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Preview: Lightning at Senators

Ottawa's Guy Boucher coaches against former team for first time, Tampa Bay starts six-game road trip

by Chris Stevenson / Correspondent

LIGHTNING (3-1-0) at SENATORS (3-1-0)

7 p.m. ET; SN360, Sportsnet, SUN, NHL.TV


Lightning team scope

Andrei Vasilevskiy was the first goalie off the ice at the morning start and is expected to make his second start of the season for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Ben Bishop played the other three games, including a 4-0 home loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday. The Lightning are one of two NHL teams (the other is the Vancouver Canucks) that have not scored a first-period goal this season. Tampa Bay has given up the first goal in each of its four games. All four were played at home; Tampa Bay is playing the first of a six-game road trip and has 12 of its next 16 games away from Amalie Arena. "It's just one of those things that we have to bear down a little more in our starts and get really after it," forward Tyler Johnson said. "We definitely need to be better. It's hard battling back, but we have the character on this team to be able to do it. We just keep playing our game, but at the same time you can't make a habit of that. You want to try and get out of it as quick as possible."


Senators team scope

It's the first game for Ottawa Senators coach Guy Boucher against the team that fired him on March 24, 2013, but he says there's no revenge factor involved in facing his former team for the first time. The animosity I guess people would be looking for, there's none of it," he said Friday. Only two players, Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman, remain from that team. Craig Anderson will try for his fourth win in as many appearances; he's 3-0-0 despite allowing 11 goals in the three games. captain Erik Karlsson has two goals and five assists in four games this season, including a goal and an assist as the Senators bounced back from a 5-1 loss at the Detroit Red Wings on Monday with a 7-4 win at home against the Arizona Coyotes the next night. One thing the Senators are conscious of is trying to keep Lightning defensemen like Victor Hedman and Anton Stralman from jumping into the attack. "When Hedman and Stralman get up the ice, they create chances. That's something we talked about this morning," forward Derick Brassard said. The Senators are 1-for-11 on the power play and ranked 25th in the League. They scored their first power play goal of the season against Arizona.


Lightning projected lineup

Ondrej Palat -- Steven Stamkos -- Jonathan Drouin

Alex Killorn -- Tyler Johnson -- Nikita Kucherov

Vladislav Namestnikov -- Valtteri Filppula -- Brayden Point

Cedric Paquette -- Brian Boyle -- J.T. Brown

Victor Hedman -- Anton Stralman

Jason Garrison -- Andrej Sustr

Braydon Coburn -- Nikita Nesterov

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Ben Bishop

Scratched: Matt Taormina

Injured: Ryan Callahan (hip)

Senators projected lineup

Mike Hoffman -- Kyle Turris -- Mark Stone

Zack Smith -- Derick Brassard -- Bobby Ryan

Chris Kelly -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Tom Pyatt

Ryan Dzingel -- Phil Varone -- Chris Neil

Marc Methot -- Erik Karlsson

Dion Phaneuf -- Cody Ceci

Mark Borowiecki -- Chris Wideman

Craig Anderson

Andrew Hammond

Scratched: Thomas Chabot, Matt Puempel

Injured: Clarke MacArthur (concussion)


Status report

Cooper said he is trying to give Vasilevskiy a game a week and it's his turn against Ottawa. "He gives you a chance to win the game, Cooper said, "and that's all you ask from your goaltender is give us a chance to win the game and we have two guys who do that." Boucher will dress 12 forwards and six defensemen against Tampa. He dressed 11 and seven against Arizona.


Who's hot

Killorn has three goals and an assist in four games. … Dzingel has two goals and two assists in his past four games. Hoffman had three assists against Arizona.

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