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Game 54 Preview: Tampa Bay Lightning @ Ottawa Senators

A week after squaring off in Tampa, the Bolts and Sens are set to renew hostilities again tonight at the Canadian Tire Centre in Kanata.

After turning in a decent overall performance in battling back from a two-goal hole before allowing a late game-winner to Toronto the other night, Tampa Bay is looking for its fourth-straight victory — its third this season and fifth in the last six meetings between the two clubs since losing all four contests in the 2011-2012 campaign — over Ottawa. With a win tonight, the Lightning would secure the season series.

On-ice, there’s not much that is new for the Senators, which summoned a late tally after squandering a two-goal lead of its own en route to edging past Columbus on Tuesday, to report: the team’s vitals continue to improve, Erik Karlsson is still the hamster spinning the biggest wheel and the club remains in the thick of a wide-open Eastern Conference playoff race. Granted, netminder Craig Anderson and scoring forward Jason Spezza have really come on of late to help in the push to avoid missing a return trip to the postseason. Off-ice, however, the team formally announced a new regional broadcasting rights agreement that means a financial windfall for owner Eugene Melnyk which may or may not translate to a higher payroll in coming seasons.

As for the Bolts, they simply got Leaf’d the other night. There was a lot to like about how the Lightning played, given how it generally tilted the ice and was particularly sound special teams — the Lightning actually generated more shots and attempts than the Leafs did with the Bolts killing penalties while creating plenty of looks on its own cracks on the power play. In short, the process was pretty good but a stellar effort in net from Jonathan Bernier, some attempts hitting the post or missing altogether and a couple of costly turnovers amounted to the difference between coming away empty-handed or not.

Tampa Bay is still well-positioned in the standings and in this current ten-game segment in which it has already earned four of the first six points possible. With a number of teams in the Eastern Conference winning their last game, the Bolts notching another couple of points would reestablish that extra bit of breathing room previously built up ahead of Steven Stamkos’ pending (and much-anticipated) return and the season’s quarter-pole.

SEASON SERIES

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NOTES

STANDINGS

LIGHTNING
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SENATORS
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ACTIVE ROSTERS

LIGHTNING SENATORS
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STATPACK

LIGHTNING

TOTALS

TEAM POSSESSION & SCORING
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GOALTENDING (ON-ICE)
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PLAYER SCORING
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RATES

TEAM POSSESSION & SCORING
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GOALTENDING (ON-ICE)
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PERCENTAGES

TEAM POSSESSION, SCORING & SHOOTING
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GOALTENDING (ON-ICE)
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SENATORS

TOTALS

TEAM POSSESSION & SCORING
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GOALTENDING (ON-ICE)
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PLAYER SCORING
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RATES


TEAM POSSESSION & SCORING
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GOALTENDING (ON-ICE)
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PERCENTAGES

TEAM POSSESSION, SCORING & SHOOTING
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GOALTENDING (ON-ICE)
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Team stats cited from Extra Skater

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