Dec 19, 2013; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Florida Panthers goalie Scott Clemmensen (30) makes a save on a shot from Ottawa Senators right wing Bobby Ryan (6) in the second period at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Ottawa Senators @ Florida Panthers - Game 71 Preview

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Ottawa finishes up their 3 game mini road trip with an opportunity to complete the Florida sweep after finally getting a win on Monday night.

 

SENS LOGO(29-29-13, 71 points) 6th Atlantic Divison

VS

panthers logo(26-38-8, 60 points) 7th Atlantic Division

 

7:30 PM

BB&T Center

TV: Rogers Sportsnet  RADIO:  TSN1200

 

MATCHUP HISTORY

This is the final meeting of the 4 scheduled this season. Ottawa holds a 2-1 edge in the series, winning the first two by scores of 3-2 and 4-2, and the Panthers taking the last match 4-2.

 

LAST GAMES

Ottawa snapped a 6 game winless skid with a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night.  The Panthers return home on a 3 game losing streak after a tough trip through Phoenix and southern California that culminated in a 6-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Patrick Wiercioch, OTT – A healthy scratch since the March 5 loss to the Flames, Wiercioch should draw into the lineup with Chris Phillips leaving last night’s game due to injury.  Wiercioch has 17 points in 42 games this season, a year marked by long stretches in the coach’s doghouse.

Jesse Winchester, FLA – The former Senators forward has more than doubled his career high in goals with 9 so far this season, after playing last year in Finland.  He has been limited to just 42 games and is coming off an injury that has sidelined him for a couple of weeks.

 

TOP 3 STORYLINES FOR THE GAME

1.  Pride – Neither team has much to play for besides showing they give a damn.

2.  Karlsson’s Chase – While a Norris Trophy is not likely due to a dreadful plus/minus rating, Erik Karlsson set a franchise record for blueliners with his 20th goal of the season last night, and now has 68 points in 71 games, 13 more than Duncan Keith.

3.  Back To Back - Robin Lehner should get another start after finally getting a win.  He can gain some much needed confidence going forward with a second win in as many nights

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