’ve also seen them rise to the occasion against lots of good teams recently. The last time these two met, the Sens won 4-0.

Everything is clicking right now, and against the top teams in the league, too. The Sens dug themselves into way too big a hole at the beginning of the season to be talking about playoffs, but they do have a chance to move up a spot in the standings with a win tonight, and their best players are beginning to climb the NHL leaderboard.

The lineup will be announced at game time. It seems likely they’ll go with the same one we saw against Florida, since that’s what we’ve been seeing at practice so far. That would be:

Tkachuk - Norris - Batherson
Formenton - Stützle - CBrown
Sanford - Tierney - Ennis
Paul - Gambrell - Watson

Chabot - Zaitsev
Holden - Zub
Heatherington - Mete

No news on who starts in net.

Game Notes

  • We’ve reached a milestone in the season: a team playing their actual starting goaltender against the Sens. Vasilevskiy starts in net for the two-time defending champs.
  • I guess the Lightning saw what happened to the last backup goaltender who tried to take on this group. Poor guy got sens’d:
  • The Lightning are riding a big home winning streak, and Vasilevskiy has been incredible. But then again, the Panthers were in a similar situation before getting sens’d, so you never know.
  • Ottawa has been excellent on special teams recently, including against Tampa Bay, but they can’t keep relying on their penalty kill. The coach talked about the need to stay out of the box in his most recent media availability. We’ll see if that happens.
  • Puck drop is at 7pm ET. You can watch live on TSN5 or RDS2, or listen on TSN 1200.

Stats Preview

Player Stats

Game 42 Ottawa Senators Carolina Hurricanes
Game 42 Ottawa Senators Carolina Hurricanes
Category Player # Player #
Goals Josh Norris 18 Sebastian Aho 19
Assists Drake Batherson 21 Sebastian Aho 26
Points Drake Batherson 34 Sebastian Aho 45
Shots Brady Tkachuk 133 Andrei Svechnikov 130
Time on Ice/GP Thomas Chabot 27:08:00 Jaccob Slavin 23:51:00

Team Stats

Game 42 Ottawa Senators Carolina Hurricanes
Game 42 Ottawa Senators Carolina Hurricanes
Category # Rank # Rank
Goals/GP 2.76 21st 3.47 5th
Goals Against/GP 3.32 24th 2.37 1st
Shots/GP 30.3 19th 32.9 12th
Shots Against/GP 33.3 27th 28.3 2nd
Powerplay % 18.4 22nd 24.8 10th
Penalty Kill % 80.0 15th 88.7 1st
Corsi % (5v5 SVA) 46.66 28th 55.25 3rd
xGF % (5v5 SVA) 46.82 24th 53.99 5th