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Tampa Bay seeks sixth straight win; Reilly to make Senators debut

by Callum Fraser / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

LIGHTNING (22-13-4) at SENATORS (16-20-5)

7 p.m. ET; SN1, SUN, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Tampa Bay Lightning look to extend their season-long winning streak to six games when they visit the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday.

The Lightning have outscored opponents 21-11 during the streak and are 8-2-1 in their past 11 games.

Defenseman Mike Reilly will make his debut for the Senators after he was acquired from the Montreal Canadiens for forward Andrew Sturtz and a fifth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft on Thursday. Reilly will be paired with Cody Goloubef.

Goaltender Craig Anderson will start for Ottawa, which is 0-2-1 and has allowed 15 goals in its past three games.

 

Players to watch

Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman has no points in two games after having eight points (two goals, six assists) in his previous three games.

Senators forward Anthony Duclair has 17 points (11 goals, six assists) in his past 14 games.

 

They said it

"When you're in the position that we were in five games ago, we want wins, we want points. We talked about it before getting on a little run here. We were two or three games behind teams, so we needed to win those to catch up, so we've done a good job of that. Ultimately, it's about winning and getting points, and we'd like to continue this streak." -- Lightning forward Steven Stamkos

"I think we haven't been as detailed as we want to be. I think we've been getting frustrated and kind of getting away from the way we want to play. You've got to be pretty diligent in putting the pucks in the right spots, our assignments in our [defensive] zone, and taking care of the things we know we need to take care of. We had a nice little refresher yesterday and I think we'll be ready to go tonight." -- Senators forward Connor Brown on the team's recent struggles on defense

 

Lightning projected lineup

Ondrej Palat -- Brayden Point -- Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn -- Anthony Cirelli -- Steven Stamkos

Pat Maroon -- Cedric Paquette -- Tyler Johnson

Yanni Gourde -- Mitchell Stephens -- Carter Verhaeghe

Victor Hedman -- Braydon Coburn

Ryan McDonagh -- Erik Cernak

Mikhail Sergachev -- Kevin Shattenkirk

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: Luke Schenn

Injured: Jan Rutta (lower body)

 

Senators projected lineup

Brady Tkachuk -- Colin White -- Tyler Ennis

Nick Paul -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Connor Brown

Rudolfs Balcers -- Artem Anisimov -- Anthony Duclair

Vladislav Namestnikov -- Chris Tierney -- Scott Sabourin

Thomas Chabot -- Christian Jaros

Mike Reilly -- Cody Goloubef

Mark Borowiecki -- Andreas Englund

Craig Anderson

Marcus Hogberg

Scratched: Mikkel Boedker, Drake Batherson

Injured: Dylan DeMelo (finger), Nikita Zaitsev (undisclosed), Anders Nilsson (concussion), Ron Hainsey (undisclosed)

 

Status report

The Lightning did not hold a morning skate. … Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said he hopes to have Rutta back soon, but did not give a timeline. … Duclair will be a game-time decision after blocking a shot in a 6-3 loss to the Florida Panthers on Thursday, coach D.J. Smith said. If he can't play, Batherson, who was recalled from Belleville of the American Hockey League, will draw in. … DeMelo, Zaitsev and Hainsey each are day to day.

 

Stat pack

Lightning forward Brayden Point has eight points (two goals, six assists) in his past six games. … The Senators are 9-2-2 in their past 13 home games.

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