Ottawa at Tampa Bay
When: 7:30 PM ET, Thursday, December 5, 2013
Where: Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa, Florida
The Ottawa Senators look to jump-start their inconsistent season by completing a sweep of their Sunshine State road trip when they visit the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday. The Senators have yet to find the rhythm that led them to the Eastern Conference semifinals a season ago, but they posted 45 shots in a 4-2 victory at Florida on Tuesday. The Lightning have been shut out in two straight contests and three of their last five but have been one of the league’s best home teams at 10-3-0.
Ottawa started November with a 4-1-2 stretch and has won only three of nine since, but battled back from a two-goal deficit Tuesday. “We’re showing some signs of being consistent, but right now it’s only one in a row,” Senators coach Paul MacLean told the Ottawa Sun. “We have to come back (Thursday) and work to get better again.” The Lightning beat Ottawa in both meetings at home last season.TV:
7:30 p.m. ET, RSN, TVA (Ottawa), Sun Sports (Tampa Bay)ABOUT THE SENATORS (11-13-4):
Craig Anderson earned his second win in three games Tuesday, shutting out Florida over the last 51:38 as he attempts to find his form from last season. Defenseman Erik Karlsson leads the team in scoring with 27 points, but the Senators reside in the bottom five of the league in goals against (3.18) after finishing second in 2012-13 at 2.08. Bobby Ryan leads the team in goals with 14 while captain Jason Spezza continues to struggle with one goal in nine games and a minus-8 rating overall.ABOUT THE LIGHTNING (16-10-1):
Ben Bishop, acquired from Ottawa last season for forward Cory Conacher, has stopped 124 of the 128 shots he faced over his last four games while his team has gone 1-2-1 in that span. Since All Star Steven Stamkos went down with a broken tibia, the Lightning have scored 21 goals in 10 games – nine in two of those contests. Tampa Bay is just 4-for-31 on the power play in the last 10, and captain Martin St. Louis leads the team with 24 points but has been shut out in five of the last six.OVERTIME
1. Ottawa LW Clarke MacArthur boasts five goals and five assists in his last eight games.
2. Tampa Bay D Eric Brewer was a late scratch in the 1-0 loss at Columbus Tuesday due to a lower-body injury and is questionable for Thursday.
3. Conacher had 24 points in 35 games with Tampa Bay before being traded and 10 in 40 contests with the Senators. PREDICTION:
Lightning 4, Senators 1
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