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Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida  Attendance: 19,092

Senators, Lightning get together for second meeting in a week

Ottawa Senators at Tampa Bay Lightning

  1. Tampa Bay overcame a 2-0 first-period deficit against Ottawa on November 4, defeating the Senators in overtime, 4-3. The Lightning have won five of the last seven games against Ottawa at home, scoring 21 goals in the five wins but allowing 12 goals in the two losses.
  2. Ottawa lost at home against Vegas on Thursday, 5-3, the sixth time they have given up five or more goals, tied for the most by any team. The Senators give up the most goals per game at 4.2 while the Lightning are second in the NHL in goals scored per game at 3.6.
  3. Tampa Bay has won four consecutive games and has the best record of any team in hockey. They have earned 25 points, tied for their second most through 16 games in franchise history only behind last season (26 points earned).
  4. Steven Stamkos and J.T. Miller each had a goal and an assist in their win over the Islanders on Thursday. They are two of five Lightning skaters with at least 14 points this season, tied with the Flames for most in the NHL. The Senators are right behind with four such players.
  5. Thomas Chabot had a goal and assist in the loss to Vegas and has scored at least one point in five consecutive games. Chabot leads all defensemen with 22 points this season, and is tied for third among all skaters.
  6. Andrei Vasilevskiy has lost each of his last two starts against Ottawa, allowing six goals in each game. This season, he is fourth among qualified goaltenders in GAA (1.98) and third in save percentage (.937).

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators meet Saturday for the second time in seven days.

Tampa Bay rallied from down two goals to defeat Ottawa in overtime on Sunday, the second game of the its current four-game winning streak.

The Lightning are coming off Thursday's win over the New York Islanders and now get set to welcome back Norris Trophy winning defenseman Victor Hedman to the lineup.

Hedman has been out since suffering an undisclosed upper-body injury on Oct. 26 in Vegas. He resumed skating with the team earlier this week and was a full participant at practice on Friday, including working with the top power play unit, an indicator he will be back Saturday.

Tampa Bay returned defenseman Cameron Gaunce to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League on Friday, clearing the path for Hedman to be back in the lineup.

The Lightning were able to maintain their high level of play in Hedman's absence, posting a 5-2 record while he was out to remain at the top of the league standings.

"I think that's the beauty with our team, a lot of guys can play in a lot of different situations with different lines, whatever it may be, and we just kind of roll," center Tyler Johnson said.

The Senators are also going to have a player bak that missed the last meeting between the teams as rookie Brady Tkachuk was back in the lineup on Thursday. The power forward, who was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 draft, started the season with three goals and six points in five games before suffering a leg injury on Oct. 15.

Tkachuk returned Thursday and played 14 minutes with five registered hits. His return was welcomed by his teammates.

"He was great. He does a lot of really good things," center Matt Duchene told NHL.com. "He's really good with the puck, he's a big body. I think the thing that impressed me the most about him is the maturity in his game at such a young age. He's going to have a long, amazing career."

While the Senators had a quick start against the Lightning the last time out, it was a slow start that did them in against Vegas. The Senators want to find more of a consistent effort to help them turn around the recent rough stretch with two wins in the past nine games, allowing four or more goals seven times in that stretch.

"We just had a bad start, myself included," Ottawa's Ryan Dzingel told NHL.com. "You can't give a team like that a couple-goal lead. It's tough when you battle back, too, after that. So we just got to have a better start, myself included. You've got to be ready to go."

Updated November 9, 2018

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