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Preview: Lightning at Senators

Ottawa trying for seventh straight win; Tampa Bay has won three consecutive games

by Chris Stevenson / Correspondent

LIGHTNING (33-26-9) at SENATORS (39-22-6)

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


Lightning team scope

The Tampa Bay Lightning enter Tuesday one point behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference, though the Maple Leafs have a game in hand. The Lightning, who didn't have a morning skate, have won three games in a row, including a 3-2 road victory against the New York Rangers on Monday, and are 4-0-1 in their past five games. Forward Nikita Kucherov has 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) in his past 10 games. He scored three power-play goals, all from the right circle, the last time the Lightning played the Ottawa Senators, a 5-1 win on Feb. 27 in Tampa. The Lightning are 3-for-9 on the power play in their past three games and are fourth in the NHL (22.6 percent).


Senators team scope

The Senators are on a season-high six-game winning streak and are two points behind the Montreal Canadiens for first place in the Atlantic Division with two games in hand. Goalie Mike Condon will start with Craig Anderson out with a lower-body injury. Coach Guy Boucher said Anderson is being evaluated Tuesday but did not have a timeline for his return. Forwards Kyle Turris and Bobby Ryan will return to the lineup. Turris missed three games with a finger injury, and Ryan missed 11 with a broken finger. "They're in a flow so you just try to catch on to that and ride that momentum that they're on," Ryan said of joining a team on a winning streak. "At the same time, you kind of walk on eggshells because you don't want to force the issue anywhere. You step into a system I'm familiar with, so I'll be comfortable in that regard, but won't take any chances early. You just try to get your feet under you."


Lightning projected lineup

Ondrej Palat -- Brayden Point -- Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn -- Jonathan Drouin -- Yanni Gourde

Adam Erne -- Byron Froese -- Luke Witkowski

Gabriel Dumont -- Greg McKegg -- J.T. Brown

Victor Hedman -- Jake Dotchin

Jason Garrison -- Anton Stralman

Braydon Coburn -- Andrej Sustr

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Peter Budaj

Scratched: Vladislav Namestnikov

Injured: Steven Stamkos (knee), Ryan Callahan (lower body), Cedric Paquette (lower body), Tyler Johnson (lower body)


Senators projected lineup

Ryan Dzingel -- Kyle Turris -- Zack Smith

Alexandre Burrows -- Derick Brassard -- Bobby Ryan

Mike Hoffman -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Tom Pyatt

Viktor Stalberg -- Chris Kelly -- Tommy Wingels

Marc Methot -- Erik Karlsson

Dion Phaneuf -- Cody Ceci

Fredrik Claesson -- Chris Wideman

Mike Condon

Chris Driedger

Scratched: Jyrki Jokipakka, Christopher DiDomenico

Injured: Craig Anderson (lower body) , Mark Stone (lower body), Mark Borowiecki (lower body), Chris Neil (broken finger), Clarke MacArthur (concussion)


Status report

Namestnikov did not play in the third period against the Rangers after aggravating a lower-body injury. … Boucher said he is trying to see which line combinations work best. After using Dzingel with Burrows and Brassard, he will try Ryan in that spot against the Lightning. Stone is week to week and has been placed on injured reserve.


Who's hot

Kucherov has six points (three goals, three assists) in the three-game winning streak. Palat has three points (one goal, two assists) in three games. Drouin has three assists in three games. Point had his first two-goal game, on his 21st birthday, in the win at New York. … Karlsson has 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) in his past 15 games. Pageau has six points (three goals, three assists) in five games. Claesson has four points (two goals, two assists) in three games.

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