banner

NHL

more stats

NHL Preview from The Sports Network



Monday, March 24th (All times Eastern)

Ottawa Senators (28-29-13) at Tampa Bay Lightning (39-24-8), 7:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Tampa Bay Lightning picked up a well-earned point in a recent loss, but the Bolts hope to record their sixth win in seven games when they welcome the sliding Ottawa Senators for Monday's game in Central Florida.

Tampa Bay is trying to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2011, and although picking up wins down the stretch is the best way to ensure a return to the postseason, losses that come after regulation can sometimes help as well.

After having a five-game winning streak halted with Saturday's overtime loss in Pittsburgh, the Lightning enter Sunday with 86 points. That gives them a one-point edge over Montreal for second place in the Atlantic Division with the top three clubs from each division earning an automatic bid to the postseason. Tampa also is six points clear of Detroit and Toronto in the Atlantic standings.

Tampa Bay's Ondrej Palat scored with 1:22 left in regulation to force overtime on Saturday, but James Neal delivered the 4-3 win for the Penguins, scoring the game-winning goal 1:27 into OT.

Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin scored twice in the final 8:53 of regulation and added two assists, including one on the deciding goal. With the Penguins on a 4-on-3 advantage in the extra frame thanks to a too many men on the ice penalty, Malkin sent a pass down to Neal in the right circle, and Neal beat Anders Lindback with a one-timer to the far side.

"It's extremely frustrating with how it ended up," Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said, referencing the bad break his team caught with the penalty. "If that puck bounces one way, it doesn't happen."

Lindback gave up four goals on 29 shots as the Lightning were unable to win six in a row for the first time since a seven-game winning streak from Jan. 17-Feb. 4, 2012.

Steven Stamkos had a goal and also assisted on Valtteri Filppula's second- period tally.

Beginning with Monday's test at Tampa Bay Times Forum, the Bolts are playing two straight and eight of their next 10 games at home. The Lightning have won three in a row in Tampa and are 20-8-5 as the host this season.

While the Lightning are aiming to halt a two-season playoff drought, the sliding Senators are headed for their first year out of the postseason since 2011. Ottawa is 11 points out of a playoff spot in the East with only 12 games left on its schedule and is in the midst of a season-worst six-game losing streak.

The Senators lost for the fourth straight time in regulation on Saturday, dropping a 3-1 road decision against Dallas. It was the fourth loss in the last five away games for Ottawa, which fell to 15-14-7 as the guest after losing the opener of a three-game swing.

Ottawa was tied 1-1 with the Stars at the end of 40 minutes, but Trevor Daley and Jamie Benn found the net in the third period to spur Dallas to victory. Daley's go-ahead goal came 4:52 into the period and Benn scored just over two minutes later.

Erik Karlsson scored the lone goal for Ottawa, while Robin Lehner absorbed the loss despite making 41 saves.

"We started pretty well," said Karlsson. "We got the lead but couldn't really follow through until the end there and they had a couple of nice goals to finish it off. I think we battled hard and our competing level was there, but unfortunately we just couldn't put the puck in the net."

Lehner has lost all six games during the Sens' current slide, and with No. 1 netminder Craig Anderson battling a left shoulder injury, he could get another start on Monday.

Ottawa's Bobby Ryan, who leads the club with 23 goals this season, left Saturday's loss with a lower-body injury. The winger is questionable for tonight's game.

The Senators, who are on their first six-game slide since going 0-6-1 from Jan. 21-Feb. 7, are 4-9-3 over their last 16 games.

Tampa Bay has won four of the last five meetings with Ottawa and has claimed three of four encounters in 2013-14. Ottawa has lost four straight and seven of its last 10 road games against the Bolts.

03/24 10:52:52 ET

Other Stories

  • NFL: Chicago at Detroit

    Today at 12:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Philadelphia at Dallas

    Today at 4:00 pm on FOX50

  • SEC: Arkansas at Missouri

    Tomorrow at 2:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • HSFB: Football Friday with Tom Suiter

    Tomorrow at 11:35 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions

    Today at 12:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
UNC 66
BUT 74
Final
ECU 73
HAW 75
Final
DUKE 93
FUR 54
Final
CHA 97
POR 105
Final
NCSU 84
RICH 72
Final
FLA 1
CAR 0
7:00pm Tonight
UNC
UCLA
 
Final
PHI 91
BRK 99
Final
ORL 96
GSW 111
Final
CHA 97
POR 105
Final
CLE 113
WAS 87
Final
DET 98
LAC 104
Final
DAL 109
NYK 102
Final
ATL 115
TOR 126
Final
MIN 86
MIL 103
Final
HOU 102
SAC 89
Final
OKC 97
UTA 82
Final
SAN 106
IND 100
Final
PHO 120
DEN 112
Final
LAL 93
MEM 99
7:30pm Tonight
TEXAM
LSU
7:30pm Tonight
TEX
TCU
Final
UNC 66
BUT 74
Final
FRES 64
MAR 68
Final
CHAT 61
RMU 46
Final
EMICH 68
ROCH 35
 
