Game 79 Preview: Tampa Bay Lightning @ Ottawa Senators

The best versus the worst.

Tonight’s game will be an uphill battle for the Ottawa Senators, as they face the President’s Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning. This edition of the Lightning may very well be the best team in the NHL’s salary cap era... the Sens are a long ways away from that, to say the least.

Ottawa’s lineup will be the same as from Saturday’s game against Toronto. Craig Anderson will get the start tonight, with Andrei Vasilevskiy on the other end.

Tkachuk - White - Gibbons
Smith - Pageau - Veronneau
Paajarvi - Lindberg - Duclair
Balcers - Tierney - Ryan

Chabot - DeMelo
Wolanin - Ceci
Harpur - Jaros

Anderson (starter)

Game Notes

  • A win tonight for Tampa Bay would bring them to 60 wins — the first 60+ season since the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings had 62. With four games left, there’s a chance they break that, which would make them the winningest team in NHL history.
  • The Sens, meanwhile, could possibly clinch last place in the NHL tonight. For that to happen, it would require a regulation loss for Ottawa, plus a point for the New Jersey Devils and two points for the LA Kings.
  • Anderson’s start tonight will mark his 400th game in a Sens uniform. Having it happen against the Lightning may not be the best present, although he’s already blown past the franchise records for goalies in games played and wins.
  • It’s April Fools Day, and the Lightning’s SB Nation blog, Raw Charge, has certainly embraced it.
  • Game time is 7:30pm, and will be broadcast on TSN5 and RDS./

Here are some stats from and Natural Stat Trick.

Team Stats

OttawaSenatorsNew YorkRangers
Goals Against/GP3.6631st3.2724th
Shots Against/GP35.931st33.729th
Powerplay %20.414th19.627th
Penalty Kill %79.621st78.028th
Corsi (5v5, Score & Venue Adjusted)44.0431st45.5530th
Fenwick (5v5, SVA)44.7231st45.8730th

Player Stats

OttawaSenatorsNew YorkRangers
GoalsBrady Tkachuk21Mika Zibanejad30
AssistsThomas Chabot 40Mika Zibanejad42
PointsThomas Chabot 53Mika Zibanejad72
ShotsBrady Tkachuk209Mika Zibanejad227
TOI/GPThomas Chabot 24:08Neal Pionk21:15

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