As the Tampa Bay Lightning prepare to face the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night, the Lightning will look to finally break through offensively. Coming off back-to-back shutouts and suffering from just an abysmal offense of late, the team will look the right the ship. Goalie Ben Bishop will get the start against his former Ottawa team, and former Lightning rookie Cory Conacher will also return to Tampa Bay.
Holding one of the league’s best home records at 10-3, the Lightning will look to snap out of a funk that has led them to being shut out in three of the past five games. Although the Lightning do seem to be pressing ever since losing superstar Steven Stamkos to injury, the team insists it can find a way out of the scoring slump.
It will be vital for the Lightning to jump on the Senators early as Ottawa tends to play much better on the road so far this season, posting a record of 7-5-2. However, Ottawa has allowed the second-most goals against in the first period this year.
This meeting will be the first of five this year between the Lightning and Senators, who both are looking to contend for a top-three spot in the Atlantic Division. It will be very important for the Lightning to pick up two important points against its new divisional rival. A big key to this game could be for the Lightning power play to take advantage of a lousy Senators penalty kill that ranks 27th in the league and has been very vulnerable over the last couple of games.