Preview: Ottawa Senators vs Tampa Bay Lightning
The Ottawa Senators are set to face off against the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight in Tampa.
The season series thus far have been split 1 game to 1, with the home team winning. The Sens beat Tampa 7-1 at home while Tampa took their win 5-2 against the Sens.
The big story coming out of this game would be the two top center men who are struggling this season. Vinny Lecavailer has only 2 goals and 9 assists and has been called out by coach Rick Tocchet. Tocchet has also sent the number 1 center down to the checking line to try and start a fire.
On the Sens side you have Jason Spezza. Spezza has missed the last two games with a back injury and is hopeful for tonight's game. Spezza has 8 assists in 10 games this season with no goals accounted for. If the Sens want to travel deep into the NHL playoffs their number 1 center might think of picking up his game as well.
Steven Stamkos is one guy on Tampa to watch out for. Stamkos who was the No. 1 pick in the 2008 NHL entry draft, has made his presence felt this year, tied in second for most goals scored with 11, and first in the NHL for power play goals with 5 tallies.
On the other side of things the Sens answer with Mike Fisher. Fisher has goals in three of the last four games for the Senators. Fisher is second in team scoring with 5 goals and 11 assists for 16 points. Fisher has also of late had eyes on him for Team Canada at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. And because of that last sentence I have chosen Fisher as the spotlight player of this week, and he will be featured tomorrow.
Some injuries to speak of for the Sens is Spezza, Volchenkov, and Winchester. Spezza is a game time decision it seems like. Anton Volchenkov went down with an elbow injury and is presumed to be out 10 days to 2 weeks. Winchester hurt his knee in training camp, was sent to the B-Sens for conditioning and could be back for tonight's game.
Paul Ranger is the only Lightning missing from the team. He requested a leave of absence, which was granted. The Lightning are otherwise extremely healthy even with the flu travelling around most NHL teams.
At puck drop tonight be sure to tune in to TSN 2 to catch this game. I will unfortunately not be able to catch this game so there will be no live Twitter feeds. If you missed the Mike Fisher section of this article, he will be our first player to be featured in the spotlight. Tune in tomorrow to catch it!
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