NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Thursday, December 11th
(All times eastern)
Tampa Bay Lightning (13-7-4-1) at Ottawa Senators (12-9-3-3), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators try to halt a two-game winless slide
tonight when they welcome the Tampa Bay Lightning to Corel Centre.
Since a three-game winning streak the Sens are 0-1-1, including Monday's 2-2
tie in Boston. Ottawa is 3-2-1-1 in its last six overall.
Against the Bruins, Wade Redden's goal late in the second period lifted the
Ottawa to the deadlock. Vaclav Varada also scored for the Senators, who are
eight points behind first-place Toronto in the Northeast Division.
Patrick Lalime was forced to start in place of the injured Martin Prusek and
made 21 saves for Ottawa. Prusek experienced back spasms during pre-game
warmups and was unable to play. Lalime had missed the last four contests with
the flu and was still battling the bug.
The Senators, 5-6-2-2 on home ice, open a five-game stand tonight and will
host Boston on Saturday.
Tampa Bay, meanwhile, hopes to rebound after having a two-game winning streak
ended in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the NY Islanders. Radek Martinek and Mark
Parrish scored third-period goals to lift the Islanders to a 5-2 victory over
the Lightning at Nassau Coliseum. Shawn Bates and Trent Hunter each finished
with a goal and two assists for the Isles, who rallied from a 2-0 deficit.
Pavel Kubina and Ruslan Fedotenko scored goals for Tampa Bay, now trails
first-place Atlanta by three points in the Southeast Division. Nikolai
Khabibulin stopped 30 shots in defeat.
The Lightning, 5-4-2 on the road, close out a four-game trip tonight. They'll
host Montreal on Saturday.
Ottawa defeated Tampa Bay, 4-1, in Tampa on last Thursday to snap a two-game
series losing streak. The Lightning have lost 11 of their last 13 at the Corel
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