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Preview: Senators at Lightning

Tampa Bay plays first game since trading center Brian Boyle; goalie Mike Condon starts for Ottawa

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

SENATORS (33-21-6) at LIGHTNING (27-25-8)

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

 

Senators team scope

Goaltender Mike Condon is expected to start for the Ottawa Senators, who are two points behind the Montreal Canadiens for first place in the Atlantic Division after a 2-1 win against the Florida Panthers on Sunday. Condon had 19 saves in a 5-2 win at the Lightning on Feb. 2. The Senators are 2-1-0 on their four-game road trip. Forward Curtis Lazar did not play Sunday because of an upper-body injury. Backup goalie Andrew Hammond, who played his last NHL game Feb. 7, will miss the rest of the season because of a torn labrum in his right hip.

 

Lightning team scope

The Lightning traded center Brian Boyle to the Toronto Maple Leafs for forward Byron Froese and a conditional second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft on Monday. Boyle, who has 22 points (13 goals, nine assists) in 54 games, will likely be replaced by Adam Erne in the lineup. The trade came a day after the Lightning traded goaltender Ben Bishop and a fifth-round pick in 2017 to the Los Angeles Kings for goalie Peter Budaj, defenseman Erik Cernak and two 2017 draft picks -- a seventh-rounder and a conditional pick. After posting a 5-1-2 record against Western Conference opponents in the past eight games, the Lightning will have 18 of their final 22 games against Eastern Conference opponents. Coach Jon Cooper said it's the final chance to gain some ground in the standings. The Lightning are seven points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. Budaj is expected to serve as the backup for Andrei Vasilevskiy on Monday. Forward Jonathan Drouin, who missed a game Thursday with the flu, is expected to return to the lineup. The Lightning also claimed center Greg McKegg from the Florida Panthers on Monday. McKegg has three goals and three assists in 31 games this season.

 

Senators projected lineup

Zack Smith -- Kyle Turris -- Mike Hoffman

Ryan Dzingel -- Derick Brassard -- Mark Stone

Tommy Wingels -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Tom Pyatt

Phil Varone -- Chris Kelly -- Chris Neil

Marc Methot -- Erik Karlsson

Dion Phaneuf -- Cody Ceci

Mark Borowiecki -- Chris Wideman

Mike Condon

Craig Anderson

Scratched: Fredrik Claesson, Mike Blunden

Injured: Curtis Lazar (upper body), Bobby Ryan (broken finger), Clarke Macarthur (concussion), Andrew Hammond (hip)

 

Lightning projected lineup

Ondrej Palat -- Tyler Johnson -- Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn -- Brayden Point -- Jonathan Drouin

Adam Erne -- Valtteri Filppula -- Vladislav Namestnikov

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

Victor Hedman -- Jake Dotchin

Jason Garrison -- Anton Stralman

Braydon Coburn -- Andrej Sustr

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Peter Budaj

Scratched: Luke Witkowski, Adam Erne, Yanni Gourde

Injured: Ryan Callahan (hip), Steven Stamkos (knee)

 

Status report

Stamkos took part in the Lightning's optional skate. General manager Steve Yzerman said the captain's timetable for returning has not changed, but that there is a change he could play this season. Stamkos tore the lateral meniscus in his right knee in a game against the Detroit Red Wings on Nov. 15, had arthroscopic surgery and was expected to miss four months.  … Lazar skated Monday but remains questionable. …The Lightning recalled Erne and Gourde from Syracuse of the American Hockey League on Monday.

 

Who's hot

Karlsson has 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) in the past 13 games. … Hedman has three goals and five assists in the past seven games. … Stone has two goals and four assists in the past three games.

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