The Lightning are playing the first of four meetings tonight against Ottawa and their first against former head coach and current Ottawa head coach Guy Boucher (97-78-20 record as Bolts head coach from 2010-11 to 2012-13
PROJECTED LIGHTNING LINEUP
The Lightning came out to morning skate at the Canadian Tire Centre with quite a different look to its lines, which had remained the same through the first four games.
The Bolts used the following combinations at Saturday's skate:
Killorn Filppula Kucherov
Palat Stamkos Namestnikov
Point Paquette Drouin
Boyle Johnson Brown
Don't expect those combinations to remain for tonight's game against the Senators, however.
"That had nothing to do with tonight's game," Stamkos explained.
Andrei Vasilevskiy was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and is expected to get the start.
The Bolts went 3-1-0 against Ottawa last season and are 10-3-3 versus the Senators over the last four seasons...Tampa Bay went 1-1-0 against the Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre last season and is 3-2-1 in Ottawa over the last three season...The Lightning were 4-1 winners in their last trip to Ottawa (March 3, 2016), which capped the first-ever perfect road trip of four games or more in franchise history (4-0-0)...That victory was also the Bolts' eight-consecutive win (tying a franchise record they would break two days later with a 4-3 OT victory vs. CAR)...The Lightning outscored the Senators 14-9 combined in four games last season, including a 7-3 advantage in the third period...Tampa Bay is 11-25-5 all-time in Ottawa...The Lightning are 35-45-8 with two ties all-time overall against the Senators.
The Lightning are one of two NHL teams (Vancouver) yet to score a first-period goal; opponents have netted five first-period goals against the Lightning...The Bolts have given up the opening goal in all four games to start 2016-17...Tampa Bay plays its first road contest of 2016-17 tonight in Ottawa, the start of a six-game road trip for the Bolts, tied for their longest trip of the season...The Lightning play 12 of their next 16 games on the road.
2016-17 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 4
Current injuries: Ryan Callahan - Hip surgery June 21 to repair labral tear in right hip (OUT 5 MONTHS FROM SURGERY DATE) 4
Oct. 19 - Recalled D Matt Taormina from AHL Syracuse
Oct. 19 - Assigned D Slater Koekkoek to AHL Syracuse
Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos saw his three-game point streak (2 goals, 2 assists) to open the season come to an end Oct. 20 vs. COL...Stamkos scored a goal in two-straight games (Oct. 15-18)...Stamkos recorded a goal and an assist Oct. 18 vs. FLA for his first multi-point game of the season and 164th of his career...Stamkos is tied with Jonathan Drouin and Alex Killorn for the Lightning scoring lead (2-2--4)...Going back to last season, Stamkos has recorded at least a point in 10 of the last 14 games he's played (9 goals, 7 assists)...Stamkos led the Lightning for goals for the second-straight season and sixth time in the last seven seasons after netting 36 in 2015-16...Stamkos ranked T-7th in the NHL for goals last season...Since entering the league in 2008-09, Stamkos has scored more goals (314) than anybody in the NHL except WSH's Alex Ovechkin (364).