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What to Watch For: Bolts vs. Senators

by Michelle Gingras / Tampa Bay Lightning

Ottawa is one of only two teams that the Lightning play five times this season. The last time these two teams met, the Bolts defeated the Senators 3-1 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Puck drops in Tampa at 7:30 p.m. and you can follow all of the action on Sun Sports.

Mark Barberio ranks second among rookie defensemen in the NHL with a +15 rating.

Here are six storylines to watch in this Atlantic Division matchup.

  1. Ben Bishop recorded a record high 48 saves last game against the Carolina Hurricanes. The last time Bishop faced the Senators at home he recorded 34 saves. This will be the second time that the goalie has faced his former team.
  2. Marty St. Louis enters tonight's game on an eight-game point streak, which is currently the longest active point streak in the NHL. St. Louis is also leading the Lightning in points with 50. The last time St. Louis faced the Senators he recorded two goals both on assists from Andrej Palat.
  3. The Tampa Bay Lightning currently have eight players with at least 10 goals so far this season, the most of any team in the NHL.
  4. The Lightning enter tonight's contest after setting a season high of 28 blocked shots last game with Lightning defensemen recording 20 of those blocked shots.
  5. Mark Barberio became just the second player in Lightning history to score his first two career goals in the same game. Barberio is ranked second among rookie defensemen in the NHL with a plus-fifteen rating.
  6. Marty St. Louis is just three assists shy of 600.
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