Ottawa Senators (11-13-4) at Tampa Bay Lightning (16-10-1), 7:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Tampa Bay Lightning hope to break out of their
scoring slump on Thursday night as they play host to the Ottawa Senators, who
themselves are looking to find some consistency.
The Lightning have been shut out in back-to-back games and in three of their
last five. Two of those have come by 1-0 decisions, including Tuesday's
setback to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Tampa Bay failed to score against the Blue Jackets' Sergei Bobrovsky, who left
with 15:47 to play in the game, or Curtis McElhinney. The duo combined to stop
"If you're not frustrated, something is wrong with you right now," said Martin
St. Louis, who was robbed by McElhinney on a late chance.
The Lightning have lost six of their last eight games overall and five in a
row on the road. They are 4-5-1 since star center Steven Stamkos broke his
Tampa Bay, which was coming off a 3-0 loss at home to Pittsburgh last Friday,
has not scored since Tyler Johnson's empty-net tally with 34 seconds left in a
4-2 win over Philadelphia last Friday. It has not scored against an opposing
netminder since Victor Hedman's tally five minutes into the third period
versus the Flyers.
"If it's not off the rush, we're done," St. Louis said. "We have to be able to
sustain offensive pressure."
Ben Bishop made 20 saves versus the Blue Jackets and could face his former
club tonight. Bishop's only other meeting versus the Senators came on April 9
of last season, six days after he was traded to the Lightning by Ottawa for
Cory Conacher and a draft pick.
Bishop stopped 31-of-33 shots faced in the win.
The Senators snapped a two-game slide on Tuesday with a 4-2 win over the
Florida Panthers. They allowed the first two goals of the game, both on
Panther power plays, before getting first-period goals from Joe Corvo and Erik
Condra to even things up.
Colin Greening had the go-ahead goal with 43 seconds remaining in the second
period and Bobby Ryan added a third-period tally.
Though Ottawa won for just the third time in its past nine games, it was a win
that head coach Paul MacLean is hoping his team can build on.
"We're showing signs of being consistent," he said.
Craig Anderson made 30 saves and Clarke MacArthur had two assists to give him
10 points over his last eight games.
The win improved Anderson to just 7-8-2 with a 3.42 goals against average this
season, but he is 6-2-2 with a 1.42 GAA and three shutouts lifetime versus the
The Bolts won two of three versus the Senators last season -- winning both
meetings in Tampa -- but the Sens have still won seven of the last 10
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