Game Preview: Ottawa Senators vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Cory Conacher will once again step on the ice in Tampa Bay, but this time he won’t be wearing a Tampa Bay Lightning uniform. Just days after being traded to the Ottawa Senators, Conacher returns to the city where he has had success so far this season.
Ottawa has currently lost four straight, and they haven’t captured a point since late March. Tampa Bay isn’t doing as bad as the struggling Sens, only losing two straight. The last time these two teams met each other, Ottawa walked away with a 5-3 victory.
Ben Bishop, the newest Lightning member, will start in net tonight, hoping to continue Ottawa’s losing ways. Bishop stood tall in his first game for Tampa Bay, winning with a shutout. Conacher, the man Bishop was dealt for, has one goal for the Senators since his arrival and is currently leading the team in goals.
If Ottawa wants to win and snap their losing skid, scoring is a must. It’s easier said than done, especially since they are facing former Senator Bishop, who probably knows all of the Senators tendencies with their shots. Ottawa is racking up a high number of shots, but they are still unable to get it done. Their defense has been pretty solid, even though they have lost four straight. Being able to score will be huge, as Ottawa is lacking in that column as of late.
Tampa Bay will need to use their assets to their advantage against Ottawa. Steven Stamkos will obviously be a threat, as well as Martin St.Louis, and controlling those two can change the outcome of the game. The Senators can’t forget about the presence of Teddy Purcell, because he is having a solid year of his own.
Ottawa can snap their losing skid and turn around at the right time, or they can lose once again and see the light of the playoffs become dimmer.