Ottawa Senators vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Pick & Prediction NOVEMBER 1st 2022

Stadium: Amalie Arena Tampa
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After his club's 5-3 loss in Florida on Saturday, Ottawa coach D.J. Smith hopes the worst is behind the Senators.

After watching eight October games that Ottawa managed to split, Smith said the first 20 minutes against the Panthers wasn't indicative of his side's abilities.

"The first period is, well, it's our worst period of the year for sure," Smith said. "Just weren't ready when the game started. We battled back and we gave up a goal at the end of the second period, and then we give up a goal with three minutes to go. I mean, we kept battling but we've got to be better than that."

Following that defeat, Ottawa heads up the Gulf Coast to play the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday in the first of three matchups on the season. The Senators are seeking their first road win of the season after three losses.




With the additions of Claude Giroux and Alex DeBrincat, the Senators are aiming to become a contender in the Atlantic Division, which is off to a strong start. None of the eight teams has a losing record, leaving Ottawa and its eight points in last place.

Against the Panthers, Ottawa found itself chasing the puck most of the time. Florida put up a team-record 58 shots against Senators goalie Anton Forsberg.

Smith shuffled his team's lines in Sunday's practice at Florida's rink. He moved Shane Pinto up into the top six to center the trio featuring DeBrincat and Giroux. Pinto replaces veteran Derick Brassard, who may be scratched in Tampa.

Pinto, 21, is excited to be the pivot between Giroux and DeBrincat.

"These two are unbelievable players," Pinto said. "I've just got to put my work boots on, move my feet and do the best I can. But I'm not going to change my game. I'm just going to continue to do what I do. Hopefully, we get some chemistry and get things going."

The line composed of center Tim Stutzle, captain Brady Tkachuk and winger Drake Batherson remained intact Sunday.

The match with the Lightning will conclude Ottawa's brief two-game road trip. They return home to play three against the Vegas Golden Knights, Philadelphia Flyers and Vancouver Canucks beginning Thursday.

In their first game back from a three-game California road trip, the Lightning will look to extend their run of winning play against Ottawa.

Across their last 11 meetings dating back to the 2018-19 campaign, the Lightning are 8-3-0, including a pair of 4-3 wins in overtime.

But coach Jon Cooper also altered his lines, too, opting to put Alex Killorn with Steven Stamkos and Nicholas Paul. That resulted in Killorn notching his second goal to put the visitors up 3-2 in San Jose in the eventual 4-3 win over the Sharks on Saturday.

In his 11th season with Tampa Bay, Killorn is thrilled to be on his new line that features some new and old.

"It's been good. I've played a ton with Stammer, but I haven't played too much with Paulie. But he's really good at protecting pucks and works really hard," Killorn said. "We want to be good in the offensive zone. And I think we can be better. You want to be hard to play against."

Tampa Bay is opening a four-game homestand that also has games against the Carolina Hurricanes, Buffalo Sabres and Edmonton Oilers.

--Field Level Media

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Ottawa Senators vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Anthony Cirelli scored on a breakaway with 19 seconds remaining in overtime to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-3 win over the visiting Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.

With the five-minute session winding down, the speedy Cirelli stole the puck from Ottawa's Thomas Chabot in the defensive end, raced past Nick Paul and shoveled in his seventh tally for the Lightning, who improved to 3-3 in overtime.

Brayden Point notched a goal and an assist, and Nikita Kucherov and Cedric Paquette netted goals for Tampa Bay, which started a stretch of four games in seven days.

Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy recorded 25 saves, including a breakaway by Jean-Gabriel Pageau in the first minute of overtime, to move to 5-2-0 in his last seven starts.

Tyler Johnson (lower body) returned to the home side's lineup after a four-game absence.

Ottawa's Anthony Duclair notched his club-best 19th goal, and Mark Borowiecki and Connor Brown also scored. Chris Tierney contributed two assists in his 400th career game.

The Senators started backup goalie Marcus Hogberg, who appeared in just his third game this season, and the Swedish backstop was outstanding in stopping 36 shots.

Kucherov took a hard shot to the right skate Saturday against the Washington Capitals and left midway through the Lightning's 5-2 loss, and the reigning league MVP was a game-time decision in his club's second meeting with the Senators.

However, he slotted onto the top line and scored his 11th goal at 7:27 of the first period on a misplayed clearing attempt that he intercepted above the high slot.

The Senators, who were drubbed 6-1 by the Florida Panthers on Monday, tied it when gritty defenseman Borowiecki fired in a long shot at 11:05 of the first for his third goal.

The Lightning's third line tallied when Paquette finished a pass into the low slot by Yanni Gourde for his fourth at 17:22 for a 2-1 advantage.

Nine seconds after Tampa Bay killed off the game's first penalty, Point whipped in his 13th marker at 3:32 of the second period, but Brown made it 3-2 just 29 seconds later with his sixth.

Kucherov slipped up by trying a fancy move and having Duclair strip the puck from him. Duclair then outraced the winger and beat Vasilevskiy one-on-one to tie it 3-3 at 15:46 of the middle period.

Tampa Bay killed off a four-minute double-minor penalty by Steven Stamkos, who clipped Paul with a high stick at 9:51 of the third, in a scoreless stanza.

--Field Level Media