Final
MRGST 51
LIB 50
 
Final
HAMP 60
AMER 64
 
Final
BEL 78
DEN 57
Final
UMASS 79
NE 54
Final
JMU 79
SHU 72
 
Final
KNST 84
SAMF 71
 
Final
ECU 73
HAW 75
Final
CHAM 60
MIZZ 74
Final
CCAR 61
LAMON 48
Final
OKLA 75
UCLA 65
Final
ELON 65
UNF 72
 
Final
UWMIL 66
ORU 69
Final
WCU 66
CHIST 61
Final
DUKE 93
FUR 54
Final
BYU 85
PURD 87
Final
EVAN 79
USF 72
Final
COL 71
GTDNS 75
 
Final
VERM 73
BRY 47
 
Final
OSU 91
CAMP 64
Final
LOU 45
CLST 33
Final
UCF 69
DAVID 95
Final
IONA 126
DELST 76
 
Final
OU 78
UGST 83
Final
TOWS 97
GOUCHER 43
 
Final
ND 81
GRAM 54
 
Final
YALE 82
LAF 60
 
Final
GWU 91
LONG 66
 
Final
VT 78
UMO 63
Final
WAKE 83
MNTER 49
 
Final
NAVY 67
PSUHARRIS 42
 
Final
NCSU 84
RICH 72
Final
MINN 61
STJ 70
Final
JVU 69
TRINBAPT 57
 
Final
YOUNG 66
UMKC 63
 
Final
UAB 43
WISC 72
Final
CORN 67
CAN 60
Final
WVU 103
VMI 72
Final
DEP 74
LEH 86
 
Final
UNT 67
MVSU 52
 
Final
MARS 68
MORE 77
Final
TCU 74
RAD 50
 
Final
SELA 86
TENT 65
 
Final
SMU 72
TXSOU 59
 
Final
UTAH 85
TXPA 48
Final
LMU 66
UCR 62
Final
SCAR 89
UNCA 75
 
Final
SD 86
WAYNEST 69
 
Final
PITT 70
KYST 47
Final
UWGB 59
FLGC 45
Final
IOWA 70
NILL 49
Final
ORST 69
AUB 71
Final
MONT 75
CARROLLMT 52
 
Final
SUTAH 64
EKENT 73
Final
NMST 78
FAM 33
 
Final
WYO 65
STET 41
 
Final
EWASH 81
NKENTUCKY 60
 
Final
IDST 57
WLVRN 60
 
Final
GEOR 66
UF 65
Final
GONZ 88
UGA 76
 
Final
NIOWA 61
NW 42
Final
CAL 72
CPSL 52
Final
UCD 77
UTST 70
Final
SDST 59
ARZ 61
 
Final
NDAK 75
ALAST 68
Final
CSNO 55
PORST 63
Final
AKAN 62
PAC 71
 
Final
OKST 73
TULSA 58
 
2:00am Today
COLST
MIZST
12:00pm Today
TENN
SCU
 
12:00pm Today
RMU
LAMON
 
1:00pm Today
BUT
OKLA
 
2:00pm Today
BRO
PEAY
 
2:00pm Today
UTEP
PRIN
 
2:30pm Today
CHAT
CCAR
 
2:30pm Today
RIU
KU
 
3:30pm Today
USCU
FIU
 
3:30pm Today
GEOR
WISC
 
4:00pm Today
USB
LIU
 
4:30pm Today
XAV
SDU
 
5:00pm Tonight
INDST
ILL
 
6:00pm Tonight
WRST
CSFU
 
6:00pm Tonight
STJOE
WKENT
 
6:30pm Tonight
RIDE
MSU
 
7:00pm Tonight
UNC
UCLA
 
8:30pm Tonight
WMICH
LBSU
 
8:30pm Tonight
GT
MARQ
 
9:00pm Tonight
PVU
STEPH
 
9:30pm Tonight
MERC
RICE
 
9:30pm Tonight
UF
UAB
 
11:00pm Tonight
WASH
SJST
 
11:59pm Tonight
MEM
BAY
 
11:59pm Tonight
UCSB
WASU
 
Final
NYI 3
WAS 2
Final
BUF 1
WIN 2
Final
FLA 1
CAR 0
Final
TAM 4
NYR 3
Final
DET 5
PHI 2
Final
PIT 4
TOR 3
Final
MIN 0
LOS 4
Final
COL 2
CHI 3
Final
SJS 0
CAL 2
8:00pm Tonight
NAS
EDM
 
12:30pm Today
DET
CHI
4:30pm Today
DAL
PHI
8:30pm Tonight
SFX
SEA