We take a closer look at 5 game-related things as the Sens look to close out their 4-game road trip on a high note against the Lightning.
1. Line-up notes
There was no morning skate today and word around the rink is that Sens head coach Guy Boucher will address the media a little closer to game time so as of right now (Monday afternoon) we don't have much confirmed...anything actually.
So here's a little speculation until we know for sure...
- With Craig Anderson starting yesterday in Sunrise and Mike Condon's stellar numbers against Tampa Bay (4-0-0 with 1 shutout) odds are he could get the call in goal tonight for the Sens. We'll await for the official word of course but with 4 games this week and 4 games next week it might be an ideal opportunity to give Craig Anderson a break. Stay tuned.
- Sticking with goaltender news, the team announced that Andrew Hammond suffered a torn labrum in his right hip and requires surgery. The recovery time is around 12 weeks so this pretty much ends the Hamburglar's season which is a bummer.
- It was great to see Mike Hoffman and Mark Stone return to action yesterday and with both finishing the game, it doesn;t appear that either is in danger of missing tonight's game.
2. Previous match-up
The Sens last visit to Tampa was earlier this month when they thumped the Lightning 5-2 on Groundhog's Day. Both Erik Karlsson (0G + 3A) and Mark Stone (2G + 1A) had three point nights in the victory while Mike Condon turned aside 19 of 21 shota to earn the decision.
Here are the full highlights from that game:
Video: Stone's two goal-game leads Sens to 5-2 win
3. Watch party
Looking for a spot to watch the game tonight? They are literally giving away HUNDREDS of very nice Sens prizes at the Rideau Carleton Raceway Playcation Watch Party tonight and that sweet swag could be yours just for attending. Sens alums Todd White and John Barrett will also be in the house tonight. See you there!
4. Bullet stats
Anyone interested in a bunch of stats and things that don't really fit anywhere else in this blog? Perfect...
- The Sens are 0-2 in games played on a Monday this season.
- Since Jan. 1st, Erik Karlsson leads all defencemen in assists with 19.
- In 14 career games in Tampa Bay, Karlsson has 17 points (7G + 10A) in 14 games played.
- Chris Neil passed Ken Daneyko last night and moved into 21st place all-time with 2,522 career penalty minutes.
- Daniel Alfredsson is the Sens all-time leading scorer against the Lightning having recorded 71 points (26G + 45A) in 59 games played.
- Ottawa is 54-32-2-4 all-time against the Lightning.
- And we'll end with a good one from Ian Mendes...
Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. tonight in Tampa Bay and you can catch all the action on TSN5 and RDS2.