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Preview: Senators at Lightning

Guy Boucher returns to Tampa Bay for first time as Ottawa coach

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

SENATORS (26-16-6) at LIGHTNING (22-23-6)

7:30 p.m. ET; SUN, RDS2, TSN5, NHL.TV

 

Senators team scope

Guy Boucher returns to Amalie Arena for the first time as Ottawa Senators coach. Boucher led the Tampa Bay Lightning to the 2011 Eastern Conference Final and was 97-79-20 in two-plus seasons before he was fired and replaced by Jon Cooper on March 24, 2013. "Some paint has changed in the corridor and a few other things," Boucher said. "But it's good to be back." The Senators are eight points ahead of the Lightning in the Atlantic Division with three games in hand but 1-1-2 in their past four games after a 6-5 loss to the Florida Panthers on Tuesday. "That's back-to-back disappointing losses for us," defenseman Chris Wideman said. "It's time to bear down and start picking up points every night again." Center Chris Kelly will play in his 800th NHL game.

 

Lightning team scope

The Lightning trail the Philadelphia Flyers by six points for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. They play the second of a four-game homestand following a 4-3 loss to the Boston Bruins on Tuesday. "We have to focus on ourselves and we probably got away from that against Boston," defenseman Victor Hedman said. "We stopped playing the way we are supposed to. So we have to play a full 60 [minutes] and play the way we know we are capable of." The Lightning were held to 21 shots against Boston, their second-lowest total of the season. Defensively they allowed all four goals in the final 21:52 of the game. "Right now there needs to be a total commitment to turning this around," associate coach Rick Bowness said. "Everyone's got to do their part to make it happen." Defenseman Jake Dotchin played an NHL career-high 20:25 on Tuesday.

 

Senators projected lineup

Ryan Dzingel -- Kyle Turris -- Bobby Ryan

Mike Hoffman -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Tom Pyatt

Zack Smith -- Derick Brassard -- Mark Stone

Chris Kelly -- Curtis Lazar -- Tommy Wingels

Marc Methot -- Erik Karlsson

Dion Phaneuf -- Cody Ceci

Mark Borowiecki -- Chris Wideman

Mike Condon

Andrew Hammond

Scratched: Chris Neil, Fredrik Claesson

Injured: Clarke MacArthur (concussion)

 

Lightning projected lineup

Alex Killorn -- Vladislav Namestnikov -- Nikita Kucherov

Brian Boyle -- Tyler Johnson -- Jonathan Drouin

Ondrej Palat -- Valtteri Filppula -- Brayden Point

J.T. Brown -- Cedric Paquette -- Gabriel Dumont

Victor Hedman -- Anton Stralman

Jason Garrison -- Luke Witkowski

Jake Dotchin -- Braydon Coburn

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Ben Bishop

Scratched: Andrej Sustr

Injured: Ryan Callahan (hip), Steven Stamkos (knee injury), Michael Bournival (upper body), Adam Erne (broken foot)

 

Status report

Bournival took part in the Lightning's optional skate wearing a red no-contact jersey. …Sustr was the last off the ice and appears to be a healthy scratch with Witkowski replacing him in the lineup.

 

Who's hot

Dzingel scored twice against the Panthers. …Smith has three goals and three assists in his past four games. … Killorn scored two goals against the Bruins. …Vasilevskiy has a .938 save percentage in his past three starts.

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