Kucherov and the Lightning visit the Senators
Ottawa, Ontario; Monday, 7:30 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay into a matchup with Ottawa. He leads the league with 122 points, scoring 39 goals and recording 83 assists.
The Senators are 18-17-4 on their home ice. Ottawa has given up 43 power-play goals, killing 79.3 percent of opponent chances.
The Lightning are 41-7-0 in Eastern Conference play. Tampa Bay averages 9.5 penalty minutes per game, the fourth-most in the NHL. Cedric Paquette leads the team serving 80 total minutes. In their last meeting on March 2, Tampa Bay won 5-1.
LAST 10 GAMES: Lightning: 8-2-0, averaging 4.6 goals, 7.4 assists, 4.4 penalties and 11.3 penalty minutes while giving up 3.3 goals per game with a .892 save percentage.
Senators: 5-5-0, averaging 3.1 goals, 5.6 assists, 3.1 penalties and seven penalty minutes while giving up 2.7 goals per game with a .924 save percentage.
Senators Injuries: Zack Smith: day to day (undisclosed).