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Thursday, December 21st (All times eastern)

Tampa Bay Lightning (15-17-2) at Ottawa Senators (17-17-1), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay Lightning hope to build some momentum this evening, when they visit the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place.

The Lightning beat Washington on Tuesday and now have a chance at consecutive victories for the first time in almost a month. Tampa Bay last put together a winning streak with its stretch of three straight triumphs from November 22-26.

The Bolts snapped a four-game skid Tuesday, as they earned a 5-4 decision on the Capitals' home ice. Martin St. Louis had two goals to help Tampa Bay win for just the second time in 10 games.

Filip Kuba and Vincent Lecavalier had a goal and two assists for the Lightning, and goaltender Marc Denis finished with 20 saves. Lecavalier's goal was the 200th of his career.

Tampa Bay, the 2004 Stanley Cup champion, has just 32 points this year and is just two ahead of last-place Florida in the Southeast Division.

Ottawa, meanwhile, will try to rebound from a blowout loss to Boston. The Bruins came into Scotiabank place on Tuesday and earned an easy 7-2 win over the Senators. Marco Sturm recorded his second career hat trick to lead Boston.

Christoph Schubert and Antoine Vermette scored for the struggling Senators, who have dropped five of their last seven games overall.

Ray Emery started in net for the Sens but was pulled after he allowed five goals on 20 shots through two periods of action. Martin Gerber made four saves on six shots in relief.

The game also marked the return to Ottawa for defenseman Zdeno Chara, who signed with Boston as a free agent in the summer after spending the previous four seasons with the Senators.

Ottawa is just 6-8-0 at home this season.

On the injury front, the Senators could have defenseman Wade Redden back on the ice tonight. Redden has missed the last nine games with a chest injury.

The Senators and Lightning have met twice this season and each club has won a game. However, Ottawa has won nine of the last 10 in the series and five in a row on home ice.

12/21 11:07:17 ET


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