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Senators at Lightning preview

Duclair has 8 goals in past seven games for Ottawa; Kucherov is game-time decision for Tampa Bay

by Corey Long / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

SENATORS (14-18-2) at LIGHTNING (16-12-3)

7 p.m. ET; SUN, TSN5, RDS, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Nikita Kucherov will be a game-time decision for the Tampa Bay Lightning against the Ottawa Senators at Amalie Arena on Tuesday.

Kucherov, the 2019 Hart Trophy winner voted as NHL most valuable player, is day to day with a lower-body injury after the forward blocked a shot from Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson on Saturday. He did not practice Monday, but participated in an optional morning skate Tuesday. Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with 34 points (10 goals, 24 assists) this season. 

The Lightning have won two of their past three games, but are 4-5-1 in their past 10. 

Ottawa had its three-game point streak (1-1-1) end Monday in a 6-1 loss to the Florida Panthers. The Senators are 3-2-1 in their past six games after losing their previous five. 

 

Players to Watch

Senators forward Anthony Duclair has 10 points (eight goals, two assists) in his past seven games.

Lightning forward Alex Killorn has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his past seven games.

 

They said it

"The game plan is simple. You have to be able to defend their top guys or it'll be a long night." -- Senators coach D.J. Smith on the Lightning

"[Ottawa] always plays hard. They are a young team and they have a have a lot of speed. They are going to work hard and we just have to match it." -- Lightning forward Ondrej Palat

 

Senators projected lineup

Brady Tkachuk -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Connor Brown

Tyler Ennis -- Artem Anisimov -- Colin White

Vladislav Namestnikov -- Chris Tierney -- Anthony Duclair

Nick Paul -- Logan Brown -- J.C. Beaudin

Thomas Chabot -- Ron Hainsey

Mark Borowiecki -- Andreas Englund

Cody Goloubef -- Maxime Lajoie

Marcus Hogberg

Anders Nilsson

Scratched: Mikkel Boedker, Erik Brannstrom

Injured: Scott Sabourin (nose), Craig Anderson (knee), Dylan DeMelo (finger), Nikita Zaitsev (lower body)

 

Lightning projected lineup

Ondrej Palat -- Brayden Point -- Tyler Johnson

Alex Killorn -- Anthony Cirelli -- Steven Stamkos

Pat Maroon -- Cedric Paquette -- Yanni Gourde

Carter Verhaeghe -- Mitchell Stephens -- Mathieu Joseph

Victor Hedman -- Jan Rutta

Ryan McDonagh -- Erik Cernak

Mikhail Sergachev -- Kevin Shattenkirk

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Curtis McElhinney

Injured: Nikita Kucherov (lower body), Braydon Coburn (lower body)

Scratched: Luke Schenn

 

Status report

Lightning coach Jon Cooper said Kucherov's status might not be known until warmups. If he plays, Stephens is likely to be scratched. ... Johnson is expected to play after missing the past four games with a lower-body injury. ... Englund is expected to play in place of Zaitsev for the second consecutive game. 

 

Stat pack

Chabot has a point in six of his past eight games (six assists). ... Ennis has six points (two goals, four assists) in his past seven games. ... Stamkos has nine points (six goals, three assists) in his past seven games. .... Point has scored in seven of his past 13 games (eight goals).

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