The Sens are in Tampa Bay tonight set to face the Lightning and we've got 5 things to help you get ready for puck drop.
The Sens had an optional skate this morning in Tampa Bay followed by the standard media availability where Head Coach Dave Cameron announced that there will be no changes to tonight's line-up.
Sp here's a refresher on how the projected line-up looks...
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Craig Anderson is set to start his 13th consecutive game tonight. Anderson has been a workhorse for the Sens over the past month and currently leads the league in saves with 701. Andrew Hammond, who accompanied the team on this road trip, appears to be getting closer to a return but in the meantime Chris Driedger will once again back-up.
Former Senator Ben Bishop will be between the pipes for the Lightning tonight.
3. Last meeting
Flashback to April 2nd, 2015 when the Sens best the Lightning in overtime in Ottawa 2-1. Patrick Wiercioch netted the game-winner with just 16.9 seconds left in the extra frame to secure another crucial point during the team's stretch run towards the playoffs. Mark Stone (1+1) and Kyle Turris (0+2) each had multi-point efforts in the win.
You can watch the full highlights from the game below...
4. From the coach
Dave Cameron met with the media this afternoon after the option skate and here are a few spinets from that...
On moving Lazar at centre on the 4th line:
Going to start that way.
On helping Lazar regain some confidence:
Same thing as for the rest of the team: come in everyday, do your work. It's a good league, there are ebbs and flows, up and downs. Curtis is no different than any other player in the National Hockey League. If you ask any player at any given time they'll say they can be better. Just come in and do your work and things work their way out.
On the team playing with confidence:
Our team is doing a lot of good things. Now we have to do it longer. That's the challenge. You talk to other coaches and watch their interviews and it's the same thing: it's who plays hardest the longest.
On facing the Lightning:
We're going to have to match their structure. They hold on to pucks so the best way to counter that is that we've got to hold on to pucks and cut down the time in our D zone. We'll have our hands full same as any other game. We're going to have to play real well to give ourselves a chance to win.
On similarities between the Sens and Lightning:
I think we try to play the same way in terms of holding on to pucks and things like that. Obviously, they have gone deeper in the playoffs and therefore have that extra experience and confidence. That's where we're trying to get to.
Tonight's game will be available on TSN5 and RDS2 as well as on the radio at TSN 1200. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m.