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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 35 Ottawa Senators Columbus Blue Jackets
Game 35 Ottawa Senators Columbus Blue Jackets
Category Player # Player #
Goals Josh Norris 18 Boone Jenner 16
Assists Drake Batherson 21 Jakub Voracek 25
Points Drake Batherson 33 Jenner, Bjorkstrand 27
Shots Brady Tkachuk 100 Zach Werenski 115
Time on Ice/GP Thomas Chabot 27:07:00 Zach Werenski 26:28:00

Team Stats

Game 33 Ottawa Senators Pittsburgh Penguins
Game 33 Ottawa Senators Pittsburgh Penguins
Category # Rank # Rank
Goals/GP 2.78 21st 3.26 11th
Goals Against/GP 3.59 28th 2.53 4th
Shots/GP 29.1 24th 34.7 6th
Shots Against/GP 33.8 27th 29.9 8th
Powerplay % 20.0 15th 18.1 21st
Penalty Kill % 78.4 20th 89.5 2nd
Corsi % (5v5 SVA) 44.73 31st 54.11 6th
xGF % (5v5 SVA) 46.31 25th 55.50 4th