The Lightning (21-32-13) will visit Ottawa this evening as they take on Daniel Alfredsson and the Senators (26-29-10) in a game between two teams looking on the outskirts of the playoff picture.
Ottawa, currently sitting in 12th place in the Eastern Conference, has won its previous 3 games with hopes of extending that winning streak against a Tampa team that has lost 3 straight.
Karri Ramo gets the start in net tonight for the Lightning, while Brian Elliot is between the pipes at the other end. Elliot has won his past 2 games, while posting a 2.00 GAA and a 0.929 SV%. Elliotâ€™s play has been the backbone to the Senators recent surge, while the top line of Jason Spezza, Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson has combined for 10 points in the teams past 3 games.
The Lightning have lost 7 of 10 games since February 17, leading to a heavy decline in the standings. Tampa currently sits in 29th place in the NHL with 55 points, only 3 points more than the lowly New York Islanders. Tonightâ€™s game may be of some importance to the Ottawa Senators, who are sitting on the fence over whether to make a run for the playoffs on â€œtankâ€
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Written by Greg Smith