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Game Day 5: Sens @ Lightning

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

The Sens look to rebound for their second game in Florida and we've got 5 things you need to know before the puck drops in Tampa Bay.

1. Starting Goalies

In the least surprising news of the day, Mike Condon is once again set to start in goal. Condon is 0-1-1 in his last 2 starts but hasn't lost three in a row since early January. His record on the season currently sits at 14-8-5.

At the other end of the rink, it'll be Andrei Vasilevskiy in goal for the Lightning. Vasilevskiy has struggled recently and has just 1 win in his last 8 starts for Tampa Bay.

 

2. Line-up notes

A few changes tonight as both Mark Borowiecki and Curtis Lazar will return to the line-up. Borowiecki has been dealing with a nasty case of the flu for the past 3 weeks but is finally set to rejoin Chris Wideman on the Sens' third pairing against Tampa. Lazar, who turns 22 today, was a healthy scratch for Tuesday's game against the Panthers but will slot back in at centre tonight on the fourth line. Fredrik Claesson and Chris Neil won't play as a result.

 

3. Previous meeting

Rewinding all the way back to October 22nd, 2016 when the Sens dropped a 4-1 loss to the Lightning at Canadian Tire Centre. Chris Neil notched the only goal for Ottawa while Craig Anderson stopped 31 of 35 in defeat.

Here are the full highlights from that game although you can probably skip it today:

Video: OTT Recap: Senators offense stalls in 4-1 loss

 

4. From the coach

On how he's grown as a coach since his time with the Lightning:

There's a big portion of stuff you don't need to put your energy into. You learn that "this is not as important", "I'll delegate this", "I'll keep that to myself" or "I'll put my energy where it matters most". I think that's what your second gig gives you: a step back and knowing what you want to handle and what you don't need to.

 

5. Broadcast

Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. tonight in Tampa bay and you can catch all the action on TSN5 and RDS.

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