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Tampa Bay can become third team in NHL history with at least 60 wins; Anderson plays 400th game for Ottawa

by Callum Fraser / NHL.com Correspondent

LIGHTNING (59-15-4) at SENATORS (28-44-6)

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

 

The Game

The Tampa Bay Lightning will try to become the third team in NHL history to win 60 games in a season when they play the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Monday.

The Lightning, who have clinched the Presidents' Trophy, begin a four-game road trip to close out the regular-season schedule. They are three victories from the NHL record for most wins in a season, set by the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings, who won 62 games. The 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens had 60 wins.

Defenseman Victor Hedman will not play for the Lightning after sustaining an upper-body injury during a 6-3 loss to the Washington Capitals on Saturday. Coach Jon Cooper said Hedman is doubtful to play again in the regular season, but is hopeful he'll be back for the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Craig Anderson, who is 3-0-0 with a .954 save percentage and one shutout in his past three starts, will start for the Senators, who have been eliminated from postseason contention.

 

Players to watch

Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy is 17-3-2 with a .928 save percentage and three shutouts in his past 22 starts.

Senators forward Anthony Duclair has nine points (five goals, four assists) in his past eight games.

 

They said it

"Sixty wins, it's something that really doesn't happen that often. And to be in that territory, I always say, 'Well, we're this close, we might as well try and do it.' But it's not a focal point of what we're looking at. But if we don't get 60, it means we had not the greatest road trip." -- Lightning coach Jon Cooper

"When they're in the [offensive] zone, they're making two, three, four passes before they're even attempting to go at the net. That keeps you on your toes because you just don't know. You've got to expect the unexpected." -- Senators goalie Craig Anderson on the Lightning

 

Lightning projected lineup

Yanni Gourde -- Brayden Point -- Nikita Kucherov

Ondrej Palat -- Steven Stamkos -- Mathieu Joseph

Tyler Johnson -- Anthony Cirelli -- Alex Killorn

J.T. Miller -- Adam Erne -- Cedric Paquette

Braydon Coburn -- Mikhail Sergachev

Ryan McDonagh -- Erik Cernak

Cameron Gaunce -- Jan Rutta

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Edward Pasquale

Scratched: Ryan Callahan, Danick Martel

Injured: Anton Stralman (lower body), Dan Girardi (lower body), Victor Hedman (upper body), Louis Domingue (lower body)

 

Senators projected lineup

Brady Tkachuk -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Max Veronneau 

Anthony Duclair -- Chris Tierney -- Oscar Lindberg

Rudolfs Balcers -- Colin White -- Bobby Ryan

Brian Gibbons -- Zack Smith -- Magnus Paajarvi

Thomas Chabot -- Dylan DeMelo

Christian Wolanin -- Cody Ceci

Ben Harpur -- Christian Jaros

Craig Anderson

Anders Nilsson

Scratched: Mikkel Boedker

Injured: Mark Borowiecki (upper body)

 

Status report

Cooper said Stralman should play on the road trip and he's hopeful Girardi will as well.

 

Stat pack

Kucherov, who has 122 points (39 goals, 83 assists) in 78 games, is five points from tying the NHL single-season record for points by a Russia-born player set by Alexander Mogilny, who had 127 points (76 goals, 51) in 77 games for the Buffalo Sabres in 1992-93. … Anderson will play his 400th game as a member of the Senators.

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